The Politicians We Deserve

I do not intend for this post to be a partisan rant; please bear this in mind as you read what follows.  I want to address American politicians generally, to explain how we have ended up with such a large number of people elected to serve our country and its people, but who always end up prioritizing their own self-interests.  To illustrate this, however, I must highlight recent revelations about the Clinton campaign’s efforts to destroy the character of their opponent, Donald J. Trump.

Last week, I wrote, “No candidate for the presidency in either of these years was “good for America,” but it is what the American people were left with after years of reelecting to high office the likes of Al Gore, John Kerry, George W. Bush, John McCain, Hillary Clinton, and along with them, all of their affiliates and surrogates.  The net effect of this is that at some future time, all of these glaring mistakes will lead us to a national crisis, and when that happens, the indisputable loser will be the American people.”

Hillary Clinton’s transition from First Lady of the United States has been nothing short of mind-boggling.  She became a New York senator, Secretary of State, and a two-time candidate for the presidency.  There is nothing in our previous history that even comes close to this; Hillary Clinton has become the poster-child for such organizations as the National Organization of Women (NOW).  Yet, in spite of all her successes, there is nothing that Hillary Clinton covets more than this title: Madam President.

Today our country is more polarized than ever before.  Has that time of national crisis already arrived?

Recent news informs us of evidence that during her campaign for the presidency, Hillary Clinton and DNC Chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D-FL) paid for an investigation targeting Donald J. Trump, then her opponent for America’s highest office.  As a result, a dossier was prepared and delivered to Clinton campaign surrogates.  I haven’t seen the dossier, of course, but journalists tell us that it makes salacious allegations involving Mr. Trump’s involvement with prostitutes, and his collusion with the Russian government to affect the outcome of the presidential elections.

In over a year of looking into these matters, there is no evidence to suggest that either allegation is true, but the real significance of the dossier is that the Clinton Campaign was doing exactly what it accused Trump of doing: to wit, colluding with a foreign government to affect the outcome of the 2016 general election.

It is hard to know where this story begins, but even more difficult to imagine where it will end.  So far, the Clinton campaign has pursued an expected strategy in “crisis management.”  Silence, denial, and obfuscation.  It has worked in the past, although I’m not quite sure it will work in the future.  But if we hope to understand even part of it, common sense must prevail.  Today, we don’t know the answers to dozens of questions, but I have to ask this: does it make sense that Hillary Clinton, arguably one of the most astute characters in national politics, never knew that her campaign spent nearly $10 million for an investigation intending to smear the character of her political opponent?

Years of Bill and Hillary Clinton instruct us that they are both skilled in layering —which is to say, distancing themselves from allegations of corruption, but I believe that no reasonable person can at this point suggest that Hillary Clinton knew nothing of these shenanigans.

We must not overlook the effect of the dossier —not so much on Trump, as he did win the election, but that the document provided outright lies and distortions that were ultimately used by the FBI to secure FISA warrants to investigate the Trump campaign.  It was also used by members of congress to attack the Trump presidency, and led to the appointment Robert Mueller as special prosecutor.

These revelations, by the way, do not surprise me; they only reinforce my belief that the US federal government has become politicized; to me, this means that no American can have confidence in our most preeminent institutions, which includes the Congress of the United States, and such important agencies as the FBI.  We must ponder the likely consequences to our country when or if its people no longer trust their government.

We know that the individual who hired the firm to investigate Trump was Clinton attorney Marc E. Elias.  Here’s what else we know:

  • The firm preparing the dossier was Fusion GPS.
  • Fusion GPS hired a former British spy to conduct the investigation.
  • British agent Christopher Steel, paid Russian sources for information.
  • Information provided by Russian agents was scandalous and fictional.
  • The 35-page dossier was provided to Democratic members of Congress and the FBI.
  • The FBI used the dossier as a road-map to conduct its investigation, including a FISA warrant to tap the Trump campaign’s phones.

So then, who or what is Fusion GPS?  Its website tells us only this:

Fusion GPS is based in Washington, DC and provides premium research, strategic intelligence, and due diligence services to corporations, law firms, and investors worldwide.

