Song Lyrics in Retrospect

School taught one and one is two.
But right now, that answer just ain't true.1

Now if 6 turned out to be 9,
I don't mind, I don't mind...2

Red is grey and yellow white,
But we decide which is right
And which is an illusion.3

The west is the best
Get here, and we'll do the rest4
For the times they are a-changin'.5
Ev'rywhere I hear the sound of marching, charging feet, boy
'Cause summer's here and the time is right for fighting
in the street boy6

We'll be fighting in the streets...
And the morals that they worship will be gone7

Your ballroom days are over, baby
Night is drawing near8

Your old road is
Rapidly agin'9

Things they do look awful c-c-cold (Talkin' 'bout my generation)
I hope I die before I get old (Talkin' 'bout my generation)
Why don't you all f-fade away (Talkin' 'bout my generation)
And don't try to dig what we all s-s-say (Talkin' 'bout my generation)10

Television children fed11

And all the children are insane
All the children are insane12

The order is
Rapidly fadin'13

The old get old
And the young get stronger...
Gonna win, yeah
We're takin' over
Come on!14

Hey! Think the time is right for a Palace Revolution
But where I live the game to play is Compromise Solution!
Hey! Said my name is called Disturbance
I'll shout and scream, I'll kill the King I'll rail at all his servants15

There's a battle outside
And it is ragin'
It'll soon shake your windows
And rattle your walls...16
For the times they are a-changin'.17
I heard some of you got your families, living in
cages tall & cold,
And some just stay there and dust away, past the
age of old.18

Well I asked my friend where is that black smoke comin' from
He just coughed and changed the subject and
said oh wa I think it might snow some...
Look at the sky turn a hell fire red Lord
Somebody's house is burning down down, down down19

...and the smell of a world that has burned.20

I said the truth is straight ahead so don't burn yourself instead
Try to learn instead of burn, hear what I say, yeah, yeah.21

Blood in the streets in the town of Chicago22

Save our city, save our city
Right now23

They're going to destroy
Our casual joys
We shall go on playing
Or find a new town24
For the times they are a-changin'.25
Cancel my subscription to the Resurrection26

The gate is straight
Deep and wide27

Bodies confused
Memories misused28

The future's uncertain, and the end is always near29

Save us!
Jesus!
Save us!30
For the times they are a-changin'.31
Come senators, congressmen
Please heed the call
Don't stand in the doorway
Don't block up the hall32

I'll tip my hat to the new constitution
Take a bow for the new revolution33

And I come back to find the stars misplaced34

Blood will be born in the birth of a nation35

Mother, should I trust the government?36

Its leaders were supposed to serve the country
But now they won't pay it no mind37

Mother, should I run for president?38
When the music's over
Turn out the lights39

Reason has been raptured—we were forewarned!


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  1. “Ride My See Saw,” The Moody Blues, In Search of the Lost Chord, 1968. 

  2. “If 6 Was 9,” The Jimi Hendrix Experience, Axis: Bold as Love, 1967. 

  3. “Late Lament,” The Moody Blues, Days of Future Passed, 1967. 

  4. “The End,” The Doors, The Doors, 1967. 

  5. “The Times They Are A-Changin’,” Bob Dylan, The Times They Are A-Changin’, 1964. 

  6. “Street Fighting Man,” The Rolling Stones, Beggar’s Banquet, 1968. 

  7. “Won’t Get Fooled Again,” The Who, Who’s Next, 1971. 

  8. “Five to One,” The Doors, Waiting for the Sun, 1968. 

  9. “The Times They Are A-Changin’,” Dylan. 

  10. “My Generation,” The Who, The Who Sings My Generation, 1965. 

  11. “Unknown Soldier,” Doors. 

  12. “The End,” Doors. 

  13. “The Times They Are A-Changin’,” Dylan. 

  14. “Five to One,” Doors. 

  15. “Street Fighting Man,” Stones. 

  16. “The Times They Are A-Changin’,” Dylan. 

  17. Ibid. 

  18. “Up from the Skies,” Hendrix. 

  19. “House Burning Down,” The Jimi Hendrix Experience, Electric Ladyland, 1968. 

  20. “Up from the Skies,” Hendrix. 

  21. “House Burning Down,” Hendrix. 

  22. “Peace Frog,” The Doors, Morrison Hotel, 1970. 

  23. “Roadhouse Blues,” Doors. 

  24. “Strange Days,” The Doors, Strange Days, 1967. 

  25. “The Times They Are A-Changin’,” Dylan. 

  26. “When the Music’s Over,” Doors. 

  27. “Break on Through (To the Other Side),” Doors. 

  28. “Strange Days,” Doors. 

  29. “Roadhouse Blues,” Doors. 

  30. “When the Music’s Over,” Doors. 

  31. “The Times They Are A-Changin’,” Dylan. 

  32. Ibid. 

  33. “Won’t Get Fooled Again,” The Who. 

  34. “Up from the Skies,” Hendrix. 

  35. “Peace Frog,” Doors. 

  36. “Mother,” Pink Floyd, The Wall, 1979. 

  37. “Monster,” Steppenwolf, Monster, 1969. 

  38. “Mother,” Pink Floyd. 

  39. “When the Music’s Over,” Doors. 

Election Season Obfuscations

An unlikely former FLOTUS recently proclaimed “Donald Trump is the wrong president for America…It is what it is” or is it…

According to the US Census bureau, about 2.5 million people die in the U.S. every year from all causes. So, where’s the outrage over that? Why don’t we lock down the entire country to keep people safe and to keep them from dying? Well, maybe it’s because the government doesn’t decide who lives and who dies…well, not yet at least. I wonder how many unsuspecting people died from walking on dry sand instead of wet sand in Los Angeles?

I posed a somewhat rhetorical question in a previous blog post that asked what the difference was between the H2N2 virus during the 1968-1969 flu season and today’s COVID-19 pandemic? Well the answer is simple, Lyndon B. Johnson was president and he wasn’t a republican. During the H2N2 outbreak, you either got the flu and lived or you got the flu and died. However now, during the current COVID-19 pandemic, if people test positive without even having any symptoms it’s a national crisis.

Even though I don’t have any documentary evidence to back up my position, nevertheless, I believe Dr. Anthony Fauci is a democrat at best and a fascist at worst. This guy is supposed to be an infectious disease expert and the best advice he can give is for us to wash our hands and social distance. My grandmother knew about those things a hundred years ago and she immigrated from Poland.

If Dr. Fauci had his way, everyone would be walking around like Scuba divers on dry land.

I remember long, long ago our family used to make many trips to the Jersey shore from our home in Bound Brook, NJ. On some occasions, my father would take Rt. 18 through New Brunswick instead of using the Garden State Parkway. While driving through Old Bridge during the coldest winter months, we would marvel at residents of a Jewish retirement home, many of whom were sitting outside in the sun all bundled up. They had the common sense of the Old World and understood that fresh air and sunshine were necessary for maintaining health which precluded wearing masks and being locked down in their rooms for months at a time.

Whenever I see Dr. Birx, an Obama nominee, on TV news videos, I think of white privilege.

The new Pandemic Lexicon for the New Normal: “harmful misinformation,” “stay safe and healthy,” “economic intercourse,” “core morbidities,” “lockdown,” “flatten the curve,” “stay at home,” “quarantine,” “social distancing,” “shelter in place.”

Wearing something other than a 3M 8511 N95 Respirator Mask around other people carrying the virus is analogous to having sex without a condom.

Every weather event is an historic event. This coming November, the perfect storm will be named Biden, Bernie, and Ocasio.

I remember seeing two ads on a news feed, one ad criticizing President Trump for wanting to open the economy and very close to it, a second ad showing the jobless claims.

Whenever I hear a certain section of the electorate, in particular suburban white educated women, say things like, “We need a leader who will unite the country,” I have to wonder if they really believe what they are saying. Do they mean we need a leader like Abraham Lincoln? Technically, Lincoln united the country through a civil war but did he really unite the people? I think not since unity = conformity and now as then, neither side has any desire to conform.

Treason <- Treachery <- Leaking.

Absentee Ballots ≠ Mail-in Ballots.

Electing Donald Trump to a second term would be like instituting a national lockdown to eradicate a virus pandemic; the only thing either would accomplish would be to postpone the inevitable.

Einstein once said, “If you want different results, do not do the same things.” Yet, we still see people who live in cities under siege by Bolshevik mobs continue to vote democratic candidates into office who not only condone but encourage the violence and lawlessness. Go figure. People get what they deserve and deserve what they get.

