“What? Didn’t communism end in Reagan’s day? What about the Berlin Wall?”
So went my train of thought.
“Surely, communism isn’t an issue in my day or in my country!”
Unfortunately, I was wrong. The existence of communist ideology, right here in our courts, capitols, and even down to your local public school, is not a dream. It’s a reality. Activist groups have disguised communism under the banner of “progressivism,” “collectivism,” “liberalism,” and other similar phrases, but the philosophy is all the same. Sadly, there are many who don’t realize how communist ideals have crept into the public forums, but, thanks to many wonderful patriots, Americans are beginning to see the danger we face.
But what exactly is communism?
The Russian communist leader, Vladimir Lenin, who was greatly influenced by Karl Marx, said, “The goal of socialism is communism.” John Strachey, author of The Theory and Practice of Socialism, also writes on this: “…it is impossible to establish communism as the immediate successor to capitalism. It is, accordingly, proposed to establish socialism as something which we can put in the place of our present decaying capitalism. Hence communists work for the establishment of socialism as a necessary transition on the road to communism.”
So, to understand communism, we must first understand socialism.
The Merriam-Webster dictionary provides this definition of “socialism”:
- any of various economic and political theories advocating collective or governmental ownership and administration of the means of production and distribution of goods.
YourDictionary explains socialism a little further:
- The term socialism refers to any system in which the production and distribution of goods and services is a shared responsibility of a group of people. Socialism is based upon economic and political theories that advocate for collectivism. In a state of socialism, there is no privately owned property.
That word “collectivism” means:
- the practice or principle of giving a group priority over each individual in it.
Examples of countries that identify as socialist would include China, Cuba, and North Korea; however, in practice, these countries operate as communist nations.
Note: while North Korea is called the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, Section 1, Article 1 of their constitution says: “The Democratic People’s Republic of Korea is an independent socialist state representing the interests of all the Korean people.”
In all of these countries, healthcare and education are entirely or almost entirely government-run. In socialist countries, regulation controls nearly everything, and in North Korea, even the distribution of food is controlled by the government.
According to Wikipedia, “Since the 1950s, a majority of North Koreans have received their food through the public distribution system (PDS). The PDS requires farmers in agricultural regions to hand over a portion of their production to the government and then reallocates the surplus to urban regions, which cannot grow their own foods. About 70% of the North Korean population, including the entire urban population, receives food through this government-run system.
“Before the floods, recipients were generally allotted 600-700 grams per day while high officials, military men, heavy laborers, and public security personnel were allotted slightly larger portions of 700-800 grams per day. As of 2013, the target average distribution was 573 grams of cereal equivalent per person per day, but varied according to age, occupation, and whether rations were received elsewhere (such as school meals).”
In short, socialism can be described in two words: big government. It is the opposite of capitalism, which is defined as “a social system based on the recognition of individual rights, including property rights, in which all property is privately owned.”
That is the biggest difference between socialism and capitalism–individualism vs. statism.
The Communist Plan
One of the patriots who has spoken out about the issue of communism in America is Curtis Bowers, a former legislator from Idaho, who traveled around the country to make a movie documenting his findings on this subject. Mr. Bowers had attended a meeting of the Communist Party USA in 1992, where he learned about their goals for moving towards a communist America.
First, to destroy the traditional family model, they wanted to promote co-habitation instead of marriage, get children away from parents — and into government programs — as early as possible, and foster discontentment among women by promoting feminism. Next, to destroy business, they got behind the environmental movement, believing this was the only way to bring about strict regulation. Lastly, to destroy religion and morality, they wanted to get Christians to accept homosexuality, thus removing traditional Christian beliefs from affecting the culture.
In an order to disclose the communist agenda, W. Cleon Skousen, in his book, The Naked Communist, laid out 45 goals of communists. Unfortunately, we will see that many of those goals have come to fruition with almost no opposition.
Here are several of those rules:
#16. Use technical decisions of the courts to weaken basic American institutions by claiming their activities violate civil rights.
#17. Get control of the schools. Use them as transmission belts for socialism and current Communist propaganda. Soften the curriculum. Get control of teachers’ associations. Put the party line in textbooks.
#20. Infiltrate the press. Get control of book-review assignments, editorial writing, policymaking positions.
#21. Gain control of key positions in radio, TV, and motion pictures.
#22. Continue discrediting American culture by degrading all forms of artistic expression. An American Communist cell was told to “eliminate all good sculpture from parks and buildings, substitute shapeless, awkward and meaningless forms.”
#23. Control art critics and directors of art museums. “Our plan is to promote ugliness, repulsive, meaningless art.”
#24. Eliminate all laws governing obscenity by calling them “censorship” and a violation of free speech and free press.
#25. Break down cultural standards of morality by promoting pornography and obscenity in books, magazines, motion pictures, radio, and TV.
#26. Present homosexuality, degeneracy and promiscuity as “normal, natural, healthy.”
#27. Infiltrate the churches and replace revealed religion with “social” religion. Discredit the Bible and emphasize the need for intellectual maturity which does not need a “religious crutch.”
#28. Eliminate prayer or any phase of religious expression in the schools on the ground that it violates the principle of “separation of church and state.”
#29. Discredit the American Constitution by calling it inadequate, old-fashioned, out of step with modern needs, a hindrance to cooperation between nations on a worldwide basis.
