Russia Scandal -- Predictions about its impact on the future of the GOP in 2018

  • I wanted a new thread on which we can record – and remember – our discussions about the Russia scandal. I’ve been accused before, by some who frequent this place, of living in a “leftist fantasyland”, which is far from the truth, since I’m neither a leftist nor a fantasist. This topic should prove that.

    First, let’s assume the obvious: The Trump campaign knew Russia was acting criminally to help them and covered for them at every turn. The nooses around their necks get tighter with every new daily revelation. As of right now, there are 31 documented meetings between members of the Trump campaign and representatives of the Russian state. Trump’s first campaign manager, Paul Manafort, has already been indicted for conspiracy, money laundering and other charges. He was placed under house arrest because he is viewed as a serious flight risk; he was last week denied permission by a judge to attend a New Year’s Eve party.

    There will be many, many others like him.

    So I’ll start with the predictions. Originally, after the election, I’d said that Trump would be run out of office like a horse thief in 2019. After everything I’ve read, I’m moving it up; it’ll be this year, in 2018. But the biggest surprise will be the staggering number of GOP politicians and assorted personalities who are going to be swept up in Mueller’s indictments. We already know Manafort, Gates, Papadopolous, and Flynn. I’ve heard somewhere between 60 to 100 such indictments are currently waiting, sealed, in various courthouses, including EDVA and DC federal courthouses and contain a list of many famous Republican names that you will recognize, including people like Rudy Giuliani, Sean Hannity, and approximately 30 current GOP congressmen. Bernie Sanders is also involved – paid by Russia to sow discord in Hilary Clinton’s party – and will probably resign as a result. In short, most of the Republican leadership will be caught with their hands in the cookie jar, and will be shown the door, and possibly put into prison.

    But the question is, what exactly will Trump himself be charged with? The slam-dunk would be obstruction of justice, since that’s easy to prove. If they want to nail him on money-laundering, NYAG Schneiderman apparently already has a indictment with Trump’s name on it. (Trump has been informed of this. It is currently being used as a stick to keep him in line with regard to Mueller.) Or Mueller could go the whole nine yards and charge both Trump and Pence with treason, to which Flynn is chief witness.

    I’ve heard recently that charging him with treason is Mueller’s game plan, but we’ll see.

    My prediction: Trump will resign (he will not be impeached), and will attribute it to health reasons. That makes sense, since he’s suffering from mid-stage dementia and is certifiably delusional at this point. But that will be a convenient cover for the fact that his ass is going to be handed to him, politically and economically. His business empire will eventually be hit with RICO charges and will – years from now, after he’s dead, and after the lawyers have had their day – be sold for pennies on the dollar. Pence will also be removed from office because of his knowledge of Michael Flynn’s treasonous activities during the transition. Paul Ryan will step down, because there is audio evidence of him accepting money from Russians. And Rex Tillerson is also apparently under investigation; let’s not forget he was given an “Order of Friendship” by Putin. All of these people will likely be removed or be forced to step down. Therefore, the next president could very well be Orrin Hatch, who is 83 years old, and I imagine would likely step aside.

    So we come to my prediction: We could be looking at President Mattis (currently Secretary of Defense). I know it’s way out there but this is where it all seems to be headed. He’s stable, he’s a patriot (unlike the rest of the Cabinet), and he’s very effective. He could be exactly what we need after the chaos that Dear Leader Cheetolini the Orange has inflicted upon this country.

    The bigger question is… what becomes of the GOP as a result? This will be the biggest political scandal in US history. My prediction: If the economy holds, the GOP becomes a small regional party, and one much further to the right than the traditional GOP. This will open the center-right to a new Eisenhower style party of fiscal responsibility. However, if the economy doesn’t hold, and the robot revolution really does claim 15 to 30 million jobs in the next decade or so, and we enter a new era of haves v have-nots, well, then you’ll see a radical form of politics emerge – like what Trump has pioneered – except with much more cunning and intelligent politicians doing the demagoguery, and with far less criminal baggage.

    There’s a lot more to say, but I’ll stop it there. I’m curious to hear everybody’s opinions on the matter.

