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Remembering Barbara Bush

Sunday, April 22, 2018

Trump's Best Shot at REAL Peace with North Korea is to Follow Reagan's Example

"Peace through strength" and "trust but verify" work every time they are tried!

You can't go wrong when Ronnie leads the way!
In 1983 President Reagan countered the left's nuclear freeze proposals by calling out the Soviet Union as an "evil empire." He delivered that speech on March 8, 1983 at a convention of the National Association of Evangelicals in Orlando, Florida [speech text]. Establishment appeasers and left wing useful idiots went bonkers insisting that such harsh language is not the road to peace but to war. A few weeks later on March 22 Reagan gave an Oval Office address to the nation [speech text] announcing his Strategic Defense Initiative (SDI) with the purpose of realigning our national defense strategy away from the policy of mutual assured destruction (MAD) to one where incoming missiles could be shot down. Again, the Reagan haters went wild denouncing this as "Star Wars" starting an arms race in space that could only lead to war.

Three years later in 1986 President Reagan met the USSR's General Secretary Mikhail Gorbachev for a summit in Reykjavík, Iceland but walked away from a stunning deal to rid the world of nuclear weapons if only the U.S. would give up it's SDI program. Reagan refused. Again, establishment appeasers and the left went bonkers. However, a year later Gorbachev removed his objections to SDI and signed the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty which relieved tensions in Europe and led to broader agreements on strategic nuclear weapons.

With the hindsight of 35 years of history we can see that Reagan had a vision of a better world. He stuck to that vision and wasn't afraid what the naysayers and appears had to say. He understood that effective arms control required first that the U.S. negotiate from a position of strength. "Peace through strength" was the phrase Reagan, and earlier Winston Churchill and others had used. Another key element to Reagan's negotiating strategy was the Russian phrase "dovorey no provorey," trust but verify. At the INF Treaty singing in 1987 Gorbachev joked "you repeat that at every meeting." Reagan responded "I like it" as he went on to describe how important verification and inspection provisions were to actually achieving real arms control success.

North Korea Peace Trump's Reagan Moment?

There's been a lot of positive noise about the situation with North Korea in the past few weeks. If we apply Reagan's lessons it may provide the best opportunity to actually move the dial closer to peace between North and South Korea and the United States and our allies.

The flurry of news in the past week alone has been stunning. Reports coming mainly from South Korea that the North is ready to engage in talks to actually end the war that was suspended but not ended by the armistice:
(NEWSER) – North Korea wants "complete denuclearization" of the Korean peninsula and is willing to drop its key demand that American troops fully withdraw from South Korea, according to Seoul. South Korean president Moon Jae-in, who is scheduled to meet North Korean leader Kim Jong Un on April 27, said Thursday that Pyongyang had expressed a will for denuclearization and had not attached any conditions that the US would consider unacceptable, including a troop pullout, the Guardian reports. "All they are expressing is the end of hostile policies against North Korea, followed by a guarantee of security," he said. North Korea has not confirmed that it has dropped the demand for the withdrawal of US troops.

Moon said his summit with Kim could be a step toward a formal end to the Korean War and aid for the North's economy if it gets rid of its nuclear weapons program, though he cautioned that no progress would be made separate from the upcoming US-North Korea summit. "First, the South-North Korean summit must make a good beginning, and the dialogue between the two Koreas likely must continue after we see the results of the North Korea-United States summit," he said, per Reuters. The April 27 meeting will be only the third meeting of Korean leaders since 1953. On Friday, the first-ever telephone hotline between the leaders was installed and tested in preparation for the summit, the AP reports.
As with any proposal from North Korea it has to be taken with a huge grain of salt. Both President's Clinton and Obama have been snookered by North Korean promises in which the U.S. gave aide and the North Koreans continued with their nuclear and missile development after a short break. Will things be any different this time? President Trump realizes the dilemma. The following statement is from April 18, after a meeting with Japanese Prime Minister Abe at Trump's Mar-a-Lago resort:
TRUMP: We will not repeat the mistakes of previous administrations. Our campaign of maximum pressure will continue until North Korea denuclearizes. We have great respect for many aspects of what they’re doing, but we have to get it together. We have to end nuclear weapons, ideally in all parts of the world. That would be a goal for all of us, to hope for and to cherish.

As I’ve said before, there is a bright path available to North Korea when it achieves denuclearization in a complete and verifiable, and irreversible way. It will be a great day for them. It will be great day for the world.
The Trump haters, some of whom insisted he was unfit for office when he previously talked tough on North Korea still aren't happy. Insisting Trump will be conned into an agreement and nothing will change. Of course some who now criticize Trump's peace prospects for North Korea were cheerleaders for Obama's deeply flawed deal with Iran that gave the mad mullahs $150 billion to fund new terrorism up front with no leverage later.

Channeling his inner Reagan Trump has said that he is prepared to walk away from the upcoming summit with North Korea's Kim Jong Un. Trump told Japan's Abe: "If the meeting, when I'm there, is not fruitful, I will respectfully leave the meeting and continue what we're doing." Continuing pressure on North Korea with our allies united in the effort is the best path to peace. Trump knows it. The question is, do the North Koreans? We may have some insight on that after the North-South summit at the Peace House on Friday, April 27. Stay tuned!

Tuesday, April 17, 2018

Mother of a Dynasty: Barbara Bush Dead at 92

A woman of undoubtable grace, class, humility and humor!
June 8, 1925 – April 17, 2018 
Photographed at the White House with dog Millie c. 1990
More photos at George H.W. Bush Library

The last time I saw Barbara Bush was on the White House lawn November 4, 1992.  She had just returned with her husband George and Vice President Dan Quayle and his wife Marilyn the day after their defeat in the presidential election.  The presidential limo parked at the southern base of the large lawn nearer the Washington Monument.  Both couples were forced to run a gauntlet of cheering supporters all the way up to the House and eventually giving a wave from the balcony.  All of them, including Barbara Bush looked totally exhausted.

The George H.W. Bush Library has put together a special web site for remembering Barbara Bush. Go there for the official obituary as well as other biographical resources. I'll just share a few photo reflections here.

Above all, more than being First Lady, Barbara Bush prided herself on being a mother and wife to the over of her life, husband George.
Barbara Bush: "At the end of your life, you will never regret not having passed one more test, winning one more verdict, or not closing one more deal. You will regret time not spent with a husband, a child, a friend or a parent." Addressing Wellesley College graduating class June 1,1990. More notable quotes here.
Family First 
The Bush family in Kennebunkport, Maine August 24, 1986
Kennebunkport with Millie in 2004.

