I am dumbstruck at the level of pure Marxism and communism alive in our political sphere today. There are open and direct examples of it everywhere and it is amazing to think that just over 50 years ago, it would be unthinkable to openly post or write some of the things that we see on these very pages due to the clear anti-American and pro-communist positions. It is stunning how far over the edge liberals in specific and Democrats in general have gone.
What is unarguable is the impact that the ‘60’s counterculture had on the country. Some will give it credit for helping end the racial strife that was tearing at the fabric of our country – but they would be misguided. Those people fail to understand the conservative and religious motives behind this change and gloss over the fact that Martin Luther King was, in fact, a registered Republican – or that without leadership from the Republican minorities in the House and Senate, the Civil Rights Act would not have passed.
Here’s what King had to say about the mushy white middle in his Letter from a Birmingham Jail:
I must make two honest confessions to you, my Christian and Jewish brothers. First, I must confess that over the past few years I have been gravely disappointed with the white moderate. I have almost reached the regrettable conclusion that the Negro’s great stumbling block in his stride toward freedom is not the White Citizen’s Counciler or the Ku Klux Klanner, but the white moderate, who is more devoted to “order” than to justice; who prefers a negative peace which is the absence of tension to a positive peace which is the presence of justice; who constantly says: “I agree with you in the goal you seek, but I cannot agree with your methods of direct action”; who paternalistically believes he can set the timetable for another man’s freedom; who lives by a mythical concept of time and who constantly advises the Negro to wait for a “more convenient season.” Shallow understanding from people of good will is more frustrating than absolute misunderstanding from people of ill will. Lukewarm acceptance is much more bewildering than outright rejection.
It is also provable that academia was and has become a safe harbor for communist activism. Glenn Reynolds notes in writing about the UCLA whistle-blower scandal, that:
I tend to agree with him.
Below the fold is an excerpt from JFK’s nomination acceptance speech at the 1960 Democratic Convention. I’m not a particularily big fan of all things Kennedy but even though he was a Democrat, the country might have turned out differently had he survived. Kennedy was at his core a hero and a leader but his assassination (by a communist) gave us Johnson (I think BHO shares a lot of LBJ’s social program ambitions, albeit executed with the political precision of Jimmy Carter). Bobby Kennedy would have been as big a disaster as Teddy but he never got the opportunity because, you see, he was killed by a militant Palestinian, Sirhan Sirhan. Published reports shy away from his religious background but during his trial, Sirhan launched into “…a vicious diatribe about the Middle East conflict between Arab and Jew.”, so it seems likely that he shared the views of the radical Islamists.
It seems antithetical that the American left of today would be currently aligned with the very groups, Islamists, communists and the anti-Israel crowd, who brutally murdered two of their heroes…but they are.
To understand just how far we have drifted, compare and contrast Kennedy’s religious references, his obvious belief in technological advancement and use of our natural resources, his unflinching belief in American exceptionalism, military strength and commitment to victory in conflict and his awareness of the evils of communism to Democratic positions of today. See if you think the same speech would be made today by a Democrat…
Today our concern must be with that future. For the world is changing. The old era is ending. The old ways will not do.
Abroad, the balance of power is shifting. New and more terrible weapons are coming into use.
One-third of the world may be free, but one-third is the victim of a cruel repression, and the other third is rocked by poverty and hunger and disease. Communist influence has penetrated into Asia; it stands in the Middle East; and now festers some ninety miles off the coast of Florida. Friends have slipped into neutrality and neutrals have slipped into hostility. As our keynoter reminded us, the President who began his career by going to Korea ends it by staying away from Japan.
The world has been close to war before, but now man, who’s survived all previous threats to his existence, has taken into his mortal hands the power to exterminate his species seven times over.
Here at home the future is equally revolutionary. The New Deal and the Fair Deal were bold measures for their generations, but now this is a new generation.
A technological output and explosion on the farm has led to an output explosion. An urban population revolution has overcrowded our schools and cluttered our cities and crowded our slums.
A peaceful revolution for human rights, demanding an end to racial discrimination in all parts of our community life, has strained at the leashes imposed by a timid executive leadership.
