This quote by John Wesley is at the core of my blog. I am a 57 year-old American man who is very disturbed by the devolution, coarsening and collapsing of our politics and culture and the increasing rejection of our norms and traditions, ever fearful of where we’ll be in another 25 years if we continue on our current path. My goal is to be entertaining and engaging while trying to inform you, to expose hypocrisy, to shine a light, to show where today’s actions might lead, to propose solutions, to make you think, always from the common sense perspective of a man who has lived a few years.
Be yourself; Everyone else is already taken.
— Oscar Wilde.
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Obamacare – The Affordable Care Act – is about to be in the news again as the Democrats claim that a Supreme Court Justice Amy Coney Barrett will vote to blow it up.
I’ve written about this so many times I can do it from rote. Let’s go through this again…….
The Affordable Care Act IS UNCONSTITUTIONAL. It always was. Here’s the back story:
When Obamacare was being debated across the country and among Democrats and Republicans, one of the criticisms was that it was a tax. The mandate in the law forced you to buy insurance or pay a “fine” which Republicans insisted was a tax. Barack Obama and the Democrats repeatedly denied that it was a tax. After all, if they were really trying to get America’s approval and get it passed, would they present it to the American People as a tax? C’mon, man!!! So, when it got to the Supreme Court, even White House Counsel strenuously argued that Obamacare was NOT a tax.
Ah, but turncoat Justice John Roberts had other ideas. He wanted to rule in favor of Obamacare. Was it because he did not want to shoot down Obama’s “single, biggest achievement” and risk being labeled “racist”? Did someone have naked pictures of Roberts with a horse…..or with Jerry Nadler? We’ll never know.
So, Roberts reworded the legislation so that the mandate would now be considered a tax…….and he ruled that – as a tax – Obamacare – The Affordable Care Act – WAS constitutional.
Here’s the problem. According to the US Constitution, “all bills for raising revenue shall originate in the House of Representatives.” This is known as the “origination clause.” As a tax, Obamacare would have had to originate in the House to be constitutional. Obamacare originated in the Senate. By rewriting the legislation and making Obamacare a tax, John Roberts, himself, made Obamacare unconstitutional, yet, he ruled that it was constitutional. Get it?
But wait. There’s more.
Presidents can – and often do – recommend changes to tax laws, but only Congress can make the changes, not the president, not the Supreme Court.
Since The Affordable Care Act was signed into effect on March 23, 2010, seventy significant changes have been made to the law. As it is today, the law being implemented, bears no resemblance to the one passed by Congress in the darkness of night, at the 11th hour, on Christmas Eve, 2009……without a single Republican vote.The Affordable Care Act that we now live under was never approved, never voted on by Congress. It is not the same one that Barack Obama signed into law. The Affordable Care Act that we know should not exist.
The changes made to Obamacare either delayed, weakened, or eliminated some of its more onerous and burdensome provisions. 43 of the changes to the Affordable Care Act were made unilaterally by the Obama administration, 24 passed Congress and were signed into law by President Obama, and three were made by the Supreme Court, which – as I mentioned earlier – rewrote the law in order to uphold it and deem it constitutional.
In the case of the changes made unilaterally by the Obama Administration, these were the most unpopular aspects of the law, aspects which might cost Democrats their seats in the upcoming 2010 mid-term elections. Despite the changes made to protect them, President Obama and the Democrats took – in Obama’s words – “a shellacking.”
Americans would soon find out that Barack Obama’s promises were lies. Premiums didn’t go down $2,500 per family. Instead, they soared by $5,000 per family.
We also didn’t get to keep our plans, nor our doctors, even though we “liked them.” That was another lie Barack Obama told us repeatedly.
During three personal appearances, MIT economist Jonathan Gruber, another “Obamacare architect,” admitted that the Obamacare bill was “written in a tortured way” to make sure that the CBO (Congressional Budget Office) did not consider it a tax. He admitted that it had to be done this way in order to take advantage of “the stupidity of the American voter” who – if they knew it was a tax – would not have wanted it passed. Gruber further stated that the bill was written as it was because a “lack of transparency is a huge political advantage” and that it was the only way they could get the bill passed. In Gruber’s opinion, “Americans were too stupid to understand” how Obamacare works and he points out the law’s “exploitation of the lack of understanding of the American voter.”
Here, you can watch then Senator Darrell Issa (R-CA) grill Dr. Gruber on his earlier comments and watch Gruber’s Kramdenesque “homina, homina” replies.
In 2009, an “architect” of Obamacare and the “Single-Payer” option, Jacob Hacker, told us what we all suspected – or knew – all along. That is, that Obamacare is a “Trojan Horse” toward “Single-Payer.” But, don’t go by Hacker’s words. Keep reading.
We know that Nancy Pelosi ALWAYS wanted a so-called “public option” or “single-payer.”
We also know that Barack Obama ALWAYS wanted a “public option” or “single-payer.” Here he is in 2003 telling his friends, he knows “we may not get there immediately. First, we gotta take back the White House and we gotta take back the Senate……”
And here we are. Enter Amy Coney Barrett. Once confirmed, the Supreme Court will still be 5-4 because – after Judge Barrett’s confirmation – John Roberts will consistently vote with the liberal flank of the Court. It will take another President Trump Supreme Court pick to get us to a dependable 6-3.
Justice Stephen Breyer is 82 and there have even been ramblings of a Justice Clarence Thomas retirement. Stay tuned……..
The last few nights, the American People have been subjected to a retelling of history and a level of negativity, cynicism and outright hatred that I have not seen in all of my 58 years.
Former President Barack Obama, in particular, disgraced and embarrassed himself – and the Office of the Presidency – by breaking with decades – if not centuries – of tradition and decorum, publicly and personally attacking the current Commander in Chief at the virtual Democratic Convention. It was an exercise in gaslighting and projection at a level that was exceeding high, even for Barack Obama. He spent virtually no time talking about his great friend, Joe Biden or what he and Kamala Harris would do to make our lives better. Instead, he used his time to demagogue, vilify and excoriate “the man in the arena” who has spent every waking hour (20 hours a day) for the past 3-1/2 years cleaning up the mess he and Joe Biden left for him.
Among other things, Obama stated:
“I did hope, for the sake of our country, that Donald Trump might show some interest in taking the job seriously; that he might come to feel the weight of the office and discover some reverence for the democracy that had been placed in his care. But he never did.”
This, from a man who weaponized the IRS and the DOJ to go after his enemies, who spied on a presidential candidate, a presidential nominee and a president…..who just got caught doing so and who may soon pay the price if John Durham and William Barr have anything to say about it……but I digress.
Obama continued with his anti-Trump vitriol:
“For close to four years now, he’s shown no interest in putting in the work; no interest in finding common ground; no interest in using the awesome power of his office to help anyone but himself and his friends; no interest in treating the presidency as anything but one more reality show that he can use to get the attention he craves.”
Once again, from perhaps the most narcissistic president in American history, a man who entered politics from the middle class and – thanks to his 8 years in office as a “public servant” – purchased a $15 million oceanfront compound on 99-percent white Martha’s Vineyard….and is in the process of building another multi-million dollar oceanfront retirement compound on the site of the Higgins Estate (of Magnum PI fame) in Hawaii, taking advantage of loopholes in order to be able to retain a wall around the place. Two oceanfront properties from a man who for eight years warned us that the oceans were going to swallow everything up because of climate change. Walled compounds from a man who tells us that walls are racist. Oh, and this is the same man whose own Vice President, Joe Biden, used his office – and Air Force Two – to fly to China to pick up a cool $3 million for his son, Hunter….to fly to Ukraine to threaten them (quid pro quo) to get their prosecutor off Hunter’s back about his lucrative deal with Burisma…..and who used his office to enrich himself and his family, including his brother. Once again, I digress.
“Donald Trump hasn’t grown into the job because he can’t. And the consequences of that failure are severe. 170,000 Americans dead. Millions of jobs gone while those at the top take in more than ever.”
Where to begin……where to begin.
Any sane, rational, intellectually honest adult knows these assertions are prima facie laughable and ridiculous. Donald Trump sleeps 4 hours a day. We have seen him at work at all hours of the day and night, always in a suit and tie and always on the job. He is constantly on the move. The man is a machine and at 74 runs rings around the people in his administration half his age. Meanwhile, Joe Biden, only three years Trump’s senior, cannot remember who he is, what office he’s running for, what state he’s in, the opening words to our most-famous founding document and who spends his time eating farina, listening to the honking geese outside his basement window and slobbering all over himself while hiding out in his bunker, in constant fear of the Covid-19 bogeyman. Anyone else with similar infirmities applying for a job in a similar fashion would be instantly rejected, let alone someone applying for the most difficult, most physically, mentally and emotionally-taxing job in the world. But, these are not normal times. The Democrats made sure of that with their “plandemic” hoax and their well-paid anarchists and Marxists who are turning America’s cities into war zones.
It was well-known that when Barack Obama was President, no matter what was going on, he left for the day at 6 p.m. and retired for the evening to the White House residence, not to be seen nor heard from again until sometime the next morning. May I remind you, too, that Obama considered himself a lazy person.
You might recall the interview he did with Barbara Walters on ABC’s 20/20 in 2011:
Barbara Walters: “What’s the trait you most deplore in yourself, and the trait you most deplore in others?”
President Obama: “Laziness.”
Walters: “You’re lazy?”
Obama: “You know, it’s interesting. There is a deep down, underneath all the work that I do, I think there’s a laziness in me. It’s probably from, you know, growing up in Hawaii and it’s sunny outside, and sitting on the beach.”
When Barack Obama was 18 years old, he spent most of his time hanging out and smoking pot “in a white classmate’s sparkling new van, in the dorm room of some brother or on the beach with a couple of Hawaiian kids” as he wrote in his 1995 memoir “Dreams of My Father.” Meanwhile, 18-year old Donald Trump was attending the New York Military Academy.
Barack Obama never had a real job. As the late Charles Krauthammer once said, “he never so much as ran a corner candy shop.” Instead, Obama spent some time hiding out in academia, then got into community organizing and lived off Michelle’s income as an attorney while he went around stirring up trouble in minority communities. He kicked off his political career in the home of an unrepentant terrorist, William Ayers, became state senator in Illinois and then was a US senator for 150 days before running for president. The rest is history. Just look up “Peter Principle” in your Merriam-Webster’s.
While stoner Obama was coasting, Donald Trump built an empire of 576 companies or businesses and employed tens of thousands of people. Trump’s signature has appeared on perhaps millions of paychecks, on the front, not the back. Barack Obama’s signature never appeared on the front nor the back of a paycheck – because he never got one. He never came up with a business idea, never built nor created anything. He never employed a single American, never had to meet a payroll. Truth be told, he never did anything but cause trouble and stir up racial tensions while living off the backs of his wife and ultimately, the American People.
Now, Barack Obama says that President Trump doesn’t want to put in the work. That’s rich. Donald Trump accomplished more by his 40th birthday than Barack Obama could – or would – accomplish in three lifetimes. Let’s remember that Trump entered politics as an extremely wealthy man. Barack Obama didn’t become extremely wealthy until after he entered politics, using his office to enrich himself and his family, not unlike Joe Biden. Yet, they want to look at Trump’s tax returns. I digress again. Forgive me.
The list of Donald Trump’s accomplishments as president would be extraordinary for a two-termer, let alone for one who has been in Office for a mere 3-1/2 years, all the while facing unprecedented headwinds by the Democrats and 93 percent negative press. As for Joe Biden, his life – not unlike Barack Obama – is the textbook definition of the Peter Principle. He has coasted along his entire political career sans a single accomplishment and has been infamously wrong and come down on the wrong side of history with every major decision he’s made during his nearly half-century as part of the Washington swamp.
