Hong Kong has never known all the democratic delights we've known, of course, but the British, during the island's colonial days, said, hey, here's capitalism, grab hold. The people did, becoming wonderfully prosperous while given more of a chance to experience liberty.
Colonialism ended, fear of China inspired an exodus, but authoritarianism did not then squash the island. The Chinese government said it would make Hong Kong a part of China, but with restrained interventions allowing magnificent piles of moolah to come Beijing's way. Nevertheless, guaranteed rights eroded and China got a Maoist imitator as its leader, Xi Jinping. He took debilitating command of China's own semi-capitalist, enriching economy, aimed at super-power status and began reinstituting tyranny's recent lapses.
Working through Hong Kong's unelected leader, China sought a bill allowing the extradition of Hong Kong residents accused of crimes, meaning it could better control dissidents. It was a fragrant foul that instructed more than a million Hong Kong residents to take to the streets even as China parked troops and tanks across the border.
Here's wishing more Americans were reacting with distress to what's happening here.
We've had government officials employ illegitimate means to unseat a legitimately elected president, and, yes, loud voices have said this was terrible. But more people appear to be shrugging their shoulders with many buying the line that the miracle of capitalism is a farce and that slavery built America. Our brilliant, courageous, enlightened founders, now minimized by leftists as nothing much, are said to have endorsed this abomination.
We are told our American creed is a farce. Several of the Democratic presidential candidates, evading reasonable routes, favor dictatorial climate change plans likely costing trillions to achieve nothing much. With variations, the top of the heap also favor collectivism, impracticality, restricted rights, judicial activism already in play and spending maybe meant to bribe voters when it could ultimately impoverish them.
What might emerge could be a protracted, devastating adventure in socialistic meanderings worse than Trump's flamboyant flubs ameliorated by such policies as enabling a flourishing economy, going after the evils of mass incarceration and nominating as Supreme Court justices two men who truly believe in the Constitution. What's scary at the moment is that he isn't addressing the crisis-prone debt and could topple his economic achievements with his tariffs on Chinese exports.
There isn't much doubt about China's Cold War antics and criminal misdoings aimed at world mastery. It has digitally invaded our federal government, stolen our intellectual property and taken over South China Sea properties claimed by other nations. Trump should still get it that a trade alliance with other Asian countries is the way to go, but lots of Democrats don't like versions of that idea, either.
And the valiant Hong Kong people? Three months of protest have forced their leader to back down on extradition but not on other demands for such things as direct elections or releasing protesters from jail. The free world should help them in every valid way it can, and the United States should do more to help itself.
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