USA Dot Com is a blog covering politics and government from a conservative Christian perspective. Verne Strickland is a 50-year veteran of investigative journalism. This blog offers a take-no-prisoners style with a modicum of biting satire. Verne and his wife of 55 years, Durrene, live in Wilmington, NC.
I just watched a documentary film on my computer about Mao Zedong --
Chairman Mao Documentary - The Cultural Revolution - Destruction Of China.
Sobering? Of course. Distressing? Yes. I expected that. In fact, I sought it out. I've always had a fascination for this land -- the Peoples Republic China -- one of the largest nations in the world, and a Communist enigma.
To a large degree, I satisfied much of my curiosity by gaining entrance to the country as a journalist in 1979, only three years after Mao's death. It took me two years of hard work and contacts to eventually get the invitation which is the ticket to get in.
But that's another story. For this exercise, I wanted to study this film, make notes on the key points, and compare Mao's plan of operation with that of another world leader -- one I suspected shared many of the goals and flaws with the Communist tyrant -- our own President Barack Hussein Obama.
The comparison has been nothing short of stunning, and convinces me that these two devious strongmen have not only had delusions of grandeur, but actually played them out, to the dismay and destruction of their own respective countries and civilizations.
We fear Barack Obama. We distrust him and his motives. We question his good will, his real loyalty and benevolence toward America, his heart of hearts, his willingness and even his drive to tear down not only our military offensive capabilities, but our defenses as well -- in fact, his seemingly insatiable drive to destroy America and rebuild it in his own image.
Mao did it. There were some differences between the two. But the mad Asian despot and the crackpot American president both revealed a curious bent toward dismantling their respective civilizations without regard to the human, spiritual or economic cost.
I am going to enumerate some of the points made in this film about the destruction of China, and leave it to you to link many of the most salient points with what you and I see taking place today in the United States -- and how it foretells doom and chaos.
Mao was ruthless in his insatiable need to sow upheaval in Chinese society. In his quest to do this, he arrayed a massive army of children, telling them that "young people must rebel."
They did -- turning on old established institutions, humiliating and attacking parents, teachers, educational systems, churches and other religious institutions, government itself. By 1969, the film narrative states ominously that there were no courts, no schools, no agriculture, and no recognizable government except for the military.
"There were just hordes of rebellious young people roving the country, destroying property, spreading mayhem, killing and creating revolution."
Experiments were performed on the elderly -- not to help them, but to kill them so they would not be a threat to Chairman Mao. There was a polarization of the arts. Organized efforts to educate were eradicated. The media became Mao's propaganda mill -- if newspapers did not print his essays and image embellishments, he went directly to the people with broadcasts. He owned the media.
As Mao withdrew more and more into his own private world, ignoring the storms of societal upheaval, he concentrated on building an overpowering cult of personality through his infamous "Little Red Book", massive parades and demonstrations in his honor, liquidation of any and all rivals, and inattention to untold numbers of starving and destitute people in rural areas.
During the course of his cruelly mischaracterized "Great Leap Forward" and the infamous Cultural Revolutions, millions died or were killed, society itself was broken apart, order was sacrificed, the economy was wrecked, and except for privileged members of the Communist Party and the military, the entire fabric of society was stripped of its former identity.
Mao had done what he had set out to do -- he had almost totally obliterated every vestige of order, and organization was purposefully obliterated. China was adrift like a huge ship cast off from its moorings and wallowing in the swells of a stormy sea.
Mao never did repair the damage he had wrought. He died in 1976 of congestive heart failure. Rebuilding China into the economic and military behemoth that it is today fell to his successors, beginning with Deng Xiaoping.
I was able to finally enter the reclusive Communist country three years later, in 1979. At this juncture there had been almost no recovery, and I walked back in time a hundred years or more when I stepped off the plane in Beijing.
But I must stick to my original premise -- the shocking similarities existing between Communist tyrant Mao Zedong and Marxist U.S. president Barack Hussein Obama.
We've seen how ruthlessly Mao dealt with China. How about Obama today? Is he creating a cult of personality? Is he gaining control over all the branches of the military, is he draining the treasury, is he tearing down society, crushing the churches, mocking traditional marriage and morals, playing cozy with America's enemies including the U.N., breaking the rules with how he operates the Executive Branch while sucking influence from the Legislative and Judicial Branches? Is he bullying the opposition media, threatening U.S. business by promoting global warming schemes and other liberal nonsense?
And what have I left out? Lord, that should be enough. Mao and Barack. Both bent on the destruction of their own countries and every decent facet of the old ways -- to the loss of so much.
Mao is through with his work. Obama is deep into his own re-shaping of American society and culture. At least we can be forewarned. China couldn't harness their tyrant. Maybe we can do better with ours.
Watch it here https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HXMMzL5THPk
Thanks to your support, the 2015 North Carolina Republican Party State Convention was the most successful in the Party’s history. We were very fortunate to have so many presidential candidates and potential candidates, as well as many of our Republican elected leaders, visit with us and share their messages. And after the election of a new chairman and vice chair, the Republican Party is energized, unified and ready to keep North Carolina moving in the RIGHT direction!