I’ve never seen a United States Congress in my lifetime fight so hard for the rights of foreigners at the expense of United States citizens.

It’s been said that “there’s no vaccine for stupidity,” however after listening to democrats for the past four years you could say that “there’s no vaccine for hypocrisy” either.

The fools who bow the knee to anarchists and insurgents so that they might be spared the wrath of the woke mob will surely bow the knee to the beast.

It was also given to him to make war with the saints and to overcome them, and authority over every tribe and people and tongue and nation was given to him.

All who dwell on the earth will worship him, everyone whose name has not been written from the foundation of the world in the book of life of the Lamb who has been slain.

Rev. 13:7-8 NASB

South Korea is a surveillance state. They have over a million closed-circuit television cameras installed throughout the country. Not only that, there is a significant police presence especially in Seoul and other larger cities. In addition, many cars sold in South Korea have black boxes installed. Yet, for the most part, the Koreans are okay with being tracked by their government. I wonder why that is? Could it be that South Koreans have a sense of patriotism and respect for their culture? Or, maybe they have more trust in their government than we have in ours here in the U.S.

Recently, Biden chose Kamala Harris, a 4% candidate, for his running mate. Come on, man it’s pronounced Komma-la not Ko-mala. Okay, I got it. Now here we have a political party that despises old white men, picking an old white guy as their presidential candidate. And who does the old white guy pick as his running mate? He picks the person who cleaned his clock during the presidential debates. “I’m not joking.” “It was a debate!” You can’t make this stuff up. I don’t know about you, but when I see Biden and Harris together…the optics just don’t seem right.

Biden is the Trojan Horse and Kamala along with the entire Sanders camp are the Greeks. And if that’s the case, will you still vote the Harris-Biden ticket?

Speaking of candidates of color, until Herman Cain was convicted of committing the unpardonable sin during the 2012 presidential race, I was a “honky for Herman.”

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo sent European Virus-positive patients back to nursing homes, effectively euthanizing over 6,000 elderly residents while the Navy hospital ship Comfort sat unused in New York City.

If Trump had only done [ fill in the blank ] then no one would have died from COVID-19 and no one would have lost their job.

Trump Derangement Syndrome is nothing more than penis envy.

There’s a conspiracy theory floating around that was conjured up by future Pulitzer Prize winning journalists that Donald Trump will not leave the White House voluntarily if he loses the 2020 election. One particularly unbiased commentator on a particularly unbiased network claimed that the military would need to be called in to remove Trump from office on Inauguration Day. Roger that…Hooah! But I have a better theory. I think Trump should leave the White House quietly without fanfare soon before the inauguration. Why give credibility to the incoming socialists. Then, sometime before the haters are sworn in and before the inauguration speech, Trump should hold a news conference with Melania from Mar-a-Lago in Palm Beach, FL to say goodbye and to thank all his supporters.

sarcasm
[ˈsärˌkazəm]
NOUN
the use of irony to mock or convey contempt.

P.S. I was pretty tough on Sen. Ted Cruz in many of my posts during the runup to the 2016 election. I admit I misjudged his character and I offer this apology. Sen. Cruz has since been a steadfast defender of the president’s agenda and conservative principles unlike many other so-called republicans. I suppose at the time I was as unacquainted with Sen. Cruz as he was of Trump.

I was also justifiably tough on civil rights attorney Leo Terrell. Terrell, a frequent guest on Fox News talk shows, had the annoying habit of filibustering other guests with whom he disagreed. He also had a habit of talking over the host. But that was then, now Leo Terrell, known as “Leo 2.0” on Fox News, is an ardent supporter of republicans and Donald Trump. He is just as passionate now as he was then, but now he is respectful of other guests and hosts. If you don’t believe what I’m saying, watch any current interview with Terrell and then watch an interview with Christopher Hahn…the contrast couldn’t be more obvious.

The New Communism—Without Religion or God

Bob Avakian in all his talks and writings continues to promote the new communism as the emancipator of humanity. Without religion or God, Avakian attempts to persuade the masses to put their faith in the scientific method and dialectical materialism for their salvation, not in the hereafter but in the here and now.

In his book entitled, Away with All Gods! Avakian argues that God, as revealed in the Bible, doesn’t exist because how can a loving, all powerful god allow tragedies and suffering to afflict mankind? Avakian also states that if such a god existed, “it would be a cruel, vicious, sick, twisted, and truly monstrous god”1 [emphasis added] that no “sane and decent”2 person would want to follow or worship. This is the age-old argument that every atheist and agnostic has used to attack God and the People of the Book.

On the other hand, Christians of all denominations have struggled with the problem of how to reconcile the fact that God seems to allow human suffering while at the same time professing to love His creation. Apologetics, as a branch of theology, has attempted to reconcile these two apparent mutually exclusive aspects of God’s character. However, what most pundits fail to factor into the equation is the holiness of God. It’s not surprising since we, as the Church, have largely fallen away from realizing God’s holiness because we are too caught up by the world system; we are more of the world than we are in the world.

Even so, Avakian is clever enough to use an obscure incident from the Old Testament book of 2 Samuel 24 to convince his readers of how monstrous God really is.3 Avakian was obviously aware that most people, including Christians, wouldn’t be familiar with the particular verses in 2 Samuel which would make it easier for him to catch his readers off guard. The incident that Avakian is pointing out is where David was incited to conduct a census because of God’s anger against Israel in order to force God’s hand. The back reference for 2 Samuel 24 is in Exodus.

The LORD also spoke to Moses, saying,

When you take a census of the sons of Israel to number them, then each one of them shall give a ransom for himself to the LORD, when you number them, so that there will be no plague among them when you number them. (Exod. 30:11-12, NASB)

Everyone who is numbered, from twenty years old and over, shall give the contribution to the LORD.

The rich shall not pay more and the poor shall not pay less than the half shekel, when you give the contribution to the LORD to make atonement for yourselves. (Exod. 30:14-15)

David was fully aware that if he conducted the census without collecting the required ransom or contribution from the people as God commanded in Exodus, God would be forced to send a plague as a judgement upon Israel.

In 1966, John Lennon made the following remark concerning the Beatles, “We’re more popular than Jesus…” Lennon wasn’t being idealistic when he made that remark, he was basing it more on dialectical materialism. However, in today’s political climate, Hitler has replaced Jesus in popularity. In this respect, Avakian was ahead of the curve because in his book published in 2008, he wasted no time accusing Christian fundamentalists as being Christian fascists and associating them with Hitler.4

It’s interesting that whenever a left-wing extremist accuses someone or something as being fascist, they always bring up Hitler, not Mussolini—the father of fascism. I wonder why that is? Could it be that it would be embarrassing if people knew that Charles Lindbergh and Joseph Kennedy, among others were fascist sympathizers,5 and that Columbia University’s Casa Italiana was once controlled by Mussolini supporters?6 Fascism is statism, and communism is emancipation. Fascist economic systems are corporatist, but in communist society, there are no classes in that the proletariat owns everything which really means no one owns anything.

Avakian makes a valid point when he accuses hypocritical fundamentalist Christian fascists of insisting that people obey the Ten Commandments while otherwise ignoring other aspects of the Mosaic Law. Avakian labels this tendency as “Salad Bar”7 Christianity. Rightly so, since not only are the Ten Commandments still in effect, but the entire Law as given in the Old Testament of the Bible is still in effect—forever.

The secret things belong to the LORD our God, but the things revealed belong to us and to our sons forever, that we may observe all the words of this law. (Deut. 29:29) [emphasis added]

Jesus Himself affirms the Law, as given in the Old Testament, is still in effect.

Do not think that I came to abolish the Law or the Prophets; I did not come to abolish but to fulfill.

For truly I say to you, until heaven and earth pass away, not the smallest letter or stroke shall pass from the Law until all is accomplished. (Matt. 5:17-18)

As a “Salad Bar” Christian myself, I usually pass on the salad and go straight for the strong meat. (Heb. 5:12 GenevaBible)

Avakian deviates from his tactic of misinterpreting obscure Scripture verses such as 2 Samuel to attack God and Christianity directly using Darwin’s theory of evolution and the scientific method. Avakian repeats all the typical progressive talking points used to defend evolution such as, “evolution has for some time been a settled question.”8 Evolution is a settled question like the Big Bang theory is a settled question. Like it or not, organic evolution like the Big Bang theory are examples of historical science, not operational science.9

In his book, Away with All Gods! Avakian bases a significant portion of his objections to the Bible by presenting the viewpoints of Bart D. Ehrman, Chairman of the Religious Studies Department at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.10 Avakian is quick to point out Ehrman’s authoritative credentials since Ehrman is himself a former evangelical fundamentalist.11

Ehrman zeroes in on many accusations and criticisms of the Bible but I’ve decided not to address each of those criticisms and accusations individually, but instead, I’ve provided excerpts from Tom V. Taylor’s class handouts from a Bible history course I took at Biblical Theological Seminary in 1991. The following excerpts provide answers, either directly or in some cases indirectly, for many of the questions people have concerning our English Bible.

