In February 1964, John A. Stormer published his Conservative classic, None Dare Call It Treason, a book warning of the dangers of Communism. The title of the book came from a quote by Sir John Harrington (1561-1612): “Treason doth never prosper, what’s the reason? For if it prosper, none dare call it treason.” Harrington was a writer and also the inventor of the flush toilet.
Stormer dedicated his book, first published by the Liberty Bell Press in 1964, to his then-five year old daughter, Holly. By July of 1964, the book had sold over a million copies. Today, its sales stand at around 7 million copies.
Why speak of this fifty year-old classic on Earth Day? Because April 22nd was chosen as Earth Day because it is the birthdate of Vladimir Lenin. Not to be confused with May 5th – Cinco de Mayo – the birthdate of Karl Marx. And Stormer’s book warned of the cataclysmic political theology with which Lenin overthrew Russia.
The second quote in the book, which heads the first chapter (“Have We Gone Crazy?”), is from Lenin:
“As long as [C]apitalism and [S]ocialism exist, we cannot live in peace; in the end, one or the other will triumph – a funeral dirge will be sung over either the Soviet Republic or over world [C]apitalism.”
Stormer warned of Communist plans to overturn our government, our economy, and our educational system. Fifty years ago, he was warning about the corruption of the educational establishment and the Progressive educational methods they were following.
This Earth Day, we witnessed the on-going saga of Nevada rancher Cliven Bundy, making a stand for state’s rights in an increasingly bureaucratic, centralized government era, the very kind of collective government about which Stormer warned.
Under the guise of cheery, save the dolphins, whales, and dry-land tortoises theology, our children have been duped into celebrating the birthdate of a totalitarian, Communist dictator, Lenin. Be forewarned that May 5th, they will be celebrating the Father of Communism, Karl Marx.
We mark these specific dates, while our own presidents are grouped all under one, Monday-holiday of Presidents Day. Rather than celebrating our best presidents – Washington and Lincoln – all the presidents are lumped together, the good (Reagan), the bad (Wilson), the ugly (Nixon) and the mediocre (William Henry Harrison – he didn’t live long enough as president to be noted for anything else but having the shortest term in office).
Every April 22nd through May 5th we should revisit None Dare Call It Treason and remind ourselves of what we should be celebrating – and what we shouldn’t.
Never mind Earth Day. Happy Anniversary (a couple of months late) to this timeless classic.