The Chinese Communist Party's Legacy at 100 Years Is One of Profound Evil | Opinion

The Chinese Communist Party (CCP) is turning 100, fresh off a year in which it helped inflict catastrophic damage in blood and treasure across the world, and a week in which it smothered the muckraking, pro-democracy tabloid Apple Daily—and with it, free speech in Hong Kong.

Such is the nature of the CCP. In spite of its propagandizing about raising the Chinese people's living standards, the regime's so-called "stability" and other purportedly favorable characteristics, such as China's growing economic, technological and military might (all enabled by the West), that the CCP must lie, cheat, steal and silence dissent betrays its decrepit core.

The CCP, like its predecessor autocracies that covered their atrocities with utopian veneers of Marxism-Leninism, is a corrupted, murderous and evil regime.

What is its true legacy, as we mark this centenary?

It is to be found in the millions massacred under Mao, the countless slain democracy protesters at Tiananmen Square and the hundreds of thousands of dead in America and several million more across the world who died with the Chinese coronavirus.

It is to be found in the gulaged Uyghurs facing genocide, the persecuted Christians and the Falun Gong subjected to forced organ harvesting.

It is to be found in the political prisoners whose fates will be sealed for simply daring to believe differently.

It is to be found in the everyday Chinese people languishing in a technological panopticon, walled off from the outside world and forever at the mercy of the whims of an unelected, omnipotent party.

It is to be found in the families who faced hell under the "one-child policy," prohibited to bear children; or worse, who had children ripped from their arms and sent across the world; or still worse, murdered.

It is to be found in the Taiwanese, facing a menacing CCP and, with it, the prospect of being swallowed whole like the Hongkongers.

It is to be found in the Chinese diaspora, fearful of speaking freely thousands of miles from their native home, lest their families face the consequences of their thought crimes.

It is to be found in our fellow Americans, whose loved ones have succumbed to the fentanyl flooding our borders; or whose life work has been pilfered; or whose companies have been destroyed, and jobs stolen.

Police officers keep watch in Tiananmen Square
Police officers keep watch in Tiananmen Square in Beijing on June 4, 2021, the 32nd anniversary of the deadly 1989 crackdown on pro-democracy protests. GREG BAKER/AFP via Getty Images

Transacting with a China in which every citizen and business is ultimately answerable to a CCP that is the progenitor of these, and so many more evils, comes with unseen costs.

The greatest such cost is the legitimizing, propping up and empowering of the CCP, which has played on our greed, naïveté and ignorance to build itself into our most formidable geopolitical foe.

It has sought to ensnare us in a bear hug by opening its arms to the West, hoping against hope that we might remain in the embrace up to the point of suffocation.

The cost to the CCP of its 100-year reign of terror ought to be the complete and total decoupling by America from every strategically significant economic sector, the systematic alienating of the regime in every international arena and full-scale information warfare, on top of unleashing America's economic and technological capabilities, which help underpin our military primacy.

But perhaps even more important, as we look toward a celebration of our Founding this Independence Day—a founding rooted in values and principles that the CCP believes pose an existential threat to its totalitarian reign—is that we quit emulating it and rekindle the American way of life.

The weaponization of the state and its private ruling class auxiliaries against critics, the anti-cultural revolution under which we currently labor and the "woke"-ing of every aspect of society threaten to demoralize, divide and deconstruct our country.

Who will defend America if they believe it to be irredeemable? How will America foster the excellence and achievement upon which our civilization relies, and which this confrontation with China demands, if under Wokeism we reward everything but merit? What is to be said about an America today whose leaders wish to pursue putative wrong-thinkers with infinitely more vigor than they do the very CCP that seeks to replace us?

America must neither kowtow to Communist China nor copy it.

Instead, we must see in China the very antithesis of the system of liberty and justice that our forebears gave us.

One hundred years on, let us pray our children and grandchildren are not bowing down and submitting to the CCP, but rather celebrating their independence, with pride, at having defended and preserved this great nation in the face of enemies both foreign and domestic.

Ben Weingarten is a senior fellow at the London Center for Policy Research, fellow at the Claremont Institute and senior contributor to The Federalist. He is the author of American Ingrate: Ilhan Omar and the Progressive-Islamist Takeover of the Democratic Party (Bombardier, 2020). Ben is the founder and CEO of ChangeUp Media LLC, a media consulting and production company. Subscribe to his newsletter at bit.ly/bhwnews, and follow him on Twitter: @bhweingarten.

The views expressed in this article are the writer's own.