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Submitted by Frank (United States), Feb 15, 2006 at 12:35

I have completed my review of None Dare Call It Treason (the 1964 original). I must admit that I am a hard sell when it comes to conspiracy ideas, but this book really hit home. I was amazed at how many times the book mirrored my own personal thoughts about politics, the media, education, unionization, non-profit organizations, the ACLU, government agencies, mental health, religion, and the economy over the last 30 years. It compelled me take a deeper look at my education at home, at school, in church and via the media machine (TV, Newspapers, and the Internet).

To be honest, my parents were Democrats, especially my father. My mother loved J.F.K. (she graduated in 1960) and revered the whole F.D.R. era, as she was born in 1942 and her parents praised Franklin D. Roosevelt with saving the country from ruination. My father is a Democrat because of the unions and his believe that the unions represent the little man. He would argue regardless of the truth or the illogical foundation of his beliefs. As a kid I was raised to believe that F.D.R., Truman, Ike and J.F.K. wre heros to be praised daily. I broke with my parents as a teenager when I came to the conclusion that the liberal approach was, and still is, a complete farce that continually represses the mass of indigents through welfare and similar social programs and class division geared solely to continue public reliance on Democratic candidates who promise much and deliver little. I found the left to be lacking when it came to character and backbone. I still feel the same way to this very day.

This book really provoked a great deal of thought regarding my perspectives and my own beliefs (the chapter about the Economy and especially the subchapter Modern Republicanism). That is, there are many Republicans who are nothing more than Democrat Wolves in the preverbial Sheep's clothing. There are many Republicans who only side with the party when it means votes and party support come next election. There are many who are morally bankrupt and only use the conservative values platform as a means to gain a seat. They do not actually subscribe to any of the conservative prinicples relating to religion, education, character in office, or the economy.

I came to realize that maybe we are unable to really gauge how far we have degraded as a country unless we take a look at this book and the historical snapshots it presented then (1964) and the state of affairs we deal with today. I agree with Mr. Stormer that the church is attacked everyday and across all fronts. All the major issues of the day (homosexuality, divorce, abortion, pornography and the like) are designed to fracture the congragation of every church; even more so the Christian faith. Litlle by little we continue to lower the bar of decency. Few of us are surprised anymore or even shocked at horrific/heinous acts we see on TV. We are becoming numb to it all. The left has successfully attacked all forms of patriotism by exploiting the media. How many candidates from Conservative backgrounds get a fair shot in the media? How many are labled "Crackpots" for taking conservative stances or promoting God, Family, and Country? It is amazing that J. Stormer was able to pull it all together into one book. The argument he presents is a cogent one, butI still think the term conspiracy is a stretch. I can see the Power-of-One effect clearly (Felix Frankfurter and his disciples for example) and the overarching idea of continuous socialistic attacks against our nation and the social fabric as it existed before F.D.R. and his Supreme Court of choice. I think is important to acknowledge that all of the ideas J. Stormer presented were and are still plausable. Proving them is another matter. The references and statements cited in the book checked out. Yes, he sampled and left out those statements which appear to offer little tto he context of his arguments, but what author doesn't do that? The substance of those (...) did not negate or refute his main argument. Thus, I don't believe he can be accused of distorting the turth or omitting parts of various statements that might have cast a shadow on his argument.

Lastly, I leave you with this:

Imagine for a moment that the socialists/communists were successful in their slow and methodical dismemberment of our nation and the institutions upon which it was founded. Would we be able to realize it today, given how far our institutions have fallen? Can we really tell if we have been thoroughly enslaved if the only world we know is the one we live in today? J. Stormer's book is an excellent read regardless of your politics or your perspective regarding conspiracies. I think that if you hold the America of the pre-F.D.R. era and compare it to the America we live in now, it will probable make you sick to your stomach to see how many freedoms we have forfeited. As I write this, our government is asking for even greater control over our lives with illegal wire taps and invasion of privacy relating to the internet. God help us all.
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