Trump Invokes A False Premise – And Displays His Misunderstanding Of America’s History

trump-mccarthyism-tweetThe last straw for breaking my novel-writing hiatus from this blog appeared today in the Drudge Report headlines.  President Donald Trump claimed via the Twitter social media engine that during the 2016 presidential campaign former President Barack Obama arranged for the wiretapping of the current President’s phones in the Trump Tower.

The accusation is entirely feasible and believable.  This is American politics.  Placing secretive bugging devices for eavesdropping on the opposition has been done before.  It’s not a new idea.

President Donald Trump is a brilliant man.  You wouldn’t know that to listen to his off-the-cuff speech.  He has great instincts, to a point.  He is neither a scholar nor a well-read historian, either of Islam or of American political history.  His extemporaneous speaking vocabulary is rather elementary.  He is very poor at explaining the reasoning behind why he says what he says.

If President Trump knew much of anything about the late Republican Senator Joe McCarthy of Wisconsin, he would not have piled onto the false premise which has been thrown about like excrement for years on end – that Senator McCarthy recklessly and without any evidence smeared the reputations of innocent American citizens with accusations of Communist Party USA affiliation.

Mr. Trump equated Mr. Obama with Joe McCarthy.  What Mr. Obama is accused of doing has absolutely nothing to do with what Joe McCarthy did in the service of his country.

Beyond that, as author Diana West recently wrote on her website:

Repeat after me: “The times of McCarthyism” netted scores of American KGB agents and agents of inflluence covertly embedded in the US government and other institutions working under Kremlin to destroy the USA. 

Now, to understand the bases for statements like this from West and other prominent authors, including the late American historian M. Stanton Evans and Ann Coulter, one must spend some time reading their books, which include transcripts of actual hearings conducted during Joe McCarthy’s investigations.  For therein lies the evidence and the truth.

Mr. Trump has not educated himself in Joe McCarthy’s work, or he wouldn’t have published a tweet like the one above.

You see, the myth of McCarthyism is as big and real as George Bush’s BIG LIE that Islam is a religion of peace.  But if you haven’t taken the time to read what really happened during McCarthy’s investigations, or you haven’t done any research on Islam to find out what’s really in that Quran and the Hadiths, you can actually begin to believe the repeated dezinformatsiya.

One can only hope that Mr. Trump is going to find some people to educate him.  Joe McCarthy was a hero.

 

About John L. Work

John Lloyd Work has taken the detective thriller genre and woven an occasional political thread throughout his books, morphing what was once considered an arena reserved for pure fiction into believable, terrifying, futuristic, true-to-life “faction”. He traveled the uniformed patrolman’s path, answering brutal domestic violence calls, high speed chases, homicides, suicides, armed robberies, breaking up bar fights, and the accompanying sporadic unpredictable moments of terror - which eventually come to all police officers, sometimes when least expected. He gradually absorbed the hard fact that the greatest danger a cop faces comes in the form of day-to-day encounters with emotionally disturbed, highly intoxicated people. Those experiences can wear a cop down, grinding on his own emotions and psyche. Prolonged exposure to the worst of people and people at their worst can soon make him believe that the world is a sewer. That police officer’s reality is a common thread throughout Work’s crime fiction books. Following his graduation from high school, Work studied music and became a professional performer, conductor and teacher. Life made a sudden, unexpected turn when, one afternoon in 1976, his cousin, who eventually became the Chief of the Ontario, California, Police Department, talked him into riding along during a patrol shift. The musician was hooked into becoming a police officer. After working for two years as a reserve officer in Southern California and in Boulder, Colorado, he joined the Longmont, Colorado Police Department. Work served there for seven years, investigating crimes as a patrolman, detective and patrol sergeant. In 1989 he joined the Adams County, Colorado Sheriff’s Office, where he soon learned that locking a criminal up inside a jail or prison does not put him out of business. As a sheriff’s detective he investigated hundreds of crimes, including eleven contract murder conspiracies which originated “inside the walls”. While serving on the Adams County North Metro Gang Task Force and as a member of the Colorado Security Threat Intelligence Network Group (STING), Work designed a seminar on how a criminal’s mind formulates his victim selection strategy. Over a period of six years he taught that class in sheriff’s academies and colleges throughout Colorado. He saw the world of crime both inside the walls and out on the streets. His final experiences in the criminal law field were with the Colorado State Public Defender’s Office, where for nearly two years he investigated felonies from the defense side of the Courtroom. Twenty-two years of observing human nature at its worst, combined with watching some profound changes in America’s culture and political institutions, provided plenty of material for his first three books. A self-published author, he just finished writing his tenth thriller.
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One Response to Trump Invokes A False Premise – And Displays His Misunderstanding Of America’s History

  1. larryzb says:

    Excellent post. Yes, Senator McCarthy has been posthumously vilified, but he was a good man and was doing the right thing for the country. As well, those who assert that Islam is a religion of peace are disconnected from reality and are living in a normative, theoretical world.

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