Voices from Russia

Friday, 31 December 2010

“Thank You, Soviet Union!”… An Ordinary Woman’s Tribute to Her Homeland…

Filed under: history,inspirational,patriotic,Russian,Soviet period — 01varvara @ 00.00

On 30 December 1922, the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics was formed. I don’t know what it means for other people, but for me it’s the birthday of my homeland. I will never stop writing about it… I will never stop loving it. Don’t lecture me about nostalgia. I tried to compare the past and present without the rose-coloured glasses of my childhood memories. I did my best to be objective.

My nostalgia for the Soviet Union isn’t a nostalgia for my lost childhood. This is a critical analysis of what is happening in our time. I understand that we live free from hunger and war. We have adapted in order to live, or, rather more correctly, survive. The main thing we have learnt from the restructuring is that we had to survive without the usual social supports, and when it really got bad, all we had left was reliance on God. I find it funny to hear about the growth of the economy, the reforms, etc. No logic can explain why we have a minimum wage that is less than the minimum subsistence level. Why is it that people can work, but their pay-cheques can’t support their family? I can’t understand why it is that we are either poor or absurdly rich. I understand that we have a few people who live in another financial dimension. I’m not talking about them. Not everyone can trade and steal… and not everyone wants to do that. If everyone were to sell and steal, then, who would do the ordinary and necessary jobs? Who would bake the bread, build the roads, teach the children, etc? If we all began to work only in those jobs with the highest wages, where would our doctors, engineers, teachers, firefighters, miners, farmers, plumbers, fitters, and machinists come from? Or, are we all supposed to be only managers, salespeople, designers, and models? Tell me.

The collapse of the Soviet Union upset the world balance. If it had not fallen, all the future military conflicts that took place in the world after the collapse of the Soviet Union wouldn’t have happened. The USSR was a counterweight to America (truly, we were both feared and respected), for the USA has a desolate and spiritually impoverished culture. Our moral values have collapsed, all that has happened is that America’s egotistical worship of itself has grown exponentially. Russia, by itself, can’t (unfortunately) replace the Soviet Union in all its aspects. It seems that we must come back together as a single state if we are to replicate the results of the USSR in culture, sport, industry, and science. Oh, we can live apart from one another; that isn’t the problem. Without Russian gas, the Ukraine won’t wither up and die… Russia can live without Ukrainian products. But think on what we lost by being torn apart.

Our country, the USSR, won the Second World War. We defeated the fascists and liberated not only ourselves, but also the whole of Europe. We won the war, and it wasn’t because battalions of NKVD sharpshooters in the rear forced our men forward and our troops were hopped up on vodka. We had patriotism, a united spirit, and with that, our men did unbelievable deeds. They didn’t spare themselves… they volunteered for service at the front, they didn’t skulk around and hide, they starved, they worked in the arms works for days on end, they hid Jews, they struggled, and they persevered. Now, ask yourself how we can survive as independent states. Ask yourself a question… “What if a war started right now? Would we have volunteers? Would we we unite in the face of danger?”

I want to be clear… I’m not saying that they’re all bad. No, not at all. I’m glad to see my son’s friends’ children… they think and they read. I believe that their families will be able to inculcate in them those genuine values which will help each one of them to become fully human individuals. What’s happening to our children? How can we help them? Of course, you can’t shift all the responsibility onto the shoulders of the parents. The State should promote universal values, it should promote the return of morals and morality. If it doesn’t do so, don’t complain later on that the parents were slothful.

I’m not a revolutionary and I’m not calling for a revolution. We were only one step away from such in the Ukraine in 2004. Thank God, such didn’t happen then. However, I just can’t abide what’s happening now. I don’t agree with those who argue that we should forget the past and accept the present in the form in which it now exists. I want to urge everybody NOT to go with the flow, NOT to accept the present. Don’t let them convince you that you’ve got to forget it all, that it’s “just nostalgia for a lost childhood”.

For now, I know that it’s gone. Those who hold power won’t let us reunite as one. Yet, we must try to remain human beings first and foremost, and educate our children in a manner worthy of our great country. I hope , I believe, that there are still people for whom the word “motherland” is not an empty phrase. They will build a decent present, taking into account our past. Amongst them will be a man who will defeat the “Dragon”. He will lead our country out of its poverty, both spiritual and financial. Most importantly, he’ll return to us our self-respect and our pride in our country. I appeal to this man… I BELIEVE in him… I hope that he hears me.

Rita Shevchenko

30 December 2010

Editor’s Afterword:

Many Americans date the beginning of the new era in Russia from 1991, the fall of the Soviet state. This is wrong and based on ignorance… mainly, Amerikantsy don’t talk to real Russians, they only speak to the minority that speaks English and strokes their ego. According to most Russians, the new era began in 1985, with the beginning of Perestroika. Do mark it down well that there were no political prisoners to be released in ’91… Gorbachyov had freed them all. The Church was freed of her shackles and the Millennium in 1988 went off without a hitch.

What happened?

There was an abortive coup that was hatched at a time when the state was vulnerable, as all the changes hadn’t worked their way through the system. At such times, any state structure is especially susceptible to major spasms, if not collapse. Such times happened in the USA at the turn of the 20th century and during the New Deal… FDR saved capitalism from itself (and the Free Marketers have never forgiven him for that). This coup decapitated the country, allowing anarchy to paralyse the system.

During the 90s, pro-American lickspittles such as Gaidar, Chubais, Berezovsky, and Khodorkovsky raped the Russian state and people… stealing state assets as their “private” property and destroying the savings of the Russian working class through hyperinflation. When Gaidar died in ’09 (at the early age of 53), he didn’t receive a state funeral… he only got a minor send-off at the mourning hall of the Botkin Hospital… VVP and Medvedev didn’t show up. Note well that the American press hates VVP for stopping the American takeover of the Russian economy.

If you want to know what happens under American Neoliberal economic hegemony, look at the Ukraine. At one time, the Ukraine was one of the richest regions in the USSR and the old Empire. Today, its per capita GDP is only 40 percent of Russia’s… American investors have stolen the profits and taken them to offshore tax havens. VVP is excoriated for halting that in Russia and jailing America’s darling Khodorkovsky.

Note well that the Republican Party cheerleads for the Free Market assault on the economies of the world. If you vote for the Republican Party, you vote for economic enslavement, wars all over the globe, and “might makes right”. Don’t forget… the USA underwrote Georgia’s aggression in ’08, and it didn’t break ties with an unrepentant Georgia afterwards. If you support Rush Limbaugh, Sarah Palin, or any other of the rightwing lunatics, you support a state of “permanent warfare”… there’s no other way of putting it.

That’s why we need a form of the USSR back… to restrain the one rogue state in the world… the USA of the Free Market fanatics. Let it come back SOON…

BMD

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