What's It To Be? A Tinpot Dictatorship or Advanced Democracy?

Thom plus logo Mike Pompeo lied to a reporter on the air, and then screamed obscenities at her afterwards. A few days later, he refused to allow another reporter from NPR on the state department airplane in punishment. Donald Trump just praised this behavior, Saying "You did a good job on her," as if it was some sort of a physical assault.

If Thomas Jefferson was right that a Free Press is the strongest defender of democracy, our democracy is now officially at a very, very weak point. Every American should be horrified by this behavior in the White House and State Department and should speak out in social media and any other venue available against this administration's latest attempt to muffle a Free Press.

Combined with the fact that the White House has stopped having press conferences altogether, the Trump administration is behaving like a tinpot dictatorship rather than an advanced democracy.

-Thom

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Tinhip 8 weeks 5 days ago
#1

The US is a Republic. Thom, you should write your 1000th book titled The hidden history as to how the US became a Republic, quickly followed by The hidden History of why the US should go Communist.

Xfilerose 8 weeks 3 days ago
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After reading an article EXCLUSIVE: WHILE THE PRESS AND PUBLIC FOCUS ON IRAN, US MILITARY PREPARES FOR WAR WITH RUSSIA I was provoked to these thoughts. Does anyone recall our leaderships comments about bringing back the cold war because everybody made so much money back then? It appears they are engineering conflict toward change. Like all other wars, the profiteers and particularly our republicans appear as vultures who prey on the opportunities and may soon feast on the carcass of the donkey. We can smell the elephant dung from Kentucky to Mar a Lago and should not ignore the link to the elected ones who see themselves as owners of the earth. The other concern is that those same vultures are ruining our economy and engineering reform through population control and reduction of targeted demographics – hence things like pharma and bashing of races and entitled. The big question might even be whether the global health could survive the big conflict vs the continued deterioration from population growth. Don't fool yourself into believing this administration gives a coo about us personally, they only focus on the money and of course framing our minds on who's in charge and acceptance on how insignificant we are. As per the article, they play games! Given the universal push to kill nationalism inspires you to consider whether the goal is acceptance of globalization because it appears there is convergence and the apparent corruption in the Senate is them ushering us into submission. It appears after yesterday, the experiment is pressing forward and we know what’s happening. We’re looking for the enemy and the enemy is us if we submit.

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