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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 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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Joe Biden, Man of the People

In my sister’s world, Joe Biden has served with distinction during his 48 years in Washington

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As Joe Biden’s administration continues to crumble and his grasp on realty seems ever more distant, it’s a revelation to know that some people think he’s doing a fine job as leader of the U.S. and, by extension, the free world.

Consider my sister. She has a Ph.D. in psychology and is a counselor with offices in New York and New Haven. She can discuss at length literature, sociology, human relations, movies, and so on. As is typical with those on the Left, her political blind spots are beyond glaring.

Sagacious and Sparkling

In my sister’s world, Joe Biden has served with distinction during his 48 years in Washington. He never took money for pay-to-play schemes from China, Russia, Kazakhstan, Romania, or Ukraine and certainly did not take bribes over at the last two decades. According to my sister, the thoroughly corrupt Biden family has never profited by even one dime – not Hunter, not James – as a result of Joe’s position as vice president and, before that as a senator.

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Keep in mind, many of the alleged 81,000,000 or so ‘voters’ for Biden are like my sister. Inextricably ensconced in the liberal media bubble, they are steadfast in ‘what they know.’ They could easily visit alternative news sites for greater perspective, but they never do, thus creating a self-imposed information iron curtain.

In my sister’s world, Joe Biden never cheated in college, and didn’t plagiarize. He didn’t support the 1994 crime bill which essentially made black males walking targets. In her world, Joe Biden never uttered a racial comment that was less than desirable, and certainly never said things such as:

“I tell you if you have a problem figuring out whether you’re for me or Trump, then you ain’t black,” (May, 2020); “Poor kids are just as bright and talented as white kids,” (August, 2019); “We’ve got to recognize that the kid wearing a hoodie may very well be the next poet laureate and not a gangbanger,” (June, 2019); “They’re gonna put y’all back in chains.” (August, 2012); Obama is “the first mainstream African-American who is articulate and bright and clean,” (February, 2007); and so many other such statements.

Not in Partnership With Obama

In my sister’s world Joe Biden had no part in Obama’s countless scandals or Obama’s self-professed ignorance of them. The Obama/Biden administration claimed to have no knowledge of the ‘Fast and Furious’ scandal; Black Panther voter intimidation; Veterans Administration scandals; NSA spying on German, French, and Japanese heads of state; and NSA spying on reporters and U.S. citizens.

In my sister’s world, Joe Biden was innocent and unaware of the IRS ploy to destroy tens of thousands of emails sought by the House Oversight Committee; the 21.5 million social security numbers hacked from OPM; and the EPA and other agencies paying poor performers not to work, for years, as their cases winded through respective federal bureaucracies.

In my sister’s world, however, anything that Donald Trump did, even somewhat on par with that of Joe Biden, is a crime, punishable by life in prison, if not death.  Meanwhile, she is completely oblivious to Trump’s accomplishment, like, say, the lowest unemployment in 35 years, the lowest minority unemployment in history, the lowest minority youth unemployment in history, the lowest female unemployment in 75 years, an across-the-broad increase in wages, tax cuts for middle class, the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement, and other trade deals.

Also the Abraham Accords, other Middle East peace agreements, increased military strength, no wars, the U.S Space Force, a restored VA, reduced danger of conflict with North Korea, China tariffs, 400 miles of new and restored border wall, a secure border, decreased illegal immigration, no domestic terror attacks, prison reform, the ‘Right To Try’, lowering the cost of insulin, low gas prices, energy independence, growing the U.S. economy, and bringing back manufacturing, to cite a tiny fraction of his accomplishments.

The Hair Sniffer-in-Chief

Biden’s major missteps in the Middle East and de facto approval of FBI and DOJ corruption sails right over her head. She has no clue about how Biden enabled China to wreak havoc on U.S. power and influence worldwide. In my sister’s world, Joe Biden and Kamala Harris are as pure as the driven snow. They are ideologically correct, or close enough, and that’s all that really counts.

In my sister’s world, Joe Biden does not invade the space of girls or women, does not go around sniffing their hair, and does not touch them inappropriately, and he did not take showers with his 5-year old daughter. He is merely a sweet, old ‘Uncle Joe’ kind of guy.

Tara Reade doesn’t exist in my sister’s world and Joe Biden never tried to rape her. Reade is a liar and a glory seeker. While Biden himself said, “believe the woman,” my sister, every time, succumbs to the New York Times, Washington Post, and Atlantic Monthly view of realty. After all, they retain only trusted reporters who dig for the facts, and objectively present them. The Times amazingly found “no pattern of abuse” related to Biden and the women he has abused.

Likewise, to my sister, Rachel Maddow and all the rest of the MSNBC staff, and Wolf Blitzer, Anderson Cooper, Jake Tapper, and the entire CNN staff are dedicated professionals who seek the truth no matter where the chips fall.

