The damage the Left is perpetrating may be mortal
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Dennis Prager, via frontpagemag.com
According to the make-believe world of the left, we are experiencing a great moment in American racial history. For the first time, the story goes, more whites than ever are coming to realize how racist America is, how racist cops are and how systemically racist everything in America is. Only now do many Americans understand just how racist Uncle Ben, Aunt Jemima, Ulysses Grant, George Washington, Abraham Lincoln, “whitening” agents, meritocracy, Western culture, Christianity, jailing Blacks and the NFL are. The bestselling book in America is about alleged “white fragility” — the term for any rational response to the irrational charge that all whites are racist.
All this is supposed to be good for America’s blacks.
But none of it is. In fact, it is all destructive.
Take the movement to defund police departments and the incessant charges of “police brutality” and “racist police.” Only those who don’t care about Blacks other than using them to advance their power — Democrats and the rest of the left, both black and white — argue this war against the police is good for blacks. Already the increase in the number of blacks murdered, not to mention injured, is reaching levels unseen in decades. And there is every reason to assume, as police pull back from high-crime areas, it will get worse.
Take the left-wing mantra that all whites are racist. If I wanted to obstruct black progress, and especially damage black children, I couldn’t come up with a more effective idea. To believe from early childhood that you walk through life held in contempt by all of your fellow citizens who are white is to walk through life with much more than a chip on your shoulder. It is more like a heavy boulder.
It means that you will walk through life with two paralyzing burdens: anger and victimhood. Either one is enough to ruin your life. Combined they’re devastating. It gives one an idea of how cynical the left is that it would want to cultivate both of these life-ruining emotions in as many blacks as possible.
Anger and victimhood not only ruin the individual’s life but also destroy one’s relationships with others. Everyone who has an angry individual in their family knows not only how unhappy that person is but also how much havoc they wreak on the rest of the family. The same holds true for the relative who sees him or herself as a perpetual victim. Such people are both miserable and miserable to be around. And since victimhood is a major cause of evil — people who see themselves as victims usually think they are not nearly as bound by moral rules as others are — they are more likely to hurt others.
In a report yesterday on a police shooting of a robber who resisted arrest and reached for an object in his waistband, the San Diego Union-Tribune quoted a protest organizer: “If this young man was robbing, that means his state and his government failed to provide him with the resources he needs.” When you feel you are a victim, you are allowed to rob.
Take the constant, often absurd, charges of racism at the most benign comments. If you say, for example, that you see nothing wrong with the picture of Uncle Ben on a box of rice, you will be accused of racism. As a result, most whites understand they can no longer speak truthfully or from the heart in the presence of a black American. It is hard to imagine a worse recipe for genuine relationships between the races. Whereas the great majority of whites, and even most blacks, thought white-black relations were good and improving when Barack Obama assumed office, a minority of both groups think so today.
Take the assault on merit-based advancement in the name of racial equality. Will this help or hinder blacks? It will obviously help some blacks in the short run. But over the long term, telling any group they needn’t meet a universal standard of excellence can only harm that group — not to mention harm the way their success will be viewed by others. Moreover, it is difficult to imagine a more condescending view of a group than to argue that standards must be lowered for them to succeed.
The damage the left is doing to America may be mortal. When it is widely deemed OK to destroy statues of Abraham Lincoln, society is experiencing a moral earthquake which may eventually destroy it. But the damage the left is doing to so many blacks — to their moral compass, to their happiness and to their relations with their white fellow citizens — is not in the realm of “may do.” It is done.
The Democrat Party has morphed into the Deathocrat Party
Michael Cutler, FrontPageMag.com
America has faced massive demonstrations and riots in the wake of the incomprehensible death of George Floyd allegedly Minnesota Police Officer Derek Chauvin and other members of that city’s police department.
No one has attempted to defend Chauvin’s actions.
Yet the Radical Left and the mainstream media have seized on Floyd’s death to discredit law enforcement and spurred high-profile leaders of the Democratic Party, to “Defund the police” and erase the “Thin Blue Line.”
In point of fact, the Minneapolis City Council has voted to completely defund and dismantle that city’s beleaguered police department. Final action on this insane proposal is pending.
In New York City, the NYPD’s highly effective Anti-Crime Units have been disbanded and Mayor de Blasio has stated he will reduce the NYPD funding by one billion dollars even as, on June 22, 2020 NBC News reported, Weekly NYC Shootings Soar 358% Over Last Year, Data Shows.
Many years ago, as an INS agent, I worked closely with the NYPD and its Anti-Crime Units and can personally attest to how effective that unit was.
Incredibly, the same Democrats who attacked President Trump when he sought to defund “Sanctuary Cities” for not cooperating with ICE (Immigration and Customs Enforcement) arguing that defunding police would cost innocent people their lives are now, themselves, seeking to defund police departments.
The most dangerous four word statement a law enforcement officer can make is, “You are under arrest.” No one knows how a suspect may react to being taken into custody. I speak from my 30 yers of experience with the former INS. While many individuals may go quietly others may react with the fight or flight response.
On June 25, 2020 House Democrats passed a bill to reform police that included a provision that would strip police officers of protection against being personally sued for their actions.
Currently law enforcement officers may be sued if it can be demonstrated that they acted outside of their scope of authority. This bill would leave law enforcement officers personally vulnerable under all circumstances.
Should such a bill become law, law enforcement officers would have to be foolish to arrest anyone or take any official action.
There is a Yiddish expression that “When the fish goes bad it smells from the head.” If any group should be vulnerable to lawsuits, it should be the politicians who create dangerous sanctuary policies as I noted in my article, Politicians Must Face Consequences For Crimes They Enable.
The vast majority of law enforcement officers are professional and fair and decent guardians of peace and safety. The actions of a very small minority of bad cops is being exploited by the Radical Left to attack law enforcement in general.
As unhinged as the demand to defund police is, we must remember that the Democrats launched their first attack on law enforcement by vilifying our nation’s immigration laws and the federal agents who are responsible for enforcing those laws. In a very real sense, the Border Patrol and ICE (Immigration and Customs Enforcement) agents were the “canaries in the coal mine.”
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The signal of a turn toward totalitarianism.
John Radzilowski, frontpagemag.com
Violent mobs across America and Western Europe now destroy and vandalize statues, monuments, war memorials, churches, and public buildings on an almost daily basis. Following the death of George Floyd at the hands of rogue Minneapolis police officers a wave of protests and riots broke out across the country. Looting of stores and restaurants soon gave way to more purposeful attacks on statues and other public structures organized by Black Lives Matters (BLM) and Antifa. Ostensibly treated as a response to “institutionalized racism” it has been explained in much of our official media as merely a way to remove images related to racism that are now deemed offensive to African Americans and other minorities. How can one object, the argument goes, to removing statues of Confederates who fought against the United States?
Yet from the beginning, it was never about the Confederacy or racism. Attacks commenced on all statues and all types of public buildings and monuments. This included statues of abolitionists, Abraham Lincoln, Union soldiers, and even the memorial to the famous all-black 54th Massachusetts Regiment, perhaps the best known example of African American heroism during the Civil War. A monument to Gandhi, the icon of non-violent opposition to colonialism, was attacked, as was a statue of Thaddeus Kosciuszko, the Polish American Revolutionary War hero, who dedicated his entire American estate to freeing and educating slaves. World War II memorials were not spared. A monument to the Armenian genocide was vandalized. In Los Angeles, synagogues and Jewish community institutions were vandalized and spray painted with anti-Semitic slogans. Statues and monuments to founding fathers such as Washington and Jefferson have been a particular target.
Supporters of BLM and Antifa dismiss opposition to these attacks as a distraction from the topic of “institutional racism” or as an example of racism itself. Yet, it is precisely these groups that have made it a point to target public monuments. Others, including many on the center and the right have deplored such acts as examples of ignorance by protesters, or perhaps some failure of the educational system, or as merely irrational or illogical actions of angry mobs. Such discussions miss the point entirely. Yet the attackers aren’t interested in the history behind the statues at all and appeals to logic make no difference. The attacks are not irrational or the result of bad history or civics education but something far more dangerous.
Nihilism emerged as an essential handmaiden to radical left-wing politics in Russia in the 19thcentury. Its effects were not confined to the Left but were also adopted by extremists on the right. Nihilism seeks to “clear the ground” of all that came before, to sweep away the all old “structures” the radicals saw as impediments to progress and the realization of a utopia free of injustice, oppression, and inequality. Those “structures” included political systems, religion, economic arrangements, institutions of civil society, the family, individual conscience, and even language itself. The forms the structures took—be they good or bad, progressive or reactionary—made no difference. All had to be extirpated, root and branch. Reform efforts were too slow and the Ancien Régime and the bourgeoise resisted and obstructed attempts to realize the beautiful utopia. For those truly dedicated to a utopia of social justice, violence was the only the alternative and the more extreme the better. Anything that stood in the way or slowed down the march to utopia was complicit in murder and oppression. Destruction, anarchist Mikhail Bakunin noted, is the prelude to new creation. Hatred was a “holy” thing and fully justified in pursuit of a better world.
Nihilism became a creed for large segments of the educated classes in Europe before the First World War and after, including groups like the Futurists and other proto-fascists. F. T. Marinetti wrote in the 1909 Futurist Manifesto, “Let the good incendiaries come with their carbonized fingers!… Here they are! Here they are!… Set the library stacks on fire! Turn the canals in their course to flood the museum vaults!… There go the glorious canvases, floating adrift! Take up the picks and the hammers! Undermine the foundations of the venerable cities!”
Nihilism, however, turned out not to be a prelude to a better and freer world but to new forms of diabolical cruelty, terror, and genocide. All forms of 20th century totalitarianism grew from nihilism. Breaking eggs proved far more enjoyable and seductive than the complexity of making omelets. The power to destroy without limits proved irresistible. Each new “structure of oppression” that was destroyed revealed new structures to be targeted; and along with the structures the people associated with them. Eliminating the Church was not enough if the clergy remained. The Russian aristocracy and bourgeoisie were destroyed only to reveal the kulaks as the new enemy of the Bolsheviks. As better off peasants disappeared into the gulags, “kulak” was redefined to mean almost any peasant whatsoever. Eliminating the kulaks revealed other structures and other enemies hindering the realization of the communist utopia: wreckers, spies, foreign agents. Under communist dictatorships in China, North Korea, and Cambodia, centuries of culture disappeared in flames along with tens of millions of people.