It is time, in short — It is time, in short, for a new generation of leadership. All over the world, particularly in the newer nations, young men are coming to power, men who are not bound by the traditions of the past, men who are not blinded by the old fears and hates and rivalries — young men who can cast off the old slogans and the old delusions.
The Republican nominee, of course, is a young man. But his approach is as old as McKinley. His party is the party of the past, the party of memory. His speeches are generalities from Poor Richard’s Almanac. Their platform — Their platform, made up of old, left-over Democratic planks, has the courage of our old convictions. Their pledge is to the status quo; and today there is no status quo.
For I stand here tonight facing west on what was once the last frontier. From the lands that stretch three thousand miles behind us, the pioneers gave up their safety, their comfort and sometimes their lives to build our new West. They were not the captives of their own doubts, nor the prisoners of their own price tags. They were determined to make the new world strong and free — an example to the world, to overcome its hazards and its hardships, to conquer the enemies that threatened from within and without.
Some would say that those struggles are all over, that all the horizons have been explored, that all the battles have been won, that there is no longer an American frontier. But I trust that no one in this assemblage would agree with that sentiment; for the problems are not all solved and the battles are not all won; and we stand today on the edge of a New Frontier …
It sums up not what I intend to offer to the American people, but what I intend to ask of them. It appeals to their pride — It appeals to our pride, not our security. It holds out the promise of more sacrifice instead of more security.
The New Frontier is here whether we seek it or not.
Beyond that frontier are uncharted areas of science and space, unsolved problems of peace and war, unconquered problems of ignorance and prejudice, unanswered questions of poverty and surplus. It would be easier to shrink from that new frontier, to look to the safe mediocrity of the past, to be lulled by good intentions and high rhetoric — and those who prefer that course should not vote for me or the Democratic Party.
But I believe that the times require imagination and courage and perseverance. I’m asking each of you to be pioneers towards that New Frontier. My call is to the young in heart, regardless of age — to the stout in spirit, regardless of Party, to all who respond to the scriptural call: “Be strong and of a good courage; be not afraid, neither be [thou] dismayed.”
For courage, not complacency, is our need today; leadership, not salesmanship. And the only valid test of leadership is the ability to lead, and lead vigorously. A tired nation — A tired nation, said David Lloyd George, is a Tory nation. And the United States today cannot afford to be either tired or Tory.
There may be those who wish to hear more — more promises to this group or that, more harsh rhetoric about the men in the Kremlin as a substitute for policy, more assurances of a golden future, where taxes are always low and the subsidies are always high. But my promises are in the platform that you have adopted. Our ends will not be won by rhetoric, and we can have faith in the future only if we have faith in ourselves.
For the harsh facts of the matter are that we stand at this frontier at a turning-point of history. We must prove all over again to a watching world, as we said on a most conspicuous stage, whether this nation, conceived as it is with its freedom of choice, its breadth of opportunity, its range of alternatives, can compete with the single-minded advance of the Communist system.
Can a nation organized and governed such as ours endure?
That is the real question.
Have we the nerve and the will? Can we carry through in an age where we will witness not only new breakthroughs in weapons of destruction, but also a race for mastery of the sky and the rain, the ocean and the tides, the far side of space, and the inside of men’s minds?
That is the question of the New Frontier.
That is the choice our nation must make — a choice that lies not merely between two men or two parties, but between the public interest and private comfort, between national greatness and national decline, between the fresh air of progress and the stale, dank atmosphere of “normalcy,” between dedication of mediocrity.
All mankind waits upon our decision. A whole world looks to see what we shall do. And we cannot fail that trust. And we cannot fail to try.
It has been a long road from the first snowy day in New Hampshire many months ago to this crowded convention city. Now begins another long journey, taking me into your cities and homes across the United States.
Give me your help and your hand and your voice.
Recall with me the words of Isaiah that, “They that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run and not be weary.”
As we face the coming great challenge, we too, shall wait upon the Lord, and ask that He renew our strength.
Then shall we be equal to the test.
Then we shall not be weary.
Then we shall prevail.