EDITOR NOTE: In his speech to American service members in a military base last Friday, President Biden warned that China believes it will “own America” by 2030 - 2035. He sees this as a battle between autocracy and democracy, and that China believes it has the upper hand due to the speed and efficiency of its decision-making and execution--a trait that’s intrinsically skewed in favor of autocratic governments. Biden’s slightly misguided. If the US government didn’t make it so complicated for businesses to operate in a free-market economy--if the government simply stopped intervening with America’s strengths and its penchant toward innovation and enterprise--then perhaps we too would be as fast and powerful as we once were when America was younger, more capable, more independent, more entrepreneurial, and less needy of a political savior type (this applies to both sides BTW). Let’s face it: the country is divided. Americans can’t tell the difference between a truth and an alternative truth, nor can most distinguish between reason (what they hear that they don’t want to hear) and desire (when they hear only what they want to hear). Most Americans can’t even tell the difference between money and capital, or money and sound money. Most importantly, America falls dangerously within the “divide and conquer” strategy--of course, it’s busy dividing itself. There’s hope, though, but we’re not sure President Biden’s solution is going to be more helpful or less divided. No government’s solution is going to be a reliable solution (remember what Reagan said about this?) So, given the state of the country, what is America doing that makes it less vulnerable to being swallowed up by another more powerful rival? What might you do as an American to support the country’s “elbows out” entrepreneurial, economic, and intellectual legacy?
President Biden dropped an ominous note into his remarks to American service members at a Virginia military base Friday, telling them that his Chinese counterpart believes Beijing will “own America” inside the next 15 years.
“We’re in a battle between democracies and autocracies,” Biden told troops at Joint Base Langley Eustis in Hampton. “The more complicated the world becomes, the more difficult it is for democracies to come together and reach consensus.
“I’ve spent more time with President Xi [Jinping] of China than any world leader has — for 24 hours of private meetings with him with just an interpreter, 17,000 miles traveling with him in China and here,” the president added. “He firmly believes that China, before the year 30, ’35, is going to own America because autocracies can make quick decisions.”
The president did not elaborate on what was meant by “own America.” He made no other mention of China during his 23-minute remarks.
“America is unique. From all nations in the world, we’re the only nation organized based on an idea …” Biden said in the address. “None of you get your rights from your government; you get your rights merely because you’re a child of God. The government is there to protect those God-given rights. No other government has been based on that notion. No one can defeat us except us.”
After opening his speech with an emotional remembrance of his late son Beau, who served in the Iraq War, the president discussed the final withdrawal of American troops from Afghanistan.
“You all just showed up and did your job, and it helped make sure there hasn’t been another attack on the homeland from Afghanistan for the last 20 years,” he said. “And you never gave up until we delivered justice to Osama bin Laden.”
Later in his remarks, Biden claimed that “the greatest threat and likelihood of attack from al Qaeda or ISIS is not going to be from Afghanistan; it’s going to be from five other regions of the world that have significantly more presence of both al Qaeda and organizational structures, including ISIS.”
Praising servicemembers as “1 percent of the population” who are “defending 99 percent of the rest of us,” the president concluded his remarks by saying: “Thank you for your commitment to our country, because … you are the spine of America … And I can’t tell you how much it matters. I think you underestimate just the consequence of who you are and what you do. So, thank you.”
Earlier this week, Biden ordered the intelligence community to begin a 90-day review of evidence to determine whether the coronavirus emerged from the Wuhan Institute of Virology in the central Chinese city.
Original post from NewYorkPost