Nebraska Governor Issues Declaration About July

Nebraska Gov. Pete Ricketts speaks at a news conference in Lincoln, Neb., Friday, March 20, 2020. Gov. Ricketts asked lawmakers Friday for $58.6 million in emergency state funding to help pay for medical and cleaning supplies, tests, employee overtime and other expenses needed to respond to the new coronavirus pandemic as the number of Nebraska cases rose to 37. (AP Photo/Nati Harnik)

Gov. Pete Ricketts (R-NE) has recently issued a statement that has designated the month of July as “Victims of Communism Remembrance Month.”

This past week, the governor set up and hosted a proclamation ceremony that featured “Nebraskans familiar with communist oppression” which included  former State Senator Lydia Brash, a person whose family was forced to flee Ukraine in order to escape Soviet rule.

The press release sent out by Ricketts stated:

An estimated 100 million people died from political purges, religious persecutions, mass starvations, and other crimes against humanity carried out by communist regimes such as the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics (USSR) and the People’s Republic of China.

In his remarks, Governor Ricketts reminded Nebraskans of the hundreds of millions of people who continue to live under communist regimes that curtail freedoms and lack respect for human rights. The Chinese Communist Party, in particular, is holding ethnic Uyghurs in internment camps, violating the religious freedom of the Chinese people, and quashing political dissent in Hong Kong and elsewhere.

This past month, Ron DeSantis, the Governor of Florida, was endorsed and signed three bills that mandate that students in the state are taught about the evils of communism.

“The bill… expands our previous efforts in civics to add a requirement for the high school government class that students receive instruction on the evils of communism and totalitarian etiologies,” DeSantis stated. “We have a number of people in Florida, particularly southern Florida, who’ve escaped totalitarian regimes, who’ve escaped communist dictatorships to be able to come to America.”

“We want all students to understand the difference, why would somebody flee across shark-infested waters, say, leaving from Cuba to come to southern Florida?” DeSantis continued on. “Why would somebody leave a place like Vietnam? Why would people leave these countries and risk their life to be able to come here? It’s important that students understand that.”

Using social media accounts, Ricketts brought to light that the Chinese Communist Party is currently celebrating its 100th anniversary.

Recently, we have seen the Chinese President Xi Jinping don a Mao-style suit and proceed to deliver a propaganda laden speech that touts china’s plan for its military mobilization:

We must accelerate the modernization of national defense and the armed forces. A strong country must have a strong military, as only then can it guarantee the security of the nation… The people’s military has made indelible achievements on behalf of the Party and the people. It is a strong pillar for safeguarding our socialist country and preserving national dignity, and a powerful force for protecting peace in our region and beyond. 

On the journey ahead, we must fully implement the Party’s thinking on strengthening the military in the new era as well as our military strategy for the new era, maintain the Party’s absolute leadership over the people’s armed forces, and follow a Chinese path to military development. We will take comprehensive measures to enhance the political loyalty of the armed forces, to strengthen them through reform and technology and the training of competent personnel, and to run them in accordance with the law.

Published this past year in an op-ed from the Wall Street Journal, the former Director of National Intelligence John Ratcliffe stated that “resisting Beijing’s attempt to reshape and dominate the world is the challenge of our generation.” Ratcliffe also revealed that “China has even conducted human testing on members of the People’s Liberation Army in hope of developing soldiers with biologically enhanced capabilities.”

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