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“If you’re an American adult, it is more likely than not that China has stolen your personal data.” —FBI Director Christopher Wray

It is almost impossible to overstate the seriousness of the threat China poses to America. For anyone with even half a brain — and an iota of patriotism — the reality of a government run by communist thugs bent on dominating the world needs no explanation.

Tragically, America is in critically short supply on both counts. First, the nation is beset by legions of “woke” progressive marauders whose arrogance is exceeded only by their ignorance, as they continue their exceedingly communist-like — and wholly indiscriminate — purge of America’s history and foundations. Their brainlessness is exponentially magnified by social media, where the toxic brew of anonymity and bloodlust is akin to George Orwell’s “Two Minutes Hate” with one exception: Today, everyone is a potential Emmanuel Goldstein who can be targeted for complete destruction by the mob.

Ironically, some of these same Americans were undoubtedly alarmed by China’s “social-credit system”, a vast government-controlled apparatus of cyber-based scorekeeping that ultimately determines one’s worthiness as a citizen. A low score can precipitate exclusion from well-paid jobs, a mortgage, or a car loan, and one’s children can be banned from attending private schools. One can even have his or her profile posted on a public blacklist for all to see.

And yet these same Americans now embrace what they ostensibly despised. “For all of the high-profile sackings, vandalism, and cancellations … there have been an equal number of stories concerning absolute nobodies, pipsqueaks, formally anonymous men and women whose unpopular opinions or boneheaded errors of judgment, widely publicized on social media, transform them into public enemies, splittists, and heretics whose livelihoods suffer as a result,” columnist Matthew Continetti explains.

Yet as bad and brainless as they are, they pale in comparison to our multinational, “citizen of the world” elites for whom even the aforementioned iota of patriotism is a bridge too far. They worship the god of market share, and if their religion requires the sellout of the American heartland, abiding the massive theft of intellectual property, accommodating censorship of creative works, and the hollowing out of supply chains to the point where manufacture of key ingredients for crucial antibiotics like penicillin hasn’t occurred in this nation for 16 years — so be it.

Moreover, the transition from enabling their own avarice to compromising national security is seamless. “Of the nearly 5,000 active FBI counterintelligence cases currently under way across the country, almost half are related to China,” Wray reveals. “And at this very moment, China is working to compromise American healthcare organizations, pharmaceutical companies, and academic institutions conducting essential COVID-19 research.”


Does anyone still remember that this society-altering virus originated in China, and that the panoply of China-like, government-enforced lockdowns it precipitated was principally due to that nation’s determination — along with its World Health Organization lackeys — to conceal the seriousness of the outbreak until the entire world was infected? Or do Americans prefer a corporate-media narrative so corrupt that Hollywood writer Charles Randolph will be given his directing debut and access to filming in China by corporate titan SK Global to create, as company spokesmen John Penotti and Charlie Corwin put it, a movie about the response of China’s “heroic medical community” to the virus?

It’s impossible to say. What is possible to say is that the sellout continues with gusto, and Chinese data-gathering remains at the heart of it. And once again, the ignorant remain vulnerable to the sellouts. “TikTok is one of the most popular entertainment apps for mobile devices in the United States,” states a recently filed class-action lawsuit. “It has acquired one of the largest installed user bases in the country on the strength of its popular 15-second videos of fun activities like dancing, lip-syncing, and stunts. Unknown to its users, however, is that TikTok also includes Chinese surveillance software.”

TikTok is owned by Beijing-based company ByteDance, which denies the allegations. Yet a new security feature in Apple’s iOS 14 caught the company spying on millions of its users.

It’s not the first time. In 2019, TikTok agreed to pay a $5.7 million fine to settle Federal Trade Commission allegations that the company violated the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA) and collected personal data from children — under the age of 13. As the FTC stated at the time, “This is the largest civil penalty ever obtained by the Commission in a children’s privacy case.”

Unfortunately, for a company with 800 million monthly active users, and 30 million users in the U.S., the fine amounts to chump change. President Donald Trump is threatening to ban the app, echoing Secretary of State Mike Pompeo’s assertion that downloading it puts Americans’ private data “in the hands of the Chinese Communist Party.”

That Apple still allows the app to be part of its product line? The globalist agenda must be served.

Yet once again, our corporate media sought to frame the proposed ban in partisan political terms. Business Insider asserted, “The app’s popularity may rankle for a different reason. Teen activists on the app in June claimed to have tanked Trump’s comeback rally in Oklahoma by signing up for tickets and not attending.”

That the same app, along with 58 others, was banned in India, which voiced the same security concerns? “Once you stop TikTok, you reduce the amount of data going into China,” stated Gordon Chang, Daily Beast columnist and author of The Great U.S.-China Tech War. “That’s a really important thing for us.”

Who’s “us”? On Friday, the Department of Justice announced charges against yet another college professor, Ohio State University’s Song Guo Zheng, for using more than $4 million in U.S. grant money to develop rheumatology and immunology expertise for the Chinese government. Since 2013, Zheng had been participating in a Chinese Talent Plan, one of many initiatives China uses to infiltrate American classrooms, from K-12 public schools through the nation’s university systems. And a great many of “us” still welcome them into America’s educational institutions.

Is there a tipping point? November is a time for choosing. One can opt for a narcissistic but patriotic incumbent and a Republican Party rife with cynical cowards whose current silence is based on knowing decent Americans have nowhere else to turn. Or they can opt for a dementia-addled, easily controlled insider and a Democrat Party seeking absolute power by any means necessary. Power that will have future generations of Americans walking on dogma-enforced eggshells — for their entire lives.

Thus, Americans are faced with what is arguably the evilest “lesser of two evils” choice in modern history. Yet if America opts for the latter choice, we will no longer have to worry about Communist Chinese infiltration.

We will be China, in every totalitarian sense of the word.

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