For me, it’s a no-brainer. As clear as the wrinkles on my face. So let’s recap.
The CIA has concluded that Russia intervened in the 2016 election with the goal of helping Donald Trump win the presidency.
The FBI says Russia meddled, but it’s unclear what the goal was.
Now, the head of the FBI is James Comey, the “former” Republican who relaunched the investigation into Clinton’s emails just 10 days before the election. An action that clearly influenced the outcome in favor of Trump.
So perhaps the FBI won’t say why Russia intervened in the election simply because both the agency and the country shared the goal of helping Trump win.
Regardless of whether you buy that idea, this situation is even bigger than it looks. As Sen. Lindsey Graham tweeted, “Don’t have to be Sherlock Holmes to figure out what Russia is up to—they’re trying to undermine democracies all over the world.”
And there you have it. The Red Scare is back…with a vengeance. Everything that’s old is new again.
A must-read article in The Atlantic notes that, when the Cold War ended, “liberal democracy seemed ascendant and secure as never before in history.” NATO and the EU expanded to virtually all of Central and Eastern Europe. Then Putin emerged.
“Under the shrewd and relentless assault of a resurgent Russian authoritarian state, all of this [democracy] has come under strain with a speed and scope that few in the West have fully comprehended, and that puts the future of liberal democracy in the world squarely where Vladimir Putin wants it: in doubt and on the defensive.”
For the past decade and a half, “Putin’s regime has been embarked…on an opportunistic but sophisticated campaign to sabotage democracy and bend it toward his interests, not just in some marginal, fragile places but at the very core of the liberal democratic order—Europe and the United States.
“As The Telegraph reported in January, Western intelligence agencies have been monitoring a Russian campaign on a Cold War scale to support a wide range of European parties and actors—of both the far left and far right—that are sympathetic to Russia and Putin.
“We stand now at the most dangerous moment for liberal democracy since the end of World War II….Putin’s forces are on such a roll that they can no longer contain their glee. One pro-Putin Russian governor recently declared in a radio interview, ‘It turns out that United Russia [Putin’s political party] won the elections in America.’”
Don’t expect Trump’s voters to be concerned about Russia taking over or dismantling Western democracy, particularly our own. Quite to the contrary, many are ecstatic about what’s happening. Just yesterday, I stumbled on a far-right site YourNewsWire.com, which claims to offer unfiltered news and truth. Within one of its articles was this quote:
“Putin vowed to destroy the New World Order in 2016, and it appears people all over the world have started to wake up and resonate with his goal. The President [Putin] is ‘deeply encouraged’ that his determination to destroy the invasive organization’s agenda is shared by people all over the world, and gaining momentum all the time.”
We are in trouble. Our country is under attack. As The Atlantic story concludes, “The most urgent foreign-policy question now is how America will respond to the mounting threat that Putin’s Russia poses to freedom.”
So this is a wake-up call. Yes, the election was compromised and manipulated by Russia. Yes, it seems certain that Trump is Putin’s puppet. But most importantly, the infiltration of our election was and is part of a master plan to eliminate democracy around the world.
Progressives and concerned conservatives cannot sit back, not even for a second. We don’t have time to wait for government investigations into government actions. We must come together as never before—as our own band of nationalists. And we must get ready for what I hope will not be a bloody fight.
It would be nice and comfortable to think we can fight the emerging Trump–Putin takeover by rattling our government to take action. But in six weeks, the government will no longer be on our side. We will have no choice but to resist in revolutionary fashion—on a grand scale and for the grandest democracy of all.
A lifelong communicator, I'm pretty sure I came out of the womb talking. But with no siblings to chat and play with, I learned to express myself in writing. My subsequent birth as a politics junkie came while I watched my father, a career Marine, sob uncontrollably over Kennedy's assassination. Intuitively, I knew the world would never be the same, and I should pay attention. So I did.
Now, some 50 years later, I find myself dumbfounded by the trajectory of American politics and the prevalence of ignorance, bigotry, hate, and violence. I started Two Cents of Sense, hoping to help change that trajectory and to promote progressives' conversation, knowledge sharing, and actions.