I’m no fan of Communist China. Still, I was disappointed to learn that brand-new Speaker of the House John Boehner and Senate Republican Leader Rich McConnell declined an invitation to the White House dinner for visiting Chinese President Hu Jintao. McConnell cited a previous engagement and Boehner cited his policy to never have dinner with President Obama.
Boehner’s noted that the new speaker would be having “substantive” discussions later in the week with the Chinese president. However, that is beside the point; what Boehner fails to understand that no matter their politics, the Chinese believe in observing the niceties (unlike Liberal Democrats in this party).
Manners and protocol mean everything to the Chinese. There is no worse way you could insult the Chinese than to refuse to sit down to tea with them. Teahouses are indelible element in Chinese culture. They are the polar opposite to our fast-food restaurants. The whole purpose of a Chinese tea house, I’ve been told, is so that friends – or people who are attempting to be friends – can sit down and have a calm, quiet conversation over a cup of tea.
We tea partiers ought to know better than to snub people who hold tea in such veneration. Is the trade deficit between China and America a problem? You betcha, it is? Are we in a bind because they hold the majority of our debt, which we have no hope of repaying? You’re darned right, we are. Is the fact that they can outproduce us, disconcerting? Their 1.8 billion people against 400 million? I’d say we’re outnumbered.
Whose fault is all this, though? Is it the fault of the Chinese, or the Liberals in this country who adopted their politics? If we’re so worried about them outmanning and outwomanning us, why don’t we do something about it and have more kids? Instead of women taking the easy way out and producing more paperwork, maybe they should produce more children.
Everyone – men, women, and children – works in China, though. Often in deplorable conditions – and that’s after they spruced up their country for the Olympics. Prior to that, women were scratching a living out of the dirt, carrying their babies on their backs. It’s useless trying to ignore or dismiss China; they’re the White Dragon in the living room. Although historically they’re notoriously bad trading partners, slighting won’t make them – or us – any better for the faux pax
The worst part of this snub is that the snubbers don’t realize how highly the Chinese value the American work ethic. They’re still trying to catch up to us so they don’t realize the Liberals sabotaged our work ethic generations ago. They thought we prized hard work, perseverance, education, respect for parents and authority.
Yeah, they’re beating America because they thought that’s what they were supposed to do – strive for success, improve your circumstances, win. Don’t misunderstand; they don’t “love” us because, of course, we’re the competition. But up until last night, they had a high regard and respect for us because they thought we were a great country.
That’s what comes of hobnobbing with Liberals. They’re completely to blame for the economic, educational, and cultural mess we’re in. They had no business shaking their heads over our “second-class” status in the world, when they’re the ones responsible for bringing us down to that level.
Boehner should have sucked it up and attended that dinner, Obama or no Obama. Refusing to attend the dinner was almost certainly dishonorable in the eyes of the Chinese. Perhaps he can make up for it by inviting the Chinese president to tea. He might try the Shang Hai Tea House on Wisconsin Avenue.