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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 is a journalist and writer with degrees in English and journalism. He served six years in the 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 and blogging at https://luscri.com/



 
 
 

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GOP Primaries, for GOP Registered Voters

It is to our overwhelming advantage to ensure that only registered Republicans are able to participate

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Let us resolve to keep our primary voting to those who are registered Republicans. One can make the argument that there are closet Republicans who, for fear of reprisal in the workplace, cannot join the Republican party but are, nevertheless, Republican in sentiment.

However, this is a small group. And, they are more than offset by hordes of Democrats who, if allowed into Republican primaries will do their dirty work as they have done throughout counties in North Carolina and throughout the nation.

Only Republicans

Overall, it is to our overwhelming advantage to ensure that only registered Republicans are able to participate.

As a case in point, on the national level, the RINO Nikki Haley would be out of the race if not for Democrat voters stepping over the line in coordinated effort and voting in Republican primaries. Granted, she is backed by billionaire mega-donors who fear Donald Trump. If Democrats could not vote in the GOP primaries, however, the mega-donors dollars wouldn’t be worth much.

As a result of Haley staying in the race, Donald Trump has to spend a bit more than otherwise, and deflect some of his attention away from the Democrats, the swamp, and the Marxist’s plans to destroy our country.

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Fracturing Along Fault Lines

The panoply of liberal and Leftist policies are harmful to society

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Biden and company want to contort the right to vote, endlessly fund Ukraine, kowtow to Middle East terrorists, pack the Supreme Court, end the filibuster, disband the electoral college, treat January 6th protestors like insurrectionists, convict Trump on SOMETHING, appease China, and permanently make tens of millions of Americans totally dependent on government entitlements.

In recent years, the questionable lockdowns, restrictions, and mandates over COVID-19, and Democrats’ willingness to overlook street violence, enhances my view that the Left loves the idea of total authority and forevermore imposing its will on all of us.

Insanity Over the Top

The panoply of liberal or Leftist viewpoints, from no need for voter ID to restrictions on the 1st Amendment, to indoctrinating children is harmful to society.

Is it acceptable to teach children that there are more than 50 genders? Do you believe, as Leftists do that children may choose their gender? Do you think that cross-dressers ought to be reading to children at story hour? Should the sciences, mathematics, and other core academic disciplines be taught to accommodate ‘politically diverse’ points of view?

Are you okay with colleges holding separate graduation exercises and celebrations for different ethnic minorities? Martin Luther King, Jr, must be rolling over in his grave. Should entire college curricula be redesigned because most of the great works of literature throughout history have been written by white males?

Should student loans be exonerated? Should colleges establish safe spaces? Are you perturbed when conservative speakers are disrupted from speaking on campus, or are banned from campus? Curiously, can a university promise students an unbiased education when 97% of college professors’ political donations go to Democrats?

Open the Spigots!

Should Medicare be provided for all and, if so, how do you pay for it? Is late-trimester abortion acceptable? After a baby is born, is it the right of the mother and the doctor to choose whether or not that person will continue to live?

Should we have open borders, and let in anyone who wants to come here, now approaching 9 million since Biden was installed? Are illegal immigrants to be given free healthcare once they cross the border, as all Democrat presidential contenders stated on live TV in 2020? How do hordes arrive at the southern border, well-fed and hydrated, after trekking 100s or 1000s of miles, with sturdy walking shoes and cell phones? Should they be flown and bussed all over the U.S. courtesy of the Biden administration? Are sanctuary cities a good idea, and do they support the lives and aspirations of actual U.S. citizens?

When newspaper headlines scream about gun violence, is wringing your hands over the issue any solace for families in Chicago or Baltimore ghetto communities who experience gun violence on a daily basis? Do you care about the issue, or do you only get riled up when the mainstream media stokes your emotions by giving World War II coverage to carefully crafted, elevated cases?

Is calling others racist acceptable when, in your own heart, you know that you are biased at times against this group or that? Is virtue signaling an acceptable form of social participation, or should one actually take appropriate, non-violent action to address a perceived wrong? Is a comment from 30 or 40 years ago made by a celebrity — or a politician, for that matter — enough to cancel his or her career?

Goals and Tactics of Violent Groups

Are the goals and violent tactics of Antifa acceptable to you? If they’re proud of what they stand for and forthright in their actions, why do they wear ski masks? Appearing in selected cities in time to cause trouble, and leading the turmoil following the death of George Floyd, how many of them actually hold jobs?

In pursuit of protests, do any pay for their own transportation and housing costs? If they do not pay for themselves, who is paying? Most curiously, why do they often go after the most vulnerable people they can find in any gathering? Is it okay when law enforcement stands down in the face of violence committed by those on the left?

The Left embraces mass insanity and it’s getting more absurd all the time. Yet, it appears that Leftists do not understand the magnitude and ramifications of many of their political and social views. Their agenda, fully implemented, would destroy our civilization in less than a few years.
One Generation

Ronald Reagan said, “Freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction. We didn’t pass it to our children in the bloodstream. It must be fought for, protected, and handed on for them to do the same, or one day we will spend our sunset years telling our children and our children’s children what it was once like in the United States where men [and women] were free.”

It would be nice to reach consensus, in some way, with those on the Left, however, my sensibilities cry out and say that would be cultural and national suicide.

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