The low point of Obama’s remarks – and that’s already a low bar – came when he blamed President Trump for 170,000 Covid-19 deaths and the loss of jobs. Anyone who takes that seriously is a damned fool. Even Obama knows that’s not true. The loss of jobs was a direct result of the economic shutdown recommended by the so-called “expert,” Dr. Anthony Fauci. His flip-flopping, flawed models and completely-wrong calls at every turn since day one got us to the place we are today. Nearly half of the nation’s deaths took place in nursing homes because of the literally deadly decisions by governors like Andrew Cuomo and Phil Murphy, who forced nursing homes to admit Covid-19-positive patients. Governors were adamant that they alone had the decision-making power on handling the pandemic in their states and now they – as well as Barack Obama – are blaming Donald Trump for their own failed leadership. So, what else is new? This has been a tact of the Democrats for decades.They cannot attack Trump on his policies overall, so they have nothing left but to attack him personally and to take advantage of the nation’s Covid-19 fears to trash him on his Covid-19 response, which, as we know, is all about Dr. Fauci and the nation’s governors, not about Donald Trump.
Under Barack Obama and Joe Biden, no demographic suffered more than the African-American community. Record unemployment and low wages…..the lowest labor-participation rate in history……record welfare and food stamps……record-low home ownership……on and on and on. Obama and his acolytes tout his 8 years of economic recovery. Technically, that’s true……but ONLY technically. Barack Obama and Joe Biden presided over the worst economic recovery since the Great Depression and their moribund, anemic economy grew by a fraction of a fraction throughout their administration. Obama/Biden go down in history as the only administration to not see 3 percent growth during any given year. When Donald Trump took Office and reduced taxes and regulations, the nearly horizontal line that bumped along the bottom under Obama/Biden for eight years suddenly turned into a vertical line……straight up.
We all recall when Mr. Obama said that manufacturing jobs were never coming back and that we would have to get used to a “new normal” in this country. We also recall an appearance during which Obama mockingly proposed the question of Trump, “What magic wand do you have?” Once the manufacturing jobs and the economy came roaring back under Donald Trump, Barack Obama quickly spoke out to take credit for the newly-robust economy, an economy that Obama himself said was impossible. Even with the “plandemic” and the economic shutdown, the stock market, the economy and the country are doing better than they ever did under Biden/Obama. But that doesn’t stop them from trying to take the credit. As the idiom goes, “success has many fathers, but failure is an orphan.”
Anyone willing to be honest with himself has to recognize that President Donald J. Trump has worked indefatigably for nearly four years to clean up after Obama’s and Biden’s mess. When Obama stated last night that Trump has “shown no interest in putting in the work,” there should have been a rimshot.
Donald Trump responded to Obama’s attacks yesterday, stating the obvious, plainly:
“President Obama did not do a good job. And the reason I’m here is because of President Obama and Joe Biden. Because if they did a good job, I wouldn’t be here. And probably, if they did a good job, I wouldn’t have even run; I would have been very happy. I enjoyed my previous life very much, but they did such a bad job that I stand before you as President.”
There it is. I have said it a thousand times. Had there been no President Obama, there never would have been a President Trump. Obama had taken us so far left to the precipice that only a man with Donald Trump’s ego, skills and fearlessness could bring us back. His wealth and his previous life give him the freedom to speak his mind and to do what he thinks is best for the country, not to simply please a political party or “K Street” in Washington…..the lobbyists and activists. Politicians are held hostage by their titles and positions. They must say and do what is expedient in order to ensure they’ll retain power and win the next election…..because it’s all they have. Donald Trump is not trapped by his office. If he loses reelection, he can go back to his old life, which was pretty good, no?
Trump’s freedom proved to be a powerful thing during the 2016 campaign when – as a political neophyte – he destroyed his competition, seasoned politicians all, including the Clinton dynasty. Electing Donald Trump was the American People’s way of summarily rejecting all things Obama, Biden and Clinton. The 63 million Americans who voted for Trump were giving their country the antidote she needed to the previous eight years.
So, you see, it isn’t that Donald Trump has “shown no interest in putting in the work” as Barack Obama claims. Quite the opposite. Trump did the work. He did his job and he did it well……too well. Obama and the Democrats know that and that’s why they have sought to destroy him since the day he took Office.
President Trump, an outsider, an interloper, went to Washington and tossed over all of the tables of the money changers in the temple. Trump, alone, did the job that the Democrats have only been promising to do for 60 years – with absolutely no intention of ever honoring those promises. Donald Trump, this neophyte, was better at the job than were the Washington insiders who had been at it for decades. Trump’s economy resulted in the lowest black unemployment rate in American history and the largest wage increases among the lowest-paid workers in the country. President Trump funded empowerment zones and black colleges. He reformed the criminal justice system and created the Second Chance Act. Donald Trump’s economy and policies have done more to improve life in the African-American community than anything the Democrats have done since The Great Society of the mid-sixties.
As a result, Donald Trump made the Democrats, the old pros, look bad. He exposed them, he trolled them, he forced them to come out of the closet and out of the shadows and to publicly embrace the most radical policies ever put forth by a major Party, none of which will help anyone, let alone America’s blacks. President Trump’s list of accomplishments obliterated the carrot of empty promises that the Democrats have been dangling before the African-American community for six decades. It is precisely those empty promises that kept the black community coming back…..again and again…..voting Democrat for more than a half century.
In reality, the Democrats never had any intentions of fixing the problems they, themselves, created in the black community. Simply put, without those problems, there is no carrot to dangle, there is nothing for the Democrats to promise to fix, nothing to run on. And so, there is no longer a reason for blacks to vote Democrat. That is why African-American support of Donald Trump continues to increase, with some estimates as high as forty percent. If Trump receives even 15% of the black vote, it’s over for Joe, Kamala and the Democrats. Donald Trump is in the process of single-handedly taking away the Democrats’ dangling (pandering) carrot as well as a big part of their constituency. That is why Joe Biden, Kamala Harris, Barack Obama, the Democrat Party in toto, never-Trumpers like Kumbaya Kasich and all of the speakers and hosts at the Democratic Convention have made hatin’ on Trump and pandering – job one.Since they cannot attack him on his policies, particularly those that have dramatically improved the lives of African-Americans, they have nothing left but to attack him personally.
As dumb as the Democrats may seem, they really are not. But they believe you are. They all know exactly what’s happening and they know that the things they say publicly are utterly asinine. I have said repeatedly that we should celebrate every time the Democrats elevate their rhetoric to a new level of nastiness. It simply proves that they realize all the more that they have no chance in November. If they were that convinced that the overwhelming majority of voters despise Donald Trump, they wouldn’t be working to the point of exhaustion to destroy him. They would simply let the People vote him out. Democrat attempts to get rid of the Electoral College and to have a vote-by-mail presidential election prove that they know they cannot win through the fair processes that have been in place for centuries. They know they must cheat if they are to have any chance at all.
At this point, the Democrats believe they have nothing to lose and are behaving like a rabid dog backed into a corner. But, try as they might, as Louisiana Senator John Kennedy is wont to say, “that dog won’t hunt.”
Think about how dramatically your life has changed since March of this year. You are now told what to wear, where you can and cannot go, which direction to walk in a store, where and how far apart to stand, whether or not you’re allowed to open your business, whether or not you’re allowed to go to work to support your family……..and, straight out of a Seinfeld episode, you’re now told what does and does not qualify as food. New York Governor Andrew Cuomo says “soup and sandwich…..that is a meal” while chicken wings are not. Serve the latter and he will shut down your bar.
The powers-that-be took away your beaches and parks, they would not let you cut your grass, use your motorboat or paint your house during this down time. They took away your 4th of July Parade, your Mummers Parade, your picnics, your concerts, your food festivals. They took away your business, your job, your livelihood, your life’s work, your church, gym, barber shop/salon, your restaurants/bars, your schools, churches and synagogues and won’t allow you to visit your aging parents and grandparents. They’ve isolated you and separated you from your friends and family and all of your support systems. They’ve politicized masks and COVID-19 so as to pit families and friends against one another on social media, causing you to lose the little social connection you had left. There are no weddings, funerals, baptisms, bar/bat mitzvahs, first communions, confirmations or family reunions. Anything and everything that had to do with family or faith has been banned. They’ve even essentially taken away our sports by injecting politics, black lives matter and national anthem kneeling protests into “America’s favorite pastime” and “America’s game” during a time when many Americans have nothing else to look forward to.
We were told that it was all for our own good, because our very lives were at stake. People are willing to give up a lot when they’ve been led to believe that “WE’RE ALL GONNA DIE!!!!” Far too many have been far too willing to give up essential liberties for temporary security. As Ben Franklin said, those who would do so “deserve neither and will lose both.”
The same people who tell you that they did this to protect your health allow liquor stores and marijuana dispensaries to remain open while closing gyms and churches and arresting their owners and parishioners.
The same people who tell you that you’re perfectly safe if you sit stark-naked with your legs up and spread apart in stirrups while getting an abortion tell you that you will die if you sit fully-clothed and masked in a barber’s chair for 20 minutes once a month to get a trim….or if you sit in a church pew for one hour, one day a week while fully-clothed and wearing a mask, at least six feet away from another human being.
A massive, human experiment is taking place in real time. What America-hating leftist Democrats have learned – and now established – is that they can now control an entire population simply by making them believe they’re going to die if they don’t adhere to their own draconian, totalitarian policies, edicts and orders…….none of which is Constitutional. There is no “pandemic exclusion clause” in our Constitution which allows mayors or governors to take away your God-given rights because of a virus and there is no Constitutional authority by which a mayor or governor can write and enforce “laws” based on his whims. The legislature creates law, not a mayor, not a governor, not a president.
The mask has become the modern-day Star of David and the leftists in our government have established that they can force you to wear it, even though there is no such law on the books. Dare to drive your car with New Jersey plates into Florida and see how quickly you’re pulled over and questioned. Make no mistake, in due time, the mask will become this decade’s new seat belt law. Totalitarian governors will decree that you put on a mask as soon as you leave your home. Police will be charged with enforcement, pulling you over in your car, initially as a secondary offense, but eventually as a primary offense. It will become a huge revenue stream for local towns and municipalities.
Because of COVID-19 fear mongering by Democrats and the media and the new powers they have been able to wrest from a scared-into-submission, willing, cowering public as a result, the American People will forever have to live under a sword of Damacles, always wondering when the next shutdown or edict will come, when the next Constitutional right will be stripped away. As Thomas Jefferson said, “when the government increases, the People decrease.”
While all of this has been going on, the Democrat Party has grown into the largest drug cartel in history, getting millions of American addicted to the government “heroin” in the form of extended unemployment payments and an additional $600 per week from the feds, simply for existing. This is the Great Society on steroids. Many Americans are making more by not working than while working and many employers are reporting that – as a result – they cannot get their people back. This is by design. Unemployed people who are then dependent on government will vote for the Party who is issuing the checks. To quote Fox News’ Tucker Carlson, “the more people you can get dependent on government checks, the more powerful the people issuing the checks become.”
It’s a very simple premise. When you reward (subsidize) behavior, you’ll get more of it. When you remove the reward (subsidy), you’ll get less of it. If you pay people not to work, especially if you pay them more not to work……well, you get the idea.
Human nature does not change. We will always have the makers and the takers. As the late Dr. Charles Krauthammer said, “Democrats create subsidy to create dependency to create constituency.” As Benjamin Franklin said, “I am for doing good to the poor, but…I think the best way of doing good to the poor, is not making them easy in poverty, but leading or driving them out of it. I observed…that the more public provisions were made for the poor, the less they provided for themselves, and of course became poorer. And, on the contrary, the less was done for them, the more they did for themselves, and became richer.”
As I write, the Democrats and Republicans are going back and forth on a new round of pandemic “stimulus”. Even though Mitch McConnell and the Republicans knew that the day of reckoning for unemployment and extra federal benefits was coming to an end this week, they dilly-dallied. The Democrats put forth their plan long ago while the Republicans waited until the last minute…and it’s one-third of what the Democrats want. The Republican plan would cut the additional weekly $600 Americans are currently receiving to $200. Chuck Schumer has portrayed that not as the Republicans giving Americans an extra $200 per week over and above their regular unemployment benefits, but, rather, “taking $1,600 a month out of your pocket.”
