The Smoking Gun: There WAS Collusion...
"[W]e ought to deprecate the hazard attending ardent and susceptible minds, from being too strongly, and too early prepossessed in favor of other political systems, before they are capable of appreciating their own." —George Washington (1795)
The Trump/Putin collusion conspiracy is, arguably, one of the most successful "fake news" propaganda campaigns in the history of the Democratic Party's decades-long collusion with mainstream media PR outlets.
Indeed, there is no foreseeable end to the Demo/MSM transparent collusion to delegitimize the legitimate election of Donald Trump and to undermine his legislative agenda and that of congressional Republicans, including the restoration of Rule of Law.
The Demo/MSM charade centers on the claim that Mr. Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin cut a deal to undermine Hillary Clinton's 2016 campaign. Apparently, we are to believe that Mr. Trump's agenda in support of Liberty is more aligned with Putin's socialist ideology than Clinton's mega-socialist ideology, or that of her hyper-socialist opponent, Bernie Sanders.
Of course, it's much more likely that, if the Russians endeavored to undermine Clinton's abysmal campaign specifically, it was because she colluded with the DNC to undermine the campaign of Vladimir Putin's preferred candidate — the aforementioned Bernie Sanders. If Russian surrogate hackers had a candidate-specific objective, it was to punish Clinton for rigging the Democrat campaign against Sanders. It was certainly not to reward Trump, with whom they had nothing in common politically, and whom they undoubtedly assumed would ultimately be crushed by the Clinton machine in the general election.
While punishing Clinton might have been a factor, there is no question that there was a Russian dezinformatsiya campaign in 2016, but the primary objective was to further erode American citizens' confidence in our government, regardless of who was elected, by undermining the integrity of our election process. Russians have endeavored to hack away at our republican government since the 1917 Bolshevik Revolution, but, until the digital age, they had to rely on socialist agitators in the U.S. — like Barack Obama and his long list of mentors.
As for collusion with Russia, while there is absolutely no evidence of collusion between Trump and Putin, there is clear and substantiated evidence of such collusion between Obama, Clinton and Putin.
Vladimir Putin, a hardened communist KGB aggressor, who said famously that the "greatest geopolitical catastrophe" of the 20th century was the disintegration of Russia's Soviet empire, knew that Obama was a milquetoast president, and an ideological socialist sympathizer at that. Putin is a chess player, while Obama struggled with checkers.
And Clinton, Obama's understudy, set the tone for relations with Russia as his secretary of state, when, as you recall, she presented Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov with a giant "reset" button prop with "Peregruzka" stamped on the front. "We worked hard to get the right Russian word," said Clinton, asking "Do you think we got it?" Lavrov replied, "No," and informed her that "Peregruzka" didn't translate as "reset" but "overcharged."
That faux pas was a fitting metaphor for the Obama/Clinton reset, because they short-circuited our established foreign policy around the globe, but most notably giving rise to the "Russian Spring," allowing Putin to roll tanks into Ukraine and annex the strategically vital Crimea region.
And if there was ever conclusive evidence of treasonous election collusion between Obama and Putin, it would be Obama's 2012 hot mike assurance to then-Russian President Dmitri Medvedev that he would surrender NATO's plans for anti-ballistic missile defenses in Poland, the Czech Republic, Romania, Turkey and Bulgaria after his re-election. He told Medvedev, "On all these issues, but particularly missile defense, this — this can be solved, but it's important for [incoming Russian President Vladimir Putin] to give me space. This is my last election. After my election I have more flexibility."
Medvedev replied, "I understand. I will transmit this information to Vladimir." He added, "I stand with you."
Again — "I stand with you."
As for Clinton, the benefit of collusion with Russia prior to her 2016 campaign was much more personally enriching. Recall how she approved the back-channel sale of 20% of our uranium reserves to Putin's cronies at Rosatom. Remember how she and her campaign chairman John Podesta lied about that deal until emails hacked from her secret communications server exposed their collusion. Recollect how the Clinton Foundation received $145 million in connection with that deal, and millions more from other Putin oligarchs.
And Podesta certainly profited handsomely, his company receiving millions from a fund established by Putin, while Podesta's brother Tony was also on the Putin payroll. And all this while Bill Clinton picked up a $500,000 check for a speech in Russia.
And what howls of protest from Demos and the MSM did we hear about all this authentic collusion? ZZZZZZZZZZZZZZ.
So what about Trump and Putin?
This week, all of the MSM shock banner ALERTS are promoting the upcoming congressional testimony of former FBI Director James Comey, who Obama and Clinton wanted to fire, but Trump finally fired for plenty of good cause.
This would be the same James Comey who Hillary Clinton recently blamed for her election loss, as trumpeted in thousands of headlines nationwide: "If the election had been on , I would be your president. It wasn't a perfect campaign, but I was on the way to winning until a combination of Comey's letter and Russian WikiLeaks."
Expect to hear Comey parse his answers to Republican questions, but provide no smoking gun in the Democrats' quest to ramp up their Trump/Putin collusion conspiracy charade.
On the subject of smoking guns, while there is plenty of evidence establishing a wide range of collusion between Obama, Clinton and Putin, what evidence is there tying Trump to Putin?
Of course, there has not been even a puff of smoke affirming the Demo/MSM alleged Trump/Putin collusion conspiracy to interfere with the 2016 election — unless by "interfere" Democrats mean that Russian surrogates may have hacked Clinton's illegal and unsecure email server, where she unlawfully maintained official and classified communications to hide them from the public record in advance of her 2016 election — and then, as Clinton asserted last week, turned those communications over to WikiLeaks for public disclosure. The irony of Clinton's charges is that her official communications were mandated by law to be public record.
According to leftist Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-CA), a senior member of the Senate Judiciary and Intelligence Committees, nothing, nada, zilch.
Asked in a CNN interview if she had seen any evidence of such collusion, she said, "Well, no — no..." When pressed by the interviewer about her "access from the Intelligence Committee, from the Judiciary Committee, all of the access you have had to very sensitive information, so far you have not seen any evidence of collusion, is that right?" Feinstein replied, "Well, there are all kinds of rumors around, there are newspaper stories, but that's not necessarily evidence."
Sen. Mark Warner, the top Democrat on the Senate Intelligence Committee, reinforced Feinstein's views regarding the Russian collusion charade: "We have no smoking gun at this point."
Michael Morell, Barack Obama's former CIA director, said of the Trump/Putin connection, "There's no little campfire, there's no little candle, there's no spark. And there's a lot of people looking for it."
So the MSM has trumpeted every conversation about anything between any person with whom Donald Trump has any association, and someone connected with Russia.
Allow me to repeat my assessment about the Demo/MSM collusion conspiracy theory: The very real collusion between the Democrats and their MSM propagandists has one objective — to keep the agenda of Donald Trump and congressional Republicans on the ropes.
Semper Vigilans Fortis Paratus et Fidelis
Pro Deo et Libertate — 1776
Pro Deo et Libertate — 1776