Our Primary Duty is to Truth, Not Theory

A little comic strip was put out (see it here) and the premise is that we gun-totting red-neck morons are hypocrites because we’re not using our guns to stop the Feds from arresting Antifa (though the cartoonist cleverly uses a “mom” as the person being taken away by Drumpf’s Gestapo, rather than a molotov-throwing fanatic). My response to this was:

Remind me again why I’m supposed to defend people who think I’m inherently racist.

And this is even supposing the police are Gestapo and it was an innocent mom being rounded up. But, of course, it isn’t Gestapo and it isn’t moms. It is regular, clearly identified federal officers arresting people in the process of committing federal crimes (like one idiot who was ID’d as an arsonists because he had his name tattooed on his back). None of us feel the 2A gives us the right to shoot at police officers in the performance of their normal duties. 2A, as you and I know, is only if the police try to enforce unconstitutional laws. Like, say, a law (the Left wants) making “misgendering” someone a hate crime.

But getting to the point I made: why should I defend my enemies? I know the True Conservative/Libertarian premise has been that we must defend our enemies in order to prove we are in favor of freedom. I used to believe that. Trust me: 20 years ago, I’d have gone to the mat to defend the proposition that I had to protect a Commie’s right to speak.

I have revised my views.

Communists, Nazis and Fascists definitely have some things in common. One of them is a firm desire to suppress any ideas which aren’t their own. Another commonality is that they will all use a liberal, democratic system to advance themselves into power and once they have the power, they then use it to make sure no one can ever get rid of them. In the Trio of Totalitarianism, regardless of what the three may kill each other over, the unified front is that only the Totalitarians get to have power and everyone else gets suppressed (often very brutally and unto death).

This is the truth. There is no way around it: and the Truth shall not be forced to give ground to lies. That is what our real problem is – all up and down in our society. In an effort to be fair, we conceded that disgusting lies have a place alongside the most beautiful truth. We have to stop that. Lies are wrong and bad and have no place in a civilized nation. In theory, of course: free expression of ideas. In practice, we can’t allow lying ideas to be expressed without let or hindrance.

But Mark, you say, who gets to define it? Well, we do. You know: you and me and that guy down the street. It was only a Libertarian pinhead and a liberal judge who decided we have to let lying Commies walk around free in the USA. Make a law – even if it requires an amendment – saying that the propagation of Totalitarian ideologies is illegal in the USA. Then let the Commies and Nazis and Fascists try to prove their ideology isn’t that…love to hear a Commie explain that he’s totes ok with people retaining private property after the Revolution…and then show him in his own damned book that he is not ok with it. But the main thing is that we’ll no longer be saying “see, we let you spout your evil lies, we’re in favor of freedom!”. Instead, we’ll be saying, “your lies are vile; convince me they aren’t or stop saying them.” It is a whole world of difference.

If you wonder why things are so screwed up in the USA, look no further than the fact that we have allowed a host of lies to walk free. If you wonder why doors are locked; kids are fat and on psychological medicine; bums are defecating on the streets; purple haired weirdos are given power… it is all because we allowed liars to lie with impunity. We said – how stupidly! – that if we didn’t allow the liars to lie, then we’d have no chance to speak the truth! What happened is that the cacophony of lies drowned out the truth…until, now, telling the truth in public may get you fired, arrested or at least hounded out of public life.

Our primary loyalty must be to the truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth. And if reaffirming truth requires some quite brutal actions (it almost certainly will), then that is what we’ll have to do. It is either demand adherence to truth, or live in nothing but lies. It is our choice.

49 thoughts on “Our Primary Duty is to Truth, Not Theory

  1. Retired Spook August 1, 2020 / 8:39 pm

    Can you imagine how different the United States would be if every school child was required to watch this short video, not once, but every year from grade 1 to 12, with a class discussion as to why we don’t have and don’t want a communist form of government.

    • Amazona August 1, 2020 / 11:14 pm

      It’s a good and important video but I had to turn the sound down and read the subtitles.

      I think it is a generational thing: the young people who are now producing videos and radio ads and so on are so dependent on noise, any kind of noise at all, that when they get to be “creative” they clutter everything with so much background racket it is beyond annoying.

