Thursday, December 31, 2020

China has deep tentacles in the American economy - Andrea Widburg

 

​ by Andrea Widburg

It turns out that China owns outright or has large interests in a surprising number of well-known “American” brands – and that gives President Xi a say in things.

Back in the 1980s, the big fear was that Japan was buying up America. At the start of the third decade of the 21st century, the fear is that China is buying up America, a threat much more potent than Japan ever was. Unlike China, which expanded by building a better mousetrap, China’s reach is predicated upon Marxist expansionism, military and private-sector espionage, corrupt business practices, slave labor, and a large military.

Investing.com assembled a list of 76 American brands that China owns in whole or in part. (There are also companies that Hong Kong owns but China’s aggressive inroads in Hong Kong makes that something of a distinction without a difference.) Here are some of the more surprising entries in that list:

AMC Theaters, which is the largest movie chain in the world, started life in Kansas City, Missouri, in 1920, as American Multi-Cinema. From 2012 to 2018, though, China’s Dalian Wanda Group, which operates out of Beijing, was the majority stakeholder.

In 2018, Silver Lake Partners, a private equity company in Menlo Park, California, invested $600 million in AMC, which gave it 32% of Dalian’s class B common stock. However, the way the deal was structured, despite owning slightly less than 50% of the common stock, Dalian still has majority control over the board of directors. In other words, Dalian controls what movies people around the world can see.

The wrench in the works, of course, is the Wuhan virus. In October 2020, AMC reported that it was running out of money and could have no cash left by the end of 2020 or the beginning of 2021. It will be interesting to see whether Dalian uses this situation to buy out Silver Lake Partners and re-up its hold on AMC, or if AMC will become a relic of a pre-virus era, with empty theaters dotting the landscape of cities across the world.

When you buy GE appliances, you think you’re buying appliances from an American company with roots stretching back to 1892. What many of us missed is that, beginning in 2016, GE appliances, which is headquartered in Boston, became a subsidiary of Haier, a Chinese company headquartered in Qingdao, China, bought GE.

And last, but in many ways most interestingly, is Zulily. If you’ve ever received an email from Zulily, you know that this online merchandiser sells everything – clothes, toys, household items – and things are always at a bargain.

In addition, one of the things that sucks you into Zulily purchases is that, every time you buy one thing, you get incentives to buy other things. With brand name items, good prices, and those darned incentives, you can find yourself spending a lot more than you intended. All of that is good for Alibaba’s bottom line since Alibaba owns around 16% of the company.

As you probably know, Jack Ma founded Alibaba, making it China’s equivalent of Amazon. Jack Ma is probably one of the good guys because he believes in the free market. In this, he stands opposed to China’s essentially mercantilist system, under which the government controls the marketplace exclusively for its benefit.

It should therefore be no surprise that, on Monday, China forced Ma to break up his financial services empire. This is just the most recent in a series of steps President Xi Jinping has taken to ensure that Ma, who became the second richest person in China, does not challenge Jinnie the Pooh’s absolute control over China.

And that’s the note I’ll end on for this post. As I said at the top, China has ownership interests in many American companies. Some of them operate solely in America. Others have entered into partnerships with Chinese entities so that the American companies can crack the Asian markets.

What these American companies would be wise to remember, though, is that they’re never actually doing business just with a Chinese company or with the charming Chinese man who’s president of the holding company buying them or partnering with them. That would have been true in the old days with Japan, which once had an aggressive, dynamic capitalism.

The truth now is that every one of these Americans getting into bed with China-based businesses is, in fact, getting into bed with Jinnie the Pooh and the Chinese Communist Party. And as Jack Ma knows, when you’re rolling around with Jinnie, Jinnie plays to win.

 

Andrea Widburg  

Source: https://www.americanthinker.com/blog/2020/12/china_has_deep_tentacles_in_the_american_economy.html 

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B-52s fly over Persian Gulf as 'complex attacks' from Iran feared, US ready to thwart - Lucas Y. Tomlinson

 

​ by Lucas Y. Tomlinson

It occurs as 1-year anniversary of US killing of Iran's most powerful general looms

Two American B-52 bombers flew a nonstop, 30-plus-hour, round-trip mission from the United States to the Middle East to send a fresh warning to Iran as a senior military official said new warnings had been detected, a sign that potential "complex attacks" against Americans are brewing as the one-year anniversary of the U.S. killing Iran’s most powerful general looms.

In a statement, U.S. Central Command said the bombers launched from Minot Air Force Base in North Dakota on Tuesday morning, marking the third time in the past 45 days U.S. Air Force bombers have flown deterrence missions over the Persian Gulf under fighter escort. The bombers flew through without incident, and Iran had not reacted publicly as of Wednesday morning.

A U.S. Air Force B-52 from Barksdale Air Force Base is aerial refueled by a KC-135 Stratotanker over the U.S. Central Command area of responsibility Dec. 30, 2020. The B-52 Stratofortress is a long-range, heavy bomber that is capable of flying at high subsonic speeds at altitudes of up to 50,000 feet and can carry nuclear or precision guided conventional ordnance with global reach precision navigation capability. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Roslyn Ward)

A U.S. Air Force B-52 from Barksdale Air Force Base is aerial refueled by a KC-135 Stratotanker over the U.S. Central Command area of responsibility Dec. 30, 2020. The B-52 Stratofortress is a long-range, heavy bomber that is capable of flying at high subsonic speeds at altitudes of up to 50,000 feet and can carry nuclear or precision guided conventional ordnance with global reach precision navigation capability. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Roslyn Ward)

"The United States continues to deploy combat-ready capabilities into the U.S. Central Command area of responsibility to deter any potential adversary, and make clear that we are ready and able to respond to any aggression directed at Americans or our interests," said Gen. Frank McKenzie, commander of U.S. Central Command. "We do not seek conflict, but no one should underestimate our ability to defend our forces or to act decisively in response to any attack."

Jan. 3 marks the one-year anniversary of U.S. Special Operations forces killing Iranian Maj. Gen. Qassem Soleimani in a drone strike in Baghdad. A recent U.S. intelligence report says Iran wants to "avenge that killing," according to a senior U.S. military official who spoke to Fox News and a small group of reporters ahead of the bomber flight. The official requested anonymity to discuss the sensitive information.

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The fresh intelligence about Iran is the "most concerning" information to come in since the killing of Soleimani last year. In May 2019, U.S. officials detected a surge of weapons pouring into Iraq, prompting U.S. Central Command to request the aircraft carrier Abraham Lincoln to be sent to the region.

The new bomber flight comes one week after President Trump threatened to retaliate against Iran after 21 rockets were launched at the U.S. Embassy in Baghdad on Dec. 20, the largest attack against the sprawling diplomatic compound in the past decade. The senior official said they also saw the "potential for other more complex attacks" against Americans in Iraq: "I think it is likely that the U.S. Embassy in Baghdad would be attacked again in some manner."

"We're seeing planning for, particularly in Iraq for complex attacks that require Iranian assistance in order to be pulled off," the official warned. "It's unclear to us, whether it's contingency planning, or whether it's a plan that is advancing because approval has been given and they're just trying to get all the pieces in place and execute."

