Bruce Deitrick Price
Memo to World: save America to save yourself
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By Bruce Deitrick Price
October 17, 2015

Let's look back 30 or 40 years. The USSR (Communist Russia) was vast and powerful. The Kremlin had control over the Iron Curtain countries – East Germany, Poland, Hungary, Romania, Czechoslovakia, Bulgaria – and almost a dozen other so-called satellite nations, such as Latvia and the Ukraine.

As far as the USSR was concerned, these captive nations existed to protect Russia from European or American attacks, to provide raw materials for Russian industry and markets for Russian products, and to do everything possible to support Communist hegemony.

These countries were police states. Spies and snoops were common. Mysterious arrests and unexplained imprisonment were routine. By all accounts, life in the Iron Curtain countries was drab, depressing, and stressful. he stores typically featured empty shelves. Naturally millions of people became alcoholics. Life expectancy declined, suicide was mundane, birth rates fell.

These places, by any normal European or American standard, were hellholes hardly better than the average third world prison. Today, they are gone, and good riddance. But why are they gone? Because the United States stayed strong, and basically drove Russia into financial collapse.

It's good to recall and visualize this huge wasteland. Socialists always want to take the world in a socialist direction, and then they demand more of the same. They don't want their theories to be challenged. Inevitably, relentlessly, the government enforces more and more of its ideology. Finally, socialism can't reform itself. You have communism; and then you have totalitarianism.

In remarks on signing the Captive Nations Week Proclamation in 1982, Ronald Reagan said: "This extension of totalitarianism has not come about through popular movement or free elections. It's been accomplished instead by military force or by subversion practiced by a tiny revolutionary cadre whose only real ideal is the will to power."

So when you look at what the UN wants, what Obama wants, what the New York Times wants for you, just consider that all their hopes probably circle back to East Germany in 1980.

For any ordinary person, that's the worst fate. And the only thing keeping people around the world from suffering that fate is the United States. Anything bad that happens to America, will happen to you next.

Obama, working in cahoots with the United Nations, would probably like to whittle the world down to Poland circa 1980. Don't let it happen to you.

Whole generations grew up and died in captive nations such as East Germany, Lithuania and the Ukraine. Some of these people spent their whole lives looking forward to hearing American jazz on the radio. That was the week's big event. That was freedom.

It's fair to say that most people in this world simply want to be left alone to pursue their dreams. But the commissars who inhabit socialist governments are control freaks, meddlers, shrinks of all kinds, political hacks with no ability except maneuvering toward the top.

Capitalism and free enterprise may have rough edges. Some people are up, some are down. But the vitality and health of the whole society can be a source of pride and energy. It feels good to be on a winning team. When you lived in Czechoslovakia 1980, you were on a losing team and you were never able to forget this at any minute during the day.

Iron curtain countries were so dysfunctional, they had two sets of maps. One was reality, which nobody was allowed to see. The other set was artificial and misleading. The authorities were terrified that the people, if they knew which road to take, would flee the country. That's what everyone wanted to do.

People in America rarely thought about leaving until quite recently. Now, with a guy like Obama running the country, even millennials start to consider leaving. Americans still have that option. The distinguishing trait of Bulgaria and Romania in 1980 was that people were locked in.

The problem is that we are overrun by a race of jack-booted nannies. These are the guys in white coats who tend to presume that everyone is a rat that belongs in a maze. They don't care if you like the maze. That they can keep you in it and make you run and jump when they say, that's a great life for them.

These people are waging a tremendous war against the United States. Every tradition and every custom we have is systematically attacked. You may think you can stand back and watch this and not be affected. You are a fool. When they get through leveling America, you will be leveled.

Conversely, the best thing you can do to help yourself, your life, your own society is to make sure that America stay strong and vibrant. Our good energy, our good health, is what has saved the world again and again. Dictators are invariably the same low kind of people. Something like America is one of a kind in human history.

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Bruce Deitrick Price

Bruce Deitrick Price's new novel is Frankie. Inspired by advances in AI and robots. A Unique Mystery. For info, visit frankie. zone.

Price is the author of six books, an artist, a poet, and an education reformer. He was born in Norfolk, Virginia, earned Honors in English Literature from Princeton, served two years in the Army, and then lived many years in Manhattan.

Price explains educational theories and methods on his ed site Improve-Education.org (founded in 2005; now being rebuilt). He has 400 education articles and videos on the Internet. More forcefully than most, Price argues that the public schools are mediocre because our Education Establishment wants them that way. His relevant book is Saving K-12

Price's literary site is
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