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Just yesterday, I received an urgent letter from a reader –- a former teacher –- warning about the danger of leftist activism in schools. Here is what Amy had to say:

Sir, I’m a mom and a former teacher, and the direction we are going is very concerning to me. There used to be the understanding that crazy ideas would not get far. Unfortunately, now there are too many crazy ideas and they are not going away. Now we have reached the point where if you don’t stand up and disagree, then you are actually just acquiescing.

The left has created a CRT activist group for children called Diversify Our Narrative. The left are genius in how they have made activism for youth so simple that it requires absolutely no thought –- it actually works better if they don’t think.

I really feel like we need to use their template and create our own program only focused on teaching youth to be critical thinkers who evaluate the messages around them. I sound old to say this, but, back in my day, when journalism was taught, we were told to always ask who, what, when, where, and why. I think they are only taught to retweet and forward now. We have got to come up with a program that teaches critical thinking and combines that with community service and innovative solutions.

I really believe if we can get kids to start thinking and evaluating the information around them then they are not going to be as easy to turn into mindless liberal activists. I’m hoping that you might know where I can find a program that is out there like this or who I could talk to about creating this program.

Thank you so much for writing, Amy. If every kid could have a teacher like you, we’d have a lot more confidence in the future.

You’re right that it’s getting hard than ever to evaluate and determine what is “crazy.” It seems the indoctrinators of our kids are going by the principle that if everything is crazy, nothing is crazy. And they want parents to just stay out of it, which is, exactly as you say, acquiescing. One silver lining to the stormcloud of COVID is that kids and parents spent more time at home together. Kids started getting their lessons online at home, where parents often got a glimpse of their “classrooms” and were appalled at what they saw being taught. It took a few brave parents to stand against cancel culture and speak out, and now there are nationwide networks of parents working to fight leftist indoctrination in schools.

You are also very perceptive to say the activists’ goal is to separate ideology and activism from thought. In George Orwell’s book “1984,” there’s a Newspeak term called “duckspeak,” which means literally to quack like a duck, without thinking at all. It’s considered to be a good thing –- “doubleplusgood,” in fact. Here’s how Orwell described it:

“The intention was to make speech, and especially speech on any subject not ideologically neutral, as nearly as possible independent of consciousness. For the purposes of everyday life, it was no doubt necessary, or sometimes necessary, to reflect before speaking, but a Party member called upon to make a political or ethical judgment should be able to spray forth the correct opinion as automatically as a machine gun spraying forth bullets...Ultimately, it was hoped to make articulate speech issue from the larynx without involving the higher brain centers at all. This aim was frankly admitted in the Newspeak word “duckspeak,” meaning ‘to quack like a duck.’ [This word was] a warm and valued compliment.”

This is what they’re trying to do to kids. There’s no real thought involved in calling someone a “Nazi” or a “white supremacist” --- kids don’t even know what that really is. They don’t know what “capitalism” and “socialism” are, either. All such words have been conveniently redefined. We looked up “Diversify Our Narrative”; here’s the website:

https://www.diversifyournarrative.com

It says on their home page that they’re involved in 1) grassroots activism/policy change, 2) curriculum creation, 3) leadership development, and 4) educational resources and support. This is a new organization; they say that since June 2020, they’re in 800+ school districts. They're partnered with Generation UP, which fights for the College For All Act (free college); Bay Area Student Activists; the NFL (I am not kidding); and Justice In The Classroom –- check out their website at https://www.justiceintheclassroom.org

One strategy used by the proponents of Critical Race Theory is to name a study based on its principles something else and then deny they’re teaching CRT. Take a look at these sites, and it’s easy to see that this is just the same old leftist indoctrination, with the same cascade of buzzwords, perfect for duckspeak.

For example, the stated mission of Diversify Our Narrative is “to fight to be anti-racist and to encourage a productive dialogue on race and identity among our student bodies through the inclusion of racially diverse, anti-racist texts in USA schools; to work towards racial justice, educational equity and community power.” They address issues such as “systemic racism and microaggressions.” They “create curriculum centered around anti-racist teaching practices in the classroom.”

We also scrolled down their page of lesson plans, and this pretty much says it all…

https://www.diversifyournarrative.com/lesson-plans

While high school students in other countries are learning math and science, American kids taught with lesson plans from Diversify Our Narrative are learning “Exploring LGBTQ+/Immigrant Narratives Through Music,” “Analyzing Queer Dance,” “The New Jim Crow,” “Biology, Society and Policy,” “Acting Out: Resisting Policed Performances of Gender,” “The Intersection of Colonialism and Gender & Sexuality” (I am not kidding), and more.

Thanks, Amy, for bringing this to our attention. It’s true that we need to be at least as good as the left is when it comes to organizing. And YES –- you put it so well –- there needs to be a program that stresses critical thinking, community service and innovative solutions! Right now, I’d say critical thinking is the one that most desperately needs help.

For now, we wanted to alert you to this apparently very well organized group, Diversify Our Narrative. But we’ll also be working on a list of resources that offer strong lesson plans, especially for learning at home. (The best thing you can do for kids being force-fed anti-racist garbage is to take them out of their awful school.) Parents, grandparents, teachers and tutors: if you know of good curriculum plans and supplemental material for homeschoolers, please let us know, and we’ll pass that information along.

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California’s Third District Court of Appeals unanimously (3-0) struck down a state law requiring nursing home workers to use people’s “preferred pronouns.” Prolonged use of someone’s non-preferred pronoun could result in fines of up to $1000 and even a year in prison. The Court quite rightly ruled this a violation of the First Amendment right to free speech.

https://www.conservativereview.com/court-rules-california-law-requiring-use-of-transgender-pronouns-is-a-violation-of-free-speech-2653873814.html

Rick Chavez Zbur of Equality California blasted the ruling, declaring, “Let’s be clear: refusing to use someone’s correct name and pronouns isn’t an issue of free speech – it’s a hateful act that denies someone their dignity and truth.” I assume Mr/Ms/Whatever Zbur doesn’t see the irony in accusing someone else of being hateful while claiming that applying labels to others that they don’t like isn’t protected free speech. Or that just because someone declares what “their truth” is doesn’t mean that it should be illegal for others to disagree with it. A lot of liberals have no qualms with vehemently disagreeing with what I believe to be Biblical truth.

The bill’s author, Sen. Scott Wiener (I’ll risk prison by assuming Scott is a “he”) of San Francisco, of course, railed, “The court’s decision is disconnected from the reality facing transgender people” and vowed to get it overturned on appeal. I’d say that if he thinks the Supreme Court is going to uphold that law, he’s the one who’s disconnected from reality, which seems to be a chronic condition among California legislators.

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The FBI has suffered so many black eyes lately, it must have more eyes than a housefly. And here’s the latest haymaker:

https://redstate.com/bonchie/2021/07/20/it-sure-looks-like-the-fbi-basically-orchestrated-the-gretchen-whitmer-kidnapping-plot-n413686

As we’re learning more about that alleged plot to kidnap Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer, it’s looking more and more as if the FBI didn’t just get a tip and infiltrate the plot but were actively engaged from the beginning in orchestrating it and luring people into it. Attorneys are starting to question whether there would have been a conspiracy at all if the undercover agents hadn’t lured people into it. It’s getting perilously close to the definition of “entrapment.”

But that’s not all: in a separate story also cited at that link, an Inspector General’s report cited found that a then-senior FBI official had numerous unauthorized contacts with the media and accepted unauthorized gifts from the media.

As columnist Kurt Schlichter points out, in his inimitable way, it’s getting harder to buy the claim that it’s just a few bad apples at the FBI causing all the problems when all we ever hear about is barrels and barrels of bad apples and no good apples speaking up to say, “Enough! I quit!”

https://townhall.com/columnists/kurtschlichter/2021/07/19/are-there-any-good-apples-n2592697

It’s an age-old problem in Washington that whenever conservative Justices actually join the Supreme Court, pressure immediately gets put on them to move to the left. It comes from the media, their colleagues, and the people they lunch and golf and attend cocktail parties with. Some (looking at you, John Roberts) seem to sprint to the left, others inch leftward, and only a rare few, like Justice Thomas, stick to their principles despite all the slings and arrows hurled at them. And of course, when they do move left, this is described by the media as the Justices “evolving” and “growing.”

Those of us who think of moving leftward as the wrong direction for America consider that “devolving.” And despite all the wails from the media about the “far-right drift” of the Supreme Court, there were plenty of disappointments among the few victories for the Constitution and the Bill of Rights in the most recent term. Here’s a recap of that term, along with an account of what happened when former Vice President Pence pointed to the appointment of conservative judges as a great victory at the Family Leader leadership summit in Iowa. The audience wasn’t buying it.

https://www.foxnews.com/politics/social-conservatives-disappointment-trump-supreme-court-justices-rulings

Not since Ford introduced the Edsel has so much hype been followed by so much disappointment.

BUT...here’s the kind of case for which I hope those allegedly conservative Justices will be able to find their principles: Incoming college freshman Olivia Sandor was denied admission to BYU Hawaii and lost the $200,000 scholarship she’d earned because she asked to be exempted from the state COVID vaccination mandate. The reason: she has serious medical issues (she was paralyzed from the waist down for over a month due to Guillain-Barre Syndrome after getting a vaccine in 2019), and her doctors advised her not to get the jab and even wrote her a letter to exempt her, but to no avail.

https://www.foxnews.com/media/college-student-denied-admission-to-dream-school-despite-vaccine-exemption-for-medical-history

Sandor says she’s now without a school or scholarship and has nowhere to turn. Personally, I’d turn toward the office of the best attorney I could find. I know one court already ruled that colleges could require it, but would this case be a violation of the Americans with Disabilities Act? Might be an argument worth pursuing.

Will wonders never cease? The Washington Post ran a genuinely funny op-ed spread of parody “Hunter Biden paintings,” the point being to mock what an obvious influence-peddling scam his “art” career is.

https://www.foxnews.com/media/glenn-kessler-slammed-funny-display-hunter-bidens-scandals

Of course, that got them some criticism of their own from readers wanting to know where their concern about Hunter’s corruption was when they were burying the story of his laptop revelations during the campaign. I guess it’s “safe” to make fun of his efforts to profit from his dad’s power, now that his dad is safely IN power.

In a related story, a Pulitzer Prize-winning art critic says that Hunter’s art is so bad that it wouldn’t even fetch $1,000 on its own merits, while it’s being offered for sale for up to $500,000.

https://www.westernjournal.com/pulitzer-prize-winning-art-critic-hunter-bidens-art-bad-shouldnt-even-worth-1000/?utm_source=facebook&utm_medium=empowerconservatives

On this one, I have to defend Hunter. I’ve seen some of what passes for valuable modern art these days. If it really were that bad, it would definitely be selling for up to $500,000.

On Tuesday, at the request of one of our readers, we expanded on the testimony given in June by Gen. Mark Milley, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, in which he --- just like the DNC, coincidentally --- blamed the breach at the Capitol on January 6 on Trump supporters’ “white rage” and anti-constitutionalism.

RELATED READING: The Pentagon Speaks From Phony DNC Playbook 

Tuesday evening on TUCKER CARLSON TONIGHT, Tucker included a segment on something we’d discussed in our commentary, the focused military indoctrination currently going on within the ranks. “Biden has gone much farther than any other President,” he said, “to politicize every federal agency, and that includes, terrifyingly, the military.”

The Defense Department has been ordered to direct its attention at American citizens, including our own military, as Biden’s Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin states outright that some of our enemies “lie within our own ranks.”

The contractor with whom the Defense Department is working to stamp out these domestic “white supremacist” enemies is called Moonshot CVE (“Countering Violent Extremism”), a contractor based out of London. If you would like to read in great detail about how they operate, here is a long article, for when you have time. Warning: it might keep you awake at night.

https://founderscode.com/the-feds-have-hired-moonshot-cve-be-worried/

The folks at Moonshot are the ones who have been looking into the online history of American soldiers to ferret out “extremist” views. So, what exactly are those extremist views?

Tucker reported what we had said, that they searched for phrases such “the truth about Black Lives Matter.” “If you wanted to know the truth about Black Lives Matter, you were, by definition, a white supremacist, and an enemy of the United States,” he observed.

You see, no one is even supposed to ASK about BLM. Yesterday, we dared suggest that it deserves the same scrutiny as any other organization, which, I suppose, makes us –- at least to Moonshot CVE and the new leaders of the U.S. military –- incorrigible, detestable, deplorable RACISTS.

“The outcome is contrived,” said Tucker’s guest, radio host Vince Coglianese. The only reason they’d include a question such as that would be to rig the outcome of a study, he said.

Moonshot CVE, he said, showed us what they’re about when they released a study in June about white supremacy in the United States, as determined by search trends. In that study, they happen to have included that same phrase, “the truth about Black Lives Matter.” This is something that anyone, of any skin color or political persuasion, might be searching for, for a variety of reasons.

In fact, my own researchers, given that they look high and low for information on just about any topic you could think of –- from any perspective that might possibly be weighing in –- would be very likely to search a phrase such as this. If they had, would that make them white supremacists?

No. Just no.

It would make them...inquisitive, curious, interested. Anybody looking at the varied online search history of my researchers would be mystified as to their personal political proclivities. But if Moonshot wanted to take some searched-for phrase out of context and tar them falsely with extremist beliefs, they certainly could. And so they could with our soldiers.

In fact, when one of us did a search on “white supremacy u.s. military,” this is the first article that came up. We include a link to it for illustrative purposes only; the article itself is a big steaming load of leftist propaganda about how the U.S. military is full of white nationalist extremists. It says that white supremacism in the military is “a problem that threatens both to compromise the integrity of the military and endanger the society it purports to defend.” Feel free to be as offended as we are by this statement, especially if you are in the military or have loved ones who are. If soldiers hate anything, it might be the attempt --- by those they are sworn to defend --- to paint them as racists and domestic terrorists.

https://newrepublic.com/article/162400/us-military-white-supremacy-problem

This is far from the only article of this type, either, as we checked out articles in THE NEW YORK TIMES and VANITY FAIR. We’ll spare you --- you would thank us, believe me.

We prefer this take on the subject from THE DAILY CALLER NEWS FOUNDATION.

https://dailycallernewsfoundation.org/2021/07/20/pentagon-contractor-paid-to-tackle-extremism-claims-searching-for-the-truth-about-blm-implies-white-supremacist-behavior/

As Coglianese suggested on Tucker’s show, doing an online search for such a phrase might even mean you’re a member of Black Lives Matter yourself, trying to find out where on earth $90 million that was raised by the national organization disappeared to. Does that make you a white supremacist? No, it makes you fiscally responsible.

Maybe you’re just wondering about the ideological beliefs supporting BLM, after hearing one of its leaders speak of being a “trained Marxist" or others among its leadership express support not for the Cuban people but for the Communists trying to keep them in their place. In other words, it likely has nothing to do with race at all.

Coglianiese said he’s never seen anything like the current politicization of the military and says it’s “completely out of control.” Asking questions = extremism. Free inquiry = extremism. “It’s getting worse,” he said.

In order to further the left’s narrative about white supremacy in America, they have spread it worldwide, with the Biden administration, through Secretary of State Antony Blinken, even saying it wants the United Nations Human Rights Council to get involved in investigating our country’s “systemic racism.” In case you weren’t aware, some of the new members of the Human Rights Council are (get ready) China, Russia, Pakistan, Senegal, Malawi and Cote d’Ivoire (the Ivory Coast). Does this strike you as a little...infuriating? The fact that China and Russia are even ON the Human Rights Council makes no sense, let alone that they, to the delight of the left, are being put in the position of judging our country. And our current leaders actually want that.

https://townhall.com/tipsheet/zachbauder/2021/07/20/blinken-wants-un-to-investigate-us-for-hr-violations-despite-member-nations-long-track-record-of-actual-crimes-n2592746

Our country should be the bastion of freedom right now. We should be welcoming those who risk their lives to escape Cuba, as they would be political prisoners if they returned. We should have a well-functioning legal immigration system with rules that everyone understands and respects. We should be pressuring China to stop their blatant human rights violations, their enslavement and persecution of religious minorities. We should be known as the nation with a military that fights to preserve freedom for all, regardless of skin color (which is what they DO). In other words, we should be that shining city on a hill. And we could be, if only…

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Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez seems to be taking a page from Bernie Sanders and many others who failed at everything in life before becoming socialist politicians and then they somehow turned into millionaires. AOC has signed a deal to sell a line of "AOC" and “Tax the Rich” merchandise on her popular social media pages. Now, listen to her try to explain how making money through private enterprise isn’t capitalism when she does it. Unlike her merch, it’s priceless.

https://pjmedia.com/news-and-politics/tyler-o-neil/2021/07/20/aoc-struggles-to-explain-how-cashing-in-on-her-tax-the-rich-merch-isnt-capitalism-or-something-n1463200

On a more serious note, AOC’s attempt to sorta voice solidarity with the Cuban people while not actually denouncing their oppressive communist government and instead blaming America and denouncing Trump did not go over well with a former Democrat House member from Miami. Debbie Mucarsel-Powell gave her a scolding and a civics lesson on Twitter.

https://townhall.com/tipsheet/carsonswick/2021/07/20/aoc-embargo-comments-n2592796

Will that be enough to convince Cuban-Americans to vote for Democrats again? With Biden ordering the Coast Guard to make sure they’re the only asylum seekers on Earth who are actually turned away from America, I wouldn’t count on it.

(1.) The California state board of education has decided to postpone for 10 months the implementation of a new “social justice”-oriented math curriculum. It rejects the idea of some people having natural gifts for math, would end advanced courses such as AP Calculus, and make teachers use math class to promote “sociopolitical conscience” and social and environmental issues.

https://www.joannejacobs.com/2021/07/social-justice-math-stalls-in-california/

The postponement came after the board received massive backlash from critics who said the new curriculum would politicize math in “a potentially disastrous way.” It would block gifted kids from rising to positions such as engineer, where they could get rockets into the sky and build bridges properly. And it would uproot long-proven, effective math methods in an attempt to “build a mathless Brave New World on a foundation of unsound ideology.” Of course, to the people pushing it, that’s their mission statement in life. Judging from “progressive” ideas about economics, I have a feeling most of them are still nursing a grudge about making F’s in math.

(2.) Say, do you know how President Biden wants all government agencies to go to 100% electric vehicles, and then force all Americans to do the same? Well, the Democrat-led city of Philadelphia led the way in 2016 by buying a fleet of 25 electric Proterra buses.

https://freebeacon.com/biden-administration/report-philadelphias-proterra-fleet-in-complete-shambles/

But if you’re waiting for one of those buses, brace yourself for a long wait. The city transit authority SEPTA has already removed the entire fleet from service due to “structural and logistical problems;” i.e., the batteries didn’t hold a charge long enough for the bus routes and were so heavy, they were cracking the buses’ chassis.

