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.

Government Takes, It Does Not Give

Nothing is free — certainly not government.

According to one website (yes, internet research is questionable), America’s federal government spends $1 million every minute.  States, counties, municipalities, and public schools add to that.

The money comes from us.  Our payments are not voluntary.  Government takes our money by threat of incarceration, property confiscation, and wage garnishment.  We have no choice — we have to pay for their private jets — we have to pay for their occupation of Iraq.

Government is a necessary evil.  Certainly government is necessary — think about what the lack of government looked like in the government-free zone that Seattle ceded to Black Lives Matter.  Certainly government is evil — think about the distrust, disdain, and venom with which our government leaders clobber each other non-stop.

So, how do we balance the two sides of this coin — necessity and evil?  Well, first we must ask ourselves a question.  What does government do for us?  The answer is easy.  Nothing!  Seriously, the answer is nothing.

Government disagrees.  It says it provides us with military protection, poverty relief, and education, just to name a few “benefits”.  Balderdash!  We provide ourselves with all those “benefits”, and with every “benefit”.  Government merely is the mechanism we use to provide ourselves with our “benefits”.  Government takes seemingly limitless sums of money from us, then government takes its cut so it can maintain itself in the standard of living it deems appropriate, and then government spends what’s left to pay for the “benefits” that we bought for ourselves with our own money.

We can debate ad nauseam about whether government takes too large a cut, or whether government spends our money wisely.  However, there can be no good faith debate about where the money comes from.  The money, all the money, comes from us.

Government is our beneficiary, not vice versa.

Which leaves us with the question that matters most.  Why do we let government govern us?  We should govern government.  It’s our money!  The money should be for us to give, not for government to take.

The next time government tells you that we should spend $1+ trillion on anything, call your children, grandchildren, great grandchildren, great great grandchildren, and great great great grandchildren, and ask them if they can afford it.

Second American Revolution

On April 19, 1775, a shot was fired in Concord, Massachusetts.  In his Concord Hymn, Ralph Waldo Emerson called it “the shot heard round the world”.  Although there had been earlier shots fired, this shot is held to be the start of the American Revolution.

On September 29, 2020, a second shot heard was heard round the world.  It was the start of the Second American Revolution.  America’s loudest voices call it the First Presidential Debate between President Donald J. Trump and former Vice President Joe Biden, moderated by news anchor Chris Wallace.  But, calling it a debate is no different than calling the Battles of Lexington and Concord a debate.

In 1775, Minutemen attacked the British.  In 2020, three minute men attacked We the People.  The Trump-Biden-Wallace troika acknowledged no more humanity or dignity in We the People than Supreme Court Chief Justice Roger B. Taney acknowledged in Dred Scott.

On September 29, 2020, the troika disenfranchised America.  The right to vote has meaning only when voters are informed.  As Election Day 2020 nears, the troika denied We the People any information.  Their performance was less informative than professional wrestling and cage fighting.  In fact, it was no different.

The troika modeled their performance on The Jerry Springer Show.  They acted as representative members of the dysfunctional American family.  Their acting was perfect.  They peaked our emotions and numbed our minds, as was their goal.

When the troika returned home to count their money, experts and pundits told us what we had just witnessed.  Why?  Do they think we can’t understand what we witness?  No.  That’s not it.  They know we know what a swamp looks like.  They told us because they, too, wanted to later go home and count their money.

The second shot has been heard round the world.  This time it’s not a battle between Minutemen and the British, America’s aim being to replace muskets with the right to vote.  This time it’s a battle between minute men and We the People, America’s aim being to restore the right to vote.  The Second American Revolution has begun.

The American Dilemma

Some teachers teach our children to honor our Founding Fathers, for risking their lives and fortunes “to form a more perfect Union” based on the belief that “all men are created equal”.  Other teachers destroy statutes and murals of our Founding Fathers and teach our children that our Founding Fathers were racists who deserve no honor.

The Speaker of the House of Representatives teaches our children that practicing Catholics don’t hate anybody, and, at the same time, teaches our children that practicing Catholics advocate abortion at will.

In 2016, a former First Lady taught our children that questioning the result of a Presidential election is “horrifying”. Now she teaches our children that her favored Presidential candidate “should not concede under any circumstances”.

What’s a parent to do?  What is the American message for our children?  Do we all agree?  When John from Baltimore and Jack from Beverly Hills go to war, do they fight for the same American message?  Okay, I admit that’s a trick question.  Nobody from Beverly Hills goes to war.

But my point is simple.  When we say we want “to form a more perfect Union”, do we all agree on what that means?

Of course we don’t.  That’s our history.  That’s the history of every nation, of every group of two or more people.

But now it’s different.  For four years, it’s been very different.  We no longer agree on any message that binds us as a nation.  We don’t agree on voting rights, socialism versus capitalism, merit-based reward versus equal outcome, quality education for the poor, constitutional rights for illegal immigrants, borders versus no borders, Due Process for a President during impeachment, or police protection versus no police.

Imagine a civics class.  Imagine the class assignment being to write a paper that defines the American message.  Would any two papers look the same?

Anyone who doesn’t think that America is facing an existential dilemma is not thinking.  Only after the warring political tribes agree on the results of the 2020 Presidential election, might We the People have any clue what living in America means.  As for the American message … only God knows if we’ll ever have one.

Turn Off the Noise

The 2020 campaign for President began on Election Day 2016 (actually, earlier). For 4 years, experts and pundits have flooded us all-day every-day with all-but-certain 2020 Election Day analysis and 2020 Election Day results. Along the way, they’ve introduced some new tricks: The Resistance, impeachment, peaceful protests that include mayhem and murder, ceding a portion of Seattle to revolutionaries, designating our Founding Fathers as genetically pre-determined White supremacists, an FBI insurance policy designed to undo the will of the voters, the demise of the Fourth Estate, and a Presidential candidate who (if elected) will be removed from office soon after Inauguration Day pursuant to the 25th Amendment.

The new tricks are mere supplements to the long-standing game of politics: Keep the public’s eye off the ball, as the wealthy become wealthier and the powerful become more powerful.

Democrats promise to re-make America, but into what? Republicans promise to stop the Democrats, but do nothing to stop them. The Fourth Estate promises to keep us informed, but informed is Newspeak for uninformed. Promises, promises. We’re still waiting for Barak Obama to “regain America’s moral stature” by honoring his promise to close Guantanamo. We’re still waiting for the Middle East to greet us as “liberators”, as promised by Dick Cheney. Those promises made us feel so good, that we never gave a second thought to whether they were true.

What does all this say about us? With all due respect, it says we’re the ones to blame. We could have prevented it all, but we were too busy amusing ourselves with the love lives and intrigue of Hollywood, the glitz of social media, and the venom spewed by experts and pundits. We preferred to empower the noise instead of empowering ourselves. Thinking our own thoughts, feeling our own feelings, and believing our own beliefs was too much of a burden for us. It was easier for us to let experts and pundits tell us what to think, feel, and believe. It was easier for us to listen to the noise.

It’s not too late to prevent Brave New World, Animal Farm, and 1984 from becoming our reality. Turn off the noise, now.