Attacks on people are invariably preceded by attacks on their symbols. The Nazis sought to create a racial utopia, beginning with the elimination of the Jews, remaking the German race and even remaking nature itself into a primordial state fit for the Master Race. Long before mass extermination, the Germany’s National Socialists attacked symbols of Judaism—synagogues and other religious and community buildings and Jewish-owned businesses. Books and artwork “tainted” by Jewish or other “decadent” influences were burned. Jews were publicly humiliated, forced to bow in public before Germans, and acquiesce to their own humiliation. Personal signs of Jewish religious commitment were erased as Orthodox Jews had their beards forcibly shaved in public. But the Nihilism of the Nazis could never be content with only the Jews, for other enemies of the Herrenvolk awaited their turns including Roma or Poles and other Slavs. The scope of the Nihilist’s destructive vision is without limit.
The Nihilist seeks not only the destruction of physical enemies but more importantly their spiritual destruction as well. Jozef Rozanski was a leading official of the secret police in Soviet-controlled Poland in the late 1940s and early 1950s, infamous for his cruel tortures of non-Communist anti-Nazi resistance fighters. Rozanski’s preferred methodology was seat a victim on the leg of an upturned stool and have his men beat the victim over the head and shoulders until the leg of stool perforated the victim’s anus. Rozanski tortured his victims not for information but merely to break them mentally. One survivor recalled Rozanski saying “Our task is not merely to destroy you physically but to smash you morally in the eyes of society.”
Nihilists annihilated language too. Words change meanings constantly. The Soviets devoted endless resources to editing and rewriting dictionaries and encyclopedias. Who was an ally one day could be an enemy the next. Words like Jew, kulak, class enemy, bourgeois, leftist or rightist mutated as needed, eliminating the differences between true and false. Anti-communist poet Zbigniew Herbert commented “A good Marxist, like a good sophist, successfully argued for Helen’s virginity, and then equally successfully demonstrated that she was a whore…. This amounts to a betrayal of language, a denial of the unequivocal meaning of certain ideas. Those of whom I speak are extremely subtle, they understand the concept of relativism.”
The turn toward Nihilism today shares all these features. Old structures of “institutional racism” must be eliminated and the ground cleared for a new utopia, “undo racism” and “decolonize” everything. The ground must be cleared and the world returned to some primordial state of grace before the trans-Atlantic slave trade or Columbus’ voyage in 1492. All things are tainted and thus need to be destroyed: institutions, religions, organizations, politics, education, everything from children’s TV shows to hair styles to the food we eat. Words mutate in their spelling, meaning, and acceptability. Destruction of physical symbols and monuments proceeds apace accompanied by rituals of public humiliation on street corners or social media. Those subject to such rituals must participate in their own abasement.
Failure to accept one is a racist is proof of racism, turning logic on its head. With each potential target destroyed, new targets emerge in a never-ending orgy of vandalism. Resistance to the Nihilist mob is proof of guilt and justifies any and all abuse in response, verbal or physical, to those who do not knuckle under and accept obliteration. Anger—or “outrage” as it is fashionably termed—is once again holy and puts one above all criticism. The more outraged you are and the more extreme the manifestations of that outrage, the greater your righteous is taken to be. Those who are not outraged are deemed morally deficient. Calls for physical violence grow more strident on social media. Popular tweets urge fellow Nihilists to do more than throw statues into rivers but to drown “racists” there as well.
The result of a turn toward Nihilism is certain, particularly absent is any force with the will to resist the impulse to destroy. Such forces are rare in societies that have convinced themselves they are guilty of an endless rap sheet of historical crimes. The very concept of law enforcement is under assault. Some may stand aside in the belief that the mob will destroy itself. Although utopian revolutions do eat their own, they do so only after they have devoured all else within reach. Destruction will not and cannot stop with a few statues of Columbus. There are museums full of paintings and libraries full of books that are equally if not more “racist” than any statue. A few may attempt to reason with the mob to save this painting or that book, but it will come to naught. The guardians of the institutions will kneel in the hope they themselves will be spared, indeed they have already done so. What form totalitarianism may take in this case cannot be foreseen, for each manifestation is unique in its cruelty, degradation, and horror. Without forceful and just resistance to Nihilism and the Nihilists, generations hence will look back on our time as the beginning of a new dark age.
What do the race-mongers really want?
Recently I called out a female “person of color” on Twitter for the blatant anti-white racism she was proudly exhibiting in her tweets. A white female ally of hers chimed in, chastising me for not knowing that “people of color can’t be racist.” I needed to educate myself about racism, she insisted. This is a common refrain in these times of even more racial unrest and sensitivity than usual: that white Americans need to educate themselves about the racism that Barack Obama declared is inherent in their DNA. They need to educate themselves about their white privilege, their white rage, and their white fragility which makes them touchy about being called racists. Like counter-revolutionaries who need “re-education,” they need to understand, accept, and publicly acknowledge their deep complicity in an evil system.
According to the left, in our white supremacist nation only whites can be racist because they control the culture’s power structures and therefore only they can impose “systemic racism.” Non-whites, conversely, are helpless victims of the system and therefore cannot be racist. This false oppressor/oppressed dynamic has been promoted so long and so effectively that open bigotry toward whites has reached peak cultural and political acceptability now, whereas any perceived racial “insensitivity” toward non-whites, such as the myth of cultural appropriation, incurs the unforgiving wrath of the internet mob (and of actual mobs)…..
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by Travis Yates
The Found of Blue Line Bears is broken as she recognizes that the world hates her dad just for the uniform he wears.
This is the hardest thing I have written.
I grew up in a law enforcement family. My father worked his way up to the rank to Captain at the Ft. Smith (AR) Police Department. As I kid I remember going with him on Friday to pick up his check and I was in awe of these super heroes he worked around.
They were funny and fun to be around. Men and women of all races all with the same mission, to make the community safer.
My dad sacrificed a lot and so did my late mother. Whether it was the week long surveillance or wiretap or chasing drug runners across the country, he gave it all for my family and worked plenty of extra details to never let our family be without. Some would call that privilege but where I grew up, it was called hard work.
The kids at school thought it was cool what my dad did and while he sometimes asked me if anyone gave me a hard time, they never did. There was a respect among all….even the kids in shop class.
I didn’t grow up wanting to be a cop but one fateful night, as a freshman in college, that all changed.
I went on a ride along and my life’s journey would never be the same.
After four years of college my dad wanted me at an agency that respected that education so I moved to Tulsa (OK) at 21 years old and never looked back.
I didn’t know anyone and all I knew was what I saw my dad do, work hard and treat people with respect. I saw a lot of other cops working hard as well and doing all they could to keep the community safe.
Twenty seven years has passed and if you would have told me the condition of law enforcement today, I would have never believed you.
It’s not that law enforcement has changed for the worse but everything around it has.
The mentally ill used to get treatment and now they just send cops. Kids used to be taught respect and now it’s cool to be disrespectful.
Supervisors used to back you when you were right but now they accuse you of being wrong in order to appease crazy people.
Parents used to get mad at their kids for getting arrested and now they get mad at us.
The media used to highlight the positive contribution our profession gave to society and now they either ignore it or twist the truth for controversy to line their own pockets.
There used to be a common respect among criminals. If they got caught, they understood you had a job to do but now it’s our fault they sit in handcuffs rather than their own personal decisions.
If someone attacked a cop, they were seen as such. Now we martyr them and sue for millions.
We used to be able to testify in court and we were believed. Now, unless there is video from three different angles, no one cares what you have to say.
With all this talk about racism and racist cops, I’ve never seen people treated differently because of their race. And while I know that cowards that have never done this job will call me racist for saying it, all I’ve ever seen was criminal behavior and cops trying to stop it and they didn’t give a rip what their skin color was.
I’ve seen cops help and save any type of race, gender or ethnicity you can think of and while that used to mean something, no one cares anymore.
I’ve been called every name you can think of and many of them with racial overtones and it’s never come from cops. I’ve watched African American cops take the brunt of this and even talked one rookie out of quitting after he was berated by a lot of cowards that had the same skin color as him.
I’ve heard words I never heard before being a cop. Uncle Tom, Cracker, Pig and the N Word just to name a few. I’ve heard them thousands of times and never once did I see a police officer retaliate.
They just took it.
Despite that, it’s been the greatest opportunity of my life to do this job. I would have recommended it to anyone and I secretly hoped one of my kids would do it one day.
They would have been a 4th Generation Cop.
But today, all of that is over. I wouldn’t wish this job on my worst enemy. I would never send anyone I cared about into the hell that this profession has become.
It’s the only job you can do everything right and lose everything. It’s the only job where the same citizens you risk your life for hate you for it.
It’s the only segment left in society where it’s cool to discriminate and judge, just because of the uniform you wear.
You never get to explain.
You can never reason with them.
The nasty words have now turned into rocks and bottles and gunfire.
I’ve watched it happen to those around me and I have seen the total destruction of their life.
This job is a walking a time bomb and you could get cancelled or prosecuted on the very next call, even if you do everything right.
No profession has to deal with that.
Doctors kill 250,000 people a year. They call them “medical mistakes” because society understands that they do a very difficult job under high stress and they must make the best possible decision in the moment.
Law enforcement is tasked with the same and we are highly successful. Despite the most violent society we have ever seen, less than 1,000 suspects are killed a year. 96% are attacking us with weapons and all but a few others are attacking us with their cars or their fists and more and more with simulated guns so Benjamin Crump can help their family win the lottery.
I’ve seen cops risk their own lives when they shouldn’t have…….just to keep from taking one.
They never get the credit that other professions get.
Cowards are all around us. From chiefs to sheriffs to politicians, no one has our back.
Now, the little we have, we are told they are going to defund us or even abolish us. Citizens with a political agenda will reign over us and all you have to do is wake up and put on a uniform to be a racist.
This weekend I received death threats for just doing my job. It would have been outrageous a decade ago and made national news.
Now, it’s just a Monday.
There will be more threats, more accusations of racism and more lies told about us.
I used to talk cops out of leaving the job. Now I’m encouraging them.
It’s over America. You finally did it.
You aren’t going to have to abolish the police, we won’t be around for it.