None of the original manuscripts survive and if they did men would worship them instead of the Lord. We feel the Lord has been pleased to give us very good copies…it is a technical study, but very good copies.

The work of translation is hard work because no two languages have identical vocabularies…and few even have identical alphabets…In addition many languages did not have some of the word ideas that are in the Bible (like redemption) and translators had to assess what speech idiom in a language would make this meaningful to the people of that place.

(Note: we do not change the Bible we change the translation of it…the rendering of it…to meet new concepts and societies.)

That is the beauty of the Bible. God gave us a book of truth that retains its character and meaning for life in spite of the many translations…these helping to make the biblical message relevant and meaningful from age to age.

The Word of God is the inscripturated message, not the individual translation. We may apply the term to any translation in a general sense because it contains the inscripturated message but if someone says well…’Did God actually write these words?’ the answer is ‘No, these are the words into which the God breathed message has been put by men for the people of their language and culture.’ They should be careful, of course, but they were not working under inspiration (technical inspiration of 2 Timothy 3:16) and are simply doing the best they can to serve God and His people.

It is also true that some heretics have translated the Bible and changed its basic thrust at some points to support their teachings. Naturally we are not going to endorse any such works but it is surprising that even in some of these books the inscripturated message of salvation and grace can still be seen.

The bottom line is that only the original manuscripts were “inspired” or God breathed. But what about “inerrancy,” i.e., nothing contrary to fact and “infallibility,” i.e., incapable of teaching error. If there are any errors in a Bible translation, they are due to “translation or an insufficient current body of knowledge,”12 as Taylor’s class handouts have implied. And according to the Ligonier Ministries’ website, “We can have inerrancy without infallibility, but we cannot have infallibility without inerrancy.”13

Practically speaking, whether or not our current Bible translations are infallible or incapable of teaching error, is dependent on whether or not the translators were working from an agenda. That is, if the translators were faithful to the best available manuscripts then the results of their efforts would be infallible but still not technically inerrant, again, as Taylor seems to imply from his class handouts. Nevertheless, “through the process of textual criticism, we can recover the original wording of the manuscripts with a high degree of certainty.”14

Slavery was abolished in the United States on December 18, 1865, but if you listen to Avakian you would think that slavery is still being practiced in America and that God, the Bible, and Christianity are responsible. Contrary to the nonsense that Avakian is peddling, nowhere in the Bible is slavery encouraged or promoted. The Bible references slavery because the practice was widespread during the times in which the books of the Bible were written. As a matter of fact, the Bible gives strict guidance on how masters were to treat their slaves and how slaves where to behave towards their masters. Slaves were not without rights in the Scripture as revealed in the following verses: Exod. 21:2, 21:20, 21:27, 23:12; Deut. 23:15-16; and Prov. 30:10.

In Matt. 8:9, Jesus heals the centurion’s servant or slave.

And then there’s the story of the runaway slave Onesimus who was ministering to Paul in prison and whom Paul sent back to his master with a letter. In the letter, Paul writes:

For perhaps he was for this reason separated from you for a while, that you would have him back forever,

no longer as a slave, but more than a slave, a beloved brother, especially to me, but how much more to you, both in the flesh and in the Lord.

If then you regard me a partner, accept him as you would me. (Philem. 1:15-17 NASB)

Jesus makes frequent use of the master/slave relationship in many of His parables as an analogy for the type of relationship He desires between Himself and His followers. (Matt. 24-25)

Since Avakian has irrefutably discredited God, the Bible, and Christianity, there is no reason to debate unchangeable human nature since it doesn’t exist according to Avakian.15 He further asserts that all the conflicts, tragedies, and injustices that have occurred in human history are all a result of the “system.”16 If you remove the spiritual dimension from human beings, then humans are no more than cogs in the machine. Okay, so were John Mauchly and Presper Eckert, the actual inventors of the world’s first digital electronic computer, cogs in the machine? Or how about William Shockley, John Bardeen, and Walter Houser Brattain, the inventors of the transistor, were they just cogs in a machine? I could go on but you see my point. The capitalist system, which communists hate so much, is responsible for bringing about all the major innovations that the world now takes for granted. Would these innovations been possible under a system that promotes a “do as you’re told” work ethic?

Avakian, along with all other good communists, would like you to believe that God, the Bible, and Christians are all against science. Well, I doubt that Avakian is familiar with Donald E. Knuth, computer scientist, mathematician, and professor emeritus at Stanford University who is most famous for his The Art of Computer Programming multi-volume book series. In addition to his computer science and mathematics writings, Knuth is also a student and teacher of the Scriptures. He has written a book, 3:16 Bible Texts Illuminated that is the result of his unique Bible study approach which he describes as “stratified sampling.”17 By using this mathematical principle, Knuth believed that “A large body of information can be comprehended reasonably well by studying more or less random portions of the data.”18

As a result, Knuth ‘randomly’ decided on Chapter 3, verse 16 from each book of the Bible given that John 3:16 is so well known and because he felt it would be easier for his class to remember.19 After allowing for books that don’t have 16 verses in Chapter 3 and for books that don’t even have a Chapter 3, Knuth arrived at 59 instances of the 3:16 rule.20 In addition, Knuth decided to provide his own translation for each of the selected verses even though he isn’t a Greek or Hebrew scholar.21 Considering the translations, commentary, and calligraphy, I think the results were impressive, particularly John 3:16 as follows (minus the calligraphic flourish):

Yes, God loved the world so much that He gave His only child, so that all people with faith in Him can escape destruction and live forever.22

 


  1. Bob Avakian, Away with All Gods!, (Insight Press, Chicago, 2008), 6. 

  2. Ibid., 6. 

  3. Ibid., 4-5. 

  4. Ibid., 16. 

  5. Gerard Sczepura, “American Fascism,” Theological Ruminations (blog), August 21, 2017,  https://gerardsczepura.com/myblog/american-fascism/

  6. Ibid. 

  7. Avakian, Away With all Gods!, 32. 

  8. Ibid., 44. 

  9. “’Evolution Is a Fact.’ Argument 1,” Answers In Genesis, October 17, 2017, https://answersingenesis.org/theory-of-evolution/evolution-is-a-fact/

  10. Avakian, Away With all Gods!, 61. 

  11. Ibid. 

  12. “Inerrancy vs Infallibility: A Theological Primer,” We Talk of Holy Things, accessed April 02, 2020, http://www.wetalkofholythings.com/2013/03/inerrancy-vs-infallibility-theological.html

  13. “Infallibility and Inerrancy,” Ligonier Ministries, accessed April 02, 2020, https://www.ligonier.org/learn/devotionals/infallibility-and-inerrancy/

  14. Ibid. 

  15. Avakian, Away With all Gods!, 226. 

  16. Ibid. 

  17. Donald E. Knuth, 3:16 Bible Texts Illuminated, (Madison, Wisconsin, A-R Editions, Inc., 1991), 3. 

  18. Ibid. 

  19. Ibid., 5. 

  20. Ibid., 7. 

  21. Ibid., 8. 

  22. Ibid., 171. 

The New Communism—The Architect

You Americans are so gullible. No, you won’t accept communism outright, but we’ll keep feeding you small doses of socialism until you’ll finally wake up and find you already have communism…

Nikita Khrushchev

From each according to his ability, to each according to his needs

Karl Marx

In the late Twenties, when I was a sophomore at USC, I was a socialist myself—but not when I left. The average college kid idealistically wishes everybody could have ice cream and cake for every meal. But as he gets older and gives more thought to his and his fellow man’s responsibilities, he finds that it can’t work out that way—that some people just won’t carry their load…

John Wayne

Well, this is my third installment in a series on “The New Communism,” but I haven’t really given a definition of the subject so here is my short answer, it’s just more of the same ol’ same ol’ but my long answer is in the remainder of this installment.

This concept of a new communism is the result of the efforts of Bob Avakian to arrive at a new synthesis of communist theory. The New Communism, also known as Avakian Communism, is a new synthesis grounded in the scientific method of understanding reality known as dialectical materialism.

