The Deadly Danger of Arrogant Ignorance and Forgetting the Past

May 6, 2024 is Yom HaShoah, or Holocaust Remembrance Day.  I write this blog after weeks of escalating antisemitic riots taking place on university campuses and other threats and acts of violence against Jewish people, organizations, and houses of worship.  Sadly, “Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it,” as George Santayana wrote.  Of course, if people are never taught the facts of history and instead unquestioningly believe all the warped, false versions of history “taught” by delusional leftist ideologues, then we can expect horrific crimes against humanity to keep being repeated by the arrogantly ignorant cult followers who mindlessly gulp down the sewage freely flowing from the mouths of pathological anarchists.    

These past several weeks have reminded me of how some of my students reacted on September 11, 2001 when I was teaching at university.  Soon after I arrived at my office before my morning World Civilization class was to begin my fellow professors and I were hit with the first news of a plane hitting one of the World Trade Center buildings.  By the time I began my class the horrifying facts of the terrorist attack were bombarding all of us.  My prepared lesson plan would have to wait another day.  The terrorist attacks became the focus of that day’s class discussion.

But before I could fully begin to answer some of the questions regarding the information coming in about the individuals who carried out the attacks, one freshman student, fully brainwashed and indoctrinated in the “I HATE AMERICA!” cult ideology prevalently “taught” in many “history” classes in public and private schools, loudly exclaimed “They aren’t terrorists!  They’re freedom fighters!  Everyone in those buildings deserves to die!  This is America’s fault!”  A few of her comrades joined in agreement.  I spent the rest of the class session explaining point by point to those students in particular how that ideology is based on lies.  After refuting every single one of their insane anti-American rants with actual facts, I urged them not to believe me but research those facts on their own.  I also told them they should attend their town’s school board meetings and confront them on the inexcusably incompetent so-called teachers filling their heads with outright lies.  Thankfully, I had students in that class who hadn’t allowed their brains to be saturated with radical leftist ideology who likewise joined me in refuting their idiotic drivel.  But that experience informed me of just how much damage was being done to our young people by the anti-American, antisemitic, and anti-Christian ideological cultists hired as “teachers” in our public and private schools.  In my university teaching experience, and in my experience as an educator in public and private schools, I encountered coworkers who were on the same zealous mission to indoctrinate the next generation with their hate-filled delusions. 

And now, twenty-plus years later, George Soros, Bill Gates, and other power lusting demagogues promoting all things anarchic are shelling out obscene amounts of money to fund destructive, violent riots by Antifa, BLM, and now “protesters” on university campuses.  Iran and Iran-backed Hamas are also pouring in money to finance these treasonous, seditious riots.  Not at all surprising, some of the rioters have declared that Israeli babies and children deserved to have their heads hacked off in Hamas’s October’s terrorist attack. Now, doesn’t that sound disturbingly reminiscent of the statements vomited out by the brainwashed students I had in my history class when the September 11 attacks happened?  University of Tehran Professor Foad Izadi — who earned his degree at the University of Houston — has gleefully proclaimed that these university rioters are “our people” and that Iran can count on them to help destroy the United States in the event of an Iranian attack on our country ( The beautiful thing about these rioters, most of whom are donning masks to ever so courageously hide their identity, and a good number of whom are not even students at those universities, is how astoundingly, shamelessly stupid they are, or, to use a Leninist/Stalinist expression, they are indeed “useful idiots.”  Most of them could probably not find Israel, Gaza, or Iran on a map (or maybe not even find on a map the state in which they’re protesting).  And I’m sure it would be so very enlightening for especially the female rioters to be plopped into any Muslim country — oh, let’s say Iran — and see how well they would be treated in those cultures.  That would be most educational, to say the least.  And a certain percentage of Muslims, especially Muslim women, living outside of those countries would be the first to agree with this proposal.

