BREAKING: Trump tells reporters aboard Air Force One he is banning TikTok— Josh Lederman (@JoshNBCNews) August 1, 2020
The domestic situation in the United States has unraveled so rapidly over the past two months that it has absorbed my full attention. Meanwhile, the Cold War between the U.S. and China that kicked off last fall has only continued to escalate with Trump announcing tonight that he is banning TikTok and after both countries are closing consulates. It is not a good sign for those of us who value global peace.
The Chinese are worried about Trump pulling an FDR and starting a war with China to distract attention from America’s rapid political, economic and cultural decline. It is not an unreasonable fear given how a declining Britain responded to the rise of Germany as a world power in the 20th century. This is also what happened last time during the Great Depression when America went through the “Fourth Turning.” There are enormous differences though between now and then. Back then, America was a confident and rising industrial and imperial power and was far more homogeneous than it is today.
Here in this country, which to the surprise of the entire world has literally gone insane over the past two months as basic governance has collapsed, I am vilified by the political establishment for being White. Am I supposed to care about a few f***ing islands in the South China Sea?