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America Keeps Burning, as Joe Biden and His Corporate Buddies Fiddle
America’s leaders are truly sowing the seeds of our own destruction by failing to rise to meet the challenge of our greatest modern enemy, China.
The Roman Empire didn’t end with a bang. It was a centuries-long whimper. When it comes to America and China, our whimper began twenty-three years ago. Will anyone rise up to quiet that whimper and reverse course before we are too far down the road of decline? Donald Trump certainly began to fight back against China with his trade policies and even secured a small, but important partial victory with his Phase One trade deal with China signed on January 15, 2020. Unfortunately, China made sure that victory didn’t last when it unleashed the Wuhan virus shortly (as in five days later) thereafter on the West, thereby greatly increasing the odds their nemesis Trump wouldn’t win a second term, as his strong economic record got shattered by the pandemic. In what could only be amazing coincidence, his rival, Joe Biden, just so happened to be a guy whose family had received millions from Communist Chinese front companies over the previous decade. Hollywood couldn’t script a more dastardly compelling script if it wanted to. Even if you aren’t buying what I’m selling here, you have to admit the coincidences are jaw-dropping.
Let’s review that last twenty-three years vis-a-vis China.
1. Stealing Our Jobs, Technology, and Intellectual Property
In search of cheap labor and products and access to a billion person market, our political and corporate leaders made the egregious and naive mistake of believing
“free trade" would turn China away from being a Communist country when it allowed that country into the World Trade Organization in 2001. China immediately began stealing our jobs and factories—in some cases literally bolt-by-bolt and beam-by-beam, which devastated the Rust Belt states of Michigan, Ohio, and Pennsylvania. It required U.S. companies opening plants in China to share their technologies with Chinese “partners," leading to those partners opening competing factories down the road offering the same products for lower prices. Finally, China routinely ignored U.S. patents and sent billions of dollars worth of counterfeit goods across the globe. “Free” apparently meant China was free to do whatever the hell it wanted without suffering real consequences. It certainly wasn’t free to Americans.
As I’ve detailed, China’s mercantile trade policies destroyed countless rural counties in America leading to a loss of jobs, people, and hope.
2. Pushing Fentanyl Into the Veins of America
The loss of hope in community-after-community needed to be numbed.
We all know China is an uber-surveillance state with cameras on every corner and spies everywhere. Nothing happens in that country without the Communist Chinese government knowing. There is no plausible way China didn’t know and sanction the manufacturing and shipment of fentanyl to the Mexican drug cartels so those cartels could push that highly addictive and deadly drug across the porous Southern Border and into the transportation veins of America. This act represents an ironic reversal of the Opium War in which the British flooded China with opium in the 1800s, thereby hollowing out that country.
Today, with the death count reaching 1,000,000 and the devastation wrought in communities across America, the harm China and Mexico through their acts and omissions did to America likely exceeded their wildest dreams. We will lose 100,000+ Americans to fentanyl deaths annually for years to come. That is why I called for going to war with Mexico six years ago and I am pushing for Congress to limit the immunity of both countries so states and individuals can sue those countries for the intentional harm they did (like it did for 9/11 victims so they could sue Saudi Arabia). It isn’t a victory for the U.S. to get some unenforceable promise from China to SLOW the flood of fentanyl into America.
3. Releasing a Deadly Virus on the West
When the Wuhan virus escaped from the Wuhan Institute of Virology in Wuhan, Hubei Province, China, the Communist Chinese government immediately began both the coverup of its culpability (and Tony Fauci’s role) and the process to ensure it was not the only country crushed by the rapidly spreading and deadly virus. China immediately stopped all travel from Hubei Province to any other part of China. At the same time, however, it allowed and promoted international travel from Hubei Province to its primary competitors in the West (Europe and America) for two more months. That policy difference made NO SENSE and, in fact, is evidence of China’s malicious intent to push the Wuhan virus to America. After all, if your goal was to stop the spread of the virus, why would you not stop ALL TRAVEL to any location from Hubei Province? It would be like quarantining yourself from your spouse and kids at home to protect them, but going to work everyday.
Any clear-eyed view would see China’s action for what it was: an act of biological warfare—intentionally allowing a deadly virus to spread to your competitors and/or enemies.
As you know, the Wuhan virus shutdown America as it killed 1,100,000+ Americans, cratered our economy, closed our schools doing untold harm to our kids’ educations, and caused mental health issues for tens of millions. From before anyone else knew about the Wuhan virus to today, the Communist Chinese government has stonewalled investigations and destroyed evidence so the world can never know what exactly happened and put in place measures to ensure it does not happen again. Why would China do that unless it wanted to make sure the world couldn’t properly prepare for the next deadly biological virus?
Maybe I missed it, but I didn’t see one report out of San Francisco noting that Biden pushed Xi Jinping to get accountability for the Wuhan virus. Not one.
4. Aiding and Abetting Our Enemies
Across the globe, China is giving enormous aid to America’s enemies. They are in bed with Vladimir Putin and Russia in its war in Ukraine. They prop up the mullahs in Iran as they use terrorism against America and its allies. They abet Kim Jong Un in North Korea as he represses his people to fund his nuclear ambitions aimed at America. There frankly isn’t an American enemy in the world that the Communist Chinese government isn’t supporting.
To boot, we are entangled with Taiwan which China believes is part of its country and aggressively aims to bring under its control soon. Am I the only person confused by and deeply concerned with the prospect that we WILL NOT go to war against China over its fentanyl actions and its Wuhan virus attack that killed nearly 2,000,000 Americans, but we WILL to defend a tiny island just ninety miles off the coast of China that realistically we stand little chance of defending? As I’ve previously noted here and here, will Americans truly be willing to die for Taiwan?
5. Violating Human Rights Across the Board
If all of the above wasn’t enough, China violates human rights in China on a scale we’ve not seen in modern times, as it kills and imprisons the Uyghurs.
Sadly, none of the items above matter. Biden just rewarded Xi with a visit to America in which it is believed Xi got the better of Biden. Hell, the streets of San Francisco weren’t just cleaned of human feces and homeless people for him—China flew in a bunch of cronies to line the streets to cheer Xi and wave CHINESE flags. Excuse my French, but WTF??!?!?! That outcome isn’t surprising, as both our elected officials and corporate leaders prostrate themselves when it comes to China because, well, they must ensure our goods remain inexpensive and they continue to get access, limited as it is, to China’s billion-plus consumer market.
America’s leaders are truly sowing the seeds of our own destruction by failing to rise to meet the challenge of our greatest modern enemy, China. I don’t know about you, but, while I don’t want my kids to die defending Taiwan, I will gladly pay more for goods and grab a gun myself to defend America against China, as so many Americans did from 1945 to 1991 to fight the Soviet Union. Like we did with the Soviets, we must commercially disengage from and isolate China, build a military alliance to contain it, foment unrest within China via aggressive policies limiting Chinese access to America, and, for the love of God, stop with the anti-science idiocy of “green energy” policies that harm America and strengthen China. With polarization at record highs, rallying ALL OF AMERICA around the fight against China just might be the only thing that brings us back together (or at least a strong majority of us).
The clock is ticking on our window to change course. If we don’t do it soon, there will be no coming back for America and the West.