By Frank VernuccioRep. Keith Ellison, The Vice Chair of the Democratic National Committee, recently stated that “Kim Jong-un is acting more responsibly than Trump.”
Originally posted in the New York Analysis of Policy & Government newsletter of October 2, 2017
It would be easy to dismiss, as many are, that outrageous comment as merely a hyperbolic and partisan remark. The reality, however, is that the American Left has an uncomfortable history of verbal support for some of the planet’s most despicable governments, as long as those governments are anti-American. The Left has received substantive support, in return.
New York’s extreme-progressive mayor has long supported the placement of Russian military power in Nicaragua. Writing in PJ Media, Ron Radosh discussed how, during the Cold War, the:
Left … supported the Soviet bloc and all of its policies, and argued that America was in the process of becoming a nascent facist state …operating in the United States, Britain, and France, the western Left takes the opportunity to speak freely in the democracies in which they live, to openly support and express their solidarity with democracies’ most fervent enemies.
That propensity of verbally supporting the enemy has come into clearer focus in the glare of the attempt by many of the Left to gain traction based on the charge that the Trump campaign colluded with Russia.
As Moscow’s massive military buildup continues, its belligerence towards its neighbors progresses, and Putin’s despotism grows, the embarrassed and pro-Russian (and before that, pro-Soviet) Left has sought to execute a bit of public relations Ju-Jitsu by casting its opponents as the ones who are pro-Russia.
Despite a clear lack of substantive evidence, an entire press and prosecutorial industry has been developed based on claiming that the damning evidence provided by Julian Assange and others about the corrupt Clinton machine and the machinations of the Democrat Party to deny primary rival Bernie Sanders a fair chance to compete with her in the 2016 primary season was provided by Russian agents in an attempt to promote a Trump victory.
Moscow certainly would be guilty of abject stupidity if that were true. As the New York Analysis of Policy and Government has previously noted, the Trump Administration has been the most anti-Russian presidency since Reagan, pursuing policies of strengthening U.S. armed forces and, particularly, ramping up domestic energy production, a move which dramatically threatens Moscow’s financial stability.
Some liberal sources have now begun to realize how embarrassingly wrong the charges against Trump are. The Nation recently published a review of the matter, and its evidence and its conclusions (remember, this is from a source predisposed to dislike Trump) are that there was no collusion. The publication notes that:
A great edifice has been erected has been erected … President Trump, members of his family, and numerous people around him stand accused … half a dozen simultaneous investigations proceed … Lost … is the absence of any credible evidence of what happened … and who was responsible … we are urged to accept the word of institutions and senior officials with long records of deception.
The absurd charges and the resulting investigation have had the desired effect, however. As The Nation notes:
Camouflaging its pro-Communist tendency has been a constant of Leftists. Far too often, they have masked their unpopular foreign policy preferences and unsavory association with anti-American regimes with a veneer of naïve causes. Testimony given to Congress in 1982 revealed that Moscow provided extraordinary sums of money and energy on the nuclear freeze movement. Unquestioned support for, and the acceptance of support from, Communist regimes has been a hallmark of the Left. Even during the worst of the inhuman and outrageous depredations of the Stalin government, the American Left maintained its enthusiasm for him. Of course, even to mention that reality produces a rote charge of “McCarthyism,” a reference to the Congressman who fostered intensive probes into the influence of Moscow’s agents within the U.S. entertainment industry.
The President’s ability to conduct foreign policy, notably but not only with regard to Russia, is now crippled …
The “America is always wrong” ideology reached its height during the prior administration. President Obama and Secretary Clinton rapidly agreed to a nuclear deal with Moscow that ended American leadership in atomic arms. They gave into much of Russia’s demands about preventing the advance of American anti-ballistic missile defenses, a policy error keenly felt as North Korea continues to threaten an atomic attack. Bizarrely, as the Russian navy returned to Cuba and the Castro regime continued its repression of its people, Obama opened relations with that nation for no discernable return.
Matthew Continetti, writing in National Review, noted that:
Objectively … the result of Obama’s foreign policy [was] to empower America’s adversaries …
Despite the long and unsavory history of the Left’s infatuation with totalitarian Communist regimes, it is its flirtation with radical Islam that demonstrates the depth of its “America is always wrong” ideology. The Obama Administration’s infamous apology tour in the middle east, its opposition to pro-American Arab governments, its utter failure to respond to the Benghazi attack, and, most notably, its irrational appeasement of Iran’s obsessively anti-U.S. leadership demonstrate how thoroughly ingrained the Left’s disdain for their own nation’s interests are.