We offer a cross-disciplinary approach with expertise in media, politics, regulation, national security, and global markets.

Leading the company are two former journalists of the Wall Street Journal, Glenn Simpson, and Peter Frisch.  Previous news reports from July 2017 identify Simpson as one of several who helped Mr. Steele compile the Trump Dossier.  Fox News Investigative journalist Catherine Herridge provided the information summarized, below:

Fusion GPS is a self-described “strategic intelligence” firm.  It is well-known for employing disinformation, misinformation, intimidation, and smear tactics against the targets of their clients.

Venezuelan Alek Boyd provided first-hand testimony, stating that he was targeted by Fusion GPS in 2012 on behalf of a power company.  While working as an investigative journalist, Boyd was in the process of demonstrating that the power company had a corrupt relationship with President Hugo Chavez.

British police records reveal that Boyd reported a break-in, with two laptops stolen from his London apartment in November 2014.  The stolen computers contained evidence about corruption and scandals in Venezuela compiled over several years.  After the break-in, Boyd said his sources were attacked.  Boyd believes that Fusion GPS was involved in a defamation campaign against him, which began shortly after the apartment break-in.

Boyd further claims that Fusion GPS employed social media to intimidate him, published photographs of him and his children, and accused him of pedophilia, extortion, and drug trafficking.  He also claimed that Fusion GPS threatened harm to his children if he did not back-off his investigation of the power company.

Boyd’s claims have been verified by human rights activist Thor Halvorssen, who also has ties to Venezuela.

If there were any questions about the veracity of Alek Boyd or Thor Halvorssen, Bill Browder offered similar testimony about Fusion GPS.  Browder is a businessman who told members of the US Congress that Fusion GPS used smear tactics to discredit him and his late attorney, Sergei Magnitsky.  Magnitsky was subsequently tortured and murdered while being held in a Russian jail.  What followed this testimony was the so-called Magnitsky Act, which levied US economic sanctions against Russia.

In 2016, Browder filed a complaint against Fusion GPS with the US Department of Justice alleging that Fusion was working on behalf of foreign governments.  To my knowledge, the Justice Department has taken no action against Fusion GPS.

American politics have almost from the beginning been low and crass —but this revelation takes the game to an all-time low.  The dossier’s accusations are the worst, but this kind of smear campaign has been used previously, and to our national shame, it has been effective.

It is perhaps fair to say that even in spite of all the claims made about Clinton corruption, beginning with the Arkansas land deals years ago to the more recent accusations about pay-for-play arrangements that enriched the so-called Clinton Foundation, there are other noteworthy examples.  George Soros’ Open Society Foundation has had a far-reaching impact on our political institutions; there are claims that Soros has funded, among other things, the election of Barack Obama, race riots in Missouri, and numerous progressive organizations designed to influence US foreign and domestic policies.  There are also questions about the corruption of President George H. W. Bush involving the use of Kuwaiti money to build his presidential museum; his son, former President George W. Bush is reputed to be involved with the globalist (and some say, anti-American) Trilateral Commission, founded by David Rockefeller.

What kind of people are these who crave power so much that they are willing to do “whatever it takes” to win, to enrich themselves to unbelievable levels of wealth and influence?  What kind of people (in the media) are so ideologically driven that they would readily accept without question outlandish accusations, or fail to demonstrate even a casual interest in the origin of salacious allegations?

Forty years ago, it was possible to read imaginary works about the Cold War era by such great writers as Frederick Forsyth; today, truth has become stranger than fiction.  For example, would anyone even imagine in 2006 that the Russians would dare to murder by radioactive poison Alexander Litvinenko in a London restaurant?

The case of the Trump dossier is a far cry from Litvinenko’s termination, but there clearly was an intent to assassinate Mr. Trumps’ character.  If it is conclusively shown that candidate Hillary Clinton, her campaign, or any of her surrogates hired or employed foreign agents as a means of achieving the presidency, then we should expect anyone associated with such a campaign to face serious federal charges.  But this isn’t what Americans are hearing from the DNC talking heads.  The argument I heard from a Democratic Congressman last week was this: it doesn’t matter who paid for the dossier if any of the allegations are true.

