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Podcast: On the Objective – The Urgent Need To Address Sin – Steven Menking – 07.05.2019

Podcast: On the Objective – The Urgent Need To Address Sin – Steven Menking – 07.05.2019

Join us for another Biblical discussion of important spiritual principles in partnership with Reliance! How long will we let sin continue in our hearts and in our own ranks before we stand up and confront it? While it is true that we can overstep our bounds and turn to condemnation in ways not warranted by the Holy Spirit when we are seized with religious zeal, but that doesn’t seem to be the primary pitfall facing the Body of Christ. The real problem for you and I is cowardice. Every time we shrink bank from appropriately dealing with sin we are ourselves committing a sin of omission because we were fearful of the result. Our primary approach must be determined by obedience to the will of God. Many continue to wrest from the Word of God principles to justify their own behavior and also thus fall short. Brothers and sisters: it’s time we take sin seriously in this generation. The scriptures from this message are found in Leviticus 5 and Matthew 28, and external materials are found in Book 1, Part 9 of Saint Augustine’s City of God.

This broadcast was produced in partnership with Prepper Broadcasting Network via a new collaborative effort Reliance: An Exploration of 21st Century Faith

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Wednesday August 14, 2009 Hagmann Report

Wednesday August 14, 2009 Hagmann Report

The Hagmann Report will be off on Wednesday, August 14, 2019, due to a tactical operation. We will return on Thursday, August 15, 2019, at 7:00 PM ET. Thank you for your understanding.

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Podcast: On the Objective – Going On Offense For The Kingdom Of God – Steven Menking – 06.28.2019

Podcast: On the Objective – Going On Offense For The Kingdom Of God – Steven Menking – 06.28.2019

Join us for another Biblical discussion of important spiritual principles in partnership with Reliance! In reading The Unseen Realm by Michael Heiser recently I came across a take on Matthew 16 that I hadn’t considered before. That the gates of hell would not prevail against the church had always been couched in a defensive posture, but it is just as viable – if not more – to read that passage as an offensive posture. No weapon formed against us shall proper, and that includes the weapons the enemy wields in order to prevent the Kingdom of God from growing. Let’s seize the initiative! Brothers and sisters: it’s time to go on offense. The scriptures from this message are found in Matthew 16.

This broadcast was produced in partnership with Prepper Broadcasting Network via a new collaborative effort Reliance: An Exploration of 21st Century Faith

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Podcast: On the Objective – The Impossible Revival Is Coming – Steven Menking – 06.07.2019

Podcast: On the Objective – The Impossible Revival Is Coming – Steven Menking – 06.07.2019

Join us for another Biblical discussion of important spiritual principles in partnership with Reliance! Don’t get trapped in the prison of pessimism and fatalism. Brothers and sisters our God did not create the billions of people alive in this generation to be swept away into a Devil’s hell without a chance to respond to the true gospel. God has called many of His people out of institutional churches, and it has been a painful process for many. Please press in to God to be raised up out of the quagmire of negativity. God wants to make you a leader and a partaker of the harvest in this generation. Ask Him if revival is even possible. I believe that it’s not just possible: it’s necessary. The scriptures from this message are found in Zechariah 10.

This broadcast was produced in partnership with Prepper Broadcasting Network via a new collaborative effort Reliance: An Exploration of 21st Century Faith

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Podcast: On the Objective – All In For The Kingdom Of God – Steven Menking – 05.24.2019

Podcast: On the Objective – All In For The Kingdom Of God – Steven Menking – 05.24.2019

Join us for another Biblical discussion of important spiritual principles in partnership with Reliance! Now is the time to decide if you are in or out. Will you go with God in this generation to stand up and be counted for the harvest that our Lord so richly deserves? Or will you retreat into apathy or prophetic fatalism? This is a time to press in to Jesus for yourself, to examine His word for yourself, and to receive the Holy Spirit for yourself. All of this is not ultimately for you, but for the Kingdom of God and the billions of people who don’t yet know Jesus as Lord and Savior. Choose this day whom you will serve. The scriptures from this message are found in Hebrews 12, James 3, and Jeremiah 23.

