In a week where President Chump is calling for an end to the investigation regarding some vague alleged help he received from Russia to secure election, I came across an odd piece in an old Forbes Magazine.
I am one of those people who believes that John Kennedy was the last great American President. After his murder, I came to think that Bobby could have been a great President too but then he was murdered also. That left Ted. The Kennedy’s were ardent Democrats but back in the 60’s, that party had values, integrity and good social policies. John Kennedy handled the Cuban missile crisis in a way that none who came after him could have. I was young in the sixties and while I loved the Kennedy’s, I knew little of the Democrats or the Republicans.
Fast forward to today and an utterly despicable Democratic Party in my view. I do not see the Republicans as being much better but the Democrats are refusing to believe that Hilary lost and are trying everything they can think of to impeach Trump and reverse the election result 18 months later. Among the many various allegations they are employing to do that is the accusation that Trump had the Russians interfere in the american presidential election for his benefit. By implication of course, this must be seen by all decent Americans as something the Democrats would never consider doing themselves, ever!
Then Forbes published this. “Picking his way through the Soviet archives that Boris Yeltsin had just thrown open, in 1991 Tim Sebastian, a reporter for the London Times, came across an arresting memorandum. Composed in 1983 by Victor Chebrikov, the top man at the KGB, the memorandum was addressed to Yuri Andropov, the top man in the entire USSR. The subject: Sen. Edward Kennedy.” It appears that Ted Kennedy proposed to lend Yuri Andropov, (Ex-head of the KGB and then Soviet President), a hand in dealing with President Reagan. In return, the Soviet leader would lend the Democratic Party a hand in challenging Reagan in the 1984 presidential election. Ted suggested that he would use his senior contacts in the media to get Andropov on American TV addressing the voters directly.
Reagan had publicly called the Soviet Union the Great Satan so if Andropov, coached by Teddy and his team, were to appear to be a friendly reasonable man in the eyes of the American public, the tide of that public’s opinion could be turned away from Ronnie Reagan and his Republicans in the 1984 elections. So it seems a former potential Democratic candidate for the American Presidency was the first of his ilk to ask the Russians to interfere in American politics, as reported in this scrutinized and verified memorandum from the time. This is actual proof rather than the flimsy unproven accusations thrown at Trump today. We hear that the US has ‘indicted” several Russians on this issue and at first glance, that sounds serious. But a quick check shows that the word “indictment” is legalize for ‘accusation’. So it is yet another possibly groundless accusation with a few Russian sounding names thrown in to try to make it sound plausible.
Of course, as I wrote earlier, this is all a storm in a tea cup because it is informal American policy to interfere in the politics of any county it chooses, including among its so-called Allies. They have even invaded countries they don’t like in contravention of the UN Charter. So crocodile tears about Putin and Trump are just so much hypocritical bullshit.
The true statesman that was John Kennedy must be turning in his grave.