He’s the first US Senator to visit Hong Kong since the protests have begun. And unlike the ‘woke’ NBA, he isn’t confused as to whose cause is the just one.
While US companies are looking past the dangers and human rights abuses of the Chinese Government, they are puckering up to kiss Xi’s backside.
It’s all about that market share. Why let the wreckage of so many ruined lives get in the way of making a buck?
They can just tell themselves that they’ll speak truth to power here in America where they still have the right to do so without fear of reprisal. At least, for now.
Senator Rick Scott went to visit those protesters and find out what’s really going on. What he is is reporting back should raise some serious red flags about the true nature of our relationship with China.
As the first Senator to visit #HongKong since the protests started, my message is simple. To the brave people of HK: We are with you. Your fight won’t be in vain.
— Rick Scott (@SenRickScott) October 10, 2019
He wrote an op-ed titled: ‘The U.S. stands solidly behind Hong Kong protesters seeking freedom from Chinese repression’
We’ll include excerpts, but we do encourage you to read the whole piece. As a reference point, before summarizing his points, we’ll include this recent news event supporting exactly the sort of thing that concerns him.
Apple has removed an app used by activists in Hong Kong to track police activity at protests — the latest example of an American company bowing to pressure from China's government. Read more: https://t.co/kVhYpUZnZa pic.twitter.com/c1TIKBSgiu
— NPR (@NPR) October 10, 2019
He opens with this:
The greatest threat we face in the next century is from China.
China’s growing influence around the world presents a clear and present danger to the stability of world markets, the security of the United States and our allies and the quest for freedom and democracy around the globe.
I just returned from Hong Kong, where I met with pro-democracy, business and religious leaders who are fighting for their freedom and human dignity. They are standing strong against Beijing’s aggression.
I was the first U.S. senator to visit Hong Kong since the protests started 17 weeks ago.
Those million-dollar NBA princesses would do well to consider the bright line that’s being drawn here. There’s ZERO ambiguity about who the good guys and bad guys are.
I met with protesters — students, parents and grandparents — who are fighting to regain the freedom they were once promised. I heard their stories — horrible and frightening stories of police brutality, threats against individuals and their families and mysterious disappearances. I heard how injured protesters can’t go to the hospital for fear of retaliation. But in all the horrific tales, there are brave and heroic souls fighting for freedom.
All of this is happening because President Xi is a human-rights violator. He is yet another Communist leader trying to be the dominant world power. It’s Hong Kong now, then it will be Taiwan and soon America itself. China believes that in order for them to be stronger, America and other freedom-loving countries must be weaker. To the Communist regime in Beijing, this is a zero-sum game. China does not believe it can prosper unless America fails.
China is not our friend. It is stealing our technology and refuses to open its markets to foreign goods as required by its agreement to be part of the World Trade Organization. This kills American jobs.
China is militarizing the South China Sea, even after promising President Obama it wouldn’t, and it is intentionally pushing fentanyl into the United States, killing Americans every day.
China is supporting Nicolas Maduro’s genocide in Venezuela. It is spending billions of dollars to prop up Iran’s economy. Everywhere I travel around the world, I see China’s tentacles stretch further and wider.
In Hong Kong, I also met with its Chief Executive Carrie Lam, who is nothing more than a puppet for Beijing and President Xi. She wouldn’t even answer basic questions about the rights of her people and the path forward for Hong Kong.
From there he lays out how, specifically, China poses a threat to the rest of us that we should take seriously.
— #FreeHK (@Senpais__Cat) October 10, 2019
The image above captures many of the symbols of the protest, including the injured eye, her umbrella, and Pooh Bear.
How should we put this in perspective? Simple.
Stop for a moment and think about how history remembers businessmen who praised Germany in the 1930s and early 1940s. The ones that saw them as business partners and allies, and even praised their leadership. For example:
At a ceremony in Dearborn, Michigan, Henry Ford is presented with the Grand Cross of the Supreme Order of the German Eagle on his 75th birthday. Henry Ford was the first American recipient of this order, an honor created in 1937 by Adolf Hitler. This was the highest honor Nazi Germany could give to any foreigner and represented Adolf Hitler’s personal admiration and indebtedness to Henry Ford. — Source: RareHistoricalPhotos
Do we REALLY want to follow the example of Prime Minister Trudeau-Blackface?
“You know, there’s a level of of admiration I actually have for China because their basic dictatorship is allowing them to actually turn their economy around on a dime and say ‘we need to go green fastest . . . we need to start investing in solar.’ —TorontoSun
With so much talk about the ‘right side of history,’ this is one instance in which the choice isn’t hard to see.