N.W.BOYER…Christian Author

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Life Histories…Will We LEARN?

“THOSE WHO FAIL TO LEARN FROM HISTORY ARE CONDEMNED TO REPEAT IT.”

  Winston Churchill to the House of Commons, 1948

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This famous quote is one to strongly consider as we think about our nation and the world today.  We thought we had conquered most of the world’s diseases, then the Coronavirus moved around the world. 

We thought we had crossed through the problems of discrimination after the tragic assassination of Dr. Martin Luther, Jr…then came more deaths for many people of all colors. We are faced with problems today that could be disastrous for us all. There are those who simply want their voices heard, justice done and then there are the anarchists among us who want to destroy peace and accomplishments of many. What we thought had been attained through new laws of the land against racism and civil rights for all can be destroyed within an instance if lawlessness is allowed to continue. We ask ourselves, “What is next and what has happened to the democratic way of life? Where is law and order?” 

There are forces at work to disrupt anything peaceful.  Some are outsiders, who mean no good will. These forces will take advantage of every tragic event to move our civilization toward something even more tragic. What would that be is not fully known, but the loss of lawfulness, the democratic way and the sanctity of all men and women could be only a starter.

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What exactly is “sanctity?”  It has to do with being sacred or morally upright and correct.”  Is nothing sacred anymore?  Does the hard work of people building businesses, which support our communities…for all races…make it right to “smash…grab…and run”… while laughing about it?!

The values that were taught in most families…about stealing or destroying seems to mean nothing to many who have been given so much by the previous generation? There were marches in Selma; men and women of all colors who went off to war to fight for world freedom.  Do they understand the sacrifices of history? If not, do we blame ourselves for not teaching it more in schools or in the home?  Will these young adults who believe they are changing the world teach their own children the meaning of sacrifice and sanctity? Do they “care less” when it comes to destroying and looting?

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A man records the broken glass during protests

Yes, there are voices that need to be heard, but all people, through our Constitution and laws, have been given a right to freedom of speech when voicing complaints…and should and can be heard without destroying the center of their own universe.  (“…the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the government for a redress…”) There is no right given to plunder, steal or take the property of another.

We have also seen how situations can turn from bad to worse when people are singled out because of who they are…minorities…police…the calling of disparaging names because of one’s belief on a particular subject. The victims of violence should be able to mourn their dead. The victim’s memories should be honored, not exploited.

While government officials argue about what to do in this crisis, the “rape” of hard-working American men and women’s businesses goes on…destroying the lives of many.

Jueenhan Moon Reuters Photo credit

BREAK, GRAB, STEAL during protests Photo credit Jueenhan Moon Reuters

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Do not forget history.  It teaches us everything…to do and not to do. It tells us how fragile governments can be when those who believe their ideas are the only ideas, regardless of who they hurt, begs the possibility of raising up leaders to push the world into a brink of despair and even war. We have seen it in our best teacher…HISTORY.

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 Let’s take a look back.

There were good people in Germany before World War II who saw that the path on which their country was heading would lead Germany and other countries into chaos.  Even within the high-ranking military and Christian churches, there were dissidents who stood against Hitler. There were actually six attempts to do away with Hitler, but each failed.

1944 Plot:  …”At the center of this plot was Claus von Stauffenberg, a dashing colonel who had lost an eye and one of his hands during combat in North Africa. He and his co-conspirators—who included Tresckow, Friedrich Olbricht and Ludwig Beck—planned to kill the Führer with a hidden bomb concealed in a briefcase and then use the German Reserve Army to topple the Nazi high command. If their coup was successful, the rebels would then immediately seek a negotiated peace with the Allies. ( Full story of 6 plots  History.com)

 When the bomb exploded, more than 20 people were injured and three officers were killed, but Hitler escaped one more time.  Because of this attempt, more than 7,000 people were arrested and 4,980 people were executed by the Gestapo.” (History Collection)

picture of Hitler and Strassenberg who attemted to kill Hitler

At Rastenburg on 15 July 1944. Stauffenberg at left, Hitler center, Keitel on right. The person shaking hands with Hitler is General Karl Bodenschatz, who was seriously wounded five days later by Stauffenberg’s bomb. Wikipedia

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Anarchy is raising an ugly head in today’s modern world.  The very word, from the Latin word, anarchia, and the Greek, anarchos, has the meaning of “no rule.”  (Wikipedia)

We, as a nation of people, have a choice to stand for what is right and honorable…or loss control. Don’t forget “Kristallnacht” (The Night of Broken Glass)  when storefronts belonging to the Jews were shattered. Glass littered the streets and vandalism occurred. Sound familiar?

