What’s Happening With Russia?

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What's Happening With Russia

Many of us breathed a sigh of relief in 1991 when the Berlin Wall came down and the Cold War came to an end. Over 40 years of staring eyeball to eyeball with the now defunct Soviet Union ended, without the nuclear missiles ever flying.

At long last, we had peace from the nuclear threat and the world was no longer on the brink of nuclear annihilation.

While there have been wars in the last 25 years, even wars that the United States were involved in, none of them threatened the very existence of mankind. Even the threat of Islamic terrorism, which intentionally targets civilians, kills only a few people, compared to what nuclear-tipped ICBMs can do.

There has been relative peace between East and West, with the more streamlined Russian Federation and the United States of America even worked together at times. While these two nations weren’t necessarily the best of friends, the constant face off and struggle for supremacy that marked the decades following World War II had finally come to an end.

That is, they had until more recent times. The combination of a strong Russian leader and a weak American one have brought us to a change in the global dynamic.

Whereas the world had become accustomed to looking towards the United States for leadership, whether they wanted to or not, the lack of leadership coming out of Washington has paved the way for the rise of a new global leader, right at a time when such a leader was beginning to flex his muscles.

Barack Obama has shown his weakness to the world, most especially with his infamous “red line” in Syria. When he didn’t enforce that line, the most powerful country on the face of the Earth lost face, showing the world that rather than backing up what we say, the President was all too ready to back away from what he had said, when people didn’t accept his threats.

It’s one thing to threaten a bully, but at some point in time, you’ve got to be ready to back up those threats with action. If the bully backs away, all well and good. But if the bully raises his fists, you’d better be ready to swing. Yet Barack Obama turned tail and ignored his own warning, when Syria ignored his treat.

This was noticed by many world leaders, most especially by Russia’s president, Vladimir Putin. Since becoming the Russian Federation’s President for the second time, in 2012, Putin has been making aggressive noises, letting the world know that Russia was not gone and that their imperial ambitions were alive and well.

As a former intelligence officer, it is quite possible that Putin remembers the glory days of the Soviet Union fondly, when the world was afraid of her might.

How the Past is Shaping the Future

The Russian people have been attacked many times through history, most especially in World War II. They were the true target of Hitler’s aggression, as Hitler himself stated in his autobiography, Mein Kampf. This has given the Russian people a national desire to protect themselves from other such attacks.

There are three main manifestations of that complex need which we need to concern ourselves with:

  • The first is their fixation on becoming militarily strong. In Russian eyes, one of the most important ways to prevent attack is to be stronger than your attackers. Therefore, they have invested billions of rubles into their military, at all levels.
  • The second manifestation is to become the hunt, not the pray. Everyone knows that the best defensive is a good offensive. Throughout the Cold War and again more recently, Russia has been the aggressor, so that they wouldn’t have to be the defender.
  • Finally, the old Soviet Union developed the finest intelligence organization in the world. While the breakup of the Soviet Union and its replacement with the Russian Federation has caused a reduction in the size of their intelligence organs, you can be sure that they kept the best and the brightest, as well as their most important programs to keep track of potential enemies.

One way in which they have done this is through cyber-warfare. Russia is one of the world’s two leaders in cyber-warfare, the other being their ancient rival China. Both countries have invested a considerable amount of time, money and talent into developing the wherewithal to turn conventional hacking into a weapon.

Here in the United States, our government is playing catch-up with these two countries, most especially in defending ourselves from their constant probes of our electronic defenses.

This reached a head recently, when President Obama publicly accused the Russians of hacking into our systems, in an attempt to meddle with the 2016 presidential elections. Whether this accusation is true or not is up for grabs, but it is clear that the Russians have the capability, if they have decided that it would be to their advantage to meddle in our elections.

Is Putin Preparing for Nuclear War?

One of the closest Vladimir Putin’s supporters has been quoted as saying that if Hillary Clinton wins the November elections, there will be war. More specifically, he has supposedly declared that the war will be a nuclear one. This is either some rather intense saber rattling on Putin’s part, or maybe the Russian President has some rather dangerous plans up his sleeve.

