First, the latest antics regarding the emails...
Putin was not behind the DNC email hack. Julian Assange who posted them on Wikileaks has made that clear. He plays his cards close wishing to protect the identity of the leaker, but is adamant the leak source was not from Russia. On a recent newscast Margaret Brennan of CBS made sure to point out that Assange is anti-Clinton and then just left it there. Basically it was a line to discredit Assange.
Well, Assange is also anti-Trump and anti-Putin. But the Establishment media's Brennan didn't bother to point that out. The Left dislikes the American Establishment's demonisation of Putin as a mask for their imperialism, but at the same time they are quite hostile to Putin's form of government and vision for society.
The CBS choice of Putin pictures were also very deliberate showing him looking imperial as he comes through the grandiose doors within the Kremlin as he's preparing to give a speech... guards opening the doors for him. You could almost hear 'Imperial March' from Star Wars in the background.
The whole DNC narrative regarding Trump and Putin is somewhat silly and without foundation. The US backed oligarchs and underworld figures are the very people Putin has moved against and at this point are mostly in exile. That said, he is indeed dirty and has many dubious connections. At this point he's in good company with some of the most powerful figures in the US Establishment including members of the Bush and Clinton families.
I am not convinced of the flimsy ties that some have attempted to bind between Trump and some of these Russian figures. Interestingly the media continues to ignore his long friendship and mentorship under Roy Cohn who was definitely tied to the American Mafia. The reporting on Russia is so slanted and dishonest, if not hysterical it's hard to take any of it seriously. The idea that America would point at anyone else and accuse them of meddling in elections just beggars belief. The United States more than any other nation in history has meddled in the elections and affairs of other nations. It is the most anti-democratic nation of the modern 'democratic' era. Outside its borders the US is actively against democracy and freedom.
Does Putin prefer Trump? Of course. Trump is a buffoon who understands nothing and doesn't want to learn either. His Nativist policies will bring down the US Empire and take the pressure off Moscow and its allies. It's not a matter of supporting Trump. He's quite dangerous and a Trump administration will lead to other global and geopolitical problems. But in terms of the immediate pressure, a Trump presidency could be a positive from Russia's standpoint. A US in turmoil is a US that can't viably threaten Russia or continue to encircle it.
I find it hard to believe the US Establishment will actually let Trump break-up NATO... which is what would happen were he to actually implement the ideas reflected by his rhetoric. He's either going to get straightened out or eliminated.
Who did it? Who leaked the DNC emails? It could be hackers, but more likely it's someone within the DNC apparatus, probably a disgruntled Sanders supporter who wanted to expose the hypocrisy and cronyism at work within the DNC.
Personally I am more shocked that anyone is shocked by the revelations that the DNC was always angling for Clinton. Is anyone really that naive?
The political parties are anti-democratic to the core. They have no interest in subjecting themselves to the whims of voters. Are you kidding?
The Clinton campaign is trying to spin this story. Wasserman-Schultz stayed loyal to Hilary and is now being rewarded. That shows you what type of person Hilary Clinton is. She doesn't care what Wasserman-Schultz did. She's more concerned about personal loyalty and has no qualms about rewarding criminality or people that subvert the political process.
Trump, like a drunk sitting on a barstool just runs his mouth and decides (probably off the cuff) to invoke Russia and encourages them to hack Clinton's emails.
By appealing to Russia he has crossed a line. No doubt he spoke somewhat in jest. Nevertheless he has destroyed what was left of his credibility... not just as a viable and serious candidate but as a patriotic leader.
In typical and cynical fashion his campaign tries to spin the mistake and sends Pence out to threaten Russia regarding any meddling, a lame if desperate attempt to deflect the mistake.
This rhetoric is that of the disloyal scoundrel, the self-seeker, the power-mad. This is not the language of someone who actually wants to represent the country as a whole. I say this as someone who does not intend to vote, who has no stake in the system other than I wish for Babylon to avoid chaos. Hillary will continue the policies of theft and war as the DNC convention is making all too clear. The militarism and bellicosity is somewhat stunning. The Democrats are running a Right-wing campaign.
Trump will bring unprecedented chaos which will certainly result in theft and war.
Either way we'll get more theft and war. That's what the US has been about since the beginning.
You almost can't take this in. Trump has called on Russia to hack Hillary's server. If this took place in a novel or movie it would be written off as absurd. No credible candidate would ever do such a thing.
That time is past.
I noticed a lot of confusion over this yesterday as some commentators were conflating the Hillary emails with the DNC emails. They're not the same thing. The Hillary emails are of course related to her tenure as Secretary of State.
Trump is literally calling on a foreign government to commit espionage against the US in order to destroy a rival presidential candidate.
This is beyond the pale, beyond anything the US political machine has ever seen. Any other presidential candidate prior to 2016 would be done.
The Trump campaign is trying to spin it as no big deal, an expression, a figure of speech etc...
Nevertheless the statement demonstrates gross if not wanton irresponsibility and a lack of gravitas and sobriety. These traits already characteristic of Trump have just entered a new phase.
It is beyond ironic that those who support Trump and wish to 'make America great' will with his election decimate American prestige and are guaranteed to weaken its power abroad and stability at home. The very system he has critiqued is the system that he has profited from and very nicely at that.
There's a greater danger with Trump and his movement. The most disturbing aspect of the RNC was the way in which the political opposition is quite literally dehumanised and ultimately demonised.
The leadership may be mostly joking, but the people on the floor are not. They're calling for the opposition to be jailed and destroyed. No compromise. The Democrats are viewed as demonic and evil.
This is rhetoric that will only lead to a breakdown of society, violence and ultimately civil war.
Hilary and her crew are indeed an evil lot, but the demonism is most apparent in the false prophets of Christo-Americanism, figures like Ben Carson who are quite literally fomenting violence. They're slippery, so they will deny this, but that's the end result and consequence of their words and the emotions they are trying to stir up.
You don't work with demons. You vanquish them. The idea of a political process is all but over. Hilary is undoubtedly a criminal. I can't think of a Secretary of State or US president who isn't. I speak both in terms of morality and the legal framework of the Constitution. But of course once you start down that road, where does it stop? Civil War is the only possibly outcome.
But the RNC is laying the groundwork for civil violence and the breakdown of society. If the opposition is evil and criminal, then you can only fight and that's the message many are receiving.
In so many ways, this country is doomed.
People have forgotten the instability and violence of the late 1960s and early 1970s. We're nowhere near that point, but I'll say this... we're getting closer. And, things happen a lot faster today. Technology and the nature of news play no small role in that. We may find ourselves moving back into such a scenario in the near future.
If you want to learn more about that period I recommend:
The author is not sympathetic but is reasonably fair in his treatment.