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Halloween is over but Lt. Col. Alexander Vindman's mask is still on. That's because his media and political patrons are doing everything they can to keep it from slipping.

They hold up his uniform, his ranger tab, his Purple Heart, his immigrant status, to create a facade that is not only impervious to questions but withering to them. How dare anyone question Vindman's committment, his loyalty to this country? Look at his uniform, his ranger tab, his Purple Heart, his immigrant status. 

It is a thin disguise. There are grave reasons to scrutinize and question Vindman's behavior,  regardless of whether he is a decorated veteran, an openly partisan Obama holdover, an immigrant from the old USSR, or all of the above.

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Barack Obama and Robert De Niro and Tim Cook had dinner together last week in New York City.

So, it was like this: A veteran cadre, a Russian oligarch and a Beijing education official walk into a bar .... 

The following is a masthead editorial from the Morning Herald of Uniontown, PA, of August 19, 1938. It encapsulates a few of the little-remembered highlights of the first two decades of the Soviet-led assault on our nation's character.  

Bear in mind that today, one hundred years after the Bolshevik Revolution in Russia, communism is the ideological inspiration of the whole slate of Democrat Pary presidential candidates.  

 



Vladimir Bukovsky (1942-2019) and Robert Conquest (1917 -2015)

Last night, at the 42nd Annual Pumpkin Papers Irregulars Dinner, I delivered the following remarks to honor the memory of Vladimir Bukovsky.

I never had the joy of meeting Vladimir Bukovsky in person. 

We connected over attacks against my book American Betrayal because they were so similar to attacks against his own work. He and his colleague Pavel Stroilov co-wrote two essays about the book and this phenomenon.

For me, of course, this was a very special bond.

Many of us are familiar with Bukvosky’s heroic story. Co-founder of the Soviet dissident movement, Bukovsky spent nearly 12 years inside Soviet prisons, labor camps and psychiatric hospitals before his release to the West in 1976. He was 33. 

He threw himself into his role as an educator about the dangers of communism...

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The news I have been dreading comes out of England tonight: Vladimir Bukovsky has died. He was 76.

Now that Bukovsky is no more on this earth with the rest of us mortals, the obituaries, like so many doves, will be released to mark his passage out of our lives and into our memories.

I think I have always known that no matter how "prepared" one might be, this moment would be overwhelming. How do we mark the consequence and courage of such an extraordinary man who chose to lead his life in outspoken opposition to evil, who chose to sacrifice years of his life in Soviet labor camps and psychiatric hospitals rather than submit to communist slavery? The unflinching heroism, the giant scale of battle, the enormity of achievment was for Vladimir Bukovsky life's routine, and thus defies the normal sort of reckoning at life's end. The quandary lies in the colossal metaphysical...

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