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Influence peddlers of the West and the East continue intrigue

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Gregg Reese | 10/26/2017, midnight
The end of World War II and the finish of fascism meant...

“I am deeply concerned with the impact of racial division in terms of world power,” he wrote. “Most of the people of the world belong to the

colored races. They deeply resent any slurs based on race.”

Going on, he pointed out that the label of racism could be a windfall to the “Red Menace” on the international stage by losing “…to the Communists hundreds of millions of potential friends and allies.”

As journalist and Russian expert Julia Ioffe noted in a recent article “The history of Russia's involvement in America's race wars,” (Oct. 21, for The Atlantic), the Red Scare actually had beneficial side effects.

“…this was one of the reasons that American presidents pushed through various civil rights victories, culminating in the Civil Rights Act and the Voting Rights Act,” she wrote.

Of course, Nixon reversed positions on his way to the White House with the infamous “Southern Strategy,” by playing on Dixieland residents' inherent resentment about the color line. This in turn highlights the harsh reality of political expediency, the tendency (or necessity) of amending or shifting ideology to achieve the desired goal. Racial harmony and social equality may or may not be high on the moral agenda, but it can be a useful tool in attaining control and power regardless of political doctrine.

As an example, Harry S. Truman habitually told racial (and anti-Semitic) jokes and used ethnic slurs, but was not above desegregating the military to garner “Negro” votes to secure the 1948 Presidential Election.

In his successful 1988 campaign, Vice President George H.W. Bush was aided and abetted by political consultant and race baiter extraordinaire Lee Atwater. In the new millennium, the Republicans would be served in a similar way, by media executive and pundit Steve Bannon.

Strange bedfellows

Useful Idiots -a term attributed to Vladimir Lenin to describe native “pawns” within the leadership of the West, who might be manipulated to further the interests of the Marxist struggle.

Henry Franklin D. Roosevelt's wartime vice president, Wallace's liberal leanings and endorsement by the Communist Party alienated the Democratic Party faithful, leading him to be replaced on the 1944 ticket by the more politically expedient Harry Truman.

Appointed secretary of commerce after the election and before Roosevelt's death in April, 1945, he was not shy about breaching social convention or political etiquette. Angered over his treatment by the Democratic establishment, he actually set up a covert meeting with Anatoly Gorsky, station chief for the NKGB (precursor to the KGB).

Russian archives released decades later reveal Wallace discussed sharing knowledge about the atomic bomb, and sought Soviet funding for a run at the 1948 presidential election, under the banner of a new, third political movement called the Progressive Party. The Progressives were actually a Communist front set up to counter the “Red Scare” that metastasized after the Second World War.

He pledged to end segregation and grant full voting rights for Black people, and end the budding Cold War. His campaign strategy included a tour through the heart of the former Confederacy, where he was met with the abuse a man preaching the evils of segregation might expect. Hostile crowds of hillbilly southerners pelted the interloping Yankee with eggs and rotten vegetables, a fitting reception for a man who dared preach the evils of racial equality in the heart of Dixie.