This broadcast was produced in partnership with Prepper Broadcasting Network via a new collaborative effort Reliance: An Exploration of 21st Century Faith

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Podcast: On the Objective – Rebuilding The Old Ruins – Steven Menking – 05.10.2019

Podcast: On the Objective – Rebuilding The Old Ruins – Steven Menking – 05.10.2019

Join us for another Biblical discussion of important spiritual principles in partnership with Reliance! We have been saved and called into service of the Kingdom of God. There is a task at hand of monumental importance in this generation. The mission is to preach the gospel and to bring in a harvest to our deserving God. Will we allow this generation to perish spiritually on our watch, or will we receive the anointing to rebuild the old ruins? Do not fall prey to the voices that screech endlessly about the inevitable triumph of evil. The choice is ours. Will we stand in this moment? What will you do? The scriptures from this message are found in Isaiah 61.

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Mueller underwhelms as CNN & MSNBC do pre- and post-testimony fake news and obfuscation

Mueller underwhelms as CNN & MSNBC do pre- and post-testimony fake news and obfuscation

Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s 6½ hour long testimony in the House on Wednesday was expected to be a big ratings win for the three cable news and three broadcast television channels, all of which covered it wall to wall. Not only did the event under-perform, but so did President Trump’s key media nemesis, CNN, which came in dead last at #6.

The red hot competition for viewers apparently led MSNBC and CNN to add a new level of fakery – both before and after Mueller’s testimony. MSNBC contributed to the “conspiracy theory” that Fox News was planning to black out live coverage of Mueller, while CNN obfuscated its poor showing in a post-Mueller hearing TV ratings analysis.

Conventional wisdom has it that when the news is perceived to be bad for President Trump, Resistance outlets MSNBC and CNN get a boost in viewership. Mueller’s long-awaited testimony was expected to turbo charge the Resistance and re-ignite talk of impeaching the president, although his performance clearly underwhelmed. Still, Fox News, the channel perceived as the most friendly to the president, won both the day of coverage (by its news anchors and reporters) and prime time, when opinion shows are programmed on all three cable “news” channels.

According to Nielsen Media Research, as reported by Forbes on Thursday:

Fox News drew a total audience of more than 3 million viewers between 8:15 a.m. and 3:45 p.m. ET, leading all broadcast and cable competition. MSNBC finished second with 2.4 million total viewers, followed by ABC (2.12 million), NBC (1.99 million), CBS (1.91 million) and CNN (1.5 million). CBS, it should be noted, is currently dark in 10 million American households because of an AT&T dispute with DirecTV, Nexstar and other carriers, which may have dampened its overall ratings.

Among viewers 25-54, the demographic group most valued by advertisers, NBC-TV finished first, with 536,000 viewers. ABC was second, with 489,000 viewers, followed by Fox News Channel (441,000 viewers), CBS (406,000), CNN (365,000) and MSNBC (347,000).

The weekend before Mueller’s testimony, a widespread “conspiracy theory” emerged – with the assistance of MSNBC – claiming incorrectly that Fox News would not broadcast the hearings live because they were expected to embarrass President Trump. In fact, Fox News had been running prominent on air promos for weeks advertising its plans to cover the hearings live, initially on Wednesday July 17 and then a week later when the Mueller show was re-scheduled.

The details of this hanky-panky suggest a new, down low strategy on the part of a cable news channel to try to depress the ratings of a competitor. On Sunday, frequent MSNBC contributor Joyce Vance tweeted her 337,000 followers the false information that Fox News would not cover the hearings. After criticism on social media, she deleted the tweet, claiming it was a sarcastic joke – but not before author and Resistance keyboard warrior Stephen King tweeted the fake news about Fox’s plans to his 5.33 million Twitter followers.

Joyce Alene’s Fake Tweet – deleted but not before it ultimately got about 7,000 retweets
Stephen King’s tweet – which is still online

On Monday, as Brian Flood reported in an article at Fox News dot com on Tuesday, Vance’s claim had “morphed into a full-blown conspiracy theory – and anti-Trump liberals don’t seem to care.” In fact, on Monday, MSNBC guest Rick Wilson spread the fake news during an appearance on the channel and was not corrected.

According to Flood:

Wilson appeared on MSNBC’s “Deadline: White House” and apparently missed the memo that Vance deleted her inaccurate tweet prior to his segment.

“Now Fox isn’t covering the hearings,” Wilson said during a discussion about the upcoming Mueller testimony.

[MSNBC host Nicole] Wallace didn’t correct him and responded, “Really?”

“They’re apparently not going to take them live. Everybody else is taking them live,” Wilson said, misinforming MSNBC viewers in the process.

