Any elected US official who uses the situation in Afghanistan to further his political agenda is dangerously unpatriotic. Rather than trying to be part of a collective solution, Rep. Kevin McCarthy is calling for the impeachment of President Biden. We can only hope that McCarthy was complicit in the January 6 insurrection so that he can be expelled from Congress or jailed. Other enemies of American democracy like Steve Bannon, General Michael Flynn, and Trump’s Republican governors should also be charged and convicted of crimes against our democracy. Any member of a political party who can NEVER agree on an idea or policy coming from the opposition party is not qualified to govern in a democracy.
Rep. McCarthy has morphed into a Trump Republican who only cares about power and self-interest. After declaring that Trump was responsible for causing the January 6 uprising that killed 5 people and injured hundreds, McCarthy has apologized to Trump and is asserting the power of his office to promote the ideology of the theory of undemocratic conspiracy. During a foreign military crisis that deals with terrorists and ends a war that Americans support, members of Congress must present a united American front to our enemies and allies. Instead, Republicans are using the difficulties that occur in the evacuation process as a political moment for their party. Instead of focusing on America’s best interests, national security, and long-term goals, McCarthy is thinking about how to demonize Biden in his pathological quest to be Speaker of the House. When asked recently what he would have done differently in Afghanistan, he gave conflicting answers on the question of whether to continue keeping troops on the ground.
In a 2018 article in the New Statesmen, writer Sophie McBain described Steve Bannon as a populist nationalist who opposes immigration, the mainstream media, the political establishment (which he calls the political elite) and the norms of the American democracy. McBain cites quotes from Bannon that describe his extremist and apocalyptic views for our government, his dark personality, and why his influence is being monitored by the Justice Department and the intelligence community. In Bannon’s own words;
- Darkness is good, “Bannon said to the Hollywood reporter in 2016. “Dick Cheney. Darth Vader. Satan. That’s power “.
- That they call you racists, that they call you xenophobes, that they call you nativists, that they wear it as a badge of honor ”.
- He describes himself as a “Leninist who wants to deconstruct the administrative state.”
He’s pro-Trump for a reason: to remain politically relevant and influential. He lost his job in the Trump Administration when he called Trump “mentally incapacitated” and referred to Don Jrs’ meetings with the Russians as “traitors.” Since being rejected by Trump, Bannon has played Trump’s base to stay in good stead with the MAGA cult. Bannon’s goal is simple; to overthrow the government by bringing down both parties. His vision of the United States is that of a military power, with closed borders, men in power, and with a set of ideas promoted by an autocrat. He has been one of the main promoters of white supremacist ideology and led Trump’s ‘America First’ movement.
American’s gas lighting is one of Bannon’s favorite hobbies. The lie that tells about what makes America great again is that its undemocratic and anti-establishment worldview is what makes it great. In truth, his views take us back to some of America’s darkest hours. White identity politics and a media that only promotes the voice of those in power is what Bannon advised Trump to gain the support of poor, uneducated, white Americans who felt neglected by the government. The irony is that Trump and Bannon have a complete disregard for the needs of the demographics they’ve duped into being blind loyalists.
Another concern about Bannon is his associations with people who support the destruction of free media and support a one-party system. Furthermore, his worship of dictators and strongmen has fueled his campaign to spread nationalist / populist ideology throughout Europe. His association with dissident Chinese billionaire Guo Wengui has given him the financial backing he needs to pursue his extreme goals against the system.
Guo is exiled from China in the United States. He is a well-known dissident who has proclaimed that there is great corruption in China’s ruling elite. He fled his country to escape charges of commercial fraud and collusion with corrupt government officials. Guo has partnered with Steve Bannon since 2017, and his stated goal is the destruction of the corrupt Chinese Communist government. However, both men are known to have huge egos and a propensity for self-promotion and using disinformation to achieve their political and financial goals. Like Bannon, US intelligence views Guo as someone who should not be trusted and who should not be monitored.
In May, the Washington Post published, “An extensive online network linked to Chinese businessman Guo Wengui has become a powerful platform for disinformation in the United States, attacking the security of coronavirus vaccines, promoting false claims of voter fraud and spreading unfounded QAnon conspiracies, according to research published by the network analysis company Graphika ”. Guo and Bannon have also been accused of defrauding a charity related to donations to build Trump’s border wall.
There are men in high places, with the power of dark money behind them prepared to fool vulnerable Americans into believing that their false machismo is a form of leadership that will strengthen America. In truth, it will do the opposite, as it is a movement towards a racist autocracy that will destroy freedoms and promote cruelty and immorality. The Justice Department will better increase the speed of the wheels of justice. Merrick Garland, this is no time to be passive, like Robert Mueller. Turning men like Trump, McCarthy, Bannon, Flynn into serious crimes is the beginning of a much-needed healing process for a battered and degraded American democracy and electorate.