George W. Bush and Laura Bush at their wedding in Texas on November 5, 1977, with George H.W. Bush and Barbara Bush.
Duty Follows

Second only to duty to the family came duty to the country.  Only the second woman in U.S. history who was both the wife and mother of a U.S. President (Abigail Adams being the first). She was fixture of Washington life for a generation. As wife of a Vice President followed by First Lady then grande dame of the growing Bush clan. My apologies to those too young to remember.

Photos do not do her sincere humanity justice:

Barbara Bush watches as husband George H.W. takes the oath of office January 20, 1989. 
(I was there)
Walking the Reagan's to Marine One helicopter as they leave Inaugural ceremony 1988.

President and Mrs. Bush walk down Pennsylvania Avenue during
the Inaugural Parade January 20, 1989

A tense night in Austin Texas with then Governor George W. Bush
on election night November 7, 2000. Result of the election was contested by Al Gore.
Greeting the World

Welcoming Queen Elizabeth II and her husband Prince Phillip for a State Visit to the
White House May 14, 1991
Former First Lady Barbara Bush shares the center spot with Queen Elizabeth II at the
British Ambassador's residence in Washington, DC on May 8, 2007.
Yes, she might Princess Diana too (1,2).

Barbara Bush was a charmer. Here she is kissing the hand of Denis Thatcher, spouse of UK Prime Minster Margaret Thatcher.

President Bush and First Lady Barbara Bush at Chequers with Prime Minster
Margaret and Denis Thatcher.
She also had to put up with a lot of unsavory characters:

Anyone want to caption this?
Welcoming Hillary Clinton to the White House November 19,1992
weeks after losing the election to Bill Clinton.

Good bye Barbara Bush!

Saturday, April 14, 2018

Syria Strike: Consequence of Obama's Vanity and Incompetence in World Affairs

Obama played into Putin's hands on several occasions. In Syria, the deaths of innocent men, women and children were the result!

The American left insists that somehow it's inappropriate to discuss what Obama did, or did not do, as President. "He's out of office" they howl as if none of what he did had any bearing on where we are today.  Sorry but history does not permit such denial. If we don't know where we have been, how do we stop from making the same mistake?

Syria's use of chemical weapons against it's own people came into clear focus during Obama's re-election campaign on August 20, 2012. He was trying to sound tough when he declared:
OBAMA: We have been very clear to the Assad regime, but also to other players on the ground, that a red line for us is we start seeing a whole bunch of chemical weapons moving around or being utilized. That would change my calculus. That would change my equation.

A year later on September 4 2013 when it was obvious that Syria had continued to use chemical weapons Obama, realizing he could not get congressional approval to strike Syria, denied he had declared the red line. He insisted instead that "I didn't set a red line. The world set a red line." Scrambling to recover from the fallout of that shambolic whopper Obama dispatched Secretary of State Kerry to the 5 star Intercontinental Hotel in Geneva, Switzerland to meet with Russian Foreign Minister Lavrov.

After days of fruitless discussion Kerry and Lavrov met poolside and Lavrov relented to an agreement (text) that had more holes in it than the Swiss cheese served at dinner. But all that was overlooked in the moment where Kerry put on his best Neville Chamberlain face and assured the world he had secured his version of "peace for our time." Watch out Poland!

The agreement did allow Obama to save face but at the expense of what little credibility Obama had in leading world affairs. Russians and the Syrians were ecstatic. As Richard Spencer reports in the Daily Telegraph:
"These agreements are a victory for Syria, achieved thanks to our Russian friends," Ali Haidar, the minister for national reconciliation, told Russian media.
Russian officials were keen to put a positive spin on Mr Assad's concession, saying they had prevented a "mistake the size of Suez".

"It was going to be a disaster to intervene militarily in Syria," one Russian official said. "We saved them. Vladimir Putin, really, deserves the Nobel Peace Prize."
Well, why not give Putin the Nobel Peace Prize. The Prize Committee gave it to Obama based on solely on wishful thinking. Do the Norweigans want it back?

For some good background on how and why that flawed agreement came about see Peter Foster's September 2013 column in the Daily Telegraph. Foster describes how
Countless members of the foreign policy establishment instantly knew, a Faustian pact in which Mr Putin saved Mr Obama's blushes at home in exchange for a dramatic loss of American face abroad.
Nevertheless Obama has insisted that the Syrian agreement was a good deal. He insisted, along with Kerry and nearly every other top Democrat that the Syrian deal had been a success. Kerry and others repeatedly claimed that "100%" of Syria's chemical weapons had been removed and destroyed. Watch:

KERRY: "We struck a deal where we got 100 percent of the chemical weapons out."

The snarky tone in Obama's voice leaves a bitter taste after seeing the deaths of thousands of children due to chemical weapons that Obama and Democrats claimed were destroyed. Both Human Rights Watch and the Arms Control Association have continued to document the use of such weapons following Obama's victory lap. Meanwhile, the self-professed media fact checkers at Politifact can't bring themselves to call Kerry a liar even when it's as plain as the nose on your face!

Obama went on to claim another diplomatic victory in the nuclear agreement with Iran. How long before that too is exposed as a sham with horrific consequences?

Trump Pressuring Putin

OK, so we know what Obama and Kerry did created a mess that cost many innocent lives. Trump's limited strike was measured. In my view too limited and measured. But Trump is upping the diplomatic game where Obama and Kerry dropped the ball.  In his speech announcing limited strikes Trump laid the blame directly at the feet of the Russians. This has been followed at other levels with senior officials echoing the President's words.

At an emergency meeting of the UN Security Council Hon. Niki Haley, U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations recounted the number of times the U.S. and allies have engaged in diplomatic efforts to resolve the crisis but were blocked by Russia. Haley said:
HALEY: We can all see that a Russian disinformation campaign is in full force this morning. But Russia’s desperate attempts at deflection cannot change the facts. A large body of information indicates that the Syrian regime used chemical weapons in Douma on April 7. There is clear information demonstrating Assad’s culpability.

The pictures of dead children were not fake news. They were the result of the Syrian regime’s barbaric inhumanity. And they were the result of the regime and Russia’s failure to live up to their international commitments to remove all chemical weapons from Syria. The United States, France, and the United Kingdom acted after careful evaluation of these facts.
Syria committed to abide by the Chemical Weapons Convention, meaning it could no longer have chemical weapons on its soil.

