Independence Day 2021

Today we celebrate the publishing of the Declaration of Independence proclaiming us no longer subject to Great Britain’s rule in 1776. This year it comes at a time when our nation is being shamed by those who supposedly represent us for not living up to our potential or being a racist, evil capitalist society. Some are offended by the mere sight of the American flag, the sound of the National Anthem or the words in the Pledge of Allegiance. What a crock! 

For those who wish to malign our nation and way of life, to say we are a systemically racist and oppressive society, I support your freedom to do so as protected by the First Amendment to the Constitution. But don’t expect me or anyone else to promote your lies and indignation while exercising the same guaranteed rights you are trying to deny to others. Your ability to say these things without legal repercussions is due to the very system YOU are trying to destroy.

Our nation is the shining beacon of freedom it is today because 245 years ago today, patriots from the original 13 colonies decided it was better to live dangerously free than under the relative safety of an oppressive government that no longer represented their interests. Our Bill of Rights, those inalienable Rights unique to the United States of America, have never been duplicated anywhere. Why is very simple. Free people with guaranteed and protected rights are difficult for the government to control. And that my friends, is the whole idea. 

Last week I had the occasion to spend some time in several small, rural towns. What struck me was the level of patriotic spirit being displayed in preparation for the Fourth of July. Not only was Old Glory proudly displayed on nearly every home, but also on every single utility pole along the main streets of the towns. Most of these towns will be celebrating with their own small parades and community get-togethers, proudly and respectfully. 

Patriotism is not dead or even declining. It is as strong as it ever was and getting stronger every day. The more we are told to be embarrassed by our patriotism and national pride, the more people are waking up to the words written by our Founding Fathers. 

Independence Day is for every American, even those who are too foolish to realize it. Be proud of our nation and don’t be afraid to show it. You are the majority, and you are among a nation of patriots. 

If you haven’t read the Declaration of Independence lately, today is a good time to do it. https://www.archives.gov/founding-docs/declaration-transcript

Libertatem diu vivere!

Bob

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Two Weeks to Flatten the Curve: One Year Anniversary

Today we celebrate one year of “Two Weeks to Flatten the Curve” in the United States. While it’s been a difficult year for most of us, we have all learned a lot from it. Unfortunately, a lot of what we’ve learned is about how dictatorial our government can be and how the basic human rights and freedoms we thought were protected by our Constitution were so easily whisked aside for a “health emergency”. Far too many people seem to have forgotten the Bill of Rights wasn’t written with an “except for… ” clause and applies in every situation, especially emergencies. 

With COVID we’ve learned that banning travel, requiring tests and mandatory quarantines from certain areas outside the country is racist and xenophobic. Banning travel, requiring tests and mandatory quarantines from certain states within the country is science. 

We’ve learned masks are not required. Then we learned masks are required. Now we’ve learned double masks are required. And even though you are required to wear a mask, the people requiring them are not going to provide you one, but will fine you, cite you and physically wrestle you to the ground, arrest you and throw you in jail if you don’t wear one.  

We’ve learned most anything will do for a mask, except those one-way value ones that actually offer you the best level of protection. Thin permeable cloth, scarves, your handkerchief, underwear, etc. are all acceptable as long as you cover your mouth and nose. We’ve also learned there’s no requirement to ever wear a fresh mask or treat the one you’ve been using out in public like it’s been exposed to anything contagious. 

We’ve learned our state governors are the sole, unquestionable authorities on all aspects of life. They can dictate whether you can leave your home and under what circumstances, or if you must remain locked inside. We’ve learned governors can determine who you can have in your private home and who you can’t.

We’ve learned governors can dictate which businesses are “essential” and which ones are “non-essential” and destined to go out of business forever. We’ve learned governors can dictate what products can be sold, what hours businesses can be open, how businesses operate and how much employees must be paid, all with the stroke of a pen. 

We’ve learned governors can dictate what conditions must be met in order for “non-essential” businesses to reopen, then move the goalposts on these conditions repeatedly to include more nebulous or “equitable” factors. The “science” and data behind these decisions do not have to be released as it “would confuse and potentially mislead the public if they were made public.”

We’ve learned governors can dictate which of your constitutionally protected rights are valid during a “health emergency” and which ones are suspended. Religion, free speech, peaceably assemble or petition the government for redress of grievances – are all subject to approval by the governor, as well as the ability to purchase or bear or use firearms. 

