North Korea And China, Cut From The Same Cloth

North Korea And China, Cut From The Same Cloth

The leadership of a state has a definite correlation to the policies put into place and the ideologies of the government.
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China and North Korea have their differences as nations, of course.

Yet, the two communist countries bear striking similarities to one another during their most formative years, including their relationship with the now debunked Soviet Union, nationalistic pride stemming from Japanese occupation, and, most importantly, their heads of government. The leadership of a state has a definite correlation to the policies put into place and the ideologies of the government.

Mao Zedong, the Chairman of the Communist Party of China, and Kim Il Sung, the supreme leader of North Korea, are two similar political figures. Even considering their early lives, before they became infamous rulers, we can take note of the parallels.

For example, Mao was born to a moderately well-off family of farmers. Though they lived in a rural area, he had the privilege of attending school and receiving a formal education. Kim also lived in a small village and was born to a family of relatively affluent farmers. Kim was fortunate enough to also obtain a formal education. There, like Mao, he rejected the traditions and teachings of older generations, leaning toward Communist ideologies.

As the two aged and developed their beliefs, they became increasingly involved in political activity.

Kim Il Sung joined a small organization of Marxists with less than 19 other men, resembling Mao’s involvement in a group of Chinese communists consisting of only 13 men.

Both leaders became active guerilla fighters, which resulted in their rises to power. Mao Zedong was extremely effective in his guerrilla-like tactics, allowing him to fend and fight off the Japanese. The North Korean ruler was, likewise, a part of guerrilla movements to fight Japanese invasion and occupation in Manchuria.

Seen as fierce, loyal fighters for their countries (and communism), Mao and Kim were chosen by the Soviet Union to be at the helm of leadership. This decision was echoed in the support from the general population. They ruled with heavy nationalistic sentiments and a fully-loaded state propaganda machine.

The cult of personality surrounding both Mao Zedong, of the People’s Republic of China, and Kim Il Sung of the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea had a tremendous amount of influence on the shaping of their respective countries that continue to echo generations later.

Mao’s resulted in fanatic followers that terrorized and slaughtered thousands in his name. Additionally, the creation of a book of his quotes was released to the population, emblematic of propaganda. Kim’s resulted in heavy brainwashing of the population; he took on the identity of a god. His birthday is referred to as the day of the sun.

However, it should be noted that during these years, the two countries have had their distinct differences in many areas, such as economic development and social change, for example.

Presently, with tensions between the capitalist and imperialist United States and North Korea rising, China has been forced to be the moderator between the two nations. The People's Republic of China now faces a difficult decision—maintain an ideological ally in the growing capitalist East or lose millions in trade.

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I'm Sick Of Politics Taking Over The Entertainment Industry

Leave the political analysis to the reporters.
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People watch the news to learn about current events and form political opinions, then they watch talk shows and other forms of entertainment to relax and enjoy the program. Mixing these two worlds is, quite frankly, annoying. I understand that there are shows such as "The Today Show," and "The View" which I enjoy very much.

These programs flirt with the lines of mixing current events and entertainment. However, what I don't want is to turn on Jimmy Kimmel and feel like I'm watching CNN.

With our country being as polarized as it has been, we should not be making it worse by having politics shoved down our throats every time we try to watch a current show or movie. This is especially true since Hollywood is overwhelmingly liberal. Even in the cable news cycles, there are options; for each political ideology for late-night television and even modern sitcom, there is only one ideology and that is LIBERAL LEFT.

This is not to say that one side is better or worse than the other, however, if the entertainment industry is attempting to take on politics too, then shouldn't there be some sort of ideological diversity?

In times of political and social hostility, some people enjoy a safe haven away from politics. It would be nice to get away from the partisan news cycles for a few hours and watch a movie, or binge your favorite sitcom, however, with Hollywood's agenda that is simply not possible anymore.

I don't understand the push for having a political undertone in everything that is aired recently. It is not relevant and it is making our country more hostile towards one and other because not only are viewers getting upset over conflicting opinions on sensitive topics but, we are also being forced to hear about it at every point of the day. The average person should be able to choose if they want to watch the news or entertainment television.

I am the type of person who watches the news daily. I enjoy knowing what is going on, however, even I need a break every now and then. The entertainment industry should stick to entertaining and leave the political analysis to the reporters.

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10 Ridiculous Quotes From Politicians

10 silly things politicians have said.
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I’m sure we have all watched the news or read an article, especially in the last couple of years, where we were shocked about what someone has said. The first thing that comes to my mind are the several crazy things said by President Trump. Anyone remember him talking about how sexy his daughter is and that he’d sleep with her if she wasn’t his daughter? I do! There are plenty of other crazy things politicians have said over the years. Let’s check them out!

1.) “I mean, you got the first mainstream African-American who is articulate and bright and clean and a nice-looking guy. I mean, that’s a storybook, man.”-Then Senator Joe Biden on then Senator Barak Obama when first running for president

2.) “We did not have a terrorist attack on our country during President Bush’s term.”-former White House Press Secretary Dana Perini

3.) “I think that gay marriage should be between a man and a woman.”-California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger

4.) “These broads are millionaires, lionized on TV and in articles about them, reveling in their status as celebrities and stalked by griefparrazies. I have never seen people enjoying their husband’s death so much.”-Conservative pundit Ann Coulter, on 9/11 widows who were critical of the Bush administration

5.) “When the President does it, that means it’s not illegal.”-Richard Nixon, in a 1977 interview with David Frost

6.) “The concept of global warming was created by and for the Chinese in order to make U.S. manufacturing non-competitive.”-2012 tweet by President Donald Trump

7.) “A lot of people who go into prison straight-and when they come out, they’re gay.”-Ben Carson

8.) “Outside of the killings, DC has one of the lowest crime rates in the country.”-former mayor of Washington, D.C. Marion Barry, 1989

9.) “By integrating women into particularly military institutes, it cripples the readiness of our defense.”-Delaware GOP Senate nominee Christine O’Donnell, 1995

10.) “I would hope that when a woman goes in to a physician with a rape issue, that physician will indeed ask her about perhaps her marriage, was this pregnancy caused by normal relations in a marriage or was it truly caused by a rape.”-Idaho Senator Chuck Winder, 2012

Sometimes it’s funny to hear about the ridiculous things politicians say. However, pay close attention to exactly what they are talking about because they may be more than just stupid words. Words have meaning and the people who say them could have a huge effect on what can happen afterwards. Politician or not, you should always be careful when speaking. You could offend someone, say something you don’t mean, or cause a chain reaction that could lead to some unwanted consequences.

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