  • People accuse you of being a “leftist” because you clearly have a very serious mad-on for the GOP when literally no one else on this forum cares about the whole political party vs. party bullshit. You are the only one who continues to bring up Democrats and Republicans, left and right. You also regularly espouse pro-leftist political views – which is totally your prerogative – it just doesn’t make much sense for you to keep saying “I’m not a leftist” or whatever over and over again when no one else really gives a crap, and all you do is make these outrageous statements about how the entire GOP is going to be destroyed.

    In fact, it makes seem like you are pretending to be something you are not just to advance your agenda. You claim to not be a leftist but then spout a bunch of leftist talking points and bash the GOP team, while completely ignoring all the evidence that there is corruption all throughout Washington D.C., and that it is not limited to one side of the aisle or the other.

    The “fantasyland” part comes from you continuing, over and over again, to make these accusations about what you think is true by either heavily exaggerating what has currently been proven to be true, or with absolutely no factual backing whatsoever.

    You make these “as we all know” kind of statements that no one but committed leftists and the Huffington Post faithful believe. That kind of “assuming the sale” method of argument is only persuasive if you are speaking to blue pill pussies who care more about what people think of them than facts and evidence.

    No one here is weak-minded enough to believe Trump is Satan just because you call him names or whatever.

    Maybe you have some super-secret inside information from your friend-of-a-friend who is a bigwig in some back room smoking cigars or whatever. Maybe Trump has done a bunch of bad shit, and maybe they will find some evidence of that and make him resign. But this whole shtick of acting like the first domino has just fallen that will lead to some kind of political apocalypse is just tired and played out.

    You really seem to have lost touch with reality on this shit. You’ve totally been sucked into the “us versus them” sportsball aspect of this political stuff, and you seem to have lost your ability to look at it with any reason, rationality or objectivity.

    You really need to take a step back, take a deep breath, and let go of all this shit before it eats you up.

  • Jammy, I don’t think it’s so much that you’ve been “accused” of leftist leanings, you have engaged your keyboard sufficiently at this point to remove all doubt for the rest of us. You have repeatedly written comments that affirm you believe the following:

    1. This nation is so rich that government theft of private property for redistribution to the “less fortunate” is perfectly acceptable. The rights of your fellow countrymen be damned.
    2. The Russians colluded with the Trump campaign to derail Hillary.
    3. That practically the entire Trump administration are criminals bent on the destruction of the country.
    4. That because accusations have been made, up to and including sealed indictments, the accused are guilty.
    5. That Flynn, who has proven himself a liar, will tell the truth when cutting a deal to try get out of lying to the FBI. If he has no hard evidence, nothing will come from it.
    6. That somehow Paul Manafort’s indictments, for alleged crimes that all occurred prior to his involvement with the Trump campaign (and probably before he even met Trump) show that there was collusion with Russia.
    7. That Hillary was not involved in pay for play in the Uranium One deal and that Russia giving her husband $500,000 for a speech through a Kremlin connected bank was acceptable. And Hillary allowing Russia, whom you believe to be a hostile foreign power, to take control of more than 20% of American uranium mining through Rosatom did not compromise national security and was not collusion with Russia herself. WTFU! (Still shaking my head on that one.)
    8. That after swearing to uphold and defend the Constitution, it is acceptable for many of the folks you seem to believe are “patriots” to set about undermining parts of the Constitution and Bill of Rights they disagree with and attempt to strip us of our rights. After all, they are in your political camp and the end justifies the means.
    9. And the big one: That there is a meaningful difference between the two national political parties at the federal level.

    I used to be young and idealistic too. So did Seth Rich (Hint: Julian Assange did practically everything but write it on cardboard and hold it up to the camera to show that the DNC emails came from Seth Rich. You can add his idealistic young corpse to the Clinton body count). I have long since figured out that the vast majority of politicians are con artists and we are the marks. The question you have to ask yourself is this: If you were laying in a ditch on fire do you honestly believe that any one of these people, Hillary, Trump, Mueller, Ryan, Pelosi, Schumer, any of them, would stop and piss on you? Do you think they’d inconvenience themselves by telling their driver to stop and piss on you? Rest assured they wouldn’t. None of them on either side give a shit about you and me, other than how much of our productivity and wealth they can extract from us for themselves and the benefit of their owners and voters.

