Ever since I was a small child until I was a middle aged adult , it was COMMUNISM COMMUNISM COMMUNISM , every day, drilled into my head by schools, media, and friends and acquaintances as well as strangers . Communism was bad and we were all to rally to send ourselves or our loved ones anywhere it took to smash communism, which was bad.
Bad things were "communistic".
Well, when I was a kid I loved Robin Hood, and when, as an adult, I read about communism and found it to be a wonderful concept, just like Robin Hood.
Well! My friends were totally appalled ! "Yes, it looks good on paper, but..." and "it won't, can't ever work in the USA..."
Then just like the monsoon rain instantly stopping in Vietnam, communism dropped from the vernacular. When was the last time you even heard the word?
Terrorism became the watchword as well as the catchword. Terrorism was why George Bush 43 emptied the US Treasury to bomb and kill thousands of Iraqi citizens and innocent children, we were told. Rumsfeld had proof, Colin Powell vouched for the presence of phantom-weapons of mass destruction in Iraq, and the war continues, this war based on total lies, as the USA is now totally a bankrupt nation.
Afghanistan is another crazy war that is squeezing every last planeload of cash out of US treasure stores.
So let us review: Communism , we were told, was defeated by Ronald Reagan or some such story. In reality, Communism kicked our ass and handed it to us by throwing us out of Vietnam in complete disgrace to the USA.
Terrorism got us to give all our money to it, to fight it until we have nothing left to fight with; terrorism won also.
What will be next; what word will inspire us to drive ourselves to the poor house?