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Obama's Smoke and Mirrors Collapsing Now That GOP in White House

Obama's Smoke and Mirrors Collapsing Now That GOP in White House

Wednesday, March, 15, 2017, Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., chairman of the Senate Judiciary subcommittee on Crime and Terrorism, joined by Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse, D-R.I., displays a letter to FBI Director James Comey saying Congress needs to get to the bottom of charges by President Trump that his offices were tapped by former President Obama in the 2016 campaign. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

By Monday, 10 April 2017 02:32 PM Current | Bio | Archive

The Democrats have given many signals about their politics.

Perhaps none was more telling than when many of them explained the problems with Obamacare and the defeat of Hillary as a mere "communication problem."

Their Democratic president, Barack Obama, stood behind the curtain — the great wizard — pulling the levers and turning the wheels, able to get away with everything — untouchable; regardless of how significantly he corrupted American institutions.

So, Obama and his Democratic followers fed the people rubbish, much like when the scarecrow needed a brain, the wizard whipped out a paper diploma to give the straw man.

Of course it worked in the society of Oz, and it even worked in America for a time, meaningless words and claims, unsubstantiated by reality.

Now, in 2017, the society of Oz that Obama and the Democrats created is unraveling, one lie at a time. Nevertheless, even after a big win for the Republicans in the 2016 presidential election, the GOP remains partially mired in the mess of the Obama presidency.

In part, this is because much of the work is dismantling the destructive policies of Obama and the Democrats, but another reason is because of the landmines Obama left behind.

The landmines involve Russian involvement in American elections and the Obama administration’s surveillance of Trump and his supporters.

What we know is:

1. The Russians have meddled in American elections for many years, including 2016; it is not clear Russia has ever changed an outcome of an election or even played a favorite with its meddling. In addition, Obama was well-aware of the Russian meddling and did nothing to stop it.

2. Hillary Clinton, while secretary of state, made several policy decisions exceptionally favorable to Russia (allowing Russia to have 20 percent of U.S. Uranium reserves) that resulted in hundreds of thousands of dollars being given to the Clintons.

3. Donald Trump, on the campaign trail, refused to speak ill of Russian leader Putin, and he appeared to be interested in a friendly relationship with Putin.

4. Several Trump supporters had interactions with Russian officials.

5. In the year before the election and the months after the election, the Trump officials were surveilled, but it is unclear the extent of the surveillance and if it was because of conversation with foreign officials.

6. Somehow, the surveillance of the Trump officials’ names was illegally unmasked (revealed by name).

7. In the last days of Obama’s presidency, he knowingly opened the flood gates of access to the secret surveillance, making it more difficult to pinpoint who illegally made the surveillance known.

8. Susan Rice, Obama’s national security adviser, unmasked at least one Trump official name; but it is not clear the circumstances of why Rice did so, or why she bothered to do such an investigation rather than leaving such matters to the appropriate investigatory organizations.

As with most landmine fields, there is speculation and uncertainty, and only after a definitive investigation will the people possibly know what really happened before and after the 2016 presidential election.

Yet, even now there is factual information, and there is also the pattern of how political officials have previously behaved. Some speculation perhaps will be helpful; it possibly will guide the investigators to gather information in places they may have never considered.

Let's suppose since Obama and his henchmen wanted to help Hillary win the election, they decided to enlist the resources of the taxpayers’ government (much as they did illegally with the IRS in the 2012 election).

So they decided to use the exceptional capability of the government to spy on Trump and his supporters. The excuse to do so was the suspicion Trump had some improper dealings with the Russians.

Of course, if there had been improper dealings with the Russians uncovered before the election, the Trump campaign would have exploded.

The flaw in the above strategy is that if Hillary and the Democrats lost in 2016, the Republicans would control the executive branch, and thus have access to all the executive branch information. There would be a risk that clues and evidence of the spying on Trump and misuse of surveillance information would be discovered.

After losing the 2016 election, Obama and the Democrats, now fearful of being found out, attempted to create a bigger excuse for what they had done. They began making even more aggressive claims and accusations of a Trump-Russian connection.

They reasoned that if Obama and the Democrats are caught and all the facts come out, Obama can swear on his 3,000-page Affordable Care Act that it was all because of a suspicion about the Trump-Russian connection. Never mind that it is now five months after the election and scarcely a shred more of evidence of any Trump-Russian connection has surfaced while the evidence of Obama administration spying on Trump keeps trickling out.

Whatever the full truth, and the rap sheet on Obama’s presidency makes anything plausible, the curtain is going to be pulled back, and a few of these power players will wish they were back in Kansas with Dorothy. Most likely, the mastermind wizard from Chicago is too slippery to leave evidence of his guilt.

John Havick has a Ph.D. in political science. He was a professor at Georgia Institute of Technology for many years, authored several books and a number of articles, including the widely cited "The Impact of the Internet on a Television-Based Society." His work has appeared in The New York Times, and his recent book, "The Ghosts of NASCAR: The Harlan Boys and the First Daytona 500," is available at ghostsofnascar.com. For more of his reports, Go Here Now.

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After the election, scarcely a shred more of evidence of any Trump-Russian connection has surfaced. Evidence of the Obama administration spying on Trump keeps trickling. The mastermind wizard from Chicago is too slippery to leave evidence of guilt.
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