As children, many of us learned the following statement:
Sticks and stones may break my bones but names will never hurt me.
While the ideal of this statement is admirable, the reality is that words have the power to hurt even more than a physical blow.
Over the last few days, you know who has been disparaging the press at a rate that is becoming frightening.
Inspiring by the barrage of tweets and speeches claiming that the press is the “enemy of the people”, Robert Chain called The Boston Globe newsroom fourteen times, threatening violence and murder. Thankfully, Mr. Chain was arrested before he could do actual physical harm to the newspaper’s employees.
All Presidents have a love/hate relationship with the press. However, most Presidents (with the exception of you know who) understand how vitally important it is for a living, thriving democracy to have news media that is not under the thumb of the government. If you know who had his way, only news media that complements him and his world view would be allowed to exist.
What is becoming increasingly scary to me is that there are far too many people in this country who don’t see what is happening. If we, as a nation, don’t step and stand up for our country and our Democracy, I fear that the America that our Founding Fathers dreamed, worked and died for will become a thing of the past.