"Walled safely inside their gerrymandered districts, incumbents are insulated from general-election challenges that might pull them toward the political center, but they are perpetually vulnerable to primary challenges from extremists who pull them toward the fringes."-Rolling Stone- Matt Tiabbi
No matter where you look inside the CEEC or associated emigre voting blocs you will find the 1 st generation emigres in America after WWII were for the most part Nazi SS, Axis counterparts, Prometheans, or their children.
From the late 1940's until this current election cycle, they provided the foot-soldiers for all the political parties and in the primaries they consistently provide the majority of voters for the candidates. During general elections, they provide the most dedicated on the ground political activists and large bloc votes that determine election outcomes.
The emigres developed settlement patterns to facilitate this early on and gained a rapid and powerful presence in American politics. This is what made the gerrymandering process relatively easy and natural looking by guiding new immigrants into their bloc region or Congressional district.
This was set up in the post-WWII CEE immigration years when initially even the fledgling UN recognized that these hopeful emigres to the US and Europe were pre-war Nazi's whose views hadn't changed after the war.
Guiding the actual voting patterns is as easy as saying which candidate supports or will support whatever the emigre political leaders want to do or think is good for the "old country." For the most part, that's all it takes. The other rallying point for all the nationalist emigres is which candidate hates what they hate. During WWII it was the Soviet Union and Russia. Afterward, during the Cold War, it was communism and Russia. After the Cold War, it is Russia.
A direct example of this today is the Jewish-American vote. According to Gary Rosenblatt " A few years ago writers got in trouble for using the phrase "Israel Firster." Now an outright supporter of Israel, Gary Rosenblatt, uses that phrase in the Jewish Week in a piece titled, "Israel-Firster's Seen Edging Toward Trump." Rosenblatt says that some voters care more about Israel than the U.S. "
... I t's good that American Jews will begin openly saying of other Jews that their first loyalty is Israel. It makes such a stance untenable: it will make it impossible for people who act on "what they believe is best for Israel" to hold high positions in foreign policy-making in the U.S. government. It demonstrates that the neoconservatives are losing oxygen slowly. And that those critical of Israel are having greater influence in the discourse." - " NY Jewish Week" speaks bluntly of "Israel firsters" in US politics - Phillip Weiss
The crux of the problem is the dual loyalty nationalism I have been describing over the past year. American foreign policy and very dangerously CEE, Russia, and China policy are being driven by ultra-nationalists that don't care about America, American concerns, or consider them secondary. They push to drive policy based on their prejudices and how they view the "old country."
This means they have no problem sacrificing American lives to fight wars America has no national interest in. Phillip Weiss' article linked above includes the Iraqi war as part of this. Further in this article is the rest of that equation. In previous articles, I have shown unequivocally that the Korean and Vietnam wars were part and parcel of this.
In Ukraine, the Baltics, and the Balkans this chauvinism goes as far as determining what kind of people should inhabit the "old country" even though most of the emigres have never set foot there. If the people in the "old country" don't measure up to the politics or nationalism of the emigre community,they need to be reformed or replaced. During the 60+ year direct communication gap of the Cold War between the emigres and the people that lived in the countries, radically different views developed over what it meant to be a good citizen from a particular country. The emigre view hardened considerably.
In 1991, the Ukrainian nationalists OUNb were at a loss at how to proceed. " Before the changes in Ukraine in 1991, as a political movement and an ideology Ukrainian nationalism could be active only in the emigration. Even in its splintered form it remained an explosive and vibrant force. It had great ideological difficulties, however, because of its confrontation with Western democracy, its inability to deal fully with the question of the political beliefs of Ukrainians in Ukraine, and its lack of contact with political processes there." Encyclopedia of Ukraine- Nationalism article
At this point, the country of Ukraine was too "Sovietized," which only means that all 18 nationalities that make up Ukraine got along equally. From then until now the nationalists used the education system and children's groups to indoctrinate the population into Ukrainian nationalism.
What you see now playing out in Ukraine is a proxy war between the Ukrainian-American emigres and the local Ukrainians that reject nationalism/nazism. It was never about language. The Ukrainian-American emigres overthrew Victor Yanukovych and promised the presidency to whom ever would change the governmental form to hard nationalism.
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