Revolution. This, if anything, appeared to be a major theme flowing from the protesters and rioters over the weekend in Washington D.C. Those calls came from groups claiming to be Black Lives Matter, Antifa activists, leftists liberals and other Marxist, socialist like groups who came to be a part of the march for justice in the city.
Instead of justice and peace, however, the march began to take on the hallmarks of revolutions we’ve witnessed in videos or news in other parts of the world. I was there during the day on Saturday, with Jennie Taer. She is a writer on the website and for the most part we witnessed a fairly normal protests in morning and early afternoon. However, as the day went on the situation slowly began to transform into calls for a revolution and removing President Donald Trump from office.
Some of those calls were actually direct threats to the president. There is a growing fear in Washington D.C. and among federal law enforcement officials that the situation is expected to get worse before, during and after the November presidential elections.
Federal law enforcement officials are mindful and carefully monitoring extremist groups, one law enforcement official told SaraACarter.com.
“It wouldn’t surprise me one bit if these groups were being manipulated by outside forces intending to make things worse for our country before the election. I would bet that’s exactly what’s happening,” the federal law enforcement official said.
Last week, acting Homeland Security Secretary Chad Wolf said the anarchist group Antifa, “absolutely” meets the standards of being designated as a “domestic terrorist group.”
“I think what we see with them individually targeting law enforcement, individually targeting certain officials for certain reasons, that is the definition of domestic terrorism,” Wolf told The Federalist in an interview.
Former New York City Police Commissioner Bernard B. Kerik posted a Tweet over the weekend from the March On Washington D.C., showing a man threatening to rip Trump out of the White House. In the video the man claims his name is John Sullivan, from Salt Lake City, Utah, who says his group is ‘Insurgents U.S.A.’
“We about to burn this shit down,” he says in the video, referring at one point to the shooting in Kenosha, Wisconsin by 17-year old Kyle Rittenhouse, who’s charged with killing two and injuring others during the riots last week. He referred to other white militia in Utah, as well.
“Fuck this shit,” he said. “We out there strapped, we out there ready to burn that shit down, we out there to defend our fucking selves. We got to defend ourselves now too,” he said, getting a group to chant ‘power to the people’ multiple times.
“We got to fucking rip Trump out of that office right there,” he said. “We got to pull him out that shit. Nah, nah, we ain’t fucking about waiting until the next election, we about to go get that mother fucker. I ain’t about that shit, cause you know what time it is…repeat after me, it’s time for a revolution.”
FBI officials could not be immediately reached for comment regarding the threat made to Trump.
In another video a Black Lives Matter speaker threatens to put police in a grave and burn down the White House.
There is no doubt that the situation is going to get far worse in our nation if lawmakers don’t work together to reduce the anger and quell the violence growing in our cities. This means our lawmakers – federal, state and local – must not politicize the increasing dangers in our cities, as Mayor of Portland Ted Wheeler has done.
We’ve already witnessed too many lives lost and ten-of-millions of dollars in destruction throughout our communities. Moreover, the majority of Americans are not rioting in the streets or causing destruction but they are fearful of the growing unrest.
There are only 63 days until the election and that doesn’t buy much time to fix a situation that only benefits the enemies of our country.
So if lawmakers on both sides of the aisle truly care about the people they represent then they will work together to attempt to stop this, or they’ll be partially responsible for the bloodshed and violence that we have yet to witness.
The American people can no longer be used in these lawmakers political games.
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China Expands Charm Offensive in Southeast Asia to Squeeze out U.S.
Similar to what is happening in the Pacific, the US is facing a significant uphill battle to balance China’s rise in Southeast Asia. During the recent G20 and ASEAN summits in Indonesia and Cambodia, the Chinese Community Party (CCP) media upped its propaganda war against the United States over Southeast Asia. Outlets like Global Times and Xinhua claim that China’s interests in Southeast Asia are focused on mutual benefits, while the US is a malicious force in the region. The CCP press also claims that China is generously giving robust and purposeful aid to the Southeast Asian countries, while the US is neglecting them.
Claim #1: China’s Interest in Southeast Asia is Peaceful and Mutually Beneficial
China’s approach to Southeast Asia is benevolent and focused on mutual benefits, according to the CCP-run press. “China’s goal is to achieve a truly prosperous and peaceful ASEAN,” and “doesn’t interfere in ASEAN members’ internal affairs,” according to Global Times. “China focuses on pragmatic issues, such as promoting infrastructure construction, living standards, which are needed in those countries,” and “China is seeking a cooperative path toward common development,” according to another Global Times article. That same article quoted Chinese Premier Li Keqiang as stating that China and the ASEAN countries “are good neighbors who will always be there for each other…”
One country that is particularly thankful for growing Chinese influence, according to the CCP press, is Indonesia. Indonesians want China to “lead…the world to a more peaceful and prosperous future,” and view Chinese President Xi Jinping “with an apparent sense of affability and affection,” according to Global Times. Marzuki Alie, former speaker of the People’s Representative Council of Indonesia, praised China as “becom[ing] essential in improving global governance,” and that “the visionary concept of building a human community with a shared future proposed by Chinese President Xi Jinping shows China is willing to work with other countries to create a peaceful and secure world with openness and inclusiveness,” according to Xinhua. And perhaps the most perplexing aspect of China’s “benevolence” in Indonesia is the “Peace Ark” – a hospital ship that has recently docked in Indonesia, but that is also a navy ship run by China’s People’s Liberation Army (PLA), according to Global Times.
