Skip to comments.America’s Red Guard
Posted on 10/05/2017 11:30:13 PM PDT by vannrox
During 1966, paranoia gripped Mao Zedong; he felt he was losing his power and influence in the Communist Party of China. To reassert his political presence, he announced a new Cultural Revolution and unleashed a paramilitary force of teenagers on the country, known as the Red Guard. It was their mission to destroy all bourgeoisie and Western influences in China and to restore the purity of the party that he led during the revolution and World War II. Wearing red armbands, red neckerchiefs, and continuously reading and reciting from a little Red Book of Mao quotes, the groups were in competition to see who could provide the greatest fanaticism in the restoration of the partys purity. They destroyed everything that didnt conform to Mao Zedongs personal vision of Utopia. In the effort to purge all Western influence, these teenage bands of thugs burned books and art, and destroyed archaeological treasures and antiquities. Anyone who resisted or refused to participate in the revolutionary fanaticism was humiliated in mock trials and forced to wear humiliating signs and dunce caps, proclaiming their reluctance to accept the Cultural Revolution. Those who refused to admit their guilt sufficiently were beaten and sometimes executed by the Red Guard.
One point five million were killed during the Cultural Revolution and untold millions more were imprisoned, tortured, lost their property, and humiliated publicly.
Like most staged government efforts, designed to influence public opinion, the Cultural Revolution produced the exact opposite of its intended purpose. The Red Guard created a distrust and fear of the government among the Chinese people.
Two years later, the military was called to put an end to the Red Guard; even Mao had to admit they were out of control.
In the United States, a movement is gaining momentum. It’s purpose is to purge the country of everything Social Justice Warriors of the Left disagree with. The latest victims of the Lefts strategy of destruction and reconstruction of America are the monuments to the soldiers and generals of the Confederacy. Presumably we will all be living in a perfect society when they are finished destroying the old and building anew in their personal images of Utopia. Bring them down, they scream, These men were evil slave owners.
Some of these Confederates were slaveholders, possibly 1%. However, the Civil War was not fought over slavery. The Emancipation Proclamation was a punitive effort against the Confederacy by Lincoln; it is important to remember, the Emancipation Proclamation only freed slaves in the states that were in open rebellion against the United Sates.
During the winter of 63-64, the Confederacy was braced for General Sherman to destroy Atlanta, the industrial center for the southern war machine, but in the North, there was no sense of victory. There were rumors of impending draft riots, throughout the North, like the ones during the previous summer in New York that left hundreds dead. From the Midwest, came rumors of a Pro-Southern clandestine paramilitary group, numbering over a quarter of a million, called the Order of American Knights, whose sole purpose was to overthrow the government of the United States and start a Western Confederacy.
The Western states were upset over not being allowed to ship their grain on the rivers and enraged over the price gouging of the railroads, whose owners lived in he Northeast. In their view it was the same northeasterners who provoked the war with their incessant calls for abolition. They were tired of the draft and wondered why their young men had to go die for a war that didnt concern them.
Gold soared to $250 an ounce, reflecting the lack of faith the public had in the government.
The people of the North were war weary and tired of the ever-growing casualty lists. The majority of Northerners were ready to sue for peace on any terms.
Horace Greeley, editor of the New York Tribune, predicted Lincolns loss in the upcoming presidential race, writing that 9/10s of Americans were, anxious for peace- peace on almost any terms- and utterly sick of human slaughter and devastation. Greeley wrote, We must have another ticket to save us from utter overthrow. Greeley was pushing for a stronger leader than Lincoln. His views were representative of the mood of the American public.
Lincoln was not only feeling heat from the Democrats who were allied with the South, but there was tremendous pressure from his own party loyalists as well. On August 24, 1864, Lincoln wrote at a cabinet meeting, This morning, as for some days past, it seems exceedingly probable that this administration will not be reelected. Then it will be my duty to so cooperate with the new president-elect as to save the Union between the election and the inauguration, as he will have secured his election on such ground that he cannot possibly save it afterward. The president had each member of his cabinet sign the note and filed it away.
Lincoln drafted a document calling for a peace commission to query the south for peace- with or without slavery-remember; this was after the Emancipation Proclamation. The Democrats nominated former Union General George McClellan, who had been fired by Lincoln twice for losing battles to Robert E. Lee. McClellan was against the abolition of slavery. He was considered to be the best man to negotiate for peace, with the South.
Currently, there are a few problems with the Social Justice Warriors and their hatred of the Confederacy. We might recall one of many examples that contradict the Lefts opinion of these men. It was a late night in North Georgia, on May 11, 1864. In a tent lit by coal oil lanterns, a man was about to be baptized. General Leonidas Polk, an Episcopalian Bishop, serving as a corps commander of the Army of Tennessee, the main Confederate Army in the western theatre, was conducting the solemn procedure.
The man being confirmed into the Episcopalian Church was Lieutenant General John Bell Hood, an oversize and handsome Kentuckian of thirty-three. At a certain point, General Hood was supposed to kneel, but his war wounds precluded normal procedures. His arm had been mangled at Gettysburg and a leg had been amputated at the hip during the battle of Chickamauga, ten months earlier.
General Hood grabbed his crutches and stood from his chair, when it was time to kneel. He told General Polk, if he couldnt kneel, he would stand and bow his head.
General Hood was received into the church while 150,000 men slept on the hills around him, awaiting the morning and the opening salvos of the final and one of the most-bitter fought campaigns of the American Civil War,
Why General Hood requested the baptism will never be known. Hood might have wanted to take communion with the beautiful socialite, from South Carolina, with whom he was carrying on a volatile love affair or he might have figured it was time to get right with the Lord. The reason is lost, but within two months General Polk was nearly severed in two by a cannonball and the young Christian General Hood was poised to march the Army of Tennessee and the Confederacy itself into the battles of Atlanta and Nashville and on into the oblivion of time.
