WOW! I missed alot re-reading Boddington last night! To permit you to frame my comments I am a 21 year Army veteran of: - 10 years of active duty - 4 years at the Uncle Sam's Community College (United States Corps of Cadets), scout platoon leader and troop XO in West Germany, then S-4 for 3/3 ACR - a year of reserve service as an S-4 for a military intelligence battalion - 8 years of national guard - combined arms battalion HHC commander during federal deployment to Djibouti, 35ID G-3 planner - several years as a contractor writing brigade, division, and corps operational orders for use by G-3, US Army I currently teach at a church high school (math, German, history, religion, firearms basics, outdoor ed, archery). The pay is laughable because it is an enrollment school (we take anyone who will pay the tuition, and some who can't via scholarship, just to whip some Jesus on any kid we can) vs. an admittance school (IF we think you are cool enough, we will let you pay our crazy high tuition so you can feel like you are better than everyone else). It is a calling like Soldiering, so with my retirement pay I can squeak by each month. At USMA my class was issued Mao's little red book and Marx' communist manifesto. We actually studied our enemy in order to understand them and better be able to defeat them. Little did I know, I would one day be locked in hand-to-hand combat ideologically in my own hometown. I see the best way to fight the ongoing cold war is to try and make Godly walking young Americans. I don't want them to fall for the communist manifesto being poured down the throat of those who are brainwashed at Caesar's schools, and then sent on to the Marx schools of brainwashing (your normal/local universities). If one re-visits the congressional record, circa 10JAN63, the communist party goals for conquering the USA were read into the register. Boys, they have and are doing one hell of a job at checking the blocks. Communists don't worry about out-voting their opponents - they roll into a location, gather the uncooperative police, the pastors, the teachers, maybe the mayor, and they shoot them in the head. While we may have some socialists in play (communists with patience - they try to assume power inside the existing legal system), have no doubt that the COMMUNISTS are there, methodically and patiently checking off the "To Do" list. Let's see how they are doing: CURRENT COMMUNIST GOALS 1. U.S. acceptance of coexistence as the only alternative to atomic war. 2. U.S. willingness to capitulate in preference to engaging in atomic war. 3. Develop the illusion that total disarmament [by] the United States would be a demonstration of moral strength. 4. Permit free trade between all nations regardless of Communist affiliation and regardless of whether or not items could be used for war. 5. Extension of long-term loans to Russia and Soviet satellites. 6. Provide American aid to all nations regardless of Communist domination. 7. Grant recognition of Red China. Admission of Red China to the U.N. 8. Set up East and West Germany as separate states in spite of Khrushchev’s promise in 1955 to settle the German question by free elections under supervision of the U.N. 9. Prolong the conferences to ban atomic tests because the United States has agreed to suspend tests as long as negotiations are in progress. 10. Allow all Soviet satellites individual representation in the U.N. 11. Promote the U.N. as the only hope for mankind. If its charter is rewritten, demand that it be set up as a one-world government with its own independent armed forces. (Some Communist leaders believe the world can be taken over as easily by the U.N. as by Moscow. Sometimes these two centers compete with each other as they are now doing in the Congo.) 12. Resist any attempt to outlaw the Communist Party. 13. Do away with all loyalty oaths. 14. Continue giving Russia access to the U.S. Patent Office. 15. Capture one or both of the political parties in the United States. 16. Use technical decisions of the courts to weaken basic American institutions by claiming their activities violate civil rights. 17. Get control of the schools. Use them as transmission belts for socialism and current Communist propaganda. Soften the curriculum. Get control of teachers’ associations. Put the party line in textbooks. 18. Gain control of all student newspapers. 19. Use student riots to foment public protests against programs or organizations which are under Communist attack. 20. Infiltrate the press. Get control of book-review assignments, editorial writing, policymaking positions. 21. Gain control of key positions in radio, TV, and motion pictures. 22. Continue discrediting American culture by degrading all forms of artistic expression. An American Communist cell was told to “eliminate all good sculpture from parks and buildings, substitute shapeless, awkward and meaningless forms.” 