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Leftists taking U.S. on totalitarian path, filmmaker charges
Thursday, 12 January 2012 15:09


HORSE SHOE — Former Idaha state Rep. Curtis Bowers said America’s communist movement has been tremendously successful and is rapidly transforming the culture, putting it on a trajectory that will eventually result in a loss of individual freedom and totalitarian control by certain elites.

Bowers, producer of the 2010 anti-communism documentary “Agenda: Grinding America Down,” addressed about 50 people during “An Evening With Curtis Bowers” program at Grass Roots Café here Dec. 2. After his speech, Bowers fielded questions from the crowd.

His documentary is promoted as “an exposé on the socialist movement in America, and highlights the trail from the Fabian Socialist Society in Britain in 1883 up to the Oval Office in 2009 ... The only way to fight an enemy is to know him, to understand his strategy and his goals” in “the war that is being waged in American homes, in American schools, in our broadcast and print news media, in our political system and in our churches.”

Curtis Bowers
Curtis Bowers
During his Horse Shoe talk, Bowers said of the communists, “They’re changing our country by capturing the hearts and minds of our children.”

He also charged that the leftist agenda includes — among other concerns — elimination of all laws, promoting pornography and obscenity, infiltrating churches and replacing “revealed religion” and “discrediting the Bible” with “a whole philosophy that puts man above God ....

“Ninety percent of seminary students don’t believe the Bible is God’s word,” Bowers said, in citing recent surveys. “They’ve been very successful.”

While some American may think communism is dead, Bowers contended that it only has been renamed. He said it is presented now as socialism, progressive thought and social justice. “And if you look at their entire list, they are horrifyingly close to realizing their goals,” he said.

The free lecture was organized by Tom Wise, a Mills River resident who is founder of the Anti-Communism KTM (Kitchen Table Meeting). Wise told the Daily Planet his group has about 200 members. The café normally is closed during December, but reportedly opened up just for the program.

The film, a few brief excerpts of which were shown, presents the case that communist beliefs are tearing down American culture in surprising ways, especially in attempts to remove God and traditional values from the United States. Bowers sold DVDs of his documentary at the conclusion of his program.

Support for the film has been voiced by many conservative Christian groups, including Concerned Women of America.  It is a 2010 Jubilee Winner — Best of Festival — of San Antonio International Christian Film Festival.

Before introducing Bowers, Wise gave a mini-address, beginning dramatically by intoning, “This special meeting of the anti-communists is now in session!”

As several in the crowd chuckled, he added, “This is the only place I can do that and get a laugh!”

More seriously, Wise said, “The crux of the matter is communism wants to get rid of Judaism, not Christianity ... It’s because the Torah is ‘the law’” — and the communists oppose the rule of law.

In praise of the Jewish faith, he said, “Capitalism is in Judaism.”

On a lighter note, Wise asked, “Who is the savior of the communist movement?”

“Karl Marx!” a woman in the audience said.

“That’s right,” Wise said with a laugh.

Bowers began his talk by playing a film trailer moderated by Ronald Reagan prior to his rise to the presidency. In the clip, Reagan asked, rhetorically, why the left would be pushing its socialist agenda on the U.S. He said there were just two possibilities — out of ignorance or evil.

As for his documentary, Bowers described it as a 90-minute film “on how we got where we are.” He noted that it traces differences over the past 50 or 60 years.

“I was a state representative in Idaho and wrote a letter to the editor and it blew up ... People were marching in the capital (Boise), demanding that I resign.”

Bowers’ letter, he said, prompted pages of angry letters to the editor in response, although one man wrote that “the things I (Bowers) said were true, but there was nothing new” in Bowers’ letter.

He urged those in attendance to obtain a copy of “The Naked Communist,” written in 1958 by W. Cleon Skousen. (“The book posits and seeks to describe a geopolitical strategy by which the Marxist-Leninist Soviet Union was attempting to overcome and control all the governments of the world that were not members of the Communist bloc,” according to Wikipedia. “At the time that the book was published, during the Cold War, fear of communism was common among people in noncommunist nations.” In his book, Clousen also lists 45 communist goals, Wikipedia stated.)

In 1992, Bowers said he managed to wrangle an invitation to a communist meeting. “I dressed casually,” thinking mainly young radicals would be there. Instead, to his surprise, “it was all 50- and 60-year-olds with briefcases — and suits and ties,” Bowers noted with a laugh.