Yet it looks in many ways like Putin is preparing for such a war. He has stated that Clinton is the true danger to world peace, not Trump. So apparently in his eyes, she is the one who will begin any war.

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If you look at Clinton’s history, she has always voted in favor of war. So, while Democrats present themselves as being against war, Clinton, at least, has a history of being in favor of it. This is quite different than the current resident of the White House, who ran for election on a promise of ending our involvement in the global War on Terror.

There is a lot of evidence to back up the idea that Putin is preparing for nuclear war, something that he alluded to with Obama and is now stating more strongly with Clinton:

  • He has moved nuclear capable missiles to Kaliningrad, a small piece of land, bordering on the Baltic Sea, between Poland and Lithuania. This small area is a province of Russia, even though it has no physical contact with the rest of the country. By moving nuclear missiles there, Putin has created a threat against Poland, Lithuania, Belarus, Germany and the Czech Republic.
  • Russian strategic rocket forces are at a high state of readiness. Testing of three long-range ballistic rockets in the last few days show that Russia’s rocket forces are ready to perform, when called upon. The three separate, but related tests, one from Russia’s Pacific Fleet, one from their Northern Fleet and one from the Plesetsk Space Center all hit their targets.
  • While Russia’s official statement claims that these three tests were a normal part of military training and testing, it is difficult to know for sure. The age-old problem is that normal training and preparations for war look virtually identical. You have to wait to see what the country conducting the drills does, in order to know if their intentions are peaceful or not.
  • At basically the same time as this, Russia has conducted a disaster readiness drill, involving 40 million civilians, roughly 28 percent of their entire population. While the drills were broad-spectrum, intended for dealing with a wide range of disasters, including natural disasters, nuclear war was also included in the drills.
  • The Russian government is telling their people to prepare for nuclear war, giving specific instructions on war preparations, including checking gas masks, knowing where bomb shelters are, telling the people what to expect of the government in a time of war.
  • Russia media has been telling people about American aggression, telling the people of Russia to expect a nuclear attack from the United States. Vladimir Putin himself has appeared on national television, warning of the potential of an American offensive against Russia.

Taken individually, none of these items are particularly threatening; but together they paint another picture. Any of these steps can be seen as precursors to war, most especially the last one, where the people of Russia are being prepared for such an eventuality.

All appearances make it look like we have a pending war with Russia looming on the horizon. If we take what Putin is saying at face value, we will be in open conflict in the near future. But I am compelled to say, I am not convinced that such a war is really what we are facing.

It is quite possible that Putin has other plans and that the threatening moves he is making are intended for another audience.

We have seen over the last four years how aggressive Russia has become to their nearest neighbors, especially Ukraine. The invasion of the Crimea has been a clear act of war, regardless of Russia’s rationalization of their actions.

Neighboring countries see what has happened in Ukraine and the United States’ poor response to it, and have to be wondering what will happen when Russia chooses to invade them as well.

These countries could very well be the target of Russia’s statements about nuclear war. The mere threat of such an action is one of the biggest sticks there is, on an international level.

Should Russia choose to attack any of her neighbors or even to attack all of Europe, and used the nuclear stick as a deterrent, there is little to nothing that any of them could do.

Even the United Kingdom and France combined have barely over one-fourth the deployed nuclear warheads that Russia has. Entering into a nuclear war, even on a limited scale, would be suicidal for them.

Like many such situations, we’re going to have to wait to see what happens. At the moment, it seems that Russia, like us, is in a waiting game. They are waiting to see what our November elections hold for the future. Quite possibly, those elections could have much more of an international impact than they normally would.

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This article has been written by Bill White for Survivopedia. 

