215. Nine ‘Starter Steps’ to Save America From Socialism

Opinion: A New Zealander’s 9 ‘Starter Steps’ to Save America From Socialism

Commentary By Trevor Loudon, contributor,  the Epoch Times
March 4, 2021; Updated March 4, 2021

Though I’m a New Zealander, I know America and its people well. I’ve travelled to every state in the Lower 48 and have addressed more than 500 audiences across this amazing nation. My message has always been the same: The United States is heading toward a brutally tyrannical socialist revolution—and if America goes down, every free country follows.

Well, now it’s here, people, unfolding before our very eyes.

So, what can be done? Can the Republic be saved? Honestly, I don’t know.

However, I can suggest some steps that would at least give this country a fighting chance.

1. Face Reality

Millions of Americans are still in complete denial. Many think the military is secretly in control—that it’s only a matter of time until justice is done and President Donald Trump is restored. There’s a “secret plan”—just “have faith.” The truth is that Trump was outmaneuvered by an alliance of communists, globalists, and even traitors in his own party. The “deep state” is now almost fully in control.

Trump isn’t coming back into office any time before 2024—if we still have meaningful elections by then.

To make sure they can never be voted out of office, the Democrats plan to enfranchise 22 million illegal immigrants, abolish the electoral college, gain at least four more far-left senators through Puerto Rican and D.C. statehood, and flood the country with tens of millions more third-world refugees and illegal immigrants. They also plan to nationally introduce voting “reforms,” i.e., mass mail-in balloting, abolition of ID requirements, etc. that will guarantee eternal Democratic Party control.

If the Democrats can abolish the Senate filibuster and place at least four more leftist “Justices” on the Supreme Court, there’ll be virtually no way to stop any of this if we rely on traditional political methods.

We’re undergoing a Marxist-Leninist revolution driven by China—right now, in real time.

The military can’t save us, nor can Trump. On the contrary, it’s up to patriots to protect Trump and the Armed Services from unrelenting Democrat/communist attacks.

When enough Americans face the unpleasant truth, then, and only then, can we talk about hope.

2. Stop All Violent Rhetoric

Violence will not save America. The harsh reality is that President Barack Obama had eight years to replace patriotic generals with left-leaning political appointees. He did a great job. If violence breaks out (God forbid) the military will stand with the government, not the insurgents.

Does anyone think Russia and China, and Cuba and North Korea and Iran would stand idly by while their Democrat friends are being defeated by a patriotic uprising? They would undoubtedly use the opportunity to finish off their “main enemy” once and for all.

Beware anyone inciting violence online, at a public gathering, or in a private meeting. Distance yourself fast. They will be at best hopelessly naive, at worst government provocateurs.

The left is praying for “right wing” violence. It will give them an excuse for a massive crackdown on patriotic Americans. This country will be saved peacefully or not at all. If significant violence breaks out, it’s over.

Having said that, the Second Amendment must be preserved all costs. An armed populace is at least some check on tyranny, even if useless in the face of biological warfare or nuclear attack. Americans should keep their guns and work every day to ensure they never have to use them against their own people.

3. Restore Election Integrity in All Red States

If voter trust isn’t restored within months, the Republican Party is doomed. Democrats will continue to vote. Large numbers of Republican voters will stay home. They won’t trust the elections and will refuse to participate. We’ve already seen this play out in the Georgia Senate elections.

Thirty states are currently led by Republican legislatures. Some are already holding enquiries into fixing deficient electoral procedures. Most will be whitewashes unless the public gets heavily involved. If the resulting recommendations don’t include the elimination of electronic voting machines and heavy penalties for organized voter fraud, it’s likely to be a window dressing exercise. Be alert.

Patriots must work to restore voting integrity first in the red states, then the red counties of the blue states—then after 2022, the whole nation.

Get involved in this process. It’s a top priority.

4. Close the Republican Primaries Immediately

This should be a no-brainer, but no one is talking about it. Only five U.S. states have truly closed Republican primaries. This means that in most states Democrats and Independents (even communists) can vote in Republican primaries—and they do. All over the country, the GOP’s enemies vote in Republican primaries to pick the weakest, most wimpy candidate they can.

That’s why the Republican base is super patriotic but most of their elected representatives in most states vote like “progressive” Democrats.

Close the primaries, Republican patriots. It will transform your party.

5. Organize a Compact of Free States

MAGA folk need to build a “nation within a nation.” This doesn’t mean secession—Russia and China would be quick to exploit such division. What’s needed is a re-affirmation of 10th Amendment rights as already outlined in the U.S. Constitution. The already out-of-control federal government is about to go on a rampage against every form of independence left in the country. Every red state with the courage to do so must immediately begin working toward a formal compact to collectively oppose all forms of federal overreach.

Such a formal alliance should start with Florida and Texas, then grow by inviting Oklahoma, the Plains states, most of the Southern states, New Hampshire, the free Midwestern states, and the Republican-led Northern and Western states.

Such an alliance, stretching from the Florida Keys and the Gulf of Mexico all the way to the Great Lakes and the Canadian border and even Alaska, would bisect the entire country.

Adding the red counties of the blue states such as Virginia, Maryland, New Jersey, Massachusetts, Illinois, Minnesota, New Mexico, Colorado, Washington, Oregon, and California, would create a voting and economic bloc that Washington would find exceedingly difficult to challenge.

When the Biden administration recently suggested that Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis close all restaurants in his state to slow the CCP virus pandemic, the governor politely refused—citing the ineffectiveness and horrendous economic consequences of mass lockdowns.

Biden then reportedly hinted at an unconstitutional ban on air and road travel to and from Florida. This threat might work against Florida alone. It wouldn’t work against Florida plus Texas and Oklahoma and 10 to 25 other states.

The United States is technically a federation of free and independent states. It’s time to fully realize that ideal.

Southern states will soon be reeling under a massive new wave of illegal immigration. The federal government will do nothing to prevent it. Texas, Florida, Arizona, and the free counties of New Mexico and California need to be preparing to defend their borders now. This is not an immigration issue that is the Constitutional preserve of the federal government—this is a state public welfare issue.

Of course, the Biden-Harris administration plans to pack the Supreme Court with more left-wing justices to make virtually anything they want “constitutional.” But this shouldn’t even need to go the courts. State governments already have the power under the 10th Amendment to nullify Federal overreach. They simply have to band together to put Washington back into its constitutionally tiny box.

The Republic will be saved through the courageous application of the First Amendment (free speech) and the 10th Amendment (state sovereignty).

6. Republic Review

Every free state should immediately embark on the adoption of the “Republic Review” process. There’s a small but growing movement in some Western and Northern states to review their engagement with the federal government to eliminate or nullify all unconstitutional relationships.

Under the Constitution, the states are technically superior to the federal government. They’re sovereign under the “equal footing” doctrine and have the legal power to refuse to engage in unconstitutional programs.

For instance, most states only get about 10 percent of their education budget from the feds—but are almost completely subservient to Department of Education dictates. Why not forgo the measly 10 percent in exchange for a return to local control over all public education? America is losing its youth in the public schools. Every patriotic parent knows that.

This would give parents more control over their children’s education and restore citizen’s control over their own government. Is this worth 10 percent of your state’s education budget?

If the free states are willing to stand against federal government overreach they must also be prepared to forgo unconstitutional federal money.

A thorough Republic Review audit would soon return power to the state legislatures—where it belongs.

7. Form a Multi-State ‘America First’ Popular Alliance

The left has “Our Revolution,” a nationwide alliance of 600 groups operating both inside and outside of the Democratic Party. Operated by Democratic Socialists of America and the Communist Party USA, Our Revolution works in the Democratic primaries to elect far-left candidates like Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.), Ilhan Omar (D-Minn.), and Rashida Tlaib (D-Mich.) into office. Our Revolution is not subject to Democratic Party discipline, but it does get to choose Democratic candidates.

We need an “America First” umbrella group to operate both outside and inside the Republican Party—even possibly within the Democratic Party in some areas.

This organization should be all about pushing the MAGA/America First agenda at every level of government, in every state of the union.

Such a movement could harness the energy of 70 million to 80 million Trump voters without being under Republican Party control.

America First could unite the Tea Party and MAGA movements, grassroots Republicans, patriotic Democrats, and Independents to mobilize tens of millions of voters to transform the GOP into the truly populist, patriotic MAGA party it should always have been.

Take that Mitch McConnell!

Trump is already vetting candidates to stand against the Republican congressmembers and senators who betrayed their own base after the 2020 election.

America Firsters should register Republican by the millions to primary out dozens of Republican sell-outs in 2022. The America First/MAGA movement could “own” every level of the GOP by 2024. The GOP needs the MAGA movement way more than the MAGA movement needs the Republican brand.

Meanwhile, there are almost 70 far-left Democratic congressmembers in red states. Just restoring voter integrity alone could defeat several of them in 2022.

