I sincerely hope Morgan Freeman was paid handsomely to be the face of this insane promulgation brought to you by the Max Boot, James Clapper, Rob Reiner and Council on Foreign Relations backed “Committee to Investigate Russia”. Freeman, aside from being an amazing actor, has previously had some brilliant political things to say (see: Morgan Freeman schools mainstream media on race relations in America), but it would seem geopolitics and Russian/Cold War history is not his strong suit. Here is everything wrong with this wannabe wartime propaganda ad.
“We have been attacked. We are at war.”
Someone must have forget to mention this to entirety of the United States Military. So far after almost a year of fear mongering by the mainstream media, NeoCons and Democrats, the public has seen literally zero proof of Russia attacking our elections more so than any other country in the world did or more than we do to other major countries. Every major country attempts to meddle in every other major country’s elections, it is a fact of life. If suddenly this became an issue, the number one culprit we should be looking at is China. China pumped millions into the Clinton Foundation in the years leading up to the 2016 election with the hopes that their investment would pay off with Madame President.
Saudi Arabia would also be another key culprit with Saudi Deputy Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman claiming that the Saudis have funded around 20% of Clinton’s campaign. When the Saudi Prince claimed this in June 2016, 20% of Clinton’s campaign funds raised would amount to over $42 million dollars. So personal politics aside, you tell me which is a bigger foreign influence in our election; Russia’s standard election interference of using bots to promote news stories (most of which were entirely true) that favor their preferred candidate or China/Saudi Arabia’s pumping of close to $100 million dollars into the campaign of their preferred candidate? If you did not choose the latter you’re either a giant Russophobe or a partisan hack.
“Imagine this movie script: A former KGB spy, angry at the collapse of his motherland, plots a course for revenge. Taking advantage of the chaos, he works his way up through the ranks of a post-Soviet Russia, and becomes President. He establishes an authoritarian regime, then he sets his sights on his sworn enemy, the United States.”
“Imagine this movie script” is the perfect way to start a propaganda piece as the general public’s attention span has been dwindled down to such a small amount of time that you need to make everything a movie or pop culture reference to keep their attention. This is exactly why you constantly hear Harry Potter, Star Wars and Marvel references when whiny leftists talk about politics on social media. They simply cannot understand the scope of things outside of a Hollywood narrative.
Yes, Putin is a former KGB spy and not someone you should trust, but the rest of this proselytized narrative is utterly false. As someone who worked for the government in the late Soviet era, it is natural that Putin continued a career in politics and government following the collapse of the Soviet Union, there is no conspiracy here. The current Russian President had a very natural rise to political power starting with holding various positions within the St. Petersburg city government in the early 1990’s.
After his party lost it’s reelection bid in St. Petersburg in 1996, Putin was recruited to Moscow to work for then Russian President Boris Yelstin’s administration. He started off as the deputy chief of the Presidential Property Mangement Department. One year later Yelstin named him Deputy Chief of Staff. A year after that Putin was promoted Director of Federal Security Service (the Russian version of the FBI/CIA). After impressing at every job within the administration for over three years, in 1999 Yelstin then appointed Putin as Russia’s Prime Minister. When Yelstin surprisingly resigned on December 31st, 1999, as the Prime Minister, Vladimir Putin then became the acting President.
Just three months later in March 2000, it was time for the next presidential election in Russia. Putin won in a landslide with 53.4% compared to just 29.5% for his main opponent. No international body has ever challenged the legitimacy of this election. President Putin was elected in a democratic fashion, there is no conspiracy as this outlandish PSA would lead one to believe.
Furthermore, the whole “angry at the collapse of his motherland, plots a course for revenge” narrative is entirely false. While there is credence to the theory that Putin wishes to revive the old Russian Empire, saying he is trying to reestablish the Communist Soviet Union and is still holding a grudge over it’s collapse is almost as far from the truth as one could get. The Soviet Union was a hell hole that collapsed long before the official collapse and dissolution in 1991. One could make the argument that aside from military power, the nation had collapsed during the Communism caused famines that killed tens of millions of people in the 1930’s and 40’s before Mr. Putin was even born. Despite being fiercely loyal to his country and having served in the KGB, Putin has made it clear he was no fan of the Soviet way. While describing Communism in 1999, Putin said it was “a blind alley, far away from the mainstream of civilization.” Soviet doctrine was also extremely anti-religious, where as during his presidency, Putin has embraced Christianity and strongly protected Russian Jews. On top of all of this, Communism is a far left ideology, where as Putin is seen as a rogue conservative leader in the modern neo-liberal world order.
“And like the true KGB spy he is, he secretly uses cyber warfare to attack democracies around the world. Using social media to spread propaganda and false information, he convinces people in democratic societies to distrust their media, their political processes, even their neighbors. And he wins. Vladimir Putin is that spy. And this is no movie script.”
If Russia’s cyber warfare is such a secret, why is it all we have heard about for the past year? Well that is because it is not a secret, as every major country on the planet, including us, uses cyber warfare to try and influence elections in other countries. While I am no fan of Russian cyber attacks against America, to act like it is an uncommon occurrence coming only from Russia is blatantly dishonest. China poses a far greater cyber threat than Russia, yet I have not heard one word from the NeoCon/Neo-Liberal establishment and their Hollywood elite cronies about the ChiComms.
“he convinces people in democratic societies to distrust their media, their political processes, even their neighbors.” Really, Vladimir Putin is why we distrust the media? No, we distrust the media and political processes because both have lied to us many, many times and led us into false wars where millions of people have died for no good reason at all. We distrust the media because we have proof they collude with political parties. We distrust the media because many of us have figured out 99% of what we hear, see and read is controlled by six corporations and around 270 executives at those corporations. We distrust the media because most of us have waken up to the fact that nearly everyone on mainstream media is either a paid pundit/spokesperson for the GOP or DNC. We distrust our neighbors because this same media has divided us by race, political ideology, culture, class and gender at every opportunity through constant hysteria, manipulation and social engineering.
The suggestion by all of these elites and their followers that we are so dumb and can think for ourselves so little that we were manipulated by Russia and more specifically a single man, Vladimir Putin, into voting for Trump is really starting get insulting. This strategy will come back to haunt them in 2018 (see: MAGA Guide to 2018 Elections). You’re right Mr. Freeman, this is no movie script, this is our lives and we can think for ourselves.
The video ends with Freeman saying President Trump needs address this issue and lectures us on what Trump should say using his legendary acting skills to sound like a president. Sorry Morgan, but in real life a statement like that by the president has far bigger consequences and until something a little more drastic than standard election meddling and some Facebook ads is confirmed to have happened we do not need to start a war with a fellow nuclear power. Russian media both state run and independent has accused the people behind this ad of “weaponizing” Morgan Freeman. While that may be a small exaggeration and a bit of sensationalism, it is mostly accurate. They are taking one of the most popular actors of all time, who almost always plays an intelligent person in an authoritative position and using him to propagandize the public into having anti-Russian sentiments. In conclusion, please if the paycheck was not big enough, seek more Mr. Freeman. Your credibility in the United States and popularity in Russia just took a major hit.