Julia Ioffe of the New Republic wrote an article suggesting that President Obama dissolve Congress like Boris Yeltsin “did” in October 1993 . (I plan to expound on Russian presidents and their tyrannical predecessors down the road.)
Well, Boris Yeltsin, Russia’s first democratically elected president, was once faced with a similar situation exactly 20 years ago, in October 1993. The parliament, then called the Supreme Soviet, was increasingly against Yeltsin’s neoliberal economic reforms (suggested to him by young Western advisors like Jeffrey Sachs). On one hand, these reforms freed up the old Soviet command economy. On the other, they drove the country into chaos and violence, and left tens of millions impoverished, their savings nullified by skyrocketing inflation. The parliament, dominated by old Soviet conservatives, was increasingly against these reforms and refused to confirm Yeltsin’s key economic advisor. Yeltsin held a national referendum, a sort of national vote of confidence, which he won, and used it as a justification for what he did next.
Ioffe then tweeted the following:
Ioffe, who oddly enough was born in Russia and later immigrated here to the U.S. in 1990, should be ashamed for comparing Bolshevism to the Tea Party movement inset in American conservatism. Sadly, her post and tweet suggest that she’s ignorant of the Soviet history that befell her homeland.
Let me offer a few corrections to her claim.
1) The Bolshevik Revolution of 1917 was a bloody, undemocratic coup d’etat that lead to the rise of brutal dictators, or rather terrorists, Vladimir Lenin and later Joseph Stalin.
2) Bolsheviks (bolshoi, bolshe = ‘big’ in Russian) had a majority and succeeded in carrying out their bloody reign by eliminating the countless other parties in the Duma (Russian parliament)
3) The so-called Tea Party faction in the GOP (thankful it exists) is by no means a “majority” nor does it achieve its goal through murder or seizing full control of people’s lives via the government. It seeks to DEMOCRATICALLY elect people into office and frame a discussion on the value of American free enterprise.
4) Bolsheviks were proponents of Marxist-Leninism, which espouses full government control. Tea Partiers believe in constitutionally limited government.
As a Tea Partier and as someone whose family escaped the USSR, I always stress the importance of teaching the truth about the Soviet Union – not the revisionist wet dream glorifying Lenin and Uncle Joe. Millions of people died under the Bolshevik Revolution and later under Stalin’s reign of terror.
Simply put, Ioffe’s comments are asinine.
My goal is to bring light to the horrors and errors inset in Soviet communism and other Marxist revolutions. This will come with further reading and examination into the subject. Thanks to my family history and natural curiosity to counter the Left’s lies about this subject, I plan to fulfill this goal.
Too many young people have been lied to and deceived about the brutal reality of Soviet communism. We can’t allow revisionist history to deceive any longer.
[Note: Twitchy highlighted some tweets, including two of mine, in response to Ioffe’s tweet.]
- Bolsheviks, she cried. (nationalreview.com)
- Annoyed with Shutdown, Liberal Outlets Pine for Monarch, Armed Crackdown on GOP (mediaite.com)
- Liberal New Republic suggests Obama use military against Tea Party (gopthedailydose.com)
- The New Republic has some advice for Obama – from Boris Yeltsin – involving tanks (twitchy.com)
- What Message Did This Liberal Site Try To Send With This Tweet? (theblaze.com)
- Did The New Republic call for Obama to dissolve Congress? (watchdog.org)