By Charlie Johnston
“The farther back you can look, the farther forward you are likely to see” – Winston Churchill
“Believe Women” is the latest mantra of the left – no matter how absurd an individual woman’s story is, you must believe it because she is a woman. We’ve been here before. In the antebellum and Jim Crow American south it was “Believe White Folks.” In the Germany of the 1930’s and 40’s it was “Believe Non-Jew Germans.” I could go on ad nauseum, but the point is the same: when you choose to systematically believe any class of people because of their privileged identity in contradiction to the evidence and facts, awful things – even atrocities – are unleashed. Certainly, you can give the benefit of the doubt to someone who you know and trust or some public figure who has a sterling reputation – but when you systematically believe someone because of their tribe, hell is about to be unleashed. “Believe Evidence.” That’s the only mantra that protects liberty rather than imperils it – and is the mantra the leftist atheists hate most.
“Gosnell: The Trial of America’s Biggest Serial Killer,” is now playing at 750 theatres nationwide. It is the story of Kermit Gosnell, the Philadelphia abortionist who routinely murdered born babies and in whose “clinic” many women died from unsanitary conditions and outright filth. It is the story of how Philadelphia and Pennsylvania authorities did not even inspect the clinic for almost two decades, fearful of triggering the ire of leftwing feminists for whom abortion is a sacrament that must be protected no matter how many are hurt or die. It is the story of how the establishment media worked steadfastly to ignore this story because it so refuted their narrative. The establishment media thinks its job is to hide the ugliness, brutality, and murderous barbarity of abortion while pretending it is a sacred right for women. The Hollywood distribution chain desperately tried to prevent this movie from being shown at all. The story on how it finally got distributed is a tale of heroic fortitude, in itself. How long it will stay in theatres depends on how many people buy tickets. The truth is light. Buy a ticket and let a little more light shine on this barbarity – for darkness cannot withstand the light of truth. Here is a list of all the theatres in America where it is currently playing.
I saw a copy of William Shirer’s “The Rise and Fall of the Third Reich” at a thrift store. I had last read it when I was a teenager, so I decided to pick it up to see how the 62-year-old me would react to it. Shirer’s perspective is a uniquely valuable one. He was a reporter back when that job lived a real code of honor and was respectable. He was initially sent to cover Germany in 1925. He was actually there for the rise of Hitler and the Nazi Party, for the hideous years of power, for its downfall, and for the war crimes trials at Nuremberg. He knew most of the Nazi leaders. He was simultaneously journalist, contemporary witness, and historian. Almost 60 years after its initial publication, it remains a stunning tour-de-force.
As I read it anew, I regularly get chills – and see why so many who have lived through such terrors say America now resembles the early stages of such a horror. Identity politics is a mantra of the atheist left in America. In Austria at the beginning of the last century, the ruling Austrian-Germans were overwhelmed by competing internal nationalities; Czechs, Slavs, Serbs, Croats and others, all refusing to assimilate and demanding autonomy. Furious resentment at the suppression of Austrian Germans in their own country was the cauldron in which Adolf Hitler was formed. The American left is busy duplicating that cauldron in America. Promoting a society in which roving bands of rival warlords compete for supremacy does not end well – there or here.
Very early, Hitler had adopted the policy of riotous protests and violence to shut down speech that dissented from Nazi ideas. “The National Socialist movement will in the future ruthlessly prevent – if necessary by force – all meetings or lectures that are likely to distract the minds of our fellow countrymen,” Hitler promised in 1921. Ironic that, while people like Maxine Waters, Hillary Clinton, Cory Booker and such regularly accuse Trump of being Hitler, it is they who are literally using his playbook.
Within two weeks of taking power as Chancellor of Germany in 1933, Hitler started dismantling the autonomous power of the states which made up Germany. All was to be nationalized. By the first anniversary of his reign, Hitler’s interior minister said bluntly that, “The state governments from now on are merely administrative bodies of the Reich.” Cue American Democrats calling for abolishment of the Electoral College, destruction of the US Senate, all in order to centralize national power.
We’ve seen this movie before. Too bad the atheist left cannot look farther back in more than a superficial way to see what they are doing. Thank God they did not get Hillary Clinton in to preside over the final transformation of America into a totalitarian nightmare – the final putsch. The election that swept Hitler to power was the last free election Germany had until post-war reconstruction. We flirted with that in 2016, and we flirt again with it this year – and in 2020. I pray that Americans are not so decadent that we will fail to believe evidence and preserve liberty.
Some have suggested to me that the Vatican’s concordat with China is akin to Popes JohnXXIII and Paul VI’s policy of realpolitik with communism. To the contrary, realpolitik, which sought to make deals with communists in order to protect Catholics in such countries, was revealed as a complete failure by the brilliant diplomacy of St. John Paul the Great. The intention was benign, but the reality a failure. But even realpolitik did NOT allow communist authorities to name their own Bishops, as the Vatican is allowing China. We’ve got more than a few anti-Catholic bigots holding the role of Bishop in the west: in China it will be nothing but anti-Catholic bigots. This is a betrayal of Chinese Catholics, a betrayal of everything the Church stands for, and a betrayal of Jesus Christ by top members of the hierarchy. In future generations, it will rank as one of the greatest, most crude, brutal betrayals in the history of the Church. Those who promoted it will be held in the sort of contempt that, until now, was reserved for the likes of Pierre Cauchon, the evil Bishop who dummied up the trial and presided over the execution of St. Joan of Arc.
How I wish the radicalized atheist left did have the wit to look back at previous totalitarian movements. Whether it is the Jacobins of revolutionary France, the communists of Russia, the Nazis of Germany, the communists of China – or any other totalitarian movement that took power for a time, the movement starts by targeting opponents of the ideology. Shortly after it takes power, it begins targeting many of its erstwhile allies. A totalitarian movement ALWAYS consumes its own. Robespierre, who launched “The Terror” to purify revolutionary France, himself ended on the guillotine he had consigned so many to. Totalitarian movements always promise puppy dogs and fluffy bunnies while seeking power, then deliver scorpions, vipers, spiders, blood and iron once they attain it – even to most of their own followers. It is a great irony that even as we fight back against the leftist mobs, it is not just our freedom we defend, but theirs, as well. This is always the way it is when a substantial subset of the population embraces angry ignorance and calls it enlightenment.
A woman who was once a frequent commenter at and friend of this site, Carole Tomlinson, has been in a prolonged battle with cancer. I put up a link to her gofundme page a few months back. I link again to it today.