In my post on “A need to investigate the anamolies in election“, this YouTube video was removed by YouTube. This recent attaco by the left-wing to censor any voice, conservative or not, who merely expresses an opinion are now labelled as “inciting violence”.
Well, guess what. I am a conservative. I’m not white. I’m Asian. I never thought of myself as racist; nor violent. I teach and preach about tolerance and peace. But as the left-wing would have it, they would love to label anyone who doesn’t see the world as they do with a derogatory term, like violent, extremist, racist and intolerant and whatever other B.S. line they have for people who don’t agree with them. Why? In order to de-legitimize people who hold a different view from them. They cannot tolerate freedom of thought and free speech; neither does the Chinese Communist Party. This is what they have in common. They are intolerant!
So I ask myself: Am I violent? If you were to meet me in person, I don’t think you would think of me as violent. The left will find it more convenient to label peaceful people like myself as a racist, bigot, and intolerant. They prefer to call what is wrong, right; and what is right, wrong.
Isn’t the left and liberalism all about tolerance and civility toward differing voices? I had thought so. Isn’t classical liberalism about tolerance? We know about free speech and freedom of thought and ideas but today merely expressing another different opinion makes one “violent”? What a horribly intolerant display from the left! This is inexcusably hypocritical. That’s why we are sick of their lies, hypocrisy and censorship of speech they disagree with.
If you are reading this and feel the same, don’t give up hope. There is hope that in the end, evil and wrong will be found for what they are–evil and wrong. If you are sick and tired of blatant disregard for truth and honesty, God understands. I believe God will raise up a generation of people who will speak the truth with courage. We must continue to pray for strength and pray for the next generation of young people who will not tolerate lies and corruption. In the end, truth will prevail.
It is interesting that Japan and Germany had been travelling on dangerous paths prior to the Second World War. People had been yearning for a great German nation. Japan was hungry for domination in East and South-East Asia. Their yearning back to greatness gave rise to regimes that indoctrinated an entire generation. What is interesting is what allowed these circumstances to arise?
My hypothesis is that there was likely a spiritual vaccuum in both of these countries. They had made greatness their god. They desired greatness more than anything. They didn’t care how it hurt innocent people. Many millions of people died at the hands of imperialist Japan and Nazi Germany. They either lost or did not have a spiritual foundation to support their societies. The Church grew weak in Germany. There was a spiritual and religious staleness within. Ethics and morality fell by the wayside and it allowed vain pride and desire for greatness overtake the souls of their nations.
A nation without a spiritual foundation will eventually be forgotten. What China lacks today is a strong spiritual foundation. China may be strong and gaining economic strength, but will it last? Its authoritarian government seems to seek to become a god or godlike. Any nation, China included, needs a government with a sense of humility at its core. What if China does become the pre-eminent economic or military powerhouse in 10-20 years? Well, what then? If we learn from history, any nation can fall like Germany and Japan had fallen during the Second World War. It sought greatness as their god.
Today, South Korea has become a rich nation. They have also become a great Christian nation. It is my earnest hope and prayer that China also becomes a Christian nation. Christianity could potentially provide China a spiritual foundation it never truly had. In its past life, it was inundated with Confucianism and Buddhism. This was sort of a spiritual foundation but it was not able to propel China to greatness. These philosophies and religions brought China a certain level of spirituality but the Chinese people eventually lost their way. It eventually became a weak nation that other nations picked on. A portion of the Chinese population fell prey to opium addiction. They lost generations to drug addiction and as a result, it became incapacitated. It allowed Communism to step in and take action against imperialistic intimidation.
Hence, the rise of Communism was needed to beef-up its borders. These former religions and philosophies, as good as they were, are limiting. Although Christianity has not yet taken hold of China as it has to the degree like it has in South Korea, they are on their way to becoming a greater nation than it used to be under Buddhism and Confucianism.
I hope and pray that their turn toward Christ will not falter. I also pray that my father’s motherland of China can become that great nation for Christ that it can potentially become. I believe it can do so with Chinese characteristics. Christianity can bring a humility to its national core that Confucianism and Buddhism could not bring. Christianity can help reinforce a spiritual core that communism cannot. Communism has at its core a requirement to control. It must keep a tight rein on its people through intense big brother tactics. It does not trust individual rights and private property.
