Fox News and Tucker Carlson are rooting for Russia. Here’s why I’m not.

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I served in the U.S. Navy from the closing days of the Vietnam War through the height of the cold war. Ho Chi Minh was a Russian proxy. The USSR was a sworn enemy of the United States.

From the time that I entered the Navy, the methods used by Soviet spies to compromise servicemen and women were drilled into us. The bottom line was that once an operative, whether man or woman, had the softest of hooks in you, you were compromised.

Once snared, the demands for technical and logistical information increased. Compromised people would be threatened with exposure, no matter how minor the offense. This is what we were taught from day one.

Again, the bottom line was (and still is): America and Russia were enemies. In no manner did Russia have American interests at heart, or vice versa.

Then the Berlin wall came down. And after a long and bloody war, the Soviets were run out of Afghanistan — their Vietnam — with American help. Shortly thereafter, the USSR collapsed. The Soviet bloc was in financial ruin, and collapsed into a diaspora of self-governing nation states.

The oligarch class rose from the ashes of the USSR’s demise. A handful of men essentially bought the country’s infrastructure. They made a lot of money. A lot. Eventually, they needed new fields to till in order to increase their wealth and influence. They looked to the West.

Over the next few decades, and with easing of cold war tensions between the US and Russia, oligarch investments in America increased dramatically for a variety of purposes, but primarily, for money laundering in real estate ventures. And this is when they started buying people.

All of this, like a good KGB/GRU spy op, ran below the surface. Very wealthy, and politically involved or connected Americans became compromised by these interests because they wanted in on the gravy train. The effort to compromise these captains of industry and political figures wasn’t that entirely complex or much different from the cold war tactics in which I was schooled.

The Russian government and their oligarchs are inseparable and linked at the hip. There’s a reason that Vladimir Putin is the richest man on earth. Richer than Jeff Bezos. Richer than Bill Gates. But you don’t hear about his wealth in the Forbes 100. What you see is his influence on the actions of other oligarchs.

There is a reason why so many in positions of GOP leadership seem to be enthralled with Russia, and their style of authoritarianism. Money. Money. Money. It’s all about the benjamins.

When I served, it was about protecting American interests from conflict with and interference in this country’s internal affairs by Russian agents of chaos. My shipmates and I went places we shouldn’t have been. We did things that I’m still, many years later, duty bound to not discuss. Because Russia was — and is — the enemy of democracy.

So, it makes my blood boil when I hear someone like Tucker Carlson saying, on his nightly infotainment show, “I’m rooting for Russia.” Yes, he actually said that.

russiatuckercarlson.JPGConservative commentators such as Hannity, Limbaugh, Laura Ingraham, and others say the same things on the daily. They’ve normalized all of the anti-American rhetoric. If Joe McCarthy truly gave a damn about anti-Americanism in the ’50s, then he’s spinning in his grave today.

And given that the pot of bubbling rhetoric is constantly turned up to “boil”, where do we end up? With people at Trump rallies wearing shirts proclaiming they’d “rather be Russian than a Democrat”.

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There is an entire, and not inconsequential, subset of America’s society who would prefer to live under a Russian-style authoritarian dictatorship rather than a progressive, inclusive democracy. A government that benefits all of its people, not just the plutocrats, religious dominionists, and their media enablers who play the aggrieved white working class poor like cheap fiddles, for TV ratings and advertising dollars.

This is what the fight for the soul of this country is about. There can no longer be normal rules of engagement that define how we save this nation. With the election of Donald Trump, American oligarchs threw out the terms of service. We can no longer abide.

At this point, none of us know how it all ends. Hell, maybe we don’t even know all of the players yet. Maybe we never will get to the real Wizard of Oz behind the curtain. But I know one thing. We have to try.

We have to honor the patriots who came before us during the entire short history of America; they who believed in the promise. Those who fought the wars. Those who fought the internal forces of the elite who stood, and are still standing, in the way of justice and equality in order to line their own pockets.

Never forget: this is about money and wealth, above all else. Once we embrace this very simple concept, everything else falls into place. Those who have the money want to keep it, and they want more. They will continue to divide us until they have it all — or at least everything except meager scraps that keep the rest of us on the hamster wheel until the day we die.

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5 Comments on "Fox News and Tucker Carlson are rooting for Russia. Here’s why I’m not."

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Can we send them to Russia? Seriously!

Dick Panico
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Dick Panico

They would not accept “ Tuck ThePuck “!

Rutokin
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Rutokin

I wonder if they at faux noooz, pay the night time propagandist show hosts in rubles or borscht? Oh my bad, I forgot the sheeple on the crazy couch

Dick Panico
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Dick Panico

Why hasn’t anyone in the Trump’s campaign
mentioned any word about this , (catering to
Putin’s ) fancies?

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Dick Panico
We will take note of these folks that “would rattle Russians”. It will come up later , and they may have to answer for it , especially ,if what they say they want ,comes true . No country, would allow anyone to say “they’d rather be an enemy “ of our state . Time will tell , when someone brings these things up , later in their’s or their children’s lives . These are “Trump’s base” , wearing these shirts . It may come back to haunt them . Ask anyone who attended like ,(Alger Hiss, or Whitaker Chambers) !“soloists… Read more »