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‘Russiagate’ is part of the American culture wars, not a new cold war

The neo-McCarthyite tactics of the Democrats are a salvo in the American culture wars, disguised as a foreign conflict




Being shocked by the weakness of the Republican Party is a bit like being shocked by the intellectual vacuousness of the Democrats. The Democrats along with their neo-con fellow travellers are ramping up their ‘everyone who disagrees with us is a Russian agent’ campaign, this time from the heart of Congress.

This shouldn’t surprise anyone. The Democrats as Donald Trump repeatedly points out, are using neo-McCarthyism to hide the fact that they offer neither an alternative to the ideological uni-polarity of Rep-Dem rule that was witnessed under both George W. Bush and Barack Obama, nor do they offer an alternative to the policies and style of Donald Trump and the likes of Steve Bannon.

So they’ve taken page from the playbook of the old unhinged, permanently drunk Republican Senator, Joseph McCarthy, only this time it is far worse. But as someone who was a member of the Communist Party, V.I. Lenin said, “The worse, the better”.

While many see the antics of the Democrats, neo-con Republicans and the msm as a new Cold War, it is not that, it is instead a new chapter in the culture wars.

Having given up on preserving or even tolerating the kind of tradition, cultural normalcy, human decency and Christian heritage that many Republicans during the Reagan years almost obsessively defended, the Democrats are now assaulting every last iota of Christian heritage and cultural traditions that were formed in American from prior to 1776 up to recent years.

The Democrats under Hillary Clinton ran a campaign of divisiveness that presented a set of logically disassociated values united only in their assault on America’s conservative cultural traditions. Every group, every rogue individual (celebrity or otherwise) peddling un-Christian or even anti-Christian lifestyles was held up as a vision of where the Democrats wanted to take America.

Those who voted for Trump, did so in large part because they didn’t want that and that includes many agnostic or atheistic voters who are happy to preserve traditions based on Christian heritage in spite of their lack of religious faith.

Now, the Democrats in Congress and the mainstream media are attacking Trump supporters in Congress and in the media, under the guise they are ‘Russian agents’. Such people who have come under attack are not Russian experts, Russophiles, those with Russian ancestors or even those with a keen interest in Russian affairs. Most of them are traditional conservative or libertarian Americans.

One such person who has come under attack from the msm anti-Russian barrage is InfoWars founder, Alex Jones. Jones’s mantra is ‘Americana’. He likes to play country and western music not the Alexandrov Choir and he talks frequently about his ancestors from the Republic of Texas who fought Mexican forces, not the Red Army soldiers who fought in Stalingrad against the fascist forces.

But to Jones’s enemies, he is an ‘agent of Russia, just as neo-con John McCain said that libertarian Republican Senator Rand Paul works for ‘Vladimir Putin’, because he voted against approving Montenegro’s membership of NATO.

Rather than sit back and deny the obvious, Republics and conservatives more generally, should go on the attack. They do not need to prove they are not Russian agents, they should instead force the Democrats and neo-cons to prove why they are using anti-Russian racism to attack traditional AMERICAN culture.

Russia no longer represents Communist ideology in the eyes of American observers. Contemporary Russia represents conservative culture, Christian traditions and a scepticism of publicly anti-Christian lifestyles.

In Russia, a great deal is tolerated and in terms of political free speech one could make the argument that Russia is now freer than post-modern America. But in terms of the public sphere, awkward lifestyles and sectarian identities are not held up as virtuous. That which is upheld as virtuous is patriotism, family, comradeship, traditional cultural values, Christianity and in the Islamic, Buddhist and Jewish parts of Russia, these religions also flourish in peace and freedom.

Where in the 1980s and 1990s, many Republicans and Democrats found themselves waging a culture war against the music, film and television industries, now the culture war is between the Democrats and all those who stand for tradition.

Conservative Russia is being used as a cover for this battle.

It is not a Cold War against Russian power so much as it is a domestic culture war against conservatism and Russia is the most easy conservative boogieman. By using the supposed influence of a  foreign power to attack conservatives, Democrats have resorted to out and out racism in order to demonise the Russian nation and those whose conservative values are associated with Russia.

If Republicans do not wake up they will lose this battle. They must go on the offensive in the culture wars before the Democrats are able to turn their culture war into an actual Cold War with Russia, one which will see US domestic policy inhibiting the smooth operations of Trump administration diplomacy which at least in terms of the American President’s rhetoric, tends to favour rapprochement with Moscow.

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Trump Has Gifted “No More Wars” Policy Position To Bernie Sanders (Video)

The Duran Quick Take: Episode 148.

Alex Christoforou



RT CrossTalk host Peter Lavelle and The Duran’s Alex Christoforou discuss how US President Donald Tump appears to have ceded his popular 2016 ‘no more wars’ campaign message and policy position to Bernie Sanders and any other US 2020 candidate willing to grad onto a non-interventionist approach to the upcoming Democrat primaries.

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“Is Bernie Stealing Trump’s ‘No More Wars’ Issue?” by Patrick J. Buchanan…

The center of gravity of U.S. politics is shifting toward the Trump position of 2016.

“The president has said that he does not want to see this country involved in endless wars… I agree with that,” Bernie Sanders told the Fox News audience at Monday’s town hall meeting in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania.

Then turning and staring straight into the camera, Bernie added:

“Mr. President, tonight you have the opportunity to do something extraordinary: Sign that resolution. Saudi Arabia should not be determining the military or foreign policy of this country.”

Sanders was talking about a War Powers Act resolution that would have ended U.S. involvement in the five-year civil war in Yemen that has created one of the great humanitarian crises of our time, with thousands of dead children amidst an epidemic of cholera and a famine.

