Benefits of Communism
The other day I took a day trip to downtown Portland just to look around. It was a gorgeous sunny day and the wife wanted to go downtown, so I had to go. While I was there, a youth came up to me passing out little brochures on Communism and wanting me go give him money to support Lyndon LaRouche for political office… I kid you not. I talked to him for a bit, while my wife quietly gnashed her teeth thinking I’d say or do something crass. I surprised her. I thanked him and I politely declined to give money and walked on.
There are times when I’d like to take every lefty moron who waxes enthusiastically about the beauty of Communism and drop them in a North Korean political prison camp for just a week. Not the 23 years that Shin Dong-hyuk endured, after being the only known person born in a prison camp who later escaped to the West. For him, freedom was “just another word for grilled meat.”
What do most of us in America complain about? Hmmm, lets see, “There’s nothing on TV.” “These fries are cold, dammit.” “Man, I don’t feel like going to work today.” “I can’t believe it’s raining again.” “I can’t believe ______ didn’t win American Idol.”
How about “if I cook this piece of meat I stole, the guards will know and come and beat me and put me on half-rations for the next month… I better just eat it raw.”
We know nothing of true Communism, and most Americans are utterly cavalier about the freedom they possess living in the United States. Oh, and what was Mr. Shin’s crime? Two of his brothers had defected to the South during the Korean War and for that, he is locked up in a labor camp for life.
Shin’s memoir, “Escape From Camp 14,” should be required reading in every High School and University in the country.