This is of course about the latest development in China where its ruling Communist party enthusiastically announced it would lift the two-term limit for the presidency, setting the stage for limitless authoritarian rule for President Xi Jinping.
Although the party wants it to appear that the ordinary Chinese folks were the ones clamoring to end the rule that limited Xi’s stay in power for just two terms, the fact is that it was China’s legislators who bulldozed this idea into becoming a constitutional amendment with immediate approval by the body.
This, after Xi recently consolidated his power and moved to change the rules so he could effectively become “emperor for life.”
The truth also is that this does not bode well for many in China who find their present ‘people’s democratic dictatorship’ government more to their liking rather than slide back and be under an autocratic government again as in the dark days of Chairman Mao Zedong (Mao Tse Tung).
China Communist Party (CCP) considers itself to be the only and true representative of the entire Chinese people. The CCP does not allow any other political power to challenge its rule, on the ground that they only represent some people, not all. Other political parties in fact do exist in China (quite a few), they are officially sanctioned and anyone can join freely. But they can only offer suggestions to the ruling party, and do not have real political power.
China has been a republic, hence has had a constitution for over 100 years. The content obviously changed throughout time. Currently it is on its 12th version. This recent revision/amendment that US President Donald Trump seems to covet will become the 13th version.
It is very ironic that a 21st century leader like Trump, who is suppose to emulate those before him in leading the nation and espousing the principles and ideals of freedom, justice and equality in a democratic world, is now singing hosannas to a would-be despot in China, the way he has been showing his high regard for Russia’s Putin, Turkey’s Erdogan and even our very own president, Duterte.
“He’s now president for life. President for life. No, he’s great,” Mr. Trump said of Xi to the Republican donors, at a luncheon at Mar-a-Lago. Then he went on seemingly to express interest in doing the same thing in the United States so that he too could rule forever. “And look, he was able to do that. I think it’s great. Maybe we’ll have to give that a shot some day.”
A joke? Not really!
For one who is very much a narcissist, Trump wants badly to be among those he supports and admires most whose common peculiarity is that they have the power to do what they want done, good or evil in the eyes of some, yet continue to have high performance and trust ratings.
Sad to say that the bastion of democracy that is America does not does not and will not grant Trump the luxury of being thought highly of. He simply lacks the temperament and the acumen to be a competent leader of the free world worthy of praise and high expectations for peace and stability throughout.
Being uncomfortable with democracy Trump has no other recourse but to covet Xi’s status.