Russian Collusion

Posted by John Lindsay on 9th April 2017 in News, Op Ed

Russian and American flagEvery story needs a good antagonist. There is no better way to  measure the fortitude  of a potential hero  than for them to be backed into a corner by their proverbial giant. Some of the worst experiences in life, when taken in stride, have a tendency to develop thick skin, intelligence and perseverance. It would not surprise me if President Trump, and, to no small extent many members of the Republican party, are more strengthened and inspired due to the level of vitriol plaguing their every move.   So, if the ill manner of the Fascist Left is prodding someone to sink or swim, I would argue they are a necessary evil since they are provoking people who have never taken a stand to pick a side.

As a writer it is my ultimate objective to expose truth. One of the many things I have learned as a storyteller is truth is rarely found where you would expect. If you believe you have found truth without a great deal of searching, you very well may believe in a counterfeit version. For example, the U.S. Democratic Party and its friends in the liberal mainstream media have gone out of their way to put Russia in the spotlight in order to expose their every flaw and foible, but are they being heroic by sharing useful information or cowardly by spreading propaganda for political purposes? The fact is neither. They are merely presenting information their focus groups are telling them the rest of us want to hear.

The successful television series “Castle” emphasized the need to supplement the work of investigators with the craft of a storyteller in order to place the facts in a context. Storytellers have the unique ability to step back in order to see the whole. Readers are generally too close and will jump to conclusions and form opinions too quickly and are invariably proven wrong until the author reveals the real truth in the final chapter.

The movie “Wag the Dog” depicted how a good story could support arbitrary and interchangeable facts – even lies. Fact-based truth seems to be inconsequential in journalism. Only a good story is required. Which is why it is never enough for elected officials to simply do what they believe is best. They require political strategists who are the writers and production teams behind the stories they narrate.

Here is the story the Democrats are peddling from a writer’s point of view. Once upon a time there were two political camps. One which believed President Trump to be the antichrist and the other which believed him to be a savior. Before we continue, to be fair, our internal good and evil meters need to be readjusted to the center position.

Unless you are one of those mindless drones on the far left, you would hesitate to believe the leader of the free world is in cahoots with Russia without evidence from a reliable source. If it were my story I would have introduced the National Security Agency (NSA). Why the NSA? Because no one would buy into a story where the plot was held together by the National Geospatial Intelligence Agency (NGA). The CIA and FBI are the only other two U.S. intelligence agencies which compile and analyze data on behalf of the Intelligence Community (IC). With all the questionable decisions made by former Director James Comey, I have to believe the Democrats regret giving the ball to the FBI.

One or two intelligence agencies which have been ineffective in swaying opinion is no more than their word against the President’s. Flashback to one month before the previous administration was replaced. President Obama writes an executive order which allows classified information to be shared throughout the entire IC. Now the Democrats can accuse the President with the weight of ALL seventeen intelligence agencies – but of what? Undermining the civil liberties of illegal immigrants and non U.S. citizens, breaking a broken healthcare system, defunding PBS? What could they say the president did which the country would believe? – Something those on the left already want to believe: President Trump is not the legitimate president. Such an accusation could get traction by saying Russia tampered with the election in favor of the current administration.

Yes there are holes the story. For example, considering the timing, it is not unreasonable to think the Democrats had a hand in their own hacking. This would explain why the FBI was prohibited access to the DNC servers. Secondly, why would Vladimir Putin prefer Trump when the incumbent administration was already willing to sell Russia 20% of America’s uranium and flood the region with billions of dollars in cash? And hasn’t President Trump already taken steps toward energy independence as well as retaliated to Syria’s use of chemical weapons which would put him at odds with Russia and the Middle East?

Establishing Russia as an ultimate villain is a strategy which creates leverage against domestic enemies by using them to demonize anyone by association. The main objection with the narrative offered by the Democrats is if you have to manufacture an enemy to which to tie your opposition, it proves neither President Trump  nor his administration are guilty of anything with enough weight to bring them down. This answers why the Democrats have passed the ball to liberal justices to obstruct the President’s executive orders at every opportunity.

The beauty of this epic drama is it works on two fronts. It keeps the Trump administration busy swinging at bad pitches and serves as defense for their own malfeasance which is spying on the Trump administration. Outrageous? Say your hockey team is defending against a power play (you are outnumbered) and the opposition is about to score. Your team’s defenseman has to trip up the player from behind before he shoots which will draw a penalty. It follows the philosophy two wrongs make a right, but this is how games are played when the only objective is to win at any cost. Unfortunately, in this political contest, it would appear there is no limit to the wrongs the left will use to regain what they lost, which is justifiable to Democrats since every achievement by their opposition, though it may be good for the country, makes them look worse.

