Dr. Fred Schwarz, You Can Trust the Communists (to be Communists)

published by the Christian Anti-Communists Crusade
124 E. First Street
Long Beach, California
and Prentice-Hall, Inc., 1960

[On the manipulation of truth]

The Communists know that if they want something accepted without question, they must say it, say it, and say it again. Therefore they are repeating day and night by radio, by television, by literature of every type, two simple lies: one is that wherever Communism is in power, the people are prosperous, healthy, happy and free; the other is that America is vile and evil beyond measure, a land of hunger, malnutrition, depression, exploitation, poverty and fear, and a desperate threat to the peace of the world. An evidence of this Communist technique is a book which they have published in Australia called This is America. There is not one word in this book which is not quoted directly from the non-Communist American press. Out of the tremendous quantity of material published, the Communists have taken any statement which can help to build a picture of a poverty-ridden, oppressed America. All the articles and statements that suggest otherwise they have ignored completely. The following are some quotations from the book.

"One third of the city's babies, born and unborn, suffer from malnutrition as a result of high prices, the Right Rev. Charles K. Gilbert, Bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of New York, told the Congressional Committee." New York World Telegram, September 25, 1947.

"We feed our hogs better than our children." Heading on an article in the American Magazine, October, 1947, by Fred Bailey, Executive Director of National Agricultural Research, Inc.

"Approximately 2,500.000 residents of New York face undernourishment and deficiency diets due to the inflated costs of food. This is the grim, outstanding evidence produced by a four-day hearing on food prices by the eastern sub-committee of a joint Congressional Committee." Quoted in the Christian Science Monitor, September 26.

"Three fourths of the nation's children suffer from undernourishment, a study of Pennsylvania State College established." Quoted by the Associated Press on December 20, 1950.

The Communists do not need to tell lies in order to create the picture they desire. All they need to do is to select from the total picture those things that fit into their preconceived pattern. As Tennyson said:

A lie that's half a truth is the wickedest lie of all,
For a lie that's all a lie can be met with and fought outright,
But a lie that is half a truth is a harder matter to fight.

The Communists are creating a picture of America which is completely false and are projecting this picture into the minds of the people of the world. What America does or does not do makes little difference to this picture. It is easy to say, "Let the facts speak for themselves." Unfortunately facts have a very soft voice, and their message is not heard by those who are not in the immediate environment. The United States-Canadian border is a fact. The absence of military establishments, the frequency and ease of two-way transportation are indisputable facts. They have not been able to contradict for millions of people the constantly reiterated Communist lie that the United States is viciously imperialistic, threatening the peace and integrity of all the people of the world.

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