J. EDGAR HOOVER
Director of Federal Bureau of investigation
in: Communist leopard frequently
changes his spots, but the same blood —
bad blood — continuously flows through
Recently, we have witnessed another
spectacular about-face in the Communist
line. Joseph Stalin, who ranked with
Marx, Engels, and Lenin as an untouchable saint in the godless Soviet temple,
has he-en exposed by his own worshipers
els a power-crazed tyrant, a pathological
fraud, and a coldhearted executioner.
When Moscow broadcast this new
Partv line. Communists throughout the
world were ejuiek to comply. Here in the
United States, the Communist Party made
a new entry in its ledger: Joseph Stalin,
whom it had openly proclaimed as the
greatest man of his generation, was less
than mortal — his feet were of clay.
To the- uninformed, this is truly a
remarkable development. Such drastic
changes of opinion usually are developed
over a long period of time. Yet, this
should have been no surprise coming
from a movement which has no moral
principles, which lives by expediency,
and which will make any move to advance the Communist cause.
Oince integrity never has been a Communist stumbling block, the Kremlin has
succeeded in rewriting history time and
again before its followers' eyes. For example, during the period of the- Nazi-
Soviet Nonaggression Pact, American
Communists not only expressed opposition to United States intervention, but
they also did their utmost to disrupt our
defense efforts. Then, on June 22. 1941.
the picture- radically changed. Adolpli
Hitler rudely rejected Stalin's companionship, thereby converting World War II
into the "great democratic war against
The defrocking of Stalin has brought
repercussions in Communist circles
throughout the world. It is one thing to
smash an idol, yet quite another to dispose of his disciples. Here in the United
States, confusion and disillusionment
have developed in the Conununist Party.
There is no danger that the umbilical
cord will be severed. The Parte in America still is a dedicated child, completely
dependent upon the- proud parent in Moscow. Through the years, however, the top
functionaries of the Communist Party,
U.S.A., have been strong followers of the
Stalin myth. To speak against "Joseph the
Great" used to be blasphemy and treason.
In some nations, those who opposed
Stalin by word or deed were publicly
eradicated. In this country, anti-Stalin
influences in the Party were strongly castigated and expelled.
JMow that the pendulum has swung in
the other direction, we find peoples behind the Iron Curtain placing Bowers on
previously unmarked graves. In the
United States, however, the Communists
are confronted with a unique problem.
To publicly apologize to expelled Party
members would be- most embarrassing.
It would openly expose the direct line
which connects the Soviet Union with
Communist headquarters here. Still, the
Party in America must follow Moscow's
example and hare its chest. Having been
blindly led into this situation, the Communists within our borders find themselves trapped by their own intellectual
dishonesty. Already, motions have
emerged within the Party to censure its
program of the last ten years. But at this
point the American Communist Party
cannot risk its faces — and it has an unlimited number of them — by openly
whipping its most prominent disciples of
There is a temporary, yet important,
advantage to the free world in tlie* Soviet
admissions that discrimination and atrocities took place under Stalin's regime.
America's Communist leaders now are
Confronted with a truth which they long
had suspected. Questions have been
asked — an extreme type of behavior in
Party circles. But inertia is a dilficult
force lo overcome. Minds which are- accustomed to continuous slumber are' seldom able to remain active very long.
After the first flush of bewilderment,
the Communists in tlie United State*
have begun settling down into the- Stun*
familiar rut. While one- corner of tM
Party's mouth parrots the Moscow Un*'
the other proclaims, "We are a bona "uC
political Party, dedicated to the ideals »'
equal opportunity for all." By American
standards, however, thee are a most unusual breed of politicians. The medio"-
they employ to get out the vote- a"
In recent months, the united front can*'
paign, always a dangerous Coinim"1"'
tactic, has received even greater empn*"
sis. Former (lommunists who dropped "",
(if die Party and some who wen- expel''''
have heen approached to renew til1*1
memberships, In other instances, no"
Communist individuals and organization'
have been approached by Party lea<l''p
under the pretext of wanting to assist "
promoting a mutual objective. The Com
munists are confident that if they '';"
openly cling to the- coattails of reputt"*
groups, eventually they will succeed '
wearing (he- entire suit.
O **■'"•'• of the Party's most effective pr"l'.
aganda platforms continues to be
front organizations. If America's re" ,
ance can be softened by the lies shout*
from these hives of concealed com'1'.
nism. the Parte will he in a better p°*j
tion lo launch a frontal attack upo" °
American Communists have annum1'
that they stand on a platform of 'j°\
peace, equal rights, and democracy- ,.
they omit the two most important vvo
— "Moscow stele." When the Comm"" ~
smirk begins to change to ei smile- ;l!" i
the case right now, we would I"' . j
advised to refocus our sights. "'' j
those changing spots, the same had P*0"!
still flow s through the leopard's veins '
Facts Forum Mews, October, '