It’s hard to imagine anyone being upset for being compared to the loveable, honey-eating, “stuffed with fluff,” occupant of the “Hundred Acre Wood,” Winnie the Pooh. Perhaps even more perplexing is someone having a fear of a blank piece of white paper (a branch of papyrophobia). Yet, these both describe Communist Party dictator Xi Jinping. To be fair, President Xi doesn’t actually have a “fear” of white paper, per se, but rather, for what that white paper stands.
What is it that drives this ever-increasing-in-power leader of the Chinese Communist Party (CCP), Xi Jinping, to hate on Winnie the Pooh and fear a blank, white page? The short answer is that dictators don’t laugh at themselves; they stay in power by terror and intimidation.
In a past episode of The Briefing, Al Mohler shares, “Winnie the Pooh is basically unwelcome in China, and that is because the current leader of China, President Xi Jinping has been protested against and depicted as Winnie the Pooh. Why? Because in profile and in the way he walks, at least some people think he looks like Winnie the Pooh.” Even though Japan’s former prime minister, Shinzo Abe, has been depicted as Eeyore and former President Barak Obama has been compared to Tigger, these friends of Christopher Robin haven’t been banned or exiled from these countries. Again, dictators neither laugh at themselves nor allow others to laugh at them.
But why fear a blank piece of paper? One Epoch Times article summarizes it this way:
The use of blank sheets of white paper is seen as a symbol of public discontent that everyone knows of but cannot express openly in an authoritarian state. Protesters previously used white paper during mass pro-democracy demonstrations in Hong Kong in 2019, a movement against communist China’s tightening control over the city.
Some also say the blank paper in protests is a reference to a political joke of the former Soviet Union: A man was distributing leaflets in Red Square, but was caught by the KGB. The KGB confiscated all the leaflets only to find that they were nothing more than blank sheets of paper. The KGB thought for a while and decided to still arrest the man, saying: “So you assume I don’t know what you are talking about?”
An amazing commentary piece which details some of the “blank paper revolution” happenings, written by a Chinese man in exile, can be read here.
Masses in China are using the blank white page to protest against the censorship and COVID-19 restrictions with which the Communist Party burdens them. It’s a symbol that EVERY American should recognize and appreciate; it represents free speech and the ability to use that speech to hold one’s government accountable for its actions. Think First Amendment. Can you imagine having a blank piece of paper ripped out of your hands or being arrested for holding one up? Dictators stay in power by terror and intimidation. Dictators silence the masses by removing pictures and words of opposition from social media, the public forum, and sometimes, even putting those who stand for their rights in jail on trumped up charges or no charges at all. Dictatorial persons or parties hate the inalienable rights given to every person by God and governments that have been put in place to protect those rights. They will do what they can to chip away at the First and Second Amendments in particular and a Constitutional Republican form of government in general. This is why globalists have planned and continue to work for the destruction of the United States and why those enemies within our nation have worked so hard to that same end.
For the sake of America and our children, don’t take your freedom for granted. Watch for dictatorial signs in our own country. Know your rights as an American citizen and exercise them, peacefully, according to the law. We are called to truth and reason. Keep in mind those words of Sir William Drummond, “He who will not reason, is a bigot; he who cannot is a fool; and he who dares not, is a slave.” In America, we are born free men; do not give up freedom for a perception of safety. There will always be those in authority (power) who are happy to create a crisis in order to convince you to make this perilous trade.
This is true for the world in which we now live, but there IS coming a day when judgment and justice shall prevail. The Christmas season reminds us that, in speaking of Jesus, “For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counsellor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace. Of the increase of his government and peace there shall be no end, upon the throne of David, and upon his kingdom, to order it, and to establish it with judgment and with justice from henceforth even for ever. The zeal of the LORD of hosts will perform this.” (Isaiah 9:6-7)
Jesus IS the King of kings and the Lord of lords; all authority rests on Him and in Him. Our hope does not lie in any other government – not even the United States Constitution; our hope rests solely on Jesus Christ. Let us look forward to the Second Advent of Jesus, when He returns, and when the kingdom of the Lord Jesus Christ will be revealed in its fulness! No more messing with penny-ante dictators or corrupt(able) congressmen; instead, we can revel in a government established “with judgment and with justice from henceforth and even for ever”! And, dear Reader, you can be assured of these things for “the zeal of the LORD of hosts will perform this.” It’s a promise! It’s a done deal! Now that’s a Christmas present I can’t wait to be unwrapped.
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