My Newswithviews Column, Sept. 7 (‘Climate of Fear’)

Oops! I was so busy writing today, I almost forgot to post my newswithviews column. So here it is.

I’ve been trying to hack my way through other jobs so I can go back to writing The Temptation, and finally managed it this morning. The story has been much on my mind. How much? Well, only ardent readers of my Bell Mountain books will appreciate this, but last night I dreamed my cousin married one of my villains, Ysbott the Snake. That startled me so much, it woke me up.

6 comments on “My Newswithviews Column, Sept. 7 (‘Climate of Fear’)

  1. Sounds like some of your dreams are as weird and unsettling as some of mine.
    A friend of mine who lives in Missouri says she has been diagnosed with ptsd, partly because of upsetting dreams, jumpiness, hatred of loud noises, etc.

  2. Nice column, Lee. When we don’t stand up, we are playing into the hands of our would-be oppressors. I believe with all of my heart that the overwhelming majority in the U.S. are moderate to conservative in their views. Most people don’t want to make trouble, and the Left uses this to their advantage.

  3. Excellent article, Lee — you’ve captured the atmosphere superbly.

    I’m now reading Diana West’s “American Betrayal” (publ. 2013) for the 4th time, and it seems more chillingly true each time I read it. Even her opening chapter is remarkable in what it does with the story of “The Emperor’s New Clothes,” and the bearing it has on what you talk about in your article. I’m going to quote a whole paragraph, the third in the chapter, not counting the quotation from Andersen’s story. After giving the ending of the story, and noting the last sentence (“And [the Emperor] drew himself up more proudly than ever, while the chamberlains walked behind him, bearing the train that wasn’t there.”), she adds:

    “So ends one of the great cliff-hangers. Will the emperor and his chamberlains brazen it out, cowing the people into acquiescence and thus maintaining their power? Or will the people have the courage to trust their own eyes and, relying on the evidence before them, call the emperor and his men to account? In considering these possibilities, never underestimate the influence of those invisible-train-bearing chamberlains, each one of whom has everything to lose if the empire of lies goes down.”

    I still find that last sentence chilling. The book itself is primarily about the network of lies built up around the American recognition and support of the Soviet Union in the 1930s and especially WWII, the network of agents of influence in the government and media, and the gradual building of the habit of turning away from reality that’s still going on today — not about the USSR any more, to be sure, but about Islam and everything else in the news. The book was written before the current storms of gay hoodlumism, transgenderism, BLM, and antifa (has all this happened in only 4 years since the publication of the book???), but it’s applicable to everything that’s going on today … and to your article.

    I have so many passages in this book underlined or starred in the margins that pretty soon the whole book will be marked up and I’ll have to get a fresh copy. And I don’t normally mark up my books.

    1. It makes me mad, when they expect me to go along with their crapola. We had a playground bully in our neighborhood who would hurt you if you didn’t “see” what he told you was there.

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