In 1991, there was a massive meltdown in the U.S.S.R.

I’m not talking about Chernobyl. Think bigger.

The entire country was destroyed when the weight of decades of communist rule finally caused the nation to buckle. Despite the leftists in America telling us they had seen the future, and it works, the fact is it didn’t.

Millions more died under communist rule than will ever be killed by the nuclear reactors in Japan. Yet, none of that seems to impact the left the way problems at the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Station impact the dialogue on nuclear power.

The failure of the Japanese reactors’ backup cooling systems and the explosions that followed are likely to lead U.S. regulators to re-evaluate nuclear plant designs and safety. The heightened scrutiny could increase costs for new and existing reactors and make it harder to raise money for new plants.

The crisis comes as the U.S. nuclear energy industry is starting to build the first new reactors in a generation.

The idea that a one in a thousand year event can have such a psychological impact on the future of the country, yet example after example of leftist leaders killing millions has little influence on the left’s belief that communism will work. It’s just no one has done it right yet.

Imagine that argument used to compel citizens to trust nuclear power if, after each attempt, millions were discovered to have died.

Yet the left continues to trot out this tired meme whenever anyone uses the facts about socialism and communism to refute their propaganda.

And despite the millions of bodies of evidence that communism and socialism kills, there are those who continue to advocate for its implementation, and those who cheer them on.

If the various meltdowns of the socialist and communist regimes throughout history had the same impact on political philosophy as one nuclear meltdown in Japan is having on the energy debate in America, those who advocated for leftism would be relegated to the status of crackpot, instead of elected to office.