(National Sentinel)Â Subversive:Â Earlier this week during an appearance onÂ MSNBCâ€™s â€œMorning Joeâ€ program,Â New York TimesÂ columnist Thomas Friedman pleaded with viewers to â€˜vote Democratâ€™ in the midterm elections in November.
Failure to do so, he warned, would lead to the destruction of our democracy. Or something like that.Â
Labeling President Donald Trump the â€œgreatest threat to our democracy,â€ Friedman may sound like just about every other unhinged Left-wing kook journalist in America today â€” and he does.Â
But the ongoing cacophony of the unhinged Pravda media is whatÂ really threatens our democracy.Â
â€œLook, these midterms are soon to be upon us,â€ Friedman said, almost breathlessly. â€œAnd I have one piece of advice for people: You have to vote for a Democrat because â€” and I say that as someone who, you know, I have very conservative issues on a lot of things. Iâ€™m free trade. Iâ€™m pro-globalization, pro-business.
â€œBut the fact is, John, the worst Democrat running in the Congress or the Senate today is better than the best Republican because the best Republicans except those who are tragically dying or retiring simply wonâ€™t stand up to this man,â€Â he continued.
â€œAnd if you see the norms that he is violating, the way he is trashing our most cherished institutions â€” things like the FBI, the Justice Department, the spreading of conspiracy theories from the bully pulpit of the White House â€” that is a threat to the fabric of our society and fabric of our democracy.â€
So is the problem just that Trump is â€˜violating normsâ€™ or that heâ€™sÂ reallyÂ only violating â€˜WashingtonÂ norms?â€™ Because if itâ€™s the latter, there are tens of millions of Americans who are ready to join him.
Trump is an unconventional president, to be sure, but thatâ€™s his appeal to his loyal core of supporters. Americans were tired of reheated, blow-dried RINOs running as Democrat-lite candidates who would, if elected, ensure that â€œbusiness as usualâ€ was the order of the day in Washington.
And that business as usual mentality is what has harmed our democracy. Just look at the â€œnormalâ€ functions of Obamaâ€™s FBI and Justice Department, which â€” and this is the only word to describe it â€”Â spiedÂ on a rival presidential campaign. Thatâ€™s what happened. Then, to top that off,Â Trumpâ€™sÂ campaign has been saddled with a â€œspecial counselâ€ investigationâ€¦for no good reason.
But Pravda journalists like Friedman are attempting to frame Trumpâ€™s criticism of that outlandish and possibly illegal behavior asÂ theÂ primary threat to our countryâ€™s survival, not the act of violating our trust with a bogus â€œcounterintelligenceâ€ investigationÂ based on no evidence whatsoever.
He frames Trumpâ€™s criticism as an â€˜attack on our institutions,â€™ when it fact, all Trump is saying is that the people within those agencies who ordered an unfounded, politically motivated probe of his campaign were wrong. Not the â€˜institutionâ€™ of American federal law enforcement.
Itâ€™s not a distinction without a difference. Trump has repeatedly called out those he thinks are guilty â€” Comey, Clapper, Brennan, Rice, Yates, Strzok, and even Obama â€” not the entire agencies.
And if they have misbehaved or even behaved illegally,Â shouldnâ€™t they be called out?Â
Of course, they should. Not only should they be called out but those who were responsible should be identified, indicted, and â€” if found guilty â€” punished.
These institutions have damaged themselves by allowing themselves to be politicized by the most politically motivated, underhanded president in modern history.
By criticizingÂ TrumpÂ for calling out the corruption rather than criticizing the corruption itself, Pravda hacks like Friedman are exacerbating the already substantial mistrust among the American electorate by perpetuatingÂ a lie.
Theyâ€™re doing Vladimir Putinâ€™s counterespionage work for him by helping to sow distrust in the system.
And that makes them an enemy of the American people, not protectors of freedom.
Hiding behind the First Amendment to help our enemies subvert our legitimate government is every bit as treasonous as working directly for the Kremlin.
A version of the story first appeared at NewsTarget.
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