“Legendary journalist Dan Rather took to Facebook this afternoon to call out the President for clearly having more vitriol for the free press than he does for actual Nazis. When it comes to choosing sides between Nazis, Klansmen and violent bigots on one side and an American institution our Founding Fathers enshrined in the First Amendment – a free and independent press – I know what side I choose. I am not sure about President Trump.
It defies reason to even write such a thing, but that must be considered a legitimate conclusion to draw from his latest tweet:
“Made additional remarks on Charlottesville and realize once again that the #Fake News Media will never be satisfied…truly bad people!”
“Truly bad people!” The press, not the Nazis. And if there is any doubt for the headline writers and pundits who wondered whether Mr. Trump’s belated, scripted aside read off of a teleprompter, was really a heartfelt apology, the emotionless phrase “additional remarks” should put that to rest.
I believe that most Americans will side with the best of American values rather than hate. I believe Mr. Trump’s self-obsessed outrages will enrage more than they will inspire. We have seen hate rear its ugly head time and again in this nation’s history. We were even founded amidst a spirit of bigotry. But the path towards justice has been strong, despite its twists and turns along the way. And much of that was due to a strong and determined press. We united to defeat Nazis once before. And we will do so again.”
Today’s world events brought a certain phrase to mind:
“Romans said that the way to keep people happy was to give them bread & circuses.”
Had no idea, who said this, or why.
So, I gave into my curiosity and here’s a sampling of what I found:
“The actual phrase is ‘Give them bread and circuses and they will never revolt’. Coined by the Roman poet Juvenal in the first Century in his Satires lamenting the continuing slide of his former Roman Republic into dictatorship.
The term refers to entertainment or offerings intended to foil discontent or distract attention from a situation. In ancient Rome, bread and circuses were used to keep the underprivileged poor people quiet.
Source: IZZYLEE http://www.answers.com/Q/Who_said_Give_them_bread_and_circuses
“Bread and circuses” refers to the pacification of a populace by food and entertainment, which is related to the term “fat and happy”. As coined by the Roman poet Juvenal (c. 100-200 AD) in his Satires, panem et circenses was an apparent policy in the Roman Empire. The rulers believed that if the people were entertained and their bellies full, they would not get restless or try to overthrow the government. So they tried to make sure that there was always entertainment, notably in the Colosseum, and that there was always bread available to be purchased. In this way, the Roman masses were distracted from the problems of the Empire.
Source: Don Dfoofnik http://www.answers.com/Q/What_does_the_phrase_bread_and_circuses_mean
how the above
can be applied
in this modern day and age,
Joe Kennedy III calls out Paul Ryan:
“What version of ‘mercy’ did you get from the bible?”
“There is no mercy in a system that makes health care a luxury. GOP repeal bill is not act of mercy. It is an act of malice.”