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Rather writes: “As we approach the Fourth of July, my mind bounces between our uncertain present and the challenges of the past.”

Dan Rather in his office in Manhattan in 2009. (photo: Jennifer S. Altman/NYT)
Dan Rather in his office in Manhattan in 2009. (photo: Jennifer S. Altman/NYT)


Our Test Is Now

By Dan Rather, Dan Rather's Facebook Page

03 July 18

 

s we approach the Fourth of July, my mind bounces between our uncertain present and the challenges of the past.

This is a time to rededicate ourselves to keeping the flame of faith buring...faith in the American ideal, faith in the American people to meet the challenges of troubled times, and faith in the potency of action to make the faith possible in the first place.

We must remember we’ve had good presidents in the past, and some great ones. We’ve also had some bad ones, and some very bad ones. The judgement of history ultimately will leave its mark on our present age. But one thing our history also teaches, a lesson that bears repeating and one for which I have seen ample evidence, is no president is more powerful than the American people.

If you think times are tough and things are hard now--and they are for many people in many ways --brush up on what our fathers and mothers, grandparents and great grandparents went through beginning about a century ago - a devastating world war, the Great Depression, a merciless drought, followed by the desperate years of a second world war fighting Germany, Italy AND Japan in a massive two-front, two ocean conflict, followed in turn by yet another terrible drought, emergence of the Cold War with Russia and a hot war in Korea.

Remember the lynchings and the deadly silence on those who defined love differently. Remember the dismissal of women’s rights and the desperation of those who lived in poverty without any social safety net. I know there is a sense that decades of recent progress are in danger of being erased. But as someone who lived through an America much less inclusive and just than our current time, I feel the battles of the past were not fought in vain.

“Down many times but never out,” has long been the mantra of an American people who have refused to lose faith, and who have refused to lose the nourishment of that imperfect faith of our founding ideals, a faith that is living still, desperate to be reinvigorated.

Do we still have it? Can we still “bring it?”

I, personally, have no doubt that we do and we will. But it’s true that each fresh set of generations is tested anew. Our test is now; are we keepers of the flame or destined to be those who extinguished it?


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-27 # chapdrum 2018-07-03 17:35
Our test is now, and tomorrow, and next week, and next month...as long as (the collective) we agree that Don is our president.
 
 
+16 # WYThomas 2018-07-03 23:00
Quoting chapdrum:
Our test is now, and tomorrow, and next week, and next month...as long as (the collective) we agree that Don is our president.


#not my president now, and next week, and next month, never, never. never! And when Mueller submits his report, Donnie won't be our president any longer. That is if the Republicans will fulfill their oaths of office and do their duty.
 
 
+7 # ericlipps 2018-07-04 12:39
Quoting WYThomas:
Quoting chapdrum:
Our test is now, and tomorrow, and next week, and next month...as long as (the collective) we agree that Don is our president.


#not my president now, and next week, and next month, never, never. never! And when Mueller submits his report, Donnie won't be our president any longer. That is if the Republicans will fulfill their oaths of office and do their duty.
Let me say this about that: Donald Trump IS "our president," whether we voted for him or not. Make no mistake about that.

If the above sounds oddly familiar, it should: it's lifted straight from Richard Nixon. But unbelievably, Trump is WORSE than Nixon, who didn't rant about building a continental-sca le Berlin Wall and who did create OSHA and the EPA, which Trump is trying to eviscerate.

And don't imagine that Trump will hesitate to sic the FBI and CIA (not to mention the IRS) on his political enemies as Nixon tried to do. He just needs to get them all securely under his thumb first.
 
 
+2 # chapdrum 2018-07-04 13:24
So far, that looks rather unlikely.

#That is if the Republicans will fulfill their oaths of office and do their duty.
 
 
+15 # goodsensecynic 2018-07-04 07:47
It's impossible to forget (even for a blessed moment of peace) that Don (aka "Agent Orange") is president.

It's important to focus on actions that will ensure that he will become "the former" president as quickly as can be legally arranged, and that he is prevented as much as possible from doing further damage to the USA and others in the meantime.
 
 
+44 # Wise woman 2018-07-03 19:17
My faith now is in the women of this country and the men who truly love them. Our biggest challenge is climate change and women must begin to become more involved in it after they feel safe enough to do so. Their energies can be directed there if they're not overwhelmed with violence and lack of protection. RvW must not be overturned and safety in the home and workplace is tantamount. We will get passed trump soon enough and be able to start the process of cleaning up his mess at home and abroad. We've done it before as this article states. We will do it again.
 
 
+1 # Jaax88 2018-07-03 22:42
Well maybe, but it will take years or decades.
 
 
+51 # mashiguo 2018-07-03 20:08
Half-wit platitudes are not a flame. They are the ashes.

Are we worthy of our heritage?
Are we going to tolerate a government that is not instituted by the consent of the governed?
Are we going to reform it in a way that insures our inalienable rights?

Or are we going to watch dancing with the stars and pat ourselves on the back while military operations are being carried out in 76 countries on our tax dollars in our name?

It's either/or. Both are not possible together.
 
 
+6 # WYThomas 2018-07-03 23:05
Yes, Wise Woman, yes!
 
 
+14 # WYThomas 2018-07-03 23:06
And we must rid ourselves of a reality-TV star president.
 
 
+12 # Rodion Raskolnikov 2018-07-04 06:23
While I think Rather does not have any sort of grasp at all of the problems we face, his positive message is basically good. We have resolved a lot of problems and some things in America are better now than they were in the past. We are capable of resolving problems and at least to some extent we know what those problems are.

To me, the biggest problem and the root of all other problems is the empire and the endless wars the US is fighting all over the world. I think most people are now aware that the empire is morally wrong and is bankrupting the US and corrupting the government. It puts is in bed with really ugly dictatorships like the Saudis or Israelis. And puts us against decent but struggling nations like Venezuela, Cuba, N. Korea, Iran, and very many others. Empires make the people at home cynical and filled with hate for other races and nationalities. Witness, the growing hatred right now for Russians, as the "hate-Russia" propaganda twists the minds of American people.

All of this is why the campaign and platform of Alex Ocasio-Cortez is so brilliant. She calls for an "economy of peace" and an end to military interventions. She says clearly wars do not bring peace. They bring more war. Peace comes with good jobs, healthy and fair trade, respect for all nations and races.

Change is coming. It is too slow, but it is happening.
 
 
+6 # chapdrum 2018-07-04 11:37
To clarify: My initial point is that while we wait for the gears of justice to slowly grind, we are required to watch as Don and his wrecking crew decimate our country, under color of the flag.
 
 
+6 # Floridatexan 2018-07-05 12:00
Dan Rather doesn't have a grasp of "what we face"? If anyone does, HE DOES. And nothing is better or will be better until we rid ourselves of the buffoon in the White House. Also, we have plenty of reason to despise the Russians right now, as do the citizens of the UK...for meddling in our elections. Yes, Alexandra is brilliant, no doubt about it; she's the opposite of Drumpf.
 

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