Useful Idiot. adj/n. A naive or credulous person who can be manipulated or exploited to advance a cause or political agenda.
A file photo of Cai Xia, a former professor at the Chinese Communist Party’s influential Central Party School, who was expelled from the CCP on Aug. 17, 2020 after issuing public criticism of top leaders.
Cài Xiá 蔡霞 is “the granddaughter of a revolutionary fighter [who] taught for four decades” at the Central Party School of the Chinese Communist Party, a finishing school for promising cadres. She was expelled from the Party and had her retirement benefits cut, Reuters reported yesterday. Shock! Horror! Expelled from the Party! Dire punishment for someone who swore to ‘Bear the people’s hardships first and enjoy its benefits last,’ and spent her life on the luxurious, lake-studded campus of the Central Party School, catered to as she had been since childhood, chauffeured to special schools by her father’s driver and fed by her father’s cook.
Her excommunication came after an audio recording of her calling top leader Xí Jìnpíng 习近平 a “mafia boss” and the Party a “political zombie” was leaked to the internet in June this year. Is this the Xi Jinping who spent 35 years in the boondocks improving the lives of millions of people? The Xi Jinping who has doubled everyone’s wages since coming to power? Or the Xi Jinping who eliminated corruption? Or the Xi Jinping who beat the Coronavirus and saved a million lives? The Xi Jinping who kept the defense budget below half America’s while producing far more powerful weapons? The Xi Jinping who eliminated poverty in China? Surely that must be a different Xi Jinping. Or is this the Xi Jinping of whom Lee Kwan Yew said, “I would put him in the Nelson Mandela’s class of persons. A person with enormous emotional stability who does not allow his personal misfortunes or sufferings affect his judgment. In other words, he is impressive.”?
In the leaked audio, Cai especially criticizes the 2018 constitutional amendment that removed term limits for the presidency, which means Xi is now allowed to rule for life. Only an idiot could be so ignorant. Xi Jinping was elected to his principal offices, Chairman of the Military Commission and Party General Secretary, with no term limits. The title of president was invented for ceremonial purposes, so that China would have an official Head of State.
She calls on the Politburo Standing Committee — the seven most senior officials in the Party, of which Xi is one — to “meet to make a resolution, and just change the person in power.” Yes, this is a swell time to change the person in power. Just as China completes its Reform and Opening and launches into a new era designed by–who else?–Xi Jinping for–what else?–making China the most equitable country on earth by 2035.
The Central Party School announced her punishment (in Chinese) on its website, accusing Cai of making “remarks that had serious political problems and damaged the country’s reputation.” Indeed they do and did. Another reason to honor a 1000-year-old Confucian tradition and keep the entitled sons and daughters of celebrities and Party officials–like Bo Xilai, Ai Weiwei, Liu Xiaobo, and Yang Jisheng–out of government unless there is a compelling reason to admit them.
In 2013, she published an essay advocating constitutional democracy after a newspaper editorial advocating constitutional government was censored by Party authorities. Because not a single constitutional democracy has ever developed beyond the stage of digging in the ground with sticks and 90% of them are currently immiserating their citizens.
Cai has been in the U.S. for several months, and does not plan to return to China, according to Jane Tang of Radio Free Asia. Of course she’s in America. Where else are idiots taken seriously?
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