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The Authoritarian Left Flip Flops “Your Papers Please!”

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Under Germany’s Nazi totalitarian regime, a tight grip of control was exercised over the entire population through the “German National Registration System.” This rigid and fearsome system was used by the police state to exercise control over individuals and, in the ultimate terror, sent millions to their death. The German police state has become familiar to us all in its depictions in TV shows and movies over the years with the SS Officer stopping citizens in the street and barking the order “Your papers please!”

Such dramatic scenes are a nightmarish reminder to all of what happens when unchecked government power goes to the extreme. In 2010, when the left went into a hysteric meltdown over Arizona’s SB70 Bill, many Civil Libertarians like me found some areas of agreement with their arguments. The Arizona Law required resident aliens to always carry their registration papers with them and made it a crime for them to not have possession of their papers when requested by a law enforcement officer. Many critics on the left referred to the law as the “Your Papers Please Law” and they rightfully drew comparisons to the German police state. Sort of. The Arizona law did not apply to American citizens, but that is a minor point. And like with everything else they do not like, the left tried to make the argument about race. That too missed the larger point. The larger point, and the one that I agree with, is that we do not want to live in a society that requires people who are walking down the street to have to produce any type of registration paper. I shared a fear that Arizona’s law could open the door to an encroaching police state that would eventually impact all citizens.

The ability to move about freely, to “assemble” with little to no interference from any agent of the government is a cornerstone of a free republic and it is essential to capitalism. Mobility fosters collaboration, creativity, and spurs economic activity that is essential to a flourishing, productive, and healthy society. Some of the same people and organizations who purported to understand this back in 2010 are now clamoring for Vaccine Passports and “proof of vaccination.”

As one example, a CNN headline today informs us of the “Vaccinated Americans Allowed to Taste Freedom,” this story is a far cry in tone from CNN’s 2010 story titled “Immigration law polarizes Arizonans.” In the former story (2021), a Dr. Leana Wen lets us know that “people who are fully vaccinated should be able to travel — should be encouraged to travel, and that’s one of those incentives that we can give as a way for restoring freedoms, that you now are able to travel and go visit your loved ones and go to museums and cultural institutions once you’re fully vaccinated.” In the latter story (from 2010) we are asked to join in the lament of one Jessica Meija who shares: “Even if you’re legal, you’re in fear that maybe your driver’s license isn’t going to be enough or if you’re walking down the street and the police stop you…. It’s a constant fear we’re living in and even legal citizens are afraid to go out.”

In 2010, the left, CNN, and people like Jessica Meija were advocating for freedom of assembly and mobility. Requiring proof of papers was seen as a government overreach. In 2021, CNN and Dr. Leana Wen are going to “give” us “incentives as a way of restoring freedoms.” What all actors in both stories are missing is that only our creator gives us our freedoms, not CNN, not the CDC, and not Dr. Leana Wen. Our nation is founded on the principles articulated in the Declaration of Independence that we are “endowed” with our rights and our freedoms. They cannot be unjustly taken from us, and when they are, we have every right to stand up and fight those efforts. But I digress.

There is a growing theme emerging in the media and from certain government mouthpieces, if you have proof of a vaccine, you can be “free again.” This push for what amounts to “Immunity Passports” is unethical and dangerous. We know the dark history of Nazi Germany’s “Your papers please” culture, but right here in the United States in 19th Century New Orleans, presumed immunity to Yellow Fever was used to justify White Supremacy. This past year has shown us the socio-economic divides exacerbated by COVID-19 as celebrities and the rich and the famous skipped in line and had quick and easy access to tests and vaccines ahead of those less fortunate. The same disparity would exist in the granting of Immunity Passports. Individuals and organizations with greater wealth and resources will have access to these passports quicker than everyone else and this will only widen the gap between the elite and everyone else.

What would an America that required proof of Immunity look like? Are there scenarios that would require law enforcement to “stop and frisk” people to check for their proof of immunity? This too is a practice the left once opposed and now they seem ready to advocate for it. Wouldn’t minority populations and the undocumented immigrants the left so frequently champions be disproportionately targeted in a world of Immunity Passports?

