As you survey the political landscape, what do you see? Support for capitalism and liberty or an intransigent proclivity for control and political power? Intellectual pragmatism or crony capitalism? The truth of history or the lies of an imaginary future? The support of economic growth or the oppressive regulations of socialism?

In 1917, Vladimir Lenin, the leader of the Bolshevik (Communist) Revolution, promised the Russian people Peace! Land! Bread! All resonated with the people because they’d been involved in a long war with Germany, hence the need for “peace.” “Land” meant that all would have some property of their own—probably a farm on which they could provide the “bread” to feed the family.

After the Bolsheviks (Communists) assumed power, millions starved to death and were slaughtered by the Communist leaders if they dared disagree with the communist ideology. Those who owned large farms were forced to give them to the government, which divided them among the people. The war with Germany ended, people had land to farm and all was well in Russia. But the history books which tell the truth would belie that story.

The Russian middle class disappeared leaving only the political ruling class and the poor. All because a few narcissistic megalomaniacs wanted the power to control the lives of fellow Russians. The same thing occurred in China, North Korea, Cuba, Vietnam and the nations of eastern Europe. Today, those governments are allowing the people some latitude in developing their own entrepreneurial pursuits (North Korea excepted) while our government is forcing socialism on us by crazed power-hungry Democrats who tell us they know more about protecting our liberty than do we the people. Power corrupts, and history is ignored.

In 2008, Barack Hussein Obama promised hope and change for the people of America. Hope for what and change to what? Hope for redistribution of the wealth and the change to a mediocre nation of welfare recipients? Hope for more jobs? Hope for greater prosperity? Change to a higher rate of unemployment? Change to more government handouts (Obamacare and more food stamps)? Change to a higher rate of poverty?

If we can believe the statistics provided by the Department of Labor, it looks as if “Change” beats “Hope.” Unemployment remains in the middle 7 percent range (5.5 percent once was considered a marginal norm), and we have about 48 million folks on food stamps. That’s roughly 15 percent of our total population. In 1975, those using food stamps were a little more than 8 percent of the total population.

What has caused our nation to fail? Could it be the contempt progressive Democrats have for the Constitution? Could it be the inherent dishonesty of the progressive Democrat “theology?” Could it be a disregard of history while promising a fanciful future? Do the progressive Democrats view politics as a jihad? Their jihad against liberty and capitalism, the American people, the Declaration of Independence, the Constitution and the Judeo-Christian ethic.

Lenin is smiling.

• Don Kennedy is a graduate of Dartmouth College with a degree in sociology. He has been a resident of Ahwatukee Foothills since 2002.

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