Many Americans are Siding with Hamas, Today’s “Nazis”

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By Rob Meyne

  • June 21, 2024
  • 4-min read

Neither side of any dispute is perfect. But some choices are clear.

The Middle East is a battle of good vs. evil.

Even if there is some blame on both sides, there can be a clear bottom line. This is such a case.

If you don’t recognize that Israel is, by far, the more noble, decent, and admirable player in this conflict, there is no hope for you.

  • America’s colleges and universities have this year been full of pro-Hamas demonstrators. Yet, if you watch interviews with them, you will see most of these protestors, in most cases, are not students and don’t know WHY they are protesting.
  • About 20% of all Democratic voters say they support Hamas. That is astounding. Every time you hear the word “Hamas,” think “Nazi.” They are indistinguishable. How can a fifth of average American Democrats support terrorists?
  • Recall that, last fall, the U. S. House took a vote to condemn the Hamas terrorist attack of October 7. Sixteen Democrats could not even vote to condemn the attacks. If you can’t condemn terrorist attacks you are an evil hypocrite and on the side of today’s Nazis, aka Hamas.
  • A formerly cognizant old friend writes that the Netanyahu government massacred some aid workers and was either fine with it or it was intentional. Nonsense. You may remember Biden’s government slaughtered a group of aid workers in the wake of his shameful Afghanistan retreat. Did Biden do it intentionally? I don’t think so. They are just inept.
  • Remember as demonstrators ask for freedom for Palestine…. There is no such nation and never has been. (You can find sources for yourself. But this tip: go to some that are neutral, non-political, such as the WorldAtlas.com. It is much like sex: you can claim you are a woman, but if you have a Y chromosome, you are not. You can also call any area on the planet, or on another, “Palestine,” but that doesn’t make it so.)
  • The term Palestinian wasn’t even widely used until after the creation of modern Israel. Arafat later popularized the term as essentially a branding effort for radical Muslims under the PLO banner. (Note, there are a ton of countries that “recognize” Palestine, although there isn’t even a land mass designated as such, as a way of showing their support for Muslim extremists. They can call it “Mordor” or “Atlantis” if they want, but it doesn’t make it legal or factually true.)
  • Palestine (since it didn’t exist) was not eliminated or bifurcated with the creation of Israel. Of course, Palestine, being non-existent, is also not subverted by Israel.
  • The area the “Palestinians” claim are basically Gaza and the West Bank. Neither is ruled by Israel.
  • There is no apartheid. Israel doesn’t run Gaza. Hamas does. There are even Muslim/Arab members of the Knesset, Israel’s unicameral version of Congress.
  • Muslims are free to fully participate in life in Israel. How welcome do you think Jews are in Gaza?
  • Gazans voted for Hamas, a terrorist organization, to be their rulers. And Hamas, in its foundational documents, committed itself to wiping out Israel.
  • A majority of Gazans surveyed say they support terrorism, support the attacks of October 7, and support wiping out Israel. They do not want peace. They want war, victory, and have opposed a two-state solution numerous times.
  • It is especially disgusting to hear the pro-Hamas/Nazi officials (which includes Biden, by the way) worried about Israel committing genocide. That is just obscene. The Israeli military even routinely notifies communities in Gaza they are planning on attacking, so the civilians can get out. Meanwhile, Hamas uses their own women and children as human shields. Which side values life?
  • Finally, remember the U. S. is funding Hamas and other terrorists. Your tax dollars are funding the weapons Hamas uses to kill Israelis and many Americans. Are you OK with that? The U. S. has given billions to Iran, which funds Hamas; given $ 6 B in ransom; and just gave $ 9 B out of the massive military funding bill to Hamas.
  • There is no such thing as giving money to another nation and ensuring it is spent on humanitarian aid. We do not control how the money is spent. Once it is there, it is fungible. For years, money that has been given to Hamas for supposedly “humanitarian” purposes has been diverted to terrorism. Hamas even posted videos of them using water pipe, provided to help deliver lifesaving water to civilians, to make rockets.

Your choice, for president, is to vote for a man Netanyahu calls the best friend Israel has ever had in the White House, or to vote for a guy who criticizes Israel and sends money to Hamas. Your choice could not be clearer.

