So, the latest unnecessary controversy is over the color lights that the Empire State Building shined last night.
People do not approve of The Empire State Building's support of the beast from the east that is China. They believe that the lights are a "blatant approval" for totalitarianism.
Now let me start by saying I know China's citizens don't exactly enjoy all the freedoms we have, and I know that they don't have a great history of human rights and are partially financing, unintentionally, but still financing the genocide occurring in the Sudan.
However, don't you think we should set an example for the Chinese Government to follow? Keep in mind, their relatively new at this.
A brief history of China. I suggest you read if you want to know more about China and it's recent history.
Only 60 years ago did the Chinese Civil War end with the Communists coming out as the victors. Now the most disgusting violations of human rights occurred early under the new Communist Government ruled by Mao Zendong. Mao Zendong was not exactly a good guy, and has the backing of Red Guards (groups of Chinese students who strongly supported the new government) doing all sorts of dirty work. However, also in this time Mao Zendong began a massive economic reform, making numerous cities and building factories that would pay better and be more stable than the farming jobs much of the country was used to. After Mao died, a man named Deng Xiaoping took over and continued the economic reforms, and can be given credit for much of what makes China a powerhouse today. He also, however, was in charge during the infamous Tiananmen Square protests, which were peaceful protests that were struck down violently by the Chinese Government.
Back to what I was saying before, it is our job as American citizens living in a free world to set an example for the Chinese government. We must show them that we live a very good lifestyle, and enjoy our rights of free speech, freedom to protest, and our privacy rights. Isn't the best way to convince China that they should give their people these rights is to maintain a good relationship with the Chinese and show them support?
Think about it in terms of parenting. Would you rather have a parent tell you, I'm not going to talk to you or give you an allowance until you improve your behavior, or... While we still care about you, we really wish you would improve your behavior, we think it will make things in the future much better.
And then, there's the other reasons we should support China...
Without them, Wal-Mart (recently voted by Americans the company that best embodies what America means (which is disgusting)) would have nothing to sell. Now where are you going to buy flat-screen TV's and a 15 pound ham at the same place?
College students would starve, and Jews would go hungry on Christmas. As a Jew AND a college student, there are a lot of nights where I'm eating sweet and spicy chicken and beef and broccoli. I would not be where I am today without Chinese food.
All the tea in China is worth like, over a billion dollars. That's a lot of tea for us.
They made the Olympics worth watching. From the beginning to the end, everything was worth watching. I mean, that opening ceremony was awe inspiring. If you never got to see it, I suggest you find it one way or another.
Confucius say jokes. Confucius say, man with four balls do not walk.
Fireworks- Originally invented by the Chinese. Thanks for making July 4th rock!
The fork. Long before chopsticks, the Chinese invented the fork. I'd say we're forever indebted to them for that.
In conclusion, there are so many reasons for us to salute China on their country's anniversary. We are not celebrating the fact they are communist, we are celebrating their advancement into world politics and creating an economy allowing them to support their massive country. So here's to you China! Happy anniversary!