China is our enemy. They are not our “competitors.” They are not our “partners.” China is a 100%, full-blown, a dyed-in-the-wool enemy of America and everything decent and good that we stand for.
And American presidents and congresses who have spent the last two decades pretending otherwise need to be shamed in the public square. Perhaps spending 48 hours in the stocks might convince them of the error of their ways?
The United States has been unable to confront China’s aggressive behavior and brazen theft of American technological property. In 2019, it then obfuscated and covered up the Wuhan Virology Lab Incident, which caused a pandemic.
It’s time to make some changes. The Republican House formed the first action of its new Republican House.
Every once in a while, the sides come to an agreement on something that is so powerful that it transcends the bitter partisanship that has dominated every issue in this House.
McCarthy said on the floor he wished the panel to be comprised of serious legislators and gave Democrats his word it would not devolve into a circus. “You have my word and my commitment. This is not a partisan committee. This will be a bipartisan committee. That is my hope, my desire, my wish that we speak with one voice,” the California Republican said, adding he hopes it carries on regardless of which party is in the majority.
Many Democrats voiced support for the panel, even as they expressed fears it could be a haven for anti-Asian rhetoric or conspiracy theories. “While I do have concerns here, after reading the resolution itself, I will be voting yes,” House Rules ranking member Jim McGovern (D-Mass.) said. “The Democratic Party has led the way in implementing efforts to monitor China’s compliance with international human rights and rule of law standards. And we will continue to do so here.”
The rabid left, led by Rep. Pramila Jayapal (D-Wash.), chairwoman of the powerful Progressive Caucus, believes that Republicans will say mean things about China, which of course, can easily be twisted into Republicans saying mean things about all Asians.
“Unfortunately, we are concerned about the direction of this committee given past statements and actions by Republicans. In the hands of President Trump and Congressional Republicans, reckless and prejudiced rhetoric and policy contributed to a rise in anti-Asian sentiment across the country and a 339 percent increase in anti-Asian hate crimes in 2021. One in six Asian American adults reported experiencing a hate crime or hate incident that same year,” Jayapal said in a statement.
The Chair-Designate of the Committee stated that “this committee should not be concerned with winning a new Cold War.” America can and should strive to achieve its economic and strategic competitiveness goals without “a new Cold War” or the repressions of hate, fear, degeneration of our political institutions, and civil rights violations that such a “Cold War” might bring.
Most likely, the Chinese Communists saw that paragraph and laughed. Maybe you’ll see that we have been at war since the time that we took Taiwan.
Where the committee will do the best is in publicizing what our intelligence agencies have been telling us for years about China’s state-sponsored hacking operations as well as the billions of dollars lost every year in the theft of intellectual property rights.
Wisconsin Republican Rep. Mike Gallagher will chair the committee.