Five years ago this week, I opened my gallery with an exhibit of the fine and graphic art of Jerzy Janiszewski, whose Solidarity logo became the symbol of resistance to communist rule in Poland some 35 years ago. It was not a random choice: I wanted to provide artists in my own country with an example they could look to for inspiration and guidance should a climate of fear and repression ever threaten basic freedoms in this country. I never imagined the need for that example would come so soon.
I first became aware of Stephen Bannon in January, 2013. That's when Breitbart News, the company he headed as executive chairman, used a truly vile and vicious argument to try to discredit a "liberal" like me from "spreading propaganda" supporting stricter gun control laws in the wake the mass murder of children and teachers in Newtown, CT.
I'll make this short and sweet.
Whether you think Hillary Clinton should be our next president or you don't, two things should be obvious about her campaign so far.
One of them is The Donald and the other is Bernie Sanders. They're the candidates generating excitement on the left and right because they appear to be independent, not beholden to special interests, and promise a better future, not business as usual.
Today's New York Times and Washington Post both have front-page stories reporting the contents of various memos, apparently hacked by Russia's intelligence services and released by WikiLeaks, detailing some of the ways the Clinton family and their inner circle have used the Clinton Global Initiative to enrich themselves.
More worrisome still: there will almost certainly be even more damaging emails leaked between now and Election Day.
Unless something is done before Monday, I fear we will repeat the same tragic mistake Argentina made in 1946 when it elected Juan Peron as its President. You may be thinking it's ridiculous to compare Argentina to the United States. YOU ARE WRONG!
A PERON OF OUR OWN
Charles Krause was The Washington Post's South America correspondent, based in Buenos Aires from 1978 to 1980, during The Dirty War. Precipitated by Peron's return to Argentina after years in exile, Argentina's military undertook a campaign of State Terror during which thousands of "subversives" were kidnapped and killed in the name of preserving Argentina's "Western values."