Politics and the Church – The Church and the Liberal / Progressive / Communist Threat [Part 29]

The conquest of the United States by Marxist forces has been an important part of the plan of Communist leaders for many years.  “First we will take Eastern Europe; then the masses of Asia.  Then we will encircle the United States of America which will be the last bastion of Capitalism.  We will not have to attack it; it will fall like over-ripe fruit into our hands.”  This is a clear reflection of the Marxist intent to overthrow the United States by internal subversion.

     Have Americans who embraced Communism overlooked the vigorous warning from the Pilgrim Fathers?  One of the forgotten lessons of US history is the fact that the American Founding Fathers tried Communism before they tried capitalistic free enterprise.  They were isolated from outside help and were desperately motivated to make the plan for their colony work.  On landing in 1620, it had already been determined to establish a ‘Communist style’ communal society.  They had a select group of religious men and women who enjoyed a cooperative, fraternal feeling toward one another.  They launched their community with the most hopeful expectations.  Soon it was found to breed much confusion and discontent.  Assets were divided equally among to ‘workers’ and ‘non-workers’.  Some deemed this as a kind of slavery.  Even in a Christian brotherhood, Communism cannot be practiced without setting up some sort of a dictatorship.  Governor Bradford recognized that this was not working.  The total amount of production under this communal arrangement was so low that the colonists were faced with starvation.  The Governor wanted the people to continue living together as a society of friends but communal production was to be replaced by private, free enterprise production.  This had very good success.

     The Pilgrim Fathers had discovered the great human secret that a man will compel himself to go so much farther than he will permit anyone else to compel him to go.  Governor Bradford concluded that Communism is not only inefficient but that it is unnatural and in violation of the laws of God.  The Pilgrim Fathers tried communism, and abandoned it in favor of a free enterprise type of Capitalism.  Over the centuries it has become more highly developed in the United States than in any other nation.  In its earliest stages, this system was described as a heartless, selfish institution, but economists have pointed out that after a slow and painful evolution it has finally developed into a social-economic tool which has thus far produced more wealth and distributed it more uniformly among the people of this land than any system modern men have tried.

     But then the people who think a government can provide a life of luxury continue to miss life lessons and fall for the enticement of Communism.  When the Bolshevik Revolution took place in Russia in 1917, it held a particular interest for a certain group of Americans.  This was the left wing faction of the Socialist Party.  For years, the Socialists had been trying to get the federal government to take over all major industries and socialize the country, but this attempt at peaceful legislative reform had failed.  In November 1917, these people heard that the Russian Bolsheviks had used revolutionary violence to seize power and socialize their country almost over night.  This was promptly accepted by the left wing Socialists as the formula for America.

     They were greatly encouraged in this venture by a man named John Reed, a journalist who had recently returned from Russia.  This Socialists group made contact with Moscow and was invited to send delegates to Russia in March 1919, to help form the Third International.  When they returned home they started their campaign.  John Reed used the columns of the “New York Communist” to agitate the workers to revolt.  The Communist ranks were swelled by members of the old I.W.W. (International Workers of the World)  who gravitated to the new movement with suggestions that the party members learn to use the techniques of sabotage and violence the I.W.W. had employed during World War I.  There was further encouragement when the Russian Communist Party sent over an official representative of the Soviet Government to help organize a full-fledged Bolshevik program.  His name was C.A. Martens.  He brought along substantial quantities of money to spend in building cells inside the American labor unions and the US Armed Forces.  His mission from Moscow was to free the down-trodden workers of capitalistic America.  American representatives were sent to Russia to get permission to set up the “Communist Labor Party of the United States” as a branch of the Russian-sponsored Communist International.  Later the word “Labor” was dropped.

     With plans laid, the first wave of Communist violence strikes the United States.  On April 28, 1919, a series of 36 bombs were discovered in the mails addressed to such persons as the Attorney General, Justice Holmes of the Supreme Court, J.P. Morgan, John D. Rockefeller, and similar persons of prominence.  One of the bombs got through to the home of Senator Hardwick who had been trying to cut off the migration of Bolsheviks to the US.  A servant opened the package and the bomb exploded, blowing off her hands.  Then on September 16, 1920, a large bomb was carried in a horse-drawn carriage to the corner of Broad and Wall Streets in New York City…the vortex of American capitalism.  Suddenly a great roar went up from the carriage, and a blue-white flame shot into the sky.  The bomb exploded with tremendous violence, killing thirty people outright and injuring hundreds more.  This violence had created blistering resentment against the Bolsheviks in every part of the US.  Finally a whole shipload of Bolshevik aliens and Communist leaders were deported to Russia via Finland on the SS Buford.  Aboard the boat was Emma Goldman, whose anarchist speeches a quarter of a century earlier had induced Leon Czolgosz to assassinate President McKinley.  Little did she know that within 24 months she would alienate Lenin and his Bolsheviks and that by 1940 her great last hope would be to die in the United States.

     Few names among Communist leaders are better known in the US and the American public than the name of William Z. Foster.  He was a charter member of the US Communist Party and the person designated by the Party to take over the US labor unions.  The Party had received from the Soviet Government $1,000,000 to spread Communism in the labor unions of other nations.  Foster’s drive hit the labor front soon after the armistice, when workers were already in a state of agitation from wartime conditions.  Foster found little difficulty in sparking strikes in several important industries.  As a result, many people began to identify their pro-labor sympathies with Communism  without completely realizing it.  Foster never really concealed his fundamental ambition to overthrow the United States government by violence and subordinate the American laborer (as well as every other American) to the mandates of a Communist dictatorship copied after the Russian pattern.  He visualized himself as the coming dictator.  Not to avoid mentioning opportunity available in America, he was the Communist candidate for President on two occasions.

     From 1921 to 1924, members of the Communist Party sought to avoid arrest by operating ‘underground’, but when wartime emergency acts were repealed, they gradually surfaced again and continued their campaign for revolution.  During the next few years the general psychology of the country was not particularly security conscious.  It was an era of fads, frivolity and general post-war frenzy.  The national scene was entirely too prosperous and intoxicating to worry about a few fanatic-minded men who wanted to rule the world.  The word “Communism” began to have a far-away flavor, and people jokingly spoke of the former years of bomb-throwing, strikes, arrests, and deportations as the days of “the great Red scare.”  At the time, few  people realized that the economic and spiritual collapse toward which the nation was drifting would produce an intellectual revolt that would permit the agents of Communism to propel themselves into every echelon of American society…including some of the highest offices of the United States Government.

     Next week we will look at the history of an American citizen who fell under the trance of the Communist Party and how he eventually became a key operative for the Party in the United States and the key US government officials he had contract with and worked with to expand Communism in the United States.  His associations may surprise some of you.  Today similar associations seem to have been or are being developed in the United States. It is in wisdom that we must be able to recognize the way liberal/progressive/communist ideals infiltrate our society in what may seem on the surface to be innocent ways.  Of course that is the way Satan operates and not only our government leadership must be aware, but also the leadership of the Christian church.  After all the Christian church is a main target for elimination by the Communist Party.

-Bob Munsey

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