Arkansas Senator Tom Cotton is putting the blame on China for spreading the Wuhan virus across the globe.
He is calling for heavy-handed punishment to be meted out against the authoritarian government.
Cotton made waves by casting doubts about allowing “hundreds of thousands of Chinese students to come to our universities.”
On April 23, 2020, Cotton went on Fox News’s Martha MacCallum show to go off on China.
“China is viewed as a pariah state by the American people,” Cotton declared.
He continued sounding off on China:
And not just the American people, by the peoples of our allies all around the world. So you’ve seen in Japan, for example, (Prime Minister) Shinzo Abe proposed billions of dollars to help bring manufacturing (in) China back to Japan. We should pursue a similar set of policy objectives here in the U.S., bringing back our manufacturing base, especially pharmaceutical and medical manufacturing base.
I think we should continue on to other critical fields like telecommunications. China has gotten rich for 30 years off of our manufacturing base. That would be a hammer blow to their economy.
We can open up the American court system so Americans who’ve been grievously harmed by this virus, we will sue Chinese officials.
We can stop allowing hundreds of thousands of Chinese students to come to our universities, many of which are the children of Chinese Communist Party officials. And those things are just the tip of the iceberg in the consequences China must pay.
Cotton pointed out that he has introduced legislation targeting China since the outbreak started. However, he has been active before that, revealing that he has worked with both Democrats and Republicans to “stop China’s ambitions from replacing the United States as the preeminent power in the globe.”
When the Senate gets back together on May 4, “I expect you will begin to see a lot of action trying to check China’s ambitions, trying to make them pay the consequences for unleashing this pandemic on the world, and holding them accountable for tens of thousands of Americans who have died because of their negligence and malevolence,” Cotton stated.
CNSNews reported that Cotton has authored or co-authored a number bill with the aim of containing China:
–A bill that would dramatically increase investment ($43 billion in total) for military infrastructure, weapons, and other assets in the Indo-Pacific region to halt China’s goal of pushing the U.S. out of the Western Pacific;
— A bill that would allow Americans to sue China in federal court to recover damages for death, injury, and economic harm caused by the Wuhan Virus.
— The “Protecting our Pharmaceutical Supply Chain from China Act.
Cotton is urging the U.S. to withdraw the Comprehensive Nuclear Test Ban Treaty, because China is allegedly not honoring its side of the treaty. Additionally, he wants the Federal Communications Commission to end China Telecom (Americas) Corp.’s authority to offer telecommunications services to and from the United States.
More information about Cotton’s plan to make China pay a stiff price can be found on his website.
“If China had been up front from the very beginning, been honest about their number of cases, ICU hospitalizations and deaths, then the rest of the world might’ve had its guard up earlier,” Cotton told MacCallum.
“Some studies have suggested we might have cut cases anywhere from 65 percent to 90 percent all around the world if China had been honest from the very beginning.”
This is where America’s geopolitical focus should be directed towards.
The best way to start dealing with China is to immediately restrict immigration from the country.
The immigration aspect of the China question must be addressed.
Chinese students in America have tripled during the last decade, with estimates of 350,000 Chinese nationals currently enrolled in American universities.
It’s an open secret that China is using mass migration as a way to build Fifth Columns in the West and other countries.
Soft power at its finest.
China’s launch can be delayed if the U.S. policymakers put an emphasis on implementing a moratorium on Chinese migration.
There is no need for regime change in China. Instead, there should be more soft power approaches in order to change its behavior and make it act like a responsible international actor.
Democrats Introduce Expanded Background Check Legislation
Democrats are going to implement a background check which targets “extremism.”
Connecticut Senator Chris Murphy and California Congressman Mike Thompson brought forward legislation on March 2, 2021 that aims to broaden the federal background check system on firearms sales, according to a report by The Hill.
Under The Background Check Expansion Act, gun sales and purchases between all unlicensed sellers and buyers would be subject to a mandatory background check. The background checks would not be applicable for law enforcement officers, lending out firearms for the purpose of hunting, temporary transfers for self-defense, or family members gifting a firearm.
Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer and 43 Senate Democrats have co-sponsored this bill. Thompson, who is the chair of the House Gun Violence Prevention Task Force, reintroduced this legislation in the U.S. House
“For years, the bipartisan House-passed background checks bill languished in the Senate under Republican Leader Mitch McConnell. Now, with Senate Democrats in the Majority, we have the opportunity to act on this overwhelmingly popular, lifesaving legislation to protect American communities,” Schumer declared in a press release.
According to a CBS News report, President Joe Biden has repeatedly called on Congress to pass stiffer gun control laws. This gun control bill will not pass so easily given how it will need 10 Republican senators to vote in favor of it.
Against the backdrop of the January 6 storming of the Capitol, such a background check will likely feature provisions that target so-called “extremists.” The ruling class has routinely lumped average gun owners with domestic extremists and will most certainly use recent events to justify encroachments on people’s right to bear arms.
Biden is a veteran of the gun control movement, as evidenced by his sponsorship of the Gun-Free School Zones Act of 1990 and the 1994 Assault Weapons Ban. With Democrats in control of all branches of the federal government, they will certainly move to pass gun control. However, their success is not guaranteed due to moderate Democrats like Arizona Senator Kyrsten Sinema and West Virginia Joe Manchin not being completely receptive to radical gun control that could alienate them from their more right-wing constituents.
Nevertheless, the Left has shown that it’s willing to act regardless of the political context. Keeping this in mind, gun owners must be ready to beat back any kind of gun control coming from D.C. Such fights will allow the Right to rebuild its forces and make a splash in the 2022 midterms and the 2024 presidential race.
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