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" The June 3, 2016, email sent to Donald Trump Jr. could hardly have been more explicit: One of his fatherâ€™s former Russian business partners had been contacted by a senior Russian government official and was offering to provide the Trump campaign with dirt on Hillary Clinton.
The documents â€œwould incriminate Hillary and her dealings with Russia and would be very useful to your father,â€� read the email, written by a trusted intermediary, who added, â€œThis is obviously very high level and sensitive information but is part of Russia and its governmentâ€™s support for Mr. Trump.
If the future presidentâ€™s elder son was surprised or disturbed by the provenance of the promised material â€” or the notion that it was part of an ongoing effort by the Russian government to aid his fatherâ€™s campaign â€” he gave no indication.
He replied within minutes: â€œIf itâ€™s what you say I love it especially later in the summer.â€�
Four days later, after a flurry of emails, the intermediary wrote back, proposing a meeting in New York on Thursday with a â€œRussian government attorney.â€� "
In the meantime, in my judgement, best to oppose Trump on policy.
That's what voters care about. If not, he'll be re-elected.
The DNC continues to self-destruct on Russiagate.
Saudi Arabia, Israel, Ukraine are relationships more pernicious.
Opposition research is de rigueur, competitively obligatory, whereas the status of traitor requires really HARD evidence and imprisonment.
The comparison of the DNC's backing of the Steele Dossier to their Trump-Russia shenanigans is telling.
It's easier to oppose Trump based on Russian relations than it is to oppose him on policy because
- in my judgment-
the DNC's donor base does not, in principle, disagree with Trumps' policies.
But the DNC's popular base does.
Thanks for the tip. I hadn't seen it until now. Clever!...
I can't speak for the donor base; I only donated to Bernie Sanders. I think the Democrats are united in opposition to Trump policy, but haven't yet come together over a solution to health care. There are two wings within the party, those who feel like we should improve the ACA, and others who say it is time to act on single payer.
But I'm not seeing much in the way of support for Trump/GOP policy from the Dems. Am I missing something?
There are several other crimes to be considered before even discussing treason. Obstruction of justice, perjury, violation of the emoluments clause, plus all of the cabinet and family members who are either lying or suffering from amnesia, will all be on the back burner while the GOP attempts to push through their tax cut for the wealthiest impersonating health care.
I might call the differences between he Repubs and Dems an argument over "the narcicissim of minor differences."
But then if the Repubs pass their health care tax cut slight of hand you would say to me, "Well - do you think that is a minor difference?"
I would have to get back and say no - your win.
and yet, the Dems are just as formally wed to Big Pharma and Big Insurance as McConnel and Ryan.
They are just as wed to NATO, the American Arms industry and international relations as force projection as are McMasters and Mattis.
The Dems have no challenge to Global Finance,
which makes me suspect that they are only paying lip service to the Climate and are wed to the continual extraction of fossil fuels as Rex. Obama pumped a lot of oil.
But consider the source:
I thought Reagan was an unelectable hypocrite.
Then I thought the country could not elect anyone to the right of him.
I thought WJC was a good deal and then he signed Welfare Reform, and repealed Glass-Steagall with Phil Gramm.
I thought George Bush was unelectable.
I was convinced he could not be re-elected.
I was really surprised when Obama dumped his campaign economic team and replaced them with Geithner and Summers.
I was convinced Trump could not be elected:
therefore I was one of 624 people in the ENTIRE state of North Carolina who voted Green.
...I may be the one who is missing something.
More lying bs out of the administration:
http://www.politifact.com/punditfact/st ... y-trump-t/
Does it get any better/worse than this quote?:
http://nymag.com/daily/intelligencer/20 ... acker.html
Not millions, rather... https://youtu.be/iZgWzz5TG8g
Sounds to him like this meeting with Trump Jr. is more involved than a mere
'oppositional research' meeting.
May be so indeed.
Nevertheless, here is the crux of my issue with all this:
People, "respectable" people keep saying things like:
"Russia is our adversary"
... and people talk like the problem with Trump is to so much Trump, but rather the fact that he is meeting with our adversary.
I think it's dead wrong to think of Russia and Putin as our adversary.
...agree - disagree?
The whole thing is more Michael Corleone than Josef Stalin...
Name a country that is not a plutocracy. The rich get their way, here as well as everywhere else. It has been that way since the invention of wealth. The difference between the US and other countries is that we have a strong middle class, a bulwark that keeps excess in check. Unfortunately, that seems to be fading, to our eventual (and probably belated) chagrin. The absolute decimation of the middle class would eventuate with our descent into Socialism. Bernie Sanders, whose incompetency and arrested development would add a layer of befuddlement to government, would have been the true harbinger of collapse. Hillary just a noisome interlude.
Russia is a mess, no doubt, and just about anyone other than Putin in charge would be an improvement, but it is not an adversary. That Russia's Democracy is not of any real value should not be the metric by which we evaluate our relationship. China isn't a Jeffersonian wet dream either, nor is anything south of Texas. Allowing countries to decide for themselves would be wiser than trying to impose our standards on countries like Russia, which has never had anything resembling Democracy in its entire history.
https://www.google.com/amp/s/amp.busine ... ing-2017-7
Another unrelated(?) but disturbing poll result:
http://www.npr.org/sections/thetwo-way/ ... urvey-says