It may be hard to accept that people and events from one decade can have such and impact for decades to come, but what I see today does not differ from what I saw and experienced during the 1960s. The 60s – The Shape of Things to Come
By J. D. Pendry
I don’t remember where we bought them. The little signs most every kid at Chicago’s Senn High School hung in their school lockers. Signs of the times mostly. Peace, love, stop the war. Mine was different. It declared Communism Sucks. It was my junior year of high school. My last before becoming a 16-year-old unskilled factory worker. That was my rebellion. My resistance. Probably not a wise choice, but I do that sometimes. March
to the beat of a different drum. For me, it worked out. I’d not recommend it as a way to set off on a career path. But everyone needs to set out on their own journey. It was worthwhile for me to have the realities of life smack a directionless somewhat bull-headed know it all teenager right in the kisser. With life’s bumps and bruises arriving at a torrid pace, you mature rather quickly.
I never did fit in with the flower child generation although the times kept me on the periphery of the hippie culture. People actually talked about the paradise of communism. Yes. No kidding. A utopian world. Exactly what every psychedelic drug user wanted. Jane Fonda had something to say about the topic. Yesterday’s Hollywood ideologically not much different from today’s.
I would think that if you understood what communism was, you would hope, you would pray on your knees that someday we would someday become communists. – Jane Fonda, 1970, Address to Michigan State University
I first saw that quote years ago. I always wanted to ask the North Vietnamese anti-aircraft gunner to whom exactly does a communist pray? I question because to be fully communist one must be fully Godless.“A young man or woman cannot be a Communist youth unless he or she is free of religious convictions. Religion is a kind of spiritual gin in which the slaves of capital drown their human shape and their claims to any decent human life.” Vladimir Lenin quoted in The Naked Communist: Exposing Communism and Restoring Freedom (Freedom in America) (Volume 2)
Vietnam War protestors often marched under the communist North Vietnamese flag. My brother made it home from that war, unwelcomed by his countrymen abandoned by his government, only to die years later from the ravages of Agent Orange. Even as a youngster I could not understand why Americans would gather beneath the flag of the enemy American Soldiers were fighting. From elementary school, I was taught about the evils of Communism. But that was in a West Virginia public school and not a sophisticated Chicago one.
This isn’t about Jane Fonda or Vietnam era war protestors. It’s about the culture shift that began in the 1960s and how so many misdirected youths came to embrace socialism and communism. I talked about the 60s effect a five part series The 60s – The Shape of Things to Come. Not only did the 60s
shape our current political and social environment, it also had lasting impact on our military. Take a look at Social Engineering and the Military. These 60s radicals, the shepherds not the sheep, made their way into politics and academia and are entrenched. They’ve influenced our government and school kids for decades. Fonda and compatriots like John Kerry and more politicians than you might imagine continue to influence the direction of our country.
Don’t misunderstand. Not every young person of the 60s enthused by the hippie culture was a Communist. They were part of a cultural movement that embraced the peace, love, pacifism, and communal living. Truthfully, most were sex, drugs, and rock and roll weekend hippies. They were kids like me. Immature and wandering. But the hardcore, professional activists had a lasting impact. And still do.
The Truth About Communism is a complete documentary on the rise of Communism in the former Soviet Union. It’s 2 hours long, so you’ll need to set aside time if you want to view it. It’s an educational opportunity well worth the time. At least, take a few minutes to hear the introduction. The film is narrated by a Ronald Reagan a strong anti-communist. Such a documentary would not be produced in our politically correct world. A world teaching young people about socialist, communist utopia.
I plucked one of my favorite books from the shelf: Reagan, In His Own Hand: The Writings of Ronald Reagan that Reveal His Revolutionary Vision for America It’s been awhile since I’ve thumbed through it. It’s a collection of notes hand written by Regan and used in his one-minute radio addresses. He had plenty to say about the evils of Communism. But I warn you. When you pick this book up, you’ll stay in it for a while. It’s quite prophetic. Reagan’s thoughts on communism were direct:
The ideological struggle dividing the world is between communism and our own belief in freedom to the greatest extent possible with an orderly society.
Mankind has survived all manner of evil diseases and plagues, but can it survive Communism?
Communism is neither an economic or political system – it is a form of insanity – a temporary aberration which will one day disappear from the earth because it is contrary to human nature. I wonder how much more misery it will cause before it disappears.
Nowadays, no one talks about the evils of Communism. They try to camouflage it under the progressive label. But no one I can recall, not any politician at least, talks about the evil and destructiveness of Communism. At one time in our history, Communism was taught and talked about as the enemy of freedom. American Soldiers fought wars to prevent the spread of it. President John F. Kennedy believed in containing the spread of Communism, the primary reason for committing the United States military to support the government of South Vietnam.
My mind is hard pressed to come up with any politician, Democrat or Republican, ready to talk about Communism. We’ve simply forgotten about the greatest evil on the planet. The reason for that? No one has the guts to be bloodied with the McCarthy bat and abandoned even by his own party.
Congressman Alan West believes there are Communists in Congress. Only they call themselves progressives. I’ve always held this as the reason he was chased out of Washington with little help from his Republican counterparts.
Trevor Loudon, author of a very informative bookTHE ENEMIES WITHIN: Communists, Socialists and Progressives in the U.S. Congress published on February 1, 2019 his list of socialists and communists in Congress. Evidence backing up his claims is available at Keywiki. The difference between Alan West and Trevor Loudon is that Progressive/Communist cabal cannot come together and rid themselves of Loudon. Which is the manner Communists operate. Just as the secret impeachment coup attempt now taking place.
Those of you who’ve had a government security clearance, well maybe in the past anyway, or even enlisted into the military have answered the question: Are you now or have you ever been a member of the Communist party? I’m not sure they do that anymore.
Do you really want to know about Communism? Should we not teach our school children about it? Have the ever heard of Marx, Engels, Stalin, Lenin, Mao, Castro, Khemer Rouge Killing Fields, the North Korean Kim clan. What we are doing is suicidal. Killing ourselves slowly. Death by a thousand cuts. One insignificant little freedom at a time. Communism kills.
In Washington, there is a pure Communist operation taking place. It began with a disinformation campaign. The Russia Collusion hoax. Now it’s moved on to the Ukrainian hoax, but with a decided new twist. Secret impeachment hearings where only one party is allowed to call witnesses and ask questions. You hear these shills declare they are protecting our democracy. That’s a load of crap. We do not have a democracy. We have a Constitutional Republic and it’s being destroyed by a Communist operation with origins inside our own intelligence agencies and government now including secret proceedings to remove a duly elected president. It’s a coup. Embraced by media. The people perpetrating this atrocity on Americans need to be run out of Washington. If there are any decent politicians left in our country they need to stand by their oaths and end this Communist charade by any means necessary.
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