The people of Hong Kong are worth imitating

Jay Ambrose

Oh, Hong Kong, wonderful, magnificent Hong Kong.

It is standing up for consent of the people, for freedom, justice and personal rights.

Millions have risked their futures through protest.

But then look from east to west for a dismayingly different story.

Look at the United States where too many want to get rid of President Donald Trump no matter what and are busily forsaking such principles, rewriting our history and substituting utopianism for thought.

Hong Kong has never known all the democratic delights we’ve known, of course, but the British, during the island’s colonial days, said, hey, here’s capitalism, grab hold.

The people did, becoming wonderfully prosperous while given more of a chance to experience liberty.

Colonialism ended, fear of China inspired an exodus, but authoritarianism did not then squash the island.

The Chinese government said it would make Hong Kong a part of China, but with restrained interventions allowing magnificent piles of moolah to come Beijing’s way.

Nevertheless, guaranteed rights eroded and China got a Maoist imitator as its leader, Xi Jinping.

He took debilitating command of China’s own semi-capitalist, enriching economy, aimed at super-power status and began reinstituting tyranny’s recent lapses.

Working through Hong Kong’s unelected leader, China sought a bill allowing the extradition of Hong Kong residents accused of crimes, meaning it could better control dissidents.

It was a fragrant foul that instructed more than a million Hong Kong residents to take to the streets even as China parked troops and tanks across the border.

Here’s wishing more Americans were reacting with distress to what’s happening here.

We’ve had government officials employ illegitimate means to unseat a legitimately elected president, and, yes, loud voices have said this was terrible.

But more people appear to be shrugging their shoulders with many buying the line that the miracle of capitalism is a farce and that slavery built America. Our brilliant, courageous, enlightened founders, now minimized by leftists as nothing much, are said to have endorsed this abomination.

We are told our American creed is a farce. Several of the Democratic presidential candidates, evading reasonable routes, favor dictatorial climate change plans likely costing trillions to achieve nothing much.

With variations, the top of the heap also favor collectivism, impracticality, restricted rights, judicial activism already in play and spending maybe meant to bribe voters when it could ultimately impoverish them.

What might emerge could be a protracted, devastating adventure in socialistic meanderings worse than Trump’s flamboyant flubs ameliorated by such policies as enabling a flourishing economy, going after the evils of mass incarceration and nominating as Supreme Court justices two men who truly believe in the Constitution.

What’s scary at the moment is that he isn’t addressing the crisis-prone debt and could topple his economic achievements with his tariffs on Chinese exports.

There isn’t much doubt about China’s Cold War antics and criminal misdoings aimed at world mastery.

It has digitally invaded our federal government, stolen our intellectual property and taken over South China Sea properties claimed by other nations.

Trump should still get it that a trade alliance with other Asian countries is the way to go, but lots of Democrats don’t like versions of that idea, either.

And the valiant Hong Kong people?

Three months of protest have forced their leader to back down on extradition but not on other demands for such things as direct elections or releasing protesters from jail.

The free world should help them in every valid way it can, and the United States should do more to help itself.

Jay Ambrose is an op-ed columnist for Tribune News Service. Readers may send emails to speaktojay@aol.com. Distributed by Tribune Content Agency. © 2019 Tribune Content Agency.

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Newsjunkie39a

Tripe: yes, absolutely. With all of the cogent comment available on both sides of the fence, it amazes (and disappoints) me that the Times would fall back on this hack and his half-baked opinions as a commentator worth reading.



Does the Times like his smiling visage, or what?

rdsouth

We are already a collective, and blithering about it is nonsense. "Collectivism," is a word invented by Ayn Rand. She paid lip service to the constitution, which begins with the words "We the people," and believed that humans don't have rights just for being human, they earn rights by getting money. People don't have rights, money does. How's that for "restricted rights?" There are always rules, which are power mitigated by accountability. All you can really do is make them less formal, and then you get rid of accountability, leaving just power. Judicial activism and impoverishing spending are a case of black kettles and pots. Do these buzz words still make the geezers knee jerk?

Holmes -- the real one

Excellent summation of Ayn Rand's foundational outlook.

Incidentally, she repeatedly railed against government benefits, saying that they constituted an "immoral redistribution of wealth." Then she went on to collect Social Security benefits as soon as she qualified for them.

Holmes

Some people just don't understand how to negotiate whether it's politics or business, it's the same. Apparently they didn't read "The Art of the Deal". Brilliant move by the President. He understands how important "face" is to the Chinese, so after backing the China premier into a corner from which he cannot

escape without losing "face", Trump lowers the draw bridge and offers a hand of

friendship by delaying further tariffs. Brilliant.

Trump 2020

Holmes -- the real one

"......read "The Art of the Deal"..............."

LOL

What amazing trip you serve!

Holmes -- the real one

Correction: that reply to "Holmes" should read:

What amazing TRIPE you serve.

hermit thrush

is this a parody account?

Holmes -- the real one

The "Holmes" you see here is one that usurped my Discus handle. I still post under Holmes on Discus but, as my name was taken when nny360 went to this system, I went with the current name for comments here.

hermit thrush

oh yes, of course i understand that! i actually wasn't even referring to the commenter's name, but to the content of what s/he wrote. (though this wasn't at all clear from what i wrote myself.) i don't see how any self-respecting person can allow themselves to be debased by trump like that.

