Distinguishing the Russian Question

Distinguishing the Russian Question

Distinguishing That The Trump Campaign's Collusion And Potential Business Ties Of The Trump Family With Individuals In Russia's Power Elite Is Different Than Russian State Interference With The 2016 Election

The evidence of the Trump campaign, and the individuals associated, had interactive ties of a wide variety of degrees with individuals in/from Russia. On one hand there are individuals who have peculiar private interactions with individuals within the Russian power elite; resulting in exchanges of information and possibly resources, in manners that do not necessarily incriminate the individuals involved as much as they delegitimize their stature in the Line of Succession for president. On the other hand, there are individuals such as the now incriminated cabinet member General Micheal Flynn; individuals arguably charged with a significant level of conspiracy towards personal gain and the endangering of national security. The gray area of all of this summarizes the urgency of the situation in the need of serious investigation and assessment.

The need for investigation is further highlighted in the other legitimate concern of financial ties between Russian power elite and the Trump family. The need for serious and extensive investigation and detailed analysis of Trump's financial holdings, tax records, and the similar assessment of his family members is imperative for national security. The subservience of a president to independent capital, especially capital controlled by foreign powers, is no different than subservience to a foreign nation. Not only is this area of investigation something that will lead to impeachment, it must be recognized that due to the first point of the delegitimate Line of Succession created because of the collision of the campaign previously mentioned; impeachment will require the need to hold new national elections.

From this need to hold new elections due to evidence provided that delegitimizes the current system of power, we can avoid any dishonest conceptions of hostility created by scapegoating the Russians state as the reason for the 2016 election outcome. This brings us to the point of the claimed notion that Russia "hacked the election", referring to the Democratic National Committee's email hack that resulted in the publishing of the Podesta emails; which verified the subversion of Bernie Sanders campaign by the Clinton Campaign/DNC and the Pied Piper candidacy of Donald Trump as controlled opposition. The manner in which these emails were provided are illogically being blamed to be from a foreign power; considering it is far more likely the result of a domestic whistleblower. By using Russia as a scapegoat, a public relations technique utilized upon in the early days of the leaks, planted the idea of a foreign menace intervening hostilely into the election in order to justify the defeat of Hillary Clinton. The tensions built by the Podesta email leaks showed early on that the subversion of the Bernie campaign was a scandal that would schism the Democratic Party. The leaks further showed the controlled propping up of the Trump campaign as controlled opposition, completely backfiring once Trump secured the nomination in the Republican Party.

The threat of destroying relationships with with Russia is beyond foolish and unwise, it risks destroying civilization and the human species by pressing towards a Third World war. Russian individuals and private actors within the Russian power elite are just as independent in their actions as the United States public elite are in the US. If indeed it is shown that the First Family has financial corruption and the members of the Trump administration indeed colluded to criminal degrees during the campaign; we must handle the situation responsibly and understand that the Russian state and Russian people are different than its power elites. We must also realize that it will be time to have a serious moment of self reflection of the United States, its power elite and its people.

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This Is How Your Same-Sex Marriage Affects Me As A Catholic Woman

I hear you over there, Bible Bob.

It won't.

Wait, what?

I promise you did read that right. Not what you were expecting me to say, right? Who another person decides to marry will never in any way affect my own marriage whatsoever. Unless they try to marry the person that I want to, then we might have a few problems.

As a kid, I was raised, baptized, and confirmed into an old school Irish Catholic church in the middle of a small, midwestern town.

Not exactly a place that most people would consider to be very liberal or open-minded. Despite this I was taught to love and accept others as a child, to not cast judgment because the only person fit to judge was God. I learned this from my Grandpa, a man whose love of others was only rivaled by his love of sweets and spoiling his grandkids.

While I learned this at an early age, not everyone else in my hometown — or even within my own church — seemed to get the memo. When same-sex marriage was finally legalized country-wide, I cried tears of joy for some of my closest friends who happen to be members of the LGBTQ community.

I was happy while others I knew were disgusted and even enraged.

"That's not what it says in the bible! Marriage is between a man and a woman!"

"God made Adam and Eve for a reason! Man shall not lie with another man as he would a woman!"

"Homosexuality is a sin! It's bad enough that they're all going to hell, now we're letting them marry?"

