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Thursday, October 10, 2019

Red China cracks down on dissidents in the USA

The New York Post reported, "Houston Rockets sneakers and other merchandise were pulled from several Nike stores in major Chinese cities amid the furor surrounding a tweet from the team’s general manager in support of anti-government protests in Hong Kong."

The background is Rockets official publicly supported the Hong Kong protesters while NBA teams are playing Red Chinese teams in a pre-season series telecast on ESPN.

Chairman Xi forced the NBA and the official to apologize. It forced Nike to pull the Rockets ware.

Nike made millions on a Colin Kaepernick shoe honoring a man who hates America and our president. This is the free speech that corporate America loves because it is against President Donald John Trump but corporate America will shut down any criticism of Red China and Chairman Xi.

People say Voltaire said, "To find out who rules over you, simply find out who you are not allowed to criticize."

It is not just Nike siding with Red China.

The Post reported, "The stakes are high for NBA, whose league business in China is said to be worth more than $4 billion. The world’s most populous nation is Nike’s top source of revenue growth as other regions slow."

To put that $4 billion in perspective, Forbes reported on February 7, 2018, "The league's 30 teams generated $7.4 billion in revenue last season, up 25% from 2017 and another record high for the league. The average NBA franchise is now worth a record $1.65 billion, up 22% over last year, and more than triple the figure of five years ago."

Thus NBA loudmouth coaches like Steve Kerr and Gregg Popovich -- who were such Big Men denying President Trump -- are ducking questions about Red China like a mafioso dodging cameras when walking from the courthouse. (Mike Royko called them the Face in the Fedora crowd.)

ESPN won't allow its staff to mention the controversy or even Hong Kong on the air. One would think that a company as big as Disney -- which owns ESPN -- would tell Chairman Xi to buzz off, knowing that once his censorship began there would be no stopping it.

But Disney caved to a real fascist with actual concentration camps, while a steady stream of Disney and ABC stars attack President Trump with impunity.

Apple meanwhile banned an app that Hong Kong protesters used. Company after company bows to Red China like they were bobbing for apples.

Corporate America has made a pact with the devil. They believe they can enter Red China's market without consequence, as if Americans will remain loyal and Chairman Xi will not make onerous demands.

Of course, this is what Presidents Bush, Clinton, Bush and Obama believed.

President Donald John Trump understands the danger. Our economy is too intertwined with Red China. A trade deal is the first step toward independence. What we need is a divorce from Red China's economy. We are dealing with 21st century Nazis, and we are not dealing very well with them.

By the way, President Trump controls visas. It would be a shame if he canceled them to Red China for NBA stars and other entertainers. Why, ESPN might have to mention Ong-Hay Ong-Kay.

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