A FUNNY STORY

Last week, U.S. Secretary Antony J. Blinken and National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan met with the Chinese Director of the Office of the Central Commission for Foreign Affairs Yang Jiechi and Chinese State Councilor Wang Yi in Alaska to discuss trade and other issues.

Blinken dove right into the deep end of the pool by scolding China for unfair trade practices and human rights violations, citing the internment of up to one million Uyghurs in reeducation camps in Xinjiang.

But rather than accept the dressing down,” Mr. Wang challenged Blink by reminding him the U.S. incarcerated a larger percentage of its population than any country on Earth.  China at a rate of 121 per 100,000, America at a rate of 638 per 100,000.  For those of you a little rusty on math, that is 5.2 times as great a rate.

But Mr. Wang was not done.  He went on to say that America a practiced systemic racism for hundreds of years, keeping its colored population subservient.  African Americans constitute 2.3 million, or 34%, of the total 6.8 million correctional population, while only comprising 13% of the population.  African Americans are incarcerated at more than 5 times the rate of whites.  The imprisonment rate for African American women is 2x that of white women.

Going on he reminded Blinken that U.S. prisoners were forced to work for multinational corporations fabricating, building, sorting, and mailing products for 15 to 40 cents an hour and if they refused to work for slave wages, they were put in solitary confinement.

It seems Mr. Blinken had been sleeping with Rip Van Winkle for the past ten years.  In 2000 China’s GDP was $1.2 trillion while the U.S. was $10.2 trillion.  By 1019, China was at $14.34 trillion and the U.S. at $21.43 trillion.  However that only tells a part of current realities.

China is the dominant trading country in the world, exporting $2.5 trillion while the U.S. exports $1.6 trillion.

For the rest of the world, it is China who has the greatest impact.  The only reason America has a greater GDP is because its population consumes (gorges on, wastes, inhales, imbibes) 25% of the world’s resources while representing only 5% of the world’s population.

Mr. Blinken then reminded China that America is the one great super power with the greatest military.

Mr. Wang scoffed at that suggestion.  In fact, the US war college cited a study that if America attempted to stop a US invasion of Taiwan, America would suffer catastrophic losses.  This is because America’s military is spread all over the world and China’s remain close to home.

While the republicans kowtow to Donald Trump: a racist, bigot, homophobic, mentally ill, social retard, thief, liar and misogynist, and concern themselves solely with winning reelection at the cost of America becoming a third world country, China and the rest of the industrialized nations grow faster and more independent of the sinking ship known as America every year.  And when the Chinese Yuan becomes the reserve currency in the world, and the US can no longer sell its treasuries bonds, America will officially be bankrupt and relegated to the status of a pariah nation, completing it long journey predicted by Thomas Jefferson in 1790 when he said, “It will be only a matter of time before the American system of government degenerated into an elective despotism,” and that “In the due course of history, Democracy would turn on itself in a feeding frenzy and degrade to Fascism.”

Maybe Mr. Blinken and America should go back to sleep for another 10 years and hope that when they wake up this trend has reversed itself.  Good luck with that.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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