If you don’t believe history repeats in one form or another then you are just kidding yourself. Today, in 2020, we are facing the rise of socialism, communism, and anarchy in these United States.
100 years ago, in 1920, the United States was facing a rise in anarchy and communism. It is called the First Red Scare. After several years of a rise in communism and anarchists in America, in 1919 and 1920 United States Attorney General Alexander Mitchell Palmer ordered what are now known as the Palmer raids. These were a series of violent law-enforcement raids targeting leftist radicals and anarchists and these raids kicked off a period of unrest that became known as the “Red Summer.”
Earlier, in 1917, the US government had grown so weary of the unrest and agitation being caused by the leftists that they passed the Sedition Act. Aimed at socialists, pacifists and other anti-war activists, the Sedition Act imposed harsh penalties on anyone found guilty of among other things, insulting or abusing the U.S. government, the flag, the Constitution or the military; or advocating, teaching or defending many acts that could be considered un-American or against the US Government. If convicted, a person could receive a fine of not more than $10,000 or imprisonment for not more than twenty years, or both. This put the penalty on par with the penalty imposed for acts of espionage. That’s how serious our government took things back then, many things not unlike what we are seeing today.
The most famous prosecution under the Sedition Act was a person who had actually run for president once as a “Social Democrat”, and three time on the “Socialist Party of America” ticket.
So you see, the teens and 20’s of the 20th century are repeating in the 21st century. The biggest question is whether or not our government and leaders will ever have the fortitude to stand up to it like they did back then