By: Carl Reed
But the traitor moves amongst those within the gate freely, his sly whispers rustling through all the alleys, heard in the very halls of government itself.
For the traitor appears not a traitor; he speaks in accents familiar to his victims, and he wears their face and their arguments, he appeals to the baseness that lies deep in the hearts of all men.
He rots the soul of a nation, he works secretly and unknown in the night to undermine the pillars of the city, he infects the body politic so that it can no longer resist. A murderer is less to fear. “ ~ Marcus Tullius Cicero, Roman Statesman, philosopher and orator (42 B.C)
I just finished Paul Kengor’s book, “Dupes.” The most amazing thing I took away from the book was not how liberals were duped by the Soviet Union and Communist ideology. After all, liberalism and Marxism-Leninism are so closely aligned the dividing line between the two is, more often than not, blurred. What is most amazing is how many prominent liberals were actual traitors to this nation. Say what you will about Republicans and conservatives, I don’t think you will find traitors among their ranks like you find among Democrats and liberals.
A traitor is one who commits treason by betraying his or her country. Treason is defined as a violation of allegiance to one’s sovereign or one’s state. Treasonous behavior consists of any attempt to overthrow the government or impair the well-being of a state to which one owes allegiance; the crime of giving aid or comfort to the enemies of one’s government.
Senator Ted Kennedy
Although not the most notorious, the most egregious traitor is, in my opinion, Ted Kennedy. His actions are the most egregious because of his attempts to collude with an enemy which posed the most existential threat to this nation. Not once, but twice, Ted Kennedy attempted to undermine a sitting U.S. President by colluding with the Soviet Union.
Kennedy’s first treasonous act was an attempt to undermine President Carter. “According to Vasiliy Mitrokhin, a KGB official and senior Soviet archivist who defected in 1992 (bringing with him a huge cache of documents), Kennedy privately relayed a message to Leonid Brezhnev on March 5, 1980. Kennedy had his trusted friend John Tunney personally deliver the message in Moscow. Tunney, himself a former U.S. Senator (a Democrat representing California), had been close with Kennedy since they were roommates during law school. According to Mitrokhin, Tunney was there to ‘relay [Kennedy’s] ideas on ways to lesson international tension to the Soviet leadership.’ Amazingly, Kennedy blamed the escalation in Cold War tensions not on the Soviets but on Jimmy Carter. In Mitrokhin’s words, Kennedy felt that ‘the Carter administration was trying to distort the peace-loving ideas behind Brezhnev’s proposals,’ and that ‘the atmosphere of tension and hostility’ was ‘being fueled by Carter.’ Tunney said that the great Massachusetts liberal was approaching the Soviet leader because he saw it as (in Mitrokhin’s words) ‘his duty to take action himself.’’
“In other words, Mitrohkin’s report indicates that Ted Kennedy was undercutting the American commander in chief by attempting secret conversations with the Kremlin.”
As if that weren’t bad enough, Kennedy attempted a second time to undermine a sitting U.S. President; this time during the Reagan administration. Ronald Reagan recognized that the policy of détente, which had been in place from Nixon through Carter, was nothing more than appeasement of the Soviet Union. Even Carter recognized this belatedly when the Soviet Union invaded Afghanistan. Reagan recognized the Soviet Union as the enemy it truly was and identified them as the “evil empire.” He also knew that an effective weapon to bring down this enemy was the Strategic Defense Initiative, or SDI.
Ted Kennedy didn’t share Reagan’s view of the Soviet Union. In fact he was so opposed to “Ronald Reagan and his policies that he approached Soviet dictator Uri Andropov, proposing to work together to undercut the American President.” Kennedy’s traitorous activities are detailed in a KGB report dated May 14, 1983. The report identifies a memo sent by KGB head Viktor Chebrikov to General Secretary Andropov with “Special Importance,” under the highest classification.
“According to the KGB memo, Senator Kennedy had conveyed his message to the Soviets through his ‘close friend and trusted confident’ John Tunney – the same go-between he had used in approaching the Kremlin in March 1980, according to Vasiliy Mitrokhin. Chebrikov said that Kennedy was ‘very troubled’ by the ‘current state of ‘Soviet-American relations,’ which the senator attributed not to Andropov and the Kremlin but to ‘Reagan’s belligerence,’ especially his defense policies. ‘According to Kennedy,’ reported Chebrikov, ‘the current threat is due to the President’s refusal to engage any modification to his politics.’
