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The Lessons of History  July 6, 2020

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Empires rise and empires fall.  They usually don’t end with a bang.  They end with a whimper.

Revolts become revolutions when those sent by the authorities to put them down instead join the revolt.  Is that what we’re beginning to see as police and National Guard troops kneel in submission before BLM and ANTIFA?  Many who railed against those who kneeled for the playing of our national anthem now kneel before those who showed their contempt for America.   Are the reins of power about to slip from the limp hands of the descendants of the Minutemen, the Grand Army of the Republic, and all the heroes who won the wars and enforced the peace?  Are the cultural, financial, social, and political structures we’ve known all our lives about to be upended?

Many readily admit they agree with everything Trump is doing and has done.  They acknowledge his policies led to the greatest economy the world has ever known and prosperity like we haven’t experienced since we all liked Ike.  And yet many of these same people say they won’t vote for him again because they don’t like the tone of his tweets or the combative manner in which he returns fire to the daily verbal broadsides from the democrats who identify as journalists.

As you watch the blue cities burn and the blue leaders bow ask yourself, “For whom the bell tolls?”  Is the answer inevitably, “It tolls for thee.”  And if it is, what then shall we do?  Sit on our hands, quarantined in our homes, wearing our masks, watching in disbelief as thugs take over the streets, as the police are disbanded, waiting for Biden, Pelosi, Schumer, Sanders, and the rest of the millionaire plutocrats to raise the red flag from the White House?

If our fleeting moment upon the world’s stage as uncivil as it is, has become a civil war this November we will arrive at Gettysburg.  A climatic moment that will decide in which direction the war will flow.  Looking ahead, knowing there will be many casualties physical, political, cultural, and societal it might be the perfect time to recall the words which frame the actual Battle of Gettysburg for all students of History:

Four score and seven years ago our fathers brought forth on this continent, a new nation, conceived in Liberty, and dedicated to the proposition that all men are created equal.

Now we are engaged in a great civil war, testing whether that nation, or any nation so conceived and so dedicated, can long endure. We are met on a great battlefield of that war. We have come to dedicate a portion of that field, as a final resting place for those who here gave their lives that that nation might live. It is altogether fitting and proper that we should do this.

But, in a larger sense, we cannot dedicate — we cannot consecrate — we cannot hallow — this ground. The brave men, living and dead, who struggled here, have consecrated it, far above our poor power to add or detract. The world will little note, nor long remember what we say here, but it can never forget what they did here. It is for us the living, rather, to be dedicated here to the unfinished work which they who fought here have thus far so nobly advanced. It is rather for us to be here dedicated to the great task remaining before us — that from these honored dead we take increased devotion to that cause for which they gave the last full measure of devotion — that we here highly resolve that these dead shall not have died in vain — that this nation, under God, shall have a new birth of freedom — and that government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the earth.

Will freedom survive?  Or will our Republic like the Romans before us morph into something completely different?  Instead of an empire we may become a dictatorship of the proletariat where those who dole out the equal shares paraphrase the haunting statement from George Orwell’s Animal Farm … “All animals are equal, but some animals are more equal than others.”

If the blues sweep the board in November, we may all end up singing the blues.

Those who don’t learn the lessons of History are doomed to repeat the mistakes of History.  Those who do learn the lessons of History are unfortunately doomed to watch everyone else repeat the mistakes of History.

Hunkered in the bunker.  Waiting for the rain.

Keep the faith.  Keep the peace.  We shall overcome.

Dr. Owens teaches History, Political Science, Global Studies, and Religion.  He is the Historian of the Future @ http://drrobertowens.com  © 2020 Contact Dr. Owens drrobertowens@hotmail.com   Follow Dr. Robert Owens on Facebook or Twitter @ Drrobertowens or visit Dr. Owens Amazon Page / Edited by Dr. Rosalie Owens

 

 

 

America’s Cultural Revolution June 15, 2020

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In the 1960s Mao Zedong, the world’s greatest mass murderer and the insane megalomaniac known to his enslaved people as the Great Helmsman decided that his Revolution was no longer pure enough. To accomplish his purge, he unleashed the Cultural Revolution on the defenseless people of Communist China.  Waving the Little Red Book of Mao’s sayings, the Chinese version of Antifa surged through the streets.  They attacked anyone not completely onboard with the destruction of Chinese culture.  The traditions, beliefs, sacred memorials, art, literature, and monuments of the past were all marked for the trash heap of history.