We’ve learned the very politicians who impose family contact, business and travel restrictions upon you, exempt themselves and their families. Also exempted are professional sports teams, the entertainment industry and celebrities, as long as they subscribe to the correct political ideology.

We’ve learned public and private events are complex and must be evaluated by their political ideology. 

Progressive, social justice “mostly peaceful” riots do not spread COVID-19. 
Standing by yourself, wearing a mask in a public place to protest the lockdown is a violation of the health codes that override your First Amendment rights.
Celebrating a left-wing election victory does not spread COVID-19.
Conservative rallies are super-spreader events. 

We’ve learned it is far too risky for public school teachers to go back into the classrooms, but hiring minimum wage, untenured “classroom monitors” to supervise children in schools while the teachers instruct remotely is safe. 

We’ve learned that questioning the government authorities on the causes or treatment of COVID is subject to censure in the medical community as well as being censored in the news and social media worlds. 

We’ve learned that our nation’s administration cannot explain why the COVID infection rates are so similar between lockdown and non-lockdown states. “… This is a little beyond our explanation.”

There are also some things we haven’t learned. 

We haven’t learned the true origin of the pandemic. After dissecting, analyzing and investigating COVID-19 for over a year, the truth is still hidden. Sure, it seems to have originated from a certain area of a certain province in a certain overseas country (which we can’t talk about because that would be xenophobic) but did it develop organically or in a lab? If we suggest it was in a lab, we are thought of as conspiracy theorists. 

The COVID vaccine is now available and being distributed around the country, subject to the ever-changing rules of the governors. Fortunately, first responders and health care workers are at the top of the list, but so are politicians and convicts, at least the convicts who weren’t released due to the risk of COVID. If you are not in one of the current priority groups being vaccinated, there are still multiple ways to get bumped up, as evidenced by the celebrities and favored industries being given priority jabs. 

While the current CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) guidelines do allow for more freedom for those who are fully inoculated, masks, social distancing and other restrictions remain in place for the foreseeable future.

What does our future look like post-COVID? 

Nobody is willing to commit to a timeline to return to a pre-COVID normal. In fact, most point to the “new normal” that will take its place. Depending on what day it is and who is talking, we may see universally less COVID restrictions in place by the end of 2021 or even 2022. 

We can also look forward to “COVID Passports” to prove you have been inoculated in order to travel, work or go into stores and public venues. It is already being suggested you will need an annual COVID vaccination to stay protected and current in your “COVID Passport”. Naturally, the government would never mandate a COVID vaccination, but they will allow private businesses to do so with their full endorsement. 

If you feel like you’ve been lied to in order to further political agendas, you’re not alone. Many in this country believe this is just another example of extremist politicians applying the rule of “You never want a serious crisis to go to waste”. Far too many people have died, had their businesses and lives destroyed and their rights stripped away unnecessarily for a never ending “crisis”.

We used to be responsible for our own lives, our own businesses and our families. We used to be able to make our own decisions about what is best for our own family’s health and safety. It is WAY past time we started exercising our rights as citizens and boot the dictators out of office. 

Bob

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Welcome To DCAZ (District of Columbia Autonomous Zone)

With the new administration transforming the United States Capitol into a fenced, barricaded and heavily armed military zone with its own rules and discriminatory access policies, it is high time to consider changing the Washington DC name to something more appropriate to the way the area is now being run. In the spirit of new militancy inspired by CHOP/CHAZ and the RHAZ (Red House Autonomous Zone), I am officially proposing the new name of DCAZ – the District of Columbia Autonomous Zone. And in a tip of the hat to the Cold War, the perimeter should be posted with historically correct “YOU ARE LEAVING THE AMERICAN SECTOR” signs to warn United States citizens of the censorship and denial of rights and personal liberties to expect if they dare venture inside. 

If you think about it, the DCAZ has a lot in common with CHOP/CHAZ & RHAZ. They all created armed and fortified barriers to keep out anyone who didn’t think like them and support their movement. They all have/had leaders that rule by executive mandate and edict instead of citizen and bipartisan consensus. They all operate/operated by rules and regulations that apply to them, and them only, and exempt themselves from laws of the “outside world”. They all highly censor/censored any information coming out of their zone. They all want/wanted to impose their way of thinking, and ONLY their way of thinking on everyone outside the zone. 

Of course, the full name Washington District of Columbia is problematic and not reflective of the new thinking since it was named after our first president and founding father, George Washington and explorer Christopher Columbus. Washington was a slave owner who committed many other future crimes and Columbus was a colonizer. Given the absolute need to erase all of the names and any history associated with them, DCAZ (acronyms are themselves now considered racist) should be known as the Democrat Controlled Autonomous Zone. 

