Last night, like millions across the country, untold numbers around the world, I sat and watch President Obama give his farewell address. At the same time, I was reading through the 35 page report about Trump.
The contrast could not have been more stark, sickening, sad.
We have had eight years in which an adult - an intelligent, measured, rational, forward thinking adult - has led this country. Led it out of the ditch into which the former administration had driven it. Led us towards equality for all, not just some. Led us by example - a family with no scandals, much love, openness, and heart. Led us despite the rabid nature of so many who could never see past the one half of his genetic make-up that is shown in his skin color. Led us on the home front and the international stage with calm, directness, and an eye towards the future - the future for all of us. Has his tenure been perfection? Oh, please, I don't even know the metric one would use to measure that.
As I listened to him, eloquent as ever, I marveled at how far we are falling come January 20th. From intelligence and meaningful words to bluster and 140 character tantrums. From a leader with a worldview and a thirst for knowledge to a sham with no understanding of how the world works and no desire to learn. From a man who openly cherishes his wife to a reprobate who has casually and publicly cheated on all of his.
As I listened to President Obama, passionate and controlled, I read the report on this country's shameful president-elect choice.
Yes, it contains the salacious entries about Trump's alleged recorded sexual escapades and favored proclivities while in Russia. It contains details about golden showers, orgies. And as a seriously dim populace, a citizenry that has proven time and again that it cares a whole awful lot about the salacious, the dirty, the "oooooo factor," that is exactly what has been leading the news cycle since last night.
Seriously. That is what most people know about this report. Hell, most people don't actually seem to know there IS a report, just that there is piss this allegation. And it is juicy (pardon the pun).
But there are 35 pages in this collection of memos/report. 35 pages of treason. And warnings that the evidence and sources are reliable enough to warrant further investigation. All of the contents' originations deemed reputable enough to have been part of a briefing to both Obama and Trump last week.
Let that sit with you for a moment.
Last week they were both presented with this information. It is damning, it is dangerous.
The President took the completely high road. Saying nothing then, saying nothing about it last night. Exploiting it for political gain or embarrassment not even in this man's mind, let alone actions. Yes, he is smart enough to know the import, the dire implications in terms of our security in the hands of a tyrant whose only end game is the greater glory and enrichment of himself. Yet he did not bring it to the podium in the White House, let alone the podium where he spoke last night. He is letting the wheels of the process turn as they must. He is letting Trump drown in the piss of his own making.
As for Trump? He Tweets. IN ALL CAPS BECAUSE THAT MAKES IT REAL-ER AND BIGLY. His defense of this report? Russia says it's not true, so there, nyah, nyah. The village idiot who led the birther charge, is now crying about witch hunts. The reality star who wallowed in the media's coverage of him during the election, now claims "Unfair!"
Sorry, PEEotus, this whole shitshow is of your own making. You campaigned on half truths, full lies, a carnival barker promising "yuge" things inside the tent. You refused to show your tax returns, at your press conference this morning declaring that you will not, that only the media cares about them. Um, no, Donald, the citizenry does. At least the intelligent 65+ million who outvoted your dim witted minions. Your failure to disclose is seen as just what it is - cowardice. Deceit. And the scrambling to hide what you know is damning.
That this report is now public knowledge (at least knowledge for those who care enough to read the damned thing) yet nothing is being done is infuriating. Were this reversed, even ONE piece of it, and it mentioned Clinton, the GOP would be clutching their pearls, screaming treason, assembling committees, and refusing to hold the inauguration until a full investigation was complete. But since it is about their candidate, they spin, they deflect, they lie, they warp - anything to avoid having to actually be patriots and care more about country than about party and winning.
To anyone swooning and claiming the "vapuhs" and that declaring this is all untrue simply because it has yet to be thoroughly vetted and verified? Try again. The two page intelligence report is not based on Facebook memes or "fake news for profit" websites. It is based on the intelligence community giving credence to the sources involved and stating very clearly they are reliable enough to move forward. At the very least, the bare minimum, the fact that there was enough smoke to produce this report AND have it presented to the POTUS and Trump - means investigation, complete and thorough, is warranted to insure there is no fire, or to find there is a fire and set to doing what must be done to insure it does not set the whole place ablaze.
Make no mistake, any citizen who is willing to turn a blind eye to this report, to already released evidence that our election was influenced by a foreign power, is no patriot. You are treasonous filth. You are hypocrites of the highest magnitude. You screamed BENGHAZI! BENGHAZI! BENGHAZI! over and over as committee after committee found no crime. You sanctioned the waste of millions of our tax dollars on a true witch hunt, never caring or blinking an eye when embassy deaths mounted under Republican presidents, but shitting yourselves blind when Obama and Hillary were in your sights. You chanted "Lock her up" over and over and over about Hillary, wanting her imprisoned for NOTHING. You practically fellated Wikileaks and masturbated to every fake news story that emerged about Hillary - like the pizza parlor garbage - embracing it as hard, cold truth not needing verified or substantiated on any level other than your biased gut.
You do not get to act like high minded, justice seeking saints through all that bullshit, and now turn your backs and say, "Meh. Move on. Get over it." Your desire to win made possible by your easily exploitable thintellect and your choosing to see the world only through rose colored asses.
Our country has been compromised. The dismantling will begin in earnest on January 20th. The danger for millions of targeted groups will intensify. Education, healthcare, the environment, everything - will be in the hands of science deniers, greed driven billionaires, and proven idiots. I will say it again - if you voted for this human Easter egg dye, sat out the election, or threw your vote away - you own this. All of it. You imperiled millions of people, made life exponentially more dangerous for them, and empowered a cretin who cares about no one but himself.
Last night I watched a truly remarkable man do his best to calm a frightened populace, even chastising when boos went up directed at the incoming administration. His efforts were far beyond saying goodbye. He was trying to lift us up, get us to refocus, to find the strength inside each one of us, to remind us to never give up on this country, to give us hope. "I'm asking you to believe. Not in my ability to bring about change — but in yours."
This morning I watched a childish, unintelligent, disinterested, self aggrandizing charlatan stand at a podium, pat himself on the back, and say the word "brilliant" over and over. No plans, no coherence, no humility at the massive job and responsibilities before him. Just hubris, hyperbole, and wilted word salad about how great he is.
What have we become?
Could this all be untrue? Anything is possible. But this I will say - for every unsubstantiated, unverified, flat out false piece of garbage reTweeted, shared, and passed on as true during the election cycle by Trump and his minions? You don't get to be pissed now. Not at, not on, not at all. You reap what you sow.