“Politics is war without bloodshed while war is politics with bloodshed.” This is a quote attributed to the historic and murderous dictator of China, Mao Zedong. Known simply as Chairman Mao, he ruled China from 1949 until his death in 1976. (I was born in 1942 and recall those years all too well.)
He was a brutal leader of the People’s Republic of China. One line from Wikipedia summarizes his brutality. “Mao was responsible for 40 to 70 million deaths through starvation, prison labor and executions, ranking his tenure as the top incidence of excess mortality in human history.”
Mao understood the difference between politics and war was separated by a fine line. That line was one he crossed many times during his rule. When his politics did not accomplish what he wanted he went to war on his own people.
In America, today we lack for politicians of any political affiliation who seem to put the country and our people first. The line between politics and war has grown fuzzy. While we are still a long way from Mao’s China, it is time for focus and compromise.