Many have voiced concerns about proposals granting DC statehood and reversing the Residence Act of 1790 making it a federal district. Personally, I feel autonomous zone status is far more appropriate. Statehood would subject DC to rules, regulations and laws of common, non-privileged states. That would simply never be tolerated. DCAZ stands alone! 

Welcome to your new United States Capitol. 

Bob

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A Shot Across The Bow of the USS SCOTUS

In case you missed it, the incoming congress just fired another warning shot across the bow of the United States Supreme Court. This warning specifically targeted the most vulnerable member of the court, at least in the eyes of the hypocrite extremist left. Funneled through a less than unbiased newspaper as a ‘breaking news’ story, it is another blatant attempt to influence litigation before the Court. It also presents a compromise scheme for forcing political control of the Supreme Court to those who are a little squeamish about packing the Court. Either way, this highlights the importance of the Senate runoff elections in Georgia are for the future of an independent Judicial branch. 

This latest attempt to influence the court comes from a New York Times review of a book – by two New York Times staffers – that contains “new” allegations of sexual misconduct by Justice Kavanaugh while he was in college. The “new” allegations, introduced in the 11th paragraph of their story, involves a woman who declined to be interviewed by the Times reporters and has through friends indicated she did not recall the event. It’s important to know that this incident, the supposed witnesses and the woman’s denial of it occurring, were all known to the reporters in 2018, during Justice Kavanaugh’s hearings. The story resurfaced briefly in 2019 during the Democratic Presidential primaries but did not result in any action. Now, in 2020, it surfaces again as a “new” story. 

It’s not as if his Democratic party detractors haven’t done their level best to destroy Justice Kavanaugh’s reputation and life based on the unsubstantiated accusations leveled against him during his confirmation hearings. 

Of his coaching his daughter’s high school basketball team, a Time magazine reporter wrote: “Ford’s charge shattered Kavanaugh’s carefully crafted tableau, calling into doubt the image he projected. The row of young girls, legs bare in their private-school skirts, looked different now.” 

Of his teaching at Harvard, a letter from staff, students and alumni organized by friends and family of Congressional Democrats was sent that said: “We believe that Judge Kavanaugh’s appointment as an HLS lecturer sends a message to law students, and in particular female students, that powerful men are above the law, and that obstructive, inappropriate behavior will be rewarded.”

With this “new” allegation resurfacing yet again, members of the new administration’s transition team are calling for a congressional investigation into the matter. “If accurate, this would represent a big mistake on the part of the FBI. Without the truth, a cloud will hang over Kavanaugh’s head and an asterisk will accompany his decisions. The only way to repair the damage is for Congress to pick up where the FBI left off.” Note that Congressional investigation in this context of course means impeachment proceedings.

Having members of the Democratic party threaten the United States Supreme Court is nothing new. Remember the Senate Democrats who sent the “Heal Thyself” letter threating to pack the Court if it ruled incorrectly in the case of New York State Rifle & Pistol Association Inc. v. City of New York. That letter is widely credited with flipping Chief Justice John Roberts to the liberal wing in an attempt to save the structure of the Court. Of course, that threat has now been revived into an action plan should the Democrats retake the Senate. 

In this situation, there does not appear to be one case to be influenced but rather a series of cases now under consideration and likely to be taken up by the Supreme Court regarding the 2020 elections. The not-so-subtle implications are for Justice Kavanaugh to vote ‘correctly’ or face impeachment. But as anyone can see from the “Heal Thyself” letter, voting correctly won’t make this threat go away. 

There’s also another side of this “new” accusation and call for Congressional investigations. It represents an alternative plan to take over the Supreme Court. The well-advertised threat to pack the Court with liberal appointed justices to “reduce the influence of politics” has been unpopular with many non-extremists in the Democratic party. This plan, removing just one originalist Justice, one that has been demonized by the Party, and allowing a liberal appointee would cement a solid 5-4 liberal majority. 

If you’re wondering what the big deal is with the Senate runoff elections in Georgia, this is it. A Democrat win of both seats results in a 50-50 tie in the Senate which would be broken by the (possible) new Vice-President who is the most extremist left politician to ever be elected. This is a grandstanding, elitist politician who has already stated her position on Justice Kavanaugh as being “He must be impeached.”

What else is at stake? Only the ability to have free and fair elections, the Electoral College, the future of the First, Second, Fourth and Fifth Amendment and the independence of the Judiciary branch. 

