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National emblem of the People's Republic of China

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The article above doesn’t give a complete picture of China.  It is, however, a salient one.

There are MANY who would lead us to believe that China is an emerging power; an emerging SUPER power.

In 2009 the population of China was pegged at 1,331,460,000!    That is almost four times the population of the U.S.  It’s ludicrous that they are NOT a power already.

Why is China soooooo backward?  Why do so many of it’s people live in squalor?  Why after what 5000 or so years of “civilization” are they playing catch up?  They have had a HUGE head start.

Well in my not so humble opinion for the vast majority of Chinese history, the Chinese people were chattel.  Not much has changed.   Their system is oppressive. and has been for a REALLY LONG TIME.  As such, China is a threat.  It’s a society that does NOT share our values.  It is a government that regards its people as tools.

What do their leaders think of us?  How do they regard our society?  Well, if they see their own people as tools, I can’t imagine they think very highly of us.   Given their trade practices, of which I have some personal experience, they don’t respect us.

I think it’s time our relations with China reflect the reality that they are NOT our friends.   Maybe enemy is not the right word either.   Maybe it is.


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There is much speculation on the real impact of Bin Laden‘s death. How will Al Qaeda manage without him? Will current plots stall or be sped up? Will budding terrorists be inspired or deflated? Who knows?

The answer is probably YES! Any which way an individual or organization could react will happen somewhere by someone. These are events out of our control.

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The most colorful personage to appear on the political scene in decades is quite obviously Donald Trump.   The Donald has been making A LOT of noise recently about a run for the presidency and maybe more importantly, why the Obama presidency is failing.

I’ve never been a big fan of  “The Donald,” however, I find myself listening intently when he speaks of our relations with China, OPEC and the world at large.

Walter E. Williams professor of economics at George Mason University

In the article above, esteemed economist, Walter E. Williams asks, “Why do Egyptians do well when they move to the U.S. but not in their own country?”

The article linked above is worth a solid read.  It is not that our system is entirely unique.  It is that our system has been the most accessible to anyone who could by hook or crook come here.

The redistributionist mentality ignores these simple truths over and over.  They decry economic inequity and clamor for social justice.  And their solution is ALWAYS punish those that are doing things right and well.

The recent news from Egypt makes a lot of noise over freedom and democracy.  However, Mr. Williams makes the case that unless property rights can be established and protected, there is little chance the Egyptians can truly enjoy the benefits of liberty.  Property rights (for others of course) are not a high priority in the progressive mentality.

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True economic, political and religious freedom OR Islamic tyranny

It’s very hard for me to reconcile the idea that a dictator can be a good friend to us and not so good a friend to his own people.

This is where George Bush showed courage and dared “go where angels fear to tread.”

In no small measure, the attack on Iraq was a statement by the U.S. that we would not forever suffer oppressive leaders because they provided stability.    Saddam’s hatred of the “persians” as he referred to the Iranians was no secret.  He was tolerated for many years because he was considered a stabilizing counter to Iran.

Bush said no more.  Saddam was a brutal dictator, a threat to his own people and a menace to the world.   Saddam was given many opportunities to capitulate.  He chose otherwise.

Saddam was overthrown, tried and executed and the people of Iraq began the harsh and difficult path to self governance.  They have had their share of setbacks (many, brutal) yet, free elections take place and their fledgling government  is beginning to function.  To say it is imperfect is a vast understatement.  However, history shows that once people get a taste of freedom and self governance, they can be quite intolerant of moving backward.

As it stands now, the military has taken charge in Egypt.  We hope, those men in charge will keep it together until a new government can be formed and a path to democracy can be laid.   The main problem, as I see it, is that very few of these people understand how quickly it can all go so very bad.  The people of Iran ousted the Shah, another awful, horrible man.  There was joy not unlike the Egyptians feel today.  But the regime which took his place is in many ways worse.  The Iranian people remain oppressed by a new set of leaders.  I don’t think that is what they were shooting for.

We don’t know what is going on behind the scenes at the Obama White House.  I’m sure that the “Community Organizer” Obama is “one with the people” and
“power to the workers,”  and all that lefty sentiment.  On the other hand, President Obama, who has kept Guantanamo open, pursues terrorist with unmanned drones, and has asked for the extension of vital Patriot Act provisions sees the situation differently.  Unfortunately, his double mindedness has sent confusing messages abroad to both friend and foe.   I for one believe he is conflicted.  Maybe, just maybe, he is starting to see the world as it really is, with all its perplexity and peril.  Maybe countries won’t be our friends and sing Kumbaya with us just because we talk nice to them.   I really don’t know.  I speculate.

In the meantime, at a critical juncture in world history, U.S. leadership has failed to lead in any meaningful way.  Turn down your lights America.   The “shining city on the hill” is a much, much dimmer.


Glorious past, dismal present, uncertain future.

How is it a people with such a magnificent past find themselves in such a wretched condition?

Probably a few large tomes could attempt to answer that and still be incomplete.

My own feelings about Egypt and the whole middle east are a  mixture of anger, confusion and sadness.

How  long will these peoples endure leaders who oppress them?  How long will they continue to believe the lies that all their problems are because the tiny state of Israel exists?  How can they continue to accept that they are poor and hungry because others are not?

When will they demand freedom and pay for it with their OWN blood like our forefathers did over 200 years ago.  When will they GROW up and accept the mantle of self determinism, self reliance and personal accountability?

I don’t know what to fully make of the events in Tunisia, Egypt and likely, soon, many other countries throughout the middle east.  I fear that the “solutions” seized upon in fear and passion will not improve matters.  But I can say this, the people of Egypt and all middle eastern nations deserve better governments and leaders.  They deserve to have a chance at making a fair living and raising their children in peace.  They deserve a chance to be educated and participate in the weighty decisions that rule their lives.  They deserve their chance at the rewards and responsibilities of freedom and self determination.  I hope our foreign policy is aligned to these goals.  I’m not at all sure it is.

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