UPDATE July 23, 2021: freedom to not fear our government
Let’s not waste each other’s time debating whether Thomas Jefferson gets credit for the quote about the difference between liberty and tyranny. What’s important is that our government should fear the people. It should not be the other way around.
Until January Washington was something to resent at worst, applaud on occasion, and relegate to the backwaters of the evening news most of the time. That has changed. Now our government is something to fear.
200 days of Biden and the Democrats. The news is very, very bad
Democrats have spent the past 200 days ruining America. They threaten “we’re not going back to normal” and pat themselves on the back for what they have done:
In just 200 days, we’ve accomplished so much, and we won’t be taking our foot off the gas pedal anytime soon.131
We can only hope their car breaks down before they finish what they started.
This is what Democrats have accomplished in just 200 days:
1. They have divided the country to an extreme we haven’t seen since the Civil War. Biden promised he would unite us. He lied. Exploiting our divisions is fundamental to the White House policy agenda.
2. Taxpayers are losing control of the schools we pay for and the minds of our children. As schools reopen unions will use teachers as Democrat Party activists spreading critical race theory, alternative American history, and whatever liberal lies they think will best indoctrinate our kids into the radical left mindset.
3. Our border is overrun with people from all over the world who got the message to come in NOW and will be spread across America as a reward for breaking our immigration laws. We don’t know who or what they are and we can’t stop it, but we can be very afraid of the consequences for public safety, public health, our tax dollars, and the Democrat Party’s goal of permanent hegemony over our nation.
4. Violent crime is out of control in our cities. The solution is to pander to criminals, suspend cash bail, find reasons to release felons from incarceration, and attack gun dealers as a prelude to taking away our Second Amendment freedoms. Democrats on Capitol Hill don’t care because they don’t live in these war zones, though it’s ironic they are incapable of empathy given the absolute terror they expressed after their own turf was violated on January 6.
5. The Democrat Party’s pick for president is a public relations nightmare at best not only on the domestic front, but in foreign policy where Biden’s worsening mental confusion risks precipitating everything from economic destruction to nuclear war. Democrats warned us about Trump and the nuclear button. That was a lie. This is very real and something to be very afraid of, just like we should fear the very real possibility that Kamala Harris could sit in the Oval Office.
6. The spending hasn’t stopped and it’s not going to because spending too much is the point. The Congressional Budget Office predicts a $3 trillion budget deficit this year. This is the second largest since 1945. Democrats don’t care. They will keep spending until the time is right to take their money back.
7. Free speech? What’s that?
Killing free speech is the end of the road. This is the freedom that defines America. Democrats are preparing to take it away once and for all.
Jen Psaki’s unabashed admission that the Biden is administration is “flagging” misinformation led to a much broader discussion on how to crack down on free speech, including banning users across all social media platforms and pursing “robust enforcement strategies” for information protocol violators.132
Last week Biden publicly accused Facebook of killing people. COVID vaccines were the excuse, but it’s easy to apply the same excuse to Democrat Party agenda items like climate change, social spending, and stamping out the white supremacy boogeyman.
That’s before we get to Pelosi’s January 6 witch hunt. This will be the death of conservative free speech. Democrats have set the stage. They insist this is about saving our democracy and preventing one of the worst things that ever happened to this country, 9/11 included. Nothing will be out of the realm of possibility. The narrative is about protecting American democracy and the freedoms we cherish from white supremacy and anyone who doesn’t condemn the man Democrats fear more than anyone else. The price for that protection will be eliminating First Amendment freedoms for anyone not enslaved to the Democrat Party’s cause.
UPDATE July 30, 2021: freedom from the best pandemic ever
What would Democrats do without the COVID-19 pandemic? The left still tries to score points with Obama’s Great Recession, but that can’t even begin to compare to a virus that is constantly changing and keeps offering new opportunities to simultaneously take away our freedom and spend lots of money. The liberal dinosaurs who control the House and Senate will never have another opportunity like this to spend, regulate, and control us, and they know it.