While there is a range of potential attacks against Americans in the Middle East, the "most worrisome is within Iraq," the official said.

"We see a fair amount of advanced conventional weaponry of different types that has been flowing over the border into Iraq," they added. "The threat streams are very real."

U.S. Air Force F-16 Fighting Falcon is aerial refueled by a KC-135 Stratotanker over the U.S. Central Command area of responsibility Dec. 30, 2020. The B-52 Stratofortress is a long-range, heavy bomber that is capable of flying at high subsonic speeds at altitudes of up to 50,000 feet and can carry nuclear or precision guided conventional ordnance with global reach precision navigation capability. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Roslyn Ward)

U.S. Air Force F-16 Fighting Falcon is aerial refueled by a KC-135 Stratotanker over the U.S. Central Command area of responsibility Dec. 30, 2020. The B-52 Stratofortress is a long-range, heavy bomber that is capable of flying at high subsonic speeds at altitudes of up to 50,000 feet and can carry nuclear or precision guided conventional ordnance with global reach precision navigation capability. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Roslyn Ward)

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When asked to explain what types of "complex attacks" Iran could be planning, the official said short-range ballistic missiles or potentially "unmanned systems," cruise missiles and "quad copters" similar to what was used in the attack on the Saudi Aramco oil processing facilities last year.

"The scale of that planning and the complexity of the attacks that are envisioned are something that has certainly got our attention."

In his tweet two days before Christmas, Trump showed photos of what he said were three rockets that failed to launch in the embassy attack and said they were from Iran. "Some friendly health advice to Iran: If one American is killed, I will hold Iran responsible. Think it over," the president said.

TRUMP ISSUES STERN WARNING TO IRAN AFTER ROCKET ATTACK ON US EMBASSY IN BAGHDAD

Since the rocket attack last week on the U.S. Embassy in Baghdad, Iraqi officials have made a number of arrests. "The Iraqis are really stepping up to the plate here" to disrupt future attacks against Americans, the official said.

All U.S. military planning against Iran is "defensive" in nature, the official said, as a precaution in case Iran does launch any new attacks against American interests. No offensive strikes are being planned, the official added. Messages warning Tehran have also been sent to Iran via intermediaries inside Iraq, the official said.  

Last month, Iran’s top nuclear scientist was gunned down with what was reportedly a remote-controlled machine gun. Officials in Tehran blamed Israel for the targeted killing. Given the close ties between the U.S. and Israel, "There's a chance that we could be, you know, caught in the middle," the official warned.

IRAN'S LEADER SAYS BIDEN'S ARRIVAL DOESN'T GUARANTEE BETTER RELATIONS WITH US

On New Year's Eve last year, a mob attacked the U.S. Embassy in Baghdad. No Americans were hurt, but a quick reaction force of U.S. Marines was flown in from Kuwait to bolster security after the perimeter of the embassy was damaged in the unrest.  

Days later, on Jan. 3, an American drone orbiting over Baghdad’s international airport killed Iranian Quds Force commander Maj. Gen. Qassem Soleimani along with Iranian-backed militia leader Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis. Top U.S. military officials said Soleimani was responsible for killing hundreds of American troops during the Iraq War. They said Soleimani was also responsible for a spate of rocket attacks against U.S. bases and the embassy in Iraq.  

Last week, the guided-missile submarine USS Georgia armed with up to 154 Tomahawk cruise missiles and a dry deck shelter for Navy SEALs entered the Persian Gulf, according to the Navy’s 5th Fleet. It was the first public announcement of a guided-missile submarine transiting the Strait of Hormuz off the coast of Iran into the gulf in eight years. Escorting the submarine were the cruisers Port Royal and Philippine Sea, also armed with dozens of cruise missiles each. The guided-missile destroyer John Paul Jones is also on patrol in the Persian Gulf.  

The aircraft carrier USS Nimitz is currently off the coast of Somalia in the Indian Ocean but could steam back north to the Arabian Sea to launch attacks from its dozens of F-18 Super Hornets, if needed, the senior military official said. Last month, a squadron of American F-16 jet fighters from Germany arrived at Al Dhafra Air Base in the United Arab Emirates.  

The goal of the bomber flights, as well as the increased American firepower in the Persian Gulf in recent days, is to deter Iran for the purpose of "sending them a clear signal that should they decide to take action against our forces, we have the capability to respond," the official said.

 

Lucas Y. Tomlinson is a Pentagon correspondent for Fox News Channel. Follow him on Twitter: @LucasFoxNews

Source:  https://www.foxnews.com/politics/b-52s-persian-gulf-iran-attacks-feared-us-ready-to-thwart

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What a Stalin Quote About Rigging Elections Reveals About the 2020 Election - Daniel Greenfield

 

​ by Daniel Greenfield

How the media tried to suppress a quote about Stalin using the media to rig elections.

 


As Republicans began pushing back against the rigged election, a quote about voting from Joseph Stalin began circulating on social media. "The people who cast the votes decide nothing. The people who count the votes decide everything," is how variations of it went.

As soon as the quote went viral, the media’s fact checkers tried to suppress it.

USA Today's fact checker rated it as false, claiming that Stalin had never said it based on speaking with two history professors at Vanderbilt University who vowed that they never heard of it. One of the professors, who serves as the Director of Undergraduate Russian and East European Studies, ranted that it was, "an example of American right-wing paranoia, active manipulation of public opinion, or outright and fascism". Truly a quote worthy of Stalin.

But had the ‘fact checker’ and the professors just checked Oxford's Essential Quotations, they would have found it. You don’t need a PhD or a fact checker title: just a modicum of integrity.

Politifact was more ambitious about humiliating itself by contacting the Stalin Digital Archive with the Russian State Archive of Social and Political History. The quote wouldn't be there because it comes from Stalin's former secretary, Boris Bazhanov, who fled the USSR and wrote a memoir exposing the crimes and corruption of the Soviet regime. Asking the Russian State Archive for that quote is like asking the cosa nostra to fact check a mafia informant’s recollections.

The men who were party to that conversation were the ‘Troika’ of Central Committee leaders, Kamenev, Zinoviev, and Stalin, who temporarily governed the USSR after Lenin. Since Stalin had Kamenev and Zinoviev killed, his secretary was one of the few to hear him say it.

J. Arch Getty, a history professor at UCLA, told Politifact that, "I am not aware of any original source for this, and in my extensive archival research in Stalin’s personal archive, I found nothing like this."

As Jacob Heilbrunn at the Weekly Standard had previously noted, “Getty exemplifies the new revisionism that has taken hold in Soviet studies; rather than deny outright Stalin's crimes, it seeks to justify them. This kind of revisionism would be condemned… if its subject were Nazism, but it continues to be rewarded and acclaimed in the field of Soviet studies.”

The sort of person who writes that the “social goals that are commonplace today, including women's rights and racial integration, were planks of the Communist party platform long before mainstream American parties took them seriously”, might not be the best person to ask to verify a damning quote about a Communist dictator. Unless you’re a Politifact fact checker.

