Brett Favre is right about being “woke.”

According to Shalise Manza Young, of Yahoo Sports, “Brett Favre’s bleating about politics in sports is rank with privilege, ignorance and hypocrisy.”

Brett Favre, of course, is the former NFL quarterback, and Hall of Famer, who played for the Green Bay Packers, New York Jets, and the Minnesota Vikings.

Before I start hammering you, regarding your idiotic comments, Shalise, are you related to Androgynous Pat?”  

Just wondering.  

Well, anyway, let’s get back to Shalise Manza Young’s comments.

“One of the things about being in this position is that you have to do your best to be fair. Journalism shouldn’t be a lack of objectivity, because that’s impossible; every human approaches a story through their lens, colored by their experiences. It should be about fairness.”

Wait, what?

Did she just say, “It should be about fairness?”

Fairness, yes…, and also peoples’ rights to have their own opinions.  

To wit: Writers love interview subjects who are fun, frank, even unpredictable. We want people to say what’s on their mind because it makes for better stories.”

It also makes it easier for you and your kind to beat people over the head you don’t agree with…, right Sharise?  

“But as a human being, seeing Brett Favre still bleating the same privileged, narrow-minded, anti-Black rhetoric makes my blood boil.”

How do you get “privileged, narrow-minded, anti-Black rhetoric” out of his “frank” opinion, which everyone has a right to, except in “Shariseland,” apparently?   

“In theory, journalists or not, we’re all supposed to be trying to do a better job listening to people with different opinions than us, so hushing someone should be verboten.”

Bingo!

“Racism isn’t a difference of opinion, though, like whether or not pineapple should be on pizza (answer: yes).”

Just for the record, that’s worse than racism in my opinion!

“Repeating myths that have been disproven time and again isn’t right or fair. Being a blatant hypocrite makes it worse.”

Well, I guess you oughta know, Sharise.

“So here we are.”

Truer words were never spoken.

“On Sunday, Favre made comments on a radio show once again lamenting players who don’t look like him using their right as free citizens to express their opinion and try to shine a light on the continued, often violent injustices faced by non-white, non-heterosexual, non-cisgendered people every day.”

Just to be clear, Favre never said anything about what the players looked like that he was talking about.  He only talked about the actions of certain players, without regard to the color of their skin.

The rest of it you just hung on him to suit your racist point of view.

“He called athletes kneeling during the anthem ‘a shame’ and wondered why ‘standing patriotically’ for a piece of fabric isn’t the great unifier he believes it should be.”

You’re the one crying about people not being able to use their right as free citizens to express their opinion…, but that doesn’t include Brett Favre I guess.

“He intimated once again that he doesn’t want politics in sports, as if politics haven’t been part of sports in this country for at least a century.”

As an avid sports fan most of my life, I really don’t recall politics being infused into sports that much, or at all, until the last few years.

I’m not sure where you’re getting your information from, Sharise.  I’m guessing you’re just making that up to fit your narrative, like most “reporters” do these days.    

“Favre said, ‘When I turn on a game, I want to watch a game. I want to watch players play and teams win, lose, come from behind. I want to watch all the important parts of the game, not what’s going on outside of the game.’”

BINGO!

THANK YOU.  

“We should all patiently wait for Favre to produce video of an NFL player stopping a live game to discuss police brutality, the troubling racial disparities in maternal mortality, or the continued scourge of redlining and its impact on Black families.”

“Not a single one has. They’ve worn T-shirts during warmups and kneeled or raised fists during the pre-kickoff anthem. They’ve shared their perspectives after games or in the locker room on Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays, when the games were days away.”

“What Favre is saying is that he wants the politics he doesn’t agree with, and the concerns of Black players and their community, to not have to enter his consciousness. Because he, as a white man, does not have to care about their concerns.”

NO…, WHAT HE’S SAYING IS WHEN PEOPLE TUNE INTO A FOOTBALL GAME, OR WHATEVER GAME, THEY’RE TURNING IT ON FOR ENTERTAINMENT, AND AS AN ESCAPE FROM ALL OF THE CRAP IN THEIR LIVES, WHICH INCLUDES POLITICS AND POLITICAL TURMOIL. AND THAT INCLUDES FANS OF ALL RACES I BELIVE.

If we turn on a game and get smacked in the face with political issues of the day, then what’s the point? Where’s the escape. Where’s the entertainment?

There have been quite a few games, I’ve personally tuned into, that wanted me to watch some race related “lesson,” which I immediately turned off. 

Then, yes, we have to see t-shirts with political messages on them, and “victims” names on helmets and uniforms, along with “woke” messages on uniforms and on the fields and courts themselves.

I’m sorry, but many of us just want a break from all of this.  

If these sports don’t want to afford us this one luxury, then we’re out.  We’ll find something else to watch or do.  

Nobody begrudges an athlete’s right to be an activist for any cause, but please, do it on your own time, not your customers’ time.     

“If you want proof that is how Favre feels, look no further than his Oct. 30, 2020 tweet, when he told the world he’d be voting for Donald Trump in the coming election, listing ‘freedom of speech’ as one of the reasons why.”

There’s the reason for Sharise’s attack!

Brett Favre committed the ultimate sin of saying he supports Donald Trump!

“What’s more political — and hypocritical — than that?” She continues.  

“What’s more privileged than telling others to shut up to appease you?”

