If you’re not following Dan Rather on Facebook, you’re sorely missing out. His critiques of Donald Trump, the Republican Party, and the unprecedented chaos we’re currently witnessing are some of the best you’ll find anywhere. That’s to be expected from one of the best journalists in our nation’s history.
What I enjoy most about his posts is that these are words written by someone who’s lived through and covered many of the biggest moments we’ve experienced in this country, as well as the world, since he started his career back in 1950. So when he offers his thoughts on the circus known as the Trump administration, he’s speaking as someone who has far more knowledge about the intricate details of U.S. politics and our government than pretty much anybody else within the media.
For example, a recent post where he absolutely ripped into Trump and the cowardice of the GOP:
I have lived through nearly 4,500 weeks in my life, and I have never seen a week like the one we just had.
I have seen weeks of far greater darkness, of war, and death, and economic despair. I have seen weeks of more confusion and uncertainty. But I have never seen a week where a president of our nation has behaved with such a cavalier disregard for the norms and institutions of our democracy.
The comparisons with Richard Nixon are plentiful these days, but even he did not seem so untethered from our basic governance. And I have never seen so many members of a political party rally around incompetence, intemperance, and inanity.
There’s really nothing I need to add to that. While I’m sure Republicans and Trump supporters will quickly dismiss these words like they do everything else true or factual, Rather isn’t being dramatic nor did he use a bunch of over-the-top hyperbole for effect. You can tell these comments were made by someone who’s genuinely shocked and disgusted by what he’s seeing.
Though as somber as Rather’s comments were in regards to the behavior of Trump and the Republican Party, he also said he’s optimistic by the civic reaction by so many who are rising up to stand against the incompetence currently occupying the White House:
I remain, however, an optimist. I see the swellings of civic engagement and action. I hear the voices of those who demand that this subversion of our national ideals shall not stand. I have covered social movement of the past, and never have seen one where so much power and numbers lie on the side of the opposition. This is a clash for the values of our nation. Our destiny is in our hands.
And he’s right on all accounts.
If there’s something positive to be taken from the awfulness of Trump, it’s that millions of people all over the country are rallying together to defend our country from this wannabe dictator. While there’s not much we can do about Trump being in office, at least not right now, we can make it far more difficult for him and the GOP to set this country back decades by making damn sure our forces are heard, en masse, every chance we get. Then in just over a year when the 2018 midterms roll around, show up in record numbers to vote as many of these cowards and traitors out of office as we can. Give this country a Congress that will finally hold Trump accountable — if he’s still in office by then.
Because if we don’t fight back against this relentless threat to our freedoms and democracy, and we don’t show up in large numbers to vote those defending this incompetent buffoon out of office, then we really only have ourselves to blame.
As Dan Rather perfectly said: Our destiny is in our hands.
The question now is, what are we going to do with it?
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