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Defending America

Updated: Sep 8, 2021

Epoch Times

IOM Readers,

With a new initiative, Defending America, The Epoch Times seeks to remind Americans of the goodness of our country.

Such a reminder should not be needed.

By protecting fundamental rights, Americans have asserted the dignity of each individual, and have guaranteed the rights of speech, press, assembly and protest, and property, among others. And so have opened the door to individuals to seek to better themselves. With everyone free to pursue their dreams, we have been an inventive, prosperous, and generous people.

From around the world, the best from other nations have been attracted to the United States: those who had the courage to risk everything to come breathe the air of freedom; those with talent who simply wanted the chance to prove themselves; those who wanted to give their families a secure and prosperous life.

And so the United States has been a nation of immigrants. And it has been a nation of scientific and technological advancement, of excellence in education, and of the steady lifting of living standards.

The United States has fought wars around the globe to defend freedom, and in times of peace has developed institutions to promote freedom and prosperity throughout the world.

But the excellence of America is now in dispute, and we are in a time of crisis.

Concerns about election integrity have cast doubt on our most recent presidential election.

Demands for “equity” replacing “equality” are part of a general turn toward socialism.

A cancel culture seeks to censor and silence those who do not toe the line of progressivism, and throughout our society—in schools, corporations, and governments at different levels—there is a new taste for authoritarian ways.

In recent memory the United States had unquestioned military dominance, but that has now disappeared.

In particular, communist China’s immediate and narrow goal is to push the United States out of the western Pacific. More generally, it seeks to displace the United States as the world’s superpower.

China’s campaign against the United States has been comprehensive. It uses cyber- and conventional spying to steal U.S. intellectual property and military secrets. It infiltrates and subverts American institutions, turning them to serve China’s interests.

It also seeks to change America’s political culture, promoting socialism behind the scenes.

The Chinese Communist Party exercises an unprecedented level of control over its population. It requires through the social credit system that every detail of daily life follow the CCP’s demands, uses cameras and