This pandemic infests every aspect of a ruinous Democrat Party agenda that demands massive spending for everything from guaranteed incomes masquerading as economic relief to child care passed off as infrastructure. Everything is about the pandemic. When an issue has nothing to do with COVID-19 just adding the word “pandemic” gets the point across:
For people of color across our country, we are addressing a pandemic within a pandemic, namely racism and bias in law enforcement, delivery of health care, housing and economic opportunity. The U.S. House took the first step this week in passing the Justice in Policing Act. Next week, I will roll out our “Opportunity and Justice for All” Agenda.133
Racism + COVID-19 = Democrat Party ecstasy. It doesn’t get better than this.
Best of all, the pandemic forces Americans to pay breathless attention to every word that comes from Democrat Party officials because we don’t know what kind of restrictions, penalties, and sanctions will be handed down next. Will it be a state mask mandate? Federal? Another lockdown and months of working from home? How about union school closings while children in the rest of the world outlearn American kids being taught anti-whiteness and self-hate instead of science and math?
By now you’ve probably figured out that this pandemic is not going away if our authoritarian leaders have any say in the matter. The virus is not going to just disappear and since it shows quite a proclivity for mutating, public officials who value power over freedom can use it to scare the bejesus out of the public and persuade the vulnerable to give up their liberty.
That’s a sad state of affairs. There are only two solutions. We can either vote in responsible politicians who value the Constitution and our individual freedoms, or hope that the virus mutates into a form that spares conservatives and drives the left into hiding once and for all.
UPDATE August 10, 2021: freedom from our congressional fiduciaries
I laughed when I first saw the title of Congress’s new pre-spending spree. When you hear something like “Invest in America” you know taxpayers are about to get screwed. Democrats are not fiduciaries. They are mean-spirited, irresponsible children at best and thieves more often than not. Republicans who voted for the Biden-Schumer infrastructure bill are even worse because we expect some measure of responsibility from the GOP.
Republicans who drank the Jim Jones brew on behalf of taxpayers and then prostrated themselves in front of the Democratic machine might as well drop the charade and join the other side. Some of the names on the list are expected: Romney, Murkowski, Collins, Portman, even Mitch McConnell. Lindsey Graham? That’s disappointing. His wiser South Carolina colleague Tim Scott knows better:
Rather than taking a common sense approach to investing in infrastructure, this bill has been rushed through so Democrats can spend trillions more dollars we don’t have on liberal policies we don’t need—all amid record inflation. American families cannot afford to foot the bill for this ‘spend now, tax later’ plan, which is why I voted no.134
As Scott observes, “trillions more” is what this bill is really about. Today’s Senate vote was just prelude.
Today’s historic achievement is so long that the bill kept crashing in my browser as I wrote this, but last time I checked “greenhouse gas” appeared 121 times, “pollution” 122 times, and “green” 187 times. There is a program for wildlife-vehicle collision and “habitat connectivity improvement” that sounds like broadband for critters. There is a safe routes to school program to encourage kids to bicycle or walk to school. If this applies to Chicago I hope Kevlar vests will also be provided at taxpayer expense, of course. For those who have had enough of Washington and the direction America is headed, Sec. 1632 funds a study on the effectiveness of suicide prevention nets for structures other than bridges.
In a floor speech Senator Bill Hagerty (R-TN) laid out the steps in the Democrat Party strategy to divest us of so much more than what is tucked into this bill. For example:
Step One, change the conversation to trillions. Make billions sound small. Condition the Congress. Condition the Media. Condition the people. 135
Step Two, tell everyone that the United States needs infrastructure. 136
Step Five, negotiate as much of your socialist wish list into the infrastructure track as you can. They got some of it in this bill, but not all of it. They will then put the rest of the wish list into the government-dependency bill.137
That dependency bill is what matters most. Nancy Pelosi is already rubbing her hands together as today’s meager down payment on $3.5 trillion more makes its way to the House:
The House will continue to work with the Senate to ensure that our priorities For The People are included in the final infrastructure and reconciliation packages, in a way that is resilient and will Build Back Better.138
The reconciliation bill is the package to fear. Democrats are not fiduciaries. They are more like ticks. Once they get their hooks in us they are hard to remove and the sickness they leave behind lasts for a very long time. Their reconciliation package will fundamentally change everything about America and no, once the deed is done we will never be free of it or the multitude of supporting legislation yet to come.
