I Wonder?   

Who would be more content, more at peace, the world’s wealthiest man, Jeff Bezos, in a $10,000 personally designed office chair, looking over Manhattan from a 100th floor penthouse, or an anonymous, renunciation who, eighteen hours a day for two decades, sits cross-legged on the clay floor of a Nepalese cow shed?          

Putin’s Piece

Vladimir Putin‘s assault on America continues.  Despite Russia’s and America’s Presidents denials, our National Security Agencies have irrefutable proof Vlad meddles in our elections.  While cyber-attacks against our government, corporations, public institutions, and citizens clearly lead to Russia, tracking them to Putin‘s doorstep is  problematic.  Nonetheless, there is no doubt, apart from the most pedestrian events, anything occurs without the Kremlin Dictator’s blessing, if not instigation.

From 1975 to 1991 Vladimir Putin served as a foreign intelligence officer in the Committee for State Security (KGB), predecessor of today’s numerous state security, intelligence, and secret police agencies.  In 1991 he joined Boris Yeltsin’s administration.  From 2000 to 2008 Vlad was Russia’s President.  Barred from two terms, from 2008 to 2012 he chose to become Prime Minister.  In 2012 he was again elected President and seems determined to hold the office in perpetuity.

I cite the Russian Dictator’s bio to argue that today no one else is better positioned to understand and manipulate the Levers and Switches of Power within Russia and around the Globe.

This said, I offer an old man’s wild-eyed, factually unsubstantiated, hypothesis: Given Vladimir Putin’s limitless resources and Machiavellian instinct, the “Dark Web,” “Deep State Conspiracy,” and QAnon; lies about the effectiveness of masks and vaccines against COVID-19; acts of Proud Boys, Patriots Prayer, White Supremacists, and Neo-Nazi; Trump’s “stolen election”; and current Republican Party efforts to deny Americans’ voting rights may, at some super-clandestine level, have the Soviet Dictators fingerprints on them.

In this same vein, orchestrated and commanded by would-be Dictator Donald J. Trump, “Patriots” who wrap themselves in the flag and make a great show of preserving, protecting, and defending America’s Government are the very folks who attempted an armed overthrow of that Government. I have to wonder.

How to destroy your enemy without firing a shot?  Attack and kill him from within!

Think America!  I’m dead serious!