The Democrats are now outnumbered, but even before the election they offered a ransom for anyone willing to present damning information about Donald Trump. Everything which was used against him was either refuted, debunked or failed to discredit him. Fighting back at this stage requires new intel. The Democrats do not have a choice. The only way to get discrediting information now is to spy. Tragically, at this stage of the assault, the Democrats must do the unthinkable and pay loyalists to leak information which puts their own national security at risk, which is to say, promote treason.

How does one spy without getting caught? Better still, how does one protect himself from legal ramification if and when evidence of impropriety is brought to light? Russian collusion legitimizes the surveillance. Once approval is granted for the unmasking of the names of the incidental players, the Democrats are free to observe any and all communication from President Trump, his staff, cabinet – even his family which could extend into their business dealings to any extent the DNC deems appropriate. This answers the question why the Democrat’s talking points have emphasized Russian collusion every day for the past year.

The perception of Russian collusion is the cornerstone on which the Democrat’s story is built. Because of this, any investigation which serves to discredit the Trump administration can never end. If it did, it would force a Democrat or intelligence official to answer specifically and to what extent President Trump, his staff, family or any person, however remotely associated with him, affected the election. If anyone had damning information nefariously linking Donald Trump with Russia they would have released it long ago. So, to underscore the Democrat’s story, we have a never-ending theme song played on a broken record on a turntable powered by American tax dollars.

Let’s change the details of the story to further reveal its lunacy. Instead of Russian interference with the U.S. election, let’s say a family accuses their neighbor’s dog of defecating in their yard but can’t produce any evidence. In order to appease the angry family, the police go to the neighbor’s home but cannot find a dog. Neither is there dog food in the house, but the angry family is relentless. The police question the rest of the community who all agree they have never seen a dog. The police bring in special equipment to make sure the neighbors did not kill and bury a dog in their back yard. They bring in scientists to test the hair they collected to determine whether or not it is canine to no avail. Finally the angry family forces the city council to pay for satellite surveillance and infrared cameras to investigate. At some point one has to come to the realization it is senseless to investigate a crime which has not occurred. Neither can obstruction of justice be relevant in an investigation of a crime which has not occurred. What’s next? Accusations of collusion to obstruct justice in a criminal investigation of collusion without evidence of a crime being committed?

Why does the liberal left, the same folks who protest valiantly against hate and claim to support tolerance and equality, reject their chief tenets and despise Trump so, using every means at their disposal to divide our country from within? Is it because they were humiliated in the last election cycle by someone who was not even in their league? Not exactly. Allow me to tell another story to explain.

There was a prominent man who married a woman who had a son. The wife got sick, but before she died the man had an affair which ended in marriage soon after his sick wife passed away. The son, who loved his stepfather, was hated by his stepparents not because he did anything wrong but because he reminded the self-righteous new couple of their infidelity. The stepfather’s hatred was so strong it caused him to lash out at strangers at the mere mention of his stepson’s name. The Democrats have not gravitated to their current level of hostility because someone defeated them but because they allowed themselves to be defeated.

Why is this issue still looming over the head of Republicans? Because prominent people on the left, the likes of which I have never before witnessed in enthusiasm and number, have been pressing the argument, “The American people want to know.” When a writer uses influential characters to attempt to convince their reader something is important they are misdirecting them. The average American citizen does not care to know every sordid detail and potential threat – nor should they. It is the responsibility of elected officials, the intelligence community and the armed forces to buffer the work force against such distractions.

Ultimately, the Democrat’s story will not pass the test of time even when backed by a popular mainstream media for the simple reason the truth, more specifically, human nature, will not be marginalized. Human beings are not good or bad but a combination of both. If the left is unable to recognize or acknowledge a single praiseworthy act of President Trump or a single failing of the previous administration, they cannot be trusted since such extreme levels of evil and good are inconsistent with human nature. If the source of news or opinion is all good or all bad, it is misleading and dangerous since it refuses to convey the true nature of what is for political purposes. Such rhetoric does not inspire us to be any better – only to distrust anything contrary.

Today’s Democratic Party, like the mainstream media, have found themselves in a pickle since they have helped create and continue to feed a hateful mob. If they alter their position, the same unpredictable nature of the mob could quickly be turned toward them if they say anything contrary to what hate demands. By giving even one favorable acknowledgement to President Trump, or owning up to a single shortcoming of their own, the Democrats would effectively humanize their enemy which would expose their own humanity – which is something the left will not tolerate in their deity.

The extent of a person’s ignorance, delusion, or faith for that matter, is equal to their resistance. Considering the left still cannot accept Donald Trump as president is proof the Democrats put together a good story. What the Democrats are not offering in their story, however, is a happy ending – at least not for anyone but themselves. The truth is, people who take a hand in writing their own stories are likely to be disappointed because what corruption will never find through even the best of storytellers – not even in victory, is peace.

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