So I had my husband take a look at my blog to see what he thought about my last posts - and he was supportive, but did comment that my blog was becoming increasingly political. I don't think that is necessarily a bad thing, since it is important for everyone to participate in the political dialog in a democratic society, but on the other hand I don't want to be yet another political blog rant.
Plus, I realized that my last post was interpreted to be me calling our government communists, which was not my intent. Just for the record, I do not agree with those who say Pres. Obama is a Socialist - and I would like to see a health care bill succeed.
So what motivated my last posts?
It all started two summers ago when we were driving up to the mountains. We were listening to the radio and happened to tune into an interview with one of the authors of The 4th Turning. In this book the two historians make a pretty good case for a coming crisis in the US. I don't want to try to explain their entire thesis, so let me just say that their evidence and explanations convinced me to the extent that I was seriously bummed out for a month.
Then the financial crisis happened and subsequent events and attitudes seem to me to all point to a looming crisis. So I am worried. It didn't help matters that Costco started selling a year's worth of freeze dried food. The book doesn't say where the crisis will come from, they don't claim to have a crystal ball, but it does say that it will certainly come - as it has with surprising predictability throughout US history. So I am watching and waiting for a sign - and preparing.
I really hope they are wrong, but history says otherwise.
The other thing that happened recently that has me thinking about communists, is that while organizing my closet I came across the family history that my Grandfather wrote before he died. Most of what he wrote was about their lives before they came to the US in 1951 - my father was 15 or 16 at the time. They had spent the last 10 or so years in Germany - my Grandfather was a sort of diplomat from Bulgaria - and thus had had the pleasure of being right smack in the middle of a really nasty war.
Oddly enough, the fact that they were in Germany at that time saved their lives because when the Soviet army rolled into Bulgaria, they rounded up every government employee they could get their hands on, and executed them. In all, around 3,000 bureaucrats were executed. My grandfather worked in the embassy in Berlin at the time and with the regime change in Bulgaria, all of the embassy staff members were recalled back to Bulgaria. Of the 30 or staff - 4 refused to go back, one of them being my grandfather, another the ambassador, and two others who disappeared. Those who went back were shot.
So if I am a little hyper anti-communist, that is probably the reason why. What with all the rhetoric and blah blah Gingering out there in the politosphere, it is easy to forget that sometimes really bad things do happen. The thing that struck me most from reading what my grandfather wrote, was how random and arbitrary events in people's lives could be the deciding factor of whether you lived or died. And how positively screwed the ordinary person can be if caught in the wrong place at the wrong time.
I am worried about the safety of my family given what I think is coming. That is why I have politics on my mind - I don't consider myself either a liberal or a conservative - if you ask me, everyone should be both depending on the issue within the context of society at the time.