Victims of Communism Day: Year of Miracles

Sunday, May 1, AD 2016

 

Today is the Victims of Communism Day  on which we remember the one hundred million and counting butchered by Communist regimes and movements.  Twenty-seven years ago in 1989 I lived through the Year of Miracles in which nation after nation in Eastern European threw off the shackles of the Soviet imposed Communist regimes that had enslaved them in the wake of World War II.   It was a year that seemed like a dream come true.

In 1982 President Ronald Reagan laid out a blue print for what was to come:

Some argue that we should encourage democratic change in right-wing dictatorships, but not in Communist regimes. Well, to accept this preposterous notion — as some well-meaning people have — is to invite the argument that once countries achieve a nuclear capability, they should be allowed an undisturbed reign of terror over their own citizens.

We reject this course.

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  • This article needs to shoved right into the Pharasitical face of Jorge the commie Bergoglio.

  • The Pontiff is no Communist. He is an Argentine Peronist, which is one of the most confused and stupid ideologies a person can believe in. He is limited by his upbringing and his enviornment. What happened in Poland and the rest of the former Warsaw Pact is beyond his understanding. It is like trying to teach a pig to appreciate Mozart. This is why I have pointed out that the Pontiff’s upcoming trip to Krakow, Poland for World Youth Day will be his first visit to a Catholic nation….in his life.

    Communism is man’s greatest evil he has inflicted upon himself. Even after its failure it has its adherents all over the world. Usually they want to be the ones to install some sort of Marxism and be the ones pulling the strings.

    We have a political party that is a mix of Marxism and organized crime, and another run by weak, spineless Washington quislings.

  • Their opposition to the Vietnam War was not about peace. It was about aiding and abetting the communist, evil empire. It was the same in the early 1940’s when US reds (useful idiots) stridently opposed US intervention in WWII until Hitler attacked Stalin and their orders changed.
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    I apologize in advance. Daniel Berrigan, aged 94 years, notorious communist sympathizer, Society of Judas member, and America-hater, has died. Which event provides evidence that only the good die young.

  • “Communism is man’s greatest evil he has inflicted upon himself. ”
    PF, are you implying that the Religion of Peace was not inflicted by man? In death toll alone it exceeds Communism by 3:1, and that is a conservative estimate. Another causative agent? Hmmmm.

  • TomD may have a valid point:
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    http://www.americanthinker.com/articles/2014/05/the_greatest_murder_machine_in_history.html
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    Nevertheless, to be a communist is to be a murderer.

  • Islam, bad as it is, did not wipe out a hundred million people in a century.

    More nations were ruled by Communists than by Muslims in the 20th Century.

    The crimes of Islam have been perpetrated over nearly a millenium and a half. Really, so what if Islam has caused more deaths than Communism? Does that make Islam worse, or simply point out that Islam has been around longer?

    Communism did its worst in the 20th century and has more adherents in academia and popular entertainment.

    Poland fought both Islam and Communism. Beat ’em, both, too.

    A debate over which is worse is a debate for another day. Today is Victims of Communism Day.

  • “Islam, bad as it is, did not wipe out a hundred million people in a century. ” True PF. At Islam’s worse the death rate per century was about half that of Communism.

    It’s your “inflicted upon himself” part that I was really homing in on. I think you are right, but only because we don’t know the extent of diabolical influences on Marx, Engles, Lenin, etc. With the ‘angel Gabriel’ appearance in that cave near Mecca, we can speculate a bit more reasonably on his origins.

  • In any case, 1989 was truly a miracle. So was 1991. I recall driving to work that year and hearing of John Paul II’s call for the world to pray as the tanks were rolling into Moscow. His words were to the effect “This is the moment!” Yes it was. I wonder if there has been a time since then when so many prayed together.

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  • A perfect way to celebrate the commie holiday of May the First! share it with a leftist friend!

  • Tens of millions? Even ‘scores of millions’ does not begin to paint a true picture.

  • The death toll due to Communism, Marxism-Leninism and all of its associated “isms” is well over 100 million. Think about that. The hideous heresy of Islam could not have murdered that many. The Nazis did not murder that many. Neither did the bubonic plague.

    I was sickened over the fad of a few years ago of young people wearing Che t-shirts. it was in times like those when I wished time travel was possible and those young idiots could have been sent to the early days of Casto’s Cuba and seen what a monster Ernesto Guevara really was.

