There was a time in this country where we had true to life journalists who asked the tough questions, spoke the truth and reported the news. That doesn’t mean they were perfect, or that they were always right, but their primary job was to be someone Americans could turn to and trust to keep them well-informed of the events that impacted their lives.
They were news people — not journalists who are also asked to be entertainers concerned about the ratings.
Unfortunately, a lot of our “news” has turned into partial “entertainment.” It’s reporters and journalists who are told not to be too hard, ask too many difficult questions, or say something that desperately needs to be said because doing so might prove financially detrimental to their shareholders.
Well, what he posted on Friday was probably one of the best takes on Trump’s rise to power I’ve seen from anywhere. Here are a few excerpts from his post:
Of the nearly 20 inaugurations I can remember, there has never been one that felt like today. Not even close. Never mind the question of the small size of the crowds, or the boycott by dozens of lawmakers, or even the protest marches slated for tomorrow across the country. Those are plays upon the stage. What is truly unprecedented in my mind is the sheer magnitude of quickening heartbeats in millions of Americans, a majority of our country if the polls are to be believed, that face today buffeted within and without by the simmering ache of dread.
I have never seen an incoming president so preoccupied with responding to the understandable vagaries of dissent and seemingly unwilling to contend with the full weight and responsibilities of the most powerful job in the world.
Despite the pageantry of unity on display at the Capitol today, there is a piercing sense that we are entering a chapter in our nation’s evolving story unlike one ever yet written.
Mr. Trump’s delivery was staccato and there was very little eye contact as he seemed to be reading carefully from a teleprompter. His words and tone were angry and defiant. He is still in campaign mode and nary a whiff of a unifying spirit. There was little or nothing of uplift – the rhetoric of Washington, Lincoln, Roosevelt, Kennedy, or Reagan. We heard a cavalcade of slogans and one liners, of huge promises to “bring back” an America – whatever that really means to many who look at our history and see progress in our current society.
Trump painted a very dark picture of the current state of our nation, beset by gangs and drugs and violence, regardless of what the data shows. His words swelled with his economic populism and the nationalism of “America first.” The applause was sparse, and I imagine many more being turned off, even sickened, rather than inspired by what our new President had to say.
These are the swirling currents about our ship of state. We now have a new and untested captain. His power is immense, but it is not bestowed from a divinity on high. It is derived, as the saying goes, from the consent of the governed. That means President Trump now works for us – all of us. And if he forgets that, it will be our duty to remind him.
If you have a couple of minutes, I would highly recommend reading everything he said. It’s absolutely fantastic, and he’s certainly correct.
We’re now in uncharted waters. Nobody really knows exactly what to expect because our new “president” is a conspiracy theorist who’s woefully unfit and unqualified for the Oval Office. He’s mentally unhinged, neurotic and very likely a sociopath. For the first time in my life I feel as if a president could start a war by accident. This is someone who’s so incompetent that he can do damage to this country without even realizing it.
The only thing I will tell people to do is never let up. This has to be an every-single-day fight until Donald Trump is out of office. We cannot let his lies, outrageous behavior or legitimate mental instability become “normal.”
We’re all in for the fight of our lives to save this country from Donald Trump and the people who were foolish enough to vote for one of the biggest mistakes in this country’s history.