Many of those who became and are now the “Heroes of the Revolution” were then the victims of the out of control street gangs authorized by Mao to turn the very society he himself had created since the communist conquest of  China in 1949 upside down and inside out.  Even Deng Xiaoping was forced to renounce his infatuation with the idea of using free markets to lift China out of poverty.  Deng went on to become the father of the current Chinese resurgence once Mao died and his cultural thugs lost power.

Today we are witnessing an American Cultural Revolution.  Led by black shirted thugs and financed by socialist billionaires.  These self-proclaimed voices of the people are attempting to erase our history, regiment our thoughts, and seize control of the country. They are doing this all in the name of social justice, racial equality, and a smug belief that they will be the ones who finally make the unworkable policies of socialism work.

The list of targets in this cultural revolution keeps growing from idiocy to absurdity:

  • Leaders of the Revolution are calling for the removal of the Washington and the Jefferson Monuments.
  • The leaders of NASCAR have banned the battle flag of the Army of Northern Virginia which is usually misnamed the Confederate flag.
  • A&E has canceled its flagship series and one of the highest-rated shows on basic cable, Live PD.
  • A week after Live P.D. was pulled in the wake of George Floyd’s death, the reality series’ hiatus has been made permanent.
  • Carrying the flag of revolutionary change into the realm of the surreal according to the New York Times the all-powerful Black Lives Matter movement is targeting Paw Patrol, the popular children’s cartoon on the Nick Jr. channel, because it shows a positive view of police.
  • Comrade Pelosi wants 11 Confederate statues removed from the Capitol ignoring the fact that Congress authorized the National Statuary Hall Collection in 1864 to allow each state to donate two statues of notable citizens “illustrious for their historic renown or for distinguished civic or military services” for display in the Capitol.
  • The leaders of the Progressive Democrats who are desperately trying to run in front of the parade of revolution they have helped to unleash kneel to the power of the Black Lives Matter movement right in the Capitol building itself.
  • A wild mob of revolutionaries, that the democrats who identify as journalists call protesters, topple a statue of 15th Century explorer Christopher Columbus in St. Paul, Minnesota, outside the state’s Capitol building.
  • Other detachments of the black shirted left tore down a statue of Christopher Columbus in Virginia’s state capital using ropes to topple the monument before burning an American flag atop it and dragging it into a nearby lake.
  • In Boston, a statue of the 15th Century explorer was beheaded overnight.

And then there is a move aimed at destroying any semblance of a peaceful society and the ability to defend such a society.

While the Black Lives Matter movement leads a national “Defund the Police” campaign, other alt-left-wing groups are also demanding Congress cut off federal grant money for local law enforcement.  The usual suspects, the bewildering maze of social justice and open borders lobbying organizations, many linked to billionaire angel of everything anti-American, George Soros, demand that the federal government end all funding of police in the United States.

This type of rhetoric and the policies or lack thereof that the Alt-woke swamp creatures are instituting inevitably leads to situations such as that which is unfolding in Seattle.  Where protesters have cordoned off several blocks of the city, declaring it a “cop-free zone” and “Capitol Hill Autonomous Zone,” have released a long list of demands, including abolition of the Seattle Police Department and prisons, amnesty for all illegal migrants, and free health care and college for all, especially for blacks as a form of reparations.

Seattle’s newly formed Capitol Hill Autonomous Zone (CHAZ) is reminiscent of the Paris Commune.

