The supreme art of
war is to subdue the enemy without fighting. - Sun Tzu
If China twenty or thirty years ago issued an ultimatum to the United States dictating that we close all our factories and move all our manufacturing to their country; and proclaimed that they would continue to finance all our foreign and domestic endeavors (at exorbitant costs in interest) along with manufacturing and exporting any and all products to feed the rampant consumerism of our citizens"
" the end result of which would, without a doubt, be a nation with no manufacturing base, a shrinking middle class, an empty Treasury, a declining dollar and the very real possibility of total economic collapse relegating our nation to third world status"
We would have considered that an act of war!
We would have immediately gone to full mobilization. Auto factories would have stopped making cars and started making tanks and planes as they did during World War II. Additionally, overwhelming public support would have forced Congress to officially declare a state of war with Communist China. (For the history and American Government challenged, Congress has the Constitutional authority to declare war and it has not done so since World War II despite American involvement in Korea, Vietnam, Afghanistan and Iraq to name only four.)
Unfortunately, everything mentioned in the first two paragraphs has come true. However, it was not done with threats or forced at gunpoint by a communist regime. It was done at pen point by men who consider themselves American patriots and capitalist successes. They put greed and profits and their own selfish interests ahead of our great nation that they not only claim to love, but that in some sense of twisted logic treats them as if they are geniuses and leaders worthy of hero worship. They are the corporate CEOs and Wall Street wizards that sold out their country worse than any traitor in our nation's history.
Corporate CEOs with golden parachutes saw the potential brass ring dangled in front of them and took the bait. Unhindered by the lack of effective patriotic government oversight, they closed up shop in America and moved to China.
Who would have thought that the six-million-dollar trade deficit with China in the mid 1980s would balloon to over $250 Billion by the middle of the first decade of the 21st century? But I guess that's what happens when a distracted public comprised of non-thinking face-stuffers allows corrupt a**holes to be placed in political office by a small group of kleptocrats exercising their plutocratic rights to oligarchy.
Our nation, whether anyone is willing to admit it yet or not, is in ruins. Our rapidly crumbling empire is unsustainable. As the ultimate irony, the rope that America used to hang itself with was made in a small factory outside Beijing. And yet the people responsible for our nation's total decline and ultimate destruction are not held accountable. In fact, not only are they not held accountable, they continue to maintain their obscene salaries and over-hyped, out-of-proportion status within our culture.
While we were off tilting at windmills of mythical Soviet world domination, China waged its own brilliant war against us. And nobody paid any attention. Nobody, that is, except for those collecting fistfuls of cash who knew what was happening.
It makes me absolutely SICK every time I think about it. And it makes me equally SICK when I am forced to argue with people so duped and indoctrinated that they side with the traitors, scumbags and weasels, and defend them and the pro-business anti-nation attitude that they live by that has destroyed our country in their blatant quest for big fat wads of cash at the expense of our nation and our people. And of course, as expected, when the end is finally realized, the "liberal" media will blame it all on liberals as these conservative, pro-business, anti-government, anti-regulation, anti-working-class, pompous dickheads continue to live in wealth and security from willfully and wantonly committing TREASON for profit.
And the war that America didn't even realize it was fighting will be over.
China won. They rattled no sabers. They made no attack. They fired no shots.
Sun Tzu would be proud.