Friday, January 15, 2021

Founding Principles Turned Upside Down

 

The United States of America was founded on certain cherished principles, such as the right to freedom of speech and religion, the right to bear arms, and the right to be secure in one's property. These unalienable rights to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness were enshrined in our laws. They were embedded in our societal DNA, part and parcel of our very souls.

Far more than most, we judged people by the content of their character, not the color of their skin. Everyone was meant to be equal before the law, innocent until proven guilty. Justice was blind. We aspired to be a classless society, a meritocracy. We truly were the shining city on a hill, “the land of the free and the home of the brave.”  

Those days appear to be gone forever. Stolen from us while we slept.

Let’s go through each of the erstwhile American rights and ideals in turn, to prove the point.

Freedom of speech is rapidly becoming a quaint notion, replaced by “hate speech” laws, safe rooms, social media bans, and political correctness run amok. Those that have the temerity to believe in traditional American values are being mocked and challenged, those courageous enough to say so are being cancelled, fired, or even physically attacked. As George Orwell noted, “The further a society drifts from the truth, the more it will hate those that speak it.”

Freedom of religion has been replaced by the bizarre concept of freedom from religion. Christians, in particular, are openly mocked, questioned, silenced, and legally forced to act against their consciences.

The right to bear arms—i.e. protect yourself and your family-- is under assault, and will be dramatically more so under the incoming administration.

The right to be secure in one’s property has been essentially abolished. If your home or business happens to stand in the way of a “mostly peaceful” BLM/Antifa riot, it is quite likely toast. Sorry, no recompense allowed. Moreover, confiscatory tax rates are all the rage in blue states, and will be coming to all of us soon, courtesy of the Harris-Biden Biden-Harris regime. You may have earned your money, but illegal aliens are more deserving of it, no?

The right to life? Roughly 3,000 abortions are performed in the United States every day. Oddly, an unborn child has no say as to if he or she lives or dies, but, if he or she happens to make it out of the womb, must be allowed to determine his or her own gender.

Liberty? The pursuit of happiness? Yeah, right. Stay in your homes! Wear a mask! Give up your jobs and businesses if asked! Do not attend weddings or funerals! Do as we say, not as we do!

Judging people is generally considered passé, unless those people hold traditional values. But, in practice, our rulers do judge people by the color of their skin, screw the character thing.

There is no equality before the law. Certain groups are treated entirely differently than others. The elites pick and choose the special groups, the untouchables. The rest of us are nothing more than sacrificial lambs. Are you a Clinton? No problem. A Trump? Burn in hell! Soros, Bezos, Zuckerberg, Dorsey, Cuomo, Biden? Love you guys! Got your back! And maybe your front, too, wink, wink! Progressives are considered innocent even if proved guilty, whereas conservatives are guilty regardless of their innocence. Justice is not blind, rather we are blind to justice.

We are no longer a classless society, though in many ways we have no class. Meritocracy is a thing of the past, unless one considers monumental ignorance and hypocrisy meritorious.

The shining city on a hill is rapidly sliding down into an abyss.

Yet, it is not evil that surprises so much as the number of people willing to aid and abet it.

Those on the left want to remake the U.S. into the “land of the wee…and the home of the knave.”

Will we let them?

 

 

 

Thursday, January 14, 2021

The Left Closes In

 

The Left Closes In 

 

It happened in a hurry. The Left is, apparently, attempting to impose a Final Solution on the First Amendment rights of roughly half of America’s citizens. In cases large and small, massive multinational corporations with no particular allegiance to the United States are colluding with members of the media and Democratic politicians to permanently silence dissent and cement and enhance their own power.

To wit: LeeAnn Miller founded PatrioticMe, an online retailer that sells patriotic clothing items, in September of last year. The business advertised on Facebook and was quite successful from the outset. She donates a portion of every sale to the Tunnel to Towers Foundation, a charity founded to honor the sacrifice of New York City firefighter Stephen Siller, who gave his life to save others as a first responder on Sept. 11, 2001. But, on November 4th, 2020, the day after the presidential election, she received an email from the Facebook Ads Team informing her that her advertisements did not comply with Facebook's advertising policies or other standards. The subject line of the email stated: "Ad Account Disabled for Policy Violation.” She was stunned.

