When the gaslighting* overwhelms us, there is nothing like satire to sum it up so we can digest what is happening. Stephen Colbert summed up where we are well last night.
For the record, the hacking wasn’t limited to the Presidential election.
So Stephen asks, what do we do? What do we do? We can’t look to any of our three branches of government, we shouldn’t look for a redo election or impeach any of our leaders, not in my opinion. So what do we do?
The Republicans Party and it’s members, are sitting at the helm after an election won fair and square – technically.
Like Stephen I do have confidence in the vote. More people went out and voted for Trump and the GOP ticket (in red and purple states) than voted for Democrats. Donald Trump will be our President and the GOP will control the House, Senate and Judiciary for four years. We can’t go backwards.
We have to go forwards with the understanding that we have been hacked. Much more important that what the Russians have done is the political hacking of reason that the GOP has been focused on for decades. The GOP has let us down by their own standards. The Supreme court, which the GOP will tell us is a-political, was used as a political prop by blocking a President’s nominee in a-historical fashion. The party of law and order was silent when nation’s top cop told us that there was something up with Hillary’s emails on October 28th, yet then on November 6th said there was nothing there. Now the CIA is bringing forward evidence that Russia hacked both national parties, but passed on the leaks of only one party to semi-news sites.
What do we do when the governing party has depends on these double standards to win elections? Remember, some huge fraction of this election was about Hillary’s use of a private e-mail server yet look at just what happened.
I think the answer to Stephen’s question is the only path we have. Democrats have to be good. We have to remind people that we are electing representatives to help decide how we are going to best allow all people entry to our hospitals and clinics, how to balance growth and our economy while protecting that which deserves not to be lost, how to understand and manage what 8 billion people can do to our blue marble, etc. etc. etc.
It’s boring, but that is the type of stuff that government officials do. Government officials in the United States are not there to endorse a certain world view or gender (see below) or to prop-up this or that favored industry or monopoly in a perpetually changing society, but in the election of 2016, that is what the people wanted, and that is what they got.
Democrats have to be better and win without lowering themselves to the GOP’s level. In elections we need to remember that we cannot manipulate reality and we should be the party that institutionalizes means of minimizing the manipulation of our electoral system. We have to be the responsible governors of our society because the GOP has forsaken that responsibility.
There is always today, tomorrow, 2018 and 2020. America and it’s people is good, it’s just sometimes we believe what that guy on TV or our cell phones are saying, even if what he is saying is what some guy in the Ukraine wants him to say.
And one last thing. Fox Host Jeanne Pirro asks the question of President Obama, if he knew about the Russian meddling during the campaign, why bring it up now, after the election. There is a simple answer to that imho, President Obama was a good and decent man and a great President. He was trying to avoid doing what James Comey did.
*BTW, there is a great article from, of all places, Teen Vogue on Trump’s Gaslighting of America. You can find it here.