Finally for today, is this article from the American Partisam entitled Dr. Simone Gold - The Truth About the CV19 Vaccine. Watch when you have an hour to spare. So this is an actual doctor who does real clinical work of healing real people. And what she is telling the audience directly contradicts what we are getting from all sides. I don't know, of course. I am not a doctor. But my BS detector tells me Dr. Gold is telling the truth. Just sayin'.
Sunday, January 17, 2021
Better late than never I suppose, the Epoch Times is reporting that Chine 'Sought to Influence' 2020 US Election Director of National Intelligence Assesses. Big shock, the CIA management held up the reporting because they didn't want the fact that China had tried to influence the election to influence policy. One might say that with friends like these, who needs foreign spy agencies. Well, it appears they got what they wanted. I am looking for a course in speaking Mandarin.
The Hunger Games is a trilogy written by Suzanne Collins. A blockbuster in both print and film, it is about a fictional fascist, dystopian country, Panem. Panem is divided into twelve districts, cruelly governed by its Capitol that is populated with haute couture-adorned, tone deaf bureaucrats and a cold blooded leader....snip...
In Panem, the Capitol controls all aspects of life. It is heavily guarded and protected from the dirt poor, subjugated peons. It broadcasts propaganda. And to entertain the overworked, oft times dirty and usually hungry citizens, it holds and broadcasts an annual “Hunger Games” -- the cruel fight to the death among “tributes” -- one male and one female contestant from each district. The winner, having killed the other twenty-three contestants, is given a luxurious home and lifetime riches.
The parallels between Panem’s Capitol and Washington, D.C. right now are stunning. Biden and the Democrat majority, on the heels of the Covid-induced locked-down, shut down America, have quickly transformed the Capitol into a punitive, heavily guarded power center.Lecter goes on to list the many ways in which The Hunger Games seems have preciently predicted what is about to decend on America. Note that today's Psalm is Psalm 13. It seems strangely appropriate to the sitation today.
Saturday, January 16, 2021
I came of age in the 1960s. The country was still fresh off the McCarthy Era, during which Senator Joseph McCarthy (R Wis) attempted to publicize to the American people the fact that a number of high ranking employees of the State Department were card carrying members of the Communist party, and that the Communists took orders from Communist Russia. Clearly, these State Department employees were compromised by a conflict of interest. Do their loyalties lie with the Constitution, or with their Communist masters? As the Left always does, they attempted to muddy the waters by bringing forth the fact that a number of private citizens were also members of the Communist party. To be clear, there is nothing wrong or illegal about private citizens being Communist, although as I am about to explain, I question Communists patriotism.
The Left, which includes an assortment of various philosophies including Communism, Socialism, Progressivism, Fascism, Marxism, as well as the many advocates of various Critical Theories, and which I will lump under the umbrella of Collectivist, used the muddied waters to claim that somehow McCarthy was wrong. He wasn't. Then as now, the press, the Democrats, the Hollywood establishment, and others in essence "cancelled" McCarthy and convinced most Americans that he was wrong.
The Founders' idea was that "the people" was a group of individuals each with his or her own interests, achievements, and religion and other unique attributes. They wrote a frame work, called the Constitution of the United States of America to allow for the peaceful working out of these individual interests. First, they divided up the power into a bicameral Congress, an independent Judiciary, and a relatively strong Executive. They even made the two Houses of Congress different. The Representatives would be elected by popular vote. The Senators would be selected by the states. Then they limited the power that the Federal government could exercise over the American people, leaving the rest of the power to the individual States.
Note: there are many areas of business for which the Federal government has never been authorized. Healthcare, Social Security, education, are some of the things not included in the powers delegated to the Fed. The Supreme court does not escape notice here either for acting, or failing to act to protect the Constitution. And while a strong and energetic Executive was contemplated, the Congress has delegated far too much power to the President, allowing him to create laws through Executive agencies such that no one can truly understand the law, much less obey it.
The people wishing to have the new Constitution ratified were know as Federalists. Those that were leery of ever having so much power invested in government were known then as the Antifederalists. In order to achieve ratification, the Antifederalists wanted a Bill of Rights to make explicit the rights acknowledged in the new Constitution. Note that the Constitution does not grant rights,. Rather rights are granted by our Creator. The Constitution acknowledges these rights.