And while I know, most Americans still appreciate us, it’s not enough and the risk is too high. Those of you that say thank you or buy the occasional meal, it means everything.
But those of you that were silent while the slow turning of the knives in our backs happened by thugs and cowards, this is on you.
Your belief in hashtags and memes over the truth has and will create an environment in your community that you will never expect.
If you think Minneapolis will turn into Mogadishu and that is far from you, it’s coming.
And when it does, remember what your complicity did.
This is the America that you made.
Editor’s Note: The author of this article is in the fight for his life. 24 hours after the article was published, an orchestrated attack by the media has destroyed his character and reputation. Your help is needed. https://defendtheheroes.com
Daniel Greenfield, a Shillman Journalism Fellow at the Freedom Center, is an investigative journalist and writer focusing on the radical Left and Islamic terrorism.
The statue of Raoul Wallenberg, the Swedish diplomat who saved thousands of Jews during the Holocaust, stands at the corner of Fairfax and Beverly in Los Angeles. When the racist mobs swept through the area, looting Jewish stores and defacing synagogues with “BLM” and “Free Palestine” graffiti, the statue of a man who risked his life to resist fascism and bigotry was one of their targets.
The racists and leftists vandalizing statues across the world claim that they’re fighting hate, but their targets have often been the men and women who courageously stood up to racism and hatred.
When the statue of Churchill was vandalized in London, the thugs who did it went after the one man who had done the most to wake up the world to the threat of fascism. In Philadelphia, the thugs scrawled “murderer” and “colonizer” on a statue of Philadelphia abolitionist Matthias Baldwin and in Boston, they vandalized the ‘Glory’ monument of the African-American 54th Regiment.
In Washington D.C., the Lincoln Memorial and the National WW2 Memorial were both defaced.
This is not the work of anti-racists, but of racists. It’s not the work of anti-fascists, but of fascists.
While the media has upheld the racist narrative justifying the Taliban campaign against America by focusing on confederate memorials, the vandalism has been extensive, targeting both sides in the Civil War, and spilling over to vandalize statues that have absolutely no relevance to contemporary politics.
In Louisville, the statue of Louis XVI lost a hand and then was graffitied. Despite the French monarch having absolutely nothing to do with Floyd’s death, the statue was spray paintedwith “BLM”, “We Will Win”, and “George Floyde”. If the ghost of the executed king had been hanging around Louisville, he would have been outraged and confused at being blamed for a dead man in Minneapolis.
But nobody ever accused Black Lives Matter of knowing any history beyond the 1619 Project.
In Scotland, a statue of Robert the Bruce was vandalized with the epithets “Racist King”, “BLM”, and “Robert was a racist bring down the statue”. Robert lived in the 13th century. He no doubt was very racist toward the Saxons, but It is unlikely that he had ever met a black person in Medieval Scotland.
Even more randomly, the ‘Waiting’ Statue in Harrisburg of a man reading a newspaper while waiting for a bus was covered in the red paint that the racist and leftist mobs have been using on statues. Apart from being a depiction of a fictional white man, it’s not at all clear what the statue did to deserve that.
Much like Nile Kinnick, the 1939 Heisman Trophy winner, who died in WW2, but was still vandalized.
Even minority statues didn’t get a pass.
A memorial to three lynched black men was defaced in Duluth, Minnesota, to the outrage of the NAACP.
Statues of Gandhi were vandalized in New York City, Washington D.C., and London, in Bristol, England, a statue of a Jamaican playwright was covered in bleach, and in El Paso, Texas, a statue of Don Juan de Onate, a Spanish conquistador, was defaced with the message, “Your god is not my god.”
The El Paso vandalism was one of a number of defacements that appeared to be motivated by religious bigotry which led to the targeting of primarily Catholic churches and Orthodox Jewish synagogues.
That included at least one statue.
In Wasco, California, St. John the Evangelist church, a mostly Latino congregation, announcedon Facebook that, “Sadly somebody destroyed the statue of Sacred Heart last night.”
The statue had been beheaded and had its arms chopped off.
The BLM attacks on the statues were not about fighting hate, but spreading it, defacing and defiling the values and memories that people hold dear in order to force them to kneel to its racial supremacism.
In Birmingham, Alabama, the racist thugs didn’t just go after confederate memorials, but the WW1 Doughboy memorial to the Birmingham boys who had gone off to fight in the fields of France and never returned which had been dedicated by the city’s Greek-American community. Another statue commemorating the American soldiers who had fought in the Spanish-American War was also defaced.
A statue honoring Thomas Jefferson was set on fire as the radical mob hooted and held up smartphones, but while a flame burned at the base, the great man appeared to be untouched.
In Missoula, Montana, a statue of a WW1 Doughboy was vandalized. In Pittsburgh, a WW1 memorial was defaced with a hammer and sickle to commemorate the deaths of Communist terrorists. The choice of message strongly suggests that this particular memorial vandalism had been carried out by Antifa.
Griffin’s Veteran Memorial Park monuments in Atlanta were vandalized with “BLM” and “People over Property” slogans, and the Colorado Soldiers Monument was defaced in Denver.
Christopher Columbus, the bold explorer who paved the way for the settlement of the New World, was a particular target with statues of the great man vandalized in cities across the United States.
In Houston, a Columbus statue donated by the Federation of Italian-American Organizations of Greater Houston to commemorate the 500th anniversary of the discovery of America had a hand chopped off, a noose placed around its neck, and the message, “Rip the head from your oppressor” taped to it.
In Miami, statues of Columbus and Ponce De Leon were defaced with “BLM”, “George Floyd” and the hammer and sickle. Columbus statues were beheaded in Boston, spray painted in Pittsburgh, thrown into a lake in Richmond, and torn down in St. Paul. Camden and Wilmington, among other Democrat cities, took down statues of the great explorer on their own. Boston is likely to follow suit.
Wilmington also took down a statue of Caesar Rodney, one of the Founding Fathers and a signer of the Declaration of Independence. A statue of General Philip Schuyler, a member of the Continental Congress, the father-in-law of Alexander Hamilton, was removed by Albany’s Democrat mayor.
The monument to General Kosciuszko, a Polish national hero who had served as a colonel in the Continental Army during the Revolutionary War, was vandalized with BLM graffiti in Washington D.C.
The statue of General Casimir Pulaski, who had fought for American independence, was also defaced.
In Boston, a statue of Abigail Adams, the wife of John Adams, was vandalized. Abigail had been a fervent opponent of slavery.
But it’s not just the American heroes of the past whom the un-American radicals and racists hate.
In Dover, Delaware, a memorial to fallen law enforcement officers was viciously vandalized. The statue of an officer kneeling before the list of the names of the fallen was attacked with an axe, and the state flags flying over their names were soaked in urine.
“F__ the Police” was spray-painted on the California Peace Officers’ Memorial in Sacramento.
A memorial to Officer Robert Kozminski in Grand Rapids, Michigan who was killed while responding to a domestic dispute was defaced with the word, “Pig”. And in Pittsburgh, a police memorial was defiled. The memorial is commemorated with the poem, “He answered the call, of himself he gave all, and a part of America died.”
As every statue falls, is defiled, and disgraced, a part of America dies. When Democrats and even Republicans collude in the desecration and stand aside for the mob, a part of America dies.
The soul of a nation lies with its heroes. The radicals and racists tearing down our statues are out to destroy that soul. They want our heroes to be Karl Marx and Angela Davis, they want terrorists, totalitarians and criminals celebrated, and heroes, explorers, founders, officers and soldiers condemned.
They aren’t just coming for the “controversial” statues as the media likes to tell us.
They are coming for all the statues, for our entire history, for every great man and woman who sacrificed, strove, and struggled to move the course of human history forward by even one inch.
They are coming for America. And they intend to destroy it, one statue and one city after another.
When the history of this period is written, we will learn whether we had any heroes in our time.
Photo: PA Wire
Militia “Unofficial Guardians” Of Town And Protestors
photo from the Idaho Citizen
by Jack Hadfield via thepoliticalinsider.com
Hundreds, possibly thousands, of men and women in the small Idaho city of Coeur d’Alene, with a population of 45,000, took up arms and hit the streets, when they were informed that looters and antifa members were going to attack their town.
Not only did they protect businesses, but they also stood up for the rights of those to peacefully protest as well – ensuring that anyone who wished to protest was still able to do so, but in a safe manner.
“There have been a couple guys trying to silence us, but the Trump supporters down there are helping keep it under control,” one demonstrator said, referring to the militia members as “unofficial guardians” of the protests. “We won’t be silenced, and I guess I’m glad people with guns are here to make sure that happens.”
“I’m more than welcoming the BLM protest, I want their voice to be heard,” one militia member told Pulpit & Pen. “I know that myself as a white straight male in the US, I know that I don’t know what it is like to be a black male person or black female person, I have no idea at all, so I want their voices heard.”
Antifa Stood Down After Hearing Of Armed Citizens On The Streets
It seems that the armed citizens of Idaho coming to the streets had the desired effect, with law enforcement confirming that the antifa members and looters had backed down from hitting Coeur d’Alene when they heard of their presence.
This once again shows the crucial nature of the Second Amendment, and how it’s so needed to protect our lives and livelihoods. Not only that, but the protestors also felt safe. This is more evidence that the Second Amendment is the right that underpins all others, including the First Amendment, and the right to publicly, peacefully assemble.
The rioting is all about politics, not justice.
Last week we watched the sorry spectacle of aimless destruction supposedly in response to the death of a black man at the hands of the police. The predictable script from Ferguson and Baltimore was reprised, the same bumper-sticker empty slogans brandished, and the same pointless destruction and looting occurred that were worse than useless for solving the injustice the protestors supposedly want remedied.
Just as predictable was the media coverage, which mixed ratings-bait lurid footage of the violence with clichés like “peaceful protestors,” youthful passionate idealists moved by righteous anger over racial injustice, but compromised by “outside agitators” exploiting the tragedy for their own nefarious extremist ends, most likely alt-right and white supremacist ones. And, of course, the blue-state mayors and governors whose appeasing riot-control protocols worsened the riots while frantically trying to avoid blame and exploit them for their own political aims.
What is missing, as usual, is the truth about these protests and their alleged causes––They’re all about politics, not justice.
