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From Our Founding to Biden, Misinformation Contorts Society

Even when truth is exposed, great masses of people never seem to find out

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The Biden Administration, aided and abetted by serial-lying senators and congressional representatives, a warp-minded press secretary, the Internet’s big tech, NPR, The Washington Post and The New York Times, and the FBI, DOJ, NSA, CIA, IRS and a variety of other federal agencies which have been weaponized against the right, often by Barack Obama, clearly are major conveyors of misinformation. Nevertheless, misinformation has long been with us.

In his book, The Dictionary of Misinformation, published 47 years ago, author Tom Burnham gives us a wide angle view of just how contorted historical ‘facts’ can be. Perhaps more alarming is that even when the truth is exposed, great masses of people never seem to find out and live their entire lives believing something else. Consider the following.

For the People, by the People

There is no provision in the United States Constitution for a cabinet; it has developed over the years as an unwritten adjunct to our system of government. Nothing in the Constitution either forbids, or specifically sanctions, the giving of advice to the president either publicly or privately, by individuals or groups. Today, the cabinet is accepted as an integral part of the American system of government.

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Nothing in the Bill of Rights or the U.S. Constitution requires a verdict to be unanimous in capital, or any other cases. Nor does a jury have to be made up of 12 people, as is commonly believed. Witnesses in a court of law are not required to answer yes or no to a question that an examiner or cross-examiner poses. Obviously, via the 5th amendment, a witness has the right not to incriminate himself or herself.

Inventors or Something Else?

Abner Doubleday is considered the inventor of baseball in 1839. However, there were references to baseball in a novel published in America in 1798, and again in an 1820 novel published in London which explains the game at length as it is known today. By the way, the guillotine is not French, nor is it named for its inventor.

James Watt did not invent the steam engine and never claimed to have. His improvements of an existing steam engine were notable, such that people believed he was the inventor. Robert Fulton did not invent the steam boat, nor does he deserve the credit. His steam boat was developed 20 years after James Rumsey and John Fitch had each run steam boats successfully in America and abroad. Indeed, Fitch had long gained exclusive rights from several states for boats propelled by steam.

Fifteen years before Alexander Graham Bell’s construction of a usable telephone, Phillip Reis had invented a crude telephone in Germany. Moreover in 2002, the U.S. Congress recognized an impoverished Florentine immigrant, Antonio Meucci, as the inventor of the telephone, rather than Alexander Graham Bell who had gained vast fame and fortune by stealing another man’s lifelong work.

Thomas Edison was not the original inventor of the light bulb. He improved upon the principle others had discovered. In 1802, Sir Humphrey Davy produced an arch light. In 1844, Jean Foucault made an arch light strong enough to illuminate the Place de la Concorde in Paris. In 1860, Sir Joseph William Swan devised a crude light bulb, and in 1878, he demonstrated a successful carbon filament lamp at Newcastle, England, 10 months before Edison “invented” the light bulb.

History not in the Making

The battle of Bunker Hill was not fought at Bunker Hill. Paul Revere didn’t reach Concord on his midnight ride. What most people know of him and his ride comes from Longfellow’s poem, “Paul Revere’s Ride.” This poem begins with the famous line, “Listen, my children and you shall hear…”

Many people believe that after the crash of 1929, financiers jumped out of windows at record rates. Actually, the suicide rate was the same as in other years.

The damage reaped upon the U.S. forces in Pearl Harbor December 7, 1941 would have been greater if the U.S. Pacific Fleet had been at sea. Americans would have had little, if any cover, and instead of ships being lost in shallow water, which were raised and repaired, all losses would have been irrevocable. Author Leo Rosten noted that far fewer men were lost precisely because “they were in the harbor.”

So… the question arises, will the vast majority of Americans ever be able to cast off the shackles of the misinformation currently slung about in buckets, daily, by the self-appointed “American security state?” Unfortunately, the short answer is “doubtful.”

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Zero Wins and Eleven Losses – It’s Time to Replace Kevin McCarthy

Steve Scalice and Jim Jordan are the front runners… if they will do it.

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Kevin McCarthy is now 0 and 11 in his quest to become the next Speaker of the House. It is time for him to give up. This is the way politics works. Some people say that the 20 people who are against him should cave, but that’s not the way it works. We live in a representative democratic republic. They have every right to determine who they want to have as the Speaker of the House. The fact is that McCarthy cannot get 218 votes. That’s just the way it is. But I can guarantee you that somebody in the House of Representatives could get to 218 votes. It’s time to find that person. Republicans LOVED it when Manchin and Sinema went against the Democrats out of principle, but now they have a problem when Republican House members do the same. The front runners to replace McCarthy are Steve Scalise from Louisiana and Jim Jordan from Ohio. PolitiCrossing founder, Chris Widener discusses the speaker of the house situation. Watch the video below:

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Finding A Way Forward

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OK, Kevin McCarthy may not become the Speaker of the House. The GOP opposition has made it clear a number of times that they do not feel he has demonstrated the skill or the will to truly do deliver on the conservative vision promised. In future roll calls, will the number who voted for McCarthy begin to desert him? Will some stay the course or merely vote present? Will Kevin McCarthy keep holding on or will he eventually throw in the towel and withdraw his name rather than further divide the party and hold back the passage of critical legislation and important investigations.

If this continues, more names need to be considered. Since you don’t have to be an elected representative to be House Speaker, let’s get creative to help us find a way to move forward. Here are some options that Republicans may at some point be ready to support:

Consider going with experience. House Speaker Newt Gingrich knows how to lead and did so at a critical time in our history. He was able to work with Democrat President Bill Clinton. That is the challenge we face now. Gingrich is healthy and respected. If willing, he would be a good choice to bring forward.

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They might consider tapping a woman respected by all, Condoleezza Rice. The former Secretary of State left the political field of battle to serve America in different ways. She doesn’t need this job but has the respect of the party faithful if willing to serve. If days go by and no one wins the day for weeks, someone ought to give her a call.

If it continues, maybe McCarthy will free up a proven fighter, Jim Jordon, to take the job. He is respected and has been loyal in supporting Kevin McCarthy and, more importantly, he has the critical vision and passion for conservative issues that must win the day. He has the support of many of those who refuse to vote for McCarthy. He is humble, an able communicator on conservative issues, and will not compromise on his vision for a free America.

When they can’t find a replacement for Pope who secures enough votes, they go beyond closed doors and bring up people until someone wins the day and they send up the right smoke! It’s time for our party to go behind closed doors and start looking at options for a leader they can support. Kevin McCarthy has clearly shown that he cannot even unite the party around his leadership. That is a bad sign in a world where many party faithful have lost hope in the party’s ability to stand strong for what they have promised to deliver.

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