There is of course a very good reason for suppressing the Stalin quote because it does apply all too well to the election. And there’s a profound sense of history repeating itself in the media trying to suppress a Stalin quote about using the media to suppress an election.

Because that is exactly what Stalin did.

Boris Bazhanov had worked as Stalin's private secretary and, unlike most of the murderous Communist dictator's associates, survived by escaping before he could be killed. Still a young man in his twenties, Bazhanov had seen too much and enough to know what was coming. On New Year’s Day, he fled across the border from Turkmenistan to Persia, then through India, surviving several assassination attempts along the way, before finding refuge in France.

Bazhanov's memoir about his time with Stalin had several titles, it's named Bazhanov and the Damnation of Stalin in English, but all of the versions lay out the damning story of how Stalin took over the Soviet Union by manipulating the system and ruthlessly purging his rivals.

What’s more remarkable than the quote related in Bazhanov’s memoir is its context.

The Soviet Union had arrived at a crucial moment. Communist economics had managed to fail in a matter of years. The Troika were overseeing a collapsing economy that had married socialism to the Czarist bureaucracy and its police state with terrible results leading to a surge of discontent from local labor and political organizations against Moscow’s centralized control.

If the Troika didn’t get the peasants and workers under control, the regime of the peasants and workers would be in trouble. The three members of the Troika met to discuss the crisis and the possibility that they could be ousted by their own membership if the uprising gained momentum.

"And you, Comrade Stalin, what do you think of this question?" Kamenev asked Stalin.

"What," Stalin replied, "of what question?"

"Of the question of capturing the majority of the Party," Kamanev said.

"Do you know what I think about this?" Stalin replied, "I believe that who and how people in the Party vote, is unimportant. What is extremely important is who counts the votes, and how they are recorded."

The quote, despite the attempts to suppress it with Stalinists fact checking Stalinism, is indeed real. But what’s more important is what Bazhanov relates happened after this conversation.

Before this, Bazhanov recalled that, “in most of the Party organizations the majority was not for the Central Committee. I know that in the huge cell of the Central Committee itself, the majority voted against the Central Committee… the Central Committee had lost the majority in the Party organization of the capital city, the most important in the country. The provincial organizations were falling into line with the Moscow one."

Stalin's response was to take control of Pravda and fake the results of the votes.

"If a certain cell had 300 votes for the Central Committee and 600 against," then Pravda flipped the voting totals so that they read, "For the Central Committee 600, against 300."

I’ll let Bazhanov tell the rest of the story without any more interruptions.

“Naturally, a cell whose election results were erroneously reported protested, phoning Pravda and asking for the section ‘Party Life.’ Nazaretian would politely respond and promise to verify immediately. The verification would show that ‘you are perfectly right, there was a regrettable error, the printers made the mistake. They're overworked, you know. The Pravda editors apologize. We will print a retraction.’ Each cell thought that its error was unique, for that cell alone, and was unaware that it had happened to most of them. Meanwhile, little by little the impression went around that the Central Committee was winning all along the line. The provinces became more prudent and began to follow Moscow, i.e., the Central Committee.”

Much like all the clerical errors and bad polls that began piling up during the 2020 election.

What Stalin meant was that the actual vote didn’t matter, when controlling the news also gave him control of how the election was reported. The actual votes could be tallied somewhere out there, but Pravda would report that there was a consensus in favor of the Central Committee.

Pravda would even pretend to be transparent by printing occasional corrections to create the impression that it was trustworthy, while the big lie of the election rolled on. That’s where the Soviet Pravda was ahead of the American Pravda which rarely even bothers with corrections.

When Stalin said, “who and how people in the Party vote, is unimportant,” but “what is extremely important is who counts the votes, and how they are recorded”, he was referring to the media.

Some might call it a historical irony or tragedy for a leftist media to try and suppress a quote whose import was that a leftist media can manufacture an election consensus by printing lies.

But it’s just destiny.

Stalin understood that elections without safeguards were merely procedural. The results of the election didn’t matter. All that mattered was what people believed because they had read it.

The New York Times, the Washington Post, USA Today, CNN, and the rest of the tottering infrastructure of the media exist to manufacture partisan narratives to secure political power. Like their Stalinist counterparts, they invert the meaning of terms so that ‘fact checking’ becomes suppressing facts, and the more they lie, the more they claim to stand for the truth.

But, Pravda was there first.

The 2020 election was rigged in multiple ways, but the most obvious one was messaging.

Big Tech monopolies and the media collaborated to spread Democrat narratives and suppress Republican ones. In the crucial pre-election period, the media’s lies, smears, and hit pieces against President Trump and Republicans became the only thing most people saw anymore. Scandals involving Hunter Biden were suppressed, ironically, as Russian disinformation, while the media shamelessly propagandized for Biden the way that Pravda had for Stalin.

The media was instrumental in claiming victory for Biden and in helping Democrat governors and secretaries of state orchestrate the illegal election rigging that changed election rules.

The trouble with the Pravda approach is that it only works for a limited amount of time. Stalin only needed it to work for a brief period until he had consolidated his power over the system. Pravda’s credibility only needed to last long enough for Stalin to be able to freely kill his rivals.

America’s Pravda has shot its credibility. Every time public trust in the media hits a new low, the media doubles down on the propaganda, the smears and the lies. In under a generation, the media has destroyed its business model and the credibility that it took centuries to build.

Now it whines about “right-wing echo chambers” and demands harsher social media censorship when it’s nothing more than a left-wing echo chamber trying to wipe out the opposition.

If the media knew anything about history, it would not only have been able to verify the Stalin quote, but it would also know that what it’s doing is a bad idea that can only end badly. .

Nazaretian, who had been assigned the task of doing Stalin's dirty work, rigging the election at Pravda, was killed along with the two members of the Troika, and much of the old Bolshevik establishment in The Great Purge, for being a propagandist who knew too much.

The media might want to learn a lesson from Nazaretian’s example as they lie for their radicals.

 

Daniel Greenfield, a Shillman Journalism Fellow at the Freedom Center, is an investigative journalist and writer focusing on the radical Left and Islamic terrorism.  

Source: https://www.frontpagemag.com/fpm/2020/12/what-stalin-quote-about-rigging-elections-reveals-daniel-greenfield/ 

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Barack Obama just got knocked off America’s ‘most admired man’ pedestal - Andrea Widburg

 

​ by Andrea Widburg

The name of the person who knocked Obama off that pedestal must have sent shock waves through the Democrat establishment.

For twelve long years, when Gallup has conducted its annual “Which man do you admire most?” poll, Barack Obama has topped the list. This year, though, Obama finally lost his crown. And he didn’t lose it to the man who Democrats claim got 81 million American votes. Instead, Obama lost to Donald Trump, the man the leftist establishment is laughably claiming lost the 2020 election.

It was already becoming apparent at the end of last year that Obama’s reign was ending. In the 2019 “most admired” poll, Trump and Obama tied for first place. This year, however, Obama was down and Trump was up:

Americans are most likely to name President Donald Trump and Michelle Obama as most admired man and woman in 2020. Trump tied former President Barack Obama for the honor last year but edged out his predecessor this year. Trump's first-place finish ends a 12-year run as most admired man for Obama, tied with Dwight Eisenhower for the most ever.