One thing that is obvious from watching the footage is that these riots have become a rite of passage for the college-age demographic, a sort of “woke” spring break memorialized by cell-phone cameras, selfies, tweets, Instagram, and Facebook postings. The other cohort comprises the shock-troops of left-over leftism like Antifa, the same bougie thrill-seekers and political illiterates who filled the ranks of Occupy Wall Street and the other international outfits that regularly protest at meetings of the IMF and G7. Young people, particularly young males, are naturally drawn to vandalism and posturing, and these “protests” give them ample opportunities to preen before the international press. And who doesn’t like some free stuff looted from stores? Isn’t all property “theft” anyway?
More recently, the cause du jour has been the alleged racist killings of young black men by the police, which spawned Black Lives Matter. This canard has been exploded repeatedly by scholars analyzing FBI and DOJ homicide data. But facts are irrelevant when it comes to the “truth,” as Joe Biden made clear last year when he said “we choose truth over facts.” The lie’s purpose is really to keep alive the idea of the indelible racism manifested now in “systemic racism” and “implicit bias.” These vague ideas are in fact confessions that real racism––obvious in Jim Crow laws, legal segregation, daily violence and humiliation, lynchings, and riots––is negligible today. Thus any pretext, no matter how specious or even false, must be promoted and exploited to keep “racism” and victimization alive. It is the mechanism victim-based identity politics relies on to gain political leverage, and keep the racialist grievance-industry factories humming.
So every time a black man is killed by the police, even if, unlike the current tragedy, it is justified, as it was in Ferguson, the race industry hacks and hustlers congregate like vultures to feast on the dead. After all, such relatively rare shootings are one of those “crises” the left never let go to waste. That’s why the “peaceful protestors” cliché is dubious. First, despite the rote adjective “peaceful,” most of them are willing to act as buffers between the police and the thugs who hurl rocks and bottles, burn cars, and loot businesses. The “peaceful protestors” and Antifa are two brigades in the same army, and there’s no more ideological difference between the two than there is between Hamas’s terrorist and political wings.
Next, their youthful “passion” and “idealism” don’t cut any ice. Nazis and Bolsheviks were passionate idealists too. What counts is what you are passionate about. Passionate protest predicated on a lie, whether it’s Jewish treachery or racist cops murdering innocent blacks, in the end serves evil rather than good.
Finally, the idea that these “peaceful protestors” should be given the benefit of the doubt because they are trying to effect “change” and promote “justice” is equally bogus. First, even if they are sincere, as no doubt some are, they are protesting against a crime that is relatively rare. It is juvenile utopianism to expect that out of nearly a million police officers in the U.S., there won’t be a few bullies or psychos. Thus given the 50-60 millions of encounters between police and civilians every year, it is equally childish to expect none will not result in abuse of authority. Of course, police departments should be held accountable for their hiring, training, and accountability protocols, but they can’t keep out every potential abuser.
Second, as we’ve already noted, the crime they are protesting is rare. If black lives really “matter,” all this “passionate anger” should instead be directed towards the shameful toll of dead black men every year, 6200 in 2019, the overwhelming majority at the hands of other blacks. This is the real crisis, one that the black establishment elites in government, popular culture, and media shamefully ignore. The reason is obvious: black-on-black crime doesn’t advance the politically and fiscally profitable narrative of white “racism.”
Nor will the “legacy of racism” determinist argument work. It ignores the significant improvement in most black lives since World War II, and the role in weakening black families and communities in the Sixties played by progressive Great Society redistributionist entitlements, changes in sexual mores, the decline of faith, and the whole “if it feels good, do it” ethos––all of which were promoted and celebrated by the left. Better stick to manufactured crises and fantasies like “implicit bias.”
Finally, as Ross Douthat pointed out last Sunday (amidst his usual irrelevant NeverTrump clichés), disorganized violent protests have been shown to be counterproductive, achieving the opposite of the protestors’ alleged aims. Summarizing the research of Princeton political scientist Omar Wasow, Douthat writes:
Looking at data from the civil rights era, Wasow argues that “proximity to black-led nonviolent protests increased white Democratic vote-share whereas proximity to black-led violent protests caused substantively important declines” — enough to tip the 1968 election from Hubert Humphrey to Nixon. More broadly, in news coverage and public opinion from those years, nonviolent protests (especially in the face of segregationist violence) increased support for civil rights, while violent protests tipped public opinion away from the protesters, and toward a stronger desire for what Nixon called law and order, and Wasow calls “social control.”
Scenes of vandalism and violence such as those broadcast last week, and the destruction of businesses and neighborhoods, some of them black, will likely have a similar effect, contributing nothing to the protestors’ alleged purposes, and more likely turning more and more ordinary voters against them. After all, Derek Chauvin, the cop who leaned on George Floyd’s neck for 9 minutes while Floyd pleaded for help, has been charged with 3rd degree murder, as well as being fired along with three other officers. It’s not clear what more the protestors want done.
Of course, Chauvin could be acquitted, which would indeed be a miscarriage of justice. And if that should happen, we will no doubt see the same violence from last week replayed. But if––a big “if”–– there are sincere “peaceful protestors” who want to demonstrate against that verdict, they’ll avoid last week’s carnival of vandalism and looting. They will look to the protests of the Civil Rights movement, and organize a march in which clergy, politicians, and other civic leaders and adults participate with solemn dignity and decorum, and with specific proposals for avoiding such an outcome. But gathering a crowd of slovenly, entitled overgrown teenagers––mixed in with thuggish punks who somehow can afford to travel around vandalizing and looting–– will harden most citizens’ antipathy to such spoiled ingrates and their specious pretexts.
Of course, that’s all improbable speculation. The point of these violent protests is not to effect change. It is to generate disorder and leverage more power for the left, and more immediately to damage Donald Trump, who of course is already being blamed for Floyd’s death and the subsequent riots. That death is being demeaned by the progressives who are adding it to their long, dishonest indictment of Trump.
That’s what happens when a political party has nothing to offer any voters not already enlisted as its client––photogenic “crises” are created as a diversion from a bankrupt platform and a senile candidate. The “peaceful protestors” are either willing participants in this political theater, or useful dupes.
Debunking the lies that justify rage and riots.
America is always just one George Floyd away from erupting into chaos. That’s what has been made clear by the violent riots that turned Minneapolis and a number of other cities into war zones following Floyd’s death last Monday. The video footage of white police officer Derek Chauvin pressing his knee against the neck of a prostrate, handcuffed Mr. Floyd, is disturbing in the extreme. And indeed, it has been universally condemned by people along every point of the political spectrum. Chauvin has since been arrested and charged with third-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter. Meanwhile, the three fellow officers who were with him at the scene have been fired from their jobs, and Floyd’s death is now being investigatedby the FBI and the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension. In short, the justice system is dealing with the matter in exactly the way that it should.
But the vital question we must address is this: Why is America always just one George Floyd away from anarchy? After all, outside of Paradise there will never exist a place where there won’t occasionally be George Floyds – white, black, and every other color – who lose their lives needlessly and unjustifiably. It’s called the human condition, and it’s been around for a very long time.
Surely we can rage against that, as we may rage against any moral wrong. But what we have witnessed in the wake of Mr. Floyd’s death is a rage directed not against a particular bad actor, but against what is perceived as an intransigent, generalized, all-pervasive evil. The angry mobs ravaging Minneapolis and other cities would have us believe that they are merely effecting a last-resort response to the fact that police abuse of blacks is an ongoing, all-too-common phenomenon throughout the United States. Desperate people must resort to desperate measures, they claim, when trying to shine the light of truth onto a dark reality. As one black protester told a reporter: “Nobody gives a f–k about us. OK? Unless we get violent. Y’all care about the s–t getting burned down, but what about when the KKK burning our s–t down?”
The American left, by and large, dutifully embraces this perspective, as evidenced by the manyhigh-profile figures – white and black alike – who have written and spoken passionately about the George Floyd incident in social-media posts and elsewhere. Some examples:
- Minnesota Democratic senator Amy Klobuchar decried Floyd’s death as “yet another horrifying and gutwrenching instance of an African American man dying.”
- Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden said that the incident had “ripped open anew this ugly underbelly of our society.”
- Basketball star Lebron James posted side-by-side photographs of Officer Chavin with his knee on George Floyd’s neck, and former NFL quarterback Colin Kaepernick kneeling during a pre-game national anthem as a gesture of protest against police brutality and racial injustice. James added the caption: “This … … Is Why. Do you understand NOW!!??!!?? Or is it still blurred to you?? #StayWoke.”
- Basketball Hall-of-Famer Kareem Abdul-Jabbar wrote in an op-ed: “Just as the slimy underbelly of institutional racism is being exposed, it feels like hunting season is open on blacks…. Racism in America is … everywhere.”
- Filmmaker Ava DuVernay, who produced the 2019 Netflix series When They See Us, which whitewashed the 1989 atrocities of the so-called “Central Park Five,” tweeted: “You [George Floyd] deserved your breath, your dignity, your life. Not to die in the street, murdered by a white cop’s knee on your neck. You deserve our tears, our prayers, our rage, our action.”
- Actress and producer Viola Davis lamented: “This is what it means to be Black in America. Tried. Convicted. Killed for being Black. We are dictated by hundreds of years of policies that have restricted our very existence and still have to continue to face modern day lynchings.”
- Actor/producer John Boyega tweeted: “This just burns. Seems to be a never ending cycle.”
- Model and actress Naomi Campbell wrote: “I don’t have the words. I’m sick and tired of this, tired of being sad about our people dying needlessly. Harassed and humiliated in these challenging times, I thought we could come to together, but it seems like this Coronavirus has bought out more racism in a major way.”
- Singer Demi Lovato tweeted: “This is not okay. And it will not stop until everyone does their part. Especially white people…. [U]ntil this STOPS COMPLETELY – THE BLACK COMMUNITY WILL CONTINUE TO LIVE IN DANGER.”
- A Washington Post opinion piece framed Mr. Floyd’s death as “yet another reminder of how black people are killed by law enforcement in disproportionately high numbers.”
The singular theme that runs through every one of the statements cited above – and serves as the subtext of the riots and street protests – is the perception that what happened to George Floyd is emblematic of the type of brutality that police in America routinely, selectively, and disproportionately inflict upon black people. Thus, the vital question we must answer is whether or not that perception is founded in truth, or in fiction.
