Is to mock the memory of the millions who suffered and died in the actual Gulags. It's a trait of the modern left to make America into the worst, most evil and wretched civilization that has ever existed. Sure Nazi Germany had its problems, but thank goodness it wasn't America!
A priest visiting from Africa noticed that tendency while he was studying here. He said that so many Americans seem to want America to be worse than it was. Or is. Of course he didn't think in terms of liberal or conservative. He merely noted, with some confusion, that Americans bend over backward to elevate America's evils at the expense of its blessings. So we heave endless scorn and hatred on America for its tens, while ignoring or even pardoning anywhere else in the world for their tens of millions.
Right there, if for no other reason, do I hesitate when it comes to listening to modern liberalism. Trashing on the most prosperous and free country in history is easy, especially when you know you won't pay for it, and if you're wrong it will be future generations that pay the piper.