In 1988, a reviewer for the Washington Post wrote the following as part of a review of a re-release of the film “The Manchurian Candidate.”
John Frankenheimer’s “The Manchurian Candidate” was a bold venture in 1962, with its flashy technique and political themes. Now re-released after a 15-year absence, its mobile camera and fluid editing still dazzle. And its story of Cold War intrigue, murky East-West dealings, assassination, brainwashing — and the idea of a glorified cue-card reader playing president — resonates today like never before.”
A little more than 22 years later, I would wholeheartedly agree with this reviewer, and the resonance he mentions applies perfectly to our modern-day Manchurian Candidate, former Vice President Joe Biden.
The plot of this tale from the Cold War era involves plans to replace a candidate for President with a look-alike who serves at the bidding of a nefarious group of Communists. This story begins with a fictional capture of soldiers from an American platoon during the Korean War who are taken to a secret base in Manchuria, a region of China, where they are drugged and brainwashed in preparation for their mission.
I don’t want to spoil anymore of the film for those who haven’t seen it, however, it is an outstanding movie well worth seeing for anyone. It also provides excellent fodder for a comparison of the similarities between a candidate fictionally programmed by Chinese Communists and a real candidate who seems to have been ‘programmed’, to favor China today.
I do not claim that former V.P. Biden has been subjected to brainwashing or that he has been drugged by some mysterious group of Communists from China. However, I would suggest that Biden is already easy to manipulate and would be malleable by China as President without having to resort to any extreme measures such as brainwashing.
Candidate Biden is easy to manipulate not because of advanced age or touch of senility, but for the same reason, many lifelong politicians are easy to sway. He is and has been for all his adult life a professional politician, and few of those are not easy to manipulate through special interest, rather than public interest, groups.
Biden Has Always Shown Favor to China
Moreover, Joe Biden already has a favorable relationship with the Chinese Communist Party that was constructed during his nearly 5 decades as a politician.
Joe Biden defends this system [Communism in China] — and has since meeting Deng Xiaoping in 1979, when he joined the first US congressional delegation to the People’s Republic. As chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee in the early 2000s and then as veep, Biden helped along China’s geopolitical rise. Bernie Sanders is thus right to criticize Biden for supporting the grant of Permanent Normal Trade Relations status to China in 2000. A decade later, Biden said: “A rising China is a … positive development not only for China, but for America.”
In 2013, then VP Biden leveraged some of that favor with the Chinese government to aid his son, Hunter, in what turned out to be some rather shady business dealings in China. These efforts came to fruition in 2017 when,
…the illustrious vice-presidential son was granted what Chinese commentators described as a Xianchai, a sinecure reserved for offspring of important officials, at BHR Partners. BHR is a $20 billion fund with shareholders that include China Life, China Development Bank and other state-owned entities. China’s State Council calls on BHR to find deals abroad by hiring foreigners with political connections.
A ‘sinecure’ is defined as,
an office or position requiring little or no work, especially one yielding profitable returns.
Sounds like the kind of job Hunter Biden is suited for, given what we already know of his history. In 2019 Biden allegedly resigned from the board of BHR although he was still listed as a member as of March 2020 according to China’s public records.
Joe Biden’s mental fitness, or lack thereof, will exaggerate the tendency to capitulate to whoever has his ear. It also makes him far more vulnerable to suggestions from other powers in the present campaign.
Biden Seeks to Reward China
Not only has Joe Biden favored China over American interests throughout his political career, but he also hasn’t withdrawn his praise even in the face of the Wuhan COVID-19 threat that the CCP unleashed upon the world. Less than a month ago he had publicly stated that he would roll back the tariffs now in place against China.
Most recently, Biden said he would end Trump’s tariffs on billions of dollars worth of China-made goods before his aides walked the statement back. Likewise, in 2019, Biden criticized Trump’s tariffs on China
It is noteworthy that Biden’s aides had to ‘walk back’ his pledge to remove tariffs from China. After all, it might not appeal to voters if he appeared to lean toward China in the wake of this pandemic and the chaos that has resulted in its wake.
It wasn’t necessary for China to turn Joe Biden into a ‘Manchurian’ candidate. He was already tailor-made for the position.
Thus, it should come as no surprise that because Biden favors Chinese interests, China favors Biden for President. China’s President-for-life Xi would be much happier dealing with a Biden presidency than a second term of President Trump.
China Is an Existential Threat to America and the World
Since the fall of the Soviet Union, China has emerged as the preeminent threat to global stability and the existence of America as a free nation. In less than twenty years, China has expanded its territorial influence in the South China Sea [which it virtually claims as its possession], become the second-largest economy on the planet, captured almost a monopoly on manufacture and supply of medicine globally, have turned stolen technology into a mammoth industry of information and means of spying on billions, all while exercising tyrannical power over its populace, including concentration camps for over a million Uyghur Muslims, and substantially building its military and nuclear capabilities at a blistering pace.
The issues of military and territorial influence in the immense area claimed by China in the South China Sea is a seriously under-appreciated threat to American interests and global stability.
China’s astonishing expansion into the South China Sea’s 1.35 million square miles and its subsequent militarization of the region over the past several years has cultivated a complex security environment. The initial phase of that growing complexity was predicated on geopolitical interest and expansion, notably during U.S. President Barack Obama’s second term in office.
The iron grip of China upon the pharmaceutical industry has come to the fore during the pandemic of COVID-19 which they just ‘happened’ to loose as a plague upon the world. A recent article in “AMAC Magazine” highlighted the fallout of China’s tight-fisted control.
Today…Chinese pharmaceutical companies supply roughly 40% of heparin [a blood-thinning agent] to the United States, about 70% of acetaminophen [Tylenol], and over 90% of antibiotics, vitamin C, ibuprofen, and hydrocortisone. Thus, it is likely that millions of Americans take Chinese-made drugs without being cognizant of the fact.
The fact that China is an existential threat to the entire globe is so evident that, as someone once said, ‘a blind man could see it with a cane.’ That Joe Biden both favors and is beholden to China is just as clear.
The only real question is whether Biden will get the opportunity to exercise his favoritism toward the malevolent CCP machine, and toward the loss of liberty that will be the result. The only answer should be a resounding no to a Manchurian candidate becoming a Manchurian President.
Now the Lord is the Spirit, and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom. 2 Corinthians 3:17 [ESV]
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