October 21, 2009

It should no longer be news that Barack Obama's Communications Director idolizes Mao Tse-Tung.  In fact, she has acknowledged that Mao is one of her two favorite philosophers.  Mao has been dead now for thirty-three years, but his ideology still permeate all of China and is now making its way to the United States.

Realizing that revisionist history is being taught in our Federally funded public school system, and political correctness demands we no longer character assassinate those who were once our enemies, I am taking it upon myself to bring a little of the true background of this man who was far more ruthless in his communism that Josef Stalin and Vladimir Lenin ever thought of being.

I believe the White House is thinking, or at least hoping, that we are far enough removed from the life of Mao and since students in public schools are rarely taught any World or International History, that the merely mention of the Communist revolutionary's name won't phase anyone.  Let's consider for a moment just who this demon was.

A noted expert in calculating the number of deaths caused by authoritarian regimes says the late Chinese communist leader Mao Tse-tung's policies and actions led to the deaths of nearly 77 million of his countrymen, surpassing those killed by Nazi Party founder Adolf Hitler and Soviet Premier Josef Stalin.

R. J. Rummel, professor emeritus of political science and a Nobel Peace Prize finalist who has published dozens of books chronicling so-called "democide," or death by government, said the new Chinese figure – nearly double his previous estimate of about 38 million – was based on what he believes was Mao's duplicity in China's great famine of 1958 to 1961.

Rummel said that from the time he wrote his book 'China's Bloody Century,' that he held to these democide totals for Mao: Civil War-Sino-Japanese War 1923-1949 = 3,466,000 murdered; and Rule over China (People's Republic of China) 1949-1987 = 35,236,000 murdered."

He said he didn't previously add in the famine totals because he was not convinced those deaths were caused by Mao purposely. Instead, he said he believed:

  • The famine was due to the "Great Leap Forward," when Mao tried to catch up with the West in producing iron and steel;
  • The factorization of agriculture, forcing virtually all peasants to give up their land, livestock, tools and homes to live in regimented communes;
  • The exuberant over-reporting of agricultural production by commune and district managers for fear of the consequences of not meeting their quotas;
  • The consequent belief of high communist officials that excess food was being produced and could be exported without starving the peasants (though "reports from traveling high officials indicated that peasants might be starving in certain localities");
  • An investigative team was sent out from Beijing and reported back that there was mass starvation, after which the government then "stopped exporting food and began to import what was needed to stop the famine."

To quote Rummel: "Thus, I believed that Mao's policies were responsible for the famine, but he was misled about it, and finally when he found out, he stopped it and changed his policies. Therefore, I argued, this was not a democide."

But after further review of available data, he said he agreed with other researchers who had counted the famine figures as part of the regime's mass murder figures. He tells us now that "they were right and I was wrong."

Rummel said he was influenced to revise his figures upward after reading a pair of books, "Wild Swans: Two Daughters of China," by Jung Chang; and "Mao: the Unknown Story," which Jung wrote with her husband, Jon Halliday.

"From the biography of Mao, which I trust … I can now say that yes, Mao's policies caused the famine. He knew about it from the beginning," Rummel said, adding Mao even "tried to take more food from the people to pay for his lust for international power, but was overruled by a meeting of 7,000 top Communist Party members."

"So, the famine was intentional. What was its human cost? I had estimated that 27 million Chinese starved to death or died from associated diseases. Others estimated the toll to be as high as 40 million. Chang and Halliday put it at 38 million and, given their sources, I will accept that," said Rummel. "I'm now convinced that Stalin exceeded Hitler in monstrous evil, and Mao beat out Stalin."

Mao's butchery "exceeds the 61,911,000 murdered by the Soviet Union 1917-1987, with Hitler far behind at 20,946,000 wiped out (from) 1933-1945," he said.

The Chinese communist leader's toll is higher than the 34.1 million combat deaths in "all wars between 1900 and 1987," including World Wars I and II, Vietnam, Korea, and the Mexican and Russian Revolutions. He said that Mao alone murdered over twice as many as were killed in combat in all these wars.

In all, Rummel estimates about 174 million people were killed during incidents of democide in the 20th century, "of which communist regimes murdered about 148 million," he said, adding, "Communists overall have murdered four times those killed in combat."

This is the man Anita Dunn worships and pushes as her idolized philosopher. Yet Mao was a bad joke of a political philosopher. Early in his life, he might have been a follower of Ayn Rand. "People like me only have a duty to ourselves, " he wrote. We have no duty to other people." Later, he dipped his fork into Marxism like a Western teenager sampling sushi. He was not too sure what was in it, and wasn't too eager to find out. Instead, he took Emperor Qin Shihuangdi (221–206 BC) who founded imperial China as his model. Qin's empire lasted nearly two thousand years. Not only did he build the Great Wall, he also killed Confucian scholars, burned classical books, and persecuted thousands – perhaps millions – of people.

It was his single-minded pursuit of power that made Mao so successful. His rivals actually believed the Marxist claptrap. They took their orders from the party hierarchy and earnestly tried to implement many silly and impossible programs. When Mao gained the support of Moscow, his Chinese contemporaries felt their hands were tied; they knew he was trouble, but they couldn't get rid of him.

Mao operated under no such restriction. He eliminated enemies and friends – as it suited him. He listened to Moscow when he wanted to; when Moscow gave him directions he didn't like, he ignored them. He was not a "good communist." He was hardly a communist at all.

"Communism is not love," he said. "Communism is a hammer we use to crush the enemy." 

I wonder what kind of hammer the Obama Administration is planning on using to crush FOX, Conservative Talk Radio and little old websites like mine?

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