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Do you play chess? If so, then you know that when your opponent moves harmless pawns into positions that block your defenses, soon you will lose to a devastating blow that you didn’t see coming.
Democrats know this and they are counting on your inaction. They will use words that seem caring and harmless while they take actions that will soon leave you defenseless.

They say that adding Supreme Court Justices will update an obsolete system and make it more “fair.” They tell you that the District of Columbia and the territory of Puerto Rico deserve to be represented in Congress. (By the way, they already are.) They tell you that our nation was founded by “slave owners” and “white supremacists.” Note that slavery of whites and blacks was common all over the world in those days. None were pure in this regard. They accuse our country of being systemically flawed and predisposed to discrimination and oppression. 

America is the best place on Earth for a person of color today. No country has ever been as accommodating, accepting and empowering of multiple races, genders, lifestyles and abilities as America is today. Nowhere is there a better place to be alive today if you have a unique difference that might limit you. 

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In order to make you agreeable to the idea of uninhibited immigration they focus on compassion for the problems of the invaders, not outrage over the violation of our borders, nor the burdens placed on our system. Why would they want unrestricted immigration? Because more dependents equals more demand for government solutions, ergo, more government control over daily life in America. Socialism and Communism require a permanent underclass of needy people. When the populace becomes self-sufficient they don’t need government so much. That is also why small businesses are shut down so thoroughly. If you have your own business then you become more independent and that won’t do for government to control you. 

Why Shut People Down?

Why shut down the entire economy and much of the world over a disease (Covid 19) that is not as threatening as many others? Because fear is the goal! We’ve been terrified by AIDS, Ebola, SARS, MERS, and in the past Tuberculosis, Polio and others. Rightly, we should be concerned. But terrified and hiding in our homes? No. The benefit to the Left of a shutdown and panic is evident. The more afraid we are, the more compliant we are. The more compliant we are, the more controllable we become. They can implement new laws and restrictions while we are afraid and then, when the threat is lessened, they only loosen a few of the restrictions.

Think about how air travel has become like entering a prison system with permanent pat downs and approvals needed. This is the same principle used in nature by a boa constrictor. It wraps itself around its prey and then tightens the grip. When the prey takes a breath the snake increases the grip, this reduces the prey’s ability to breathe bit by bit until it suffocates. It’s not the bone crushing but the suffocation that causes the death. 

Raise Taxes!

Why would increased taxes on corporations and employers be such a bad idea? Because the people who run businesses are the only source of non-government jobs. When companies have to pay more, they have to charge more for their products and they give fewer raises to their employees. When the government runs low on money due to taxing businesses into submission, they print more money without reserves to back the currency. In other words, they create “play money”, paper that has little or no value. Once they do this repeatedly then inflation sets in and all prices increase, for all people at all income levels.

What effect did the shut down of the Keystone Pipeline have on the average citizen? It raised their gasoline prices overnight. That is inflation and it didn’t just make your gas cost more. It made everyone’s gas cost more. When the trucks that deliver your groceries, clothing, supplies, etc. have to pay more for gas, they charge more for their products. That is a tax increase that you didn’t agree to nor get to vote on. 

What about “green technology”?

Aren’t electric cars and other such innovations going to lessen our need for fossil fuels and eliminate them altogether at some point? No. Fossil fuel, especially natural gas, is abundantly available and not harmful to the environment when used responsibly. Modern cars are amazingly efficient in this respect and America is the least polluting among all major countries on Earth. But the unrecognized fact is that electric cars require an immense amount of fossil fuel in order to be created. Petroleum products make life on Earth healthier and safer than any other single energy source. For proof of this, read Dr. Alex Epstein’s excellent book The Moral Case For Fossil Fuels. Of course we should be responsible and clean and considerate in our choice of and use of energy, but abandoning the best fuel source on Earth because news sources tell us we’re all going to die soon is not the way. PS: for generations now the Left has told us we were in imminent danger of extinction, but somehow it hasn’t materialized. Global Warming was preceded by Global Cooling, world overpopulation, rising sea levels and many other unsolvable threats that would make us want more government agencies. Now they just call it “Climate Change” and they don’t have to worry about whether it is warm or cool. 

More jobs!

