Useful Idiots is a phrase often attributed to the famous communist Russian revolutionary Vladimir Lenin. During the cold war, the phrase became synonymous with dangerous, naïve, Americans who unknowingly and effectively carried Russian propaganda to the American people. In Russia, no one knows better how to find and exploit “useful idiots” than the new bad Vlad, Vladimir Putin.
#Russiagate is the greatest piece of destabilizing propaganda ever perpetrated against Americans. It is a great Putin win, made great by useful idiots in America. The Russia controversy may be the brain child of murderous, calculating, former KGB Colonel and current communist dictator Putin. Its success is entirely due to the hard work of Democrats and the US media.
Putin is America’s enemy, and he is an enemy of liberty in Russia and around the world. No American should be doing his bidding.
Breaking “news” that Russia tried to influence and manipulate our country’s election is only news to rubes. Russia always tries to do that, and we have always tried to do that to Russia. If that is news to you … you are an idiot … useful or otherwise.
The stark difference between former efforts to destabilize our country and current efforts by the Russians to do the same is the Russian now have two new critical ingredients for successful propaganda. The Russians have much better methods in social media, and Russian has a much stronger, more receptive audience of useful idiots in the American media and the left.
Make no mistake, the American left is doing the work that Russian communists can’t do. They have bought the lie and con that an American tough guy president is a bought and paid for Russian agent doing the bidding of Putin. Moreover, the average American is caught up in this propaganda battle in a way that makes Putin and Russia a winner no matter the facts. That’s because facts no longer matter.
The American left declared Trump an enemy the day he won, and the Russian connection story is one they both believe and insist on pushing. They will do this through the Democrat party, the deep state, and the Fourth Estate, all willing partisans who put party above country.
None of this is to say that a proper investigation into the matter is not right or necessary. Make no mistake, if Russian meddling had American help … other than buying into the propaganda lies … we need to know. If American citizens actively helped to destabilize this election and throw it, our government should investigate and prosecute those traitors.
To date, not one single agency has found any evidence of collusion between the Trump campaign and the Russians. Even today, as Director Comey announces that the FBI is investigating the Russian meddling and any possible Trump ties, Comey does not give us the bases for including the Trump campaign as a target of the investigation. That’s troubling.
If the investigation is “unprecedented” as he says, and thus the reason why he has commented on the ongoing investigation in public, then his office should disclose the evidentiary basis for the legal inquiry into Trump, his team, campaign, or any associate. Is the investigation just based on rumor? Was it directed solely by a political enemy? What evidence gives rise to investigating Trump, rather than say Obama?
To date, all we know is that our intelligence agencies reached a conclusion that the Russians interfered and that they appeared to want Trump to win. No agency, however, disclosed why that would be. It may very well be that the entire investigation is nothing more than a Russian propaganda victory.
Indeed, Putin has already won this propaganda war by pitting American against American … useful idiots that we are.
Still, Mr. Trump, as he so often does, makes a bad situation worse.
Mr. Trump’s stunning silence on Russian bad acts is hard for any honest American of any political stripe to swallow. The laundry list of bad Russian acts, prior and ongoing, is no secret. Mr. Trump needs to speak up and let the Russian dictator know that his despotic regime and its fantasy of regaining super-power status by putting the old eastern-bloc together ends with his death and the decapitation of his vastly inferior military.
No one seeks a war, and Trump is not wrong to want better relations with Russia. Sitting in silence while the world watches a despot at work, however, is not the means or method to get better relations with Russia.
If Trump were a man … or if he had ever met any men … he would tell Mr. Putin that better relations begin when Russia retreats into its legal borders, acts with benevolence towards her neighbors, and makes democracy again an honest woman insider her country. This includes, without negotiation or compromise, Russian withdraw from the Crimea.
While the world focuses on Trump and his never proven Russian ties, the world needs an injection of reality.
The rogue Russian dictator problem is a part of the mess Mr. Trump inherited from the greatest American useful idiot the Russians ever manipulated. So bold, so daring, and so despotic were the Russian moves under Mr. Obama, the real question is: why isn’t he being fully investigated?
No American President ever permitted Russian hegemony like Mr. Obama. During the Obama administration, Russia invaded and annexed the Crimea. It invaded the Ukraine, which America promised to protect and who the Americans convinced in the 1990’s to surrender their nuclear weapons. In return, Russia invaded her and fights a silent and devastating war there each day.
Russia has led incursions on its neighbors and it is threatening the border integrity of Baltic States, once Russia’s hapless satellites. The Russians are collaborating with Iran, forming a military alliance with Egypt, and they are in Syria propping up the dictator that Mr. Obama said had to go. All of that happened before Trump arrived.
Remarkably, the Russians and the American left have sold this canard that Trump is the Russian agent. The facts demonstrate that Barack Obama was either the most incompetent American President in history, or he was either a willing accomplice for or a useful idiot of the Russian dictator.
Now, remarkably, it is Mr. Obama, Mrs. Clinton, and the Democratic Party, together with deep state Obama appointees pushing the narrative that Trump is the Russian friend prepared to cede American might and moral authority to a dictator. Really? They already did that.
The entire event is one of the great political cons of our time … except for the part where Mr. Trump has refused to stand up and assert American control and principle over the despot.
Mr. Trump, to his credit, has rightly asked the following question? Who do you think will be tougher on Russia, me or Hillary? We know what Hillary and Mr. Obama have done. We know why they are pushing this outright lie and propaganda war on Trump.
What we don’t know yet, Mr. President, is when you purport to show us and the Americans how you intend to be tougher on the rogue Russian dictator. It seems that would go a long way to silencing the growing chorus of useful idiots who think Russia got stronger and more influential on your watch, when every fact demonstrates the opposite.
Author: Richard Kelsey
Richard Kelsey is the Editor-in-Chief of Committed Conservative.
He is a trial Attorney and author of the new book on higher education, “Of Serfs and Lords: Why College Tuition is Creating a Debtor Class”
Rich is a former Assistant Law School Dean and Law Professor. At Mason Law Kelsey conceived of, planned, and brought to fruition Mason’s Center for the Protection of Intellectual Property, known as CPIP, drawing on his expertise as a former CEO of a technology company specializing in combating cyber-fraud.
Before returning to private practice, Rich taught legal writing and analysis and an advanced litigation seminar. In 2014 he was elected by the graduating class as the faculty speaker at their graduation.
He is a regular commentator on legal and political issues in print, radio and on TV. Rich has appeared on hundreds of stations as a legal expert or political commentator. He provided the legal analysis for all stages of the Bob McDonnell trial and appeal for numerous outlets including NPR and WMAL.
Rich also writes on occasion for the American Spectator and CNSNews.com.
In his free time, Rich is part of the baseball mafia of Northern Virginia, serving on numerous boards and as a little league and travel baseball coach.
His Twitter handle is @richkelsey.