House Dems formally denounce Trump...for Helsinki summit

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By THOMAS REICH | JUL 23, 2018


House Democrats have whipped up a resolution formally denouncing Trump for comments he made at the Helsinki summit defending Putin from accusations of Russian interference in the 2016 election.


The resolution aims to establish Congress's commitment to NATO over Russia.

“The Helsinki summit really brought to a head an entirely new and destructive direction that Donald Trump will bring this country — a direction in which we shun fellow democracies, in which we castigate our NATO allies, in which we make common cause with authoritarian governments around the world, and in which we embrace a Russia which has intervened in our own election and effectively invite them to intervene again,” said Adam Schiff, who co-authored the resolution with Eliot Engel.

Here's the first problem with that: our NATO "allies" are actually pretty shitty allies. The US is known for being involved in numerous conflicts that have absolutely nothing to do with us. The blood's on NATO's hands as well because they drag us into quite a few of these conflicts.

Furthermore, they're contributing to our economic instability. Our military is a black hole for funding. We already have a ridiculously high military budget that drains funding from much-needed social programs, and yet other NATO members expect us to keep it that way while they get to contribute very little. Unacceptable.

Here's the second problem: ever since the election, it's been nothing but "Russia, Russia, Russia" from the Establishment.

There are countless issues to denounce Trump for. Countless. And yet they are so fixated on blowing this whole Russia ordeal out of proportion.

Don't get me wrong. I do believe that it is an issue. But it is not the most important issue. It's not even in the top 20.

Make no mistake about it. This is the Establishment's attempt to distract us from the policies that matter: Medicare for all, tuition-free college, a livable wage, campaign finance reform, and a New New Deal.

As long as they keep distracting us and hiding the fact that they don't actually have any progressive policy positions, they will stay dominant.

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