Gallup laboriously explains that Trump didn’t really win, though. It was just that Obama, Biden, and Fauci lost:

  • Forty-eight percent of Republicans name Trump this year, with no other public figure receiving more than 2% of Republicans' votes.
  • Obama is the top choice among Democrats, at 32%, but that is down from 41% last year. President-elect Joe Biden (13%) is also commonly named by Democrats.
  • Additionally, Dr. Anthony Fauci, the nation's top infectious disease expert, is named by 5% of Democrats but only 1% of Republicans, further contributing to Democrats' relative dispersion of choices.
  • Independents are evenly split between Trump (11%) and Obama (11%), with another 3% naming Biden and 2% Fauci.

That’s as may be but as far as I’m concerned, that strained explanation is just a way of avoiding the main point, which is that Biden, the man who is alleged to have received 81 million votes, far out-shadowing Obama’s 2008 victory, came in at a measly 6%, compared to Trump’s 18%, Obama’s 15%, and Fauci’s 3%.

It’s pretty clear, by the way, although Gallup doesn’t say so, that the Gallup poll favored Democrats. That’s the only way to explain that Michelle Obama and Kamala Harris placed first and second for most admired women. Moreover, among the top ten men were a few other hard leftists: Pope Francis, Bernie Sanders, Bill Gates, “China” Lebron James, and the Dalai Lama. (Yes, the Dalai Lama is a leftist. He’s an open Marxist socialist despite what China has done to his country.)

But back to that point about Biden. We’ve been told that Biden got more votes than any other presidential candidate in American history. He did this without campaigning and without any primary victories in his first two runs (in 1987 and 2008). He did this despite a 47-year history in Washington, D.C., politics that included hanging with segregationists, backing a bill that destroyed a generation of young black men, and being wrong on every major foreign policy issue during those 47 years. He also did this despite losing historic numbers of immigrants, Hispanics and Asians, and black voters to the Republican candidate

What’s most striking about Gallup’s most-admired poll, is that it slots perfectly into a metric that pollster Patrick Basham raised in a much-lauded article at The Spectator. That metric is the fact that Trump prevailed in 100% of the non-polling metrics, all of which are more reliable than politically-gamed push polls:

Another anomaly is found in the comparison between the polls and non-polling metrics. The latter include: party registrations trends; the candidates’ respective primary votes; candidate enthusiasm; social media followings; broadcast and digital media ratings; online searches; the number of (especially small) donors; and the number of individuals betting on each candidate.

Despite poor recent performances, media and academic polls have an impressive 80 percent record predicting the winner during the modern era. But, when the polls err, non-polling metrics do not; the latter have a 100 percent record. Every non-polling metric forecast Trump’s reelection. 

While the “most admired man” poll is, by definition, a poll, it still falls into the category of non-polling metrics. That means we get to add this latest Trump win to the overwhelming non-polling data that predicted a Trump victory.

Trump won the 2020 election and he won big. That’s why I very much liked Brian Joondeph’s suggestion that President Trump, who’s being remarkably quiet, is channeling Sun Tzu and will soon drop the equivalent of a 50 megaton nuclear bomb on the utterly corrupt political establishment.

 

Andrea Widburg  

Source: https://www.americanthinker.com/blog/2020/12/barack_obama_just_got_knocked_off_americas_most_admired_man_pedestal.html 

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China Using Covid to Overtake America's Economy - Gordon G. Chang

 

​ by Gordon G. Chang

China is fast losing support in capitals around the world. It is not hard to figure out why.

  • China's economy is worse than it appears, and its vaccines, needed for a full recovery, are still in development, far behind America's. In the meantime, Beijing's response to the coronavirus, which includes the smearing of America, is resulting in China losing friends worldwide.

  • Government stimulus is powering much of the current growth as are net exports. Yet the current "flood of defaults" in China points to widespread weakness. Beijing's spending spree, therefore, is not sustainable, even with the help of foreign investment.

  • Ultimately, the economy will recover only when China has an effective and safe vaccine. Although the Chinese have had months of head start, they are far behind America.

  • China is fast losing support in capitals around the world. It is not hard to figure out why. Chinese ruler Xi Jinping deliberately spread the virus beyond China's borders — by lying about the transmissibility of the disease and, while locking down Wuhan, forcing countries to take arrivals from China — and others are now starting to understand the maliciousness of the Communist Party. Moreover, they are learning about its venality. For instance, China this spring sold Italy medical protective gear that Italians had donated to Beijing a few weeks earlier.

China's economy is worse than it appears, and its vaccines, needed for a full recovery, are still in development, far behind America's. In the meantime, Beijing's response to the coronavirus, which includes the smearing of America, is resulting in China losing friends worldwide. (Photo by Justin Tallis/AFP via Getty Images)

The U.K.-based Centre for Economics and Business Research believes that, due to China's superior response to COVID-19, the Chinese economy will become the world's largest by 2028, five years earlier than previously forecast.

"For some time, an overarching theme of global economics has been the economic and soft power struggle between the United States and China," the Centre wrote in a December 26 report. "The COVID-19 pandemic and corresponding economic fallout have certainly tipped this rivalry in China's favor."

No, it has not. In fact, the opposite looks to be true. The Centre's prediction, which mimics one of Beijing's narratives, is more than just premature. It is based on fundamentally wrong assumptions.

China's economy is worse than it appears, and its vaccines, needed for a full recovery, are still in development, far behind America's. In the meantime, Beijing's response to the coronavirus, which includes the smearing of America, is resulting in China losing friends worldwide.

CEBR, as the Centre is known, believes there will be "a strong post-pandemic rebound in 2021" in the United States. The recovery will tail off with annual growth of gross domestic product of around 1.9% from 2022 to 2024. Yearly U.S. growth will then fall to 1.6% in following years.

China's recovery, according to CEBR, will be far more robust. The country will grow 5.7% each year through 2025. That figure will drop to a still-healthy 4.5% from 2026-2030.

CEBR's figures are not out of the mainstream. For instance, the International Monetary Fund estimates an 8.2% expansion next year. The World Bank pegs 2021 growth at 7.9%.

Those numbers, however, look widely optimistic. Government stimulus is powering much of the current growth as are net exports. Yet the current "flood of defaults" in China points to widespread weakness. Beijing's spending spree, therefore, is not sustainable, even with the help of foreign investment.

The sustainable portion of the economy — consumption — has never been as strong as advertised, but now it is far weaker due to the disease. Even official numbers paint a dreadful picture. Retail sales, a good proxy for internal consumer demand, fell 4.8% during the first eleven months of this year over the same period in 2019. Bellwether auto sales were off 2.9% for the January-November period. The consumer price index in November dropped 0.5%.

The just-released China Beige Book, a widely followed private survey, shows pronounced drops in sales growth in the luxury goods, food, and clothing sub-sectors in the fourth quarter of this year compared to the preceding one. Travel saw no growth at all, and hospitality was off as well. Moreover, the survey reveals the business community has a generally dour outlook on the Chinese economy as a whole, casting doubt on sunny predictions for 2021.

