They sold America, the greatest nation on Earth, for next to nothing because that’s what they believe it’s worth.
The Ukrainian energy company Burisma paid Mr. Hunter Biden up to a million dollars a year! Wow! It seems like a lot of money.
But what were the Bidens selling? Not Hunter’s expertise in, say, energy, economics, international law, Ukrainian culture, or actually anything that he could do on his own. They were paying him because of his proximity to his father, President Joseph Robinette Biden.
The Bidens were selling the greatest country on Earth.
And this is, to me, perhaps the most troubling part of the story. The Biden crime family so undervalued my country that they sold it for chump change—not merely disloyal, but deeply dismissive and disrespectful.
What should it cost to sell America? I’d start at 50 trillion dollars—that’s 5 followed by 13 zeros. Elon Musk’s net worth is estimated to be around 200 billion dollars—that’s two followed by 11 zeros. In other words, I’d demand 250 times the net worth of the planet’s richest man. And then I’d walk away.
But not the Bidens.
Let’s assume for a moment that every accusation is true. My guess is that at least 90 percent of them are true because many major concerns about the Bidens have been confirmed from Hunter’s laptop. Moreover, we have finally been permitted to know that the laptop was really his—and not some Russian hoax, as President Biden and his leftist operatives in the foreign policy establishment and the legacy media had falsely alleged.
Here’s the total so far from the House Committee on Oversight and Accountability, a majority of whose members are Republicans, so this number might be an overestimate, at least for now: “the Bidens and their associates have received over $20 million in payments from foreign entities.”
And that’s another way to get at this question: what is their net worth? Forbes estimated Joe Biden’s to be $10 million. Estimates for Hunter Biden’s net worth vary widely, from $1 million to $20 million to $230 million. But all of these figures are embarrassingly tiny for what they were hawking.
The Clintons also undersold our county through their eponymous Clinton Foundation, which was eventually exposed as an influence-peddling scam. In 2015, just before Hillary Clinton’s run for president, its total take was $2 billion. “[O]ne-third of the foundation’s donors who contributed $1 million or more were foreign governments or entities,” according to official reports.
It’s part of a larger pattern: the academic left has sold our universities, hence the education—and eyeballs—of our youth, to foreign interests for a song. During the past two years, Harvard University has taken over $10 milliion from Qatari and Saudi entities. In the same period, the University of Pennsylvania (Penn) accepted over $2.5 million in Saudi money.
America’s great rival, the Communist dictatorship of China, has also seized the opportunity to influence Ivy-League schools, their students and faculty, and hence our current and future governmental leaders—while also funneling more money to the Biden family and associates. In 2017, Penn established the Penn Biden Center for Diplomacy and Global Engagement—and shortly thereafter received more than $30 million from mainland Chinese donors.
In the process, Penn made Joe Biden an honorary professor. Mr. Biden held the position for about four years, during which they paid him close to $1 million, yet he taught no regular classes. Nearly a dozen high-ranking appointees in the Biden administration, including Secretary of State Anthony Blinken, worked at—and were presumably paid by—the Penn Biden Center.
Only this past April (2023) did we learn that Mr. Anthony Blinken, then a Biden campaign operative, had quickly organized the public statement from 51 former intelligence officials that temporarily, but successfully, cast crucial doubt on The New York Post’s reporting on the Hunter Biden laptop. These former intelligence officials’ devious, misleading public statement came on October 19, 2020, just in time for the upcoming presidential debate and then the election of November 2020.
So mainland China gave money to the Bidens; China gave money to Penn; Penn gave more money to Joe Biden, as well as to Anthony Blinken and others; and Anthony Blinken engaged in a grotesque propaganda campaign that may have flipped the close election of 2020—to get Joe Biden, head of the Biden crime family, into America’s presidency. That’s real influence.
“The Penn Biden Center is a dark-money, revolving-door nightmare where foreign competitors like China donated millions of dollars to the university so that they could have access to future high-ranking officials,” according to Mr. Tom Anderson, director of the Government Integrity Project at the National Legal and Policy Center.
Not to be outdone, Harvard raked in $75 million of mainland Chinese money from 2014 to 2019, and Yale’s take during the same period was $43.5 million, according to public records. The Daily Pennsylvanian, Penn’s own student newspaper, reported that the university’s total haul from foreign organizations from 2013 to mid-2019 was $258 million, including donations from mainland China, Qatar (a sponsor of Hamas, a US-designated foreign terrorist organization), Saudi Arabia, the medieval dictatorship of Iran (major sponsor of Hamas and of Palestinian Islamic Jihad, another designated foreign terrorist organization), and Russia—some of the worst oppressive illiberal regimes on Earth.
It’s peanuts. Harvard has an endowment of $50.9 B-billion dollars. Yale’s is $41 B-billion, and Penn’s is $20 B-billion. Under no circumstances do these institutions need an extra $10 million or even $258 million. And yet they took it.
Why? Because they do not value this country or its future.
In A Man for All Seasons, a play later made into a movie, Sir Thomas More confronted his former protégé, Sir Richard Rich, just after Rich had committed perjury against him—apparently in exchange for a high office in Wales.
“Why Richard, it profits a man nothing to give his soul for the whole world. But for Wales?”
The Bidens, the Clintons, Harvard University, Penn, and the rest of the academic left are the Richard Riches of today.
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