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(111,214 posts)
Thu Aug 31, 2023, 09:43 AM Aug 2023

How big is the "criminal enterprise"?

And how long has the Republican Party been a part of it?

Although he may be a key part of it, it is much larger than Donald J Trump.

In my opinion, it is a worldwide operation, primarily run by oligarchs around the world.

The goal and the cornerstone of their existence is to make money and to destroy all those that stand in their way. Morality does not play a part in their business model.

In recent years, led by Vladimir Putin, their primary goal has been to tear down the democracies in the world.

International crime is their trademark. Money-laundering, extortion, prostitution, illegal banking, even murder. There are no limits to their power grab.

Their goal was, and still is, to tear down American democracy. They finally got their perfect tool with Donald Trump. He was more than willing to tear down our democracy and to prop up the international criminals, especially Putin.

So long as his greed was satisfied, he was willing to do anything they wanted. He was able to recruit the Republican Party to do all his dirty work. They are still helping him. They have become a major player in the international crime network, in my opinion.

The international crime network has grown into the biggest threat in the world against struggling democracies, even long-established democracies, such as our own.

I think the "criminal enterprise" is much larger than any of us ever imagined.

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(22,014 posts)
1. Nice Post Kentuck
Thu Aug 31, 2023, 10:01 AM
Aug 2023

The new Magat political party is a terrorist organization.

One of our problems is that we do not have laws to deal with domestic terrorism.

In Canada the Proud Boys have been designated a terrorist organization, e.g.


(10,207 posts)
3. I agree. But I think we in the U.S. are going to pull out of it.
Thu Aug 31, 2023, 10:15 AM
Aug 2023

The upside to the knowledge of this global criminal syndicate, is that we know it's there, we know most of the players

(like Koch, and the rich white slugs who own Clarence Thomas), and we can now talk about it without sounding

hysterical Like they tried to pin on Hillary when she tried to warn us of a "vast, right wing conspiracy."

*Hillary tried to tell us, and she was right.


(4,059 posts)
4. And it will probably get a lot worse before it gets better. I fear for our long term future.
Thu Aug 31, 2023, 10:19 AM
Aug 2023

Aside from the political aspect, climate change induced food shortages will be rife for corruption and guess who would stand to benefit the most - the oligarchs, deciding who will get what at whatever outrageous price they can conger up.

Autocracy is on full display and growing all around the world and it will take one slick bit of maneuvering to get matters under control if we are going to save democracy. Now is the time to act, not later.


(7,853 posts)
5. Correct. Under-reported issue. And global oligarchs and autocrats aren't about to leave
Thu Aug 31, 2023, 10:47 AM
Aug 2023

their futures and their bank accounts in the hands of quaint democracies. This has been an expensive 50-year effort on their part, and US institutions/government remain vulnerable.

The Magistrate

(95,357 posts)
6. I Am, By Now, Sir, Inclined To Agree
Thu Aug 31, 2023, 10:48 AM
Aug 2023

We face a Fascist Internationale, which amounts to the same thing....


(8,223 posts)
7. One of your best posts ever, Kentuck!
Thu Aug 31, 2023, 11:41 AM
Aug 2023

This nails the entire power structure and what the people of the world are going to have to deal with if we're going to survive with lives worth living. And so much of their intent is to use organized religions to spread their poison in order to bring gullible people on board.


(111,214 posts)
15. Thanks BComplex!
Thu Aug 31, 2023, 06:45 PM
Aug 2023

I hope to enframe into a bigger picture.

Religion has been used very effectively throughout history to bring people around to a certain way of thinking.


(10,448 posts)
9. And we should not forget Putin's machinations in the UK to get Brexit passed.
Thu Aug 31, 2023, 12:33 PM
Aug 2023

I seem to remember reading some time ago that some of those in the government pushing Brexit had close ties to Russia. What people like Putin and right-wing oligarchs the world over want are dictatorships because they know that money controls dictators, who then govern for the benefit and wealth of the oligarchs.

Trump was Putin’s useful idiot, and MBS latched on as well. MBS and Putin are both dictators and oligarchs willing to murder their opposition, so they are not just rich guys playing games with governments. They are both deadly tyrants. MBS bought Kushner and through him, Trump. Putin had already bought Trump with the lure of a potential Trump Tower in Moscow and millions in loans to keep him afloat.


(5,249 posts)
10. Take their money and assets. Tax the sh*t out of the Americans owning more than 25 million.
Thu Aug 31, 2023, 12:35 PM
Aug 2023

If they don't like it, they can leave with less, because they should pay an expat tax....90%.


(3,943 posts)
11. I Hope
Thu Aug 31, 2023, 12:38 PM
Aug 2023

I hope someday in the future the full extent of his crimes is revealed and America realizes how damaging he really was to our nation. I hope we can recover. I have hope but it'll be a long and difficult road. It could take a couple generations


(9,927 posts)
13. Add in Jeffrey Epstein for a little added flavor...
Thu Aug 31, 2023, 12:52 PM
Aug 2023

Source of tfg’s “hold” on the repubs? A true fertile field for blackmail, we may never find out.
The rot is deep.


(22,059 posts)
14. I always think of this paragraph from an old New Yorker article from 2018
Thu Aug 31, 2023, 04:50 PM
Aug 2023

We always wonder about how much we still don't know about trumps crimes. Is what we know still just the tip of the iceberg? This was an article from 2018 regarding the russia scandal.

The unfolding of the Russia scandal has been like walking into a dark cavern. Every step reveals that the cave runs deeper than we thought, and after each one, as we wonder how far it goes, our imaginations are circumscribed by the steps we have already taken. The cavern might go just a little farther, we presume, but probably not much farther. And since trying to discern the size and shape of the scandal is an exercise in uncertainty, we focus our attention on the most likely outcome, which is that the story goes a little deeper than what we have already discovered. Say, that Donald Trump Jr., Jared Kushner, and Paul Manafort told their candidate about the meeting they held at Trump Tower with a Russian lawyer after they were promised dirt on Hillary Clinton; and that Trump and Kushner have some shady Russian investments; and that some of Trump’s advisers made some promises about lifting sanctions.

But what if that’s wrong? What if we’re still standing closer to the mouth of the cave than the end?

old article. there is a photo of an organization chart in the article of the involved parties:

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