Recent events are unsettling. They demonstrate how disconnected from history some have become. They demonstrate why law enforcement is important, even as we aim for higher accountability. They represent a rare educational moment, teaching that “life, liberty and pursuit of happiness” depend on defending law, order, and history.
In the past three weeks, what began as peaceful marches for racial equality were overtaken by organized criminality and violent ideological groups and actions.
Criminals destroyed urban businesses and private property. Ideological radicals – united by anarchist behavior, communist sympathies, and anti-American sentiments –defaced, toppled, desecrated, and destroyed public property.
Criminal and radical leftist groups have emerged in dozens of cities, taking over extended city blocks, toppling historic statues across the South, but also statues of Francis Scott Key, President Ulysses S. Grant, Union leaders and American Founders.
These ideological radicals – many supported by left-leaning city councils, mayors, governors, and members of Congress – have widened their target list. Like Jacobins of the French Revolution, they deface and destroy statutes of statesmen and thinkers.
They aim to delegitimize the republic’s founding principles and documents – not least our Bill of Rights and Constitution – by discrediting, delegitimizing, and destroying reputations and representations of those who founded the nation, from Thomas Jefferson to George Washington.
Most Americans – arguably 99 percent – are not with this absurd, anti-democratic, anti-American violence. They do not condone lawless destruction of public or private property, the desecration of history. They disavow, resist, and will rebuff violence.
That said, the danger posed by lawlessness like that of the 1960s is real. In that time, America saw a young President, Attorney General, and Civil Rights Leader assassinated. We suffered widespread bombings, were perpetrated by groups like the Weather Underground and communist-linked liberation movements. Today, urban violence is spreading to the suburbs, fanned by foreign adversaries, like China. So, we must stay focused on – and proud of – American history.
We must recognize history’s complexity – and significance. That is why the most egregious act was defacing a North Carolina cemetery commemorating 5,170 American WWII veterans – with a crude Communist hammer and sickle.
No two ideas are more opposed – than giving one’s life to preserve freedom and advancing communist suppression of freedom. If there is a historical prism through which to see what is happening today, that horrific act is the prism. It teaches lessons.
First, all Americans must distinguish lawless from lawful behavior. Non-violent marches, signs and demonstrations are protected. They help reshape laws. Violence – against people, property, and history – is never protected. It is anti-democratic, anti-republican, anti-peace, and anti-American, no matter the justification. Violence against people, property and history must be stopped, and then swiftly and surely punished.
Second, there is no place on American soil for a hammer and sickle, sign of international communism, both Soviet and Maoist. To be clear, the symbol represents subjugation – totalitarian control of society, ending individual liberties secured by our Bill of Rights.
Third, juxtaposing a hammer and sickle – representing global communism – with a memorial in an American veterans’ cemetery with 5,170 WWII veterans is the height of sick irony, an abomination in current and historical terms.
Those veterans rose – with 16 million Americans – to save the world from totalitarianism. More than 400,000 Americans died saving the world – literally – from a descent into incalculable evil, of the kind matched only by Soviet and Chinese horrors.
In total, scholars attribute to international communism between 85 million and 110 million murders, Soviet and Chinese dissidents whose lives often ended with a shot to the back of the head, plus tens of millions starved by both Stalin and Mao. China continues to persecute, execute, imprison, and suppress political dissidents today.
Facts surrounding Soviet and Chinese Communism – often buried with victims – are stark and need remembering. Scholar R.J. Rummel, in “Death by Government,” found that 110 million lives were silenced by Communist leaders between 1900 and 1987. Stephane Courtois, in her “Black Book of Communism,” puts that at 85-100 million.
Others conducting analyses of both Soviet (extinct) and Chinese Communism (operational), including Benjamin Valentino, Steven Rosefield (“Red Holocaust”), Matthew White, “Victims of Communism Memorial Foundation,” and Stephen Kotlin in 2017, place numbers killed by Communist leaders in a similar range.