He said the communists at the meeting outlined their goals, which included destruction of American families, businesses and traditional moralities.

“If they could get all the kids by six months old, they could control (American) society within a generation,” Bowers said. “They said they were going to dstroy society by getting behind the environmental movement.”

He added, the communist’ final goal was “to destroy traditional morality by getting society to accept homosexuality.”

With a wry laugh, Bowers said, “Now, environmentalism is so mainstream, you’re considered a nut if you’re not on board.”

The aforementioned experiences — from the reaction to his letter to the editor about his inflitration of the communists’ meeting — prompted Bowers to feel that “I’ve got to quit my job and make a film.”

In noting that Chairman Mao of communist China “massacred an estimated 50 million of his own people,” Bowers reiterated, “They’re changing our country by capturing the hearts and minds of our children.”

Further, Bowers asserted, “The influence the radical left has is significant ... It’s amazing what they’ve done to radicalize our country.”

At that point, he said, “It’s not (President Barack) Obama. I mean that’s one of the problems.” However, even worse, he asserted, is that “we’ve lost our culture ....We’re in a crisis in this country right now. The people have changed. Once you get more than 50 percent of the people ... it’s a big problem ... Big government will come in and slowly take control of things.”

What’s more, Bowers said, “I know it sounds crazy ... It sounded crazy to the people of China ... of Russia ... and 70-some countries where communism took over in the 20th century.”

He then warned, “Don’t think it can’t happen here.”

After a pause, he said, “Shame on us, if we don’t stand up now. “ Bowers charged that the leftists are “mocking the deaths of our boys (military personnel), who gave up their lives to keep us free ... Fifty percent of people don’t even vote in the country.”

He contended that most of recent generations of Americans have been “takers,” However, Bowers added, “The good news is, we’ve got the truth on our side.”

He added, “The statistics show we lose 85 percent of our children after one year of college,” Bowers claimed. “The game will be over if you can’t keep some of that 85 percent on our side ....

“The truth of the matter is the children and grandchildren of the people who voted for Ronald Reagan in 1980 voted Obama in. We didn’t teach them (conservative values). We can’t continue to lose generation after generation ....”

Bowers singled out for condemnation George Bernard Shaw (1856-1950), an Irish playwright, thinker  and a co-founder of the London School of Economics.

He said Shaw was a member of the Fabian Society, which Bowers termed “the most influential (leftist) group in modern times.”

The Fabian Society’s agenda is “to work toward a socialist world by evolution, rathern than by revolution,” Bowers said. The group believes in transformation through “small, incremental changes in societies,” he said.

In Belgium, he said a survey was taken of the nurses there recently — and “50 percent acknowledged giving lethal injections to keep (certain patients) from suffering ....

“Just wait till ObamaCare comes in,” Bowers noted. “Most of us, we won’t die from natural causes” as America’s health care reform bill is enacted. Under socialized health care, he said, “You can’t even use your own money for your own treatment ....”

Then, Bowers asserted, “I think one of the biggest threats right now is Agenda 21 ... I think it’s the tool they’re going to use to get at things they’ve missed ... like private property.”

He said Agenda 21 was developed through the United Nations — “not some crackpot leftist group.”

At that point, an unidentified man shouted, “They are a crackpot leftist group,” triggering laughter from Bowers and many of those in the crowd.

Continuing, Bowers said Agenda 21 revolves around “sustainable development” and will affect — among other aspects of Americans’ lives — ski runs, plowing of soil, building fences, single-family homes, paved roads, dams and reservoirs.

Bowers asked, rhetorically, “What is the only power source that’s natural and constant? Hydroelectric. But they’re not talking about” that.

“We (conservatives) are all for being good stewards of God’s creation, so we do care” about the environment, but not in the intrusive way proposed by Agenda 21.

Bowers charged that Microsoft founder Bill Gates once said that human beings need to cut their carbon emissions to zero and reduce the world’s population to under 1 billion people. “What are we planning to do with the other 6 billion people?” Bowers asked, warily.