In communist philosophy, all understanding of the world is based on objective reality or material reality. Therefore, it follows that communists believe “that all of reality, all of existence, is made up of material reality and nothing else.”1 [emphasis added] But Avakian has abridged Marx and Engel’s dialectical materialism by removing any relationship with the spiritual or dependence on faith. In other words, there is no room whatsoever for God or any of the other gods in Avakian’s new communist utopia. Avakian continues arguing for communism as a science based on the understanding that “reality is not static”2 and that “Reality is made up of contradiction.”3

It is not ‘totalitarian’ to say that there is objective reality, that we can engage it and we can transform it. We can learn about it, and, yes, keep on learning, and keep on refining what we’ve learned, and maybe even discard some things. But there is an accumulation of knowledge by proceeding in this kind of way, with this kind of method and approach.4

It’s interesting to point out that the favorite catch phrase climate alarmists use to defend their position against “climate doubters” is that the “science is settled” which, in fact, contradicts the scientific method. Avakian is clever enough to avoid using the term, “climate” outright in his diatribe against capitalism but he nevertheless insinuates capitalism is the cause of climate change when he argues that the current economic system needs to be “transformed”5 so that we don’t “further destroy the potential for human life.“6

We are five days away from fundamentally transforming the United States of America.

Barack Obama, October 30, 2008

Progressives, socialists, communists…Avakian believe society can’t advance (progress) under the current economic system. Avakian tries to convince the reader that “socialist society is a dynamic society, in transition, that has to go forward to the complete achievement of communism…”7 Okay, let’s experiment a little and try to apply the scientific method to the discussion of communism as put forward by Avakian in his statement on objective reality above. Given that socialist society is constantly changing and evolving, how does Avakian know that communism would be the ultimate goal? What if the progression towards socialism, then communism, eventually takes you back to capitalism? Hasn’t this outcome already been demonstrated? And, if somehow you do happen to arrive at the “complete achievement of communism,”8 what then?

Okay, so what is the bottom line here with this new synthesis of communism? I believe what Avakian has tried to do in his 424-page book is to say that the scientific method as applied to communism is the realization that reality is comprised of contradiction and motion9 along with the acceptance of the new leadership that has brought this about, i.e., Avakian himself. I believe everyone understands the concept of reality in motion, but what are the contradictions?

Avakian is dogmatic in his insistence that in order for anyone to be a real communist, that person must be a Maoist, “You’re a communist, you’re with Mao. That’s it, baby.”10 Avakian is adamant in his belief that in order for anyone to call themselves a communist they need to follow Mao.11 He defends his position by applying the principles of material reality to Mao’s understanding of communism. That is, Mao believed that since socialist society is a dynamic society, in transition, there will continue to be class struggle, that is, the struggle between the proletariat and the bourgeoise; and between capitalism and socialism;” and that this “assumed a concentrated expression within the communist party itself…”12 Mao recognized that within the communist party there will be revisionist elements and those desiring to go back down the capitalist road. Mao considered Deng Xiaoping a “capitalist roader.”

In Avakian’s mind, the United States is a capitalist-imperialist society. I use the term “society” because Avakian doesn’t believe in sovereign nations or nation states. Avakian’s Revolutionary Communist Party (RCP) is targeting the entire world not just the U.S. for revolution, but the revolution needs to start here, in the U.S.

Was it a coincidence that American essayist, poet, and philosopher Henry David Thoreau published his essay “Civil Disobedience” only one year after Marx and Engels published their Communist Manifesto in 1848?

The mass of men lead lives of quiet desperation. What is called resignation is confirmed desperation…A stereotyped but unconscious despair is concealed even under what are called the games and amusements of mankind. There is no play in them, for this comes after work. But it is a characteristic of wisdom not to do desperate things…

Henry David Thoreau, Civil Disobedience and Other Essays

I’ve read Thoreau in college but I don’t remember being taught or told that Thoreau was a revolutionary, but the above quote has a very Marxian ring to it. Thoreau used the phrase “mass of men” and Marx used the term “people” or “masses.” The notion that the mass of men are leading lives of quiet desperation seems to imply that they are being oppressed, a theme not overlooked by Avakian. For Marx, the oppressors were the bourgeois owners of the means of production and for Thoreau the oppressor was or could be the government.

Things do not change; we change.

Henry David Thoreau, Walden

Thoreau breaks with Marxian philosophy and dialectical materialism which proposes that reality is only material and in a constant state of transition. Thoreau, being a New England Transcendentalist, conformed to an idealistic system of thought that rejects the notion that all existence is made up of only material reality.

Avakian is a revolutionary communist, so what is his strategy for achieving the revolution? Avakian’s strategy for revolution is based on Mao’s strategy for resisting the Japanese during their occupation of China during World War II which is “hastening while awaiting.”13

The hastening involves the preparation of the vanguard for revolution. The vanguard being the ones who will be making the sacrifices, i.e., the ones who will be doing the dying. The vanguard is easy to identify, it consists of the members of Antifa and Black Lives Matter along with radicalized college students and those in the Me Too and feminist movements. Let’s not forget those individuals and companies supporting The Resistance, those within the Never Trump movement, and the evangelists for the revolution in the mainstream media and their enablers in the Democratic Party who are spewing out propaganda 24/7. I’m being overly polite here.

So, what about the awaiting? Avakian says that “You have to have the right conditions, the necessary conditions,”14 in order for the revolution to be successful. But what are these conditions? Well, I have a few theories. First of all, the masses need to be convinced that any form of socialism is preferred over free-market capitalism. The second is through a breakdown in law and order so that society starts to go adrift. And thirdly, last but not least, is the confiscation of firearms from law abiding citizens. Do you really think that the 16 million AR-15s and AKs that could be confiscated in the U.S. would be sent to the crusher? No, I believe that a Federal government firearms confiscation initiative would be nothing more than a redistribution of armaments from those that don’t or won’t support the revolution to those that do.

I have the hardcover version of Bob Avakian’s book, The New Communism, but I also downloaded a PDF version from the REVCOM.US website and I discovered that the word “exploitation” appears 133 times in the text and that the word “oppression” appears 56 times, and “emancipation” appears 51 times. So, what does humanity need to be emancipated from? According to Avakian, it’s capitalism and America’s Christian heritage—a topic which I’ll address in Part 4 of this series.

But what is the nature of all the “horrors”15 and “horrendous outrages”16 that the masses are forced to endure according to Avakian? While he doesn’t really elaborate on those things, it wouldn’t be all that difficult to infer what they might be.

Avakian’s Revolutionary Communist Party seems to believe that all of humanity needs to be emancipated from the following:

  • Capitalism
  • Religions
  • Police/Military
  • Private Property
  • Free Speech
  • Individualism
  • Sovereign States
  • Traditional Family and Social Structures
  • Currency

You get the picture. Of course, none of this is really new, all these things have been under attack by the progressives since the 1960s at least. Back then, the radicals were all for free speech because political correctness and revisionist history weren’t being taught in colleges and universities, but that has been completely reversed on today’s college campuses.

“Never let a good crisis go to waste.” The current COVID-19 pandemic panic is a perfect example. I’ve lived through many flu outbreaks and pandemics in my lifetime: H2N2, Influenza A/B, H3N2, H5N1, and H1N1. During the H2N2 outbreak during the 1968-1969 flu season there were approximately 100,000 deaths in the U.S. I graduated high-school in 1968 and I don’t remember anyone really being concerned at all; life went on as usual. But today, there have been 276 deaths from COVID-19 and the entire country is shut down. What’s different?

Don’t be deceived. The last thing The Resistance wants is for the economy to recover before the 2020 Presidential Election. Let’s hope that Remdesivir, chloroquine/hydroxychloroquine, and other drugs don’t prove to be effective treatments for COVID-19 so that the panic continues, the country stays in lockdown, and the economy continues to tank. Otherwise…well you know what will happen.

Maybe The New York Times is correct, maybe this really is the “Trumpvirus.”


