Nowadays, we don’t have a healthy fear of evil philosophies. We believe that we can all just get along, and accept our differences. No, it’s okay to have one person believe one thing and another person believe the opposite, and they can live together peacefully.
Unfortunately, the same people that believe this wondered why it was necessary for Reagan to build “Star Wars”, why Reagan shouted, “Tear down this wall!” and why Bush is kicking terrorist butt in the sands of Iraq and Afghanistan. After all, these are kind and sensitive people who are only looking out for the poor and weak, right?
What you don’t know or believe in can kill you. Just because you don’t believe a snake is poisonous doesn’t mean a snake bite won’t send you to an early grave. Just because you don’t believe cancer is a deadly disease doesn’t mean you won’t die from it.
The same is true for philosophies. Communism, the philosophy, is a poison, a poison that will kill Americans as fast as it has killed millions of people across the world.
Let me spell it out for you in plain English: There are evil men out there, and there are a lot of them. Hitler was one of many. The world is filled with these men. Some are not as extreme as others, but the extreme ones have a certain bloodlust for power, and are willing to kill their own mothers, children, and wives to get it.
Read your history. Study what power does to people. Study about the kind of people drawn to power. Study how the get power, how they keep it, and how they use it. You will come to one conclusion: Your mindset of tolerance and compassion isn’t shared by everyone. And when push comes to shove, those people will try to use it against you.
Take the communist movement. A young idealist, Karl Marx, is simply trying to think about all the poor people around the world, and trying to come up with a fair way to help them be free from economic slavery. Sounds noble and good, right? And it is. This is something everyone should work for, starting with themselves, and then their families, and then their communities.
What wasn’t good was Karl Marx’s plan to make everyone equal by government rule. Rather than build up, he wanted to tear down. Rather than quicken, he wanted to kill. He saw obstacles to his wonderful utopic recipe everywhere he turned. His conclusion, and the conclusions of everyone who tries to follow his path, is that everyone else, every other organization, must be destroyed. The ones that must be destroyed first are those that do the most good. In the ashes, society can be rebuilt in the just and true way.
Communism, as Reagan carefully explained, is not a new idea. It is a very old idea, dressed up in modern clothes and freshened up with modern language. It is the same idea that the Egyptians had when they enslaved the Jews. It is the same idea that the Assyrians, Babylonians, Persians, Greeks, Romans, and Mongols had as they sent out murdering armies to torture the earth and enslave free people. It is the same idea as the people who bought and sold men. It is simply man’s quest to conquer everyone else and make themselves king or emperor. They want to eat the food made by others for free, and they will say and do anything to get it.
Under communism, a select group of elites control every aspect of life. They control who gets to grow food, who gets to eat that food, and who gets to starve. Interestingly, it is the people who grow the food who starve. They control what people are allowed to think, say, and do. They control every aspect of society. Or so they wish to do so.
As my friend who actually lived under Communist Russia explained, early into the revolution, it was realized that communism was much more dangerous than any anti-communist had thought. It was a dangerous thing, dangerous not just to the people but to those high up in the power chain. And so the government began to relax the very controls that communism prescribed. That is, Russia only boasted that they were communist, but what kept them alive was the black markets, black markets that moved food, medical supplies, and expertise around the country without any government intervention. And the government did little to stop the black markets, acknowledging, privately, that those markets kept the people alive.
As another friend who lived under communist rule observed, upon arriving in Boston, while the Russians talked about communism, the Americans were actually doing it. He had never felt so little in the eyes of government officials than when he had to interact with the federal and state and city governments. At least the communists could be bribed to make things go smoothly.
We are fast headed down the path where every person must bow to the government to obtain permission to wipe their own bottoms, literally. They have already legislated how much water we can flush with. Just now, a bill is crossing the desk of the governor, asking her to set state-mandated limits on how many miles we can drive. Bit by bit, our freedoms are disappearing.
We know from human experience what lies down this path of increasing government control. We have seen the holocaust. We have seen millions of starving Ukrainians and Chinese. We saw the killing fields in Southeast Asia. We see the mass starvation and complete lack of any freedom in North Korea. We see Canadians and Englishmen caught in a failing medical system, waiting endlessly for simple operations, dying before they can even see a surgeon. We know, without a doubt, where this road leads us.
On the other hand, and friends, this is not “right” versus “left”, this is “up” versus “down”, on the other hand we see another option. Limited government. Government applied sparingly, with extreme caution, and most importantly, in a cold, calculating way, calculated to maximize the freedoms of the individual. We see societies not limited by permits and taxes and regulations on speech. We see them spontaneously organize to address every social need, long before politicians even realize there is a need. As Alexis de Tocqueville commented upon seeing the American people in action, there was no need for government to spend a moment of time thinking about the poor, since the people were already addressing every need at the best of their ability. This is what “up” gets you. This is what limited government gets you. Yes, there are rich, and there are poor, but the rich have no power to imprison, torture, and kill the poor.
“Down” leads to slavery, concentration camps, reeducation camps, poverty, starvation, warfare. “Down” leads to the deepest and darkest moments in human history, human slaughter that the most bloodthirsty mongol conqueror could never even imagine. “Down” is all that communism has to offer.
As Mark Levin commented, “Government gets you concentration camps and the holocaust. Do you want more government?” And as he contrasted, “Exxon may be evil, but who have they falsely imprisoned, or tortured, or killed?”
I would rather live in a society run by evil corporations than good government.