—Rev. Mather Blyes (1706-1788)
Does it really matter if the instrument curtailing liberty is a monarch or a popularly elected legislature? This conundrum, along with the witty version of it put to a Boston crowd in 1775 by the little-known colonial-era preacher with the famous uncle—Cotton Mather, addresses the age-old question of whether liberty can survive in a democracy.
Blyes was a loyalist, who, along with about one-third of the American adult white male population in 1776, opposed the American Revolution and favored continued governance by Great Britain. He didn’t fight for the king or agitate against George Washington’s troops, he merely warned of the dangers of too much democracy.
No liberty-minded thinker I know of seriously argues today in favor of a hereditary monarchy, but many of us are fearful of an out-of-control hybrid democracy, which is what we have in America today. I say “hybrid” because, there remain in our federal structure a few safeguards against run-away democracy such as, the equal state representation in the Senate, the Electoral College, the state control of federal elections and life-tenured federal judges and justices.
Of course, the Senate as originally crafted did not consist of popularly elected senators. Rather, they were appointed by state legislatures to represent the sovereign states as states, not the people in them. Part of James Madison’s genius was the construction of the federal government as a three-sided table. The first side stood for the people — the House of Representatives. The second side stood for the sovereign states — the Senate. And the third side stood for the nation-state — the presidency. The judiciary, whose prominent role today was unthinkable in 1789, was not part of this mix.
In his famous Bank Speech, Madison argued eloquently against legislation chartering a national bank because the authority to create a bank was not only not present in the Constitution but also was retained by the states and reserved to them by the Tenth Amendment.
In that speech, he warned the creeping expansion of the federal government would trample the powers of the states and also the unenumerated rights of the people that the Ninth Amendment — his pride and joy because it protected natural rights — prohibited the government from denying or disparaging.
He gave that speech in February of 1791, eleven months before the addition of the Bill of Rights — the first 10 amendments — to the Constitution. Given the popular fears of a new central government, Madison assumed that the Bill of Rights would be quickly ratified. He was right.
His Bank Speech remains just as relevant today.
Had Madison been alive during the presidency of the anti-Madison Woodrow Wilson — who gave us World War I, the Federal Reserve, the administrative state and the federal income tax — he would have recoiled at a president destroying the three-sided table. Wilson did that by leading the campaign to amend the Constitution so as to provide for the direct popular election of senators. Nor would Madison have stomached the efforts today by liberal Democrats to amend the Constitution to provide for the direct popular election of the president.
Part of Madison’s genius was to craft anti-democratic elements into the Constitution. And some of them — like retaining state sovereignty — created laboratories of liberty. Ronald Reagan reminded the American public in his first inaugural address that the states formed the federal government, not the other way around. Had I been the scrivener of that speech, I’d have begged him to add: “And the powers that the states gave to the feds, they can take back.”
Reagan also famously said that we could vote with our feet. If you don’t like the over-the-top regulations in Massachusetts, you can move to New Hampshire. If you are fed up with the highest state taxes in the union in New Jersey, you can move to Pennsylvania.
But the more state sovereignty the feds absorb — the more state governance that is federalized — the fewer differences there are among the regulatory and taxing structures of the states. This has happened because Congress — sensing a popular majority — has become a general legislature without regard for the constitutional limits imposed on it.
If Congress wants to regulate an area of human behavior that is clearly beyond its constitutional competence, it bribes the states to do so with borrowed or Federal Reserve-created cash. Thus, it offered hundreds of millions of dollars to the states to lower their speed limits on highways and to lower the acceptable blood alcohol level in peoples’ veins — this would truly have set Madison off — before a presumption of DWI may be argued, in return for cash to pave state-maintained highways.
The states are partly to blame for this as well. They take whatever cash Congress offers and they accept the strings that come with it. And they, too, are tyrants. The states mandated the unconstitutional and crippling lockdowns of 2020, not the feds. The states should be paying the political and financial consequences for their misdeeds, not the feds. They took property and liberty without paying for it as the Constitution requires them to do, not the feds.Continue reading at the source...https://www.lewrockwell.com/2021/04/andrew-p-napolitano/the-tyranny-of-the-majority/
Let's look at the gob-covered stories listed above...
• In Washington, a black man, theoretically deranged from repeated football concussions and exposure to the rantings of Nation of Islam founder Louis Farrakhan, rammed his car into two policemen (killing one) and a concrete barrier before waving a knife around and getting shot deader than a mackerel. This is a horrible story...but it's not a big one. A crazy lone wolf did a horrible thing and now he's dead. Yet politicians and the "news" media are more or less calling this "insurrection two" (ignoring the fact that there was no "insurrection one") and citing it as evidence that our nation's capital needs to remain a guarded military outpost. Unlike, oh, our southern border.
