Monday, May 01, 2006

May Day Thoughts

When I was growing up during the middle of the “Cold War” there would be massive parades in Moscow shown on the evening news. This was an awesome display of the weaponry that was the result of the Soviet Union’s labor force; a proud people who were supposed to have the good life and wanted to protect that way of life from the imperialist Americans. I had to wonder why the communist block of countries had to have a whole army assigned to keep those proud and happy people confined within the borders. Why, if it was such a wonderful place to live, to work and raise a family; why were so many people willing to risk being shot in the back escaping to the “West”?

“General Secretary Gorbachev, if you seek peace, if you seek prosperity for the Soviet Union and Eastern Europe, if you seek liberalization: Come here to this gate! Mr. Gorbachev, open this gate! Mr. Gorbachev, tear down this wall!” Ronald Reagan

For all my Socialist friends, those who would have me believe that their way of doing things would be so much better here in the good ole’ USA; a few thoughts on the subject. First let me thank Brad, the Unrepentant Individual, for reminding me that it WAS May 1, 2006.

I tend to think of things as they relate to the Astro's baseball schedule rather than what the date is relevant to the calendar that most folks use; today they are in Milwaukee to start a three game series. I try to keep up with my original group of bloggers from the HCBA even though many of them have gone on sabbatical; Brad has kept a steady stream of ideas flowing and so I continue to visit. I suppose he’s just getting prepared for mandatory drug testing for steroids with baseball season in full swing. Remember, mandated lifestyles are always preferable to freedom of choice in any socialistic society; ball players are no exception.

Brad had linked to an article by Jonathan Wilde over at Catallarchy which he called, “A Day of Remembrance”. ( linked via title bar )

“Contrary to the promises of popular ideology, nations whose governments pledged to create a workers paradise usually became places of rampant slave labor. The plight of the less fortunate became even less fortunate”.

This would be the meat of my thoughts and so I will simply strongly recommend that you read the included list of articles that Jonathan has provided.

“How do you tell a communist? Well, it’s someone who reads Marx and Lenin. And how do you tell an anti-Communist” It’s someone who understands Marx and Lenin.” Ronald Reagan.

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