President Putin said Russia would guarantee that Syria complied. We hoped that this diplomacy would succeed in putting an end to the horror of chemical attacks in Syria. But as we see from the past year, that did not happen.

While Russia was busy protecting the regime, Assad took notice. The regime knew it could act with impunity, and it did.
Russia’s veto was the green light for the Assad regime to use these most barbaric weapons against the Syrian people, in complete violation of international law. The United States and our allies were not going to let that stand. Chemical weapons are a threat to us all. They are a unique threat, a type of weapon so evil that the international community agreed they must be banned.

We cannot stand by and let Russia trash every international norm that we stand for, and allow the use of chemical weapons to go unanswered. And just as the Syrian regime’s use of chemical weapons last weekend was not an isolated incident, our response is part of a new course charted last year to deter future use of chemical weapons.
The United States is deeply grateful to the United Kingdom and France for its part in the coalition to defend the prohibition of chemical weapons. We worked in lock step, we were in complete agreement. Last night, our great friends and indispensable allies shouldered a burden that benefits all of us. The civilized world owes them its thanks. In the weeks and months to come, the Security Council should take time to reflect on its role in defending the international rule of law.

The Security Council has failed in its duty to hold those who use chemical weapons to account. That failure is largely due to Russian obstruction. We call on Russia to take a hard look at the company it keeps, and live up to its responsibilities as a Permanent Member of the Council and defend the actual principles the United Nations was meant to promote.

Last night, we successfully hit the heart of Syria’s chemical weapons enterprise, and because of these actions, we are confident that we have crippled Syria’s chemical weapons program.

We are prepared to sustain this pressure, if the Syrian regime is foolish enough to test our will.
No more Mr. (or Ms.) Nice Guy. You do not want to cross Niki Haley. Or Donald Trump. Finally, there is a new Sheriff in town and the world will be a better place because of it!

Trump Offers Russia and Iran a Choice: Are You With Community of Nations or a Mass Murdering Monster?

So much for being "Putin's Puppet" as the Trump-Russia crowd claimed!

Friday evening April 13 in the Diplomatic Reception Room of the White House.
Friday evening President Trump came to the Diplomatic Reception Room in the White House and said:
My fellow Americans, a short time ago, I ordered the United States Armed Forces to launch precision strikes on targets associated with the chemical weapons capabilities of Syrian dictator Bashar al-Assad. A combined operation with the armed forces of France and the United Kingdom is now underway. We thank them both.
The President went on to describe the reasons for the attacks. Full transcript is here. Video here.

The President also sent a direct message to both the Russians and the Iranians:
I also have a message tonight for the two governments most responsible for supporting, equipping, and financing the criminal Assad regime.

To Iran, and to Russia, I ask: What kind of a nation wants to be associated with the mass murder of innocent men, women, and children?

The nations of the world can be judged by the friends they keep. No nation can succeed in the long run by promoting rogue states, brutal tyrants, and murderous dictators.

In 2013, President Putin and his government promised the world that they would guarantee the elimination of Syria’s chemical weapons. Assad’s recent attack — and today’s response — are the direct result of Russia’s failure to keep that promise.

Russia must decide if it will continue down this dark path, or if it will join with civilized nations as a force for stability and peace. Hopefully, someday we’ll get along with Russia, and maybe even Iran — but maybe not.

I will say this: The United States has a lot to offer, with the greatest and most powerful economy in the history of the world.
Trump leading with our allies invites Russia to join the community of civilized nations.  The choice is theirs! 

Friday, April 13, 2018

Another Domino of the Deep State Falls: OIG Reports McCabe, Fired FBI Deputy Director, Lied Under Oath

Just the tip of a very large iceberg!

The first of a number of expected reports from the U.S. Department of Justice Office of Inspector General (OIG) was released Friday:

The report describes how Andrew McCabe, the now fired Deputy Director of the FBI, repeatedly lied to investigators regarding matters of leaking to reporter about a sensitive investigation of the Clinton Family Foundation.

Upon release of the report Trump tweeted:
Later reports are expected to address how the FBI handled investigations of both Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump. Washington insiders see the potential for bigger bombshells to come!

Former FBI Director Comey Reveals Entire Trump-Russia Nonsense Could Have Been Avoided Had He Told Trump Full Truth About DNC Funded Steele Dossier

Comey's book and interviews reveal an angry, petty man obsessed with his own self worth.  Still, we did learn a few things.

In an upcoming interview with former Clinton White House aide George Stephanopoulus on ABC former FBI Director and George had this exchange:

STEPHANOPOULOS (voice-over): Comey then asked to meet alone with Trump to warn him about that now-infamous Steele dossier, unverified information on Trump's ties to Russia, including allegations of Trump's encounters with prostitutes in Moscow.

COMEY: Called out to meet with a person who doesn't know me, had just been elected president of the United States. By all accounts, and from my watching him during the campaign, could be volatile. And I'm about to talk to him about allegations that he was involved with prostitutes in Moscow, and that the Russians taped it and have leverage over him.

STEPHANOPOULOS (on camera): Was there any choice there? Why, if this was salacious, and this particular part of the dossier unverified -- still unverified, by the way?

COMEY: Yes. So far is -- when I got fired, it was unverified.

STEPHANOPOULOS: Did you tell him that the Steele dossier had been financed by his political opponents?

COMEY: No. I didn't -- I didn't think I used the term "Steele dossier." I just talked to him about additional material.

STEPHANOPOULOS: Did -- but did he have a right to know that?

COMEY: That it had been financed by his political opponents? I don't know the answer to that.

I -- it wasn't necessary for my goal, which was to alert him that we had this information.
The ONE key factor in the entire dossier was that it was funded by the DNC. Comey knew it and concealed that information. Had this become public in early 2017 the entire Trump-Russia faux scandal would have been still born on the spot. We only learned the information about funding after months of congressional investigation.

But at least Comey admits that nothing in the phony dossier has been verified. Not one shred of it! And entire fabrication.

Lynch Lies?

Equally troubling is an obscure reference to the role played in Hillary email investigation by then Attorney General Loretta Lynch. From ABC News:
Comey writes that he felt obligated to take more of a personal role as the public face of the investigation rather than deferring to then-Attorney General Loretta Lynch – in part because of something involving Lynch that he cryptically refers to as a “development still unknown to the American public to this day.”

Exclusive: James Comey to give first interview to ABC News' George Stephanopoulos
In early 2016, the U.S. government became aware of information from a classified source, and “the source and content of that material remains classified as I write this,” according to the book.

