Walter D. (Wally) Wilkerson, Jr., MD
Montgomery County Republican Party
A Cultural Revolution
Helen Raleigh, Red Meadow Advisors owner and an Immigration Policy Fellow at Colorado’s Centennial Institute, recently penned an essay entitled “How American Anarchy Parallels China’s Cultural Revolution” which was published by the Federalist. The opening statement read: “America Is clearly undergoing a Cultural Revolution that is eerily similar to Mao’s Great Proletarian Cultural Revolution which took place in China in the 1960s…..China’s Cultural Revolution was triggered by a group of students at Beijing University, the most elitist in China. They called themselves Red Guards because they worshipped China’s communist dictator Mao and his socialist/communist ideology feverishly.’
Raleigh describes how “The Red Guards” condemned professors and school administrators for stalling China’s progress towards a communist utopia they demanded. As a result, the educational system collapsed and the entire country “fell into lawlessness and chaos”. “Like Mao’s Red Guards, some American college students and their supporters have been shouting down anyone who dares to disagree with them. These modern-day Red Guards demand that college campuses be an inclusive and safe place, but are bent on making sure the campus is an unwelcome and unsafe place for anyone who doesn’t show unconditional support for students’ sanctioned orthodoxy”.
China’s Red Guards believed ‘they had to wipe out the past”. They traveled China “eradicating” anything that represented the past – old customs and cultures, museums, temples, shrines, tombs and yes, statues. One of the worst destructions took place at the Ming Dynasty tombs which were desecrated and all the remains of the emperors burned. Wall Street Journal’s Peggy Noonan wrote: “When a nation tears down its statues, you tear down avenues of communication between generations”.
Like many Americans, I never imagined we would witness any events that might parallel China’s cultural revolution of the 1960s that was a dark chapter in their history. The so-called “legitimate violence” from the radical left like Antifa has fueled a violent response from far right groups and disappointing support from the left-leaning media and some Democrats.
The essay concluded with this admonition: “Let’s never forget that evil can come from the pursuit of progress. America’s Cultural Revolution is endangering the Republic we hold dear. To preserve it we have to find the energy of a common national sentiment and reaffirm the uniformity of principles that once united us as Americans”. We should duplicate the unity, love and respect similar to the response to Hurricane Harvey and its devastating effects.