I pray that these two nations of South Korea and China will not forfeit the opportunity to build their spiritual heritages as nations that follow Christ. All nations need a spiritual foundation in order to maintain peace in order that prosperity may come. Throughout history, all nations that have become prosperous have acquired the prerequisite for peace—that is, a strong and robust spiritual foundation. Without peace, nations cannot become prosperous. Poverty only results from political instability. In the past, English and American prosperity ensued due to a peaceful environment.
May God also grant peace and prosperity to China, South Korea, and other nations along with a reverence for God.
There are new nations rising from the ashes. Undoubtedly, China is one, and South Korea is another. I predict there will be many more to come as nations become more developed. Future nation states will rise from the southern hemisphere, South, South-East and East Asia, and perhaps eventually Africa. Europe and North America and Japan have had its turn.
Today, there are far fewer products being made in the U.S.A. and the western world. There are only a few items I own with this label. What we are seeing far more of today is the label, “Made in China.”
We ask ourselves, where have the good ol’ days gone? We hear the slogan, “Make America Great Again.” Nothing wrong with that. No doubt, America has had its days of greatness. Many products used to be produced in America and proudly stamped, “Made in the USA.” My father remembers those days. England used to be a great industrial nation. Germany and Japan are still strong but we are constantly look behind our backs and seeing other nations gaining ground.
Sadly, though, I do not foresee a total return to those good ol’ days of American made products. The cost of production is far too high and the value of world currencies do not help. I do not doubt America’s potential to produce top quality products. America still has the know-how and technology to succeed. However, what is most concerning is the spiritual condition of America’s national soul.
I am old enough to remember when America’s vehicles were considered unreliable and were not built to last, e.g., Ford’s vehicles were sadly referred to as: “Frequently On Repair Dock”. How true is this of many American-made products today? I don’t know. There used to be an innate desire in Americans to produce excellence but sadly it does not run throughout most of American society. Rather than producing quality and providing workers with good salary and benefits, corporate America is largely driven by profit and cost-cutting measures to benefit the bottom-line; hence, today’s desire of many people for Japanese-made and German-made vehicles like Lexus, Mercedes, and BMWs. It might seem surprising that some North Americans and most Europeans have never driven American-made vehicles.
I stated in a previous post, China is ramping up their production and innovation. As strong as they already are, I believe they have the potential to become even better. It might take a decade or two, but they will become one of the premier powerhouses in the world. Many predict that China will eventually overtake the United States in G.D.P. by this next decade. It has already become an innovation power-house. China is pouring billions into Research & Development. As I read about technology internationally, I’m learning about how they are now one of the top leaders (if not the top) in Artificial Intelligence (AI), 5G networks, electric vehicles (EV), including solar energy and rechargeable batteries. I predict they will soon become the top providers of 5G technology in the world and artificial intelligence (hence America’s fear of Huawei).
It might just be a matter of time when China will improve and eventually overtake America in quality of production. Japan has already done so in many respects but have seemed to reached a plateau. My father remembers the days when Japanese products were also considered inferior products. That changed as Japan improved. Being younger, I only have memories of Japanese products being top-notch quality. Today, South Korea is gaining ground on Japan. Future generations will foreseeably consider Korean-made and even Chinese-made products as top-quality.
Chinese society and Chinese people are a people who vigorously strive for excellence. There is a deep-seated desire to become number one. One day, I was shocked to hear from my own daughter’s mouth, who is now only 11 years old, that she thinks China wants to become the world’s number one nation. I asked her where she got that impression? “Oh I don’t know”… or “I just know.” She likely picked it up from watching YouTube videos. I’ve seen a few myself. This is the impression that today’s younger generations have of China. It wasn’t like this when I was growing up. China was poor and looked down upon as a hopeless socialist basket-case country. Today, that’s changed.