The city paid $24 million for the electric buses, partly subsidized by a $2.6 million federal grant, so all taxpayers got stuck with some of the bill (get used to that feeling.) The buses were introduced when they were rolled out into the 2016 DNC Convention with the boast that the city was “plugging into an emissions-free future."

They should’ve known better than to believe that anything that came out of a Democratic Convention was going to lead to a better future or less hot noxious gas.

Texas Dems Update

July 20, 2021

Five of those Texas House Democrats who fled to DC to prevent a quorum for an election integrity bill have now tested positive for COVID-19, after tweeting photos of themselves on their plane with no facemasks, as is required for everyone else, and meeting with top Democrat officials, including the Vice President. But then, they obviously believe rules are for the little people.

Stephen L. Miller had some fun on Twitter with these fugitive super-spreaders by turning the Dems’ own hyperbolic rhetoric against them:

https://pjmedia.com/instapundit/462358/

While we’re all enjoying their hypocrisy on everything from mask mandates to opposing the filibuster for the Senate but not for themselves to claiming they’re standing up for Texas citizens while shirking their jobs and costing Texas citizens over $40,000 a day, they might have actually done one real service to America. They’ve inspired Sen. Lindsay Graham to follow their example.

https://townhall.com/tipsheet/leahbarkoukis/2021/07/19/why-lindsey-graham-wants-to-take-a-page-from-dems-playbook-over-35t-spending-package-n2592718

Graham says he’s been inspired by them to decide that if the Democrats try to force through a $3.5 trillion “infrastructure bill” on a reconciliation vote that does nothing to rebuild infrastructure but that fuels inflation, funds a leftist wish list and opens the floodgates of illegal immigration, Republicans will simply leave and deny the Senate a quorum.

Hey, Democrats are praising the Texans, so they must be fine with it, right? Besides, denying the Democrats a quorum might be the only way to stop it, since some Republican Senators are lining up to be rolled.

https://redstate.com/bonchie/2021/07/18/republicans-rush-to-prove-they-are-idiots-after-democrats-promise-to-screw-them-n412759

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A reader has called our attention to one part of an opinion piece published by THE EPOCH TIMES, “The Left’s Loyalty Test, and the Coming Enforcement of It,” by James Bowman. Specifically this is an oh-so- carefully-phrased testimony by Gen. Mark Milley, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, that happened to perfectly reflect the DNC talking points about the Capitol breach on January 6.

The testimony appears about halfway through the piece. Here’s the entire op-ed, from July 1. Yes, I know that was three weeks ago, but it remains as pertinent as it was that day. (Note: It’s a “premium” report, which means it’s through a subscription that is well worth signing up for.)

https://www.theepochtimes.com/the-lefts-loyalty-test-and-the-coming-enforcement-of-it_3883478.html

Bowman's piece starts with an account of how language has been changed over the past few decades to give convenient (for the left) new meanings to terms such as “lie” as well as new boundaries for “decent opinion” largely set by THE NEW YORK TIMES. The author gained a preliminary understanding of this discipline during the Clinton administration, but as he writes here, it wasn’t until he heard Gen. Milley testify at the budget hearing in June that “all the pieces of the puzzle came together” and he understood the far-reaching implications of cancel culture.

Recall that Gen. Milley was asked why he studied the works of Marx, Lenin and Mao and why he now supports the teaching of Critical Race Theory (CRT) to our armed forces. His response was mystifying.

“I want to understand white rage,” he testified. “I’m white and I want to understand it. So what is it that caused thousands of people to assault this building and try to overturn the Constitution of the United States of America? What caused that? I want to find that out? I want to maintain an open mind here, and I do want to analyze it. It’s important that we understand that, because our soldiers, sailors, airmen, Marines and guardians, they come from the American people. So it’s important that the leaders now and in the future do understand it.”

If you’d like to read the entire transcript, here it is.

https://www.rev.com/blog/transcripts/general-milley-secretary-austin-full-testimony-transcript-on-2022-budget-request

Gen. Milley was clearly trying to imply that the Capitol breach was caused by “white rage” and also by a desire to overturn the Constitution.

I want to know: Why is Gen. Milley, the figure who represents all branches of our military, parroting the exact –- the EXACT –- message of the Democratic National Committee, a message that happens to be fraudulent? Surely he isn’t that clueless.

Let’s start first with the idea that entering the Capitol was an attempt to subvert the U.S. Constitution. That’s baloney –- it was just the opposite. The people rallying that day were strong constitutionalists, deeply concerned that their beloved Constitution might have been subverted. They understandably did not trust the vote count in key counties. (As we have learned since and are still learning, they had good reason for that.) They suspected targeted cheating at worst, unconstitutional tinkering at best. But they were told that their arguments were “moot,” that no one, not even the Supreme Court, would hear their complaints, and that they couldn’t do anything about it so they’d just better just shut up.

And now they see that the new administration can’t wait to subvert the Constitution in other ways, such as federalizing elections to prevent states from guarding against fraud.

I've said from the start that what marchers did at the Capitol Building, even if it was urged on by outside forces as it appears to have been, was terribly ill-advised and made matters worse --- much worse. But that’s not to say that their motives weren’t commendable. They wanted to protect the Constitution, not overturn it.

So, where did Gen. Milley get the idea that Trump supporters wanted to subvert the Constitution? Is he really that clueless? Or is he doing the bidding of the left?

And is it possible for him to be even MORE clueless? Perhaps, on the issue of “white rage,” he is. This phony narrative, likewise, is straight out of the DNC playbook. Just because Trump supporters at the Capitol were mostly white does not mean, by any stretch, that race had anything to do with this. And Bowman agrees, when he says:

“Race, I daresay, never entered their heads in this connection, but it has been attributed to them as their motivation on the basis of the previous Democratic talking point, itself based on a bare-faced lie about what Donald Trump had said about the ‘very fine people’ in Charlottesville in 2017, that the former President was a ‘white supremacist.’” In other words, Gen. Milley is perpetuating a hoax.

Bowman points out that the left, “which is now in the saddle and rides both government and media,” is working to establish in our minds that opposition or even disagreement with them will be regarded by the state as a security threat. And we have it straight from the mouth of the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff.

To quote Bowman, this is “as good as an admission that he [Gen. Milley] is also prepared to allow his troops, suitably purged of subversive elements, of course, to be used as enforcers of the one-party, totalitarian rule that the Democrats would like to see as our future.” Is Bowman going too far? I don’t think so.

Monday evening on FOX NEWS PRIMETIME, Brian Kilmeade had a good segment on the military’s strange preoccupation with the political views of its own soldiers. Reportedly, the Pentagon has been working with an “extremism analyst company” to dig through the online history of troops to find evidence of what they term “white supremacist” views. One phrase they search for is “the truth about Black Lives Matter.” As FOX NEWS reports, their search implies that questioning the motives of the BLM movement “is a disinformation narrative perpetuated by white supremacist groups to weaponize anti-BLM sentiment.” That is flat-out wrong; BLM deserves the same scrutiny as any other group.

Former Air Force Lt. Commander Matthew Lohmeier, who says he lost his post after questioning the rise of “diversity issues” in the military, was Kilmeade’s guest. He said very little surprises him any more when it comes to the Pentagon’s focus on “rooting out white extremism and white supremacy.” He questioned the value of using search terms to determine the views of those serving in uniform.

Lohmeier has a new book, IRRESISTIBLE REVOLUTION, and in researching it, he determined that BLM, going back to 2015, is “an exceptionally politicized project,” with goals such as dismantling the nuclear family and opposing Judeo-Christian values. What does any of this have to do with race?

He says the company the Pentagon hired to examine soldiers’ social media posts is British and “affiliated with former President Obama.” Politicized statements from soldiers on the left appear not to be undergoing scrutiny. But, of course, those soldiers aren’t...racists!

Lohmeier’s book looks like an excellent examination of neo-Marxism within our armed forces, by someone who’s had a taste of that. Gen. Milley should read it.

https://www.irresistiblerevolutionbook.com

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I know Americans usually don’t care much about the internal problems of other countries, but what’s happening in South Africa right now is both a tragedy and a cautionary tale we’d do well to heed.

Sunday would have been the late Nelson Mandela’s birthday, but his dream of a peaceful, multi-racial South Africa has crumbled, with the nation torn by riots, looting, rising radical political parties, racial demonization of whites, staggering unemployment and the jailing of the former President. One woman ruefully tweeted that an entire shopping mall had been looted with the only thing untouched being the bookstore.

And why should this spreading implosion of South Africa be of concern to Americans? Because, as this article from Revolver News explains in depth, it was the first nation built on the concepts of Critical Race Theory, and this is where it’s sadly led.

https://www.revolver.news/2021/07/south-africa-riots-looting-critical-race-theory/

Former President Trump put out a statement criticizing the way President Biden is handling convincing Americans to get vaccinated against COVID. Because of the media’s prime directive that Trump is always wrong and to blame for all bad things, this is being spun as Trump promoting the anti-vaccination movement, which he wasn’t at all (you can read his statement here for yourself):

https://redstate.com/nick-arama/2021/07/18/trump-blasts-biden-on-vaccines-and-the-media-quickly-lies-about-what-trump-said-n412750

As noted, why would Trump, who got the vaccine himself, urged Americans to take it, and rightly takes credit for getting it developed so quickly, back the anti-vaccination movement?

The big story about the lagging vaccination numbers is just how much Democrats themselves have had to do with them. Most of their arguments are based on mockery and condescension rather than facts, and that works with some people, but it’s backfiring big time at convincing people to get vaccinated. To begin with, the idea that the “vaccine hesitant” are a bunch of dumb, anti-science Trump voters is not only insulting, it’s patently false.

A Kaiser poll in May found that only 20% of those hesitant to get vaccinated were Republicans, with 19% being Republican-leaning Independents. 41% were Democrats or Democrat-leaning Independents, and 20% pure Independents or undesignated. So reluctance to get vaccinated spans the political spectrum and might even lean slightly Democrat.

And who’s to blame for that? Biden and Kamala Harris might want to check out the nearest mirror. The press pretends to forget (and Biden probably has forgotten), but Biden, Harris, Pelosi, Cuomo and other top Democrats spent much of the 2020 election campaign casting suspicions on any vaccine developed under Trump (see the media’s prime directive, above.) Harris said flat-out that she would refuse to take it. Here are a couple of strolls down Memory Lane…

https://www.powerlineblog.com/archives/2021/07/why-do-some-mistrust-the-vaccines.php

https://pjmedia.com/news-and-politics/rick-moran/2021/07/18/vaccine-skepticism-is-the-fault-of-anti-trump-democrats-n1462675

That first link up above to Redstate.com also includes a video montage of Biden and Harris throwing shade at vaccines. Of course, that was before they got elected. Then they got the vaccines even before taking office and immediately began taking credit for them. They also began sending other mixed messages, like continuing wearing masks and social distancing even after getting vaccinated, and flip-flopping on issues like the effectiveness of facemasks.

https://www.westernjournal.com/trumps-surgeon-general-sounds-warning-biden-making-massive-mistake/

Other attempts to force/convince people to get the jab, from threatening them with loss of rights to sending government reps to our doors to offering $1 million lottery jackpots, have also predictably backfired. The first two simply reinforce the idea that this is more about increasing government power than public health, and the third…well, when you offer someone one miiiiiillion dollars to inject something into their body, you have to expect the reaction to be, “Keep that stuff away from me!”

Incidentally, if only rightwing Republicans are unvaccinated, why is there a surge in cases in Los Angeles? Is that a hotbed of Trump supporters?

Full disclosure: I got the vaccine because having previous lung issues and having lost friends to COVID, I thought it was the best choice for me. But I wouldn’t force it on anyone else. I try to present accurate information and let people make up their own minds. And despite the media narrative, it seems that’s exactly what people are doing.

A study by MIT found that many vaccine hesitant people made decisions that were highly informed, scientifically literate and sophisticated. They examined the date carefully and arrived at the conclusion that because of their age, health status or locations, the risk wasn’t sufficient. The government could try countering that respectfully with fact-based counter-arguments, but it’s easier to assume they’re just morons and treat them as such with orders, bribes and threats of punishment.

https://pjmedia.com/news-and-politics/rick-moran/2021/07/17/mit-study-vaccine-hesitancy-is-highly-informed-scientifically-literate-and-sophisticated-n1462591

Unfortunately, the people in charge now have played politics with this disease so much, and they’ve declared their claims to be absolute truth that may not be questioned (only to see that get reversed over and over again…here’s the latest example)…

https://nypost.com/2021/07/17/top-biden-officials-now-believe-covid-lab-leak-theory-report/

…that they’ve flushed their credibility down the porcelain convenience. Like anything else that goes down there, once it’s gone, it’s awfully hard to retrieve.

Angry parents are scoring some victories against the left using schools to indoctrinate children. In Fairfax, Virginia, the superintendent who gutted merit-based standards and did away with the entrance exam to get into the nation’s top high school (leading to a huge drop in acceptance of Asian-American students) has resigned after two groups of parents sued for anti-Asian discrimination.

https://freebeacon.com/campus/superintendent-who-eliminated-entrance-exam-at-nations-top-high-school-to-resign/

After getting a tidal wave of negative feedback, the Biden Department of Education reeled back some of its plans to impose "America's racist" history lessons and reaffirmed parents’ right to have a say in local school curricula.

https://pjmedia.com/news-and-politics/stacey-lennox/2021/07/18/biden-doe-ditches-prioritizing-critical-theories-in-a-grant-program-after-comment-period-n1462721

And in Russell County, Virginia, the school board voted unanimously to reject the state board of education’s transgender policies that would force schools to accept whatever a student claims his/her/xir gender to be, regardless of the student’s biology. State officials claim the local board is in violation of the law. But the Founding Freedoms Law Center, which is challenging them in court, says it’s the state policies that are legally problematic and that infringe on numerous fundamental rights of parents, teachers and students.

https://pjmedia.com/news-and-politics/matt-margolis/2021/07/18/virginia-school-board-rejects-states-radical-transgender-policies-n1462682

Bottom line: fighting back against the leftist takeover of schools is working, so keep it up. To quote the late Nancy Reagan, “Just say no!”

The president of the International Olympic Committee, Thomas Bach, reaffirmed that Laurel Hubbard will be allowed to compete in the women’s weightlifting competition, despite having “transitioned to being female” just eight years ago at age 35.

https://www.foxnews.com/sports/laurel-hubbard-compete-olympics-current-rules

Apparently, the rules (a word he repeats so many times, he must think it’s a magic talisman) say this is perfectly proper because Hubbard’s testosterone level is beneath the limit – and of course, having all that male testosterone through three-and-a-half decades of physical development couldn’t possibly have afforded “her” an unfair advantage.

However, from all the verbal tap-dancing around the word “rules” and Bach’s admission that said rules might get a second look later on, I think it may finally be dawning on the virtue-signaling IOC members just how outrageously unfair this is, and how monumentally bad it’s going to look on international TV. I did try to warn the transgender activists that they should be careful what they demand with this one because if they got it, it might shine the world's biggest spotlight on the outrageous unfairness of their position.

A new Rasmussen survey finds that 53% of Americans say that cracking down on gang activity would be more effective at ending the violent crime wave than restricting legal gun ownership. Only 35% believe the opposite, with 12% not sure.

https://scottrasmussen.com/to-reduce-violence-53-say-cracking-down-on-gang-activity-better-than-restricting-gun-ownership/

Maybe Democrat politicians prefer to focus on legal gun owners because it’s so much easier than dealing with actual criminal gangs. For instance, it was recently noted that due to record retirements by police fleeing the hostile liberal political leadership of Chicago, gang members now outnumber cops there by about 117,000 to 13,000, or nearly 10-1.

https://fbanews.org/2021/07/18/chicagos-gang-members-outnumber-police-10-to-1-according-to-a-recent-report/

I wish the social workers who are replacing cops the best of luck in convincing 10 gang members each to hand over their illegal weapons.

A reader wrote in to ask, “How are the Democrats/left controlling social media and news? I truly don’t understand how this is happening and would appreciate your thoughts.”

It did seem to happen almost overnight, didn’t it? It was as if all the chess pieces were in place to take over most popular methods of communication. But this has been at work in media for a long time, just as it has been on college campuses and in corporations that suddenly appear “woke,” arranged by people who want nothing less than to control us all. They plan to take down this country and establish what they want. They’re focused like a laser beam, and they’re well on their way to doing this.

It is 100 percent about power: they think that they, as the “virtuous,” the socially aware, are going to be on the winning side and get all the favors while the other half of the country, the “deplorables,” will be at their mercy. That, to them, is “justice.” The “reckoning.” And in order to stop this unraveling and repair the damage we first have to know what their mechanisms are.

Coincidentally, FOX NEWS weekend host Pete Hegseth was on LIFE, LIBERTY & LEVIN on Sunday to talk with Mark about the imminent threat. Levin has a new book called AMERICAN MARXISM, in which he writes, “Our challenge today is just as crucial and urgent [as it was in Revolutionary days], and in many ways, more complicated. We did not ask for this confrontation, but it is here. And, in truth, like the early days of the Revolutionary War, we are losing. Unfortunately, most of the country has been caught flat-footed and remains unengaged.”

“We’ve reached the point where we’re either going to live in a free society or we’re not,” he says.

The media now are essentially the mouthpiece for the movement to take down America. It wasn’t that long ago when anyone saying that would have been ridiculed. Levin says it was created through “hybridized” or “Americanized” forms of Marxism, “tailored to our country, tailored to our system.” Look at the original mission statement of Black Lives Matter, he says, and it’s easy to see that it’s full of Marxist theory. It’s completely anti-growth and anti-capitalist, using racism as a pretext. I would add that there are other pretexts for government control, such as “climate science” and COVID-19.

Levin finds it significant that the first action Joe Biden took as President was to shut down an oil pipeline. They attacked energy, he said, because energy “provides and serves the energy of our economic system and makes everything else possible in this country. [When ] you control energy, you control the so-called environment, you control the budget, you control the constitutional system, you control EVERYTHING.”

Right now, they control most of the media –- what we call the “mainstream media” or “legacy media” –- and this control goes against a core principle upon which our nation was established. Our founders knew we had to have a free press if the people were going to govern themselves. That doesn’t mean the press in 1800 could be counted on to bring “the facts” --- far from it. But it couldn’t be censored, either.

So, what has happened to the media? Levin traces it back to education, the way journalism schools have indoctrinated their students. “Journalism has changed completely,” he says. “It’s always been liberal, but now it’s out of the closet. People you see on CNN, MSNBC, even on the big networks, would never have made it 30-40 years ago. You would have had responsible executives who would have said, ‘Okay, look. Cut it out. I know we feel this, and I know this is our way, but we’re destroying our brand as a free press.”

Levin continues: “So we do not have a free press. We have a free opinion, if you’re a leftist, but we don’t have a press. We have propaganda mills.” Much of his book is apparently spent talking about THE NEW YORK TIMES.

