Communism Is Alive and Well in America
Written By: Jim Swanson | Posted: Saturday, June 11th, 2011
A critique of the DVD Agenda- Grinding America Down
"Chilling!" "Frightening!" "Promising!" These are some typical reactions by those who watched the DVD Agenda, Grinding America Down. And for good reason. The well-researched documentary presents a convincing case that America's decline has been and continues to be right on target in the agenda of the communist party. The what? "Though the word communism isn't used anymore, this film will show the ideas behind it are alive and well." It is a must-see for every American. I don't say that lightly. Ted Baehr of Movieguide writes, "Agenda is the most powerful exposé of the communist, socialist, progressive attempt to take over America produced so far."
The fast-paced 90-minute doc umentary was written and produced by Curtis Bowers, a former state congressman from Idaho. It all began in 1992 when Bowers, then a graduate student, attended a communist leaders conference at Berkeley. Since the Berlin wall had just come down, the whole world was saying that communism was dead. So he wondered, what were they up to? The Communist Party had split over whether America should be attacked by force or infiltration. This group promoted the latter. Joseph Stalin, allied Soviet leader with America against Nazism in World War II, made this statement: "America is like a healthy body and its resistance is threefold: its patriotism, its morality, and its spiritual life. If we can undermine these three areas, America will collapse from within." Read that quote again. The goal set forth at this Berkeley meeting was to destroy America by promoting cohabitation instead of marriage, promoting feminism, getting kids out of the home as early as possible, destroying free enterprise by promoting the environmental movement (and thus by government regulation), and by promoting homosexuality as 'normal' to destroy moral values. At the time this seemed to Bowers as far fetched. What do we see today?
The conference ended and fifteen years passed. In January, 2008, Bowers, now a representative in Idaho, thought back on that meeting and was amazed how successful they had been. He wrote a letter to the editor of his local paper outlining the agenda presented at that meeting and their success thus far. The letter stirred up a hornet's nest of protests and letters to the editor. Realizing he had hit on something, Bowers began two years of further research. The result was the DVD Agenda, Grinding America Down published in 2010.
The title is carefully chosen. A conspiracy, as Bowers points out, is "an evil, unlawful, treacherous, or surreptitious plan formulated in secret by two or more persons." An agenda, on the other hand, is a list of things to do. Nothing is secretive about these goals or their success so far. And they are fast becoming the law of the land.
The presentation is professionally done and includes interviews with many experts in various fields. Each of the goals listed above is traced through its founders to present leaders and, not surprisingly, to connections with President Obama. (It is not surprising if you read the front page article in the last issue of the Journal.) When you see it, you will be introduced to influential people of the past and present such as Karl Marx, Antonio Gramsci, Saul Alinsky, Betty Friedan, John Dewey, Henry Hay, and others.
As you watch, be prepared to be disturbed. For example, how is the SDS of the 60's having an even greater influence on government policies of the present? Did you know that some of the SDS leaders are now advisors to the President?
Antonio Gramsci (1891-1937) is called by one "the biggest trouble maker in the world." As a disciple of Marx, he was a founding member and onetime leader of the Communist Party of Italy. "He knew the importance of undermining morals to destroy a culture." One of his disciples was Saul Alinsky (1909-1972) who wrote the book Rules for Radicals in 1946 in which he presented the concept of breaking a unified country into smaller groups and getting the groups to fight each other. If you can create chaos, then more government will be needed. It is more than interesting that Alinsky dedicated his book to Lucifer (Satan), "the first successful radical." It is also sobering to note that Obama studied four years in Chicago in ACORN, with Rules for Radicals as his textbook. "Alinsky took the best of Gramsci and Fabian Socialists and repackaged it to the 60's radicals. This led to ACORN which gave us Obama."
If we had space, we could discuss here the methods that have been used to grind down our morals. John Adams, stated, "Our constitution was made only for a moral and religious people. It is wholly inadequate to the government of any other." Statistics are given to show we are fast becoming an immoral society. No wonder there is talk of rewriting the Constitution!
How has the agenda influenced our educational institutions? Lenin stated, "Give me four years to teach the children and the seed I have sown will never be uprooted." John Dewey, the father of modern education, went to Russia in 1928 to study how to bring Marxism to America. He was an atheist, socialist, and signer of the Humanist Manifesto. "The goal of education is to socialize a child to make him a tool of the state." Is that your goal for your child? One person interviewed stated that the goal of modern education is to keep the child from being educated! Watch the DVD to see why he made this disturbing statement.
Did you know that a school in Superior, Wisconsin was the first to replace the Pledge of Allegiance with the world pledge? "I pledge allegiance to the world, to care for earth, sea, and air, to honor every living thing, with peace and justice everywhere." Is that what you want your child being taught in school? Globalism is at our doorstep.
"The Obama plan is a totally socialistic agenda. All that Gramsci wanted to do is in Obama's plan." "The goal of socialism is communism," said Lenin. "The reason the communist agenda is working is because it is being promoted by noncommunists."
Is it too late? No, but, as one expert put it, "It ain't over 'til the fat lady sings, but she may be clearing her throat." The documentary ends with a number of specific ways we can influence our society and perhaps turn the tide. Again, Lenin said, "The organized minority will beat the disorganized majority every time."
When you have finished watching Agenda, if you are a liberal, you will applaud. If you are a Christian, you will pray. If you are a patriot, you will get to work.
James Swanson, M.Div., M.R.E., is the Director of the Eau Claire Bible Training School and is the author of Some Aspects of Sowing and Reaping. He and his wife Ruby have seven children, sixteen grandchildren and live in Eau Claire.
PS Most quotes in this article are taken from the DVD. A free showing of Agenda is being offered at Banbury Place on the third floor, Sunday, June 12th at 6:30 p.m. See the ad in this issue for more details.