Conservative Political Commentary

Anti-socialist, anti-communist, anti-globalist, pro-Constitution,
and usually with an attempt at historical and economic context

Sunday, December 10, 2017

Victims of Communism.org Petition to Declare Antifa Organizations as Terrorists

In case you missed this, as I did -- the declaration requested by this petition is long overdue. The foundation's press release:
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
NOVEMBER 30, 2017
**MEDIA ADVISORY**

VICTIMS OF COMMUNISM ORG LAUNCHES PETITIONS TO LIST ANTIFA AS TERRORISTS
Washington, DC – The Victims of Communism Memorial Foundation (VOC) has started a petition calling upon the U.S. Department of Homeland Security to officially designate certain groups affiliated with the Antifa movement as domestic terrorist organizations.
VOC Executive Director Marion Smith offered the following statement:
“Some Antifa groups have taken opposition to our democratic system to an unprecedented level, escalating ‘resistance’ to violence against their opponents and bystanders alike. Using violence to create fear in pursuit of political aims is the textbook definition of terrorism and we, the American people, and the U.S. Department of Homeland Security should recognize them as such. It is misguided to believe these groups care about peaceful dialogue. Physical violence and speech-silencing tactics are the tools of the despotic communist regimes of the Cold War and those that still exist in places like Venezuela and Cuba.”
“In America, free speech is a sacrosanct and inalienable right. We must no longer provide these groups, or any political groups that are explicitly opposed to our constitutional rights, with the space to harm citizens and damage American democracy.”
The Victims of Communism Memorial Foundation is a Washington-based, non-profit educational and human rights organization devoted to commemorating the more than 100 million victims of communism around the world and to the freedom of those still living under totalitarian regimes. VOC was authorized by an unanimous act of Congress on December 17, 1993 and signed by President Bill Clinton.
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To request an interview with Marion Smith, please contact Frank Schembari at frank@javelindc.com.

Thursday, December 7, 2017

Cold War Today: The Socialist and Communist Threat Continues

By Eddie Howell

Whittaker Chambers     Freebase/Public Domain
Communist espionage and influence in the U.S. Government were substantial as World War II was ending and the Cold War beginning, and was a continuous problem. The communist underground today is still there, functioning in various ways, such as cyber war. Also, with the number of communist-related members of Congress in sensitive committee positions, as documented in Trevor Loudon's book The Enemies Within: Communists, Socialists, and Progressives in the U.S. Congress [1], who can doubt that foreign communists have easy access to many of our supposed secrets? Communism shows its ugly head above ground also through the Communist Party USA (CPUSA), which strongly influences many “progressive” Democrats and manifests itself more directly through Black Lives Matter and Antifa, groups which should be designated as terrorist organizations, along with their pals the Muslim Brotherhood.

The Democratic Socialists of America (DSA) is a companion organization to the CPUSA, and their functions overlap and complement each other, and, along with labor unions which are largely communist-controlled, virtually control the Democratic party. (284)  Despite its name, Antifa is a fascist group. It is a mistake to think that Communists and fascists are somehow opposites. They differ somewhat in structure, but they are essentially socialists. The historical friction between them has occurred mainly because they have competed, often violently, to recruit the same types of people to their organizations.

The goal of these organizations in America and other places is to bring down the United States as a sovereign nation, to work toward a communist society and eventual world government, and if and when necessary or opportune, to use force to accomplish this. Meanwhile, they work against Christianity and Judaism, support jihadist Islam, and support communist countries such as Cuba, China, Venezuela, and North Korea.

We should be under no illusions that socialism is materially different from communism. Once socialism takes hold, even in in a “free world” country, the government becomes increasingly tyrannical and coercive, the economy plummets, and traditional freedoms and customs are on their way out. This is the trend in Canada and Europe, among other places.

So, whether a country calls itself communist or socialist, the end result is communism. American socialists, such as the DSA (formerly the Socialist Party of America) and its associated organizations are Marxists, virtually indistinguishable from communists, with whom they are closely associated.

America believes in political freedom, which extremists use against us. The aims of communism have not changed since the days of Marx, Lenin, Stalin, and Mao. American communists are often Cold War veteran Marxist-Leninists or their children.

Today, George Soros and other communist globalists are financing seditious and treasonous anti-American activities, such as Antifa violence and anti-police activism. There follows a list to summarize some of the communist-socialist goals and beliefs. Fabian socialists may be considered part of this group also.

1. They claim to hate private profits and private property.

2. They care nothing for the U. S, Constitution or the freedoms it protects, despite the CPUSA's deceptive promotion of “Bill of Rights socialism.” The Constitution limits government, and therefore is disliked by socialists.

3. The communists buy votes through offers of “free stuff,” and enlist politicians by providing help and finances for their political campaigns.

4. Where communism takes hold, nations suffer economic catastrophes, and often mass starvation, intentionally inflicted on some of the people by their rulers.

5. When socialism takes over, the worst people are soon in charge. [2]

6. Many normal acts are criminalized under socialism. Even in England, when the Labour Party succeeded in establishing socialism in the 1940s, people could go to jail for missing work. Further, as Flynn  notes in The Road Ahead, 1949,
Now England makes the experiment, blown up with promises of freedom. But already she has got around to the ways of the tyrant. She asserts over the worker the right to say where he shall or shall not work. She asserts the right to throw the farmer who does not meet her directives off his farm. And this English experiment would collapse tomorrow if the strong arm of American capitalism were withdrawn from its support. Indeed it is collapsing now even with that powerful arm around it. [3]
7. American communists are more loyal to other countries or a globalist goal than to America. Central economic planning does not work, and cannot be supported by any rational economic theory. In practice it is very arbitrary and ultimately destroys prosperity (except for the ruling elites).

 8. The murders of millions by Adolph Hitler, Joseph Stalin and Mao Zedong are natural            outgrowths of socialism and communism. Whittaker Chambers, who was an  underground communist agent and later left the Communist Party, explains in his autobiography Witness, that he became a communist, thinking it was the only hope for saving mankind after the disastrous World War and other problems.[4] 

When Stalin initiated the great purges, viciously murdering anyone he thought might be a threat to his power, or who seemed to fit his conspiracy theories, Chambers came to realize that Stalin's behavior showed the evil, not only of Stalin, but of communism, and was the logical result of communism. When he left communism, he remarked that he and his family were leaving the winning side and going to the losing side, but he could not do otherwise. [5]

(As Chambers continued working against communism, he found a lot of opposition in the government, largely due to communist influences. His testimony against Alger Hiss, who had been his close communist friend, was a difficult and bitter ordeal. President Truman called the Hiss case a “red herring.” Hiss was finally imprisoned for perjury and espionage. Chambers was indicted for perjury, but when his claims were at last borne out, the charge was dropped.)

