Jesus Would Vote For Mao
There are conversations that leave my head spinning from time to time. The one I'm having over at John Hutchenson's with a new (to me) guy called Gary S. is one of those.
Gary tells us that
Somehow my Christain roots likes the second method [Communism] much more than the first [Facism] and I really, really hope that all Americans are to the left of the center point of the line between communism and fasism.
When I was much younger, the Communists were the big villains. Everyone loved to hate them, until it suddenly became fashionable to make friends with Russian circus clowns and hope that the Russians loved their children too. The Nazis with their cool outfits and well-publicized genocides were au courant villains. They're still the only villians you can have without worrying about a lawsuit. That's why the last Tom Clancy movie replaced the Islamofacist villains of the book with the love-to-hate-'em Nazis.
Communists and Facists are natural enemies, like the Sharks & the Jets. Perhaps because one (Communism) rests and the far left of the spectrum, with the other (Facism) at the far right. We currently have a right-of-center president, and his biggest detractors skew leftward. So maybe that's why we hear cries of "Bush-Hitler" and not "Bush-Stalin". Then again, maybe it's because Stalin, although a much more bloodthirsty tyrant than Hitler, isn't as sexy a villain. Those Soviets, off in their cold and remote country with their vodka and their gypsies just don't make for as rip-roarin' a tale, do they? Many people here in the States know at least one family directly affected by the Nazi Holocaust. We've all read Anne Frank's diary and seen Schindler's List. But the millions more killed by Stalin were back behind that Iron Curtain. Who cares about them? It's too cold to film those stories on location.
So now we've accepted this world where Facism, cloaked in the steel gray of the SS is the great evil. Communism, by comparison, seems to be this slightly misunderstood but really not all that bad way to make sure old people get perscription drugs and everyone has three hots and a cot. We have willed ourselves to forget the outlawing of faith, the terror of the gulag and the sacrifice of individualism. Pardon me if I'm not so eager to embrace either one. For all its faults, we live in one of the few countries where the individual is allowed to exist on his or her own terms. I'd much rather be free to make my own choices and my own mistakes. I think that's why God granted us free will. I'm not about to subsume that gift of God to any governmental system, no matter how convenient it may be for homeless gypsies.
Kleinheider points out that I have completely misspelled "fascist" and "fascism" repeatedly. How Fascist of him, don't you think? ;-p