Lessons from Chairman Mao--vote while you still can

 

On August 8, 1966, the party's Central Committee passed its "Decision Concerning the Great Proletarian Cultural Revolution", defining the Cultural Revolution as "a great revolution that touches people to their very souls and constitutes a deeper and more extensive stage in the development of the socialist revolution in our country."  The document pointed to the bourgeoisie who remained in governmental positions and their efforts to undermine the efforts of the government.  In the context of modern American politics, this could be seen as a cleansing of the "Deep State".  The document states: 

"Although the bourgeoisie has been overthrown, it is still trying to use the old ideas, culture, customs, and habits of the exploiting classes to corrupt the masses, capture their minds, and stage a comeback. The proletariat must do just the opposite: It must meet head-on every challenge of the bourgeoisie [...] to change the outlook of society. Currently, our objective is to struggle against and crush those people in authority who are taking the capitalist road, to criticize and repudiate the reactionary bourgeois academic "authorities" and the ideology of the bourgeoisie and all other exploiting classes and to transform education, literature and art, and all other parts of the superstructure that do not correspond to the socialist economic base, so as to facilitate the consolidation and development of the socialist system."

The current American administration, while not heading in the direction of "socialism", is using many of the same techniques to gain control of the judicial branch of government and to discredit scientists, journalists, and any other people who might stand in the way of their expansion of power.  Using techniques perfected by totalitarian regimes, they are actively trying to undercut the guarantees which balance the will of the majority and the rights of the minority.

In both Germany and China, the opposition awoke too late, and the consequences of their inaction were disastrous.

Vote while you still can.

 

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