TUCKER CARLSON, FOX NEWS: The United States, as every fourth grader learns, is a meritocracy. That means that our leaders don’t inherit their positions, like they do in Brunei or Saudi Arabia. Our leaders are selected on the basis of merit. Their talents and abilities are identified in school, and up they go. Only the smartest kids, we’re told, get into Yale — undeniably incandescent minds like Cory Booker and Chris Cuomo, and the kids of other Democratic office-holders. Nerds, they call themselves with false modesty. The ordinary among us go to Rutgers. In this country, the most impressive naturally rise to the very top. That’s what they tell us. Do you still believe it? Or, are you starting to suspect that the whole meritocracy speech might just be an elaborate justification for keeping mediocre people in charge? Before your make up your mind on that, consider Russia. Not the nation of Russia. That hasn’t changed. It’s still cold and vodka-soaked and only marginally relevant to the United States. No, consider instead how our ruling class views Russia. To them, Russia the single most important country in the world. Nothing else comes close. Just yesterday on the Meet the Press, Chuck Todd — a poster-child for the modern meritocracy and therefore by definition a genius — stopped a sitting US senator in his tracks and all but accused him of spying for Russia. Watch:
SEN. JOHN KENNEDY: In December of 2018, a Ukrainian court ruled that Ukrainian officials had violated Ukrainian law by, by meddling in our election. And that was reported in the New York Times.
CHUCK TODD: According to the New York Times a couple of weeks ago, U.S. senators were briefed after Fiona Hill's testimony that actually this entire effort to frame Ukraine for the Russian meddling of 2016, of which you, you just made this case that they've done it, that actually this is an effort of Russia propaganda, that this is a Russian intelligence propaganda campaign in order to get people like you to say these things about Ukraine... Are you at all concerned you're doing Russian intelligence work here?
Are you at all concerned you're doing Russian intelligence work? Gee, Chuck. Now that you put it that way.... Pretty funny. But what’s funnier — what’s weirder, certainly — is that we’re still talking about Russia at all. We now know it never happened. There was never collusion. Russia didn’t “hack our democracy.” The whole thing was a talking point, a ludicrous one, invented by the Hillary Clinton campaign on November 9, 2016 to explain their unexpected defeat. “We lost, and we shouldn’t have.” From the start, that’s been the only argument to support the Russia conspiracy. And now, thanks to a multi-million dollar investigation, that conspiracy theory is dead. And yet it somehow lives on, in the sneering accusations of our mindless public intellectuals and television anchors. You’d think people like that would be contrite, a little humbled after the Mueller report. Nope. They’re more obsessed than ever. Watch poor, mouth breathing Chuck Todd go full Joe McCarthy yesyerday:
SEN. JOHN KENNEDY: The fact that Russia was so aggressive does not exclude the fact that President Poroshenko actively worked for Secretary Clinton. Now, if I'm wrong ---
CHUCK TODD: Actively worked for Secretary?! I mean, my goodness, wait a minute, Senator Kennedy, you now have the president of Ukraine saying he actively worked for the Democratic nominee for president. I mean, now come on. I mean, I got to put up -- you realize the only other person selling this argument outside the United States is this man, Vladimir Putin.
“Are you now, or have you ever been, a pawn of Vladimir Putin?” You’d think they’d have more self-awareness than to say things like this out loud. But of course they never do. Not only are they unwise and hysterical and utterly dishonest, they’re also sort of dumb. And because shifting mental gears is hard for dumb people, the entire on-air staff over at MSNBC is still pretending that Russian collusion is the most important story there is. It’s like Robert Mueller never delivered his report:
JOY REID, MSNBC HOST: Is it possible Donald Trump now takes his beliefs in the world from the president of Russia?
NAVEED JAMALI, AUTHOR: He’s acting as a Russian asset. He’s amplifying talking points put together by the Kremlin.
GLENN KIRSCHNER: I can’t come up with an plausible explanation for all of these elected officials seeming to want to just turn our government over to Vladimir Putin.
JOY REID: This time the enemy is Russia which seems to have consumed one of America’s great political parties whole.
MALCOLM NANCE: The Constitution is a piece of paper that they would rather rip up or cut into segments rather than defend this country at all costs. The Russians set this whole thing up,.
JOY REID, MSNBC HOST: We’ve left the good guys and joined the bad guys in the world and Republicans seem to be ok with it.
SARAH KENDZIOR, JOURNALIST: Now, we are left with, as I've said before, a transnational crime syndicate masked as a government, led by a Kremlin asset.
MALCOLM NANCE, MSNBC ANALYST: Donald Trump believes in his heart the words of an ex-communist dictator and KGB officer rather than any person in America! We are in danger!
Everything you just saw aired in the past two weeks. This is deranged. If you excluded debunked conspiracy theories, could any of these people even explain why Vladimir Putin is actually bad? What makes him worse than a U.S. ally like the king of Saudi Arabia? They couldn’t answer that. For Chuck Todd and the rest of America’s governing class, Vladimir Putin stopped being a real political figure with actual ideas and priorities and beliefs a long time ago. He’s just a bogeyman. Step out of line, and you’re a traitor in league with Putin. Please. Not even Putin hates America as much as our media do. The rest of the world isn’t this dumb. Consider French president Emanuel Macron. In the past month, Macron has called NATO, quote, “brain dead,” because it exists to provide common defense, yet has no clear enemy. Europe and the United States, he said, should have closer relations with Russia, not more hostile ones. Is Macron a Putin stooge? Is he a puppet of Moscow? Of course not. He’s just a rational leader, looking out for his country’s interests. Imagine that. Russia isn’t America’s main enemy. Obviously. China is. China is the country murdering tens of thousands of Americans with fentanyl. Our elites barely care. Politicians run interference for them instead. California governors boycott other U.S. states, and then fly to China to praise its thuggish dictatorship. Michael Bloomberg doesn’t even do that. He denies that China is a dictatorship at all:
Bloomberg: China is doing a lot. Yes, they’re still building a lot of coal-fired power plants --
Hoover: And they’re still burning coal.
Bloomberg: Yes, they are, but they’re now moving plants away from the cities. The Communist Party wants to stay in power in China, and they listen to the public. When the public says I can’t breathe the air, Xi Jinping is not a dictator; he has to satisfy his constituents or he’s not going to survive.
Hoover: He’s not a dictator?
Bloomberg: No, he has a constituency to answer to.
Bloomberg’s comments haven’t gotten one percent of the reaction anything related to Russia us. The press isn’t racing to call Bloomberg a traitor. It’s no surprise. Most of Washington is already in the tank for China. During the days of the Chinese emperors, the imperial government was supported by thousands of eunuchs imported from foreign countries. The emperors are gone. The eunuchs remain.