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The “E” Word

Posted on Thursday, April 18, 2024
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by AMAC, Robert B. Charles
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Ronald Reagan was not afraid to use the word evil

The battle was joined.  Ronald Reagan was not afraid to use the word “evil” for Soviet Communism – so there was no further misunderstanding, no more talk of “moral equivalence” or “convergence.” Communism was immoral, oppressive, inhumane, and ultimately untenable, no way to govern people.

Why was Soviet Communism so bad? Why was the use of that word, the “E” word, evil – exactly the right way to describe that form of government? To some, this may seem obvious, but to younger people, the reality may elude them, history may not have been their major, or even of interest.

Here is the reality. Some 300 million human souls were systematically placed in a state of constant fear, their speech enough to get them imprisoned, or worse, killed. If they went to church, and the older Russians did, the services were always surveilled, undercover operatives ever-present.

And why were those two things – speech and worship – such a threat to communist control over every life, total prostration to the state, to the government? Why do communists hate speech and faith?

The answer is well known to those of a certain age but worth restating. Speech is how a human heart and mind find their way to other people, how different ideas and opportunities, fears and hopes, errors and findings of high and low order get openly discussed, debated, and truth found.

The reason free speech is in our Constitution’s First Amendment is that it guarantees a consistent, persistent check on untruth, including most importantly any untruths pushed by a powerful government, one which could be a monarchy, autocracy, theocracy, dictatorship, or communism.

So, the first thing a power-centered, immoral, oppressive, inhuman government must do is create enough fear in people that truth becomes secondary to survival, disposable, self-suppressed, and not discussed, since people who know and fight for it, think speech is a right from God, are dangerous.

Second, power-centered governments have to suppress the free exercise of religion, and diminish or outlaw the power of individual faith in a loving, all-powerful God – since such faith could displace government, reduce fear of government, and even cause people to overthrow the government.

If people find that prayers are answered, impossible things made possible, no “princes among men” worth their faith, and that fidelity to God ranks higher than government, that too is dangerous.

That is why the Communists – then and now – not only despise, repress, punish, and chill free speech, but do exactly the same thing to religion. The Soviets, and today Chinese, North Korean, Cuban, Lao, Vietnam, and other communist governments are strictly – atheist.

They mandate faith in government supersede faith in God, on fear of death, since that is how they control people – and one other reason, is they know what they do is evil, as opposed by those of faith.

So, why else is communism bad? Because it is the embodiment of liberty lost, your speech and ability to practice your faith, but also your physical liberty. Communism has killed hundreds of millions in the past 175 years, since Karl Marx’s Communist Manifesto, a veritable kill manual.

In short, every liberty you hold dear, from free speech and faith to decision-making in your own life, freedom from government intimidation, mandates, taking property, and personal captivity – is directly opposed, and empirically shredded by communists once in power, anywhere.

So, where does that leave us? The left wing of the modern Democrat Party is sounding a lot like devotees of communist theology. They have decided liberty is no longer the big thing, those amendments can be amended, in favor of government dependence by you, the Proletariat, who can get free stuff from “rich people,” the Bourgeoisie, and watch your resentments indulged as others are taxed, regulated, ridiculed, harassed, and imprisoned by government elites, until you are.

Odd, is it not, how history has a way of bending over time, circling back and reappearing where you least expect it, and then suddenly – whoa! – here it is again, the same mistakes, blindness, sadness. All of a sudden a return of spiritual warfare, good versus evil, in the front yard, needing focus.

Bottom line:  Ronald Reagan was about as clear a thinker, principled and articulate, experienced and truth-seeking a leader as we have ever had – on par with the Founding Generation, Abe Lincoln, Theodore Roosevelt, and those few others who saw the truth, spoke it, and have made no apologies.

Bottom line: Communism is real, was back then, and is now. The threat is foreign but also domestic, as it was mid-Cold War. If we are willing to see things as they are, we must speak boldly against them.

What some want our world to look like is not much different from Soviet or Chinese communism, perhaps made friendly with a government smiley face, but no less oppressive, objectively not based on respect for God-given rights or merit, inhumane, untenable, and no way to govern people.

Beware, yet unafraid to “speak truth to power.” Communism, and things that look like it, are historically, incontrovertibly evil ideas – plain and simple. So, there you go, I have done it, used the “E” word again. Just where we are, the battle is joined.

Robert Charles is a former Assistant Secretary of State under Colin Powell, former Reagan and Bush 41 White House staffer, attorney, and naval intelligence officer (USNR). He wrote “Narcotics and Terrorism” (2003), “Eagles and Evergreens” (2018), and is National Spokesman for AMAC.

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Melinda
Melinda
1 month ago

I worry for our young people who have not been taught history. How will they recognize evil when they see or hear It? They are so “dumbed down.”

johnh
johnh
1 month ago

Your statement “Communism is the embodiment of liberty lost ” is a great explanation. This says it all in one short summary & needs to be taught in our schools.

Max
Max
1 month ago

RBC, great article for the current time that this nation and the people are going through. It would be worth the effort to have this article published on other websites, even once a week.

Robert Zuccaro
Robert Zuccaro
1 month ago

The problem with convincing American communists that its “evil” is the fact they can embrace Marxist ideology while living in a free, democratic society and not a communust one! If they had to actually LIVE IT, they might feel differently about it.

anna hubert
anna hubert
1 month ago

How long can a society ,that pays women to have children out of wedlock excuses men from their responsibilities toward children they father and endorses promiscuity among children ,survive ?Payments to not work and supplying drugs and overlooking crime are not helping either Encouraging people to be taken care of by the state Infantilizing them Perfect recipe for social break down and chaos Communists to the rescue And some rescue it will be

Freudosa
Freudosa
1 month ago

We must first get the communists out of the schools.

Bill Hart
Bill Hart
1 month ago

RBC Your next article could be how. California is now a mini example of an Evil Empire. The legislature and the administration intend to get the USA to adopt all of the crazy regulations that they have planned on the use of gasoline and diesel. All of that and much more. My wife and I escaped from there in September of 2021. There were so many of us trying to get out of there at that time that it took us eight weeks to get our household goods delivered.

Jeri
Jeri
1 month ago

Read paragraph #3, read it several times. This is describing American in 2024, correct?

Rich
Rich
1 month ago

Evil is in the White House.

Bob Hellam
Bob Hellam
1 month ago

Excellent!

Pat R
Pat R
1 month ago

Truly honest. We are on the cusp of socialism/communism taking over the US – or revolution, fighting the evil brought upon us as a people, a nation.

Larry
Larry
1 month ago

Donald TRUMP had our economy the best in 50 years, had us in NO Wars, had the border under control, didn’t have taxpayers forking out $150 Billion to illegals, had America #1 in the world.
America-Hating liberals hated that.

Rik
Rik
1 month ago

Says the idiotic Comrade Punkydoodle!

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