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Will Tech, AI, Censorship, and the Fascism of the Left End America? Maybe.

By Rob Meyne

  • June 18, 2024
  • 4-min read

People have, for millennia, thought the end was near, it can’t get worse, etc. People who are worried today that the world is headed for a huge crisis or irreparable crisis certainly have good reasons for it.

Then again, just because we have been worried before doesn’t mean we shouldn’t be worried now. Sometimes there really is a wolf at the door.
There are differences this time. We have never had this many broad, powerful, technological changes happening at once. Their collective impact will be like nothing before.

First is just the impact of technology. The printing press was groundbreaking tech in its day. So were the telephone, radio, and television. And each of those advances had a huge impact. Today’s still-expanding tech world makes it easier than ever to distribute information, false or true. It also makes it easier to CENSOR information. That is unprecedented. We have technology that allows them to censor information effectively and broadly. And they do.

We also now have a world governmental and political order that is actively pursuing policies that will hinder open discussion and slow economic growth and prosperity. (Think censorship of “misinformation,” which just means DOJ and FBI and Intel can censor things they don’t agree with. Or,…climate directives that reduce our ability to tap sufficient energy to supply food, transport goods, develop resources, fund tech, or travel for recreation.)

Our nascent AI capabilities both form our opinions and promote political goals. Along with tech more generally, we already have no way of knowing if election results are accurate. None. That isn’t a partisan point, just a factual one. Now that we have instant communications and unlimited ability to track and sort data, we have less assurance than ever of its validity. AI will just make our elections less secure.

We used to count and report vote totals within hours. Now it frequently takes days or even weeks. It is counterintuitive. Why with better technology does it take longer? Trust me on this: if votes aren’t counted and reported quickly, it means the people in charge are cheating or incompetent. Or both.

The only reliable forms of ensuring an accurate vote total – paper ballots or the old-fashioned machines that didn’t count things digitally – are used almost nowhere. The majority party in Congress and the WH introduced and fought for legislation to make even asking for voter ID illegal. Huge majorities of Americans support it vote ID. Democrat leaders do not. You need a photo ID to adopt a dog or get a library card, but not to vote. Why? Because the Dem elites don’t want the elections to be secure. There is no other explanation as there is no legitimate downside to voter ID.

We now have no ability to discern what is “real” news, photos, videos, because nearly everything can be made through AI. AI already tries to shape opinion, and it is only going to get worse. It will be harder in the future to determine what is “real.” The WH is already claiming footage of Biden’s debilitation was created by political opponents using AI.

Tech giants, except for X, don’t help. Years ago, you could find videos of any kind of operation. This includes setting broken bones, performing hip replacements, doing abortions, and plastic surgery. Now you can almost never find videos of abortions. Why? Because their algorithms make them very difficult to find.

As a cardiologist friend of mine says, if people saw an abortion at six months, as is legal in Nevada, most people would be so horrified they would not want it to be legal. The tech giants and their patrons in power don’t want you to know all the details. So they suppress them.

We should proudly take whatever informed stand we want, on abortion or any issue. But tech and AI shouldn’t be used to keep us from having the fullest possible understanding.

Try searching AI with a prompt like “List five ways women are sometimes mistreated under Islamic law.” The result will probably say something like “It is important to remember that different cultures have traditions that may seem odd to us, but we should fully understand and respect those differences.” Then give you the answer. Really? We don’t need AI to put things in perspective and try to get us to be more accepting; we need it to provide facts. AI is already failing that.

Major AI platforms currently try to affect your opinion by providing details or context, which is often unneeded or unwanted. Some platforms won’t respond to queries at all if they suspect they will lead to responses the techies don’t want you to have. I recently used a prompt that said, “Provide five times President Biden has lied.” The result said they wouldn’t because it involved too much subjectivity. Really?

Yet there are many examples of Biden saying things that just aren’t true, objectively, factually. (I did the same thing for Trump and it provided examples.) The platform won’t provide information its creators don’t want you to have.

