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Authoritarian America: The Ruling Party Tightening Grip

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Members of the party in power are saying and doing things that smack more of a third-world authoritarian regime than a democratic republic. Consider their take on social media. Their words make clear that they hold their tech overlord partners responsible for maintaining “public safety” on their platforms.

They do this by squelching and outright banning dissenting voices. Free and open discussion about COVID vaccines, pandemic overreach, etc., must be carefully monitored in order guard against “misinformation.”

An army of fact checkers patrols posts. Never mind that most of them lean left and hold radical views about free speech and role of government. Facebook’s “Supreme Court,” the august body responsible for reviewing bans, is composed of such radicals.

One of which is the law professor who, during the Trump impeachment trial, snarked Barron Trump while flashing barely-suppressed anger over his father’s egregiously impeachable offenses. She and others like her are responsible for Trump’s (and maybe your) lifetime Facebook ban.

Not a two-way street

In the name of fairness, many hold that our present political situation is a two-sided coin of corruption. Some of my “fair-minded” friends claim that one party is as bad as the other, that they’re equally corrupt. I hold that the phrase, “To be fair”doesn’t apply to an honest discussion of our two political parties.

On one side, we have a party whose ideologues lie about virtually everything. For example, they defend abortion for convenience as a constitutional right of choice. In truth, the Supreme Court decision on Roe v. Wade was made possible by the court creating a right out of thin air by linking choice to our right to privacy. “My body, my choice” is based on that nonexistent right.

Another example is their absurdly dishonest claim that requiring voter ID is a “Jim Crow” measure designed to discriminate against minority voters. It’s a tired talking point that is somehow effective. Honestly, we require identification for virtually everything—in what fantasy world is requiring ID to vote racist?

Tightening the grip

The ruling party’s authoritarian push includes a “For the People Act of 2021,” which, fortunately, will not see the light of day in the Senate. It’s DOA because it would hand power permanently to one party by removing meaningful voter integrity safeguards. It would also wrest presidential election control from the states.

In another authoritarian move, the ruling party introduced legislation to establish a commission to investigate the events of January 6. Rightly, this attempt to make official their insurrection narrative was thwarted by Senate republicans. In truth, the January 6 events were nothing more than trespassing and destruction of federal property. And, tragically, the death of a protester.

Breaking the Rule of Law

What does the party in power hope to achieve by tightening its grip on America? More federal government control over our lives, which means more power for them. Fortunately, one pillar stands in their way, but just barely. Our rule of law.

The party in power gives lip service to our rule of law, but their actions speak louder. Consider their hypocrisy regarding the 2020 summer riots and the aforementioned January 6 pseudo-insurrection.

During the former, authoritarian party leaders like Kamala Harris undercut the rule of law, police and standards of societal behavior by condoning the burning and pillaging of cities. Some likeminded radicals even excused looters’ lawbreaking as justified violent “reparations.”

Shouldn’t it be disturbing to any fair-minded and thoughtful American that leaders in one party side with the mob for politics and power? That they actively denigrate the rule of law in favor of race baiting, hatred and division? Clearly, for them it’s all about power.

As a result, liberty and justice are secondary considerations. Do leaders in the other party demonstrate this craven level of dishonesty and justification of criminality? It’s not even close.

Banana Republic

For a party that routinely lies about voter suppression, pro-choice issues being about women’s health, Supreme Court nominees, a former president being a “threat to our democracy,” Russian collusion, China viruses, ad nauseam—is there any low to which they won’t stoop for power?

No, our two political parties are not two sides of a coin. The present political corruption is not a two-way street. The party in power is in power through a presidential election that was unprecedented regarding voting irregularities brought on by opportunism because of a pandemic. No amount of vilification of doubters will convince a portion of half the electorate that the 2020 election was fair and free.

President Biden said all the right things about unity and healing in January. His actions have undercut his words. In a healthy democratic republic, the answer is less federal control and more freedom. He once believed these maxims, albeit from an old-school democrat perspective. Sadly, he seems to have shucked virtually all his positions in favor of rigid, top-down and radical progressive socialism.

As a result, in our new authoritarian America, power prevails over justice, lies over truth, and freedom and liberty seem like relics of a better time.

Naturally, when a party in power doesn’t respect people in either party, it’s only natural that their desire to act in what they think are in our best interests quickly morphs into control, not representation.

Now, it’s up to the other party to provide a check on this abuse of power—provided they can summon the courage to go against the flow and swim against the tide. Take courage, Republicans, and act. Find a camera and push back harder against the lies and power plays of the other side.

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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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This is How Far Left-Wing State Bars Are Now Going to Destroy Conservatives: Prosecution

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State bars have acquired a reputation for targeting conservative attorneys and destroying their ability to practice law, and now they are taking it to a new level — prosecution. It is practically unheard of — unless you’re being targeted — to be criminally prosecuted and arrested for not checking a box about an unrelated civil matter on a form, but that is what is happening to former Republican congressional candidate Jeffrey Moffatt.

Moffatt, who many believe was targeted by the State Bar of Arizona because he and his wife both ran for office as Republicans, was indicted a week ago by the Biden administration related to his efforts fighting back against a sketchy disbarment. He is being retaliated against because of how hard he’s fought back. A good prosecutor can get a grand jury to indict a ham sandwich, as the old saying goes. That’s because the defense doesn’t get a chance to show their side to the grand jury, so the prosecutor can just pick and choose what evidence they want to produce.

