Re-Educating Our Children

My teachers taught me that our Founding Fathers deserve to be revered, the nuclear family of one man and one woman with children born in wedlock is the bedrock of civilized society, and God is the source of morality.  I believed my teachers.  Why wouldn’t I?  They were my teachers.

My children’s teachers taught them the same.  That made sense to me.  Why wouldn’t it?

Now I’m confused.  Astonishingly so.  Now teachers teach that the Father of our County was a racist, and his portraits and statues must be removed from view.  Now teachers teach there’s no such thing as a definition of gender, and “men” and “women” are words that must be forbidden.  Now teachers teach that God is just another word for Nature, apparently not believing or not being familiar with the first sentence in the Bible.

My children’s and my teachers denied us a proper education.  They indoctrinated us with tomfoolery.  Worse, with heresy.

I struggle without success, trying to figure out the answers to these questions.  Why aren’t yesterday’s teachers in jail, for poisoning the minds of so many generations of children?  Why aren’t yesterday’s teachers financially liable for the cost of our nation’s ongoing re-education of our millions of wrong-headed citizens?

These questions are not trivial.  Answering them is not a nicety, it’s a necessity.  We need answers.  How else will we know what to do a hundred years from now, when we’re taught that today’s teachers are teaching tomfoolery and heresy?

Non-Essential Workers

Our nation has been brought to its knees.  By whom?  By China, our government, our Fourth Estate?  Yes.

Imagine this.  You lead an honorable life.  You obey all laws.  After graduating from high school, you work for several employers in several retail businesses for several years, you invest your life savings in a small business of your own, you marry and raise a family.  You’re sufficiently successful to be able to support your family, even afford health insurance and two weeks vacation each year.  You teach your children pride and the value of hard work, and instill in them the dream of attending college.  Then, WHAM!  China infects our nation with a deadly disease.  Our government and Fourth Estate create rules that they say are necessary to protect our nation, to protect even you.  The rules require you to close your business and stay inside your home with your family at all times, not allowing any visitors.  You’re scared.  You’re confused.

You don’t understand why the rules don’t apply to people working in the government and the Fourth Estate.  You don’t understand why the rules don’t apply to the hordes of people who burn and pillage businesses across our nation.  You especially don’t understand why the rules don’t apply to our government’s two top health officials, the ones who created the rules.

You’re not alone.  You’re one of tens of millions of us who also don’t understand, who also are called Non-Essential Workers.  Non-Essential?  Really?

You think of yourself as Essential, as does your family.  But you can’t help thinking about what might have been.  If only you had become a bathroom attendant or bathroom matron in the employ of Congress, maybe even a photocopy machine operator.  Then you too would have been Essential.

What’s the lesson?  In Animal Farm, George Orwell taught us the lesson: “All animals are equal, but some animals are more equal than others.”

May the day soon come when everyone believes everyone is Essential.

American Exceptionalism

American Exceptionalism!  It’s long been our badge of honor.  It’s the Blue Ribbon that’s decorated our hearts and minds for longer than any of us can remember.  It’s the reason why we re-elect our politicians with near-guaranteed certainty.  They earn it, every day, year-in and year-out, for far less compensation than they could earn in the private sector.  We owe them permanent control over our lives and property, as an expression of our gratitude.  Without them, how would we be able to trust our government, our Fourth Estate, and our fellow Americans?

Oops!  Wait a minute.  Is any of that true?  Don’t we distrust our government, our Fourth Estate, and half of our fellow Americans?

Who’s responsible?  All of us say half of us are.  Who can fix things?  All of us say only half of us can.  Who lies, cheats, steals, maligns, and discriminates?  All of us say half of us do.  Who is a true American?  All of us say only half of us are.