References:

http://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-cyber-russia-obama-idUSKCN12B2G0

http://www.express.co.uk/news/world/721008/Russia-America-nuclear-war-Putin-Obama-bunker-fallout-shelter-Syria-Bashar-al-Assad

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3835356/Vote-Trump-risk-nuclear-war-Putin-s-ally-warns-Russian-president-s-friend-says-Republican-candidate-person-calm-growing-tensions.html

http://www.express.co.uk/news/world/717446/russia-evacuate-40-million-people-emergency-drill-vladimir-putin-ww3

http://www.express.co.uk/news/world/719581/Russia-moves-Iskander-nuclear-missiles-Kaliningrad-UK-deploys-troops-Poland

http://historynewsnetwork.org/article/162280

Bill White

About Bill White

Bill White is the author of Conquering the Coming Collapse, and a former Army officer, manufacturing engineer and business manager. More recently, he left the business world to work as a cross-cultural missionary on the Mexico border. Bill has been a survivalist since the 1970s, when the nation was in the latter days of the Cold War. He had determined to head into the Colorado Rockies, should Washington ever decide to push the button. While those days have passed, the knowledge Bill gained during that time hasn’t. He now works to educate others on the risks that exist in our society and how to prepare to meet them. You can send Bill a message at editor [at] survivopedia.com.

Comments

  1. Mahatma Muhjesbude says:

    The reason we are still playing 'catch up' with the Russians and Chinese over cyber warfare is because this Totalitarian regime was too busy preferring to waste their tax rip-off resources spying on private sovereign American Patriot citizens, and setting up Terrorist false flags to manipulate Fiat decrees to disarm a free 2nd/A populus, instead of doing their job of protecting us.

    Even the most cognitively challenged among us knows what we all must do in 3 weeks

    Lets ROLL!

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    • WE ARE LOSING TO THE RUSSIANS IN CYBER WARFARE CAUSE tRUMP INVITED THEM TO HACK OUR ELECTION PROCESS.!! THANK GOD HE WILL NEVER BE ELECTED (TOO FAR DOWN) BUT COULD YOU IMAGINE A PRESIDENT ACTUALLY INVITING AN ENEMY TO HACK US? THAT MY MAN....IS TREASON!

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      • BUT WHAT REALLY DOES LETS ROLL MEAN? I GUESS I'M COGNITIVELY CHALLENGED? IN THAT I AM ACTUALLY ASKING A QUESTION OF WHAT DOES LETS ROLL ACTUALLY MEAN? IS THAT WHAT THEY SAID ON THAT HIJACKED PLANE THAT WENT DOWN IN PENNSYLVANIA? IS THAT A "CODE WORD" OF WHAT I AM SUPPOSED TO DO? IF SO? WHAT AM I SUPPOSED TO DO? .......ROLL A JOINT? LETS ALL ROLL A JOINT? WHAT? YOU ARE PRETTY VAGUE!

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      • The idea that Trump is inviting the Russians to hack us is absolute stupidity. The fact is that a weak US economy, industrial base, and military is an open invitation to the Russians and Chinese for another DEc 7, 1941. Putin wants Hillary elected to keep America in decline. Trump wants to rebuild the economy, industry, and military, and that is what Putin really fears.

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        • Sorry there Jeffy old boy, Trump ain't gonna get elected. PERIOD

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          • Maybe, but whoever is elected had better get the anti-ballistic missle system up and running. Otherwise we are sitting ducks for an EMP attack, which as an old SAC troop, I calculate is much more likely than an all out exchange of nukes. History has only one reward for weakness, and that does not include survival. I'm prepared, the rest of you will starve within one year.

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          • EMP Attack? Would that mean my cell phone won't work? Who would want to live if you can't play Candyland. That'll be worse than starving

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          • Ha ha ha ha!

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  2. Although many parts of the article are correct, the author is missing the critical point of who the aggressor or the bully is. It's not Putin, but the US. We have continued to encroach on their territory and surrounded them with NATO bases and nuclear weapons. WE have orchestrated the overthrow of the democratically elected Ukrainian president and replaced him with a US Nazi puppet who has been on a killing spree ever since. WE are the ones who were arming terrorists to take out Ghadaffi and now Assad. Assad has asked Russia (not the US) to assist in fighting terrorism. We have no reason to be in Syria and in fact are there illegally and yet we are going to impose a no fly zone and shoot down Russian jets who are taking out terrorists. This is an act of war by the US. The media is so twisted and I expect alternative sites such as this to get their facts straight.