She assumed the advertisements were disabled in error, so she immediately contacted Facebook and requested a review of her account. She received a second email saying virtually the same thing. After two more requests for a review or explanation, the Facebook Ads Team sent Miller a final notice on November 24th telling her that her restricted account would not be re-enabled. Miller says that she was never able to speak with a live human being. Facebook’s decision has resulted in PatrioticMe losing 94% of its traffic. She believes her ad account was disabled simply because of her products’ patriotic message.

To wit: Frankfurt-based Deutsche Bank and New York-based Signature Bank have both reportedly cut ties with President Trump and will no longer do business with him, in the aftermath of the recent Capitol siege, according to The New York Times. Not only did Signature Bank apparently close all accounts connected with President Trump, it called for his resignation. That’s the proper role of a financial institution, no?

To wit: Juliette Kayyem, a lecturer at Harvard University, and former member of the Obama administration's Homeland Security Advisory Council, recently appeared on a CNN panel with Jim Sciutto and Poppy Harlow, during which she said, "Trump is the spiritual, but I will also say operational leader of this domestic terrorism effort. He tells them where to go. He tells them what to do. He tells them why they're angry.” She also called for the “complete isolation” of Trump. A supposedly respected talking head calls the president of the United States “the spiritual and operational leader of a domestic terrorism effort?”

Memo to Kayyem: Trump doesn’t tell his supporters “why they’re angry.” If you want to know why they are angry, look in the mirror.

To wit: House Democrats introduced impeachment articles against Trump just a few days from when he will be leaving the White House anyway. You know, for purposes of “unity and healing.”

To wit: Former Republican Congressman Ron Paul was locked out of his Facebook account by the social media giant on Monday, after he dared to share a column blasting Big Tech for silencing Americans and accusing social media platforms of engaging in a coordinated effort to stifle the speech of those with whom they disagree. Paul tweeted, "With no explanation other than ‘repeatedly going against our community standards,’ @Facebook has blocked me from managing my page. Never have we received notice of violating community standards in the past and nowhere is the offending post identified."

He added, "The only thing we posted to Facebook today was my weekly 'Texas Straight Talk' column, which I have published every week since 1976."

Yes, but it’s not 1976 anymore, Ron.

It is 1984.

 

Wednesday, January 13, 2021

Teacher Sprays Disinfectant On Students Improperly Wearing Facial Masks

 

Largo High School (Florida) teacher Christina Reszetar allegedly sprayed disinfectant on the bodies-- and into the faces-- of four of her learning disabled students because they weren’t wearing their face masks in the prescribed manner in her classroom. Appearing before a judge, the 51-year-old “educator” was charged with four counts of felony child abuse with great bodily harm. She was booked into the Pinellas County jail.

According to the Largo Police Department, Reszetar became aggressive because the four students refused to wear their face masks properly.

While in the courtroom, Reszetar told the judge she has been an instructor for 21 years, 18 of them at Largo High School where she teaches Learning Disabled Math, according to WFLA-TV.

She is sadly indicative of the mindset of leftists and those who wield influence over others, such as teachers, “experts,” politicians, corporate leaders, members of the media, and Big Tech oligarchs who control access to information. If the “little people,” literally or figuratively speaking, don’t quickly acquiesce to the desires of their elite betters, they must be made to do so. Most of us have seen numerous instances of conscientious mask objectors being verbally and even physically assaulted, whether it be in a store or restaurant, or even in the great outdoors.

This is part of a growing trend of viewing human beings primarily as a source of infection…if not as an infection themselves, largely detrimental to the Earth. The Left fosters, aides and abets this notion on many levels. Babies in the womb are an infection plaguing a woman’s body. Republicans/conservatives are an infection on the republic, as are white cis-male Christians.  All Trump supporters, too. Pretty much anyone in flyover country. And, really, anyone with whom a leftist disagrees.

This is unbearably sad, and certainly contrary to Biblical teaching, which states that God created man in His own image. But what would God know? Maybe He, too, is naught but an “infection.”

Many leftists would agree.

