Monday, October 29, 2012

Equal Misery for All: Interview with a Soviet Immigrant

 Jake Danishevsky

A Soviet-born (and now) American Jew, issues a warning to the U.S. of the dangers of accepting socialism.

"Don't give up the freedom that is rightfully yours.  It is that simple.  We in America have choices that most other nations do not.  Do not give up what is rightfully yours."

--Jake Danishevsky

What if you were a first-generation American, raised in a family that fled socialism and all of its chains, when you were a young boy?

What if you were watching your newly-adopted country accept the same form of government in increments and were dismayed to know that not even Americans, who are exceptional, can "do socialism right"?!

You would try to warn your fellow countrymen, which is exactly what Jake Danishevsky does for us in his new book.  

In this post and others leading up to the election, I am going to share thoughts from Jake and his new book, shown here (and available here) on exactly why America should fight socialism with everything it has to prevent the tragedy of socialism--in any form--from happening here, the last best hope on earth.

Here I begin a series with an interview with this author, which I hope will accomplish these goals:

1.  Encourage you to read his book.

2.  Encourage you to vote AGAINST socialism.

3.  Preserve your beloved USA and its freedoms against those who seek to take them from you.

4.  Pass along a FREE AMERICA to your children and grandchildren.

This election is unlike any other, and if the voice of a man who has LIVED the socialist lifestyle can help us understand why we absolutely CANNOT accept this way of life, that is his goal.

Joni:  Thank you Jake, for agreeing to do this interview, and for your time in giving it.

Jake:  Thank you for the opportunity to speak to your readers.  I hope each will read and listen, because I want to present my political memoirs to help the American people avoid the pitfalls of miseries of socialism.  My point in writing this book is simple and this is it:

"Why would anyone willingly give up their freedoms?  In the Soviet socialist society, the system makes everyone equally miserable.  My conclusion is that a nation should never try socialism in the first place!"

Q:  First, Tell us where and when you were born?  Could you tell us a little bit about your childhood in the Soviet Union?

A:  I was born in 1966 in the former Soviet Union in Kiev, Ukraine, to a father that was a blue collar worker at a factory, and  mother who was in the photography industry. We had enough, which is as much as any Soviet citizen could or should have.  Enough is all that it was.  

Even if my parents worked harder or longer hours, being able to provide more or items that might seem luxurious was nearly impossible.  There were shortages of money on the part of nearly everyone, there were also shortages on almost anything and everything.  

Even if you had connections to the black market to get more items of some food or clothing, it was illegal and punishable by imprisonment:  in socialism, there is no FREE MARKET for the average person.  If you were to get in trouble with the law for having forbidden items, you did not want trouble with the law if you didn't have connections to those in government to help you out, because the government system is so corrupt. 

I was a Jew, not by religion, but by birth.  I am a Jew by nationality and by birth.  In the Soviet society any religious belief is banned.  I did not know what actually "being Jewish" meant until coming to America.  But, life in the Soviet Union did remind me each day of my life that I was a "Jew" by birth.  Our family was part of a 1970's agreement between Carter, Brezhnev and Israel to let any Jew who wanted to leave and "had relatives abroad" out of the Soviet Union.  

Q: Who do you hope to help by writing this book and whom do you see as the main audience?

A:  All Americans but especially those who are "on the fence", are ruled by emotions, are very young, or those who don't know what socialism can do to a country and to its people. I need, we all need, to save this nation.  I don't want to face what we ran from!  

Socialism sounds good, in that the government will provide and run everything.  But the real result is that nothing is good for any one of the people except for those in power.  None of the programs are run in an excellent way, and all the results are is misery.

As a child in the Soviet Union, I was not faced with many of the financial worries or burdens, since we had what we "needed" according to the government.  We were accepting of this because we lived how all the others lived; with just enough.  We simply accepted this and didn't strive for more.

You are told from the beginning that socialism is the greatest and most humane form of government in the world, and in the Soviet Union, the media told us that as well and that capitalism ruins lives and socialism is the only form of government that takes care of people.

How else is a Soviet citizen supposed to be able to know otherwise?  Everything we saw or heard was that we had the best lives possible, and that it made all of us equal and that we only needed what we had to be healthy and that ours was not an "opportunity driven" society.

"We left the Soviet Union when I was a thirteen and a half, and America was the only choice.  Why?  Because to my family, America was the beacon of freedom and where my parents wished to take their kids for opportunity and freedoms that we would never ever be able to have had we stayed back in the Soviet society."


Thank you, Jake!  

There is more...I will be back, with more of this interview with Jake Danishevsky.  If you would like to find him on Facebook, go to the link  America First (Politics Aside)

Feel free to leave YOUR THOUGHTS on what Jake has said so far, and to order his book, at this link:

Friday, October 26, 2012

Farmhouse Porch: Autumn in Orange!

Autumn is the most beautiful time of the year with its golden light, soft blue skies, whispering leaves, and quiet busy-ness of nature.

Crows are flying around squawking about the coming change in the weather.  Squirrels chirp and chatter as they work to deposit acorns in many spots to come and hunt up again in winter.

The leaves float to the ground on a gentle Autumn breeze to sprinkle our lawns, just so.  A beautiful smattering across a rich velvety, emerald green lawn.

Autumn is a last effort to please you mightily before you get your hands on the handle of a rake and perform the ritual of raking leaves--one that excites kids to jump into the pile to be buried multiple times before you can carry them away to burn them.

Autumn has a special scent, one that is like nothing else.  It is exciting, and makes one want to scruff up those leaves again with your foot, just to sniff it in one more time...

I pay special attention to the smells of Autumn: one of rotting leaves and the rows of crops as they dry up in the fields, waiting for excited farmers to harvest.  

Autumn's very own scent and it is one of richness, of the earth: one last memory of what was another beautiful season:  summer.  An end to the work of producing, and now moving on to the season of rest.

Autumn will leave us one day before we realize what happened, but suddenly we will miss her:   because winter will have arrived, to lay a blanket over our world, and tell it, finally to have a nice snooze and rest to come alive in living color once again next spring.

All hail to the kale; it's not orange but it worked its way into this post anyhow! 


Tuesday, October 23, 2012

All in For Orange

The trees turn and I just love the mellow soft oranges that come with Autumn!

But yesterday, I stopped in at the grocery store and they were marking all their "sweetest day" flower arrangements down to $1.

So, I brought some soft orange into the house.

Enjoy Autumn!

PS:  Fall decorating post coming up soon.

Monday, October 22, 2012

Photo Essay: Sunset

Let's go on a little walk.

It's windy, hold onto your hat! 

We are going to take a nice, long stroll out there on that breakwall.

Do you like lighthouses?

Do you like the water?

Do you like sunsets?

Well, today, I have all three!

And I am sharing...

On September 30, Luke and I went to Grand Rapids to the ArtPrize show.  

Since we were SO CLOSE to the lake shore, we took a few minutes and drove out there and found ourselves the perfect spot to watch the sunset.

The water was lively.The sunset was gorgeous.And the waves crashed up on the pier.

It was sort of like being on the bow of a ship heading straight for the sun. 

(Except I wasn't seasick.  And I slept in my own bed that night!)

If you live in Michigan, you're never too far away from a lake shore.

And that's great!

Because the beauty of our Great Lakes is unmatched.

This particular sunset was brought to you by...