Turning Citizens into Serfs

You might recall back in the late 1990’s a quasi-religious movement in China called Falun Gong. It was, at least to a Westerner, a pretty conventional Asian set of practices regarding meditation and exercise to grow spiritually – but the Chinese government hated it. And, so, it was (and remains) heavily persecuted in China and is now actually headquartered in New Jersey. As to why the Chinese government hated it: Falun Gong held itself to be outside of Chinese government control. It wasn’t a movement of rebellion, but it appears to have rejected the the PRC’s totalitarian control over the minds of the Chinese. As far as that goes, just par for the course in China. But I was reminded of it yesterday.

What my mind went back to was some news reports when it was a big thing in China back in the 1990’s where one enterprising reporter decided to ask regular Chinese people what they thought about it. Naturally, given what was going on, you had to take anything said to a foreigner with a grain of salt but one bit of opinion stood out starkly: several Chinese asked about it came up with an opinion that religious faith should be free, but it was the responsibility of the government to protect the people from “bad” religion.

I put that answer down at the time to PRC propaganda combined with the basic Asian social structure which is tightly disciplined and hierarchical. I never imagined that any such thing could come to America. I was wrong.

As Musk has taken the lid off of what Twitter was doing what we’re seeing – aside from all the illegal censorship – is that plenty of people sincerely believe that the government has a role to play in “protecting Democracy”. That is, protecting it from people who put out dis- or mis-information. That the government must protect us from “bad” ideas. How very Chinese, huh?

This is, of course, an entire reversal of the very idea of the United States. It must be remembered that it was us, we Americans, who proposed and first implemented the idea that sovereignty resides with the people, not with the government. Under the European monarchies, the Monarch was sovereign. All power flowed out and down from the King. You were assigned your station and granted that power which the King thought best for you to exercise. We turned that around and said that we, the people, were sovereign and we lent the government such of our power as we thought necessary to promote the general welfare. Even in the Republics of modern Europe is it still the State holding the ultimate power as those States hold themselves the inheritors of Royal authority. We are pretty unique. But now we have very many of our own people saying that the government should assign our opinions and make sure that no bad opinions make it into the public square.

This is a gigantic problem and it may prove fatal to liberty. It has already de-facto killed off liberty in Europe, Canada and Australia: in the UK, if you question why biological males are in the female hospital ward they will kick you out of the hospital. Meanwhile, in Norway people are facing three years in jail for saying that men can’t be lesbians. Scores of examples like that are out there – if you have the “wrong” opinion then you will be punished. And the reason you’ll be punished is because your “wrong” opinion puts Democracy at risk. It is all very Orwellian. Kafkaesque, too.

And I’m not at all sure how we fix this – how, that is, do we turn people who have developed the mentality of a serf back into citizens? They are so far gone now that they positively crave someone to take charge and “protect” them…something, of course, our corrupt Ruling Class is all too willing to do. And they have a wide variety of reasons to “protect” – not just Democracy but also The Climate Emergency and Covid…we’ve all gotta be protected from that, too. And if there is some aspect of life not covered by Democracy, Climate and Covid, rely on it on that they’ll find some other thing they need to “protect” us from.

We will have to figure it out, though. Because if we don’t, then we’ll find ourselves all doing 20 years in the Happy Fun Re-education Camp because we once said “boys will be boys” or some such.

55 thoughts on “Turning Citizens into Serfs

  1. Retired Spook December 17, 2022 / 4:10 pm

    I still waffle back and forth as to whether we will be able to reclaim this country through the ballot box or by more violent means. I was a firm believe in the democratic process up until the last two elections. I mean we’ve always known that Democrats cheat. It was mostly dead people in Cook County, IL, that got JFK elected over a half century ago, but in the last two election cycles the Dems have taken fraud, rigging and outright cheating to a whole new level. And the people who would normally investigate and prosecute the cheaters are themselves in on the cheating. Some of them are even Republicans, or at least that’s what they call themselves. Is anyone else amazed that we aren’t just shooting each other in the streets at this point?

    • Jeremiah December 17, 2022 / 5:22 pm

      Is anyone else amazed that we aren’t just shooting each other in the streets at this point?


      In one sense I am, and another, I’m not. In the former sense, because it’s sad that American men lack that type of manliness, and will leave this country to the commies to take over, and imprison the dissenters and leave them to die, like they did many millions in Germany. And the latter sense, because American men have been stripped of their manhood at a very young age with the switching of gender roles, and the rise of homosexuality.

