“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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U.S. and India sign military agreement.

According to Lauren Frayer and Sushmita Pathak, for National Public Radio, “A week before the U.S. presidential election, U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo signed a military agreement Tuesday in India before heading to Sri Lanka on a multi-country tour aimed at pushing the Trump administration’s anti-China message.”

“Pompeo was joined in New Delhi by U.S. Defense Secretary Mark Esper. Together they signed a pact with their Indian counterparts to share sensitive satellite data, often used to steer missiles and drones.”

“It’s the latest in a series of U.S.-India military agreements designed to counter China’s growing power in the Indo-Pacific region.”

U.S. Secretary of Defense Mark Esper (from left), U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, Indian Defense Minister Rajnath Singh and Foreign Minister Subrahmanyam Jaishankar address a joint press conference in New Delhi.  Altaf Qadri/AP

‘“Big things are happening as our democracies align to better protect the citizens of our two countries and indeed, of the free world,’ Pompeo said at a news conference held outdoors amid the pandemic.”

“Earlier, Pompeo and Esper met with Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi. They discussed ‘COVID-19 response, security and defense cooperation, and shared interests in a free and open Indo-Pacific,’ according to a statement from the U.S. State Department.”

“Tuesday’s visit comes during a spike in tensions between India and China. The two countries share the world’s longest unmarked border, stretching more than 2,000 miles and with much of it high in the Himalayas. Violence broke out between rival troops there this summer. In June, 20 Indian troops were killed in hand-to-hand combat with Chinese soldiers.”

“Pompeo and Esper laid wreaths at a war memorial in New Delhi early Tuesday. Military buglers played as Pompeo put his hand on his heart. Afterward, he said he was thinking of those 20 Indian troops killed this summer. And he railed against the Chinese Communist Party, or CCP.”

‘“The CCP is no friend to democracy, the rule of law, transparency, nor to freedom of navigation — the foundation of a free and open and prosperous Indo-Pacific,’ Pompeo said.”

“The United States has long viewed India as a bulwark [a defensive wall] against China. The Trump administration has increased military exercises with India and pushed New Delhi to buy more U.S. weapons.”

As I have said before, I believe it is time for the United States to move past its long-held view of India and pursue a true partnership with India.

“Despite Pompeo’s strong anti-China rhetoric, neither Singh nor Minister of External Affairs Subrahmanyam Jaishankar mentioned China by name at their joint news conference with U.S. officials.”

‘“I think it’s significant that [Pompeo and Esper’s visit] is happening even as India is involved in a boundary crisis with China. India might have declined to do a high-profile visit like this with American officials, in case China was provoked further,’ Tanvi Madan, a senior fellow at the Brookings Institution in Washington, D.C., said. ‘So, it says something about the U.S.-India relationship.’”

Yes, “it says something about the U.S.-India relationship,” if President Trump is re-elected. 

If Joe Biden becomes president, we can expect him to continue his “China loving ways,” and any consideration of India will take a backseat.

If President Trump wins re-election, I would encourage him to forge an historic alliance with India and other Indo-Pacific countries to deal with China and North Korea.

What I’m suggesting would be an alliance similar to NATO, but in the Indo-Pacific region.

It could be referred to as SPARTA, or the South Pacific And Republic of India Treaty Alliance.

The name has a ring to it…, although the name is not as important as the power it would wield, militarily and economically, against China in the region.

Initially, SPARTA could consist of India, South Korea, Japan, The Philippines, and Australia, perhaps, and it could expand its members from there.

The threat the Chinese Communist Party poses around the world must be addressed soon, and addressed head-on.

A strong partnership between India and the U.S. would be a very good start in the right direction.      

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The list of traitors is long and distinguished!

Yes, “distinguished” in that they are all infamous.

Benedict Arnold.

James Comey.

John Brennan.

James Clapper.

Robert Mueller.

Peter Strzok.

Lisa Page.

Barack Obama.

Joe Biden.

Hillary Clinton.

Sally Yates.

Andrew McCabe.

Loretta Lynch.

Susan Rice.

Kathryn Ruemmler (Obama’s White House lawyer).

