Published September 30, 2009
| The Stiletto
Considering that communist China is financing $800 billion of the $11.8 trillion government debt incurred by the largest capitalist economy in the world, it is sadly ironic that the Empire State Building-- built during the Great Depression with American steel, a testament to the “can-do” spirit of our nation-- would drape itself in red and yellow lights tonight on September 30, to commemorate the 60th anniversary of the founding of the People’s Republic of China.
Another irony: According to The Telegraph of London, the “people” are barred from going to Beijing's Tiananmen Square to watch the parade that will celebrate the achievements of “their” republic:
The parade will be reviewed by President Hu Jintao and a few thousand invited media and dignitaries seated in red-carpeted grandstands arranged along one side of Tiananmen Square beneath a freshly painted portrait of Chairman Mao.
Later, Tiananmen Square, which at 100 acres is the largest public space in the world capable of holding several hundred thousand people comfortably, will host a night-time firework and laser light-show attended by 60,000 carefully vetted people and performers.
As in all totalitarian regimes, some animals are more equal than others. This is the bloody history that the Empire State Building's lighting scheme will be honoring:
The red and yellow lights bathing the Empire State Building are meant to symbolize the flag of the People’s Republic of China, with its red field and five gold stars.
Given the immeasurable suffering of the Chinese people over the last 60 years, when you look at the lights on the Empire State Building, think of the red as the blood of the millions shed in the numerous brutal repressive purges that kept the communists in power, and think of the gold as the amount of money the U.S. owes the heirs of Mao’s revolution. China is now the third largest economy in the world. Given its burgeoning GDP and our exploding national debt, it will soon surpass the U.S. Then the Chinese can buy the Empire State building-- with devalued American dollars-- and keep the red and yellow lights on every day.
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