#40. Discredit the family as an institution. Encourage promiscuity and easy divorce.
#41. Emphasize the need to raise children away from the negative influence of parents. Attribute prejudices, mental blocks and retarding of children to suppressive influence of parents.
Here are some examples of the many changes that have taken place since the 1960s.
Traditional Marriage Covenant — Most agree that the divorce rate has reached as much as 40-50 percent of marriages. According to First Things First, as much as 60% of couples live together before marriage.
Feminism — About one-third of American women identify as a “feminist,” but an article from Huffington Post suggests that most women do align with the definition of a feminist, in that they believe that “men and women should be social, political, and economic equals.”
The environmental movements’ efforts have been strong since the 1960-70s, and we can see that the communist agenda is clearly taking effect from just this one phrase on Encyclopedia.com: “The flurry of federal environmental regulation resulted in part from the rise of a powerful environmental lobby. Environmental organizations continued to expand their ranks in the 1970s. Membership in the Sierra Club, for instance, rose from 113,000 in 1970 to 180,000 in 1980.” But, while President Reagan was in office, his conservative views and economic focus resulted in less focus on the environment. The environmental movement picked back up though, and has grown significantly even over the past decade. According to a article from Gallup published in 2014, “Americans are more likely to say protection of the environment should be given priority, even at the risk of curbing economic growth.”
Religion and Morality
Prayer was taken out of schools in 1962, the Bible was banned from schools in 1963, and the 10 Commandments were removed from schools in 1989.
Gay Marriage — From Wikipedia: “On June 26, 2015, the U.S. Supreme Court held in a 5–4 decision that the Fourteenth Amendment requires all states to grant same-sex marriages and recognize same-sex marriages granted in other states.”
What’s interesting to note is that while most Americans estimate that about 23% of the U.S. population are homosexual, according to a 2015 Gallup poll, only 3.8% of adults actually identify as homosexual. This Gallup poll also suggests that since 2002, the homosexual population has not increased very significantly, but general feelings and beliefs about homosexuality have changed significantly, moving from a less favorable opinion of homosexuality, to a more favorable one.
Communist Ideas In Congress
In April of 2012, Congressman Allen West said at a town hall meeting that he thought there were some House members that were affiliated with the Communist Party, and referenced the Congressional Progressive Caucus. An article from “Politifact” says they spoke with West’s spokeswoman, who told them “The congressman was referring to the 76 members of the Congressional Progressive Caucus. The Communist Party has publicly referred to the Progressive Caucus as its allies. The Progressive Caucus speaks for itself. These individuals certainly aren’t proponents of free markets or individual economic freedom.”
2016 Democratic presidential candidate and U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders, a self-proclaimed socialist, is also a member of the Congressional Progressive Caucus.
Communist Ideas In Education
What I have just laid out are just some of the examples of the socialist agenda that has infiltrated so much of America, but I believe the most frightening of it all is the fact that they are training the minds of the upcoming generations through the public school system.
“Give me four years to teach the children, and the seed which I have planted will never be uprooted.” – Vladimir Lenin
Robert Muller, the assistant Secretary General for the United Nations for 40 years, was called the “philosopher of the UN,” and was the creator of the World Core Curriculum. This was pushed by President George H. W. Bush in America as “America 2000,” which was renamed by President Bill Clinton as “Goals 2000,” which was then adjusted to become President George W. Bush’s “No Child Left Behind,” which was the driving force behind President Obama’s Common Core curriculum.
Bob Chanin worked for the National Education Association (NEA) for 41 years, and said the following at the NEA Convention in 2009:
“…NEA and its affiliates have been singled out because they are the most effective unions in the United States…and they are the nation’s leading advocates for public education, and the type of liberal, social, and economic agenda that these groups find unacceptable…It is not because we care about children, and it is not because we have a vision of a great public school for every child. NEA and its affiliates are effective advocates because we have power.”
The power that Mr. Chanin speaks of gives the public education system the influence needed to train the entire next generation in communist ideals.
“What is the big deal with all this?”, you may wonder.
The problem is that a socialist society doesn’t last, and creates a nation of slaves. Socialism creates dependency upon the government for everything. Think about it: when the government controls your business, they control what you can and cannot do and take a certain percentage of your profit; when they control healthcare, they control the quality of that care; when they control your education, they control what you learn. They control everything.
Not only do they control your life, history shows that the most murder of innocent people has happened under socialist governments. According to Quora, as much as 187 million people died in the twentieth century, and as much as 60 million of those deaths were a result of communist oppression. Hitler alone killed 11 million people in concentration camps. In modern-day North Korean labor camps, as many as four-hundred thousand have already been killed.
Communism never delivers the peace it promises; instead, is responsible for tens of millions of lives.
I hope you can see the immense danger we face. Communism didn’t die when the Berlin Wall fell; it simply changed from a violent revolution, to a subtle, yet successful, agenda to bring the free world down from within.
Do you remember the famous quote from Ronald Reagan in 1961, “Freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction”? So many know these words by heart as a very inspiring phrase. We already appreciate his words of wisdom, so I want us to think about them as a call to action for each American. Just as Ronald Reagan had to fight for freedom during his presidency, we have to fight for freedom right now — only in a different way. They’ve been building a type of wall right here, and we have to “tear down that wall!”