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October 10, 2013 - 7:47 pm

A PJTV volunteer was out Thursday night with the Truckers Ride for the Constitution preparations outside Washington, D.C. He captured this interview with Andre, a trucker who emigrated from Russia. Andre told our correspondent that he fears for America’s future.

“I am sick and tired of the situation that’s happened, that elitists manipulate,” Andre says.  ”Like, in America and Russia is the same story.”

“I’m just sick and tired of these regulations, they’re trying to take all our money that we’re making to pay for this federal endorsed printing,” Andre complained, warning that inflation will strike the U.S. economy, robbing our currency of its value.

PJTV’s volunteer asked Andre if he sees any parallel between the direction the U.S. is taking now, and Russia of old.

“Right now, I’m kind of scared,” Andre admitted. “I came to America because I thought this country is like, number one, but now I see that America is taking a real way, like Stalin did.” One piece of evidence that Andre provided is the consistent attack from the left on the right to bear arms.

The Truckers Ride for the Constitution starts Friday on the DC Beltway.

Bryan Preston has been a leading conservative blogger and opinionator since founding his first blog in 2001. Bryan is a military veteran, worked for NASA, was a founding blogger and producer at Hot Air, was producer of the Laura Ingraham Show and, most recently before joining PJM, was Communications Director of the Republican Party of Texas.

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Honestly, I think the best thing would be for the government to collapse, like in the USSR, and the country break up into several smaller countries along regional lines.

We're treated much worse by Washington than the English treated the colonists. We have perfectly decent state governments. We don't need the federal one anymore. Regional ones would be much better.
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The ONLY constant I see with those supporting Socialism, Trotskyism or the nonsensical Democratic Socialism is when not 'if' they fail is the aforementioned then ALWAYS turn to some sort of anarchism.

Sadly our then-Speaker Pelosi said of the squatters- 'Occupy' turds.. '..bless them..'.

Our MSM, which is similar in many instances to then-1970's Pravda provided a great deal more bad press to Tea Party gatherings. Why? There was NO ONE, I repeat no one who'd been a victim of theft, assaulted, o d, shot nor the police assaulted and/ or falsely accused of running a person over like the Occupy dips hits engaged in.

The game's rigged and the only folks whom are loudest and receive the most mike time are low informed Illiberals.

Stalin, Khrushchev would have the biggest s hit eating grins on their faces this day and age.
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thepeoplescube founder and former Russian Oleg Atbashian says inasmuch with humor from the aforementioned site or his occasional PJM contribution.. which is long overdue!
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We are agonizing over this because Barack Obama won the presidency, whether fairly or not. If the libertarians had supported Romney we might very well now be in serious negotiations and planning for deficit reduction and government downsizing. Not that Romney is a native downsizer, but that he would seek a broad based agreement to insure the economic health of the nation and would attempt to reach an agreement with the more conservative wing of his party on how to insure the health of the nation. In short, he is an American at heart. But too many people were taking their ball home rather than play with the team they had. So the other team won. This nation is not lost, not yet. All we need is a change of the presidency and we will begin to make things right. I personally am excited about Ted Cruz. But in the pinch, a moderate Republican is always better than any kind of Democrat.
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I tried to wade through Solzhenitsyn's "Gulag Archipelago" but couldn't finish it because it was so unremittingly black and pessimistic. I don't know that I ever want to take any Russian's worldview as an accurate reality because they seem to breed sad DNA in their genetic profiles. I certainly don't like the way America is headed under Obama but (1) as long as we have guns we're not like Russia, and (2) as long as Russia and China are stealing our ideas we haven't lost our standing vis-a-vis either of those countries. I don't think I'm going to base either my world-view nor my mood on what some depressed Russian immigrant thinks he sees happening.
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I understand why you gave up on the Gulag Archipelago: it IS black and depressing for the most part. But if you stay with it long enough, you'll find that there are some very positive parts about the triumph of the human spirit, especially in the last half of the third (and final) volume. The indominatible Georgi Tenko particularly comes to mind, especially in how he could almost certainly have effected a very successful escape from the Gulag by doing one small cowardly act and let himself be recaptured rather than doing that one thing.

