Let Them Eat Cake

The following tale of events often is told as the tipping point that resulted in the French Revolution: When Queen Marie Antoinette was told that the people had no bread to eat, she replied “Let them eat cake”.

And there you have the tale of the events taking place today in the United States of America.

On August 20, 2021, New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio issued Emergency Executive Order 226.  The Order prohibits any person from entering any store to buy bread or anything else, without the person first “displaying proof of [COVID-19] vaccination and identification bearing the same identifying information as the proof of vaccination.”  The Order exempts nonresident performing artists and professional athletes, because, well, you know why.

New Yorkers who remember Queen Marie Antoinette are told Order 226 is different.  They’re told COVID-19 is a scourge that requires all people to sacrifice.  Really?

A month earlier, de Blasio announced the “We Love NYC: The Homecoming Concert” that would be held in Central Park on August 21, 2021 — the day after people were denied the right to buy bread.  The list of professional artists who would celebrate New York City’s “homecoming” from the fear of COVIC-19 was an impressive A-List.  An enormous crowd filled Central Park, standing shoulder-to-shoulder without face masks.  People who were not allowed to buy bread could hear the music as they ate cake.

And this is the context.  We are told that our children cannot attend school unless they wear face masks.  We are told that requiring identification to vote is racist.  We are told that we cannot buy bread or medicine, unless we inject our bodies with vaccines that the FDA has not approved.

Let them eat cake.

Joe Biden, Kamala Harris, Nancy Pelosi

Joe Biden is the President of the United States of America.  If he dies, resigns, or is removed from office by impeachment, Kamala Harris becomes President.  If she dies, resigns, or is removed from office by impeachment, Nancy Pelosi becomes President.  That is the order of succession.

That scares at least half of the United States of America beyond belief, and likely at least half of the free world beyond belief.  Just yesterday, in the Parliament of Great Britain, the speech of the day was that Europe no longer can rely on the United States of America.

We fear the Biden Presidency.  We fear a Harris Presidency more.  We fear a Pelosi Presidency most.

Our branded-as-racist Founding Fathers did not renounce King George III, with the hope or expectation of King Joe, Queen Kamala, or Queen Nancy.  Yet, here we are.

Everyone knew that Joe Biden would not survive four years, and that America would not survive four years of Joe Biden.  Joe Biden is hanging on by a thread, as is America.  Yet, everyone fears the Queens who are waiting in the wings.

What happens if Joe Biden dies, resigns, or is removed from office by impeachment?  We don’t know what to wish for.  The alternatives instill fear beyond belief.

It is the morning of August 20, 2021.  Today at 1:00 PM, Joe Biden is scheduled to give a speech.  We don’t know who will write the words, but Joe Biden will say the words as if he understands them and means them, as if the words were true, as if the words were his.  What words will he read to us?  Let’s pause, let’s wait for the words.

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We heard the words.  We’ve heard the same words before.  We’ll hear the same words again.  Until we stop listening.  Until we believe that Joe, Kamala, or Nancy is not the only future that is possible for us.

Taliban in America

As America’s leaders flee Afghanistan in mid-August 2021, America’s fourth estate display photographs of Taliban terrorism.  The photographs are graphic, and shock the conscience.  They show murders in daylight on public streets, gun-toting gangs, large crowds with their faces hidden by masks, Christians fleeing for their lives, and America-haters disrespecting the American Flag.

Wait a minute.  I apologize for the confusion.  Those aren’t photographs of Afghanistan’s streets.  Those are photographs of America’s streets.

America’s leaders gave us those streets, in America as well as in Afghanistan.  The streets are not identical yet, but soon will be if America’s leaders continue to get whatever they want.

America’s leaders insist that the murder and mayhem that filled America’s streets for a year were not riots, but were mostly peaceful protests that properly exposed America as a racist nation.

America’s leaders insist that a crowd of insurgents who militarily occupied a portion of Seattle and declared their occupied territory to be free of all laws were not terrorist insurgents, but, instead, properly exposed America as a racist nation.

