It is time for a rethink as to where we are all going in the light of the United States melt down over the course of the four years leading up to this 2020 presidential election campaign. It is more important than ever right now because the icons of the American political idea seem to be in serious danger and at risk of collapse. The reckoning will probably come on election day, 3 November, 2020. That might be all the time we have left.
In countries such as Australia and the Brexit-facing United Kingdom, economic and social self-harm is reaching peak stupidity and linked to a fracturing of the people into increasingly irreconcilable groups, a phenomenon seen elsewhere in the west. In the foreseeable future, in any serious confrontation, the chances are that Australia and others also will be changed forever.
Flash point: the US and dangerous nature of this internal turmoil
The most important failures are in the US right now, but these also pose huge, flow-on dangers to the rest of the western world. In the nearly 250 year history of the most famous constitutional republic the world has, apart from the Civil War never before has its very structure, its foundational building blocks been under such internal attack or seemed so vulnerable as it does right now.
This is why the attention of the world should be firmly directed towards the USA and to how the attacks on it affect its example to lovers of freedom everywhere. We must also look towards our own countries in the face of inevitable turning of those sinister forces against us too. As always, it is the People facing up to forces which would take away our freedoms, not only of personal liberty to act freely if not harming others, but of our liberty in speech, religion and choice of beliefs. The danger of a potentially tyrannical future has always been on the minds of the great American thinkers from the earliest days, but the potential collapse in confidence of the people to believe in the American ideal is new, but real for all that.
It is not Trump this time and then back to a supposed “normal” This could be the new Normal
This day, this minute, the self-admitted parallel government acting at variance to the will of the people as expressed in voting, is pre-emptively acting in a way which might subvert the free exercise of that vote in late 2020. It was long claimed to be the work of Russia but looking to internal forces and actors is more realistic.
If any proof of that was wanted, the supposedly new Russia 3.0, claiming that Russia was interfering in the US election campaign to assist Donald Trump, began with a deliberately misleading and clumsy set of attacks from the usual suspects. A report of an intelligence briefing about Russian interference had seen falsely altered details to harm Trump, instantly promoted breathlessly by the political media enablers. Starting in a NYT article, headlined:
Lawmakers Are Warned That Russia Is Meddling to Re-elect Trump
Rep. Devin Nunes of California, a close Trump ally, told the President about the election meddling briefing afterward, according to a person familiar with the matter.
This was later angrily denied by Nunes who countered with a law suit against the media outlet which first published it.
Probably because the planted Russia 3.0 “scandal” was being quickly demolished as false or a gross exaggeration, the political media also came out with the idea that the unwanted Democrat front runner Bernie Sanders was another target for Russia. While Sanders might seem to be a person Russia could live with, there was zero proof that he was targeted either. It did, however, come at a most convenient time for the political class and media. For such a Democrat party and political media, their in-truth unwanted Bernie Sanders having huge momentum leading up to the imminent Las Vegas caucus was terrible timing. Especially as Michael Bloomberg had crashed and burned during the Democrat debate a night beforehand.
Sanders himself called out the precise timing, but the media and the political class soon got onto the “Russia wants Bernie to assist Trump in having a weak opponent” narrative. However, that in itself reminded political players of the media pushing of Trump in 2015/16 in the hope of Hillary Clinton having a supposedly weak opponent.
The insidiousness of this media smear, the partial success of the so-called Deep State actors undermining of the American political system, is shown in world-wide response to the original claim. In the US mainstream or legacy media – especially the complicit media – the narrative has nothing to do with nuance, nothing to do with actually reporting. It hasn’t got anything to do with Journalism either. The only message, the only headline, the only takeaway is “Russians interfering to help Trump” – and maybe to help Bernie Sanders too. In Britain and Australia too it’s the same narrative. The fact that there is nothing in hard intelligence to say so, nothing to mention that the spokesperson doing the briefing got hit with plenty of blow back to which she had no response.
From a leading CNN media player came this walk-back:-
So, it’s a (typical) case of go with the damaging story that fits the desired narrative. It can be walked back later.
Late addition came a day later through Catherine Herridge of CBS News. The National Security Advisor to the President, Robert O’Brien – who has access to everything – says it all (to back up Tapper for once) “I haven’t seen any intelligence to support the reports that were leaked out.”Follow