History Heroes: Ronald Reagan and Pope John Paul II crush Communism and Avert Nuclear War

History Heroes:

Ronald Reagan and Pope John Paul II crush Communism and Avert Nuclear War

A Fascinating Friendship Crushed Communism and Averted Nuclear War

Larry Tomczak

 

This story of two great history heroes is an inspiration. Don’t miss it! ~C.D.

Inspired by the supernatural intervention of God both during the Reagan years and in this recent election, may we all rededicate ourselves to praying for our elected officials, our nation and another spiritual awakening during these turbulent times. ~Larry Tomczak

 

“I don’t know what weapons would be used to fight World War III, but IV would be settled with sticks and stones.”   – Albert Einstein

USA TODAY ran this front page headline recently: “World War III: Americans are Thinking About the Unthinkable” [May 3, 2017]. Data from Google searches shows incredible spikes for – you guessed it – “World War III.” And the Doomsday clock is now as close as it’s ever been to midnight.

Not long ago there was a similar situation but it was providentially avoided because of the friendship of two outstanding leaders. Can you guess who they were?

This is the absolutely amazing account of two of history’s greatest leaders and their bond of friendship that changed the world and averted a nuclear nightmare. Both are gone but their story is worthy of reflection in these tense times.

Ronald Reagan was one of America’s greatest presidents and his stature is sorely missed. Think for a moment on his victory margin in the 1984 election of 525 to 13 electoral votes as he won 49 of 50 states!

His opponent,  Walter Mondale, only won his home state of Minnesota and that by 3,761 votes! “The Gipper’s” electoral votes remain the highest total ever received by a presidential candidate. Don’t forget he was 73 – the oldest president in America’s history.

He’s my hero and I treasure the autographed picture of him in my study. Millions draw inspiration from his life and legacy.

Since we are known by our friends, it behooves us to discover who was Reagan’sclosest friend. It may surprise you.

It’s been said there are four types of friends:

  • Just friends – social
  • Rust friends – oldies
  • Trust friends – counselors
  • Must friends – gifts from God

President Reagan had a God-given gift in a person with whom he changed the course of history. And it wasn’t his beloved wife, Nancy, to whom he was married for 52 years. Actor Charlton Heston called this unique relationship, “The greatest love affair in the history of the American presidency.”

Some Simple Clues

My father came from Poland as an immigrant. My mother was Polish as were almost all of our relatives.

We were dyed-in-the-wool Catholics.  I had 12 years of parochial school. My autobiography, “Clap Your Hands,” helped reach a quarter million predominately Catholics and both my father and I had the privilege of ministering the gospel in Poland.

Whether you’re Catholic or not, you’re most likely familiar with the first Polish pope in history who also gained sainthood in the Catholic Parthenon of saints.

This towering figure connected with President Reagan, and today they are recognized together as the principal players in collapsing Communism and averting a nuclear war.

Pope John Paul 2 in Krakow, Poland

Pope John Paul II was born Karol Jozef Wojtyla in 1920 and was athletic, manly and an outspoken advocate for human rights. When Nazis occupied Poland during World War II, he studied in a secret seminary in Kraków, became pope in 1978 and traveled to over 129 countries sharing the message of Jesus Christ.

He stood up to Communism using his influence and moral authority so effectively that he is credited with its fall in Poland and throughout Europe. Lech Walensa, founder of the Solidarity movement and the first post-Communist President of Poland, repeatedly honored John Paul for giving Poles the courage to affect change peacefully, altering the politics of the land.

Even Soviet leader Mikael Gorbachev once said, “The collapse of the Iron Curtain would have been impossible without John Paul II.”  [CBS News Online: “Pope Stared Down Communism in His Homeland – and Won!” (June 30, 2008)].

For years prior to his death, this icon was a prophetic symbol of perseverance under pressure and pain as he never stopped his missionary work while trembling severely with Parkinson’s.

“A Pope and a President”

Paul Kengor, political science professor and author, has just released his amazing book reviewing this little known relationship. It’s subtitle is, “A Pope and a President: John Paul II, Ronald Reagan, and the Extraordinary Untold Story of the 20th Century.”

In a compelling way, Mister Kengor documents the spiritual connection between the Catholic pope and the Protestant president that strengthened each other in confronting the paramount evil of the 20th century: Soviet Communism.

History Patterns

We learn the following:

  • Communism’s demise was not triggered by tearing down the Berlin Wall but Poland’s election and the Pope’s catalytic role.
  • Both men were almost assassinated just weeks apart in 1981; each should have died as they almost bled to death; and, later during personal time in the Vatican, they shared their belief that God spared their lives for a special purpose, to take down atheist Communism.
  • The Soviet Union was on the brink of invading Poland the very day Reagan was shot but with America on full nuclear alert, the highest level of DEFCON, they stopped abruptly to avoid the conflagration of a nuclear war.
  • The CIA allegedly but secretly confirmed Russia’s role in the shooting of the pontiff by Mehmet Agca (whom the pope later visited, forgave and prayed with in prison!).
  • Ronald Reagan specifically identified him as his “best friend” and Nancy as his “closest friend.”

Application Today

Former President George W. Bush once labeled North Korea and Iran as two players in the “axis of evil.” When Mitt Romney ran for president he said Russia was the number one geopolitical foe of America. The threat of all three nations to world peace is an alarming reality today.

People are understandably on edge. Add to the mix the ever-present terrorist activity in our nation and abroad, and we do have a recipe for potential disaster overnight.

 

It’s important to remember the strong prayer emphasis prevalent during the Reagan era as we study the providential hand of God in the friendship of Ronald Reagan and Pope John Paul II. It should motivate us afresh to pray “first of all… for all who are in authority, that we may lead a quiet and peaceful life in all godliness and honesty… ” (1Tim. 2:1-2).

Inspired by the supernatural intervention of God both during the Reagan years and in this recent election, may we all rededicate ourselves to praying for our elected officials, our nation and another spiritual awakening during these turbulent times.

Read more about Polish heroism in the Cold War

How to apply the victories of the Reagan Era in our day

LARRY TOMCZAK
Larry Tomczak is a cultural commentator of 43 yrs, Liberty Counsel public policy advisor, Intercessors for America board member and best-selling author. His new, innovative video/book, BULLSEYE, develops informed influencers in 30 days (see www.bullseyechallenge.com). Click (here) for his “Here’s the Deal” weekly podcast. Follow Larry on Facebook

Truth Zone: Why the Left Wing loves the Totalitarians Cuba Dictator Fidel Castro

Truth zone:

Why the Left Wing Loves Totalitarians Like Cuba Dictator Fidel Castro

If, like me, you wonder how anyone could possibly idolize such a depraved individual as Fidel Castro, here, writer Paul Bonicelli gives us a few insights. ~C.D.

Paul Bonicelli

keyIt was and is a struggle between those who value the liberty of the individual above all else versus those who embrace utopian dreams of a state than can solve all problems and make everyone happy, as long as the “right people” are in charge.

cartoon-castro-deadThanks to A.F. Branco at Legal Insurrection for another great cartoon

I pity people who celebrate the life of Fidel Castro in a knee-jerk reaction to salve their consciences for having committed themselves to failed and morally bankrupt ideas.

Progressives’ and leftists’ outpouring of praise for Fidel Castro at his death was to be expected, although it has been more fulsome, tone-deaf, and cloying than I expected. For just a few examples see President Obama, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, and United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki Moon.

Rational and moral people, however, will rightly ask, “How would anyone aware of Castro’s more than 50 years of human rights abuses mourn the death of a tyrant who was both an intellectual and moral idiot, much less praise his legacy?”

The Left Loves Collectivism

quote-orwell-pseudo-intellectualsI have a few possible answers. First, many people on the Left sold their intellects to socialism and statism long ago. Great numbers of academics, politicians, and entertainers embraced Castro as he rose to power then ruled for decades as a socialist dictator, because he represented the practical application of their ideas.

Also, he clearly irritated the same people who irritated them: conservatives, Republicans, Cold Warriors, etc. Every human rights violation, every social and economic disaster that resulted from his foolish socialist policies, and every military adventure he launched with his oversized Soviet-backed military, was forgiven if not outright praised.

As a graduate student in the early 1990s I marveled at highly educated, decent, and kind men and women in academia forgiving Castro every sin and justifying everything he did because, I suppose, “He’s our guy.” It seemed so childish to me. After all, I thought Gen. Augusto Pinochet was better for Chile than a Soviet-allied Marxist politician would have been, but I hardly excused Pinochet’s human rights crimes or pretended he was perfect. I also wasn’t confused about who was better for U.S. national security interests.

Pretending Science Can Govern Is Attractive

science-fraud-money-not-truthSecond, many on the Left seem to have an affinity for any leader—dictator or democrat—who claims to govern according to science, whether that be “scientific socialism” or just plain old numbers-based public policy. Rather than work out a view of anthropology and seek to truly understand human beings according to our nature, it is far easier for some to default to the materialist view of humankind.