I don’t have to agree with all of the Israeli government’s decisions or policies, but these brainless anarchic cultists’ use of the millennia-long call to annihilate the Jewish people must not be tolerated and we must denounce this evil in the strongest ways.  In the past few years we have had in our country one Kristallnacht after another due to the as-yet-unprosecuted or lightly prosecuted crimes of Antifa rioters (Antifa originated as a violent Stalinist/Communist organization in 1932 Germany), and BLM rioters, which in its own written and spoken words aligns itself with what can only be designated as racist Marxist ideology.  And now we have these violent, destructive, hate-filled university rioters calling for the destruction of the Jewish people.  On January 6, aside from those who were violent, there were those who were peacefully milling about outside and just inside the Capitol, many of them having been escorted into the Capitol by Capitol police.  Yet some of them were arrested and jailed without being charged with any actual crimes.  I’m not a fan by any means of how the January 6 demonstration escalated into entering the Capitol building, but where in God’s name are the arrests, convictions, and lengthy prison sentences for the day after day, week after week, month after month acts of sheer, undeniable terrorism committed by Antifa and BLM fanatics who vandalized and set fire to city streets as well as private, state, and federal buildings, destroyed innocent people’s livelihoods, and caused the deaths of dozens of people?  Now, these university rioters are vandalizing campus buildings and spewing out hate and threats of death against people simply for being Jewish.  Some have been arrested.  My bets are on them receiving either suspended sentences or very light sentences if convicted at all.  If we had a just and competent legal system, especially on the federal level, the rioters should be charged with treason, sedition, hate crimes, and terroristic acts, and serve very long prison sentences if not life sentences.  And the same should happen to George Soros, Bill Gates, and all of their other terrorist anarchic comrades, and every penny of their assets should be seized and used to pay for the damage they’ve done to taxpayers’ communities and properties.

I often hear people ask what the motivation is for those inciting and funding these riots that have swept through our nation in the last few years.  The answer is simple.  All anarchists are fueled by the delusion that the only way they can achieve their utopia on earth is to destroy the current order of things (government, education, agriculture and food supply, private enterprise, for example) by creating societal upheaval and chaos.  Chaos accomplishes a vitally important goal for the anarchist.  It produces fear and desperation on the part of people to have someone offer salvation from the chaos.  That “salvation” is totalitarian control at the price of critical thinking, personal freedom, and basic human rights.  And always, totalitarian anarchists use the ever so trite tactic of naming and blaming the scapegoats (Jews, Christians, Republicans, Conservatives, for example) for all the chaos the anarchists actually caused.  History has demonstrated that sensational disinformation campaigns (lies) are an exceptionally useful tool to manipulate the masses.  It’s all about these leaders’ insatiable lust for unaccountable power and control.  Those people deemed as threats to their totalitarian utopian goals must be eliminated.  It really is as simple as that. 

Martin Niemoller (1892-1984), was a Lutheran pastor who was initially mesmerized by Hitler’s plan to bring stability back to post-WWI and Depression-Era Germany.  Like many desperate Germans, Niemoller fell for Hitler’s promise to usher in a new Germany’s utopian thousand year reich.  Neimoller was taken in by Hitler’s charismatic ability to dazzle the crowds with his appeal to German pride, nationalism, and the guarantee of a bright new future.  But once Hitler came to power  — by democratic election, I might add — Niemoller witnessed Hitler’s true totalitarian colors, such as evidenced in the escalation of Nazi persecution against Protestants and Catholics.  Niemoller followed his conscience and spoke out against Hitler’s lawless, totalitarian regime and for that he was thrown into Nazi concentration camps for the better part of a decade.  After WWII, in speeches he gave throughout the United States and other countries, Niemoller issued a series of warnings to all succeeding generations to recognize the imperative to fight against the seductive evil of totalitarian ideology, regardless of whatever name is used to describe that ideology.  This version of Niemoller’s words is found at the United States Holocaust Museum:   

“First they came for the socialists, and I did not speak out—because I was not a socialist.

Then they came for the trade unionists, and I did not speak out—because I was not a trade unionist.

Then they came for the Jews, and I did not speak out—because I was not a Jew.

Then they came for me—and there was no one left to speak for me.”

The anarchic events that have taken place in the last few years, and the absence of any meaningful consequences against those responsible for funding and participating in these destructive events, does not bode well for our nation’s survival.  As I wrote in my book Fighting for Justice:  Religious Fraud, Mental Illness, and the Collapse of Law & Order, as one who has first hand experienced as a crime victim the injustice of leftist ideology, every country, empire, or dynasty that has been weakened by lawlessness, internal upheaval, and disunity has never been able to withstand external threats.  We are at a tipping point.  If we do not put pressure on our state and federal legislators to rid our public and private schools and universities and our state and federal courts of fallacious, dangerous leftist ideology, and if we do not loudly and persistently denounce this hate-filled ideology and the violence that comes with it and ensure appropriately just consequences against those ramming this destructive, delusional ideology down our throats, then our country and our way of life will be destroyed from within and from without, sooner rather than later.  Tragically, history will repeat itself. 

The Israeli people have a motto as their response to the Holocaust:  “Never again!”  We must stand with the Jewish people to never again allow any movement’s fanatical totalitarian-minded leaders and their lackeys to implement any evil ideology that seeks the annihilation of innocent people.    

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