President Barack Obama has drawn basically positive reviews for his second inaugural address yesterday, but at least one person was not impressed. (Note: probably tens of millions were not impressed, but you can read the comments section to Hot Air and other sites devoted to the corpse of Ronald Reagan if you’re interested.) We’re talking about the wizard behind the curtains of Global Times, who penned this:
The US is standing at the commanding heights of development of human society. It can just bide its time for four years. However, if China were managed by similar methods, the result would be totally different.
China also has a super-sized management system which is less powerful than that of the US, but the US does not have as many contradictions within society as China.
These contradictions were buried previously, and they have gradually emerged. China is no longer a country where the government’s call is immediately taken up by all of society.
Compared with the US, obviously China has changed more in the last four years.
Last year Internet was not free, and this year it is a little less free. CHANGE YOU CAN BELIEVE IN.
We have gotten used to the fact that the changes are growing larger and larger.
No one even bats an eye at eight-figure corruption anymore.
Almost all social policies are being adjusted to improve people’s livelihood and enhance equity.
How do we read the “almost” in this sentence? That there are ever social policies enacted to not improve people’s livelihood? Or some social policies are so perfect that they don’t need to be adjusted? Or are we saying “almost all” social policies are so flawed that they require adjustment?
The above three blockquotes form one paragraph — just one dazzling whopper fused together by the upchuck of a propagandist force-fed on party-line millet.
The author certainly has the right to allude to the failings of American politics, though to make a tortured comparison with the Chinese system and conclude that Obama has a governance lesson (the words are in the headline) for this country is patently absurd. In other words, it’s so Global Times.
Obama has governance lesson for China (Global Times)