Originally Posted 11/14/2012
wife, Kasia, told me the story from her family’s history this morning. I
already knew that her grandmother, after surviving the devastating
hardships of World War II in Eastern Poland with two small children,
being forcibly repatriated to a small village near Glogow, Poland
(ethnically cleansed in today’s lexicon), and surviving to the see the
return of her husband from Stalin’s Gulags (she had thought he was
executed along with her two brothers by the NKVD/KGB ),and the loss of
her oldest daughter to the flu and malnutrition, resumed her career as a
of the hallmarks of the educational system in Soviet dominated,
post-war Poland was the attempt to undermine any hope the Polish people
might place in non-socialist ideologies or people. They did so by
attacking the premises of faith in God, family, and any potential
partners in freedom.
grandmother passed on to her family how the NKVD/ KGB sought to
eliminate any faith in God by teaching children in a food scarce
environment that only Uncle Stalin could fulfill their needs. The
“teachers” responsible for political indoctrination knew the children’s
parents could not afford nor find sweets on the devastated economy.
They invited the children to pray and ask God for candy. When no candy
materialized, the children were invited to ask Uncle Stalin for candy by
writing letters to him. Those letters were answered with candy provided
through the “teachers.” The message for the children was clear: neither God nor their families could give them candy, but the government would.
reason for sharing the story with me was the Obama Administration’s
free phone giveaway just before the election struck her as so similar to
the Soviet use of children’s candy to get people to put their faith in
the government; rather than relying on faith in God, our personal
efforts, and the strength of our families to improve our lives. It is no
coincidence that so much of the Democratic “get in line and stay in
line” voting effort was oriented on social media and text messages sent
to cell phones.
can only wonder how many voter registration cards found their ways into
the hands of first time voters in close proximity to where those same
hands received their new cell phones. One must also wonder how many of
those same phone numbers ended up on the election-day text and tweet
lists of the Democratic Party.
method of undermining hope, which Kasia witnessed in her own childhood,
was to attack any potential partners in freedom by blaming them for
failures in the great socialist economy. In the 1970’s,
Poland experienced an infestation of the Colorado Potato Beetle which
severely damaged the potato harvests. The propaganda films from that era
blame the United States as having caused the epidemic of tuber eating
insects. Of course, those films totally ignore the releases of the
insects by the Nazis in neighboring Germany during the war and the
inability of the government directed economies to meet the demands of
the market for pesticides.
as the Communist government in Poland blamed the United States for the
potato beetle infestation, so the Democratic campaign commercials blamed
Romney and Bain Capital for lost jobs and the death of union family
members. This effort to undermine the hope opposing voters might have
had in Mitt Romney to restore the economy also worked. Although Romney
and Bain saved many companies and created hundreds of thousands of jobs,
millions of unemployed anti-Obama voters believed enough of the
anti-Romney potato beetle propaganda, and stayed home.
third and most disturbing part of this strategy of undermining hope has
been the Democratic message that the demographics in America have
changed so much that that it is impossible for the Republicans to ever
gain a majority again; “they are just too old and too white” and must
change their policy positions to get younger minority voters. At the
street-tweet level, this message is taking on racist overtones and
telling minority voters that this is the way to make racist old white
people pay for Obama’s programs.
The Democratic message of “Hope” truly undermines the hope of the American Dream.