For generations, journalism schools have been turning out indoctrinated “reporters” set on fundamentally transforming America. Colleges used to teach them how to inform Americans –- the individuals in their own households reading their papers at the kitchen table –- but the mission has changed. Any focus on the individual is gone. It’s now on government, indoctrination, identity groups, sharing approved content, centralized control. Anyone who dares to even question the official word on such issues as the election or the virus is tagged as a destabilizer or even insurrectionist.

Ironically, it’s those in control who are the real insurrectionists, as they’re trying to take all the power, and by whatever means at their disposal.

It became easy for them control news content once they were ensconced in editorial offices in New York and Los Angeles. Add social media to the mix –- with their current ability to censor anything deemed “misinformation” and to monitor and even ban us –- and their control is virtually complete. We’ll need reform legislation or a major Supreme Court decision to change that.

Levin has a section in his book on what I spoke about above; he calls this new agenda-driven reporting “public journalism.” He says that at one time, journalists at least tried to do the right thing, but now they have an agenda. “Look who they hire as news people,” he says, after mentioning ABC’s George Stefanopoulos, who leapfrogged right from the Clinton White House to the newsroom. “Mostly Democrats, but definitely leftists,” Levin notes. Donald Trump exposed this completely, he says. But they go right on; for example, covering for Biden while working for his radical agenda.

And now, as White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki openly admitted, we’ve got the White House colluding with Big Tech to thwart the spread of “misinformation.” “You shouldn’t be banned from one platform and not others” if you provide misinformation, she said. Really? Would that by any chance include the “misinformation” that COVID-19 might have come from a Chinese lab? That was misinformation, until it wasn’t.

The good news: most people no longer trust the media. That trust has eroded for decades, and now its level is downright pitiful, especially for TV news. In case you didn’t see it, here’s a poll we reported on yesterday. The media are distrusted only slightly less than Congress!

https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/politics/gallup-american-trust-in-media-plummets-only-congress-less-trusted-among-major-us-institutions/ar-AAMbOr0?ocid=st

Still, to function as a republic, we must have sources for real information, not phony narratives. Reform of education is the long-term solution, but for now, just as we need to pull kids out of bad schools, we must also turn to uncensored alternative media, and the sooner the better.

Recommended reading:

AMERICAN MARXISM, by Mark Levin

https://www.amazon.com/American-Marxism-Mark-R-Levin/dp/150113597X

BREAKING THE NEWS: Exposing the Establishment Media’s Hidden Deals and Secret Corruption, by Alex Marlow (editor-in-chief of BREITBART NEWS)

https://www.amazon.com/Breaking-News-Exposing-Establishment-Corruption/dp/1982160748/ref=msx_wsirn_v1_5/134-5701655-5609831?pd_rd_w=tAHsc&pf_rd_p=5c9e10df-8751-4651-97b1-d3e0e957a6bd&pf_rd_r=D9CB7TYN0D82Z0BWD9W6&pd_rd_r=b634332d-ad44-4364-94bb-1c9dbcb4d778&pd_rd_wg=SC4Ix&pd_rd_i=1982160748&psc=1

SLANTED: How the News Media Taught Us to Love Censorship and Hate Journalism, by Sharyl Attkisson

https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B08537FVFV/ref=dbs_a_def_rwt_hsch_vapi_tkin_p1_i0

THE SMEAR: How Shady Political Operatives and Fake News Control What You See, What You Think, and How You Vote

https://www.amazon.com/Smear-Shady-Political-Operatives-Control-ebook/dp/B01JYX44LE/ref=sr_1_3?dchild=1&keywords=sharyl+attkisson&qid=1626671860&s=books&sr=1-3

and…

THE MIKE HUCKABEE NEWSLETTER

TELL THE GOVERNOR WHAT YOU THINK. LEAVE A COMMENT BELOW!

White House press secretary Jen Psaki not only revealed that the Administration is colluding with Facebook to ban people who spread what they decide is “misinformation,” but she doubled down by claiming that if you’re banned from one social media platform, you should be banned from all of them. Note to college students who like to call everyone they dislike a “fascist”: this is actual fascism.

https://www.westernjournal.com/literal-fascism-eyes-psaki-says-banned-platforms-banned-one/?utm_source=facebook&utm_medium=huckabee

Unfortunately for this plan, unless Biden is able to impose actual fascism, he can’t prevent private companies from doing whatever they want, like welcoming all the customers that dumb social media platforms turn away because they care more about promoting leftist political agendas than serving customers and making money. I doubt that Parler, Rumble, MeWe and all the other alternative outlets that are popping up like weeds to challenge the Big Tech monopolies will be quite so willing to turn away millions of customers because Joe Biden doesn’t like what they’re saying.

Along those lines, GETTR, a new social media platform co-created by former Trump spokesman Jason Miller, has added 1.5 million users in record time before most Republicans have even heard of it.

https://www.washingtonexaminer.com/washington-secrets/gettr-explodes-passing-1-5-million-users-in-just-11-days

Ironically, if you could be banned from the media for dispensing misinformation, Jen Psaki would be out of a job.

Biden’s VP Kamala Harris, put in charge of border security, allowed a massive surge of illegal immigration to go on for 140 days before telling Guatemalans not to come to the US. His Secretary of State took only 2 days to tell Cubans who might try to flee here from brutal communist oppression not to come to the US. And while the Administration is tying the hands of ICE and the Border Patrol, they're sending in the Coast Guard to block any Cubans from getting here.

https://www.westernjournal.com/biden-admin-took-2-days-tell-cubans-keep-kamala-waited-140-days-tell-guatemalans-thing/?utm_source=facebook&utm_medium=huckabee

Roger Simon at the Epoch Times has a blistering op-ed about how the Biden Administration is turning its back on Cuban pro-freedom protesters while (in an eerie echo of Obama’s desertion of Iranian pro-freedom protesters) removing sanctions on Iran and kowtowing to the Mullahs to get them to reenter Obama’s Iranian nuclear deal.

https://pjmedia.com/instapundit/462120/

The full article is behind a paywall, but if you’re not a subscriber, that Instapundit link has a substantial excerpt, including this opening, which deserves to be quoted far and wide:

“If I hadn’t left the Democratic Party years ago, I would leave it now. Their namby-pamby, lip-service reaction to the uprising of the Cuban people against 62 years of brutal communist oppression is shameful beyond words.”

Friday, a federal judge ruled in favor of Texas and eight other red states in ending Obama’s DACA program (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals.) It’s the program that prevents the deportations of illegal immigrants who were brought here as children. Currently, there are about 650,000 people enrolled, and while the judge didn’t remove protections from them, he said there can be no more applicants.

https://www.westernjournal.com/ap-daca-bombshell-judge-strikes-program-unconstitutional-suspends-applications/?utm_source=facebook&utm_medium=huckabee

The ruling stunned Democrats and their media handmaidens, but it shouldn’t have. I’ve been writing for years about why DACA is unconstitutional. Even Obama himself said he didn’t have the power to do it before he went ahead and did it anyway. Since then, it’s been treated as untouchable holy writ, despite the fact that it was plainly unconstitutional and even its creator said so.

While critics will wail about the cruelty and unfairness of the ruling, how you feel about the law is irrelevant. As Governor of Arkansas, I saw no point in sending people who had been brought here as children, raised as Americans and gone to school on the taxpayers’ dime to be deported to where they couldn’t even speak the language just as they were about to become productive taxpayers. But the judge was only doing his job of upholding the Constitution. He made it clear that if Congress wants to create DACA, then Congress has to do it. Creating immigration laws is their job, not the President's.

Ironically, they could have done so years ago. This article talks about how President Trump unsuccessfully tried to undo Obama’s unconstitutional version of DACA and was thwarted by courts with far less regard for the Constitution. He actually wanted to pass a legitimate form of DACA, but Democrats in Congress were so furious that they lost the 2016 election, they refused to work with Trump even on things they wanted, like DACA or infrastructure spending. Now, what they call “infrastructure” and Obama’s version of DACA are both in jeopardy because they childishly ignored the rules, demanded more than was reasonable and just wanted to attack.

Why am I reminded of this Aesop fable?...

http://read.gov/aesop/026.html

Things that might get me banned for reporting: A study in Israel found that out of 7,700 new cases of COVID in the latest wave, 72 (less than 1%) were people who had the disease and got reinfected. About 3,000, or 40%, were people who had been vaccinated (it’s not clear which vaccine they got.)

https://www.israelnationalnews.com/News/News.aspx/309762

When you factor in that 835,792 Israelis have had COVID and recovered and nearly 5.1 million have been vaccinated, that means that vaccinated people were 6.72 times more likely to get infected than people with natural immunity.

Of course, this still means that only a little over three thousand out of nearly 6 million people who were either vaccinated or previously infected got it, so that’s still awfully low. But it doesn’t sound like a very solid argument for forcing people who’ve already had it to get vaccinated.

Secession

July 18, 2021

A new poll by Bright Line Watch and You Gov found that a shockingly large number of Americans would be okay with their state seceding from the United States to form a union with more like-minded states.

https://www.westernjournal.com/shock-poll-staggering-number-americans-want-say-ok-secession/?utm_source=facebook&utm_medium=empowerconservatives

It’s interesting how easily people flip-flop on the idea of secession. For instance, liberals want to tear down statues of Confederate soldiers because they were treasonous traitors for trying to secede. Then, when Trump was elected, some liberals seriously argued that California should secede. But when some conservative counties wanted to secede from California, secession became unthinkable again.

Of course, as the story notes, this wasn’t a carefully thought-out response (they didn’t phrase it as, “Would you like to have a civil war?”), but the answers are still disturbing for what they tell us about the fractious times in which we live.

Sadly, the left has done a very good job of attacking patriotism and undermining national unity, miseducating young people about America’s history and ideals, abusing government power and turning Americans against each other to advance their political goals. Social media has also had a cancerous effect on national unity and identity, allowing people to live inside bubbles of group-think where they never engage civilly with anyone who disagrees with them and hide behind the anonymity of screen names to threaten and demonize others.

This is why, more than ever, parents need to take back control of schools, so that young generations can again learn why America is such a great nation, and why truly oppressed people risk their lives to come here and wave American flags when they demonstrate for freedom.

That history should also include lessons about the most trying times, like Pearl Harbor and 9/11, when Americans put aside all their bickering and stood together because an attack on any of us is an attack on all of us. Teach them that when the Twin Towers fell in New York City, Texans stood in line to donate blood, and nobody gave a thought to whether their red state blood might be saving a blue state resident. We were all Americans then. We still are. We just need to be reminded more often, without having to suffer a national tragedy to have it brought home to us.

For reasons that make no sense, Democrats are dead set against requiring a person to have a photo ID in order to vote. The “idea” of an “ID” is simple enough—you should vote, but your vote should be protected by making sure you are the person doing the voting. If someone votes your ballot, they are stealing it from you.

I’m fairly well known and most places I go, I’m recognized and called by my name before I even sign in at the front desk. This happens at the airport, at a doctor’s or dentist’s office, and at a bank when I wish to withdraw funds. Even so, without a photo ID, I couldn’t see a doctor, fly on a plane, or pay for groceries with a check. I couldn’t take out a loan, check into a hotel or rent a car, or pick up baseball tickets at the will-call window. In most cities I couldn’t even enter a large office building. So why the heartburn about having a photo ID to vote?

The argument that it’s racist to require the ID for voting is not just laughable—it’s insulting to people of color to assume they are somehow less capable than white people to function in our current world. Black or brown people are as smart as I am, and I know they too go to doctors, hospitals, hotels, office buildings, and fly on planes. To suggest that obtaining or using a photo is just too complicated for a black or brown person is outrageous and denigrating. Do Democrats really think so little of minorities? It’s not racist to ask ALL people, whatever color they are, to have a photo ID when they vote. It is 100% racist to insinuate that a minority person is too dumb or lacks the basic life skills to obtain or use a photo ID.

Vice President Kamala Harris insulted people in rural America this week by saying that a photo ID would be too much to ask of people in rural parts of the country, because if we had to make a photo copy (or as she said if we had to Xerox our ID or go to Kinkos), we wouldn’t have the ability to do that.

She needs to visit rural America more. She might be surprised to find out we have electricity, running water, paved roads, cable tv indoor plumbing, and yes, even connections to the INTERWEB! We even wear shoes and store-bought britches. Heck, a bunch of us have even been to an airport and flown on those big jet planes. And we even have toilet paper. If we run out, we have the NY Times, since the Sears catalog no longer gets printed. I’ll bet she doesn’t even know that we quit using horse drawn carriages years ago and drive big ol’ fancy cars like the folks in California. Now I admit, we ain’t all as fancy as the folks in CA where she comes from. We still sometimes use plastic straws, eat real ribeye steaks instead of tofu, and believe that church is more essential than a casino or topless bar. And if the VP wants to come down for a visit, we can show her that all our folk no matter what color—know how to get and use photo ID. And we also know how to get and use a cast iron skillet and this might really mess her up—we know how to get and use a rifle, shotgun, or pistol. Most of us would never think of using those things on people unless they are dumb enough to try and invade our homes or threaten our families. And then it’s not us that will need a photo ID. It’s the dumb son of a gun who tried to break into our house. He’ll need a photo ID so the authorities can notify the next of kin.

Instapundit has a round-up of the latest polls on election reforms that President Biden claims are the greatest assault on Democracy since the Civil War. I guess a lot of people want to reenact the Civil War, since it turns out that 57% want ballot harvesting banned, 70% want all mail-in ballots received by Election Day, and 76% support having to show a photo ID before voting.

https://pjmedia.com/instapundit/461788/

Also, after taking a dip in 2019, confidence in the police has rebounded among black Americans. Meanwhile, confidence in the justice system (i.e., the DA’s and courts) is very low across all racial groups.

https://www.westernjournal.com/poll-black-americans-confidence-police-surges-dipping-2020/?utm_source=facebook&utm_medium=huckabee

At the link, analysts say people have realized that the left’s “bail reform” is a failure that’s turning criminals loose to victimize people over and over; that Biden’s proposals to reduce crime are just pandering to the far-left who want to dismantle police; and that the pendulum has swung from “Defund the police” to “Wait a minute: we need more and better policing to stop this crime wave!”

If only someone had been able to predict that defunding the police and letting criminals out of jail would lead to a crime wave. Well, I guess we can’t expect our leaders to be psychic. It would be nice, though, if we could count on them not to be psychotic.

A New York City school principal is under investigation and may lose her job because she allegedly let her hostility toward white people inspire her to try to divide the faculty by race to get the minorities to conspire with her to fire white teachers.

https://www.westernjournal.com/nyc-principal-allegedly-conspires-oust-white-teachers-move-backfires-may-get-boot-instead/?utm_source=facebook&utm_medium=huckabee

Here’s the good news in the story: 83% of the teaching staff – including whites, blacks, Hispanics, Asians and Jews – signed a complaint against the principal, saying she’s a vindictive bigot who tried to divide them against each other by race, and they “no longer have confidence” in her ability to lead the school.

I would like to believe that about 83% of teachers in a lot of schools realize how poisonous all this racial division is but are afraid to speak up out of fear of the loud-mouthed 17%. Let’s hope they take inspiration from these teachers of all races who had enough and dared to say, “No more!”

President Biden must’ve gone off-script yesterday because he finally said something about Cuba, and communism in general, that I agree with:

"Communism is a failed system, universally failed system, and I don't see socialism as a very useful substitute, but that's another story."

https://twitchy.com/brettt-3136/2021/07/15/squad-bernie-hardest-hit-president-biden-denounces-communism-says-socialism-isnt-a-very-useful-substitute/

Dana Loesch’s response, which you can see at the link, is a bit more accurate and much blunter, so I’ll let you click to read that. I’ll just agree with her that it’s more than a failure, it’s a vicious, inhuman system that’s been responsible for oppression, starvation and mass murder everywhere it’s been tried. Let’s hope this statement is a baby step toward Biden realizing the full truth about communism and actually doing something to help people who are trying to stand up against it in places like Cuba and Hong Kong.

In the meantime, I expect Bernie Sanders and the Squad to remain as silent about this latest Biden quote as they have been about all those Cubans rising up against their tyrannical socialist government.

Related: Here is one of Kurt Schichter’s typically hilarious but brutal commentaries about Cuba and why our elite leaders would rather side with the socialist dictators than the freedom-demanding people.

https://townhall.com/columnists/kurtschlichter/2021/07/15/the-cuban-freedom-protest-is-awkward-for-our-garbage-elite-n2592499

Schlichter goes down a checklist of recent actions by our own federal government that sound eerily like the nation that Cubans want to flee: Controlling information and debate, targeting political opponents with law enforcement, encouraging children to report thought crimes by their parents to the government, etc. He arrives at this chilling conclusion:

“Look at Cuba today, and you see America tomorrow.” Except that Americans still have the power to prevent that, if they’ll just get together and do it.

I might have to ask Kurt Schlichter about this topic when he’s my guest this weekend on “Huckabee” on TBN.

First, a reader comment about our Fulton County story...

From Michael:

I would like to ask if this could be forwarded to some groups I am in. I am a Georgia voter. Fulton County is the most crooked county in Georgia, and that has been true for a long time. I would like to publicize this as far as I could.

……………………

Yes, by all means! Here is the link to that report again.

https://www.mikehuckabee.com/latest-news?id=7F2A7AEE-D1C1-4A93-9DBF-BB16AC3E1800

Since the shock of what we saw at State Farm Arena on Election Night 2020, we’ve been getting an increasingly clear picture of what was likely going on. Fulton County officials have been as uncooperative and non-transparent as it gets, and it’s hard to believe they’d behave this way if they didn’t have something to hide.

Since Tucker Carlson reported on the duplicate ballot scans Wednesday night, there’s been an all-out war declared to try to get him off the air at FOX NEWS. This is an organized effort called #TuckerIsKillingUs, featuring a video montage suggesting that his advice, particularly on the virus and medical issues, is irresponsible and will get people killed.

Author and communications expert Scott Adams, the creator of the “Dilbert” cartoon strip, said Thursday in his “Coffee With Scott Adams” podcast that if significant fraud in the Trump-Biden race can be proved, “Trump’s your next President.” (That doesn’t mean he would be rightfully installed as President before 2024, but it does mean he’d win the next election if he chose to run.) No wonder leftists are pulling out all the stops to keep auditors from seeing everything.

“If Tucker’s reporting holds up,” he said, “Trump’s your next President, because it will be too delicious to keep him out of office.” The danger they saw in a Trump first term –- meaning the danger to the system they have in place –- would be “on steroids” in a second term, he said, because Trump wouldn’t have to worry about getting re-elected. “I don’t think Republicans would be able to resist letting a rabid dog into the house with their enemies. I feel like, if the pit bull wants to kill somebody, and you need somebody killed --- figuratively speaking, not actually killing people --- I feel like it’s gonna be too hard to resist.”