Running MAGA candidates backed by Trump in every one of those races could flip many more. It would be more than feasible to take back the House in 2022 to make Biden a “lame duck” president.

8. Boycott/Buycott Bigtime

Patriots should be abandoning Google, Facebook, Twitter, etc. for more honest platforms. They should also enthusiastically support efforts by DeSantis to heavily fine Big Tech operators who “cancel” patriots. If 25 or 30 free states did the same, “Big Tech” would soon be little tech.

Patriots need to organize nationwide boycotts of unpatriotic companies and buycotts for loyal American companies like My Pillow and Goya Foods.

Already, local groups are drawing up lists of “unfriendly” local companies and friendly alternatives so patriots can stop supporting their opponents and spend more with their fellow MAGA supporters.

It would also be smart to sequentially target vulnerable unpatriotic companies.

Imagine if 80 million MAGA patriots resolved to begin a nationwide boycott of one such company starting now. The boycott would go on indefinitely until the target company was broke, or it apologized for “cancelling” patriots. If applicable, every MAGA family could simultaneously commit to buying at least one of the cancelled person’s products this year.

On April 1, another disloyal company could be targeted, then another on May 1, another on June 1, etc.

After two or three companies had collapsed or apologized, we would soon see large companies start to back away from the “Cancel Culture.”

Patriots have spending power in this country, people. We need to starve our enemies and feed our friends.

Again, patriots need to build a nation within a nation.

It should be also a given that every American patriot boycotts all communist Chinese goods wherever possible. Check those labels! Buying Chinese communist products in 2021 is like buying Nazi products in 1939. It’s immoral and it’s suicidal.

The Chinese Communist Party just crippled the U.S. economy with the CCP virus. Then, pro-China communists instigated mass Black Lives Matter rioting. Then the same people worked to influence the 2020 election.

It’s about time Americans stop funding their number one enemy—the CCP.

9. Remove Malign Foreign Influence at State Level

DeSantis has unveiled legislation to massively curtail communist Chinese activity in Florida. The legislation also targets several other enemy states including Russia, Iran, Syria, North Korea, Cuba, and Venezuela—all of which interfere in this country’s internal affairs.

In December 2020, Trump’s Director of National Intelligence John Ratcliffe revealed that the Chinese Communist Party was conducting a “massive influence campaign” targeting dozens of members of Congress and their aides, including through attempted blackmail and bribery.

Currently, thousands of foreign companies from hostile regimes are buying up land, food production facilities, technical companies, educational facilities, and infrastructure.

Tens of thousands of foreign agents are co-opting unpatriotic businessmen, unethical politicians, and sympathetic journalists in the interests of China and other malevolent states.

Under the Biden-Harris administration nothing will be done to stop these activities at a federal level—but much can still be done by the free states.

If every free state cracked down on foreign bribery, corruption. espionage, and subversion, this country would be transformed.

If hundreds of corrupt academics, journalists, businessmen, and politicians (from both parties) were exposed and punished, this country would soon be well on the way to moral, economic, and political recovery.
What Do You Think?

These steps alone will not save America—but I believe they would be a huge step in the right direction. I will be following up with further suggestions and plans. But for now, I’d love to see your comments, suggestions, and criticisms in the comments section.

Thank you for reading. From a grateful Kiwi, God bless America.

Trevor Loudon is an author, filmmaker, and public speaker from New Zealand. For more than 30 years, he has researched radical left, Marxist, and terrorist movements and their covert influence on mainstream politics. He is best known for his book “Enemies Within: Communists, Socialists and Progressives in the U.S. Congress” and his similarly themed documentary film “Enemies Within.” His recently published book is “White House Reds: Communists, Socialists & Security Risks Running for U.S. President, 2020.”

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214. Wuhan’s Virology Institute Studies New Virus

China in Focus (March 3): Wuhan’s Virology Institute Studies New Virus
13hr CHINA IN FOCUS

Wuhan’s Institute of Virology is researching yet another deadly virus. This one comes from the Xinjiang region—and may wreak even more havoc in the body.

One man in Hong Kong dies after receiving the CCP (Chinese Communist Party) virus vaccine. The dose given to him was made in China.

A new round of digital security breaches, blamed on Chinese hackers, have targeted both the United States and India.

U.S. Health authorities reportedly complied with a confidentiality form designed by the Chinese Communist Party in order to access data collected by the World Health Organization.

Does China ever have free speech? Contrary to the CCP’s crackdown on dissidents, the right to criticize the government is actually rooted in ancient Chinese culture.

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213. Is the US Becoming Less Free Than Russia?

Is the US Becoming Less Free Than Russia?

Commentary by Lawrence Solomon
March 2, 2021; Updated March 3, 2021

Russia gets bad press, deservedly so. Corruption is rampant, journalists and other critics of President Vladimir Putin have met untimely ends, mass political protests are met with batons, the LGBTQ community suffers restrictions of a kind that ended decades ago in most Western countries, and religions seen as disloyal to the nation—a radical Muslim offshoot and Jehovah’s Witnesses are examples—aren’t tolerated.

Yet, by some measures—some more personal than political—Russia today affords its citizens more rights, more respect, and more accountability than the United States, Canada, and other Western countries, where fundamental freedoms can no longer be taken for granted.

The decline of U.S. freedom is clearest since COVID-19, where under the “guise of a real medical pandemic, [the United States is] really moving into a coup situation, a police state situation,” states Naomi Wolf, a former adviser to President Bill Clinton who has been warning of the rise of tyranny in America since her 2007 bestseller, “The End of America.”

The “state has now crushed businesses, kept us from gathering in free assembly to worship as the First Amendment provides, is invading our bodies … [and is] restricting movement.”

In contrast, Russia ended its nationwide six-week shutdown in May 2020, with bars and restaurants reopening with social distancing measures, and has refused to countenance a second nationwide lockdown. When regional or local lockdowns subsequently occurred, they tended to be short-lived or targeted, such as lockdowns of those 65 years of age and older, forcing bars and restaurants to close at 11 p.m., or requiring temperature checks before admitting patrons to Moscow’s theater and concert halls. Churches were often defiant.

Pointing to the Russian constitution’s guarantee of separation between church and state, many if not most remained open for Easter. The tyranny that the United States and other Western countries embraced via COVID-19 was short-lived and relatively tepid in Russia.

After COVID-19 concerns end, the U.S. cancel culture will remain, threatening the livelihoods of millions of employees in universities, arts organizations, major corporations, and governments who dare dissent from the orthodoxy. Even heroes such as George Washington and Abraham Lincoln are being canceled for not being pure enough, or being too white and male. In effect, large pluralities of American society who combined represent the majority of Americans are subject to discipline for being allegedly racist, xenophobic, sexist, homophobic, transphobic, or otherwise suspect.

In Russia, the West’s cancel culture phenomenon and the political correctness that fuels it, doesn’t exist, so much so that an opinion article in the liberal Moscow Times, a critic of Putin and the Kremlin, bemoans the insensitive talk that’s rife throughout Russia, including by politicians: “In any other country with a modicum of political correctness, fellow lawmakers and public opinion would have forced these politicians to resign. Some countries would have charged them under hate-speech or extremism laws.”

Russians aren’t only free to be politically incorrect, they also don’t feel disenfranchised from their political leadership. Unlike the millions of Americans who doubt that President Joe Biden garnered more votes than Donald Trump in the presidential election, few Russians, even among political enemies, dispute Putin’s electoral victory. As shown by the internationally respected Levada polling company, Putin has been consistently popular with approval numbers that far exceed those of Biden or Trump before him.

Russians much more approve of their federal legislators than Americans do of their congressional leaders, and Russians also endorse their many governors. Contrary to the spin from the anti-Putin, anti-Russia Western media, Alexei Navalny, a political opponent of Putin’s who was poisoned and then jailed, may be lionized by many in the West, but his approval rating is only 19 percent, and he’s “most trusted” by only 4 percent of Russians, compared to 32 percent who most trust Putin.

Only 17 percent of Russians are confident that Navalny’s inflammatory film—“Palace for Putin: History of the World’s Biggest Bribe,” which claims he owns a $1.5 billion palace—isn’t an unfair slander.

Although Russia is a multinational state with close to 200 ethnic minorities, many of them represented in ethnically based national republics and autonomous regions, Russia has avoided the deep divisions and identity politics seen in the United States. If anything, the ethnic minorities tend to be even more supportive of Putin than ethnic Russians, despite Putin’s “Russia First” platform, or perhaps because of it.

With the possible exception of Chechnya, where Muslim extremists have waged war against the federal government, the ethnic minorities tend to be patriotic Russians.

Religious minorities also tend to be freer in Russia than in many Western countries, where they are subject to intolerance or worse. Anti-Semitism has been rising in the United States, Canada, the UK, and France, leading many Jews to emigrate to Israel or other countries perceived to be safe. Jews don’t leave Russia for fear of attacks—Putin and the Russian establishment are vigilant in making Russia’s Jews feel welcome, leading many Jews who emigrated to Israel from the former Soviet Union to return to Russia (pdf).