TV viewership for Mueller hearings falls flat,” an article on Thursday about the Mueller hearing ratings by Brian Stelter, CNN’s chronic Trump nemesis, significantly failed to note that CNN came in last. Instead, Stelter contrasted the total ratings for Mueller’s testimony with the numbers for James Comey, Michael Cohen, and Bret Kavanaugh when each of them testified before Congress. Stelter:

If Democrats were banking on massive viewership of former Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s televised testimony, they’re feeling broke today.

The Mueller hearings had a loyal audience, but they didn’t break any ratings records. Not by a long shot.

Preliminary Nielsen ratings totals — which are subject to adjustment — show an average of 13 million viewers across six major networks Wednesday.

Stelter’s closing comments ironically give one some hope that viewer interest in taking President Trump down is finally waning:

When the final Nielsen ratings come in, the Mueller hearings are likely to be in line with Michael Cohen’s testimony back in February.

In a possible sign of Trump-related fatigue, neither the Mueller or Cohen hearings were as highly-rated as former FBI Director James Comey’s explosive day of testimony in June 2017, which drew about 20 million viewers.

Peter Barry Chowka writes about politics, media, popular culture, and health care for American Thinker and other publications.  Peter’s website is http://peter.media.  Follow him on Twitter at @pchowka.

 

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Updated & Archived: Joe Hagmann by Peter Barry Chowka at American Thinker

Updated & Archived: Joe Hagmann by Peter Barry Chowka at American Thinker

The most widely-read account of the life and passing of new media personality Joe Hagmann (1983-2019) by his friend and colleague Peter Barry Chowka.

This article is a minor revision and update of my July 7, 2019 article at American Thinker which was read by tens of thousands of people. — Peter Barry Chowka, July 26, 2019

The new media lost a prominent figure on June 29, 2019 when Joseph D. Hagmann, for eight years the Millennial co-host of the popular conservative internet TV and radio program The Hagmann Report, died suddenly at his home in Erie, Pa.

The Hagmann Report that brought Joe and his father Doug Hagmann to prominence is a two-hour daily online show that covers current events from an independent conservative point of view.  Its success is a testament to the viability of the decentralized, internet-based, alternative new media.  The program began in 2011 as a lo-fi audio-only podcast on BlogTalk Radio.  In 2015, it moved to a live-streaming high definition video platform on YouTube with more sophisticated production values that helped it to gain a larger domestic and international audience.  In 2018, the Hagmanns added another new platform for their daily video stream and archiving at hagmannreportlive.com, their own independent host that is protected from any potential censoring by YouTube — which happened most recently in August 2018.

Around five years ago, Hagmann father and son wound down their work as investigators at the Northeast Intelligence Network and their own investigative agency and devoted their full time to The Hagmann Report and, in Doug Hagmann’s case, writing.  The elder Hagmann estimated recently that each episode of the eponymous program currently has between 75,000 and 125,000 accesses on the various video and audio platforms that carry it.  In addition to YouTube, these include iTunes.com, TuneIn.com, Player.fm, Soundcloud.com, Podbay.fm, Podbean.com, and spreaker.com.  There are regular contributors who comment on issues related to politics, popular culture, and faith.  Notable guests in recent months have included Dinesh D’Souza; Diana West; Victor Davis Hanson; David Horowitz; Robert Epstein, Ph.D.; Anthony Scaramucci; and a number of contributors to American Thinker.

What Really Happened to Joe Hagmann?

The story of Joe Hagmann’s untimely passing at age 36 may be more complex than was first reported by his father, the program’s other co-host, Douglas J. Hagmann.  In a 13-minute-long YouTube video announcement on July 1, which has now been viewed over 250,000 times, Doug Hagmann, 60, reported that his son had died of an accidental heroin overdose. [Update: In fact, toxicology reports that are expected to confirm the exact cause(s) of Joe’s death will not be available until August 2019.] However, in the past week, the elder Hagmann, a multi-state licensed investigator for over three decades, has been working diligently to determine if other factors and individuals may have contributed to or were responsible for his son’s death.  According to Doug Hagmann, the trail leading to possible suspects is a hot one.  As of this writing, the inquiries are continuing.  In a Facebook post on July 5, Doug Hagmann asserted that he has evidence that his son was the victim of foul play.

“I (and other professional homicide detectives) have concluded that he [Joe] was murdered (in the broadest of LEGAL definitions of homicide). [Emphasis added.] I do not make this allegation lightly.

