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Tuesday, August 02, 2022

Hooray for Nancy Pelosi

In 1963, Norman Rockwell painted a cover for Look magazine (not the Saturday Evening Post) entitled The Problem We All Live With. The magazine published it on January 14, 1964. It depicted Ruby Bridges walking to the all-white William Frantz Elementary School in New Orleans.

At 6, she crossed the color line.

4 deputy U.S. marshals protected her.

The event was in 1960. It seemed odd to me at the time because Woodland Elementary School in Cleveland, which I attended, was integrated. Even at 7, I followed the news.

As an adult, it strikes me as a bold move by President Eisenhower. He was not going to allow a bunch of klansmen push him around. Three years earlier, he sent the 101st Airborne to Little Rock to protect the 9 black students who were integrating Central High School in Little Rock, Arkansas. 

We seldom are more American than when we send the 101st Airborne to protect the rights of 9 black teenagers.

And so it goes with Nancy Pelosi's visit to Taiwan. I don't like her. Few (if any) of my readers like her. But she is Speaker of the House -- two heartbeats from the presidency -- and if we have to move every aircraft carrier we have to the South China Sea to protect her, so be it.

I say this after reading Thomas Friedman's column, "Why Pelosi’s Visit to Taiwan Is Utterly Reckless."

His argument was "Nothing good will come of it. Taiwan will not be more secure or more prosperous as a result of this purely symbolic visit, and a lot of bad things could happen. These include a Chinese military response that could result in the U.S. being plunged into indirect conflicts with a nuclear-armed Russia and a nuclear-armed China at the same time."

Chairman Xi does not want her to go to Taiwan?

So what?

Big deal.

We are Americans. We shall not be shoved around by a bully who looks like Winnie the Pooh. The world does not revolve around Red China. If Chairman Xi doesn't like it, who cares?

But Friedman's objection is liberal thinking. Offending someone is a crime to them. Calling a man in a dress a man can get you arrested in England.

This is America. We have guns. We have used them against tyranny for 246 years and counting.

Zero Hedge reported, "Forget inflation, stagflation, recession, depression, earnings, Biden locked up in the basement with covid, and everything else: today's it all about whether Nancy Pelosi will start World War 3 when she lands in Taiwan in 3 hours.

"U.S. stocks were set for a second day of declines as investors hunkered down over the imminent (military) response by China to Pelosi's Taiwan planned visit to Taiwan, along with the risks from weakening economic growth amid hawkish central bank policy. Nasdaq 100 contracts were down 0.7% by 7:30 a.m. in New York, while S&P 500 futures fell 0.6% having fallen as much as 1% earlier. 10Y yields are down to 2.55% after hitting 2.51% earlier, while both the dollar and gold are higher." 

The stock market is a rumor mill that is easily spooked. 

Friedman is a deep state spokesman, which is why I will read his columns. He gives the intelligence community's side of the story. 

He cited the Russo-Ukrainian War as a reason not to upset Red China.

Remember when I bad-mouthed Zelensky in February? I pointed out he helped Democrats impeach President Trump. I pointed out the press was fawning over him like it fawned over Fauci and Andy Cuomo. I pointed out he was a puppet of an oligarch. 

Well, a few months later, Friedman wrote, "The timing could not be worse. Dear reader: The Ukraine war is not over. And privately, U.S. officials are a lot more concerned about Ukraine’s leadership than they are letting on. There is deep mistrust between the White House and Ukraine President Volodymyr Zelensky — considerably more than has been reported.

"And there is funny business going on in Kyiv. On July 17, Zelensky fired his country’s prosecutor general and the leader of its domestic intelligence agency — the most significant shake-up in his government since the Russian invasion in February. It would be the equivalent of Biden firing Merrick Garland and Bill Burns on the same day. But I have still not seen any reporting that convincingly explains what that was all about. It is as if we don’t want to look too closely under the hood in Kyiv for fear of what corruption or antics we might see, when we have invested so much there. (More on the dangers of that another day.)"

If I could see it in Poca, West Virginia, they already knew it all along in DC.

But Ukraine bought off Biden a long time ago and he sits in the Oval Office. They have to obey.

Nancy doesn't. She can go to Taiwan and drink all the booze on the way there, while there, and on the way back as far as I am concerned. A pickled Pelosi is a happy Pelosi.

