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, May 28, 2017

Robert Cairns

Delhi’s Bob Cairns is the sections editor of The Daily Star.  The following is an excerpt from his most recent column, that is entitled: “The First Amendment to the Constitution matters, as well.”
“Alex Jones, the blustery face of InfoWars, has admitted in civil court that his on-camera rants are all an act.  He was recently forced to publicly apologize for telling lies about the Chobani company.
“And yet, Trump, during an appearance on Jones’ internet show, said to the host, ‘Your reputation is amazing.  I will not let you down.’
“It seems Trump would like to toss out the First Amendment and have a state press, under his control, and a populace afraid to speak out against him.
“Vladimir Putin and Kim Jong Un — dictators for whom Trump has expressed admiration — enjoy those things. 
“For those who think the outcry against these actions (and this column, for that matter) are nothing more than liberal whining, I urge you to consider how you’d react if a Democratic president threatened to jail some of your favorites from Fox News or The Washington Times.
“A free press and a free-speaking populace aren’t a benefit to any one ideology.  They’re a benefit to all of us.
“It’s popular to dredge up quotes from Thomas Jefferson to support points of view these days.  So I’ll end with this one, from a 1787 letter Jefferson wrote to Virginia statesman Edward Carrington: 
“‘The basis of our governments being the opinion of the people, the very first object should be to keep that right; and were it left to me to decide whether we should have a government without newspapers or newspapers without a government, I should not hesitate a moment to prefer the latter.’”


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