Allowing progressives to hold power will always result in massive corruption because the progressive cult's entire point is to allow politicians to accrue power and access money corruptly. We want to believe otherwise; there is no evidence supporting this contrary position but ample supporting the corruption position.
We've elected a progressive President; now we must wait and see if it results in the expected massive reduction in human, civil, and constitutional rights and political corruption.
Increasingly, it appears that the solution to this problem is the same solution that created the nation in the first place. It would not take much tweaking to make this work today.
"In Congress, July 4, 1776
The unanimous Declaration of the thirteen united States of America, When in the Course of human events, it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with another, and to assume among the powers of the earth, the separate and equal station to which the Laws of Nature and of Nature's God entitle them, a decent respect to the opinions of mankind requires that they should declare the causes which impel them to the separation.
We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.--That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed, --That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness. Prudence, indeed, will dictate that Governments long established should not be changed for light and transient causes; and accordingly all experience hath shewn, that mankind are more disposed to suffer, while evils are sufferable, than to right themselves by abolishing the forms to which they are accustomed. But when a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same Object evinces a design to reduce them under absolute Despotism, it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such Government, and to provide new Guards for their future security.--Such has been the patient sufferance of these Colonies; and such is now the necessity which constrains them to alter their former Systems of Government. The history of the present King of Great Britain is a history of repeated injuries and usurpations, all having in direct object the establishment of an absolute Tyranny over these States. To prove this, let Facts be submitted to a candid world.
He has refused his Assent to Laws, the most wholesome and necessary for the public good.
He has forbidden his Governors to pass Laws of immediate and pressing importance, unless suspended in their operation till his Assent should be obtained; and when so suspended, he has utterly neglected to attend to them.
He has refused to pass other Laws for the accommodation of large districts of people, unless those people would relinquish the right of Representation in the Legislature, a right inestimable to them and formidable to tyrants only.
He has called together legislative bodies at places unusual, uncomfortable, and distant from the depository of their public Records, for the sole purpose of fatiguing them into compliance with his measures.
He has dissolved Representative Houses repeatedly, for opposing with manly firmness his invasions on the rights of the people.
He has refused for a long time, after such dissolutions, to cause others to be elected; whereby the Legislative powers, incapable of Annihilation, have returned to the People at large for their exercise; the State remaining in the mean time exposed to all the dangers of invasion from without, and convulsions within.
He has endeavoured to prevent the population of these States; for that purpose obstructing the Laws for Naturalization of Foreigners; refusing to pass others to encourage their migrations hither, and raising the conditions of new Appropriations of Lands.
He has obstructed the Administration of Justice, by refusing his Assent to Laws for establishing Judiciary powers.
He has made Judges dependent on his Will alone, for the tenure of their offices, and the amount and payment of their salaries.
He has erected a multitude of New Offices, and sent hither swarms of Officers to harrass our people, and eat out their substance.
He has kept among us, in times of peace, Standing Armies without the Consent of our legislatures.
He has affected to render the Military independent of and superior to the Civil power.
He has combined with others to subject us to a jurisdiction foreign to our constitution, and unacknowledged by our laws; giving his Assent to their Acts of pretended Legislation:
For Quartering large bodies of armed troops among us:
For protecting them, by a mock Trial, from punishment for any Murders which they should commit on the Inhabitants of these States:
For cutting off our Trade with all parts of the world:
For imposing Taxes on us without our Consent:
For depriving us in many cases, of the benefits of Trial by Jury:
For transporting us beyond Seas to be tried for pretended offences
For abolishing the free System of English Laws in a neighbouring Province, establishing therein an Arbitrary government, and enlarging its Boundaries so as to render it at once an example and fit instrument for introducing the same absolute rule into these Colonies:
For taking away our Charters, abolishing our most valuable Laws, and altering fundamentally the Forms of our Governments:
For suspending our own Legislatures, and declaring themselves invested with power to legislate for us in all cases whatsoever.
He has abdicated Government here, by declaring us out of his Protection and waging War against us.
He has plundered our seas, ravaged our Coasts, burnt our towns, and destroyed the lives of our people.
