Category: Despotism

Hollywood Loses a Despot as North Korea Gains a Fanboy

 

 What do Sean Penn and Dennis Rodman have in common (aside from breathtaking ignorance mixed with pathological hubris)? They both loves them a despot.

But, to be fair, despot-love, like suitcase-sized handbags and chihuahuas, are all the rage in Hollywood.

Rodman’s budding love affair with North Korea’s Kim Jung Un is nothing short of unsettling. Even Stephanopoulos couldn’t believe his ears:

RODMAN:  He’s a great guy. He’s just a great guy. If you sit down and talk to him, you know, perception is perceiving how things work.

STEPHANOPOULOS:  A great guy who puts 200,000 people in prison camps?

RODMAN:  Well, you know, guess what, it’s amazing how we do the same thing here.

STEPHANOPOULOS:  We have prison camps here in the United States?

RODMAN:  We don’t have prison camps. Guess what, this is all politics, right? This is all politics, right?

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“Life and Death in America” – Will We Heed History’s Voices?

–>I love Rush, Ann, Glenn, and Dinesh, but nothing beats history for giving us a glimpse of things to come if radical Democrats are left unchecked.

It is with absolutely no apology that I post more from Nien Cheng’s book, Life and Death in Shanghai.

“One day, I was told by one of my remaining students besides Da De that Zhang Chunquiao, the Party boss of Shanghai, a Politburo member and a longtime associate of Jiang Qing [Mao’s wife], had said, “We would rather have socialism’s lower production figures than capitalism’s higher production figures.” The radicals in the rural areas took up his statement and proclaimed, “We would rather have socialism’s poor harvest than capitalism’s abundance.” Not to be left behind, other radicals declared, “We would rather have have socialism’s trains that are behind schedule than capitalism’s trains that are on time.” In such an atmosphere, the workers became fearful of doing too much, the peasants became reluctant to go into the field, and drivers of trains, buses, and even mules deliberately slowed down so that they could arrive behind schedule. The already strained economy took another tumble.”

After reading this, one can only stand back and, with a scratch to the head, say, “No way.” But before we castigate the Chinese for being hapless Kool-Aid drinkers, we need to take an honest look at the Kool-Aid consumption in the United States these days.

For hapless and Kool-Aid one need look no further than the Huffington Post. According to them, there is a Bright Side to Unemployment. Nothing beats having filthy rich liberals espousing the virtues of unemployment.

The New York Times, bless their fiscally dwindling souls, has Living With Less: The Human Side of the Global Recession. Here people can share ideas, like recipes, for how they are faring during this global crisis. If you’re looking for a cheaper way to live large while still professing to live green, the Times site won’t help. You’ll have to go to AlGoreGoesGreen.com.

Don’t get me wrong. I’m all about the occasional penny-pinch and scaling-down thing, but only when it’s my idea. Once the government tells me (via the media and unconstitutional taxation) that I’ve got to live with less, that’s when I start thinking someone’s being a tad intrusive.

So, are Americans as gullible as the Chinese were…are? The jury is still out. I’m holding out hope that, since we have been a very blessed and prosperous nation, the vast majority of Americans simply won’t put up with much more of the Obama Regime’s nonsense. China, on the other hand, hadn’t bathed in prosperity before the Cultural Revolution. For some, any change was welcome. And it was their lack of prosperity that, like sugar to yeast, fed the opportunistic Mao.

Which brings us to the underlying agenda behind every Democrat’s plan: Take away prosperity. Once prosperity is handily gotten rid of, the little bit the government will allow will seem like an abundance. You say, “This can’t be. This won’t happen in America.” Don’t be so sure.

Rush is right, the Democrats are destroying this country for a purpose, and that purpose is to secure power. This isn’t new. This isn’t change. This is tried and true, old-hat despotism. The only reason Obama got away with rebranding socialism with the word “change” was because he knew his uneducated voting base was…well, uneducated.

So far it’s been pretty easy going for liberal Democrats. Oh, there have been a few glitches in their master plan-Reagan comes to mind-but for the most part, their Marxist ideas have metastasized throughout mainstream America with little resistance.

