Is US divisive protest culture influenced by foreign interests?

In the United States, professionally organized protests often become more high profile in media ahead of an important election, especially if the left perceives its candidates to be weak.

There’s opportunity now for the right opposition candidate, because there is a critical need for unity. If the US continues the course leftist powers have decreed for years now, we are headed for deeper trouble.

A Russian analyst has already made note of this. 

Where is the candidate who can de-Balkanize the nation? Where is the candidate who will remind us we are all Americans?

We should be asking ourselves a question, considering our history.

How much foreign influence impacts unrest these days?

In the 1960-1970s era, we know there was foreign influence that continued into the 1980s.

Dr. Juan R. Cespedes wrote about foreign influence during the Vietnam era. Protests escalated over the years, culminating in an all out assault on the presidency of Richard Nixon who struggled to deal with the mess created by Democrat presidents John F. Kennedy and Lyndon B. Johnson.

Cespedes’ paper Penetration of the Vietnam Anti-War Movement by the Soviet and Chinese Intelligence Apparatus sheds light on the success of oppressive communist regimes fighting, as always, freer Western-culture regimes. Regardless of the current attempts at suppression of dissent here in the US—via weaponization of government agencies like the IRS, EPA, DOJ and others—the freedoms US citizens enjoy remain a threat to dictatorial governments whether they are ruled by monarchs or communist party leaders.


We know, courtesy of a whistleblowing academic and the FBI that American universities are targeted by foreign interests. Thus far, the official stance is these foreign interests seek information about our technology. However, isn’t it likely there would also be individuals here who would deliberately attempt to nurture social dissent just as was the case in the Vietnam era?

Perhaps that sounds outlandish. It isn’t. Besides universities, the FBI documented and prosecuted Operation Ghost Stories, arresting 10 Russian spies in 2010. Those spies embedded as “illegals” in the US, using fake identification to establish themselves as everyday types seeking the American dream. The FBI said their objective was “to develop sources of information in U.S. policymaking circles.”

A top Cabinet official confidante, a top Democrat donor, and others were targeted. The L.A. Times wrote about Operation Ghost Stories:

“One of the Russians, who identified herself as Cynthia Murphy of Montclair, N.J., provided financial planning for Alan Patricof, a New York venture capitalist and top Democratic donor who was finance chairman of Hillary Rodham Clinton’s 2008 presidential campaign, according to news reports.”

Had a Republican presidential candidate’s finance chairman been compromised, legacy media would have made far more of it. Had a Republican presidential candidate’s foundation ended up taking money from Russia as a major uranium deal progressed, media would have had a field day.

Besides foreign governments, oligarchs bent on power also spend lavishly to promote an agenda that may not be what is best for the US. Leftist media are often obsessed with one libertarian donor, but arguably the most powerful oligarch in the world is George Soros who directly and indirectly funds all manner of leftist causes and groups. 

Conspiracy theories abound nowadays, and maybe they always have. But with the left in power for a decade—the end of George W. Bush’s presidency had Democrats controlling both the Senate and the US House—there has been a steady attack on both US sovereignty and US culture.

Divisive rhetoric is commonplace, with a war on free speech and other rights in progress. Leftist leaders have always gained power by dividing people according to faith, race, or language, using the concept of victimhood to corral support.

At present, skin color and ancestral language as well as gender seem to be the rallying cry for the leftist movement building power purely on social issues while the US Treasury continues to be drained. Groups advocating for foreign nationals who are not US citizens have gained a great deal of power, as have groups like the Nation of Islam advocating hatred for whites.

White supremacist groups have their own agenda, similar to that of NOI but with the skin colors reversed.

All extremist groups weaken us as a country when we are not truthfully and fully informed.


Current unrest occurs in a context of ignorance because world history is not taught in public schools. How can I say that?

Ask any school child of any age, or ask a college graduate,  about white slaves, millions of them taken by people of color who were Muslims. I would wager 99.9 percent of those children would know absolutely nothing about the matter. Conversely ask them about our country’s first war of secession, and I would be willing to bet the answer would be the US Civil War when the correct answer is our war of secession from England commonly called the Revolutionary War.

Against the backdrop of divisiveness by those seeking power and profit, an equalizing message is crucial to our wellbeing as a country. Where is the leader who talks to us as Americans instead of as a straw person bloc based on skin color or ethnicity?


You may think I am overreacting. I’m not. Other countries have taken note of our Balkanization. In 2008 as Obama prepared to take office, a Russian analyst’s report was publicized by Pravda. The analyst, Igor Panarin, envisioned the breakup of the United States:

“Panarin believes the U.S. will split into six parts as follows: ‘The first part is the US Pacific Coast. Here is an example. The Chinese make about 53 percent of San Francisco’s population. An ethnic Chinese used to be the governor of the State of Washington, whereas its capital, Seattle, is dubbed as the gateway for Chinese emigration to the USA. The Pacific Coast gradually falls under the influence of China. The second part is the south and the Mexicans. The Spanish language is widely spread there, it has almost become a state language of the territory. Texas openly fights for its independence. The Atlantic Coast represents a different ethnos and a different mindset, which may split into two. Central depressive regions make the final group. I have to remind here that five central states of the USA, where Indians live, declared their independence. It was considered a joke, a political show, but it’s a fact. Canada’s influence is strong in the north. We can claim Alaska after all, it was granted on a lease…’”

The United States, less than 300 years old, is currently a punching bag for far older, more oppressive regimes who capitalize on eras in our history viewed through the lens of hindsight. Until US schools teach children what those oppressive regimes were doing throughout their own history, and acknowledge the millions murdered for communist and socialist causes, there is no balance in any conversation about social justice.

Incidentally, in 2012, Pravda endorsed the Democrats’ candidate for president.

Additional Reading

Higher Education and National Security: The Targeting of Sensitive, Proprietary, and Classified Information on Campuses of Higher Education (FBI White Paper)

‘The Americans’…like real life past and present (Day on the Day)

ABC cancels spy series, but spies remain among us (Day on the Day)

Cash flowed to Clinton Foundation amid Russian Uranium deal (The New York Times)

…Why did three US senators boot Iraqi oil to China? (The US Report)

(Commentary by Kay B. Day/Nov. 12, 2015)

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About Kay Day

Kay B. Day is a freelance writer who has published in national and international magazines and websites. The author of 3 books, her work is anthologized in textbooks and collections. She has won awards for poetry, nonfiction and fiction. Day is a member of the American Society of Journalists and Authors and the Authors Guild.
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