Victims of Communism Day: Cuba

Friday, May 1, AD 2015

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  • May he speak up just like he did in Albania last year!

  • He won’t. Raul Castro will use the Roman Pontiff’s appearance in cuba as a publicity stunt and as soon as the Roman Pontiff’s plane is wheels up off the runway at Marti Airport, everything will go back to the way it has been for over 50 years.

    Our good friends in Canada see nothing wrong with having open relations with Cuba. After all, the Canadian government has done so much to expand human rights in Cuba. Well, no, they haven’t, but certain smug Canucks who look down at the USA and vacation at Verdadero Beach think that they are smart.

  • The only way I’d want to visit Cuba is with a company of Marines.

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  • Ronald Reagan was the best President of the 20th Century and one of the best Presidents in the history of the Republic. Tax revenues nearly doubled, inflation was whipped, unemployment was drastically reduced and less than one year after leaving office, Communism collapsed in the old Warsaw Pact. Meanwhile, Barry Soetero Dunham Obama was not attending class at Columbia, smoking pot and doing God knows what else.

    Many conservatives loathe Woodrow Wilson. I cut Wilson a break because he stressed the reestablishment of the Republic of Poland at the conclusion of WWI, while David Lloyd George wanted nothing of it and didn’t want to lift a finger to assist Poland as it fought the Red Army in 1920. FDR’s administrations were infested with Stalinist spies and Alger Hiss negotiated for the USA at Yalta – or so I’ve read (I do not have the source). FDR knew that it was the NKVD who murdered Poles at Katyn. FDR gave Stalin whatever Stalin wanted.

    The association that awards the Pulitzer Prize has twice not seen fit to revoke the award won by Walter Duranty for his lies about the Ukrainian Holodomor. While the New York times has repudiated Duranty they have done no such thing I can find regarding the Castro bootlicker Herbert Matthews.

    Reagan set out to right the wrong done to Poland. The book by Paul Kengor, “The Last Crusader” details the steps taken to assist Solidarity and confront Communism worldwide. I will go to my grave as Ronald Reagan being my favorite President.

Victims of Communism Day: Saint Joseph the Worker, Solzhenitsyn and a Sick West

Friday, May 1, AD 2015

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Today is the Feast Day of Saint Joseph the Worker and Victims of Communism Day.  Pius XII instituted the feast in 1955 as an alternative to Communist inspired May Day celebrations and to give workers a saint to look to as they toiled to support their families.

This Victims of Communism Day I would like to recall Alexander Solzhenitsyn’s address at the Harvard Commencement on June 8, 1978.  As perhaps the most well know Soviet dissident it was only to be expected that he would attack Communism and he did.  What strikes me now however in the address are the pathologies of the West he listed in his speech, his analysis of them and how contemporary to our time they feel.  The West in his day was about to experience a new, and and wholly unexpected, burst of good leadership under John Paul II, Ronald Reagan and Margaret Thatcher.  The good work that they accomplished has been to a large extent undone as of late and thus Solzhenitsyn’s critique of 37 years ago might be an editorial tomorrow:

A decline in courage may be the most striking feature that an outside observer notices in the West today. The Western world has lost its civic courage, both as a whole and separately, in each country, in each government, in each political party, and, of course, in the United Nations. Such a decline in courage is particularly noticeable among the ruling and intellectual elites, causing an impression of a loss of courage by the entire society. There are many courageous individuals, but they have no determining influence on public life.

Political and intellectual functionaries exhibit this depression, passivity, and perplexity in their actions and in their statements, and even more so in their self-serving rationales as to how realistic, reasonable, and intellectually and even morally justified it is to base state policies on weakness and cowardice. And the decline in courage, at times attaining what could be termed a lack of manhood, is ironically emphasized by occasional outbursts and inflexibility on the part of those same functionaries when dealing with weak governments and with countries that lack support, or with doomed currents which clearly cannot offer resistance. But they get tongue-tied and paralyzed when they deal with powerful governments and threatening forces, with aggressors and international terrorists.

Must one point out that from ancient times a decline in courage has been considered the first symptom of the end?

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  • “It is time in the West to defend not so much human rights as human obligations.”

    (Radical feminist doing what’s Right vs. Freedom to do what they want.)

