As I was sitting on the couch watching the news – which I usually do, not to obtain facts, but to stay up to date with which mainstream narrative the media wants to inform the people with – I started thinking of all the events in history which have brought us to this point in time. Listening to a report about Robert S. Mueller III subpoenaing Donald Trump’s organization to obtain documentation relating to business involvement with Russia, got me thinking about the whole Special Counsel Investigation led by Mr. Mueller. You might or might not have heard of this investigation. Its sole purpose is to look into Russian interference in the 2016 United States elections, including exploring any links or coordination between Donald Trump’s 2016 presidential campaign and the Russian government.
One of the primary focuses of Mueller’s investigation is Russia’s influence on U.S. voters through social media, particularly via Russia’s Facebook ad purchases. This interference is certainly a big deal but for what reasons? Are the implications that a foreign nation is meddling in our democratic affairs an appalling issue because it is a foreign nation doing the interfering? Or is this intrusion so heinous because it is happening to us (the American people)? Whichever reason, both merit some serious analysis.
Hypothetically, shouldn’t the American people be used to someone interfering and influencing their political votes. The mainstream media is constantly blasting us with the same old rhetoric of left versus right, Democrat versus Republican. Universities, corporations, organizations, and Hollywood, to name a few, all use their resources to influence and push their agenda. During the 1950’s, the CIA created Operation Mockingbird in order to infiltrate the media by posing CIA operatives as journalists. Operation Earnest voice allowed the United States Central Command (Centcom), which oversees U.S. Military operations in the Middle East and Central Asia, to grant a $2.76 million contract, in March 2011, to Ntrepid, a Virginia based corporation to create a software that allows military personnel to create and control up to ten separate identities based all over the world. This “online persona management service” software is used to secretly manipulate social media sites by using fake online personas to influence internet conversations and spread pro-American propaganda.
As infuriating as this may be, unfortunately, the American people are not the only ones who have suffered from manipulation and voting sabotage at the hands of the U.S. government. In 2000, the U.S. spent millions of dollars in aid for political parties, campaign costs and independent media to interfere in the Yugoslavian presidential elections. In 1996, the U.S. swayed the Russian elections by supplying Russian presidential candidate, Boris Yeltsin, with a $10.2 billion loan to improve his popularity before the elections. As a matter of fact, the U.S. government is responsible for influencing foreign elections 81 times between 1946 and 2000, according to a database amassed by political scientist Dov Levin of Carnegie Mellon University. This doesn’t even reflect the numerous military coups and regime change efforts like the ones in Iran, Chile, and Guatemala, where the U.S. blatantly help overthrow an active government and support revolution.
In the end, I think the least of our worries is the Russian government spending a few hundred thousand dollars on Facebook ads. Take a closer look and see the U.S. needs no outside help in order to execute voting manipulation and interference. If we are so concerned with preventing infringement on our voting rights, we should start by fixing our current broken voting system – a system that allows a systematic weakening of the Voting Rights Act, a system that is ridden with social voting barriers targeting homeless people and voting barriers like purge programs and unreliable database matching schemes, as well as, flawed ballot casting and counting software. We as a nation, have to take a good look in the mirror and hold our own government accountable for its actions. If we are outraged that a foreign government is interfering with our election process then we should be outraged when our own government is doing the same to us. We should also stop being hypocritical and not allow our government to do the same to other foreign nations. Democracy demands that the people choose for themselves, even if those people choose Communism or any other form of government that we don’t agree with.
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