Chinese officials say life has returned to normal in China, but that is unlikely. State media celebrated the crowds in once-stricken Wuhan and noted it was the most-visited city during the Golden Week holiday at the beginning of October. Yet Wuhan reported that holiday revenue fell approximately 30% over last year. Moreover, even though the holiday was one day longer this year than in 2019, tourist spending nationwide was down a stunning 30%.

Ultimately, the economy will recover only when China has an effective and safe vaccine. Although the Chinese have had months of a head start, they are far behind America. The U.S. now has two vaccines that have received final FDA approval — the Pfizer-BioNTech one and Moderna's — and both have efficacy rates well over 90%. The Johnson & Johnson vaccine is on the way.

China's vaccines — Sinovac's and Sinopharm's — have yet to complete Phase 3 trials, and Beijing has been slow to release data. Interestingly, China is testing the vaccines mostly in other countries, including Morocco, Nigeria, the United Arab Emirates, Brazil, Turkey, Indonesia, and Chile. Mystifyingly, the various trials are not being conducted with the same protocols.

Beijing says people accept its two vaccines, which are being administered to tens of millions, but that is because people have no choice. In Hong Kong, a separately administered part of China, residents have a choice and anecdotal evidence suggests many of them are rejecting vaccination because they do not want the Chinese ones.

Today, there are coronavirus outbreaks around China — the latest is in Beijing — and the central government has employed lockdowns, mass testing, and contact-tracing. Not much else is known, unfortunately.

Why? The Communist Party is absolutely determined to control information. On January 26 of this year, it announced the Central Leading Small Group for Work to Counter the New Coronavirus Infection Pneumonia Epidemic, China's task force.

There was only one public health official on the initial nine-person roster, which was filled with political hacks, security types, and propaganda officials. The Party's propaganda czar, Wang Huning, was named vice chair. Therefore, supporting the Party's narrative was the primary goal of the ruling organization, which means information coming from China on the disease is suspect.

"Beijing's narrative is mutating faster than the virus itself," Claudia Rosett, foreign policy fellow of the Independent Women's Forum, told Gatestone.

At first, Chinese officials acknowledged the disease started in China, but since then they have suggested it came from Italy, Spain, India, or frozen-food packaging. In March, a foreign ministry spokesman stated patient zero was in the United States and intimated the U.S. Army carried the coronavirus to Wuhan, the epicenter.

These assertions were absurd, but almost nothing is too ludicrous for Chinese officials these days. As Rosett says, "At some stage, we'll be reading in the Communist Party press that the virus was cooked up in the kitchens and stored in the freezers of Mar-a-Lago, and it was only owing to Xi Jinping's extraordinary resolve that he did not catch it in 2017 from the chocolate cake."

Rosett is expressing a sentiment resonating just about everywhere. As the Wall Street Journal reported on December 28, China is fast losing support in capitals around the world.

It is not hard to figure out why. Chinese ruler Xi Jinping deliberately spread the virus beyond China's borders — by lying about the transmissibility of the disease and, while locking down Wuhan, forcing countries to take arrivals from China — and others are now starting to understand the maliciousness of the Communist Party.

Moreover, they are learning about its venality. For instance, China this spring sold Italy medical protective gear that Italians had donated to Beijing a few weeks earlier. "Foreign leaders cite complaints about the way Mr. Xi's government initially handled Covid-19," the Journal reported.

Beijing has not learned from mistakes this year, and these days, outlandish statements are evidently in vogue. In recent months, it has been working overtime to tar the U.S., even stating on December 28 that "disorder" in America at this moment was worse than at any time "since the founding of the U.S. in 1776." America, the Party's Global Times stated in the title of its editorial, is "Unrecognizable to the World in 2020."

In short, the Centre for Economics and Business Research missed the real story of China's response to the coronavirus. Beijing may have reaped temporary gains in the immediate wake of the disease, but more significantly it has, through malign and predatory actions, lost standing just about everywhere. China, for a sustained economic recovery, needs that support.

"China's GDP will overtake that of the U.S. sooner or later," the Global Times confidently stated on December 27 in another editorial, titled "China Surpassing U.S. in 2028 Is Faint Praise."

Overtake America? No, it won't.

 

Gordon G. Chang is the author of The Coming Collapse of China, a Gatestone Institute Distinguished Senior Fellow, and member of its Advisory Board. Follow him on Twitter and Parler @GordonGChang.

 Source: https://www.gatestoneinstitute.org/16902/china-covid-economy 

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Eric Swalwell and Hunter Biden are only the tip of the Chinese influence iceberg - William McGurn

 

​ by William McGurn

Swalwell isn’t accused of any wrongdoing, but does anyone believe he is the only U.S. politician (or staffer) compromised by a Chinese honey trap?

McGurn: Why a Hunter Biden special counsel is a bad idea

What do Eric Swalwell and Hunter Biden have in common?

Both are highly connected, Mr. Swalwell as a member of the House Intelligence Committee and Mr. Biden as the son of the incoming president. Both have made news for their dealings with China, Mr. Swalwell for his relationship with a Chinese spy named Christine Fang, and Mr. Biden for business deals made with enterprises connected to the Chinese Communist Party. Both also benefit from a U.S. press corps uninterested in getting to the bottom of their stories.

 

When the New York Post published emails in October raising doubts about Joe Biden’s claims he’d never discussed his son’s business dealings, many dismissed the story as "Russian disinformation"—and some suppressed it. As for Mr. Swalwell’s China connection, the New York Times still refuses even to mention it.

But it isn’t just the Biden and Swalwell stories the press is missing. Their cases are only a microcosm of what Secretary of State Mike Pompeo complains is an all-out Chinese Communist Party effort "to make Americans receptive to Beijing’s form of authoritarianism." China does this on multiple fronts, often masquerading under the banner of "friendship" associations. But the agenda is always the same: to use whatever tools it has to mute opposition to China.

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William McGurn is a member of The Wall Street Journal editorial board and writes the weekly "Main Street" column for the Journal each Tuesday. Previously he served as Chief Speechwriter for President George W. Bush.

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Hamas Charges Israel with Another Fake Atrocity - Robert Spencer

 

​ by Robert Spencer

Why does the jihad terror group keep lying? Because it works.

It was, supposedly, yet another IDF atrocity: the Times of Israel reported Saturday that Hamas had “denounced as ‘barbaric’ overnight strikes by the Israel Defense Forces — in response to rocket fire from the Gaza Strip — that it said damaged a children’s hospital in the Palestinian enclave.” Reality, as always, was different, but as the old saying goes, a lie travels around the world before the truth has finished tying its shoes.

The IDF, according to the TOI, “flatly denied hitting the hospital, and said exploding Hamas munitions may have done so. The IDF said it struck three Hamas targets in the predawn hours of Saturday morning, including a rocket manufacturing site, underground infrastructure and a military post, after two rockets were fired from Gaza earlier in the evening.”