UPDATE August 14, 2021: freedom from terrorism because Democrats trust the Taliban
It turns out there was precedent for Jen Psaki’s insanely naive remark that the Taliban has to consider its standing with the international community in the wake of President Biden’s mass U.S. exodus:
I understand bringing our remaining troops home will entail risk, as the Taliban will be required to uphold its commitment not to allow groups like al-Qaeda to operate on Afghan soil. However, the time has come to test the Taliban’s commitment to these conditions and its ability to uphold its promises.139
That was from House Foreign Affairs Committee Chairman Gregory Meeks (D-NY). Despite prescient warnings from Republicans about plans for joint Taliban-Afghan control of the country, the administration knew better. Biden forged ahead and created another historic catastrophe. It’s not as if the outcome could not be predicted:
Al Qaeda will thrive in the vacuum created by a Taliban-led government and an American withdrawal, posing a threat to our diplomats and the homeland. The U.S. military may then be faced with the contingency of returning to Afghanistan.140
Returning to Afghanistan is precisely what we are doing in a move that instantly recalled the fall of Saigon.
In an August 12, 2021 call between Secretary of State Blinken, Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin III, and Afghan President Ashraf Ghani the U.S. affirmed:
the United States remains invested in the security and stability of Afghanistan in the face of violence by the Taliban.141
Yes, we are invested because the Afghan terrorist haven Biden created in less than one week creates a very real threat to the U.S. Since the administration’s focus is on rooting out Republican terrorists in the homeland this is likely a minor concern for the president, at best.
The 20th anniversary of 9/11 is less than a month away. Assuming the White House hasn’t made a decision to downplay the remembrance because it conflicts with Biden’s remark that January 6th is the worst attack on our democracy since the Civil War, how will he gauge our progress against international terrorism?
Best not to say anything, Mr. President. You just showed the world it doesn’t matter.
UPDATE August 26, 2021: freedom of choice
It’s so simple you might not even think about it, but choice is a freedom. The more freedom you have the more choices you have and the more decisions you can make for the benefit of you and your family.
Democrats don’t like this. There is a reason authoritarians restrict the freedom of choice. The more we make our own decisions the less control they have over our lives. Loss of control over the American people is what Democrats fear more than anything.
Here are four examples of how Democrats are taking away your freedom of choice.
You can choose private schools, but it won’t help you
This isn’t just about denying taxpayers the public education they pay for by allowing teachers unions to impose remote learning on your district. If you want your kids to have a real education you have the freedom of choice to send your children to private school.
We used to think of private schools as untouchable. COVID-19 changed that. Illinois Policy reports that private schools in Illinois are being forced to kowtow to Illinois Governor J.B. Pritzker’s newest school mask mandate despite his promise to leave this choice to schools and families.142 Now Illinois is attacking private schools that don’t comply by refusing to recognize them and denying their students the right to participate in state athletics.
That’s not much of a choice for parents who seek a better option for their kids and pay a lot of money for a private school education, but not much choice is how Democrats like it.
You can choose to live in a safe neighborhood. Democrats can take that freedom away.
Whether it’s because Democrats refuse to enforce the law, let criminals out of jail, or transfer migrants who may also be criminals to your community, you have little say in how safe your neighborhood is. If you object to radical policies that make your community less safe the left will label you racist and xenophobic. Depending on your circumstances you may be able to move, but more than likely you will be stuck with a dangerous choice that radical left politics made for you.
Be woke. It’s not a choice.
It’s no longer acceptable to be a good American who believes in equality and accepts all people as equal. If you are white you probably don’t even realize that you are a racist. That means Chinese communist-style reeducation at the hands of woke corporate cowards at your place of work or indoctrinating your kids in public schools run by teachers unions. This is not a choice you get to make. That choice was taken away by the radical left and authoritarian Democrats.
If you are not white you will be fine if you keep your head down. Just don’t run for office as anything but a Democrat. If you do you will be just as guilty and as much of a threat to democracy as any racist, white supremacist Trump supporter.
Vote for the candidate of your choice and hope it matters
Marking a ballot is a quintessentially American exercise of the freedom of choice. A lot of Americans believe the 2020 election was stolen from President Trump because we didn’t protect the vote. We never had enough evidence to prove it, but the damage from anecdotal accounts of fraud coupled with House Democrats’ angry determination to strip away any and all protections against illegal voting casts a very dark shadow over election fairness and legitimacy.