Simply look at what campaign promises have been made and ask yourself what will happen if the final check and balance of power, the Constitution and Bill of Rights, were no longer a hinderance? What if every law that brazenly infringes on your Constitutionally protected natural rights was deemed fully Constitutional in the name of the new socialist agenda by a Court more interested in social reengineering than Constitutional rights? 

If you have a few bucks to spare, sending it down to support the Republican candidates in Georgia might be in all of our best interests. 

Bob

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My Home, My Heath, My Choice – Interrogating Our Children At School

Last week Vermont’s RINO Governor announced changes to the program that monitors the symptoms of students and teachers in the state’s schools. Following the Thanksgiving break, students will be grilled on if they had Thanksgiving with anyone OTHER THAN their immediate family. Anyone who has will not be admitted for in-person education and must quarantine for two weeks, or one week followed by a negative COVID test. While this sounds like a simple addition to the state’s daily symptom check, it represents another HUGE intrusion into the personal lives of the state’s residents. If we allow this, what will be next the question asked in the name of health? 

Vermont’s daily online Wellness Check Survey, plus a temperature check at the school, is required to be admitted to all schools in the state. Anyone whose symptoms match what the state considers a COVID symptom is given a big red X on their computer screen and will not be allowed to attend that day. A green check mark means you are cleared for the day, pending having your temperature taken and any follow up questions at the school. 

So why does this bother me so much?  Because I wouldn’t appreciate any school questioning my child about what goes on in our home. For the record, I no longer have any children in school in Vermont, but that doesn’t mean I no longer care OR that parents in the state should allow their children to be subjected to this line of questioning. 

Simple questions like “Did you see your grandparents for Thanksgiving” or “Did you go anywhere for Thanksgiving” can lead to a kid being evicted from in-person school for two weeks. This comes as the state says they recognize how vital in-person classes are to educational and emotional development.

Of course, you could tell your child not to answer this question, but do you really think the health screener and principal are going to allow that? No, of course not. They’re going to berate the kid until they get an answer or just kick them out based on their refusal. Do you really think Fifth Amendment protections apply to your children in school? Alternatively, you could tell your child to lie. What a great life lesson that would be for your child to not tell the truth to teachers, principals and health professionals. 

Oh I know, this is only for the pandemic. It’s a public health emergency. But what else has been declared a public health emergency? Alcohol, drugs and of course gun violence have all been given this label. It’s not a stretch at all to believe other questions aren’t going to be included in the “health screening” as kids come into school. 

Do your parents drink adult beverages?  
Have you ever seen any drugs in your house? 
Do your mommy and daddy have guns? 

COVID-19 has given socialist / dictator inclined governors and mayors a once in a lifetime opportunity to intrude into and control our daily lives, all in the name of protecting public health. They have clearly shown your natural, constitutionally protected rights are of no concern to them. 

Among the ridiculous rules we’ve been given this Thanksgiving, we’ve been told who can come into our own homes, if any at all. That we have to eat outside, on single use disposable dishes. That we can’t allow anyone to serve themselves. We can only allow people to use our restroom if we disinfect it often. That we must social distance outside and wear masks except to briefly eat and drink. That we cannot sing or play music. That we can only gather for two hours. That we must report our friends and neighbors if we see them gathering with family and friends.

Across the country, businesses deemed “non-essential” have been closed while big box retailers have been allowed to remain open. With their competition eliminated, “essential” businesses have reaped record profits while their “non-essential” counterparts have been forced out of business, many forever. Families have been thrown into poverty and lives lost. 

Meanwhile, our elected officials scheme and debate over how much social change COMPLETELY UNRELATED to COVID and helping people survive they can cram into relief programs designed to keep you dependent on government handouts forever. 

And just how well have the government restrictions worked so far? Apparently, they’ve done nothing because we’re told our COVID infection rates are now higher than when we started the original “Two Weeks To Flatten The Curve” over six months ago. 

We were told masks and social distancing was the only way to stop the spread. We were told that closing businesses and staying home was the only way to stop the spread. We were told political rallies infected thousands and killed hundreds UNLESS it was a “mostly peaceful” riot or celebration for the right candidate, and then there was no spread. We were told testing is the only way to stop the spread, then told you can’t really rely on tests to say you don’t have COVID. 

As if teachers calling the police based on what is inside children’s rooms during Zoom classroom sessions, and barring parents from observing online classes wasn’t enough, we will now have health professionals, teachers and principals grilling our children about who they spent their holidays with and punishing them for their parents making decisions the government doesn’t like. 