This is the gift we’ve been given by those who control our lives and property.  Along with inner city schools that fail our children year-in and year-out.  Along with politicians believing our elections are corrupt, and officially objecting to the results of our Presidential elections in 2000, 2004, 2016, and 2020.  Along with a city ceding part of its territory to an armed group of unidentified people, and assisting the group in establishing an autonomous zone unencumbered by law.  Along with politicians telling us all day every day that our nation is controlled by unethical, dishonest, incompetent, racist politicians.

We should believe them.  Politicians know more about politicians than any of us know.  They live together, work together, party together, divvy up our money together, and control our lives together.

So far, none of it has caught our attention in any meaningful way.  We tell our politicians that we really don’t care very much about any of it.  We almost always re-elect almost all of them.  What message does that send to them?  Loud and clear!

We’re content with the way things are, with the way things are headed.  That’s the reality of American Exceptionalism today.

May we one day soon return to the American Exceptionalism of yesterday.

Who will be banned from U.S. mail, Fedex, and UPS?

Working together, Big Tech, the government, and the Fourth Estate have banned America’s President and others from free speech on social media.  The banners cemented their ban by banning alternative outlets for free speech — the banners banned the New York Post and Parler.  The banners seek to further cement their ban, by banning Tucker Carlson and Fox News.

Half our nation applauds the ban.  Half our nation is victimized by the ban.  However, it is indisputable that the ban is harsher to American’s President than to the rulers of Iran and Syria, than to Antifa or Louis Farrakhan.

Instead of debating the merits of the ban, it’s more important to debate the process behind the ban.  Why?  Because, if the seat of government power changes hands, those who applaud the ban might find themselves its next victims.

What is the process behind the ban?  The answer is in the open.  The process behind the ban is a handful of un-elected, un-accountable, mega-rich, mega-powerful people deciding to declare: Ban Now!

With that process cemented in place, there is no limit on what or who the banners can ban next.  They can use their same pretext over and over: To protect democracy, free speech that doesn’t meet our standards (whatever our standards might be, at any given moment in time) must be banned.

In the case of National Socialist Party of America v. Village of Skokie, 432, U.S. 43 (1977), the Supreme Court struck down a lower Court Order which banned free speech.  The lower Court Order banned Nazis from “distributing pamphlets or displaying any materials which incite or promote hatred against persons of Jewish faith or ancestry or hatred against persons of any faith or ancestry, race or religion.”  So, why are the banners getting away with the ban?  Is it because the banners technically are not the government?  Of course not.  The government advocates the ban, is working in concert with the banners, and accepts obscene amounts of campaign contributions and political support from the banners.  That’s why the banners are getting away with the ban.

Where does the ban leave today’s victims?  Where does the ban leave tomorrow’s victims?  What will tomorrow bring?

Is banning the delivery of free speech through social media, any different than banning the delivery of free speech through the U.S. mail, Federal Express, or United Parcel Service?  No, not if the banners say there’s no difference.

May we all remember the imperative of President Abraham Lincoln: “It is for us the living … to be dedicated here to a new birth of freedom — and that government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the earth.”

NEW YEAR 2021, A TIME TO REFLECT

Happy New Year!  We’re alive.  We’re blessed with the possibility of health, happiness, and hope.  We’re blessed with the opportunity to remember where we began, observe where we are now, and consider where we’d like to be tomorrow.

