The Supreme Court ruled 5-4 that you’re allowed to have a private prayer service in your own home. Five to four. One vote goes the other way and your free exercise of religion is a dead letter. Roberts, naturally, joined the liberals: he’s proved to be an utter disaster.
Someone said yesterday that packing the Court would be the end of America. I corrected the statement: it was Roe which was the end of America. Whatever one thinks of the merits of abortion, the plain fact of the matter is that the issue is not at all mentioned in the Constitution and so is something outside the scope of Federal power – it is for the States or the people to decide. The Supreme Court simply had no business hearing the case – and when it ruled on that case, it dispensed with law in the United States. The laws on the books only remained in operation as long as doing so was convenient to whomever was in power.
In comments on news reports about the Court ruling on prayer at home, there is a distinct attitude among the Left that the Court got it wrong and that free exercise is fine except when it’s not. And that, in a nutshell, is how things work these days: whatever is happening is fine until someone on the Left decrees that something else should happen. At that moment, all laws and customs against the desired Leftist action are null and void. In the end, it doesn’t matter what justification is used as it all works out the same: law isn’t law. And without the Rule of Law, America isn’t America.
The end game here is unknown – only by the slenderest threads hangs our ability to peacefully influence the policy of the federal government. If the Democrats get their “voting rights” act passed and pack the courts, then we will simply not be able to participate in a meaningful sense. For the moment, there is a bit of pushback against the complete abandonment of the American system of governance…but we’re essentially dependent upon two Democrat Senators to hold the line. Democrats are not noted for the courage or honesty.
But even supposing they hold the line and then we win next year – we’re still not out of the woods. Not even if we then go on to win in 2024. Sure, the next GOP President can do all sorts of things. Completely reverse what was done the previous four years. But all that means is what is done can be undone…and when being undone by the unscrupulous (ie, Democrats), it can run a lot faster. Remember, the bureaucrats who hampered Trump at every turn are on Biden’s team…all he has to do is give the slightest hint and the bureaucrats will be off to the races implementing new policy. Supposing we keep the ability to win at the ballot box, simply going 180 every four to eight years on policy isn’t sustainable. For a Republic to work, all political factions must broadly have the same ends in mind. These days, the two sides want completely opposite outcomes. And each side is dependent upon convincing about 10-20 percent of the voters who are uncommitted to either side…these are fickle people and they are whipsawed between the two sides. This is a recipe for disaster.
And I think that disaster is what we’re going to get.
If the Democrats get their “voting rights” act passed and pack the courts, then we will simply not be able to participate in a meaningful sense.
First off, a lot of states would sue the federal government, and much of what’s in the legislation would be tied up in the courts and probably never implemented. But for the sake of argument, let’s say it all gets enacted into law and implemented. I spoke a while back about the line in the sand that most people have in their minds as far as what they are willing to tolerate. I believe HR1 goes beyond most people’s line, and I don’t think tens of millions of Americans are just going to sit back and watch their country go down the drain without a fight. It’ll be interesting to look back on this time in 2 or 4 years, and see whether or not our fears were justified.
I see the current role of the GOP Congress as providing speed bumps to slow or halt the efforts of the Dems to ram their agendas through, because I think everyone knows they only have about a year and a half to do it. Any voting act or act can be repealed. If new justices are sworn in, that would be more problematic, but there might be a way to address that.
We have to remember, everything takes time—especially when half of the country and half of Congress are determined to slow down any efforts made. Bills can be challenged in courts, laws can be repealed. The only things I can think of, offhand, that would be more permanent would be things like getting people actually sworn in as citizens, new justices sworn in on the SCOTUS, or new states admitted to the Union, and of those three I think only the second could possibly occur within the time frame they have.
We also have to remember that those Dems in Congress, particularly in the House, will have people looking over their shoulders more and more as the next election nears, and it is going to be harder and harder for them to toe the radical line with their political lives on the line. Right now 18 months feels a long way off, but the closer that election day is the more pressure is going to be put on those Dem candidates to try to reclaim the “moderate” label most of them need to keep their jobs.
