I was struck by comments from a former Cuban filmmaker this weekend.
Filmmaker and American citizen Agustin Blazquez never thought his native Cuba would become a communist country, but now he sees the same radical shift happening in America.
In this exclusive video interview for The Daily Caller News Foundation, he says the left has been clever by using “very non-threatening words,” like liberal, progressive and concerned citizens, for advancing government control of American lives. The truth about Cuban politics is hard to find because of media spin and propaganda dominating American discourse.
For Blazquez, watching American youth embrace avowed socialist Sen. Bernie Sanders for president, strikes him as “absurd.” It is the end result, he says, of the cultural marxist education and media propaganda that has anesthetized too many Americans who do not defend the values that made America exceptional.
There's more at the link.
I'm forced to agree with Mr. Blazquez. As an outsider, I look at American politics, society and culture and wonder how it's possible for people to be so blind to the external influences that have slowly but steadily taken over so much of this nation already. The so-called 'long march through the institutions' has been very successful indeed in this country.
Sarah Hoyt and I have talked about this at some length. She came to this country from Portugal, where she experienced a Communist revolution that took over the country. (She's written about it extensively; see here for a selection of her articles on the subject.) I came to America from South Africa, and I've traveled extensively in sub-Saharan Africa. Throughout the continent I saw at first hand the inevitable results of communist and socialist governments (economic chaos and national impoverishment, political stagnation, and the rule of ideology rather than law). I've fought Communists on the battlefield, and seen refugees from Communist victories flee with little more than the clothes on their backs, after being forcibly deprived of everything they owned by the victors. Many had been beaten up, raped, shot, and worse. (Yes, there are worse things. No, I'm not going to tell you more about them in this post. It wasn't pretty, and one doesn't forget. For example, I described one such incident here - just one out of many I saw or experienced. The perpetrators were terrorists belonging to an avowedly Communist movement. They are now 'good Communists', in the classic sense of the term.)
Sarah and I have discussed the subject in fairly strong terms (to the resigned tolerance of our respective US-born spouses, who haven't been through what we've experienced). We're astonished, and can hardly believe, that so few people see how deep the tentacles of communism (thinly 'disguised' as leftist, progressive or socialist ideology) have already penetrated so much of US society. It seems that only those who are middle-aged or older have a clear understanding of what's going on, because they've experienced (and have a better understanding of) history and what it means.
Many of us feel powerless to do anything about it. Fortunately, that's not true. We can stand up and be counted, not just in national, regional and local elections (which we should certainly do), but also by speaking out against the politically correct claptrap that infests daily discourse. If we point it out for the nonsense that it is (see 'newspeak'), we expose those behind it as well. When we do, they scurry like cockroaches, because they can't stand the light of
Let's have at it!