Election Meddling

Let’s Get Orwellian


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Which is more ironic; that the guy who tried to invalidate the previous presidency with a conspiracy theory will now have his own presidency invalidated with conspiracy or, that the same guy is trying to make our nation look like something from the novel 1984, yet he’s never read a book?

This week, the National Security Adviser, Director for National Security, the Director of Homeland Security, the Director of the FBI, and Director for National Intelligence spoke from the White House podium to warn us that Russia is currently attacking our nation by meddling in the upcoming midterm elections. Kirstjen Nielsen (Homeland Security) said, “Our democracy itself is in the crosshairs.”

On the same day at one of his hate rallies, Donald Trump called it all a hoax.

The White House said it was Trump’s idea for the top security officials to make this announcement, yet he wasn’t there and he later contradicted the warning. This is Orwellian.

I read 1984 in 1984. It seemed as much of a fantasy as Star Wars at the time. Now, it serves as a warning. Another good read from George Orwell is Animal Farm. I highly recommend both. Both tomes present a great illustration of the people at the top and those who follow them.

Much has been made that Trump has increased his frequency of lies. The Washington Post pointed out that in his first year in office, 2,140 false claims. In just the last six months, he has nearly doubled that total to 4,229. In June and July, he averaged sixteen false claims a day. On July 5th at a rally in Montana, the Post found 76% of Trump’s statements were lies. At his rally in Tampa this week, he told 35 lies.

What is really Orwellian is Trump telling his people not to believe what they see and hear. Truth is lies and lies are truth. Critical thinking is discouraged. People who report facts are the enemy. Conspiracy theories are now state propaganda. Big Brother has arrived.

It’s 1984, and we’re standing in the animal farm.

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An Incredible Offer


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When Russian President Vladimir Putin proposed to allow Robert Mueller to fly to Russia and question the people there he’s indicted in exchange for the U.S. to send over American citizens Putin wants to throw out of high rises, Donald Trump should have given a very quick and negative response.

Trump should have said, “let me think about it and now that I have thought about it hell no.” No commas. No spaces. No pauses. Maybe throw in another expletive. Instead, because he’s Donald Trump who puts his personal interests before those of the United States and engages in treasonous behavior, he said, “it’s an incredible offer.”

That was Monday. Later in the week, Sarah Huckabee Sanders said the president will “meet with his team” to mull over the “incredible offer.”

Even though nearly 80% of Republicans polled believe Trump’s Helsinki summit with Putin was a success, Republicans in elected offices had a little trouble swallowing the idea of handing Americans over to Putin.

The Senate voted 98-0 to approve a resolution introduced by Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) that the U.S. should “refuse to make available any current or former diplomat, civil servant, political appointee, law enforcement official, or member of the Armed Forces of the United States for questioning by the government of Vladimir Putin.” In other words, no. The Senate actually compromised and passed something in less time than it took Donald Trump to decide that handing American citizens over to Putin was a bad idea.

It took four days for Trump to reject Putin’s “incredible offer.” Huckabee Sanders said in a statement, “It is a proposal that was made in sincerity by President Putin, but President Trump disagrees with it.” It was made in “sincerity?”

One of the people Putin wants to be handed over is Obama’s ambassador to Russia, Michael McFaul. He said, “Most shocking, and just lamentable, I think is my real reaction, when the White House was given the opportunity to categorically reject this moral equivalency between a legitimate indictment with lots of data and evidence to support it from Mr. Mueller with a crazy, cockamamie scheme with no relationship to facts and reality whatsoever, the White House refused to do that.”

Bill Browder is an American-born British financier who successfully lobbied Congress to pass the Magnitsky Act, a law to punish Russian human rights violators. Putin has put out international warrants on him for years, which Interpol keeps rejecting. Despite giving up his American citizenship, Trump was still considering handing him over. Browder said the idea, “is probably one of the most insane things I’ve ever heard coming out of [Trump’s] mouth.” That’s a huge statement because a lot of crazy has come out of that mouth.

Browder summed up the situation best by saying, “What President Trump was saying is that he wants to take a bunch of loyal patriots, people who have given up money for government service to serve their nation, who have been protecting this nation against Russian interference, Russia organized crime, and he wants to hand them over to the Russian criminals. To hand me over to Putin is basically to hand me over to my death.”

Seeing as this one of the public disasters from Helsinki, one has to ask; Just what the hell did they agree to in their two-hour private meeting?

Trump will get another chance to suck up to Putin because; wait for it…he’s invited him to the White House. Obama didn’t grant Putin even one summit, and in less than two years Trump is going to give him two.

One current diplomat with the State Department said, “The president has first and foremost his interests at the top of his mind, as opposed to the government’s. That’s very clear over the past week and a half, between shitting on our NATO allies and kissing Putin’s ass. He cares more about himself than the nation and any of us who serve it.”

I saved the best for last. The diplomat (remember, he’s still working for Trump) also said, “Either he’s compromised by Putin or he’s a pussy, in which case he should grab himself.”

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