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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.

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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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Why are Red State Governors Using Democrat Public Relations Agencies?

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Conservatives are always railing against using products and services from left-wing activists, so why are some who clearly have the option of choosing otherwise not doing so? One of the most glaring areas where this is taking place is in red state governments. They hire left-wing PR and advertising agencies, giving them millions of taxpayer dollars which enables the agencies to continue attacking conservatives, helping leftist causes and possibly even sabotaging the conservative governors they are supposed to represent. 

 

A classic example of one of these agencies is New York-based MMGY NJF, one of the largest PR companies for tourism offices in the country. It was founded by Democrat Nancy Friedman. Her Twitter feed is full of progressive posts, including retweeting Rachel Maddow and David Hogg. She gave money to Kamala Harris and the DNC in 2020. 

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MMGY NJF Vice President Danny Guerrero’s Twitter account is also full of hate. He retweeted Joy Behar urging Beto O’Rourke to run against Ted Cruz, and another person gloating that the Military Band played “Hit the Road Jack” outside the White House on President Trump’s last day. He also retweeted Robert Reich wanting to impeach Trump 10 days before the inauguration. MMGY gave Guerrero a big award this month. 

 

So who uses MMGY besides typical woke areas of the country like West Hollywood? Texas and South Dakota, both states with conservative Republican governors. South Dakota and Travel Texas are proudly listed as two of their clients. Their contract with South Dakota is valued at over $20.7 million. Visit Rapid City also uses the agency. 

 

MMGY recently bragged that Travel Texas and Visit Florida, Florida’s tourism office, are funding their woke study examining the “intersectionality” of “LatinX” tourism. It’s entitled “Latinx U.S. Travelers: Observations and Insights on Themes of Diaspora and Intersectionality.” Intersectionality is a Marxist term that means looking at political issues in terms of identity, viewing everyone as a white male, a queer transgender, etc., and how privilege and discrimination apply. LatinX is a term made up by woke white leftists to refer to Hispanics, which MMGY defines as a “gender-neutral” term. One Hispanic was so offended he wrote an article for USA Today denouncing the made-up word. 

 

Profits from the study’s sale will be donated to Travel Unity. Travel Unity puts on events featuring woke speakers such as Brandan Robertson, a “trusted voice on progressive faith and politics.” Speaker Adrienne Lee worked for a global social justice organization and has a love for “intersectional environmentalism.” Sara Emmert managed communications and public relations for the New York State Legislature Democratic caucus members and for Democratic Governor Andrew Cuomo. And speaker Alanah Keddell-Tuckey is a public outreach specialist for New York’s DEC’s Office of Environmental Justice. The list is devoid of conservative speakers but full of SJWs.

 

After the announcement, Visit Florida was scrubbed off of MMGY’s website as a sponsor. Maybe they wised up? Before MMGY, Texas used Edelman, the firm of Steve Schmidt of Lincoln Project infamy.

 

Democrats are great about hiring each other and canceling Republicans out of jobs. So why are these conservative governors allowing MMGY to stay on as a client? There are plenty of conservative PR agencies who would love the work, and may desperately need it due to the cancel culture.

 

MMGY is all about dividing people by race and other categories. It is not inclusive, it is perpetuating divisive stereotypes. Why are tax dollars in red states going to such an openly progressive agency? 

 

Some levels of government are doing the right thing and pushing back. North Carolina’s Surry County Commissioners recently announced that the county is banning Coke machines after Coke issued a statement denouncing Georgia’s new voting integrity laws. 

 

There is probably something going on behind closed doors that the American public doesn’t know about. There are a few people in those three states with power who stand to gain from contracts with MMGY. They’ve become buddies with the top brass at MMGY, and likely reap benefits, tangible or intangible, from the partnership. These types of sleazy people frequently use blackmail to force politicians to do what they want. 

 

When conservatives rail against RINOs, this is the epitome of the type of behavior they are ranting about. Many RINOs at the top echelons in government care more about their personal pockets than principles. Sadly, the American public rarely discovers these backdoor secrets, because those kinds of people are masters at covering their tracks. It’s allowed to remain a frustrating mystery.

