I have never understood why Britain ceded Hong Kong back to China in light of the fact that the people there would be bound to lose their freedom. This crisis, therefore, is Britain’s doing, and it alone bears responsibility for having negotiated the treaty that has now been illicitly deemed irrelevant.
Having said that, this is one time I wished President Trump would tweet with abandon. In addition to lending moral support to the protesters and encouraging people the world over to boycott doing business with China, the president could use this moment to challenge America’s so-called socialist Democrats and the domestic terrorists who call themselves Antifa, to acknowledge the incontrovertible conflicts between democracy and socialism.
The young people in Hong Kong are waving American flags and singing our national anthem because they know that America has set the standard in this world for freedom and liberty, sans any concerns about our country being steeped in alleged white privilege. That is, the freedom and liberty that America stands for shines bright to peoples of all nations, races, religions and ethnic groups. It is why we were attacked on 9/11.
The Hong Kong protesters, unlike our snowflake generation, respect the fact that America has been the world’s beacon of life, light and liberty that has inspired millions of people the world over to be set free from socialism, communism and various other forms of tyranny.
The protesters in Hong Kong fear losing what Americans take for granted. That is, the protesters are demonstrating against the loss of freedom in general, including the loss of free speech, the freedom to assemble, the right to be considered innocent until proven guilty, and the right to a fair trial. Protesters are being attacked mercilessly as they are whisked away in secret to meet their fate, most likely to never be seen or heard from again.
Our founding fathers were much like these Hong Kong protesters with one key difference: Our founding fathers never gave up their right to bear arms, while the Hong Kong protesters have no means by which to protect themselves or advance their cause. In both instances, however, a relatively small and weak group of patriots is standing up against one of the most powerful countries in the world. Our founding fathers’ battle had to do with taxation without representation. In Hong Kong, the protesters know what they are facing is persecution without representation, which is business as usual in socialist and communist countries.
The lesson lost on America’s deluded socialists? As Tom Sauer reports in Human Events: “Anyone, whether inside Hong Kong or out, who thinks there’s any real possibility that Beijing will listen and bend to the will of Hong Kong’s people, doesn’t understand how power works in totalitarian dictatorships … dissent will not be tolerated, and there are tens of millions of bodies to prove it. The only real option for the protesters at the moment are capitulation, prison or death. Facing the most murderous regime in human history, there is simply no way out for the protesters, and China understands this well.”