People are all up in arms about Russians meddling in the American election. Of course they meddled. On the one hand, you have an incompetent boob who has business ties to Russian kleptocrats, who questions the value of NATO, who seems unconcerned with Russian adventures in the Ukraine and Syria, and who praises Putin for his leadership; on the other, you have Clinton. Of course they did what they could. They hacked the emails of both the the Democratic and Republican national committees and released through Wikileaks whatever they thought might hurt Clinton.
Big deal. I know my email is not very secure, and, unless they took extraordinary precautions that I don’t know about, the DNC should have known that too. After all, among all of the faux furor over Clinton’s supposed misdeeds, it was her lack of respect for email security that seems to have gotten the most traction. It might be that lax email security nailed her in the end.
As far as I can tell, no one is accusing the Russians of doing anything more than influencing the American people through selective leaking of information. Both Republicans and Democrats do that whenever they get the chance. Even the FBI seems to have gotten involved. If the Russians managed to tilt the election, which I doubt, it doesn’t scare me.
What scares me is that we elected a man who lies so frequently that people ignore the constant noise from the fact checkers. America has entered a post-truth zone, where accepted scientific conclusions are questionable and where demonstrable facts are powerless against the truthiness of a con man who “tells it like it is.”
The problem isn’t the Russians. The problem isn’t ISIS. The problem isn’t just Trump, though he is pretty scary. The problem is the imaginary conspiracies, the unacknowledged prejudices, the interminable Benghazi hearings, in short, the abundance of misinformation that has guided the views of so many American voters.
The problem is us. As long as we, the American people, allow ourselves to be so easily misled by what is demonstrably false, we will be defenseless against those who wish to manipulate us. Our birthright, liberty and justice, will not be secure until we commit ourselves to Truth.