Opinion / Politics

Ich Bin Taiwanese (I Am Taiwanese)

ich binSometimes history calls to us – and should listen.  In 1963, President John F. Kennedy went to West Berlin, entrapped by East Germany and Soviet domination.  Reagan would later challenge the Soviets to “tear down” the Berlin Wall.  In 1963, Kennedy defended freedom, saying “Ich bin ein Berliner!”  Biden owes Taiwan that pledge.

Kennedy’s meaning was clear. Beyond German words, he added: “All free men, wherever they may live, are citizens of Berlin, and therefore, as a free man, I take pride in the words “Ich bin ein Berliner!” In short, we stand with you, for you, and will not back down to oppression.

Put differently, when freedom anywhere is threatened, intimidated, staunched, or stolen from free people – when free lives are eclipsed by communism – it is stolen from all of us.  Kennedy – and Reagan – were clear about what they believed, and what they would not tolerate.

They would not tolerate the summary trouncing of freedom. Power does not translate to legitimacy. Might and manhandling does not equal right. It never has and does not now.

Historically, no nation on the face of our planet – or history of nations – has more fervently stood for freedom, defended it when threatened, turned back forces of oppression with resolve and determination – fascist or communist – than America.

There is only one America.  20th Century Germans knew it. Those who doubted it, learned in World Wars I and II.  Soviets knew it. Those who doubted it looked back from a dust heap. Today, the Chinese question whether we are still who we were.

Truth is, since a nation is Her People, we are. The nation is not government. The nation is the People.  We are as we have always been, insufficiently focused, disunited on social policy, perhaps more disgruntled and intolerant of differences, but we love our freedoms.

We also have in us, a legacy.  That legacy is understood – around the world.  Having been in 50 nations, I have never been to one that did not understand America was different, profoundly so.

When we pledge to defend an ally, when we say freedom matters, when we resolve to stand firm against systematic and ideological oppression, not permit the expansion of inhumanity, and in particular not indulge communist adventurism, we mean it.

We do not win every battle, but in the long game, the battle for truth and individual liberties, siding with free peoples, our position has never been ambiguous. Kennedy was in Berlin to make clear – we stand with free peoples, even when they are taunted, battered, isolated, and threatened.

Indeed, what he was saying was, we stand with them especially at that time. In peril’s path, when belligerents intimidate, coerce, cudgel, condemn, and aim to subjugate free peoples, America has their back.  Our allies are our allies, and never more than when they are under fire.

So, if Biden were half the man he talks of being, if he were willing to take the reins from his Secretaries of State and Defense, willing to take a page from Kennedy and Reagan, this would be his moment – arguably his finest moment.

With resolve and no stumbling, clear eyes and no doubt, he would look into the camera in a major international address – directed straight at China and their communist leaders, coincidentally at Russia, Iran, North Korea and aggressors anywhere – and speak as Kennedy.

In effect, he needs to say “Ich bin Taiwanese” – I am Taiwanese – or in very few words, in Taiwanese or English, build on the legacy that is ours, America’s.  He needs to say, without equivocation, that freedom will be defended, free nations will not be overrun.

In a soundbite, “All free men, wherever they may live, are Taiwanese.” The echo of that speech would be deafening, resonance unforgettable, and effect arresting. If we mean what we say, respect who we are, honor the liberty of those who honor liberty, we must stand with Taiwan.

Sometimes history calls to us, and we should listen.


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Steven
4 months ago

“Ich bin Taiwanese” Fat chance that will ever be said or even considered by this phony administration.

TheHoneyBadger
4 months ago

Is SEATO still in effect?

Dan W.
4 months ago
Reply to  TheHoneyBadger

SEATO dissolved itself back in the 1970s but it never amounted to much anyway.

Gary carter
4 months ago

He is a bought out shell

TheHoneyBadger
4 months ago

,,Ich bin taiwanisch.” would be the proper term in german.