He said that, in general, people make decisions based on how they feel, not primarily on policy. “How would you feel,” he asked, “if you believed that the election was fraudulent, and even if it didn’t change the final outcome, they tried really hard [to cheat for Biden]?”

“That’ll get you to the election, won’t it?”

A story in RedState supports his view. In special elections in Georgia, Alabama and Wisconsin, Republicans “overperformed” compared to the 2020 election. And it was in Georgia, a state currently under the magnifying glass for its conduct in 2020, that we saw this the most. Republicans came out in force in a suburban Atlanta district that had seen the GOP vote share dip to an all-time low just under a year ago. (I won’t speculate on how accurate that vote count was.) Voters swung 22 points back to the GOP.

https://redstate.com/bonchie/2021/07/14/the-lefts-fear-is-palpable-after-republicans-overperform-in-a-georgia-election-n410632

The Democrats were so taken aback that “Fair Fight,” the organization headed by failed gubernatorial candidate and “voting rights” activist Stacey Abrams, tweeted this: “Tonight, Georgia Republicans won a Republican district, just like Georgia Democrats will continue to win our Democratic state. The election was an opportunity for us to protect voters in the midst of unprecedented attacks on the freedom to vote across the country.”

They also tweeted this nugget of racism: “While the Georgia GOP’s spin factory kicks into high gear, they continue running scared from the voters of color across the state who defeated them last November and again in January.”

Of course, she was referring to the proposed voting law in her own state of Georgia. Polls show that most people, of all colors, are for such safeguards as photo IDs for voters. But the Democrat leadership is desperate to stop any attempts to keep elections honest, so they’re manufacturing the necessary outrage. Here’s a great opinion piece on that, also from RedState.

https://redstate.com/bonchie/2021/04/03/new-poll-shows-the-outrage-over-georgia-voting-law-is-absolute-nonsense-n354952

Georgia's Republican secretary of state Brad Raffensperger is seeing the writing on the wall for Fulton County, and on Thursday he called for the firing of top elections officials there. He says that elections director Richard Barron and voter registration chief Ralph Jones have got to go.

“Every time we think we’ve reached the peak of Fulton County’s election mismanagement issues, more comes to light,” he told THE EPOCH TIMES. You’d think that line would have come from Tucker Carlson or perhaps us, but no, it came from the Georgia secretary of state.

https://www.theepochtimes.com/mkt_breakingnews/raffensperger-calls-for-fulton-county-to-clean-house-or-face-state-takeover_3903367.html?utm_source=newsnoe&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=breaking-2021-07-15-2&mktids=cf244d1adf6842f9043762b6e740a5c6&est=G0r%2BMSgWzJh4ZQtXHeC7nkzrTmeyu5HFayT5DKzIsEVi8oedl1w4ZeSFJTmKYer7%2FE2mXQ%3D%3D

Still, though, his office is trying to maintain that fraud did not occur. Carter Jones said that double-counting is not evidence of fraud. “Fulton is so poor at handling the actual process that if they had actually tried to rig the election, they would have bungled it and we would have found out,” he said.

Jones is the one who was in charge of monitoring issues real-time on Election Day. His handwritten notes contain words such as “chaos,” “confusion,” and “a massive chain of custody problem.” Why would chain of custody be important except to safeguard against cheating?

He cited many more problems. THE EPOCH TIMES has all the shocking details here in a “premium” story, well worth signing up for.

https://www.theepochtimes.com/georgia-investigators-notes-detail-massive-issues-during-2020-election_3864679.html

Truly, Election Night was an absolute horror show in Fulton County, Georgia. If what happened there affected just their own local races, one could argue that they deserve what they get if they can’t manage their elections better than that. But, through cheating or incompetence or (most likely) a combination of both, they played an important role in inflicting the Biden administration on the whole country.

And, yes, I’d say that’s a firing offense.

Okay, folks. We have some reports out of Fulton County, Georgia, regarding an investigation into the vote count that’s been going on there for the past few weeks. Those who say there’s nothing to see are either not paying attention or trying to divert yours.

We've gone one more step or two on the trail to retrace what happened on Election Night in Fulton County. It appears that many ballots were scanned at least twice. One can do an A-B comparison and see that two scanned ballots are identical in the way they were filled out. In fact, there’s really no question that they’re the same ballot. But note this one important caveat: just because a ballot was scanned twice doesn’t prove it was counted twice. Still, if ballots WERE counted more than once, this is just what it would look like, as seen in a video from Tuesday.

https://twitter.com/TalkMullins/status/1414997696021209096

We all saw the security cam video of Election Night from the State Farm Arena in which election workers were feeding ballots into tabulation machines with no poll watchers at all. Again, I’m not saying it’s proven that ballots were counted twice –- but they could have been. The allegation is that entire batches were re-scanned and might have been counted more than once.

A group called VotersGA –- Voters Organized for Trusted Election Results in Georgia –- got a court order in late June to obtain higher-resolution scanned images of 147,000 mail-in ballots (not the ballots themselves) and now allege that the hand-count audit that has already been done in Fulton County is “riddled with massive errors and provable fraud.” Here’s a link to their claims.

https://voterga.org/wp-content/uploads/2021/07/Press-Release-New-Evidence-Reveals-Georgia-Audit-Fraud-and-Massive-Errors.pdf

Attention would-be censors: we acknowledge that nothing we might say changes the outcome of the election. Joe Biden is the President of the United States. At the same time, if our system is to survive, we all have to have confidence in our elections going forward, and that is currently not the case. Sweeping the problems and suspected abuses under the rug is no way to earn that confidence. If there are issues that might affect election outcomes, we have to fix them.

So, to continue...as reported by THE EPOCH TIMES, the analysis by VotersGA showed that at least 36 batches of mail-in ballots were “added redundantly to the audit results.” Of those 4,255 votes, nearly 3,400 were for Biden.

And after audit tally sheets were finally turned over to them by Fulton County officials, they found seven sheets they believe were fabricated to show falsified vote totals. For example, a batch that would have gone 59 percent for Biden and 42 percent for Trump went 100 percent for Biden and 0 percent for Trump.

This is just one of the “massive audit errors” that Garland Favorito, founder of VotersGA, says they found. Recall the tiny sliver of difference between the vote counts for Biden and Trump in Georgia: out of over 4.9 million votes cast, Biden’s margin of victory was fewer than 12,000 votes statewide.

VoterGA had petitioned the court in late 2020, with Henry County Judge Brian Amero overseeing the case, to get clearance to inspect all the mail-in ballots, alleging that fraud had taken place. (Favorito was one of those who said they’d personally seen wrongdoing.) If you’d like some background, this report in THE EPOCH TIMES from a few weeks back will help.

https://www.theepochtimes.com/we-need-an-audit-georgia-lawyer-on-latest-fulton-county-updates_3870804.html

Note that petitioners had wanted to go to the county’s ballot storage warehouse and observe as workers scanned the ballots at higher resolution and that Judge Amero had said they could, but later canceled the visit after Fulton County filed motions to dismiss the case. At every turn, Fulton County officials have been trying to block any look at the actual ballots.

Recall the security breach that happened at that warehouse. Of course, we were assured that none of the ballots had been “stolen or compromised.”

https://www.mdjonline.com/neighbor_newspapers/officials-ballots-not-breached-in-fulton-election-warehouse-alarm-incident/article_c4b64aa8-c3db-11eb-9709-cb4b05acc90d.html

Lawyers for Fulton County argued that petitioners lack standing (the go-to argument to try to stop investigation), that they did not file in the proper way for the relief they seek, and promised that “the county will not count counterfeit ballots in future elections.” Pinky swear?

Judge Amero did dismiss several claims brought against county officials on grounds of “sovereign immunity,” but he allowed the five members of the Fulton County’s Board of Registration and Elections to be named. They might act as though they’re sovereign, but they apparently don’t qualify for immunity.

At the state level, Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger, who has claimed there was no “widespread fraud” in the 2020 election, is referring complaints to Fulton County, but Rep. Jody Hice, who is challenging him in the next Republican primary, has called on him to resign. “In Fulton County, there is now undeniable proof of voter irregularity if not outright voter fraud,” Hice asserted.

Favorito said elected officials have known about the discrepancies they’ve found “for a long, long time” and have been covering it up.

A report in THE POST MILLENNIAL offers a good summary of what’s going on in Fulton County, and includes Tucker Carlson’s segment on it from Wednesday night.

https://thepostmillennial.com/watch-tucker-carlson-says-mail-in-ballots-were-double-counted-in-georgia

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Since AOC and other icons of young “Democratic socialists” are being eerily silent about the Cuban people’s uprising against socialist tyranny, I’d like to call attention to this excellent op-ed that came out last month on Townhall.com from Humberto Fontova.

https://townhall.com/columnists/humbertofontova/2021/06/19/rock-stars-blondie-cherish-their-financial-partnership-with-castro-regime-n2591197

I didn’t write about it then, but it’s suddenly become incredibly timely. Fontova begins by quoting singer Debbie Harry of the rock group Blondie, who recently performed in Havana as part of a four-day cultural exchange that was made into a film being shown outside Cuba. I’m sure the Cuban leaders think it’s great publicity for their regime.

Ms Harry mouths the typical fashionable comments of a liberal US celebrity: having previously declared that “Americans are suffering at the hands of President Trump” and denounced him as a “racist,” she lauded Che Guevarra and Fidel Castro as “fascinating, enigmatic political heroes and antiheroes in the United States for the most part. It was always very attractive to me…”

The rest of the article goes on to detail what Cuba and those “fascinating political heroes” were really like. It’s nothing like the dreamy image of Che on dorm room posters. For instance, did you know that Cuba imprisoned more black political prisoners for longer and under worse conditions than South Africa jailed Nelson Mandela? Or that 10 times the number of Cubans have died trying to escape Cuba than died trying to escape communist East Germany? Or that under her idol Fidel, simply being caught listening to “imperialist” rock music like her band makes could get you thrown into a forced labor camp guarded by machine gunners?

So why was Blondie welcomed? Because, as an unearthed Soviet KGB document from 1981 explained, “Cultural exchanges with foreign countries are our most effective propaganda.” In short, Blondie was played, and I don’t mean the records because that could get you thrown into prison in Cuba.

None of this is intended to pick on Ms Harry, who merely repeated the kind of propaganda that most showbiz liberals have been spoon-fed. But with the truth about Cuba and the way its socialist dictators have oppressed, starved and abused its people finally breaking through into the public consciousness, this is a great time to pull back the curtain and learn that it’s nothing new. It’s not because of COVID, or Trump’s sanctions, as the media would like you to believe. It’s longstanding communist tyranny and rot, the end result of all socialist regimes.

It’s time for all the Che and Fidel fans to take off their blinders and face the truth. This article is a great, eye-opening place to start.

As brave pro-freedom protesters continue to rally in Cuba, some Americans are bravely standing up for Cuba’s communist dictators. For instance, it was noted that two years ago, the creator of the 1619 Project, who “don’t know much about history” (to quote the great Sam Cooke), proved she also don’t know much about anything else by praising the Cuban government for solving the problem of racism.

https://pjmedia.com/news-and-politics/tyler-o-neil/2021/07/14/communism-solved-racism-in-cuba-1619-project-founder-claimed-n1461899

Nikole Hannah-Jones said, “If you want to see the most equal multi-racial democ--…It’s not a democracy — the most equal multi-racial country in our hemisphere, it would be Cuba.”

And she would be wrong (although kudos to her for actually recognizing that Cuba's not a democracy.) You’d think Cuba’s government would be colorblind and oppress all races equally, but even that isn’t true. As I noted yesterday, quoting an article at Townhall.com by Humberto Fontova, Cuba has imprisoned many more black political prisoners than apartheid-era South Africa and held them longer and under worse conditions than Nelson Mandela suffered.

https://townhall.com/columnists/humbertofontova/2021/06/19/rock-stars-blondie-cherish-their-financial-partnership-with-castro-regime-n2591197

Meanwhile, Black Lives Matter stirred outrage by praising Cuba’s communist government and blaming the US embargo for the Cuban people’s deprivations.

https://www.foxnews.com/politics/black-lives-matter-blames-us-praises-cuban-regime-social-media-erupts

BLM tweeted that Cuba is being "punished by the U.S. government because the country has maintained its commitment to sovereignty and self-determination” and that Cuba has been an ally with "oppressed peoples of African descent" and protected "Black revolutionaries like Assata Shakur."

(Shakur, aka JoAnne Chesimard, was a convicted cop killer who escaped prison and fled to Cuba, where Fidel Castro granted her asylum as a thumb-in-the-eye to the US. In effect, she fled one prison for another.)

News flash to BLM: the Cuban people aren’t starving because the US won’t let them have food. They’re starving because communist systems always lead to decay, devolution and deprivation; and because, as the pro-freedom activists have made clear, if you’d bothered to listen to them, the dictators use food as a weapon, depriving people of it if they dare to protest. You know, like you’ve enriched yourselves by doing.

If you’re not like BLM or Ms. Jones and you want to know what’s really been going on in Cuba for a long time, how it led to this point, and how this uprising by the people against their oppressors has other would-be socialist tyrants with dreams of keeping the masses in line terrified, check out this MUST-READ article by Austin Bay…

https://strategypage.com/on_point/2021071420125.aspx

And this one by Antonio García Martínez, who delivers the shocking news to liberals who visited Cuba under Obama that they were duped by a fantasy and kept in “a Potemkin Air BnB” that bore no relation to the harsh reality of the lives of Cubans under a communist dictatorship. But then, American “progressives” must be used to living in reality-denying fantasy bubbles by now.

https://bariweiss.substack.com/p/the-real-cuba-isnt-a-potemkin-airbnb

Moderate Democrat Sen. Joe Manchin of West Virginia is once against throwing a wrench into the Democrats’ plan to ram through an orgy of spending ($3.5 trillion, much of it “progressive” wishlist stuff like legalizing millions of illegal immigrants, killing the fossil fuel industry and funding “green jobs,” something you might remember from the Obama years. It worked out so well!)

https://www.westernjournal.com/moderate-dem-throws-wrench-bidens-massive-budget-plan-pay/?utm_source=facebook&utm_medium=empowerconservatives

The Democrats ludicrously call this massively expensive transformative legislation a “budget bill" so they can ram it through the Senate on reconciliation without a single Republican vote. But Manchin is standing in the way by saying the words that, to a DC Democrat, are like showing a cross to Dracula: “We have to pay for all this.”

Manchin said he’s willing to look at whatever’s proposed, and he was looking forward to a meeting where President Biden was allegedly going to explain how this will all be paid for (I’d love to hear that one myself!) But Manchin pointed out that we already have a $28.5 trillion national debt, and “I’d like to start paying for it,” adding, “I think we’ve put enough free money out.”

Seriously, how is this guy still a Democrat? These days, a Democrat Senator talking about paying off debt and refusing to throw away more money is like Biden claiming to be a faithful Catholic while pushing abortion harder than Margaret Sanger.

Tuesday, in a victory for both Second Amendment rights and common sense, the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals struck down the 21-year-old age requirement for legally purchasing guns.

https://townhall.com/tipsheet/katiepavlich/2021/07/13/federal-court-restricting-handgun-purchases-to-those-under-21-is-unconstitutional-n2592463

Many of our age limit laws make little sense (you can get married at 18 but you can’t drink a beer until you’re 21, etc.), but this one was particularly onerous. You can join the military at 18 and carry high-powered weaponry onto a battlefield, but you can’t buy the kind of deer rifle that most male students in my high school used to have on a rack in the back window of their pickup trucks (and somehow, it never occurred to any of us to use them to shoot our classmates.)

The Court quite sensibly found that the Bill of Rights applies to all adult Americans upon reaching the age of 18, and Congress has no power to make an exception for the right to keep and bear arms. Judge Julius Richardson wrote, "Despite the weighty interest in reducing crime and violence, we refuse to relegate either the Second Amendment or 18- to 20-year-olds to a second-class status."

I was glad to see the Court specifically point out the logical fallacy so often cited in passing gun control laws: that just because there were more legal gun purchases and higher crime, that didn’t prove that the first thing caused the second. Congress didn’t consider illegal gun purchases, which are how most criminals get their weapons. They just reacted to crime by trying to take away the rights of law-abiding gun owners.

That’s a pretty fair encapsulation of the argument behind most gun control laws. It’s a relief to see that the Court applied reason to it and rejected it.

Comparing Presidents

July 14, 2021

I miss having a President who wildly exaggerated how good everything was. It was invigorating to hear Trump boast that we had the best economy in the universe or the strongest job growth in the history of the world. Sure, it was a little over the top, but you knew the underlying theme was true, and it made you feel good about America and think that things could only get better and not even the sky was the limit.

Flash forward, and now we have a President who wildly exaggerates how bad everything is and actively tries to make us despise and distrust our fellow Americans because of it. Tuesday in Pennsylvania, President Biden ominously claimed that asking people to show the same ID to vote that they had to show to get into the venue where he was speaking is racist oppression on the level of the Ku Klux Klan. And that a handful of rowdy pro-Trump protesters in the Capitol were a worse threat to the government than the Confederate Army during the Civil War (he hyperbolically added, “That’s not hyperbole.”)

https://www.westernjournal.com/watch-joe-biden-says-trump-supporters-worse-slave-owning-confederates/?utm_source=facebook&utm_medium=empowerconservatives

(Megyn Kelly set liberal heads exploding by daring to say what many have started thinking: yes, that is hyperbole, and the “Great Attempted Insurrection of January 6th“ has gotten blown way out of proportion. It seems to get bigger every time a Democrat tells it, like a fisherman talking about the one that got away):

https://www.westernjournal.com/megyn-kelly-jan-6-wasnt-insurrection-media-represented-much-worse-actually/?utm_source=facebook&utm_medium=empowerconservatives

This is of a piece with claiming that exercising the filibuster in the Senate is an unprecedented assault on democracy (it’s only okay for the minority to block a majority vote when Texas Democrats do it.) Or that expecting men to stay out of the ladies’ room is hateful transphobic oppression. Or that the growing white supremacy movement is an even bigger threat to America than it was in the days when there actually was a growing white supremacy movement.

Biden is starting to remind me of comic Dana Carvey’s character, “The Grumpy Old Man,” who would fume about how ridiculously terrible things were back in his day, except that Biden does it when he talks about today. Only it’s very selective grumpiness: as Katie Pavlich at Townhall.com reminds us, he’s fulminating against Georgia election laws that are less restrictive than the ones that have prevailed for years in his own home state that he’s never criticized at all.

https://townhall.com/tipsheet/katiepavlich/2021/07/13/biden-speech-n2592442

Democrats have to convince us that everything from the weather to showing your ID when you vote is a hair-on-fire emergency, because that’s how you get people to panic, turn against each other, and make bad rash decisions without thinking, like voting to put Democrats in charge of things. It usually doesn’t take long before people come to their senses and say, “What have I done?!”

