Today marks the start of a new month, but it almost seems like the birth of a new world, as a number of states begin the first phases of relaxing the lockdown and getting back to work. At the link are details of what’s happening in which states. See if yours is among them...
Today is May 1st, or “May Day,” a traditional holiday of socialists and labor unions that was taken over by communist regimes and used as an excuse for parades to show off the military hardware that they used to intimidate their neighbors and oppress their own people. November 7th and August 23rd are both observed as remembrance days for the victims of communism, but Georgetown law Prof. Ilya Somin has long advocated for making May 1st the international “Victims of Communism Day,” for reasons he explains here.
It is conservatively estimated that over the course of the 20th century, the USSR, China and other communist regimes killed between 80 and 100 million people. That number could be much higher, since communist regimes don’t like to let outsiders know just how many people are dead because of their policies, as we’ve just been reminded by the way Beijing dealt with the Wuhan virus (that’s right, I called it by its proper name. That isn’t racist, but calling it by a name that serves Beijing’s propaganda interests by whitewashing its origin is immensely disrespectful to the Chinese people who suffered and died because of their own government’s self-serving dishonesty.)
You probably won’t hear much from media talking heads today about the massive human slaughter caused by communism. They’re too busy blaming President Trump for 55,000 deaths caused by a virus that was actually unleashed by communists. But we need a regular reminder of the staggering death toll of communism, which, as Prof. Somin points out, is greater than that of Nazism and all other 20th century tyrannies combined. That’s because Western apologists for this horrendous blight on humanity (aptly referred to by communist leaders as “useful idiots”) are constantly polishing it up and trying to sell it to new generations of naïve suckers, like a lemon used car.
Just this week, writers in the Atlantic magazine actually argued that the Chinese system of censoring the Internet is superior to American free speech because it’s dangerous to let “misinformation” from non-experts taint public discourse. In this case, “misinformation” is loosely defined as “things I disagree with” and “experts” as “people who smugly believe they know everything, despite having been wrong over and over again.” This is so stunningly ludicrous that even Rolling Stone political writer Matt Taibbi, hardly a conservative or Trump supporter, wrote an excellent article dismantling it.
Despite the best efforts of certain social media giants to censor free speech, we don’t yet have a Chinese-style system. If we did, I assume we would all now believe the “true information” that came from Beijing-approved sources and was repeated by “experts” like the W.H.O. For instance, that China has the coronavirus completely under control, there’s no evidence it can be transmitted from person to person, and there’s no need to shut off travel from China or cancel crowded public events. That’s just the tip of the iceberg of recent “expert” wisdom. Looking back, the “crazy, misinformed Internet conspiracy theorists” had a better batting average than the self-proclaimed “experts.”
Of course, that’s not to say that we should believe any crackpot with a Twitter account. But the genius of the American right to free speech is that it creates a free marketplace of ideas, where everyone is free to make a case, and everyone else is free to challenge it. Eventually, through open debate and honest inquiry, the truth emerges. Or at least, we get a lot closer to the truth than we’d ever get if we relied on a monumentally failed death cult to police what we are allowed to say.
Always remember, it’s no coincidence that May Day, the holiday celebrating communism, is also the phrase used to warn of plane crashes and other imminent deadly disasters.
NOT THE WAY TO GO ABOUT IT
Having been a Governor (a job where you have to deal with financial crises without the luxury of being able to print money), I sympathize with any leader who is in the unpopular position of being forced to support a tax increase. However, when the crisis is that the economy has shut down and your city’s business base is struggling just to survive, maybe a 32% tax increase should be your very last resort.
FACTS ARE NOT YOUR FRIENDS
With so many journalists out of work, you’d think that the Washington Post would be able to hire a fact-checker who knows the definition of a “fact.” For instance, one who doesn’t brand the President as a “three-Pinocchio liar” for saying something that is clearly true, based on something that’s totally irrelevant. But then, when you’re trying to make the laughable case that today’s Democrat politicians don’t really support late term abortion, actual “facts” are not your friends.
