The plotters of a coup attempt against Gorbachev were immediately arrested. Most remained in jail for more than two years. Plotters of a coup attempt against then-U.S. President-elect Biden in 2021 remain free.

After Mikhail Gorbachev became General Secretary of the former Soviet Union Communist Party in 1985, he began implementing reforms that party hardliners feared would lead to the empire’s collapse.

Among those changes was to meet with U.S. President Ronald Reagan and sign arms control treaties. As Gorbachev lobbied for a plan to decentralize power in favor of more independent republics like Belarus, the economy worsened. …

In early 2020, Trump revived Operation Chaos, a scheme hatched by Limbaugh in 2008 to subvert the Democratic primaries. When it didn’t work, Trump ratcheted that operation up a few notches.

All hell is going to break loose tomorrow.
Steve Bannon, former Trump White House adviser, on his “War Room” podcast, Jan. 5, 2021

After Donald Trump urged thousands of his cult to march to the U.S. Capitol and fight harder for him on January 6, 2021, after his supporters fought police and killed one and injured more than 100 others, after they destroyed windows and doors to bust…

The riot and MAGA protest march provided cover and diversion for the military-style operation. Trump, Bannon, Stone, Flynn likely helped plan the attempted coup, not just incite it.

This article was updated on January 26, 2021.

As the crowd wearing patriotic paraphernalia and MAGA gear — business owners, lawyers, realtors, office types, construction workers, QAnon cultists, police officers, firefighters — that Donald Trump incited to march to the U.S. Capitol on January 6 neared its destination, some noticed a curious development.

A large group was already on the west side of the Capitol, one that looked different from the usual…

Boogaloo Bois and others join both BLM and pro-Trump actions to further goal of societal collapse

This story was updated on Jan. 15, 2021.

Violence at political protests has long been inflamed by provocateurs, including by those who seek to infiltrate the demonstrations and cause violence to make the cause look bad. That happened in the civil rights movement of the 1950s and 1960s, the anti-war demonstrations of the 1960s, and the anti-nuclear protests of the 1980s, among others.

In the present case, Donald Trump claimed the leftist-anarchist network Antifa was behind the initial burning of buildings and other violence…

The Storm was to culminate on Jan. 6, 2021, in Washington, D.C., when leading Democrats supposedly would be imprisoned or even executed, according to QAnon. The Storm did end in death — for four Trump supporters and a police officer. Still, this could be the mere start of The Storm, believers say.

This article was updated on Jan. 24, 2021.

As Donald Trump’s White House gig wound down, messages on various social-media platforms became more fervent, even darker. …

Poverty, unemployment, uninsured adults, attacks on media, erosion of national parks, among conditions that worsened under Don the Con.

Nov. 8, 2016, seems much longer than slightly more than four years ago. I remember the sinking feeling in the pit of my stomach as networks called the election for Donald Trump.

Little did I — or most anyone else — know how bad it would get. More than 400,000 American deaths from COVID-19, many of them preventable if Trump had devised a coordinated plan to attack the disease as leaders did in Canada, Australia, Germany, and most other wealthier nations…

Though the chaotic Trump regime is history, we must remember those who stood up for democratic ideals and those who did not.

This article was updated on January 24, 2021.

Some eight decades ago, America entered World War II on the right side of history, fighting against the German Nazis and other fascists.

But if it wasn’t for a few patriotic heroes, such as Major Gen. Smedley Butler, the United States could have a darker stain on its 1940s remembrances.

After Franklin Delano Roosevelt took office in 1933, he attracted the ire of many businessmen and Wall Street executives by…

We must ensure this does not occur again and speak out more strongly against dictators throughout the world.

This article was updated on Jan. 13, 2021.

A president loses the election. The winning candidate is barred access to the office. The losing president claims victory. Records are destroyed. Lies confuse many. The president organizes a mob of supporters to violently attempt to overthrow the election results.

At least part of the script executed by Belarus dictator Alexander Lukashenko since the former Soviet Union republic’s August election became the Trump administration’s playbook to remain in power if the November vote totals…

Consumer boycotts can work with enough support

The extraordinary political crisis that will likely continue until Joe Biden is finally inaugurated on January 20 seemed to peak in mid-December after the U.S. Supreme Court declined to hear an electoral challenge by 18 states, whose leaders wanted the votes of millions of Americans in other states thrown out.

In a response by officials from Pennsylvania — one of the targeted swing states — Attorney General Josh Shapiro described the Texas-led lawsuit as a “seditious abuse of the judicial process.” Michigan officials noted that numerous state and federal courts rejected similar claims…

From Washington to Trump, U.S. elections have been marred by irregularities and, at times, outright fraud.

Since many people believe widespread voter fraud occurred in the 2020 U.S. presidential election while experts deny that possibility, here is a short primer on instances of more apparent irregularities in past elections. If we investigate alleged vote fraud in 2020, should we not investigate these instances?

1789: George Washington is elected the first U.S. president by a vote involving only fellow white, wealthy, male property owners — about 6 percent of the population. Adjusted for inflation, the first president’s fortune would be $525…

Kevin Shay

Written for 45+ newspapers/mags. Written some books — see Visited 48 states, 30+ countries.

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