Russians don’t aspire to be woke Americans and Americans don’t aspire to live under Russian-style strong-man rule. But unless the trend reverses, Americans could do worse than Russia-level liberties.

“We’re turning into a version of a totalitarian state before everyone’s eyes,” Wolf fears.

Lawrence Solomon is a columnist, an author, and the policy director of Toronto-based Probe International. @LSolomonTweets LawrenceSolomon@nextcity.com

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212. WHO Probe Under Scrutiny Over Investigators’ Ties to Chinese Regime

WHO Probe Under Scrutiny Over Investigators’ Ties to Chinese Regime

By Frank Fang
March 1, 2021; Updated March 2, 2021

International critics are questioning the impartiality of a World Health Organization (WHO) team that recently conducted a fact-finding mission in Wuhan to probe the origins of the CCP virus.

The team consisted of 17 Chinese experts and 17 foreign experts from 10 countries. They began their work in the central Chinese city of Wuhan—the epicenter of the CCP (Chinese Communist Party) virus outbreak—in late January before presenting their preliminary findings at a virtual press conference on Feb. 9.

However, the composition of the WHO team has come under scrutiny. In particular, some experts have relationships with the Chinese regime, raising conflict of interest issues.

Leung Man-to, a political science professor at Taiwan’s National Cheng Kung University, told The Epoch Times that the independence of the findings was compromised by the fact that foreign experts chosen by the WHO needed to first be approved by Beijing.

In October last year, Mike Ryan, executive director of the WHO’s Health Emergencies Program, said during a meeting that “a list of candidates has been submitted to the Chinese authorities for their consideration and for next steps in order to deploy that team.”

Given the experts were vetted by Beijing, Leung said that it was unlikely their findings would stray from the CCP’s narrative of the virus origins.

“Simply put, we can reasonably infer that the conclusions of the findings were long written up, and [Beijing] simply needed people [foreign experts] to lend their support,” Leung said.

He added that the independence of the findings was further compromised by the fact that Chinese experts were part of the team.

The experts, who were in China for four weeks, two of which were spent in quarantine, were reliant on Chinese authorities to do the actual investigation, according to WHO adviser Jamie Metzl. The Chinese regime also refused to provide raw data on early COVID-19 cases to the health body, according to one WHO team member.

The WHO has not yet released its final report on its findings in Wuhan. However, Peter Ben Embarek, who led the team, said on Feb. 9 that the possibility of the virus being leaked from the Wuhan Institute of Virology was “extremely unlikely.” Days later, WHO Chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus appeared to walk back on this statement, saying that “all hypotheses remain open and require further study.”

Ties to the CCP

At least two of the foreign experts on the team—Peter Daszak and Marion Koopmans—have ties to the Chinese regime. Koopmans is a Dutch virologist, while Daszak is a U.S.-UK dual national who heads EcoHealth Alliance, a New York-based nonprofit that works in pandemic prevention.

In September 2018, Daszak said that EcoHealth was a recipient of CCP money, while taking part in a conference sponsored by Chinese state broadcaster CGTN, the international arm of China’s state broadcaster CCTV.

“Our organization has been working in China in collaboration with Chinese scientists in the government of China for over 15 years, supported by federal funding from the U.S. and federal funding from China,” Daszak said.

EcoHealth also “channeled money from the [U.S.] National Institute of Health” to the Wuhan Institute of Virology, according to a January article by New York Magazine. The institute, one of China’s top virus research labs, has been at the center of speculation that it could have been the source of the pandemic through an accidental lab leak. Researchers at the lab have conducted extensive research on bat coronaviruses.

A fact sheet released by the U.S. State Department in late January stated that it “had reason to believe” several researchers at the institute fell ill with symptoms consistent with both COVID-19 and common seasonal illnesses in the autumn of 2019. A senior researcher at the institute previously said in July 2020 there was “zero infection” among lab staff and students.

The sheet also said the lab was engaging in secret animal experiments for the Chinese military since 2017. It was also conducting “gain-of-function” research on viruses—which involves creating artificial viruses with new or enhanced capabilities, according to the fact sheet.

Beijing has repeatedly refuted suggestions that the virus was leaked from the institute. On Jan. 18, China’s foreign ministry spokeswoman Hua Chungying during a daily briefing accused the fact sheet as being “filled with conspiracy theory and lies.”

Daszak took China’s position on the lab leak theory early last year, at a time when the Wuhan lab was under intense scrutiny as being the source of the virus. In February 2020, Daszak was among a group of 27 public health scientists who issued a joint statement “strongly” condemning “conspiracy theories suggesting that COVID-19 does not have a natural origin.” The group said the coronavirus “originated in wildlife” after analyzing its genomes.

The Lancet statement was organized by Daszak, and his spokesperson told the Wall Street Journal in January that it was prepared as “a showing of support” for Chinese scientists, who at the time were allegedly receiving death threats.

Last September, Daszak appeared in a CCTV documentary on China’s fight against the pandemic. He praised China’s early responses to the outbreak, saying it was “unprecedented and is incredibly efficient.”

Prior to the pandemic, Daszak also praised China’s flagship foreign policy project, the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI). According to a 2018 article on the website of China’s Center for Disease Control and Prevention, Daszak praised the regime’s efforts to work with other countries under the BRI to fight emerging infectious diseases, saying it would “benefit the world.”

Beijing rolled out BRI in 2013 in an effort to expand its global influence and build Beijing-centered trade networks by financing infrastructure projects throughout Southeast Asia, Africa, Europe, and Latin America.

Koopmans also has ties to the CCP as evidenced by her biography page on the provincial Center for Disease Control and Prevention in southern China’s Guangdong Province. The bio page stated that she was hired in 2008 to work as the center’s science advisor.

She also lauded Chinese regime’s responses to the outbreak. According to a February 2020 article from the CCP’s official mouthpiece People’s Daily, the Dutch virologist praised Beijing for how quickly it was able to build a field hospital in Wuhan to treat patients.

Daszak and Koopmans did not respond to requests for comment.

Concerns

Some in the U.S. health community have voiced concerns about the apparent conflicts of interest in the WHO team.

“Dr. Daszak has a clear-cut conflict of interest that should’ve disqualified him from participation on the WHO team,” stated Michael Weinstein, president of the Los Angeles-based nonprofit AIDS Healthcare Foundation, according to a Feb. 10 statement.

He added: “Now, any conclusions of the investigation will be tainted by one more fragment of uncertainty.

“Regrettably, the only plausible way out of this situation is to start over–to disband the WHO team, and charge a neutral, non-political body with reconstituting it. To ensure the highest degree of independence, all members of the new team should have the full protection of diplomatic immunity.”

Leung told The Epoch Times that had former U.S. President Donald Trump won his re-election bid, his administration would either reject the WHO findings outright, or be a more forceful critic of the body than the Biden administration.

On Feb. 9, State Department spokesperson Ned Price said the “jury’s still out” on whether Beijing gave full transparency to the WHO team. Days later, White House National Security Adviser Jake Sullivan issued a statement questioning the process by which the team reached their findings. He also called on the regime to release its data from the earliest days of the outbreak.

Daszak criticized the White House’s skepticism of China’s transparency during the WHO probe, saying in a Feb. 9 tweet that President Joe Biden “has to look tough on China.” He added, “Please don’t rely too much on US intel: increasingly disengaged under Trump & frankly wrong on many aspects.”

Several former Trump officials have rebuked the WHO team and its findings.

Former Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Feb. 9 told Fox that there was “significant evidence” that the virus originated from the Wuhan lab, despite the WHO’s statements. A day later, former director of National Intelligence John Ratcliffe criticized the WHO findings as “disingenuous.”

On Feb. 21, Matt Pottinger, the former deputy national security adviser, told CBS that the WHO team was “deeply conflicted.”

“It’s made up of people who have benefited from public funding to work in the very lab where this thing may have actually originated from the Wuhan Institute of Virology,” Pottinger said.

He concluded: “[I]t’s not a credible exercise that we’ve seen undertaken to get to the roots of where this thing originated.”
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211. Why the Communists Are Winning

Why the Communists Are Winning

By Cliff Kincaid

March 2, 2021


In John le Carre’s Cold War spy thriller Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy, the Russian mole in the British intelligence service says to the spy hunter who caught him, “I had to pick a side, George. It was an aesthetic choice as much as a moral one. The West has grown so very ugly, don’t you think?” A similar line surfaced when a West Point Cadet, Spenser Rapone, was photographed in 2018 with the phrase “Communism will win” in his cap.

Their belief in the Marxist theory of history (historical materialism) has convinced them communism will triumph by moving countries such as the United States through stages of slavery, feudalism, capitalism, and socialism. Former President Trump said in his CPAC speech on Sunday, in commenting on Democratic Party policies, “We will fight the onslaught of radicalism, socialism, and indeed it all leads to communism once and for all.”

