Steve's China Blog

Friday, June 20, 2008

All about control

Well, that didn't take long...

China reins in quake school fury - BBC

Grieving parents say wreaths left on the rubble at Xinjian Primary School were taken away by officials.

"They went too far. They have no consideration," said Xu Yan, whose 11-year-old daughter Huang Ruiqi died when the school collapsed.

No senior official was available to explain why the wreaths were taken away.

...and this one...

Chinese media blocked as parents seek justice over collapsed schools - Guardian UK

The restrictions are a step back from the first two weeks after the May 12 earthquake, when the government was widely praised for opening the disaster area to journalists, volunteers and aid workers.

The tightening reflects political concerns that the destroyed schools could become a focus for anti-government sentiment. Thousands of children died when their classrooms were reduced to rubble even though surrounding buildings remained standing. This has prompted allegations of shoddy construction, official corruption and poor safety oversight.

I'm not too surprised by this. The government will do anything here to retain control. Eventually I hope the Chinese people will do something about their repressive government. I think that they are the only ones who can change it. It will be hard in a country where only one party is in control and where the press and the military are in control of the government.

What worries me more is what is happening back in the US. It seems the US is trying it's best to move from the world's only superpower to just another repressive third-world s&%thole. JB Williams did a great job of describing my feelings and worries about it in his article....

The End of a Free Republic - Canada Free Press

Jefferson was right about many things, among them the fact that “Information is the currency of democracy.” A democratic society will never be any better than the quality of information used to make decisions. Today, we swim in a cesspool of disinformation and our democracy is showing the corrosive results of a poorly informed electorate.

America might have a multi-party system, but it seems to be moving towards only one ideology. The majority of the press in the US might not work for the democrat party directly but they have the same ideology, and therefore are willing to ignore facts and/or outright lie in their efforts to give power to leftist politicians.

Now I see that the leftists in the congress and senate want to be like Hugo Chavez and nationalize the US oil industry.

Democrats Want to Socialize Oil, Healthcare - Newsmax

In late May, Democratic Rep. Maxine Waters of Los Angeles, grilling oil company executives in committee hearings, blurted out: “This liberal will be about socializing . . . uh, um . . .” She paused, perhaps noticing that she had let the Democratic Party’s mask slip, then continued: “would be about, basically, taking over, and the government running all of your companies.”

You can find the video here.

And then a little while after that there are more leftist politicians calling for nationalizing the oil industry...

Nationalize This! - Investor's Business Daily

Then, this week, responding to President Bush's call for more drilling, the just-as-liberal Maurice Hinchey of New York's Borscht Belt chipped in with: "We (the government) should own the refineries. Then we can control how much gets into the market."

This is what it's about: "control." And it's extremely dangerous for our democracy because once government controls the economy, it controls you, too. Then the Constitution, which guarantees your rights as a citizen of our republic, becomes a dead letter.

What's especially shocking is these two extremists no longer seem out of step with what used to be a centrist Party.

You can see the video of Hinchey here (as well as some other wacked-out socialist Obama supporter).

Nationalized media? What's next? Little red books?

"We can't expect the American people to jump from Capitalism to Communism, but we can assist their elected leaders in giving them small doses of Socialism, until they awaken one day to find that they have Communism."

--Nikita Sergeyevich Khrushchev


  • Steve, a little less rhetoric and a little more China. I am your friend and enjoy your views on China.

    By Anonymous Greg, at 9:59 AM  

  • This was about China, and about America. I'm an American living in China, so I am bound to talk about both. It is not rhetoric, but my observations about both China and America.

    By Blogger Steve Harms, at 10:56 AM  

  • Well being an American, living in America it's quite different here. And since I know next to nothing about China (other than I think they are orchestrating a lot fo the turmoil in this world atm)it is interesting hearing about China. We hear enough about how terrible the US is here. I guess the proof will be inthe pudding as they say.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 9:42 PM  

  • Didnt' post anon--that was me.

    By Anonymous Greg, at 9:43 PM  

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