Real infection, however, comes neither from God nor from the mouths of learning challenged students, but from those who believe they are superior to both. Leftist group-think in the unbridled quest for power-- or approbation-- leads to a fatally diseased republic unable to even discern the difference between right and wrong.

 

Requiem For The G.O.P.

                                                       R.I.P.


             

                                                          1854-2021

Tuesday, January 12, 2021

Leftists Calling For Trump To Be Digitally Removed From Movie "Home Alone 2"

 

Wacko leftists are calling for Donald Trump to be digitally removed from the movie Home Alone 2: Lost In New York, in which he has a brief cameo when Kevin McAllister, played by Macauley Culkin, asks him for directions to the lobby in the Plaza Hotel in New York City. Patently false claims that Trump incited an insurrection at the U.S. Capitol have ignited calls for his removal from the movie. Canada’s CBC-TV has already cut Trump’s cameo from its annual broadcast of the movie. CBC preposterously claims the scene “was edited to allow for commercial time within the format.”

It is obvious that progressives have been further emboldened since Facebook and Twitter banned the president from its platforms. Andrew Hunter Murray, a novelist and Twitter blue check, recently tweeted that Trump “should be tried, imprisoned and digitally removed from Home Alone 2.” Matt Navarra, another Twitter blue check, breathily sniffed: “I won’t rest until he is removed from that scene.” Magazine writer Joseph Longo also chimed in, stating: “Digitally remove him from Home Alone 2 next,” in a tweet that has well over half a million likes.

Power hungry leftists, besotted as always with telling other people how to live (and die), are now engaged in an orgy of Orwellian maneuvers to stifle speech and thought. And they are dead set on erasing Trump from history and sending every vestige of him-- and his supporters-- down a 1984-approved-and-certified memory hole to be incinerated and lost forever.

They won’t stop there. The word “trump,” meaning: 1) a decisive overriding factor or final resource or 2) a dependable and exemplary person, will soon be expunged from the lexicon. Saying that one has a “trump card” will be similarly verboten. Use of the phrase “trumped up,” as in “trumped up charges,” may result in a fine of not more than $250,000 or a prison term of no more than 25 years.

The term “no-trump,” used in bridge, will be allowed if used in strict accordance with the game’s play, because it lexicologically prohibits, cancels out and renders impotent the word trump.

Trump’s picture will omitted from all media chronicles of the presidency from 2016 to 2020, as will any description of himself, his cabinet or his achievements. As the “Washington Redskins” have been rechristened the “Washington Football Team,” the Trump administration will be forever rebranded as the “White House Occupiers and Insurrectionists.” Talk about trumped up charges!  

Excuse me, there’s a knock at my door, I don’t know who--- Ahhhggghhh!!!!--------

 

Monday, January 11, 2021

Losing Our Religion...History...And Freedom

 

The U.S. has, simultaneously, come unmoored from its Judeo-Christian origins, eschewed its shared history and traditions, and lost its MoJo, its Johnson, its testosterone. (The latter may seem incongruous with the former, but it is not.) We have been so accommodating to everyone and everything but ourselves and our way of life that we have forgotten who we are. We do not want to offend those who wash up on our shores, so we subject ourselves to extremes of political correctness and identity politics, even as we give them money and a chance. In doing so, we have lost our shared identity, our cohesiveness, our religiosity…and our soul.

God created man and woman distinctly and with purpose. “Male and female He created them.” He said “Be fruitful and increase in number”…and take dominion over the animals and every living creature. Today, we don’t believe there are distinct genders, and can’t tell if we are men or women-- or any one of an infinite number of genders on a spectrum. We permit hundreds of thousands of abortions a year but feel bad swatting a mosquito or killing a mouse. It is not a coincidence that we are losing belief in ourselves as we are losing belief in God.

We have put up with the preposterous debasing of our Founders and watched quietly as their statues have been vandalized, destroyed or removed. We have meekly allowed our history to be rewritten and our Constitution and Bill of Rights to be assaulted.

We have ‘progressed’ from “Gunsmoke,” “The Magnificent Seven,” and “Father Knows Best” to “The View,” “Oprah,” and “Heather Has Two Mommies.” The Marlboro Man is out, the metrosexual is in. John Wayne is mocked for his ‘toxic masculinity,’ transgenders are reading to our elementary school kids.

