I don’t pretend to know what is going on in the Russia/Trump imbroglio, but we ought to have a bit of discussion on this, since its all the media will cover in the headlines. First, I will say that I think there is a lot of room for Christians to disagree on the seriousness of the issue. And in full disclosure, that despite being generally not a fan of some of Mr. Trump’s policies and much of his personal style and actions, I am not particularly concerned about the supposed Russia subversion.
Narrative on both the right and left talks about foreign subversion of the election; a threat to democracy. Yet I know nothing that has been alleged that suggests that even one vote was changed by collusion. Let’s take the allegations as all fact–the Russians wanted Mr. Trump and not Mrs. Clinton as president, and Wikileaks was the result of that collusion. All the Wikileaks released was truthful information. Its hard for me to get wound up about the truth being released regardless of the source. I believe that the video tape of Mr. Trump’s shameless comments about groping women was far more harmful than any of the Wikileaks, and no one had any issues with that coming out of the woodwork–because it was true. Should we care about the source of damaging material if it is true? Or put another way, should we not want the truth to come out that may be relevant if the source has ulterior motives for releasing it?
Further, I fear that the real subversion of democracy here is the attempt to deny the vote of the American public last November. While I did not vote for Mr. Trump, those that did should not be denied their choice. If people cannot use the ballot through our current constitutional rules to place someone in power, and if the losers are allowed to drive the winners out of power, we are headed to a very troubling time. The people that voted for Mr. Trump were not unaware of his personal limitations and lack of character–and they wanted him over Mrs. Clinton anyway. It seems to me that nothing that has been said is particularly surprising. That Mr. Trump’s son might be interested in dirt on Mrs. Clinton, and would even listen to someone purporting to have connections to the Russian government, seems to me to be bad form and not what I would like to see, but it certainly doesn’t affect my opinion of Mr. Trump. For the left especially, the moral outrage of a foreign power trying to influence an election is somewhat ridiculous. Where was the concern over that issue when Mr. Obama tried to influence the Brexit vote, or the Israeli election against Mr. Netanyahu? Or the far left’s concern over democracy? There is a reason why the far left tries to use the power of the courts continually to radically reshape our society–they don’t really believe in democracy except as a rhetorical tool.
And then there is the rhetoric. Let’s remember that it was just a few short weeks ago that a deranged Bernie Sanders supporter tried to assassinate numerous Republicans. Does it really help for Tim Kaine to say yesterday that Mr. Trump’s son may have committed treason? What is the appropriate punishment for treason historically? Do we really want to go there?
This is all-out political warfare, but I don’t see much more than that. But I suspect some of you see it differently. So let ‘er rip in the comments.