Life Under Communism

It has only been a few weeks since Obama has been reelected, yet again, thanks in no small part to my fellow American Jews. President Obama has wasted no time in expanding his Marxist-inspired agenda. YES! Marxism! I lived it. We who came to America from socialist countries like, in my case, the USSR, have been trying to warn our fellow Americans of the frightening signs we see of the change from freedom and liberty to the domination of everyday life by government. An excellent example of our attempts is here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UnX7TNFIELg.

One of the most rewarding experiences of my early time in the United States as an immigrant was the study of American history. It became clear to me why America became the most advanced, powerful, and generous country on Earth. It was so very different from what I was taught in the USSR. I learned that the early American Pilgrims tried communism-socialism’s ultimate goal-in their first years here. They soon starved and were failing. Enlightenment came, and land distributed as private property. All changed for the better and they prospered. The Declaration of Independence and Constitution confirmed the lessons the Founders had learned from their forebears and contemporary thinkers like Adam Smith. As an immigrant I reveled in these learnings, these wisdoms borne out by America’s REAL history.

Barack Obama is often compared, by his followers, to Lincoln. This one quote by Lincoln says so much to debunk that view: “That some should become rich, shows that others may become rich, and, hence, is just encouragement to industry and enterprise.”    This is the exact opposite of Obama’s rhetoric, and indeed, his goals.

As a result of just one portion of his agenda, Obamacare, many American businesses are scaling back hours and laying off employees in order to avoid being crushed out of business by the new system. Socialism disregards the “source” of money to support its utopian aims. If a company cannot make enough money to sustain itself in business, there is no point in its continuance. Worse, it tells all those who might create wonderful, needed new products and services that their ideas will not come to any success; as the early Pilgrims learned. Eventually, all business would be, as in the USSR, run by government. We would live in the lines at the DMV everyday, everywhere.

Having grown up in a communist (AKA socialist) country where all services, including medical care, were socialized, I feel compelled to share some personal experiences:

Since all medical services were completely dependent on government funding, there was no choice but to ration care.  Everyone was considered equal-though some more than others-and being a doctor was not any more of a respected profession than a janitor.  Doctors, moreover, did not make any more money than the average citizen with the nation’s motto being “from everyone according to his ability, to everyone according to his need.”  There was no sense of personal achievement to drive excellence. In the city where we lived, which was one of the most developed cities in the USSR, there were many periods of time when hospitals were so short on supplies that the patients had to provide their own instruments and medications.  One of our neighbors in our government assigned apartment building came down with appendicitis.  Upon arriving at the hospital his family was given a list of supplies they had to acquire such as surgical tools and medications for the doctors to operate.  There were simply none available at any of the area hospitals.  His family spent the next several days attempting to acquire the necessary supplies while he suffered in agony.  By the time they were able to purchase what was needed, his appendix had ruptured and he died at age 40.

Another incident hits even closer to home.  My own grandmother had her tonsils removed on the advice of her doctor.  There was a shortage of qualified surgeons so my grandmother’s surgery was relegated to a medical student; of course grandma had no say in the matter.  In the course of the surgery the inexperienced medical student broke grandma’s jaw, which she had to have wired shut for over a month and was forced to nourish herself with a liquid diet.  Just when you think this couldn’t get worse, it does.  Ever since the tonsillectomy, my grandmother always had atrocious throat and digestion problems.  She got sore throats and coughs almost non-stop and had such horrible indigestion that she couldn’t consume any seasoning with her food.  It wasn’t until moving to the US in the 1990′s that an American doctor discovered that whoever performed her tonsillectomy also removed her salivating glads.  Even if this had been discovered at the time of the surgery, there would be nothing she could do under the socialized medicine system.

Another example comes from a family friend who was a medical doctor at one of the city’s major hospitals. He used to complain that he had a floor full of oncology patients who needed routine injections but only had 7 needles and 10 syringes available.  He and his colleagues had to resort to bringing their instruments home and boiling them on the kitchen stove in order to sanitize them.

