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In Soviet Russia, Election Interfere With You

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.

 



Vincent Cucchiara

6 Comments

  1. I’m surprised to see the State Patriot apologize for the Russian political system, even suggest that Americans have it worse. For an outlet dedicated to defending America against anti-Americanism at Penn State, you make arguments that sound like those I often hear from liberals who criticize the notion of American exceptionalism. Whenever I debate the merits of American exceptionalism with other students, they respond that generations of African-Americans and Native Americans suffered under injustices in the American legal system. Therefore, their logic goes, America has no moral authority to denounce countries which violate human rights or claim that the principles of its founding are superior.

    I’m by no means discounting the past oppression of minorities (including people who look like me), but I believe that the founders’ beliefs in equality under the law and individual liberty make America exceptional. Of course, things aren’t ideal now, for reasons you and I probably disagree on. As someone who is a proud American citizen, I object to the idea that standing up for democracy is nothing but hypocritical virtue signalling.

    Let me ask you this (assuming you even see my comment): Why do you consider yourself a patriot? If I gave you a million dollars (or rubles) today, would you move to Russia? I can’t put words in your mouth, but I’m still confused why you believe America has no moral authority over an effective dictatorship. I definitely would not want to live in a country where I have to fear opposing the government, whereas America generally supports freedom.

    Sorry for rambling, but I’d also like to address the points you made about the state of our democracy. I worked at the polls during the 2016 election and if anyone stuffed the ballot box with votes for Hillary, I didn’t see it. Unlike more extreme Trump critics, I think his presidency is completely legitimate, for the reason that “hacking” a localized election system is near impossible. In addition, voter fraud prosecutions number in the dozens over the last several decades, and most non-citizens with voter registrations do so by accident. I’m curious what evidence you have that Democrats knowingly help illegal voters because they did a terrible job of it in 2016. As far as I can tell, no foreign government tells its citizens to illegally vote in America, so I don’t see any systematic defrauding of the American people.

    In addition, there’s a distinction between a foreign candidate speaking to citizens of that country who can vote in their elections and foreign powers trying to mess with our politics. Another question: if American democracy is truly broken, how can you say with any certainty that Trump won the 2016 election fairly? If we’re living with an oppressive political system, can you really accuse Democrats of stealing elections but turn around and say that your candidate won by the will of the people? Our system of government depends on people accepting election results, as other Republicans have said in response to excuses for Trump’s win.

    I have no problem with you or the State Patriot staff backing Trump, but don’t sacrifice your principles or any claims to “American greatness” in the name of scoring points.

    Thanks for reading my comment and I look forward to hearing back!

    • All I can say is reread the article and try to listen to what I say instead of what you expect to hear. I did not “apologize” for Russia. I did not criticize the American system of government. I did not even say Democrats encourage illegal immigrants to vote.

      I pointed out well documented corruptions of our electoral system that Olson refuses to acknowledge and the people who benefit from those corruptions.

    • Well, firstly the idea of conducting foreign policy based on unspecified moral authority is an exercise in futility. We should be dealing with foreign powers on a realistic, not wishful, basis. America does not have a monopoly on good government, the longevity of its system has more to do with historical, geographical, and sociological causes than any intrinsic perfection of a set of founding documents. As of right now, that system is creaking at the joints, as we’ve tried to document.

      Additionally, I think you misunderstand the substance of the argument. We’re not in fact claiming that anything like ballot stuffing or hacking occurred, because most likely none did. However, bringing non-Americans into the country to form a political bloc in favor of other non-Americans, while openly discussing the use of citizenship as an electoral weapon, is a far more nefarious subversion of popular will in that it is effectively permanent and far more directly harmful to a nation.

  2. Hi again,
    Thanks for responding to my comment. I reread the article as suggested and I’d like to respond to your responses. I’ll keep it short. Sorry if I misinterpreted your words in any way, but in the final sentences of the article you write that “compared to this travesty we call a functioning democracy, Russian ballot-stuffing seems juvenile.” This comes off to me like implying Americans have it worse and therefore lack the moral authority to condemn Putin. Also, you write that “Democrat politicians collaborate to defraud their citizens with illegal immigration and illegal voter registration.” I see that as saying there’s an active conspiracy to defeat conservatives through illegal means, including rigging elections through voter fraud.

    Even if I have your meaning wrong on both points, I still think we disagree on whether American democracy is corrupted in the same way as Russia’s. I don’t view immigration as a threat to our system of government, for reasons I could explain further. Right now, the government’s simply not manipulating the outcome of elections to stay in power, as 2016 demonstrated.

    I’ll leave it there, but I’d be open to discuss in another forum.

    • The voter registration is illegal, not the voters. Maybe illegitimate would have been a better word.

      I think you refuse to acknowledge how much immigration affects the political system.

      Example: You are pro-life. The vast majority of Americans were pro-life before the immigration changes of 1965. Sentiment among native born natural citizens has not shifted much since then, but there has been growing support for publicly funded abortion. This support is accounted for by immigrants who disproportionately vote for “pro-choice” politicians and public policy.

  3. I know I promised I would leave you alone, but I have one more thing to add. Obviously, I disagree with your claim that I’m in denial about the downsides of immigration.

    After reading your response, I feel like there’s definitely potential for a follow-up conversation. I come from a pretty liberal area with a high immigrant population, so I haven’t had much opportunity to engage with people of your views. Based on the comment thread above (and my limited interaction with you in other contexts), we approach immigration and other social issues from different values. I hope I can understand your ideas better in a one on one setting rather than figuratively shouting past each other in the comments section.

    You’ll have to trust me on this one, but I really am not looking to change your mind or tell you that you’re wrong to feel the way you do. I’m still young, so there’s always the possibility that I don’t have a complete view of the world. Even within the last year, I have rethought my positions on multiple issues because of new evidence and perspectives.

    While exploring the rest of the site, I saw that the State Patriot has a podcast. I would be glad to call in sometime or even sit down in-person without a recorder. Really, it’s your decision whether you want to talk to me and in what format. Either way, I’ll check the comments in a few days. Feel free to send me an e-mail, message, etc.

    Thanks,

    Cissy

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