Weatherford Democrat

March 6, 2013

True then and now?

Weatherford Democrat

— Weatherford resident Janie Barbee recently came into the Democrat’s office with a copy of an apparently decades-old handbill carrying the stamps of the Weatherford Chamber of Commerce containing a headline of ‘Is this happening to us?” and then detailing what is claimed to be a list of “COMMUNISTIC RULES FOR REVOLUTION.”    

Barbee said she found the paper among the belongings of her late husband. She hoped to have it reprinted, since she believes the message is true today and mirrors what is presently taking place in the United States.

The Democrat forwarded the item to Weatherford Chamber of Commerce President Tammy Gazzola said she had not seen the item before and could not say how old it was. She said the City of Weatherford used “The Versatile City” logo until 2000, “but as you can tell by the typewriter print this was much older than 2000,” she replied.

With that, we will republish the handout submitted by Barbee, with the text included:

Is this happening to us?


(Editor’s Note: To the best of our knowledge, this article was first printed in the Bartlesville Examiner-Enterprise in 1919. It was reprinted again in 1946 in the New World News, after the Florida attorney general secured it from a known member of the Communist Party, who acknowledged that it was then still a part of the Communist program.)

In May of 1919, at Dusseldorf, Germany, the Allied Forces obtained a copy of some of the “Communist Rules for Revolution.” Nearly 50 years later, the Reds were still following them.

A. Corrupt the young; get them away from religion. Get them interested in sex. Make them superficial; destroy their ruggedness.

B. Get control of all means of publicity, thereby: 1. Get people’s minds off their government by focusing their attention on athletics, sexy books and plays and other trivialities.

2. Divide the people into hostile groups by constantly harping on controversial matters of no importance.

3. Destroy the people’s faith in their natural leaders by holding the latter up to contempt, ridicule and disgrace.

4. Always preach true democracy, but seize power as fast and as ruthlessly as possible.

5. By encouraging government extravagance, destroy its credit, produce fear of inflation with rising prices and general discontent.

6. Incite unnecessary strikes in vital industries, encourage civil disorders and foster a lenient and soft attitude on the part of government toward such disorders.

7. By specious argument, cause the breakdown of the old moral virtues – honesty, sobriety, self-restraint, faith in the pledged word, ruggedness.

C. Cause the registration of all firearms on some pretext, with a view of confiscating them and leaving the population helpless.

That is quite a list, isn’t it? Now - stop to think – how many of these rules are being carried out in this nation today?