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Rather writes: "A flood is coming that will shape the future of our Republic in ways no one can predict. Except that the speed with which this has all happened, just over a hundred days into President Donald Trump's dumpster fire of an administration, means it was all very predictable."

Dan Rather. (photo: Lucas Jackson/Reuters)
Dan Rather. (photo: Lucas Jackson/Reuters)

And Then the Dam Broke

By Dan Rather, Dan Rather's Facebook Page

18 May 17


flood is coming that will shape the future of our Republic in ways no one can predict. Except that the speed with which this has all happened, just over a hundred days into President Donald Trump's dumpster fire of an administration, means it was all very predictable. And no one who played a role in normalizing this President should be allowed to forget it.

We have news that the Department of Justice, under Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, will appoint a Special Counsel to investigate the Russia interference scandal. Apparently the President was only given a 30 minute heads up, and it came while he was interviewing new heads for the FBI. The Special Counsel will be former FBI Director Robert Mueller. These types of investigations tend to stir up more dirt than anyone thought was there. We will see if that happens now.

The stock market plummets. The White House staff is in chaos. The chorus of Republicans suddenly eager to be on the right side of history gets louder. Most of the time Washington moves in slow motion - except when it doesn't. And this moment is one of those times. We are living in a news cycle that can be measured in nanoseconds.

And amidst the news, another blockbuster report by the Washington Post. House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy apparently said last June that he thought Putin pays Trump. At which point Speaker of the House Paul Ryan, who was also there, stopped the conversation and swore those who were present to secrecy. When the Post asked about the incident, spokesmen for both representatives denied the story on the record. When they were informed that the Post reporters had heard a tape of the exchange, they changed their tune - saying it was a joke.

What all this makes clear is that the concerns which now threaten the integrity of our government were well known and played for cynical theater. Well, the curtain may be coming down on this act of this tragedy. New actors wait to take the stage for a drama for which the script is yet to be written. your social media marketing partner


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+28 # chapdrum 2017-05-18 16:03
A wee bit o' perspective. The WTC towers came down into their own footprint. One of them (#7) came down several hours later, and was not struck by a plane. The steel wreckage aka evidence, was removed from the scene (supposedly a felony).
Bush II resisted the formation of the 9/11 Commission for 441 days.
+9 # ericlipps 2017-05-19 04:35
Perspective? Try "non sequitur." This story isn't about 9-11. Can you and those lie you please get off this hobby horse and attend to the matters actually at hand?
-135 # Rodion Raskolnikov 2017-05-18 16:54
At first glance, I thought the headline said "And Then the Dan Broke." Dan Rather finally broke down and told the truth. But, nah. He's still at it. He's still shilling for Hillary. All he can do is turn a joke into a serious news story.
+42 # Citizen Mike 2017-05-18 21:00
There is no need to bring Hillary's name into this. Trump's administration is quickly imploding and this is all about him, not any other political figure. Your hatred of Hillary just makes you blither and you are missing the point. She is not in this story at all.
-2 # SHK 2017-05-19 23:40
Sorry. I can't agree with you. Hillary was the reason Trump could get away with this heist. Bernie, whom she ran off the road into a ditch to clear the road for what she thought would be her coronation, would have won big time with enough votes to put Trump in the dump where he belongs. I never voted anything but Dem from my first vote at 22 for JFK. Not this time. I "threw my vote away" on Jill Stein. I couldn't bring myself to vote for the Shill OR the Drumpfster.
+17 # reiverpacific 2017-05-19 09:31
Quoting Rodion Raskolnikov:
At first glance, I thought the headline said "And Then the Dan Broke." Dan Rather finally broke down and told the truth. But, nah. He's still at it. He's still shilling for Hillary. All he can do is turn a joke into a serious news story.

So do YOU have a solid and logical opinion?
Any twit (Including Drumpf and his inhumane lap-dawg Ryan) can hurls insults around but it takes a functioning, hope-filled set of suggestions and actions to actually get things going in positive direction.
Go to the corner of the classroom and sulk.
-7 # Rodion Raskolnikov 2017-05-20 05:01
reiver -- my point is quite simple. I have no patience or tolerance for useful idiots like Dan Rather. He's been a useful idiot for his entire career. Now he is doubling down.

Let's face it, the military industrial complex or Deep State or what ever you want to call it is engaged in a "soft coup" against Trump. Hillary Clinton is playing a central role. I don't care about Trump, but the reason he is being regime changed is that he stood against the New Cold War. I do care about that. Hillary and Obama are central players in the New Cold War.

Why are so-called progressives so deluded on this that they are supporting a New Cold War just in order to be against Trump? Here's a good analysis by Eric Zuesse.

"A Progressive's Argument Why Trump is Less Evil than Obama."

And Robert Parry is always good on the "soft coup." Again I don't care about Trump, but the actual coup d'etat by the Deep State will mean the end of American presidential elections. The president will actually serve at the pleasure of the Deep State.
-8 # harleysch 2017-05-20 04:35
Ah, Rather finally found a totally reliable source, California Rep. Kevin McCarthy!