Given their dithering, I believe that many Republicans don’t care if they lose the White House and the Senate majority because their lives won’t change one iota. Even as the minority Party they’d still be invited to all the best dinner and cocktail parties, they’d still have their country club memberships and all the perks that come with being “public servants” while living off the rest of us. In many ways, their lives would be even better. As the minority Party, all they’d have to do is show up and bitch and complain about the Democrats until the next midterm election in two years……a pretty easy gig. This is why the dead wood in the Republican Party has to go. Mitch McConnell shouldn’t even buy green bananas anymore. Once we get rid of these career – and careerist – politicians, think of the money we’d save on Depends alone.
As for the Democrats, they don’t care if they bankrupt the country by continuing to give away trillions of dollars that will see our great-great-great grandchildren being born into debt. Democrats don’t want to be judged on outcomes. They want to be judged on intentions. That’s because they believe their intentions – or rather, how the public perceives their intentions – will win them the White House and the Senate and their disastrous outcomes won’t happen until after the election when it will be too late. Then, their Trojan Horse candidate (Joe Biden) will have served his purpose and they can get down to creating the socialist dystopia Bernie Sanders and Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez envision for America. The Democrats simply must continue to pay Americans for not working, at least until the election, in order to “prove” to them just how good is socialism. They must continue to feed their “heroin” habit through November 3rd.
With their three trillion-dollar plan out there – even if it never gets passed – the Democrats believe they can portray themselves as compassionate and – by comparison – the Republicans as uncaring, given their (portrayed as such) meager $1 trillion proposal.
Meanwhile, Americans who have chosen to remain dependent on government, who have chosen not to take a “pay cut” by going back to work….will eventually find out just how great socialism is. Regardless of what happens on November 3rd, the checks WILL have to stop at some point because this is simply unsustainable. And when they do, those who decided to suckle at the government tit may not have jobs to go back to as others will have since taken them or those businesses will no longer exist. As my Nana would say to such people, “So who did you spite?”
As the Democrats and the media continue to lie and to foment fear, as labs continue to artificially inflate the COVID case numbers, as the media refuse to publicize the lowering death rates, as Anthony Fauci continues to lecture us about wearing masks while eschewing one himself after his little girl first pitch at the Nationals opener, as Andrew Cuomo schools us on what is and is not a meal and threatens to close bars who serve chicken wings, as DAs charge law abiding citizens with legally-owned weapons for defending their homes, as governors have gym owners arrested for opening their businesses, as Democrats continue to defend (and fund) anarchist thugs who are destroying businesses, burning down cities, killing innocent civilians, assaulting and/or killing police and removing our history, as totalitarian governors and mayors continue to strip us of our God-given, Constitutionally-guaranteed rights and freedoms, as the complicit, left-wing media and social media platforms censor doctors who dare to counter the prevailing wisdom (read: lies) and science (read: propaganda) coming from Dr. Anthony Fauci, the CDC and other so-called “experts”…….
……….as they do all of this……..
……they have taken away or destroyed everything that brings a person joy and connectedness, everything that makes life worth living. All of it has either been taken from us or ruined by far-left radicals, anarchists, America-haters and Donald Trump haters who have injected fear, hatred and politics into them, for no other reason other than to make us lonely, isolated, depressed, hopeless, hapless, broke, pissed off and ultimately vengeful, hoping we’ll blame President Trump for this mess and hoping we’ll turn our ire against him in November.
Those with evil intent would sooner see this country burned to the ground simply to rule the ashes rather than to see Donald Trump in office for another four years. They have never in history been this close to achieving their socialist utopia and the more it appears that they will lose this fight, the more they will ramp up their vitriol and violence. I pray that a majority of Americans can see what is going on here and see it for what it really is……a concerted, coordinated effort to remove a duly-elected president from office when nothing else they’ve tried to do has had the desired effect. What Americans have to decide is whether or not they’d rather die on their feet than live on their knees.
Let this writer state for the record that no level of misery that can be brought to me would inspire me to vote for Joe Biden, because I know precisely what a Biden presidency would mean for this nation and for the world. Were I to find myself in my car shivering and eating worms on November 3rd, there is nothing that would stop me from voting to reelect Donald J Trump. NOTHING. Period.
The Washington Post recently published a story saying that the relationship between President Trump and Dr. Anthony Fauci had deteriorated to the point where the two haven’t spoken since June.
Other outlets quickly seized upon the story to frame the narrative that the White House is “undermining” Fauci and that it is dangerous to disparage “a highly-respected government infectious-disease expert, particularly as COVID cases are spiking across the nation. No matter that the “expert” has been wrong at nearly every turn.
The White House was correct in pointing to Dr. Fauci’s numerous mistakes, bad calls and contradictory statements. His failed models which resulted in bogus numbers, his contradictory mask-wearing advice, his flip-flopping on reopening and his penchant for saying one thing during the daily press briefings with President Trump, then telling a very different story and even criticizing the president on CNN later that same day, has left many Americans suspect of anything that comes out of Fauci’s mouth, not to mention the CDC and the WHO.
What makes Americans even more suspect is the fact that the moment the George Floyd riots ensued, the country was whipsawed from the perception that “we’re all gonna die” to not hearing the terms “Coronavirus” nor “COVID-19” uttered once during a news broadcast for weeks. Ostensibly, the cure for COVID-19 was George Floyd’s death. A pandemic so serious that it resulted in a nationwide shutdown and the destruction of our economy, livelihoods and lives, was suddenly no biggie. That is, until the riots became old news, after which Dr. Fauci suddenly reemerged and started talking about a “second wave”. Then, it was right back to “we’re all gonna die again.”
The White House provided the Washington Post with examples of Dr. Fauci’s myriad mistakes which were dismissed and defended as merely the result of extremely limited information during the early days of the pandemic. While Dr. Fauci – an infectious-disease “expert” familiar with pandemics – was given a pass for his mistakes, no such consideration was afforded President Trump for his misstatements, despite his lack of medical training. Truth be told, to this writer, President Trump’s track record and his gut instincts were – and are – far superior to Fauci’s medical training and decades of experience. Remember, Trump instituted his China travel ban even as Fauci was telling us – weeks later – that the US had nothing to worry about, that “people should not be walking around with masks,” that people should go on cruises and that it was a matter of personal choice whether or not people should have sex with those they met online through dating apps.
As of this writing, there have been 135,000 COVID-19 deaths in the US, 40% of which were in nursing homes. That’s 56 thousand people, so far, who have died in nursing homes and long-term care facilities because of the decision of governors like New Jersey’s Phil Murphy, New York’s Andrew Cuomo and others to force nursing homes to accept COVID-positive patients.
In a headline, the New York Times posed the question, “Does Cuomo share blame for 6,200 virus deaths in N.Y. nursing homes?”
Share the blame? SHARE the blame? Really? REALLY? That this question is even being asked strains credulity. But, note how the question is framed. As governors attempt to deflect all blame for the deadly decisions which – as they, themselves asserted – were theirs alone to make, Andrew Cuomo is now trying to pin the blame on the medical people and workers in these facilities, claiming that they brought the virus in with them.
In another interesting wrinkle, patients who contracted COVID-19 in nursing homes and long-term care facilities – but who died in hospitals – are not counted as nursing home deaths. Conversely, if a patient died from something else but also tested positive for COVID-19, it was counted as a Covid-19 death.
So, here’s how this works. In order to keep the nursing home death rate lower in order to benefit Andrew Cuomo they don’t count patients who contracted Covid-19 in a nursing home who later died in a hospital. But then, in order to spike the COVID-19 case numbers – which then gets blamed on President Trump, churches and business owners – they count people who died with COVID-19 but not from Covid-19 as COVID deaths.
Give me one reason why we should believe anything that Anthony Fauci, the CDC, the WHO etc, have to say, especially in light of new revelations last week that a number of testing labs in Florida are reporting that 100 percent of their COVID-19 tests came back positive. How is this possible? How is that “believe the science” stuff workin’ for ya?
Dr. Deborah Birx, Anthony Fauci’s colleague and member of the White House Coronavirus Task Force said, “There is nothing from the CDC that I can trust.” You might also recall that in the early weeks of the pandemic, Birx let a big secret out during a daily press conference in response to a reporter’s question when she said: “I think in this country, we’ve taken a very liberal approach to mortality.” She admitted that those who died with COVID-19 but not from COVID-19, who died from heart attacks, strokes, diabetes or other conditions…..but who also tested positive for COVID-19……were counted as COVID-19 deaths. “The intent is if someone dies with COVID-19, we are counting that as a COVID-19 death,” concluded Dr. Birx.
As for Dr. Fauci, his inconsistencies and self-contradictions are many. In the New England Journal of Medicine, Dr. Fauci wrote on February 28th: “The overall clinical consequences of Covid-19 may ultimately be more akin to those of a severe seasonal flu.” He repeatedly said that “America has nothing to worry about,” said it was safe to go on cruises and even to date those one might meet through online dating apps.
Let’s also recall what Dr. Fauci said about masks in March, weeks after President Trump instituted his China travel ban, something with which Fauci disagreed:
“The masks are important for someone who’s infected to prevent them from infecting someone else. Right now, in the United States, people should not be walking around with masks…..there’s no reason to be walking around with a mask. When you’re in the middle of an outbreak, wearing a mask might make people feel a little bit better. It might even block a droplet. But it’s not providing the perfect protection that people think that it is.”
In the first few months of the pandemic, we were treated to a steady, daily diet of death tolls and were told that we must “flatten the curve.” We no longer hear that term nor are the death tolls reported. Now, in mid-July, we’re told we must “stop the spread.” The former was about reducing the death rates, the latter, about reducing the number of new cases.
As of this writing, over the past month COVID-19 cases have spiked, up 134%, yet deaths are down 39%. Dr. Scott Atlas tells us: “It doesn’t matter how many people catch the virus. It matters what people catch the virus.” He is absolutely spot-on. The spikes we’re seeing are among those age 18-34, those least-likely to succumb to the virus.
As an interesting side note, the media are telling us that the spikes are due to the reopening of churches. How many 18-34-year-olds do YOU know who practice religion and/or attend church? Then, ask yourself how many 18-34-year-olds do you see protesting, rioting, burning cities and tearing down statues across the country? How much social-distancing and mask-wearing do you see going on at these protests?
Yet, we’re expected to somehow believe that a 75-year old woman sitting in church for one hour, one day a week – while wearing a mask and sitting 6 feet away from the next person in the pew – is responsible for COVID spikes across the country while throngs of unmasked people yelling at the tops of their lungs haven’t contributed to the spikes in the least.
Meanwhile, the same leftist mayors and governors – who tell us that the protests are not the reason for the spikes, who say that they are necessary and will be permitted – also consider large gatherings like weddings, family reunions, parades etc either verboten or soon-to-be. In Philadelphia, Mayor Jim Kenney has already canceled the annual New Years Day Mummers Parade, five months in advance. When you consider how much we’ve learned since this pandemic began in March and when you consider how wrong the so-called “experts” have been, how can Kenney or anyone possibly predict with any certainty what the situation will be next January?
The reason the number of new COVID cases leads every newscast while the number of deaths is not mentioned is because anyone with a calculator or smart phone can punch in the numbers and see that the death rates are dropping…..and with them, the mortality rate. The COVID-19 survival rate is above 99%, “more akin to those of a severe seasonal flu,” as Dr. Fauci secretly told his colleagues in the New England Journal of Medicine back in February, fully-aware that 99.9999 percent of the general public would never see those words nor do the research to find them. Meanwhile, Dr. Scott Jensen (also a state senator from Minnesota) says that he’s being investigated for “spreading COVID-19 misinformation” because of his comparisons of COVID-19 to the flu, for holding the same opinions that Dr. Fauci expressed in February. Jensen is also being cited for his comments that federal guidance could cause doctors to overcount COVID-19 cases and saying that there’s a financial incentive to inflating the numbers, despite Dr. Birx admitting same several months ago.
