A Dangerous Deflection

I have been researching an article about election security, and thinking about the best approach given what I believe the significance is. As I was reading and collecting information, I suddenly realized that there is a parallel issue that’s just as important … so here I am.

Contrary to what many of you might think, this article isn’t intended to be an anti-Trump article. The circumstances don’t care about the subject and I would have the same point regardless of who the subject was, given the same circumstances. I hope you understand what I mean, because in this case, President Trump has, to this point, done an outstanding job … of deflecting.

The collective “we” have a very short attention span. We have been bombarded with masks … vaccines … foreign policy on the White House lawn, etc. But it took Trump’s statement about Republicans losing elections if voter participation was too high for me to see what he’s really doing.

“The things they had in there were crazy. They had levels of voting, that if you ever agreed to it you’d never have a Republican elected in this country again.”

I have to admit, when I heard that, I did laugh and I genuinely appreciate that level of candor.  But it makes no honest sense whatsoever that we would have a partisan divide over something like voting by mail, or wearing a mask to prevent contracting or spreading COVID-19.


I vividly remember the days of the Muller investigation, and how surprised I was that, after all that was done, the final report was lacking. But I figured if there was more to that saga it should have been there, not simply hinted into … a not-much burger.

But all the while, the Republican-controlled Senate Intelligence Committee was doing its own investigation. Then, on a sweltering hot day in August, they released the 966-page Volume 5. Yes, I read all 966 pages of  the report. Things like this present a chance of serious damage to our Constitutional Republic, so I am always compelled to find as much information as possible.

I did find a Guardian article that does a good job of explaining the 5th volume for those who don’t want to read 966 pages.

Since finishing the report, I have been watching various 24/7 news stations, and I don’t think any of them actually read that report. They are harping on masks, vaccines, and foreign policy on the White House lawn … and recently, the Woodward tapes.

I can see the emphasis on the tapes, but not to the exclusion of the information in the report.

The committee that produced the report is majority Republican, and Trump is adored by most Republicans even though he’s not nearly as republican as most of them. But the committee’s work of three years directly affects the national security of the United States. The security of you and of me.

While the report is critical of Trump and those who represent him, they are not as important as we are. But he has been masterful in keeping our attention off of the conclusions in that report. A masterful deflection.

We, the People … need to be responsible stewards of our Founders’ vision. No party, sex, race, or gender identity matters. NO LABELS MATTER. The individual residing at 1600 does not matter, but his behavior does.

So, what does it say if we know these things and do nothing; we don’t even care? When the institutions responsible for keeping us safe are ignored, and the current toxic, untrusting environment becomes the new normal, what do we tell the next generation when they act the same way? What would we tell our nation’s Founders if they could ask us … what have you done with the gift we gave you?

Just something to consider.

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