Is the Cold War being taken out of deep freeze?
The accusations of Russia’s interference in our presidential election has sent a big chill down my spine, as childhood memories of the Cold War are quickly defrosted. As distrust and accusations run rampant, the terror of the Red Menace infiltrating our country, is bone chillingly familiar.
The CIA has recently concluded that Russia and Vladimir Putin have interfered with the US election in order to help Donald Trump become president.
It is a familiar cold war doomsday scenario brought into the 21st century.
The fear of Russian intervention, not only militarily but politically was a common thread throughout my mid-century childhood. American’s were convinced hidden communists were lurking everywhere, secretly infiltrating our government, including our very own state department.
Like those two scheming cartoon villains Boris Badenov and Natasha Fatale those no goodnick spies carrying out Fearless Leaders secret evil plots, Russians were sinister, sneaky plotters carrying out covert actions just waiting to overthrow a government…including our own.
Now the possibility that the Russians have stolen the White House for Donald Trump, the candidate handpicked by comrade Putin, is a scenario eerily straight out of the any number of post war cautionary tales.
Even the techniques they used, misinformation and manipulation of the press, creating divisiveness while pitting citizens against each other to weaken us, are the exact same devices we were warned were favored by the Soviets to undermine us:
“His aim is to make you hate your fellow-man and keep you blind to the important things in life. He wants to make you forget the importance of your right to vote as you please—to say what you please—to go where you please.”
Is This Tomorrow?
One famous 1947 comic book entitled “Is This Tomorrow – America Under Communism” was an over the top tale typical of the time alerting us of the dangers of a Russian takeover. Over 48 colorful pages it illustrated just how easy it would be for the Reds to take over the U.S.
It Can’t Happen Here:
The comic opens with a dire warning to the young reader:
Taking their orders directly from Moscow, the story revolves around a group of American Communists led by a man named “Jones” and his propaganda advisor “Brown” a sinister Steve Banyon character who explains how they will manipulate the American media as a precursor to their Kremlin approved takeover of the U.S.
They manipulate strike leaders, and stoke racial, class and religious hatred to help weaken America for the Communists eventual takeover.
Race baiting and taking advantage of the things that divided this country worked to their advantage.
After the plot to assassinate the president and vice president is successful, the party operatives have successfully infiltrated the government and Jones controls the Speaker of the House (who now is the new president ). Behind the scenes Jones becomes the”Chief Advisor” and expands the Executive Powers.
Destabilizing journalism as a check on the power of government is quickly implemented. Anyone critical is swiftly punished and unfavorable newspapers are denied newsprint until they agree with the party line. Telephone system and radio network are now nationalized.
“Did our story seem incredible? It is unbelievable—that such a small group could ever dream of enforcing its will upon the majority. But remember that a group for smaller than the number of Communists living and working in America today seized control of Russia in 1917.
No one can refuse to believe what he knows to be true. And we do know that every method shown in this presentation has been used by the Communists in their rise to power in other countries. Starvation, murder, slavery, force—those are the tools the Communists use to carry out the doctrine of Communism.
The Communists are preparing to seize control of America in any crisis. This crisis, real or contrived—will be there signal to move in… and make their bid for power.
This crisis might begin with a flood in Pennsylvania—a drought in the Middle West. Or it might begin with a general strike in some of our large industrial cities—New York—Detroit—Chicago—San Francisco.
It happened in Poland, Hungary, Yugoslavia, and country after country, the world over.
WHERE DO YOU COME IN?
You are the one with whom the Communist is struggling right now. His aim is to make you hate your fellow man and keep you blind to the important things in life. He wants to make you forget the importance of your right to vote as you please—to say what you please—to go where you please—to worship as you please. The Communist really wants you to forget all your rights to individual freedom and liberty.
But you cannot assume your individual rights without assuming individual responsibility.
If you want to keep on living, you must know who the Communists are—and their methods of working. You must recognize the Communist Party line in action and separate Communist propaganda from the factual news of the day.
You are on the defensive in this battle. You owe it to yourself to know all about the invader. He knows more about you than you suspect.
Laughable for its inplausibility, it’s not quite so funny now.
Are the Russians coming? It look like they are already here.
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