Lushan 1959. The terrible Ifs Accumulate.
The overall moral character of the Chinese Leadership in 1959 reflected poorly on those people in that room, on that day. Rather, a strong sense of self preservation pervaded the atmosphere. A great moral failing. An inability to decide what was best for the Country. Cowardice. If one were to dwell on the subject for a moment, would not the character of China’s leaders in 1959 strongly resemble the moral character of those today? Ironically enough, one would like to call these people the Chinese version of America’s forefathers. But it doesn’t quite add up. George Washington was perhaps the wealthiest man in America in 1776. To date he still ranks as America’s wealthiest president. Did any of China’s leaders sacrifice as much? It seems most of China’s financiers and wealthy rather just fled to Taiwan, or Long Island. What if one person had stood up in that room, on that day, and called out Mao? You would be tempted to say, “Fontenot, stop thinking