One of the reasons I dislike the Republicans so much is their wholehearted adoption of Soviet-style political practices. If this comparison surprises you, that's only because you have been taken in by the anti-Soviet blustering they maintained during the Cold War years. In reality, though, whenever I talk to a Republican or see one on television, I feel like I've been transported right back into the Soviet Union. Here are some of the commonalities between the Soviets and the Republicans.
1. Militarism. Having a huge military machine that would consume the greater part of the state budget is something that both Republicans and Soviets find near and dear to their hearts. Invading people "for their own good" characterizes the foreign policy of both these groups.
2. Homophobia. The Soviet leaders fulfilled the Republican dream of making homosexuality punishable with prison sentences.
3. "Too big to fail" type of economy. Just like the Republicans, the Soviets gave huge bailouts to unwieldy, unprofitable corporations to keep them in existence against all logic and reason.
4. Puritanical morality. Soviet sex ed classes were the Republican dream come true. Abstinence until marriage was the only acceptable way of being. High schools and universities had mandatory gynecological exams whose goal was to establish which female students were not virgins. The lists of girls who weren't virgins were publicized and these girls were shamed publicly. Sounds like music to Republican ears, doesn't it? Contraceptives were not outlawed in the USSR but were impossible to buy anywhere, which amounts to the same thing.
5. Jingoism. The cloying flag-waving patriotism in the Soviet Union was formulated and promoted in ways that would bring tears of joyful recognition to the eyes of every hard-core Republican.
6. Hatred of the poor and the unemployed. If a person is unemployed and can't find a job, it's their own fault, right? Or at least, that's what every Republican likes to believe. The Soviet leaders carried this conviction to its ultimate consequences and gave out prison sentences to people who found themselves out of work. Social mobility in the Soviet Union was completely impossible. Just as impossible as the Republican would like to have it.
7. Hatred of the Humanities. No other branch of learning suffered as much persecution in the USSR as the Humanities. A Republican would weep with joy observing the completely castrated Soviet Humanities.
8. Hatred of hairy hippies and intellectual elites. How many times have we heard the Republicans thunder against long-haired hippies and nasty intellectuals who pervert the wholesome American youngsters? Welcome to the USSR where a man who let his hair grow longer than a crew cut would be expelled from school or fired from his job. Hippies were routinely rounded up by the police and beaten up. Intellectuals were treated like public enemies, ridiculed, and criticized to death.
So these are just a few similarities between the Republicans and the Soviets. You can find a lot more as soon as you start looking carefully. I tried to come up with any significant differences between them but can think of nothing.