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My Socialist Past
The American Thinker ^ | March 15, 2009 | Jeffrey Folks

Posted on 03/15/2009 2:46:56 AM PDT by Scanian

"Socialism, a luxury of the wealthy. To the poor, a suicidal creed ..." --David Hare, A Map of the World

Anyone who has lived inside the demoralized, unproductive, gray prison of a communist state, as I did in the mid-1980s, knows to what depths of impoverishment the egalitarian fantasies of socialism inevitably lead. They lead to decades of frustrated poverty and lifetimes of untreated illness culminating in early death. I remember the columns of death notices for men and women in their forties and fifties that appeared in the local newspaper. Gradually I learned to associate those death notices with the lack of fresh foodstuffs, the travesty of state health care, and the pervasive demoralization of an enslaved population drowning itself in cheap alcohol and cigarettes.

Gradually I came to understand that the condition of life under communism, so filled with repression, suspicion, and hopelessness, dragged one down into an early grave. Gradually I saw that within the communist state everyone-everyone except the leadership of course-subsists in a cage of gnawing bitterness and permanent defeatism.

Unnumbered lives were sacrificed on the ungodly altar of communism in the last century, not only in my temporary abode of Yugoslavia but throughout eastern Europe, Russia, and much of Asia, Africa, and South America, and now the American Left wishes to revive this monstrous ideology on our own shores. Every totalitarian regime begins with the same heartfelt promises of justice and equality, just those promises of fairness that Barack Obama has made the fixation of his political career. What tyrant, one might ask, has not risen to power on promises of benevolent change?

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TOPICS: Culture/Society; Miscellaneous
KEYWORDS: bho2009; bho44; communism; fascism; liberalagenda; marxism; obama; socialism
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1 posted on 03/15/2009 2:46:56 AM PDT by Scanian
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To: Scanian
Gradually I saw that within the communist state everyone-everyone except the leadership of course-subsists in a cage of gnawing bitterness and permanent defeatism.

This is exactly the mentality Obama is trying to instill here.

2 posted on 03/15/2009 2:58:08 AM PDT by livius
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To: Scanian
You're on a roll! Another excellent article. I liked this quote:

For the liberal ideologue, poverty is not an economic condition per se, a temporary condition of low earnings that can be alleviated over time as those who are poor pursue opportunities and become better off. Rather, it is a permanent and reified condition: the poor are not just those who are earning less than others; they are those who have been made poor and who will continue poor, poverty being inherited in the manner that aristocratic titles may be in Britain. One acquires one's victimhood and retains it all one's life and passes it down to one's progeny, and just as aristocratic titles retain their own perks, so does impoverishment.

Americans have been taught for years to revere victims, give them moral superiority, and seek some way in which they may consider themselves victims, because that is the highest title of honor one may achieve. But only certain victims, of course, are true victims: only those belonging to a particular group annointed by the media and academic classes, and then promoted by the government because of their usefulness to it.

3 posted on 03/15/2009 3:12:45 AM PDT by livius
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To: Scanian

Great analysis!

Worthy of a bookmark.


4 posted on 03/15/2009 3:31:07 AM PDT by DB
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To: Scanian

The sad part about the deaths is the leadership actually wants people to die. It flushes out the unproductive and reduces overpopulation. Thus reducing over all costs.

The death camps will be operating 24/7.

After all, what will they do with 50 million conservatives who refuse to cooperate?


5 posted on 03/15/2009 3:45:43 AM PDT by stockpirate ("the imposition of socialist tyranny will produce the enslavement of conscience, " Alan Keyes 09)
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To: DB

The kind of “stuff” that drew me to FreeRepublic, and kept me ever since.

The God complex is what I call it. Those who wish to take upon themselves or USURP that which was and is in the hands of our Creator and Savior, including the Glory.

Call it what you may, socialism, marxism, communism, liberalism, lefist, ruling class, elitism, democrat party, totalitarianism, pure evil, it all leads to the same thing.

Slavery and destruction of all that our Creator and Savior prepared for man and his habitation. Proverbs 25 There is a away that seemeth right unto a man, but the end thereof are the ways of death.