America’s leaders insist that our children be taught that America’s institutions and half of its population are racist, and that America is a racist nation founded by racist Founding Fathers.

America’s leaders insist that Americans who disrespect the American Flag and National Anthem properly expose America as a racist nation.

America’s leaders insist that government giving Big Tech the power and authority to censor speech is different than government censoring speech, and this does not infringe on the First Amendment right of Free Speech.

America’s leaders insist that the Catholic faith is founded on principles that existentially conflict with America’s principles, the Catholic Church must change its principles to comply with America’s principles, and this does not infringe on the First Amendment right of Freedom of Religion.

America’s leaders insist that the President and a Supreme Court Justice are “illegitimate”, created a Commission to re-make the Supreme Court, and shouted “Now we take Georgia, then we can take the world.  Now we take Georgia, then we change America.”.

The Taliban are in America.

Military Experts

We’re told we must listen to our experts.  We’re ridiculed when we don’t.  But who is an expert?  Who gets to say who an expert is?  What is an expert?

We’re told Four-Star General William Westmoreland was an expert.  But he told us “I am absolutely certain that, whereas in 1965 the enemy [North Vietnam] was winning, today he is certainly losing.”

We’re told Four-Star General, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, National Security Advisor, and Secretary of State Colin Powell is an expert.  But he told us, in a dog and pony show at the United Nations, that Iraq had weapons of mass destruction.

We’re told that Provost of Stanford University, National Security Advisor, and Secretary of State Condoleeza Rice is an expert.  But she told us “Iraq has a high-level political commitment to maintain and cancel its weapons”.

We’re told that Congressman, Secretary of Defense, White House Chief of Staff, and Vice President Dick Cheney is an expert.  But he told us that, if we invaded Iraq and killed its President, we would be “greeted as liberators”.

We’re told the 535 members of the Senate and House of Representatives are experts.  But they told us in a near-unanimous Joint Resolution that “the efforts of international weapons inspectors, United States intelligence agencies, and Iraqi defectors led to the discovery that Iraq had large stockpiles of chemical weapons and a large scale biological weapons program, and that Iraq had an advanced nuclear weapons development program that was much closer to producing a nuclear weapon than intelligence reporting had previously indicated”.

How do our experts become experts?  We declare them to be our experts.  We give them credentials that prove their expertise.  We gave the Nobel Peace Prize to Barak Obama.  He’s our expert who dropped tens of thousands of bombs on more than half a dozen nations that did not pose an imminent threat to us — something he himself declared unconstitutional.

We should pause, remember, think, ask questions.  Are our experts experts?  Why do we listen to them?  At what cost, do we listen to them?

Our experts sent 58,000+ of our loved ones to wage war against Vietnam and die.  Our experts sent 3,500+ of our loved ones to wage war against Afghanistan and die.  Our experts took trillions dollars from us and gave our money to Lockheed Martin, Boeing, Raytheon, Northrop Grumman, and General Dynamics in exchange for big, bad-looking worthless weapons that make the weapons of Vietnam and Afghanistan look like sticks and stones.

Which side are our experts on?  President Dwight D. Eisenhower answered that question in his Farewell Address on January 17, 1961:

“This conjunction of an immense military establishment and a large arms industry is new in the American experience. The total influence — economic, political, even spiritual — is felt in every city, every State house, every office of the Federal government.  We recognize the imperative need for this development.  Yet we must not fail to comprehend its grave implications.  Our toil, resources and livelihood are all involved; so is the very structure of our society.
In the councils of government, we must guard against the acquisition of unwarranted influence, whether sought or unsought, by the military-industrial complex.  The potential for the disastrous rise of misplaced power exists and will persist.”

We ignore the answer from President Dwight D. Eisenhower.

President Dwight D. Eisenhower fondly was known as “Ike”.  “I like Ike” was his campaign slogan.  And there can be no doubt about his military bona fides.  As the Supreme Allied Commander of the Allied Expeditionary Force in Europe during World War II, he planned and implemented the D-Day Normandy landings.  He was the Military Governor of the American Occupation Zone in Germany.  He was Chief of Staff of the Army.  He was General of the Army, a Five-Star General.