Lucid and Focused

In my sister’s world, Joe Biden is lucid and coherent. His exceedingly few, highly scripted press conferences are the model of competence and credibility. To my sister, Biden makes sense every time he speaks. He is no presidential puppet controlled by handlers. He is his own man.

Indeed, Biden knew that he was the man America wanted. Biden didn’t campaign heavily because he didn’t want to spread Covid-19 to his hundreds of followers. Also, because he had the election locked up, why bother to challenge President Trump, who consistently drew crowds of 30,000 or more?

In my sister’s world, Biden would never cause inflation or supply chain shortages. His weakness did not encourage Putin to invade Ukraine. Biden would never prompt a major crisis on our southern border. He wouldn’t think of tearing down the wall and allowing all manner of immigrants to flood into our land, sinking us financially, medically, economically, morally, and spiritually.

And, well, Joe’s just a good guy, a true American, and you need to realize that.

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Liberals: Living without a Clue

Free to click on any news site to gain perspectives missing from the Libstream media, that they patronize each day, they never do

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Liberals represent the mainstream media’s targets and are fed a constant diet of leftist propaganda. Most of them are clueless about U.S. or world affairs (most recently, WHO, China, Ukraine, and Iran), and it has been this way not just for this past year, or for several years, but for decades.

The brunt of liberals have no idea about Biden’s outrageous blunders in the Middle East, or his abhorrent refusal to speak up about FBI and DOJ corruption. Most have no idea how Biden enabled China to inexorably diminish U.S. power and influence while enhancing their own. Too many have zero understanding of how Biden’s dalliance with Iran threatens the world.

Ignorant in the Extreme

It is said that ignorance is bliss, but I don’t think so. Liberals have no clue as to the Biden crime family’s vast and blatant offenses against America. Most have less than scattershot knowledge of how Joe Biden personally enriched himself by literally selling out the American worker. Many have no knowledge of Hunter Biden’s continuing nefarious activities with Ukraine, Russia, and elsewhere. That Hunter Biden’s incriminating laptop is real, with U.S. security breaches galore, is unknown to the liberal masses.

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Many liberals have no idea that Joe Biden’s picks for various cabinet posts and other top positions were precarious at best, and that the credentials of the people he nominated were highly questionable, even among Democrat congressional representatives and senators.

Only when you visit alternative news site on the internet, those not dominated by “progressive Leftists,” do you see that Joe Biden, or more specifically, his handlers, are making a highly regrettable mess domestically and internationally.

One shudders to think what will happen to our country and to the world if he and his utterly incompetent vice president remain in office for another terrifying 31 months.

“Woke” and Brainwashed

A poll of Democrats in 2021 proved to be illuminating. When asked what their number one concern was, unquestionably it was “Trump voters.” Thus, despite all the vital events occurring here and abroad, the Leftist media machine has so utterly brainwashed their readership that these poor souls believe that somehow someway, Trump voters are the biggest problem confronting the country, followed by white nationalism, and systemic racism.

The poll signifies how utterly brainwashed Democrats are, but we already understand that this group has been brainwashed for eons. It is not entirely surprising that Trump voters, continually demonized over months and even years, are seen as the nation’s number one concern.

In mid-2022, for such an intellectual and informational chasm to exist is a curious development for sociologists to study for years to come. How, in a world with the greatest information delivery machine that humankind has ever known – the Internet – can half of the populace be so utterly ignorant? The answer, seemingly, is that an “Information Iron Curtain” has descended upon them.

Clueless and Cloistered

While they are free to click on any news sites and gain perspectives that cannot otherwise be gleaned from the sites they patronize each day, they never do. The irony is that they are seconds away from gaining some semblance of objectivity.

Those on the right have no choice but to be exposed to the news and views of the Left all day long, every day, week in and week out, because the mainstream media dominates discourse in our society. We know what liberals are being told, and we know what conservatives are being told.

Dominated by Facebook, Google, and Twitter online, and major newspapers in print, Liberals have little to no idea about conservatives, what they read and think, because the news and opinions to which liberals are exposed about conservatives arrive through the stringent and sordid filter of the mainstream media and information machine. And make no mistake, the mainstream media has no intention, ever, of offering a balanced perspective.

Righteous, and Wrong

Too many on the left listen to only the first couple seconds of a broadcast, read only the headlines or the captions in a news article, surf the same old websites, shallow full bore whatever they see on Google or Facebook, and converse only with one another. They blissfully, arrogantly proceed throughout their day confident in the knowledge that they know exactly what’s going on. As such, they “know” that Trump voters and their views are evil and need to be purged.

Author George Orwell called it accurately in his classic book, 1984, when he described how newspeak – propagandist verbiage characterized by circumlocution, euphemism, and the inversion of customary meanings – dominated public discourse.

For now, newspeak dominates only among the people who won’t look any further. The rest of us? We will continue to read multiple sources, ferret out what’s actually happening, separate the wheat from the chaff, ignore stories that rely on anonymous sources and alleged spokespersons, and strive to learn what is true.

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