Politicians are bashing each other over China. Any links to the totalitarian state, past or present, are being hauled before voters for all to see. Candidates who have ever had such links must put on their hair shirts and explain themselves, usually failing in the process.
Like winnowing at harvest, the bashing is a good thing in that it removes the chaff from the grain. Many of the China links indicate failures in judgment or ethics that should disqualify candidates from office. Exposing them now during the primaries, and removing those found wanting, helps their political parties—and America.
“If you coddle China, or you are soft on China, that makes you not so much America first and not so tough,” the pollster said. “Being tagged as soft on China is not a good thing. ... China has been seen as the primary world foe for at least the last decade or more.”
One of Fabrizio’s recent polls shows that Republican voters view Beijing as a bigger threat than Moscow, and rightly so, given that China’s economy is approximately 10 times larger than its Russian counterpart. That translates into military power, and unlike Russian President Vladimir Putin, Chinese leader Xi Jinping is keeping his powder dry.
There are plenty of China transgressions among the latest crop of candidates.
“As a top executive at companies including Reebok, Sara Lee and Dollar General, he was often deeply involved in the shift of manufacturing, and jobs, to low-wage factories in China and other Asian countries,” according to The New York Times.
McCormick is running for U.S. Senate in Pennsylvania against Mehmet Oz, himself accused of making money by syndicating his Dr. Oz show on China’s state television and allowing his bedding company to contract with a company in China. Oz made between $1 million and $5 million in the process.
The same thrashing should happen between Democrats, although it rarely does. That lack of due diligence will cost them at the polls when they run against Republicans, who will be vetted for their China ties in the primaries.
Many U.S. politicians from both parties are too close to Beijing, either directly or through nonprofit organizations that rely on donations from corporations dependent on profits from the CCP. This biases U.S. policy toward appeasing China to keep more than $600 billion worth of trade flowing each year.
The scrutiny of links to the CCP among U.S. politicians will only grow. The heightened distrust that we now see for the CCP among Republican voters, we will also see among Democrats as they get spun up on the issue. The thrashing that results is a necessary part of democracy, which simultaneously rejects those unfit to serve, finds the best candidates for U.S. leadership now, and defines acceptable behavior for future U.S. leaders.