He is at this time transporting large Armies of foreign Mercenaries to compleat the works of death, desolation and tyranny, already begun with circumstances of Cruelty & perfidy scarcely paralleled in the most barbarous ages, and totally unworthy the Head of a civilized nation.
He has constrained our fellow Citizens taken Captive on the high Seas to bear Arms against their Country, to become the executioners of their friends and Brethren, or to fall themselves by their Hands.
He has excited domestic insurrections amongst us, and has endeavoured to bring on the inhabitants of our frontiers, the merciless Indian Savages, whose known rule of warfare, is an undistinguished destruction of all ages, sexes and conditions.
In every stage of these Oppressions We have Petitioned for Redress in the most humble terms: Our repeated Petitions have been answered only by repeated injury. A Prince whose character is thus marked by every act which may define a Tyrant, is unfit to be the ruler of a free people.
Nor have We been wanting in attentions to our Brittish brethren. We have warned them from time to time of attempts by their legislature to extend an unwarrantable jurisdiction over us. We have reminded them of the circumstances of our emigration and settlement here. We have appealed to their native justice and magnanimity, and we have conjured them by the ties of our common kindred to disavow these usurpations, which, would inevitably interrupt our connections and correspondence. They too have been deaf to the voice of justice and of consanguinity. We must, therefore, acquiesce in the necessity, which denounces our Separation, and hold them, as we hold the rest of mankind, Enemies in War, in Peace Friends.
We, therefore, the Representatives of the united States of America, in General Congress, Assembled, appealing to the Supreme Judge of the world for the rectitude of our intentions, do, in the Name, and by Authority of the good People of these Colonies, solemnly publish and declare, That these United Colonies are, and of Right ought to be Free and Independent States; that they are Absolved from all Allegiance to the British Crown, and that all political connection between them and the State of Great Britain, is and ought to be totally dissolved; and that as Free and Independent States, they have full Power to levy War, conclude Peace, contract Alliances, establish Commerce, and to do all other Acts and Things which Independent States may of right do. And for the support of this Declaration, with a firm reliance on the protection of divine Providence, we mutually pledge to each other our Lives, our Fortunes and our sacred Honor."
Friday Humor: Here Is The Democrats' Complete Legislative Agenda For The Next 2 Years
"Brace yourself and read through this confirmed list which we got straight from the Speaker's office, and may God help us all.
The Impeach Trump Again Act - New law requiring Trump to be impeached every week for all of eternity.
The Inclusion and Justice Act - Requires everyone to bake cakes for gay weddings. It will also require everyone to be gay.
The Fairness Act - Will set the minimum wage to whatever Elon Musk makes per hour.
The John Act - New law requiring all men to sit down when they pee.
The Common Sense 'Don't Hate Kids' Act - Will ban assault weapons and also the letter 'A' and 'R' and the number 15 so they can never be made again, and will confiscate all assault rifles to be melted down to make a statue of Ba'al.
The Greener New Deal - Just like the Green New Deal, but with more Communism. Will instantly enact full Communism across the country.
The Justice Act - Will add all registered Democrats to the Supreme Court, and empower women by creating "The Handmen's Tale" where all men have to become pregnant and bear children.
The Kindness and Uniformity Act - Everyone's pronouns must be tattooed to their foreheads. They must also shave their heads and wear only futuristic grey jumpsuits.
The Nutrition Act - Will limit each family to only one loaf of bread per week. Cannibalism now legal as long as you "eat the rich." All foods must now contain a large dose of birth control.
The Insurrection Act 2 - Will declare all unborn babies to be enemies of the state.
The No More Racist Founding Documents Act - Will replace The Bill of Rights with The Bill of Lefts. Will also draft a new Declaration of Dependence.
The Hurt God Act - Legislation to try and hurt God. Trump tried to warn us.
The Omnibus Bill - Congressional raises, 100 Billion for Iran to make nuclear missiles, printing more money, and a new law requiring all children's cartoons to have at least 382 gay characters."
Rush To Judgment On Trump? Multiple Leftists Arrested For Capitol Riot
The sane will have already realized that the media is always wrong because they deliver propaganda, not information.
