Nations throughout history are naturally focused on external threats and security measures, e.g., strong military capabilities and strong border control. However, the real threat to empires is almost always from within. [I am speaking here in general terms of the “superpower” of a given age, as small countries can of course be overwhelmed by the large – and have been throughout history.]
History is replete with nations and empires falling due to internal enemies, whether due to ideological, cultural, complacency, dilution, or loss of nerve reasons. Examples include: Greece, Rome, Portugal, Spain, the Holy Roman Empire, the First French Empire (Napoleon), the Austro-Hungarian Empire, the British Empire, European colonial empires in Africa, the Ottoman Empire, the Romanov dynasty in Russia, etc.
The US “empire” is more economic, technological, and cultural than previous empires. The US generally is not a colonizer; defeated enemies like Germany and Japan after WW-II are afforded self-rule and self-determination. Americans have fought for freedom and liberty and against tyranny since the country was founded. This fact is completely obfuscated by the Left these days, including in their bastardization of American history as presently taught in public schools.
Freedom conflicts with the evil that exists in men’s hearts, as manifested in various ideologies that seek to dominate the common man down through history. Examples include the “divine right of kings,” Marxism, socialism, totalitarianism, authoritarianism, communism, “national socialism,” fascism, etc. The goal is power, wealth and authority in the hands of a few at the expense of the many – virtual servitude in service of the evil. The ambitious evil seek to control and dominate their cities, nations, regions, and ultimately the world. This is part of mankind’s nature – one could even say that the Devil remains hard at work down through the ages in different guises and using different strategies and sirens’ songs.
Counter-balancing the inherently evil are men who support individual freedom and liberty, with principles that have evolved from Greek democracy, the Bible, and Western civilization over the centuries. America’s Founders were such men, and they gifted us the greatest political document ever constructed as their attempt to restrain the inevitable tyranny over time of a strong central government. That document is of course the US Constitution.
The US Constitution provides unique personal and economic liberty to its citizens the likes of which have never been seen in world history. The result has been marvelous, and the country remains a beacon for those seeking their own piece of freedom and opportunity. The US is the pinnacle of Western civilization, and the evil seek to destroy the US for their own benefit. Globalism is one principal desired outcome, by and large, but by diminishing the “world’s cop,” they also seek the unrestricted ability to visit evil on their own populations.
External attacks on the US are difficult to accomplish except through the diplomatic and trade arenas primarily due to two ocean barriers separating the US from Europe, Asia, and Africa. Our enemies have chosen to “bore from within” by attacking US culture and political and cultural institutions in America over the years.
Robert Conquest’s second law of politics has been in play by the Left in America for over 100 years (“any org not explicitly right-wing sooner or later becomes left-wing”). Their goal is to take over and ultimate control all American cultural institutions. This is the insidiousness of evil with which we are faced in the present day: the exploitation of our own freedoms, liberties, and institutions in service of their long-term aim to destroy the Constitution and ultimately the country.
There are many examples of internal enemies whose actions were/are anathema to the Constitution and the Founders’ vision of maximum personal and economic freedom. Let’s look at just a few of the main culprits. First and foremost is the Communist Party of the USA which was founded in 1919. Here is a brief overview:
The Communist Party of the United States of America (CPUSA) was a Moscow-controlled Marxist-Leninist party in the United States. It nominated a candidate for president from 1924 through 1984, sometimes with funding from the atheistic Communist Soviet Union. With the collapse of the Soviet Union it became a hollow shell and has urged voters to support the Democrat Party. The Soviet Union used the CPUSA to recruit spies after the U.S. recognized the USSR in 1933. The CPUSA was under heavy attack by the U.S. government after 1947 and the start of the Cold War. After gaining control of many Congress of Industrial Organizations(CIO) locals and unions it was expelled from the CIO in 1948.
From 1919 to the early 1930s Party head William Z. Foster was one of the most influential leftist labor and political leaders in the United States. An element of the party … remained permanently underground. It was through this underground party, often commanded by a Soviet official operating in the United States, that Soviet intelligence was able to co-opt CPUSA members.
The CPUSA has played a minor role in recent years since it represented the “Old Left” and could not accept the anarchism of the young radicals of the “New Left.” In the 2004 general election, the CPUSA endorsed Democratic Presidential nominee John Kerry and in 2008 Barack Hussein Obama. Read the rest here.
The CPUSA has been: undermining American politics (their goals have been fully adopted by the Democrat Party as we will see in this thread), infiltrating the union movement from the beginning, instrumental in evolving cultural Marxism in academia, penetrating Hollywood and spewing anti-American nonsense on the big screen, co-opting fellow-travelers in the legacy media, etc., since its inception. All of these activities were/are aimed at undermining American institutions and ultimately implementing socialism.
In 1963, 43 Communist goals were read into the record of the US House of Representatives by a congressman from Florida. I have cherry-picked a few of them to show what they have achieved already on the road to socialism in America: [my comments on the status of those goals follow each in brackets]
- Grant recognition of Red China. Admission of Red China to the U.N. [Achieved]
- Promote the U.N. as the only hope for mankind… [D]emand that it be set up as a one-world government with its own independent armed forces [Work in progress; the home of globalism]
- Do away with all loyalty oaths [Were Comey, McCabe and the rest faithful to their oaths?]
