Forgetting Communism’s Evils
Memories are fading not only in America, but in Eastern Europe as well.
January 10, 2010 - 12:00 am
The non-appearance by the president of the United States to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall marks but one of many worldwide incidents of deliberate forgetting about the ravages of communism, an ideology that has killed over a hundred million people. We could have predicted during the campaign that President Obama would not think such an event important. The zeitgeist that rocked the vote ushered in a president who told a plumber that we should “spread the wealth”; in Stalinist fashion an Obama supporter / government official then used her powers to persecute him. A Rasmussen poll in April showed that only 37% of those under 30 favored capitalism over socialism; 33% favored socialism and the rest were undecided.
Voters have been educated for decades now on the standard of “social justice,” a Marxist concept but an oxymoron according to the founders of this republic. But our own president has taught such courses under the name of critical race theory. He did training and legal work for an organization that basically agitates the proletariat, ACORN. The year saw revelation after revelation about the socialist ties of his appointees.
So logically Chairman Mao graced the White House Christmas tree. This comes after the interim White House communications director was recorded as saying that Mao is one of her political heroes. The Chinese flag flew next to the American close to the White House, and the iconic Empire State Building lit up in China’s colors to celebrate the sixtieth anniversary of the communist regime. This all comes 20 years after the Tiananmen Square massacre.
The iconic Empire State Building is recognized by those around the world as a symbol of American freedom and prosperity. It, like the Statue of Liberty, has been recognized by immigrants, like my parents who escaped Marshal Tito’s communist regime with me in their arms as an infant. Such displays of tribute to communism are a slap in the face of those who lived through such murderous regimes.
The forgetting is happening in my native Slovenia, where it’s not even two decades since independence was won with the support of 95% of voters. Old peasant farmers still dare not speak of what they witnessed in 1945 when Slovenian refugees forced back home were shot and left to die in pits. Still a proposal came up to name a street in Ljubljana after Tito. Protests by those who remember Tito’s tyrannical rule may have led to a proposal to name instead a ramp connecting two highways after him. Pavle Borstnik, who follows politics in Slovenia, says that even the ramp name is an “abomination”; he is one of those who remember. In an article for a Slovenian-American newspaper, he writes about leaving Slovenia during his last visit:
Zbogom, Slovenia, I murmur to myself, farewell, you land of my youth. … I have spent only 20 years in your bosom and then people, who usurped the “powers,” slammed your door in my face. Forty-two years have passed before I saw you again and now, 65 years later, I am leaving you for the last time.
In the meantime, Slovenia grew up: it lived through a bloody catharsis and reached its independence, joined the circle of free nations, and then threw all of this to the wind, re-embracing the same criminals that disfigured its face.