By Al Benson Jr.
Recently I read an article by Paul Kengor on http://www.westernjournalism.com that dealt with a band at a high school in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, the town where, during the War of Northern Aggression, the Union armies supposedly “preserved the Union” and “government of the people, by the people,” and all the rest of the usual claptrap that we have been taught as “history.”
Ironically, in Gettysburg, the high school band, during halftime at some game, presented a “musical commemoration of the Bolshevik Revolution, complete with hammers and sickles, military uniforms, and red flags.” The parents of the students did not find it amusing. The superintendent of the school claimed ignorance and said: “It’s a representation of the time in history called ‘St. Petersburg 1917.’” She apologized because people viewed the performance in the manner they did. She seemed not to grasp the significance of what had been done.
Mr. Kengor, in his article, noted that: “To be fair to the superintendent, she sincerely doesn’t seem to understand what’s so bad about this incident and why it’s in bad taste. In fact, therein is the basic problem: We have failed to teach the horrors of the Bolshevik Revolution specifically and of communism generally.” Given the nature and foundations of our public school system, which I have dealt with in a number of previous articles, I am not sure that failure was not intentional. This school superintendent was probably taught by people who had no desire to expose the horrors of communism at any level and so she cannot pass along to her students what she never learned herself. This is a glaring example of why it is so critically important that our young folks know and understand real history and not the sugar-coated drivel they are being fed today.
Interestingly, Mr. Kengor related a story about a friend of his who told him about his first teaching assignment in a high school history class. Somewhere this young man had learned accurate history and so he covered material dealing with the famine in the Ukraine, the Stalin purges and the pact between Hitler and Stalin. He said the students “were electrified, hands in the air, many questions—clearly learning these things for the first time. Yet he also noticed dirty looks from his supervisor.” He said that, later, she told him to ease up on the “Red-baiting and commie-bashing” and she told him in no uncertain terms that “…these students are going to get a decidedly different view on communism from me.” I don’t doubt that for a minute. The public school is generally not noted for giving kids the truth about communism—again, remembering that Karl Marx advocated “Free education for all children in public schools.”
Mr. Kengor told of another student who attended a private Christian school, where a newly hired teacher, fresh out of a major university, told the students “…he was a ‘Christian communist, ‘ and that anyone who is a Christian should be a communist.” You have to wonder how carefully this school checked out its teaching candidates. Not carefully enough in this case. It’s bad enough that the kids get this brainwashing in public schools. Those who truly understand the public schools expect that. What they don’t expect, and what they are going to have to start learning is that the danger may be just as real in a Christian school if parents are not alert and discerning.
In his article Mr. Kengor mentioned The Black Book of Communism, printed several years ago by Harvard University Press. I have a copy of this and fun reading it ain’t, but it’s necessary for those who need to understand what the communists do in any country they take over or are seeking to take over. And don’t fall for the old line that “communism is dead.” It’s as much alive now as it was in the Cold War—only they call it by different names now—multiculturalism, the “green movement”, Agenda 21 and a whole bunch of fancy titles that people need to become aware of. Besides, if you think communism is dead all you have to do is look at Washington. You have a Marxist in the White House who will probably be back for a second term because his opposition isn’t really opposition and there are untold numbers of people out there with no understanding, thanks to their public school “educations,” who know nothing about Marxism and are enthralled because “Obama gave us free phones.” So you got a free phone, which someone somewhere had to pay for, and for that you were willing to trade your liberty. Pardon me if I think it’s a lousy trade-off. The Bible narrative about Esau trading his birthright for a mess of pottage comes to mind.
So don’t expect the truth about communism from your public school. Oh, here and there you will find a teacher that has the guts to tell the kids the truth, but they are few and far between and if you ever do come across one, listen to him while he is still there, because he may not be for long.
By the same token, check out the teachers in your Christian schools and find out where they stand on the issue of communism. If they can’t, or won’t take a stand against it then they shouldn’t be there. Regardless of what some may try to tell you, communism is not Christian and should be exposed wherever it rears it ugly head.