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American Fail: Why l’m Shell-Shocked and Fearful for My Country

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All great nations rot and weaken and eventually crumble—typically from within. America’s slide seems like mud slipping into a sinkhole. I’m no historian, but has any nation soared as high and crashed as hard as our 244-year-old American republic?

For the first time in my life, I fear for my country. What happened?

Things really went south in 2016. We elected a polarizing president whose worst fault and best strength was that he was an outsider. Initially, the media and opposing party laughed at him. I laughed at him. Then in the space of a few hours on election night, the laughter ceased and the shock set in as tears flowed on one side.

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The clown became Hitler

We’ve seen gridlock and nasty politics, but does anything compare to the vitriol of four years of Russian Collusion, Ukraine impeachment, and finally, COVID weaponization? Are there any limits to the lengths one side has gone to rid the country of the clown king? It’s an American Fail.

And now half of us are still troubled by a troubling election. Somehow, some way, a guy who barely became his party’s nominee secured 12 million more votes than his party’s last superstar. Really? As far I can tell, Joe Biden’s best quality throughout his many years in politics is his gift of gab. If his gift is no longer golden, what’s left to offer voters other than his not being Trump?

This guy raked in a record 81,000,000 votes?

Of course, one could argue that Biden’s votes were simply votes against the other guy. It’s not that he’s a dynamic leader; it’s that he’s not Trump. I tell myself that repeatedly when trying to process Biden’s purported election victory, but it just doesn’t square for me. Neither does his party’s For the People Act of 2021, which will all but ensure suspect elections every four years.

Of course, the triumvirate of one party, their media, and big tech censor nannies assures us that all is well in election land. The 2020 version has been certified 100% clean and pure. Nothing to see here, plebeians—move along. Meanwhile I and half the electorate—some 74 million schlubs— are left scratching our heads suspiciously while becoming more and more cynical about the news we see and hear and, sadly, the country we love. American Fail.

It feels like the six years I served in our military was for nothing. It seems ages ago that right was right and wrong was wrong—for both political parties and a culture that knew the difference. Ronald Reagan and Tip O’Neill , Bill Clinton and Newt Gingrich—what happened to bipartisanship? It was DOA by 2018, maybe before.

Perhaps the death of compromise and the ramping up of rancor began when our media chose to chuck their ethics and tar and feather a president. American Fail.

By hook or crook

My trust in media is dead. They killed it. Their self-inflicted coup de grâce fell swiftly with a fatal triad of Trump-hysteria, the pandemic, and an iffy election. I know of what I speak. I’m a journalism graduate—got a master’s degree in it.

Everything I learned in J-school no longer applies in the real world of journalism. News IS fake. Consider the latest fake news creation and too-late correction by The Washington Post. Turns out that Trump’s pressuring Georgia’s chief elections investigator to “find the steal” never happened. Think that brouhaha might’ve affected the Senate runoff races? For many reasons, I’m glad I became an advertising copywriter rather than a partisan journalist. There’s more truth and honor in selling someone what they want rather than what YOU think they need.

The ubiquitous “What you need to know” spills their beans. The Washington Post tagline, Democracy Dies in Darkness, makes them look silly and sick with irony.

They think we’re fools. Telling us what they think we need to know is baby-steps propaganda. Telling us what we need to know about the election has become a media mantra. “No evidence of widespread voter fraud” is wordplay and full-on gaslighting. It’s also a straw man argument no one’s making.

They use “widespread” like we copywriters use “virtually” when pushing a product claim AND covering our clients’ butts. The Geronimo’s gerbil-driven drivetrain is virtually maintenance-free.

Here’s the catch: No evidence of widespread voter fraud doesn’t mean there’s no evidence of voter fraud. Widespread? No. Strategic swing-state fraud? Likely.

Voter fraud has happened in every single American election. Don’t buy it? Take a gander at this state-by-state list of convictions from The Heritage Foundation. Before you do, here’s a one-word and massive difference between the 2020 election and all the others—pandemic. The moment blue-state governors and their party began talking COVID and the election is the moment I began to fear for its integrity and our American Fail.

I still hope

Ask yourself this question as you follow the For the People Act of 2021 in the Senate: Isn’t America worth any and all our efforts to help ensure we’ll care about future elections and preserving our greatest freedom—our vote? The party in power thinks so, but for seemingly selfish and corrupt reasons, which is why they’re pushing this piece of legislation. I think so. It’s why I still hope.

