I end each of my days with a silent prayer for my country. It has been a ritual for some time, but as of late I feel an anxiety gripping my heart and a sadness permeating my soul that seems unlike anything I have felt before.
I hope against hope as I slip off to sleep that our rapid descent into governmental chaos has hit a nadir - only to awaken to a new set of incoherent tweets or explosive headlines from top-notch reporters. And with that, we are falling once again. As I fall, we fall, even further, I pray again that our Constitutional government, the great gift of our Founding Fathers, will provide a safety net to catch us before everything we hold dear is no more. I believe that is the case, but the slowly rising level of uncertainty is not to be ignored.
I see recklessness where we need leadership... and I am deeply saddened.
I see politicians putting power and politics over principle... and I am incredulous.
I see lies treated as truths... and I am disgusted.
I see justice denied and likely obstructed.... and I am fearful.
I see norms flaunted... and I am angry.
I see global challenges going unaddressed... and I am worried.
I see the press under attack... and I am furious.
I see this, and more, so much more... and I am exhausted.
I find myself returning in my mind to dark days from the past, trying to remember how we as a nation felt, when Pearl Harbor was attacked, when Kennedy was shot, when Watergate took down a President, when terrorists rained terror from the skies. We somehow overcame. And I do believe that we shall overcome, someday. Perhaps, hopefully, someday soon.
But in the end, prayer will not be enough. Action, sustained action, will be required.
I could not have said it better.
Update: Yes Roger Ailes, founder of Fox News, and the man who almost single- handedly destroyed journalism in this country has died.
I find it somewhat ironic that he died on the same day that I scheduled this Dan Rather post to publish, since Ailes was instrumental in helping to destroy Rather's career.
I imagine it is somewhat satisfying for Rather to have lived long enough to see Bill O'Reilly fired, Roger Ailes pass from this earth, and the president that Fox News helped to elect facing possible impeachment.