The whole of the left seems awash in the glow of the Russians “hacking the election” panic. Trump, the left tells us, can’t be a legitimate president because of what the Russians did. Rosie Oh’whocares says that we should declare martial law until Trump is cleared of “all charges”. Of course, since he’s not been charged with anything that’s a bit a bit of a misnomer.
Civil Liberties Don’t Exist Under Martial Law
I wonder if she even understands what that means. It means that day to day law is suspended and the military takes over and imposes their own laws. What laws would those be? Whatever laws they require to keep order. It’s law at the butt of a gun, the steel toe of a boot, the suppression of free speech, and the creation of a curfew. What has her calling for this? Nothing real. It actually is all in her head. She’s willing to risk martial law because she’s in a panic about the actions of a president who…isn’t even president yet and so has done nothing and has no power to do anything. Perhaps this abject fear stems from the sudden realization that Obama really did overreach his executive power. So many of us cried that it was dangerous to let him do it, that who ever was next would do the same. They were okay with that because they made the assumption that who was next was going to be Hillary. Now they are faced with a Trump presidency and they are rightfully panicked at what they have done. Not what he’s done, what they have done.
Did Russia Hack the Election or Not?
The short answer is “not”. The long answer depends on what one means by the phrase “hacked the election”. It seems that phrase doesn’t mean the same thing to everyone who says it or hears it. To an objective person it means that the Russians hacked into our voting machines and changed the votes so Trump got more. That’s hacking the election. To the left however it means that Russia stuck their nose into our business and it didn’t turn out well for Hillary.
“Talk about disappointments. The US government’s much-anticipated analysis of Russian-sponsored hacking operations provides almost none of the promised evidence linking them to breaches that the Obama administration claims were orchestrated in an attempt to interfere with the 2016 presidential election.” (Goodin, 2016)
Goodin is writing about a 13 page report jointly put out by the FBI and Homeland Security that concluded that the evidence wasn’t there to link Russia to the hacks on the DNC. But we really knew that already. Also, it wasn’t a hack that got the DNS emails. It was Podesta falling for a phishing scam. They didn’t need to hack anything because he just gave them his username and password. Handed it right over.
But Let’s Say it WAS Russia
It wasn’t, but let’s say it was. What was sent out was emails from the DNC and Podesta. No election machines were hacked and no state secrets were stolen. Trump won and each vote cast was a legitimate vote cast.
Meddling in elections is what spies do the best.
We should know.
Obama interfered with the elections in Israel.
According to the U.S. Senate Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations (PSI), the State Department gave $349,276 in U.S. taxpayer-funded grants to a political group in Israel to build a campaign operation, which subsequently was used to try to influence Israelis to vote against conservative Benjamin Netanyahu.” (CNS News, 2016)
But that’s just a recent example. Saddam Husein was in power because of the US. Iran, Egypt, Libya, Nicaragua, Czechoslovakia, Chile, Guatemala, and more. We love to do exactly what Russia loves to do and any country that can loves to do and that’s try to get people in power that are friendly to the country doing the messing about.
As Secretary of State Hillary Clinton was an absolute embarrassment. Remember the reset button? The one with the wrong word in Russian on it?
“It should be “perezagruzka” [the Russian word for reset],” said Lavrov.”This says ‘peregruzka,’ which means ‘overcharged.’”
Oh dear. What was Clinton’s reply?
“We won’t let you do that to us, I promise. We mean it and we look forward to it.”
She’s an idiot. Russia knows she’s an idiot. In fact Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov whom she handed the button off to said he just wanted to stop talking about it and hoped no one would ask anymore questions about it. The need for a reset, he said, was just an invention of Hillary and Obama. He explained that US Russian relations with President Bush and Secretary Rice were excellent. There was no need for a reset.
My personal theory on this is that that Hillary is too inflexible to see Russia as anything other than the Russia of her youth. To her Russia has always been the enemy and always will be. To Russia she’s the person who embarrassed herself and them which is, in diplomatic circles, one of the single worst things a person can do. This all left the Russians with no respect (or fear) of Obama or Hillary.
The CIA has accused Russia of interfering in the 2016 presidential election by hacking into Democratic and Republican computer networks and selectively releasing emails. But critics might point out the U.S. has done similar things.