Sunday, Nov. 18, 2018|2 a.m.
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Sixty-five times in 2018, the Las Vegas Sun has actually released editorials criticizing President Donald Trump.
That’s a lot of criticism, no question, and much of it has been bracing. We have actually called him a coward, accused him of un-American behavior and suggested he’s committed treason, to name a few things.
So why have we spoken out so frequently and so stridently about the president? Today, we ‘d like to explain.
We appetite for the America where people interacted to solve issues. We cravings for an America where we might honorably disagree with one another without thinking our opponents are wicked.
We desire an American president who comprehends and complies with the guideline of law.
We thirst for a nationwide discussion based upon realities and honesty, not conspiracy theories and fearmongering.
We want to see a Republican Party that isn’t dominated by racist impulses. There was a variation of the GOP that hated racism, anti-Semitism and all brand names of bigotry– lots of Republicans still hold high values, however they have been cowed into silence for now.
We want to go back to a brand of democracy that motivates everybody to vote and counts each and every vote. We wish to see elections in which presidents do not lie and make up scandals.
We wish for a GOP that stands happily for females’s rights.
We want an American president who calls us to our greater nature, not one who triggers us to cringe at his inhumanity and shudder at his upset stupidity. We want a president who seeks to unify us, instead of pander to his minority base and rich backers.
Whether the country is run by liberals or conservatives does not matter even insisting that it is run by individuals who value the greatness and generosity and knowledge of traditional American values.
We desire a country where fascists and neo-Nazis are not welcomed and encouraged.
We desire a nation that doesn’t reject obvious science and clear facts when making policy.
We desire a nation figured out to leave a better world for our children.
We want a country that values education.
We desire a country that thinks in reasonable play and concerns civil service as working for the people– all of them.
We want a nation that enthusiastically encourages democracy and decency worldwide. We desire a nation that values its allies.
We desire a nation that doesn’t lick the boots of punks like Vladimir Putin.
We desire a nation that comprehends that practical migration makes us better and richer as a culture.
We desire a country where simple honesty and goodwill towards our fellow Americans are held as dear.
Trump and the movement he leads are figured out to destroy the very best within America. They look for to pervert every one of our most spiritual values.
Which’s why we’ve been so crucial. It’s because what’s happening to America under Trump is not regular in any regard. We feel it’s our task not only as reporters but as Americans to point it out.
This is a president who has proven himself to be a threat to our nation’s democracy, its international standing and our national unity.
His attempts to challenge the FBI, the courts and other governmental institutions weaken public trust and threaten to disintegrate our system of government. His vilification of minorities and other groups spurs anger in between Americans, emboldens extremists and has actually sparked a rise in hate criminal offenses. His embrace of totalitarians and unsightly behavior toward our allies compromises our international relations.
His offenses of decorum and civility deteriorate our public dialogue and deteriorate our national perfects of respect, compassion and self-respect. So do his awful views of ladies and the ruthlessness he’s displayed in breaking apart households at the border and demonizing immigrants and refugees for his political convenience.
Then there’s his continuous lying and embellishing, which has actually left Americans unable to even agree on what is fact.
This is a president like no other, in numerous dark aspects.
And what makes him even more unsafe is that he’s operating at a time like no other.
Americans are locked in information bubbles and social echo chambers where realities and nonconforming perspectives can’t get in as lies are traded like political currency. On the other hand, younger generations are denied of the focus on history and civics that was once a staple of public school education.
This holding true, we believe it is our responsibility to our readers and community to mention how this presidency and the Trumpist phenomena disfigure our nation.
The point here isn’t to take potshots, to pile on or to have fun at somebody else’s cost.
We have a president who is not doing anything less than trying to tear apart the American system of government, vandalize the core concepts that specify Americans and defile what is excellent and great about this nation. We will fight all of that to the last drop of ink.
In May 1918, Theodore Roosevelt wrote the following in an editorial for the Kansas City Star: “To announce that there should be no criticism of the President, or that we are to stand by the President, best or incorrect, is not only unpatriotic and servile, however is ethically treasonable to the American public.”
Signed: Brian Greenspun, publisher and editor