Portland is infested with idiots who actively try to thwart police when disarming a dangerous person with a weapon. I continue to believe that the solution for this is for the police to tell the Mayor that until he gets a grip and actively pushes back against the progressive Democrats who are destroying the city, they will call his office and expect that he will send qualified office staff to address both the dangerous person with a knife and the dangerous lunatics who believe they could provide a solution to the problem. Perhaps the Mayor will allow these fools to go in and show the police how to address the armed and dangerous individual with mental health issues.
The solution is to give up social media and stop reading or watching the other propaganda media outlets
A Message To Anyone Who Feels Like 'Winston' In Orwell's 1984
Authored by Simon Black via SovereignMan.com,
"'The ideal set up by the Party was something huge, terrible, and glittering... all thinking the same thoughts and shouting the same slogans, perpetually working, fighting, triumphing, persecuting - three hundred million people all with the same face.”
That was a quote from George Orwell’s seminal work 1984 - a masterpiece that describes life in a totalitarian state that demands blind obedience.
The ‘Party’ controlled everything - the economy, daily life, and even the truth. In Orwell’s 1984, “the heresy of heresies was common sense.”
“Every record has been destroyed or falsified, every book rewritten, every picture has been repainted, every statue and street building has been renamed, every date has been altered.”
“And the process is continuing day by day and minute by minute. History has stopped. Nothing exists except an endless present in which the Party is always right.”
If you were ever caught committing a thoughtcrime— dissenting from the Party for even an instant– then “your name was removed from the registers, every record of everything you had ever done was wiped out, your one-time existence was denied and then forgotten.”
Now, our world obviously hasn’t become quite as extreme as Orwell’s dystopian vision. But Big Tech, Big Media, and Big Government certainly seem to be giving it their best effort.
70,000 thought criminals have already been purged from Twitter. Facebook and Reddit are feverishly removing user content. Apple, Google, and Amazon have banned entire apps and platforms.
Undoubtedly there is plenty of wacky content all over the Internet– misinformation, ignorance, rage, hate, violence, and just plain stupidity.
But these moves by the Big Tech companies aren’t about violence. If they were, they would have deleted tens of thousands of accounts over the last few years– like the mostly peaceful BLM activist who Tweeted “white people may have to die”.
Or the countless others who have advocated for violent uprisings against the police
Then, of course, there’s the #assassinatetrump and #killtrump hashtags that has Twitter has allowed since at least 2016. Or the #killallmen hashtag that’s allowed on Twitter and Instagram.
This is not about violence. It’s about ideology. If you hold different beliefs than the ‘Party’, then you risk being canceled or ‘de-platformed’ by Big Tech.
Icons like Ron Paul– who spent years criticizing the current administration’s monetary and national defense policies, and had nothing to do with the Capitol, have been suspended or locked out of their Facebook pages.
The hammer has dropped, and it is now obvious, beyond any doubt, that you better watch what you say– your livelihood, your social life, and your safety may just depend on it.
Or else, you will be purged, canceled, deleted from the Internet, denied payment processing by Visa, PayPal, and Stripe, and expelled from domain registrars like GoDaddy.
The message is clear: behave and think exactly as we tell you, or you will lose everything you have worked for, in the blink of an eye.
Sure, the ‘Party’ may give lip service to tolerance and unity. As long as you fall in line. Otherwise it’s more rage and ridicule.
They act like you’re a crazy person because you have completely legitimate questions and concerns– whether about Covid lockdowns, censorship, media misinformation, etc.
It’s extraordinary that after so much deliberate misinformation and bias, the media still expects people to take them seriously. CNN seems to believe that think anyone who doubts their credibility is a ‘conspiracy theorist.’
All of these trends are probably making a lot of people very nervous. Even scared. Despair has undoubtedly set in, much like in Winston Smith, the main character in Orwell’s 1984.
So, for all the Winstons out there, the most important thing right now is to remain rational. As human beings we tend to make terrible decisions when we’re scared, sad, or angry.
Have confidence in knowing that you have MUCH more control over your own life, livelihood, and future than they want to you believe.
But you absolutely will have to make some deliberate, potentially difficult decisions.
For example, if you’re fed up with Big Tech, you can de-Google your life. No one is holding a gun to your head to have a Facebook account or use gmail. There are plenty of other options out there that we’ll discuss in future letters.