Assume “economic man,” and then crunch numbers. That way you can avoid moral judgments and just keep stressing that the right amount of technical tweaks and educated guesses will produce economic viability and social peace. Above all, ignore the “moralizers” who keep harping about all those eggs being broken without the appearance of an omelet.

Trump Derangement Syndrome

 

cartoon-tyrant-goneThanks to A.F. Branco at Legal Insurrection for another great cartoon

Third, and this is a more immediately relevant reason for celebrating Castro, maybe the Trump derangement syndrome that affects so many on the Left has enhanced their desire to praise whatever they think is the opposite of the people and ideas that just won the 2016 presidential election.

Remembering how Trump galvanized the Cuban-American vote with his articulation of views that lined up with Castro’s critics, and knowing who his advisors are, the Left was ready for his statement at Castro’s death on Friday. Sort of a “If he’s for it then I’m agin’ it!” attitude prevailed upon them.

Add to that their innate understanding that Castro always represented the leftists’ elitist ideas about the paramount role of the state and that Trump’s victory represents the uprising of their opponents, they had to over-praise and ignore any failings of their champion. Take your pick, but these answers probably cover most of Castro’s fans.

The Cold War Is Back

cold-war2-communismFinally, Castro’s death and the outpouring of praise from his fans should remind us about the essence of the Cold War: it will never really be over, because it was always more than a geopolitical struggle between two nation-states.

It was and is a struggle between those who value the liberty of the individual above all else versus those who embrace utopian dreams of a state that can solve all problems and make everyone happy, as long as the “right people” are in charge.

I pity people who celebrate the life of Fidel Castro in a knee-jerk reaction to salve their consciences for years of having committed themselves to failed and morally bankrupt ideas. They are not ignorant or stupid: they know Castro was a murderous tyrant who built a slave-state and ruined his country and has handed on that legacy to his brother who is even now planning to leave it to their heirs, helped along by the foolish policies of the American president and others in the West who always think their goodwill gestures and magnanimity will bring everyone around to a better way. Pity them or not, however, we cannot absolve them of accommodating the Castro brothers’ crimes.

I hope that the Cuban democracy movement will be emboldened and that with a new U.S. administration we can return to policies and declarations that support what has always been the North Star of the morally and intellectually correct side of the Cold War: individual human liberty.

Paul Bonicelli serves as director of programs at the Acton Institute. His career includes a presidential appointment with Senate confirmation as assistant administrator at the U.S. Agency for International Development; as a professional staff member of the Foreign Affairs Committee of the U.S. House of Representatives; and as an official delegate to the United Nations General Assembly.

 

Why The Left Loves Totalitarians Like Fidel Castro

You Wouldn’t Believe Who’s Praising Murderous Dictator Fidel Castro At His Death

The historical record isn’t as kind to Castro as Obama, Trudeau, or any of the other recollections above may fantasize. As dictator of Cuba for nearly five decades, Castro plunged the country into economic depression, thwarted the God-given rights of his people, brutally murdered dissidents, and turned Cuba into a socialist state under Communist rule.

 

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Heritage Foundation Report: Millennial Incompetence, Ignorance of History, Communism, Socialism is shocking

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Heritage Foundation Report: Millennial Incompetence, Ignorance of History, Communism, Socialism is shocking, AND SAD Therefore my people are gone into captivity, because they have no knowledge.~ Isaiah 5:13 If we don’t teach our children and youth true doctrine—and teach it … Continue reading

Book Reviews: Ronald Reagan’s Victory over Berlin Wall and Communism

Book Reviews:

Ronald Reagan’s Victory over Berlin Wall and Communism

Reagan’s War

Peter Schweizer

The Epic story of his forty-year struggle and final triumph over communism

keyUnderstanding Reagan’s struggle and final triumph over communism involves more than debating the past or deciding who gets the credit. It provides us with wisdom and hope for the struggles of today and tomorrow. Reagan’s hope that we be guided not by fear but by courage and moral clarity is as apt today as it was during the height of the Cold War. ~Peter Schweizer, Reagan’s War

reagans-warReagan’s War is the story of Ronald Reagan’s journey as an anti-communist, from his early days as an actor to his years in the White House. Challenging popular misconceptions of Reagan as an empty suit who played only a passive role in the demise of eth Soviet Union, Peter Schweizer details Reagan’s decades-long battle against communism.

Bringing to light previously secret information obtained from archives in the United States, Germany, Poland, Hungary, and Russia—including Reagan’s KGB file—Schweizer offers a compelling case that Reagan personally mapped out and directed his war against communism, often disagreeing with experts and advisers, who tended to seek co-existence with tyranny rather than victory for freedom, which they called “detente”, and engaged in endless secret meetings with the Soviets. Jimmy Carter carried on secret meetings with Castro.

Despite constant attacks from the media and establishment politicians, Reagan remained firm and steadfast. He was his own man.

Reinforced by his own spiritual resolve, Ronald Reagan had a brilliant, 3-prong strategy for defeating the Soviet empire:

1) Drain them  economically by escalating the arms race so they could not keep up with the powerful capitalistic economic engine with their failed socialist agenda

2) The Strategic Defense Initiative protected the United States from Russian missile attacks

3) Lend economic and moral support to the captive nations of the empire

Reagan rebuked detente. His Cold War policy was: “We win and they lose.”

Brezhnev Army in Civilian Clothing

Brezhnev secretly used Soviet soldiers to advance his cause. Brezhnev called them the “internationalists,” young, specially trained men who would disguise themselves as teachers, doctors, and agricultural experts. They were an army in waiting, and when they were needed, they would don foreign military uniforms, use Soviet military equipment painted with insignias of another country, and join the myriad of civil wars that were ravaging the developing countries. [Schweizer, 79]

The Hand of God

quote-chronicles7When Ronald Reagan was sworn in as President, he stood stiffly, with his right arm raised. His left hand rested on his mother’s Bible, opened to the seventh chapter, fourteenth verse of Second Chronicles:

                 “If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land.”

Reagan believed that the Soviets were using fear of the bomb to manipulate the West psychologically, and he was determined not to blink. “The ultimate determinant in the struggle now going on for the world will not be bombs and rockets,” he said, “but a test of wills and ideas—a trial of spiritual resolve.”

 

On March 30, 1981, just two months after his inauguration, Ronald Reagan was leaving the Washington Hilton Hotel on a cool afternoon after having given a speech to the Business Trades Council of the AFL-CIO.

reagan-quote-appeasement                Reagan turned answer a reporter when all of a sudden, there was a Pop. Pop. Pop.

                Lodged under his left arm was a .22 caliber bullet which was designed to explode on impact. It was one of six that had been fired by a deranged young gunman named John Hinckley Jr. One of the shots had ricocheted off the bulletproof limo before penetrating Reagan’s chest muscles.

At 3:24 p.m., doctors were operating to remove the bullet.

Referring to Reagan’s tremendous physical strength, which had given him the confidence to overcome physical threats in Hollywood and Sacramento, one doctor reported, “I have never in my life seen a chest like that on a man his age.”

Reagan had long believed that each individual has a divine purpose in life. He had been spared an assassin’s bullet.  “I have decided that whatever time I have left is left for Him,” he said.

If every person is given a divine purpose, as Reagan believed, he knew what his was to be. He had battled communism close to forty years now. What could be more abhorrent to God than a system that denies God?

Only ten days before the attempt on his life, Reagan had given a speech in Washington on the false hope of communism as compared with real faith in God.  “the crisis of the Western world, Whittaker Chambers reminded us, exists to the degree in which it is indifferent to God.”

reagannosurvive-without-God                “Evil is powerless if the good are unafraid,” he continued. Now was the time for “renewing our spiritual strength. Only by building a wall of such spiritual resolve can we, as a free people, hope to protect our own heritage and make it someday the birthright of all men.”

In keeping with that policy, Reagan secured the release of many dissidents in oppressed nations.

A  Special Mission for America

He had also believed for some time that not only individuals but some nations are part of a “divine plan.” Since the 1950s he had voiced his belief that America had such a mission, and he always expressed it in terms of demonstrating an “abiding love of freedom and a special kind of courage.” [129-137]

After the collapse of the empire, Reagan took no credit.

berlinwallreagan                Since the end of the Cold Warm a debate has raged about how it ended. One person who never got wrapped up in this debate was Ronald Reagan. One of the last items to be removed from his Oval Office desk in January 1989 was a small sign that read: “It’s surprising what you can accomplish when no one is concerned about who gets the credit.”

