Canadian PM Stephen Harper Gives Epic Speech Condemning Communism

Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper, arguably one of the most conservative premiers out there today, delivered a keynote address excoriating communism during a “Tribute to Liberty” event this past weekend.

Here’s some text from the speech, courtesy of Huffington Post Canada:

“During the 20th century, communism’s poisonous ideology and ruthless practices slowly bled into countries around the world, on almost every continent,” Harper said.

“The result was catastrophic. More than 100 million souls were lost — an almost incomprehensible number.”

The evening’s goal was to help raise money for Tribute to Liberty, which aims for a permanent memorial in Ottawa to communism’s “hundreds of millions” of victims.

In 2010, the Conservative government said it would support the monument.

Future generations of Canadians, Harper said, must be reminded that peace was earned through struggle and sacrifice.

In language reminiscent of the height of the Cold War, Harper lambasted communism and oppressive or even murderous ideologies.

“Evil comes in many forms and seems to reinvent itself time and again,” he said.

“But whatever it calls itself — Nazism, Marxist-Leninism, today, terrorism — they all have one thing in common: the destruction, the end of human liberty.”

Canadians, the prime minister said, are well aware of that destruction.

Below is the full video of Harper’s speech:

Here in the U.S., Congress recently approved Black Ribbon Day to be held August 23rd.  This day will honor the victims of Soviet communism and National Socialism, which is much-needed.

Will Obama and the Left  have the courage to condemn communism like PM  Harper did? (I highly doubt it.)

New Townhall Column: Commies Aren’t Cool-Honor Its Victims On May Day Instead

I’ve penned a new column at Townhall.com called “Communists Aren’t Cool: Honor Victims of Communism This May Day” to highlight the importance of educating our fellow Americans about the horrors of communism.

Here’s an excerpt:

Comrades of the world, unite!

Today is May Day, or International Workers Day. What better way to mark this occasion than calling for the destruction of free enterprise or pledging allegiance to Friedrich Engels and Karl Marx. Don’t you know? Capitalism is evil and has caused more deaths than communism, says self-appointed historian and Occupy miscreant Jesse A. Myerson.

According to the Chicago-based group International Workers of the World, May Day began in 1886 with the help of anarchists and radical leftists:

 

On May 1, 1886, more than 300,000 workers in 13,000 businesses across the United States walked off their jobs in the first May Day celebration in history. In Chicago, the epicenter for the 8-hour day agitators, 40,000 went out on strike with the anarchists in the forefront of the public’s eye. With their fiery speeches and revolutionary ideology of direct action, anarchists and anarchism became respected and embraced by the working people and despised by the capitalists.

Rather than giving credence to disgruntled Marxists and communists on May 1, why not use this day to highlight the ills of global communism by honoring its victims?

Continue reading at Townhall.com.

UPDATE:

Linked by Wayne Dupree and Heritage Action for America.

UPDATE II:

Linked by congressional candidate Igor Birman, Congressman Steve Stockman, JBANC, and Heritage Foundation.

UDPATE III:

Linked by Legal Insurrection and Victims of Communism Memorial Foundation.

Americans Can Learn from ‘Baltic Way’ to Protest Big Government

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Yesterday marked 24 years since the people of Estonia, Latvia, and Lithuania came together to protest Soviet communism. On August 23, 1939, the Molotov-Ribbentrop Pact (Hitler-Stalin Pact) was signed – creating separate spheres of influence that led to the Soviet reoccupation of the Baltic Republics. Fifty years later, on August 23, 1989, people from Estonia, Latvia, and Lithuania came together to form the “Baltic Way” (Chain of Freedom) – a human chain spanning 600 kilometers (370mi)- to protest Soviet communism. It was the largest protest of its kind recorded in history. Today, every August 23rd marks Black Ribbon Day to remember the victims of Nazism and Soviet communism.