    “..destructive and irresponsible freedom has been granted boundless space.”

    “What is the joy about?”

    Solzhenitsyn’s speech, timeless.
    The mention of abuses in the “free press” and it’s fallout. It’s dead on.
    Great Job Mr. McClarey!
    Have a blessed feast day.

  • Solzhenitsyn nailed it. I was 13 ad 14 in 1977 and even then, in my teenage-clouded mind, stuck in a three year crush on a girl who didn’t care if I existed, I could see how contorted the media in this country was.

    Since then our media has gotten worse. The sins of the Clintons and Obumbler have been and are ignored. Ask yourself how often your local media ever investigates Democrats. When Tom Corbett was the GOP Attorney general in Pennsylvania, he convicted countless corrupt politicians from both parties, however; most of the convicts were Democrats.

    Today we have a corrupt Democrat Attorney General who got elected channeling Angie Harmon. Kathleen Kane tried less than ten cases in her legal career and spiked a corruption investigation in guess where – the reason Pennsylvania votes Democrat in Presidential elections – Philadelphia.
    Kane is under a grand jury investigation now.

    The West has forgotten God and embraced license instead of freedom.

Victims of Communism Day: Divini Redemptoris

Friday, May 1, AD 2015

DIVINI REDEMPTORIS


ENCYCLICAL OF POPE PIUS XI
ON ATHEISTIC COMMUNISM
TO THE PATRIARCHS, PRIMATES,
ARCHBISHOPS, BISHOPS, AND OTHER ORDINARIES
IN PEACE AND COMMUNION WITH THE APOSTOLIC SEE.

Venerable Brethren, Health and Apostolic Benediction.

The promise of a Redeemer brightens the first page of the history of mankind, and the confident hope aroused by this promise softened the keen regret for a paradise which had been lost. It was this hope that accompanied the human race on its weary journey, until in the fullness of time the expected Savior came to begin a new universal civilization, the Christian civilization, far superior even to that which up to this time had been laboriously achieved by certain more privileged nations.

2. Nevertheless, the struggle between good and evil remained in the world as a sad legacy of the original fall. Nor has the ancient tempter ever ceased to deceive mankind with false promises. It is on this account that one convulsion following upon another has marked the passage of the centuries, down to the revolution of our own days. This modern revolution, it may be said, has actually broken out or threatens everywhere, and it exceeds in amplitude and violence anything yet experienced in the preceding persecutions launched against the Church. Entire peoples find themselves in danger of falling back into a barbarism worse than that which oppressed the greater part of the world at the coming of the Redeemer.

3. This all too imminent danger, Venerable Brethren, as you have already surmised, is bolshevistic and atheistic Communism, which aims at upsetting the social order and at undermining the very foundations of Christian civilization .

4. In the face of such a threat, the Catholic Church could not and does not remain silent. This Apostolic See, above all, has not refrained from raising its voice, for it knows that its proper and social mission is to defend truth, justice and all those eternal values which Communism ignores or attacks. Ever since the days when groups of “intellectuals” were formed in an arrogant attempt to free civilization from the bonds of morality and religion, Our Predecessors overtly and explicitly drew the attention of the world to the consequences of the dechristianization of human society. With reference to Communism, Our Venerable Predecessor, Pius IX, of holy memory, as early as 1846 pronounced a solemn condemnation, which he confirmed in the words of the Syllabus directed against “that infamous doctrine of so-called Communism which is absolutely contrary to the natural law itself, and if once adopted would utterly destroy the rights, property and possessions of all men, and even society itself.”[1] Later on, another of Our predecessors, the immortal Leo XIII, in his Encyclical Quod Apostolici Muneris, defined Communism as “the fatal plague which insinuates itself into the very marrow of human society only to bring about its ruin.”[2] With clear intuition he pointed out that the atheistic movements existing among the masses of the Machine Age had their origin in that school of philosophy which for centuries had sought to divorce science from the life of the Faith and of the Church.