Understanding Reagan’s struggle and final triumph over communism involves more than debating the past or deciding who gets the credit. It provides us with wisdom and hope for the struggles of today and tomorrow. Reagan’s hope that we be guided not by fear but by courage and moral clarity is as apt today as it was during the height of the Cold War. [284-285]

World War 2 Heroes: Wallenberg saves Jews during Holocaust

World War 2 Heroes: Wallenberg saves Jews during Holocaust

Raoul Wallenberg

Raoul_WallenbergRaoul Gustaf Wallenberg (4 August 1912 – disappeared 17 January 1945)[1][2][3][4] was a Swedish architect, businessman, diplomat and humanitarian. He is widely celebrated for saving tens of thousands[5] of Jews in Nazi-occupied Hungary during the Holocaust from German Nazis and Hungarian Fascists during the later stages of World War II. While serving as Sweden’s special envoy in Budapest between July and December 1944, Wallenberg issued protective passports and sheltered Jews in buildings designated as Swedish territory.[5]

On 17 January 1945, during the Siege of Budapest by the Red Army, Wallenberg was detained by Soviet authorities on suspicion of espionage and subsequently disappeared.[6] He was later reported to have died on 17 July 1947 while imprisoned by communist authorities and KGB secret police in the Lubyanka, the KGB headquarters and affiliated prison in Moscow. The motives behind Wallenberg’s arrest and imprisonment by the Soviet government, along with questions surrounding the circumstances of his death and his possible ties to US intelligence, remain mysterious and are the subject of continued speculation.[7]

Due to his courageous actions on behalf of the Hungarian Jews, Raoul Wallenberg has been the subject of numerous humanitarian honors in the decades following his presumed death. In 1981, U.S. Congressman Tom Lantos, himself one of those saved by Wallenberg, sponsored a bill making Wallenberg an Honorary Citizen of the United States. He is also an honorary citizen of Canada, Hungary, Australia and Israel.[8] Israel has also designated Wallenberg one of the Righteous among the Nations. Monuments have been dedicated to him, and streets have been named after him throughout the world. A Raoul Wallenberg Committee of the United States was created in 1981 to “perpetuate the humanitarian ideals and the nonviolent courage of Raoul Wallenberg”.[9] It gives the Raoul Wallenberg Award annually to recognize persons who carry out those goals. A postage stamp was issued by the U.S. in his honour in 1997. On 26 July 2012, he was awarded a Congressional Gold Medal by the United States Congress “in recognition of his achievements and heroic actions during the Holocaust.”[10]

More about Wallenberg at Wikipedia:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Raoul_Wallenberg

Reality Update: Psychology of Terror

Reality Update:

Psychology of a terrorist: What makes people blow themselves up

This is a very heavy subject, but we need to face reality. A famous general once said that we should know our enemy. I’m sure I’m not the only one who wonders why in the world these people think like they do. ~C.D.

Experts reveal biggest personality factors contributing to jihadist recruitment
Gina Loudon

swordpiratePsychologists affirm that people avoid death at almost any cost. The will to live is strong: Witness the recent case of a little girl who walked miles through a winter forest to safety after her family was killed in a plane crash.

Or the former NFL player who saved himself after falling off his fishing boat by swimming nine miles for more than 16 hours.

So how then does a religious-political system like Islam convince people – especially young people – to commit acts of suicide terror?

Experts offer a number of answers, including that terrorists prey on those who feel disenfranchised, who see themselves as victims or who have the desire to take action and believe in violence.

One thing is certain: For terrorism to have impact, terrorists must find a regular supply of recruits.

‘Warfare of the weak’

Dr. Clark McCauley calls the scenario “warfare of the weak” and notes that those looking for recruits for violence often focus on prisons and gangs. Isolation and alienation are common factors, he said.

John Horgan, Ph.D., of Pennsylvania State’s International Center for the Study of Terrorism, elaborated on the idea.

He said recruits often display feelings of anger and alienation:

  • They believe their current political involvement lacks power;
  • They identify with perceived victims of social injustice;
  • They feel the need to take action rather than talking;
  • They believe violence is not necessarily immoral;
  • They have sympathetic family or friends; and
  • They believe joining a movement offers adventure, camaraderie and identity.

Others paint the picture with a broader brush.

Collectivism Connection

Jerrold M. Post of George Washington University suggests Islam, like communism, uses collectivism to convince victims to sacrifice.

He said the recipe for terror includes a combination of the following:

  • a strong sense of victimization,
  • fear of group extinction,
  • a feeling of a higher moral condition than the lives of the enemy, and
  • lack of political power to make the wanted change.

“Being part of a collectivist cause has always been a hallmark of people willing to undergo personal sacrifices,” said Arie Kruglanski, co-director of the National Consortium for the Study of Terrorism and Responses to Terrorism, or START.

Kruglanski and his team tested the role a collectivist mentality plays in terror. The team surveyed thousands of Arabs and people from other cultures. Their work was published in Political Psychology and also reported by the American Psychological Association.

They found that those most likely to support terrorist activities against Americans are indeed those with the strongest collectivist mentality. Kruglanski said the findings suggest that joining terrorist groups may confer a sense of security and meaning that people do not feel as individuals.

Globalism has also contributed to the terrorist mentality, according to Georgetown University’s Fathali Moghaddam. In “How Globalization Spurs Terrorism: The Lopsided Benefits of One World and Why That Fuels Violence” (Praeger, 2008), Moghaddam argues that a fear of cultural annihilation likely fuels terrorist sentiments.

He suggests that globalization has forced on many cultures a large-scale neurotic drive to survive. He says it is that survivalist drive and fear of extinction that psychologically forces smaller, more disparate cultures into a chronic and intense “fight or flight” response, with an emphasis on the former choice.

A woman who identified herself as Nayet, wearing a burqa, leaves the police station after her release in ParisKeeping the wool over the eyes of Westerners

Moghaddam says one view of Islamic terror is that it’s a reaction to the fear that the fundamentalist Islamic way of life is under attack.

Another clinical psychologist suggested that the danger lies in fueling that perspective.

“Despite research that points to the inherent dangers of globalism and collectivism, mainstream psychologists generally promote the very traditional liberal agenda that fuels both,” noted Dathan Paterno, a clinical psychologist in Chicago.

“Instead of using their data to make a political stand against globalism and collectivism or communism spreading across the globe, they reach for other solutions that don’t follow logically from credible research; unfortunately, this keeps the wool over the eyes of most Westerners,” Paterno said.

Paterno questions Kruglanski and his colleagues, who are exploring, among other things, an intellectual component, often involving moderate Muslim clerics who hold dialogues with imprisoned detainees about the Quran’s “true teachings” on violence and jihad.

And analysts say an emotional component defuses detainees’ anger and frustration by showing concern for their families, through means such as funding their children’s education or offering professional training for their wives.

“The idea of paying the education costs of terrorists’ children as some sort of ‘peace’ offering is not only upsetting, it is laughable on its face,” Paterno said. “Every bully knows he is winning when he extracts more loot from his victim. It isn’t until the victim punches back – squarely and repetitively – that he gains some respect from the bully. The same is true for Islamic terrorists. Peace is non-negotiable. We need to hit back hard each time, and make them feel it. Until they hurt more critically and more consistently than we do, they will never stop.”

Paterno pushes the point further.

“If we are to follow Kruglanski’s idea and teach the truth of Islam’s teaching on jihad and violence, we would certainly open a few eyes, because violence against ‘infidels’ is advised hundreds of times in the Quran. Those probably are faulty assumptions on the part of the professor, however well-intended.”

How terrorism flourishes

MuslimWarriorAside from the mindset, there are several personality factors that contribute to terrorism.

Sarah Kershaw in the New York Times cites Ervin Staub from the University of Massachusetts, who says there are three things that lead to terrorist expansion and the way it flourishes today:

  • Idealists – They support the terror based upon their own ability to identify with the suffering of some group that they are not even a part of. This can be misplaced.
  • Respondents – They support terror based upon personal experience as a member of a group being defended by a terrorist reportedly acting on the behalf of that persecuted group.
  • Lost Souls – They are adrift, isolated and often ostracized. They can find a sense of purpose in a radical group, so they are “ripe for the picking.”

Kershaw cites another psychologist, Clark McCauley of Bryn Mawr College, who names four basic trajectories of a terrorist:

  • Revolutionaries – They are involved in a cause over time.
  • Wanderers – They move from extremist group to extremist group, searching for a sense of purpose.
  • Converts – They suddenly break with their past and become a part of an extremist movement.
  • Compliants – They convert to the group via persuasion by a friend, a relative or a romantic interest.

According to the New York Times article by Kershaw, experts weed out the mentally unstable, meaning the truly insane (such as paranoid schizophrenia in the case of Ted Kaczynski, the “Unibomber”). Some contend that actual, clinical insanity is not a leading indicator of susceptibility to follow a terror group, nor is it a credible defense after a terrorist crime in most cases. Further, she says terrorist leaders prefer to select those of highest status for their suicide missions, since they believe sending those with more to lose lends credibility to their mission.

Acceptance of rape

Other professionals disagree with the opinion that Muslims are fundamentally insane. They argue that the Islamic acceptance of rape, the training of children to kill and the severe oppression, even mutilation and killing, of women is not the product of a sane culture. They say the use of claims of a mental imbalance is little more than an excuse to literally get away with more murder.

