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The left is great at putting the right on the defensive, lumping us all in with a handful of extremists and making us defend them. As I’ve written previously, the left has figured out how to label conservative principles as conspiracy theories, racism or other distasteful characterizations, making us run from our own views.

Part of the reason they get away with the conspiracy theory label is because we get caught spreading stories that may cross that line, and so the left then lumps in perfectly legitimate suspicions with them. This took place far too often regarding the presidential election.

Studies have shown that the right is more susceptible than the left at falling for fake news. This is because the left is up to so much corruption that gets swept under the rug by the left-leaning legal system and MSM that many of the stories seem plausible. The relatively new conservative satire site Babylon Bee is now almost as popular as The Onion, which has been around for years and likely has a far bigger budget, because there is so much craziness believable about the left.

The problem is there is so much information out there now, how do you determine whether something is accurate or not? Legitimate major conservative websites don’t have the time to vet everything. There is no major conservative fact checking site (I have been attempting to start one in order to combat this). So unless you have time to watch an endless stream of 45-minute long videos, what can be done? I am buried with requests from conservatives to watch videos made by people I have never heard of, and cannot keep up with it all. It got worse during the 2020 presidential election, when everyone and their brother made a video about election fraud. COVID-19 compounded things, with all the videos about masks and vaccines.

The fake news videos that tend to get the most steam are ones done by apparent “experts.” You want to believe retired military intelligence and nurses, why would they lie? Well it’s much more complex than that. Here’s what’s going on. A lot of people take a piece of information and run with it before thoroughly vetting it. Because we’re too overloaded with information, we lack time and become sloppy. We hear something that sounds good, from someone good, and we are wired to want to believe it. We may not spend the full hour watching the entire video before sharing it. Or something halfway through it jumps out as a red flag, but we ignore it because the rest of the video seems so good.

Patrick Byrne, the former CEO of Overstock who got involved with President Trump’s legal team challenging the election, revealed in an exposé after the fact on January 27 that Michael Flynn drafted a plan for Trump to bring in the National Guard and U.S. Marshals. None of this ever materialized, of course. But it got leaked at the time to activists who ran with it. They probably only heard hyped-up versions of the plan which had become distorted being passed person to person, which made it seem likely to happen (if anyone has ever really studied Trump however, they would know such drastic action is not his style). What retired military intelligence officer doesn’t believe Flynn? Flynn comes across as a very honest man. While he probably proposed the plan, it was never under serious consideration.

Another recent example is Mike Lindell’s “Absolute Proof” documentary about election fraud. While much of it seemed plausible, there was one lengthy segment discussing foreign hacking of voting machines that was noticeably lacking in evidence. The movie displayed logs of the alleged hacking, and cited just one person, Mary Fanning, who has little information available about her on the internet. There is no explanation as to how Fanning obtained the logs nor any of the technical details about how it worked. For something that serious, that incredulous, you can’t just expect people to believe some little known woman claiming it’s true. If she didn’t reveal more details because she was afraid for her safety, then why did she reveal her name and as much as she has?

Maybe clear, irrefutable evidence will come out that there was foreign hacking, so the investigations need to continue. But one person saying so with some logs that could have been made up isn’t enough to get anywhere, so it allows the left to pile on and claim the right is making up conspiracy theories.

One more way these types of unproven stories pop up is in a vague, general style. The activist will use a lot of attention getting words, like patriots, terrorism, God bless, prayer, collusion, Russians, hacking, mysterious deaths, the elites, etc. There isn’t any real coherent message, and the dots never connect. It’s just a jumbled mess of hysteria (I know someone semi-famous who does this constantly). While it might sound good at a campaign rally, it serves little purpose other than to waste time and divert people from figuring out what’s really going on.

I believe the vast majority of these people are patriots who think they are doing the right thing. But the left will use their sloppiness to discredit the rest of us. Those of us who are really laboring to get to the bottom of issues like election fraud get lumped in with their efforts, and we end up wasting a lot of time defending them instead of doing the tedious work required to hold up to the Democrats’ intense scrutiny.

They also waste our time watching and then researching all of their ideas. I don’t have time to vet every video out there. The videos usually end up the same; usually a grain of truth stretched to an unrealistic conclusion, with lots of vague, attention-getting words. Stop blindly promoting them; if you don’t have time to vet them, don’t share them.

