Song of the Dragon
China has suffered a minor embarrassment with the revelation that a comely little nine-year-old girl by the name of Lin Miaoke, who sang "Ode to the Motherland" at the opening ceremonies of the Olympics in Beijing, actually lip-synched her way through the number. The actual singer, a seven-year-old girl by the name of Yang Peiyi, was deemed too unattractive to be seen by a global audience of perhaps hundreds of millions.
The large, cautionary tale enveloping this story will be lost, perhaps most significantly upon the free-trade globalists. The lesson is this: China will do whatever it must to present to the world what it thinks that world wants to see.
For years, American free-trade globalists have believedin fact, they are compelled by their own, self-contained, self-validating trade theory to believethat so-called "market reforms" the Chinese government was enacting would lead to a growing middle class that would then demand greater political and social freedom. Even as the Chinese year after year pegged the exchange rate of their currency against the U.S. dollar, thereby making their imports to the U.S. outrageously underpriced and our exports to China symmetrically overpriced, the globalists were convinced that it would all come to a good end.
The United States lost millions of jobs and hundreds of billions of dollars in industrial capital, all in the name of "free trade" with a nation run by classic mercantilists, who will say whatever they must to achieve their goals, which most decidedly do not include political and intellectual freedom for their own people, much less a better world for anyone other than the sublimely smiling brutes at the top of their corrupt, communist government.
Both John McCain and Barack Obama have as their chief economic advisers the same näive globalists who have brought this nation so much harm in the name of "free trade," "open markets," and "capitalism."
McCain will pursue the same international economic policies as his predecessors because he is inextricably in the thrall of multi-national corporatists who benefit from this degradation of the United States. Yes, he will trade our nation's economic sovereignty for the support of those who pay his way.
Barack Obama will pursue the same international policies as his predecessors because he is just plain stupid. Yes, he is a mental midget who suckers people with vacuous, meaningless, eerily messianic rhetoric about "Yes, we can!" without even the slightest clue about how to shepherd a nation away from the disastrous economic course upon which it is unrelentingly bearing.
The next time you see the face of that pretty little girl who lip-synched that song, let the lesson of the less attractive child in the shadows be on your mind: behind the façade of beautiful and worldly China is a fierce, merciless dragon that has already struck deep into the heart of our nation as our leaders sat back in mesmerized satisfaction at the alluring song of global free trade, even as we bled millions of jobs, hundreds of billions of dollars of American industrial capital, and, ultimately, control over the destiny of our own nation.
The Dark Wraith has spoken.