- Use technical decisions of the courts to weaken basic American institutions by claiming their activities violate civil rights [Leftist judges continually thwart presidential actions]
- Get control of the schools. Use them as transmission belts for socialism and current Communist propaganda. Soften the curriculum. Get control of teachers’ associations. Put the party line in textbooks [Mostly achieved; actions continue through Common Core]
- Infiltrate the press. Get control of book-review assignments, editorial writing, policymaking positions [Inter-generational actions continue]
- Gain control of key positions in radio, TV, and motion pictures. [Accomplished and ongoing]
- Eliminate all laws governing obscenity by calling them “censorship” and a violation of free speech and free press [Think of all the smut that is bandied about these days!]
- Break down cultural standards of morality by promoting pornography and obscenity in books, magazines, motion pictures, radio, and TV. [Even Hannity says “piss” on-air these days]
- Present homosexuality, degeneracy and promiscuity as “normal, natural, healthy.” [Where did you think the LBGTQ nonsense originated, anyway?]
- Infiltrate the churches and replace revealed religion with “social” religion. [Liberation theology in the Catholic Church and National Council of Churches claptrap in Protestant denominations]
- Eliminate prayer or any phase of religious expression in the schools on the ground that it violates the principle of “separation of church and state.” [Accomplished to our everlasting shame]
- Discredit the American Constitution by calling it inadequate, old-fashioned, out of step with modern needs, a hindrance to cooperation between nations on a worldwide basis [Democrats like Obama have said this in public utterances; that’s their goal]
- Belittle all forms of American culture and discourage the teaching of American history on the ground that it was only a minor part of the “big picture.” [In process but virtually accomplished]
- Discredit and eventually dismantle the FBI. [Former Commie Comey has done a pretty good job on that score]
- Discredit the family as an institution. Encourage promiscuity and easy divorce [Where did you think these ideas originated if not from Communists? Explains much of the culture wars, doesn’t it?]
- [… and my “favorite”:] Capture one or both of the political parties in the United States [Take a wild guess at which party has been taken over by Communist ideology!]
Second on the list of internal enemies is the so-called “American Civil Liberties Union” (ACLU). The ACLU was founded by Communists in the 1930s. Separation of church and state and multiculturalism have been the bulwark objectives since its founding. Judeo-Christian values were at the core of America’s founding and American culture in general, and the ACLU has been undermining those values from the very beginning of its existence in line with Communist objectives.
Noted author Paul Kengor has unearthed declassified letters and other documents in the Soviet Comintern archives linking early leaders of the ACLU with the Communist Party. Kengor found a May 23, 1931 letter in the archives signed by ACLU founder Roger Baldwin, written on ACLU stationery, to then American Communist Party Chairman William Z. Foster asking him to help ACLU Chairman Harry Ward with his then-upcoming trip to Stalin’s Russia. “It’s not like they were outside of a bar and blurted out something stupid about the Soviets after a few drinks,” Kengor said. “These guys actually went to the Soviet Union and came back and wrote whole books gushing about the brave new world they found in the Soviet Union.” Read the rest here.
The next loose collective of internal threats consists of those associated with John Dewey’s “progressive” education reforms that have virtually destroyed public education over the past 100 years. These groups include the teachers’ unions, textbook publishers who have been co-opted, education reformists and Marxists like Bill Ayers and Howard Zinn who’ve written textbooks intended for public classrooms, non-profit foundations like the Annenberg Foundation (remember Obama’s involvement in the “Annenberg Challenge” early in his career?), and most of education bureaucracy in the federal and state governments.
Thanks to Bill Ayers, a great many people now know that Barack Obama chaired the board of the Chicago Annenberg Challenge from 1995 to 1999. Ayers, erstwhile member of the 60s’ terrorist group, the Weather Underground, was the driving force in bringing Annenberg’s millions of education reform dollars to Chicago, and he worked with Obama once the project was up and running.
[The Challenge] failed not just in Chicago, but around the country. The first problem was that many of the “model” schools and districts lacked results worthy of replication. The final report of the Chicago Annenberg Challenge, for instance, noted that, overall, students in its model schools had learned no more than students in regular public schools. Classroom behavior and other non-academic measures “were weaker in 2001 than before the Challenge.” Read the rest here.
The Progressives’ destruction of public education was spearheaded 100 years ago by John Dewey and William Kilpatrick. They would probably be pleased with Common Core. Their basic idea was to blend democracy and social reform through public education and to convert teachers to social workers, for all practical purposes. Their notion was to revisit what education is all about and what effect public education should have on society. They pursued an educational structure that would strike a balance between delivering knowledge while also taking into account the interests and experiences of the student. Learning was to be a two-way street with students directly involved in the shaping the process.
Dewey was against rote memorization and mastery of facts which was a key element of public education before his reforms. He claimed that rather than preparing citizens for ethical participation in society, the “old-style” schools cultivated passive pupils via an insistence upon “mastery of facts and disciplining of bodies.”
