The petition, which also calls on the government to seize all of Soros’ assets, argues the billionaire “has willfully and on an ongoing basis attempted to destabilize and otherwise commit acts of sedition” against the United States. Also that he “has developed unhealthy and undue influence over the entire Democrat Party and a large portion of the US Federal government.”
Whatever about the “terrorist” part, it is at least true that Soros maintains an unhealthy influence over the Democratic Party, as well as political systems around the world besides the United States.
Soros was Hillary Clinton’s top donor in the 2016 election and has for decades used his vast wealth to influence politics, stir discontent and profit off chaos in countries under the guise of philanthropy and humanitarianism. But Soros (and many of his beneficiaries) represent a disturbing hypocrisy. Claiming to support and promote democracy the world over, Soros’ actions consistently undermine it. Or, as one writer for The Observer put it: “…there is nothing philanthropic about drowning a democracy in money.”
Drowning a democracy in money is exactly what Soros does — and it has very little to do with philanthropy, fairness or social conscience. Soros-funded Democrats routinely attack anyone who truly dares to challenge the system that allows a few billionaires to maintain far more control over “democracies” than the regular people who live and vote in them. Look no further than the vicious attacks on Bernie Sanders — a candidate who at least had the integrity to shun the Super PACS he believes are infecting American democracy.
Even after her loss to Donald Trump, Clinton is still taking aim at Sanders — a man who endorsed her despite revelations that she and a supposedly neutral Democratic National Committee secretly worked in cahoots to scuttle his massively popular campaign.
Soros has been eulogized by the left and reviled by the right. As such, much of the criticism of him is found on right-leaning websites and blogs, while the liberal mainstream steers clear — a distinct contrast with how they treat billionaires like the Koch brothers who funnel billions into the pockets of Republicans.
The Americans signing the petition are unhappy about Soros’ funding of movements like Black Lives Matter and his links to violent far-left groups. Some of the more conspiracy-minded believe Soros himself orchestrated and funded both sides of the violent protests in Charlottesville last month.
Many of Soros’ critics take legitimate criticism too far, either by accusing him of being behind anything and everything that irks them or by using antisemitic slurs against him. This allows Soros defenders to then paint anyone who takes issue with him as a crazy and antisemitic. Soros himself falls into a similar trap, however, when he tries to pin all the world’s ills and evils on Vladimir Putin. The result is only to make himself look stupid.
But there’s another interesting twist at play here. While Americans of a certain political stripe have every right to be upset with Soros and his efforts to influence politics in the US, they are often strangely quiet when he does it overseas. Neither are many of them particularly interested when their own government engages in the same exact behavior (often in league with Soros himself) to promote “revolution” and overthrow foreign governments.
In fact, when Washington engages in this kind of behavior, they are often more than willing to cheer it on. Accusing Soros of funding “fake news” Nazis in Charlottesville is one thing, but when he helped the US government install real Nazis into power Ukraine in 2014, not many Americans on either the left or right were too bothered. They certainly weren’t signing petitions calling for their government to be labeled a terrorist state, anyway. Strange indeed, how “acts of sedition” are something to take seriously only when you think they might affect you and your own political agenda.
But Soros, famed for his liberal politics, has no qualms using his $25 billion fortune to fund conservatives either. Take, for example, the $100,000 he donated to top Senate warmonger John McCain’s “legacy” foundation, which also accepted $1 million from Saudi Arabia. A credible collection of democracy-loving philanthropists, indeed.
A skeptic might cynically surmise that Soros is not really a bleeding heart liberal and altruist after all, but a billionaire willing to throw money at whoever he believes will preserve the system that made him rich.