(I wrote this last night. This morning she arrived.)

Friedman wrote, "I seriously doubt that Taiwan’s current leadership, in its heart of hearts, wants this Pelosi visit now. Anyone who has followed the cautious behavior of Taiwanese President Tsai Ing-wen of the pro-independence-leaning Democratic Progressive Party, since her election in 2016, has to be impressed by her consistent efforts to defend Taiwan’s independence while not giving China an easy excuse for military action against Taiwan.

"Alas, I fear that the growing consensus in Xi’s China is that the Taiwan question can only be resolved militarily, but China wants to do it on its own schedule. Our goal should be to deter China from such a military endeavor on OUR schedule — which is forever.

"But the best way to do that is to arm Taiwan into what military analysts call a porcupine — a country bristling with so many missiles that China would never want to lay hands on it — while saying and doing as little as possible to provoke China into thinking that it MUST lay hands on it now. Pursuing anything else than that balanced approach would be an awful mistake, with vast and unpredictable consequences."

We shouldn't provoke Red China?

Wrong.

Red China should not provoke us.

Make me president, and I will poke the panda every day with tariffs and the like. He is going to shoot Pelosi's plane down? As president, I would be on that plane.

Times have changed. Red China was a hermit kingdom in 1964 when Rockwell drew that picture. Now Red China is The Problem We All Live With.

After all this controversy, Nancy could not back down because that would show the world that Red China is in charge.

59 comments:

  1. Don, I luv ya, but there are complications beyond just, "Let's us show them Chinks who's boss!" I do not believe that there will be an overt military response to Pelousy's visit; the Chinese are not going to destroy their primary consumer of goods over that. However, as Schumer said about our own Deep State, they have six ways to Sunday to get even. They are already clearly in control of Biden through the financial machinations of his son in which he is clearly involved. They will publicly posture and thump their collective chests but will do nothing that would provoke a military response by the USA. They will continue to patiently build their alternative to the American Dollar as the world's reserve currency, and thereby slowly but surely strangle the American economy into subjection. But, regardless of the results of Pelousy's visit, the as-yet-unanswered question is: WHY DID SHE GO THERE? When you figure that out, please tell us.

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    1. You surely don't think that the bad guys are the only ones bribing our leaders. She is there to set-up the bribes and their payments from the "good chinks", probably for selling them top of the line arms.

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    2. Control of Biden? How exactly? We all know he is receiving payments. We know his son is the bagman. No one in DC cares one bit about it. The dem voters sure don't. And the GOP voter is lookig to crawl over broken glass to vote against him and his party.

      What exactly has China gotten for their investment? A few spies back? Eh. It's all theater. China is stupid for expecting their payoff to matter.

      If Pelosi's visit really pushed China to do something stupid, I might actually be worried. But China knows doing anything would be terminal for the current leadership once the Taiwan gambit was lost. It's all bluster. Or it's China in her death throes. And I don't think Xi is interested in going out yet.

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    3. We are in the looting phase of a collapsing regime. Out of (our) money, they are trading our stockpiled arms and oil for cash, for them.

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    4. Welllll , let's see. We in the good Ole USA are the largest consumer group in the world ( not by numbers , but how much we buy ) . Can't see any of my fellow citizens wanting to use Chinese currency , so that becoming world reserve currency ain't happening. Currency is propped up with consumer confidence . China does not nor will have the bonafides to make that happen . Nuff said .

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    5. Pelosi's husband is in court this week for his DUI causing injury charges (reportedly, there was an unidentified substance found in his blood, too). So, the Taiwan visit may only be an attempt to distract from her husband's legal problems. Wagging the dog in a dramatic fashion. Having a few additional drinks on the taxpayers' bar tab, too.

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  2. I agree with you Don that the U.S. can provoke China. I understand that she couldn't back down and not visit Taiwan. What I don't understand is the real purpose of this visit. Maybe I've just missed the point of the trip. What is Pelosi hoping to accomplish? Is this a distraction from domestic problems. Is it to help or hinder Brandon? I am going to wait at least 48 hours to see what comes out of this trip. Right now, I don't get it at all.

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    1. Typical congress critter junket.

