Yesterday was May Day, that special yearly Communist celebration of the glorious successes realized by the Socialist Dream. For those of you too young to remember, every May First, the Soviets would hold a parade through Red Square in Moscow, and basically show off their brand new missiles, tanks, fighter jets, what have you, and try to convince the world that Socialism was anything but the socioeconomic disaster that it truly was. Since about 80% or so of their GDP was tied up in military spending, trying to match the amount of weaponry produced by the 9% or so of our own GDP that we here in America spent, their Communist Utopia on display parade was typically just a march of their military, looking ominous. (Yes my figures are guesses and exaggerations here, but it is the broader point that I’m going for, so get off of my back.)
Every year on May 1, we here in America would receive a stark reminder that our enemy in the Cold War was armed to the teeth. What we never really knew was the level of self destruction that came with Socialism. Our enemy would eventually destroy herself, and what we needed to do most to win the Cold War, was to let her do it. The Soviets, as tenacious an adversary as they were, could not match our productive capabilities. They could not arm themselves to the teeth and feed themselves at the same time. As a matter of fact, even with our help in feeding their population, (America supplied the Soviets with more food for their citizens than the Soviets supplied for themselves,) the ravages of Socialism nearly starved their entire population.
How does that square with the Capitalism and Capitalists are evil crowd anyhow? The fact that we here in America always made sure that our enemy had enough food to eat throughout the five decade length of the Cold War must certainly be seen as proof of the opposite. Nothing that America has ever done supports the notion of the imperialistic label so vacuously attached to us by the tin pot wannabe dictators of the left, or the mindless sycophants that follow them. Name any other nation, at any time in history, besides Israel and the United States of America, that has taken the care and trouble to attend to the well being of an enemy’s populace during times of hostility.
What perplexes me on this particular May 1, in the year 2013 is this. Here we are, some 22 years after the Berlin Wall was torn down, and these very same tried and tested disastrous ideas are being posited as something new. It has been peddled with the same old cries of, “Hope and Change,” and the snake oil swallowed whole sale by 50.6% of our population. We, here in America, have had a Presidential Candidate campaign on a platform of straight out Marxism, and he has won election twice.
Now, I realize that there are a lot of young voters out there who have no real perspective, nor even a memory of what happened in Berlin some 22 years ago. I further realize that our public education system became crap precisely in 1978, when we decided to turn the whole thing over to the federal behemoth. I also realize that we have two entire generations who were taught Marxist dogma in place of basic economics. The problem of course is that typically, not only does this demographic not vote, but even if they did, they were never really enough to defeat by themselves, the demographic that should have known better. Barack Obama also benefited from the lack of an adult memory being possessed by other generations as a whole.
At the Brandenburg Gates in West Berlin, an arrogant campaigning Barack Obama gave us the Socialists sanitized version of the ending of the Cold War. According to our Comrade President, the scourge of Socialism was not crushed once and for all by the forces of good in the world, people who were trying to give the liberty and wealth brought about by allowing individual freedom to be the dominant concept in matters of economics and political structure to their fellow man. According to our Comrade President, the Berlin Wall fell as the result of a world wanting to come together, (doubtless singing Kumbayah while raising Unicorns and such.)
There are some positive things however that I wish for my fellow conservatives to grab hold of while we prepare ourselves for the next 42 months. One, laws can be repealed, new laws passed, and executive orders can be reversed. Nothing done by this President has to be considered permanent, at least not yet. Those very same geniuses who passed Obamacare, are now busy running from it, Dodd Frank will be next. If the Republicans are at all smart, they should not bite on a single appeal from across the aisle to help the Democrats get out from under these two things that they own completely. Repeal, and nothing else should be their mantra, all the way through 2016. Repairing the damage should be the campaign slogan for 2014 and 2016. Our Constitution exists exactly as it did on the day Barack Obama was inaugurated, and that’s the fundamental transformation of America that he missed. (Thank God.)
Two, While Ronald Reagan and Margaret Thatcher were instrumental in helping to bring about the victory over Communism that signaled the end of the Cold War, that victory would have been achieved eventually in any case. Communism had no choice but to collapse. I have met in my lifetime many former citizens of the Soviet Union, and all of them, to a person, have a real and palpable hatred for Socialism. Not a single one of the people who grew up in that system, were indoctrinated from birth as to its virtues, wish to return. This abberation in our national philosophy will also be temporary. Leftist ideology works beautifully on paper or in the class rooms where reality is kept comfortably at bay, and the fantasy world of Unicorns and such are allowed to be simply accepted as truth. When reality comes crashing through, as it inevitably does, the national mood will change, and change quickly.
Three, our Second Amendment is still a part of the Constitution. This should be self explanatory, but in case it is not, this is our guarantee that the government, no matter how big it makes itself, will still have an ingrained apprehension as to the level of crap it wishes to deal us. One of the reasons why the Soviet Union was able to inflict itself upon a population that hated its very existence for 80 years is that the population in question lacked the ability to resist. Josef Stalin made gun registration, (the first necessary step to a successful disarming of the public,) and then confiscation his primary goal immediately following WWII. While Comrade President Obama wishes to achieve this goal, he has no chance of succeeding, no matter how intent upon destroying his political career Joe Manchin seems to be.
Four, I am heartened each and every time I see our Comrade President take to a podium and whine about the constraints upon his power which is inherent in our Constitution. Clearly, this man believed the Presidency to be an imperial position. He was wrong, and thank goodness for that. The first 100 days of his second term have not been a honeymoon by any stretch of the imagination. Watching our Comrade Man Child in Chief rant like the emotionally scarred petty little adolescent he is each time America refuses to simply acquiesce to his desires is one of the few things that has given me joy lately, but what joy it does bring. It’s like sunshine in May, and a reminder that eventually, long cold winters do end.