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Wed Mar 1, 2017, 09:20 AM

Dan Rather: Bubbling beneath surface of Trumps speech was a president who is stoking division

Dan Rather
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We've seen this before. After a period of sustained chaos, Donald Trump ascends a podium, and for a moment at least, reads a relatively measured speech from a teleprompter. For the most part, in tone and temperament it is a world away from the Tweets, and the press conferences. In many ways it was standard conservative Republican fare on such topics as tax cuts, although watching Paul Ryan stand and applaud lines calling into question free trade and major spending on infrastructure shows how much the GOP elite has swung behind President Trump.

The President's call for economic populism is a popular instinct in the country, that I think cuts across party lines. If that was the centerpiece of his agenda, I suspect his poll numbers would be much higher. But of course there is so much more we have seen over the past several weeks that show how the most controversial rhetoric of the campaign has continued from the President in office. Tonight, Mr. Trump referenced history on many occasions, seeking to give his very unconventional administration the trappings of its place in sustained American values. There were many lines that will be seen as smoothing out the edges. But bubbling beneath the surface was still a President who is stoking division. I think the most noteworthy section, and one that history will mark, was his focus on crimes from immigrants. It is a dangerous and disingenuous strawman. Yes illegal immigrants have committed crimes. But what about the Indian worker who was just murdered in Kansas? Or the little children and teachers in Connecticut? Or African Americans in prayer in South Carolina?

Nevertheless, I think that this is a speech that will play well with the President's base. If Democrats or Independents hope that Republicans in Congress will challenge the Administration, the numerous standing ovations show how faint that expectation currently is. Democrats will read between the lines on health care, the President's language on "law and order," his framing of foreign policy. They will claim rampant disingenuity and a glaring lack of specifics. And some may sense the low rumblings of a demagogue. But that is not how most people watching speeches judge them. Overall, I think the effect was more successful than many had expected, perhaps because of the low bar of expectation.

But there is a fundamental difference between a campaign and a presidency. The first is about words and promises. The latter is about delivering. Whether President Trump and the Republicans who back him continue in a position of strength or falter in the election cycles to come will not be determined by a few lines read to a national audience. It will be measured by jobs, health care and education. It will be shaped by the general mood of the country - the level of anxiety versus safety, calmness versus chaos.

The news cycle doesn't stop. New challenges will emerge. New investigative reporting will be published. New legislation will be proposed, or it won't. And our 45th President will have to appease and persuade a volatile and engaged population in a diverse and divided nation that he is the right man for the job.

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kpete Mar 2017 OP
Cha Mar 2017 #1
BeckyDem Mar 2017 #2
Achilleaze Mar 2017 #3
Whiskeytide Mar 2017 #4
Duppers Mar 2017 #5
kentuck Mar 2017 #6

Response to kpete (Original post)

Wed Mar 1, 2017, 09:23 AM

1. Ya think? Everyone could see it

except those who refused.. like the US m$m

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Response to kpete (Original post)

Wed Mar 1, 2017, 09:54 AM

2. FINALLY, thank you Dan Rather. Great to hear his voice on President FRAUD.

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Response to kpete (Original post)

Wed Mar 1, 2017, 10:07 AM

3. ramping up for The republican Purge of designated "others"

"Kiss our ass or kiss your freedom goodbye." - Comrade Casino & Cabal of Repube Cronies

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Response to kpete (Original post)

Wed Mar 1, 2017, 10:18 AM

4. Love Dan, but I disagree...

... with him on one point. I fear that our political landscape for the forseeable future WILL be shaped by campaign rhetoric and promises. Not actual performance or delivery. I think the propaganda machine is too powerful and the populace too uninformed and incapable of critical thought. We've slipped into a "listen to my words and ignore my deeds" dimension. His whole administration is a caricature of the old joke "who ya gonna believe, me or your lying eyes?"

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Response to Whiskeytide (Reply #4)

Wed Mar 1, 2017, 12:31 PM

5. You're right.

The too much American public still lack the desire for real truth and competent solutions.

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Response to kpete (Original post)

Wed Mar 1, 2017, 12:35 PM

6. Rather gets to the truth of the matter.

There was nothing there. He didn't crap himself and he didn't threaten nuclear war so it must have been a great speech?

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