Maybe the government doesn’t actually know what is best for everyone’s health and welfare. Maybe the people know what their own risk factors are and how to best provide and care for their own family. Maybe the government should stop trying to control every aspect of the people’s lives inside and outside their homes. 

And maybe the government should just provide an education to our children and not use them as a means to intrude on people’s Constitutionally protected rights inside their homes. 

Bob

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COVID-19, The Untouchables

The COVID-19 pandemic has brought out the inner dictator in many of our nation’s lawmakers, the most draconian rules coming from the far-left extremists. But while they are imposing highly restrictive rules on their constituents, they exempt themselves, their families, friends and associates from them. While you risk getting arrested for opening your business, non-essential travel or being in public without a mask, they are living their lives by different rules. Do they know something about COVID we don’t or are they just willing to take away your natural rights while giving up nothing themselves? Here are some examples of our duly elected representatives, otherwise known as The Untouchables. 

California’s Governor has never been considered a ‘man of the people’. He reinforced this recently by attending a birthday dinner for a lobbyist/friend at one of California’s most posh restaurants where meals start at $350/person. The dozen attendees were from multiple households – including executives from the California Medical Association – at a single table with no social distancing and no masks. While the Governor’s office claimed all state health code rules for COVID-19 were followed and the table was outside, photos of the event prove otherwise. The open-on-one-side room does not meet the California definition of “outdoors”. But even that stretch of the truth was eliminated when the glass door was closed because the Governor’s party was so loud they were disturbing the other restaurant patrons. 

Not to be outdone, members of California, Texas and Washington legislatures recently attended an annual private political conference at the Fairmont Kea Lani in Maui, Hawaii for five days of policy discussions and schmoozing with the corporate sponsors. Morning meetings were followed by free time to enjoy the islands with their families who were also guests at the event. 

California’s senior United States Representative and Speaker of the House was infamously caught getting her hair done in San Francisco when businesses of this type had been ordered closed. She of course called this a “set-up” and blamed the business owner who was forced to close her business because of the mob backlash. And who can forget her “let them eat ice cream” interview showing off how she is coping with the lockdown by enjoying ultra-premium ice cream from her twin Sub-Zero refrigerators with her grandchildren, from New York, during a travel ban. 

Speaking of haircuts, Chicago’s mayor defended herself getting her hair done while ordering residents of the city to stay in their homes by saying “I’m the public face of this city”, “I’m on national media,” and “I’m out in the public eye.” 

Other notables from around the country include DC’s Mayor exempting herself and her staff to attend a Biden celebration out of the district despite her orders on travel restrictions. New York’s Mayor going for walks in the parks away from his residence despite restricting New York City residents from doing the same. New Mexico’s Governor being able to shop and get her hair done despite ordering these non-essential businesses closed. 

The list goes on and on and on. The common thread is those who make the rules feel they are not bound by them. They exempt themselves, their families, friends and political allies. How many of our elected representatives and other government officials have shared in the pain of losing their businesses, being laid off, losing all their benefits and being forced into poverty?

If you want to take a look at what a socialist regime looks like, look no further. This type of disparity and behavior is normal. The elite ruling class lead a life of privilege unincumbered the oppressive regulations they impose on the people.

Yes, COVID-19 is a deadly pandemic, but it has proven far less deadly than we have been led to believe. What may have started as good faith efforts to contain the spread has been perverted into a system designed to implement full government control over every aspect of our business and personal lives. 

In the name of “public health”, we have been forced to giving up our right to free speech, to peacefully assemble, to practice our religion and to petition our government for redress of grievances. Yes, our basic First Amendment protected natural rights. 

How many people have been arrested – some with inexcusable uses of force and fined exorbitant fees, for simply being out of their homes, not wearing a mask, opening their businesses or peacefully protesting their government? At the same time others are allowed to riot, assault, burn, loot, destroy with impunity because their cause is deemed worthy by local authorities. 

The Constitution and Bill of Rights does NOT say, ‘unless there’s a pandemic’. Our rights do NOT get to be suspended for “two weeks to flatten the curve” or a year or two until everyone can prove they are vaccinated. It does NOT protect these rights for people with an approved ideology while denying them to those who disagree.  It does NOT say these rights are protected for those who are in powerful government positions but not for the people they govern. 

Do you really think they will stop at eliminating your First Amendment protected rights? 

