With all the large sums of money* being spent in Congress and by Robert Mueller’s special counsel to investigate Russian interference in the 2016 U.S. Presidential Elections, it makes you stop and think, “What is Russia’s game?” Do they really love Donald Trump that much? Why would Russia want to potentially ruin any positive relationship with the world’s #1 superpower? What would they get out of ticking off the Americans?
One side of the aisle says Russia wanted Trump to be elected. The other side said Russia wanted Hillary to be elected because, after all, she was involved in selling a large stockpile of nuclear material to the Russians. But what if I told you that neither narrative was true? What if I told you that any influence Russia had in the 2016 elections was only the spark that lit the fuse to their ultimate goal?
First and foremost, if the pure thought of another country trying to influence the results of an election sickens you, you may want to check this link out, because America has done it many times in the past and has no intentions of stopping that practice. One could argue on the grounds of differences in moral intentions between U.S. meddling and Russian meddling, but the fact is, that the CIA has been doing this since its inception in the 1950’s.
So, what does support for a presidential candidate, who has campaigned openly to bolster the country’s Nuclear Weapon stockpile, do for Russia? What could they benefit by promoting a man who campaigned on a platform for a stronger military force with better weapons? Nothing. Russia’s game is active and is working brilliantly to their advantage.
Supporting a strong America doesn’t advance the Kremlin’s causes, but throwing chaos and distrust into the American system does. Mission Accomplished. Our politicians are more divided and partisan today since the Civil War. If we can’t get along together in the same room, how are we going to fight side-by-side against a common enemy if the need arises?
All facts, including the House Intelligence Committee investigation, have pointed away from any Trump campaign collusion with Russia during the election. Keep in mind, collusion and meddling in an election are two vastly different things. While both are against U.S. law, active participation in an attempt to rig an election is by far a worse offense on the part of the American.
So, what now? Both sides of the aisle need to drop the charged rhetoric against each other. Mueller needs to end his investigation quickly because it is obvious that it is going nowhere, fast and it's wasting a lot of money in the mean time. If there were going to be any bombshells from his investigation, I guarantee you that you would have heard about it with all the “leaks” coming from that special counsel. Let’s learn from the past and work to not repeat any of the same mistakes in the future. In the meantime, stop letting Russia win with the divisions that have grown up between us all.
*How much is the Mueller investigation costing you and me? Well, according to the A-MARK non-profit organization that tracks spending on special presidential investigations, Mueller’s team is currently spending approximately $49,340.84 per day. As of today (May 1, 2018) the investigation has been running for 348 days (May 17, 2017). At $49,340.84 per day, we have spent about $17,170,612.32 over the past year funding this investigation.