I have heard this story before
The Washington Post has an interesting article today that gives us a little bit of background on the traitorous couple arrested last Friday for spying for the Cuban dictatorship.
He was a courtly State Department intelligence analyst from a prominent family who loved to sail and peruse the London Review of Books. Occasionally, he would voice frustration with U.S. policies, but to his liberal neighbors in Northwest D.C. it was nothing out of the ordinary. "We were all appalled by the Bush years," one said.
What Walter Kendall Myers kept hidden, according to documents unsealed in court Friday, was a deep and long-standing anger toward his country, an anger that allegedly made him willing to spy for Cuba for three decades.
"I have become so bitter these past few months. Watching the evening news is a radicalizing experience," he wrote in his diary in 1978, referring to what he described as greedy U.S. oil companies, inadequate health care and "the utter complacency of the oppressed" in America. On a trip to Cuba, federal law enforcement officials said in legal filings, Myers found a new inspiration: the communist revolution.
The article points out how Walter Kendall Myers and his wife Gwendolyn lived a life of privilege. He, the product of prep schools and Ivy League universities, was the son of a prominent heart surgeon. The wife enjoyed an even more privileged life that comes along when your grandfather is Alexander Graham Bell. All in all, the charmed life the Myeres enjoyed was provided by the capitalist principles this nation was founded upon. Their elite status was made possible by the hard work and ingenuity of their parents and grandparents, and yet they decided to turn against the country that made it all possible.
Unfortunately, I have heard this story before. It does not always end with the protagonists as spies for a sworn enemy of the United States, but the plot line is eerily familiar: elitist leftist Americans attacking the American way from their penthouses, limousines, and private jets.
During the Bush years, we were told over and over again by those on the left that people like the Myeres were not traitors, but instead patriots for dissenting. I guess to a certain degree they were right -- the Myeres are patriots, but for another country.