Sunday, 5 March 2017

manchurian candidacy

Despite denials of the allegations that wire-tapping in any form was directed at the lair and campaign headquarters of Dear Leader and that it would have been a contravention of US law to order the surveillance of any entity by the federal government without certainty that the target were an “agent of a foreign power,” Dear Leader recognises the opportunity to further distract the public’s attention from his relations with Russia by directing the legislature to open an investigation into his paranoia before they can make any progress on launching an official inquiry into his political machine’s own inner-workings.

Besides, if there actually any snooping going on, Dear Leader could order it declassified, and if innocent as he claims, would prove instantly exculpating. Alternatively, such evidence could be damning—if it is out there. Dear Leader draws comparisons to Nixon and Watergate as well as McCarthyism but I think his metaphors are mixed in the wrong direction—unless he wishes to lead us to his own misdoings. Richard Nixon, running for president in 1968, against the vice-president Hubert Humphrey of the Johnston administration, was worried that treaties would end the conflict in Vietnam as early as 1968 and mean a sure win for his rival so candidate Nixon got in touch with the ambassador of South Vietnam, assuring him it was in his people’s best interests to hold out for better terms of peace. Johnson suspected that this “treason” was being perpetuated and even had the embassy bugged but too close to the election, never came forward with his evidence, not wanting to be accused of subversion. Nixon’s actions prolonged the war by four years and cost countless lives on both sides, with America eventually withdrawing in defeat.