So, the idea that anyone on US soil would vandalize public property, target a cemetery and memorial dedicated to heroes of WWII, then place a hammer and sickle on that memorial– is objectively horrific. That act tells us – in a poignant and painful way – why understanding and honoring rule of law, American heroism, and history is vital.
If we lose sight of who we are, why we are proud of who we are, why history matters to each of us, and why rule of law must always be honored to keep liberty alive – we lose it all. Socialism is another word for progressive policies striving for communist rule, which should always be anathema to American ideals and unwelcome on American soil.
Here we are – in another educational moment. We are invited to understand what freedom means – and what it does not mean. We are reminded what so many died to protect, and what we are obligated to preserve. And we are compelled to see that “life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness” depend on defending law, order, and history. Perhaps that is the silver lining on a dark cloud bank. Let us hope so.
These “children” may not realize the cost of this dangerous game until they are the ones fearing for their lives and standing in line for a loaf of bread or piece of a zoo animal to eat. The puppet master will not share the bounty with the puppet people.
85 to 100 million is a gross understatement of Communism’s death toll. It’s more like 200-250 million. China occasionally updates the death toll of Mao, and Stalin’s is quite impressive as well.
“Life, Liberty and Happiness Depend on Law, Order and History”
And that is exactly why the Left is destroying all of them: law, order, and history. Ever since The French Revolution, the motto of the Left has been: Power and control, at any price, at any cost. To attain their goal, they will lie, cheat, steal, and kill, and are doing all of those right now. Anyone or anything in their way will be destroyed – and we are witnessing all of that right now.
Bottom line is we need to drain our education swamp! All the despicable commie and socialists teach in all levels of education must be stopped! WAKE UP PARENTS, watch everything your kids bring home and ask what they were taught each day when they come home! Parents must start to reject all the propaganda that is being stuffed down our kids throats! Get out and buy history books and tell them the truth about what and why we are America and why we ARE GREAT, spend time with those kids! Even if your tired! Being lax will make them slaves to the government and freedoms will be lost! We must not loose our past or we have NO FUTURE!
“At the core of liberalism is the spoiled child —miserable, as all spoiled children are, unsatisfied, demanding, ill-disciplined, despotic and useless. Liberalism is a philosophy of sniveling brats.”—
As a grandparent and the father of a retired Air Force veteran my concerns have always included our system of public education which has been hijacked by the left and socialists but has also been trimmed to exclude it’s most important tenets, our history and the history of the world and where things through history went wrong. That along with the apathetic child rearing and the lack of home education is most disturbing. Many parents chose to take a disturbing attitude with their children. When the children ask question regarding current events their answered with your don’t need to know that or some other inane reply. They should be sitting down with their kids, explain the incident and explain why it has happened and what possible solutions should include. We must stop failing as parents, as grandparent, as educators and as aunts and uncles. Teach our youth where to find and research the information, how important it is to look at all sides not just one and most importantly, how to think for themselves. That is how this stupidity will finally end.
As a young boy I was educated about the evils of Communism. My mother’s father had escaped Communist Russia with his wife and oldest son losing all property and fortune to come to be “free” in America. He settled in a factory town in Connecticut and took a job as a menial factory worker and resenting it not because of the type of work he did but because he had to leave family and friends behind. What impressed me most of him was that every Sunday he would buy the New York Times and read it from cover to cover and we’re talking a newspaper of 140+ pages. So seeing what is happening to our country today really angers me. I just don’t understand how so many young people today cannot think independently to question the absurdity of Communism. I know they’re being told it’s Socialism, but even then, where has Socialism proven so wonderful in history? And to think that here in America, the most revered country in the world, they would give up life, liberty and freedom to kowtow to Jackass politicians who will promise them the moon and deliver them into servitude just disgusts me! I have no children or grandchildren but I’m ready to fight a civil war, even at my old age, to guarantee those rights and freedoms for my brothers and sisters and their families. … Let’s get it on!!!