Bob

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Two MORE Weeks To Flatten The Curve

Today marks day 255 since the original “Two Weeks To Flatten The Curve”. This week my home state of New Mexico returned to restrictive lockdowns and stay-at-home orders. The same draconian quarantine restrictions from the beginning of the COVID pandemic have been reimposed just in time for Thanksgiving. Non-essential businesses have been ordered to close, no indoor or outdoor dining and of course, masks are mandatory, and you must remain home with limited exceptions. New Mexico’s order is for two weeks, at which time the state will enter a new county-by-county color coded restriction system. Of course, since the beginning of COVID, there are winners and losers to this game. Guess which category you fall into? 

Here are just a few highlights from around the country:

– Mask mandated in public and in your own home with limited exceptions, violators will be fined 
– Stay at home except for essential trips such as for food, water and emergency medical care
– Curfews from 10 pm to 5 am
– Closure of all non-essential businesses
– Businesses allowed to remain open must close between 10 pm and 5 am
– No in-home gatherings larger than six people from more than two households
– No in-person classes for high schools and colleges 
– No organized sports EXCEPT professional sports 
– Restricted religious services without singing, chanting or playing instruments. 
– And… be sure to report your neighbors for violating the rules this holiday season! 

Not to be outdone by anyone, California issued rules for Thanksgiving celebrations in your home. These include no more than two different households, held outside, social distancing and masks are required except briefly to eat and drink, food to be served individually on single use disposable dishes, bathroom breaks may be taken as long as the bathroom is disinfected regularly, and the entire event may last no more than two hours. The host must record the names and contact information of all attendees for contact tracing. 

Various health organizations have added an emotional note to their Thanksgiving guidance by saying if you care for your elderly loved ones and want them to be around in 2021, you must celebrate Thanksgiving alone. To top it off, the self-proclaimed President Elect has applauded governors who have issued mask mandates and lockdowns, calling them patriotic. 

We’ve also been told that negative COVID tests actually mean nothing. Since you may have JUST been infected before you get the test, travel plans for Thanksgiving, should include a 14-day strict quarantine, a COVID test, a properly socially distanced event, then another a 14-day strict quarantine after travel and another COVID test, to be safe. Because… science.

If you were to drive across the country you would find a dizzying array of wildly different health codes, home quarantine restrictions, testing requirements, mask mandates and even travel restrictions state-to-state, county-to-county and city-to-city. All for the same COVID and all because… science. 

But then, there are the exceptions for certain businesses such as airlines. Many have been filling their middle seats (the ones they held open for social distancing at the beginning of COVID) claiming their standard air filtration systems make them safe. This even though they have dramatically cut back on the amount of disinfecting done to the airplanes. I suspect this may have something to do with the expiration of government funding covering their payroll and operating costs in September. Because… science.

BLM/Antifa “mostly peaceful” riots have always been exempt and to date, not a single case of COVID has been associated with any BLM/Antifa riot. On the other hand, according to a Stanford study (so you know it’s accurate), 18 rallies for President Trump were responsible for over 30,000 COVID cases and 700 deaths. Bear in mind this non peer-reviewed research was done ONLY by comparing counties that had rallies vs. ones that didn’t, not by actual contact tracing data available in all 50 states. It should be noted the same researcher would not be conducting a similar study of Biden post-election rallies since he said most of the people appeared to be wearing masks and they were more spontaneous in nature. Because… science. 

But don’t fear, your elected representatives are right there with you suffering through the unemployment, economic losses and restrictions of liberty.  Oh wait… they aren’t. Read about that in the next article; COVID-19, The Untouchables. 

Who are the winners and losers? As it has been since the beginning of the pandemic, the winners have been the big box and big chain retailers who have been selected as essential and granted a monopoly by being allowed to remain open. These companies have once again posted record quarterly profits. The losers have been the small, privately own businesses forced to close, many forever, and the employees put out of work, broke, locked in their homes – if they are lucky to still have them – with no options for their very survival. 

If this all seems arbitrary and pointless to you, you’re right. First we were told the only way to stop the spread was to wear masks and social distance. Now we’re told everything must be closed because masks and social distancing aren’t effective and COVID tests mean nothing. I have yet to see the science of closing businesses and implementing curfews from 10 pm to 5 am. Does COVID become bigger, more aggressive and infectious after dark? 

The answer is no. The so-called “science” is to socially condition people to accept more and more government control over the way we do business, the way we interact with others, the way we live our lives and the way we think, even inside the privacy of our own homes. 

Do you really think it will stop here? 