• Do we really need to say anything at all about what an offensive idiot AOC is? She apparently wants U.S. taxpayers to cough up "reparations" to illegal aliens because...well...we don't know why and we don't effing care. Meanwhile, small children are being dropped over the border wall (recent video shows a 3-year-old and 5-year-old girl being dropped from a 14-foot high wall to thud heavily onto American soil). Theoretically, that's the sort of thing that Kamala Harris should be looking into, but she's apparently too busy laughing hysterically and supervising the remodeling of her vice-presidential quarters. Not that she plans to stay in them long.More comics and ranting at...https://stiltonsplace.blogspot.com/2021/04/just-another-mish-mash-monday.html
On April 7, 2021 James Bovard wrote at Jim Bovard dot com : https://jimbovard.com/blog/2021/04/07/joe-bidens-no-boondoggle-left-behind-plan/
When the pandemic hit last year, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo quickly seized nearly absolute power to shut down everything in the state. Cuomo vindicated himself for putting almost 20 million people under house arrest: “If everything we do saves just one life, I’ll be happy.” When pandemic fears were surging, the New York Times proclaimed, “Andrew Cuomo Is the Control Freak We Need Right Now.” A New Yorker profile, titled “Andrew Cuomo, King of New York,” explained that Cuomo and his aides saw the battle over Covid policy as “between people who believe government can be a force for good and those who think otherwise.”
Cuomo’s reign has more “force” than “good,” such as his bizarre assertion that sheriffs were “dictators” for refusing to enforce his mask mandate inside people’s homes. But Cuomo’s power grabs have spurred a backlash that could end his political career. The federal investigation into the cover-up of mass deaths at nursing homes that occurred thanks to Cuomo’s dictates could pose more danger to him than a busload of sexual harassment charges.
Similarly, the Biden administration’s dogma that “government must be a powerful force for good” could be paving the way to both constitutional and political ruin. Many of the same zealots who swore that the federal government was a fascist dictatorship while Trump was president now believe that practically every federal program will operate impeccably because Biden is president. This is an even more childlike notion than most of the political delusions festering inside the Beltway. Because Biden is in the Oval Office, we are obliged to believe that federal spending will miraculously achieve what politicians promise. If that was the case, Biden would not be hustling a long list of public sector failures that supposedly require trillions of dollars of new government spending.This is just an excerpt, read the rest at...https://thehill.com/homenews/state-watch/527263-cuomo-calls-a-sheriff-who-wont-enforce-mask-mandate-a-dictator
Watching the chaos being unleashed on this country by the Biden administration, it's hard to keep one's cool. Consider:
We're not just sliding, but accelerating down the slope to disaster, and nobody in authority seems to care. Add to that the threats of progressive activists, and our future looks worse by the day. When leaders like this get elected to run some of America's largest cities, promising to overturn the old order while offering nothing worth having in the new, what else can we expect?
In that light, I found Larry Correia's latest quip on MeWe to be grimly relevant:
I used to think America was heading for a Bosnia style civil war. But that was me being too optimistic. Now I suspect we will wake up one day and it’ll be Rwanda.
I saw what happened in Rwanda. God forbid I should ever see that again . . . but in a fractured, tormented nation, even in the First World, it's not impossible.
Posted by Peter writing at Bayou Renaissance Man
Have you ever read the Bible in order to find out what God thinks?
Found this list of progressive Christians on Alisa Childers’ blog. Childers is very reliable, having written a detail-filled book about attempts by progressives to distort the gospel.
She writes this about Jen Hatmaker, a progressive:
Since its launch in 2017, Hatmaker’s podcast has been a veritable “who’s who” of progressive Christian leaders such as Sarah Bessey, Rachel Held Evans, Pete Enns, Nadia Bolz-Weber, Richard Rohr, Jeff Chu, Mike McHargue (“Science Mike”), Barbara Brown Taylor, Austin Channing Brown, Lisa Sharon Harper, Rachel Hollis, and Glennon Doyle.
I want to talk about Sarah Bessey and Rachel Hollis. Are these authors working from within a Christian worldview?
Anne Kennedy was bemused to find Rachel Hollis’ best-selling book, Girl, Wash Your Face, in the Christian living section of the bookstore next to the Bibles. Hollis describes herself as a Christian but her self-help advice is anything but Christian, Kennedy believes.
“She does mention Christianity and her faith in Jesus but in terms of the book itself, there’s really nothing that would distinguish it from any other kind of self-help thing that’s on the market and there’s lots of them. She quotes some Bible verses but she doesn’t really rely on a Christian worldview at all to motivate behavior,” Kennedy… said on a recent Christian Research Institute podcast.
[…]“I don’t think she’s a Christian at all,” she commented.
[…]“Her worldview is in no way representative of classical Christianity. She’s inclusive, affirming of LGBT, all religions are fine, doesn’t have any even vague understanding of what redemption and the cross and faith in Jesus were to actually look like. She invokes the name of Jesus periodically, she quotes some verses but nothing that she says at all represents a Christian worldview. So it is interesting to me that she is marketed as a Christian.”
And the Bessey devotion book has this:
Please help me to hate wh1te people. Or at least to want to hate them. At least, I want to stop caring about them, individually and collectively. I want to stop caring about their misguided, racist souls, to stop believing that they can be better, that they can stop being racist.”
[…]”Lord, if it be your will, harden my heart. Stop me from striving to see the best in people. Stop me from being hopeful that White people can do and be better.
[…]”Let me see them as hopelessly unrepentant, reprobate bigots who have blasphemed the Holy Spirit and who need to be handed over to the evil one.”