      Like the guy on table in the wilderness said, “these people won’t stop until there will be no freedom of any kind for anybody”

      We can only pray that men with any testosterone left in their body will take a stand.

    • jdge1 December 17, 2022 / 7:30 pm

      All of the problems we face today are symptoms of a society turning away from God. Though people blame our Creator for the problems of the world, He does not bring or wish evil on His people. He allows it though, so people will return to Him.

      Jesus said; “I cannot promise you happiness in this world, only in the next. Those who suffer persecution for my sake will be rewarded in heaven.”

      All of this requires an element of faith, trust. It is that trust that gives us comfort knowing He is with us and watching us. He has given us each a task to accomplish while here on earth. Attending to those tasks helps fulfill His will. Fretting about anything else will not add even 1 minute to our lives. Be at peace and pray that for those who do not see His light.

      • Cluster December 18, 2022 / 8:39 am


    • Mark Noonan December 18, 2022 / 4:41 pm

      I do wonder if there are enough with the spirit to do that? I mean really fight.

      After all, taking a look at things, you’d only need about 10,000 active fighters and, presto, you’ll win. The trouble is finding them and then keeping them together in the face of FBI infiltration.

      But I am concerned that even today we are too fat, dumb and happy to revolt. And it isn’t just being a matter of something to lose – the Founders risked losing everything but they went ahead and did it because they had the conviction that it was necessary. Do we have people with enough conviction? Time will tell.

      • Retired Spook December 18, 2022 / 4:46 pm

        But I am concerned that even today we are too fat, dumb and happy to revolt.

        Not just to revolt, but, as the last election showed, to even vote the bastards out. Just looking at crime, immigration, the economy and foreign policy, if that isn’t enough collective pain for the average person to say, “let’s try something/someone different, then I don’t know what it’s going to take.

      • Amazona December 19, 2022 / 9:30 am

        you’d only need about 10,000 active fighters

        And who, exactly, would they fight?

      • Retired Spook December 19, 2022 / 11:25 am

        And who, exactly, would they fight?

        Just spitballing here, but America in 2023 (almost) is such a target-rich environment, I don’t think deciding who needs to be eliminated for the good of humanity is going to be a problem. It’s the same people who think WE should be eliminated or thrown into re-education camps. If I were so inclined (I’m not) I’d probably start with prosecutors and judges who let violent criminals walk free without bail and those in the public health community who essentially committed genocide on the American people through draconian Covid policies. But just like the 50 lawyers weighted down with cement blocks and thrown in the ocean, that’s just a good start. Obviously I’m being a bit tongue-in-cheek here, but if you’ve ever seen the movie Peppermint, starring Jennifer Garner, I visualize something like that. And to paraphrase a popular T-shirt message, for people in my age group, life in prison is not much of a deterrent.

      • Amazona December 19, 2022 / 12:21 pm

        I get it. But what I don’t understand is the strategy. Send the “fighters” out in death squads to take out the people identified as the most dangerous to Constitutional governance? These prosecutors and judges are scattered all across the nation. A hit list of health officials (doctors, hospital administrators, etc) who pushed the “vaccines” on the public, or just target the heads of the FDA and CDC? Would people get to nominate their targets of choice?

        And keep in mind, none of these are likely to “fire the first shot” and they are not in government so I fail to see how eliminating them would resolve the problems of governance that should be our main concern.

        So, getting to the government issue: What do you think would happen if it were possible to contain (by confinement or death) the entire Democrat Congress? All Democrat Senators and Representatives? Would this give you a legitimate and recognized government? Would Americans accept this? Would other nations? Would the military recognize a Commander in Chief in place via a coup?

        It’s not as if there would be an organized Left, in a shape similar to that of an army, that would go up against an organized Right with its 10,000 fighters, with the understanding of Winner Take All.. Give me that scenario and I’ll go along with it. But that’s not what we’re dealing with here, and we are wasting time and mental energy in failing to triage the situation.

        I say, fight the battle we’re given. That would mean, in the next two years, herding our recalcitrant cats into some semblance of order and put together coherent plans. First, focus on state legislatures and secretaries of state. Let them know they are being held accountable for both legal and ethical actions in the next election. Pressure them to do as much as possible to limit opportunities to cheat, and make it clear that individuals who fail to do this will be identified and held accountable.

