You remember when we were supposed to be spreading democracy around the world? When nations were invaded and tens of thousands killed all in the name of spreading democracy, how is that working out today?
It seems to me that when you sow seeds you should have expectations of a harvest, that is not an alien concept. The thing is that the road to hell is fraught with good intentions.
When the most powerful nation in the world act it impacts the actions of other nations. Those nations are looking on and they are learning. And did Russia ever learn?
In matters of style, swim with the current; in matters of principle, stand like a rock. – Thomas Jefferson
One has to be either willfully ignorant or just plain stupid to ignore the assessment of all of the US intelligence agencies, that Russia intervened (not meddle) in the 2016 elections to aid Donald Trump at the expense of Hillary Clinton.
I am really annoyed at the Media’s use of the term (meddled), in the context of what the Russians did in 2016. Children meddle in their parent’s stuff.
Busy-body gossips meddle in other people’s business. Powerful nations do not employ active measures on behalf of one candidate against another simply because they want to meddle.
“Facts are stubborn things; and whatever may be our wishes, our inclinations, or the dictates of our passions, they cannot alter the state of facts and evidence.” ‑John Adams
They engage because they have designs which vastly outsize simply putting Trump in office. Russia does not like former Soviet states in their backyard joining the North Atlantic Treaty Alliance(NATO).
Russia would like nothing more than to relive it’s former Soviet glory days, those designs do not include its former Sattalites having allegiances to, and being protected by a western defense alliance.
Russia understands that if there are fractures in the world trade organization and nations cannot get along they do not have the economic power to challenge its designs in Eastern Europe and beyond.
The greatest ability in business is to get along with others and to influence their actions. – John Hancock
And so Russia is waging a multi-pronged attack on NATO the WTO and the entire order which emerged after the second world war. This all while reaping the added rewards of a disunited America with its different ethnic groups at each other’s throats and the Government disrespecting and alienating it’s closest and most loyal allies.
Men often oppose a thing merely because they have had no agency in planning it, or because it may have been planned by those whom they dislike. ‑Alexander Hamilton
The American exceptionalism of which we hear much talk only existed because to a large extent most American Presidents adhered to existing norms. No matter how close they colored to the lines there was an expectation that regardless of the recklessness of their actions they acted on behalf of America, until now.
We are realizing shockingly, that past presidents were constrained not so much by laws but by respect and awe for the position they held, until now.
What we thought were laws were just norms, those norms were always there to be exploited.
The liberties of a people never were, nor ever will be, secure, when the transactions of their rulers may be concealed from them. – Patrick Henry
It wasn’t difficult for the Russians to exploit America’s simmering racial divide. For four hundred years plus, America has exploited, abused and mistreated its racial minorities. Regardless of the successes of its white majority, there has always a cold indifferent lack of empathy for their black and native American brothers and sisters.
Their failures and anxieties, coupled with the possibility of becoming a minority among the nations combined ethnic groups have rekindled old hatreds.
Those fissures did not need much to make them gaping crevices, all that was required was a divisive con-man with an agenda.
A perfect storm which presented the perfect opening for a hostile foreign power.
A long habit of not thinking a thing wrong gives it a superficial appearance of being right. ‑Thomas Paine
Racism has a price, hatred has a price. Unless we refuse to see what is happening right in front of our eyes, or we stupidly tell ourselves that it is something else, we must agree that Trump is upending the existing order to aid Vladamir Putin’s Russia.
The strangest part of all this is that the entire Republican party which always wrapped itself in the American flag[faux patriots]and paraded as patriots are in on it.
The shocking inevitability of its unfolding, coupled with the robotic acceptance of the population, seems almost Biblical in proportion.
How few there are who have courage enough to own their faults, or resolution enough to mend them. – Benjamin Franklin