Today’s Campaign Update (Because the Campaign Never Ends)
Can we all admit now that Trump was right about China? – Donald Trump, both as private citizen and later as President, has been warning about the dangers of U.S. entanglement with and reliance upon the communist government in China for decades. While globalist presidents like the Bushes, Clinton and Obama were running the country, those warnings went unheeded while America opened its borders and its economy to Chinese goods and citizens.
During the 28 years of those four presidencies, our country also made the conscious decision to allow its manufacturing infrastructure to be largely dismantled and shipped mainly to China and other Asian nations so that U.S. corporations could exploit the vastly cheaper labor forces in that part of the world. Those presidencies compounded the destruction of America’s blue-collar jobs by entering into trade deal after trade deal that allowed the ChiComs to levy heavy tariffs on American goods while Obama, Clinton and the Bushes refrained from retaliating in-kind, all in the name of “free trade” and “open markets.”
U.S. policy – and similar policies implemented by European democracies towards the Panda – allowed China to emerge from 19th-century backwardness into a global economic power, a planned outcome that Western leaders hoped would make the ChiCom government a more responsible player on the world stage. America’s globalist presidents played this fool’s game for so long and to such an extent that now, as the world attempts to grapple with an exotic viral pandemic that without any question at all originated in Wuhan, China, the U.S. finds itself dependent on China for an astonishing 96% of its supply of antibiotics and pharmaceuticals.
Let me put that into some perspective for you: Americans from all walks of life have for decades complained about the fact that our country has been so heavily-reliant on the Middle East and other foreign sources of crude oil. In the wake of a couple of oil shocks caused by OPEC in 1977, President Jimmy Carter became so fearful of this reality that he actually said it constituted a national emergency and went about implementing all manner of incredibly stupid and non-productive energy policies as a result.
At that time, America was importing roughly 1/3rd of its daily oil needs from other countries. Yes, 1/3rd – that is not one of my many typos.
At its absolute peak around 2005-2006, the U.S. imported no more than about 65% of its oil consumption. Today, thanks to the Shale revolution of the last decade, the percentage is below 25% on most days. With all the demand destruction now being caused by the Wuhan viral outbreak, that percentage will fall dramatically in the weeks to come.
But pharmaceuticals and anti-biotics are different – we’re going to be needing more, much more of them in order to properly deal with this China-caused pandemic, and, thanks to all that wonderful globalism practiced by Trump’s four predecessors, we now find ourselves almost entirely reliant upon China to supply them.
The great Victor Davis Hanson has a piece in the National Review this morning that vividly documents exactly how the dishonesty of the communist Chinese government caused the viral outbreak in Wuhan to become a global pandemic. Here’s an out-take from it:
Sometime in late November the Chinese Communist Party apparat was aware that the ingredients of some sort of an epidemic were brewing in Wuhan. Soon after, it was also clear to them that a new type of coronavirus was on the loose, a threat they might have taken more seriously given the similar Chinese origins of the prior toxic SARS coronavirus and the resources of a Level 4 virology lab nearby.
Yet the government initially hid all that knowledge from its own people in particular and in general from the world at large. Translated into American terms, that disingenuousness ensured that over 10,000 Chinese nationals and foreigners living in China flew every day on direct flights into the United States (Washington and California especially) from late November to the beginning of February, until the Trump travel ban of January 31.
All this laxity was also known to the Communist apparat in Beijing, which must have been amused when Trump was roundly damned by his liberal critics as a xenophobe and racist for finally daring to stop the influx on January 31 — the first major leader to enact such a total ban.
To the degree that we are suffering death and economic hurt from COVID-19, we can also attribute the toll to the Chinese Communist Party. Had it just called in the international medical community in late November, instituted early quarantines, and allowed its own citizens to use email and social media to apprise and warn others of the new disease, then the world and the U.S. would probably not have found themselves in the current panic. The reasons China did not act more responsibly may be inherent in communist governments, or they may involve more Byzantine causes left to be disclosed.
China will rue what it begat.
That is, it will come to appreciate fully that the supposed efficiency, ruthlessness, and autocracy of the Communist Party — what had so impressed foolish American journalists who once marveled at Beijing’s ability to enact by fiat liberal pet projects such as high-speed rail and solar industries — were China’s worst enemies, ensuring that the virus would spread and that China’s international reputation would be ruined.
The coronavirus could be the straw that breaks the proverbial back of the Chinese camel, stooped under the recent weight of a trade war with the U.S., the revelation of 1 million Uighurs in reeducation camps, the crackdown on Hong Kong democracy protesters, and news of the sprawling Chinese internal-surveillance apparat. The world is now both terrified and put off by China, and such anathemas will only harm its already suspect and misbegotten Silk Road neocolonial schemes.
Trump has been right about China all along: Right to warn of the foolishness of our growing entanglement and dependency on them; right to warn of the dangers of growing Chinese communist hegemony in other parts of the world; right to warn of the dangers of allowing Chinese interests to take ownership positions in major U.S. corporations, especially media operations; right to engage in his tariff war to level the economic playing field; right to implement the travel ban as soon as the experts advised him to do so.
For all of its economic reforms of the past 30 years, China remains a communist government, and communist governments as a class are secretive, dishonest and cannot be trusted by the international community. If the Wuhan coronavirus creates no other positive outcomes, at least it has reminded us all that this immutable reality of life on planet earth has not changed.
Trump was right. Again.
That is all.
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