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Presidents’ Thoughts on Dissent

Although I have used most of these Presidential quotes before, I saw them all collected in a Facebook post and thought they were worth seeing again.

WHAT REAL PRESIDENTS THOUGHT ABOUT DISSENT

It is the very nature of fascism to wrap itself in the flag and then call any criticism of its crimes unpatriotic. Here is a trip down memory lane -back to the days when we had real presidents who at least partially understood that dissent is the patriotic duty of citizens to call our nation to a higher standard.

“Here in America we are descended in blood and in spirit from revolutionists and rebels – men and women who dare to dissent from accepted doctrine. As their heirs, may we never confuse honest dissent with disloyal subversion.” -Dwight D. Eisenhower

“Once a government is committed to the principle of silencing the voice of opposition, it has only one way to go, and that is down the path of increasingly repressive measures, until it becomes a source of terror to all its citizens and creates a country where everyone lives in fear.” -Harry S. Truman

“Without debate, without criticism no administration and no country can succeed and no republic can survive.” -John F. Kennedy

“These economic royalists complain that we seek to overthrow the institutions of America. What they really complain of is that we seek to take away their power. Our allegiance to American institutions requires the overthrow of this kind of power. In vain they seek to hide behind the flag and the Constitution. In their blindness they forget what the flag and the Constitution stand for.” -Franklin D. Roosevelt

“I hold it that a little rebellion now and then is a good thing, and as necessary in the political world as storms in the physical.” -Thomas Jefferson

“To announce that there must be no criticism of the President, or that we are to stand by the President, right or wrong, is not only unpatriotic and servile, but is morally treasonable to the American public.” -Theodore Roosevelt

a lie is a lie…

For the past several months we have watched Presidential candidates tell lie after lie. Within hours we have seen these same candidates deny the lies, even when the lies have been recorded. I cannot be the only one that finds this frightening.

In a world of deceit and lies, telling the truth is an act of rebellion. We are approaching the time when we need such a revolution, a revolution where those of us who care band together to speak the truth, even if it means we have to pay a steep price.

The first steep is paying attention. We do not have to accept lies. We have the power to say no to leadership based on deceit. Wrong is wrong no matter how often we are told differently.

Pay attention. Refuse to be silent. Speak out for the truth. Facts are far more powerful than opinions. And evil cannot survive if we stand for the good.

wrong is wrong

We need to remember that in a world of lies and deceit speaking the truth is an act of rebellion. Has the time come when we need to join the revolution?

Maybe we could start by just recognizing we do not have to agree with what we know is wrong. Maybe it’s finally time to speak the truth in love, and confront the ignorance and fear that pressures so many to go along with the lies, half-truths and false rhetoric.

What do you think? Is it possible?

 

proudly part of the lunatic fringe

Orwell is saying “I told you so.” In a world of half-truths, deceit and lies, speaking the truth is an act of rebellion.

Hearing unpleasant and even ugly truths is never pleasant. But hearing the truth is the first step to correcting what’s wrong. And there’s far too much that’s wrong in our nation and our world.

I want to be a part of the revolution that stands for justice. I want to be with those standing with the poor and hungry. If that is lunacy, so be it. I think I can see Jesus in the midst of us.

ever was it so

"The opposite of poverty is justice" ~~Bryan Stevenson.  "Poverty is man-made and it can be undone by human action." ~~Nelson Mandela.

It’s not enough to deplore the culture of crime, violence and entitlement we have created. If we truly desire a better and more just society we need to be serious about addressing the root of the problem.

If we are dismayed by the increasing amount of anarchy and crime we need to look beyond these symptoms.  The real issue that needs to be tackled is poverty.