“Had it become public, the unverified material would undoubtedly have been used by political opponents to cast serious doubt on the attorney general’s independence in connection with the Clinton investigation,” Comey writes, without further elaboration.
Concerned with Hillary's Legitimacy?

The final takeaway is this curious bit as described by the Washington Times:
In his book, Mr. Comey said he publicly announced the re-opening of the probe because he feared not doing so could make the future president look “illegitimate.”

“I believed it was my duty to inform Congress that we were restarting the investigation,” he writes about the October 2016 statement. “I would say as little as possible, but the FBI had to speak.”

Mrs. Clinton and her loyalists believe Mr. Comey’s announcement cost her the presidency, even though he re-cleared her before the election.

In a further reflection of how the political winds affected his decision-making, Mr. Comey acknowledges in his 2018 book that he might have handled matters differently had he known Mrs. Clinton would lose.

“It is entirely possible that, because I was making decisions in an environment where Hillary Clinton was sure to be the next president, my concern about making her an illegitimate president by concealing the restarted investigation bore greater weight than it would have if the election appeared closer or if Donald Trump were ahead in all polls,” he writes.

“But,” he wonders aloud, “I don’t know.”
"I don't know" appears to be a common refrain from a man who claims to have the truthful answer to every question. Nice that he didn't want to tarnish Hillary's win. What a shame he didn't have the same scruples when it came to Trump. Add this to the list of how Comey, et. al. treated Hillary and Trump very differently.

OIG Report Blasts Comey's Deputy

A scathing report (PDF) has just been released from the Department of Justice Office of Inspector General (OIG) describing the misdeeds of Comey's Deputy Andrew McCabe, recently fired. It was just a few steps from McCabe's office to Comey's. How long before the OIG releases the report on Comey? I'll bet that would be a more interesting read than Comey's bid to shade the truth with his self serving book!

Tuesday, April 10, 2018

Facebook's Mark Zuckerberg Needs High Chair for Senate Testimony

Kiddy Komes to Congress!

Not only did Facebook's Mark Zuckerberg not testify under oath about the privacy violations of Facebook, but the companies CEO needed a booster seat.

From the Washingtonian, Here's Zuck's seat in preparation for his visit:

The extra padding is clearly visible as Zuckerberg faces Senators:

I'm waiting for the Senate transcript of the hearing so we can see if Zuckerberg was questioned on why his social media platform silences conservatives while routinely cooperating with Democrats like Obama.

From the New York Post:
A former media director for the Obama campaign said Facebook allowed them to access the personal data of its users in 2011 because the social media giant was “on our side.”

“They came to office in the days following election recruiting & were very candid that they allowed us to do things they wouldn’t have allowed someone else to do because they were on our side,” Carol Davidsen, director of data integration and media analytics for Obama for America, wrote Sunday on Twitter.

Davidsen said she and her team were able to gather massive amounts of personal information from Facebook users, as well as their friends.

“Facebook was surprised we were able to suck out the whole social graph, but they didn’t stop us once they realized that was what we were doing,” she said on Twitter.

Monday, April 09, 2018

American Left Flirts w/ Civil War on Republicans and Conservatives. Will They Dial It Back Before More People Get Hurt?

From attacks on First Amendment freedoms to actual shootings, the left is moving perilously from ballots to bullets!

A disturbing nexus of recent events has me concerned for the dangerous consequences to the American political system. Each on their own is troubling, but when looked at as a whole the forecast for the future grows darker.

First up is Diamond and Silk. They are a comedy duo of sassy black women who buck the conventional racial and ideological norms. They were early Trump supporters and appeared with him at campaign events.  If you haven't seen their videos take a look. The pair announced over the weekend that Facebook now considers them "unsafe to the community."

Facebook never specified how the women were a danger or to what community. But it's part of a growing trend where conservative or Republican speech is blocked or silenced on social media. Silencing conservatives on the major social media platforms is nothing new, but the extent of the practice is growing wider every year. "Shadow banning" where a user is able to publish on social media but where there is no notification to his or her followers is the latest tactic. If a tree falls in the woods but there is no one there to hear it does it make a sound?

The problem isn't limited to Facebook or Twitter. At Google, they partnered with the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC), a far left fundraising group, to police You Tube. SPLC has little to do with southern poverty or law. It's a group that raises huge sums of money by warning frightened supporters to believe the right wing bogeyman is at the door. It's a great business model which has enriched it's founders to the point where the firm stashes cash offshore in the Cayman Islands. SPLC is notorious for labeling conservative individuals and organizations as extremists or hate groups including Ayaan Hirsi Ali the brave Somali woman who speaks out against the barbaric practice of female genital mutilation. Also targeted was the Family Research Council who opposed gay marriage and was labeled a hate group. Based on that designation, a left wing gunman went to their headquarters with the goal of assassinating their workers. Are these the people you want deciding what content is permitted on You Tube and silencing voices they arbitrarily determine to be offensive?

Kalev Leetaru, writing at Forbes, describes how the suggestion to have independent external panels examine the problem of political bias at these platforms has been greeted with silence. Refusal of social media companies to accept responsibility to be fair and transparent invites further public scrutiny and may demand government regulation to assure all users are treated equally.

The depth of that problem, is highlighted by a recent tweet made by Jack Dorsey, founder and CEO of Twitter. Dorsey recommends an article that describes "America's new civil war" in which the only solution is the total defeat of Republicans and silencing of their viewpoint in the public square. The article, written by Peter Leyden and political commentator Ruy Teixeira declares:
“In this current period of American politics, at this juncture in our history, there’s no way that a bipartisan path provides the way forward."
"Take the Republican Party down for a generation or two."
"America can’t afford more political paralysis. One side or the other must win.”
Advocating a one party state is the path to tyranny, and ultimately to a shooting war but the left appears not the least concerned with the consequences of their actions. No doubt history wasn't taught in Jack Dorsey's left wing school.

The American left is quickly becoming the ultimate hate group and the violence such barely constrained hate inspires is already here.  For years we've seen it at universities where conservative speakers are shouted down.  Fires started, windows smashed, attendees assaulted.  It's become almost commonplace.