      I can’t even listen to the traffic report on the radio—it sounds like the background was recorded by a microphone taped to the bottom of a freight car going over miles of bad track.

      Anyway, I was glad the video had subtitles, and it is an important message

      • Retired Spook August 3, 2020 / 9:23 am

        The original video was an Mp4 that I received in an email. I’m not tech savvy enough to figure out how to post it here, so I found the same video on YouTube. The version I watched didn’t have any background noise. And you’re right — the message is very important. Our generation had its socialists, but they were a tiny minority. The most recent couple of generations, a fairly large number of which seem so enthralled with socialism, need to be made aware that, as, I think it was DB who said a few days ago, “you can vote socialism in, but you have to shoot your way out.” The problem they’re going to face is that, when our generation dies off, many of our kids who have been indoctrinated to believe that guns are evil are going to turn our guns in to the government, and then they’re not going to be able to shoot their way out. We’ll be gone, but it does seem a sad way to learn an ugly truth. I’m still optimistic in that I think the spirit of liberty that resides in the American heart will be next to impossible to extinguish completely. It took the Russians 70 years, and in the overall scheme of things, 70 years is nothing more than a blip.

  2. Cluster August 2, 2020 / 9:27 am

    I know the True Conservative/Libertarian premise has been that we must defend our enemies in order to prove we are in favor of freedom.

    I’ve never subscribed to this notion … I suppose I would defend my enemies right to say something stupid (while in handcuffs) but I would never defend nor validate my enemies position particularly if they try and impose that position as is currently happening.

    The tenuous position we find ourselves in is a direct result of poor education. Over the last 30 years, Leftists have immersed themselves in our educational system and taught the virtues of collectivism despite every accurate and historical count of the failures of those systems. Leftists use the unachievable concept of “equality” to convince their students that because of inequality their futures are stark, which in my opinion is another form of child abuse but Democrats are seasoned professionals at child abuse.

    This is also not a matter of Left vs Right, this is a matter of right vs wrong and most every American who grew up with two parents knows right from wrong …. and therein lies the other major problem. The lack of Fathers in the home, and societies push to diminish the role of Fathers, is this countries largest problem right along side our poor educational system. This country has become to feminized. Feelings now are more important than facts. Personal “truths” are now more important than universal truths.

    It’s ok to judge people and to hold people accountable … and this society does neither any longer. We need to get back to that. People in this country need to grow a pair and start acting like adults. And imprison every man that wears a hair bun .. ok that’s a personal feeling but …. lol

    • Cluster August 2, 2020 / 9:34 am

      And as I typed this, MSNBC is doing a lengthy segment on “wealth inequality”. Note to all the children currently watching MSNBC, there will NEVER be “wealth equality” … and it can’t be legislated. Even in Bernie Sanders world wealth equality will never happen …. but poverty equality will definitely happen.

    • Retired Spook August 3, 2020 / 9:39 am

      I’ve never subscribed to this notion … I suppose I would defend my enemies right to say something stupid (while in handcuffs) but I would never defend nor validate my enemies position particularly if they try and impose that position as is currently happening.

      I’ve always tried to be open minded, but not so open minded as many Leftists are that my brains fell out. In the early days of the Internet when you suddenly had an encyclopedia at your fingertips, I would often re-examine what I believed, and every once in a while I’d find myself saying, “I never looked at it that way before.” But I’ve gotten to a point in my life where I’ve examined the tenets of Progressivism so many times (and they NEVER change), that it’s become an exercise in futility to attempt to see their point of view. Dovetailing with the theme of this thread, the truth doesn’t have two sides.

  3. Cluster August 2, 2020 / 10:13 am

    Here’s another inconvenient truth that the complicit media is ignoring:

    Over the past two months, 40 cops have resigned, been fired or are in the process of leaving the force, and another 75 have taken a medical leave for post-traumatic stress disorder they say was caused by the riots that followed Floyd’s death. Dozens more are expected to file for leave in the coming months….Residents say that police are taking longer to respond to emergency calls, even as homicides, shootings and robberies have all increased by double digits from last year.

    But Democrats constantly tell us they are for hard working families, right? That’s such a lie. Number one Democrats have worked hard for 50 years to dismantle the nuclear family and their economic policies do not at all encourage “hard work”. I sincerely hope that Democrats destroy the cities they govern which they are in the process of … nothing could be better for the conservative movement.