The rights belong to each of us, and include freedom to practice our religion as we deem correct, freedom of speech, of the press, and other rights such as the right to a trial by jury of your peers. Then they also acknowledged that we each have a right to keep and bear arms. And since the arms are also intended to be used in the event of war, we are entitled to keep and bear the arms that a soldier keeps and bears. Thus, we should be allowed to own and use fully automatic arms like the M16 or the M4. This may shock gentle readers, but the idea that "weapons of war do not belong on American streets" is totally false. We should have them on our streets. It is not the possession of such arms that is the problem, but rather the misuse of them by a small percentage.
By contrast, collectivists do not believe in individual rights, but group rights. At various times in history, they have advocated for various classes of people such as "workers" as opposed to "capitalists," or blacks as a class as opposed to supposed "white supremacists." According to the collectivists philosophy, a person who happens to be black must have the interests deemed to be those of a member of a class known as "black", and must vote those interests.
Here's the problem with the notion of group rights: Who decides what is a group right? I have a friend who is a retired Army Military Police officer, who works two jobs, one of which is armed security for businesses. He is married to the same woman for 30 plus years. He, obviously doesn't use drugs. Now, what interests does my friend have in common with, oh...say...George Floyd? The least important on, how he looks. But his character is more in line with other normal Americans. How can anyone define the interests of a class like being black? And the same is true for each of the other identities and the countless genders the Left promotes. Their "classes" are based on greed, envy and revenge against the successful. They appeal to peoples emotions to gain votes. And votes in turn translate into power. And power is the real point of the upheaval imposed on society by collectivist philosophies.
As an individual, my interests intersect with many people. But I am not defined by any of them. My ancestors came from Northern Europe. My neighbor hunts with guns, while I use guns for different purposes. I am a Lutheran Christian, married, a father and grandfather. I am, in other words, a class of one. And in truth, every other individual turns out to be a class of one as well. This was the central premise upon which the Founders built a successful, prosperous nation.
So, while being a collectivists of one or another stripe is not illegal, the fact is that collectivism and the Constitution are diametrically opposed ideas for governing the country. And since, up until now the Constitution was the way our nation was founded, and since every officer of that government from the lowliest Army private to the people elected to Congress, the Senate, or to the Presidency have all taken an oath to protect and defend the Constitution of the United States, it is collectivists who are committing treason in pushing their collectivist ideas.
Every time a Congress person suggests kicking another out of Congress because of what they have said or believe, that Congress person at the very least commits sedition. Remember one of the rights embodied on our First Amendment is freedom of speech. If one Congressman disagrees with another, their disagreement should be debated in public, and allow voters to decide who is correct. Yes, of course if someone's ideas truly offend the Constitution, that Congressman can be censured. But this should be rarely used, and the offense should be against the Constitution, not against the individual's personal sensibilities. Kicking people out, or cancelling them is the stuff of kindergarten, no mature statesmen.
Every time a member of Congress proposes a bill that limits in any way our right to keep and bear arms they are committing treason. Sound harsh? Sorry, but it is true. The only way that Congress should be regulating arms is in connection with their military utility.
Similarly, the entire cancel culture project is as Un-American as...well...kimchi or sushi. Ideas that can stand up to a fair debate (and no, those presidential so called "debates" are not true debates) will in time prove to be the ones that survives. Of course, because greed, envy, and other evils are a part of human nature, collectivism will always be a temptation. And, because collectivism always awaits, tyranny, which always accompanies collectivism, is also waiting in the wings.
So, as the Left takes the levers of power in this country, patriots must be unafraid to call out their treasonous and seditious behavior. And we must call out Un-American behaviors as well (Jack Dorsey, I am looking at you.) We used to say that while I may disagree with what you say, I would defend your right to say it. Now it seems that if I disagree with you, I should cancel you. Frankly, this seems like another new rule the Left is imposing, that they won't like when it comes back on them.
Update: At the American Thinker today, Jeffrey Folks has an article entitled Our Mounting Orwellian Nightmare where he discusses the current state of culture in the U. S. He doesn't call it treason, but perhaps he should.
Update 2: At the Epoch Times isan interview with Dennis Prager entitled Reichstag Fire. You will need an hour or so.