We also saw mobs during the presidential election in 2016 chasing and assaulting Trump supporters. One campaign event in Illinois had to be canceled after Trump haters infiltrated the arena. Video shows mobs of Bernie Sanders supporters starting a melee. One, Jedidiah Brown, who professes to be an ordained minister and "anti-violence activist," rushed the stage and attempted to grab the microphone. Later he is seen throwing wild punches. So much for anti-violence. Literally the 21st century version of Nazi brownshirts! Here's the highlight reel:

The left points to the tragic death of a young woman in Charlottesville, Virginia as evidence that the right engages in violence too. At a white nationalist event black clad Antifa mobs showed up with clubs and started a riot with the right wing crowd. After the fact, a New York Times reporter accurately described the scene of violence on both sides and was forced to change her reporting. Some claimed that the Antifa rioters were simply defending themselves. Hard to justify that since many were from out of town and went to Charlottesville, as they do in other places like Ferguson Missouri, solely for the purpose of rioting.

Antifa counter protesters carrying semi-automatic weapons
at the riot in Charlottesville, Virginia  August 2017.
But they're the good guys right?
I suppose the irony of left wing fascists with guns demanding a ban on assault weapons is lost on the left.  Sadly, the incidences of left wing gun attacks and threats is rising rapidly. Last week we learned of the threats to shoot and kill Rep. Bob Goodlatte (R-VA) Chairman of the House Judiciary Committee by a left wing constituent who hates Trump. Since Trump took office dozens of GOP representatives have been similarly threatened. The issue takes on increased seriousness since the attempted massacre of Republican congressmen at baseball practice in Virginia last summer that left House Majority Whip Steve Scalise (R-LA) near death.

Permitting political speech, especially speech with which one might disagree, is a fundamental principle of American democracy. The First Amendment in the Bill of Rights of the U.S. Constitution guaranteeing free speech was put first for a reason. The Supreme Court has upheld the predominance of that right ever since.  But once again, the left seeks to silence speech with which they disagree. And not content to simply silence speech, they seek to use violence to get their way.  History teaches us that's not a path that ends well. But the left has declared war and it will be up to those who love liberty to defend the Constitution against such infringement on our rights. I prefer ballots over bullets but as we've seen the left rejects the results of elections they lose. Their violent impulses will have to be contained by the rule of law.  No doubt they will riot over that too!

Sunday, April 08, 2018

So Upset About Gun Violence, Another Trump Hating Lefty Threatens to Kill Republican Congressman

Perhaps we need a law that bans all Democrats from owning guns?

If you need further proof that it isn't the NRA, that is the problem (since NOT ONE of their members has ever committed mass murder) you might look at the example of Christopher Michael McGowan who sent a series of death threats via twitter to Republican Congressman Bob Goodlatte, Chairman of the House Judiciary Committee. In the wake of the attempted massacre of GOP Congressmen last year and the Democrat who used the hashtag #huntRepublicanCongressmen these threats have to be taken seriously.
In another tweet McGowan threatened: “Dear, any law enforcement agency. I am a veteran Army officer and am fully qualified and capable to kill. Should Trump fire Mueller illegally and @BobGoodlatte6 fail to impeach him I will consider Bob an enemy combatant and arrest him. If he resist I will kill him.”

You'll be glad to know the fool is now behind bars. But how many are left out there? McGowan's Twitter feed makes repeated references to the Parkland shooting. Could it be that he was so enraged by the media that whipped audiences into a frenzy of hate after those attacks that he would replicate them? Apparently, irony is lost on these fools.

Across the country dozens of GOP congressmen and women have had similar experiences. At what point do we hold Democrats and the media transmitting this hate accountable? No wonder so many REAL Americans are joining the NRA!

Friday, April 06, 2018

"I Am the Majority" of "Law Abiding" Citizens. North Carolina Man Lectures City Council on Folly of Gun Grabber Agenda

"We're going to keep our rights come hell or high water!"

This is fantastic. A must see:

Wow! There are millions of Americans who stood up and cheered when they heard this. Marc Robinson spoke for us in an eloquent, moving and passionate way. No teleprompter here, no written remarks, just words from the heart.

Robinson doesn't even own a gun yet he understands the gun control issue perfectly. And from his comments about turning criminals into victims and demonizing police I dare say he understands much more than gun rights. The man needs to run for U.S. Senate though I doubt he would want the job.

Now, how long will it be before the left wing haters verbally lynch him and tar and feather him with racial attacks?

Thursday, April 05, 2018

Left Wing Teaching Racism: 2nd Grader Asks Hispanic Mother "Are White People Better Than Me" After Getting White Privilege Flyer in School

Dividing children by race is despicable!

It's the 50th anniversary of the assassination of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. King's most famous words from his "I Have a Dream" speech are reprinted at right.  I wonder what Dr. King would think of the current left wing fascination with dividing people as young as eight years old by race?

Mother Amber Pabon was upset when her second grade son came home with a two sided flyer from the PTA based on extreme left wing "social justice" program to inculcate students and parents with their view of correct racial views.

Watch the video here.

Amber: "He's not looking at the color of your skin" but now he is!

Here's the racist propaganda her son received:

Brainwashing young children to think in racial terms and dividing a new generation of Americans by race is a new low even for the left.  But then, without a new generation of racially enraged supporters how will these left wing extremist organizations keep the money flowing?

Monday, April 02, 2018

Leftwing Fascist Darling Parkland Teen David Hogg Attacks Dying John McCain. Ironic Since McCain is Most Sympathetic to Dems Gun Grabber Agenda

McCain never met a Senate Democrat he didn't want to compromise with on gun legislation.  Attacking him reveals how bereft of experience, let alone common sense, the gun grabbing poster child has become!

So poorly informed. Do they not teach civics or history at Parkland High?
For years Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) has been an advocate of stronger gun control. The Washington Post editorial board even hailed McCain as a "sage voice on gun control" in 2013. His willingness to compromise on this and other issue with Democrats is well known.

McCain has drawn the ire of conservatives many times. I personally confronted McCain on his dual personality in a campaign stop in South Carolina in 2007.

Now McCain is likely dying of brain cancer and along comes David Hogg, the Parkland High School shooting survivor who has become a media darling of the left.  He can do no wrong and has been imbued with the same "absolute moral authority" that the left bestowed on anti-war activist Cindy Sheehan. Like Sheehan, Hogg's absolute moral authority is corrupting absolutely!

Attacking a dying man who is sympathetic to your goals is beyond stupid and just shows how untethered the left has become from common sense.

But then, we are not allowed to criticize Hogg. Though it's open season on any Parkland teen survivor who does not share Hogg's radical views. Just look at the slime tossed at Kyle Kashuv on CNN and MSNBC.

