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John R. HallOn November 19, 2016, I published an article entitled “Flim-Flam Man Flynn.” In it, I took the recently disgraced retired general and former National Security Advisor to President Trump, Michael Flynn, to task for being forced out of the Pentagon’s top intelligence job in 2014 for his combative style, and for a series of tweets from him calling the fear of Muslims: rational thought; for comparing the entire religion of Islam to cancer. I also revisited a few of Christianity’s greatest hits: The Salem Witch Hunt, the bombing of medical centers, and the raping of altar boys. I did that to show that every religion has its pockets of disease, has its share of whack jobs. To show that being dismissive of an entire religion due to a few religious hijackers is erroneous. All I have to say now about the former National Security Advisor to President Trump, Michael Flynn, is rest in peace. His reign, January 20, 2017–February 13, 2017, is over – and we have survived it.1

 

With the breaking news of disgraced Flynn’s resignation rising from Trump’s swamp, I remembered something from our past. “Are you now or have you ever been a communist?” That was the battle cry of the McCarthy era. My formative years were spent in post McCarthy’s America; spent in Presidents Eisenhower’s, Kennedy’s, Johnson’s, Nixon’s, Ford’s and Carter’s America. I arrived at young adulthood with the “dawn of a new day” breaking on the “Shiny City on the Hill”; the Reagan presidency wherein he called Russia “the evil empire.”2 While that sentiment was extreme, and very undiplomatic, Americans were not in disagreement with the Gipper.

 

Nevertheless, we were sure that the Russian people had always been, and would evermore be, by enlarge, like us. That they were – and are – simply struggling to survive their leaders’ megalomania ambitions. That they have deep-rooted love for their children, for their grandchildren, for their families. That they are hopeful that better days are coming. That they are simply trying to just “be”; to breathe, to exist, just like we are. That their leaders, just like ours, are hell bent, are engulfed, are blinded to our struggles by their conquest for absolute power and domination over the world. This is not a new quest (think Alexander the Great, Sun Tzu, Genghis Khan, Napoleon, Hitler, ad infinitum … to the neo-Dynamic Duel of Putin and Trump).

 

The survival instinct is the most crucial component embedded within all species, be it environmental or political survival instinct. It has allowed us to arrive at the Trump administration. We will need those survival instincts (and astute political savvy) like never before if we are going to survive “The Madness of King Donald’s” reign3 (see my article Narcissistic Jingoism).

 

Back to McCarthy’s America, while I’d never want to live in that fearful State, I wonder just how in the hell have we arrived where we are: Were it is okay and hunky-dory, just fine that a President of the United States of America has unfaltering respect for a Russian President who’s a murderer, a dictator, a madman. HOW!? How is it okay for an incoming presidential administration to blatantly violate the Logan Act; enacted to prevent unauthorized American citizens from interfering in disputes or controversies between the United States and foreign governments.

 

President Reagan was right. The political structure of Russia, of all dictatorships, are evil. “Birds of a feather flock together.” That old adage just might contain the answer to Trump’s and Putin’s love affair.

 

I guarantee you that the complete answers lie just below the surface of Trump’s swamp. Those answers will be exposed. “So do not be afraid of them. For nothing is concealed that will not be uncovered, or hidden that will not be made known” (Matthew 10:26). Being an atheist, I will place my faith and trust in the Fourth Estate – our free press.  “Thank God for the press” was uttered by Congressman Bennie Thompson on CNN on 15 February 2017 A.D.4 “In this foul year of our Lord.”

 

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