I personally have more disgust and maybe a little fear over the morons who would fall prey to the Russian propaganda being spewed out during our elections, making their voting decisions based on all that, if that is really taking place, than the Russians for meddling in our election process. That is to say if the Russians are just spreading propaganda. Now if they are messing with our actual voting tallies that is another thing. And yes if there is a way to keep out the propaganda that would be preferable.
The United States unfortunately has a long history of interfering with the internal affairs of other nations in the name of fighting communism. What gave us the right to decide whether other nations should follow that path I do not know. I do realize it was a strategic decision based on the fact that communists were intimidating people in other countries into following their path and their end game was to wipe out capitalism and our democratic (small d) form of government. But still, the U.S. has stuck its fingers into places it may not have belonged and in so doing stirred resentment that spelled troubles in the future. Case in point, Iran. We backed a dictator there and eventually there was an Islamic uprising and then U.S. hostages were taken. And Iran is still an enemy today. We also installed our preferred leader in Iraq at one time.
But the Soviet Union is gone. Russia is no longer communist as far as I know. What it is other than a dictatorship I don’t know. Some of the same characters are around, though. Their leader Vladimir Putin is from the old Soviet secret police and is no friend of democracy.
And the new Russia wants to take back the old Soviet eastern European part of its empire that fell away after the tearing down of the Berlin Wall, already taking back part of the Ukraine via armed intervention in 2014.
So like the old Soviet Union, Russia seems to be our adversary, I guess because it seeks to undermine the free West. And now we have the odd situation of an American president being what seems a little too chummy with the Russian leader. Some suspect President Trump may be the victim of blackmail, possibly over a tape with him in it I guess watching women urinate. Actually it is hard for me to imagine Trump being sensitive to this. I mean the man seems to have no shame. That story may be a little too wild to believe. But easier to believe are financial connections between Trump and his family and businesses and the Russians. Trump has refused to release his taxes and information on business arrangements and did not put his holdings in a blind trust as other presidents have done. Meanwhile Trump and family seem to be profiting through Russian business ties, as well as other deals, based on his influence from his presidency.
And the bombshell of sorts, Trump has invited Putin to visit the U.S. after what many see as a disastrous summit between the two earlier this week in which Trump appeared to kowtow to Putin.
However, hasn’t this been done before? Soviet leader Nikita Khrushchev visited the U.S. in 1959, and the only bad thing to come out of it is that we apparently hurt his feelings by not allowing him to visit Disneyland (for security reasons).
No my main fear is with people who do not rely on more trustworthy and verifiable sources or who only read or hear what they want to read or hear because they are so closed-minded and so uncurious.
If that is the way you prefer to be, well I guess that is your right. Please, however, don’t vote.
(We do know that particularly as the result of the internet and social media there is something called “fake news”. There are sites that masquerade as legitimate, objective news sources when instead they are spewing out propaganda, either stacking the deck in favor of one side or the other in politics or as the Russians seem to have done, simply to cause dissension among the populace and the reduction of trust in our democracy. Unfortunately Trump accuses the mainstream press of being fake news because it does not simply report totally favorable things about him. But most of the customers who support the mainstream press, or media as some insist on calling it, possibly because in some circles “media” is used as a pejorative, would quit doing so if it were simply propaganda; they would be discerning enough to realize this. Which is not to say there is never bias in the mainstream. We used to call it pack journalism — but I digress into something that is another issue unto itself.)
This thing about Trump at first going along with the idea of Putin being able to interrogate our ambassador and other American officials seems one of the more bizarre moves on his part — he sure seems like he could be a Manchurian candidate or a willing operative of the Russians or a blackmail victim. None of these may be true. He just might be playing us all for a fool or he may be just a fool himself. Or perhaps it is just his method of keeping everyone off balance and letting them fight one another while he stands back and watches the fun and uses the distraction for his own means.