While American wokescolds fixate on the “inherent racial undertones” of Dr. Seuss, push to eliminate meritocracy, and lecture about being “less white”, China is, indeed, eating our lunch.
It’s so obvious that even Bill Maher can see it.
On his HBO show, Real Time With Bill Maher, the liberal comedian made some salient points about who it is that is winning the battle for the Twenty-first Century.
These are Maher’s views, and while some points are spot on, some completely miss the mark. Still, it’s an important insight that should be evident to everyone.
Here’s a transcript of his remarks:
New rule: You’re not going to win the battle for the 21st century if you are “a silly people” and Americans are a silly people. That’s the classic phrase from Lawrence of Arabia when Lawrence tells his Bedouin allies that as long as they stay a bunch of squabbling tribes, they will remain “a silly people.”
Well, we’re the silly people now. You know who doesn’t care that there’s a stereotype of a Chinese man in a Dr. Seuss book? China. All 1.4 billion of them could give a Crouching Tiger Flying F**k because they’re not a silly people. If anything, they are as serious as a prison fight.
Look we all know China does bad stuff. They break promises about Hong Kong autonomy, they put Uyghurs in camps, and punish dissent, and we don’t want to be that — but it’s got to be something between authoritarian government that tells everyone what to do and a representative government that can’t do anything at all.
In two generations, China has built 500 entire cities from scratch, moved the majority of their huge population from poverty to the middle class, and mostly cornered the market in 5G and pharmaceuticals. Oh, and they bought Africa. Their New Silk Road Initiative is the biggest infrastructure project in history, indebting not just that continent but large parts of Asia, Europe, and the Middle East to the people who built their roads, bridges, and ports. If you want to go anywhere in the world these days you better have a yen for travel. Oh, stop it.
In China alone, they have 40,000 kilometers of high-speed rail. America has none. Our fastest train is the tram that goes around the zoo. California wanted to build high-speed rail connecting the entire state, but alas, could not. We’re six billion in the hole just trying to finish the track connecting the vital hubs of Bakersfield and Merced. One small step for nobody, one giant leap if you’re a raisin.
On a national level, we’ve been having “Infrastructure Week” every week since 2009, but we never do anything. Half the country is having a never-ending woke competition deciding whether Mr. Potato Head has a dick, and the other half believes we have to stop the lizard people because they’re eating babies. We are a silly people. Even when we all agree on something like getting rid of the penny.
The inertia, the ass-covering, the graft, the lawyers, the cowardice — nothing ever moves in this impacted colon of a country. We see a problem and we ignore it, lie about it, fight about it endlessly, litigate it, sunset-clause it, kick it down the road, and then write a bill where a half-assed solution doesn’t kick in for 10 years.
China sees a problem and they fix it. They build a dam, we debate what to rename it. That’s why their airports look like this…and ours look like this. In San Francisco, it took 10 years just to get two bus lines through environmental review. The Big Dig, a tunnel in Boston, took 16 years and don’t get me started on my solar hookup.
China once put up a 57-story skyscraper in 19 days. They demolished and rebuilt the San Yuan Bridge in Beijing in 43 hours. We binge watch — they binge build. When COVID hit Wuhan, the city built a Quarantine center with 4,000 rooms in 10 days and they barely had to use it because they quickly arrested the spread of the disease. They were back to throwing raves in swimming pools while we were stuck at home surfing the dark web for black market Charmin.
We’re not losing to China — we lost. The returns just haven’t all come in yet. They made robots that check a kid’s temperature and got their asses back in school. Most of our kids are still pretending to take Zoom classes while they watch TikTok and their brain cells slowly commit ritual suicide. As George Bush once said, “Is our children learning?”
There’s a progressive trend now to sacrifice merit for “equity.” Colleges are chucking the SAT and ACT test, and in New York, Mayor de Blasio announced merit would no longer decide who gets into the schools for advanced learners but rather a lottery system. You think China’s doing that — letting political correctness get in the way of nurturing their best and brightest? You think Chinese colleges are offering courses in the Philosophy of Star Trek, the Sociology of Seinfeld, and Surviving the Coming Zombie Apocalypse? Those are real and so is China and they are eating our lunch. And believe me, in an hour they’ll be hungry again.
What Maher fails to understand here is that it is predominantly — though not exclusively — his preferred political party that is the one obsessed with red-tape that prevents things from getting done because they want to have that same authoritarian control with a veneer of democracy. If a Democrat had been President, it’s unlikely that Operation Warp Speed would have been implemented, and there would be no vaccine for COVID. Removing red tape just isn’t in the DNA of the Democrats.
Yeah, sure, China can build things quickly, but how sound are those infrastructure projects? They’re not so safe, it seems. And if things go wrong, would you even know? A dam broke in China and 230,000 people died and they kept it secret for years. Some projects it seems are just for show. They’re building ghost towns.
As for how China “arrested” the virus in Wuhan…well, ain’t that the truth! Videos were spread all over the internet of people being carried off against their will to quarantine facilities and being bolted into their homes. And if Maher believes China’s COVID numbers after all of the lies and disinformation and “mysterious disappearances” of whistleblowers and journalists investigating the spread and/or origin of SARS-CoV-2, but can’t believe a Republican on any issue, he’s got some real problems.
Still, his critique of the fixation by wokescolds to eliminate all “politically incorrect” things from history is a valid one. So is blasting the “diversity, equity, and inclusion” Critical Race Theory peddlers that are demanding change that reduces our competitiveness on the world stage because there might be some inequalities. Perhaps the solution to that is not to impose the “soft bigotry of low expectations” by insisting that hard work, using proper grammar, and correct answers in math are examples of “whiteness” while lowering standards for college acceptance for certain racial groups and raising them for others. It’s blatant racism, but the wokescolds have quite literally redefined racism to not include it. Perhaps if instead of lamenting how bad many inner-city schools are, we could improve them with great teachers. Of course, to do that, we’d have to get them back into classrooms — once they’re back from Spring Break, that is.