 

It sounds like Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis may have finally put the lid on MMGY. Now it’s time for Texas Gov. Greg Abbott and South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem to do the same. If they don’t, MMGY will be like a ball and chain following them around if they run for higher office. It may seem like a very small move to dump the agency. But every little bit counts pushing back against the woke progressives’ indoctrination, and since they control so many areas of society, fighting piecemeal may be our only option. 

 

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Why are Schools Failing Our Children?

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There is a feeling in this country that we are more divided, more violent, less informed and willing to just go along to get along. Why is that? Why are people willing to take to the streets and burn and loot? How can even a small vocal minority support communist regimes that have murdered hundreds of thousands thru out history? Why do those popular “man on the street” interviews show so many citizen’s ignorant of even basic civic knowledge? Possibly a closer look needs to be taken at how the youngest of Americans are taught and where their views are shaped.

In America we have compulsory but not mandatory Kindergarten thru 12th grade. Like almost all government type programs the users pay nothing but the taxpayers pay dearly. The costs for education has outpaced inflation for quite a few years.  Despite what some say more money does not equal better students. Using almost any matrix American students are falling behind their counterparts in the rest of the western world. In some blue state’s average property taxes can equal almost half of the federal income tax paid.

There was a time when schools concentrated upon the three “R’s”, Reading, writing and arithmetic. The goal of school was to prepare students for the real world. Today we have books banned in school so it doesn’t offend or inform students about the real world. In quite a few school cursive writing is no longer taught since it is difficult and beside we have Bill Gates and Microsoft helping us to write and spell. Math or arithmetic has been branded “racist” because laws of math are absolute and to teach students that they might be wrong just might damage their self-esteem. Advanced placement classes are being defunded across the nation to make room for more special education placements. Because some doing better than others could hurt some students and parents feelings.

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If the basic three “R’s” are no longer being taught what is happening in our schools? Reading classics like “Huckleberry Finn” has now been replaced by “Heather has two mommies”. Writing assignments might consist of a short essay on your heroes. But make sure it’s a woke hero and not anyone like Jesus or Trump. Arithmetic in use for at least since the pyramids were built is now being performed by the “Common Core” method instead of the traditional time honored way.  Which is probably why cashiers these day can’t figure out change without the machine. Don’t forget the latest fad “Critical Race Theory”, where if you are not the correct shade of brown you don’t even deserve your change back.

Education and schooling has always been about building a base for a better future and short on actual practical knowledge. There is some truth to the saying those that can do and those that can’t teach. So what are our most vulnerable being taught in public schools these days? To be an activist, a social justice warrior, to despise the very foundations that allow them the freedom they enjoy today? It has either accelerated lately or maybe just become more open as a result of remote learning. Many parents forced to stay home during the Conovirus scare were able to witness what is usually hidden behind school walls.

So this is the education children are getting for all of those tax dollars. Learning to hate the very people footing the bill for this “education”. Not only thru property taxes but that same money pays teachers salaries. In spite of many districts being Union Free it doesn’t mean what you think. A percent of every teachers pay is sent off to the teachers union who then uses their power to make sure their voice is heard loud and clear by the politicians that make up the rules. Don’t think the unions don’t care at all about students, why just this year the head of the American Federation of Teachers warned teachers not to post photos of their exotic vacations while insisting neighborhood schools remained closed.

What can be done to alter the course of our failing schools? Budgets can be voted down but those are just increases and most time re-votes are scheduled until they get what they want.  School boards whose job it is to speak for the citizen’s mostly don’t know what is going on in the very schools they represent. They spend their time defending the status quo. Just like our local and national politics we must be informed and active. Ignoring the problems won’t make it go away.

The only hope for future citizens is that there are good teachers out there, their voices are suppressed like in most industries. The students themselves might rebel against authority realize they have be lied to and manipulated thru out their school days and reject the indoctrination they received during their primary education.

The only hope for parents present and future is one of three: 1) Private school if it is economically feasible, after first a thorough due diligence, 2) Home school if someone at home can afford the time, 3) If public school is the only option the time must be found to stay involved and informed to counter act any socialist training.

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