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War of the Roses

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War of the American Roses
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The relentless in-fighting. The bloody clash of egos. The secret betrayals. The reckless destruction. The mounting casualties.

On one side, a lawless, vicious, power-mad group of elites who already control much of the nation and who are determined to impose their imperial rule over even more. On the other, an equally ruthless, equally malevolent group of elites determined to overthrow their rivals and usurp their power.

No, it's not the civil wars waged in the 15th Century between the House of Lancaster and the House of York for control of the British monarchy. It's the USA in 2019, where corrupt and criminal Republican party leaders are lined up against corrupt and criminal Democratic party leaders, both sides armed with subpoenas and court orders and smelling blood. For students of political intrigue, this could get interesting.

Follow me my plow.

Way back in 2016, the elites aligned with the Democratic Party, Obama, Clinton, Schumer, Pelosi, etc., cheated labored overtime to award the presidential nomination to arguably the worst candidate in modern history, which is to say, one of their own. The result? She lost to a pathological grifter. Even better, the party got walloped across the board. They not only lost the presidency, they lost the House and a majority of state legislatures as well. For eight years voters were force-fed tales of a teetering ship of state helmed through troubled waters by one of the "greatest presidents of all time ." And they lost big-time.

How did that happen? The answer is simple: it was all a con.

The leadership of the Democratic Party had already become what it opposed, to paraphrase Blake, a grotesque transformation birthed under Bill Clinton and nursed to monstrous form under Barack Obama. The party would no longer support unions , it would no longer safeguard Social Security , and it would no longer represent the interests of women, minorities or the poor . Habeas corpus? It was a democratic administration that tortured Chelsea Manning and prosecuted more whistleblowers than all previous administrations put together. Bill of Rights? It was a democratic administration that created a drone assassination program, complete with a kill list that included American citizens. "I'm pretty good at killing people ," the Nobel Peace Prize winner told aides. And it's not just extra-judicial murder that the democrats have proven to be "pretty good" at. Take a look at the policy positions embraced by party leaders over the last thirty years and one discovers, with very few exceptions, they are entirely corporate: neo-liberal (austerity) at home, neo-conservative (eternal war) abroad. After the fleecing by both Slick Willy and Barry the Bomber, the base had had enough.

Imagine the shock waves that rumbled through the Democratic establishment when Trump was handed the White House. Scenes of consternation and confusion and heart-felt hand-wringing. Podesta, Mook, Sullivan, Pagliano, Hanley, Palmieri, Wasserman-Schultz. The con was perfect. It had worked before. Now this. What to do? What to do? Admit their failures? Return to their progressive roots? Take responsibility for the ongoing legislative bait-and-switch?

Think again. It took less than 24 hours after their electoral shellacking for Democrats to green light the plan to accuse Putin and the Russian state of interfering in the election. They were desperate to reframe the narrative, and pointing a finger at Russia was a two-fer: they could avoid any discussion of their own disastrous policies, while at the same time throwing the newly-elected administration into turmoil. It gets worse. These seasoned political operatives were so confident of the success of the con, they rolled it out in plain sight. Two of the reporters who were in the room when the Democrats devised the blame-Russia scheme wrote a book about it. Yeah, I know. Crazy.

Give them this, the Democrats had a strategy. First, they'd say Russia hacked a DNC server, stole private emails and, in that way, tilted the presidential election in Donald Trump's favor. Next, they'd send the server to CrowdStrike, a "cybersecurity technology company" that takes no time at all in announcing, sure enough, the server was compromised by Russian agents, and they have proof. Once the accusation has been independently corroborated, Democratic party elites unleash sympathetic members of Congress and commentators in the media with instructions to repeat the mantra incessantly: "Putin hacked the election. Russia is a threat to our democracy." They knew the non-stop echo would trigger demands for a formal investigation, which, in fact, led to the appointment of former FBI Director and Iraq war propagandist, Robert Mueller , as Special Counsel in the "Investigation into Russian Interference." For two years the scam ran like clockwork. Trump was on the ropes . . . except . . .

When Mueller's report was finally released to Congress and the public, it found "no evidence of Trump-Russia collusion ." Uh-oh.

What about the DNC server? What about the evidence that it had been hacked by agents of the Russian gov't? Well, not so much. Apparently, former FBI Director James Comey and Special Counsel Mueller simply took the word of the folks who ran CrowdStrike . While reasonable people might find this a tad suspicious, especially since the company was already connected to Hillary Clinton by way of a $10 million donation to her foundation, the FBI and the Special Counsel did not. They never subpoenaed the actual server. They never investigated.

In a memorandum addressed to the president and published 24 July 2017, a group of former US intelligence officers peels back yet another layer. They present a convincing argument that the DNC server was not hacked by Russia, or by anybody else. A "hack," they insist, is the kind of electronic transfer that can be tracked fairly easily, by the NSA for example. On the contrary, their research suggests that the information in question was downloaded onto a thumb-drive and then leaked by a DNC insider . Craig Murray, the former British Ambassador and close associate of Julian Assange, has made the same claim : "The documents came from inside leaks, not hacks."

If that's true, if Clinton's emails weren't stolen by Russia but were disclosed by someone on the inside, it means Comey and Mueller (and professional liar, John Brennan ) had to have known all along that there was no hack, no Russian interference. They knew, which means maybe, just maybe, they weren't conducting an investigation so much as they were helping "catapult the propaganda " - in this case, that the Trump campaign had colluded with Russia to steal the election - secret participants in a covert operation put into play by Democratic elites.

The plot thickens.

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BK Faunce is a retired Associate Professor of English (UMW / UCSC) specializing in British Romantic Literature, Film Theory and Writing. His recent work examines the use of state power and its impact on visual culture.

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