“It’s astounding how often you fail to live up to minimum standards of decency, civility, & probity. Seems like you will never understand what it means to be president, nor what it takes to be a good, decent, & honest person. So disheartening, so dangerous for our Nation. ” — John O. Brennan (@JohnBrennan) August 14, 2018
The next day an insecure U.S. president – apparently terrified of being held accountable for his overall personal behavior and his failure to model wise governance and genuine love of country – pulled Brennan’s security clearance.
The truth of the matter is that were a former U.S. President still living, he would have repudiated the sitting president brutally.
“Free speech, exercised both individually and through a free press, is a necessity in any country where the people are themselves free. Our Government is the servant of the people, whereas in Germany it is the master of the people. This is because the American people are free and the German people are not free.
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.
Nothing but the truth should be spoken about him or any one else. But it is even more important to tell the truth, pleasant or unpleasant, about him than about any one else.”
Bottom line is that it doesn’t matter who was right and who was wrong six months ago, a year ago, two years ago. What does matter is the we absolutely stop trying to travel forward while keeping our eyes on the rear-view-mirror.