Originally Published: February 8, 2017 5:58 a.m.
Following the two major party conventions there would be, in addition to president and vice president, approximately 471 members of Congress among the federal office holders who would have Republican or Democrat opponents, except for the few running unopposed.
The campaigning would renew in earnest during August and continue right up until Election Day. All during that period of time not a single campaign headquarters, not a single polling place, nor a single candidate headquarters, not a single polling place, nor a single candidate expressed any suspicion that a foreign country might be attempting to interfere with the election process in any way. There was no such evidence whatsoever.
International intelligence gathering is a long-established form of spying. Recently, various intelligence agencies in the U.S. have released some Russian intelligence reports that sound like we’d been targeted, meddling in our recent presidential election. Also, referred to as hack attack, certain statements or phrases have been declared definitely ominous and Democrats have attached to their meaning some serious boogeyman conclusions that prove the need to challenge the validity of the presidential election result of 2016. Those unruly Democrats even claim that Russia influenced voters to denigrate Hillary Clinton and encouraged them to vote for Donald Trump.
Think, think, dear readers. Would the Russians really prefer to deal with a tough-minded, straight-forward leader like Trump, or a weak failure in both public and private life that they could easily manipulate to their advantage?
When intelligence gathering becomes wool gathering, how quaint!
Benjamin K. Souler