Now that Donald Trump has accepted the acclamation of the Russian people and agreed to be their president, actual American voters must decide what to do. There is some irony, to say the least, in seeing the party that complained about voter fraud win because the election was hacked by their allies in another country.
We saw how on Tuesday, the director of the National Security Agency, Admiral Michael Rogers said that Wikileaks “was a conscious effort by a nation-state to attempt to achieve a specific effect.” Remarkably, that effort was highlighted by the timely interference of Republican operative and FBI director James Comey.
This would be the same Comey who, charged with protecting our nation, protected it from Hillary Clinton but not Vladimir Putin by not only refusing to call out the Russians before the election but advised President Obama to not call out the Russians for undermining our democratic process.
Corey Lewandowski, of course, eager to downplay the foreign connection, credits Comey. But it was not just Putin and Comey but profit-seeking Macedonian kids creating pro-Trump websites which proliferated on Facebook, influencing Americans who can’t tell a well-reasoned argument from propaganda.
David Corn writes in Mother Jones,
There already is much smoke in the public realm: the hacking of the Democratic National Committee, the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, and John Podesta, the chairman of Hillary Clinton’s campaign. Also, Russian hackers reportedly targeted state election systems in Arizona and Illinois. Coincidentally or not, the Russian deputy foreign minister said after the election that Russian government officials had conferred with members of Trump’s campaign squad. (A former senior counterintelligence officer for a Western service sent memos to the FBI claiming that he had found evidence of a Russian intelligence operation to coopt and cultivate Trump.) And the DNC found evidence suggesting its Washington headquarters had been bugged—but there was no indication of who was the culprit. In his recent book, The Plot to Hack America, national security expert Malcolm Nance wrote, “Russia has perfected political warfare by using cyber assets to personally attack and neutralize political opponents…At some point Russia apparently decided to apply these tactics against the United States and so American democracy itself was hacked.”
The combined effect is absolutely mind-blowing. The media is telling us this is a Democratic disconnect from the electorate, a want of enthusiasm, even though Hillary Clinton won the popular vote, just short of Obama’s 2012 total.
But it was not voter enthusiasm or disconnect that was the problem, but rather than the Republican Party had powerful friends with a vested interest in a Donald Trump presidency. Another irony then: Donald Trump, who preaches America for Americans, won the election not because Americans, but foreigners wanted him for our president.
Hrafnkell Haraldsson, a social liberal with leanings toward centrist politics has degrees in history and philosophy. His interests include, besides history and philosophy, human rights issues, freedom of choice, religion, and the precarious dichotomy of freedom of speech and intolerance. He brings a slightly different perspective to his writing, being that he is neither a follower of an Abrahamic faith nor an atheist but a polytheist, a modern-day Heathen who follows the customs and traditions of his Norse ancestors. He maintains his own blog, A Heathen’s Day, which deals with Heathen and Pagan matters, and Mos Maiorum Foundation www.mosmaiorum.org, dedicated to ethnic religion. He has also contributed to NewsJunkiePost, GodsOwnParty and Pagan+Politics.