31 years ago to the day, I was teaching computer courses in the former Soviet Union at the Institute for High Energy Physics in the Protvino facility about 60 miles outside of Moscow. It was an exhilarating experience, and an adventure to say the least. As the first American allowed into this restricted region, I got to see the Soviet Socialist Republic from “ground zero.” What I saw there was, at the time, of particular interest to a young man born and raised in the freedom of democracy. I saw the utter failure of socialism first hand.
At the time, I was amazed and saddened at how such bright and wonderful people could be forced to live under such an inefficient system. But the Commuinist Party was in control and after all, they knew what was best for their citizens and, by God, they would make damn sure they implemented their vision, like it or not.
The result was depressing to this American even back then. They were at least 30 years behind the West when it came to not only commercial goods, but their entire infrastructure from highways to medical facilities. The nightmare of that society has been etched in my mind for all time.
When I returned to the United States, I had a new-found appreciation for all that we have here; the freedom to strive for excellence in any chosen field of endeavor.
My mentor in the computer company I worked for was quick to correct me when I referred to what I had experienced in the (then) U.S.S.R. as “the Communist system.” He pointed out that it was actually a socialist system that was being controlled by the Communist Political Party.
At the time, I didn’t fully understand the significance of that statement. Sadly, today I do. I say “sadly,” because I am now seeing in my own country, a group of power-hungry politicians who are charging towards the same failed system of government. Only this time, the people and party who insist they know best how to run our lives aren’t called Communists. They are called Democrats. But the M.O. is the same: They “know” what is best for their citizens and, by God, they are going to make damn sure they implement their vision, like it or not.
Ladies and Gentlemen, please note your surroundings. Note your living conditions. Much of what you know about life in the United States is going to change. This is not a wild. dramatic prediction by a sore loser from the opposing political party. Not at all. I used to be a registered Democrat. I am now a registered Independent. But if the Republican party will return to its core values and roots, I might consider joining with them.
Because the Democratic party no longer represents freedom, democracy, or the free enterprise system that has become the model used by the rest of the free world and that which has led to excellence in scientific achievement, technology, and commerce the world over. Rather it has become the playground of achievement for those who simply lust for power to control YOU by controlling our society. They do so by rushing to the failed concept that, on paper, sounds so inviting to the masses: Socialized health care, socialized housing, socialized everything.
This, sadly, is an historic time. And just as those of us who were alive when President Kennedy was assassinated, young people today will long remember what life was like back before democracy in the United States was replaced by the mediocrity known as socialism.
How has it come to this? How is it that the once mighty United States of America has lost grip of its very foundation based on a free enterprise system where those who strive for excellence reap rewards while society benefits from their efforts?
Over the next several weeks, I intend to cite examples comparing what I found in the former Soviet Union to what I find today in the United States. There are similarities that are startling. More significant, however, there are stark differences that are just as distressing.
In the meantime, welcome to what will soon be known as The United Socialist States of America.