Nightmares of My Father: Back to the U.S.S.R?

by Gabriella Hoffman, Staff Writer

Impending bailouts of privatized companies and banks. Impending plans for socialized health care. Impending threats to freedom of speech. With these dramatic shifts to a more centrally-planned market, society and government, the perils of a left-leaning society are imminent as my father predicted. A man formerly oppressed under the Soviet regime in the Baltic Republic of Lithuania, my father has grown weary of the country he has adopted as his homeland. He envisioned the United States as a place of economic prosperity marked by few barriers, a place of freedom to pursue anything with no persecution and a place to create a business with few restrictions. Yet, the recent actions of the Obama Administration have confirmed my father’s belief that the government and the Democratic Party have adopted principles known to be detrimental to society.

As the prime source of my conservative upbringing, my father has chided against all the ulterior motives posed by liberals, who largely resemble the communist leaders that he encountered when living in Lithuania. If I ever were to be brainwashed into liberal dogma, then he would have failed to raise me accordingly. My father had stressed his desire to come to a country without any impending fear of Soviet infiltration, that being any talk of encroaching on human rights, values, and individualism. He never thought that Soviet-style socialism could infiltrate a great country like the United States. Yet, the possibility of going “back to the U.S.S.R.” appears likely if Republicans, conservatives, and Americans alike do not rise up and take a stance on the direction our country is heading in.

The United States has been a country that ensures “life, liberty, and property” as the Declaration of Independence postulates. The rightful place of the United States government is to “secure liberty, not seize it” as Rush Limbaugh puts it, in respect to the wise words of our Founding Fathers. In this critical time, true conservatives understand the great threat to America liberalism presents. Advocating soft punishment for criminals, levying too many taxes, spending excessively, to name a few, would make our Founding Fathers turn in their graves. To prevent such from happening, Americans must rise up and say “No” to any unnecessary changes that our Congress is making without the consent of its constituents. As the true purveyors of values, liberties and customs, conservatives must prove that their cause is a full-fledged one. We must defend all that we are fully entitled to, and not let an oppressive government seize our endowed rights.

It is imperative for high school graduates and college students alike to note the threat that an increasingly powerful government poses. The naiveté found in today’s youth about the dangerous ideology they are adopting must be exposed. The mentality of “everything is free and entitled” cannot persevere in a society grounded in freedom and individualism. Communism goes against human nature, as history demonstrated, to ultimately result in the destruction of innovation, ingenuity, and competition—the driving forces that ensure a flourishing human civilization.



  1. “The United States has been a country that ensures ‘life, liberty, and property’ as the Declaration of Independence postulates.”

    I would change the “property” part of that line to read as it does in the Declaration, i.e. the pursuit of happiness. Certainly the words “pursuit of” ought to be present there either way. (As I understand it, the Founders changed the wording from “property” to “happiness” in deference to slaves, who themselves could not hold property, and were likewise thought of AS property. ‘Twas a very small linguistic skirmish in the century long battle over slavery.)

    This is not a trivial distinction, for the purpose of government, as the Founders intended, was to guarantee a person’s right to pursue the ownership of property, under the umbrella of “happiness.” It is NOT the government’s job to guarantee that a person HAS property.

    If we leave it to just say “property,” we then open ourselves to the arguments I hear from leftists all the time. You know, everyone has a “right” to housing, a “right” to health care, a “right” to a well paying job. (It always amazes me that those same people can somehow also believe that a person has no right to LIFE, but I digress.) The danger, of course, is that if everyone has a right to these items without working or paying for them, then the sole arbiter of their distribution in the populace can only be the government. And the government inevitably destroys liberty when it attempts to provide these things. Give everyone a right to housing without paying for it, then the government will decide where and how you will live. Give everyone a right to health care without paying for it, then the government will decide when and how (or even if) you will be medically treated. Give everyone a right to a “well” paying job without having to earn qualifications, the government will decide what “good” pay is, and what the citizens will do. This is the very conundrum France faces. Their labor laws make it so difficult to fire deadbeat workers, that companies don’t want to hire young people. Next stop, double digit unemployment, which we are fast approaching.

    I realize I am likely preaching to the choir here on all this. I just think using the word “property” in that context is ill advised.

    Good work otherwise, though.

  2. Gabriella Hoffman · ·

    Thank you for taking the time to read my article, Michael. I was debating about property or pursuit of happiness, and probably chose the lower end.
    I fully understand the complications that come with ensuring property for all, because as Rush Limbaugh puts it, “American ensures equal opportunity, not equal outcome.”

  3. Gabriella Hoffman · ·

    “America*….” My mistake.

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