Congress must enforce Enoluments Clause

We are citizens of a nation that allows people to speak what’s on their mind and to express their ideas. There are few obstacles to this right. Unfortunately, in the current political world, if one disagrees with President Donald Trump or expresses a contrary idea or corrects that which is false, the president and his followers declare fake news — or worse — depending on the person, the topic, or the broadcasting station.

Most of us form our daily opinions of this administration from TV, the internet and local papers. As a nation, we are fortunate to have the multitude of media outlets that we have. Why fortunate? We don’t have to abide by state-run newscasts and don’t have to agree to political views that represent the political party in power. Think Russia, China, North Korea: the only “news” allowed is that which is sanctioned by the government!

When we hear the president calling out all news media, except Fox, as fake news, we should be offended and outraged to think that he would try to weaken our First Amendment rights of free press and free speech! So why aren’t we? Why do Trump supporters believe only the president and Fox News?

In an Aug. 15 letter to the Watertown Daily Times titled “Don’t ask Democrats what’s best for nation,” the writer really believes that the immigrants crossing the border are illegal, criminal, etc., and should not be allowed to enter the United States. This ignores the administration’s own reports and data that prove otherwise and ignores our asylum laws, which allow asylum-seekers to come here — yes, even those south of the border! Facts that Trump and Fox completely ignore and disregard result in many citizens not getting an accurate accounting of an issue. Ultimately, Trump/Fox followers believe everything else is fake, even when it isn’t.

But this concept is almost impossible to get across to Trump/Fox believers. If anyone disagrees or questions Trump, the person or news station is ridiculed, humiliated and considered an outcast. The Trump/Fox believers become more ingrained and saturated with their closed mindedness. No curiosity or questioning exists. Some would call this brainwashing.

We can only hope that Trump/Fox believers will at some point become curious and question what they are hearing and begin to see and understand how our First Amendment rights are being chiseled away by masterful con men.

Cynthia Graham

Watertown

Johnson Newspapers 7.1

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(17) comments

Airball55

I find this letter most confusing. I would argue that freedom of speech has never been more free. Look at this forum. Look at FOX, CNN, Wash. post, etc.. look at all the late night talk shows. As for the immigration issue, as much as it's convenient to place the blame on the current guy, it certainly isn't his fault, nor his origin. This used to be a focal point for the Democratic leaders, and, they as have their republican counterparts have FAILED. I don't know enough to support or not support a wall, but, in fairness to Trump at least he is trying to act on it. More that I can say about a few others. I will say this, for the Democrats sake...he better not solve this issue. If he does, 2020 may be a huge blowout in the national elections.

Scoot24

Thank you to the liberal group for proving my point. One comment has forced your brainwashed, spinning heads to comment 9 times with no facts to prove Cynthia's letter is anything but what the liberal media has told her.

Nice_Commenter

FACT: Trump has threatened to pull the broadcast licenses of news outlets that say facts about him. Remember when Republicans cared about the Constitution?

Holmes -- the real one

Actually, although I am pretty advanced in my years now, I don't actually remember Republicans caring about the Constitution -- at least when it clashed with their cherished goals.

Scoot24

Cynthia, you have been brainwashed by the liberal media. We all know Fox is bias, they're blatant with it and don't seem to really care that their stories have holes in them, what the liberal media sources (NBC, ABC, CBS, CNN, etc.) do is the same but much more subtle. They report facts but also leave out many therefore skewing the story to meet their pollical bias. Which is worse; blatant or passive? Obviously passive because look how it brainwashed liberals. You're a victim and don't even see what the propaganda has done.

hermit thrush

it is funny to see you attack others as the victim of brainwashing.

Scoot24

Right on cue.

hermit thrush

i would say ditto in regard to your original attack, but be fair you're a few days behind.

hermit thrush

i mean, "the thing these people i claim to be liberals are doing isn't as bad therefore it's worse" is really quite the take.

Nice_Commenter

He lists several factual accounts of brainwashing. (just kidding, he includes no facts)

Nice_Commenter

Did Democrats say they were for controlling government spending, then run up a one trillion dollar per year deficit? (hint: That was Republicans)



Did Democrats present themselves as the "family values party" then run a three times married man who has publicly stated he wasn't able to abort his daughter? (hint: Republicans did that)



Sure, Republicans have abandoned the budget-hawk stuff, and abandoned the family-values stuff, but Democrats are brainwashed. Lets all forget the $100 million we have spent as taxpayers on Trump's golf.

Scoot24

Thanks for proving the brainwash. While Obama was in office he ran up the deficit by over $9 TRILLION. On January 20, 2009, when he was sworn in, the debt was $10.626 trillion. On January 20, 2017, when he left, it was $19.947 trillion.

Nice_Commenter

You do realize that Trump has spent even more than Obama, right? Since you are not "brainwashed" you must know that Trump has spent more and created bigger deficits than Obama?



Also George W Bush left the cost of the wars in Irq and Afghanistan off his budget numbers. The fact is George W Bush acted like those wars were free. Obama gets faulted for being honest and responsible and including the war costs in budget numbers. Republicans being ignorant lead to the misconception you are writing.

Holmes -- the real one

Nice_Commenter makes more than one excellent point about this error-filled statement from "Scoot24."

Why is it that those who are insistent that they "have the facts" and who suggest that others "must be brainwashed" are instead themselves the ones who cannot produce any documentation to support their assertions? This slinging about of the term "brainwashed" seems clearly to be simple projection.

It is notable that this sort of interaction is quite typical of those who have become enmeshed in a cult.

Airball55

This is true for the most part. The obama admin. ran up big numbers due to the stimulus package and bail outs of which I supported. Again though, some spending is necessary. Mr. Obama to his defense said he would be the most expensive president in our country's history. The debt has gone up since Trump has taken office, not a lot, but it's still increasing. The debt and spending issues are a two sided issue, not one..

hermit thrush

"Why do Trump supporters believe only the president and Fox News?"

because they're in a cult.

this has been another edition of simple answers to simple questions.

Holmes -- the real one

Good one.

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