The moment Congress voted for the Nationalization of American HealthCare, David Horowitz sat at his computer and declared war:
“The President was right about one thing. The vote on ObamaCare tonight was a historic one. The Democratic Party has in the course of the nine-month health care debate revealed itself to be an anti-democratic Party and an anti-liberty party. It is a party that has demonstrated its contempt for the Constitutional framework, for the democratic process, and for the expressed will of the American people. Its brazen contempt for the compact that holds the diverse factions of this country together has initiated a political war at home that will extend not only into the next elections but into the next generations that will be encumbered with the trillions in debt and oppressive government controls that the socialist majority in Congress has demonstrated that it is intent on inflicting on this country. The people of this nation are still sovereign, and their voice will be heard. Tonight’s vote was lost but it is not the end of the battle. It is the beginning.”
Horowitz is the faithful echo of another American who, fifty-eight years ago, sat at a table and wrote of this same, historic war for the soul of our nation. This man was Whittaker Chambers, former Senior-Editor of Time Magazine.
In 1948, Chambers revealed to the House Un-American Activities Committee that, until 1938 when he defected, he had been a member of a Communist cell operating in the United States. He accused an assistant to the Secretary of State, Alger Hiss, a rising political star, of being a member of the same Communist cell and spying for the Soviet Union. Hiss was tried twice for perjuring himself before the Committee and found guilty, though the statute of limitations prevented him being tried for espionage.
Chambers’ life and health were destroyed by the strain of the Alger Hiss Trials, and the relentless attacks of the Leftist Press. In 1952, he wrote Witness, a definition of the nature of Communism and its utopian revolutionary plan for America.
Reading Mr. Chamber’s Introduction, “A Letter to My Children,” in the wake of the HealthCare vote will cast great light on our precarious, present situation:
“Much more than Alger Hiss or Whittaker Chambers was on trial in the trials of Alger Hiss. Two faiths were on trial. Human societies, like human beings, live by faith and die when faith dies. At issue in the Hiss Case was the question of whether this sick society, which we call Western Civilization, could in its extremity still cast up a man whose faith in it was so great that he would voluntarily abandon those things which men hold good, including life, to defend it.”
“At issue was the question whether this man’s faith could prevail against a man whose equal faith it was that this society is sick beyond saving, and that mercy itself pleaded for its swift extinction and replacement by another…At heart, the Great Case was this critical conflict of faiths…the two irreconcilable faiths of our time – Communism and Freedom…”
“In no way am I so much called upon to fulfill my task, as in trying to make clear to you the true nature of Communism and the source of its power, which was the cause of my ordeal as a man, and remains the historic ordeal of the world in the 20th Century. For in this century, within the next decades, will be decided for the generations whether all mankind is to become Communist, whether the whole world is to become free, or whether, in the struggle, civilization as we know it is to be completely destroyed. It is our fate to live upon that turning point in history.”
Both David Horowitz and Whittaker Chambers fought to spread the Marxist vision of the world. Touched by their own epiphanies, they set about educating those still living in freedom that their way of life was under siege.
Mr. Horowitz has insisted that Barack Obama is not just a “liberal Democrat,” but rather, the product of the ideas propagated in the Communist cells that Chambers first established, then sacrificed his life to expose.
“For his entire adult life, Obama’s closest political allies have been pro-Soviet progressives like state senator Alice Palmer who chose Obama as the politically appropriate figure whom she chose to inherit her state senate seat; or anti-American radicals like Bill Ayers, who organized a terrorist army in the 1970s with the intention of launching a race war in America, and bringing down the “empire.” Others may be under the illusion that the Weather Underground was organized to protest the Vietnam War. But you know better. Ayers and his comrades were still bombing during the year of America’s bicentennial, 1976, and into the Jimmy Carter administration. They were still in the trenches four years after our withdrawal from Vietnam, because their agenda was a war to destroy the imperial beast, America.”
Close your eyes and try to imagine Obama and Michelle waving good-bye as they climb into the helicopter on January 21, 2013. My heart turns to ice as I admit to myself what we are all afraid of whispering, already. Who believes that the children of the Days of Rage will respect the Laws of the “Beast” and simply turn their power back over to those who now vow to undo all they have conspired to achieve for almost a century?
In the next months, Cap and Trade will be passed, millions of illegal immigrants added to the Workers’ voting rosters, and our greatest ally in the Middle East will be betrayed to a second Holocaust at the hands of the radical Muslims who long to finish the work begun by their Nazi mentors. Which of these will be our national breaking point? What are we willing to stand by and permit?
The Declaration of War, penned by two ideological brothers, must first be won in our own hearts, hearts that can be “cracked,” but not destroyed, so long as we believe that our Country is worth the war and the sacrifice.