Then they came for Conway, and I did not speak out—
Because I hated Trump
Then they came for Trump, and I did not speak out—
Because I hated Trump
Then they came for America—and there was no one left to speak for her.
Too dramatic? Maybe. Then again, maybe not.
Consider the nothing short of media mass hysteria regarding the resignation/firing of Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn as President Trump’s National Security Adviser.
NBC Meet the Press host Chuck Todd told his MSNBC audience: “Day one of what is arguably the biggest presidential scandal involving a foreign government since Iran-Contra.”
Thomas Friedman, resident Chicken Little at the New York Times, clucked to the MSNBC Morning Joe crowd: “We have never taken seriously from the very beginning Russia hacked our election,”….. “That was a 9/11 scale event….That was a Pearl Harbor scale event.”
On Facebook, former CBS News anchor Dan Rather played the Watergate card and was aghast at the Trump administration’s “spigot of lies”. Yet the man fired for reporting a false story on President Bush two months before the 2004 election did have one valid point: “We need an independent investigation. Damn the lies, full throttle forward on the truth.”
Whether you blame the Trump administration for obfuscation or the media for printing and airing stories so short of facts and sourced with nothing but a revolving door of anonymous cowards, the simple truth is, there is no truth.
There is innuendo, speculation, and spurious reporting the likes not seen since a guy named Goebbels was running communications for a certain Austrian paper hanger but there is anything but the truth out there right now.
In fact, the only thing we really do know at present is that Flynn lied to Vice President Pence regarding his conversations with the Russian ambassador on the day former President Obama was feeding 35 Russian diplomats to his base in a feeble attempt at redemption for doing nothing all those years prior to the election.
While the left has been clamoring for Flynn’s head ever since, I have no problem going on record that I’m glad at least someone in the incoming administration was on the phone with the Russians that day.
Instead of a tit for tat spinning out of control into who knows what, cooler heads prevailed and Putin took Obama’s action for the petulant act that it was and thankfully decided not to escalate it into a full blown crisis.
In any other universe, attempting to de-escalate tensions would be deemed a GOOD thing. But we’re living in the anti-Trump universe and in that universe it’s better to let John McCain and Lindsay Graham (have these two ever met a war they didn’t want?) beat the war drums than to at least try to talk an adversary down from its ledge.
From Bush ignoring the invasion of Georgia, to the taking of Crimea and re-emerging in the Middle East under Obama, Vladimir Putin has been operating with impunity for years but now not even three weeks in office it’s all Trump’s fault?
It’s completely appropriate to be skeptical of how Trump will deal with Putin. But it is also appropriate to wait to judge until something is actually done.
And yes, let’s start that investigation Mr. Rather wants. Impanel a grand jury, start issuing subpoena’s and follow the truth wherever it leads. Bring the rats illegally leaking signal intelligence to the media up on charges, and if the trail leads back to Trump, start typing the articles of impeachment.
In the meantime, how about we all take a collective breath, shed ourselves of the emotional bubble wrap, and give the man a chance to do what he was elected to do.
That’s the way our Constitutional Republic is supposed to work and yes, that’s the truth.
Publisher’s Note: A version of this column first appeared in the February 19, 2017 print edition of the Joplin Globe.