What the Democrats are saying is “More Government” jobs. It’s just that the word “government” is silent, at first. A trillion dollars of your money spent on creating more government agencies and contracts cannot be sustained. At some point, coming soon to a cash register or bank account near you, the economy will collapse. That creates a massive opportunity for the Left to step into total control. In that instance there can be an overnight conversion from a Democratic Republic to a Socialist takeover. It’s a “tipping point” that is accelerated by each new mega-spending spree. “If we just do this one then our problem will go away.” Nope! 

Another major tactic of the Left, as personified in today’s Democrat party, is to repeatedly raise fears over problems that cannot be resolved. It is the state of fear itself that they are seeking to cultivate. More fear equals more willingness to become dependent upon government. More dependency equals the need for even more government. More government means more control and less resistance. As Senator Lindsey Graham pointed out in disgust in a recent Senate hearing, “All you guys care about is Power!” Yep, that’s the plan. 

They attack the person not just their position.

The Left knows that if you trust someone then you will cooperate with them. So they attack the source, the person who is promoting whatever the Left opposes. They did an exceptional job of making people hate Trump because they knew that his concepts worked and people would become more self-reliant and less needy. By making him a hated threat they defeated his causes with a “bank shot.” They do their best to dethrone our heroes, especially our Founding Fathers. If they can weaken your respect for our Founders, then they can attack what they created: The Constitution, The Three Branches of Government, The Bill of Rights, etc. and get you to agree to amending these amazing pillars of our society. If they can change the Constitution and the balance of power in government you can be assured that it will tilt toward giving them more control and giving you more government intrusion into your daily life. 

What’s behind the name?

They have become masters at hiding their poisons inside tasty looking packages. Like the hypocritical “Antifa” who claim to be anti-fascist while behaving in a pure fascist manner. Democrats have chosen deceptive names for all their initiatives. “Obamacare” aka “the Affordable Care Act” was doubly false. First, Obama clearly didn’t care whether your costs would go up or that you would lose your healthcare provider and your chosen doctor. He repeatedly promised that both were safe, knowing that neither would be. And it was not “affordable” for people at any level of income! They sold it by emphasizing how many people didn’t have coverage, then it took almost two years for them to coerce enough people into it to make it sustainable. Remember that even their website didn’t work despite tens of millions spent on it? How is that possible when Visa, Amazon, Apple, Microsoft, eBay, and others have immense systems that are already proven? Who got the tens of millions? 

Now they veil their poisons with misleading names like “Covid Relief” and “Infrastructure” renewal. They propose completely illogical concepts like non-ID voting, the elimination of law enforcement and compassion for unknown immigrants as excuses for more government spending. Pause and reflect…what is the government spending? Your money…more taxes are always needed. There was never enough taxation to satisfy them, ever. Think about that. How come taxation doesn’t sometimes decrease? Because Democrats are in power. When Republicans are in power taxes often decline. Trump proved the economic wisdom of this by lowering taxes for all and eliminating regulations that had just kept bureaucrats working in government jobs. This freed the economy into an historic boom and the lower taxes paid on all that growth equaled more money than any of the Democrat’s forced taxation ever produced. 

What’s inside this delicious looking cake they are selling us? More Fear! Fear is their goal. With us afraid, all their controls can be put permanently in place. Nothing big at first. Just wrap their constricting coils around us and tell us that it is a hug to keep us safe. Then as we gasp from fear, they increase the grip. Once they have enough control then resistance is futile. Don’t ignore harmless pawns, they could be hiding a ruthless strike. 

To paraphrase Weight Watchers, “Nothing tastes as good as…self-reliance and freedom feels.” Don’t eat that cake! 

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Jim Cathcart, CSP, CPAE is an Executive MBA Professor, Author of 20 books, Hall of Fame Professional Speaker, Top 1% TEDx video (2.4 million views), US Army veteran, Singer/Songwriter, and Lifelong Motorcyclist. He is known as "Your Virtual VP" for his advisory work with organizations worldwide. Based in Texas...and proud of it!



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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:

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  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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The Most Important Scholar You’ve Never Heard Of

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Thomas Sowell is many things. He’s a historian, an economist, philosopher, and more. He also may very possibly be the most important scholar that you haven’t heard of. Thomas started life on his own at age 17 when he moved out into a homeless shelter and later was drafted into the Marine Corps. Later, he graduated from Harvard and went on to study government regulations coming to some remarkable explanations and solutions. PragerU tells Thomas’s inspiring story in this video linked below.

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