A surprising number of the Left’s intellectuals and influential members of the democratic party are starting to speak out against the hysterical rhetoric coming out of the Liberal media
There are leftists intellectuals and activists in the US who view the Democratic Party as a party of permanent war, economic globalism and as torn off from its roots. These people may have supported Jill Stein or Bernie Sanders in 2016 but did not come home to Hillary Clinton in November. Some have written that she is a war criminal and they deplore her friendship with Henry Kissinger.
A surprising number of leftists are questioning the Democrats’ strategy of going after President Trump over potential collusion with Russia in the 2016 election.
They see it as reminiscent of the Red Scare during the Cold War.
Author Max Blumenthal describes himself “as someone on the left who has actually gone out and protested Trump.” This week he said: “I haven’t seen any evidence. Rachel Maddow’s dots may never connect.”
Norman Solomon wrote earlier this month: “Any truthful way to say it will sound worse than ghastly: We live in a world where one person could decide to begin a nuclear war – quickly killing several hundred million people and condemning vast numbers of others to slower painful deaths….
“If the presidents of the United States and Russia spiral into escalating conflicts between the two countries, the world is much more likely to blow up. Yet many American critics of Trump have gotten into baiting him as Putin’s flunky while goading him to prove otherwise.”
Glen Greenwald has criticized the following American news outlets for anti-Russian reporting: CNN, The Washington Post, Slate, C-SPAN, and The Guardian.
Mr. Greenwald: “The importance of this journalistic malfeasance when it comes to Russia, a nuclear-armed power, cannot be overstated. This is the story that has dominated U.S. politics for more than a year. Ratcheting up tensions between these two historically hostile powers is incredibly inflammatory and dangerous. All kinds of claims, no matter how little evidence there is to support them, have flooded U.S. political discourse and have been treated as proven fact.”
Victor Navasky has written: “My own view is that we won’t know what the Russians did or didn’t do until a special prosecutor (or some other impartial mechanism) is put in place to investigate the matter, but that the readiness of much of the American press and establishment to assume that the worst charges against Russia (including collaboration with and by Trump) are true is, given the lack of specific evidence, at least in part a legacy of Cold War attitudes toward the Soviet Union.
“One lesson to be learned about McCarthyism has to do with the role that much of the liberal community played in it. I include here some of our staunchest liberal humanists and organizations, like the historian Arthur Schlesinger Jr., New York Post editor James Wechsler, Senator Hubert Humphrey, Americans for Democratic Action, and even the American Civil Liberties Union, all of which were infected, I would argue, by the hysteria over the Red Menace.”
“…Ratcheting up tensions between these two historically hostile powers is incredibly inflammatory and dangerous. All kinds of claims, no matter how little evidence there is to support them, have flooded U.S. political discourse and have been treated as proven fact.”
Dennis Kucinich, the former Democratic congressman and presidential candidate, is a man of the left. When President Obama was considering an air strike on Syria in 2014, Mr. Kucinich opposed him saying that this would make us “al-Qaeda’s air force.” Now he questions Democratic attacks in another area, his party’s attempt to examine President Trump’s mental and physical fitness for office – and possibly use the findings to seek his removal: “It’s a political statement, not a medical statement. I think it’s destroying the party as an effective opposition.”
He continued, “People want political parties to be focused on America’s economic needs, jobs, wages, heath care, education, retirement security and peace — and they want American politicians to be constructive, not destructive.”
Mr. Kucinich has considered that some Democrats are having a difficult attempting to “reconcile” the election of Donald Trump with their own political views. He urged them to try to find common ground with the President.
This week it came out that Mr. Trump had ended a program to supply weapons to rebels fighting the Russian-backed government of Syria. This program began in the Obama administration. Officials back then said that they couldn’t predict if those we were giving arms to would stay loyal to us or even whether they would stay in possession of the weapons. This program was supported by Hillary Clinton as Secretary of State.
There is no evidence that this weapons-to-rebels program has succeeded. Yet, will its termination may be portrayed as a sell-out and a favor to Vladimir Putin? Do Democrats actually want the President to continue a clandestine program to put arms into the hands of fighters in Syria?
Max Blumenthal again: “I see Trump as the apotheosis of a failed political establishment, both from the Republicans and the Democrats. Pushing corporate trade and permanent war, and I thought the Democrats should have responded with a big narrative against permanent war and for economic equality. Instead, they are pushing Russia scandal-mongering non-stop.”
Mr. Blumenthal’s concern receive some support in a recent Washington Post/ABC News poll which found that 52 percent of all adults believe that the Democratic Party’s main characteristic is being against Mr. Trump.
We disagree with leftists on most issues but cite their views now as part of the diverse views on Mr. Trump, views that deserve some consideration.
Plus, some might say that even a broken clock is right twice a day.