The most dangerous path the Dems want to follow now is the falsely named voting rights act, because it is fraught with legal, Constitutional, problems. There are so many parts of it that trample on the Constitutional assignment of control over elections to states that they provide reasonable cause for legal challenges. Dems in Congress can, and should, be challenged at every opportunity for even considering these policies, and we should make it as hard as possible for them to vote for it.
To hear the Agenda Media carry on, the agendas of the Left are in play, have massive support and can be accomplished very quickly. But in reality, there is major opposition to all of them, some of it coming from elected Democrats.
I’m disappointed that Trump appears to be considering a new social media platform, when what we need is a news platform. We’ll have to see what kind of impact a new social media site might have
You are right—winning an election can be a transient victory, at least without a strong and vibrant voice to explain things to the public.
As of 2021, The net worth of CNN is about $5 billion.
You can’t force a company to sell, but if every Trump voter kicked in a dollar a month that would be nearly a billion dollars in one year, and I have no doubt that Trump could leverage the funding to buy out CNN if they were to decide to sell. The network stations’ values fluctuate quite a bit but every now and then one gets in trouble. About 10 years ago Comcast bought 51% of NBC.
The Right’s most desperate need is not for another place for people to vent their emotions but for a solid news and entertainment platform that has the stature and airtime presence to attract an audience.
I meant to post this on this thread but put it on another, so sorry, now it’s on two
Circling back (!!!) to the idea of states asserting their Constitutional sovereignty and being the real resistance to Biden regime overreach, there is this: emphasis mine
Montana Attorney General Austin Knudsen said Republican attorneys general believe that with a gridlocked Congress, states are the last line of defense for Constitutional rights. The attorney general added that he will continue to focus his efforts on Biden’s reliance on executive action, which the president has used to forward several key policy items.
I think we need to think a lot deeper then having “elected GOP critters” save us. They haven’t been all that effective over the last 20 years and continuing to fight this battle against the Communist Left via legislation is simply taking one step forward and two steps back … if not three.
Democrats are authoritarian communists.They are no longer Constitutional Americans. So the question is, to what extent are we prepared to go?
In order to win this battle, Americans will have to rip the levers of power away from the communists in the corporate boardrooms, in the federal bureaucracies, in the media, and most importantly in the classroom. These are the areas where communist Democrats do the most damage
Americans will have to rip the levers of power away from the communists in the corporate boardrooms, in the federal bureaucracies, in the media, and most importantly in the classroom.
No doubt about it. The question is, how to do this?
I recently posted a link to an article about how one person bought one share of a large company which let him pose a question at the shareholders’ meeting. I thought this was a great tactic, partly because the management of these companies consist of people who need to be challenged on the cockamamie decisions they make. So maybe one approach to this is to have people asking, at every shareholder meeting, why the company management is openly supporting anti-American ideology dedicated to overthrowing our government. Another good question is “why should we have confidence in the intelligence of our management when they obviously don’t do their own research and just parrot the biased political opinions of the Agenda Media?”
This kind of thing won’t bring about a dramatic immediate change, but it’s this kind of thing that rings an alarm bell. And it’s this kind of thing that gets press attention when reporting on dull and boring routine shareholder meetings offers very little of interest to report. Verbal grenades like this will get some attention.
Trump WAS ripping the levers of power away from federal bureaucracies and the only way to continue that is to get him, or someone with the same agenda and focus, back into power.
I’ve given my opinion on both the need and the means to get a media presence, including here today on this blog.
As for the classroom, first we need citizens to pay more attention to school boards. The Left pays attention. A few years ago when Jefferson County, Colorado elected a conservative school board more than $10 million flooded into the next election from out of state, mostly from California. Most people didn’t know this. Maybe a good start would be to lobby state legislatures for a bill forbidding out of state money for local and school board elections, to keep local decisions local.
That, combined with the growing disgust for the teachers’ unions who refuse to teach, might start to shift perceptions away from the current bland assumption that once we hire trained teachers they are going to teach, not indoctrinate or hold the students hostage for political purposes.
