On Feb. 18, 2021, LifeSiteNews reported:
President Biden suggested that China's ongoing genocide of ethnic minorities is simply the result of Chinese cultural "norms." He made his comments during an appearance at CNN's "Presidential Town Hall with Joe Biden" on Tuesday.
"If you know anything about Chinese history, it has always been — the time when China has been victimized by the outer world is when they haven't been unified at home," he said when asked whether he discussed China's human rights violations against the Uighur ethnic group in a call with Chinese dictator Xi Jinping.
In response, elected Prime Minister Salih Hudayar of the Uighur government in exile said, "We demand President Biden apologize to the victims of China's aggression, the victims of genocide, the countless Uighur and other Turkic women who are systematically raped and sterilized and the countless Turkistanis who are killed for their organs."
Two activists who have long been outspoken about Red China's human rights atrocities —John Zmirak and Jason Jones — got together to try to figure out what lies behind Joe "President" Biden's blasé attitude.
John Zmirak: For a man who claims he decided to run for president based on the Charlottesville "fine people" hoax, Joe Biden certainly can turn his moral sense on and off like a faucet — hot and cold running dudgeon, but only when he craves a glass (maybe to wash down his Adderall).
Donald Trump allegedly calls white nationalist demonstrators "fine people"? (He didn't. Democrats — i.e., reporters — made that up; we have the proof on video.) Biden decides out of nowhere he personally needs to get this racism-enabler out of the White House.
Trump enacts travel bans on countries that were exporting terrorism, then COVID? Biden denounces him for "xenophobia."
But Chinese President Xi can literally put religious minorities on trains, ship them to concentration camps, abort them, rape them, vivisect them and sell their organs. And Sleepy Joe waves that off. It's the outcome of different cultural "norms." What can we really say of this faded shell of a one-time mediocre opportunist, snoozing his way through his ill-gotten term of office?
Jason Jones: He long ago euthanized his moral sensibility, his conscience. Whatever Joe Biden once was, now he operates effectively as an amoral sociopath. That condition has both a cognitive and a spiritual dimension. It leaves a person bereft of the ordinary human responses to other people's suffering. You lack both guilt and empathy. Arguably, that makes you a more effective political operator. It's the condition that Machiavelli said the best politicians need to cultivate. We have seen the outcome of many leaders taking that advice to heart: the great genocides of the modern age.
Zmirak: I wonder when Joe went from being just a go-through-the-motions Catholic with shaky morals to a kind of moral cipher. Certainly, it happened before 2019, when Biden praised Sen. John Eastland as an icon of "civility." That hardcore segregationist never publicly repented for saying in public:
In every stage of the bus boycott we have been oppressed and degraded because of black, slimy, juicy, unbearably stinking n--gers ... African flesh-eaters. When, in the course of human events, it becomes necessary to abolish the negro race, proper methods should be used. Among these are guns, bows and arrows, slingshots and knives. ... All whites are created equal with certain rights, among these are life, liberty and the pursuit of dead n--gers.
As Rolling Stone reported, Biden refused to apologize for his praise of Eastland. So maybe we shouldn't be surprised when he runs interference for President Xi, who's actually doing to Uighurs what Eastland merely fantasized about doing to black American citizens.
Jones: Oh, it happened way before 2018. Joe Biden cauterized what moral sense he once had when he stifled his queasy feelings about abortion.
Zmirak: That's right. He wasn't always a "kill 'em all, let Planned Parenthood sort 'em out" abortion extremist, was he?
Jones: No. Biden clearly had some qualms about abortion — or thought his voters did. That's why he supported the bipartisan Hyde Amendment. That was a grim compromise, not offering preborn children any legal protection. But at least it forbade taxpayer funding of abortion. Now Biden has accepted the full-on "Shout Your Abortion" rhetoric and policies of the most radical pro-abortion lobby — or, really, of the multi-billion-dollar abortion industry. When Biden decided to tear off his last remaining fig leaf and force you and me to pay for destroying preborn Americans, what was left of his conscience flickered out.
Zmirak: It was never exactly a bonfire, of course.
Jones: No. Biden embodies perfectly the biblical phrase "neither hot nor cold." That's one reason U.S. presidential voters repeatedly spit him out. But you don't need to be a raging maniac like Hitler or a class-A paranoid ideologue like Stalin to take part in enormous crimes against the vulnerable. Like original sin, Hannah Arendt's historic insight about the "banality of evil" gets vindicated each day in our headlines.
Zmirak: Thousands of lazy reporters, big tech censors, dilettante militant street thugs and millions of low-empathy voters are operating like little Eichmanns.
Jones: Christianity is true, but it isn't easy. In a way, it's built to show us how we must fail without constant assistance from God. Look at the hundreds of disciples and 10 of the Apostles who fled from Jesus on the Cross. Only St. John, Jesus' mother and a few other faithful women stayed with Him. But as René Girard explains, that's the essence of Christianity. With God's help, you become a "first responder" to suffering. You don't run away from the vulnerable; you run toward them. You stand in solidarity with the preborn, the Uighur, the Kurd or Syrian Christian hunted, raped or enslaved by ISIS. I think that's something Donald Trump, of all men, was learning in office. It's what Joe Biden unlearned in his decades-long quest for office.
Zmirak: It's for the participation trophy of having served as a kind of shadow president with an asterisk next to his name — a trophy for Hunter to put on the family mantle right next to some nice Chinese porcelain President Xi sent him after some energy deal.
Jones: Each of us needs to be vigilant. It's exhausting sometimes to be constantly on alert for new threats to human dignity. In each generation, it seems that one group or another gets sentenced to crucifixion. We're called, as believers, to fight our selfish instincts and find a place of empathy with whoever's being victimized at the moment. In 1800, it was the victims of the slave trade. In 1900, it was the rubber workers being massacred by the Belgians in the Congo. In 1973 (and still today) it was preborn Americans. And now, it is faraway peaceful Muslims, who are being cannibalized for parts and enslaved to pick cotton for China's Communist Party, to the enrichment of "woke" U.S. corporations.
Zmirak: They are corporations like ... Facebook that censor articles produced at The Stream, not even letting our followers see them because they involve "sensitive" social issues.
Jones: Exactly. According to the U.K. Press Gazette (hat tip, Breitbart), Facebook isn't too squeamish to take money from China's government to spread lies about how "happy" the Uighur slaves are on their plantations. That's right, Facebook runs ads spreading CCP propaganda accusing the Uighurs of being terrorists and extremists who need to be suppressed for public safety and also denying the well-documented atrocities we've been talking about. That's not too sensitive for Facebook to run, apparently. And I guess if you have zero empathy for the vulnerable, it isn't. You just shrug and wear the cotton picked by Uighur slaves or the sneakers — the smartphones, whose parts they were forced to produce in Nazi-style forced-labor factories. Then maybe you stream Schindler's List, to remind yourself what a good, moral person you are. Or you help "cancel" some freethinker like Gina Carano, who makes you feel queasy instead.