David Horowitz’s Editorial Note: We are publishing in serial form an essay by Bruce Hendry on the existential crisis our nation is facing. The crisis has been caused by a dramatic shift to the left by one of our two main political parties. Tragically, the leaders of the Democrat Party seem to have learned nothing from the social catastrophes created by socialist illusions in the past century.
By declaring himself a socialist – although “communist” would more accurately reflect his lifelong commitments –presidential candidate Bernie Sanders has done our country an enormous favor. When the Berlin Wall came tumbling down in 1989, it ended a 72-year international civil war that liberated over a billion people from the chains of a totalitarian system. Yet there was a deafening and costly silence on the part of the victors over this historic result.
While millions in the former Soviet bloc gathered to praise President Reagan and America as the heroes of their liberation, western leaders were curiously mute. By the time the Wall fell, Reagan was no longer president. Under his successor, George H. W. Bush, there were no victory laps taken. No major events to celebrate the victory of the Free World or to drive home the lessons learned from this past – the bankrupting of whole continents, the engineering of famines in the Soviet Union, which had previously been the “bread basket of Europe,” the murder of more than 100 million people in peacetime for standing in the way of the socialist planners.
American leaders were too polite to emphasize these grim lessons of the socialist experiment. They did not want to embarrass our defeated enemies. This self-imposed silence allowed the progressive left to revive itself, and mount an attack on America again.
Bernie’s crusade has changed all this. By advancing an unreconstructed communist agenda to demonize the successful and creative members of our society, steal the fruits of their labor, and transfer all power to a central government – the Sanders candidacy has forced the nation to open the debate that weak-minded politicians had postponed for thirty years. With the Trump presidency and the revival of American patriotism, we are now witnessing a cornucopia of analyses and recovered histories of the most repressive and bloody regimes on human record, that credulous “revolutionaries” like Bernie Sanders produced.
Bruce Hendry’s analysis, which begins below, is we think an exceptionally valuable contribution to this vital discussion. Bruce is not a politician. He is a retired businessman who began from humble origins to become a highly successful investor and captain of industry. He embodies the American dream having earned his way to becoming the president and chairman of the Erie Lackawanna Railroad and Kaiser Steel. In other words he is one of the leaders of the economic revolution that has made America the envy of the world, and also the target of resentful and spiteful leftists who want to destroy it.
Bruce brings a unique perspective to this long overdue confrontation between America’s patriotic lovers of freedom and the reactionaries who want in Barack Obama’s words to “fundamentally transform the United States of America”into a totalitarian state. Bruce’s perspective is relentlessly focused on the bottom line: the real world disastrous effects of the left’s seductive pie-in-the-sky promises.