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  3. Stanley Stoner says:

    I totally agree Russia is preparing for war, but I'm not so sure they are the aggressor for this, I believe they are only reacting to the pressure the US is putting on them. I don't believe they overthrew Crimea, I really believe Crimea chose by vote to join Russia again, and that didn't sit well with those in Washington. We the US are positioning our weapons against their (Russia) borders and they truly believe the US id preparing to attack them just because they are not willing to become a puppet state of US. I really pray that it doesn't come down to all out war but I believe it will because the Word of God predicts it, so at some point it will happen. I just pray people get their life straight with God and accept Jesus Christ as Lord of their Life.

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  4. Kerry Keel says:

    Knowing the "exact date" of anything is a fool's errand. Watching what is going on is a different story. Russia has a "fear" of being invaded. Many do not realize that at one time, about 400 years ago, Poland had an empire that included Russia. While Russia would not mind ruling all that it can, it also wants to be left alone. Might there be a nuclear war, I believe there will be. With whom, no one really knows. In the book of Revelation, John speaks of stars falling on the earth. Literally stars, as we know them, I doubt it. To John, however, a nuclear detonation would look like a star to him. The real war that everyone must be careful of, and will happen regardless of what anyone does will be the attempted invasion of Israel. The armies of the north will try to invade Israel. They will be stopped before they really get into Israel. The book of Revelation says God will stop that invasion, and leave a small remnant to return to tell what they saw, and experienced.

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  5. I Know trump would be on the same side as his buddy Putin!!!

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  6. I'm a 28-year veteran & I was involved in the Cold War 25 of those years. Here's something I learned during my Cold War experiences: "You can always trust the Russians............to be Russians". They aren't, never were, never will be our friends.

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  7. Galina Korotkova says:

    I am thrilled to see that there are still people in America who knows the truth who the aggressor is, and it's not Russia, it's the US (big bully) imagining itself as a police of the world. Its' a shame to see that some people still believe the corrupt American media that lies to us everyday like crazy. The Crimea and East Ukraine choose to be the part of Russia because 90 % of their population is Russian and they didn't want to die from the Ukrainian Nazis sponsored by the US. I know this because I am originally from there and still have relatives there.

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    • TRUMPY JUST WANTS TO OPEN A NEW MARKET TO SELL HIS CLOTHES THAT ARE MADE IN CHINA. HE COULD CARE LESS ABOUT YOU AS ANY ROYALTY WOULD HAVE CARED ABOUT A PEASANT IN THE MID-AGES! HE PLAYS ON YOUR FEARS AND PARANOIA TO SELL HIS AGENDA, WHICH IS TO MAKE MONEY FOR HIMSELF PERIOD! HE COULD CARE LESS ABOUT YOU. ASK HIM NEXT TIME HE GETS ON HIS PRIVATE JET ABOUT HOW HE CARES FOR YOU!

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      • I think trump is honestly wanting to preserve America's Republic for his grand children's sake. or at least I hope he does. He is a outsider of Washington DC when Democrats and Republicans are both trashing our Constitution. DC is corrupt to the hilt and do not have the best interest of the people that they are there to protect! Instead we have an elitist good ole boys club with elitist health care and a retirement package like CEO's! Mean while we are taxed to death and our social security stolen, while they blow our children's future with their political horse S---T, printing fiat money to shrink our savings (another way to tax us) to transform our once good country into a third world, Communist inspired, Global pill of crap! On the other hand, Hillary, if you will do your home work and see who she really is, you would find out she is more of the same, self centered communist inspired, Sal Alinski follower, who has a closet full of real skeleton's, who will stop at nothing to hold the power as Commander in Chief, all for her own approbation lust and the destruction of America for the benefit of the Illuminati, Bilderburgs or whom ever it is she is in cahoots with! We know Soros gives her millions! So give me Trump but never the witch!

