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Monday, March 23, 2020
The Chinese Virus And What It Means
I have hesitated to write anything about the Chinese flu epidemic up until now because, well everybody is writing about the Chinese flu epidemic. Frankly I'm still all but certain that whatever your humble correspondent writes here will become lost in all the surface noise, because thats what 99% of what is out there is, surface noise. So I'm going to be blunt about it. The reader can either take it at face value and consider it or get all offended by it. I don't really care. So here goes
GET YOUR HEAD OUT OF YOUR ASS AMERICA! This might be an epic struggle with a pandemic disease on the surface but beneath its immediate danger is an economic and ideological conflict the outcome of which will shape the remainder of this century and beyond.
Chinese government controlled companies have produced and sold to Americans: 1. Poisoned toothpaste. 2. Poisoned dogfood. 3. Poisonous dry wall. 4. Children's toys covered with lead paint. 5. Children's clothing that leached dangerous chemicals.
These were not simply accidents or quality control failures. They were tests to see what they could get away with and to see how we would react to such hidious crimes. We failed the test in that we have done nothing but wag a finger with one hand while signing off on more business dealings the other.
But all Twitter, FaceBook, the news media and global corporations are worried about are their ad revenues and profits from China so they not only won't block Chinese propaganda, they openly propagate it. It's as if the entire world has forgotten the terrible lessons of the 20th century. In hindsight we condemn those people and families and regimes that profited from dealing with Hitler's Germany, Mussolini's Italy and Tojo's Japan yet today we say virtually nothing about those profiting hand over fist by dealing with an equally venal Communist China.
THE WORLD AS A WHOLE NEEDS TO DISENGAGE FROM CHINA COMPLETELY! There is nothing they produce that we can't either make ourselves or obtain from other suppliers. There is no reason in the world we can't build clothing and small appliance etc. factories in Central and South America. This would not only help to disengage from China, limiting their economic and political reavh but would also help stem the flood of illegal immigrants who primary motivation is the lack of economic opportunity in their own countries.
The Chinese lie cheat and steal at every turn. And they get away with it because we don't punish them even when they get caught because some global corporation profiting in the billions, shoves millions of dollars into the pockets of politicians of both parties to block any initiatives to punish China.
They enslave their own people in huge labor camps to produce the cheap goods we buy, most of which aren't worth the boxes they come in or they wear out or break down in six months and we don't care because they're cheap. So we just throw it away and buy another one because we no longer have either the skill much less the desire to fix anything.
They imprison religious minorities in concentration camps including Muslims and Christians and virtually all of the Tibetan nation. They harvest human organs from prisoners against their will to sell them into the global black market. Again we turn a blind eye because well we're gluttons and drunks or we certainly have a relative or two that are and we or they just might need a new kidney or liver some day. All that's missing is the "Arbiet Macht Frei" sign over the gates.
This is of course only a partial list of China's economic crimes and crimes against humanity, but we are supposed to trust them to make such critical goods as our medicines and medical devices, our machine tools and equipment? We have left ourselves vulnerable to coercion and blackmail by the most racist, corrupt, inhuman,fascist nation of the 21st century. A brutal regime that openly states their determination to become the most dominant economic and military power on Earth. Have not heard and seen this before?
If nothing else comes out of this epidemiological disaster it should open our eyes to the folly of globalism that has been promoted by both parties and shoved down our throats by every President since Bush the elder. It should also be revealing to the politically naive why all of them so viciously opposed Trump and his America first agenda and still do so to this day.
We can either disengage and confront this 21st century fascist monstrosity or fall into the trap of fear, appeasement and the inevitability of a 21st century war, the survivability would be in serious doubt. At the risk of repeating myself, GET YOUR HEAD OUT OF YOUR ASS AMERICA!
Well that's my 2¢ worth on the Chinese virus crisis. Please feel free to agree, disagree, praise or condemn in the comments. But at least have an open enough mind to turn off the TV for awhile and think!