Ike’s professional and personal life was the military.  He was military personified.  Yet, he risked the comfort of his entire personal and professional world by warning us about the military-industrial complex — something only he could see as the threat it is.

Why do we ignore his answer?

The military-industrial complex has killed and wounded countless of our loved ones.  It’s taken our treasure away from the needs of our inner cities and infrastructure.

And now it forces us to listen to the Speaker of the House of Representatives tell us “The President is to be commended for the clarity of purpose of his statement on Afghanistan and the actions he has taken”, as, at the same time, we become embarrassed and saddened and angry as we watch our military experts hand over our first-class military arsenal to another tribal nation that just defeated us.

Do you wonder why our military experts wage wars for reasons that we can’t understand?  Do you wonder why our military experts lack the expertise to win a war?  Do you wonder what winning means, in the context of the wars we’ve been waging for the last twenty years?

I don’t wonder.  Ike answered all these questions for me.  I like Ike.

In Search of America

The world once knew the United States of America.  Now nobody knows America.

People who know everything about everything, people who acquired bully pulpits by accomplishing nothing of value, tell us America never was what it was.

Nobody mentions the American spirit or American exceptionalism.  Nobody thinks of America as a nation of laws, a melting pot, a government of by and for the people, or the land of the free and the home of the brave.  Nobody trusts or respects government or the fourth estate.  Nobody is protected by the Bill of Rights.

The Founding Fathers have been declared racists, and have been removed from our children’s schools.  July 4, 1776 has been replaced with 1619.  The American Flag and National Anthem have been replaced with other flags and other anthems.

“Made in America” is a distant memory.  Going to war for an honorable reason, and winning the war honorably, are long-lost lessons for America’s military leaders.  Journalism is rarer than oxygen in space.

It’s impossible to distinguish between government, the fourth estate, Hollywood, Big Tech, Wall Street, and military weapon manufacturers.

It’s impossible to distinguish between the people who control America, China, the World Bank, the International Monetary Fund, and the Group of Eight.

The definition of what it is to be an American has been twisted like a pretzel.  Now an American is person who lives in America and believes America is nothing more than a single component of a World Order, rather than being an individual nation with its own unique history and aspirations and pride.  Now an American is a person who lives in America and hates its history, Founding Fathers, Constitution, laws, and institutions and hates half of its population.

Jeremiah Wright preaching “God Damn America” is preferred to Martin Luther King, Jr. preaching “I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin but by their character.”

Patrick Henry’s cry of “Give Me Liberty, or Give Me Death” has been fallen silent to the demand of “Give me, Give me, Give me”.  President John F. Kennedy’s prayer of “Ask not what your country can do for you — ask what you can do for your country” has fallen silent to the whine of “I deserve, I deserve, I deserve”.

All day every day, America’s loudest voices defame its history, character, institutions, and laws and defame each other.  Half of America hates the other half.  “E pluribus unum” has lost all meaning.  Where has America gone?

Three Racists We Should Denounce

Racists are a scourge.  Here and now, without further delay, we should denounce three racists who had the temerity to preach loudly against the principles of equity and critical race theory.

“I hate the practice of race discrimination, and in my hatred I am sustained by the fact that the overwhelming majority of mankind hate it equally.  I hate the systematic inculcation of children with colour prejudice and I am sustained in that hatred by the fact that the overwhelming majority of mankind, here and abroad, are with me in that.”  [Nelson Mandela, November 7, 1962]

“I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin but by the content of their character.”  [Martin Luther King, Jr., August 28, 1963]

“to wish away the resentments of white Americans, to label them as misguided or even racist, without recognizing they are grounded in legitimate concerns — this too widens the racial divide and blocks the path to understanding.”  [Presidential candidate Barak H. Obama, March 18, 2008]

We should erase their hateful voices from our memories.