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        • MIKE SAID;
          MIKE SAYS:
          OCTOBER 18, 2016 AT 11:10 PM
          I think trump is honestly wanting to preserve America's Republic for his grand children's sake. or at least I hope he does.
          Mike how can he preserve our Republic when he says the electoral process of Democratically electing Presidential candidates is "RIGGED" That is the most destructive thing to make people think about a Republic. It is downright dangerous, anti-American and statistically "WRONG!!"
          Then he invites the Russians to actually hack our electoral process!!! I don't care if they hack Clinton or Trump it is WRONG!! That is TREASON!!!

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          • Let me start by saying Trump was not my first choice. I abhor all Democrats and many Republicans these days, they are much the same. The sitting POTUS has trammeled our Constitution. The one time he was telling the truth, was when he said "he wanted to transform America" like he knew how to improve it but what he thinking was how he could destroy America that had reached a pinnacle unlike any other country in history! He wanted to use his communist tactics to turn the US inside out with Dreams of his mentor Frank Marshal Davis and Sal Alinski! Hillary is more of the same and half the country has drank the coo-aid! She wrote her college thesis on Alinski and communicated with him. Communism is for you and me, not them, they are at the top, living lavishly,telliong you what to do and what you can't do! Hillary is power hungry. She and Bill have been getting away traficing cocane in Mena Arkiansas (ten years worth) she has been a mixed up radical since the sixties! Do you know Sal Alinski who the book "Rules for Radicals" was dedicated to Lucifer! Even her knowing this she has been focused on Sal's concepts of how to destroy a country like America! I will take my chances with Trump over Hillary ANY day!

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          • DONALD TRUMP IS ACTUALLY RUNNING FOR PRESIDENT! I DON'T KNOW WHAT'S FUNNIER, THAT HE IS RUNNING, OR THAT SOME PEOPLE ARE ACTUALLY GOING TO VOTE FOR HIM!

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        • tRUMP NOW SAID HE WON'T HONOR THE RESULTS OF THE ELECTION!!! HOW DOES THAT PRESERVE THE REPUBLIC???

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          • Our government is corrupt! The Republic is probably all ready gone for the DOJ, IRS, FBI the Presidency is corrupt! Jesus Christ is our Only hope and just maybe a guy like Trump could be used by him.

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    • Galina, It would nice to know the truth to all things, regarding our government (who personally I know have many wrongs) and of the Russian government! One thing I do know about Russia is that the government backs Iran! Iran is the great un-stabilizer of the middle east! They threaten Israel to the point of total destruction! They also are behind many terrorist organizations and believe the Islam is to inherit the earth in a caliphate! So that alone concerns me greatly and for all of America's wrongs, it has been a nation that has given much in two world wars to stabilize this planet's nations! America has benefited all man kind with innovations from people free to do so and has raised the standard of living for even the most remote. Do we have issues? Absolutely! Communism has been active in bringing down this great nation all the while we have been opposing it over seas! It is and has since the sixty's been taught in our colleges while Russia was moving towards a more free enterprise society and the Berlin wall was brought down! Communism is taking a real hold here, even though it has not helped the people where ever it has been tried! How many millions of people were murdered in the name of Communism in the last century? Some where around a hundred million!

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  8. AND ABOVE ALL I HEAR YOU PEOPLE WHO SAY YOU ARE GOING TO BE PATRIOTS IN DOING WHAT IT TAKES TO STOP HILLARY CLINTON. YOU ARE THE WEIRDEST OF THE WEIRD! STOPPING SOMEONE DEMOCRATICALLY ELECTED BY THE MAJORITY OF THE PEOPLE YOU WANT STOPPED JUST CAUSE THEY DON'T AGREE WITH YOU, THOSE WHO ARE JUST A SMALL MINORITY OF THE PEOPLE, WHO AGREE WITH YOUR NONSENSE IDEAS,. YOU ARE A WHINEING SORE LOSING GROUP OF THAT MINORITY , WHO LIKE tRUMP TRY TO BULLY LIKE HITLER DID INTHE 30'S
    TRUMP WHO THINK THINGS ARE FIXED OR RIGGED CAUSE HE'S NOT WINNING! TYPICAL RICH SPOILED BRAT MAMA'S BOY RESPONSE! WAH-WAH-WAH IT'S RIGGED CAUSE I'M NOT WINNING, NOT CAUSE MOST SANE PEOPLE THINK I'M WRONG!

