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When the ‘wrong people’ win elections: A tale of two nations (and maybe more)


Someday I would like to see the origins and results of “Russiagate” covered with the same hagiographic devotion as the origins and results of Watergate were in the celebrated 1970s movie “All the President’s Men;” which was the mother’s milk on which many infant journalists suckled in the years following the 1970s.

Of course, Watergate became the touchstone upon which the media measured all presidential scandals great and small. If a Republican president hid the fact that he got a paper clip lodged in his upper sinuses for several hours without noticing it, that became “paperclipgate.” If a Democratic president allowed the IRS to target conservative groups as if they were threats to the republic that was . . . well, ignored and not assigned a “gate.”

That’s because the purpose of the “gate” keepers—otherwise known as the mainstream media—is to protect and advance the interests of the Democratic party. Since the way the news that is coming out of Russiagate in the last few weeks isn’t advancing that narrative, the MSM chooses to ignore large parts of what is becoming fairly common knowledge about Russiagate: That top level officials in the CIA, FBI and Justice Department made a conscious decision in 2016 to spy on the Trump campaign. That they basically manufactured the evidence needed to convince FISA judges to let them do it. After Trump won, they made a conscious effort to discredit his election, cast aspersions on his legitimacy, and conduct a silent coup to remove him. 

We are in the midst of the uncovering of what may someday be considered by non-biased historians as the worst political scandal in our nation’s history. The closest thing I can recall from American history is when the disgraced former vice president Aaron Burr (the guy who shot Alexander Hamilton in a duel in 1804) got involved with some equally shady people as himself (they called them filibusters back then,) including a high ranking general, and apparently plotted to carve off some of the Louisiana purchase into an independent country.

Equally bad was when the Republican-controlled Congress in 1876 engineered the “stolen election” that engineered the installation of Rutherford B. Hayes over Samuel Tilden who seems to have won the votes.

The current scandal shows that when the “wrong people” or rather the “wrong sort of people” win elections, the elites go into overdrive to reverse the course of the election. 

This clearly happened in the United States after the 2016 election with the creation of the fake and odious “Russian hacked the election” and it happened in Great Britain after the 2016 Brexit vote several months earlier. In both instances the nations’ elites either purposely or without conspiracy reach one mind: that whatever the cost they most overturn the will of the electorate.

The “elites” of the Tory party have for three years been bending themselves into pretzels to try to pretend that the Brexit vote to take the UK out of the European Union didn’t take place. That the results of that election were simply too horrible to contemplate and that maybe there out to be a “do over,” of the referendum in order for the right side to win.

This has become such a toxic mess for the ruling Conservative party that Prime Minister Theresa May is tossing the towel in defeat and leaving the contest open for some other Conservative to win.

This is sort of a variation on the old socialist meme that says “If I win, the people have spoken. If I lose, the people were duped!” Or, “Let’s have elections until I win—and then we don’t need to hold any more elections.”

The “elites” in the UK and the US are roughly equivalent in how they look down on those who hold opinions they find obnoxious.

Whatever things Trump have said that are idiotic, outrageous and execrable, none in my mind equal what Hillary Clinton said about roughly half of the voters when she called them “deplorables.” 

That may have lost her the election. The attitudes of the elites who were so righteously offended by Trump’s election that they hatched up scheme after scheme to run him out of office could very well lose the next election to Trump. I’m not saying it’s gonna happen. I’m not saying it’s likely—but IF it happens, the craziness of the liberals will resemble one of those shambling mobs from a “Walking Dead” episode. 

And won’t that be fun?

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