SueLongby Sue Long - VNS Columnist

We are acutely aware that our news is often anything but the truth or certainly not the whole story.  But, we may be only vaguely aware that the history we are taught is far from being accurate. 

Yet, as George Orwell put it many years ago, “The most effective way to destroy a people is to deny and obliterate their own understanding of their history.”  It stands to reason that it is the victors who write history.  Another take would be quite different if written by the losers.  And, the best source for accurate information would always be that which is written contemporaneously, but those are usually disposed of by the victors. [Click Read More below for rest of the story]

I can attest to the difficulty in getting a true accounting of an event into the hands of the public.  Some decades ago, the John Birch Society printed copies of books that exposed the communist influence in various activities in the twentieth century.  

One example is I Saw Poland Betrayed, written by Arthur Bliss Lane, our ambassador to Poland following World War ll.   

He told how we encouraged the Polish underground to rise up and throw off their communist leaders, we being the United States government.  We promised the underground assistance in the form of arms.   They were willing to supply the man power, but needed arms.  But, when the United States planes arrived, and the patriots eagerly met it, all they found aboard was powdered milk.   Needless to say, their hopes for an overthrow of their communist rulers were dashed.  Ambassador Lane resigned with a broken heart.

I tried to have this book, and others of the same ilk, stocked on the shelves of bookstores in my community, where I was known as a reputable citizen, but to no avail.  It was “too controversial.”

Copies of it and other such books that I donated to the library and which were shelved quickly disappeared.  Others, in other areas, found it impossible to have the books shelved in the first place.

But there has been a breakthrough in getting unknown history available in the form of the book

The History of the First 100 Years of the War Against God and the Constitution, 1776 - 1876 and Its Modern Impact by Arthur Thompson, CEO of the John Birch Society.  This is the result of decades of research on two continents.

Excerpts from the review include:   

In the decades following independence, conspirators and radicals wished to propel our country in the direction followed by the revolutionary regime in France, with its bloody extermination of opponents and potential opponents, and its highly centralized government.

…The activities of revolutionary France and its supporters in the newly independent America were much the same as the activities of the USSR and its supporters in America in the 20th century — to subvert and overthrow the legitimate government of the United States and to replace it with a revolutionary dictatorship. 

The conspirators failed then, but they did not give up.

During the first half of the 19th century, the issue seized upon by the enemies of our Constitutional Republic was slavery. Their strategy was as old as warfare itself: “divide and conquer.” The author writes, “The English abolished slavery peacefully in 1833 and provided £20 million plus an apprenticeship for ex-slaves — a great deal cheaper than waging war. And they did not have to kill two-thirds of a million men-at-arms and untold numbers of civilians to accomplish the end of slavery, as the Conspiracy did in America.”

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