I truly enjoy making comparative analyses. We can assess the differences between successful conservative states versus those run by progressive socialists. We can examine the differences in the philosophies of governance, constitutional conservatism, and progressive socialism. It is hard to dispute are facts, and that is why we do comparative analyses. And, right now, there is a great case study for us to examine and ponder.
Regarding the protests in Hong Kong, I am not one of those who believe that the United States needs to deploy troops to Hong Kong. As a matter of fact, that is quite absurd. What I do believe is that the United States — We the People — should always take the side of individual freedom and liberty. That can be done via moral support, such as that of Ronald Reagan who firmly stated, “Mr. Gorbachev, tear down this wall.” That declaration gave hope to those who were behind that wall, as opposed to Barack Hussein Obama turning his back on the people of Iran, to support Mahmoud Ahmadinejad and the people of Egypt, to support the Muslim Brotherhood.
The situation in Hong Kong needs the world’s attention, and it is very serious and dire.
As reported by Fox News:
“For more than two months, Hong Kong has seen mass protests urging democratic reforms and an investigation into police conduct. The demonstrations, in turn, have raised concerns among U.S. officials about how far China might go to clamp down. “The United States, and all the freedom-loving nations around the world, must stand ready to swiftly move to defend freedom if China escalates the conflict in Hong Kong,” Sen. Rick Scott, R-Fla., said in a statement.
Earlier Tuesday, demonstrators shut down operations at Hong Kong’s airport for the second straight day, flooding the main terminal. Officers armed with pepper spray and batons confronted the protesters, who used luggage carts to barricade entrances to the building. Protesters are demanding that Hong Kong leader Carrie Lam step down and pull legislation that would allow the government to extradite criminal suspects to mainland China, where they would likely face torture or unfair politically charged trials. Recent demonstrations have called for an independent inquiry into the city’s police and its alleged abuse of power.”
Reports coming out of China, and Hong Kong show that the Chinese government is deploying elements of the PLA (People’s Liberation Army) to the Hong Kong border. Remember, Hong Kong was independent from China and was a British colony. It thrived and became an impeccable model of free-market economics, growth, opportunity, and prosperity within the dark specter of Chinese communism. In 1997 the British rule over Hong Kong ended and there was to be a 50 year period of Hong Kong independence that was to be recognized. What has sparked these protests is simple, that dark specter of Chinese communism and its tyranny seeking to overtake Hong Kong.
The analysis for us to consider is that these people in Hong Kong are in the streets, and shutting down the operations of the 8th largest airport in the world over the issues of individual freedom and liberty. They are rejecting the obvious and apparent despotism of the communist reign in mainland China. Let’s not forget, it was just 30 years ago that young people took to the streets in mainland China and were brutally put down, by force, in what we know as Tiananmen Square.
How interesting to see young people standing up to tyranny and communist rule in Hong Kong. Then we have young people here in America threatening, coercing, intimidating, and enacting violence so that they can live under progressive socialist rule. What an interesting parallel to study. In Hong Kong, young people enjoy freedom, opportunity, and prosperity . . . and, they are willing to fight and protest to maintain it. Here in America, our young people are rejecting the freedom, opportunity, and prosperity of America for socialist policies, rule, ideological domination.First the economic model, then societal transformation. This is what the people of Hong Kong are rejecting. This is what some in America are embracing. #HongKongProtests #WednesdayWidom Click To Tweet
As we all know, Vladimir Lenin stated, “the goal of socialism is communism.” In other words, first the economic model, then societal transformation. This is what the people of Hong Kong are rejecting. This is what some in America are embracing.
All we need to do is look at what was once a country where freedom, opportunity, and prosperity was preeminent . . . Venezuela. What brought Venezuela to its knees, a socialist dictator named Hugo Chavez, and now his successor, Nicolas Maduro. In Venezuela, people are starving, dying from lack of medical supplies, going to sewers to find drinking water. And when they took to the streets to protest, their own government unleashed the military and armed thugs to run them down and kill them.
Let’s not forget that Hugo Chavez first banned private gun ownership, for the sake of stemming gun violence, in order to enable his socialist tyranny. Now, here in America, we hear the exact same dangerous rhetoric, and 18 states have implemented the unconstitutional Red Flag Laws . . . and our elected officials are considering making it nationwide.
See, the people are protesting in order to avoid that outcome for their beloved Hong Kong. There are people in America — the #Resist movement — who are rushing to have their country take that path.
The question is apparent: how does it all end for Venezuela, Hong Kong, and America?
We have played around and tolerated this cancerous ideology of progressive socialism. We have allowed it to metastasize in our places of education, now indoctrination. We have made excuses and dismissed politicians and their rhetoric for far too long. At least we no longer have to try and convince people that this is their platform as they are boldly stating in the most explicit manner their goals and objectives.
Marxism, socialism, communism, progressivism, post-modern liberalism, statism, and Islamic jihadism are the same, they all demand collective subjugation. The comparative analysis is easy, and the choice is simple: liberty or tyranny.
During his 22 year career in the United States Army, Lieutenant Colonel West served in several combat zones and received many honors including a Bronze Star, three Meritorious Service Medals, three Army Commendation Medals, one with Valor device, and a Valorous Unit Award.
In November of 2010, Allen was elected to the United States Congress, representing Florida’s 22nd District.
West is a commissioned officer in the Texas State Guard. He’s Fox News Contributor, former Director of the Booker T. Washington Initiative at the Texas Public Policy Foundation, Senior Fellow at the Media Research Center, contributing columnist for Townhall.com, and author of Guardian of the Republic: An American Ronin’s Journey to Family, Faith and Freedom, and, Hold Texas, Hold the Nation: Victory or Death, and the forthcoming We Can Overcome.