08/22/19

How One California Marxist Is Indoctrinating Millions of School Children

By: Trevor Loudon | The Epoch Times

Children walk past a School Bus in Monterey Park, California on April 28, 2017. (Frederic J. Brown/AFP/Getty Images)

Democratic Socialists of America (DSA) is coming for your children.

Not content with taking over school boards and sending comrades into the teaching profession, the United States’ largest Marxist group is also writing the textbooks your children study.

California DSA member Duane Campbell helped write the new History-Social Science Framework for the state, which was adopted in 2017. Sacramento-based Campbell, a DSA comrade since at least 1983, is an emeritus professor of bilingual/multicultural education at California State University–Sacramento and former chair of the Sacramento DSA. He is also the author of “Choosing Democracy: A Practical Guide to Multicultural Education.”

According to Campbell, “Because of California’s large size and market, what goes into California textbooks frequently also gets written into textbooks around the nation.”

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08/21/19

DSA Channels Stalin, Pulls Off Crafty Move With Exclusive Sanders Endorsement

By: Trevor Loudon | The Epoch Times

Kliment Voroshilov (L), Vyacheslav Molotov, Joseph Stalin and Nikolai Yezhov (R) at the shore of the Moscow-Volga canal in this file photo. Molotov fought to gain power after Stalin’s death in 1953 while Yezhov was tried and executed in 1940. (Wikipedia Commons)

The Democratic Socialists of America (DSA) pulled off a deft move at its biennial National Convention in Atlanta in early August.

The United States’ largest Marxist organization passed a resolution declaring that it wouldn’t endorse any Democrat except Bernie Sanders in next year’s presidential election.

Many commentators, including some less-sophisticated DSA comrades, saw this as a bad move. One opposing delegate summed up the argument of many when he or she said, “Trump is too dangerous to take cards off the table right now”; that side narrowly lost the resolution battle.

The argument is that the DSA has backed itself into a corner. If Sanders loses, they reason, the DSA will be unable to endorse the winner. That will mean that the DSA will be sidelined, marginalized from the anti-Trump opposition that will coalesce around the Democratic nominee—which this author believes will be Sen. Kamala Harris from California.

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08/21/19

Republicans: Stop Pandering to the ‘Diversity’ Fetish — Rediscover Your Principles

By: Trevor Loudon | The Epoch Times

Activists hold “Black Lives Matter” signs in a file photo. (AP Photo/Nick Ut)

The Republican Party top brass is all in a dither. The “diversity” of the Republican congressional delegation is shrinking.

The recently announced retirement of Rep. Will Hurd (R-Texas) will leave only one black Republican in the Senate and zero in the House. The GOP currently has only 13 women serving in the House of Representatives (there are 184 men), and this is sending the Republican hierarchy into panic mode.

If trying to match the Democratic Party in “minority” candidates is a top priority, then the GOP is, as usual, way out of touch with its base.

The base cares about principles, not melanin. They care about the Constitution, not genitalia.

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08/21/19

Marxists Work to Reinforce ‘The Squad’ in 2020

By: Trevor Loudon | The Epoch Times

Reps. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.), Ilhan Omar (D-Minn.), Ayanna Pressley (D-Mass.), and Rashida Tlaib (D-Mich.) speak at a press conference at the U.S. Capitol on July 15, 2019. (Holly Kellum/NTD)

Not content with Reps. Rashida Tlaib, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Ilhan Omar, and Ayanna Pressley—the far-left congresswomen collectively known as “The Squad”—the Democratic Socialists of America (DSA) and allied Marxist groups are targeting multiple congressional seats with far-left candidates in 2020.

No one is safe. The DSA and its pro-China allies, the Communist Party USA (CPUSA) and Liberation Road (formerly Freedom Road Socialist Organization, or FRSO), are targeting dozens of seats currently held by Republicans, moderate Democrats, and even by insufficiently Marxist members of the Congressional Progressive Caucus. Most will not make it past the primaries, but some have at least a reasonable chance of being elected.

Here are four serious far-left contenders who could be reinforcing “The Squad” in January 2021.

Cori Bush

Cori Bush is targeting Missouri’s 1st Congressional District, which encompasses St. Louis, Florissant, and Ferguson. Her Democratic primary opponent is William Lacy Clay Jr., a veteran of both the Congressional Progressive Caucus and the Congressional Black Caucus, who has represented the district since 2001, succeeding his father William Lacy Clay Sr. In 2018, Bush stood against Clay Jr., losing by about 20 percentage points.

