Updated: Mar 25, 2020
For many years China has engaged in illegal trade practices, neglected the legality of and stolen patent information, engaged in technology espionage, and stolen business and even military technologies from the U.S. I actually have first hand knowledge of this going all the way back to 2001. My company in South Florida worked with Chinese design and manufacturing teams for quite some time. It was amazing the technologies and items they showed us, that were proprietary, cutting edge from the U.S., patented by others, and yet offered to us…cheap! China has for some time forced companies seeking to do business in certain sectors to form JV’s with them which would then force them to provide proprietary information, as well as IP to China, who would then manipulate the markets for those items. This has resulted in trillions of dollars going to China, much of it illegally. This isn’t some warped fantasy paranoia manufactured by evil idiot Trump. Even the EC filed a complaint with the WTO about it. As a more pedestrian example, a Chinese national was caught in Mar a Lago just a month or so ago. She had entered illegally (the security breach is a whole different story) and was found to have numerous high tech electronic devises for recording and transferring incredible amounts of data. It was military grade electronics. Hate Trump all you want, but this is about this country’s economy.
It’s not that we, and other countries, use Chinese products. It’s that China illegally manipulates their currency, steals patented technology, and engages in trade and technology espionage. The trade imbalance because of this is staggering. It has been for years. A recent poll showed that the majority of respondents believe in fare and free trade. The way the poll was conducted implied they were actually voting against Trump. (because they think the trade war is idiot Trump being unfair) But actually by voting for free trade, free of illegalities, they are siding for what Trump is trying to do; Make it even with China. Ironic. But then again, it’s Trump, so it must be bad…so we are told.
I know it’s fun to hate Trump. In fact any good liberal is obligated by their peers to hate him with a vengeance. Democrats believe their hate is a good hate. But there is no good hate. All hate is bad. Hate will always fail. Be careful about letting hate cloud judgement. It’s kind of like cutting off your nose to spite your face. Indeed, many democrats have publicly said they want a recession so it would make Trump look bad. Of course most democrats that say that are well-off enough that a recession wouldn’t affect them. But the poor and working class would be hit hard by a recession.
China has an incredible amount of debt that’s coming due next year. Their government is notorious for releasing false data regarding their economic condition and status on the world stage. The trade war is hurting them, bad. It’s easy to quote some random “expert” who says trade wars don’t work. But the current situation and details, including the U.S. and Chinese economies, and global information access, are unique in history. If you pay attention you can see little tidbits of information sneak out from the media, who normally are in chorus wanting Trump to fail, even at the cost of the American people and economy. Just today, Jim Cramer had an interesting comment about not trusting China over Trump. He is not a rabid conservative. You can call Trump an idiot, a racist, a crook, and the list goes on, but the China thing is real. You may not understand the complexities of the global economics involved (most people who are not professionally educated in the field do not) but that doesn’t mean it doesn’t exist or is not important. It does, and it is.
“Suppose one reads a story of filthy atrocities in the paper. (Perhaps about Trump?) Then suppose that something turns up suggesting that the story might not be quite true, or not quite so bad as it was made out. Is one's first feeling, 'Thank God, even they aren't quite so bad as that,' or is it a feeling of disappointment, and even a determination to cling to the first story for the sheer pleasure of thinking your enemies are as bad as possible? If it is the second then it is, I am afraid, the first step in a process which, if followed to the end, will make us into devils. You see, one is beginning to wish that black was a little blacker. If we give that wish its head, later on we shall wish to see grey as black, and then to see white itself as black. Finally we shall insist on seeing everything -- God and our friends and ourselves included -- as bad, and not be able to stop doing it: we shall be fixed for ever in a universe of pure hatred.”
It seems that we’re almost there. Of course people who hate Trump will deny it and try to excuse it away. But they are only lying to themselves, because they don’t want to admit how ugly they are in their heart. Then they try and blame their hate on Trump himself, because it’s easy to do so, as if he magically made them hate. It’s low hanging fruit. That’s how children think. Adults look at complex issues honestly and objectively and try to rationally conclude the facts and plan a path forward. It’s not as fun as calling someone names, and pretending your hated enemy is an idiot. That’s just to prop up weak egos based on fear. It’s to the point that if Trump says it’s a beautiful day, democrats will trot out charts and historical data, with graphs showing weather conditions compared to today, to ultimately declare that in fact it is not a beautiful day, and there is further proof that Donald Trump is indeed a liar. And a racist and traitor, and idiot, and misogynist, homophobe, crook, islamophobe…
We can be strong and honest and good if we choose to be.