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Each week, the editor’s of LA Progressive pick what they regard as a particularly insightful comment from one of our readers, both to draw attention to one particular reader’s thoughts and to encourage more readers to weigh in with their opinions. This week’s pithy "Feedback Friday" response comes from Wes King, who commented on John Marciano's "Russiagate? Evidence More Important Than Opinion"

This article is a welcomed “breath of fresh air”. The entire Russia “interference” narrative is highly suspicious. First of all. Russia? So what? We should be vigilant to protect our election system from any sort of fraud, interference and deception. There are many viable targets other than Russia…many of them domestic. I would argue a far more troubling concern is the massive voter disenfranchisement that certainly occurred here in California in the 2016 Democratic Presidential primary that greatly benefited candidate Clinton and thwarted a popular tide for Bernie Sanders. (A reputable study from Stanford University strongly suggested great suspicion as to the outcome of that primary vote.). Similar dynamics were present in New York weeks before California.

The unfortunate consequence of the “red baiting” circus that has dominated much of the mainstream media narrative in the wake of the 2016 election is that it creates more confusion than clarity

The unfortunate consequence of the “red baiting” circus that has dominated much of the mainstream media narrative in the wake of the 2016 election is that it creates more confusion than clarity, obscures real issues that merit attention, and generally serves no purpose other than to provide a backward looking framework for excessive partisan bickering for short-term, and utterly short-sighted political gain.

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Progressives should shun this nonsense and form a line of attack against Trump Administration over-reach that is grounded in sound, legitimate and forward thinking policies. This issue-based approach excited a groundswell for Bernie in 2016 and keeps him on a high plateau as one of, if not the, most respected political leaders on the current American scene.

Finally, it is appropriate, as the author has outlined, to juxtapose the frenzy around supposed external election interference in the US against the well-documented, persistent and long-running electoral manipulation and outright subversion propagated by American intelligence operatives around the globe for the past 60+ years (= standard operating procedure).

Progressives who, out of revulsion for Trump, ally with a Trump-Russia-interference-collusion narrative do so at peril of yielding much ground in the intellectual policy debate and siding with forces pushing this narrative that are diametrically opposed to much of what Progressive value. This is a dangerous game and consequences could cut hard against the Progressive movement as a natural result of such a Faustian bargain. Beware.