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Victims of Communism Day: Instapundit

Friday, May 1, AD 2015

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“The worst catastrophe in China’s history, and one of the worst anywhere, was the Great Famine of 1958 to 1962, and to this day the ruling Communist Party has not fully acknowledged the degree to which it was a direct result of the forcible herding of villagers into communes under the ‘Great Leap Forward’ that Mao Zedong launched in 1958. To this day, the party attempts to cover up the disaster, usually by blaming the weather. Yet detailed records of the horror exist in the party’s own national and local archives. . . . Starvation was the punishment of first resort. As report after report shows, food was distributed by the spoonful according to merit and used to force people to obey the party. One inspector in Sichuan wrote that “commune members too sick to work are deprived of food. It hastens their death.”

Socialism starves. Capitalism enriches. It’s been proven over and over again. But remember: Communism is about “human dignity.” See:

In all, the records I studied suggest that the Great Leap Forward was responsible for at least 45 million deaths.

Between 2 and 3 million of these victims were tortured to death or summarily executed, often for the slightest infraction. People accused of not working hard enough were hung and beaten; sometimes they were bound and thrown into ponds. Punishments for the least violations included mutilation and forcing people to eat excrement.

Communists are as bad as Nazis, and their defenders and apologists are as bad as Nazis’ defenders, but far more common. When you meet them, show them no respect. They’re evil, stupid, and dishonest. They should not enjoy the consequences of their behavior.

Glenn Reynolds, Instapundit

 

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  • Good comparative graphics.
    Is there one for abortion and/or abortafacient contraception to put beside them ?

  • That chart of death is too short on both sides. Nazism deserves another row, and communism at least three more and possibly four. One issue is the Soviet deaths in WW2: do we count them under Nazism due to the German invasion, under Communism due to the inept and uncaring Soviet human wave tactics, or do we perhaps double count them?

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  • And some lawyers wonder why some people rank their profession as being more dishonest than that of used car salesmen!

Victims of Communism Day

Thursday, May 1, AD 2014

 

 

Today is the Feast Day of Saint Joseph the Worker and Victims of Communism Day.

Today we recall the two champions who led the charge that led to the downfall of Communism in Eastern Europe and the Soviet Union:  President Ronald Reagan and Pope John Paul II.  It is either an odd coincidence or the Hand of God, that these two men came to power at precisely the time when the edifice of Communism began to crack.  Most people viewed Communism as a permanent geopolitical feature in the world.  Neither Reagan nor the Pope shared that view.  Reagan assumed that the spirit of freedom would ultimately triumph and that Communism, sooner rather than later, would end up on the ash heap of History.  John Paul II was certain that Christianity would triumph over Communism.  John Paul II’s election as Pope, proof that God had not forgotten Poland was the inspiration for Solidarity, which Reagan vigorously supported.  Reagan embarked on an arms build up that the Soviet Union could not match, pushing their tottering economy over the brink.  John Paul II spoke out against Liberation Theology in the Third World, reminding Catholics that Marxism and Christianity were antithetical.  Together, Pope and President gave hope to all those who struggled, ultimately successfully, to overthrow their Communist regimes, which happened one after another in the Year of Miracles of 1989.

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  • “It’s the first of May again and … Obama, Holder, Kerry, the IRS et al are commemorating … somewhere … something.
    20 Million Kulaks starved to death by Stalin.
    A million Russians killed in the “Great Purge”.
    50,000 Mongolians killed by Stalin in 1937.
    21,000 massacred by the Soviets at Katyn Forrest.
    A million killed in Mao’s land reform.
    45 Million killed during the “Great Leap Forward”.
    15 Million murdered during the Cultural Revolution.
    20,000 Tortured to death at Tuol Sleng by the Khmer Rouge.
    2 Million killed by the Khmer Rouge in Kampuchea/Cambodia
    100,000 killed during forced collectivization in Bulgaria.
    100,000 murdered by the East German regime.
    100,000 killed during forced collectivization in Romania.
    800,000 tortured and murdered during “land reforms” in Vietnam.
    500,000 killed during the Red Terror in Ethiopia.
    250,000 Crimean Tartars forcibly deported during Stalin’s ethnic cleansing (almost half died).
    100,000 Tibetans murdered by China.
    27,000 murdered by the Communist Democratic Republic of Afghanistan at Pul-e-Charkhi prison.
    1 million murdered by the Russian Cheka during Lenin’s Red Terror.
    3 million ethnic minorities deported to Siberia by Stalin. About 45% died.
    350,000 Poles died during Stalin’s deportations after invading Poland.
    500,000 Cossacks killed by Lenin in 1919-20
    14 Million Russians who went through the Gulags and millions who died there.
    4 Million killed by the North Koreans.
    10,000 people die every year in North Korean re-education and slave labor camps.
    6,500 Catholic clergy murdered by Communists during the Spanish Red Terror in 1936.
    50,000 murdered during the Spanish Red Terror.
    Over 100 Million people have been intentionally starved to death, tortured and murdered by Communists in the last 100 years.
    Communism kills every time it’s tried.