    Trump is a crook. Hillary is a crook. The vast majority of them are there because they will do whatever it takes to get what they want. And most of them want power, wealth, fame and adulation. Most are narcissists and psychopaths. Almost all of them are actors and liars. It is all political theatre. You have been duped into believing that Trump is going to ruin the country. He won’t. That justice will be served. It won’t. Trump will do what the intelligence community and the international bankers tell him and allow him to do, nothing more. Hillary would have done what she was told also. So too would Bernie Sanders. When you don’t do what you’re told at that level they can and will Richard Nixon or even John Kennedy your ass. Plain and simple, there is too much money and power at stake.

    You apparently fail to understand that many of the key players in the intelligence community routinely violate the law and even the most fundamental standards of moral decency with impunity. Hell Jammy, spying is illegal all over the world, but they do it all the time. So is inciting insurrection, influencing elections, regime change, assassination, bribery, blackmail and running guns and drugs. The US intelligence community does these things on a routine basis. They have the skills, the knowledge, the connections, the ships and planes and the forward operating bases. And they have absolutely no moral compunction against running black ops, that congress won’t fund, with gun and drug money. Think Iran Contra here. And skimming off the top for themselves is normal operations.

    The irony of it is the intelligence community has dirt on almost all the national level players. How do you think J. Edgar Hoover stayed in power for so long? So anyone in a position to really start an investigation of these high crimes and misdemeanors or to introduce legislation to abolish or defund a bureau or agency knows better. Not unless they want their political or bureaucratic career to go down in flames. Rest assured, the few people who are squeaky clean can easily be framed by any number of the federal alphabet soup agencies. Or merely have a heart attack or contract fast moving cancer. If someone becomes a credible threat to a key player, like Ron Brown or Vince Foster did, they get neutralized real quick like.

    So I’ll make a prediction. Team A stooges will throw a whole bunch of indictments up against the wall, which is typical in any federal case, criminal or civil. Only a few will stick. Most of those will be plea bargained away. Any that are convicted and actually do end up in prison, will go to a low security facility in Florida complete with bungalows and tennis courts. Trump will continue in office and probably be elected for a second term. Pretty soon some of the key Demoplicans will be investigated, indicted and a few probably convicted in retaliation against the whole…ahem…Trumped up Russian collusion shit show. The lowered corporate tax rate will bring some business and manufacturing back to the States. This will give the Republicrats a boost in the 2018 elections. The real issues with the tax bill won’t start to be felt until 2019. The government will borrow more money. The little guy will continue to get screwed…by both sides. Life will go on.

  • @boothe The topic at hand is “Russia Scandal – Predictions about its impact on the future of the GOP in 2018.” Most of what you wrote, except for the last paragraph, is off topic.

    Re: your last paragraph. What you described is indeed the usual playbook for garden-variety political scandals. I can see the forest for the trees. However, I wonder if you can say the same. This political scandal is quite different, as I’ve stated before. The reason is that Putin’s been running a longstanding operation to influence Western politics, in any way shape or form he can, for many years now. (He has China’s support in this, who would also like to see a weaker West.) Comey publicly testified to Russian attacks upon our sovereignty, and our chief IC officials have publicly called the the current occupant of the White House “a Russian asset”. Those are serious signs that this is serious stuff, way outside the bounds of normal political scandal. There is simply no precedent for the size or scope or seriousness of the conspiracy and - yes - the treason that has been engineered around the highest level of the executive branch of government.

    And in this case, it appears to have been the Republican party apparatus that has done the engineering. Therefore, please don’t play this tired game of false equivalence in which you try to spread the blame equally to Democrats by shifting the topic. Not this time. For example, in case you missed it, last week we learned that Mueller’s team has subpoenaed ALL email communication between the Republican National Committee and the Trump campaign. Mueller has begun interviewing RNC staffers about the party’s digital operations work with the Trump campaign. So let’s stay on topic. What will the effect of these actions be upon the GOP going forward? At the midterms? In 2020?