  1. Bob Avakian, The New Communism, (Insight Press, Chicago, 2016), 40. 

  2. Ibid., 45. 

  3. Ibid. 

  4. Ibid., 95. 

  5. Ibid., 156. 

  6. Ibid., 90. 

  7. Ibid., 86. 

  8. Ibid. 

  9. Ibid., 92. 

  10. Ibid., 87. 

  11. Ibid. 

  12. Ibid., 86. 

  13. Ibid., 193. 

  14. Ibid., 198. 

  15. Ibid., 9. 

  16. Ibid. 

The New Communism—The Influencers

This morning while starting to write this post, I happened to notice the following news headline on my iPhone:

AOC pushes ‘democratic socialist’ foreign policy: More ‘decolonization,’ less ‘exploitation’

AOC (Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez) goes on to say in the article that the U.S. needs to “ramp up its climate efforts” and leave behind its legacy of imperialism, colonialism, exploitation, & ‘security state.’ She emphatically declares that “TRADE POLICY IS CLIMATE POLICY.”

Unless I’m missing the point here, AOC wants the U.S. to abandon its imperialistic approach to foreign policy and at the same time, dictate how sovereign nations should conform to ‘climate benchmarks’ imposed on them through their trade agreements with the U.S.

Sounds contradictory but this is exactly how the new communists want to expand their revolution globally by using the United States as a role model for the rest of the world. But in order for that to happen in a moral and material way, the “system,” meaning our society, must be totally transformed, not reformed, from a capitalist society into a communist society.

Lately, many of the commentators and contributors on Fox News opinion/news shows on the Web, particularly Laura Ingraham, Sean Hannity, and Tucker Carlson, have been at a loss to explain why the 2020 Democratic Presidential candidates are endorsing such extreme policies. Many have stated that the current Democratic Party is unrecognizable from the party of JFK, Clinton, and even BHO. In reality, the Democratic Party has become the New Socialist Democratic Party. Many blame the influence of AOC and the other members of The Squad but I believe these new mainstream democrats are a product of the ideology espoused by radicals from the 1960s and are being influenced today by the New Communism and its architect, Bob Avakian.

Bob Avakian
Bob Avakian
https://revcom.us

So, who the heck is Bob Avakian? I never heard of him until recently when I stumbled upon the REVCOM.US (REVolutionary COMmunist?) website. What particularly struck me on the site was the introduction to a writing by Avakian, “Hope For Humanity On A Scientific Basis Breaking with Individualism, Parasitism and American Chauvinism.” It was enough to get me interested, so I clicked around and found a video of a dialog between Cornel West and Bob Avakian that took place in 2014 at the Riverside Church in NYC. I was familiar with Cornel West from his somewhat infrequent appearances on both Laura Ingraham and Sean Hannity episodes on Fox News. Needless to say, Avakian’s 2-hour screed was laced with total and complete hatred for God, the United States, and Israel.

BREAKING NEWS: Vladimir Putin successful in changing the minds of thousands of voters and caucus goers in the early democratic primaries to vote against Joe Biden in an unprecedented bid to solidify Donald Trump’s re-election chances in 2020.

Does that headline sound outrageous? Not really, since this is the news ticker that CNN and MSDNC are dying to run. Let’s face it, if Putin, did in fact, attempt to influence our elections in Donald Trump’s favor then Russia would be America’s best friend.

Ever wonder where Antifa got its inspiration from? Well, my guess is that it was from Avakian and from the extreme content headlines on the REVCOM.us website. Many headlines on their website declare that America is Fascist and is ruled by a Fascist Regime. In the Avakian article, “Fascists and Communists: Completely Opposed and Worlds Apart,” Avakian provides his version of what fascism means through what he calls the “5 Stops.” I’ll take his “5 Stops” all of which are don’ts and give my interpretation of what Avakian is really saying in the form of do’s:

STOP #1: Release all incarcerated people of color, particularly black and brown people, restrain the police from stopping and interrogating any person of color, and avoid prosecution of same.

STOP #2: Prevent all biological males, particularly Caucasian Christian males, from holding any position of authority.

STOP #3: Downsize the military with the ultimate goal of eliminating the service branches altogether.

STOP #4: Eliminate all immigration enforcement agencies and open the borders to anyone and everyone.

STOP #5: Discontinue all forms of human activity that produces CO2 with the ultimate goal of eliminating human activity altogether.

In order to support my aforementioned conclusions, I’ve gleaned the following notes from viewing the film, REVOLUTION AND RELIGION: The Fight for Emancipation and the Role of Religion; A Dialogue Between CORNEL WEST & BOB AVAKIAN.

  • Morality is a human creation
  • Bible supports slavery
  • God is a bloodthirsty tyrant
  • The “system” i.e., capitalism, is the problem
  • Israel conducts genocide against the Palestinians
  • There is no such thing as immigrants
  • No need for police or the military
  • Reality is evolution, creation is a myth
  • Evolution is science
  • Science can put an end to suffering
  • Police are murderers
  • Majority of the world are suffering
  • Thomas Jefferson was not moral
  • The United States is an empire
  • The CIA is an organization of mass murderers
  • Communism is an international movement
  • America doesn’t come first
  • Capitalism is the cause of climate change
  • People in the streets can bring about change (mob rule?)

The above points are just a sampling of Avakian’s 2-hour rant from the Riverside Church in NYC. Bob Avakian was billed as a Revolutionary Communist and Cornel West as a Revolutionary Christian. After Avakian spoke he introduced Cornel West and both men embraced in a show of solidarity.

Dr. Cornel West
Dr. Cornel West
http://cornelwest.com

During Dr. West’s time at the podium, he recognized Harry Belafonte in the audience who he introduced as a freedom fighter with 60 years of participation in the struggle. Of course, most people would accredit Harry Belafonte as being “One of the most successful Jamaican-American pop stars in history,” being “dubbed the ‘King of Calypso’ for popularizing the Caribbean musical style with an international audience in the 1950s.” I guess he did all right for himself considering all the exploitation and oppression he had to overcome.

Dr. West’s 30-minute discourse was nothing like Avakian’s 2-hour rant, it was very academic and high-minded while staying within the democratic socialist framework of course. Even so, Dr. West regurgitated much of Avakian’s rhetoric on capitalism, the police, internationalism, oppression, exploitation, and so on and so forth. Even though both men agreed on many economic, social, and political issues, they seemed to disagree strongly on religion and theology. Dr. West is a revolutionary Christian and Avakian is an atheist. Dr. West believes Christians can “work together” with the leaders of the New Communism in order to achieve emancipation for the oppressed in America and the rest of the world.

Dr. West appeared as a guest on The Sean Hannity Show February 20th along with Dan Bongino and Geraldo Rivera. Hannity almost immediately fired out the accusation that Bernie Sanders is “pro-soviet” and a “Bolshevik” but Dr. West defended Bernie by saying that he is “like me,” implying Bernie is a democratic socialist not a “Soviet communist.”

Nevertheless, many are accusing Bernie Sanders of being a communist and if Bernie gets the Democratic nomination, he is going to be in the fight of his political life when he is forced to go up against President Trump. And now, as in 2016, the Democratic establishment is working against Bernie’s nomination because you know it’s getting worrisome when James Carville, a prominent Democratic Party consultant, makes comments like, “I’m a political hack! At least I’m not a communist.”

The New Communism—The Ideologues

Welcome to the first installment of a new Crosshairs series on the 2020 United States presidential election. Unlike the 2016 election where there were 17 Republican candidates, this time the Democrats came out of the woodwork seemingly en masse all vying for the nomination—29 in all. But only one candidate has even the remotest chance to beat Donald Trump, and that candidate isn’t even a Democrat.

With the possible exception of Tulsi Gabbard, the rest of the field are unfortunately members of the lunatic fringe. But this installment doesn’t concern the congresswomen from Hawaii, it concerns the other person who also beat HRC in 2016 and that person is Bernie Sanders.

Okay, so you don’t like Donald Trump or Bernie Sanders, but what other choice do you have? Well, you might like the candidate with the unpronounceable last name who was the former mayor of one of the most dangerous cities to live in who looks and sounds too perfect, kind of like a 3D printed automaton.

In this field of Democrat candidates, 28 ≠ 1. Yes, some have dropped out of the race, but the inequality will still remain true even when 1 ≠ 1.

It’s hard to believe that five years have gone by since I wrote my first Crosshairs post in a series on the 2016 election. We are now less than a year away from the 2020 election and the only somewhat traditional Democrat running is the previous administration’s vice-president who hasn’t even been able to get his former boss’s endorsement.

Bernie Sanders
Bernie Sanders
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In 2016, Bernie helped Hillary clinch the nomination when he made the stunning yet sympathetic statement, “Americans are sick of hearing about your damn emails!” during one of the debates. Bernie needs to take the old adage, “nice guys finish last” to heart if he wants to go toe-to-toe with Donald Trump.

