In 1986, print magnate, Rupert Murdoch, decided to create a right-wing propaganda machine. He hired right-wing extremist Roger Ailes to organize his dream. It’s purpose would be to support right-wing politicians without vetting their abilities or ambitions. This would divide our nation, and destroy America’s political system. He had a name for his anti-American venture, “Fox News,” although it was never intended to be a legitimate news network. It’s secondary purpose was to attract huge advertising dollars with sensationalism, not facts.
So I was flabbergasted when Fox’ fake reporter Tucker Carlson admitted that “decades of relentless propaganda” has weakened our nation.
Sadly, in a rare rant, Carlson spoke the truth. Fox is one of the primary reasons our nation is no longer the “United” States of America. When our nation refuses to stand together, we are weak and easily defeated.
After Trump’s illegitimate election, Fox doubled down on its efforts to harm our nation. They have become part of Trump’s reelection campaign staff. Today, America is divided more than at any other time since the Civil War.
However, in the last three-plus months, two major events are uniting the American people against the fascist efforts of right-wing politicians and their allies. In both situations, Trump proved to the world that he is not a leader, and therefore unfit to be the illegitimately elected president of a nation of 320 million men, women, and children.
Fact: Trump was first warned of a possible health emergency in the United States in November of 2019. The information was in the ‘President’s Daily Brief,’ which Trump refuses to read.
Fact: in January, leaders of our nation’s security services informed an uninterested Donald Trump that a health crisis was apparently beginning in China.
He was planning to play golf and hold hate rallies, and couldn’t be bothered.
Fact: in February a worldwide pandemic had become a reality. Trump told the press that, “it will pass over us, and we are fully prepared to fight the virus: it will not affect the United States as badly as it has other nations.”
Today, the 11th day of June, 2020, the United States leads the world in total number of cases, 1,973,797, and the number of deaths, 112,133. Several states, including Texas, South Carolina, and Florida are experiencing a spike in their number of cases today.
On Monday, May 25, 2020, a black man, George Floyd, was murdered by a cop in Minneapolis. Derek Chauvin knelt on Mr. Floyd’s neck for eight minutes and 46 seconds until he died. The next evening protests began in Minneapolis. They quickly spread to cities across the nation and eventually in many cities around the world. They not only continue today, they are becoming larger in number.
In times of crisis, the American people look to their leaders for both guidance and reassurance. To this day Trump has refused to speak to our nation. Instead, he stated that he continues to support law enforcement and rejects not only the validity, but the Constitutional rights of the protesters.
On June 1st, Trump marched behind police and members of the United States military as he walked like an obese man to St. John’s Episcopal Church for a photo op, where he held up a prop, an upside down bible which he has obviously never read. Our nation’s military used rubber bullets and tear gas to disperse hundreds of peaceful protesters in Lafayette Park who were exercising their first amendment rights. This was an act of a fascist leader, not an American president.
Fox continues to worship their un-American leader, and Tucker Carlson and Sean Hannity continue to kiss Trump’s humongous ass and help the orange man destroy America.
Our nation’s people are uniting against common enemies: Trump, his party, a failed congress, a corrupt Supreme Court, white supremacists, and Fox Noise’ continuous lies. We have the power to take our nation back from a failed government and the enemies among us. November 3rd will be a one day revolution, and we will be victorious. VOTE!
Op-ed by James Turnage
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