Alright, Bible Bob, we get it, you don't agree with same-sex relationships. Honestly, that's not the issue. One of our civil liberties as United States citizens is the freedom of religion. If you believe your religion doesn't support homosexuality that's OK.

What isn't OK is thinking that your religious beliefs should dictate others lives.

What isn't OK is using your religion or your beliefs to take away rights from those who chose to live their life differently than you.

Some members of my church are still convinced that their marriage now means less because people are free to marry whoever they want to. Honestly, I wish I was kidding. Tell me again, Brenda how exactly do Steve and Jason's marriage affect yours and Tom's?

It doesn't. Really, it doesn't affect you at all.

Unless Tom suddenly starts having an affair with Steve their marriage has zero effect on you. You never know Brenda, you and Jason might become best friends by the end of the divorce. (And in that case, Brenda and Tom both need to go to church considering the bible also teaches against adultery and divorce.)

I'll say it one more time for the people in the back: same-sex marriage does not affect you even if you or your religion does not support it. If you don't agree with same-sex marriage then do not marry someone of the same sex. Really, it's a simple concept.

It amazes me that I still actually have to discuss this with some people in 2017. And it amazes me that people use God as a reason to hinder the lives of others.

As a proud young Catholic woman, I wholeheartedly support the LGBTQ community with my entire being.

My God taught me to not hold hate so close to my heart. He told me not to judge and to accept others with open arms. My God taught me to love and I hope yours teaches you the same.

Disclaimer - This article in no way is meant to be an insult to the Bible or religion or the LGBTQ community.

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The Paths We Take

I can control my destiny, but not my fate.

Have you ever wondered if life would be different in more ways than one, considering the different choices we make? Personally, I’ve always wondered what my life would be like, whether it would still be in the best shape as it is currently. Throughout the majority of my life, I have always wondered, “why do these bad things happen?” I had never really believed in a higher power, so I never had anywhere to turn to for answers. There’s also the case that everything that happens, happens for a reason. To this day, I one hundred percent, believe that.

If I hadn’t gone through the most abusive relationship of my life, I wouldn’t be where I am today. For instance, would I really be living in my own home in Albany to this day, if I hadn’t met my ex? Those two don’t seem to correlate at all, right? The main reason I moved to Albany to begin with, was for my ex.

The original plan wasn’t to move out to Albany; it was never to find someone at college and “claim” to fall in love. My original plan was to stay at home, with my dad, in the small town of Norwich, NY, and become a cop. I knew I wanted to move on to bigger and better things, but there are still many people who say the same thing…

“I need to get out of this town.”

Ironically, they haven’t left, but I did…

The original plan wasn’t to take a semester off and work for the Albany Legislature, that was just a shot in the dark. I had received an email, about a potential internship. Thinking “what the hell” I applied. I applied just to say I did it, never did I imagine I would actually be accepted. Six months later, I’m sitting in the office of Assemblyman Joseph Giglio. Little did I know at the time, this was going to be the turning point of my life. It would define my career choices, and my life in many more ways than one.

In any case, it was the conscious decision that I needed to leave my hometown and branch out to somewhere new. Would I really have met my current boyfriend, if I never made the move to begin with? Even if he did live two hours away from me. These subtle choices make me beg the bigger question, could this be the inner workings of fate?

I catch myself continuously reflecting on where my life is, and how it felt as though I was on a roller-coaster that would twist and turn in directions that I would have never guessed. I was at my lowest point right before I met the most important person in my life-Josh. He lifted me up from the lowest point and continues to do the same to this day. I wonder how my life would be currently if I hadn’t met him, or if he wasn’t as supportive and loving as he is. Where would I be?

I’m not trying to say that I “wouldn’t be here,” but it’s inevitable to question how much in my life would be different if certain things had never happened. I’m forever grateful for the people in my life and the way that fate has taken me. For all the obstacles that I had to overcome, that eventually led me to the climb out of this metaphorical hole that I found myself in. To the people that have come and gone, teaching me valuable lessons to which I have become a bigger and better person. For those bridges that were eventually mended after a big and powerful wreckage. I believe there is a reason for me to be in this world, whether it’d be on the basis of fate or the choices I make for myself.

This gives me a reason to keep going, and keep pushing forward.

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