I remember each birth of my children, but there is perhaps no moment more seared into my mind than the day the child I didn’t give birth to became ours. I remember the words of the court that caused me to publically sob with joy for the first and last time in my life. These are the words that caused my explosion of tears: “Congratulations, Samuel Christian Loudon, on your new life with your forever family, in your forever home.”
We had prayed and fought and cried and scraped for a baby with Down Syndrome for more than a decade at that point. Our journey had taken us to India, throughout the US, to Peru, and Poland, and yes, to Russia, in search of the baby boy we always knew God had created to complete our little family. Our journey had taken us to abortion clinics, orphanages, and law offices. Our journey had also cost us tens of thousands of dollars, sleepless nights, endless prayers, spiritual confusion, defeated moments, and more tears than we could count. But now, on this day, we held victory in our hands in the form of a tiny, 4 lb. little life with Down Syndrome, who was snatched from the hand of an abortionist who thought he knew more about creation than the Creator. At this moment, we had more joy than we deserved for the trials we endured as a family to find him. On this day, our family was complete, as was his. Prayers were answered, hearts were filled, tears were dried, and our search was over. This day, we understood Grace in a way we knew we didn’t deserve.
For some families and children, that day will never come.
Evil comes to rob us of joy, and evil comes in many forms. Sometimes, as in Newtown, evil comes in the form of a person. Sometimes, as in North Korea, evil comes in the form of a dictator. Sometimes, as in communism, evil comes in the form of an insidious political ideology that slithers in like a snake in the night, when no one is paying attention.
In 1961, Dr. Fred Schwarz, an Australian physician published the seminal work on communism. The catchy title was simply the thesis, “You can always trust a communist to be a communist”. This is a useful reminder when considering the latest move by Russian Premier, I mean, President Vladimir Putin. The former KGB agent and life long civil servant had to be a communist to get a job, is a communist today, and is also a billionaire. Based upon what we know about the psychology of power, what do we expect from him now and going forward?
Many people were shocked when the news broke around the world with the devastating news that over 50 American couples will be denied the ability to bring home the children they have identified and expended large sums to adopt. This is tragic for the parents. This is the beginning of the tragedy for the children that will never know forever homes with their new families. The communist dictator has used orphans as political pawns and has revealed to the world the very ugly hand of the communist. What is scarier is how few Americans have the ability or even desire to understand how evil and looming that hand is.
70 years of communism has left horrible scars on the people of that vast and mysterious nation. I have seen some of them first hand when I visited Russian orphanages as part of my search for a child to adopt. My host took me on carefully arranged tours of the best facilities and steadfastly warned my husband and me from visiting any other facilities with the cautionary suggestion that I would not be able to handle what I would see at the other facilities. We saw the best children in the best care, and what we saw was gut wrenching and tragic.
Our translator was a bright and charming lady. She explained that she, like most Russian women, was the breadwinner of her family because most Russian men were (are) alcoholics. Communism emasculated an entire generation of men who were dependent on government for everything including basic support of their families. The families knew it, too. Their usefulness to their wives and children were limited and once government support disappeared, far too many men were ill equipped to adapt. The mothers had no choice but protect their children so they work while their husbands drink. What pregnant teen or struggling single mother wants to depend on such a man? They turn their babies over to the state, hence the massive Russian orphanage crisis.
What is the difference between that, and the welfare state proliferating under this administration as never before in American history?
The crisis has always been embarrassing to the Russians, but condemning tens of thousands of orphans to “aging out” and entering the world alone is as loathsome an act of tyrannical evil as imaginable. An estimated 60,000 children from Russia have been placed with American families since 1990s. That barely puts a dent in the estimated 740,000 children currently living without parents in Russia. Sixteen-year-old girls commonly resort to prostitution and boys join gangs and pursue lives of crime. Aside from the misery for the orphans, the despicable move is a quintessential example of shooting oneself in the foot. Sadly, the most critical time for adoption is before the age of three when behavior problems and adoptability drop precipitously. Even a hiccup in the process can be a virtual death sentence to thousands of orphans against whom the clock is ticking.
When Obama signaled to Vlad, his fellow traveler, that he “would have more flexibility” after his reelection, every American paying attention was left to speculate about what he meant. After all, both Obama’s mother and his mentor, Frank Marshall Davis (his dreaming father) were both communists as are most of his close friends and benefactors. It would seem that he would have no problem negotiating a solution. Perhaps he will in the grandest display of political theater.
The suffering of the orphans that will extend to the Russian people will have thoroughly tragic consequences in years to come, but that is no concern of Putin and there may be nothing that Americans can do to change it. We need to learn that the massacre of 35 million Russians by their communist government is no more an aberration than the massacre of millions at the hands of communists in China, Cambodia or North Korea going on today. People are always pawns in the great lie of Lenin and all their socialist cousins that say you should give your government more power over your life for your own good. Communism kills. That is its nature. Trust them to be what they are. Then prepare yourself.