“We have pursued profound change without ever giving upChina's unique brand of socialism, and so have been able to bring about great reforms.” -President  Hu Jintao

Chinarepresents,in just about every aspect, the most repugnant of organized society.   From a tyrannical, communist government which mandates abortions to its blind eye to inhumane labor practices, software piracy, minimal export standards, religious oppression and environmental atrocities, Chinais the antithesis of a benevolent and free nation such as ourUnited States.

A boycott of Chinese goods – even the 2008 Olympics -- not only makes a statement in hopes of prodding that country in a positive direction, but is necessary for our own safety.  Not a month goes by, it seems, without another report of dangerous exports in the manner of contaminated food and lead-laden toys.  And although we’re our own worst enemy in increasing the threat to our national security by allowing the Chinese to hold over a trillion dollars of our debt, our purchases only add to their ability to strengthen their military.

On the other hand, if our mission in this world is humanitarian, we do more to help the Chinese people by providing them with jobs through our demand for their products.  We should readily consume products from Chinese companies and American companies doing business in Chinawhich have earned a reputation for quality, as we benefit from the lower production costs, and the Chinese worker benefits from our demand.  Quality of life thus rises on both continents.

The Chairman, who always buys American except for cigars, spirits, cars and other toys, has called for a debate to settle the question:

Resolved:  Boycott China!

The Debate will be held on Wednesday December 12, 2007 at the University Club, 420 Summit Avenue, in Saint Paul. The Chancellor will preside over drinks beginning at seven o'clock p.m. The debate will begin at half past seven. While there is no dress code for attendance, gentlemen who wish to speak must wear a tie; ladies should adhere to a similar sartorial standard. For those gentlemen who arrive tieless yet wish to speak, fret not: the Purveyor of Ties will keep on hand at least one of his quite remarkable ties for just such an eventuality. Questions about debate caucus procedures or about the John Adams Society itself may be directed to the Chairman at (612) 486-8059 or the Secretary at (952) 470-8090.