Over the course of many years, mountains of empirical evidence regarding this subject have been accumulated……
(excerpt) … But in the final analysis, they are all quite full of it. No matter how deeply their hearts may be seared by grief in response to the latest unnecessary loss of an innocent life, and no matter how organic may be the wellspring of the tears that now moisten their eyes, the pained and pious countenances that they dutifully bear cannot transform their lies into truth.
It is possible, you know, to do two reasonable things at once. That is, one can be outraged by the injustice that was done to George Floyd, without falsely portraying it as a microcosm of systemic racism by police officers across America. It is nothing of the kind.
To read this entire article, please go to: https://cms.frontpagemag.com/fpm/2020/05/truth-about-police-violence-and-race-john-perazzo
by Amy Furr, Breitbard.com
A 108-year-old woman in Allendale, New Jersey, might be the oldest United States citizen to beat the coronavirus.
When Sylvia Goldsholl tested positive for the virus at the Allendale Community for Senior Living in March, her family was understandably worried, according to NorthJersey.com.
However, once caregivers moved her to the facility’s isolation wing, Goldsholl recovered just two weeks later.
“I was determined to survive,” she said.
Goldsholl has now lived through two pandemics, the first being the Spanish flu in 1918 when she was just a little girl.
“The Spanish flu pandemic of 1918, the deadliest in history, infected an estimated 500 million people worldwide—about one-third of the planet’s population—and killed an estimated 20 million to 50 million victims, including some 675,000 Americans,” according to History.com.
“At the time, there were no effective drugs or vaccines to treat this killer flu strain. Citizens were ordered to wear masks, schools, theaters and businesses were shuttered and bodies piled up in makeshift morgues before the virus ended its deadly global march,” the website stated.
Goldsholl said her family was happy she recovered from her fight with the coronavirus so quickly.
“They knew that I was a wonder. I met their expectations. I represented them in a very well way,” she explained.
Although the senior citizen is a few months older than a 108-year-old man in New Mexico who also overcame the virus, a reportedly 113-year-old woman in Spain who recovered from the illness has her beat by just a few years.
Thursday on Twitter, Gov. Phil Murphy recognized Goldsholl and wished her all the best.
Friday, the senior living facility praised its beloved resident on Facebook for staying positive during the health crisis.
“Sylvia’s story has now spread from New Jersey, across the country and the globe. She’s gone ‘viral’, in a way that spreads hope, not fear. God Bless You Sylvia!” the post read.
by Katherine Rodriguez, Breitbart.com
A Virginia construction worker saved a dying German Shepherd stuck in a traffic jam on the way to the veterinarian’s office by giving him mouth-to-mouth resuscitation.
The three-year-old dog, Jett, was choking in the backseat of his owner’s car after he swallowed a ball during a game of fetch, the Staunton News Leader reported.
Jett’s owner, Teresa Perkins, tried to go above the speed limit to the veterinarian’s office to save his life, but ended up stuck in traffic because of construction.
Perkins frantically honked her horn in the hopes someone would help her and wound up catching the attention of a few construction workers who rushed to help her.
“By then, my dog was pretty much dead,” she told the News Leader. “He was laying in the car, not moving. I had heard him breathe, like gasping, but then he quit. I was frantically crying and praying.”
But one quick-thinking worker was able to maneuver his arm down Jett’s throat to pull the ball out and then give the animal mouth-to-mouth while one of his coworkers egged him on, Perkins said.
His actions worked, and Jett started breathing again. Perkins was able to continue to drive to the veterinarian’s office, where the staff was expecting them so that he could be examined. Jett was quickly released.
Though Perkins did not get the construction worker’s name, social media eventually connected the two.
“Today is the first time I’ve ever stuck my hand down a strange dogs [sic] throat for any reason but I got the ball out,” Holt wrote.
“Not only that but is the first time I’ve ever gave any living animal mouth-to-mouth.”
Perkins hailed Holt as a “hero” and thanked him for saving her dog’s life. She told the News Leader that Jett is feeling better now.
“He’s doing great,” she said. “But he is never, ever, ever, ever going to get a ball again.”
For the tech giants, 1984 is an instruction manual
by Robert Spencer, frontpagemag.com
Daniel Greenfield, the peerless Shillman Fellow and FrontPage writer, tweeted the news on May 7: “Google just erased my Sultan Knish blog and Front Page Mag articles from the first pages of results for my name doubt very much this is accidental.” I did too, so I checked for myself, and sure enough: a Google search for “Robert Spencer” now does not bring up Jihad Watch, where most of my writing outside of books has been published for the last seventeen years, but it does give you defamatory and distorted attack pieces from the far-Left Southern Poverty Law Center and the Saudi-funded Bridge Initiative, and nothing that doesn’t portray me and my work in the most unfavorable possible light. This latest example of the tech giants’ determination to silence all dissenting voices reveals one often overlooked fact: they are desperately afraid.
Google is so afraid of Jihad Watch, in fact, that it is going to great lengths to make you think that the site (which you can find here) doesn’t exist at all. Several years ago, under pressure from the Texas-based imam Omar Suleiman, Google changed the algorithm for its search results so as to bury anything critical of Islamic jihad violence or Sharia oppression of women. Jihad Watch, which for years had been the first result in a Google search for “jihad” (back when Google searches were based solely on relevance and the popularity of the site), fell off the front page of “jihad” searches.
Now Google has gone even farther to make sure you don’t see Jihad Watch. Just this morning, I was looking for an old Jihad Watch article from a few years ago that I needed for a citation, and I entered an exact phrase from that article into the Google search bar. What came back were two sites where the article had been republished, but no indication that it had ever been at Jihad Watch at all.
In George Orwell’s dystopian novel of a totalitarian society, 1984, to which far more people refer than have actually read the book, the dissenter Winston Smith’s job in the Ministry of Truth involves erasing from all historical records any mention of people who have been declared “nonpersons.” Foes of the regime aren’t just vilified. Their very existence is erased. Dissent is easy to control if all record of it ever having been enunciated is eradicated, and Google has apparently taken a page from Orwell’s book.
Of course, Jihad Watch is one of the least of the concerns of Big Tech. They’re erasing all manner of people who dissent from the Leftist agenda. Greenfield notes that “Google controls 80% of search. That means it controls what the internet looks like. And it’s continuing to erase conservatives from the internet. I’m just the latest victim. Its censorship and creepy surveillance have reached new heights during the pandemic.”
And help may be on the way: according to the Wall Street Journal, “Both the Justice Department and a group of state attorneys general are likely to file antitrust lawsuits against Alphabet Inc.’s Google—and are well into planning for litigation, according to people familiar with the matter. The Justice Department is moving toward bringing a case as soon as this summer, some of the people said. At least some state attorneys general—led by Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton, a Republican—are likely to file a case, probably in the fall, people familiar with the matter said.”
Another illustration of how brazen the tech giants have become with their censorship came on early Saturday morning, when President Trump retweeted a Michelle Malkin video about tech censorship, with the comment: “The Radical Left is in total command & control of Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and Google. The Administration is working to remedy this illegal situation. Stay tuned, and send names & events. Thank you Michelle!” In a clumsy but sinister confirmation of the urgency of this problem, Twitter then deleted the Malkin video.
Daniel Greenfield is right: “the future of free speech is at stake.” I’m honored that the multimillionaire millennials at Google are so afraid of me and my little website that they have erased all trace of me except for Emmanuel Goldstein-like denunciations, but ultimately the First Amendment will become a dead letter if the tech giants are allowed to get away with sending dissenters down the memory hole in this way. And that will mean a nightmare of authoritarianism descending upon the country. The Administration needs to act on this, and fast. If Biden or Hillary or Bernie or whichever septuagenarian totalitarian wins in November, there won’t be another chance to save America as a free society.
by: Daniel Greenfield via frontpagemag.com
DOJ Warns California Not to Discriminate Against Religious Reopening May 20, 2020 Daniel Greenfield, frontpagemag.com The DOJ has a few questions about California’s Newsom sending churches and synagogues to the back of the bus.
The Justice Department on Tuesday put California Gov. Gavin Newsom on notice, claiming that his plan for the state’s staggered re-opening from the threat posed by the coronavirus discriminates against religious groups and a return to in-person worship services.
Assistant Attorney General Eric Dreiband, chief of the department’s Civil Rights Division, warned the governor that places of worship were being forced to take a back seat to a gradual resumption of operations at schools, restaurants, offices and shopping malls.
That’s what you do when you believe, as Newsom does, that religion is non-essential or downright pernicious.
Which of these is not like the other?
California is starting the process of reopening some areas of its economy and activities following restrictions designed to prevent or slow the spread of the coronavirus illness COVID-19.
The state is currently early in “stage two,” which allows curbside retail service and some manufacturing and other activity with restrictions.
In-person religious services, along with hair and nail salons and movie theaters, aren’t eyed until stage three, and even then, there will be limits on the size of gatherings, according to published materials on the plan.
Nail and hair salons require close proximity and have no special constitutional protection. Religious services don’t and do.
Dreiband, in a letter to the governor, cast the policy as “differential treatment” that unfairly singled out religious worship for restrictions that the state would not impose on other activities.
“The Department of Justice does not seek to dictate how states such as California determine what degree of activity and personal interaction should be allowed to protect the safety of their citizens,” the letter states. “However, we are charged with upholding the Constitution and federal statutory protections for civil rights. Whichever level of restrictions you adopt, these civil rights protections mandate equal treatment of persons and activities of a secular and religious nature.”
It’s about time that there were equal rights. Instead of condescending dismissals.
Newsom said Monday at a news conference that some restrictions on churches, including counseling services and other activities, have been eased, “but for the congregants, that’s a few weeks away.”
He expressed his “deep admiration” to the faith community and its desire to know when congregants can return.
That’s how you talk to a minority you don’t understand and have contempt for, but patronize on occasion.
That’s not how you talk to the bearers of the First Amendment.
by: Daniel Greenfield
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“How do I report a non-essential business that’s still open?” Mayor Eric Garcetti asks.
But the real question is what sort of people want an answer to that question?
Informing on your friends and neighbors used to be something that the socialists on the other side of the Iron Curtain used to do. What kind of people, we used to wonder, do things like that?
Wonder no more. Cities and states across the country have made it the hour of the aspiring informant. If you always longed to live in Cuba, North Korea, or the USSR, all you have to do is dial 1-800-INFORM.
