Remembering the Left’s love affair with Russia and its communism

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Downright amusing, it is, to watch the Left’s current “horror” over Russia.

Like all of the Left’s proclivities that wax and wane based on political opportunism, today’s Democrats are apoplectic about Russian meddling in the American election. Why? It serves the Left’s political purposes to demonize Russia these days because they figure it’s a way to cultivate the false impression that Trump colluded with “evil” Russia to make the Great Bear of the East his ally in his election battle against Clinton. The Clinton camp suggested back then that the election outcome was rigged by devious Russian hacking.

Yes, the intense leftist love for Russia, famous for its strength over the last century, now has conveniently turned to extreme anger as the Clinton campaign and other ranking Dems have identified Russian intrusion as a reason for their political failures, and as a way to cast doubt on the legitimacy of Trump’s win. Russian cyber-attacks, proliferating like rabbits during the Obama years, never earned more than a verbal “tut-tut” from Obama through 2016, because he assumed Clinton would win, so why agitate the big Russian Bear?

But let’s get to the truth about why it’s always a mistake to trust what the American Left says.

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Last year was the 100th anniversary of the revolutions that engulfed Russia when Lenin’s radical, communist Bolsheviks came to power, marking the start of the bloody ideological purges that killed close to 100 million people. Most of these deaths came from the Left’s superstars: Stalin’s 20 to 60 million, Mao Zedung’s 40 to 77 million killed in China, Pol Pot’s Khmer Rouge, Castro’s Cuba, Cambodia and North Korea. Even Hitler’s fascist Nazis, the Left’s poster child for the embodiment of evil, couldn’t compare, with total deaths of 11 million.

You see, the Left has a double standard with its relationship to murderous ideologies. While they rightly scorn Nazis, their hearts are soft on communism, which rejects morals and religious higher powers, abolishes private property, claims to be an infallible state and seeks to exterminate the middle/capitalist class. Even when the homicidal Russian rampage became too crystal clear to deny, Leftists still sympathized, and most did not condemn the barbarous campaigns that were happening in Russia, because they believed in “the Soviets’ supposed noble intentions”; it was OK to kill people if it furthered the communist, anti-capitalist cause.

Joseph Stalin(Photo by Keystone/Getty Images)

Looking back, hard to justify how the American Left behaved toward Russia. In the years following the triumph of communism in Russia, leftists were giddy with excitement– at last, the Great Experiment would show the world the evils of unjust capitalism.  Yet, Stalin and Lenin were vicious men who taught the world’s leftists how to deal with enemies and dissidents: forced labor camps, large-scale deportations, inhuman cruelty, secret-police state terror, executions in the dead of night. Journalistic defenses of Stalin’s glory and the gulag were common. As the Russian atrocities and the bloody history came to light, many among the Left still ignored moral principles, continuing to believe socialism and communism must be supported unconditionally. Until recently, this meant refusing to recognize the misery and death perpetrated by Russia. But if the Left tolerated murder in the past, it certainly doesn’t mind telling lies in the present.

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But now the Left has a new enemy to destroy: Donald Trump.  Old friends like Communist Russia must now be shoved under the bus, sacrificed since they are no longer useful. Russian collusion is now the name of the new game to discredit the American president. The Left wants to make a crime out of Trump engaging in diplomatic relations with Russia. The truth is that Democrats and the larger Left wanted to tear apart Trump’s presidency, and Russia was handy.

John R. Smith

John R. Smith

John R. Smith is chairman of BIZPAC, the Business Political Action Committee of Palm Beach County, and owner of a financial services company.
John R. Smith

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