Bruce Ohr.

Nellie Ohr.

Rod Rosenstein.

Adam Schiff.

Jerrold Nadler.

“Which of these things is not like the others?”

“Which of these things just doesn’t belong?”

“Can you tell which thing is not like the others, by the time I finish my song?”

I’m sorry, because this is actually a trick question.

The correct answer is “no one on the list doesn’t belong!”

They all belong, because they’re all treasonous vermin!

And they all had many accessories along the way as well.

Not mention the lying, complicit, fake news, liberal propaganda, mainstream media.   

Actually, a case could be made that Benedict Arnold “doesn’t belong,” because he was the only one who wasn’t involved in spying on the Trump campaign, spying on President Trump while in office, and attempting to undermine and overthrow a duly elected president.

They have disgraced their names, their families, and their country forever.

Shame on them all.

If there is any justice, they should all be brought to justice.

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COVID-19 and The Great Barrington Declaration?

“The Great Barrington Declaration?”

What the heck is “The Great Barrington Declaration?”

First of all, I have to give my wife credit for bring it to my attention.

That being said, if you’re not already aware of what “The Declaration” is, and I’m guessing most people aren’t familiar with it, once you do learn what it is, you’ll see why the fake news, liberal propaganda media has not been eager to say much about it.

Propaganda by omission.

According to Joe Allen for TheFederalist.com, “The Great Barrington Declaration is a spark of sanity in a mad world.”

I would agree.

“The Great Barrington Declaration offers a way forward, but do most Americans have the courage to risk their sense of security to maintain enduring liberty?”

And that’s the $64,000 question.

Oh boy…, that really dated myself!

Irregardless, I believe the answer to this question has been “yes” way more often than not.

“In an era in which every dubious decision is ‘due to COVID-19,’ we hear policymakers repeating the same mantra: ‘If just one life is saved,’ it’s worth relinquishing our freedoms, our sanity, and possibly our future. More often than not, this ethical dilemma is presented without mentioning the obvious trade-offs or long-term consequences.”

“Imagine you’re an administrative dictator. If you could ‘save just one life’ — or even thousands — by crippling the youth, vaporizing a million careers, wiping out small businesses, crushing your nation’s civic culture, severing the ancient continuity of religious rites, forcing healthy people into paranoid isolation, traumatizing an entire generation with viral terror, ending hugs and handshakes, depriving the elderly of intimate care in their final days, wrecking the national economy, unleashing a dystopian surveillance state, and turning your neighbors into neurotic germaphobes, would it be worth it?”

Not to mention the biggest benefit to liberals…, the ability to attack President Trump on his record.  This single benefit makes all of that collateral damage overwhelmingly acceptable. 

Anyway, “It’s a serious question. What if that ‘one life’ was your grandpa?”

“If my own grandfather had lived to see the destructive madness surrounding the Wuhan virus crisis, he’d no doubt light-up a Doral 100 and say, ‘Good Lord, just let me die!’”

In my Grandpa’s case, it would have been a Lucky Strike!

Joe Allen continues, “As it happens, I was in Great Barrington, Massachusetts, when this germ hysteria got started. As things progressed, the sleepy ski town was suddenly overrun by panicked New Yorkers who escaped to their summer cottages and never went back. Being typical urban scolds, they’d show up at the local shops and shriek about other customers not wearing masks or small children standing too close to them. The locals accused these uptight yuppies of carrying the city’s plague to the countryside.”

“In this idyllic setting of cultural neurosis and mutual disdain, the now-infamous Great Barrington Declaration was drafted by three leading experts in the fields of biostatistics, immunology, and public health policy. These doctors advocate for a return to traditional wisdom: Quarantine the sick, isolate the vulnerable, and allow the young and healthy to proceed with caution. Alongside Sweden’s courageous example, the document will go down in history as a bold assertion of vitality in a withering world.”

“The declaration was authored and signed on Oct. 4 by Dr. Martin Kulldorff, professor of medicine at Harvard; Dr. Sunetra Gupta, a distinguished Oxford epidemiologist; and Dr. Jay Bhattacharya of Stanford University Medical School. To date, more than 13,000 medical professionals have added their signatures, along with more than 176,000 members of the public, with thousands more every hour. This concise manifesto is strong medicine for a sick society.”