The smiling Los Angeles boss who, despite the order to close barbershops and hair salons is neatly coiffed, warns that “business ambassadors”, an Orwellian euphemism for enforcement agents who shut down businesses, will visit non-compliant businesses, followed by personnel from the Crisis Response Team, followed by law enforcement showing up, and then the barbers will be tossed into prison.
In New York City, on the other side of the country, informing on anybody violating social distancing is as easy as taking a photo with your app.
“Now it’s easier than ever,” Mayor Bill de Blasio, whose hair is also suspiciously styled, informs gestapo gothamites. “When you see a crowd, when you see a line that’s not distanced, when you see a supermarket that’s too crowded, anything, you can report it right away. All you’ve got to do is take a photo, put the location with it, send it, and bang, we will make sure that enforcement comes right away.”
If only Stalin had smartphones.
Governor Andrew Cuomo announced a PAUSE Enforcement Assistance Task Force taking down denunciations from informers by phone and online. And the Empire State Stasi also welcome, “photos and video of illegal gatherings.”Perhaps they might be interested in Cuomo’s endless conferences.
“We want local governments to enforce social distancing rules. I want to be more aggressive with enforcement because the evidence shows that people are violating it now more than ever before,” the New York boss barked.
Like his brother.
CNN’s Chris Cuomo was caught out of quarantine in the Hamptons with his family despite his coronavirus infection. Even as his brother had announced $1,000 fines, Chris Cuomo traveled to his Hamptons place and . “Your brother is the coronavirus czar, and you’re not even following his rules — unnecessary travel,” someone asked him.
But there’s no point in reporting the members of the nomenklatura. Every single mayor and governor who has shut down barbershops and hair salons is boasting obvious haircuts. Some, like Chicago’s Mayor Lightfoot, got caught getting their hair done. But all you have to do is look at the others.
Lightfoot’s administration wants reports of non-essential businesses staying open so she can levy $10,000 fines. Just don’t bother reporting whoever it was cut and styled the mayor’s hair.
“Investigators have been responding to complaints,” Mayor Lightfoot declared. Just not about her.
It’s not just New York, Chicago, and Los Angeles. Informing on your friends and neighbors is a nationwide trend where smartphone technology meets classic commissarism….
The wave of cities unveiling snitching hotlines, websites, and apps isn’t the most depressing thing.
Many of these are a response to 911 and city numbers being overloaded with calls from informers eager to rat out their friends, neighbors, and anyone else they’re not happy with.
The true tragedy is not that government bureaucrats want people to inform on their neighbors, it’s that so many people are eager to do the informing. Totalitarian systems are a lot easier to defeat than the internalized totalitarian mindset that we have seen in socialist countries around the world.
It takes very little searching to find countless social media queries by people seeking to inform on others. They eagerly include photos and video in their denunciations to the authorities.
People eagerly reported bars and hair salons staying open, along with businesses deemed essential, like auto shops. We have met the enemy and he was living on our block and in our neighborhood all along.
The socialist isn’t an alien from another planet. He has a foul corner office in the human soul.
Americans are not fundamentally different than East Germans, North Koreans, or Russians because our values are in our DNA. It takes a crisis to quickly find out that they’re not in our blood, but in our souls.
We are different to the extent that we cherish the values of individuality and independence.
While it’s easy to spot the difference between the American and the un-American responses to the pandemic, it’s become hard to find an American baseline to measure the anti-Americanism against.
One place to find it may be in Tennessee.
The “response of Tennesseans has been powerful. The need for enforcement in our cities hasn’t been there,” Governor Lee replied.
People of goodwill can disagree about coronavirus policy, what the scale of the lockdowns should be, when they should end, and whether the lockdowns were ever a good idea to begin with. But every American ought to be able to agree that most people will voluntarily act in the best interests of their loved ones, their friends, their neighbors, and their communities. And that the answer to disagreement is not to roll out apps and hotlines for informing on our neighbors who are just trying to earn a living.
The blue state response to the coronavirus has been ugly, dystopian and un-American. Elected officials have dismissed the Bill of Rights as an irrelevancy, forcibly closed down houses of worship, harassed and threatened worshipers, arrested political protesters, and declared that protests are non-essential.
That is not America.
A nation of informants can only arise in a socialist system where people put the state first. They scowl and plot against their neighbors, spying and informing on them for the freedom they feel in their souls.
The pandemic is a threat to the body of the nation, but 1-800-INFORM threatens the soul.
by: John Binder
Days before Super Tuesday, citizen watchdog group Election Integrity Project California sent a letter to Padilla requesting his office look into possible double voting in the 2020 primary election.
More than a month later, in a letter dated April 7, 2020, Padilla confirmed double-voting in one case and suspected double-voting by a number of other registered voters on Super Tuesday, according to the letter obtained by Breitbart News.
Padilla confirmed in at least one case that two ballots from one voter were “opened and counted on election night.”Twelve of the 15 total registered voters identified with “duplicate voting history” are “suspected to have cast two ballots for the March primary election,” Padilla wrote in the letter.
In the remaining two cases, Padilla said county election officials “caught the duplicate voter records prior to election day and only one vote was tallied.” Padilla said the findings have been “forwarded to investigators to follow-up as necessary with the voters.”
“Election Integrity Project California has an incredible accomplishment here. Moving the California Secretary of State to share evidence of apparent double voting among duplicated registrants is a testament to their research methodology and judgment,” Public Interest Legal Foundation (PILF) President J. Christian Adams told Breitbart News.
“Duplicate registration and voting is a growing problem nationally that is being confronted like seen here, New Mexico, Michigan, and Pennsylvania,” Adams said.
Election Integrity Project California alleges that there are more than 30,000 duplicated registered voters on the state’s voter rolls. The majority of these duplicated registered voters, they say, show the same name, address, and birth date on their registrations. Other duplicated registered voters show voters who have used their married and maiden names to register twice and those who have multiple home addresses.
California is not the only state to have issues with its voter rolls. Most recently, PILF researchers stated that there are nearly on New Mexico’s voter rolls, as well as 1,519 voters listed as being 100-years-old, and more than 3,100 voters who have been flagged due to duplicate registration concerns.
Likewise, in Allegheny County, Pennsylvania — home to Pittsburgh — PILF researchers have said there are nearly on the voter rolls, along with more than 1,500 voters who are listed as 100-years-old or over, and nearly 7,500 voters who have been flagged due to duplicate registration concerns.
The findings come as elected Democrats lobby for nationwide mail-in voting for the November presidential elections — a move that would potentially deliver ballots to an ineligible voters. The plan is being bankrolled by organizations by billionaire George Soros.
“In November 2019, prosecutors said that El Hannouny slashed the tires of 19 cars in the parking lots of the First Baptist and Sts. Helen and Constantine churches. Upon his arrest, he told authorities that he damaged the cars because, “I don’t like Christians,” according to police. Hate crime charges were added in January, and he was released on a $10,000 I-bond with electronic monitoring.”
We see how well that worked. Officials did not and would never dare to address the root causes of El-Hannouny’s hatred, and so he was free to act upon it again. When arrested this time, he didn’t show any sign of remorse: “While El Hannouny was being processed, police said he started spitting at officers, reports said. El Hannouny also wrote a religious slur on the wall of his cell.” Yet he will soon be free again, and will almost certainly target yet another church.
PALOS HILLS, IL — A Palos Hills man already facing hate crime and criminal damage charges is now accused of trying to set fire to an occupied church, reports said. Osama E. El Hannouny, 25, appeared Wednesday before a Cook County judge on charges of arson, hate crimes, criminal damage to property, battery to a police officer and violation of bail bond.
In November 2019, prosecutors said that El Hannouny slashed the tires of 19 cars in the parking lots of the First Baptist and Sts. Helen and Constantine churches. Upon his arrest, he told authorities that he damaged the cars because, “I don’t like Christians,” according to police. Hate crime charges were added in January, and he was released on a $10,000 I-bond with electronic monitoring.
On April 14, police said El Hannouny used leaves to set fire to Sacred Heart Church, 8245 W. 111th St. According to the police report, El Hannouny was caught on video looking through the doors of the church building and noticing that it was occupied. Police said he made numerous trips to pile leaves near the gas main and air conditioning unit. El Hannouny allegedly set the leaves on fire, but firefighters quickly extinguished the flames.
While El Hannouny was being processed, police said he started spitting at officers, reports said. El Hannouny also wrote a religious slur on the wall of his cell, according to the report. El Hannouny allegedly scratched, bit and spit at police when they tried to stop him….
On Saturday night, a line-up of A-list celebrities took part in the “One World” benefit concert for the World Health Organization (WHO). This has since come back to bite the stars, however, as they are being widely slammed for participating in a concert to raise money for an organization that many feel is responsible for helping to cover up the coronavirus pandemic when it was still in China.
that the lineup of performers included Taylor Swift, Paul McCartney, The Rolling Stones, Beyonce, Oprah Winfrey, Jennifer Lopez, Elton John, and Lady Gaga, who went so far as to describe WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom as a “superstar.” Former first ladies Michelle Obama and Laura Bush also made appearances during the benefit, as did former soccer star David Beckham and Microsoft founder Bill Gates.
It didn’t take long for the backlash to start pouring in, however, as social media users made it clear that WHO should not be supported. “If I could give No stars I would,” one social media user commented. “WHO lied! People died!! Let’s not forgot this!!! While we’re home given up our freedom and most of us without jobs these CELEBRITIES ask us to help raise money for the WHO?! Forget it!”
“Yes, we need useless celebrities preaching to us how this isn’t China’s fault and how we should just all live as one nation,” another user added, with a third writing, “That one world together at home commie propaganda sponsored by the CCP WHO and this global citizen bull crap is on at least 20 different stations. You can take your commie propaganda and shove it. THIS IS AMERICA! We are not global citizens we are AMERICAN CITIZENS!!’
This comes after President Donald Trump announced that he would cease funding the WHO because of their connections to China. “Today I’m instructing my administration to halt funding of the World Health Organization while a review is conducted to assess the World Health Organization’s role in severely mismanaging and covering up the spread of the coronavirus,” Trump said on Tuesday. “The WHO’s attack on travel restrictions put political correctness above life-saving measures. The reality is that the WHO failed to adequately obtain, vet and share information in a timely and transparent fashion. Fortunately, I was not convinced and suspended travel from China, saving untold numbers of lives.”
