The Russians Are Coming, The Russians Are Coming
Remember This 1966 Era Movie?
"A Russian submarine runs aground near a small New England town, and it's up to Lt. Rozanov (Alan Arkin) as the Russians' second-in-command to covertly secure a towboat to avoid an international confrontation. When he hooks up with residents such as Walt Whittaker (Carl Reiner) and the police chief (Brian Keith), all hell breaks loose. This classic 1966 comedy, directed by Norman Jewison, was released at the height of the Cold War." (from YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rEhiKNyPNeM) This movie was a silver screen hit!
Back in the 1960's, perceived and imagined Russian plots to overthrow or undermine the U.S. at the height of the Cold War were rife. The movie, a comedy, that stole the day was aptly named because everyone feared Moscow and its formidable military forces, the KGB, and its desire to escalate weaponry on all fronts, including espionage. I was just a little tike when this movie was released, but it still played years later, and it plays on in my memory still.
Today, it's not so much about submarines and submariners landing on our shores, but it does seem to be about the Russians and their plots to undermine whatever it is we may take for granted here in America. Like, for example, our election process. Just what the Russian government did or may have done, or didn't do remains under serious discussion. We may never know what's been found out, or we may already know. Difficult to ascertain. All of this is causing consternation up and down the ranks of our politicians on both sides of the aisle in Washington, DC, and it's eating up valuable bandwidth when our elected officials could otherwise be addressing serious national needs.
I imagine the fun Vladimir Putin must be having at our expense as he jerks us around on a proverbial string like puppets (or watches as others do it from elsewhere on earth), though, in this case, it's at the end of a string of bits and bytes that allow improbably shadowy hackers to impishly sow mass confusion across the U.S. political spectrum. Can anything be believed? Have hackers taken over the universe? Are they all in Russia under the control of one leader who's sitting back laughing while watching our President-elect and legions of journalists go to the mat to battle for truth or justice or anything that doesn't smack of the biggest hack in history? Must we become a nation of cynics?
In my imaginative way, along with a good healthy dose of childish impishness of my own, my imaginings brought me to a poem that seems to capture this moment in American history. Let's see if you like it as much as I do...
Just couldn't resist sharing this bit of verse with you. It seems to capture the moment.
Well, that's all from here. Every so often, I do need to live up to the moniker known as "PoeticLicence". Hope you enjoy this piece as much as I enjoyed writing it for you.
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