        Take all these gun-happy fighters and put them on surveillance of drop boxes, recording every single ballot dropped into every single box and then demanding a count of how many were submitted. If we’re going to be aggressive, be aggressive in the counting rooms and demand that every mailed-in ballot meet the requirements of the state law or be discarded, and don’t back down. We’ve got enough access to body cams, Go-Pros and phone video to record every single movement of every single person in charge of accepting and counting ballots. Demand that every single counting station be manned by a conservative as well as whoever would ordinarily do it. Scan an envelope and it if lacks a signature stamp it as such and record it being put in a separate box, with a running tally of how many were rejected. Period. No discussion. No “curing”. Better than a stamp, punch a hole in the envelope that goes through the enclosed ballot as well, so ballots that mysteriously show up having holes in them are both rejected and proof of an effort to cheat.

        Eliminate anonymity. Identify every single person and tie that person’s actions to the outcomes. Impose accountability, from the collection of ballots to the acceptance of ballots to the counting of ballots.

        That means, for now, two years of intense pressure on state officials. And above all, pressure to only certify vote tallies that are actually certifiable. Emphasize, with great intensity, the issue of false certification and the intent to file charges if this occurs. Make it abundantly clear that being an elector is a serious position, and has serious legal requirements and liabilities. After all the fraud, all the bogus ballots counted as legitimate votes, all the various ways of cheating after the original rigging going back to before the campaigns even got rolling, it all came down to the false certification of uncertifiable vote tallies, because this had never been an issue before. I will bet that no elector has ever been lectured on his or her legal responsibility, and liability, to only certify that which can legitimately be considered certifiable. Two or three states taking this seriously instead of just blithely rubber-stamping vote numbers known to be inaccurate would have changed history.

        (I was happy to see this become an issue in Arizona, and hope the understanding of certification spreads. And if there really is a law in Arizona requiring the legislature to certify whatever is in front of it, that has to be changed. )

        But all of this is grubby, boring, work in the trenches, without the buzz of locking and loading.

      • Amazona December 19, 2022 / 12:25 pm

        And, speaking of accountability, I come back to my old comment about making the oath of office binding. Get a strong enough Congress and vote this in. That alone will take care of the prosecutors, the spineless DAs and the judges. It will also take care of the mayors and police chiefs and governors who think they can pick and choose which laws to enforce. Make their jobs and benefits dependent on them enforcing the laws on the books and see how things change.

      • Retired Spook December 19, 2022 / 1:51 pm

        Would the military recognize a Commander in Chief in place via a coup?

        You know I love you dearly. You have a better grasp on politics than anyone I know, and I value your opinion more than anyone I know, but you clearly didn’t think through the above question before you posted it.

      • Amazona December 19, 2022 / 3:04 pm

        Sorry….I don’t understand your point.

        The thing about a discussion online is that it can seem more like a disagreement or challenge than the kind of exchange of ideas we would have in person.

        But….it seems to me that people in the military who take their oaths seriously, as you did and still do, would not be willing to follow the orders of someone who became Commander in Chief through an unconstitutional takeover of power. Why am I wrong?

      • Retired Spook December 19, 2022 / 4:12 pm

        Sorry….I don’t understand your point.

        Many of us think that the current Commander in Chief was installed by a coup of sorts, and he seems to have the allegiance of the military. Now that may be because he purged everyone who vocally opposed him or refused to take the Covid vaccine, but still……….

      • Amazona December 20, 2022 / 10:14 am

        I agree about the legitimacy of the Biden presidency, but it still had the trappings of Constitutional action—an election and an inauguration. And I think even those of us who saw the election as a fraud think inauguration kind of seals the deal. I would worry that a president who replaced an inaugurated president, without an election (or even the pretense of one) would be seen differently.

      • Cluster December 20, 2022 / 11:54 am

        Keep in mind that the majority of Colonists opposed the revolutionary war, but once won, gladly accepted the outcome. Same would happen. And you start by targeting corrupt elected officials and career deep state criminals. Now whether shots are fired or not, is entirely on them.

      • Amazona December 20, 2022 / 12:23 pm

        Same would happen.

        I just don’t agree. I think the new government would be seen as illegitimate by other nations and at least half of the country and would lose any claim to be committed to Constitutional governance. I think that the only way to keep from getting voted out at the next election would be cancel elections, moving even deeper into Banana Republic territory.