6 posted on 03/15/2009 3:51:50 AM PDT by wita
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To: Scanian
What tyrant, one might ask, has not risen to power on promises of benevolent change?

But, but, but, Obama is different. Sure he's a socialist, one who believes in "spreading the wealth around" with no consideration for whose wealth he's taking, but he's different from the typical tyrant described. Obama promised hope and change! Doesn't that mean we're safe?

7 posted on 03/15/2009 3:55:49 AM PDT by TurtleUp (Turtle up: cancel optional spending until 2012, and boycott TARP/stimulus companies forever!)
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To: stockpirate

If there really is 50 million conservatives that refuse to cooperate it will never happen. That’s an unstoppable army - if there are anywhere near that number that is...


8 posted on 03/15/2009 3:59:19 AM PDT by DB
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To: Scanian

This piece should be required reading by every member of Congress AND their staffs.


9 posted on 03/15/2009 4:04:41 AM PDT by SE Mom (Proud mom of an Iraq war combat vet)
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To: Scanian

bookmark


10 posted on 03/15/2009 4:09:26 AM PDT by NavVet ( If you don't defend Conservatism in the Primaries, you won't have it to defend in November)
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To: livius
Americans have been taught for years to revere victims, give them moral superiority, and seek some way in which they may consider themselves victims, because that is the highest title of honor one may achieve. But only certain victims, of course, are true victims: only those belonging to a particular group annointed by the media and academic classes, and then promoted by the government because of their usefulness to it.

Hear! Hear!

IMHO, a great deal of this modern day mind set can be traced back to the late 1950's ('radical chic') and throughout the 1960's ('down with the Establishment,power to the people'). The glorification of the "common man", followed by his ways, and manners, and attitude(s).

11 posted on 03/15/2009 4:17:21 AM PDT by yankeedame ("Oh, I can take it but I'd much rather dish it out.")
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To: Scanian

Surpring that so many went for such a stupid, phoney, thing as Communism.


12 posted on 03/15/2009 4:17:54 AM PDT by Waco
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To: Scanian
Excellent read!

The author paints a vivid picture of communism (and socialism):

“In the communist state as I knew it, the masses led lives of quiescent desolation if not grinding poverty, while the leadership, those who had sworn to sacrifice all on the behalf of the people, thrived in gated enclaves. The masses frequented state-owned stores with their pitifully bare shelves, while the leadership gained admittance to the “diplomatic” shops, well-stocked with imported goods. The masses traveled precariously in crowded, stinking, sweaty red buses, while the leadership glided smoothly by in sleek black limos.”

We need to paint the above pictures in the minds of all Americans. Pictures of long lines, empty store shelves, dreary public housing, etc., explain socialism & communism much better than just words. I'll bet there are thousands of these pics on the web, from Soviet stores to socialized medicine in Britain to public transportation in Cuba.

These pics need to be in commercials, on billboards, anywhere, & everywhere. Let the American people see where Obama & co. are taking us. Let even the ignorant have a chance to understand what is coming.

Most Americans will never read this article. Instead, they will get their daily dose of fairy tales from the MSM & our socialist gov’t. Conservatives MUST get the attention of America while is is still legal to do so.

13 posted on 03/15/2009 4:24:56 AM PDT by Mister Da (The mark of a wise man is not what he knows, but what he knows he doesn't know!)
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To: Waco

I suspect it’s because everyone who goes for it is scammed into thinking they’ll be among those in charge, making sure the orthodoxy is enforced and reaping the benefits.

It usually doesn’t work out that way, but once in place, we can see how hard it is to dislodge. I have to think that ex-Communists around the world thank God that the USA was around to pressure the Communist systems into insolvency.

Of course, that backstop isn’t in action at the moment. I think apprehension is lurking just below the surface in a lot of touchy places outside the US.


14 posted on 03/15/2009 4:32:18 AM PDT by BelegStrongbow (I'm still waiting for the One to say something that isn't a lie)
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To: Scanian
“What happened under communism elsewhere will happen here: the public will lose its will to resist the immense power of government and will finally lapse into demoralized passivity.”

It we aren't there already, we are damn close.

