Democracy Is Not Possible Where Foreign Powers Can Back Candidates: Ron Paul, the U.S., & Ukraine

Notice that this 2010 Democrat ad accuses the GOP of taking foreign money. That is supposed to be illegal. Even if there might be some way get such funding despite election law, it is self-evidently wrong. Foreign powers are not supposed to be infiltrating our elections.

The attack was hypocritical, since the Center for American Progress, who launched the ad, was itself receiving foreign money according to The Nation.

But the hypocrisy shows that we all acknowledge the ethical principle. We don’t want China, or Saudi Arabia, or any other country pouring massive funds to help a particular candidate win office.

Which brings us to Ukraine. Ron Paul spoke on US involvement in Ukraine back in 2005, when they had just held elections:

 Mr. Chairman: President Bush said last week that, ”Any election (in Ukraine), if there is one, ought to be free from any foreign influence.” I agree with the President wholeheartedly. Unfortunately, it seems that several U.S. government agencies saw things differently and sent U.S. taxpayer dollars into Ukraine in attempt to influence the outcome.

We do not know exactly how many millions—or tens of millions—of dollars the United States government spent on the presidential election in Ukraine. We do know that much of that money was targeted to assist one particular candidate, and that through a series of cut-out non-governmental organizations (NGOs)—both American and Ukrainian—millions of dollars ended up in support of the presidential candidate, Viktor Yushchenko.

Let me add that I do not think we should be supporting either of the candidates. While I am certainly no supporter of Viktor Yushchenko, I am not a supporter of his opponent, Viktor Yanukovich, either. Simply, it is none of our business who the Ukrainian people select to be their president. And, if they feel the vote was not fair, it is up to them to work it out.

How did this one-sided US funding in Ukraine come about? While I am afraid we may have seen only the tip of the iceberg, one part that we do know thus far is that the U.S. government, through the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), granted millions of dollars to the Poland-America-Ukraine Cooperation Initiative (PAUCI), which is administered by the U.S.-based Freedom House.

PAUCI then sent U.S. Government funds to numerous Ukrainian non-governmental organizations (NGOs). This would be bad enough and would in itself constitute meddling in the internal affairs of a sovereign nation. But, what is worse is that many of these grantee organizations in Ukraine are blatantly in favor of presidential candidate Viktor Yushchenko.

Consider the Ukrainian NGO International Centre for Policy Studies. It is an organization funded by the U.S. Government through PAUCI, but on its website you will find that the front page in the English section features a prominent orange ribbon, the symbol of Yushchenko’s party and movement. Reading further on, we discover that this NGO was founded by George Soros’s Open Society Institute. And further on we can see that Viktor Yushchenko himself sits on the advisory board!

If any U.S. candidate received funds from a foreign power so blatantly, he would be arrested. Notice that this is a Republican-Democrat combined effort: George Soros and the Bush Administration! Bush gave lip service to uncorrupted elections, but his government did the opposite.

Today, Ron Paul wrote an editorial reminding us of his words back in 2005. He pointed out how the corruption has continued:

Last December, US Assistant Secretary of State Victoria Nuland gave a speech in which she admitted that since 1991 the US government has:

[I]nvested more than 5 billion dollars to help Ukraine…in the development of democratic institutions and skills in promoting civil society and a good form of government.

This is the same State Department official who was caught on tape just recently planning in detail the overthrow of the Ukrainian government.

Yes, and remember the utter arrogance of the State Department in condemning Russia for exposing their criminal behavior as if this was an evil act on their part!

We financed an illegal coup with a large continent of neo-Nazis. Now we have to face up to the fact that Russia isn’t going to let go of their naval base to U.S. aggression. We crossed Russia’s red line. Everything that has happened was entirely predictable blowback.

Conservatives need to wake up to the nature of U.S. foreign policy. The argument that Putin is an evil man is beside the point, no matter how true it is. We need to deal with our own evil and stop our worldwide mission to corrupt democracy wherever it dares to appear.