“We will turn our hearts into steel, which we will temper in the fire of suffering and the blood of fighters for freedom. We will make our hearts cruel, hard, and immovable, so that no mercy will enter them, and so that they will not quiver at the sight of a sea of enemy blood. We will let loose the floodgates of that sea […] For the blood of Lenin and Uritsky, Zinoviev and Volodarski, let there be floods of the blood of the bourgeois – more blood, as much as possible.” – Announcement of the start of the Red Terror, 1 September 1918, Bolshevik newspaper
Following the Tucson shooting, we saw a lot of talk- and fingers- highlighting political rhetoric and the potential it creates for political violence. Predominantly, we saw the left blast the right with countless fact less claims that the shooter was right wing, or that the dialogue on the right from people like Sarah Palin, Glenn Beck or Rush Limbaugh created an environment that was not only intolerant, but fostered political violence.
Of course, as time- and the facts in the case- would tell, the left’s desperate efforts to lay this at the feet of the right started falling flat. First it was the comments from people who knew him who stated that he was at the least apolitical or at the worst, left wing; never has anyone who actually knows Jared Laughner claimed that he was of the mindset of the right. Then there were insights into his previous rants, where he seemingly roamed around anarchist premises like government control, etc. Finally we learned that he was ardently anti-George W. Bush and hated him with a seemingly special gusto. None of these things points towards the premises or rhetoric of the right having any real influence on this man. I had stated earlier that while I thought he leaned to the left, that it was his mental breakdown- not his political ideology- that lead to the sad events in Tucson.
Then I saw this story talking about real political violence that none of us ever heard about.
In September 2010 Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon was scheduled to speak at Penn Valley Community College in Kansas City. At some point, wearing black clothes and a bullet-proof vest, 22 year-old Casey Brezik bolted out of a classroom, knife in hand, and slashed the throat of a dean. As he would later admit, he confused the dean with Nixon.
As the American Thinker reports, Brezik lived and breathed the rhetoric of the left-wing miasma: environmental extremism, radical Islam, anti-capitalism, anti-Zionism and Christophobia, among others.
Apparently, on his “About Me” box on Facebook, his favorite quote comes from Che Guevara.
Our every action is a battle cry against imperialism, and a battle hymn for the people’s unity against the great enemy of mankind: the United States of America. Wherever death may surprise us, let it be welcome, provided that this, our battle cry, may have reached some receptive ear, that another hand may be extended to wield our weapons, and that other men be ready to intone our funeral dirge with the staccato singing of the machine guns and new battle cries of war and victory.
On his wall postings, Brezik ranted, “How are we the radical(s) (left) to confront the NEW RIGHT, if we avoid confrontation all together?”
Brezik marched in protest to the G20 Summit in Toronto in June 2010. He was arrested, charged, and deported. “MISSION ACCOMPLISHED,” he boasted.
All of this got me thinking about political violence in the United States and the origins of such. I found some things to be pretty telling. First off, two of the three Presidents assassinated since Lincoln- William McKinley and John Kennedy- were killed by leftists. Other Presidential assassination attempts include Franklin Roosevelt, who was attacked by a Marxist and Gerald Ford, who was attacked twice- first by an environmentalist and secondly by a left wing militant. Ronald Reagan was shot by a fellow who was infatuated by Jodie Foster. I guess this would make her the original Sarah Palin? Other politicians who have been assassinated include Robert Kennedy, who was killed by a anti-Israel/pro-Palestinian supporter and George Wallace, who was attacked by a guy who thought it’d make him cool.
But assassination is not the only form of political violence we’ve seen. We’ve also had a host of domestic terror attacks. A simple list of the most common include the Animal Liberation Front (ALF), the Earth Liberation Front (ELF), the Sybiomese Liberation Army (SLA), the United Freedom Front and the May 19 Coalition, which sprung out of the Weatherman Underground and the Black Liberation Army (BLA). What do these all have in common? Well, ALF and ELF are environmental and all the rest are Marxist/communist groups. That’s really not surprising.
