July 13, 2020

I spent much of last week drawing comparisons between the violent unrest and strict “cancel culture” going on in our country with the swift transformation of such places as Hong Kong, all to show how quickly that same socialist takeover and loss of freedom can happen here. We know exactly what the Democrat Party will do, step by step, to cement its control if it (shudder) wins in November, as we (and it) can see that Biden is a diminished human being who would be a mere figurehead with no principles of his own, a puppet of the left. That, obviously, is the plan.

Our freedom is something many of us took for granted in the past –- even on the Fourth Of July –- but we can’t do that now. If we do, there might be no more Fourths of July to celebrate, certainly not by waving an American flag around! Since last week, I’ve seen other pieces that reflect the same thinking.

Here’s one from a writer named Xiao Li, an American whose father came to this country two decades ago after the death of Mao but had grown up in China under Mao’s Cultural Revolution. When the writer was 18, his father took him on a trip to China to show him something of his youth, of which he’d spoken to his son very little before then.

Xiao tells of meeting a number of amiable older men, one by one, from his father’s past and hearing from his father after each meeting what each of these men had actually done to him under Mao. Memories fade, I suppose, and these men, many years after performing their duties as ruthless revolutionaries, had forgotten some awful things they’d done to him. Some of these men were his own family members. Xiao says, “Some of my father’s tormenters were blood relatives, who were especially keen to display their revolutionary credentials through violence, a situation that was sadly not uncommon. As Xiao explains, you can’t have a revolution without dissolving “the bonds of organic trust” between children and their parents or students and their teachers.

I’m reminded of what so many American parents are saying now about trying to have political discussions with their own kids. As soon as the parents introduce some unsanctioned point, the discussions unravel, with their kids yelling at them, calling them racists and white supremacists (!) and hurling demands at them straight out of WHITE FRAGILITY, such as “Do the work!” One hallmark of revolutionary thinking is that the family must be destroyed in favor of the State and that independent thinkers within the family must be exposed and shamed. We are seeing this now.

Xiao does reference another article that tries to differentiate the Chinese Cultural Revolution from the radical leftists’ quest for power currently going on in America. I’ll link to it here in case you’d like to read it. The author is right in saying there are some nuances of difference, but if you’re like me you will find no comfort in these. It’s like saying Alaskan grizzly bears will tear you apart and eat you alive but this one is more like one of those Canadian grizzly bears that might be satisfied with ripping your arms and legs off, so don’t be too concerned.

As Xiao puts it, “No historical analogy is ever perfect, and to seek exactitude over verisimilitude is to miss the point. In other words, as the saying goes, history doesn’t repeat itself, but it rhymes. Xiao’s father and many of his contemporaries who lived through the era of Mao “can’t put their finger on the why,” but in America they are sensing something in the air that reminds them of the events of their youth in China.

One commonality Xiao sees is the fact that the young Chinese revolutionaries, the Red Guard, tended to come from privileged backgrounds; they were young and well-educated like the current American activists. In China, he says, “the young students saw their chance to to achieve revolutionary greatness...seeking to root out imaginary class enemies from within.”

In the next step, the movement’s slogans and way of thinking worked their way down to “non-elite institutions and popular discourse.” We see this in America every day in the news media, on TV shows and in magazines. In other words, it’s not just on campus anymore. We also we see “the blatant denial of reality, the constant gaslighting which almost seems designed to ferret out people with any sanity left.” We must refuse to be ferreted.

Xiao’s article is a must-read as a follow-up to my commentary of last week. Also, my writer/researcher Laura Ainsworth has been busy tackling a different aspect of the current dark revolutionary spirit: the curious radicalism of white leftist women trying so desperately to make up for their “privilege” and the shame of not being born “of color.”

YOU MIGHT ALSO LIKE: Ainsworth: On the brainwashing of white women

The article Laura cited in her commentary had a link to a piece from last year by Peggy Noonan, which draws a comparison with the Chinese Cultural Revolution as powerful as any made by Xiao Li in his piece about his father. Noonan describes the “struggle sessions” implemented by Mao to humiliate people in various ways to get them to confess to social “crimes.” This is similar to the shaming that is done on college campuses in 2020. And today, we also have the internet, which makes this sort of psychological pressure much more pervasive in students' lives.

I’ve mentioned a few things we can do to fight the onslaught, but here is a great article I’ve found since: “Five Ways to Conquer The Cancel Culture,” by radio talk show host Dr. Michael Brown. Yes, he says, we can face this down and beat it, and we can take our cues from the Bible. If we stand strong and handle this attack on our values with assurance, the “cancel culture” will devour its own. We can see this already happening.