Remember, the no voting protections agenda comes from the same radical mindset that insists looting stores is a justifiable form of reparations. Looting and other kinds of criminal behavior are also a consequence of America’s freedom of choice. Unlike my other examples they are still protected by Democrats.
UPDATE September 1, 2021: Democrats take away our freedom from political purges
Democrats attacking our freedoms are building their political might to use against dissenters. First and foremost that means taking away the freedom to be safe from political purges that we usually associate with countries like China and Russia.
Spreading fear of our fellow Americans is critical. Yesterday Nancy Pelosi’s press office shrieked in a press release McCarthy Silent As Another of His Members Calls for ‘Bloodshed.’143 The source was a USA Today article that reported Rep. Madison Cawthorn (R-NC) ‘warns of ‘bloodshed’ over a rigged and stolen election system.144 That’s a far cry from calling for bloodshed, but truth is not what Democrats convey. They are so blinded by hate that they don’t see how threatened many Americans are by their dishonesty and determination to end our two-party system with legislation like H.R. 1 and a new attack on the freedom to keep our private communications private.
As reported by The Hill, Pelosi’s January 6 Select Committee sent letters to 35 companies as a prelude to going after the communications records of those under the committee’s radar. 145 Republican lawmakers are in the spotlight, which should be no surprise to anyone considering the very real possibility that House Democrats will be trounced next fall for this kind of extreme overreach that proves how little they value our freedoms.
Committee Chairman Bennie Thompson (D-MS) detailed what Democrats are after with the letters that went to 15 social media companies:
In letters to the companies, Chairman Thompson seeks information including records related to the spread of misinformation, efforts to overturn the 2020 election or prevent the certification of the results, domestic violent extremism, and foreign influence in the 2020 election.146
“Misinformation” is a pretty broad net, but the January 6 Committee is not about January 6 any more than our open borders are about protecting refugees. If Democrats can access the private communications of alleged insurrectionists then every American should fear the purge that comes next with the excuse that protecting our democracy outweighs every other consideration.
Democrats hate the liberties we enjoy because freedom is inimical to controlling our lives. Being able to talk on the phone or communicate with emails and text messages without worrying that disagreeing with the prevailing political narrative could land us in jail is so fundamental that we don’t even think about, or at least not until now. We probably don’t think much about political purges, either, but this follow-up to President Biden’s warning about domestic terrorism is a warning to everyone who values their freedom to think very hard about what’s coming next after the January 6th Committee clears the way.
UPDATE September 9, 2021: Biden just tried to take away not only your freedom, but the freedom of your business, too
I heard him say it but I still can’t believe it. The president just dipped a tentative toe into the icy waters of authoritarian control over our private sector businesses.
Is this really about COVID, or is this about loosening up the nation for the socialist hegemony Biden is planning for his party? He is pushing the limits of authoritarian rule and opening the door for government crackdowns in response to each and every threat whether real or political.
If you thought you would never hear a speech where America’s president dictated that you and your business change your behaviors to save the environment, that possibility is no longer as far-fetched as it sounds. For now, let’s hope we get through flu season without being confined to our homes under penalty of law.
UPDATE September 11, 2021: authoritarian Pelosi takes away your freedom by turning vaccine mandate resistance into another insurrection
It’s pretty widely accepted that Joe Biden is firing on less than a full set of spark plugs. To his credit he can’t even come close to what’s coming from Nancy Pelosi’s press office.
In the speaker’s latest fusillade against our freedoms a September 10, 2021 press release equates Democrats’ self-styled January 6 Insurrection with resistance to Biden’s vaccine mandate.
It starts out with this lie about the Capitol riot:
Insurrectionists stormed the United States Capitol in an effort to overturn an election and murder elected officials less than eight months ago. 147
… and then it suddenly turns to this:
This week, in response to overwhelmingly popular vaccine mandates that will save lives and keep our schools open, House Republicans encouraged “a full on revolt” and promoted anti-vax disinformation.148
Are we supposed to draw some kind of connection between the two? Of course we are.
Authoritarian Democrats are teetering on the brink of totalitarianism over COVID-19. They are determined to take away our freedom to even question Biden’s determination to force Americans to get vaccinated by attacking our employers.
Resisting what will most certainly be declared an illegal abuse of presidential power is not an insurrection. This is how democracy works. We own the government. The government does not own us. Either Pelosi has lost her mind, or she doesn’t read her own press releases and is employing someone who is even more deranged than our failing president.
