We have already lost. Since the fall of communism, America has let down their guard. Communist Russia morphed into the private purview of Vladimir Putin who divided the nation’s wealth amongst his friends.
Citizens United allowed the introduction of large sums of money with little or no accountability as to its source or purpose entering and influence on the American political process.
Russian oligarchs and underworld (perhaps one and the same) have bought their way into the upper echelons of American finance. They have bought assets and loaned money to the greedy in the United States and around the world.
Citizens United also created the best GOP politicians money can buy. I’m sure Russian money whether knowingly or otherwise found its way into the hands of American politicians.
Russia realized that power and influence could be had without firing a shot.
The 2016 election provided a unique opportunity for Vladimir Putin where he allowed himself to be a bit reckless. His interference was palatable. It was the worst kept secret in the history of the world’s intelligence community.
Putin interfered to help Donald Trump because he felt he had some influence based upon evidence of Trump’s financial dealings with Russia and personal behavior. Whether Trump directly and aggressively colluded with Russia or was a willing dupe, his deference to Putin and Russia, clearly speaks to the connection.
The real problem is that Russian influence in the economies and politics of America and the rest of the world, goes far beyond its interference in the American election.
Don’t get me wrong, nothing is more important than removing Donald Trump from the presidency. But that will only be the beginning of dealing with the new Russian reality.
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“We can’t mortgage our children’s future.” I have heard that from politicians and others for as long as I can remember. I have never understood this. I have a house. I have a mortgage. Without it I would not have a house. Without mortgaging the future, we won’t have one.
“We cannot live beyond our means.” Another premise of those who hold this view.
I am puzzled by this. Government is not like a business or a person. Their purpose and modus opperendis are very different.
Education, Health Care, Environment, Social Services, and Military are expenditures are investments without a bottom line. They are investments in our future with an outcome that can not be quantified in financial terms.
No one will ever get a notice of national foreclosure. “Everyone East of the Mississippi go to the Atlantic and those to the West go to the Pacific. You are being evicted.”
Our future was mortgaged by leaders like FDR and LBJ who lifted and enfranchised the economically and socially disadvantaged. If not for them and others like them, most Social Assistance , Medicare and voting rights would still be just dreams. I am grateful that my future was mortgaged for a better today.