I think we need to think a lot deeper then having “elected GOP critters” save us. They haven’t been all that effective over the last 20 years
Well, I have always found that while my rear view mirror is helpful as a reference I make a lot more progress looking forward than backward. So I think it is foolish to focus on the lack of leadership and effectiveness of our elected Republicans over the past two decades. My approach is to analyze and learn from our mistakes, stop making the same mistakes over and over again, learn from them and develop new and better strategies for the future. When I compare some of the GOP warriors in Congress to the people there over the past two decades it’s day and night. Ditto for the fighting spirit in the statehouses, with governors and attorneys general gearing up to take on the Dem machine.
I think the key word is “focus”. We lost ours. Our politicians started to focus just on how to get elected and then reelected. They started to adopt the election strategies laid out for them by the Left, which was to run on Identity Politics and not on ideas. The only politician I have heard trying to shift the dialogue away from personal attacks and Identity Politics was Ted Cruz in 2016, and he got drowned out by the screeching ear-splitting personal attack machine of Donald Trump. It worked for Trump, mostly because you have to fight fire with fire and that was the technique of electioneering at the time. But maybe it’s time now to start the shift away from the constant same old same old of “he did this” and “she said that” and “s/he is just a big poopy head” and start pushing people into thinking about the core structure of our government and how they want it to be run, and starting to send the message that if we don’t know HOW we want it to be run we can’t make good decisions about HOW to run it.
I think people are ready for it. Sure, there is the Jerry Springer contingent that loves the gutter and the blood sport that defines so much of politics these days, but I am sensing and seeing from my own experiences a discontent with that. I think the winning side is going to be the one that recognizes this and appeals to the intellect rather than the emotion.
I also think we are ready for that. We are already told that something like 15% of Biden voters would not have voted for him if the Agenda Media had acted like journalists instead of political activists and published the information about Biden’s corrupt links to China, his abuse of power as VP and his use of his son as go-between in his corrupt relations with other countries. And that figure was from two months ago. Surely it has risen since then, as the decadence and incompetence of the Biden regime is becoming more and more evident. But let’s go with 15% for now.
What we need to do is find 15% of the Biden voters in the Heartland, in the purple states, in the battleground states, and work from there. 15% of the alleged 80 million Biden votes is 12 million, but we don’t need to fret about winning over 12 million people because most of them are in areas like Los Angeles, Chicago and New York that will go Dem no matter what. So focus on where we can make progress. And people who work for a living, like the people in Flyover Country, are less lemming-like than the political zombies of the Democrat strongholds. They are the kinds of people who don’t like to be lied to, who don’t like to be manipulated by corrupt agents pretending to be giving them the news when they are really hiding the news, and who are being screwed by the policies of the guy they voted for just because he was not Donald Trump.
Have you looked at the margins of victory for the Dems in 2020?
.3 in Arizona—that’s 3/10 of a percent, not 3 percent
.2 in Georgia
2.8 in Michigan
2.4 in Nevada
1,2 in Pennsylvania
.6 in Wisconsin
Of all the states that went for Biden in 2020, 6 additional states were under a 15% margin, and even some theoretically blue states like New Jersey, Maine, Oregon and Washington were under 20%.
As far as lacking leadership in the GOP, maybe we ought to look not at the people who were elected but at the values of the people who voted for them, Instead of fussing about the ineptness of the people we send to Washington maybe we need to work harder on picking and electing better people.
Maybe we should review their campaign promises and see how those held up. Fool me once, shame on you. Fool me twice, shame on me.
Absolutely. Six months before election day the campaign promises of each Representative and Senator should be printed out on a full page in every local newspaper and online, with grades for how well they have been honored and the consequences of their being honored or not.
But it’s not as much about campaign promises as the promises made in the oaths of office.
CALIFORNIA CONSTITUTION – CONS
ARTICLE XX MISCELLANEOUS SUBJECTS [SEC. 1 – SEC. 23] ( Article 20 adopted 1879. )
Members of the Legislature, and all public officers and employees, executive, legislative, and judicial, except such inferior officers and employees as may be by law exempted, shall, before they enter upon the duties of their respective offices, take and subscribe the following oath or affirmation:
“I, ___________, do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will support and defend the Constitution of the United States and the Constitution of the State of California against all enemies, foreign and domestic; that I will bear true faith and allegiance to the Constitution of the United States and the Constitution of the State of California; that I take this obligation freely, without any mental reservation or purpose of evasion; and that I will well and faithfully discharge the duties upon which I am about to enter.