All of the above are topics that could be explored further. And they should be. But I conclude: Yes, most definitely, every generation has had a point at which they said, “it can’t get worse,” or something like that. That is a wonderful and accurate observation. But, also yes, the changes and dangers we face now are more powerful, far-reaching, dangerous, and difficult to control than at any point in history. Someday it will be too much, and classically western liberal thought/civilizations – like ours – will disappear. Is this the time?

Maybe.

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The Rubicon Has Been Crossed

It was a bad day for America. Never has a former American president been convicted of a crime.

You can say it is because no one has ever been as despicable as Trump; or you can say no administration has been as unethical as Biden’s; or you can assume some combination of both. In no case is it a good thing for the country.

The Rubicon has been crossed. Once a precedent has been established, it can never go away. In the future, sadly, it may be commonplace for American presidents to use the courts to go after their opponents. Biden is the first to do so but will probably not be the last.

No one has ever been charged with a felony under these circumstances. To review, the FEC looked at Trump’s non-disclosure agreement with Daniels and decided not to get involved. In New York, business record violations of the kind they alleged are misdemeanors and the statute of limitations had run its course. The state had taken a pass as well. The DOJ looked at it and took a pass. Even Bragg himself had previously declined to prosecute.

Then, after running on a promise to prosecute Trump, and with resources and encouragement from Biden, Bragg reversed course and decided he would prosecute Trump for a felony. But he had to invent a category of crime to do so. He was able to charge Trump with felonies by claiming he misreported a non-disclosure agreement as a legal expense, and that it was used to cover up another crime. But… no other crime was proven or even alleged.

With us so far? Then, the judge said the jury does not have to be unanimous. WTF? He said they can agree he committed a felony, and convict him, without agreeing on the details.

That is akin to a judge saying you could be convicted of theft even if the jurors don’t agree on what was stolen. If this sounds like an unethical way to run a court, and probably an unconstitutional one, it is.

For comparison, Hillary, aka “The Hildebeast,” was fined for misreporting campaign expenses. She funded development of bogus opposition research. A foreign national, Christopher Steele, was paid to put together a memo describing alleged ties and activities involving Trump and Russia. It was made up, and completely unverified. Not one bit of it was proven to be true.

Yet, it was used as the basis for beginning a federal investigation into Trump’s supposed Russian links, to justify the FBI spying on the Trump campaign, and to launch the Robert Mueller investigation, at a cost of about 40 million of your dollars, which resulted in zero Russia-related charges.
The Clinton campaign reported the project as legal expenses. The money was funneled through their law firm and then paid to Steele. For this, Clinton paid a fine.
The non-disclosure agreement between Trump and Stormy Daniels, of course, did not involve campaign funds or expenses. Non-disclosure agreements are a normal part of life, common in business, perfectly legal, and not unique to a person running for office.

It requires willful ignorance not to recognize the double standard and intent to weaponize our judicial system. But the goal of the leftist fascists now pulling Biden’s strings was to find a way to call Trump a felon. So, they alleged a bogus crime, forbade testimony from subject matter experts on election law, allowed witnesses hostile to Trump to talk about things unrelated to the issue at hand, and gave the jury instructions that they need not be unanimous in their opinions.
Every word of Stormy Daniel’s testimony was irrelevant. Whether they had sex, under what circumstances, if she was paid or just offered it for free, and every other sordid detail had nothing to do with the reporting of business expenses. But it made Trump look bad, so they allowed it. They threw the concepts of justice and constitutional rights out the window.

The case will likely be reversed on appeal, possibly by the Supreme Court, but the damage has been done.

ALL you need to know to affirm Biden’s corruption is this: the Biden DOJ’s third-highest ranking official was sent to prosecute it. He left one of the three highest-profile legal job in America to handle a state prosecution. Why would you do that, other than to ingratiate yourself to the partisan president you serve? Right. You wouldn’t. There is no other reason.

Team Biden thinks we are so uninformed, and so gullible, that we either don’t know that or don’t care. In fact, the left’s hope for winning in 2024 depends on a huge swath of Americans not being informed, not caring, or simply hating Trump so much they don’t care about Biden’s corruption.

