Learning From Communists and Their Victims

“I cannot think of a nominee more poorly suited to be the comptroller of the currency based solely on your public positions, statements, and the weight of your writings, than you are.” 

That was Senator Tim Scott (R-S.C.), to Saule Omarova, Joe Biden’s choice for comptroller of the currency in the Treasury Department. Scott had no questions and told the White House nominee there was “nothing you can say today to undo what you said for years, including this year.” That included “ending banking as we know it,” by transferring all private bank accounts to the Federal Reserve. 

The plan was what one would expect from a proud Komsomol, and bold defender of the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics, one of the worst economic failures in history. Omarova wants to establish Soviet banking in America, perhaps the greatest economic success in history, so her choice should come as no surprise. 

Pulling the strings of Joe Biden is the composite character David Garrow described in Rising Star: The Making of Barack Obama. His beloved mentor, the African American Frank Marshall Davis, was not only a communist but a Soviet agent who spent most of his life defending an all-white Stalinist dictatorship. While Democrats learn from communists, embattled Americans can gain insights and tactics from communism’s repressed subjects.

Back in 1989, following the death of Communist Party boss Hu Yaobang, pro-democracy Chinese seized the opportunity to demonstrate for freedom and human rights. In similar style, Americans are using sporting events to express their dislike for the Biden Junta, what Florida Governor Ron DeSantis calls the “Brandon Administration.”

Protesters could also target Junta members House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.), Senate Majority Leader Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.), and Biden’s chief white coat supremacist, Anthony Fauci, who claims that those who criticize him are “actually criticizing science.” In the spirit of WTF? Fauci would make a nice alliteration.

For oppressed Cubans, the best time to flee the communist regime was during the marathon speeches of Sado-Stalinist Fidel Castro. Joe Biden speaks only as long as his handlers allow him, but embattled Americans could use such occasions to recall his claim that the Chinese communists are “not bad folks,” that African Americans who fail to support him “ain’t black,” and that “we choose truth over facts.” As Mark Bowden explained in 2010, Joe Biden is “not an intellectual,” and in 2021 he lives permanently in the subjunctive mood. 

The Delaware Democrat, 79, claims that spending trillions will cost nothing and that the disastrous Afghanistan withdrawal was an “extraordinary success.” That recalls Woody Allen’sBananas,” in which the dictator Esposito proclaims, “l am your new president. From this day on, the official language of San Marcos will be Swedish. ln addition to that, all citizens will be required to change their underwear every half hour. Underwear will be worn on the outside, so we can check. Furthermore, all children under 16 years old are now 16 years old.” 

Biden’s speeches also provide an occasion to read or write something of value. Back in the Stalin Era, when there was little if any chance that his works would ever be published, Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn wrote novels and chronicled the gulag system of forced labor camps, the real socialist realism. As the great writer had learned, “The line separating good and evil passes not through states, nor between classes, nor between political parties either—but right through every human heart.” 

As the Biden Junta has it, the line divides the vaccinated and the unvaccinated, people who support critical race theory and those who oppose it, and those worshipful of Joe Biden from those who aren’t, now branded as “domestic terrorists.” Embattled Americans witness insane government spending, spiraling inflation, soaring energy costs, massive censorship campaigns and so forth. If anybody thought that was what the Biden Junta wants to happen it would be hard to blame them. 

Of all the lawyers in all the law schools and law firms in all the country, Saule Omarova is the person Joe Biden wants as comptroller of the currency. Omarova wants government to take ownership of financial firms, and attributes this view to the late British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher. Trouble is, as Roger Kimball explains, Omarova “wants the government to insinuate itself and play a bigger role in industries that are now in private hands.” So the Biden nominee “is advocating something close to the opposite” of what the Thatcher government did, which was ultimately to abolish state control of companies. 

At this writing, Senate Democrats Jon Tester (D-Mont.), Mark Warner (D-Va.), Kyrsten Sinema (D-Ariz.), John Hickenlooper (D-Colo.) and Mark Kelly (D-Ariz.) have all indicated they would vote against Omarova. But if the nomination fails that does not end the story.

“I also served in the George W. Bush Administration as a Special Advisor on Regulatory Policy to the U.S. Treasury’s Under Secretary for Domestic Finance,” Omarova told the Senate Banking Committee in 2018. Bush’s choice for undersecretary of the treasury for domestic finance was Brian Roseboro, but it’s unclear who wanted Omarova as a special advisor. The banking committee should conduct an investigation. What did President Bush know, and when did he know it? And what, exactly, was “special” about Omarova?

The Lenin scholar wrote a thesis on Marx, which she refused to reveal to the committee. A ballpark figure for the contributions of Marx and Lenin to economics is zero. For all but the willfully blind, Saule Omarova, arrested for theft in 1995, remains the worst possible choice for any government position.

On the other hand, the Soviet apologist does provide another reason to call out the Biden Junta. In the style of Tim Scott and Aaron Neville, just tell it like it is and exercise your rights to free speech and free assembly while you can. As China, Cuba and the USSR confirm, once freedom is gone it’s awfully hard to get it back.


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About Lloyd Billingsley

Lloyd Billingsley is the author of Hollywood Party and other books including Bill of Writes and Barack ‘em Up: A Literary Investigation. His journalism has appeared in the Wall Street Journal, the Spectator (London) and many other publications. Billingsley serves as a policy fellow with the Independent Institute.

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