2024 will be here before we know it and chances are there will be no virus, no pandemic, and no opportunity to prevent us from going to the polls. If both parties are serious about election integrity, let’s urge our leaders to take steps to ensure it.

We desperately need voter ID requirements, rules and procedures debated and passed in state legislatures, more stringency regarding mail-in and absentee ballots, and as much in-person voting as is possible. I’m all for states’ rights, but the winner of a presidential election becomes president of our United States. It’s a federal—not a state—office.

We owe it to ourselves and to future Americans to reestablish trust in our elections. If we cannot push our leaders to value principle and patriotism over power, we may as well give up our republic. Ben Franklin wondered if we could keep it. It was a fair question then and is even more so now.

We’re at a crossroads. Fail or fight—it’s our country and our choice.

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Patrick grew up in Texas and graduated from the University of North Texas with a master’s degree in journalism and advertising. His undergraduate degree is in English and photography. He served six years in the U.S. Navy where his life was changed forever by the Lord Jesus Christ. He lives in the Sierra Nevada of Northern California with his wife, dog and two cats. He enjoys hiking and cycling, taking pictures, writing and blogging at https://luscri.com/



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‘Progressives’ are Wannabe Totalitarians

The Left repeatedly asserts itself in highly un-American ways, acting much like the East German Stasi

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The Left’s attempt to cancel the views by anyone deemed to be a Republican or conservative has been picking up steam since November.

Randall Lane, the chief content officer of Forbes Media and editor of Forbes, which most people don’t realize was sold by the Forbes Family years ago, recently called for destroying the careers of anyone who work for Trump, particularly his press secretaries including Sean Spicer, Sarah Huckabee Sanders, and Kayleigh McEnany.

“Let it be known to the business world: Hire any of Trump’s fellow fabulists above, and Forbes will assume that everything your company or firm talks about is a lie,” Lane wrote, brazenly and gleefully.

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“We’re going to scrutinize, double-check, investigate with the same skepticism we’d approach a Trump tweet. Want to ensure the world’s biggest business media brand approaches you as a potential funnel of disinformation? Then hire away.”

Can you imagine the temerity of a major business magazine, once considered “a capitalist tool,” seeking to diminish the livelihood, reputation, and indeed quality of life of those who served in the administration of our 45th president?

Squelching the Right

For having the ‘gall’ and legal right to challenge the election of Joe Biden on the senate floor, on behalf of major concerns of his constituents, Senator Josh Hawley’s book with Simon & Schuster was canceled.

The book had been slated for publication this spring. Simon & Schuster announced: “After witnessing the disturbing, deadly insurrection that took place on Wednesday in Washington, D.C., Simon & Schuster has decided to cancel publication of Senator Josh Hawley’s forthcoming Book, the Tyranny of Big Tech.”

“We did not come to this decision lightly. As a publisher it will always be our mission to amplify a variety of voices and viewpoints: At the same time we take seriously our larger public responsibility as citizens, and cannot support Senator Hawley after his role in what became a dangerous threat to our democracy and freedom.”

Senator Hawley responded, “Simon & Schuster is canceling my contract because I was representing my constituents, leading a debate on the Senate floor on voter integrity, which they have now decided to redefine as sedition.” He then said, “See you in court.”

Ostracism Beyond the Pale

If only the blatant social, civic, and financial attempts at ostracism we’re confined to American publishers. Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, who is likely the least intelligent person ever elected twice to the U.S Congress, has called for the re-education, reprogramming, or indoctrination of anyone who voted for Trump. She is joined by legions of others calling for the same.

Thus, 75 to 80 million people, in her view, require a type of intervention for the high crime of having voted Republican. Log on to any alternative news site today – not the mainstream press – including Politicrossing, Rantingly, The Liberty Daily, Whatfinger News, Red State, etc., and every other day you will see articles of those on the left calling for drastic measures to silence those on the right.

Senator Joe Manchin of West Virginia, supposedly a moderate, openly called for removing both Senators Josh Hawley and Ted Cruz Manchin via the 14th Amendment, over their objections to Electoral College votes. Where was Sen. Manchin in November, 2017 when Nancy Pelosi did exactly the same thing?

Ideological Litmus Tests

On the heels of the Left’s attempt to squelch the freedom of speech and livelihood of those on the Right came, perhaps, the most egregious development thus far. National Guard troops assembled in Washington, D.C. to insure domestic tranquility during the transfer of power on January 20th were subsequently looked upon by the Left in a new light.

