My plan to sabotage, destroy and forever shame the famous democracy that Americans always boast about, is going great! Incredibly great! And the whole world is watching!
Celebrating only privately inside his inner Kremlin sanctuary, Vladimir Putin has surely allowed himself to think ecstatic thoughts about what the whole world is watching on its news screens. You will not see Putin clashing with fists and high fire. But make no mistake the President of Russia is secretly celebrating and he has every reason to be happy. Thanks to the extraordinary appeal as the cult of his supreme husband in America, Putin has already achieved much more than he expected. He has successfully run the wedge of discord among the American people in every state. They no longer seem willing to unite to fight a common enemy or resolve a deadly crisis.
Of course, Putin knows that Donald Trump’s operational efforts within the Oval Office will end on Jan. 20. But the President of Russia also knows that he has already achieved more than he dreamed possible. And yes, he should appreciate the populist populist appeal of man in America, which is easily manipulated, which transformed the real attacks of Russia’s fake news into Trump political slogans.
In fact, Putin may have helped his man achieve a permanent goal by destroying an American political force that once seemed indestructible: the hardline conservative patriotic base, the champion of the constitution, the Republican Party.
From the days of the ultra-conservative House of Non-American House Committee in the 1950s, to the conservatism of Barry Goldwater in the 1960s and Ronald Reagan in the 1980s, they were the party of flags that would stand firm against anything that it was the Kremlin Aggression. No more. Today’s Republicans are Trump’s volunteer collaborators, as he has repeated conspiracy theories and disruptive social policy slogans dreamed of by Putin’s gang.
Today, what is happening within the moral and psychological turmoil of Donald Trump’s Oval Office has become the ultimate American Activity. After being rejected, constitutionally and electorally by voters, the US president is pushing the Kremlinesque fake news. He is claiming America’s election was “rigged” and “fraudulent” but never citing evidence. He is trying to persuade states to overturn the voters’ verdict and let the party parties choose who will be the next president. Trump has raised a number of legal challenges in the courtroom, resulting in a range of legal losses.
The mutilation of American democracy is something Putin could not have dreamed of on the night of December 5, 1989, which changed him forever. He was a functionary of the new KGB class, alone inside the Soviet Union compound in Dresden, East Germany, when the terrible power of democracy seemed to erupt suddenly around him. The Berlin Wall had fallen without warning.
What happened next formed everything about him, from that time. Putin was alone and abandoned inside the Soviet compound and crowds were flocking to protest against all symbols of communist rule. Putin continued to call the KGB headquarters in Moscow. No answer. Finally someone picked up the phone, said the KGB was silent, and hung up. It was only when a crowd gathered that Putin began to put thousands of pages of secret documents in the oven. As the crowd grew louder and louder, Putin bluffed with shame. He went outside and shouted to the crowd that the building was filled with guards with guns that would shoot all who remained. People fled. Putin survived. Soviet Communism did not.
Putin’s anger at the West blazing freedom, especially America, has flared up ever since. Putin finally exploded in 2014, when Ukraine rejected mother Russia as a poor relative and became economically connected to America and Western Europe. Angry, Putin seized Crimea. And he expanded Russia’s cyber-attacks aimed at destabilizing and eventually destroying America’s democracy.
Shockingly and perhaps treacherously in this pandemic that is killing a record number of Americans Republican leaders in Congress have remained silent as Trump refused to inform America’s next properly elected president, Joe Biden, and his intelligence team. you urgently need to fight COVID-19, vaccinate Americans and keep us safer.
Saving the lives of Americans and helping pandemic victims in every way possible is the ultimate urgency. It demands immediate, two-party unity that transcends politics. Trump’s failure to do so and the Republicans’ failure to ask him to do so is the latest American Activity. When they were really the Old Great Party, Republicans instinctively realized this.
This is a crisis where any outgoing patriotic president would have immediately done something we have never seen before. A possible Democratic or Republican president would have opened his West Wing White House to the president-elect team, invited his former opponents to come in and jointly plan the most seamless transition. Together they would have only one goal: to save as many American lives as possible, with a renewed unity of purpose and patriotism.
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Martin Schram, a columnist for the Tribune News Service, is a veteran Washington journalist, author and executive of the television documentary. Readers can email them at [email protected]
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