I was pleasantly surprised to see the media pause for a moment last week to recall China’s Cultural Revolution on the 50th anniversary of its regrettable birth. Unlike a lot of the media’s silly anniversaries this one is actually worth remembering.
If you aren’t familiar with the Cultural Revolution just think of Stephen King’s “Children of the Corn” being played out in China rather than rural Nebraska. The movement began in 1966 and lasted about ten years. Children rose up against their elders and seized for themselves the reins of power, humiliating their parents and teachers and sometimes even murdering them. The kids, who were known as Red Guards, had been indoctrinated in the mass murderer Mao Zedong’s unique brand of Marxism-Leninism. They learned almost everything they knew from Mao’s “Little Red Book,” a collection of his sayings that became a fetish object among Chinese youth. Mao whipped them into fits of rage then unleashed them like attack dogs on his political opponents.
So, all in all, it was not unlike contemporary America.
Okay, so that may be a slight exaggeration—emphasis on the slight. The difference between China in 1966 and the United States in 2016 is one of degree, not of kind. We aren’t as far down that dark path today as the Chinese were in the 1960s but it’s a common path nonetheless. We’re not likely to turn back until opinion-shapers stop pooh-poohing the warning signs.
CNN’s coverage of the anniversary included a heart-wrenching memoire from a former member of the Red Guards, Yu Xiangzhen, who was just 13 years old when the Cultural Revolution began. “Myself and millions of other middle and high school students started denouncing our teachers, friends, families and raiding homes and destroying other people’s possessions,” she writes. “Textbooks explain the Cultural Revolution — in which hundreds of thousands of people were killed and millions more abused and traumatized — as a political movement started and led by Mao ‘by mistake,’ but in reality it was a massive catastrophe for which we all bear responsibility.”
I disagree with her on this point. She was 13 at the time and I don’t blame her one bit. The guilty parties here are Mao and his allies in the Communist Party.
For those who refuse to see the parallels between Mao’s China and Obama’s America, allow me to examine some common threads.
It was not good to be a Christian during the Cultural Revolution—or for that matter a Buddhist, Taoist, or devotee of Confucius. Students defaced religious statues, for example, smashing the faces off of Buddha wherever his image could be found. I don’t find the Buddha-smashing to be all that different from today’s forced removal of anything remotely religious from the public square—and not just from governmental sphere as some on the anti-religious Left would have you believe.
But it wasn’t just statues that suffered. Ms. Yu writes: “I regret most what we did to our homeroom teacher Zhang Jilan. I was one of the most active students — if not the most revolutionary — when the class held a struggle session against Ms. Zhang. I pulled accusations out of nowhere, saying she was a heartless and cold woman, which was entirely false. Others accused her of being a Christian because the character ‘Ji’ in her name could refer to Christianity.”
Her teacher was not in fact a Christian, but what if she had been? What then?
The United States today is saturated with anti-Christian bigotry. Religious freedom, which happens to be the first freedom listed in our Constitution, is now a “cloak for prejudice.” Rather than being revered as the cornerstone of our American ideals, latter-day Maoists mock it as the last refuge of scoundrels.
Consider for a moment the horror that liberal media outlets expressed when the Supreme Court upheld the right of Hobby Lobby, a privately-owned Christian company, not to provide abortion-inducing drugs to its employees. Leftists blamed it on having too many Catholics on the Supreme Court. The Huffington Post shrieked: “The Uncomfortable Question: Should We Have Six Catholic Justices on the Supreme Court?” As if it were the justices’ religion rather than the Religious Freedom Restoration Act—signed by Bill Clinton no less!—that had won the day. The Daily Kos didn’t even try to shroud its bigotry with its headline “Five Catholic Appointees Betray their Oath.” The writer’s vitriol was on full display: “Now all [sic] the Catholic Supreme Court appointees to our Supreme Court—they no longer deserve the name ‘Justice’—have enacted Catholic dogma as the Supreme law of the land.”