    By the way, here’s exactly what Comey said about the Russian threat, on June 8, 2017: “The reason this is such a big deal is we have this big messy wonderful country where we fight with each other all the time, but nobody tells us what to think, what to fight about, what to vote for except other Americans. And that’s wonderful and often painful. But we’re talking about a foreign government using technical intrusion and lots of other methods tried to shape the way we think, we vote, we act. That is a big deal. And people need to recognize it. It’s not about Republicans or Democrats. They’re coming after America, which I hope we all love equally. They want to undermine our credibility in the face of the world. They think that this great experiment of ours is a threat to them, and so they’re going to try to run it down and dirty it up as much as possible. That’s what this is about. They will be back, because we remain, as difficult as we can be with each other, we remain that shining city on the hill, and they don’t like it.”

  • @jammyjaybird Addressing and discussing topics in the original post can hardly be said to be “off topic”. That’s just a weak cop-out.

    Regardless, it’s the job of the mods to deal with off-topic posts, not you.

    You think people are responding negatively to you because you want to believe that everyone is caught up in this big “D vs R” bullshit that only you care about. But the real reason people react so negatively to you is because of your hypocritical tactics and sanctimonious preaching, like you are the font of all wisdom, like you are the only one who sees the “real” truth.

    As I have pointed out in a related thread, Russian has been trying to interfere in US elections for many decades. There was a time when your beloved Democrat party was all for Russia (Soviet) interference in US politics. The US has been doing the same to Russia for just as long. It’s called international politics.

    You have some personal grudge or bias against Trump, so you are completely swallowing anything negative anyone says about him without any critical analysis.

    You also continue to conflate the Republican Party with the Trump administration, when it is quite clear that a vast majority of the GOP elite are deeply anti-Trump, and willing to hurt their own political opportunities just because they dislike Trump so much. Plus Trump’s administration is actually riddled with Obama holdovers and stay behinds, which is part of why he has had trouble getting certain things done.

    You just aren’t dealing with reality. You can’t bitch about facts and staying on topic when you aren’t dealing in facts and people are responding to your original post.

  • Jammy, not only are you not seeing the forest for the trees, you are apparently not even seeing past the very few particular trees that you fancy. The so-called “Russia Scandal” involved Fakebook advertising by a Russian company called the Internet Research Agency that is allegedly linked to the Kremlin. According to Fakebook officials this “company” spent $100,000 to take out 3000 ads from 470 different accounts that rarely even mentioned either candidate. The majority of those ads focused on “divisive” issues such as LGBT, race, immigration and gun control. This occurred over a period from June 2015 through May 2017.

    Fakebook also identified another 2,200 ads that they couldn’t be sure were actually Russian meddling, but were suspect at a value of $50,000. So we have at most $150K spent over the course of nearly two years to supposedly influence the election. Bill Clinton received a single $500,000 speaking fee from Russia (not to mention the millions upon millions poured into the Clinton’s “charitable foundation” by Uranium One connected “donors”) and Hillary gives Russians control of 20% of US uranium mining in the Uranium One / Rosatom deal. Simple math here: one speech by Bill Clinton nets 3.3 - 5 times the entire expenditure for “political ads” on Fakebook made over a two year period by a Russian trolling company. No influence peddling or collusion there because…“muh Hillary is a patriot and that nasty Cheeto isn’t!”

    Do you even begin to understand what a non-profit foundation really is? According to an attorney and old friend of mine who set up 501c3 foundations for rich folks, it is “a license to steal.” This is why the wealthy and influential set them up to begin with. If you think the former philanderer in chief and his presidential wannabe wife set their foundation up for anything other than legalized money laundering you are hopeless. You probably also believe that Trump is such a buffoon that he paid twice the market value (to a mob boss) for a piece of land in Atlantic City without expecting any consideration in return.

    Of course Russia is involved in US politics. The US is involved in Russian politics. So is China. The US and Israel are involved in all kinds of nefarious things all over the world, many of which are outright criminal and have gotten a lot of our military folks killed or maimed for no good reason. So, what you allude to is that it is acceptable for the US gun-vermin to do these things, but it’s not okay for Russia or China to engage in quid pro quo? SMH

  • @boothe You keep changing the topic. Look at the headline. It’s specifically about Trump/Russia. Not about Clintons, or Dems, or the definition of non-profits.

    Stay ON TOPIC. Please discuss Trump/Russia only.

