Warning The Masses

Category:  Historical reprints
Source:  The Register-Guard, Wednesday, October 10, 1984 (Eugene, Oregon)

Warning The Masses

By Don Bishoff

TOMAS SCHUMAN SAYS that I’ve been misleading you.  Me and other mass media “dimwits” who’ve been “ideological traitors” and/or dupes of Soviet communism.

We haven’t told you the truth about the Soviet Union, where he used to live, he says.  We haven’t told you that Ronald Reagan and Walter Mondale (Schuman calls him “Schmondale”) are dishonest, that Geraldlne Ferraro is a crook, that Henry Kissinger is a bandit — and maybe a spy.  That Gary Hart’s “new ideas” have been tried by the “murderers” in the Kremlin for 68 years and have led to the deaths of 60 million people.

We haven’t told you that our country is on a downhill slide, with the KGB greasing the skids.  That Dr. Spock ruined a whole generation of our kids.  That Spain’s Fran­co was “one of the most admirable dictators” and that the Philippines’ Marcos is “a great reformer.”

In fact, the news media have “been lying to you for 68 years,” Schuman says.

“They called Comrade Stalin a humanist when he was killing minions of my people.  They called Mao-Tse-tung an agrarian reformer, they called Fidel Castro a non-communlst.  Now they call Roberto D’Aubulsson, the leader of the second big­gest party in Salvador, a right-wing death-squad leader.  I’ve never heard a single schmuck from your mass media call Comrade Gromyko a left-wing death squad leader — but that’s exactly what he is.”

Schuman came to town Tuesday to tell you what we haven’t.  He spoke to a noon luncheon of 26 members and invit­ed guests of the local John Birch Society chap­ter.  (Another failing:  I haven’t told you that we still have a local John Birch Society chapter; I didn’t know myself.)

The 46-year-old Schuman says his real name is Yuri Bezmenov, that he was a Soviet KGB “disinformation” employee in India when he defected in 1970, that he was smuggled out by the CIA, debriefed, given a new identity and allowed to go to Canada, where he became a citizen.  (I have no reason to doubt this, but neither do I have any immediate way to verify it — and if I learned anything from Schuman, it’s to accept nothing at face value.)

He now lives in Los Angeles, where be writes a col­umn for a Russian-language newspaper and from where he embarks on speaking tours.  I can’t begin to cover all he had to say in an almost-two-hour talk and brief inter­view, but let me make a stab at it.

“Russia is not coming here, but communism is, and it may not be brought to you people by Soviet or Russian tanks,” he said.  “Most likely it will be brought piece by piece to you people by your dishonest politicians like Walter Schmondale, er, Mondale, Geraldine Ferraro, even Ronald Reagan.”

HOW?  WELL, that’s a little complicated.  To really understand, you should buy Scbuman’s book, which he sells for $5 per copy after his talks.  But as I get it, we are being victimized by a combination of our own sins and Soviet subversion.

“The highest art of war is not to fight at all, but to subvert anything of value in your enemy’s country,” Schuman said.  “Which includes religion, moral princi­ples, traditions, existing links between individuals and groups — to turn the black against whites, husbands against wives, children against parents, students against teachers, homosexuals against impotents, environmental polluters against protectionists of the environment.”

That’s quite a list.  But the idea, Schuman said, is to “keep you excited about something that doesn’t threaten you at all — and forget about the main danger.  When you become demoralized and plunk like a rotten apple with­out a single shot being fired, slowly your country will be taken over.”

One step on this road to self-destruction, he said, is the “borrowing of broken ideas.”

“Imagine you borrow one idea from your next-door neighbor on bow to bring up your children, and your next-door neighbor happens to be Dr. Benjamin Spock.  The result of this idea will show up only 10, 12, 15 years later when your children unexpectedly will grow into mon­sters, selfish brats, addicted to drugs, alcohol, sex or creepy music by Michael Jackson.”

A “broken idea” borrowed by the United States from the Soviets — and nurtured by KGB subversion — Schuman said, is egalitarianism, the notion of political, social and economic equality.

“NOW LOOK at yourselves,” he said.  “Are you equal in any way — mentally, physically, spiritually, emotional­ly, financially?”  No?  Well, there’s the problem.  “Egalitar­ianism creates false expectations,” be said.

And false expectations create unrest among those who figure that they aren’t getting their share of the pie, he said.  That, in turn, causes lost productivity, instability, radicalism and decay, he said.

Just like Professor Harold Hill said:  The slide into sin begins with a pool table.  And there’s more.

“It is possible to slowly turn your society into a car­bon copy of my (Soviet) society, by the introduction of something that never belonged to your system and to your Constitution.”  Schuman said.  “What is this?  The so­cial welfare system.”

In other words, Social Security, welfare, unemploy­ment compensation and the like are part of what’s drag­ging us down.  It is, he said, “a system of forceful distribu­tion (of wealth) by government decree, away from per­sonal responsibility, away from the rights and responsibil­ities given to us by something we call God.”

How can we save ourselves from all this?

“All you have to do is stop aiding the subverter, that’s all, … ” Schuman said.  “Stop giving your money, your technology, your credits, your grain, your diplomatic rec­ognition” to the Soviet leadership.

Deprived of such U.S. support, he predicted, that leadership will be overthrown by a Soviet military coup, which will then “slowly bring to power those technocrats who know how to run the economy of my country.”

Well, that may solve the Soviet Union’s problem.  But what are we to do here with the likes of Mondale, Hart, Ferraro and Reagan?

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