As I note in The Sword of Revolution and The Communist Apocalypse, the Marxists see the U.S. as a society based on slavery which has since become the leading capitalist nation and must therefore be “transformed” into socialism on the road to communism. Hence, we currently see Marxists and their fellow travelers refer to slavery as the basis for American capitalism and the need for reparations.

The book Lincoln’s Marxists notes that Karl Marx and his followers took an active interest in the Civil War and believed Lincoln’s subjugation of the South would advance the world communist movement. Barack Hussein Obama’s communist mentor, Frank Marshall Davis, taught at the Abraham Lincoln School in Chicago. While Marxists like Lieutenant Colonel Joseph Weydemeyer fought in the Union army, there is no hard evidence that Lincoln personally embraced Marxism.

Looking at this through Marxist eyes, the U.S. developed beyond an economic system based on slavery to the current stage between capitalism and socialism—what is called the highest stage of capitalism. This is when the Marxists capture the major organs of finance capital, including hedge funds, major corporations, and the means of communication. It looks like fascism, but Marxists regard it as a significant stage on the road to world communism.

It’s Communism, stupid

In order to avoid this ultimate fate, including re-education camps, conservatives must identify the communists for what they are and understand their tactics and strategy. Calling this “woke capitalism” or “cancel culture” won’t suffice. And denouncing “McCarthyism” only confuses people about the need for congressional internal security committees to expose and identify communists. Until that happens, Trevor Loudon has the best on-line encyclopedia, KeyWiki, to keep track of the “enemy within.”

We have lost valuable time. A tribunal to investigate, expose, and prosecute communist crimes has never been held, in contrast to the Nuremberg trials for the Nazis, and the International Meeting of Communist and Workers Parties is still being held on a yearly basis. Literally dozens of communist groups operate on American soil, in open violation of the Communist Control Act, which is still on the books. (It was introduced by a Democrat, Senator Hubert Humphrey, and signed by a Republican president, Dwight Eisenhower.)

Our problems as a nation go back decades, to the time when the OSS, the predecessor to the CIA, was led by William J. Donovan and recruited communists out of Nazi Germany, ostensibly to understand and fight the Nazis. But these Marxists had a different agenda. As documented in our report Cultural Marxism and America’s Moral Collapse, these Marxists developed a new series of stages of socialism in which various “oppressed” peoples wake up to their historical consciousness and demand their “rights.” The popular description is “identity politics.”

As demonstrated by the case of Barack Hussein Obama, blacks were always targeted for exploitation, since they were perceived as the historical victims of slavery and could be used as cannon fodder for the revolution. But “gay rights” became a cause that was literally made up in America by a member of the Communist Party, Harry Hay, in order to further divide American society and undermine its moral foundations. Today “transgenders” are the latest to join the Marxist “struggle.”

Over the decades, as moral standards changed and suffered a decline, even the intelligence agencies hired and promoted people known to be “perverts.” At the same time, Christian anti-communists were weaned out of the agencies or ostracized as dissidents.

In fact, despite the communist-created uproar over “McCarthyism,” some of the key communists were never exposed at the right time.

The book A Very Principled Boy, by former CIA officer Mark A. Bradley, tells the story of communist Duncan Lee, who infiltrated the OSS for the Soviets and was never prosecuted or convicted. Communist defector Elizabeth Bentley exposed Lee, but he continued to deny serving the communists until his death. He was eventually exposed definitively as a Soviet agent by the Venona intercepts of Soviet messages by the NSA. One of the Venona messages named Lee, who worked directly for OSS director Donovan, by the cover name “Koch.” But Donovan called Lee a “very principled boy” who would not betray his country.

(The Venona intercepts were not used at the time to prosecute Lee because of the need to keep the nature and success of the surveillance a secret from the Soviets.)

“The sad truth,” notes researcher Mark LaRochelle, “is that Lee was just one of many identified Soviet agents in the OSS. Others, as we now know from numerous impeccable sources, included Maurice Halperin, Carl Marzani, Franz Neumann, Helen Tenney, Julius and Bella Joseph, and Lee’s Oxford classmate, Donald Niven Wheeler.”

The Greatest Generation

The Russians provoked World War II with their Hitler-Stalin Pact, but when Hitler attacked Russia, U.S. President Franklin Roosevelt arranged support for Stalin. FDR’s administration was penetrated by communists such as State Department spy and United Nations founder Alger Hiss. Later, Hiss would help arrange Soviet control of Eastern Europe. Meanwhile, Stalin stole America’s nuclear secrets by using American traitors in the atom bomb project. Later, the Chinese communists stole more advanced nuclear secrets from the U.S.

Stalin helped Mao take China and sparked communist aggression in Korea and Vietnam. The U.S. settled on a stalemate in Korea, after American General Douglas MacArthur was prohibited from taking the fight to the communist-controlled Chinese mainland. He was fired by President Harry Truman, who decided on a policy of containment of, rather than victory over, communism.

Vietnam was abandoned to the communists when Democrats in Congress—organized in a group that later became known as the Progressive Caucus—objected to further aid to anti-communist South Vietnam.

General George S. Patton had warned the U.S. that Russian communism was as big a threat as Nazism. But the American government didn’t want to hear that. And that made Patton a target. The book Target Patton, by Robert Wilcox, argues that Patton was assassinated. Later, President Kennedy was assassinated by a Marxist, Lee Harvey Oswald, and Robert F. Kennedy suffered the same fate. His assassin was a Palestinian Marxist.

Robert Orlando’s film “Silence Patton” says, “Patton’s legacy confronts us with one haunting question about World War II: why did the allies spend years spilling the blood of thousands of men to oust a dictator in Germany and recapture the land from the German Reich only to surrender those liberated lands to a Russian tyrant in a matter of months?”

The Greatest Generation, in other words, gave their lives to make the world safe for communism. It’s a terrible tragedy. The major change in communist strategy has been the replacement of China over Russia as the leader of the world communist movement. The Sino-Soviet split was a ruse, a dialectical maneuver, that was gladly accepted by traitors in government and the corporate sector.

The specter of McCarthyism

As this began to unfold, Senator Joe McCarthy was trying to understand the nature of communist infiltration. The Communists demonized him, coining the term “McCarthyism.” On the eve of investigating communist infiltration of the CIA, as documented by J.C. Hawkins in the book Betrayal at Bethesda, McCarthy went in Bethesda Naval Hospital for a knee problem and came out in a body bag, dead from hepatitis.

Meanwhile, communists in Hollywood claimed persecution, even though all of the members of the “Hollywood Ten” were guilty of subversion. All of this is documented in Allan Ryskind’s book Hollywood Traitors.

Brennan’s leverage over Obama

The corruption is so deep that, in order to bring down Trump, his CIA director, Gina Haspel, reportedly arranged the transfer of the phony Russia dossier to the FBI. It was paid for by Hillary and used KGB sources. Haspel was mentored by Obama CIA Director John Brennan, who voted communist in college and rose briskly through the ranks of the agency. It was Brennan’s private firm, the Analysis Corp., that was accused of improperly examining—and perhaps doctoring—Obama’s passport files before he became president.

Our intelligence agencies failed to warn the American people about the Chinese threat, since they accepted communist disinformation that the Communist Chinese had given up on communism, and the China Joe administration now wants to avoid even mentioning that the deadly Covid-19 disease came out of China. The evidence suggests a laboratory origin.

Lt. Gen. Ion Mihai Pacepa, the highest-ranking official ever to have defected from the former Soviet bloc, was in hiding in the U.S. and recently passed away from Covid. But he provided a statement for one of my conferences on the significance of the Obama presidency, saying, “I walked in Marxist moccasins for many years, and I can see how President Obama could have bought into the siren call of Marxism.…”

That siren call—of a utopian world in which exploitation and alienation are eliminated and human progress is assured—has been accepted by so many in the United States that some might say the end is near. The communists are winning.

As geopolitical analyst Jeff Nyquist has noted, the well-documented infiltration of the CIA by the KGB and the post-Soviet special services (not to mention China) leads to suspicions that the agency has been compromised from the start. “Today,” he notes, “the suspicion must be that the agency is under outright Russian control.”

Mikhail Gorbachev, General Secretary of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union, declared in a speech, “October and Perestroika: The Revolution Continues,” on November 2, 1987, that, “In October 1917 we parted with the old world, rejecting it once and for all. We are moving towards a new world, the world of Communism. We shall never turn off that road!” He understood that the U.S. would want to be fooled by the “collapse” of communism, conducted under the cover of Marxist dialectical maneuvers known as perestroika and glasnost.

Today, the Communist Chinese are using the tactics of Marxist dialectics, described by Chinese Red Army Commander Lin Biao as a “spiritual atom bomb,” far superior to the real thing. In the case of Covid-19, the maneuver is clear: China will save the world it has destroyed.

