Letter: The Cultural Revolution
I read about the Cultural Revolution in China in the ‘50s that neighborhoods held “struggle meetings,” where the neighbors they randomly accused of being “capitalist running dogs” were made to kneel in front on a stage and they yelled at them for hours, sometimes just for wearing glasses.
Perhaps this is what our nation is coming to. The liberals will keep yelling at the Republicans until they accept the shame of being capitalists. In China, all people had to read from “Mao’s Little Red Book” only and wear the same blue clothing. Decoration and musical instruments were destroyed. Hair styles were prescribed and monitored. Children were encouraged to inform on their parents. College students were sent out to farm in villages. If someone cooked a chicken, the whole village knew it because no one had chickens.
Chairman Mao decreed that grass was bad, so everyone went out and pulled up the grass with their hands. I am afraid of my neighbors and friends and 50 percent of my country because I voted for Trump. I am waiting for all the socialists to take over and turn into Communists, taking away my suburban house and giving it to three families to live in. They will make me sleep in my own foyer. Then they will yell at me, and I will have to apologize for it.
Recently, I saw a travel show on PBS where the host rode a train through Vietnam wearing a Mao shirt. I was shocked and sickened. In China, any religion was stripped away, banned. The religion of worshipping the state was put in its place. Do we really want America to go there?
Beth Mink, Fishers