By Tatiana Croissette
The year 1989 was and
remains a crucial episode in the history of humanity. The collapse of the Berlin Wall marked the
end of an era: the fall of communism in Eastern and Central Europe. Apart from one exception – Romania – the
oppressed behind the Iron Curtain overcome their regimes without bloodshed or
the winter of 1989, I was a witness to and participant in the Romanian
revolution that led to the collapse of one of the most oppressive regimes in
Eastern Europe. It was a time of mourning, but also a time of rejoicing: the
totalitarian ideology – we wrongly assumed –was forever gone and buried in the
In 1994 I had the
privilege to come to America as a student in the Politics Department at the
Catholic University of America. With
the help of my friends and professors, and after the initial cultural shock, I
came to appreciate and understand the American way of life and the meaning of American
exceptionalism. America became my
adopted country, and I was so proud to be one of the lucky ones to enjoy the
freedoms and opportunities this country has to offer.
No wonder it came as
a shock, when 28 years later, I discovered that Marxism and the totalitarian
ideology are captivating the imagination of millions of my fellow
Americans. Ironically, the country,
which in the name of freedom, won two world wars and defeated “the evil empire”
is today one step away from becoming a socialist communist dictatorship. One can easily understand that a Communist
United States seems inconceivable to someone who witnessed the horror of
But how was this
Progressives and the Democratic Party have been signaling that no issue is off
limits: our traditions, system of beliefs,
culture, religion, morality, our way of life have been the target of relentless
and vicious attacks from the Left. While
we have not seen the Soviet tanks rolling on our streets like seven decades
ago, we are faced with a new revolution led by politicians and activists that
advocate for of a totalitarian society. The war they’re waging on the American people uses
sophisticated intimidation and fear techniques that would make any totalitarian
today’s America moderate Democrats are written off as dense;
left-wing fringe elements are praised as clever. Conservatives and ordinary Americans have become the subject of constant
ridicule by the American elites (media, big tech, corporations, and the Hollywood
crowd): in their eyes, we are too stupid
and too unenlightened to understand what is best for us.
The “we know best”
intellectual elites have adopted the language of the Left. Agents of
intolerance and hate see themselves as the keepers of the truth. Following in the footsteps of Lenin
and Stalin, the elites view us as “class enemies”: Trump voters are just a
“mob”, beyond any cultural redemption, and therefore they must be silenced,
annihilated and eventually purged. To progressives,
Trump himself became not an opponent to beat with a better agenda, but an evil
to be destroyed.
the past few months we witnessed a series of actions that mirror the play book
of totalitarian regimes: Americans across the country are being fined,
detained, and arrested for speaking out against lockdown restrictions, not
wearing masks, and daring to operate their businesses. Professors who
speak against the “critical
race theory” are being forced out.
Many working Americans who attended the rally in Washington, D.C. are being
threatened with termination. Just a few days ago, Representative Alexandria
Ocasio-Cortez called for more government funding to deprogram white
The epitome of the
censorship reached its peak when the masters of the universe, the Big Tech,
called for banning President Trump from Twitter and other social media
platforms. To be clear, Twitter’s decision to ban President Trump wasn’t about
“safety” as Dorsey claimed; it was about purposely inflating a threat in order
to assert political and cultural dominance.
more distressing are the new attempts of the Left to make us confess that Biden
won the election fair and square, that there is no such thing as a stolen election:
if we disobey and do not confess our sins, we might lose our job and our
livelihoods. How long, one can ask,
before we are asked to burn our books and condemn our own families and friends,
in exchange for favors from the regime? (Needless
to say, in any communist regime, denouncing your family and friends was one way
one could become a member of the Communist party and secure a job).
the days following the ban of President Trump from all left wing media
platforms, I received a number of phone calls from my friends in Romania,
asking me if what they saw on television about America was true. I told them it is true, and much worse; they
were in a state of disbelief. They
simply could not comprehend why the most envied nation in the world would
commit suicide and choose the path of its own destruction. I could not give them a logical explanation.
As I am staying here, more than 30 years after the fall of the Iron Curtain, I cannot stop thinking how history played a joke on me: freed by Reagan from the Evil Empire, I now have the “unique opportunity” to witness the dawn of my beloved country. The question is, can we stop the ascent of tyranny, and save our country from the forces of evil? I think we can, if we stay united, keep the faith, and continue the fight.
Note: It is a privilege to publish this article by Tatiana Croissette. Mrs. Croissette was born in 1961 in Bucharest,
Romania. She graduated in 1987 with a MA
in Philosophy and History from the University of Bucharest. She worked as teacher and then as a
researcher at the Institute of Political Science in Bucharest.
In 1994 she
came to the United States as a student in the Politics Department at the
Catholic University of America. She was
enrolled in a PhD program and she completed all the class work and requirements
except the dissertation. She earned a MA
in Political Philosophy in 1998 with a Minor in American Government.
Croissette became a citizen of the United States in 2006. She worked for the International Foundations
for Election Systems and then the RNC in Washington, DC. Mrs. Croissette moved to the Eastern Shore
and she became very active in local politics in Talbot and Kent Counties. At the present she is the Chair of the Kent
County Republican Central Committee.