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Limousine Liberals Cruising Through Locked Down America !

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Thomas Paine wrote “Government, even in its best state, is but a necessary evil; in its worst state, an intolerable one.” John Adams told us that “Because power corrupts, society’s demands for moral authority and character increase as the importance of the position increases.” This past year of media fueled hysteria and government lockdowns has shown just how wise our Founding Fathers were.

One thing we have all learned is that there is one set of rules for the rulers and another set of rules for the ruled. New Mexico Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham quickly seized on the COVID-19 hysteria to lock the state down. In the early days of the virus, she lectured people to stay home, and she closed hundreds of “non-essential” businesses. Her policies caused long lines and shortages at grocery stores and put many restaurants and small companies out of business at a press conference, Grisham said “We are in really tough financial times as a state. It mirrors the incredible, personal sacrifices that happen every single day…”

In an illustration of rote hypocrisy, from the get-go, Michelle Lujan Grisham has not been willing to make the same “personal sacrifices” that she has forced everyone else to make. A week before Easter the Governor called a “non-essential business,” a jewelry store. The store opened just for her, the owner apparently “risked her life” and went into the store and filled an order of jewelry for the Governor. Another person also “risked their life” went and picked up and delivered the jewelry to the Governor. While Grisham surely is not the only person in the state with the ability to call in a favor from someone who they know who owns a business, she is the only person with the power to prevent everyone else from doing what she did.

The Governor’s pharisaical behavior did not stop there. It was recently revealed that Governor Lujan Grisham spent $6,500 of taxpayer’s money on bottles of tequila, vodka, merlot, whiskey, gin, and Wagyu beef. While residents of her state are forced to wait in line in the cold of winter to pick through empty store shelves of her own making, the Governor of New Mexico is sipping Merlot and nibbling on “Wagyu beef.” One set of rules for the rulers and another set of rules for the ruled.

To be fair, Michelle Lujan Grisham is not the only hypocritical politician to have imposed rules on the peasants that apply to everyone but the rule maker. The Mayor of Denver, Michael Hancock, told residents to stay home during Thanksgiving and to meet virtually over the holiday. He even tweeted: “Pass the potatoes, not COVID. … Host virtual gatherings instead of in-person dinners” – Presumably, he sent this tweet from the airport prior to flying to Mississippi and “passing the potatoes” to his daughter.

California Governor Gavin Newsom has been photographed at a high-end restaurant after ordering everyone else to shut down and stay home. Back in September, Democrat Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi got her hair styled while everyone else was forced to stay home; and more recently, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo appears to be disregarding the 6-foot social distancing rule, particularly when it comes to female subordinates.

An entire article could be filled with example after example of Democratic lawmakers, (local, state, and federal) and their lockdown hypocrisies. We should not be surprised at all by this type of behavior. The Democratic left have been lecturing Americans for years about what we can and cannot do while they themselves do whatever it is they want.

Ironically, it was a Democrat who coined the term “limousine liberal” in the 1969 race for mayor of New York City. The epithet then, and now, is used to effectively illustrate the hypocritical behavior of the political left and the elite ruling class. For years, Democrat politicians like Al Gore and John Kerry have lectured us about fighting climate change while they themselves live in mansions that require massive amounts of energy to heat and cool. They fly around in private jets and are shuttled from here to there in motorcades consisting of multiple sport utility vehicles. These same types of people admonish us for wanting to own guns to protect ourselves while they live in gated communities and have armed guards. They want to force our children to attend public schools while sending their own children to elite private schools.

In the classic book Animal Farm, George Orwell, better than anyone else, showed the world the inevitability of how power corrupts. He demonstrated the far left’s hypocrisy and the failed promises of Communism’s utopia. “All animals are equal, but some animals are more equal than others.” Is not promised utopia always the vehicle used by the authoritarian left to gain more power and take away freedoms from others while they bask in comfort?

Today, we are promised a utopia of health. A world where no one will ever get sick or die. We just need to make “personal sacrifices.” We need to listen to, live, and repeat the following slogans and health utopia will be within our reach: “mask up, we are in this together… alone together…whatever goes upon two legs is an enemy, whatever goes upon four legs, or has wings, is a friend…”

In the real world in the year 2021, we are not animals on a farm. We are citizens treated like peasants. We are expected to shut up and watch from our windows and computer screens while Michelle Lujan Grisham, Nancy Pelosi, Gavin Newsom and their ilk cruise through the country they locked down, in their limousines; with their freshly styled hair, sipping fine wine and dining on Wagyu beef.

