The freedoms granted by our U.S. Constitution have been protected by many who have sacrificed and those who have made the ultimate sacrifice.

On this Memorial Day, I salute their courage and dedication to America and its citizens. We should, however, apologize to these heroes for allowing whatever power that has overcome our national strength to protect the expected, beautiful system of life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.

We witness the acceptance of growing poor moral values, truth ignored and the interests of a few weaponized against the many who only want the freedoms framed by the Founders.

How many true patriots have been brainwashed to believe that exceptionalism, prosperity and religion are against the common good?

A great motivational speaker once declared "garbage in, garbage out" as a description of information input and its effect or consequence. He also defined fear as "false evidence appearing real."

Beware of the "garbage in" and fear-mongering of the liberal media. In my opinion, it's anti-American.

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Maris Helfrich

Your negative "labeling" of reputable media organizations is in itself very destructive and divisive. Thank God for many dedicated TV and newspaper journalists who keep us informed of both sides....indispensable for a healthy Democracy!!

Don Schlessinger

Reputable media, no such thing.

Carlos Ponce

"Reputable" media? Thanks for the laugh, Maris.

Gary Miller

Maris> It's not the two sided media that needs reforming, it's the one sided Democrat media needing reform.

Gary Miller

Maris> A problem of your support for reputable media is misplaced. Very little reputable media exists in the US today. Democrat media more correctly defines our choices of media. They replaced journalists with political hacks and influence pedleres.

Casey Alan

Yes, thousands of men and women have died fighting for the freedom of this country. That freedom includes the right to any religion you choose, the right to love whoever you want to love, the way you choose on how to raise your children. The right to pursue happiness however you see fit as long as it does not intrude on someone else’s happiness. Yes they are civilization laws like wearing a seatbelt, having automobile insurance, not running a red light or stop sign etc. etc. But the most important freedom of all is the freedom of press the freedom of speech . It doesn’t say it has to be what you believe. It doesn’t say it has to be what you want it to be. Freedom is about choice. Not about what you think it should be. People who think differently than you have the same rights as you. It does not mean they love this country any less than you.

Carlos Ponce

"But the most important freedom of all is the freedom of press" Freedom of the press involves responsibility to print the truth without partisan bias as news. Such partisanship can be printed under the banner of "Editorial" or "Commentary" but we see much of it under the "news" label. Not good.

Gary Miller

Casey> The real trouble makers are the Democrat Media who often present the idea they hate the freedoms we have. That they hate America because it's free.

jimmy winston

If America is so free why is it ranked 45th on the most recent freedom index? Below the Czech Republic and Botswana? This romanticized idea you have about America being free is largely driven by US propaganda. It seems like anything that criticizes the current state of the country is somehow because of liberals or the liberal media? I think you are just scared of change and progress and have a hard time accepting the fact that there are people who are much less selfish than you.

https://rsf.org/en/ranking_table

Carlos Ponce

Oh gee, Jimmy really thinks the ranking really means something! They might as well call it the ranking by Liberal ideals? Did you examine the criteria used by those Liberal zealots?

1 / Pluralism - Measures the degree to which opinions are represented in the media.

An examination of their "top" countries show the more Liberal the country, the higher the ranking.

2/ Media independence- Measures the degree to which the media are able to function independently of sources of political, governmental, business and religious power and influence.

I can see the rankers singing "Imagine there's no heaven...."

3/ Environment and self-censorship- Analyses the environment in which news and information providers operate.

No specifics on what they mean by that.[rolleyes]

4/ Legislative framework -Measures the impact of the legislative framework governing news and information activities.

In our country the legislature has a hands off attitude toward media news coverage. In the high ranking countries the legislature controls the news. That's freedom?

etc, etc, etc.

Jimmy, the NAZIs placed the slogan "Arbeit Macht Frei" ("Work makes freedom") at the entrance to concentration camps. If you believe our country's low ranking , you probably believe them too!

Why the low ranking? They HATE Donald Trump.

https://rsf.org/en/united-states

Their rationale is nothing but BS. "Much of that ire has come from President Trump and his associates in the federal government, who have demonstrated the United States is no longer a champion of press freedom at home or abroad." That's sheer nonsense. The Us has backed reporters in Hong Kong in their protests. The US has backed reporters in China trying to get the word out on the Wuhan Virus.

jimmy winston

Carlos> you have provided 0 sources for any of your claims. Thanks for your OPINION and not FACTS

Carlos Ponce

What would you like proved, Jimmy?

Carlos Ponce

By the way, I cite the same source as you.

Jim Forsythe

Freedom of the press is about choice, which may be about to die. If the President is allowed to silence news that he does not approve. we are going down a dangerous road.

