Wednesday, May 31, 2017

He is not a crook!

If you are a casual consumer of the news you probably think that President Donald Trump colluded with the Russians to win the election. That's what everyone on the left and in the newsrooms (but I'm repeating myself) is telling us.

Here is what Barack Obama's director of national security has been saying all along and said again this week:
"I also have to say that with specific respect to the issue of collusion, as I’ve said before, I’ve testified to this effect, I saw no direct evidence of political collusion between the campaign, the Trump campaign and the Russians."
Why .... why, it's as bad as Watergate!

In psychology there is a concept know as projection.
Psychological projection is a theory in psychology in which humans defend themselves against their own unconscious impulses or qualities (both positive and negative) by denying their existence in themselves while attributing them to others. For example, a person who is habitually rude may constantly accuse other people of being rude.
So let's revisit Watergate. Law Professor Glenn Reynolds writes:
In 1972, some employees of President Nixon’s re-election committee were caught when they broke into the Democratic National Committee headquarters to plant a bug. This led to Nixon’s resignation and probably would have led to his felony prosecution had he not been pardoned. 
But if a single bugging of the political opposition is enough to bring down a presidency — and maybe lead to an unprecedented criminal prosecution of a former president — then what are we to make of the recently unveiled Obama administration program of massively spying on political opponents in violation of clearly established law? 
Because that’s what was unveiled last week.
Lest you think this is conspiracy mongering on the right, the American Civil Liberties Union said the newly disclosed violations are some of the most serious to ever be documented and strongly call into question the U.S. intelligence community’s ability to police itself and safeguard Americans' privacy as guaranteed by the Constitution’s Fourth Amendment protections against unlawful search and seizure.

As former anti-terrorism prosecutor and national security expert Andrew McCarthy observes:
“Enabling of domestic spying, contemptuous disregard of court-ordered minimization procedures (procedures the Obama administration itself proposed, then violated), and unlawful disclosure of classified intelligence to feed a media campaign against political adversaries. Quite the Obama legacy.”
There's your Watergate, boys and girls.

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