September 11, 2020
By David Codrea
The world has gone mad. Communist mobs occupy sectors in major American cities and receive support from local and national Democrat politicians. The media (and former President Barack Obama) characterize racist mobs rioting, looting, burning and extorting as “peaceful demonstrators.”
The Democratic candidate for president, Joe Biden, and his running mate, Kamala Harris, are threatening to eviscerate the principles of federalism and the Bill of Rights, with special emphasis on gutting the Second Amendment. There’s a good chance they will win the popular vote, and current polls show them on track to dominate key battleground states for an electoral win. (2016 Polls showed Hillary on top, too, but Trump is inarguably more besieged from all sides today.)
Add to that so many Americans now afraid to speak their minds because of the devastation the so-called “cancel culture” can bring upon them. You just have to be accused of being a racist to have the mob pronounce its verdict. That, by the way, is one of Harris’ platform pledges – to add “haters” to the “terror watchlist,” and to declare such state-created pariah’s “prohibited persons,” forbidden to possess a gun under penalty of felony sentencing, all without the seemingly obsolete legal concept of “due process” slowing anyone down.
Deny it or not, gun owners will face a binary choice in November—either cast a vote for Donald Trump, a man who has many times taken the fire out of their bellies with actions that belied his 2016 campaign promises, or Joe Biden. True, there are third parties, but no one advocating for them is able to refute the way the numbers will work out: Any vote not for Trump works to Biden’s advantage.
“There’s no voting our way out of this,” the more bellicose voices on gun boards and in blog comments sections will declare. “Molon labe!”
Ya gotta wonder how many of these would-be warriors have ever actually involved themselves in using the remarkable system bequeathed by the Founders before deciding that “Civil War 2” will be the less demanding course of action. If that turns out to be the case, ya also gotta wonder how many anonymous chatroom tiger talkers, who won’t lift a finger while things are still easy, will prove to have what it takes when they become cataclysmic.
“If you will not fight for right when you can easily win without bloodshed; if you will not fight when your victory is sure and not too costly; you may come to the moment when you will have to fight with all the odds against you and only a precarious chance of survival,” Winston Churchill noted in an earlier world crisis. “There may even be a worse case. You may have to fight when there is no hope of victory, because it is better to perish than to live as slaves.”
I’m not sure how true that would still be when things start to look hopeless, and how many bloviators would instead trade it all for three hots and a cot in a FEMA camp.
So, how the hell did we get to the point where we’re even talking about this, anyway? Where did the America most of us grew up in go, anyway?
The subversion that is coming to a head has been a long time coming. And it’s not like no one was sounding the alarm. There were voices warning the people in no uncertain terms what was happening, who was behind it and what their goal was. But these prophets were outliers, and easy to ignore, especially by Americans enjoying the fruits, opportunities and diversions of unprecedented prosperity that was opening new doors. Meanwhile, the forces of subversion were free to work their deceptions and manipulations on the public through the “liberal” political, media and educational establishments, and those who were on to them were relegated to the role of Cassandras (the mythological priestess of Apollo who was cursed to proclaim true prophecies that no one would believe).
They were easy for those preoccupied with the new American affluence to ignore or view as as buzzkills, or for the establishment to smear them as extremist kooks. And that’s curious because Korea, the Cultural Revolution, “duck and cover,” the Cuban missile crisis, the Berlin Wall all stood as examples of the atrocities totalitarian communism has “produced” wherever it has been forced on populations. That uncompromising anti-communism became an object of apathy and ridicule has been directed.
“Progressives” enjoyed success ridiculing the “Red Scare.” Joseph McCarthy has been vilified. The “Hollywood Blacklist” has been held up as an ideological horror inflicted by “fascist” right-wingers, with the increased unemployability of “conservatives” in the entertainment industry all but ignored by voices with real reach.
Some of the most successful efforts to dismiss those warning against communism were self-interested so-called “conservatives” who would brook no rivalry. Thus we had William F. Buckley and National Review attacking the John Birch Society as fringe extremists engaging in “paranoid, unpatriotic drivel.”
It’s hardly a surprise that Buckley went on to declare “It is time that conservatives gave up fanatical interpretations of the Second Amendment,” and urge passage of the Brady Act, while pronouncing “the fear of the slippery slope is taken to fanatical lengths. It’s hardly a surprise that he went on to falsely opine “If you insist that a citizen has the right to own a machine gun, you discredit his right to own a pistol or a rifle.”
And it’s hardly a surprise that the ideological heirs of the “neocons” are actually “pro-Biden Republicans,” if you can wrap your head around that without a cognitive dissonance overdose.
Lenin is reputed to have called such fools “useful idiots.” Noting they are throwing people like me under the bus to achieve their ambitions, I prefer the term “domestic enemies.”
“Contrary to what you might have heard, there really was a world communist conspiracy. Its purpose was not just agitation but propaganda,” journalist Monica Showalter documented in a nine-part Investor’s Business Daily series. “To bring it about, V.I. Lenin recruited a special corps of propagandists for what was to become the Communist International.