The destruction of America’s economy through Covid-19 and the lockdowns has already led to the creation of new digital currencies, threatening the dollar’s dominance in world trade, as out-of-control federal spending and inflationary pressures threaten America’s fiscal future. Equally important, the Christian and moral foundations of America’s constitutional republic have been undermined to the point where it looks like America is ripe for the picking.

We can’t want until 2024. The communist apocalypse is approaching.

© Cliff Kincaid

Cliff Kincaid is a veteran journalist and media critic, and is the president of America’s Survival, Inc.
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211. The Zombie Apocalypse and Pope’s Dunciad

The Zombie Apocalypse and Pope’s Dunciad

By J. R. Nyquist
February 23, 2021

Yeah, I know I’m ugly… I said to a bartender, ‘Make me a zombie.’ He said ‘God beat me to it.’
–Rodney Dangerfield

According to a Russian source, more than a year ago, President Vladimir Putin ordered his intelligence staff to determine whether Senator Bernie Sanders could win the White House in 2020. After examining polling data, the Russian analysts determined that Trump would beat Sanders in an electoral landslide. When this conclusion was presented to Putin, he imitated Stalin’s Georgian accent and said, “It depends on who is counting the votes.”

It was a joke, of course. Putin accepted that Bernie would never be president. After all, a Bernie Sanders presidency would quickly devolve into a whole series of jokes. Imagine, if you will, America’s Sunday morning political programming devolving into a “Weekend at Bernie’s.” If people thought communism died in 1991, imagine the living death of a Sanders administration. By the end of Bernie’s first year in office America would smell like a rotting corpse. Of course, Biden’s presidency may amount to the same thing. After all, the country is drinking socialist Kool-aid similar to that recommended by Bernie. Does the exact brand of poison matter? What matters is that the country is being poisoned. Of course, for someone like Putin, that’s when the fun begins; so why would Putin care which clown, or which Marxist shill, passes out the Kool-aid? “Go with Joe” is only marginally preferable to “on the gurney with Bernie.” And besides, Joe and Bernie are completely interchangable in terms of political ideology and rigor mortis.

There is a sense in which America’s political leaders are like the walking dead. Seriously. If today’s America were a movie, it would be a zombie apocalypse. Only it would be a zombie apocalypse with a difference. Think of it this way: A rotting zombie comes hobbling toward you in a dark alley, drooling for your brains. (Please remember that zombies eat brains.) But the zombie realizes he’s in America, and that is meager fare indeed. Worse yet, where is a zombie in this country going to get some respect? America is not exactly into repsecting the dead, walking or not. If Rodney Dangerfield didn’t get respect when he was alive, can you imagine what he’d say as a Zombie?

Dangerfield: I tell ya, I tell ya, I’m all right now but last week I was in bad shape, bad shape. Last week I ate a politician’s brains and burped hot air for three days….Oh man, last week nothin went right. I got a bobby pin to re-attach my arm and my head fell down a storm drain. I crawled down into the storm drain to get my head and there was Gavin Newsom trying it on. I say to Newsom, “Gimme my head back.” He says, “Waddya need a head for? You’re spoiled.” I told him a lot of zombies smell that way. Then Newsom tells me I’m ugly. Are you kiddin? I know I’m ugly. My dog found out he looks like me and ate his own brains. At Holloween, when I answer the door, the kids give me candy and run like Pete Butigieg is chasing them. I tell ya, when I was a kid my dad took me to the zoo and the zoo keeper thanked him for bringing me back, then sold me to the same freak show that ran Adam Schiff for Congress. That’s the story of my life. I don’t get no respect, no respect at all….

American politics is not for zombies. It is brainless. One ought to ask how it got that way. Perhaps the real threat to America is not the undead but the brain-dead. Perhaps that is the root of all evil in our time. This brings to mind one of the more famous poems in the English language: – Alexander Pope’s “Dunciad.” Assailing one of his critics as the favorite son of the Godess of Dullness, Pope wrote a mock-heroic ode to pedantry. In fact, as this odious ode grew in length, Pope added elaborte and silly footnotes, ridiculous errata, prefaces in parody. The poem became, in the end, an Apocalypse for dunces; only the Four Horsemen of Pope’s Apocalypse are not Conquest, War, Famine and Death; but Misunderstanding, Irrelevance, Lunacy and Conceit. Pope shows how a blundering and self-conceited stupidity necessarily puts man in God’s place. Thus, Pope gives us a prophecy for the twenty-first century. In a curious twist of profundity, the poet infers that universal dullness is evil’s true goal and destiny; for intelligence is related to Order, Truth, Goodness and Beauty. Disorder, Lies, Wickedness and Ugliness relies upon a moronic To undermine Order, Truth and Beauty, a moronic inversion must occur. In the following passage, Pope depicts the inner-workings of evil through the mind of a mentally deficient clerk:

‘Be that my task’ (replies a gloomy clerk,
Sworn foe to Myst’ry, yet divinely dark;
Whose pious hope aspires to see the day
When Moral Evidence shall quite decay
And damns implicit faith, and wholy lies,
Prompt to impose, and fond to dogmatize:)
‘Let others creep by timid steps, and slow,
On plain Experience lay foundations low,
By common sense to common knowledge bred,
And last, to Nature’s Cause thro’ Nature led.
All-seeing in thy mists, we want no guide,
Mother of Arrogance, and Source of Pride!
We nobly take the high Priori Road,
And reason downward, till we doubt of God;
Make Nature still encroach upon his plan;
And shove him off as far as e’er we can:
Thrust some Mechanic Cause into His place;
Or bind in Matter, or diffuse in Space.
Or, at one bound o’er-leaping all His laws,
Make God Man’s Image, Man the final Cause,
Find Virtue local, all Relation scorn,
See all in Self, and but for self be born:
Of naught so certain as our Reason still,
Of naught so doubtful as of Soul and Will,
Oh hide the God still more! and make us see
Such as Lucretius drew, a God like Thee:
Wrapped up in Self, a God without a Thought,
Regardless of our merit or default.
Or that bright Image to our fancy draw,
Which Theocles in raptur’d vision saw,
While thro’ Poetic scenes the Genius roves,
Or wanders wild in Academic Groves;
That Nature our Society adores,
Where Tindal dictates, and Silenus snores.’

Here the world is turned upside down by the artless, the blunt and the cretinous. These have no excellence, but enter into beastliness. In this horror show, men lose their humanity while retaining their human form. It cannot end well….

The vulgar herd turn off to roll with Hogs,
To run with Horses, or to hunt with Dogs;
But, sad example! Never to escape
Their Infamy, still keep the human shape.

Toward the end of the poem, the Goddess of Dullness, having conquered the world, having degraded humanity, having leveled Truth, Beauty and Goodness, “confers Titles and Degrees” on her demented subjects. She gives her final command thus:

Then, blessing all, ‘Go Children of my care!
To Practice now from Theory [please] repair.
All my commands are easy, short and full:
My sons! be proud, be selfish, and be dull.
Guard my Prerogative, assert my Throne:
This Nod confirms each Privilege your own.’

Yet as the Goddess of Dullness speaks, she yawns. And all Nature nods. The result of her doctrine is unimagined devastation. Stupidity is boredom and boredom is death; for what interest is there in falsehood? And how can life survive where nothing is interesting?

Lost was the Nation’s Sense, nor could be found,
While the long solemn Unison went round;
Wide, and more wide, it spread o’er all the realm;
Ev’n Palinurus nodded at the Helm:
The Vapour mild o’er each Committee crept;
Unfinish’d Treaties in each Office slept;
And Chiefless Armies doz’d out the Campaign;
And Navies yawn’d for Orders on the Main.

A venal quiet overtakes the wide world as dullness leads to a universal coma. The Goddess of Dullness, that great murderess, comes to lay waste and open the gates of CHOAS.

‘Till drown’d was Sense, and Shame, and Right, and Wrong —
O sing, and hush the Nations with thy song!
In vain, in vain — the all-composing Hour
Resistless falls: the Muse obeys the Pow’r.
She comes! she comes! the sable Throne behold
Of Night primeaval and of Chaos old!
Before her, Fancy’s gilded clouds decay,
And all its varying Rainbows die away.
Wit shoots in vain its momentary fires,
The meteor drops, and in a flash expires.
As one by one, at dread Medea’s strain,
The sick’ning stars fade off th’ ethereal plain;
As Argus’ eyes by Hermes’ wand apprest,
Clos’d one by one to everlasting rest;
Thus at her felt approach, and secret might,
Art after Art goes out, and all is Night.
See skulking Truth to her old cavern fled,
Mountains of Casuistry heap’d o’er her head!
Philosophy, that lean’d on Heav’n before,
Shrinks to her second cause, and is no more.
Physic of Metaphysic begs defence,
And Metaphysic calls for aid on Sense!
See Mystery to Mathematics fly!
In vain! they gaze, turn giddy, rave, and die.
Religion blushing veils her sacred fires,
And unawares Morality expires.
For public Flame, nor private, dares to shine;
Nor human Spark is left, nor Glimpse divine!
Lo! thy dread Empire, CHAOS! is restor’d;
Light dies before thy uncreating word;
Thy hand, great Anarch! lets the curtain fall
And universal darkness buries All.

