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In the 1960s Mao Zedong, the world’s greatest mass murderer and the insane megalomaniac known to his enslaved people as the Great Helmsman decided that his Revolution was no longer pure enough. To accomplish his purge, he unleashed the Cultural Revolution on the defenseless people of Communist China.  Waving the Little Red Book of Mao’s sayings, the Chinese version of Antifa surged through the streets.  They attacked anyone not completely onboard with the destruction of Chinese culture.  The traditions, beliefs, sacred memorials, art, literature, and monuments of the past were all marked for the trash heap of history. 

Many of those who became and are now the “Heroes of the Revolution” were then the victims of the out of control street gangs authorized by Mao to turn the very society he himself had created since the communist conquest of  China in 1949 upside down and inside out.  Even Deng Xiaoping was forced to renounce his infatuation with the idea of using free markets to lift China out of poverty.  Deng went on to become the father of the current Chinese resurgence once Mao died and his cultural thugs lost power. 

Today we are witnessing an American Cultural Revolution.  Led by black shirted thugs and financed by socialist billionaires.  These self-proclaimed voices of the people are attempting to erase our history, regiment our thoughts, and seize control of the country. They are doing this all in the name of social justice, racial equality, and a smug belief that they will be the ones who finally make the unworkable policies of socialism work. 

The list of targets in this cultural revolution keeps growing from idiocy to absurdity: 

  • Leaders of the Revolution are calling for the removal of the Washington and the Jefferson Monuments.   
  • The leaders of NASCAR have banned the battle flag of the Army of Northern Virginia which is usually misnamed the Confederate flag.   
  • A&E has canceled its flagship series and one of the highest-rated shows on basic cable, Live PD. 
  • A week after Live P.D. was pulled in the wake of George Floyd’s death, the reality series’ hiatus has been made permanent.   
  • Carrying the flag of revolutionary change into the realm of the surreal according to the New York Times the all-powerful Black Lives Matter movement is targeting Paw Patrol, the popular children’s cartoon on the Nick Jr. channel, because it shows a positive view of police.  
  • Comrade Pelosi wants 11 Confederate statues removed from the Capitol ignoring the fact that Congress authorized the National Statuary Hall Collection in 1864 to allow each state to donate two statues of notable citizens “illustrious for their historic renown or for distinguished civic or military services” for display in the Capitol.  
  • The leaders of the Progressive Democrats who are desperately trying to run in front of the parade of revolution they have helped to unleash kneel to the power of the Black Lives Matter movement right in the Capitol building itself.   
  • A wild mob of revolutionaries, that the democrats who identify as journalists call protesters, topple a statue of 15th Century explorer Christopher Columbus in St. Paul, Minnesota, outside the state’s Capitol building.   
  • Other detachments of the black shirted left tore down a statue of Christopher Columbus in Virginia’s state capital using ropes to topple the monument before burning an American flag atop it and dragging it into a nearby lake.  
  • In Boston, a statue of the 15th Century explorer was beheaded overnight. 

And then there is a move aimed at destroying any semblance of a peaceful society and the ability to defend such a society.   

While the Black Lives Matter movement leads a national “Defund the Police” campaign, other alt-left-wing groups are also demanding Congress cut off federal grant money for local law enforcement.  The usual suspects, the bewildering maze of social justice and open borders lobbying organizations, many linked to billionaire angel of everything anti-American, George Soros, demand that the federal government end all funding of police in the United States.   

This type of rhetoric and the policies or lack thereof that the Alt-woke swamp creatures are instituting inevitably leads to situations such as that which is unfolding in Seattle.  Where protesters have cordoned off several blocks of the city, declaring it a “cop-free zone” and “Capitol Hill Autonomous Zone,” have released a long list of demands, including abolition of the Seattle Police Department and prisons, amnesty for all illegal migrants, and free health care and college for all, especially for blacks as a form of reparations. 

Seattle’s newly formed Capitol Hill Autonomous Zone (CHAZ) is reminiscent of the Paris Commune.   

After Emperor Napoleon III was captured by the Prussians in 1871 the Second French Empire collapsed into the Third Republic.  Though their government accepted defeat the people of Paris did not.  Instead they took over the city, imprisoned the mayor and other officials and declared Paris a free commune based on Marxist principles. They held out for seventy days of chaos and tyranny waving red flags and introducing the world to the rule of political correctness.  If anyone spoke out for free speech or private property they were shouted down, beat down, locked up, or put away.  The insurrectionists, who called themselves Communards, set up barricades in the streets and burned public buildings.  They held out for seventy days.  During what is called “The Bloody Week” government troops smashed resistance and retook the city.   Approximately 20,000 insurrectionists died along with about 750 soldiers.  Let’s pray the return of civil government to the heart of Seattle will not be as bloody or as long awaited. 

The Antifa terrorists are reportedly seeking armed volunteers to take turns manning barricades and holding the ground the protesters have seized within Seattle city limits. 