9. There are more socialists and communists in responsible government positions at all levels of government than there were during the Cold War. There are no background checks for elected officials, and many, including prominent leaders, could not pass a routine FBI background check. Yet they serve on such committees as Intelligence, Homeland Security, etc.

10. Globalist world government would be communist. Generally, only Marxists support it, including some billionaire "capitalists," who are basically corporatist fascists.

11. “Free trade” agreements currently in place (WTO, NAFTA, etc.) do not provide real free trade, but “managed trade,” subject to many onerous rules and unfair results. Actual free trade would involve getting governments out of the way, except for enforcing contracts, dealing with crime, etc.     
12. Socialists and communists are using government-supported social experiments to destroy              traditional family relationships, social structure, and education. Leftist indoctrination is often the main content of school social studies today. Leftist professors and administrators in the universities,    leftist judges, and LGBTQ radicals are examples of some who perpetrate abuses in America as socialists and communists.

13. Because of their desire for worldwide socialist-communist government, the globalists don't            mind, and ultimately desire, putting the U.S. at an economic disadvantage relative to other                  countries, and therefore promote endless debt, unnecessary foreign aid, and high taxes.

14. By opposition to the military, and promotion of unilateral or other unfair disarmament (in the name of “peace”), leftists work to undermine American national security.

15. By encouraging open borders and massive “refugee” and other immigration, leftists hope to bring in millions of Democrat voters (since leftist activism is mainly focused on the Democratic Party).        .

Thus far, I have, for the most part, merely stated the problem. But many people are unable to see that it is a problem, and that freedom is steadily, if somewhat slowly, being taken from us. But we may not be too far from complete tyranny, enforced at gunpoint, and the loss of our constitutional freedoms. We still have rights, but we could be forcibly stopped from exercising them if we allow current socialist and communist advances to continue. These trends must be reversed if we are to keep our Republic.

All forms of collectivism should be abhorrent to anyone who values the rights of individuals. But politicians and others who identify as liberals, progressives, socialists, or communists believe or claim to believe that concern for “social justice” and “the common good” outweighs individual considerations, and, ultimately, that the end justifies the means.

As Ayn Rand pointed out in her essay, “The Establishing of an Establishment” (1972),

Two world wars, three monstrous dictatorships -- in Soviet Russia, Nazi Germany, Red China -- plus every lesser variant of devastating socialist experimentation in a global spread of brutality and despair, have not prompted modern intellectuals to question or revise their dogma. They still think it is daring, idealistic, and unconventional to denounce the rich. They still believe that money is the root of all evil -- except government money, which is the solution to all problems. [6]

The Communist Party USA today praises and promotes communist and socialist countries, such as Venezuela, Cuba, Vietnam, etc. For them, the “imperialist” U.S. and West are the bad guys and are largely responsible for these countries' troubles. (See an example here.)

Also, for them, Lenin is still a great hero, and the Russian Revolution is something to be celebrated in observance of its 100th anniversary.


An article in the CPUSA official newspaper, Peoples World, lamenting the collapse of the Soviet Union, states,
...Finally, no criticism of Soviet socialism can be seriously presented by Communists that does not explicitly recognize that the destruction of the USSR has been an unmitigated disaster for humanity. Not only was socialism uprooted in Eastern Europe with the establishment of right-wing capitalist governments, but millions of lives have been lost, far more than ever killed by Stalin, in the horrific mass slaughters and ethnic genocide, committed with the support and instigation of western imperialism, in the dismemberment and destruction of Yugoslavia and several former Soviet republics, and in the never-ending neocon wars in Iraq and Afghanistan which continue to spread throughout the Middle East. None of this would have occurred if the Soviet Union had not been destroyed.
In the former Soviet republics, a few thousand people died, and more thousands were injured mostly in conflicts between different ethnic groups. In the Yugoslav wars after the Soviet collapse, perhaps as many as 140,000 people died and up to 3 million people became refugees or were displaced in their homeland. These things are tragic, but nothing like the 20 million or so killed by Stalin. It is quite a stretch to say that the Mideast wars of the 1990s and following would not have happened had the Soviet Union remained in place. Also, the “uprooting of socialism” in Eastern Europe was a liberating benefit to people who had long suffered under Soviet control.

Considering the shameful and murderous history of the Soviet Union, with its ongoing terror, the gulags, bad economic management, and general oppressiveness, the revolution of 1989-1991 was a welcome and beneficial change.

An article by Professor Archie Brown “Reform, Coup and Collapse: The End of the Soviet State” on the BBC website dated 02/17/2011 gives a positive view:

Not a shot was fired by a Soviet soldier as the Central and East Europeans took their countries' destinies into their own hands. In Western capitals it had been an axiom prior to Gorbachev's coming to power that Soviet control over Eastern Europe was non-negotiable and that the most that could be achieved would be an amelioration of oppressive regimes...
Seldom, if ever, has a highly authoritarian political system, deploying military means sufficient to destroy life on earth, been dismantled so peacefully. Never has an empire disintegrated with so little bloodshed. Although huge difficulties remained for the successor states, the way Soviet communism came to an end was one of the great success stories of 20th century politics.
Of course, it remains to be seen what the future may hold under Vladimir Putin, since it seems he wants to restore the Russian empire.

Retiring Rep. John Conyers (D-MI), official portrait
The Democrats' socialist-communist base is calling the shots these days for the party, and the American political left now represents the most significant threat to America today, short of a nuclear attack. The Democrat leaders such as Nancy Pelosi, Elizabeth Warren, and Bernie Sanders are all socialists, with ties to the Communist Party USA. “Iconic” Rep. John Conyers has a long history with the Communist Party (7287) and the DSA. Hillary Clinton, and Barack Obama were mentored by communists, whose interests are much the same as their own: socialism, anti-capitalism, and far left society with government running as many things as possible, to one day lead to a world communist government. America itself doesn't matter – only the revolution matters, a la Saul Alinsky.

That is why the left is so viciously attacking and persecuting Donald Trump and anyone associated with him. Their loyalty is not to America, but to socialism. Their goal is not American well-being, but socialism. They do not care about economic prosperity, and if in power, they will deliver the opposite. They claim to be the party of the “workers,” opposing capitalist “wage-slavery,” but whenever the socialists-communists have been in power, the norm becomes widespread poverty, and a fear-driven way of life. Communists have murdered tens of millions of their own citizens in the 20th century, and in places like Cuba, Venezuela, and North Korea the murders continue, though not in such great numbers.

