My wife noticed this wingnuttery on the public bulletin board at Spearfish City Hall yesterday:
The plain 8x11.5 photocopy shows a map of the Soviet Union (which, I remind you, we are no longer at Cold War with, because it no longer exists, replaced by the Russian Mafia and anarcho-capitalists) dotted with prison camps. This hyperventilative text follows (all in caps in the original, because caps make it more true):
From 1917 through our current times, the Soviets have operated these "re-education" & forced labor camps. It is estimated that each of these sites have between a few hundred to a few thousand "patients"!
Most do not survive, but occasionally, some escape and get to America. Many testimonies have been made before Congressional committees until the late 1970s when these committees were abolished.
How can millions be enslaved by the few? "Socialized medicine is the keystone to the arch of the socialist state"—a quote from V.I. Lenin [wingnut poster, Spearfish City Hall, 2013.03.25]
If I'm generous, I conclude the person who tacked up this poster simply has difficulty with the present perfect tense. But my commitment to truth limits my generosity.
- The odious House Un-American Activities Committee was abolished in 1975, and good riddance. What other committees were abolished to stifle Soviet refugee stories remains a mystery.
- Socialized medicine exists in numerous countries (Canada, Great Britain, France...) with no connection to re-education or forced labor camps. (Those socialized-medicine countries also manage to maintain AAA bond ratings.)
- The socialized medicine quote appears to be a sham. I can't find concrete attribution of that statement to Lenin anywhere.