Re March 16 letter by Terry Munson, “From China’s Red Guard to tea party”
Mr. Munson again compares apples and oranges in an intellectual farce. The apple, Chairman Mao began his rise to power with a populist movement that appealed to the downtrodden. Banish the nationalist and the brotherhood of communism would make the nation flourish. Mao used verbal lynch mobs to conduct public denunciations that targeted civil and economic leaders. Neighbor turned on neighbor and any sense of community was destroyed. Intimidation through public denunciation by Mao’s cult following then brute physical force was the key to political control for Mao. It led to totalitarian power above criticism and without restraint.
Twenty years of communism and Mao’s great leap forward were abject failures. China’s intellectuals and pragmatists espoused limited capitalism and restored respect for the nation’s pre-communist traditions and culture. By virtue of his personality cult, Chairman Mao was able to intentionally unleash the Red Guard’s reign of denunciations, brutality, murder and economic devastation to enforce his failed political/economic ideals.
America has had 50 years of The Great Society’s, spreading wealth, government growth and contempt for the traditions and principles that made America great. Liberalism’s incremental approach has produced few positive economic results. Tea party members and candidates espouse fiscal restraint, and proven practices that have served mankind well. They are fully aware that our citizens could enjoy the benefit or disciplines of their actions, enable or push them to produce their own wealth and all to enjoy more freedom and the spirit it produced in years past.
Should the tea party “compromise” with those who contemptuously denounce them and sow the seeds of hatred, divisiveness, totalitarianism and ruin? I pray not! It’s not about compromise, it is all about control, without criticism or restraint.
The writer lives in Myrtle Beach.