Natasha is a Russian Jew, who, like me, came to the United States in 1991. She recently retired. She is very concerned with what is happening in this country, and she measures everything against the Soviet Union. She feels that we are going in that direction, and it is bothering her immensely, that Americans around her do not feel the same way. (count me in the same category, as I have the same background)
She understands that Americans are fed the same media stuff for decades, and do not even know how different the world became in the last decade. That they do not understand that America in the eyes of the third world and second world became a weak and despised country.
She is very worried.
Her friends from Mid West are visiting her. They brought their daughter with them. Julia was only 9 when they emigrated from the Soviet Union, but she speaks fluent Russian.
At the table they turn to politics. Older generation is scared with our current President. Julia, however, is a staunch Obama supporter. The argument goes on and on, but the sides do not come any closer.
Frustrated Natasha is surprised how Julia defends socialism after knowing her parents' experiences.
- The fact that socialism did not work in one country does not mean that it can't work in another.
Natasha shakes her head. She turns to Julia «Sweetie, you are such a moron».
This «moron» is Professor of Economics, she teaches at one of Mid Western Universities.
I do not know about Julia, but we, collectively, who allowed this to happen in this country, are morons.
I am from the Soviet Union. The new number of lost population (we get new number with every change of the President) under Stalin is 53 Million. 9 million were soldiers in the WWII, many were civilians in the war, and the biggest chunk by far are those died in Gulag, so that Socialism could prosper.
My only nightmares are when I am back in time, and I am there....and I wake up sweating...
Such a nice system, unless you wake up and it is where you are...