Resurgent Article: Emboldening Castros With Crony Capitalism Won’t Make Cuba Free

Below is an excerpt:

Although the Cuban Embargo has been lifted, those engulfed by the Tropical Mirage still don’t enjoy full-fledged freedom.

On Sunday, President Obama landed in the island nation to “repair” U.S.-Cuban relations. Unsurprisingly, the media are celebrating the occasion with their usual romanticization of communist countries as they did with the 2012 Winter Olympic Games in Sochi, Russia.

Obama’s visit is not only historic, it’s quite predictable. Given his past association with radical Marxist figures, a visit to Cuba should make him feel at home.

Continue reading at The Resurgent.

Happy 30th Freedomversary, Mom and Dad!

  
On January 9, 1986, my parents landed in the United States after a two-month stint in Italy following their escape from Soviet-occupied Lithuania in October 1985. 30 years later, they still love America more than ever before–despite malcontents in power positions trying to undermine her.

For this occasion, my sister and I wanted to surprise our parents with a gift they would cherish forever to mark this special occasion: lunch at a fancy waterfront near an airport (Reagan National) to give them a nostalgic reminder of how they arrived here–by plane. What better way to mark their arrival to the U.S. than this?

People get confused about our country of origin when we say Lithuania is our ancestral homeland. They think my sister and I were born abroad, when in fact, we were born stateside. (Fun fact:I was the first person in my immediate family to be born in the U.S.! I wear that as a tremendous badge of honor.) That makes my sister Anna Maria and I proud first-generation Americans!

I often share my family’s story to give others a sense of who I am. For without my family and my Lithuanian heritage, I wouldn’t be the young conservative activist and outdoor enthusiast I am today. My family’s struggles in the former USSR taught me many valuable lessons about appreciating faith, family, freedom, and free enterprise. They lived the socialist, Marxist nightmare many Democrats desire to implement here. They know firsthand America is the last beacon of freedom on earth.

My parents came to this country virtually penniless and with more limited English speaking capabilities. America was a strange new land for them. After picking up valuable skills, assimilating, settling in, and getting citizenship, they realized their potential and fulfilled the American dream. My dad owns a construction company, while my mom spent many years in corporate America working as a technological consultant. They are the best Americans I know. Imagine that–folks who lived behind the Iron Curtain to tell the tale AND become naturalized, red-blooded Americans? Only in America.

I’m proud of my legal immigrants parents and happily share their story. I wish more politicians would share these kinds of immigration stories instead of stories that appeal to crony capitalists and big government statists.

On this 30th Freedomversary celebration of my parents’ arrival to the United States, I want to reflect by thanking my wonderful parents–who’ve been married for nearly 34 years–for coming here and allowing us to be born here. We love you and will continue to cherish you forever!

xo,

Gabriella

New Townhall Column: Honor Victims of 20th Century Totalitarianism

I’ve penned a new column up at Townhall.com. It’s about Black Ribbon Day. Below is an excerpt:

The Soviet Union may have collapsed, but its decades’ long reign of terror shall not be forgotten.

The 20th century was marked by intense tragedy due to the pernicious ideologies of National Socialism and global communism that killed over 100 million people. Millions suffered and died under the tyrannical rule of both Adolph Hitler in Nazi Germany and Joseph Stalin in the Soviet Union, respectively. While the former usually receives resounding condemnation, the latter – particularly the Soviet variant – is wholly ignored by many today. That is why it is imperative to celebrate Black Ribbon Day on August 23rd, a day that commemorates the lives lost under National Socialism and Soviet communism.

Continue reading at Townhall.com.

Thank you to Victims of Communism Memorial Foundation, JBANC, and countless others for sharing my article!

New Counter Cultured Column: Communism is So Not Hot, Paris Hilton

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.

25th Anniversary of the Berlin Wall Fall: Tyranny Still Thrives Today

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 PM Stephen Harper Gives Epic Speech Condemning Communism

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.)

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.