Saturday, February 3, 2018

Treason And Betrayal

Why is the Republican Party abetting treason? We are watching it happen before our eyes in live time during the information age. Yet people are balking at it. It's too far of a stretch for most people, especially those who consider themselves to be Republicans.
Treason is betrayal; betrayal of country. Here in the United States we all learn about it at an early age in our history classes. Who hasn't heard of Benedict Arnold?
Arnold is our prototypical traitor. He joined the enemy. He crossed over. We would all be having an easier time accepting this if we were taught about betrayal and learned about Benedict Arnold in that context - an unfaithful spouse or a friend who steals from you or a cop on the take.
Betrayal is nothing new. The oldest tales we have are about betrayal and trust. The history of politics is all about betrayal. We take it for granted. It's no big thing. It's all about bribery and garnering power.
The thing is betrayal is a big thing, a very big thing. So when politicians betray us, we simply say, "What else is new?". We see it not as treason, but as the same old same old. Too bad our schools are factories as opposed to places to go to stimulate thought. The same is true of religious institutions.
Yes we are all institutionalized from birth. We see neither the forest nor the trees. We see what we have been trained to see.
Lot's of people have tried to warn us. Many authors have cautioned us. A lot of their books have ended up being banned in schools.
Of course there are those who made a science out of deceiving us. We know about Joseph Goebbels - Hitler's Minister of Propaganda. Propaganda is clearly betrayal.
I mean we know propaganda when we see it right? I mean we wouldn't voluntarily allow ourselves to be brainwashed, would we?
So how many hours a day do you sit in front of a TV? Where do you get your information from? How do you learn about political candidates?
TV programming is all about programming us. Who do you think pays for all that programming?

The truth is that traitors have been betraying us all along. Traitors are betrayers and we've been programmed not to see that. We expect traitors to be like Benedict Arnold. So we miss the obvious.
We don't see politicians as traitors. We don't understand that when a politician takes a bribe and betrays us that politician is a traitor. We think that if an American citizen bribes a politician it's not treason, but it is. And anybody with money can buy a politician.
Apparently the Russians realized this and used money to turn an already corrupt businessman into an asset - a flunky. Then they poured money into our election and they compromised everybody who took the money.
The Russians also used money to bribe businessmen, banks, interest groups and religious organizations. They learned the power of a buck. They learned it with a vengeance and they used it on us.
So why are Republicans in Congress having a hard time seeing this for what it is? Wrong question. They see it exactly as it is. It's just bribery or, as they like to call it, "campaign contributions". It's American politics. So what does a pig look like when you try to disguise it with lipstick?
Holy Moly!

Wednesday, January 17, 2018

The Devil Is In The Details

"The Howling Man" is a classic Twilight Zone episode that takes place in post World War I Europe. There is a man locked in a cell in a castle known as the "Hermitage". The man is purported to be the Devil.
An American who gets caught in a rainstorm seeks refuge in the castle and discovers the prisoner.
The man in the cell is guarded by monks. The monks tell the American that their prisoner is the Devil and that the cell door is locked by a simple wooden staff, the "Staff of Truth". It is obvious that the man in the cell could easily reach through the bars and remove the staff, but the American listens to the man and removes the staff anyway.
As the prisoner emerges from the cell, he transforms into the Devil and disappears. Evil is once again loosed on the world. You can watch the whole episode by clicking the link below.

Truth always restrains the Devil. The truth is usually right there for us, but we often reject it. We are misled by lies.
You can't suppress the truth.
The "Steele Dossier" is a report prepared by Christopher Steele, a respected former British MI6 agent who was hired to research Donald Trump during the Republican primaries. Steele was hired by Fusion GPS. Fusion GPS was initially hired by the "Washington Free Beacon", an American conservative website.