    Democrats are more dangerous to this country than any outside force could ever imagine. They are truly the enemy within.


  4. Amazona August 2, 2020 / 10:15 am

    Remember the demonization of Joe McCarthy? You ought to—it is still going on, Even “conservatives” use the term “McCarthyism” as a pejorative. But in fact, Senator McCarthy knew the nation was under attack by Communism, and knew that our own government was being infiltrated by Communist agents and wanted to warn us of the dangers this posed.

    He was not a pleasant person, and his personality worked against him, and then of course he was targeted by the even-then Leftist press. Lost in the noise of anti-McCarthy hysteria is the fact that he was right. He named names, and sure enough, nearly all (if not all) of those people were confirmed to be Communists in high places in our government.

    That period seemed to lay the foundation for acceptance of our enemies in government. We even elected (twice!) a man introduced to politics by a known and admitted domestic terrorist who had been on the FBI’s Most Wanted list, and who went on to be an advisor to the president (with full media cover) in spite of his activities to overthrow the government.

    We are now told, as we endure the insanity of having members of Congress openly admitting to being Socialists, openly advocating for what amount to anti-American ideas and agendas, that a strong contender for the position of candidate for the vice presidency of the United States is also a radical Leftist who began her political life as a member of the radical Leftist Venceremos Brigades.

    “The ultimate objective of the DGI (Cuban Intelligence’s) in setting up the Venceremos Brigades “is the recruitment of individuals who are politically oriented and who someday may obtain a position, elective or appointive, somewhere in the U.S. Government, which would provide the Cuban Government with access to political, economic and military intelligence.””

    Interestingly, right at about this time, Cuba’s DGI, which had always been mentored by the KGB, come under direct and total control of the KGB. Let’s see the sworn testimony of a high-ranking DGI defector during Congressional hearing titled: The Role of Cuba in International Terrorism and Subversion, Intelligence Activities of the DGI, Feb. 26, 1982, US Senate Subcommittee on Security and Terrorism, Feb. 26, 1982?:

    “Mr. Gerardo Peraza (a high-ranking Cuban intelligence defector)” Between the years 1959 to 1970 there was close cooperation between Cuba and the KGB. But by beginning of 1970, the intelligence service of Cuba was placed under the DIRECT ORDERS of KGB Colonel Simonov.”

    “Senator DENTON. Are you personally aware, Señor Peraza, that there were any successful placings of high-ranking DGI or KGB agents within the U.S. intelligence service or any defense or security-oriented agencies?

    “Mr. PERAZA. Yes, definitely. We can use as an example the (U.S.) Senate. “

    “Senator DENTON. I imagine we better have a closed session on that.’

    “Mr. PERAZA. “Yes, yes. “

    … the recruitment of individuals who are politically oriented and who someday may obtain a position, elective or appointive, somewhere in the U.S. Government, …

    So how’s this infiltration by the radical Left going? We had a mystery man with nearly no history farther back than recent employment as a “community activist” thrust into the White House thanks to a massive PR campaign designed to pressure white people into proving they were not racist even though to do this they had to meekly accept his overt statements of Leftist ideology. We have accepted radical Leftists into Congress. In the past few weeks we have seen elected officials not only openly supporting a violent Marxist movement, openly siding with this movement, but turning over American cities to it and refusing to address the violence. We’ve seen most of professional sports and dozens of the biggest companies in the country come out and endorse this Marxist movement. And now we have the media promoting the possible choice of a vice presidential candidate whose entry into politics was as a recruit to an organization DESIGNED for “….the recruitment of individuals who are politically oriented and who someday may obtain a position, elective or appointive, somewhere in the U.S. Government.

    I’d say the Left has done very well, and is now running into the final speed bump in its move to undermine and then take over this nation—-and that is the core of American conservatives determined to fight for this country, represented and led by Donald Trump and a few principled members of Congress and local elected officials.

    • Cluster August 2, 2020 / 10:23 am

      Good post and Karen Bass is one of those militant infiltrators. Let’s just say if she is elected VP, her term won’t be long. One thing Leftists need to understand is that this is not a compliant country and if militant Leftists, ie; the Democrat Party wins the election, the current unrest will seem like a day in the park. Be careful of what you wish for Democrats, because you don’t have the balls or the ammo to confront conservatives.