A native of St. Louis, Bush is a registered nurse, an ordained pastor, an activist, and a “community organizer.” She first came to prominence during the Ferguson anti-police protests of 2014, where she played a significant, if largely covert, role.

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08/16/19

The Rainbow Coalition Re-visited: Why Kamala Harris Will Be the Democratic Presidential Nominee

By: Trevor Loudon | The Epoch Times

Democratic presidential hopeful Kamala Harris addresses the Presidential Forum at the NAACP’s 110th National Convention at Cobo Center in Detroit, Michigan on July 24, 2019. (Jeff Kowalsky/AFP/Getty Images)

It’s over. The Democratic presidential primary was decided months, maybe even years ago.

President Donald Trump should refocus his energies away from Joe Biden and relegate Sens. Elizabeth Warren and Bernie Sanders to the sidelines. The Democratic nominee will be California’s junior senator, Kamala Harris — and she will be very hard to beat. Not because of her personal qualities, formidable though they are, but because of the machine backing her and the philosophy guiding her.

Harris is set to harvest the seeds sown by former President Barack Obama and Jesse Jackson before him. Like Jackson’s presidential campaigns in 1984 and 1988, which paved the way for Obama in 2008 and 2012, the 2020 Democratic campaign will be all about race.

When Jackson ran in 1988, he united enough white leftists and progressive “people of color” under his Rainbow Coalition banner to earn 7 million votes in the Democratic primary. Obama used the same formula 20 years later to win the presidency and then repeated the trick four years later.

In Jackson’s day, about 12 percent of voters belonged to “minorities.” Today, the figure is closer to 40 percent. Harris—a female, of black, Irish, and Asian Indian extraction, far-left but not publicly so—is the ideal modern Rainbow Coalition candidate.

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08/16/19

Marianne Williamson Is Right: Anti-Depressants Are Over-Prescribed; Suffering Should Be Conquered, Not Masked

By: Trevor Loudon | The Epoch Times

Democratic presidential candidate Marianne Williamson prepares for a television interview after the Democratic Presidential Debate at the Fox Theatre July 30, 2019, in Detroit, Mich. (Scott Olson/Getty Images)

Democratic Party presidential candidate Marianne Williamson has set off a storm with recent comments to BuzzFeed News that anti-depressant drugs are being overused to treat normal human responses to adverse circumstances—what was once referred to as the “blues” or melancholia.

Williamson points out that normal human suffering is not a mental illness and shouldn’t be treated as a condition warranting chemical treatment. It’s very rare that I agree with a Democrat, but Williamson is right on the money with this one.

According to BuzzFeed, Williamson believes anti-depressants are routinely overprescribed and that they aren’t needed to treat situations she categorized as instances of “normal human despair.”

“The twenties can be very hard. They’re not a mental illness. Divorce can be very difficult, losing a loved one, someone that you know died, someone left in a relationship and you’re heartbroken—that’s very painful, but it’s not a mental illness,” Williamson said.

“You had a professional failure, you lost your job, you went bankrupt. Those things are very difficult, but they’re not a mental illness.”

And she’s right, they’re not a mental illness. They’re a normal human response to the inevitable losses we all experience.

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08/13/19

Marxist ‘Critical Race Theory’ Infiltrates Churches, the Culture

By: Trevor Loudon | The Epoch Times

Parishioners sit inside the renovated Ebenezer Baptist Church in Atlanta, Ga., on Jan. 19, 2002. (Erik S. Lesser/Getty Images)

When the Southern Baptists, the largest Protestant denomination in the country, endorse “critical race theory” (CRT), you know American Christianity has a Marxism problem.

At the Southern Baptist national convention in Birmingham, Alabama, in June, a resolution on CRT and “intersectionality” gained passage with a strong majority.

The resolution affirmed the Bible as “the first, last, and sufficient authority” in guiding the church on dealing with social evils and said that “critical race theory and intersectionality should only be used in submission to Scripture,” according to a news article from the Baptist Press. The resolution described critical race theory as a “set of tools to explain how race functions in society and intersectionality as the study of how various characteristics overlap.”

Traditional Baptists who believe that the Bible is the inerrant word of God and contains the answers to all problems within its pages must have wondered why their church would need Marxism for any reason at all.

One brave Christian, Tom Ascol, a senior pastor of Grace Baptist Church in Cape Coral, Florida, unsuccessfully challenged the CRT resolution, correctly explaining that “critical race theory and intersectionality” are “rooted in ideologies that are incompatible with Christianity.”

