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JASON HIRTHLER—Christopher Hitchens once argued that “that which can be asserted without evidence can be dismissed without evidence.” One wishes this were a staple truth anchored in the American consciousness. Thus we could dispatch such stories just as hastily as they were foisted upon us. But that is asking too much by half. Credulity is both a boon and a curse, as politics proves daily. A Reuters poll found that 60 percent of Americans believed the story. More damningly but unsurprisingly, 81 percent see Putin as a threat to the United States, while 54 percent wanted to impose sanctions on Russia in response to the unproven assertions.
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JASON HIRTHLER—Liberal media including CNN, MSNBC, and the Times seek to blame Russia for the protests. Former Obama official Susan Rice rehearses the wearisome trope that the protests are efforts to ‘divide’ the American public and “are straight out of the Russia playbook.” Another tone-deaf class-based insult from a millionaire white-collar bourgeoisie.
JASON HIRTHLER—When it comes to the Biden-Sanders split in psychographic support, it would likely be impossible to separate this age-related disparity from the economic status of the voters. Boomers have the most wealth of any age bracket, Millennials the least. And what these well-intentioned but blase liberals appear to miss is what one CounterPuncher M.G. Piety nicely noted, namely, “…just how mad, in the sense of angry, the average American voter is. Epstiein writes that, ‘if you include those who have left the workforce altogether, the U.S. employment rate is almost as high as it was in 1931.’”
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JASON HIRTHLER—And yet when the financial sector loses its high-risk derivative bets, Main Street pays the cost. When people say, “I’m in favor of the redistribution of wealth,” a good response might be, “We’ve already got that. Are you talking about changing the direction of the flow?” The Republicans and Democrats howl at the sight of downstream redistribution, but fall silent when the current turns upstream.