If there was ever a time that demonstrated the reasons to limit government power, that time is now. The government is made up of people, just like you and me. We are all imperfect creatures. We are fallen and we are all subject to give into our unlimited needs, wants and desires. Everyone is capable of abusing power. This is the lesson of history that our Founding Fathers knew so well. It is why they advocated for an extremely limited government. They saw it as a “necessary evil.” This past year has shown us what can happen when that evil, and the flawed humans who wield it, are left unrestrained.

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Scottsdale School District Retaliates Against Parents Over Curriculum Meeting

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Last week, a group of Scottsdale Unified School District Parents hosted a meeting to discuss the controversial new curriculum and to educate parents on what content to be on the lookout for. In response to this meeting the school district send a cease and desist order over the use of “SUSD”.  Parents are shocked Scottsdale Unified School District administration would waste resources over such a simple matter.  One parent involved Amy Carney had the follow reaction “This time the school board has crossed a new threshold and must be held accountable for abusing their power to intimidate parents through legal action. Parents were sent a cease and desist letter for using the Scottsdale Unified School District initials to describe our recent event and for using “SUSD” as a part of a group of concerned parents in the districts’ social media name.”

Unfortunately, this situation is playing out across the country as parents continue to ask questions about their children’s education.

 

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STATEMENT IN RESPONSE TO SCOTTSDALE UNIFIED SCHOOL DISTRICT’S LETTER SENT TO PARENTS TO CEASE AND DESIST USE OF SCHOOL DISTRICT’S INITIALS TO ORGANIZE NON DISTRICT APPROVED EVENTS ON SOCIAL MEDIA

Scottsdale, Arizona—Scottsdale Unified School Board President, Jann Michael Greenburg, approved using taxpayer’s dollars to target and harass Scottsdale public school district parents for hosting an information night on July 28 for community members and parents.
Scottsdale mom of six, Amy Carney, co-organizer of the event, says, “We hosted this event because parents need to know what to expect when sending their kids back to school. The district is not transparent or truthful with parents so we hosted the event to share what we’ve learned and give parents the tools and information to take action this upcoming school year. The board President is now retaliating against us parents for circumventing their ability to control the conversation.”

Since August, 2020 parents have held the district and board accountable for gaslighting families on everything from school closures, to mask mandates and curriculum. On record, the board President has tried to intimidate theseoutspoken parents into silence by harassing them on social media and canceling their voices at school board meetings. Carney says, “This time the school board has crossed a new threshold and must be held accountable for abusing
their power to intimidate parents through legal action. Parents were sent a cease and desist letter for using the Scottsdale Unified School District initials to describe our recent event and for using “SUSD” as a part of a group of concerned parents in the districts’ social media name.

Unknown to the group, the board trademarked the initials in October of 2020 and is now selectively choosing who can and cannot use the Scottsdale Unified School District initials. The district’s attorney gave the unofficial Facebook group of moms and dads (formerly known as SUSD-CAN) until Friday afternoon to change the group’s name which is now the Scottsdale Unified CAN (Community Advocacy Network). Co-admin of the Facebook group (formerly known as SUSD-CAN) Trish Olson says, “Why didn’t they just ask us directly to change the name? We’ve met with Scottsdale Superintendent Dr. Scott Menzel monthly, as recently as
July 8. If they wanted to keep lines of communication open with parents, why get lawyers involved?”

Scottsdale parent and Co-organizer of the event, Amanda Wray, raised awareness in the community last week when SUSD sent a controversial form by “mistake” asking parents for consent to have their child surveyed with questions about medical and mental health history and gun and ammunition ownership in the home. The district replaced the
consent form and issued a statement of retraction. Wray says, “Unfortunately, this just looks and feels like retaliation for scrutinizing the district over the repeated missteps and lack of transparency with parents. Our mission and efforts will not be diluted or discouraged by such trivial and punitive actions against our group. We encourage all parents in public schools to get involved in their child’s education and ask questions when things don’t seem right.”

