Guest post by Fr. Troy Beecham
In my last article, we explored the socio-economic and political circumstances that gave rise to various paramilitary groups in German in the aftermath of World War I, asking the question if Antifa and similar Leftist paramilitary groups were similar to the one that became dominant, the Brown Shirts. In this article we will take a look at the cultural situation in America and ask what we can do with the powerful ideological forces at work in our nation. The question that we need to ask for our nation is are we at a tipping point where we are vulnerable to extreme ideologies becoming the norm and creating paramilitary groups powerful enough to create fundamental change to our Constitutional Republic.
We need first to take a look at American society today and compare our current situation with post-World War I Germany. The Age of Empire which seemed to have ended after the war can arguably be seen as having been reconstituted. Unlike the empires of pre-World War I society, the Age of Left and Right has created its own empires. Some have fallen, or at least tripped, such as the Soviet Union, but others persist, at least for now, namely China and the United States, with Russia attempting to revive its empire. America is experiencing, yet again, high inflation and the devaluation of the dollar with high unemployment, all due to government intervention into the market through the FED, unbearable taxation, federal spending taking us to a national deficit of over $17 trillion, and the entrenched political elites giving financial aid packages and weapons of war to foreign nations in the trillions of dollars. The industrial capacity of our nation has been nearly destroyed, through government intervention in the economy and the transferring of industrial production overseas due to cheaper labor. Food production is decreasing due to government intervention in the economy, and the consolidation of millions of acres of arable land by only a few international agricorps that have turned millions of acres into monocrops intended for industrial use and food additives. We are now facing shortages of basic foods, such as eggs, milk, and animal protein - and being told to eat bugs instead! -and we rely more and more on food imports. America has accepted as normal the murder of nearly 63 million unborn babies over the last 40 years, with the largest percentage by ethnic group being black babies. In some municipalities, over 50% of unborn babies being murdered in the womb are black babies. In a staggering continual, intentional blindness to the fact the Planned Parenthood was founded by eugenicists of the same stripe as Hitler, the American people have normalized infanticide on an unimaginable level all in the Faustian new deal of “feminism” and women’s “health care”, a deal that is neither pro-women nor women’s health care. The education of our youth has become centralized and standardized, but rather than producing pride in being and American it has produced two or three generations who either know very little about our Constitutional Republic or have been taught to have embarrassment or hatred for our nation. Our youth and young adults have no sense of the unique and precious Constitutional Republic of the United States of America. In fact, most Americans under the age of 40 are unable to answer even the most basic questions about American history or our Constitution and Bill of Rights.
We are experiencing general and profound moral fatigue in our nation. This can be seen in a breakdown in trust of American values and ideals, the breakdown and demonization of the nuclear family, a steep decline in active participation in religion, a sharp increase in youth suicides, and unparalleled hedonism and rejection of objective Biblical, Judeo-Christian morality. Our youth are confused about basic biology concerning sex and gender, parents are subjecting their children to gender transition therapies, and school systems, mostly in major cities, have normalized having drag queens interacting with elementary school children. Add to this the objective reality of a class of permanent political and industrial elites who are running the country and imposing their vision of what America ought to be on the rest of us. In many ways, this is reminiscent of the conditions in post-World War I Germany.
Like them, our demoralized population has become increasingly vulnerable to extreme philosophical ideologies taking root. When I was growing up in the 1970s and 1980s, it was unthinkable that Leftist philosophy and its social result of Socialism/Communism could seriously be embraced by anything more than a small percentage of the population, mostly in university classrooms. Now, we are facing the domination of an industrial and political elite class, and a sizable percentage of the American population are readily embracing Leftist ideology, especially amongst Democrats and university students/graduates of the last 30 years. Americans are becoming increasingly vulnerable to not just accepting a permanent, strong-arm ruling class, or a single leader, and the curtailment of their God given liberties, but actually calling for such a radical departure from the ideals of our Constitutional Republic, hoping that they will lead us out of what we all sense is currently a failing nation. Sadly, no instance in history has ever demonstrated that this solution is viable, but nation after nation seems to fall for it in times of crisis, especially contrived crises as we are now facing. Yet it always ends in tyranny. Every time. How can people not see this? It is mind boggling. We have all seen the trope that “real Communism/Socialism” has ever been attempted, ignoring the reality right in front of us of the utter devastation that Leftist political ideologies produce in every country and culture where they are adopted.
