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At the end of the line

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The President of a country, whatever it may be, must, first and foremost, always keep in mind the fundamental text that regulates the society to which it belongs. If this condition already is essential for a citizen, as holder of a public office the observance of constitutional precepts acquires an increased responsibility. Furthermore, the Constitution must not only be known but must also be respected regarding political action and the conduct of the executive branch.

Secondly, it is becoming increasingly clear that the Americans chose as President a citizen who is unaware of the Constitution’s contente.
Donald Trump not only disrespects the US Constitution, but also attacks the values that have always characterized the United States.

One must ask: Is this the new America?

Freedom requires plurality and divergence of opinion.

Decidedly, Trump has a distorted notion of what freedom is and what should be the behavior of a President

And, unfortunately, in the United States, the spirit of democracy is getting darker and darker.

 


Turkey vs Netherlands

I do not advocate, uphold or support the far right. In fact, I do not advocate any kind of extremism. However, I do not forget that Erdogan is also an extremist and an autocrat.

And this Erdogan’s Turkey!

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Democracy Requirement(s)

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To President Trump, as it was to his predecessors, all that is, or should be, obligatory are decisions in accordance with his own conscience and within the limits of the law. Nothing more is required. He is entitled to decide as he sees fit and not as we would prefer.

I do accept his democratic victory. However, such acceptance does not mean that I must endorse his decisions. In fact, regardless of my political affiliations, I consider my foremost duty not to blindly accept every political decision.

Question our elected leaders, either the President, Senators, or Congressmen, is a fundamental prerequisite of democracy. And especially the leaders of our own political party and/or affiliation should and have to be questioned.

So, when facing a decision with which I disagree, I will always express my viewpoint without ever trying to impose it.

Ao Presidente Trump, tal como com os seus predecessores, tudo o que é, ou deve ser, exigido são decisões de acordo com a sua consciência em conformidade com os limites da lei. Nada mais é exigível, pois ele pode decidir como entender e não como nós preferiríamos.

Eu aceito a sua vitória eleitoral. Contudo, a minha aceitação não implica um apoio às suas decisões. Na verdade, independentemente das minhas posições políticas, considero ser o meu maior dever não aceitar cegamente toda e qualquer decisão política.

Questionar os nossos representantes eleitos, seja o Presidente, o Primeiro-Ministro ou os Deputados, é um pré-requisito essencial da democracia. E devem particularmente ser questionados os líderes do nosso próprio partido ou afiliação política.

Assim, perante uma decisão com a qual discordo, expressarei sempre a minha opinião sem nunca a impor.


Promessa / Promise

Estarei sempre do lado da liberdade de expressão,

desde que aqueles que a expressam

estejam dispostos a aceitar as responsabilidades dessa expressão

 

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I will always be on the side of freedom of speech,

provided that those who express their opinions

are willing to accept the responsibilities of such expression


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“At any given moment there is an orthodoxy, a body of ideas which it is assumed that all right-thinking people will accept without question. It is not exactly forbidden to say this, that or the other, but it is ‘not done’ to say it, just as in mid-Victorian times it was ‘not done’ to mention trousers in the presence of a lady. Anyone who challenges the prevailing orthodoxy finds himself silenced with surprising effectiveness. A genuinely unfashionable opinion is almost never given a fair hearing, either in the popular press or in the highbrow periodicals.”

George Orwell, 1945, The Freedom of the Press.

“Num determinado momento existe uma ortodoxia, um corpo de ideias que todas as pessoas bem pensantes devem aceitar sem questionar. Não estão proibidos de dizer isto, aquilo ou aqueloutro, mas não é próprio dizê-lo, da mesma maneira que não era próprio mencionar «calças» diante de uma senhora em meados da era vitoriana. Todo aquele que desafia a ortodoxia dominante, dá por si silenciado, com uma eficácia surpreendente. Uma opinião genuína fora da norma, praticamente nunca tem direito a uma audiência justa, tanto na imprensa popular como nos periódicos eruditos.”