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 America is under attack, shown by a public indictment and the unanimous testimony of our intelligence agency chiefs.

What is the official response? A declaration of war? A vow to root out the attackers? An indignant shout?

No.

The current occupier of the Oval Office has called it a "hoax."

Always about: him. Since he wasn't indicted (yet), he must be "innocent," right? He is consumed by rage and resentment about the swirls circling him.

Besides, his West Wing has plenty of other problems, from mismanagement of security clearances, to covering for spouse abusers, to covering for his infidelities, to covering for his ethically-challenged appointees. Like their boss, they've managed to make the Florida gun tragedy about them: it gave them a much-needed "reprieve."

Then a declaration? Silence, thumbs-up, yet more golf: "May I Play Thru?"(NY Daily News) while parents buried children.

Today, a declaration? Only a tweet telling PA GOP to fight for their illegal districting map.

And what about the GOP "congress"? They are still lying down next to their food bowls, praying for crumbs.

As we, the people, mobilize to respond, in spite of our leaders, remember the words of Joseph Kennedy, Jr, in response to the State of Union address:

"Bullies may land a punch. They may leave a mark. But they have never, not once, in the history of our United States, managed to match the strength and spirit of a people united in defense of their future."

VIC SMITH

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