A child of poor Russian immigrants, CUNY alumnus and Korean War vet, he advocated passionately for the vulnerable — the homeless, military vets, and animal rights.
Murray Polner: I’m also bothered because at times the Times seems to fall for insider leaks from the huge and very secret “Intelligence Community” in our post 9/11 national security state.
Murray Polner: I remain fixated on the silence of Democrats, especially about our foreign policies and what we’ve done, few of them explained or debated in our never-ending imperial wars.
Murray Polner: “Let me tell you,” said Schumer, by then head of the Senate Democrats, “You take on the Intelligence Community [and] they have six ways from Sunday at getting back at you.”
Murray Polner: Now I ask myself how is it that Canada has not gone the way of Trumpism and his white working and lower middle class xenophobes.
Murray Polner: The current near-universal condemnation of Russian “meddling” in the 2016 election overlooks that the U.S. has a long history of invading countries and toppling elected governments.
Murray Polner: The Cold War gave birth to the deceptive Domino Theory, which identified anyone on the Left as Moscow’s puppets, a fiction which was accepted as the holy writ by most Americans at home and abroad.
Murray Polner: Despite several trials, a presidential commission, articles galore, a flood of books and protests, and the creation of a splendid archive, the May 4th Collection at the KSU Library, no one was ever seriously punished but for the imposition of a very small fine.
Murray Polner: Paralyzed by the passivity and gullibility of the mass media and the absence of skepticism among most of the Imperial City’s subsidized Think Tanks and Congress, Trump surely recognized he could then forge ahead with his imitation of TR’s “Splendid Little War.”
Murray Polner: Now that Putin’s Russia is habitually denounced for “meddling” in the 2016 election so many others intrusions, military and otherwise, are conveniently overlooked—”meddling” in countries such as Italy, Iran, Guatemala, Congo, Dominican Republic, Cuba, Vietnam, Grenada, Panama, Libya, Ukraine, etc. Have I missed any?
The first thing my wife and I realized was that it was hard not knowing how to express our liberal racial views in a Southern community.
Murray Polner: Talk about diplomacy, deterrence, even living side by side a nuclear-armed North, is rarely if ever heard from the Democrats and their long list of wannabe candidates for the White House and Congress.
Murray Polner: I wondered how we can determine whether some Russian-paid ads on Facebook had influenced enough white working class voters to mark their ballots for the plutocrat Trump.