"We all want progress, but if you're on the wrong road, progress means doing an about-turn and walking back to the right road; in that case, the man who turns back soonest is the most progressive." — C.S. Lewis
President Trump’s re-election campaign communications director throws the gauntlet down to the misleading mainstream press (click to enlarge):
I find the use of the phrase “reckless statements” to be interesting. I don’t know that it’s the intent, but the phrase immediately brought libel law to mind. Generally speaking, public figures have a harder time bringing libel suits than average citizens. But libel has a very specific definition: “…making of defamatory statements (false and reckless) in a printed or fixed medium, such as a magazine, newspaper or online such as a website or a social media site like Twitter.”
The memorandum cites specific examples of various Deep State critters repeating the “collusion” and “treason” mantra, having claimed before the release of the Mueller Report that there was “clear evidence” of such. Now that the report is out, the false and reckless nature of these claims would seem apparent. Could it be Trump’s team is putting the Mainstream Media on notice that continuing to facilitate these fevered conspiracy dreams might result in expensive legal action taken against them? If that’s the case, I say it’s long overdue. Having a free press means it’s free to follow the facts wherever they lead, and to express opinions that are presented as such. It should not mean freedom to build a public echo chamber of propaganda that lacks any semblance of evidence to support it.
The Left has had it rough the past few days: the Mueller Report, the arrest of Michael Avenatti, the Justice Department concurring with a Federal Judge that Obamacare is unconstitutional… I pray it’s only the smallest beginning of a much needed reckoning. And if it seems like I’m merciless in my current calls for vengeance, it’s only because the other side has clearly shown they will give no quarter in their pursuit of power. All well and good, then: let’s hoist the black flag and get to work. The Left must be destroyed.
I think the source of a lot of today’s unease is that so many of the institutions around us have demonstrated (in many cases, repeatedly) their untrustworthiness:
– Network news? I’d ‘Rather‘ not, thank you… even before NBC finished their hat trick of known issues with the Brian Williams mess. Really, at this point, what reason is there to give credence to ANY of these overpaid teleprompter readers?
– Political leadership? Both sides of the aisle continue their race to the bottom. Hey, Republicans: how’d that mid-term election work out for you? Isn’t it great the way illegalimmigration and the administration’s ever-increasing power grabs have been stopped in their tracks? (That was sarcasm, in case it doesn’t come through on screen…)
The original Reformation was kicked off by those (Martin Luther chief among them) who’d become concerned over the abuse of trust and power within the Church at that time, which had become completely disconnected from Biblical foundations. What we need today is another Reformation — not just of ‘organized religion,’ but of society. So long as society is content to tolerate these miscreants, with a simple shrug of “well, what can you do,” nothing will change. Accountability, public shame, ridicule — we’ve spent decades downplaying the essential deterrent roles these play in a stable society. And then we wonder why we see corruption, deceit and abuse at every turn.
It’s like C.S. Lewis said: “We make men without chests and expect from them virtue and enterprise. We laugh at honor and are shocked to find traitors in our midst.”