Hitlerland: A Book Review...Tim Dunkin

Written by David DiCrescenzo on . Posted in Books

Publisher’s note:  As unlikely a concept it might be, I could be mistaken, however I don’t believe Tim Dunkin ever sleeps.  I think instead that his mind forces his fingers to dance across his keyboard in the wee hours of the morning as he effortlessly pens some of the most thought provoking information I have ever had the privilege to read and share.  

In a nutshell, whether he is discussing his brilliant book review below or simply poking his finger in the eye of some imbecilic liberal ideology, Tim gets it.  In a little less than two pages Tim Dunkin describes in easy to follow terms the parallels and the almost identical similarities between the rise of the Nazis during the decades between WWI and WWII and the progressive agenda of the liberals today.  

I cannot thank him enough for the opportunity to share all of his thoughts with my readers. 

Tim Dunkin:  There have been two times in our history in which Americans have been firsthand witnesses to the destruction of a republican government and its replacement with a fascist system.  The first of these was in Germany in the 1920s and 1930s; the second we are seeing here and now.  As you read Hitlerland, by journalist Andrew Nagorski, the parallels between the two sets of events can appear to be quite uncanny.  Indeed, today’s American Left, the progressives and the social justice warriors and the rest, bear an eerie resemblance to the Nazis who came to power out of the decaying corpse of the Weimar Republic.

The first thing to keep in mind when talking about the rise of Hitler is that it did not happen in a vacuum.  Instead, Hitler went through a long process of party building to turn the National Socialists (who, ironically, he had joined as spy for the Weimar government – it turns out he actually listened to the speeches he was supposed to be reporting to the authorities and liked what he heard) into the vehicle for his rise to power.  Though Hitler certainly is the central focus of the narrative Nagorski builds, he does not neglect to discuss in detail other prominent early Nazis who built the Party into what it became.  For this reason, the Nazis did not remain just one of dozens of fringe and ephemeral parties built around a single personality and which flashed into and out of existence during the Weimar period; their broad infiltration of the pivotal sectors of society allowed them to succeed where less-prepared rivals failed.  The rise of Hitler necessarily relied heavily upon the rise of the National Socialists as a group.

This is, of course, not too different from what we see today.  The radical Left has infiltrated itself into most of the key centers of power and influence in our society, such as the media, the universities, the arts, and so forth.  Their nearly uniform control of the media is reminiscent of that sought for and then established by Hitler’s propagandists – a process started by Hitler’s confidant Putzi Hanfstaengel, and then after he fell from favor, continued by Josef Goebbels. The universities – always incubators for horrible ideas – saw students and professors alike drawn to Nazism, just as they are drawn the progressive ideology of political correctness today.  Leni Riefenstahl and her mesmerizing film productions promoting the ideology and power of Nazism anticipated today’s Hollywood obsession with promoting a radically leftist social and cultural agenda.  Even the authoritarian political correctness promoted by big businesses such as Apple, IBM, Google, and others was prefigured in the control of industry and business sought for and achieved by the Nazis.

One is tempted to see an analog between Hitler then and Barack Obama now – certainly, both were/are reputedly gifted and charismatic leaders who seduced their respective nations to accept the destruction of their freedom.  However, I’m not certain that the resemblance is more than superficial.  While Hitler was a magnetic orator who was able to combine cutting-edge stagecraft with genuine theatrical skills, Obama is a stuttering bandersnatch who is lost without his teleprompter.  But more to the point, Hitler was a real power within his party and actually had quite a bit to do with its direction and, after he started his purges in 1933, its composition. I strongly suspect that Barack Obama is merely a figurehead, and that the real power behind the throne is Valerie Jarrett and her cadre.  Nevertheless, there’s enough Hitler in today’s Democratic Party for the overall point to still stand.

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Charlie Bisol...One Veterans struggle

Written by David DiCrescenzo on . Posted in Books

Sometimes I get a little emotional when I meet certain people.  About two weeks ago I pulled into a Walgreens Store and noticed a man getting into a car.  Nothing really unusual about that given that people do it countless times a day all across the country.  However, my eyes were immediately drawn to the bumper stickers on his car.  One read "Wounded WWII Veteran,” and the other read "Bastogne/Ardennes.”  That was enough for me.

