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Wednesday, August 31, 2022

WaPo praises USSR's Biden

I don't speak ill of the dead not because they cannot argue back but because they cannot hear me. Why waste my breath?

Instead, let me take on David Hoffman's fact-challenged obituary of Mikhail Gorbachev, the 8th and final thug in charge of the Soviet Union, a communist dictatorship best known for killing about 50 million people and starving Ukraine into submission in the 1930s.

Hoffman wrote, "Mikhail S. Gorbachev, the last leader of the Soviet Union, who embarked on a path of radical reform that brought about the end of the Cold War, reversed the direction of the nuclear arms race and relaxed Communist Party controls in hopes of rescuing the faltering Soviet state but instead propelled it toward collapse, died Aug. 30 in Moscow. He was 91."

Well, at least Hoffman got the name and the age right.

Gorbachev ended the Cold War like Louis XVI ended the French monarchy.

As far as reversing the direction of the nuclear arms race, the Soviets dropped out of the race because they ran out of money. Reagan realized that and stiffed Gorbachev at the Reykjavík Summit.

As for relaxing communist controls, I think East Germans walking from Hungary to freedom in Austria had a lot to do with it. The Hungarian border patrol unwillingness to kill women and children encouraged others to escape.

One thing is for sure. Gorbachev -- Mister President -- did not tear down this wall. The people did. 

Hoffman tried his best to put lipstick on this historic pig, writing, "The Soviet collapse was not Mr. Gorbachev’s goal, but it may be his greatest legacy. It brought to an end a seven-decade experiment born of Utopian idealism that led to some of the bloodiest human suffering of the century. A costly global confrontation between East and West abruptly ceased to exist. The division of Europe fell away. The tense superpower hair-trigger nuclear standoff was eased, short of Armageddon."

Communism was not an experiment born of idealism. It was a brutal seizure of the state by thugs who then seized the economy in the name of the state. Every communist regime -- Red China, Cuba, North Korea and the USSR -- is harsh, brutal and humorless. The people in the USSR used vodka to dull the pain.

Hoffman and by proxy Jeff Bezos portrayed Gorbachev as a great reformer and statesman when in fact he was a party hack who vainly tried to keep a failed state afloat.

Not until Paragraph 51 does Hoffman admit this.

He wrote, "Five weeks after Ronald Reagan was reelected to a second term, in December 1984, Mr. Gorbachev made a landmark trip to London, where he left a strong impression. He called attention to the dangers of nuclear war and emphasized Soviet fears of an arms race in space. He promised radical reductions in nuclear weapons.

"In substance, Mr. Gorbachev did not change Soviet policy, but his youthful and vigorous style spoke volumes. He seemed to promise a more flexible approach, a sharp contrast with the rigidity of the past."

It was style, not substance.

The Washington Post likes to say democracy dies in darkness. That is its motto. That is its goal. 

But darkness dies in democracy. Gorbachev could not stop the collapse of the Soviet state because the people realized those seven decades of utopia -- as Hoffman would have you believe-- were in reality hell. Eventually the Soviet leadership went from a strong man like Stalin to a weak party hack like Gorbachev. He tried open elections in 1991 and by the year's end there was no Soviet Union.

And so it is with a certain American party which has given us Biden, who paid tribute to him, saying, "Mikhail Gorbachev was a man of remarkable vision."

Fortunately, his vision of the world never came true.

23 comments:

  1. I hope and pray we can turn back the vision of our home-grown oligarchy.

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    1. I would give Gorbachev credit for not being willing to massacre his people to keep the evil communist party in power. The article otherwise is spot on. There would have been no Gorbachev if not for Pope John Paul II, Reagan, Solidarnosc and other Western leaders like Thatcher and Kohl. Today's Western "leaders" don't have the gravitas and character to have pulled off the disintegration of the Soviet empire.

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  2. I remember that friends and journalism colleagues were quite enthusiastic about Gorby back in the day. So were many political science profs. The lament was always that socialism/communism just hadn't been implemented in the right way. My answer was always that communism was the "ism" responsible for the most deaths hands down. I was not and I am not interested in trying it once more with feeling. These obituaries are nothing more than trying to gaslight the real situation and the evils of. Gorbachev was part of that system and any reforms were trying to save it. He was still part of the Evil Empire. (Hat tip to Reagan.) Thank God for Reagan, Maggie, John Paul II and Walesa.

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    1. The only thing admirable about Gorbachev is the way he wore the stain on his cranium.

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    2. Ol' "Prego Head" wore it with class and style. We're going to miss Gorbachef Boyardee!!!

