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Raymond Richman, 8/6/2017

Congress voted sanctions against Russia nearly unanimously for interfering in the U.S. presidential election of 2016 and voted restrictions on Pres. Trump’s ability to lift those sanctions. Congress cannot do much about curbing Russian interventions in the internal politics of other nations. But Congress is hypocritical because the CIA has been interfering in other countries elections since the middle of the last century, including most recently in the Ukraine. Our intervention in the Ukraine overthrew a pro-Russian President, and justified the action Russia took, seizing back the Crimea which it had given to the Ukraine when the latter was part of the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics.

The U.S. interfered in elections in Germany, France, and Italy after WWII to prevent them from voting Communist, helped break-up Yugoslavia which was one of Hitler’s goals, and more recently the U.S. aided the rebellions in Libya, Syria and Iraq all of which became political basket cases. Congress ought to investigate the CIA.

Sen. John McCain who enthusiastically supported all the U.S. interventions voted to retain Obamacare. Had he voted with 99 other Republicans, Obamacare would have been repealed. Three Republican congressmen, (R-Tenn.), and two Senators, Rand Paul, Republican, and Bernie Sanders, a Democrat voted against the Congressional approval of sanction. Instead of voting sanctions, Congress should have voiced America’s thanks to the Russians for doing what the American media failed to do, showing Americans how corrupt the Democratic National Committee was, a scandal that forced Rep. Wasserman Schultz to reign her post as head of the DNC.

What do we know about Russian interference in the election? What we do know is that Wikileaks leaked thousands of e-mails from members of the Democratic National Committee that revealed that the committee was taking sides, favoring Hillary Clinton over Bernie Sanders. The allegation is that Russia provided Wikileaks  with the e-mails, which Wikileaks denies. Cong. Wasserman Schultz, the chairwoman of the Democratic National Committee, resigned after the emails were disclosed showing she had worked to undermine the presidential campaign of Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders when one in her position in the DNC should have been neutral. 

As Thomas Hawk wrote in Legislation 8/3/2017. “In the hyper-partisan environment where it appears Republicans and Democrats are always at each other’s throats, it is easy to forget that both respond to what’s at the fore of the national dialogue the same way: they do whatever they believe is the most politically expedient thing to do. This inevitably results in knee-jerk, reactionary policy decisions that are more responsive to the media elite and special interests than the American voter.”

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