But Hamas said that the strikes “had damaged a nearby children’s hospital and a center for people with special needs.” However, as the Israeli military notes, Hamas “deliberately places military targets at the heart of densely populated areas,” so as to maximize the propaganda value of retaliatory strikes. Israel “takes all possible precautions to avoid harming civilians and civilian buildings.”

This atrocity manufacturing once again raises the question: if Gaza is really so terrible, why all the fakery? For this “barbaric” strike was just the latest of innumerable examples of the deception that is perpetrated on an industrial scale by Palestinian propagandists in order to make Israel seem to be an oppressive occupying power. The breadth and sophistication of this deception, and its deleterious international effects, is explored at length in The Palestinian Delusion: The Catastrophic History of the Middle East Peace Process.

A cornerstone of the “Palestinian” cause in the court of world opinion is projection and deception on a massive scale. Muhammad, the prophet of Islam, declared: “War is deceit.” (Bukhari, vol. 4, book 56, no. 3030) He also elucidated the conditions under which deceit was permissible: “It is not lawful to lie except in three cases: Something the man tells his wife to please her, to lie during war, and to lie in order to bring peace between the people.”

Palestinian leaders have refined lying during war into a fine art. Palestinian spokesmen set out to portray Israel as an outrageously repressive regime, routinely committing atrocities against the Palestinian people, who deserved aid from the international community as much as the Israelis warranted condemnation.

This initiative, too, has been wildly successful. The United Nations condemns Israel far more often than any other nation; many of these condemnations have been based on reports about Israeli atrocities that were entirely fabricated. World opinion has largely turned against Israel as well, as it has an international reputation today of being one of the world’s most unjust and repressive regimes.

Chicanery with photos is quite common. Abdullah Alsaafin, who described himself on Twitter as a “journalist and media trainer,” on August 9, 2018 tweeted a photo of a cute, smiling toddler, with this explanation: “This baby, Bayan abu khamash, 2 years old, was killed last night along with her pregnant mother when an Israeli rocket hit their house in Gaza Strip town of Der elbalah.” The photo, however, was not of Bayan abu Khamash at all, but of an American girl named Elle Lively McBroom. Alsaafin, or his source, picked up the little girl’s photo from Instagram, apparently at random, in order to present the world with another Israeli atrocity. There is no certainty that Bayan abu Khamash was killed by Israelis, or killed at all, or even that she really ever existed.

The international media often accepted Palestinian claims uncritically and spread them throughout the world. The value of this coverage is so high that Hamas is willing to pay for fake atrocities. In 2018, the jihad group paid 8,000 shekels (approximately $2,200) to the family of an eight-month-old baby, Layla al-Ghandour, in return for their claim that the little girl had been killed by Israeli tear gas during the Gaza border riots. This was, as far as Hamas was concerned, money well spent: the girl’s death made international headlines, and a chorus of new condemnations of Israel. Seham Al Ghandour, Layla’s mother, played her part to the hilt, telling reporters: “I went looking for my daughter and they told me she was taken to the hospital. I went to the hospital and I knew she was dead.” Little Layla’s aunt, Fatma Al Ghandour, pointed the finger: “They did not have mercy on a girl, they threw gas bombs at her, they killed her with tear gas. They did not have mercy on the children or anyone else. What is she guilty of to die like this?” EuroNews intoned solemnly: “Traditionally, May 15th is the day Palestinians mark the ‘Nakba’ or ‘Catastrophe’. But this year, they have even more reasons to grieve.”

But in reality, Layla al-Ghandour suffered from a heart defect known as patent ductus arteriosus (PDA), which is more commonly known as a hole in the heart. That was what killed her, not the tear gas.

Hamas was so anxious to have Palestinian civilian casualties that it could parade before the world in order to gain propaganda victories that in April 2018, as protests raged at the Gaza border, the terror group offered $500 to “Palestinians” for getting shot and wounded at the border, and $3,000 to the families of those who got themselves killed during the protests.

The increasing virulence of Leftist opposition to Israel shows that this sort of thing works. It is a propaganda success that Josef Goebbels and the editors of Pravda would have envied, and it became the foundation for more. Having established the Palestinians as a tiny indigenous people whose land was stolen by rapacious, well-heeled, and oppressive foreigners, it was time to return to the negotiating table – not in order to achieve any genuine accord with Israel, but to exploit the victimhood status of the new tiny people they had invented in order to win valuable concessions from the Israelis.

And it worked.

 

Robert Spencer is the director of Jihad Watch and a Shillman Fellow at the David Horowitz Freedom Center. He is author of 21 books, including the New York Times bestsellers The Politically Incorrect Guide to Islam (and the Crusades) and The Truth About Muhammad. His latest book is Rating America’s Presidents: An America-First Look at Who Is Best, Who Is Overrated, and Who Was An Absolute Disaster. Follow him on Twitter here. Like him on Facebook here.

 Source: https://www.frontpagemag.com/fpm/2020/12/hamas-charges-israel-another-fake-atrocity-robert-spencer/ 

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Immigration in the Name of Political Jihad - Friedrich Seiltgen

 

​ by Friedrich Seiltgen

It's not just Muslims who immigrate to defeat their enemies. Socialists are doing it, too, this time in Georgia.

With the 2020 election still up in the air, lawsuits being filed, and the results heading to the Supreme Court, there is another threat to the republic rearing its ugly head.  The liberal media (I know, redundant) are now giving tips to other socialists on how to hack the election even more.  Their plan involves actually moving to another state, specifically Georgia, in order to turn the Senate blue by voting for the two Democrats in the Georgia Senate runoff election!  

Immigration for a cause is not new.  The Al-Hijra, 622 A.D., was Mohammed's journey from Mecca to Yathrib.  To illustrate the significance of the Hijra, the Islamic calendar contains the letters "A.H.," and this has significant meaning to Muslims.  A.H stands for anno Hejirae, since the Hijra.  To immigrate in the cause of Islam is considered holy.  In his video sermons, Anwar al-Awlaki told Muslims living in the West that it is their duty to either return to Muslim lands or stay in Western lands and engage in jihad.

Just as some Muslims immigrate in the name of jihad, so do some socialists!  Now that cities like San Francisco, New York, Philadelphia, and Portland have been turned into lawless upholstered sewers, socialism's useful Idiots are immigrating to red states in order to spread their policies throughout the free states.

In Georgia, legal residents who turned 18 before December 7 are eligible to vote in the January 5 runoff election.  Georgia does not have a residency or period of time requirement before an election, but you do have to have intent to stay in the state.

The Wall Street Journal's Cameron McWhirter gave out tips on hacking the runoff election to potential voters.[i]  McWhirter states, "All the chatter raises the question: Is it legal?"  The answer, according to McWhirter is yes.  The catch for these temporary voters is that Georgia law states that it is a felony to vote in elections if you are residing in the state briefly with the intention just to vote and then move away.  Unfortunately, the state does not give any specific time or residency requirements.  Republican state legislators attempted to get Governor Kemp to call a special session in order to fix this problem.  Kemp, along with Lt. Gov. Geoff Duncan and House speaker David Ralston, shot it down!  Apparently, these three don't feel that Georgia residents should choose their own senators!

