Those responsible for our safety don’t seem to fully realize the danger our country faces. They are trivially squabbling, too naive or too handicapped by their vanity.

It seems Slavic minds, sharpened by centuries of cruel deceit and conquest and deeply rooted in unwavering love for Russia, brought us down into a circus-like grotesque. They created such a deep distrust among us that we treat even our intelligence community as if it were our enemy.

An isolated West is what the Russians want. Like it or not, we are global. Ownerships of assets are so closely connected internationally, that while politically we may see ourselves as independent, business is so complexly intertwined that isolation is impossible. Only if our political ideology is integrated with the reality of global business can we survive as the great nation we have been and still see ourselves as.

Disruption of international partnerships and treaties governing the interactions with the rest of the free world will allow the Russian empire to exploit the economic weaknesses individual nations have.

Russian leadership, forever set on conquest, has never changed. From the plots of the Boyars under the Czars to the Stalinist politburo, disguised now by Putinesque charm. They have sacrificed their own people for Mother Russia. Against that background what would let anyone think they could be reliable partners for economical or moral reason.

In November it was difficult for me not to join the many that saw a better future in the leadership of Donald Trump and I was not able to cast my vote for president. The very traits I saw as detrimental to his ability to lead us have become apparent. Being used to imposing his will in his business without dissent provided him with marginal managerial experience and makes him vulnerable to the criticism any leader of our country had and will endure. Instead of forging ahead with what needs to be done he has allowed himself to engage in absurd battles with not only the press but also with the majority of those that are a quintessential part of our government. The consequences of that essentially immobilized an already quite impotent Congress.

The question should not be whether anyone on our end, most likely unwittingly, colluded with Russian efforts to destabilize our democracy. Don’t focus on who fell into the traps set, even so some have let themselves be seduced by the lure of money gains. The real witches are not among us. They sit in the Kremlin and watch with glee their success in having created our dilemma and the looming break-up of the European Union, threatening the loss of that strong alliance. We need to protect ourselves from them by setting the bar of deterrence so high they will cease and desist. The Senate has recognized this and acted.

It can only be hoped that the globalist wolves in patriotic sheepskin at the helm will not weaken Congress’ efforts to protect our democracy and full independence. If they do, whether out of naivety or hoping for business gains, I will be more fearful.

Gerhard Meinecke lives in Dickinson.

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Carlos Ponce

So the presidential candidate who said "The ’80s called, they want their foreign policy back," was CLUELESS.
“Gov. Romney, I’m glad you recognize al-Qaida is a threat, because a few months ago when you were asked what is the biggest geopolitical group facing America, you said Russia, not al-Qaida. You said Russia. And the 1980s are now calling to ask for their foreign policy back. Because the Cold War has been over for 20 years. But Governor, when it comes to our foreign policy, you seem to want to import the foreign policies of the 1980s...." Barack Hussein Obama

Josh Butler

Carlos pointing out facts, again.

Jarvis Buckley

If you didn't vote- you don't have a gripe coming.

Don Schlessinger

Amen!

Jack Cross

If one negatively singles out Trump in the story then it is fair to assume that you endorse Hillary Clinton's resist movement. It's no secret, Trump was a target by both Republicans and democrats from the day he announced. The establishment saw him as a threat and with the press leading the charge trying to take him out. he is still there and the anger and hate is boiling over.
We see statements about blowing up the White House, plays about assimilating the president. attacking and beating Trump supporters, some of our most trusted government departments, partisan and corrupted, committing crimes of leaking sensitive material to the press, breaking the law of unmasking American citizens, using the IRS to block Tea party groups.
Then declare that the president is not under investigation and had not blocked any investigation, then turn around than the government create a crime and launch another investigation of obstruction of justice of a crime that never was a crime in the first place.
leaking a conversation.
Morality and the culture of the country is in the gutter, the swamp is still in place, Its easy to blame Trump but look who is breaking the law and creating the violence. Notice that TV and the talk shows ratings have never been higher. Newspapers put the word Trump in the headline guarantees readers. Will we ever be able to put the genie back in the bottle. Too many in heartland America hasn't figured out that this is not about Russian spying, heck they have been spying for years, we do it,China, Korea and most other countries do it as well. This is about taking down a lawfully elected president, it is about power and the 2018 elections, it is about ratings and it is about special interest groups and their lobby keeping the money flowing, protecting the good life, To not like Trump or his policies is fair game, but I am not going to be part of a scheme to overturn the 2016 election and this is what all this is about, with everyone and the country being the loser. If this climate continues, bad thing will happen and history will record this drive to take down this president will be one of the foolish mistakes of modern history.