23. Control art critics and directors of art museums. “Our plan is to promote ugliness, repulsive, meaningless art.” 24. Eliminate all laws governing obscenity by calling them “censorship” and a violation of free speech and free press. 25. Break down cultural standards of morality by promoting pornography and obscenity in books, magazines, motion pictures, radio, and TV. 26. Present homosexuality, degeneracy and promiscuity as “normal, natural, healthy.” 27. Infiltrate the churches and replace revealed religion with “social” religion. Discredit the Bible and emphasize the need for intellectual maturity which does not need a “religious crutch.” 28. Eliminate prayer or any phase of religious expression in the schools on the ground that it violates the principle of “separation of church and state.” 29. Discredit the American Constitution by calling it inadequate, old-fashioned, out of step with modern needs, a hindrance to cooperation between nations on a worldwide basis. 30. Discredit the American Founding Fathers. Present them as selfish aristocrats who had no concern for the “common man.” 31. Belittle all forms of American culture and discourage the teaching of American history on the ground that it was only a minor part of the “big picture.” Give more emphasis to Russian history since the Communists took over. 32. Support any socialist movement to give centralized control over any part of the culture–education, social agencies, welfare programs, mental health clinics, etc. 33. Eliminate all laws or procedures which interfere with the operation of the Communist apparatus. 34. Eliminate the House Committee on Un-American Activities. 35. Discredit and eventually dismantle the FBI. 36. Infiltrate and gain control of more unions. 37. Infiltrate and gain control of big business. 38. Transfer some of the powers of arrest from the police to social agencies. Treat all behavioral problems as psychiatric disorders which no one but psychiatrists can understand [or treat]. 39. Dominate the psychiatric profession and use mental health laws as a means of gaining coercive control over those who oppose Communist goals. 40. Discredit the family as an institution. Encourage promiscuity and easy divorce. 41. Emphasize the need to raise children away from the negative influence of parents. Attribute prejudices, mental blocks and retarding of children to suppressive influence of parents. 42. Create the impression that violence and insurrection are legitimate aspects of the American tradition; that students and special-interest groups should rise up and use [“]united force[“] to solve economic, political or social problems. 43. Overthrow all colonial governments before native populations are ready for self-government. 44. Internationalize the Panama Canal. 45. Repeal the Connally reservation so the United States cannot prevent the World Court Read more at https://www.beliefnet.com/columnist...essional-record-1963.html#Cff0OhuZEPSrTpwK.99 I bold-faced the ones I can easily see total accomplishment or significant progress. My point in diving into the heavy political ideology is that while our governmental system is full of practicing socialists wanting to make more and more useful idiots that want to vote for a living, there are plenty of rabid communists waiting in the wings to seize the reins when the time is right. At this point, being a Christian white male who is a veteran with a service dog for PTSD, I reckon my odds are 50/50 that I will see the pearly gates after a 0230 door battering party hits my house because some soccer mom was scared about their kids' teacher who has guns, and besides, he didn't give buttercup an "A" for showing up for school sometimes, so Red Flag is the answer! I don't see us passing through the next election unscathed - if Trump stays in office, the left will openly revolt (Ferguson on steroids). If the dead and illegal aliens (kiss my fourth point of contact, NY city) vote one of the two dozen leftists clowns into office, they will advance the communist agenda to force the kinetic exchange of pleasantries. I am already saying my prayers for the nation, but self-servingly asking God to hold off the chaos until after my safari to RSA next year (June). All of the veterans I see/associate with are worried and have been laying in food, ammo, beans, bandaids - buying retirement "farms" away from population centers. I am doing my best to back away from the impending freight train wreck so that I am not crushed by one of the derailing/bouncing boxcars. I listen to Red Leg and accord value to his comments given his flag officer access to the inner machinations of the big green machine. However, when I look at the daily fire hose of (in theological terms) the goat team's effort to destroy all God has made (in particular the family), I see very few happy days in Flatrock coming. I hope I am wrong, but my forecast is that the tree of Liberty is fixin' to be refreshed here in short order. These comments/my $.02 worth are solely my own and do not reflect the opinion of the AH site or staff. YMMV.