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house Bill H. Con. Res. 57

Supporting the Establishment of a Museum Memorializing Victims of Communism

Argument in favor

From the famines, purges, and gulags of the Soviet Union to Mao’s Great Leap Forward and the Killing Fields of the Khmer Rouge, communist regimes have killed nearly 100 million people over the past century. Congress should support a museum to memorialize those victims and preserve this history for future generations to learn from.

Mart's Opinion
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05/01/2018
Don’t forget to add progressives, socialists, democrats. From slave labor camps, abortion, sterilization ones to just over 2 billion victims!
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JTJ's Opinion
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05/01/2018
Usually I would say no to this kind of stuff, but I think you socialists need a reminder of the atrocities that result from your method of governance.
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Jennifer 's Opinion
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05/01/2018
While ANTIFA, some BLM groups, and other progressives go about rewriting history and glorifying socialists, leftist-Marxist, and communist ideals and its leaders, we must have a massive push-back to share the truth of what these brutal despots—the tyrants with which the left has always had a love affair—have exacted on their own citizens...ruthless purging of those that don’t fall in line. Sound familiar? Just be a conservative and try to speak on a college campus! I say, “Vote yeah!” It is only one strategy to ensure this generation and those that follow, know history, and hopefully not repeat it.
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Argument opposed

There’s no need for a museum to highlight the atrocities committed by communist regimes and honor the victims of, and dissidents who fought against such oppression. Congress has more important things to do than worry about museums that could get built on federal property. This will anger communist regimes in places like China.

GatewayJohn's Opinion
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05/01/2018
How about one to imperialism and capitalism Problem with capitalism victims suffer for a long time without realizing the cause
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Miles's Opinion
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05/01/2018
This would serve as propaganda to promote capitalist oppression. These weren’t communities regimes; they were fascist regimes under the guise of communism, much like our country is a plutocracy under the guise of democracy.
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05/01/2018
Are we gonna get a museum for the victims of capitalism?
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What is House Bill H. Con. Res. 57?

This resolution would express the sense of Congress that federal agencies and institutions should support the establishment of a museum to memorialize the victims of communism by providing support for the acquisition of underused federal property for the museum in D.C. and supporting the museum in all other respects. The museum would recognize the past, present, and future atrocities committed by totalitarian regimes under the banner of communism should be recognized and condemned, and the contributions of dissidents in the fight against communist oppression.

As a concurrent resolution, this legislation could be passed by both chambers of Congress as an expression of support but wouldn’t be binding. Congress authorized the creation of the Victims of Communism Memorial Foundation in 1993, which has been raising money since then to design and build a museum near the National Mall in Washington, D.C.

Impact

Visitors to the would-be Victims of Communism Memorial; and federal agencies and institutions.

Cost of House Bill H. Con. Res. 57

A CBO cost estimate is unavailable.

More Information

In-Depth: Sponsoring Rep. Dennis Ross (R-FL) introduced this resolution so that Congress could express its support for a Victims of Communism museum. As the co-chair and founding member of the Victims of Communism Caucus, Ross — whose family suffered under communism in Hungary — explained:

“We should not be lulled into thinking that communism is no longer a threat to freedom in the world, given that many people still toil under its hateful, totalitarian rule. Our caucus will ensure that we do not forget those victims who were forced to choose between their faith and the cruelty of a dictatorship.”

Original cosponsor Rep. Dan Lipinski (D-IL) added:

“I will never forget my experiences in Berlin at the fall of the Wall in 1989. As we approach the 28th anniversary of that day, we now have about a third of the U.S. population that has lived in a world without the Soviet Union. In my district, there are many people who suffered under communism, watched relatives and friends perish, and were forced to leave their homes and their countries. It is our duty to tell these stories, the truth about communism, and preserve this history for all generations.”

This legislation has the support of 16 bipartisan cosponsors including 11 Republicans and five Democrats.


