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Thursday, January 20, 2011

Congress Lectures Hu Jintao on Human Rights Abuses

It’s about time! I think it was magnanimous of us to even allow this bloodthirsty tyrant to come here and visit the Land of the Free. As General Westmoreland so wisely said: “Orientals don’t place the same high value on human life that we do in the West.”

Ain’t that the truth. And just to prove his point, we invaded Southeast Asia and killed over a million civilians.

Anyway, our lawmakers got a chance to badger Hu Jintao on China’s disgraceful treatment of its citizens. You won’t believe this, but — twenty-five percent of all prisoners in the world are incarcerated in China!!! This is an outrage!

And in China, tens of thousands of people die every year because they don’t have access to medical treatment. What kind of government would just sit by and allow this to happen? Here, now, in the 21st century! Tell that backward country to get the fuck out of the Stone Age already!

Throughout its history, China has expanded its boundaries by conquering other people, stealing their land and enslaving them. And these barbaric practices have laid the groundwork for China’s current human rights abuses. You wouldn’t believe the religious persecution and bigotry in China today.

Why can’t the Chinese be more like us?

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

I guess the question should be why aren't we more like the Chinese?

January 20, 2011 at 3:04 PM  
Blogger jadedj said...

I have to say, my brother's significant other is from China. She was asked to leave by the government for participating in Tiananmen Square...she was lucky that at the very least she wasn't arrested and jailed.

Her parents were University Professors at the time of the "Cultural Revolution", they were rounded up, and sent to re-education farms...she and her brother were sent to a state school...in other words, taken away from them...for 10 years.

Having come to this country, she is a very successful acupuncturist with her own clinic in California. A business woman in the greatest sense of American free-enterprise.

All of that being said, you would be surprised at how she still forgives her government for it's treatment of her family. To her it is the greatest country in the world, and she is proud of it. She very much loves this country, but China can do no wrong...shoddy manufactiring practices not withstanding (my assessment, not hers).

My conclusion is, the Chinese are totally brain-washed. So much of our disdain for their "un-democratic" attitudes toward their own citizens, falls on deaf ears there. We are pissing in the wind on this one, methinks.

January 20, 2011 at 4:10 PM  
Blogger MRMacrum said...

Uh Tom, the article actually says the US has 25% of the world's prisoners and only 5% of the World's Population. Typo?

We are by far the most jail happy country on the planet.

January 20, 2011 at 4:36 PM  
Anonymous kate said...

And yet Obama is now talking about prolonged, indefinite detention as a preventive measure against terrorism? In the same breath he talks about the Constitution? WTF?!

January 20, 2011 at 5:38 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Not to mention a disproportionate part of our prison population is of color and we are the only "1st world" country that has a death penalty putting us in the same company with the middle east and other dictatorship.


January 20, 2011 at 10:02 PM  
Anonymous S.W. Anderson said...

Excellent points, Tom. And if our ascendant plutocrat masters get their way, many Americans will soon be working for wages and under conditions that Chinese prison laborers will look down on.

January 20, 2011 at 11:57 PM  
Anonymous Rick Massey said...

Indeed - Let us take a break from our daily exercise of finding new ways to put corporations ahead of people and the dollar ahead of human beings so we can preach to another country about how it treats its people.

Unfortunately, some of our own people are so delusional that they will fail to detect the facetiousness in your comments.

You post makes some excellent points about our need to clean up our own backyard.

January 21, 2011 at 6:24 AM  
Blogger Randal Graves said...

I thought we were fighting them over there so we don't have to fight them over here.

January 21, 2011 at 7:08 AM  
Blogger Demeur said...

I'd be a bit careful about throwing stones in a glass house. Our record on human rights hasn't been all that great of late. Gitmo, Abu Grab
And as Crum points out we do have the worlds' largest jailed population.

January 21, 2011 at 9:52 AM  
Blogger Tom Harper said...

Anonymous: In due time...

jadedj: I think it's natural for a person to have this loyalty to their home country. As much as I like to rant about the things that suck about America, I'm here. I've been all over Canada, Europe and Asia, and liked almost everywhere I've been; but here I am.

I've heard that during the most brutal periods of the Soviet Union, the most feared punishment was exile.

MRM: Nope, no typos. All of the links were America-based. I was just making the point -- in my rambling, roundabout sort of way -- that Americans need to get their own house in order before lecturing other countries.

Kate: Unfortunately our "new sheriff in town" has morphed into "meet the new boss, same as the old boss."

Erik: The War on Drugs, combined with the huge percentage of minorities in our prisons, has accomplished everything the KKK couldn't do. Not quite as blatant as a midnight cross-burning, but more far-reaching and effective.

SW: That sounds pretty grim, but it might be the future if we keep heading in this direction.

Rick: In China, corporate malfeasance that causes death can result in the firing squad (or whatever their execution method is). That's probably why our corporate VIPs (and their congressional prostitutes) are so anxious to lash out at China.

Randal: Nope, not any more. Now that our enemies know what a wimpy president we have, they're coming to take us away.

Demeur: That was my point. All of the links were to American problems. We're definitely living in a glass house and have no reason for throwing stones.

January 21, 2011 at 4:48 PM  

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