The forces of reaction and economic folly threaten to prevail in China. The long political arm of Jiang Zemin has reached out from the shadows to thwart reform, with huge implications for Asia and the world.
If reports from the Hong Kong press and China's blogosphere are correct, a remarkable upset has occurred on the eve of the ten-year power shift next week -- the greatest turn-over of top cadres since Mao's revolution.
The South China Morning Post says the new line-up of the Politburo's Standing Committee is "packed with conservatives". The succession deal agreed over the summer has been scuppered.
The 86-year Mr Jiang -- who rose to supreme leader on the bones of Muxidi and Tiananmen in 1989 -- has placed his accolytes in charge of the economy, propaganda, as well as the Shanghai party machine.
The hardliners seem poised to snatch control of the seven-man Committee, tying the hands of incoming president Xi Xinping and premier Li Keqiang. If confirmed, long-term investors may have to rethink their core assumption about the future course of China.
Good last-day call to arms by Michael Walsh in National Review Online
Conservatives have a rare opportunity tomorrow to do something they signally failed to do in the landslide elections of 1972 and 1984: finish the job. Nixon's victory was vitiated by Watergate and quickly revenged by Woodward and Bernstein, leading to his replacement in 1974 by Jerry Ford, a man who exactly nobody thought was qualified to be president of the United States, probably including Ford himself. Ford led to Jimmy Carter, whose ineptitude and weakness in turn lead to Ronald Reagan, who swept Carter away in 1980 and then smashed Walter Mondale and the Democrats to powder in 1984.
And then, having won a famous victory, conservatives went home and left it to the establishment GOP in the form of another man who never should have been president, George H. W. Bush, to fritter away the fruits of ideological victory and be supplanted by Bill Clinton.
In retrospect, of course, William Jefferson Blythe III was Pericles of Athens compared to Barack Obama, who far more than Clinton has revealed the true face of contemporary American left-liberalism in all its coercive ugliness: a blizzard of executive orders; the deployment of the regulatory agencies that have (in the words of the Declaration of Independence) "sent hither swarms of Officers to harass our people, and eat out their substance"; and the naked Marxist appeals to race and class envy. The most anti-American of American presidents has run the most un-American of campaigns.
And that, by rights, should be it. That it's not explains the alarm of conservatives whose view of patriotism is that they love their country as it is, not as they wish it might someday be. From Day One of the Obama administration, real conservatives understood the explicit threat of "fundamental change," whose meaning can now be clearly discerned in Obama's "revenge" remark; for the Left, "revenge" is precisely what this election is all about. For them and their voting-bloc constituents, it's payback time: payback for slavery and segregation; payback for poverty; payback for foreign wars; payback for restrictive immigration laws. They've long used the goals of the civil-rights movement -- which after all was directed precisely against Democrats -- and the Vietnam-era "anti-war" movement -- which arose in opposition to the foreign policy of the Democrats -- as wedges with which to crack the larger social structure and now, so close to realizing the ultimate expression of "critical theory" -- that everything about America stinks -- they and their media allies are doing their best to swing one last election for Obama. Emphasis mine-RbR. Folks, this is what's at stake here. If the communists (I absolutely REFUSE to call these bastards by the same party name shared by Harry Truman, Jack Kennedy, Scoop Jackson and Zell Miller) win this one, they win the whole enchilada...everything they've patiently worked for over almost fifty years as they slowly but steadily gnawed on the timbers and frameworks that kept our country standing upright.
It's not enough for the GOP to win tomorrow. It needs to win big, a win so convincing that even the Left won't be able to explain it away. The definition of victory in war is not a 50.1 percent majority that allows the other side to keep fighting -- it's the battleship Missouri, on whose deck the losing side signs articles of capitulation. The modern Left -- the unholy spawn of '30s gangland and '60s academic Marxism -- must be forced to its knees in surrender. God, I absolutely LOVE Walsh's description of "the modern Left.". But I think maybe he's placing a little too much emphasis on this one day. If the good guys win, it may still be by a small margin - and the bad guys may still end up holding the Senate. But assuming we win...well, we can't think of it as an Appomattox or a Tokyo Bay. At best, it'll be our Trenton - the first real victory for the good guys in what's likely to be a very long war. There's a whole culture to take back. One school-board seat, one professorship, one op-ed, one screenplay at at time.
Posted by: Ricky bin Ricardo (Abu Babaloo) ||
Finish the job means not sitting down and letting the DEmocrats perpetuate through fraud. America nessacomplete overhaul of its voting system and federal supervision of it
You need mandatory IDs (if necessary make them zero cost), suppression of early votong (most European counytries voteduring asingle day and their linesare5 minuyteslong top), _paper_ ballots because they are auditable(again European countries manage to count their paper ballots in less than four hours, ballot boxes who leave the chain of custody are automatically discarded (no more Al Franken elections), I also think "Bring out the vote" initiativesshould be banned, first becausethey are obviously biasedandsecond because the people brought arebound to bepeople who haven't madetheeffort to lkeepthemselves informed.
I think this would lead the Democrat Party for long time in the opposition and would operhaps lead the adultsin it to regain control Assumming they are still someadultsleft in of coursze.
Also Republicans shoud fight to regain control of the academia and the MSM: they should no longer be machines for producing Democrats
I agree wholeheartedly JFM. We've been a republic for over 300 years and we are still having difficulties with election voting ballots? Tragically however, what you have hit upon is only the tip of the iceberg and a symptom of a greater problem.
I agree that many of our colleges and universities along with the so called Main Stream Media are little more than incubators for communism! I believe we have both political parties to blame for this. For the past half-century, both have endorced (and well funded) the socialist mantra and group think of diversity, fairness, and equality of outcomes. wrapped snugly in the proptective cloak of "human rights".
Barak Obama did not invent the concept of equal outcomes via wealth redistribution, he simply supersized it! He is a creature of our own guilt fed making.
Besoeker, Citizens are also at fault: if parents had sued to death from the first time children had repotted that their teachers had used both their position of authority (in my agenda that is called politicalpeadophilia) and thecllas''s valuable time to indoctrinate the instead of teaching you would not be in such a quandary.
Disturbingly in this polling place there are usually mostly republicans. However, there appeared to be a lot of Democrats turning out. Overheard several say they were voting straight Democrat tickets. And this is a very much a red state.
If your intention is to vote Obama out, take a friend today to vote against this guy, too. Take nothing for granted.
Progressives have bankrupted this country morally and financially--or at least about half of it. They have picked the bones of the eagle clean and now the bones are being devoured. At the point where more than 50% of the people don't work and there are only government jobs and the redistribution of the income of those who work, the country will fail. The signs are there. The government does not produce or add any value to the economy; they can only collect taxes and redistribute those taxes to those whom they deem worthy--in that case whoever is willing to vote for them. CRUSH THEM or we will all be enslaved by the Chicago corruptocrats who are strangling this country.
I have been watching the so-called "democracies" in Zimbabwe, South Afica, and Namibia for decades. All were funded and facilitated by a feckless, guilt ridden West. All have shunned the West, Israel, and enthusiastically embraced Islam and more recently the Chinese. Their presidents Mugabe, Zuma, and Pohumba are little more than mini-Obamas on steroids. The pattern is quite obvious. It is a foretelling.