Like Maxine Waters did to Jim Jordan in that congressional hearing? 

Like that?

Like you said, “What’s more political — and hypocritical — than that?”

“Even the NFL, which isn’t exactly a beacon of equity and anti-racist behavior, has come out in support of the notion that Black lives matter and gave players the green light to protest during the anthem through commissioner Roger Goodell’s statement last summer and actions during the 2020 season.”

Yes…, by all means, let’s not fail to contribute to Black Lives Matter (BLM)! We wouldn’t want the founding Marxists of BLM to have to sacrifice any of their multi-million dollar homes, would we?

“Maybe he [Favre] would have understood a small fraction of what it means to be Black, why nearly every political decision made here for 400 years, before this was even America, has been made with our degradation and marginalization in mind. Maybe he would understand why players kneel.”

Your level of confusion is quite impressive, Shalise!

It’s not about understanding…, it’s about his and all of ours’ right to not give a sh*t…, at least for the few hours it takes to watch a game.

Please, don’t take out your racial, political, sexual or gender or whatever frustrations out on Brett Favre.

He’s allowed to feel however he wants to feel, and so is everyone else.  

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These are the four most powerful people in America?

Illegitimate and cognitively challenged, Joe Biden.

“Cackling” Kamala Harris.

“Lyin’, Cryin’, UpChuck” Schumer.

And, “Crazy Nancy” Pelosi

Our country is the leader of the free world, and this is the best we can come up with?

And these people have been in elected office for a combined 125+ years!

Please notice that all of these people are either from the West coast or the East coast.

That alone is not a good sign.

Our methods of selecting governmental representatives must be seriously flawed.

Either that, or the American people aren’t as smart as we think we are.

In any case, God, help us, and God help the world.

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“Honorable?”

According to Merriam-Webster, “honorable” is defined as, “Deserving of respect or high regard. Entitled to honor or respect. Consistent with a reputation that is not tarnished or sullied. Characterized by integrity and guided by a keen sense of duty and ethical conduct.”

I’m good with that definition.

But what’s the deal with the meaning of “honorable,” you may be asking?

What’s my point?

My point concerns how our government chooses to use, and employ, the word “honorable.”

I’m sure we’re all familiar with the term “honorable,” as it is used in our court systems. 

If you’ve ever been in court, for whatever reason, you’ll hear the presiding judge announced as ”the honorable,” Judge John Smith, or “the honorable,” Judge Mary Jones, for example.

I’m not sure if they do this as a reminder to the judge that they’re supposed to be “honorable,” or what, but I’d prefer they drop this presumptuous part of the title and allow me to be the judge as to whether they’re “honorable” or not.

On top of it all, they want everyone else in attendance in the courtroom to stand while the judge enters!

They can lose this too.

They don’t even make kids stand in school for the pledge of allegiance anymore for goodness’ sake!

Why are we supposed to stand for this person just because they’re a judge?

So, what…, they’re a judge?

We elected them, in most cases, or they were appointed by someone else we elected. 

They work for us.

We should not be asked to worship the ground they walk on.

Another observation I’ve noticed, concerning the use of the word “honorable” in government, is when politicians on committees, or people called to testify before Congress, are recognized with a name placard identifying them as “honorable” Mr. or Ms. Smith, or whatever.  

Again, I’m not sure if they do this as a reminder to the person that they’re supposed to be “honorable,” or what, but I’d prefer they drop this presumptuous part of the title and allow me to be the judge as to whether they’re “honorable” or not.

What really annoys me is when identify some of these people as “honorable,” when I know they’re anything but!

For example:

Unless you’re going to be honest about the description of a person’s reputation, we could do without this designation as well.

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Taxing the “Rich” 101.

Here is my first public service installment from MrEricksonRules’ University, highlighting my course, “Taxing the Rich 101.”

“Taxing the Rich 101” rule number one: While “taxing the rich” may sound good, the truth is that big corporations and “the rich” never really get hurt by increased taxes.

“Taxing the Rich 101” rule number two: The truth is that big corporations and “the rich” just shuffle their money and assets around, and get around tax increases by using other “legal” means to protect their wealth, while passing on the pain of the tax increases down to the 99% of us who are just trying to make a living.

“Taxing the Rich 101” rule number three: “Taxing the rich” really means taxing everyone but “the rich.”

Case in point: Big corporations and “the rich” didn’t even get hurt by the pandemic.  In fact, they had record earnings and increased their wealth dramatically during the pandemic and the oppressive lockdowns, while the unemployment rate skyrocketed, and most small business suffered immensely and many thousands of them went out of business.  

Did everyone get that?

I hope so, because that’s the extent of the course.

The final exam is a pretty easy one.

You may say, “But MrErickson, we already realize this.” 

Undoubtedly, this isn’t telling some of my readers anything new, but this is written for those of us out there who still believe that “taxing the rich” may sound good.   

Now that we all understand what “taxing the rich” really means, let’s take a look at “President” Biden’s and the democrats’ proposed tax hike.

Biden reportedly planning first major tax hike since 1993 in next economic package

Spending bill could include hikes in the tax rate paid by corporations, wealthy Americans

According to Megan Henney of FOXBusiness, “President Biden is reportedly planning to include the first major tax hike in close to 30 years in the next economic spending bill set to follow his $1.9 trillion coronavirus relief package.”

