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Why is Trump Being Portrayed as Russia's Stooge?

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There is an escalating mainstream media campaign, including The Washington Post and The New York Times, to depict President Trump as Russia's puppet in the White House. One need not be a Trump enthusiast to call out these preposterous, fact-free allegations as reminiscent of McCarthyism. Efforts to portray Trump as a Manchurian Candidate from a classic Cold War book and film where a U.S.soldier is brainwashed into doing the Kremlin's bidding endanger whatever remnants remain of American democracy. It's also disconcerting that Russia-baiting is on the increase, even some being directed at progressives from other progressives. I will not be surprised if Venezuela is soon coupled with the latter.

"McCarthyism," of course, refers to the use of government investigations to destroy one's enemies. Wisconsin Senator Joseph McCarthy is famous for brandishing this tactic and will forever be associated with the question, "Are you now or have you ever been" a member of the Communist Party?

Finally, on June 9, 1954, Joseph Welch, special counsel to the U.S. Army listened during a hearing in which McCarthy accused the Army of being "soft on communism." In dramatic fashion, the usually mild-mannered Welch asked "Have you no sense of shame sir, at long last?" When combined with CBS News correspondent Edward R. Murrow's reporting, this was McCarthy's downfall from politics. He was officially censored by the U.S. Senate on December 2,1954.
Of course, the Red Scare's legacy wasn't over. The FBI secretly provided files to the infamous House Un-American Activities Committee (HUAC) which proceeded to destroy the careers of countless people. Another example was the National Defense Education Act of 1958 which required signing a loyalty oath to obtain a college loan. I could not have attended college if I hadn't signed one. Teachers were forced to sign an oath stating,"I have not and will not lend my aid, support, advice, counsel or influence to the Communist party." Is it implausible to suggest that variations on this anti-democratic attack on civil liberties will re-emerge?

In the past, the FBI has carried out countless, politically-motivated investigations. In the 1930s and later under President Truman, the liberal, pro-peace Vice President Henry Wallace was believed to have suspect loyalties for suggesting the government was exaggerating the Soviet threat. Wallace's mail was opened and photocopied, his phones were tapped and his movements constantly shadowed. A short list also includes: Democratic Presidential nominee George McGovern, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Paul Robeson, Pete Seeger, Woodie Guthrie, Albert Einstein, Gil Scott-Heron, the NAACP, opponents of South African apartheid, The Catholic Worker, Quaker activists, and even Duke Ellington and Nat King Cole. Later, Black Lives Matter, Occupy and hip-hop artists have joined the list and the FBI has set up a task force to monitor social media.

So why are these nefarious tactics being employed against Trump? The first McCarthy era used red-baiting to destroy the U.S. labor movement. This second one is different. It's an intra-elite effort to discredit a president whose erratic behavior has rattled the political/military/intelligence/corporate establishment who much preferred the dependable warmonger and compliant Hillary Clinton.

By pledging to withdraw troops from Syria and Afghanistan, attempting to officially end the Korean War, raising questions about NATO's utility and so far refusing to rekindle the Cold War with Russia, Trump crossed a line. For many of Trump's enemies, this constitutes treasonable behavior, deserving of a soft coup or worse. In short, those with direct economic interests in the global status quo know their empire is in decline and desperately want to retain America's 800 military bases. They're vexed that Trump's "America First" agenda may not fully embrace that objective.

Finally, there are no "good guys" in this conflict as neither side gives a fig about ordinary citizens here or abroad. This struggle pits the interventionist, endless war, "We rule the world capitalists" against the xenophobic, ugly, racist nationalistic capitalists. But that's not to say there isn't something of critical importance at stake here. That is, fighting the good fight must include resisting what resembles an FBI/Police state operation no matter who is the target.

I submit there's more than a whiff of neo-McCarthyism in the air and it will have a chilling effect on freedom of expression and speech. If politically motivated, evidence-free allegations can be leveled against the president of the United States, what can't be done to the rest of us? In sum, this isn't about Trump's fate but our own. I would submit that we need another Joseph Welch or Edward R. Murrow.

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you guys are busy 28.Jan.2019 08:28

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dissident voice working overtime to defend trump. good work guys

Oh Please Stop With The Trump Derangement Disorder 28.Jan.2019 19:05

blues

Trump does not control much of anything. Nor does Congress or the courts. The USSA and the rest of the West is 99.9% owned and operated by the CIA.

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(where is the) "defend trump" ? 28.Jan.2019 19:10

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where in the posted article, does author Gary Olson "defend Trump"?


Please point it out specifically and immediately.

oh that's right you can't

Trump has been surprising 31.Jan.2019 09:34

Erasmus

If you're not attacking Trump, you're supporting him. That's the progressive mantra. His moves to de escalate US imperialism is a narrative destroyer to Trump haters, they can't make sense of it or spin it in a way to make him look bad so simply ignore it. Much simpler and easier to stay focused on Trump supposedly "ripping" babies from the breasts of illegal immigrants. Is that a defense of Trump? No, just looking at him realistically. He remains a classist, sexist arrogant loudmouth but his bull in a china shop behavior in Washington is actually refreshing compared to the slick smooth politicians who reveal as little as possible about their schemes to the public. Just check out the video on YouTube where he "discusses" the wall with Pelosi & Schumer, it's a hoot watching Pelosi & Schumer squirm, while Pence plays windsock, desperately trying to keep the convo civil and repeatedly ask Trump to discuss it in private....Yes, let's conduct our secret deals behind doors away from the prying ears of the proles, whereas Trump is willing to put it right out there for public view:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6wm-NtMkqz8
Doesn't change what Trump is, he's an oligarch whose primary goal is to promote the interest of other oligarchs so they can get richer, but that makes him no different than Obama, Hillary, Bill or any other contemporary President. The only difference is what kind of bones they throw to us lower classes, and I do prefer the ones Trump is tossing our way rather than the ones Hillary would have.

bones 31.Jan.2019 14:51

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what bones has trump thrown to anyone. tax cuts for the rich?

RE: "tax cuts" IRS standard deduction now $12,000 vs. $6,350 10.Feb.2019 13:56

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in 2018 for single persons, has been almost doubled (from FY 2017)

Trump is not 'directly responsible' for this change in tax policy, but having DT as chief executive has certainly and notably changed IRS overall and individual policies, many of which (like the single-person filer standard deduction) have been a big help to lower-than-$50K annual earners.