The most irritating speech a liberal can make is to infer that our economic competitors are our “global partners”, as if though Japan and Germany rebuilt incredibly strong economies only to help us, their former mortal enemies at war.  The last DAY we competed successfully in the global economy was some day in 1973, just when affirmative action began to cripple our economy (and all other institutions and systems), at which time we owned 100% of the world semiconductor market and 70% of the world auto market.  After 38 years of this invidious discrimination against White MEN, we have NONE of the semiconductor market and the less than 18% of the auto market which our feminized economists “think” we have.