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I leave you with a compelling life of a survivor of one of history’s darkest hours.  At first it began slowly and then the blaming of an entire group of people began.  The innocent were accused…and the rest is “history.”  We pray that this part of our present day history will not be another dark hour.

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Life of Hannah Elizabeth Goslar Pick:
  • Born in 1928 in Berlin. Hannah’s father was Head of the Prussian Press Bureau and adviser to the Minister of Interior of Brandenburg, Germany. In 1933, with the rise of the Nazis to power, Hannah’s family fled to Amsterdam.
  • There, at school, Hannah met Anna Frank, also a refugee from Germany. 
  • In October 1942, while giving birth, both the baby and Hannah’s mother died.
  • On June 20, 1943, Hannah, her younger sister, Gabi, her father and grandparents were sent to the Westerbork transit camp.
  • Hannah and Gabi were separated from their father and sent to the orphanage in the camp. There, she worked cleaning the toilets 
  • In 1944, Hannah, her father and sister were transferred to the Bergen-Belsen concentration camp where she had to do forced labor.
  • When she was told that Anna Frank was also imprisoned there she managed to establish contact with her and even tried to give her a package of food and clothing, which someone else stole.

    Hannah Goslar and Ann Frank

    Ann Frank and Hannah were friends in Amsterdam

  • Hanna’s Father and Grandparents were murdered in Bergen-Belsen.
  • On April 11, 1945, the camp inmates were evacuated. Hannah had contracted typhus.
  • In June, the Soviets handed Hannah and her sister to the Americans and they were returned to Amsterdam.
  • Hannah went to Israel in 1947 and lived in Kfar Hasidim. She worked as a nurse in a pediatric ward at the ‘Bikkur Holim’ Hospital in Jerusalem.  (from Yad Vashem)

    Young Hannah Pick Goslar

    Young adult Hannah Pick Goslar

In Hannah’s own words:

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Free Speech on one side… Path to Radicalization

Protesters at Trump rally Chicago

Is anyone surprised that the University of Chicago students would mass to express their right to free speech, while denying it to those who may have opposing views?   This is what happened at a political rally this past evening in Chicago.  One by-stander said, “I came to just hear what the candidate was saying. I’ve not made up my mind on how I will vote.”  He never had the chance to hear and make up his mind because the Chicago police advised that the thousands protesting outside might get dangerous.  The rally was called off. Free speech was stopped.

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It may not surprise anyone either that one particular man who has been a professor at the University of Chicago and a guest speaker at many universities throughout the country has been himself a radical activist since the 1960’s. His name is William Charles Ayers (Bill).  He was part of the Weather Underground Organization (WUO), which was organized on the Ann Arbor campus of the University of Michigan in 1969 as an American radical left-wing organization. Mr. Ayers was arrested three times in Chicago during political rallies of the ’60s.

 

The plan of the WCO  was to create a clandestine revolutionary party for the overthrow of the U.S. government. Their first public demonstration was in 1969 with a riot in Chicago timed to coincide with the trial of the Chicago Seven. This was a group that issued a declaration of war against the U.S. under the name of Weather Underground Organization.  There were bombings to private property connected to the group and in 2001, Mr. Ayers told the New York Times that he was sorry he did not do more. More recently, when asked about any regrets to his involvement in the WUO, he tried to defend his position by not calling it acts of terrorism. Yet, he remains an author for text books used in many of our Universities.

 

The Weather Underground went on to take responsibility for placing several small bombs in empty offices… We did carry out symbolic acts of extreme vandalism directed at monuments to war and racism, and the attacks on property, never on people, were meant to respect human life and convey outrage and determination to end the Vietnam war. Peaceful protests had failed to stop the war. So we issued a screaming response. But it was not terrorism; we were not engaged in a campaign to kill and injure people indiscriminately, spreading fear and suffering for political ends.”   Bill Ayers

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Most people today, especially the young, probably are not aware of the violent and destructive methods of his organization.  Nevertheless, his beliefs in  Marxist ideas spill over in his talks to faculty and students under the name of “Reforming Education”. Most of our high schools have never taught any of these students what Marxism really is nor  the results of anarchy  in history.  Yes, Chicago and Mr. Ayers are quite familiar with disturbance and public abuse of the rights of all people to free speech on any side of the issue.