I think Rather, and many others who speak and write as though there has been convincing documentary evidence of crimes, are assuming one can trust the U.S. intel establishment. Talk of a rush to judgement! Rather's piece exemplifies the worst aspect of Texas justice in the 19th century -- "First, we give him a fair trial, then we hang 'em."
-89 # economagic 2017-05-18 18:29
For Rather at this point in his career, not bad! Just continue to take everything you hear with ten pounds or so of salt. The fact that the rumors from which this story was built have mostly converged still doesn't mean they are "true" in the form they reached us.
+90 # kgrad 2017-05-18 18:30
What is a joke is the charlatan playing the role of president without caring about the consequences.
+116 # Montanan 2017-05-18 18:46
Ryan, McConnell and others in the GOP leadership have largely stayed cynically silent during Trump's disastrous (and hopefully short-lived) presidency. They consistently hold their political party above the needs and will of the people they took an oath to serve. They want Trump in office just as long as it takes to pass their party's platform, which is guaranteed to make average Americans poorer, sicker and stupider. They and Trump should be tried for treason.
+7 # Texas Aggie 2017-05-18 21:46
For Lyan Ryan's response, see Andy Borowitz's most recent column. :)
+11 # Kiwikid 2017-05-19 03:13
I suspect at the moment Ryan and McConnell are just continuing to let the rope out so that Trump can hang himself good and proper. They want to make sure that it is clear that it was by his own hand, and they were not directly involved. They can then move ahead with Pence, who will, I have little doubt, be much more to their liking.
+6 # ericlipps 2017-05-19 04:37
Unfortunately, conspiring o make Americans poorer, sicker and stupider isn't treason by the Constitution's definition (look it up).
+34 # DongiC 2017-05-18 19:28
The Republic is approaching the end of its long tenure. Life is tense and there is an idiot would be king at the helm. I doubt if America will survive its latest challenge. How very sad.
+19 # Citizen Mike 2017-05-18 21:02
No, the republic is now showing its vigor by throwing off this would-be dictator and our democracy will be renewed by his resignation in disgrace. Trump's pardon will be a bitter booby prize and he will probably leave the country and go into exile rather than face endless ridicule and public contempt. I recommend Paraguay.
+5 # hereandnow 2017-05-19 03:47
On one hand it is sad, and on the other hand maybe it is the best thing if it doesn't survive in it's present form of but a mostly dumbed down populace, ignorant of most of what goes on in the world, paying taxes to support the most overblown and expensive military in the history ofthe world ... and for what? For the exploitation of themselves and the rest of the planet for the profit of a tiny number of corporations and individuals. Is that how it is supposed to be? Madelaine Albright said that the Russian Federation whould be broken up into a number of smaller, easier to control countries ... Well, I don't see the RF trying to be the world hegomen and impose it's vision on the rest of the world ... so Ms. Albright, perhaps it is not the RF which needs to be brought to heel, but rather your own country.
-30 # egbegb 2017-05-18 19:58
As the godfather of fake news, why does anyone listen to Dan Rather? He created a fake news story about GWB's reserve participation. Who believes anything he says? He is a dye hard partisan.
-18 # RNLDaWy 2017-05-18 20:27
To all those who think the Dems are in your corner working for your best interest in the fabricated 'scandal' you are mistaken. They don't give a rats ass about any of you or me. Trump definitely made money in Russia .. and got paid by the folks with the Rubles .. that precedes his election .. unless there was something required that he disclose which he did not and that was illegal .. unlikely at this point .. trying to merry that with Trump colluded with sources in Russia to feed disinformation into the election or hack the DNC .. is a completely different thing . and yes that would be Watergate Like .. however .. there is to date nothing like that even close to that .. Dan Rather has fallen down the notches ... once an overpaid talking head for major news when it was still the main player .. he took a false unverified 'leak' about G Bush when he was pres and broadcast it as fact . Dan lost his job for that one .. sounds like the very same thing here . with REVENGE hidden deep in it .
+12 # Femihumanist 2017-05-18 21:05
Yes, it could be predicted that chaos would ensue and, I think, we all predicted chaos of some kind.

However, aside from the people who get screwed along the way (even more than they were before), this may be what was needed. Maybe the people in this country has come to their collective senses and will put an end to the degradation we were headed for anyway, except would have been reached a little slower.

Let's hope that the real Progressive backlash continues and that the establishment DNC doesn't decide that they've won and can go back to the continuation of their shit. And if they do, the "people" stomp it down quickly this time.
+16 # Wordslinger 2017-05-18 23:37
It's a pinnacle of irony. While the promoted image of American government is that of a benign bastion of honesty, duty and loyalty, the real governmental history of this country is that of a sick, greedy, destructive, cruel and racist collection of thieves, murderers and liars.

How appropriate our nation should conclude with an insane egoist at the helm.

We need a new country!
+3 # WYThomas 2017-05-19 09:22
#Citizen Mike Well put. I recommend Tierra del Fuego.
+3 # bcwik 2017-05-19 12:12
Quoting WYThomas:
#Citizen Mike Well put. I recommend Tierra del Fuego.

With a gold colored tent.
+2 # SHK 2017-05-19 23:33
This is what caving to That Woman has done for us. Bernie would have won the election fair and square. There would have been no need to even wonder about Trump. Even he didn't have the cash to buy off the Bernie supporters. Hillary would have been just as bad as The Turnump—just a different and sneakier way, casting crumbs to us peasants. Bernie would have been an excellent President and the women who couldn't wait and the crooks and wheeler-dealers gave us the Giant Evil Orange One.

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