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Dan Rather: 'These are not normal times-This is about racism, bigotry, intimidation & corruption'

Now is a time when none of us can afford to remain seated or silent. We must all stand up to be counted.

HIstory will demand to know which side were you on. This is not a question of politics or party or even policy. This is a question about the very fundamentals of our beautiful experiment in a pluralistic democracy ruled by law.

When I see neo-Nazis raise their hands in terrifying solute, in public, in our nation's capital, I shudder in horror. When I see that action mildly rebuked by a boilerplate statement from the President-elect whom these bigots have praised, the anger in me grows. And when I see some in a pliant press turn that mild statement into what they call a denunciation I cannot hold back any longer.

Our Declaration of Independence bequeaths us our cherished foundational principle: "We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness."

These truths may be self-evident but they are not self-replicating. Each generation has to renew these vows. This nation was founded as an opposite pole to the capriciousness of an authoritarian monarch. We set up institutions like a free press and an independent court system to protect our fragile rights. We have survived through bloody spasms of a Civil War and a Civil Rights Movement to extend more of these rights to more of our citizens. But the direction of our ship of state has not always been one of progress. We interned Japanese Americans, Red Baited during the McCarthy era, and more. I feel the rip tide of regression once again swelling under my feet. But I intend to remain standing.

In normal times of a transition in our presidency between an incoming and outgoing administration of differing political parties, there is a certain amount of fretting on one side and gloating on the other. And the press usually takes a stance that the new administration at least deserves to have a chance to get started - a honeymoon period. But these are not normal times. This is not about tax policy, health care, or education - even though all those and more are so important. This is about racism, bigotry, intimidation and the specter of corruption.

But as I stand I do not despair, because I believe the vast majority of Americans stand with me. To all those in Congress of both political parties, to all those in the press, to religious and civic leaders around the country. your voices must be heard. I hope that the President-elect can learn to rise above this and see the dangers that are brewing. If he does and speaks forcibly, and with action, we should be ready to welcome his voice. But of course I am deeply worried that his selections of advisors and cabinet posts suggests otherwise.

To all of you I say, stay vigilant. The great Martin Luther King, Jr. knew that even as a minority, there was strength in numbers in fighting tyranny. Holding hands and marching forward, raising your voice above the din of complacency, can move mountains. And in this case, I believe there is a vast majority who wants to see this nation continue in tolerance and freedom. But it will require speaking. Engage in your civic government. Flood newsrooms or TV networks with your calls if you feel they are slipping into the normalization of extremism. Donate your time and money to causes that will fight to protect our liberties.

We are a great nation. We have survived deep challenges in our past. We can and will do so again. But we cannot be afraid to speak and act to ensure the future we want for our children and grandchildren.

https://www.facebook.com/theDanRather/?hc_ref=NEWSFEED&fref=nf

LOL!-Among Trump's complaints about @NBC: "the network's photographs showed him with multiple chins"

He turned then to NBC, saying it's the worst, criticizing its reporters and saying it could not even come up with a flattering picture to broadcast. His complaint: photographs showing him with multiple chins. NBC's Turness replied that wasn't true, saying it was currently using a photograph showing Trump in a very flattering way. Trump also criticized a reporter who he said was in the room, who had moderated a debate but who he had been told was very upset when Clinton lost. Presumably that was a reference to ABC's Martha Raddatz or NBC's Lester Holt.


http://www.npr.org/sections/thetwo-way/2016/11/21/502951630/trump-airs-greivances-fields-questions-in-meeting-with-top-tv-news-figures?utm_source=twitter.com&utm_campaign=politics&utm_medium=social&utm_term=nprnews

Um no, the constitution made it a big deal and for good reason.



https://twitter.com/randyprine/status/800901358018641920

We're not even in a Manchurian Candidate plotline, this is out in the open.

Poster in Danilovgrad. I'm a bit mystified by how the American right, always after the lousy commies, has decided that it's just fine to get into bed in Putin's Kremlin.
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http://www.eschatonblog.com/2016/11/an-exciting-new-odor.html#comment-3012991748

"Next Time Bring The Binders"


https://twitter.com/pourmecoffee/status/800381989228544001

Okay, "Neo-Nazi" not "Alt-Right."

This took place in the Reagan Federal Building. On Saturday.


http://www.nytimes.com/2016/11/21/us/alt-right-salutes-donald-trump.html?_r=0

"tiny hands"

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http://driftglass.blogspot.com/2016/11/and-pity-of-it-is-these-things-cannot.html

How NYT treated Clintons improperly-reopened case vs Trumps fresh 20 MILLION FRAUD SETTLEMENT



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https://twitter.com/malamoot/status/800103977589190657



Here's the NY Times front page today. That blockbuster about Trump taking business meetings during transition? It ran on page A20.

https://twitter.com/MattGertz/status/800408123592699905

Donald Trump Is the Result of White Rage, Not Economic Anxiety

The reason these "white working class voters" rejected the Democratic Party's economic message — which was a hell of lot more detailed than Trump's "You're gonna be sick from so much winning"— is that our economic message generally and Hillary Clinton's platform specifically was INCLUSIVE and talked about raising all boats.

The ONLY specificity Trump offered wasn't how he'd make white working class lives better. It was how he would make the Others (read: minorities, women, immigrants, gays, etc.) WORSE. That was a feature, not a bug.


http://crooksandliars.com/2016/11/it-wasnt-economic-anxiety-elected-donald



Republican patriots put the nation at risk so that Trump could fulfill his dominant campaign promise. And, to be clear, it was not to make America great again, but to make access to America’s resources “whites only” again. The Klan recognized it, as did the white nationalists who gave Trump their full-throttled support. But, this wasn’t just a fantasy of the far right. The allure of a revived Jim Crow nation that proudly, willfully excludes and debases millions of nonwhites was so reaffirming and reassuring that everything else became secondary or tertiary. Everything else, including national security.


http://time.com/4573307/donald-trump-white-rage/?xid=fbshare

Hamilton cast responds to Trump's demand for an apology:

Dixon rejected the claims, replying:

“Conversation is not harassment sir. And I appreciate Mike Pence for stopping to listen”..

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The show’s creator Lin-Manuel Miranda, who bowed out of the lead role of Alexander Hamilton in July after a year long stint, supported his cast saying he was proud of the musical and Dixon “for leading with love and proud to remind you that ALL are welcome at the theatre”.


http://www.independent.co.uk/news/people/donald-trump-claims-mike-pence-harassed-at-hamilton-rejected-by-cast-twitter-a7427981.html
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