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