There has been a remarkable shift in the United States over the past year, and for the most part, it has not been a change to be proud of. The election of Donald Trump by way of the tremendously flawed Republican party has fundamentally changed the way that the country is operating. Respect for the United States is at an all-time low as hate crimes rise and tax breaks for the enormously wealthy continue to be passed at the expense of the middle class. Through the nightmare that has been the Trump regime, a few powerful voices are designing to stand up and make a difference. Among those voices is George Soros, one of the most prominent progressives in the world. George Soros recently put his money where his mouth was in a big way when he decided to shift nearly the entirety of his wealth toward his philanthropic outreach campaign.
During the 2016 Presidential Election campaigns, many people were choosing to laugh at the concept of a Donald Trump presidency. Soros never cracked a smile because he understood how fundamentally dangerous someone as inept and thin-skinned as Trump could be to the power of the United States government. After supporting Hillary Clinton, Soros immediately shifted to the attack mode after Trump ‘won the election’, though the jury is still out if there was criminal meddling in the process. After Trump was elected, Soros handed $10 million to the Open Society Foundations, a progressive charity Soros’ operates, in order to make a statement. This statement would be further expounded as over the past year, Soros has given nearly $18 BILLION, yes with a B, to the Open Society Foundations.
Soros has never been shy about his philanthropic work and you could make the case that it will be the bulk of his legacy after he departs from the political world. The Open Society was created in 1979 as a foundation that sought to branch out and partner with grassroots and progressive activists all around the world. From working with the Roma people across Europe to the oppressed African’s who struggled during Apartheid, the OSF has been there ready to help. Soros says, “My success in the financial markets has given me a greater degree of independence than most other people.” Soros goes on to say, “This allows me to take a stand on controversial issues. In fact, it obliges me to do so because others cannot.”
Of course, Soros’ massive donation to the Open Society Foundation was immediately put under the microscope by right-wing groups looking for SOME reason to dismiss the progressive philanthropist. Right-wing political groups have been, for decades, trying to tear Soros down with some conspiracy theory or another so that of course meant that they would take aim at his prolific philanthropic outreach. There has been a continual demonization of philanthropy over the years, and in particular, when it comes to George Soros, that just does not check with reality. As one of the most staunch progressives in the world, as well as one of the wealthiest, this is a burden that Soros will just have to bear.