After Emperor Napoleon III was captured by the Prussians in 1871 the Second French Empire collapsed into the Third Republic.  Though their government accepted defeat the people of Paris did not.  Instead they took over the city, imprisoned the mayor and other officials and declared Paris a free commune based on Marxist principles. They held out for seventy days of chaos and tyranny waving red flags and introducing the world to the rule of political correctness.  If anyone spoke out for free speech or private property they were shouted down, beat down, locked up, or put away.  The insurrectionists, who called themselves Communards, set up barricades in the streets and burned public buildings.  They held out for seventy days.  During what is called “The Bloody Week” government troops smashed resistance and retook the city.   Approximately 20,000 insurrectionists died along with about 750 soldiers.  Let’s pray the return of civil government to the heart of Seattle will not be as bloody or as long awaited.

The Antifa terrorists are reportedly seeking armed volunteers to take turns manning barricades and holding the ground the protesters have seized within Seattle city limits.

The Washington state revolutionaries have issued a manifesto.  It begins by saying, “This document is to represent the black voices who spoke in victory at the top of 12th & Pine after 9 days of peaceful protest while under constant nightly attack from the Seattle Police Department. These are words from that night, June 8th, 2020.”  And closes with these words, “Although we have liberated Free Capitol Hill in the name of the people of Seattle, we must not forget that we stand on land already once stolen from the Duwamish People, the first people of Seattle, and whose brother, John T. Williams of the Nuu-chah-nulth tribe up north was murdered by the Seattle Police Department 10 years ago.”

What do the Seattle police have to say about this take over?  Seattle Police Officers Guild President Michael Solan stated that a “fringe” is “stealing the peaceful protest message for justice for George Floyd.”

Solan went on to say, “The city has lost all the political will to enforce the rule of law. There is an unreasonable, activist fringe that is unfortunately stealing the peaceful protest message for justice for George Floyd, and then now, they are occupying over a six-block area of the city of Seattle. It is absolutely unreasonable activism. And we are pulling our hair out. Because we are true public safety professionals that took an oath of service. And we are holding our elected leaders responsible for this travesty on the overall, amazing Seattle community that are law-abiding citizens, that are yearning for police officer, public safety services.”

He also added, “There is a tug-of-war at city hall for control, and police are stuck in the middle, and now look what happened. We’ve lost a precinct. Now, what’s next? Are we going to lose another precinct? The city council has removed our ability to have less lethal munitions for us to properly protect those facilities and protect ourselves. That has now been taken away. So, what’s left? How are we supposed to defend the rest of those precincts?”

If we want to maintain a civil society as opposed to either a civil war or a revolutionary reign of terror we have to do whatever we have to do to maintain order in the face of dedicated revolutionaries or we will have anarchy at best or regime change at worst.  During a portion of an interview with the Fox News Channel released on Thursday, President Trump stated that he wouldn’t allow Seattle to “be occupied” and “If we have to go in, we’re going to go in.” Trump also urged Washington Gov. Jay Inslee (D) to use the National Guard but stated that “one way or the other, it’s going to get done. These people are not going to occupy a major portion of a great city.”

White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany told Fox News at the White House that President Donald Trump would send federal troops to free parts of Seattle only as a “last resort.”  McEnany also said President Trump preferred local leaders doing their job to defend their streets according to the Constitution and that, “The president’s message is that he will secure the streets in this country.”

The Press Secretary went on to say, “ANTIFA will be stopped under the leadership of President Trump from wreaking havoc and burning down buildings and injuring 750 law enforcement officers and destroying 150 federal buildings.”  Later President Trump tweeted, “Radical Left Governor Jay Inslee and the Mayor of Seattle are being taunted and played at a level that our great Country has never seen before.  Take back your city NOW.”

Trump said, “If there were more toughness, you wouldn’t have the kind of devastation that you had in Minneapolis and in Seattle. I mean, let’s see what’s going on in Seattle. But I will tell you if they don’t straighten that situation out, we’re going to straighten it out.”

He added, “What I mean is very simple, we’re not going to let Seattle be occupied by anarchists. … If we have to go in, we’re going to go in. The governor’s either going to do it, let the governor do it, he’s got great National Guard troops, he’ll — he can do it. But one way or the other, it’s going to get done. These people are not going to occupy a major portion of a great city.”