“The next spending initiative — which is expected to be even bigger, costing as much as $4 trillion — won’t rely on just government debt as a funding source and could include an increase in both the corporate tax rate and the individual rate for high-income earners, according to Bloomberg News, citing a person familiar with the matter.”

“The planned changes include: raising the corporate tax rate to 28% from 21%, raising the income tax rate on individuals earning more than $400,000, expanding the estate tax, creating a higher capital-gains tax rate for individuals earning at least $1 million annually and paring back tax preferences for so-called pass-through businesses.”

“Pass-through businesses” include sole proprietorships, partnerships, limited liability companies, and S-corporations.”

Pass-through businesses represent around 95% of the businesses in our country, meaning small businesses…, as if they haven’t been hammered during the pandemic enough. 

“The White House did not immediately respond to a FOX Business request for comment.”

No surprise there.

“The proposed tax increases will mostly mirror Biden’s proposals during the 2020 presidential campaign, when he vowed to reverse former President Donald Trump’s 2017 tax cuts on ‘day one’ of his presidency. That includes raising the rate paid by corporations and wealthy Americans and making the tax code more progressive.”

Remember, “more progressive” really means more oppressive.

“Any tax increases included in the legislation would likely take effect beginning in 2022, Bloomberg reported, with some lawmakers wary of raising rates until the economy more fully recovers from the coronavirus pandemic.”

“An analysis of Biden’s tax plan conducted by the Tax Policy Center estimated it would raise $2.1 trillion in new revenue over a decade.”

So, that means this tax increase would pay for the “COVID Relief Bill” by 2032.

Nice.

“It’s unclear what other measures would be included in the proposal, but on the campaign trail, Biden emphasized the need for new infrastructure investments and measures to combat climate change, as well as ways to revitalize the manufacturing industry and revamp housing, education and health care.”

“Raising taxes will serve as a key test for the nascent [new] administration as it navigates a 50-50 Senate in which moderate Democratic lawmakers like Joe Manchin of West Virginia and Krysten Sinema of Arizona play an outsized role.”

If they’re really moderate democrat lawmakers, why do the vote with the rest of the democrats EVERY time?

The truth is, Joe Manchin and Krysten Sinema just talk like moderate democrat lawmakers, but they really aren’t.

“The infrastructure proposal is sure to ignite a firestorm of criticism from Republicans, and possibly some moderate Democrats, who are worried about the exorbitant level of government spending.”

Ha!

Democrats who are “worried about the exorbitant level of government spending?!!!”

I’m sorry to tell you, Ms. Henney, but those democrats don’t exist.  

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Hey…, I’m just trying to do my part!

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Political look-alikes?

Here are some political look-alikes I’ve come up with.

You be the judge!

Next we have Illegitimate Joe Biden and The Cryptkeeper, from “Tales from the Crypt!”

There’s a stunning resemblance, don’t you think?

CNN reporter April Ryan and Shrek’s wife, Princess Fiona?!

Now, how about Senator Bernie Sanders and Mr. Magoo?

Hillary and Dr. Evil.

Senator Mitch McConnell and Toby the turtle from Disney’s Robin Hood.

CNN’s Anderson Cooper and Dexter, from the cartoon Dexter’s Laboratory.

Joe Scarborough and Mika Brzezinski of MSNBC’s “Morning Joe,” and Beavis and Butthead!

Nancy Pelosi and Chuck Schumer and the painting “American Gothic.”

Bill and Hillary out for a stroll.

And…

Did I miss any?

I’m sure I did.

If you have any suggestions, let me know!

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Tulsi Gabbard’s a democrat?

She sure doesn’t sound like any of the democrats I know!

That’s probably why she didn’t get too much support in the democrat presidential primaries.

According to Ronn Blitzer of Fox News, “Former Representative Tulsi Gabbard, D-Hawaii, asserted that tech industry leaders and Democrats such as Rep. Adam Schiff, D-Calif., and former CIA director John Brennan are ‘domestic enemies’ of the U.S. who are more dangerous than the rioters who stormed the U.S. Capitol building on Jan. 6.”

“In a video and thread posted to Twitter Tuesday morning, the former Democratic presidential candidate denounced the violent protesters, but warned that efforts to combat insurgency through surveillance and other monitoring activities posed a greater threat to the country.”

Amen, sister…, but you better watch it…, you’re on the fast track here to getting banned by Twitter, Facebook, and maybe even Bed, Bath and Beyond!   

But who is Tulsi Gabbard?

According to Ballotpedia.org, “Gabbard was born in 1981 and grew up in Hawaii. In 2002, when she won election to the state House of Representatives at the age of 21, she was the youngest person elected to public office in the state’s history. She served in the House until 2004. 

Since 2003, Gabbard has been a member of the Hawaii Army National Guard. She has been deployed on two tours of duty in the Middle East.

Starting in 2005, she served as a field medical unit specialist in Iraq. During her second tour, she led security missions and helped train the Kuwait National Guard. Between the two tours, Gabbard graduated from the Accelerated Officer Candidate School at the Alabama Military Academy and received a B.S. in business administration from Hawaii Pacific University.  

Gabbard was elected to the Honolulu City Council in 2010. She served on the council until 2012, when she ran for and won a seat in the U.S. House.  Gabbard (Democratic Party) ran for election for President of the United States. She withdrew before the Democratic convention on August 18, 2020.  In 2012, she became the first Hindu elected to Congress.”

