There’s More Than One Way to Purge

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There's More Than One Way to Purge

by baldilocks

Has any­one con­sid­ered that the Democ­rats may be throw­ing cer­tain mem­bers and promi­nent sup­port­ers under the bus on pur­pose? I mean they had to know what kind of lives men like Al Franken led and they cer­tainly knew about John Cony­ers since one of his vic­tims was paid off by The Old Dirty Con­gress­men Fund. Oh yes, and now Bill Clin­ton is no longer their bright shin­ing prince and won’t be the First Dude any­time soon (ever), they’re sud­denly notic­ing his gen­eral lech­ery and alleged vio­lence against women? Gee whiz. No loyalty.

But what I’m ask­ing is whether a Stali­nesque purge is going on right in front of our faces. Are the old – who have out­lasted their use­ful­ness — being put away to make way for the new?

Stalin, of course, had an infi­nitely more rad­i­cal method of house­clean­ing.

The purges in the USSR started in the mid-1930’s and con­tin­ued through­out the late 1930’s. Joseph Stalin had shared power with Zinoviev and Kamenev in the time after the death of Lenin (1924) and he had no inten­tion of ever being put in that posi­tion again. By the mid-1930’s Stalin believed that the Bol­she­vik Party ‘Old Guard’ rep­re­sented a threat to him and unless he did some­thing about them they would remove him from power. Stalin sus­pected every­one who had any sem­blance of power and he wanted them dealt with. (…)

It has been esti­mated that between 1934 and 1939, one mil­lion party mem­bers were arrested and exe­cuted. Dur­ing the same period it is thought that 10 mil­lion were sent to the gulags with many of them dying – either in tran­sit or as a result of the ter­ri­ble liv­ing con­di­tions they had to endure.

Since we live in a coun­try where show tri­als, sum­mary impris­on­ment and sum­mary exe­cu­tions are frowned upon (mostly), if there is a real purge going on, it’s nec­es­sary to kill or dam­age some­thing other than the bod­ies of the no-​longer use­ful: their rep­u­ta­tions, such as they are. And it’s bet­ter than Stalin’s method: rep­u­ta­tions can be revived should a for­merly use­ful idiot become usable again.

And so, while we laugh at the hypocrisy of the Democ­rats and lament the stu­pid­ity of at least one Repub­li­can, let’s remem­ber that the Democrat-​controlled main­stream press allowed the accu­sa­tions about Franken, Cony­ers and var­i­ous other Demo­c­rat Party sus­pects sup­port­ers into the pub­lic con­ver­sa­tion. They want this out there; they want them gone from pub­lic life, along with the other yet-​to-​be-​named mem­bers of the $15 mil­lion club.

Hold on tight!

Juli­ette Akinyi Ochieng blogs at baldilocks. (Her older blog is located here.) Her first novel, Tale of the Tigers: Love is Not a Game, was pub­lished in 2012. Her sec­ond novel ten­ta­tively titled Arlen’s Harem, will be done one day soon! Fol­low her on Twit­ter and on Gab​.ai.

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by baldilocks

Has anyone considered that the Democrats may be throwing certain members and prominent supporters under the bus on purpose? I mean they had to know what kind of lives men like Al Franken led and they certainly knew about John Conyers since one of his victims was paid off by The Old Dirty Congressmen Fund. Oh yes, and now Bill Clinton is no longer their bright shining prince and won’t be the First Dude anytime soon (ever), they’re suddenly noticing his general lechery and alleged violence against women? Gee whiz. No loyalty.

But what I’m asking is whether a Stalinesque purge is going on right in front of our faces. Are the old – who have outlasted their usefulness — being put away to make way for the new?

Stalin, of course, had an infinitely more radical method of housecleaning.

The purges in the USSR started in the mid-1930’s and continued throughout the late 1930’s. Joseph Stalin had shared power with Zinoviev and Kamenev in the time after the death of Lenin (1924) and he had no intention of ever being put in that position again. By the mid-1930’s Stalin believed that the Bolshevik Party ‘Old Guard’ represented a threat to him and unless he did something about them they would remove him from power. Stalin suspected everyone who had any semblance of power and he wanted them dealt with. (…)

It has been estimated that between 1934 and 1939, one million party members were arrested and executed. During the same period it is thought that 10 million were sent to the gulags with many of them dying – either in transit or as a result of the terrible living conditions they had to endure.

Since we live in a country where show trials, summary imprisonment and summary executions are frowned upon (mostly), if there is a real purge going on, it’s necessary to kill or damage something other than the bodies of the no-longer useful: their reputations, such as they are. And it’s better than Stalin’s method: reputations can be revived should a formerly useful idiot become usable again.

And so, while we laugh at the hypocrisy of the Democrats and lament the stupidity of at least one Republican, let’s remember that the Democrat-controlled mainstream press allowed the accusations about Franken, Conyers and various other Democrat Party suspects supporters into the public conversation. They want this out there; they want them gone from public life, along with the other yet-to-be-named members of the $15 million club.

Hold on tight!

Juliette Akinyi Ochieng blogs at baldilocks. (Her older blog is located here.) Her first novel, Tale of the Tigers: Love is Not a Game, was published in 2012. Her second novel tentatively titled Arlen’s Harem, will be done one day soon! Follow her on Twitter and on Gab.ai.

Please contribute to Juliette’s JOB:  Her new novel, her blog, her Internet to keep the latter going and COFFEE to keep her going!

Or hit Da Tech Guy’s Tip Jar in the name of Independent Journalism!