But it does matter.

It matters because if the American voter is no longer able to make a clear distinction among hopeful politicians based on who they really are —if the foundation of our entire electoral system is based on no more than “all is fair in love and war,” or if the winner of important elections is always the fellow who is willing to stoop to the lowest level, then we have arrived at the beginning of the end of America’s grand experiment in democracy.

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32 Responses to The Politicians We Deserve

  1. Mustang,
    Outstanding post!

    [T]he Clinton Campaign was doing exactly what it accused Trump of doing: to wit, colluding with a foreign government to affect the outcome of the 2016 general election.

    Full disclosure: I have only rarely respected or had any use for politicians. In fact, I can count on the fingers of one hand that politicians whom I have respected in my lifetime.

    The above said, I must admit that what I’ve been witnessing since October 12, 2015, is mind boggling. It was on that date that I sat down face-to-face for 2.5 hours with one of the most respected pro-GOP journalists. He “spilled some beans” which I suspected existed — and confirmed my worst suspicions about just how dirty the GOP is. Truly dirty. In retrospect, I should have recorded that conversation, but I’m not wired to do something that unethical. I just could not and cannot do something to hurt this man’s child, who was was in my classes. Furthermore, until I had that conversation, I had the hope that this “journalist” was a man of integrity. That is not the case.

    I hate having my eyes wide open. I wish that I didn’t know what I know.

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  2. BTW, the person whom I mentioned in my above comment is known in Washington circles as “a character assassin.” And he used to substitute-host for Mark Levin, among others.

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    • Mustang says:

      IMO, radical points of view, always expressed as anger, explains the polarization of America. I do not think this is something we can control, however, because if conservatives give in to the communist left, then we won’t have an American Republic anymore at all. It’ll be a American Soviet Republic.

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  3. Mustang says:
    @ AOW

    James Madison wrote in Federalist 31, “The great security against a gradual concentration of the several powers in the same department, consists in giving to those who administer each department the necessary constitutional means and personal motives to resist encroachments of the others. The provision for defense must in this, as in all other cases, be made commensurate to the danger of attack. Ambition must be made to counteract ambition. The interest of the man must be connected with the constitutional rights of the place. It may be a reflection on human nature, that such devices should be necessary to control the abuses of government. But what is government itself, but the greatest of all reflections on human nature? If men were angels, no government would be necessary. If angels were to govern men, neither external nor internal controls on government would be necessary.”

    Mr. Trump vowed to drain the swamp, but this may be far more difficult than even he imagined it would be … if not impossible. Please take a moment to review this excellent post. But Mr. Trump cannot drain the avarice that exists in the souls of men who see government as an opportunity to enrich themselves. I suspect it has always been thus, which personally gives me little hope that the American Republic is worth saving. We are, quite frankly, the sum of our parts; from every indication in my entire lifetime, our parts are putrid to the point of decomposition. It may be time to bury the corpse. The year for America is 429 A.D.

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  4. John M. Berger says:

    “if the American voter is no longer able to make a clear distinction among hopeful politicians based on who they really are …………… then we have arrived at the beginning of the end of America’s grand experiment in democracy”

    AND

    “Mr. Trump vowed to drain the swamp, but this may be far more difficult than even he imagined it would be … if not impossible”

    Indeed but does the fact that [he] prevailed over 17 (incl. Shrillary) inveterate, career politicians, as a non-Politian, give us any hope, whatsoever?

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  5. Mustang says:

    @ John

    Only time will tell, my friend.

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  6. Kid says:

    Excellent post. I fear for President Trump’s life, especially since that fake journalist got close enough to shoot him but only had russian flags instead.

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  7. Mustang says:
    @ Kid

    I wish I could share your concerns, Kid … but I don’t. The fact that we’ve isolated the president as if he were a king and the amount of money spent keeping everyone back boggles the mind. Really, is this man’s life more precious than anyone else’s in America? Still, it may explain why we’ve had such a terrible run of presidents these last 28-years. Initially, the president was seen as a man of the people —but that train left the station years ago. Besides, Mr. Pence may have been a better choice.