And what is the reaction of the democrats who identify as journalists to the revolt in Seattle?  Tom Bevan, co-founder and president of Real Clear Politics, observed, “Media bias is not just in the stories that get covered, but the ones that don’t.”  He went on to cite, “Total blackout on the insanity in Seattle on major news websites: ABC News, NBC News, CBS News,” as cases in point.

The cultural revolution of the Great Helmsman failed.  It destroyed a generation of people.  When the hand of the great destroyer finally slipped from the helm China repudiated his economic policies and went in the exact opposite direction.  What will be the end of our cultural revolution?  Coming as it does after decades of cultural warfare this may be a climatic battle, a Gettysburg moment for America as we have known it, playing out right in front of the cameras.

What it all comes down to is this: these protests have become a rebellion. Do you know what we historians call a rebellion that succeeds?  We call it a revolution.  Know what we call one that fails?  We call it a revolt.

It will be for Historians of the future to describe what this will become.  If the majority won’t stand firm for what we believe we will fall hard for what a violent minority wants.  At which point we may well end up singing with the late Phil Ochs:

In tattered tuxedos they face the new heroes

And crawl about in confusion.

All the hands raised

They stand there amazed

At the shattering of their own illusions.

Dr. Owens teaches History, Political Science, Global Studies, and Religion.  He is the Historian of the Future @ http://drrobertowens.com  © 2020 Contact Dr. Owens drrobertowens@hotmail.com   Follow Dr. Robert Owens on Facebook or Twitter @ Drrobertowens or visit Dr. Owens Amazon Page / Edited by Dr. Rosalie Owens

 

 

 

AntiFa Terrorists in League with ISIS and Al Qaeda November 1, 2017

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The violent left wing revolutionaries who identify themselves as AntiFa are announcing to the world that they plan on staging a major attack on American democracy beginning Saturday November 4th.

These brutish thugs have attempted to terrorize the American people since last year’s presidential campaign.  They staged violent protests at many Trump campaign events.  In Chicago one event had to be cancelled because the police could not guarantee Mr. Trump’s safety.  If you noticed none of Hillary’s campaign events were attacked by the supporters of Mr. Trump or the AntiFa bully boys.

At their philosophical home, Berkeley they routinely strive to deny free speech using violence and confrontation to silence anyone who disagrees with their collectivist vision of Amerika.  Spreading in concentric circles of hate the AntiFa thugs routinely attempt to squash free speech on campuses across the country.

Now damning new evidence is being presented by veteran newsman Edward Klein, who is the former editor in chief of the New York Times Magazine in his new book, All Out War: The Plot to Destroy Trump.

In this book Mr. Klein presents convincing evidence that the AntiFa domestic terrorists have held meeting with representatives of both ISIS and Al Qaeda.  He also reveals that members of the left wing hate group have traveled to Syria for training.

The author quotes an FBI report that stated, “There is clearly overwhelming evidence that there are growing ties between U.S. radicals and the Islamic State, as well as several [ISIS] offshoots and splinter groups.”

During last year’s G-20 meetings in Hamburg, Germany the many of the AntiFa brigands staged pre-planned riots protesting President Trump and railing against capitalism.  Numerous police officers were injured and property was destroyed.  At least one elected Democrat official, Mayor Bill De Blasio of New York whose expenses were paid by the organizers of the protests, flew over and participated.

The FBI report continued, “(The) Task force covered G20 meeting in Hamburg, studied intel from local authorities, Interpol, and other assets, determined that as assumed U.S.-backed anarchist/radical groups had traveled to Germany and took place in the violence … There is also evidence of meetings between these individuals and associates of ISIS. There is an urgent need to closely surveil the identified individuals.”

The FBI report is chilling.  It outlines the growth of a cancer on the body politic of our Republic not seen since the heyday of the KKK, another organization linked to the Democrat Party.

Here are some more statements from the report as chronicled by the Daily Mail.com:

“Now that the bureau has determined they have followers in the radical U.S. resistance movement in the United States, it is clear there will be additional violence in the attacks on law enforcement and U.S. institutions, including banks.”

