Mao Tse Tung was born on December 26, 1893 in Hunan Province Southern China and grew up in the city of Shaoshan. He took part in the 1911 Revolution, joining a Hunan Militia regiment on the side of the revolutionaries, helping to topple the Qing Dynasty. Mao then left the militia regiment and returned to school. He graduated from the First Provincial Normal School of Hunan in 1918, studying under Professor ( and future father-in-law ) Yang Changji. He also studied at Peking University, and at a college in Shanghai. It was during his sojourn in Shanghai that he was introduced to Communist teachings and philosophies. He attended the first session of the National Congress of the Communist Party of China on July 23, 1921 when he was 27 years old. From 1931 to 1934 Mao established the Soviet Republic of China in the mountainous areas of Jiangxi, where his authoritative domination was challenged by the Jiangxi branch of the Communist Party of China and military officers. Mao reacted by accusing these opponents of kulakism and opportunism and began to systematically suppress them. Under Mao's orders, horrible forms of torture and killing were carried out against these people. (Previews of things to come, on a far larger scale.) Mao fought against the Japanese during World War II, on the side of, grudgingly, the Nationalist Kuomintang (KMT). Eventually, after the defeat of the Japanese and due to a series of military and diplomatic blunders on the part of the KMT and the United States, Mao Tse Tung gained control of Mainland China on December 10, 1949 after forcing the Nationalists led by Chiang Kai-shek to evacuate offshore to the island of Formosa (Taiwan).
The Mass Murders
Chairman Mao established the People's Republic of China in October, 1949.
From 1958 to 1961, Mao initiated the Great Leap Forward, the nationalization of industry and agriculture in China. Peasants were forced to produce iron and steel in backyard furnaces in an attempt to increase China's steel output. Farmland was confiscated and turned over to the Communist government to use as they saw fit. It is estimated that 30 million people were killed because of this insane policy of collectivization, with many deaths due to starvation and murder by the Communist revolutionaries, known as the Red Guard.
In August, 1966 Chairman Mao began the Cultural Revolution to reform the economics, education and politics of Communist China. Millions more people were murdered by yet another insane series of policies insitigated by Mao.
I find it amazing that anyone born and raised in the United States could admire someone like Mao. Imagine if some Republican or Conservative publicly stated their admiration for Adolf Hitler. The Left would scream and turn cartwheels and said Conservative would never see elected or appointed office for the rest of his life, and with good reason because Hitler was a butcher just like Mao. BUT, why is it seemingly acceptable for the Left to admire Mao, or Josef Stalin, or Che Guevara? Why is it that nobody bats an eye when Anita Dunn, the Obama White House's communications director, openly expresses her admiration for Chairman Mao to a group of high school students? The minions of Obama's inner circle seem to admire Communist mass murderers. The question is, why do they admire any mass murderers, Communist or otherwise? Why do they seem to think the teachings and policies of such people as Mao or Stalin should be implemented here in the United States of America? Do they really think Left wing butchers are somehow superior to Right wing butchers?