The word statement is a reliable antonym of agenda. What people say is often completely different than what they mean. As statements ascend the bullshit strata from personal to official, that tendency becomes axiom. Political actors and media organs issue statements strictly to advance an agenda, not explain or reveal a truth. Most people would find themselves merely aghast absent the ability to lie. For our leading news outlets it would be seppuku.
That’s part of the reason I rarely trust anyone writing under their real name. Because nearly everyone has something a lie will benefit or the truth will harm. Even when intention is honest and the load is light, their statements are necessarily weighed by personal agenda. Whether for business positioning, moral preening, or the common desire to avoid social ostracism, career ruination, or (in Europe) outright imprisonment, our agenda always colors the statements we use to conceal it. The truth simply doesn’t flourish under direct sunlight.
That’s why free anonymous speech is as much a bane for regimes (and the regime aspiring) as it is a boon for social hygiene. There may be some paid shills, though the vast reservoir in comboxes is comprised of candid dialogue without the weight of personal impact or enhancement.
It’s another metric of our civic decay that leaders no longer have any use for incentivizing honest expression. Instead every effort is now given over to manufacturing a compliant paste out of the public sphere. By historical comparison, Federalists and Anti-Federalists went to war over the constitution almost completely pseudonymously. If it were today, the only debate over their critiques would be: were these leaked by the Romanovs?! That’s after Hamilton and Madison were disavowed as racist cowards hiding behind false names and frog memes.
Fortunately we no longer live under the yoke of such anonymous bigots. Our leaders and media lie directly to our face. Or more blandly, their statements are antonyms of their agendas. Which leads to some uncharitable speculation about the latter presently. John McCain, the hardened yellow corn on America’s foot, and his lovelorn valet Lindsey Graham, are aligning with democrats and other True Conservatives to hold hearings on Russia’s alleged involvement in capturing democrats’ lurid communications. One country interfering in the internal affairs of another? We certainly can’t countenance that on principle alone.
Though one imagines dead men across the world wish America limited its own involvement in their countries’ politics to merely posting pilfered Emails. But maybe US bombing campaigns are intended as a sort of politically neutral event, like sand storms. When we target your presidential palace with cruise missiles, it shouldn’t be considered an endorsement of the opposition. We’re not like the devious Russians, for God’s sake.
So this ongoing flurry of indignant statements are nominally about the integrity of our elections, and quashing Russia’s bid to deploy combat divisions outside Spokane. But statements veil the agenda, not describe it. And it appears that agenda is threefold. One, to suppress Trump’s legislative momentum from the outset by lashing it to a Russian tarbaby. Two, declawing his mandate by casting doubt on the election’s legitimacy. And three, to rejuvenate a public fervor for Washington’s war fetish and force Trump to prove his anti-Kremlin bonafides.
I am sure there are some (in the CIA it appears specifically) who even hope to manufacture a coup in the electoral college or by impeachment. And while I am certain of sufficient bad-faith to do the deed, there is hope a sense of self-preservation will be enough to forestall the attempt.
All of which means conservatives may be put in a position of choosing early in this administration. Whether to pursue an agenda on behalf of the nation or its decoupled antagonistic state. Whether the government is going to address America’s problems or those of the DNC’s IT staff. Whether republicans are going to serve their constituents or send them to get shot.
I don’t know what the results of those choices will be. Though I do know as long as Senator Graham keeps commenting as Tiny Duck, we can be sure to get his honest opinion.