Psychologist Nicolai Sennals said: “As a psychologist in a Danish youth prison, I had a unique chance to study the mentality of Muslims. Seventy percent of youth offenders in Denmark have a Muslim background. I was able to compare them with non-Muslim clients from the same age group with more or less the same social background. I came to the conclusion that Islam and Muslim culture have certain psychological mechanisms that harm people’s development and increase criminal behavior.”

He said the typical ways the U.S. deals with crime, politics and punishment is a glaring antithesis to what is really needed to stop the war Islamic terror exacted upon the West.

“Far too many people underestimate the power of psychology embedded in religion and culture,” he said. “As we have already seen, no army of social workers, generous welfare states, sweet-talking politicians, politically correct journalists or democracy-promoting soldiers can stop these enormous forces. Sensible laws on immigration and Islamization in our own countries can limit the amount of suffering, but based on my education and professional experience as a psychologist for Muslims, I estimate that we will not be able to deflect or avoid this many-sided, aggressive movement against our culture.”

But disagreement still abounds among mental health professionals around the world. Solutions evade professionals because of cultural, religious and political differences that appear to meld into the perfect storm of confusion on the matter, even for the most highly trained psychoanalysts in the world.

More and more the trend is to point to the dangerous occupation of Islam and the West’s stubborn refusal to look squarely at the problem and call it what it is – strictly an Islamic problem. Some analysts say until that first step is accomplished, they are pessimistic that true solutions can be found to curb the violence that will likely affect generations to come.

A mistake?

Former California Assemblyman Tim Donnelly said identifying which groups are responsible for terror acts may be a mistake:

In light of collectivist mentality that points to increased group identity through accusation or attack, and even invigorated sense of purpose when acts of rebellion are identified as their own, it may ultimately be more productive to note that to date, almost all terrorist acts have been committed by Muslims. The key to rooting out the extremist who feels compelled to force his views on society as a whole, is education and exposure.

Right now, the news media and the education establishment have become apologists for a geopolitical system whose ideology [is] counter to everything they claim to support. Every time you turn around, in every newscast, the terrorists – no matter where they are from in the world – seem to have the same first name: Islamic. So, it is incumbent upon scholars and those who control the culture through media to study, and then expose the truth about the system that pretends to be peaceful, while quietly cheering every time an infidel is slaughtered and another village is subjugated to the brutal dictates of Shariah law. The goal of Shariah is to control the populace, whereas the goal of any legitimate government or belief system should be consistent with increasing individual freedom and protecting the inalienable rights of all – life, liberty and pursuit of happiness.

From a political standpoint, the threat of globalism and its inherent effect on tribalism that has resulted in terror, is well underway by any standard. To the degree we can help others to understand that globalism, like collectivism and its cousin, communism, all sound good at first blush, but cost lives ultimately, we can make progress. The resulting terror that psychologists point to in their research should cause us all pause, and hopefully cause citizens to engage in the political processes that lead to [the end of] terror worldwide.
Read more at http://www.wnd.com/2015/01/profile-of-a-terrorist-what-makes-people-blow-themselves-up/#EBcciLoSZAT7lzTR.99

 

Obama Government vs. Liberty, American Soldier

WHY IS HE STILL IN CHARGE???

keyRetired U.S. Army Maj. Gen. Paul Vallely, an outspoken critic of the Obama administration, said the White House fails to take action or investigate its own, but finds it easy to fire military commanders “who have given their lives for their country.”

By  Paul

(General Paul Vallely)

militaryguttingWhat is wrong with this picture?

 

The picture is of the five first line US nuclear carriers docked together in one place. Just like Battleship Row, Pearl Harbor , December 7, 1941.

 

This picture was taken the February 2014 in Norfolk , Virginia … Obama ordered 5 nuclear carriers into harbor for “routine” (?) inspections. Heads of the Navy were flabbergasted by the directive but had to comply as it was a direct order from their Commander-in-Chief.

The carriers were all pulled out from the MIDDLE EAST and the Afghanistan support role leaving our land forces naked and exposed!


NORFOLK, VA. (February 8, 2014). This is the first time since WWII that five nuclear powered aircraft carriers were docked together. USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN 69), USS George H.W. Bush (CVN 77), USS Enterprise (CVN 65), USS Harry S. Truman (CVN 75), and USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN 72) are all in port at Naval Station Norfolk , Va. , the world’s largest naval station.

Knowledgeable Sources stated that this breached a long standing military protocol in the Navy meant to avoid a massive enemy strike on major US forces.
(U..S. Navy photo by Chief Mass Communication Specialist Ryan J. Courtade/Released).

Obama is ‘Commander in chief’.

 

This ordering of most of the Navy’s capitol ships into one place is unprecedented since Pearl Harbor !  This could be the creation of a false flag atomic incident too stupid for any enemy to pass up.

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Also, why did the following happen?  Is this a routine changing of the guard?  Or what?

Military Purge

generalpaulvallelyRetired U.S. Army Maj. Gen. Paul Vallely, an outspoken critic of the Obama administration, said the White House fails to take action or investigate its own, but finds it easy to fire military commanders “who have given their lives for their country.”

 

 

 

GenCarterHamBengaziCriticGen. Carter Ham, Army

Served as head of the United States African Command during the bloodshed in Benghazi, Libya when four American citizens, including Ambassador Christopher Stevens and two retired Navy Seals, were murdered by militants on Sept. 11, 2012. Senior military officials told TheBlaze Hamm was extremely critical of the Obama administration, including when reinforcements were not sent to help the U.S. citizens under attack in Benghazi. Hamm “resigned and retired” in April 2013.

 

 

 

 

GenGurganusMarineMaj. Gen. Charles M.M. Gurganus, Marine Corps

Regional commander in the Southwest and I Marine Expeditionary Force in Afghanistan. Highly decorated with a Defense Superior Service Medal, two Legion of Merit with Valor, and three Meritorious Service Commendations. According to several military officials, Gurganus questioned having to use Afghan security patrols alongside American patrols after two officers were executed at their desk and a platoon was lead into an ambush on the front lines.

 

 

 

Major General Paul Vallely (Ret):

This long list of senior military officers and one sergeant major c omes at no great surprise to me because of the direction this c ountry is heading.

Here is the list of our military elite who have been purged or fired under Obama:

Commanding Generals fired:
·  General John R. Allen-U.S. Marines Commander International Security Assistance Force [ISAF] (Nov 2012)
·   Major General Ralph Baker  (2 Star)-U.S. Army Commander of the Combined Joint Task Force Horn in Africa (April 2013)
·   Major General Michael Carey  (2 Star)-U.S. Air Force Commander of the 20th US Air Force in charge of 9,600 people and 450 Intercontinental Ballistic Missiles (Oct 2013)
·   Colonel James Christmas-U.S. Marines Commander 22nd Marine Expeditionary Unit & Commander Special-Purpose Marine Air-Ground Task Force Crisis Response Unit (July 2013)
·   Major General Peter Fuller-U.S. Army Commander in Afghanistan (May 2011)
·   Major General Charles M.M. Gurganus-U.S. Marine Corps Regional Commander of SW and I Marine Expeditionary Force in Afghanistan (Oct 2013)
·   General Carter F. Ham-U.S. Army African Command (Oct 2013)

  • Lieutenant General David H. Huntoon  (3 Star), Jr.-U.S. Army 58th Superintendent of the US Military Academy at West Point , NY (2013)
    ·   Command Sergeant Major Don B Jordan-U.S. Army 143rd Expeditionary Sustainment Command (suspended Oct 2013)
    ·   General James Mattis-U.S. Marines Chief of CentCom (May 2013)
    ·   Colonel Daren Margolin-U.S. Marine in charge of Quantico ‘s Security Battalion (Oct 2013)
    ·   General Stanley McChrystal-U.S. Army Commander Afghanistan (June 2010)
    ·   General David D. McKiernan-U.S. Army Commander Afghanistan (2009)
    ·   General David Petraeus-Director of CIA from September 2011 to November 2012 & U.S. Army Commander International Security
  • Assistance Force [ISAF] and Commander U.S. Forces Afghanistan [USFOR-A] (Nov 2012)

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  • ·   Brigadier General Bryan Roberts-U.S. Army Commander 2nd Brigade (May 2013)

  • ·   Major General Gregg A. Sturdevant-U.S. Marine Corps Director of Strategic Planning and Policy for the U.S. Pacific Command & Commander of Aviation Wing at Camp Bastion, Afghanistan (Sept 2013)
  • Colonel Eric Tilley-U.S. Army Commander of Garrison Japan (Nov 2013)
    ·   Brigadier General Bryan Wampler-U.S. Army Commanding General of 143rd Expeditionary Sustainment Command of the 1st Theater Sustainment Command [TSC] (suspended Oct 2013)

    Commanding Admirals fired:

    ·   Rear Admiral Charles Gaouette– U.S. Navy Commander John C. Stennis  Carrier Strike Group Three (Oct 2012)
    ·   Vice Admiral Tim Giardina(3 Star, demoted to 2 Star)-U.S. Navy Deputy Commander of the US Strategic Command, Commander of the Submarine Group Trident, Submarine Group 9 and Submarine Group 10 (Oct 2013)

Naval Officers fired: (All in 2011)
·  Captain David Geisler-U.S. Navy Commander Task Force 53 in Bahrain (Oct 2011)
·   Commander Laredo Bell-U.S. Navy Commander Naval Support Activity Saratoga Springs , NY (Aug 2011)
·   Lieutenant Commander Kurt Boenisch-Executive Officer amphibious transport dock Ponce (Apr 2011)
·   Commander Nathan Borchers-U.S. Navy Commander destroyer Stout (Mar 2011)
·   Commander Robert Brown-U.S. Navy Commander Beachmaster Unit 2 Fort Story , VA (Aug 2011)
·   Commander Andrew Crowe-Executive Officer Navy Region Center Singapore (Apr 2011)
·   Captain Robert Gamberg-Executive Officer carrier Dwight D. Eisenhower (Jun 2011)
·   Captain Rex Guinn-U.S. Navy Commander Navy Legal Service office Japan (Feb 2011)
·   Commander Kevin Harms– U.S. Navy Commander Strike Fighter Squadron 137 aboard the aircraft carrier Abraham Lincoln (Mar 2011)

  • Lieutenant Commander Martin Holguin-U.S. Navy Commander mine countermeasures Fearless (Oct 2011)
    ·   Captain Owen Honors-U.S. Navy Commander aircraft carrier USS Enterprise (Jan 2011)
    ·   Captain Donald Hornbeck-U.S. Navy Commander Destroyer Squadron 1 San Diego
    (Apr 2011)
    ·   Rear Admiral Ron Horton-U.S. Navy Commander Logistics Group, Western Pacific
    (Mar 2011)
    ·   Commander Etta Jones-U.S. Navy Commander amphibious transport dock Ponce (Apr 2011)
    ·  Commander Ralph Jones-Executive Officer amphibious transport dock Green Bay (Jul 2011)
    ·   Commander Jonathan Jackson-U.S. Navy Commander Electronic Attack Squadron 134, deployed aboard carrier Carl Vinson (Dec 2011)
    ·   Captain Eric Merrill-U.S. Navy Commander submarine Emory S. Land (Jul 2011)
    ·   Captain William Mosk-U.S. Navy Commander Naval Station Rota , U.S. Navy Commander Naval Activities Spain (Apr 2011)
    ·   Commander Timothy Murphy-U.S. Navy Commander Electronic Attack Squadron 129 at Naval Air Station Whidbey Island , WA (Apr 2011)
  • Commander Joseph Nosse-U.S. Navy Commander ballistic-missile submarine Kentucky (Oct 2011)
    ·   Commander Mark Olson-U.S. Navy Commander destroyer The Sullivans FL (Sep 2011)
    ·   Commander John Pethel-Executive Officer amphibious transport dock New York (Dec 2011)
    ·   Commander Karl Pugh-U.S. Navy Commander Electronic Attack Squadron 141 Whidbey Island , WA (Jul 2011)
    ·   Commander Jason Strength-U.S. Navy Commander of Navy Recruiting District Nashville , TN (Jul 2011)
    ·   Captain Greg Thomas-U.S. Navy Commander Norfolk Naval Shipyard (May 2011)
    ·   Commander Mike Varney-U.S. Navy Commander attack submarine Connecticut (Jun 2011)
    ·  Commander Jay Wylie-U.S. Navy Commander destroyer Momsen (Apr 2011)

Naval Officers fired: (All in 2012):
·   Commander Alan C. Aber-Executive Officer Helicopter Maritime Strike Squadron 71 (July 2012)
·   Commander Derick Armstrong– U.S. Navy Commander missile destroyer USS The Sullivans (May 2012)
·  Commander Martin Arriola– U.S. Navy Commander destroyer USS Porter (Aug 2012)
·   Captain Antonio Cardoso– U.S. Navy Commander Training Support Center San Diego (Sep 2012)
·   Captain James CoBell– U.S. Navy Commander Oceana Naval Air Station’s Fleet Readiness Center Mid-Atlantic (Sep 2012)
·   Captain Joseph E. Darlak– U.S. Navy Commander frigate USS Vandegrift (Nov 2012)
·   Captain Daniel Dusek-U.S. Navy Commander USS Bonhomme
·   Commander David Faught-Executive Officer destroyer Chung-Hoon (Sep 2012)
·   Commander Franklin Fernandez– U.S. Navy Commander Naval Mobile Construction Battalion 24 (Aug 2012)
·  Commander Ray Hartman– U.S. Navy Commander Amphibious dock-landing ship Fort McHenry (Nov 2012)

  • Commander Shelly Hakspiel-Executive Officer Navy Drug Screening Lab San Diego (May 2012)
    ·  Commander Jon Haydel– U.S. Navy Commander USS San Diego (Mar 2012)
    ·   Commander Diego Hernandez– U.S. Navy Commander ballistic-missile submarine USS Wyoming (Feb 2012)
    ·   Commander Lee Hoey– U.S. Navy Commander Drug Screening Laboratory, San Diego (May 2012)
    ·   Commander Ivan Jimenez-Executive Officer frigate Vandegrift (Nov 2012)
    ·   Commander Dennis Klein– U.S. Navy Commander submarine USS Columbia (May 2012)
    ·   Captain Chuck Litchfield– U.S. Navy Commander assault ship USS Essex (Jun 2012)
    ·   Captain Marcia Kim Lyons– U.S. Navy Commander Naval Health Clinic New England (Apr 2012)
    ·   Captain Robert Marin– U.S. Navy Commander cruiser USS Cowpens (Feb 2012)
    ·   Captain Sean McDonell– U.S. Navy Commander Seabee reserve unit Naval Mobile Construction Battalion 14 FL (Nov 2012)
    ·  Commander Corrine Parker– U.S. Navy Commander Fleet Logistics Support Squadron 1 (Apr 2012)
  • Captain Liza Raimondo– U.S. Navy Commander Naval Health Clinic Patuxent River , MD (Jun 2012)
    ·   Captain Jeffrey Riedel– Program manager, Littoral Combat Ship program (Jan 2012)
    ·   Commander Sara Santoski– U.S. Navy Commander Helicopter Mine Countermeasures Squadron 15 (Sep 2012)
    ·   Commander Kyle G. Strudthoff-Executive Officer Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron 25 (Sep 2012)
    · Commander Sheryl Tannahill– U.S. Navy Commander Navy Operational Support Center [NOSC] Nashville , TN (Sep 2012)
    ·   Commander Michael Ward– U.S. Navy Commander submarine USS Pittsburgh (Aug 2012)
    ·   Captain Michael Wiegand– U.S. Navy Commander Southwest Regional Maintenance Center (Nov 2012)
    ·   Captain Ted Williams– U.S. Navy Commander amphibious command ship Mount Whitney (Nov 2012)
    ·   Commander Jeffrey Wissel– U.S. Navy Commander of Fleet Air Reconnaissance Squadron 1 (Feb 2012)

Naval Officers fired: (All in 2013):
·   Lieutenant Commander Lauren Allen-Executive Officer submarine Jacksonville (Feb 2013)
·   Reserve Captain Jay Bowman-U.S. Navy Commander Navy Operational Support Center [NOSC] Fort Dix , NJ (Mar 2013)
·   Captain William Cogar-U.S. Navy Commander hospital ship Mercy’s medical treatment facility (Sept 2013)
· Commander Steve Fuller-Executive Officer frigate Kauffman (Mar 2013)
·   Captain Shawn Hendricks-Program Manager for naval enterprise IT networks (June 2013)
·  Captain David Hunter-U.S. Navy Commander of Maritime Expeditionary Security Squadron 12 & Coastal Riverine Group 2 (Feb 2013)
·   Captain Eric Johnson-U.S. Navy Chief of Military Entrance Processing Command at Great Lakes Naval Training Center, IL (2013)
· C aptain Devon Jones-U.S. Navy Commander Naval Air Facility El Centro , CA (July 2013)
·   Captain Kevin Knoop-U.S. Navy Commander hospital ship Comfort’s medical treatment facility (Aug 2013)
·   Lieutenant Commander Jack O’Neill-U.S. Navy Commander Operational Support Center Rock Island , IL (Mar 2013)

