Dangerous NRA “Recruitment” Video—a Fascist Call

July 2, 2017 | Revolution Newspaper | revcom.us


A new promotional video released by the National Rifle Association (NRA) is not simply a “recruitment” ad for the organization—as various commentators have noted, it’s a barely disguised call to arms to its five million members and more broadly. After an uproar erupted in social media around this video, the NRA doubled down with a second video attacking some of the critics by name. In April, Donald Trump appeared at the NRA’s national meeting and vowed, in front of 80,000 attendees, “You have a true friend and champion in the White House.”

As images flash by, among them scenes of protest, including the burning of an American flag, the NRA ad declares:

They use their media to assassinate real news. They use their schools to teach children that their president is another Hitler. They use their movie stars and singers and comedy shows and award shows to repeat their narrative over and over again. And then they use their ex-president to endorse “the resistance.”

All to make them march, make them protest, make them scream racism and sexism and xenophobia and homophobia. To smash windows, burn cars, shut down interstates and airports, bully and terrorize the law-abiding―until the only option left is for the police to do their jobs and stop the madness.

And when that happens, they’ll use it as an excuse for their outrage. The only way we stop this, the only way we save our country and our freedom is to fight this violence of lies with a clenched fist of truth. I’m the National Rifle Association of America. And I’m freedom’s safest place.

As we have written before, such mobilization of white-supremacist, America-Number-One, fascist forces is deadly serious—and must be taken very seriously. Go to www.revcom.us regularly for timely reports and analysis of these developments and the fight to drive out the Trump/Pence regime.

In this context, we urge our readers to get into the works of Bob Avakian (BA). As part of decades of work in bringing forward a New Communism, he has scientifically analyzed the rise of this fascism, its underlying causes and drivers, and peculiarly American expressions, such as Christian fascism—and what is to be done for the emancipation of humanity.

In particular, Bob Avakian has pointed to deep divisions in society and in the ruling class that point to a possible “coming civil war”—he has gone into the roots of why that could happen and he has made the analysis to show how, faced with such a situation, revolutionaries must actually prepare for and hasten the emergence of the political conditions where revolution is possible, and then fight to win.

To get into this, begin with the work first published in 2005, The Coming Civil War and Repolarization for Revolution in the Present Era and his 2006 work More on “The Coming Civil War.”


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