All the Democrats have needed to pull off their power-grab is a couple generations that don’t know squat about history (and, for all practical purposes, judging by last year’s election, that day has arrived). And with their agenda-driven, liberal greenhouse called public education, this has been an easy coup for the Left to pull off. Using huge doses of guilt for even being American and revisionist history lessons as fertilizer, these little greenhouse saplings grow up to raise more little saplings who have zero cognizance of their own country’s past greatness. Once all lingering notions of American exceptionalism have been scrubbed from the brains of these future minions, socialism’s lower quality of life will, indeed, seem better than capitalism’s greedy abundance.

Bottom line: They won’t know any better.

These generations firmly in place, the conundrum of socialism versus capitalism will be moved from the theater of ideology to the theater of morality. To be a socialist will be morally right. To be anything else will be punishable. To work toward prosperity will be morally wrong. To barely scrape by will be noble. To stand in line for health care will be a privilege. To harbor a secret notion that you deserve better will be a sin. To be part of the collective herd will be patriotic. To think like an individual will be anathema. All that’s missing from this scenario is a pod of goo and a plug in the back of everyone’s heads Matrix-style.

Sure, I paint an Orwellian picture, but I might not be too far off. When in high school, I was told by a youth pastor that there would come a day when we wouldn’t be allowed have Bibles on school grounds. “Yea, right,” I thought. Those were the days when the Gideons still had access to the front lawn of our school to pass out Bibles to students every spring. America would always be America, I thought. I can be carefree, maybe even a little reckless at times, because I know there are responsible adults running this show.

Those were the days.

One can only hope that, unlike the Chinese, American’s don’t start buying off on the Democrat lie that socialism’s intrusions are better than capitalism’s freedoms.

Update:

This from Rush:

New York Preps For Ban Against Salt

This from Nien Cheng’s Life and Death in Shanghai:

When Da De came a few days later, I said to him, “It’s ages since I took you to a restaurant.”

“We musn’t go to a restaurant now. In any case, all the good dishes have been taken off the menu. They are to be served only to visitors from abroad,” he told me.

Just sayin’.

Marxism in America: A Warning For the Democrat Party

More from Life and Death in Shanghai by Nien Cheng. This from one of her interrogations while in prison during China’s Cultural Revolution.

Cheng, insisting she had acted within the dictates of the Communist Party of China, tells her interrogator: “Chairman Mao talked about the formation of a united front and cooperation with all patriotic Chinese.” (Think: Obama’s promise of uniting America.)

Her interrogator replies:

“That was the correct policy at that time. It was meant to win the support of the bourgeois class and to undermine the Kuomintang. After the Kuomintang was successfully overthrown, naturally that policy was no longer needed. In every circumstance, we unite lesser enemies to fight the major enemy. When the major enemy is overcome, one of the lesser enemies will become the new major enemy. So the struggle goes on.”

And the struggles never end. For a Marxist hell-bent on having absolute power, there will always be a new major enemy. And something our hapless Democrats don’t seem to get is that once capitalism is abolished, Obama’s list of major enemies won’t be any shorter…and they will probably be on it.

As I read Cheng’s book and watch as ranking Democrats, and former president Clinton himself, tell fellow Democrats to forego their political careers and vote for a health care bill their constituents overwhelmingly reject, I can’t help but wonder who they are really afraid of. And this leads me to make the following assertions/predictions about Obama and his relentless pursuit to create a Marxist America:

Destroying capitalism and thereby bringing America to its knees has long been the gold ring for which Marxists have reached throughout history. And no one has ever been as close to accomplishing that goal than Obama. Whether he is the newest architect of the latest attempt to destroy America or just a Marxist prince reaping the benefits of his Progressive predecessors matters little. If successful, Obama will go down in history as the man who toppled the last bastion of freedom in the world-the United States.

Obama knows this. It is what drives him.

With that in mind, know that everyone is expendable in Obama’s world. Don’t look for him to care as he betrays his voting base and the ranking Democrats who put him into power. Consider them the lesser enemies he united and used to get him there. Look for them to be the major enemies as he strips his voting base of their jobs and their rights, and picks off any suspected opposition from within his own party.

There will be no emotion displayed by this man who is determined to be the One who ushers Marxism into America. There are will be no allegiances and no loyalties. There will only be lock-step obedience to an ideology of oppression and unchecked power.

We did not elect a liberal president.

We did not elect a misguided and inexperienced man.

We elected the very enemy of this country.

We elected a determined, narcissistic Marxist.

