The complete sign in the upper right reads “Putin’s puppet?”
In my younger days, when I was in the Navy, I witnessed things that opened my eyes. In one instance I watched from a distance as two men got into a fight. One knocked the other down and then proceeded to kick him in the head. I never had a good feeling about that sort of thing—kicking somebody when they were down. Only recently have I warmed to the notion.
There is a hard line that divides our nation, and people need to decide which side they stand on. On the other side are those who have little regard for truth, respect for the law, and, at a certain level, human decency. You need to be sure you are in no way grouped with those people.
It is not a matter of politics. You can be Democrat or Republican, socialist, liberal, or conservative. There can still be aspects of a person’s conduct that set them apart from respectable society. People like this do not deserve your respect, and in no manner have you a need to respect their point of view. Some people have set themselves apart from righteous society, and you must not let them drag you down with them.
I find it encouraging that of late the deeds people do are bearing fruit. Those who have committed crimes are being brought to justice. Those who voted for corrupt politicians are dealing with the corruption they endorsed. Those who defied reason and logic are cashing in on tragedy of their creation. It’s time to kick them while they are down.
To be clear, “kicking” is to be taken as a figure of speech. It is not necessary, and you should never engage in physical contact. Neither should you intrude into others’ personal lives. However, when they fall, you are not obligated to help them up. Your job is to constantly remind these people that they are in a situation of their own making and that you are enjoying their failure to the fullest.
That’s my position with former Lieutenant General Michael Flynn. This man early chose a path of corruption, and he carried it to his own destruction. After serving years in the Army with distinction, he began to show unwarranted signs of arrogance. People on his staff noted his lack of sincerity, of establishing his own facts. Effectively, he was fired, leaving the military four years ago. Candidate Donald Trump picked him up and employed him in the 2016 presidential campaign. His disregard for the truth quickly became manifest.
It was not until Michael Flynn crossed the line by lying to Vice President Mike Pence that President Trump found it expedient to put some distance. Michael Flynn set the historical record for the shortest tenure as National Security Advisor—24 days. From there it was a downward spiral, a path that appears to be heading toward time in prison. After spending weeks on the campaign trail two years ago leading chants of “Lock her up!” at campaign rallies and referring to candidate Hillary Clinton, General Flynn is learning that at a certain level, the truth does matter.
All the while the general was calling for Clinton, innocent of any crime, to be prosecuted and jailed, he was involved in a host of illegal activities, some amounting to betrayal of his own country. Caught in a web of lies, the general now faces the hard truth. He has been convicted of numerous offenses.
He lied to the FBI about his contacts with the Russian Ambassador.
He operated as an unregistered agent for Turkey.
Judge Emmet Sullivan had some unkind words to the defendant. What the general did “…undermines everything this flag over there stands for,” pointing to an American flag in the courtroom.
The Judge continued, “Arguably you sold your country out.”
The judge went further, expressing “disgust” and “disdain.”
Meanwhile, some of the people who cheered General Flynn as he maligned an honest candidate…
…continue to stand with him and with his lies. Somebody is shouting, as the general enters the court building, “Go get ’em, General.” To be clear, that is, presumably, an American citizen cheering on a convicted criminal, one convicted of treason. The line that divides our nation has never been more clear.
Not all onlookers were of the same mind when General Flynn exited the court following the judge’s scolding. At least one chanted with gleeful irony, “Lock him up!”
A thing that brought down the judge’s ire was General Flynn’s lawyers’ attempt to plead that the general was entrapped by FBI interrogators, who allowed him to lie without first giving caution that he would be committing a crime if he lied to them. Am I the only one struck down the the mass of absurdity. The man who previously headed up major intelligence services has to be reminded how to respond during an interrogation by the FBI?
There obviously is a clear line dividing this nation.