It is unfortunate but true; I can’t actually channel Sir Winston Churchill; if only I could. But he does speak to me, always has. What might Sir Winston have to say about the present day?
Q: What is your view of the attempt to stifle dissent in the political process, specifically in terms of reemergence of The Fairness Doctrine, and statements by newly appointed FCC Staff?
WINSTON: “Criticism may not be agreeable, but it is necessary. It fulfils the same function as pain in the human body. It calls attention to an unhealthy state of things.”
Q: Our current legislative efforts run to thousands of pages, any comment on that trend?
WINSTON: “The length of the document defends it well against the risk of its being read.”
Q: There is much talk about a lack of Presidential leadership would you have any advice for the President?
WINSTON: “I would say a man does what he must – in spite of personal consequences, in spite of obstacles and dangers and pressures – that is the basis of all human morality.”
Q: What are your thoughts on the present day Russian resurgence?
WINSTON: “Russia is a riddle wrapped in a mystery inside an enigma.”
Q: There are a variety of situations and challenges the U.S. faces oversees, many fear that we will adopt paths already proven to be unproductive and that those paths will demand some measure of appeasement or acceptance of circumstances anathema to our traditional standards, your thoughts?
WINSTON: “One ought never to turn ones back on a threatened danger and try to run away from it. If you do that, you will double the danger. But if you meet it promptly and without flinching, you will reduce the danger by half. Never run away from anything; never!”
Q: Many feel that the U.S. is moving toward Socialism, what are your thoughts on Socialism?
WINSTON: “I would make two observations on Socialism”. “Socialism is a philosophy of failure, the creed of ignorance, and the gospel of envy.” “I would say further that that the inherent vice of capitalism is the unequal sharing of blessings; the inherent virtue of socialism is the equal sharing of misery.”
Q: It appears safe to assume that you are in favor of Capitalism?
WINSTON: “Some people regard private enterprise as a predatory tiger to be shot. Others look on it as a cow they can milk. Not enough people see it as a healthy horse, pulling a sturdy wagon.”
Q: Any parting thoughts on your opinion of America?
WINSTON: “I have many thoughts on America.” I always seem to get inspiration and renewed vitality by contact with this great, novel land of yours which sticks up out of the Atlantic.” “I would say further that you can always count on Americans to do the right thing – after they’ve tried everything else.”
Q: Finally, any advice for us?
“When I am abroad, I always make it a rule never to criticize or attack the government of my own country.” “I would also remind you that it is good to have enemies; that means you’ve stood up for something.” “Finally I would remind my American cousins that to build may be a slow and laborious task of years. To destroy can be the thoughtless act of a single day.”