I had to acknowledge this man and say something, shake his hand, and otherwise honor him. I might add, his hands are as big as catcher’s mitts and are as warm as his heart.  So I got out of my car and approached his, and tapped on his window.  I thanked him for his service and we chatted for a little while.  I asked if he’d ever been on an Honor Flight to which he said “no,” and that he couldn’t.  To make a long story short, my new friend has PTSD, and has had it since WWII before they called it that or had any idea just how devastating it was and is.  Anyway, I gave Charlie my card and wished him well.

The story might have ended there, however I mentioned this chance encounter to a friend of mine that more than a few of my readers know.  This friend of mine and her husband, Andrea and Frank Plescia, are among the most vibrant and staunch supporters of Veterans in South Florida, if not the entire country.  Whenever they meet or become aware of a veteran or soldier in need of anything, they are right there.  I’m certain neither of them understands the concept of sleep.  But I digress.

When I mentioned this meeting to Andrea, she simply asked if I had gotten the man’s contact information.  Well, come to think of it I hadn’t, but somehow I felt that he and I would be crossing paths again…forgetting that I had in fact given him my business card in that parking lot.

Well dontcha know it, about three days later, my phone rang and it was him.  Charlie wanted to chat, and boy oh boy, did I ever want to chat with him.  For starters, I asked if I could share his contact info with some friends of mine.  He approved and I got him in touch with Andrea, who I might add, didn’t miss a beat.  She began doing her magic and got this hero plugged in to some great stuff.  He may not be able to get on an airplane, but Charlie is a man that has something to say and he is an inspiration…he has a message and a voice.

Let me take a moment and properly introduce this blessed soul to you.  Charlie Bisol is just that guy next door, he got born at a rough time in our nation’s history; he grew up, and he did what kids have been doing since time began.  He had fights with other kids in his neighborhood in the morning, and laughed about it later that day with the same kids.  Maybe, more than a few times like so many other kids back in the day, he and the gang scraped up a nickel together and bought a pack of cigarettes and maybe snuck away with everyone else on the block.  The point is, he was just a normal kid growing up in the twenties and thirties. Guys like Al Capone and John Dillinger were on the newsreels in the movie houses and the world was a very different place, albeit a very dangerous place.

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Undaunted Courage, a review

Written by Tim Dunkin on . Posted in Books

Publisher's note:  Tim Dunkin does a great job discussing this book, 'Undaunted Courage.'  I have to agree with his assessment that we have lost the pioneer spirit that once drove this great nation, and replaced it with the latest cultural titillation and distractive nonsense. Personally, I can't wait to read it myself.

Tim Dunkin:  Within the hearts of those of us who love liberty, there is a pioneer and an explorer seeking an outlet.  Which of us hasn’t dreamed of some new frontier to discover?

Because of the circumstances of our nation’s history and geography, this drive has been central to the American character.  It’s why we went west.  It’s why we went to the moon. It’s why we talk of going to Mars.  It’s why much of our fiction envisions the exploration of the stars.  

Even today, as we live our generally dull lives commuting to work, sitting behind a desk, and commuting home, pursuing our routine day in and day out, we dream of being able to go beyond the boundaries of civilized life and explore and subdue the wild unknown.

In his work 'Undaunted Courage,' historian Stephen Ambrose tells us the story of a party of men led by Meriwether Lewis and William Clark who were able to live the dream.  

For the reader who is looking for a fast-paced adventure with explosive action on every page, this book will not be for you.  The author spends several chapters before he even gets to the onset of the expedition itself.  Indeed, the work at first seems as if it will be more a biography of Meriwether Lewis (who occupies the focal point of attention throughout most of the book) than anything else.  However, if the reader has the fortitude to abide, what follows is a thorough exposition, based upon copious documentation, of every aspect of the exploratory trip to the Pacific.  Sometimes humorous, sometimes gripping, sometimes tedious, its faithfulness to the sources mirrors what the real act of exploration must have been like – short periods of intense excitement punctuating much longer periods of hunting, rowing, carrying things, and such.  In other words – realism.  In my opinion, this is much better than the expectation of constant stimulation that has been inculcated in modern America’s consumers of popular entertainment.

