On August 4, The Washington Post—which is owned by the world’s richest man, Jeff Bezos—ran a story under the headline: “Trump views China’s Communist Party as a threat. Young Chinese see it as a ticket to a better future.” This is fake news at its worst.
Before diving into the details of this obviously ludicrous article, let me offer a real-world example of one former Chinese youth who would vehemently disagree with this outrageous contention.
Several years ago, my parents adopted a little girl from China. She was an orphan (thanks to China’s One Child Policy) who assuredly did not have a “ticket to a better future” because of China’s Communist Party.
In fact, had she not been adopted by my parents, her ticket to a better future in China would have likely included one-way trips to worlds of poverty, prostitution, and pain. Fortunately, for her sake, she was rescued from a life of despair in a totalitarian dictatorship.
Interestingly, after coming to the United States and learning the language and customs of her new homeland, she has totally disavowed her birthplace. Why, you might ask? Well, according to her, being a youth in China (especially while in a government-run orphanage) was a hellish experience replete with abuse, indoctrination, and despair.
In other words, for my adopted sister, and millions of young Chinese, the Communist Party is a mighty threat to their future—not a vehicle for a better future.
In all likelihood, Bezos and his editors atThe Washington Post are well aware of this. However, they chose to publish a false story portraying the Peoples Republic of China as a fairy tale land laden with opportunity and optimism. What a farce.
The article begins with, “The overwhelming humidity of the Chinese summer was not enough to stifle the ardor of the crowds of 20-somethings honoring Mao Zedong, the founding father of Communist China. Some took fairground-style miniature trains while others ran three miles through the heat to reach the giant statue of a young Mao — China’s equivalent of Mount Rushmore — staring out over the Xiangjiang River.”
Why in the world would Bezos’ newspaper portray Mao Zedong, the ruthless dictator who was responsible for the deaths of millions, as the George Washington of China? It is akin to the newspaper waxing poetically about Hitler, Mussolini, Stalin, Pol Pot, etc. It is disgusting.
The article also describes the workers of China’s state-owned companies as joyful automatons who pledge fealty to the Communist Party. The author writes, “Nearby, sweaty recruits from the 23rd Metallurgical Construction Group, part of a state-owned construction and mining firm, gathered to recite one of Mao’s poems, ‘Changsha.’ ‘I ask, on this boundless land / Who rules over man’s destiny?’ they shouted in unison. The answer, in this instance, is the Chinese Communist Party.”
It is shocking that an American newspaper would publish such pro-communist propaganda. Yet, this is just the tip of the iceberg.
The article also goes to extreme lengths to downplay the atrocities committed by China’s Communist Party under the iron fist of President Xi Jinping. Yet, there is not one mention of the horrors that China’s Communist Party inflicts upon its own people, including slave labor, Orwellian surveillance, and a general lack of liberty.
In China, if you dare defy the diktats of the Communist overlords, you can bet your ticket to a better future will be less likely than hell freezing over.
And this is the crux. In China, a ticket to a better future depends on one’s standing within the Communist Party. In America, a ticket to a better future depends on one’s willingness to work hard and pick themselves up by their boot straps.
This could not be clearer than in the example of my adopted sister. Her future in a China was a one-way ticket to nowhere. On the other hand, the United States has provided her with a ticket to prosperity and happiness.
Maybe Jeff Bezos and his comrades/editors atThe Washington Post should reconsider their rosy outlook on China’s Communist Party.
Chris Talgo (firstname.lastname@example.org) is an editor at The Heartland Institute.