“Republicans feel that Social Media Platforms totally silence conservatives voices,” Trump tweeted on Wednesday morning. “We will strongly regulate, or close them down before we can ever allow this to happen.”

The above statement was a day after Twitter, for the first time, slapped a warning label on a pair of Trump tweets spreading lies about mail-in voting.

Terri Abraham

Yes, that is one of the scariest things I've read lately. Dictatorships do love to control the news sources.

Carlos Ponce

Where is the president trying to silence "news"? And I'm posting about REAL news!

Carlos Ponce

"Twitter, for the first time, slapped a warning label on a pair of Trump tweets spreading lies about mail-in voting."

What lies, Jim? He posted truth. Just look at Harris County and the forgers hired to increase Sheila Jackson Lee's vote using MAIL-IN BALLOTS!

jimmy winston

His own investigation revealed that mail in voter fraud did not occur.

https://www.nytimes.com/article/mail-in-voting-explained.html

Oh no it has FACTS in the title, I guess you will ignore it and chalk it up to liberal media just because it doesnt fit your own narrative. Remember Facts dont care about your feelings.

Carlos Ponce

The investigation actually revealed much, Jimmy. The article is FAKE NEWS.

jimmy winston

Carlos> please tell me what did it find???????

Carlos Ponce

Here you go: "Presidential Advisory Commission on Election Integrity"

https://www.whitehouse.gov/sites/whitehouse.gov/files/docs/pacei-hans-von-spakovsky-election-presentation.pdf

Jim Forsythe

Not a lie Carlos, Trump did say “We will strongly regulate, or close them down before we can ever allow this to happen.”

If you take him for his word, he is out of line.

Once one person tries to take over the media, the outcome will not be good.

Carlos Ponce

Twitter once operated as a non-contributor to their website. But by blasting the president for expressing his opinion they have now moved under the laws that warrant scrutiny.

Jim Forsythe

Freedom of the press is about choice, which may be about to die. The word was die not lie.

Carlos Ponce

"Freedom of the press is about choice" Not really, Jim. I suggest you read the "Federalists Papers" to see what "Freedom of the Press" is really about.

Jim Forsythe

Carlos, as Casey said" Freedom is about choice. Not about what you think it should be. People who think differently than you have the same rights as you. It does not mean they love this country any less than you." Just because someone does not agree with you, does not make them wrong. the same goes for the news. For any President to call for the censorship or removal off a platform that does not agree with him, is not a good thing.

“If a nation expects to be ignorant & free, in a state of civilization, it expects what never was & never will be. The functionaries of every government have propensities to command at will the liberty & property of their constituents. There is no safe deposit for these but with the people themselves; nor can they be safe with them without information. Where the press is free and every man able to read, all is safe.”

― Thomas Jefferson, The Papers of Thomas Jefferson.

“Our democracy depends on an informed citizenry to survive, Your Honor. Besides the advancement of truth, science, and morality in general, the freedom of the press is a backbone of democracy. It exists to keep the government transparent, and the human instruments of government honest.” ― Kenneth Eade

Carlos Ponce

Out of context (AS USUAL). That was written by Thomas Jefferson about the FRENCH PRESS. What did he say about the AMERICAN PRESS AS PRESIDENT?

“Nothing can now be believed which is seen in a newspaper. Truth itself becomes suspicious by being put into that polluted vehicle.”

“To your request of my opinion of the manner in which a newspaper should be conducted, so as to be most useful, I should answer, 'by restraining it to true facts and sound principles only. Yet I fear such a paper would find few subscribers. It is a melancholy truth, that a suppression of the press could not more completely deprive the nation of it's benefits, than is done by it's abandoned prostitution to falsehood."

“I deplore with you the putrid state into which our newspapers have passed, and the malignity, the vulgarity, and mendacious spirit of those who write for them.”

“A truth now and then projecting into the ocean of newspaper lies, serves like head-lands to correct our course. Indeed, my skepticism as to everything I see in a newspaper, makes me indifferent whether I ever see one.”

See "Memo to Donald Trump: Thomas Jefferson invented hating the media"

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/the-fix/wp/2017/02/17/trumps-war-with-the-media-isnt-new-thomas-jefferson-railed-about-newspaper-lies-too/

Jim Forsythe

Carlos, I said it was a quote from Thomas Jefferson. How is it out of context? If you do read it, it does apply to the USA.

"If we are to guard against ignorance and remain free, as Jefferson cautioned, it is the responsibility of every American to be informed." Reagan.

