A belated event that I had somehow missed 2 weeks ago (as I am not a fan of Trump in all his glory).

“People say, ‘Oh, you don’t like China.’ No, I love them,” Trump said during his speech. “But their leaders are much smarter than our leaders, and we can’t sustain ourself with that. There’s too much — it’s like — it’s like, take the New England Patriots and Tom Brady and have them play your high school football team. That’s the difference between China’s leaders and our leaders.” (CBS Sports)

I understand Trump’s analogy but strongly disagree with it.

Whether it is improving the spread offense or confusing defenses with eligible/ineligible receivers, Patriots are known for being one of the most innovative NFL teams in recent history.

China is tough and scrappy but they are not known for being innovative, especially when it comes to technology (phones, rocket ships, et al), health (medicine, surgeries, et al) or even cinema (although the latter is due to heavy censorship). 

  
Seahawks would be a better comparison as they have:

  • a simple yet tough defense (China has rockets designed to kill American warships)
  • A weaker but adaptable & mobile offense (China uses their hackers to undermine military rivals)
  • A passionate fan base who displays their colors proudly (Made in China is almost the norm for any American product)
  • Building a stadium home that compliments fan population (China is fanatically building bridges, buildings & “ghost cities” quickly). 

Sports analogy disagreements aside, Trump is right about one thing: China is improving their present in order to prepare for a glorious future.

Whether or not that results in them usurping America as a super power however has yet to be seen.

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