With the exception of recent Islam-oriented terrorist organizations, the vast majority of ideological terror groups over the years have been anarchist/Marxist organizations. The list of those is pretty long indeed:
Western Europe includes the Red Army Faction (West Germany), Communist Combatant Cells (Belgium), Direct Action (France), Red Brigades (Italy), GRAPO (Spain), November 17 (Greece), Popular Forces 25 April (Portugal), Revolutionary People’s Liberation Party/Front (Turkey), ETA (Spain). Latin America has its host of terror groups as well, to include the Shining Path (Peru), FARC (Columbia), ERP (Argentina). In Asia, there’s the Japanese Red Army, Sri Lanka’s Tamil Tigers, Nepal’s Maoists, India’s Naxalites and Communist Party of India, and the Philippine’s New People’s Army- all Maoist organizations. I won’t get into the socialist/Marxist tendencies of Islamic groups.
But assassins and terrorist groups who engage in violence make up such a small portion of the radical left. Surely it would be wrong to assume ALL leftists engage in violence, or even use violent rhetoric. Right?
Again, the facts paint the narrative.
What happens every four years that immediately demonstrates the violent tendencies of the left like nothing else? This one event, beyond all others, demonstrates the violence and intolerance of the left.
The World Trade Organization negotiations.
Of course, they don’t stop there. Try to go to a G8 or G20 summit and not get caught up in an anarchist/Marxist riot. No really, try.
Or what about legitimate political actors. Surely leftist governments display a civility lost on the people.
Three words: Great Leap Forward.
This was China’s, specifically Mao’s, attempt to realign the Chinese people away from the historical monarchial system and force it into the new communist system. Over 35 million people were killed and another 38 million were starved in what many believe was a Mao induced famine. 73 million people. Of course they were not alone, Communist Russia killed over 6 million prior to the Soviet Union’s purge under Stalin, which killed another 58.6 million. North Korea’s running count is around 3 million, though it is hard to tell how many have died from their current famine. Pol Pot’s killing fields in Cambodia slaughtered 2.6 million and the Soviet years in Afghanistan saw some 1.75 million people die. Vietnam, from 1945 through 1987- and excluding the Vietnam War- killed approximately 1.6 million people.
The list goes on and includes places like the People’s Democratic Republic of Ethiopia, the Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia, the Chinese Soviet Republic, the People’s Republic of Mozambique, the Socialist Republic of Romania, the People’s Republic of Bulgaria, the People’s Republic of Angola, the Mongolian People’s Republic, the People’s Socialist Republic of Albania, the Republic of Cuba, the German Democratic Republic, Czechoslovakia…
149.5 million people have died under Marxist/Maoist/Communist/Socialist rule.
The fact of the matter is that the Left has used and engaged in political violence for as long as there has been a political left. The rhetoric has routinely been vitriolic, emotional and inflammatory. One could argue that this is just a symptom of the movement in general, but I think that there is a little more to it than that.
Which brings us full circle to Casey Brezik’s favorite quote:
“A relentless hatred of the enemy, impelling us over and beyond the natural limitations that man is heir to and transforming him into an effective, violent, selective, and cold killing machine. Our soldiers must be thus; a people without hatred cannot vanquish a brutal enemy. We must carry the war into every corner the enemy happens to carry it: to his home, to his centres of entertainment; a total war.”
The left has set upon its mantle for iconic reflection some of the most heinous souls this world has ever seen. Leading this charge has always been Che Guevara, followed by Lenin, Marx and Mao. Rarely has there ever been a reflection by the left on the millions of lives lost, nor the billions of lives oppressed, by the premises and practices of these “liberal” icons.
We see, every day from the left, the personification of Guevara in his mantra of hate. We all know that if it wasn’t for double standards, then the left would have no standards. But to listen to the drivel emanating from liberal blowhards for the last couple of weeks has been particularly tiring.