But this installment isn’t necessarily exclusively about the socialist senator from Vermont, it’s about his ideological underpinnings which I believe are firmly communistic. After all, was it not Vladimir Lenin who said, “The goal of socialism is communism?” But do Bernie Sanders’ supporters really understand the consequences of adopting a socialistic political/economic system in the United States?

Bernie Sanders and most every Democrat, claim to be democratic socialists not socialists. Democratic socialists believe in bringing about change through “fair” elections and not through revolution. That’s why you hear talk about abolishing the Electoral College as a way to achieve “fair” elections along with policies of unrestricted immigration from Mexico and Central America. After all, isn’t it true that under socialism all people are equal? Democracy in a socialist state necessarily leads to the “dictatorship of the proletariat.”

Okay, just so you know, the Orlando Sentinel is nothing more than a left-wing propaganda rag for the Democratic Party or simply, The Party. Don’t believe it, then check out this biased, hate filled, factually inaccurate, criminally stupid article written by Barbara Fowler asserting that the Russian’s are using President Trump to “destroy America from within.” Yea, but wasn’t Bernie Sanders the one who honeymooned in the former Soviet Union during the 1980s?

The coordination of the media is pervasive, not only nationally but locally as well.

Propaganda won the day for the Bolsheviks during the Russian Revolution in 1917, and it will win the day again for the Democrats in 2024. As Lenin agitated for revolution among the masses, so it is with certain Hollywood types, academia, and the lamestream (mainstream) media today. Then, the masses were the workers, but today the masses are the sanctioned perpetual victims of systemic racism, white-supremacism, patriarchalism, and Christianism.

Communism…socialism…what’s the difference? I think those socioeconomic systems can be summed up in the following doctrine:

The State gave and the State took away, blessed be the name of the State.

A socialist’s worst nightmare is when a country and its people are prosperous. How can you agitate for revolution when things are going well? The way you agitate for revolution is to create a boogeyman, something to make the gullible and uninformed public seek salvation in the government. And that boogeyman in 2020 is [man-made] climate change. Back in 2007, a politician turned environmental scientist, won the Nobel Peace Prize for promoting the man-made climate change hoax along with the IPCC. Today, we have another potential Nobel Laureate in Greta Thunberg, a teenage Swedish climate activist.

At this point you may be asking yourself, “what does all this climate change stuff have to do with communism?” Well, the answer is it has everything to do with communism, all you need to do to convince yourself is to read H. Res. 109, 2019 which was originally sponsored by Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (AOC) and Edward Markey. The Green New Deal proposes to achieve “net-zero global emissions by 2050” through a radical transformation of the United States economy. Note that the language states “global emissions” a point that will be revisited in a future post.

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez
Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez
JStone/Shutterstock.com

AOC’s message to the congress and to the voters as laid out in the H. Res. 109 is “It has become necessary to destroy the economy in order to save it.”

Until recently, the American character has been one of self-reliance and individualism but is rapidly becoming one of collectivism and conformity.

If you’re like me and like to watch news and opinion debates particularly on Fox News then you probably noticed how some program guests like to talk-over other guests holding opposing views. Without fail, the guests who like to play this game are always the ones representing radical left-wing positions.

For example, every time Candace Owens, a conservative activist, appears on Laura Ingraham’s show opposite Leo Terrell, a civil rights attorney, Terrell does his best to talk-over Candice so as to prevent the audience from hearing any of her arguments. I noticed the same behavior exhibited by Tim Kaine during the 2016 Pence/Kaine Vice-Presidential debate. Intolerance is a trademark of the socialist Left.

So, what does Bernie Sanders, and most every other Democrat in the presidential race, really believe? I’ve taken just a few examples of where Bernie stands on select issues directly from his campaign’s website.

Live up to our ideals as a nation and welcome refugees and those seeking asylum, including those displaced by climate change.

Create a Medicare for All, single-payer, national health insurance program to provide everyone in America with comprehensive health care coverage, free at the point of service.

Transform our energy system to 100 percent renewable energy and create 20 million jobs needed to solve the climate crisis.

Ensure justice for frontline communities, especially under-resourced groups, communities of color, Native Americans, people with disabilities, children and the elderly.

Double union membership within Bernie’s first term.

Will raise an estimated $4.35 trillion over the next decade and cut the wealth of billionaires in half over 15 years, which would substantially break up the concentration of wealth and power of this small privileged class.

Create a nation in which all people are treated equally.

Honor Native American tribal treaty rights and sovereignty, moving away from a relationship of paternalism and control toward one of deference and support.

Enact a federal jobs guarantee, to ensure that everyone is guaranteed a stable job that pays a living wage.

As can be seen from just the above list, Bernie makes liberal use of the climate change boogeyman to justify unrestricted immigration. Notice he doesn’t explicitly say “unrestricted” immigration but how else would you describe a system that proposes “breaking up ICE and CBP” federal law enforcement agencies?

Bernie hits a double when he calls out Native Americans (a class of sanctioned perpetual victims) and “paternalism” in the same sentence.
Progressives like to accuse conservatives of inserting “dog whistles” in their communications but the socialists also have their own trigger words which Bernie uses frequently such as “union,” “class,” “justice,” and “equality” or “equally.”

Too bad the Constitution prohibits anyone under the age of 35 from becoming president otherwise AOC would be leading the Democratic ticket. Likewise, the Electoral College prevents elections from being decided by the vote of only two or three states. The Constitution…a major stumbling block for the progressives.

In this initial entry in my series on the 2020 election, I’ve chosen to present “truth over facts” because it is much better to be “morally right” than to be “precisely, factually, and semantically correct.” Agreed? Besides, anyone who can make statements like that with a straight face deserves to be President.

 

Americanism

If someone stopped you on the street (like Jesse Waters for example) and asked you to define “Americanism,” would you be able to do it?

There was a time when most Americans would describe themselves as: proud, self-reliant, and individualistic. Proud of their country and its flag; reliant on God instead of the state; and free to say and think whatever they wanted without fear of reprisal. Basically, Americanism meant individual freedom.

And now, to the contrary, American society is becoming more and more intolerant and tribalistic, Tribal people are more loyal to their own social group than they are to the country as a whole. The saying or proverb that “It takes a village to raise a child,” at best promotes a certain level of dependence but could also lead to tribalism.

The various tribes each have their own military arm, that being the mob. Their uniforms are hoods and facemasks. Will official uniforms come next?

One of our national mottos, “E Pluribus Unum” could be interpreted now as meaning: “From the masses, one leader.” Could it be that Mussolini was inspired by the phrase “E Pluribus Unum” for his choice, in Italian, of “fascio” to name his political party? Is it not then any surprise that HRC and BHO both elevated “E Pluribus Unum” above our official national motto of “In God We Trust?” Why would two dyed-in-the-wool liberals favor an originalist motto?

And so, the coordination of America continues…

Does anyone find it curious that the wave of opposition to historical statues and monuments has sprung up all over the country with military precision. Even statues of Mary holding the baby Jesus are being removed in Catholic schools! This is very significant since Catholic doctrine elevates Mary, the mother of Jesus, to the position of “Queen of Heaven.” By removing these statues, they are capitulating to the intolerant mob who takes offense not just at statues but the doctrines themselves and by removing these statues, the Catholic schools are now guilty of being complicit. I never thought I’d see the day.

When I was in school, you might be sent to the principal’s office if you cut class or were caught “smokin’ in the boy’s room,” but now first-graders are sent to the principal’s office for the serious offense of misgendering a classmate.

But the worst I’ve heard so far is how NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio is considering the removal of the Christopher Columbus statue from the middle of Columbus Circle in Manhattan no less. You can’t make this stuff up.

Want a definition of Americanism, it’s everything progressives hate about America—Borders, Language, and Culture. Where Borders represent America’s sovereignty; Language confirms our identity; and Culture is who we are as a people.

Therefore, isn’t it correct to say that Nationalism is the natural enemy of Globalism and that Americanism is the natural enemy of Multiculturalism?

Speaking of culture, I’m kind of partial to the creed of a famous American Icon namely John Wayne who, in his role as John Bernard Books, said:

I won’t be wronged, I won’t be insulted, and I won’t be laid a hand on. I don’t do these things to other people, and I require the same from them.1

That’s a pretty good creed to live by and I believe it’s subtly ingrained in the American consciousness. On the other hand, Americans are an enigmatic people, like General George S. Patton for example, who on the one hand could be very vulgar and profane and yet on the other hand could also be a strong believer in the power of prayer. History seems to prove that Patton’s enigmatic nature worked to his advantage on the battlefield.

