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‘Outright cowardice’: Dan Rather rails against Trump and the sycophants who enable him

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Veteran newsman Dan Rather was speechless over the weekend after President Donald Trump claimed former President Barack Obama wiretapped him in Trump Tower. But, Rather did say that the unhinged tweets at 6:30 a.m. are indicative of an “administration in freefall.”

In a Monday Facebook post, Rather explained that the “real Donald Trump has stood up,” and is on full display to the American people as the Commander-in-Chief. The days when Trump could stand before Congress and read a teleprompter like a responsible leader are gone, according to Rather. What it has replaced it is “a punchline to a joke no one wants to have told.”

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“Every one who normalizes Mr. Trump now, or has in the past, will have to answer to future generations for their acquiescence, silence or sophistry—if, indeed, not outright cowardice,” he warned.

Rather named each of the times Trump has wielded a conspiracy theory so irrational that few sought to investigate. He went on to blame anyone that benefits from Trump and his unsubstantiated claims.

“Those who cynically use his presidency to push forward unpopular giveaways to the rich and well-connected bear responsibility,” he wrote. “Those in the press who meet insults with explanations bear responsibility.”

Rather said that many presidents fight to keep themselves in “the real world” and outside the bubble of the Oval Office, “but I have never seen anything like this.”

“Power attracts sycophants and cynics,” Rather wrote. “The sheer level of paranoia that is radiating out of the White House is untenable to the workings of a republic.”

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He’s further concerned if Trump actually believes what he tweets. According to Rather, even former President Richard Nixon, “the most paranoid president to date,” managed to lead the country with a calm and measured hand. This administration, however, seems to have gone into a bizarre “whirlwind” since taking office. If reports are true, Trump is even getting worse.

“There is a growing consensus that the President may be ‘unhinged,'” Rather wrote. “It’s a serious allegation, but even if it is not the case, Mr. Trump only has himself to blame.’

It’s Shakespearean in its level of drama, according to Rather. He even predicts that artists of the future might even write their own versions of epic tales using Trump as a guide.

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But, while Trump is hoping for a distraction, Rather thinks he misjudges the American people.

“We have woken,” Rather closed. “We are paying attention. And we love our country too much to let it falter without a fight.”

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Trump’s latest national security adviser is undercutting FBI Director Wray to quash report of new Russian meddling: report

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In a scorching column for the Daily Beast, historian David Rothkopf accused Donald Trump's latest national security director, Robert O'Brien, of undercutting the United States intelligence services and uses his comments about recent reports of new Russian election meddling to make the case that he is contradicting FBI Director Christopher Wray to please the president.

According to Rothkopf, "For just over a century, since America arrived as a major force on the global stage, we have feared that should our enemies defeat us, it would be on the battlefield or via a devastating nuclear onslaught. We never could have imagined that an enemy might take another approach altogether: infecting us with a presidential virus who this week gutted our national security leadership structures like a fish."

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Decoding the Christian paradox: Evangelical historian explains how right-wingers ignore Jesus to support a corrupt and greedy president

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To quote the bumper sticker: "What would Jesus do?"

Assuming that he existed and held the views imputed to him, Jesus Christ would not support Donald Trump.

Donald Trump's behavior, values, policies and their consequences are the opposite of what Jesus Christ represented. Trump has put migrants and refugees in cages and delighted in their suffering. He feels contempt for the poor, the sick, the vulnerable and the needy. He has lied at least 16,000 times. He is corrupt and wildly greedy.

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America could be on the verge of a huge shift to the left — here’s what you can expect

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A new socialist movement is cohering in the US, thanks in large part to the popular class politics of Bernie Sanders. But as that movement grows and progresses, it is bound to run into dangerous obstacles and thorny contradictions. The new US socialist movement is without a single "line" or monolithic political position. That's a strength of the movement, since none of us has all the answers. Still, many people in the movement, ourselves included, feel strongly about certain approaches to strategy. One approach we feel strongly about is what we call "the democratic road to socialism," or the idea that we need to make good use of the democratic structures and processes available to us (and to improve and expand them) in order to advance our cause.A country like the United States has both a well-developed capitalist state, beholden to the capitalist class and armed to the teeth, and mechanisms for democratic participation in that state that allow people to exercise some measure of control over their representatives. Even though their choices are limited, their representatives are bought off by the rich, and the capitalist class holds the entire system hostage with the threat of devastating economic retaliation if things don't go their way, the system does have some basic democratic elements that its citizens largely affirm and occasionally participate in.This is a tricky situation to navigate. If the democratic capitalist state were less developed, it might be possible to convince people to simply storm the gates, tear up the old rules, and start fresh in a socialist society. This is what socialists tried to do in Russia in 1917: the state was weak and after centuries of autocratic rule it didn't have much legitimacy in the eyes of most Russians, so revolutionaries could get popular support for scrapping it and starting over.
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