“Accordingly, I have a retired FBI agent, two former CIA agents, one former Special Forces, and every competent investigator I know assisting me — and my team is growing.”

Massive Outpouring of Sympathy and Grief

Since the news of Joe Hagmann’s death broke on July 1, at least 10,000 viewers and listeners to the program have posted written comments about Joe Hagmann’s passing on YouTube and social media.  Almost all of them have mourned the loss of Joe Hagmann, as they cited his talent as a talk show host and his sincerity, humility, and infectious expressions of faith.  Most commenters have also expressed sympathy for his reported descent into drug addiction, as first noted by his father in a YouTube video last April 12.  A very small number has been critical of what they see as Joe’s weakness in the face of temptation.

The disagreement over how to regard Joe Hagmann’s life and death, as minor as it is considering the huge number of positive comments, mirrors a larger debate going on in the country.  According to government statistics, in 2017 over 70,000 Americans died from opioid overdoses, 15,482 of them from heroin overdoses and the remainder from prescription drugs.  Meanwhile, the subject of deaths arising from drug abuse and addiction is increasing in importance as a national political issue.  Some Americans believe that people who succumb to addiction are totally responsible for their own downfall and deserve little sympathy while the medical community, and many high-profile relatives of victims of overdose including prominent TV talk host Eric Bolling, are increasingly positing that the abuse of addictive drugs is an illness, a disease, or a response to socio-economic factors.  These observers, and some politicians, believe that more attention, resources, and options for recovery should be provided to chronic drug users.

Although I never met Joe Hagmann in person, I worked closely with him since 2017 in my role as a regular contributor to The Hagmann Report.  Whatever the weight of his personal problems, Joe Hagmann became my friend – and he never let on to anyone outside his family that he was in any kind of trouble or had a problem with addiction.  He participated in over 1,800 broadcasts since 2011, many of which he produced.  Both the audience and I were shocked that he had developed serious issues relating to drug dependency, as they were never apparent in his on-air performances, or in off-air personal contacts with his associates including this writer.

Reevaluation of Addiction

The absolutely overwhelming empathetic response expressed by fans of the Hagmann Report program — in both numbers and emotional intensity — to the news of Joe Hagmann’s death points to a possible sea change among conservatives, who make up a majority of the Hagmann Report audience, regarding the issue of addiction.  No longer is someone with a drug problem automatically seen as a failure or a villain — rather, his life, including his accomplishments, and the context of his problems are among the factors now being taken into account before condemning him for any weaknesses or lapses at the end of his life.

Having worked with Joe Hagmann for two years and respected him as a friend and a talented broadcaster, with what everyone assumed was a bright future ahead of him, I am among the many who miss him and mourn his passing.

Joe Hagmann is survived by his widow, Laura Marino Hagmann, who is pregnant and will soon deliver the couple’s first child, Joseph D. Hagmann II; his father Doug; his mother Debra; his stepmother Renae; his sister Jackie and brother-in-law Eric; an extended family of relatives; and too many friends to count.

Peter Barry Chowka writes about politics, media, popular culture, and health care for American Thinker and other publications.  Peter’s website is http://peter.media.  Follow him on Twitter at @pchowka.

 

 

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Hagmann Report Show Update: Tuesday, July 23, 2019

Hagmann Report Show Update: Tuesday, July 23, 2019

The Hagman Report will not be broadcasting tonight, Tuesday, July 23, 2019 due to two-(2) issues that have arisen within the last several hours. First and foremost, Stan Deyo, who was scheduled to appear this evening is not feeling well and is need of our prayers for his speedy recovery.  He will appear later this week or at his normal time next week for a lengthy analysis of what’s taking place with earthquakes, volcanic activity, sun activity, and other issues of extreme importance.

Considering this schedule change, Doug Hagmann and supporting crew are using this opportunity to assist in a covert surveillance operation involving a human trafficking operation. You will be hearing more about this from our local media affiliates.

We thank you for your understanding and will return tomorrow. Please keep Stan Deyo in your prayers and we humbly ask the same. Thank you for your continued support for without you, we would not be able to do what we do.

The Hagmann Report – More than Talk & where “Truth Can’t Be Silenced”

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The Roots of AOC’s Green New Deal: The SDS, Communism and Control

The Roots of AOC’s Green New Deal: The SDS, Communism and Control

A probing investigation into the history of the planned Communist takeover of the USA that is now well underway.

© By Peter Barry Chowka. All rights reserved.