You also can’t go wrong with anything written by the brilliant Shelby Steele, whose book WHITE GUILT, though it came out in 2007, is a wonderful antidote for the toxic identity politics being practiced by leftists today. If anyone in your family is having to read WHITE FRAGILITY for school –- and, sadly, it seems every student is –- do what you can to make WHITE GUILT companion reading.

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  • Mary T Del Buono

    07/14/2020 03:49 PM

    I am so worried...this pandemic was sent to us all on purpose to distroy the freedoms of the western world...get our factories back...the south after civil war lost all of the slaves to help with crops money for seeds...sad...don't let China do that to us...

  • Rallen Fontenot

    07/14/2020 12:52 PM

    Thank you Governor for what you do! You always hit the nail on the head.

  • Jerry Korba

    07/14/2020 09:57 AM

    White women are manipulated a bit to easy the so called educated white women attended college that rammed socialistic ideas at them for 4 or 5 years like the slogan says you continue to tell the lie people will believe it and as been reported suburban white women lean toward the Left's agenda even thou they may know it will end up hurting the family they created. The white women never took their eye off the shiney watch as they were hypnotized by Liberal teachers. one reason they buy what Pelosi Schumer Biden and the rest of the nitwits are selling. They really can not snap out of the fact; those people will hurt their families future. That includes my grandkids future also thats why i cannot remain silent. I can not forgive them for what they do the children should have the choice to live free or oppressed like the Socialists.

  • Joyce Davis

    07/13/2020 07:13 PM

    Mike, once again you are right on! But really what can we ordinary people out here do? I’d like Pres Trump to call out the military and deal with these people before it’s too late. Fire all the educators that believe this crap and start over in our schools. Most teachers are great but they’re told what to teach.

  • Roy Whitaker

    07/13/2020 05:35 PM

    Thank you so very much for this article. Last week my wife got a phone call from a niece that she virtually never speaks to on the phone. That niece just completed her second year at Elizabethtown College in PA and wanted to speak to my wife regarding her social media support for police. The niece wants to see police de-funded and cannot understand how my wife could support them. I note that her dad's twin is a policeman and her dad is an EMT-fireman. My wife and I are Conservative Christians so the chat with the niece took a bit of time to get my wife's points across. Today my wife spoke with her fireman brother at length and I was shocked to hear that his college daughter wants him to go to therapy with her so he can work on his white privilege. I am absolutely shocked that this young woman who was raised in a christian home has been turned or brainwashed in a mere two years of college. I suggested that she needs to actually work one summer or maybe take the next year off and do some volunteer work and learn about the world. Her parents are divorced and she has been living too easy of a life. Time to fight back, one child at a time.

  • Sharon Faulkner

    07/13/2020 04:54 PM

    Mike no one is reading that White Fragility trash. It is a fake "best seller" that is trying to pretend it is being sold and read. Like Davinci Code it isn't.
    And Mr Brown is right.
    We win as always.

  • Firewagon

    07/13/2020 04:37 PM

    My wife always tells me how 'negative' I am. I always 'disagree.' I do agree that having attained 'oldt age' that I am quite the pessimist as to America's continued 'Greatness.' That is why I view your "IF" question, "If we stand strong and handle this attack on our values with assurance, the “cancel culture” will devour its own," with that same pessimism.

    Reagan was the Nostradamus of his time when he said, "Freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction. We didn't pass it to our children in the bloodstream. It must be fought for, protected, and handed on for them to do the same."

    How many generations, Mike, mine, yours, our children's, have NOT "fought for or protected our "Freedoms" 'enough' to hand them on? I mean by that, 'WE' have allowed the INDOCTRINATION of generations of children through our FAILED education systems. Those indoctrination clinics have spawned what we see today, millions of ill-educated and ill-informed people(?) that have now accepted Socialism/Communism as 'needed' in America.

    Americans, not paying attention, allowed two people that once resided on the FBI's 10 'most wanted list' to become "Professors" in two separate universities in Chicago! They were Bill Ayers and his future wife Bernardine Dohrn. In the late '60s, these two ran the Weather Underground "and bombed the United States Capitol, the Pentagon, and several police stations in New York, as well as the Greenwich Village townhouse explosion that killed three of its members." As they say, you can look it up on Wikipedia! Billy boy was an elementary education theorist (whatever that is, theories on how to fill young minds full of mush with Socialistic ideals?) and is a retired professor in the College of Education at the University of Illinois at Chicago, formerly holding the titles of Distinguished Professor of Education and Senior University Scholar. My SAD point being, from just 'these two' how many of their radicalized 'students' now are filling young minds with the same garbage, anybody care??

