During the ’08 campaign, a young woman, whose grandmother had survived
Auschwitz, shared with me that her grandmother was becoming increasingly upset
by the political scene.

“Why?” I asked.

“Because my grandmother is frightened by the reaction of the huge crowds at Obama’s speeches. She says, ‘That’s how it started under Hitler. Massive crowds, all mesmerized by his speeches.’”

I heard this reiterated by several people I know, who have family members who survived the Holocaust. The survivors all felt alarmed and increasingly unsafe.

At the time, I remember feeling saddened, but also slightly embarrassed by their comparison.

It seemed, at the time, such an overreaction. The Democrats had found a perfect candidate for their Leftist agenda. What did this have to do with 1930’s Germany?

Now I realize that they were all “on to something.”

No, I don’t think we are about to be rounded up by the Gestapo.

But I do think we need to listen to survivors of totalitarian regimes.

Svetlana Kunin lived in the Soviet Union until 1980. The following is an article from her series, “Perspectives Of A Russian Immigrant.”

via Investor’s Business Daily:

President Obama insists his policies are driven by a “common sense” approach.  He also speaks in terms of “we the people” and “the government is us.”

Such declarations are reminiscent of old Soviet posters displayed for all to  see: “ALL POWER BELONGS TO THE PEOPLE” and “PEOPLE AND COMMUNIST PARTY ARE  ONE.”

But the real power in the USSR was in the hands of Communist Party leaders.  They, in the name of the people, defined foes of centralized government as  “enemies of the people.”

Similarly, Obama’s Department of Homeland Security has defined right-wing  extremists as “those that are mainly anti-government, rejecting federal  authority in favor of state or local authority….”

To watch citizens in every corner of life, the Soviets relied on embedded  snoops who reported on conversations and moods of co-workers and friends. The  Soviets would envy the tools available to the Obama administration to spy on  American citizens today.

Soviet leaders freely sacrificed citizens to reinforce their agenda, cover up  incompetence and retain power. They loved to use teachable moments to  demonstrate what happens to citizens who do not follow government  directives.

Information accumulated on citizens was handily available and used by all  forms of state media to publicly denounce, humiliate and punish  non-conformists….

Soviet Communists professed “FREEDOM AND EQUALITY FOR ALL HUMANITY.”  President Obama talks about fairness, equality and social justice.

Like Communist Party leaders in Moscow, government leaders and their acolytes  in Washington lead lavish lifestyles. Soviet citizens faced constant shortages  of basic necessities. Here, food stamp enrollment is up 70%.

With the implementation of ObamaCare, life in America will have even more in  common with that in Soviet Russia. As members of the government had in the USSR,  members of Congress will have dedicated, taxpayer-paid clinics with upscale  technology and care. The rest of us will have to rely on less-expensive,  low-quality medical services….

But while President Obama’s use of rhetoric, social policies and intimidation  has a lot in common with Soviet Communists, his administration doesn’t  rationalize all means of production. “If you talk to us, it turns out we’re  pretty common-sense folks,” Obama said at a fund-raiser this month. “We don’t  want to tax all businesses out of business….”

Americans as a result don’t need to worry about toilet paper shortages as  experienced in the former Soviet Union and in communist Venezuela t0day. We’ll  have our toilet paper, just not our liberty and freedom.

Here is another survivor of a totalitarian regime. I had included her story in an earlier post, but I do think it is worth repeating:

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  1. midget says:

    The wisdom of the ages warns the future.We may not be “rounded up” today, but the past does seem to be creeping up on us.It behooves the warned to be more than vigilant.We must push back before we dont have any more power to do so.

  2. john czaja says:

    Elke is still right…I was in Berlin this time last year and you can’t help noticing the difference between East and West Berlin even at this late date.

  3. idaho_karen says:

    I see the Marxist two class philosophy in our future: bourgeoisie and proletariat

  4. Kitten says:

    This article is precisely why we have to go kicking and screaming into the night over this fraud of an administration. There are still enough of us around who know what it’s like to live in a “free” America. That reality, along with the foundational Judeo-Christian principles (and much prayer) will insure we get through this nightmare called OBummer. I believe it’s what separates us from the rest of the world. I also believe OBummer’s regime is beginning to crumble, no matter how much he tries to divert attention and bully us around. Our focus must be to continue shining light on the corruption (as much as we can keep up with it all). We can cripple his agenda by holding those in power accountable in 2014.

    PS-I loved the lady in the video, Shifra! Now that’s what I call a “teachable moment”.

  5. Maynard says:

    People don’t understand that they’ve signed away their hard-won heritage in exchange for a bowl of lentil stew.

    My mind wanders back to 2008, when candidate Obama called for a domestic security force that was as powerful as our military. And the crowd cheered wildly. Doesn’t anybody realize that a force such as Obama envisions can only be be directed against the American people? The military is controlled by law and a proud tradition. It’s hard to imagine the American soldiers we know turning against the American people. But what is the law and tradition of the new security forces rising up?