  5. Cluster August 2, 2020 / 10:17 am

    Let the irony of this sink in:

    Pro-Life Students Arrested For Writing ‘Black Preborn Lives Matter’ On Sidewalk Outside Of DC Planned Parenthood

    They were arrested for wait for it ….. “defacing property” !!! Are you f***ing kidding me? If this doesn’t expose the deception and insurrection the Democrats are currently perpetrating … nothing will. Just say when ….


  6. Amazona August 2, 2020 / 12:54 pm

    One of the biggest mistakes we are making is that we are letting the Left redefine “socialism” as a benign economic manipulation.”So we move some money from those who have a lot to those who don’t—what’s wrong or scary about that?” They do this, and we let them.

    (OK, so “They do it and we let them” is basically the philosophy of the Republican Party…but I digress…)

    Socialism has an economic aspect, and that is the aspect that is its stalking horse. (Don’t know the term? Look it up.) The Left hides the true meaning of Socialism in all its aspects behind the seemingly simple, humane and reasonable facade of just moving OPM around a little bit, “for the children” or to “level the playing field” or whatever the Cliche Of The Day is.

    What we fail to do is strip away the happy face of mild economic socialist baby steps to show the ugly reality underneath.

  7. Amazona August 2, 2020 / 1:01 pm

    Mark, I clicked on your “cartoon” and that (thankfully) brief exposure to the cesspool that is Twitter makes me wonder why anyone would purposely go there. It was like wandering by mistake into a mental institution and watching cretins throw their poo at each other.

    • M. Noonan August 2, 2020 / 1:31 pm

      LOL; Twitter is a hellsite, no doubt about it!

  8. Amazona August 2, 2020 / 1:04 pm

    If you understand history, you might realize that the cancel hysteria we are seeing in America today, actually began in Germany.

    In the early 1930s, the National Socialist Party could not get more than 37 percent of the vote across that country. So, the Nazis decided to silence opposition to Hitler by “cancelling” opponents in local governments, the press, and in the schools. The Nazis used a paramilitary organization called the SA to do this, often violently.

    The result was Hitler’s appointment to Chancellor in 1933. Few dared speak out against it. Two months later, the Dachau camp was opened south of Munich to “officially” deal with the cancelled opponents of Nazism.

    That strategy will not happen in the USA, there are too many safeguards in place. But the theory is the same – shut up voices that oppose, in America’s case, the radical left.

    Today, the cancel culture is on a roll, becoming a powerful force of intimidation as corporations and media bow before it. Literally, no one who challenges or even annoys the radicals is safe.

  9. Cluster August 2, 2020 / 1:12 pm

    The defeat of Ilhan Omar would be a welcome outcome from this election:

    Facing a political newcomer who raised a jaw-dropping $3.2 million last quarter — much of it from pro-Israel donors who oppose Omar’s foreign policy stances — Omar suddenly finds herself on the defensive against claims that she’s too divisive to effectively represent the solidly Democratic district.

    No Muslim should ever be in our government. Their beliefs are too antithetical to our Constitution and they can not be trusted.


    • lance1845 (@lance1845) August 2, 2020 / 2:43 pm

      Interesting you say that cluster – now you want to put religious limitations on public office?

      • Cluster August 2, 2020 / 3:01 pm

        Only if you consider Islam to be a religion, which it’s not. It’s a political platform designed to oppress and control the population and kill non believers. It’s a cult.

      • Retired Spook August 2, 2020 / 3:18 pm

        And yet Islam gets a pass from, maybe even a partnership with the Left while Christians are demonized. It boggles the mind.

      • Amazona August 2, 2020 / 6:57 pm

        Here we go again—-another big-eyed expression of amazement and possibly even HORROR !!! at something a conservative says. So tiresome.

        Islam is a political structure based on world dominance even through violence, with its own legal structure and a veneer of religion slapped on top. If you view “religion” as a method of finding redemption, salvation, a closer relationship with a Higher Being, or something along those lines, then of course any “religion” should be equally respected.

        But the political aspect of Islam is antithetical to every tenet of American governance. And if a public servant is required to uphold the laws of this nation, while at the same time expressing allegiance to a system that is in direct conflict with our legal system, clearly that person should not be in public office. It’s an either/or. Can’t be both.