Bob

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A Republic, If You Can Keep It

This often-debated quote is attributed to Benjamin Franklin following the creation of the United States Constitution in 1787.  Franklin’s message underscored this form of government would be difficult to maintain. Greed and the lust for power in the hearts of some would seek to alter our nation to suit their own needs vs. the needs of the nation. This is the underlying struggle behind the rhetoric and noise of our current elections. Do we abandon the very foundation of our nation or do we fight for the structure and the natural rights protected by our Constitution and Bill of Rights? 

The most complete version of Franklin’s quote indicates the person asking the question was Mrs. Elizabeth Willing Powel, a prominent society figure and the wife of Philadelphia Mayor Samuel Powel, and goes as such:

Powel: Well, Doctor, what have we got?
Franklin: A republic, Madam, if you can keep it.
Powel: And why not keep it?
Franklin: Because the people, on tasting the dish, are always disposed to eat more of it than does them good.

It is important to remember where our new country was at this point. Having just freed itself from the oppressive rule of England, the Founding Fathers were insistent on establishing a government which would not devolve into the same monarchy they had just freed themselves of. They were also highly concerned about “the tyranny of the majority” in a democracy. 

In a democracy, the majority rules on every issue and there are no protections for the minority opinion. If 51% of the population decides there is no right to free speech, then there is no right to free speech, period. 

This is why the Founders chose to create our country as a republic. In a republic, a constitution protects inalienable rights that cannot be taken away by the government, even if a majority of the population votes for it. So even if 99% of the population votes there is no right to free speech, then the law is unconstitutional and invalid.

It would sound like a done deal then, right? It can’t happen here because of our natural rights are protected by the Constitution. But that’s not what is happening. Our Constitutionally protected rights are being eroded at an alarming rate and the process is relatively easy.  

Lawmakers who enjoy a ‘flexible’ interpretation of their oath of office appoint like-minded judges on the bench to validate the laws they enact. If a new law is challenged, it can be upheld as “Constitutional” by judges who are willing to ignore the original text of the Constitution, Supreme Court precedents and the rule of law to create new precedents. Each new precedent builds on the last until you have a set of laws that has NO resemblance to anything Constitutional. 

The protection for our rights is supposed to be in the checks and balances provided by the three branches of government. But when the courts are subverted by political appointees who are willing to legislate from the bench and utilize highly creative interpretations of the Constitution to advance a radical ideology, our individual rights easily, and legally disappear. 

Maintaining the balance of power and independence of the Judiciary is one of the reasons the elections are so contentious this year. One political party is vowing to expand the United States Supreme Court with liberal appointees deemed ideologically compatible in order to “reduce the influence of politics”. Put another way, they want the high court to validate whatever law they put forward and a conservative, originalist / constitutionalist majority court would most certainly prevent that. 

How do they get around this? Easily, just by having politicians (who see the Constitution as a systemically racist construct that is standing in the way of implementing socialistic changes) controlling both Houses of Congress and the White House.  It allows them to eliminate the Senate filibuster, stack the Supreme Court, eliminate the Electoral College and add additional left leaning states to ensure a long-term, unbreakable liberal majority. 

Oh, I know… I’m just a right-wing conspiracy nut who’s trying to invoke fear among conservatives and maintain a white supremist dominated country. EXCEPT, all these plans have originated FROM left-wing zealot politicians already in office, both as threats against the judiciary branch and promises to their constituents. 

It is unfortunate that so many in our country have bought into the belief that our nation was so fundamentally flawed from the beginning it must be torn down and rebuilt in a new, reimagined way. What they seem to forget is their natural rights of freedom of speech, the right to peacefully assemble and the ability to petition the Government for a redress of grievances, the very rights they are exercising to demand the complete restructuring of our country, are the rights protected by what they want to get rid of. 

Whether history’s recording of Benjamin Franklin comments is accurate or not, the call to action it evokes is important to us all. Do we allow the underling principles of our country to be swept away in a wave of lies and political correctness or do we continue to build on that foundation in a way that protects our rights now and into the future? 

Bob

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Veterans Day 2020

Today we honor all those who have served in our nation’s armed forces. Our very existence as a nation and our continued freedom depends on their never-ending commitment. Despite whatever politics and disagreements divide us internally, the men and women of our armed services have always been there to protect our nation. In an era where the mere sight our nation’s flag is considered offensive to some, we must still recognize that all of our natural rights were secured by those who served. Today is their day and our nation’s duty to recognize them. 

