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
At a time when most of the Republicans in the Senate are still wallowing in “the mud, the blood and the beer” with the most corrupt, cowardly, lying pig of a president in our nation’s history, we all need to remember this powerful quote from a true leader.
Every Republican that continues to defend the #BLOTUS is as much a traitor to the United States as he is. Bone Spurs are nothing compared to the spineless actions of McConnell and his herd of swine.
Every single one of them needs to be impeached; not voted out of office, impeached, indicted and tried in a court of law.
As an avid outdoorsman and one who has be blessed to visit 49 of our 50 states, I stand with Teddy on this. We cannot be silent when it comes to protecting the natural beauty of this country. Corporate greed is insatiable and could not care less about the destruction of the environment.
As more and more of the Republican in the House and Senate blindly join in lock-step to support #BLOTUS, we have to understand the depth of their treasonous behavior. They are putting self interest above their sworn duty. And they know that is what they are doing.
The president should be held fully accountable for all his disgusting words and actions. In my opinion that means impeachment and criminal charges. And if his toadies (is their a better word?) refuse to do their duty, they need to be removed from office and replaced with patriots.
If we do not use the gift of our citizenship we deserve what we currently have. And that is more than sad. It’s pathetic.
“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.
All of us can make a difference in the world. Every single one of us can nudge the world in the right direction. The secret is simple.
This is all that is necessary for us to see a brighter future. Start now. Wherever you are, with whatever resources available, you have the power to make the world a better and safer place for all of us. Justice begins when we act.