Hillary Clinton is right where she belongs. Her words and actions
while visiting China this week will undoubtedly be widely studied and
analyzed by the Communist Party propaganda ministry. And why shouldn’t
they be? The Chinese party officials have been admiring her rhetoric
long before she arrived in Beijing.

Yu Quanyu, director of the Chinese Academy of Social Studies, writes
in the latest issue of “Ideological and Political Work Studies,” a
Communist Party propaganda primer, that Hillary should serve as a role
model for effective use — or is it abuse? — of language.

“Communist Party cadres,” Mr. Yu writes, “should study the speeches
of Hillary Clinton because she offers a very good example of the skills
of propaganda.”

What the party apparatchiks say they love most about Hillary’s
rhetoric is a matter of technique more than content.

“Her sentences are short and stimulating,” says Yu. “That’s why she
gets a lot of applause. But Chinese people have a habit of giving long
speeches in which the sentences are long and tedious.”

Yet, I have to suggest there are other reasons Hillary’s message is
so well-received. When was the last time she was a bearer of bad news?
When have you ever heard her challenge Americans? When have you ever
heard her say anything to an audience other than offer empty promises
about how government needed to do more for people?

I’m convinced that’s the real success formula for Hillary and her
husband. Their essential message to Americans is to relax and allow
them, the first couple, to do the heavy lifting. They will take care of
our every need — from health care to day care to ensuring we always
have jobs.

Their political trick is to trap enough people — preferably around
50 percent — into dependency on government. If enough Americans see
their fate tied inextricably to government action, they win. And,
despite one scandal after another — including many before they ever got
to the White House — they have won twice.

It’s a simple strategy, and it has worked. It has allowed them to
advance the cause of socialism-with-a-happy-face in big ways —
dismantling states’ rights, empowering the central government,
increasing taxation, regulation and control of private enterprise and
personal initiative and creating the infrastructure for the
Beijing-style repression that will be necessary for maintaining power.

Just look at their “accomplishments”:

They have increased the manpower, firepower and authority of federal
police agencies well beyond anything dreamed of by Clinton’s

They have chipped away at civil liberties by dreaming up excuses for
eavesdropping on law-abiding citizens, seizing private firearms and
maintaining sophisticated computer databases on every single man, woman
and child in the country.

They have instilled fear in their political enemies by politicizing
powerful government agencies once considered sacrosanct — the FBI, the
IRS, yes, “X-Files” fans, even FEMA.

They have successfully, after a major political setback just four
years ago, managed to nationalize the best medical system in the world
— turning the most private medical secrets into matters of routine
government oversight.

They have, perhaps most impressively, done all this under the noses
of a mostly gleeful and praising pack of press sycophants who have kept
the truth from the people.

That’s why Beijing really admires Hillary, the real political
mastermind of the Clinton family. In a rare moment of candor recently,
her husband told Chinese “journalists” that his goal was to bring the
United States and China closer together — to create a world in which
the two nations are more alike, where there are fewer differences
between them, less hostility and more mutual respect.

Mission accomplished. China hasn’t budged an inch, but the United
States is well on the road to totalitarian serfdom. All it requires now
is the right excuse, a convenient crisis, a sudden change in the comfort
level of the dependency class.

That’s the real reason Hillary receives such adoration in Beijing.

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