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  8. Mustang,
    I will be linking to this excellent essay next week at my blog — with proper attribution, of course.

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  9. Mustang says:
    An interesting post-script. The issue here isn’t whether or not a federal judge is an agent for Obama or a protector of Clinton; the issue goes to trust and confidence in our government. The source for what follows is True Pundit; please feel free to form your own conclusions.

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    She donated campaign cash to Barack Obama. After his election, he appointed both her and her husband as judges. Looks like those moves are paying huge dividends.

    The federal judge presiding over whether Congress gets to see the bank records behind the Trump Dossier company has placed the financial records under sealed protective order, effectively hiding them from the public and even most lawmakers. Only a select few lawmakers will get to see a select few GPS banking records.

    U.S. District Judge Tanya Chutkan is a long-time Barack Obama supporter and crony.

    Her husband was appointed a judge by Obama too. And Chutkan also donated campaign funds to Obama prior to her and her spouse’s appointments to the bench. Oh yeah, almost forgot: Her mother-in-law kicked in for Obama’s presidential campaign too.

    Fusion GPS itself has filed a motion to block the committee’s attempts to subpoena its bank records, citing it would divulge the confidential client list of the company. Chutkan largely agreed.

    The mere fact that such a list could implicate Hillary Clinton and her former boss Obama is reason enough to believe Chutkan would opt on the side of The Swamp, in an effort to further protect Obama and his cartel which at this point may or may not include the federal judge who should have recused herself from the case.
    End Quote

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  10. Kid says:

    I’m not sure I’m up to speed in this converstation, but my main concern is that AG Sessions seems to have no interest in pursuing known and accepted felonies by actors on the left.

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  11. Kid says:

    FOC- There ya go with these darn military acronyms that no one who hasn’t pushed The Button on a sub bristling with nuclear weapons named “Jimmy Carter Attack Submarine” understands….

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  12. Imyourhuckleberry says:
    Outstanding! Sobering and scary, we are finally getting more light shed on to the long hidden, denied, downplayed agenda of these anti-patriots who will stop at nothing to gain more power and position.

    It’s truly amazing the amount of Americans they have successfully brainwashed via the MSM. “If you want to know what the devil is up to, listen to what HE is accusing YOU of”. They always tell on themselves through their accusations, and isn’t it interesting now that we learn that it seems everyone BUT Trump was colluding with Russians. As our President would say, SAD!

    Trump is our Junkyard Dog, you can’t have an effective Junkyard Dog that can also double as your cuddly couch companion. The Junkyard Dogs job is to keep unwanted threats OUT. Show me a Politician that would have ever had a chance of defeating the Clinton Crime Syndicate let alone ever politically (or possibly literally) survived the aftermath of said win. This blog should be required reading for anyone who owns a vagina hat or lives on a coast, even though they’d never believe any of it, again, SAD.

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    • Mustang says:
      Thank you for your comment and support. I hope you’ll stop by again; I value the opinions of thinking Americans.

      Add this as a post-script to my post: Today, Americans were attacked once more by an enemy to our ideals. The man’s name, by the way, translated from Arabic, means “Sword of Allah.” How did this idiot secure a visa to America? The answer is that in 1990, then Representative Chuck Schumer introduced a bill (passed by the Congress) titled “Diversity Visa Program.” We can only conclude from this that Schumer is an enemy of the American people … yet, New Yorkers have reelected him since 1981.

      Mr. Trump is not only fighting America’s enemies, he is also fighting a seriously dysfunctional liberal agenda—and they too qualify as “enemies, foreign and domestic.”

      Feel free to “follow” my blog. I would like to hear more from you in the future.

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  13. Jersey Jack says:
    “never knew that her campaign spent nearly $10 million for an investigation intending to smear the character of her political opponent?..”

    I can probably damn near guarantee due to all my years of seeing that she’s a low life snake and a dirty fighter….that she took this dossier to bed each night, memorized it completely, highlighted specific sentences, made margin notes, laughed and cackled hideously over it and most likely had an erection each time she read the more false and salacious parts too.