Supported by a united Democratic Party on the Hill, and an anti-interventionist faction of the GOP led by Sens. Rand Paul and Mike Lee of Utah, the War Powers resolution had passed both houses of Congress.

But 24 hours after Sanders urged him to sign it, Trump, heeding the hawks in his Cabinet and National Security Council, vetoed S.J.Res.7, calling it a “dangerous attempt to weaken my constitutional authorities.”

With sufficient Republican votes in both houses to sustain Trump’s veto, that should be the end of the matter.

It is not: Trump may have just ceded the peace issue in 2020 to the Democrats. If Sanders emerges as the nominee, we will have an election with a Democrat running on the “no-more-wars” theme Trump touted in 2016. And Trump will be left defending the bombing of Yemeni rebels and civilians by Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman of Saudi Arabia.

Does Trump really want to go into 2020 as a war party president?

Does he want to go into 2020 with Democrats denouncing “Trump’s endless wars” in the Middle East? Because that is where he is headed.

In 2008, John McCain, leading hawk in the Senate, was routed by a left-wing first-term senator from Illinois, Barack Obama, who had won his nomination by defeating the more hawkish Hillary Clinton, who had voted to authorize the war in Iraq.

In 2012, the Republican nominee Mitt Romney, who was far more hawkish than Obama on Russia, lost.

Yet, in 2016, Trump ran as a different kind of Republican, an opponent of the Iraq War and an anti-interventionist who wanted to get along with Russia’s Vladimir Putin and get out of these Middle East wars.

Looking closely at the front-running candidates for the Democratic nomination of 2020 — Joe Biden, Sanders, Kamala Harris, Beto O’Rourke, Pete Buttigieg, Elizabeth Warren, Cory Booker — not one appears to be as hawkish as Trump has become.

Trump pulled us out of the nuclear deal with Iran negotiated by Secretary of State John Kerry and reimposed severe sanctions.

He declared Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps a terrorist organization, to which Iran has responded by declaring U.S. Central Command a terrorist organization. Ominously, the IRGC and its trained Shiite militias in Iraq are in close proximity to U.S. troops.

Trump has recognized Jerusalem as Israel’s capital, moved the U.S. Embassy there, closed the consulate that dealt with Palestinian affairs, cut off aid to the Palestinians, recognized Israel’s annexation of the Golan Heights seized from Syria in 1967, and gone silent on Bibi Netanyahu’s threat to annex Jewish settlements on the West Bank.

Sanders, however, though he stands by Israel, is supporting a two-state solution and castigating the “right-wing” Netanyahu regime.

Trump has talked of pulling all U.S. troops out of Syria, Iraq and Afghanistan. Yet the troops are still there.

Though Trump came into office promising to get along with the Russians, he sent Javelin anti-tank missiles to Ukraine and announced a pullout from Ronald Reagan’s 1987 INF treaty that outlawed all land-based intermediate-range nuclear missiles.

When Putin provocatively sent 100 Russian troops to Caracas — ostensibly to repair the S-400 anti-aircraft and anti-missile system that was damaged in recent blackouts — Trump, drawing a red line, ordered the Russians to “get out.”

Biden is expected to announce next week. If the stands he takes on Russia, China, Israel and the Middle East are more hawkish than the rest of the field, he will be challenged by the left wing of his party, and by Sanders, who voted “no” on the Iraq War that Biden supported.

The center of gravity of U.S. politics is shifting toward the Trump position of 2016. And the anti-interventionist wing of the GOP is growing.

And when added to the anti-interventionist and anti-war wing of the Democratic Party on the Hill, together, they are able, as on the Yemen War Powers resolution, to produce a new bipartisan majority.

Prediction: By the primaries of 2020, foreign policy will be front and center, and the Democratic Party will have captured the “no-more-wars” political high ground that Candidate Donald Trump occupied in 2016.

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Over 200 killed, hundreds injured in series of blasts at Sri Lankan hotels & churches

A series of bombings hit churches and hotels across Sri Lanka on Easter Sunday, killing more than 200 people.





Via RT…

A series of eight explosions rocked Catholic churches and luxury hotels in Sri Lanka as Christians began Easter Sunday celebrations, with over 200 killed and hundreds injured, media reported, citing police.

The blasts started at around 8:45am local time at St. Anthony’s Church in Colombo and St. Sebastian’s Church in Negombo, a Catholic-majority town outside of the capital. The Zion Church in Batticaloa on the eastern coast was also targeted. At around the same time, the Shangri-La, Cinnamon Grand and Kingsbury five-star hotels were also hit, police confirmed.

Two more explosions happened later in the day, targeting two more locations in Colombo. All attacks appear to have been coordinated.

At least 207 people were killed, Reuters reported, citing police. More than 450 were injured in the attacks.

Alleged footage of the aftermath, shared on social media, showed chaos and large-scale destruction inside at least one of the churches.

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Mike Pompeo reveals true motto of CIA: ‘We lied, we cheated, we stole’ (Video)

The Duran Quick Take: Episode 147.

Alex Christoforou



The Duran’s Alex Christoforou and Editor-in-Chief Alexander Mercouris take a look at a Texas A&M University speech, and subsequent interview, with US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo.

The former CIA Director admitted, ‘as an aside’ to the question asked, that the Intelligence agency he headed up before being appointed as the top US Diplomat had a motto “we lied, we cheated, we stole”…which, according to Pompeo, contained entire CIA training courses based on ‘lying, cheating and stealing.’

Pompeo finally speaks some truth.

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