An issue that has been bothering me more and more in recent years, and which I have written about here American Exceptionalism Part 1: My View, here American Exceptionalism Part 2: So What!! Why Does it Matter? and here American Exceptionalism Part 3: The Case Against. You guessed it, American Exceptionalism, or more accurately its opposite; the view of what Jeanne Kirkpatrick called the “Blame America First Crowd.”
It bothers me in particular when brought up in the context of Communism and the role of the United States in fighting this greatest scourge ever to infest the human scene. Oliver Stone’s latest entre’ in this matter is “Oliver Stone’s Untold History of the United States,” a book and Showtime television series.
I caught wind of this in this mornings (1/11/2013) Wall Street Journal, and have included links to several articles by one of Stone’s critics. I hope you can access either of both of them. I’ve also read some of the very caustic critiques on Amazon.com (the one star reviews in particular are good).
(More to follow)
Just When You Thought Soviet Propaganda Was Dead http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424127887323482504578229663495014162.html?mod=WSJ_Opinion_LEFTTopOpinion
The Real Henry A. Wallace: The Truth About Oliver Stone and Peter Kuznick’s “Unsung Hero. http://pjmedia.com/ronradosh/2013/01/06/the-real-henry-a-wallace-the-truth-about-oliver-stone-and-peter-kuznicks-unsung-hero/?singlepage=true
So why am I so bothered by this ancient history?
To begin with the not so obvious, at least in this country, this scourge during its reign in the now defunct Soviet Union, and in Communist China, Cambodia, Vietnam and elsewhere resulted in the death of some 100 million souls. To put this in some perspective, the German Third Reich of Adolf Hitler killed some 18 million souls.
The socialist reign of Hitler is rightfully placed in the ash heap of history after being unconditionally defeated by war, it’s atrocities amply exposed and it’s mastermind dead like a mad dog at his own hand. When the death camps such as Auschwitz and Dachau were liberated, General Eisenhower forced the local German populace to walk through the camps and witness what was done in their name. The Auschwitz Album here http://www1.yadvashem.org/exhibitions/album_Auschwitz/mutimedia/index.HTML documents partially what the Nazis left behind .
A similar fate was spared the Communist empires even though their evil matched and exceeded that of the Nazis. Rather, a parade of Communist fellow travelers and actual Soviet agents infiltrated the US Government and many American University and media centers of influence. Mr. Stone is the latest such fraud as shown by those academics and historians who are stepping forward to debunk his dismal version of history. For a glimpse of life inside the Communist empire take a look at A ‘Tribute’ to Communism” here: http://www.americanthinker.com/video/2012/11/a_tribute_to_communism_warning_graphic_images.html
Having lived through the Cold War, and having served in Vietnam, I was greatly relieved when the Soviet Union collapsed in 1991, and relieved that my children were spared life under, or war against, such tyranny. But then to find out later that Communism had not died as Nazism died, but lived on in high political and academic places in America was a shock. The deadly influence of communism, it turns out, was not banished to the protected shelter of a few American universities, but lived in the lives of many prominent agenda setters. How many of you reading this are aware of the upbringing of young Barack Obama under the influence of his Communist mother and grandparents and a mentor Frank Marshall Davis, a card carrying member of the Communist Party USA? Davis was influential in Obama’s life from the ages 11 to 18. How many of you reading this are aware of Van Jones, a self identified Communist working as a key “Green Czar” in the Obama White House.
An Oliver Stone is of tremendous influence among the young and impressionable in this country, make no mistake about it! His disciples will attempt to complete the “fundamental transformation” that Barack Obama promised. They will try and may even succeed, but the consequences may well be catastrophic.
Don Johnson — January 2013