The Plot Against America:
Character Assassination And Politics
More dangerous is that a Trump administration would give respectability and power to the gutter voices of American politics.
They meet in secret. Men of immense wealth; a woman of limitless ambition. Their passports are American but their loyalties are not. Through their control of international banks and the media they manipulate public opinion and finance political deceit. Their aim is nothing else than the annihilation of American political independence, and they will stop at nothing- including rigging a presidential election- to achieve it.
Joseph McCarthy, c. 1950,
as quoted by Bret Stephens.
Mr. Stephens in his WSJ article of 9/18/16 titled The Plot Against America. Sneaking up on the reader the McCarthy quote above was presented as Mr. Stephens own words. Mr. Stephens says: Astute readers will note the quotation of a speech, there was no indication that it was a quote, delivered…by Joe McCarthy. I suppose there are astute readers who immediately recognized the quote. I wasn’t one of them. One does note, however, how timely Gunner Joe’s speech is in relation to today. The ‘conspiracy’ rolls merrily along. Why is it a conspiracy and not just politics. It is open for all to see. Google The Committee For Public Relations. Subscribe to their magazine: Foreign Affairs. Read H.G. Wells, The Open Conspiracy. There isn’t any hidden conspiracy here, it is a political program.
Mr. Stephens links the ‘gutter politics’ of McCarthy to the ‘gutter politics’ of Donald Trump, ‘Donald Trump alights on the Compleat Conspiracy [he says]. Anti-Semites are thrilled.’ Oh, we see, the Fuehrer has returned. Dum de dum dum. As improbable as it may sound Trump is accused of starting the ovens up for a replay of the ‘never again’ holocaust. Ah, if only Hitler and Trump had been strangled in their cradles the 40s and today’s replay wouldn’t be possible.
Forget McCarthy’s conspiracy, Mr. Stephens as apparent spokesperson for the Jews has concocted his own immense conspiracy.
Pat Buchanan would be its intellectual godfather, Ann Coulter and Ms. Ingraham its high priestesses, Breitbart and the rest of the alt-right web its public trumpets. American Jews shouldn’t have to live the 1930s in order to figure out that the ‘globalist cabal’ might mean them.
Ah so, number one son, I see, even though not of the alt-right or part of any conspiracy, large or small, I must be one of Trumps’ Trumpeteers. In short, Mr. Stephens calls me the equivalent of a bastard. I am unqualified to be a citizen of this Liberal ‘Democracy’ of his. Obama’s vaunted inclusiveness excludes half the population of the United States.
But Mr. Stephens is calling us all ‘anti-Semites.’ This alone means that the polls favoring Hillary Clinton must be frauds or they wouldn’t be wheeling out the heavy artillery of dreaded ‘anti-Semitism.’ So the election is expected to turn on how well we love our Jews who have done so much to selflessly make our lives mo’ bettah.
Mr. Stephens apparently believes with Mad Hillary that we are in fact Deplorables. Mr. Stephens has titled his piece after the title of Philip Roth’s novel of the same name. The Plot Against America. See how neatly he turned around responsibility. His group isn’t plotting. Who are the plotters? Why, the American people who can’t be trusted to see straight and do the right thing. Whatever happened to the infallible Common Man?
Mr. Stephens lays out the horror he and his side daily live with:
(Mr. Roth) imagines what might have been for America if Lindbergh had defeated Franklin Roosevelt for the presidency in 1940, signed neutrality acts with Germany and Japan and initiated a reeducation campaign for recalcitrant American Jews. The novel draws its power from being a too-plausible alternative reality, from which we were spared less by the wisdom of the public than the vagaries of history.
Ah, you see, we the stupid public couldn’t be trusted but blind luck saved us.
I have studied this period and rather than finding Mr. Roth’s fantasies all too plausible alternate history only one of many equally or more plausible scenarios.
The bete noir of the Jews, Charles Lindbergh, was not a bad person, he was not a crypto-Nazi, and he was not an anti-Semite. When he said that Roosevelt, the British and the Jews were inveigling the country into a war that was of no concern to the US he but spoke the truth. Would matters have been any worse in a cold war with Germany and Hitler than a cold war with Stalin and the Soviet Union? Not that I can see.
And what were the Jews themselves doing at this critical time? The Jews had been at open war with Germany since the Communist Revolution in Russia. The Jews declared actual war on Germany in 1933 with the active collaboration of the Roosevelt Administration. It has been conclusively proven that the English, Jews and FDR worked to get the US into the war as early as 1938 and from my researches from 1933 on. Even the then dean of American historians, Charles Beard wrote a tome demonstrating it was so which cost him his reputation, career and place in American letters. Character assassination with a vengeance.
What then else did the Jews do? A stooge named Theodore Kaufmann, a neighbor of Roth in Newark, composed a short book titled Germany Must Die. That is the Jews were plotting the genocide of the Germans before the Germans conceived the so-called holocaust. In his book he calculated that if all the German males were castrated Germany would die out in a generation. The book was enthusiastically received in the US, abhorred in Germany, sold fantastically especially after a glowing review in Time Magazine and several influential newspapers. The notion lodged in FDR’s brain. Late in the war he was heard muttering that castration might be the final solution.
While Kaufmann gloated and FDR agonized, the whole of the American right was imprisoned (that is put in concentration camps) while awaiting their fate in kangaroo courts.
While Roth’s fantasy is less than probable there are many many other scenarios that could be written. I thought that since 9/11 we were beyond all that but here we have Mr. Stephens and the Wall Street Journal pulling these old chestnuts out of the fire to use again. Trite, trite canards.
To quote Mr. Welch, made famous by McCarthy: At long last, Gentlemen, have you no self-respect?