MIKE HUGHES: The roots of my rage

It was a rainy morning on July 7, 1941, when a jeep with communist soldiers drove into Kropyvna. The people fearing for their priest wanted to hide him. Shortly afterward, two communists were commanding Father Januarius to enter the church and desecrate the Holy Eucharist. He said he would die first. One of the soldiers shot him twice and he died immediately. He was 47 years old.

Those words were written by my mother a long time ago, probably in the 1960s. Father Januarius was my mother’s uncle, my grandfather’s brother, Jacob Fediuk. The story was told to me when I was very young. Everyone in my family knows of the story. My mother wrote 11 paragraphs to document the details.

Dinesh D’Souza wrote a book on “The Roots of Obama’s Rage.” I haven’t read the book, but I did read an article written by D’Souza, titled “How Obama Thinks,” that explained the thesis of the book. D’Souza wrote, “According to Obama, his dream is his father’s dream … the elder Obama represented a great and noble cause, the cause of anticolonialism.”

In simple terms, President Obama’s view of America, a view that’s common among liberals, is that America became a world power through unfair means, and those ill-gotten gains should now be redistributed to the oppressed. Similar thinking leads Obama to believe “the rich” have received the benefits of ill-gotten gains, and those too should be redistributed in the name of social justice.

While Obama has made little effort to hide his contempt for American success on a personal level, he hasn’t been as candid about his contempt for American success on a national level. However, his actions have shown that his plans for redistribution of wealth and power are not confined to our national borders. With few exceptions, Obama’s foreign policies have come at our expense, giving preference to places such as Brazil, Russia and Old Europe.

My beliefs are rooted in a family that came to America with first-hand knowledge of the evils of communism. Obama’s beliefs are rooted in a wide variety of misguided people who resented America’s success and believed that socialism and communism were preferable.

I was inspired to write this column after reading an Enterprise article on Orest M. Gladky and his daughter, Olga Gladky Verro. Gladky documented what life was like under Soviet rule. Verro recently published some of his stories in the book, “Voices from the Past.” In the Enterprise story, Verro said, “I release his works in order to share them with today’s readers to warn that, unheeded, the socialist Soviet past could become democracy’s perilous future.”

I don’t think we’re about to repeat the socialist atrocities of the 20th century, but we’re currently on the same path that led to those atrocities. A few decades ago, I never would’ve dreamt of the possibility of America becoming anything like the Soviet Union. But now we have an electorate that’s forgetting history and socialist leaders who think they’re smarter than the last ones.

Stories like these, that are passed down from generation to generation, will help prevent the next socialist atrocities. Thank you, Orest and Olga.

Mike Hughes is a Navy veteran who lives in Jamestown. His column appears here every other Sunday. To comment, visit www.hpe.com and click on local commentary. E-mail him at mrmike27282@gmail.com.

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