02/14/21

Glenn Beck Needs a Fact-Checker on McCarthyism

By: Cliff Kincaid

Whining about “McCarthyism,” TV Personality Glenn Beck told his followers about one of his upcoming TV programs, saying, “Our new Red Scare is here, America. Are you on the list?”

The show was presented in the context of introducing Donald Trump Jr. joining Beck “to call out this modern McCarthyism” and explain “the real reason for President Trump’s second impeachment trial.”

But the impeachment trial of Trump and the attacks on Trump supporters have nothing to do with McCarthyism. In fact, it’s the opposite. In truth, we could use another prominent anti-communist like Joe McCarthy. The number of communists in the Democratic Party is now so large that books have been written about it. Anti-communist analyst Trevor Loudon has written a number of them.

In his bizarre message to viewers and supporters, Beck claimed that Senator Joe McCarthy ran the House UnAmerican Activities Committee. But Senators don’t run committees in the House.

Glenn Beck needs a quick education on the lessons of “McCarthyism.” Then he can pass on the truth to his audience. Otherwise, he’s as guilty as the left at spreading misinformation.

One of my mentors, the late M. Stanton Evans, once wrote a great Human Events column, “When Conservatives Parrot Liberal Lies about Joe McCarthy,” about how various conservative media personalities and politicians, used the term “McCarthyism” to refer to the antics of left-wingers. Beck has to be added to the list.

Evans noted that these conservatives “know nothing at all about McCarthy except what the liberals deign to tell them.”

Evans pointed out that “McCarthy was repeatedly proved right, about the larger picture of subversion, and about a host of individual cases.” Yet, McCarthyism, a term coined by the Communist Party to demonize anti-communists, has been adopted not only by liberals but by conservatives as something that explains the use of unsubstantiated charges. This is how the liberals control the public debate. Conservatives let them control the debate by adopting the terminology of the liberals.

In this context, I was truly shocked when Glenn Beck sent out an email promoting one of his programs under the headline, “The New Red Scare & Our ‘Reality Czars.’” He said, “The American Red Scare of the 1950s may be one of the most important — and most terrifying — events in our nation’s history. It was a witch hunt — an all-out assault — on any American citizen deemed to be a threat simply because of their thoughts.”

This is complete nonsense.

I have repeated the facts many times but I guess I have to do it again. McCarthy had cited 59 suspected communists in the State Department, and he produced that list, plus 22 others. McCarthy helped uncover a communist spy ring involving foreign service officer John Stewart Service and Phil Jaffe, the editor of a pro-communist magazine. He targeted Owen Lattimore, a key State Department adviser, and communist. McCarthy’s charge against Mary Jane Keeney, a State Department, U.N. employee, and Soviet agent, was proven correct. McCarthy was right about Annie Lee Moss, an Army Code Clerk who was a member of the Communist Party.

The John Stewart Service spy ring also involved Laughlin Currie, an adviser to President Franklin Roosevelt, and they succeeded in manipulating U.S. foreign policy to enable the communists to seize China. Other top communists in government included Harry Dexter White at the Department of the Treasury and, of course, Alger Hiss of the State Department, a founder of the U.N.

The JC Hawkins book on McCarthy and others, Betrayal at Bethesda, includes an Appendix B and 224 Communists identified by McCarthy and other investigations. McCarthy came out dead from Bethesda, after going in for knee surgery, when he was on the verge of investigating communists in the CIA.

The embarrassing email promoting “Glenn TV” also had this whopper: “Led by Senator McCarthy, the House of UnAmerican Activities Committee destroyed lives. Mere accusations sometimes meant you were stripped of your job and your dignity. Sound familiar?”

He was trying to brand left-wingers with the label of McCarthyism because of the assault on Trump supporters that is occurring these days.