In a video from last December that has only recently gained attention, Rep. Alexandra Ocasio-Cortez’s chief of staff – Saikat Chakrabarti – wears a t-shirt with the face of Subhas Chandra Bose, an Indian nationalist who was allied with Nazi Germany and Imperial Japan during World War II. Bose actually met with monstrous Nazi dictator Adolf Hitler at the height of the war.

Saikat Chakrabarti – AOC’s “brain” – wearing t-shirt with the face of WW II Nazi collaborator Subhas Chandra Bose

The picture gives us an indication of part of the lineage of the ideas of AOC and Chakrabarti – including her advocacy of what she calls a Green New Deal. Another hint of their agenda is contained in the Washington Post’s fawning profile of Chakrabarti.

The WaPo article reports:

Chakrabarti had an unexpected disclosure. “The interesting thing about the Green New Deal,” he said, “is it wasn’t originally a climate thing at all. . . Because we really think of it as a how-do-you-change-the-entire-economy thing.” [emphasis added]

So, according to its key author Chakrabarti (AOC’s “brain”), the Green New Deal is not about climate change “at all.” The real agenda behind it is a socialist-Marxist-transformation of the United States, starting with a complete government takeover and regulation of the entire economy – essentially pounding the last nail in the coffin of what remains of free market capitalism.

At last count, the House resolution on the Green New Deal has been co-sponsored by six of the major 2020 presidential candidates: Sens. Bernie Sanders, Kirsten Gillibrand, Kamala Harris, Elizabeth Warren, Cory Booker, and Amy Klobuchar.

This news got me to thinking about some of the major, if less widely-recognized, origins of the Green New Deal. The combination of “Green” with “New Deal” is significant. It was the revered Franklin Delano Roosevelt, the first socialist president, who promised a “New Deal” for America when he was running for the office in 1932 in the throes of the Great Depression. That’s what won the presidency for FDR in 1932 – much like Barack Obama rode a bad economy, or the perception of one, and the promises of “Hope” and “Change” to victory 76 years later.

As Diana West and other historians and authors have documented, the communists in our midst began their dirty work a century ago. The long march of Marxist ideas imported from Europe, that took root particularly in the labor movement and dark corners of academia in the 1920’s and ‘30’s, was interrupted during WW II and the prosperity and expansion of the post-war period when the U.S. became the leader of the Free World. Some Republican and Democrat politicians perceived the dangers that domestic communists were posing in the late 1940s, however, and tried to do something about the problem – personified by Sens. Joseph McCarthy (R-Wisc.) and Richard Nixon (R-Calif.), Rep. John E. Rankin (D-Miss.), and others.

After these efforts were stigmatized and dispatched as “witch hunts” and “blacklisting” by the Establishment, American communists regrouped and went forward. Their efforts were buttressed by a new generation of children born right before and during WW II (“Red diaper-doper babies”) and followed – significantly – by tens of millions of spoiled, impressionable Baby Boomers.

In the 1960s, the decade when the oldest Baby Boomers were coming of age, everything started to change. It was the decade that socialism of the Marxist-communist kind became turbo-charged – and like a stealth jet fighter was launched screaming into the future.

Not every leftist Baby Boomer, of course, was or became a card carrying communist. They were more like useful idiots. All that was required was an adjustment of many young people’s thinking to make them susceptible to feeling guilty about things like slavery, income inequality, and harming the planet. Post-adjustment, their brains became fertile ground for left wing manipulators. An appalling number would carry this sense of guilt – for being white, middle class, and/or successful – far into adulthood.

In 1962, a group of dedicated young Reds met at Port Huron, Michigan to plot the socialist-Communist takeover of the United States. Their vehicle was the radical group Students for A Democratic Society or SDS. This band of radical agitators, formed in 1960, was the U.S. equivalent of the small group of Bolshevik radicals that took over Russia a half a century earlier.

The SDS had learned a lot from the failures of the earlier generation of commies in the U.S. who had dabbled with attempts at violent revolution – all of them unsuccessful. The U.S. in the 1920’s and ‘30s – despite the Depression – still had a viable patriotic middle class, a strong Judeo-Christian foundation, and traditional family values. These qualities and an overwhelming sense of national unity essentially inoculated most Americans against communist influence.

The SDS meeting in 1962 in Michigan, which few took note of at the time except the participants and a handful of campus radicals, issued the Port Huron Statement. It was a manifesto calling for a revolution that would begin on college and university campuses and spread from there throughout American society.