As a first-generation American of Lithuanian descent , I proudly flaunt my roots because the Baltic spirit taught me to be independent-minded and skeptical of big government. The “Baltic Way” exemplifies how individuals can unite in the name of freedom to reject socialism in a peaceful, effective manner. (Thanks to Legal Insurrection for documenting my tweets about the anniversary of the “Baltic Way.”)

We can apply many aspects of the “Baltic Way” to the modern day.  The Tea Party movement proved to be effective, and now the Defund ObamaCare movement is gaining steam.  Perhaps we can replicate the “Baltic Way” here in the U.S.? Why not create the “American Way” to protest big government?

Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it.”George Santayana, The Life of Reason, Volume 1, 1905

 

 

 

Tax Day Reflection: Frédéric Bastiat Was Right About Legal Plunder

The-Law-By-Frederic-BastiatEvery April 15th, I reaffirm my distrust in government — especially when it takes away more of my hard-earned money.

Like millions of Americans, I recently completed my tax returns.  It’s not a fun process but I’m relieved it’s over. If more young people understood the problem inset in high taxes, they wouldn’t continue to flock to the political left.

President Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama recently released their 2012 tax returns. Unsurprisingly, the Obama’s didn’t pay their “fair share” of taxes — only a mere 18.4 percent of their adjusted gross income ($608,611). The question beckons: what happened to paying your “fair share” in taxes, Mr. President?

President Obama’s burdensome tax policies and its effects on business owners must be taken into account. Nevertheless, we must go beyond the president’s class warfare rhetoric and take a page from history about taxes to explain why exorbitant taxation is a detriment to a healthy, thriving society.

In his treatise The Law, renowned French philosopher Frédéric Bastiat wrote why unwarranted, high taxation of a free people qualifies as legal plunder. Legal plunder is defined as the following

Now, legal plunder can be committed in an infinite number of ways. Thus we have an infinite number of plans for organizing it: tariffs, protection, benefits, subsidies, encouragements, progressive taxation, public schools, guaranteed jobs, guaranteed profits, minimum wages, a right to relief, a right to the tools of labor, free credit, and so on, and so on. All these plans as a whole — with their common aim of legal plunder — constitute socialism.

Unsure as to why high taxation is legal plunder? Read another excerpt from The Law:

But how is this legal plunder to be identified? Quite simply. See if the law takes from some persons what belongs to them, and gives it to other persons to whom it does not belong. See if the law benefits one citizen at the expense of another by doing what the citizen himself cannot do without committing a crime.

Then abolish this law without delay, for it is not only an evil itself, but also it is a fertile source for further evils because it invites reprisals. If such a law — which may be an isolated case — is not abolished immediately, it will spread, multiply, and develop into a system.

The person who profits from this law will complain bitterly, defending his acquired rights. He will claim that the state is obligated to protect and encourage his particular industry; that this procedure enriches the state because the protected industry is thus able to spend more and to pay higher wages to the poor workingmen.

Do not listen to this sophistry by vested interests. The acceptance of these arguments will build legal plunder into a whole system. In fact, this has already occurred. The present-day delusion is an attempt to enrich everyone at the expense of everyone else; to make plunder universal under the pretense of organizing it.

Bastiat was correct about legal plunder. This administration is set on redistributing wealth and fulfilling its goal of diminishing American free enterprise.

Americans must be cognizant of the current and equally disastrous policies in place. If this assault on free enterprise continues, the America we love and know will cease to exist.

*Excerpts taken from The Law by Frédéric Bastiat.

Blogging Update: Townhall.com Column

As a young conservative activist and blogger, I’m often enlisted with the task of communicating my thoughts over social media and in print.  I’ve been blogging for nearly four years, and with each year I enjoy seeing my articles improve and reach thousands of people. I sincerely hope my words and thoughts inspire others to find their voice and speak out in favor of conservatism.

I had my first column at Townhall.com published today titled, “Surging Support for Joseph Stalin in Post-Soviet Russia is Troubling.”  I wrote about the 60th anniversary of Joseph Stalin’s death and the significance it carries today with respect to condemning the Soviet butcher.

I plan to contribute regularly, so stay tuned!

