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Mon Sep 25, 2017, 08:59 AM

Dan Rather comments about Drumpf and NFL

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It's football Sunday, and I have a pit in my stomach, and a sickening sense of deja vu. Who knows what the day will bring?

I do know the source of my disquiet. It is the stench of bigotry as a demagogue stirs the potent cauldron of racial division. I want to say, this is so unnecessary. We have so many other things we should be worrying about. But of course now this is real, and it must be called out. This is an age when no one can be neutral. To remain silent in the face of race-baiting is to be complicit. And I have seen the cost of complicity. It is ugly...

...I know this history. And so does Donald Trump. He understands how salient the trope of the "angry black man" is. It was said of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and other now-revered leaders of the civil rights struggle. It is so ingrained in our history that it can become resonant even in those who say they aren't bigoted. So Mr. Trump plucks at it. He knows that he can use the American flag as a symbol of division and not unity. So he sows that thought.


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mfcorey1 Sep 25 OP
kentuck Sep 25 #1
iluvtennis Sep 25 #2
Laxman Sep 25 #5
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smirkymonkey Sep 25 #4

Response to mfcorey1 (Original post)

Mon Sep 25, 2017, 09:41 AM

1. Sinclair Lewis:

"When fascism comes to America, it will be wrapped in the flag and carrying a cross."

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Response to kentuck (Reply #1)

Mon Sep 25, 2017, 11:36 AM

2. Wow, how prophetic.

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Response to kentuck (Reply #1)

Mon Sep 25, 2017, 12:39 PM

5. He Didn't Actually Write Or Say That....

although I think he probably wish he did. It is the theme of his book "It Can't Happen Here" but it's not in there. Some of his contemporaries did use similar language. Then Harrison Salisbury wrote in 1971 in "The Many Americas Shall Be One" interpreting Lewis' themes in It Can't Happen Here, he stated that when fascism comes to America it will come "wrapped in the flag whistling the Star Spangled Banner". Your recitation of the sentiment is worth stating however. Today more than ever.

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Response to mfcorey1 (Original post)

Mon Sep 25, 2017, 12:12 PM

3. drumpf doesn't give a flying fuck about the flag or saluting.

There's many pictures out there of him smirking during the anthem and never does he put his hand over his heart as he should. He obviously doesn't give a fuck about that. This is just a distraction from Mueller Time and some red meat to the racists. It physically makes me sick when he lies about his intentions - such total lies! White KKK and Nazis - there are some fine folks, but black kneelers are sons-of-a-bitches? No one in the world, other than his asshole racist supporters, believes this isn't all about race. Drumpf is a stone racist and wanted to make hay with his racist Alabama jerkoffs.

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Response to lark (Reply #3)

Mon Sep 25, 2017, 12:24 PM

4. This, exactly!

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