Why are these books so popular? I think that the problem is that we’re not reading our Bibles to get the author’s intended meaning. Instead, we’re selecting the parts of the Bible that affirm what makes us feel good and look good to others.
Consider this post from Alan Shlemon of Stand to Reason:
You never open the email, skip the first three pages, and read just one line on the fourth page. No one, in fact, takes that approach with their mail. By skipping the context of the email and ignoring the flow of thought, you wouldn’t know what that line meant on the fourth page. If it’s wrong to read your friend’s mail that way, then why do we read God’s mail that way?
We open the letter to the Philippians, skip the first three chapters, and read verse 13: “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.” Message received. Close the letter. We’re done here!
We even plaster that verse on a mug, publicizing our mistake. I call this “Coffee Cup Christianity,” and it’s killing our biblical literacy. We’ve become accustomed to seeing isolated Bible verses and presume we know their meaning. Too often, however, we merely insert our own meaning into a Bible verse, thereby overwriting what God was trying to tell us.
[…]Sadly, Coffee Cup Christianity violates one of the most basic and well-known principles of interpretation: context. It’s a principle known not only among Bible readers. Many people in our culture understand it. Tragically, we apply it when reading man’s word but neglect it when reading God’s word. Coffee Cup Christianity leads to three dangerous problems.
Here are the problems:
So, here’s what I recommend. My Bible study partner and I are going through New Testament letters. Our goal is to find out what God wants us to be doing by reading the advice given to early church Christians. We’re trying to learn how to recognize life situations that God has an interest in, and make decisions that respect his values and goals. We want to put ourselves second in those situations. And we’re holding each other accountable to the author’s intent in those books of the Bible.
For each book, we always pick out a good commentary. For 1 Peter, we’re using Joel B. Green’s “1 Peter“, which we got free from Logos Bible study. We read the full chapter, then the commentary, prepare our points in advance. Then meet to compare. We always pray first, and often afterwards. Here’s what we did for 1 Peter 1.
So, that’s our approach. If your Bible study just has people showing up without reading anything, without preparing anything, and then twisting the text to make them feel good or look good, then I think you need to get out of that Bible study. Do better.
She was crying because her boss had already shown how powerful he was. Even though sleeping with him was the last thing she wanted to do, she saw it as her only option. She needed the job and she didn’t want her life ruined.
Would you be screaming sexual harassment? You should because this definitely fits the definition of sexual coercion and abuse. What a disgusting situation!!!
The story I told you is hypothetical. But, if we change the scenario slightly, the government, MSM, big tech, and many other corporate giants are making similar threats against millions of citizens who don’t want to take the Covid vaccination. Magazines such as National Geographic have run articles about it. As the magazine puts it, those who refuse to get the vaccine may not be able to go to the office, attend a sporting event, even get a seat at a restaurant.
When people hear my original scenario about this woman whose boss is sexually harassing her, they are outraged. In fact, the #METOO movement is centered around situations like this. But, when people hear that our President is working with private industries to support a vaccine passport that will force many people to get the vaccine against their will, they cheer.
Is it because one only affects the individual, while the other affects all of us? Maybe it’s for the greater good? Some clearly believe that everyone should be coerced into stopping the spread.
If you agree with any of these reasons, I must ask if you’ve seen The Handmaid’s Tale? It takes place in a post-democratic America without guaranteed freedom. Radioactive fallout that left many individuals infertile is such a problem that fertile females are used as baby vessels -- for the greater good, to ensure the human race survives.
These women are forced to have sex with a man who basically owns them. Their rights are already greatly restricted. They have a curfew. They can’t go out. They are completely controlled by the governing body. If they manage to get pregnant, they get more privileges, pampering, and extra rights. But if they refuse to cooperate, they face even harsher conditions.
That fictional scenario is eerily like words from Dr. Leana Wen, Public Health professor, at George Washington University. She said Americans need a “carrot” to “incentivize” them to get vaccinated. take the vaccine. “We need to make it clear to them that the vaccine is the ticket back to pre-pandemic life.” If people aren’t coerced, “people are going to go out and enjoy these freedoms anyway.” Ironically, she is a former Planned Parenthood president. You know – “My body, my choice.”
If we allow the government to take away people’s right to choose what to do with their bodies and to “incentivize” our freedoms based on whether we chose to take a vaccine, how do we know it will stop there? Are we sure that we won’t be a vaccine version of handmaids in 10 years? Maybe they’ll tell families how many children they are “allowed” to have, a la Communist China. It’s “for the greater good.”
Don’t fool yourself that this TV fiction could never happen in America. In the 1905 case of Jacobsen v. Massachusetts, the Supreme Court ruled that Jacobsen could not refuse the smallpox vaccination.
The Court’s Progressive majority held that the Constitution does not always allow freedom for all because there are “manifold restraints to which every person is necessarily subjected for the common good.” For that reason, statute legislatures could mandate compulsory vaccinations, enforced by the state’s police power, to “secure the general comfort, health and prosperity of the state.”
In other words, for the “greater good.” (Smallpox, incidentally, had a 30% mortality rate.) Ultimately, Jacobson was fined $1,000 in today’s dollars.
