The Yes-Man is Your Enemy

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Alexander Solzhenitsyn in Moscow, December 1998 (Photo credit: Russian International News Agency)

Alexander Solzhenitsyn in Moscow, December 1998 (Photo credit: Russian International News Agency)

Alexander Solzhenitsyn was born in Russia, DECEMBER 11, 1918.

He was arrested for writing a letter criticizing Joseph Stalin and spent 11 years in prisons and labor camps. He began writing and eventually received the Nobel Prize for Literature.

Solzhenitsyn stated on June 30, 1975, in Washington, D.C.:

“At the height of Stalin’s terror in 1937-38…more than 40,000 persons were shot per month…Over there people are groaning and dying and in psychiatric hospitals. Doctors are making their evening rounds, injecting people with drugs which destroy their brain cells.”

Solzhenitsyn continued:

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“There is another Russian proverb: ‘The yes-man is your enemy, but your friend will argue with you.’ It is precisely because I am the friend of the United States…that I have come to tell you…You know the words from the Bible: ‘Build not on sand, but on rock’…Lenin’s teachings are that anyone is considered to be a fool who doesn’t take what’s lying in front of him. If you can take it, take it. If you can attack, attack. But if there’s a wall, then go back. And the Communist leaders respect only firmness and have contempt and laugh at persons who continually give in to them…”

Solzhenitsyn concluded:

“I would like to call upon America to be more careful with its trust and prevent those…because of short-sightedness and still others out of self-interest, from falsely using the struggle for peace and for social justice to lead you down a false road. Because they are trying to weaken you; they are trying to disarm your strong and magnificent country in the face of this fearful threat…I call upon you: ordinary working men of America…do not let yourselves become weak.”

Alexander Solzhenitsyn stated:

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“If we don’t know our own history, we will simply have to endure all the same mistakes, sacrifices, and absurdities all over again.”


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William J. Federer is a nationally recognized author, speaker, and president of Amerisearch, Inc, which is dedicated to researching our American heritage. The American Minute radio feature looks back at events in American history on the dates they occurred, is broadcast daily across the country and read by thousands on the internet.
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