It’s time to say goodbye

It has been a privilege and a pleasure to get up on my soap box here at Personal Liberty Digest® and spout off about whatever caught my attention that week. Most of the time, as you probably know, it was some new liberal assault on our freedoms and liberties.

I came by my suspicion and mistrust of government at a very early age. When I was 18 years old, my family was living in Havana, Cuba, when Fidel Castro led a communist revolution that overthrew the government and seized power there. So-called “enemies of the state” were arrested. Some were thrown in prison; others were summarily executed. And Cuba’s long night of suffering under a communist dictatorship had begun.

My mother had moved to Cuba three years earlier, after the death of her husband and my father. She fell in love with the island and its people. And she found that her small inheritance stretched much further on this island 90 miles from our shore than it would have back home.

She had run an antique shop back in Cleveland, Ohio; so she opened a small store on the outskirts of Havana. She also turned her hand to journalism, ultimately becoming the society editor of the Havana Post, the English-language newspaper in the city.

In other words, she had built a new life for herself and her three children. It was one she was enjoying very much, until it all came to an end on Jan. 1, 1959, when Castro and his forces marched into the city.

At the time, Castro had a lot of support in this country. The New York Times had called him “the George Washington of Cuba.” He himself denied being a communist and promised to hold free and open elections just as soon as possible. Both, of course, were lies.

My mother and brothers left Cuba for the last time in the summer of 1959 and returned to Cleveland. It was there she encountered something called The Fair Play for Cuba Committee. This was a propaganda outfit launched by communists and other leftists to create support for the Castro dictatorship. Both my mother and I spoke out in opposition to it.

By that time, I was an ardent anti-communist and ultra conservative. I became an active member of the John Birch Society in 1961 and joined its staff in 1963. I wrote for its magazines and spoke for it across the country. When I left the staff 10 years later, I continued my efforts to “spread the word.” In 1977, I became the host of a popular radio talk show in Atlanta, Georgia. And I formed two publishing companies, to promote our message in books and newsletters.

A dozen years ago, I started writing a weekly commentary that I called “Straight Talk.” Then, six years ago, I was asked to become the geopolitical editor of Personal Liberty®. Since this would mean a dramatic increase in the number of people who would see my column, I was quick to say yes. Plus, I was already a huge fan of Bob Livingston and his efforts on behalf of our constitutional republic.

Over the past six years, I have written hundreds of columns for Personal Liberty® and received literally thousands of comments from the good patriots (and sometimes, some not-so-civil opponents) who read them.

But now it’s time to say goodbye. This will be my last column for Personal Liberty®. But I know I will leave you in good hands, with writers who will continue to expose our enemies and their nefarious plans and defend the limited, constitutional government that made our country great.

God knows we have some decisive battles ahead of us. So I salute all of you who are working to make a difference, who are determined to be pullers at the oars and not just passengers in the boat. May God bless you and keep you. And may He also protect and preserve our country, which is indeed the last best hope of liberty.

Yours in gratitude,

–Chip Wood

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