As unemployment soars, as health care declines, and as this country is laid to waste by it’s external enemies who have been given free access to our soil, Obama will remain detached and cold. As our economy is intentionally sabotaged for the purpose of forcing dependence upon the government, any attempt to appeal to his conscience will be futile.

It is not for America, but for absolute power over her, that he toils.

And if, and when, those in his party come to their senses and try to rectify the disaster created by the despot they protected, jockeyed, and lied for it might be too little too late. His allies will be cast aside. Hand-picked confidants and czars will be fired or left to defend themselves against the outcry of the nation’s people. There will be no defense of them from Obama. They will be left entirely on their own. Again, they, who were, in truth, always one of the lesser enemies, will become the new major enemy as Obama clears the path before him. History has proven time and again that Marxist dictators share power with no one.

Marx’s desperate and flawed ideology was borne out of a life lived under an oppressive czarist regime. Unfortunately, his followers, past and present, view anything other than Marxism as oppressive enslavement of the working class (hence the Marxist’s use of unions). In their all-out effort to force Marxism/communism (in all its evolving forms) on a nation they have to first create financial and social chaos. Once this is accomplished, they (for a brief period) play the part of the benefactor and proceed to “help” the people while actually leading them into enslavement by their own government.

Marxism can be forced (veiled, of course) upon a people only when the oppressive conditions Marx lived in are recreated. These are calculated moves Obama is making. That said, Obama does not feel any empathy where American suffering is concerned. Humanity is as foreign to Obama as it was to his despotic ideological predecessors. Americans aren’t people, they are a means to an end. We, the American people are, in truth, Obama’s major enemy who must be overcome.

A Glimpse Into the Past For the Historically Illiterate

Other working title: Reason Number 471,200,387 to Home School Your Children

There have been numerous references made to Hitler, Mussolini, and Stalin when it comes to describing Obama and his agenda, but thanks to Nien Cheng, I’m leaning towards Mao these days.

This is a small excerpt from Nien Cheng’s book, Life and Death In Shanghai. As I wrote in an earlier post, Cheng was the wife of a Shell Oil Company executive. The Chinese division of Shell Oil had been in good standing with Communist government in China, but Mao, in his disdain for all things capitalist and Western, changed that. Obama’s minions would do well to note that a despot’s enemies list is subject to change based on the whims and ever evolving prejudices of said despot.

The scene is the ransacking of her house by Mao’s Red Guards, a vehemently zealous group of teenage malcontents who were a stunning testament to the efficacy of brainwashing school children for the purpose of bullying people into submitting to a government they don’t want. (By the way, have you checked out what ideology your local pub ed is teaching to your kids? Just asking.)

Considering Obama’s obvious disdain for the Constitution and capitalism, and considering his recent national address to America’s school children, I think the following is apropos:

The leading Red Guard, a gangling youth with angry eyes, stepped forward and said to me, “We are the Red Guards. We have come to take Revolutionary action against you!”

Though I knew it was futile, I held up the copy of the Constitution and said calmly, “It’s against the Constitution of the People’s Republic of China to enter a private house without a search warrant.”

The young man snatched the document out of my hand and threw it on the floor. With his eyes blazing, he said, “The Constitution is abolished. It was a document written by the Revisionists within the Communist Party. We recognize only the teachings of our Great Leader Chairman Mao.”

“Only the People’s Congress has the power to change the Constitution, I said.

“We have abolished it. What can you do about it? he said aggressively while assuming a militant stance with feet apart and shoulders braced.

Forgive me for interrupting and pointing out the obvious, but do you see some frightening parallels here? Obama has all but shredded our Constitution; and as far as Congress goes, it has been reduced to a body of mindless Obots who are more than willing to drag those who oppose them to the House floor for self-incrimination. How long will it be before we cite our Constitutional rights only to have the ruling party tell us it has been abolished?

But on with the story.

A girl came within a few inches of where I stood and said, “What trick are you trying to play? Your only way out is to bow your head in submission. Otherwise you will suffer.” She shook her fist in front of my nose and spat on the floor.

And later, Cheng, showing a capacity for grace that I’m pretty sure I don’t possess, writes:

“…I thought as I listened to the Red Guards overhead. They seemed blissfully happy in their work of destruction because they were sure they were doing something to satisfy their God, Mao Zedung. Their behavior was the result of their upbringing in Communist China. The propaganda they had absorbed precluded their having a free will of their own.”

