China’s US patsies, from Antifa to the NBA10/29/2020
Chinese Communist Party provocateurs regularly prowl our Internet and social media. Their propaganda goal is to convince the world that the Beijing regime’s authoritarian system is far superior to an American exceptionalism built upon free markets, free persons, democratic elections, the rule of law and an independent judiciary.
Regrettably, far too many of the American media outlets are helping to advance this toxic narrative. In doing so, they serve as what Soviet leader Vladimir Lenin called “useful idiots,” only for the CCP.
It is taken as a given in America that Chinese government publications like The People’s Daily and Global Times are propaganda organs. Yet increasingly, it is likewise taken as a given that highly partisan American media are likewise propagandists.
In 1972, a Gallup Poll found that two-thirds of Americans trusted the news media. Today, that number is down to 41 percent. Nearly a third of the American people have no trust whatsoever in our media.
The rise of a partisan fake-news complex is not just an existential threat to our eternal American quest toward a more perfect union. This devolution of America’s Fourth Estate also provides aid, comfort and assistance to a Chinese Communist Party intent on setting the American sun in Asia. CCP militarism wins, Pax Americana loses.
The American media aren’t the only useful idiots promoting Communist China’s agenda, of course. When Hollywood moguls release yet another movie that quite literally airbrushes the abuses of the CCP, authoritarian China wins and self-censored American democracy loses.
Consider, too, the star players and virtue-signaling coaches of the National Basketball Hypocrites Association. They are as quick to take a knee during the national anthem and denounce this country as racist as they are to get lockjaw as soon as Communist China’s horrific human-rights abuses and brutal takedown of Hong Kong’s democracy are mentioned.
We’ve seen these cowards shut up and dribble in Communist China even as they insist on selling jerseys and sneakers made in Chinese sweatshops to America’s children. When our professional athletes refuse to stand and pledge allegiance to our flag — and honor those in a different kind of uniform who have lost their lives in defense of America’s freedom — Communist China wins and American democracy loses.
The most dangerous useful idiots for the CCP may well be the anarchists, agitators and looters now regularly crossing state lines to invade our Democratic-run cities. When Antifa and Black Lives Matter storm troopers swarm with military precision into Portland or Kenosha, Wis., dressed in body armor and armed with brass knuckles, frozen water bottles and mace, they not only destroy businesses and livelihoods. They are destroying everything sacred about our tradition of peaceful protest.
When boorish thugs go up to peaceful citizens trying to enjoy a meal and shout at them and threaten them and take their food and drink their water, they are tearing at the very fabric of our society and democracy. American civility loses, and Communist Chinese thought-control wins.
Do these useful idiots not understand that during this pandemic, people around the world are weighing and measuring the effectiveness of our American democracy — and the CCP is doing everything it can to compare the apparent chaos in America to the illusion of stability in China?
Do they not understand that those who may finally deliver the coup de grâce to American democracy, economic prosperity and national sovereignty may well come not from outside our borders — but from those right here in America who choose to put profits, partisanship and radical ideology before God, country and freedom?
The problem in America isn’t about knowing what to do. Rather, it is having the national will to do what we know must be done.
For just as Great Britain once faced a choice between the appeasement of Neville Chamberlain and the steely spine of Winston Churchill, so, too, does America face a choice between appeasing Communist China, as the globalist elites would have us do, or holding Beijing accountable for its actions — as economic nationalism demands.
Peter Navarro is an assistant to the president and director of the Office of Trade and Manufacturing Policy. This column was adapted from remarks delivered at the Hudson Institute.
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