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Are You Being Told What to Believe?
One of the most historic years, for freedom, of the last century, was 1989. One June 4 of that year Chinese troops attacked pro-democracy demonstrators camped on the plaza. The demonstrators were killed but it gave inspiration to many.
The next day one young man made a bold move. As tanks were billowing down the square this inspired man stepped out in front of these tanks that could have easily made him into a pot hole plug. Eventually, the man was whisked away but the statement he made reignited the fire of freedom that lives in us all.
On Dec 20th the United States went into Panama to help the Panamanians oust their dictator Manuel Noriega. Fortunately for them, they did not have an all out gun ban so they were able to keep their losses to a minimum.
Five days prior a Hungarian-born pastor named Laszlo Tokes had had his fill of the communist regime. However, before we get more into what happened in Romania during that year and what led to an all-out revolution let’s look into the events that led to Pastor, and millions of other Romanian’s, Tokes’ frustration.
After WWII the Warsaw Pact pretty much divvied up Europe among the “winners.” Sadly, Romania was given to the Soviets. They put in their puppets to keep the Latin Island nation as a satellite to do with as they please. By 1913 Romania was the 4th largest producer of wheat. In fact, the joke goes that if you see a Romanian turning bread away you better stay away as the bread sniper will get him. During the Second World War, they supplied Hitler with a 1/3 of their oil. So of course, Romania was a gold mine for the USSR.
Then in 1949, Romania got their own Communist Leader, Gheorghe Gheorghiu-Dej. As any tyrannical institution must do to suppress its people it must control the movement and possession of firearms. The first law they enacted was gun control (for the greater good of course). The only exception was for hunting purposes: only single and double barreled shotguns, only with a special permit from the police, the owner was required to be a member of a state-run hunting association and the guns must be registered and locked at the police station any time the dictator was in town. Then after they made sure the population was disarmed they started the arrests, imprisonments, re-education camps, and killings.
In 1966 a new despot came to power, Nicolae Ceaucescu. Otherwise known as the “Comrade Supreme Commander.” Ceaușescu then used registration lists to confiscate all guns from private holders. As a consequence, no private person in Communist Romania had the right to keep and bear arms. So when he made other tyrannical laws, like Decree 770, which mandated ALL women under 40 to have 4 healthy children, the people could not fight against him other than with sticks and rocks. What was even more dismal was that if your child had a slight malady, say asthma, the state would take the child they forced you to have away from you and send them to an orphanage never to be seen again. This and so much more made Pastor Tokes say he’d had enough.
He then speaks out publicly against Ceausescu in the town of Timisoara. As he does he is told stand down. This emboldens a handful of people and they surround him to protect him. The Securitate shoots at the people. For every fallen Romanian 10 more show up in support. They show up with sticks, rocks, to fight and steel garbage lids for protection. The whole town is engulfed with the flames of freedom. Thousands upon thousands join in. The town is closed down by the government. Romanians from all over the country were trying to come to aid Tokes and his fellow Romanians. As any fire does the flames spread and quick.
On December 20th negotiators from Bucharest were sent to Timisoara, but really only to buy time so that new elite troops could arrive to “crush the rebellion”. The Securitate continued firing on demonstrators in the street. Ceausescu arrived home from a visit to Iran and proclaimed martial law. The next day Ceausescu addresses a crowd in Bucharest in a televised speech. Unexpectedly, the crowd became violent and tried to break police lines. A violent clash ensued in which at least 13 youths were killed. Protests began breaking out all over the Capitol, and the police began arresting these demonstrators. The crowds refused to disperse and the police used gunfire and armored cars against the people.
The Ceaușescu regime fell when the Romanian army turned against the communist government and refused to shoot revolutionaries in the streets. Had the Romanian people benefited from a law like the Second Amendment, had they been well-armed and things might have been quite different. If the population would have had any gun-rights, the people might not have had to endure 45 terrible years of brutal dictatorship.
Despotism has no hold of a time period in history. It is all the same whether it was Ceaucescu, Hitler, King George, Edi Amin, Pol Pot, or whomever. As Americans, we must NEVER give away one iota of the Second Amendment. Without it, there is no Freedom of Speech, Religion, or anything else. Without the power of might to fight arm for arm against tyranny anything else is just rocks and sticks like the bullet-ridden Romanians.
Imagine 20 years from now reading some government documents where it describes in detail a dream you told your mother about.
Imagine those same documents making you reminisce of when your child first learned to ride their bike.
Imagine the side notes being taken documents by government workers as they listen to you and your spouse being intimate.
This was the life of Romanians under the tyrannical rule of Nicolae Ceausescu’s Securitate or Secret Police for nearly two generations.
Carmen Bugan’s father, like my father, was a political dissident. As they did with my father they arrested him, tortured him, and so much more. In 2005 Carmen was able to find out that the Secret Police, Securitate, had 4500 page on just her family alone. It took her three years to go through all her family’s records.
Well, guess what? In the land of FREE, we have the NSA. All in the name of security we let our government listen to our phone conversations so we can “be safe.”
So are you a political dissident here in America that you are allowing the NSA to spy on you? Remember now the NSA has been around since 1952. How much do they know about you?
What are you going to do about it?
In the next few series, I’m going to draw a parallel of how life was under tyranny in Romania and where it is headed here. You will see that we can easily have Romania’s past become America’s future.