Read about a lot of high profile deaths and you find families fighting over the corpses. They’ve long since stopped arguing about issues and just want control over the body and maybe an inheritance. Both sides have a sense of grievance for some emotional wound. But the fight has escalated so much that no one really remembers why the fight started anymore or what the end game should actually be other than control of a dead body.
Washington seems to be that way these days and the William Barr hearing is another reminder of that.
According to William Barr, Russia and others probably will try to impact the 2020 election. That should be really big news, but it was not. Democrats have trotted out James Comey to attack the Attorney General while ignoring so many of the indiscreet things Comey has done over the past few years, including his letters about Hillary Clinton.
Suddenly Comey is awesome because he is on the Right Side of History™.
Meanwhile, MSNBC hosts are speculating that perhaps Trump is actually helping Russia in Venezuela where the Russians have decided to set up shop, give the Monroe Doctrine the middle finger, and prop up a dictator that Trump is actually handling responsibly. It actually kind of amazed me that MSNBC folks would suggest Trump is really helping Russia on this. I get they hate the President, but he’s actually been a responsible leader on this one.
Ilhan Omar, however, is not. She’s gone on Democracy Now!, which is a video network — calling it television would be too kind — akin to North Korean state media and Pravda having an American love child not named Russia Today. Democracy Now! is more Soviet than Putinesque. Anyway, Omar blamed all of Venezuela’s troubles on the American government, including on the policies of Barack Obama.
All this is happening as Joe Biden is telling everyone China is not really a threat to us, just like Russia was not a threat in 2012. Biden says China is not even competing with us. Perhaps he said something so ludicrous to distract from his own Russia scandal — his son sat on the board of a company with ties to the Russians in Ukraine and only resigned once his dad decided to run for President. Biden previously helped pressure Ukraine into firing a prosecutor looking into that company.
No one in Washington seems to have noticed that China now has a Navy in the Western Pacific that is capable of kicking our butts in a fight. In fact, the American fleet over there is still suffering from leadership, training, and morale issues. In Venezuela, the Cubans and Russians have set up shop and military operations. North Korea has gone back to building weapons of mass destruction.
Then there is our own nation’s pending bankruptcy as Democrats and Republicans can only agree on spending more money together. I haven’t even mentioned the reality that, yes, we do have a serious problem on our southern border.
I’m reminded that when Rome fell into chaos, the bureaucracy still basically functioned so it was a long time before anyone really realized the Empire had no pulse. It took the barbarians storming the gates to open people’s eyes.
At this point, we probably ought to ask if the United States still has a pulse. It looks more and more like the political class in Washington is just fighting over the corpse. Our nation is completely unprepared for coming crises, is on the verge of bankruptcy, and both sides are pointing fingers and focusing on partisan squabbles instead of real threats.
For every Democrat who would read all this and say “But Trump,” I’d reply that Russian meddling began during the Obama Administration after Obama said they were not a threat. But pointing fingers is beside the point now. We have problems as a nation without anyone in Washington ready to play a long game to fix them.