My No Thank You Note to Obama
August 15, 2009
I want to no thank you personally for bringing to reality things I had
only read or heard about prior to your regime. Some lessons must be
experienced first hand to fully appreciate what history would teach or
others would relate of their own experience. Seeing is believing and you
have made a believer of me, erasing any doubt about what I had read or
In my lifetime I have met and befriended a number of people who have
lived under communism. They came from Poland, Hungary, Russia, Ukraine,
Belarus, Cuba and Azerbaijan. Most of my knowledge of communism prior to
this had been from reading various news articles, essays and the
writings of the source itself, Marx. While I had no reason to doubt the
credibility of these sources, gleaning the first hand experience of
others always adds depth to oneís understanding and puts a human face to
the text on the page. Having the first hand experience myself is even
more valuable in reaffirming my opposition to communism and anything
It wouldnít be fair to continue without noting that fascists are no
better than communists when it comes to tyranny and oppression. I know
you are trying to discover yourself and figure out exactly which you are
since you seem to dabble in both, so I donít want to leave any bases
uncovered in this no thank you note.
I had never seen such bias, distortion and lying in news reporting until
recently, but I understand this is standard practice under communist
regimes. Everyone knew they were being lied to and that support for the
regime was manufactured by the media, but what could they do about it?
Iím sure there must have been some true believers that swallowed
everything the media fed them, but I havenít met any yet. Iíll keep
looking and let you know if I find one.
Protests under communism were limited to demonstrations for the state
and party, not against them. If you did protest against the state, you
were either shouted down by state sponsored counter-protestors, tear
gassed, beaten, fired from your job or imprisoned. At least the riot
police in Poland and Hungary wore spiffy uniforms when they did this.
Purple is OK, but donít you think SEIU members in military styled
uniforms would be more impressive and menacing than T-shirts? The New
Black Panthers are snappier dressers and appear better armed too.
While public protests were obviously risky, so were private protests
should the wrong ears overhear what you were saying. Citizens did spy on
citizens with the expectation of gaining some favor with a state
official. Turning in a dissident was patriotic. It might get you a
washing machine a little sooner than your neighbor.
Of course dissent wasnít a crime in the Soviet Union, it was a mental
disorder. I asked about the rationale because communism always has a
rationale to justify its cruelty. As one friend explained, the state had
created a workers paradise and gave you everything you needed. Only a
crazy person could be unhappy and complain. They obviously required
psychiatric treatment until they were cured. What about the incurable, I
asked? Well, you never saw them again.
Any no thank you note about communism would be incomplete without
mentioning lines, waiting lines that is. But let me start with a joke
from my Ukrainian friend. I donít want to appear totally glum in my no
thank you note.
A man is standing on a line for bread and butter and is overheard by a
KGB (ACORN?) agent muttering "70 years of communism and no bread or
butter.Ē The agent pulls him out the back door of the shop and strikes
him over the head with a revolver, saying "If bullets werenít so
expensive I would shoot you. Now get back on line and shut up.Ē The man
returns to the line and starts muttering "70 years of communism and no
bread or butter or bullets.Ē Not to worry because we will find a
suitable joke for the waiting lines and rationing you plan to force on
Everyone I know that lived under communism has confirmed that waiting
lines, rationing and shortages were a routine part of life. They also
told me that most people had their caches of private property hidden in
their basements. It was a crime against the state for one person to have
more than another. To achieve true social justice, everyone must be
equally poor. Well, almost everyone.
Under communism, you do not pick your job, the job picks you. If you
donít like your job and think you could do better, then you are just a
selfish bourgeois pig not meeting your responsibility to your fellow
man. Iím waiting to see lines of men with bronzed and weathered faces,
stern jaws and lips bearing a look of grim determination as they march
four abreast with shouldered shovels and picks to all the shovel-ready
jobs you have for them.
You have given us a good preview of what life will be like in your
transformed America. It is change I now believe in based on what I have
read, what I heave heard and what I have experienced. For that I say no
PS: Contrary to media claims, I voted against you not because you are
black, but because you are red. Just thought I would set the record