Thursday, January 14, 2021
I have been noodling over why the haters of Donald Trump so despise him. They started trying to figure out how to keep him out of office the moment he announced he was running. As a man who had no political experience, the announcement had to seem like a vanity project for a rich, indulged real estate developer. But, as we have found out, the FBI, the CIA, probably some other 3 letter agencies, plus the DNC and the Hillary campaign were out to get Trump.
Then he won. They tried for four years to get him out, and he persisted, And he kept doing things that the people who voted for him wanted him to do. It was great.
Yesterday, the new Democrat Congress, with a few Republican turncoats, impeached him for a second time. Now, at this point, he has 6 more days in office, but they want him gone NOW.
I have heard a number of theories for why they are so scared of him. One is that he will trigger the Insurrection Act and start arresting anyone who was involved in foreign interference with the election. If he was going to do that, he would have already, and he clearly hasn't. Oh, he will declassify a bunch of stuff exposing these "traitors." Again, if he was going to do that, he should have done it while he had nominal control. Indeed, some think he might keep these documents and use them. Again, if he had them and if he intended to use them, he should have already. No, the truth is I can not for the life of me figure out why they are so anxious.
Some have speculated that he would run again in four years. I don't think so for a number of reasons, some discussed below. But he will be 78 in for years old. At that age, a lot can happen in four years.
The DemocRats (Read Leftists, Communists, Socialists, Progressives, or the latest flag under which they are fighting. They change flags like I change underwear to keep their opponents on their heels.) have won. They, of course, will have no interest in changing election laws because these election laws enabled them to steal an election in plain sight and get away with it. The Republican party is through, though they may keep just enough Republicans on hand to make their new policies look bipartisan. But there will never...ever...not gonna happen...ever...be a conservative in the White House again.
At the American Thinker today, Kenneth R. Timmerman has an article entitled Our Leaders Have Betrayed Us that our institution have all failed us massively:
I’ll wager that 75 million of us have followed pretty closely the drama of the past two months, so there’s no need to recount the claims and counterclaims of election fraud.
The Democrats can say what they want, and pound it into us with the sledgehammers of the national media and Big Tech: they still have failed to convince us that we are wrong.
It’s like that famous scene in the first Star Wars movie when Obiwan Kenobi waves his hand before the eyes of the Empire soldiers. The Democrats keep telling us, those are not the votes we are looking for.
But unlike the Empire soldiers, we are not duped. What we have seen over the past two months goes way beyond dismay or disbelief. What we have witnessed is the utter collapse of the foundational institutions of our republic.Then, there is David E. Atwood, also at the American Thinker today, telling anyone who cares to listen Why the Right Will Neither Forgive nor Forget. There may be a reason why the symbol of the Republican Party has been an elephant, for these massive beasts are said to remember everything. And what we know, no matter the gas lighting we get from all media, including Fox, is that we have seen the evidence. We have seen the anomolies in the vote counting. We have seen Trump votes disappear only to show up as Biden votes. We have listend to and read the affidavits of actual eye witnesses to election fraud and ballot stuffing. Trumps legal team seems to have gone radio silent, but we saw all that evidence to which the courts turned a blind eye. We will not forget.
Wednesday, January 13, 2021
Andrea Widburg at the American Partisan today entitled Do not fall for a plot to entrap Second Amendment supporters.
A flyer has been circulating on the internet urging people to attend an "armed march on Capitol Hill and all state capitols [sic]" on January 17. It's framed in terms of standing up for liberty. DO NOT ATTEND. There is a 99.99999% certainty that this is a trap intended to give Democrats an excuse to destroy the Second Amendment and, quite possibly, to cordon off from society all Republicans and conservatives.She is right that the flyer looks fishy. Of course, I don't believe in rallies any more. They consist of a bunch of people standing and chanting that are far too easily ignored by the people who can actually make a difference. The last rally I think I attended was back in 2005 or 2006. Mike Vanderboegh and David Codrea attended and spoke from the back of a pickup truck. We were across the Potomac from the Capitol near the grounds of National Airport. It didn't make any difference. It never does.