    Perhaps a true 'reincarnate' Nostradamus predicted this: "I once said, 'We will bury you,' and I got into trouble with it. Of course, we will not bury you with a shovel. Your own working class will bury you." Nikita Khrushchev Unfortunately, that looks to be the exact 'recipe' that is happening NOW!

    I have long said, America is already 'paying a price, I believe, for all but kicking God to the curb here. He has been slowly 'lifting His hand of protection' from this country, which is very evident in several areas, but none more illustrative than that of 'kids killing other kids' by the thousands MONTHLY! As Billy Graham once said, "Only God Can Change The Hearts of Men!" If ANY of that 'changing' is ongoing, it is far too slow and that 'Ash Heap of History' for America grows closer faster!!

  • Andrea Helen Eckert Watters

    07/13/2020 04:18 PM

    I have a very interesting theory on Trump's success if you would like to see it. The mayor of Livermore California explains Trump's popularity and success. This is perhaps the best explanation for Trump's popularity. Marshall Kamena is a registered Democrat and was elected mayor of Livermore, CA. He ran on the democratic ticket as he knew a Bay Area city would never vote for a Republican. He is as conservative as they come. The only problem is that the article is very long, so I won't send it unless you really want to see it. It is called, "Trump's 'Lack of Decorum, Dignity, and Statesmanship"

  • Alice Claar

    07/13/2020 03:04 PM

    Thank you again for telling us what is going on in our nation.

  • Steve Walden

    07/13/2020 02:25 PM

    I am so thankful for your voice. Praise God that you sound it out. My wife, son and I are fighting the tainted minds of my sister and her husband, They live just outside of Portland Oregon and we can't discuss politics anymore, since she is so far left. Please pray for her and her husband.



  • Fred Carter

    07/13/2020 01:46 PM

    Your article was frightening until I got to the solution . Thank you for the encouragement. I will look up White Guilt.

  • Lori Schaefer

    07/13/2020 01:06 PM

    Thank you for continuing in your good work as we pray and work toward maintaining our freedoms in this country.

  • Anne Turner

    07/13/2020 01:04 PM

    We are going to have a president with dementia who will be a mouthpiece for the most radical leftists. It is likely we will also lose the Senate. There are too many unhappy people so the cure to them is change. They figure if this doesn’t work out they will just vote differently next time. Sure there will be elections next time but there will be no more Republicans or any other party but the DNC elected. Four years is plenty of time to change things that cannot be unchanged, Pack SCOTUS. Do away with the electoral college. Make inroads into collective ownership and open border for all. Free everything which will require huge tax increases on anyone making over $40K a year. Retiree accumulated wealth for their old age will be heavily taxed. There gores the travel industry, the country club industry with no one but the elite being able to afford the finer things. The cementing in place of the leftist elite. Venezuela, here we come. All of the polls and other measurements show Trump way down and the GOP is doing nothing. The grand experiment which was the country is no more. The spoiled brats are going to rule.

  • Jeanne Halsey

    07/13/2020 12:42 PM

    As an amateur Bibliophile, I’ve been working my way through the prophetic books of the Old Testament. The difficulties (mostly fighting with their neighboring nations, sometimes being overwhelmed by them and taken as slaves into Exile) that God’s Chosen People struggled with over and over again always had the same root cause: they chose to divorce themselves from their Covenant relationship with God. Then He removed His hand of protection from them in disgust (Jeremiah uses that adverb a lot), and they pitifully, sort of, repent and ask for His mercy. That is why today, so many believers are fighting this battle in the spiritual arena, because we know Mankind (including/especially Americans) are easily deluded and will follow after false gods (such as: the United Nations, the WHO, the faulty, untrustworthy alliances of men) rather than put — and maintain — their trust in God. Will we ever learn from the repeated mistakes of the past?

  • Sidney Patin

    07/13/2020 12:39 PM

    On the disclosure that the President's DACA plan was scrapped by the USSCt because of a failure to give policy reasons, an administrative error - "This 30-year veteran of the Departments of Homeland Security and Defense reportedly disagreed with Trump’s decision so she sabotaged the case by failing to provide policy reasons in the memo she signed, ending the program." - I can't think of a better reason to fire her for cause before she qualifies for any pension or retirement benefits, because she deserves no job and deserves no benefits.

  • A. Clifton Lingo

    07/13/2020 09:25 AM

    This Must-Reads (7/13/20) reminds me of an episode of The Twilight Zone Season 2, Episode 29 titled Obsolete Man starring Burgess Meredith.