by JOHN CASHON, Cashon Delivery
Thomas Peterffy, a billionaire Hungarian immigrant that came to the United States in 1965, has created a campaign ad for everyone to vote Republican. He states that he lived in a socialist country and warns Americans to refuse socialism.
Curiously, after World War II, the United States was known as a beacon of Democracy to the rest of the world. The argument can be made that if we were not considered a socialist country at that time, especially after Social Security, Medicaid and Medicare, then how can we be considered one now? Did President Obama create those programs?
During the Cold War, Hungary was part of the communist Eastern Bloc of the Soviet Union and controlled by a Soviet installed puppet government. In 1956, Hungarians revolted against the communist leadership and the Soviet occupation, but the Soviet Union ruthlessly crushed the rebellion.
Here is an eyewitness account to the massacre by a Hungarian journalist, George Paloczi-Horvath, from this report with the London Daily Herald:
"The situation was the same everywhere. Soviet tanks rolled in and started to shoot at every centre of resistance which had defied them during our first battle for freedom.
This time, the Russians shot the buildings to smithereens. Freedom fighters were trapped in the various barracks, public buildings and blocks of flats. The Russians were going to kill them off to the last man. And they knew it. They fought on till death claimed them.
This senseless Russian massacre provoked the second phase of armed resistance. The installation of Kadar's puppet government was only oil on the fire. After our fighting days, after our brief span of liberty and democracy, Kadar's hideous slogans and stupid lies, couched in the hated Stalinite terminology, made everyone's blood boil. Although ten million witnesses knew the contrary, the puppet government brought forward the ludicrous lie that our war of liberty was a counter-revolutionary uprising inspired by a handful of Fascists.
The answer was bitter fighting and a general strike throughout the country. In the old revolutionary centers - the industrial suburbs of Csepel, Ujpest and the rest - the workers struck and fought desperately against the Russian tanks. . .
Armed resistance stopped first. The Russians bombarded to rubble every house from which a single shot was fired. The fighting groups realized that further battles would mean the annihilation of the capital. So they stopped fighting."
Mr. Peterffy was born in 1944 and would have been twelve in 1956 during the Hungarian Revolution. This ad says he lived under socialism but Hungary was actually controlled by the communists. Can anyone compare this communist Cold War history from this eyewitness living during that Soviet brutality to the United States of today? Not likely.
This ad's argument is clearly misleading and a perfect example of creating fear by using images of that time period to get votes, without stating what the history was really like. It is curious how Mr. Peterffy could have forgotten this oppressive Soviet occupation, and to compare it to the policies of the Democrats and President Obama, is ludicrous.
The President has been called a Socialist too many times during this campaign and rational minds need to stand up and say that enough is enough with the blatant untruths. Mr. Peterffy states that it seems people don't learn from the past. Which past would that be?