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Republicans want to make America more like China

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Two powerful countries, two important anniversaries. On Thursday, July 1, the Chinese Communist Party celebrated 100 years since its founding. On Sunday, July 4, the United States celebrated 245 years since the formal adoption of the Declaration of Independence. The differences between these two political milestones are stark — and remind me of why I’m lucky to be an American.

The Declaration of Independence is rooted in the liberal belief that all individuals “are created equal” and that they possess “unalienable Rights” including “Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.” By contrast, in Chinese President Xi Jinping’s bombastic oration on Thursday, there was no mention of individual rights. It was all about collective entities — the Chinese nation, the Chinese people, the Chinese Communist Party. Xi told his subjects to “uphold the firm leadership of the Party” because “China’s success hinges on the Party.”

And what gives the Communist Party the right to rule? Not the will of the people as expressed in free and fair elections. Nor does it govern based on Marxist ideology anymore; its economic system is now described as “socialism with Chinese characteristics,” whatever that means. Chinese emperors used to assert the Mandate of Heaven. Xi cites the mandate of history. “Over the past hundred years,” he said, “the Party has united and led the Chinese........

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