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Do We Need Russia to Bring Us Down?

We all wonder what the heck is going on with the Trump Administration and Russia. In the video below, Sen. Bernie Sanders clarifies the right questions to ask and urges a rigorous investigation.

No politicizing. No more cover ups.

Bernie Explains Questions Around Trump’s Ties to Russia | Bernie Sanders

Factors Surrounding Trump Nomination

Allow me to add more questions. Who will conduct the investigation? Can we trust their integrity and judgement? If the whole Trump Administration comes crashing down, who will run the country?

But there’s one thing I know for sure: the Russians didn’t get Donald Trump nominated. That happened before the DNC and Podesta email leaks.

Right now, national security is paramount. If the Russians have swayed a U.S. election, if the President is vulnerable to blackmail, these are unthinkable security breaches. Protections must be implemented immediately.

Once security is back under control, we need to question this narrative that Russia duped us into voting for a glorified property salesman. They may have taken advantage of the situation, but they didn’t force Republicans to nominate Donald Trump. Here are the factors that share responsibility for the Trump nomination:

  • The corrupting influence of Big Money in politics
  • The once honorable Fourth Estate laying on its back
  • Far-Right contempt for science, education, and intelligence in general

We don’t need Russia to take us down. We are doing that ourselves.


About the author

JoAnn Chateau

JoAnn Chateau likes progressive politics and loves the canines. She sometimes writes fiction about Chester (the Alpha Bichon) and his friends -- with a dash of humor and dab of Poli-Sci. JoAnn's views and insights are tinted by her past profession in Counseling, Christian theological studies, and Library and Information Science training. Retired now, JoAnn enjoys the creative life.


  • “Far-Right contempt for science, education, and intelligence in general”

    This sounds like a very sick science fiction movie. I agree that the cancer we face in our country resides largely from within.

  • Generally speaking, the world’s great empires (e.g. the Persian, Roman, the dynasties of China, the Mongol, Ottoman, British, and now the American) all succumbed to internal divisions triggered by over-extension and encounters with new challenges (i.e. ideas, peoples, technologies, and/or environmental changes). The tenure of these empires typically lasts no more than a couple of centuries. In their death-throes, each resorted to heavy-handed authoritarianism as a desperate means to hold the empire together.

  • Bernie Sanders is a lifetime politician who has no grasp of reality and who has finally reached the lime light so late in his very undistinguished career. He states facts that are not facts, where is the dossier that shows who has the means to blackmail the President? Who are the other people who resigned because of the “ties” to Russia? All nonsense, efforts to hurt our country, so Bernie can get attention. What a phenomenal waste of time. He hurts America every day in every way he can.

  • JoAnn-
    Very well said. We must hope/insist that Trump not beat all to the punch by doing his ‘plumber thing’ to stop all leaks, thereby perpetuating his Palace of Lies (once known as the White House).

  • Weird, that line from “Batman Begins” popped into my head: “and the world will watch its greatest city tear itself apart through fear.” We’re too damned good at doing that to ourselves, and have been. That’s what makes me shake my head and wonder when we’ll all wake up and move together, to stamp out the stupidity, stop it cold. But the divisiveness has done its job, and we’re all in the “fear thy neighbor” mode now. Dammit, this sucks. We need to be the good example of representative democracy in the world again. Too many nations lose their faith even more in us, and we’re stuck, because the bill collectors will come calling fast!

    • Dear ChattyIntrovert, that’s a fine overview of the situation. Maybe you could repurpose it for a Letter to the Editor of your local newspaper – it has a good tone for that, non-accusatory and down-to-earth.

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