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Editorial: In midst of assaults, we must defend principles of First Amendment

Published on Wednesday, August 15, 2018

Editorial: In midst of assaults, we must defend principles of First Amendment

We could start, of course, with his repeated declaration that the press is the "enemy of the people," a characterization he declared in a tweet just last week: "They (news outlets) purposely cause great division & distrust," he tweeted on Aug. 5. "They can also cause War! They are very dangerous & sick!"

That message came a couple of weeks after President Donald Trump told a gathering of veterans -- men and women who have fought and risked their lives for the freedoms he decries -- to "Just remember. What you're seeing and what you're reading is not what's happening," then added, in goosebump imagery straight out of George Orwell's "1984," "Just stick with us. Don't believe the (vulgarity) you see from these people, the fake news."

We repeat: This is dangerous. It is the language of despots -- Lenin, Stalin, Hitler, Chavez, Mao and countless other individuals and organizations who style themselves as the only legitimate representatives for the masses. Is this the company with which a United States president wishes to be associated? Are these the voices United States citizens wish to respect and promote?

To the contrary, this is the language that men and women who love our country and its values have been fighting against with their lives, limbs and livelihoods from the earliest days of the American Revolution. To turn it on the institutions that have been built on so much sacrifice is a desecration of our most fundamental principles.

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