The Left now wants to know who voted for Trump, versus who voted for Biden, and send the Trump voters to far posts, away from Biden.

This ideological litmus test is much more than the start of a slippery slope, it virtually guarantees that the nation will be fractured, and in record time.

Suppose that hereafter, within the professions, you must declare whether or not you voted for Trump. No more buying real estate using a broker who leans right. Don’t even consider getting insurance from an agent who voted for Trump. What about your doctor? Can he or she be trusted if a GOP member? Do you want to retain an attorney who voted for Republicans?

Major voices on the Left actually prefer this path. NBA basketball players have complained to the press that they don’t want to play for a team whose owner is a Republican.

Reason Takes a Holiday

Where will all this lead? Perhaps, more reasoned voices will prevail, and point out the absurdity of asking people for their “official papers,” much like was done throughout Europe in the lead up to and during World War II.

However, at the rate that the Left is already asserting itself in highly un-American ways, acting like the East German Stasi, and usurping the U.S. Constitution, there’s no reason to hold out hope.

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Do you play chess? If so, then you know that when your opponent moves harmless pawns into positions that block your defenses, soon you will lose to a devastating blow that you didn’t see coming.
Democrats know this and they are counting on your inaction. They will use words that seem caring and harmless while they take actions that will soon leave you defenseless.

They say that adding Supreme Court Justices will update an obsolete system and make it more “fair.” They tell you that the District of Columbia and the territory of Puerto Rico deserve to be represented in Congress. (By the way, they already are.) They tell you that our nation was founded by “slave owners” and “white supremacists.” Note that slavery of whites and blacks was common all over the world in those days. None were pure in this regard. They accuse our country of being systemically flawed and predisposed to discrimination and oppression. 

America is the best place on Earth for a person of color today. No country has ever been as accommodating, accepting and empowering of multiple races, genders, lifestyles and abilities as America is today. Nowhere is there a better place to be alive today if you have a unique difference that might limit you. 

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In order to make you agreeable to the idea of uninhibited immigration they focus on compassion for the problems of the invaders, not outrage over the violation of our borders, nor the burdens placed on our system. Why would they want unrestricted immigration? Because more dependents equals more demand for government solutions, ergo, more government control over daily life in America. Socialism and Communism require a permanent underclass of needy people. When the populace becomes self-sufficient they don’t need government so much. That is also why small businesses are shut down so thoroughly. If you have your own business then you become more independent and that won’t do for government to control you. 

Why Shut People Down?

Why shut down the entire economy and much of the world over a disease (Covid 19) that is not as threatening as many others? Because fear is the goal! We’ve been terrified by AIDS, Ebola, SARS, MERS, and in the past Tuberculosis, Polio and others. Rightly, we should be concerned. But terrified and hiding in our homes? No. The benefit to the Left of a shutdown and panic is evident. The more afraid we are, the more compliant we are. The more compliant we are, the more controllable we become. They can implement new laws and restrictions while we are afraid and then, when the threat is lessened, they only loosen a few of the restrictions.

Think about how air travel has become like entering a prison system with permanent pat downs and approvals needed. This is the same principle used in nature by a boa constrictor. It wraps itself around its prey and then tightens the grip. When the prey takes a breath the snake increases the grip, this reduces the prey’s ability to breathe bit by bit until it suffocates. It’s not the bone crushing but the suffocation that causes the death. 

Raise Taxes!

Why would increased taxes on corporations and employers be such a bad idea? Because the people who run businesses are the only source of non-government jobs. When companies have to pay more, they have to charge more for their products and they give fewer raises to their employees. When the government runs low on money due to taxing businesses into submission, they print more money without reserves to back the currency. In other words, they create “play money”, paper that has little or no value. Once they do this repeatedly then inflation sets in and all prices increase, for all people at all income levels.

What effect did the shut down of the Keystone Pipeline have on the average citizen? It raised their gasoline prices overnight. That is inflation and it didn’t just make your gas cost more. It made everyone’s gas cost more. When the trucks that deliver your groceries, clothing, supplies, etc. have to pay more for gas, they charge more for their products. That is a tax increase that you didn’t agree to nor get to vote on. 

What about “green technology”?

