The Elusive Chinese Dream –

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For me, it’s interesting to compare the Chinese Dream to the American Dream.

The Chinese Dream is still emerging on the back of China’s enormous growth. Of course, there are challenges but look at the results.

By comparison, the famous American Dream seems to have lost its luster. For ordinary working class and middle class Americans since the financial crash of 2008, things have been really hard. Good jobs are increasingly hard to find and the value of education seems to have been undermined by big business investing in off-shoring and technology (rather than people).

Any thoughts on the American Dream Vs. the Chinese Dream?

Opinion – US should clean up its own human rights issues – Global Times – John Gelmini

English: CIA Exceptional Service Medallion.

English: CIA Exceptional Service Medallion. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

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Logo of Global Times (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

The American dream is not dead but whilst for some very bright Americans it is possible to make life changing amounts of money, for others it is more difficult to break through.

I have always believed that people in glass houses should not throw stones and that we should not seek to lecture the Chinese or anyone else about human rights unless we can honestly say that we are purer than the driven snow.

Clearly, we have engaged in draconian measures to deal with terrorists, both by legislation and other more nefarious activities.

Much of the legislation like the Patriot Act and the related snooping catches not just the people who should be in the cross hairs but all sorts of people who really should be left to go about their business.

It should be possible to eliminate grandmothers, small children and law abiding citizens and then focus relentlessly on jihadists, bogus imans, traitors and seditionists.

This can be done by closing down rogue mosques, cancelling their charitable status if the sermons preached there are not in accordance with the Koran or the law of the land.

Rogue imans, people who openly march and demonstrate for Global Caliphates are traitors whether they live here in the UK or in America or anywhere else.

The penalty for treason should be death and the penalties for sympathizers and seditionists should be internment and very hard labour under remote and austere conditions.

The Chinese are not saints but if we must lecture then we need to be a lot cleaner than we are and have the sense to do it sotto voce behind closed doors.

As things stand, both we and them have an interest in dealing with the threat posed by a Global Caliphate in the making.

John Gelmini