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Let’s talk about patriotism, the media, and Islam... Today, those who disagree with the President or who protest against what they believe is wrong, are quickly labeled as “unpatriotic.” The media has been characterized by Trump himself as “the enemy of the American people” and a large number of Americans believe Muslims are terrorists. So, what does a former (Republican) President have to say about all of this?

Shortly after Trump’s inauguration, George W. Bush said, “I don’t like the name-calling and I don’t like the people feeling alienated.” When asked if he ever considered the media to be “the enemy of the people,” he replied, “I consider the media to be indispensable to democracy... Power can be very addictive and it can be corrosive.” When reminded that, after the 9-11 attacks, he made it a point to call the teachings of Islam “good and peaceful” and asked if he supported Trump’s executive order to ban travel from several Muslim countries, Bush commented he was “for an immigration policy that is welcoming and that upholds the law.”

I love America and I served in the military. But I reserve my Constitutional right to speak up when I believe America has fallen short. Study our own history and you will realize that we’ve not always been right nor have we always done the right thing. For anyone to condemn me or to advocate censorship of the media is an affront to what America is all about. Think about that very carefully.

Bill E. Hedrick

Kilgore, Texas

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