In case you haven’t heard, it has now been confirmed by the CIA that Donald Trump is in every sense of the word Vladimir Putin’s puppet. What began as an investigation into the possibility that Russia had hacked the DNC and the Clinton campaign in an effort to discredit our electoral system quickly grew to include the possibility, then the verification, of the fact that Russia wasn’t just looking to interfere with our elections — they wanted Donald Trump to win.
Now, at the point of this revelation, Donald Trump had a couple of options: he could a.) denounce Russia’s attempt to help him or he could b.) fess up to colluding with them. Trump chose “option c” — lie and attack the CIA. Despite evidence, Trump has repeatedly denied that any exists — even though he had been briefed on the matter. Only a few reasonable conclusions could be drawn from this — that he knew what Russia was up to and said nothing, that he knew and was involved in some way, or that he is stupid enough to somehow miss it, and is therefore unqualified to run a shoe shine business let alone serve as President. Besides, wasn’t it Trump who directly asked Russia to hack his political enemies during the time running up to the election?
Since it has been confirmed that Russia withheld hacked RNC emails in their effort to boost Trump’s campaign and given his extremely pro-Russia stance, it can probably be safely assumed that he knew what was happening, allowed it to happen, and that we now have our first President who is completely in the pocket of a foreign power — the exact nightmare scenario our founding fathers envisioned.
Naturally, legendary news anchor Dan Rather had no choice but to curb stomp hum for it…you know, with words.
“Forget talking about the Trump Administration,” Rather posted on Facebook Saturday. “The question now is whether this will be a Trump Putin Administration or a Putin Trump Administration.”
Calling Trump’s attacks on the intelligence community rather than Russia a “worrying development,” he made it clear that “the reality is that America’s intelligence community has found solid evidence that Russia favored electing a President Trump. Tweeting in a post-fact world doesn’t change that.”
Rather was firm that “Republicans cannot be allowed to duck this issue” — though some may, of course, try. Rather says he is “struck to the point of extreme disappointment by the complicit silence” thus far demonstrated by Republicans in light of revelations that a foreign power has effectively installed a President. It is time, he says, for us to develop a new approach to combatting the “New Russia” and fix our goddamn priorities:
This is Russia; a newly aggressive and assertive Russia. Yes, we The People need new thinking and fresh approaches for dealing with the Russia of today. And, yes—as my friend Professor Steve Cohen of New York University (one of the savviest experts on Russia in the English-speaking world) reminds me—demonizing the Russians and Putin can be carried to counter-productive extremes. And, yes, we have and have had all kinds of mutually beneficial dealings with other dictatorial regimes all over the world (leaders of the old Soviet Union, for example; or leaders past and present in China.) But this has to be weighed against the fact that Putin is a former KGB officer and has done things indicative of a demagogic strongman. Throw in the evidence of serious tampering with the recent U.S. Presidential election and what you have is the making of a global strategic showdown over American ideals.
The craven calculus of too many Republicans at this point seems to be that pursuing a reactionary policy portfolio that now includes gutting Medicare and Social Security is more important than the fact that a foreign power has meddled in an election decided in three states by a total vote total that, as somebody I read noted, could fit into a college football stadium.
“The Founding Fathers worried about a demagogue rising to power backed by a foreign adversary,” Rather writes. “That notion seemed to diminish to the point of a quaint anachronism over the centuries as our democracy solidified and our strength as a world power grew. No longer.”
“Perhaps it is too strong to suggest that to countenance what Putin and Russia did in our presidential election with a shrug or a justification forfeits the right to call yourself a patriot, no matter how many flags lapel pins you own… that may be going too far,” Rather concluded. “But maybe not.”
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Forget talking about the Trump Administration. The question now is whether this will be a Trump Putin Administration or…
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