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JOE MACCARTHY

The New Maccarthy has arrived ...

The McCarthy witch hunt of the 1950s is considered, among all thinking people, as one of the most shameful episodes in American history. The term "McCarthyism" is synonymous with false allegations, intimidation and defamation to serve the most reactionary political goals.

Now, seven decades later, a new period of political witch hunt has begun, led by the Democratic Party and related media agencies, the New York Times and the Washington Post. Support for the government and the Trump administration is now associated with treason.

The famous formula of the marths, "Are you now or have you ever been a member of the Communist Party?", is being put back and reviewed: "Are you or have you ever been a supporter of the current US government?" and more particularly "Are you or have you already been a supporter of Trump?". If the answer is "yes", it means that you are a racist, a fascist, a stooge, if not an agent of Russia and its almost demonic ruler, Vladimir Putin.

Associated with the allegations of "false news" and "conspiracy theories", the new McCarthyism is itself one of the greatest conspiracies of false news generated to date.

He began with claims that Hillary Clinton's defeat in the 2016 presidential election was due to the intervention of the Russian government. These accusations, which have been constantly brought forward since the elections, have entered a new phase, where articles appear almost daily in the Times and the Post to seek to attribute the political and social opposition within the United States to infamous operations of Vladimir Putin.

The appointment of the special prosecutor "Muller" is directly related to this accusation and relies on possible contacts between the members of the Trump campaign and the Russians while the fact that Barak Obama has openly and strongly interfered in the French or Israeli election or the Brexit referendum was never a problem! Worse, the discovery of wiretaps of Western leaders, allies of the US, by Barak Obama was quickly stifled!

In addition, to the best of our knowledge, the United States is not in a state of war with Russia, so even if such contacts had occurred, we do not see where the problem would be!

To crown it all, we realize that Trump was spied on by the FBI members, on the orders of the White House, even though he was only a candidate for the Republican primary.

Just like the accusations of Russian "hacking" emails from the Democratic Party, none of this is supported by any evidence. Hence the vigorous demands by the political agents that the social media companies produce material supposed to document the wildest claims and the most spectacular allegations.

Moreover, if such piracy could have taken place, whose fault? To those who try to find out (as most countries do) or to those who have failed to protect confidential data?

In this new witch hunt, the role of the Democratic leaders who manipulated Robert Mueller's mission to demonize the Trump administration and undermine the government's action is paramount.

The role Joe McCarthy is played here by several actors:

  • by Senator Mark Warner of Virginia, the richest man in the Senate and the most important Democrat on the Senate Intelligence Committee. In the midst of a deluge of media propaganda, Warner is wringing the arms of IT executives so they stand behind the Internet censorship campaign whose latest "submitted" or "converted" has been the CEO from Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, who was forced to apologize contritely: "I commented that the idea that misinformation on Facebook could have changed the outcome of the elections was a crazy idea. To call it crazy was condescending and I regret it. " After Warner's visit, Facebook produced a list of 3,000 accounts, which the company says they bought for $ 100,000 worth of ads to "sow division" during the election. Even if one came to assume that claims about Russian purchases of advertising were well founded, the very idea that a hundred thousand dollars could have changed the course of the elections in favor of Trump would be laughable if the implications of these baseless accusations were not so serious.
  • by Nancy Pelosi, Member of the House of Representatives of California
  • by the Attorney General of New York, Barbara Underwood, who has just succeeded Eric Schneiderman who has just resigned following a review for sexual assault (the very one who insulted Trump for his misogynistic remarks!). These two prosecutors decided to sue Trump for the management of his foundation while these same prosecutors (both Democrats and fierce activists) have always refused to open information about the Clinton Foundation when it is accused of particularly serious facts !
  • by Maxine Waters, Democratic Representative of California, who dared to ask the Americans to harass or even attack Trump supporters wherever they might be: cafes, restaurants, theaters, concerts, ....

Actions, like those of Maxine Waters, threaten the very meaning of democracy. Indeed, democracy does not consist in accepting the only alternation that would bring to power a governance, albeit an alternative one, but one that would make the same policy but accept alternation to make a totally different policy and accept the takeover by people with whom we do not share anything!

Any other position leads to civil war!

The new McCarthyism represents a huge threat to our democracies because, in this political paradigm, fundamental democratic rights are under attack and fundamental freedoms are threatened.

It is therefore necessary to keep watch, to oppose the drift represented by this campaign of aggressive denigration and to return to the respect of the ballot boxes.

Similar excesses are ongoing internationally and especially on the European continent. European governments are now seeking to impose severe restrictions on the way the Internet and social networks operate in order to "ban Fake News".

We must be very careful in this area because the European soul is revolutionary! Do not light the wick!

(Inspired by an article published in English on September 29, 2017)

Richard C. ABITBOL
President

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