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  9. AND ABOVE ALL I HEAR YOU PEOPLE WHO SAY YOU ARE GOING TO BE PATRIOTS IN DOING WHAT IT TAKES TO STOP HILLARY CLINTON. YOU ARE THE WEIRDEST OF THE WEIRD! STOPPING SOMEONE DEMOCRATICALLY ELECTED BY THE MAJORITY OF THE PEOPLE YOU WANT STOPPED JUST CAUSE THEY DON'T AGREE WITH YOU, THOSE WHO ARE JUST A SMALL MINORITY OF THE PEOPLE, WHO AGREE WITH YOUR NONSENSE IDEAS,. YOU ARE A WHINEING SORE LOSING GROUP OF THAT MINORITY , WHO LIKE tRUMP TRY TO BULLY LIKE HITLER DID INTHE 30'S
    TRUMP WHO THINK THINGS ARE FIXED OR RIGGED CAUSE HE'S NOT WINNING! TYPICAL RICH SPOILED BRAT MAMA'S BOY RESPONSE! WAH-WAH-WAH IT'S RIGGED CAUSE I'M NOT WINNING, NOT CAUSE MOST SANE PEOPLE THINK I'M WRONG!

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  10. Our only real hope is in Christ! Man will muck up everything and he has. Cosmos Diabolicalis is real and it is in high gear now to foul Gods plan! Jesus Christ has sealed his fate though. We have turned away from our Lord as a nation and our blessings are in sever decline! We have been under divine discipline for some time now and He wants us to return to Him and follow His will but we on the whole have gone astray!

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  11. AMERICA IS GREAT!!!
    IT HAS ALWAYS BEEN GREAT!!!
    OUR PROCESS OF ELECTING PRESIDENTS DEMOCRATICALLY IS THE ENVY OF THE WORLD GREAT!!!
    YOU'RE SAYING THE ELECTION IS "RIGGED," STARTED AFTER YOUR POLLING NUMBERS WENT DOWN.
    STOP WHINING LIKE THE SPOILED BRAT YOUR RICH DADDY MADE YOU, AND START AT LEAST ACTING PRESIDENTIAL!

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    • Hillary wants OPEN BORDERS!!! What does that mean? It means the end of America! NO MORE Sovereign nation!!! Just the American's who are still working, will support ALL the immigrants that waltzes, that do not want to work! It is trickle up poverty! Eventually, the majority will be dirt poor like Venezuela, where they are having a hard time finding food and the basics like toilet paper! This global one world government crap, benefits a few at the top, while everyone else is ENSLAVED!!! You are what they call a useful idiot! You help the cause of EVIL a_____E!

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      • F. A. Neverland says:

        Mike, stop engaging this ignorant TROLL. He's just pushing your buttons, as required by his puppet masters.

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        • You may be right but like Thomas Jefferson stated, he said " Inform the American people for they are they are the only sure preservation of our Liberty!" I want to do my part in stopping or at least trying to stop the destruction of the country that many hundreds of thousands have died for, so that we might be a free people and so my children and grand children can be free! Most American's today are like the frog who is being boiled alive, as the government slowly steals their freedom, they are being boiled alive without even realizing it!

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    • RICH SPOILED BY DADDY tRUMP ISN'T GOING TO WIN THE ELECTION ANYWAY. SO WHAT'S ALL THIS TALKING'S ABOUT? JUST BEHAVE YOURSELVES. AND THANK GOD EVERY DAY THAT HE WASN'T ELECTED!

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  12. Mike, I can tell you are a man of great faith and of Jesus Christ.
    Trump thinks he can force himself on women. He bragged about on tape that he grabbed women by their p*ssy (his words not mine) and gets away with it cause he's rich!
    A serial r***** as he, cannot possibly have any morality or Christ in his soul!

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