        And remember, there WAS a war with England. A war in which a winner was declared, lending legitimacy to the government that was then formed, in a country thousands of miles away from the motherland. The new nation and its government were not occupying the same land as the old, displacing those rulers, but was setting itself up in a completely different area, to function from that point onward as an additional nation with eventual diplomatic and trade relations with the old. That is a totally different set of circumstances.

        I just don’t think the idea of taking over the government because the current government is illegitimate has been very well thought out. I keep asking “who you gonna shoot?” and not really getting an answer.

      • Retired Spook December 20, 2022 / 1:04 pm

        I keep asking “who you gonna shoot?” and not really getting an answer.

        Well, first of all, I hope you know that neither Cluster nor I are going to go out and start shooting Leftists. The last thing I want to do in this life is shoot another American, even one who hates America. I said this in a previous thread a while back, but it bears repeating: I don’t think the Left is going to give us a choice as long as they remain in power, and as long as we allow them to cheat and get away with it, they’re going to remain in power. And when I say “Left,” I’m not just referring to liberal Democrats. There are more than a few Leftists on our side of the aisle. If the rule of law were alive and well in America and applied equally across all demographics, I wouldn’t be concerned, but you know as well as I do that that’s not the case. Even Republicans controlling the Presidency, the House and the Senate from 2017 to 2019 didn’t prevent the enforcers of the law from violating every principle they stand for. And not a single one has gone to jail, not even the guy who falsified a document in order to obtain a FISA warrant. When they have to add a new wing at Leavenworth to accommodate all the members of the intelligence community, the FBI, and the Justice Department who broke the law just since 2015, then I’ll reevaluate my outlook.

        So, when the “Gestapo comes to your door to take you and herd you into the boxcar, (I’m speaking metaphorically here) are you going to go peacefully, or are you going to shoot them in the face? I know which I’m going to do. (bolded so you know I’m answering your question) I don’t believe, at this point, that we’re (collective we’re, not necessarily you and me) going to avoid that scenario, I just don’t. I don’t think the majority of Americans have the political will to avoid it. The 2020 election clearly showed that America’s pain threshold is nearly limitless. If we live long enough to see it (and I hope we don’t), I believe we’ll be astounded at how many Americans will voluntarily line up to board the boxcar.

        I’m about a third of the way through Road to Serfdom, and it’s a real eye opener. I can’t believe I’ve never read it before. The Kindle edition I’m reading also contains lots of footnotes and extra historical perspective text. If you’ve never read it, you need to. It explains the evolution of socio-political thought in a way the makes where we’re at make a lot more sense.

      • Amazona December 21, 2022 / 10:44 am

        First, I actually agree with you and Cluster and I, too, am pretty aggressive when it comes to rejection of tyranny. It’s not that I disagree with how you feel. I just haven’t been able to imagine a scenario in which a violent coup would or could work in this country, and I get a little creeped out by talk of such a thing.

  2. Cluster December 18, 2022 / 8:38 am

    Is anyone else amazed that we aren’t just shooting each other in the streets at this point?

    LMAO. Yes I am. All the patriotic violent white supremacists seem remarkably restrained don’t they? Or maybe that’s a lie, who knows anymore. I know one thing. Democrats will get violent in a heart beat when they don’t get their way; think Summer of 2020, so conservatives have a choice … try and turn this around through the ballot box although I think the recent AZ election proved to us that that’s corrupted, or … pick up arms. At this point, I think the latter is more likely.

    • Retired Spook December 18, 2022 / 9:03 am

      I still think if it comes to violence the Left will fire the first shot. If the last few years has proved anything it’s that Conservatives have more patience and moral character than Leftists. That said, I know a lot of Conservatives who are champing at the bit (is that the correct term, Amazona?) for a fight. And I think, deep down, the Left knows it’s a fight they will not only lose, but lose badly, which is the main reason it hasn’t happened yet.

      • Amazona December 18, 2022 / 11:12 am

        I’d go with “chomping” at the bit, Spook, as when a horse is eager to go and restrained by pressure on the bit he will repeatedly bite down on it, or “chomp” on it. Sometimes he will keep the bit in his teeth, so it can’t put pressure on his mouth, and then do what he wants to do—hence the term “he got the bit in his teeth and ran with it”.

        I don’t know any conservatives eager to engage in violence but so fed up with being pushed around that it is starting to seem like a preferable alternative. And I get that.

        But I always come back to the question: “Who you gonna shoot?” Let’s say the next time there is a riot some group just takes out all the rioters. Good. That’s 30 or 40 down. What next?