I have used the term “McCarthyism” to make a point, such as when I referred to “Kevin McCarthyism” and the attacks by the House GOP leader Kevin McCarthy on conservative members of the party. But that was a play on words, using the term “McCarthyism” since it was the last name of Joe and Kevin.

I never meant to imply that Joe McCarthyism was in any way illegitimate. I like Joe. Kevin not so much.

But Glenn Beck’s claims that Senator McCarthy actually ran a House committee investigating communists was another major error on his part. He needs a fact-checker. Senators don’t run House committees.

It’s almost as embarrassing as when Bill O’Reilly, then with Fox News, claimed McCarthy had “demonized people who didn’t deserve to be demonized.” Guest Ann Coulter shot back: “That’s not true. Name one. There is not one.”

This exchange then transpired:

O’Reilly: “I’ll name one. Dalton Trumbo.”

Coulter: “He had nothing to do with Dalton Trumbo.”

O’Reilly: “Sure he did. It was the House of Unamerican Activities Committee (HUAC). And who was overseeing that?”

Coulter: “He was known as Senator McCarthy. He was in the Senate, not the House. Everyone confuses him with the House UnAmerican Activities Committee.”

O’Reilly: “But who was overseeing that? Come on, you know the clubhouse rules.”

Coulter: “He had nothing to do with HUAC. You see this is part of the myth. Everyone says this. Everyone says HUAC.”

Rather than being an innocent victim of McCarthy or even the House UnAmerican Activities Committee, author Allan H. Ryskind notes that Dalton Trumbo was a major Hollywood Ten figure and longtime Communist enthusiast. What’s more, as Ryskind’s book, Hollywood Traitors makes clear, Trumbo was in fact a Soviet/Nazi agent of influence in Hollywood.

He notes, “The Hollywood Communist contingent, including Trumbo, quickly turned against Hitler after the Fuehrer betrayed Stalin in June of 1941, launching a massive invasion of the Soviet Union. Then, and only then, did the radical screenwriters switch sides again, now demanding America give massive assistance to the Soviet Union to combat fascism and help it survive the Nazi onslaught. Only after Hitler invaded the USSR did the Communist screenwriters become ‘patriotic,’ since they believed US assistance was crucial to the Soviet Union’s survival.”

I couldn’t watch the whole Blaze TV interview with Donald Trump Jr. since it was only available to paid subscribers. But then, why would I bother, since Glenn Beck doesn’t seem to understand his own subject matter and he misleads his own audience in the same way the liberals do.

This is how conservatives join with left-wingers in distorting American history and making true progress difficult if not impossible.

*Cliff Kincaid is President of America’s Survival, Inc. www.usasurvival.org

10/4/20

Trapper’s Quote Of The Week

By: Trapper Pettit

Only at a country’s tipping point can a company like Ford Motors make millions from producing police cruisers. At the same time, Henry Ford III sits on the board of the Ford Foundation that supposedly is donating millions to defund the police.

06/21/20

Trapper’s Quote Of The Week

By: Trapper Pettit

I grew up learning the seven deadly sins (pride, greed, wrath, envy, lust, gluttony, and sloth), but my teacher forgot number eight, the insertion of ‘identity politics.’

03/15/20

Trapper’s Quote Of The Week

By: Trapper Pettit

When I see the left-wingers dogging the Preppers for, well, prepping, it tells me one thing; the Preppers got it right. And as a bonus, we’ll finally answer the age-old question of how many calories are in a teleprompter.

03/26/19

Brenton Tarrant: Is the Christchurch Mosque Shooter a ‘National Bolshevik’?

By: Trevor Loudon | The Epoch Times


The National Bolshevik symbol used in Brenton Tarrant’s manifesto (left) and on the National Bolshevik Party website (right).

The man who brutally murdered 50 worshipers in two mosques in my hometown of Christchurch, New Zealand, is almost certainly an ideological “National Bolshevik.” Countless media stories have labeled the killer as “far-right,” an inaccurate description at best.

