Why My Neighbor hates the Democrats…
by Lee Hemen
September 16, 2010
Growing up we had a young man who came and worked on the farm next to us, he was from the Soviet Union. It was an exchange program, but we soon learned that they only let certain young men and women come — only those who touted Communism and who were Party Members. At first, he was braggadocios about everything. “In the USSR we already have TVs in every house, provided by the government.” “In the USSR we have bigger combines and our fruit trees grow more fruit.” “Everyone has free healthcare!” Stuff like that. However, as he lived and worked with us, things changed. He was amazed at our stores, the farm machinery, and the cars we owned. He was amazed that how most of our homes had running water, heat, and lights and indoor bathrooms. You have to remember this was in the early 60s or late 50s. My own family did not own a TV yet, but we had an old used Oldsmobile. When we got our old used black and white Sears TV, we invited him over. He was amazed. When he had to leave, he begged us to hide him. He did not want to go back. When we asked him why, he related it was horrible. He told us about the bread lines and the rationing of everything. How they had no heat in winter, no lights and no indoor plumbing, even in the huge apartment high rises in Moscow. He related how everyone hated being told what to do and think. He related how they listened to Radio Free Europe in order to find out what was really going on in the world. All the newspapers were government controlled. I was only 5 or 6 years-old at the time, but it made a huge impression on me. When he left, he hid money in compartments he made in his luggage and wrapped Pall Mall cigarettes for “bribes” for the guards when we went back through Moscow Airport so he could smuggle in what he was taking back.
My next-door neighbor came from Romania. His name is Eli. He was a Christian lay pastor there. He had to hide his Bible in sections at several of his congregation’s homes. They would tear out separate books and hide them under the floorboards. They would meet in different houses on different days. He would tape the sheets to the inside of his body to walk to another home, where he would share and then hide it so that it could not be in the same home for very long. You could not go out after a certain time at night. You never worshiped on Sundays because then the Secret Police would know. People got money for turning in their friends, neighbors and relatives to the government. Children were taught that the government was what you lived for, that there was no God, and to inform on their parents if they cheated the government. It was their patriotic duty.
He related how he worked in a factory there. One person would sweep the floor, one would carry the dustpan, and another would dump it. And still others would carry the trash while a different person would clean out the trash bin. Everyone got the same pay except those who were Party Members and higher up. Everyone had “make work” jobs because everyone was “unionized” under the government and had to pay dues and taxes back to the State. People would be sleeping, the secret police would break down your door, and your father, mother, or siblings would be taken away and never be seen again. If they were, they would be completely different people — inward, silent, and frightened all the time. Hundreds of thousands were secretly murdered by the Government. He and his wife finally got out.
They could not believe what America had to offer. He told me how he just stood in the middle of the aisle of the first grocery store he went into here and wept. He thought he had died and had gone to heaven. He could not believe that Americans actually threw out food and clothing that they would have been excited to get in Romania. He saved every extra penny he earned here to get the rest of his immediate family out and he succeeded. Now, that Romania is free he has gone back to visit. I asked him if would ever return, and he said, “NO, the Communists might come back.” He absolutely hates, and I mean hates, the Democratic Party. He asked me just last week, “Lee, don’t people realize that the Democrats are just Communists? Don’t they realize that Obama is a Communist and he will harm our freedom here? Are they that stupid? What are you taught in school?” He is a US citizen now and proud of it and so glad his children and grandchildren are as well.
As a footnote, he also related to me how shocked everyone in Romania was when America did not come to the aide of Czechoslovakia when the Soviet Union went in with tanks. Everyone had thought that the USA would stand up to Russia and then Romania would all be free after the Czechs. He related how the Russians, because Romania was an occupied country, were frightened that the USA would strike back. They knew they could not have stopped America and that the populations of the territories they had taken over, like Romania, would have revolted. The Russian Army was ready to revolt as well, having been under paid and fed for decades. They wept for weeks when we did nothing.
By the way, they had “free health care,” but no one wanted to use it because you only got sicker or died in the hospital waiting for medicine or a doctor. You had to constantly bribe governmental officials in order to get to the front of the line or better treatment.
You may naively think, “It can’t happen here.” But it is already beginning. Our children are taught to think the “party line” in schools concerning unions, what makes up a family, or concerning the environment. Obamacare is one step removed from the Soviet-style rationing. The government has shut down much of the oil industry, watches what your children eat, think, and do at school and home, has installed over 30 Presidential “Czars” that are paid huge salaries who are only accountable to him, and is quick to brand anyone who disagrees with them as phobic, stupid, or enemies. Your bank and much of the American auto industry is now owned by the Government. It was recently revealed that upwards of 45% of all households in America are getting some kind of Governmental assistance through meal or food stamps, Social Security, Medicare or Medicaid, unemployment benefits, home mortgages or college loans — which, by the way record numbers have defaulted on paying back. Add to this the number of public employees hired by all governments – Federal, State, and local – and what we have here is a failure of our system.
What can change this? You can by voting, by not getting on the governmental dole, and by not thinking someone else “owes” you something for nothing. There is never a “free lunch.” I had to laugh when my neighbor Eli asked, “Whatever happened to people being skeptical of their government? It is a good thing to never trust those in power, whoever they are — but especially Democrats.” He is right and that is why my neighbor hates the Democrats.
Pastor Lee Hemen has been the outspoken pastor of the same church for 25 years in Vancouver, WA. He writes regularly on spirituality and conservative causes and maintains several web blogs. This article is copyrighted © 2010 by Lee Hemen and is the sole property of Lee Hemen, and may not be used unless you quote the entire article and have my permission.