Communism is an evil system, and it must be strenuously opposed. Socialism and communism are practically synonymous. It's not far wrong to say that America is in a political civil war, but, up to now, it is perhaps better understood as a continuation of the Cold War. The collapse of the Soviet Union tends to obscure the fact that communism in America still poses a serious danger today. Communists like George Soros and others are financing violence, sedition, and treason. Communists today are no more loyal to the United States than the Soviet agents of the old Cold War. American communists over the years have greatly admired the Soviets, and practically idolized any actual Russians they knew.[7] The CPUSA today is supportive of communism and socialism wherever it is found, and against any American foreign policy that is unfavorable to communism. This is a step beyond divided loyalty.

The anti-Trump movement in some ways has crossed the line of common decency into sedition and treason through violent “protests,” etc. The Mueller Witch Hunt seems to have its goal the impeachment of President Trump, and has far exceeded its mandate, with no letup in sight. I hope Mueller will soon be fired and a new special prosecutor appointed to investigate the crimes of Hillary Clinton and others.

As Whittaker Chambers emphasizes in his excellent book Witness, the underlying evil of communism is its rejection of God.[8] It is this broad rejection which opens the way to promoting dissolution of the family, sexual immorality, and the radical LGBTQ agenda, while promoting government control of as many things as possible. Under that system, it is understood that the end justifies the means, whatever the means may be.

The “swamp” contains the participants and enablers of this destructive movement. The draining of the swamp can be realized in part by putting political pressure on politicians to change their ways, and partly by replacing the ones who won't. Education is key, but in the current atmosphere, change is going to be a difficult struggle.

The election of Donald Trump has given us a window of opportunity to make improvements along these lines. This window may not remain open very long. We must indeed pray that God will bless America, and restore her to real greatness. The situation calls for knowledge of and participation in politics, even by people who have had little to no interest in politics before. Politics has an interest in all of us.



[1] Trevor Loudon, The Enemies Within: Communists, Socialists, and Progressives in the U.S. Congress, 2013-2015 Edition. Las Vegas: Pacific Freedom Foundation, a Nevada Not for Profit Corporation, 2013. I read this in Kindle format without page numbers. Numbers in parentheses, bold, and italics are Location numbers for the Kindle ebook.

[2] F.A. Hayek, The Road to Serfdom: Text and Documents, The Definitive Edition. Bruce Campbell, ed., Routledge, London: The University of Chicago Press, 2007. Original text, 1944, Chapter Ten, "Why the Worst Get on Top."

[3] John T. Flynn, The Road Ahead: America's Creeping Revolution. New York: The Devin-Adair Company, 1949. This is an earlier book, written around the time socialism was threatening the collapse of Britain, and warned that socialism was making such headway in America as to be a very serious threat. Also available free at Mises.org in PDF format. Page 149.

[4] Whittaker Chambers. Witness.  Washington, D.C.: Regnery History, an imprint of Regnery Publishing, ebook, 2014. First edition published 1952. page 156.

[5] Ibid., page 1.

[6] Quoted in a comment by “RS” at economist Robert P. Murphy's Free Advice blog article “The Fairest Keynesian in the Land,” 10/14/2011.

[7] Chambers, page 293.

[8] For example, see Chambers. page 386.

Thursday, November 16, 2017

Joseph McCarthy: Suffering for Righteousness' Sake

Senator McCarthy's appearance on Longines Chronoscope on September 29, 1952

By Eddie Howell

Few American public figures have been more unfairly maligned than Senator Joseph McCarthy. Stanton Evans's meticulously researched and thoroughly documented book Blacklisted by History: The Untold Story of Senator Joe McCarthy and His Fight Against America's Enemies [1] demonstrates that a grave injustice was perpetrated upon the senator by government officials and the press, and this continues to the present day by historians perpetuating untruths about him when the records show that they are wrong. “McCarthyism” is the persistent label applied to the Senator's accusations of people who turned out to be communist agents.

McCarthy was thoroughly disliked by both Presidents Truman and Eisenhower because his work called into question (justifiably) the weak security measures in place that should have been more effective in preventing communists from working in sensitive government positions. Starting with Franklin D. Roosevelt's New Deal, many left-leaning people, including communists, were hired to help administer the new agencies and programs. And later, during World War II, when the U.S. was allied with the Soviet Union against Germany, the government in general didn't seriously question the use of communist employees. Thus at war's end, as the Cold War got started, the Soviets had infiltrated virtually the entire Administration.

Some of the communists in the government were involved in espionage and some were used because they were able to influence government policy. Examples: Harry Dexter White, Assistant Secretary of the Treasury; Harry Hopkins, close friend and adviser to FDR, with residence in the White House; and Alger Hiss, whose career took him through several government agencies, and included time as a presidential adviser. (White and others succeeded in getting the Truman Administration to abandon Chiang Kai-shek in China and leave Mao Tse-Tung and the communists in power.)

The FBI was investigating, using wiretaps, hidden microphones, surreptitious entry and other techniques. Some of the information from the FBI's classified files were not released until after 50 years, and many Russian archives were opened after the fall of the Soviet Union in 1992. These and other sources show that McCarthy's “victims” were actual Communist Party members working to undermine the United States through espionage or through positions of influence in government. Also established was the fact that the Communist Party USA was very active with secret agents and the party's loyalty was to the Soviet Union, not the United States.

Ample evidence existed at the time of the McCarthy hearings to show this, but for various reasons, interest in following McCarthy's accusations, at first seemed strong, but faded when government authorities, such as the Tydings committee refused to actually investigate (as McCarthy was doing), and turned their hearings into an “investigation” of McCarthy.

Under the New Deal, many left-wing people came into the federal government, including many communists, and in World War II, when the Soviet Union was our ally, more came in. Some were able to gain positions of power and to bring more of their comrades into sensitive positions. McCarthy focused a good deal on the State Department, and showed the inadequacy of their security procedures. He was able to point out individual communists during a time when the Communist Party was outlawed. The problem with McCarthy wasn't a lack of names or a lack of evidence. It was a lack of interest on the part of the federal government to deal with the very real problem through McCarthy.

McCarthy was a thorough researcher and didn't name anyone who was an innocent victim, with the apparent exception of going after General Marshall, which was a serious mistake in judgment. He blamed Marshall for decisions that allowed the Soviets too much power in the redrawn postwar map of Europe. Marshall, however, was simply following the leadership of FDR, Truman, and Eisenhower in their desire to placate Stalin. This, of course, was a serious mistake, and set the stage for the Cold War, but it was not Marshall's fault. McCarthy here overreached. 

