-H. P. Lovecraft, The Call of Cthulhu
Merciful, perhaps, but also very dangerous. It is of the greatest concern to me that even the most astute observers in our country do not seem to be able to admit to themselves the obvious conclusion about what is happening.
My case in point today comes from Daily Kos, although I want to make it clear that I am picking them not because they are worse than others, but because they are better. Daily Kos is probably the most consistent internet source of correct information about what is going on in the United States today; yet even they cannot admit to themselves the extent of the deluge that is upon us.
Here are some excerpts from an article at the Daily Kos today:
"Foreign service officer warns of 'serious, immediate, and tangible' threat to U.S. world leadership... Ambassador Barbara Stephenson, the president of the American Foreign Service Association, is sounding the alarm:
"… there is simply no denying the warning signs that point to mounting threats to our institution—and to the global leadership that depends on us. Why such a focus on slashing staffing at State? Why such a focus on decapitating leadership? How do these actions serve the stated agenda of making the State Department stronger?"
Kos' answer to this question?
"Because Donald Trump doesn’t value diplomacy or knowledge or expertise and he wants to make everything around him weaker in order to feel like he’s stronger."
I am incredulous that, even now, with all that has happened in the last year, that this is all written off as the product of a mental defect of Donald Trump's; incredulous because the real answer is so obvious.
Here is the real quid pro quo, the real treason, the real payoff to Vladimir Putin for putting Trump in office. Here is the only thing that Putin really wanted from Trump: the destruction of the ability of the United States to lead, or even form a meaningful part of, any international effort to halt Putin's territorial aggrandizement and dictatorial intent. Here is what all the "contacts" between Trump officials and Russians were about; what they were all for. Here is the payoff that absolutely completes, beyond a shadow of a doubt, the mutual acts that add up to treason in the White House.
This is totally obvious, and yet even Daily Kos cannot face the truth enough to state it openly. No one except meaningless voices in the wilderness like mine dares to speak out about what should be clear to the most casual observer. The reasons for this may be multiple: lifetimes of being bombarded with jingoistic propaganda, fear of retaliation, inability to separate from the watered-down views of one's fellow journalists; but in the end it doesn't make a bit of difference why this is happening. Until a critical mass of commenters are willing to state openly, and over and over again, that the Trump administration is daily guilty of the most massive crime against this country in its history, that Donald Trump is the most monstrous traitor this country has ever known, we cannot even begin to start moving toward a real solution to the devolution which Trump and his party have brought upon us.