One of the things the author takes pains to inform the reader is that this expedition from start to finish was a huge gamble.  Thomas Jefferson, despite the stereotype of constitutional scrupulousness, went out on a limb politically, both in the acquisition of the Louisiana Purchase and in spending public monies to prepare and send the expedition.  He had to sell his contemporaries – who had not yet acquired the habit of us moderns of spending copious amounts of money that we do not possess – on funding the expedition by appealing both to scientific interest and to political instinct.  Most specifically, it was argued that America must reach the Northwest – what is now Washington, Oregon, and Idaho – before any of the other great powers did.  Doing so, of course, generated its own risks by placing our fledgling nation into direct geopolitical competition with Britain and Russia, both of whom had claims in the area.  Already under fire from his Federalist opposition, the failure of the Lewis and Clark expedition would have destroyed him politically and allowed his name to be tarnished for posterity.

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Who stole our culture?

Written by William S. Lind on . Posted in Books

Publisher's note:  I came across this excerpt from the book “The Culture-wise Family: Upholding Christian Values in a Mass Media World," written by Dr. Ted Baehr and Pat Boone.  The excerpt itself is from Chapter 10 of the book and was written by William S. Lind.  As of this posting, I have not read the book, however I have put it on the front of my list of books to read.

William S. Lind:  Sometime during the last half-century, someone stole our culture. Just 50 years ago, in the 1950s, America was a great place. It was safe. It was decent. Children got good educations in the public schools. Even blue-collar fathers brought home middle-class incomes, so moms could stay home with the kids. Television shows reflected sound, traditional values.

Where did it all go? How did that America become the sleazy, decadent place we live in today – so different that those who grew up prior to the ’60s feel like it’s a foreign country? Did it just “happen”?

It didn’t just “happen.” In fact, a deliberate agenda was followed to steal our culture and leave a new and very different one in its place. The story of how and why is one of the most important parts of our nation’s history – and it is a story almost no one knows. The people behind it wanted it that way.

What happened, in short, is that America’s traditional culture, which had grown up over generations from our Western, Judeo-Christian roots, was swept aside by an ideology. We know that ideology best as “political correctness” or “multi-culturalism.” It really is cultural Marxism, Marxism translated from economic into cultural terms in an effort that goes back not to the 1960s, but to World War I. Incredible as it may seem, just as the old economic Marxism of the Soviet Union has faded away, a new cultural Marxism has become the ruling ideology of America’s elites. The No. 1 goal of that cultural Marxism, since its creation, has been the destruction of Western culture and the Christian religion.  Please click for the complete excerpt.

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The Harbinger - A Review

Written by Daria DiGiovanni on . Posted in Books

Publisher's note:  When The Patriots Press originally posted this review, I hadn't looked at The Harbinger myself.  Since then, after many people suggesting it, I have begun reading this book myself, and I must say it is riveting.  I cannot put it down, and I urge all of my readers to get a copy of this eye opening book.  

In Jonathan’s Cahn’s stunning book, The Harbinger, “these are the words that seal a nation’s destiny.”

This riveting book asks and answers the questions, is it possible…

That there exists an ancient mystery that holds the secret of America’s future?
That this mystery is behind everything from 9/11 to the collapse of the global economy?
That God is now sending a prophetic message on which America’s future hangs?

Told through the eyes of fictional journalist Nouriel via a closed door meeting with a high-powered New York publishing executive, The Harbinger progressively demystifies ancient texts and their historical significance not only to ancient Israel, but to modern-day America. A story within a story, this captivating book takes the reader along on Nouriel’s mysterious travels and interactions with a 21st century prophet, who guides him along in his quest to unravel the esoteric messages contained in the nine seals with which he has been burdened. For Nouriel, the urgency is palpable; he is not only driven to reveal the warnings hidden in these seals, he’s been chosen specifically for this purpose, though he doesn’t make that discovery until the end.


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