But otherwise, McCarthy was on target with his accusations. His opponents in Congress and in the Executive Branch firmly resisted what he was trying to do. The liberals and communists managed to turn public opinion against him, and he was eventually censured by the Senate. But he knew that several high officials in government were Soviet agents. Ex-communists Whittaker Chambers and Elizabeth Bentley provided much information, and McCarthy's information came largely from or through the FBI.

Some reviewers of Author Evans's book acknowledged his thorough research, but said he was “biased.” In fact, Evans was trying to correct a great injustice which eventually took its toll on McCarthy, destroying his career, and ultimately, his life.

In his book Betrayal at Bethesda: The Intertwined Fates of James Forrestal, Joseph McCarthy, and John F. Kennedy [2], J. C. Hawkins makes a plausible case for his theory that Joseph McCarthy was murdered at Bethesda Naval Hospital. He checked in with a knee ailment from a World War II injury, not thought to be serious, and died from “acute hepatitis,” under mysterious circumstances.
The connection Hawkins makes concerning the three men of the book's title is as follows: Forrestal mentored both McCarthy and Kennedy, who were good friends although of different political parties. McCarthy and Forrestal died at Bethesda, and experienced odd and mysterious handling, and very possibly, murder. The body of Kennedy, who was murdered in Dallas, was taken to Bethesda, where it was oddly handled, and described in very questionable terms, suggesting a falsified autopsy and other irregularities.

[1] M. Stanton Evens, Blacklisted by History: The Untold Story of Senator Joe McCarthy and His Fight Against America's Enemies. New York: Crown Forum, an imprint of the Crown Publishing Group, a division of Random House, Inc., 2007.

[2] J. C. Hawkins, Betrayal at Bethesda: The Intertwined Fates of James Forrestal, Joseph McCarthy, and John F. Kennedy. North Charleston, South Carolina: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform, 2017.

Further reading:

Herbert Romerstein and Eric Breindel, The Venona Secrets: Exposing Soviet Espionage and America's Traitors. Washington, D.C.: Regnery Publishing, Inc., An Eagle Publishing Company, 2000. This book ia an analysis of the declassified FBI's Venona decrypts of Soviet messages, which confirm much of McCarthy's work.


Christopher Andrew and Oleg Gordievsky, KGB: The Inside Story of Its Foreign Operations from Lenin to Gorbachev. New York: HarperCollins Publishers, 1990. This 776-page book does not take McCarthy's work seriously, but provides a thorough general account of the activities of the KGB and its predecessors. Co-author Gordievsky was a colonel in the KGB, a station chief in London and also a British agent, who defected to the West. The book predates the declassification of the Venona files and the official opening of Kremlin archives.

Thursday, November 9, 2017

Democratic Party Needs Serious Reform

By Eddie Howell

There seems to be no end to the lengths the Clintons and their leftist minions were willing to go to in order to secure the presidency for Hillary Clinton. At best, a presidential campaign is rough business, and any candidate needs to be ready for a lot, and perhaps try to give as good as they get. But aren't there limits to what can be termed honorable behavior? Not so much in the Clinton world.

Was Hillary defeated just because of negligent campaigning? Playing mainly to a far-left base, neglecting white working people, assuming the supposedly blue states were all safe? Could it be the scandal-after-scandal history of the Clinton criminal enterprises had some effect? There seem to be numerous reasons for Hillary's defeat which were not the “fault” of anyone outside her own group – the Russia dossier, Uranium One, emails, Foundation donation, the Benghazi lies, etc., not one of which was engineered by Comey, Trump or anyone outside the Clintons' circle.

Democrats are currently lamenting Donna Brazile's attempt at setting some records straight, accusing Brazile of betrayal simply because she reveals the shady shenanigans of Clinton's DNC takeover. They can't understand why these revelations should ever come to light, just as they can't understand why the Podesta emails should have been revealed.

The Democratic Party is now in quite a bad state, and even some Democrats are extremely disappointed in what has been happening. The Communist-riddled Democratic Party is having trouble coming to terms with why or how they could have failed to gain the big prize. Their response, and that of their media has been to launch an unprecedented hate campaign against President Donald Trump. Well, not exactly unprecedented, but along the lines of what the liberals and communists did to Senator Joseph McCarthy, and now they're striving for a similar result with Donald Trump.

Democratic strategist Doug Schoen, appearing on Fox News' Hannity had a strong critique of the party, as shown in the video below:



The Democrats' main strategy in their own defense seems to be trying to establish moral equivalence to the sins of the GOP, and, mainly, trying to destroy their critics. Donna Brazile may end up as persona non grata to the Democrats simply for telling the truth. She deserves better.

Until the Democrats stop being controlled by their far-left base and globalist bosses, they should not expect to endear themselves to the people who actually do the work of America and pay the bills. Most Americans are not communists or socialists, and those benighted millennials and others who think they want to be, need to get a clue as to what can work and what can't.

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Beware! Socialists and Communists in Congress! But Probably You Knew That

By Eddie Howell

A disturbing fact about the Democrats of the United States Congress is that many who identify themselves as “Progressive” or “Liberal” are in fact socialists, and many have strong connections with the Communist Party USA. Some can be identified as Communist Party members.

“Progressive” or “Liberal” doesn't sound as bad to most Americans as “Socialist,” and “Socialist" doesn't sound as bad as “Communist.” But their stands on many issues and many of their goals are identical.

Trevor Loudon's 689-page book The Enemies Within: Communists, Socialists, and Progressives in the U.S. Congress* is a thoroughly documented and very detailed analysis of its subject, complete with many footnotes, photographs, and quotations. The book was published in 2013 and profiles many individual members of Congress of that time, most of whom are still there, giving their socialist, progressive, and communist connections in detail. See World Net Daily's review here.

America's largest socialist organization, the Democratic Socialists of America (or DSA), formerly the Socialist Party of America, is very influential in the Congress, working closely with numerous Senators and Representatives. The DSA lists 70 members of Congress (House and Senate) as its members. The DSA itself is not a political party now, but an activist organization devoted to socialist causes. It is only minimally different from the Communist Party in its policies and methods.

The DSA list includes Bernie Sanders (of course), Dennis Kucinich, John Conyers, Keith Ellison, and 66 more.

The DSA works with many far-left organizations, such as the leftist think tank Institute for Policy Studies (IPS), and many other related socialist and communist organizations addressing the various issues and activities the leftists are interested in.