She definitely has an interesting and colorful background.

Blitzer continues by reporting, ‘“The mob who stormed the Capitol on January 6 to try to stop Congress from carrying out its constitutional responsibilities were behaving like domestic enemies of our country,’ Gabbard said. ‘But let’s be clear, the John Brennans, Adam Schiffs and the oligarchs in Big Tech who are trying to undermine our constitutionally protected rights and turn our country into a police state with KGB-style surveillance are also domestic enemies — and much more powerful, and therefore [more] dangerous, than the mob that stormed the Capitol.’”

“KGB style surveillance?”

Well, Schiff has had Russia on his mind for the last four years.

Russia, Russia, Russia!

 “Gabbard then showed a clip of Brennan telling MSNBC that Biden’s nominees and appointees ‘are now moving in laser-like fashion to try to uncover as much as they can’ regarding activities that he said were reminiscent of ‘insurgency movements’ that have risen up in other countries.” 

What about the “insurgency movements” perpetrated by our own government and government agencies against President Trump, Brennan? 

“[Adam] Schiff, the chairman of the House Intelligence Committee [a true oxymoron if there ever was one], introduced a bill in 2019 that would create a new statute for a federal offense of domestic terrorism.”

“The bill did recognize the potential for abuse [Kind of like the FISA warrants abuse used against President Trump, huh, comrade Schiff?], calling for a report on civil liberty issues that arise from the new statute to be made public within four years of the bill’s passage and enactment.”

Oh, yes…, let’s not forget to act like you care about any civil liberty issues!

“Another 2019 bill, sponsored by Sen. Dick Durbin, D-Ill., calls for establishing offices in the Justice Department, FBI and Department of Homeland Security that would ‘analyze and monitor domestic terrorist activity.’”

Aren’t they already suppose to be doing this?

Or, would this be the democrats’ own personal version of the KGB?

And aren’t they already performing this function?

This would just make it official and “legal,” I guess.

Leave it to old dirt bag Dickie Durbin!

“Since the Jan. 6 riot, lawmakers in Washington have once again been considering a domestic terrorism bill, leading civil rights groups to push back, claiming that federal authorities already have the tools they need to stop criminals without giving them additional powers.”

That’s funny.

We had months and months and months of “domestic terrorism” going on in almost all of our major cities, and democrats didn’t say a word.

Now, we have one incident in their backyard and something has to be done immediately.

What a bunch of hypocritical, anti-American, pieces of garbage.  

“At the same time, social media companies like Twitter and Facebook have been blocking accounts that they say have posted inflammatory comments, including those of former President Donald Trump.”

Only “inflammatory comments” against the approved democrat-Nazi propaganda and regime, of course.

“Gabbard called upon Biden and lawmakers from both parties not to allow measures that would infringe upon Americans’ rights in the name of law enforcement.”

Uh, yeah…, it’s called following The Constitution, which all of these pukes swore to defend by the way. 

‘“President Biden, I call upon you and all of Congress from both parties to denounce efforts by Brennan and others to take away our civil liberties endowed to us by our Creator and guaranteed in our Constitution. If you don’t stand up to them now, then our country will be in great peril,’ she said.”

You are absolutely right, Tulsi…, and I’m so encouraged to hear someone from the democrat party stand up for those civil liberties.

Thank you.

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“Ministry of truth?!”

Are we living in a “Game of Thrones?!”

This just keeps getting better and better!

Please tell me more about this “Ministry of Truth!”

Brian Flood of Fox News reports that, “Media watchdogs [a dying breed] are shocked and appalled that Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez said that Congress is looking into media literacy initiatives, including a commission to help ‘rein in’ misinformation in the wake of last week’s deadly breach of the U.S. Capitol – and one critic slammed AOC’s suggestion as ‘wholly un-American.’”

Ya think?

“During a lengthy live stream on Instagram on Tuesday night, the leader of the so-called ‘Squad’ discussed the aftermath of the Capitol riot, how she feared for her life during the chaos and what needs to be done going forward.”

It has become quite apparent that the democrats plan on using the capitol riots as an excuse to implement more of their un-American ideas, much like they used the pandemic.

“At one point, Ocasio-Cortez read a question from a viewer who asked if there is discussion in Congress on ‘truth and reconciliation or media literacy initiatives’ to help with healing.”

What?

“Media literacy initiatives?” 

Who are these deranged and misguided people who are her viewers?

I’m sorry…, did I really just ask that?

Let’s just proceed. 

‘“I can say, there is absolutely a commission being discussed but it seems to be more investigatory, in style rather than truth and reconciliation, so I think that’s an interesting concept for us to explore, and I do think that several members of Congress, in some of my discussions, have brought up media literacy because that is a part of what happened here and we’re going to have to figure out how we rein in our media environment so that you can’t just spew disinformation and misinformation,’ Ocasio-Cortez said.”

That would be great, Alexandria…, but I can’t see your “commission” reining-in CNN, MSNBC, or the Washington Post!

‘“Fox & Friends’ anchor Steve Doocy said he was ‘a little troubled’ by Ocasio-Cortez’s suggestion and enlisted The Hill media columnist Joe Concha to help figure out who would decide what media gets reined in under the progressive lawmaker’s plan.”

