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Three Campaign Myths the Democrats Can Do Without

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Myth #1: Donald Trump is a traitor

No, he is not.

To be sure, he is a sociopath, a narcissist, a pathological liar, a grifter and a fraud. And a Trump victory in November would be an unmitigated disaster for the United States of America.

But Donald Trump is not a traitor.

He did not give or sell secrets to the Russians.

He did not, as a private citizen, engage is secret negotiations with a foreign power, in violation of the Logan Act. Richard Nixon did so with South Vietnam, to influence the 1968 election. George H W Bush did so with the Iranians to sabotage Jimmy Carter's re-election efforts in 1980.

But not Donald Trump.

What Trump did was express a "hope" and publicly speculate: "Russia, if you're listening. I hope you're able to find the 30,000 emails that are missing. I think you will probably be rewarded mightily by our press. Let's see if that happens."

A stupid remark, to be sure, and damaging to Trump's campaign. But not "treason." If that remark costs Trump the November election, I won't complain, although I worry about how this fiasco might accelerate the onset of the new Cold War with Russia.

Trump's so-called "treason" is as substantial as Al Gore's alleged claim to have "invented the internet," the "Swift Boat Vets" charge that John Kerry was a phony "hero," Dick Cheney's accusation that Saddam Hussein had weapons of mass destruction that he intended to use against us, the claim that Barack Obama is a secret Muslim born in Kenya, and so on.

In short, Trump's blunder is raw meat for the media hounds, who rarely let simple facts get in the way of a good story.
It also handed the Democrats a golden opportunity to direct public attention away from the content of those emails (the DNC's sabotage of the Sanders campaign) to the alleged source of the email leaks (those despicable Russkies).

That content was the authentic scandal. Do you hear that, mainstream media? (Fagetaboutit. They're not listening).

Myth #2: Those evil Russkies are have no right to meddle with our politics.

So are the Russians are doing their best to learn our secrets and to interfere with our domestic politics?

Of course they are! This is what governments do.

We've been doing it ever since George Washington sent Ben Franklin to Paris to persuade King Louie to join our fight against King George.

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Dr. Ernest Partridge is a consultant, writer and lecturer in the field of Environmental Ethics and Public Policy. Partridge has taught philosophy at the University of California, and in Utah, Colorado and Wisconsin. He publishes the website, "The (more...)

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