Let’s remember where we began.  On April 19, 1775, in the Battles of Lexington and Concord, we fired our first shots of our Revolutionary War against our government.  On July 4, 1776, in our Declaration of Independence, we unilaterally declared that we are “Absolved from all Allegiance to” our government.  We enforced our absolution by the bloody force of arms, in a war that lasted until Great Britain formally recognized our independence in the Treaty of Paris in 1783.  Tens of thousands were killed in action and captured as prisoners of war.  In our 1789 Constitution, we created our United States of America.  Our Constitution included the centerpiece of democracy, our precious right to vote.  Throughout our history, we recognized that our Constitution created an imperfect right to vote.  We repeatedly rose to cure the imperfections: the Reconstruction Amendments, the 19th Amendment, the Supreme Court’s principle of One Person One Vote, and the Voting Rights Act.  Our precious right to vote absolved us of having to resort to the bloody force of arms, if we ever found it necessary to heed the warning in our Declaration of Independence: “Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed … 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 … when a long train of abuses and usurpations … evinces a design to reduce them [the governed] 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.”  With our precious right to vote, we’ve done exactly that throughout our history, without any use of the bloody force of arms.  We’ve done exactly that, by exercising our precious right to vote.  We’ve refused to re-elect politicians who we’ve chosen to “throw off”.  We’ve elected politicians who we’ve chosen to be our “new Guards”.  Our beginning was a blessing.

Let’s observe where we are now.  What is the condition of our precious right to vote now?

  • Politicians allow George Soros, Sheldon Adelson, Mark Zuckerberg, Charles Koch, Jeff Bezos, Larry Page, Rupert Murdoch, and Jack Dorsey immeasurably more influence over elections than any ordinary One Person’s One Vote.
  • The 17th Amendment says “The Senate of the United States shall be composed of two Senators from each State, elected by the people thereof”.  Politicians allowed non-residents of Georgia to spend half a billion dollars to influence two January 2021 Senatorial elections in Georgia.
  • The Supreme Court says money is speech and says corporations are people, and politicians allow corporations to spend unlimited amounts of money to influence elections far more than any ordinary human being.
  • By repeatedly commencing litigation, politicians tell us that politicians repeatedly attempt to illegally influence elections by unconstitutional gerrymandering.
  • By creating a legal system that allows politicians to make meaningless campaign promises and to lie with impunity, politicians made it impossible for us to engage in informed voting.
  • Politicians repeatedly tell us that our system of voting is unreliable or fraudulent.  Georgia’s losing 2018 gubernatorial candidate told us she lost because of voter suppression.  American’s losing 2016 Presidential candidate told us she lost because of Russian interference.  American’s losing 2000 Presidential candidate told us he lost because of “hanging chad” in Florida.  America’s landslide winning 1972 Presidential candidate Nixon told us … “expletive deleted”.
  • We repeatedly end up electing a politician who is a liar, scoundrel, racist, or something despicable … according to the losing politician.
  • Senators and Members of Congress repeatedly tell us they do not trust that our nation’s individual States are ready, willing, and able to protect our precious right to vote.  Senators and Members of Congress formally objected to the electoral vote counts certified by individual States in our presidential elections of George W. Bush (2004), Donald Trump (2016), and Joe Biden (2020).

Let’s consider where we’d like to be tomorrow.  For me, the first step is clear.  It’s the creation, implementation, and protection of a voting system that is worthy of universal trust, free of the influence of money, imposes serious consequences for meaningless campaign promises and lies, and permits a politician to be elected only by the votes and voices of human beings who comprise the politician’s constituency.

May we very soon feel free from the fear of bloody armed conflict.

Joe Biden: The Manchurian Candidate

The Manchurian Candidate is a 1962 movie starring Frank Sinatra about a Communist Chinese “sleeper agent” planted in our country curing the Cold War, to get elected President so the Chinese Community Party could control our country.  The movie was re-made in 2004 starring Denzel Washington.  The movie is chilling.  The movie became more chilling in 2018, when we learned that Senator Diane Feinstein (Vice Chair of Senate Intelligence Committee and member of Senate Judiciary Committee) had a Chinese spy on her staff for two decades.  Today, some of us wonder whether Joe Biden is the sleeper agent of 2020.  A treasure trove of undisputed evidence indicates he might be.  While he was Vice President, China took our industries, trade, and jobs.  He repeatedly flew with his son Hunter to China on Air Force 2, to collect a $1+ billion windfall in exchange for explicit influence peddling.  A treasure trove of documents has surfaced to prove all this, and it’s entirely undisputed by Joe and Hunter Biden.

