What’s the color of your flag? Part 1 of 2

The world’s most popular sport is Soccer with an estimated 3.5 billion fans. In America the number one sport is Football (NFL) with less than 156 million fans. The CIA’s World Factbook lists every country by its government type. In fact, click this link from Maps of the World, and explore all the different types of governments on the planet by just moving your curser over the map. There are 196 countries in the world, roughly 4,200 religions, and eight major ethnic groups and each of those groups can be broken up into smaller ethnic factions. There are 24 full democracies in the world and 51 authoritarian regimes similar to China. Can you subtract 196 from 24, and if so, once you have the answer, then tell me why the U.S. seems to only want to change China?

World Ethnic Groups

The last time I looked the U.S. flag was red, white and blue with 50 stars and 13 stripes, and 70.6 percent of its citizens identify themselves as Christians. – pewforum.org

The Declaration of Independence of 1776 and the U.S. Constitution were written by a group of white men influenced by Western republican/democratic governments dating back to the Greeks before the birth of Christ. In fact, Athenian statesman and member of the exiled Alcmaeonidae aristocracy, Cleisthenes is considered the father of democracy. Before his rise around 510 B.C., Athenian governance was left to aristocratic families who represented the wealthy. There is no similar figure in Asia.

Important historical figures in China were Confucius and Sun Tzu, who wrote the Art of War. From India, we get Buddha and Indira Gandhi. In the Middle East there was the Islamic prophet Muhammad. If you want a better idea of the diversity of the world, just scroll through Current World Population.

At this point someone who is ignorant might pop up and shout, “The Dalai Lama,” is from Asia and he promotes democracy, but no Dalai Lama has ever promoted a democracy similar to the United States or other European Republics.  When the Tibetans ruled themselves, they were first ruled by kings and then by a theocracy, and the Dalai Lama is still Tibet’s living god for life. Is there another country on the planet with a living god?

Tibet has never been a republic or a democracy, and its government in exile—even though they have sham elections and claim to have been a democracy since September 2, 1960—is headed by the 14th Dalai Lama and Prime Minister Lobsang Sangay. There are no political groups and no term limits. There are about 150,000 Tibetans living in exile and 7.5 million living in the Tibet Autonomous Region in China. Yes, there are elections in China too but there is only one political party—not much different than the 14th Dalai Lama’s government in exile, except the Chinese change their leaders every 5 to 10 years.

If you are an American, do you have a copy of both the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution? I do. Have you read it, and if you have, how much do you remember besides the Pursuit of Happiness, the right to own a firearm and the freedom to say just about anything without fear of being tossed in prison?

China may start with the letter “C” as California does, but it is not part of the U.S., and its founding fathers were men such as Sun Yat-sen, Mao, and Deng Xiaoping, and less than 3% of Chinese are Christians while more than 87% are not religious or do not belong to any organized religion.

In April, 2011, CNN ran a piece on its CNN Wire service of a Chinese artist and citizen of the People’s Republic of China, (PRC). His name is Ai Weiwei.  The title of the piece was, “China says Ai Weiwei is being held for economic crimes“.

If you read the entire CNN piece, you will discover that the artist was taken into custody in route to Hong Kong. The piece quotes his wife and mother, who both believe he is innocent and that he was arrested and locked up because he refused to listen to warnings that he should stop his “reckless collision against China’s basic political framework and ignorance of China’s judicial sovereignty to exaggerate a specific case …”

Ai Weiwei is also one of China’s best-known artists. He helped design the Bird’s Nest stadium for the 2008 Beijing Olympics. Ai Weiwei is more than an artist. He is also a democracy activist and a critic of his government.

Sure, the US Constitution protects U.S. citizens when they criticize the government.  However, the Chinese Constitution does not offer the same protections. In fact, most countries don’t. In Saudi Arabia, woman cannot work or drive and criminals are often executed by beheading—a practice once common in China but no more.

And China is not the only country in the world with an autocratic government. Scroll back to the top and you will discover China is only one of 51.