If you want to exercise your Second Amendment rights, do it the way you have always done it: keep your weapon in a safe place where you can get to it if you need it to defend yourself from imminent harm or if you are engaging in a gun-safe activity (e.g., a firing range or hunting); follow all gun safety rules; and refrain from being stupid — and it would be exceedingly stupid to step into an obvious trap baited by Democrats, the Deep State, Antifa, or some other organization that wants to end the Second Amendment in America.
Tuesday, January 12, 2021
Tucker Carlson, last night had a truly alarming monologue, and he expressed a sense of alarm. Andrea Widburg at the American Thinker has her take on Carlson's monologue at Tucker Carlson's frightening summation of what is happening in America. Of course, go read Widburg's post, and if you haven't yet heard Carlson's monologue, go listen to it at the link in the article.
The usually ebullient Tucker is manifestly upset, even angry at what’s happening in America. As we all must now, to protect ourselves, he opens by stating that his show immediately and repeatedly denounced the violence at the Capitol (true) because his show is completely opposed to political violence and supports law and order.
He then castigated the new selective enforcement of laws, which means they’re not laws or justice at all. They are merely tyrannical whims. What’s happening now is collective punishment, attacking Americans who had nothing to do with events at the Capitol.
One after another, Tucker details the corporate attacks on people who dared attend or listen to the Trump rally – people who had nothing to do with what happened at the Capitol. (We here at American Thinker also condemn strongly the small number of people who engaged in violent and manifestly illegal activity. We believe absolutely in the Constitution and the rule of law. That doesn’t mean, though, that we don’t believe that there were Antifa and other provocateurs in D.C. intentionally inflaming people and inducing them to act illegally.)Tucker notes that these corporate attacks are not just random events, but in fact coordinated with each other , and coordinated with the now single party in political control of all the levers of power. And yes, I am discounting the Judiciary because they have proved to be gutless pawns of the Left. He then explicitly states that such coordination is fundamentally illegal, violating both the RICO act and the Anti-Trust act. The are, in other words violating peoples civil rights, yet they are unconcerned that they might be prosecuted. That is frightening, and it is meant to be so. Ironically, this is precisely a Fascist tactic, being executed by people claiming to be anti fascist. The hypocrisy is beyond breathtaking.
In my last column, I described how I have come to better understand the moral problem of the "'good German,' the term used to describe the average, presumably decent German, who did nothing to hurt Jews but also did nothing to help them and did nothing to undermine the Nazi regime."
Watching America accept the rationally and morally indefensible physical and economic lockdown of the country, I concluded: "Apathy in the face of tyranny turns out not to be a German or Russian characteristic. I just never thought it could happen in America."
In one week, it has gotten worse. Now we are faced with a lockdown on speech the likes of which have never been seen in America. And the parallels with Germany are even more stark. The left-wing party (the Democrats) and the left-wing media (the "mainstream media") are using the mob invasion of the Capitol exactly the way the Nazis used the Reichstag fire.Note, for those of you who have been denied the lessons history teaches, Prager explains that the Reichstag fire was an event, probably staged by the Nazis themselves, that was then used as an excuse to crack down on the Communists. For, even though YOU might not be taught history, THEY know it. Thus Trump supporters are being illegally denied civil rights today. Oh, and the German parliament then gave their new Chancellor, Adolf Hitler, the power to make law by decree. Sound familiar? Imagine that the Congress gave Biden (or more likely Harris) the power to decree that all your guns are banned and forfeit immediately.
What the left is doing is announcing -- and enforcing -- that conservatives "do not belong" in our society. The parallels to 1933 are precise. And most good Americans are keeping silent, just as did most Germans. Though they do not risk being beaten up, are Americans in 2021 as afraid of the American left as Germans in 1933 were of the German fascists? We're about to find out.Prager, a Jew, a musician, political commentator, and author of a series of books on the Torah, is right to speak out, while he can. Hitler, after all killed 6 million Jews in his effort to wipe out the race of people with whom God first made His covenant. But Hitler also killed a lot of others, including Communists, and of course Christians such as Dietrich Bonhoeffer, a Lutheran pastor and critic of the Nazi regime. Form a Christian perspective, there was much to criticize about Hitler and the Nazis. And whether they intend to or not, the Democrats are sounding an awful lot like the Nazis they denounce.