I submit for the reader to two famous quotations…… and one not so well known:
First, from Lord Acton: “Power tends to corrupt, and absolute power corrupts absolutely. ”
Second, from Mao Tse Dung: ” Political power grows out of the barrel of a gun.”
And a third quotation, from someone much less famous….( myself ): ” Liberalism is a character flaw desperately searching for a virtue to hide behind .”
Linking these three thoughts are a recent statement from the People’s Republic of China. On May 25th 2012, The State Council Information Office of the People’s Republic of China published a report titled “The Human Rights Record of the United States in 2011”. In it, the Communist government of China called the Second Amendment of the US Constitution a violation of human rights.
Quote: “The United States prioritizes the right to keep and bear arms over the protection of citizens’ lives and personal security and exercises lax firearm possession control, causing rampant gun ownership. The U.S. people hold between 35 percent and 50 percent of the world’ s civilian-owned guns……. The United States is the leader among the world’s developed countries in gun violence and gun deaths.”
Now mind you, this comes from the nation that gave us the Great Leap Forward and the Cultural Revolution. These two Maoist political campaigns alone resulted in the outright murder or death of over 83 million Chinese people in less than 20 years . 83 MILLION people.
So how is it that one of the bloodiest governments in world history ( Communist China ) , built upon the bloodiest of political philosophies ever devised ( Communism ) can even think to make such a statement? What kind of a mindset would allow someone to ever even consider making the connection? What kind of a thought process would lead someone to ignore the ghastly record of bloody violence in China while criticizing the human rights record of any other nation?
The answer is given to us by Lord Acton. China is a Communist dictatorship. The government has absolute power. Those holding the reins of power have had their minds, and souls, corrupted. It is only natural for the corrupted minds of that nation, to generate such corrupt rhetoric.
Which leads me to the third quotation: Liberalism is a character flaw desperately searching for a virtue to hide behind.
Make no mistake, Communism is a form of Liberalism. It represents the pinnacle of that most deviant family of belief systems, Socialism . And unlike it’s more muted sisters, Communism proudly and openly parades it’s intention to dominate and destroy. The recent load of propagandist garbage spewed forth from the cesspool that is the Chinese Communist government, is nothing more than an attempt to try and shift attention to others in the hopes that we will all ignore it’s ghastly record of slaughter and torture. Like the con artist using slight of hand to fool it’s target, the government of China hopes to con the weak minds of the world to look the other way. They are looking for something to hide behind.
Well, I for one, will not look away. The Atheistic-Communist mind is delusional. By it’s very nature it is sociopathically violent. And it is the foundation for the most bloody human tragedies in the history of man kind.
Which leads me to the second quote: ” Political power grows out of the barrel of a gun.” Mao was absolutely right when he linked the political power in a society and the power of the firearm. But his beliefs regarding firearms came from a twisted and delusional perspective. For Mao, firearms represented a means of achieving and wielding power. And his sociopathic nature would jealously insist that he and he alone would be in possession of that means to power. This is why he banned the private ownership of firearms.
Compare this to the perspective of our Founding Fathers. Long before Mao was a bad idea in the mind of his peasant father, these men came to an entirely different conclusion regarding this discussion of firearms and the proper focus of power in society. Our Founding Fathers wanted to make sure that the people had that power. They knew and understood that governments always end up abusing their authority. They knew that the surest check on governmental abuse was a well armed citizenry. Our Founding Fathers stood four-square on the side of the people, and human rights. The Second Amendment proves it.
This difference in intentions means we should fully expect those corrupt minds of Communist China to continue generating these kind of absurd pronouncements about human rights. They know that the only reason they came to power is because they had the guns to force their way into a position of dominance. They also know that if the Chinese people had those very same weapons, they would very likely not be in power any longer. They are paranoid and can not conceive of power in the hands of the people.
And this is why they are threatened by the people of the United States and our Second Amendment rights. The Second Amendment is a sharp thorn in their side. It is a shining example of what happens when power is placed in the hands of the people. And they know that the Second Amendment is an example of what the Chinese people could have . It is a clear and present threat to their power.
The Chinese Communists are terrified by the power the American people have as evidenced by their guns. We have lots of guns. Lots and lots and lots of them. They may have succeeded in stripping the Chinese people of their firearms.
Good luck trying to take ours.
( 1 ) “The Human Rights Record of the United States in 2011”, The State Council Information Office of the People’s Republic of China May 25 2012 http://www.nyconsulate.prchina.org/eng/xw/t935226.htm