Every Day of this Crisis is Overwhelming

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This grouping of stories on CNN.com probably looks amazing if you're sitting in Russia right now, afraid that your boss Vladimir Putin is going to start overreaching a bit.

I know it is discouraging, but Putin is famous for his greed and his arrogance, and that will be his undoing. As he amasses vast personal wealth and kills as many enemies as he can, remember that there are at least a thousand men in Russia right now who imagine themselves as his successor. None will hesitate to kill Putin if given the chance. So, there's that.

But it's important to note that the media is beginning to wake up to the fact that, hey, this Trump guy is a liar. He should be mocked for that! And so, they're doing it, a year late, but you have to take your victories where you can find them.

The narrative that is being established is, "Trump is weak, compromised, owned by Putin, probably a traitor, and Republicans have to be voted out in November." As this takes hold, note the hard work being done by people who are in the front lines against Russia's attack on Western democracy. Not just in this country, but all over the world where democratic countries are besieged with efforts to drive wedges between population groups that have been picked apart by the analytics people who should, rightly, be driven out of business.

A judge in California has said, enough of this bullshit, no way we're going to let people vote on splitting the state into three entities. You'll conveniently note that this would send four extra Republicans to the Senate, which would cancel out the two Democrats that are already there. It would probably allow more Gerrymandering and allow the Republicans to add ten more members of Congress to their totals as well, if not more. If this country was more like California, I think we'd be better off. Common sense seems to prevail there, despite all of their problems. At least the answer out there is, "let's do something smart to fix this" as opposed to, "let's do stupid shit so we can own the libs."

How can you write about all of this? I simply can't keep up. But, I do know one thing--it is beginning to dawn on people that it's obvious Trump is Putin's Poodle. As this takes hold in the public consciousness, remember that these narratives are important for people who don't follow politics and don't usually vote. Motivating people to get to the polls in order to throw Republicans out of office is the Lord's work this year. Everyone working to make that happen is an angel who will save our country.

 

Why, There's Treason Everywhere!

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Awkward!

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.