It appears that the goal of Hogg and the other gun grabbers is to make it more difficult, if not impossible, to find a reasonable political solution to the problem they purport to care about. Blaming Republicans like McCain, or the NRA is a sure way to make sure nothing gets done!

Monday, March 26, 2018

Another Domino in Axis of Evil Wobbling: Iran Currency Crashes on Fears of Trump Appointment of Hardliners Pompeo and Bolton

And if Obama's appeasement had not pumped up Iran's economy with $150 billion in cash, Iran might actually be ready to make a REAL deal with Trump!

For a host of reasons I'm pleased with the replacement of Tillerson by Pompeo at the State Department and McMaster by Bolton as National Security Advisor. Trump is finally getting the team he needs for a strong assertive American foreign policy with no apologies.

The new attitude embodied by these personnel changes is already bearing fruit with a harder line towards Russia and increasing sanctions in concert with our allies. Positive change in the situation with North Korea is also encouraging. And now Iran:
AFP - The Iranian rial fell to a record low on Monday, breaking through the 50,000-to-the-dollar mark for the first time as analysts blamed uncertainty from Washington.

The rial has lost around a quarter of its value in the past six months, hitting 50,860 against the US dollar, according to Financial Informing Network, a trusted Iranian website for open market currency rates.
Iranians were reacting to worrying news from the United States, where President Donald Trump this month appointed hardline anti-Iran figures Mike Pompeo and John Bolton to senior posts in his administration.

Many analysts believe Trump will pull out of the 2015 nuclear deal with Iran when it next comes up for renewal in May, bringing back crippling sanctions.
Another bright spot in the appointment of Bolton? The left hates him. That means he must be doing something right. And unlike the Obama appeasement/payoff policy towards Iran, a hardline U.S. outlook means war with Iran is LESS likely! 

Teen Anti-Gun March Literally Churned Out More Garbage Than Substance. This is the Teen Trash Revolution!

The sign that says "arms are for hugging" should be amended: Arms are for picking up your trash!

Well, the usual suspects on the left funded their big anti-gun, anti-NRA, anti-Trump show in Washington, DC on Saturday. The biggest thing to come out of the march was the mountain of garbage the teens who were bussed in by gun grabbers left behind:

Trashing the nation's capital and nearby monuments is the "revolution" this left wing bought and paid for astroturf achieved in DC.
To anyone who has ever lived in DC this march had all the trappings of every other major left wing production. Bussed in supporters, many pre-printed protest signs and a massive overstatement of crowd size. While the actual 200,000 marchers is impressive, the claim that there were actually 600,000 or 800,000 is just more proof that this is a bought and paid for propaganda product. Like global warming, if your cause is SO widely supported, why do you have to lie about it?

And isn't it odd that so many on the left who say they are motivated to save the planet always seem to trash the planet at every opportunity?

Real gun control won't come from marches sponsored by far left partisans. It will happen when the American people support common sense gun control and school security measures. Attacking the NRA, Trump or Republicans who do not share the far left gun grabbers agenda is a sure way to make sure NOTHING happens. Perhaps that's the goal here?

Wednesday, March 21, 2018

Civility Dem Style: Former VP Biden Would Have "Beat the Hell Out of Trump" in High School. What Message to Teens Already Traumatized by Gun Violence?

Next time a Democrat lectures the rest of us on civility just LAUGH at them!

How many times did Obama wag his finger in our face and tell us we need to watch what we say lest our words lead to violence. Perhaps he ought to have a word with Crazy Joe Biden:
Washington Times: Former Vice President Joe Biden boasted to a crowd of University of Miami students Tuesday that he would have “beat the hell out of” President Trump in high school.

Speaking during an anti-sexual assault rally at the private university in Coral Gables, the Democrat mentioned Mr. Trump’s infamous “Access Hollywood” recording that captured the real estate mogul talking in 2005 about being able to get away with groping women because of his fame.

“A guy who ended up becoming our national leader said, ‘I can grab a woman anywhere and she likes it,’” Mr. Biden told the crowd. “They asked me if I’d like to debate this gentleman, and I said ‘no.’ I said, ‘If we were in high school, I’d take him behind the gym and beat the hell out of him.’

“I’ve been in a lot of locker rooms my whole life,” he continued. “I’m a pretty damn good athlete. Any guy that talked that way was usually the fattest, ugliest S.O.B. in the room.”
In an era where Democrats are so inspired by violent rhetoric to actually take up guns and attempt to assassinate Republicans, do we really need a former Vice President suggesting that violence is the answer?

But as we've seen so many times before Democrats get a free pass where violent rhetoric is concerned. Whether it's tweeting #huntrepublicancongressmen or Obama telling Hispanics to "punish enemies" or "bring a gun to a knife fight" or more specifically Hillary saying she would "strangle" Carly Fiorina.

But then we have Obama saying "all decent folks can agree, that the remarks that were made don’t have any place in the public discourse," when Rush Limbaugh likened birth control activist Sandra Fluke to a prostitute.

Once again, Crazy Joe shows that it's OK to say the most vile, hateful and violent things about Republicans. But God help the Republican who dares to return the favor!

P.S. Biden Family Corruption.  Can someone explain to me how Hunter Biden, Joe's son, is suddenly making billion dollar deals with the Chinese after his father became Vice President?  I wonder what a Special Prosecutor would make of that?

UPDATE: Trump responds

No doubt the Trump haters who gave Biden a wink and a nod will be outraged at Trump's response. Civility, it's just a one way street with snowflakes directing traffic!

Saturday, March 17, 2018

Someone Please Check w/ Parkland Shooting Survivors 'Cause Suddenly It's OK for Dems to Like Assault Rifles and Oppose Banning?

Or is this just another admission that the only principle Democrats care about is the acquisition of power?

No need for more gun laws. Lamb: ""I believe we have a pretty good law on the books."
Readers will remember when Parkland school shooting survivor and media darling Jeff Kasky told Florida Senator Republican Marco Rubio in that CNN world wrestling style "townhall" that "it’s hard to look at you and not look down a barrel of an AR-15." Can you imagine that weeks later Democrats would be celebrating the victory of Connor Lamb in the special congressional election in Pennsylvania after Lamb posted a campaign ad proudly showing him firing his AR-15 assault rifle with the announcer saying Lamb "still loves to shoot." Lamb is on record opposing tighter restrictions on guns and a ban on assault rifles. Lamb even campaigned at a gun show. He might as well be the poster boy for the NRA.