Given smallpox’s deadliness, maybe that was aberrant. However, Jacobson’s case was later used against a woman named Carrie Buck with another Progressive Supreme Court agreeing that the government could forcibly sterilize her:
In one of the most chilling statements in American jurisprudence, Holmes declared, “It is better for the world, if instead of waiting to execute degenerate offspring for crime, or to let them starve for their imbecility, society can prevent those who are manifestly unfit from continuing their kind. The principle that sustains compulsory vaccination is broad enough to cover cutting the Fallopian tubes. Three generations of imbeciles are enough!”
If a case favoring mandatory vaccination could authorize forcible sterilization, why couldn’t it be used for forcible impregnation? Or because of “climate change, to place a limit on the number of children someone can have?
If you think The Handmaid’s Tale and Carrie Bucks case sound scary, you should think twice about giving the government and government-allied businesses the power to force people to carry a vaccine passport to “resume normal life” or to mandate vaccines, all for “the greater good.” When they use that power to come after something that is important to you, you can no longer say no.
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The thing is though, it was always a game and most people got it. The candidates would say the vilest things about one another, but then carry on like old pals during a debate, showing the world they did not really mean those things. In fact, this is why the Left has controlled the country. Everyone else has always been sure the Left was not really serious about what they were saying. Despite it all, many people remain convinced that the Left today is just putting on a show.
That may be one of the factors creating the current crisis. The eruption of mass media over the last couple of decades puts the Left in our face all the time. There is no escaping politics today, which means there is no escaping the Left. Watch a sporting event and there will be lefty political preaching. Check the weather for your trip to the beach and you get a lecture on global warming. Go outside and you see people wearing three masks in their car, letting you know they are in that cult.
Of course, social media is like standing in front of a firehose. Even if you only want to follow something banal like entertainment news, you will be drenched in political commentary, almost entirely from the Left. The carnies all fashion themselves as philosophers now. The athletes have made politics a feature of their act. These are the dumbest, crudest people in our society, but they are sure you need to know what they have to say about current events.
There is another part to this. Along with not being able to escape the left-wing crazies, it is becoming increasingly clear that there is no living with them. Politics, regardless of the system, is about compromise. The opposing sides find some middle ground that they can accept or some combination of their proposals that prevent either side from feeling cheated by the other. In a democracy, compromise is based on the understanding that both sides want what is best.
How do you reach a compromise with someone who thinks invisible men from a faraway land used mind control to change an election? On top of that, they were perfectly willing to destroy the country over it. If one side is sure the other side is evil, there can never be a compromise. The best you can get is a truce in the hostilities, but eventually one side will attack again. After all, any compromise with evil is immoral on its face, so the only more thing to do is confront it.
Take a look at this tweet from a man who is the former Director of CIA & NSA. He is convinced that we need to round up citizens and put them in concentration camps because they said things he does not like. The regime has already imprisoned dozens of people on trumped up charges. America is now a country with political prisoners being tortured while in prison. This ghoul wants to institutionalize the persecution and torture of Americans who disagree with official policy.
How can you compromise with a person who literally wants you dead? Even if you dismiss him as a fanatic, look at the responses. The people replying to him are both demented and delusional. It is not unreasonable to say that many of them are suffering from a form of mental illness. If you think the capitol protests were an insurrection or comparable to a terrorist attack, you need to be institutionalized. There is no reasoning or compromising with someone in this condition.
The thing is, of course, is the majority of the ruling class truly believes they are confronting an invisible army of white supremacists. If you polled the media, you can be sure that the overwhelming majority think the protestors are getting off easy. At the same time, they think the two blacks who killed the Uber driver in DC were given rough justice, because racism. We live with people who think it is fine for blacks to murder people, but you cannot question the results of the last election.
The old civic nationalist response to this is “well we just have to make sure to vote for the Republicans in the next election.” Even if conservatives were something other than apologists for their masters on the Left, it does not change the fact that close to half the country wants to murder you. They are not going to lose an election and then think, “Geez, maybe I don’t need to murder that guy with the Trump flag.” Instead, they are going get even more deranged and murderous. This is just an excerpt, read the rest at...https://thezman.com/wordpress/?p=23417
On April 10, 2021 Sarah Cowgill wrote on Liberty Nation :
For heartlanders, new and improved ways of communicating were kicked to the curb and replaced by a good old-fashioned tongue lashing, a few boos and hisses, and the preferred dish served by rural farm wives, the cold shoulder. All of which is fine and acceptable forms of sending a message of displeasure, whether the offender is in your midst or another part of the good old U. S. of A. If elitists from both parties haven’t yet paid attention, now would be a suitable time to take notice – before 2022 becomes the next “WTH” happened?
Is it a harbinger of things to come when an entire town forgoes an election? One small Missouri town, La Russell, hit a new low in voter turnout as not one person cast a vote. Not. One. Vote. This particular local election was to decide if La Russell would annex into the neighboring Avilla Fire Protection District and to select two vacant seats on the Board of Trustees. One might think the trustee candidates might have made an effort. But they would be wrong. Jasper County Clerk Charlie Davis told the local paper his office had looked high and low for a ballot from La Russell but came up empty. It caused a stir and a few wagging tongues.