Recall that the FBI said Hillary could have been prosecuted for espionage, mishandling sensitive information. But given the chance, Trump chose not to. He thought it would be wrong to go after a political opponent, even though they were probably guilty of a crime.
Trump cared more about the nation than about revenge. Biden does not.

The Dems want you to be afraid of Trump because he is a threat to expose their own corruption. Yet it is only Trump who has demonstrated restraint in using the courts for political purposes. Biden is more than happy to do so. Biden’s conduct is more appropriate for Tony Soprano than for a president.

Recently, when asked about getting revenge, just after his conviction, Trump said he would not use the justice system to put his opponents away, saying, “No, it has to stop.”

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What the Elites Don’t Want You to Say about Trump’s Conviction

Per the dictates of corporate media and sober establishment Republicans, I’ll refrain from declaring Trump’s conviction worthy of a Cuban or Venezuelan or even a Columbian court. You know, Columbia, where that paragon of virtue, presiding Judge Juan Marchan, hails from. Oh, heavens, perish the thought that Marchan’s querida hija, an equally virtuous Democrat stalwart, isn’t mining the Trump indictment and conviction for all the loot she can haul off. And roly-poly Alvin Bragg isn’t in cahoots with Biden’s Justice Department. The Number Three guy at DoJ, Mathew Colangelo, left his gig to join Bragg’s prosecution team just to help a little.

Democrat jurors in a Democrat run courtroom in deep blue Manhattan rendered fair and impartial justice. Trump deserved conviction. He poses an ‘existential threat” to our overlords’ grip on power. A Trump win this autumn is ominous for elites and us, their minions.

Imagine an America without the Biden administration? What would happen to the economy, the border, crime? Cities would go all Clockwork Orange. Without the establishment, neocons righteous quest for war with Russia – and put up your dukes, China and Iran – would come to naught. How would the military-industrial complex survive? Perhaps a big, beautiful war with Russia will be the marvelous October late summer surprise we’re awaiting?

We mustn’t question anything about the Trump verdict. Think that good Chinese and Russian citizens question court verdicts? Just send Bragg a baker’s dozen Dunkin’ Donuts and celebrate the rule of law, as splendid Republican defenders of order insist we do. Trump’s sentencing? Why, pure coincidence that it’s happening four days before the Republican National Convention kicks off in Milwaukee.

We won’t dis Trump’s conviction anyway, anyhow. What we’ll say is that the days ahead look full of tropical storms gathering force and merging into a helluva hurricane. Battening down the hatches ain’t gonna be good enough.

Why is worse coming? As we’ve learned over the last, bitter nine years, the clash isn’t so much between two Americas. The preeminent fight is elites versus most of the rest of us. The elite are a tawdry mix of cynics who want power for profit and Jacobins whose neurotic obsession is to remake our lives, right down to what we say, eat, and do. They won’t be satisfied until we’re ant farm drudges.

You might believe that convicting Trump in a show trial was the worst. Yet, on July 11 at Trump’s sentencing, what happens if 45 is forced to appear Marchan’s circus wearing an orange jumpsuit and cuffs? You know Marchan is salivating like Biden with a triple scoop ice cream cone in hand to do just that. Yes, Trump’s appeals will forego imprisonment for a time.

If that spectacle doesn’t tank Trump’s poll numbers – his conviction has failed to dent his numbers so far – elites’ heads will detonate sometime thereafter. If their best punches aren’t bringing him down, what will?

What will is the big question. How desperate will elites get, to what extreme are they willing to go? Tucker Carlson has said he thinks Trump’s life is endanger. Trump and his Secret Service detail always have to contend with haters and lunatics who want him dead. But what about the establishment? If lawfare fails. If election rigging fails. How far is the establishment willing to go to stop Trump? It’s a sobering thought. Unfortunately, today we have to wonder.