Gerhard Meinecke

My point is not about Trump

Jim Forsythe

If one finds no one they can vote for, should they vote anyway? If one makes no protest, can they complain?
"In his 1851 book Social Statics, the English radical Herbert Spencer neatly describes the rhetorical jujitsu surrounding voting, consent, and complaint, then demolishes the argument. Say a man votes and his candidate wins. The voter is then “understood to have assented” to the acts of his representative. But what if he voted for the other guy? Well, then, the argument goes, “by taking part in such an election, he tacitly agreed to abide by the decision of the majority.” And what if he abstained? “Why then he cannot justly complain…seeing that he made no protest.” Spencer tidily sums up: “Curiously enough, it seems that he gave his consent in whatever way he acted—whether he said yes, whether he said no, or whether he remained neuter! A rather awkward doctrine this.” Indeed.

Complaining.is duty.  Is having all people vote a goal we want. If so, is a  ignorant voter a good voter?
"Whether there is a duty to be civically engaged, to act as a good citizen, is a separate question from the issue of voting. But if such a duty exists, there are many ways to perform it, including (perhaps especially) complaining. According to Mankiw’s argument, the ignorant voter is a far less admirable citizen than the serial-letter-writing Tea Partier who can’t be bothered to show up on Election Day.
The right to complain is, mercifully, unrelated to any hypothetical duty to vote. It was ensured, instead, by the Founders, all of whom were extraordinary bellyachers themselves. "

Why some people did not vote.
In the 2008 Census Bureau voting survey , topping the list of reasons for not voting is a lack of interest (13%) or a dislike of the candidates or issues (13%).  More than a quarter of registered nonvoters in 2008 didn't vote because they weren't interested or didn't like their choices.
Many reported illness or disability (15%), especially among older registered nonvoters.  Others were too busy, or had conflicting schedules (17%).  That's about a third of the registered nonvoters.?
Of the remainder, many had some logistical problem with the process:  6% had problems with their voter registration, 3% did not have convenient polling places, and another 3% had some sort of transportation problem.  And 0.2% reported that bad weather conditions kept them from the polls on election day

Carlos Ponce

"If one finds no one they can vote for, should they vote anyway?"
Yes, that's why there is a WRITE IN Vote. Jim Forsythe, not wanting any candidate on the ballot can vote for himself or anyone else in protest. It is tantamount to NONE OF THE ABOVE.

Jim Forsythe

Then , it is one and the same.

Carlos Ponce

"Then , it is one and the same." Not quite. Lets say you don't vote in one particular race. The votes will be tabulated based on the total number of votes cast in that race, not the number of voters. Let's say 100 people voted that day. But 10 people chose not to vote in one race, left that part blank. The percentage of votes per candidate in that race will be based on 90. But if those 10 voted WRITE IN the percentages will be based on 100. Could it make a difference? Given enough voting WRITE IN, yes.

Jim Forsythe

Unless I file some paperwork in advance , I can not be a write in candidate in Texas.
Can I write-in a Presidential Candidate? Yes
Should The Candidate File Paperwork in advance? Yes
Texas is one of the 34 states that require a write-in presidential candidate to file some paperwork in advance of an election. A write-in candidate for president must file a declaration of candidacy with the secretary of state no later than 78 days before the election.


Write-In Candidates running for President in 2016
List Of candidates running for the office of the President Of The United States who have filed Form 2 with the Federal Election Commission. Each individual who is a candidate for federal office must file an FEC Form 2 within 15 days of becoming a candidate. Under the Federal Election Campaign Act of 1971, as amended (the Act), an individual becomes a candidate for federal office when:
the individual has received contributions aggregating in excess of $5,000 or made expenditures aggregating in excess of $5,000; or
the individual has given consent to another person to receive contributions or make expenditures on behalf of him or herself and that person has received contributions aggregating in excess of $5,000 or made expenditures aggregating in excess of $5,000 (11 CFR 100.3(a)).

Gerhard Meinecke

I voted for almost every other position. And I was very troubled not being able to cast my vote for President because I consider voting a privilege and a duty. Clinton was out of the question, but as I said, Trump's past, never having had to face what he faces now.....