  • Commander Allen Maestas-Executive Officer Beachmaster Unit 1 (May 2013)
    ·   Commander Luis Molina-U.S. Navy Commander submarine Pasadena (Jan 2013)
    ·   Commander James Pickens-Executive Officer frigate Gary (Feb 2013)
    ·   Lieutenant Commander Mark Rice-U.S. Navy Commander Mine Countermeasures ship Guardian (Apr 2013)
    ·   Commander Michael Runkle-U.S. Navy Commander of Mobile Diving and Salvage Unit 2 (May 2013)
    ·   Commander Jason Stapleton-Executive Office Patrol Squadron 4 in Hawaii (Mar 2013)
    ·   Commander Nathan Sukols-U.S. Navy Commander submarine Jacksonville (Feb 2013)
    ·   Lieutenant Daniel Tyler-Executive Officer Mine Countermeasures ship Guardian (Apr 2013)
    · C ommander Edward White-U.S. Navy Commander Strike Fighter Squadron 106 (Aug 2013)
    ·   Captain Jeffrey Winter-U.S. Navy Commander of Carrier Air Wing 17 (Sept 2013)
    ·   Commander Thomas Winter-U.S. Navy Commander submarine Montpelier (Jan 2013)
    ·   Commander Corey Wofford– U.S. Navy Commander frigate Kauffman (Feb 2013)

Since Barack Obama has been in the White House, high ranking military officers have been removed from their positions at a rate that is absolutely unprecedented.   Things have gotten so bad that a number of retired generals are publicly speaking out about the ‘purge’ of the U.S. military that they believe is taking place.  As you will see below,   dozens of highly decorated military leaders have been dismissed from their positions over the past few years.  So why is this happening? What is going on right now is absolutely crazy especially during a time of peace.   Is there a deliberate attempt to reshape the military and remove those who don’t adhere to the proper ‘viewpoints’ ? Does someone out there feel a need to get officers that won’t cooperate out of the way.

Throughout world history, whatever comes next after a military purge is never good.

If this continues, what is the U.S. military going to look like in a few years?

Perhaps you are reading this and you think that ‘purge’ is too strong a word for what is taking place. Well, just   consider the following quotes from some very highly decorated retired officers:

Retired Army Major General Paul Vallely:   The White House protects their own.   That’s why they stalled on the investigation into fast and furious, Benghazi and Obamacare .   He’s intentionally weakening and gutting our military, Pentagon and reducing us as a superpower,  and anyone in the ranks who disagrees or speaks out is being purged.

– Retired Army Major General Patrick Brady:   There is no doubt he ( Obama ) is intent on emasculating the military and will fire anyone who disagrees with him.
– Retired Army Lt. General William G. Jerry Boykin:   Over the past three years, it is unprecedented for the number of four-star generals to be relieved of duty, and not necessarily relieved for cause.

Retired Navy Captain Joseph John:   I believe there are more than 137 officers who have been forced out or given bad evaluation reports so they will never make Flag (officer), because of their failure to comply to certain views.

A Pentagon official who asked to remain nameless because they were not authorized to speak on the matter said   even young officers, down through the ranks have been told not to talk about Obama or the politics of the White House. They are purging everyone  and   if you want to keep your job just keep your mouth shut.  Now this trend appears to be accelerating.

http://endoftheamericandream.com/archives/why-are-dozens-of-high-ranking-officers-being-purged-from-the-u-s-military

General Vallely’s comment:

barrymarxAbsolutely every communist regime on the planet did this as soon as they got in power.   I am surprised this communist traitor with his feet up on our furniture in the white house hasn’t done this until now!

America: World’s Last Stand for Liberty

Dinner Topics for Monday

History-Clues

keyWell, I wonder, how come I never read about boatloads of American refugees going to Cuba?  Why don’t any American doctors defect to Cuba, if it’s such a paradise?  If America and its policy makers are not gonna be firmly on the side of freedom and liberty, who in the world is?  Who on this planet will?  If this nation is not firmly on the side of human rights and freedom and the dignity of all people, what nation on the earth will? ~Marco Rubio

“How do you tell a communist? Well, it’s someone who reads Marx and
Lenin. And how do you tell an anti-Communist? It’s someone who
understands Marx and Lenin.” -Ronald Reagan

Salon.com Defends Communism–Mass Murders and All

From Breitbart

hammerandsickleSalon.com is a reliably left-wing media outlet given to regular outbreaks of radical pique that earn top billing on MSNBC’s prime-time panels. Yet even a hawkish outlet like Salon can go too far. On Sunday, Salon’s Jesse Myerson published an article, “Why you’re wrong about communism: 7 huge misconceptions about it (and capitalism),” that attempted to deny the scale of communism’s mass murders, among other dubious claims.

Excusing or minimizing the Holocaust is known as “Holocaust denial,” and those who truck in such crackpot theories are usually (though not always) shunned by serious-minded people. Any media outlet that printed Holocaust denial would immediately be the target of justified criticism, and its staff would feel compelled to distance themselves from the claims of the writer and the decision of the editorial staff to run such rubbish.

Denying the evil of communism is morally and historically equivalent to Holocaust denial.

Most of Myerson’s arguments are of the “capitalism is bad, too” variety, arguing the absurdly obvious point that non-communist governments have also committed human rights abuses, and that they rarely live up to purported ideals of freedom. The fact that communism almost always requires such abuses is one Myerson prefers not to notice.

Here is how Myerson defends the millions of murders in the Soviet Union: “For one thing, a large number of the people killed under Soviet communism weren’t the kulaks everyone pretends to care about but themselves communists.” (That makes it all right, somehow–perhaps they were just as willing to commit murder, except that Stalin got to them first.)

He also likens the violence in the American Revolution to the Stalinist purges.

Myerson argues that American communism would not be as bad today, and offers this pearl of political realism: “[C]ommunism is an aspiration, not an immediately achievable state.” Just think about that: Salon, a site that is taken seriously as a barometer of intellectual fashion on the left, is running articles not only sanitizing communist dictatorship, but advocating it. No clarification yet from Salon’s leading lights.

The fact that denial of communism is not treated the same way as denial of the Holocaust in part reflects the more obvious anti-Semitism of Holocaust deniers. Yet it is no less immoral–and the fact that the left, the media and the academy generally deny and excuse communism’s evil as a mere administrative problem rather than a moral one is part of the reason Americans must now suffer such leaders as Bill de Blasio and Barack Obama. 

Note on Venezuela

Rush Limbaugh: “Venezuela is on the brink of a revolution against the socialist government. You know, there is a popular uprising going on in Venezuela.  I haven’t talked about that, but the people of Venezuela are finally fed up with it.  Hugo Chavez assumed room temperature many, many moons ago, and one of his acolytes is in there and just, if possible, made it even worse, and the people of Venezuela have had enough of their lives nationalized, they’ve had enough of the country nationalized, they’ve had enough of this socialism stuff, and they’re rising up against it now.

The Lies that Senator Harkin was sold on Communism, and the Truth, told by Senator Rubio

The same political tenets and philosophies that have brought war and terror in other parts of the world are at work amongst us in America. The proponents thereof …are using a technique that is as old as the human race—a fervid but false solicitude for the unfortunate over whom they thus gain mastery, and then enslave them. ~David O. McKay

Rush Limbaugh: [Senator] Harkin just got back from Cuba, and he’s singing their praises.

HARKIN:  When a woman gets pregnant in Cuba, she gets visited immediately, well, soon as they know about it. She gets visited by a nurse. She gets visited by health officials who put her on a better diet, make sure she doesn’t smoke, provide supportive services for her during her pregnancy, make sure that there’s someone there for the birth, and that child is — everything is just covered from the earliest time of pregnancy through early childhood.

RUSH:  It’s a paradise, why, it’s an absolute paradise. Do you believe that excrement?  When they find out that a woman is pregnant in Cuba — how often do they find out?  When they find out she gets visited immediately.  Well, as soon as they know about it, she gets visited by a nurse, a health official who puts her on a better diet.  No way do we care as much as the Cubans do, see.  They do it right.  We don’t care at all.  We’re insensitive. We don’t have any prenatal care, postnatal care. We don’t have any kind of care But the Cubans, they do it right because in Cuba, medicine is a public government service.

HARKIN:  One of the key features of what Cuba has done is they have made the practice of medicine a public service, a public service, in all aspects, whether you’re a doctor or a surgeon or a nurse or various other health practitioners.  It is a public service.  The life span is now even longer than ours in the United States.

RUSH:  Just not true.  I mean, this is just incredible.  Cuba is a hellhole.  It is so backward the infrastructure is falling apart. The newest car you can get is a ’57 Chevy.  Well, maybe some of the limousines for the mob that’s going back in there to set up casinos now at some of the hotels.  But, I mean, this is just — did you hear that medicine is a public service. Yes, there’s no profit in it.  It’s just people who care.  Government people who care, from the surgeons to the nurses, to various other health practitioners, it’s just people who care, it’s a public service.  And you know what?  You know what?  Everything is free in Cuba.

HARKIN:  Every one of these students are going to medical school, and you know what it costs them?  Zero.  Not one cent.  The 108 students that are there, pay nothing.  We have over 90 graduates of this school back here in America right now.  And that’s another thing, whenever we traveled all over Cuba, I went to the clinics, and I talked to health people, I’d always ask them, “What did it cost you to go to the school? Do you have student debt?”  No.  Medical school is free.  There is no cost to going to medical school.  None whatsoever.