Carlos Ponce

Taken out of context because he is NOT writing about the American Press. It is taken from a letter to Charles Yancey. Did he write it? Yes But he found the American Press to be a "polluted vehicle" where "Nothing can be believed which is seen in a newspaper. By a "free press" he wanted a newspaper restrained "to true facts and sound principals only." We don't have one today in the based press. So according to Jefferson it is NOT a "free press".

Carlos Ponce

More quotes from Thomas Jefferson about newspapers:

“The most effectual engines for pacifying a nation are the public papers... A despotic government always keeps a kind of standing army of newswriters who, without any regard to truth or to what should be like truth, invent and put into the papers whatever might serve the ministers. This suffices with the mass of the people who have no means of distinguishing the false from the true paragraphs of a newspaper.”

“‘From forty years' experience of the wretched guess-work of the newspapers of what is not done in open daylight, and of their falsehood even as to that, I rarely think them worth reading, and almost never worth notice.”

“As for what is not true, you will always find abundance in the newspapers.”

"I really look with commiseration over the great body of my fellow citizens who, reading newspapers, live and die in the belief that they have known something of what has been passing in the world in their time…”

“From a very early period of my life, I had laid it down as a rule of conduct, never to write a word for the public papers.”

Jim Forsythe

."Taken out of context because he is NOT writing about the American Press" I did not say I was talking about the"Federalists Papers". You were the one talking about the "Federalists Papers", I was not. I posted--Thomas Jefferson, The Papers of Thomas Jefferson, not the "Federalists Papers"

Was Reagan wrong when he used the quote for the bases of one of his speeches? Reagan was talking to a USA audience.

Carlos Ponce

Jim, have you read the entire letter? You are taking a few lines out of a long letter.

Jim Forsythe

So did Reagan.

Carlos Ponce

So now, Jim likes Ronald Reagan!

Jim Forsythe

Reagan was like most Presidents, some things I agreed with and some I did not.

His speech, when he used Thomas Jefferson's quote was one that I agreed with.

Ted Gillis

George, you do not own the words “moral values, liberty, exceptionalism and patriots”. Those words belong to all of us. Just because some paid motivational speaker peaked your interest, and said things that you like to believe, it’s a free country for all of us to have our own beliefs.

Ronald Reagan’s own son makes that clear in his television ad, stating that he is a proud atheist, and is not afraid of burning in hell.

Our fallen soldiers and veterans fought for his rights, along with yours, and all of ours.

Keeping religion out of politics, schools and government would be a good first step to insuring that we keep “liberty for all” a meaningful statement.

The media is allowed to print any opinion it wants to and you are allowed to believe it or not.

Carlos Ponce

"Ronald Reagan’s own son [Ron Reagan] makes that clear in his television ad, stating that he is a proud atheist, and is not afraid of burning in hell." That apple fell FAR from the tree. We'll pray for him!

Paul Sivon

Your delusions lead you to miss the point, he doesn’t need prayers

Carlos Ponce

Ron Reagan needs prayer, Paul.

Charles Douglas

If you are referring to Reagan's son, he needs more than prayers at this point but prayers is all anybody can do for him now, the rest is he will have,.. ( while he lives or have life ) ...to do for himself! (Revelations 20:10 ) ...and the devil that deceived them was cast into the LAKE OF FIRE and brimstone, where the BEAST and the FALSE PROPHET are, and shall be tormented DAY and NIGHT for ever and ever. (Revelations 20: 14-15 ) And DEATH and HELL were cast into the LAKE OF FIRE. This is the second death. ( V15) And WHOSOEVER was not found in the BOOK of LIFE was cast into the LAKE OF FIRE. I don't think Mr. PONCE missed the point, ..as a matter of fact I think he was right on the point! ( Psalms 14:1 ) The FOOL hath said in his heart, "THERE IS NO GOD!" Psalms 14:1 is no doubt talking to anyone who is unafraid to dismiss God, and thumb their nose at his word.

jimmy winston

Religion should not be a factor in governing the country.

Carlos Ponce

As long as a religion is not established as the established religion of the United States, one cannot stop the President, any Senator or Congressman, etc from expressing religious beliefs in debate, rhetoric or in voting. That's called FREE EXERCISE, found in the First Amendment.

Bailey Jones

OMG BE AFRAID OF THE FEAR MONGERS!!!

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Donna Spencer

We should all be afraid of the fear mongering, liar and divider President, we have. Why are so many people blind to that ? He is the problem ! Not the media. Of course, he uses the media and again, why do so many people not see that ? He must be voted out of office.

Paul Sivon

Thanks for posting this piece of puppet propaganda. Great example of the garbage you mention and an attempt at the fear monger you claim to despise. Turn off the internet and tv and return to reality.

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