Even The World Health Organization (WHO) has recently issued a statement that basically echoes the feelings of the Barrington Declaration.

And as I stated, it’s obvious why the fake news, liberal propaganda media has chosen to ignore The Declaration. 

The Great Barrington Declaration states, “As infectious disease epidemiologists and public health scientists we have grave concerns about the damaging physical and mental health impacts of the prevailing COVID-19 policies, and recommend an approach we call Focused Protection.”

“Fortunately, our understanding of the virus is growing. We know that vulnerability to death from COVID-19 is more than a thousand-fold higher in the old and infirm than the young. Indeed, for children, COVID-19 is less dangerous than many other harms, including influenza.”

“The authors call for an end to blanket, one-size-fits-all restrictions.”

The Declaration goes on to say, “Current lockdown policies are producing devastating effects on short and long-term public health … leading to greater excess mortality in years to come, with the working class and younger members of society carrying the heaviest burden. Keeping students out of school is a grave injustice.”

“Keeping these measures in place until a vaccine is available will cause irreparable damage, with the underprivileged disproportionately harmed.”

Like I said…, “collateral damage.”

“Let’s pause to consider all the white-collar office jockeys, tenured college professors, and coddled trust fund babies who snuggled up on cushy sofas, glued themselves to laptops, and dismissed the protests of those who were laid off, locked down, and muzzled against their will. ‘What’s so hard about wearing a mask?’ they’d scoff, despite the evidence that, all factors considered, healthy people have little reason to do so. ‘Stay home and stay safe!’ they yelped, before moving on to the next Amazon 1-Click order.”

“The most compassionate approach that balances the risks and benefits of reaching herd immunity, is to allow those who are at minimal risk of death to live their lives normally to build up immunity to the virus through natural infection, while better protecting those who are at highest risk. We call this Focused Protection.”

“Those who are not vulnerable should immediately be allowed to resume life as normal. … Schools and universities should be open for in-person teaching. … Young low-risk adults should work normally, rather than from home. … People who are more at risk may participate if they wish, while society as a whole enjoys the protection conferred upon the vulnerable by those who have built up herd immunity.”

“That sounds far more reasonable than California Gov. Gavin Newsom urging diners to pull down their masks to take bites and pull them back up to chew, but of course, no plan is foolproof.”

“Microbiologist Simon Clarke voiced one of the stronger arguments against the declaration, warning that the quest for herd immunity is plagued with uncertainty. He rightly noted that we don’t know how long immunity to the coronavirus actually lasts. We also don’t know what the long-term damage might be, even to healthy people, and it’s questionable whether it’s ethical to segregate those deemed ‘vulnerable’ from germ-ridden public spaces.”

“Fair enough, but how is it more ethical to straitjacket the entire culture, indefinitely, for the sake of a vulnerable minority’s already-limited freedom?”

“If fear of the unknown drives the skepticism toward herd immunity, explain to me how it’s acceptable for our leaders to implement six months of bizarre social experimentation fraught with unintended consequences. So far, they’ve employed forced isolation, mask mandates, vicious social shaming, and media-induced germaphobia. This approach has no Western precedent, except perhaps medieval superstition, and its proponents offer no feasible projections of holistic outcomes beyond hypothetical ‘saved lives.’”

“If one principle has remained constant during this crisis, it’s that the numbers frequently follow the politics, rather than the reverse. For instance, back in August, Biden began pushing for a nationwide mask mandate, insisting it would save 40,000 lives. Come September, Biden’s scientific sources had upped that number to a whopping 100,000 lives.”

“At this rate, by Election Day, a draconian mask mandate will save more than a million lives. Who knows? Maybe if we cover with burkas made out of personal protective equipment until the inauguration, God will withhold his eternal wrath, and no one will ever die again.”

“Our newly minted social engineers are absolutely obsessed with ‘the numbers.’ These insidious numbers are always rising, or about to rise, or once rising and sure to rise again, but how do our esteemed experts quantify a loss of dignity? How do they calculate the degradation of social health? How do they weigh hypothetical saved lives against the observable lost souls?”