ObamaArticleHeadSandRUSH:  It’s a paradise.  It’s a literal paradise.  The people involved in health care don’t get paid because it’s a public service.  They just care.  The students don’t get paid because it doesn’t cost them to become doctors and nurses.  There is no debt.  Everybody just does for everybody else because they care.  Everything is public service, and everything is free, and they’re living longer.  Well, Marco Rubio was watching this in his office, and he literally charged to the Senate floor and rebutted this.

RUBIO:  A few moments ago the body was treated to a report from the senator from Iowa about his recent trip to Cuba.  It sounded like he had a wonderful trip visiting what he described as a real paradise.  I heard him also talk about these great doctors that they have in Cuba, and I have no doubt they’re very talented; I’ve met a bunch of them.  You know where I met them?  In the United States, because they defected.  Because, in Cuba, doctors would rather drive a taxicab or work in a hotel than be a doctor

I wonder if they spoke to him about the outbreak of cholera that they’ve been unable to control, or about the three-tiered system of health care that exists, where foreigners and government officials get a health care much better than that that’s available to the general population.

RUSH:  That’s probably what they showed Harkin.  And, Rubio, he wasn’t finished.

obamadictatorimagesRUBIO:  Who are Cuba’s allies in the world?  North Korea; before he fell, the dictator in Libya; the dictator in Syria; the tyrant in Moscow.  This is who they line up with.  This is this wonderful paradise?  By the way, this in and of itself deserves attention, what’s happening in Venezuela, in our own hemisphere.  It’s shameful that only three heads of state in this hemisphere have spoken up forcefully against what’s happening.  It is shameful that many members of Congress who traveled to Venezuela and were friendly with Chavez — some even went to his funeral — sit by saying nothing while this is happening, in our own hemisphere.  And this wonderful Cuban paradise government that we heard about?  This is what they support.

RUSH:  If it’s such a paradise, why isn’t everybody going there?

statueofliberty2RUBIO:  We have to listen to what a paradise Cuba is.  Well, I wonder, how come I never read about boatloads of American refugees going to Cuba?  Why don’t any American doctors defect to Cuba, if it’s such a paradise?  If America and its policy makers are not gonna be firmly on the side of freedom and liberty, who in the world is?  Who on this planet will?  If this nation is not firmly on the side of human rights and freedom and the dignity of all people, what nation on the earth will?  And if we are prepared to walk away from that then I submit to you that this century is gonna be a dangerous and dark one.

RUSH:  That wasn’t the best of what he had to say, though.  He said, “Let me tell you what the Cubans are really good at, because they don’t know how to run their economy.  They don’t know how to build.  They don’t know how to govern a people.  What they’re really good at is repression.” 

He cited a poll.  “More Americans want normal relations with Cuba. So do I — a democratic and free Cuba. But you want us to reach out and develop friendly relationships with a serial violator of human rights, who supports what’s going on in Venezuela and every other atrocity on the planet? On issue after issue, they are always on the side of the tyrants. Look it up. And this is who we should be opening up to? Why don’t they change? Why doesn’t the Cuban government change? Why doesn’t the Venezuelan government change?”

Why is it up to us to change?  Why is it they are the beacon and we are the problem?

“But here’s the great news. I don’t know if they get C-SPAN in Cuba. I bet you the government people do. I hope you see that in America, we’re a free society. You’re allowed to come on the floor and you’re allowed to say and spread whatever you want. You think Cuba’s a paradise? You think it’s an example and a model that we should be following? You’re free to say that, here, in the press and anywhere you want. But we’re also free to come here and tell the truth. We’re also free to come here and denounce the violations of human rights and brutality.”

Just made mince of it.  But here, you heard Harkin, this guy’s in love.  He’s literally in love, blinded and obsessed, because it’s socialism, which history proves is a dismal failure everywhere it’s tried: Ukraine, Venezuela, Cuba, Detroit.  This is absolute insanity to listen to Tom Harkin go on and on and on with such love for Cuba, what a paradise it is.  But it isn’t. 

We haven’t had communism blasted like Rubio did it by an elected official in I don’t know how long.  Certainly since the days of Reagan. We have not had an elected official in public bash a communist regime like this in I can’t tell you how long.

World News: History Patterns

in World News you can still see history patterns …

History-Clues

How to find more History Patterns

By any other name, Socialism is still TYRANNY

keyRemember: “Nazi” is a shortened term for National Socialism in German. When it comes to freedom, there is not a dime’s worth of difference between Communism (World Socialism) and Nazism (National Socialism). Socialism, Communism, Nazism, etc.—they all result in TYRANNY

Rush Limbaugh

This is what happens when Liberals are in charge …

Clueless American Leaders Shocked by Putin’s Attempt to Reassemble Soviet Union

Sarah Palin and Mitt Romney were right …

ObamaClintonPIXBill Clinton in 1994 (and then the Obama administration in 2009, reaffirmed it) gave official diplomatic assurances to Ukraine that their borders would be safe in exchange for the Ukrainians gutting their army and completely doing away with their sizable nuclear deterrent…

In fact, you probably have heard this by now.  Sarah Palin, back in 2008, predicted and warned that Russia was gonna take Ukraine.  She was laughed at.  She was mocked and made fun of because, of course, that was the narrative. Sarah Palin never said was she an expert on the Soviet Union ’cause she could see it from her backyard.  Tina Fey said that in a comedy sketch.  Palin never said it, yet it was attributed to her.

Romney, I remember this in a presidential debate like it was yesterday.  Probably the second debate, Romney is warning of Russia as our number one geopolitical enemy, and Obama is sitting there and mocking him and laughing at him and making fun of him like he can’t believe what he just heard and everybody knows it’s Al-Qaeda.  And look at what’s happening here.  All the people who’ve been insulted as dumb and stupid and idiotic and don’t know what they’re talking about are being borne out.  There were people — I’ll leave myself out of this — there were people eight years ago warning that Putin existed to rebuild the Soviet Union.  The Washington establishment hemmed and hawed and huffed and puffed and laughed, said nothing could be further from the truth.  The best and the brightest had no clue.

ObamaArticleHeadSand1. Obama Foreign Policy: He promises Utopia

So again, here’s this little piece, Washington Post editorial, “For five years, President Obama has led a foreign policy based more on how he thinks the world should operate than on reality. It was a world in which ‘the tide of war is receding’ and the United States could, without much risk, radically reduce the size of its armed forces. Other leaders, in this vision, would behave rationally and in the interest of their people and the world. Invasions, brute force, great-power games and shifting alliances — these were things of the past. Secretary of State John F. Kerry displayed this mindset on ABC’s ‘This Week’ Sunday when he said, of Russia’s invasion of neighboring Ukraine, ‘It’s a 19th century act in the 21st century.'” I highlighted that yesterday about how absolutely inane that is.

So here you have Kerry complaining that Putin is using old-fashioned, infantry type tactics.  And that’s not the kind of world we have anymore.  Doesn’t he know he’s cheating?  He can’t do that.  He’s violating agreements.  And the Washington Post is beside itself now.  Oh, my God.  OMG.  What in the world is happening?  Now that this has found its away into the arena of foreign policy, now all of a sudden the glaring obvious incompetence of this whole Regime is now worrisome.

“Unfortunately, Russian President Vladimir Putin has not received the memo on 21st-century behavior. Neither has China’s president, Xi Jinping, who is engaging in gunboat diplomacy against Japan and the weaker nations of Southeast Asia. Syrian president Bashar al-Assad is waging a very 20th-century war against his own people, sending helicopters to drop exploding barrels full of screws, nails and other shrapnel onto apartment buildings where families cower in basements.”  All of a sudden now it matters.

Toward the end of the editorial, the Post writes, “Military strength, trustworthiness as an ally, staying power in difficult corners of the world such as Afghanistan — these still matter…” Do you know what kind of slice that is?  I mean, that’s right at Obama, because he’s out there saying none of this stuff matters anymore.  We’re not a superpower.  It’s none of our business what these other people around the world are doing.

We’re gonna get out of it! We don’t care!

That is irresponsible and frightening.  Even these people at the Post say, Uh-oh! Oh, no.  “While the United States has been retrenching,” retreating — I’m adding the words — and withdrawing, “the tide of democracy in the world … has been receding. In the long run, that’s harmful to US national security, too.” No kidding!  We are the leader of the free world.  If we get out of it, so will democracy elsewhere.

Ours is a world governed by the aggressive use of force, and it always has been.  It’s not something specific to the Twenty-First Century.  Vladimir Putin’s not doing something that previous Soviet leaders have never done.  The ChiCom leader is not doing something that Mao Tse-tung didn’t do.  There’s nothing here that’s new.  It’s nothing but reality going on here.  We’ve got a fantasyland administration trying to deny that.

These sanctimonious people in the media all of a sudden now see Obama’s nothing but smoke and mirrors.  You want to say that his foreign policy is fantasy misses the point that Obama himself is a fantasy.  It’s just the same fantasy that the Drive-By Media made up and pushed.

