It is not "the US" that imports Japanese or Chinese electrical appliances, but an individual from the US, or a group of Americans. They import these appliances because they believe that a profit can be made. And governments ought not interfere in these transactions.
Tariffs inflict harm on real people, empowering bureaucracy and the state, while destroying the rights of real-world entrepreneurs and consumers. Yet, some people claiming to support free markets are perfectly fine with this.
The Time magazine article creating "the gateway drug" myth in the 1970s provided no citations for its claims, except ambiguous references to unnamed “experts.” The evidence remains elusive 40 years later.