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A peasant and a Trump supporter

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During the course of last year, it became obvious that China had entirely too much influence over the Democratic Party, its candidate for president and the American media.

It also became obvious that I needed to read Gulag Archipelago, the three-volume, 1,800-page classic on the Communist system of government written by Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn. Although I have since that time purchased Vol. 1, originally I decided to get the book from our local library. I stopped by the library and learned that our book was already checked out. The ladies at the library kindly offered to see if they could get a copy through the inter-library loan program, and I accepted their offer. It turns out they found an available copy from Washington University Law School and a few days later that book arrived. What I soon noticed about the book proved to be most interesting, and to me, a blessing.

An earlier reader of the book had written extensively in the book. Not on the inside pages, but rather, on the inside back cover. This individual had made 28 entries over a period of time, some in black ink, some in blue and even one in red. Why did I find the entries so noteworthy? There were a number of reasons. First, the reader from many years ago chose to write about many of the same incidents I found so useful. Another reason, with these notes as a guide, I was pointed to 28 specific actions that I dare not pass over lightly.

Here is the first entry: “P. 24 – In 1929-30, 15,000,00 peasants driven out into the tundra or taiga.”

The second entry reads: “P. 54 – In 1929-30 the multimillion wave of dispossessed kulaks entered the Gulag or driven naked into the tundra or taiga.”

It should be pointed out the tundra and taiga are areas so cold trees do not grow there.

Most of us conjure up an image of a “peasant” as someone who make a living farming. Many use the term disparagingly, as someone crude and unsophisticated. Hillary probably thinks of a peasant as a deplorable. Obama probably had peasants in mind when in the 2008 campaign he complained of those who cling to their guns and religion.

A “kulak” is a peasant who was more successful than most. He owned some land, had livestock and hired other peasants to work for him. He resisted the state takeover of farms and you can see where that got him.

Osage County is a farming community. It’s also a county that is strongly pro-Trump. Hillary got 13% of the vote in 2016, and Biden got the same percentage in 2020. If being farmers doesn’t quality us as peasants, then being staunch Trump supporters should cinch it. Actually, I’m proud both of being a peasant and a Trump supporter.

No one used the word peasant with more venom than H.L. Mencken, one of the leading writers of the 20th Century. Mencken in 1925 wrote an obituary of William Jennings Bryan, a man Democrats nominated three times as their candidate for president. One of Mencken’s closing remarks in the obituary will live for a long time: “He (Bryan) seemed only a poor clod like those around him, deluded by a childish theology, full of an almost pathological hatred of all learning, all human dignity, all beauty, all fine and noble things. He was a peasant come home to the dung-pile. Imagine a gentleman, and you have imagined everything that he was not.”

If Mencken were still alive today, he’d probably be working for CNN or some Ivy League school.

Elitists have looked down on common Americans for at least a century, maybe longer. But have they ever hated us to the extent they do now?

I’m convinced the Russians are not a threat to the U.S. But the Chinese Communist Party certainly is. Do the elitists plan to use Communistic tactics to get rid of us? Or do they want the CCP to do their dirty work for them? Do they want to march us into northern Alaska in the raw in the middle of winter? Or do they want the CCP to do this for them? Or as an MSNBC person suggested, should they use military drones on us?

The elitists in charge are deranged. Until Solzhenitsyn’s book came out in 1973, the world never dreamed of the atrocities that were committed under Stalin. The guys in the swamp today and their buddies in Beijing are just as dangerous. Don’t for one minute think anything else.

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