In the future, perhaps a hundred years down the road, Chinese people might yearn to remember their good ol’ days too. China’s younger population will eventually decline and its overall population will shrink. Demographics experts predict trouble will begin looming on China’s horizon in about 30 years from now due to population shrinkage.
Today, however, China has a grand opportunity to make history. However, history will be remembered only if a nation becomes a spiritually strong people. How can this take shape? ( Read the next post. )
Our family went to the science center last month. We saw dinosaurs and stuff. She asked me when they existed. Some say millions of years ago. How many millions? Not sure.
Some also say thousands of years ago (recent findings of dinosaurs with skin, red blood cells and soft tissues still intact–not fossilized) (one site here). This makes the much-more-recent Great Flood theory of destruction of dinosaurs very possible.
Given the possibilities of science and biotechnology we have, or will have in the very near future, this also makes another scary scenario possible–a real-life Jurassic Park.
After this archaeological finding by Dr. Mary Schweitzer (link here), many evolutionists are steering away from a pure Darwinistic evolution. Creationism may suddenly become a possibility in the eyes of the scientific community. However, there also is a violent cover-up by the hardcore pro-Darwinistic evolutionist scientific community
One theory says they were destroyed by either a giant asteroid that landed in the Gulf of Mexico. Another theory, they were wiped out by the Great Flood. No theory makes complete sense to me yet. I don’t think we have an absolute answer at this point. Can both theories co-exist and be true? Could there have been multiple points in time when dinosaurs were endangered and destroyed? If the earth is millions or billions of years old, then why could the earth not have experienced multiple points of destruction? There might be many possibilities.
Either way, the destruction of dinosaurs was good for us as humans. We humans are no longer prey for dino-food. I just hope to God that we don’t resurrect a real-life Jurassic Park scenario, which would endanger the future safety of human beings on earth.
Will there be another great flood? According to Genesis 8:21-22, God said to Noah:
The Lord smelled the pleasing aroma and said in his heart: “Never again will I curse the ground because of humans, even though every inclination of the human heart is evil from childhood. And never again will I destroy all living creatures, as I have done.
“As long as the earth endures, seedtime and harvest, cold and heat, summer and winter, day and night will never cease.”
At this point in our human history, the ones who can destroy the earth is a wreckless humanity. Let’s just hope and pray no one provokes a nuclear war or disasters.
Lord, for those who suffer persecution, we ask you for comfort. For martyrs who suffered for the sake of your son Jesus, comfort their souls in heaven and console their families who survived. Lord, for those who anguish over senseless and violent tragedies, we ask you to be the pillar they lean on when life does not make sense. Father, care for them, comfort their spirit with your Holy Spirit. Amen.
This Easter Sunday, April 22, 2019, was a sad day for many in Sri Lanka. [ edited: More than 359+ people ] were killed along with 500 injured, including 35+ tourists from Britain, the U.S., Denmark, China, Japan, India, Portugal, Turkey, the Netherlands.
This occurred during Easter Sunday worship at three churches filled with worshipers at: St. Anthony’s Shrine (Colombo); St. Sebastian’s Catholic Church (Negombo); and Zion Church (Protestant) (Batticaloa).
There were 8-9 explosions detonated by suicide bombers. The other bombings happened at three five-star hotels, which tend to be favored by foreigners.
The group responsible for the attack is unknown but suspects have been arrested. Investigations are pointing to a radical Islamist Jihadist group, National Thowheeth Jama’ath.
Comment on art: The martyrs who were killed for their faith expectantly look up to heaven while the hosts of heaven receive them. Background information at: vatican.va
Our prayers go out to those on the Ethiopian Airlines Boeing 737 MAX 8 that crashed this weekend. It is devastating for families with family members on this flight. May God be with the surviving family members.
“May God’s presence be with you and comfort you and give you peace in this tragedy.”
Amongst the 157 people from 35 countries who died, there were 18 Canadians. One was a Brampton, Ontario family of six with three generations including a 5 year old. There were 20 people who worked with the United Nations. There were 8 Americans and 7 British citizens (read full story).