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Rachel Alexander is a conservative political writer and pundit. She is the editor of Intellectual Conservative and a recovering attorney. She was ranked by Right Wing News as one of the 50 Best Conservative Columnists from 2011-2019.



 
 
 

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A Day of Infamy: The Orchestrated, Unlawful Trump Indictment

The raw stink of the Biden Administration will linger for the rest of American history

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So, starting before he took office, after seven years of the Left trying pin something, anything, on Donald Trump, he is indicted over NOTHING. This occurring less than 300 days away from the Iowa Republican caucuses, the acknowledged start of events leading up to the 2024 U.S. presidential and congressional elections.

The raw stink of the Biden Administration will linger for the rest of American history: The indictment is an act of political war, nothing less, and a day of infamy on par with many in our history.

The obsession of the Left continues to be “get Trump,” as if that will seal the 2024 election for them, as they know they will be quite vulnerable. Unlike 2022, the GOP could take the Senate and retain the House. Several states will elect Republican governors, some for the first time in a long time.

Not to be a ‘Doubting Thomas,’ we all have memories of the 2020 and 2022 elections. For anyone to proclaim that the 2020 election was the most secure election in history is simply a gross lie. Mark Zuckerberg and his drop boxes alone yielded a five-state swing for Biden which would have been Trump’s and would have easily given Trump a huge Electoral College majority.

Refining Their Techniques

Because 2024 is a national election and the Democrats have refined their techniques, in addition to the bogus indictment, the election fraud in which they will engage could be far more difficult to discern than in previous years. The cheating will occur in all 50 states, at the regional level, and at the local level. It will once again include everything from forging ballots to late ballots to double counting ballots to destroying ballots for the opposing side.

In any case, we must head into this election sternly. The election monitors must be as vigilant as ever before. Don’t allow anybody to usher you out of the room. Don’t allow anyone to use newspapers or posters to cover windows so that transactions on the floor cannot be seen.

Finish the election on time on the same day. Be on guard for those late-arriving packages of goodies (ballots) that invariably reward Democrats and consistently penalize Republicans.

A Looming Doomsday Scenario

What about the disaster where we do not take the Senate? This could spell a grave period for America, as it will be a painstakingly long time ‘til the 2026 and 2028 elections. Even then, Democratic cheating might still prevail.

We must brace ourselves if we do not take the Senate and especially if we somehow lose the House. At that point, it will be time for massive, peaceful resistance in highly public ways to let it be known that this kind of assault on democracy will not stand.

It is time to engage in the practices of the Left, however vile we have regarded their practices over the years – blocking roads and disrupting meetings. It is time to dominate school board meetings and all public forums of every type.

We must make our voices be heard in ways that we have not previously attempted.

Why is the GOP Squeamish?

Why are Republicans, and those who vote as such, traditionally reticent to get down and dirty? For one, we have jobs; personal and professional responsibilities. Do Antifa members? One wonders. We have families. We manage households. We do the work that keeps America going, not to say that some Democrats don’t do the same. However, let’s face it: Democrats include almost all convicts, a huge portion of the unemployed and underemployed, the brunt of the entitlement class, and those who would rather tear down the country than do anything else.

The Left includes most of Hollywood, academia, the complicit media, and Big Tech, whose methods for manipulating what really transpires on the web goes beyond what we can imagine, although, on a massive scale, we sense what’s occurring.

The Highest of High Stakes

We need to take back the country. The stakes are too high to play Mr. Nice Guy. Is there any point in standing by as the United States is systematically destroyed? The Trump indictment, more than ever, signals that we might not survive the decade:

The inflation rate, the crime rate, the massive numbers of people pouring over the border, the growing drug crisis, the massive foreign policy failures, the gargantuan national debt, the supply chain disruption, the transportation disasters and boondoggles, the rate at which children are being brainwashed and sexualized, and the sheer incidence of all things bad accelerating, on all fronts, could prove to be too much to bear.

The clock is ticking. There is no time to dillydally. We must batten down the hatches, or prepare  to live in a police state.

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While Biden Insults Israel, Here is Why the US Must Support Our Ally

Israel is a key ally for the United States in the Middle East

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There are several reasons why the United States should support Israel. In this essay, we will explore these reasons in detail and argue for the importance of the United States’ support for Israel.