Since the collapse of the Soviet Union, the Communist Parties are directed by China, Cuba, North Korea, and communists of other countries, including Russia. The communists are now out of power in the former Soviet Union, but their long-established front organizations still exist, and continue to be influential. Communism is far from dead. So members of the Communist Party USA are not loyal to America first, but to those foreign communists calling the shots. To the extent that people in Congress are working for global government, they are not loyal to America either, in the sense that most Americans are. I believe they don't mind compromising America's best interests for socialist causes. People who disagree with them are labeled as bigots, racists, etc.

Democrat members of the “Quad Caucus,” (1209) i.e. the Congressional Progressive Caucus, the Congressional Black Caucus, the Congressional Hispanic Caucus, and the Congressional Asian Pacific American Caucus (some are members of more than one of these), are the most active in socialist and communist activities. Loudon lists the members of each of these as of 2013.

The methods of these people, who are acting to bring down America as a sovereign nation and establish socialism and eventually a world government, resemble the ways of the Fabian Society described in my previous blog article. Rather than promote violent revolution, they prefer gradualism.

For socialists, bringing about change gradually is, in their view, much more likely to succeed than changing things through violence. However, these days they seem willing to put up with increasing violence, as we have seen recently through Black Lives Matter and Antifa. So their opposition to violence is pragmatic rather than a matter of principle. Whatever works would be OK, including arson, rioting, and murder. Through the Fabian Society and others, socialists have pretty well taken over the American educational system. I believe that Loudon's book does not mention the Fabian Society, but there are many similarities to the progressive-socialist-communist methods he documents: Penetrate, infiltrate, and permeate the established institutions. And strike hard when the time is right. Antifa may represent the start of that hard strike on the part of the leftists. The following video was posted on YouTube on September 25, 2017:


According to Loudon, the communists early targeted the labor movement, and by 1995 had managed to exert control over the AFL-CIO, having replaced strongly anti-communist leaders George Meany and Lane Kirkland. Thus their influence is spread over most American labor organizations, including the communist front the Coalition of Black Trade Unionists (1355)

Progressives and Socialists in Congress often work with communist front organizations such as Asian Americans for Equality (AAFE), which succeeded the Communist Workers Party (CWP). The AAFE is pro-China (1558). Another communist front is the World Peace Council (founded by Soviet communists). Various “peace” organizations are communist-influenced.

Democrat members of Congress have written articles for the People's Weekly World, official newspaper of the Communist Party USA, have spoken at many Communist Party conferences and other events, accompanied communist party members on trips to Cuba and Vietnam, and have been recognized as “non-party friends” in communist publications.

Loudon's material is, I believe, authentic and undeniable. We have a heavy socialist-communist presence in our Congress. It becomes a bit clearer why so many in government have disdain for ordinary non-socialist people (“deplorables,” as Hillary Clinton called them), don't like patriotism, and oppose the military. They support Cuba. They play up anything that can be presented as victimhood, i.e. “oppression” of favored groups. They support the LGBTQ agenda. They don't like conservative Christianity. They don't want anyone complaining about Muslims. They want higher taxes in order to “invest” in social programs at the expense of military spending. They want America to disarm (and thus be weaker than other countries) in the name of “peace,” never considering the concept of “peace through strength.”

Their current projects as of 2017 include destruction of historic statues, destruction of the purpose of the university (political correctness instead of academic achievement), disarming the citizens, and through fear-mongering in regard to conservatism, making socialism fashionable. Most Americans still believe we should follow the Constitution. Socialists want to get rid of it because it restricts government.

Socialists never explain how they are going to produce the workers' paradise. They really can't because no rational economic theory supports it. Socialism is death, leading to hell on earth. One need only look at the socialist empires of the twentieth century, and socialist countries (e.g., Venezuela, North Korea, and Cuba) today to see that. The situation is disturbing, and calls for action to remove these people from office as much and as soon as possible. This will involve dealing with politics. Politics is certainly dealing with us.

Below is a presentation from May 2017 by Mr. Loudon on his book. He spoke in Mission Viejo, CA to a local chapter of Act! for America:




* Trevor Loudon, The Enemies Within: Communists, Socialists, and Progressives in the U.S. Congress, 2013-2015 Edition, 2013. Las Vegas: Pacific Freedom Foundation, a Nevada Not for Profit Corporation. I read this in Kindle format without page numbers. Numbers in paretheses, bold, and italics are Location numbers for the Kindle ebook.


Thursday, September 28, 2017

How Socialists Are Taking Over America

By Eddie Howell

The present day “Liberal” or “Progressive” movement, owes much, if not most, of its present-day power to the Fabian Society of Britain, and their political offspring, the Fabian Society in the U.S. and its numerous affiliates, past and present. The American left is currently graced by such luminaries as Hillary Clinton, Al Gore, Nancy Pelosi, and Chuck Schumer, as well as many other politicians, government bureaucrats, judges, “mainstream journalists” of print and television, plus numerous supporters in the entertainment field, among many others,

The left seems oddly united in purpose, program, and message. This not accidental, but is the result of careful planning over many years, aimed at gradually establishing a world socialist government, by bringing down the United States as a sovereign nation, and making it instead a borderless unit in a world socialist federation under central control of a worldwide authority. The end result would likely be the equivalent of Soviet Communism at its worst, producing tyranny, poverty, and great loss of human life through murder of citizens, famine, wars, etc.

[This would correspond to the end-times Antichrist as described in the Book of Revelation. It is at root a satanic effort, that seems to be proceeding according to schedule. If this is the case, it will be stopped by the return of the Lord Jesus Christ. I believe the mechanisms necessary for the setting up of the end-time temporary rule of the Antichrist are already in place to a great extent, but the further discussion here will focus on secular events which, if not stopped won't be long in destroying America as a sovereign nation.]

The Fabian movement, and its soulmate, the organization known as Americans for Democratic Action, have managed to place selected and trained individuals in positions of responsibility in government, arts and letters, and numerous other places of responsibility and power, starting very modestly, and working mainly through college professors and friendly politicians, economists and others. Thus the levers of power are now largely in the hands of socialists, who avoid calling themselves socialists, for fear of public rejection.

An early logo of the British Fabians contained a drawing representing a wolf in sheep's clothing, since that is how they viewed themselves. They used the words democratic and liberal instead of socialist. Their plans have been largely successful because few people outside the Fabian movement knew what was going on, and those who reported on it were few and not widely read by the British or American people. Most people trust the authorities and do not bother with a lot of political reading.

