Think On: “Did you ever suspect that there are thousands upon thousands of revolutionaries who are daily and nightly planning and plotting to set a torch to this country? Spread enlightenment…[if] any of your workers have misconceptions concerning what Bolshevism really is, take time to explain matters.” B.C. FORBES, Forbes Magazine, March 22, 1919
Truth be told, Tumbleweed minored in history in college and has spent his lifetime reading and striving to especially experience and better understand U.S. history. As taught today, history has mostly fallen victim to the PC police, revisionist historians with political agendas, and their minions in academia and media.
All that is past qualifies as history, and it is little wonder that there are many points of view on so vast and complex a subject. From a historical view, today’s “resist” crowd is bush-league at best, a loud but ineffectual bunch of crybabies. It’s not enough to simply be “anti” something. They could take lessons from the resisters to Presidents like James Polk, Abraham Lincoln, Woodrow Wilson, Herbert Hoover, and Franklin Roosevelt to name a few. Let’s take a high-level look at an ongoing resist movement that affects our lives us to this day: Anti-Communism.
By now, most of us are aware that Communism and communism (little “c”) have amounted to a total failure wherever and whenever put into practice, having consistently devolved into totalitarian regimes with the deaths by violence and starvation of tens of millions of people. Few folks are aware of the huge campaigns by the Moscow Comintern to promote communism in the U.S. beginning with the 1917 establishment of the Bolshevik government in Russia and the efforts to fight back, to resist the Communist scourge. The Communists were experts at duping unsuspecting folks into following their movement, even having visitors tour “Potymkin Villages” in Russia where their citizens were paid to appear successful and happy. These became Vladimir Lenin ‘s “useful idiots/”
Anyone ever heard of A. Mitchell Palmer? Likely not. He was Attorney General under Woodrow Wilson back in 1920. His “Palmer Raids” – a series of extrajudicial roundups of supposed anarchists and communists – resulted in arrests of thousands of people across the country. This was serious resistance. Palmer aspired to the presidency, but great communist-promoted PR frustrated his bid.
Some folks may have heard of Senator Joseph McCarthy who famously sought in the 1950s to identify and purge what he saw as numerous Soviet Communist spies and sympathizers in our nation’s government, universities, film industry, and elsewhere. From him, we get the term “McCarthyism.” Horrified by his techniques and fearful of any success he might have, progressive liberals – ironically inspired by communist sympathizers – attacked McCarthy unmercifully as a demagogue. The Communists reconstituted as far left-wing secular progressives aiming to chip away freedoms and expand “big brother” government to gain control through infiltration and indoctrination. But McCarthy was a big-time resister.
Anyone remember “My vas pokhoronim!”? Those were the words in a 1956 speech by Soviet Chairman Nikita Kruschev. Translated: “We will bury you.” These words not only fed the aforementioned McCarthyism, but led to long-held paranoia within the U.S. Seemingly well-intended movements described as social justice, human rights, or social democrats pepper the history of the past century. Yet, few history books teach the high levels of subversive communication between the central Comintern in Moscow and the Communist Party USA over the past century aimed at in fact “burying” the United States. Ironically, the most effective resisters to Communism were liberals who were first duped into supporting communism and later became aware of having been duped and fought back.
Where’s Tumbleweed going with this? Look under the covers of the today’s so-called “Resist” movement, and you’ll find dozens of communistic and socialistic front organizations like Organizing for America, Black Lives Matter, and even the aforementioned CPUSA. Sadly, much of our population has insufficient knowledge of history to avoid repeating past mistakes. Thus, we are in danger of succumbing to an inexorable move toward a socialist state destined to fail for lack of scalability and then devolve into communism and then – when all freedoms are stolen – totalitarianism. The grossly inadequate teaching of history in our education system coupled with widely-duped media and sycophantic politicians has left a huge segment of our population susceptible to being duped by movements like Resist. Just sayin’.