 When a society loses either its religious heritage, its shared history and identity, or its collective Cajones, its continued existence becomes problematic. When it loses two of the three, it will fall, whether sooner or later. When it loses all three simultaneously, it will effectively be gone in the cosmic blink of an eye.

Irreligious, mis-educated, feminine…and infantilized. That’s us.

As a result, we are more diverse in superficial ways, like race, than ever before. But less diverse in thought.

And freedom.

 

 

Sunday, January 10, 2021

Emily Ratajkowski Says She And Hubby Won't Know Baby's Gender Until 18 Years Old

 

              Pregnant supermodel Emily Ratajkowski recently revealed, via Vogue magazine, that she and her husband won’t know the gender of their baby “until our child is 18.” She added, “they’ll let us know then.” “They’ll” let us know then? Are they having twins, triplets, or…? Oh, I get it. Why 18? How is that a magic number? What if they don’t know or reveal their gender to you until they are 32…or 48? Is that too old? If so, why? What if they are mute? How will they reveal their gender to you if you can’t assume it already? Will they write it down on the back of a napkin at dinner some day? If their actual, physical genitalia has nothing to do with their gender identity, it can get kinda confusing.

              Ratajkowski disapprovingly noted "that we force gender-based preconceptions onto people, let alone babies. I want to be a parent who allows my child to show themself to me. And yet I realize that while I may hope my child can determine their own place in the world, they will, no matter what, be faced with the undeniable constraints and constructions of gender before they can speak or, hell, even be born." And “they” will also be faced with the undeniable constraints and constructions of mortality and homo sapiens’ susceptibility to disease, depravity and inanity.

Ratajkowski then switched gears, pivoting from bemoaning the archaic notion of two sexes to lambasting white men. And boys. She said, "I've known far too many white men who move through the world unaware of their privilege, and I've been traumatized by many of my experiences with them. And boys too; it's shocking to realize how early young boys gain a sense of entitlement — to girls' bodies and to the world in general. I'm not scared of raising a 'bad guy,' as many of the men I've known who abuse their power do so unintentionally. But I'm terrified of inadvertently cultivating the carelessness and the lack of awareness that are so convenient for men. It feels much more daunting to create an understanding of privilege in a child than to teach simple black-and-white morality. How do I raise a child who learns to like themself while also teaching them about their position of power in the world?"

Dear God.

Incredibly, she wasn’t done with her woke sermonizing. The wealthy white supermodel went on to share a story about a friend’s struggle with her husband and baby boy: “My friend who is the mother to a three-year-old boy tells me that she didn't think she cared about gender until her doctor broke the news that she was having a son. She burst into tears in her office. ‘And then I continued to cry for a whole month,’ she says matter-of-factly. After a difficult birth experience, she developed postpartum depression and decided that she resented her husband more than she'd ever imagined possible. She told me she particularly hated — and she made an actual, physical list that she kept in her journal, editing it daily — how peacefully he slept. ‘There is nothing worse than the undisturbed sleep of a white man in a patriarchal world.’ She shakes her head. ‘It was hard to come to terms with the fact that I was bringing yet another white man into the world.’”

These are repulsive and terrifying thoughts. Ratajkowski’s friend resented her husband for giving her a baby? Hated that he slept peacefully? Wasn’t happy about delivering a white baby “into the world?” 

Fortunately, the women I’ve been close to in my life have been the exact opposite. Have cherished their husbands and their children. Been thankful to God for their blessings. And, while not afraid to teach simple black and white morality, have been forgiving, supportive, loving. They have been proud of themselves, their children…and their men. They have been tender, nurturing…and tough. And selfless. Utterly selfless.

And they have made this a world worth living in.

If you have a mother like this, don’t wait until you are 18 to tell her how much she means to you.

 

Saturday, January 9, 2021

Another Autobiographical Moment With Vice-President-Elect Kamala Harris:

 

 Another Autobiographical Moment with Vice-President-Elect Kamala Harris:

 

              “When I was six years old, my father gave me a hatchet for a gift. People weren’t as safety conscious back then. Anyway, I accidentally cut down his favorite little cherry tree, and he got quite upset with me. He got in my face and said, ‘Kamala, did you do this?’ I said, ‘I cannot tell a lie, daddy, I did cut down your twee. I’m so sowry!’ He hugged me and told me that my honesty was worth even more than his favorite tree.’”

