Bite Me China

Bite me China.
You treat your
people like dogs
as you work them to death.

Bite me China.
You buy all our debt.
You think you own us
but you don’t have our respect.

Bite me China.
You support our enemies
by supplying them components that they
need to build nuclear weapons, we suspect.

Bite me China.
We are free men
and you will never own us
and your people are slaves we expect.

Bite me China.
Your government is an infant
and you need not neglect
the people you tread on as you grow your effect.

Bite me China.
Listen to our President
as he shows you diplomacy and speaks of
the freedoms you often try and reflect.

Bite me China.
We don’t hate your people
but the philosophy your government represents
and the way you disregard the freedoms we so often neglect.

Comments

  • I admit this poem is aggressive and a bit immature but it’s something I’ve been wanting to say for some time. I know there are so many economic reasons (of which I know nothing of) why we have China as a strategic partner but the human rights atrocities that continue I believe should be more than enough of a reason to distance ourselves from China.

    Instead we continue to dig a larger hole and have them own more and more of our country. It’s quite sad and a real eye opener to the definition of the “freedoms and justice” we continue to use as our mantra when we allow our partners to do anything they wish to their people. I think that human rights should be more important than economic stability.

  • I think you have some great points Globatron. I support your angst. But what other country will buy America’s debt? Americans won’t support their taxes being raised and seem to want everything for free?

    China get rid of your nasty poison plastic toys our children keep getting sick on while you’re at it.

    Bite Us China!

  • i like this…somebody has got to ask these questions.

    for instance, why, after so many years of fighting against communism, spending countless sums of 20th century wealth on a cold war, fighting in vietnam a symbolic war against communism and its spread, why after all that, do we now embrace the largest communist country in the world? it’s mind boggling…

    and one more thing, our wonderful president, the guy we all love so much declined to see the dalai lama because he did not want to upset the chinese officials he was getting ready to meet with…let me say that again, the winner of the nobel peace prize dissed one of the world’s leading representatives of peace in order to make his business deals with the communists run a bit more smoothly, and he asked them kindly if they could stop massacring the tibetans…at some point pragmatism is no longer sexy…

    akbar

  • Great points Akbar. It is indeed tragic that our country talks of the ideals of freedom so freely and bows to a communist regime that supports our country financially in so many ways. I wonder how many Americans really think about this when they are shopping for the best buy this Holiday season?

    And on another note it’s interesting that the far right so easily calls our President communist when our country has been being bought by a communist country for decades now. Communism is fine when folks need to buy cheap crap at the dollar store, but it’s thrown as a dirty word and a smear tactic in American politics when push comes to shove.

    How can America ever claim the moral high ground if we are always in bed with China? Can a communist government reform its human rights policies? Is that possible?

  • Take your poem above and change the title to: Bite me America. You might just see how much of the rest of the world views us.

    It could be written by Iraq, Afghanistan, much of Latin America, food insecure Africa, or Okinawa.

    Bite me America.
    You treat your
    people like dogs
    as you work them to death….says the French

    Bite me America.
    You buy all our debt.
    You think you own us
    but you don’t have our respect….says El Salvador

    Bite me America.
    You support our enemies
    by supplying them components that they
    need to build nuclear weapons, we suspect…says Palestine

    Bite me America.
    We are free men
    and you will never own us
    and your people are slaves we expect….says Hawaii

    Bite me America.
    Your government is an infant
    and you need not neglect
    the people you tread on as you grow your effect….says Venezuela

    Bite me America.
    Listen to our President
    as he shows you diplomacy and speaks of
    the freedoms you often try and reflect….says Haiti

    Bite me America.
    We don’t hate your people
    but the philosophy your government represents
    and the way you disregard the freedoms we so often neglect….says 1952 Iran

    This is just another example of an American patriot who reads between the lines and separates fact from fiction….or reality from marketing.

    How many countries have military outposts on our land? How many military outposts do we have abroad? Chew on that…or maybe take a BITE out of that.

  • That’s quite a large bite. Taking my poem and rewriting it is very interesting for sure as life is definitely about perspective.

    I am tired of seeing America suck up to China but I’m sure so many other countries are tired of sucking up to America too. So touché .

    I’m not sure how many Americans would call you a patriot for this rewrite, creative as it is. Props on that. I feel the power of dissent and questioning our government’s role in the world should be at the core of being American. Unfortunately Bible thumping, gun toting, blind faith has become the norm. Generally our population gets more upset over relatively small social issues (abortion) than over any of the foreign policy issues that you mention in your poem that I’m sure we are generally uneducated and unaware of.

    With all that said, I still want to believe in America and honestly think we can change. I am concerned with the rapid rise of China not because of the U.S. becoming a declining power and in seeing China’s rising star but because of the instability of their government and the human rights issues that I would like to see resolved. But many believe universal health care is communism here in America so asking for human rights in China is a pretty tall order.

    I also find it odd that China allows North Korea to starve their people into submission while allowing them to have nuclear warheads that could easily take out major cities in China and abroad while also purportedly smuggling these nuclear components to Iran.

    But most of this could be considered the fog of war as all of what I speak of is a socio-political cloud of media coverage and many shades of truth and lies.

    The only country that seems to be doing anything of any significance and breaking many records these days is neutral Sweden. Maybe the world should look to them as a model now or the shining light on a hill.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Swedish_neutrality

  • While attending a Climate and Human Security seminar last night I heard something that shocked me into reality. Some panelists and even audience members were worried that in the near future Chinese would want the same luxuries as we enjoy (Coke, cars, electricity, etc…) and could thus accelerate human induced climate change. Um, excuse me, but what is wrong with anybody wanting to share the same luxuries that Americans get to experience? A violation of this would mean total hypocracy. Not once did I hear that perhaps Americans may need to exhibit self control or even rationing so that these comforts could be shared by all. You see, this is the problem: Do as I say, NOT as I do. Chinese are not the problem. Indians are not the problem. Greed and Laziness are the problems.

    As Dennis Kucinich was proclaiming in the summer of 2008, “WAKE UP AMERICA!”

  • Greed and laziness was not the emphasis of this poem. I have no issue with people wanting stuff. China actually makes all of our stuff so they should be able to save on shipping at least. Good for them. They can have all my stuff if they want it.

    I agree with you that greed and laziness is a major problem. I think I would rank apathy as the number one human problem if we got right down to it.

    My issue with China is with their history of human rights or lack there of. I believe sucking up to a country that treats their people like slaves is ridiculous, especially while we are in two countries trying to build democracy and speaking of the ideals of freedom.

    Of course anyone can demonize the entire world and our government for doing the same but if we were to put the U.S. and China’s human rights policy back to back I think you would have no comparison. People just disappear in China. At least here even terrorists get trials, eventually. And we definitely have Freedom of Speech. A freedom I believe we abuse dearly.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Human_rights_in_the_People%27s_Republic_of_China

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