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Their Ways are Intimidation and Violence

By J Robert Smith

  • June 2, 2024
  • 3-min read

After Donald Trump’s sham conviction last week, South Carolina Congressman Benny Thompson (D) introduced legislation to pull Secret Service protection from Trump. Thompson, the chair of the defuncted J6 inquisition, couldn’t have done so without knowing the consequences. Nor were Biden’s handlers ignorant of the consequences when they denied RFK Jr.’s requests for protection. Nor did Biden’s White House not know what could happen when security was shorted at conservative Supreme Court justices’ homes after Roe v. Wade was overturned. Thompson knows that without Secret Service protection, Trump’s life is endangered. Even with private security, Trump’s risk increases.

Trump is the target of every left-wing hater and lunatic across the country. That hellish lot make up an indispensable Democrat constituency. From that pool are the ones eager to break things and hurt people. Of course, Trump can afford private security. But not in prison, where an in-your-face hack Democrat masquerading as a judge – Juan Marchan – plans to sentence Trump. That sentencing will occur on July 11, just days before the Republican National Convention in Milwaukee. No bare-knuckled politics to see here, so move on.

But, heaven forbid, if Trump was attacked and his private security had to dispatch the attacker(s). It better happen in Florida or another red state. Otherwise, a Democrat hatchet man dressed up like a DA would indict Trump for murder. Do you really think that’s an exaggeration?

Thompson is a member of the Democrat minority in the U.S. House. His legislation won’t gain traction. The ballast we call House Republicans is good for at least inertia. But his legislation is more than window dressing. When Trump is sentenced, expect Thompson to make a full-throated call to withdraw protection. Thompson’s voice won’t be a voice in the wilderness. Since Democrats coordinate their hit jobs, Democrats and corporate media will manufacture an outcry.

Remember, prisons are convenient places to have troublesome people killed.

As if on cue, Profiles in Courage Republicans will mostly keep silent. Some will stand at podiums to beclown themselves by claiming that while Trump’s conviction is a bitter pill, we must abide by the rule of law – as if that transparently fraudulent proceeding in Manhattan wasn’t a good, old-fashioned fix. Who’s worse, the perpetrators of this injustice or their enablers?

But don’t dare publicly question the Trump trial or conviction. As Mike Benz (Foundation for Freedom Online) stated at X, “we’re at the stage where the system just straight-up tells you you can’t question the system.”

You have to hand it to the DC establishment, which at its heart is that bundle of intelligence and security bureaucracies who Schumer, Jefferies, and Pelosi bend knees to – and RINOs fear. They’ve received only scattered pushback for their crimes. The giant hasn’t been wakened yet, and that giant is the American majority – decent, hardworking, God-fearing, family and country loving Americans.

What’s the necessary pushback from our side? As conservative wags like Sean Davis have suggested at X, it’s time for red state DAs to begin indicting Democrats and Deep Staters for legitimate crimes. No need to twist the law as Democrats have done to indict Trump and others. Legit indictments for legit crimes.

Then, as Mike Benz suggests, red states need to become sanctuary states for freedom’s friends. That is, red states need to provide safe haven to liberty stalwarts who are targeted for malicious prosecution or other destruction in blue states.

Finally, support Trump. Yes, a financial contribution helps – whatever you can afford. The Trump campaign smashed records raising more money in the 24 hours following his sham conviction than any other presidential campaign has done in a 24-hour period. Give what you can. Money is critical.

Talk to family and friends who are willing to listen. If the DC establishment swipes the ’24 presidential election, it will brazenly double down shutting down our rights, starting with our 1st Amendment rights to free speech and peaceful assembly. Become ambassadors for Trump’s election. Never surrender. We are the majority. Working together, we will prevail.

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Memorial Day, 2024:
In Honor of the Fallen

By J. Robert Smith

  • May 27, 2024
  • 2-min read

Today, we honor the men and women who sacrificed their lives to either defend the nation, or in the case of the Revolution, create the nation. According to Statista, approximately 1.3 million soldiers died fighting for liberty or protecting it.

While Memorial Day has become the traditional holiday weekend kickoff to summer – a time for pool openings and cookouts – take a minute to remember those who served us, many of whom were young men. They surrendered their lives. They’d never know the joys and challenges of living to ripe, old ages. Remember them in prayer. Remember them.

