In an opinion column called ‘China is serious about its direction. Why aren’t we about ours?’ ultra-liberal Washington Post columnist Eugene Robinson wrote the following. It is excerpted here, with my comment after each excerpt.
Robinson wrote: China, for better or worse, is a serious country. The United States had better start acting like one. Comment: Uh, Mr. Robinson, the United States is a serious nation. It is unproductive media liberals like you who have ruined us and made us non-serious, like teaching kids how to put a condom on a banana in our horrible Democrat-controlled public schools.
Robinson wrote: I got a glimpse of the future Wednesday in the vast ballroom of a Washington hotel where hundreds of august dignitaries — and some journalists as well — gathered at a luncheon in honor of Vice President Xi Jinping, who is widely expected to become China’s top leader after a year-long transition. Comment: If a ‘glimpse of the future’ is entertaining a communist dictator, then we know what kind of person Robinson is. China is a backward, uncreative, mimic nation that operates 100% on Western/American technology, much of it stolen. This is not a “glimpse into the future”. It is a glimpse of a thieving, oppressive plutocracy.
Robinson wrote: It is useful to remember that the country we now think of as a trillion-dollar creditor and the manufacturer of iPads was once a Maoist bastion, hermetically sealed against the capitalist influences of the Western world. Comment: Oh, sure, just a ‘Maoist bastion’. It is only the suppressing influence of publications like the Washington Post that have managed to bury China’s massively genocidal past. Robinson and his friends seek at every turn to avoid mentioning 60 million Chinese murdered under Mao. And one billion destitute citizens today. Just a slip-up, for sure.
Robinson wrote: Let me interject that this column will include quite a few Chinese names, which can be hard for English speakers to follow. Please make the effort. Comment: Yes, dear leader Robinson. We Americans are all so stupid! Please guide us so that we can better know glorious China!
Robinson wrote: Being an informed citizen of the world is increasingly going to require some level of comfort with Chinese nomenclature. Comment: Certainly… terms like “60 million murdered by the Mao regime” and “China is the worst international trade outlaw on earth”.
Robinson wrote: Xi’s father, Xi Zhongxun, once one of Mao Zedong’s lieutenants, fell out of favor and was persecuted during much of that era. Xi Jinping is part of a remarkable generation that survived the apocalypse of the Cultural Revolution; as a teenager, he spent long, hard years living in a cave in the poor, remote Shaanxi province. Xi fared better than the man considered his chief rival for power and influence in China — Bo Xilai, the Communist Party chief for the Chongqing metropolitan area, which is home to nearly 30 million people. Bo’s father, Bo Yibo, was one of Mao’s most trusted associates before being purged in the Cultural Revolution. The whole family was sent to a prison for five years, then to a labor camp for another five. Bo Xilai’s mother either committed suicide or was beaten to death. Comment: So there you go… Apocalypse? Why don’t you just say “genocide” so that we all understand, OK, Mr. R? And now, Mr. Robinson, you have just 59.99999 million more deaths to explain away after Bo Xilai’s mother. But we won’t wait for you to do it. You are too busy telling us how stupid we all are compared to Chinese greatness.
Robinson wrote: I recount this history because it helps me understand why the men — and a few women — now running China are the way they are: impatient to make up for lost time, pathologically wary of the slightest instability, tough, resourceful, adaptable, coldly unsentimental … Comment: No, sir, they are that way because they are vicious communists seeking to hold onto power.
Robinson wrote: There was an overall message, however. Xi referred to the U.S.-China relationship as “an unstoppable river that keeps surging ahead.” He was pointing out the obvious: For decades to come, the United States and China will be the world’s two biggest economic powers. We’re stuck with each other, like it or not. Comment: China is rising rapidly and competing with the US only because Robinson and the Democrat party have been undermining the American economy for decades.
Robinson wrote: China is a one-party state, but that does not mean there is no debate about the country’s direction. Xi is considered likely to keep the nation on its current path of free-market economic growth. His political adversary Bo Xilai advocates a more robust safety net to care for the millions who are being left out of the Chinese economic miracle. Comment: It’s OK, Mr. Robinson, say it! Say it! D-I-C-T-A-T-O-R-S-H-I-P! It’s OK! Come on, Gene, you can do it! And by the way, sir, the “Chinese economic miracle” refers to China using the capitalist principles that Democrats like you are seeking to obliterate here in the US.
Robinson wrote: Addressing the environmental cost of (China’s) rapid development will be an urgent task for the incoming leadership. China’s records on human rights and political openness are still abysmal. Comment: Ouch! A slight criticism of the mighty China! This must be very hurtful to the exalted Chinese leader from a usually reliable ally, an American liberal like Mr. Eugene Robinson with his endless slander of America!
Robinson wrote: These are serious questions, but Chinese leaders at least are grappling with them in a serious manner. But here in the United States? “We’re having the most frivolous of conversations — in an election year!” This assessment came from Jon Huntsman, a former ambassador to China who recently ended his bid for the GOP presidential nomination and who attended the lunch for Xi. We hear a lot of China-bashing on the campaign trail. Comment: There has been hardly any China-bashing. But to a liberal, one errant syllable about China is one syllable too many. And of course we Americans are obsessed with “frivolous” things like our economy! We are so dumb! Please make us better, Mr. Robinson!
Robinson wrote: What we’re not hearing is a serious debate about farsighted reforms that are needed to keep the United States from falling behind. Comment: What the heck is Robinson talking about? We hear about necessary reforms every single day from Republicans and conservatives – reforms to the tax system and to tax rates, reforms of Social Security, of entitlements, of wasteful spending on a gargantuan scale. Obama and the Democrats will have none of these reforms, however. And Robinson will write columns saying that we are not talking about them. Unbelievable…