As for Gulag being pessimistic, I don't think that this the right term. Pessimism basically means that you don't think the future will be very bright. While the inmates of the Gulag could certainly not be blamed for feeling that way, I think Solzhenitsyn consciously chose not to try to make people good about what had happened under Stalin. I think the book is fundamentally his attempt to speak the truth about what happened and to bear witness to what he and his countrymen endured. Sugar-coating the horror with dreams of rainbows and unicorns would have been profoundly dishonest and would have done a grave disservice to all those who suffered in the Gulag. Only 1 in 7 of the people who entered the Gulag left it alive. Ignoring or downplaying that fact would have deeply compromised his attempt to bear honest witness to what he - and the 200 other survivors he interviewed - saw.

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maybe he is depressed, and it's not that you have to base your mood on something he thinks... but he, as any other immigrant that fleed from tyranny in other countries, is the canary in the coal mine, he is giving you an early warning and he is right. He is depressed not because he is wrong, but because he is right, he lived something similar in the past and doesn't want to see it a second time in life-in America nonetheless
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Agreed!

One small nit however: Andre, the Russian emigree, is clearly not old enough to have experienced Stalin's Terror first hand (Stalin died in 1953 so Andre would have to be at least 60 to have been alive during Stalin's life) so he is not talking about what he personally witnessed. However, it is said that not a single family in the entire Soviet Union was untouched by Stalin's Terror so he is presumably more than familiar with what happened from family stories.
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The Economist had a report a couple of months ago concerning compliance costs to the private sector. This is on top of taxes and obamacare. Net cost?

2.1 Trillion per year, and rising. Tyranny has a price tag bigger than most people can imagine.

As far as regionalizing, I am against it. But I would suggest this: Texas, Oklahoma, and Alaska should become sovereign territories with enumerated powers not subject to federal jurisdiction. That move alone will bolt the US into the power player it once was. Make it a 40 year treaty with provisions to rejoin the Union when conditions based on freedom are met.

The USA will become the dominate power in the world for the simple fact that we will control the world energy market. See you later OPEC.

To see an explosion of economic activity, seed all federal property to the states. Probably won't help much in California, Oregon, or a few other states that have gone over the cliff. But overall, it will be a boom like no other in US history.
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Honestly, I think the best thing would be for the government to collapse, like in the USSR, and the country break up into several smaller countries along regional lines.

We're treated much worse by Washington than the English treated the colonists. We have perfectly decent state governments. We don't need the federal one anymore. Regional ones would be much better.
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Of course you are ludicrously wrong.

If anything, given the current state of the globe, we need a geographically larger area to be safe from undue interference in local politics from foreign entities.

The trick is to shrink the federal government from itself being the undue interference in local politics.

Strangely enough, the constitution the treasonous NeoConfederates like ScottH, MarkV, and Art Chance want to discard or think we'd have been better off discarding in 1860--everyone of them as treasonous as Benedict Arnold--allows for just what you speak of without abandoning the constitution.

I speak of compacts among the states, which do not need to be compacts among all the states, but can be regional.
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Agree, Tom. Spot-on analysis. Repeal the 14th amendment. Repeal the 16th amendment (and the 17th for good measure).

Then you can begin dismantling the entitlement programs, and with those you may safely remove 60% of the operating budget of the U.S. Federal Government.

Imagine the economic boom that would result in this country.
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I doubt you'll agree with this then. There's nothing wrong with the 14th amendment, it should be kept. There's nothing wrong with an income tax, it is the least inherently distorting tax we could have, and the return could and should fit on a post card--a damn sales tax would be a postcard a day per-person. The 17th amendment fixed a real problem by making a worse one--the executive of a state should be able to fill for the reminder of the term by by unconfirmed appointment any seat vacant for more than 30 days--that would be a far better fix, and I'd prefer the same but also letting the executive fill one seat, the state legislature another (each of those two senators having unlimited term but at the pleasure of the seating power), and the people elect one to non-consecutive but otherwise unlimited term of four years.

The next amendment should specify the commerce clause deals solely with creating a free-trade zone within the United States.
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