February 1, 2019
MY CORNER by Boyd Cathey
COLUMN ON THE DEEP STATE and President Trump Published by UNZ REVIEW and RUSSIA INSIDER
A few days ago my installment in the MY CORNER series, “Venezuela, the Deep State, and Subversion of the Trump Presidency,” got picked up, a bit edited, by THE UNZ REVIEW, and then also by RUSSIA INSIDER. I have had forty-nine essays published by UNZ, and most have been received fairly well by readers. Indeed, many of the topics I considered were cultural issues, pieces on the attacks on historic Confederate monuments, even some movie reviews and a discussion of how the American Western reflects cinematically significant aspects of our history and heritage.
However, this most recent essay unleashed a torrent of vitriol and unrestrained commentary that divined all sorts of dark and sinister motives and intent in what I scribbled. The fact that I wrote that I believed President Nicolas Maduro was a socialist “tin-pot dictator wannabe,” and that I hoped the citizens of Venezuela and elements of the army might persuade him to leave—and that I supported diplomatic and economic sanctions—brought all sorts of accusations: that I was secretly (or maybe not so secretly) an Establishment Deep State “plant,” that I was working on behalf of international Zionism, and that my not uncritical—I have been critical—support for President Trump indicated that I was a “sell-out” to globalism. Some of the commentary could have gotten me suspended had I uttered it in my grammar school days—but that was years ago, and maybe the “F-bomb” and other once-banned words in public now find favor and currency as a substitute for thoughtful criticism?
I thought I was clear in the essay that I do not favor American intervention, that American military involvement is the wrong course of action, just as it has been in Syria and Iraq. Indeed, I think I have a long record of published writings saying exactly that—that we should not be going around the world and attempting to impose “democracy” and all the worst fruits of “Americanism” on every remote desert oasis and faraway impenetrable jungle.
Despite the fact that I’ve been attacked in print by Morris Dees and the Southern Poverty Law Center and placed on a list, “40 to Watch,” largely because of an exhaustive investigation I made of the SPLC back in 2003 that hurt Dees’ organization, and labeled by his group as everything from a “radical right” Neo-Confederate, a racist, a bigoted Catholic right winger, to even a Holocaust denier—despite all that, it seems for a few readers that what I wrote a few days ago revealed me as a wide-eyed Leftist. Odd, doesn’t it seem, to be labeled on the one hand a “plant” of an international Zionist conspiracy, and on the other, assaulted by Morris Dees as a veritable “anti-semite?”
Re-reading what I wrote, I do believe I could have stated that paragraph about Maduro and American reaction a bit differently. I do believe—and I did say so briefly in my column—that the US has been involved in subverting the Maduro government, and, in principle, I oppose such actions, just as I opposed strongly our role in overthrowing the Ukrainian government and the governments of other countries around the world. But I could have been clearer and sharper.
Nevertheless, in spite of the critical comments on my piece at UNZ, the RUSSIA INSIDER Web site and blog picked up this column and ran it as well [ . Fascinating. If somehow I were writing on behalf of the Deep State which is ferociously anti-Russian, why would RUSSIA INSIDER, which defends the policies and government of Russia, pick up and run my essay?
I have no explanation—except I am still waiting for my payments from both the Washington Elites as well as from my pal Vladimir Putin….I just hope that they don’t find out I am working for both sides!
Here’s the essay, again:
THE UNZ REVIEW
Venezuela, the Deep State, and Subversion of the Trump Presidency