- The Washington Times - Tuesday, April 27, 2010

ANALYSIS/OPINION:

A common date that comes up during grass-roots protests is 1984, a reference to George Orwell’s dark vision of a totalitarian state. However, we also need to consider the date 1917.

That was the year the minority Bolsheviks came to power in Russia. Their power was not consolidated, as there was opposition from the so-called White Russians, a reference to the color of their flag. The White Russians fought the “Reds” but ultimately had lost by 1923. Why? The White Russians were never a unified force, often as opposed to each other as to the Bolsheviks, whose commanders were capable of working with each other for strategic ends.

Our current situation is much like 1917. A highly organized, hard left is cooperating to achieve radical ends. Conservatives need to increase collaboration among grass-roots groups, get more Americans actively involved and create a broader coalition of conservatives, libertarians and moderate Democrats.

The clock is ticking as immigration reform, cap-and-trade and the left’s longer-term agenda loom. Let’s learn from 1917 and turn back the red tide in the United States.

JIM VETTER

Furlong, Pa.

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