    “Of course Russia is involved in US politics.” Seriously?? Pardon me, Boothe, but are you actually excusing direct Russian intervention in U.S. free elections? Are you saying, “Oh well, shit just happens, GOP presidential candidates seek out damaging information about political opponents all the time from foreign powers all the time in return for lifting sanctions on those foreign powers?” If so, that’s the most un-American, unpatriotic thing I’ve ever heard. Let’s go a step further. If you’re okay with selling out the Oval Office, what else you want to sell out to the Russians? The Supreme Court? Would you care if we installed one of Russia’s petro-billionaire’s favorite U.S. politicians there too? Maybe Dana Rohrbacher, who is the Kremlin’s biggest political asset in the U.S.?

    Brother, our rule of law has specific charges intended to prevent the intrusion of foreign powers into our political processes. These charges include conspiracy and treason. Can you understand that? In fact, our rule of law has indicted, and executed, criminals for these charges in the past. In 1953, the Rosenbergs were executed for conspiracy to commit espionage for the Soviet Union.

    The Rosenbergs are small potatoes compared with what 2018, and 2019, are going to bring.

  • @jammyjaybird said in Russia Scandal -- Predictions about its impact on the future of the GOP in 2018:

    The Rosenbergs are small potatoes

    the same was once said of Pantangeli…

  • @jammyjaybird It is not a matter of me excusing Russian intervention in American politics. You are reading things into what I wrote and attempting to attribute them to me. They should not be meddling in our internal political affairs. And the United States gun-vermin should not be meddling in theirs…or anyone else’s. But the sad fact is the Intelligence Community on both sides of the pond is the real government and meddling is what they do. I don’t like it, I don’t condone it and it is un-Constitutional. But that’s how things actually work and there isn’t a damned thing you or I can do about it. And no special prosecutor or congressional investigation is going to change that either. Harry Truman turned the OSS into the CIA and after that, you could stick a fork in the Constitutional Republic because IT WAS WELL DONE at that point.

    Now, you and a lot of other folks think it was a fluke that Trump was elected, especially the entrenched special interests, but he was SELECTED. He would never have made it far enough to gain the presidency without the approval of the international banking community. I predict the indictments will turn up nothing on Trump. He will make Slick Willie look like an amateur. You will have to endure another term of him most likely. You are still living in some 18th century fantasy. The Republic was officially over in 1865. And the Democrats are still pissed at the Republicans for freeing all their slaves, lol. And by the way, Trump has as many or even more Republican enemies as he does Democrats. But it’s all just a show for people like you.

  • @boothe said in Russia Scandal -- Predictions about its impact on the future of the GOP in 2018:

    The Republic was officially over in 1865.

    Got it. You’re one of those.

  • @jammyjaybird Once again, you are not the topic police. People on this forum are free to respond to you in any way they choose, unless the mods step in and get involved. Nothing he said was actually “off topic” but it was stuff you didn’t want to have to address because it doesn’t compliment your narrative. You are pushing an agenda, selling a narrative, and you are pushing it really hard.

  • @jammyjaybird Where is the evidence that a GOP presidential candidate sought out damaging information about political opponents from foreign powers in return for lifting sanctions on those foreign powers? Where is the evidence? And don’t give me your usual “where there is smoke, there is fire” response. Because there is plenty of smoke pointing to the Dems setting up the meeting with the Russian lawyer chick and Don Jr — the fact that she met with Fusion GPS right before that meeting looks like a lot of smoke to me. That golden shower dossier is as phony as a football bat and everybody involved with it has pretty much admitted that. Everything about the FBI and it’s little “insurance policy” in case Trump got elected stinks to high heaven. All of this bullshit is dirty politics, people pushing propaganda to save their jobs and preserve their meal tickets. You just keep believing everything that comes out of one side and discounting everything out of the other side because you have such a personal bias about it, a personal bias that is blinding you to the truth that both of these fake bullshit “sides” are corrupt and both are more than willing to sell out the American people if it means more power and more money for them. The weird thing of it is - Trump himself may turn out to be the least corrupt and least treasonous in that whole bag of treacherous snake fucks in DC. I may well be wrong, but it seems to me, from what I have seen so far, is that both the Dem and the GOP elite establishment types have done everything they possibly can to get rid of Trump, including trying to set him up and spying on him with that bullshit dossier. They really seem like they keep accusing him of the exact things they are guilty of because they are terrified he really is going to clean up the swamp and cut off the gravy filling the trough they have had their little piggy snouts in for years.

