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The "Manchurian Candidate" was not based on fantasy, but on the experiences of US POWs during the Korean War. Doesn't DEI echo the self-examination sessions that POWs captured in Korea, and French POWs captured in Indo-China went through? Isn't the flood of word salads in street theatre occurring on campuses an echo of agitprop techniques seen in so many places since the beginning of the 20th century? Now the problem, and it is enormous, is how to de-program all of these bots posing as people.

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So let's fight fire with fire: Push bite-sized civics lessons and unabashed pro-American material to every platform we can get into. Sure, CCP will censor such from TikTok but I think most of the kids use other platforms as well. Plant seeds of doubt about specific, damaging TT posts. Plant positive seeds about democracy and American values. Water them. And, sure, force the sale of US TikTok if the courts allow it. But the damage has been done and it's time for reconstruction. Don't stand passively by and let the CCP control the next generation of Americans.

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This is terrifying

Xi declared, “The crumbling of a regime always starts in the realm of ideas. . . changing the way people think is a long-term process. Once the front lines of human thought have been broken through, other defensive lines also become hard to defend.”

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Tiktok is bad but the education system in this country is the real problem. The leftist mindset of hating America is in every classroom and textbook in higher education and probably high school curriculum as well. Sadly there is no going back.

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Agree!!

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Please keep up the fight. We are at war with the CCP and have to win it. The CCP is trying to destroy us from within.

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The Palestinian propaganda machine has been pursuing the same slow but methodical path for over 20 years. Two of a kind. Frightening.

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Why can't we just override TikTok with good stuff. I don't mean ban the app (not gonna happen as long as $$$ is up for grabs). Flood their world with good stuff from other sources. Oh, sorry ... I forget that we're too caught up in our own bullcrap to even worry about our kids. Better to offer unlimited social media exposure than sit down with your kid and try to discuss things. "Don't bother me kid ... I've got to attend the book banning ceremony tonight."

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"But the First Amendment surely does not require us to allow social media apps controlled by foreign adversaries to dominate the U.S. market."

That's exactly the case that must be made. Assuming that what must be proved can be assumed by using words like "surely" raises the possibility that the writer doesn't have a logical case to make.

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The principal at one of our local elementary school endorses Tik-Tok whole heartedlly, as she also endorses DEI.

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Young American oppose the concentration camps that Palestinians live in….

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So, as a parent of two teenagers, it appears I have a simple choice: either A) allow my kids to keep their TikTok apps so the CCP can brainwash them, or B) delete their TikTok apps so my kids can hate me for the next few years. Thank you, post-modern techno-hell!!!

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This is only half the story. Our schools are the other half. They help the Chinese either by failing to teach American history and values, or by actively deriding that history and those values. The kids are not exposed to good ideas, so it's easy for bad ideas like those on TikTok to take hold.

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Tic Tok should be banned in the United States and pressure brought to bear on our allies to do the same!

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It’s also worrying that if no government officials are allowed the app, and only young adults use it, who is monitoring what’s on there? How can we address what’s being shared if half the country doesn’t even access it?

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