Nice_Commenter

Trump doesn't read. The idea that he is some sort of business genius is hilarious. He inherited $200 million ans has been in bankruptcy court four times. No American banks will loan him money, so Trump owes hundreds of millions to foreign banks. Deutch Bank owns Trump.

hermit thrush

and trump evidently owns holmes (the fake one), which i guess means deutsche bank owns him/her too. it might be a deutsche bank bot commenting here for all we know.

Holmes -- the real one

I particularly like the fake holmes suggestion to read, "The Art of the Deal."

Taking unintentional irony to a new level.

Airball55

Good article. Well written with a viewpoint that won't be liked much by a couple on here but it's solid. Lot to learn. Not usually an Ambrose fan but this was very good. Of course you have to read the article for what it is for...

hermit thrush

"Of course you have to read the article for what it is for..."

indeed -- and what it is for is conservative agitprop.

Airball55

He has his conservative talking points for sure, but, I read...Hong Kong and it's path. As with articles put on here by opposition to folks like Ambrose, I try to read what the main points may be in respect to the articles. Sometimes we get there, sometimes we don't. I will say this about the PRO-Trumpers and ANTI-Trumpers on here. You are all consistent lol.

rdsouth

I don't think he can write at all. He strings together a bunch of disjointed meanderings, much like Trump. I guess it's meaningful to people on his wavelength who already "know" the information that would glue it all together. If you really admire the protestors in Hong Kong you'll realize that the people who are resisting him are much like the Hong Kong protesters. Ambrose is somehow trying to use the Hong Kong resistance as a parallel for team Trump and it doesn't work.

Airball55

I respectfully disagree with this...but that's what is cool about where we live.

Nice_Commenter

North Korea is good now! Look, Trump allowed them to murder Otto Warmbinger without any punishment, isn't that great? North Korea's Communism is great in Trump world, but China's communism is good. Democrats are such hypocrites!

gasgun

"It was a fragrant foul that instructed more than a million Hong Kong residents to take to the streets even as China parked troops and tanks across the border." Perhaps the fresh air helped disperse the odor of totalitarianism. Or did he mean "flagrant"?

hermit thrush

the wdt deserves credit for recently running some good editorials from some new voices, but man, jay ambrose is still so, so bad.

Holmes -- the real one

Talk about falsehoods just "slipping by"-- here are just a few Ambrose gems that nny360 provides here:



"Look at the United States where too many want to get rid of President Donald Trump no matter what and are busily forsaking such principles, rewriting our history and substituting utopianism for thought."

"We’ve had government officials employ illegitimate means to unseat a legitimately elected president, and, yes, loud voices have said this was terrible."

".... many buying the line that the miracle of capitalism is a farce and that slavery built America. Our brilliant, courageous, enlightened founders, now minimized by leftists as nothing much, are said to have endorsed this abomination."

"We are told our American creed is a farce. Several of the Democratic presidential candidates, evading reasonable routes, favor dictatorial climate change plans likely costing trillions to achieve nothing much."

"What might emerge could be a protracted, devastating adventure in socialistic meanderings....."



You know, it IS possible to discuss the situation in Hong Kong without finding a way to slip in a passel of falsehoods about democrats -- but apparently not for Ambrose.

The impression we are left with here is that nny360 has little interest in providing unbiased information to its reading public.

rdsouth

That's an exaggeration. You admit nny360 has some insterest in providing unbiased information to its reading public. It's just that it also has no qualms about providing this swill alongside it.

Holmes -- the real one

You're right. I'm always making that error of trying to think the best of things....

Airball55

I think nny360 goes OUT of their way to provide both sides of issues lol. This statement is so ludicrous. The opinion section is full of anti-Trump, anti-republican articles and comments. This is comical. Unbiased?? By whose standards...MSNBC lol. Dude, wow...funny stuff

Nice_Commenter

We are mainly thinking of the public statements Trump makes, where he constantly attacks the free press for factual reporting on him. Anybody who knows third-world dictators is familiar with Trump's tactics. It is people who think Saddam Hussien secretly had WMD's or people who supported Dennis Hastert that now support Trump.

Holmes -- the real one

And, somehow not surprisingly, they still support Dennis Hastert.

Jerry Moore Staff
Jerry Moore

To Holmes -- the real one:



You will find numerous articles presenting unbiased information about local, state, national and world events in our news sections. But this column appears in our Opinion section. This is where contributors express their opinions on these events. And opinions, by definition, are biased. Forgive me, but I always find it amusing when people of all political persuasions chastise us for offering biased writings in a section designating them as such.



Jerry Moore

Editorial page editor

Watertown Daily Times

315-661-2369

jmoore@wdt.net

letters@wdt.net

Holmes -- the real one

To Jerry Moore --



Perhaps my comment did not make clear that my objection was not to the paper presenting Ambrose's opinions (such as they are) -- my objection is to the regular menu of obvious falsehoods presented as part of that Ambrose "opinion."



Forgive me for confusing the issue such that you thought I was objecting to the presence of opinions in the Opinions section.



nny360 can, of course, present whatever you choose.



Apparently in this case the choice is to present a syndicated columnist who regularly utilizes falsehoods to advance his "opinion" even though there are plenty of conservative commenters available who do not resort to such chicanery.

Kevin_Beary_is_racist

It will be very funny when Trump decides he likes Xi Jianping, and this guy will then write a column saying the Hong Kong protestors are bad. OF course the real comedy is Trump wants to re-write Libel Law and pull broadcast licenses of news outlets he doesn’t like, exactly like China.

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