‘“Let’s unpack this proposal.  She wants to basically establish a Ministry of Truth.  We’ve all read ‘1984’ and, you know, to determine what is truth and what is not. So, who sits on this committee exactly? Eric Swalwell? Adam Schiff? Because they seem to have some challenges when it comes to telling the truth,’ Concha said.”

I’m afraid many of our friends haven’t read ‘1984,’ Joe, but they definitely should.  It would help people recognize, more readily, what’s going on in our country today.    

‘“How does Mrs. Ocasio-Cortez define truth exactly? She was asked in a CNN interview, this was a couple of years ago after she was fact-checked on some very dubious claims, about those particular claims and she said, ‘People want to really blow up one figure here, or a word there, I would argue they are missing the forest for the trees, I think there is a lot of people more concerned about being precisely, factually, semantically correct than being morally right,’ Concha said.”

‘“Oh, so it’s not about being factually correct, it’s what she sees as being right and wrong from a moral perspective,’ Concha continued. ‘Let’s say I want to argue against defunding the police or adding two states, which therefore would add four Democratic Senators, does that make me morally wrong and therefore do I have to testify before this committee? Am I pulled off the air? That’s the thing when you have a Democratically controlled Washington — Congress, Senate and White House – this sort of thing in terms of government regulating speech should stay in China, or stay in North Korea or, I don’t know, “1984.”’”

“Concha feels it’s ‘stunning’ that Ocasio-Cortez’s statement hasn’t received more attention [That’s because the democrat propaganda media doesn’t want to let this cat out of the bag just yet.].  But one person who took notice was conservative columnist David Harsanyi, who penned a New York Post opinion piece headlined, ‘AOC and other progressives have a new goal: Silence the press.’”

‘“Perhaps in the political systems favored by AOC, citizens are impelled to look to government for ultimate truth, but that’s not the case in the United States. At least, not yet. Here, the Constitution “reins in” Congress from intruding on the speech of citizens, journalists, or any private institutions, not the other way around,’ Harsanyi wrote.”

‘“We need only point to our media “fact-checkers,” journalists with political and ideological biases who have regularly, and arbitrarily, labeled completely debatable contentions as falsehoods, while either ignoring or justifying scores of other unsettled contentions,’ Harsanyi wrote. ‘Are these the arbiters of facts who will be manning the government commission appointed by those storied truthtellers in congress?’”

“He noted recent mainstream media and big tech gaffes, such as Twitter censoring damning stories related to Hunter Biden and endless promoting alleged collusion between the Trump campaign and Russia, as an example of why the press shouldn’t sit on AOC’s hypothetical commission.”

Bingo!

‘“Has anyone ever proposed a truth commission to heal the nation from those wounds?’”

The answer to that would be “no.”

Or more appropriately, “of course not!”

‘“The less powerful would either be left to contour their speech to please the state’s factcheckers or be branded liars. The press should be challenging those in power, not obsequiously trying to earn gold stars from unelected bureaucrats on a state-run committee,’ Harsanyi continued in the scathing column.”

Well said, Harsanyi.

‘“It’s just creepy, not to mention wholly un-American, for an elected official to advocate the state as adjudicator of veracity of our political speech. It’s also crassly hypocritical. If anyone could use a truth commission, it’s Congress,’ he concluded.”

Here, here!!!

“Fox News contributor Tammy Bruce also blasted Ocasio-Cortez’s suggestion that the free press needs to be reined in.”

‘“When she was talking about media literacy I thought she was talking about herself and about the Democrats in general. Look, they’ve already got the commission, it’s called the legacy media,’ Bruce said Thursday on ‘Fox & Friends.’”

‘“They already obey… they’re an arm of the Democratic Party,’ Bruce said. ‘What they’re talking about are dissenters, talking about arguments like this… a conversation that critiques and dissents within the framework of what they’re doing but it also exposes, doesn’t it, the idea of the power that they think they have.’”

“Bruce said Democrats should be keeping Americans safe from foreign adversaries, in addition to helping slow the spread of coronavirus, but instead they worry about controlling what people are allowed to say.”

‘“They’re down at their little desks looking at what it is they can do to control the conversations in the United States,’ Bruce said. ‘Considering what we’ve just been through, and the imperative of transparency, we need more conversation. We need more openness, and of course the American people… know very well what they want to hear, what’s good, what’s not good, but it also presumes… that the American people are babies, that they need to be controlled by government.’”

“The office of Ocasio-Cortez did not immediately respond to a request for comment.”

They didn’t “immediately respond,” nor will they ever respond.

I’m sure they want to “rein in” any potential “misinformation,” like what AOC actually said.

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It’s a liberal “jungle” out there!

Please be aware that every day, while you go about your life, there is an army of people out there working to divide, change, and undermine our way of life and our country.   

It’s true.

There are hundreds of these organization in The United States, including:

The Southern Poverty Law Center

The Brennan Center for Justice

Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB)

Ballot Initiative Strategy Center (BISC)

State Innovation Exchange (SIX)

ProgressNow

MoveOn

The Pew Research Center

National Immigration Law Center

American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU)

Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now (ACORN)

Black Lives Matter

Wellstone

Resurgent Left

Social Media (Google, Facebook, Twitter)  

The mainstream media (NBC, ABC, CBS, CNN, MSNBC, The New York Times, The Washington Post, National Public Radio)   

Just to name a few…, although that’s enough!  

