Whistleblower Christopher Wylie revealed an email from Rudy Giuliani's law office warned about Trump campaign activities being illegal. Not just the Russian involvement, but the involvement of every foreigner in the Trump campaign was illegal. That warning was ignored.
So now we all know that Nix knew he was committing a crime. Rebekah Mercer knew she was funding an illegal activity. Presumably the Russians could have cared less; Putin has no intention of extraditing anyone from Russia. Vlad has referred to the "kremlebots" hacking from the St. Petersburg's Internet Research Agency as "patriots." They probably got medals.
Wylie is a Canadian. Christopher Steele is a British citizen. Many of Steele's sources for his dossier are, or were, Russian. Some of them have been killed for helping Steele. The retired English spy Steele himself fears for his life and family, as well he should. Putin was probably named after Vlad the Impaler. So where are the Americans who were involved? Shouldn't Americans also be banging on Mueller's door to turn state's evidence? Yes, it's true that Michael Flynn, Rick Gates and George Papadopoulos have flipped, but they have done so in a plea bargain to reduce their prison sentences, not out of patriotism. After all the speechifying from Republicans about love of country, wouldn't you expect them to be lining up at Mueller's door to clear their consciences? Everyone knows that Giuliani and his lawyers can not legally expose the campaign crimes because of attorney-client privilege, but what about the Americans who worked alongside Russians? Where is the level of conscience that drove Canadian Wylie to come forward?
Lincoln said, "America will never be destroyed from the outside. If we falter and lose our freedoms, it will be because we destroyed ourselves." Maybe unbeknownst to us other American whistleblowers involved in the campaign have come forward and told Mueller of collusion, but what a disgrace if all the key people exposing Putin's attack turn out to be foreigners while the Americans involved sit on their hands. If you put yourself in their places, you might say, "Putin is sending a message. I can kill you and your family, no matter where you are." How many of history's Americans made the ultimate sacrifice for their country? And now we count on allies to defend her. Lincoln was a prophet.
George Will, David Frum and Bill Kristol, traditional conservatives, have given Donald Trump more distance than a leper. Yet, a third of Americans polled say they continue to support Trump. Even in Russia, Trump's popularity is only 11 percentage points higher than here. Athens was democratic for at least 186 years. I had hopes that America would go a bit longer. After the glorious start from the Founding Fathers, will it not even reach three hundred?
Surely the CIA has the word out that any Russian who exposes Trump's election result being a Putin scheme, would be put into the witness protection program. Could this be why Putin took on universal condemnation for the attempted murder of Sergei Skripal and his daughter, Yulia? Nothing subtle about using a Russian chemical weapon to send a message and make an example of them. "Military grade" Novichok does not leave the possibility of doubt that a hit and run "accident" would. Vlad is keeping his enemies in fear for their lives. I believe it was Sen. John McCain who said, "Once KGB, always KGB."
Easter, the celebration of Christ's resurrection, would be a perfect time for Republican patriotism to rise from the dead. Sen. McCain can't save us on his own.
Tom Bulger is a Canandaigua resident.