The truth shall set you free…unless you can blame the media for reporting the truth

As much as I’ve tried to stay abreast of the Michael Flynn clusterf–k, I’ve found it difficult to comprehend the depth and breadth of the Trump Administration’s first scandal. The director of the National Security Agency (NSA) evidently lied (to the FBI and Vice President Mike Pence) about conversations he had with members of the Russian government. I don’t know about you, but that seems as if it might present a real problem to a President struggling to establish anything resembling credibility and gravitas.

He could be addressing the serious problem facing his fledgling Presidency (I dunno, should potential treason be considered serious?). Instead, President Trump is…you guessed it…blaming the media. Instead of addressing the possibility his NSA chief may have committed treason, he’s lashing out at the press for reporting the facts.

Who are you going to believe? Me? Or your lying eyes??

When last I checked, one of the primary responsibilities of the Fourth Estate is holding our elected representatives accountable. In this case, the press- our FREE press- did their job, reporting the facts when Flynn’s duplicity came to light. This shouldn’t be a matter of competing narratives, dueling talking points, and spin. It shouldn’t be about propaganda; this is about national security. A bureaucrat whose chief responsibility is helping the President protect the Homeland may have committed treason.

I don’t know about you, but I see that as a potentially serious problem.

Instead of trying (once again) to paint the press as the bad guys, it might behoove President Trump to step back and look at what’s happening around him. Of course, introspection and self-awareness have never been in his skill set. He’s long lived within the impregnable walls of the fantasy world he’s constructed. In that world, he’s brilliant, universally loved…and any negative press is obviously part of a plot to destroy his Presidency.

He’s a legend, an inspired, prescient leader- a “winner”- because he says so.

Flynn’s firing, the need for which was obvious to everyone but the President, was long overdue. How can America tolerate a man who’s charged with protecting the Homeland possibly being vulnerable to blackmail? This is even more crucial when you consider Russia’s intentions seldom dovetail with America’s best interests.

Is this a harbinger of things to come? Is having to fire his NSA chief less than a month into his reign cause for concern? Should Congress and the FBI be looking into what influence Russia may be exerting over the policies of the Trump Administration?

The President might want to reconsider his approach. Instead of attacking the media, he should be thanking them for uncovering what might develop into a major problem for his Presidency. He’d be well-advised to take necessary measures to reassure the American public that Russia isn’t a major player in his White House.

As mentioned earlier, this President isn’t a man prone to introspection or gifted with any appreciable degree of self-awareness. Ultimately, this may prove his undoing.

We can only hope….

Why is that that ostensibly intelligent people within the Trump Administration seem to be doing truly, deeply stupid things? Perhaps because the President is telling them to do so. Perhaps the problem isn’t Trump’s minions. It appears the problem is the President himself.

Inept, incompetent, unprincipled, dishonest…and evidently built to stay that way.

I believe the questions raised by the Flynn scandal should be thoroughly investigated. I don’t have the answers, nor do I know enough to definitively pass judgment on any potential corruption within the White House. What I want is for the matter to be investigated in order that Americans might be reassured that the White House isn’t in thrall to Russia. That doesn’t seem too much to ask…does it? Or should Americans really be reduced to wondering how much of White House policy is geared for the benefit of a foreign power hostile to our best interests?

Nice work, America.

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