Fremont, self-proclaimed “Center of the Universe,” in Seattle, Wash. is the venue for America’s largest statue honoring Lenin. No, not one of the Beatles, but Vladimir Lenin, hero of the workers, Communism, and the former Soviet Union.
The 16-foot tall, seven-ton bronze statue by sculptor Emil Venkov originated in Poprad, Czechoslovakia, where it was first erected in 1988. It tumbled along with other heroic statues when the Soviets went down in 1989. For a time, the seven-ton Lenin lay face down in the mud at the Poprad dump – until rescued by American businessman Lewis Carpenter. Carpenter, who admired the artistry, mortgaged his house to buy and transport the statue to Seattle, and planned to erect it in front of a restaurant. One year later, in 1994, Carpenter died in a car accident. To recover the statue debt, Carpenter’s family arranged to loan it to the Fremont district until a buyer emerged. Asking price: $250,000. On June 3, 1995, Fremont put the statue up in the center of Seattle, near a Cold War era rocket aimed at city hall and also displayed as a public art.
The statue was controversial and remains so, especially to Russian immigrants. It’s as if someone erected a sculpture of a klansman in the deep South (wait – someone has), or Chinese Communists sold tickets for a look at Tibetan temples outside Disney World (oh yeah, that too…). Or someone slapped up a statue of Mark Davis Chapman, assassin of John Lennon, in Strawberry Fields (not so far).
Sure, Lenin the Man, endorsed the use of mass terror against his enemies, created the Soviet Union’s secret police, and implemented policies that caused millions of peasant farmers to starve to death. But Lenin the Public Artwork is a beautifully crafted sculpture, and a catalyst for healthy discourse. Today the stature – still unsold – is easily visible up the boulevard, past Organic Espresso and Kwangjai Thai Cuisine. He stands in front of a Sinbad Express restaurant. Locals and passerby pause in his shadow to check their phones, or rest on the monument steps after a hard morning of shopping. Ironically, the towering foe of free enterprise can’t be photographed without fast food signs around him. A capitalist victory? Not really a “We Won” message like the Lenin that once stood in Dallas, or the decapitated Lenin in Las Vegas.
The statue of George Washington in Portland, Ore. was toppled and an American flag was burned on it. Statues of Frances Scott Key, Ulysses Grant, Christopher Columbus, along with a number of other statues of historical significant, have been toppled or defaced across the country, all by the anti-American fascist known as Antifa or Black Lives Matter. Miraculously, the stature of Comrade Vladimir has not been toppled and has escaped any vandalism. For some reason, I don’t believe this is just a coincidence.
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The stepmother of Garrett Rolfe, the former Atlanta police officer who fatally shot Rayshard Brooks, was fired from her job as a human resources director at Equity Prime Mortgage.
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Rayshard Brooks is the 27year-old black man who was fatally shot by an Atlanta police officer. His niece, Chassidy Evans remembered Brooks in a news conference: “Not only was he a girl dad, he was a loving husband, caring brother and most importantly, to me, an uncle I could depend on.” When officer Rolfe and officer Brosnan were questioning Brooks at the Wendy’s restaurant, he stated his girl friend was Natalie White. White is the woman named by the Atlanta Fire Department as the person responsible for starting the fire at the Wendy’s and is currently being sought for that crime. A loving husband?
George Floyd has a long criminal record with the Houston Police Department. To hear the MSM and the people speaking at Floyd’s memorial services, you would think he was the second coming of Jesus Christ. His death was a tragedy and should not happen to any person. However, the truth is the truth and why is it the MSM don’t want you to know.
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“When the mass media in some foreign countries serve as megaphones for the rhetoric of their government, the result is ludicrous propaganda. When the mass media in our country serve as megaphones for the rhetoric of the U.S. government, the result is responsible journalism.”