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

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Friday, June 02, 2017

Beware


In an interview on Australian Broadcasting Corp television, Senator John McCain, who is chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee held security interview on his way to a defense summit in Singapore.
Regarding Russian President Vladimir Putin, he said: "I think he (Putin) is the premier and most important threat, more so than ISIS. "
McCain warned that the Senate would push for sanctions against Moscow for its alleged interference in the U.S. election.  Although, he believes that there was no evidence the Russians succeeded in changing our election outcome, they were still trying to change elections, including the recent French vote.
Sen. McCain had previously taken a swipe at President Trump's attacks on the fourth estate, cautioning that "how dictators get started" is by shutting down the press.
In an interview on Meet the Press, McCain had half-jokingly said: "a fundamental part of that new world order was a free press.  I hate the press. I hate you especially.  But the fact is we need you."
His defense of the media came in response to a tweet from Trump in which he called certain news outlets "the enemy of the American People."
In Germany, where he had attended the Munich Security Conference, McCain said: "I am afraid that we would lose so much of our individual liberties over time.  That's how dictators get started."
Later, the Republican senator clarified that he wasn't referring to the president as a dictator, but that attacks on journalists who are questioning those in power are usually a hallmark of autocratic governments.  He explained: "When you look at history, the first thing that dictators do is shut down the press.  And I'm not saying that President Trump is trying to be a dictator.  I'm just saying we need to learn the lessons of history."

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