A thorough reading of his 74-page manifesto “The Great Replacement” (which refers to the replacement of white Europeans by Islamic and other immigrants) confirms that Brenton Tarrant is no “right-winger” in the American sense, i.e., a believer in the individual, constitutionally guaranteed liberties and free-market economics.

Tarrant’s ideological outlook appears to be consistent with that of the “National Bolsheviks,” a curious amalgam of communist and Nazi ideologies often associated with influential Russian political analyst/activist Aleksandr Dugin—who is reportedly an influence on Russian president Vladimir Putin himself.

Dugin is a leader of the small but influential National Bolshevik Party, whose adherents are known as the “Natzbols.” He is also a leader of the so-called “Eurasia Movement,” which believes in uniting fascist political elements with nationalistic communists to create a European homeland stretching from Siberia to Ireland. Dugin and his fellow ideologues are widely admired by European neo-fascists and neo-Stalinist communists alike.

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02/25/19

Jussie Smollett’s Evil Academy Award Worthy Performance

By: Lloyd Marcus

I recently watched the original Jussie Smollett ABC interview on YouTube in which he claimed to have been attacked by racist, homophobic Trump-supporters.

Considering that we now know that Jussie staged his attack and was arrested for filing a false police report, I thought, “This guy should be nominated for an Academy Award.”  In his ABC interview, Jussie’s sincerity, tears, and portrayal as a suffering victimized black homosexual man were insidiously and brilliantly executed

Even though Jussie has been exposed as a liar, will leftists continue to use Jussie’s irresponsible, hate-generating lie to smear Trump and his supporters?  Folks, we have seen this kind of leftist propaganda movie before, titled, “Hands Up, Don’t Shoot,” starring young black criminal Michael Brown.

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02/25/19

The Creation Of A Failed Venezuela Due To Maduro

By: Denise Simon | Founders Code

Last year, Lancet Infectious Diseases Journal published a major warning about malaria in Venezuela. In spite of 3 million people fleeing their home country since 2014, the economic conditions in Venezuela continue in a financial tail-spin. Treatment of malaria, measles, and diphtheria, as well as dengue and Zika, are just not being treated. Further, the infant mortality rate is skyrocketing. The most recent population count with malaria is estimated to be 411, 586.

Maduro has called on Russia, Cuba, and Bolivia to help with military action, police action, and even his personal security. Cuba denies there are forces in Venezuela. Hold on Cuba….

Informal information published by Foresightcuba, which is dedicated to presenting statistics about the island, counts Cuba’s military presence in Venezuela as follows: 4,500 Cuban infantrymen organized in 8 battalions of 500 troops, plus a battalion stationed in Fuerte Tiuna; 2 Brigade Generals (Herminio Hernández Rodríguez and Alejandro Ronda Marrero, one stationed in Fuerte Tiuna, another in Barquisimeto); 4 colonels (Rodrigo Hernández Maite, Rufino Zabaleta Corvino, Jaime Freitas Sambrano, and Simon Guillermo Senior); 8 lieutenant colonels; 6 frigate captains, and 25 junior officers.

This information details who they are with name and surname, their functions, where they are based, the weapons they use, and notes that they wear Venezuelan military insignia.

A long-standing situation

According to an article published in February 2010 by journalist Leandro Dario, international assistant editor of the newspaper Dario Perfi, by that time the then president of Venezuela, Hugo Chávez, had incorporated the Cuban military into the Armed Forces of the country with the aim of inserting the high command of Cuba into Venezuelan military forces, to ensure their control in the barracks and project socialism. More here.

This certainly now speaks to the humanitarian aid several countries are working to get to the desperate Venezuelan people that Maduro has cut off completely. Just two days ago:

Grave situation developing right now inside of#Colombia@freddysuperlano a member of the National Assembly of #Venezuela was poisoned this morning at breakfast inside of Colombia & is in serious condition at the hospital. His assistant Carlos Salinas has died from poisoning.