Imagine what the reaction would be if Lamb were a Republican. CNN would charter a plane and fly the Parkland survivors up to the district to question why Lamb wants to see children dead. But Lamb is a Democrat so I guess assault rifles are OK. At least in the state that Obama once mocked for clinging to their guns and religion. But who the heck cares if school kids die as long as Dems retake the House of Representatives right? I don't think I'm going too far out on a limb to suggest that many Dems would see that as a worthy sacrifice!

Here's how top Democrats describe officials with Lamb's views:
Rep. Nancy Pelosi has declared that someone with Lamb's views on guns is nothing more than a "wholly-owned subsidiary of the NRA." Sen. Charles Schumer said at one of the student protests on Wednesday anyone with Lamb's views is in "the viselike grip of the NRA."

According to Sen. Diane Feinstein, Lamb's positions, including his opposition to banning the AR-15, aren't just misguided, they are "dangerously wrong"

Rep. Elizabeth Esty said that the focus on mental health over gun control "shows either a fundamental lack of understanding or incredible unwillingness to face reality." To Sen. Richard Blumenthal, it's just "an excuse for inaction."

By late night talk show host Jimmy Kimmel's definition, Lamb is one of those "crazies" on guns.
But never mind all that now....

To all the kids who took a day off school to protest for stronger gun laws just remember how convenient Democrats find their support for the gun grabbing agenda. They're only for it when it helps them win. They care as much about solving that problem as they do a fix for the so-called "dreamer" illegal immigrants.  It's a political football and the kids are nothing but pawns.

But the schism with the Democrat mind meld goes much further than guns. Lamb opposes Dem calls for a nationwide $15 minimum wage. And natural gas fracking, a big bugaboo of the irrational environmental left is just fine with Lamb. To top that off he's a Roman Catholic who is personally pro life. Show Dracula the cross!

But none of that really matters does it?  With Democrats it's about power, not policy.  The muted reaction to Lamb's glaring heresy with Democrat orthodoxy reminds me of the first days of the Bill Clinton Administration. Just before Clinton's inaugural the military was rehearsing a flyover for the big event. A Clintonista was overheard objecting to the military but was corrected by a more senior official who whispered "those are OUR planes now."  So Lamb can keep his guns.  As long as he's a Democrat he can shoot all he wants!

Thursday, March 15, 2018

With New Russian Sanctions and "Unprecedented" U.S., German, French and British Response to Russian Provocations Will Trump Haters Now Conceded He's Not Putin's Puppet Or Will They Attack Trump for Going Too Far to Counter Russia?

My bet is on the latter since the left has always had a soft spot for Russians!

When President Reagan called the Soviet Union was an "evil empire" and announced that the United States, in agreement with our allies, would be putting intermediate range nuclear missiles in Europe to counter earlier Soviet moves the left went bonkers. They said Reagan was a warmonger who would start World War III and they played directly into Soviet plans by fighting Reagan every step of the way.

Then comes Trump who was initially seen as ambivalent, if not soft, on the Russians and suddenly the left changed it's tune. Some, like Karen Tumulty at the Washington Post wrote that Russia's inept attempt to interfere in U.S. elections was "an act of war nonetheless, a sneak attack using 21st-century methods." Right up there with Pearl Harbor.

While it's heartening to see some on the left suddenly take the threat from Russia seriously I wonder how many of those currently fretting over Russia laughed with Obama at Romney when in a presidential debate Obama declared that concern over Russia was an 80's thing. Obama sneered that "the 1980's are calling to ask for their foreign policy back."

We are told by those who have suddenly become cold warriors that President Trump is "Putin's Puppet" but the evidence would suggest that title belongs to Obama. Least of all because of his hot mic comment to Russian President Medvedev to "tell Vladimir I'll have more flexibility after the [2012] election." Perhaps some of the newly minted Russophobes would like to share that video with Special Prosecutor Mueller. Smacks of collusion to me!

Which brings us back to today. The Trump Administration announced tough new sanctions on Russia for cyber attacks. Associated Press reports:
AP:U.S. national security officials said the FBI, Department of Homeland Security and intelligence agencies had determined that Russian intelligence and others were behind a broad range of cyberattacks beginning a year ago that have infiltrated the energy, nuclear, commercial, water, aviation and manufacturing sectors.
The accusations and accompanying Russian sanctions were the most severe yet by the Trump administration in connection with hacking and other efforts to sow discord in America’s democracy and compromise its infrastructure.
If Trump was Putin's Puppet would the Kremlin really be playing dirty like that?

Trump joined with key European allies the United Kingdom, France and Germany in what the Sun newspaper called an "unprecedented" joint response to the nerve agent attack in the United Kingdom.
Statement from the United States, France, Germany, and the United Kingdom on the Attack in Salisbury
The White House
March 15, 2018

We, the leaders of France, Germany, the United States and the United Kingdom, abhor the attack that took place against Sergei and Yulia Skripal in Salisbury, United Kingdom, on March 4, 2018. A British police officer who was also exposed in the attack remains seriously ill, and the lives of many innocent British citizens have been threatened. We express our sympathies to them all, and our admiration for the United Kingdom police and emergency services for their courageous response. This use of a military-grade nerve agent, of a type developed by Russia, constitutes the first offensive use of a nerve agent in Europe since the Second World War. It is an assault on the United Kingdom’s sovereignty and any such use by a state party is a clear violation of the Chemical Weapons Convention and a breach of international law. It threatens the security of us all. The United Kingdom thoroughly briefed its allies that it was highly likely that Russia was responsible for the attack. We share the United Kingdom’s assessment that there is no plausible alternative explanation, and note that Russia´s failure to address the legitimate request by the government of the United Kingdom further underlines Russia’s responsibility. We call on Russia to address all questions related to the attack in Salisbury. Russia should, in particular, provide full and complete disclosure of the Novichok program to the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW). Our concerns are also heightened against the background of a pattern of earlier irresponsible Russian behavior. We call on Russia to live up to its responsibilities as a member of the U.N. Security Council to uphold international peace and security.
U.S. cooperation with our allies in countering Russian aggression. Just how long will it be before the Trump haters take Russia's side?

Tuesday, March 13, 2018

Trump Fires Sec. State Tillerson and Shuffles CIA/State Top Jobs. More Proof that Trump Will Make HIS Mark on U.S. Foreign Policy

Hopefully Pompeo will do a better job at draining the swamp at State!