A BLIND EYE
Even though it’s becoming clearer every day that the entire “Russia collusion/Mike Flynn set-up” was the biggest abuse of power scandal in US history, much of the mainstream media continue to turn a blind eye to it. As Matt Vespa at Townhall.com reports, the bombshell revelations in the Flynn case, such as the note proving that the FBI was plotting to frame him to either send him to jail or get him fired, received zero coverage on the ABC, CNN and CBS morning shows. At least MSNBC and NBC mentioned it once… MSNBC at 5:15 a.m. and NBC at 3:41 a.m. To be fair, I doubt that many fewer people were watching MSNBC at 5:15 a.m. than were watching it in prime time.
But in more heartening news, Vespa notes that not all liberal reporters are mindless shills for the Obama-corrupted system…
THE FRAMING OF LT. GEN. FLYNN
A timely reminder, as the truth about the framing of Lt. Gen. Flynn finally comes tumbling out like rancid candy from a year-old piñata: Deep State political operatives tried to set up Flynn for violating the Logan Act, an ancient law that nobody has ever been successfully prosecuted for and that he plainly did not violate. Yet John Kerry violated it blatantly and often. He met with foreign leaders on numerous occasions over the years in attempts to undermine official US policy, as The Lid blog reminds us at this link.
Not only was Kerry never prosecuted for violating the Logan Act, he still regularly lectures the rest of us from atop his pillar of self-righteous superiority.
A top Republican political strategist is under scrutiny after it was revealed that he wrote a 57-page memo to Republican candidates on how to deal with questions about the coronavirus during their election campaigns. His advice was to attack China but not to defend President Trump’s efforts, other than the China travel ban.
This is just buying into false leftist narratives. Why shouldn’t Republicans point out that when Trump was setting up a virus task force, the Democrats were wholly fixated on trying to impeach him? Or that he warned about the virus in the same State of the Union Address that Nancy Pelosi tore up on camera? Or that while he was banning travel from Europe, she was urging people to come on out to Chinatown? Why not point out that the worst outbreaks have been in heavily blue cities, and that the predicted shortages of ventilators and hospital beds never happened because of the alleged “failed response” of Trump? Or that Trump is trying to safely restart the economy while Democratic politicians are trampling the Constitution, holding their own people hostage and letting dangerous criminals out of jail, all in the name of “public safety”?
In short, why not take a page from Trump and fight back against the phony charges and rewrites of history, instead of tacitly conceding them?
Allow me to point out that this strategist is identified as someone who advised both the Mitt Romney and John McCain presidential campaigns. Quick, put on your thinking caps: What did those two presidential campaigns have in common that they don’t have in common with Donald Trump’s campaign?
Hint: Trump won.
Here’s some welcome news: not only is a really entertaining part of the economy planning a big comeback, but they’re doing it in a way that will help alleviate the glut of gasoline. Bonus points: it will also upset radical environmentalists who’ve been celebrating the lockdown because nobody was able to drive.
'SECRET SINGERS' FOLLOW-UP
Comment from reader Gloria Grace Prosper, on Pat Reeder’s story about the death of India Adams, one of the people who secretly did the singing for Hollywood’s Golden Age stars: “Hello. I am one of those ‘secret singers.’ One of my favorite jobs was singing in ‘War and Remembrance.’ I provided the little boy's voice. Another was being Shirley's voice in ‘Laverne and Shirley's’ opera spoof. I have sung in 100's of films, TV shows and commercials. God blessed me with a voice and a profession, and I am grateful.”
Reply from Pat Reeder: Thank you, Gloria, it’s an honor to hear from you! I would urge everyone to visit your website at http://www.prospermusic.com/home-bio.html to discover your many amazing talents. I’m always happy to be able to shine a spotlight on some of the deserving but less-celebrated talents of show biz history. I’m sure the “Laverne & Shirley Sing” LP would have been better if you’d filled in for Shirley on that, too, and you certainly could have improved the recording of “The Odd Couple Opera” if you’d sung for Jack Klugman.