The city clerk, Deborah Burton, spent the week prior at her husband’s hospital bed. Not that it matters but her husband is the mayor of La Russell. He was not up for reelection. Nevertheless, Burton was with her hospitalized man and not promoting the election: “I was there with him, so I guess we didn’t throw up the flag and let everyone know there was an election, so nobody went.” If only certain parts of the country had faced similar issues in 2020…
As Gerald Gaa from neighboring Illinois said: “[It’s} a crazy world when the guys running did not vote.” Indeed.
Two of Illinois’ elected officials walked onto Guaranteed Rate Field ballpark in Chicago and were met with a prickly crowd of White Sox and Royals fans. As the public address system announced Governor J.B. Pritzker and Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot, fans could hear chants of “Beetlejuice” and “Fat boy” amid loud and boisterous boos and hisses. Local fan Nash Ruby observed: “You know it’s pretty bad when even the south side boos.”
At one point, the “you suck” was let fly, followed by “get the hell out of Chicago.” Another fan, Paul Nino, found the rainbow of the situation: “So glad Sox fans can agree with Cub fans on this one.” The unfriendly audience kept the pressure on until both Pritzker and Lightfoot retreated to safe spaces. As a season ticket holder to the Sox, several wonder if Lightfoot will have her passes up for sale in the near future.
This is just an excerpt, read the rest at...https://www.libertynation.com/flyover-folks-serve-up-some-cold-shoulder/
Dear Future Generations,
How did this happen? How did America go insane, and destroy itself? How did…
Future generations, I did not make up any of that. It was (is, as I type) real. How, you ask. It started generations ago. In America; the roots go back to the 19th century and more. But I’ll give you the short form. Maybe you’ll find books that survived the burning that has started, that will explain more details.
People wanted power over others. America had a Constitution that limited their ability to simply seize it, so they tried something else.
They adopted a political system called Marxism. Marxism assumes capitalism is bad (side note: at this time, America isn’t really capitalist; it is mercantilist, where companies use the power of government to enrich themselves by restricting markets and competition. In real free market capitalism, the playing field is level, and success or failure is determined by market forces, not government meddling. And it’s possible for all the competitors to succeed.) Marxism says that we need a transition system called socialism.
Socialism is a state of enhanced mercantilism where government completely controls production and the market. But the production, the companies, and still businesses so those operating them can still make money for themselves.
But it’s a transition state. The goal is to “progress” to total ownership of the “means of production” by “the people.” That final phase is called communism. Theoretically, “the people” do this through some sort of total absolute democracy. In reality, every single time this has been tried since 1917, it has only resulted in a privileged ruling class lording it over an otherwise poverty-stricken downtrodden class who exist only to serve their masters. Keep that last point in mind.
But in the beginnings of the socialist stage, the theory appeals to two sorts of people.
1. Those who expect to be the ruling class, the nomenklatura. They cynically pretend to believe in pie-in-the-sky for everyone.
2. Poor folks who, for whatever reason, aren’t as wealthy and powerful as they think they should be. They stupidly, or cynically, believe the promises of wealth redistribution of the nomenklatura-wannbes.
The nomenklatura types infiltrated colleges and universities. As moles, they got their degrees — especial in education — and went to work. Some became professors at the universities and colleges, and recruited more socialist-leaning people.
Others became teachers at the elementary level, “teaching” children. And this is where America died.
These socialist teachers “taught” two things: 1) Socialism good. 2) Rational thought bad.
The first part is the same recruitment/indoctrination the college professors are doing.
The second is a mix of not teaching history, that getting the right answer in math doesn’t matter, and discouraging independent thought and analysis. This makes the victim incapable of analyzing socialism and seeing where it really leads. This indoctrination can be countered by responsible parents; that’s why schools exclude parents. The really gullible will grow up get bigger (they never really grow up, but simply expect endless free lunch and participation trophies) and make excellent socialist cannon fodder. Useful idiots. Expendable. But they can’t see it themselves).
Our would be nomenklatura spent three generations gradually working up into power. They kept their own children out of the public indoctrination schools.
Did I mention that these “public schools” were free, to encourage their use?
That’s how we got here. But, I imagine hearing you ask, why did we let it happen? Give some of us credit for trying, and accept our apologies for our failure. It happened because the nomenklature were also doing a little social engineering on the side.
So-called “feminism” told women that just being a parent and housekeeper was unfair and unfulfilling. They deserved the right to work outside the home and make their own money. Step one.
Step two: Drive inflation. Increase taxes. Make things so expensive that it becomes necessary for working-class people to have two incomes to have a chance to improve their lot. Eventually, many families need two incomes to survive. Good thing a generation of women were taught that working in the home sucked.
Step three: Government-provided child daycare, starting as early as a couple of months of age. The indoctrination begins immediately, and the parents are too busy working to keep track of what their children are being taught. Now the fall of civilization really snowballs.
We had a thing called “home-schooling.” This was parents not putting their children in public schools; they taught their children themselves. The socialist teachers’ unions hated home-schooling and tried banning it, or simply regulating it so heavily that parents would give up. They claimed that only a real, college education-degreed teacher could teach. (Note: my sisters taught me to read when I was five years old, long before I went to school. Today, public high schools graduate 18 and 19 year-olds who still can’t read.)