The media constructed a fantasy, they plugged Obama into it, and they were off to the races.  It’s kind of infuriating to me.  None of this need be happening, is the point.  Their headline at the Washington Post is, “President Obama’s Foreign Policy is Based on Fantasy.” You have to wonder who hacked them.  This could be a hack.  But to ask whether or not they’ve finally awakened from their long peacenik slumber? No.

It’s just that this reality really matters.  Contraceptives, telling Catholic Church where to go, you know, War on Women, all that other crock and lies and BS to destroy the Republican Party, that’s fine. Whatever it takes to do that, that’s cool.  Whatever lie it takes — whatever distortion, whatever character assassination, whatever tactic is required to destroy the Republicans — we’re in there, and we’ll help you.  But don’t take that act of foreign policy, ’cause it’s serious out there.

iobamadictator2.  By any other name, Socialism is still TYRANNY

Russia justifies its aggression by claiming they are quelling a Nazi movement

Remember: “Nazi” is a shortened term for National Socialism in German. When it comes to freedom, there is not a dime’s worth of difference between Communism (World Socialism) and Nazism (National Socialism). Socialism, Communism, Nazism, etc.—they all result in TYRANNY

The Truth is: Russian doctrine is a mutant of 20th Century Nazism

Lavrov’s rationale for Russia’s aggressive response is based on a change to Russian military doctrine implemented after the 2008 Russian-Georgian conflict that says Russia will send its troops anywhere to defend Russians.

After the 2008 war, Russia issued passports and granted citizenship to ethnic Russians in the captured Georgian provinces of Abkhazia and South Ossetia, both of which Russia later annexed.

The thrust of the doctrine could be interpreted as an open-ended means of committing “legal” aggression, since ethnic Russians occupy all of the independent countries that once comprised the Soviet Union
There are ethnic Russians not only in Ukraine but in all of the Caucasus, Central Asia and in the former Soviet Baltic countries of Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania, as well as Belarus, Poland and Finland.
Read more at http://www.wnd.com/2014/03/russians-u-s-siding-with-neo-nazis/#EphE4SdzHwRrJwhv.99

muslimobama3. Obama threatens Israel with abandonment

“Israel, why don’t you just do what we Muslims want you to do?”

Israel can expect to face international isolation and possible sanctions from countries and companies across the world if Benjamin Netanyahu fails to endorse a framework agreement with the Palestinians, US President Barack Obama cautioned on Sunday ahead of a meeting with the Israeli prime minister.

 

In an interview with Bloomberg, Obama stressed that time was running out for Israel to achieve a peace deal, and added that he believed Netanyahu had the capacity to rally Israel’s citizens behind an agreement.

But if Netanyahu “does not believe that a peace deal with the Palestinians is the right thing to do for Israel, then he needs to articulate an alternative approach,” Obama said.
Read more: Obama: US won’t be able to defend Israel if peace talks fail | The Times of Israel http://www.timesofisrael.com/obama-us-wont-be-able-to-defend-israel-if-peace-talks-fail/#ixzz2v3OrP9CH
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israel_flagWithout getting personal, Netanyahu hits back at Obama

He stressed that Israel backs a diplomatic deal, provided it truly dismantles Iran’s military nuclear capabilities. But he warned, as he has from the same podium in past years, that the Jewish nation “will never be brought to the brink of extinction again” and that he would do “whatever I must do to defend the Jewish state of Israel.”
But whereas Obama had touted Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas as a leader demonstrably “committed to nonviolence and diplomatic efforts to resolve” the conflict, Netanyahu was far more skeptical. He received a standing ovation when he called on the Palestinians to “stop denying history” and urged Abbas to “recognize the Jewish state.” If Abbas would only tell his people of the Jewish nation’s sovereign rights, he could “finally make clear that you are truly prepared to end the conflict. No excuses. No delays. It’s time.”
Read more: Without getting personal, Netanyahu hits back at Obama | The Times of Israel http://www.timesofisrael.com/without-getting-personal-netanyahu-hits-back-at-obama/#ixzz2v3RicgDG
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President Obama, Gun Control, and Mental Health

Gun Control Update:

Two Colorado Anti-Gun State Senators Go Down in Recall Election

The vast majority of the people in Colorado didn’t kill anybody. They aren’t murderers. Why should their freedoms be restricted because of the evil acts of others? The “sickness” is with those who use guns in an unlawful way. That’s where the focus should be.
Read more at http://politicaloutcast.com/2013/09/two-colorado-anti-gun-state-senators-go-recall-election/#PIvV7I2w0O5wLcUU.99

Month-Defining Moment

Definition for Today

Defining Mental Illness

Lee Hieb, M. D.

The government lets us Second Amendment people keep guns, but only if we are not mentally ill—and it is the government which will define “mentally ill.” ~Dr. Lee Hieb

Psychiatry is a dangerous weapon in the hands of the state. We cannot cede to the government authority to define mental health, nor allow mental health “experts” to decide our fitness to exercise our constitutional rights. And we must be vigilant as more people disappear into the mental health system. ~Dr. Lee Hieb

obamadoctorIn the administration’s latest push to limit the Second Amendment rights of its citizens, the term “mental health” is being bantered about and used as common ground between anti-gun activists and staunch defenders of gun rights.

Sen. Roy Blunt, Missouri Republican and NRA backer, objected to President Obama’s proposals but agreed the “focus should be on mental health.” Others, while proclaiming support for the Second Amendment, propose “a meaningful conversation about mental health,” or that we should “Identify people who are mentally ill.” After all, how could anyone support guns in the hands of the mentally ill?

Wait …not so fast. The problem is one of definition: Who is mentally ill?

The use of psychiatry against dissidents in the Soviet Union was one of the major human rights scandals of the 1970s and 1980s. Overt tyrants don’t need to employ psychiatry as a weapon, but establishing a dictatorship that pretends to be a republic requires a stealthy way of silencing opponents. As the Soviets discovered, not everyone is afraid to speak out, and when dissidents are perceived by the public as speaking truth, they must somehow be discredited.

What better way than to be labeled mentally ill? That accomplishes two things: First, the mentally ill person can be silenced and secreted away into a mental institution. And secondly—this is especially important for prominent people who may have left behind their written statement—it discredits the person’s beliefs. If the dissident is determined by “great medical men of learning” to be ”mentally ill,” then people will be less likely to take his words seriously.

Soviet psychiatry in the Brezhnev era and beyond was predicated on the concept of “heterodoxy.” If you didn’t believe the official dogma, you must have been ill. Under the politburo, this meant not believing in Marxism, or having some form of God-centered religious belief.

In 1974, neurophysiologist and political activist, Vladmir Bukovsky and the incarcerated psychiatrist Semyon Gluzman wrote “A Manual on Psychiatry for Dissenters,” in which they provided potential future victims of political psychiatry with instructions on how to behave during inquest in order to avoid beint diagnosed as mentally sick.

Even after the fall of the Soviet Union, political opponents, human rights activists and psychiatrists who did not believe in punitive psychiatry were incarcerated in mental institutions. Gluzman himself spent seven years in the Gulag, and 3 years in Siberian exile for refusing to diagnose a mental illness in a human rights activist.

Thomas Szasz in his 1984 book “The Therapeutic State,” says the collaboration between government and psychiatry results in a system in which disapproved thoughts, emotions and eactions are repressed (“cured”) through pseudo-medical interventions. Thus illegal drug use, smoking, overeating, gambling, shoplifting, sexual promiscuity, pederasty, rambunctiousness, shyness, anxiety, unhappiness, racial bigotry, unconventional religious beliefs and suicide are all considered diseases or symptoms of diseases—things that happen to people against their will. This attitude, Szasz concludes, can lead to unwanted treatment being forced on someone—just for his beliefs.

Brandon Raub, USMC veteran of Iraq and Afghanistan, made quite colorful anti-war and anti-administration remarks in a FaceBook page. He was subsequently drug away in handcuffs by local authorities purportedly at the request of mental health workers. [Raub] was hauled off and jailed for a “pre-crime.” He hadn’t hurt anyone. He hadn’t done anything overt except express his beliefs on paper. And anyone with a three-inch kitchen knife is “potentially dangerous.”

You out there worried about Agenda 21? Crazy!

Have fervent Christian beliefs that lead you to war long dresses? Crazy!

Homeschooler? Obviously agoraphobic.

Psychiatry is a dangerous weapon in the hands of the state. We cannot cede to the government authority to define mental health, nor allow mental health “experts” to decide our fitness to exercise our constitutional rights. And we must be vigilant as more people disappear into the mental health system.

Dr. Lee Hieb is an orthopedic surgeon specializing in spinal surgery. She is past president of the Association of American Physicians and Surgeons, a free market medical organization.

Dissing traditional beliefs: Gov’t official’s remark labeled Stalin-esque –

Pro-family groups are reacting to a report quoting an Oregon government official who said a baker who believes in traditional marriage needs to be “rehabilitated.”

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