Special Opinion to the Mirror by Paul Plante.
In one of those cosmic
From this new and wonderful system of Government (the Articles of Confederation), it has come to pass, that almost every national object of every kind, is at this day unprovided for; and other nations taking the advantage of its imbecility, are daily multiplying commercial restraints upon us.
That, people, was 230 years ago, now, that those words of wisdom were spoken to the People of the State of New York by John Jay, an author of some of the Federalist Papers, and this nation’s first chief justice, about the imbecility of our national government, and those words were barely dry on the pages of the Cape Charles Mirror when to prove to us American people 230 years later that other nations are still taking advantage of the imbecility of our national government, which is of, by, and for the American people, the Washington Post was out with an article entitled “New report on Russian disinformation, prepared for the Senate, shows the operation’s scale and sweep” by Craig Timberg and Tony Romm on 17 December 2018, as follows:
A report prepared for the Senate that provides the most sweeping analysis yet of Russia’s disinformation campaign around the 2016 election found the operation used every major social media platform to deliver words, images and videos tailored to voters’ interests to help elect President Trump — and worked even harder to support him while in office.
The report, a draft of which was obtained by The Washington Post, is the first to study the millions of posts provided by major technology firms to the Senate Intelligence Committee, led by Sen. Richard Burr (R-N.C.), its chairman, and Sen. Mark Warner (Va.), its ranking Democrat.
The bipartisan panel hasn’t said whether it endorses the findings.
It plans to release it publicly this week.
The research — by Oxford University’s Computational Propaganda Project and Graphika, a network analysis firm — offers new details of how Russians working at the Internet Research Agency, which U.S. officials have charged with criminal offenses for interfering in the 2016 campaign, sliced Americans into key interest groups for targeted messaging.
These efforts shifted over time, peaking at key political moments, such as presidential debates or party conventions, the report found.
The data sets used by the researchers were provided by Facebook, Twitter and Google and covered several years up to mid-2017, when the social media companies cracked down on the known Russian accounts.
The report, which also analyzed data separately provided to House Intelligence Committee members, contains no information on more recent political moments, such as November’s midterm elections.
“What is clear is that all of the messaging clearly sought to benefit the Republican Party — and specifically Donald Trump,” the report says.
“Trump is mentioned most in campaigns targeting conservatives and right-wing voters, where the messaging encouraged these groups to support his campaign.”
“The main groups that could challenge Trump were then provided messaging that sought to confuse, distract and ultimately discourage members from voting.”
Representatives for Burr and Warner declined to comment.
The report offers the latest evidence that Russian agents sought to help Trump win the White House.
Now, people, ponder on that last sentence for a moment, and then think back to your high school civics class, and ask yourself this essential existential question, to wit: “Could that possibly be true?”
Does that report done by the Brits of all people, offer any evidence at all that Russian agents sought to help Trump win the White House?
Or is it just some more political hog**** being thrown at us by our imbecilic national government?
And before I answer that question, because I believe you should never ask a question you don’t already know the answer to (that is a no-brainer, by the way, for an American), the word “imbecilic” shows up several times in the Federalist Papers, and with good reason as we first see in FEDERALIST No. 9, “The Union as a Safeguard Against Domestic Faction and Insurrection,” for the Independent Journal to the People of the State of New York by Alexander Hamilton circa 1787, to wit:
A distinction, more subtle than accurate, has been raised between a CONFEDERACY and a CONSOLIDATION of the States.
The essential characteristic of the first is said to be, the restriction of its authority to the members in their collective capacities, without reaching to the individuals of whom they are composed.
It is contended that the national council ought to have no concern with any object of internal administration.
An exact equality of suffrage between the members has also been insisted upon as a leading feature of a confederate government.
These positions are, in the main, arbitrary; they are supported neither by principle nor precedent.
It has indeed happened, that governments of this kind have generally operated in the manner which the distinction taken notice of, supposes to be inherent in their nature; but there have been in most of them extensive exceptions to the practice, which serve to prove, as far as example will go, that there is no absolute rule on the subject.
And it will be clearly shown in the course of this investigation that as far as the principle contended for has prevailed, it has been the cause of incurable disorder and imbecility in the government.
Incurable disorder and imbecility in the government!
That is us today, he is talking about, people, as we can clearly see from that stunning report the Brits just did for the United States Senate, where the Brits who did the study proved pretty conclusively that the Russians aimed particular energy at left-leaning African American voters by undermining their faith in elections and spreading misleading information about how to vote.
Which raises the question all these years later of how can somebody be an American citizen and not know how to vote?
Imbecility then shows up again in FEDERALIST No. 15, “The Insufficiency of the Present Confederation to Preserve the Union,” for the Independent Journal to the People of the State of New York by Alexander Hamilton, as follows:
Is respectability in the eyes of foreign powers a safeguard against foreign encroachments?
The imbecility of our government even forbids them to treat with us.
Today, as that report to the Senate by the Brits makes incandescently clear the imbecility of our national government has the American people being led around by the nose by the Russians in seemingly huge flocks, according to that report.
So what is up with that does anyone think?