Our nation’s military has a long and proud history starting with the very formation of our country. For over 245 years, it has fought for the rights and liberties of our citizens around the world. The men and women of our armed services answered the call of their nation and put their very lives on the line. It is because of them that we have the freedom, safety, security and the rights so many take for granted.

But that freedom comes at a cost. Our military has fought in places and in conditions most of us would turn our heads away from in disgust. They have fought enemies with no regard for the value of life or common human dignity. They have fought against forces whose only desire is to take our lives because of what we as a nation believe in. Our veterans have laid down their bodies and their souls for our nation, for the values we hold dear, and for us. They have done all of this without question and with pride, dignity and honor.

As is common in modern times, our youth and even some of the adults idolize the stars of the music and film industries as well as professional sports players. While a few are in fact good role models for our children, more are rich, entitled brats who have precious little in common with the people who are responsible for their enormous wealth and fame.

I submit to you a better option; the men and women who have made the choice to do service for their country. They do not serve for the glory, the fame and certainly not for the great salary military service provides. From the mechanic who works on the planes to the pilot who flies them into battle. From the cook who keeps the troops fed on the line to the brilliant strategist who comes up with the plan to defeat our enemy. From the clerk who keeps the supplies coming in at the right time to the Special Forces operator who surgically strikes a terrorist stronghold and frees innocent captives. Each one of them is a hero and role model in their own right. They do these jobs not for themselves; they do it for their nation. What prouder tradition and sense of values could we ever want to instill in our families. 

The veterans of our armed services are the heroes who walk among us every day. Many of our friends and neighbors have served their country with quiet, distinguished pride.

Both of my parents served in United States Air Force. While I did not have the honor to serve myself, the discipline and the values they instilled in me based on their service and dedication shaped my life forever.

On November 11, 1919, President Woodrow Wilson issued a message to all Americans on the first anniversary of the armistice ending the hostilities on the Western front of World War I. He thanked the nation and those who served during the war and marked the beginning of Armistice Day. It wasn’t until 1954 that the word “Armistice” was replaced by “Veterans” so as to honor all service veterans.

While we set aside this one day to honor these men and women, the privilege of knowing them and being grateful for their service goes on year-round. To those of you who have answered their nation’s call to defend our country and liberty, we thank you for your service.

Bob

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Election Theater Act 3, The Elections

As expected, the 2020 General Elections have devolved into political chaos, accusations of widespread voter fraud, riots and armies of lawyers descending into battleground states, and it’s just getting started. While counts are still in progress, winners and losers have been declared and lawsuits are now in play. As expected, this election is heading to the courts. Our country’s election system that in 2016 was decried as being hacked and influenced by the Russians is now acclaimed as being the most secure ever, despite the abundant evidence of widespread ‘irregularities’. Whomever is eventually certified as the winner, the one clear loser in this election is the American people. The will of the people has been replaced by the whim of the political party. It is truly election theater and we only have the illusion of being a participant in it. 

The allegations are numerous: 

– Over 100,000 ballots for one candidate, and none for the other, showing up in the middle of the night. 
– A tabulating software ‘glitch’ switching thousands of votes from one party to the other.
– Ballots being marked as received on time, after the polls have closed. 
– Ballots found in the trash, dumpsters and trunks of cars. 
– Ballots being completed in the counting centers.
– Observers not given access to the counting centers and being evicted. 
– Counting centers blocking their windows to observers. 
– Votes from the dead, some dead for decades, being counted as valid. 
– Votes cast exceeding the number of registered voters in given areas. 

There is more, much much more, but that doesn’t seem to matter. Are any of allegations true? It depends on who you ask. We’re told that our elections with the mass of COVID-19 inspired, non-requested vote-by-mail ballots is the securest ever. It’s now in the hands of the lawyers and courts to sort out. 

It’s also interesting to note the Electoral College, previously called an obsolete relic of the past following the elections in 2016, is now hailed as the ‘law of the land’ who’s result must be respected. Even the losing 2016 Presidential candidate who has called for the abolition of the Electoral College is now proud to join her ex-President husband as a New York State Elector. It’s amazing how a little time and circumstance changes perspectives. 

If only there were a way to ensure only valid voters could vote only once in an election. Certainly, demanding voter ID and a validation system at the polling place would do that, but then, free photo ID easily available to every U.S. citizen in every part of the country would be discriminatory to someone, like ineligible voters. 

If nothing else the 2020 elections will go down as the most questionable and least trusted in our nation’s history. And we the people of the United States are the ones who have just lost. 

Bob

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