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â€œPower comes from the barrel of a gun.â€ — Mao Zedong
Tennis legend Andre Agassi admitsÂ to having usedÂ Crystal Meth; Paris Hilton considers herself a role model for young girls; and presidential adviser and communications director Anita Dunn tells high-school students that the communist mass murderer Mao Zedong is one of the two people she â€œturns to mostâ€ for political guidance. And to think, not too long ago, baseball legend Dizzy Dean was considered a poor role model for using the word â€œainâ€™t.â€
The world may have changed immensely since the days of Dizzy Dean, but children and adolescents are still the same. They still need solid role models. They need something beyond themselves to reach for and to care about. And dare I say it? Yes, they need clear direction in choosing between right and wrong.
Dunnâ€™s message was an abdication of her responsibility, as an adult, to provide some of that direction.Â She owes the parents of that class an apology, and she owesÂ all Americans an explanation beyond the childish one sheÂ initially offered:Â “It was just a joke.” It is no joke to encourageÂ young graduates — who surelyÂ are not cognizant ofÂ the unspeakable atrocitiesÂ Mao committed — to revere and emulate theÂ most prolific mass-murderer in human history simply because heÂ â€œfollowed his own path.â€
No path is inherently good, just because it is your own.Â As parents, we strive to impress upon our children that there are always consequences for the choices they make; thatÂ all their choicesÂ ultimately impact not only the peopleÂ they love most, but many others as well.
There is also a deeper issueÂ to consider.Â The plague of multiculturalism that has blighted our history classes hasÂ created a generation unaware of the richness ofÂ their own nation’s history, and has left students desperate for worthy role models. Dunn advised the youngsters in her audienceÂ to fill that void with the philosophy of a barbaric dictatorÂ who butchered millions for the sake of his leftist utopian vision.
A vital question begs to be asked: WhyÂ didn’tÂ Dunn draw from the pool of heroes in American historyÂ to make her point? There seems to be only one possible answer:Â she didn’tÂ consider them to be as honorable, or as significant,Â as Chairman Mao.