Is pride in America a thing of the past? Not if you ask Americans. As the nation celebrates its 245th birthday, the first in a series of I&I/TIPP polls finds that 68% of adults say they are "very" or "extremely" proud to be an American, with another 15% "moderately" proud.
On the other end of the spectrum, only 6% say they "aren't proud at all," and 8% say they are only "slightly proud."
The results show that the concerted attempts by the left to describe the country as fundamentally racist, corrupt, unfair, and in need of a "transformation" have not had much of an impact on the general population – with one exception.
Even among blacks and Hispanics, who are repeatedly described as victims of embedded American racism and intolerance, pride is strong. The poll found that 55% of blacks and 57% of Hispanics say they are either extremely or very proud to be Americans. Just 7% of blacks and 9% of Hispanics say they aren't proud at all of their nationality.
The I&I/TIPP poll was conducted by TechnoMetrica Market Intelligence from June 30 through July 2 and includes responses from 1,424 adults, giving it a margin of error of +/- 2.8 points. This marks the first in a weekly collaborative effort between Issues & Insights and TIPP to provide polling results on a wide range of questions selected by I&I editors.
While the poll showed strong pride in America, it did reveal several noteworthy differences in the level of pride among demographic groups.
Men, for example, are far more proud than women to be American (81% of men say they are extremely or very proud, compared with 65% of women).
Single women are far less proud of their nationality than married women (51% vs. 70%).
Somewhat surprisingly, colleges and universities – which have become bastions of America-hating leftists – seem to be inadvertently instilling American pride in their students. The poll found that 75% of college graduates are proud to be an American, compared with 62% of those with only a high school diploma.
Not surprisingly, those on the left aren't nearly as proud as conservatives or moderates to be American. The poll found that 24% of liberals say they are only somewhat proud or are not proud at all. Just 4% of conservatives and 6% of moderates say this.
So, which is the one – and only one – demographic group in the I&I/TIPP poll that is not proud to be American?
It's young people age 18 to 24.
The poll found that only 36% of this group say they are very or extremely proud, making it the sole demographic group tracked among whom pride falls below 50%. The poll found an almost identical share of the 18-24 crowd (35%) say that they are only slightly or not proud at all to be an American.
Is this youthful rebellion? The result of years of indoctrination by a leftist education system? Is it due to the young's susceptibility to the siren song of socialism?
Whatever the case, this strong anti-American sentiment appears to dissipate with age.
Pride in America rises to 59% for those 25-44; 75% for those 45-64; and 86% for those 65 and over.
Still, the findings are worrisome, and they are a reminder of Ronald Reagan's observation that:
Freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction. We didn't pass it to our children in the bloodstream. It must be fought for, protected, and handed on for them to do the same, or one day we will spend our sunset years telling our children and our children's children what it was once like in the United States where men were free.
TIPP, for those who don't know, has the distinct honor of being the most accurate pollster in the past five presidential elections. In the weeks ahead, I&I will share TIPP poll results on questions such as athletes' respect for the American flag, what the term "Woke" means, and trust in the media.
High up in the mountains straddling the border between Cameroon and the Republic of Congo, Perth-based mining minnow Sundance Resources saw its future extinguished amidst accusations of deceit and corruption.
After more than six months of wrangling and threats of legal action with the Congo government, Sundance's boss discovered to his horror that his former partner, an Australian-domiciled company with Chinese government links, had snared his company's major asset.
They call it "debt-trap diplomacy." China isn't the first nation to employ this as an imperial strategy. But when it comes to Africa, it has turned the tactic into an art form.
Beijing is far and away the biggest lender to Africa. When it comes to the Republic of Congo, China has supplied 80 percent of the nation's borrowings, worth around 25 percent of Congo's GDP. Neighboring Cameroon is in a similar situation.
Direct loans aren't the only means of providing the cash. One of the more controversial practices is for a handout to be secured against a long-term mining project where Chinese-government-owned firms take all the profit.
In 2017, Guinea negotiated a $20 billion barter deal with China, where Beijing promised to provide infrastructure, road networks, sanitation, and a university building. Guinea also happens to be the home of one of the richest iron ore deposits in the world.
In the four years to 2018, Beijing clocked up $US164 billion ($218 billion) worth of such deals across Africa. As tensions between Canberra and Beijing continue to escalate, so too will its determination to shut out Australia and its interests wherever it can.
The State Department's Trafficking in Persons Report calls out China for its policy of Uyghur forced labor.
The 644-page annual Trafficking in Persons (TIP) Report ranks 188 countries — rating them as Tier 1, Tier 2, Tier 2 Watch List, or Tier 3 — based on whether they meet the minimum standards set by U.S. law to eliminate human trafficking, as mandated by the Trafficking Victims Protection Act (TVPA).
China, North Korea, and Myanmar were among 11 governments worldwide cited in the report as having a documented "policy or pattern" of human trafficking, trafficking in government-funded programs, forced labor in government-affiliated medical services or other sectors, sexual slavery in government camps, or the recruitment of child soldiers.
All three countries retained their Tier 3 positions in the 2021 TIP Report. They were all listed among a dozen governments with policies or patterns of trafficking in the 2020 report — the first time the U.S. State Department used the new category.
The authoritarian leader claimed the cells had ties to Germany, Ukraine, the United States, Poland, and Lithuania and plotted to "overthrow the regime by violence."
According to President Lukashenko, "a huge number of weapons were pouring into Belarus from Ukraine," which prompted him to order Belarusian border guards to "permanently close the border with Ukraine."
He added that the cells' activities were coordinated via a Telegram channel dubbed "Self-defence regiments of Belarus," which had 2,500 subscribers and belonged to a German citizen.
The German government repeatedly refused to comment on Lukashenko's allegations at a press conference.
The move comes amid heightened tensions between the Belarusian regime and the West after a Ryanair flight was forced to land in Minsk in May, and a Belarusian journalist on board was detained.
Myanmar pro-democracy protesters demonstrated against the ruling military government by burning mock coffins of its leader, Senior Gen. Min Aung Hlaing, in several cities on his 65th birthday.
As of Saturday, 890 people had been killed and 5,086 detained by the military, according to the Assistance Association for Political Prisoners, a rights group tracking deaths and detainees in Myanmar.
Days after Min Aung Hlaing seized power in the coup on Feb. 1, the military government eliminated the mandatory retirement age of 65 for commander-in-chief and deputy commander-in-chief, enabling Min Aung Hlaing to continue in his post.
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