First, the Bible clearly states that God has chosen Israel as his people. In the book of Genesis, God promises to Abraham that his descendants will become a great nation and that all nations will be blessed through him. This promise is reiterated throughout the Old Testament, with God making a covenant with Israel and promising to bless them if they obey his commands. In Deuteronomy 7:6-8, God says, “For you are a people holy to the Lord your God. The Lord your God has chosen you out of all the peoples on the face of the earth to be his people, his treasured possession. The Lord did not set his affection on you and choose you because you were more numerous than other peoples, for you were the fewest of all peoples. But it was because the Lord loved you and kept the oath he swore to your ancestors that he brought you out with a mighty hand and redeemed you from the land of slavery, from the power of Pharaoh king of Egypt.”

Furthermore, in the New Testament, Jesus is referred to as the “King of the Jews” and he himself was born in Bethlehem, in Israel. The Apostle Paul also acknowledges the importance of Israel in Romans 11:1-2, “I ask then: Did God reject his people? By no means! I am an Israelite myself, a descendant of Abraham, from the tribe of Benjamin. God did not reject his people, whom he foreknew.”

Second, throughout history, the Jewish people have faced persecution and discrimination. The Holocaust, where six million Jews were systematically murdered by the Nazis, is one of the most well-known examples of this persecution. The State of Israel was established in 1948 as a homeland for the Jewish people, in response to this persecution. Since then, Israel has faced constant threats to its existence, with neighboring countries and terrorist organizations seeking to destroy it. The United States’ support for Israel is a way of standing with the Jewish people and ensuring their safety and security.

Third, Israel is a key ally for the United States in the Middle East. The two countries share similar values, including democracy, freedom, and the rule of law. Israel is the only democracy in the Middle East, and as such, it is an important partner for the United States in promoting democracy and stability in the region. Additionally, Israel has a strong military and intelligence capabilities, which are important for the United States’ security interests in the region.

Historically, there have been several instances where the United States’ support for Israel has been crucial. For example, during the Yom Kippur War in 1973, Israel was facing a coordinated attack from Egypt and Syria. The United States provided military assistance to Israel, which helped to turn the tide of the war in Israel’s favor. In 1991, during the Gulf War, Iraq fired missiles at Israel in an attempt to draw Israel into the conflict. However, Israel did not retaliate, thanks in part to the United States’ efforts to convince Israel to remain out of the conflict.

In addition to these historical events, there are also several quotes from biblical scholars, historians, and politicians that support the United States’ support for Israel. For example, in his book The Case for Israel, Alan Dershowitz writes, “The struggle between Israel and its enemies is not simply a dispute over territory, nor is it a religious conflict between Jews and Muslims. It is, rather, a clash between two fundamentally different worldviews: one that values human life and individual freedom, and one that values death and submission to the will of Allah.” Dershowitz’s statement highlights the importance of Israel as a bastion of democracy and individual freedom in a region that is often characterized by authoritarianism and oppression.

Similarly, former British Prime Minister Winston Churchill once said, “The Jews are the most formidable and the most remarkable race that has appeared in the world.” Churchill’s statement acknowledges the resilience and tenacity of the Jewish people, who have faced centuries of persecution and discrimination, yet have managed to thrive and make significant contributions to the world.

Finally, former U.S. President Ronald Reagan once said, “Israel is the only place in the Middle East where Christians, Jews, and Muslims are all free to worship and live in peace.” Reagan’s statement highlights the importance of Israel as a beacon of religious tolerance and coexistence in a region that is often characterized by sectarian conflict.

In conclusion, there are several reasons why the United States should support Israel. Firstl, the Bible clearly states that God has chosen Israel as his people, and as such, Israel holds a special place in the hearts of many Christians. Second, Israel has faced centuries of persecution and discrimination, and the establishment of the State of Israel was a response to this persecution. Supporting Israel is a way of standing with the Jewish people and ensuring their safety and security. Third, Israel is a key ally for the United States in the Middle East, sharing similar values and providing important military and intelligence capabilities. Finally, there are several quotes from biblical scholars, historians, and politicians that support the United States’ support for Israel, highlighting the importance of Israel as a bastion of democracy, religious tolerance, and coexistence in a region that is often characterized by authoritarianism and sectarian conflict. As such, the United States’ support for Israel is not only a moral imperative, but also serves the strategic interests of the United States in the Middle East.

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