No, not really.
An Obsession With Youth
It’s no surprise that Mao recruited an army of children to do his bidding. Besides being passionate, young people are also, to put it bluntly, kind of dumb. I don’t mean that to be cruel; I was a kid once too. Wisdom is nonetheless the result of experience and experience cannot be gained any other way than hanging around planet earth for a while.
Since at least the 1960s, we Americans have not revered our elders, something that I attribute to the rise of pop culture and a feeling that the World War II generation, with all its affection for God and country, led us into the ill-fated Vietnam War. Ironically, the Vietnam generation is now in its golden years and they’re finding out what it feels like to be tossed out like rancid leftovers. Paunchy, gray-haired baby-boomers are now considered a bunch of squares, clueless and outdated, which is basically how they viewed their own parents when they were young.
Our obsession with youth can be seen in the youth-oriented entertainment we consume and in the numerous adults who refuse to act their age. Getting old means getting ugly which means a quiet but humiliating exit from the public eye. The biggest criticism of the Tea Party movement has been that it’s too old and too white. Leaving aside for a moment the blatant racism of that statement, what exactly is wrong with being old? It occurs to me that such accusations are used only when persuasive arguments are lacking.
Old people may be wrong but they aren’t wrong because they’re old. That’s a lazy-minded fallacy.
Change for Change’s Sake
Mao Zedong was the “change” candidate before “change” was cool. It was his goal, never perfectly achieved, to strip China of its cultural underpinnings—namely, Confucianism. He sought to fundamentally transform his nation into something previous generations of Chinese would not have recognized, much the same way that our dear leader pledged to “fundamentally transform” America. Some of us, like me for example, liked our country just fine the way it was.
Mao’s wrath focused on the “four olds”—old ideas, old culture, old customs, old habits. Young Chinese were of course more enthused about demolishing these “vices” than their parents or grandparents who had witnessed their value in action.
Oldness is neither inherently bad nor inherently good. We were right to ditch some old ideas such as slavery but others have served us well. There’s something downright creepy about prying up the foundation of one’s own home for no other reason than because it’s been around a long time. Do these people ever wonder if older ideas are simply the ones that have stood the test of time?
Everywhere I look in contemporary society I see truly awful ideas gaining ground on the basis of their novelty. (Wouldn’t it be great if men could use the women’s locker room?) The flip side of this trend is that some really good ideas are losing ground for no other reason than that they’re old. In days gone by we protected our women but today we send them into combat. Does that make us superior to our ancestors? I say no. The old model of immigration was the melting pot—which served America well for the better part of two centuries. The new model is the patchwork quilt in which no one is obliged to adapt except the people already living here. The result of the new immigration ethos has been chaos and strife. The old conception of fundamental rights was negative—what government couldn’t do to you—and rights were understood to be endowed by God. The new conception is positive—what government must do on your behalf—and rights are granted by that same government.
Among Mao Zedong’s worst transgressions against humanity was his corruption of an entire generation of young Chinese. He taught them to hate on command, for which he should rightly be condemned. He cracked a lot of eggs but didn’t produce a single omelet. Are we any better? A little, I suppose, though I’m less convinced with each passing day.
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BREAKING!! CEO Made SICK Announcement About What He Does To Conservative Customers!
Scott Jordan is the CEO and founder of SCOTTeVEST. He advertises on Fox News. Jordan recently said something horrible about the people he promotes to. What he said is horrendous and indeed a not-so-smart way to lose a lot of his business.
For starters, you cannot insult your potential customers and think they’ll be interested in your product or service. There is no way around saying terrible things about your potential customers and then trying to backtrack with an apology. Fox News viewers aren’t the sensitive type who complain too much about offensive words, but they are the type who will boycott a business that doesn’t show mutual respect to the clientele.
Scott Jordan is probably regretting his previous words right now. Maybe he’s counting his money to see if he has enough to stay rich after a possible boycott from people who watch Fox News. To criticize people with valid points is one thing, but to post or say a despicable something about your potential clients, with absolutely no fact, merit, or reason – is anything but civilized.
