Monday, February 19, 2018

A Day In The Anti-Life - Red Menace!


It's with no small amount of sadness that I truly think that when the history of the current day is at long last written with the clarity of hindsight, when the immediate urges of partisanship have dimmed, we will at long last admit that our current Commander-In-Chief is in all likelihood an "agent of influence" of Russian government. It's a startling truth to admit, that our highest office could be occupied by a man so completely corrupted by his own personal demons as well as decades of financial shenanigans which have almost certainly put him in a supine position relative to the government of the detestable Putin. And the comfort he gets from legions of Republicans in his endeavors is shocking. This is a crowd that mocked Obama when he (wrongly) dismissed candidate Mitt Romney's assertion that Russia was the key "geopolitical threat" for the U.S. But when the odious Trump fellow-travels, they stand by oddly mute.


I admit I cannot know the extent of Trump's willful culpability, but like his abundantly evident racism, his words and deeds support only one interpretation. There's no doubt, just from the evidence of the public record, that the President puts his own personal aspirations ahead of those of the country, and that those personal desires seem often if not always to coincide with the desires of Moscow. The Russians work to undermine the elections in the United States (as well as other democratic countries across the globe), taking full advantage of increased technical tools as well as lapses of patriotism in the country which has been replaced by fealty to party. And they were rather more successful than they ever imagined. Did the Russians elect Trump? No. Americans did that, as a country filled with folks who have grown increasingly afraid of those who are different from the mythical American (read "white") of times gone by. The panic brought on in some by the first black President yielded our first openly racist one (at least in modern times) as hostile response to relentless waves of demographic change, a howl of angry regret for a world which never was.


As a country the United States and its citizens were misled before, when after another foreign attack on our homeland, the leadership told us that Iraq was the culprit. We went to war to "defend" ourselves, and the lies which took us there were not uncovered for several years, though the awful truth dawned sooner. Much of the current chaos in the world at large was created in no small part due to this reckless incursion. Now we are again a nation under attack, but our Dotard-In-Chief chooses for whatever reasons to ignore that attack, and that lack of any response is our country being misled yet again. Once before we took action against an enemy who had not actually attacked us much to our regret, now we ignore one who has. Time will tell how much regret this lack of resolve by those who purport to lead us.


The "so-called" President's own intelligence officers (not just the lowly Democrats) say without hesitation that the Russians have injected themselves into our political discourse and possibly into our political processes themselves. We are a country which has recognized a threat to our core, but we are bereft of a leader who will admit the obvious and who has ignored legislative efforts to respond in any meaningful way to those efforts. Whether he ignores the threat from fear of of damaging his fragile ego or whether he ignores it from a lack of willingness to confront uncomfortable realities, there's no doubt that he does the bidding of a foreign power and operates in a way which will make our democracy weaker. Can Donald Trump bring down the United States? I still say that's a largely ludicrous notion, but I no longer can rule it out completely. The "menace" is very real and it is possibly "red" as well.


SPECIAL NOTE: I composed the diatribe above before the indictments released from Robert Mueller's team arrived on Friday which confirmed (for the gonzo-Trumpers only -- everyone else already knew) that the Russians did indeed interfere with our electoral processes. I've noticed since that news dropped that the deniers have  now shifted from the position of it didn't happen to of course it did and by the way it was all Obama's fault. Typical.

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8 comments:

  1. I have been following the Trump-Russia story with some interest (when has there been a bigger story?) but as much as I absolutely believe that Trump is involved in skullduggery, I fear there may not be the necessary smoking gun. I suspect his obvious stupidity may actually protect him, after all, put yourself in the position of Putin, a skilled and canny operator who has years of experience in a savage political arena where losers end up dead rather than retiring to a well paid job in the media. I honestly can't see him actually involving Trump in any capacity that he was actively aware of, in a super secret conspiracy, Trump would be no more than a clueless tool.
    However, I fully expect the Donald to be hoisted on the petard of a related financial impropriety.

    The only real question is who will play Trump in the inevitable Oscar baiting movie?

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    1. Trump does seem possessed of idiot's luck, like that clown in a silent movie who keeps dodging danger through no skill or wit, but just pure dumb luck.

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  2. I don't know that history will look back to see anything more than a deranged narcissist engaged in a public affair with himself.
    His first act after being sworn in was to castigate the press for insufficiently praising him and that behaviour continues - now he's calling those who didn't applaud properly for him at the State of the Union speech as "treasonous" and planning dictator style military parades for his self aggrandizement.

    Of course, that complete self-absorption is what makes him most dangerous. In all likelihood, the blast radius when the implosion comes is going to be ugly beyond words.

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    1. The tweet storm over the weekend does point to a guy who is slipping a cog. But he's been slipping cogs from the get-go.

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  3. I totally realise that this is a very serious subject and I don't mean to lower the tone, but how cool are those comic covers?

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    1. It's a nifty game to come up with covers that tie into the theme of my rant. Pretty objects for us to behold while the nation crumbles. Sigh.

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  4. I think that there won't be a "smoking gun," but there will come a point where Mueller will release a mountain of evidence about business dealings that Trump has had with Russian investors over the last 30 or 40 years. Lots of it is already publicly known so I think it has been the biggest failing of the media that his business dealings weren't out there for voters to see.

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    1. I always kinda assumed that anyone getting the job of POTUS would be subjected to the most mind boggling background checks, their entire life gone through with a fine tooth comb, I've been a bit surprised to find this doesn't seem to be the case.

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