A detailed account of all this is contained in "Collusion" by Luke Harding. Everybody who prefers fact to fiction should read "Collusion". "Collusion" is easy to read and straightforward.
Harding is a well known and well respected British journalist who was the former Moscow Bureau Chief for "The Guardian", a British newspaper, until Russia refused to let him re-enter the country.
Before the 2016 election, Steele took it upon himself, out of concern for our country, to personally hand Senator John McCain a copy of his dossier.
Senator McCain personally gave the dossier to FBI Director James Comey. Comey was fired by Donald Trump after Comey refused to pledge his loyalty to Donald Trump and abandon the Russia investigation.
Bill Browder was born in the U.S. He headed up "Hermitage Capital Management", an investment fund that managed the largest foreign investment portfolio in Russia.
Bill wrote, "Red Notice", an excellent book about his experiences with the Russian government. It's about Russian corruption. Bill and his team at Hermitage exposed Russia for what it is, a kleptocracy headed up by Vladimir Putin.
Bill exposed Putin and his henchmen and brought international attention to what was going on in Russia. Putin retaliated and tried to seize all of Hermitage Capital Management's assets. He also arrested one of Bill's lawyers, Sergi Magnitsky.
Sergi was arrested on trumped up charges, imprisoned illegally, tortured, murdered and finally tried and convicted in a Russian court after he was dead.
Browder became a full time advocate for justice on behalf of Sergi. He wanted Russia held accountable for what it had done. In the pursuit of justice for Sergi, he met with Senator John McCain.
John threw his support behind the effort and eventually Browder testified before our Congress. A bi-partisan bill the "Global Magnitsky Act" was passed through both houses of Congress and signed into law by President Obama on 12/14/2012.
Browder didn't stop there. Since then, countries all over the world have signed their own "Magnitsky Act" legislation. Browder with the help of everyone at Hermitage Capital Management managed to contain and restrict and confine Russia and all those who were responsible for Sergi's death.
Nothing like this had ever been done before. Putin went ballistic.
Putin passed a law banning Americans from adopting Russian orphans. This caused demonstrations in Russia.
Putin did everything he could to get the Global Magnitsky Act repealed and the sanctions lifted. The sanctions were putting a real crimp in Russia's ability to engage in criminal activity around the globe. All of this is background for what Putin has been doing with Trump's campaign, his transition team and the Executive Branch of our government.
The truth is that the meeting on 6/9/2016 with Donald Trump, Jr. and Jared Kushner and several Russians in Trump Tower was all about getting the sanctions lifted.
The truth is that Manafort and Flynn and others working with Trump were working on behalf of Putin's criminal interests in regard to Russia.
The truth is that Trump's involvement with Russia is real news and needs to be taken seriously because Trump's actions present a clear and present danger to the United States and the world at large. This is why Trump is working to discredit the press and violating the 1st Amendment.
The truth is that Trump is terrified of being exposed and that is why he is constantly attacking the Mueller investigation and our intelligence and law enforcement communities.
The truth is that conspiring with a foreign power against the United States is treason regardless of how you try to frame it or how you try to label it.
The truth is that Trump was aided and abetted by lots of people working for him and our government.
The truth can be painful. So many people were conned by Trump. Admitting this is embarrassing. Facing the truth can cause shame, but there are far worse things than shame and embarrassment.
The truth is that some of Trump's supporters knew all along what Trump was and what they were hoping for when they voted for him.
"Collusion" and "Red Notice" are two very good sources for anyone seeking the truth, but if you close your mind and heart to the truth, nothing will help you.
In "The Howling Man", the "Staff of Truth" confines and limits the Devil and the evil he can do.
Much like the American in that story we can allow ourselves to be taken in by the lies we are told or we can face the truth and know the liar for what he is.
Trump is our Howling Man.
The truth is there are plenty of credible, intelligent sources for accurate information out there.
The truth is we cannot continue on in this manner. Trump has pulled off a coup with a lot of help from his friends. This may just be our last chance to take the country back. Putin is waging a cyber war and we cannot allow him to win.
Holy Moly!