Here’s what Scott Jordan said. It’s in screenshot form because the post was removed or hidden from timeline.
Jordan’s post about Fox News viewers was uncalled for and immature. It’s not what he said that was so bad. It’s the fact that he said anything negative at all. He should’ve been more positive and talk about his possible customers with the utmost respect. That would have been a better business plan, but now he’s probably gritting his teeth on a chicken bone and wishing he kept his rich mouth shut.
Here is Scott Jordan apologizing. He also posted an apology on Facebook, but that no longer appears to be visible. Perhaps it was deleted. When you click on the link in his Tweet below, it comes up as not available or does not exist. I have no clarification on what happened to the post and did not see what it said. I believe it was a continuation of his Twitter post. It’s nice that Scott Jordan owned up to his mistake and posted an apology. However, posting an excuse or apology is just part of the game. It does not change what he thinks about the people he advertises his products to. People apologize for a lot of things but it doesn’t make anything different, nor does it always change the way people think. Some FoxNews customers of Jordan’s are considering boycotting his services at SCOTTeVEST.
I am sorry.
On Sunday, I posted an insensitive comment about our TV advertising. It was wrong and… https://t.co/YMouRWseld
— Scott Jordan (@ScottevestCEO) January 16, 2018
There’s nothing wrong with being rich, but there’s something irresponsible with being a rich guy who trashes his potential customers. He’d probably be twice as wealthy if he had more respect for the people who see his advertising. If he was just a cool, humble, rich guy who spoke well about his people, then he may be twice as prosperous. But that’s when I saw it. That’s when I saw the one thing about Scott Jordan that some others might not have noticed. Scott Jordan seems like he might be a Trump-Hater. It all makes sense now. The potential Trump-Hater Scott Jordan advertises on Fox News but has the nerve to insult those who are most likely to become his customer. Why doesn’t he advertise to CNN? Or does he? Maybe he does, but they don’t meet his requirements from a customer business point of view. I don’t know 100% if Jordan dislikes Trump, but I did see something from a well known Democrat Facebook page posted on his timeline. You can view his timeline on your own if you’re so inclined to see what else he posts.
I wonder what his business will be like in the next few weeks as Fox network viewers read about this. Will people boycott SCOTTeVEST? His product is clothes. There are millions of people in America who could be potential customers, and it seems like he just alienated a significant portion of those visitors. That’s a shame because that could be a huge detriment to his product. You may have thought, by the name of his company, that he was an investment sort of business. However, he’s just a clothes guy. There’s plenty of clothing companies who do not talk trash about their potential buyers. There are more respectful companies to buy things from without supporting a guy who talks trash on people.
Good luck with your possible boycott, Scott Jordan.
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BREAKING!! Obama Just Made DISGUSTING Announcement About His Daughter! NEVER EXPECTED THAT!
NEVER SAW THAT COMING!!
The Obama family was spotted by paparazzi doing what they’re best at doing. This time it was only partially paid for by taxpayers. Half of the Obama family was on vacation in Miami, soaking up some sun, spending taxpayer money on security that had to travel. That’s when it got bizarre. Former President Obama became quite strange and creepy, even though he wasn’t spotted on the trip, but sure had something odd to say about it. Only Malia and Michelle were located in Miami, trying to soak up the taxpayer sun, and Barack still found his way to be mentioned in the article about the girl’s vacation. Nonetheless, Barack was pathetic, but that’s nothing new considering he went on an ‘apology tour’ during his Presidency.
The Daily Mail captured Malia and Michelle Obama in photographs as they pranced around Miami, hitting up elegant restaurants and flaunting their body in bathing suits while the taxpayer-funded security loathed behind begrudgingly. The article spoke about what the Obama girls were wearing, where they were going, and it was quite stalkerish. The job of a paparazzi to legally stalk people while they’re doing things is creepy. But then we bring it back to Barack Obama and his chat about his daughter, and that’s where it becomes strange.