Let’s talk personal impacts; my everyday life under socialism, I have mentioned medical care.  There are many more I can share about daily life. Since at its core socialism is rooted in regulation, like the compounding regulations of our President’s administration, there was not one single tenet that was not controlled by the government.  Since the government owned all goods and services one had to apply to receive even the most basic necessities such as toothpaste and toilet paper, which of course, were rationed.  We often laugh nowadays at family gatherings about having had to use newspapers in place of toilet paper when monthly rations ran out; the underlying message however, is far from humorous.

The government was very keen on indoctrinating schoolchildren, thus every single story in every single schoolbook would center on the glory of communism and its founders.  We learned to read from a story called Lenin was Never Afraid of Anything, while word problems in math involved calculating the outputs of communal farms.  There is an eerie resemblance to this in the school classes we saw on news channels that taught young American children to sing, “Mmmm, mmm, mmm, Barack Hussein Obama” verses extolling a man who’s past is apparently off limits. A man whose stated objective is to “transform America.”

In Soviet art class we were only allowed to draw representations of communism’s glory.  We could draw the Kremlin from all angles but one time I drew a squirrel and had to stand in the corner on my knees with my hands interlocked behind my head. Starting in the first grade the children were referred to as “young Octoberists” and had to wear a pin of a red star with a portrait of young Lenin in the center.  Upon entering the fourth grade we became “young pioneers” and wore a red bandanna around our necks to signify our allegiance to the Soviet cause.  The most admired child hero in our schoolbooks was Pavel Morozov, who reported his stepfather to the authorities for hiding an extra bag of rice in the basement.  The stepfather was subsequently executed and Pavel was glorified as an exemplary pioneer.

Even the most mundane aspects of life were regulated.  When cassette players first came out my mother wanted to acquire one for me.  She had to go through the process of filling out an application with her boss at work, known as the brigadier, who called together a committee to determine whether she had a need for a cassette player.  The committee declined her request because we already had a record player at our government assigned apartment.  When I outgrew my child-size bed my mom had to go through a petition process at her work again and then was put on a waiting list for a new bed for about a year before one became available for issue.  This, as is known by immigrants who fled socialism, is the tenet of shared misery where only those in the government lived in beautiful dachas and had luxuries we could only dream of.

I am certain that many reading these words would say that such things cannot happen here in the US.  After all, America is considered a world superpower and the most developed nation on earth. Yet we have a president who went on a tour to apologize for the very successes that, from my immigrant perspective, make America great. He targets private enterprise in a push to impose his socialist ideologies.  He is striving to put something as personal as our medical care into the hands of the government.  If we have the government in charge of medicine, can we really be sure that the horrors of Soviet medicine will not reappear here in the US?

This article is meant for all Americans. I am Jewish, but I lived the experience of socialism, a form of communism. I look at my fellow Jews and wonder, what are you thinking? Many doctors in the US are also Jewish.  I wonder how many were a part of the 70% who voted to reelect a president that wants to control how they care for their patients while taking away the majority of their hard-earned income. Many American Jews have become disconnected with our heritage as a people. One can remain linked to one’s heritage, whether Christian, Jew or otherwise while also embracing the guarantees of America’s freedoms through the Constitution. Israel is part of my heritage. I see all around me Americans of many faiths standing with Israel. I see a socialist president who clearly does not stand with our friend, Israel. I see the Obama-enabled “Arab Spring” collapsing. What was the REAL agenda? What is his REAL agenda for the United States? As a former Soviet immigrant, I know! I LIVED it.

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Will Islam Enslave Our Children?

“Mommy, pretty soon we’ll stand out for not wearing headscarves.” Thus, an innocent comment from my nine-year-old made me look up to see the virtual sea of women wearing burkas and headscarves around us in this busy shopping mall. This is the “National Capitol Region” or “NCR,” the swath of states and counties surrounding our national capitol, Washington, D.C. This is the seat of our representative Republic. This is-or was designed by America’s Founders to be-the center of individual freedom, liberty and the hope for all who seek these things. I have lived in the NCR for more than ten years. I am an immigrant from the former Soviet Union, where persecution and poverty, thought control and regulation made every day a study in enslavement.

