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Today's newsletter includes:
- Bible Verse of the Day - Matthew 17:20
- Trudeau cracks down
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1. DAILY BIBLE VERSE
And Jesus said unto them, Because of your unbelief: for verily I say unto you, If ye have faith as a grain of mustard seed, ye shall say unto this mountain, Remove hence to yonder place; and it shall remove; and nothing shall be impossible unto you.
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2. Trudeau cracks down
You have to hand it to Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau. He finally found a way to stop people from comparing him to Fidel Castro. Now, they’re comparing him to Benito Mussolini.
Trudeau, who has proven himself to be a genuinely terrible leader, has slandered the peaceful trucker protesters, threatened them and had them arrested rather than simply agreeing to meet with them and listening. Here’s a recap of how his arrogance, intransigence and incompetence have led to the point where he’s not only created this crisis in Canada but inspired revolts around the world.
Now, Trudeau has “gone nuclear” as many put it by invoking the seldom-used Emergencies Act, which is basically the Canadian version of martial law. Again, against peaceful protesters who are simply demanding that the government stop violating their rights and respect their freedom.
In a bizarre press conference, Trudeau described the move as “reasonable” and “proportionate,” as he and his deputy prime minister ominously described how truckers who protest the government may be subject to fines, imprisonment without due process, losing their insurance and more. They’re also expanding terrorist financing laws to allow for accounts to be frozen and seized without court order, including for people who merely support or raise funds to help the protesters.
This is the type of extreme measure that’s meant to be invoked only when a situation “seriously endangers the lives, health or safety of Canadians and is of such proportions or nature as to exceed the capacity or authority of a province to deal with it.” That sounds more like when BLM and Antifa supporters were rioting, looting, setting fires and destroying property. Trudeau’s response to that was to take a knee with them.
While some civil rights groups that are unworthy of the name approved Trudeau’s dictatorial move, calling it "responsible" and "a good strategy," others condemned it and called it a slippery slope into government overreach. News flash, guys: declaring martial law against peaceful freedom protesters isn’t a “slippery slope into government overreach.” It’s a deep dive into the belly of the authoritarian beast.
Many of the truckers say they refuse to be intimidated and will not give up. Although "giving up" might be the best strategy. I would not be surprised if their next move would be to give him what he wants: instead of blocking the streets, they could take their trucks home...and keep them there. Keep them there until their disgraceful PM realizes that truckers are a lot more important to society than male models with Stalin-sized egos. They might let him and all the leftist elitists around him find out how much power they really have when nobody’s delivering their food or heating oil or hair gel to them.
Related: Robert Spencer, director of Jihad Watch, imagines how an American President who supported American ideals and Constitutional rights would respond to Trudeau’s crackdown on citizens, if we had one of those.
We’re getting conflicting reports on the Russia-Ukraine situation. Some sources say Russia has sent troops back to their bases and has no intention of invading. Others say there’s been no de-escalation and an invasion could come at any time. Others say we must “wait and see.” Fox News has a continually updated news page on the topic, and as you can see, stories are coming in by the hour that contradict what the previous story said.
Meanwhile, all of this confusion has raised suspicions in some quarters that the whole standoff is a big piece of political theater. That Putin will back off, having won concessions he wanted without having to actually fight a war; and Biden can boost his approval rating by claiming he faced down Putin and avoided a war. I’d like to think that’s just conspiratorial nonsense, but I haven’t been given much reason to trust anything that comes out of this White House or the media lately. The best argument that I could make against it is that a plan that clever would require someone competent to create and execute it.
4. ATF Fail:
The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms wished Americans a happy Valentine’s Day by suggesting that they turn informant and squeal to the government on any exes who have bought or sold guns illegally.
Aside from the chilling Orwellian aspects of government urging Americans to turn in their former romantic partners to the feds, did anyone consider the likelihood that this would encourage vengeful exes (the clichéd “crazy ex-girlfriends” and unstable ex-boyfriends) to try to ruin their exes' lives by making a false claim against them? Ask a divorce lawyer how often that happens in child custody cases. And yet, here the BATF is, encouraging it.
They’re already getting some responses, but they’re not what they expected. So far, informants have suggested that they bust Hunter Biden for lying on his background check form to buy a gun, and Barack Obama and former Attorney General Eric Holder for supplying Mexican gangsters with guns via the Fast And Furious operation. Well, they wanted names, and there they are. Go get ‘em, guys!
5. Inflation Explained
On Sunday, Nancy Pelosi raised eyebrows (not her own, of course) by claiming that we have runaway inflation because the Biden economy is just so darn good. She said the Biden rescue plan put money in people’s pockets, and "The fact that people have jobs always contributes to an increase in inflation. And that's a good thing. But inflation is not good, you know, we have to contain it."
At this link, former Director of the National Economic Council Larry Kudlow offers her a helpful remedial lesson in what “inflation” is and what actually causes it.
In a nutshell: Inflation is caused by too many dollars chasing too few products, which drives up prices. It’s not caused by the current unemployment rate, which is artificially low because it only counts people who are actively looking for a job.
When people are working, they’re creating more products. But when the government is printing a lot of dollars that didn’t exist before and giving them to people to sit home and not work, there are fewer products. There are also fewer products when you have an Administration that allows a supply chain crisis to go on and on and never solve it, or that declares war on the domestic fossil fuel industry. You know, like we have now.
In short, it’s caused by Biden and the Democrats in Congress creating too many dollars and ensuring that they are chasing too few products. So if you want to bring down inflation, you either have to convince the Democrats to reverse all their cherished failed policies, or you have to kick them out of office. Guess which one would be easier?
6. Must-Read Essay::
Historian Robert Zimmerman explains what the now-worldwide freedom protests are really about by taking us on a look back through the past two years and all the lies – not honest mistakes, but lies – that politicians and health officials told the public in order to exploit the COVID-19 virus to increase their own power and take away people's freedom.
In short, they’re not just protests to demand an end to draconian COVID measures, or even just to demand the people’s freedoms and rights back, but a demand to stop the lies and bring back government that the people can trust. The problem, of course, is that once a public official squanders the public trust, it’s nearly impossible to earn it back. Usually, that’s dealt with by replacing the individuals at the polls, but in this case, they’ve also managed to destroy public trust in the system itself and even in the elections. It’s going to take an overwhelming turnout at the polls to ensure the public trusts the results, and then the winners are going to have to clean house from top to bottom.
That’s why I wrote before that earning back the public’s trust is going to be a Herculean task, specifically referring to Hercules having to clean out the Augean Stables. So much manure had built up that Hercules had to divert a river to flush it all away. We might have to do that with the Potomac.
7. A Bad Taste
I believe that chocolate lovers deserve to be fully informed about the candy they consume, so you need to read this. It’s about how Hershey has fired unvaccinated workers who sought a religious exemption.
Some say they were interrogated about personal issues, some of which had nothing to do with their faith, and told the Pope okayed the vaccine so they should take it. One said, “They twisted your words and tried to put words in your mouth. It was terrible.”
Sounds like something you wouldn’t want to put in your mouth. It might leave a bad taste.
8. I Just Wanted to Say:
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