On Monday’s edition of MSNBC’s Deadline, former Sen. Claire McCaskill (D-MO) accused Tucker Carlson of parroting Russian propaganda and coming “really close” to committing treason. It is not unusual for a Democrat to attack the extremely popular Fox host. What is unusual is McCaskill being joined by politicians with an R beside their name. Republican Congressman Adam Kinzinger actually called Tucker Carlson’s show evil and continues to call him a Russian asset.
When both sides of that aisle beat the drums of war and join in on trying to marginalize dissenting views, we should all be worried. Tucker Carlson is the lone voice in mainstream media disagreeing with whatever the governmentally approved narrative of the day is. Currently, it is the issue of biolabs in Ukraine.
Victoria Nuland of the State Department came out under oath and said there were labs with dangerous materials in Ukraine. The Pentagon has previously contributed to news stories about collaborating with the labs and the United States embassy in Ukraine has had open-source material on its website confirming their existence. Yet when Tucker Carlson asks legitimate questions that should be on every American’s mind, he is accused of being a Russian agent. And he is not alone.
Tulsi Gabbard, the former Congresswoman from Hawaii and Lieutenant colonel in the Army Reserve, has voiced similar concerns. Mitt Romney, known for dodging the Vietnam War draft, wasted no time not only branding her a traitor, but accusing her of costing people their lives.
Not surprisingly, Kinzinger joined in calling Gabbard ‘traitorous’ and parroting Russian propaganda as well. Do you see the same pattern? People on both sides of the aisle have legitimate questions about biolabs in Ukraine and are immediately accused of a crime punishable by death? No one wants to answer the uncomfortable question: what if they are right? If a statement is true, it does not matter what Russia says about it. Honorable dissent is not treason.
The vehemence being directed at anyone stepping out of line with the governmental narrative should concern anyone who desires to be intellectually honest. If there is one thing America should have learned over the last two years, it is that it takes about a month for today’s conspiracy theory to become tomorrow’s fact.
Let us hope that Carlson and Gabbard are wrong. But, again, what if they’re not? A biological accident in Ukraine could make the last two years look like a walk in the park. We ignore honest inquiries at our peril.