Nebraska Republican Governor Pete Ricketts took advantage of the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) celebrating its 100th anniversary to remind Americans what communism is all about by declaring July as “Victims of Communism Month.”
Mainstream media such as CNN, ABC, Reuters, The Economist, and Associated Press celebrated 100 years of the Chinese Communist Party on July 1, at a time when Marxist movements such as Black Lives Matter and Antifa are gaining ground in the United States. In contrast, the governor of Nebraska held a ceremony with victims of the Chinese regime and the Soviet Union to remind Americans how communists ideals are opposite.
“Communism derived from the theories of Karl Marx and it’s about class warfare and putting people against each other,” Ricketts stated. “And ultimately the goal is that everything is owned publicly.”
“This is opposite of what we do here in the United States,” the governor added.
Ricketts remarked that today, American society has increasingly embraced communism and socialism, forgetting the evils that these ideologies have caused in history. For the governor, it simply comes down to the fact that people have forgotten what communism is.
“For those on the left who don’t think communism’s a bad thing, go look at history,” the Republican said. “We can see case after case after case, and it’s one of the reasons I wanted to declare July as “victims of communism” month to really remind people of the horrible things that have happened under communism everywhere it’s been implemented.”
In his proclamation, the governor highlighted the 10 million Russians who died under Joseph Stalin’s “collectivization program” and the 45 million Chinese who died as a result of the “Great Leap Forward,” a kind of industrial revolution pushed by Mao Zedong causing all people to leave the countryside, move to the city to work in factories.
As a result of the move, the Chinese ran out of grain supplies and a great famine that lasted three years ensued.
However, according to the book that compiled the CCP’s history of slaughter, The Nine Commentaries on the Communist Party, estimates at least 80 million Chinese died of unnatural causes during China’s 60 years of communism, more than both world wars.
“People need to understand it is really fundamentally against what we stand for here in America. In America our aspirations are to uphold the individual and to allow for human flourishing. And that’s not what communism’s about,” the governor said.
During the ceremony, a Ukrainian woman introduced herself as a first-generation refugee born in the United States. She related how her family was shot in their homes during the Soviet invasion if they were educated. Her uncle, who was a teacher, was shot without question.
She is now a state legislator and treasures the United States, the freedom and opportunities the country provides.
“Communism takes everything away from you, not only your belongings, your property, your wealth, but it takes away your ability to express yourself, it takes away your ability to grow,” the legislator said.
A young Chinese man, who introduced himself as a practitioner of the Falun Gong spiritual discipline, recalled how when he was a boy, the regime decided to ban the practice in July 1999 because it had become “very popular.” His mother was arrested and taken to a concentration camp.
When he was only 11 years old, he saw how his neighbors, relatives, and teachers were taken from their jobs, homes, and even from the street by the police to be taken away. They were tortured, brainwashed and even killed to make them renounce their faith.
“As the CCP observes the 100th anniversary of Communism in China, we want to remember the victims of Communism … the victims today and the millions others who have suffered under Communism,” said Governor Ricketts.