Foreign Interference in U.S. Elections- Old News

Barack Obama, address a huge crowd in Berlin in 2008

In July 2008, though not yet officially the Democratic Presidential nominee, and officially only a first term U.S. Senator not yet through his 2nd year Barrack Obama toured Europe and the Middle East. He was given meetings with the Presidents or Prime Ministers of Great Britain, Germany, France, Palestine, Iraq, Israel, and Afghanistan. At the time those people were leftist in their politics and not fans of George Bush, John McCain, or Republicans in general. He also gave several speeches including one shown here in Berlin in which these foreign governments gave unprecedented support and exposure for a U.S. politician, not yet President. Tell me again, please, how it’s wrong to accept the help of foreign nations in the influencing of our elections. The FACT is that it’s been occurring for decades, if not more than a century, AS IT SHOULD. Think about it. If you are a leader in another country and want the best for your people it would be a dereliction of duty for you not to try and influence the U.S. Presidential election in your favor. We are talking about the most powerful country on the planet, and the person who will assume the mantle of the most powerful person in the world. For this reason alone I’ve always been bewildered by the faux outrage over the minimal amount of “interference” Russia presumably exercised on the 2016 election. Perhaps, this is also why the Obama Administration, while knowing it was occurring, did nothing…because they knew it to be typical, normal, and historically accepted. It only becomes unwelcome when the other guy wins. Don’t you think?”

Meddling in Presidential Politics

French President Nicholas Sarkozy (L) hosts Illinois Senator Barrack Obama in 2008

Leftist and ultimately failed British Prime Minister Gordon Brown hosts Illinois Senator Barrack Obama in 2008

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas meets Illinois Senator Barrack Obama in 2008.

Congressional investigations are now underway to determine Russia’s involvement in the Presidential election of 2016. It’s important to do. But at this point it is also important to state that no one is alleging or even suspects that Russia illegally altered  votes cast by the American people. No one believes Russia hacked voting machines or stuffed ballot boxes.

Let’s be clear: at worst Russia is suspected of trying to sway U.S. public opinion away from Hillary Clinton. They did this, allegedly by illegally acquiring emails written and received by Clinton’s campaign Director. They did this by exposing to the public…the truth. 

The fact that Russia tried to influence the U.S. Presidential election is bad, but not the least bit surprising.

They’ve been doing it for decades. And NOBODY disputes this fact!!!

What’s perhaps more shocking to the American political system is how hypocritical and forgetful the media and everyone else seems to be about our own recent history. Russia meddling in U.S. Presidential politics is bad. It’s possibly a little worse than granting what amounts to a State Visit by a Foreign Leader to a young Senator from Illinois with ZERO foreign policy experience, thus giving him that foreign policy experience plus the gravitas in the eyes of the American electorate of having met with foreign leaders. In the case of Barrack Obama its fortelling to note that nearly all the European and Middle East leaders he met with in the Summer of 2008 were leftist in their politics and not friends to Israel.

Having foreign governments trying to influence the U.S. Presidential Election has been going on for decades, and its neither completely bad nor surprising. I would argue that it’s in their best interest to help a U.S. Presidential candidate who would have a more favorable relationship toward them if elected and in their best interest to hinder a candidate with whom they felt antagonism.

So what are we to make of these Congressional investigations? Well, lets not forget President Trump’s victory came as a Yuuuuuge surprise to everyone. Democrats, the media, and most Republicans.

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