Trapped within the Dragon’s Lair, written by By R.J. Godlewski
I long for the days when quality represented a craftsman’s touch. When things were built to last, to safeguard, and to respect my hard days’ earnings. Being a creative personality, I’ve always enjoyed seeing how much care and effort went into the products that I bought, fully understanding that some worker – usually, but not always, a fellow countryman – put their literal life’s work into something just for my enjoyment or service. Not anymore.
Today, it has become exceedingly hard to find anything truly worthy of our monies, almost as hard as it to find something in American stores that wasn’t fabricated in distant China and, when logic prevails, the two problems go hand in hand. Yes, I long for the days when electronics were built in metal casings, things could be innocently dropped without shattering into a thousand pieces, and Wal-Mart boasted of ‘American made’ instead of ‘Low prices. Always!’ In our gradual, almost imperceptible shift towards what I term “budget fixing” we, as a collective nation, have allowed ourselves to drift into purchasing inferior products just so that we can keep up with the Jones’s. We’ve sacrificed our cultural identity just so that we could impress our neighbor’s with how much we have when perhaps we couldn’t really afford it.
I’m no different; I feel as though I modeled for that commercial on television “I’m in debt up to my…” The difference is, of course, that I try to spend my money and credit wisely. I purchase those things that are built well and, most importantly, crafted here in America. I contract for those services that reflect my character and not my public perception. Take my publishing business, as an example. Every day I am flooded with offers to print my books overseas – in China – for a fraction of what it would cost here in America. I could pass the savings on to you or, perhaps, use the profits to fund my counterterrorism and anti-cancer activities. I could, but won’t; no matter how much my sales decline. Why? Because unlike most Americans I don’t want to sacrifice my personal integrity by feeding the Dragon that is slowly consuming the hand that feeds it. In our haste to endure the ‘convenient life’ we just may be sacrificing millions of our fellow earthlings to the jaws of a brutal and unchecked totalitarian regime in Beijing.
Forget the tainted pet food that sickened and killed our companions. Forget the lead-based paint that may suffer our children to birth defects and premature illnesses. Forget the faulty tires that may endanger our lives as well as those surrounding us on the highways. Forget the news coverage of the almost daily recall of things Chinese and reflect upon our national security for a moment. When you walk into your local Big Box retailer, I want you to examine the manufacturer’s label of ten random products that you would normally purchase with your hard-earned money. As you examine these labels, I want you to think of the following highly graphic and most disturbing images. Images of people being executed in China for crimes that we, in the West, are not allowed examining the details of. People who are being paraded in front of their townsfolk, mocked with poles and illegible signs of justice, and summarily shot pointblank in the back of the head by military personnel.
These photographs (click to enlarge) came to me by way of my friend at 2ndWatcher Blog and they simply disgust me. Are these images of some pedophiles being served adequate justice? A spy caught stealing secrets for Islamist terrorists? Or some poor peasant simply being disposed of because they complained about the lack of bread? We simply do not know and therefore you’ll have to judge for yourself. All that I know is that I, for one, do not trust the Chinese government in anything. They zap our satellites with lasers, steal our nuclear secrets, and flood our communities with inferior products. So who’s to blame? We are.
Take a look again at those images. You support the coffers of that government whenever you purchase anything with the “Made in China” label. You support these executions – whether they are legitimate or otherwise – whenever you demand the latest gadgets at the expense of living within your means. You endorse the shameful and ‘secretive’ execution of people by a government that has one of the worst human rights records on the planet simply by ignoring how much of America is being consumed by the Demonic Dragon in the East.
Those are not faked photographs, people, but the Chinese government’s reaction to them may very well be. If we can’t entrust them to provide us with quality products, how can we trust them with presenting the facts? Conversely, if we cannot entrust them with the due process of human dignity, how can we trust them with the national security of a foreign power – ours? So enjoy your portable CD players, your plasma televisions, your ‘do everything’ washers and dryers, and ham it up in front of the Jones’s. The credit that your soul borrows to pay for these earthly discounts will become due once we enter Heaven and that payment is fixed. Always! (R.J. Godlewski)
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