The United States has several enemies that are causes for concern.
Foreign policy mistakes have made many of the global entanglements worse.
And one American enemy is even more dangerous than anyone thought.
Despite endless hysteria from liberals about Russia, they are not the true geopolitical enemy that threatens the United States.
Russia has an aging population and an economy on par with the state of Texas.
The true danger is China, which has made a number of moves that threaten freedom and human flourishing around the world.
Since the inception of the Maoist revolution in 1949, China has become a nightmarish authoritarian communist state.
In the 1970s, foreign policy experts believed China would begin to moderate once their markets were opened up to free trade.
While China has loosened economically—welcoming markets to enrich itself—China is just as authoritarian as it ever was.
According to Human Rights Watch, Chinese president Xi Jinping, who declared himself president for life, is enacting “the most brutal and pervasive oppression that China has seen for decades.”
Included in the non-governmental organization’s 652-page report was a list of human rights abuses by the Chinese government.
China has instituted Orwellian surveillance systems over its citizens, including a super camera that can run facial recognition on thousands of individuals in a crowd.
China also uses a social credit system right out of the dystopian television show “Black Mirror” that can bar people from traveling across the country if their score is too low.
Religious freedom is nonexistent in China where Christians are persecuted, and Muslims are put in re-education camps.
And Mainland China is also cracking down on Hong Kong, which enjoyed decades of economic and social freedom under the auspices of British rule.
Perhaps the most troubling aspect of China’s blatant authoritarianism is how they’re exporting it to the rest of the world.
Many corporations are censoring people on behalf of China because they don’t want to lose access to the market of over one billion people.
Hollywood is perfectly willing to kowtow to Chinese censors.
The trailer for the upcoming sequel to “Top Gun” featured a clip where patches of the Japanese and Taiwanese flags were removed from pilot Maverick’s jacket in order to appease China.
The NBA nearly fired Houston Rockets general manager Daryl Morey for tweeting benign support for the pro-democracy protesters in Hong Kong.
Worse yet, many American leftists either ignore or agree with China’s actions because of its Marxist roots.
Author Lisa Milbrand wrote in Marie Claire that she regretted adopting her infant daughters from China because they have to grow up in Trump’s America versus a “rising power” like China.
Only a leftist could say something so deluded and ridiculous.
For decades, girls in China were killed due to China’s “one-child” policy; boys had more value than girls, so the country currently has a population that heavily skews male.
China also still conducts forced sterilizations and forced abortions.
That’s the country Milbrand wants her daughters to grow up in.
If we don’t stand up for freedom, those horrific authoritarian ideas will continue to bubble in America.