Diane Turski

Thank you for reminding anyone who may have forgotten that Russia's only goal is what it has always been - to strengthen Russia! Putin made it clear at the Winter Olympics Russia hosted that he (the bear) is unhappy that Russia is no longer the Soviet Union super power that it once was, and he plans to reclaim that power in the world. And, now Trump is helping to further Putin's plans by potentially opening the door in Cuba for Russia to establish a base of operations against us there again, too. I hope that more of the American people can wake up to this very real threat and alert their congressional representatives very soon! Putin is playing the long game, hoping that Americans will continue to let greed and short sighted partisanship blind them to what he is really doing.

Dan Freeman

“It seems Slavic minds, sharpened by centuries of cruel deceit and conquest and deeply rooted in unwavering love for Russia…” I think this is a bit much. Russia represents a subset of the Slavs, who are the largest Indo-European ethno-linguistic group in Europe [https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Slavs]. Even Russia is too complex to be simply characterized. Peter the Great had an abiding admiration for the West as did Catherine the Great. Their palaces, including the Hermitage, demonstrate this. A good deep dive into this history is James H Billington’s The Icon and the Axe.

Today, there is no question that the Russian Government, and Vladimir Putin in particular, is working to destabilize Western liberal democracies. The reasons are complex but are partially discussed by David Remnick’s Lenin’s Tomb.

These particularly noxious attacks should be taken seriously by all of us. It remains a mystery why our President refuses to acknowledge this attack. The diversions about collusion, witch hunts, and “the Dark State” are not helping. We must re-unite and oppose this attack by the Russian Oligarchy.

Gerhard Meinecke

Please do an analysis how many Non-Slaves are running the Kremlin and Politbuero.

Doyle Beard

Were the russians enemies when we sold them 20% of our uranium. I dont recall your opinion on that subject then.

Dan Freeman

“Please do an analysis how many Non-Slaves are running the Kremlin and Politbuero”
Interesting question. It seems the Kremlin does have some problems and has turned the war in the Ukraine over to non-Slavs because of fraternization: http://euromaidanpress.com/2015/08/31/moscow-using-non-slavic-soldiers-in-donbas-to-prevent-russian-ukrainian-fraternization/#arvlbdata This suggests underlying command and control problems in the Russian army. This also means the Kremlin doubts the loyalty of the ethnic Russians. And “fraternization between Russian fighters and Ukrainian forces could lead to the spread of ideas of the Ukrainian revolution first to these fighters and then back into Russia itself when these fighters return home.” Not exactly part of the plan of a sharpened mind.

More to the point, we know that under the Soviets, non Slavs were in the Politboro. They were few but still present. https://news.google.com/newspapers?nid=1982&dat=19870413&id=EoZGAAAAIBAJ&sjid=aDMNAAAAIBAJ&pg=967,1241507&hl=en

Most importantly, all of Russia east of the Urals is non Slavic as are areas along the Finnish border and Caspian Sea.
But this is beside my point. Just because the Slavs dominate western Russia and the Kremlin, it is not appropriate to refer to “Slavic minds, sharpened by centuries of cruel deceit and conquest and deeply rooted in unwavering love for Russia.” The Slavic people are as diverse and complex as Americans. Neither group has minds that are uniformly sharpened by history. If anything, most people have quite interesting but not particularly sharp minds.

Dan Freeman

It is hard to track Russian ethnic backgrounds for obvious reasons. However I did find three likely non Slavs in the current Cabinent: Sergey Lavrov - Armenian father, Sergey Shoygu - Tuvan father, and Olga Vasilieva born in Bugulma, Republic of Tatarstan.

Doyle Beard

Damn strange Gerhard, Diane and Dan never complained the last 8 years about Russia.