When a reporter tried to talk  with the protesters in Chicago, some said they did not want to tell the press why they were protesting or share any valid reasons.  They were just simply  there in mass at the encouragement of someone somewhere.   Then the rally was cancelled and the thousands who wished to be part of it left.  The demonstrators knew one thing and declared it, “We won!”    Some were following Bernie Sanders, the self-proclaimed socialist and it might be interesting to know what their response would be if he had to cancel his rally because many were denying his followers their free speech.  Students were also asked during other discussions why they were following Senator Sanders.  “I like him because he believes in  social media”. Somehow “social media” and “socialist” don’t connect in meaning.  This,however, is probably the extent of their understanding of the word “socialist“.

The disturbance in Chicago  would  certainly be part of Bill Ayers’ play book and back ground.  He has been an expert on this for years…disrupt…and control.

Bill_Ayres_and_Bernadine_Dohrn wife speak at FSU 2009In 2009, Florida State University had Mr. Ayers and his wife, Bernadine Dohrn,  as a guest speakers.    There have been many other universities that have welcomed him with open arms to bring his ideology to the impressionable minds of  young people.  He has taken on the respectable position of a professor of education, guest speaker, author and modern-day activist. Often universities wash their hands of responsibility to students by saying varied guest speakers, like Mr. Ayers, are not endorsed by the University. They make certain that the money paid to these people is other than college funds.  Yet, by giving a nod to radical free speech, the University disallows an opposing opinion  because of concern for disturbance which the radicals will likely promote.  The fairness of a truly open education is  then abandoned and our young people as well as our nation suffer.

Mr. Ayers is a soft spoken, smooth talking person, who could win over most anyone who does not know history or the results a nation faces when there is a movement for disruption and abolishing of  opposing free speech.   This is the first step in radicalizing the young and uninformed, especially when someone can speak or write in a convincing manner. I’m certain Mr. Ayers, and those like him, believe they are doing our youth a favor, as well as our country.

If the young people of today actually learn to stand for democratic ways and cherish them as their heritage, we may have hope in the next generation…unless they are led by anarchists  down a path of  violence, disruption and lack of respect for the opposing view.  If so, look out candidates for Presidency in  both Democrat and Republican parties in November!   It may get very ugly. Even your first amendment rights may be in peril.

Before ending this blog, I would like to pay respect to those university young adults who do recognize the dangers  in denying  individual rights.   In 2013, a student group from Marquette University in Milwaukee, Wisconsin interviewed students on campus to see what they were aware of in their educational experience.  Who was teaching and  leading them?  Who was writing books that certain courses made required reading?   When they learned about Mr. Ayers, their reaction was one of surprise. They had trusted their  professors and their institute of higher  learning to give them the best in their educational experience.    Our  young people deserve more so that they will not be led blindly. Free speech is wonderful thing in a democracy, but it must be free for all opposing sides.

 

 

 

 

 


“The Private Life is Dead”…so they thought

When revolution came to Russia and people were displaced from their homes and the life of which they were familiar,  revolutionaries believed that the private life was dead.  Only what the Communistic State dictated would be the real life.

If you have not seen recently the movie, Dr. Zhivago, it may be a good time to watch it again and remember what life was truly like in that period of history.  Russia was in turmoil; families devastated;  mob rule and anarchy prevailed; starvation came to many.   All were a part of this brutal time.

Czar Nicolas II and family

Czar Nicolas II and family

The signs of pending disaster were there, but most paid no attention until it was too late. Hatred for those with affluence and the ruling family of Russia ran deep.  Czar Nicolas II was the last Czar of Russia when he and his family were executed by the Russian Bolsheviks.

Bolsheviks storm Winter Palace in St. Petersburg November 7, 1917

Not until this  “workers paradise” fell apart did the world see what this false world view had produced.  It was easy to be deceived.

 

Today North Korea, which adopted the Communist and Socialist philosophy, can hardly feed its people. When viewed at night from space, their country looks almost dark compared to S. Korea.  Electricity is a luxury.

 

Proponents of Communist thought, the Cuban revolutionaries and dictators brought oppression to its people. This has kept them in poverty and want for decades. Hundreds risked their lives in boats to flee to the United States.  Only now, with the hope of something better, do the Cubans believe that their “private lives may not be dead.”  The N. Koreans have less hope.

Dr. Zhivago is not only about two people thrown together by war, but one of historic relevance.  Freedom is a word used liberally, but the truth of freedom of choice is not fully understood until it is no longer a part of one’s life. Under democracy, leaders can be voted in or out.  How this effects your private life is more important than can be imagined.

No, our freedoms nor our private lives are not dead. We must not let them die. In every society, there are those whose goals are to take them away.  History has proven that Russia and Germany did not heed this warning.  We should be keeping this in mind for the New Year, 2016.