Hood, Grant, Sherman, Thomas, Lee, Johnston, Jackson and all the rest marched into the mists of time, to disappear forever, but for a while they ruled the earth. Probably no armies ever assembled would have wanted to march against them. They were giants on the field of battle, and they were the ones who formed the mystique of our military traditions. It was their grandsons who marched into WWI and II, Korea, Vietnam, and the Middle East. No one else admits it, but it is these men and their armies that young boys admire and emulate. It is these men who set the bar of courage for those who wear the uniform, and of course the Left wants to erase all traces of this tradition as the basis for the undaunted courage of our troops today.
Where else can our young men look to for the courage and willingness to face hardship in the face of unspeakable horror? Once this influence is defaced, demeaned, and withered away our military will have fewer giants of history to look up too. Unless the tale is told, the sun will not shine as brightly and the heroic grandeur of our great great grandfathers will be ground into the dust and forgotten.
My two permanent party duty stations in the United States. Fort Hood and Fort Polk.
“However, the Civil War was not fought over slavery.”
I agree with the Red a Guard analogy.
But, “However, the Civil War was not fought over slavery.” This discredits you.
The Civil War due to slavery and only slavery.
I think it’s a bit more complicated than that. Perhaps slavery was the reason the Confederacy came into being, but the Union was simply fighting against secession, at least initially.
Basic at Ft Polk, AIT at Hood.
(snip) As the Confederacy entered its final days, the Missouri Confederates were amongst the last to give up the fight. Richmond fell on April 3, and General Lee surrendered the Army of Northern Virginia at Appomattox on the 9th, but still the Missourians would not lay down their arms. This was due in part to the belief they would not be allowed to return to their homes in peace.
See also The Boat-Burners One of those sure he would not be allowed to return to his home in St. Louis was the convicted saboteur, Robert Louden. He had escaped from Union custody while being transferred from Gratiot prison to Alton prison during General Prices raid the previous October, but a death penalty still hung over him should he ever be captured again. After the war, Louden would claim that on the night of April 26-27 he engineered the most gruesomely spectacular strike any of Tuckers saboteurs ever attempted. Using another of Thomas Courtenays coal torpedoes, Louden said he had snuck aboard the Sultana at Memphis and deposited the bomb in the coal piles near her furnace. Shortly after leaving Memphis, Sultanas boilers exploded, resulting in the deaths of over 1,700 Union POWs returning to their homes from southern prison camps.
Jefferson Davis, having escaped from Richmond before its fall, tried to make it to the Trans-Mississippi to continue the fight. Union troops were in hot pursuit of the rebel President- without-a-capital. Dispatched to help in the hunt was the famous detective, Allan Pinkerton. He was also instructed to see if he could track down Tucker, Louden, and their colleagues. Pinkerton reported back to Washington on June 6, 1865 rumors both men were on the move. Circulars were dispatched as far away as California alerting Union authorities to keep a close eye out for them. ---- http://www.civilwarstlouis.com/History2/tuckerswar.htm
Both of you are wrong, AND, both of you are right.
Basic at Fort Leonard Wood, AIT at Fort Huachuca.
It’s unfortunate that a secondary comment about the Civil War is the focus of discussion (both in the article and the posts). It is a sidetrack that misses a much more important point.
We are seeing a very real attempt across academia to create a cultural revolution here. There are real and continuous attempts to stifle our inherent rights to speech, press, assembly and religion. To control what is permissible to think and enslave our minds.
On campus, and increasingly in the media accusations of “offensive” are used as a club. A deliberate attempt to deny the ability of those who do not wish to tow the current leftist party line to share ideas that do not conform.
These are our inherent liberties that are at stake. I wish we would focus on that. Sorry for the rant, but you all struck a nerve.
Nearly every teacher in this nation ( Pre-K through university graduate school) was trained by godless Marxists in Marxist-run colleges and universities. This is true for both private and government schools.
Scary! ....But few conservatives make this threat a priority.
The fall of Atalanta was a watershed event in US history. After Atlanta the war became unpopular in the South and everyone knew what the final out come would be. Lincoln won the ‘64 elections as a result.
Except Lincoln himself said the war was not about slavery. Rewriters of history like you are dangerous people.
If that’s the case, why no Emancipation Proclamation in 1861? Of course, the Lincoln lovers will say there was no “political will” for it, but had slavery been the central cause of the North’s aggression, freeing the slaves should have been the first action of the Lincoln Administration, before the call up of troops and the invasion of Virginia.
True that !
Just a few years ago, NEA was offering copies of Saul Alinsky's book, "Rules for Radicales" to members
and encouraging its implementation in the classroom.
Is there any wonder why Ayers and other Marxist radicals went into education as a career choice - to further the revolution!
“The Civil War due to slavery and only slavery.”
Only to liberals. You don’t know history to say such a thing.
The dumbing down of America on display.
It doesn’t seem right to look back and say it was only about slavery. A Southerner at the time would say they were fighting off the invaders. Before the Emancipation Proclimation a Northerner would say they were supressing a rebellion and trying to preserve the union. They considered Southerners traitors.
When we say it was about slavery we are assigning a modern simplistic interpretation to the event. There is nothing in the constitution that says the south could not break from the union. Remember the part about “in the course of human events”. How can it be said we are a free country when states are being held against their will? These are troubling questions people like to sweep under the rug by saying it was about slavery.
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