On a religious internet talk show I was watching today, it was noted that under Communist Russia some 60 to 100 million people/”dissidents” have been killed. Many of these people have been Christians. Later this afternoon I was reading the book: Why Lenin? Why Stalin? (A Reappraisal of the Russian Revolution, 1900-1930) — as part of my own “Russian Investigation.” The book noted: “The task of the professional revolutionaries… was to heat the peasant discontent to the explosion point, and then to let matters take their course until autocracy, the church, and all the other trammels of established authority had been destroyed.” It worked. What’s more, its my belief that the decline of morality in a society creates a void that is filled, no longer by God, but by “the state.” In America these days, morality is on a serious decline (60 million abortions, airwaves replete with sex and violence, crime rates off the charts…), and, concurrently, there’s been more of a push toward socialism here — the reason, for instance, for Bernie Sanders’ popularity… However continuing to live in a free market capitalist society, for now, I (“Joe the Painter”) worked most of the week painting a house that’s right next door to where I live. Rush hour has been a snap.