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Why The US Endgame for Russia Means the Death of American Democracy

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"These anti-communists watched with terror the changes in American laws and government policies such as the foreign policy of "peaceful co-existence"(Containment Policy) with the USSR. The Latvian anti-communists could not comprehend the shame Americans felt about the Vietnam War, America's inability to act against Communists in Cuba as well as the desire to limit and control the work of the FBI and CIA."(ibid)

Although Baltic exiles in the United States placed most of their faith in the State Department and the President to liberate their home countries, they eventually began to turn to Congress to help push their political agenda. The status of Eastern Europe became an important aspect of American domestic politics. Democratic operatives were concerned about Republican plans to garner East European Americans' votes, particularly Polish Americans, as early as the 1944 Presidential elections . (Exiles and Constituents:Baltic Refugees and American Cold War Politics, 1948-1960, Jonathan H. L'Hommedieu .)

The China Lobby and the Power of Ultra-Nationalist Propaganda

The definition of the China Lobby below is correct and yet so minimalistic it is unhelpful on its own. Generally defined, the "China Lobby" was a broad network of people, both foreign and domestic, whose interests coalesced around the goal of overthrowing communism in China. It consisted of well-financed Nationalist Chinese officials, in collaboration with right-wing U.S. political elites who worked toward the common goal of supporting Chiang Kai-shek's recovery of mainland China from Mao Zedong and the Communist forces. Aided by the anticommunist environment of the 1950s, the lobby's loose affiliation of influential individuals from the private sector, media and politics exerted considerable pressure on U.S. foreign policy decisions concerning China. (Influences on U.S-China Foreign Policy in the Postwar Period, 1949-1954, Jeff Blackwell.)

China Lobby Background

The working committee created in 1949 by Dean Acheson was meant to educate the American public about communism. With oversight from every aspect of society, government, political science, business, and the religious community, safeguards were to be put in place using materials that were consonant with democracy. But instead of promoting democracy, the working committees attracted early American nationalists that packaged the message of the emigre ultra nationalists/ anti communists for a very large Christian American public. In the 1950's, the Church- going public included over 50% of the US population. By 1951, this situation boomeranged against Secretary Acheson and the Truman administration who were accused of being too soft on communism.

What is apparent is that the emigre leadership running US Cold War propaganda was also supplying the same kind of "educational" material on the home-front, just packaged differently, in the press and Church sermons.

As an example of democracy education abroad, Radio Free Europe and Voice of America were censured by oversight committees for calling Bandera's SS units (Galizien, Roland, Nichtengall) heroes of democracy. Further as an example of the democracy the Eastern Europeans should look to was the freedom Hitler gave them when the Nazis freed them from Soviet oppression. This occurred regularly from the 1960's until the late 1980's.

How a Pro-Fascist Press Stole American Democracy

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At the end of WWII, China was faced with civil war. The struggle between Chiang Kai-shek and Mao Zedong became the fight of American Christian democracy against Godless communism.

Henry Luce, born in China to missionary parents, founder of Time Magazine, Life Magazine, House and Home, Sports Illustrated and Fortune Magazine, became the engine that propelled this cause onto the American psyche. Luce believed America had an obligation to fulfill China's national destiny. Chiang Kai-shek was on the cover of Time Magazine 10 times in as many years. Other publications included Collier's, The Saturday Evening Post, Readers Digest, U.S. News and World Report, Washington Times-Herald, the Los Angeles Examiner, the San Francisco Examiner, and the Oakland Tribune.

According to biographer W.A. Swanberg : "Luce stood guilty of 'manipulating' 50 million people weekly." (The China Lobby: Influences on U.S.-China Foreign Polic in the Postwar Period, 1949-1954, by Jeff Blackwell.)

Imagine the changes forty plus years of propaganda worked within our nation, when these publications were almost all of what mainstream America read. Luce softly pushed ultra-nationalism as the only cure for communism.

Understanding how anti-Communists in Congress (the China Lobby) manipulated public opinion through the press is critical to understanding how McCarthyism worked . Peter Manley Baker

Numerous editorials appeared in major newspapers around the country, many of them mobilized by the American Legion and other vocally anti-Communist political groups. Staff editorials also supported the Committee. While right wing newspapers such as the Chicago Tribune and New York Daily News were unequivocal in their support, even traditionally liberal New Deal friendly publications like the New York Times and Washington Post ran supporting editorials. While right wing newspapers such as the Chicago Tribune and New York Daily News were unequivocal in their support, even traditionally liberal New Deal friendly publications like the New York Times and Washington Post ran supporting editorials.

For more examples, see: "Spy Prove still 'Red Herring' to President," Washington Post, 10 Dec, 1948, 1. Bruce Craig, "Politics in the Pumpkin Patch," The Public Historian 12 (Winter, 1990), p. 12, Associated Press, "Dixie Rebel Leaders Out, Says McGrath," Chicago Daily Tribune, 10 Nov. 1948, A1; Thomas Sancton, "Second Chance for the New Deal?," The Nation, 15 Jan, 1949, 61-62. Francis Thompson, The Frustration of Politics: Congress and the Loyalty Issue, 1945-1953 (London: Associated University Press, 1979), 7-26. Associated Press, "Legion Women Take Stand: Auxiliary Approves Anti-Red Inquiry, Big Air Force," New York Times, 1 Jan, 1949, 11; Schrecker, Many are the Crimes, 66-67. - ABSTRACT UN-AMERICANISM IN THE PAPERS: ANTI-COMMUNISTS AND THEIR USE OF THE PRESS By Peter Manley Barker

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