Over the decades, there were continuous reports of what it was like to live in the Soviet Union and other restrictive societies. Reading the reports, people were amazed and stunned about the living conditions in those types of societies and wondered how people survived. Just remember:
- The search for food and other essentials took up a large part of each day.
- Good jobs were limited and hard to obtain.
- Government controlled everything. People are fully dependent upon the government.
- Restrictions on travel.
- Media outlets were all propaganda.
- Oil and gas restricted.
- Censorship of everything.
- Fear of the government and police agencies.
- No church.
- Legal System only for the privileged.
- People’s incomes have dried up or been severely cut back.
People’s lives centered on families and sports. They were the only things that one would count on that offered enjoyment from the stresses of life in a restrictive regime.
Thirty one years ago, the Soviet Union began to collapse with the crumbling of the Berlin Wall. Since then, people’s lives in Russia and elsewhere have taken a sharp turn to a more open society. Food is abundant. Energy abounds. With the Internet, information refuting propaganda is easily available. People are able to go to church. Life is so much better for all.
Year 2020 in America under Covid-19
America is now in the year 2020 with Covid-19 fears running the country. No longer is America the “Land of the Free.” In reality, we are the new Soviet Union.
“Really, you don’t believe so?”
I am writing this on Sunday afternoon from the Bay Area. For almost 5 weeks, the entire area has been under a “shelter in place” order. The shelter in place order has placed the following restrictions on people or else caused the following problems.
- There is now an ongoing search for food or other essential items like toilet paper across the area and the country. People can go into stores and find many shelves bare of food, including canned food, meats and poultry, dairy products, and paper goods. When coming home from shopping, people brag about what they found on the shelves.
- Jobs? Over 20 million people forced out of jobs across the country over the last 4 weeks. Large numbers of these jobs will never return. Restaurants and related services are devastated. Exercise centers are preparing to file bankruptcy. Retail centers are closed.
- Government now controls everything. Large portions of the population are now mostly or entirely dependent upon the government to survive.
- Restrictions on travel are being placed by state governments. Crossing state lines may incur minimum 14 day quarantines. (Friends were leaving for Hawaii for 10 days today. They cancelled. Would have to quarantine for 14 days in a hotel room, so why bother?)
- Just like with the Soviet Union, the media is heavily propagandized. Nothing you hear can be believed. Anything and everything must be researched before being accepted as truth.
- Censorship is now the norm of the day. Facebook, Twitter, Google and other social media routinely censor news that does not fit their “objectives and goals.”
- Going to church is now prohibited.
- Gatherings of more than 10 people are prohibited.
- The Court System is set against those who disagree with the Liberal Left. The US Constitution has been abandoned.
- Fear of the government and police agencies are now just as pervasive as when the Soviet Union was together. Even walking on the streets for exercise could subject one to being taken into custody by the police.
- In many states, people are now required to wear masks when going out into public. Others are banned from seeing relatives and loved ones. Even seeing friends and neighbors are restricted.
The fact is that America is now far more restrictive and frightening of a place than the old Soviet Union was. At least the Soviet Union allowed people to have some personal freedoms. Americans no longer enjoy even that.
America is the new Soviet Union.
Exit Question: When do Americans do something about this?