Monthly Archives: February 2024

Pick A Lane:
America is At Risk, and We Can’t Afford the Luxury of Protest Votes

By Rob Meyne

  • Feb. 22, 2024
  • 5-min read

If you’re like us, you’ve probably heard a lot of folks expressing the usual quadrennial complaint that “both candidates suck.” That may be a tad inelegant, but you get the point.

Many surveys show a huge majority of voters wish we had better choices.
You can count me among them. I’d love to be able to pick between Thomas Jefferson and Abe Lincoln. Let me know when we can work that out.

There is, however, this thing called “reality,” and it says that, barring a miracle, one of the two major party candidates will be elected president. The only relevant decision a person needs to make is this: under which of these two candidates can we reasonably expect the nation to be better off?

There is a lot of talk about the “lesser of two evils.” If one wants to look at politics in that way, be our guest. The question we would offer to inform the discussion a bit is this: in what part of life are we not faced with alternatives that are the “lesser of two evils?” Put another way, what part of your life is perfect? (My wife is perfect, and please tell her I said so.)

Most of human existence involves choosing from among two or more options, and they are never perfect. That is the nature of life, and certainly of human beings. As long as politics involves people, our choices among candidates will be imperfect. Get used to it, get over it, and next time support better candidates.

For today, let’s get back to reality.

For those who want to sit this one out – to note vote, or to vote for a third-party candidate with no chance of winning – you need to ask yourself whether the future of the country is more important than casting some kind of protest by way of a wasted vote?

If you don’t vote, no one sits and cries. No one will beg you to reconsider. No one will write it down and say, “Mr. Jones in Topeka didn’t like the candidates, so we need to do better next time.”

In fact, by not voting, by not being involved, you are actually increasing the influence of those who ARE involved. Do you think the socialists, racists, crooks, and war mongers (add your favorite pejorative description here ______) are going to stay home because you do? Nonsense. When extremists see others sitting docilely, they are glad, not upset. When you don’t vote, you increase the impact of their vote.

It also doesn’t matter how much you may loathe each candidate. They can both be horrible, but that doesn’t mean they are equal. You may think Biden and Trump are pure evil, but they are not the same.

Presidents make decisions that affect all of us. And even if they are a dirtbag, they still affect us. By not voting you affect the outcome of the race. You make the votes of others (MAGA, socialist, hog, dog, or frog) more valuable.

We would encourage you to ask this: under which of the two people with a chance of winning the presidency did America do best? We have the unusual opportunity of choosing between two people who have both served as president. We know what happened to America under both.

If you like the way things are under Biden, go for it. If you liked things better under Trump, you know what to do.

Their track records could hardly be more different. Unless you just don’t value the same things as me, which is possible, we did much better under Trump.

Under Trump we were at peace; the economy was booming until Covid; unemployment was at record lows; inflation was low; crime was lower than today; fentanyl deaths were way lower than today; and the border wasn’t wide open.

Biden is actively using the DOJ and the FBI to harass his opponents, which Trump never did, and to suppress free speech, which Trump also did not do. We have gotten further evidence, just in the last week, from world-class reporters like Michael Shellenberger and Matt Taibi, that the Obama-Biden administration actually used the foreign intelligence agencies to spy on their political enemies and falsified documents to make it look like the Russians supported Trump. See here. That is a crime. Obama ordered it and Biden was in on it. Are we ok with that?

Under Trump, household purchasing power increased by about $6,000 a year. Under Biden it has declined by about $2,000. That, BTW, is why people say the economy sucks, even though Biden apologists claim it is doing well.

The list goes on. If you are unconcerned about government censorship, the weaponization of the DOJ, open borders, fentanyl deaths, inflation, and war, then maybe you’ll vote for Biden.

All the handwringing about how “We wish we had better choices,” or “All politicians are scum,” or “There’s nothing we can do” will not save a single person from having to go off to war, lower the price of a bottle of milk, protect our borders, or save America. Only you can do that. But you won’t do it by sitting on the sidelines.

There is a scene in Patton where the general is addressing troops. He talks about the upcoming battle that will be horrible and deadly. He adds, though, that years from now, when your grandchildren ask what you did in the war, you won’t have to say, “I shoveled shit in Louisiana.”

Ditto for this election year. If we lose the country, in spite of our best efforts, at least you won’t have to say, “I was too lazy, uninformed, discouraged, and afraid to do anything about it.”

Get involved. Volunteer. Work the polls. Knock on doors. If we don’t do these things in 2024, there is a good chance the next generation won’t even have the chance.

The future of the nation is at risk. We are called to do our best to save it. We don’t have the luxury of choosing not to be involved because we want to protest our choices.

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Tucker Carlson’s Bombshell: Election Fraud is Far
Worse than You Think

By J Robert Smith

  • Feb. 18, 2024
  • 2-min read

This weekend, I was drafting a piece for American Thinker. The subject was the lack of adequate election reforms in battleground states, much of that to keep the cheating in place. Per The Epoch Times, Trump may have already lost the autumn presidential contest. That’s sobering in itself.

