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Baba Beijing sez: we don't need no stinkin' Western democrassy!

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President Xi Jinping is robustly and authoritatively pointing the way to China's future, and the future of rest of the world as well (image by

In a series of carefully prepared, meticulously worded speeches, Xi Jinping, the President of China, has all but declared any notion of adopting Western style "democracy" as misguided and dangerous. The son of a well respected Communist revolutionary, Xi is taking the mantle of Mao Zedong and Deng Xiaoping, and acting very presidential indeed. He is a force to be reckoned with, not only in China, but for adversarial US/NATO too. Thirty five years ago, when China was still broke and broken after a long generation of ceaseless, internecine revolution, Deng Xiaoping said:

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Keep a cool head and maintain a low profile... Never take the lead - but aim to do something big.

Baba Beijing has resoundingly rejected one-third of Deng's aphorism -- the middle one. The other two live large in the minds of Baba Beijing, as it faces off with Eurangloland, not just in China's backyard, but on every landmass and ocean.

Like any good conservative, Baba Beijing is finding an alternative pathway by seeking answers and guidance from China's millennia of existence, and its multitude of philosophers, historians, authors and teachers. Xi has recently been pulling quotes and axioms from China's ancient texts going back 2,500 years. Confucius is hip again and citizens of all socioeconomic strata are seeking out his wisdom and sage advice. Westerners are all in a snit that China is formulating its own identity and system of governance on its own terms, while moving and shaking across the planet. How dare they!

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Xi is staking out China's own version of authoritarian, collective democracy, while working to integrate the concept of rule of law. This is causing China watchers fits, as they try to make sense of it all, parsing and divining every Chinese character uttered or printed.

Nor is Baba Beijing reticent about invoking Mao Zedong's more recent ponderings on socialism and communism. Baba is also talking about and defending the people's democratic dictatorship, which is straight out of China's constitution. While it sounds jarring to Westerners' programmed ears, it is simply an updated, revolutionary synonym for the Heavenly Mandate, i.e., maintaining stability, unity and sacrificing individual needs for the common good of all the citizens.

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