The outcome of the Russian presidential election this past Sunday surprised absolutely no one. Putin won with 76% of the vote and will retain his seat in the highest office in Russia.
Was this election free and fair by the standard that we expect our elections to be in the US? Probably not, however, the virtue signalling from the conservative right over this issue is nauseating.
An opinion piece in the Collegian highlights the issue well. Tyler Olson is eager to point out the reports of ballot stuffing and other typical electioneering that occurs regularly in the former Soviet State.
The Slavic motherland most likely stands guilty on all counts, but the point Olson is making in addressing sins against democracy is to contrast the corrupted Russian election system with our own. The problem is that our great democracy is not so free from foreign interference as Olson would like to believe.
Two weeks ago a Mexican presidential hopeful campaigned in on US soil, illegal aliens hold positions in state government, it has been confirmed that at bare minimum 3.5 million people are currently registered to vote who are not eligible to vote, and there is strong evidence to suggest that millions of non-citizens have been illegally voting in our elections.
Immigration helps Democrats, and it is on account of this that the Democratic Party has relentlessly shilled for increased immigration while refusing to enforce the law in states where it controls the government in brazen defiance of their Constitutional prerogatives.
Olson is right about one thing, Russian interference in our election has been on the news lately, but a few thousand dollars in Facebook advertisements are far from an existential threat to the American republic. No actual evidence of a real election interference campaign being carried out by the Russian state has materialized after over a year of investigations and subpoenas.
Instead, it has turned into a gigantic fishing expedition directed against the sitting President and his advisors.
Criticizing Russia for corruption which has been endemic to post-Communist states is absurd considering our own domestic Swamp. Democrat politicians collaborate to defraud their citizens with illegal immigration and illegal voter registration, and the country’s intelligence and law enforcement agencies are being used as a weapon in an attempt to nullify the results of a legitimate election.
Compared to this travesty we call a functioning democracy, Russian ballot-stuffing seems juvenile. Mr. Olson, if you’re looking for foreign collusion and election fraud, you need look no further than this.