Resurgent: Soviet Refugees Don’t Like Bernie Nor Trump

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There is an interesting article in The Atlantic this week examining the voting patterns of older Russian-American immigrants who escaped the Soviet Union. It’s titled, “Why Russian Immigrants Hate Bernie Sanders and Love Donald Trump“. Naturally, it piqued my interest given my family history and parents’ similar journey from Soviet-occupied Lithuania to the United States 30 years ago. So I read the article and did my best to absorb the subject matter.

This voting bloc, though small, inclines themselves to conservatism given how skeptical they are of big government, unwarranted 24/7 surveillance, high taxes, and anti-life measures. Those who’ve lived under tyranny–my parents included–refuse to support anyone (Left or Right) who seeks to resurrect this here in the United States.

The article gives an interesting glimpse into Russian-Jewish immigrants currently residing in the Bay Area, who echo similar sentiments to their compatriots residing in New York City. The majority of those profiled in the article were fiercely anti-communist, non-religious/religious, or politically conservative. They didn’t offer positive words for either Clinton or Sanders. When pressed about whom they supported for president on the Republican side, there responses were more mixed. Several expressed support for Ted Cruz, while others expressed support for Donald Trump.

The article did a decent job of demonstrating this group’s generally conservative inklings, but fell short on a few things:

Continue reading at The Resurgent. 

 

Counter Cultured: Cancel Out Noise With Help From Kenny Chesney

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Are you easily distracted? Glued to technology? Don’t know when to relax? When too much noise clouds your judgment, it’s time to re-evaluate.

We all are guilty of succumbing to distractions. The ebb and flow of life, along with endless choices afforded to us compounded by a crazy news cycle, sometimes compel even the most disciplined people to get sidetracked. When we realize certain distractions have more costs than benefits, we accordingly must do the following: reshuffle, reprioritize, and reorganize.

There are many distractions one can experience like temptation, gluttony, social media, or being hooked to technology. Distractions can be easily conquered—thanks to the help of music like Kenny Chesney’s new single, “Noise.”

The country music singer announced the new single on March 24th after stirring up a lot of excitement for it on his social media accounts. The song—which is symbolically reminiscent of Miranda Lambert’s  2014 hit song “Automatic”—just hit the airwaves and has become popular on country radio. Why? It’s catchy and has an interesting message.

Continue reading at Counter Cultured. 

Wash Times: Cuba could be liberated by firearms

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Despite the Cuban embargo being lifted in December 2014, the island nation is still ravaged by collectivist policies like gun control.

Could the presence of privately-owned firearms held by citizens help pivot Cuba towards the path to freedom? It’s very plausible.

Ever since the Castro regime violently and ruthlessly rose to power in 1959, the presence of firearms has been nonexistent. Since installing a military dictatorship, the Castro brothers have made private gun ownership impossible, subject to regulation, and punishable by law. Cubans have thus been rendered defenseless — a factor convincing many Cubans to flee the communist nation for freedom elsewhere.

Cuba’s government has deliberately created an environment where a Second Amendment can’t thrive. It has complete pull over all industries in the country, including the firearms industry. It assigns responsibilities to loyalists in Committees for the Defense of the Revolution (CDR) — thuggish neighborhood watch programs slipping into obsolescence — to enforce laws to discourage dissent, instill fear in neighbors who fail to goose-step with the regime, and provide so-called security for those who pledge to a CDR. Moreover, the government exploits disarmament policies to instill fear in people.

Despite the terror seen under the Castro regime, some Cubans have accepted the military dictatorship in place. If Cuba were to become capitalist like the United States, some suggest, changes in gun laws could be possible and therefore lead to violence.

Continue reading at Washington Times.

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

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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.

Debut Resurgent Article: Sanders Gets Schooled by Garry Kasparov

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Americans who are most receptive to socialism are those who have yet to experience it firsthand. Such is the case with socialist U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders (I-VT) and many Democrats today.

The Democrat presidential candidate isn’t shy about his support for wealth redistribution or  a 90 percent income tax rate to make society more “equitable.” In fact, his affinity for collectivist policies only grew after honeymooning in the so-called workers paradise, the now-defunct Soviet Union.

Why does a washed-out Bolshevik septuagenarian have widespread appeal among young leftists? Like his comrades in academia and the media, Sanders has cast a magical socialist spell on Millennials with “cool” promises of free college tuition, cradle-to-grave dependency, student loan forgiveness, and unicorns-for-all.

Heaven forbid someone who lived behind the Iron Curtain and later fled it educate Comrade Sanders and his supporters about the grim realities of big government policies!

Thankfully, one outspoken survivor of Soviet communism – Garry Kasparov- is bold enough to challenge Sanders’ rallying cry for socialism in America.

Continue reading at The Resurgent.

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