I find it both astounding and depressing that within a fifteen-year period, liberals have sunk to Bush era tactics when it comes to questioning American Intelligence Agencies. If you’ve been on social media lately, you may have noticed various articles, memes and tweets that bring into question a person’s patriotism for questioning the Intel Report on Russian hacking.
Now I personally believe Russia probably did try and interfere with the 2016 election. Both the United States and Russia have been interfering with foreign elections for decades. Furthermore, it was no secret that Clinton, like Obama, would have been a lot more hostile to Vladimir Putin than Trump for various reasons.
Trump and Putin have a lot in common. They are both considered strong men. Putin Demonized the LGBT community to shore up his base just as Trump used immigrants and Muslims. They are both alleged billionaires and both have a shared interest in expanding their country’s fossil fuel industry. They will become very close allies during Trump’s time in office.
Nevertheless, despite all the suggestions that Russia hacked into the DNC’s emails, they are still just assertions. They were assertions before the release of the Intel report, they are still assertions after. There is no actual evidence. An assertion is not proof of anything, it is just a belief.
The establishment media however doesn’t seem to care. From day one, they have cared more about the hack itself than the damning content it revealed. And that is where some of my fellow liberals and progressives have gotten lost. Months after the election, The DNC and the media are still looking to scapegoat Russia to cover up their own failures.
The DNC, Clintonites and other neo-liberals who are taking out their frustration on their own people, calling them unamerican or unpatriotic is utter nonsense. As progressives, we know blind faith in our government institutions can be dangerous and even get us killed. It has happened before.
American Intelligence Agencies have lied to us repeatedly in the past, so why are we so eager to believe them now? Because we want to believe it. Back in 2002 and 2003, progressives, liberals and moderates were right in questioning American Intel on Iraqi WMDs, it didn’t make us any less American like Bush and Cheney asserted. If anything, it made us better citizens.
Remember when the Director of National Intelligence Jim Clapper told Congress in 2013 that the government does not “wittingly” collect information about millions of Americans? Edward Snowden proved that to be a huge lie just a few weeks later. Conservatives (and some liberals), called Snowden unpatriotic and a traitor, some even called for his execution. Nobody really talked about Clapper’s lie.
Now here we are in 2017 with the most unpopular president elect in modern history and the situation seems to have been reversed. The patriotism of conservatives (and progressives) are now being questioned for not falling in line with the establishment’s fact free assertions.
Back at the Democratic National Convention last year, Michelle Obama famously said “When someone is cruel or acts like a bully, you don’t stoop to their level. No, our motto is, when they go low, we go high.”
Has Trump made us forget already?