Mind and Destiny

“I make no pretension to patriotism. So long as my voice can be heard ... I will hold up America to the lightning scorn of moral indignation. In doing this, I shall feel myself discharging the duty of a true patriot; for he is a lover of his country who rebukes and does not excuse its sins. It is righteousness that exalteth a nation while sin is a reproach to any people.”- Frederick Douglass

Location: Delhi, N.Y., United States

The author and his webmaster, summer of 1965.

Tuesday, September 13, 2016

Outlandish Statements

Last month, President Obama commented that Trump was unqualified to succeed him as commander in chief.  Recently he added: "Every time he speaks that opinion is confirmed.  I think the most important thing for the public and the press is to just listen to what he says and follow-up and ask questions about what appear to be either contradictory or uninformed or outright wacky ideas."
Obama has warned against becoming immune to Trump's outlandish statements, because the stakes of this presidential contest are too high for us to tune them out.  He explained:"People start thinking behavior that in normal times we would consider completely unacceptable and outrageous becomes normalized.  People start thinking that we should be grading on a curve.  But I can tell you from the interactions I have had over the last eight or nine days with foreign leaders that this is serious business."
When Obama goes abroad, foreign leaders often ask him questions about our presidential contest.  He’s concerned that Trump isn’t prepared when it comes to foreign policy, because: "You actually have to know what you are talking about and you actually have to have done your homework.  When you speak, it should actually reflect thought-out policy you can implement."
Don’t expect the media to always hold Trump accountable.  When Matt Lauer interviewed Trump at the NBC forum aboard the Intrepid, Trump lied.  He claimed, that he had opposed the Iraq War.  Instead of correcting Trump, Lauer just smiled and moved on to the next question.
Some members of the press have lowered the bar for Trump, by painting him as a run-of-the-mill candidate with strengths and weaknesses.  Trump isn’t a typical candidate.  In this campaign, Hillary Clinton has pointed out that we’ll have to do what the press won't.


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