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The violence in Chicago over Trump's appearance bears all the hallmarks of Communist tactics.
Chicago Trump Rally Cancelled Due to Protests
Those of us with long memories recall the violence in Chicago at the Democrats' 1968 National Convention fomented by the "Yippies" who, while claiming to have no leader, were really headed by a handful of radicals including self described anarcho-communist Abbie Hoffman. The Yippies' party flag clearly associated them with the broader Communist movement. Hoffman continued his radicalism after Chicago and was arrested in 1986 with Amy Carter at the University of Massachusetts Amherst protesting CIA recruiting on campus. Between Chicago and Amherst, Hoffman spent a number of years running from the law and living underground.
Abbie Hoffman killed himself at the age of 52 with an overdose of barbituates and alcohol. His entire life was spent in radical activism and drug abuse. He admitted that he was having a bad trip on LSD when he attempted to interrupt a concert at the notorious Woodstock rock fest in 1969.
Unlike Communists Bella Dodd and Whittaker Chambers who realized the emptiness of the Marxist philosophy and turned to Christianity (Dodd entering the Catholic Church and Chambers embracing the Quaker faith), Hoffman appeared to be lost when the conservative backlash occurred and his brand of radicalism declined. He would no doubt be delighted with the situation in the United States today where division is often marked with vitriol and violence. But what a tragedy for him that he never saw the light of Christ and left the squalid pigsty to return to the Father. (Ironically, he actually ended his life in an apartment converted from an old turkey coop.) Pray that he repented in those final moments before he lost consciousness.
We have yet to see how all this will impact the Republican Convention. All I can say is, "Keep praying and don't forget to do penance for our poor confused and divided nation."
Let me close with a quote from Whittaker Chambers. If you haven't read his book, Witness, I highly recommend it. Here's what he told the U.S.House Un-American Activities Committee on August 3, 1948:
I know that I am leaving the winning side for the losing side, but it is better to die on the losing side than to live under Communism.Let us pray this great convert to Catholicism was not a prophet despite the evidence we see around us that Gramsci's brand of Communism has succeeded here through men like Saul Alinsky and Barack Obama. Our Lady, Queen of the Nations, pray for us.