I’ve been puttering in my garage lately while listening to radio programs from the early 70s by Mae Brussell. I am getting a sense of her intelligence, and perhaps some brashness and youthful enthusiasm. She has figured most things out.
In the current programs the Watergate breakin has occurred. She is trying to understand motive and ramifications. She knows the parties involved, and that “burglar” James McCord never truly “resigned” from the CIA. Her co-host has easily figured out that the burglars wanted to be caught. Mae is not up to speed on this.
She is convinced that Richard Nixon will be murdered. Indeed there were attempts on his life during this time, but his security was always top notch. Richard Nixon will be removed from power via the Watergate affair. She’s got motive right, but not means. There were so many public murders during that time that she assumed he’d be done in that way. It makes sense.
Nixon was a right-winger, but as his record indicated, not right wing enough.
Mae is sure that the United States is heading into fascism. Her interest was triggered by the JFK murder and cover-up, and the other public murders that ensued. She knows about Operation Paperclip, and the importation of Nazi scientists and generals by the Dulles brothers, including the infamous General Reinhard Gehlen, who was integral in the newly formed CIA. She draws a parallel to 1930’s Germany as Nazis murdered their way to power, throwing a wet blanket on opposition and rendering opponents and critics silent by fear and intimidation.
She came from an era when there was still limited access to public airwaves. People then and now are mostly clueless, fed shit and kept in the dark. They imagine fascism to be movie-style blunt intimidation. It is far more subtle than that. While ordinary citizens walk around imagining free speech to matter, votes counted, choices real, those in power know better.
There is a blanket of fear over government. People are afraid to speak up. Those who do are murdered, imprisoned, or hounded out of office by fake scandals. Everyone is under surveillance. The public is distracted by dumbed-down schooling, entertainment and sports, wedge politics and phony elections.
We attended a town meeting last week here in Conifer/Aspen Park. The subjects discussed were a local highway intersection where accidents are too frequent, fire danger in the forest interface. Such issues are important and our opinions and actions matter. The problem is that people imagine such control exists beyond our townships. That part is a grand illusion.
Mae Brussell died in 1988. I’ve hours of listening to go, years in fact. I’ll be full of wisdom after the fact, but will never lose sight of her foresight, insight, courage and persistence. I hope she someday has her face on a postage stamp along with other patriotic people like Bradley Manning, Ralph Nader, Rachel Corrie, Paul Wellstone, Anthony Weiner, Gary Webb, Dr. Judy Wood.
Never lose faith. That day will come.