Should we surrender to China now to get it over with? Douglas MacKinnon, opinion contributor -

 Did you hear the one about China's new hypersonic missile? Not everyone did since most media and political interest in that potential balance of power-tipping shock seemed to disappear faster than the blazing weapon could fly.

All of which begs a serious, critically important question: As those in the U.S. media, government, military, corporations and entertainment platforms exponentially elevate social justice and equality as some of our greatest concerns and even threats, do any of them actually view the People's Republic of China as the No. 1 adversary of the United States and a nation consumed with global and even near-space domination?
They should.
While there are indeed a number of inequalities in our country that must be addressed, those issues should not distract us from an overriding truth: China is in the business of winning and doing what's best for its long-term survival. That survival, its leadership believes, is predicated upon establishing itself as the preeminent military power in the world.
That same Chinese leadership sees but one country in the way of that goal: the United States.
As of today, China believes it is ascending so rapidly - and dominating so completely across the board in the arenas of land, sea, air, cyber and space power - that it no longer has to concern itself with the niceties of diplomatic language or pretend to disguise its true intentions.
Just about 10 days ago, President Biden misstated United States policy with regard to Taiwan. When asked at a CNN town hall meeting if the United States would defend Taiwan should it be attacked by China, the president answered, "Yes, we have a commitment."
Whoops. Cue the instant backpedaling from the Biden White House. The next morning, White House press secretary Jen Psaki had to "clarify" the president's erroneous response by saying, in part, "He wasn't announcing a change in policy, nor have we changed our policy. We are guided by the Taiwan Relations Act."
OK, and just what does that 1979 law spell out? In essence, it says the United States is committed to providing Taiwan with weapons for its defense should it be attacked by China. After that, Taiwan is essentially on its own.
After Biden's "misstatement" and correction from his staff, China's Foreign Ministry spokesperson, Wang Wenbin, did not even bother to diplomatically soften his response or hide his contempt: "On issues related to China's sovereignty and territorial integrity and other core interests, there is no room for China to compromise or make concessions, and no one should underestimate the strong determination, firm will and strong ability of the Chinese people to defend national sovereignty and territorial integrity."
"Boom!" goes the dynamite.
Is anyone in our government, military or news media paying attention? Even for those with the shortest of attention spans, the Chinese government and military spokesman just laid it out in the plainest, most unambiguous way possible. China will not compromise or make concessions on any issue it deems to be in their sovereign, territorial or core interests.
This is not a game, and the People's Republic of China is not bluffing.
They hold all of the high cards at the moment because the United States - and most other Western nations - voluntarily (and quite surreally) handed China those cards. U.S. corporations, tech companies, critically important pharmaceutical companies, Hollywood studios, universities and major league sports teams now regularly and embarrassingly prostrate and censor themselves before China's leadership to ensure that Chinese money continues to flow into their entities and pockets.
It's an example of submission and greed that plays out the same way in a number of other countries around the world.
At the moment, China is more than happy to continue to simply cut checks to tip the balance of power firmly in its direction. But, once again, they are not bluffing and know that they will need complete military domination to seal the deal. Hence, the recent tests of hypersonic missiles.
So, what's the big deal regarding a hypersonic missile? Three things: As the CEO of Raytheon recently pointed out, the United States is "years behind" China in this technology. Second, the missile - capable of carrying a nuclear warhead - can fly at very low altitudes and is so maneuverable that it becomes virtually impossible to be shot down by existing missile defense systems. That's called a game changer of epic proportions.
While most of our media and many of our politicians ignored this jaw-dropping news in favor of subjects that would either create clickbait or produce glowing adulation from the Twitter universe, thankfully one person did wave the red warning flag regarding this Chinese advancement: Gen. Mark Milley, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff.
Said Milley during an interview with David Rubenstein on Bloomberg television, "What we saw was a very significant event of a test of a hypersonic weapon system. And it is very concerning. I don't know if it's quite a Sputnik moment, but I think it's very close to that. It has all of our attention."
Bravo, general.
The problem is that, while that missile test - or China's recent anti-satellite weapon test - might have all of his attention, China's greater military, cyber, financial or subjugation measures are all but being ignored by those with the power to either report on them, call them out or confront them.
Again, either we see the People's Republic of China as the No. 1 adversary of the United States and a nation consumed with global and even near-space domination - or we don't. If we do, in the interests of our national security and very survival, we have an obligation to defend ourselves. If those with the power prefer to let China have its way, then why not hand them the keys to our country and be done with it?
Douglas MacKinnon, a political and communications consultant, was a writer in the White House for Presidents Ronald Reagan and George H.W. Bush, and former special assistant for policy and communications at the Pentagon during the last three years of the Bush administration.

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‘They Want Me Dead’: Nearly Dozen Philadelphia Families Fearing For Lives After Cooperating In Criminal Investigations

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — Nearly a dozen families in Philadelphia say they’re living on the edge and literally dodging bullets because they or a family member have cooperated in criminal investigations. A city councilmember is now collaborating with the sheriff’s department to provide them with a sense of safety.