More importantly, you might find that your hometown isn’t safe anymore– especially if you live in a big city controlled by politicians intoxicated on their Covid powers.
It’s really time to consider your immediate environment– if the local schools are brainwashing your kids, the dictatorial health officials shutting down your business, or nosy neighbors ready to turn you into the Gestapo for having family over for the holidays, then you might think about moving.
That might simply mean moving a few miles to a new county. Or a new state/province. Or potentially overseas. We’ll help provide you with information on plenty of options.
It might also be time to reconsider some of your business infrastructure– to have backup web servers and payment processors, for example, if you have an online business.
It might be time to consider some new financial options as well, lest the banks jump on the band wagon and start ‘canceling’ accounts for heretics.
But that’s the silver lining: we’ve never had more alternatives than now. Everything– technology platforms, financial institutions, and even our personal residence– it’s all replaceable. All of it.
We have never had more control over our own privacy, data, livelihood, and environment… as long as you have the willingness to take action."
One Of The Greatest Economic Blunders In History
Authored by James Rickards via The Daily Reckoning,
"The U.S. economy lost 140,000 jobs in December. Only about 55% of the jobs lost in March and April have returned. That’s a significant number.
Americans and others around the world who make their living as bus drivers, bartenders, waiters, hair stylists and boutique store clerks, among thousands of other jobs, make up 50% of all jobs and 45% of U.S. gross domestic product.
This is the part of the economy affected by the lockdowns. They are being destroyed.
When the pandemic passes, and we are able to look back on the experience without fear or political bias, it will be clear that the lockdowns were one of the greatest economic blunders in history. Lockdowns do not stop the spread of the virus, but they do destroy the economy. This is not merely a matter of opinion or conjecture.The pandemic has now lasted long enough that we have solid comparative data from all 50 U.S. states and many countries around the world. This data covers states and countries that tried extreme lockdowns, moderate lockdowns or completely voluntary methods that involved no mandatory lockdown at all.
The empirical results show that the experience of all of these jurisdictions was about the same and that lockdowns have not “contributed in any meaningful way” to saving lives. In fact, there is other evidence that shows lockdowns killed more people than they saved due to suicides, drug abuse, alcohol abuse, domestic violence and depression.
This study on the ineffectiveness of lockdowns was produced by Dr. Jay Bhattacharya, a Professor of Medicine at Stanford University, and his collaborators. One TV anchor who interviewed Dr. Bhattacharya said, “California has the strictest lockdowns in the country and cases there are absolutely exploding. What am I supposed to take from the usefulness of lockdowns?”
The fact is that lockdowns do not stop the spread of the virus, but they are very good at destroying the economy. I covered this all in my new book, The New Great Depression.
People are social beings and do not like lockdowns. No matter what the rules are, people will find their way around them. And, with or without strict compliance, the virus goes where it wants.
I’ve been to the White House on official business numerous times. It’s hard to think of a more locked-down place. It has multiple security perimeters, multiple entrances before one can reach the Oval Office, and numerous security guards.
Still, the President and First Lady contracted the COVID-19 virus last October, most likely in the White House itself. As I said, the virus goes where it wants. If lockdowns don’t work, why do public health officials and government officials keep insisting on them? There are two reasons.
The first is that academic epidemiologists are just as out of touch with everyday Americans as any other elite group. They sit in their labs and ivory tower offices and have had no difficulty working from home and avoiding routine exposure that other Americans face.
They have not lost their jobs or seen their businesses destroyed. It’s easy to order a lockdown when you’re not the one whose job or business is ruined. The other reason is that politicians have to be seen doing something, even if they don’t know what they’re doing.
Everyone agrees that washing hands, social distancing and masks in crowded venues make sense. But, that’s not enough for the politicians. They want to appear to be “saving the population” even if they’re just destroying the economy.
If you think the lockdowns have been an economic disaster (I do), then get ready for something worse…
Two of the top public health advisors in the new Biden administration are Ezekiel Emanuel of the Center for American Progress and Michael Osterholm of the Center for Infectious Disease Research and Policy at the University of Minnesota.
