The Russians win round one

A President that lost the popular vote. White supremacist and Nazis marching in the streets. A transition of power beset by anti-Trump and pro-Trump demonstrations. Confederate flag supporters and the KKK speaking freely for the first time in decades. Muslim bans, transgender bans and white Evangelicals bitch slapping us with their Bibles. It doesn’t matter if Trump, his campaign, or his administration colluded with the Russians to win the election, the Russians have accomplished what they set out to do, divide, weaken and ultimately conquer the United States.

All this discord and division is exactly what the Russians were banking on and they helped pick the “winner” to lead us forward, and deeper into the mire of conflict, strife and friction, Donald J. Trump.

You see there are three super powers in this world, the United States, China, and Russia. Once upon a time the USA would have been considered the 800 pound gorilla with China second and Russia coming in a distant third. But over the course of the last two decades China has emerged as the supreme power broker, a country beholding to no one and one we, as a debtor nation and consumer are dependent on.

So as the USA quietly slips to the number two position the great manipulator, Vladimir Putin sees a chink in the armor, an upcoming Presidential election. He senses the unrest of the white chosen few here in the states. He couldn’t meld or mold President Obama to play his mind games and given his previous attempts, he knew Hillary Clinton would be no help to his ultimate goal, a weak and dysfunctional United States. Enter Donald J. Trump.

As far back as 2013 when Trump tweeted “Do you think Putin will be going to The Miss Universe Pageant in November in Moscow – if so, will he become my new best friend?” The Donald has had an unhealthy bromance with Putin. Vladimir is all things that Trump admires in a world leader, tough, strong, authoritative, and deadly. Putin controls not only the input but the output as well which is why Trump has made Fox News the officially sanctioned news source for his administration.

The troubling part of this bromance is this, it is one-sided and everyone that knows anything about Vladimir Putin is aware of this fact except for one important person, “our” President. Trump has some enchanted view that he and Putin will take their shirts off, hold hands and whirl around in a field of wild flowers as they over take China together and dominate the world. Part of that dream may happen but in Putin’s plot he is dancing alone, obviously with his shirt off because we all know the man likes to be photographed with his shirt off, while Trump is doing everything he can to split this country in half. Sadly for us Trump is holding up his end of Putin’s scenario.

Why is the Russia investigation important? Because we don’t want Russia to win round two in 2018 or round three in 2020. Despite what “our” President wants to believe Vladimir Putin does not have our best interest at heart, never has, never will. Trump may like to sound, act and Tweet tough with that permanent Winston Churchill scowl on his face but Putin has figured out how to make him dance, where Trump’s soft spot is. Any guesses? A malleable and oh so fragile ego.

We are in the midst of a different kind of espionage and unfortunately the Russians figured it out before we could react. Donald Trump was elected President because of the deep-seated fears of a small, though surprisingly influential group of Americans. The Russians exploited those fears just as they have done in the past but their tools for disseminating this alternative facts propaganda modernized while our backs were turned. Regrettably you and I have unwittingly helped them advance their cause with the simple click of a “Like” and “Share” button.

“Vladimir Putin said today about Hillary and Dems: “In my opinion, it is humiliating. One must be able to lose with dignity.” So true!” – Trump tweet 12-23-16 

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10 Responses to The Russians win round one

  1. Nan says:

    Reblogged this on Nan's Notebook and commented:
    Another great post from one of my favorite bloggers.

    I’m re-blogging it because I think it needs as much exposure as possible.

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  2. koppieop says:

    —Donald Trump was elected President because of the deep-seated fears of a small, though surprisingly influential group of Americans.—
    I like a phrase I read ‘somewhere:
    + Certain things and situations in the world exist (or do not exist) because there is a SUFFICIENT number of person who want them to be that way, or not to be like that. That number of people does not need to be a majority. Just a sufficient number of persons.+

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  3. I feel there is another aspect of this debacle being overlooked. This is also a clear reflection on the American people/voters naive and underdeveloped critical-thinking skills to know and recognize how, when, where, and who are great(?) “Wizards of Oz” playing behind a green curtain (megalomaniacs) or those stories portrayed, and how, when, where, and who are The Real Deals with proven track-records of principles and ethics. In the modern arena of news and social-media these lack of more-impartial critical-thinking skills are taught (or not) at grade school levels AND by parents/family, and sometimes when there is insufficient data to make a judgment, suspend it until more can be collected and confirmed!!! But no matter what it is up to the individual person/voter to DO THE LEGWORK AND HOMEWORK, no matter how laborious it may become! These votes/elections determine so much for 2-, 4-, or 8-years! And obviously, the fact that Citizens United won out in 2010 and now this Russian interference demonstrates that American citizens/voters have been asleep at the wheel for far too many decades and generations!

    Learn the differences between Confirmed Knowledge vs Manufactured Ignorance or Disinformation/Rhetoric! It is NOT an easy fly-by-night skill set to learn and master, but it is more needed than EVER right now!

    Good post E&B. 🙂

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    • I agree Professor. I actually thought about the great and powerful Oz when I was writing this.

      Also, I think the American attention span has shrank to levels that many would find unimaginable. For all of our advances the one thing it appears many of us have taken a step back on is our ability to think and reason. I chalk it up to laziness. Much in the same way that kids can’t make change anymore without a calculator we can’t seem to decipher what is real and what is bullshit. Reading words is to hard, watching a video is much easier.

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      • I think your assessment E&B hits the bulls-eye. Education (at least public education) should NEVER exclude all the core and expanded subjects for secondary grades, i.e. all the Fine Arts, and plenty of broad History and Social Sciences as well. Sadly, as I’m sure you are aware too, our “public” systems have been under constant threat by private & charter school systems, as well as by Conservative policies that DO NOT wish to teach a broad curriculum inclusive of concepts such as compare, contrast, (silent) observation, metacognition, inference, evaluate, and impartial analysis. This is shamefully true here in Texas. 😦

        And like many other highly progressive European nations, 2-years of university should be free, but even four as well. When you spread quality knowledge, and by default higher awareness of “ignorance” and its face, among your entire citizens, a people HEDGE their bets so to speak AGAINST oligarchy and megalomaniac leaders. History is rout with these horrific lessons upon the masses.

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        • My youngest has a liberal arts degree from the only remaining public liberal arts college in the state. The conservative powers that be in my state including the conservative politician that was installed as President of this college want to do away with the curriculum and focus on business, and technology. We already have enough of those.

          I contend that of all my children she has the best college education because she was exposed to a broad spectrum of ideas and thoughts from interesting and engaged Professors which the conservatives would describe as flakes and kooks.

          She is pursuing her Ph.D. to become a flake and kook herself and I couldn’t be more proud 🙂

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          • And you should be VERY proud E&B! I’d imagine you and your daughter can deeply appreciate this quote from one of my favorite American authors:

            “Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry, and narrow-mindedness, and many of our people need it sorely on these accounts. Broad, wholesome, charitable views of men and things cannot be acquired by vegetating in one little corner of the earth all one’s lifetime.”

            Switch out “Travel” with “Broad education” and add too Walt Whitman’s “If you done it, it ain’t bragging.” in other words, EXPERIENCE all things different than yourself and your tiny world, you eventually become part of the HUMAN family on the planet, which, oh by the way, there is less than a 0.01% genetic difference in all of us! HAH! Go figure and riddle us that, huh? 😉

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