Some of us don’t worry about Joe Biden being a sleeper agent, but do worry about his being easily blackmailed.  The treasure trove of documents about Joe and Hunter Biden collecting $3+ million from the wife of the former Mayor of Moscow, tens of millions of dollars from corrupt Ukraine oligarchs, $1+ billion from Communist-affiliated Chinese nationals is devastating — as is Vice President Joe Biden withholding $1 billion of US aid to Ukraine to get a Ukraine corruption prosecutor fired.  Pictures of Hunter Biden & cocaine & a sex romp are devastating.  Why?  Simple.  What if Joe Biden were President?  What if President Joe Biden were blackmailed by the bad guys around the world who have the evidence (photos, cancelled checks, contracts, videos, photo ops with Vice President Joe Biden)?  The bad guys around the world would own America.

Some of us don’t worry about Joe Biden being a sleeper agent and don’t worry about his being blackmailed, but do worry about his ability to make good decisions.  What good decision-maker engages in all this bad behavior, fails to successfully cover it up, fails to deny any of it when the evidence surfaces, and continues to preach that he is honest and moral?  Is that the kind of decision-maker who is best able to be the leader of the free world, uphold the Constitution, and be a role model for our children?

When NBC news anchor Savannah Guthrie asked Joe Biden about the documentary evidence that surfaced, he did not deny any of it.  Instead, he denigrated her with “You don’t know what you’re talking about.”  Is that really the best he’s got?  Is that really the best we voters deserve?

Please, Joe Biden … please explain why the apparently devastating evidence against your son and you is not true … or please withdraw from the Presidential campaign and allow America to move forward in peace.

On Election Day 2020, may we all remember the patriotic passion of Frank Sinatra and Denzel Washington that saved America from The Manchurian Candidate.

Appeasement in America

In exchange for Hitler’s promise of peace, British Prime Minister Chamberlain agreed to Hitler’s annexation of part of Czechoslovakia.  Chamberlain had the good sense to give away someone else’s country.  America’s government is giving away America.

On December 18, 2019, the House of Representatives approved an article of impeachment, seeking to remove President Trump from office, for failing to comply with subpoenas issued by committees in the House.  The House’s refusal to recognize our President as a co-equal branch of government was an appeasement of radicals.

The least secret secret in America is that Presidents nominate Supreme Court Justices based on the nominees’ known biases.  In every Presidential campaign, voters rightfully want to know who a Presidential candidate would nominate.  On October 10, 2020, Presidential candidate Joe Biden said voters “don’t deserve” to know who he would nominate.  His refusal to respect our right to vote was an appeasement of radicals.

On October 10, 2020, with the stroke of a pen, without any supporting scientific study approved by any court or legislative body, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo banned people of faith from praying in their houses of worship in groups of more than ten — without regard to the capacity of the houses of worship, without regard to the health safety measures in the houses of worship.  The infringement on freedom of religion is an appeasement of radicals.

On October 12, 2020, Columbus Day, a day that radicals called “Indigenous Peoples Day of Rage”, radicals toppled statues of Christopher Columbus and President Theodore Roosevelt, vandalized, looted, threw Molotov cocktails at police, and lit fire to the Justice Center in Portland, Oregon.  Our government’s accommodation of this many-month-long Kristallnacht-like scourge is an appeasement of radicals.

Recently declassified documents show that FBI and intelligence community experts believed that the Steele Dossier was unreliable, and that their belief was forwarded to President Obama and Vice President Biden.  Nobody forwarded their belief to the FISA Court, Congress, or We the People.  It was an appeasement of radicals.

What do the radicals want?  They tell us: abolish the traditional family, abolish the Electoral College, pack the Supreme Court, abolish freedom of religion, abolish the right to bear arms, abolish free speech, abolish the Senate filibuster, Statehood for Washington, D.C. and Puerto Rico, censorship of social media, socialism, no borders, redistribution of wealth, and abortion on demand at taxpayer expense up to and even after birth.