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08/12/19

‘Freedom Road’ Maoists Aid Maduro Regime and Latin American Marxist Revolution

By: Trevor Loudon | The Epoch Times

Striking Chicago teachers and their supporters attend a rally at Union Park September 15, 2012, in Chicago, Ill. Scott Olson/Getty Images)

American Maoists are working to support the embattled regime of illegitimate Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro and to strengthen ties with Latin American communism.

In mid-July, the militant Chicago Teachers Union (CTU) sent a delegation to Caracas to build “solidarity” with socialist VenezuelaAccording to delegation leader and CTU charter school organizer Richard Berg:

“We are interested in show[ing] solidarity with the Bolivarian Revolution and the Venezuelan people and at the same time we want to interact with Venezuelan labor union leaders with [a] focus on teacher unions to learn from them how they have counter[ed] US sanctions and to inform them about our recent victories in the US, like the recent strike CTU organized in Chicago.”

Berg was referring to the successful May CTU strike against Chicago charter school owners. Three of the five delegates—special education teacher Sarah Chambers, English teacher Fabiana Casas, and math teacher Valeria Vargas—were strike captains during the May industrial action. The delegation was led by Berg and Maria Moreno, the financial secretary of the CTU.

The CTU is heavily influenced by America’s largest openly Maoist grouping: Freedom Road Socialist Organization (FRSO). Chambers, CTU area vice president and prominent strike leader, is close to the FRSO, as is MorenoBerg has been heavily active in midwestern Maoist politics since he was president of the Marquette University Progressive Student Organization in the early 1980s.

The trip came straight after a CTU official resolution calling for “an end to U.S. intervention in Venezuela.”

Chambers told FRSO’s FightBack! News that Venezuela’s dictators care more about education than do Chicago’s Democratic Party leaders:

“Through major economic hardships, Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro never closed a single public school or a single health clinic. This stands in stark contrast to our experience in Chicago, where Mayor Rahm Emanuel closed 50 public schools and several mental health clinics in a single year.”

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08/12/19

Milkshakes to Molotov Cocktails: The US Left Veers Toward Violence

By: Trevor Loudon | The Epoch Times

Brexit Party leader Nigel Farage (R) has what is thought to have been a milkshake thrown over him as he visits Northumberland Street in Newcastle Upon Tyne during a whistle stop UK tour on May 20, 2019 in Newcastle Upon Tyne, England. Ian Forsyth/Getty Images

The left in the United States is on a path to acceptance and even encouragement of political violence.

Desperate to achieve traction against the obvious economic and political successes of President Donald Trump, the left is increasingly willing to use violence—from low-level “milkshaking” assaults to life-endangering terrorism—as a tool to shut down the opposition. Unless stopped, the left will take the United States down a very dark path.

On June 1, it was reported that Pensacola, Florida, activist Amanda Kondrat’yev was “charged with battery” after throwing a drink—apparently a milkshake—at Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-Fla.).

The media generally made light of the assault, mentioning many times that Kondrat’yev had previously stood for Congress against Gaetz. The media failed to report, however, that Kondrat’yev is a leader of the Pensacola branch of the nation’s largest Marxist organization: Democratic Socialists of America (DSA). Most media also forgot to mention that Kondrat’yev was one of four plaintiffs involved in a lawsuit against the city of Pensacola to force the city to remove a 78-year-old cross, which was placed in Bayview Park in 1941 by the community as the United States was entering World War II.

Kondrat’yev’s attack on Gaetz was clearly premeditated. On four separate days preceding the attack, Kondrat’yev posted many memes on Facebook praising the practice of throwing milkshakes at political opponents.

Milkshaking started in the UK in May, with incidents targeting firebrand patriotic activist Tommy Robinson, UK Independence Party supporter Carl Benjamin, and Brexit Party leader Nigel Farage.

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07/24/19

How Marxists Took Over the American Labor Movement

By: Trevor Loudon | The Epoch Times

AFL-CIO President John Sweeney during an AFL-CIO rally on Capitol Hill on June 19, 2007. (Alex Wong/Getty Images)

Despite taking second place to the “mainstream” media, and the stiff competition from Hollywood, academia, and leftist churches, organized labor is still a major “transmission belt” for communist ideas to the American “masses.”

This wasn’t always the case. For many years, labor in the United States was staunchly anti-communist. However, since 1995, American unions have largely fallen under Marxist control. This gives the far left the political muscle to implement socialist ideas through the Democratic Party—even when these policies clearly damage union members’ interests.

The father of the Bolshevik revolution, V.I. Lenin, prophetically said of the trade union movement, “It is an organization designed to draw in and to train; it is, in fact, a school: a school of administration, a school of economic management, a school of communism.”

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