In Red Tide author Kenneth Goff pushes back by five years (to 1975) the date he predicted for Soviet world domination in his earlier pamphlet Red Shadows. Mr. Goff died in 1972, so he did not have the opportunity to extend the date a second time when the Soviet enslavement failed to occur during the Ford administration.
Most of the rest of Red Tide is boilerplate anti-Communist ranting, but Mr. Goff does offer a couple of tips to keep America American (note the author’s slam on United Nations Day below):
PRO-AMERICAN DAYS Based on various press accounts that cite his age, Oliver Kenneth Goff was born in 1914 or 1915. He was raised in Delavan, Wisconsin and, by his own account, joined the Communist Party on May 2, 1936. According to the October 15, 1939 edition of the La Crosse (Wisconsin) Tribune and Leader-Press, Goff’s father was a respected physician and longtime member of the state legislature. The elder Goff was also a trusted adviser to Senator Robert M. La Follettee, a Republican from Wisconsin who ran for the presidency on the Progressive Party Ticket in 1924.
Your own club or others in which you have representatives ought to see to it that every important American holiday is promoted, such as special rallies in schools and churches and at civic centers on Lincoln and Washington’s birthday, Memorial Day, the 4th of July, etc. On October 23, the day before the United Nations day, you should set it aside as Americanization Day. Write to the governor and mayor and have him proclaim the day in honor of our American way of life. This has been done in many communities with real success. Our office can tell you where you may buy flag stickers to put in store windows which should have written on them, ‘I pledge allegiance to only one flag—Old Glory.’ You will find that the merchant will be scared to death to turn you down. Do not leave the sticker with him. Stick it in the window of the store right while you are in the store. If you can afford it, little plaques can be given away to the school children on that day, and maybe small reprints of the Constitution and the Bill of Rights. Many companies, like the John Hancock Mutual Life Insurance Company, Boston, Massachusetts, will send you free of charge in quantities, in booklet form: ‘GEORGE WASHINGTON, THE PILGRIM FATHERS, PATRIOTIC SONGS’ and many other booklets of patriotic interest.
It is quite easy for individuals or committees of individuals to secure time on your local radio station for the playing of Anti-Communist and pro-American tapes. Our office has many one-quarter hour, one-half hour and one-hour long tape messages, given not only by myself, but other Anti-Communist speakers.
We also can rent films and film strips to you concerning the Communist intrigue, such as ‘COMMUNISM ON THE MAP’ and ‘OPERATION ABOLITION.’ It is good, if once a month you can have a showing of an Anti-Communist film or a patriotic film, or a book review to which you may invite a larger listening audience.
On October 9, 1939 Kenneth Goff made a name for himself in his own right by testifying before the Dies Committee, a special investigative branch of the House Un-American Activities Committee, about his three year membership in the Communist Party (Goff was a national committee member of the Young Communist League at the time of his testimony). Goff testified about all the scandalous activities of the Reds such as the alleged practice of using attractive white female party members to recruit “negro” men into the organization. He also named names including two members of the YWCA national board (who denied Goff’s accusation that they were members of the Young Communist League). This seemingly innocuous organization would be attacked again in the 1948 pamphlet “Behind the Lace Curtains of the YWCA” by Joseph P. Kamp. As a concluding flourish to Goff’s testimony, he read his resignation announcement from the Communist Party into the official record.
According to the Encyclopedia of White Power: A Sourcebook on the Radical Right by Jeffrey Kaplan (pages 120-122; Rowman Altamira, 2000):
The self-described “reformed Communist” Goff claimed that his congressional testimony “aided in removing 169 Communists from the federal payrolls.” Goff also claimed that he was a “marked man, and had received many bodily injuries.”According to a November 16, 1951 Associated Press story, Goff was arrested on October 24, 1951 for slashing a Soviet flag that was part of a United Nations display at the Denver, Colorado Civic Center. Goff was quoted as saying that the public display of the flag was a “slap in the face of every boy fighting in Korea.”
Goff has spoken out against Communism in every state of the union during his long career.
Goff claimed to have authored 28 books, innumerable tracts, a periodical called the Pilgrim Torch (1962-1967), the Christian Battle Cry (1966-1971) and a series of newsletters pitched to a particular theme including hippies as a communist plot.
In the 1954 book “Hitler and the Twentieth Century Hoax” Goff asserted Hitler was a communist agent hinting both that Hitler was of Jewish ancestry and may not have been a real anti-Semite after all and that he might not be dead and that he might reappear when the time is right to advance communist plans.
In his pamphlet “Reds Promote Racial War,” he makes a biblically based plea for segregation and claims that integration is a communist plot.
In 1943 Goff became chairman of the newly formed National Youth Organization (NYO). The group grew out of a loose coalition of conservative Protestant Churches. The NYO had three primary aims in Goff’s own words:
1. All out effort to win the war.
2. We hold that the regenerating power of the Lord Jesus Christ is the cure for Juvenile Delinquency.
3. To combat communistic plots among our Youth.
By 1950, those who launched the NYO organization were no longer “youth,” and therefore a new group called “Soldiers of the Cross” was formed with Christian Youth for America as their youth auxiliary.
It is the Soldiers of the Cross Training Institute for which Kenneth Goff is best remembered in Christian Identity circles today. Christian Identity is a white supremacist movement.
The Institute was located in Evergreen, Colorado and offered courses such as:
“The Bible’s Answer to Communism”
“The Christian History and Concept of the U.S. Constitution”
“Psychopolitics—the Conquest of the Mind”
“Survival Judo and Karate”
And the survivalist class called “Storehouse and Christian Survival”
Several Internet sources examine a controversy over Goff’s 1955 book Brain-Washing: A Synthesis of the Russian Textbook of Psychopolitics. The book is a compilation of brain-washing manual summaries reputedly written by the head of the KGB, Lavrenti Beria (1899-1953). The controversy arises over who was originally responsible for the American version of the compilation. Some claim L. Ron Hubbard, the founder of the Church of Scientology, was the writer/editor and other claim it was Goff. Massimo Introvigne has a comprehensive study of the controversy here.
According to his obituary published in the April 13, 1972 edition of the Greely (CO.) Tribune (via Associated Press), Kenneth Goff died on April 11, 1972 at the age of 57 after collapsing on a street corner in Chicago, apparently from a heart attack. He was on a speaking tour at the time of his death.
The obituary notes that Goff, a Baptist minister, had “tangled” with people such as entertainer Steve Allen and U.S. Senator John A. Carroll during his long anti-Communist career. According to the obituary, Goff also waged a war against the fluoridation of water in Cortez, Colorado in 1960. Goff was a widower who later divorced from his second wife. The obituary states that Goff is “survived by three small children of the Denver area, two brothers and a sister all of Wisconsin.”
Copyright 1962; Self-Published