When Ted Kennedy Asked the USSR to Help Fix the ’84 Election Nobody Called It Treason


The Left-Democrat Axis has immersed America anew in fretful worry about Russia, with the non-story that Donald Trump Jr. met with a Russian lawyer who claimed to have incriminating info on Hillary Clinton. Who knows—it might have been info on Uranium One. Turned out she only wanted to talk about adoption of Russian children. But people like Tim Kaine, Hillary’s running mate, call it treason. He’s just a bit confused. The definition of treason is:

18 US Code § 2381: Whoever, owing allegiance to the United States, levies war against them or adheres to their enemies, giving them aid and comfort within the United States or elsewhere, is guilty of treason.

Oddly enough, Mr. Kaine appears to have given aid and comfort to the Muslim Brotherhood, which has stated in writing it intends to destroy America from within:

Hillary’s running mate enjoyed the support of the Muslim American Society in his 2005 race for Governor of Virginia, according to DiscoverTheNetworks.org. The MAS describes itself as “a dynamic charitable, religious, social, cultural, and educational, organization.”  But DTN also says the MAS is affiliated with the Muslim Brotherhood.

In 2007, Kaine appointed MAS president, Esam Omeish to the state’s Immigration Commission. He had been president of the National Muslim Students Association, which DTN identifies as the “first Muslim Brotherhood affiliate to gain a foothold in America.” It appears on the Brotherhood’s list of its 29 “organizations of our friends,” contained in its Explanatory Memorandum, which also states its purpose ofdestroying the Western civilization from within.” [See p. 7 of English pages.]

In September 2011, Kaine spoke at an affair honoring Muslim Brotherhood leader Jamal Barzinji, with a Lifetime Achievement Award. DiscoverTheNetworks described him as “closely associated with the Palestinian Islamic Jihad, Hamas, and the International Institute of Islamic Thought (IIIT).” IIIT is known for inventing the term “Islamophobia,” that has been used so successfully since 9/11 to silence those who raise the alarm against the spread of Islam and Shariah Law into the West.

DTN reports that Kaine was the beneficiary of largesse from Islamic groups several times:

“The Barzinji-tied New Dominion PAC donated $43,050 to Kaine’s gubernatorial campaign between 2003 and 2005.”  Kaine’s Senate campaign in 2011-2012 also received $4,300 from officials of ISNA and the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), and another $3,500 from IIIT’s president-of-finance, Hisham Al-Talib.”

Even if meeting some Russian nobody to get info on Hillary Clinton was illegal, it wouldn’t be the first time. Keep in mind that Russia is not an enemy of the United States; it’s more of a competitor. But certainly, during the Cold War Russia was an enemy.

Ted Kennedy’s “treason”

Now is a good time to look back at one of the great Democratic luminaries from the past. This was a man who had much impact on America, from the Immigration Act of 1965 to health care reform and much more. We’re talking about Ted Kennedy, who is still revered by Democrats.

Would today’s Democrats be equally dismayed to learn that Ted Kennedy worked to convince the Russians to intervene in the election of 1984, during the Reagan years? Russia was then called the USSR, and—unlike today—it was unquestionably an enemy. The Daily Signal, a publication of the Heritage Foundation reports:

When they came to light years later, Kennedy’s secret contacts with the Russians through their KGB spy agency in the early 1980s didn’t cause nearly the tizzy that Russia’s alleged interference with this year’s election has for President-elect Donald Trump among liberal activists and reporters.

Ted Kennedy was considering a run against Reagan in the 1984 election and reached out to the USSR for help. “In a letter addressed to then-Soviet General Secretary Yuri Andropov, dated May 14, 1983, KGB head Viktor Chebrikov explained that Kennedy was eager to ‘counter the militaristic policies’ of Reagan.” Here’s an English translation of Chebrikov’s description of Teddy’s overture:

Kennedy believes that in order to influence Americans it would be important to organize in August-September of this year, televised interviews with Y.V. Andropov in the USA. A direct appeal by the general secretary of the Central Committee of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union to the American people will, without a doubt, attract a great deal of attention and interest in the country. The senator is convinced this would receive the maximum resonance in so far as television is the most effective method of mass media and information.

Read the full letter here.

Kennedy also suggested that people like Walter Cronkite and Barbara Walters could “travel to Moscow to interview Andropov,” and military leaders could come here for interviews to inform the American people how peace-loving the Soviets were. The idea was to reduce support for Reagan’s policies.

Former Sen. John Tunney, (D-CA), Kennedy’s onetime law school, “traveled to Moscow on May 9 and 10, 1983, to meet with KGB officials and inform them of Kennedy’s proposal,” said the Daily Signal.

This was not the first overture from Ted to the Russians: Tunney had visited them on March 5, 1980, when “he told KGB agents that Kennedy was impressed by the foreign policy statements made by General Secretary Leonid Brezhnev, Andropov’s immediate predecessor as the top Soviet leader.”

CNS News reported that:

Charles Dunn, Dean of the Robertson School of Government at Regent University, told Cybercast News Service that Kennedy’s activities were in “clear violation of the U.S. Constitution and at the expense of presidential authority.”

“The secret overtures to the KGB during the Reagan years were particularly insidious,” Dunn said, because Tunney and Kennedy were working to undermine what ultimately proved to be a very successful policy that brought an end to the Cold War.



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