All of these groups will say they are “non-partisan,” mainly for tax purposes, but they are anything but, and they’re all very far left of being “non-partisan.” 

I think, to them, “non-partisan” means “without a conscience.”

All of these groups are organizing, training (indoctrinating), fundraising, manipulating, scheming, and taking actions to destroy our democracy twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week.

None of these organizations give any quarter, nor do they take any prisoners.  They are all ruthless and unapologetic regarding their neo-fascist practices.

The radical left has done a good job indoctrinating all of their “good little Nazis,” who are convinced they are the ones fighting “the Nazis.”

They are really quite sad and pathetic, but, in reality they’re very dangerous.

First, Americans need to realize and concede that these anti-America groups and factions exist.

Secondly, we have to drag them out into the sunlight and expose them for what they are.

And thirdly, we have to fight them, resist them, and counter their actions via any means possible…, be that politically, lawfully, socially, or economically.

These people cannot just be allowed to operate, under our noses and without any rebuttal any longer.

These anti-America “Americans” must be confronted, engaged, and defeated.

Our lives and our children’s lives literally depend on it.     

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“Cheaters, cheaters, pumpkin eaters!”

I remember this rhyme from when I was a kid.

Yes, it is childish, but, whatever, I’m rolling with it!  

During Joe Biden’s October 24th appearance on the progressive podcast “Pod Save America,” Biden said, “We’re in a situation where we have put together, and you guys did it for our administration, President Obama’s administration before this, we have put together I think the most extensive and inclusive voter fraud organization in the history of American politics.”

In this instance, I believe you Sleepy Joe!

It’s amazing the information you can get out of Joe Biden if you just let him talk without the aid of a teleprompter. 

So, now that we have that established…, according to the Brennan Center for Justice, “It is important to protect the integrity of our elections. But we must be careful not to undermine free and fair access to the ballot in the name of preventing phantom voter fraud.”

“Politicians at all levels of government have repeatedly, and falsely, claimed the 2016 and 2018 elections were marred by millions of people voting illegally. However, extensive research reveals that fraud is very rare, voter impersonation is virtually nonexistent, and many instances of alleged fraud are, in fact, mistakes by voters or administrators. The same is true for mail ballots, which are secure and essential to holding a safe election amid the coronavirus pandemic.”

“The Brennan Center’s seminal report, ‘The Truth About Voter Fraud,’ conclusively demonstrated that most allegations of fraud turn out to be baseless and that most of the few remaining allegations reveal irregularities and other forms of election misconduct.”

Of course they are.  

Have you read the MrEricksonRule’s Center for Justice report that brings to light massive democrat election fraud?

It carries about as much weight as this piece of Brennan Center propaganda.

Supposedly, The Brennan Center for Justice at the New York University Law School is a bipartisan law and public policy institute seen as liberal or progressive in its policy positions and views. The organization is named after Supreme Court Justice William J. Brennan.

The Brennan Center’s own website says, “The Brennan Center is equal parts think tank, public interest law firm and advocacy organization. The Brennan Center serves as a generator of legal theory and as an expert on democracy reform, equipping and empowering journalists, attorneys, civic engagement organizations, and other national partners to achieve immediate wins and make long-term strides toward an inclusive and just democracy.”

Their form of “an inclusive and just democracy” does not include people who don’t think like they do, and “just democracy” is whatever they say it is…, and you better not question them.  

What a couple of good little Nazis!

If you visit the Brennan Center’s website, it will become apparent quite quickly that they oppose President Trump and are proactive in their attacks on him and his administration.   

It would not surprise me at all if these people were a driving force behind many of the issues we find ourselves having with this election.

It’s amazing how many of these “centers” exist in our country, whose soul intention is destroying our country as we know it.     

I’ve heard many “talking heads” representing the democrats, and many hosts and contributors to many shows on the fake news and liberal propaganda media say:

“There may be some instances of voter fraud, but not enough to matter.”

“There may be some cases voter fraud, but not enough to make a difference in the outcome.”

“The rate of voter fraud is within acceptable ranges.”

There is a huge difference between “voter fraud” on a case by case instance, and large scale “ballot fraud” or large scale “ballot data dumps,” “intentional voting machine software manipulation,” and overall “election fraud.”

 The 2020 election cannot be compared to prior elections. 

In the 2020 election, democrats were prepared to pull out all the stops if needed, and do whatever it took to defeat President Trump.

That is precisely why counts were halted in battleground states on election night, after it was determined President Trump was on track to win these states.

This gave the democrats time to produce enough votes, electronically, or physically, to overtake President Trump’s vote totals, when the counting recommenced.  

It was quite obvious to me, and I will go to my grave believing this was the case.

Whether or not The President’s legal team is able to actually gain access to the system and the physical ballots, in order to be able to document this cheating and bring it to light is another story.

If they really believe the election was fair and square, and they are interested in making sure our elections are fair and square, Joe Biden, his campaign, and the democrats should welcome validation of this election’s integrity, not ignore it, fight it, or run from it.

Nobody wants their vote to be disqualified by an opposing illegitimate vote.

Put your hand up if you’re willing to sacrifice your vote to a cheater.

Hmmm…, I’m not seeing any hands out there.

And it doesn’t make any difference if the cheating is on a small scale or a large scale.

Cheating is cheating.

