I've said it before and I'll say it again: Millions of Americans must be so spaced out on psychotropic drugs such as SSRI antidepressants that they either don't know or don't care about the incompetence, ineptitude, malfeasance and general inanity of the Obama administration.
It's easy to assume that the left-leaning media deems many of the administration's screw-ups and much of its bungling to be either not worthy of coverage or only worthy of the Page 22-D treatment (a term that harkens back to my old-school print journalism origins... Would a Millennial even know what "Page 22-D" means?)
But my topic today goes beyond simple ideological partisanship in the editing and story selection. It speaks to a shocking lack of seriousness, absence of critical thinking and an insouciant attitude by our press, and by extension, much of the public. In short, an overall mindset that accepts the unacceptable.
Case in point: The administration has an inane hack (Jen Psaki) who has taken to social media to urge the Russians to play nicely in the Ukraine. In case you don't click on the link, I'll reprint what Psaki Tweeted: "...The world stands #UnitedforUkraine. Let’s hope that the #Kremlin & @mfa_russia will live by the promise of hashtag..."
No, that was not a parody. It was an actual Tweet by an administration spokesperson. Somehow, I think parody is lost on these folks. They are utterly clueless about how much they embarrass themselves. If fellow Americans are shaking their heads in pity, disgust and disbelief, imagine what Vlad Putin and his fellow strongmen are doing.
The first response sums it up nicely: "... I'll make this simple for you: hashtags do not equal sound foreign policy."
A line from an old R.E.M. song -- "Voice of Harold" -- comes to mind: "Suddenly, you realize: They're real. They mean it."
Meanwhile, in eastern Ukraine, the sly Putin continues to use "militants" (let's not kid ourselves, these thugs in unmarked uniforms are really highly trained Russian special forces) to take over government buildings and stir unrest. He probably won't need to mount an outright invasion, because Ukraine's corrupt government, disillusioned citizenry and inept military are like a paper mache defense, and Russia will have its way. Before too long, eastern Ukraine will be annexed, and the remainder of the nation will be cowed into serving as a Russian appendage.
Meanwhile, Ms. Psaki and her fellow naive idealists will continue burying their pretty little heads in smart phones trying to be clever with pithy Tweets.
Change you can believe in? Hardly.