It seems that every day, there’s another stupidity, outrage, or stupid outrage coming out of the Trump Administration.
Corruption in the Cabinet, bribery (anyone else notice that just a few days before Trump started making nice to China’s ZTE telecom firm, Chinese banks gave huge loans to a development project in Indonesia that just happened to include some Trump properties?), jingoistic displays, the headspinning lies coming from his various flacks and mouthpieces, the on again, off again of the Korea “meet and greet”, his tyrannical pronouncements that strongly imply that he really believes he is above the law, the utter inhumanity of his immigration policies….
It’s impossible to keep up. Each new one pushes the last one to the back.
So let’s take a step back, and look back on the most important one. Not only is it the formal cause of all the others, they all pale in comparison to it.
In 2016, Russia, our most important geopolitical rival, conducted a sophisticated campaign of information warfare on the US. This is a fact.
Their intent was to influence the presidential campaign in favor of Donald Trump. This is also unquestioned.
During the campaign, and also during the transition period, a number of key members of the Trump campaign and his staff had many suspicious contacts with known Russian agents. This is also demonstrably true.
After the inauguration, when the Russian interference was made known, the Trump administration refused to impose penalties on Russia. And they have also refused to take steps that could prevent it from happening again.
The Trump White House has also worked constantly to undermine and discredit the investigation into the connections between his campaign team and Russia.
And the Republicans in control of Congress are so scared of their constituents not re-electing them that they refuse to do anything about it.
If we were in a shooting war, they’d all be arrested for treason.
And these very same bozoes are the ones who’re always bellowing about their patriotism and ramming it down the throats of the rest of us.
I’ve been reading Carl Schurz quite a bit these days:
“True patriotism in time of peace demands that we should vigilantly and actively endeavor to obtain the enactment of wise laws; the appointment of able and honest public servants; the redress of wrongs and the reform of abuses; the expulsion from public place of drones and rogues; the restraint of lawlessness and violence; the preservation of security and good order; and, finally, the maintenance of an honorable name among the nations of the world by dealing with them on principles of fairness and magnanimity…”
“About Patriotism”, Harper’s Weekly, Vol. XLII, No. 2156 (April 16, 1898), p. 363.
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