For the last two years, the left has whimpered, whined, and wailed about Russia, attempting to find a scapegoat for their epic defeat in the 2016 general election. Unable to come to grips with the fact that they chose one of the worst presidential candidates in Hillary Clinton since former President Jimmy Carter, the Democrats have embraced neo-McCarthyism to mask their ineptitude. The press has played defense as the Counterfeit News Network has spent countless broadcasts musing on conspiracy theories that would make Alex Jones blush – that is, of course, when they’re not interviewing creepy porn attorneys.
Rightfully so, the right has lampooned the left’s neurotic infatuation with President Vladimir Putin and the Kremlin. They have mocked how the accusations have devolved from President Donald Trump colluded with Moscow to Russian trolls meddled in the election through Pokémon Go and memes.
As the left fixates on Russia, the right is beginning to set its sights on China for all of its future woes.
China is the New Russia
Recently speaking at the Hudson Institute, a Washington neoconservative think tank, Vice President Mike Pence delivered a speech that homes in on China and lambasts the world’s second-largest economy on a wide panoply of issues, including “meddling in American democracy.”
He told attendees:
“China has initiated an unprecedented effort to influence American public opinion, the 2018 elections, and the environment leading into the 2020 presidential election. To put it bluntly, President Trump’s leadership is working, and China wants a different American president. China is meddling in America’s democracy.
To that end, Beijing has mobilized covert actors, front groups and propaganda outlets to shift Americans’ perception of Chinese policies. As a senior career member of our intelligence community recently told me, what the Russians are doing pales in comparison to what China is doing across this country.”
No, this wasn’t House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) or Representative Eric Swalwell (D-CA) making such claims of foreign intervention. This was President Trump’s right-hand man. The same guy who has witnessed first-hand the hysterical pearl-clutching from opponents on the other side of the aisle. Without any substantial evidence, Pence is ripping a page out of the left’s playbook and is accusing a foreign actor of interfering in an election that has yet to happen.
This is just as bad as the Democrats who regurgitated the lie that 17 intelligence agencies were all in agreement that Russia swayed the election. Or, the infamous dossier that suggested Trump was being blackmailed by Moscow. Or, the leftist pundits who urged the White House to drop bombs on Russia.
Perhaps Republicans are frightened that the paranoid race-baiters in the Democratic Party could regain control of the House and Senate after the midterm elections. It’d be embarrassing to lose to a party that has the likes of Representative Maxine Waters (D-CA) or Senator Corey Booker (D-NJ). Should they lose in November, or even in the 2020 election, the GOP might be finding a pre-emptive villain in the same way the left did on November 9, 2016.
Instead of performing an internal autopsy in the same way Republican National Committee (RNC) Chairman Reince Priebus did in 2008, the GOP may choose to mirror the left’s strategy and make it nauseously all about China, China, China, for the next several years.
American Enemy Number One?
For the Democrats, America’s number one enemies are Russia and Trump. For the Republicans, it’s China.
For years, the neocons have influenced public policy initiatives that try to provoke the Russian bear, from expanding NATO to encroach on its border to violating its airspace. It isn’t necessarily surprising that the swamp is perturbed that President Trump is attempting to boost U.S.-Russia relations.
But while the Trump administration has ostensibly demoted Russia from America’s enemies list, the White House has promoted China to the top, appeasing the neocons in at least one area.
The political establishment has employed the same strategy with China as it has with Russia, whether it’s related to economics or foreign policy. The purpose? There could be several: China’s economy is expected to be first in the world within the next 15 years, Beijing is gaining influence in Africa and Latin America, and the Communist regime refuses to bow down to American interests.
As we have learned in the past, whenever a foreign body refrains from conceding to Washington’s demands, it become the target of regime change, or, at the very least, the government is undermined. Just take a look at the dozens of times the CIA has meddled into the domestic affairs of foreign nations, most recently in Libya, Syria, and Ukraine.
Peace, Commerce, and Friendship
Former President Thomas Jefferson recommended “peace, commerce, and honest friendship with all nations.” He never met a hawkish neocon always clamoring for another enemy, another conflict.
For the last 60 years, the cornerstone of American foreign policy has been to constantly seek dragons to slay rather than adopting Jefferson’s sage words. In the aftermath of the Second World War, the Soviet Union was the chief boogeyman until its collapse. Years later, radical Islam was the main antagonist until it was pummeled into submission. Today, the left tells us to detest Russia and the right encourages us to distrust China.
Legendary philosopher H.L. Mencken, who was certainly ahead of his time, wrote: “The whole aim of practical politics is to keep the populace alarmed (and hence clamorous to be led to safety) by menacing it with an endless series of hobgoblins, all of them imaginary.” This is the situation the American people are in now: CNN will spout Russian conspiracy theories and Fox News will claim China is the biggest threat to the U.S. since the Third Reich. But Americans are now immune to the propaganda virus, thanks to the endless mendacity, the contradictory alliances (al-Qaeda anyone?), and the never-ending wars. The public sees through all the fake news, manufactured hype, and state-sponsored talking points. This is one battle that won’t be sold to a gullible population by a man with a mustache.
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