When did formerly distinguished American Presidency historian Michael Beschloss turn into such a partisan, unethical hack? It was at least six years ago, when he went on TV and completely misrepresented American presidential history—his specialty!—to make excuses for Hillary Clinton losing to Donald Trump. Since then, he has just become more and more obviously a Democratic Party mouthpiece, and a thoroughly ridiculous one.
Sad, really. But it gets him paid gigs on CNN and MSNBC, so there’s that.
His tweet today shows that the more one channels Democratic Party talking points, the more totalitarian-minded one becomes. Who, exactly, is the “we” who “need to know” why there were members of Congress who were not enthusiastic about the Ukraine president’s lobbying for more support? I don’t recall any Republicans darkly suggesting that “we” need to know why so many members of Congress were staring frowning into space and refusing to applaud the President of the United States during President Trump’s 2020 State of the Union message. I guess Beschloss thinks another investigation is in order. All dissent from Democratic administration policies are inherently suspicious, right? Let’s make these likely disrupters of the greater good explain themselves, and be accountable for their non-conforming ways.
As Thomas More correctly pointed out at his trial for treason, silence implies assent. There is no more reason “we” must know why members of Congress didn’t applaud Zelenskyy than know why all Democrats applauded him. There is no mandate that anyone has to be in favor of aid to Ukraine when the United States is bleeding money and there are so many urgent domestic uses those dollars could be put to. Support for Ukraine no matter what the cost or consequences is like wearing masks—it’s woke virtue-signaling, and anyone who doesn’t toe the mark is obviously a fascist, or a Putin-lover, or a MAGA Nazi, or something. Remember, this once-respectable historian responded to Biden’s disgraceful “Soul of the Nation” speech by saying,
“[A] historian 50 years from now – if historians are allowed to write in this country and if they are still free publishing houses and a free press – which I’m not certain of – but if that is true, a historian will say what was at stake tonight and this week was the fact whether we will be a democracy in the future, whether our children will be arrested and conceivably killed.”
We need to know how academics and scholars became so corrupt and determined to pursue political agendas rather than knowledge. We need to know why someone who says asinine things as often as Beschloss continues to be presented to the pubic as an authority. My “we” consists of everyday citizens who would like to have a functioning political system with free and open discourse with access to accurate and timely information. Beschloss’s “we ” are the Americans who demonize dissent and only hold part approved opinions.