“Lenin also feared that unless other countries went communist, his own revolution would be doomed to collapse under economic failure,” Showalter continued. “This drove him to try something new at the time: a special corps of ‘useful idiots.’ (The term is actually not Lenin's, but that of economist Ludwig von Mises.) These foot soldiers would push his revolution in every country — co-opting and subverting democratic processes, fomenting strikes, installing secret armies and, above all, propagandizing according to Moscow's dictates.”
Nowhere was that more evident – and nowhere is there more evidence of it – than was brought to the attention of government and the media by Weather Underground infiltrator Larry Grathwohl. As someone who heard firsthand the evil plots of Obama “advisors” Bernardine Dohrn and Bill Ayers, Grathwohl was present at a strategy session where “leaders” discussed how they would administer the country once they took over, revealing “they expected that the Cubans, the North Vietnamese, the Chinese, and the Russians would all want to occupy different portions of the United States.”
As for Americans who wouldn’t go along with the plan? “Reeducation camps” would be “phase one.” And for those who resisted that?
“[T]he reply was that they’d have to be eliminated,” Grathwohl recalled. “And when I pursued this further, they estimated that they’d have to eliminate 25 million people in these re-education centers. And when I say ‘eliminate,’ I mean kill 25 million people.
Why don’t more Americans know about this monstrousness, even though Grathwohl testified before the United States Senate? Ayers and Dohrn were not only never punished, they have been rewarded with elite positions in academia. And there are plenty more influential domestic enemies embedded in government, including at the highest levels, and in the media.
A consistent voice that has been sounding such warnings and proving his claims – for decades – has been that of author, lecturer and filmmaker G. Edward Griffin, unsurprisingly dismissed by those who oppose those claims as the promoter of “a number of far right-wing views and conspiracy theories.”
Ad hominem, attacking the man rather than his arguments, is a widely used logical fallacy intended to discredit reputations, and further discourage people from listening to what a man has to say. Case in point, the Wikipedia entry self-authoritatively asserts Griffin’s The Creature form Jekyll Island “promotes false theories about the motives behind the creation of the Federal Reserve System,” offering as refutation a hit piece from The Daily Beast proclaiming it “a salt mine of utterly laughable bullsh**.”
The flaw here is that contention isn’t proven. Instead, we’re told yeah, it happened, but it’s not the whole story. There is no refutation of Griffin’s claims, simply calculated redirection away from them. And the sole source is a Reason editor whose work on “political paranoia” is widely cited by “progressive” publications like the afore-mentioned Beast and the virulently anti-gun Mother Jones.
With the understanding that recommending further works by Griffin will no doubt result in dismissing anyone who does as a tinfoil hat-wearer, I’m going to encourage Firearms News readers to hear the man out for themselves, to listen to what he’s had to say, and to evaluate that against events you’ve lived through and how they have unfolded against what Griffin “predicted.”
Now it will take some time, because it means you’ll need to sit through some YouTube videos, assuming the social media censors haven’t pulled them down or made them harder to access by condemning them as “fake.”
The Subversion Factor: Part 1; Moles in High Places & Part 2; The Open Gates of Troy currently is posted at the link: https://youtu.be/E8z1YE-QDo4.
“It’s our specific purpose to explore the possibility that America’s retreat from victory since the end of World War II has not been caused by random forces of history, but by design, not by a confusion factor, but by the subversion factor,” Griffin says in his introduction to the documentary.
Look at open Marxists now in government, not just in places like Portland and Seattle, but in statehouses and in the Congress. Look at embedded assets in government agencies and departments as evidence by the whole “Russiagate” fraud meant to bring down a duly-elected president. Look at the infiltration in education and academic establishments. Look at near total control of the media, and how government doesn’t even need to enact laws when corporate cowards excluding “wrong thinkers” from the marketplace can “help” ensure compliance through a “cancel culture” straight out of the Communist Chinese “social credit rating” system. Look at how globalist interests like George Soros’ Open Societies Foundation are bankrolling politicians and prosecutors, and how critics of that are now being widely smeared as “anti-Semites.”
Look at how the electorate has been changed by a suicidal policy for both legal and illegal immigrants, with a “pathway to citizenship” objective that overwhelmingly favors the authoritarian monopoly of violence that exists in the countries such people have fled from. The New York Times practically crowed about how that “turned Virginia from deep red to solid blue.”
Which is a deeper rabbit hold to go down: The belief that the condition of the world is due to directed interference by elitist string-pullers, or that regressing into the chaos that is destroying the American way of life and replacing it with something centrally controllable is just a series of random coincidences? I know which one is more likely to result in Alinsky Rule 5 ridicule.
I urge you to take the time to watch The Subversion Factor, and then to share it with those within your sphere of influence. I then urge you to do the same with More Deadly than War, where “Mr. Griffin shows that there are two kinds of revolution: violent and non-violent. The non-violent stage is accomplished in the name of democracy, and that is where most of the action is happening in America today.”
Do it now. Before the election. While things are still, as Churchill put it, “when you can easily win without bloodshed.”