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Say No To Socialism

From Stalin to Sequestration

March 6th, 2013 - 12:48 am

Scînteia went bankrupt, and Newsweek was sold for one dollar. But a member of the Democratic nomenklatura representing the economically ruined state of  California in the U.S. Congress — who is incidentally a stout admirer of and visitor to Fidel Castro’s Cuba — is preaching that the future of the U.S. oil industry is “all about socializing,” all about “the government taking over and running all our oil companies.”

In 1948, when the Romanian nomenklatura nationalized the oil industry, that country was the second greatest oil exporter in Europe. Thirty years later, when I broke with Marxism, Romania was a heavy importer of oil, gasoline was rationed, the temperature in public places had to be kept under 63 degrees Fahrenheit, and all shops had to close no later than 5:30 pm to save energy.

I have used these examples before, but I believe we should use them over and over, and over, because they contain our current drama in a nutshell. The sequestration imposed on the United States a couple of days ago shows that the Democratic Party’s socialist attitude toward money and its addiction to the illusory socialist recipe of “to each according to his need” can generate economic havoc even in a country as wealthy as the United States.

The fact that the Democratic Party’s nomenklatura believes it can solve our economic difficulties by again raising taxes reminds me of my old days in communist Romania. I used to repeatedly warn Ceausescu that Romania could not afford to keep losing $1 on every thousand eggs it was exporting to the West. My former boss always assured me, “We’ll make it up in quantity.”

American essayist George Santayana, an immigrant like me, used to say that those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it.

 


[i] Stéphane Courtois, Le Livre Noir du communisme: Crimes, terreur, répression (Ėdition Robert Laffont, Paris, 1997), pp. 258-264.

[ii] Doug Mainwaring, “We are all Tea Partiers now,” The Washington Times,, September 30, 2010, p.1.

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Its not a matter of socialism verses capitalism. Its individual freedom verses statism. Nazi Germany, the USSR and Red China are all examples of statism. Where a group uses that fascist power of government to control society and treat the people as a farmer treats his sheep. Our progressive fascists, AKA Democrats, want to use the power of government to solve all problems. They promise to be good, but whats to prevent the next Hitler or Stalin from using the unrestrained power of government to murder millions. Nothing.

Unrestrained power is like the one ring. The progressives would use it to good, but the result would be great evil. We have already seen that evil in the hundreds of millions murdered by other statists. Lets dedicate ourselves to preventing the "fundamental change" the progressive fascists want to inflict on our country.

We can already see that tyrant emerging in Obama. He as undoubtedly violated the constitution repeatedly. 4 recess appointments when the Senate was not in recess is 4 violations of the constitution. Modifying US immigration law to create his "Dream Act" is another. Then there is giving himself the power to grant states waivers to the work requirements of US welfare law which is another violation of the Constitution. These illegal acts make Obama a tyrant and make me wonder what other evil can we expect from him. Maybe we will see him persecuting his enemies like Hitler.
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Thank you, Mr. Pacepa, for trying to waken Americans to our peril.

Unfortunately, we've been so prosperous and protected (geographically) for so long that most Americans really do feel like "it can't happen here." Besides, if we don't wriggle too much, we won't feel our chains. . . .

I'm afraid it's going to get a whole lot worse before the Useful Idiots will wise up.
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STATE-controlled capitalism. China's a paper tiger.
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Thanks for laying it out so plainly General... can't wait to read your new book and see the documentary! Loved your book PROGRAMMED TO KILL!

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The USA is the fourth largest country in the world after Russia, Canada and China. If we think about the historical Socialist destructive forces that have created misery and chaos in Russia and China, as well as their burgeoning aims of weakening us, I can’t think of another form of philosophy that will weaken and damage this country more, and more easily, it seems. I don’t fear a foreign military takeover or a religious takeover, but I am damn petrified of this wretched philosophy taking over.

Do we really want to follow down the economic examples of Russia and China? We have witnessed that Socialism actually institutionalizes envy and self-sacrifice. We all remember the famous Hermann Goering quote, “Common good comes before private good.” Well, we have seen that axiom played out the world over, and it doesn’t end good. In fact, some of those former fascist states looked to the American bicameral system and capitalism to rebuild their ruined governments.

America is the first nation to be founded on the idea that sovereignty rests with its citizens and not with their government. Furthermore, the United States functions (or should) on the premise that the State is the tool and servant of the individual. For over 200 years, this premise has been tested, redefined and enriched by the countless immigrants, who left their mother countries to find greater social, political and economic opportunities here under a capitalist system.

The worst era of Congressional infighting was after our Civil War, and we find ourselves here again. The ideological battle will continue to intensify, I’m afraid. We can’t live on borrowed money forever. The founders principles and ideals will continue to be pressured and tested, and it is our voices that must continue to be heard against the rising tide of turning America into a recycled Russia or China.
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What do Stalin and the sequestration have in common? Absolutely nothing!
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Interestingly, leftists/reds understand that totalitarian rule runs through the economy, gun control and the evisceration of Judeo-Christian moorings. Therefore, each is being gunned for. As such, the Radical-in-Chief knows how to achieve the deconstruction of America, hence, its transformation - http://adinakutnicki.com/2013/02/18/obamas-march-towards-gun-control-runs-through-obamacare-via-its-definition-of-mentally-ill-commentary-by-adina-kutnicki/

Sequestration, the Pyromaniac-in-Chief's baby, was designed to unleash more economic pain than most even realize. Yes, he devised it!
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When Margaret Thatcher was first elected prime minister (1979), I happened to be studying in England. That was when I was introduced to the work of Karl Popper and Friedrich Hayek. I had already taken an unfashionably negative view towards Marx, Engels, Lenin, Castro et al. But the work of Popper and Hayek, together with the earlier work of Adams, Hume and other members of the Scottish Enlightenment, taught me one thing about socialism: it is deeply misanthropic in its inception and in its execution. Great article.
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Good observation... socialism is said to be a plan of shared misery for the masses. Btw, Popper was Soros's former mentor.
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Maxine is a whacko, pure & simple. And " Uncle Joe," as FDR called him? He is quite justly paying of his crimes against humanity in hell. See, our Father is just...
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The USSR may have collapsed, but did Russia really stop practicing Communism/Socialism/Marxism? Last I checked, they still have Karl Marx's statue up on display at Moscow, instead of it meeting the same fate as Lenin and Stalin's statue. I know if I were Russia's population and I wanted to stop practicing Communism, I would have torn down Karl Marx's statue in tandem with Lenin's statue in the 1990s. I wonder if you can explain that, Mr. Pacepa?
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Pacepa could lend plenty of insight on that, as did Anatoliy Golitsyn in his ignored CIA memos. Communism itself really didn't collapse, it just expanded, but not before morphing into a friendlier, more digestible form... called social democracy. Golitsyn, and others, warned us about it over 30 years ago.
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