“One hundred seventy countries already have signed onto Agenda 21,” he said (According to the website, “Agenda 21 has never been debated or adopted by the Congress of the United States. Nevertheless, it is being vigorously implemented by the administrative agencies of the federal government, and by other nations around the world. More than 150 nations, including the United States of America, are participants in the United Nations Commission on Sustainable Development (CSD). America’s participation is not the result of an international treaty, ratified by Congress. America’s participation is the result of George Bush signing Agenda 21 at the 1992 United Nations Conference on Environment and Development in Rio, and the current administration’s desire to implement its objectives.”)

Bowers said, “We’ve seen what men are able to do with great power in the 20th century. We’ve got to stand up.”

In citing a story in Saul Alinsky’s 1971 classic, “Rules for Radicals” (believed to be a major influence on President Barack Obama), Bowers told of Italian Marxist thinker Antonio Gramsci approaching Vladimir Stalin, leader of the Bolshevik takeover of Soviet state from 1917 to 1924, for his advice on instigating similar revolutions in Western democracies. Bowers said Lenin told Gramsci, “It (communism) won’t work in countries that believe in God.” According to Bowers, when Gramsci eventually was kicked out of the Soviet state, he returned to Italy, where fascist leader Benito Mussolini had him imprisoned. From jail, Gramsci penned many of his Marxist thoughts that were widely considered to be among the most influential of the 20th century.

(Gramsci “is renowned for his concept of cultural hegemony as a means of maintaining the state in a capitalist society,” Wikipedia noted.)

Alinsky read many of Gramsci’s writings, Bowers said, noting that they were highly influential on his “Rules for Radicals.” He said Alinsky dedicated his book to Lucifer. “‘Rules for Radicals’ remains the playbook for the left,” Bowers asserted.

While “Rules for Radicals” claims “change comes from the conflict,” Bowers said of conservatives, “We believe in limited government. They love big government.”

Under the leftist gameplan, “Let the two ideas collide. Then they ask for compromise ... That’s what our country has been doing currently for 60 years. It’s called ‘gradualism.’

“They (the leftists) go as far as they can, ‘til they get resistance,” thereby shifting the debate ever leftward. “We need people in there (politically) who will stand up for what is right.”

Further, Bowers said, “So we need to clean the House and the Senate from a state and federal level because they’re not representing us.

“Some people are good at quoting the Founding Fathers, but not in following their words.”

Nonetheless, Bowers said, “The encouraging thing is that just a few people did this to our country ... Community-organizing is their whole thing.”

To combat the leftist gains, Bowers explained that he has visited 20 states in the last eight months to crowds eager to hear his message and watch his documentary.

He noted that the conservative English writer and thinker G.K. Chesterton (1874-1936), who has been dubbed “the prince of paradox,” once said that “emptiness doesn’t come from being weary of pain, but from pleasure.”

To that end, “For many people, saving the planet (via Agenda 21) is their point in life,” giving it meaning, Bowers said.

He also singled out German philosopher Friedrich Nietzsche, who challenged the foundations of Christianity. “ He killed himself at the end of his life,” Bowers said.

“I think that’s where our college kids are. They’re empty and they want to have some point to their lives,” Bowers concluded.

Jane Bilello

During the question-and-answer session, Jane Bilello, chairwoman of the Asheville Tea Party, noted that “Asheville is the crown jewel for Agenda 21 ... We have the Land of the Sky Regional Council — and that is Agenda 21 ... We need to run people against those (Buncombe County) commissioners” supportive of Agenda 21. “They have to go. We, as citizens, need to stand up and do this.

Asheville resident Ryan Croft said, “Once you have people awake, then it’s a question of what to do.” Further, he asked Bowers if the U.S. is at a point of “alter or abolish?” and “what do we do?”

“We need to start getting people together” to stage major opposition against those who are putting the U.S. on the road to totalitarianism, Bowers replied.

“They (leftists) have ‘Rules for Radicals,’ which has been the blueprint” for their movement, “while our side” does not have anything comparable with which to fight back. “We really need to work on laying out a blueprint, step-by-step.”

Bowers said the tea party movement, and other such conservative efforts, are a step in the right direction.

“I think we have to start with our circle of influence,” he noted. ”You’ve got to capture their (young people’s) hearts and minds with the truth. We need to get involved in our churches. If your pastor won’t stand up, you need to change your church.

“Whatever your passion is, get involved and get plugged in,” Bowers urged.



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