The SDS had been founded in 1960 at the University of Michigan at Ann Arbor. According to Wikipedia:

SDS developed from the Student League for Industrial Democracy (SLID), the youth branch of a socialist educational organization known as the League for Industrial Democracy (LID). LID descended from the Intercollegiate Socialist Society, started in 1905.

The organizers of the SDS immediately distinguished themselves from the moribund and doctrinaire Old Left and saw their new campus-based model as the vanguard of a New Left. These modern communists derived inspiration from Fidel Castro’s triumph in taking over Cuba in 1959, the emerging Cultural Revolution in Mao Tse-Tung’s China, and the communists in North and South Vietnam fighting the U.S. and holding their own in the rapidly expanding Vietnam War.

At Port Huron in June 1962, among the participants was Tom Hayden (1939-2016). He was the principal author of the Port Huron Statement/SDS manifesto. A few years later, Hayden was one of the Chicago 8/7 radicals arrested and tried for fomenting the mob riots at the Democrat National Convention in August 1968 and for other crimes. In the next decade Hayden would go on to marry Hanoi Jane Fonda and get elected to multiple terms in the California State Assembly and Senate – serving a total of 18 years. During Jerry Brown’s first two terms as California Governor (1975-’83), Hayden was one of Brown’s key advisors on a variety of policy issues.

The photograph above speaks volumes. It vividly depicts the power and influence of two of the most prominent leftists (in the case of Tom Hayden, a communist agitator) at the highest levels of government. The setting is a speech by California Gov. Jerry Brown (at the microphone on the right) speaking to the California delegation at the 1976 Democratic National Convention in NYC. On the stage with Brown (L-R) are labor activist Cesar Chavez, U.S. Sen. Alan Cranston (bald head and eyes visible), SDS honcho and Chicago 7 trial defendant Tom Hayden, Mrs. Hayden a.k.a. Jane Fonda, and U.S. Sen. John Tunney (clapping his hands). Two of the most famous leftists-communists (Hanoi Jane Fonda and Tom Hayden) invited on the stage with the three most powerful politicians in the state of California – two sitting United States Senators and the Governor who himself had been a candidate for the Democratic presidential nomination that year, coming in second to the victor Jimmy Carter. Photo taken and © by Peter Barry Chowka.

The SDS targeted racism and established the meme of “participatory democracy” (i.e., putting an end to a Constitutional representative republic that is the basis of the United States). The organization also had its eye on the Democratic Party. Quoting the Port Huron Statement:

An imperative task for these publicly disinherited groups, then, is to demand a Democratic Party responsible to their interests.

Approximately 55 years later, the Democratic Socialists of America (DSA), the largest socialist organization in the country, voted at its annual convention to support Democratic Party candidates for election as the best way to establish Socialism-Marxism in the United States. As I wrote in an article at The Epoch Times on August 8, 2018:

The DSA’s national convention in 2017 adopted three goals. The first two, endorsing Medicare for All and supporting organized labor, were pro-forma. The third one, however, outlined a bold new proposal to elect open socialists by running them as Democrats. [emphasis added.]

The 1962 SDS Port Huron statement prominently highlighted the need for “university reform.” Wikipedia:

The Port Huron Statement argued that because “the civil rights and peace and student movements are too poor and socially slighted, and the labor movement too quiescent,” it should rally support and strengthen itself by looking to universities, which benefit from their “permanent position of social influence” and being “the only mainstream institution that is open to participation by individuals of nearly any viewpoint.” [emphasis added.]

A large part of the success of propagandizing the masses – especially young people – to embrace socialism and then communism was facilitated by the Cultural Revolution – including sex, drugs, and rock ‘n’ roll – that came to prominence in the 1960s. This axis of evil influences hypnotized and brainwashed young people, especially college students. It tore them away from their long-established moorings including their families, and also began the downfall of traditional Judeo-Christian religious faith that had been the cornerstone of the nation since its founding including the first English-speaking settlements here in the early 1600s.

Moving past the rest of the 1960s and ahead to 1970 – and something called Earth Day. . .

