Our View: A story, and a message

Posted: October 23, 2012

On her radio talk show Monday morning, conservative firebrand Laura Ingraham told an illuminating tale. She and her kids were grocery shopping in one of those small independent markets recently when an older woman stopped her — and gave her a hug.

The woman, who Ms. Ingraham said spoke with a distinct Eastern European accent, then called for her husband to come over and chat. After relaying their appreciation for Ms. Ingraham’s unfiltered conservatism — as heard on the radio and seen on the Fox News Channel — the immigrant couple, who hail from the old Czechoslovakia, had a riveting observation, phrased in the form of a question.

“Why,” they asked (and we’re paraphrasing here), “would America want to go down the same path as so many of the countries in Europe?”

As Ms. Ingraham went on to say, this husband and wife — the former a nuclear physicist, the latter a medical doctor — were, by all accounts, political refugees. They left Eastern Europe, she said, more than 30 years ago, to escape the noxious -isms that had all but strangled the continent in their grip during the 20th century.

Call them what you will — statism and totalitarianism, in a generic sense, or, more specifically, socialism, fascism, or communism — this elderly couple does not wish to see America caught in their snare. And that’s precisely what they see happening if we continue down the road we’re on. They came to America for a reason, and it was not this — to relive the soul-sapping excesses of a Europe gone flaccid to the point of sclerotic.

And, here’s the thing, this couple is hardly alone among their Eastern European brethren. They’ve seen what was supposed to be “the future” and want no part of it.

Is it any wonder then that the likes of Solidarity leader and former Polish president Lech Walesa has unabashedly endorsed Mitt Romney?