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    2. I think this trip and the droning of a bin Laden’s second in command are distractions. I expect more such distractions as the midterm election approaches and as Xiden’s dementia progresses. Also true this trip seems to be a typical junket to waste more of our tax dollars.

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    3. Welp...I know its a bit of a longshot...but if the Dems get rid of Biden and Harris... who will be president?... this is a good look for her.

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    4. Yep , passing away taxpayer dollars.

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    5. I did not type " passing " dammit ! ☝

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    6. Anon, have you seen Nancy try to put together a coherent sentence lately?

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  3. Shot at and MissedAugust 2, 2022 at 11:26 AM

    To paraphrase former Congressman John Schmitz, I don't have a problem with Nancy Pelosi going to Taiwan, I have a problem with her coming back!

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  4. Nancy's first overseas trip as Speaker in 2007 was to Assad in Syria to assert her independence from the Bush foreign policy. Years later she condemned him as required by Deep State.

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  5. Friedman is in a neck and neck race with Krugman to see who can be wrong more often.

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  6. It would NOT be beyond the realm of possibility that the CCP organized this stunt with Pelosi and Biden to prop-up the China-bought Democrat regime in the US....endeavoring to make it look strong.

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    1. I think this too. Electioneering to stem losses in November. Same way now Biden constructs a wall on the AZ border to prop up the D Senator in AZ running for reelection.

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    2. I was going to say something similar. Thought naah, a bit too far. Buuut.

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    3. You can be sure it has something to do with the midterms. This has split Republicans into for and against the trip.. Divide and conquer.

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    4. I agree. China's worst nightmare is Trump as POTUS. They will do anything to prevent that because he knows we have them by the gonads. We hold their economy hostage with all the Chinese crap shipped here. We can confiscate their property and farmland holdings. We can expel all sorts of spies, masquerading as students, scientists, etc. Our version of the Art of War, but only Trump will do it, hence the stark fear.

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    5. Yup, it's a two way set up for our left to look like they're tough on commies because the whole world knows that DNC is but a wing of the world's left and it's election time. What they gave-or will give --the CCP for the theatrics remains to be known..

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  7. Well, If Friedman's against it, my instincts are to be for it.

    My instincts have never failed me before - at least not in this context!

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  8. I saw The Problem We All Live With on display at the Norman Rockwell museum in Stockbridge, Massachusetts. It is a large oil painting, about 3ft.x5ft. Displayed by itself on the wall, it was very moving.

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  9. Yea yea yea Don, I agree with most of what you say. However if I were President Tsai Ing-wen I wouldn't allow Pelosi in my country.

    Sadly though we gotta let her back in ours.

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  10. As corrupt and as intent on America’s decline as the Democrats are, perhaps they want to provoke China into war.

    With the midterms 100 days away, perhaps they feel they stand a better chance of hanging on with a superpower war in progress.

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  11. One thing China's got it's own problems . Their financial situation is not good. Banks with Tanks, peasants sick and starving due to lockdown. Also the cook their books and believe their own bravo sierra. So war is difficult.

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  12. I totally agree eith you Don. China does not get to dictate our foreign policy or where our government officials may go. That position is not conditional based on the official or which party holds power.

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    1. Just out of curiosity, and in no way equating the two, but
      What if the CCP had sent one of their high ranking officials to visit Chaz back in 2020? What would we do?

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  13. I must admit that, on one level, I hope Pelosi’s plane is shot down. She ripped up President Trump’s State of the Union speech. FNP!

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  14. But she is Speaker of the House -- two heartbeats from the presidency -- and if we have to move every aircraft carrier we have to the South China Sea to protect her, so be it.

    Actually, we shouldn't. She thinks she runs the country and wants to show who dances to her tune. she's not worth a single note.

    Or the lives of any of the swabs that might be lost. And, if I'm going to get blown up, I want it to be over somebody who was born a Mafia princess and still is.

    After all this controversy, Nancy could not back down because that would show the world that Red China is in charge.

    The reverse is true. Remember Franz Ferdinand and the Archduchess Sophie?

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  15. Yet another distraction from FJB's failed domestic policies. Lets just hope that this one doesn't get thousands killed like the distraction they created in Russia/Ukraine.

    Being American does not mean that we get to traipse all over the world poking other nations in the eye and bombing the shit out of countries just because we feel like it. The Founding Fathers are rolling in their graves over all this ridiculous American imperialism.