“And I do further swear (or affirm) that I do not advocate, nor am I a member of any party or organization, political or otherwise, that now advocates the overthrow of the Government of the United States or of the State of California by force or violence or other unlawful means; that within the five years immediately preceding the taking of this oath (or affirmation) I have not been a member of any party or organization, political or otherwise, that advocated the overthrow of the Government of the United States or of the State of California by force or violence or other unlawful means except as follows:
_____ (If no affiliations, write in the words “No Exceptions”) _____
and that during such time as I hold the office of _____ (name of office) _____
I will not advocate nor become a member of any party or organization, political or otherwise, that advocates the overthrow of the Government of the United States or of the State of California by force or violence or other unlawful means.”
Hmmm. There are elected officials in the state of California who are supporting Black Lives Matter, which is an organization openly formed on Marxist principles of overthrow of our government. There are elected officials who refuse to enforce the laws on the books. There are mayors who declare their cities “sanctuary cities” where immigration criminals are assured they will not be arrested, and there are elected officials obstructing the law enforcement efforts of ICE and other law enforcement agencies.
Every state has something similar. The oath of office of the House of Representatives and the Senate reads:
“I do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic; that I will bear true faith and allegiance to the same; that I take this obligation freely, without any mental reservation or purpose of evasion; and that I will well and faithfully discharge the duties of the office on which I am about to enter. So help me God.”
And being a racist black communist pays really well in our new fascist America.
The head of New York City’s Black Lives Matter chapter is calling for an independent investigation into the organization’s finances after it was revealed a co-founder snapped up a $1.4 million home in a ritzy Los Angeles neighborhood. Patrisse Cullors, 37, who is a co-founder of BLM and self-professed ‘trained Marxist’, recently purchased a plush property in Topanga Canyon complete with a separate guest house and an expansive back yard. In Topanga Canyon, 88 per cent of residents are white and just 1.8 per cent are black, according to the census.
Yeah. And Dems don’t care, just like they didn’t care when the “Reverend” Wright, super-racist preaching hatred of whites, used congregation donations to buy a multi-million dollar mansion in a gated white community.
The demented pedophile is meeting with a group of “bi partisan” representatives today to discuss his “infrastructure” plan. His past achievements combined with their unmatched competence and laser like focus assures us all that America will soon have the most modernized infrastructure in the world. Good things are happening.
When Did America End?
I don’t think we’re quite at that point yet. America will end when the last patriot is dead, and given that there are more of us than there are of them, we’re better armed and better trained, and we’re motivated by something that is completely foreign to them — liberty, I don’t see the coming fight as one we can’t win. Like Amazona, I’d prefer that we change minds and hearts and win the fight at the ballot box — peacefully. Given the Left’s concentrated efforts to permanently rig the ballot box, that may not be possible. Nice to still have other options.
I can say IMHO it started with the first big push of Woodrow Wilson and his ilk (Fabians?). My best guess it will end when the current corrupt group tried the same thing the British did in 1774 ~ 75. That didn’t work out so well for them and it will not work this time either — kind of like that Socialism -> Communism -> Fascism thing. You know–it will work this time crap.
Then again in the previous few days I have read about multiple blue check elites that don’t understand the basic foundations as to why there are two Senators per State no matter the population and what the House does. I also see that several States are pushing, finally, for audits of the previous Presidential election which will come out in dribbles but finally prove the margins used to steal the election are fraudulent.
Between the “Voting Rights” act, the gun grab and other information getting out I see this as the turning point of our country. Not as bad as the Revolution but more of a States Rights reclaiming their rightful place and a review of everything the left has tried to take away. I have a feeling that the pendulum is starting to swing back towards the Constitution and it will be major. Maybe that is why they want the walls and razor wire to stay up.