Yes, same exact feelings from my heart. Let’s get it on! Irish Grandparents from Ireland and Scotland, and worked in factories in NYC. Many forms of discrimination applied to them, but they survived, started farming in upstate NY, and left a very substantial legacy
ON!!for us to follow. One thing I know, with each generation that followed, we kept moving up and protected and protected that legacy through education, family and God and America First, LET’S GET IT ON is right! #Trump2020
An American story!
You know full well where young people picked up their devotion to socialism / communism as well as I do. That is what they’ve been taught all through their public school education by committed leftist for the last 50 years. All while their parents, the so-called silent majority, stayed conveniently uninvolved in most of their childrens’ education, until what emerged from their graduation from the final 4 year college indoctrination process was what you see today.
Critical thinking hasn’t been taught in most high schools or colleges in decades, along with little to no history, math, science and other core course materials that require critical thinking skills to do well in. This is a problem that many of our generation let develop virtually unopposed. Too many of our generation were either so apathetic or supremely confident that “everything will just work itself out”, that the problem was allowed to fester until we have the situation we have today.
Can it still be fixed? There is still a chance, but it will require a LOT MORE active involvement by all of us for that to happen. So far what I see in most people of our age demographic is they are still waiting for “someone else” to fix the problem. This country wasn’t built by people waiting around for someone else to do the heavy lifting. It was built by people willing to fix a problem they saw existed. Somewhere along the way many in our generation forgot that. The result has been predictable. Stop looking to others to fix a problem that is right in front of you. Just a thought, which I’m sure many will object to as it entails getting off the couch and doing something. Hope this isn’t too blunt, but it is the truth.
The socialist take over of public schools was accomplished in 1954 when the Supreme Court effectively made it illegal for a teacher to use the Bible or the express The tenets of Christian faith in the public school classroom. Parents of the 1950’s, having grown up through the great depression and survived WW2, were materially focused making sure their baby boom kids did not suffer lack as they had growing up. Consequently, they were not paying attention to the implications of removing references to God from
the classroom. Affluent children of the sixties, taught to scorn the preacher’s call to self-denial, shook off all pretense of self-restraint in the pursuit of “self actualization” guided by the principle of “if it feels good, do it”. By the 1970’s, many of us “boomers” found the path to enlightenment through self gratification fraught with unintended, painful, and sometimes permanent consequences. A crisis of faith occurred and many disillusioned flower children heard the gospel message preached on the streets and discovered spiritual life after surrendering to Jesus Christ as Lord spawning what became known as the Jesus People Movement. The other disillusioned ones, instead of admitting failure and repenting, chose to blame “the man” and embraced the cold gospel of Marxism making political power their God. Today those two groups are now battling head to head literally for the control of this nation we call the USA…and ultimately the world. Paul E is spot on that the outcome of this battle depends on us (Jesus People) getting involved early, often, and openly. There are myriad ways to do that as we live out and talk about our convictions in our daily lives. First of all we must pray. Intercessory prayer for one another and for our leaders may be our most potent, and least utilized weapon. Secondly, we must reach our family members. Our children and grandchildren are those who naturally are most open to our influence. Make sure they know what we believe and see those beliefs expressed in what we do. Third, be vocal in your community. Know and be kind to your neighbors. Be generous helping the disadvantaged with your time, money and compassion. Support home schooling any way you can. Public schools operate as a monopoly now and do not reflect the core values of the communities they are mandated to serve. Use social and other digital media as an alternative to corporate media as a source of information and as a means to inform others as to how the battle is being waged. You best contribution, whether small or great, is needed and never more than right now.
It seems that without Biblical values being taught, there are no defining values being taught.
Gosh, Dean, I’m feeling a little left out here… You mentioned the two groups of people—those who “found the path of enlightenment” and “the other disillusioned ones”—essentially pitting one group against the other for “control of this nation”. You can’t simply categorize 330,000,000 people as either believers or non-believing Marxists and call that a race. This election coming up in November has so many more serious issues at stake! And, sure, public education as it has been managed over the decades is deeply flawed.