    She and he both are serial liars and a disgrace to the nation which has allowed these two dirty, vile, soulless human stains to get as far ahead as they have…dragging us down with them. I detest them even more than Kid does. And honestly…withal the human debris, the lives they’ve ruined, chaos, mayhem, and death they’ve left behind them inclusive of their political actions too…that they’ve remained unscathed, without a bruise for these past 40 odd years. I thought there was a God who’d at least mete out justice, in our time.

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    • Mustang says:

      Maybe God isn’t happy with how we’ve managed to take a great experiment and screw it up beyond all recognition. Other than that, you won’t get any arguments from me. My guess is that the Clinton clan are doing Satan’s work.

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  14. geeez2014 says:
    I hear more and more slamming of Republicans these days when talking about draining the swamp….I suppose it’s because we actually thought the swamp was only Democrats …until recently. And, somehow, now we’re shocked?

    Is it the Trump presidency which has brought this introspection out? How much of the swamp is he part of? He’s obviously been in the business swamp for years because of being in business in NYC…when people slam Trump by saying he gave money to Dems, it’s business … that’s what people DO when doing really huge business…they want favors.

    But as much a non-fan of Trump’s hyperbole as I am, I don’t think he wants a swamp; I think he wants it drained. As big a John Kelly fan as I am, I wish Newt had become Chief of Staff because he knows the swamp and knows what goes on and could have helped clean it … or at least make it work FOR our country somehow.

    I think Catherine Herridge might be the only honest one in Washington 🙂

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    • Mustang says:

      Gingrich does not place very high on my respectometer. My big disappointment is Trump’s selection as Attorney General. I do have the utmost respect for Ms. Herridge. Thank you so much for stopping by, and for your thought-provoking comment.

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  15. geeez2014 says:

    Mustang, I was never a Newt fan until recently…he makes sense, he knows the ropes and I believe that, if Trump would listen to anybody, his communications might stop being SO hyperbolic. I thought Kelly would help; not so. My comment was rambling, but thanks 🙂

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  16. Kid says:

    fwiw – I think John Kelly is doing so much of a better job that one cannot compare him to anyone else. Ever in the history of the USA.

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  17. geeez2014 says:

    Kid, I had higher hopes…I had hopes Trump would REALLY listen to Kelly and temper the silly ammunition he gives the haters. I know you don’t care, but the hate’s wearing a LOT of people down…….When Kelly first took over, that happened…I saw a difference in the hyperbolic tweets, etc., but he’s gone back. It’s like Trump just can’t help himself. I know a LOT OF CONSERVATIVES like that. I simply don’t. I want him saying and doing what he’s saying and doing but do it with less thin skinned schoolyard bully junk.

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  18. John M. Berger says:

    @JJ,
    ” I thought there was a God who’d at least mete out justice, in our time.”

    I’m with everything that you have stated leading up to the above quote. I believe that, while we aren’t seeing it come as soon as we would like, it will happen. Yes it’s been a long time coming but I think it will happen. I want to think that God has something special in mind for this high profile scum. Yes, I hope it happens in our time!

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    • Jersey Jack says:
      Thank you John…yes,I must have more patience and faith. But 40 years waiting for what would be a quick and obvious solution if it were you or me under the identical scrutiny. Martha Stewart was prosecuted by James Comey, jailed, served time for a lousy two-bit, cheesy, yes greedy of her….but to be in jail then? A crime? A little insider trading? She got a tip to sell a stock ….every member of Congress needs to share a cell then too. They even passed a rule to warn the members not to participate in these activities ( wink wink )…., as much as admitting they all did the same as Martha! This is the formula for riches and obscene wealth in Congress. The bribes, the lobbyists, the tips, the favors, the insider trading….it’s all rigged by them who write the laws and then have an unfair advantage and cash in. Hillary should have been jailed on the cattle futures scam where she “invested” $1000 and got a miraculous return of 100 times that! By the same standards that Martha was judged and jailed….so should they for that beginners “luck” bribery and fraud.

      “GOD GIVE ME PATIENCE…BUT GIVE IT TO ME NOW!”

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