“Ties between three key leaders of the Oakland group [names redacted] met in Hamburg with a leader of the AQAP [Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula] and the AQIM [Al Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb],’ the report continued. ‘The leader from AQAP is an Egyptian-born male [name redacted] who is known to be in charge of finances and recruiting for the group.”

“There is evidence from informants that he is helping the Oakland group acquire the weapons they are seeking, primarily bomb making equipment and toxic chemicals and gasses.”

“One of the men from Oakland traveled to Syria to meet with ISIS; the purpose was for training in tactics, but was thought to be primarily a bonding visit to discuss possible massive disruptive attacks in the U.S.”

“While in Hamburg, several of the Oakland-based criminals were photographed throwing Molotov cocktails and wielding iron bars, which have been their weapons of choice, though they are almost certainly on the verge of upping the caliber of their weaponry for use in the U.S.”

“Despite having their faces covered by masks, they were positively identified.”

“This group and their connections with the radical Islamic groups must be disrupted and destroyed.”

The FBI field report was delivered to Acting Director Andrew McCabe in July.

According to a source quoted by the Daily Mail, “The FBI is really playing catchup ball, because the Obama administration refused to give the bureau the resources it needed to effectively infiltrate and surveil the radical groups on college campuses,” the source continued. …

“Any talk of a connection between radical Islam—a phrase the Obama people wouldn’t even use—and American extremists was pretty much laughed off. [Former Attorney General] Loretta Lynch would have blown a gasket if she heard that the FBI was surveilling so-called college political organizations. …”

“All that has changed under the Trump administration. Everyone’s aware that the resistance movement, with its effort to get rid of Trump by any means necessary, has created fertile soil for ISIS and al Qaeda to establish a beachhead in America.”

The growth and anti-American nature of the AntiFa movement is aided, abetted, and covered up by the Corporations Once Known As the Mainstream Media.

Many Democrat voters in America have no idea that these elements of their party are entering into treasonous relationships with America’s enemies during a time of war.  They have no idea that their votes which prop-up the reigns of perpetually re-elected hacks such as Nancy Pelosi, Chuck Schumer, and Maxine Waters encourages and supports the Resist 45 Movement which is the cover for these domestic terrorists.

They have no idea though the information is readily available with just the click of a mouse.  They have no idea that the AntiFa Blackshirts and their hate depend upon the support of useful idiots to give them the rope they will use to hang them.

Turn the game off and tune in.  Your country is being set up for a revolution.  Don’t let a vocal violent minority working with foreign enemies pull the wool over your eyes.  If they were the legitimate loyal opposition they wouldn’t be wearing ski masks and conspiring with ISIS and Al Qaeda to over throw the President of the United States.

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From the You’ve Got to be Kidding Me Department August 21, 2017

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And now for something completely different:

It’s starting to feel like we’re living in a Monty Python episode.  I keep waiting for the Secretary of the Department of Silly Walks to show up on CNN or one of its fellow fake news networks telling us that we need to impeach President Trump because of his hair.

Rush Limbaugh summed it up perfectly (as usual) when he said, “Black people and white people who were never slaves are fighting white people and others who were never Nazis over Confederate statues erected by Democrats — and somehow it’s all Donald Trump’s fault.”

The altleft AntiFa Blackshirts with their ski masks, bottle of urine, profanity, and violence pretend to oppose the altleft neo-fascists and the media megaphone plays along pretending one side is right and one is left.  Nazis are national socialists.  Both sides are socialist agitators using the time honored tactics of social disruption in an attempt to gain power.

Unfortunately for America the AntiFa Blackshirts are the bully boys of the Democrat/Media complex so they continue to get treated with kid gloves.  Their crimes are covered up and their real message of hate is glossed over.

They seek to defend free speech by not allowing anyone who disagrees with them to speak.  They seek to erase our history so they can rewrite it into an anticolonial screed straight out of Hollywood.  To them America is the greatest threat to mankind.  To them our very founding was blemished by hypocrisy and hate.  To them the very discovery of the Americas by Europeans was an act of bigotry and enslavement.

