by J.B. Shurk, American Thinker:
Something’s happening here. Last month Tucker Carlson made the case for the CIA’s direct involvement in President Kennedy’s assassination. This month he has made the case for the CIA’s direct involvement in President Nixon’s forced resignation. Tying the two events together, Carlson outlines a chief motive for the Agency’s alleged actions against Nixon by highlighting a recorded conversation between Nixon and then-CIA Director Richard Helms in which Nixon told Helms to his face that he knew “who shot John,” an accusation from the president that the director answered with telling silence.
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In publicly prosecuting the Intelligence Community for taking down Nixon, Carlson notes that four of the five Watergate burglars worked for the CIA, that young metro reporter Bob Woodward had been a naval officer at the Pentagon who “worked regularly with the intel agencies” and “had a top-secret clearance,” and that Woodward’s infamous Deep Throat source for his Watergate news stories, FBI Associate Director Mark Felt, had run the FBI’s illicit counterintelligence program specifically designed to discredit and disrupt American political organizations.
Furthermore, Carlson points out that Nixon’s replacement, Gerald Ford, the only unelected president in American history, had no achievements to justify his rapid rise from forgettable congressman to White House occupant in the space of eight months, aside from his service on the Warren Commission, which had “absolved the CIA of responsibility for President Kennedy’s murder.” When unelected federal bureaucrats forced Nixon’s vice president, Spiro Agnew, to resign in late ’73 for tax evasion, Democrats in Congress “gave Nixon no choice but Ford.” The next summer, the Intelligence Community replaced an adversarial Nixon, arguably the most popularly elected president in U.S. history, with a rubber-stamp for the CIA.
Carlson’s pull-no-punches attacks on the CIA implicating America’s spies in both Kennedy’s assassination and Nixon’s forced resignation are part of a larger campaign he has been waging for some time against the unelected yet permanent federal bureaucracy and its coercive national security Deep State. Night after night, Carlson chooses a target within the Washington Leviathan — regulatory agencies acting without legal authority, the Department of (in)Justice’s selective prosecutions and political persecution, the Intelligence Community’s dissemination of lies and propaganda meant to manipulate public opinion — and articulates how untethered America’s acting government has become from the U.S. Constitution, statutory law, and the will of legal American voters.
Even though he is not claiming his opinionated commentary as rote recitation of indisputable facts, his arguments are grounded in research and reason. Often, his conclusions are not entirely new. Many like-minded Americans tune in to his show precisely because he reflects much of what they already believe. What is most interesting, then, is not necessarily Tucker Carlson’s increasingly incisive rhetorical dismantling of the federal government but rather his timing.
Kennedy’s assassination and Nixon’s forced resignation occurred a half-century ago, and plenty of people have disputed the American government’s official telling of those events since they first occurred. Only now, however, is one of the most popular hosts in the small world of news commentary dedicating his time (and reputation) to throwing down the gauntlet against America’s Deep State. Why? Well, that relatively new and disparaging epithet — Deep State — tells a big part of the tale by reflecting an “awakening” American cynicism and a sizable collapse in Americans’ trust in their own government. It should be a big deal for someone of Carlson’s stature to accuse the Intelligence Community of multiple coups d’état; that he does so suggests that he feels the American people have begun to fundamentally shift in their understanding of and relationship to the federal government.
It is easy for his detractors to impugn his speech as conspiratorial, vulgarly incentivized by the pursuit of ratings, or needlessly inflammatory, but, in truth, Tucker Carlson’s editorial monologues should scare the bejesus out of the Establishment as ominous harbingers of things to come. He clearly sees the rumblings of an emerging social consciousness in America grounded in disgust with government institutions, a rejection of the official “narratives” promulgated by national leaders, and a “widening gyre” separating the powerful from the powerless.
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