The Birthday Leftists Would Rather Celebrate: Mao Zedong’s

The birthday of Jesus Christ is not a happy event for our liberal overlords, as exhibited by their ongoing campaign to purge the culture of Christmas. In contrast, the birthday of communist dictator Mao Zedong is enthusiastically celebrated by fellow travelers at NBC. NewsBusters transcribes an appalling CNBC video report:

Now that Christmas is over, in China, fans of Chairman Mao Zedong are celebrating the birth of a man who they believe to be their savior.

December 26 is the 120th birthday of the founder of the Peoples Republic of China. People here are marking the occasion by eating birthday noodles, singing revolutionary songs, and in fact one city actually erected a golden jade Mao statue worth $16 million. …

The government is cracking down on extravagance and has ordered that festivities this year be toned down [yeah right]. That’s disappointing diehard Maoists who believe that this day should be as big a holiday here as Christmas is in the United States.

To put this blatant ChiCom government propaganda in perspective, let’s keep in mind that of every satanic tyrant in history, Mao Zedong dwarfs the competition, having killed 70 million of his fellow Chinese. Not even Stalin can compete with Mao’s stats, leave alone pikers like Hitler and Castro.

By indulging in the blasphemy of equating Jesus Christ with arguably the most evil human being to have ever lived, the moonbats at NBC treated themselves to the exhilarating thrill of being at the cutting edge of leftist lunacy.

The New York Times joined the holiday festivities with a piece headlined, “Happy Birthday, Chairman Mao.” But at least the Slimes managed to temper liberal adulation of this fiend with a nod to reality:

To mark the birth of Mao Zedong 120 years ago on Thursday, Dec. 26, statues of the revolutionary leader will be washed throughout the country, Chinese media reported.

Stamps will be issued, books published, documentaries broadcast, photographic exhibitions staged, “red songs” sung, Mao-themed calligraphy displayed, seminars and speeches held, [blah blah blah] …

Yet Chairman Mao’s legacy is controversial, even if many ordinary Chinese are deeply proud of the 1949 revolution and revere him.

Why anyone would revere a monster who killed 70 million of their countrymen while subjecting the rest to conditions they barely survived in the name of malevolent collectivist ideology is left unexplained. As for why there is a little controversy, the Slimes confesses,

At the heart of the ambiguity is Mao’s legacy as a leader who is seen by ordinary Chinese as freeing China from foreign influence and class oppression, but who also made “mistakes,” as the state-run Global Times wrote on Monday. Those included the persecution and deaths of millions of people in political campaigns that began in the 1950s and lasted into the early 1970s. After Mao’s death in 1976, the government declared him “70 percent right and 30 percent wrong,” an oft-used Chinese formulation.

The Slimes appears to endorse the 70-30 formulation. Yeah he killed far more people than any other tyrant in history, but he advanced oligarchical collectivism, just like everyone at the shady Gray Lady, so he was mostly good.

At least that’s better than NBC’s 100-0 formulation, which boils down to, “Genocidal communist tyrants are like totally awesome!”

CNBC does its part to promote the Great Leap Forward.

On tips from Mr Mentalo and Cristina dO. Cross-posted at Moonbattery.

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