Daily Mail reported:
“The former first lady also sported a long white blouse, a bandanna and large fold hoop earrings for the outing. Malia was looking similarly casual alongside her mother in a tan hoodie over her swimsuit, of which just her black bikini bottoms were visible. The tall teen toted in her hands a pair of white sneakers and her iPhone with a charger. She also was carrying a hefty-looking book – perhaps a bit of holiday break homework from Harvard University, where Malia is due to return later this month.
The ladies looked as though they didn’t have a care in the world, appearing as though the post-White House life suits them just fine.
The day at the beach appeared to be all about girl time as former president Barack Obama was nowhere to be seen. The former first lady also sported a long white blouse, a bandanna and large fold hoop earrings for the outing. Malia was looking similarly casual alongside her mother in a tan hoodie over her swimsuit, of which just her black bikini bottoms were visible.
The tall teen toted in her hands a pair of white sneakers and her iPhone with a charger.
She also was carrying a hefty-looking book – perhaps a bit of holiday break homework from Harvard University, where Malia is due to return later this month. The ladies looked as though they didn’t have a care in the world, appearing as though the post-White House life suits them just fine. The day at the beach appeared to be all about girl time as former president Barack Obama was nowhere to be seen.”
The Daily Mail spoke about the details of the girl’s vacation before it transitioned into what Barack Obama was up to and talking about. He was babbling on about his talk with Letterman, and that’s where it became ‘pathetic’ and readers must have become a bit creeped out. Obama’s chat with Letterman was a drooling confession to his pathetic self, something many readers have known about since watching the former President rule the greatest country in the world with no guts, glory, or manhood that fellow men would look up to.
Daily Mail continued:
“He discussed her move-in day with David Letterman on the talk show legend’s new Netflix project My Next Guest Needs No Introduction with David Letterman.
Obama told him that he speaks with his daughter regularly because he is ‘pathetic,’ adding President Barack Obama said he was a wreck when he dropped his daughter Malia off at Harvard University. The 44th commander-in-chief discussed move-in day when he appeared as the first guest on David Letterman’s new Netflix talk show ‘My Next Guest Needs No Introduction with David Letterman’.
Obama then described how he speaks with the 19-year-old regularly because he’s ‘pathetic’.
‘It was like open-heart surgery man,’ Obama told Letterman of moving his oldest daughter into her college dorm in August 2017.
‘And it was was interesting to see how everybody handled things differently. Michelle had a cleaning glove and was scouring the bathroom…Sasha tries to be cool because she didn’t want to admit that she was going to miss her sister so she was helping make the bed and fold clothes. I was basically useless.”
Useless? Pathetic? Why don’t they tell us something we don’t know? It’s peculiar to describe yourself as inadequate or pathetic. That’s not what people want to hear considering this was the 44th President of the United States. Former Presidents aren’t supposed to be pathetic. They’re supposed to be leaders and not weaklings bowing down to their daughters. How can she look up to him if he’s self-professed as pathetic?
That was a bizarre conversation with Letterman.
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BREAKING! TRAGIC Sudden Diagnosis About Trump’s Health Released! It’s Only Been 24 Hrs!!
Liberals have compassion for everyone; everyone except for conservatives of course. Their mask of human compassion quickly melts away when someone stands up to their broken logic with a conservative viewpoint. The mantra of love and compassion turns into a license to do any harm necessary when it comes to protecting the liberal agenda.
The biggest crusade of the left, from the top of Congress down to the every day social justice warrior at the moment is to remove the hated President Trump from office. He is the embodiment of what they hate: a man’s man with a clear purpose to put American values back on top and to lead the country back toward smaller government and more freedom. This doesn’t sit well with the liberal politicians who have found a very cozy place in Washington and don’t plan to give it up without a fight.