The fact is that America does face many serious problems. We do have violent insurrectionists attacking the very foundations of our government. We have a rising tide of violent crime. We have serious problems with the economy that are threatening to get worse. And we really do have people who are trying to turn us against each other by bringing back awful racist ideas from the past, like segregation and judging people by their skin color instead of their character, and even forcing those poisonous notions onto our children.

The problem with putting Democrats in charge of fixing those things is that every last one of them is coming from their side.

This letter came in response to Tuesday's story on Peter Schweizer's apparently fruitful investigation into Hunter Biden and his dad, President Joe Biden.

From Sam M (with slight editing):

Be careful of what you ask for. Getting your wish may be worse than sucking it up and sticking it out!!

Remember the constitutionally MANDATED line of succession when a President is removed by impeachment or Article 25. Do you really think Harris or Pelosi would be better? Unfortunately, the only realistic solution is to vote out the House socialists in November 2022 to get an anti-socialist Speaker of the House. At that time, we can talk about removal of corrupt or incompetent Presidents as a way to protect our Constitutional form of government.

From the Gov:

Thanks for writing, Sam. No, neither Harris nor Pelosi would be better. But remember, the Democrats are playing chess, not checkers, so we have to do so as well. Here is what the chess board looks like to us, right at this moment

A lot will happen between now and November 2022. If the Democrats think they’re going to be blown out of the water at the next election (which seems almost certain at present, considering they’ve “outed themselves” as being totally batwing crazy), they know they have to set themselves up to be in as strong a position as possible before that happens. This means acting while Congress is in their hands, while Pelosi and not a Republican speaker is in the line of succession. That’s for insurance.

“Be careful what you wish for” doesn’t really enter in, because it seems likely that before the next election, regardless of what does or doesn't come out about his family, President Biden will be removed BY THE DEMOCRATS, using the 25th Amendment. In other words, they're going to beat us to the punch.

It’s hard to imagine that they would wait till after 2022. For one thing, Biden’s appearance suggests that he’s suffering a mental decline even steeper than anticipated, and if that’s the case, they’ll have to do it fairly soon –- pretending, of course, that it’s a desperation move made in the interest of the country. For another, they’ll want to have their ducks in a row before Congress changes hands. That means putting Kamala in the White House and getting as much radical legislation passed and signed as possible. If you think this will disgust the electorate and lead to a sure Democrat loss in 2022, you’re right, but Democrats know they’re going to lose then ANYWAY, and probably by such a margin that no amount of cheating could make up for it. So, yes, Sam, we will have to suck it up...for President Kamala Harris.

What do we do then? As bone-chilling as the prospect of a President Harris might be, we have to ask if there is anything about her that rises to a charge of “high crimes and misdemeanors." This is an open question, but at the moment we don’t know of anything specific. (Of course, President Trump didn’t have anything illegal, either, but that didn’t stop the Democrats from making stuff up –- twice.) Unless we uncover something or decide to act like Democrats and hop aboard that rusty ol’ impeachment train anyway, we’re likely stuck with a President Harris, tempered to a degree by the newly-elected Republican Congress and Senate, until January 20, 2025.

The crystal ball grows dim after that, because, again, so much can happen. But the truth about the Biden family, and those covering for them, does need to come out. Thanks to tireless investigators such as Peter Schweizer, it will. Asking for that is a good thing.

TELL THE GOVERNOR WHAT YOU THINK, LEAVE A COMMENT BELOW.

A month ago, William M. McSwain, a former U.S. attorney for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania, wrote to former President Trump to allege he’d been pressured by then-Attorney General Bill Barr not to investigate voter fraud and election irregularities in his state. Trump released the letter on Monday, on the eve of Biden’s visit there and what turned out to be a bizarre speech on voting rights (but I digress).

The letter was accompanied by a statement from Trump that called Barr’s actions “outrageous!”

We thought it best not to jump on this but to use the good old 48-hour rule, as it's technically hearsay about Barr. And, sure enough, Barr has since denied this. “It’s written to make it seem like I gave him a directive,” Barr said in an interview with POLITICO. “I never told him not to investigate anything.”

https://www.politico.com/news/2021/07/13/barr-election-fraud-claims-499519

But with that in mind, we must at least consider what has been alleged by this former U.S. attorney.

“President Trump,” McSwain wrote, “you were right to be upset about the way the Democrats ran the 2020 election in Pennsylvania –- it was a partisan disgrace.”

He went on to say that his office had received numerous allegations of election fraud and irregularities, on Election Day and afterwards, but that Barr had instructed him not to make any public statements or put out press releases about any of that. Barr had also told him to pass any serious allegations along to the Pennsylvania AG for investigation. That would have been Josh Shapiro, who before the election tweeted “Trump is going to lose” if “all the votes are added up” in Pennsylvania.

McSwain told Trump he disagreed with those orders but followed them anyway, as he had been trained to do as a Marine infantry officer.

Recall that before the election, Barr sent a memo to all U.S. attorneys authorizing them to probe any “substantial allegations” of election irregularities before election results were certified. At the same time, though, he told them it would be “prudent” to proceed with any election integrity matters as a “preliminary inquiry so as to assess whether available evidence warrants further investigative steps.” In other words, they could stick a toe in, but they were to proceed with caution.

https://www.theepochtimes.com/mkt_app/barr-authorizes-federal-prosecutors-to-probe-substantial-allegations-of-voting-irregularities_3572611.html

“While serious allegations should be should be handled with great care,” he told them, “specious, speculative, fanciful or far-fetched claims should not be a basis for initiating federal inquiries.”

In retrospect, this directive involves some big gray areas. For example, who gets to define “specious,” “speculative,” etc? What seems highly possible or even probable to you or me might have been labeled far-fetched by those who dreamed of, or even just assumed, a Trump loss.

As early as September 2, 2020, Barr said he was aware of “big” fraud investigations over reported issues with mail-in ballots in several states. But he also said that because the country was so closely divided, this was like “playing with fire.”

Recall also that after the election, in December 2020, Barr told the Associated Press that the DOJ had found no evidence of election fraud “on a scale that could have effected a different outcome in the election.” If only we could tell how hard he was really looking. As Jonathan Karl relates in his upcoming book, BETRAYAL, Barr said he suspected all along that there was nothing there and that “it was all bullsh**.”

But back to the present day, and McSwain’s letter to Trump. Here’s the pdf.

https://cdn.donaldjtrump.com/djtweb/general/Letter_to_President_Trump.pdf

One reason we hesitated to run with this letter is that in it, McSwain also told Trump that he’s a candidate for governor of Pennsylvania –- the Republican in the race with “the best chance to win the general election in November 2022.” He asked for Trump’s support.

As it happens, Josh Shapiro, the state AG to whom McSwain was supposed to turn over allegations of fraud, might very well be his Democrat opponent in the governor’s race.

So keep this in mind when assessing Mr. McSwain’s allegations of election hanky-panky in Pennsylvania. Was he just trying to gain favor with Trump? He did go on to say that one of his first priorities if elected would be to modernize Pennsylvania’s election process to protect the voting rights of all citizens. “That means no ballot harvesting, unsigned ballots, undated ballots, ballots collected after Election Day (other than legitimate military and overseas absentee ballots), obstacles to poll watchers observing the counting of ballots, different rules in different counties, and, of course, no ballot stuffing of the kind I previously prosecuted," he said. "It also means responsible voter ID legislation.” All good, but certainly what Trump would want to hear.

He said he wants to make it easy to vote but hard, if not impossible, to cheat.

So, where is Bill Barr on all this, really? Is it true that he was telling a U.S. attorney not to look into charges of election fraud in Pennsylvania but to instead pass them along to someone who anticipated a Trump loss once "all the votes are added up"? Again, Barr denies ordering this.

THE EPOCH TIMES also summarized this story in a “premium” report.

Trump Releases Letter From Ex-US Attorney Alleging Barr Pressured Him Not to Probe Voter Fraud Claims

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Art For Sale

July 14, 2021

I used to think that the key to getting big bucks for your art work was to die, but apparently, being the son of a President does the trick just as well. Hunter Biden’s masterpieces are reportedly for sale for up to $500,000. This is allegedly ethical because anyone who shells out those bucks will remain anonymous. And if you believe that, I have a slightly-used Rembrandt I’ll sell you for 25 bucks.

At this link, some actual art experts assess Hunter’s work for its true value. Let’s just say it’s considerably less than $500,000, unless you’re really desperate for something with colors that match your sofa.

https://news.yahoo.com/hunter-biden-art-worth-500-110000217.html

I like the observation that its value is similar to that attached to a “sweater worn by Kurt Cobain.” I imagine Hunter’s paintings might also include traces of the same valuable substances that you’d find on Kurt Cobain’s sweater.

The good news is that you don’t have to be a President’s son to land a plum job that other people can only dream of landing. You can also be a Vice President’s step-daughter.

https://www.westernjournal.com/suspicious-pattern-emerges-kamalas-stepdaughter-finds-instant-acclaim-art-world/?utm_source=facebook&utm_medium=empowerconservatives

Mass protests are continuing in Cuba against the repressive communist regime, but the government is using special forces to crack down on the protesters. Despite the attempted media blackout, there are reports of a growing list of “missing” persons.

Sen. Ted Cruz lambasted President Biden for his weak sauce response and reminded him that he said just the day before that he stands with the Cuban people and their right to peaceful assembly. So what is he going to do about the brutal crackdown?

https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/world/cruz-calls-out-bidens-state-department-amid-reports-of-cuba-e2-80-99s-crackdown-on-protesters/ar-AAM56P1

Former President Trump also stood by the Cuban protesters and urged Biden to put some starch in his spine and do likewise.

https://www.westernjournal.com/trump-speaks-cuban-uprising-urges-biden-stand-freedom/?utm_source=facebook&utm_medium=huckabee

Reminder: last April, candidate Biden said he would reverse Trump’s tough-on-Cuban-communism policies and return to Obama’s policy of engagement with the dictatorship. So how’s that working out? We should add this to the ever-growing dumpster fire of Trump policies that Biden reversed, only to have them blow up in his face.

As the world watches, and I hope continues to pray for the safety and success of the Cuban freedom fighters, here is an explanation of why they’re finally turning on the government (and no, it’s not because of COVID, although it is refreshing to hear Democrats finally admit that Cuba doesn’t have the world’s greatest health care system.) These are the words of Cuban freedom activist Marcell Felipe, who says that no matter what the media try to tell you, “The Cuban people have rejected socialism and the socialist regime for the longest time, both in exile, here in Miami, and directly on the islands”:

“The [regime] controls the means of production. The flip side to the government providing everything is that you depend on the government for everything. So they have every means of control and not just with bullets and threats, but with food. If you protest, we take away your food. And part of what we are seeing is that the government’s inability to provide even the most basic foods is now resulting in the people no longer having anything to lose.”

https://pjmedia.com/instapundit/461292/

Instead of Critical Race Theory and other anti-American propaganda, those are words that should be taught to every American school child. Maybe then, they'd stop falling into the trap of believing the scurrilous lie that socialism is “fair” and takes care of everyone.

Politico obtained a strategy memo by a pro-Biden Super PAC warning that focus groups show dire tidings for Democrats in the 2022 midterm elections.

https://pjmedia.com/news-and-politics/stacey-lennox/2021/07/12/pro-biden-super-pac-has-a-dire-warning-for-democrats-ahead-of-crucial-midterms-n1461103

The focus groups found that voters don’t like rampant crime and defunding police; they don’t understand why we need to stimulate the economy by blowing trillions of dollars on Democrat wish list items dubbed “infrastructure” when the economy is doing fine wherever it’s allowed to reopen; and even Democrat voters couldn’t name a single Biden Administration accomplishment. Well, that’s understandable.

This article also touches on something I’ve often written about: that all current so-called “progressive” policies are just attempts to resuscitate terrible ideas from the dim past that failed miserably, from socialism to segregation. This article spotlights the Dems’ “PRO-Act,” the forced unionization bill that would enrich their union boss supporters while destroying freelance and contract jobs, and the Green New Deal that promises countless good-paying “green” jobs.

As noted by Stacey Lennox, this is an attempt to revert the dynamic 21st century gig economy back into an outdated model of big unions and government make-work jobs that failed to end the Depression when it was tried in the 1930s. It’s yet another reason why “progressives” should more accurately be called “regressives.”

Rudy Giuliani has said that when the FBI came to his home with a warrant to search for electronics, he offered them his copy of Hunter Biden’s hard drive and they declined to take it.

Well, the FBI might not have wanted to touch it with a 10-foot pole, but Peter Schweizer, president of the Government Accountability Institute (GAI) and bestselling author of several books on grift among the political and corporate elite, was very interested to obtain one, and he did. He said Monday on the radio with Sean Hannity that he has determined from Hunter’s emails that then-Vice President Joe Biden was a “direct beneficiary” of Hunter Biden’s financial deals with foreign interests.

First, of course, he had to make sure this copy of the hard drive was the real deal --- that these were Hunter Biden’s genuine emails and not some elaborate fakery. It must have been a tedious job to go through thousands of messages and cross-reference them with Hunter’s Secret Service travel records, but that’s what his staff did.

The travel records had been obtained by Wisconsin Sen. Ron Johnson as ranking member of the House Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations . And, yes, the emails line up “absolutely, 100 percent” with them. If emails say, for example, that Hunter was in Dubai on a certain date, the Secret Service records confirm he was indeed there. If the emails on this hard drive aren’t real, that would make it a truly magnificent piece of fakery. Schweizer can say with confidence that this copy of Hunter’s hard drive has been documented as real.

And, of course, Hunter hasn’t denied this, though he just can't remember for sure and he’s very dedicated to his art right now and is probably very busy blowing paint through a straw. This is a developing story, as it will take some time for GAI to put all the information together and investigate everything. There’s so much to go through, in fact, that Schweizer says it could take till the end of the year to get it all done.

They’re doing the job that the media should be doing but won’t. And they say that it will expose “disastrous dimensions” of the Biden family.

As they continue to work, “it will take on a far more sinister tone than it has even now in terms of what it says about the Biden family and and vulnerabilities of the Biden family,” Schweizer told Hannity. When Sean asked him how bad it was on a scale of one to ten, he said, “The coming revelations based on what we are in the middle of right now, on a scale of one to ten –- and you know, Sean, I’m pretty cautious about this stuff –- frankly are an eleven. It’s that bad.”

https://www.breitbart.com/politics/2021/07/12/peter-schweizer-our-copy-of-hunter-bidens-laptop-confirms-joe-biden-was-a-direct-beneficiary-of-his-sons-deals/

As for Hunter’s newfound career in art, it’s taking off, as some “experts” say they like it. In case you have seen his paintings, I feel the need to let you know that I am not kidding. There’s an article in the NEW YORK POST about it.

https://nypost.com/2021/06/15/hunter-bidens-artwork-is-actually-good-experts-say/

Mike Tribe, chairman of the MFA Fine Arts Department at New York City’s School of Visual Arts, told the POST, “I think it’s pretty strong –- I like it. The colors and compelling organic forms –- it’s the kind of organic abstraction that I find easy on the eyes and provokes your curiosity.”

Alex Acevedo, who owns the Alexander Gallery in Midtown Manhattan, said, “I’ve been in the art business since 1956. I’m not impressed with modern art at all. But I was floored by that guy. The palette was wonderful. The space was well-organized. I would buy a couple of them.”

If you’ve seen the paintings and think this guy is crazy, he is –- crazy like a fox. What he says next is telling: “And anybody who buys it would be guaranteed instant profit. He’s the President’s son. Anybody would want a piece of that. The provenance is impeccable.”

prov-e-nance (noun) 1. the place of origin or earliest known history of something

Thanks to their impeccable provenance, Acevedo expects that some of Hunter's pieces might end up topping $1 million.

Art consultant Martin Galindo is “not a fan,” he said, but is “very positive that he’s gonna do well in the market because the industry is very much about, what’s a simple way to put this? It’s like clout.”

“Honestly, I mean, from an aesthetic perspective, I don’t like it. But I’m sure he’s gonna do really well.”

Looking at one particular abstract of Hunter’s, he said, “Oh, my God, that looks like COVID.”

One refreshingly candid art collector who would give her name only as “Jill” used the words “nice” and “different” but said she thought “a lot of people can do that.” And then she said she wouldn’t buy any of them. “I wouldn’t pay sh** for it because he’s a criminal.”

The NEW YORK POST also ran an opinion piece by Andrea Peyser on Friday about the latest bit of news concerning Hunter’s art career –- the fact that buyers are to remain anonymous. “Hunter Biden’s art con is an insult to ethics –- and good taste,” says the headline.

https://nypost.com/2021/07/08/hunter-bidens-art-con-is-an-insult-to-ethics-and-good-taste/

Peyer takes a look at the newfound art career of someone whose artistic experience is, as far as she knows, “limited to to doodles on strip club cocktail napkins.” In October, a Soho art gallery will be putting 15 of his works on the market. But first, in September, a private “VIP” viewing will be held in Los Angeles.

“It’s the kind of high profile showing that many a talented artist who lacks Hunter Biden’s pedigree and connections could only hallucinate about.” It occurs to me that by coincidence some of these paintings do look like hallucinations, of bacteria and viruses. You’d have to pay ME half a million dollars for me to put one on my wall.

The White House is insisting that the anonymity of the buyers (even to Hunter) will ensure everything is on the up-and-up, but give me a break. That makes it even worse. It’ll be easy for the Bidens to know who “invested” in Hunter’s art. Assume that they will know. The anonymity ensures WE won’t know.

The buyer could even destroy Hunter’s “masterpiece” to make sure nobody knew about the grift. Some art lovers might consider that a public service, but it doesn’t make up for the sleaziness of this operation.

Don Trump, Jr., has speculated about what the reaction would be if one of the Trump offspring had done this while Trump was in office. We all know exactly what it would be. I’d love for Don to produce a big abstract canvas of his own and offer it for “sale,” just to make the point. He could even have a showing himself, if any gallery owner would play along, and call it “The Art of the Steal.”

Compare this new star of the art world to someone like former President George W. Bush, who studied art after leaving politics and has developed into a surprisingly adept portrait artist with a distinctive style.

https://www.artsy.net/article/artsy-editorial-artist-taught-george-bush-paint

What I believe is the most important story of the weekend (and particularly appropriate, considering we’re winding up our Independence Day vacation) was the video escaping Cuba of massive anti-government protests, despite efforts by the dictatorial government to shut off the Internet and censor the news. I hope you will join me in praying for the protesters' safety and success.

https://www.foxnews.com/world/thousands-of-protesters-take-to-the-streets-in-cuba

The Cuban people are rightly fed up with being starved and oppressed by a communist dictatorship, and they’re demanding an end to it and chanting, “Freedom!,” “Enough!” “We want liberty!” and “We are not afraid!” Cuban “President” and communist party chief Miguel Diaz-Canel blamed the US for stoking the unrest (oh, if that were only true!) and called on “revolutionary” citizens to fight back against their fellow Cubans demanding freedom. Good luck with that.