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  • T. Shaw: “Communism kills every time it’s tried.” Without God, communism cannot raise the dead or heal the sick or praise God. Murder is all that communism has. Communism denies the individual person and substitutes the state as God…a finite God.

  • Communism is an incoherent cobbling of nonsense written by a man who led a disgusting personal life. Marx treated his wife and kids like garbage and sponged off of others all of his adult life. His theories are the grossest failure in the history of man and only brain dead slugs would look upon them for inspiration.

    Man, without God, is full of himself and falls for garbage like Hitler, Robespierre and Marx.

  • “Reagan assumed that the spirit of freedom would ultimately triumph and that Communism, sooner rather than later, would end up on the ash heap of History. John Paul II was certain that Christianity would triumph over Communism.”
    —–
    Christianity IS Freedom. Everything else is slavery to sin, with death and decay being the consequence. Communism along with its close cousins Nazism and Fascism, is the epitome of that slavery.

  • PS, do not forget about the contribution of Lady Thatcher to the defeat of the USSR. It took the three of them – JPII, President Reagan and Prime Minister Thatcher – to bring the USSR to its knees.

Divini Redemptoris

Tuesday, May 1, AD 2012

“Over half a century ago, while I was still a child, I recall hearing a number of older people offer the following explanation for the great disasters that had befallen Russia: ‘Men have forgotten God; that’s why all this is happening.’ Since then I have spent well-nigh fifty years working on the history of our revolution; in the process I have read hundreds of books, collected hundreds of testimonies, and have already contributed eight volumes of my own toward the effort of clearing away the rubble left by that upheaval. But if I were asked today to formulate as concisely as possible the main cause of the ruinous revolution that swallowed up some sixty million people, I could not put it more accurately than to repeat; ‘Men have forgotten God; That’s why all this happened.'”

Alexander Solzhenitsyn

Today is the feast day of Saint Joseph the Worker, instituted by Pope Pius XII on May 1, 1955  as an alternative to the Communist May Day marches.  Today is also the Victims of Communism Day.  Hattip to Ilya Somin at The Volokh Conspiracy who began the campaign to make this day a day to remember the some one hundred million men, women and children murdered by Communist regimes and movements.

On this day we honor the victims of applied Marxism, but we also honor  Pope John Paul II, Ronald Reagan, Alexander Solzhenitsyn, Lech Walesa, Cardinal Mindszenty, Harry Truman, the American fighting man and his gallant allies, and all those other men and women, many known only to God, who led the ultimately successful fight against this abominable tyranny.

This is a good day to reread Divini Redemptoris, the encyclical, issued on the feast day of Saint Joseph in 1937, in which Pope Pius XI set forth that Communism and Christianity were completely antithetical.

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  • Since The Universal Declaration on Human Rights of the United Nations was accepted in 1948, it has supplanted America’s founding principles, causing the Sovereign Person of God, the Holy Name of God and the mention of God to be removed from the public square and the American people. It has caused the abortion of our constitutional posterity, the innocent human life in the womb, the human being who is the standard of Justice. It has brought about the experimentation on embryonic stem cells, IVF, and transhumanism, all without informed consent, the standard of civilization. The U.N. Declaration refuses to recognize and acknowledge the person procreated in the womb as a human being, respect due to the human person in existence from conception. Read more at http://www.rosaryvictory.com

  • “Divini Redemptoris” – It’s been 75 years and counting … now claiming educated and programmed young, yet living. There is a difference today: people are not rebelling against God, they don’t even know Him.