 

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Sowing the Wind and Reaping the Whirlwind: California and its Epic Wildfires

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Like the 2018 Camp Fire, California’s Dixie Fire is epic. It has burned more than 220,000 acres and at least 40 structures. It’s the largest conflagration since the Camp Fire that destroyed Paradise. Sadly, California wildfires are becoming as common as Florida hurricanes. Why is this happening and who’s to blame? In a word, California.

By mismanaging its forests and water sources and enabling a power provider to place profits over people, the Golden State has sown the wind and is reaping the whirlwind.

Why is every California fire season scarier and more destructive than the last? The reasons can be boiled down to these:

  1. Decades of forest mismanagement caused by environmentalists shaping policy
  2. Co-opted Northern California watersheds and water supply diversion
  3. Hotter temperatures and historic drought conditions caused by climate change
  4. Failing PG&E infrastructure
Forest mismanagement

We live five miles from the southeastern edge of the Dixie Fire. Our little mountain town of Quincy is under an evacuation warning. Many of our fellow residents live in areas of mandatory evacuation and some have lost their homes. Local firefighters and forest experts have known for years this was inevitable.

It’s common sense, really. When forest undergrowth and dead limbs and logs are allowed to pile up between trees, you may as well stack logs at their bases and light a match. Wise forest managers remove forest floor fuels and keep forests from growing dangerously dense.

Foolish forest managers allow undergrowth to flourish in order to “protect” ecological environments of certain species at the expense of overall forest ecology. This hands-off approach is pushed in Sacramento by those who think we’re only one species sharing our environment rather than caretakers of our environment.

Wise gardeners prevent weeds from diverting moisture from produce plants by removing them. This ensures a healthy garden. Why wouldn’t smart forest management include removal of undergrowth and dead or dying trees?

Water diversion

A few years ago, state biologists “gill-netted” vast quantities of fish in our local Silver Lake in order to prevent them from feeding on a certain frog. This decimated the fish population in favor of the frog population. How is this an ecological balance?

Similarly, allowing natural water sources to feed rivers and streams provides better hydration for trees—and raises critical moisture levels for forests. Diverting water from Northern California sources when levels are low exacerbates the deadly dryness of moisture-starved Sierra forests. Shouldn’t there be a better balance based on water levels?

As climate change continues to affect moisture and heat, smart and balanced water management becomes more critical. Yet California continues to base policy decisions reactively rather than proactively. If Northern California watershed areas burn for lack of moisture, poor water management will be partially to blame.

So will California’s reliance on hydroelectric power over traditional (and more effective) fossil-fuel plants. The state gets nearly 2/3 of its power from non-fossil fuel production, which is why it has to buy electricity from states like Oregon, Arizona and others.

Failing PG&E

Failed PG&E power lines are responsible for devastating California wildfires for the last five fire seasons. According to PG&E’s initial report the day the Dixie Fire started, an employee responding to an outage noticed a blown fuse at Cresta Dam in a heavily forested area of Butte County around the Feather River Canyon. He found two blown fuses and a tree leaning on a power conductor. He also found a fire on the ground near the base of the tree.

When the 2018 Camp Fire erupted, a PG&E employee noticed flames caused by a faulty transmission line in Feather River Canyon. Many of these lines are supported by electrical towers from the early 1900s. PG&E customers pay modern rates for modern electricity delivered via century-old towers.

In fairness, PG&E is finally taking steps to modernize its infrastructure with underground line burial and other measures. Sadly, these measures are long overdue and are too little too late for victims of the Camp Fire and now for those dealing with the Dixie Fire. Worse, PG&E seems to be continuing their foot-dragging regarding reporting system failures when they point to a wildfire start.

Closed market

According to the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC), PG&E ignored regulations that require it to report wildfire-related infrastructure failures within two hours of the event. PG&E took five days to report the Dixie Fire-related failure to CPUC. As a state agency, CPUC answers to Governor Gavin Newsom and Sacramento politicians. PG&E is supposed to answer to CPUC, yet is still failing to follow the rules.

Not only is there a lack of meaningful accountability, the relationship between California and PG&E is dysfunctional. The average citizen wonders why Sacramento continues enabling a repeat offender of a power company. Another question is why California refuses to open up its utility market to competitors in order to force PG&E to modernize its infrastructure.

Something has to change or California will continue to burn every fire season. Close to home, people in our community love living in Northern California, but the Golden State will lose even more citizens if residents have to flee the flames every summer.

 

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