Aren’t electric cars and other such innovations going to lessen our need for fossil fuels and eliminate them altogether at some point? No. Fossil fuel, especially natural gas, is abundantly available and not harmful to the environment when used responsibly. Modern cars are amazingly efficient in this respect and America is the least polluting among all major countries on Earth. But the unrecognized fact is that electric cars require an immense amount of fossil fuel in order to be created. Petroleum products make life on Earth healthier and safer than any other single energy source. For proof of this, read Dr. Alex Epstein’s excellent book The Moral Case For Fossil Fuels. Of course we should be responsible and clean and considerate in our choice of and use of energy, but abandoning the best fuel source on Earth because news sources tell us we’re all going to die soon is not the way. PS: for generations now the Left has told us we were in imminent danger of extinction, but somehow it hasn’t materialized. Global Warming was preceded by Global Cooling, world overpopulation, rising sea levels and many other unsolvable threats that would make us want more government agencies. Now they just call it “Climate Change” and they don’t have to worry about whether it is warm or cool. 

More jobs!

What the Democrats are saying is “More Government” jobs. It’s just that the word “government” is silent, at first. A trillion dollars of your money spent on creating more government agencies and contracts cannot be sustained. At some point, coming soon to a cash register or bank account near you, the economy will collapse. That creates a massive opportunity for the Left to step into total control. In that instance there can be an overnight conversion from a Democratic Republic to a Socialist takeover. It’s a “tipping point” that is accelerated by each new mega-spending spree. “If we just do this one then our problem will go away.” Nope! 

Another major tactic of the Left, as personified in today’s Democrat party, is to repeatedly raise fears over problems that cannot be resolved. It is the state of fear itself that they are seeking to cultivate. More fear equals more willingness to become dependent upon government. More dependency equals the need for even more government. More government means more control and less resistance. As Senator Lindsey Graham pointed out in disgust in a recent Senate hearing, “All you guys care about is Power!” Yep, that’s the plan. 

They attack the person not just their position.

The Left knows that if you trust someone then you will cooperate with them. So they attack the source, the person who is promoting whatever the Left opposes. They did an exceptional job of making people hate Trump because they knew that his concepts worked and people would become more self-reliant and less needy. By making him a hated threat they defeated his causes with a “bank shot.” They do their best to dethrone our heroes, especially our Founding Fathers. If they can weaken your respect for our Founders, then they can attack what they created: The Constitution, The Three Branches of Government, The Bill of Rights, etc. and get you to agree to amending these amazing pillars of our society. If they can change the Constitution and the balance of power in government you can be assured that it will tilt toward giving them more control and giving you more government intrusion into your daily life. 

What’s behind the name?

They have become masters at hiding their poisons inside tasty looking packages. Like the hypocritical “Antifa” who claim to be anti-fascist while behaving in a pure fascist manner. Democrats have chosen deceptive names for all their initiatives. “Obamacare” aka “the Affordable Care Act” was doubly false. First, Obama clearly didn’t care whether your costs would go up or that you would lose your healthcare provider and your chosen doctor. He repeatedly promised that both were safe, knowing that neither would be. And it was not “affordable” for people at any level of income! They sold it by emphasizing how many people didn’t have coverage, then it took almost two years for them to coerce enough people into it to make it sustainable. Remember that even their website didn’t work despite tens of millions spent on it? How is that possible when Visa, Amazon, Apple, Microsoft, eBay, and others have immense systems that are already proven? Who got the tens of millions? 

Now they veil their poisons with misleading names like “Covid Relief” and “Infrastructure” renewal. They propose completely illogical concepts like non-ID voting, the elimination of law enforcement and compassion for unknown immigrants as excuses for more government spending. Pause and reflect…what is the government spending? Your money…more taxes are always needed. There was never enough taxation to satisfy them, ever. Think about that. How come taxation doesn’t sometimes decrease? Because Democrats are in power. When Republicans are in power taxes often decline. Trump proved the economic wisdom of this by lowering taxes for all and eliminating regulations that had just kept bureaucrats working in government jobs. This freed the economy into an historic boom and the lower taxes paid on all that growth equaled more money than any of the Democrat’s forced taxation ever produced. 

What’s inside this delicious looking cake they are selling us? More Fear! Fear is their goal. With us afraid, all their controls can be put permanently in place. Nothing big at first. Just wrap their constricting coils around us and tell us that it is a hug to keep us safe. Then as we gasp from fear, they increase the grip. Once they have enough control then resistance is futile. Don’t ignore harmless pawns, they could be hiding a ruthless strike. 

To paraphrase Weight Watchers, “Nothing tastes as good as…self-reliance and freedom feels.” Don’t eat that cake! 

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