By the time the Great Depression hit, George and Lu were comfortably ensconced in the American Nile. George had inherited a big chunk of his father’s black earth in the basin — a bottom-land so rich that accidental kernels raced skyward. Walking through those cornfields in July could nourish you by the smell of silks alone. What Depression? These gentleman farmers were self-sustaining.

Like the Ukraine’s Kulaks — what they produced was priceless. All the money in the world is worthless when there is no food to buy with it. And don’t you forget it Mister New York City. The American farmer during the Great Depression fed his family, his horses and even hobos who came drifting by his back door. Because in the American Nile, it was the Christian thing to do, Tony. Let me rub your nose in it.

It was the Christian thing to look well to the ways of your household. It was the Christian thing to eat not the bread of idleness and look out for your neighbor. It was the Christian thing to do unto others as you would have them do unto you. It was the Christian thing to be charitable, honest, kind and true.

So why is it that when I look up Kulak in the encyclopedia I get a bunch of stuff that doesn’t jibe with what I just read in my history book? I suppose whoever wrote this entry in the slanted Wiki http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kulak was not of the same caliber as George and Lu. Maybe to the Wiki-scribe, facts are not politically-correct. So let me set the record straight.

Josef Stalin wanted to wipe out the small farms because he knew that the farmer was the one man he could not dominate. The farmer fed off of his own labour. He didn’t need a medium of exchange to survive. Farm families were large and self-supporting. Sons and daughters grew vigorous on fresh air and wholesome fare. These families were a force to be reckoned with. So Stalin set about starving them out with man-made famine. He seized their crops and let a Ukrainian winter do the rest. Those who didn’t die of starvation were slaughtered systematically. You probably won’t get much of that in your “new” history books. Get your hands on some old ones then. Check some newspapers from the 1930’s. There you will find at least six million who perished in a Soviet man-made famine. Food for thought.dscn06481

I’m sorry Josef never met my grandfather. There was one Kulak who could have wound-up and lifted him to heights of new perspective. Long live the American independent farmer. Hank Junior got it right when he sang, “A country boy can survive.” And if anyone from the Stalin Camp cares to challenge this? Let them bring it to the Valley. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I4s0nzsU1Wg


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