It’s despicable that these celebrities are supporting an organization like the WHO right now when they clearly are partly to blame for the situation the world is currently in. The stars have become so infected with Trump Derangement Syndrome that they are willing to support any organization that he opposes, even if it means exposing their own ignorance in the process.
During the rebel Sixties, one could easily identify the ranks of the hardcore Left by their constant predictions of a coming fascism and the evident glee with which they welcomed the prospect. Whether this was the product of a serious attempt to read the political winds, or merely a radical wish was irrelevant. They defended it as a strategy of “the worse the better.” In the 1968 presidential election, it was better to elect a fascist like Nixon than a moderate like Hubert Humphrey – that is, if you were serious about revolution.
Of all my memories of the Sixties the revelations provoked by these perversely revealing encounters remain the most vivid. This is not difficult to understand. The life I had devoted to a “progressive” revolution was about to be derailed by a political murder that opened my eyes to the fact that the movement I was part of was actually driven by a malignant hatred, which could only end in destruction, and the perversion of every value that my comrades and I claimed to cherish.
These revelations were crystallized in conversations I had with the late Tom Hayden, a Machiavellian leader of the New Left and (I am ashamed to admit) a friend of mine at the time. In 1968, Hayden organized a bloody riot at the Democrat convention which he had designed to destroy the presidential campaign of Hubert Humphrey and elect Nixon, the very politician whom he was predicting would institute fascism in America, and cost millions of Vietnamese lives.
The following year, I found myself standing next to Hayden during the so-called “Battle of People’s Park.” Leftists had occupied land owned by the University of California, which its officials had reserved for student housing. Ronald Reagan who was governor of California at the time ordered in local police and the California Highway Patrol to disperse the occupiers. As the cops began firing tear gas canisters into the crowds, a chasm opened up between Hayden and myself. I was frightened that people would get hurt – and one young man did lose his life. Hayden saw my fear, turned to me, and in the calmest voice explained that “we have to lure middle class kids into situations where they get their heads cracked by the police. That will radicalize them.” In short, the worse the better. I was horrified.
Events of the last weeks have brought these disturbing memories to the surface. The curves of the coronavirus are flattening, hospitalizations are falling, medical supply lines are being strengthened and extended, potential viral cures are being successfully tested and the stock market which was headed towards depression levels has rebounded with the greatest two week gains since the Great Depression. Yet, even as these positive developments are creating optimism and hope in the country, the Left is warning that hope is dangerous, while escalating their attacks on Trump – the man on whose watch this turnaround is being accomplished.
The attacks are directed even at the encouragement Trump gave to the 22 million Americans recently unemployed because of the shutdown orders from (mainly) Democrat governors. These Americans of modest means are fearful that the downturn could get so great their jobs would never return. Leftwing hate sites like The Daily Beast, have even run headlines saying “Trump Leads Pro-Plague States in a COVID Civil War.”
Polarization over the prospect of reviving the economy had already begun with Trump’s presidential hope that the shutdown could be accomplished on Easter Sunday, a date which his scientific advisers caused him to abandon as premature. In Democrat states like Michigan whose governor had barred residents from purchasing garden seeds they could use to grow food, flag-waving Trump supporters descended on the State Capitol to demand their First Amendment Rights to assemble and to worship. They were confronted by state police attempting to enforce the draconian measures. These actions dramatized the political responses that divide the nation, and have done so from the beginning.
Even as the hopeful developments were beginning to raise the nation’s spirits, House Speaker and Trump nemesis, “a weak person and a poor leader,” accusing him – falsely – of dismissing the coronavirus as a “hoax,” removing protections against it, and destroying the economy. In Pelosi’s devious insinuation: “As the president fiddles, people are dying.”
Making Trump responsible for the nation’s hardships while attacking his efforts to alleviate them pretty well sums up the game plan of his Democrat antagonists. The worse the unemployment and the casualty lists the better. But not being too obvious is crucial to the plan’s success, since the American public would probably not appreciate having their lives and livelihoods be the casualties of its success. So to carry out the perfect murder, Trump must be portrayed as having committed suicide.
This depraved piece of political sleight-of-hand was left to “Never Trump” Republican, : “Trump ran on a promise of ‘making America great again.’ What we see is death, economic collapse, and suffering on an immense scale that nobody in the country could have imagined seeing in our lifetime 60 days ago. How we got here I leave for you to figure out.”
He also justified Muhammad’s marriage to a nine-year-old girl and violent jihad against unbelievers. How many Muslim clerics are still in the United States who believe the same way Zoubir Bouchikhi does? There are likely to be many, since what he says here is standard, mainstream Islam, abundantly supported by the Qur’an and Sunnah. But one cannot ask such questions; even asking them renders one “Islamophobic.”
“Sheikh Zoubir Bouchikhi, Former Houston Imam Deported in 2011 for Immigration-Related Charges: Disbelievers Are the Worst of Allah’s Creations –Worse than Animals; We Should Completely Ignore Muslims Who Are Not Properly Observant,”, March 20, 2020:
Malaysia-based Algerian Islamic scholar Sheikh Zoubir Bouchikhi, who had been the imam of the Islamic Society of Greater Houston until he was deported from the United States in 2011 for immigration-related charges, taught a women’s class at Riyad Al-Jannah, the mosque in
Malaysia-based Algerian Islamic scholar Sheikh Zoubir Bouchikhi, who had been the imam of the Islamic Society of Greater Houston until he was deported from the United States in 2011 for immigration-related charges, taught a women’s class at Riyad Al-Jannah, the mosque in Malaysia where he is currently the imam. The video was uploaded to Riyad Al-Jannah’s YouTube channel on March 20, 2020.
During the class, Sheikh Bouchikhi said that Muslims should not try to hide aspects of the Prophet Muhammad’s life, like the fact that he was a warrior and that he married Aisha when she was 9 or 14 years old. He said that people only see this as immoral because of their “sick minds”and that only Allah decides what is moral. In addition, Sheikh Bouchikhi said that disbelievers are the worst of Allah’s creations, that they are worse than animals, and that Muslims should treat them accordingly and feel sorry for them.
He also explained that Muslims should ignore and not even visit or associate themselves with other Muslims who are not sufficiently observant, including family members like a sick uncle who doesn’t pray or a niece who parades around wearing a miniskirt. To further elaborate his point, Sheikh Bouchikhi referred to a verse in the Quran in which Allah commanded the wives of certain men who did not go to Jihad with the Prophet Muhammad to not speak to their husbands. Sheikh Bouchikhi added: “Their own children didn’t speak to them.”Sheikh Zoubir Bouchikhi, an Algerian native, had moved with his family to the United States in 2003.
Sheikh Zoubir Bouchikhi: “You have to fear Allah and speak the truth no matter what, especially about the Prophet Muhammad. You [shouldn’t] feel like: ‘I’d rather hide this side of his life…’He got married to a very young girl. This is not hidden because it’s not wrong. It is just in our sick minds.
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by Daniel Greenfield
Thousands of Americans have died of the coronavirus. But ‘Gaza Firster’Democrats don’t care.
Not in America. In Gaza.
According to the Senate letter, “as of March 24, the first two cases of COVID-19 were confirmed in the Gaza Strip.”
That’s two cases. Two. The United States has over 200,000 as of now.
By the time you read this, there will be many more.
Bernie and Leahy’s Vermont has 293 cases. But Sanders cares more about Gaza than Burlington. Warren’s Massachusetts has 6,620 cases. Van Hollen’s Maryland has 1,660 cases. Udall’s New Mexico has 315 cases. Thomas Carper’s Delaware has 319 cases. Jeff Merkley’s Oregon has 660 cases. Sherrod Brown’s Ohio has 2,199 cases.
None of these eight Democrats represent states that are free of the pandemic. All of them represent states that have far more severe coronavirus problems than the terrorist occupied West Bank or Gaza.
Unfortunately, they’re Gaza Firsters.
The Democrats whine that Gaza has a “weak public health system”. Maybe that’s because Hamas, the Muslim Brotherhood terrorist group in charge of Gaza, has put its money into rockets, not health care.
Lefties love lecturing about how much health care a jet or tank could pay for. They can take their anti-war lecture tour to Gaza and explain to Hamas how many ventilators they could get for one missile.
But Bernie Sanders has repeatedly urged cutting off military aid to Israel, while pouring more money into Gaza. The lefty theme is, “No missiles for Israel, lots of missiles for the Muslim Brotherhood.”
The letter quotes an article claiming that in Gaza, “health ministry officials”whined “that just one person infected with the deadly virus would end in ‘complete disaster’“
The health ministry officials are Hamas terrorists. They’re just as illegitimate as officials of Al Qaeda or ISIS.
And the article is from March 9th.
There has been more than one person infected with the coronavirus in Gaza. And a month later, there’s no disaster.
Senate Democrats are searching for a coronavirus disaster in Gaza that isn’t there while ignoring the one in their own states. This bizarrely treasonous Gaza Firsting is wildly irresponsible when the people who elected them are dying. And they’re demanding that we urgently focus on the Gazans who aren’t dying.
The eight Democrats complain that President Trump cut off aid to UNRWA. The reason we did that is because UNRWA’s employees in Gaza were Hamas members and the UN group’s facilities were used as staging grounds for terrorist attacks.
They demand that the State Department inform them of what steps President Trump is taking to “provide the Palestinian people with access to adequate medicine, medical equipment, personnel, and other resources to combat the threat of a major coronavirus health crisis?”
Here’s a thought.
Perhaps the United States government should make sure that every American health care worker has protective masks and gloves, and every coronavirus patient in this country has access to a ventilator, before anyone even thinks about sending a single piece of medical equipment to Gaza.
Just last week, Trump administration officials shipping the protective equipment they were trying to secure for American health care workers off to foreign countries. We’re already providing aid to close allies like Bangladesh, Tajikistan, Uzbekistan, Kyrgyzstan, Kazakhstan, and, Pakistan. Maybe we can hold off on shipping stuff to Hamas that we could use in the United States.
But it’s not just the eight Gaza Firsters in the United States Senate that are running the Gaza show.
It’s a good thing that the EU, which has a horrific death rate in Italy and Spain, and Russia, which just shut down much of the country, and the UN, have nothing to worry about except the Hamas territory.