I can’t help thinking that if Trump were still President, the White House would be doing more than trying to avoid the subject of Cubans taking to the streets to demand freedom.


RELATED READING:  Mass Protests Continue In Cuba


https://redstate.com/nick-arama/2021/07/11/psaki-refuses-to-acknowledge-the-cuban-peoples-call-for-freedom-n409599

…Or actually trying to convince us that the protesters are just worried about COVID-19. No, it’s the deadly virus of communism that they want to eradicate.

https://www.foxnews.com/politics/state-department-tweet-tying-covid-19-to-cuban-protests-is-criticized

And of course, all our “Democratic” socialists in Congress who claim to speak for the people haven’t made a peep to back up the Cuban people who are risking their lives to demand an end to incompetent, oppressive, deadly socialism.

https://www.foxnews.com/politics/democratic-socialists-ignore-cuban-protesters-railing-against-communist-dictatorship

Finally, Stephen Kruiser at PJ Media has a good round-up of the shameful way in which US media outlets, many of whom spent years shining Fidel Castro’s boots with their tongues, are trying to spin and twist this story. News flash to the New York Times: “Freedom” is not an “anti-government slogan” unless you’re admitting that the government is an enemy of freedom. Second news flash: Cuba's is.

https://pjmedia.com/columns/stephen-kruiser/2021/07/12/the-morning-briefing-cubans-desire-for-freedom-confuses-american-commies-n1460847

Leave The Flag Alone

July 13, 2021

Last night, I was on Sean Hannity’s show on Fox News, discussing his report that the US Olympic Committee is considering a possible redesign of the American flag for their official documents. It would have fewer stars and stripes than the real flag.

https://video.foxnews.com/v/6263453758001/

They said it was just early brainstorming, and this was not for the flag that would actually fly at the Olympics. And I get that Olympic designers love dreaming up bad “creative” ideas (anyone remember some of these terrible Olympic mascots? https://reason.com/2012/08/10/the-5-worst-summer-olympic-mascots/)

But let me save the Olympic folks a lot of trouble and grief with just four words: “LEAVE THE FLAG ALONE!” Olympic fans have had to put up with enough from athletes who are going to the Games on the US’s dime to represent the United States, but who have so little appreciation for this nation that they turn their backs or hide their faces when Old Glory flies or the National Anthem plays. They’d show more respect for the anthem of China than for their own nation.

Here are two reminders for them, and for anyone who disrespects the American flag and what it stands for:

1. One of the many great things about this nation is that if you don’t like it, you’re free to leave any time for anyplace you think is better. We have to build walls to keep people out. Only socialist tyrannies have to build walls to keep people in.

2. On that subject, while too many Americans are burning, stomping on and otherwise disrespecting the American flag because they want to turn the US into a socialist tyranny, guess what brave protesters against existing socialist tyrannies in Cuba, Venezuela and Hong Kong are waving? That’s right: the most famous symbol of freedom in history: the American flag.

https://pjmedia.com/news-and-politics/tyler-o-neil/2021/07/12/why-does-the-left-hate-the-thing-that-freedom-fighters-in-cuba-and-hong-kong-have-in-common-n1461125

Texas Democrat legislators once again fled Austin to try to prevent a special session quorum and block passage of an election integrity bill. As usual, they claim (I’ll use the media’s favorite phrase here, only accurately for once: “without evidence”) that laws that ensure an honest election somehow suppress the votes of minorities and the disabled. This is a childish delaying tactic that won’t work in the long run.

https://redstate.com/bonchie/2021/07/12/texas-democrats-decide-to-play-a-ridiculous-game-of-chicken-they-cant-win-n409932

Gov. Greg Abbott, who’s had a bellyful of childish, lawless Democrats lately, warned that there will be consequences, including arresting them the second they return to Texas and hauling them back to Austin to do their jobs. Although I think it would be more appropriate, and funnier, if they tried to return to Texas and were blocked from entering by the Border Patrol. Come to think of it, now’s a good time to extend that wall all the way around Texas.

https://www.westernjournal.com/texas-gov-abbott-democrats-fled-block-voting-bill-will-arrested-step-back-state/?utm_source=facebook&utm_medium=huckabee

VP Kamala Harris put out an offensively clueless tweet, comparing the runaway Democrats to the brave civil rights activists who “fought and died for our right to vote.”

https://redstate.com/nick-arama/2021/07/12/kamala-should-get-all-the-pinocchios-for-description-of-runaway-texas-dems-n410027

(A.) Those civil rights pioneers weren’t fighting for the right to vote two, three or four times in the same election.

(B.) The only chance these Texas Democrats have of dying is if they’re shot by criminals thanks to the incompetent Democrat mayor of Washington, DC.

My Two Cents: If you don’t want to do your job of representing your constituents, then resign immediately. Also, why are these people being treated as heroes by DC Democrats? Aren’t those the same Democrats who’ve been demanding an end to the Senate filibuster because anything that allows a minority to thwart the will of the majority is an “assault on democracy”? Or does that only apply when they’re in the majority (never mind; we all know the answer to that question.)

At least the US Senate is evenly tied. In Texas, Republicans outnumber Democrats in the state Senate by 18-13 and in the House by 83-67. Talk about thwarting the will of the majority! If the Democrats keep going the way they are, it might not be long before their absence won’t even prevent a quorum.

The "Former Senator"

July 11, 2021

Former Missouri Democratic Senator Claire McCaskill declared that she was starting a new Fourth of July tradition in her family to watch video of the January 6th Capitol riot and insisted there needs to be an investigation because it was worse than Benghazi.

https://legalinsurrection.com/2021/07/former-sen-claire-mccaskill-capitol-hill-riot-worse-than-benghazi/

Since I hold the idiocy to be self-evident, I’ll just make three quick points:

1. Terrorists in Benghazi destroyed our diplomatic outpost in Libya and murdered four brave Americans: security contractors Glen Doherty and Tyrone Woods, US Foreign Service Information Management Officer Sean Smith, and the US Ambassador to Libya, Chris Stevens. I list their names because too many people would like us to forget them. This was also an attack on an American government installation and the murder of US officials.

On January 6th, the only person killed was an unarmed protester shot at point blank range by a Capitol Police officer who has been absolved of any wrongdoing and is yet to identified…maybe.

https://beckernews.com/house-sergeant-at-arms-slips-up-may-have-just-revealed-name-of-ashli-babbitts-shooter-40094/)

https://www.realclearinvestigations.com/articles/2021/07/07/naming_the_capitol_cop_who_killed_jan_6_rioter_ashli_babbitt_779601.html

2. The deaths in Benghazi were both tragic and unnecessary: the attack on the anniversary of 9/11 was predictable, pleas for more security before the attack were ignored, and pleas for backup and rescue went unanswered. The day before the Capitol violence, DC Mayor Muriel Bowser rejected an offer of federal officers to provide extra security, insisting it wasn’t needed. This was one way in which it was actually similar to Benghazi: the failure of Democrats to do their jobs.

https://townhall.com/tipsheet/juliorosas/2021/01/07/dc-mayor-refused-any-federal-law-enforcement-help-prior-to-protests-n2582757

3. I am starting a new July 4th tradition in my family as well. We will all join together and thank God that Claire McCaskill is a “former Senator.”

"Extremists"

July 11, 2021

Democrats have declared that the greatest danger to America is “extremists” and their media and social media handmaidens are doing everything possible to identify and silence so-called “extremists” – of course, always defining that as “rightwing extremists.” I guess they’d include this couple, who are being treated like terrorists even though they never even entered the Capitol on January 6th. They're victims of mistaken identity.

https://www.westernjournal.com/feel-like-terror-watch-list-fbi-wont-stop-harassing-couple-never-entered-capitol-jan-6/

Just as many Republicans were once depicted as a “far-right” but not even Ted Kennedy was called “far-left,” only conservatives can be “extremists,” and hence “dangerous.” If you see an America-hating, communist-sympathizing Antifa mob attacking cops, looting stores or trying to burn down a federal building, you can rest easy knowing that as long as they’re on the left, at least they’re not “dangerous extremists.”

I’ve been wondering if anyone in the media was ever going to bring up the famous quote from the late Senator Barry Goldwater (smeared by the media in his day as a dangerous extremist and later lauded as a statesman): “Extremism in the defense of liberty is no vice, and moderation in the pursuit of justice is no virtue.” So I’m glad that in this Fourth of July essay, Hannah Cox of the Foundation for Economic Education does that and reminds us that Americans have always been “extremists.”

https://hannahdcox.com/1452/2021/07/03/werent-we-always-extremists/

She makes the excellent point that the Founding Fathers were, by current definitions, incredible extremists. For millennia, slavery, indentured servitude and rule by sword or divine right were the status quo. Ideas like freedom, democracy, human rights and leaders deriving their power from the consent of the governed were absolutely unheard of. Yet the Founders declared them to be both God-given and self-evident. Talk about extremists!

Ms Cox writes:

“I always find it odd that America alone is criticized for injustices such as slavery, racism, inequality, and civil rights violations. It’s as if the vast majority of people are truly under the impression these injustices only ever happened here. In truth, the entirety of human history is marred by these evils, and in many places, you’ll find much worse conditions for civil liberties to this day.”

She also makes the good point that the USA has often failed to live up to the lofty standards set out by the Founders, but there are two big differences between us and the nations that people flee to come here: we are constantly striving to make things better (and with great success, although leftwing extremists refuse to admit it), and those other nations never even attempted to live up to those standards.

Read the whole thing. It will remind you that it’s been America’s “extremists” in the causes of liberty and justice who have made this the free nation so many people are desperate to join. I’d also remind America’s leftwing extremists who hate this nation that another great thing about living in a free country is that, unlike in Cuba or China, they are free to pack up and move someplace they think is better anytime they please.

I hope you’re having a great 4th of July week, but between the celebratory fireworks on one hand and the anti-American political fireworks on the other, let’s take just a moment to reflect on what Independence Day really means and how it led to the freedoms and blessings that far too many Americans fail to appreciate these days.

Most historians (not New York Times writers, but real historians) mark the beginning of America as the signing of the Declaration of Independence on July 4th, 1776. But in truth, there was still a long road to travel before America as we know it came to be. First, of course, there was the matter of fighting a bloody revolution against Great Britain, one where victory was an overwhelming longshot, and win or lose, the leaders risked their lives, honor and fortunes. Victory was followed by more heated battles over what kind of government we would have.

Our Forefathers finally agreed to a blueprint, the Constitution, that wasn’t even introduced until 1789 – over 13 years later. Today, many Americans take those hard-won freedoms very lightly and seem eager to trade them away for false promises of security. Many can’t even name the freedoms guaranteed by the Bill of Rights. Maybe they’d cherish them more if they knew how close they came to not having them at all.

Did you know that the Constitution very nearly got passed without the Bill of Rights? Even some of the wisest of our forefathers thought a Bill of Rights was a dangerous idea. Alexander Hamilton argued that it was risky to list the rights the government couldn’t take away because then, politicians might try to grab any and every power that wasn’t specifically prohibited to them (apparently, the ability to rap wasn’t the only way Hamilton predicted the 21st century). He and many others also felt that a Bill of Rights was unnecessary: since nobody was surrendering their God-given rights by agreeing to the Constitution, there was no need to list them, right? Hamilton wrote, “Why declare that things shall not be done which there is no power to do?”

It’s ironic that Hamilton made that argument. Later on, as the first Treasury Secretary, he cited powers that the Constitution merely implied that the government had in order to take on debt, create a federal bank and impose unpopular taxes. Over a century later, when the federal income tax was passed, some lawmakers wanted to include a 10% limit, but they were voted down. Opponents scoffed that it was absurd to think the government would ever steal as much as 10% of an American’s hard-earned wages. Flash forward just 30 years, and they were happily taxing away 94%. So just imagine how few freedoms we’d have today if they’d listened to Hamilton and decided it wasn’t necessary to put specific limits on government power.

Luckily for us all, Thomas Jefferson won the argument, and the Bill of Rights was added. They even included the 9th amendment, which I’ll bet most people can’t even describe. Here’s what it says:

“The enumeration in the Constitution, of certain rights, shall not be construed to deny or disparage others retained by the people.”

It means that just because some God-given rights aren’t specifically listed, that doesn’t mean the people cede them to the government. Maybe because so many of the framers were also farmers, they understood that like weeds, government tends to grow and grow, choking out the productive crops -- and like a bull, it will trample you if you don’t corral it. (Also, it produces the same thing a bull does.)

So if we want to preserve our freedoms, and keep government limited, maybe we should send more farmers to Washington -- and fewer lawyers.

Some new polls bring a tsunami of bad news for Democrats. They show that even with the combined propaganda might of the government, the media and social media, you can’t pull the wool over the eyes of most Americans. You can bully some into not saying what they’re thinking, but you can’t keep them from thinking it. And eventually, they’ll get sick enough of being bullied and yell what they're thinking into your face.

First up, a new Trafalgar Group poll finds that 56.5% of Americans don’t believe that Joe Biden is fully executing the duties of his office. That even includes 31.7% of Democrats. Only 36.4% believe Biden is fully in control. These people are also known as “Americans who’ve never watched a Joe Biden press conference.”

https://redstate.com/brandon_morse/2021/07/06/poll-finds-most-americans-believe-others-are-controlling-biden-and-thats-bad-news-for-democrats-n407151

Related: No, despite what Biden told the World Series champion Los Angeles Dodgers Friday, he did NOT hit a 368-foot home run off the right centerfield wall of RFK Stadium in his second Congressional baseball game in 1974. He actually singled out twice, and it wasn’t even played in RFK Stadium. The White House had no comment, and neither did the media. You can imagine the howls of “Lying liar!!!” if Trump had said that, but with Joe, they just assume he confused himself with Mark McGwire and move on.

https://redstate.com/nick-arama/2021/07/05/biden-gets-busted-over-false-baseball-boast-n406918

On to the other polls: A Washington Post/ABC News poll (so I assume it’s heavily slanted left) still found that 51% of Americans disapprove of how Biden is handling the border, with only 33% thinking he’s doing a decent job.

https://redstate.com/jeffc/2021/07/05/another-left-leaning-poll-shows-how-americans-feel-about-bidens-handling-of-the-migrant-crisis-n406922

Democrats may be shocked by a new Pew Research poll that shows how many black Americans identify as conservative, moderate or Christian (80%...hardly a shock to me); how many Republican ideas like charter schools and voter ID that they support; and how strongly opposed they are to crazy leftist ideas like defunding the police.

https://redstate.com/redstate-guest-editorial/2021/07/04/the-mainstream-media-and-both-political-parties-lie-about-black-americas-views-n406426

A poll by Forbes/Tate Partners finds overwhelming disapproval by Americans of the Democrats’ “PRO Act” that would kill contract and gig jobs, eliminate right-to-work laws and force workers to pay union dues.

http://myprivateballot.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/06/PRO_Act-National-Survey-Summary-6.28.21.pdf

A new poll by Heritage Action finds that 64% of Americans oppose defunding the police (I’m surprised it’s not higher), and only 31% believe the handling of crime is better under Biden. I’m assuming those 31% are criminals.

https://townhall.com/tipsheet/reaganmccarthy/2021/07/05/poll-americans-reject-defunding-the-police-n2592043

Finally, and most encouraging for the 4th of July, an Issues & Insights/TIPP poll found that most Americans aren’t ashamed of this nation. In fact, they’re rightly proud to be Americans. 44% say they are “extremely proud,” 23% are “very proud,” 15% are “moderately proud,” 8% are “slightly proud,” and the big voting bloc that the Democrats are aiming for, those who are “not at all proud to be Americans,” comprise 6%.

Despite all the assaults on America as irredeemably racist, 55% of blacks and 57% of Hispanics say they are either “very” or “extremely” proud to be Americans. Only 7% and 9%, respectively, are not proud. They are also known as “CNN commentators.”

https://issuesinsights.com/2021/07/05/ii-tipp-poll-just-36-of-young-people-are-proud-to-be-american/

Surprisingly, despite the far-left bent of universities and the media's dissing of “low information” patriotic Americans, 75% of college graduates are proud to be Americans compared to 62% of those with only a high school diploma.

It’s worrying that the only group where a majority are not very or extremely proud to be Americans (36% total) are young people aged 18 to 24. I assume this reflects the corrosive miseducation they’ve received from leftist schools, media and social media. Here’s video proof of how woefully ignorant they are about America's history and how incredibly blessed they are to be here:

https://www.campusreform.org/article?id=15168

That problem urgently needs to be corrected by reforming schools and reining in social media. Let’s hope that the current badly-educated generation will come to their senses once they’re far enough away from the campuses and get enough experience with real life to have some sense knocked into them.

How can we all be so connected, and our government be so disconnected?

One of the benefits of living in the 21st century is that thanks to jet travel and the Internet, I constantly talk to Americans from every state and every walk of life. And believe me, they are not shy about sharing their opinions. It gives me a perspective that I wish more of our politicians and media people inside the Beltway Bubble could experience.

According to a recent Reuters Institute and University of Oxford survey, America ranked last among 46 nations in public trust in the news media. If I had to explain that subterranean approval rating in one word, it would be “disconnection.” I don’t think there’s ever been a time when the people in the media were so out of touch with the people they’re supposed to be serving (you’d think the shock they experienced on Election night 2016 would’ve caused them to reflect a bit and make some changes, but they only doubled down on the demonizing of people they never talk to.) They apparently really believed in 2016 that when voters asked for “change,” they wanted bigger deficits and a bloated, more powerful regulatory state. Trust me, based on what they told me, they did not. And they didn’t think they were getting that when they voted for Biden, either. They’re angry now because many believe they’re the victims of a bait-and-switch con.

If you ask most Americans what they want from government, it’s not to have every aspect of their lives regulated and “transformed,” including those that worked a lot better before the government “improved” them. They don’t want 2,000-page bills nobody’s read, or bureaucrats telling them which doctor they can see or how much money they’re allowed to make. The list of what most Americans say they want from government is actually pretty short: national defense, secure borders, safe streets; smooth highways; health care for veterans, seniors, children, the disabled (all those who genuinely can’t help themselves); good schools, firefighters and (yes) police – now more than ever - and it would be nice if the trash were picked up on time. That’s about it.

Yet somehow, the government finds so many ways to meddle in our lives that federal, state and local government spending combined now equals about 40 percent of America’s entire gross domestic product. And in some big cities, they don’t pick up the garbage at all. They just let people live in it.

In poll after poll, despite claims that socialism is on the rise, most Americans say they want less government and less spending. Even those who say they want government handouts like “Medicare For All” abruptly change their tunes when told what it will do to their tax bills and quality of services. They don’t give a hoot what the talking heads or the endlessly-surprised economists or the “too-big-to-fail” Wall Street failures say: they want government out of their lives, out of their wallets and out of their way.