        Because if the Left does take the first shot, this is not going to be fired by the people in charge. OK—game it out. Say it is possible to remove, by violence or the threat of violence, the entire Democrat contingent in Congress, and then take over the presidency. Do you really think the nation would accept this? I don’t think so.

        I think what we have to do is make the public choose, but to choose between the reality of the two sides, not the illusions and delusions fed to them by the Left. And the only way to do that is to strip away the mechanisms by which the Left has controlled the belief systems of the public. Elon Musk has shown us how to do this in one element of social media.

        There have been times when a network has been in serious trouble, but no conservative or conservative consortium has stepped up to buy it. The closest we have seen has been the John Malone-led takeover of the company owning CNN, and that shift away from its blatant propagandizing has been so incremental and glacial it hasn’t really made any difference. We’ll see what it does in the next election cycle. When Phil Anschutz owned the movie studio that made the Narnia movies he demanded that the scriptwriters retain the Chrisian theme of the books, but then he sold the company and never did anything else of significance. He now owns the Washington Examiner, but hasn’t done anything to develop it, and its online presence is pathetic, when a good IT person could develop a great website and bring it into play with the good ones like RedState.

        The reason the Left has not used overt violence to take over the country is because they know it wouldn’t work here. So they have used, and been successful, with warfare dependent on manipulating the perceptions of the public. We would be much better off examining those tactics and adopting them.

        As for seeing the Maricopa County shenanigans as proof we are losing, I see it differently. These manipulations and deceptions are now public, and will probably result in criminal charges being filed. Overturn one election based on fraud and suddenly there is a precedent for doing so. This might result in changes to the way elections ae run there, and stand as examples of both how elections can be stolen and how to deal with this. That situation is still active.

        Mohave County and the state of Arizona have certified the Nov. 8 general election results, but that doesn’t mean the party’s over. The (Mohave County) Board of Supervisors will consider potential litigation nine days before Christmas.

        Chairman Ron Gould has scheduled a Dec. 16 special Board of Supervisors meeting to consider bringing a lawsuit against Maricopa County, the Arizona Secretary of State’s Office, or both. Gould said Mohave County voters have been harmed by mistakes that occurred during the election in the state’s largest county.

        I haven’t heard how that meeting went, but I am encouraged by the acknowledgement that corruption affects us all.

        I see two heroes in the real revolution in this country—Elon Musk and Kari Lake. Trump could have been, except for his pattern of taking two steps forward and four steps back. Ron DeSantis is not part of that effort, but is doing his part by boldly going up against the Left and shutting them down. We managed to hold the House in spite of the antics of the Left, and we have some real warriors there who can finally get something done. Investigating Biden corruption is important, but in terms of what is best for the nation I think it’s more important to focus on the part the media have played in enabling that corruption. If I had to choose a single target it would be the medium of television with internet “news” a close second.

        How many hours of primetime television could have been bought with the millions squandered by RNC extravagance? Why are all the Dem candidates coordinated with the same core message, while Republican candidates are all over the field, with no coordination at all, and always focusing on their opponents instead of the system represented by those opponents? Walt Kelly wrote in Pogo, about 30 years ago, “We have met the enemy and it is us”. As disorganized and undisciplined as conservatives are now, I shudder to think of them trying to engage in armed resistance or combat.

      • Amazona December 18, 2022 / 12:50 pm

        I have come to think (and I am sure this is far from an original observation) that Heritage is Destiny. That is, that the heritage of the Russian people was one of submission to a powerful Central Authority in the persona of a czar, so it was a logical transition to submission to the Central Authority of Communism. Looking around the world, every nation has a similar heritage and therefore a similar tolerance, if not affinity, for centralized authority. Except for the United States, which was formed in specific rejection of a Central Authority.

        I think what’s happened in the last 200+ years has been a gradual erosion of that sense of independence and rejection of centralized authority as a growing number of Americans have drifted toward the promises of that kind of government. And I think this propensity is accompanied by a propensity for Groupthink–that the sense of security in having a massively powerful Central Authority “taking care of you” leads to a sense of security in being part of a community of like-thinkers. Even when the “thinking” is not based on cognitive analysis and decision-making but on emotion coupled with the lack of actual analysis.