Since there was nothing they could do about him winning, and there’s been no way to invalidate the election results (though not without a whole lot of trying), they’re not moving on to invalidating the person himself. President Trump went through just as much as any President to obtain his office, but liberals are now trying to say that he’s physically unfit for office. Despite the fact that he keeps almost superhuman hours and gets more done in a day than most get done in a week, the left (with the media at its back) is trying to broaden the loophole of physical fitness precluding him from office, and shove him through it.
Since the actual tests that the President recently underwent didn’t come back the way they hoped they would, the media has turned to its old standby; try to convince the people of something that they made up. The Hill reports that CNN is leading the charge in changing public opinion about President Trump’s physical condition:
“CNN’s chief medical correspondent, Dr. Sanjay Gupta, said Wednesday that he believes tests reveal that President Trump has heart disease.
Gupta said dating back to 2009, Trump started to have ‘these tests that are actually looking for the presence of calcium in the blood vessels that lead to the heart.’
‘Steadily, up until just this past week when he had it performed again, those numbers have gone up,’ he said.
‘When they get to a certain range … that means he has heart disease.’
Gupta then talked about his interaction Tuesday with Trump’s doctor, Navy Rear Adm. Dr. Ronny Jackson.
‘It was interesting when I spoke to Dr. Jackson. At first, he said he passed all the tests with flying colors,’ Gupta said. ‘When I asked him specifically about that test, he did then concede that, in fact, the president does have heart disease.’
‘They’re going to be increasing the medications, including the cholesterol-lowering medications to try and combat that, but there’s no question, by all standards, by all metrics, anyway a doctor or cardiologist will look at it, the president does have heart disease.’
Gupta said it’s controllable with medications, adding that Trump needs to have his diet under control.
‘But he does have heart disease,’ he said.
Jackson, who has served as the presidential physician since 2013, on Tuesday gave Trump a clean bill of health, declaring him physically and mentally fit for office.
He said that Trump’s “overall health is excellent,” adding that the president had mostly normal results on several tests of his cholesterol and heart health.
‘His cardiac performance during his physical exam was very good, he continues to enjoy the significant, long-term cardiac and overall health benefits that come from a lifetime of abstinence from tobacco and alcohol,’ Jackson said.”
So, apparently he’s in better than average health for someone his age (which, by the way, is very close to the age of the liberal darling, Hillary, that they wanted in office) and it’s being attributed to his personal choice to not take part in drinking or smoking.
The irony of the left calling out President Trump on his health isn’t lost on anyone. Several conservatives poked fun at this ridiculous double standard on Twitter:
“Hey @brianstelter – you literally rolled your eyes & called us “reckless conspiracy theorists” for questioning Hillary’s health. Yet you now demand questions continue to be asked of Trump’s health even after an Obama-appointed doctor gave him a perfect score. What changed?”
Hey @brianstelter – you literally rolled your eyes & called us "reckless conspiracy theorists" for questioning Hillary's health.
Yet you now demand questions continue to be asked of Trump's health even after an Obama-appointed doctor gave him a perfect score.
— Paul Joseph Watson (@PrisonPlanet) January 17, 2018
We all know it’s not about heart health, it’s about the health of the liberal agenda with President Trump in the Oval Office.
They say that all the time. They are trying to remove him by any means possible
— David Pinheiro (@dlzp83) January 17, 2018
“Trump’s Navy physician: “his cardiac health is excellent.” TV doctor: he has heart disease! INVOKE THE TWENTY FIFTH”
Trump's Navy physician: "his cardiac health is excellent."
TV doctor: he has heart disease!
INVOKE THE TWENTY FIFTH https://t.co/Wz6pqtdB5m
— Gabriel Malor (@gabrielmalor) January 17, 2018
If a search for the truth was the objective of CNN, they wouldn’t still be beating the drum about Russia or focusing on the President and his personal life. Perhaps if they spent more time trying to convince people that their point of view is right, instead of that President Trump is out to get them, they would have more success.
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