“Demoralized passivity” seems to best describe the Pub party right now. Rush might be the exception, but I'm not sure he considers himself a Pub. “Demoralized passivity” also describes America's reaction to the gov’t inspired meltdown of the housing market & mortgage business, & the resulting financial crisis & bailout.

I'm wondering what it will take - if anything - to reverse the socialist course we have been on since FDR?

I am not optimistic! The socialists control education, the MSM, the “money”, gov’t,.... Now the banks, home ownership, & health care. Their policies have criminalized common behavior & speech. The ruling class fly on private jets, while the people fly coach.

DAMN CLOSE!

15 posted on 03/15/2009 5:17:34 AM PDT by Mister Da (The mark of a wise man is not what he knows, but what he knows he doesn't know!)
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To: Scanian
This is excellent article, one that appears will be written into the American History Books. It is a shame such a cancer can take over a successful people and society. It has done it in the past and it will do it again. I have heard it said that Socialism is like the pendulum on a clock, it will not reverse until it reaches all the way to reversal point. Regards, watsonj1
16 posted on 03/15/2009 5:19:31 AM PDT by Watsonj1 (watsonj1)
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To: wita

They will not give up until they have made the United States a western Union of Soviet Socialist Republics.

They wrap their filth in a pretty package and call it something like “utopia”. Inside is depression and death and destruction.

They’re washing the kids brains now of God and country. The college professors are sealing the job. The media are confirming it. The entertainers are glorifying it.

They can’t defeat our military - it’s too strong. But they know how to beat us. It’s an inside job.

Kruschev said, “When the time is right, you will fall into our hands like a ripe fig”.

Antichrist is gathering the nations to do battle with Jesus Christ at Amegeddon. They will lose. They are losers.


17 posted on 03/15/2009 5:22:53 AM PDT by RoadTest (The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked: who can know it? - Jer.17:9)
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To: Scanian
First a question about Jeffrey Folks for anybody (to paraphrase Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid): Who is this guy?

What a writer.

This is one of the best summaries of the evils of socialism and the mentality of the liberal left that is driving us to adopt this destructive form of government that I have ever read. A beautifully written article that should be mandatory reading for all Freepers.

One of my favorite paragraphs is this one that is a perfect summary of the mindset of the Barak Obamas and Hillary Clintons and Whoopi Goldbergs of the world:

"What they gain is the pleasing aura of their own role as patrons within a world in which there exists a cheaply purchased sufficiency for all and in which they themselves are fêted for dreaming it up. They have managed to grow up without ever laboring or producing any object of use and yet, as a result of the overabundance of the world they have inherited, they are able to extend a middle-class sufficiency to all those who wish to claim it. They expect, of course, to remain a great deal above the masses of the poor, but at the same time to enjoy the well wishes of all they encounter. What could be more pleasant?"

18 posted on 03/15/2009 5:24:51 AM PDT by InterceptPoint
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To: BelegStrongbow

I think you’re right. Every liberal seems to think that they will be part of the decision-making machinery- the Politburo, if you will. Little do they know that the powerful people consider them to be peasants, just like the rest of us.

The other ironic thing about the support of socialism in this country is the willingness to believe that “we’ll do it right.” The reason all socialist countries go down the same path is because they all make the same decisions for the same reasons. So would our socialists.

hh


19 posted on 03/15/2009 5:25:43 AM PDT by hoosier hick (Gotta go, millions of Obama supporters are counting on me to pay their mortgages)
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To: yankeedame
IMHO, a great deal of this modern day mind set can be traced back to the late 1950's ('radical chic') and throughout the 1960's ('down with the Establishment,power to the people'). The glorification of the "common man", followed by his ways, and manners, and attitude(s).

The roots go back further than that to the leftist intellectuals of the 20's and 30's and the extremely successful efforts of the Soviet Union and the Communist Party to infiltrate our cultural and political institutions. What you see now is a natural result of a nearly 100 year effort initiated by Marxists that has resulted in leftist control of our educational institutions, our media and our political leadership.

20 posted on 03/15/2009 5:34:31 AM PDT by InterceptPoint
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To: InterceptPoint; yankeedame

Goes back even further:

“...and dedicated to the proposition that all men are created equal....”