        There. Feeling your blood pressure going down now? Don’t fret. You didn’t catch a conservative suggesting a religious litmus test for holding public office, just someone pointing out that a true believer in Islam simply should not simultaneously hold an American public office, not because of the form of worship but because of the inherent political conflicts.

        Of course, the same should be true of Socialists or Communists or Fascists or any other political structure that is based on a massively powerful Central Authority with most power held by a few elites and little left to the states or to the people. Yet we have people in Congress, and in governors’ mansions, and have had a few in the White House, whose political views are in stark contrast to the Constitution they solemnly swear to protect, defend and uphold and which they then proceed to ignore and/or violate.

        It’s a problem, and we are seeing its inevitable results played out on the streets of Portland, Seattle, and so on.

    • Retired Spook August 3, 2020 / 12:38 pm

      I got the same video from our mutual friend. It’s in Mp4 format, which is beyond my expertise. Forward the email to Mark, and perhaps he can post it.

    • Retired Spook August 4, 2020 / 10:41 am

      And yet our death rate (deaths divided by number of cases) is 25% lower than Germany’s. Go figure.


      • fieldingclaymore August 4, 2020 / 10:57 am

        Our deaths per 100k population is 47 and and Germany’s is 11. USA USA USA

      • Cluster August 4, 2020 / 11:15 am

        It’s a shock that following the advice of deep state Democrat Dr. Fauci didn’t result in a better outcome. And if you take out the deaths from NY and California, two entrenched Democrat states, the death rate per 100,000 drops dramatically so I am thinking Fauci, Cuomo, and Newsome need to answer some hard questions. How about Fielding?

      • Amazona August 4, 2020 / 10:09 pm

        Notice how badly the rabid Left wants the US to have a high mortality rate…they are giddy with glee when they find numbers they think support their hopes for as much misery as possible for the nation.

        On the other side of sanity, WE cheer lowering death rates and hope for continued improvement, and also understand that the figures are not really based on how many people died OF the virus but on how many people were REPORTED as having died of the virus.

        The differences between Left and Right in this country long ago went far beyond simple differences in political philosophy, and are now marked by basic human decency or the lack of it.

        (Maybe someday a real journalist will look into how many other nations paid bonuses for reported COVID cases)

    • Amazona August 4, 2020 / 10:42 am

      What a rude and pissy little arrogant twit. I have to assume he interrupts everyone if he talks over the President of the United States like this.

      And what, exactly is the point supposed to be? I know the pissy arrogant twits on the Left want the point to be that the president somehow failed the nation by not doing………something……in a way that would have been, assumedly, somehow…..better. And to do this they reference countless statistics, all of which depend wholly on the reporting of the sources of the statistics and none of which take into account different circumstances and conditions.

      I contend that the points are irrelevant, in that we have to address what we, in the United States, knew or thought we knew based on the assertions and assurances of international and domestic “experts”. Based on those metrics I think the president did well.

      At the time we did not know how the virus killed people. At the time we thought the virus DID kill people. So the approach was different, and the focus was on “flattening the curve”—-not to DEFEAT the virus but to slow the progression enough to let hospitals deal with the illness and to let us catch up to its details and learn more about how to fight it. That meant limiting exposure. Every action the president took to limit exposure was met by the wholly predictable howling of the Left screeching how any measure he took or recommended was, simply, evil at its core and foul and disgusting and proof of incompetence and RACISM !!!!!. But he did it anyway, acting on the information and advice of the “experts”.

      Now we know the virus kills only some people.and the resultant side effect of inflammation is the deadly aspect of catching the disease. And we have a variety of medicines and therapies to deal with rampant inflammation. Naturally, when the president talked about one of these the howling mob of the Left screeched that any measure he took or recommended was, simply, evil at its core and foul and disgusting and proof of incompetence and WOULD KILL YOU!!!!! (We still don’t know, and probably never will, how many people died because they did not take this medicine, as governors banned it, pharmacists refused to fill prescriptions and the media’s incessant drumbeat of IT WILL KILL YOU!!! terrified people and also informed them that the president was, well, ignorant and incompetent and racist and whatever.

