Russian Influence

I laughed when the suggestion was first made that the Russian government was behind the computer hack that revealed Democratic Party emails showing that the party brass, instead of being neutral in the campaign, favoured the candidacy of Hillary Clinton over Bernie Sanders.

I couldn’t take the allegation seriously that the Russians, acting on the orders of President Vladimir Putin, were actively involving themselves in the US election and that they favoured Donald Trump.

Okay, I could see Putin preferring Trump, but I don’t think he really cares all that much – the US has been pretty ineffectual on the world stage in recent years and I doubt Clinton would have a harder edge than her predecessor. Certainly she’d be more predictable.

However, a number of news stories and commentaries I read did take the allegation seriously. And it probably wasn’t all to deflect the focus from the contents of the leaked emails, which certainly won’t do much for Democratic Party unity.

One analysis suggested that candidate Trump’s refusal to release his tax returns was to avoid the public knowing just how indebted to and intertwined with Russia he actually is. I found that to be an interesting hypothesis.

Then Trump himself added fuel to the fire by calling on Russian intelligence services to try their hand at finding the 30,000 deleted emails that were part of Hillary Clinton’s private email plan. The one that led to an FBI investigation, with a questionable outcome (apparently the FBI misunderstood the law). Leaving aside the idea of foreign attempts to influence the American election (which are usually much less blatant), if the FSB (the former KGB) were to succeed where the FBI failed that would certainly be a major embarrassment for the American government and the Democratic Party. Anyway, if I was to pick a foreign power that would try and meddle in American politics I would think China would be a more likely culprit – as I understand it they do hold a mortgage on the nation.

The Democrats seem lost, or at least that is the impression I have. I seem to be getting regular fundraising requests from the Trump campaign. A few days ago the request was merely a copy of a Clinton fundraising letter talking about how Trump was ahead in the polls. I couldn’t believe any strategist would send out such a statement of weakness from the supposed frontrunner, but online research convinced me it was genuine. Somebody doesn’t know what they are doing, and it isn’t the Trump team.

But I digress. If Donald Trump has an unhealthy relationship with Vladimir Putin and Russia, it would appear to be pretty much out in the open now. I doubt the revelation will actually sway any votes. Perhaps it will do the opposite. By setting up such a silly straw man, maybe the Democrats will cause people who would never have considered voting Trump to give him a second look. Or maybe a first one.

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  1. […] The Democrats seem lost, or at least that is the impression I have. I seem to be getting regular fundraising requests from the Trump campaign. A few days ago the request was merely a copy of a Clinton fundraising letter talking about how Trump was ahead in the polls. I couldn’t believe any strategist would send out such a statement of weakness from the supposed frontrunner, but online research convinced me it was genuine. Somebody doesn’t know what they are doing, and it isn’t the Trump team. – July 29, 2016 […]

  2. BILL CLINTON’S LOVING WIFE — by DICK MORRIS
    If you happen to see the Bill Clinton five minute TV ad for Hillary in which he introduces the commercial by saying he wants to share some things we may not know about Hillary’s background, beware as I was there for most of their presidency and know them better than just about anyone. I offer a few corrections:
    Bill says: “In law school Hillary worked on legal services for the poor.”
    Facts are: Hillary’s main extra-curricular activity in ‘Law School’ was helping the Black Panthers, on trial in Connecticut for torturing and killing a ‘Federal Agent.’ She went to Court every day as part of a Law student monitoring committee trying to spot civil rights violations and develop grounds for appeal.
    Bill says: “Hillary spent a year after graduation working on a Children’s rights project for poor kids.”
    Facts are: Hillary interned with Bob Truehaft, the head of the California Communist Party. She met Bob when he represented the Panthers and traveled all the way to San Francisco to take an internship with him.
    Bill says: “Hillary could have written her own job ticket, but she turned down all the lucrative job offers.”
    Facts are: She flunked the D.C. bar exam, ‘Yes’, flunked it, it is a matter of record, and only passed the Arkansas bar. She had no job offers in Arkansas, ‘None’, and only got hired by the University of Arkansas Law School at Fayetteville because Bill was already teaching there. She did not join the prestigious Rose Law Firm until Bill became Arkansas Attorney General and was made a partner only after he was elected Arkansas Governor.
    Bill says: “President Carter appointed Hillary to the Legal Services Board of Directors and she became its Chairman.”
    Facts are: The appointment was in exchange for Bill’s support for Carter in his 1980 primary against Ted Kennedy. Hillary then became chairman in a coup in which she won a majority away from Carter’s choice to be chairman.
    Bill says: “She served on the board of the Arkansas Children’s Hospital.”
    Facts are: Yes she did. But her main board activity, not mentioned by Bill, was to sit on the Wal-Mart Board of Directors, for a substantial fee. She was silent about their labor and health care practices.
    Bill says: “Hillary didn’t succeed at getting health care for all Americans in 1994 but she kept working at it and helped to create the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) that provides five million children with health insurance.”
    Facts are: Hillary had nothing to do with creating CHIP. It was included in the budget deal between Clinton and Republican Majority Leader Senator Trent Lott. I know; I helped to negotiate the deal. The money came half from the budget deal and half from the Attorney Generals’ tobacco settlement. Hillary had nothing to do with either source of funds.
    Bill says: “Hillary was the face of America all over the World.” (LOL)
    Facts are: Her visits were part of a program to get her out of town so that Bill would not appear weak by feeding stories that Hillary was running the White House. Her visits abroad were entirely touristic and symbolic and there was no substantive diplomacy on any of them.
    Bill says: “Hillary was an excellent Senator who kept fighting for Children’s and Women’s issues.”
    Facts are: Other than totally meaningless legislation like changing the names on courthouses and post offices, she has passed only four substantive pieces of legislation. One set up a national park in Puerto Rico. A second provided respite care for family members helping their relatives through Alzheimer’s or other conditions. And two were routine bills to aid 911 victims and responders which were sponsored by the entire N.Y. delegation. Presently she is trying to have the US memorialize Woodstock.
    Here is what bothers me more than anything else about Hillary Clinton. She has done everything possible to weaken the President and our Country (that’s you and me) when it comes to the ‘War on Terror’.
    1. She wants to close GITMO and move the combatants to the USA where they would have access to our legal system.
    2. She wants to eliminate the monitoring of suspected Al Qaeda phone calls to/from the USA.
    3. She wants to grant constitutional rights to enemy combatants captured on the battlefield.
    4. She wants to eliminate the monitoring of money transfers between suspected Al Qaeda cells and supporters in the USA.
    5. She wants to eliminate the type of interrogation tactics used by the Military & CIA where coercion might be used when questioning known terrorists even though such tactics might save American lives.
    One cannot think of a single ‘Bill’, Hillary has introduced or a single comment she has made that would tend to strengthen our Country in the ‘War on Terror’. But, one can think of a lot of comments she has made that weaken our Country and makes it a more dangerous situation for all of us. Bottom line: She goes hand in hand with the ACLU on far too many issues where common sense is abandoned.
    Share this with everyone you know, ask them to prove Dick Morris wrong. Think about it – he’s (Dick Morris) said all of this openly, thus if he were not truthful he’d be liable for ‘Defamation of Character’ !
    And you better believe Hillary would sue him.
    Her winning in 2016 means the final death knell for America! Her whole public life has been a LIE.
    By Dick Morris, former political advisor to President Bill Clinton
    THERE ARE MANY PEOPLE OUT THERE UNAWARE OF THESE FACTS

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