In Canada, the Trudeau—SNC Lavalin affair could soon have Prime Minister Justin Trudeau in very big trouble. There are real facts being revealed. The former Attorney General (A-G), Jody Wilson-Raybould, revealed Trudeau’s manipulation.
Trudeau tried to force the Attorney-General to intervene in order to get a Quebec company out of legal trouble. He broke the rules of political non-interference. Using an A-G to get the company out of trouble was illegal. Trudeau’s illegal action can be qualified as obstruction of justice.
Could Canada see its Prime Minister go to jail? There have been previous cases where people were convicted of crimes with less evidence than what has been presented here.
What we know for sure is that someone committed something wrong. There are many other actions that give evidence that someone did something wrong. There will no doubt be more evidence rising from other witnesses before the justice committee. There will also be a police investigation (likely by the RCMP).
Wilson-Raybould (A-G) testified before the House of Commons justice committee of being hounded and pressured to do what he wanted. There were veiled threats by the Prime Minister. No wonder she was removed from her portfolio as Attorney-General by Trudeau. Her cabinet removal from Attorney-General was undoubtedly politically motivated in order to muzzle her and punish her for not “playing the game”. Good on her. She stood firm and did the right thing.
Liberal Administration also tried to muzzle her (and others) from testifying in the justice committee. The opposition Conservatives and the Canadian public said “No way!”. They got their way. The former A-G did get the opportunity to tell her side of the story and hopefully will speak more. We need to know more of the facts from others too. Gerald Butts, Trudeau’s former right-hand man in government, resigned last week for a good reason. He knew there was trouble brewing ahead. He might also be found guilty of something—hence his resignation.
The Quebec engineering company, SNC-Lavalin, was stuck in a federal corruption case. Trudeau’s government is giving the excuse that it was about saving jobs. That’s hog wash and I think every Canadian knows it. Nullifying an illegal act and giving the excuse that it wants to protect Canadian jobs? An Illegal action is still an illegal action. A crime is still a crime. The people want the truth and confession.
This case is a smoking-gun and will definitely be in the news for a while. It’s not going away until the case is solved. I think this will definitely influence the future federal elections in Canada. I would not be surprised if the Trudeau Liberals get elected out of government, or be forced to leave office before the next election.
The federal Liberals got elected into government because people wanted change, honesty and transparency. Well, it looks like they didn’t get it from Trudeau (read story here from: BBC News and Globe & Mail).
My father told me horror stories about communism. He left China after it imploded on itself (e.g., the Cultural Revolution and the Great Leap Forward). He will never forget, and perhaps never forgive what the Communists did to destroy China and the Chinese people. From 1949 to 1978, China was trapped in poverty. People starved to death. The People’s Revolution was a disaster.
Here in the west, we must never forget the horrors of socialism. We must never allow socialism to creep into our social consciousness as a viable alternative. It cannot ever become an alternative. If implemented, the ideas of Bernie Sanders, the Green New Deal, etc., would be horrifying for any free nation. It would set the nation on a course going backwards.
History is a good teacher. Back in 1949, the Chinese people had bought into the lie that socialism/communism was going to be good for them. China wasn’t doing so well due to economic colonialism. The tea trade, opium, and slave trade happening around the world had sunk China into a deeper state of social confusion. It needed a way out and the Chinese thought that perhaps Communism could offer a way out of their state.
Maoist Communists got into power. Their authoritarian regime inflicted huge economic, social, political and structural damage upon China. It got worse. It had set itself back for many generations and is still far behind what it could have been if China had not taken the route of socialism. It has taken decades and generations to fix the big mess it created for itself. It is still in recovery mode today.
Since 1978, Deng Xiaoping’s reforms enabled a collosal reversal away from its old-style communism. During the last four decades, China has undergone a huge economic reform due to Deng Xiaoping. It’s market system has enabled 800 million people to climb out of poverty creating the largest middle class in the world.
It’s truly an economic miracle that is happening today. However, this ought to be received as a testament that socialism does not work. Do not misunderstand this as a credit due to socialism. China’s economic miracle happened because of free-market enterprise within the special economic zones (though couched within a centralized governing structure). Insiders have already rejected old style socialism while remaining loyal to The Party.
