Virginia Customer Disarmament Group Calls to Mind Quote about Capitalists and Rope

Do not ask for whom the broom sweeps, useful idiot “progressive capitalists.” (Soviet poster "Comrade Lenin cleans the Earth from impurities," by Viktor Deni, Public Domain)
Do not ask for whom the broom sweeps, useful idiot “progressive capitalists.” (Soviet poster “Comrade Lenin cleans the Earth from impurities,” by Viktor Deni, Public Domain)

U.S.A. – -( “Virginia businesses want action on gun safety,” a Wednesday opinion piece in The Washington Post claims. “Unlike ever before, business leaders and corporations are actively stepping forward to propose and support bold and substantive action to keep their customers, employees and communities safe.”

Not all Virginia businesses do, and Ken Biberaj, the opinion piece author doesn’t even try to substantiate his claim. Instead, he cites high-profile national examples, such as anti-gun actions from Dick’s Sporting Goods and Walmart. Even when he links to “recent polling,” it goes to an article about an agenda-driven PBS News Hour/NPR/Marist national poll, not one targeting Virginia businesses.

Still, it’s no surprise to those who follow such things that gun-grabbers manipulate those they wish to swindle out of their birthrights. And it’s hardly a jaw-dropper that The Washington Post would encourage submissions from both editorial writers and “news” reporters who play fast and loose with “Policies and Standards” that pledge to:

“[T]ell ALL the truth so far as it can learn it … not be the ally of any special interest … [not] consciously or unconsciously mislead… or even deceive… the reader [and to ] avoid active involvement in any partisan causes…”


So who is this Biberaj character, and which Virginia businesses is he speaking for?

We’re told he’s “a member of the board of directors of the Democratic Business Council of Northern Virginia,” but that in itself doesn’t really tell us who the member businesses are. We can see what their self-promotion says they’re about from the DemBiz website, but that doesn’t tell us which specific businesses are undermining the rights of their gun-owning Virginia customers so that choices can be made about whose store doesn’t deserve to be patronized.

Looking at the “leadership,” it actually doesn’t look like that’s applicable. The Executive Committee is comprised of a Democrat PAC board member and consulting firm advisor, a commercial real estate finance VP, a commercial real estate finance and investment consultant, and yet another consultant who says she “help[s] leaders ignite change, accelerate success and create workplaces where people want to work,” whatever the hell that actually means. The Board of Directors appears equally insulated from the retail impacts of angering gun owners.

In short, they’re above-it-all elitists intent on being influencers and string-pullers.

Ditto for Biberaj, who is another commercial real estate mucky-muck and a transplant from New York City, bringing Big Apple politics and “values” with him to “help” turn Virginia blue. And therein lies what’s really going on— changing demographics are what is doing that, something Bibaraj, the son of Eastern bloc immigrants himself, understands full well (and which our “gun rights leaders” have yet to admit).

So yes, the state that won’t even turn out a blackfaced Democrat governor and attorney general or a Democrat lieutenant governor accused of sexual assault, will continue its leftist descent. Guns are just being highlighted here because citizen disarmament is central to the larger plan. To claim generic “Virginia businesses” are demanding more infringements is a manipulative lie. And we know from their own words what Democrat Socialists think of the “bourgeoisie.”

Those businesses are not typically the ones out there screaming for the Democrat platform of higher taxes, higher wages, more regulatory chains, and making ordinary people even more vulnerable to “walk-in” violence.

Such dangers rarely stalk the halls of investment and consulting firms, which, by the way, are also adept at insulating themselves from the effects of burdensome Democrat policies via write-offs the little guys don’t get, and also via “who you know” and quid pro quo connections. As comedian/philosopher George Carlin observed, “It’s a big club and you ain’t in it.” Besides, the elites who pull strings or suck up hard enough are not the ones who have to do without when collectivism fails to deliver the goods.

“Business leaders” such as these, while more “economic fascists” than anything, nonetheless bring to mind a quote that takes many forms and is variously attributed to Lenin, to Stalin, to Marx and to others:

“The capitalists will sell us the rope with which we will hang them.”

They should remember what happens when useful idiots are no longer needed and are then designated as useless eaters. Because the radicals they’re helping to assume power haven’t forgotten.

Afterword: I see next Monday, DemBiz is hosting Shannon Watts to tell them why advocating customer disarmament is good for business. Who thinks any of the “concerned for social justice” Democrats will ask her what role she played in flacking for Monsanto and its Roundup cancer damage control PR?

About David Codrea:David Codrea
David Codrea is the winner of multiple journalist awards for investigating/defending the RKBA and a long-time gun owner rights advocate who defiantly challenges the folly of citizen disarmament. He blogs at “The War on Guns: Notes from the Resistance,” is a regularly featured contributor to Firearms News, and posts on Twitter: @dcodrea and Facebook.

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Want a safer society? 1st. make it zero tolerance for any offensive use of a firearm in the commission of a crime. 2. No plea deals and no time off for good behavior. Use a gun, that’s it. 3. Prior felons get life sentences automatically, they forfeit their rights as returned customers to the justice system. Red flag laws deny due process for the law abiding, I say an already convicted criminal only cares after he or she is caught. 1st time felons who are convicted must be their last. A strong deterent is the only way you can make… Read more »


These people are so invested in “gun control” you can’t expect them to use honesty, logic, and truth. When someone lies, you call them out and air their dishonesty! The best way to defeat these liars is to never be apologetic and never entertain their fallacies.


The Brits tried to disarm us and we all know how that turned out! Liberals are you unaware of history or too stupid to learn from it?

Deplorable Bill

The answer the Spartans gave the Persians was, “come and get them”. At a small town in Texas there displayed to the army of Santa Anna was a flag with a rendition of a cannon along with the words “come and take it”. There are bumper stickers with the words “from my cold, dead hand”. It would do good for congress, judges and enforcement to use some common sense and uphold the oath they made to the people, the nation and the constitution of the U.S.A. Arm up, carry on.


Gonzales Texas; and they are quite proud of that flag too.

Deplorable Bill

Amen. Lived in Victoria and San Marcos, just could not remember if it was Goliad or Gonzales. I have a copy of that flag and will display it should the socialist/communist/demoncraps attempt confiscation. Arm up, carry on.


You are truly DEPLORABLE my man!! I bring up the same points when this topic comes up… which is happening with astonishing frequency in recent years. There are enough educated enlightened Americans with training and means that know what follows disarmament. The Left has come to believe their are no consequences for their actions… well… because they havent faced any!! They have no concept of the size and power of the beast they have unified and continue to provoke.