The result of all this was a generation of people without the logical and educational capacity to design a bridge, airplane, or telephone. I’m already seeing signs in 2021 that many people can longer do enough math or read to follow rote instructions in maintaining or repairing things. That will snowball as well. Things will fall apart, and no one will be able build replacements. And they’ll lack the money to buy them from another country.
Another important point. I hope you noticed the insane gun-related examples in the above list. “Gun control” is very important to the socialist nomenklatura because they know they have not yet brainwashed everyone, that there are still many sane people who object to their nomenklatura/serf agenda. They don’t want those people to shoot them (in self defense). So, since the 1930s, they gradually made it harder and harder to buy and own guns.
Now, in 2021, they are trying to pass laws to ban many guns, and register all those left (so they know who has them and where, to make it easier to confiscate them later). There is even a proposed law to ban the private knowledge of how to build a gun. I expect that to pass.
That’s how we got here. That’s why everything collapsed. I’m sorry. All I can do is leave you with a couple of pieces of advice, future generations.
If you you see a socialist or communist, kill them. By supporting that movement, they’ve already begun initiating force against you. We missed that in the beginning.
If someone advocates for “sensible gun safety laws,” kill them. They are trying to disarm you so they can do bad things to you; that is an initiation of force. A lot of us didn’t miss that, but we were out-voted by the indoctrinated masses.
And voting? Never, ever adopt absolute democracy, where your rights, property, and lives are up for grabs. You’re just baring your throat to the rights-shredding, blodd-letting pack of whatever your current brand of tyranny is.
Again, and finally, I apologize for failing the future.
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We used to have mental hospitals, sanitariums, asylums, for the seriously, and long-term, mentally ill. We locked dangerous people away. But too damned many of those facilities were terrible. Outright abuse of patients, well-intended treatments that were abusive, neglect… you name it, they did it. There was a backlash against them. We still have some comparatively small, specialized in-patient treatment centers, but for the most part, we started “mainstreaming” the mentally ill, the out-right crazed. Give enough drugs to keep them from completely flipping out, and hope they’ll keep filling the prescription and taking the meds.
Then — and first time I heard this, I assumed it was a joke — doctors started telling their mainstreamed “hearing voices” schizophrenics to wear Bluetooth headsets to blend in. That way, when they argued with the voices in their heads, onlookers would assume they were on a phone call. They blended in. (I always thought it would be amusing to hack some headsets and feed them real voices and imaginative ideas. Then again, that might account for most of the FBI terrorism stings with schizos.)
We didn’t just mainstream crazy people, society mainstreamed insanity. A generation grew up watching crazy people acting out around them without knowing they were crazy. It became acceptable to act that way. And as more people picked it up, it set the example for even more.
That’s why we have people like “crewcut lady” who think sharing their psychotic breaks in videos to the world is a good idea. If they left it at that, fine. But they didn’t.
Our new batch of lunatics applied their crazy and illogic to everything in life. That’s how idjits like David Hogglet can demand that oh-so-mature sixteen year-olds be able to vote on life or death issues, but eighteen year-olds are to immature to be trusted with a firearm.
That’s how we got Alexandria Occasionally-firing-Cortex’ grand plan to save the planet by strip mining it, and filling the holes with the toxic waste left over from manufacturing all those wind gennies and solar panels. Or her plan to simply print monopoly money to pay for it all, then tax every bit of it back to “prevent inflation.” (Hint: Paying for something, then taking the money back without returning the thing is theft. Paying people to work, then stealing the pay back though taxes is slavery.)
That’s how we got a generation of socialist-indoctrinated schoolkids, who see so much crazy on the street that the crazy in classroom doesn’t faze them a bit.
So yeah; when I wrote about how everyone got too dumbed down to keep up the infrastructure? Remember that they are just dumb, they’re crazy. Enjoy operating appliances — “water-saving” clothes washer and dishwashers that take hours to not clean and use more energy, “water-saving” toilets that require multiple flushes to actually flush — designed by the criminally insane.Read Bear's blog...http://bussjaeger.us/blog/
Dear Brett Pearce,
I just came across your laughably ludicrous infographic entitled "How to commit Vote-by-Mail Fraud". It seems you wanna poo-poo the idea of mailing voting fraud by making it seem more difficult than it is. For example, in panel '1', it is not necessary to figure out every registered voter who requested a mail-in ballot. On election day, many voters were turned away at the polls having been told they already voted by mail-in ballot.
Then in panel '2', "intercept the ballot" makes it clear you have no idea how ballot harvesting is actually conducted.
Finally, in panel '3', you think the fraudsters had to acurately forge signatures, when in fact, no signature comparisons were done in most precincts and poll workers were even told to accept ballots with no signature.
I wish you people would just admit you stole the election by fraud. We know the truth, you know the truth, and your guy is safely ensconsced in his ill-gotten Oval Office. So, why keep up the charade? Just admit the truth...that the election was rigged.
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Reported by The Federalist:
This past weekend, something ominous and cruel happened on Amazon.com—although it could have been foreseen given the recent ramped-up levels of censorship. With the removal of Ryan T. Anderson’s 2018 book When Harry Became Sally: Responding to the Transgender Moment,” Amazon openly signaled something to the American public and world.
