The American political divide is greater now than, perhaps, it has ever been. The rise of the internet has given everyone a voice and a chance to pursue information that fits neatly into their echo chamber. As a result, a lot of misrepresented media as well as character assassination starts to gain an audience. One such victim of that character assassination, fueled on by the fervent finger-pointing of America’s conservative propaganda machine, has been George Soros. George Soros has been one of the most prominent progressives in the world over the span of decades and his work has helped to change and save lives around the globe. However, if you listened to only conservative media then you would perhaps think him some sort of monster. Let’s cut through the actual fake news and get to the truth surrounding George Soros.
George Soros came under the crosshairs of conservative media when he first took aim at the Presidency of George W. Bush. Soros openly derided then President Bush in the lead up to the Iraq invasion.. Michael Vachon, a spokesman at the Soros Fund, said: “George Soros first found himself in the crosshairs of the conservative propaganda machine when he publicly expressed opposition to the March to war in Iraq.” As usual, Vachon is hitting the nail on the head with this statement. George Soros would move further than just simply chiding the War in Iraq and he would actually work closely with Democrats during their presidential campaigns, including Al Gore and John Kerry.
Since Soros first entered the political arena he has become something of a mainstay. Soros himself has tried not to be too active during just Presidential Elections as he hopes to make a difference more at the local level. Still, the 2016 election changed things in a way that nobody could have understood. Donald Trump vs Hillary Clinton in one of the most bizarre campaigns in political history. Donald Trump, a former reality TV star known for bankrupting businesses, represented such a threat to the world that George Soros felt obligated to take center stage. Soros became fervent and public in his opposition to Trump and that has further cemented his name as an enemy to the right wing of American politics.
George Soros is more than just a political figure as he is also fiercely dedicated to philanthropy. After the Soros Hedge Fund found success, Soros would transition to focusing more and more on philanthropic efforts through his Open Society Foundations. The OSF has donated more than $12 billion to foundations all through the world in order to fight for democracy, social justice, and freedom of expression from goverments that seek to stymie their people.