21 posted on 03/15/2009 5:40:47 AM PDT by PeaRidge
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To: Scanian

save...read later


22 posted on 03/15/2009 5:44:42 AM PDT by Rumplemeyer
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To: PeaRidge; InterceptPoint; yankeedame
Goes back even further: “...and dedicated to the proposition that all men are created equal....”

Lincoln was a Marxist? News to me...

23 posted on 03/15/2009 5:50:03 AM PDT by Old Sarge ("Remember, remember, the Fourth of November, the Socialist treason and plot...")
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To: InterceptPoint

It goes all the way back to Cain and Able. Cain who figured he could get all of his brother’s gain, just by bumping him off.

...and prior to that, one “son of the morning”, called Satan, who figured he could bump off God and collect all the glory.

The more things “change”...both of the above got their reward.


24 posted on 03/15/2009 5:52:00 AM PDT by wita
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To: Scanian

Just goes to show once again that Communism/Socialism is a concept that works on paper, but not in human nature.


25 posted on 03/15/2009 5:57:34 AM PDT by autumnraine (Freedom's just another word for nothing left to lose- Kris Kristoferrson VIVA LA REVOLUTION!)
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To: SE Mom
This piece should be required reading by every member of Congress

26 posted on 03/15/2009 5:59:48 AM PDT by oh8eleven (RVN '67-'68)
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To: livius

“aristocratic titles”

Class divisions and aristocracies have been implemented in america already. That was what most came to America to get beyond.


27 posted on 03/15/2009 6:00:01 AM PDT by mo
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To: Scanian

Those who have lived it see the Obama program for what it is.


28 posted on 03/15/2009 6:05:09 AM PDT by FreedomPoster (Obama: Carter's only chance to avoid going down in history as the worst U.S. president ever.)
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To: Scanian

Excellent and poignant article.


29 posted on 03/15/2009 6:05:37 AM PDT by Madame Dufarge
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To: PeaRidge
Goes back even further:

“...and dedicated to the proposition that all men are created equal....”

~~~~~~~~~~~~~

Absolutely a false comparison!

All men are "created" (i.e. born) equal: we enter life naked, squalling, and totally unable to care for ourselves.

The difference between socialism and freedom is what we choose to make of ourselves from that time forward.

30 posted on 03/15/2009 6:09:55 AM PDT by TXnMA ("Allah": Satan's current alias...!!)
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To: Scanian
Excellent article.

What I fear more than Obama's "redistribution of wealth" is his "redistribution of rights."

What God has given us, the government wants to take away.

31 posted on 03/15/2009 6:13:54 AM PDT by Jess Kitting
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To: Scanian

Recommended reading: the chapter in Atlas Shrugged where the bum recounts the story of the Starnes heirs and what they did to Twentieth Century.


32 posted on 03/15/2009 6:36:47 AM PDT by 668 - Neighbor of the Beast (American Revolution II -- overdue.)
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To: Old Sarge; PeaRidge
Groan. It's the equality of rights (US Constitution); not the equality of condition (Karl Marx).

Please, please, please learn the difference or find another forum on which to substitute Marxism for Constitutionalism.

33 posted on 03/15/2009 6:49:16 AM PDT by Justa
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Indeed, the American Left has extended all sorts of cover to Chavez, not least of which aid is a determined effort to remain mum about the massive abuses of personal liberty and property rights under his rule. Not a word of reproach was uttered when Chavez seized the production of American oil companies, costing American retirement funds billions of dollars. Perhaps nothing was said because so many Democratic leaders, including Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama, have publicly expressed the same desire to seize the profits of oil companies.

This was during Bush's term wasn't it? The Democrats wouldn't have said anything of course, but how about Bush and the Republicans? I don't remember them saying much of anything either.

34 posted on 03/15/2009 6:55:14 AM PDT by Yardstick
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To: TXnMA

Very good comment, but I think you misunderstood my point.


35 posted on 03/15/2009 7:05:44 AM PDT by PeaRidge
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To: Justa

Exactly.


36 posted on 03/15/2009 7:07:54 AM PDT by PeaRidge
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To: Scanian

A horrifying glimpse at the future that Obama wants to force on us all.


37 posted on 03/15/2009 7:09:12 AM PDT by behzinlea
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To: Yardstick

Bush probably didn’t say anything because this was an ongoing legal case at the time (the oil companies sued to get their assets back). However, in general, he was very timid on Latin America. After the VZ coup, where he congratulated the Venezuelan people and then it turned out that our State Department was busy working away to make sure that Chavez didn’t get executed or even deported, and in fact got restored to power, he was subjected to very harsh criticism for having publicly opposed Chavez. Once the Dems got power in Congress, they attacked both Bush and the conservative opposition in Latin American countries and made it clear that they were supporting not only Chavez, but any leftist nut who rose to power in the other countries down there.

The only thing Bush held fast on was supporting Colombia, which did pay off, although the Dems fought tooth and nail to take away the funding for that and it’s unlikely that we will continue to support Colombia in the future. They’ve already pretty much killed the Colombian Free Trade pact, and will do everything they can to bring that country down because it is a symbol of the successful anti-left in Latin America.


38 posted on 03/15/2009 7:23:04 AM PDT by livius
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To: Yardstick

The Republican meekness and silence in the face of Chavez’s bombast and bellicosity remind me of the line in “The Second Coming” by Yeats: “The best lack all conviction while the worst are full passionate intensity.”


39 posted on 03/15/2009 7:27:29 AM PDT by behzinlea
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To: Scanian
....there exist in all the world only three true bastions of faith in the state-planned economy. Those three diehards are the totalitarian rulers of communist North Korea, the aging dictators of communist Cuba, and the left wing of the Democratic Party of the United States.

Fantastic!

The new (or current) axis of evil.

Just about every sentence in this article is a gem. It should be a mandatory semester in high-school or college, with every sentence occupying a single day's class.

Sadly, only a few people will get to read this article, and of course, that's why and how the democrats are able to get away with their dastardly ideology. The dumbed-down masses are the allies of socialism and communism.
40 posted on 03/15/2009 7:38:50 AM PDT by adorno (<br><br>)
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To: PeaRidge
"Very good comment, but I think you misunderstood my point."

Let me try again: All men are created equal -- but all "cultures" are not...

Closer?

41 posted on 03/15/2009 7:39:33 AM PDT by TXnMA ("Allah": Satan's current alias...!!)
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BFL


42 posted on 03/15/2009 7:41:02 AM PDT by Trailerpark Badass (Happiness is a choice!)
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To: TXnMA

Another good comment.


43 posted on 03/15/2009 7:51:31 AM PDT by PeaRidge
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To: DB

bttt


44 posted on 03/15/2009 7:52:12 AM PDT by sweetiepiezer (I have a Pal in Sarah)
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To: Old Sarge

Wrong conclusion. Try again.


45 posted on 03/15/2009 7:53:26 AM PDT by PeaRidge
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To: Scanian

If, God forbid, Obama is re-elected in 2012, I see the US by 2016 looking much like East Germany complete with party informers.


46 posted on 03/15/2009 7:56:11 AM PDT by The Great RJ ("Mir we bleiwen wat mir sin" or "We want to remain what we are." ..Luxembourg motto)
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To: adorno

You’re probably right that relatively few people will ever read this fine essay. However, I’ve done my part. I emailed the link to the article to my most well-connected, right-thinking friends. If they do the same, and I think they will, it could start a small brush fire of exposure.


47 posted on 03/15/2009 7:57:50 AM PDT by behzinlea
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To: PeaRidge

Surely you aren’t serious?


48 posted on 03/15/2009 8:01:27 AM PDT by Osage Orange (Our constitution protects aliens, drunks and U.S. Senators. -Will Rogers)
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To: Osage Orange

Serious about what?


49 posted on 03/15/2009 8:36:28 AM PDT by PeaRidge
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To: Scanian
"To permit a large number of men to live free of charge is to encourage laziness and all the disorders that follow; it is to render the condition of the idler preferable to that of the man who works...." (qtd. by G. Himmelfarb, Roads to Modernity 179)."

Excellent Post!

50 posted on 03/15/2009 9:19:16 AM PDT by GonzoII ("That they may be one...Father")
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