And, remember, that wars are ugly and destructive affairs. Modern wars can be catastrophic. Our presidents and members of Congress must dedicate themselves to safeguarding the nation while keeping the peace. A newer generation of leadership has no memory of Word War II, Korea, and Vietnam. They have scant memory of the Cold War. It would do them well to delve into the histories of those conflicts.

It’s vital to better acquaint themselves with the Cold War, which could have resulted in unimaginable nuclear conflict. Presidents from Truman to the elder Bush navigated the nation through one of the most treacherous periods in our history. Preparedness there was, flashpoints there were, but also a good deal of prudence and restraint were exercised to keep the peace.

The U.S. won the Cold War without catastrophe. The challenge, as we move into the second quarter of the 21st Century, is to avoid miscalculations that may result in major war with Russia and/or China – both nuclear armed countries. Statecraft isn’t an option. It’s a necessity.

During Donald Trump’s presidency, international tensions were lighter. Trump skillfully maneuvered to avoid conflict with Russia and China. He sought to resolve differences with China through dialogue, negotiations, and trade sanctions.

Today, those who run the Biden administration (Biden is practically a figurehead) rattle swords. They’re inching us closer to conflict with Russia. Trump’s election matters in many important ways, but one way is ending the jingoism and thoughtless risk-taking exhibited by Biden’s handlers. The fear is that a lame duck term for Biden might unleash those in his administration who’ve learned nothing from history and are hellbent on conflict with Russia. Two nuclear-armed powers have never squared off in a conventional war. The risk of escalation is obvious – or should be. Trump’s election is critical.

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Biden’s Failings Make Trump Look Like A Saint

By Anthony Trevlac

  • May 24, 2024
  • 3 min read

One of the saddest and least accurate themes you hear from Dems/anti-Trumpers/Dem Socialists is that Trump is somehow uniquely despicable. As any reasonable person knows, all human beings are flawed. And Trump is often unkind in his comments and takes on unnecessary arguments. There is much about him I do not like.

The key, though, is that America was much better off under Trump if you look at metrics involving things like inflation, war, crime, drug deaths, and the open border. Trump haters, though, don’t like to talk about issues, because they know Biden’s record is indefensible. So, they tend to claim Trump is just a foul person, as if Biden isn’t.

The argument, essentially, is that Biden may be pushing us toward nuclear war, but Trump is mean, and we don’t like his tweets. Somehow, they look at this situation and conclude they should vote for Biden.

Trump’s faults would be more meaningful and persuasive IF his main opponent was better. He is not. You can admit it, or you can be willfully ignorant, your choice, but Biden is provably immoral and detestable. Plus, the evidence is overwhelming that he and his family have received many millions in direct payoffs from our foreign adversaries.

The House of Representatives has already documented – proven – the Bidens received tens of millions funneled through scores of LLCs that were created JUST TO RECEIVE the bribes. This money was not paid for any actual work done; they were just payments, and they ended up in the hands of more than a dozen family members, including Biden grandchildren. Even Hunter’s business partners have testified that Joe was part of the shakedown and that Joe received money from it. The proof is there. If you are ignoring it, you are part of the problem. Sorry.

Again, your choices are to pretend it isn’t true, be willfully ignorant, or just hate Trump so much you don’t care how horrible the other choice is.

As ONE example, consider this: Ashley Biden, his daughter, has written extensively that she was coerced into taking showers with her dad, Joe, when she was far too old for it to be even remotely acceptable. She considers herself a sexual molestation victim. And she blames Joe’s abuse of her to be the main reason she has a problem with sexual addiction. She discusses all of it in her diary, which became public, and has admitted it is hers. IT IS HER DIARY.

If we had a reasonable media, or if the American people really gave a shit about the facts and the corruption of our leaders, this would have been front page news for years. Joe would have, and should have, been driven out of office. But this story receives little attention. If you are interested, even Newsweek and MSNBC have admitted her diary is real, and she has never walked away from its content.

Hate Trump? Good for you. How you use that to justify voting for a pedophile is astonishing.

