Trump Declares His Inauguration Day a “Day of Patriotic Devotion” #notajoke #notadrill

I’ve been arguing for months that it’s Trump’s intention to turn us into a Russian style oligarchy. So far, he’s done nothing to convince me otherwise. And now there’s this:


Yes, that’s actually declaration, signed by Donald Trump, declaring the date of his inauguration to be “A Day of Patriotic Devotion”.

Honestly. I don’t even know what to say, except this is not a drill. This is really happening. I believe that if we the American people, who still believe in our values, constitution and way of life, continue to show up, we will stop this. But it’s definitely going to be a fight. Sigh.

Update: Apparently Obama also made a declaration regarding his inauguration day, except with a completely different, service oriented, non-fascist tone:

As I take the sacred oath of the highest office in the land, I am humbled by the responsibility placed upon my shoulders, renewed by the courage and decency of the American people, and fortified by my faith in an awesome God … On this Inauguration Day, we are reminded that we are heirs to over two centuries of American democracy, and that this legacy is not simply a birthright — it is a glorious burden. Now it falls to us to come together as a people to carry it forward once more.

NOW, THEREFORE, I, BARACK OBAMA, President of the United States of America, by the authority vested in me by the Constitution and laws of the United States, do hereby proclaim January 20, 2009, a National Day of Renewal and Reconciliation, and call upon all of our citizens to serve one another and the common purpose of remaking this Nation for our new century.

IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand this twentieth day of January, in the year of our Lord two thousand nine, and of the Independence of the United States of America the two hundred and thirty-third.

I wonder if this is going to be Trump’s tactic: to ape action’s Obama took while giving them a scary, fascist twist. His supporters are so far in denial that they’ll just point to whatever precedent Obama (or whoever) set and ignore the substance of the matter. I mean, I’m literally involved in an argument online right now with people advocating for jailing someone for sharing a dark fantasy, even in jest. Uuuuuuggggggghhhhhh.

9 thoughts on “Trump Declares His Inauguration Day a “Day of Patriotic Devotion” #notajoke #notadrill

  1. OMG. I am so glad I found your blog/emails. You write with such intelligence and insight.

    Marcia Saulo


    1. Thank you. I hope you’ll consider sharing what I write with others. I’m trying not to be alarmist, but I’m becoming increasingly convinced that we have a very, very serious situation on our hands. We need as many woke people as we can get!

  2. We have now seen Trump in action, making grotesque appointments, scoffing at conflict-of-interest laws, packing press conferences, and talking dangerous nonsense to the assembled employees of the CIA (no less). We can no longer cling to the hope that he is different from his rhetoric.

  3. Do we know if the Bushes, Clinton, Reagan, or Carter also made such declarations on their inauguration days or was it begun by Obama? Is there a history of making such declarations on a president’s inauguration day? If so, when did it begin?

    1. I know Bush declared a day of prayer. I’d have to look deeper, but it’s the fascist overtones that are really frightening to me. I may well be overreacting though because I don’t trust the man further than I can spit.

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