posted on Dec, 22 2016 @ 12:19 AM
The problem is that sort of binary blindness propensity I've mentioned elsewhere.
In my opinion the reality is, a lot more went into Trump's election than just the attempts - however successful or unsuccessful - by Russia to
influence our political process. But attempt to influence they did. Both are true. The two are not mutually exclusive, and only the cognitive
dissonance of "Russia is the only reason Clinton lost!" vs "Clinton is wholly evil and Trump is a hero who will save our nation and Russia are our
friends!" would dictate that we think they are contradictory.
Many ingredients played into Trump's victory.
The failure of the DNC to respond to a rising populism or take it seriously; their equal failure to cop to their own culpability in the erosion of
the middle class and increasing impoverishment thereof, despite this being the most prosperous nation in the history of the world; the erosion of
public confidence in the political establishment - regardless of party - that has been ongoing for decades, and finally reached critical mass; the
disturbing emergence of misanthropy as perfectly acceptable evidently to many, even in political discourse, which ideally should always be civil; a
burgeoning wave of populism, both on the left and right, which since the left failed to capitalize on it, and traditional conservatism failed to grok,
left only the alt-right for a desperate and hurting rust belt to turn to.
The essentially admitted, documented, avowed sandbagging of a candidate who actually stood a chance against Trump by the DNC establishment, in
collusion with their nominee; the corporatist nature of many in the political establishment on both sides of the isle no longer being something only
the fringe conspiracy theorists perceive; the decline in public civil awareness, and the rise of civil ignorance with regard to our government and how
it functions (e.g. as Justice Souter opined, "people do not know who to blame" anymore) and with that distrust of authorities (including scientific
authorities) an increased reliance by the public on memes and social media for news; the many perceived threats (ranging from very real, to
exaggerated) that many felt neither party's establishment had answers for; and the rise of this "friendlier" neo-authoritarianism or populist
authoritarianism - whichever you'd like to call it - throughout Western Civilization, as if by outgrowth from trollish meme culture almost overnight;
all equally pertinent among them.
But the thing is... all of that can be true while at the same time Russia absolutely, positively has tried, is trying, and will try to
influence our political process in any way they can. Of course they do. Is there any reason to think otherwise? There was an opportunity, and they
sought to exploit it. What's shocking to me is not that they do. That's just how the game is being played, and if anyone honestly, truly believes
Russia doesn't or didn't do this (just as we have, and do) ... I'm not sure what to say. What's shocking to me is that we've slid so far in terms of
even the pretense of morality or ethical compass on the world stage, that our own citizens now see Russia as somehow innocent as a dove in contrast.
(Our current president acknowledging and then allowing to stand literal torture by the previous administration doesn't help, as one example.)
While I see no reason for Russia and the U.S. or Europe to be perpetual adversaries, and would very much love for the opposite to be true... Vladimir
Putin governs over an oligarchy (not unlike the emerging oligarchy right here in the U.S. Sanders always talks about... which is really just the
Military Industrial Complex we were warned about ages ago,) and is a former KGB agent who regards the collapse of the USSR as the greatest
geopolitical catastrophe of modern times. He has very deftly risen to power and hung on to it with equal skill and intrigue, and is, sadly, at least
in my view, not a friend to liberty. Granted, in my opinion neither are the corporatists in either of our political parties, and while I do
believe Russia has sought to influence our political process... I also don't trust the CIA or FBI as far as I could throw them. So reading between the
lines is required.
Therein lies part of the problem, though. No one knows who to trust anymore, and no one wants to read between said lines - not in a world that demands
140 characters or less... so people have started trusting absolutely anything and anyone that seems "non-establishment." Even if that means Russia. At
least it's not "the liberals," or "the New World Order," or (insert title.) Just as those on the other side don't care about the underlying reasons
WHY Trump won, they only know they think it's a terrifying disaster and that absolutely anyone would be better in their eyes.
Whether on balance and after careful analysis and consideration, that's warranted or not. Because no one wants balance or careful analysis and
consideration. People want what is salient, what is compelling, and what stirs emotion in their gut. This is true on both the left and the right.
Everyone automatically assumes if you suspect Russia has sought to influence our political process, you must be a Clinton supporter and believe the
only reason she lost were Russian machinations. This isn't true of me - on the contrary, I believe the DNC lost this election far more than it was
lost because of Russia, though I do believe they had some influence or sought to. Likewise, if you say the DNC lost the election and failed to respond
to the demands of the people and are responsible for much of what ills this country - and helped Trump win - you are assumed to be a Trump supporter
or part of the alt-right. This is likewise not true of me. On the contrary, Trump - or at least what I fear he represents, not personally, but in
terms of underlying social dynamics and what they could portend throughout Western civilization in the long term - frankly terrifies me, despite my
willingness to TRY to give him the benefit of the doubt until he actually does anything worth being concerned about.
But again, no one wants to hear that because it isn't black or white. All I can say is of a more personal nature: I hate none, and wish peace and hope
for the future on all, irrespective of political or other persuasion. That's all I can say. That, and I hope people can try to remember that the enemy
of your enemy (if they even are your enemy) is not always your friend. And that things are rarely as simple as a single defining factor, or moment.