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Nation-state system is ailing and needs a reset

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By Tom Plate

There are a few, though not yet many, Republicans openly furious with beleaguered President Donald Trump for seemingly asking Beijing to join his re-election campaign, in effect, by actively degrading a leading Democratic opponent.

The target ― former Vice President Joe Biden son's alleged business activities in China ― follows the American president's call for a buy-in from the Ukrainian authorities for help in nailing Hunter Biden for allegedly suspect dealings there.

This latter move appears to have been the tipping point for leading Democrats assessing the plausibility of an impeachment effort. But forget Ukraine for a moment: It was the naked appeal to China recently that blew some Republican minds, to the extent they have much mental energy left for this White House.

U.S. Senator (and former Republican presidential nominee) Mitt Romney led the Republican criticism: "When the only American citizen President Trump singles out is his [prominent] opponent in the midst of the Democratic nomination process, it strains credulity to suggest that it is anything other than politically motivated."

Romney, though beaten by President Barack Obama in 2012, remains a significant figure. A respected Mormon, his late father was George Romney, whose own campaign for the Republican nomination against Richard Nixon imploded in 1967 when, upon returning from a "fact-finding" trip to Vietnam, he disowned his prior war support with the oddly phrased admission that he'd been "brainwashed" by U.S. propaganda.

More than just a footnote to history, the brainwash assertion wound up........

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