Dewey’s school reforms were aimed at this perceived problem: Rather than preparing students to be reflective, autonomous and ethical beings capable of arriving at social truths through critical and intersubjective discourse, schools prepared students for docile compliance with authoritarian work and political structures, discouraged the pursuit of individual and communal inquiry, and perceived higher learning as a monopoly of the institution of education. [from Wikipedia]
Virtually all of the tinkering in public education that has transpired over the past 100 years has been aimed at “correcting” these perceived problems. Teaching methods, group learning, new math, lowered standards, etc., etc. How many generations have received substandard public education especially within the last 60 years? The results are all around us.
Let’s stay with Progressives in general as a category of the “enemies within.” The Progressives gave us the 16th Amendment (1913) which made it easy to grow the federal government through implementation of a federal income that that has been ratcheted up by the political class since passage. This has accelerated in particular over the past 60 years, with Obama having doubled the national debt during his 8 years in office to fund his obscene government initiatives. Add the 20th century ideologies of socialism and communism, and the result is big government involvement in every facet of American life and an unaccountable Deep State, with the ultimate travesty being the seditious cabal comprised of many Deep State players that seeks to take out a duly elected American president.
Another “Progressive” cabal has evolved the Left’s use of political correctness, identity politics, social justice, multiculturalism, and affirmative action to exacerbate divisiveness, suppress dissent and undermine traditional merit-based opportunities for all Americans. That cabal consists of academics, left-wing political activists, legacy media, left-wing non-profit organizations, left-wing billionaires like Soros and Steyer, and left-wing legal organizations like the National Lawyers Guild and Lawfareblog.com. Let’s examine the latter for a moment because the Left’s use of the law (“lawfare”) to obtain their political goals outside of democratic processes and the will of the people in recent years is very troubling:
For quite some time the American Left has been busy turning American law into a partisan political weapon. Various progressive factions have undertaken a disparate and uncoordinated but still ideologically homogeneous effort to criminalize dissent using the courts and statutory law. It should thus come as no surprise that the victims of this “lawfare” are almost universally conservative.
The liberal order is in the midst of a great ideological hardening in which its adherents view progressivism’s domestic ambitions not merely as better or even superlative but as morally sui generis: progressive ideology is seen as the singular salvific political option, and conservatism is viewed as an evil mix between Nazism and antebellum pro-slavery racism.
The modern liberal impulse cannot very well tolerate a society that allows for multiple viewpoints, but the American tradition of free speech—along with its damaged but still vibrant culture of conservatism and conservative political thought—means that much of our political debate is still favorable ground for conservatives. So the Left is turning to lawfare: a systematic effort to turn the American legal system against liberalism’s political opponents. The point is to take the court system (which is supposed to be a neutral arbiter of justice) and the law itself (which in many cases is ideologically neutral) and convert both into partisan weapons for liberal political advancement.
[T]he law is used to squelch dissent, silence conservative voices, and punish incorrect opinions.
[T]his latest strain of progressive political tactic represents a new, almost existential problem: an attempt to use American law to shrivel the acceptable boundaries of American political thought. If you have the wrong opinions about climate change; if you expose the wrong sordid scandal at the wrong abortion clinic; if you support the wrong candidate, you may be a target for a crippling, frightening, stressful lawsuit or legal barrage. Your life may be derailed. You may lose your savings, your job, your health, your family. Read the rest of this excellent analysis here.
Either you can fight them openly – with the associated risks – or keep silent (which is what they want, i.e., the suppression of dissenting viewpoints which is the essence of modern-day leftist fascism!).
Finally, perhaps the largest and most insidious collection of “internal threats to America are members of the Democrat Party. The “party of Jefferson” has morphed into a completely socialist party – a primary goal of the Communists as identified in the list of Communist goals above! Their “planks” are globalist: green new deal to control the economy, open borders to destroy American culture, universal healthcare to control people, repeal of the 2nd Amendment to leave people at the mercy of the armed feds, “free trade” to destroy American manufacturing, high taxes and regulations to further destroy economic growth, multiculturalism and the false god of “diversity” to foment divisiveness and thwart traditional American assimilation, etc. The Democrat Party seeks to criminalize political dissent, suppress political speech that differs from their opinions, repeal the Second Amendment, promote euthanasia, decriminalize “post-birth abortion,” and undermine if not repeal the US Constitution.
In summary, the key dilemma we face in America is that our very freedoms and liberties are exploited by our enemies from within. We allow dissent which enables the determined foes of the Republic to capture our cultural institutions and wage political war against us. We need to do MUCH better at screening our elected representatives and demand that those we elect actually obey their loyalty oaths by adhering to the Constitution and enforcing existing laws equally on all Americans. And we cannot allow the public education system free reign in indoctrinating our children; parents must be directly engaged in correcting the mis-education of their children.
There are many internal enemies who need to be confronted and defeated if we are to preserve the Republic, folks! It’s up to us to take action. But the first step is to RECOGNIZE who they are and then confront them in the public square!