And then we come back to imbecility in FEDERALIST No. 18, “The Insufficiency of the Present Confederation to Preserve the Union, continued,” for the Independent Journal to the People of the State of New York by Alexander Hamilton and James Madison, as follows:
The Achaeans (Greeks), though weakened by internal dissensions and by the revolt of Messene, one of its members, being joined by the AEtolians and Athenians, erected the standard of opposition.
Finding themselves, though thus supported, unequal to the undertaking, they once more had recourse to the dangerous expedient of introducing the succor of foreign arms.
The Romans, to whom the invitation was made, eagerly embraced it.
Philip was conquered; Macedon subdued.
A new crisis ensued to the league.
Dissensions broke out among it members.
These the Romans fostered.
Callicrates and other popular leaders became mercenary instruments for inveigling their countrymen.
The more effectually to nourish discord and disorder the Romans had, to the astonishment of those who confided in their sincerity, already proclaimed universal liberty throughout Greece.
With the same insidious views, they now seduced the members from the league, by representing to their pride the violation it committed on their sovereignty.
By these arts this union, the last hope of Greece, the last hope of ancient liberty, was torn into pieces; and such imbecility and distraction introduced, that the arms of Rome found little difficulty in completing the ruin which their arts had commenced.
The Achaeans were cut to pieces, and Achaia loaded with chains, under which it is groaning at this hour.
And now the Russians are doing it to us, people, so how about that?
Those who don’t know history, and that is most modern Americans today, are grist for the mill of those who do, plain and simple.
And note that the form of government those Greeks had was called Democracy!
And that in turn takes us to FEDERALIST No. 68, “The Mode of Electing the President,” from the New York Packet to the People of the State of New York by Alexander Hamilton on Friday, March 14, 1788, where we learn about our form of government, as follows:
THE mode of appointment of the Chief Magistrate of the United States is almost the only part of the system, of any consequence, which has escaped without severe censure, or which has received the slightest mark of approbation from its opponents.
Now, here people, is where I become curious as to why our United States Senate is seeking input on how our government is supposed to function from the Brits, who would be the last to know, given that they are ruled by a queen, whose subjects they are, while some of us remember being a free people not owned or in thrall to a foreign power like Great Britain, or Russia, for that matter.
Why doesn’t our United States Senate know how the Chief Magistrate of the United States is appointed?
How can they be so ignorant?
Is it because they are put in office by people in this country who either don’t know how to vote, or have been misled by the Russians?
Getting back to Federalist No. 68, we have, to wit:
It was desirable that the sense of the people should operate in the choice of the person to whom so important a trust was to be confided.
This end will be answered by committing the right of making it, not to any preestablished body, but to men chosen by the people for the special purpose, and at the particular conjuncture.
It was equally desirable, that the immediate election should be made by men most capable of analyzing the qualities adapted to the station, and acting under circumstances favorable to deliberation, and to a judicious combination of all the reasons and inducements which were proper to govern their choice.
Now think about that, people, as we hear all this hype and hysteria the Brits are feeding to our imbecilic Senate which makes it sound as if the Russians are actually the ones who elected Donald Trump to office, as opposed to a body of men and women in this country most capable of analyzing the qualities adapted to the station, and acting under circumstances favorable to deliberation, and to a judicious combination of all the reasons and inducements which were proper to govern their choice.
Are the Brits, and by extension, the members of our Senate who are getting their facts from the Brits, who seem to know more about what is going on over here than do the members of our Senate, telling us that minds of these men and women in this country most capable of analyzing the qualities adapted to the station, and acting under circumstances favorable to deliberation, and to a judicious combination of all the reasons and inducements which were proper to govern their choice have been contaminated by the Russians to such extent that they were nothing more than Russian stooges?
Is that what the Brits and the U.S. Senate are telling us when they say this report offers the latest evidence that Russian agents sought to help Trump win the White House?
Because in America, pursuant to our mode of electing our president, the only way the Russians could have succeeded was by literally taking over the electors of the president, and where is there any proof that that happened, people?
Getting back to Federalist No. 68, we have:
A small number of persons, selected by their fellow-citizens from the general mass, will be most likely to possess the information and discernment requisite to such complicated investigations.
Discernment requisite to such complicated investigations, people, where discernment can be taken to mean the ability to judge well.
So are we to believe that these electors were actually then stupid enough to be taken in by Russian disinformation on FACEBOOK and TWITTER?
If these electors are chosen because they possess discernment requisite to such complicated investigations as are required to elect an American president, people, do we really think they are going to be conducting their investigations on either FACEBOOK or mindless TWITTER?
And that thought about Russian interference in our affairs over here, which has been going on since at least WWII, takes us back to Federalist No. 68 as follows:
It was also peculiarly desirable to afford as little opportunity as possible to tumult and disorder.
This evil was not least to be dreaded in the election of a magistrate, who was to have so important an agency in the administration of the government as the President of the United States.
But the precautions which have been so happily concerted in the system under consideration, promise an effectual security against this mischief.
WHOA, stop the presses here, people – the precautions which have been so happily concerted in the system under consideration for electing the president of the United States of America promise an effectual security against mischief!