    ” 78. Those who act otherwise, and at the same time fondly pretend to attain their objective with purely political or economic means, are in the grip of a dangerous error. When religion is banished from the school, from education and from public life, when the representatives of Christianity and its sacred rites are held up to ridicule, are we not really fostering the materialism which is the fertile soil of Communism.? Neither force, however well organized it be, nor earthly ideals however lofty or noble, can control a movement whose roots lie in the excessive esteem for the goods of this world. ”

    Widely heard voices pointing out every which way, the infernal:

    ” For there are some who, while exteriorly faithful to the practice of their religion, yet in the field of labor and industry, in the professions, trade and business, permit a deplorable cleavage in their conscience, and live a life too little in conformity with the clear principles of justice and Christian charity. Such lives are a scandal to the weak, and to the malicious a pretext to discredit the Church. ”

    St. Joseph had dreams. Divine revelations guided this man’s life. His ‘faithful performance of everyday duties’ is something for which to be ever thankful.
    There is Word of eternal life.

    ” 81. To hasten the advent of that “peace of Christ in the kingdom of Christ”[48] so ardently desired by all, We place the vast campaign of the Church against world Communism under the standard of St. Joseph, her mighty Protector. He belongs to the working-class, and he bore the burdens of poverty for himself and the Holy Family, whose tender and vigilant head he was. To him was entrusted the Divine Child when Herod loosed his assassins against Him. In a life of faithful performance of everyday duties, he left an example for all those who must gain their bread by the toil of their hands. ”

    in-fernal/ex-ternal

  • “75. It must likewise be the special care of the State to create those material conditions of life without which an orderly society cannot exist. The State must take every measure necessary to supply employment, particularly for the heads of families and for the young. To achieve this end demanded by the pressing needs of the common welfare, the wealthy classes must be induced to assume those burdens without which human society cannot be saved nor they themselves remain secure. However, measures taken by the State with this end in view ought to be of such a nature that they will really affect those who actually possess <b<more than their share of capital resources, and who continue to accumulate them to the grievous detriment of others.”

    Hence, confusion. Sounds like Police State redistributionism.

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Divini Redemtoris

Sunday, May 1, AD 2011

“Over half a century ago, while I was still a child, I recall hearing a number of older people offer the following explanation for the great disasters that had befallen Russia: ‘Men have forgotten God; that’s why all this is happening.’ Since then I have spent well-nigh fifty years working on the history of our revolution; in the process I have read hundreds of books, collected hundreds of testimonies, and have already contributed eight volumes of my own toward the effort of clearing away the rubble left by that upheaval. But if I were asked today to formulate as concisely as possible the main cause of the ruinous revolution that swallowed up some sixty million people, I could not put it more accurately than to repeat; ‘Men have forgotten God; That’s why all this happened.'”

Alexander Solzhenitsyn

Today is the feast day of Saint Joseph the Worker, instituted by Pope Pius XII on May 1, 1955  as an alternative to the Communist May Day marches.  Today is also the beatification of John Paul II.  (I will have much more on Blessed John Paul II tomorrow.)  Today is also the Victims of Communism Day.  Hattip to Ilya Somin at The Volokh Conspiracy who began the campaign to make this day a day to remember the some one hundred million men, women and children murdered by Communist regimes and movements.

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  • I had completely forgotten about Commie Holy Day until I took a walk earlier this afternoon and noticed some people with SEIU and AFSME jackets and T-shirts on and “Recall Scott Walker” buttons heading down to the Milwaukee lakefront. There was a stage set up but the size of the crowd was really pitiful. In fairness, I was down there at 3 p.m. and so I might have missed the main festivities. Still, I got the idea from the cars parked along Lincoln Memorial Drive – most of them festooned with numerous leftist bumper stickers – that these were the hard-core believers. Not an impressive turn-out at all.

    Then I started to wonder: when did it become acceptable for AMERICAN union members to celebrate May Day? I grew up in a blue collar, unionized neighborhood and certainly none of the union folks I knew as a child – staunch patriots, church-going Catholics and strong anti-Communists (many of them had relatives behind the Iron Curtain, like my family did) – would have dreamt of celebrating May 1. Maybe that was acceptable behavior among the far-left unionists of Western Europe, but certainly not in the States.

    Obviously, at some point after Nov. 1989, that attitude changed. I wonder if it is because unionists are now so much further left than they were 40 years ago that they are unfazed by the association of May 1 with Communism or if many of them are just ignorant. To many Americans, the Cold War is now ancient history.

  • To many Americans, the Cold War is now ancient history.

