Now I know I am not a "leftist" or a "Non-American", so I am reluctantly familiar wth the fake position some take on social media. Attacking others without knowing anything about them has become standard operating procedure for the abundantly ignorant, but it has left me with a real quandary. If all news that criticizes President Trump is "fake", then how does one label the current investigations into the Administration? Are they "fake" too? Perhaps Former National Security Advisor Micheal Flynn ignoring an inquiry thinks the subpoena issued from Congress is also fake? You can bet the team of lawyers he has hired are real though, right? And what about the news that the President's son-in-law Jared Kushner met with Russia's top spy, Ambassador Sergey Kislyak to create a "secret backchannel" for communications with the Trump Transition Team? How can this news be considered "fake" when the Russians have themselves confirmed the Kushner efforts? And if some still feel this news is fake, then why the public acknowledgement from the White House admitting it happened under the guise it was all routine and acceptable. Except when completing National Security Clearance forms, many in the campaign conveniently forgot their "secret" contacts with Russian spies. How is it possible Kushner innocently omitted his contacts with Russians requesting a backchannel for communications directly between the White House and the Russians on his security applications?
With some now on the right admitting this news is "real", how do they still rationalize such an effort was "routine?" Seriously, with all of the questions surrounding the confirmed efforts of the Russians to interfere with our election, why aren't all Americans up in arms in disgust? Why do some think winning the election trumps any efforts by a foreign enemy to disrupt our democratic elections? Consider this. IF it is indeed routine to set up "secret" backchannels for communications with enemies of the United States, would it make sense that knowing investigations into Russia's active interference with our elections would put Administration officials on notice to be very careful how they proceeded with such interactions? And although we all know what "secret" means, does it include the intent to omit such contacts on National Security Clearance forms (the epitome of keeping State secrets)? Shouldn't some people at least know what is happening between our Administration and foreign enemies when "backchannel" communications are being established? I can appreciate the communications needing to be secret, but doesn't keeping it from the people in charge of guaranteeing compliance with our own National Security Network defeat the purpose? And if nothing sinister was involved, then why the omissions to include it in those required by law in secret disclosure documents? (See:
So instead of raising the blanket knee-jerk response "It's Fake News" perhaps we should be pointing out the hypocrisy of those raising the point with the obvious retort - "No, it's your Fake Patriotism?" Speaking of patriotism, let us honor the memory of all of the brave men and women of of armed forces who fought to preserve our democracy from the perils of all of our conniving enemies. As President Lyndon Johnson once wrote: "What convinces is conviction. Believe in the argument you're advancing. If you don't you're as good as dead. The other person will sense that something isn't there, and no chain of reasoning, no matter how logical or elegant or brilliant, will win your case for you." Conviction in support of democracy is real and should never be considered "fake." Have a safe Memorial Day and a great week!