Religion also makes up a large part of Americanism. After all, the Puritans who settled the Massachusetts Bay Colony were English Calvinists. The Calvinistic tradition was “responsible for promoting the idea of a job as a ‘calling,’ as opposed to something one did for money.”2 As a result, the Protestant Work Ethic established a strong connection between work and happiness3 which is probably why workers in America have far less time off than their colleagues in Europe. It should be noted that Protestantism, along with Catholicism in Europe, is believed by some to be responsible for the spread of capitalism4 —a theory not overlooked by Karl Marx.


  1. “The Shootist (1976) Quotes,” IMDB, accessed August 08, 2017, http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0075213/quotes

  2. “The Protestant Work Ethic Is Real,” Daniel Luzer, Pacific Standard Magazine, Sep 04, 2013, https://psmag.com/economics/protestant-worth-ethic-real-65544

  3. Ibid. 

  4. Ibid. 

American Fascism

Fascism is authoritarianism, and the poster boy for American Fascism today is Donald J. Trump. Now, if you believe President Trump is a fascist then you also believe that Obama is a libertarian.

It’s obvious to everyone that under President Trump’s administration, individual rights have been trampled by the administration’s enforcement of the laws of the United States. According to the Pew Research Center, “Same sex marriages are on the rise.”1 So, the Trump Administration’s authoritarian posture has had a positive effect on the LGBT community.

The violence in Chicago is on track to top 700 homicides for the year.2 Is this an indication of authoritarian rule at the expense of individual rights? Seems Chicago needs a little more, not less, authoritarianism.

And then there’s Trump’s attempts to convert Americans to Christianity illustrated by the appointment of an Evangelical Christian to be deputy director of the White House Office of Management and Budget.3 An Evangelical in government service! What is happening to America? Thank God for the socialist, secularist, atheist, Marxist Senator from Vermont who took a stand for traditional American values.

Everyone these days seems to have a propensity to throw around the word “fascist” without really thinking (or knowing) what it really means. The word fascist comes from the Italian, “fascio” which means “a bundle,” “a sheaf,” or “league” according to Wikipedia. (No, I don’t speak Italian.) Given this definition we can try to apply it, as follows: Fascio delle Nazioni (League of Nations).

Also, don’t think that you will get a clear definition of fascism on the Web because most articles are screeds written by anti-Trumpers. As it stands, there are more and more slogans floating around but here’s one that you may not have heard recently, “All for one and all for the state,” that is, the state and its dictator.

Dictator form of government is the greatest form of government there is, if you have the right Dictator.

Will Rogers

In case one has forgotten, or have never been taught in school, fascism enjoyed widespread popularity in America in the 1920s through the 1940s. And, according to RationalRevolution.net, Some famous fascist sympathizers included such prominent Americans as: William Randolph Hearst, Joseph Kennedy (JFK’s father), Charles Lindbergh, John Rockefeller, and Andrew Mellon.

Look in my eyes, what do you see?
The cult of personality
I know your anger, I know your dreams
I’ve been everything you want to be
I’m the cult of personality
Like Mussolini and Kennedy
I’m the cult of personality
The cult of personality
The cult of personality4

You might already be aware of Columbia University’s Casa Italiana, a center for Italian studies which opened in 1927, but did you know that at the time it was controlled by Mussolini supporters who used it to dispense fascist propaganda.5

Now, let’s take a look at some quotes attributed to Mussolini, the Father of Fascism, taken from AZ Quotes. I leave it as an exercise for the reader to figure out which political ideology Mussolini’s quotes are most closely aligned with today:

  1. The state reserves the right to be the sole interpreter of the needs of society.
  2. Fascism accepts the individual only insofar as his interests coincide with the state’s.
  3. All within the state, nothing outside the state, nothing against the state.
  4. There is a violence that liberates, and a violence that enslaves; there is a violence that is moral and a violence that is immoral.
  5. You know what I think about violence. For me it is profoundly moral -more moral than compromises and transactions.
  6. Fascism is a religious concept.
  7. Journalism is not a profession, but a mission.
  8. Our future lies to the east and south, in Asia and Africa.

The Juche (North Korean) ideology fits right in with quotes 1-3 except that in the DPRK, the individual is more likely to wind up in a labor camp or face total re-education by anti-aircraft gunfire.

Quotes 4&5 provides the rationale for the anti-Trump, anti-American, Antifa black shirts who use violence and intimidation to suppress those holding opposing viewpoints. Look no further than James T. Hodgkinson, the congressional baseball practice shooter. Antifa is a leftist group and Mr. Hodgkinson was a Bernie Sanders supporter.

You hear a lot of chatter from the political commentators and analysts on why the mainstream media is so biased against President Trump, well it’s because journalism is no longer a profession, instead it is now on a mission to take down our rightfully elected president.

You might ask how could this happen? Well, it’s not just journalism, it’s happened to every major institution in America. They have all been synchronized (coordinated) with progressive ideology. This technique of coordination or “gleichschaltung,” was employed by the Nazis in Hitler’s Germany to get everyone and every institution to follow the Party line.

The Nazi policy of Gleichschaltung (standardization) was an attempt to rid the country of independent institutions. During the Third Reich, almost every public institution and instrument of policy had been altered to serve Nazi purposes (Gleichschaltung), so all such institutions and instruments were subordinated to the Party. Newspapers, schools at every level, banks, courts, publishing houses, theatres, museums, radio stations, and government offices were all coordinated. Political parties ceased to exist. Even the German Red Cross had been corrupted.6

But that was then, now the Alt Left has adopted the same tactics.

What is the “Alt Left”?

It’s a movement of phony self-righteousness and “compassion” that it uses to gain power. It will do anything and say anything to achieve its goal of hammerlock control not only of government, but every significant cultural institution – from schools, universities and the press to churches, foundations, Hollywood and unions.7

So, what happened to America you ask? Well, it has allowed itself to be converted from belief in a divine being to Statism. Naturally, none of the statists are going to admit that they are following a religion because they believe in America and the First Amendment to the Constitution.

Naturally, it follows that statist doctrines are grounded in state socialism imputed to us through Darwinian evolutionary theology. After which, Marx took the Darwinian belief system and applied it to economics and politics. Finally, Lenin took the principles from both and formulated a collectivist system of government.

As a result, now instead of church or synagogue leaders teaching us the precepts of God, we now have central planners in government intent on controlling every aspect of American life.


  1. “5 Facts About Same Sex Marriage,” Pew Research Center, published June 26, 2017, http://www.pewresearch.org/fact-tank/2017/06/26/same-sex-marriage/

  2. “Halfway through 2017, violence remains stubbornly high in Chicago,” Jeremy Gorner, Chicago Tribune, published June 30, 2017, http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/local/breaking/ct-chicago-violence-first-six-months-met-20170630-story.html

  3. “Bernie Sanders attacks Trump nominee for following teachings of Christ,” Todd Starnes, Fox New, June 09, 2017, http://www.foxnews.com/opinion/2017/06/09/bernie-sanders-attacks-trump-nominee-for-following-teachings-christ.html

  4. Lyrics.com, STANDS4 LLC, 2017. “Cult of Personality Lyrics.” accessed April 29, 2017. http://www.lyrics.com/lyric/1001586

  5. “When Columbia University was on the Mussolini bandwagon,” Louis Proyect: The Unrepentant Marxist, August 09, 2014, https://louisproyect.org/2014/08/09/when-columbia-university-was-on-the-mussolini-bandwagon/

  6. “Gleichschaltung [coordination],” GlobalSecurity.org, accessed August 19, 2017, http://www.globalsecurity.org/military/world/europe/de-gleichschaltung.htm

  7. “Let’s take a look at the ‘Alt Left’,” Joseph Farah, WorldNetDaily.com, 08/28/2016, http://www.wnd.com/2016/08/lets-take-a-look-at-the-alt-left/

Juche

On June 25, 1950, some 75,000 soldiers of the North Korean People’s Army invaded South Korea starting the Korean War. The Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) invasion of the South extended all the way down to the outskirts of Busan, demonstrating how ill prepared and caught off-guard the South Koreans found themselves. Considering that, unlike in 1950, the DPRK today has an estimated 1.2 million men in its military, the threat of an invasion would seem even more likely now.

What if the United States was removed from the scene?