      Now we have some pissy little arrogant twit arguing with the president that the ratio of deaths to the number of confirmed cases is not relevant because for some reason he wants to talk about—well, about something else. I saw all that matters is the ratio of deaths to the number of confirmed cases because now it is time to stop hiding behind face diapers and carrying on the paranoid panic and start letting more people get sick—and what matters is how few of these people will have serious illness or who will die when the get the virus.

      THAT is what is important now, in this stage of knowledge about the situation. Not what happened when or in what other country, not how the screeching howling arrogant twits on the Left try to spin any statistic they can unearth to somehow reflect badly on the president, none of the other noise matters. Except to the Left,which is desperate to keep people hiding, in fear, wearing ineffective virtue signaling rags on their faces and panicking when anyone coughs, and most of all keeping schools closed and businesses shut down. To the Left, all that matters is dragging out the panic till November, and in the meantime trying to hang anything they can on the president.

      So when this is all the agenda of the pissy arrogant Leftist twits, just what kind of person posts this kind of video?

      As Cluster would say, “asking for a friend”….

      • Amazona August 4, 2020 / 10:50 am

        This is a good time to point out the howling by at least some on the Left that the president has not “defeated the virus”. That its continued existence is proof of his incompetence. Blah blah blah.

        This is, of course, based on the cartoonish concept that the virus is a sentient entity, and that if we can just thwart its ravenous appetite for human hosts it will eventually just shrug its microscopic shoulders and think “I give up” and just slope off into the distance. DEFEATED.

        The virus is here. Period. It is here, it will continue to be here in one form or another, in one concentration or another, in one mutation or another, probably forever. Just like the other viruses we live with, and occasionally die from. And just like the other viruses we live with every day, we will figure out therapies for dealing with it when it is acquired, and move on with our lives.

        Sadly, there are fools who will buy into the nonsense that the president should have “defeated” the virus, and because he didn’t we should switch to a Biden presidency.

      • Retired Spook August 4, 2020 / 11:06 am

        and because he didn’t we should switch to a Biden presidency.

        Because over the course of his nearly 50-year career in national politics, Joe Biden has proved to be uber-competent.//sarc

      • Retired Spook August 4, 2020 / 11:47 am

        What a rude and pissy little arrogant twit.

        Are you referring to Fielding or Jonathan Swan — or both?

      • Cluster August 4, 2020 / 12:18 pm

        LOL …

    • Retired Spook August 4, 2020 / 1:12 pm

      “Oh, you’re doing death as a proportion of cases. I’m talking about death as a proportion of population. That’s where the U.S. is really bad.

      That’s because we’re counting people who actually died from gun shot wounds and motor cycle accidents.

  10. Cluster August 4, 2020 / 11:05 am

    Well Fiedling again displays the dysfunctional childlike emotional affliction so many Democrats suffer from. They can no longer be considered adults, and it’s exhausting keeping up with their daily hysteria from being offended by mere words … or inanimate objects

    I fail to see the controversy in being blunt about the virus …. it is what it is, and what it is isn’t that bad. 160,000 dead in six months out of a 335,000,000 population equates to a .0004% mortality rate and in every rational, sane, adult world that is a not an insurmountable problem.

    I wonder if Fielding has his goggles on?

    • Retired Spook August 4, 2020 / 11:15 am

      and what it is isn’t that bad. 160,000 dead in six months out of a 335,000,000 population equates to a .0004% mortality rate

      And especially when you consider that nearly half of those deaths were in nursing homes, and the majority of those were in states where Democrat governors essentially sentenced those people to die. Governors like New York’s Andrew Cuomo not only did nothing to protect the most vulnerable, he purposely put them at increased risk. Also, nearly half of all COVID-19 deaths in the U.S. occurred in just 3 states – New York, Massachusetts and New Jersey.

  11. Cluster August 4, 2020 / 11:11 am

    To the Left, all that matters is dragging out the panic till November, and in the meantime trying to hang anything they can on the president.

    That’s exactly what this is. The death rate of kids 24 and younger is statistically non existent, yet the teachers unions protested with coffins yesterday claiming that death awaits them and their students if they go back. I know I know it’s a slight over reaction, but that’s what happens when you have the emotional maturity of a 3rd grader combined with a political agenda.