I stated months ago that there was a move by the Democrats and the media to instill a relentless fear across the country. People who live in fear can be more easily controlled and are more willing to give up their rights and freedoms if they believe that doing so will save their lives. I also stated that once we reopened, that the media would no longer be able to show images of empty sidewalks, empty roads and highways as a means to maintain fear and that all they would have left is bombarding us with images of everyone wearing masks. The only way that can be accomplished is if outdoor mask-wearing is mandated……and that is precisely what is happening little by little, in states across the country. The Democrats are even pushing for a national mandate.
The mask is the new shackle. It is a way for power-hungry leftists to restrain us, to control us and to further divide us……the mask-wearers vs the mask non-wearers, spawning millions of “Mask Nazis” across the country. Speaker Nancy Pelosi says that “real men wear masks.” Does that mean that men who do not wear masks are not real men? Dr. Oz says that wearing a mask is a “sign of respect.” Is choosing not to wear a mask a sign of disrespect? The left is creating the narrative that those who willingly give up their Constitutional rights as “real men” and “respectful” and those who refuse to give up their rights as “not real men” or “disrespectful.” They have made the mask political as they have done with everything else. The same people who tell us mask-wearing is about health are the very people who have closed our gyms while allowing liquor stores and marijuana stores to remain open. These people who are so concerned about our health keep our businesses and churches closed or only partially-reopened, ignoring our spiritual, mental and emotional health.
Reopening schools is also another political football. Dr. Anthony Fauci has publicly warned about the “unintended consequences” of not reopening schools and that keeping them closed in the fall might be “a bit of a reach.” The same people who insist we listen to the experts/science treat the advice of experts and the science as if they were buffet items. They take a heapin’ helpin’ of those items that fit their political agenda and eschew those which do not. Now, if you think the Democrats really care about children, remember, this is the same Party who embraces abortions at any time for any reason, who endorses and funds Planned Parenthood, who runs around with it’s collective hair on fire on the rare occasion when a child is shot in a school, yet ignores the regular slaughter of children on the streets of Democrat-run cities across the country, Chicago, New York, Baltimore and Philadelphia foremost among them.
In Los Angeles County – the second-largest teachers union in the country – teachers are refusing to go back to school unless the following demands are met: A federal bailout of at least $500 billion for the schools; Medicare for All; a $10 billion wealth tax; a $4.5 million millionaire tax; defunding of the police; and ending charter schools. It’s worth noting that most of the children that come out of Los Angeles schools can barely read, write or do math. Yet, none of the union’s demands would do a damned thing to improve the education of a single child. But, as we know, teachers’ union’s demands are rarely, if ever, about the children.
You see, poorly-educated children grow up to be adults who cannot compete in the marketplace, who cannot properly support themselves or their families. The result? They rely on subsidies to survive and become government-dependent, voting for the Democrat Party, the Party who “creates subsidy to create dependency to create constituency,” to quote the late, great Dr. Charles Krauthammer. Additionally, parents who insist on keeping their kids home – and who must then quit their jobs in order to stay home with their kids – will see their incomes suffer and may, likewise, need to turn to the government (read: Democrats) for free checks.
To take this theme a little further, does it surprise you that liquor stores and marijuana dispensaries are considered “essential businesses” while schools and churches are not? Adults who spend most of their time in a stupor are, likewise, generally unable to take care of themselves and turn to the Democrats who are constantly dangling the carrot of “free stuff”.
Recue Dr. Krauthammer’s quote. As dependency expands, so too the Democrat Party. As Fox News Tucker Carlson said, “the more people you get dependent on government checks, the more powerful the people issuing those checks become.”
To reiterate what I have stated in previous COVID-themed blogs, the virus is a major concern for a minority of the population and a minor concern for a majority of the population. The spikes among the youngest, healthiest among us MUST happen if herd immunity to the virus is to be created and if we are ever going to be able to get a handle on it. The elderly and those with comorbidities and compromised immune systems need to take extra precautions while the rest of us need to resume our lives. Those who fear for their lives should stay home rather than label those of us who are unwilling to give up our Constitutional rights as evil, selfish people.
The response to this pandemic is, was and always will be entirely political. As labs cook their books to spike the numbers, as not one prediction has come to pass, as the “experts” flip flop and contradict themselves, as other experts who were previously censored and banned from social media are proven right, more and more Americans are realizing that they’ve been hoodwinked on a grand scale. When they see President Trump – rather than governors – being blamed for negative news even as governors like Andrew Cuomo have insisted since day one that they, alone, had the authority to make decisions for their states, that breeze you feel is a national head-wagging……..much needed, given our “real-feel” temperature at the South Jersey shore today will be 109 degrees.
The eyes and ears of every American should be on the St. Louis couple who defended their home with weapons as an armed, angry mob of 100 black lives matter Marxist thugs broke down their gate, rampaged through their private property and threatened their lives, their dog and their home on June 28th, while demanding the resignation of St. Louis Mayor Lyda Krewson, who also lives in the private neighborhood.
Why? Because I believe this is a test case to see just how far the left will try to go and just how far elected officials, the police and civilized society, the People, will allow them to go. What happened to Mark and Patricia McCloskey could just as easily have happened to any of us and we all don’t live in states with “Stand Your Ground” laws which are supposed to protect us in such situations.
You see, not only were the McCloskeys victimized by black lives matter, but they have since been victimized by the leftist media, the State of Missouri and radical activist St. Louis Circuit Attorney Kim Gardner, bought and paid for by far-left billionaire George Soros.
This America-hater has been systematically targeting district attorney races throughout the country by flooding money to the most far-left candidates he can find with the goal of creating havoc in communities. A number of his candidates have already won and are doing precisely that, including Philadelphia DA Larry Krasner.
Now, it’s time for Kim Gardner’s 15 minutes of fame and to be inexorably tied to the historic George Floyd era, an asterisk beside her name. She’s vying for a second term and is no doubt hoping that her treatment of Mark and Patricia McCloskey will earn her the “street cred” required by her constituency to pull off a primary win on August 4th. The McCloskeys have been under threat of a criminal investigation since the night of their property’s invasion by black lives matter and over the weekend, police were sent with a search warrant to their home, at which time they confiscated several items, including their legally-owned weapons, one of which was the oft-maligned AR-15 rifle. In an interview on Fox News, Mark McCloskey said that the police serving the warrant couldn’t have been nicer and more professional. He surmised that they didn’t agree with what they were doing and didn’t even want to be there, but that they were just doing their job as ordered to do.
It’s worth noting that not one ounce of blood was shed during the incident and not one round was fired by the McCloskeys. In fact, Patricia’s gun was inoperative and is still not capable of firing. As for Mark’s rifle, the safety was engaged at all times and – as the video demonstrates – his finger was never on the trigger and his weapon was never pointed at the rioters, even though the couple would have been well within their legal rights to do so, due to the state’s “Stand Your Ground Law”. In Missouri, if you have a legal right to be in a location, then you also have the right to defend yourself with the use of deadly force if you’re under imminent threat of deadly force, without a duty to retreat.
The headlines and their portrayal of the events in St. Louis are illustrative of just who is controlling the narrative. One example from the Boston Globe: “Police execute search warrant at home of gun-toting couple.” Malcom X, line one…….
For the past two weeks, Circuit Attorney Gardner, the leftist media and left-wing pundits – like Fox News’ Juan Williams – have been reciting from rote the talking point that the McCloskeys “attacked and threatened peaceful protestors.” Gardner said she was “alarmed at the events that occurred … where peaceful protesters were met with guns and a violent assault. We must protect the right to peacefully protest, and any attempt to chill it through intimidation or threat of deadly force will not be tolerated.”It matters not that the “peaceful protestors” made terroristic threats against the McCloskeys.
Ever the radical contrarian, Juan Williams even went so far as to delve into the McCloskey’s past, into their personal family affairs, in order to somehow portray them as a pair of misanthropes and to somehow make them out to be the true criminals, rather than the thugs who broke into their property and threatened to kill them, their dog and to burn down their home.
As the couple was being vilified, Missouri Governor Mike Parson was hiding under his desk until the former governor, Eric Grelton, called him out for his cowardice. Now, Parson is saying that Mr. and Mrs. McCloskey “had every right to protect their property.” Parson’s grasp of the obvious is quite impressive.
What has gone largely-unreported is that Mark and Patricia McCloskey are personal injury attorneys and that Mark has stated publicly that he is actually supportive of the work against police brutality and represents victims of police-sanctioned violence. In fact, even as black lives matter roamed his yard, threatening him, he was in the process of representing Isaiah Forman, a young, black man who was assaulted by police.
Even as search warrants are served to the victims, even as they live with the threat of an imminent indictment, Kim Gardner, the George Soros-funded St. Louis Circuit Attorney, did not charge any of the thugs arrested by the St. Louis Police Department for destroying their property nor for threatening them. They have all been released…….and for good reason, so the left tells us. I hearken back to the riots of Baltimore, when then Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake told police to stand down, saying, “It’s only property. Let them loot.”
New York Times Magazine reporter Nikole Hannah-Jones may have been channeling Rawlings-Blake when this week she told CBS News viewers, “Destroying property, which can be replaced, is not violence.” Consider the source. This is the same writer who won a Pulitzer Prize for her “1619 Project,” which aims to rewrite history and to reestablish our founding year as 1619, the year the first slave was sold in America, to establish that our country’s very existence was based on slavery. Sadly, the “1619 Project” is already becoming part of the curricula in schools across the country as yet another generation of children is being taught to hate America and to attack people like the McCloskeys.
Meanwhile, Gardner let it leak that the couple is not allowed to have weapons and that they are now potentially-unarmed. As a result, the newly-emboldened mob has returned to their home on several occasions to harass them.
As I write this blog, a headline pops up on my screen:
“President Donald Trump is intervening in the case of a wealthy, gun-toting couple who threatened Black Lives Matters protesters with guns outside their St Louis mansion.” How sick, convoluted and hate-filled does one have to be in order to come up with such a headline?
I remind you of the quote of Malcom X, cited earlier. The media have made the innocent guilty and the guilty innocent. The McCloskeys are wealthy and they live in a mansion. Therefore, they must be evil. They were “toting” guns. That, too, is evil……unless those guns are “toted” by those who shot 112 people in New York City in the past two weeks alone, not one of those “gun-toters” a police officer. Same goes for Chicago, Philadelphia and every other major American city run by Democrats where a black genocide is taking place every week before our very eyes. Those “gun toters” – who actually injured and/or killed with their weapons – are neither named nor threatened with prosecution, only the McCloskeys, who are described as having “threatened black lives matter protestors,” animals who broke through their gate and threatened to kill them and to burn down their home.
St. Louis Police Chief John Hayden confirmed that Mark and Patricia McCloskey are under review for criminal charges and that the police had filed for warrants in the case. Governor Parson told the Washington Post: “The president said that he would do everything he could within his powers to help with this situation and he would be taking action to do that.” Parson believes both Trump and Attorney General Bill Barr would be looking into the matter.
President Trump called attempts to prosecute the McCloskeys “a disgrace.” He said, “these people were standing there, never used it, and they were legal, the weapons.” Circuit Attorney Kim Gardner accused the president and the governor of playing politics with the case, saying, “Today, both the Governor and Donald Trump came after me for doing my job and investigating a case. It is unbelievable the Governor of the state of Missouri would seek advice from one of the most divisive leaders in our generation to overpower the discretion of a locally elected prosecutor.”
There it is, again…..the victim card. Kim Gardner is a victim, black lives matter is a victim, while the McCloskeys are hardened criminals and Donald Trump is a big, orange bully. I pray that we can wrest back the false narrative being peddled by the anti-American leftists in our media, in our government and among these bands of marauding thugs that threaten the very fabric of this country. How this case plays out has wide-ranging implications.
