Trump Did Not Ask Russia to Meddle in US Politics
by Right Wing Fighter
The media is running around with a quote from Trump that they are torturing into a call for Russia to meddle in our elections.
“Russia, if you’re listening, I hope you’re able to find the 30,000 emails that are missing,” Trump said. He was referring to emails on Clinton’s private server that she said she deleted – because they were private – before turning other messages over to the State Department.
Trump was not calling for Russia to meddle in our elections.
The media likes to ignore the fact that Trump, unlike every other politician, talks like a normal human being. We all make comments that we wish this or that. We talk off the cuff. Trump does this a lot, and it’s part of his appeal with voters: they enjoy that they’ve got a real human being running for president.
The media is just waterboarding this statement into a confession of guilt. Fortunately, Trump doesn’t back down to media pressure.
In other worlds, here’s an interesting quote from the above cited AP article:
Brendan Buck, a spokesman for Republican House Speaker Paul Ryan said bluntly: “Russia is a global menace led by a devious thug. Putin should stay out of this election.”
An entire country is a global menace?
Many Republicans have been paranoid of Russia for years now. Russia is a problem, geo-politically speaking. But so is China, Mexico, and frankly half the world. To call Russia a global menace is hysterical. They aren’t looking at the political situation of today as it is: they’re looking at it as if it’s 1985. Thus anything that strengthens the
Soviet Union…Russia, is bad, because it’s still, in their minds, the country it was when they were growing up. It is still the ‘bad guy’ in the global drama of good vs evil that’s playing out in their minds.
If you’ve read any in-depth history of the post-Revolution era in America, you can see something similar. The Founding Fathers almost universally disliked Great Britain. This was understandable. But some of them acted as though we were practically still at war with Britain. To these men, politics was a struggle between us and the perpetual oppressor Britain. Thus, many of them were bound and determined for an alliance with France when, after its revolution, it went to war with Britain. Fortunately for us, these men didn’t succeed in dragging us into a conflict that would have smashed us to pieces.
But there’s a difference between the Revolutionary generation and these particular Republicans: many of the founders had passed their formative years and not a few of their middle-years in an environment of conflict with Britain, either over colonial rights, in outright war, or with the haggling peace-settlement process that followed the war. But these modern Republicans spent only a portion of their formative years in the Cold War. And then, shortly after Reagan, the situation changed completely. The USSR ceased to exist completely. All that was left was the former countries that made it up. This, in contrast to Britain’s continued existence and dominance of world affairs after the Revolution.
Put another way, the Founding generation spent many more years in conflict with a power which continued to exist after our war with them ended. Thus, not only did they have more years to marinate in the emotions of conflict, but their former antagonist remained after the struggle ceased. Britain was still in the forefront of practical political affairs. As such, old memories would have a focus point to rest on.
But not so with these modern Republicans. Ryan, for instance, was only 19 when the Berlin Wall fell. The USSR collapsed three years later, shortly before Ryan’s 22nd birthday. He can hardly be said to have marinated for any time in hatred for the Soviets. Additionally, since the USSR ceased to exist after 1991, Republicans lost their psychological focal point for antipathy. In short, the enemy had departed the scene. So why cling to this saber-rattling?
At bottom, these modern Republicans have very little reason to be hankering for conflict with Russia. The Cold War changed soon enough in their lives that they had ample time to change their thinking, to re-orient their thinking away from U.S. vs U.S.S.R. into something that reflected new conditions.. That they didn’t is entirely their fault.
It may be understandable. It may be predictable, as I pointed out in my post on epochs in history. But it is still a serious fault on their part.