TheHoneyBadger
4 months ago

,,¡Ich bin ein Berliner!” means “I am a jelly-filled donut!” Kennedy should have said, ,,¡Ich bin Berliner!”

Robert
4 months ago

I find that our current occupant of the White House does NOT have the backbone of President Donald J. Trump. Love him or hate him for his “mean tweets (I loved his tweets),” he got the job done and did what he was sent to do.China, Russia, and North Korea KNEW that Trump meant what he said, because he backed it up with his actions! I’ll take Trump’s tweets and his America First policy over Biden – ANY DAY!

Robert Littlejohn
4 months ago

I find that our current occupant of the White House does NOT have the backbone of President Donald J. Trump. Love him or hate him for his “mean tweets (I loved his tweets),” he got the job done and did what he was sent to do.China, Russia, and North Korea KNEW that Trump meant what he said, because he backed it up with his actions! I’ll take Trump’s tweets and his America First policy over Biden – ANY DAY!

Ray
4 months ago

Maybe Biden should be speaking to BLM,
ATIFTA and some members of Congress.
Icy bin American.

TheHoneyBadger
4 months ago
Reply to  Ray

Ich bin Amerikaner

RyansDad
4 months ago

Folks from Biden’s own party have said that he’s been on the wrong side of every policy decision for his entire career! So don’t hold your breath!

Rich Skulina
4 months ago

“Ich bin ein Berliner” translates to “I am a jelly filled donut”.
What President Kennedy should have said is “Ich bin Berliner”.
German people found the President’s remark rather amusing.

Phillip Ridenour
4 months ago
Reply to  Rich Skulina

Remember the T-shirt with the slider saying, Ich bin ein Hamburger? Similar German grammar, but funnier.

OldSalt Heiniekerplatz
4 months ago
Reply to  Rich Skulina

Funny! But you get an F in German

George
4 months ago

Biden will just threaten some financial sanctions which will mean nothing. I am afraid the U.S. is heading for world war or annihilation. But at least there are no mean tweets.

Juanita
4 months ago
Reply to  George

Are you kidding me??
You don’t get it
You rather be annihilated than the right of free speech of a man??
Meant tweets or no mean tweets are the right given to us by God
You must be not us citizen
As you do mot the constitution and the awesome right granted to US citizens

You better start learning your right and others so that you can pass the citizen test if not your failing

Thomas
4 months ago

Good luck,

Garye
4 months ago

Enjoyed the article and just maybe one of the useless democrats will have an attack of conscience???
Not holding my breath though.

PaulE
4 months ago

This was very amusing. Do you honestly think Biden is going to do anything you have suggested in this article? I mean seriously. We’re more likely to see Biden stumbling out to the podium in the White House sometime after the Olympics have concluded and China has re-taken Taiwan telling the American people that he has spoken with his good friend President Xi. That he has been assured by his good friend President Xi that human rights will be respected in Taiwan and that everything will continue to be business as usial with respect to the world’s access to the semiconductor chips manufactured by Taiwan. Both will be lies of course as China as lied the same way about the fate of Hong Kong, Tibet and the slave labor concentration camps, but none the less that is what the speech will consist of. Then Biden will end his speech and refuse to take any questions from the White House press corp as he shuffles away.

anna hubert
4 months ago
Reply to  PaulE

Biden could not box his way out of a paper bag

Phillip Ridenour
4 months ago
Reply to  PaulE

It’s unfortunate that history tends to repeat itself, but in this case past performance is a pretty good indicator of future outcomes.

PaulE
4 months ago

One would have hoped that the general public would have realized that a man who was consistently considered the dumbest member of Congress for his entiure political career and that he accomplished nothing of consequence in his entire career wouldn’t make a good choice for POTUS. Yet low and behold the lack of cognitive ability of the voters that actually voted for the puppet known as Joe Biden. Sure the Democrats may have ensured Biden’s victory by cheating in 6 key swing states, but that doesn’t explain away the complete lack of critical thinking skills absent in the millions of other people that voted for Biden. Something is terribly wrong with at least half the people in this country, that they could not see what a complete train wreck of a POTUS Biden would be if elected.