The memo details two steps in which Kennedy would assist the Kremlin in bringing down President Reagan. The first step consisted of “arm(ing) Soviet officials with explanations regarding problems of nuclear disarmament so they would be better prepared and more convincing during appearances in the United States.” The second step consisted of a media blitz in which Andropov and “lower level Soviet officials, particularly from the military,” to do interviews with the press in the United States. “Kennedy indicated that he could help organize this media blitz, since he wanted Soviet military and government officials to ‘have an opportunity to appeal directly to the American people” about USSR peaceful intentions.
“So according to this confidential memo from the head of the KGB to the header of the Soviet Union, Senator Ted Kennedy had secretly approached a foreign government – an abusive regime with which the United States had been engaged in a Cold War for nearly forty years – in an effort to “counter” the policies of the President of the United States and to weaken that president’s political standing.
The most notorious traitor was Jane Fonda. Who can forget her trip to Hanoi, posing beside Vietcong weaponry. “The wealthy young actress was a go-go girl for Communism, regularly telling student audiences: ‘If you would understand what Communism was, you would pray on your knees that we would someday be Communist.’ Once arriving in Hanoi, she became a cheerleader for the Vietcong. The trip was arranged (in part) by Wilfred Burchett, who was later identified by KGB defector Yuri Krotkov as a Soviet agent; Burchett als reportedly helped script Fonda’s talks. The actress became the toast of the Communist world for her ‘heroics’ on behalf of ‘anti-imperialism’ and anti-Americanism. Her face was splashed across media everywhere – especially by an ecstatic Communist press. As pretty Jane Fonda flirted and cavorted with the Communist enemy, tight clothes, wavy hair, curvaceous figure, fist in the air, grinning abroad and aside Vietcong weaponry, the Soviets and North Vietnamese were smitten.”
Jane Fonda handed the North Vietnamese just the weapon they needed to defeat our forces. She would have been much less effective in destroying the war effort had she handed arms or battle plans or military secrets to the enemy. Had she been able to convey any of these to the enemy, they would have never beaten us. The only way we could be beaten was in the propaganda war, in which Jane Fonda played a part.
Jane Fonda’s husband, Tom Hayden, was another traitor involved in undermining the U.S. during the Vietnam war. “Also in 1968, Hayden and an SDS delegation traveled to the Communist bloc, where, according to observer Sol Stern, who was there as a privileged correspondent for the radical Ramparts, ‘The SDSers held a seminar with the Communists on how to conduct their psychological warfar campaign against the United States.’ Hayden’s notoriety surged when he took one of his controversial trips to Cambodia and Vietnam.”
Speaking out and even protesting the war was one thing. However, both Fonda and Hayden stepped over the line into treason when they went to the enemy and gave them aid and comfort.
Congressmen Jim McDermott of Washington, David Bonior of Michigan, and Mike Thompson of California.
In September 2002, as the Bush administration was trying to persuade Congress to authorize military action in Iraq, Congressmen Jim McDermott of Washington, David Bonior of Michigan, and Mike Thompson of California traveled to Saddam Hussein’s Iraq. “If Saddam was fishing for suckers, McDermott and Bonior in particular would be among the very best candidates in the U.S. Congress. Of Course Saddam knew that, which is why he wanted them in Iraq for potential exploitation.”
“Right on cue, McDermott, the most liberal of the three, mouthed the Iraqi Baathist Party line. He said that President Bush ‘will lie to the American people in order to get us into this war.’”
“The Baghdad Three were a hit in Iraq. Saddam’s Ministry of Information published the itinerary of their goodwill tour in the regime’s government-controlled newspapers, television, and radio, and on the ministry’s website in both Arabic and English.”
“Even friendly liberal news sources in America seemed embarrassed by the Baghdad Three. A CNN reporter asked Congressman McDermott whether he minded being exploited for propaganda by Saddam’s tyrannical regime. ‘If being used means that we’re highlighting the suffering of Iraqi children, or any children,’ replied the congressman, ‘then, yes, we don’t mind being used.’”
Indeed, as Paul Kengor’s book makes clear, most of the left are simply dupes for our enemies. However, many go beyond dupery into actual treason. If fact, it seems the Democrat party is the natural home for traitors.