Maybe that is why they want the walls and razor wire to stay up.
No “maybe” about it.
…but finally prove the margins used to steal the election are fraudulent….
Well, we can’t un-inaugurate Biden, but we CAN use this information to become very aggressive in a move to shore up state legislatures. I still think a move to openly and repeatedly shame the legislatures that voted to certify blatantly uncertifiable vote counts should be implemented, relentlessly. Every state legislator who voted to certify vote tallies knowing that there were many votes that simply could not be reasonably assigned to either candidate should be quizzed and criticized for this. These state legislators should be held accountable, told that fraudulent certification is a felony, reminded that their duty is NOT just to advance their party agenda or rubberstamp what is put in front of them, and in general to make them squirm. We should start asking Attorneys General why they are not prosecuting obvious felonies. It should also be used to elect people with backbones who will stand up and say they understand the law and will follow it.
We can use this data to challenge governors who made the same ethical and legal errors, and to vet candidates for Attorney General in each state. We have not had real standards for state and local government, and that shows.
I remember once a long, long, LONG time ago when Democrats were concerned about Citizens United and corporate influence in politics. When was that? Early 1900’s? No wait … that’s right, it was around 2005 and yet here we are today suffering under corporate fascist politics celebrated by the Democrat Party and the selfie generation.
It also should be pointed out that the Female Hispanic cop who shot the 20 year old in Minneapolis was most likely hired to fill a quota then for her expertise in policing. I could be wrong but these are the unintended consequences of identity politics
I saw the video and it was clear she was holding a gun, which made me wonder what is the shape, size and weight of the Taser? And where on the utility belt is the Taser carried?
I, too, was thinking about the hysteria over the Citizens United ruling and how bizarre it is for the Left to now not just be soliciting donations from corporations but infiltrating their top leadership. If I held stock in these companies I would pull out if only for the reason that I wouldn’t want to own stock in a company run by people who can’t read or process basic information, and/or who lie to the shareholders about what they are doing and why.
Infiltrating? IIRC, Zuckerberg paid out of pocket for election machines, drop boxes and a bunch of other electioneering in at least one state before Georgia. Think it was Michigan. Some $450 thousand. One thing I do know from the people I communicate with is one of the biggest things that is pissing them off is the two-tiered justice we have. Watching everyone from Clinton through Hunter get let off and get rich while doing it at our expense.
Not much has come out about the latest shooting except the officer had 25 or 26 years on the force but as always the “information” that it was a felony gun warrant stop with a known police assaulter has been left out. She and the chief have both resigned and what little I do know about tasers is she should have known. Might be unintentional manslaughter.
Then again, heard the George Floyd case had a national deadly force expert on the stand and he said the officer did not use lethal force in this case. So basically, get ready and hope you like Bar-B-Que because folks are going to loot liquor stores and burn everything down. I would wait, depending on the fire, about an hour and then hit up the butcher or local BBQ as it should be done by then. Even if I prefer low & slow style. You know…in the name of Justice.
Well, if everything is infrastructure — my version of justice is a 60″ 4K flat screen, some ribs and a good bottle of scotch–all for “free.”
I have no problem imagining someone saying “I sure hope some cop kills a brother pretty soon—I could use a new TV”.
Oh, and BTW, I have a new list of things that really peeve me these days. “The Talk” everyone should get as I did when I was much younger. The hands on the wheel (in plan sight) and “Yes Sir, No Sir (or Ma’am”). Follow orders even if it means going to jail. Your only fight will be in the court room. In my wild youth when leaving the Marines–I did not fit in as well with the establishment (still don’t) and have been arrested several times including with guns drawn. I have had my ass kicked by the Po Po on the way to jail. Honestly, I didn’t think the joke was that bad. Then and now I still respect and will defend those that put on the uniform every day. Peeve is why no one condemns the behavior of these folks rather than assault the officer first.
Ones I have real issues with, and I have nothing against getting really rich because I am trying to myself, are the losers of the NBA and others like them. Take Basketball or Soccer or whatever they are harping about and pool every cent every player in both men’s and women’s divisions and split it equally among them all. But that would only be fair after they denounce the genocide and demand US level equal pay for all of the Chinese workers making them so rich.