The Washington state revolutionaries have issued a manifesto.  It begins by saying, “This document is to represent the black voices who spoke in victory at the top of 12th & Pine after 9 days of peaceful protest while under constant nightly attack from the Seattle Police Department. These are words from that night, June 8th, 2020.”  And closes with these words, “Although we have liberated Free Capitol Hill in the name of the people of Seattle, we must not forget that we stand on land already once stolen from the Duwamish People, the first people of Seattle, and whose brother, John T. Williams of the Nuu-chah-nulth tribe up north was murdered by the Seattle Police Department 10 years ago.” 

What do the Seattle police have to say about this take over?  Seattle Police Officers Guild President Michael Solan stated that a “fringe” is “stealing the peaceful protest message for justice for George Floyd.”  

Solan went on to say, “The city has lost all the political will to enforce the rule of law. There is an unreasonable, activist fringe that is unfortunately stealing the peaceful protest message for justice for George Floyd, and then now, they are occupying over a six-block area of the city of Seattle. It is absolutely unreasonable activism. And we are pulling our hair out. Because we are true public safety professionals that took an oath of service. And we are holding our elected leaders responsible for this travesty on the overall, amazing Seattle community that are law-abiding citizens, that are yearning for police officer, public safety services.” 

He also added, “There is a tug-of-war at city hall for control, and police are stuck in the middle, and now look what happened. We’ve lost a precinct. Now, what’s next? Are we going to lose another precinct? The city council has removed our ability to have less lethal munitions for us to properly protect those facilities and protect ourselves. That has now been taken away. So, what’s left? How are we supposed to defend the rest of those precincts?” 

If we want to maintain a civil society as opposed to either a civil war or a revolutionary reign of terror we have to do whatever we have to do to maintain order in the face of dedicated revolutionaries or we will have anarchy at best or regime change at worst.  During a portion of an interview with the Fox News Channel released on Thursday, President Trump stated that he wouldn’t allow Seattle to “be occupied” and “If we have to go in, we’re going to go in.” Trump also urged Washington Gov. Jay Inslee (D) to use the National Guard but stated that “one way or the other, it’s going to get done. These people are not going to occupy a major portion of a great city.” 

White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany told Fox News at the White House that President Donald Trump would send federal troops to free parts of Seattle only as a “last resort.”  McEnany also said President Trump preferred local leaders doing their job to defend their streets according to the Constitution and that, “The president’s message is that he will secure the streets in this country.”   

The Press Secretary went on to say, “ANTIFA will be stopped under the leadership of President Trump from wreaking havoc and burning down buildings and injuring 750 law enforcement officers and destroying 150 federal buildings.”  Later President Trump tweeted, “Radical Left Governor Jay Inslee and the Mayor of Seattle are being taunted and played at a level that our great Country has never seen before.  Take back your city NOW.” 

Trump said, “If there were more toughness, you wouldn’t have the kind of devastation that you had in Minneapolis and in Seattle. I mean, let’s see what’s going on in Seattle. But I will tell you if they don’t straighten that situation out, we’re going to straighten it out.” 

He added, “What I mean is very simple, we’re not going to let Seattle be occupied by anarchists. … If we have to go in, we’re going to go in. The governor’s either going to do it, let the governor do it, he’s got great National Guard troops, he’ll — he can do it. But one way or the other, it’s going to get done. These people are not going to occupy a major portion of a great city.” 

And what is the reaction of the democrats who identify as journalists to the revolt in Seattle?  Tom Bevan, co-founder and president of Real Clear Politics, observed, “Media bias is not just in the stories that get covered, but the ones that don’t.”  He went on to cite, “Total blackout on the insanity in Seattle on major news websites: ABC News, NBC News, CBS News,” as cases in point. 

The cultural revolution of the Great Helmsman failed.  It destroyed a generation of people.  When the hand of the great destroyer finally slipped from the helm China repudiated his economic policies and went in the exact opposite direction.  What will be the end of our cultural revolution?  Coming as it does after decades of cultural warfare this may be a climatic battle, a Gettysburg moment for America as we have known it, playing out right in front of the cameras. 

What it all comes down to is this: these protests have become a rebellion. Do you know what we historians call a rebellion that succeeds?  We call it a revolution.  Know what we call one that fails?  We call it a revolt.   

It will be for Historians of the future to describe what this will become.  If the majority won’t stand firm for what we believe we will fall hard for what a violent minority wants.  At which point we may well end up singing with the late Phil Ochs: 

In tattered tuxedos they face the new heroes 

And crawl about in confusion. 

All the hands raised 

They stand there amazed 

At the shattering of their own illusions. 

Robert Owens

Author: Robert Owens

Dr. Owens teaches History, Political Science, Global Studies, and Religion. He is the Historian of the Future @ http://drrobertowens.com © 2019 Contact Dr. Owens drrobertowens@hotmail.com Follow Dr. Robert Owens on Facebook or Twitter @ Drrobertowens or visit Dr. Owens Amazon Page / Edited by Dr. Rosalie Owens