    On November 4th, regardless of the outcome, the virus will no longer be news. If Trump wins, impeachment proceedings will begin on some manufactured charge. If Biden wins, the dismantling of America will begin. Good times ahead

    • dbschmidt August 5, 2020 / 9:01 pm

      Here is where I believe Pres. Trump should pull a Pres. Reagan and just fire all public school teachers. Get rid of the Department of Education. Want a job–reapply. America needs good education and educators but not necessarily public education. Wonder how many here know why public education was started in the first place (assimilation to become good Americans) and is nowhere near the indoctrination “taught” today.

      • Amazona August 5, 2020 / 11:25 pm

        Well, the president doesn’t have the authority to fire teachers, who are under the authority of their state and county governments through their school boards. But he does have the authority to recommend halting federal funding. We have to be careful to keep track of the boundaries between federal authority and what is in the purview of the states and local governments.

      • dbschmidt August 6, 2020 / 8:19 am

        Thought about that right after I posted.

      • Amazona August 6, 2020 / 10:38 am

        In spite of the Dems howling that Trump is a “dictator” he has stuck to the delegation of presidential duties outlined in the Constitution. It is always funny (in a creepy way) to see the Left blurting out stupid comments like this.

        Stupid on at least two levels: One, of course, is the obvious fallacy of the comment. There is not a single thing Trump has done that I can think of that has gone beyond the Constitutional scope of his duties. The other is that the same people screeching nonsense like this are the ones fighting so strenuously to replace Trump with a president and Congress dedicated to the political system that produces dictators.

        Even when we have had presidents who have overstepped their boundaries of authority we have not even approached a dictatorship. But look at the dictators of the last century who have represented Leftist governance: Stalin, Lenin, Mussolini, Mao, Pol Pot, Pinochet, Marcos, Milosevic, Ho Chi Minh, Peron, Castro, and Mugabe come to mind.

        When these morons pontificate on “dictators” they clearly don’t have a clue. If only cluelessness would shut them up…..

  12. Retired Spook August 4, 2020 / 12:43 pm

    Anyone who says mail-in voting wouldn’t be a massive charlie foxtrot is either kidding themselves or lying.

    • Amazona August 4, 2020 / 10:42 pm

      The statement by Lawrence Tribe that if a new president is not inaugurated by January 20, 2021, Nancy Pelosi would become president, goes a long way toward explaining why (aside from the obvious inducement to voter fraud) mail in voting is such a big deal with the Left. If they believe that the inability to declare a winner in the election would put Pelosi in the White House, of course they will do whatever they can to make sure it is impossible to get all the votes tallied in time.

      • Amazona August 5, 2020 / 5:15 pm

        I started to wonder about Tribe’s comment so I looked up what would happen if all votes cast are not counted within a certain amount of time. I got this: If the recounts are not finished and certified by the Monday after the Second Wednesday in December the votes of that state will NOT count.

        To win, a candidate has to have a true majority of the Electoral votes. So if, for example, California and New York still haven’t been able to certify their votes, those electoral votes will not be counted, leaving 454 electoral votes. But I am not sure what happens then—is the president elected by a majority of the valid votes, or is the majority determined by the total number of electoral votes no matter how many are disqualified?

        That is, a majority of 454 votes would be 228, while the number needed for the full count of all electoral votes is 270.

    • Amazona August 4, 2020 / 11:03 pm

      More Magical Thinking: every signature on every mailed-in ballot will be verified.

      Ever had to deal with a forgery and have a signature verified? It takes a skilled and trained document examiner to truly verify a signature, and it takes some time and attention. Run a few hundred thousand ballots past someone with skimpy online training and see how accurate this “verification” is.

      When my husband died and I had to start signing all the checks, it didn’t take long to ditch that Catholic school penmanship signature with the dot carefully placed over the i and go to the bank to change my signature card. When we bought our first ranch my hand was in a cast and my “signature” was illegible. So who’s to say the signature as it appears on my voter registration is going to look like the way I sign today, for whatever reason? Pen skips? Rough surface? In a hurry? Spilled my coffee? Will I lose my vote? The problem is not just that fake votes might pass, but that valid votes might be tossed.

      It’s a mess. It’s a stupid stupid stupid idea, promoted either by hopes for corruption or by a giddy belief in Magical Thinking.