Biden also lied for years about the driver who killed his wife and kid, claiming he was drunk; he was not, and eventually Biden apologized for it. Biden said poor kids are just as smart as white kids. Biden claimed Obama was the first “clean” black man to run for high office. Biden and his AG have long argued that black Americans need special treatment because they are either too stupid or otherwise incapable of accessing legal help, using computers, or even getting ID. Biden had to drop out of previous runs for the presidency because of plagiarism. He has lied about his academic record, going to jail for supporting Nelson Mandela, and defends racism and discrimination against high-achieving Asian Americans in higher ed. Hunter Biden even paid tens of thousands in “rent” to his dad and paid his household expenses with the money he had coerced foreign interests into giving him. The list goes on.

Trump is flawed – so are you and me. Trump was excoriated for making crude comments about his treatment of women, crude “locker room” talk that is disgusting and embarrassing. THAT receives nearly daily coverage. Biden molesting his daughter, however, hardly makes a ripple in the news. If you are OK with that, vote for the “pedo.” If not, grow a spine and vote for Trump or Kennedy. But not Biden.

The nation is at risk and too many Americans are asleep at the switch.

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Communism’s Fundamental Error – And It’s a Big One

By Anthony Trevlac

  • May 6, 2024
  • 6-min read

If socialism ever officially ends up on the ash heap of history, where it certainly belongs, it will be because it is based at least one fundamental error. There is a fatal flaw in its basic approach that no amount of misdirection, finger-pointing, or excuse-making can overcome.

The problem is that socialism/Marxism/Democratic Socialism are all based on the assumption that groups are the dominant and fundamental operating units in a society. That notion is wrong. The embrace of it undermines everything on which it is based.

The individual is the building block of society, here and in every other nation. This has been true from the moment the first primordial sign of life appeared on the planet. This was billions of years ago, even before Keith Richards was born.

To recognize the primacy of the individual is not to say what government wants to be true: it is a statement about what is true. Opinions have no more impact on this than they do on determining the freezing temperature of water.

Putin or Xi or Biden can develop policies, tactics, and strategies that try to force groups to do something. But the people those policies affect react as individuals, not groups.

They may give an order to share food equally. But lots of people will disobey it given half a chance. They will care more about their own child than about another’s. They will care more about themselves than their neighbor. They may disobey any and every directive if they disagree with it, think ignoring it will help them, and are unlikely to be punished for their recalcitrance.

Lots of individuals will disobey an order if they can do it without getting shot or otherwise sanctioned. The fact that people don’t act in unison, without fail, every time, means that disparate outcomes are a certainty.

The exercise of executive fiat at the state and national levels led to disastrous policies during. Certainly, millions of people just said “ok” when told to wear a mask or stay home, but millions also told authorities to take a long walk on a short pier. This historical exercise should have told our government that trying to herd these cats is a pointless effort and doomed to fail.

One is astonished at time at how many people seem to just love to follow rules. They can’t want to be told what to do. And huge swaths of them don’t even give it a second thought. The feds say we have to wear yellow shirts, walk backwards, and yell “Spongebob rules” incessantly. Let’s do it! Don’t ask questions. Have they ever lied to us before?

Well, yes, they have.

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A Right to Voice Antisemitism?

By J Robert Smith

  • May 2, 2024
  • 6-min read

The Daily Wire’s Matt Walsh (he of “What is a Woman” fame) aired a segment from his show last week at X. Walsh addressed Governor Greg Abbott’s crackdown on anti-Israeli/pro-Hamas protests at Texas colleges. Abbott declared, in effect, that there wasn’t room in the Lone Star State for antisemites. In fact, yes, there is.

As odious as antisemitism is, Americans have rights to be antisemitic – anti-Christian, anti-Muslim, anti-white, anti-black, anti-homosexual, anti-heterosexual. You get the point. We have rights to our prejudices no matter how vile. Moreover, we have a right to public expression of those biases. We’re free to assemble with likeminded people so long as assemblies are peaceful and laws are obeyed. On the other hand, we’re free to condemn bigots and haters. We should. We can gather publicly to do so if we care to.

Eruptions of lawlessness and violence at Columbia, Harvard, and UCLA in the last 48 hours underscore that protesters had no interest in civil demonstrations. Threats and acts of intimidation toward Jewish students are appalling. Arrests have been made and charges filed. Penalties should be stiff, though societal permissiveness and affluent parents’ checkbooks are likely to shield student-violators from tough consequences.