        The problem is that this demographic is competing with one that is still organically contrary to Groupthink or anything like it, meaning that we are self-destructively (in political terms) resistant to strict organization. When you have one side that is rigidly organized and submissive to central control and another that is composed of stubbornly independent folks who reject that kind of cohesion you have what we see here. It’s as if the phrase “it’s like herding cats” was inspired by watching conservatives battle each other more than they battle the opposition. We can’t even put together a small cohort of like-minded conservatives who agree on a battle plan, much less the tens of millions we need to win elections or even address the election frauds that cripple us.

        You can’t shoot, bully or bludgeon people into changing their belief systems. All you can do is provide easily accessible and palatable alternatives to the lies and delusions. and while we have those alternatives we fail at getting them out into the public in a consistent manner. And the Left has multiple and powerful messaging platforms. For example, every person using Edge as a search engine (the default search engine on many if not most new computers) has an opening page of Microsoft pure propaganda, lengthy scrolls of clickbait loaded with editorial commentary on conservatives, using the word “baseless” a lot and basically engaging in ridicule and name-calling, in the guise of “news”.

        I think a little less sword-rattling and a lot more analysis of how to deal with these issues would be a lot more productive.

      • Amazona December 18, 2022 / 12:56 pm

        Harmeet Dhillon, who wants to be the next RNC chair, might have a handle on at least some of this.

        “The party has not been a leader on hustling ballots into the boxes. We’re still talking about emotionally appealing to voters, buying very expensive ads hoping that people will turn out on Election Day,” Dhillon said. “Guess what, Democrats don’t do that. They get out there where ballot harvesting and early voting are legal, which is in most states now. They get out there and they hustle those ballots.”

        The attorney pointed to one of the party’s longstanding flaws: Its failure to articulate a winning message to present to the American people.

        “I don’t think we have been great at articulating our vision of why people should vote for us. I think we’ve been allowing the Democrats to set the agenda and allowing them to really dictate what our party stands for and what we’re doing,” she noted.

        Indeed, conservatives have often failed to bring new ideas to the table, choosing instead to rely almost exclusively on criticizing Democrats for their flawed solutions.

        Dhillon also brought up excessive spending at the RNC, noting that “there’s a lot of bad consulting contracts, vendor contracts that are not competitively bid” and lamented that there is “a real sense of wanting to keep everything exactly the same” in the organization.

        choosing instead to rely almost exclusively on criticizing Democrats for their flawed solutions. but never tying those flawed solutions to the underlying structure of the party, that of consolidation of power in the hands of a few and shifting away from restricted federal power to a powerful Central Authority.

      • Amazona December 18, 2022 / 1:24 pm

        When I have had a puppy snap at fingers when taking treats, I responded by pushing those fingers into the puppy’s mouth till he or she got panicky. It only took two or three of these lessons to learn that biting fingers had a bad outcome, but gently taking a treat resulted in getting a treat.

        So why don’t we apply this concept to dealing with Dems? In particular, their determination to add states to the nation. We can stay on the back foot, objecting and whining and always being on defense, or we can use the same puppy-training tactic in politics. That is, “You want to add a state or two? Great—but let’s not stop there.” And then counter with a proposal to add a total of ten states.

        Divide California into three states. This has been discussed in the past, so do it. Right now most of the state has no real representation because the power is in Los Angeles and San Francisco. So spread it out. The conservative eastern sides of Washington and Oregon are not in sync with the power bases along the coast, so create a new state consisting of eastern Washington and Oregon. (I’d call it “Olympia”.) Most of Illinois is tired of being controlled by Chicago, so carve out southern Illinois and make it another state. Ditto for New York City and New York State. Eastern Colorado and Western Kansas and Nebraska are not well represented by the big cities of any of these states, so create a new state combining these areas.

        When you are playing tug of war you can’t advance. All you can do is hold your ground, or lose ground if the other side has more muscle. But you can let go of the rope and let them fall on their collective asses, and then swarm them with excited alternatives. The biggest and best argument is that the Constitution originally decreed a minimum of 30,000 people to be represented by each member of the House, with no upper limit, but certainly a good argument can be made that the current average of 600,000 people per Representative means poorer representation. The Left has picked up the banner of DEMOCRACY !!!! and certainly more representation in Congress would advance that agenda.