I have been among those who, although having heard of Fabian socialism, and that it was a group trying to bring about socialism gradually by peaceful means, had no idea what they have actually accomplished. We certainly are not reading much about them in the MSM, and they would probably act offended if you called their ideas socialist. Conservative news and opinion outlets rarely if ever mention them, but they actually constitute the greatest threat to America outside of a nuclear attack.
The following is a brief list of their goals:
  1. To undermine American independence and power as a sovereign nation.
  2. To weaken our economy through large deficit spending and unmanageable debt.
  3. Through a globalist economic structure, to move American jobs and resources to other countries.
  4. To increase American foreign aid and get little in return.
  5. To work toward a more massive welfare state, culminating in global socialism under a strong central authority.
  6. To promote massive immigration, legal or illegal, i.e. open borders.
  7. To promote contentious political quarrels that result in civil unrest.
  8. To avoid harm to socialist or communist countries.
The current Fabian symbol is no longer a wolf in sheep's clothing, but a tortoise with the words “When I strike, I strike hard.” And it seems to be poised to strike harder soon.


The Fabians, who control the Labour Party in Britain, managed to establish socialism in the 1940s and came close to wrecking the British economy and bankrupting the country. By 1950, the people were ready for a different administration, and were tired and impoverished by the socialists' attempt at creating a workers' paradise. But of course, the socialists placed much blame on the American economy, despite the fact that America had provided them many gifts of money and other items, although it could not continue to do so. Socialism doesn't work!

The early Fabians virtually idolized Stalin and the Soviet Union, conveniently overlooking the bloodbath of the Russian Revolution and ongoing atrocities. The Fabians never put up any serious opposition to communism. Fabian leaders visited Moscow and came back with glowing reports.

Prominent Fabians in Britain included Sidney and Beatrice Webb, Clement Atlee, and Harold Wilson.
Prominent American Fabians included Dean Acheson, Harry Hopkins, Dean Rusk, Eleanor Roosevelt, Adlai Stevenson, Margaret Mead, Arthur Schlesinger, Jr., and Walter Lippman, among others, and numerous “cooperators.” Rose L. Martin has several lists of names in the appendices of her book Fabian Freeway (see below).

Whatever their organizational affiliations may be, most leading Democrat politicians and leftists in general would probably feel at home among Fabian socialists, and are working, wittingly or not, toward Fabian goals.

The obvious reason for the leftists' hysterical hate campaign against Donald Trump is that he is now the main obstacle to American adoption of full-on globalism. This will likely continue until Trump is out of the picture or until Trump prevails and the globalists are defeated. This will take a political awakening on the part of American patriots to the dangers, and probably will require a spiritual awakening in America also. We should pray for President Trump and pray that the socialists will be defeated.

Recommended reading:
Rose L. Martin, Fabian Freeway: The High Road Road to Socialism in the U.S.A., with foreword by Loyd Wright. Belmont, MA: Western Islands, 1966. This book is available free in PDF format at Mises.org. It is very detailed and well-documented.

John T. Flynn, The Road Ahead: America's Creeping Revolution. New York: The Devin-Adair Company, 1949. This is an earlier book, written around the time socialism was threatening the collapse of Britain, and warned that socialism was making such headway in America as to be a very serious threat. Also available free at Mises.org in PDF format.


Edward R. Pease, The History of the Fabian Society. New York: E. P. Dutton & Company, 1906. This one can be considered an official Fabian Society publication. This book was available free at Amazon.com in Kindle format on 09/28/2017.

Saturday, September 9, 2017

On Progressive Hurricane Politics

Photo: Pexel.com
By Eddie Howell

To relieve the monotony of their mostly rigid socialist/fascist ideology, “progressives” vary in their opinions and statements depending on their jobs and, of course, personalities. There seems to be a range of ideas, for instance, about the deadly hurricanes the U.S. is currently experiencing. Jennifer Lawrence, beautiful, talented, and quite likable actress has come up with the profound statement that the hurricanes are a punishment (Mother Nature's wrath) for electing Trump. That must have required some deep thinking.

Show-biz people often use the platforms they've earned as entertainers to make proclamations about serious subjects, sometimes well, as in PSAs for hunger relief. Often, these days, not so well, as lashing out against President Trump and any and every thing having to do with him or his associates. For example, [momentarily off the topic of hurricanes] George Clooney was showing his own obnoxiousness by calling Steve Bannon a “failed f***ing screenwriter,” with further obscene comments about him. Way to go, George, diminishing yourself and your industry in the minds of decent people. But Hollywood isn't big on decency these days. Would that have anything to do with the decline of the movie business?

Leftist commentators keep looking for something in Trump's disaster response to criticize, as they did, mercilessly and unfairly, to George W. Bush when Katrina struck. So far, the governments' response seems to be going about as well as could be expected.

The perceived link of the hurricanes to “climate change” is, of course, irresistible to the leftists. Their thought leaders will milk every possible drop out of this disaster. Their followers will go along. But the sad truth, inconveniently, is that mankind is not responsible for anything significant to do with the climate. And mankind can do nothing to change it. It's enough to just clean up the pollution from the environment, which has been a pretty successful effort, and must be ongoing. 

Climate change is seen as a cash cow to governments who want to use it as an excuse to raise taxes, issue onerous laws and regulations, which would impoverish the citizens and enrich the top politicians and their cronies (Solyndra on steroids). It would do nothing positive to affect the climate. If you really want to do something positive about the environment, focus on preventing nuclear, chemical, and biological war. The climate-change agenda is a rat-hole not worthy of pouring good money into. But the elites would appreciate it.

Speaking of whom, the reptilian (metaphorically) globalist leaders would use climate change (See Agenda 21) as the excuse for confiscating money and property, and eliminating freedoms, while achieving nothing for the environment or anything else. These people include, but are not limited to, the Clintons, Barack Obama, George Soros, and other Alynski-ites with Orwellian plans.

In fact, the experience of witnessing people helping people in the hurricane flooding brings, to some, a renewed sense of unity, and faith in the human spirit. But to the progressives, everything's political, right down to Melania Trump's shoes. Her critics merely show their own bullying personalities and vindictive natures. As do virtually all the left's leaders and spokespeople these days in their frenzied hate campaign against President Donald Trump.


But occasionally, their comments, such as some by Rep. Maxine Waters, can be useful as comic relief.

Friday, August 25, 2017

Confederophobes and Others of the Obnoxious Left Just Get Worse

They talk about President Donald Trump's mental health. Trump is quite normal, and the “psychiatrists” who claim otherwise ought to check themselves first. It's entirely political and not medical. The mantra the left is putting out about Trump's mental health is simply an application of a well-known communist tactic: accuse your opponents of being mentally unfit and lock them away.

