“The President is merely the most important among a large number of public servants. He should be supported or opposed exactly to the degree which is warranted by his good conduct or bad conduct, his efficiency or inefficiency in rendering loyal, able, and disinterested service to the nation as a whole. Therefore, it is absolutely necessary that there should be full liberty to tell the truth about his acts, and this means that it is exactly as necessary to blame him when he does wrong as to praise him when he does right. Any other attitude in an American citizen is both base and servile. 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.”
This quote by President Roosevelt was a part of the 17 minute retirement speech delivered to his colleagues yesterday by Republican Senator, Jeff Flake of Arizona. He basically said he was retiring because of the coarseness of the leadership of our nation, and that he could no longer be complicit in the undermining of the core values that has made our country great.
I salute the Senator for his courage and applaud his public denouncement of the crude, boorish, and destructive methodology of #BLOTUS. More of our national leaders need to have the strength of character to be openly critical of the current President and his outrageous, infantile, and morally indefensible behavior. Silence in the face of the actions of this president is not only unpatriotic, but in the words of Roosevelt, “morally treasonable to the American public.”
#BLOTUS is playing with fire, and threatening the security of the entire world. No sitting president of our country has ever threatened to unleash the “fire & fury” of a nuclear war on any enemy of the US. Now, this man is doing exactly that with one of the most unstable nations on the planet.
It is like teasing a rabid animal to see if you can make it even more angry, then being shocked when it actually attacks and mauls you.
President Teddy Roosevelt love to say “speak softly and carry a big stick.” The approach of #BLOTUS is just the opposite. He is known to speak loudly and carry a tiny stick. It’s a shame he doesn’t know anything about history or the dog he is now baiting.
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When I was younger I swore an oath to defend the United States, even giving my life if necessary to protect our freedoms and way of life. I have never rescinded that pledge. I am a patriot, and I respect the office of the President as the highest office in our country.
But, President Roosevelt was right. Being a patriot doesn’t mean one has to stand by a president who cannot tell the truth and whose ego is so warped that he is obsessed with his small hands, his small crowds, and his tiny margin of victory.
I do not want a reality show, ratings-driven egomaniac with his finger on the button. I want a a leader worthy of this nation. If BLOTUS truly represents the values we hold as a nation, I, for one, have to reconsider what it means to be a patriot.
This admonition by a former President is well worth remembering as we draw ever closer to the BLOTUS being officially installed in the highest office of the land. The American public has a patriotic duty to hold every President to the highest standards. Not to do so goes beyond being unpatriotic, it is moral treason.