By Ouyang Fei
The Chinese phrase "zhengzhi" (politics) was created by the Japanese
people when they translated the English word "politics" into Chinese
characters, which was then indiscriminately copied into the Chinese language.
Dr. Sun Yet-Sen held the following view: "The word ‘zheng’ means public
affairs, and the word ‘zhi’ refers to management; therefore ‘zhengzhi’ [politics]
means managing public affairs."
However, in a Communist society, the meaning of "politics" has been
completely altered, and politics has found its way into every aspect of ordinary
people’s lives. One’s life has become a "political life." One’s thoughts
have become "political thoughts." Morals have also been turned into
"political consciousness." The phase "politics" originated
in the West, but the Chinese Communist Party’s (CCP) politics can never be translated
into its equivalent English. For example, the CCP’s propaganda puts great effort
into "raising [people’s] political consciousness," and all Chinese
people understand it right away what it means. However, when this is translated
directly into English, it does not make any sense at all to the Western people.
This is because the CCP’s "politics" is both an abstract and concrete
summary for "holding a highly unanimous view with the CCP." The CCP’s
so-called "political consciousness" means, in plain language, that
"one does whatever the Party wants him/her to do."If you want to expose
the CCP when it tells lies, to clarify the facts when it slanders you, or to
call upon people to help stop the persecution launched by the CCP, then you
are not in line with the Party and are deemed to have lost "political consciousness."
The CCP’s politics is everywhere, and it will not allow any political vacuum
in people’s lives. Therefore, when people step forward to safeguard their own
rights, the CCP will label this non-political action as "being political."
"Getting political" is rather a folk phrase, whereas the CCP’s official
language is "having ulterior political motives." Why they must add
the word "ulterior"? Because the people who step forward to oppose
the evil deeds of the CCP do not aim to take over the state power. Instead,
they only want to safeguard their basic legitimate rights, such as the rights
to freedom of speech and freedom of belief. Such pursuits absolutely have no
political motivation. So the CCP has to use the phrase "having ulterior
political motives" to condemn people by trumping up a charge. This way
the CCP can readily label people as "getting political" and brutally
Why is it that, once the CCP has labeled people as "getting political,"
it can then persecute them at will?
The reason is very simple. The political movements launched by the CCP, one
after another, have deceived people and then coaxed them, over and over again.
Moreover, the violence and brutality associated with these movements have changed
the Chinese people from being political fanatics to being indifferent to politics.
They resent politics, try to avoid politics, and have become unconcerned about
politics. Nevertheless, turning from one extreme to the other cannot help them
escape the CCP’s political absurd circle. It is just like sitting on a seesaw
– no mater which side you slide to, you are still sitting on the seesaw. However,
such a mentality has allowed them to become completely obedient politically,
which has also enabled the CCP to label all matters concerned with pursuing
basic human rights and seeking justice as "getting political."
Over a period of decades, people have formed a fixed pattern in their mind
about the CCP’s political persecution of people, which is that if the CCP persecutes
you, you have to endure it and wait until you are redressed by them and wait
for being grateful for the redress. Because the CCP is the forceful power, you
cannot and should not even talk to the CCP about your rights. If you do not
go along with this pattern and want to resist the persecution and expose and
stop the evil deeds of the CCP, then you have gone beyond the wildest imagination
of the people who beg to live under the rule of the CCP. Therefore, you must
be "getting political."
Once you are regarded as "getting political," the nature of things
change and people’s consciences become twisted. The false concept of "getting
political" is like a magic potion that can distort the fundamental criteria
people use to judge right from wrong. Regardless of how crudely the CCP is persecuting
the innocent, how mean their tactics are, and how despicable their actions are
and as long as one is believed to "have touched politics" under the
definition of the CCP, those who have become confused by the concept of "getting
political" would refuse to feel sympathetic towards the victims and refuse
to condemn the perpetrators. Instead, they would turn around and criticize the
victims and any effort to help and support the victims. It is as if "getting
political" is even more frightening than the CCP’s killing people.
Such a "twisted conscience" is exactly what the CCP wants. In a way,
we can say that labeling someone as "getting political" has become
a most vicious weapon used by the CCP to incite people during the "political
desolate time" to ignore the CCP’s atrocity.
Is "getting political" that frightening? We can see that it is precisely
because of the continued calls for justice from Falun Gong practitioners and
their supporters, as well as their global peaceful appeals, protests, truth-clarification,
and lawsuits against those chief culprits in the persecution that the CCP’s
brutality is effectively restrained. The CCP has paid-off some media entities
with money and benefits to keep silent in the face of the CCP’s crimes against
humanity, and some media have even helped the CCP spread its lies. In contrast,
the newspapers, TV station, and radio network created and run by Falun Gong
practitioners have enabled the truth about Falun Gong, the unprecedented brutal
conduct of the CCP in its persecution of Falun Gong practitioners, and especially
the evil harvesting of organs from living Falun Gong practitioners to be exposed
worldwide. This has effectively restrained the CCP in their unscrupulous evil
During their nearly eight-year-long anti-persecution efforts, what Falun Gong
practitioner have been doing is no more than clarifying the truth, exposing
the evil nature of the CCP, and trying to put an end to the persecution. Falun
Gong practitioners have no political agenda. As cultivators, they endeavor to
let go of any attachment to power in human society. We can see that the CCP’s
theory about "getting political" has misled people into giving tacit
consent to or blindly chiming in with the CCP’s attack and slander against kind
people. Moreover, this has also become a huge obstruction for people to know
the truth about Falun Gong. The Nine Commentaries on the Communist Party have
thoroughly revealed the evil nature of the Communist Party. It has also set
off a huge wave of quitting the Communist Party, enabling people to get out
of the CCP’s "politics" and to completely step out of the twisted
political circle of the CCP, so that they can return to a normal way of thinking
and a normal life.
If the CCP insists on saying that people’s anti-persecution efforts and their
efforts to dissolve the CCP and its Party Culture are "getting political,"
then isn’t it true that the more people engage in such "getting political"
activities the better? Isn’t it true that such an act of "getting political"
is completely doing away with the CCP’s Party politics that constrain and persecute
innocent people? Therefore, why not to "get political" in a dignified
manner. Once the CCP is gone, the "Party politics" will completely
disappear as well, and people will regain their normal ability to distinguish
right from wrong. Isn’t this a great thing?
February 26, 2007
Posting date: 2/Mar/2007
Original article date: 26/Feb/2007
Category: Open Forum