Dan W.
4 months ago
Reply to  PaulE

Spot on. Biden won’t do anything suggested in this article (or much of anything else for that matter during the remaining three years of his presidency).

Unfortunately, China is no Grenada or Iraq where we can simply role in with little opposition. If Xi decides to move on Taiwan, what cards do we have to play (besides the WWIII card) ?

PaulE
4 months ago
Reply to  Dan W.

The world could evoke a complete world-wide economic sanction of China (a real one, not the empty talk kind favored by so many politicians that accomplish nothing), but that is highly unlikely to ever happen at this point. NATO told Biden earlier this year that they valued the economic benefits they derive from China over any perceived human rights issues the United States may value on the foreign stage. The Saudis and the U.A.E. are now buying military gear from China post Afghanistan debacle, so you can forget any sort of support from the Middle East for sanctions. After Biden’s fiasco with Afghanistan, any sort of major coordinated international economic sanctions would seem nil.

That leaves a simple military show of force. Essentially flying the flag through the straits. However, that wouldn’t play out like most Americans think it would. At this point China neither fears us (they are pretty much on parity with us) at this point nor would be have the tactical advantage in any sort of military action so close to the Chinese mainland. They certainly don’t think Biden has any stomach for a real fight. So they will be emboldened act , if the opportunity persents itself. Any U.S. naval force sent in could be quickly wiped out as we would only be fighting about 100 miles from the Chinese mainland. That would put our ships well within strike range of ground-based Chinese missils and land-based fighter and bomber aircraft. Not to mention the sizeable Chinese fleet in and around those waters. That would of course then escalate to either WWIII or Biden doing a unilateral surrender as our ships are burning and sinking in the strait. My bet is Biden and his administration would surrender.

Dan W.
4 months ago
Reply to  PaulE

And warming up in the bullpen is Ukraine. Who’s going to come to their defense when the Russian tanks begin to role ?

(I’ll answer my own question…”Nobody”.)

Max
4 months ago
Reply to  Dan W.

Correct.

PaulE
4 months ago
Reply to  Dan W.

Not us, that is for sure. The Biden administration is already slow rolling requests for heavier military weapons and trying to get the Ukrainains to settle for blankets and MREs a la Obama’s aid to them in 2014. That’s what happens when virtually all the key WH staff comes from the Obama era WH.

As for NATO, considering the United States represents more than 70 percent of the military capability of NATO (the Europeans haven’t been pulling their weight for decades if we are to be totally honest…social welfare states cost a lot of money to maintain you know) and we’re NOT going to show up, that leaves some small contingents from the lesser EU countries. Basically the Ukrainians know they are on their own at this point and that they are going to have to end up fighting a guerilla war once the Russian forces roll into the country.

Lets not forget the North Koreans and Iranians also spell weakness in the water. The Iranians are practically giving us the middle finger as they run their centerfuges around the clock, so they can put nuclear warheads atop the missiles their getting from China. So they both will be feeling emboldened as well.

Max
4 months ago
Reply to  PaulE

Correct.

anna hubert
4 months ago
Reply to  Dan W.

Exactly, time to act was in 1946 if only famous last words

Max
4 months ago

Nice article RBC, however Pres. Biden is no Kennedy or Reagan. He has already shown his hand since taking office that he does not have a clue on how to lead a nation firmly. He is just a puppet being used by those who wish to destroy the integrity of our nation. This is definitely a time for a wake up call but very few will realize it.

PaulE
4 months ago
Reply to  Max

Well put Max. Even before his dementia Biden was no leader in any sense of the term. He was referred to as the dumbest member of Congress for decades for a reason. Now he is just an easily manipulated puppet incapable of doing much of anything except reading off of a teleprompter. Even that he routinely messes up on as he loses his train of thought.

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