In fact, the American CIA has taken advantage of foreign laws such as those in Saudi Arabia and Egypt when terrorists have been sent for torture and questioning without the due process of law as guaranteed in the U.S. (not outside of it).

Continued in Part 2 on October 28, 2015

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Lloyd Lofthouse is the award-winning author of My Splendid Concubine [3rd edition]. When you love a Chinese woman, you marry her family and culture too. This is the lusty love story Sir Robert Hart did not want the world to discover.

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2 Responses to What’s the color of your flag? Part 1 of 2

  1. sanukjim says:

    Once again Lofthouse,you are getting away from the :I look China” idea and jumping into politics of which you seam to know very little about….DJ

    • I know this much. Politics is filled with lies and deceit to fool people with a goal to achieve agendas that will hurt most of those same people. Politics is a muddy world where most of the players live in the gutter, and in the West, China is perceived through a lens that is mostly owned and controlled by a very small number of people who benefit when China is seen as a bad guy—a country to fear.

      To prove my point that politics is mostly smoke and mirrors designed to fool voters, for instance, Fact-checking the second GOP presidential debate where two claims were found to be FALSE, one was MOSTLY FALSE, one was HALF TRUE and two were MOSTLY TRUE but none were Totally TRUE

      http://www.politifact.com/truth-o-meter/article/2015/sep/17/fact-checking-second-gop-presidential-debate/

      Factcheck.org found:

      Several candidates made false or misleading statements about vaccines. Donald Trump told a brief story linking vaccination to autism, but there is no evidence that recommended vaccines cause autism.

      At the outset of the debate, former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee made an inaccurate remark about an ongoing investigation into Hillary Clinton’s personal server and her use of a personal email account while secretary of state

      Trump twice made an unsupported claim that the cost of unauthorized immigration is $200 billion annually: We cannot find any support for Trump’s claim. Quite the opposite, it could cost taxpayers $137 billion or more to do what Trump proposes:

      Asked about his opposition to birthright citizenship, Donald Trump repeated the incorrect assertion that Mexico does not have such a policy. It does.

      Carly Fiorina spoke out against Planned Parenthood regarding the controversial videos released over the last few months. The scene she described, though, does not exist in any of the videos.

      In a sharp exchange between Trump and Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker, the billionaire businessman falsely claimed that Wisconsin under Walker has “a huge budget deficit.”

      There’s a lot more bout the fraudulent world of politics.

      http://www.factcheck.org/2015/09/factchecking-the-cnn-republican-debate/

      In addition, the Democrats are no better than the GOP.

      We found several falsehoods and misleading claims in the Democratic candidates’ first debate:

      http://www.factcheck.org/2015/10/factchecking-the-democratic-debate/

      For Poltifact we learn that:

      FALSE = 1
      Mostly False = 2
      Half True = 2
      Mostly True = 2
      TRUE = 1

      http://www.politifact.com/truth-o-meter/article/2015/oct/13/fact-checking-first-democratic-presidential-debate/

      And to bring this reply to your alleged comment that I know very little about politics, I think you don’t know anything about the media. Ninety percent of the traditional media in the U.S. is owned by SIX global corporations and they feed the people what they want them to hear and/or what the people want to hear and those corporations are mostly conservative. Many reporters will be liberal and progressive but their bosses are mostly conservative.

      In 2014, Gallup reported that Americans View China Mostly Unfavorably—that thinking comes through politics and the media that is feeding the public what they want to them to hear and what they want to hear.

      The U.S. is the largest arms manufacturer in the world and spends more money on its military than any country on the planet. To feed that monster, the people in the U.S. must be fooled to think China is America’s enemy, but the facts prove otherwise. China is not the enemy of the U.S. but powerful corporate and political factions in the U.S. are working really heard to be the enemy of China, and make it look like it’s China’s fault.

      U.S. military expenditures is more than $600 billion annually.
      China’s is less than a third of that and Russia is a sixth follows by Saudi Arabia and then France.

      The global total is almost $1.8 Trillion and one-third of that military spending is by the U.S.

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