One of the most important tasks which citizens of a democratic society must undertake is that of publicly assessing and acting on the policies and political behavior of their leaders — especially their top leaders. A quotation by former President Teddy Roosevelt speaks clearly to that task: “The president is merely the most important among a large number of public servants. He should be supported or opposed exactly to the degree which is warranted by his good conduct or bad conduct, his efficiency or inefficiency in rendering loyal, able and disinterested service to the nation as a whole. Therefore, it is absolutely necessary that there should be full liberty to tell the truth about his acts, and this means that it is exactly as necessary to blame him when he does wrong as to praise him when he does right. Any other see,attitude in an American citizen is both base and servile. To announce that there must be no criticism of the president or that we are to stand by the president right or wrong, is not only unpatriotic and servile, but morally treasonable to the American public. Nothing but the truth should be spoken about him or anyone else. But it is even more important to tell the truth, pleasant or unpleasant, about him than about anyone else.”
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