He peered out through his glasses sat snugly above his mustache to the small classroom at Strafford Junior High School. In a serious tone, Mr. Bill Jeffries asked, “People, do you know why Papa Smurf wears a red hat?” Some of the class smiled, some rolled their eyes, and some remained asleep. In seventh grade, the smurfs are a little above you, but he was about to make a brilliant comparison that most seventh graders would understand.
Clint Maples had a sarcastic wit about him. “Because he’s a communist!” I know he said it jokingly or may be not, but Mr. Jeffries exclaimed at an even more exciting tone, “That’s exactly right Mr. Maples. He’s a communist.” Mr. Jeffries went on to explain how the little smurf village resembled the vision that Karl Marx laid out. As an adult, I don’t think I had a better teacher for the rest of my years at Strafford. Mr. Jeffries landed a job at Parkview High School the next year, which was a loss for Strafford.
I get the feeling from watching the General Motors drama play out, nobody taught the mind-numbing millennials (a term I use after reading Eric “Mancow” Muller’s blog titled the same) the Papa Smurf version or the realistic version of socialism. In fact, I am willing to bet that college institutions are more likely to portray Sir Thomas More’s (author of Utopia) version over that what history recorded with Josef Stalin.
Since More’s Utopian vision is one full of peaceful images and not one of the totalitarian iron fist, do the words socialism and communism mean anything to the millennials? After all, once the wall fell in Eastern Europe, we thought the threat was gone. The USSR (Union of Soviet Socialist Republics in case any millennial reading this doesn’t know), now Russia, was no longer a threat, and we defeated communism.
The millennials support Obama, without considering the redistribution of wealth, tells me that Karl Marx, Frederic Engel, Vladimir Lenin, Stalin, and the rest of the reds were either skimmed in the history books, or they were revised in history. Perhaps, a history professor teaches that Reagan was the aggressor for placing missiles in western Europe and dreaming of Star Wars (the Strategic Defense Initiative). I wouldn’t be surprised.
These buzzwords don’t scare the tar out of the millennials as they did my generation. Generation X faced Russian missiles ending our lives at a young age. The liberal media and the Russians believed that Reagan placed an unstable, cowboy trigger finger on the nuclear button. Generation X lived with the constant threat of nuclear war. It was on the news, they made movies like The Day After about it, and they discussed it in the classroom. We understood the extreme socialist policies of the USSR were about aggression, and that the freedoms we enjoyed weren’t a part of life in the USSR. In the end, that crazy man (Reagan) managed to warm the Cold War and bring the Russians to the table with real plans to slow down the arms race. Reagan demanded the wall in eastern Europe to be torn down, even after his advisers from the State Department removed the text from his speech. He wasn’t crazy. He was absolute in his resolve.
What’s crazy is that it seems the millennials have no record of what life was like between the 1960s and the 1980s. They don’t grasp the dangerous world Generation X grew up in is coming back. The bear is growling again, our enemies are developing weapons of mass destruction, and new alliances are forming to destroy the greatest free capitalistic society this planet has ever known. Our enemies use force, and they use green environmental policies that attack the wealth and the manufacturing base in our country with the goals to bring it to its knees. Christopher C. Horner cites redistribution of wealth through green policies will destroy our our free markets in his book The Politically Incorrect Guide to Global Warming.
Most of millennials don’t get it. They think Obama can give them free college, free money, and free health care. They support Obama for his promised entitlements while ignoring the power he gains. They fail to recognize the debt he creates and the new taxes everyone will pay. They fail to see our country will soon be bankrupt at this pace. This country’s economy has been attacked by Obama and it might be the end of freedom as well as the start of a depression. Everyone forgets the economy was good during the Bush administration until the democrats took over Congress. Their policies now seem destructive and geared towards a radical change in political agenda. Obama firing a CEO is not capitalism, it communism. Yet some cheer because they weren’t taught the tyranny that Mr. Jeffries taught me in the seventh grade.
As jobs become scarcer in Obama’s overtaxed social utopia, the millennials will have to learn to survive outside the Hollister store and the Mall. Maybe then, they will recognize the errors of their ways, but will it be too late? Will the salivating and fainting over Obama have cost this country a price it will never be able to pay back? Capitalism is under attack, and communism is the new buzz. Unfortunately, the schools have sold their graduates short on what all of this means.
Originally Published at Bungalow Bill’s Conservative Wisdom