On this day 25 years ago, the Berlin Wall fell . This soon led to the physical collapse of the Soviet Union. This pivotal moment in history freed millions of people behind the Iron Curtain, including members of my family in Lithuania.
Below is footage from that fateful day:
Here’s a picture I took of a remnant of the Berlin Wall at Ronald Reagan’s Presidential Library in August 2012.
The fall of the Berlin Wall was symbolic in that it led to the physical collapse of the Soviet Union. It was also the tireless efforts of Reagan, Margaret Thatcher, Pope John Paul II–along with the indomitable freedom-loving people of Eastern Europe (including members of my family in Lithuania)–who brought the end of the USSR. From Solidarity in Poland to the Baltic Way in the Baltic Republics, the perseverance of those in Eastern Europe helped pivot the end of the Soviet Union.
Though the USSR collapsed, its pernicious ideas still permeate today. Putin’s Russia is Neo-Soviet, and he says the Hitler-Stalin Pact was justified. Cuba, North Korea, Venezuela, and countless other countries still practice tyranny today. And American universities whitewash Soviet crimes and even justify them. Marion Smith of Victims of Communism Memorial Foundation wrote an important op-ed in Wall Street Journal highlighting the danger of communism’s lurking presence:
To tear down that wall will require the same moral clarity that brought down the concrete and barbed-wire barrier that divided Berlin 25 years ago. The Cold War may be over, but the battle on behalf of human freedom is still being waged every day. The triumph of liberty we celebrate on this anniversary of the Berlin Wall’s destruction must not be allowed to turn to complacency in the 21st century. Victory in the struggle again totalitarian oppression is far from inevitable, but this week we remember that it can be achieved.
It’s important to educate people about global communism’s horrors and call for equal condemnation of Soviet crimes. I urge you to support groups like Victims of Communism to further educate the country about the horrors of global communism.
Remember to never forget.
Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper, arguably one of the most conservative premiers out there today, delivered a keynote address excoriating communism during a “Tribute to Liberty” event this past weekend.
Here’s some text from the speech, courtesy of Huffington Post Canada:
“During the 20th century, communism’s poisonous ideology and ruthless practices slowly bled into countries around the world, on almost every continent,” Harper said.
“The result was catastrophic. More than 100 million souls were lost — an almost incomprehensible number.”
The evening’s goal was to help raise money for Tribute to Liberty, which aims for a permanent memorial in Ottawa to communism’s “hundreds of millions” of victims.
In 2010, the Conservative government said it would support the monument.
Future generations of Canadians, Harper said, must be reminded that peace was earned through struggle and sacrifice.
In language reminiscent of the height of the Cold War, Harper lambasted communism and oppressive or even murderous ideologies.
“Evil comes in many forms and seems to reinvent itself time and again,” he said.
“But whatever it calls itself — Nazism, Marxist-Leninism, today, terrorism — they all have one thing in common: the destruction, the end of human liberty.”
Canadians, the prime minister said, are well aware of that destruction.
Below is the full video of Harper’s speech:
Here in the U.S., Congress recently approved Black Ribbon Day to be held August 23rd. This day will honor the victims of Soviet communism and National Socialism, which is much-needed.
Will Obama and the Left have the courage to condemn communism like PM Harper did? (I highly doubt it.)
I’ve penned a new column at Townhall.com called “Communists Aren’t Cool: Honor Victims of Communism This May Day” to highlight the importance of educating our fellow Americans about the horrors of communism.
Here’s an excerpt:
Comrades of the world, unite!
Today is May Day, or International Workers Day. What better way to mark this occasion than calling for the destruction of free enterprise or pledging allegiance to Friedrich Engels and Karl Marx. Don’t you know? Capitalism is evil and has caused more deaths than communism, says self-appointed historian and Occupy miscreant Jesse A. Myerson.
According to the Chicago-based group International Workers of the World, May Day began in 1886 with the help of anarchists and radical leftists:
On May 1, 1886, more than 300,000 workers in 13,000 businesses across the United States walked off their jobs in the first May Day celebration in history. In Chicago, the epicenter for the 8-hour day agitators, 40,000 went out on strike with the anarchists in the forefront of the public’s eye. With their fiery speeches and revolutionary ideology of direct action, anarchists and anarchism became respected and embraced by the working people and despised by the capitalists.