If they have their way their violent imposition of Saul Alinsky’s Amerika will finally fulfill the promise/threat of Obama to fundamentally transform our nation.

During my career as a college professor I’ve been involved in the establishment of Dual Enrollment Programs wherein high school students could take one class and gain high school and college credit through a local community college.

While doing this I’ve reviewed text books on American History that have more space given to Malcolm X than to George Washington.  I’ve seen Political Science teachers give assignments such as “Watch Michael Moore’s mockumentary Fahrenheit 11/9 and then write an essay exposing how many ways President Bush lied to get us into the Iraq War.”  What I’ve seen designed and implemented over the last few decades has been the substitution of indoctrination for education and the triumph of political correctness.

The Progressives have captured the media, Hollywood, academia, and public education.  They’re rebelling now because enough Americans in enough of the right places voted to bring some real change.  We voted to regain control of our borders, to put America First in trade and foreign affairs.  We voted to roll back the bureaucracy and allow free enterprise to Make America Great Again.  We voted to drain the swamp.

The establishment cannot allow any of this to take place just as they cannot allow President Trump to succeed.  If we need to bring in a professional Business man to clean up the mess the professional politicians have made what do we need professional politicians for?  The perpetually re-elected hacks in Congress will continue to thwart every effort by President Trump to implement his promises.  The Bureaucracy will continue to leak and stonewall.  And their AntiFa Blackshirt bully boys will continue their assault on every expression of the America we voted for.  Their goal is impeachment and their witch hunt won’t end until they have scalps to show for all their effort.

Their media carries on a day after day 24/7 assault upon President Trump.  The bought and paid for perpetually re-elected hacks battle the President’s agenda, our agenda in every committee, in every vote, in every speech, tweet, and soundbite.  And all the while their AntiFa Blackshirts attempt to take control of the streets and violently suppress any public support for President Trump or the America his supporters want to see restored.

This should be no surprise if you have read Saul Alinsky’s Rules for Radicals.  He laid out the goals and tactics long ago.  President Obama did his best to apologize, lie, and subvert America into the third world.  Now he leads the Resist 45 Movement from his lair in DC.  Since his chosen successor lost her bid to seal the deal we’re faced with this insurgency of hate.

If you take the time to listen to their media megaphone you’ll hear how the storm troopers of the left are destroying public and private property, assaulting people, and stifling free speech all in the name of social justice.  This reminds me of the conundrum I have always faced concerning abortion; how can a moral wrong be a civil right.  In this case I ask myself how can social justice be so harmful to society and so unjust?

Watching the media cartel’s talking heads on any of their endless panels of experts tell me how terrible President Trump is, why I should hate him, and pray for his impeachment I keep waiting for the door to fly open and Wolf Blitzer as Cardinal Ximinez to rush in flanked by his two junior cardinals Jake Tapper as Cardinal Biggles with his goggles pushed over his forehead and Rachel Madow as Cardinal Fang.

I can almost hear Cardinal Blitzer pontificating, “NOBODY expects the Spanish Inquisition! Our chief weapon is surprise…surprise and fear…fear and surprise…. Our two weapons are fear and surprise…and ruthless efficiency…. Our three weapons are fear, surprise, and ruthless efficiency…and an almost fanatical devotion to Obama…. Our four…no… Amongst our weapons…. Amongst our weaponry…are such elements as fear, surprise….and endless criticism.

As we descend into lunacy….as the theater of the absurd races across our TV screens nightly disguised as news it reminds me of the new old saying, “Obama called me a clinger.  Hillary called me despicable.  Terrorists call me an infidel.  Trump calls me an American.”

I know it’s politically incorrect to us the “M” word but we need to man up and stand up for what we believe.  We have to reject the absurdity of the Progressives and let the world know we voted for change and we want what we voted for!  Drain the swamp and make America great again.

Dr. Owens teaches History, Political Science, and Religion.  He is the Historian of the Future @ http://drrobertowens.com © 2017 Contact Dr. Owens drrobertowens@hotmail.com  Follow Dr. Robert Owens on Facebook or Twitter @ Drrobertowens / Edited by Dr. Rosalie Owens

 

 

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