The Democrats have been chipping away at our Second Amendment rights for years. Failed presidential candidate and resident imbecilic man-child, Beto O’Rourke told us “hell yes, we’re gonna take away your guns” and Joe Biden has promised to put him in charge of doing just that, if elected president. Joe Biden has also promised to defund police, saying that “they’ve become the enemy.” In Joe Biden’s America, the McCloskeys would not be allowed to have guns to protect themselves and neither would there be police to protect them…….and emboldened black lives matter Marxist thugs would be allowed to run roughshod over this nation with impunity.
How will this end? My fear is that we will actually have to allow the radical, leftist activists in our government to defund the police…..for many of us – but especially the leftists – to be forced to suffer the violence, theft, destruction and death that will come as a consequence of granting them their wish…….at which point, they will be begging and pleading for the police to come back into their lives.
If this is our destiny, let’s hope it takes place soon and is short-lived…….at which point a second Donald Trump term can usher in a new era in this country and finally get rid of our enemies, especially those domestic.
The “fundamental transformation of the United States of America” that Barack Obama promised in 2008 is now going at warp speed, all at the hands of panicked leftists, socialists, Marxists, the Democrats and their complicit, propaganda arm we all know as the media, the Fourth Estate. They must make as many changes to our country as quickly as they can before Donald Trump wins reelection and both he and the American People shut them all down.
In the Left’s world, the Bizarro World, everything is fluid, malleable, subject to change at a moment’s notice, to fit the current narrative. The Left has been successful at blurring the lines between the sexes/genders and are now applying that same model to any number of things, including morality and the general sense of right and wrong that – until recently – was a widely-understood and accepted notion. What was good is now bad and what was once bad is now good. The decision on which is which is now left up to the individual rather than society, or traditional conventional wisdom. Everything is racist and nothing is racist. It all depends on who is doing the talking, the person who is the topic of discussion, who committed the act or said the words, the news outlet reporting the story, the current narrative and the ultimate goal.
For example, when Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama visited Mt. Rushmore, CNN called it “majestic.”Just five years ago, when Bernie Sanders visited, he said:“Just the accomplishment and the beauty. It really does make one very proud to be an American.This is our country at its very best… What an incredible achievement.”
Mt. Rushmore was completed in 1941, shortly before Joe Biden and Bernie Sanders were born. It hasn’t changed in nearly 80 years……but Biden and Sanders certainly have, as has the entire Democrat Party, dragged to the extreme left by a woke generation whose parents’ hard-earned tuition dollars bought them brand new children that they didn’t recognize when they came home for Thanksgiving after their first semester……children who were taught to hate them, their customs, their traditions, their values, to hate their country and to hate everything that existed prior to George Floyd’s death, after which these mollycoddled misfits took over the narrative……and the nation.
Now, Mt. Rushmore – like so many statues and monuments across the country – is the latest victim, the latest “bad thing,” according to the woke mob.CNN’s Leyla Santiago described President Trump’s Independence Day weekend visit to Mt. Rushmore this way:
“Kicking off the Independence Day weekend, President Trump will be at Mt. Rushmore, where he’ll be standing in front of a monument of two slave owners and on land wrestled away from Native Americans and we’re told that he’ll be focusing on the effort to, quote, tear down our country’s history.” In contrast, when Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton visited Mt. Rushmore, the same CNN’s Jim Acosta said that it was “a fitting stop for a presidential contender.” This time around, however, other leftist cable and broadcast networks as well as the New York Times framed Trump’s visit much in the same way as Ms. Santiago.
In another glaring display of a total lack of self-awareness and hypocrisy, just as with Mt. Rushmore, ABC, CBS, NBC, MSNBC & New York Times is each headquartered in Manhattan, on land once owned by Native Americans.
We’ve been told that Mt. Rushmore is a “symbol of white supremacy.” Applying the left’s own logic, one might ask why the Native Americans wouldn’t be welcoming to white men, to Europeans? Were the “indigenous people” xenophobes or rejecting these new immigrants who were coming here simply for a better life? Why were they trying to keep them out? Isn’t that just like building a wall? Were the American Indians racists?
Isn’t it funny that none of the illegals sneaking into this country or overstaying their visas seem to mind Mt. Rushmore or any of America’s statues so much? Isn’t it funny that the so-called “dreamers” who came here as children didn’t grow up and suddenly rush back to their home countries, having realized as adults what a racist country we are?
It isn’t only inanimate representations like Mt. Rushmore, statues and paintings that are under attack. It is the very people they portray that are now the victims of the left’s scorn. Joe Biden’s Independence Day video message went like this:
“Our country was founded on an idea: ‘We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal.’ We’ve never lived up to it. Jefferson himself didn’t – he held slaves, women were excluded.” I’ll give Biden credit for one thing. At least this time, he didn’t say “You know, the thing.” Biden’s message was in stark contrast to Trump’s. How any voter could be undecided at this point leaves me incredulous, to say the least.
The Party of tolerance, the Party of forgiveness and redemption which gave Ted Kennedy a pass after he murdered a woman, who gave Bill Clinton a pass after he was “serviced” in the Oval Office by a young intern and who continues to give Joe Biden a pass for his decades of racist statements, up to and including his “you ain’t black” comment of only a few weeks ago…..
……is unwilling to judge Thomas Jefferson George Washington and others for their lives in toto, choosing to instead condemn them for all eternity for something they did that was wrong – looking through the prism of time – but which was commonplace and part of our culture at that time in our history, something our forebearers – if alive today – would certainly regret, denounce, repent and atone for.
Not even the statues of prominent blacks nor abolitionists can escape the clueless, millennial mobs. Particularly disturbing to me was the toppling of the Rochester, New York statue of abolitionist Frederick Douglas this weekend, on the anniversary of his July 4, 1852 speech in which he described the US Constitution as “a glorious liberty document.” With all of their education, with the entire world at their fingertips in their smart phones, not one of them was aware of just who Douglass was, nor what he stood for. If a statue is old, it must be bad and therefore we must tear it down.
No one……I repeat……NO ONE in our leftist, elite ruling class, none of these anarchist thugs gives a damn about Mt. Rushmore, statues, plaques, memorials, paintings, murals or the people they portray. None of them gives a damn that any of them owned slaves and they don’t give a damn about George Floyd. They also don’t give a damn about black lives. They don’t give a damn about ANY lives.
The same people offended by statues, paintings and murals don’t seem the least bit concerned about the slaughter of people of color in our major cities. The same people who claim to care about children when they’re shot in schools haven’t said a word about the black children being shot up on the streets and in their homes in our inner cities – like Chicago – on an almost daily basis. The same people who pound the table about the COVID spikes haven’t said a word about the spikes in shootings and killings in New York, Chicago, Philadelphia and other Democrat-run cities.
The only thing the radical, socialist Marxist thugs wreaking havoc in our cities care about, the only thing the Democrat Party and the leftist media who are inciting, promoting and defending these anarchists care about……is getting rid of Donald Trump. Period. End of sentence. End of discussion.
When I was growing up, my mother used to tell me that the more successful I became, the more people would hate me. I’ve experienced this time and again throughout my life and have witnessed it happening to others, as well.
The reason you’ve never seen the level of hatred for any other president as you do for Donald Trump is because no other president has been able to achieve what he has, both personally – before entering politics – and as president of the United States.
Manifold are his accomplishments, the list of which continued to grow, despite constant headwinds, despite a never-ending barrage of personal attacks and more than 90 percent negative press coverage, despite even the pandemic. From Russian hoaxes to a hoax impeachment to a pandemic shutdown hoax, Donald Trump has continued so persevere, no thanks to cowardly Republicans in Congress, who, not unlike Joe Biden, are hiding in their metaphorical basements. President Trump is the only thing that stands between the anarchist thugs, the Democrats, the media and America as we know it.
Each time you see the level of attacks ramp up, rest assured, it is because they know that they are in the vocal minority, that Donald Trump is winning and that he will be re-elected and so they must try to do as much “fundamental transforming” as possible before November 3rd, at which time Trump and the American People will put an end to their national temper tantrum.
For three-plus years, President Trump has proven that conservative values work, that the free market economy works, that law and order work and that our Constitution works. By doing so, he has also proven that everything the Democrats espouse, embrace and propose are nonsensical, wrong and do not work. Trump is making them and their ideas look bad and they know it.
Earlier this year, Congressman Al Green said, “I’m concerned that if we don’t impeach this president he will be re-elected.” Nancy Pelosi said it was “too dangerous to let the election decide” whether or not President Trump remains in office. By that, she means dangerous for her and her Party because she knows that when it is left to the voters, they will choose to re-elect President Trump and reject her and everything she and her Party stand for, just as they rejected Hillary Clinton as a proxy for Barack Obama and his “fundamental transformation of the United States of America.” As it was with Hillary Clinton, when Joe Biden loses, it will be the American Peoples’ doubling down on their rejection of all things Obama.
As Bachman Turner Overdrive said, “You ain’t seen nothing yet.” As the election nears, we, Donald Trump and the America we know are about to have unleashed upon us something that none of us could possibly imagine. Like a rabid dog backed into a corner, the more the America-haters realize they are going down, the more the attacks – and the more vicious.
So, in a rather twisted sense, we might rejoice when we see statues being toppled, cities being burned, our president, ourselves and everything we hold near and dear subjected to a hailstorm of biblical proportions. The worse things get, the more it will prove that the forces of evil are that much more certain that President Trump is going to win and that the American People are going to win. When that day comes, their days will be numbered. I hope and pray that we are up to the challenge.
It is with a very heavy heart that I sit at my computer this morning. Over the past couple of weeks, the negative news has been relentless. The following are just some errant ramblings on a number of topics/issues.
I know I speak for many – if not most – when I say that we no longer believe anything Dr. Anthony Fauci, the CDC or most of the so-called “experts” have to say regarding the Coronavirus and COVID-19. They have been wrong at every turn and have consistently flip-flopped over the past four months. The only people telling the truth all along have found themselves censored or banned from social media and are repeatedly mocked or summarily rejected on cable news. If testing were possible, you would find exponentially more American lives have been destroyed due to the totalitarian shutdowns and draconian regulations than were ever taken by COVID-19. The old cliché is true. The cure was much worse than the disease.
New restrictions have been placed on people traveling from states with spikes in COVID cases. People are asking, “How would they know? How can they enforce that?” Two words: Cell phone. Check the settings of your phone. It may have already been automatically updated to include COVID tracking. If you’re currently in a state with virus spikes and travel to a state that has implemented a 14-day quarantine, don’t be surprised if you get a notice on your phone or a knock at your door when you arrive at your destination.
Just two days before their scheduled July 2nd reopening, the governor of my state of New Jersey, Phil Murphy, banned indoor dining at Atlantic City’s casinos as well as all restaurants. This, after they had just brought back and retrained staffs, ordered untold thousands of dollars in food, and readied themselves for the new, 25 percent capacity regulations. Then, late last evening, Murphy also banned smoking and drinking, essentially dealing the casinos a pair of deuces against a blackjack. These new regs will be in place “indefinitely.” Even prior to the new smoking/drinking ban, at least one casino had already decided not to have their soft reopening on July 2nd because it simply made no business sense. I suspect other casinos will follow suit. Employees who had returned to work to prepare for their reopening will now have to go through the process of refiling for unemployment, with all of the aggravation that entails, hoping and praying that they’ll be able to receive benefits, once again.
To add insult to injury, a local agitator/activist who is actually on the Atlantic City payroll, had already planned a black lives matter protest/shutdown of Atlantic City for this Saturday, July 4th, thee most important weekend for shore businesses. He has vowed and even doubled down on his promise to block vehicular access into Atlantic City as well as to block the boardwalk and has told listeners to local radio stations that his shutdown will happen, “110 percent.”
