China’s constitution was amended to wipe term limits off the books for President Xi Jinping who assumed office in 2013 and was due to step down. Now he may remain in office indefinitely. China added term limits to the constitution in 1982, after decades of Mao Tse-tung’s disastrous political campaigns underscored the dangers of one-man rule. Two members of parliament voted against the change and three abstained, giving Xi a 99.8% approval vote. Very few inside China are brave enough to criticize the change, but Chinese outside the country are vocal in their dissatisfaction. -GEG
On Sunday afternoon, nearly 3,000 delegates to China’s ceremonial parliament cast ballots in Beijing’s Great Hall of the People to amend the nation’s constitution, allowing Xi to potentially remain president well past 2023, when he was due to step down.
The amendment was widely expected — the parliament, called the National People’s Congress, hasn’t voted down a Communist Party decision in its 64-year history. Yet it marks a striking break from precedent. China added term limits to the constitution in 1982, after decades of Mao Tse-tung’s disastrous political campaigns underscored the dangers of one-man rule.
Two delegates voted against the change and three abstained, giving Xi 2,958 votes — a 99.8% approval rate.
Xi probably would have been unhappy with much less, said Willy Lam, an expert on Chinese politics at the Chinese University of Hong Kong who has written a book about the Xi era.
“This constitutional revision came from him — it is fully his initiative, and it has been controversial within the party and among the people,” he said. “So he needs that extremely high approval reading to show that this is not a selfish initiative — this is not him wanting to become an emperor for life, but this is the will of the people.”
Xi holds three posts: general secretary of the Communist Party, chairman of the Central Military Commission and president of the nation. The last is the least consequential and the only one that carried term limits — China’s last two presidents, Hu Jintao and Jiang Zemin, each stepped down after two five-year terms. State media have cast the revision as a common-sense move to bring the presidency into line with the other two posts.
Yet Xi’s landslide vote belies a deep anxiety among Chinese intellectuals, students and former officials about the implications of his seemingly limitless power.
Li Rui, a 100-year-old former secretary to Mao, sees parallels between Xi and his former boss. “The Soviet Union collapsed, but China didn’t collapse, because China’s cultural traditions preserved the Communist Party,” Li told the Hong Kong-based newspaper Ming Pao. “A country like China produced people like Mao Tse-tung. Now it gives birth to a Xi Jinping.”
Chinese students abroad, in a rare show of dissent, have reportedly strewn fliers on campuses showing a photo of Xi superimposed with the words: “Not my president.” Censors have rushed to block open discussion of the revisions on social media sites; on Sina Weibo, China’s version of Twitter, forbidden terms include “reelection,” “proclaiming oneself an emperor” and “I don’t agree.” They have also banned images of Winnie the Pooh, a cartoon character that many Chinese internet users believe shares some of Xi’s features.
Cameron Kasky, a co-founder of the ‘March for Our Lives’ gun-control movement created by Parkland high-school students after the mass-shooting there, has resigned from the organization. He says he discovered there is a lot he didn’t know, and he regrets some of the things he said in the public spotlight.
Protesters from several radical left-wing activist groups, many of which are funded by George Soros, are being bused into Washington, DC, to march on the Senate to disrupt the confirmation vote on Judge Kavanaugh.
China’s communist government is implementing a “social credit” scorecard in order to control more than a billion people. This is accomplished by surveillance using facial recognition, body scanning, and tracking. Smartphone apps monitor daily behavior. Anyone who is critical of the government will be classified as discredited. This is the goal of all collectivist systems.
Deborah Ramirez is alleging sexual misconduct against Brett Kavanaugh, claiming that he exposed himself to her during a party in college in either 1983 or 1984. She admits to drinking heavily on the night in question. Kavanaugh denies the incident took place and is adamantly calling this a political smear.
US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo says the US will cap the number of refugees allowed into the country at 30,000 for fiscal-year 2019, down from the cap of 45,000 last year. Former President Obama’s set the cap limit of 110,000 refugees to be admitted for fiscal year 2017.
The Center for Immigration Studies says that there are nearly 62-million migrants and their children, who were born in the US and given birthright citizenship, living within the country. Immigrants and their US-born children now represent about 1-in-5 residents in America, a population that is expected to increase.
US Representative, Keith Ellison, Deputy Chair of the Democratic National Committee since 2017, has been accused of domestic abuse against his ex-girlfriend, Karen Monahan, who supports her accusation with text messages, medical records, and therapy records.
Democrat Representative John Garamendi added racism and sexism to the argument by saying the senators who support Kavanaugh are white racists who are hostile to women. [The allegations against Kavanaugh have nothing to do with race, but the left has added that issue to present themselves as virtuous and to conceal their true political motivation.]
Natarajan Subramanian, an auditor for the GAO, says there are numerous communists in the Democratic Socialists of America (DSA) party and that he is one of them. He says that DSA only endorses candidates who can be controlled.
French politician, Marine Le Pen, says a court ordered her to undergo psychiatric evaluation for denouncing terrorism and posting a series of images on Twitter showing ISIS executions of hostages. If convicted, she faces a maximum fine of a €75,000 and up to three-years in prison.
Illegal aliens have stolen 39-million Social-Security numbers which now are being used to work in the US. The issue stems from an executive order issued by Obama that stopped notification to employers if their workers’ identities didn’t match up with the Social-Security number on their W-2 tax forms.
Black First, Land First (BLF) party leader Lindsay Maasdorp, says white “existence is a crime”. Maasdorp has come under fire in the past for his post on Facebook and Twitter stating, “I have aspirations to kill white people, and this must be achieved!”
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