President Trump announced the firing of Secretary of State Tillerson  Tuesday morning in a tweet. The move had been planned for months but the timing was right as it was clear Tillerson, who wanted to keep the job according to a Washington Post report, was out of the loop on Trump's plan for steel tariffs and meeting with North Korea.

Pompeo is said to have a good personal relationship with Trump. The two meet frequently with Pompeo delivering the CIA's morning briefing in person on a number of occasions.

Unlike Tillerson, Pompeo is not seen as part of the Washington establishment and it's hoped he would take a more active role in draining the swamp at the State Department which has always been a perennial problem for any Republican president.

Staff Turnover Concern?

The predictable media narrative will be that this is another sign of chaos in the Trump Administration.  There have been a number of high profile exits recently and since Trump took office. My view is different. Trump is not the usual establishment type President. He needs a staff that works they way he wants it to and there were bound to be growing pains.  Much better to have turnover that leads to a more effective Administration than one which keeps the wrong people in jobs to avoid negative comment if they were to leave.

And those who express concern about maintaining people in these key posts might ask Democrats in the U.S. Senate why they continue to block Trump nominees?

After Blaming Election Loss on White Women Who Listen to Husbands, Hillary Needs TWO Men (Neither of them Bill) to Keep Her from Falling in India

A graphic reminder why we are better off with a strong leader like Trump. I can't imagine what the world would make of this if Hillary were President!

Hillary had another embarrassing episode in a trip to India. Then she almost fell down the stairs.

The embarrassing bit was when she blamed her election loss on white women who listen to their husbands. She only listened to Bill when it came time to avoid indictment.

And later, with TWO men alongside her, she almost fell down the stairs. Twice!

Of course this episode wasn't nearly as bad as her fainting spell at a 9/11 memorial event in New York City during the campaign where she actually had to be pushed into a van face first.

The world's media may not like Trump but imagine what they would do to Hillary!

Friday, March 09, 2018

Will Trump's Daring North Korea Gambit Silence Critics and Produce Results

It stands a good chance if Trump remembers two of Reagan's dictums: 1. Peace through strength and 2. Trust but verify!

In a surprise announcement Thursday evening the South Korean National Security Advisor gave Trump credit for bringing North Korea to the negotiating table:
CHUNG:...I explained to President Trump that his leadership and his maximum pressure policy, together with international solidarity, brought us to this juncture. I expressed President Moon Jae-in’s personal gratitude for President Trump’s leadership.

I told President Trump that, in our meeting, North Korean leader Kim Jong-un said he is committed to denuclearization. Kim pledged that North Korea will refrain from any further nuclear or missile tests. He understands that the routine joint military exercises between the Republic of Korea and the United States must continue. And he expressed his eagerness to meet President Trump as soon as possible.

President Trump appreciated the briefing and said he would meet Kim Jong-un by May to achieve permanent denuclearization.
The Republic of Korea, the United States, and our partners stand together in insisting that we not repeat the mistakes of the past, and that the pressure will continue until North Korea matches its words with concrete actions.
That last parapgraph deserves special attention. The last thing the world needs is another empty agreement made solely so the occupant of the White House can play Neville Chamberlain and declare "peace in our time" as Obama did with the utterly feckless totally lopsided Iranian deal.

It's Trump's chance to prove his critics wrong and show what he's made of. This is an incredible opportunity for him to demonstrate his "art of the deal" skills on the world stage. Unlike Obama Trump will have to resist the overwhelming temptation to be popular by signing a deal that is just for show and not results. There is every indication that he understands what is at stake.

Trump will need help from other foreign leaders to make any deal a meaningful reality. One ace up his sleeve is his close personal relationship with Prime Minister Shinzo Abe of Japan who was the first world leader to come to Trump Tower after the President's election to congratulate him. Abe is already on board with negotiations and obviously the South Korean leader is as well.

What about China? No deal will work without their help. On the surface relations between Trump and Chinese President Xi Jinping are excellent. The Chinese gave Trump a royal welcome during his visit to Beijing and Trump reciprocated with a very personal touch by having his granddaughter Arabella sing in Mandarin for the Chinese leader via video.

Meanwhile, after months of criticizing Trump for his bellicose language in response to North Korea's nuclear provocations, elements of the left wing wing media are stunned into admiration. CNN’s Erin Burnett said “That is incredible thing and I don't think there’s anybody watching this or any expert on Korea who expected that response at this time, pretty stunning.” Burnett added "If President Trump can truly solve this problem, that would be going down as a great President and there’s no way around that. That is the reality here." Not all Trump critics were excited. Many of the usual Obama sycophants showed up to suggest that if Obama couldn't do it then Trump couldn't either. But then, do we need to listen to them? They still think the Iranian nuke deal advanced the cause of peace!

I would agree with the Obamaites on one thing: making surprising announcements is great but actually improving a situation is more difficult. And since Trump is fully aware of the mistakes Obama made in that regard he won't repeat them. Still, a meeting between Trump and Kim will be big political theater and Trump can't help but come out on top!

Thursday, March 08, 2018

Report Shows Massive Russian Interference in U.S. Energy Policy. Where's the Dem Outrage? Where's the Special Prosecutor to Investigate Obama's Collusion with Putin?

Unlike the phony Trump Russia claims, there IS evidence that Obama did Putin's bidding to America's disadvantage!

Obama played into Putin's hands. Shouldn't the sign read
"stop the pipeline or the RUSSIANS will?"
Remember all the years Obama sat on approval of the Keystone pipeline despite the fact that his own State Department repeatedly found no adverse environmental impact?  Guess which world leader cheered him on and did his best to encourage opposition behind the scenes?  If you guessed Vladimir Putin you would be right. Putin used Russian social media trolling to oppose Keystone, or ANY U.S. fossil fuel development in the same way they are alleged to interfere in the U.S. election.

While the media focuses endlessly on the most minute speculation, without a shred of evidence, of Trump Russia collusion in the election, this report from the House of Representatives is almost totally ignored:

And Putin's trolls aren't just posting environmental propaganda on social media, they are PAYING U.S. environmental groups to oppose U.S. fossil fuel development. Can you imagine the coverage on CNN or MSNBC if it were CREDIBLY alleged that Trump allies were taking millions from Putin?  Yet hardly a peep when left wing groups are on the Putin payroll.

We have a Special Counsel investigating Trump without a shred of evidence of any collusion with Russia. Using that same standard, shouldn't we also investigate Obama's ties to Putin and how Obama warped U.S. energy policy to please Putin?  Maybe that was what this was about?

Don't the American people have the right to know if Obama was Putin's puppet?
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