    Let me add to my own post: most of the union folks I saw headed toward May Day celebrations were at least my age if not older. Therefore, they are certainly of an age to recall the Cold War. So I’m leaning toward my first thesis – that union true believers have moved so far left that they are no longer embarrassed to be associated with Communism.

    I’m surprised I didn’t see any Che T-shirts.

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  • Since we already have a Labor Day in September, I’m all for having a Victims of Communism Day on May 1. I’d forgotten the association until Raymond Arroyo brought it up during the beatification ceremony. But once he said it, all the associations came back. How could I forget? Solzhenitsyn’s Gulag Archipelago was an eye-opening, absorbing work.

  • Yes, we should promote the Victims of Communism Day. Many have never known or forgotten what Communism is. I say is because it is still quite alive in many faculty lounges, union halls and even a few clerics’ hearts.

    We must work to see that Communism is scorned as National Socialism is.

  • I tip my hat to you. Great! Yesterday the Bishop read a letter before the end of Mass with the usual “the machinery of of Capitalism is oiled with the blood of the workers” tripe. The prayer intentions were full of “may politicians see the folly of free markets”, “may the rich nations see their errors and stop the exploitation of the 3rd world”, etc. Nice to see this for a change.

  • Today is the feast day of Saint Joseph the Worker, instituted by Pope Pius XII on May 1, 1955 as an alternative to the Communist May Day marches.

    Just for the record, May Day as a labor holiday originated not with the Communist Third International, but the social-democratic Second International. Both the Catholic Church and the Commies followed the social-democratic lead and used the same date to honor labor. While the USA and Canada observe Labor Day in September, most of the rest of the world does so on May 1st, enacted as a public holiday by Christian Democratic and Social Democratic governments across the globe.

    However, I am all for including a commemoration of the victims of Communism as part of the holiday.

  • It’s happening right here, right now in our own country.

Killer Chic

Saturday, May 1, AD 2010

Today, May 1, is the Victims of Communism Day.  The above video is a nice commentary on the sickening adoration given by some Hollywood elites to some Communist murderers.   This phenomenon is a combination of raw ignorance, historical amnesia, guilt over wealth, loathing for the United States, and an infantile Leftism. 

I pray that the bloody lessons we learned about Communism in the last century will not be repeated in this one.  We do owe the Communist regimes one debt of gratitude however.  They were, and are, living proof that even the most blood-stained regimes cannot forever suppress the human spirit and that all such despotisms ultimately fall.  Human freedom may be denied and crushed, but the desire for freedom put into each human soul by the hand of God will ultimately assert itself, no matter how heavy the odds against it.

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  • Communism is also proof that most of what the “New Atheism” peddles is a lie that is as vicious as it is unbelievable given the historical evidence – it is secular political ideologies such as communism, and not religions based in a belief in God, that are responsible for most of the murder and mayhem in history.

    Communism is the fruit of man’s pride in his own reason, entirely divorced from and unaided by God whom he rejected, with no recognition of and submission to a being greater than ourselves.

    It’s precursor was the French Revolution, its apotheosis was the Bolshevik Revolution, and its continuing legacy is the penetration and subversion of many Western institutions, including the Church. That the KGB sent spies to the Vatican and infiltrated the seminaries is a historical fact. Bella Dodd told the world about it:

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bella_Dodd

    And what she said was, and remains true:

    “The New York Times reported on March 8, 1954 that Bella Dodd “…warned yesterday that the ‘materialistic philosophy,’ [i.e., dialectical materialism ] which she said was now guiding public education, would eventually demoralize the nation.””

    Here we are.

  • That is really scary!!

  • Every Catholic home should have a copy of the “Catechism of the Catholic Church, Second Edition” revised in accordance with the official Latin test promulgated by Pope John Paul II, and first printed in the US in March of 2000.

    We must get this Catechism regarding all required beliefs of faith an morals into the hands of all Catholics. Give as gifts. This is the only way to combact the heresies in politics, media, and entertainment industries.

  • Elaine, Elaine, Elaine. Nice plug but comeon. Not to be sarcastic but this article is talking about something a little more ecumenical than the latest version or Rev. level out of the Vatican. I’m all for prayer and following the precepts of the Catholic Church, but it wasn’t Vatican II or anything out of it that resolved the Cuban missile crisis or the cold war honey. Grow a spine and use your mind. That’s the only way ypu will get any use out of the latest catechism.