The Zombie Apocalypse and Pope’s Dunciad

210. CCP a Transnational Criminal Organization

Rep. Perry: Designate CCP a Transnational Criminal Organization

By Isabel van Brugen and Joshua Philipp
March 1, 2021

Rep. Scott Perry (R-Pa.) said Sunday that the Biden administration must designate the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) a “transnational criminal organization,” to allow Americans to understand the regime’s vision for not only China, but also the United States.

“We’re making a differentiation between the people of China and the Communist Party of China,” the lawmaker told The Epoch Times at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) in Orlando, Florida. “We need to designate them as that which recognizes who and what they are.”

Perry in October 2020 introduced a bill to designate the CCP as such, and to eliminate sovereign immunity for Chinese officials—which would allow them to be tried in U.S. court for criminal prosecution.

“Now, they claim they have sovereignty, because they are a government of a country, but I think that’s very specious. I mean, they’re a criminal organization involved in criminal acts, it’s not a matter of conjecture,” Perry said. “It’s easily proven fact, whether it’s the distribution or the allowance of the distribution of fentanyl across our borders, and right into the United States, or whether it’s the human rights violations.”

“So we’re somehow giving them a pass, because they say we have sovereign immunity as a government,” he continued. “Sovereign immunity as a government doesn’t allow you to commit horrific acts of violence against your own citizenry, or anybody else, whether it’s in your borders or not—the world has not allowed that.”

Perry introduced the legislation with Reps. Tim Burchett (R-Tenn.) and Scott DesJarlais (R-Tenn.) last year that would add the CCP to the Department of Justice’s Top International Criminal Organizations Target (TICOT) list, that seeks to identify and eliminate international criminal organizations that pose the gravest threat to U.S. national interests.

He said Sunday that the designation would allow the Department of Justice to deal with the Chinese regime and “prosecute those responsible,” on issues ranging from intellectual property theft, to the regime’s crimes against humanity.

“That will get the American people fully understanding who the Communist Party of China is and what their vision is for not only for China, for the United States of America,” Perry said.
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A soldier wearing a mask gestures outside the Forbidden City in Beijing on Oct. 22, 2020. (Nicolas Asfouri/AFP via Getty Images)

Transnational organized crime is defined by the FBI as self-perpetuating associations of individuals who operate transnationally for the purpose of obtaining power, influence, and monetary and/or commercial gains, wholly or in part by illegal means, while protecting their activities through a pattern of corruption and/or violence, or while protecting their illegal activities through a transnational organizational structure and the exploitation of transnational commerce or communication mechanisms.

“These are all crimes and they’re not being dealt with,” Perry said, referring in part to the human rights abuses being committed against Uyghurs and other ethnic minorities in China’s northwestern Xinjiang region, forced organ harvesting, the Chinese regime’s social credit program, the intellectual property theft on American soil, the distribution of narcotics, and proliferation through China into the United States through Mexico.

“So I think that it sets everybody’s frame of mind and especially businesses, because I don’t think most businesses want to be dealing with a criminal organization, and most businesses certainly don’t want to deal with some of this with an organization that is involved in the concentration camps and the oppression of the Uyghurs.”

A day before leaving office, former Secretary of State Mike Pompeo designated the Chinese regime’s persecution of Uyghurs as genocide and “crimes against humanity.” The Biden administration has agreed with the designation.

Secretary of State Anthony Blinken, however, has said the new administration has some reservations about former President Donald Trump’s approach to China.

“Let me just say that I also believe that President Trump was right in taking a tougher approach to China,” Blinken told the Senate foreign relations panel during his confirmation hearing. “I disagree very much with the way that he went about it in a number of areas, but the basic principle was the right one, and I think that’s actually helpful to our foreign policy.”

President Joe Biden has indicated he would focus on “extreme competition” with the Chinese regime, although the administration has shed little light on concrete plans pending a review of Trump-era China policies. The administration also faces pressure from Congress to continue a hardline stance toward the regime, an area that enjoys bipartisan support.

Cathy He contributed to this report.
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209. ‘Irrefutable’ Facts on China

Video: Mike Pompeo: Trump Admin Exposed ‘Irrefutable’ Facts on China
AMERICAN THOUGHT LEADERS

At the 2021 Conservative Political Action Conference, we sit down with former U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo to discuss the communist China threat, conservative values, and why he believes all conservatives should be “pipehitters.”

Jan Jekielek: Secretary Pompeo, great to have you back on American Thought Leaders here at CPAC 2021.

Sec. Mike Pompeo: Thank you. It’s great to be back with you, had a great time when I was with you last.

Mr. Jekielek: Absolutely. We talked a lot about China. I thought we could have talked for another hour, something like that. Today I was listening to your speech. You didn’t talk that much about China. You were talking about America, mostly about America First. Then you brought up a curious talking point about pipe hitters. This is interesting because I actually had to look it up. I’m Canadian, maybe this is common knowledge to Americans in general, although I’m working on becoming an American. But tell me about the role of pipe hitters over the next four years as you’re describing it.

Sec. Pompeo: I told the audience today that I needed each of them to be a pipe hitter, wherever they work. It’s a phrase that I think I first picked up from a CIA officer who I served alongside when I was the director. I’d ask him about someone and I’d say, “Tell me about Mike or Al or Pete.” And they’d say, “Sir, he’s a pipe hitter.”

What did they mean? They meant the person got stuff done, that person was determined. They weren’t going to let anything get in their way. They were going to do it right; they were going to achieve the outcome that was before them. I wanted everybody at CPAC to know that I hope we’ll all go be pipe hitters. I talked about VFWs and PTAs and all these various American institutions where we all have to go get it done.

This will be a testing four years, this administration that doesn’t understand America First in the same way that we understand America First. We all need to be everywhere, getting it done, making it happen, grinding along the way. The idea of someone being a pipe hitter, working hard to peacefully execute on behalf of the United States of America, that’s something I think is at the center of the conservative movement’s success.

Mr. Jekielek: Fascinating. Talking about four years, what are you thinking about your role in four years?

Sec. Pompeo: Oh, goodness, Jan, I don’t know what I’ll be doing four years from now. I do know what I’ll be doing four weeks or four months from now. I’ve worked hard since as long as I can remember to be part of the conservative movement—these central ideas about who Americans are, our value set—whether I was running a small business in Kansas or as a young soldier, or then in my time in Congress, or in the administration. Every place I’ve gone, I’ve tried to do my part to give a little bit back to America that’s been so amazing to me and my family.

So I’m not going to go away. I know that some people are happy about that. Some people, including the Chinese Communist Party, are probably not quite as happy. But I continue to stay at it to do my part, to continue to make sure that the American dream stays alive.

Mr. Jekielek: Let’s talk a little bit about China, since you didn’t talk about it as much during your speech today. As you probably know, I spoke with Miles Yu on this show, your advisor. I understand a lot of what happened around China, he was looking at and he was participating. We talked about what aspects of the Trump and your administration’s China policy are likely to stick. Things that can’t change.

Sec. Pompeo: Look, they’re going to flip some of them. They’re going to do some of them differently. Jan, remember for 40 plus years, Democrat or Republican, there was this idea of engaging with China and things will get better. We saw that the Chinese Communist Party took advantage of that and trashed American jobs and destroyed so much of what we care about so deeply here in the United States. But pieces will remain.

Most importantly, I think we delivered to the world a fact set that is irrefutable. And whether that fact set is Huawei’s efforts to get inside of our telecommunications infrastructure, whether that’s a fact set about the failed promises to the people of Hong Kong, or the denial of religious freedom for Christians and people all across China, whether it’s the risk to Taiwan, if the United States doesn’t continue to support Taiwan’s defense in the way that our administration did, or whether it’s the declaration of genocide that I made, I think people can see those facts all across the world. Countries will make different decisions, but no one is going to deny that the Chinese Communist Party has hegemonic intent, wants to undermine democracies and the rule of law all across the world, and that we have a responsibility to confront it.

Mr. Jekielek: So given everything you’ve said, and I do think that there is a preponderance of evidence of the nature that you describe right now, there is still a huge, huge push to basically work hand in hand with the Chinese Communist Party, whether it’s on Wall Street, whether it’s with hedge funds, or whether it’s the pharmaceutical industry, you name it. In Europe, they want to do a trade deal despite what we know is genocide.