Todd Poole NCGOP Executive Director
New NCGOP Leadership
Shortly after new NCGOP leadership was elected, Governor McCrory, Speaker Moore, Senate President Berger and Chairman Pope released the following statements:
Governor Pat McCrory: "I just called Hasan Harnett to congratulate him on being elected chairman of the North Carolina Republican Party, and I look forward to working with him to grow our party and bring it to new heights."
House Speaker Tim Moore: "I'd like to extend a sincere congratulations to Hasan on becoming our new State Party Chair. I look forward to collaborating with him to help grow our Republican majority in the House of Representatives, because conservative principles are what propels North Carolina to a brighter future."
Senate President Phil Berger: “I congratulate Hasan Harnett on his history-making election as Chairman of the Republican Party,” Berger said. “I look forward to working with Chairman Harnett to protect our majority and elect Republicans up and down the ticket in 2016.”
Outgoing Chairman Claude Pope: "Congratulations to Hasan Harnett for his election as the new chairman of the North Carolina Republican Party. As a former campaign manager and outreach director, Hasan has the right experience to raise the funds necessary to grow our grassroots army and lead our party to even greater electoral victories. I want to thank all of the candidates who were nominated for this very important position, and I am confident that under Hasan's leadership, the North Carolina Republican Party will continue forward with new energy and unity to defeat the Hillary Clinton-Roy Cooper machine in 2016.
"Thanks to the strength of our party and our grassroots supporters, North Carolina now has a Republican governor, two U.S. Senators, ten out of thirteen U.S. House seats and both chambers of the General Assembly.
"I want to thank the NCGOP staff and all of the supporters of the North Carolina Republican Party who have donated their time and money to make this all possible. But most of all, I want to thank the grassroots, who do the hard work on the ground to get out the vote for our Republican candidates at all levels. Serving as NCGOP chairman has been a great honor, but I look forward to returning to Bald Head Island to my wife, family and business."
President Ronald Reagan said of the book: "No one is better qualified to discuss the threat to this nation from communism. You will be alarmed, you will be informed and you'll be glad you heard him (W. Cleon Skousen)."
Capture one or both of the political parties in the United States.
Use technical decisions of the courts to weaken basic American institutions by claiming their activities violate civil rights.
Get control of the schools. Use them as transmission belts for socialism and current Communist propaganda. Soften the curriculum. Get control of teachers' associations. Put the party line in textbooks.
Gain control of all student newspapers.
Use student riots to foment public protests against programs or organizations which are under Communist attack.
Infiltrate the press. Get control of book-review assignments, editorial writing, policymaking positions.
Gain control of key positions in radio, TV, and motion pictures.
Continue discrediting American culture by degrading all forms of artistic expression. An American Communist cell was told to "eliminate all good sculpture from parks and buildings, substitute shapeless, awkward and meaningless forms."
Eliminate all laws governing obscenity by calling them "censorship" and a violation of free speech and free press.
Break down cultural standards of morality by promoting pornography and obscenity in books, magazines, motion pictures, radio, and TV.
Present homosexuality, degeneracy and promiscuity as "normal, natural, healthy."
Infiltrate the churches and replace revealed religion with "social" religion. Discredit the Bible and emphasize the need for intellectual maturity which does not need a "religious crutch."
Eliminate prayer or any phase of religious expression in the schools on the ground that it violates the principle of "separation of church and state."
Discredit the American Constitution by calling it inadequate, old-fashioned, out of step with modern needs, a hindrance to cooperation between nations on a worldwide basis.
Discredit the American Founding Fathers. Present them as selfish aristocrats who had no concern for the "common man."
Belittle all forms of American culture and discourage the teaching of American history on the ground that it was only a minor part of the "big picture." Give more emphasis to Russian history since the Communists took over.
Support any socialist movement to give centralized control over any part of the culture—education, social agencies, welfare programs, mental health clinics, etc.
Eliminate all laws or procedures which interfere with the operation of the Communist apparatus.
Transfer some of the powers of arrest from the police to social agencies. Treat all behavioral problems as psychiatric disorders which no one but psychiatrists can understand or treat.
Dominate the psychiatric profession and use mental health laws as a means of gaining coercive control over those who oppose Communist goals.
Discredit the family as an institution. Encourage promiscuity, masturbation and easy divorce.
Emphasize the need to raise children away from the negative influence of parents. Attribute prejudices, mental blocks and retarding of children to suppressive influence of parents.
Create the impression that violence and insurrection are legitimate aspects of the American tradition; that students and special-interest groups should rise up and use "united force" to solve economic, political or social problems.
Overthrow all colonial governments before native populations are ready for self-government.
Repeal the Connally reservation so the United States cannot prevent the World Court from seizing jurisdiction over domestic problems. Give the World Court jurisdiction over nations and individuals alike.
Verne Strickland: The astute reader will be aware that many of these Communist goals sought for implementation in U.S. policy and laws have already been implemented. Those aims that have not been "fulfilled" are being vigorously pushed by Communists -- often working in clandestine positions. Make no mistake about it -- the Communist mode of operation is so long-range that to the average American citizen, the gradual changes are almost indiscernible. Watch, observe, be aware. We are marked for inevitable destruction of our freedoms and traditional way of life.