  • @jammyjaybird Yes I am one of “those” people…who has actually read the Constitution (along with the supporting arguments for and against it), understands the historical foundation of the United States and knows the unvarnished truth. The federal government in collusion with some northern states waged war against some of the southern states that had organized into a separate country, which was their right. Lincoln himself acknowledged the right of secession with “Any people whatever have the right to abolish the existing government and form a new one that suits them better.” (Congressional Record, 1847).

    When the actors in the federal government declared war against these states, they committed the high crime of treason. Article 3, Section 3 of the Constitution for the United States reads: “Treason against the United States, shall consist only in levying War against them, or in adhering to their Enemies, giving them Aid and Comfort.”. Do you understand what that means? Plural, “them”, the several states, got it? Lincoln levied war against the several states. That was a high crime, the crime of treason. And he openly admitted that it was over taxation not slavery. He even pragmatically argued that the seceding states would have more of their fugitive slaves returned if they stayed in the union! Slavery didn’t enter into the war effort in earnest until it looked like France and England were going to side with the Confederacy.

    It was all over money or more particularly coercive theft. Lincoln was your first Re-thug-lican president overseeing the destruction of entire towns by hammer and bar, burning crops and homes of noncombatants and waging total war against civilians. Yes I am one of “those” people who sees the truth. Part of that truth is the Constitution did not prohibit secession (it could not or it would have never been ratified by the states in that day and age, they had just seceded from Britain) and still does not to this day!

    But the federal government won, might makes right in many folks’ minds and in the style of Rome, the U.S. has occupied the several states with its military “transparently” ever since. Answer me this: (A) By what act of congress or presidential decree was “Reconstruction” officially declared over? (B) Which state(s) / U.S. territories do not have a U.S. military presence? The answers are (A) None, and (B) None. The several states, whether you like it or not, are still occupied to this day.

    Sometimes things are so simple and straightforward almost everyone misses the truth. The red pill goes way beyond women my friend. I encourage you to come out of the political matrix and see it for what it really is. Not what they want you to believe that it is. Trump is a puppet. Hillary is a puppet. Either of them would do what people you have never seen or heard of want them to do to keep the power, wealth and fame (Trump already had the wealth and fame, all he was missing was wielding political power). In the same way that Lincoln did what northern bankers, industrialists and railroad men wanted him to do. If you will recall he wasn’t elected by a majority either.

    If you think any of this is unimportant today and is “Off Topic”, think again. This is where the foundation was laid for the military / industrial oligarchy you live under today. Mr. Trump is just the latest in a long line of figure heads doing their bidding. Of course he’s a criminal; virtually every one of them are at that level. But what you have to understand is that no matter how morally reprehensible you find what he has done and is doing to be, the real issue is “Has he personally done anything that is illegal?” We will soon find out and I strongly suspect you will be grossly disappointed by the outcome.

  • News this morning (January 3) sees alt-right so-called hero Steve Bannon laying waste to the Trump crime family:

    “The three senior guys in the campaign thought it was a good idea to meet with a foreign government inside Trump Tower in the conference room on the 25th floor – with no lawyers. They didn’t have any lawyers…Even if you thought that this was not treasonous, or unpatriotic, or bad shit, and I happen to think it’s all of that, you should have called the FBI immediately.”

    He’s not a leftist, nor a centrist. That was Steve fucking Bannon, right wing propagandist extraordinaire, founder of Breitbart. Dude’s up to his eyeballs in this scandal. Why did he turn so hard on Trump? Three possibilities:

    1. Because he is trying to put distance between himself and the White House as a signal to a certain special counsel that he is willing to cooperate. Note especially the line at the end, “you should have called the FBI immediately.” He sounds like a kid suddenly siding with the teacher after starting a playground fight.
    2. Because he knows that Trump is going down and can no longer hurt him.
    3. Because he’s frustrated as hell that his white-nationalist plans were scotched when he got fired.

    Or maybe all three of them. Thoughts?