Of Note: In 1997’s The Black Book of Communism, several European academics attributed 94 million deaths to communism through executions, man-made famine, and forced labor during the 20th century, including:

  • 65 million in the People’s Republic of China;

  • 20 million in the Soviet Union;

  • 2 million in Cambodia;

  • 2 million in North Korea;

  • 1.7 million in Ethiopia;

  • 1.5 million in Afghanistan;

  • 1 million in the Eastern Bloc;

  • 1 million in Vietnam;

  • 150,000 in Latin America;

  • 10,000 deaths “resulting from the international Communist movement or Communist parties not in power.”


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Summary by Eric Revell

(Photo Credit: akitzmill via Flickr / Creative Commons)

Official Title

Expressing the sense of Congress that a museum should be established and operated in Washington, DC, for the purpose of memorializing the victims of communist regimes, educating Americans and foreign visitors about the ideology of communism and its history, and encouraging visitors to meet the challenges of the human rights abuses presented by communist regimes today.

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      Committee on Foreign Affairs
    IntroducedMay 18th, 2017
    Don’t forget to add progressives, socialists, democrats. From slave labor camps, abortion, sterilization ones to just over 2 billion victims!
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    How about one to imperialism and capitalism Problem with capitalism victims suffer for a long time without realizing the cause
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    This would serve as propaganda to promote capitalist oppression. These weren’t communities regimes; they were fascist regimes under the guise of communism, much like our country is a plutocracy under the guise of democracy.
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    Are we gonna get a museum for the victims of capitalism?
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    Seems like a waste of money considering the direction the country has headed. Also seems pretty hypocritical considering imperialism isn’t much better, and we’re guilty of that.
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    How about the millions of people that die each year due to the systemic violence of capitalism? I want a memorial for that pls k thnx.
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    McCarthyism red scare propaganda by warmongering conservatives paid for by the taxpayers. What year is it again? 1953? How about HELL NO.
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    It is far more important for America to memorialize the victims of lynchings in this country; the continuous ignorance and refusal to accept slavery and racism in American history is obscene. Forget the victims of communism, the victims of racism and slavery deserve to be at the forefront.
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    A totally arrogant idea. A ridiculous waste of time and money. How about a museum on how this fake president is destroying this country.
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    Capitalism has all the propaganda it needs, and all the budget it needs to buy more. So go ahead and build your propaganda palace, but not with our tax dollars, and only if half of this so-called museum is dedicated to the victims of capitalism. This would naturally include the millions of Americans currently addicted to opioids, all those rendered homeless and bankrupt by a rapacious and increasingly unchecked banking industry, 300 years of oppression of brown and black people (with a special emphasis on the lasting impacts of slavery), the theft of the entire Western United States from the indigenous peoples who lived there, and so on. In other words, a hard no.
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    Usually I would say no to this kind of stuff, but I think you socialists need a reminder of the atrocities that result from your method of governance.
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    While ANTIFA, some BLM groups, and other progressives go about rewriting history and glorifying socialists, leftist-Marxist, and communist ideals and its leaders, we must have a massive push-back to share the truth of what these brutal despots—the tyrants with which the left has always had a love affair—have exacted on their own citizens...ruthless purging of those that don’t fall in line. Sound familiar? Just be a conservative and try to speak on a college campus! I say, “Vote yeah!” It is only one strategy to ensure this generation and those that follow, know history, and hopefully not repeat it.
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    Ridiculous. This country is rife with more important issues to address.
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    Interesting that they want to recognize the victims of totalitarian regimes when they are trying to establish one here.
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    While we have a dictatorship in the making taking money from the middle class and poor to place in the pockets of the wealthiest -1% no! Cutting taxes Of the wealthy while wildly spending money on frivolity is the hallmark of this GOP of #45s. Money for food, healthcare, housing, education, real justice, and reform is a great idea. Squandered meaning-less expenditures are not.
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    Quit screwing around and get some real work done!
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    Socialism relies on the notion that everyone can live at the expense of everyone else. Communism relies on the notion that from each according to their ability to each according to their need. The first notion is unsustainable and the second notion is slavery. The museum is long overdue, make it so!
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    Communism wasn't the problem, it was the authoritarian regime's that came along with them.
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    This is nothing more than a red scare tactic. if you want to make a museum how about one that honors all of the countless victims of capitalism.
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    No
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