In Plain Sight

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It didn’t take a crystal ball to predict that in Helsinki, President Baby Hands would side with Russia over our own intelligence agencies. Over all of the United States’ intelligence agencies, which are in full agreement about Russian meddling in our last election. Afterall, it’s not the first time he’s sided with the Russians in this matter. He’s been insulting our intelligence agencies and vilifying our agents for years now. He even did it while oversees this week. It didn’t take a fortune teller to know that he’d continue to call the Mueller investigation a witch hunt. He’s been doing that since it began. And it didn’t take a tarot card reader to predict that he’d call his one-on-one-half meeting with Putin a success, even while the rest of the world sees it as a blatant failure.

This epic mess was all quite predictable to any human with access to world news and the ability to extrapolate. He’s been giving clear indications of his absolute lack of integrity, his narcissistic bottomless hunger for acceptance by his base, and his inability to understand or deal with reality. Fortunately, most Americans get it. Those who don’t are in the minority, though they control the majority of the government at the moment.

If you can extrapolate, then you weren’t “stunned” yesterday when our president committed Treason LIVE on world-wide television. That’s because he’s done it so many times before. If you can extrapolate, you’re wondering today why it took so long for the rest of the world to wake up. Everyone is shocked beyond belief. But should we be? We’ve had 3 years now to understand how shallow and vacuous he is. To grasp just how immoral a human can be. He’s shown us at every turn. At every divisive rally. At every opportunity.

The only people who didn’t see this coming are those …who… are…blind, meaning Republicans. Republicans have been utterly blinded by his orange glow and it’s likely that they’ll never see again. They have chosen to whistle past the graveyard for 3 years now, because of the magnitude of the hatred they held for the Clintons since they trounced conservatives two decades ago and beat them at their own game. And because of this wanton hatred, they cannot see the obvious. They are blind. Blind to the truth. Blind to basic logic. Blind to the rest of the world.

Fortunately, the rest of the world can see this train wreck happening in slow motion. It’s been 3 years of slo-mo destabilization in full view for most of us. The world sees all too well what’s going on with these sleazy people who have taken over our once-respected country. The U.N. Security Council knows. Our NATO allies can see too. Even the Queen knows, she just can’t say. As those who wish us harm can see too, what a fool Trump is. Only American Republicans are blind to it. And history will judge those Trump voters harshly, as it should.

Republicans laugh when you point out that Trump’s trying to convince Americans that the media is “fake news”, smacks of authoritarianism. They can’t extrapolate that this is seriously the first step, every time an authoritarian regime takes over anywhere. But they can’t see it. They are blind. They can’t even see it when he congratulates Phillippines’ Duterte for killing those in the streets who he deems to be drug dealers. Nothing authoritarian in his likings there, right? A Republican friend told me recently that it would be impossible for me to quote one single thing that Trump has said or done that proves he’s racist. Seriously? In a word, Charlottesville. But that my friend, a fairly rational person otherwise, can’t see this is quite stunning. She’s blind. She’s tribal-blind. She can only see what her tribe tells her is there. Anything else, she just can’t see.

It doesn’t take a genius to see who Trump is or who these people in his tribe are or that they are doing great harm to our level of civility and our institutions daily. It doesn’t take a Rhodes Scholar to see that he is putting our country at great risk. But it does take a basic level of education and context to see through all the smoke. And that is why it doesn’t take a fortune-teller to predict that today’s tribal-blind Republicans will never be able to see through this madness.