Jack Cross

Doyle, its Russia, Russia, Russia, 24/7, Why are we worrying about Russia hacking when there is more hacking of the FBI and National Security (within) these departments that is supposed to be secure, then leaked to the press. There was NO hacking of Hillary's campaign Mgr. Someone tricked him into the need to change his password and he chose "Password" What about our trusted news media, that collaborated with with the democratic party giving them a veto in advance of their news stories, or providing the candidate with answers in advance. Why are we concerned with Russian hacking when the Democratic party would not allow the FBI to examine their servers yet claimed the Russian hacked them. Did they have something to hide that they did not want the FBI to see.
This isn't about justice, again THIS IS ABOUT DESTROYING THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES and everyone knows it. But in doing so they are creating a dangerous nation of hate, pitting Americans against Americans. One would think that they would want more jobs, more revenue for the country, better roads and bridges and peace around the world. But yet there are those for political and self interest can't allow Trump to succeed. I's fair to oppose his policies, but they have stirred up people who think they must attack his family, his business and even kill the president. How low can a nation sink, this is liberalism on display and can't stand to loose. This surly is not what this crabby old veteran fought for or my fellow servicemen died for.

Gerhard Meinecke

see earlier comment

Doyle Beard

Jack you are correct in this assessment. This people crying about Russia is a big smokescreen because they never worried about russia when the then SOS Hillary Clinton went along with selling 20% of our uranium to them. Total hypocrites. Show me a liberal and I will show you a hypocrite. Most things they accuse others of they have already done.

Jack Cross

We see a constant cry for bi partisanship. I agree with that and in a perfect political world you would elect representatives who regardless of political affiliation, you would expect to vote yes on issues that are obviously in the best interest of the American people and the County. This is not happening, congressmen instead vote along political lines. The reason that political parties will not agree is because we are in a fight over the constitution and the direction of the country. The fundamental differences between left-wing and right-wing ideologies center around the the rights of individuals vs. the power of the government. Left-wing beliefs are liberal in that they believe society is best served with an expanded role for the government. People on the right believe that the best outcome for society is achieved when individual rights and civil liberties are paramount and the role — and especially the power — of the government is minimized. There is a clash on social spending, other differences is refugees, universal health Care, free college, gun control, gay marriage, income inequality, abortion, voter I.D., regulations and energy policies to name the main differences. the bottom line is a drift to socialism away from capitalism. All of this makes the cry for bi-partisan cooperation hollow and in reality impossible on these main issues.
This is the underlying reason the political parties feel they must be in power and it explains why the democrats feel that any method to remove Trump is justified. But is more than that, there are other groups that join the democrats in this effort because they see Trump as a threat to changing the way Washington works by his statements of cleaning the swamp. These groups see this as a threat while the right sees this as a cleanup of corruption. Even some republicans would prefer Hillary because with Hillary they would see little or no change in the way Washington operates. its all about power and one can take the rhetoric by political figures as self serving..

Jim Forsythe

No Uranium left USA  for the Russia in the  Uranium One deal .
Russia’s nuclear power agency buying a controlling interest in a Toronto-based company ,Uranium One. That company has mines, mills and tracts of land in Wyoming, Utah and other U.S. states equal to about 20 percent of U.S. uranium production capacity (not produced uranium).
Clinton was secretary of state at the time, but she didn’t have the power to approve or reject the deal. The State Department was only one of nine federal agencies that signed off on the deal, and only President Barack Obama had the power to veto it.

Clinton did approve the sale of the company. But it was not an American company in the first place, just a company with significant assets in the U.S., and there was no sale of actual Uranium, just mines that produce Uranium
Finally, and most critically, U.S. law forbids the export of Uranium without a license, which the Russian company does not have and has not applied for, so all the Uranium produced in these mines must remain in the U.S., where it is mainly used as fuel for American nuclear reactors

The Russians, under the terms of treaties signed with the United States since the end of the Cold War, send enriched Uranium from decommissioned nuclear weapons to the U.S., where it is used in power plants, in exchange for unprocessed Uranium. The Uranium that is part of this deal is exempt from the restrictions on exporting Uranium from the U.S., and is based on agreements reached before Obama took office.

Carlos Ponce

"Cash Flowed to Clinton Foundation Amid Russian Uranium Deal"
https://www.nytimes.com/2015/04/24/us/cash-flowed-to-clinton-foundation-as-russians-pressed-for-control-of-uranium-company.html

Doyle Beard

if one believes this is all above board should buy some oceanfront property in Arizona

Diane Brodie

Not sure if you are For Globalism:
Only if our political ideology is integrated with the reality of global business can we survive as the great nation we have been and still see ourselves as.
Or Against it:
It can only be hoped that the globalist wolves in patriotic sheepskin at the helm will not weaken Congress’ efforts to protect our democracy and full independence. If they do, whether out of naivety or hoping for business gains, I will be more fearful.

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