To The Daily Sun,
A rebuttal to the recent rant from a leading propagandist who indoctrinates young minds toward the shallow and empty leftist mantra.
The John Birch Society, named in honor of an American killed by the Chinese communist after World War II started, in December of 1958 to inform people concerning legislation Washington was considering. They did not riot in the streets, burn buildings, intimate or assault people. Their goal was to educate and let them decide for themselves.
The Communist Party USA was not going to stand by and let their efforts to destroy and rebuild America to Soviet standards be hindered. The House Committee on Un-American Activities came into their sights. Their goal was to get Congress to cut funding and abolish the committee that had become a hindrance to their goals. A bill was introduced to do just that. The John Birch Society got the word out and the bill was defeated in 1961.
A command had been issued a year earlier in Moscow where 80 communist representatives from other nations met to discuss the problem with the anti-communists. They recognized there was a threat to their movement. Communist everywhere did not take the directive lightly and amassed attacks against any and all who would challenge their agenda.
The directive caught the attention of the U.S. Senate Internal Security Subcommittee. Testifying before the committee was an expert on communist tactics. Edward Hunter who used the phrase "brainwashing." The communist document saw the anti-communist as a threat. Attacks on the John Birch Society, anti-communist schools and any who opposed their goals, became a target. The communist publication, Peoples World attacked the John Birch Society. Time magazine followed suit and labeled the group a cell. Their research was deplorable, as I found by experience years later.
Racism, Nazism, fascism and anti-Semitic charges were directed at them. This followed to a tee Lenin's directive in dealing with adversaries:
A report in the House Committee on Un-American Activities taken from the communist document, volume 1, page 347 says; "members and front organizations must continually embarrass, discredit and degrade our critics, when obstructionist become irritating, label them as fascist or Nazi or anti-Semitic, constantly associate those who oppose us with those names that already have a bad smell. The association will, after enough repetition, become 'fact' in the public eye."
On June 12, 1963, California Fact Finding Committee released their 62-page report on the John Birch Society. "Our investigations have not found the society to be either a secret or a fascist organization, nor have we found the great majority of its members in California to be mentally unstable, crackpots, or hysterical about the threat of communist subversion."
In the late 1960s Black members, Lola Belle Holmes, Charles Smith, Alvin Smith, Freeman Yearling, Leonard Patterson and Julia Brown toured the country lecturing on who the real enemy of this country is.
Less government, more responsibility, and with God's help, a better world, sums up the society's motto. Today we seldom hear the word communism, there is no need. More friendly sounding terms are used: progressive, liberal, Democrat socialist. The name has been changed but the goal remains the same.
U.S. News and World report interviewed Major William E. Mayer, United States Army psychiatrist, and released the interview in the Feb. 24, 1956, issue. Referring to American soldiers captured by the North Koreans who succumbed to "brainwashing:" "it is the eroding of the mind, the infiltrating of the spirit, and finally the paralyzing of the will, the men who withstand it are those whose minds are firm and clear and possession of the truth."
Mayer attributes an intellectual vacuum in formal education as why so many succumbed to communism. The education of most Americans failed, "they receive no fundamental facts or enduring principles from their 'formal education' to counter communist brainwashing. the major was asked if they were taught American system of government in school? "Many said no."
Representative Paul W. Shafer in a speech before Congress on March 21, 1952, documented a trend he found in American education, titled, "Is there a subversive movement in the public schools? Indicates a movement in American schools which opposes free enterprise and fosters collectivism." He calls this "subversive."
The Venona papers, released in 1995: Treason in High Places, by Lt. Colonel F.P. Farell, "Color, Communism and Common Sense" by Manning Johnson, The Mitrokhin Archive, Vassiliev papers., FBI investigations on Soviet infiltration, Oleg Gordievsky, Stanislav Levchenko, Elizabeth Bentley, Whitaker Chambers,Committee on UN-American Activities on Soviet Subversion, and Major Jordan's diary are a few in the long list of proof of a communist conspiracy.
Louise F. Budenz was the managing editor of the Communist Daily Worker. He posed a question? "Has communist infiltration been stopped in America?" He proves the contrary and identifies their tactics in two books: "The Cry Is Peace" and "Techniques of Communism." He identifies targets of the subversives: Education - libraries; culture; labor; and a host of collectivist schemes to bring all under one roof. He also claimed that they would use the term progressive instead of communism. Sound familiar?
Gene F. Danforth
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