So how did the Russians manage to thwart that security to affect our presidential election by tainting the electors through a campaign of disinformation?
Has our electoral system broken down so that it now no longer provides us any security from Russian control of the minds of the American people?
Getting back to Federalist No. 68:
The choice of SEVERAL, to form an intermediate body of electors, will be much less apt to convulse the community with any extraordinary or violent movements, than the choice of ONE who was himself to be the final object of the public wishes.
And as the electors, chosen in each State, are to assemble and vote in the State in which they are chosen, this detached and divided situation will expose them much less to heats and ferments, which might be communicated from them to the people, than if they were all to be convened at one time, in one place.
So, okay, people, who are we to believe here?
What these Brits at Oxford University are telling us is that today, with FACEBOOK and mindless TWITTER in the virtual control of the Russians, there no longer is any possible way to keep our presidential electors from being exposed to heats and ferments concocted by the Russians in order to put Donald Trump in the White House.
Can that be true?
And back once again to Federalist No. 68 we go, to see the following:
Nothing was more to be desired than that every practicable obstacle should be opposed to cabal, intrigue, and corruption.
These most deadly adversaries of republican government might naturally have been expected to make their approaches from more than one quarter, but chiefly from the desire in foreign powers to gain an improper ascendant in our councils.
Do you see that, people?
Two hundred thirty years ago, the founders of this nation already anticipated that the Russians would try to interfere in our national elections today, as the Brits are telling the United States Senate happened, and in their wisdom, they put in place every practicable obstacle they could to oppose cabal, intrigue, and corruption in our presidential elections.
So how were these obstacles surmounted by the Russians in 2016?
And the answer to that question is that they weren’t!
It is almost 2019 now, and to date, not one shred of evidence has been put forth by anyone, including our so-called “intelligence” agencies, and the Mueller investigation, that any presidential electors in this country were turned by the Russians, or influenced in any way.
Getting back to the safeguards built into our mode of electing a president in this country so as to keep foreign powers like Russia or Great Britain, for that matter, from gaining an improper ascendant in our councils, Federalist No. 68 continues as follows:
How could they better gratify this, than by raising a creature of their own to the chief magistracy of the Union?
But the convention have guarded against all danger of this sort, with the most provident and judicious attention.
They have not made the appointment of the President to depend on any preexisting bodies of men, who might be tampered with beforehand to prostitute their votes; but they have referred it in the first instance to an immediate act of the people of America, to be exerted in the choice of persons for the temporary and sole purpose of making the appointment.
And they have excluded from eligibility to this trust, all those who from situation might be suspected of too great devotion to the President in office.
No senator, representative, or other person holding a place of trust or profit under the United States, can be of the numbers of the electors.
Thus without corrupting the body of the people, the immediate agents in the election will at least enter upon the task free from any sinister bias.
Their transient existence, and their detached situation, already taken notice of, afford a satisfactory prospect of their continuing so, to the conclusion of it.
But, people, if we are to believe these Brits about the Russians using social media to put Trump in the White House, then we are being asked to believe that these electors were not free of sinister bias when they voted to put Trump in the White House over Hillary Clinton, a pathological liar deemed too untrustworthy to be an American president and the leader of a free people.
Getting back to Federalist No. 68, and the Russians corrupting our presidential electors, we have:
The business of corruption, when it is to embrace so considerable a number of men, requires time as well as means.
Nor would it be found easy suddenly to embark them, dispersed as they would be over thirteen States, in any combinations founded upon motives, which though they could not properly be denominated corrupt, might yet be of a nature to mislead them from their duty.
Today, of course, we have fifty states, so are we really to believe that the Rusians are so powerful in this country that they can literally reach into each sate to corrupt the electors?
Isn’t that thought verging on hysteria?
Back to Federalist No. 68, to wit:
All these advantages will happily combine in the plan devised by the convention; which is, that the people of each State shall choose a number of persons as electors, equal to the number of senators and representatives of such State in the national government, who shall assemble within the State, and vote for some fit person as President.
Their votes, thus given, are to be transmitted to the seat of the national government, and the person who may happen to have a majority of the whole number of votes will be the President.
The process of election affords a moral certainty, that the office of President will never fall to the lot of any man who is not in an eminent degree endowed with the requisite qualifications.
Talents for low intrigue, and the little arts of popularity, may alone suffice to elevate a man to the first honors in a single State; but it will require other talents, and a different kind of merit, to establish him in the esteem and confidence of the whole Union, or of so considerable a portion of it as would be necessary to make him a successful candidate for the distinguished office of President of the United States.
It will not be too strong to say, that there will be a constant probability of seeing the station filled by characters pre-eminent for ability and virtue.
I wonder how these Brits at Oxford University are going to get around that – it will not be too strong to say that there will be a constant probability of seeing the station filled by characters pre-eminent for ability and virtue.
If that is no longer true, then it would seem that these Brits at Oxford University owe us a duty to explain to us how it was that the Russians were able to breach all these protections and safeguards to corrupt our presidential electors in this country so that they would put Trump in office instead of Hillary.
When can we expect that critical answer to be forthcoming?
Stay tuned for further developments, and don’t touch that dial!