Russophobia and the RIGHT way to fight Trump
By Sam Snapp (The Progressive Dragon)
Nothing has made me more exasperated and annoyed as the current climate of neo-McCarthyism that is slowly sweeping across what is supposed to be the liberal party. I expected this kind of conspiracy thinking on the right but not the left. Furthermore it is distracting many people from the best ways to attack Trump.
The clearest analogy can be made to the Republicans assault on the Affordable Care Act. The entire attack was based on nothing but straw men and hyperbolic assertions made with no evidence. However, the eight year assault was so successful it was able to make people on the right think that Obamacare was different than the Affordable Care Act. The part the analogy comes in is that the Affordable Care Act was, in principle, a right wing healthcare plan. The individual mandate was a gift to private insurers and the government only helped facilitate state run exchanges. It was not even close to socialized medicine. Therefore the Republicans couldn’t actually attack the policy itself.
Fast forward to the current Russian hysteria. I believe that it is being used as a distraction from the very real implications of the 2016 election. Clintonism is in its death throes and the progressive half of the base is hopping mad after Wikileaks confirmed what we had already known, that the entire media/Democratic establishment had cheated us out of the better candidate. Before I go on, I would like to address the idea that even if there wasn’t any actual rigging by the purest definition, there were three things that made it impossible for Bernie to win:
- Bernie was running as a protest candidate and I don’t think he expected to do as well as he did
- Clinton had name recognition and the entire media aiding her.
- The DNC was caught red handed in tilting the field so that any progressive candidate would have a near impossible path to victory.
But a new study recently came out and proved that the Clinton campaign used TV ads that were the least policy filled of any campaign in the last 20 years. It turns out that personal attacks do not help when defeating Trump. He is an awful person and we all know it, but he thrives off that persona. He is a reality TV personality that thrives off of being an asshole.
But this tweet by Glenn Greenwald, who in my opinion is an exceptional journalist was very indicative of the whole Putin/Trump connection and whether there is any actual evidence:
For those who were alive during the McCarthy era, it is strange and how willing they are to believe that Trump is a Putin puppet. The Soviet Union and Russia today are actually very different economically. For example, Putin runs his country as a kleptocrat and an elected authoritarian. However, the economic system he uses is not communism or socialism, but capitalism. Capitalism is actually not naturally disposed to be compatible with democracy. Profit doesn’t recognize human beings as having any social value.
But the most important thing to say is that regardless of all of this there are a plethora of good reasons and good lines of attack to go after Trump. The recent attempt to resurrect his Muslim ban is a good example of something that is worth attacking. Here are just a few good lines of attack against Trump and the Republicans:
- TrumpCare is watered down ACA with millions of people due to be removed from their healthcare. Furthermore it is all to give billionaires a tax break
- The Muslim ban is unconstitutional
- Additional military spending is disgusting when Flint, Michigan still doesn’t have clean water.
- His cabinet is filled with incompetents who are not adequate to fufill the duties on which they were hired.
- Jeff Sessions is a proven liar, and racist, who is to be nowhere near power.
- Trump has removed many media outlets from press briefings in a standard authoritarian move. However, the remaining outlets are actually conspiracy sites and right wing hate rags like Breitbart and InfoWars.
- The Republicans are not able or willing to govern. Their ideology is actually dangerous to even their own base.
The media as horrible as they are, need to be treated with a modicum of respect. But the Democrats are so afraid of taking responsibility for their failure in the last election that they are willing to ally with the Deep State and the only unaccountable part of our government. The CIA has overthrown democratically elected leaders and fostered in tyrants. They are not accountable to checks and balances and this is a problem.
Glenn Greenwald’s latest article on the Intercept speaks about the current fear mongering about Russia in a far more eloquent way than I ever could:
“She now has a new article in the New York Review of Books – entitled “Russia: the Conspiracy Trap” – that I cannot recommend highly enough. Its primary purpose is to describe, and warn about, the insane and toxic conspiracy-mongering about Russia that has taken over not the fringe, dark corners of the internet that normally traffic in such delusional tripe, but rather mainstream U.S. media outlets and the Democratic Party. Few articles have illustrated the serious, multi-faceted dangers of what has become this collective mania in the U.S. as well as Gessen’s does…… The crux of her article is the point that has been driving everything I’ve been writing and saying about this topic for months: that this obsession with Russia conspiracy tales is poisoning all aspects of U.S. political discourse and weakening any chance for resisting Trump’s actual abuses and excesses. Those who wake up every day to hype the latest episode of this Russia/Trump spy drama tell themselves that they’re bravely undermining and subverting Trump, but they’re doing exactly the opposite”.
Mr. Greenwald is referring to an article written by Ms. Masha Gessen, for the New York Review of Books. Ms. Gessen is a fervent critic of Mr. Putin but she warns that this tabloid style of attacking Trump is not helping but is in fact furthering the right wing cause. I believe that we must only attack Trump with substance.
“The Dragon never wavers. Stay woke my friends”