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Foreign Election Interference Isn't Treason If You're a Democrat

Foreign Election Interference Isn't Treason If You're a Democrat
Senator Ted Kennedy (D-MA) talks with the news media after walking off the floor of the U.S. Senate after a roll call vote on January 30, 2006, in Washington, D.C. (Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

By with Michael R. Shannon Tuesday, 22 October 2019 11:21 AM Current | Bio | Archive

Once upon a time there was a genuine ‘Russian Dossier’ that outlined unquestionably treasonous conduct that could have influenced an election in the United States. And after the election the U.S. winner would have been subject to at best Russian influence and at worst Russian blackmail and control.

And the Russia in question isn’t the “gas station masquerading as a country” the world sees now. It was the communist Soviet Union. The primary foe of the United States and the Free World.

The year was 1983 and the man asking the USSR to intervene in the U.S. presidential election was Sen. Edward Kennedy of Massachusetts.

Forbes.com has the story and it isn’t flattering for Kennedy, Democrats, or the Opposition Media.

After the fall of the Soviet Union, a reporter for the London Times was going through the archives of the KGB which had just been opened. He found a memo from the head of the KGB (the communist equivalent of the Nazi’s Gestapo) to Yuri Andropov, the chairman of the USSR.

The memo read, “On 9-10 May of this year, Sen. Edward Kennedy's close friend and trusted confidant [John] Tunney was in Moscow." He was the conduit for an offer from Kennedy. “Kennedy's message was simple. He proposed an unabashed quid pro quo. Kennedy would lend Andropov 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. ‘The only real potential threats to Reagan are problems of war and peace and Soviet-American relations,’ the memorandum stated. ‘These issues, according to the senator, will without a doubt become the most important of the election campaign.’”

Kennedy then make a two-part offer. First, he would travel to Moscow and coach the communists. Kennedy would give them information and techniques to undermine the U.S. position on nuclear disarmament.

Once communist propaganda was up to speed, Kennedy would act as a go-between with U.S. television networks to convince them to travel to Moscow and interview the Kennedy-prepared Andropov, who would then attack President Reagan and U.S. foreign policy with information gained from Kennedy.

Kennedy hoped the subsequent damage would seriously harm Reagan’s re-election campaign, possibly catapulting Kennedy into the White House. “Kennedy does not discount that during the 1984 campaign, the Democratic Party may officially turn to him to lead the fight against the Republicans and elect their candidate president.”

Kennedy initially had planned to run in 1988, but who knew? If his Moscow gambit worked, the party might choose him in 1984. A fitting year for collaborating with totalitarians.

What you have here is a leader of the Democrat Party and an elected official offering to collude with the communist enemy, specifically Chairman Andropov, who oversaw the crushing of the Hungarian Revolution and the Prague Spring, in an effort to undermine a presidential election.

There is no evidence the Russians took Kennedy up on his treasonous offer. But that’s not the end of the story. Forbes shows U.S. media was completely in the tank for the Democrat Party even then. “In 1992, Tim Sebastian published a story about the memorandum in the London Times. Here in the U.S., Sebastian's story received no attention. In his 2006 book, 'The Crusader: Ronald Reagan and the Fall of Communism,' historian Paul Kengor reprinted the memorandum in full. 'The media,' Kengor says, 'ignored the revelation.'”

No wonder the Opposition Media hates Fox News.

So today we ask readers to keep the current illegitimate impeachment scandal in perspective. President Trump called a minor player on the world stage and asked if that country would “look into” the questionable relationship Joe Biden’s son had with a shady Ukraine energy company.

The call may have been unseemly, but when compared to the potential sellout of U.S. interests Sen. Kennedy was offering to give a murderous regime of totalitarian thugs, it pales to insignificance.

Michael Reagan, the eldest son of President Reagan, is a Newsmax TV analyst. A syndicated columnist and author, he chairs The Reagan Legacy Foundation. Michael is an in-demand speaker with Premiere speaker’s bureau. Read more reports from Michael Reagan — Go Here Now.

Michael R. Shannon is a commentator, researcher for the League of American Voters, and an award-winning political and advertising consultant with nationwide and international experience. He is author of "Conservative Christian’s Guidebook for Living in Secular Times (Now with added humor!)." Read more of Michael Shannon's reports — Go Here Now.

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The call may have been unseemly, but when compared to the potential sellout of U.S. interests Sen. Kennedy was offering to give a murderous regime of totalitarian thugs, it pales to insignificance.
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Tuesday, 22 October 2019 11:21 AM
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