New York Times columnist Thomas Friedman is also urging Democrats to move to Georgia and sway the Senate runoff election in order to take control of the Senate.  Friedman appeared on CNN recently, stating, "I hope everybody moves to Georgia, you know, in the next month or two, registers to vote, and vote for these two Democratic senators."[ii]

The strategy is getting a lot of support.  Failed presidential candidate Andrew Yang announced on Twitter that he will be moving to Georgia to help both of the Democrat candidates, Jon Ossoff and Raphael Warnock, get to the Senate for Democrat party control.  Yang tweeted, "This is our only chance to clear Mitch out of the way, and help Joe & Kamala get things done in the next 4 years.  More details to come, but Let's Go!!!"[iii]

Also involved in the hack is activist Tamara Stevens with the Handmaids Coalition of Georgia, who went on Facebook to invite "Northern Democrats" as well as "West Coast Liberals" to Georgia to in order to vote and turn the Senate blue.[iv]

Just as many voters switch party affiliation to vote in closed state primaries, expect this hack to continue gaining support in future races.  Aiding and abetting this fraud is Georgia's secretary of state and all-around RINO, Brad Raffensperger, who has said nothing about violations of state voting laws including that pesky Georgia Constitution, which stipulates that voters must have been registered to vote in the general election in order to vote in the runoff.  Raffensperger is also halfheartedly telling newly registered voters that it is illegal to vote in the runoff if you don't intend to stay in Georgia.   With 76K newly registered voters for the runoff between November 3 and December 7[v] and no changes in the fraudulent voting machines, many expect an Ossoff, Warnock win.

We've seen the lengths that Democrats will go to to get back in power.  I don't have to tell readers what's in store if Biden/Harris fraud their way into the White House, retain the House, and have a Democrat-held Senate via a successful political jihad in Georgia.  The Democrats are calling for unity while simultaneously making their re-education camp lists as we speak.  The socialists want unimpeded one-party rule over America in order to begin their plans of "Democratic Socialism."

Image via Needpix.


[i] Cameron McWhirter, Thinking About Moving to Georgia to Vote in the Runoffs?  Better Hurry and Plan to Stay.  Wall Street Journal, Nov 9, 2020

[ii] CNN, Cuomo Prime Time, Nov 9, 2020

[iii] Andrew Yang, Twitter, Nov 7, 2020

[iv] Tamara Stevens, Facebook, Nov 5, 2020

[v] Georgia Secretary of State, Website, Dec 7, 2020

 

Friedrich Seiltgen is a retired master police officer with 20 years of service with the Orlando Police Department.   He conducts training in lone wolf terrorism, firearms, first aid, active shooter response, and law enforcement vehicle operations in Florida.  His writing has appeared in The Counter Terrorist Magazine, Homeland Security Today, The Journal of Counterterrorism & Homeland Security International, and www.gunpowdwermagazine.com.  Contact him at polizei22@msn.com.

 Source: https://www.americanthinker.com/articles/2020/12/immigration_in_the_name_of_political_jihad.html 

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Nashville bomber’s girlfriend told police in 2019 he was making explosives inside RV - Dom Calicchio

 

​ by Dom Calicchio

Police documents appeared to contradict a claim by state authorities that Warner was "not on our radar" prior to a Christmas morning explosion

Investigators continue to dig for Nashville bomber's motives

Police visited the home of Nashville bomber Anthony Quinn Warner in 2019 after his girlfriend told authorities he was making bombs inside his recreational vehicle, according to a report.

Documents obtained by The Tennessean newspaper of Nashville appeared to contradict a claim this week by the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation that Warner was "not on our radar" prior to a massive Christmas morning explosion of an RV outside an AT&T building in the downtown area of the state’s capital city.

Warner is believed to have died in the explosion, which reportedly caused no other fatalities.

The Metro Nashville Police Department documents also indicate that both local and federal authorities knew in August 2019 about alleged threats Warner had made, The Tennessean reported.

NASHVILLE BOMBER ALLEGEDLY SPOKE ABOUT HATING COPS DECADES BEFORE ATTACK: REPORT

When authorities visited the girlfriend at her home – about a mile and a half away from Warner’s home – she handed over two unloaded guns that she claimed belonged to Warner, telling authorities she "did not want them in the house any longer," Metro Nashville police spokesman Don Aaron told the newspaper. She also told Nashville police that Warner was "building bombs in the RV trailer at his residence," according to police.

 

 

At the time, a lawyer who was representing both Warner and his girlfriend told officers that Warner "frequently talks about the military and bomb making," and "knows what he is doing and is capable of making a bomb," the police report says.

NASHVILLE BOMBER FEARED 5G CONSPIRACIES, HUNTED ALIENS, BELIEVED IN 'LIZARD PEOPLE': REPORT

After visiting the girlfriend on that day in 2019, officers went to Warner’s home and knocked on the door but he didn’t appear to be at home. They also noticed that the RV parked outside had "several security cameras and wires attached" and appeared to have an alarm set up at the front door.

This undated image posted on social media by the FBI shows Anthony Quinn Warner, the man accused of exploding a bomb in Nashville, Tenn., on Christmas Day. (Courtesy of FBI via AP)

This undated image posted on social media by the FBI shows Anthony Quinn Warner, the man accused of exploding a bomb in Nashville, Tenn., on Christmas Day. (Courtesy of FBI via AP)

Nashville police saw "no evidence of a crime" at the time and had no authority to enter the property, so they left and sent a report to their department’s hazardous devices unit and to the FBI, The Tennessean reported.

Later that day, the FBI responded that it had no records of any suspicious activity regarding Warner.

The FBI confirmed that account in a statement Tuesday.

"On August 22, 2019, the FBI received a request from the Metro Nashville Police Department to check our holdings on Anthony Warner and subsequently found no records at all," FBI Special Agent Jason Pack of the Knoxville Field Office wrote. "Additionally, the FBI facilitated a Department of Defense inquiry on Warner at the request of the Metro Nashville Police Department which was also negative. 

"The FBI regularly assists our law enforcement partners seeking additional information to further their investigations," Pack continued. "The FBI will continue to work closely with our federal, state, and local law enforcement partners to assess intelligence around any known or potential threats to public safety."

This undated image posted on social media by the FBI shows Anthony Quinn Warner, the man authorities say was behind a mysterious explosion in Nashville, Tenn., in which he was killed. (Courtesy of FBI via AP)

This undated image posted on social media by the FBI shows Anthony Quinn Warner, the man authorities say was behind a mysterious explosion in Nashville, Tenn., in which he was killed. (Courtesy of FBI via AP)

The Defense Department had reported that "checks on Warner were all negative," Aaron told The Tennessean on Tuesday. The federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives also had no information about Warner, he said.

Also later that month, police contacted the lawyer, Raymond Throckmorton III, to arrange a conversation with Warner, but the lawyer told them Warner "did not care for the police," and would not agree to any inspection of his RV.

It appears neither Nashville police nor the FBI heard any further reports about Warner prior to the Christmas morning explosion.