From the start of the crisis, President Trump has been trying to figure out — and cut through — the bureaucracy. His latest is the decision by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) to accept 30 million doses of hydroxychloroquine sulfate and one million doses of chloroquine phosphate for possible use in treating patients hospitalized with COVID-19 or for use in clinical trials. Trump understands that America cannot wait for a possible vaccine and that patients and their doctors need the freedom now to try alternative treatments.
In this context, the tragic death of former Senator Tom Coburn is a reminder that the federal health care bureaucracy has been characterized by slow-moving efforts that are sometimes marked by corruption or incompetence. His sad passing is an occasion for remembering that, as a Senator and medical doctor, he released a major study, about how the federal agency wasted hundreds of millions of tax dollars and has been ineffective in controlling disease. A case in point is the billions wasted on more than 30 years of research into an HIV/AIDS vaccine.
A strong conservative, Coburn was willing to challenge the bureaucracy and expose its malfeasance. He exposed what critics have called the “Medical Deep State.”
We saw the bureaucracy in action in 2014, when the Obama Administration failed to impose a travel ban and prevent disease carriers with the deadly Ebola virus from coming into the United States. The Obama administration actually allowed a carrier of Ebola from Africa, where it originated, into the United States, where he infected two nurses, one of whom had been allowed by the Centers for Disease Control to travel on a plane. He died. The CDC the outbreak ended with more than 28,600 cases and 11,325 deaths. In the U.S., however, we were fortunate to escape a major outbreak.
Obama’s CDC director, Dr. Tom Frieden, actually wrote an ,“Why I don’t support a travel ban to combat Ebola outbreak.”He is now a leading medical at the Council on Foreign Relations, a major source of anti-Trump commentaries.
My coverage of this disease at the time questioned why Obama opposed a common-sense ban on travel to the U.S. by people from Ebola-infected countries. He also kept the southern border wide open. Simply put, Obama viewed restrictions on African travel to the U.S. as racist. He was giving black Africa special access to the U.S., and putting their interests ahead of America’s.
On another level, it seemed as if Obama, a globalist, didn’t mind if people in the U.S. were to become infected. In his mind, there would be more pressure to find a “cure,”or at least a vaccine. But who knew how many would die in the process? At the time, we didn’t know. It could have been hundreds, or thousands, or more.
To make matters worse, Obama appointed , an Obama insider and Joe Biden chief-of-staff, as his “Ebola Czar.”He had no experience in the health field. He is now of Trump’s handling of the coronavirus but outlets like CNBC fail to note that he worked for a president who knowingly permitted Ebola to take root on American soil.
In regard to coronavirus, Trump has broken decisively with the Obama policy and has forced the health care bureaucracy to come over to his way of thinking. His ban on travel from China, where the virus originated, has saved countless lives. In effect, Trump has been taming the bureaucracy to put America and Americans first.
I believe the president’s decision to accelerate the use of anti-malaria drugs to treat coronavirus reflects his skepticism of the bureaucracy’s heavy emphasis on vaccines to “solve”the problem of infectious disease. The failed development of an HIV/AIDS vaccine demonstrates that the Medical Deep State cannot be trusted and relied on in this case.
Since the beginning of the HIV/AIDS epidemic in 1981, more than 700,000 American lives have been lost to HIV. President Trump’s plan, “Ending the HIV Epidemic: A Plan for America,”emphasizes drugs as treatments for HIV/AIDS. He promises hope –not false hope.
In the case of Ebola, the CDC quickly announced human testing of an “investigational vaccine to prevent Ebola virus disease”and a so-called “fast-tracking”process was underway. It looked like the CDC was much faster in approving human trials of a vaccine than in stopping Ebola from coming into the U.S. in the first place. Ultimately, however, the first FDA-approved vaccine for the prevention of Ebola wasn’tuntil the end of 2019. But questions remain and it has not been licensed for widespread use. It was another false hope that took too many years to develop through the bureaucracy. It was years too late.
Hundreds of people got neurological disorders and several dozen died from a swine flu vaccine before it was withdrawn in 1976. The CDC Director at that time, Dr. David J. Sencer, was fired. Yet, is named after him. In addition to the 1976 swine flu debacle, there were several vaccine scandals involving children during the Clinton administration. A hepatitis B vaccine was withdrawn because it contained a toxic substance, and a vaccine against diarrhea was withdrawn because it, too, was dangerous to children.
As the feds scramble for another risky and mandatory vaccine, in the case of coronavirus, remember that Congress pass the National Childhood Vaccine Injury Act of 1986, which created a , for a reason. Vaccines can be dangerous and backfire.
The Association of American Physicians and Surgeons that “we need the right to try”alternative drugs and treatments, such as the anti-malarial drugs chloroquine and hydroxychloroquine. The group notes that an early version of these drugs may have been a key factor in General George Washington’s victory over the British in the Revolutionary War.
In the spirit of George Washington, President Trump is meeting the challenge.
Daniel Greenfield, a Shillman Journalism Fellow at the Freedom Center, is an investigative journalist and writer focusing on the radical Left and Islamic terrorism.
1 in 5 Americans have been ordered to stay home. Major states and cities have been shut down.
Our response to the coronavirus represents the biggest challenge to the relationship between individuals and the government in this country since the Civil War, WW1 or WW2. These decisions will likely be debated by scholars and historians the way that the Habeas Corpus Suspension Act, the Espionage Act, Japanese internment camps, and other emergency decisions continue to be litigated.
A generation ago, the ACLU might have had something to say about the civil liberties implications of shelter-in-place orders. That was a different ACLU that at least pretended to care about civil liberties as an objective value, defending the civil rights of people it disagreed with. The new ACLU is an identity politics zombie whose only civil liberties concerns for the coronavirus response is that illegal aliens won’t be able to enter the country and that prison inmates should be released as quickly as possible.
The ACLU’s position on the coronavirus is that, “individual rights must sometimes give way to the greater good. After all, when it comes to disease, we are not just individuals but also one big bio-mass.”
“A disease cares little for our notions of individualism,” the former civil liberties organization argues.
That is no doubt true. But we don’t run our society from the perspective of a disease. And we don’t ask civil libertarians to mind-meld with viruses. Once upon a time, the ACLU might have asked what the Constitution thought of a policy. Now it asks what a disease thinks of the United States of America. And to the disease, the ACLU, and the Left, we’re one big bio-mass collective with no room for individualism.
Meanwhile the ACLU has missed the civil liberties debate over what an “essential”establishment is. Shelter-in-place and other variants of the same term list the local definition of what is considered an essential or non-essential establishment. There is, as of yet, no formal federal definition.
Are liquor stores essential? They are in New York, New Jersey, St. Louis and Michigan. But not in Pennsylvania. Pot stores were deemed essential in California, New Jersey, and Massachusetts.
And in Pennsylvania.
But the “essential”debate is really blowing up when it comes to firearms.
Los Angeles County Sheriff Alex Villanueva freed 1,700 criminals from county jails and launched an aggressive push to force gun stores to shut down as non-essential.
“We will be closing them, they are not an essential function,”Villanueva insisted. “You have the mixture of people that are not formerly gun owners and you have a lot more people at home and anytime you introduce a firearm in a home… it increases fourfold the chance that someone is gonna get shot.”
Whether or not that’s true, it has nothing to do with whether gun stores are essential or not. Villanueva is wrongly conflating a gun control risk argument with defining what is an essential business.
And when thousands of criminals are set loose, firearms become more essential than ever.
While Illinois had deemed firearms businesses to be essential, Pennsylvania did not. The state’s version of “essential”or “life-sustaining”, like California, covers marijuana, but not firearms. That’s a problem since Philly authorities had announced that they wouldn’t be arresting “non-violent offenders”.
Non-violent offenders, a highly misleading term for a wide variety of some, potentially quite hostile and dangerous criminals, includes car theft, burglary and other threats to personal property.
The Pennsylvania Supreme Court heard a case by a gun shop owner and split, with the majority upholding the Democrat shutdown of gun stores in the state, while a minority dissented, , that it’s, “an absolute and indefinite prohibition upon the acquisition of firearms by the citizens of this commonwealth —a result in clear tension with the Second Amendment”
Are gun stores or abortion clinics essential?
To people on one side, one of them is the footprint of a murderous industry that shouldn’t even exist and on the other is a constitutionally protected right. Litigation over both sides and both industries has been fought endlessly, but is now being settled by fiat under the guise of emergency measures.
That’s the civil liberties problem with giving government unlimited emergency powers to shut down everything it wants to with very little scrutiny and no meaningful appeal against its decisions.
There is an emergency. But civil rights don’t disappear in emergencies. They matter more than ever.
The use of emergency powers allow government to strip away individual rights with very little oversight. And it’s inevitable that, as in Los Angeles County, those powers will be used for self-serving reasons.
In an emergency, it’s vital to keep government honest by questioning how it uses its powers, examining its motives for using those powers, and pushing to set limits on these emergency powers. The tension between emergency powers and civil liberties is the cauldron out of which freedom is constantly reborn.
When the government is gifted with the power to shut down anything in an emergency, its officials will make those decisions along the lines of their preconceived cultural, moral, and political views.
Even when the effect is to override existing civil liberties.
The debate over the shutdowns has been presented as a utilitarian contest between lives and the economy: balancing the risk to people and the risk to their ability to earn a living. But beyond the utilitarian debates and the numbers, of unemployment figures, and projected casualties, are the intangible moral and cultural factors that may well mark this nation even generations afterward.
Every emergency violation of civil liberties has left its scars on America. Including the Civil War. If this time is to be different, we must learn the lessons of those pasts before they turn into the new present.
No society is free all the time. But the difference between a free and unfree society is that a free society keeps asking challenging questions even during periods when civil liberties have been suspended. And by asking questions, its citizens work to keep this state of affairs an aberration, not the new normal.
When people become reflexively used to obeying orders, to jumping without asking any questions, then the crisis response becomes a new cultural norm. That’s why the fight to protect civil liberties from shutdown orders should not wait until the crisis is over. Even now may already be too late.
This is not the time to stop asking questions, but to start asking them.
President Trump can take an important first step by adopting a definition of essential businesses that includes gun stores: sending the message that the government stands behind the Second Amendment.
Because civil liberties don’t stop mattering during a pandemic. They matter now more than ever.