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Bruce Gagnon is coordinator of the Global Network Against Weapons & Nuclear Power in Space. He offers his own reflections on organizing and the state of America's declining empire....

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Friday, March 31, 2017

Misdirection in Washington



The Senate Intelligence Committee began hearings on Capitol Hill concerning the alleged Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election. RT correspondent Gayane Chichakyan covers the story.

Things are becoming much clearer in Washington as we see that Congressional 'investigations' into Russian interference in US elections basically comes down to RT giving coverage to groups on the left such as Occupy movement, Black Lives Matter, and Standing Rock.

Imagine for a moment all the years of the US funding the Voice of America that beamed propaganda into eastern Europe and Russia.  Consider all the years of US funding NGO's inside of Russia by USAID, National Endowment for Democracy, the George Soros run Open Society Foundations, Freedom House and alot more.

RT's crime is that they often interview people like me on the left who have virtually no other way to reach people across our nation and around the world.  Mainstream American media won't touch us - in my lifetime as an activist I've directly witnessed the corporate consolidation of media in our country.

Washington is pissed off that RT covers stories that the corporations don't want covered.  But to blame Hillary Clinton's loss on RT is utter nonsense.  Clinton lost the election because voters knew she was corrupt and a Wall Street lackey.  People wanted a change.  The Democrats lost because they don't fight for the people anymore.  You can't blame that on Russia or RT.

There is alot of misdirection going on in Washington these days.  It is all a show - a Hollywood production - slight of hand - a distraction to keep the American people confused and unable to see the corporate dismantling of our government.  Social progress, rights to privacy, ecological responsibility, true justice, Wall Street regulation, and other valuable programs that define a real democracy are all being drowned as the Democrats and Republicans play 'good cop - bad cop' using RT and Russia as a foil.

I hope the American people are smart enough to see through all the hype.  But I am constantly amazed at how many people on the 'left' have fallen for the recycled red-baiting coming out of Congress.  I try to remind people that our corporate media lied in 2003 about WMD in Iraq.  They lied about Libya and Syria.  They lied about Vietnam.  Why should we follow them off the cliff now?

Sadly the American people have been taught over the years to be lemmings and do as they are told by authority.  Despite all the talk about 'freedom' in this country many people's minds are caged.  Most people go along to get along.  Far too many people have lost the ability to think for themselves.  I am worried.  The corporate indoctrination is subtle and pervasive.

Courage is needed now more than ever. 

Bruce

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