This is one of the rare times I offer some praise to my alma mater, UCSD. Kudos to the administration for following through with the Che Cafe’s eviction from campus. You can read about it at Counter Cultured today. Below is an excerpt:
On Tuesday, the University of California, San Diego (UCSD) allowed the San Diego County Sheriff’s Department to seize the Ché Cafe. The co-op was handed an eviction notice on March 17, 2015, after more than a decade of back-and-forth over the building’s decrepit state.
The controversial cafe- which pays homage to communist Ché Guevara and is a backronym for “Cheap Healthy Eats” – first opened in 1980 and is considered a “hip” concert venue among UCSD students. However, not all of us who attended UCSD hold that same view.
When I attended UCSD from 2009 to 2012, I viewed that place as a worn-out, shabby communist compound. Many campus leftists had congregated there. Admittedly, it was a scary place to stumble upon (especially at night). More importantly, few of my classmates questioned its very name and corresponding tribute to communist thug Ché Guevara.
The proposed eviction, which was tentatively scheduled for Tuesday, has generated a lot of attention. Though outrage has been placed on the eviction, it’s greatly misplaced. Students and community members should be outraged by what the Ché Cafe stands for.
Continue reading at Counter Cultured.
I’ve penned a new column up at Counter Cultured today called “Communism is So Not Hot, Paris Hilton.”
Below is an excerpt:
Paris Hilton is partying with Cuban communists? That’s so not hot!
Hilton hotel heiress and celebrity Paris Hilton recently vacationed in Cuba. This comes after the Obama administration announced its intention to bolster diplomatic ties between our two countries, while easing restrictions on travel and exports. Hilton isn’t the only American celebrity to visit Cuba. Singer Beyonce Knowles and rapper husband Jay-Z went to Cuba in April 2013 to commemorate their wedding anniversary.
Most notably, Hilton posted selfies with Fidel Castro Diaz-Balart-son of Cuban dictator Fidel Castro-at a gala event with Naomi Campbell. She also posted, “Posing in front of the original “Habana Hilton Hotel” that my great grandfather Conrad opened here in 1958.” She called communist Cuba “beautiful” and “unique.”
Continue reading at Counter Cultured.
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.
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.
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.
Linked by Wayne Dupree and Heritage Action for America.
Linked by congressional candidate Igor Birman, Congressman Steve Stockman, JBANC, and Heritage Foundation.
Linked by Legal Insurrection and Victims of Communism Memorial Foundation.
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.
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 narrator—Game 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.