But, mind you, mass arrests haven’t happened because students expressed a noxious mix of antisemitism and pro-Hamas sentiments. They acted criminally.

Here’s Abbott’s statement, posted at X, that Walsh reacted to:

“Arrests being made right now & will continue until the crowd disperses. These protesters belong in jail. Antisemitism will not be tolerated in Texas. Period. Students joining in hate-filled, antisemitic protests at any public college or university in Texas should be expelled.”

Abbott’s declaration swings and misses, unless he meant to grandstand. While condemning students’ antisemitism, he skipped mentioning lawbreaking. Was Abbott playing to the passions of the moment? Was he simply venting his own disgust?

Perhaps Abbott assumed that the public understood? He’d enforce the law and restore order, not deprive anyone of their rights. But when passions run high, clearer language is required.

Protesters don’t belong in jail for repugnant speech. But when speech crosses a line – threatening violence toward persons – protections are forfeited. Real violence – harming persons, property destruction, and/or causing mayhem – are felonies. There are also misdemeanor infractions like trespassing. Columbia University failed to deal swiftly with lawbreakers. The consequence was to embolden lawbreaking on campus.

Under Ron DeSantis’ leadership, the University of Florida laid down clear ground rules for protests. The university issued a statement defining boundaries.

The Citizen Free Press posted the university’s statement at its X account. The statement listed dos and don’ts for protesters. It made clear that lawbreaking and/or failure to comply with the institution’s rules would result in penalties. Under the header, “Consequences for Noncompliance,” the statement read that “[i]ndividuals found responsible for engaging in prohibited activities shall be trespassed from the campus. Students will receive a three year trespass and suspension. Employees will be trespassed and separated from employment.” Florida State troopers and campus police haven’t hesitated cracking down on violators.

The University of Florida’s directive addressed acceptable and prohibited behavior. It didn’t address cause for protest. Not that leaders should remain mum in the face of vitriol directed at Jews or others. There’s a moral imperative to speak up. But upholding the law is a governor’s chief obligation.

Should college students be expelled for joining hate-filled protests on campuses, as Abbott recommends? Should peaceful antisemitic crowds be disperse for hate speech? What is “hate speech?” Who makes the determination?

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Plenty of Blame to Go Around In Education

By Anthony Trevlac

  • April 29, 2024
  • 4-min read

Most Americans have long recognized that education is a prerequisite for happiness, success, and well-being. It is also fair to say there is a widespread feeling that our schools are failing us.

There is a lot of debate about what to do to improve our schools, but it is important to remember they do not operate in a vacuum. Public education reflects the values in our communities, our nation, and ourselves.

Teachers and administrators should be held accountable, but our educational system can only do so much when the environment in which our children are raised has changed so dramatically. There is enough blame to go around. If our schools aren’t good enough, it is also important to ask if we are good enough.

The disintegration of the family is key. Most black children in the 1960’s had two-parent households. Most today do not. About three-fourths of black children in America today are born to unmarried women.

Only the most naïve of us – or the most willfully ignorant – would deny the devastating effect this has had on the ability of children to concentrate in school, get support at home, follow good role models, and stay out of trouble. Children from intact, two-parent homes perform better on every important metric.

Then there is the worst self-inflicted wound in our history. America shut down the economy and public education during Covid. Millions of us complained at the time and were widely reviled by those people who think you should just fall in line.

We objected to the loss of freedom and predicted it would result in terrible long-term damage to the economy. Many unconstitutional actions were taken, and sanctions were applied randomly. Why was it OK to go to Lowe’s or Kroger, but not to Larry’s Hardware or Sam’s grocery? Why was it safe to wait in line at Wal-Mart but not to wait in line to vote?

Those who defend our response to Covid claim we didn’t know much about it, we learned as we went along, and we did our best. That certainly is a charitable way to look at things. The physicians who used to use leeches and bled their patients said the same thing.

There was never good science behind several of the tactics we were told to use (masks, six-feet distancing), and many policies were continued long after we knew better. They are still promoted today.

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