Both Emmanuel and Osterholm have long histories of calling for lockdowns during pandemics. In June Ezekiel said, “You have to actually have people at home, close nonessential businesses, stop bars, stop indoor dining, have everyone wearing face masks. These are the things we need to do. … You need to do it nationwide.”
The evidence is clear that lockdowns don’t work. Biden’s health advisors are calling for them anyway.
Only an out of touch elite could support shutting down the economy and not realize you would destroy that economy and the jobs that go with it.
Meanwhile, the pandemic is giving the government justification to clamp down on civil liberties.
For example, Dr. Fauci is now promoting the idea that certain institutions may require individuals to get one of the new vaccines at the state level (though he isn’t sure the federal government will mandate vaccination).
Here’s how it could work: When you get the vaccine, you will receive some kind of certification that could be a QR code on your mobile phone or registration in a central government controlled database. If you want to fly, rent a car, send your children to school or do other everyday activities, you will be required to produce your vaccine registration credentials.
This method is similar to the “social credit” system used in Communist China to enforce compliance with Communist Party definitions of good behavior. Fauci also envisions “COVID-19 passports” that would be required before certain types of travel were allowed.
What Fauci does not mention is that the vaccines are still experimental. They have been approved by the FDA, but this was done on an emergency basis and some acute allergic reactions and even deaths have been reported among those who have received the vaccines.
Also, most Americans may not realize that the COVID-19 vaccines are not traditional vaccines that introduce one mild disease in order to build antibodies to a more deadly disease. Instead, these new vaccines work through genetically modified RNA sequences.
It’s not clear what the long-term effects of such genetic modification might be. But many elites and government bureaucrats seem perfectly fine with using unsuspecting Americans as guinea pigs. Would you like to be one?
New restrictions are one more reason why a new recession is upon us and why any economic recovery will be slow and weak.
Neither monetary nor fiscal policy will effectively stimulate the economy.
Monetary policy is not stimulus because the new money is going to the banks and the banks simply deposit it with the Fed as excess reserves on which they receive interest. If the money is not being loaned by banks and spent by consumers, it isn’t generating economic activity.
Fiscal policy isn’t stimulus because the U.S. debt-to-GDP ratio is now over 130% and rising quickly. Extensive research shows that at debt-to-GDP ratios above 90%, the multiplier on new debt is less than one. This means we’re in a debt trap (in addition to a liquidity trap caused by the Fed).
We cannot print our way out of a liquidity trap. We cannot spend our way out of a debt trap. The Fed and Congress may try to stimulate the economy, but they will fail.
They’ll only dig the country a deeper hole to climb out of."
De Blasio Boasts That New York Will "Terminate" Doing Business With The Trump Organization
The man is a capable bully when the target is powerless, but he is a lollyknob when it is not. Good luck, New Yorkers; you are gonna need it.
Peter Schiff: Commodity Boom Isn't About Economic Growth; It's About Inflation
Over the Obama years, we saw shocking growth in the money supply but no inflation. The reason is, for consumer inflation to occur, the economy needs young people and family formation. It was a combination of a rapid increase in the money supply and a large cohort of young people who needed money to form families that allowed the runaway inflation of the 1970s.
Today, the young do not want to form families, and they do not want to spend money or do anything. Today, the young adults have been cowed into listlessness by the Boomers' incessant yammerings about global warming and consumerism. In contrast, the Boomers do the opposite of what they say is necessary to solve these alleged problems. The Boomer solution to every problem is to find scapegoats and demand others pay the freight for their malign "solutions."
Over the past two decades, we have seen that the money supply grow rapidly, but there are no young adults forming families; instead, we see commodity and asset price bubbles. This was the reason we saw the housing price bubble grow and then collapse. It is why we saw the oil price bubble grow and collapse twice in the 2000s. It is why we see other commodities like metals growing and why we will see housing undergo another price bubble grow and then burst.
The policies of the progressive left are idiotic. They do not work, they cause much misery, and in the end, they cost dearly in treasure and human thriving.
Biden now has 4 years to establish that his policies are better than the Trump policies of the first three years of Trump's Presidency. If they are not, we should replace Biden with Trump and allow the best President of the past 30 years to complete his economic correction of the failed progressive economy.