Sec. Pompeo: Yes, the European trade deal was very disappointing to see them move forward with that. I hope it was just a first glancing blow and ultimately they’ll get it right. Look, there’s a tremendous temptation just to say, “Gosh, I wish it wasn’t so. I wish Xi Jinping wasn’t someone who intended to ensure American decline. I wish that the Chinese Communist Party Politburo leadership weren’t so intent on hegemonic gains.”But it’s not the case.

The only way that becomes the case is if the United States and the world push back against them. So there will be no doubt that there will be disengagement—decoupling, some have called it—that will almost certainly have to take place. We started that on technology issues. We wanted to make sure to preserve and protect American technology and, frankly, Western technology all across the world. We began to make real progress on that. I hope that this administration, I hope, frankly, that the American people will continue this project

Mr. Jekielek: To finish up, what are you going to be doing in the next little while to continue this project, which is obviously important?

Sec. Pompeo: In the shortest run, two projects. One, I’m going to do some writing. I want to make sure everybody understands the things we did and the things that I saw and the accomplishments that we achieved and what they suggest for American foreign policy going forward.

Then second, I’m going to go out and work on behalf of conservative candidates all across America, trying to make sure that Nancy Pelosi isn’t the Speaker of the House in 2022. I think that alone can help preserve and defend and secure American freedoms for an awfully long time.

Mr. Jekielek: Secretary Pompeo, great to have you on again.

Sec. Pompeo: It was wonderful to be with you, so long.

This interview has been edited for clarity and brevity.

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208. Political Violence & China Policy

Video: Rep. Greg Steube Calls Out Double Standards on Political Violence; Biden China Policy
AMERICAN THOUGHT LEADERS

At the 2021 Conservative Political Action Conference, we sit down with Rep. Greg Steube (R-Fla.) to discuss reshoring manufacturing from China and double standards when it comes to political violence and “domestic terrorism.”

Jan Jekielek: It’s great to have Congressman Greg Steube back on American Thought Leaders.

Greg Steube: Thanks for having me.

Mr. Jekielek: You’re here at CPAC 2021. You’re very local.

Rep. Steube: I’m only two-hour drive from here, so it’s nice to have CPAC in Florida.

Mr. Jekielek: We spoke almost a year ago, maybe 10 months ago or something. We were talking about the reshoring of manufacturing for starters because these supply chains were exposed, China’s supply chains were exposed. Secondly, we were also talking about the prospects of holding the Chinese Communist Party accountable for unleashing this pandemic on the world. Let’s start there. Let’s look back. Where are we at today 10 or 11 months later?

Rep. Steube: The challenge is, [it’s] still a Democratic-run Congress and Nancy Pelosi still has the gavel. I filed a bill that would have held the Chinese Communist Party financially responsible for what happened with the pandemic because we know that they had information they didn’t share with the world, in fact, and they could have stopped it in Wuhan [but] they didn’t.

I had a bill that would allow the president to negotiate the terms of how that would look. Do we get less interest on the debt that we owe to them? Whatever the case may be, it would give him the flexibility to negotiate that under his foreign negotiation powers as the president. Obviously, that’s not going to go anywhere with Biden in office, and it’s not going to go anywhere with Nancy Pelosi as Speaker of the House.

What’s been interesting is, you would think there would be bipartisanship around the Chinese Communist Party. John Ratcliffe, in December right before the Trump administration was out—he was the Director of National Intelligence—said the Chinese Communist Party is the number one national security threat to the United States unequivocably.

Yet you’re seeing now that Biden’s in office, this complete turn to, we’re going to go back to the way it was under the Obama administration as it relates to taxes, and shipping our jobs offshore, and businesses, and all those different types of things, which is not the direction that we should be going and why so many people, I think, supported President Trump because he puts America First, bringing jobs back to here.

The economic numbers, pre-pandemic, don’t lie. We had our lowest unemployment rates, highest economic numbers that we’ve had in history of our nation before the pandemic, and it’s because of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017 that the Republican Congress passed and the things that President Trump did to put America First.

Mr. Jekielek: Let’s talk about the supply chains though, because it does look like the Biden administration is interested in protecting those supply chains. At least they’re doing, from what I understand, a deep study right now. Frankly, they are talking a lot [about], it sounds like, having manufacturing jobs in America and some kind of America First policy that they might not call it that.

Rep. Steube: I think the pandemic showed us how important it is to have, say, PPE manufacturing in the United States, pharmaceutical manufacturing in the United States, things that protect the safety and security of Americans, not just from a health standpoint but from an overall security standpoint.

It’s very important to have that manufacturing here. To be reliant upon China or Italy where some of our pharmaceuticals come from, or anything offshore, when there’s a countrywide pandemic, they’re not going to be shipping us PPE, like China wasn’t early on, because they wanted to keep it for their own citizens. I think is very problematic. You would think that the Democrats would be working with Republicans on things like that to try to encourage or bring back manufacturing.

I’ve had a lot of conversations with a lot of the big business groups nationwide. What can we do from a tax perspective to incentivize manufacturing [or] these types of activities and pharmaceuticals back to the United States? You’re not hearing that now under the Biden administration and they’re going to go back to the Obama-Biden policy where we shipped all this stuff offshore because it benefits their billionaire friends and Wall Street; it doesn’t benefit American workers that are here.

Just look at what he did with the Keystone Pipeline where he, literally, with the stroke of a pen, put thousands of people out of work. Unfortunately, you’re not seeing what we should be focusing on from a country of being defensive towards China, being fighting against their aggressive behavior nationwide, and unfortunately, I don’t think you’re going to see that from the Biden administration.

Mr. Jekielek: I do believe that President Biden has said that the number one national security threat is actually domestic terrorism. I believe he said that. What are your thoughts on this? I know you’ve been somewhat vocal.

Rep. Steube: … All you have to do is go to this week’s hearing that I sat on in the Judiciary Subcommittee on Crime, Terrorism, and Homeland Security, the way Democrats define domestic terrorism is white nationalism, far right extremism—it’s not Antifa, it’s not Black Lives Matter—because I put every one of the Democratic witnesses, after I showed a video of all the atrocious things that happened in this country over the summer and all the violence that happened over the summer, I asked each one of them, and read them the definition of what domestic terrorism is, and not a single one of them would agree that what Antifa and Black Lives Matter did to our country and these cities all over were domestic terrorism.

They wanted to focus on white extremism, obviously, what occurred on January 6. And that’s what they’re going to use as an example to try to clamp down, and I’m afraid that there’s going to be a political test or an ideological test on what they define as domestic terrorism. If you’re far left and you’re Antifa and you’re Black Lives Matter, then we’re not going to prosecute you, we’re not going to look at that, we’re not even going to define that as domestic terrorism. In fact, one of the Democratic witnesses called that community uprising or something that’s not criminal.

Whereas we’re going look at white nationalism, far right groups, and what happened on January 6, that’s 100 percent domestic terrorism. So I’m sure that’s the direction that they’re going, and it’s because they want to demonize an ideological belief system that doesn’t believe what they believe, and they are going to allow groups like Antifa and Black Lives Matter to continue to do what they’re doing, and call it community response or peacefully protesting.

Mr. Jekielek: I think it’s quite a stretch in some of the ways that this concept, white nationalism or certain kinds of right wing extremism, maybe those are things that we should be concerned about, but the definition of what those things are appears to be broader these days than what I might think is the definition.

Rep. Steube: I believe if you’ve committed violence—just like I called out the attack on our Capitol on January 6, I’ve equally called out what Antifa and Black Lives Matter have done to people, to property, to federal property across our country. If you’re going to start delineating lines and not looking at it through a criminal lens—here are the elements of the crime, this is what it says for domestic terrorism, and if you are doing those things regardless of what the group is, you’re going to be held criminally liable—if we’re starting to focus on one side of the political ideology and not the other, I think is very, very dangerous for the future of our country.

Like January 6, the administration, the DOJ, are using the [USA] PATRIOT Act to go after these individuals without a warrant. You saw reporting where Bank of America was giving information of people who are using ATMs in Washington, D.C. on January 6. I know, in fact, that they’ve been going through cell phone records of those people that were there on January 6. You normally wouldn’t be able to do that without a warrant under our Fourth Amendment rights under our Constitution but they’re using the PATRIOT Act to go after domestic terrorism in their ideological lens, which I think is very, very dangerous for the future of our country.

Mr. Jekielek: This is fascinating to me because—people say I’m old enough to remember but it was actually not too long ago—I think it was Apple [that] wouldn’t open an iPhone of someone who was involved in a very serious alleged criminal act. So this is like taking things to a whole different place.

Rep. Steube: They say that Apple agrees with privacy concerns, and I don’t know if Apple’s given this information, but there are a lot of these other private companies like Bank of America, the cell phone companies that are complicit with DOJ, and they’re using the PATRIOT Act and that’s why they’re defining it domestic terrorism. If they define it as domestic terrorism, then they can use the PATRIOT Act and investigate and surveil American citizens without a warrant, and I think that’s just a dangerous road to be going down if you’re going to use an ideological test to be doing that.