I am a Jew. But I have sought to be tolerant of others because I have seen the results of my own people’s persecution. I have studied the Koran in addition to my own religion’s sacred texts. I have sought to be as impartial and objective as possible. With that said, I have come away from my studies with a validation of a frightening fact: Islam is an ideology of domination. There is no tolerance in Islam’s teachings. All must submit or endure the deadly consequences. The end-game of Islam is a world “Caliphate” where this ideology and its Sharia Law are dominant and without redress.

In trying to compare my religion’s worldview with that of Islam’s teachings I tried to find comparisons in intolerance. The most “religious” Jews are Hasidic or Orthodox. These people dress a certain way and hold to a very rigid rabbinical context of the Torah and Talmud. The vast difference in the Hasidic Jews’ strictness and the Muslims that surround us is that these Jews primarily keep to themselves and do not attempt to inculcate their beliefs on others. In stark contrast, Islam, ALL of Islam, is a religion seeking to control all human behavior on Earth. It is no coincidence that women in Islam are more property than individual free beings. The burkas and headscarves are part of a control mechanism that, from childhood, inculcates the dominance of men and the subservience of women.

America, until the late 1950s, was considered the “Great Melting Pot” by virtually all of its citizens. Our music was a blend of many influences but in great part by Black gospel and Blues traditions. Immigrants added their ethnic histories to their new-found freedom of individual achievement. Asians brought their solid work and study ethics and excelled in academics and  business. Virtually all but a few segments of the immigrant flow learned English and encouraged their children to go for the American Dream. All this changed with the Marxist inspired idea of “multiculturalism,” a tenet of DIVISION rather than unity. Each group was encouraged to seek its own identity away from being an “American.”

Add to this the reality of what the actual words of the Koran say, and the domination of all human activity is on our doorstep. Strike that. It is in our communities, schools and homes, preaching Sharia Law and the subjugation of women and all “infidels.” The FACTS are obvious to any who will look and who aren’t fooled by the mainstream media’s complicity. Will we wake up before it’s too late? Before the thing I treasured as an immigrant from the former Soviet Union, freedom, is lost? I no longer am sure. And I fear for our children’s. More than that… I will not lose our freedom without a fight! A petit mother may appear weak. But try to hurt her child and an attacker’s throat will be torn out.

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An American Jew; An American Quandary

A year ago I had thought I was done blogging. I’m a young mother and very busy. As a naturalized American citizen from the former Soviet Union, I had seen the evils of socialism first hand, every day! But I had thrown my hands up in frustration thinking that I will never be able to convince my fellow Jewish Americans about the dangers of the left and Obama’s anti-semitic agenda.  If I had a nickel for every Barack Obama bumper sticker written in Hebrew letters that I have seen and continue to see on a daily basis…  But the more I think about it, the more I realize that I cannot just idly sit back and merely complain while my adoptive country and the Jewish Homeland is at risk from the very people most Jews voluntarily elected into the most powerful position in the world.

As Obama’s first, and let us hope final, term comes to a close he has made no effort to hide his anti-semitic and anti-Israel sentiments.  He campaigned heavily for the Jewish vote and then wasted no time going back on his promises to the Jewish community once he was elected, thanks in no small part to the Jewish vote.  From snubbing the current Prime Minister of Israel at the White House, to supporting the Muslim Brotherhood in overthrowing the President of Egypt and Israel’s ally, to bowing to Islamic rulers and NEVER HAVING EVEN VISITED ISRAEL, his ACTIONS speak louder than his words.

It completely boggles the mind that any Jewish American will still vote as a democrat.  The same Jews that absolutely recoil at anti-Semitism openly endorse the biggest anti-Semite and his buddies to lead this country.  It is both perplexing and disturbing. Jews don’t need to be Republicans if the free market offends them so much. But at least they should be Independents and not the tools of the very masters who would destroy them.

 

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Happy Memorial Day!

This Memorial Day let us remember our heroes in uniform who have made the ultimate sacrifice for our freedom.  Every moment that we are able to live our lives as we please our service members are putting themselves in harm’s way, risking their lives, missing their families, and living in conditions many of us couldn’t imagine, fighting for everything that makes America great.  Many of us are celebrating this day as the beginning of summer, with pools and cook-outs.  Let us not forget our fallen heroes, who will never come home, never kiss their loved ones, or hug their children, but they never have to wonder whether they’ve made a difference.