The digital book-burning has begun; take cover if you’re not a raging leftist.
But the book didn’t pass muster with all the thousand-sexual-partner Grindr app users who make up the Big Tech elite. They decided it was bad. It doesn’t fit with San Francisco values, even if it was tightly argued and brimming with irrefutable evidence.
So, Amazon has been getting increasingly woke lately. Apple was always woke. They conspired, along with Google, to take down Parler. Was it because Parler doesn’t support the Democrat party platform? That was my impression. So I decided to curtail all my Amazon spending and found alternatives instead. I suggest that you do the same, as much as you’re able to. Even buying from left-wing small companies is safer than buying from Amazon. The small companies can’t hurt you.
By the way, if you want to buy Anderson’s book, you can get it on sale from Christian Book.
This was an excerpt, read the full article at Wintery Knight dot com…
The global mainstream media (MSM) are now propaganda channels for authoritarian governments and the oligarchs. Their propaganda is designed to keep people in fear, to communicate the government’s regulations and to create division in the population (focus on racial conflicts, left-right etc.).
The “medical experts” that get airtime are scripted puppets, paid to enforce the ludicrous narrative that there’s a pandemic and regulations are necessary.
Criticizing experts don’t get airtime.
Google’s search results steer the masses to the mainstream narrative. Finding truthful information via Google has become increasingly difficult over the past years, climaxing during COVID-19.
BitChute in my experience is censorship-free though I encountered other users that complain about videos being deleted and difficulties uploading new videos.
Fact checkers are paid disinformation agents and a significant force in information suppression, hiding behind an unwarranted air of legitimacy.
The fact check warnings (on posts, videos…) are unfortunately very effective in scaring away novel, curious souls that aren’t aware of disinformation operations.
There are organizations paid solely to influence and redirect opinions in the direction of the paying client. Fact checkers are one of many that fall under this category.
They’ll flood a comment section in favor of the official narrative, drowning out critical voices, while onlookers get the impression the vast majority is on board with the official narrative from seemingly many unrelated commenters.
They’ll group attack critical voices with ridicule, manipulation tactics and even corrupted scientific expertise.
This should not discourage you to throw truth bombs in comment sections of MSM and public groups. Just realize when seemingly everybody is against you, it might just be you’re targeted by disinformation agents, which is a good sign.
Think about the silent, curious ones. They’re looking for information.
Make sure they find it in the tracks of your battles.
Continue reading Countering censorship.
The year 2020 was brutal for the friends of the South. Monuments and statues of Southerners, not just Confederates, disappeared from the urban areas of the Southand beyond. The lockdowns imposed by the authorities weighed heavily upon the region’s and the country’s remaining small farms and small businesses. In larger urban areas such as Atlanta, what the lockdown did not destroy, riots and civil unrest swept away. Meanwhile, our “friends” in Conservative Inc. movement were more than happy to support the jettisoning of better men and women than they from the national memory. Pray tell, if Robert E. Lee was a notorious traitor for not defending his native state, what then of George Washington, a man who swore a solemn and religious oath to his sovereign King George III? In our post rational age, such questions may well be counted as sedition by the emotions police. President Trump, who enjoyed very wide support in the South, suffered an electoral defeat that smelled to high heaven, as over a thousand affidavits, video footage, and electronic evidence indicate. His defeat has been particularly demoralizing for some, more significant over fifty million voters view the election as “rigged,” suggesting that President Biden’s government, indeed the entire federal government, has a legitimacy problem. Not to worry, the Biden people in their great wisdom and mastery of politics have quickly about faced from calls for “healing” to denunciations of Trump supporters as “domestic terrorists.” Why use the healing balm of Gilead when you have gasoline and a match nearby? Overall, a bat guano crazy year.
On the surface the federal leviathan looks to be impregnable. Mr. Trump’s people were blocked by every state and federal court where they hoped to seek redress for what polite society calls “voting irregularities.” The test for a civil case is preponderance of the evidence, a low bar compared to criminal proceedings. One might think that cases in which there were hundreds of sworn affidavits, video evidence, expert testimony, and demonstration it might just be possible that a court might give you a hearing rather than toss your case out on flimsy technicalities. Wish to complain of this, please not on Twitter, You Tube, Facebook—the Bolshevik Borg does not wish to hear it or see it, nor will they tolerate others doing so. Meanwhile, Mr. John Brennan, former Communist and former Director of the Central Intelligence Agency (Why does that no longer seem a contradiction in terms?) has declared war upon everyone who disagrees with his worldview. Be advised, in certain circles of the media and what is euphemistically referred to as the “intelligence community,” Brennan is still big medicine. Discouragement and demoralization are understandable, but as the motto of the great state of South Carolina instructs Dum Spiro Spero.