This same man is almost singularly responsible for the devastation brought to Atlantic City several weeks ago, after his battle cry “we’re gonna do some window shopping later” resulted in the riots, fires, destruction and theft that were visited upon so many of the city’s businesses, all of whom pay this thug’s very handsome salary through the tax dollars generated by their businesses.
Between this weekend’s planned protest/riot/shutdown by this local race-hustler/grievance industry agitator and the new restrictions placed upon the casino industry, I cannot imagine why any of them would go forward with their plans to reopen on July 2nd, especially when casinos were already experiencing reservation cancellations, due to the protests. There are any number of ancillary businesses tied to Atlantic City’s casino industry, all of which have suffered greatly. Just as they were beginning to see the light at the end of the tunnel, now this.
Despite spikes in COVID-19 cases (due largely to exponentially-increased testing) the death rates are going down, averaging from 0.2% to 0.5%. Additionally, the average age for COVID cases has dropped eleven years to 43 and the spikes we’re seeing are in the 18 to 34-year old range. Hospital stays are half the length they once were, with few patients going on ventilators. Young people who contract Coronavirus survive in nearly every case, some unaware that they even have it. The best possible scenario is that many young people contract the virus in order to develop herd immunity and in order for the virus to weaken, over time. Had young people not been quarantined in March, we would have largely established herd immunity by now and would be in a new phase of this pandemic. Naturally, these young people would do well to stay away from elderly family members and those with compromised immune systems and those in the “compromised” categories would do well to remain quarantined.
With that said, life simply must go on. Vaccines eradicate disease. There is no flu vaccine. There is a flu “shot.” People still get the flu. Forty years in and there still is no AIDS vaccine. We didn’t shut down the country for AIDS nor for flu. Neither should we for COVID. Yet, here we are, thanks to totalitarian governors who are motivated by politics and hatred, hell-bent on overthrowing a president, the People be damned.
All of this is happening in an atmosphere of widespread chaos and civil unrest, all planned, all organized, all perfectly-timed to coincide with the election year. New polls show that twenty percent of democrats believe that Joe Biden is suffering from dementia and a full 40% of likely voters across-the-board believe same. Yet, the Russia hoax and Donald Trump’s impeachment, the pandemic and it’s well-orchestrated response which collapsed our economy…… as well as the rioting, burning and taking over of American cities like Seattle, with similar takeovers being planned in cities across the country, including New York……..as well as the tearing down of statues, the abolishing of police forces – none of it having anything to do with George Floyd – are all part of a grand, master plan, a coup d’etat to oust President Trump and to replace him with a frail, senile old man who refuses to leave his basement and who doesn’t even know for which office he’s running. The ultimate goal is to “fundamentally transform” the country into a socialist dystopia in order to satiate a small percentage of the population who – as adults – are now exorcising all of their childhood demons, having felt like they never quite fit in. The entire country is being torn apart because of a few miscreants and misanthropes who feel their entire lives suck because they never made the football team nor got asked to the prom.
As if the soaring murder rates (up 250 percent in LA during the first week of June) and shooting rates (in NYC, up 400 percent for the month of June compared to June of 2019) weren’t disturbing enough, a story has emerged from St. Louis, where a group of black lives matter thugs had broken down an iron gate to a private community and had congregated in front of a middle aged couple’s home, threatening them, their dog and their property. Unable to get any help from the police, the couple took matters into their own hands and came outside with their legally-owned firearms to defend themselves and their property.
For all of the crowd’s accusations of racism and white privilege, it turns out that the husband is an attorney who is currently defending a black man who was a victim of police brutality. The young thugs were not aware of this because they never bothered to do their research…..just as they have failed to research the identities and the histories of those depicted in statues and monuments across the country, including abolishionists. As of this writing, the couple in question has the threat of prosecution hanging over their heads……for simply exercising their Second Amendment rights. For those demanding the abolishment of police, they might have even more to fear from average, everyday Americans who have had enough, like this older woman in New York City givin’ it to a young, white soy boy who is “down with the struggle.”
Pew research of the make up of those rioting and tearing down statues, etc, indicates that 6 out of 7 are actually whites……..and most of them are college-age females, having been taught to hate their country and any piece of history that pre-dates “The Big Bang Theory” television show. History repeats itself in 2020 as bitter, angry young women are setting out to destroy this country just as their bitter, angry, mothers and grandmothers from the 60s and 70s destroyed the American family, the institution of marriage and two generations of young boys who were forced to grow up without fathers, without male role models. The fallout is no more evident than in the black community. All of this, ALL OF IT, is driven by the left who wants government to become as our surrogate parents, teachers, providers, spouses and God. This is precisely why the draconian COVID regulations have closed our churches and kept many of us alienated from our own support systems, including our own families. The goal is to divide and conquer, and it’s working. Five minutes spent on social media will give you all the proof you need.
President Trump is caught between a rock and a hard place. He cannot send in the National Guard unless governors ask……and they will not…….at least not until it gets so bad that their constituents demand it and until governors then believe their own jobs are at stake. There has been reportage that the military may ignore the Commander in Chief’s orders, no doubt taking their lead from so many generals who’ve been backstabbing the president of late. The optics of that would be horrible as it would make the president look weak, not in command. Equally bad would be a single American being harmed at the hands of the military. The reportage would be that the president is killing his own people. We all remember the horrible accusations leveled at Mr. Trump when the Secret Service used teargas to clear away the protestors in Lafayette Square prior to the president taking his walk to St. John’s Church at the height of the protests. President Trump’s only option at this point seems to be through use of his executive order which harshly punishes those desecrating and destroying monuments and memorials on federal ground. At some point, the price of poker for these young thugs will be too high. But, much damage has already been done.
Donald Trump is under the greatest pressure of his presidency. There is non-stop reportage of bad poll numbers in important battleground states, that his campaign is “swooning” and the latest is that he’s even considering getting out of the race.
Nonsense, of course. Donald Trump is many things, a quitter not among them. In fact, such news stories only serve to further embolden him. One should do some research on poll numbers before simply accepting them, regardless of which cable news network is reporting them. Remember, even Fox fired “Diamond & Silk” while hiring Donna Brazile, a woman that even CNN deemed not worth keeping around. First of all, national polls are meaningless. Take away California and New York and Trump would be ahead. Candidates win presidential elections state by state through electoral votes, not nationally. One should also learn the difference between “registered voters” and “likely voters” and be suspect of a poll of 1000 people when 750 of them are Democrats and only 250 are Republicans.
With everything else, there is a new Russia Hoax, borne by yet another leak of classified information to the New York Times, leaked by the same people and to the same people who gave us the first Russia Hoax……and with the same goal and with the same disregard to our national security. We are told that President Trump was briefed that Russia had put a bounty on the heads of American military and did nothing. Then we are told that if he wasn’t briefed, that too is bad. As Chuck Schumer said to the president yesterday, “You lose either way.” This is not dissimilar to Nancy Pelosi’s comment, “The president is impeached forever.”
Trump Administration officials have said there was no such briefing and we are told that this alleged “bounty” intel was uncorroborated, which is why the president would not be told about it. Can anyone possibly believe – given the president’s fondness for the military and for veterans, given everything he’s done to rebuild the military – that had he been given credible intel, he would not have done everything in his power to protect his military? Really? REALLY?
Remember, this is the man who put serious sanctions on Russia, who armed Ukraine. Meanwhile, Barack Obama told Medvedev on a hot mic “After my election, I’ll have more flexibility,” to which Medvedev replied, “I understand. I will relay this message to Vladimir.” Trump gave Ukraine bombs. Obama gave them blankets. That’s a fact.
This latest Russia Hoax is another nothing burger, another effort by the Democrats to distract the American People from the fact that there does not exist enough Prevagen in this world to shock their candidate, Joe Biden, back into coherency or lucidity. Biden is now telling us that, when president, he would sign an executive order mandating mask-wearing at all times. Nancy Pelosi has glommed on, calling for a national mask mandate and saying “real men wear masks.” In other words, if you don’t wear a mask, you’re not a real man. Truth be told, most of the “real men” in the Democrat Party are women. But that’s a topic for another blog.
Honestly, were Trump and Biden to be on a split screen, Biden with his mask askew or hanging off one ear…..and Trump with none, who looks like a real man to you? The Democrats are the least-qualified to deem what is real masculinity, as is evidenced by so many gender-fluid Democrat leaders who – through their radical, activist words and policies – are dismantling this country, brick by brick. As for Nancy Pelosi, most would prefer she eschew the mask in exchange for a gag. Rather, I defer to the late, great Rodney Dangerfield, who would describe her as a “two-bagger. I wear a bag over my head in case the one over her head breaks.
While all of this was going on, a news item that seemed relegated to page three status is the newly uncovered notes by former FBI agent, Peter Strzok, notes related to him by FBI director James Comey about the now-infamous January 5, 2017, Oval Office meeting on what to do about Michael Flynn that has been widely accepted by the media. The transcription of Comey’s notes on the back and forth between Obama and Biden reads as follows:
VP: ‘Logan Act,’ P: These are unusual times. VP: I’ve been on intel committee for ten years and I never……. P: Make sure you look over things and have the right people on it. P: Is there anything I shouldn’t be telling the transition team?
Now, read the notes again, looking at it with the common sense additions I’ve written.
VP: Logan Act? P: These are unusual times. VP: I’ve been on intel committee for ten years and I never…. [heard of it or heard it used before]. P: Make sure you look over things and have the right people on it. P: Is there anything I shouldn’t be telling the transition team?
Big difference, huh?
Their interpretation would suggest that Biden brought up the Logan Act. My slant links Obama to the attempted coup. It doesn’t matter, either way. Even if Obama had not been the person suggesting they use the Logan Act, he would still be implicated in the coup by directing others to use it as is evidenced by the last two things Obama said.This looks bad for both Obama and Joe Biden, which is why you probably haven’t heard much – if anything – about it.
You might also not be aware of yet another big disappointment from the biggest disappointment on the Supreme Court in my lifetime, Chief Justice John Roberts, who has issued several stunning rulings in recent weeks, going far left again to expand LGBTQ rights and to protect the young immigrants known as “Dreamers”. Yesterday, he struck down a Louisiana abortion law which would require physicians to have privileges at nearby hospitals, while he supported the same law in Texas just a few years ago.
Republican Louisiana Senator, John Kennedy, described Roberts and his decision this way:
“The process bothers me as much as the result. The chief justice today joined with the four liberals on the court to strike down the Louisiana statute. Four years ago in a case out of Texas, same statute, same issue, the chief justice voted with the conservatives. Today he voted with the liberals. He changed his vote. He flip-flopped. He flip-flopped like a banked catfish, and that’s why I say the process worries me as much as the result. This is why so many people think that our federal courts, our federal judges, have become nothing but politicians in robes. Now the chief justice famously says all the time that he is just an umpire, all he does is call balls and strikes. Well, four years ago he called a ball. Today, same pitch, he called a strike. And I don’t know what else to say. He just changed his vote with no explanation.”
There IS an explanation for Roberts decision and for everything else that is simultaneously taking place across the country……Donald Trump is president now and he poses an existential threat to Democrats, Republicans, Independents, everyone who is part of the Washington swamp and the Deep State, everyone who hates America, our customs, our traditions and a thousand years of societal norms. DC denizens from both sides of the aisle – who might otherwise be mortal enemies – have found in Donald Trump a common enemy. So, despite their differences, they will link arms in unity in order to overthrow the president, by any means necessary. After Trump, they come after his supporters……and that is already happening at the hands of the youth who have taken to the streets, the byproduct of your hard-earned college tuition dollars.
It is very difficult to remain optimistic right now, to keep one’s spirits up. That is by design. Everything that is being visited upon the American People is meant to isolate, to depress, to create hopelessness and despair, to leave us defeated. Such people are much easier to control. If Nancy Pelosi gets her way and all Americans are mandated to wear masks at all times…..if the Governor Murphys, Cuomos, Wolfs, Whitmers and Newsoms of this country have their way and destroy businesses and even entire industries and state economies out of hatred for Donald Trump, the America we’ve known will be gone even before the election. Some have opined that it’s best to get off social media and to turn off the news. That’s what the left wants, because that will further isolate you. Democrats LOVE “low-information voters.” Americans simply MUST unite and stick together. They MUST pay attention to what is going on and they MUST fight back. My biggest fear is that may be literally and that what took place in St. Louis will be repeated over and over again throughout the country.