In 2016, the presiding judge of the Arizona bar, William J. O’Neil, who has a lengthy history of corruption, including allegedly protecting a sexual predator, so bad that even the liberal Arizona Republic has written about him, disbarred Moffatt over something that other attorneys receive a mere slap on the hand for. But unfortunately, once an attorney has been disbarred in one state, almost every other state and jurisdiction reciprocally refuse to allow that attorney to practice law. It sounds draconian, and the effect sure is, but multiple jurisdictions piling on doesn’t make a person any worse. The left controls much of the legal system, particularly state bars, so it’s done deliberately when they want to thoroughly destroy someone.

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Notably, even though Moffatt lives in California and the person who complained about him lives in New Mexico, neither the California bar nor the New Mexico bar did anything about the complaint, only the Arizona bar — and Moffatt has practically nothing to do with Arizona or practicing law there — pursued an investigation, no doubt as part of its pattern of going after conservative attorneys.

The prosecution comes down to the fact Moffatt didn’t disclose to the Social Security Administration that he was disbarred when representing claimants. There is NO requirement that people representing claimants be attorneys, it’s a red herring. Moffatt didn’t think he needed to disclose this information because he was actively fighting the disbarment, fully expecting to get it reversed since it was so obviously heavy-handed targeting. He wasn’t hiding the disbarment and his fight either, he has four federal lawsuits going over it and he and his wife have been very vocal on the internet.

The indictment lists just five payments he received for representing those clients, totaling merely $30,000. The Biden administration is charging him with wire fraud and falsifying a material fact. Whenever the government can’t get someone on a real crime, they throw in wire fraud. It merely means a method of communication like a phone, email, text or fax was used while you were supposedly committing some other crime. It sounds scary but it’s just meant to pile on.

In 2017, Moffatt sued the Arizona Bar, the State of Arizona and the Arizona Supreme Court over the disbarment. He has ongoing proceedings with the Social Security Administration fighting the disbarment going back to at least 2018 — so why bring criminal charges against him now over something they were perfectly happy to civilly litigate with him for three years?

Obviously, by fighting back he got under the skin of a Democrat on a power trip. The U.S. Attorney who signed the indictment, Tracy L. Wilkison, was appointed immediately after Joe Biden took office as president.

Efforts have arisen around the country to strip state bars of their monopolies over the practice of law — essentially functioning as unions, which is illegal in right-to-work states — but havent had any real luck yet. State bars have deep pockets because they gouge attorneys with huge mandatory dues. Their powerful lobbyists buy RINO legislators who oppose any legislation dismantling the bars.

The Moffatts believe that O’Neil was unconstitutionally seated — a judicial imposter who committed false impersonations. Many attorneys in Arizona believe he was put in that position in order to do the dirty work of powerful leftists at the top of Arizona’s legal system, accumulating so much dirt on people that no one would dare try and remove him.

Moffatt’s wife Star, who has spent a considerable amount of time investigating O’Neil’s corruption, said, “Some day, the Arizona Supreme Court will have to answer to a higher power why they condoned O’Neil to commit acts of a ‘Judicial Imposter.’ Tell me how in the world does an attorney like my husband get arrested for exposing O’Neil? O’Neil was also previously admonished by the Arizona Supreme Court for exceeding his jurisdiction and authority on death row cases.”

One of the top former prosecutors in Arizona told me, “I have never seen such a gross abuse of prosecutorial power, to arrest and pursue someone merely for not checking a box. Nowhere in the indictment does it even say how Jeff continuing to represent these individuals caused any harm or that the law even prohibits him from representing them. Since he’s not required to be an attorney, it sounds like a violation of equal protection.”

Moffatt is filing a motion to dismiss the indictment. Tellingly, O’Neil unexpectedly resigned about six months ago. Moffatt and his wife are wonderful people who have spent years volunteering and serving on the board of Miracle Star helping people with substance abuse problems. When some of the women had no place to go, they put them up temporarily.

This is just the beginning, expect more conservative attorneys to be prosecuted after disbarment. Trump’s attorneys are next, including Rudy Giuliani and Sidney Powell. If a conservative attorney fights back too hard trying to expose corruption in the legal system, the leftists who control that arena will retaliate with prosecution. And sadly, judges like O’Neil are rarely punished.

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Tucker: Biden’s botched drone strike killed kids

Finally, this afternoon, the Biden administration was forced to stop lying.

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Tucker explores emerging facts about the recent drone strike that killed several civilians, including children, in Afghanistan … and what the Biden administration isn’t doing about it.

Highlights include:

“The administration at that moment needed something to prove they are not senile and incompetent; they are instead decisive and strong. And what better way to do that than to kill people?”

“So that day the US military bombed a white Toyota in a residential complex not far from the Kabul airport. The White House touted that strike as a demonstration of our over-the horizon military capabilities in Afghanistan.”

“Soon, however, a few people started to ask the obvious questions. For example, who exactly had the US military killed? When asked, the defense department wouldn’t say. Oh, that might have been a tip.”

“Neither John Kirby nor anyone else at the Pentagon ever corrected that story.”

“But the New York Times did, to their rare credit. More than a week ago, the New York Times ran a piece revealing, with video evidence, that the Biden administration’s drones did not actually kill anyone from ‘Isis K,’ whoever they are, assuming they exist. The drone killed a civilian aid worker in a car full of kids.”

“Finally, this afternoon, the Biden administration was forced to stop lying.”

“After consulting with our inter-agency partners … we’re admitting that we lied to you for weeks about what we actually did.”

Watch the video below and tell us what you think in the comments.

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