  • I think you have never believed a word Steve Bannon has ever said before now because you saw him as a Trump supporter. Anything he has said to defend Trump, you would shoot it down and then shit on him for being pro-Trump. Call him Alt-Right, a white supremacist, an alcoholic, just like all the other anti-Trumpers do.

    But the very instant Bannon says something that aligns with your obsessive anti-Trump hatred – boom, all of a sudden Bannon is totally trustworthy and believable.

  • @boothe Lincoln did what he had to do by forcibly preventing secession. Where you might call it the End of the Republic in 1865, I see it more akin to growing pains. Without the assertion of a central government we would have devolved into another Europe; a handful of squabbling fiefdoms waiting to be conquered by a modern superpower.

  • @bem And now we have become heir to the British empire, which was merely an extension of the Roman empire. The problem with basing your nation on military superiority is there will always be ruthless and ambitious men ready to cash in on that capability. And they will eventually make bad decisions out of greed and a hunger for power that will spread your forces too thin and the empire will collapse…turning what’s left of it into a bunch of “squabbling fiefdoms waiting to be conquered by a modern superpower.” I probably won’t live to see it, but empires (and make no mistake the US is a global empire that makes the Roman empire look like a bunch of pikers) have a definite life cycle. This nation is not immune. Our enemies will come against us. Our population is so fat and sick the military is having a hard time finding recruits. Our infrastructure is in sad shape and a good portion of our manufacturing capability has gone to our enemies. Any pretense of morality and common decency is but a distant memory for much of the population. If this nation will turn from it’s wicked ways and repent, we might be able to turn this mess around, but I’m not holding my breath for that. Fully half the population has gone full collectivist welfare state retard and the other half has gone full flag waving “put boots on the ground, kick some ass” foreign meddling retard. Once they really start to run out of other people’s money (and the fractional banking / fiat currency / income tax Ponzi scheme breaks down) it’s game over. But don’t worry, someone else will come along and try it all over again because they’re smarter than us, see? The one thing we, as a species, seem to learn from history is that we don’t learn a damned thing from history!

  • @boothe True enough. Inevitable. That’s why I dig this bit of scripture:
    “put not your trust in princes and sons of men in whom there is no salvation - when he dies he returns to the Earth, and on that very day his plans perish.”

  • Holy hell, lots of bombshell revelations in the Fusion GPS dossier that was released today. I’ll sum up. (All quotes from the transcript of the testimony.)

    1. Fusion GPS concluded early in their investigation that Trump has serious ties to Russian organized crime, including money in his companies from “Kazakhstan, among other places, and that some of it you just couldn’t account for.”
    2. Fusion sent Steele into Russia with a broad assignment to look into Trump’s dealings in Russia. And what they found was that “it wasn’t a giant secret” that “Donald Trump had a relationship with the Kremlin.” “People were talking about it freely.”
    3. Even though Fusion sent Steele into Russia to learn more about Trump’s business dealings, what they found was “very different and obviously more alarming, which had to do with . . . a political conspiracy . . . the government of Russia or someone was doing some hacking. . . there were rumblings at that time about whether there had been lot of hacking and there was going to be – political digital espionage was going to be a component of the campaign.”
    4. And then Simpson dropped a bomb: Steele reported his findings to the FBI because it’s the ethical thing to do. He got debriefed by the FBI; however, he learned in the debriefing that the FBI, in September 2016, had gained a “voluntary” source inside the Trump campaign who is corroborating his own findings of cooperation with a foreign power. (This is not Papadopoulous. It’s someone else.)
    5. Steele was never paid by the FBI. In fact, none of his work was paid by any US federal intelligence agency.
    6. Carter Page lost money with the Russians, was really mad about sanctions, and apparently had been an espionage suspect under investigation by the FBI FOR YEARS preceding the election.
    7. And then the really crazy stuff came out. Simpson was apparently handed Manafort’s contemporaneous notes from the June 9, 2016 Trump Tower meeting with the Russians. In those notes is a reference to a Cypriot holding company to engage in inward investment into Russia. The note references this company as one of the “active sponsors of the RNC.”

    What the fuck. A Russian-linked Cypriot holding company is an “active sponsor of the RNC”, according to Trump’s campaign chairman. In fucking writing. There is something so deep and so corrupt here in the GOP that I’m nearly speechless.

    These are the facts. As of January 10, 2018.

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