The political situation is not the only source of discouragement in America. The universities and government schools were lost to the Marxists decades ago, independent schools which were once viewed as a haven from the incompetency and indoctrination of the government schools are no longer. The National Association of Independent Schools has four pillars illustrating the association’s commitments. Academic excellence is buried with other types of excellence in the pillar dedicated to generic excellence. Emotion has its very own pillar, curious for a professional association whose member schools ought to be engage in the primary work of the intellectual formation of its students. One of the consequences of this infiltration and usurpation of the schools is the destruction of families as children have “outed” their parents for their politically incorrect affiliations. The sports and entertainment industry is now fully “woke” and on board with the new cancel culture. Financial companies are shifting investments into corporations who are adopting “progressive” agendas and priorities, Larry Fink at Blackrock, one of the largest investment firms in the world, is leading the effort in this regard. Others will follow. It is certain that individuals will soon be purged from schools and employment due to their political and religious views. Leftist media figures and politicians have been calling for the purge of Mr. Trumps’ supporters from respectable society, politics, media, and employment until some sort of “truth and reconciliation” commission can sort out the sinners from the saints and “re-educate” the unregenerate. I am sure that at least in principle President Xi and Kim Jong Il approve.
Yes, the events of 2020 have demoralized many, allow me to offer some hope. There are many actions people can take to combat the darkness of our time. These actions are peaceful, and they will be effective if we can convince some of our country men to follow our example. They are inconvenient and they will require us to change the way we live, but they will stand as a powerful refusal to the unjust and corrupt regime that has usured the country.
First, get right with God. He is in charge, he has permitted this for a greater and ultimate good, and our three great enemies, the world, the flesh, and the devil are already conquered and on a truly short leash. God loves a good fight, it is by His grace that all things are, move, and have their being.
In the political realm, support those political action committees and interest groups that best represent your views. Some political scientists believe this to be a more effective strategy than voting. Interest groups have time, resources, and access to legislators that individual voters do not, and they can mobilize their large memberships to put pressure on their representatives and senators. Vote if you are inclined. Also consider becoming involved in your local and county government. Attend meetings of the town and county councils, run for the local school board, support your county sheriff if he understands his duties under the constitution. If he does not, get together with like-minded citizens and get one elected who does take seriously his obligation to uphold and defend the Constitution, especially the Bill of Rights.
On Wall Street there is an old maxim, “Never finance your enemies.” In the spirit of that maxim cancel your cable and streaming services, find alternatives for your entertainment. Move all or at least some of your money out of the large commercial dealer banks and regional banks and place it with solid community banks or local credit unions who are investing in your local community. Become your own bank and hold some hard assets outside of the system such as precious metals. Get out of debt, especially unsecured debt. These are the chains of usury by which the deep state ensnares everyone.
The most effective work being done to preserve the heritage of the South and of America is done at the local level. If a monument is under attack, write a piece in the local paper defending the town’s heritage, at the town or county council meetings, and encourage your neighbors to do the same.
Pull your children out of the government schools and encourage others to do likewise. Home school or if you send your child to a private school scrutinize their faculty and curriculum. If the college or university your child attends or which you attended has embraced Marxism and “wokeness,” and nearly all of them have, cut them off from any donations and let them know why, and encourage other alumni to do so as well. Under no circumstances send your child to a woke college. The degree colleges are awarding costs too much and has lost significant value, this trend will continue. Look for alternatives, many trades are in desperate need of workers, and many excellent free liberal arts programs are available to people who are more interested in an education than a devalued credential. Become involved in your town and county, with its local charities, its festivals, and patronize the local businesses. If you shop online use Amazon as a catalog but buy directly from another retailer’s web site. If you shop brick and mortar, Walmart, Lowes, and the rest should be our last stop after shopping the local merchants. The same goes for restaurants.
Be aware of the enormous amounts of misinformation abounding on the internet. Some of it is manufactured by bad actors, often it is spread by misled people with good intentions. The more complex and convoluted a conspiracy theory is, the less likely it is to be true. Sharpen your analytical skills. Read good literature and history, dust off that old logic textbook and put it to good use. When friend or foe assert their worldviews or their positions on the issues of the day, ask for the evidence underlying their views. We badly need to counter the reliance so many have on emotion, as the old Catholic moralists were fond of saying, “Emotion, unbridled from reason, is the devil’s playground.”
What else? Rediscover the outdoors, hike, hunt, fish, garden. Learn a new skill. Ultimately the time call for a secession of the mind and the heart from the “system.” Let it fall, we can give a helping hand to spontaneous order to build anew. Most of all, whatever one chooses to do, do it with love, humility, and patience. Like our ancestors, we are not building for today but for our children’s future. As for the architects of the current regime built upon greed, fraud, separate legal standards, and malice—it only deserves our refusal. Refuse then to take its credit, consume its entertainment, or participate in its political Kabuki theater. Let us instead return our attentions to God and homestead and rebuild.
This was an excerpt, read the full article at Abbeville Institute dot org…
The First Amendment protects against the infringement of religion and in so doing, it protects religion itself from blasphemers, heretics, iconoclasts, and apostates.
Satanism is NOT a legitimate religion and does not deserve any protections under the First Amendment.
Satanism exists solely as a repudiation of another religion, Christianity. Satan is NOT a god. He's a flunky. Any worship of Satan is merely a rude gesture AGAINST the God of Christianity. The entire act of worship in Satanism IS flinging an insult at the God of Christianity. As such, it is not the practice of a religion, but rather the practice of an insult.
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