In Donald the Red We Trust?
I am the first Kitman in the history of the Kitman family in America (Established 1903) to say I don’t trust anything a Republican president would say about the Russians.
To be fair, I don’t trust anything our new “president” says about anything, given his way of contradicting himself, while taking many sides of an issue, seemingly as the spirit or his hair moves him.
As a matter of fact, I have a list of 47 things he has said since we the minority “elected” him that I don’t trust. Space limitations prevent a fuller list here, suffice it to say if I’m subpoenaed to appear before the next House Un-American Activities Committee, I will be happy to wave the list at the cameras.
But this Russian trust problem especially keeps me awake at night.
As a Registered Republican, I am particularly sensitive about the dealings of the president “elect” with our “friends” the Russians, and the former KGB head honcho, who sent more people to the Gulag than any Russian democratic leader since Stalin.
He can swear on the Bible, or anything more sacred, such as a stack of documents he showed us during the most bizarre so-called press conference the other day— the pile of legal papers said to be evidence that we don’t have to worry about conflicts of interest, and they turned out to be blank pages!— and I still wouldn’t trust him.
Furthermore, I don’t trust the foreign policy apparatchiks in the “president’s” inner circle, which is sounding more and more like a politburo. Just the other day Gen. Flynn, a star of Russian TV, had been nailed talking prematurely to the Rooskies about removing sanctions. He denies it, of course. If anything, he only talks to them in his sleep.
If I seem to be a little hard on our president “elect”— who I named Donald the Red, in honor of his too cozy relationship with the Kremlin and his dreams of becoming a player in the Moscow real estate market (see the Pulitzer Prize potential winning e-column, “Is Trump a Communist?“ @ www.marvinkitman.com) — blame it on my Republican up-bringing.
I grew up believing the Republican Party was the party that was hard on communism, the mortal enemy of capitalism and the American Way. The Democrats were soft, and had been ever since that “socialist,” as we called FDR for all those left-leaning programs, like Social Security.
We Republicans were the party that thought it was okay to compile blacklists of suspected communists or fellow travelers in the movies, TV, the arts, making them unemployable for refusing to name names or exercising their constitutional rights by taking the Fifth. People whose crime was donating $25 to Russian War Relief, during the Battle of Stalingrad, or attending a lecture on the Bill of Rights were ruined.
We were the party that spent years wanting to know “Who lost China?” We knew it was the State Department riddled with Reds, the professionals who believed no matter how much money we gave the corrupt Chiang Kai-Shek, his Nationalist Army of 85-year olds was never going to retake the Mainland.
It’s sobering to think that, after all of these years, Joe McCarthy may have been right.
So were the other entire Republican luminaries, like Dick Nixon, Parnell Thomas and Martin Dies who made their names warning us that the Commies were under our beds.
They only have a foot in the door so far in the Trump administration. But communists, we were taught to believe, were like termites. You invite them into your kitchen, and soon you have no house left.
I wouldn’t be surprised to learn Pres. Trump had invited V. Putin to be his personal guest at the Inaugural Ball, and as a special courtesy his best bud slept over in the White House, fulfilling his dream of sleeping in the Lincoln Bedroom.
I may be paranoid, but these incursions by the Reds are not to be taken lightly. The Trump politburo so far is shooting itself in the feet being so nice to Putin and his gang. Trump is what Lenin and Stalin used to call “useful idiots” in the capitalist system, sleepers for use as needed.
Let’s hope our idiot is only a “communist dupe,” as we Republicans used to label the pathetic left- leaning, liberal Democrats who believed in co-existence during the Nuclear Age. It’s also possible he is such an ignoramus about economics he doesn’t know that capitalism is supposed to whither away and leave oligarchs like him by the wayside.
It is not too early for us to find out what is going on here, anyway, with all of this hacking and playing footsy with the enemy. The leader of the Russian Friendship Wing of the Republican Party should be monitored day and night, especially at 3 AM, when he does his best thinking on his Twitter account.
Jan. 17, 2017