LA Times Releases Devastating Anti-Trump Editorial; Full Scale W.H. Meltdown Imminent

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By now, there has been an immense amount of talk about whether or not the Trump campaign colluded with Russia to win the 2016 election. Special Counsel Robert Mueller III launched a thorough investigation shortly after Trump fired FBI Director James Comey back in May.

LA Times writer, Ariel Dorfman wants to dig deeper than this to get at what is going on within this country that Americans would allow “Russians to be successful.”  Dorfman writes:

‘My weariness is not due to a lack of indignation at how a foreign country covertly helped a reckless con man become president. And I would certainly celebrate if the uncovering of crimes forced President Trump to abandon the White House and slink back to his tower.

‘But I fear that the Russia investigations — and the hope that they will save the republic — are turning too many opponents of this administration into passive, victimized spectators of a drama performed by remote actors over which they have no control.’

He goes on to explain that it wasn’t Russians voting in the U.S. election, and Russians weren’t the ones voting in Michigan, Pennsylvania, and Wisconsin who handed Trump the election by over 80,000 votes. He says:

‘They were American men and women. As were the 62,984,825 others who decided that such a troublesome, inflammatory figure expressed their desires and dreams. ‘

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Dorfman continues saying:

‘Trump could be impeached or resign, or his policies could simply implode under the weight of their malice, divisiveness and mendacity, and the country would still be defined and pressed by the same conditions and dread that enabled his rise. America would still need to engage in a process of national self-scrutiny to fathom how such a nightmare could have been avoided, how it can be prevented from happening again.’

Dorfman is absolutely correct when he says we need to explore what is going on at heart of the nation. The American people need to ensure that the election of “a reckless con man” could never happen again. Dorfman explains that many people questioned following the election what went wrong and asked “How did this happen?” The blame was on multiple fronts including Russian collusion, the people who voted for fringe candidates, and other reasons. There wasn’t a unifying narrative that gave a reason and it is something that is much needed.

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Dorfman writes:

‘Now, every desperate American must gaze in the mirror and interrogate the puzzled face and puzzling fate that stares back: What did I do or not do that made the cataclysm possible? Did I ignore past transgressions that corrode today’s society: the discrimination, the sexism, the violence, the authoritarianism, the intolerance, the imperial ambitions, the slavery and greed and persecutions that have darkened America’s story? Did I overestimate the strength of our democracy and underestimate the decency of my neighbors? Was I too fearful, too complacent, too impatient, too angry? Whom did I not talk to, whom did I not persuade? What privilege and comforts, what overwork and debts, kept me from giving my all? What injustice or humiliation or bigoted remark did I witness and let pass? How can I help to recover our country, make it once more recognizable, make it luminous and forgiving?’

Dorfman’s point is that the question should be “What is wrong with our country?” and not “What did the Russians or anyone else do?”

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