Why, There's Treason Everywhere!

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The Justice Department on Monday charged a Russian national, Mariia Butina, also known as Maria, with conspiring against the US as a secret agent.

That means that she is a spy, and that we have caught her, and there is nothing that Trump or the Russians can do about it because she is now in the system. As in, the Justice system. As in, unless they trade her for a certain Mr. Snowden, she ain't going anywhere.

The photo you see above is splashed all over the newspapers in Wisconsin. I'll bet that'll help people make up their minds this November about how they want to vote and what kind of government they want in that fine state.

Miss Butina has, shall we say, honey trap written all over her. Not that I'm speculating, but, wow, how can you not speculate, right? She's probably a good girl from Novgorod or somewhere like that, and she's probably only been a spy for the last decade or so, right?

But, oh, the places she's been!

In 2015, Butina met privately with a political candidate. She also discussed a plan for Torshin to buy a plane ticket for a US congressman to visit Moscow.

Butina met leaders of one political party while being called "a representative of informal diplomacy" for Russia, the affidavit says.

At one point in 2015, she and an American discussed a $125,000 budget for her "special project," to participate in major Republican conferences. The American told her she would have unlimited ability to meet American companies if she could be a potential intermediary to the Russian government, the complaint stated.

Later, following the 2016 presidential election, Butina and the Russian official discussed a possible pro-Russian converence that US members of Congress could attend, according to the documents.

Now, are we talking about Scotty here? Maybe, maybe not. There's no shortage of winner, winner chicken dinner when it comes to the association of Miss Butina and the whole of Republican oligarchy in this country. If you follow this thread, pretty much everyone who is anyone is on there, even Bobby Jindal!

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I'm thinking they wasted their money on ol' Bobby, but there you have it. 

Pretty much since the beginning of this whole 2016 election fiasco, I have said, "they are all traitors." Well, today, another shoe dropped, and I feel pretty good about what I've written and what I've done. I have to admit--I have quit in frustration, I have been dejected, and I have had my doubts.

Well, not anymore. Treason is in the air, and it comes at you fast when you get caught snuggling up to a trained Russian spy.

America Has Surrendered to Russia

 This is the day democracy died...

This is the day democracy died...

From here on in, a curious thing is going to happen when you go to the voting booth in America. Your vote against Republicans is not going to be counted. It might be changed or deleted or sent off into the ether. It might help elect a local clown dog catcher. Federal elections in the United States of America are now owned by Russia, Incorporated.

It was on June 13, 2016 that I blogged about something James Fallows had written. It was still at a point where Trump could definitely have been beaten and it was when he was vulnerable to being removed from consideration for the Republican presidential nomination altogether. But what he said that day was allowed to slide:

"We're led by a man who is very -- look, we're led by a man that either is not tough, not smart, or he's got something else in mind. And the something else in mind, you know, people can't believe it."...

"People cannot believe, they cannot believe that President Obama is acting the way he acts and he can't even mention the words 'radical Islamic terrorism.' There's something going on. It's inconceivable. There's something going on."...

"He doesn't get it or he gets it better than anybody understands. It's one or the other, and either one is unacceptable."

Fallows correctly translated these awful statements:

I am not aware of any modern precedent of a major-party nominee publicly accusing an opponent, let alone a sitting president, of treason. Sure, each side has harbored dark fantasies about the other — and, sure, the rhetoric of the early 1800s and the Civil War era was very dire. But in the conscious lifetimes of today’s adult Americans, no major-party nominee has, before today, publicly suggested that his opponent might actively be a traitor.

You could see this as a linear extension of Trump’s “other-ing” of Obama, through his earlier insane birth-certificate crusade. But the step he has now taken should be noted. He is suggesting that a serving president is not just possibly foreign-born but also perhaps a foreign agent. This is the man Paul Ryan, Mitch McConnell, Reince Priebus, Marco Rubio, Chris Christie, John McCain, Bob Dole, and the rest of the Republican “establishment” say deserves their support.

Today you saw Trump do exactly what he accused the other side of doing--he has "something else in mind" when it comes to defending America against Russian aggression.

Everyone who criticized me for calling them traitors, for being treasonous--go fuck yourselves. What happened today, in real-time, was the betrayal of America and the end of our democracy. Everything that happens from now on has to constitute the restoration of the republic and the renewal of democracy. The shitheads who hold power right now have killed it.

Always Mock the Dictator

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It has not been a great trip overseas for Trump so far, has it?

No, it has not. In fact, how many other American presidents have traveled overseas and have been so roundly mocked and protested as this one? And the trip isn't over yet.

It is incredibly important to note how the British went about their protests. They mocked Trump, and they did it in every way possible. They didn't worry about whether it was fair. They just set up camp in the vulgar gutter of modern political discourse and used the words "shitgibbon" and "cunt" as interchangeably as they possibly could. This is how you fight the dictator--by mocking him and showing him for what he is--the reason for the need for that language in the first place. Trump set the rules by grabbing them by the pussy and talking about "very fine people on both sides" and women as if they were there to pleasure him. He is not, all of a sudden, going to stop saying these things.

I'm as tired as anyone of the civility police, and I think that this misses the point entirely, whether we're talking about Trump or his knee-jerk enablers:

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Don't police the rhetoric of people on your side; the only way the message is going to get through to the American people is through the same harsh language Trump and his surrogates have been using for years. I don't care if Rand Paul is a traitor or not, but if someone thinks his statements in public amount to treason, I'll let them make that argument.

I'm more interested in the fact that we can't call Republicans traitors. Really?

I have said all along that the act of seizing the office of the President of the United States is an act of war against this country. If you put Trump in power, you definitely did commit election fraud. And that's serious. But you also seized the office and the power of the Commander in Chief of our armed forces. That's an act of war. Anyone who aided and abetted the Russian effort to install Trump in office betrayed this county and committed acts of treason.

Full fucking stop. And the media ain't saving us right now, is it?

You are not going to beat Trump with prissy, exact language and stepping on your dick when you stumble towards polite discourse. People hate the Democrats because they cave in and won't fight in the gutter. If you want to save American democracy and all the other nations that depend on it, you might want to acquaint yourself with how the gutter looks. This is not a rhetorical argument about policy. This is about fighting the guy who will not observe the same rules of courtesy and decency. Due process and the law mean nothing to Trump. Everyone better remember that. By all means, get him with the law. Use the rule of law. But, on the edges, you better be prepared for Trump to cheat, always.

Who is in power right now because of Russian help? Who refuses to enact strong sanctions against Russia and then enforce them? Who met with the Russians in the bowels of Trump tower? Who got caught setting up a back channel to Russia to evade surveillance by our intelligence agencies? Who met with the Russian ambassador? Who consistently criticizes everyone from the leaders of our allied countries and pop stars and actors and whoever else more harshly than the murderous thugs in Moscow?

Trump wins when the civility police muddy the argument that is before the American people. I didn't spend the Fourth of July in Moscow kissing Russian ass, so fuck that shit. Celebrate the fact that the British have shown us new and exciting ways to mock the dictator, and now I want to see that balloon flying over Lafayette Square.