I don’t want to shock you, Dean, but there are many of us atheists who want the most of the same things you want for this country. My belief system doesn’t make me any less worthy of a place in this society than you occupy! I am a fiscal conservative. I hate seeing the government waste money. I support the president and others who want a civil society based on rule of law. I hate seeing the rights enjoyed by individuals being stolen away by liberal politicians thinking they know better than we do how to run our lives.
But not all politicians on the left are non-believers. In fact, I’ll wager that the majority of them believe in the same God that you do! So it’s not a matter of worshiping in a church or a synagogue or at all. Not that simple. The choice we have in November comes down to voting for the person who is qualified to ensure that every one us has the best shot at life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness as guaranteed by the Constitution.
I’m glad President Trump rebuilt the military, lowered taxes, rescued the economy, moved the embassy to Jerusalem, appointed conservatives to the courts, and alerted China to the fact that America won’t take their cr^p any more. I’m glad he speaks his mind (most of the time), and I truly believe he wants to see every person do well.
Lastly, I don’t believe PaulE said “…this battle depends on us (Jesus People) getting involved early…” He can speak very well for himself, but I don’t think he’d want to see me or you or anyone else sitting on the sidelines, waiting for someone else “to do the heavy lifting”. I am always grateful for having been born in the United States, I have a flag and a TRUMP bumper sticker on my truck, and I donate to President Trump regularly. I’m the one among all the siblings who sacrificed everything to care for my mother the last 8 years of her life. How does that make me dishonorable? So, let’s look at what really is at stake, shall we?
Kim, thank you for reading my comment and for taking time to respond. Your attempt to defend the atheist as a true conservative is courageous and I am sure you are a wonderful person. The underlying supposition to my written opinion is that Marxists are not afraid of atheists. Atheists may be outwardly moral and really wonderful people to be around but Marxists understand that, without God’s spirit motivating you, you are simply naive and not threat to them. I maintain it is the professing Christ followers in our midst who must get out of themselves and enter into the fight unfolding before us. It is a battle between light and darkness, good and evil, and ultimately played out between the saints of God and those who follow the Prince of this world.
True, Marxists are not afraid of atheists or of anyone else. Those who disagree with them and “follow their own drummer” will simply be bulldozed out of the way. Do I read you correctly, that Marxists consider atheists naive? Hmmm…was there a little condescending in your breakfast this morning? Please don’t think that I haven’t given this issue considerable thought. I was raised Catholic, but diverged when I couldn’t reconcile science and the church. One of them had to go. Is that naive?
But I still feel you’re dismissing the important point that each American, regardless of religion, contributes to our society, as a thread contributes to the fabric. Not all atheists are conservative, and not all “Jesus People” share your vision of our nation’s future. Not all atheists are moral human beings, and neither are all religious followers. That’s what is great about America; our “goodness” is determined by an individual’s deeds, not by the group he or she belongs to. Believing in God does not earn you extra credits.
You wrote, “I maintain it is the professing Christ followers in our midst who must get out of themselves…” So, where does that leave people like me? Should we just stand by on the sidelines and take what we get? Are we too “naive” to have a valid point? Don’t we have something valuable (such as a voice and a vote) to contribute, and don’t we also have the right to self-determination? Does my participation taint the system?
I don’t mean to belabor the point, but we “moral atheists” have been misinterpreted, pushed aside and reviled, and made to feel unworthy, clueless, and wicked. Not fair! Where does the Martin Luther King, Jr., “content of character” enter into the equation? Or The First Amendment?
I’ll close with your words: “Atheists may be outwardly moral and really wonderful people to be around…” Sorry, Dean, but I take exception to what you’re implying. And so do somewhere between 10% and 40% of your fellow Americans. We’re all in the same boat, like it or not; you need me and I need you. Thanks for listening.
Oh, and by the way, I did not cast the negative vote.
I agree. Thank you for speaking up!