By Rand Paul
Obama acts as though we no longer have a Constitution
Independent voices from the TWT Communities
China's ruling communists opened a pivotal congress to initiate a power handover to new leaders Thursday with a nod to their revolutionary past and a broad promise of cleaner government while keeping off-stage the main event — the bargaining over seats in the new leadership.
Both are seen as part of a generation of leaders more comfortable with the West than their predecessors, said Ding Xueliang of Hong Kong University of Science and Technology.
"Their reference for great power status from day one was the United States, unlike Hu Jintao and Wen Jiabao, who looked toward the Soviet Union," Mr. Ding said.