An extraordinary social reform has also taken place. Though still imperfect today, society is much freer today than when under Mao’s Communist rule. There are far fewer travel restrictions. Millions of Chinese have received education from abroad, and there will be millions more in the future. In 2018, 134 million Chinese tourists traveled overseas.
Today, there are also a technological and infrastructural reforms. China is becoming a technological giant. It is becoming a leader in robotics, artificial intelligence, and a giant in green solar energy. Today, there are already more billionaires in China than in the U.S.
China is reforming the country incrementally from the inside. Gradual change is safer and more secure than a sudden change. Another revolution into free-market capitalism might cause a break-up of the country into smaller regions.
Akin to its Confucius history, Chinese people are respectful of their own political history and father of reform, Deng Xiaoping. They will not jeopardize their gains by making too much of a sudden shift. A gradual shift will eventually happen (but we just won’t tell them).
Again, the reason for this post? The proposed Green New Deal. I know we’re not looking at old-style communism. But we must reject this entire philosophy as a whole. Socialism in any form does not work. Capitalism is proven to work.
When we look at what is happening in today’s modern China, we must be factor in that China had huge setbacks due to socialism. If it were not for communism, China could be where South Korea is today. East Asians are smart, industrious, and have a drive to succeed in every way. They will succeed socially, economically, politically, and hopefully, spiritually.
As a Christian, I pray for spiritual prosperity to lead the nation into true success. Without a deep and guiding spirituality, China will eventually lose steam and sink into apathy and indifference. This has already happened in many western nations in Europe and sections of American culture.
China has recognized the mistake it made in 1949. Today’s nation states ought to remember the mistakes made throughout history. What Russia could have been is another story in itself. And what are still today’s Cuba and North Korea are utter disasters.
As in the Soviet Union, under Chairman Mao, the educated Chinese were either forcibly removed from their homes and confined to labor camps, jailed or killed. All property owners had their property confiscated. Anyone with property and money had their property seized. The fortunate ones fled early to other parts of Asia like Singapore.
Anyone with skills, talent and gifts were considered to be the elite bourgois, and therefore, seen as suspect. If they refused to join and pledge loyalty to the Chinese Communist Party, they were either jailed, beaten or killed, or all three.
As a result, millions of people starved to death because of this stubborn socialistic ideology. Millions of people were stuck indefinitely in poverty. By the time they discovered Communion/Socialism was not the solution, it was too late. They were now subjected under the new political ruling class. The Communist Party used fear and intimidation to control the masses–even entire families and churches. As a result, the church went underground.
Note, even today, the regime is still demolishing large evangelical churches that refuse to conform to Party ideologies because they believe in God as their supreme leader rather than the State (NY Times article and UK Express article).
There was no escape because no one was left with money to start businesses. There was no one left with education and capital to invent new things or be creative with their talents.
Marxist ideologies of making everyone the same and economically equal was wrong-headed. Socialism failed the millions of people they wanted to help escape poverty. Their own poverty became more entrenched. Adults suffered. Children suffered. The poor became poorer.
The only rich people were the Communist officials who accepted bribes. The result was far worse. China imploded into itself. No one had the courage to complain against the Communist Party. The Party became god. The Party rewarded those who reported on family members, friends, and neighbors who were sympathetic to the bourgeois. The Communist state encouraged Party members to betray their own family and friends. Very sad.
In the early days of Communism, they controlled the government-run media to feed the people Party propaganda. North Korea is using a similar propaganda media machine today. (Today, CNN and CNBC are also leftist propaganda media-machines in America, minus the centralized government-control). They do not critique their own socialistic policies. They just play the game and report what they are told. News agencies are authentically fake news. There is nothing more fake than the authoritarian socialistic propaganda machines.
Maoist China and today’s North Korea know how to put on a charade. Men, women and children are told to put on happy faces, clean up the streets and add a new coat of paint. Make everything look new and happy, while deep inside, the pain of socialism continues to hurt. It’s like a make-believe Disneyworld, but socialist-style. The people of Cuba, Vietnam and North Korea know it’s all a lie. They want to change but live in fear of the Communist state.
