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The Day America Lost Its Way

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And what rough beast, its hour come round at last,

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Slouches towards Bethlehem to be born?

My colleagues might think it's OK that the Russians offered dirt on the Democratic candidate for president as part of what's described as the Russian government's effort to help the Trump campaign. My colleagues might think it's OK that when that was offered to the son of the president, who had a pivotal role in the campaign, that the son did not call the FBI, he did not adamantly refuse that foreign help no, instead that son said he would 'love' the help with the Russians. You might think it was ok that he took that meeting. You might think it's ok that Paul Manafort, the campaign chair, someone with great experience running campaigns, also took that meeting. You might think it's ok that the president's son-in-law also took that meeting. You might think it's ok that they concealed it from the public. You might think it's ok that their only disappointment after that meeting was that the dirt they received on Hillary Clinton wasn't better. You might think it's OK. I don't.

You might think it's okay that (the president's National Security Advisor Michael Flynn) secretly conferred with a Russian ambassador about undermining US sanctions and then lied about it to the FBI. You might say that's all okay - that's just what you have to do to win .. I think it's corrupt and evidence of collusion.

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You might think it's OK that the president's son-in-law sought to establish a secret back channel of communication with Russians through a Russian diplomatic facility. I don't think that's OK. You might think it's OK that an associate of the president made direct contact with the GRU through Guccifer 2.0 and WikiLeaks. You might think it's OK that a senior campaign official was instructed to reach that associate and find out what that hostile intelligence agency had to say, in terms of dirt on his opponent. You might think it's OK that the national security adviser-designate secretly conferred with a Russian ambassador about undermining U.S. sanctions, and you might think it's OK he lied about it to the FBI. You might say that's all OK, that that's just what you need to do to win. But I don't think it's OK. I think it's immoral, I think it's unethical, I think it's unpatriotic and, yes, I think it's corrupt, and evidence of collusion.

I do not think that conduct, criminal or not, is OK. The day we do think that's OK is the day we will look back and say that is the day America lost its way.

-- House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff in response to Republican House Intel members' call for him to step down from his position on March 28, 2019

The president's response to this eloquent and fiery speech by the California Democrat and which should if we have any future to speak of appear in History textbooks for the next one hundred years or so to come was to ridicule Mr. Schiff as "little pencil neck." How apropos of 'the Beast.' I guess it's nice to know that a century after William Butler Yeats wrote his epochal poem "The Second Coming" the best do not lack all conviction, after all.

 

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And still others think it's OK to continue to spew all the same "talking points", without the evidence to qualify them.

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You are all "evidence", of what?

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Schiff is typical of the heedless crypto-extremists who keep pushing the US ever closer to nuclear war and dangerous partisan division. He puts Loudmouth Trump under a microscope and ignores the collusion of Obama and the crimes of Hillary.

Russia has nukes and shares our earth. Get Real. Stop this jingoist nonsense and negotiate. Nothing Russia ever did even begins to compare with the coups and interference that the US does all over the globe.

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Russia has its own history of foreign coups and interference which are as vast as what USA has done.

It is perfectly valid to harshly criticize Obama and both Clintons for what they did. However, in recent decades that has been primarily been done in support of the Reagan Bush crowd. Just as in late WW2 and subsequent years the Repubs supported what the Dems did under FDR and Truman.

I certainly agree in getting to a successful accommodation with Russia that lessens the violence and threats. Trump has not done that, and instead threatened Korea with destruction by using WMDs, including nuclear ones, an event which could easily trigger mass destruction of agriculture in the northern hemisphere of the entire world.

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There's no such country called "America", except as slang, colloquialism or for patriotic reasons. Hawaii, a stolen state, part of the United States, isn't even IN The Americas. It's in Polynesia.

Can we please call this country "The US" or "The USA" or "the United States OF America" or the like so as to NOT presume that All The Americas are somehow joined with the hyper-criminal militarized corporatized country between Canada (part of the Americas) and Mexico (also part of The Americas).

Those who call the US/USA "America" sound automatically propagandist, or a tad under-informed. "Common Usage" maybe...but it's corporate media that made it "common".

"The US" isn't that hard to write or say in place of the incorrect "America" if meaning the USA...just one part of The Americas.

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Caveat: it's a little harder when visiting a Spanish speaking country for me to call myself an "estadounidense" than a "norteamericano" (but that's what I do. And "americano" is no good because everyone in our hemisphere is that, and "norteamericano" includes canadienses too, so is less precise.) Of course "gringo" usually gets the idea across, also.

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This appears to be nothing new under the sun.

The late Robert Parry, and I believe others, have documented collusion between the 1980 Reagan election team and Iran to keep the US embassy hostages in Iran until after the election to make Carter look bad.

Far earlier, a top US general (perhaps The top general) conspired with the Spanish to intercept and destroy the Lewis and Clark expedition.

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