Ah yes…, “the numbers.”

When we look at “the numbers,” we see that over 210,000 people have died from the virus in the US.

But this is a bit misleading.  In fact, more than a bit misleading.

It has been estimated that the actual number of deaths that can be solely attributed to the China virus is more like 10,000-20,000…, not the over 200,000 number which is continually thrown at us.

In fact, many of these “COVID deaths” are not even validated by actual testing, but are included based on assumptions.  Not very scientific, for people who are constantly demanding we “should follow the science.”

Allen finishes by saying, “Perhaps these people have nothing to lose. For those of us who do, a cautious but deliberate path toward herd immunity offers a sane alternative to perpetual neurotic terror. The question is whether most Americans have the will and the courage to risk their sense of security to maintain enduring liberty.”

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Bias in the mainstream media?

If there was ever any question about bias in the mainstream media, the USA Today newspaper erased all doubt.  

According to Fox News, “USA Today apparently forgot about Vice President Mike Pence Wednesday night, when the newspaper tweeted a poll asking who won the vice presidential debate and listed only ‘Kamala Harris,’ ‘Joe Biden,’ ‘the pesky fly’ and ‘I didn’t watch’ as options.”

How you omit one of the two only participants in the debate is inexcusable, and demonstrates either USA Today’s complete incompetence, or their complete bias.

I’m going with “their complete bias,” although I feel we should not sell their incompetence short.

“The mistaken tweet was posted shortly after the end of the debate, which was moderated by USA Today’s Washington bureau chief Susan Page.”

This is the same Susan Page who repeatedly tried to cut Vice President Pence’s response times short, but then finding out that Kamala Harris ended up with over four and a half minutes more speaking time than Vice President Pence.

Funny who that works out, isn’t it?  

“Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, tweeted a image of the now-deleted poll and asked, ‘Think the media has an agenda? Mike Pence isn’t even listed as an option on their “poll.”’”

“The paper then replaced the initial poll with another version that listed Pence as an option instead of Biden.”

“USA Today then made light of the gaffe by tweeting a third poll asking, ‘Is this a corrected poll because USA TODAY messed up the first one?’”

Oh yeah, just a completely understandable “gaffe” on their part.

“USA Today did not immediately respond to a request for comment.”

Oh really?!

That’s odd!

“The ‘pesky fly’ option refers to the now-viral insect that landed on [Vice President] Pence’s head and stayed there for more than two minutes late in the proceedings.”

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The choice is really quite simple.

Our presidential election is only a few weeks away. 

We have the choice between the democrat/liberal, Joe Biden, and the republican/conservative, Donald Trump.

Yes, we have to vote for one of these two men, but we also need to consider what these two men represent.

Let’s review what you apparently support by voting for either the democrat/liberal, Joe Biden, or the republican/conservative, Donald Trump.

Democrats/liberals believe it is a woman’s right to abort a baby right up to the moment before birth.

Republicans/conservatives believe all babies have a right to be born and live. 

Democrats/liberals support defunding police departments.  All criminals are fans of this!

Republicans/conservatives believe if anything, police department support needs to be increased.

Democrats/liberals support taking guns away from law abiding citizens. Again, all criminals are fans of this!

Republicans/conservatives believe law abiding citizens have the right to protect themselves and bear arms, as guaranteed in The Constitution.

Democrats/liberals believe anyone from anywhere should be able to freely walk right into our country whenever they feel like it.  The drug cartels and human traffickers love this.

Republicans/conservatives believe our borders should be secure, limiting who can and who can’t come in at any given time, while affording us an orderly and managed legal immigration process.

Democrats/liberals believe in tearing down monuments to our history as a country.

Republicans/conservatives believe in honoring and learning from our history, not trying to erase it.

Democrats/liberals support “sanctuary” cities and states, where illegal immigrants can live without fear of being taken into Federal custody and charged with crimes or be deported.

Republicans/conservatives believe illegal immigrants are “illegal” and are here illegally, and should be treated as such. Republicans/conservatives also believe that the concerns of legal citizens should come before those of illegal immigrants.  