Why did the Roman Empire fall?  The answer is before our eyes.

Big Tech v. The Trust Buster

President Theodore Roosevelt was The Trust Buster.  He protected our lives and fortunes from being controlled by an uncontrollable few.  He busted up monopolies, by which a handful of supremely wealthy and powerful people hold the rest of us in a stranglehold.

On October 6, 2020, an antitrust subcommittee in the House of Representatives took The Trust Buster’s baton, and issued a report titled “Investigation Of Competition In Digital Markets”.  It focuses on Facebook, Google, Amazon, and Apple.  It focuses not only on their stranglehold over our marketplace of consumer products, but also their stranglehold over our right to privacy and other “unalienable Rights”.  It recommends that Congress pass corrective legislation.

Apple lost no time striking back.  In its October 6, 2020 repudiation of the report, Apple made us laugh and cry with its best argument: “Our company does not have a dominant market share in any category where we do business.”

Truth be told, Apple’s better argument would have been this: Hey, Twitter does it too!

What’s next?

What’s next began before October 6, 2020.  Big Tech’s army of lobbyists and lawyers are hard at work, with unlimited budgets.  Even without a contribution from Jack Dorsey, Mark Zuckerberg, Larry Page, Sergey Brin, Jeff Bezos, and Tim Cook can afford whatever it takes to buy Congress.

Is Congress for sale?

When asked about the murder and mayhem throughout America, House Judiciary Chair Jerry Nadler said they are “a myth”.  The antitrust subcommittee is a subcommittee of his House Judiciary Committee.  If asked about his staff’s findings about Big Tech, will Jerry Nadler say the findings are “a myth”?  Will he give the report its due, or will he give it the silent treatment?  Is he for sale?

Our precious right to vote is at stake.  Without free speech, without the free exchange of ideas, without free access to the truth, with private corporate censorship of social media, the right to vote is “a myth”.  Capitalism also is at stake.  Without vigorous competition in the marketplace, capitalism is “a myth”.

History will record October 6, 2020 either as the day The Trust Buster’s legacy preserved our Constitution, or history will record it as the day Brave New World replaced our Constitution.  May the moderator of the Second Presidential Debate be authentic enough to ask the candidates for their positions on this most crucial issue.

Russian Collusion

Pinocchio for President

What is the #1 quality that we want in a President?  That’s easy.  It’s the ability to make us Feel Good.

George H. W. Bush promised “a thousand points of light”.  Barak Obama promised to “regain America’s moral stature” by closing Guantanamo.  Joe Biden promises to ban fracking and to not ban fracking — Feel Good for everyone.

If placed side by side, the Feel-Good grins of Barak Obama and Joe Biden would circumnavigate the earth.

Feel Good is our national anthem.  We buy Cardi B.’s WAP and Gwyneth Paltrow’sThis Smells Like My Vagina candle.  We lionize Ted Kennedy and Bill Clinton.  We give Academy Awards to Roman Polanski and Mel Gibson.

Why do we Feel Good when high school dropout Robert De Niro screams “Fuck Trump”?  Why does any of this make us Feel Good?

Why isn’t Honesty the #1 quality that we want in a President?  Why isn’t it “No Ties To The Swamp”?

Why do Joe Biden’s promises to do this and that make us Feel Good, when we know he didn’t do any of it for 47 years?  That’s easy.  It’s because promises make us Feel Good.  And he knows it.

Doesn’t the mere promise of your upcoming vacation make you Feel Good?

Pinocchio was just like us.  The promise of Pleasure Island made him Feel Good.  But his time there, with the help of his Jiminy Cricket conscience, turned him from a puppet to a real person.

On Election Day 2020, may we all prove that Honesty and No Ties To The Swamp are most important to us.  May we all prove to be real people rather than puppets.