Enter Senator Marco Rubio, he has been right on top of the conditions for many months sounding all the alarms as VP Mike Pence is presently in Columbia meeting with the interim Venezuelan President Guaido and The Lima Group.

There are 5 naturalized American citizens still being jailed in Venezuela. And China deployed a tech envoy to Caracas, to in many cases, terminate the Internet and other telecom services.

Meanwhile, here is more.

In part:

Due to Russia’s support for President Bashar al-Assad in the Syrian civil war, the Kremlin has been given significant more control over Syria’s oil and gas industry. In 2017, Syria asigned a deal giving Russia sole rights to its oil and gas production. In return for saving desperate regimes, Russia has gained significant control over global resource markets on top of its own large reserves.

But Assad has also given Russia a permanent air base and an expansion of Russian naval facilities in the country. The Kremlin is banking on mirroring such agreements in Venezuela. Joint Russian-Venezuelan naval exercises were held in 2008, while two nuclear-capable bombers flew to Venezuela’s La Orchila island in December 2018.

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Though Venezuelan law prohibits permanent foreign military bases, Russia and Venezuela announced the creation of a ‘temporary’ long-term Russian airbase on La Orchila soon after the flight demonstration. Together with Venezuela’s Russian weapons imports, the two militaries will find it easier to coordinate Russian power projection in the Caribbean.

Expanding a military presence in Venezuela will bring up uncomfortable memories from the Cuban Missile Crisis. In 2017, Igor Sechin held talks with Cuban President Raul Castro and agreed to expand oil and gas ties. The potential for a Russian base in Venezuela came after steady integration through natural resource industries, a formula that Cuba appears intent on replicating.

Stakes have risen in Venezuela since Russia allegedly sent hundreds of personnel from its most notorious private military company, Wagner, in January. Deploying Wagner will allow Russia to mask its presence in Venezuela, similar to recent conflicts.

Many of Wagner’s personnel are ex-Russian soldiers. They have worked with rebel elements in Ukraine and been granted partial control of re-captured oil and gas fields in Syria. Wagner has also been deployed across Africa to safeguard regimes under scrutiny from the West and international institutions, as well as protect their lucrative mining operations.

Wagner represents a privatization of security backed by the power of the Russian military. Rosneft and Gazprom, Russia’s other resource crown jewels, operate their own security forces, and together could be the force that takes over from the Russian military in Syria and potentially in Venezuela.

Russia’s ability to safeguard desperate regimes has made other ‘rogue states’ increasingly look to Russia as a guarantor of their security. Keeping Maduro in power represents part of a wider policy of assisting other states hostile to wider US foreign policy.

The Kremlin often offers diplomatic support to North Korea and relieved most of its debt obligations to Russia in 2014. In the years that followed, Korean rocket tests increased dramatically, drawing the attention of the U.S. More recently, not only has Russia aided the Syrian government in the civil war, it has done so in tandem with Iranian forces after decades of Iranian military isolation.

Backed by the U.S., Venezuelan opposition leader Juan Gaido declared himself acting president on January 23, ushering in the latest escalation of Venezuela’s political crisis. He was soon recognized as interim president by the U.S., Canada, the EU, and most Latin American countries. China, Russia, Turkey, Iran, and others continue to recognize Maduro, who still has the broad support of the Venezuelan military.

The U.S. has imposed sanctions on Maduro and individuals associated with him, as well as PVSDA, which is now stacked with Maduro allies. But the ability of Maduro and the Venezuelan economy to withstand the pressure suggests that, though the sanctions may damage his administration, they may not be enough to force him out.

Chavez fought to gain control over Venezuela’s oil supply and push out the U.S. and the West, only to have Maduro establish a new reliance on Russia. With the Kremlin’s help, his administration may survive, in return for Russian control over Venezuela’s oil industry and the establishment of a military footprint in the United States’ backyard. For the full summary, go here.