        I think if we use the basic theme of “you think you like fingers? Well, here are a LOT of them!” and apply it to what the Dems do, we might be able to make a little progress. “You want to add two or three states? Well, let’s add a LOT of them!” (It would take them ten seconds to realize they want to add two Dem states —as DC is a non-starter without a Constitutional amendment—and we’re talking about an additional 7 or 8 Republican states. “You want to use the House to investigate corruption? Great—here’s our list of what we’re going to investigate. Hmmm-it seems to start with abuse of power by some Dem Representatives and lying under oath. Oh, well…”

      • Mark Noonan December 18, 2022 / 4:34 pm

        You know me! Secession is the answer! North, South, East and West California. East and West Oregon. East and West Washington. North and South Nevada. East and West Florida. East and West New York. North and South Illinois. And 651 House members.

        Breaking up concentrated power is, I think, the ultimate answer to what ails us politically – and we’ll either reshape our polity like that or it will break up into a series of smaller nations.

      • Amazona December 19, 2022 / 9:33 am

        I don’t see adding states as “secession” but I do see it as necessary.

  3. Cluster December 18, 2022 / 8:52 am

    Re: serf’s, I’ve read several reports that state that upwards of 48% of all American households receive some form of government assistance. 48% !!!

    And they will all vote for the politician who promises to keep that going.

    • Retired Spook December 18, 2022 / 9:05 am

      Do you know if that 48% includes social security and government pensions. of if that’s just welfare? Just curious.

      • Cluster December 18, 2022 / 9:40 am

        I don’t. It wasn’t that specific.

  4. Cluster December 18, 2022 / 8:57 am

    This is the mentally retarded world Democrats have created:

    Male-to-female transgender child rapist ‘is transferred to soft WOMEN’S prison in Washington known as “Camp Cupcake”, leaving inmates petrified after telling them she sometimes identifies as a man’

    Do you still want to just try and beat them at the ballot box?? I don’t. I can think of other more effective means.

    • Retired Spook December 18, 2022 / 9:07 am

      Do you still want to just try and beat them at the ballot box?

      If elections were fair and honest, I do, but that ship has sailed. IMHO, it would be more honorable to shoot them than to try to out-cheat them.

      • Cluster December 19, 2022 / 5:15 pm

        LOL we are simpatico

  5. Retired Spook December 18, 2022 / 9:30 am

    Speaking of turning citizens into serfs, has anyone read F.A. Hayek’s Road to Serfdom? It’s a book I’ve always been meaning to read, and I just discovered it’s available for my Kindle, free from my local library.

  6. Retired Spook December 18, 2022 / 4:13 pm

    Just in time for Christmas.

  7. Amazona December 19, 2022 / 10:06 am

    FBI Files and the deep state’s narrative-go-round and consensus machine; the dangers of religious exemptions; Romney throws military under the bus; developments in the Wuhan leak theory; and more.

    BTW, the part about the reaction to religious exemptions to the jab ties in with your comment, Mark, on the belief of some that religious faith should be free, but it was the responsibility of the government to protect the people from “bad” religion.

  8. Amazona December 19, 2022 / 10:44 am

    Larry Elder
    Dec 17
    If Adolph Hitler, Mao Tse Tung and Elon Musk were walking down the street, and you gave an American lefty a gun with two bullets—he’d put both in Elon Musk.

    Replying to

    And miss both times

    • Cluster December 19, 2022 / 4:37 pm


  9. Amazona December 19, 2022 / 12:58 pm

    Laid-Off Journalist Trying To Learn To Code Horrified To Discover The Code Is Binary and other great cartoons to start off your week

    • Retired Spook December 19, 2022 / 1:31 pm

      Lots of good ones, but this one’s a classic:

  10. Cluster December 19, 2022 / 4:50 pm

    Transgenderism, pronouns and all the other woke bullshit is simply a distraction from the more serious problem we confront; globalism and social credit governance, or ESG. Democrats are not the problem primarily because they have already sold us, and our country out. Joe Biden can not do one thing unless approved by Xi, Soros, or Schwab. And the invasion of immigrants to our country is simply a generational plan to completely change America from a strong, independent, armed, and educated population to an uneducated, distracted, subservient population. It doesn’t happen overnight, but just as it took 20 years to completely transform our excellent educational system in indoctrination centers, this too will happen. This is what is going on. Globalists are in the process of dismantling America and the Democrats are aiding and abetting. I am afraid life in America will change dramatically and will be unrecognizable to us in another 20 years. Patriots will once again have to fight for their freedom …. if they choose.

    • Amazona December 20, 2022 / 10:22 am

      Keep in mind that the acceptance of these illegals is without any hint of actual legislation or formal structure for allowing them to stay. The idea seems to be that once they are here there isn’t anything we can do about it.