Warner had only one arrest, in January 1978, for possession of marijuana, The Tennessean reported.

 

Dom Calicchio is a Senior Editor at FoxNews.com. Reach him at dom.calicchio@foxnews.com.

Source: https://www.foxnews.com/us/nashville-bombers-girlfriend-told-police-in-2019-he-was-making-explosives-inside-rv-report

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Wednesday, December 30, 2020

Frontpage Person of the Year: The Disenfranchised American Voter - Daniel Greenfield

 

​ by Daniel Greenfield

The elites can steal an election. But they can’t steal a movement.

When the Constitution formed this nation, we were a country of around 4 million. But in 2020 at least 74 million Americans have had their votes tossed in the trash along with the Constitution.

More Americans had their votes discarded, stolen, nullified, corrupted, and obstructed in this election than existed in the entire United States when it fought for its independence from monarchy and tyranny, when it brought into being a “more perfect union”, when it expanded westward, and when brother against brother fought in a civil war to preserve that union.

There were more Americans who voted for President Trump than were living in the United States in 1890. The entire nation, as it was in 1890, had its vote usurped by a corrupt oligarchy.

While the battles go on across cable news and social media, these are the forgotten men.

They were the forgotten men and women who rallied to Reagan and to Trump, falling behind in a nation whose elites can’t wait to leave 1787 and 1890, along with old mill towns, steel plants that made a nation’s skyscrapers, rusting factories that once supplied her people, port cities on whose ships cargoes once flowed to the world that are now filled with Made in China junk ships.

They are the coal miners who were told to learn to code, managers dragged into unconscious bias training before being fired anyway, carpenters sidelined by illegal aliens, police officers beaten by grad students chanting Black Lives Matter, IT men whose jobs were offshored, women who were called ‘Karens’ for calling 911 after being attacked in a mall parking lot.

2020 was not just another election. 2016 was an uprising by the nation’s forgotten men and women. In 2020, the empire struck back, outspending the forgotten men, rigging races with ballot harvesting, bypassing legislatures, stealing votes, and then laughing in their faces.

That was a mistake.

It’s the same mistake that was made in Iran, in Venezuela, in Russia, in China, and in countless totalitarian nations that built mass movements out of stolen elections and brutal crackdowns.

Elections can be stolen, but when an election is also an uprising, then the movement grows.

The real question on the ballot in 2016 and in 2020 was who was running the country. The two wealthiest counties in the country, Loudoun County and Falls Church City, are D.C. bedroom communities. Nine of the twenty wealthiest counties in America are D.C. suburbs.

We are indeed a nation of ‘Two Americas’ as Senator John Edwards declared at the Democratic National Convention, and there’s no better proof than Edwards who escaped 30 years in prison after being tried for misusing $725,000 in campaign contributions from a Gillette heiress to hide his affair while his wife was dying of cancer, and relaunched his career as an ambulance chaser, suing the Raleigh police because an officer shot a crazy Iranian man brandishing a knife.

One America voted in 2020. The other ‘America’, call it Un-America, stole the election.

One America raises up statues to the Founding Fathers, while the other America tears them down. One America prays, the other mocks. One America fights, the other betrays. One America works for a living, the other takes its earnings. One America votes, the other steals.

The forgotten America of that seventy million plus does not appear in polls. Products are not pitched to it. Movies and TV shows are not made for its tastes. Its men and women won’t be hired by the oligarchic companies consolidating control over the economy and the country.

The cultural products of the oligarchy tell them that they’re the past and headed for the landfills alongside the statues of Washington, Jefferson, and Lincoln. Along with the Constitution.

But what every tyranny forgets is that the past is also the future.

“Suppose the Colonies do abound in men,” the head of the British Navy had boasted during the American Revolution, “what does that signify? They are raw, undisciplined, cowardly men. I wish instead of forty or fifty thousand of these brave fellows they would produce in the field at least two hundred thousand; the more the better, the easier would be the conquest; if they did not run away, they would starve themselves into compliance with our measures."

That earl had made a very bad mistake and, as Patrick Henry once declared, his successors in Loudoun County and the government counties of Washington D.C. may profit by his example.

2016 was an uprising and so was 2020. Not every battle was won in the Revolutionary War, but every battle forged the spirit and steel of those forgotten men whose voices did not count three thousand miles away in London, and now those forgotten men in the rural and working class counties whose voices do not count thousand of miles away in Washington D.C. 

Whatever comes of the election, whether right or might win this time, they are a movement.

And that movement has only begun to fight.

The disenfranchised American voter is not going away. He will not be silenced. No amount of media pressure is going to convince him to accept the unacceptable or disbelieve the evidence of his own senses. He knows that this is more than a theft of one election, but the ongoing denial of his right to have a future in a nation whose leaders insist that his kind should not exist.

The forgotten men and women do not forget. They did not come into being in 2016 and they will not vanish in 2020. All that the theft of 2020 did was add momentum to their grievance.

The disenfranchised American voter is the faceless face of a growing movement.

It is the movement whose battles against the leftist oligarchy, the political leviathan of the Left, David Horowitz and the David Horowitz Freedom Center have been fighting since the beginning. But never before has that movement been so vast, encompassing over seventy million Americans who are determined not to let the Left forget them and drive past them to power.

The Left  built a messaging machine meant to make these men and women feel small, irrelevant, ashamed, and weak. Instead their numbers have grown more than ever before.

The silent majority is no longer silent. It is stepping out of the shadows and making its stand.

Its members will not accept this theft or take their places at the back of the bus. They will not turn over the country to those who have nothing but contempt for it and for them, or be shamed for refusing to let thieves scold them about election integrity. They have learned to laugh at the hectoring lectures about decency and the references to the Constitution from the radicals toppling the statues of the men who labored over the Constitution and fought to defend it.

Power does not, as Mao once said, come from the barrel of a gun. Nor does it come from documents, agencies, and elections. These are only the means by which power is channeled.

The only true form of power comes from consent. Men may give up their consent to tyrants, but America is a nation of free men and women who do not give consent, but take it through elections. When that consent appears to be taken from them by force, they will still not give it.

And it is that consent, the acceptance of the situation, which though intangible is the force that moves nations, forms societies, and serves as the true basis for all power. The voters who went to the polls, even though the media told them it was hopeless, held on to that power. And they held on to it when they ignored the media’s propaganda after the election. They still hold it.

In a free nation, casting votes determines elections and the leadership of the country. But in every nation, the conviction of the people, their willingness to resist the propaganda, is their power. Over 70 million Americans, the forgotten men and women of the nation, wielded their power and they refuse to give it up no matter how often they are told that they are wrong.

That is why the disenfranchised American voter is the Freedom Center’s person of the year.

In a disgraceful year, the disenfranchised voter took a stand and held it in the face of the elites who believe that by stealing his vote, they can also take his power. Every day, every week, and every month that goes by, the disenfranchised voter reminds them that they are wrong.

The elites can steal an election. But they can’t steal a movement.

 

Daniel Greenfield 

 Source: https://www.frontpagemag.com/fpm/2020/12/person-year-disenfranchised-american-voter-daniel-greenfield/ 

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