Few people are aware that Nikita Khrushchev's claim to fame was as the political officer for Marshal Grigori Zhukov during World War II. Zhukov won battles and entered Berlin, so Khrushchev made it to the top of the Party structure.
In the Soviet system every enterprise of any size had a political officer, someone to ensure that Party loyalty was enforced in the enterprise and there was no "counter-revolutionary thinking" allowed to take root.
As we hear of all of the crony appointees that are spreading throughout the structure of the Federal government it has become apparent that loyalty to the Party and the Great Leader of the Party are the only requirements for promotion. People with no experience or credentials beyond working on the Bush campaign or making contributions to Bush are given positions for which they are obviously unsuited.
These people have not made a single appointment that wasn't predicated on the assumption of Party loyalty, and as soon as their orthodoxy came into question they were purged.
The people who cannot be replaced are given political officers to watch over them and to divert any "bourgeois" opinions to editors who redact their reports to conform to the Party line.
All of the press offices have become propaganda bureaus to ensure that the proletariat only receives good news about the success of the Party's programs.
Anyone who dares to deviate from the Party line is declared an enemy of the people and working with foreign elements to harm the future paradise that is guaranteed by strict adherence to the plan.
The Party is the only hope the people have to protect them from the foreign powers wishing to destroy their way of life.
No matter what it said on the office door, George Deutsch
was a political officer.
You should read the Constitution of the Union of the Soviet Socialist Republics. It guarantees people many more rights and privileges than the Constitution of the United States. Too bad it was ignored.