“They want me dead because he witnessed something,” a Philadelphia mother said.
This Philadelphia mother says she lives in constant fear for her life and the lives of her children after a family member cooperated with authorities in a police investigation.
We are concealing her identity for her protection.
“I don’t sleep,” she said. “I probably get two hours of sleep a day because I’m up at night making sure he can sleep.”
She is one of several families who says they’re being harassed and terrorized in the wake of either their testimony or their family members’ cooperation in criminal cases.
“We’re getting threats. We getting shot at, how are we not victims?” she said.
“We have to do much better protecting our women and children,” Sister Taleah Taylor with the City of Dreams Coalition said.
Taylor, a community activist and anti-violence advocate, is working with these families now seeking the help of Councilmember David Oh.
“Nine mothers who are being victimized, like literally being shot at, physically assaulted because their children had cooperated with law enforcement, testified in court or they themselves had seen or said something,” Oh said.
Oh has gone as far as heading into neighborhoods where these families live.
“I went to a location and the first thing I saw when I went to the house was a lamp post outside one of the houses with clearly a bullet hole in it,” Oh said.
The councilmember is enlisting the help of the Philadelphia Sheriff’s Department hoping to provide safety resources and relocation opportunities to those facing the terror of retaliation.
“We’re looking at how we can help those families that after they cooperate not being left with no way of securing themselves or their families,” Sheriff Rochelle Bilal said, “because if you want people to come out and support law enforcement and testify and be witnesses, then you need to make sure they’re safe then and they’re safe afterwards.”
The Sheriff’s Department says this should be a joint effort between city entities, including police and the district attorney’s office, to come up with plans to keep families who cooperate in criminal cases safe.
They are working out the details now on those plans with many families asking for relocation options.

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Young mom who died from COVID vaccine was coerced into receiving jab via government mandate, heartbreaking obituary says

The family of a young mother who died from COVID-19 vaccine complications says that their loved one is gone all because she was coerced into receiving a shot by government mandate.

Washington state health officials acknowledged on Tuesday that the otherwise healthy woman died due to blood clotting complications following a COVID-19 vaccine.
In a news release, health officials said, "Sadly, this is the first such death in Washington State. We send our deepest condolences to her family and loved ones. Losing a loved one at any time is a tragic and difficult and pain that's become all too familiar in the last year and a half of this pandemic."
What are the details?
A Wednesday report from the Western Journal said that the family of 37-year-old Jessica Berg Wilson said Wilson was reluctant to get the jab, but relented due to a mandate.
A portion of the obituary read, "Jessica Berg Wilson, 37, of Seattle, Wash., passed away unexpectedly Sept. 7, 2021 from COVID-19 Vaccine-Induced Thrombotic Thrombocytopenia (VITT) surrounded by her loving family. Jessica was an exceptionally healthy and vibrant 37-year-old young mother with no underlying health conditions."
According to the obituary, Wilson left behind a husband and two daughters ages 3 and 5 years.
“During the last weeks of her life ... the world turned dark with heavy-handed vaccine mandates," the obituary continued. "Local and state governments were determined to strip away her right to consult her wisdom and enjoy her freedom. ... She had been vehemently opposed to taking the vaccine, knowing she was in good health and of a young age and thus not at risk for serious illness. In her mind, the known and unknown risks of the unproven vaccine were more of a threat."
The obituary added, "But, slowly, day by day, her freedom to choose was stripped away. Her passion to be actively involved in her children's education — which included being a Room Mom — was, once again, blocked by government mandate. Ultimately, those who closed doors and separated mothers from their children prevailed. It cost Jessica her life. It cost her children the loving embrace of their caring mother. And it cost her husband the sacred love of his devoted wife. It cost God's Kingdom on earth a very special soul who was just making her love felt in the hearts of so many."
What else?
King County health officials on Tuesday also confirmed that Wilson died as a result of the vaccine.
“The individual, a woman in her late 30s, is the first confirmed death in King County from this very rare vaccine complication," the officials said. "The resident received her vaccination on August 26, 2021 and died on September 7, 2021. Her cause of death was determined to be thrombosis with thrombocytopenia syndrome (TTS), a condition that has been identified as a rare but potentially serious adverse event in people who received the J&J vaccine."
King County said the TTS diagnosis was confirmed by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

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New poll shows Joe Biden is hemorrhaging support among critical voter demographics

Alarm bells should be going off in the White House after a new poll showed that President Joe Biden is hemorrhaging support among a voter demographic critical to winning presidential elections.

What are the details?
The Associated Press-NORC poll shows that Biden's approval rating sits at 50% while his disapproval rating stands at 49%. In this particular poll, Biden's approval has tanked nearly 10 points since July when the same survey found Biden's approval rating to be 59%.
But the real story is how poorly Biden is viewed by independent voters, the demographic critical to winning the White House.
Since July, Biden has hemorrhaged more than 20 points among independent voters; only 38% of independents now approve of Biden, according to the poll, whereas 62% approved of him just two months ago.
Biden even lost seven points among Democrats, down to 85% approval from 92% in July.
Among black Americans, Biden's support has cratered from 86% to 64% in just two months. The AP tried to soften the blow by characterizing the massive decrease as Biden's support among black Americans having "dipped somewhat."
In its story covering the bad news for Biden, the AP attempted to draw blame toward former President Donald Trump:
In follow-up interviews, some of those who had mixed feelings about Biden's performance still saw him as preferable to former President Donald Trump. They said that Biden was dealing with a pandemic that began under the former president, an Afghanistan withdrawal negotiated on Trump's behalf and an economy that tilted in favor of corporations and the wealthy because of Trump's tax cuts.
"Trump had a lot to do with what's going on now," said Acarla Strickland, 41, a health care worker from Atlanta who voted for Biden yet now feels lukewarm about him.
However, Trump cannot be blamed for Biden's self-inflicted wounds.
Not only is Biden facing massive legislative battles on Capitol Hill that are not going in his favor, but the COVID-19 pandemic has ranged on under his leadership, as has the border crisis, which has generated bipartisan blame. Biden also presided over the botched Afghanistan withdrawal, with resulted in more American casualties.
Not only is support for Biden cratering, but another poll shows his promise to unify America is becoming a foregone possibility.
The poll — conducted by the Center for Politics at the University of Virginia in partnership with Project Home Fire — discovered that 41% of Biden supporters and 52% of Trump supporters agree the United States should be split between Republican-controlled states and Democratic-controlled states.

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