Holocaust Survivor Irving Roth Comes to San Diego September 14th

This Wednesday, September 14, Holocaust survivor and campus speaker Irving Roth is coming to San Diego to speak about his life.

Sponsors of the event include Christians United for Israel-California and CUFI on Campus.

More information can be found on CUFI’s website and on the Facebook event:

The event will take place on Wednesday, September 14 from  7:00pm – 9:00pm.

The event will be held at:

Father’s House Church
2705 Via Orange Way, Ste A
Spring Valley, CA 91978

The event is free and open to all people.

Here is some more information about the speaker:

IRVING ROTH is the Director of the Holocaust Resource Center at the Temple Judea of Manhasset, New York, and is the former education director of the Holocaust Memorial and Education Center of Nassau County. An internationally known educator, Mr. Roth has endeavored to teach people about the Holocaust and the lessons that can be learned from that experience. Many people throughout his community owe their knowledge of the Holocaust to Mr. Roth. Steve Pagiavlas, the art director of the Holocaust Resource Center at the Temple Judea of Manhasset, says he is “…the most prolific Holocaust speaker I have ever heard.” Mr. Roth has been the recipient of numerous awards and accolades for his work promoting a more accepting and diverse world. It is his life’s mission to make the world a better place that has earned Mr. Roth the Spirit of Anne Frank Award.

This is a unique, one-of-a-kind experience for all to learn about the Holocaust and its toll on Jews, Christians, and the rest of the world. A first hand account is the best way to learn about the travesties that marked and defined the Holocaust. We must never forget.

Hope to see you there!

 

Young Cons Unveil Powerful Videos About Obama, Jobs

Dartmouth’s Young Cons’ Dave Rufful and Josh Riddle are keeping the activism alive.

Best known for their groundbreaking music videos, these young men are now disseminating the conservative message through commercials and ads.

The first one is entitled “Children at Work”.

Moveon.org made this add to attack the $1 trillion deficit of George W. Bush.

Of course now with the debt crisis approaching and entitlement spending desperately needing reform they are nowhere to be found.

The second one goes after Obama’s failure to lead as POTUS:

Check them out on Twitter @YoungCons and be sure to visit their site: http://www.theyoungcons.com.

Ding Dong, That Evil Bastard is Dead!

NOTE: This photo is not verified.

America can find solace now that Osama bin Liden is dead. The mastermind behind 9-11, which devastated our great nation and killed nearly 3000, is in hell. He was pronounced dead on May 1, 2011. Interestingly enough, Adolf Hitler was pronounced dead on May 1, 1945. You could call this perfect timing!

God bless our troops for a job well-done! America is victorious–don’t ever think you could ever mess with us!

“I can hear you, the rest of the world hears you, and the people who knocked these buildings down will hear all of us soon.” –George W. Bush

Oh, and Obama is not going to get a pass with this great news. He’s still going down in 2012.

Democrat Compares Anti-Union Proponents to Stalin and Hitler

I honestly don’t know what Democrats are smoking, but it must be something potent if they are comparing “oppressive” anti-union forces to evil dictators Joseph Stalin and Adolf Hitler.

Let it be known that Democrats serving in both chambers of Congress have ties to the Socialist and Communist movements here in the United States, as 70 congressional members were exposed for their ties back in 2009.

Nazis and Communists were very much alike: the only differences they maintained were different flags and different countries. Without Soviet communism, Nazism would not have materialized. That being said, communism and socialism are largely interconnected. (I will explore that further in a future article).

Obama, his administration, and an overwhelming amount of Democrats are okay with socialism and communism. You see these ideals emanate in ObamaCare, the radical transformation of America, attempts to redistribute wealth, the embrace of a Second Holocaust of Jews by appeasing to radical Islamists, using eugenics via abortion to eliminate “undesirables” like blacks and all babies, and with agitating people by staging imaginary warfare with the use of unions, etc.

If Democrats continue to draw these illusory correlations, they must be monitored, educated, and questioned about their musings.