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  3. Those who are destroying their government never seem to see it happening. Only until they've been flushed away do anyone else see it and the die hard believers never do. I just hope when the Dems get flushed that they stay that way for a while.
    If we can just get a comparable percent of Blacks to finally realize that the Democrats are their enemy will they stay at a reasonable level. That may happen.

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  4. There is a group of black voters who are suing Holchul right now over illegal alien votes. Cracks are appearing.
    2DC

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    1. saw that, I keep hoping that it grows. CA judge shut down illegals voting in CA just recently, if I remember right.

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    2. I am waiting for a Grand Canyon sized crack.

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  5. "I just have a hunch that Stalin is not that kind of man. Harry [Hopkins] says he's not and that he doesn't want anything except security for his own country, and I think that if I give him everything I possibly can and ask nothing from him in return, noblesse oblige, he won't try to annex anything and will work with me for a world of democracy and peace."
    Franklin Delano Roosevelt

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    1. Yep, demoncrats have been batshit crazy/evil for a very long time.
      EN2 SS

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    2. FDR was very trusting of Hopkins, a Soviet plant in the White House. Listening to Hopkins, Roosevelt doomed Eastern Europe to several generations of Soviet control. Stalin knew he had played a sick old man for a fool at the 1945 Yalta conference.

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  6. Bless you for getting the number of murdered right.

    It was style, not substance.

    Somewhere, El Rushbo is smiling.

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  7. Solidarity and Lech Walesa had more to do with bringing down the wall than any other person or group. His rise to power in 1990 was what sealed the doom of communism in Europe.

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  8. Rubbish. Gorbachev was the last in a long line of losers. Want to know what the ussr was like? Read Child 44. Exposes how everything in the ussr was a lie via a murder mystery.
    It was Reagan, thatcher, JP2 and Lec that brought it down

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  9. The mainstream media was desperate to deny credit to Reagan - therefore they had to give credit to Gorbachev. That's why Rush Limbaugh coined the term 'gorbasms' for the media exclaiming over Gorbachev in their desperation to deny giving Reagan credit.

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  10. The current condition of the U.S. resembles the USSR in 1989 more than it resembles America in 1989... the wall indeed came down and neo-Marxism began to spread like an insidious disease into the West.

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  11. The USSR never ended but did change shape. That long and patient strategy of deception was developed in the halls of the KGB, and dutifully carried out by Communist subversives in the United States. Prominent KGB defector Anatoliy Golitsyn has called it the "perestroika deception."[3]

    According to KGB documents published by Golitsyn, "perestroika" and "glasnost" were always intended from the beginning to serve as a media ploy to deceive the West into lowering its defenses to the point where Soviet goals could proceed unchallenged. Of Golitsyn's 194 predictions, 139 had been fulfilled as of 1993.[4]

    Even former Soviet Premier Gorbachev, the eventual face of these policies, later acknowledged their true nature: "The decision to launch a new economic policy, which substantially widened the notions of socialism and the ways of building it, was imbued with profound revolutionary dialectics."[5] Translation: world conquest will proceed as planned. The "revolutionary dialectic" is a tactic that has been employed throughout Soviet history. The word "glasnost" appears in Lenin's writings 46 times.[6]

    In his book, Perestroika: New Thinking for Our Country and the World, Gorbachev said outright, "Perestroika is closely connected with socialism as a system."[7] Answering those asking, "Are we giving up socialism?" Gorbachev replied, "Every part of our program of perestroika...is fully based on the principles of more socialism...."[8] Gorbachev has even been as blunt as calling perestroika a "continuation of the October Revolution."


    Read more: https://www.americanthinker.com/articles/2009/09/the_perestroika_deception.html#ixzz7dbbI99Ak
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    1. Jeff Nyquist, a geopolitical specialist has dealt with the issue for better than 30 years. There is much to read and all of it is important.

      The site: http://www.jrnyquist.com/
      The blog: https://jrnyquist.blog/

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  12. The Left's determination to understate and deny the efforts and effects of Reagan demonstrates again that Trump is not their target and their hysteria is at least 50 years old. I recall the villification of Reagan. I recall the efforts to sabotage his diplomacy. Gorbachev is just the Comey / Vindeman of yesteryear - a tool of a bureacracy that thwarts the right. Afterall, the Left's insidious and malevolent agenda can't produce heros, only disrupters.

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  13. Thank God for Don Surber. Finally a true account of Gorbachev instead of the romanticized pablum being written in 99% of the media. I suspect those of us who were schooled in the 60s and 70s know the truth. The remainder are a symptom of the public school brainwashing of the millennials and Gen Z sub-100 IQ types. Most of whom are now media types.

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