Incitement To Mob Violence, Acceptable Versus Unacceptable Forms — Manhattan Contrarian
"In case you were wondering, the Manhattan Contrarian hereby condemns mob violence without qualification, and whether coming from the left or right side of the political spectrum.
Until this past week, I had actually been quite impressed at the ongoing restraint of Trump supporters and others on the right for not having responded in kind to the hundreds of violent riots across the country perpetrated during 2020 by Antifa, Black Lives Matter, and numerous other groups on the progressive left. The assault on the U.S. Capitol building on Wednesday was a huge unforced error by those who crossed the line into lawbreaking and violence.
I would have thought that the Democrats who had condoned and encouraged mob violence for months on end would have been too embarrassed to speak out against this rare transgression by their opponents. But of course, that’s not the way this works. The New York Times, having spent months downplaying and dismissing mob violence from Antifa and BLM as “mostly peaceful protests,” had this on its front page on Thursday January 7:
By Friday January 8, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi had had her team draw up a new draft article of impeachment against the President. The draft accuses the President of “incitement of insurrection” and “willfully inciting violence against the Government of the United States.”
According to the draft article, the alleged “incitement” occurred on the afternoon of January 6, during a speech that the President made addressed to supporters who had assembled in Washington. It was several hours after that speech that the violence erupted, and the Capitol building was breeched.
It occurred to me that it would be worthwhile looking at the text of that speech to see how it compares to various statements made by prominent Democrats and leftists that might also be characterized as incitement to violence. Ann Althouse on January 8 helpfully went through a transcript of Trump’s speech and picked out the statements that she characterized as “the most violent.” You can decide for yourself whether in fact they are “violent” at all.
In the list below, I have included what I think are the six most concerning statements from Trump’s speech. And then I have mixed in various statements from prominent Democrats and progressives with regard to leftist mob violence. See if you can tell which are which:
“Make the phone calls, send the emails, show up. You know, there needs to be unrest in the streets for as long as there’s unrest in our lives.”
“We’re going walk down to the Capitol, and we’re going to cheer on our brave senators, and congressmen and women. We’re probably not going to be cheering so much for some of them because you’ll never take back our country with weakness. You have to show strength, and you have to be strong.”
“I believe injustice is a threat to the safety of all people. Because once you have a group that is marginalized . . . they have no choice but to riot.”
“We will not let them silence your voices.”
“[W]e’re going to have somebody in there that should not be in there and our country will be destroyed, and we’re not going to stand for that.”
“And everyone beware, because they’re [violent protests] not gonna stop….They’re not gonna let up. And they should not. And we should not.”
“We will never give up. We will never concede, it doesn’t happen. You don’t concede when there’s theft involved.”
“I just don’t even know why there aren’t uprisings all over the country, and maybe there will be. . . .”
“We’re not going to let it happen.”
“The cries for peace will rain down, and when they do, they will land on deaf ears, because your violence has brought this resistance. We have the right to fight back!”
“Together we are determined to defend and preserve government of the people, by the people and for the people.”
Answers below the fold.
Quote 1: Democrat Congresswoman Ayanna Pressley, on MSNBC, August 15, 2020 — a time when violent riots were occurring around the country,.
Quote 2: Trump at the January 6 speech.
Quote 3: Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez during a July 2020 radio interview with New York’s Hot 97 radio station.
Quote 4: Trump at the January 6 speech.
Quote 5: Trump at the January 6 speech.
Quote 6: Incoming Vice President Kamala Harris on Stephen Colbert show, August 28, 2020.
Quote 7: Trump at the January 6 speech.
Quote 8: House Speaker Nancy Pelosi during a 2018 interview, discussing the issue of family separation at the southern border.
Quote 9: Trump at the January 6 speech.
Quote 10: Ex-NFL quarterback Colin Kaepernick in a tweet on May 28, 2020. A few days later (June 3) Twitter’s Jack Dorsey announced that he was giving Kaepernick $3 million.
Quote 11: Trump at the January 6 speech.