It’s the year 2020 ladies and gentlemen.  We are more than capable of instituting an election system which would safeguard us from virtually all of the fraud issues, if that’s what our politicians (and I’m referring mainly to the democrats) wanted.

Biden and the democrats are not going to be able effectively govern the country if tens of millions of Americans believe Biden is an illegitimate president who got into office by way of a rigged and stolen election.     

Hopefully, we won’t be forced to deal with that situation.

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My, how things have changed.

In the beginning, the states pretty much ruled themselves.  They were like their own separate, little, “countries.” 

But they were connected to each other, physically, economically, and ideologically.   

They recognized the value of banding together for protection internationally and the value of being able to deal with other countries as a single, united, entity.  

So, the states created The Constitution to spell out how this collection of states would function under a single federal government umbrella.

They had no idea how immense and all-encompassing and all-controlling that federal “umbrella” would become.   

Lenore T. Adkins, for the “ShareAmerica” website, writes, ‘“We do need a State Department. We do need a Department of Defense,’ says Karla Jones, director of international relations and federalism at the American Legislative Exchange Council, referring to the federal entities responsible for implementing the country’s foreign and defense policies.”

“The U.S. relies on a system called ‘federalism:’ Powers not granted to the federal government are reserved for the states and the people. It’s an important concept to understand because citizens encounter different levels of government daily, but in several ways.”

It’s also important to recognize that the federal government seems to be expanding its “powers,” and encroaching on states’ rights more and more all the time.

So, what does the federal government do?

Better said, what does the federal government do that we and the states have allowed it to do?

“Only the federal government can regulate interstate and foreign commerce, declare war and set taxing, spending and other national policies.”

But the federal government has accumulated power exponentially over the years.  Power that it was never intended to have.

Let’s take a look at our federal government and how grotesquely “obese” it has become.

Here is a list of the major departments that the federal government is broken into, along with their number of employees, their annual budgets, how many subsidiaries they have and some of the highlights of what they do: 

Department of State

Employees: 69,000

Budget: $52.404 billion

Includes 62 different offices and bureaus, including the Office of Global Intergovernmental Affairs, the Office of Civil Rights, the Office of Global Women’s Issues, and the Bureau of Oceans and International Environmental and Scientific Affairs.   

Department of the Treasury

Employees: 86,049

Budget: $20 billion

Includes 17 different offices and bureaus, including the IRS and the federal mints. 

Department of Defense

Employees: 2.86 million     

Budget: $721.5 billion

Includes 23 different agencies and departments, including the Army, Navy and Air Force, and also the National Security Agency.

Department of Justice

Employees: 113,543

Budget: $29.9 billion

Includes 47 different offices and bureaus, including the Office of the Attorney General, Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), the United States Marshals Service, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF), and the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA). The department is also responsible for running the federal prison system.

Department of the Interior

Employees: 70,003

Budget: $20.7 billion

Includes 62 different offices and bureaus, including the Office of Emergency Management (OEM), the National Parks Service, the Office of Indian Affairs, and the Bureau of Land Management.  NASA (The National Aeronautics and Space Administration) technically falls under the Department of the Interior, although it is an independent agency of the U.S. Federal Government responsible for the civilian space program, as well as aeronautics and space research.

Department of Agriculture

Employees: 105,778

Budget: $155 billion

Includes 20 different offices and agencies, including the Farm Service Agency, the Food Safety and Inspection Service, and the United States Forest Service. 

Department of Commerce

Employees: 43,880

Budget: $9.67 billion

Includes 16 different bureaus and services, including the International Trade Administration, the Bureau of the Census, the Patent and Trademark Office, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, and the National Weather Service.

Department of Labor

Employees: 17,450

Budget: $12.1 billion

Includes 30 different offices and administrations, including the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), the Office of Workers’ Compensation Programs, and Job Corps.

Department of Health and Human Services

Employees: 79,540

Budget: $1.286 trillion

Includes 22 different centers, offices and agencies, including the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

Department of Housing and Urban Development

Employees: 8,416

Budget: $32.6 billion

Includes 11 different offices, including the Office of Equal Employment Opportunity, the Office of Fair Housing and Equal Opportunity, and the Center for Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships (HUD).

Department of Transportation

Employees: 58,622

Budget: $75.1 billion

Includes 11 different offices and administrations, including the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), the Federal Highway Administration, the Federal Railroad Administration, and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

Department of Energy

Employees: 12,944

Budget: $27.9 billion

Includes 12 different offices, administrations and programs, including the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, the National Nuclear Security Administration, the Cybersecurity, Energy Security and Emergency Response program, and the Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy Program.

Department of Education

Employees: 3,912

Budget: $68 billion

Includes 19 different offices, boards and councils, including the President’s Advisory Board on Historically Black Colleges and Universities, the Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services, the National Assessment Governing Board, the Office of Federal Student Aid, and the Office of Elementary and Secondary Education.

Department of Veterans Affairs

Employees: 383,040

Budget: $180 billion

Includes 5 different administrations and offices, including the Veterans Health Administration, the Veterans Benefits Administration, the National Cemetery Administration, and the Veteran Employment Services Office.

Department of Homeland Security

Employees: 229,000

Budget: $51.672 billion

Includes 15 different agencies and offices, including the U.S. Customs and Border Protection Agency, the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement Agency, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), the U.S. Coast Guard, and the U.S. Secret Service. 