So now to our Red Shirts. How do they compare to their German counterparts? The German Red Shirt agenda was “Protection and Security” and “Social Justice and Peace”.Sounds familiar, doesn’t it?
Where does that leave us, and what can be said about our Red Shirts, Antifa, BLM, and other Leftist groups, in comparison to their counterparts in post-World War I Germany? They have all been causing mass property loss, mob violence, and even murder. They all pretend to be representing the common man, the so-called proletariat. They all claim to be acting for “social justice and peace”. But their actions show this to be a blatant lie. Their masters have kept them in a state of hysteria for decades, egging them on to increasing violence and destruction. The elites have been trying to keep the whole world in a state of hysteria concerning environmental catastrophe for at least 50 years, and so far, none of the predictions of doom have come to pass. But the lie is repeated so often and so passionately that many continue to believe it. Most recently another tactic has been the radical international experiment surrounding SARS-2/covid and “vaccine” mandates, which Americans largely accepted even though these mandates have no Constitutional power and directly violate the protected freedoms of American citizens. But fear is a powerful motivator. We have been kept in a state of fear for decades now. Seeing themselves as heroic, our homegrown Leftist paramilitary terror groups like Antifa think it is their job to use mob violence to promote the official uniparty agenda for our own good. As C.S. Lewis remarked, “Of all tyrannies, a tyranny sincerely exercised for the good of its victims may be the most oppressive. It would be better to live under robber barons than under omnipotent moral busybodies. The robber baron's cruelty may sometimes sleep, his cupidity may at some point be satiated; but those who torment us for our own good will torment us without end for they do so with the approval of their own conscience.” Antifa actively promote targeting police officers with deadly violence. They promote Leftist ideology to vulnerable youth along with their university demagogues and now openly by Democrat politicians, mayors, and governors. As with every instance of Leftist ideology, their actions belie their words and stated goals. They represent anything but social justice and peace.
Antifa is being used by the elites, especially the Democrats, against average Americans who hold to a healthy, robust nationalism and honorable patriotism. They will inevitably lose control of Antifa/BLM, and no one knows what the end result will be. It is possible, even probable given that we are not in a post-war reality, that the elites will simply remove their shadow funding or use various National Guards and police to overtly crush them when they are no longer politically useful. The question that we need to keep in mind is this: are Leftist paramilitary terror groups like Antifa/BLM gaining the kind of popular devotion in the American population as the Brown Shirts had in Germany? Being knowledgeable about the history of our Constitutional Republic, our Constitution and Bill of Rights, and having pride in your homeland is difficult when it is being deconstructed and excoriated on a daily basis in the classroom and by mainstream media news. That is exactly what the industrial and political elites want. A nation so divided that the people will never see where they should be directing their animus and energies.
As I write this, Atlanta has been rocked by Antifa violence, riots, intentional targeting of police, and are now calling for a “night of rage”, which today has prompted the governor to activate the Georgia National Guard. This is the danger of Leftist political ideology. This is the danger of our “elected” representatives using groups like Antifa against us, the American people. If we do not wake up to the political realities soon, we are in real danger of losing our Constitutional Republic. As Ben Franklin answered when asked what kind of government we had won for ourselves, he answered, “A Republic, if we can keep it.” That question has never been more relevant that this moment in history.
I do see some signs of hope, however. Rather than developing along lines of ethnic superiority, despite how much the Left continues to try to convince us that is what patriots are doing, a great host of Americans are standing up for our glorious nation. In my experience, patriotic Americans are extremely proud of our immigrant nation. Desiring strong borders and Constitutional immigration is seen as a necessary benefit to our country, despite being branded as racist. Many Americans are starting to push for a full relaunch of the Constitution and Bill of Rights, and the reigning in, if not the wholesale firing, of an entrenched federal government that is drunk on power and out of control. Many Americans are ready to return to a government of the people, by the people, and for the people. These same Americans are calling for a return to Biblical, Judeo-Christian morality. I pray constantly that God will help our nation, our great Constitutional Republic, to deliver us from the grip of such entrenched evil and restore our liberties in full. I invite you to pray with me.
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