This is what the people who control our lives and fortunes are teaching our children.

Bad People: Seven Signs

Nobody is perfect.  Most people are good, and occasionally do something bad.  Some people are bad, and occasionally do something good.  A few people are bad, and never do anything good — they are bad through and through.

Some people know which type of person they are, and some people don’t know which type of person they are.  The question for today is whether you know which type of person someone else is.

There are seven signs that tell you who is bad through and through.

Sign #1:  The person answers “Yes” to the question “Is July 4, 1776 the birthdate of the United States of America?”.

Sign #2:  The person answers “Yes” to the question “Are all men created equal, regardless of the color of their skin?”.

Sign #3:  The person answers “Yes” to the question “Is there a difference between fact and opinion?”.

Sign #4:  The person answers “Yes” to the question “Does the Catholic Church have the right to withhold Holy Communion from a Catholic who preaches dogma that is heretical to the Catholic Church?”.

Sign #5:  The person answers “Yes” to the question “Does the government have an obligation to make sure that only citizens vote and that citizens vote only once?”.

Sign #6:  The person answers “Yes” to the question “Do parents have a greater right than teacher unions and school boards to decide what morality to teach to their children?”.

Sign #7:  The person answers “Yes” to the question “Do politicians and pundits care more about accumulating wealth and power than about the well-being of the United States of America?”.

Sign #8:  The person answers “No” to the question “Are all Whites born bad?”.  (Sign #8 is a bonus.)

Memorize these signs.  If your aunt exhibits any of these signs, publicly call her out on Facebook as a racist.  If your father exhibits any of these signs, call him out in a venomous voice as a Nazi.  If the President of the United States of America exhibits any of these signs, terminate his right of Free Speech.  That will prove you are one of the good people.

America Undefined

At its inception, the United States of America was defined by its Constitution.  Over time, America was redefined and redefined again by Amendments to its Constitution.  And when questions arose about the meaning of its Constitution, Americans respected the answers from the Supreme Court.  That was true from 1789 all the way to Richard Nixon; he accepted the answer of the Supreme Court and turned over the Watergate tapes, even though doing so meant the end of his Presidency.

America no longer accepts the answers of the Supreme Court.  The President, Speaker of the House, and Majority Leader of the Senate, in their own words, believe: (1) the “role and operation of the Supreme Court” needs to be examined; (2) the Supreme Court is “illegitimate”; and (3) the Supreme Court “will pay the price” if it doesn’t rule as they demand.

On April 9, 2021, the President signed an Executive Order creating the Presidential Commission on the Supreme Court of the United States.  The Order requires the Commission to produce an “account of the contemporary commentary and debate about the role and operation of the Supreme Court in our constitutional system and about the functioning of the constitutional process by which the President nominates and, by and with the advice and consent of the Senate, appoints Justices to the Supreme Court”.

The definition of the Supreme Court is under attack, and is facing a total re-write.

The definition of Congress is under attack.  The Constitution says Congress has the power to “declare war” and the power to “make all Laws”.  Presidents hold that definition in disdain.  Presidents wage war whenever and wherever they want, without a congressional declaration of war.  The current President refuses to acknowledge the existence of existing immigration laws.

The definition of religious liberty is under attack.  The First Amendment says “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof”.  The Speaker of the House told the Catholic Church that it must abandon one of its core beliefs and must accept her conflicting heretical belief.  A Member of Congress told the Catholic Church the same thing, and added that he “dares” the Church to disobey him.

The definition of science is under attack.  The government says large crowds of maskless people who it likes do not pose a risk of spreading the coronavirus, and large crowds of maskless people who it doesn’t like do pose a risk.  The government, by its behavior, says its being maskless does not pose a risk.

The definition of law and order is under attack.  The government says a year of murder and mayhem across America is an allowable mostly peaceful protest, and a Fourth of July fireworks celebration at Mount Rushmore is an unallowable risk.

The definition of education is under attack.  The line between education and indoctrination has been cancelled.  Proficiency requirements have been cancelled.

