Anybody paying attention to the news this past weekend is understandably exhausted. Normally the weekends are a welcome break for most people; the big issues are carried on the shoulders of Monday through Friday, giving us a respite for two short days.
But not these days.
It seems news from Washington flies out at a breakneck pace, with new revelations and stories coming too fast for the average, mortal viewer to keep track of. Even as someone who actually tries to keep informed, I have a hard time staying ahead of the curve.
Last week President Donald Trump addressed the Joint Session of Congress in a speech that was widely considered a success. Even his critics had positive things to say about it. In fact, anything negative that came out of that night had nothing to do with the POTUS, but a former campaign aide by the name of Dan Grilo. His career, of course, is over, but Trump came out looking great.
The best the liberals could do to combat the speech (aside from giving a bizarre rebuttal) was release a bogus story about Jeff Sessions speaking with a Russian ambassador, but even that 24-hour story was co-opted by the bombshell statement by President Trump that Obama was wiretapping his tower during the election.
Terrible! Just found out that Obama had my "wires tapped" in Trump Tower just before the victory. Nothing found. This is McCarthyism!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) March 4, 2017
News came fast and hard that suggested President Obama had ordered the wiretapping of Trump's communications during and after the election in order to discover possible Russian connections.
We know, of course, that Trump had no connections with Russia. How do we know? Because if there were anything legitimate to be found, Obama would have revealed long before he left office. If Trump were colluding with Russia to undermine our democracy, surely the sitting President of the United States would have had to act on it, right? That wouldn't have meant Hillary would then get the office, but at least Trump would have been brought to justice.
The fact that nothing credible has come out from the former White House or intelligence agencies strongly indicates that nothing happened between Russia or Trump's campaign, or that Russia was even involved in the Wikileaks email dump.
But, hang on, maybe Obama didn't violate the Fourth Amendment and tap Trump's phone calls. Maybe that is just a wild accusation on the part of President Trump.
Then where is all this evidence of Trump's connection with Russia coming from?
Do you see what I'm getting at, here? Trump, in a brilliant move, has trapped the left in their own scheme. By suggesting that President Obama illegally spied on his conversations, he is forcing the Democrats to either admit Obama broke the law (thus damning his legacy once and for all) or backing down on their obviously false accusations about Russia.
Until now, Democrats and their media have been pleased to create the impression that all kinds of wiretapping operations were conducted against the Trump campaign, uncovering many scandalous, possibly illegal connections. Only by reading those articles carefully does one discover the sources are highly speculative and the evidence is thin at best...
Whatever President Trump’s intentions were in using Twitter to touch off this firestorm, one of the immediate effects has been letting the gas out of all those speculative Trump stories. The Democratic media is now furiously working to prove all of its own previous coverage of the Trump-Russia allegations was little more than idle speculation, every bit as lacking in hard evidence as Trump’s accusation that Obama was tapping his phones. (via Breitbart)
Trump's got the liberal media by the balls. They can't stand on so-called "evidence" that Trump was working with Russia, without implicating that it was President Obama who got his hands dirty.
But if they do that, then they have to admit their accusations against the man were unfounded to begin with. So the liberal media is stuck with a big problem: either protect the man they had worshiped for eight years or destroy his credibility in continuing to attack Trump.
You see, the real problem is that Obama doesn't have the best track record when it comes to illegal spying. In 2013 we learned about the NSA's PRISM program that allowed intelligence agencies to gather data on just about everything you are doing.
According to the Post, the National Security Agency and FBI are “tapping directly into the central servers of nine leading US Internet companies, extracting audio, video, photographs, e-mails, documents and connection logs that enable analysts to track a person’s movements and contacts over time.” The program is code-named PRISM, and was leaked to the newspaper by a “career intelligence offer” who said, “They quite literally can watch your ideas form as you type.” (via Breitbart)
The program was created in 2007 (yes we always have reason to hate Bush), but instead of closing it down, President Obama expanded it.
Why is this so wrong? Because it is a violation of our Fourth Amendment rights, which are:
The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized.
"Papers and effects" means the things we own, including letters and communications. That extends to emails, text messages, images, video, etc., everything Obama's cronies were siphoning from the Internet. All without the oversight of the judicial system in the issuing of warrants.
What was all this spying for? Was it to combat terrorism? Obviously not, considering some of the recent terror attacks on U.S. soil had obvious clues on social media. Both the San Bernardino and Orlando killers used Facebook extensively. You mean to tell me the NSA couldn't find posts and data on those people about their allegiance to ISIS before they killed innocent people?
I'm sure they did, but under Obama, our deep state wasn't in the business of protecting America, but acquiring dirt on his political rivals. Obama used the IRS to bully Tea Party and conservative non-profits. We know that he ordered spying on German Chancellor Angela Merkel. And even recently we discovered he tried to influence French elections.
When considering the depths Obama would go to secure his own power or have his way, it's not a big stretch to think he'd abuse his executive authority to spy on Donald Trump. The temptation to uncover a Russian connection would have been too overwhelming, for the man who strongly opposed Trump from the very beginning. Had President Obama discovered a smoking gun, the liberal media would have overlooked whatever steps he took to find it. If he found nothing, he was convinced his cronies in the deep state would have kept their mouths shut.
But clearly someone didn't and let the dirty secret slip to the most dangerous man in American politics: President Trump. Now the House Intelligence Committee will be investigating the allegations in their larger case in Russian involvement during the election. Rest assured, if President Obama was breaking the law to spy on Trump, it will come to light.
Either way, President Trump has put a cap on this Russian hysteria, and once again, the Democrats are on the losing end.