Sadly, whenever political candidates support that philosophy, their opponents and the media paint them as cold-hearted and uncaring. Compassion has been redefined as the willingness to spend limitless amounts of other people’s money. The media also devote almost no time to examining political philosophies and a lot of time to gotcha games, gaffes, fake news and who’s ahead in the horse race.

But the horse is now out of the barn. For eight years, Americans experienced firsthand the results of so-called “progressive” policies. Government out of control, a health care boondoggle two-thirds of us didn’t want, and the economy still struggling long after it should’ve roared back.

The Election of 2016 was not a surprise to me. I predicted it months in advance because, unlike so many people who claim to represent or report on the American people, I actually talk to – and more importantly, listen to - people. Things were turning around quite well before a pandemic artificially shut down the economy and people let the media bamboozle them into blaming Trump and thinking they’d be bringing back moderation and “normality” if they elected Biden.

Now, they find themselves stuck with a combination of Obama and Jimmy Carter times 10. This isn’t what they voted for, but they’re getting it good and hard.

I predict that, despite the media’s best efforts to bamboozle us, politicians who try to sell Americans on socialistic, big government policies will eventually fail, for the same reason that a used car salesman has a hard time selling a lemon to the same customer twice. I think those politicians know it, too; hence their desperation to take over elections so they can control the results. I also predict that politicians who were elected on a promise not to “fundamentally transform” America will remain in office only as long as they remember that Americans did not elect them to turn the United States into Venezuela.

The nation’s largest teachers’ union, the misleadingly named National Education Association (“Education” should more accurately be replaced with “Indoctrination”) came out against parents who are trying to get racist Critical Race Theory out of schools.

https://www.foxnews.com/us/largest-teachers-union-critical-race-theory-reasonable-and-appropriate

The NEA voted that it is “reasonable and appropriate” to use CRT in social studies classes (interestingly contradicting other leftists, who claim it’s too “complex” for lower grades and deny it’s being pushed in K-12 schools at all.) They also approved a plan to "publicize" CRT and dedicate a "team of staffers" to assist union members looking to "fight back against anti-CRT rhetoric" (i.e., they want to research the backgrounds of critics of CRT to try to smear and dox them.)

The resolution also calls for the NEA to "join with Black Lives Matter at School and the Zinn Education Project to call for a rally this year on Oct. 14 — George Floyd’s birthday — as a national day of action to teach lessons about structural racism and oppression." FYI: Howard Zinn was the self-described anarchist/socialist who wrote “A People’s History of the United States,” the first major anti-American “revisionist” (false and propagandistic) history book which has infected America’s schools for years.

The NEA also voted to back the “1619 Project,” the latest false anti-American account of US history. It’s so bad that even the World Socialist Web Site dismissed it as a load of careless, cherry-picked, racialist garbage that evinces “no familiarity with the massive body of work produced by generations of historians.”

https://pjmedia.com/instapundit/459872/

And this is what the largest teachers’ union in America endorses pouring into your kids’ noggins. That’s why many people say that sending your kids to a public school these days is a form of child abuse.

On the plus side, since this is the same union that’s fighting tooth and toenail to keep from reopening schools, maybe they’ll still be refusing to indoctrinate kids even by October. By then, you will have been able to find a good school for your kids, or be home-schooling them, or have replaced your school board or pressured local leaders to replace this racist, Marxist brainwashing with actual education.

We hear often these days that society shouldn’t have any absolute moral standards. Imposing standards is oppressive, judgmental and outdated. Like Linus and the Great Pumpkin, it doesn’t matter what we choose to believe, as long as we’re really sincere in believing it. Well, pardon me for pointing it out, but that’s…well, stupid (sorry, Linus!)

There are all sorts of absolute standards to which we adhere. A rock band might be filled with nonconformists, but they can’t each play in whatever key they feel like. You might concede Hannibal Lecter’s sincere belief in cannibalism, but you wouldn’t go to his house for dinner. It seems counter-intuitive, but freedom can’t work unless we all agree to abide by certain basic standards of right and wrong. When we step outside those boundaries, chaos ensues, as we’re seeing right now with blue city officials allowing leftwing extremists to ignore laws, seize public property or smash monuments and statues, just because they feel like it. That can leave a bad taste in your mouth, and I’m not still referring to Hannibal Lecter. I like to illustrate the concept with a story from the days when my own kids were young.

When my son John Mark was only 12, he decided one day to bake a cake. My wife Janet and I returned home and were greeted by our son, proudly offering ol’ dad the first taste. Well, it looked good, and I was already preparing some fatherly praise as I took that first bite. But what came out of my mouth wasn’t words. It was the cake. It was so awful, I had to spit it out. My first thought was that my son was trying to kill me for the insurance.

As soon as my tongue overcame its shock, I asked John Mark if he’d used a recipe. He said he had, and he’d followed it to the letter. Well, except that he didn’t know what a “dash” of salt meant, so he decided a cup of salt should be enough.

Now, my son worked hard on that cake…he had the best of intentions…and he sincerely believed he’d done a good job. But hard work, good intentions and sincere beliefs meant nothing once he decided he could make up his own measurement standards. That’s literally a recipe for disaster.

Freedom can’t exist in a moral vacuum. It makes some people uncomfortable to hear this, but without clear boundaries of right and wrong, the very concept of liberty breaks down. A person might argue that he should be free to look at pictures others find offensive. But if it’s pornography featuring a child who’s being exploited, then there’s more at stake than just the liberty of the viewer. There was a big controversy over separating children from parents who crossed the border illegally, but very few people brought up the facts that the parents chose to bring their children along as they knowingly violated federal immigration law – or that (as a pilot DNA test program proved) in many cases, those weren’t even their parents but people illegally exploiting children they weren’t related to.

Self-government can’t mean each of us lives by our own unique set of rules. If that’s how you define liberty, then you’re just going to get less of it. When people live outside the boundaries of a principled and agreed-upon moral code, it inevitably leads to government that’s bigger and more intrusive (and an avalanche of lawsuits), just to force people to do the right thing. And if it doesn’t, then society quickly spirals into anarchy. Neither prospect is acceptable.

If you think more lawyers and bigger government actually improve society, or that doing away with laws and police is a good idea, then I have a delicious cake recipe I’d like to sell you. Then again, no…selling people a recipe for disaster would definitely be morally wrong.

When a lie gets repeated so often that everyone thinks it’s true, it’s called “conventional wisdom” – maybe because it happens so often at political conventions. These days, the conventional wisdom is that Americans are clamoring for cradle-to-grave Socialism. Don’t buy it.

Throughout the Bush-Obama era, the media kept repeating “failed conservative policies” until even a lot of so-called conservatives believed it. Well, what a difference a few years make. We tried leftist policies. They resulted in a sluggish economy, depressed job growth, rising income inequality, reduced wealth and opportunities for minorities, rising class and racial divisions, and abroad, a decline in US prestige and leadership and the advancement and emboldening of our enemies, including a terrorist “JV team” metastasizing into a worldwide threat.

Polls began to show that most Americans wanted the government to do less and spend less. In France, where an actual Socialist was elected President, his huge tax hikes crashed the economy and made socialism as popular with the French as cheese in a can. The media were shocked when voters turned right in the next election. They should’ve known that nothing turns people off of socialism like actually experiencing it. Ask a Cuban or Venezuelan. The elites responded by doubling down on the arrogance, condescension and name-calling of those who dared to challenge their divine right to rule. The people were forced to make their point even more clearly by shutting down large sections of the country with Tea Party protests, and demanding their culture and secure national borders back, and finally by shocking the elites with the election of Donald Trump.

Trump reversed virtually every Obama policy. Result: ISIS was crushed, peace started breaking out in the Middle East, illegal immigration plummeted, the economy boomed, and unemployment for all groups fell to record lows while real wages rose for the first time in decades. It took the artificial shutdown of that economy due to COVID-19 to crush it. Now, as it’s starting to rush back, we have Biden crushing it and bringing back Middle East violence and illegal immigration, plus skyrocketing crime and inflation, simply by reversing all of Trump’s policies.

If you ever wanted a laboratory demonstration of whose policies work and whose don’t, you could just look at the past three Administrations prior to President Trump. It’s like watching someone turn off the lights, turn them back on, then turn them off again.

It is a shame that voters have to keep relearning the hard way that top-down, big government solutions and leftist utopian fantasies don’t work in reality. Young people can almost be excused for believing in socialism for the same reason they believe in the Tooth Fairy: they are empty vessels who get filled with whatever adults pour into them. As many parents have recently realized, we’ve been dangerously remiss in allowing leftists to take over our schools and fill those precious vessels with mental pollution.

But Republicans who promised small government and fiscal responsibility have let us down, too. Too many let deficits skyrocket, stuffed budgets with pork, and became cheerleaders for big government and disdainful toward the very Americans who put them in office. These so-called “conservatives” slammed me in 2007 for not being a “real conservative” because I pointed out problems in the economy that were hurting working people and criticized the lack of oversight of Wall Street’s excesses. Two years later, they wanted to spend $700 billion of our grandkids’ money to save Wall Street from its excesses. They abandoned government’s rightful role as a tough-but-impartial referee and wanted to use its power to pick winners and losers in the market. Is that “real conservatism?”

The truth is that voters didn’t turn their backs on conservatism, Republican politicians did. Democrats didn’t sweep to power in 2008 by claiming to be government-bloating tax-and-spenders, but by swearing they’d changed and were now fiscally responsible. Of course, once they gave Obama, Pelosi and Reid unlimited power, voters quickly realized their terrible mistake and gave the House back to the GOP in the next election. But too many Republicans had already squandered their credibility, so when Democrats ballooned the deficit, they could deflect criticism by simply pointing at their opponents’ own record.

In 2020, the endless media assaults on Trump and the false messaging that Biden was a moderate centrist hoodwinked the voters yet again into putting the Democrats back into power. From his first day in power, he surrounded himself with people who can’t wait to bloat government, reversed all of Trump’s successful policies, and started pushing to raise taxes, spend money like water, regulate everything that moves, and turn the whole country into a coast-to-coast version of one of the failing cities Democrats have run for decades. Only a few months in, buyers’ remorse has hit Americans harder than COVID-19.

Another example: New Yorkers lived through the nightmare of the Dinkins years, elected Republican Rudy Giuliani, who miraculously saved the city (ignoring Democrats who routinely called him a Nazi and a fascist) and then Bloomberg, who continued Rudy’s policies and kept it going. Then for some unfathomable reason, New Yorkers decided they were tired of a well-run, successful city, or had become so complacent that they thought NYC could run itself, so they elected Dinkins’ protégé, Bill DeBlasio. Those who cannot remember the past are doomed to repeat it. Look at NYC now, and look at how many voters are desperate to get rid of DeBlasio.

From Jefferson’s belief that government closest to the people governs best to Reagan’s faith in free markets, from low taxes to letting markets instead of government make business decisions, conservative ideas work whenever they’re tried. Unfortunately, party leaders and the media are wildly out of touch with most Americans, and they are the ones with Hollywood, the media and social media acting as a 24-hour PR apparatus for bad leftist policies. This amplifies the liberal side and suppresses the conservative side so much that not only is the tail wagging the dog, but it’s like a Chihuahua’s tail wagging a St. Bernard. Too often, they succeed in hookwinking the voters into giving them more power, despite decades of failure.

But as that great Republican Abraham Lincoln observed, you can fool some of the people all of the time (they’re called “progressives”) and all the people some of the time, but you can’t fool all of the people all of the time. Let’s pray that 2022 will be one of those “won’t get fooled again” elections.

The leaders we need

July 5, 2021

We all knew a kid in school who just had to run everything. Remember the classmate who insisted on picking the games you’d all play at recess, where you’d go after school, even who was “in” or “out” of your group? In high school, that kid had a compulsive need to be the leader of every student organization. You just wanted to say, “Hey! You’re not the boss of me!” Whatever happened to those kids? I wouldn’t be surprised if most ended up in government. We certainly have no shortage of people there who think they know how to live your life and spend your paycheck better than you do.

I’m convinced the world is divided into people who just want to live their own lives and those who, for some reason, have an uncontrollable urge to tell everyone else how to live. Unfortunately, to that latter group, government seems like the ideal place to work, and at the moment, they are getting 99.9% of all the attention from the media. As more of them gravitated toward government, Congress abdicated much of its legislating authority to unelected bureaucrats. Their bureaus grew like kudzu, and so did their regulations with the force of law (but no input from the people.) Then one day, we looked up and discovered we had a crushing national debt and were paying huge salaries to an army of people who enforce how big your soda should be and who couldn’t be fired and who is allowed to come into your daughter’s locker room. That’s when sane people realized that government is the LAST place these out-of-control control freaks needed to be.

The temptation for government to overreach is hardly new. In fact, it stretches back to the beginning of recorded history, and I bet even earlier than that. There’s a story in the ninth chapter of the book of Judges in the Old Testament about Gideon’s son Abimelech, who craved leadership and stature - not to serve the people but to control them and make them serve him. He said, “Give me dominion over your lives, and I will simplify your existence.” Wow, does that sound familiar? It’s basically the entire 2020 Democratic platform. Our government has taken us pretty far down that same road, but does your life seem any simpler -- or just a lot less free?

Anyway, back to Abimelech. He had a very smart younger brother, Jotham, who came up with a clever tale about three trees: an olive tree, a fig tree, and a vine tree. All three were fine trees that produced lots of fruit. All were offered the exalted position of “King Of All Trees,” but all three turned it down. The plant that wanted to be “King Of All Trees” was the bramble bush, a weak plant that produces no fruit at all. Jotham’s point was that only the weak and nonproductive have the desire to rule everyone else. Does that lesson not resonate like a gong right now?

When anyone aspires to a position of power, take a long, hard look. If that person seemingly crawled out of the cradle with an ambition to be President, then beware! Anytime someone talks about “running the country,” alarm bells should sound. No one – not the President, not Congress, no one person – “runs the country” or should aspire to. That’s why the Founders took such pains to divide and limit federal power, and why we need to reinstate those limits that have been blurred in recent years, whether by Presidents ruling via executive order or out-of-control judges legislating from the bench or unelected bureaucrats abusing their power to try to influence the results of elections. If we allow any one person or entity to ignore those limits and assume the power to run everything, we won’t be able to stop them when they run America into the ground.

We should pick leaders who resemble the trees in the Bible story that don’t need or crave power but that have shown they bear good fruit. As it is said, by their fruits ye shall know them. Government has more than enough nuts already.

Leadership 101

July 5, 2021

Pundits on the left still puzzle and argue over how Donald Trump could have been elected and why he has such strong support. They would know if they’d read my book, “God, Guns, Grits and Gravy,” which was published shortly before Trump even entered politics. It explained how the elites of politics, academia and the media had sealed themselves into such an airtight echo chamber, they had no idea what the mysterious natives of that vast “flyover country” that they looked down on, literally and figuratively, were thinking.

What they were thinking was that they were fed up to the gills with a two-tiered system that gave the politically-connected a pass for things that would land them under the jail. They were sick of being ignored and insulted for voicing legitimate complaints about how their lives were being adversely affected by government policies, disregard for the Constitution and selective enforcement of laws. They were tired of being called racists or xenophobes or immigrant-haters if they thought the welfare of suffering Americans, such as homeless veterans or people put out of work by illegal immigrant labor, should take priority over solving the problems of everyone else in the world.

And on a visceral level, they were tired of the grating combination of ignorance and arrogance (a trait we’ve recently seen turned up to 11 since Democrats have retaken power.) It’s that condescending attitude of elitists (politicians, Hollywood stars, news media figures, Silicon Valley tech/social media denizens) who are convinced they are the smartest people in the room – so smart, in fact, that their ideas are the only ones that should be allowed to be expressed -- even though the results of their ideas throughout history prove that they don’t have the slightest idea what they’re talking about. They think they know how to run the entire planet, but have fewer practical skills than the average apprentice plumber.

The poster boy for arrogant ignorance was New York Mayor Bill DeBlasio, whose brief, doomed presidential bid was exemplified by his clueless claim that all it takes to be a farmer is to throw some seeds in the dirt, add water, and “up comes the corn.” Down went DeBlasio, and for good reason. He proved he knew even less about being a farmer than he does about being a mayor.

During the Obama years, a lot of young leftist wonks with massive egos sailed triumphantly into Washington only to go slinking back to academia after seeing their precious theories shatter on the rocks of reality. Yet since then, they’ve learned nothing and become even more cocksure of themselves and the inevitability of their failed socialist ideas. Now, they’re back in Washington and watching those ideas fail even faster and more spectacularly. So what can all those Ivy League hothouse flowers learn about problem-solving from a lowly former Arkansas governor and business owner?

Well, the most important tip I could offer is this: Very big problems are usually not solved with very big solutions. A 2000-page bill or a massive ten-year “plan” like the Green New Deal only creates a whole new set of problems. If you want to turn a problem into a catastrophe, the recipe is simple: just add lots and lots of bureaucrats and taxpayer money.

When you have a big problem, Step #1 is to break it down into little problems. Then put someone in charge of each problem who actually knows how to solve it. It takes an experienced, executive decision-maker just to decide which decisions to make and which ones can be safely left to someone else. (This is something that doesn’t require political experience; anyone who’s ever run a successful business knows it instinctively.)

Next comes the hardest part: prioritizing. We’ve all seen executives who are constantly bustling and shouting. They look busy – some people are even impressed by their constant bustling -- but they never really get anything done. That’s because they’re trying to do everything at once, instead of focusing on issues in their order of importance.

I’ll let you in on another secret: the importance of an issue is not determined by how important the people closest to it think it is. You might have to disappoint or even anger people by telling them their pet issue isn’t your top priority. Sorry, that’s part of the job.

I once had a professor of religion who said one of the wisest things I ever heard about management: “Don’t use all your water to put out too small a fire.” If you use up all your resources and credibility overreacting to a small crisis, then what do you do when a big crisis comes along and your fire extinguisher is empty? (We’re seeing this a lot in the media these days, when every little controversy becomes a hair-on-fire CRISIS, and every piece of fake news becomes a “BOMBSHELL SCANDAL,” and then gets dropped the second the next one comes along. All this has accomplished is to erode their own credibility.)

Another essential skill is choosing the right employees. If you have important jobs to fill, find people who’ve mastered every aspect of their current job and are happy there, but ready to move up. Someone who wants a promotion because he’s not comfortable where he is won’t be any more comfortable higher up.

You also don’t need an idealistic dreamer who leaps in from academia to reinvent the wheel. Advanced degrees and high grades in school are admirable, but often, real world experience and common sense are far more valuable. When you need to put out a fire, you call a firefighter, not a Ph.D. in combustion theory. When you’re dealing with violent rioters, you need cops, not sociology majors (as shocking as that might seem to certain blue city politicians.) And as we learned from the FBI and the Mueller team, you don’t put people in charge who let partisan zeal prejudice the way they do their jobs or deal with the public.

That’s what you should learn on day one of “Leadership 101.” So how come so many of our leaders, and those jockeying to become our leaders, still haven’t learned it?

