I wil never forget reading Alexander Solzhenitsyn’s book “The Gulag Archipelago”. It was the kind of book that you don’t want to read but you feel that you have to. Not “have to” in an assigned sense- but out of an obligation to all of the souls that suffered during the Communist takeover in Russia. I felt as though I owed them the opportunity to tell their story and try to prevent it from happening again.
100 million people perished in the pursuit of “fairness” and countless others slaved away years of their lives in the misery of forced labor camps. Russians jumped from the frying pan of the peasant class into the fire of the communist police state. Solzhenitsyn documents the nations descent into hell in graphic detail. While in the gulag system, he documented the unbelievable cruelty of his countrymen. The image of Alexander being placed in a small wooden box with thousands of hungry bed bugs has stayed with me and become the embodiment of communism.
“The Gulag Archipelago” was the first real look at the true face of communism. Solzhenitsyn smuggled his book out of Russia and changed the way the world thought about communism. There was no workers “paradise”- it had all been a lie. Russians had a new master far more cruel than the last. Alexander Solzhenitsyn explained the situation best during his famous 1974 commencement speech at Harvard and in the following quote from a speech he gave in 1975 at the AFL-CIO:
“Communism has infected the whole world with the belief in the relativity of good and evil… Among enlightened people it is considered rather awkward to use seriously such words as ‘good’ and ‘evil.’ Communism has managed to instill in all of us that these concepts are old-fashioned concepts and laughable. But if we are to be deprived of the concepts of good and evil, what will be left? Nothing but the manipulation of one another. We will decline to the status of animals.
“That which is against Communism is for humanity. To reject this inhuman Communist ideology is simply to be a human being… It’s a protest of our souls against those who tell us to forget the concepts of good and evil…
“I understand that you love freedom, but in our crowded world you have to pay a tax for freedom. You cannot love freedom just for yourself and quietly agree to a situation where the majority of humanity over the greater part of the globe is being subjected to violence and oppression.
“Yet when one travels in your country and sees your free and independent life, all the dangers which I talked about today indeed seem imaginary. I’ve come a talked to people, and I see this is so. In your wide open spaces even I get a little infected. The dangers seem a little imaginary. On this continent it is hard to believe all the things that are happening in the world. But gentlemen, this carefree life cannot continue in your country or in ours. The fates of our two countries are going to be extremely difficult, and it is better to prepare for this beforehand…
“Two processes are occurring in the world today. One is a process of spiritual liberation in the USSR and the other Communist countries. The second is the assistance being extended by the West to the Communist rulers, a process of concessions, of détente, of yielding whole countries.
“We are slaves there from birth, but we are striving for freedom. You however, were born free. If so, then why do you help our slave owners?”
(Text taken from: http://www.orthodoxphotos.com/readings/seraphim/revival/alexander.shtml )
The communist lie is that you will be subject to no one- not even God. The reality is that in order to find peace in this system you must offer worship to Big Brother. The state has made a golden calf of itself and anyone who dares to resist the deceitful promise of the workers paradise on earth will instead suffer hell on earth.
Political correctness and government regulation have become the million threads that bind us. We are Gulliver and the Lilliputians have become our master. The government has regulated us into slavery.
Communism is alive and well here in America. The Obama Administration has launched a full scale war on freedom and the capitalist system all in the name of safety and fairness. Obama revealed his true intentions for our nation in the following quote:
“We can’t drive our SUVs and eat as much as we want and keep our homes on 72 degrees at all times… and then just expect that other countries are going to say OK. That’s not leadership. That’s not going to happen.”
This quote reveals everything that we need to know about Obama. Why can’t we drive our SUV’s and eat what we want? Why does the government get to tell us what to eat, feed our children, what car to drive, or who must pay the bill for such “services”? Obama wants America’s standard of living to be equal with the world. Despite our flaws, America has brought a higher standard of living, safety and freedom to the world. If America is brought down, there is no one to take our place. We will be equally powerless.
America is/was a unique country that valued personal responsibility, self-reliance and the rule of law. We have been twisted in so many knots through taxation and regulation that we are unrecognizable. America’s children can’t even sell lemonade without a license. The government has become the blob that devours everything in its path and grows larger, more powerful, and more predatory.
We are being consumed by our government. They have spent generations of money and forced us into a new moral code of political correctness through outrageous programs and regulations. For example, did you know that you can go to prison for selling orchids without government approval? You can’t give away food from your garden or milk from your cow either. http://www.economist.com/node/16636027
However, Americans must now fund abortions and birth control despite moral objections. They are trying to silence political and moral objectors in the name of “hate speech”. The Catholic Church is under attack and her bank accounts have been closed for their attempt at dissent. The Health Care mandate looms over our remaining freedom and will soon reveal the secrets that were inserted to benefit the Orwellian pigs in our government. Rush Limbaugh is being threatened with removal by the City Council of Los Angeles for spreading hate speech. The “Occupy” movement, spawned by Union thugs and Marxists, is promising to occupy our neighborhoods this spring in order to fight the abuses of the “1%”. This is just the beginning. Ask the Chinese, the Germans, the Russians, the Cubans, or the Koreans where and how this will end.
We get the leader that we deserve, and now that we have driven God out of the public square, godless men have come to take His place. They will rule like all of the others who have attempted to take God’s place – in opposition to goodness. There is no such thing as darkness- it is only the result of the absence of light.