The leftists display more signs of mental maladjustment than Trump ever will. But we must regard them as rationally employing carefully plotted schemes to damage and eventually destroy America. It is plain that the radical left has no respect or regard for the American people and would willingly beat, maim and kill whomever they wish, if they could get away with it. People who plan to be anywhere near an Antifa demonstration or event probably need to arm themselves. And as Mr. Trump suggested to a police group, about dealing with gangs, the same should go for Antifa gangs: Be forceful and don't be too nice.

The Confederophobes (now expanding their destructive efforts to statues that predate the Confederacy) continue vandalizing statues, including one of Thomas Jefferson at the University of Virginia, a school which Jefferson founded, as reported by the Charlottesville Daily Progress.


Columbus statue in Manhattan's
Columbus Circle
Further, CBS News reports that New York Mayor Bill de Blasio may order the removal of a statue of Christopher Columbus from Manhattan's Columbus Circle. Would the circle be renamed?

Obviously, the left isn't satisfied just to go after the Confederacy, which is suddenly dangerous 150 years after it ended, or even back to the Founding Fathers, but now back to Columbus. They would probably like to completely erase the history of white civilization back to Ancient Rome and before. What about Julius Caesar and Emperor Constantine? The Vatican Swiss Guard said it's just a matter of time before ISIS strikes the Vatican.

ISIS may have to get in line behind leftists like Antifa. The left has no love for Christians – or Jews.

Antifa has a cell in Philadelphia which openly advocates violence against police and seizure of property. A Daily Caller article begins,
An armed Antifa group is launching a new cell in Philadelphia, with support from the “alt-left” alternative media.
 The group currently hosts anti-police workshops called “Our Enemies in Blue,” The group draws inspiration from convicted murderers and calls for violence against the police, theft of goods, and armed insurrection. [Emphasis added]
How can this go on without action from DHS, DOJ, and local law enforcement? This is a terrorist organization. This is incitement to violence. But, of course, the left loves Antifa and tries to justify them. As a group, Antifa is more violent, and no better, than the neo-Nazis and white supremacists. They are openly communist. Communists are generally looking toward a violent revolution.

Black Lives Matter, as reported in another Daily Caller story, claims Trump is practicing genocide on a par with Hitler. This claim is in addition to their absurd demand that white people give their homes to black and brown families. This lying claim and ridiculous demand show that BLM is desperately trying to undermine America. The unhinged left is absolutely trying to destroy America's past and create a bleak, ignorant, and poor future under communism. This is being guided by wealthy globalists like George Soros, whose megabucks finance Confederophobes, Antifa thugs, BLM, and other subversive, seditious, and treasonous operations. Soros should be in prison, but is protected by Democrat politicians as well as his own wealth.

Mr. Trump has strong support among his voters and among Republicans. His approval rating is well above that of Congress. Congressional members who want to impeach him should bear that in mind.



Further reading:
Cole Davis, “We must stop the erasure of our Confederate monuments,” The Plainsman, 08/25/2017.
Excellent article.

Photo: The statue of Christopher Columbus by Gaetano Russo in the middle of Columbus Circle in Manhattan, New York City -- a gift to the city from Italian-Americans.


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Wednesday, August 23, 2017

The Dumbing Down of America Is Now on the Fast Track

By Eddie Howell

Recent news items:

10 Statues Liberals Want to Destroy” (Newsmax)
They include Mount Rushmore.

ESPN: Decision to Remove Asian Broadcaster Robert Lee from Calling Plays for UVA Game ‘Felt Right’” (CNS News)
Looks like a story from The Onion, but isn't.

BLM Leader Demands White People Give Their Houses to Black Families” (MRC-TV)
So silly it doesn't merit a comment, but this is supposed to be some intelligent person making the demand. And some are taking it seriously, I suppose.

Al Gore's Hype” (Jewish World Review)
Will he get another Nobel Prize or Oscar for this?

Above are referenced just a few of the ridiculous things I believe show that the Dumbing Down of America is picking up speed.

The response to President Trump's reported comments after the Charlottesville tragedy show that now, many news items and events depend on Mr. Trump's statements of the day – in this instance massive criticism and claims that Trump didn't condemn neo-Nazism and white supremacy when he did. But truth means little to the MSM.

The following video features Greg Gutfeld of Fox News on how the media covered the events at Charlottesville:


The full-on anti-Trump hate campaign is not just politics – it's evil. The objective of its puppeteers, like George Soros and other globalists, is to destroy not only Donald Trump, but America as well. The duped individuals who are going along with this nasty business have been radicalized in a very similar way to jihadist radicals.

It is an anti-knowledge, anti-academic, anti-white, anti-human, and anti-freedom campaign aimed at establishing historical ignorance and stoking hate and fear among different groups. When you erase history, that is a form of dumbing down. It is plain dumb to be “intimidated” by a Civil War statue. But these protesters against the Confederacy are being led to think that somehow these statues pose a danger to them. The Civil War ended 150 years ago. Thanks to the Democrats' support of Jim Crow laws and the Ku Klux Klan, racial discrimination and hatred continued. But the progress made in the decades since has been remarkable. Few people seriously advocate or support racism. And slavery is unthinkable.

The globalists and Democrats, deeply stung by Hillary Clinton's loss, have embarked on a seditious campaign to get rid of President Donald Trump. Anything they don't like must be caused by “racism.”
But the racists are most numerous among “Progressive” politicians and race hustlers. Their racism exceeds anyone else's. Black Lives Matter (by the way, do black lives matter in Chicago?) and Al Sharpton stand out, along with politicians who make a campaign out of falsely accusing Donald Trump of racism. But politically, that's about all they have. They have no ideas or program proposals that would improve things for the American people. Those at the top of this movement are not interested in economic prosperity. They are interested in socialism and bringing down the Constitution, and enforcing political correctness.

The goal of socialism is socialism. The end result of the globalists' and “Progressives'” plans would be the end of any restraint on things dear to them, such as forced redistribution, world government, more abortion, and more of many other forms of death. You can be assured that the Democrat leadership and the anti-Trump leaders care nothing for the American middle class or the American people in general. They don't love America, they hate America.

As I have said before, the “loyal opposition” is no longer loyal. America would be better off in the hands of the mafia than the globalists and “Progressives.” The Anti-Trump movement is led by people who want to destroy American history and transform America into a third-world hellhole. This they are attempting partly by deceiving people into thinking that in America as it is today, they are and always will be victims. In fact, the poor in America would be considered very well off in many countries. But the progress of the years since the Civil Rights Act of 1964 in race relations, which has been considerable in terms of education, economic opportunity, and social acceptance of all races, is being systematically destroyed by people falsely claiming to want better race relations. What they really want is to stir up as much trouble and confusion as possible, in order to curtail freedom and physically remove or destroy what and whom they don't like.