      I disagree. I think we can still implement a plan whereby we tell all “undocumented” aliens they have 60 days to report, where each case will be heard but most will be sent back home. Period. But we will send them home. I’m fine with paying for airplanes or buses to get them back home. Stay beyond that time and when you are picked up you will serve jail time then be kicked back over the border. If we need to sweeten the deal we can say that those who show up and register will not be put on a permanent list of people who will never receive a visa, while those we have to hunt down will be flagged permanently. They are not here officially so the problem could be addressed. At the very least we can legislate that anyone who ever crossed our border illegally can never become a citizen. Ever. Under any circumstance.

  11. Cluster December 19, 2022 / 5:15 pm

    Stacey Abrams claims voter suppression and despite zero evidence of it, the media obsesses over it.

    Kari Lake presents over 200 verifiable instances of voter suppression and possible fraud in court, and the media is silent.

    • Amazona December 20, 2022 / 10:24 am

      Look at all the evidence of fraud in the 2020 presidential election, yet the Agenda Media still blares the word ‘baseless’ every time there is mention of irregularities much less outright fraud. That’s why we need a media outlet that will call these fraudster “news” outlets for the lying colluding partisans they are.

    • Amazona December 20, 2022 / 10:29 am

      The mere fact that this is going to trial is a victory of sorts. It’s going to be harder to sweep these proofs under the rug, they way there were hidden and dismissed in 2020.

      If we get a handle on the government again one of the things I would like to see would be looking up those people who signed sworn affidavits about fraud, about hauling boxes of ballots across state lines, etc to find out what happened to them. They just disappeared. Were they threatened?

      Sidney Powell is a remarkably competent and skilled and ethical attorney, yet she has been silenced. How? (We know why.) She put her entire reputation on the line when she defended Trump, which I doubt was done without ample conviction that she held the winning hand, and then all of a sudden she simply disappeared.

      The House should investigate what these people experienced.

      • fieldingclaymore December 20, 2022 / 4:30 pm

        She’s probably working on this.

        US Dominion Inc v. Powell, U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia, No. 21-cv-00040.

  12. Cluster December 20, 2022 / 8:51 am

    This is interesting

    Turbulence has always been too complex to accurately analyse or even measure. Even after centuries of study, physicists have no general theoretical description of it – it’s been described as the last great outstanding problem of classical physics.

    Yet many of these same government funded scientists can accurately predict the “existential” threat of climate change


  13. Amazona December 20, 2022 / 10:38 am

    Speaking of distractions—-we seem to have been effectively distracted from examining the new omnibus bill it looks like Republican Senators are going to vote for.

    Buried in the extravagant spending elements of this bill is something I find rather sinister—–an Electoral Reform bill. What is this? What does it say? Why would it be necessary? And why do some think it would not even be constitutional?

    It is sponsored by Susan Collins which is enough to make your blood run cold. And why isn’t it a stand-alone bill? If it’s a good idea, let it be considered on its own, and not passed because of pressure to pass the spending bills.

    • Cluster December 20, 2022 / 10:49 am

      ALL bills should be stand alone. Omnibus bills and CR’s are another huge problem in this country and Congress does nothing about it.

    • fieldingclaymore December 20, 2022 / 4:27 pm

      This is a good thing no? You want Russia to lose right and return Ukrainian territory to Ukraine, right?

      • Cluster December 20, 2022 / 5:52 pm

        No. It’s not a good thing. I don’t give a fuck about Ukraine or Russia and nothing there benefits the United States. Russia and Ukraine have third rate armies and aside from Russias nukes, there is no reason why we should concern ourselves with a regional war on the other side of the world. Zero reason for it. Oh and Ukraine is not a democracy and Zelensky is grifting thug.

      • Amazona December 21, 2022 / 10:46 am

        Can’t you people simply discuss something without veering off into wild misstatements of what other people say so you can knock down the straw men you create? This is why you are so disdained. It’s the inherent dishonesty in everything you say.

    • fortyacresbeyond December 20, 2022 / 9:34 pm

      It wasn’t me, Cluster, but thanks for thinking of me. BTW how’s the Twitter account doing? With Elon Musk now in charge I would imagine your suspension was immediately lifted.

      Oh, and please let me know which Donald Trump NFT you purchased. Or maybe you are collecting them all!

      • Amazona December 21, 2022 / 10:47 am

        Is there supposed to be a reason for posting this, other than just being snotty?

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