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Socialism or Anti-Semitism?

On Friday, May 20 2011, President Barack Hussein Obama made his long awaited speech about the current situation in the Middle East.  In his speech, he called on Israel to cede much of its land to Palestinian terrorists and make itself a sitting duck for even more attacks.  Furthermore, he blatantly withdrew American support for Israel, our truest ally in the Middle East, when he stated that Israel must “defend itself-by itself…”  It is quite interesting, that not so long ago in 2008 then-candidate Obama, while courting the Jewish vote at AIPAC, claimed a completely different perspective on Israel.  In order to get 80% of American Jews to vote for him, Barack Hussein Obama made the following statements to his constituents in 2008:

And I know–and I know that when I visit AIPAC I’m among friends–good friends, friends who share my strong commitment to make sure that the bond between the United States and Israel is unbreakable today, unbreakable tomorrow–unbreakable forever.

We know that the establishment of Israel was just and necessary, rooted in centuries of struggle and decades of patient work, but 60 years later we know that we cannot relent, we cannot yield, and as President I will never compromise when it comes to Israel’s security.

Our alliance is based on shared interests and shared values. Those who threaten Israel threaten us; Israel has always faced these threats on the frontlines and I will bring to the White House an unshakable commitment to Israel’s security. That starts with insuring Israel’s qualitative military advantage. I will insure that Israel can defend itself from any threat from Gaza to Tehran.

Any agreement with the Palestinian people must preserve Israel’s identity as a Jewish State with secure, recognized, defensible borders. And Jerusalem will remain the capital of Israel and it must remain undivided.

Finally, let there be no doubt, I will always keep the threat of military action on the table to defend our security and our ally, Israel.

After he got elected, thanks in no small part to the American Jewish community, both in money and votes, Obama has continuously broken every single one of his promises regarding Israel and displayed his true anti-Semitic colors.  He had snubbed Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu at the White House, encouraged the overthrow of Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak by the Muslim Brotherhood, a sworn enemy to Israel, and now he is calling for Israel to divide Jerusalem, its holiest city which has never belonged to its Arab neighbors and relinquish much of its land, returning to 1967 borders.  Lest we forget that the land Obama is referring to was won by Israel after it was attacked by five Arab countries with long established armies.  Through bravery, courage, and G-d’s help Israel emerged victorious in the wars launched by its enemies and has given back much of the land it has won in exchange for peace.
I wonder if Obama feels that he has solidly secured the Jewish vote and therefore, can continue to further his anti-Israel agenda.  Maybe he realizes that American Jews will turn a blind eye on his anti-Semitism and keep voting democrat until it is too late because they value socialism above Israel? The socialism of Obama and the Democrats, as they coddle Islamists in their “workers of the world, unite” meme, is destroying Israel.  Just like the Jews that allied with the communists in the Soviet Union in the name of “equality” only to face further discrimination and subjugation.  As much as we tried to assimilate ourselves into the “equality” that communism promised it was always understood that we were second class citizens.  The one time in Soviet school when the Holocaust was mentioned my history teacher stated that the “real tragedy of the Holocaust was when ethnic Russians and Ukrainians were mistaken for being Jewish and killed while the actual Jews were able to escape.”  How disturbing it is to see that we have now come full circle with American Jews self-destructing all in the name of socialism.

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Think You Know Israeli History?

16 Important Facts About Jews, Arabs and Israel

1. Israel became a state circa 1030 B.C., more than two millennia before Islam.

2. Arabs from Israel first began to be called “Palestinians” in 1967 by Yasser Arafat and other Arab leaders, two decades after modern Israeli statehood.

3. After conquering the land in about 1250 B.C., Jews ruled it for more than 1,300 years and have maintained a continuous presence there for 3,300 years.

4. For over 3,000 years, Jerusalem was the Jewish capital. It was never the capital of any Arab or Muslim entity. Even under Jordanian rule, (East) Jerusalem was not made the capital, and no Arab leader came to visit it.

