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Santayana was correct

Alicia Colon

By Alicia Colon

Published Sept. 21, 2015

Santayana was correct

"Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it."
                    —George Santayana

A recent article in American Thinker caught my eye but only because the headline contained a word I feel many Americans younger than I may not recognize. The headline, Ted Cruz Fighting Vichy Republicans on Planned Parenthood was clever but I venture to guess that Vichy went over the heads of the low info voter. I did an impersonal poll of my own children who went to private school and others who did not. I was disappointed that while mine recalled hearing that name, they didn't remember its importance. Those who went to public school, never remember studying much about WWII and I was not surprised by that at all.

It is therefore necessary to paraphrase Santayana's quote to, "Those who are never taught the past are condemned to repeat it." While historical facts are easily available through multiple sources on the Internet, the thirst for knowledge among the young is limited to cheat sheets of popular video games or social apps for iphones. That this ignorance in academia is deliberate should alarm us but this inertia to undo the damage has real consequences.

The Vichy government In France during the Nazi occupation surrendered to the Germans and collaborated with the Nazi rule over the French citizens. This term is a symbol of cowardice and betrayal and this American Thinker article was correct in comparing it to what the GOP establishment is doing in Congress. Remaining in Congress appears to these RINOs to be more important than to keeping the promises made to the electorate who voted them in.

Those of my advanced age, regardless of where they were educated, are aware of important historical facts. Whether we remember all the details is beside the point. Ask a senior citizen if they know that Spain was once invaded by the Islamic Moors of Arab and Berber descent and they may not know the specifics or how long the occupation lasted but they will know that it did. We also know the meaning of the word Caliphate and because we do, we can recognize that Europe is being invaded by a very different kind of Muslim. This time, they are invading and are being welcomed by pretending to be Syrian war refugees.

The Moors, who conquered Spain in the year 711 and ruled for 800 years, introduced many significant scientific techniques to Europe, such as an astrolabe, a device for measuring the position of the stars and planets. Many were scholars and developed progress in the known science and mathematics realms. That was then. These Muslim invaders of today will bring Sharia law and barbarism to the Western World.

In an utterly ridiculous premise, one pundit suggested that Germany would benefit from the thousands of immigrants flocking there. Anthony Faiola in the Washington Post writes, "With a morbidly low birthrate and a flat-lining population, hundreds of schools have already shuttered. Some neighborhoods, particularly in the increasingly vacant east, have become ghost towns. For Germans, it has raised a serious question: Who will build the Mercedes and Volkswagens of tomorrow?"

It certainly won't be these able-bodied Muslim invaders who look nothing like destitute refugees but are probably Isis warriors ready to wreak the same destruction they have inflicted in France. They will not learn German, they will not assimilate, they will create no-go zones where only Muslims can enter; they will eat up the benefits that rightly belong to German citizens...and they will kill Jews.

Why are supposedly educated individuals so stupid? I have frequently quoted the goals of the Communist Manifesto as depicted by Dr. Cleon Skousen in The Naked Communist, specifically this one: 17." Get control of the schools. Use them as transmission belts for socialism and current Communist propaganda. Soften the curriculum. Get control of teachers' associations. Put the party line in textbooks."

Hmmm, Common Core, for example?

This time, however, I decided to read the Communist Manifesto itself instead of relying on Dr. Skousen's interpretation and I finally realized how easy it is to indoctrinate the young with this ideology. Simply said, the theory of the Communists may be summed up in the single sentence: Abolition of private property. All property should be owned by the state and be shared by all. The Bourgeoisie or class system is to be abolished and the proletariat or the working class will rule. Everyone is equal and the state oversees all our lives.

See how appealing that message is for those with no ambition and with low self-esteem.; how appealing it is to those who think it is unfair that some people have more than others. How appealing this ideology is for the have-nots who are envious of the haves. How appealing that ideology is to those who don't want to work for a living and want the state to provide for them from cradle to grave.

If schools were doing their job, George Orwell's Animal Farm would be required reading because in a very simple story, it reveals the truth about human nature- we are all different. What starts out in the farm revolt by the animals as 'all animals are equal' ends up with the message "but some animals are more equal and thus deserve more rights." All we have to do is examine what life in the U.S.S.R. was like. The Commissars in the Politburo had good living accommodations while the proletariat were crowded into hovels and had their food rationed.

If the Marxists hadn't taken over Academia, the schools would be teaching American History and how we became a nation. They would be teaching that America is not an imperialist nation but an exceptional one with enormous G0D-given resources. Schools would be teaching the truth about the failures of socialism and that more human lives have been lost under communism than in a free capitalist society.

Socialism and Communism are essentially the same ideology and guess what? They never have worked because they fail to understand the human beings' thirst for freedom. The historic failures of socialism and communism must be rewritten and hidden. The triumphs of our free American society must be ignored and replaced by imaginary multicultural achievements.

That is why Marxists have dominated the world of academia so that the so-called intelligentsia from Ivy League universities who run this administration haven't a clue about the past and have condemned us to repeat the worst of it.

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