“mutual respect, peace, and solidarity”

The Communist Party USA has a collection of statements that can only be described as
vapid doublespeak and disingenous claptrap. Perhaps it’s the coffee this morning, but I would like to briefly address one phrase that amused me a little more than the others. It is timely insofar as the battle we are currently facing in fighting irrational islam, as well as the creeping socialism we see around us here in the U.S.A.

The Communist Party USA is dedicated to the struggle for socialism in this country. This document is our Party’s program, a statement of our principals and goals and a guide to action along the road to Socialism USA.

Socialism will usher in a new era in this county. The great wealth of the U.S. will for the first time be for the benefit of all the people. Foreign policy will be based on mutual respect, peace, and solidarity. The people’s democratic rights will be guaranteed and expanded. Racial, gender, and social equality will be the basis of domestic policies and practices. Socialism is not a dream, but a necessity to working people’s lives. Only socialism has the solutions to the problems of capitalism in this country.

Regarding foreign policy and the precepts upon which these modern day communists would operate:

Respect is something that is earned, it is not due anyone – it is a concept that can only be viewed in one direction. I would much rather know I have the respect of my enemies than to pursue something such as “mutual respect.” Such a nonsensical presumes the existence of a nonentity that can stand apart and view two people in the abstract and conclude, yup, they respect each other…. Peace is a relative concept; who’s peace, and at what cost of liberty is peace purchased. Solidarity is code by liberals for collectivism – another term they have stolen and bastardized, just like the term liberal.

I prefer Reagan’s approach, “Trust but verify.” In fact, I would actually hearken back to January 11th, 1989 – Reagan’s last formal speech to the American people. It was a wonderful chat he had with all of us that evening, not sure if you remember it but I do. I remember listening very carefully to the first man I ever voted for, for President. While I grew through my twenties, Reagan reinstilled pride in America – American spirit and respect for America. Here is what Reagan said in part of that speech that to this day I can remember – it caused me to pause and reflect on the meaning of “respect”:

The way I see it, there were two great triumphs, two things that I’m proudest of. One is the economic recovery, in which the people of America created–and filled–19 million new jobs. The other is the recovery of our morale. America is respected again in the world and looked to for leadership.

What was so stunning to me was that here was this great President, the man selected if history chooses one single person as the destroyer of communism. And of all the things he could have said were his two greatest triumphs he chose economics and American pride. On the one hand, individual Americans once again had respect for themselves. On the other, foreign nations had a deep respect for America. Did we, America, get respect from the Communists and others for simply existing? For pursuing some principle-compromising “mutual respect?” No. Had that been the case, compromise and consensus would have ruled the day and Reykjavik would have never happened. Were we gaining respect for merely being bipedal entities aimlessly wandering around worshiping rocks or whatever? Hell no, respect for America was hard fought and earned every step of the way and it was done with tough love, true benevolence, the embracing of individual freedom and liberty; an abiding respect for the American idea.

Reagan worked tirelessly to lower taxes and lessen regulations, ideas that at the time proposed were discounted and considered ill-advised. The results were astounding. Reagan readily admitted that he was not a “great communicator.” I agree, he wasn’t a great communicator – had that been the case he would have truly accomplished the ultimate prize and we would have a much smaller federal government today, along with a dismantled education monopoly, etc. As Reagan stated (more than once) he communicated great ideas that came from the ideals of a great nation (its history and its principles), “a rediscovery of our values and our common sense.”

‘Peace’ is an abstact and for many a delusion. For those espousing a malevolent ideology such as communism it is tossed about flippantly as a metaphor for tyranny. I am quite sure Joesph Stalin was interested in peace, I suspect Adolph Hitler spoke of a day when peace would come… It can be used in any number of ways to attempt to manipulate others. Seek individual freedom and liberty, the vision of our independence, and peace will find you. If all you do is you search for peace with a self immolating philosophy you will find neither freedom or peace..

There are self-evident truths in our world; the Founding Fathers of this country were not universally brilliant (although some clearly were) in declaring their independence, but the ideals they espoused through their declaration was universally brilliant. Those ideals have yet to be matched by any constitution, ours included. They pointed out in a vision for this land what a government best suited to the true nature of man should look like. The ideas conveyed by Jefferson in The Declaration were brilliant, not the words or way they were delivered – their implication was self-evident, directly reflecting the true nature of men. Once revealed and unleashed, the dynamo was out of the bottle… Reagan understood this and what was ‘great communication’ to some of us was in reality merely a reminder of great ideas and a challenge to try to rediscover them – his job was never completed, it is work yet unfinished.

Reagan’s Farewell Address to the Nation (Oval Office), January 11, 1989.

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