By Carol Rushton
“Barack knows that we are going to have to make sacrifices; we are going to have to change our conversation; we’re going to have to change our traditions, our history; we’re going to have to move into a different place as a nation.”
Michelle Obama, San Juan, Puerto Rico, May 14, 2008
“This is a great revolution, an entirely new and creative revolution carried out after the seizure of political power by the proletariat. Its aim is to overthrow through struggle the small handful of persons . . . who are in authority who have taken the capitalist road, to sweep away all ghosts and monsters in our society, and to break the old ideas, culture, customs and habits of the exploiting classes and foster the new ideas, culture, customs and habits of the proletariat, with a view to further consolidating the dictatorship of the proletariat and developing the socialist system.”
Lin Biao, second vice chairman of the Communist Party of China, October 1, 1966
In the early 1960s, China’s dictator Mao Tse Tung had been harshly criticized by Communist Party officials for the millions who died during the disastrous Great Leap Forward. He was paranoid that influential, powerful party members would be able to successfully overthrow him. Mao was so desperate to hold on to power, the only way he could do it was by causing chaos throughout the country, and as a result within the Communist Party, under the guise of the Cultural Revolution.
To initiate the Cultural Revolution, Mao and his closest sycophants encouraged the youth of the country to violently defy authority figures, including their teachers in school, local police forces, and the military. The students were only too happy to oblige, their units eventually becoming known as Red Guards.
Jiang Qing, Mao’s wife, travelled around the country to prep young people for the new phase of Communist anarchy. In a speech to students at Peking University on July 28, 1966, Qing reassured them, “When bad people get beaten by good people, they deserve it. When good people get beaten by bad people, the credit goes to the good people. When good people beat good people, it is a misunderstanding that should be cleared up.”
In his great book, The Cultural Revolution, Frank Dikotter details what happened next.
More encouragement came on 13 August, as a mass rally was organized at the Workers’ Stadium. In front of tens of thousands of students, five ordinary citizens who had threatened Red Guards a few weeks earlier were paraded on a stage and denounced as “hooligans.” They were beaten and whipped with belts. Zhou Enlai and Wang Renzhong, presiding over the struggle meeting, made no attempt to stop the violence.
In the following days, a wave of terror spread through the schools of Beijing. At Beijing’s 101st Middle School, a prestigious institution where Mao and other central leaders sent their children, more than 10 teachers were forced to crawl on a path paved with coal cinders until their knees and palms were burned. At the Beijing Sixth Middle School . . . Red Guards wrote “Long Live the Red Terror” on the wall of an interrogation chamber. Later they repainted the slogan with the blood of their victims.
Lin Biao, in charge of the Chinese military, gave a speech a few days later to over a million young people packed into Tiananmen Square for a huge rally in support of the Cultural Revolution. Biao encouraged the enthusiastic crowd to eradicate “all the old ideas, old culture, old customs and old habits of the exploiting classes.” He gave a similar speech later that year in October.
China’s youth did not disappoint Mao. They had received their marching orders and were more than willing to comply. Dikotter describes what happened after the Tiananmen Square rally.
A wave of violence engulfed the capital after the rally on Tiananmen Square. At the Beijing Third Girls Middle School, the principal was beaten to death. The dean hanged herself. At another middle school near Beijing Normal University the principal was ordered to stand under the hot sun while Red Guards poured boiling water over him. New depths of horror were plumbed at another middle school, this one attached to the Beijing Teachers’ College, as a biology teacher was knocked to the ground, beaten and dragged by her legs through the front door and down the steps, her head bumping against the concrete. She died after being further tormented for several hours. Then the other teachers, rounded up as so many monsters and demons, were forced to take turns and beat her dead body. At elementary schools, where the students were no older then thirteen, some teachers were made to swallow nails and excrement; others had their heads shaved and were forced to slap each other.
At this point, you might be saying, “What does this have to do with the Obamas?”
During the Obama Administration, there were numerous attacks on police officers around the country, riots and protests against police, and a number of police officer deaths. President Obama started the offensive against the police when Henry “Skip” Gates, a professor at Harvard University, was arrested after local police officers saw him trying to break into a house at night. Professor Gates had been away from his home for some time working on a film project and evidently could not remember how to use the key to the front door of his own house.
Because he was black, Professor Gates felt that the police officers were guilty of racism and that he would not have been arrested had he been white instead of black. “This is what happens to black men in America,” Gates said. President Obama felt he had to weigh in. “I don’t know – not having been there and not seeing all the facts – what role race played in that, but I think it’s fair to say . . . the Cambridge police acted stupidly in arresting somebody when there was already proof that they were in their own home.”
Doesn’t Proverbs 18:13 say, “He that answereth a matter before he heareth it, it is folly and shame unto him”?
This was only the beginning. After the shootings of Trayvon Martin and Michael Brown, President Obama never waited for the facts of the shootings to be revealed. He immediately jumped to the conclusion that the deaths were a result of racism by white police officers against black males. Obama made statements after the shootings like “If I had a son, he’d look like Trayvon” and that Brown’s shooting and death “stains the heart of black children.”
Violent riots broke out in Ferguson, Missouri where Michael Brown had lived, resulting in millions of dollars in damage and destruction to private property and businesses alike. Violent riots and protests also occurred in Baltimore, Maryland after Freddie Gray, a black man, was arrested and afterward died while in police custody. All six Baltimore police officers prosecuted for Gray’s death were acquitted. Rumors abounded that in both Ferguson and Baltimore the police had been told to stand down and not arrest any of the rioters or try to prevent the massive damage and vandalizing the rioters committed.
The Black Lives Matter group was established as a result of the deaths of these black men. Black Lives Matter organized and sponsored demonstrations and protests around the country, Their members would march and incite violence from the public with chants such as “pigs in a blanket, fry ‘em like bacon,” clearly a call to kill police officers.
Shootings and assaults on police officers skyrocketed during the rest of the Obama’s presidential term. On November 21, 2016, The Washington Post reported that ambush killings of police officers had reached a ten-year high (https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/wonk/wp/2016/11/21/ambush-killings-of-police-officers-has-hit-a-10-year-high/?utm_term=.a709cf292e74). One of the most shocking sniper shootings occurred in Dallas, Texas in 2016 when five police officers were murdered in cold blood protecting protesters at an anti-police demonstration. The situation became so bad that William Johnson, executive director of the National Association of Police Organizations, accused Obama of conducting a “war on cops” (Politico, July 8, 2016, “Police Group Director: Obama Caused a ‘War on Cops”).
Johnson continued, “I think [the Obama administration] continued appeasements at the federal level with the Department of Justice, their appeasement of violent criminals, their refusal to condemn movements like Black Lives Matter, actively calling for the death of police officers, that type of thing, all the while blaming police for the problems in this country has led directly to the climate that has made Dallas possible.”
It is striking that President Obama met with leaders of the Black Lives Matter group at the White House, just as Mao met with leaders of the Red Guards. It is also important to note that police shootings have dramatically plummeted since Donald Trump became president.
So when Barack Obama says he wants to “create a million young Barack Obamas” and Michelle Obama says she wants to create “thousands of mes” a cold shiver should run through the spine of every patriotic American who believes in our Constitution and the rule of law.
(The Guardian, March 25, 2018, “Obama wants to ’create a million young Barack Obamas’”)
(Business Insider, March 2, 2018, “Michelle Obama wants to create ‘thousands of mes’ – and she’s not interested in running for president”)