A terrifyingly familiar conformity

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Cuban refugee: Americans have digested ‘poison pill of communism’
Former Cuban refugee Maximo Alvarez warned in a speech at the Republican National Convention last summer that many Americans have swallowed the “poison pill” of communism, but now he says they’ve “digested” it.

In an interview Wednesday with Lisa Boothe, he recalled witnessing during his childhood dictator Fidel Castro’s elimination of human rights, the Daily Wire reported.

Alvarez fled to the United States in 1961 under Operation Peter Pan.

Many other emigres from communist nations also are speaking out, warning they are seeing in the United States some of the same developments that eventually caused them to flee their homelands.

Among them is the famous Soviet dissident Natan Sharansky, who wrote an essay published in February titled “The Doublethinkers.”

He said that in “assessing my own liberation, I recall a conformity that feels terrifyingly familiar today.”

Alvarez address the RNC last August in the wake of Bernie Sanders’ declaration that his “revolution” has mainstreamed policies once thought extreme in the Democratic Party.

“I’m speaking to you today because I’ve seen people like this before,” Alvarez said.

“I’ve seen movements like this before. I’ve seen ideas like this before, and I’m here to tell you, we cannot let them take over our country.”

Don’t look now, friend, but I’m afraid that ship has long since sailed. Which leaves us here:

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Sobering reminder via WRSA.

5 thoughts on “A terrifyingly familiar conformity

  1. Cuban refugee: America is going down the wrong path. Believe me, I lived through it and you don’t want to do that.

    American 20-something: -snorts- OK, boomer.

  2. From a friend, elsewhere: “Soviet Union of my time. Red banners. Demonstrations of fake workers solidarity on Red Square and other public spaces, mass media is unified in its persistent presentation of fiction as fact, westerners as adversaries; uniformity of mediocre books and films; brainwashing in education with constant reprimand of the giants of the past failing to rise to the level of scientific communism; fake speeches, tired feelings and tired cliches on radio; self-censorship and fear of denunciations for anti-communist views or actions. Public dissent persecuted, silenced, ignored, mocked. All this was punctured by free debates among friends, by discussion of tamizdat and samizdat in the kitchens, by real life of love, pain, dreams, drinking, great books, and lots of free time to enjoy them.

    United States of my time. Rainbow banners. Demonstrations of fake solidarity of pussy hatters and other virtue signalers, mass media is unified in its persistent presentation of fiction as fact, murderers in Ukraine as democracy builders, Russia as an adversary, PC bullshit as Gospel’s truth. Uniformity of mediocre TV and Hollywood, fake speeches, tired cliches and tired emotions on NPR, constant correction of the giants of the past for failing the current PC criteria, self-censorship, fear of exposure and denunciation for racism or sexual abuse. Public dissent is silenced, de-platformed, ignored, mocked and de-legitimized. All this is punctured by books, opinions, or conversations published by tiny presses, expressed in obscure websites and platforms, exchanged among very close friends during solitary walks, and by real life of anxiety, insecurity, worries, ambitions, drinking and great classics of human thought and creativity.

    In Russia, they would say, За что боролись, на то и напоролись.

    In United States — it is Deja Vu all over again.”
    He defected to the US in 1979 from the Soviet Union.

  3. It would appear that having lived life in the best place at the best time in history, I’m destined to see it come to an end in blood. I just hope on the other side my descendants, and yours, have the same freedom and liberty we have enjoyed, paid for with blood.

    1. Hey, I always said wanted to go out the same way I came in: kicking, screaming, and covered in someone else’s blood.

      I didn’t realize the universe was gonna take me literally. 🙂

      1. Heh, it appears we are destined to have it so.

        Well hell, a lot of people died and bled to give me the life of freedom, only fair I should have to pay up.

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