I have to believe that the Donald Trump I know is working on a major plan…..and has been……to quash and to squash this civil unrest, this revolution and to wrest this country back from these evildoers. I believe he – as well as the American People – will stand for only so much both on the rioting front and the COVID front. I believe that sooner, rather than later, something is going to happen that will be the ultimate tipping point and that either the president or the American People will put a stop to it and remind elected officials exactly who works for whom.
For the past 4 weeks, America has been dealing with what can easily be described as a national temper tantrum. Thugs of all races, religions, genders and sexual orientations are destroying businesses, destroying cities, destroying lives and attempting to erase our history. In at least one case, they’ve even taken over a portion of a major American city, Seattle.
What these miscreants and misanthropes have in common is that they are generally very young. They belong to a generation which has never had more opportunities, been less oppressed, more mollycoddled and more protected by “helicopter parents” who hovered over them to shield them from every adversity they might face, depriving them of valuable life lessons. This is a generation who was rewarded not because of their behavior and accomplishment, but despite their behavior and lack of accomplishment. This is the “participation trophy” generation – and now the rest of us have to suffer the fallout.
Make no mistake, this is not about George Floyd. It has NEVER been about George Floyd. We know for a fact – based on information from our intelligence community – that well-funded anarchist groups have been at the ready since late last year, waiting for the proper catalyst, waiting for the “we’re good to go” phone call. The goal? The same as it’s been November, 2016…….get rid of Donald Trump. We are told that this is a grassroots movement, yet, from coast to coast, we see the same people carrying the same size signs with the same print font, wearing the same exact tee shirts, etc. A cynic might believe all of these things were mass-produced in a factory and shipped to strategic warehouses around the country, ready to be handed out at the appropriate time. Similarly, pallets of bricks, rocks, Molotov cocktails etc, have suddenly materialized on street corners in strategic areas of America’s major cities, where they will be needed once the text or call comes.
Lately, we’ve heard so much about “police reforms.” I maintain that what this country needs more than anything is parenting reforms.
The morning after the Atlantic City protests/riots, I drove to the city to document the destruction with my camera…..and there was plenty. While sitting at a red light, I saw three young, black girls standing on the corner, just hanging out and talking to each other and on their cellphones. They were no more than 13 or 14 years old and nicely groomed and dressed, hardly looking so destitute that they needed to steal food or clothing in order to survive. They were discussing where to go and what to do when one girl was informed via her cell phone that the 501 Store was wide open and the contents were there for the taking. The girl told her friends, “Let’s go there.” I ask you, what caused these three young girls to want to steal from a store whose owner had done absolutely nothing to them? Was it because of my “white privilege”? Was it because of slavery that ended 150 years ago? Was it because of police brutality? Was it Derek Chauvin’s fault? Or, was it a lack of proper parenting or no parenting at all? Is it the police who need to be retrained or is it America’s youth as well as the generation of people who raised them?
To those who lecture us about systemic racism I would argue that we have a systemic lack of parenting, a systemic lack of manners, a systemic lack of how to behave like civil people, a systemic lack of respect for authority, a systemic lack of knowledge of the basic principles of what’s right and what’s wrong.
Over the past 25 years or so, whenever children have acted out or pushed boundaries, I’ve often heard their parents ask, “What am I supposed to do?” Really? REALLY? Many tell me I am not qualified to opine since I don’t have children. Well, I was a child, so that makes me qualified to know what children will do. Simply put, generally, they will do only that which they know they can get away with. Any expert will tell you that children need boundaries, that they – in fact – want boundaries.
When I was growing up, we always knew where the boundaries were. We knew what was expected of us and we knew there would be swift, severe consequences for violating those boundaries. Many was the time I wouldn’t even ask my parents the question because I already knew what the answer would be. I also knew that there was no wearing my parents down through thrashing about, acting out or nagging. No meant no.
Unfortunately, subsequent generations of parents want to be their children’s friends, not their parents. The same goes for others who are supposed to be authority figures for children, including teachers. As a result, children don’t respect their parents, their teachers, the police. In fact, they don’t even respect themselves. The entire country is now left to deal with the fallout of a lack of boundaries, a lack of a sense of right and wrong and a lack of proper parenting.
Liberal governance is no different than liberal parenting. One need only observe what is happening in Democrat-controlled cities and states across the country. The most glaring example is Seattle. Not unlike a liberal parent, Mayor Jenny Durkan has allowed a bunch of misbehaving children to take over 6 blocks of her city, an area formerly called CHAZ, now CHOP. There are no rules in CHOP. It’s analogous to liberal parents allowing their teenage children to have a party in the house while they’re away, so long as they promise there will be no drinking, that they don’t break anything and that they clean up afterward.
After a couple of weeks of what Durkan called “a block party” or “The Summer of Love,” several people were shot over the weekend, including a 19-year old black man. The police tried to enter CHOP, promising to go in only to remove the injured to get them to a hospital. The angry mob would not allow the police access and they were forced to retreat, their hands tied by the mayor and city council. As a result, the young, black man died from his injuries. His blood and the blood of the other two who were injured is on Mayor Durkan’s hands as well as that of Seattle’s city council who have rendered their police department impotent.
Now that her “permissive parenting” has resulted in at least one death, Mayor Durkan is ready to metaphorically throw her son and his friends out of her basement. She said, “There should be no place in Seattle that the Seattle Fire Department and the Seattle Police Department can’t go. The cumulative impacts of gatherings and protests and the nighttime atmosphere and violence has led to increasingly difficult circumstances for our businesses and residents. The impacts have increased and the safety has decreased.”
NOW she tells us. Had she set the boundaries at the start, had she not given permission to these punks to have their party in the first place, had she not taken a liberal “kids will be kids” stance, a large section of her city would have been spared their destruction……and at least one black life – which is supposed to matter – would have also been spared.
Rioting anarchists have tried to recreate CHOP in other cities, including Philadelphia and San Francisco, among others. Last night, anarchists tried to establish BHAZ (Black House Autonomous Zone) in Washington, DC. They spray painted the letter B, H, A or Z on each of four columns of the priceless, irreplaceable St. John’s Church, “the church of Presidents” in Washington, DC. They also attempted to tear down the statue of Andrew Jackson, but DC police surrounded it and protected it. No one should be surprised by what took place in Washington, given Mayor Muriel Bowser’s caving in to the collective temper tantrum in her city, which saw her rename a major thoroughfare leading to the White House “Black Lives Matter Plaza” and even permit the pavement to be painted same in huge, yellow letters. New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio has promised to do likewise in each of his city’s five boroughs.
Across the country, young people are toppling statues at a breakneck pace. They have been so brainwashed into hating their country that they are destroying everything that came before, in many cases, being totally clueless as to whom these works of art portray. They assume that since the statues are old, they must represent evil, racist people because anything that comes from their parents’ or grandparents’ era – or earlier – is necessarily evil and racist.
The one accessory carried by each of these ungrateful offspring is a smart phone, in which every piece of information gathered since the dawn of Man is available at the touch of an index finger. Yet, none of them bothers to do even the slightest bit of research. The statues are old, they represent the past, so they must go. Facts are irrelevant. So, statues like that of abolitionist Matthias Baldwin, Union General Ulysses S. Grant, Christopher Columbus, George Washington, Thomas Jefferson and Francis Scott Key are treated no differently than those of Confederate soldiers. The same people who are calling for Juneteenth (the day slaves were emancipated) to be a federal holiday have defaced statues of Abraham Lincoln, the man who made Juneteenth possible.
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi even had the “grotesque” paintings of Confederate speakers of the house (all Democrats, by the way) removed from the Capitol. As of this writing, she has yet to demand the removal of the statues of Confederate Generals Stonewall Jackson and Robert E. Lee removed in Baltimore, statues which her own father dedicated in 1948, while he was mayor of the city. And now, there are even calls for statues depicting a white Jesus Christ to be destroyed. I pray it doesn’t come to that……oh, how I pray.
Last week, I had the opportunity to attend a Black Lives Matter protest in my small community. Most of the residents in our peaceful city did not want the protest to take place, knowing full well the unsavory types of characters these protests often attract from other areas, coming only to destroy and to loot.
I chose to attend the protest so that I might no longer have to rely on the media’s portrayal of BLM. In a crowd of about 300, I was the only “opposing voice” to actually march in their midst – and I made my voice heard. From the moment I arrived on the scene and before I had spoken a single word, I was profiled, judged, branded, yelled at and mocked, called profane names by a number of people both to my face and as I was referenced in an online video produced and narrated by a Black Lives Matter activist from a nearby town, simply because of the color of my skin and because of my clothing. I was a victim of the same racism and hatred the BLM supporters were supposedly there to protest. The same people who demand tolerance, diversity and inclusiveness offered me absolutely none. ZERO. I was told that my life didn’t matter until black lives matter. I was told to “enjoy your privilege now……because we’re coming.”
Having now seen and heard with my own eyes and ears, I can attest that Black Lives Matter is a radical, activist, anarchist, racist, anti-cop, anti-Trump, hate-filled, vitriolic anti-American organization. The bellicosity I witnessed in person as well as that contained in the online video left me with no doubt that – were it not for the increased police presence – the protest could have very easily gotten out of control and risen to the point of rioting, destruction and looting, such as we saw in a neighboring city, just several weeks ago.
The Black Lives Matter movement logo is the image of a raised, clenched fist, not dissimilar to the Black Power symbol of the 1960s nor to the Communist symbol. When Black Lives Matter presents a raised, clenched fist as their logo, it is not because they wish to shake your hand, as I can attest. BLM has a very specific plan for this country, very specific goals and they will use whatever means necessary to achieve those goals. They are not interested in debate, only in shutting down debate. It’s their way or else.
The Black Lives Matter movement is doing a great disservice to the majority of those in the African-American community who are decent people and who want to live in safe communities. Black Lives Matter’s top three demands are to abolish the police, abolish the court system and to abolish the prison system and release all prisoners. Were their wishes to be granted, minority neighborhoods would be disproportionately adversely affected since most crime already takes place in those neighborhoods. The African-American community needs to rise up and to condemn Black Lives Matter, their motives, their goals and their modus operandi. Black leaders should do likewise.
Make no mistake. This isn’t about color. It’s about behavior. Civil rights leader Jesse Jackson once said, “There is nothing more painful to me at this stage in my life than to walk down the street and hear footsteps…then turn around and see somebody white and feel relieved.” Is that because of a policing issue or is something being done or taught – or not being done, nor taught – in America’s homes that gave birth to the chaos, anarchy, destruction and death that is being visited upon so many American cities?
Perhaps if parents started being their children’s parents and not their friends, perhaps if good old-fashioned values were to once again be taught in America’s homes and schools and instilled in young minds, perhaps if children were given boundaries and held to them, perhaps if children were to suffer the consequences of their poor choices at the hands of their parents, then perhaps they wouldn’t have to suffer them at the hands of the police. If some reforms were to take place in homes across this country, perhaps the only interactions that young people of all races would have with the police is sharing cup of coffee – or a snow cone.
Confederate flags should fly and statues of Confederate soldiers should stand. Why?
These things serve to teach future generations about our history, to show that while we’re not perfect, that – while we’ve made mistakes – we also learned from them and corrected them, proving that this is indeed a noble nation who always strives to do better, to become “a more perfect union.”
The Eighteenth Amendment of the United States Constitution established the prohibition of “intoxicating liquors” in the United States. When things didn’t go so well and we realized the error of our ways, did we simply delete the 18th Amendment, as if it never existed? No.
