*The following is an opinion column by R Muse*
These days there isn’t much that should surprise any American who remotely follows politics and it is not simply because a minority of the voting public elected an incompetent and despicable representation of humanity to occupy the White House. What is somewhat surprising is that many of Trump’s supporters’ lovingly embrace his Russian comrade Vladimir Putin because he is a tyrant who “Christianized” Russia and hates the Russian LGBT community; it’s what most of the religious Republicans regard as a godly leader and they categorically lust for Trump to be like Vlad. However perverted those folks are, and they are perverts, it is stunning that many congressional Republicans are very happy with Putin because he helped provide them with a rubber-stamp in the White House.
What is also surprising is the dearth of Republicans railing against Russia for attacking America and attempting to do what Putin does throughout Eastern Europe; disrupt democratic governments and threaten invasion. Even more surprising is the loving embrace Republicans have extended to devious Don for his praise of old Vlad after knowing intimately that his BFF ordered an attack on America for the express purpose of putting a Rusky operative in the White House. However, there are a couple of Republicans who are not enthralled by either Putin or Trump and one is a top GOP strategist who, late Friday, had some strong words about traitor Trump including implying that he and his raving mad acolytes are guilty of treason. No doubt the strong words were in response to the Trump’s praise of Putin after President Obama levied sanctions against Russia for attacking America.
The Republican operative and strategist, Rick Wilson, took to trivial Trump’s favorite means of communication, Twitter, to rail on Trump and his puerile supporters for being “lackeys, ball washers, and toadies” whose “allegiance is to Putin;” not to America. Apparently, what really set off Mr. Wilson’s tirade was his unwillingness to be called a traitor to America any longer simply because he was disinterested in supporting the traitor Trump. He said, “In the course of the 2016 campaign I don’t know how many times I was called a traitor to America for not supporting Trump.”
It is noteworthy that Wilson said he was called a traitor to America for not supporting the clumsy and inept television celebrity’s candidacy; not to candidate Trump or his own beloved Republican Party. Wilson then lashed out at Trump supporters calling them “intellectual giants [who] never bothered to understand the specific definition of treason” and yet regarded “all opposition to Trump [the candidate] was treason.” Mr. Wilson then landed a knockout punch when he asked the reasonable rhetorical question Trump or his maladjusted devotees certainly couldn’t answer without revealing that they have no allegiance to the United States of America. He asked, “What’s closer to treason? Political opposition to a candidate, or siding with a hostile foreign power in the Intel war?”
Now, it is painfully apparent that Trump and his twisted supporters, including some Republicans holding high political office, will refuse to answer Wilson’s question. However, there are many Trump adherents among the religious right who embrace Trump based on his reverence and adoration of Putin because he designated Russia as a Christian nation and is an ardent foe of the LGBT community he enjoys hunting down and meting out punishment on. Other Republicans, primarily those in Congress, are embracing Trump and his love-interest Vladimir Putin because they desperately want to stay in dirty Don’s good graces; at least long enough to push through the mountains of Koch-ALEC legislation necessary to completely dismantle America.
Where it seems Mr. Wilson missed the point was his assertion that Trump’s supporters are willing to believe truly bizarre conspiracy theories proffered by Trump and his various lunatic advisors and acolytes, but they can’t grasp the reality that Trump’s Russian infatuate ordered more than one attack on America to get his puppet in the White House. It may be the case that some of Trump’s stupidest stalwarts refuse to accept that Russia did attack America to help their hapless hero get elected, but it is seriously difficult to fathom that most Trumpites do not believe the entire American intelligence community’s conclusions. They also cannot possibly blow off the several reports that Putin ordered an attack on this country, or the Russian deputy minister’s admission that Moscow was in constant contact with Trump’s staff throughout the campaign for the sole purpose of electing Putin’s puppet Trump as president.
The idea that a Republican operative and strategist of Mr. Wilson’s stature openly, and loudly, eviscerating Trump and his supporters at all levels as traitors is surprising. Even Senator John McCain has stopped short of making that kind of serious accusation against Trump, and it is safe to say there is no love lost between Putin and McCain, or Trump for his adoration of the Russian tyrant. However, at some juncture all Republicans are going to have to publicly declare if their allegiance is to the United States or Russia. Because if they continue embracing and defending Trump, then they are not loyal to America and no matter how one parses it, disloyalty to one’s home country is being a traitor; and everyone and their pet hamster comprehends that traitors are guilty of treason.
Audio engineer and instructor for SAE. Writes op/ed commentary supporting Secular Humanist causes, and exposing suppression of women, the poor, and minorities. An advocate for freedom of religion and particularly, freedom of NO religion.
Born in the South, raised in the Mid-West and California for a well-rounded view of America; it doesn’t look good.
Former minister, lifelong musician, Mahayana Zen-Buddhist.