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.

Sunday, March 05, 2017

Dean Obeidallah

The following excerpt is from a column written by Dean Obeidallah on 2/6/17.

“President Donald Trump may have unleashed his most bone-chilling tweet -- at least to those who believe the United States should not become a Trump-led dictatorship.  And I don't make that comment simply to be provocative or without giving it a great deal of thought.  Our democracy is far more fragile than some might grasp and Trump is engaging in a concerned effort to undermine the workings of it.

“Here is Trump's truly jaw-dropping tweet from Saturday morning: ‘The opinion of this so-called judge, which essentially takes law-enforcement away from our country, is ridiculous and will be overturned!’

“Why is this so concerning?  It's OK to argue about whether the judge should or shouldn't have issued this order.  But Trump is apparently attempting to delegitimize our federal judiciary by calling Judge James Robart, a George W. Bush-appointed judge, a ‘so-called’ judge while arguing that his decision is ‘ridiculous.’

“Let's be blunt, because the stakes demand it: An independent federal judiciary is our last, best hope at preventing Trump from violating the US Constitution and illegally grabbing power.  And Trump has to understand that, hence his attempt to undermine it.

“The President truly appears to be leading a master class in transforming the United States into a dictatorship.  Trump -- and it's fair to assume it is by design -- has sought to undermine anyone or anything that tries to counter him.

…“Trump has made the media -- which is a watchdog of our presidents -- a focus of his attacks, calling them ‘dishonest,’ claiming they peddle ‘fake news’ and even recently labeling them ‘the opposition party.’  The practical result is that when the media calls out Trump's lies and presents objective facts to counter him, his followers will likely dismiss the media reports and instead side with Trump.”


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