I took a break to watch Tucker Carlson’s latest podcast on X. After I watched the entire podcast, I dumped the draft I had been working on all day. What I was writing only touched the surface of a far more sophisticated, massive fraud being conducted by elements in the U.S. government. We’ve all heard of the Deep State, but the specifics on how it worked well ahead of the 2020 presidential election to defeat Trump were stunning.

Carlson’s guest was Mike Benz, who leads the Foundation for Freedom Online. Benz’s bio at the group’s website states that he “is a former State Department official with responsibilities in formulating and negotiating US foreign policy on international communications and information technology matters.” So, he poses expertise, experience, and insider knowledge about the Deep State’s workings in matters related to communications and the internet.

The tease to Carlson’s interview sums it up powerfully:

“The national security state is the main driver of censorship and election interference in the United States. ‘What I’m describing is military rule,’ says Mike Benz. ‘It’s the inversion of democracy.'”

In an interview that ran a little over an hour, Benz skillfully provides loads of detail and a narrative thread that puts meat on the contention that we citizens really aren’t in control of of our government. Our impact on a presidential election – at least starting with the 2020 contest – is minimal if at all.

This isn’t said to dishearten anyone. Knowledge is power, goes the the old saying. Acquiring the knowledge about how elements within “permanent government” are acting in brazenly unconstitutional ways to determine the outcome of presidential and, perhaps, congressional elections is knowledge we must possess in order to defeat this novel form of tyranny. We mustn’t be intimidated by the scope of this attack on our rights and the rule of law. Fighting back isn’t an option.

Carlson’s interview with Benz can be found at here at X (formerly Twitter). You’ll be derelict in your duty as a patriot if you fail to watch this important podcast.

Mike Benz’s X account can be found here. If you have an X account, it will be well worth following Benz for more insights into what appears to be the greatest threat to our liberties in the nation’s long history.

The Foundation for Freedom Online website is located here.

American Thinker’s Andrea Widburg offers an excellent summary of the Carlson-Benz interview here.

American Thinker feature writer Clarice Feldman also offers this in-depth analysis here.

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Racist Leaders Presume You Are, Too

By Rob Meyne

  • Feb. 4, 2024
  • 3-min read

The names of many contemporary movements, organizations, and legislation are focused-grouped tested to ensure they sound as appealing as possible. Nomenclature has a lot to do with the ability to successfully market something.

Terms like Black Lives Matter, or Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI), or the Inflation Reduction Act are designed to generate support for policies that do not reflect what their name suggests.

No reasonable person questions that black lives matter. Nor do they oppose the ideas of inclusion or inflation reduction. Yet frequently a majority of reasonable people oppose the specific actions being taken in pursuit of those objections. The devil is always in the details.

Years ago, you may recall there was opposition to harvesting tuna, because marine mammals were often killed in the process. Accordingly, there was a suggestion that tuna operators should form an alliance and call it “Friends of the Dolphin.” No doubt you could have generated cash contributions to such a group from a lot of people who would have been horrified to find out what it really was.

If you’ve paid attention to the dumpster fire that is also known as the Biden Administration, you will remember they tried to enact components of the “Green New Deal” (AKA, the Green New Steal). These were radical revisions to the way we use and generate energy, manufacture and distribute products, and to whom we give huge taxpayer-funded subsidies. It was politically unpopular and economically devastating. The bill went nowhere. So, they just called it the Inflation Reduction Act. Members of Congress had only a few days to read the thousand page bill, and team Biden just put most of the elements of the Green New Steal into it.

The voters don’t like it? Simple: change its name and pass it anyway.

If you said you were opposed to the Inflation Reduction Act people thought you were in favor of inflation. Sadly, this kind of disingenuousness, and outright lying, drives much of the political process.

Monikers like DEI are crafted to sound like a commitment to a laudable goal but do nothing to tell you the nuts and bolts of the proposals. You can certainly favor the concepts of DEI without favoring the methods leftist elites use to make them happen. The left routinely disguises their true intentions – their actual policies – by labeling them in a misleading way.

It has often been said the left succeeds when the people are not informed but conservatives succeed when they are.

Consider this: any policy that treats people differently based on their skin color or national heritage is racist. That is the definition of racism; treating people differently because of the amount of melanin in their skin. Yet that is exactly what most DEI programs require.

Equity, in fact, is the polar opposite of equal opportunity. Equity requires the allocation of benefits and opportunities based on race. Management by equity requires that merit be a secondary consideration. That is an uncomfortable reality, but until we come to grips with it, we will continue to struggle to find answers to some of our most important problems.

For as long as I can remember, I have been astonished at how people on the left look at everything through the lens of race. Leftist leaders simply don’t believe race isn’t the first thing conservatives think about when they begin their day. Most Democratic leaders assume we are all obsessed with race because they are.

Perhaps more than anything, solutions to problems of race will elude us as long as half the nation assumes the other half shares their obsession with race. Saying that out loud is not likely to make you friends among Democratic leaders.

More to come.

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