Wake Up America
We have met the enemy and he is us.
The Russian Menace
Russia is a problem. Its primary strategy is to diminish American influence in the world, to sow chaos and distrust in our government and to divide the American people. It seeks to widen the factions in American consciousness—gun control, race, environment, gender and financial equality, etc.—the places in the fabric of American life where we are torn.
We have three problems. The first is the president. He has many faults. He lacks leadership ability and moral character. He perpetually lies. He lacks communication skills. He calls the European Union our greatest foe when he means they are our greatest financial and business competitors. He has a massive ego. He has a worldview of conflict and winners and losers. One of his favorite derogatory statements to an adversary is to call the person a loser. His strength is business; he values money, but devalues alliances and allies. His greatest deficit is that he does not know the power of people united.
The American People
The president is a problem, but he is not the greatest challenge. The greatest challenge is we, the American people. Some of us think Mr. Trump is the savior, some of us think he is destroying the foundations of our democracy.
Here is a principle of consider…as long as we think someone is the answer or the problem, the challenge cannot be met.
Russia attacked us, the American people. We were duped. Russia struck a blow at our greatest strength, our unity.
Russia created fake news in a back room, took advantage of our inclination to focus on reports that reinforce our biases and opinions and got us to spread the lies on our newsfeeds and by pushing a share button. Unconsciously, we colluded with the Russian strategy to divide our house knowing that a house divided cannot stand.
Wouldn’t it be helpful if our president spoke to us during an evening prime time broadcast and said, “My fellow Americans. We are under attack by Russia. They are dividing us, and a house divided cannot stand. We must do what we have done throughout our history—unite. The nation is under attack, but individual American citizens are the targets. During our time together, I am going to tell you how it was done and is being done and what you can do as an American citizen to thwart this challenge to our nation. If we unite, we will do what we have always done, triumph.
We need a president who brings us together. We are crumbling from within. Friendships have been destroyed. Friends are unfriended. People won’t even talk about what is happening because they fear the loss of friendships and the eruption of passions that lie within us.
I suspect every nation faces a time when divisions and factions widen. We had our Civil War, and, now, we are in a less bloody internal conflict, but it is just as much a threat to our future.
The challenge is that there is no one to unite us. Our current “leader” specializes in division, and in this, he is in collusion with Russia. I don’t know if it is conscious or unconscious, but Mr. Trump is not doing his job. His massive ego prevents him from acknowledging the attacks. He most likely thinks an admission devalues his election. His massive ego blinds him to what is actually happening. He is content with ever widening factions because he values conflict. He said he even values it in his staff.
I said there were three problems. The first is the president, the second and primary problem is we the people, but there is a third—Congress.
The Third Problem
Our senators and representatives took an oath to protect and defend the country and the Constitution of the United States. Many of our congressional leaders have broken their oath. They no longer protect and defend the nation; they protect their jobs. They are cowards. They fear that if they speak up and challenge the president and his worldviews, they will lose their jobs.
Dear friend, risk is what courage is all about. There is no courage without risk. If the job is lost, so be it. The person may lose his/her job, but we will gain a hero.
We The People
This is one of the most challenging times in our nation’s history, and we do not have a president who can lead us. We do not have members of Congress with the courage to be heroes.
This may be the first time in our history when the American people must lead, must be the heroes. It is written, “We the people…” Dear friend, you can be a hero. We need you. The Russian plan may be strategic, but make no mistake, you, an individual American citizen, are the target. Don’t be an unwitting pawn in Russia’s attempt to divide the country.
Let us rethink our biases, expand our minds to embrace other viewpoints and become heroes. Can you feel it? Can you sense it? We the people uniting… and a single headline is on the front page of every newspaper and is the lead statement of every news broardcast—America Awakes!