Dan Rather Offers an Absolutely Brilliant Summary of Donald Trump’s Official Inauguration

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.

That’s why I love when I see former CBS anchor Dan Rather post something political on Facebook. The election of Trump has made him far more outspoken than he’s been in quite a while.

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.

Allen Clifton

Allen Clifton is a native Texan who now lives in the Austin area. He has a degree in Political Science from Sam Houston State University. Allen is a co-founder of Forward Progressives and creator of the popular Right Off A Cliff column and Facebook page. Be sure to follow Allen on Twitter and Facebook, and subscribe to his channel on YouTube as well.


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    “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.” ……Ditto. All hyperbole aside, I think Trump is mentally unbalanced. Narcissist, sociopath, paranoid, vindictive, all describe his behavior to some extent. All of these things are capped off by Trump’s apparent belief he has nothing to learn from anyone. A foolish attitude for anybody, and a profoundly dangerous attitude in a President.

    • Jung Chang

      Life is ridiculous! A year ago I had felt that Trump made me could not breath! Initially I thought I only have the last thing to take care of – elect a progressive president! That failed, then since after election I was forced to read the news that I could not let go my vigilance. I just told a friend that our lives are ruined by being bogged down into this craziness and deep anxiety. (My friend was watching news on Sunday morning, and both of us have skipped lots of things needed to have attention. Trump is like a black hole- destructive force.

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    • Tina Mull

      Wow for a moment I thought you were describing Obama

    • Tina Mull

      Wow for a moment I thought you were describing Obama

  • Tito

    Baawaah! Our progressive community suffers from acute amnesia. Dan Rather got caught lying in Memo Gate about George Bush. He had to apologize on national TV.

    Why is it that our progressive community regularly promotes liberal hate speech and malpractice journalism.

    There’s a ghetto in Chicago that’s missing its disastrous community organizer. Baawaah!

    BTW, All Lives Matter, Blue Lives Matter, Latinos for the Wall, and Affirmative Action is racist!

    • shmooney

      That would be relevant if it wasn’t obvious you watch fox, breitbart, infowars and/or drudge for your news. They lie to you each and every day but because they tell you what you already believe, it’s all real to you. Sad. Bigly.

      • Tito

        Boy oh boy! Liberals and Democrats can be a special bunch. Let’s have a look at Obama’s final score car, shall we?

        * Since 2008, Obama has lost almost 70 Democrats and more than 900 state legislators.
        * 11 governorships
        * 13 U.S. Senate seats,
        * 69 House seats,
        * 30 state legislative chambers.

        In 2018, Democrats must fight for 23 seats, plus another two held by independents who caucus with Democrats. All eyes on 2018!

        What’s worse for Democrats is that their seats must be defended in states won by Republican Donald Trump! 10 Senate liberal seats could flip for the GOP. That’s correct, TEN! Oh, the progressive community is wetting their panties!

        There’s a ghetto in Chicago that’s missing its disastrous community organizer. Baawaah!

        BTW, All Lives Matter, Blue Lives Matter, and Affirmative Action is racist!

      • shmooney

        So forget the repugs have gerrymandered their districts? Or made it harder to vote for a non-existent problem of voter fraud? They rig the game and then say they have the majority? Grow up. You sound like a fool and a trumpster. No one has ever said that all lives don’t matter. Saying black lives matter is not saying that either. I’m guessing the hamster fell off its wheel and you’re unable to look past all the hate you have for those that don’t look like you. You’d like to think that progressives and liberals are wetting their pants but we’re not. We are disgusted on how this country is turning into a land of ‘alternative’ facts. But we’re also not laying down in a fetal position like you seem to think. Did you miss all the people that weren’t at your hero’s inauguration? You’re a minority and your heroes are liars and thieves. They will not prevail.

      • Tina Mull

        Boy that’s the pot calling the kettle black just keep thinking that way

      • Tina Mull

        Will Tito apparently you are clearly one of the useful idiots that the Democrats love so much

  • Lynda Sisk

    I actually now understand that in fact Trump will make America Great Again…by getting us up off the couch, shaking off our complacency and paying attention to our politicians. Lets keep up the pressure, the desire to really be a part of the decisions and not let anyone in this country take away what we all believe in, Equality, Compassion and the right to protect our values and Environment. A march is just the beginning of our fight.

  • Brian Smith

    Brilliant writing again by Dan Blather.
    Comrades, Old Vladimer Lenin would be so proud at the amount of “useful idiots” helping us all down the collectivists highway. Hmmm, seems to me these types call themselves “liberals” or even forward thinking “progressives.” Yet, when you peek behind the curtains at this “movement,” it’s all been done before and there are millions lying in shallow graves across the world that bear testament to the brutality. To their credit, they have done an excellent job at subtle indoctrination of the masses which has been left behind by a worldwide banking system that even “they” don’t want to talk about. The true democratic party was killed in Dallas many years ago now. In all likelihood, he was killed by the same corrupt system which seeks TOTAL control and POWER (they already have the money).

  • Jihm

    Trump is a pathological liar who is compelled by his mental illness to lie about everything – even the most trivial matters. All his adult life he has been surrounded by yes-men and yes-women who have to defend his lies and create “alternate facts” to suit them.

    • puzzled1

      Yep, quoting Dan Rather, who was fired by CBS after a 44 year career for . . . lying, forging documents, distortions, etc., etc.

      Rather sued CBS for $70 million, claiming the CBS firing was wrong.

      The outcome of Rather’s suit?

      The judge dismissed Rathers case.

      Dan Rather is the “foundation” upon which you build your assertions Mr. Clifton?

      ROFLH. You are REALLY reaching now, Mr. Clifton.

      • Tina Mull

        Clifton is really nothing more than a political hack he has absolutely no idea what he’s talking about most of the time and seems to want to focus on things that clearly Trump wants people like him to focus on because while they’re talking about this he’s actually getting things done unlike Obama who never got anything done let me correct that he got plenty done to help destroy the country that’s about it.

    • Tina Mull

      Most of what you said describes Obama to the T

      • Jihm

        Have your spinal fluid checked when you fill up next.