Do Trump’s statements really appear to be more of an “incitement to violence” than the statements of Pressley, Ocasio-Cortez, Pelosi and Harris? Not from anything I can find in the words. You just have to understand that there is good mob violence and bad mob violence. It all depends whether the rioters on on our side.
UPDATE, January 11: I thought I might do readers a favor and read all the way through that NYT article with the headline “Trump Incites Mob,” to see if they ever quote any words that constitute the supposed “incitement.”In the whole very long article, the entirety of direct quotation from Trump’s pre-riot speech is found in this one paragraph:
“‘We will never concede,’ he told a group of thousands gathered near the White House, inveighing against members of his own party preparing to finalize his loss as ‘weak Republicans’ whose leadership had gone ‘down the tubes.’ He then repeatedly told them to march to the Capitol where the vote tallying was about to get underway. The violence began a little more than two hours later.”
In other words, they couldn’t find anything that remotely constituted “incitement,” but they ran with that gigantic headline anyway. Shameful."
The progressive Dems have lost their minds, are in abject panic, and are lashing out at perceived enemies
Impeaching Trump a second time for holding a protest rally? Progressive Propaganda Tech/Social Media de-platforming anyone with an opinion different than the progressive Dems? Anti-Trust actions by Tech/Social Media titans to destroy any social media platform that does not de-platform anyone who is not toeing the progressive Dem dogma?
We are witnessing the progressive Democrats in freefall. They believe they have won the right to curtail the Americans' rights, expand the federal government's power, and politically, economically, and financially destroy any who disagree with their political views. These are not the actions of secure people confident of their positions, arguments, and status. We are watching the actions of the craven and insecure.
I expect the progressive Dems to legalize their dystopian list of bills and regulations designed to strictly limit individuals' rights in nearly every area of life. They will also make a full-court press to eliminate personal responsibility for progressive leftists while strictly enforcing and criminalizing personal responsibility for any who take a differing political position. Free speech, free association, the right to practice religion, and most of the rights delineated in the Bill of Rights will be subject to laws and regulations to reduce or eliminate these rights.
Many of these changes will come under the guise of protecting the environment, the poor, the elderly, or the children. All of these will be false flags for totalitarian control of the people, the economy, and politics.
At this point, anyone still outside of the progressive cult needs to understand that it will increase its violent repression of perceived enemies. This repression will increasingly be pursued through police action targeting normal interactions and beliefs as a criminal. However, now is not the time for violence or push back. Now is the time for those who support individual liberty, personal responsibility, free markets, and the rule of law to act lawfully and attempt to persuade the American people that the actions and goals of the progressive Democrats are abhorrent to the Great American Experiment in republican liberty.
We can still use the American constitutional process to change the progressive Democrats' totalitarian putsch.
Let the panicking, terrified progressive Dems establish they are the violent element in American politics as if the progressive left's past year of violence left any doubts.
In American history, the classical liberal side generally approaches political differences from the idea of presenting arguments and only acting out of necessity. One only needs to read the Declaration of Independence to understand how classical liberals address tyrannical totalitarianism. The Declaration of Independence is the end document of a process where the British King ruled the American Colonies via a totalitarian tyranny system, which amounted to the imposition of whimisical totalitarian laws without the right to representation the colonists. The colonists had attempted to negotiate with the colonial governors to no avail. The issue came to a head, and the colonists wrote the Declaration, a list of complaints, and the reasons they believed they had no alternative but to form a new independent government agreed to by the people. In Response, the British marched on Lexington and Concord and began the American Revolutionary War.
The Democrats do not follow this reasoned, careful approach. The Democratic approach can be seen in the American Civil War, where the Democrats threw an emotional fit because the slavery issue in the new states was not going the way they wanted. Instead of reasoned attempts and negotiation, the Dems decided to leave the union, create a confederacy, and attacked the United States of America at Fort Sumpter in April 1861, starting the American Civil War.
If a civil war is to come, it is up to the progressive Democrats to start it after implementing tyrannical totalitarian control over We the People.
Hopefully, cooler heads on the progressive Democrat side will prevail, and such an outcome can be averted, but I am not optimistic. The actions of the progressive Democrats over the year and specifically over the past week or so do not support optimism.
Oremus pacem, para bellum