Western Media Wrong Again on China; China Becoming More Free As America Becomes More Tyrannical

China jails prominent rights activist for four years

Xu Zhiyong's jailing will send a stark warning to activists that the Chinese Communist Party will crush any challenge to its rule, especially from those who seek to organise campaigns.

It also diminishes hopes for meaningful political change, even as China pledges to embark on economic reforms.
As I wrote last year: Political reform in China taking place through economic channels. The economic reforms will eventually lead to political reform, but there need never be an election in China for Chinese citizens to become more free and the trend in Asia is towards aristocracy. See Princelings are ruling not just China.

Why would China's Communist Party give up power now? Objectively, it is not clear that political reform would bring positive results. Those Westerners calling for political reform first are the same people who supported democracy protests and elections across the Arab world. And how's that working out?
Secretary of State John Kerry on Saturday raised concerns about the fairness of a referendum on Egypt’s revised Constitution after the military-led government announced that it had passed with an extraordinary 98.1 percent of the vote.

......The near unanimity of the vote was plausible because the government thoroughly suppressed any opposition to the new charter. A campaign of arrests and mass shootings has crippled the Brotherhood, the main opposition group, which was formally outlawed three weeks ago, and it had called for a boycott of the plebiscite. Almost no critics of the charter were able to express their views in the news media or on the streets. And several activists were arrested just for hanging signs urging a “no” vote.

Meanwhile in America, President Obama's political opponents are targeted by the IRS or indicted for violations of campaign finance (see the latest: Conservative author and pundit Dinesh D’Souza charged in campaign finance case) even though in the campaign finance case, the President himself violated campaign laws numerous times.

Obama campaign accepted foreign Web donation — and may be hiding more
The Obama re-election campaign has accepted at least one foreign donation in violation of the law — and does nothing to check on the provenance of millions of dollars in other contributions, a watchdog group alleges.

Chris Walker, a British citizen who lives outside London, told The Post he was able to make two $5 donations to President Obama’s campaign this month through its Web site while a similar attempt to give Mitt Romney cash was rejected. It is illegal to knowingly solicit or accept money from foreign citizens.

Walker said he used his actual street address in England but entered Arkansas as his state with the Schenectady, NY, ZIP code of 12345.

“When I did Romney’s, the payment got rejected on the grounds that the address on the card did not match the address that I entered,” he said. “Romney’s Web site wanted the code from the back of card. Barack Obama’s didn’t.”
The only difference between the stories is the relative power of the two governments, but economic reform in China is weakening the government (in the sense of reducing the size of government, politically the CCP still has control) while in America, the trend is for a larger and more intrusive government that limits the freedoms of the people.

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