Is China the Next Superpower?

For clues to its future, we need to look at its political structure

Remember the huge earthquake in China just prior to the Olympics?

It was a contrast to the events in Tangshan 32 years ago, when the Chinese government refused for months to admit the 7.8 magnitude earthquake had even happened, despite the deaths of an estimated 240,000 people.

The press reported that China’s new found transparency had much to do with the arrival of the Olympics in Beijing the following month. Yet, there were at least 29 journalists in Chinese prisons, 19 of whom were bloggers. Did the country have to relax its reporting restrictions as a condition of holding the games? No, Twitter and other internet “news” providers had the word out before the Chinese could suppress it. Maybe they learned that that is not so bad. No, I don’t think so. Communism and paranoia of the truth go hand in hand.

The earthquake disaster was a prime example of the uses of the internet to disseminate news from regions that traditional media organizations find difficult to reach. Are we mistaking better news sources, unstoppable because of the internet, with free press in Communist countries? I think so.

Will a Communist Country Overtake America?

For decades, we have heard theses that that would happen. Previously, the Soviet Union would overtake us. We see how that worked out. Don’t forget President Reagan’s bold speech where he demanded that they “tear that wall down”.

I do not think that another country, any other country, could overtake America. However, I do fear that we could regress to a position below another country(s).

The outrageous federal deficit of our country is not something to take lightly. I am very concerned that our present administration takes it so lightly that it just adds to it at a whim. I used to call government “drunken sailors” connoting that they spent money as soon as they got it.  Now, they spend it when they could never have that much.

Where will America head, starting with these difficult times?

What do you call people who spend money they don’t have and pass that onto future generations? You cannot call them American leaders or government because the Constitution prohibits that. We must be extra careful not to let leaders move us further away from the Constitution that has guided us to the top of the world. Don’t be fooled that times have changed. The Constitution took the circumstances of today into account. In fact, it may be more relevant today than ever.

Our founding fathers warned 100% against anything resembling the current government takeover, including and especially the health care bill(s). Countless founding fathers’ comments echo this theme, penned here by Thomas Jefferson, “If we can prevent the government from wasting the labors of the people, under the pretense of taking care of them, they must become happy.”

Said another way, Jefferson said “…we shall all consider ourselves unauthorized to saddle posterity with our debts, and morally bound to pay them ourselves; and consequently within what may be deemed the period of a generation, or the life expectancy of the majority.”

A communist government will not lead another country ahead of us. There is efficiency in the communist economic plan; however, it is limited. The problem with Communism is that there is little real initiative to succeed, as individuals have little gain from that. Only the government gains.

Sam Adams said this, “the Utopian schemes of leveling re distribution of the wealth and a community of goods (central ownership of the means of production and distribution), are as visionary and impractical as those which vest all property in the Crown. These ideas are arbitrary, despotic, and, in our government, unconstitutional.”

What did Ben Franklin say about this, you ask? “I have long been of your opinion, that your legal provision for the Poor (in England) is a very great evil operating as it does to the encouragement of idleness. We have followed your example, and begin now to see our error, and. I hope, shall reform it.”

After all, America had left behind such previous world superpowers as our own England.

What did Ben Franklin say about this? “I have long been of your opinion, that your legal provision for the Poor (in England) is a very great evil operating as it does to the encouragement of idleness. We have followed your example, and begin now to see our error, and. I hope, shall reform it.”

Franklin was not criticizing helping the poor; but he favored a hand up rather than a hand out. With our primary mission being helping the needy, I agree.

American ingenuity, initiative and innovation can triumph. When the government gets out of the way, Americans will again prosper. If not, it is anybody’s guess who will be the world leader.

We need all Americans to pull together in a positive way – reenergizing the Constitution, working hard, lifting up the poor with them, innovating, investing in real commerce and trusting each other (not the government).



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