We are all living in uncertain times, because communist China dropped the ball. The country refused to act when necessary—and a deadly virus is sweeping the globe. Many in the media refuse to call China out on its massive failure. But a bipartisan movement within Congress is not about to let the foreign power get away with it.
Okay, let’s go over the timeline, just in case you’re unaware. Way back in November, 2019, China began seeing signs of a new virus. The “novel coronavirus” first appeared in Wuhan, China. Their infamous wet markets—an unsanitary market crammed with wild animals—led to people contracting this new, in some cases deadly, disease. It spread quickly through the region. But China did nothing.
Worse than that, China suppressed news about virus. They arrested a doctor trying to raise the alarm. They lied to the World Health Organization. And they sat back and let infected citizens travel the world, spreading the disease.
They really didn’t start doing anything until close to the new year.
A study even proved that, had China acted just a few weeks earlier, 95% of the outbreak wouldn’t have happened. So yeah, this is mostly their fault.
But when President Trump (and others) made that obvious connection, our media pitched a fit. Why would American journalists get upset when China gets the blame for this disease? Could it be because their corporations are either partly owned by or in close partnership with Chinese companies? Perhaps our media is unwilling to point the finger to the communist nation, because they fear losing big bucks?
While our media plays interference for a foreign power, at least some in Congress are doing the right thing. In fact, a bipartisan group is preparing to hold China accountable.
A bipartisan resolution being introduced by Rep. Jim Banks, R-Ind., Tuesday, condemns the Chinese government over its handling of the coronavirus outbreak, painting a stark picture of lies and mismanagement contributing to the pandemic that has infected nearly 390,000 people worldwide and killed more than 16,700…
The resolution argues that the Chinese government “made multiple, serious mistakes in the early stages of the COVID-19 outbreak that heightened the severity and spread of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, which include the Chinese government’s intentional spread of misinformation to downplay the risks of the virus, a refusal to cooperate with international health authorities, internal censorship of doctors and journalists and malicious disregard for the health of ethnic minorities.” [Source: Fox News]
This is important for many reasons. First, we need to call out China—officially—for its role in this outbreak. The world has to see that the United States is holding China accountable. Chinese media is spreading all kinds of lies about us and this pandemic. With this resolution, we are telling the world that we will not ignore who really is to blame.
Second, this can provide a way for us to demand reparations from China. Along with other world leaders, the United States can demand China pay back the damage it’s caused, one way or another. That could come in the form of debt forgiveness, large payments to the hardest hit countries (like Italy), and other measures.
Thirdly, this can pave a path to independence from foreign suppliers. We get so much of our goods from China and parts beyond. But this crisis proved we can’t rely on outside sources for crucial supplies. This resolution can be a jumping-off point for moving more manufacturing back into this country. That would protect us from future problems, both economically and medically.
Right now, the resolution has growing support. But it will need a large portion of congressmen to back it, if it will be passed. Perhaps we can’t encourage them to do so, by spreading the word?