Democrats/liberals support raising taxes across the board.  They claim working class people won’t be affected, but we all know higher tax rates for companies and corporations are just passed down to us.

Republicans/conservatives support the continued reduction of taxes across the board.

Democrats/liberals immediately take money from the military at their earliest opportunity, weakening our nation’s defense.

Republicans/conservatives believe a strong military is an absolute necessity in today’s global environment.  The defense of our country is also the federal government’s primary responsibility per The Constitution.

…   

Democrats/liberals love implementing a seemingly never-ending list of federal regulations designed to suffocate construction, business operations, and whatever else they can think of to stifle our civil liberties.

Republicans/conservatives believe some regulations are necessary, but that less regulation is preferable in order promote businesses and maintain a strong economy.  

… 

Democrats/liberals feel it is a good idea to allow anyone living in our country to vote, regardless of whether they are here legally or not, and regardless of whether the voter has any proper ID to prove who they are.  

Republicans/conservatives believe only legal citizens should be allowed to vote, and that an ID should be required.

Democrats/liberals believe that government should be the “end all be all” for anyone living in America.

Republicans/conservatives believe that government is a “necessary evil,” and that most things are done more efficiently and cheaper by the private sector.

Democrats/liberals believe in a person’s dependence on government, and that having some form of a socialist government is more desirable that our capitalist system, even though no socialist government in the past can be pointed to as a successful government.  

Republicans/conservatives believe in our capitalist way of doing things, providing for ourselves as a rule, and system which allows individuals to rise to any level of success, dependent on the individuals’ desire to attain it.

 … 

Democrats/liberals believe in free speech as long as your speech agrees with their beliefs, if not, they have no problem with censoring or silencing you.  

Republicans/conservatives believe in the 1st Amendment, and that everyone has a right to their own opinions and that they have a right to voice those opinions. 

Democrats/liberals believe rioting, burning, and looting are acceptable forms of “peaceful protesting.”  They believe in deferring to the desires of “the mob” as opposed to following the law.

Republicans/conservatives believe in law and order, and that no one has the right to harm other people or their property as part of their “protest.”

Democrats/liberals prefer to operate in a way that highlights a person’s racial identity, gender identity, or sexual preference above all else…, except their political leaning.  

Republicans/conservatives prefer to identify people by the quality of their character and by their actions and beliefs, without concern for race, color, or creed.

Democrats/liberals believe the United States’ industry, people and economy need to be punished and restricted due to “climate change,” while the rest of the world is allowed to keep right on polluting and taking advantage of us.

Republicans/conservatives believe if “climate change” is real, it wasn’t caused by us and we have no real way of affecting “climate change” one way or the other.

Democrats/liberals believe fossil fuels are evil and need to be done away with.  

Republicans/conservatives believe fossil fuels are still the energy souce of choice right now, at least until other options become viable. Republicans/consrvatives like the US having energy independence, not having to rely on the Middle East for anything, contolling our own energy pricing.

Democrats/liberals believe it’s okay for the “media” to operate as an arm of the democrat party, reporting only things that support their narrative, while attacking republicans/conservatives, and especially President Trump on a daily basis.  

Republicans/conservatives believe the “media” should report from an unbiased point of view, acting as a watchdog against all government improprieties, regardless of which party it is. 

And what about the economy?

Democrats/liberals point to the economy after China, and the democrats I believe, dropped the coronavirus bomb on us.  

Republicans/conservatives point the hottest economy in history, prior to the China virus, and believe President Trump can get our econmy humming again. Without the release of “The virus,” the democrats would not have stood a chance in this election.  

So, like I said in the beginning, “The choice is really quite simple.”  

The differences between democrats/liberals and republicans/conservatives have never been more obvious. 

The question is which side are you on?

If you’re having a hard time deciding who to vote for, you are obviously one confused individual!

There should be no undecided voters at this point. 

If you really are undecided, then maybe you shouldn’t even bother voting.

Just sayin’.       

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Americans can learn a lot from these Cuban exiles.

Yes…, we can all learn from the Cuban exiles who fled to America, and more specifically to Hialeah, Florida.

