One of the most potent worries about the coming Trump presidency is concern about free speech. Trump’s willingness to tolerate or even encourage violence against nonviolent critics of his agenda and personnel choices is alarming. The Washington Post recently carried a chilling cautionary tale about the fate of a young woman who challenged Trump’s record on women’s issues. Parallels with banana republic dictators tacitly encouraging or at least tolerating paramilitary forces seem not far- fetched.
Eight years ago, I wrote a piece and a follow-up that were published on Common Dreams. I reflected on the election season that was coming to an end. Barack Obama was so far ahead in the polls that it looked inevitable that he would win.
Donald Trump ran a campaign that rejected Republican orthodoxy on a variety of issues. He consistently and emphatically rejected the party line on slashing social insurance programs like Medicare and Social Security. And yet, Congressional Republicans are ploughing ahead with plans to gut these benefits.
This week began with a mass email from the head of the Democratic National Committee, who declared: “By now, Americans know beyond any reasonable doubt that the Russian government orchestrated a series of cyberattacks on political campaigns and organizations over the past two years and used stolen information to influence the presidential campaign and congressional races.” DNC chair Donna Brazile went on: “The integrity of our elections is too important for Congress to refuse to take these attacks seriously.”
Nurses once again topped the Gallup Poll’s annual ranking of how Americans view 22 major professions with 84% of the public rating their honesty and ethical standards as “high” or “very high.” Nurses have ranked first for 15 consecutive years and every year except for one in the 18 years that Gallup has surveyed public opinion on what profession is most trusted.
A former CIA analyst who personally interrogated Saddam Hussein said the U.S. “got it so wrong” on the invasion of Iraq and should have left the now-deceased leader in power.
During his last press conference on Friday, December 16th, President Obama said there was “no proof” Russia interfered in the election. This explains why the CIA, FBI & some other Intelligence officers (not all agree within these agencies) will not “disclose” their findings. They don’t have any! What a “sham”! One of the worst lies promoted during the presidential campaign by Hillary, her campaign staff, her supporters and, MSM. Obama finally admitted there was “no proof”. However, Hillary, Podesta, the entire Democratic establishment and, MSM are still “promoting the false news”.
This not only undermines our democracy. It is also very dangerous! Obama has always been “cool” to Russia. Yes, Putin has done nothing to “warm” our relations with Russia. Nevertheless, it is dangerous to accuse another country of such an act. This is not the diplomacy Obama likes to be noted for.
Russia is another country we have no business interfering in. Haven’t we started enough wars getting involved in other countries internal strife (Middle East)? Is it worth starting another war using a lie about Russia to try to win an election? It is appalling to me to see a candidate with no evidence promote these lies. I know Trump has promoted lies as well. However, we are talking about this unprecedented accusation against another country during a U.S. presidential campaign.
For those who believe anything the CIA says, I suggest they do some research into the CIA’s actions both at home and abroad. Covert unethical or worse actions Americans had no idea were going on at the time and, are still going on. One of those actions was interfering in other countries elections! The intelligence agencies are an extension of the sitting president and need his approval for any action taken. Remember, these are the same intelligence agencies that G.W. Bush used to promote the Iraq invasion.
It’s a sad day when we Americans can no longer trust anyone in either political party, government or MSM to “do the right thing”. To put the American people’s needs above their own ambition and greed.
God Bless America and “Happy Holidays” to all.