Rather than giving credence to disgruntled Marxists and communists on May 1, why not use this day to highlight the ills of global communism by honoring its victims?
Continue reading at Townhall.com.
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How interesting that #EarthDay coincides with Vladimir Lenin’s birthday. Bolshevik terrorist Vladimir Lenin and Earth Day founder Ira Einhorn have a lot in common. The former pioneered a movement that led to Russia’s collapse, global chaos, and death to millions; the latter killed his girlfriend and made a composite out of her.
Green is the new red, after all. Why? Big government and cronyism thrive on these environmental schemes to profit off of fear-mongering, foster group-think, and impose more regulations on businesses for the “sake of the environment.” I don’t know about you, but I’m certain everybody likes to have clean surroundings. True conservationists promote the environment through sustainable activities like fishing, hunting, and fracking/drilling. And if you suggest that “climate change” is not caused by humans or don’t believe the hype exaggerating natural changes in climate, you should apparently be imprisoned. Crazy! Modern-day environmentalism promotes technologies that are more expensive and truly harmful to the environment. Human life is expendable in the name of population control and abortion because we need to lower our carbon footprint! Fossil fuels are icky! Meat is gross!
ENOUGH. This movement is rooted in control and power. Don’t buy the hype and don’t consult bureaucrats if you want to protect and promote the environment.
You-the individual-can better the environment best.
In a time where government continues to expand and debt continues to pile on, leftists are convinced they are best equipped to solve America’s economic woes. Socialism, or Marxism, is the answer while free enterprise is always the enemy. What will alleviate income inequality this year? Rolling Stone’s Jesse Myerson says communism is the answer.
Myerson penned a rather telling article on January 3rd called “Five Economic Reforms Millennials Should Be Fighting For.” Here are his suggestions: “guaranteed work for everybody”, “social security for all”, “take back the land”, “make everything owned by everybody,” and “a public bank in every state.”
What’s Myerson’s grand conclusion? Rich people suck and the economy “blows.” Take Myerson’s proposal for ameliorating joblessness—a living wage:
A job guarantee that paid a living wage would anchor prices, drive up conditions for workers at megacorporations like Walmart and McDonald’s, and target employment for the poor and long-term unemployed – people to whom conventional stimulus money rarely trickles all the way down.
In actuality, raising the minimum wage hurts those in lower income brackets and kills jobs. It’s a useless anti-poverty mechanism that doesn’t benefit the poor.
Another proposal is to nationalize everything by financially burdening America’s top income earners: Think of it like a big investment fund that buys up assets from the private sector and pays dividends to all permanent U.S. residents in the form of a universal basic income.
The United States is unique because our government was founded on the premise of securing private property rights. Confiscating private property always leads to tyranny.
Continue reading at Counter Cultured.
I’ve penned another column at Campus Reform. This week, it is centered around a video from Portland State University featuring MSA and SJP students denouncing a pro-Israel event hosted by the College Republicans.
Here’s an excerpt:
College is meant to be a place where free speech comes alive. Different viewpoints are supposed to be welcome and intellectual diversity celebrated.
For at least one loud minority on college campuses, however, the rights and the privileges afforded by the First Amendment only extend to those who share their exact beliefs.
Let me give you one recent example.
The College Republicans of Portland State University, hosted a viewing of the 2005 documentary film “Obsession: Radical Islam’s War Against the West” only to leave after the pro-Palestinian group attempt a hostile takeover of the event.
Before the event began, pro-Palestinian activists attempted to route the event by storming the stage making loud announcements about a competing event in the hallway outside where students could “meet real Muslims.”
When the documentary ended things got worse. The “activists” yelled, shouted and attempted to pick fights with the organizers. The scene was reminiscent of feeding time at the zoo.
Continue reading at Campus Reform.
As a young conservative activist and blogger, I’m often enlisted with the task of communicating my thoughts over social media and in print. I’ve been blogging for nearly four years, and with each year I enjoy seeing my articles improve and reach thousands of people. I sincerely hope my words and thoughts inspire others to find their voice and speak out in favor of conservatism.
I had my first column at Townhall.com published today titled, “Surging Support for Joseph Stalin in Post-Soviet Russia is Troubling.” I wrote about the 60th anniversary of Joseph Stalin’s death and the significance it carries today with respect to condemning the Soviet butcher.
I plan to contribute regularly, so stay tuned!