 

Friday, January 8, 2021

The Setting Sun

 

This is the most depressing piece I’ve ever had to write. But recent events have left me no choice. The Great 2020 Presidential Election Hoax and the subsequent Georgia Senate Run-off Election Travesty were the final triggers.

The United States- all 50 of them- cannot stay one nation any longer and remain true to its founding ideals of limited government, free markets, and the idea that life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness are individual’s rights granted by their creator.

It really has come to this, tragically, but without question. There exist two diametrically opposed viewpoints in this nation now, and the crux of the matter is that the left will simply not allow an intact America to continue to exist unless its policies and views prevail. Period. Conservatives will no longer be able to vote our way out of bondage.

Leftists will riot, they will indiscriminately- even joyfully- destroy property and people’s reputations alike.  They will commit acts of violence. They will refuse to pay their taxes. They will engage in other acts of “civil disobedience.” They revel in the politics of personal destruction. They baselessly smear those who disagree with them. And they attack, attack, attack, attack- without evidence, reason or justification, all while gleefully wallowing in their superior immorality…which, bizarrely, they believe makes them more moral than those who oppose them. They will do or say anything for power,

Therefore, one of the saddest things for me to acknowledge is that the United States has recently become a corrupt nation; not just a few individuals here and there, but more thoroughly and institutionally. This is in direct contrast to the Founders, themselves currently under assault by the politically correct automatons, who take their marching orders not from reason, tolerance, or a desire to enlighten, but from a dark and deep-seated need to make themselves appear worthier-than-thou by denigrating their own country- and excluding anyone who doesn’t worship their pseudo-inclusiveness.

The virtually intractable, unconquerable problem at the root of the matter is that government has grown too big to be either moral or efficient. The millions of people who work in the hundreds of agencies comprising the federal government see the status quo as their lifeline, below which they would never willingly go. To these bureaucrats, government must either get bigger or remain unchanged. Add in the tens of millions on the government dole, the hordes of illegal aliens that have entered the country in recent years and the nearly 3 million shape shifters who currently work in the media, and it has become utterly impossible for one man or one administration to survive long enough (politically speaking) to push through many reforms, no matter how desperately needed.

The Founders believed in citizen rule. Public servants were expected to be just that. There were heated debates about whether they should receive any pay at all. Terms of service were to be kept short. Above all, government was to be kept small and accountable. The Founders knew, better than any before or since, that governments, and those in them, typically become more corrupt the more power they accrue and the longer they are in existence. This was the reason for the Declaration and the Revolutionary War. And the reason they spent four brutal months holed up in a hot, humid, fly-besotted room in Philadelphia to craft the most effective, vital, beneficial form of governance the world has ever known. This Constitution was the owner’s manual, if not the Holy Grail, of a unique and free republic…of, by and for the people.

 Benjamin Franklin, upon leaving Independence Hall after signing the sublime document, was stopped by a countryman. The lady said, “Dr. Franklin, what kind of government have you given us?”

To which he famously replied: “A republic…if you can keep it.”

We have decided we know better than those old white men now. We have been ignoring that owner’s manual more and more of late. Soon, it appears, we will toss it out altogether.

The country is more divided than at any time since the Civil War. At that time, the country was at odds over the evil of slavery. The United States could no longer continue to exist as it was with a mix of slave states and non-slave states. [Or should I say “Coexist,” progressives? I don’t think there were many “Coexist” (with slavery?) stickers on the back of many horse-drawn carriages back then]. One of the tragedies of the Civil War was that the concept of state’s rights was sacrificed in the ultimately successful attempt to eliminate the heinous evil of slavery. Yet even the federal government was comparatively tiny then, as compared to the massive, bloated colossus that exists today.  Most of the citizens, North and South, with the blinding exception of slavery, had similar conceptions of how a government and society best functions, as well as the proper relationship of local, state and federal government to the people. Moreover, they almost universally believed in hard work, pulling oneself up by one’s own bootstraps, the Ten Commandments, the Golden Rule, and other ideas now seen as quaint relics of a bygone era. Or worse, as an ethos that somehow coexisted with slavery, and therefore was as bad as slavery.