The definition of Martin Luther King Jr.’s dream — that our children will be judged by the content of their character rather than the color of their skin — has been declared racist.

The list of definitions that no longer exist is longer than long, and is existential.

What does it mean to have a United States of America that is undefined?  What remains?  Does a nation remain, or do 330 million people remain?

The question is not who is right, or which ideology is best.  The question is what remains when E Pluribus Unum is no more.

History tells us that we won’t know what remains, not until the revolution ends and we see who won.  May the winner not be the same advocates of Utopia for the proletariat who won in Russia, China, and Cuba.

The End Justifies The Means

The United States of America is broken.  Universal agreement on this fact is the only thing that unites America.  Whether the pieces can be put back together again is a question for another time.  The question for now is this: Why is America broken?

Black Lives Matter, Antifa, and President Joe Biden have goals.  Constitutionalists, evangelicals, and President Donald J. Trump have different goals.  But different goals are not what broke America.

What broke America is people pursuing their goals by any means necessary.

They shredded not only the State of the Union Address, but the Bill of Rights too.  They elevated murder and mayhem to be the natural order. They eliminated the National Anthem, the American Flag, the Founding Fathers, July 4, 1776, Due Process, Equal Protection, and the Dream that one day we will be judged by the content of our character rather than the color of our skin.

They declared their opinions to be fact, and declared that expressing different facts justifies being cancelled.

They are the descendants of those who put Galileo under house arrest for life, for not following the science.

But they are sincere.

They sincerely believe they have the right to tell the Catholic Church what to believe, and to teach America’s children that Whites are born bad.  They sincerely believe they have the right to compel everyone to wear face masks during the coronavirus pandemic, everyone other than themselves.

They sincerely believe in Bill Clinton, Andrew Cuomo, Jeffrey Epstein, Ted Kennedy, and Harvey Weinstein.  They sincerely believe Cardi B’s “WAP” is art, Kevin Clinesmith does not belong in jail, and Hunter Biden is entitled to a free pass.

They sincerely believe their goals justify their hypocrisy, criminality, and immorality.

“The End Justifies The Means” broke America.

House of Representatives: A Myth

America’s Constitution creates America’s House of Representatives.  What’s a Representative?

The most famous Representative is the Speaker of the House of Representatives, Nancy Pelosi.  She’s been a Representative since 1988.  She represents the residents of California’s 12th congressional district, which includes San Francisco.  San Francisco has 8,000 homeless people who live, urinate, defecate, and use illicit drugs on the street.  Nancy Pelosi lives in a multi-million-dollar mansion in a gated community, flies on private jets, and is richer than rich.

Another famous Representative is Jim Clyburn, who is the Majority Whip in the House of Representatives.  He’s been a Representative since 1993.  He represents South Carolina’s 6th congressional district, which includes Charleston.  Charleston has a poverty rate of 14%.  Charleston leads the nation in eviction rates.  Charleston’s crime rate is higher than 80% of America’s cities.

And then there are the Representatives who represent the residents of Chicago, Baltimore, and Washington D.C.

And, of course, then there are the Representatives who represent all Americans — the Representatives who have taken from all Americans faith and trust in government, faith and trust in the Fourth Estate, a nation of laws, the Bill of Rights, the Tenth and Fourteenth and Seventeenth Amendments, and E Pluribus Unum.

Imagine this.  Your gardener gives you a garden covered with weeds.  Your plumber gives you bathrooms flooded with sewer water.  You end up in the hospital because of your doctor’s medical malpractice.  Do you re-hire those people?

Imagine this.  You chair the board of directors of a corporation.  The president of the corporation is a failure.  Do you re-hire the president?

Imagine this.  You are a citizen of the United States of America.  You have the right to vote.  You are not a masochist.  Do you re-elect Representatives who enrich themselves while they fail you?

The House of Representatives is not supposed to be a place where Representatives represent themselves.  It is supposed to be a place where Representatives represent We the People.  The next time you vote, imagine that.