Instead, the 18th Amendment remained, for all the world to see and we created the 21st Amendment to repeal the 18th Amendment, which repealed Prohibition. This is just as our Founding Fathers intended. They wanted those who came after to see that when America made a mistake, we realized it and that we corrected it. What a beautiful thing our Founders gave us in designing our Constitution this way and what a valuable life lesson for a child…..or an adult.
Spoiled-rotten, mollycoddled, protected young people who have never been less oppressed at any time in our history are now pulling down statues of people of whom they’ve never heard and whose backgrounds and histories they do not know. All the young America-haters know is that the statues are old, so they must be bad, since these destructive thugs abhor everything that came from their parents’ or grandparents’ generations, rejecting every custom, tradition and societal norm which has existed for a thousand years before they were born.
When these statues – and the stories of those they portray – are gone, future generations of Americans will never know how lucky they are to live in a country who owns up to its mistakes and takes the steps to atone for its sins. Perhaps today’s young miscreants, malcontents and misanthropes would prefer North Korea, who buries its mistakes, it’s crimes and atrocities – as well as anyone who tries to expose them.
As the 2020 presidential election nears, the fundamental transformation of the country that Barack Obama promised us is now happening at breakneck speed. There are no longer such things as “gradualism” or the proverbial “death by a thousand cuts”. We are witnessing it in real time.
In the aftermath of the George Floyd case, there are now at least 20 states seriously considering giving into the demands of groups like Black Lives Matter to defund their police departments. As I write, Congress is having hearings on this issue even as President Trump affirms the defunding of police will never happen on his watch. The White House is also working on a police reform plan which we expect at any time. Meanwhile, the House has already passed legislation which would make lynching a federal crime and the bill is awaiting approval in the Senate. The word “lynching” has rarely been heard in the past thirty years, ever since Clarence Thomas referred to his treatment at his Supreme Court confirmation hearings as “a high-tech lynching.” Yet, here’s the word again……just a few years after Americans elected and reelected their first black president, something not possible without overwhelming white support.
Yesterday, the world watched as a memorial service was held for George Floyd, a service that was not unlike a state funeral, the difference being that Floyd did not lie in state in the Capitol Rotunda. Civil rights “icon” and professional race-hustler, Al Sharpton officiated. Presumptive Democrat presidential nominee, Joe Biden, who was originally scheduled to attend, was excluded from the event after Sharpton spoke with the Floyd family’s attorney. The Reverend didn’t want the event to be political. That’s rich, even for Sharpton.
Everything Al Sharpton has done in his public life has been political with one goal in mind….to divide this nation by race simply to justify his very existence. His words and his delivery were boilerplate as he praised George Floyd, a middle-aged man who was high on Fentanyl and methamphetamines, in possession of cocaine and trying to pass off a counterfeit $20 at the time of his arrest. It’s been said numerous times that – for the past five years – Floyd had been cleaning up his life. Really? REALLY? In a taped message, Joe Biden said that too many blacks fear “they will lose their life while in the process of simply living their life.” Was George Floyd simply “living his life” when he was arrested? Is that what the black community believes is simply living one’s life? I’ll never believe that. What Biden seems to have been engaging in is what has been referred to as “the soft bigotry of low expectations.”
Let me state again that regardless of what he did, Floyd’s treatment by the police sickened me and everyone who saw that tape. With that said, can anyone in the black community possibly believe that George Floyd led an exemplary life, the kind of life a mother would want for her son, the kind of life to which every young black man aspires? Even the most cynical among us will never believe that.
You know there’s a major problem in our society when Al Sharpton is asked to eulogize ANYONE, particularly when he eulogizes George Floyd as if he were George Bailey and when every cable TV news network presents wall to wall coverage of the funeral. Of course, we know what would have happened had they not carried Floyd’s service. Meanwhile, the execution-style death of retired – and black – police captain, David Dorn, at the hands of another black man in the course of the rioting goes largely ignored, except to report that the assailant has been caught. Dorn’s funeral will not be carried. Cable news ran it’s regular programming today.
As you consider the life of George Floyd, as you consider what young people are doing to our businesses and cities and as you consider their demands, is it the police who need reforming or is reform needed in America’s homes, something that cannot be fixed by government, by Donald Trump and certainly not by the Al Sharptons of the world.
From the time of slavery until the early 1960s and despite abject poverty, despite systemic racism, the American black family remained intact. Black families were strong and they were deeply connected to their faith. As black author Shelby Steele – who grew up in the 50s – said yesterday, “Back then, we had daddys……and they were good daddys” and stressed the importance of good male role models in the home. For too many years, black boys have had no one to look to but “gangsta rappers” and professional “bad boy” athletes who can’t keep their junk in their pants as examples of what a man should be. How many more generations of young men have to be lost?
In the early 1960s, approximately 75 percent of black children were born into a two-parent home. In 2020, approximately 75 percent of black children are born into a single-parent home. What happened? The Democrats started “helping” the black community. The same southern Democrats (Lyndon Johnson, Al Gore Sr etc) who blocked Dwight Eisenhower and the Republicans’ Civil Rights legislation in the late 1950s were themselves to pass it in 1964. At the time, Johnson was quoted as having said,”I’ll have those n_ _ _ _ _s voting Democratic for 200 years.” Well, it’s been almost 60 years.
With the Civil Rights Act and “The Great Society,” the Democrats established themselves as the Party of the regular Joe and the black community. After six decades and $15 trillion spent on social programs, the black community is complaining about the same problems now, as then. That’s because Democrats never intended to help the black community, only to enslave them, to keep them dependent, to dole out only enough cash to allow them to survive, but not thrive, knowing that – out of their dependence – they’d keep voting Democrat to keep the checks coming.
The Democrat Party, which gave us slavery, the KKK and Jim Crow, has – with the help of the Al Sharptons, the Jesse Jacksons and the media – fanned the flames of hate and racism for decades, convinced several generations of blacks that they are victims, while blaming their plight on Republicans, all for votes and power. They continue to this day. Add to that the fact that far too many black parents instill these same notions into their children’s heads and it’s no wonder the problems in their communities persist all these many years later. I ask again, is it the police who need reforming or should reforms be taking place in the homes of Americans? Donald Trump didn’t get George Floyd high, nor did he place the bags of cocaine in his pockets. Neither did Donald Trump force young people to destroy cities, injure – or kill – nearly 800 police and secret service agents as well as civilians, some of them, black, themselves.
“I am for doing good to the poor, but…I think the best way of doing good to the poor, is not making them easy in poverty, but leading or driving them out of it. I observed…that the more public provisions were made for the poor, the less they provided for themselves, and of course became poorer. And, on the contrary, the less was done for them, the more they did for themselves, and became richer.” – Benjamin Franklin
There it is. A self-sufficient, self-reliant black community is Kryptonite to the Democrat Party because blacks (or those of any color) who don’t need their social programs may not necessarily vote for them. As Shelby Steele says, “Whites win their power by deferring to some problem minorities have…they use us as a tool.”
Democrats’ social programs have destroyed the black family and their communities. They incentivized women to have children out of wedlock…..the more children, the more checks. Blacks have been robbed of what my father used to call “gumption,” their motivation to make something of themselves, to do better, to make it on their own, to be successful……and, as a result, they’ve been robbed of their self esteem and the sense of fulfillment that comes from accomplishment.
Democrat policies have been designed not to drive blacks out of poverty, but to keep them in it, dependent, so that they can be easily controlled, their votes counted on. For me, the one policy that always comes to mind first is Affirmative Action. This policy essentially told blacks they’re too stupid or lazy to make it on their own. They were to get preferential treatment when it came to hiring based solely on their skin color, even if a white applicant was more qualified. This is racism in its purest form. Both blacks and whites were treated differently based solely on the color of their skin.
The move to defund police is spreading across the country. This will disproportionately hurt black communities as that is where most crimes take place. I go back to Shelby Steele’s quote, “Whites win their power by deferring to some problem minorities have…they use us as a tool.” When the police are gone and crime gets even worse in these communities, who will residents turn to? The people who granted their wish to get rid of the police, of course. Their power grows.
I have watched in total disbelief as governors and mayors have caved to the lowest common denominator among us, spoiled, mollycoddled children who have grown up during a time where – according to Shelby Steele – they have never been “less oppressed.” Jacob Frey, the baby-faced mayor of Minneapolis was forced to slink away, to walk the walk of shame while being booed away, after he told a crowd of anarchists that he was not in favor of defunding police.
Nancy Pelosi and House Democrats wore African kente cloth as each took a knee for nearly 9 minutes in honor of George Floyd. Meanwhile, the rest of us cannot wear sombreros on Cinco de Mayo because that would be racist, an act of “cultural appropriation.”
The Mayor of Washington DC has renamed a street leading to the White House “Black Lives Matter Plaza” and the huge, yellow letters on the pavement reflect the name change. New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio is about to rename a major thorofare in each of the city’s five boroughs “Black Lives Matter,” once again, with the huge, painted letters on the pavement. The governor of Kentucky has vowed to give free health insurance to every black person in his state. Saints Quarterback Drew Brees and NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell have caved to the anarchists over the “taking a knee” issue and Al Sharpton insists the NFL give Colin Kaepernick a job.
The 30-year-old television program “Cops” has now been cancelled, Yosemite Sam’s guns have been removed from cartoons, “Gone with the Wind” has been pulled from the HBO Max library, never mind Hattie McDaniel’s Oscar-winning performance, the first Oscar won by a black actor. What next, public book burnings of Tom Sawyer and To Kill a Mockingbird? So deeply disturbing is also to watch police, law-enforcement officials, mayors, governors and other elected leaders march with, kneel before or lie on the ground with various groups who are hell bent on destroying this country and remaking it into a socialist dystopia. I paraphrase Dr. Phil who has said words to the effect, “It takes one person to run a household. God help you if that one person is a child.”
Barack Obama once spoke out about ISIS and said that all Muslims should not be blamed for “the violence of a few”. We are told that stereotyping blacks is racist. Yet, all white people and all cops are being painted with a broad brush because of the evil act of Derek Chauvin. Yesterday, Mike O’Meara, the head of New York City’s police union, offered his impassioned comments to the public, defending himself, his officers and their unstained badges, refusing to be lumped together with Chauvin.
I was incredulous watching a video of a young, white woman who was essentially forced to kneel down before a Black Lives Matter member, to acknowledge her white privilege and to apologize. Yesterday, I listened to a caller on talk radio tell her story of being called into the boss’s office and of being asked why she hadn’t come out in support of Black Lives Matter on her Facebook page. The woman had written nothing on her page about the George Floyd situation, neither positive nor negative……nothing, thinking that was the safest way to go. She was fired for NOT addressing this on Facebook, for NOT supporting BLM.
I don’t know of a single person who wasn’t horrified by what happened to George Floyd and who doesn’t believe Derek Chauvin should get what’s coming to him. Yet, anarchist, America-hating groups like ANTIFA and Black Lives Matter are presenting white Americans with a binary choice, all or nothing. In addition to taking a stance against Derek Chauvin and police brutality, we must also take a stance in favor of riots, the destruction and theft of personal property, the taking of lives and offer our full support to Black Lives Matter, or, we are racists. You must support George Floyd AND Black Lives Matter or they will destroy you.
I don’t know how this is going to end. What I do know is that everything we’ve seen from the COVID shutdowns to the burning of cities is purely political with one goal in mind…..to destroy Donald Trump. To that end, I will make a prediction:
Keith Ellison is the Attorney General of Minnesota. He is an Obama-ite. Ellison’s son serves on the Minneapolis City Council and has vowed to get rid of the police department. These are two very radical men, cut from the same Obama/Alinsky cloth. I believe that the elder Ellison overcharged Derek Chauvin, knowing that he’ll never get a conviction. And, if Chauvin gets off, so too will the other three cops.
If you think cities are burning now, that the demands are ridiculous now, imagine what will happen if my prediction comes to pass. Not only will police, mayors and governors be kneeling before these thugs, they’ll be bending over. And we’ll lose our country forever.