By Richard Larsen
Published – Idaho State Journal, 06/14/2009
It has been alarming to me how the landscape of the American economy has become so dramatically altered over the past few months. The lines have become increasingly blurred between government ownership and corporate control with what’s happened in the auto and banking industries, and it appears the administration is not going to stop there. Next stop is healthcare. Even more alarming, is the fact that so many of our fellow citizens fail to recognize in that blurring of the lines, the transition to a more socialist system where the government controls the means of production in the economy, even though that tenet is fundamental to socialistic dogma.
Sometimes it takes an outsider who has been there and done that, to point out how far we have slid down that slippery slope. Last month Pravda, the Russian news agency, ran a column by Stanislav Mishin that served that very purpose. But since not too many of us frequent the pages or the online postings of Pravda, I’m sure most of us missed his astute observations.
Mishin states at the outset, “It must be said, that like the breaking of a great dam, the American descent into Marxism is happening with breathtaking speed, against the back drop of a passive, hapless ‘sheeple,’ excuse me dear reader, I meant people.” Who better to recognize the symptoms of an economic and political system in transition, than one who has lived under it!
He continues, “The initial testing ground was our Holy Russia and a bloody test it was. But we Russians would not just roll over and give up our freedoms and our souls, no matter how much money Wall Street poured into the fists of the Marxists. Those lessons were taken and used to properly prepare the American populace for the surrender of their freedoms and souls, to the whims of their elites and betters.” Harsh words, no doubt, but stated with alarming clarity and perspicacity.
Describing how this descent has been made possible, he explains, “First, the population was dumbed down through a politicized and substandard education system based on pop culture, rather than the classics. Americans know more about their favorite TV dramas than the drama in DC that directly affects their lives. They care more for their ‘right’ to choke down a McDonalds burger than for their constitutional rights. Then they turn around and lecture us about our rights and about our ‘democracy.’ Pride blind the foolish.
“Then their faith in God was destroyed, until their churches, all tens of thousands of different ‘branches and denominations’ were for the most part little more than Sunday circuses.
“The final collapse has come with the election of Barack Obama. His speed in the past three months has been truly impressive. His spending and money printing has been record setting, not just in America's short history but in the world. If this keeps up for more than another year, and there is no sign that it will not, America at best will resemble the Wiemar Republic and at worst Zimbabwe.” No wonder Hugo Chavez declared that he and Fidel Castro are ideologically to the right of Obama!
Referring to the financial advisors of the administration, and their role in this transformation, he says of these financial “oligarchs,” that they “…are now gorging themselves on trillions of American dollars, in one bailout after another. They are also usurping the rights, duties and powers of the American congress. Again, congress has put up little more then a whimper to their masters.”
He reminds us, “Prime Minister Putin, less than two months ago, warned Obama and UK's Blair, not to follow the path to Marxism, it only leads to disaster. Apparently, even though we suffered 70 years of this Western sponsored horror show, we know nothing, as foolish, drunken Russians, so let our ‘wise’ Anglo-Saxon fools find out the folly of their own pride.
“Again, the American public has taken this with barely a whimper.” Remember the “Tea Parties” from April? At least a few of us are whimpering. And we should do much more!
Forcefully, and insightfully, he concludes, “The proud American will go down into his slavery without a fight, beating his chest and proclaiming to the world, how free he really is. The world will only snicker.”
Five decades ago, then U.S. Secretary of Agriculture, Ezra Taft Benson spoke of a visit he had with then Soviet Premier Nikita Khrushchev. “He [Khrushchev] indicated that my grandchildren would live under communism…He arrogantly declared, ‘You Americans are so gullible. No, you won’t accept communism outright. But we’ll keep feeding you small doses of socialism until you’ll finally wake up and find you already have communism. We won’t have to fight you. We’ll so weaken your economy until you fall like overripe fruit into our hands.’”
Prophetic? It appears to be. But the Russians learned. Apparently we will learn the hard way as well.