This year we honor the 75th Anniversary of D-Day, the beginning of the Battle of Normandy, which occurred on June 6, 1944. It was the largest amphibious military assault in history with 6,000 ships, 176,000 allied troops, and 14,000 aircraft. We suffered 10,000 casualties, 4,414 of those were killed in action. Both Theodore Roosevelt’s son and grandson took part in the invasion.

1944 was also the beginning of “the Cold War,” our 47-year battle for freedom that started in the last year of WWII. It was the 20th century's most important conflict and was brought to conclusion with the breakup of the Soviet Union. At the turn of the century, our country’s focus shifted away from the Cold War as our two decades old War on Terror continued. Because of this, many have forgotten the relevance of the Cold War and what it meant for our freedoms. Our newest generation of young Americans are too young to remember what happened or were not born yet; most are generally unaware of what winning it meant.

This year is the anniversary of a related struggle in the communist country China. 2019 marks the 30 years since the Tiananmen Square massacre of June 4, 1989. What began as a student uprising against communism resulted in the Chinese Army killing thousands of unarmed civilians. The Chinese Red Cross estimated 2,600 dead while British Diplomats estimate 10,000. The number of citizens killed was similar to our Allied losses at Normandy, though no official number is available (the Chinese government claimed there were only 300 casualties). There have been approximately 100 million people slain to date in Communisms war for supremacy.

The socialist party has been trying to change America from capitalism to socialism since the early 20th century. In the sixties, the socialists quit running candidates and began working inside the Democratic Party and in our educational systems. Norman Mattoon Thomas, six-time socialist candidate for President, said: "The American people will never knowingly adopt socialism. But, under the name of 'liberalism,' they will adopt every fragment of the socialist program, until one day America will be a socialist nation, without knowing how it happened.... I no longer need to run as a Presidential Candidate for the Socialist Party. The Democratic Party has adopted our platform." Since 2015, Democratic Socialist Political Candidates have tried to soften and shine the socialist image by equating their goals of socialism to that of Scandinavian countries. “A lie told often enough becomes the truth.” — Vladimir Lenin.

Speaking at Harvard's Kennedy School of Government, Danish PM Lars Rasmussen told students that he had “absolutely no wish to interfere in the presidential debate in the US,” but he set the record straight about his country. "I know that some people in the US associate the Nordic model with some sort of socialism. Therefore, I would like to make one thing clear. Denmark is far from a socialist planned economy. Denmark is a market economy. The Nordic model is an expanded welfare state which provides a high level of security for its citizens, but it is also a successful market economy with freedom to pursue your dreams and live your life as you wish.”

What our socialist’s politicians do not tell you (maybe they do not want you to know) is what a socialist economy is. In a socialist economy, the government owns all property, controls the economy, the resources, the production and dispersing of goods and determines all wages. Marxist theory defines socialism as the transitional social state between the overthrow of capitalism and the realization of communism. The following quotes describe socialism by two of its biggest proponents: “The goal of socialism is communism.” — Vladimir Lenin; “The natural conclusion of socialism is the abolition of private property.” — Karl Marx.

In trying to put America in a position where socialism can be implemented, socialist Democrats keep working to change America to total democracy as opposed to our current electoral system. There are 15 states currently trying to eliminate the electoral college and move us closer to straight democracy. Our founding fathers understood democracy this way. "A democracy is nothing more than mob rule, where fifty-one percent of the people may take away the rights of the other forty-nine." — Thomas Jefferson. This should help you understand why some members of the Democratic Party are trying so hard to allow illegal immigrants and prisoners to vote. To help understand how socialists see elections, here are two quotes: “Democracy is the road to socialism.” — Karl Marx. "The people who cast the votes don't decide an election; the people who count the votes do." — Joseph Stalin.

The losers in every tried socialist system have been the citizens. The only winners are the party members that control the political and economic power. Only in socialist countries will you find such outrageousness as launching rockets into outer space while millions of their citizens starve to death. All 40 socialists’ experiments have resulted in totalitarian dictatorships or complete economic collapse.

Many may wonder if this is true, why the mainstream media continue to show this new socialist trend in a positive light. The following quote may shed some light on the mainstream media’s position as likely coming from proponents of socialism: “The press should be not only a collective propagandist and a collective agitator, but also a collective organizer of the masses.” — Vladimir Lenin. Fair and balanced?

Our soldiers have fought and died to keep America free. It’s our duty to honor our soldiers by fighting the weaponless battle for our rights and freedoms that is going on in America right now. This is an epic battle that will determine if we can maintain our current form of government. We must not give in to socialism! I know where the Republicans stand in this fight. It’s time for our freedom loving and believing Democrats and Libertarians to understand that socialism/communism will end all freedom and join us and stand up and fight for America and our rights and liberty before it’s too late!

“What one generation tolerates, the next generation will embrace.” ― John Wesley.

— Paul Fetter is a resident of Clarksville. He is a member of the Town Council and Redevelopment Commission.

EDITOR’S NOTE: The quote attributed to Norman Thomas in this column has been flagged as false or questionable by fact-checkers Snopes and Politifact.