Monday, January 14, 2019

Why Is Anyone Surprised?

Reading the BREAKING NEWS banners on cable news and banner headlines in the New York Times and Washington Post that Trump is a Russian asset has been, at least for those of us following the news at all since 2016, a study in foregone conclusions.

For the benefit of those who don’t get the painfully obvious or you need a typewritten list, look at any number of people who have been patiently explaining the story since the beginning of the presidential campaign and even before that.

This also explains the long list of distractions, diversions, and various other attempts to misdirect our attention from the plain truth that Trump, either passively or purposefully, has been doing the bidding of the Kremlin.  The current one is the mythical wall and the very real government shutdown.  His minions have been landing on other non-stories like Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s nickname or Rep. Rashida Tlaib’s use of an epithet as true scandals.  People are dying at the border crossings but calling Trump a motherfucker is the real shame on America.

I suppose it’s in our nature to want to avoid the real hard and scary stories if we can be diverted by reality-TV-level fluff, but when the future of our democracy is at stake, I really don’t want the history books, assuming there will be any written, to say that our country went down because we were too easily distracted by YouTube videos.