Malaysia has a favorable view of China as well, according to the CCP press. Koh King Kee, president of Center for New Inclusive Asia, a Malaysian think tank, stated that “China is the backbone of the global supply chain and acts as a ballast stone of the global economy in times of uncertainty,” according to Xinhua.
And in response to US concerns over rising Chinese influence in Cambodia’s Ream Naval Base, Chinese Ambassador to Cambodia Wang Wentian dismisses the base as not targeting any third party, according to Global Times. Cambodia’s Minister of National Defense Tea Banh further claimed that the Chinese involvement in that base is benevolent, stating that the base helps Cambodia “in cooperating with friendly countries and help[ing to] maintain regional peace, stability and prosperity,” according to that same article.
Claim #2: The US’ Interest in Southeast Asia is Manipulative, Malevolent
In contrast to China’s benevolence, the United States “only wants [ASEAN] to serve as its pawn to counter China, and to fulfill its own hegemony goal, according to Global Times. At the G20 conference in Bali, the US takes a “hegemonic, unilateral and protectionist approach,” and “is preaching war and confrontation,” according to that same article.
The US and the West are merely using the G20 summit in Bali “to advance their own geopolitical agenda against Russia, therefore preventing the crucial meeting from tackling serious economic issues,” according to another Global Times article. “Such a geopolitical focus “will worsen this uncertain and unstable world,” according to Veronika S. Saraswati, China Study Unit Convener at the Centre for Strategic and International Studies Indonesia.
According to another Global Times article, the US is using ASEAN “to drive a wedge between China and Southeast Asian nations in the future,” is attempting to “rope in the region via political, security, and value-oriented agendas,” and is trying “to buy off” Southeast Asian countries “by pledging to spend certain amount[s] of money.”
Claim #3: China gives Robust, Targeted Aid to Southeast Asia
CCP media taunts the extensive aid that China is giving to Southeast Asian countries. China has pledged $1.5 billion in “development assistance” to ASEAN countries in November 2021, and Chinese-ASEAN trade was about $878 billion in 2021, according to Global Times. Chinese Premier Li Keqiang claims that of the 160 “cooperation initiatives” that China has suggested with the ASEAN countries in the previous 10 years, over 99.5 percent of them have been implemented, as reported by another Global Times article.
Li also stated that China is planning to build emergency storage for medical supplies and rise within the ASEAN Plus Three (China, Japan and South Korea) framework, according to Global Times.
Chinese state-run media is particularly touting China’s Belt and Road investments in Southeast Asia, particularly in Indonesia and Laos. According to Global Times, the Jakarta-Bandung high speed railway will be operational in June 2023, and as a “flagship project of China-Indonesia cooperation under the Belt and Road Initiative,” will be the first high speed train in Southeast Asia, according to Xinhua. China’s ambassador to Indonesia praised the project, claiming that the railway “will greatly reduce traffic jams, make travel more convenient for local people, improve local investment environment, boost businesses and tourism along the route, and accelerate the building of a high speed railway economic corridor.” The ambassador also mentioned that existing Belt and Road initiatives with Indonesia like the Indonesia Morowali Industrial Park and the PT Virtue Dragon Nickel Industry Park, “have generated tax incomes, job opportunities and foreign exchange earnings, and provided Indonesia with opportunities for greater participation in global industrial chains of stainless steel and new energy.”
Claim #4: US Investment Lags Behind China
On the other hand, the CCP media claims that the US is lagging far behind Chinese investments in Southeast Asia. President Biden’s newly announced “Comprehensive Strategic Partnership” with the ASEAN countries “…looks more like a symbolic act. The US is playing the catch-up game with China,” according to Koh King Kee, president of a Malaysian think tank, according to Global Times.
US and ASEAN trade, at $441 million in 2021, was almost half that of Chinese investment for that same time, according to Global Times. President Biden pledged to ask Congress for $850 million in aid for electric vehicles and clean energy to ASEAN countries, but this amount is “symbolic” and a “mere ‘drop in the bucket’,” according to Global Times. In May, Biden “announced a $150 million development and security package” for the ASEAN countries according to that same article, which pales in comparison to the amounts in aid that China claims it is giving those same countries.
According to Global Times, Chinese Premier Li Keqiang mentioned that US investment in ASEAN is “a drop in the bucket if compared to US support for Ukraine” during the Biden administration, which Global Times claims is “over $18.9 billion in security assistance.”
CCP media is waging a charm offensive targeting Southeast Asia. While China is investing heavily in these countries, the US has yet to devise a credible counter to such influence.
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