To: elkfersupper; holden; Semper911; Pining_4_TX; meyer; 21st Century Crusader; Maceman; ...
And how we burned in the camps later, thinking: What would things have been like if every Security operative, when he went out at night to make an arrest, had been uncertain whether he would return alive and had to say good-bye to his family? Or if, during periods of mass arrests, as for example in Leningrad, when they arrested a quarter of the entire city, people had not simply sat there in their lairs, paling with terror at every bang of the downstairs door and at every step on the staircase, but had understood they had nothing left to lose and had boldly set up in the downstairs hall an ambush of half a dozen people with axes, hammers, pokers, or whatever else was at hand?... The Organs would very quickly have suffered a shortage of officers and transport and, notwithstanding all of Stalin's thirst, the cursed machine would have ground to a halt! If...if...We didn't love freedom enough. And even more we had no awareness of the real situation.... We purely and simply deserved everything that happened afterward.
― Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn
posted on 07/12/2013 7:58:55 PM PDT
(I'll raise $2million for Sarah Palin's next run. What'll you do?)
Vigilance is a good thing. I wasn’t saying other wise
posted on 07/12/2013 8:02:09 PM PDT
Perhaps the greatest statement ever made about how liberty is lost.
posted on 07/12/2013 8:14:09 PM PDT
(Be seeing you...)
2DV, I have a very chilling reaction when you post that. Please keep posting it (and ping me when you do).
posted on 07/12/2013 11:20:52 PM PDT
(Fundamental transformation is destroying the USA.)
It is with a strange feeling that those of us who come from the Soviet Union look upon the West of today. It is as though we were neither neighbours on the same planet, nor contemporaries -and yet we contemplate the West from what will be your future, or look back seventy years, to see our past suddenly repeating itself. And what we see is always the same, always the same as it was then: adults deferring to the opinion of their children; the younger generation carried away by shallow worthless ideas; professors scared of being unfashionable; journalists refusing to take responsibility for the words they squander so profusely; universal sympathy for revolutionary extremists; people with serious objections unable or unwilling to voice them; the majority passively obsessed by a feeling of doom; feeble governments; societies whose defensive reactions have become paralysed; spiritual confusion leading to political upheaval.What will happen as a result of all this lies ahead of us. But the time is near, and from bitter memory we can easily predict what these events will be.
Excerpt from "West's Betrayal of Civilization" by Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn
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