What is different- and even more troubling now- is that we are no longer held together by any of those beliefs and values. By any realistic measure, the country is far more fractured now than in the Civil War Era, and a possible Reconstruction far less likely. It is not only fractured by one or two huge, core issues, but by several, and by too many less critical issues to count. We are no longer a united people with a common language, culture, history, and lineage. The dirty little secret is that diversity doesn’t make a society whole, it makes it much more difficult for that society not to unravel, more likely for it to devolve into violence and chaos. But the coastal elites don’t care about any of this. They rarely come in contact with anyone who isn’t just like them, if not in appearance and class, at least in thought.

The Founders stated- even before they brought it into being- that a democratic republic could only long exist with a moral people. By that they meant a people who would vote for the good of the nation and not strictly for what might be best for themselves at any given time. And a people who, while in office, would also think only of the country’s well-being, not how best to increase their own wealth and power.

We are no longer those people.

Their design worked for 200-plus years, a people and their government performing better and more benevolently, by almost any measurement, than any that came before or since.

Now, entitled snowflakes riot in the streets if others won’t gladly pay for their abortions or birth control. Faceless bureaucrats sabotage their own president and the will of half of their countrymen, entirely willing- perhaps eager- to bring down a government in order to protect their own hold on power.

“Sticks and stones may break my bones, but names can never hurt me” was the old mantra. Today, many run for a “safe room” if they accidentally hear something they don’t agree with or they think is offensive…if they haven’t prevented that speech from occurring in the first place.

It’s not legal to place a list of the Ten Commandments in a public restroom, but it is legal for a man dressed as a woman to enter a woman’s bathroom.

Slaves would have thought the phrase “All Lives Matter” was the most beautiful they had ever heard. Say that today and you are somehow considered racist…and could be subject to an attack.

United? “Progressives” live to divide. By race, sex/gender, income, age, and anything else they can think of. It is the opposite of e Pluribus unum. Instead of “out of many…one,” they say, “out of one…many.” The Founders built the foundation that the Left is now so gleefully tearing apart.

During the Constitutional Convention of 1787, George Washington (convention president) used a chair that featured half of a sun on its back splat. When a miraculous breakthrough was achieved near the end of the convention, Benjamin Franklin stood up and said: “I have often looked at that behind the president without being able to tell whether it was rising or setting. Now at length I have the happiness  to know that it is a rising and not a setting sun.”

That sun is now setting.

And if it does go down, it will never rise again.

 

 

             

 

Thursday, January 7, 2021

Chinese Economy Set To Overtake America's Due To Wuhan Flu

 

The Chinese economy is set to overtake that of the United States sooner than previously anticipated because China has so far weathered the coronavirus pandemic better than the U.S. or other Western nations, according to the Centre for Economics and Business Research. Yeah, well, it’s China’s virus, and it loosed it on the rest of the world, so that shouldn’t be surprising.

The world’s two largest economies are on track to trade places, in dollar terms, in 2028, five years earlier than expected just one year ago, the CEBR said recently.

Chinese President Xi Jinping recently claimed that it was “entirely possible” for his economy to double in size by 2035 under his government’s new Five-Year Plan, which aims to have the erstwhile Middle Kingdom achieve the glorious (if nebulous) sobriquet “modern socialism” in 15 years.

Not to rain on Xi’s Red Parade, but 2035 is fifteen years away, not five. And Confucius say, “Those who can’t count shouldn’t count on anything.” At least I think he did.

The CEBR report, which features some B.S., notes that China has recovered swiftly from the effects of the pandemic, as reported by the Chinese government, and suggests that Western economies look to Asia for guidance. It subtly, but snarkily and without context, stated: “Typically, we compare ourselves with other Western economies and miss out on what often is best practice, especially in the rapidly growing economies in Asia.”

Well, the U.S. is already imitating China in forcefully stripping most of its citizens’ of their freedoms, so I guess all that it has left to do is to set a killer virus loose on the rest of the world and reap the comparative economic benefits.