The United States has been in a state of uproar since our last presidential election. Regardless of your stance on what happened or why, we’ve been chirping on and on about how the Russians meddled in our elections. It’s been a record that keeps skipping back and repeating itself, as if it’s important to Americans that no one meddles in another country’s politics or government.
It’s almost as if people forget that we have done the same exact thing.
In 2016, a study headed by Don H. Levin found that the U.S. intervened in 81 foreign elections between 1946 and 2000, while the Soviet Union or Russia intervened in 36.
(Levin, Dov H. (June 2016). “When the Great Power Gets a Vote: The Effects of Great Power Electoral Interventions on Election Results”. International Studies Quarterly. 60 (2): 189–202.)
From Bolivia to Chile, and Iran to Israel, we’ve had our fingers in multiple governments and their elections for decades upon decades. It’s almost funny thinking about all that we’ve done to meddle in elections and oust other governments’ officials, only to turn around and act surprised that someone dared to meddle in ours. (Wikipedia Page Re: Election Interference)
Part of the problem is that this isn’t common knowledge to the average American. It’s a well known fact that our history books leave out a large amount of atrocities that our own government has committed, while exaggerating horrific acts of other governments. It’s not reaching to realize that our own meddling isn’t recorded for the American school aged child to learn.
The other aspect you have to consider is that a large swath of Americans feel no need to research and learn what their own government has done. There’s no drive to know that your government is no better than any of the governments we’re told to oppose. Continuing on that thought process, our media doesn’t always report on the stories either. Why would they? There surely isn’t large amounts of people who are dying to learn of our own negative actions.
However, sometimes they do report on it, and sometimes people do listen.
Basically what is going on is this:
The Trump Administration has a severe hard on for Israel and Netanyahu (I’m of the mindset that this is at least partially because of the Obama’s Administration’s attempt to oust him) and a vast amount of the UK feels the same. The current thought process regarding Israel is that if you criticize their government for their actions, especially regarding their systematic murder of Palestinians, you’re instantly labeled an Anti-Semitic. (Note: eat my ass. It is not Anti-Semitic to criticize any government who is committing heinous acts. Period. Anti-Semitism is being hostile or to discriminate against someone for being Jewish.)
Jeremy Corbyn, (Wikipedia Page for Corbyn) is running for Prime Minister and because of his criticism of Israel regarding their treatment of Palestinians, he is being labeled an Anti-Semite. (see my statement above). Since the Trump Administration is so far up Israel’s ass, and doesn’t take any sort of criticism against Israel’s government lightly, it would be awkward to say the least if Britain’s Prime Minister speaks out against the Israeli government. So in a meeting, Secretary Mike Pompeo was taped making this statement:
“It could be that Mr. Corbyn manages to run the gantlet and get elected. It’s possible. You should know, we won’t wait for him to do those things to begin to push back. We will do our level best,
“It’s too risky and too important and too hard once it’s already happened.”
A Labour spokesmen hit out at the revelation by saying;
“President Trump and his officials’ attempts to decide who will be Britain’s next prime minister are an entirely unacceptable interference in the UK’s democracy.”
So not only are we still complaining about the Russians interfering in our own elections, we’re making promises to interfere in the UK elections, who if you’ve forgotten is our ally. (However, that doesn’t seem to make much of a difference to the Trump Administration. Ask our other allies.) While we’re warning other countries that Russia may meddle in their elections, while we’re essentially fearmongering, we’re doing the exact same thing we’re screaming about.
I don’t know about you, but I haven’t been proud of my country for a while. Ranging from drone strikes to kids in cages and the humanitarian catastrophe at our southern border, this is just icing on the cake. I will always love my country, but that doesn’t mean that I have to stand for it’s behavior. As always, I ponder.. when will enough be enough for Americans? When will we stand up? When will the American People do something about it?
If you love this country, take it back, from those who will destroy it