Mr. Jekielek: Where is this definition? Where can we find it?

Rep. Steube: Domestic terror—I can give you the site. I used it in my committee hearing. It’s in federal law. There is a federal law that defines what domestic terrorism is. If you read that, what Antifa did, what Black Lives Matter did, what happened in Minneapolis after the George Floyd shooting, all of that would be considered domestic terrorism. So to say that’s not and that’s peacefully protesting, and then what happened January 6 is domestic terrorism, is not appropriate. It’s not an appropriate application in the law, and again, you’re weaponizing the Department of Justice for political reasons, just like what we saw that happened in “Russia collusion,” just like what we saw happen to the Trump campaign before Trump got elected.

Mr. Jekielek: With respect to January 6, which of course was horrific, a lot of people have been saying: there were these people that entered the Capitol, there were these people that committed violence, [and] like you said, they should be held accountable, but then there are all these people around there who are peaceful protesters and frankly, there were other people who weren’t even exactly there but were supportive of it. The people are concerned that all these people are going to be labeled domestic terrorists.

Rep. Steube: Under the way that Biden and the Democrats want to do that, it’s a very probable situation and it’s a very dangerous situation. I’ve said, if you violated the law by illegally entering the Capitol on January 6 and caused destruction of property, illegally entering a federal building, you should be held legally accountable for that, just like the protesters in Portland and Seattle, and Antifa and Black Lives Matter, and what happened in Minneapolis where they destroyed federal property—they should be held accountable too.

But the Democrats don’t want to go after the left, far left progressive, violent actors. They only want to go after conservative violent actors. We’re seeing that, and are complicit with their big tech counterparts and their mainstream media counterparts with censoring conservative speech. You now hear the Democrats talking about how they want to take Newsmax, and they want to take OAN, and they want to take Fox News off of cable networks because they don’t agree with their ideology. That is a very dangerous place to be in, in a country that believes very strongly of the First Amendment.

Mr. Jekielek: It’s kind of unprecedented.

Rep. Steube: I’ve never seen anything like this.

Mr. Jekielek: Let’s talk about this since you mentioned that. Technically, if this happened, private companies would actually be deplatforming these TV networks with some, I suppose, government pressure. What do you think about that?

Rep. Steube: It’s the same thing that you see pressure being placed on big tech to censor conservatives. It’s the same pressure you see being put in place in the mainstream media. You can have a set of facts and the left-leaning progressive mainstream media is going to report it very differently than people like your news network and Fox, and that’s just dangerous because people don’t know what to believe. So you’re searching for integrity in journalism and when there’s a political viewpoint that they’re trying to push, [that’s] what is very dangerous about what the Democrats are doing right now.

Mr. Jekielek: Any final thoughts?

Rep. Steube: I just want to thank you for the opportunity to speak with you, and I would encourage people to be frustrated but to use that frustration to get engaged in the political process, support their viewpoints, and support our Constitution, our country.

Mr. Jekielek: Congressman Greg Steube, great to have you on again.

Rep. Steube: Thanks. Thanks for having me.

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207. A City’s Tale

Chinese City With History of Committing Human Rights Abuses Becomes COVID-19 Hotspot

Commentary by Yuan Bin
February 25, 2021

At the start of the new year, a new wave of COVID-19 outbreak in China’s northeastern Hebei Province unexpectedly made a little-known city the focal point of public opinion. Incidentally, this city has a very dark history, and this pandemic is an opportune time for reflection.

On Jan. 2, a case of the CCP (Chinese Communist Party) virus, commonly known as the novel coronavirus and causes the COVID-19 disease, was confirmed in Xiaoguozhuang village, Gaocheng district, of Shijiazhuang city in Hebei.

In just a few days, the entire Gaocheng district was declared the number one high-risk area in the country. By Jan. 13, there were 463 confirmed cases in Hebei, with 195 asymptomatic infections still under observation, according to state-run media Xinhua. The vast majority of cases were concentrated in Gaocheng. Suddenly, Gaocheng had jumped onto the world stage.

However, Gaocheng has a dark history that has gotten little public attention so far: it has been a major site where human rights abuses were committed against adherents of the spiritual practice Falun Gong.

Falun Gong, also known as Falun Dafa, is an ancient Chinese spiritual practice consisting of simple, slow-moving meditation exercises and teachings based on the principles of truthfulness, compassion, and tolerance. It grew in popularity during the 1990s, with 70 million to 100 million adherents in China by the end of the decade, according to official estimates at the time.

Feeling threatened by its popularity, the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) launched a systematic elimination campaign in July 1999. Since then, millions have been detained inside prisons, labor camps, and other facilities, with hundreds of thousands tortured while incarcerated, according to the Falun Dafa Information Center.

Minghui.org, a U.S.-based website that tracks the persecution of Falun Gong in China, documented how authorities in Gaocheng followed orders from the highest level of the CCP leadership—former Party leader Jiang Zemin, who launched the persecution against Falun Gong.

On Feb. 1, 2005, Gaocheng’s 610 Office issued a notice regarding the persecution of Falun Gong that was to be distributed to every town, district, and work unit in the city. The 610 Office is an extralegal agency created in 1999 with the sole purpose of persecuting Falun Gong. It has absolute power at each level of administration in the CCP and its influence trumps that of other political and judicial organizations.

The notice instructed all local authorities of the importance of reaching the following goals, called the “Three No’s: no going to Beijing to appeal; no local public gathering and protesting; no broadcasting by cable TV.”

“To Falun Gong practitioners, the ‘Three No’s’ mean the loss of freedom, harassment, fines, arrest and imprisonment, brainwashing, torture, being fired from work, the loss of retirement salaries, the forced involvement of family members and the workplace, even death and the breaking apart of one’s family,” Minghui.org stated in a March 2005 report.

Victims of Abuse

According to incomplete statistics, as many as 1,000 people practiced Falun Gong in Gaocheng around 1999, Minghui.org reported.

The following are some of the Falun Gong adherents who were persecuted by Chinese authorities in Gaocheng. The cases were documented by Minghui.org.

Li Chouren, a local farmer, and several other Falun Gong practitioners were abducted by police on Dec. 23, 2001 and taken to the Gaocheng Detention Center. In order to force Li to give up his faith, he was subjected to beatings, standing for long periods of time, sleep deprivation, being tied up in painful positions, forced to drink urine, and other painful and degrading mistreatment. Before releasing him, the detention center extorted over 1,500 yuan (about $232) from his sister’s family—a considerable amount for the poor family. Li died of his torture inflicted injuries ten days later.

Wu Xiuqin practiced Falun Gong because it helped her regain her health. In 2001, authorities ransacked her home, kidnapped her, and sent her to a brainwashing center in Gaocheng where she was forced to give up her belief. Brainwashing generally consists of the victim being subjected to hours of slanderous propaganda, along with various kinds of torture. The goal is to have the person sign a statement that they will stop practicing Falun Gong. After her release, Wu continued to practice Falun Gong. However, she was kidnapped again on Nov. 3, 2003 for another round of brainwashing and abuse.

Lee Wensu was a teacher in Gaocheng and she started practicing Falun Gong because she had heard about the many health benefits people experienced. In 1999, the Gaocheng Bureau of Culture and Education ordered Lee’s employer to fire her. Soon after, she was illegally detained four times, and the local security bureau extorted 6,000 yuan (about $929). In addition, she was illegally detained at the Shijiazhuang Labor Camp where she did forced labor for three years.

Lu Feng was also a teacher in Gaocheng. Local authorities ordered the school administrators to pressure him to give up his faith. Whenever a so-called “sensitive day” came around—such as July 20, which marked the beginning of the persecution of Falun Gong—the school would force him to write a “letter of guarantee” that he had given up the practice, or else he would lose his job.

Dong Cuifang was a 29-year-old graduate student who had attended Hebei Medical University. Since July 20, 1999, she was repeatedly harassed and threatened by local state security personnel because she had gone to Beijing to petition for Falun Gong. In early 2001, to evade being arrested, she decided to leave home and lived on the streets in the outskirts of Beijing. But in the spring of 2002, Dong was arrested while distributing pamphlets about Falun Gong. She was detained in Beijing Daxing Labor Camp where she was tortured to death on March 20, 2003. Her body showed numerous scars and a hole in her skull.

It’s often said: “What goes around comes around,” or “You reap what you sow.” In China, people would say, “Good and evil have their consequences, retribution is sure to follow a crime, and if people don’t do something about it, heaven will.”

As of Feb. 21, Gaocheng and Shijiazhuang city remain under lockdown and many residents have been suffering and protested against the harsh lockdown measures.

While Gaocheng has been hit hard by the CCP virus and has been put under the national spotlight, perhaps it’s time to expose the crimes committed against Falun Gong adherents in this city and for everyone to reflect upon the Chinese traditional belief that good and evil have their consequences.

Yuan Bin is a freelance writer and independent scholar on contemporary China issues.

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