Celebrating “The Miracle On Ice” As An Example Of Capitalisms Defeat Of Soviet Socialism!

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On this day, the date of this writing in 1980, we sent a bunch of kids to do battle with a seasoned, hardened, professional Russian hockey team and they defeated them!

This should be a little something for those folks who, somehow now seem to think that socialism and it’s natural derivative communism might be a pretty neat idea! We killed soviet communism, really, it killed itself. If we did anything to end it, it was that we out performed it, out fought it, out played it, we even outspent it, and mostly, we just out thought it!

Outperforming:

We sent a kid from Kilgore Texas to challenge them at their home grown piano competition and he defeated them so badly that it almost caused an international incident. Khrushchev himself gave the order to award him the medal. Credit for the following paragraph goes to Wikipedia:

The first International Tchaikovsky Competition in 1958 was an event designed to demonstrate Soviet cultural superiority during the Cold War, on the heels of that country’s technological victory with the Sputnik launch in October 1957. Cliburn’s performance at the competition finale of Tchaikovsky’s Piano Concerto No. 1 and Rachmaninoff’s Piano Concerto No. 3 on April 13 earned him a standing ovation lasting eight minutes. When it was time to announce a winner, the judges were obliged to ask permission of the Soviet leader Nikita Khrushchev to give first prize to an American. “Is he the best?” Khrushchev asked. “Then give him the prize!” Cliburn returned home to a ticker-tape parade in New York City, the only time the honor has been accorded a classical musician. His cover story in Time magazine proclaimed him “The Texan Who Conquered Russia”.

Outfighting:

Cassius Clay In the light-heavyweight division of the 1960 Olympic Boxing Tournament defeated Yvon Becot of Belgium , the fight had to be stopped in the second round. He then defeated Gennadiy Shatkov of the URS, followed by Anthonay Madigan of Australia, and then Zbigniew Pietrzykowski of Poland for the gold. The defeat of Shatkov and Pietrzykowski by Clay, the young African American who is better known today by his Muslim name Mohamed Ali, was a solid punch in the face for Soviet Communism!

Outspending:

I am not sure that most people will think this is a good thing, but it was! At least the ability to do so and still not starve American citizens stood in stark contrast to Soviet communism and it’s gradually starving people’s restlessness as the communist government pressed forward with an arms race that they could not win!

During the height of the cold war, Russia spent somewhere around 89 to 96 % of its gross national product on it’s military. We spent about 11 %. While that went on, we were sending them hundreds of thousands of tons of grain to feed their starving people! How could those decadent capitalists do that? How did such decadence produce such opulence?

Outflying:

After the launch of Sputnik in 1957, the country was a little unnerved! John Kennedy made the announcement of his plans to pull America together to put a man on the moon by the end of the 1960’s, and the race was on! We did not just out fly the Soviets, we out scienced them, we out did them with sheer willpower as well! As a result of a strong motivation, and a strong system of capitalism and competition, we reached that goal in 1969 when Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin set foot upon the surface of the moon!

Outplaying:

On this day, the date of this writing in 1980, we sent a bunch of kids to do battle with a seasoned, hardened, professional Russian hockey team and they defeated them!

Again, from Wikipedia:

The “Miracle on Ice” is the name in American popular culture for a medal-round men’s ice hockey game during the 1980 Winter Olympics at Lake Placid, New York, on Friday, February 22. The United States national team, made up of amateur and collegiate players and led by coach Herb Brooks, defeated the Soviet Union national team, which had won the gold medal in six of the seven previous Olympic games.

Team USA went on to win the gold medal by winning its last match over Finland. The Soviet Union took the silver medal by beating Sweden in its final game. In 1999, Sports Illustrated named the “Miracle on Ice” the Top Sports Moment of the 20th Century. As part of its 100th anniversary celebrations in 2008, the International Ice Hockey Federation (IIHF) chose the “Miracle on Ice” as the century’s number-one international ice hockey story.

Outsmarting it:

When Ronald Reagan was elected President, most people who know him well knew that he had as a primary goal, the winning of the cold war.

We sent a hollywood actor with a heart full of conviction to the place where the cold war had its beginning, and he told them to: “Tear down that wall!”, and they did! This is the power of freedom, freedom of choice, freedom of speech religion, press, and enterprise! This is the power of free men in free markets!

People in some countries have since elected democratic socialists into power, they have all come to regret it! They will all continue to do so. It is always the same.

Thanks to Wikipedia Which although done by a collection of people is a triumph of an updated capitalism with both competition and cooperation!

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