5. Jerusalem is mentioned over 700 times in the Bible, but not once is it mentioned in the Qur’an.

6. King David founded Jerusalem; Mohammed never set foot in it.

7. Jews pray facing Jerusalem; Muslims face Mecca. If they are between the two cities, Muslims pray facing Mecca, with their backs to Jerusalem.

8. In 1948, Arab leaders urged their people to leave, promising to cleanse the land of Jewish presence some 70% of them fled without ever being ordered by Israel to leave, most of those without ever having seen an Israeli soldier.

9. Virtually the entire Jewish population of Muslim countries had to flee as the result of violence and pogroms.

10. Some 650,000 Arabs left Israel in 1948, while about 850,000 Jews were forced to leave Muslim countries.

11. In spite of the vast territories at their disposal, Arab refugees from Palestine were deliberately prevented from assimilating into their host countries. Of 100 million refugees following World War II, they are the only group to have never integrated with their coreligionists. Most of the Jewish refugees from Europe and Arab lands were settled in Israel, a country no larger than New Jersey.

12. There are 22 Arab countries (with 800 times the land mass of Israel), not counting the Palestinian territories. There is only one Jewish state. Arabs started all five wars against Israel, and lost every one of them.

13. The Fatah and Hamas constitutions still call for the destruction of Israel. Israel has agreed under several proposals to cede most of the West Bank and all of Gaza to the Palestinian Authority, and even supported the arming of its police force after the Oslo Accords in 1993.

14. During the Jordanian occupation, Jewish holy sites were vandalized and were off limits to Jews. Under Israeli rule, all Muslim and Christian holy sites are accessible to all faiths and maintained in good order at Israel’s expense.

15. Out of 175 United Nations Security Council resolutions up to 1990, 97 were against Israel; out of 690 General Assembly resolutions, 429 were against Israel;

16. The U.N. was silent when the Jordanians destroyed 58 synagogues in the old city of Jerusalem. It remained silent while Jordan systematically desecrated the ancient Jewish cemetery on the Mount of Olives, and it remained silent when Jordan enforced apartheid laws preventing Jews from accessing the Temple Mount and Western Wall (Kotel).

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Obama, President of Palestine

Today, the day before Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is due to arrive in the US, President Obama has openly stated whose side he’s on, and it’s not Israel’s.  In his speech, he is attempting to back Israel into a corner, forcing it to make concessions to a so-called government, controlled by the HAMAS terrorists.  He is pressuring Israel to hand over more of its land its sworn enemies while the terrorists openly pursue their annihilation campaign.  It is quite interesting, that there were no “Palestinians” before Israel became a thriving nation.  Prior to 1948 they were Syrians and Jordanians.  Once they saw that Israel was succeeding as a sovereign country they suddenly started spreading propaganda of the Zionist “occupation” of their lands.  How disturbing it is that such slander can garner worldwide support and even more so, the President of the US can so blatantly disregard the truth in order to further his anti-Semitic principles.  Moreover, he is not so slowly, but absolutely surely withdrawing US support for our truest ally and only legitimate democracy in the Middle East by stating “Israel must be able to defend itself-by itself…” THAT MEANS ALONE! Obama is retracting US assistance. His leftist enablers cite all his good words for Israel. His ACTIONS show an entirely different path; one to the destruction of the Jewish homeland.
How any Jews can still support Obama is beyond my scope of comprehension.  He is aligning himself with foreign and domestic anti-Semites who persistently work towards destroying us.  How quickly have we managed to forget what it was like to be Jewish before we had a Jewish homeland of Israel.  Jews were the routine scapegoats for any misfortunes that befell the nations that gave them temporary refuge.  Subsequently, they would be driven from their homes and forced to settle in the next nation that extended enough mercy to accept them.  For the past 63 years we have been lucky enough to have Israel.  Now, as a patriotic supporter of Israel, Representative and retired Lt. Col. Allen West, said today: This could lead to the end of Israel.  Jews that support Obama are the shame of our ancestors.

Remarks by the President on the Middle East and North Africa

http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2011/05/19/remarks-president-middle-east-and-north-africa

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