I could go on like a flat tax with zero exceptions for both individuals and corporations but that is another post. I am not sure what is going to happen next but from the rumblings it will be a very interesting time to be alive. I was always amazed with my grand-parents and their trip from practically the horse & buggy through space flight. Grandma (mother’s side) never liked telephones…even back when they were corded. I have a feeling the next 20 ~ 30 years will outperform that.
I am a woman of a certain age, as they say, and as white as anyone can be. I either drive a pickup or a 15-year-old white sedan. In other words, I don’t fit any demographic of someone likely to be a problem in a traffic stop. Yet I am smart enough to know that if stopped I should avoid certain movements, like ducking down into the passenger side of he vehicle, and that I should keep my hands on the steering wheel in clear view of the officer. I understand that it will be counterproductive to be anything but responsive and polite. I understand, from people who carry weapons in their vehicles, that if I were to have a weapon in my vehicle I should immediately inform the officer of this and tell him or her what it is, and where it is.
This is common sense. And it applies to everyone, of every age, race or other identifying characteristic.
I quit watching sports because, while I don’t expect every athlete to meet high standards of intelligence or character I do find it personally offensive to support in any way the specific kind of hateful and toxic choice of stupidity that is shown by the antics of not just the athletes but of management. If I have contempt for a man I don’t particularly want to see if he can catch a ball in the end zone. At that point I just don’t care.
I notice that no one ever asks relevant questions of these ignorant virtue-signaling divas. I would ask any of them “taking a knee” two or three specific questions: Why do you refuse to respect the anthem and the flag? Oh, so you are protesting police brutality—will you please explain how the national anthem and the flag of our nation have anything to do with what happens in any given city police department? You want us to think this is a carefully thought-out and principled stand so you should be able to explain the reasoning that says disrespecting the nation as a whole is in any way related to what happened in any city governed by local officials.
Poor befuddled Brandon Marshal of the Broncos tried to explain that he disrespects the anthem and the flag because he just wants people to know it’s hard to be a minority. Aside from the fact that being a minority is a matter of math, not of race, this still shows no relationship to disrespecting the nation as a whole, or the anthem and flag that represent it. There is only one demographic in this country that is not, in and of itself, a minority and that is white men. Every other group is, by definition, a “minority”—–women, blacks, Latinos, Asians, the elderly, the disabled, etc. Pick a demographic, any demographic, and you will run into the math that unless it represents the majority of people it is by definition a minority.
But we have no one pointing out the intellectual disconnect between the belief (to put far too strong a word on it) that the federal government and its actual ideology and policies are responsible for, or have any control over, what a specific person does in a specific job in a specific town in a specific event.
My grandmother traveled with a covered wagon pulled by mules to northeastern Colorado before the end of the 19th Century to homestead free land there, and lived to see a man on the moon.
Personally, I would like to see Citizens United overturned and with it the ability of any corporation or union to donate to or participate in any election. The influence of Big Money is just too corrosive to the process and takes too much control away from the little guy, the citizen.
I would classify many types of advertising as campaign donations and I would definitely classify a lot of what has passed for “news” as campaign donations.
I would also like to see states ban outside money for state and local elections. As I have said, when a conservative school board in Jefferson County, Colorado was up for reelection more than ten million dollars flooded into that local election, mostly from California. For a school board election!
From USA Today:
Imagine a formula that could score each American’s unique risk of dying of COVID-19. People’s odds would determine their exact number in line for a vaccine.
The algorithm would take into account your age, your race, your full medical history and every one of your health insurance claims. It would marry that information with data about vaccine inventories and health care locations. You’d get an email, a text, or a phone call the week before your vaccine appointment telling you where and when to show up. If you turned down the shot, the next in line would take your spot.
Oooh, what a great idea! What could go wrong with having all this information in a government data base? Just add information about gun ownership and political views and it would be just about perfect! Put it on a microchip and tag everyone and you would have a Leftist Utopia.