I’ll let you call me paranoid when Obama and his party stop acting like every other despot that has gone before him.

If Joe Wilson’s Story Were Told By a Real Journalist

Since we haven’t seen one in nearly three decades, I’d like to show you what a real journalist looks like. Meet Li Zensheng, a news photographer during China’s Cultural Revolution.

This from the write-up for an exhibit of his work: Red-Color News Soldier

The Cultural Revolution in China (1966–76) remains one of the most complicated political movements of the twentieth century. Almost no visual documentation of the period exists; that which does is influenced by government control over media, arts, and cultural institutions. Li Zhensheng (b. 1940), a photojournalist living in the northern Chinese province of Heilongjiang during the revolution, managed, at great personal risk, to hide and preserve more than 30,000 negatives during the ten-year period. He made images as a party-approved photographer for the Heilongjiang Daily. This body of work is the only known existing photographic documentation of the Cultural Revolution.

The following are pictures from Zensheng’s work. I’m pretty sure these are framed and hung over the fireplaces of a few prominent Democrats.

This is what the Democrats want to do to Sen. Joe Wilson. It’s called self-incrimination. The Chinese government under Mao Tse-tung employed this rather effective tactic on anyone who didn’t do the Happy Dance in favor of Mao’s Cultural Revolution. Actually, they even did it to those who had been loyal to the party but had fallen out of favor for one reason or another. The reasons, by the way, never had to be justified.

Humiliation was the main ingredient in Mao’s fight against dissent, real or imagined. In a culture that highly valued personal honor and integrity, this was an especially effective tactic for convincing the Chinese people that Mao really was a nice guy and wanted the best for them.

This man is probably being jeered at by people who used to be his friends and neighbors. Often, family members and close friends were ordered to write incrimination papers about the person who was to be “disciplined”. They would then have to stand up and read these papers in front of a crowd and the one being humiliated.

Think Joe Wilson standing on the House floor apologizing to his peers for pointing out that our president is a pathological liar.

Never, ever entertain for one moment that the Democratic Party is breaking new ground. That we haven’t seen this type of behavior in America…yet, is not only evidence of grace from above, but also evidence that the American spirit flat-out won’t allow it. It is this that has the Democrats mad as hell.

Liberal Democrats are continually pilfering from the playbooks of despots, dictators, and radicals. And, if we are willing to learn,there exist warnings from those who have lived under oppressive and abusive governments. We would do well to heed these warnings for they came at great risk for the purpose of making sure these types of governments are stopped before they start.

Unfortunately, America is behind the power curve when it comes to heeding the warnings of history.

Obama Makes Mussolini Look…Nicer?

“Fascism should more appropriately be called Corporatism because it is a merger of state and corporate power.” ~ Mussolini

“The keystone of the Fascist doctrine is its conception of the State, of its essence, its functions, and its aims. For Fascism the State is absolute, individuals and groups relative.” ~ Mussolini

Some have rightly called Obama a Fascist, citing the shining example of Mussolini. But there is a difference between Obama’s Fascism and Mussolini’s:

“The task of Fascism was to weld the nation into an organic whole that would work for the greatness of Italy.” Martin Gilbert A History Of the Twentieth Century.

If Gilbert is right, it would seem that Mussolini, in his own evil, twisted way felt some sense of national pride. Obama can’t boast that. Obama’s fascism is born out of pure hatred for this country. Period.

I’m not sure what is worse: A Fascist dictator who loves his country, or one who hates his country. I guess we will soon find out.

Joe Wilson Aplogy Would Set Bad Precedent

If Joe Wilson were to apologize on the House floor, which he says he won’t do, it would set the dangerous precedent that anyone who dissents from the Party Line will be forced to give a self-incrimination speech. I know, it sounds paranoid, but have you seen the Democrats lately? Trust me, this is definitely the road they’d love to go down.

I’ve plugged this book before, but it’s worth plugging again. In her book, Life and Death in Shanghai, Nien Cheng, a former Shell Oil executive in Mao’s Communist China, tells just how these things work. The similiarities between the Cultural Revolution in 1960’s China and the Liberal agenda that is playing out in this country today are breathtaking…in the most disturbing way.

At the risk of sounding like a book review, this book should be required reading for anyone who wants to truly understand the mental game of the Left.