The tragedy is that good people can be corrupted and taken in by the Big Lie of the globalists. That is what is taking place in many universities, political bodies, and in our streets. The antifa thugs are truly no better, and in some ways worse, than the despicable white supremacists they claim to oppose. They show their lack of courage by wearing masks, and their cowardice and viciousness by attacking defenseless people. For these people to claim to be anti-fascist is a stupid, ironic, and sick joke. It's amazing that anyone would accept that ridiculous idea. They are actually demonstrating fascism. They are simply the black shirts of the globalists who are paying them. But Saul Alinsky would be proud.

Further reading: L. Brent Bozell III, "The Media Normalize the Antifa Extreme," Jewish World Review, 08/23/2017.

Sunday, August 20, 2017

Battle Lines

By Eddie Howell

As if the sickening movement to remove all traces of the Confederacy weren't already bad enough, now, “activists” want to change the name of USC's mascot, the horse Traveler, because its name is similar to that of Robert E. Lee's horse Traveller.

General Robert E. Lee on his horse Traveller


Of course, if its name is Traveler, that must mean it's an evil horse of hate and racism. Also, the horse's color happens to be white. This probably makes it doubly evil. Maybe it should be replaced by a colorful donkey to represent the Democrat Party. This whole business is now beyond idiotic. Again, another thing showing that colleges are becoming the stupidest places in America.

This anti-history movement is not only anti-Confederate, it is anti-American, and ultimately anti-human. Let's erase the parts of history we don't like. Well, I'm not fond of the growth of criminal gangs during Prohibition. Should I therefore advocate removal of all traces of Al Capone? He wasn't really a very nice guy. I'm not a fan of Woodrow Wilson. Can we expunge him from our history? He re-segregated the military and was a bully, a dictator, and an unapologetic racist. Oh, but wait, he was a Democrat. Of course it was Democrats who started and supported the KKK and opposed the 1964 Civil Rights Act. But that was OK, because they were Democrats.

George Orwell's 1984 oppressor, Big Brother, believed that whoever controls the past controls the future, and whoever controls the present controls the past. Revising history is a popular tool of dictators.

A major point I'm trying to make is that taking down Confederate monuments will do nothing to stop racism, and could very well provoke more. It's an insult to the people of the South whose ancestors fought for a cause they believed in, which encompassed more than slavery. Very few, a very tiny minority, today, believe that slavery was OK or that white supremacy is a good thing. The slavery issue was settled at great cost and so should no longer be an issue. The fact that it existed should not be hidden, however. The Orwellian movement to remove Confederate reminders, whether monuments or things named after Confederate figures smacks of the Soviets' actions to remove disliked persons from the historical record, as though they never existed. It is not substantially different from Big Brother's memory hole in 1984.

The whole business is a threat to our constitutional rights of free speech and free expression, and is sometimes a provocation to violence. As reprehensible as the neo-Nazis and KKK are, they are a very tiny minority in America. Whatever threat they might represent can readily be countered by law enforcement. But the left isn't satisfied unless they can demean America and stir up needless controversy. The masked antifa thugs are exactly that – thugs – like Mussolini's black shirts or Hitler's brown shirts. They themselves are about as fascist as you can get. Their purpose is to bully and harass and beat, and possibly murder people and destroy property in the name of – what? They are definitely no better than any of their opponents. Any attempt to intellectually defend or justify what they do is actually laughable.

Of course, race hustlers like Black Lives Matter and Al Sharpton want to shake down anyone they can over false accusations and threats. And many legitimate conservative organizations are labeled by the despicable Southern Poverty Law Center as “hate groups,” while few organizations on their list are more hateful than they.

The globalists pulling the strings of this sorry business may find that America is not Europe. We are serious about freedom and constitutional rights. We care about our heritage. We regret slavery. We're against racism and white (or any other racial) supremacy. We don't hate Jews or any other minority. We don't, as a people, condone violence in the streets. But Americans have been and are willing to fight against tyranny, against globalism, and against socialism – and actual fascism (a form of socialism). Americans have generally been quiet about these abuses, but we won't be pushed too far. The election of Donald Trump and the rejection of Hillary Clinton should demonstrate that there is a limit to how much we will take from the adversaries of freedom or the corrupt Swamp.


Also, no one should rejoice over Mr. Trump's troubles. He will be fine. His voters still support him, and his opponents will lose support among the American people because of their hysterical hatred of the president and their disdain for his supporters, and America in general.

Thursday, August 17, 2017

Thoughts on the Charlottesville Tragedy

By Eddie Howell

The tragedy of Charlottesville is multifaceted event with plenty of blame to go around. Few except the neo-Nazis themselves would justify the obvious evil of racism or white supremacy. But President Trump is right to recognize there is blame on many sides.

The leftist governor of Virginia and the leftist mayor of Charlottesville want to blame Mr. Trump for the troubles, but they themselves failed to the point that many injuries took place and a life was needlessly lost. A Washington Examiner editorial puts a spotlight on this:

Ahead of the event, the Washington Examiner's Tom Rogan warned against the city's attempt to relocate the Nazis from their desired place of protest. He pointed out that the more sensible course would be to allow them to protest in Emancipation Park as a way to contain them and keep the counter-protestors away from them.
The authorities instead chose to allow the warring factions to intermingle, with predictable results. Charlottesville became a small war zone. Making matters much worse, the police were apparently ordered to stand by as the various factions beat each other bloody.
Further, the editorial details how the governor and mayor failed to protect the First Amendment free speech rights or the neo-Nazi organizer, who was chased away from his press conference. The ones who received a permit to protest the removal of a statue were attacked by people who had no permit, and should not have been there.

It is obvious that neither Governor Terry McAuliffe nor Mayor Mike Signer understands the First Amendment, although both have likely taken an oath to protect the Constitution. They doubled down on their failures. People want to say hate speech is not free speech, but actually it is protected by the First Amendment, as firmly established in Supreme Court cases. If these people don't have free speech rights, no one else does either.

As for the person who killed a woman and injured several other people, his day in court is coming. The hate in the heart of someone who would do this is evil indeed. But it's too bad some common-sense precautions weren't taken which could have prevented this from happening.

Further, as Mr. Trump suggested, there were “fine people” there to protest also, and also among the counter-protesters. You don't have to be a racist or white supremacist to oppose the removal of historic statues or any Confederate monuments. As Condoleeza Rice pointed out, hiding history is not a good thing.



There is hate on “many sides,” as Mr. Trump said. But the strongest hate in America today appears to be the hysterical leftist hate campaign against President Trump.