With the Mid-term election right around the corner, I’m urging people to get out and vote.
The problem I’m having, is dealing with the fact that, no matter if the Democrats can take back control of the Senate, we’ve still lost. It really is the issue that is keeping me up at nights. No matter who wins, we’ve lost. Regardless of what party you want to win and take control, YOU’VE STILL LOST. And most of you don’t even understand why or how that statement is true.
Enter Russia, and more directly Russia’s self-appointed dictator, Vladimir Putin. Most everyone can agree that Russia influenced the 2016 election. Unless you’re a Trump supporter, or have your head up your ass (The two are mutually exclusive), you’ve understood that Russia had a large hand in electing Donald Trump to the position of President of the United States. And this shouldn’t come as a surprise to anyone that Russia would attempt to have influence over our government. In fact, it’s quite expected that they would use every resource at their disposal to do so. That’s just part of being a government. We do it, everyone does it. So, let’s just stop all the, “OMG, they did what?!” bullshit. Besides, that’s not the true scary part.
While the fact that Russia had enough influence to roll in a proxy leadership (marginal) is scary. That’s not the truly horrific reality. The Putin plan was simple, and its ultimate goal was achieved months before the 2016 election ever took place. The division of the America.
Now, to be fair, there was already a huge divide of ideals and agendas, and there has been for the past 20 years. But Putin saw a crack in the surface of America, and he put his resources into building a giant wedge to drive into that crack and make it a chasm. It was and STILL IS, one of the greatest weaponizations of media we’ve ever seen.
America was a ripe fruit, just waiting to be picked. Ideals on both sides were stretched thin and arguments were tight. Then enter the single most effective weapon in the arsenal of any propaganda machine. Mass media. In particularly the Internet, a place where anonymity and the ability to reach millions were at the touch of a keyboard. Truth came to the internet to die. “Facts” were created as easily as one’s imagination could produce. And NOBODY cared to dig past the surface of anything they “saw on the internet.” It was a propagandist’s wet dream. A tool that hadn’t been taken seriously. …Until it was.
Through the internet, Putin found a playground of easily influenced Americans. All of them just chomping at the bit to be a part of his experiment, na, his plan. Americans were angry. Americans were loud. Americans were scared. And mostly… Americans were BORED. They were so ready for something to point them in a direction, that they didn’t even care what it was, or where it came from. As long as it, somewhat, aligned with, or confirmed, their already fear-based opinions… it was gold.
The Russian influence machine went into full “Anarchy Mode” once its effectiveness was realized. Putin had the perfect weapon. Never before was it so easy to manipulate so many. And while America was busy tearing into itself, Putin doubled down by complimenting his encyclopedia of misinformation with a number of very successful hacks, exposing key areas of Governmental abuse. Building on the already growing distrust. A virtual three-pronged attack; Social, Financial, and now Justice. Americans didn’t know who to trust, and no longer had the capability, or desire, to believe facts. It was a swift and flawless battle. We lost.
Sadly, we are still under attack. I mean, If it ain’t broke don’t fix it. And I can see no reasonable timeframe when we, Americans, will catch on to the continuing offensive.
While you read this, Putin has been able to destroy many of the United State’s interests abroad. From trade, to reputation, we are slipping into a “Least Trusted” power. Internationally we are losing ground to Russian interests, whether by direct treaty or proxy insubordination. We have been completely undermined, and discarded by some of our most trusted, and long-lasting allies. And with good reason. Our policies no longer reflect a global partnership, but an “America First” sense of self-righteousness. This has been Putin’s goal. Turn us against ourselves, and we’ll self-destruct. And he’s got to be ecstatic at the results. I’m sure he never figured it would turn out so good, or so easy.
Good luck out there.