I’ve been astounded recently by the way the left has been so successful at using the phrase “hate speech” and the fear of school shootings to convince young people to demand that their own First and Second Amendment rights be taken away.

Somehow, they have managed to bamboozle a large slice of the young generation into simultaneously believing that they are wise and mature enough to start voting and even writing laws at 16; yet they are so childish and irresponsible, they can’t be trusted to touch a firearm until they’re 21, or to hear an opposing opinion without rushing to a safe space to cuddle a puppy and schmoosh Play-Doh.

When young people don’t know their rights, where those rights came from, and how much was sacrificed to secure them, it’s easy to convince them to trade them away for empty promises of comfort and security. This is the basis of all those quotes warning not to sell your birthright for a mess of pottage, a bit of advice so ancient and universal that it dates back to Esau in Genesis 25: 29-34. But leftists are still counting on young people not knowing it (no wonder they want to ban the Bible from schools.)

These days, students are taught an ugly, twisted and totally negative perversion of American history. They’re taught to hate their own magnificent heritage, and they don’t learn the most basic facts (or even what the word “pottage” means), let alone all the great stories you discover when you dig into real American history. This seems like the perfect week for a lesson in how America came to be born. And I’ll try to put it into terms they can relate to.

Maybe – possibly – today’s students vaguely recognize the name Paul Revere (although they might believe he was a slave trader. I certainly doubt they had to memorize the poem, the way we did.) But how many know there was another heroic midnight rider who warned that the British were coming, only this one was a teenage girl from Duchess County, New York?

She’s just one of many American heroes that kids don’t learn about because modern textbooks scrub history of everything interesting or inspiring in favor of leftist social and political agendas that downgrade America. They depict it as a land of nothing but racism and oppression, not as a land where people of goodwill have struggled and sacrificed for generations, constantly working to improve things by establishing justice, securing the blessings of liberty for ourselves and our posterity and creating a “more perfect union” (in the original foundational document, the writers made it clear that nothing’s perfect, but we would strive always to keep working together toward perfection.)

Kids, American history is not a list of personal grievances against people who’ve been dead for 200 years. It’s everything that ever happened to everyone before you came on the scene. Seek it out. Trust me: it can be pretty interesting, and you can actually learn things from it.

For instance: listen, my children, and you shall hear of the midnight ride of…Sybil Ludington? As the oldest of 11 children, Sybil had to take on a lot of responsibility at a young age. She was barely 16 on the night of April 26, 1777. She had just tucked all her siblings into bed when, suddenly, there came an urgent knock at the door. It was a messenger, coming to warn her father, Col. Henry Ludington, that British troops were invading.

His troops weren’t expecting an attack and were scattered all over the countryside. Gathering them meant a dangerous ride over pitch-black roads, through enemy soldiers, wild animals, and hostile Indians (sorry: “Indigenous Peoples.”) Understandably, the messenger refused an order to go. But Sybil volunteered. Her father protested, but she pointed out that only she knew where all his men lived. As any father of a strong-willed daughter (especially one named Sybil!) will recognize, he’d long since learned that arguing with her was futile. So Sybil mounted up and rode off.

It was a rainy night. The British had already set nearby Danbury, Connecticut, on fire, and the flames cast an eerie, red glow on the fog. It spurred Sybil on as she galloped from house to house, banging on doors and shouting that the British were coming. According to legend, at one point, a highway robber tried to intercept Sybil, but she raised her father’s musket and sent him running. Yet another reason why teenagers should think twice before demanding that the Second Amendment be taken away from them.

By dawn, Sybil and her horse were cold, wet and exhausted. She’d roused over 400 troops, who joined the Battle of Ridgefield and helped drive the British all the way back to Long Island Sound. Gen. Washington personally honored Sybil for her heroism.

Today, there are historic markers all along her route, and statues of her in New York and Washington (if they haven’t been torn down by historical illiterates.) But I’ll bet most young people never even heard of Sybil Ludington, a teenager much like them, except she knew what really happened during the American Revolution. Maybe it’s because nobody wrote a famous poem about her midnight ride -- even though her ride was over twice as long as Paul Revere’s. Let’s hope someone turns her story into a hip-hop musical.

Happy Independence Day and happy 245th birthday to the United States of America! No, this nation was not born in 1619 when slaves first arrived, no matter how many trinkets liberal “journalists” award themselves for creating bogus history. It was born on July 4th, 1776, with the signing of the Declaration of Independence, which officially kicked out the previous regime and kicked off history’s greatest experiment in freedom.

Today is when all Americans celebrate our freedoms. But sadly, too many young Americans have been miseducated to feel no gratitude for the titanic struggles and sacrifices made by those of previous generations to secure and preserve those freedoms. As the recent pandemic proved, even those who recognize how lucky they are to be Americans are often too willing to trade away their freedoms in exchange for hollow promises of security. As the great philosopher Joni Mitchell once said, “You don’t know what you’ve got ‘till it’s gone.”

That’s why the Founding Fathers took such care to lock our most important rights safely within the First Amendment to the Constitution. There are more freedoms guaranteed in that one short sentence than people in most nations can even dream of. That’s why for centuries now, people from around the world have risked their lives to come to America (by the way, why do the same people who think America is the worst nation on Earth also demand open borders to accommodate all the people who want to be Americans?) It’s also why legal immigrants are often more patriotic than natural-born Americans: they’re aware of how unique America is and truly grateful the freedoms too many of us take for granted.

The Founders understood how precious and rare such freedoms are. When the framers of the Constitution first met in 1787, many feared that if they created a strong federal government, it would trample the rights of the people, just like the British king they’d fought to break free of. So to make sure the people’s rights would always be protected, they added 10 amendments - although George Mason thought they were so important, they should come first, as the Preface to the Constitution!

Now, in case you’ve never heard it or have just forgotten (as too many federal judges and a few Supreme Court Justices I could name apparently have), here is the First Amendment, in its entirety. Don’t worry, this really won’t take long:

“Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.”

Yep, that’s it. This was before government needed a 2,000-page bill just to ruin your health insurance or put $2 trillion on your credit card. Only 45 simple words were needed to protect our rights…

* To speak freely without fear of government retribution...

* To publish those words so that other Americans can read and debate them (even if they disagree with the views of the people who own Facebook and Twitter)…

* To band together with like-thinking Americans and protest peacefully without fear of arrest (Note: protesting peacefully does not include rioting, arson and looting, but it should include simply stepping inside the Capitol when the door is open)…

* To petition our leaders to change their policies…

* And to be free from having an official state religion forced upon us, but also from government interference with the free expression of our personal religious beliefs (like telling us that going to church is nonessential and banned, but going to the liquor store is essential.) A lot of people celebrate the first half of that religious right (no state religion) but pretend the second half (no state interference in religion) doesn’t exist. The Supreme Court even seems to be reticent lately to make clear that it means what it says, even though it takes only six words to say it: “…or prohibiting the free exercise thereof.” Also, note that the phrase “separation of church and state” does not appear anywhere in the Constitution. In other words, trying to ban religious people from public office and expressions of faith on public property is not supported by the Constitution.

These are the rights that together create the free American culture that those of who know real history celebrate today. The Founders thought they were all so important that somehow, they found a way to list every single one of them first.

Then, just to be certain that no future government ever tried to take those rights away, they made the very next amendment the right to bear arms. And having just fought a bloody Revolution against the most powerful military force on Earth, they certainly never intended to limit gun ownership only to military members.

And perhaps most importantly, they emphasized that these rights are given by God, not government. So no matter how hard some people are trying to scratch some of them off of the parchment, it won’t make a lick of difference. You can’t edit God.

Fourth of July Jukebox

July 4, 2021

I know many of you will be playing patriotic songs this weekend, everything from “God Bless the USA” to “California Girls” to “Living In America.” But I thought you might like to expand your patriotic party playlist to include some songs that you don’t hear too often, or ever. Some were hits that don’t get played much anymore, others are obscure singles and album cuts, but all will make you proud to be an American. You can make a Spotify playlist or use the YouTube links below.

 

 

From our “Huckabee” musical guests:

Some of our “Huckabee” guests have blessed us with terrific new patriotic songs, and here are two recent examples. Country legend Clint Black performed a new song he wrote with Steve Wariner called “America (Still in Love With You),” and you can hear him perform it with Tre Corley and the Music City Connection right here:

 

https://youtu.be/ULdyopjYM6o

 

We had the astonishing George W. Bush impressionist John C. Morgan on recently. He’s also a singer/musician, and he has a new song out to counter all the efforts to divide Americans on racial lines. It’s called “America…My Brother and Me,” and you can catch the video here:

 

https://youtu.be/afjFsPxr-iI

 

Now on to some oldies but goodies…

 

“Johnny Freedom” – Johnny Horton

Johnny Horton’s career was cut short at age 35 in a tragic car crash. But he left behind a legacy of great songs, many inspired by historical events, such as “Sink the Bismarck” and the immortal “Battle of New Orleans” (which inspired the hilarious Homer & Jethro parody, “The Battle of Kookamonga.”) You can learn more about American history from Johnny Horton’s Greatest Hits than you can from a public high school these days. Here’s a patriotic Horton tune for the 4th that you might not know, “Johnny Freedom.”

https://youtu.be/612iJ_YFp0E

 

 

“The Americans” – Gordon Sinclair

Gordon Sinclair was one of the most unlikely recording stars of all time. A Canadian writer/reporter, he was so annoyed in 1973 at hearing that the Red Cross was out of funds, he wrote an editorial about all that America does for the world. He didn’t think it was anything special, but public reaction was overwhelming. WWDC-AM in Washington, DC, started playing a reading of it with “Bridge Over Troubled Water” in the background, which inspired the release of Sinclair’s own recording, a 45 on Avco under the title, “The Americans (A Canadian's Opinion.)” All proceeds went to the Red Cross. It rose to #24 on the charts, making Sinclair, at 73, the second-oldest artist ever to make the Billboard Top 40, behind 75-year-old Moms Mabley’s “Abraham, Martin and John.” It was revived for a bit after 9/11 and Hurricane Katrinia, but it needs to be heard again now.

https://youtu.be/z4i3LmR0K74

By the way, you might be more familiar with this version by Byron MacGregor of CKLW radio, which got higher on the charts. It was an unauthorized version that Sinclair wasn’t happy about. Still, the sentiments can’t be repeated too many times.

https://youtu.be/z4i3LmR0K74

 

 

“Back In The USA” – Jonathan Richman & the Modern Lovers

Everyone loves Chuck Berry’s classic original that lists all the cool things we've got here in the USA, but this low-fi version is one of my favorite records of all time. Linda Ronstadt had the hit, but I always thought hers was kinda stiff. This version captures the freedom of playing in a garage band with your friends on a sunny Saturday afternoon as hamburgers sizzle on the grill nearby. It’s so spontaneous, you can hear Jonathan turning off-mic and directing the band as he goes along. This is just over two minutes of the pure joys, large and small, of being an American. If you can listen to this without smiling, I don’t want to know you.

https://youtu.be/c32QoKNW2Pw

 

And for the purists, here’s Chuck Berry’s original. This actually has 10 thumbs-down on YouTube. I assume they’re all communists:

https://youtu.be/XVukAcLqHFI

 

 

“Paul Revere” – Johnny Cash

How can we salute America in song without including the man who is known as the voice of America, Johnny Cash? So much to pick from (the obvious choice might be “Ragged Old Flag”), but here’s a cool obscurity from his 1970 LP, “America: A 200-Year Salute in Story and Song.”

The album covers everything from the Revolution to the Space Age, including songs about the Alamo (whose defenders were HEROES!!!), the Gettysburg Address and possibly the only song you’ll ever hear about the assassination of President James Garfield. It’s all great, but for this week, what could be more appropriate than Johnny Cash singing the story of Paul Revere?

https://youtu.be/yiVw8OSUFBI

 

 

“Rockin’ In The USA” – KISS

Typically for KISS, the lyrics aren’t very profound, but they make the indisputable though grammatically-puzzling point that there’s nowhere else you’d rather stay than rockin’ in the US. If you’re surprised that these shock rockers would do something so unabashedly patriotic, then you probably didn’t know that Gene Simmons is an Israeli immigrant, the son of a concentration camp survivor, and very grateful to America for his success as a music entrepreneur.

https://youtu.be/j7vdL6MLOis

 

 

“America, Why I Love Her” by John Wayne and “Pledge of Allegiance” by Red Skelton

Since these are both patriotic recitations by beloved 20th century showbiz giants, I thought I’d make them a two-fer.

The iconic 1973 album “America, Why I Love Her” by John Wayne has its own chapter in my book about celebrity records, “Hollywood Hi-Fi.” There are other celebrity connections as well: the words were written by John Mitchum, the actor/writer brother of Robert Mitchum, and the idea of Wayne recording it came from Forrest Tucker ("F Troop.")

Mitchum had a role in Wayne’s 1970 movie “Chisum,” and during a break, he read his co-stars his tribute to the US military, “Why Are You Marching, Son?” Wayne was moved to manly tears, and Tucker said if he liked it that much, why didn’t he do something about it? So on a handshake deal (more binding than a contract when it’s the Duke’s mighty handshake), they agreed to make an album.

It took Wayne three years to finish the recording (he’d lost a lung due to his six-pack-a-day cigarette habit), but the results were worth it. The LP of patriotic recitations sold 100,000 copies in its first two weeks, scored a Grammy nomination, inspired a companion book, and became a hit all over again when it was reissued after Wayne’s death in 1979. It finally fell out of print, but a revival of interest after 9/11 helped Mitchum’s daughter finally get it rereleased on CD. The entire album is now available 24/7 on YouTube, Amazon and other digital platforms.

I particularly wanted to share this on the 4th of July because of the recent whining from the snowflake brigade about some non-PC things Wayne said in the early 1970s. The Duke is the only deceased star to rank in the Harris Poll of America's Top 10 most popular movie stars every year, even 40 years after his death. The crybullies think they can cancel John Wayne. That’ll be the day!  

https://youtu.be/j5ZGz7h0epU

On January 14, 1969, Red Skelton performed a recitation that he wrote himself on his CBS variety show, “The Red Skelton Hour,” which you can now stream on Amazon Prime when the current TV offerings seem as funny as a root canal. It relates how a beloved teacher once explained the meaning of the Pledge of Allegiance to his class. Trivia: The backing music is titled “Red’s White and Blue March” and is one of Red’s many compositions.

After it aired, CBS was flooded with 200,000 requests for copies, and a month later, it was released on a Columbia 45. Red performed it for the rest of his life, including at the White House for the newly-inaugurated President Nixon. It has become an American classic and been used as a teaching tool for many years by schools that aren’t afraid of being sued for exposing students to the words “Under God” or, now, even saying the Pledge of Allegiance.   

https://youtu.be/hJNL_rhGDq4

 

 

“What Is America To Me” – Frank Sinatra

In case you’ve never seen it, this is a link to "The House I Live In," the entire 10-minute short film that this song came from (it begins at the 6:45 mark, for those with Internet-shortened attention spans.) This film was produced at the end of World War II to help fight anti-Semitism, and perhaps should still be required viewing for certain Democratic Congress members. The notes on YouTube have a lot of interesting history of the film and song, if you’d like to know more.

https://youtu.be/UpO6mpYvyqQ

 

  

“Bumper of My SUV” – Chely Wright

This song written and performed by country singer Chely Wright is about a snotty person's rude reaction to the Marines sticker she put on her SUV in honor of her brother who was serving in the Middle East. It was extremely personal to her, but it was universally embraced by the troops when she performed it during a series of shows in Iraq. This brings home how some people are intensely ungrateful for the safe, comfortable lives that they owe to the US military, as well as their freedom to be obnoxious, ungrateful jerks. I’m linking to a live clip where she tells the story of how the song came about before singing it. Any US Marine vets will especially appreciate this.

https://youtu.be/4mtVU_IcL8M

 

 

“Only in America” – Jay and The Americans

A moderate hit in 1963, this ode to the American Dream was originally intended for the Drifters but seems a better fit for a band called “Jay and The Americans.” This was from a time before the left made people think it was shameful to want to succeed and get rich. The singer informs us that only in America can a boy become a millionaire, get a classy girl and maybe grow up to be President – or if you’re Donald Trump, all three.

https://youtu.be/BWrCRPldVZk

 

 

 

“American Faces” – John Conlee

Nashville has sadly forgotten what real country music sounds like, or else one of the most distinctive country voices of all time, John Conlee, would still be topping the charts. Known as the singing mortician for his pre-music career, Conlee landed 32 singles on the charts between 1978 and 2004. Fourteen made the top 10, including “Common Man,” “Backside of 30,” “Lady Lay Down,” “Miss Emily’s Picture,” “Busted,” and one of the greatest country songs of all time, “Rose Colored Glasses.”

Fans should know that he recently appeared on “Huckabee” and he’s still out there touring (Laura and I have tickets to see him in September.) You can find his tour dates, music and merchandise at http://www.johnconlee.com. You should also check out his latest CD, “Classics 3,” which includes a very powerful pro-life song called “Unborn Voice.”

For the 4th of July, here’s the moving title track from Conlee’s 1987 album, “American Faces,” a salute to some of the unsung people in “Flyover Country” who make America what it is.

https://youtu.be/AUoYOdLfkfM

 

  

“Red, White & Blue” – Lynyrd Skynyrd

There are a lot of seemingly patriotic rock songs that get played on the Fourth of July, like Springsteen’s “Born in the USA,” whose creators actually meant them as critical or sarcastic and who get bent out of shape when they are “misconstrued” as flag-wavers. To them, I say, “Get bent.” Here is a rock song that is unambiguously pro-American, by the ultimate working class band, Lynyrd Skynyrd. This is by the post-crash version of the band, from the 2003 album, “Vicious Cycle.”

https://youtu.be/1mxQCGjKxC0

 


“Ask Not Waltz” – President John F. Kennedy

Finally, my writing partner and fellow musicologist George Gimarc and I were very pleased to be able to haul this record out of obscurity for both our celebrity records book “Hollywood Hi-Fi” and its companion CD on Brunswick. This record was historic on a number of levels.

Not only does it set one of the most inspiring and iconic speeches in American history to a tune you can really skate to, but it was also one of the earliest examples of what later became mainstays of pop music: sampling and rapping. The idea was hatched by “Bullwinkle” writer George Atkins and Nashville producer Hank Levine as they were sitting by the pool, trying to come up with an idea for a JFK comedy record. Levine told us that in those pre-digital days, setting JFK’s actual words to music required a massive, painstaking tape editing job.

The album (“Sing Along With JFK”) was released in summer, 1963, but radio resisted because it was disrespectful to the President (can you imagine such a thing?!) But college stations started playing it and it was climbing the charts until November when JFK jokes suddenly became verboten. Don’t feel guilty about enjoying it, though, because Kennedy family insider Peter Lawford said it was the only JFK comedy record that JFK actually liked.  

https://youtu.be/fAt0S09RHjs