    We’ve gone off the map. Too many Americans depend upon that monthly check for Uncle Sugar. And Uncle doesn’t have the money to keep paying. Somethings got to give. If the checks stop coming, the people will take to the streets. And the security forces will restore order, and the last vestiges of Constitutional protection for normal people will be swept away. And how long can the checks keep coming?

    Then again, maybe I’m wrong. People are amazingly adept at kicking the can down the road. I don’t see how we got this far. So maybe I’m just a worry-wart. I hope that’s the case.

  6. makeshifty says:

    I think so long as we retain property rights, the right of self-defense, and the freedom to dissent, we have a bulwark against tyranny. Property rights have been eroded, religious rights have begun to be eroded (which IMO goes along with “dissent,” different beliefs), though there is significant push-back on that, and there’s been talk of eroding defense and speech rights. We must oppose those efforts vigorously. Part of that I think must be the inculcation of what rational thought means in students. It is the basis of what it means for people to be able to think for themselves, and not just be told what to think and do. Out where I live, I hear too much of, “The experts are rational. We must listen to them,” rather than to our own ability to think critically.

    The socialist regimes, like Soviet communism, were based on this idea of technocratic “supermen,” experts who would run society for everyone else. That is what’s dangerous, because if we believe that as a faith, then no one can just say what they think, because if they do, then that could cause social instability. It could cause people to doubt the “supermen,” who are after all there to take care of us. We can’t just use property for our own benefit. The experts must tell us how resources are to be used, for our collective benefit. We surely can’t have things like firearms, because that could threaten and interfere with the actions of the experts, and thwart the authority of the state. And of course there can be no religion other than an unwavering belief in the experts, because again, their authority should not be questioned for the good of all.

    Thomas Sowell used a phrase, “Experts on tap, not on top.” That is the key distinction. I always feel I have to give this caveat that I’m not saying “Ignore the experts.” Of course not, but it’s different to listen to experts, and then make your own decision, than to blindly follow what an expert says as gospel truth. As Sowell also pointed out, experts can be used as tools of politicians. They can be made to give their imprimatur to shady, unworkable, but politically expedient plans. This can be used by these politicians to create public approval for a bad idea. If and when it flops, the politicians can shift blame to these same experts, avoiding responsibility. It’s a shell game. What we must avoid is the siren song that the experts know everything re. what our society should do, and that democracy should just be a rubber stamp. What’s necessary for that is confidence in our own ability to learn, acquire skills, learn about issues, and make competent decisions. I think that’s part of the basis for a free human being.

  7. LucyLadley says:

    Whew, Powerful Post! Shifra, you cause us to pay attention & Take Heed!

  8. Dave says:

    There is only enough time for THIS generation,…and us!…The TAMS… with America still visible thru the fog, to stop this.
    Because if it goes on PAST us?….I believe we’ll not ever be able to recover what was lost.

    Its up to us to dig our heels in, NOW! WE CARRY FREEDOMS TORCH.
    I’m thinkin,… BraveHeart!

  9. Alain41 says:

    Speaking of Pravda; picked up a Wash. Post today that was lying around (with WaPo it’s definitely lying around not laying around) and was instantly reminded why I haven’t bought it in a number of years. It has an editorial on the Senate Immigration bill in which it says that; Democrats acceded to Republican wishes to spend more money for border enforcement in order to buy Repub. votes even though the border was more secure now than it has been for decades.

    Wow. Triple Wow. What delusion. Democrats acceded to Republicans to spend money!!! And the border is more secure than it has been in decades!!!!!

    Unfortunately, DC politicians still treat WaPo and NYT as important. The more that traditional media sink, the greater likelihood of political accountability to us.

    • Shifra says:

      Save your pennies, Alain41, you can read the WaPo online. Whenever I’ve shelled out a few bucks for one of those lyin’-Lib papers, it feels as though I am giving money to “The Enemy.”

  10. NeverSurrender says:

    I highly recommend the book “Iron Curtain: The Crushing of Eastern Europe, 1944-1956” (2012) by Anne Applebaum. You’ll swear she’s writing about the transformation taking place in the United States today. The tactics used by the communists to bring down the traditions of faith, family, education, etc. will look very familiar. As described on Amazon, it portrays “in devastating detail the dilemmas faced by millions of individuals trying to adjust to a way of life that challenged their every belief and took away everything they had accumulated.”

    Applebaum is also the author of “Gulag: A History.” Also highly recommended.

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  12. Alain41 says:

    Another example of out of control government/health care. In Pennsylvania in 2010, a woman gave birth and the hospital gave her a drug test and had human services take the baby away for 5 days because she tested positive because she ate a poppy seed bagel before going to the hospital. ACLU represented her and she won the lawsuit. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-23153685

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