    So we don't like the way certain countries are governed, boo freakin hoo. Rather than poking them in the eye, implementing color revolutions to overthrow governments, seizing other countries assets and bombing wedding parties and innocent civilians, maybe we should try treating other sovereign nations with respect.

    So far we've bombed Libya, Iraq, Afghanistan, Syria and Lebanon into oblivion with no regard for how many innocent people are murdered. Now we're pushing for war with Russia for "democracy" in Ukraine where Zelensky has outlawed opposition parties. Next up, trying to instigate war with China.

    How about we focus on making sure our elections are fair and fraud free? How about we focus on our economy and stop sending billions to dictators? How about we stop the grooming of children for pedophiles? How about we secure our borders? How about we get back to America First and make sure our citizens are taken care of?

    I'm sick and tired of America being run by the military industrial complex. I bet the rest of the world is too. Don't be surprised when the entire world rises up to destroy this Evil Empire.

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    1. The American people are starting to figure this out, but nothing great happens suddenly.

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    2. Hat Tip to Lobotomy that was botched!

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  16. In the same hypocritical vein as
    'build back better'
    and 'Inflation reduction',
    I'm sure she's going to tell the Taiwanese how the U.S. will defend them.

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  17. This is the first thing Speaker Nutsy has done that I agree with.

    And FTF, just another brain dead liberal.

    HPB

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  18. Randy says: She's spending the night in Taiwan. The biggest question is whether she’ll be Epstein’d or Khashoggi’d.

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    1. My money's on she'll be Johnny Walkered.

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    2. I'm thinking she'll be Night Trained or shit by the Thunderbird.

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    3. I'm pretty sure it's going to be a "Ripple Effect"....Pagan Pink!

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  19. Many of us here likely remember how the Clinton administration aided Communist China with technology and its weapons programs. We would be remiss though if we don't acknowledge Henry Kissinger and Richard Nixon as the ones responsible for getting this whole ball rolling.

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  20. China owns this administration through all the money funneled through Hunter. We swore we would protect Taiwan. This is all a show but who is the intended audience? Are they trying to convince American voters they are not bought, or trying to convince Taiwan they are still free?
    Time will tell? No, Time will lie just like every other liberal publication.

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  21. Just more prog kabuki, and Don falls for it every time. It's election season, she has a lot of voters of the asian persuasion in her district. Period. Vodka Skeletor is tough, resilient, and evil. But yeah, three cheers for her bravery while under military escort. The Uniparty smiles.

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  22. Heard a joke. Piglousy didn’t say she wanted to go to Taiwan. She actually said she wanted to tie one on.

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    1. I heard she wanted to shoot herself in the heart but didn't know where it was. The doctor said two inches below her left nipple. She shot herself in the knee...That's gotta Hertz!!!!

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  23. She's just going over because her husband invested in computer chips and companies making war material. She wants to be sure they're going to make her richer by raising dividends.
    She's a crook and if China had shot her down I'd have not lowered my flag.
    That said, China invading Taiwan could be disastrous for the world as Taiwan is a super huge chip maker. This crap wouldn't even be a blip on the radar if the commie dems hadn't stolen the election.

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  24. I can’t stand Nancy P and feel she is the principal behind the steal, but she is doing the right thing. Back in Roman times a local despot was intent on taking Egypt. Roman held Egypt as a protective client. The barbarian arrayed his army of 20,000 in a field outside the first city and awaited the Roman response. Two senators left the town with a freeman holding the fascis of office they met the king in the middle of the field. No army no protection. Two men facing an army. They identified who they were, informed the king that Egypt was protected by Roman and that he needed to leave. He left. That is projection of power and something we need to do

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  25. I agree with every word, every syllable, of this column. I too do not like Nancy Pelosi one bit. I too agree that it was absolutely commendable that she spent time with a very important U.S. friend and ally in a region of extreme geo-political significance, if only to show Xi and the PRC that we are not their subjects. We've got 364 other days in the year to hate on Nancy Pelosi. Yesterday was a day to salute her for doing the right thing.

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  26. ask yourself what this does for the country's D's for the mid-term elections

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  27. This trip is about her electoral interests in her district, which has a large pro-Taiwan Chinese population.

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