IT WASN’T JUST ABOUT JEWS – BUT JEWS WERE THE FOCUS:
Until 1971, Russian Jews Amongst Russian Non-Jews, Who Applied To Emigrate From Russia Were Refused.
THIS IS A LESSON AMERICANS & CANADIANS WOULD DO WELL TO HEED:
From 1960 To 1971 – Jews & Others Were Made To Be Criminals Only For Wanting To Be Free.
These Applicants who Wanted to Emigrate Out of Russia Prior to 1971 (From 1960), were Referred to as Refuseniks. However, Many Non-Jews who made Application to Emigrate from Russia were Generally Granted their Application or Refused Without Punishment . . . But Not Jews, Which Delivered Selective Justice. Does that Sound Familiar in our Context – Justice For Thee But Not For Me.
Just by Making an Application to Emigrate from Russia was a Confession of Disloyalty to Mother Russia, because, if One Loved Russia Above all Else, why would Anyone Want to Leave? And if a Person Wanted to Leave Russia, why Should Russia Continue to Provide Largesse to the Applicant & His or Her Family?
Theoretically . . . In Russia – EVERYONE Had A Job. And as a Result of Having a Job, EVERYONE was Entitled to Housing, Food, Medicine, Education – Etc, as Inadequate as all the Russian Social Services Were – It Was Better To Have Whatever Services The Government Provided – Than Nothing.
If You Didn’t Have A Job . . . You Were Entitled To Nothing. Which Made the Applicant & His or Her Family Derelicts, which was Against the Law. So Until the Application for Emigration was Accepted, which it Rarely was . . . The Applicant was a Non-Citizen of His or Her Own Country, Living ILLEGALLY within Russia’s Borders.
It Was A Catch 22 . . . You Were Guilty For The Application, You Were Guilty When Waiting & You Were Guilty For Being Refused.
SO WHAT HAPPENED TO THESE PEOPLE WHO WERE CALLED REFUSENIKS?
Because they were Denied Work, Had Nowhere to Live & No Means of Feeding Themselves or Families, and had No Support Otherwise, they were Deemed Derelicts, which was a Crime Against the State, which Meant Arrest & Imprisonment Most Often in a Work-Camp, In The Russian Hellhole Of The Gulag (Siberia).
Just As An Aside . . . From The Age Of 18-On, I Threw Myself Into the Fight to Free the Refuseniks as a Member of the Montreal Jewish Defense League, to Do all that I could as an Individual and as Part of a Group to Stand-Up for the Refuseniks, which Included some Serious Civil Disobedience.
I Won’t Go Into That Part Of My Life Which I Look Back-On With Great Pride, Other than to Tell you that as a Small Cog in a Much Larger Wheel of Defiance & Resistance . . . The Russian Juggernaut Broke-Down – And Let My People Go.
SO HERE’S THE SIGNIFICANCE OF THIS STORY TO YOU & ME . . . HERE & NOW:
The Russians Crushed Their Jewish Population . . . Through the Dire Intimidation of . . . Becoming a Non-Person in Russia with a Total Loss of Job, Pension, Income, Stature & Accessibility to Health Care, Restaurants & Most if Not all Social Activities.
Does This Not Seem Similar To What We’re Living With Now?
We’re Not In The Position Of The Refuseniks . . . Where we will be Sent to a Forced Labor Camp in the “Gulag” for Defying our Government, But, for Americans & Canadians who Refuse to Comply to Unconstitutional Laws, We Are In The Same Position, where we Could Lose Everything . . . Becoming National Pariahs Amongst our Neighbors, Friends and even Relatives.
We Are Living In An Age Of Our Governments Having Exceeded Their Mandates, Which Are Stripping Us Of Our Freedoms.
DON’T TAKE THIS LIGHTLY – OUR GOVERNMENTS HAVE BECOME CRIMINALS:
The Governments Forced Some of Us who the Governments Deemed Non-Essential to Lock Ourselves Away from our Friends & Relatives, from Religious Observances, Schools & Social Events.
We’ve even Been Forced to Miss Funerals, Weddings & The Births of our Own Children, where Family & Husband Support were Forced Not to be Present at the Time of the Birth. And we Missed the Passing of our Elderly Parents, when our Parents were Forced to Die by Themselves, while Being Denied a Last Visit and a Last Touch from their Loving Family Members.
The Government Made Mega Retailers Richer than they Could Have Ever Imagined, while Contributing to the Bankruptcy of Independently Owned Shops, Service Providers & Retailers.
YOU DON’T HAVE TO THINK HARD TO COME TO A CONCLUSION:
NOT IF . . . BUT BECAUSE – Our Governments at all Levels, Federal, State/Provincial & Municipal Simply Walked Into our Personal & Corporate Lives & Selectively Stripped From us our Assumed Freedoms by Use of Police Intimidation, with Barely a Substantial Resistance from the People . . . WHAT DO YOU THINK THE GOVERNMENT WON’T & CAN’T DO?
The Last Target Of The Government Is The Independent Media, which by all Standards has become The Last Man Standing to Tell the Truth & Expose the Tyranny.
In Canada, the Trudeau Liberals with the Help of the Heavily Socialist NDP and the Fake Conservative Party are Passing Legislation to Curtail Freedom of Expression, By Determining What Is Acceptable Expression & What Is Not.
LET ME REITERATE THIS AGAIN!
Fight Now On Your Feet . . . Or Be Prepared To Live On Your Knees. What Happened Yesterday Will Happened Again.
Best Regards . . . Howard Galganov