Chinese President Xi Jinping has proposed changing China’s constitution to end the two-term presidential limit. If the constitution changes, he could remain president for the rest of his life.
China instated the term limit to protect the country from revolutionaries like Chairman Mao Zedong, who ruled from 1949 until he died in 1976.
In more bad news for the Chinese people, the government recently went on a censorship spree that’s believed to be part of Xi’s tightening grip on power.
The internet and social media were analyzed for content seen as subversive. Winnie the Pooh was scrubbed along with search terms “my emperor” and “lifelong.” The beloved cartoon bear has been used as a meme by Xi’s dissenters.
Even the English letter “n” was temporarily censored so people couldn’t express this rebellious sentiment: “N > 2” (“n” standing for the number of Xi’s terms in office).
Orwell warned us.
The Beijing National People’s Conference has reportedly also proposed censoring the Orwell classics “1984” and “Animal Farm,” both of which warn people about the dangers of unlimited government power.
“This isn’t new to the Chinese people. President Xi has been periodically censoring specific things for years,” Glenn said. “He controls almost every aspect of Chinese citizens’ lives, but it’s about to get much worse.”
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This is a rush transcript and may contain errors.
GLENN: There is nothing better than lifetime appointments to power. Okay? Just keep track. We want to start a list. George Orwell’s Animal Farm. Winnie the Pooh. And the letter N.
What do they all have in common? Well, they’re just the beginnings of things that have been banned in China this week.
Why? Because they — you don’t know. They promote the criticism of Chinese President Xi Jinping, right?
GLENN: The letter N, hello.
STU: It does?
GLENN: He is — believe it or not, it does.
He has announced that he’s extending his presidency into a lifetime appointment. He’s the first to do so since Mao. And, you know, he’s worried that reading Animal Farm will make citizens question communism.
And, you know what? When the Chinese get a lifetime ruler, it always works out well.
Winnie the Pooh apparently is a problem, because there is a specific image of the mayor clutching honey, you know, next to the quote, find the thing that you love, and stick with it.
Must have some other meaning in China. Apparently, he is spouting cynical commentary about President Xi’s indefinite position.
Now, the letter N apparently — not sure on this. But apparently is used as a code letter, if you’re printing something that is against the government.
So you can’t use the letter N anymore.
That caused some real problems, you know, online — for instance, this would be the Gle Beck Show. And, you know, on the internet, the use of all the letters of the alphabet is probably needed. So they unbanned that pretty quickly. Now, this isn’t new to the Chinese people.
President Xi has been periodically censoring specific things for years. He controls the media. He controls the government and almost every aspect of Chinese citizen’s lives. But it’s about to get much worse. Because he’s now a life-long dictator.
And as I said before, that usually doesn’t work out all so well for the people.