UPDATE September 18, 2021: freedom to hold a rally about justice
The single worst thing that could happen to the congressional left today is a peaceful rally in Washington. Democrats have been warning about the Justice for J6 rally to feed their narrative about the right-wing extremist threat:
Given the violent tendencies of the right-wing extremists who plan to attend, it is obvious that this rally poses a threat to the Capitol, those who work here, and the law enforcement officers charged with protecting our democracy149
Imagine the outcry from Democrats who turn a blind eye to left-wing extremism had a Republican issued this statement last year:
Given the violent tendencies of the left-wing extremists who plan to attend the BLM rallies, it is obvious that these rallies pose a threat.
The screams about racism would have been deafening.
The Democrats who issued the Justice for J6 warning were not silent while glass broke, fires burned, and business owners lost their livelihoods. This was from Rep. Tim Ryan (D-OH) and his Democrat colleagues in a letter to AG William Barr:
During a time when protests are erupting throughout the nation and around the world from people of all races and socioeconomic backgrounds our attention is being called to the suffering of black and brown people here in the United States.150
Rosa DeLauro (D-CT) stoked fear about today’s justice rally, possibly forgetting she blamed Donald Trump for the same thing:
It is time elected leaders take action, not encourage violence and stoke fear. This President and those in his administration have sat idly by while relationships between law enforcement and communities of color have continued to fray and unrest persists all over the country.151
Dual system of justice for illegals vs. January 6 prisoners?
Rep. Louie Gohmert (R-TX) spoke of the difference in justice meted out to the left vs. the treatment of Trump supporters:
Sadly, there are two systems of justice that exist in our country today: one for former President Trump along with those who support or don’t hate him, and the other for everyone else. What we are seeing now is harassment and persecution of Trump supporters, many of whom were not even in Washington, DC that day. Even the guilty who committed repugnant acts should not have their rights trampled just to feed the irrational hatred of former President Trump.152
That dual system of justice means solitary confinement for select January 6 defendants.153 When it comes to solitary for illegal immigrants, however, Democrats protested in a letter to the DHS Inspector General demanding an “immediate investigation.”154
For now justice is in the eyes of the growing Democrat Party police state. Illegals and urban insurrectionists are objects of sympathy while conservative Americans are the nation’s #1 terror threat. That’s a pretty heavy burden to bear considering the terror haven our president established in Afghanistan, but rest assured that everyone attending today’s rally will have their pictures taken, backgrounds investigated, and what else? Democrats will keep that information to themselves while they do everything in their power to suppress the freedom to hold a conservative rally about justice protected by the First Amendment.
UPDATE September 25, 2021: for women in America, Pelosi says freedom means abortion. What does it mean for women in Afghanistan?
On September 24, 2021 Speaker Nancy Pelosi gathered with the House Democratic Women’s Caucus to highlight what her party has done to Build Back Better for Women. For Pelosi, freedom for women in America means abortion:
This is about women’s right to choose, yes, but it is about freedom, freedom of that choice and freedom from the vigilantes, the bounty hunters that the Texas government – legislature has set in motion.155
Five days before, Pelosi commended Biden for his Afghanistan withdrawal plan:
As Speaker, I commend the President for his strong, steadfast leadership in ending a forever war.156
The hypocrisy of talking about the freedom of women to do anything after praising Biden’s newest catastrophe was most certainly lost on her fellow Democrats. Their thoughts on advancing women focus on one politically opportune issue: abortion.
The congressional left uses alleged humanitarian affronts in Central America to justify admitting hordes of illegals. They don’t say much about the humanitarian crisis for women in Afghanistan whose freedoms were taken away along with the lives of two American women serving in the military: Marine Sgt. L. Nicole Gee and Marine Sgt. Johanny Rosario Pichardo.
In any other context Pelosi’s remarks would be an unforgivably dark joke:
The Congress will continue to work closely with President Biden and the Administration, as we are briefed regularly and work to address the security and humanitarian challenges that remain for evacuees and those who wish to be evacuated. We pray for the people of Afghanistan and in the region.157
“Briefed regularly,” “work to address,” and “challenges that remain” all mean the same thing: we don’t give a s***. It’s over except for the lies and the new freedom for women in the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan.