Liberals were once skeptical of the security services… how did they come to worship J. Edgar Hoover?

What passes for “liberals” today are busy tweeting and blogging and posting about how “patriotic” they are for supporting the unelected security services (CIA, FBI, NSA, TSA, et al) and how the elected President of the United States must be “resisted” because he is a “traitor” who “colluded” with “Russia” – a country they apparently liked a whole lot better when it went by the name “Union of Soviet Socialist Republics”. 

Where “reds under the bed” and “the Russians are coming, the Russians are coming”, were once said to be the province of the “looney right”, today they are on the lips of that increasingly histrionic class of liberals who once did the mocking.  Things have been turned on their head since 2008, when the “second coming” arrived on promises of a new day and a fresh look but who, once in office, ruthlessly consolidated executive power to the point of prosecuting whistleblowers under the Espionage Act – as spies and “enemies of the state”.

But things didn’t get really nuts until the 2016 election of Donald Trump, who the Left seems ready to do a deal with Communist China to get rid of.  Talk about taking the concept of “the enemy of my enemy is my friend” too far… these people think a bullet through the brain is a recommended cure for toothache.  

Not long ago, liberals had a more graded view of the world, the American government, and the security services.  Their art showed it.  Take this scene from Oliver Stone’s film “Nixon” – one that couldn’t or wouldn’t be made today…