Since some people are either unknowingly or willfully ignorant, let’s get a few things straight about the Muller investigation.
To begin with, let’s look at Robert Muller’s exact duties as outlined by his appointment by Deputy Attorney General Rod J. Rosenstein. The appointment letter itself is very brief, just 20 sentences. The most telling part is the one labeled (b) i and defines the major part of what Muller is to investigate:
any links and/or coordination between the Russian government and individuals associated with the campaign of President Donald Trump
Notice that there is no mention of “collusion” as one of the things that Muller is investigating. Rather, his instructions were to investigate any links or coordination between the Trump campaign and the Russian government. But what does that mean, exactly?
It means that Muller is looking for any time that anyone involved in the Trump campaign met or communicated with anyone who was tied to the Russian government. This is a much wider thing than merely looking for collusion, which is “cooperation or conspiracy” between two or more parties in order to sell a certain story, usually a lie.
Second, the fact is that there were probably no votes were changed after they were cast. That wasn’t the problem with what Russia did. The problem is that they changed and influenced minds and thoughts.
That’s the core of an effective propaganda campaign: To win hearts and minds. We have seen evidence that the Russians played both sides of the table by making putting out posts that fed extreme views on both the conservative and liberal sides of the American political spectrum. They even established political action groups and recruited and funded unsuspecting Americans to hold political rallies at least on the conservative side.
The Russian propaganda and disinformation machine is one that would have made Joseph Goebbels proud. They didn’t change actual votes, but they did something much more powerful and ghastly. The Russians changed the way that American citizens thought.
They worked to increase the gulf between people. They increased the intolerance of difference between Americans, and they worked to support and encourage hate. The Russians undermined some of the things that make (made) America a great country.
Back in the 1940s, the US War Department published a short film titled “Don’t Be A Sucker” that is really chilling considering the current American political environment. The whole thing runs a little under 20 minutes, but it’s an important reminder. I feel that every American needs to watch it these days, as a reminder of what we fought against in World War 2.
Please take the time to watch the video, and then let me know where your thoughts lie.