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Saturday, June 18, 2005

My letter to Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL):
(202) 224-2152 or (312) 353-4952

Subject: Thank you!

Senator Durbin

Thank you Senator Durbin for honestly expressing what Democrats feel and believe. Thank you so much for keeping it clear in our heads just who you are and the lengths you will go to to regain power. Thank you for the recent comments on our soldiers and your comparisons of them to Nazis, Stalinists, and Pol Pot.

I am happy that Democrats are now saying publicly what many of us have always known to be true. That is, that Democrats don't support the troops and that in fact you secretly see them as mouth-breathing, knuckle dragging, nationalistic, redneck, baby killing, Nazi mercenaries who are responsible for maintaining our evil capitalistic society.

Thank you for defending people who would kill us all if given half a chance and thank you for standing on the side of Islamo-fascist mass murderers who oppress women and gays and who continue to murder Iraqi citizens on a daily basis for no other reason than because they want to return that country to a dictatorship. Thank you and the Democrats for supporting a September 10, 2001 strategy of fighting terror which features arrest warrants, lawyers for terrorists, and useless cruise missile attacks on empty training camps and factories. You are the line in the sand which says to people, "If this is how you feel then step over here and vote Democrat. If you disagree stay on that side and vote Republican."

Thank you, and the Democratic party, for all that and for all the other things you've done to undermine the United States of America as we TRY to bring liberal democracy to a region of the world that has known oppression and totalitarianism for far too long. The American people need to see just what it is the Democrats believe. The mask is off and you are to be congratulated for flinging the thing away once and for all. The American people should know exactly who it is they are voting for and what that party truly believes.

I hope you will stand by your words, repeat them in fact, and I hope that other Democrats such as Daily Kos will continue to support what you said. Also, the silence from Democrats on Capitol Hill is deafening. Democrats have truly come out of the closet and I say it's about time.


Sean Roper

Sunday, June 12, 2005

Conventional wisdom says that the 21st century will be the Chinese century, but I'm not so sure. I am, by no means, an expert on China, but the people I read and respect, and the arguments those people make against China becoming the world leader are very compelling.

Mark Steyn:
The internal contradictions of Commie-capitalism will, in the end, scupper the present arrangements in Beijing. China manufactures the products for some of the biggest brands in the world, but it's also the biggest thief of copyrights and patents of those same brands. It makes almost all Disney's official merchandising, yet it's also the country that defrauds Disney and pirates its movies. The new China's contempt for the concept of intellectual property arises from the old China's contempt for the concept of all private property: because most big Chinese businesses are (in one form or another) government-controlled, they've failed to understand the link between property rights and economic development.

China hasn't invented or discovered anything of significance in half a millennium, but the careless assumption that intellectual property is something to be stolen rather than protected shows why. If you're a resource-poor nation (as China is), long-term prosperity comes from liberating the creative energies of your people - and Beijing still has no interest in that. If a blogger attempts to use the words "freedom" or "democracy" or "Taiwan independence" on Microsoft's new Chinese internet portal, he gets the message: "This item contains forbidden speech. Please delete the forbidden speech." How pathetic is that? Not just for the Microsoft-spined Corporation, which should be ashamed of itself, but for the Chinese government, which pretends to be a world power but is terrified of words.
I've had this argument with people before. China will continue to lose it's best and brightest because those people are more free elsewhere to explore their ideas openly. A country or system that doesn't foster an environment where free speech is protected will never create great thinkers. Bottom line: China is being overhyped..

As Steyn suggests it is much wiser for us to encourage another billion plus population that shares our language and democratic ideals. The U.S. has indeed begun to develop a much closer relationship with India.

China seems like an unstoppable colussus to many people, but with American encouragement and a more open society it's clear that India can quickly become a serious ally with the U.S. in containing Chinese ambitions. The reason China needs to be contained? One only needs to be reminded that Chinese communism is not democratic and that democracies don't go to war with each other. In other words, if China were democratic, or at least as democratic as India, the potential for Chinese aggression would be much less. But as it is, the Chinese communist government in Beijing has recently made threatening gestures toward both democratic Japan and semi-democratic Taiwan. China has also swallowed Tibet, arrested the Panchem Lama and caused the Dalai Lama to flee into exile. If the U.S. had done anything like this the condemnation world wide would make the recent Koran controversy look like a tea party. The containment of Chinese ambitions is important to our allies in the region, especially Japan and Taiwan. All democratic and freedom loving people are in danger as long as a communist dictatorship is menacing the region and it is the U.S.'s responsibility to stand with our allies.

There is much exuberance in the business community for China and its market potential. We prefer to ignore the system of government and hope that capitalism leads to democracy. It could happen. The recent changes in China should be encouraging, but right now China is a threat and the potential for trouble is there. The chances of an Asian Steel Curtain falling over the region are remote, but the prudent thing to do is to keep perspective on just who we are dealing with.