Edward Topol: ‘America on the Verge of a Civil War’ (Argumenty i Facty, Russia)
Is President Obama a closet communist, on the cusp of undermining the very makeup of the country he governs? In this interview with Russia’s Argumenty i Facty, Edward Topol, acclaimed novelist, U.S. resident, former Communist Party member and Soviet journalist, asserts that Americans don’t know what it’s like to live under socialism – and forecasts ‘civil war’ in America if President Obama is reelected. He also sees civil unrest growing in Russia if Putin’s minions continue to crack down harder on the country’s growing protest movement.
Edward Topol: The main issue of concern to Americans is, will Obama remain in the White House? For the United States – in the literal sense of the word – this is a matter of life and death. Today, finally, many people have woken up to the fact that that a second Obama term marks the end of the United States – or at least the end of what the U.S. has been for the past 200 years. Now people are saying openly that the White House has fallen under the control of communists. And in view of the Russian experience, these people will not give up their power in a democratic way. The situation there is far more tragic than in Russia. In the next few months, dramatic changes are coming to the U.S. People are stocking up with food and weapons. I’m not kidding – not exaggerating!
A man living in Russia might be thinking, but how could this happen to America! … And when you see your neighbors, friends and acquaintances buying boxes of food for a rainy day, stocking up on rifles, shotguns, pistols, it’s frightening. Sadly, a civil war is likely to occur in the U.S. Obama signed a decree on March 16 according to which, in case of emergency, which he himself may declare, the government has the right to deprive the population of weapons, food, vehicles, and so on.
[Editor's Note: Mr. Topol refers to an executive order called National Defense Resources Preparedness which, according to some, puts the United States on a "war footing."]
Argumenty i Facty: That is even stricter than all of our new prohibitions! And how did Americans respond to this decree?
Edward Topol: They didn’t respond at all! Even if they stepped in shit – the inert majority wouldn’t smell it! People in Russia are used to monitoring every new step taken by power, being aware of all the new laws, because your everyday existence is directly dependent on this power. In America, 95 percent of the population is historically accustomed to living how they like, no matter what’s happening in government. For a long time, Americans couldn’t believe that they in fact elected a communist, and that Obama seriously planned to build socialism out of capitalism. But they are slow to place blame – they are a very trusting people.
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