      And dumping millions of unsolicited ballots into the system is sheer lunacy.

  13. Amazona August 4, 2020 / 10:35 pm

    Swan put on his Junior Shrink hat and ‘splained “how Trump thinks”, He either echoed the HuffPo or it was the other way around, not that there is much difference, But the theme is that because Trump believes in the power of positive thinking (not necessarily capitalized as the official theory and book but probably just a general attitude of positivity and optimism) this, according to Swan, means he thinks if he believes something it will be true.

    Now, there are a couple of reactions to this. One is the expected and accurate snort of “Bullshit!” And the other is amusement to see an advocate of Leftism, which in everyone not a hardcore political ideologue is based on and dependent on belief in Magical Thinking, ascribe this to someone who lives in the real world. I doubt that Swan even realized how wildly he was projecting.

    It is impossible to be a Leftist without believing in, and depending on, Magical Thinking. It goes like this: Socialism has never worked in any place it has been tried—but this time it will be different. When you look at the numbers there is simply no way the dollars can be generated to fund these policies—-we will find them somewhere. People will starve if farmers have to depend on electric tractors and what food they can produce can’t get to market—they can grow yucca in their yards. Sunlight and wind power are not reliable—–yes they are. The nation needs oil and gas—-no it doesn’t. People won’t work if everything is just handed to them—-yes they will. People won’t be willing to work hard if what they produce is taken from the and given to those who don’t work—-yes they will. It will be impossible, not to mention so wildly expensive it could not be paid for, to bring every building in the United States up to the desired levels of insulation—–we’ll just do it. Government control doesn’t work very well—–we will do it better. And so on. Fairy dust, magic wands, one Magical Thinking wish after another.

    The power of positive thinking, whether the formalized approach of Dr.Peale or just the attitude that if you don’t believe you can do something you probably can’t, is not Magical Thinking. It appears, however to be an alien concept to those who spend every waking moment looking for something to find offensive, hateful, or negative in some way.

  14. dbschmidt August 5, 2020 / 9:34 pm

    Truth not theory is something they need to educate our Governor here in NC on. Once again moving the goal posts but somehow I am sure everything will be sunshine and rainbows if somehow that feeble minded asshat Biden manages to steal the election. Wait until the debates or how the Dems try to get him out of them.

    Now we are not using just the supposed positive COVID-1984 cases but also “covid like” results. I think there are 14 of them till they add more and somehow two-thirds of a fraternity house I was a member of some 40 years ago would qualify because tequila, beer and young men do not always mix well. Puking was a major feature of that evening but now they are all “COVID like.” Count them as positive.

  15. Retired Spook August 6, 2020 / 10:37 am

    From Mark’s original post:

    Remind me again why I’m supposed to defend people who think I’m inherently racist.

    I’d go a step further and ask why I should defend someone who (a) wants to overthrow our Constitutional Republic, and (b) would either eliminate (well, at least attempt to eliminate) people like me or send me to a re-education camp?

    • Amazona August 6, 2020 / 10:53 am

      In a similar vein, why are we supposed to “respect” people like this? A recent article on Dr. Brix allegedly slamming Pelosi for some typical venomous Pelosi-ism started with Brix going on and on about her respect for Pelosi and her political career.


      Every moment, every step, of this career has been not just marked by but made possible by corruption and corrupt political connections. Does anyone really think she would have had a chance of breaking into politics without the help and connections of her notably corrupt father, who was mayor of the notably corrupt Baltimore MD?

      True, she has been shrewd and cunning, and I suppose one could dredge up some respect for those skills. But respect for her as a person? No way. I am so tired of the political correctness of mouthing platitudes about respect for people who are patently not worthy of respect.

      I had an uncle who was a terrible man, and at his funeral the priest did not engage in the almost-mandatory sanctification we see after a death and just said something to the effect of “Let us all pray for his soul, and use this as an opportunity to practice forgiveness”. We need a lot more of that kind of intellectual and spiritual honesty instead of all this mealy-mouthed assertion of “respect” where it so clearly is not appropriate. I think “respect” is another of those strong and valuable words that have been trivialized by the Left, like “racism” and “rape”, till it has become meaningless and is just a couple of hollow syllables called for in ritual commentary.

      “You’ve got to stand for something or you’ll fall for anything.”

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