Who would know better about the dangers of socialism and communism?

Some of our liberal friends might purport to know better…, but they don’t.

I probably really shouldn’t say that.

Because the liberals do know.

It’s just a sacrifice they are willing to have US all make in order for THEM to wield power.   

Elina Shirazi of Fox News reports, “Florida’s top city for Cuban exiles goes to bat for GOP in 2020.”

“Everyone that flees communism comes to Hialeah,[Florida]” which is known as “Trump Town.”

“The city of Hialeah, outside Miami, is known for its Cuban American community of working families, tight incomes and friendships among neighbors — and as the election nears, many say they’re leaning strongly toward voting for President Trump.”

Vaya Presidente Trump! (Go President Trump!)

‘“Hard-working people, blue-collar workers, Cubans from different generations… come to live here. The grandmas, the fathers, the sons and daughters,’ said Lucy Pereda, who has made Hialeah her longtime home.”

“Many in Hialeah say they’re leaning strongly toward voting for President Trump.”

“Hialeah is home to a greater percentage of Cubans than any other city in the country, according to census data. People like Pereda made Hialeah their home after escaping communist regimes and dictatorships. They shaped what has become a reliably Republican city of over 230,000 that is over 96% Hispanic.”

‘“Everyone that flees communism comes to Hialeah. Hialeah is totally Republican as far as voting, and we are… one of the strongest Trump cities in the whole United States,’ Julio Martinez said.”

I’ve gotta visit this place!

“Current Democrat nominee Joe Biden’s campaign has sought to court Hispanic voters by beefing up Latino staff and launching more Spanish-language ads in Florida. He also has visited several cities in the state, including Kissimmee and Tampa. Biden and his running mate, Sen. Kamala Harris, D-Calif., have both visited Miami.”

Yes, he’s “courting” them, but they’ve all heard his BS before, and they know how that story ends.

“[President] Trump has leaned on a message that the Democratic Party was running on a socialist platform. University of Miami professor Michael Touchton acknowledged that socialism has been a turnoff for many Hispanic voters and a label the Democratic Party can’t shake within the community.”

‘“Republicans have successfully labeled Democrats as leaning towards socialism,’ Touchton said. ‘This reminds Cuban Americans and Venezuelan Americans of their exile and of their need to stand up to communist regimes in Latin America, which they don’t think a Biden administration will do because he’s a Democrat.’”

Excuse me, but republicans don’t have to label democrats as anything.  The democrats freely admit they want to see socialism implemented in the United States. They have defined and labeled themselves.  

‘“I came from Cuba about 14 years ago and I have lived in Hialeah for the last seven years. Hialeah is “Trump Town,’” said Fernando Godo. ‘It’s not Trump versus Biden. It is socialism versus capitalism, government control versus liberty. These are the kinds of things we are looking at.’”

Now there’s the line of the day, Mr. Godo!

“IT’S NOT TRUMP VERSUS BIDEN.  IT IS SOCIALISM VERSUS CAPITALISM, GOVERNMENT CONTROL VERSUS LIBERTY!”

Amen!

That’s what I’m sayin’!

‘“I am an ex-political prisoner. I’m a Cuban exile,’ said independent voter Emilio Izquierdo Jr. He said he came to America in 1980 on the Mariel boatlift, which brought thousands of Cubans to the U.S. ‘Democrats are going more to the left, and every time, the Republican was going more to the right.’”

Independent voter Emilio Izquierdo Jr. said Democrats and Republicans have been moving in opposite directions. (Elina Shirazi/Fox News)

“He said that while he viewed both parties as too partisan, he would rather wear the Trump 2020 hat. ‘Specifically, in this area. The Cuban Americans [who support] Democrats, they are confused, they like socialists. They were people recycled from Cuban communists. I don’t want socialist and communist. I got a bad, bad experience.’”

 “Joe Biden, in my area, doesn’t have too many votes. He’s done even before the elections.”

Thank God for people like the people in Hialeah.

The lessons these Cubans have learned, and the lessons the Venezuelan people have learned, are lessons you don’t want to have to learn…, ever.   

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