On July 27, 1953, the Korean Armistice Agreement was signed officially ending the Korean War. But was it really the end since no peace treaty was ever put into effect? Truman fired General Douglas MacArthur in order to avoid having the Korean Conflict metastasize into WWIII but all he really did was to “kick the can” down the road to our time and now it’s President Trump’s problem. So now instead of facing WWIII we are facing the possibility of a nuclear conflagration. I wonder how that would affect climate change?

Even so, I’m guessing that you may not believe we are still at war in Korea so I’ve provided just three skirmishes which occurred since 1953 that say otherwise:

  • USS Pueblo Incident in 1968
  • Joint Security Area (JSA) Axe Murders in 1978
  • Otto Warmbier’s Death in 2017

All of these actions were taken against the United States without the DPRK suffering any serious retaliation or consequences.

I’ve heard many of the analysts and experts in Asian affairs give their opinions on the motives and/or mental state of Kim Jong Un. Some say he is unstable and unpredictable. Some say he is unhinged or just plain crazy. I say he is cool and calculating and doing exactly what he believes he should be doing given his country is technically at war with the U.S. and its perceived South Korean puppet state.

When news commentators or announcers reference the government of North Korea, they usually use the terms “Totalitarian,” “Stalinist” or “Communistic” which may seem accurate from the outside but I don’t think they, the North Koreans, necessarily view themselves in any of these terms. Instead, the DPRK’s official identity or ideology is “Juche” first proposed by Kim Il Sung.

It’s probably hard for non-Asians to wrap their heads around the concept of Juche since I believe it has strong tie-ins to ancestor worship—but with a Marxist twist. Instead of reverence for deceased family members, Juche ideology removes the spiritual aspect and instead advocates for reverence or worship of a living relative, i.e., a great leader. This leader is derived from a line of great leaders who considered themselves caretakers of their extended family, namely, the North Korean people. The great leader isn’t looked on as a dictator but a paternalistic head of the family. Kind of sounds like the Godfather, doesn’t it?

Another concept of Juche is self-reliance. For the North Korean, the only way to achieve self-reliance is through subordination to the great leader, and the current Great Leader is Kim Jong Un. Since Juche calls for worship of the Great Leader, it’s by definition the state religion. Take all this then throw in a heavy dose of socialism, ultra-nationalism, and hyper-militarism and you will have a better picture of what the DPRK looks like.

The North Korean people are bombarded daily with this humanistic Juche ideology, “The individual is the master of his destiny,” but only if the individual stays on the right path.

So, you have to ask yourself, how do you negotiate with this kind of government?

I believe there are only two ways to deal with the North Korean threat, the first is…well you know what that is. The second is for the United States to recognize the legitimacy of the North Korean state by signing a peace treaty and establishing diplomatic relations. But in order to assure the North Koreans that we respect their sovereignty, the U.S. would eventually arrive at an agreement to pull out all its military forces from the region, basically, abandoning the South Koreans to their North Korean neighbors. Don’t sound so shocked, this is exactly what we did in Vietnam.

As it stands, the status quo won’t last forever, at least not until Kim Jong Un has perfected his ballistic missile capabilities.

Best of Times, Worst of Times in America

These are the best of times in American because for the first time in a long time we have a real American as president. Let me be clear, just because a person is a U.S. citizen that doesn’t necessarily make him or her an American regardless of where he or she was or was not born.

These are also the worst of times in America because the country in is the throes of a very real and widespread insurgency that hasn’t been seen since the riotous ‘60s.

I’ve already written about this phenomenon in a blog post entitled In the Crosshairs: “Yesterday Once More” where I’ve made comparisons between the political climate of the 1960s and today…but today things are much worse.

Many cartoon characters in the lamestream media and in the U.S. government are trying to convince us that Russian President Vladimir Putin meddled in our recent election by hacking the DNC’s emails. Okay, let’s assume he (they) did, then how do you explain why emails were released that demonstrated the system being rigged in Hillary’s favor—something everyone believed was happening anyway—would somehow sway the election? Could it be that the Democrats had a lousy candidate who ran a lousy campaign? Maybe they should talk to McCain or Romney for solace. By the way, when I say “everyone” believed I mean everyone, Hillary supporters included.

Secondly, if Putin and Russia are truly our enemies as all the Dumbocrats and many Republicans have claimed, then why would they allege that Russia interfered to sway the election for Donald Trump who is intensely pro-American? In other words, what was in it for them [Russians]?

Thirdly, if Putin truly possessed divine powers that the Dems and the lamestream media infer that he possesses because he somehow enabled Donald Trump to win the election, then I’m sure he also has the power to cover his tracks.

Senator McCain and Former Vice President Dick Cheney went so far as to call Russia’s alleged tampering in our election as an “act of war.” If it truly was an “act of war,” then why hasn’t the good senator tried to get a declaration of war against Russia from the Congress? I guess the meddling might have been serious, but it wasn’t that serious.

And then we have Senator Rand Paul saying that President Trump violated the Constitution when he authorized the missile attack on the Syrian airfield by not first getting congressional authorization. Is he kidding? Really? It would have been easier to get approval from the UN than from Congress, especially now with the insurgency raging. Maybe Senator Paul needs to wake up to the fact that the U.S. is already at war whether he chooses to acknowledge it or not. Our relentless enemy has declared a holy war on us and that enemy is the Islamic Jihad. I think that we, those of us living in the West, need to stop using the ambiguous and politically correct term “terrorists” when referring to Jihadis. I suppose we don’t like to use the term Jihadis because after all, it has religious overtones and we can’t have any of that.

I’m sure by now everyone knows where North Korea is on the map. Lest we forget, the U.S. and North Korea are technically still at war since no peace treaty has ever been signed. The S. Koreans can wave the peace sign all they want but it doesn’t change the reality—reunification is only wishful thinking. The Korean War ended in an armistice as did World War I and we all know how well that worked out. Maybe in the future we should let generals conduct wars instead of politicians and bureaucrats.

So, what brought us to this best of times, worst of times period in our history? Well, I believe the groundwork was laid on January 20, 2009 when the 44th President of the United States was inaugurated. The populace, not unlike frogs, unwittingly put themselves in a pot of water over a flame while the BHO administration slowly raised the temperature to a boil. Like frogs, the populace adapted to their situation until it was almost too late.

Things reached the boiling point on August 10, 2014 in Ferguson, Missouri where the War on Police began. Like the insurgents in Iraq, the insurgents in America target symbols of civil authority, primarily the police and local officials. But it doesn’t stop there…

Another soft-target for the insurgents are college and university campuses. Safe-spaces on campuses are nothing more than mini-Sanctuary Cities for anarchists in training. Any conservative found trespassing on a campus safe-space is akin to an enemy soldier strolling into a war zone—you enter at your own peril.

Did any of these unconstitutional and anarchistic activities solicit a response from the 44th president or from then Attorney General Loretta Lynch? None that I can remember. Meanwhile, many of the frogs (i.e., the populace) broke ranks and on November 8, 2016 did the unthinkable.

After the inauguration the insurgents took to the streets to do what insurgents do best, and that is to incite riots and to participate in violent protests, It interesting to note that former AG Lynch and BHO went so far as to not only condone but to encourage violent anti-Trump protests. Collusion?

Lately, the lamestream media, Palm Beach locals, and certain Republicans have taken to criticizing President Trump’s frequent visits to his resort at Mar-a-Lago for wasting the taxpayers’ money on security and travel. I really feel relieved that my tax money is being so carefully looked after. I don’t remember hearing any outcries when BHO took trips to Hawaii on the taxpayers’ dime. Which flight do you think burns more fuel, D.C. to Hawaii or D.C. to Florida? Let me guess… As a taxpayer, I’m more concerned about my taxes being spent on the UN, NATO, foreign aid, climate regulations, illegal immigrant entitlements, Washington bureaucrats, and so on and so forth.

Since the election, the Democrats are now in the position of being the Opposition Party while the Republicans accuse them of being the Obstructionist Party. I for one, think a new name is called for that better reflects the Democrats’ ideology and tactics; I would rename the [Democratic] Party the Insurgent Liberation Party (ILP). Has a ring to it, don’t you think?

I always get a kick out of hearing the whiners complain about everything President Trump does or says as being “reckless and irresponsible.” The world is “going to hell in a handbasket” but our alt-left lamestream media prefers attacking the president in order to marginalize him personally and to delegitimize his office.

Nevertheless, let me close as “fair and balanced” by saying that I would have preferred Hillary won in 2008 instead of BHO. But, as is always the case, history tends to prove hindsight is 20/20.

The title and some literary devices used in this posting were inspired by “A Tale of Two Cities” by Charles Dickens.