In current news, we see claims that the Russians tampered with, and were complicit in activities to influence the outcome of our election. Would they do that? Of course, they would. In fact, I’d be shocked if they didn’t try. My certainty is not based on the evil of the Russians and former USSR, but is based on the evils of socialism, communism, and progressivism. Joseph Stalin once famously said, "The people who cast the votes don't decide an election, the people who count the votes do."
He called his movement "Democratic Socialism." Sound familiar?
What's important to leaders like Joseph Stalin is the appearance of propriety. Perception trumps reality.
Our founders knew that free press and free speech were paramount for a society free of tyranny. The collusion between media and government is the death knell for liberty. It is up to the media to assure their viewers it's not working for the government. Of course, a media with an agenda beyond telling the truth is tyrannical.
Of course, not everything is to be made public in the press; however, it's that transparency we frequently hear about that leads to a thing we call trust.
When a government exceeds its enumerated powers, it tends to try and hide activities and involvements, much as a child hides and lies about being in the cookie jar. Of course, when cookies are missing, the crumbs and chocolate smeared on their faces belie their protests of innocence.
It is too early to tell what, if any, involvement the Russians may have had in this past election. I’m sorry, but it takes more than an accusation by a proven liar to prove a case.
If we are going to guess, I would tend to think it is a case of “projection.” Projection is a theory in psychology in which humans defend themselves against their own unconscious impulses or qualities (both positive and negative) by denying their existence in themselves while attributing them to others.
There is evidence of tampering in elections. I am not talking voter fraud; I am talking one government using money and influence to try and swing an election in another country.
The year was 1991. Boris Yeltsin had opened the old Soviet archives after the demise of the USSR. A London times reporter, Tim Sebastian, uncovered a memo dated May 14, 1983. “On 9-10 May of this year,” the May 14 memorandum explained, “Sen. Edward Kennedy’s close friend and trusted confidant [John] Tunney was in Moscow.” (Tunney was Kennedy’s law school roommate and a former Democratic senator from California.) “The Senator charged Tunney to convey the following message, through confidential contacts, to the General Secretary of the Central Committee of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union, Y. Andropov.”
Kennedy proposed a quid pro quo. He would help Andropov in dealing with President Reagan, in exchange, the Soviet leader would help the Democrat Party challenge Reagan in the 1984 election. “The only real potential threats to Reagan are problems of war and peace and Soviet-American relations,” the memorandum stated. “These issues, according to the senator, will without a doubt become the most important of the election campaign.”
Kennedy made two specific offers.
He offered to visit Moscow. “The main purpose of the meeting, according to the senator, would be to arm Soviet officials with explanations regarding problems of nuclear disarmament so they may be better prepared and more convincing during appearances in the USA.” Kennedy would help the Soviets deal with Reagan by telling them how to brush up their propaganda.
He offered to make it possible for Andropov to do a few sit-down interviews on American television. “A direct appeal … to the American people will, without a doubt, attract a great deal of attention and interest in the country. … If the proposal is recognized as worthy, then Kennedy and his friends will bring about suitable steps to have representatives of the largest television companies in the USA contact Y.V. Andropov for an invitation to Moscow for the interviews. … The senator underlined the importance that this initiative should be seen as coming from the American side.”
Kennedy would assure that the networks gave Andropov air time–and that the rigged arrangement would look like honest journalism. Kennedy’s motives? “Like other rational people,” the memorandum explained, “[Kennedy] is very troubled by the current state of Soviet-American relations.”
Kennedy’s concern was hardly altruistic. “Tunney remarked that the senator wants to run for president in 1988,” the memorandum continued. “Kennedy does not discount that during the 1984 campaign, the Democratic Party may officially turn to him to lead the fight against the Republicans and elect their candidate president.”
This memo, the related story, and the possible consequences never received any play in the US. I wonder why.
Of course, no look at foreign election involvement would be complete without mentioning the recent US involvement in Israel’s election. In last year’s election for Israel’s Prime Minister, Benjamin Netanyahu was running for reelection. There's no missing the animosity Obama has for Netanyahu.
Word was leaked early on that taxpayer money was being used to oust Netanyahu. In July, the Senate Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations revealed $350,000 was sent to OneVoice by our State Department. Ostensibly the money was granted to support the group’s efforts to back Israeli-Palestinian peace settlement negotiations.
However, OneVoice used the money to build a voter database, train activists and hire a political consulting firm with ties to Obama’s campaign.
Of course, the State Department and administration claimed they knew nothing, reminiscent of Hogan’s Heroes Sgt. Schultz. However, OneVoice took a very political part in Israel’s 2013 elections which should have been a red flag. The operation looked very similar to efforts made by ACORN in our election process.
It seems like whenever progressives are “caught” doing inappropriate or illegal things, it's not that they're evil or underhanded. They claim "stupidity" or "incompetence" instead. Either way, most are re-elected to office.
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