Moles on a Roll?

Dr. Malcolm Cross

Last month Representative AOC (by now everyone should know who that is) posted on her website an FAQ document to accompany her resolution introducing a “Green New Deal.”  It contained, among other things, a proposal to implement a guaranteed annual income to everyone, including those “unwilling” to work, as well as references to a variety of other proposals which seemed at best unrealistic and at worst downright silly, including the desirability of getting rid of airplanes and “farting cows.”  The ridicule the FAQ elicited prompted the Representative and her staff to remove it while complaining that it may have been “doctored.”  And that got me wondering—were AOC and her staff honestly claiming that a mole had somehow edited her FAQ to make it seem more impractical, radical, and silly than she intended it to be?  

In fairness to the Congresswoman and her staff, it must be admitted that she’s now dropped her talk of “doctored” documents.  She’s simply retracted her FAQ and is now demanding that everyone focus in on her GND resolution itself, while ignoring whatever was in her obviously not-ready-for-primetime supporting FAQ.   But as I noted in a column on the anti-Trump resistance last summer, the presence of sabotage-minded moles could go a long way to explain some of the nuttiness that characterizes those trying to take down President Trump.

For example, to implement the Green New Deal will require massive federal expenditures, tax hikes, subsidies, and overall governmental intervention the economy.  Yet many Democratic presidential candidates are endorsing it.  Do they really think the electorate will support a Democratic presidential nominee backing so radical a set of proposals?  Maybe some pro-Trump moles are convincing them that that’s the case, in the hope that whoever wins the Democratic presidential nomination next year will crash and burn in the fall election under the weight of so impractical a set of proposals.

Or consider the case of Jussie Smollett, the actor who claimed he was mugged and beaten up by a pair of white MAGA-hatted Trump supporters.  He’s now been indicted for leading the Chicago police on a wild goose chase, following the claim of a pair of Nigerian immigrants who say he paid them to rough him up so he could cast blame on the President’s supporters.  Did a mole trick him into concocting a plot which will now hurt him far more than President Trump—he’s already been written out of his television show and could go to jail–and which may even generate some sympathy for the President and his MAGA-hatted followers?

And what about Congresswoman Ilhan Omar, widely accused of making anti-Semitic remarks?  Her comments have not only provoked turmoil and disunity in the Democratic Party, but they’ve also exposed the ineffectiveness of Congressional Democrats in putting together a simple resolution condemning anti-Semitism.  Did a pro-Trump mole put her up to it?  Or is she herself a mole?  After all, audiotape has surfaced in which she criticizes former President Obama for using drones to kill terrorists (such criticism should make all rational Americans increase their regard for the former President).

And while we’re on the subject of those who cause turmoil within the Democratic Party, let’s remember that AOC herself has worked in the past, and has promised to work in the future, to defeat moderate Democrats seeking renomination in 2020.  Is a mole prompting her to turn against her fellow Democrats?  Or is she herself a mole?

Careful readers of this column will recall this isn’t the first time I’ve raised, facetiously, the possibility of moles at work with the opponents of President Trump.  In a column last June I also raised the point and concluded that given the President’s brilliance in inducing Trump Derangement Syndrome, his opponents are perfectly capable of making themselves look like extremists without any additional help from pro-Trump moles.  The best thing that those who seek the President’s re-election can do is to sit back, enjoy the show, let the Democrats follow their instincts, and prepare to celebrate the President’s re-election.

Malcolm L. Cross has lived in Stephenville and taught politics and government at Tarleton since 1987. His political and civic activities include service on the Stephenville City Council (2000-2014) and on the Erath County Republican Executive Committee (1990 to the present).  He was Mayor Pro Tem of Stephenville from 2008 to 2014.  He is a member of St. Luke’s Episcopal Church and the Stephenville Rotary Club, and does volunteer work for the Boy Scouts of America. Views expressed in this column are his and do not reflect those of The Flash as a whole.

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