Opening markets cannot magically transform totalitarian regimes into democracies — at least, not as long as the rulers maintain a stranglehold over civil society.
Absent the “all men created equal” and “government by the people” ideals of the United States, Confucius nevertheless encouraged respect for citizens by rulers, respect for the rulers by citizens, and respect for the individual duties given to each man to regulate his own actions, thus promoting peace and order for all. One might refer to Confucianism as a sort of benevolent Collectivism which, tragically, may have made the Communist victory in China easier than it would have been in a western Democracy.
I am writing these books so that Vietnam Veteranss can set their grand children on their knees and open the pages to an era, not of shame or failure, but of heroism, goodness, and Military victories, during the Vietnam War.
If past is prologue, we should all be alarmed by the wanton aggression of the Putin regime as it illegally annexes Crimea, as well as the impotence and fecklessness of the Obama Administration as it hems and haws over how to “punish” the emerging Russian super power with minor economic sanctions.
While Rockwell was doing a Michelangelo, his inspiration, FDR, was trying to figure out how to take down and re-build the United States Constitution. In FDR’s 1944 State of the Union Speech he schooled Americans on the virtues of big government.
The terrible mistake in this decision was that the very viruses, infections, and parasites that plagued them on the Mayflower, would be carried into another space where, again, they would dwell in close quarters.
The latest spittle in the face of Americans who remember the Vietnam Era, is the news that Fonda has been chosen to play Nancy Reagan in an upcoming film titled “The Butler.”