Show me your fellow travelers, and I'll know what to expect of you

By Paul Ackerman | Mar 23, 2017

An amazing few weeks of hyperventilating liberals, rioting snowflake “students” at various colleges, rappers pretending to be presidential assassins or threatening the president’s wife, and yet we still are being deluged by the mainstream media with incessant innuendo that Vladimir Putin stole the presidency from Hillary Clinton to elect Donald Trump.

Not since the election of 1796 have we been treated to such baseless venom. Back then, the Federalists supporting John Adams against Thomas Jefferson asserted that Jefferson was an infidel, irreligious, an admirer of the French Revolution (with its bloody guillotines), and “most certainly lacked the temperament to become president of the United States…”1 Sound familiar?

And they were lucky in 1796 that today’s social media did not exist, nor did George Washington decide to stay in Washington and coordinate efforts to cripple a potential anti-Federalist presidency if Jefferson won.

Adams won, by the way, and thankfully, there is no record of any 18th-century rapper, such as our present “BowWow,” having issued sexual threats against Abigail Adams.

Here we are in 2017, and former Pres. Barack Obama, recently ensconced in the tony Kalorama neighborhood of D.C., is apparently coordinating the mélange of (his former campaign group) Organizing For Action and the Soros-linked group Indivisible to “Astroturf” every possible event with Republican officeholders in order to create a media narrative of a “broad consensus of resistance” to everything Republicans were elected to do.

The manual for Indivisible gives a very clear picture of the Alinskyite tactics it recommends. In a piece he wrote for the New York Post2 Feb. 18, Paul Sperry relates that the advice to protesters covers how to camouflage their appearance in town hall-type meetings so as not to appear part of a coordinated group, ask hostile questions, and boo the Republican speaker whenever possible, all to “reinforce the impression of broad consensus.”

Sperry points out that “the manual” also advises protesters to flood “Trump-friendly” lawmakers’ Capitol Hill offices with angry phone calls and emails demanding the resignation of top White House adviser Steve Bannon.

A script advises callers to complain: “I’m honestly scared that a known racist and anti-Semite will be working just feet from the Oval Office. (snip) It is everyone’s business if a man who promoted white supremacy is serving as an adviser to the president.”

What really ought to be everyone’s business is what to do with the liars and agitators in these groups, and their media lapdogs, who persist in these phony accusations.

Surprisingly, the group Organizing for Action also put out a “Congressional Recess Toolkit.”3 Here is a portion of their sage advice on how to dominate a Member of Congress' town hall meeting.

”Spread out. Sitting by yourself or in pairs throughout the front half of the room will make the perception of broad consensus a reality for your MOC. It also maximizes your chance to ask a question. Applaud when someone in your group (or another person with a question that aligns with your issue) asks a question to show wide support. (snip) Make sure there are people in your group who will record the meeting on video, with pictures, and on Facebook Live. Then, determine who will use social media to reach out to the press and others about what’s going on inside the town hall meeting. Make a staffing plan, with back-up roles, ahead of time so everyone is clear on what their role is during the town hall meeting. Remember — take video and pictures or the event didn’t happen! Post these pictures and videos to social media throughout the town hall meeting ...”

Do you think that this phony manipulation of media, social and otherwise, represents anything positive and unifying? No, this is about sabotaging the results of an election the left thought they had in the bag. They were wrong, and the American voters are sick and tired of this sort of divisive chicanery.

1 Adams vs Jefferson: The Tumultuous Election of 1800, by John Ferling (ISBN: 019518906x), p. 90 para 2.



Comments (3)
Posted by: Kendall Merriam | Mar 29, 2017 08:48

Love this Point-Counter-Point and hope you both continue your political arguments here in the Village Soup. BTW Ackerman, "fellow travelers" is a term from WW1 era referring to communists.

Posted by: Ronald Horvath | Mar 24, 2017 14:39

"Not since the election of 1796 have we been treated to such baseless venom."  Really, Paul?  Have you -like the rest of your delusional "fellow travelers" on the right- deliberately forgotten 2008?  Have you simply jettisoned from your limited memory the treatment of President Obama and the outrageous behavior of the Tea Party?  I'm starting to get tired of having to remind you guys that your side has constantly lowered the standard for politcal criticism.  (As though Trump's very existence isn't proof of that.) But then you're a so-called conservative and past sins is one thing you never "conserve" preferring to wipe your own "baseless venom" from your memory.  With guys like you it's not "Do unto others" but "Do it first, do it hard, and then pretend it never happened."  

And as long as you yourself mentioned "sexual threats," how many have been made against Michelle and the Obama daughters in the last eight years, the latest only recently when the Fox news horde of racists discovered that Malia was accepted at Harvard?  I don't remember you mentioning those.  Where was your outrage about that?

You are aware as well, aren't you, that Obama's "tony Kalorama neighborhood of D.C." is also the new home of Ivanka Trump (Kushner), the first daughter of our present nightmare of a president?  At least that's where she'll be when not occupying her news office in the white house, complete with security clearance (though Trump swore he wouldn't try to include his children in security decisions.)

