Wednesday, July 5, 2017


Can someone explain to me why congressional Republicans celebrated the 4th of July? Think about it. The 4th of July is a celebration of our nation's global declaration for independence from foreign rule, and King George III's "absolute tyranny." 

Now, congressional Republicans are bending over backwards to cover for a president whose "so called" election was a product of foreign meddling, and marred by a weak electoral college victory that included losing the actual vote count by 3 million votes.

Foreign meddling from Russia, as the Washington Journal acknowledges, is well documented:
* Every U.S. intelligence agency agrees that Vladimir Putin ordered Russian intelligence to direct and execute a cyber attack, and misinformation campaign, in America during the 2016 presidential campaign.   

* Russia's cyber attacks included hacking into voter registration offices in at least 22 states – 4 of them successful.  

So, while the "debate over what [Russia] did and how they did it is over" what we've gotten from Trump's White House, and his Republican allies, are concerted efforts "to conflate, discredit, and outright obstruct the many investigations" that are designed to get to the bottom the Russian operation

Acknowledging foreign meddling in our elections, fired FBI director, James Comey, told the Senate Intelligence Committee during his June 8th testimony:
There should be no fuzz on this whatsoever ... The Russians interfered in our election during the 2016 cycle. They did it with purpose. They did it with sophistication. They did it with overwhelming technical efforts. It was an active measures campaign driven from the top of that government.
Current National Security Director, Admiral Michael Rogers, said as much in November (2016), when he told a Wall Street Journal forum:
There shouldn’t be any doubts in anybody’s mind: This was not something that was done casually, this was not something that was done by chance, this was not a target that was selected purely arbitrarily.  This was a conscious effort by a nation state to attempt to achieve a specific effect.

As President Trump prepares for G20 meetings in Europe, after celebrating our Declaration of Independence (which many Trump supporters don't seem to understand), one thing is clear: in spite of conclusive evidence from our national security agencies, Donald Trump and his administration will not confront Vladimir Putin about Russia's interference in our past presidential election. 

I think we all know why.

In any other setting we should all expect the Republican Party to be up in arms about acknowledged and verifiable foreign interference in our elections. This is not the case today.

We have a word for this. I'll let you fill in the blanks.

So, can anyone explain why did congressional Republicans, and Donald Trump, celebrate the 4th of July?

- Mark

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