A week before Michael T. Flynn resigned as national security adviser, a sealed proposal was hand-delivered to his office, outlining a way for President Trump to lift sanctions against Russia. […] But the proposal, a peace plan for Ukraine and Russia, remains, along with those pushing it: Michael D. Cohen, the president’s personal lawyer, who delivered the document; Felix H. Sater, a business associate who helped Mr. Trump scout deals in Russia; and a Ukrainian lawmaker trying to rise in a political opposition movement shaped in part by Mr. Trump’s former campaign manager Paul Manafort. [New York Times]
PRESIDENT’S DAY this year means something wholly different than it once did.
Our 45th President has broken whatever mold there was for celebrating our president and commander in chief.
Hearing Trump quote Thomas Jefferson was tantamount to a loud, bombastic baritone singing at full voice and not realizing he’s terribly off key.
Jefferson lauded the press. Preferred it above any other institution in our democratic republic.
“The only security of all is in a free press.” – Thomas Jefferson
The quote Trump used over the weekend was Jefferson at his worst. He railed at the Fourth Estate many times. When he was batting off allegations that he’d fathered a child with Sally Hemmings. The truth was much more revelatory. He’d had many children with Ms. Hemmings. So while urging a young man to stay away from journalism, Jefferson was also trying to steer everyone away from his dark secrets.
Our founders weren’t perfect.
They did love this great experiment called America.
And no one believed the press was more important to keeping this experiment alive than Jefferson.
Senator John McCain said a mouthful on “Meet the Press” this past Sunday. Responding to Trump’s tweet about the media, McCain said bluntly, this “is how dictators get started.”
The Kremlin on the Potomac should heed McCain’s warning but they can’t because of the damning drip, drip, drip around Russia and Trump.
When you read the article on the proposed back-channel “peace plan for Ukraine and Russia,” pay particular attention to the cast of characters.
If you’re into spy novels go read this article at Vox.
The questions about Trump, his aides, his money and Russia keep piling up.
We’re well beyond Nixonian now. But like Thomas Jefferson, Nixon hated the press too. Jefferson railed at the press long before anyone else, which the Washington Post lays out.
But unlike our current president, Richard Nixon, Thomas Jefferson, John McCain, John F. Kennedy — who made the press his bitch — and just about everyone else understands that without the First Amendment we wouldn’t have a democratic republic.
“And were it left to me to decide whether we should have a government without newspapers, or newspapers without a government, I should not hesitate a moment to prefer the latter…” – Thomas Jefferson
— Michael Calderone (@mlcalderone) February 20, 2017
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) February 17, 2017