Then we spend over $8 billion dollars to fund and operate Congress and the Senate per year.  This is for 535 members of Congress and staff members of over 13,000.

We also spend over $7 billion to fund the federal Judiciary per year.  The federal judiciary has over 30,000 employees.

Lastly, we have expenses for The White House, The White House staff (377) and for The President and The Vice-President, which run around $100 million annually.

That’s a total of:

372 different agencies, offices, bureaus, programs and administrations…,

Representing 4,185,091 (that’s over 4 million) total employees and elected officials…,

At a total cost of $2.867 trillion (that $8,600 annually for every man, woman and child).  Now think about how many people don’t pay federal income tax.  That $8,600 goes up pretty quick for the rest of us.

Wow.  Those are some staggering numbers!

And that’s just to support our federal government’s operations. 

We’re not even talking about how much we pay to fund our state and local governments as well!

Remember, these are only the federal government’s costs of doing business.

This does not include the taxes collected and then redistributed back to the American people [and people here illegally] monetarily, or in some other form of value, like infrastructure, housing, etc.  

Please note:  In American public finance, discretionary spending is government spending implemented through an appropriations bill. This spending is an optional part of fiscal policy, in contrast to entitlement programs (non-discretionary) for which funding is mandatory and determined by the number of eligible recipients.

Please be aware that there were only three original departments created back in 1789, the State Department, the Treasury Department, and the War Department, which evolved into the Department of Defense.   

All of the other departments were created at much later dates.

The Department of the Interior was created in 1849, followed by the Department of Agriculture in 1862.

Next was the Department of Justice in 1870, followed by the Department of Labor in 1913.  

1913 was also the first year for federal income tax as we know it.  We’ll talk more about taxes later.

In 1937 the Department of commerce was created, followed by the Department of Health and Human Services in 1953.  

After this is when the federal government really started to balloon.

The Department of Housing and Urban Development was created in 1965.

The Department of Transportation was created in 1967.

Department of Energy in 1977.

Department of Education in 1979.

Department of Veteran’s Affairs in 1989.

And the Department of Homeland Security in 2002.    

I mentioned earlier we’d get to talking about taxes…, well, here we are.

Here is the history of federal taxes:

In order to help pay for its war effort in the American Civil War, Congress imposed its first personal income tax in 1861.  It was part of the Revenue Act of 1861 (3% of all incomes over $800, rescinded in 1872). Congress also enacted the Revenue Act of 1862, which levied a 3% tax on incomes above $600, rising to 5% for incomes above $10,000. Rates were raised in 1864. This income tax was then repealed in 1872.

So, at this point, we’re back to no federal income taxes.

Forty-one years later, the 16th Amendment was ratified in 1913, which states:

“The Congress shall have the power to lay and collect taxes on incomes, from whatever source derived, without apportionment among the several States, and without regard to any census or enumeration.”

So, now the taxation gravy train was off and running!

Congress then enacted an income tax in October 1913 as part of the Revenue Act of 1913, levying a 1% tax on net personal incomes above $3,000, with a 6% surtax on incomes above $500,000.

By 1918, the top rate of the income tax was increased to 77% (on income over $1,000,000, equivalent of $16,717,815 in 2018 dollars to finance World War I. The average rate for the rich however, was 15%.

During World War II, Congress introduced payroll withholding and quarterly tax payments.

A comedic representation by Clifford K. Berryman of the debate to introduce a sales tax in the United States in 1933 and end the income tax.

I have personally argued my support of a a national sales tax (or a consumption tax) as opposed to a federal income tax. Please see my prior blogs on this subject.

At first, the income tax was incrementally expanded by Congress, and then inflation automatically raised most persons into tax brackets formerly reserved for the wealthy until income tax brackets were adjusted for inflation. Income tax now applies to almost two-thirds of the population. The lowest-earning workers, especially those with dependents, pay no income taxes as a group and actually get a small subsidy from the federal government because of child credits and the Earned Income Tax Credit.

While the government was originally funded via tariffs upon imported goods, tariffs now represent only a minor portion of federal revenues.

In the 1930s, the New Deal introduced Social Security to rectify the first three problems (retirement, injury-induced disability, or congenital disability). It introduced the FICA tax as the means to pay for Social Security.

In the 1960s, Medicare was introduced to rectify the fourth problem (health care for the elderly). The FICA tax was increased in order to pay for this expense.

The total federal budget for 2020 is $4.79 trillion, but we ALWAYS spend more than what we budget. That’s why our federal deficit is in the neighborhood of $26 trillion right now…, but that’s another blog for another day.

Remember I mentioned there are over 4 million total employees and elected officials employed by the federal government…, and more than half of these politicians and bureaucrats live in Washington DC and the surrounding areas of Maryland and northern Virginia.

These areas see a consistent voter registration rate of 90-95% democrat and only 5% republican.

When you hear the term “deep state,” this is what they’re referring to. 

A bureaucratic workforce that is loyal to the democrat party, regardless of who the American people choose to run the country.

The “deep state” is into self-preservation and expanding itself (bigger government).  That is why they have hitched their wagon to the democrat party, and why you can always expect the democrats to pretend to solve any issue by throwing more government, and more of our money, at it.     

“Here endeth the lesson,” as Sean Connery said, when he played a Gman in “The Untouchables.” 

That’s when being a Gman was still an honorable profession!

RIP Sean Connery.

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