Freedom Isn’t Freedom: 27 Years After Reagan’s Berlin Wall Speech

27 years ago today, President Ronald Reagan made his famous “Mr. Gorbachev, tear down this wall!” speech.

I like to commemorate important historical events on my social media platforms because an ignorant populace is doomed to repeat the horrible mistakes of the past if history is ignored or forgotten. As some of you know, my family lived behind the Iron Curtain and immigrated here as political refugees from the Soviet Union in 1986. My family, like millions of others who’ve fled tyranny for freedom, came here for better opportunities. Reagan’s leadership, along with that of several others, propelled the physical collapse of the USSR. We must remember that freedom isn’t free, and that big government, when fully implemented, destroys liberty and kills.

Don’t discount the freedoms afforded to you here. Don’t look to our government for safety or comfort. Don’t let elected officials trample on our rights and our property.

New Townhall Column: Commies Aren’t Cool-Honor Its Victims On May Day Instead

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.

UPDATE:

Linked by Wayne Dupree and Heritage Action for America.

UPDATE II:

Linked by congressional candidate Igor Birman, Congressman Steve Stockman, JBANC, and Heritage Foundation.

UDPATE III:

Linked by Legal Insurrection and Victims of Communism Memorial Foundation.

Earth Day Rant: Green is the New Red

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.

New Townhall Column: Soviet Communism Was a Disaster, Not a ‘Pivotal Experiment’

Millions tuned to NBC last Friday night to watch the opening ceremony of the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics. Despite subpar construction, dingy hotel conditions, and athletes trapped in bathrooms, the Sochi spectacle was masterfully executed—except for the Olympic ring that didn’t budge and the glorification of Soviet symbols.

To anyone with family members that escaped the Soviet Union—including yours truly—the opening ceremony brought back terrible memories of the Old Country.

The opening montage began with, “Russia overwhelms. Russia mystifies. Russia transcends. Through every stage of its story, it’s resisted any notion of limitation. Through every re-invention, only redoubling its desire to cast a towering presence.”

The narratorGame of Thrones actor Peter Dinklage—continued by saying, “The empire that ascended to affirm a colossal footprint; the revolution that birthed one of modern history’s pivotal experiments. But if politics has long shaped our sense of who they are, it’s passion that endures…”

What’s so “pivotal” about centrally-planned government, food rationing, prison labor camps, a secret police, and millions of deaths? Much to the chagrin of NBC, the Bolshevik coup d’état and Joseph Stalin’s reign of terror comprised the so-called “pivotal experiment” in Russia.

Continue reading my column at Townhall.com.

UPDATE: Got a very nice shout-out from Stacy McCain at The Other McCain.

NBC Should Apologize to Victims of Communism for ‘Pivotal Experiment’ Comments

Wow.

Last night’s opening ceremony at the Sochi Olympics was painful to watch. Apart from familiar Russian songs, admittedly impressive visual effects, and great dancing, I wasn’t too impressed watching the Putin-orchestrated display. Gotta love the hammer and sickle motif-among many things-being front and center during last night’s proceedings! (Not.) If anything, the opening ceremony brought back memories of the pain the Soviet Union inflicted on my family, in Europe, and across the globe.

What irritates me (and should alarm you) about present-day Russia is its leaders’ aspirations to recreate a Sovietesque Union, its rampant cronyism, its disregard for free speech, and its refusal to condemn past crimes committed by their predecessors. I’m grateful my ancestral homeland was the first Baltic Republic to break away from the former Soviet Union.

Even more alarming than the ceremony was NBC’s commentary humanizing Soviet communism as a “pivotal experiment”:

Newsbusters has more on it:

NBC whitewashed Russia’s communist legacy in the lead segment of its Friday broadcast of the opening ceremonies of the Winter Olympics in Sochi. Game of Thrones actor Peter Dinklage narrated the network’s lionization of the largest country by land mass: “Russia overwhelms. Russia mystifies. Russia transcends. Through every stage of its story, it’s resisted any notion of limitation. Through every re-invention, only redoubling its desire to cast a towering presence.”

However, Dinklage continued with a glorification of the Marxist-Leninist totalitarian state that slaughtered tens of millions of people between 1917 and 1991: [MP3 audio available here; video below the jump]

(h/t Hot Air)

PETER DINKLAGE (voice-over): The empire that ascended to affirm a colossal footprint; the revolution that birthed one of modern history’s pivotal experiments. But if politics has long shaped our sense of who they are, it’s passion that endures….

[Right Scoop first brought this to my attention.]

Many people rightfully lashed out at NBC for singing praises of Russia’s “glory days.”

Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL) chastised NBC for ignoring Soviet crimes:

The Joint Baltic American National Committee – a group that promotes independence in countries formerly occupied by the Soviet Union – equally lambasted the Pravda wannabe for the ignoring horrors and deaths caused by Soviet communism:

Other Twitter users also took NBC to task for downplaying the horrors of the Soviet Union.

Late last night, I called on NBC to apologize for dishonoring the victims of global communism.

Who’s going to hold NBC accountable? I know I will. Will you?

The Sochi Olympics’ shortcomings shouldn’t be treated lightly. When making fun of Putin and mediocre conditions inset in modern-day Russia, remember the pain and misery the former Soviet Union wrought. Be thankful our relatively free market country is superior, cleaner, and intact.

USA! USA! USA!

23rd Anniversary of Lithuania’s Day of the Defenders of Freedom

Picture Credit: LTUWorld

Picture Credit: LTUWorld

January 13, 2014, marks 23 years since Lithuania’s Day of the Defenders of Freedom.

LTUWorld has more on the event:

On this day in 1991, unarmed Lithuania struggled for its right to be a free, independent and proud country. 14 people were killed, about 1000 were injured as the Soviet occupation army and the KGB attempted to overthrow the legitimate government of the country and to seize the Lithuanian national radio and television building, the TV tower and publishing houses. The people of Lithuania demonstrated their inner strength, they defeated the Soviet aggression and defended their freedom in the spirit of truth and love.

We will never forget that tragic day. The anniversary of January 13 is a day of history, emotion, and reflection for most Lithuanians wherever they live. Over the last twenty-plus-years, this day has also come to symbolize the resilience, kindness, and unity of the Lithuanian people.

This anniversary is always commemorated with forget-me-not flower pins. More on this custom below:

The pins represent forget-me-not flowers and they are meant to mark the Freedom Defenders Day in Lithuania.

As an American of immediate Lithuanian descent, I happily acknowledge Lithuanian holidays that celebrate freedom. Lithuania was the first Baltic Republic to leave the Soviet Union. Soviet totalitarianism brutalized the Baltics and other formerly occupied countries. This is something that needs to be told.

Growing up, I’d hear my dad tell stories about his time building the famous Vilnius TV Tower that the Soviets tried to seize in 1991. My mom also reminds me that my uncle, her brother, stood alongside other Lithuanians during this important day. Although my parents were already in America by 1991 – the year I was born – they were proud of their fellow Lithuanians for standing up to Soviet bullies.

No matter the demands for big government, freedom will always trump collectivism. Freedom is contagious; spread it around!