Liberals, leftists, and socialists have not helped anyone except themselves. Look at Venezuela and what they’ve done to their own country today. It has self-imploded, following in the footsteps of other socialist countries. It hasn’t learned from history’s mistakes. The people propelled crooked leaders into power who benefit from their own corrupt system of government.
It amazes me that an entire nation can become stuck in its own endless cycle of corruption without an access of escape. Thank God we have representative democracies, or a democratic republic in the U.S. We can freely elect new representatives into government to replace undesirable representatives. It’s a dynamic system of government. Socialistic authoritarian countries do not hold free elections. Fellow ideologues are appointed into power. This has begun to happen in the once free city-state of Hong Kong, thus, the yellow umbrella movement in 2014.
Does anything good ever come out of pure Communism and socialism? Name one country where it has.
I would not label today’s China as a pure Communist system (even though they are in name). They do not have old-age pensions or socialized medicare. Seniors and the poor actually have to fend for themselves, or they need to be taken care of by their children.
In actual practice, Maoist and Stalinist Communism had dug a deep pit for the people. The rich become poor; and the poor have no chance of becoming rich. There is no middle class. There is only a large mass of impoverished people. For those who wait for the dream, there will only be darkness at the end of the tunnel. Once they use up people’s money and intellectual capital, there will be nothing left to share. There is no incentive to create wealth merely to be taken away. Everyone will remain poor.
This is the same fate awaiting for people fighting for the Green New Deal and other socialistic-type parties. Industries will grow weaker and eventually collapse into themselves due to their lack of social and economic liberties.
Socialism’s goals and ideals may appear attractive on the outside. It spouts false propaganda giving false hope to the poor, the less-educated, and the disadvantaged. We must educate ourselves by learning about history. Some of our contemporary politicians today, e.g., Barack Obama, Pierre Trudeau (father of Justin Trudeau), and Bernie Sanders were educated by leftist ideologues at leftist institutions. They are idealogues with ideas that do not actually work.
They did not see the full scope of history along with their mistakes. They were also misguided by the charade of socialism, and by the omission of Communist errors. Have you ever heard them talk about the tragic errors of historic Communism? No! It does not register on their level of consciousness. You will only hear and learn about these historic mistakes by reading and learning from free-market sources.
With every generation, socialism will try to rear its ugly head. They might tack on a fresh and hip label: “Democratic…” or “People’s…” It’s really just mascara and lipstick to make it look attractive to the younger generations. These labels are a facade for something sinister hidden within. Each generation must be forewarned of the potential dangers lurking. May our generation today not make the same mistakes that were made in history. Reject any and all forms of socialism.
The majority of Americans have rejected the socialist ideas of Bernie Sanders. I hope Americans will also reject this new Green New Deal and the leftist ideology of Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and Ed Markey.
Socialism will never stop trying to reinvent itself. It will don a new disguise, try out a new look, and call itself something fresh and exciting. Believe me, there is nothing new under the sun. Don’t be fooled. The mascara, the blush, and lipstick will never cover up its hideousness on the inside. On the exterior, it might sound and look appealing, but on the inside, it’s all the same. It will utterly fail the people and set nations back for decades and generations.
America, please do not fall for socialism. Doing so would be at America’s peril. Same goes for Europe, Canada and other countries who might find these ideas appealing. Their policies would set nations back, as socialism did to China.
America must stand, if even alone, to be that light in the darkness. Free-market capitalism balanced with people’s love and compassion for their fellow human will always win.
Breaking news: At approximately 0330-0400 hrs (New Delhi local time) on 26 February 2019, the Indian Air Force carried out an air strike on a terrorist camp in the region of Kashmir. Twelve Mirage 2000 fighter jets bombed and completely destroyed the terrorist camp. This was carried out around Balakot and Chikoti in Kashmir near the Line of Control. (Source: https://www.ndtv.com/ )
India and Pakistan have been fighting over this area of Kashmir, a very beautiful place in the world. What will happen in the near future between India and Pakistan? Will there be an escalation of war?