To be persuasive, we must be believable; to be believable, we must be credible; to be credible, we must be truthful.
We must not confuse dissent with disloyalty. When the loyal opposition dies, I think the soul of America dies with it.
We must not confuse dissent with disloyalty. We must remember always that accusation is not proof and that conviction depends upon evidence and due process of law. We will not walk in fear, one of another.
I simply cannot accept that there are on every story two equal and logical sides to an argument.
No one can terrorize a whole nation, unless we are all his accomplices.
The speed of communications is wondrous to behold. It is also true that speed can multiply the distribution of information that we know to be untrue.
We will not be driven by fear into an age of unreason, if we dig deep in our history and our doctrine, and remember that we are not descended from fearful men ... We proclaim ourselves, as indeed we are, the defenders of freedom, wherever it continues to exist in the world, but we cannot defend freedom abroad by deserting it at home.
When the politicians complain that TV turns the proceedings into a circus, it should be made clear that the circus was already there, and that TV has merely demonstrated that not all the performers are well trained.
American traditions and the American ethic require us to be truthful, but the most important reason is that truth is the best propaganda and lies are the worst. To be persuasive we must be believable; to be believable we must be credible; to be credible we must be truthful. It is as simple as that.
A nation of sheep will beget a government of wolves.
Last Update: 4 August 2021
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