Trump is not simply a man - face it, he's barely a man, mostly a crusty botch of nature, a sad accident - but the horrifying front for a psy op - one to make America question its nature, and that of her allies.
Though we face more than just Russia's Mob, spies, and slime-dragging co-conspirators, you cannot deny that the Russians have practiced long and hard at demoralizing its enemies. They want us to see the ugliest in us.
Trump is the ugliest American: born rich but with zero nobility, mediocre but narcissistic, always talking but never with anything to say, a soulless abuser, dominant to some but pathetically subservient to anyone he thinks slightly superior.
Capt. Bone Spur.
Trump, a wretch, has defiled images, places, feelings, and values that are all core to the American psyche.
This desecration of the CIA Wall of Stars - a cemetery for those who couldn't come home - was one of the first that truly seared me, disgusted me.
That's what our enemies, foreign and domestic, want us to see about ourselves. To feel doubt, shame.
But we are not *just* that. We're more. https://twitter.com/i/moments/978798240375214080 …
Four solid years of Trump, his handlers, and a sadly complicit media have tried to tell us this place is every bit as bad as Moscow's Mob wants us to be.
Some of us have started to believe it. And it doesn't have to be.
Our enemies, foreign and domestic, want Americans and the world to think that we're all a bunch of faithless allies. Science haters. Racists. Divided. Doomed.
Not if we don't want.
The fact is, America is full of far more noble, dutiful, faithful, kind people than these false leaders would have us think.
Even Washington is still almost all staffed with career professionals, not mealy-mouthed, ninth-rate hustlers.
Still there. Ready.
This has been a dark, exhausting period - but wars always are.
This hasn't just been an information war, an emotional war, an economic war - it's been a war for civilization and our souls.
And we are weary but I don't think broken.
There will be much to repair. Many relationships to mend. Values to place once again high, high on pedestals.
A more perfect union. And a republic, if you can keep it.
Because folks, if we're not broken after THIS MANY YEARS OF THESE PEOPLE GOOD GOD CAN YES PLEASE GET IT OVER WITH NO MORE BETSY DEVOS NO MORE BILL BARRS NO MORE
JESUS HERE'S A RICK PERRY GIF MAKE HIM GO AWAY
AND NONE OF TRUMP'S KIDS FOR CHRIST
(Come on folks - if I don't go all-caps at some point, you'll get nervous.) 😎
So let's take this anguish and turn it into righteousness and resolve. We're all exhausted. But we still can't let them win.
That's our right. And if you agree, our future.
God bless America, and every nation, not one single person left out.
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