Glass Houses: Soros-Funded Alternet Accuses GOP of 'Treason'

Usually, it's easy to dismiss the moonbat ravings of the far left. But when liberals, always ready to indignantly accuse conservatives of "questioning my patriotism," start suggesting their political opponents are "committing treason," the hypocrisy merits notice. Doubly so when the allegation of treason is made on a website that takes money from George Soros.

In a July 20 column on Alternet, Cliff Schecter, "president of Libertas, LLC, a progressive public relations firm," joined the echo chamber of liberals lamenting that the Republican Party had become radicalized by "the forces of the anti-American, gun-toting, religious and corporate Right that have taken over the GOP."

There's nothing new there - standard talking points for the left - except for this bizarre charge of anti-Americanism. Schecter expounded on his claim saying: "When facing changes to this nation that make them uncomfortable, they choose national hate. When facing ideological worship versus the greatness of the U.S., the former always wins the day. When facing a choice of what is good for the U.S. or their personal bank accounts, they inevitably go with the latter. Every. Single. Time."

Schecter claimed that some of the ways the GOP "work[s] to undermine America" are with "simplistic calls for 'austerity'" from "small-minded men such as Representative Paul Ryan of Wisconsin." All are left-wing boiler plate, beneath debate.

But the charge of treason is rich coming from Alternet, and from Schecter. Alternet is in the pocket of left-wing billionaire George Soros, and as part of a liberal group called the Media Consortium, has taken $425,000 from his Open Society Institute. The Media Consortium is a propaganda apparatus that creates an "echo chamber" "in which a message pushes the larger public or the mainstream media to acknowledge, respond, and give airtime to progressive ideas because it is repeated many times."

Some of Schecter's Libertas LLC clients are also recipients of Soros largesse. The Alliance for Climate Protection got $5 million from Soros in 2008, and Brave New Films is also part of the Media Consortium. That's not to mention the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee and the Democratic National Committee - both are listed as Schecter clients and both have received money from Soros for more than a decade.

None of that would matter much, except that George Soros doesn't like America (which took him in after WWII ) or its economic system (which has made him one of the richest men in the world). And he's actively trying to tear them down.

To Soros, "the main enemy of the open society, I believe, is no longer the communist but the capitalist threat." So he has called for and even taken steps to bring about a "new multilateral system based on sounder principles" in which America isn't so dominant. "The postwar order," Soros wrote in 2009, "which made the U.S. more equal than others, produced dangerous imbalances."

His megalomaniacal vision would "reconstitute the International Monetary Fund" and reorganize the UN to America's detriment: "Reorganizing the world order will need to extend beyond the financial system and involve the United Nations, especially membership of the Security Council," he wrote. "That process needs to be initiated by the U.S., but China and other developing countries ought to participate as equals."

Why? "[B]ecause a declining superpower losing both political and economic dominance but still preserving military supremacy is a dangerous mix."

George Soros holds no position in the U.S. government. He holds no position with the UN or any of the international economic bodies (that liberals believe confer authority). He is a private citizen on a self-proclaimed mission to neuter American power. His tools are his myriad foundations that fund a media empire full of fellow liberals whose many conflicts of interest are ignored.

Anyone associated with Soros should be careful about slinging around the charge of treason.

Matthew Philbin
Matthew Philbin
Matt Philbin is Managing Editor of MRC Culture