I’m Proud to Be A Child of Legal Immigrants

I know I say this a lot, but words can’t describe how incredibly proud I am to be a child of immigrants. My parents sacrificed so much to come here from the former Soviet Union nearly 29 years ago. They learned English, started their own business, and instilled their love of freedom in us–all the while preserving their Lithuanian traditions. They are the best immigrants my sister and I know. Though the process to become U.S. citizens was arduous, they successfully completed it and are grateful for being bestowed opportunities unseen elsewhere in the world.

Our politicians need to stop treating immigrants as pawns for political expediency. In the past, immigrating to America was highly revered and treated with dignity. Today, bureaucrats dangle welfare and taxpayer money in front of people’s faces to lure them into paternalistic government. Additionally, they perpetuate racial division and accuse amnesty opponents of being “xenophobic” if we suggest the need to reform legal immigration and discourage illegal immigration. Additionally, some will accuse us of being anti-free market if we desire to secure the border and want to stop emboldening entitlement spending. (What?) Government is already too gargantuan…

“But but but, immigration is broken!” Immigration is only broken because government bureaucrats and crony capitalists have manipulated the system to line their pockets at our expense. If immigrating to the U.S. was truly grotesque and inhumane as some suggest, what explains millions of people flocking here year after year to enjoy a better life? Please spare us your faulty emotional arguments.

Talk to any legal immigrant from any background and creed–whether from Europe, Asia, Africa, South America, etc. They abhor amnesty and will tell you how deleterious it is for people like them who don’t cheat the system. They will tell you how much they love this country and how hard they worked to get citizenship. Isn’t it ridiculous that 4.4 million people who are taking the right path to citizenship have to wait years, while those who come here illegally are appeased to and easily accommodated? Want to talk compassion for immigrants? Be compassionate to immigrants who don’t admonish our laws.

How do we go forward despite a president with a penchant for unconstitutional authority? Reduce the size and scope of government while adhering to our laws.

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.

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Support Igor Birman’s Bid for Congress

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Last night, my sister and I attended Liberty Karaoke here in Arlington, VA to support Igor Birman’s Congressional bid in California’s 7th District.

Normally I don’t go out of my way to support every Republican candidate because many fail to uphold conservative principles. However, Igor Birman is not your usual candidate. He escaped the Soviet Union at age 12 alongside his family and came here in 1994. He’s both fiscally and socially conservative. He’s anti-establishment.

Igor is a candidate who can help pivot California in the right direction.

As a child of Soviet immigrants myself, I can greatly relate to Igor. He understands the problems inset in big government policies. He gets the importance of never taking our freedoms for granted. He holds no punches and is a fighter. And of course I would be partial to a fellow California conservative. Who wouldn’t be?

If you need any more reason to vote for or support Igor, check out his campaign video:

Like what you see? Donate to his campaign: http://www.igorbirman.com. He faces two Republicans and incumbent Democrat Ami Berra in the jungle primary on June 3rd, 2014.

I’ve donated to his campaign, and I hope you join me in doing so. Ultimately all members of Congress represent ALL of us, not solely their constituents. There’s no better person to represent us in Congress than a man who saw firsthand how destructive big government policies were in the former Soviet Union.

Follow Igor on Twitter, LIKE his Facebook page, and check out his campaign website.

 

 

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!

Bolsheviks and Tea Partiers Have NOTHING in Common

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.)

She writes:

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:

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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.]

On Syria and American Exceptionialism: Don’t Trust Megalomaniacs Obama and Putin

I stumbled upon Russian President Vladimir Putin’s article in the New York Times. Not surprisingly, I took issue with Putin’s charge that America isn’t exceptional.

Putin writes:

And I would rather disagree with a case he made on American exceptionalism, stating that the United States’ policy is “what makes America different. It’s what makes us exceptional.” It is extremely dangerous to encourage people to see themselves as exceptional, whatever the motivation. There are big countries and small countries, rich and poor, those with long democratic traditions and those still finding their way to democracy. Their policies differ, too. We are all different, but when we ask for the Lord’s blessings, we must not forget that God created us equal.”

Perhaps it’s the anti-communist in me or perhaps it’s the very fact that my family escaped the former Soviet Union that I find Putin’s comments disconcerting.

Here are my thoughts about the Obama-Putin rivalry over who is the “better” world leader: I say neither! 
 
An ex-KGB officer (Russian President Vladimir Putin) who has been quoted lamenting the collapse of the USSR and has expressed interest in creating a Eurasian Union is seen as an adult when matched to President Barack Obama…
 
Unfortunately for Putin and Obama, both fail to understand how exceptional and unique America is. The USSR deprived all people of basic rights, and Russia today is no beacon of freedom. Why did many people, including my parents and family, flee the Soviet Union for the U.S.? America was exceptional and inviting to them because they could live in a free society, own property, freely express their views, and enjoy life without fear. The USSR was not exceptional; the U.S. was. America under Obama, who was mentored by communist Frank Marshall Davis and surrounded by anti-American mentors throughout his life, is departing from its founding and becoming mediocre. If you own a business, you didn’t build it unless the government subsidized it. If you are religious, you are seen as a bigot if you care about values and morals. If you are skeptical of big government, you are placed on a watch list. The list goes on and on. America has been subverted to political correctness (Cultural Marxism) for many decades, but its wrath has escalated under this president.
 
When it comes to Syria – a place where we have no business or vital interest in- don’t confide in Putin nor Obama. Putin wants to undermine America aboard and Obama wants to undermine her from within. Discern carefully and don’t place trust in these two megalomaniacs.
 
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