I do love how you can write nonsense such as "Do you think that this phony manipulation of media, social and otherwise, represents anything positive and unifying?"  I have to wonder who you're alluding to.  After all the Wall Street Journal has recently  writen:

"Trump’s is eroding public trust, at home and abroad... with his seemingly endless stream of exaggerations, evidence-free accusations, implausible denials and other falsehoods...  Two months into his Presidency, Gallup has Mr. Trump’s approval rating at 39%. No doubt Mr. Trump considers that fake news, but if he doesn’t show more respect for the truth most Americans may conclude he’s a fake President. "

Some of us already do.  And as long as we're writing about "respect for the truth" that "incessant innuendo" about Putin's involvment in our elections is no longer innuendo.  It's rather a mounting surge of information on Russian involvement in Trump's campaign that can no longer be ignored.

"Today’s House Intelligence Committee hearings on Donald Trump and Russia served as a display of the immediacy of modern communication. After FBI Director James Comey and NSA Director Mike Rogers testified that Russia tried to influence the election in Trump’s favor, Trump essentially tweeted that they’d said the opposite. But that allowed the Democrats on the committee to read Trump’s tweet back to Comey, who then refuted it.

"James Comey confirmed during his testimony today that the FBI is currently investigating Russia’s attempt at rigging the election, as well as investigating the role that the Trump campaign played in Russia’s meddling."

That sounds pretty affirmative of deliberate Russian involvement in our elections.  And why you might ask:

“I can tell you, speaking for myself, I own nothing in Russia,” President Trump said at a news conference last month. “I have no loans in Russia. I don’t have any deals in Russia.”

But in the United States, members of the Russian elite have invested in Trump buildings. A Reuters review has found that at least 63 individuals with Russian passports or addresses have bought at least $98.4 million worth of property in seven Trump-branded luxury towers in southern Florida, according to public documents, interviews and corporate records.

And no loans?  Really?

"Russia was laundering money into Deutsche Bank, through another bank owned by two Donald Trump associates, at the same time it just happened to be inexplicably loaning large sums of money to Trump even though he was a poor investment risk. Trump then rewarded one of the go-between bank’s owners by making him the U.S. Secretary of Commerce. And the other owner of the bank just happens to be the guy who does real estate business with Trump and keeps flying into whatever town Trump visits whenever he’s away from the White House."

And then there's this:

"There are KGB agents in the White House warns President George W. Bush’s ethics attorney Richard Painter. His biggest concern is former national security advisor to Donald Trump, Michael Flynn, but Painter is worried about the president’s entire circle being in bed with Russia.

People tend to titter about the craziness in the White House, but Painter’s alarm brought home how frightening the situation actually is on Lemon’s show:

'People are not being honest about their foreign contacts, and talk about this “deep state theory” as if there are somehow Obama moles in the government under the Trump administration. It’s the KGB agents running around the West Wing or the national security council.’"

And finally this:

"It turns out Flynn was paying an FBI official who tried to sabotage Hillary Clinton during the campaign.

The story comes by way of Daily Caller, typically a conservative mouthpiece, but its facts and sourcing appear to be solid in this particular instance. During the election, (now former) FBI deputy assistant director Brian McCauley called up the State Department and offered to retroactively declassify information that was thought to have been in Hillary Clinton’s emails...

That offer was rebuked by the State Department, but then someone (possibly McCauley or Flynn) leaked it to the media in an effort to make it appear that Hillary Clinton’s former agency was considering quid pro quo deals to try to get her off the legal hook. And now it turns out Brian McCauley, the FBI guy who made the offer in the first place, was paid $28,000 in subcontracting fees by Michael Flynn. In fact the money came out of the $530,000 which Flynn was paid by Turkey.

So the FBI deputy assistant director who tried to sabotage Hillary Clinton during the election was on the payroll of Donald Trump adviser Michael Flynn, who in turn was on the payroll of Turkey. Daily Caller has more details. Additionally, Mike Pence has been caught lying about Flynn’s payments, and Turkey has reportedly asked Flynn for its money back."

And we all know how friendly Flynn is with Russia, don't we.

There more, of course, a lot more, from Trump altering the Republican campaign platform to please a Russian intel officer, to Roger Stone, Trump's campaign "advisor" and close friend communicating directly with Russian government hackers during the campaign, to a dedicated Russian email server in Trump Tower, to an actual murder investigation:

"Back on July 10 of last year, during the height of the 2016 election, Democratic National Committee data analyst Seth Rich was shot dead while walking alone in his neighborhood. Twelve days later, Russian-backed WikiLeaks released a number of emails it had hacked and stolen from the Democratic National Committee, harming Hillary Clinton and helping Donald Trump. And now a Republican lobbyist claims to have uncovered evidence that Russia murdered Rich in order to cover up its DNC hacking.

Jack Burkman, a GOP lobbyist, now claims he’s found digital evidence that Seth Rich had discovered Russia was behind the DNC hack, which he believes provides motive for Rich’s murder. The timeframe fits. The leaked emails were released on July 22nd, suggesting that the hacking itself took place sometime not long before Rich died. And his death has made no sense, as his wallet and other valuable items were left in plain sight on his person, suggesting it wasn’t a robbery."

So you see, Paul, there's quite a bit more than innuendo out there and Trump's chances for lasting out one term are looking doubtful.  The only question is when the Republicans will feel enough heat to bail on this toxic administration and save their own skins, something Republicans are well noted for.  That will happen when -in your words- "the American voters are sick and tired of this sort of divisive chicanery."

Posted by: Harold Bryson Mosher | Mar 24, 2017 05:12

It seems Indivisible is borrowing from the Tea Party playbook.  Good.  Turnabout is fair play.

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