The first “Earth Day” took place on April 22, 1970. It was the brainchild of liberal Sen. Gaylord Nelson (D-Wisc.), a hero to the left who embraced a wide variety of far left positions. Nelson was an early environmentalist and a staunch opponent of the Vietnam War. In the fall of 1969, the so-called Moratoriums organized by the National Mobilization Committee to End the War in Vietnam, a.k.a. “The Mobe,” represented the high water mark of the massive demonstrations against the Vietnam War. Also in the fall of 1969, Sen. Nelson came up with the idea for Earth Day. He foresaw it as promoting local demonstrations and teach-ins advocating environmental awareness and action at high schools, colleges, and universities around the country. It was inspired by and modeled after the 1960s anti-war teach-ins on American campuses that successfully laid the groundwork for the ensuing anti-Vietnam War peace movement.

As the new decade of the 1970s dawned, America’s campuses had been primed for action, and the first Earth Day was a success. It continues annually to this day and has expanded worldwide. These early fledgling environmental activist actions on campuses, including Earth Day, planted the seeds for academia to gradually but inexorably take the lead in instilling and then spreading far left ideology and ideas throughout the mainstream of society – by corrupting the minds of the youth and influencing them in their subsequent careers. Riding the wave of feel-good environmentalism, they were among the first steps in the successful mainstreaming of radical left wing radicalism.

The colleges and universities of the ‘60s and ‘70s provided the perfect environment – a sociological petri dish – to successfully grow the new communist-inspired ideas including social justice; the division of Americans into hyphenated, racial, ethnic, and sexual special interest groups; and environmental activism.

The college I attended during that time was pretty conservative – more than most – at least when I arrived there. Most of the professors were conservative. But a new generation of profs, younger and more liberal and radical than the tenured professors, was moving in. Even though they were in the minority, the new leftists quickly became the most popular teachers. They were the ones who started dressing like the students. They listened to rock music, smoked dope, had parties for students at their off-campus apartments, and taught from the new left wing canon (think Frantz Fanon, Eldridge Cleaver, Che Guevara, and Carlos Castaneda). They actively participated in the Cultural Revolution that was sweeping America, inspiring students by their example.

The first Earth Day took place on April 22, 1970. It was an ad hoc, local, feel-good Age of Aquarius-type party on a nice day in early spring. I remember students at my campus sunning themselves on the lawns, listening to some speeches, throwing Frisbees, and sending off balloons into the blue sky. Environmental apocalypse seemed far away.

A significant coincidence, if not a profound subliminal connection, is that on April 29, 1970 – exactly seven days after the first Earth Day – the Nixon Administration launched the invasion of Cambodia, widely viewed as an expansion of the Vietnam War that President Nixon had promised to end. The Pentagon’s intent was to cut the supply lines of the enemy North Vietnamese and Viet Cong, who were invading our ally, South Vietnam, using the adjacent neutral country of Cambodia.

As the news of the Cambodia incursion spread, all hell broke loose. The anger on campuses was palpable and violence ensued on many of them. The fierce opposition on the campuses led to a student strike that shut down hundreds of colleges and universities. Many of them cancelled classes and final exams for the rest of the spring semester. The situation escalated into barely controlled chaos from coast to coast. It may have been the closest the country had moved towards mass insurrection since the Civil War. The killing of four students by National Guard troops at Kent State University in Ohio on May 4, 1970 during a demonstration against the Cambodia incursion further inflamed the opposition to Nixon’s actions.

Student radicals organized massive demonstrations and the largest one took place ten days after the invasion began – on Saturday, May 9, 1970 on the Ellipse near the White House. I was there and it was one of the largest demonstrations in memory, with around a half a million people.

Bill Ayers Chicago Police mug shot 1968 before he went underground for a decade as a fugitive from the FBI.

Although the era of massive anti-Vietnam War demonstrations was coming to an end in 1970, many of the radicals who honed their organizing skills in the 1960s took the advice of the Port Huron Statement and set their sights on academia (SDS functionary and Weather Underground domestic terrorist Bill Ayers is a prime example). Other radicals went into politics (Hillary and Bill Clinton, Tom Hayden, Bobby Rush). And last but not least, a new generation of leaders – taking power later or moving into positions of prominence today – including Barack Obama, Alexandra Ocasio-Cortez, the other three members of the “Squad,” and too many others to mention – are carrying the torch for what started in the 1960s. Much of it, based on environmental radicalism, took root in the 1960s, expanded over the years, and has now morphed into the Green New Deal – one of the greatest Trojan Horse threats to the future of the United States.

Peter Barry Chowka writes about politics, media, popular culture, and health care for American Thinker and other publications.  Peter’s website is http://peter.media.  Follow him on Twitter at @pchowka.

 

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