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THE SHADOW OF COMMUNISM

An uncommon and disquieting reminder from the Alexandria Tea Party, headquartered just outside the nation’s capital in Virginia: “100 million corpses in 100 years. We must never forget,” the group says.

They are talking about life under Communism. The group has gathered first-hand witnesses who experienced that life in China, Romania, Ukraine, Czechoslovakia and Vietnam, each offering details at a Tuesday evening event.

Also on the podium: Republican Rep. Jim Bridenstine of Oklahoma, a veteran Navy combat pilot; Heritage Foundation scholar Lee Edwards, who is also chairman of the Victims of Communism Memorial Foundation; and Hungarian Ambassador to the U.S. H.E. Gyorgy Szapary.

“We are at the doorstep of a new era, as ever fewer eyewitnesses remain among us to tell the tale of the terrible crimes committed in the name of the Communist regime’s evil ideology,” Mr. Szapary says. “Now, more than ever, it is important to make conscious efforts both individually and collectively to remember the lessons we have learned from history. Unless nations remember their past, they cannot successfully shape their future.”

RUSHING FOR THE RUSH BOOK

Well, here’s a cultural moment for you. Rush Limbaugh announces he has written “Rush Revere and the Brave Pilgrims,” an American history book for children which will be published Oct. 29. Three days later, the book — described as “time travel adventure with exceptional Americans” — tops the list for all book genres at Amazon.com.

“Nationally syndicated radio talk-show host Rush Limbaugh has long wanted to make American history come to life for the children of his listeners, so he created the character of a fearless middle school history teacher named Rush Revere, who travels back in time and experiences American history as it happens, in adventures with exceptional Americans,” says publisher Simon & Schuster.

There must be a hankering for such simple, authentic fare. The book, which won’t be available for seven weeks, is also ranked No. 5 at Barnes and Noble.

POLL DU JOUR

85 percent of Americans say the U.S. should not take the side of either the Syrian government or the Syrian rebels; 82 percent of Republicans, 87 percent of conservatives, 81 percent of Democrats and 82 percent of liberals agree.

63 percent of Americans disapprove of the way President Obama is handling the situation in Syria; 86 percent of Republicans, 75 percent of conservatives, 40 percent of Democrats and 53 percent of liberals agree.

57 percent of Americans overall disapprove of the way Mr. Obama is handling foreign affairs; 85 percent of Republicans, 77 percent of conservatives, 24 percent of Democrats and 38 percent of liberals agree.

Source: A CNN/ORC poll of 1,022 U.S. adults conducted Sept. 6-8.

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