How did the party of Ronald Reagan’s moral clarity morph into that of Donald Trump’s moral vacuity? Russia’s intelligence operatives are among the world’s best. I believe they made a keen study of the American political scene and realized that, during the Obama years, the conservative movement had become ripe for manipulation.
Long gone was its principled opposition to the “evil empire.”
What was left was an intellectually and morally desiccated carcass populated by con artists, opportunists, entertainers and grifters operating massively profitable book publishers, radio empires, websites, and a TV network whose stock-in-trade are not ideas but resentments.
If a political officer at the Russian Embassy in Washington visited the zoo that is the annual Conservative Political Action Conference, they’d see a “movement” that embraces a ludicrous performance artist like Milo Yiannopoulos as some sort of intellectual heavyweight.
When conservative bloggers are willing to accept hundreds of thousands of dollars from Malaysia’s authoritarian government to launch a smear campaign against a democratic opposition leader they know nothing about, how much of a jump is it to line up and defend what at the very least was attempted collusion on the part of a brain-dead dauphin like Donald Trump Jr.?
Today the Virginia Bar Association sponsored a debate between Senatorial candidates Tim Kaine, Democrat, incumbent) and Confederate Corey Stewart (Republican, challenger). Stewart has his head up Donald Trump’s ass so far he can’t see daylight.
During the debate, Stewart claimed Trump “stood up to Putin.” The audience roared with laughter and some folks were seen rolling in the aisles with their sides splitting in laughter.
If Trump’s spectacle with Russia needed a sideshow, here it is: Jared Kushner has been dodging a court summons. According to Politico a court filing on July 17 claims that Kushner has avoided the service of a subpoena at least six times since June. The complaint is the most recent development in the Democratic National Committee’s lawsuit claiming Trump’s presidential campaign conspired with Russia in 2016 at the expense of Hillary Clinton.
The court filing said court documents were sent three times to Kushner’s Manhattan apartment but were refused, they were sent to Kushner’s Washington home, where Secret Service agents told the process server to “You’re going to need to find another way to serve that” and then DNC lawyers tried to send the court documents by certified mail. They were returned to sender.
This is about as mature as closing your eyes, plugging your ears and then saying it doesn’t exist.
After the story broke, and a New York federal judge said formal delivery of a lawsuit isn’t a “game”. This finally provoked Kushner’s lawyer, Abbe Lowell to accept service of the DNC’s complaint on July 18.
In its filing, the DNC said it served all the defendants in their lawsuit. These include the Trump Campaign, Donald Trump Jr., Roger Stone, George Papadopoulos, Paul Manafort, Richard Gates and Emin Agalarov. The DNC suit also names foreign defendants including Russia, WikiLeaks and Julian Assange.
If you are still under the illusion that the Tea Party is not a white supremacist crowd, this should remove all doubt. The “League of the South” and the Tea Party run hand-in-hand.
An Alabama organization designated as a white supremacist hate group by the Anti-Defamation League (ADL) is launching a Russian-language page calling on Russia and the American South to become allies.
A letter posted to the League of the South’s website first reported by AL.com spoke of natural similarities between Russian culture and the conservative southerners.
“As fellow Whites of northern European extraction, we come from the same general gene pool. As inheritors of the European cultural tradition, we share similar values, customs, and ways of life. And as Christians, we worship the same Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, and our common faith binds us as brothers and sisters,” the group’s leader Michael Hill wrote.
Hill’s letter continued that the site’s Russian-language page would be the “first step” toward building “[a] firm and resolute understanding and commitment to cooperation between the Russian people and the people of the South [that] could indeed be the foundation for a better world in which our peoples thrive and prosper far into the future.”
First, the background. One of Virginia’s US Senators, Tim Kaine, is up for re-election in November 2018. His Republican opponent is Corey Stewart. Stewart, from Minnesota, moved to Virginia years ago and has served as chair of the Prince William County Board of Supervisors for some time. Stewart is a closet Klansman. He associates with known white supremacists and Nazis. He opposes all efforts to remove Confederate statues and rename schools that are named for Confederate heroes.
On another matter — Confederate Corey is now claiming that a New York Times reporter broke into the apartment where one of his staffers lives. IN FACT, the NYT reporter is an older lady who went to the apartment, knocked on the door, found it open, stuck her head in and called out “Anyone home?” One of the staffer’s roommates heard her, went to see who was at the door; the reporter left a note with the roommate asking the staffer to call her. Meanwhile, Stewart and his supporters are claiming “breaking and entering” — bullshit.