History proves that the more mediocre a political system is, the more it relies on votes. A mediocre political system can only “produce” politicians that are good at finding scapegoats.
Certain people believe that such a competitive system allows voters to find the most suitable person for the position of president.
In fact, “the most suitable person” tends to be a politician who is most afraid of losing voters’ support and thus dare not speak the truth, and most afraid of shouldering responsibilities and thus always scapegoats others.
There is also an old-fashioned view that taking China as an imaginary enemy can enhance crisis awareness. However, today’s Americans lack the spirit of self-reflection rather than crisis awareness.
The United States has not become so powerful because of scapegoating others or creating imaginary enemies. Politicians who always look for scapegoats are either stupid or cowardly. If Barack Obama or Mitt Romney really won more votes by slandering or playing tough on China, it would be a shame for the American politics, and a trouble for the world.
Read the Chinese version: 靠辱华换选票，美国政治真悲哀; Source: Global Times; Author: Ding Gang
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