The venerable Federal Bureau of Investigation as well as the Central Intelligence Agency have both gone on record as saying that Russia interfered in the United States general election of 2016 - and that it did so for the benefit of Donald J. Trump. That's a big problem for this fragile creature that we call democracy - the very principle upon which our nation was built.
President Obama invoked sanctions against Russia for this flagrant violation of our national sovereignty. He is sending three dozen or so diplomats back home to Russia and closed a couple of Russian facilities in the U.S. His actions were meant to be an insult to the Big Bear, but in actuality they have very little practical effect - so little effect, in fact, that Russian leader Vladimir Putin essentially just blew them off and said Russia would wait on its good friend, Donald J. Trump, to take over the United States.
Back in the good old days when we had three healthy and vibrant branches of government, Congress and the courts might have also weighed in on this Russian incursion into our democracy - but not now. The President makes a bit of noise, not much, and Congress and the courts sit disinterested and wrapped in silence.
In better days, this election would have been railed against and dragged into court. In better days, but not today. Today we roll over and go back to sleep.
Democracy has suffered a beating, and she knows it.