Once you stop and think about the modern authoritarian left and all of their contradictions you start to realize that many of the positions they take are not based on sound ideological principles. Rather, the modern authoritarian leftist takes their positions based on whatever is most convenient for them at the time in the pursuit of gaining and getting more of one thing, power. While the left flip flops between advocating for civil liberties and calling for their end; at least Arizona remains consistent in their police state efforts. They have recently been sending health department personnel to knock on people’s doors to make sure they have been vaccinated. “Your papers please!”

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Will Democrats Do What They Must?

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On a warm August evening in 1974, President Richard M. Nixon said from the Oval Office that he was resigning, becoming the first president to do so. He confessed that he no longer had “a strong enough political base in the Congress” to finish his term.

Sen. Barry Goldwater, Ariz., the 1964 GOP presidential nominee, was a respected conservative leader in a Senate whose Republican ranks were less conservative than now. In a May 1973 interview with Time magazine, Goldwater had given an early warning, “If it can be proved that he (Nixon) lied, resignation would have to be considered. It would be quick. Everything would be over, ended. It wouldn’t drag out like impeachment.”

At a regular Senate Republican Conference lunch on august 6 of 1974, Goldwater had fumed: “There are only so many lies you can take, and now there has been one too many. Nixon should get his ass out of the White House today!” When he went to see President Nixon, Goldwater confided, “There’s not more than 15 senators for you.” After that showdown, the curtain on President Nixon’s presidency came down three days later.

In this challenging time in our history when President Biden’s competency is under serious question, will Democrat leaders have the courage to do the same? With this report, more Democrats and Independents will be less inclined to vote for Biden. That may very well impact the future of many Democrat politicians whose own election could be impacted if their voting base stays home. After his Wednesday night address, the evidence that Biden is in trouble is plainly obvious.

President Biden’s poll numbers are now at an all time low. The shocking Department of Justice Special Counsel Robert Hur report suggests that Biden should not be indicted because Biden is “a sympathetic, well-meaning, elderly man with a poor memory” that a jury would be unlikely to convict. The Special Counsel also noted that Biden “willfully retained and disclosed classified materials after his vice presidency when he was a private citizen;” he noted that such actions “present serious risks to national security.” It is clearly a risk for Biden to remain in office.

When President Biden addressed the country after the report was disclosed, he asserted that his memory was fine, and the report confirms that he was not indicted and did nothing wrong. His comments to the press questions were combative and defensive. He took no personal responsibility, blaming his staff for the faulty storage of classified documents. His message was strident and clear-Trump is guilty, and I did nothing wrong.

If he is not competent to stand trial for his actions, how can he be confident enough to remain president? It’s time for a private confrontation by Democrat leadership. If Biden does not listen, it is time to exercise the 25th amendment option to remove him from office.

It is not easy to use that 25th Amendment option. It is even more difficult with only 9 months before a critical national election. Waiting until the Democrat Convention in August leaves little time to right the ship and promote a replacement candidate.

Democrats, do your job to clean out your own house. President Biden is not competent to meet the challenges of our time. Do it now or pay the price in November. As Republicans, we hope you let Biden remain your candidate, but that is selfish. President Biden is our current leader and his decisions impact all of us and a world in turmoil. This isn’t about politics. We can’t afford even eleven more months of a mentally incompetent President.

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Claudine Gay, Ex-Harvard President, Will Strike it Rich in 2024

Gay will be a hot ticket at conferences leading up to the 2024 election.

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If she were a straight white male, Claudine Gay’s career in academia would have been completely finished weeks ago. Along with the presidents of MIT and (then) University of Pennsylvania, as a result of Gay’s anti-Semitism and her disastrous testimony before Congress in December, much of the country was in an uproar.

Pretzel Logic

Days later, when it was discovered that Gay had plagiarized or inappropriately paraphrased and lifted passages from other authors, from a variety of academic works, that would have sealed her fate. In this utterly illogical age of unreason, just the opposite of what ought to happen actually did happen. The Harvard bigwigs backed her!

Gay punched all of the intersectionality buttons: Black, gay, female, and what else you want to throw into the mix. So was she not terminated from her widely visible, high-profile position. Luckily for Harvard, she quit as president! She retains her cushy post as professor, however, at $900,000 per year. And more amazing good fortune likely is in store for her. She may well reap an income bonanza unlike most other college presidents in the U.S. or around the world.

You have to understand that Gay is actually a hero to many factions on the Left. Let’s see … she stood up to the man! She let Congress have it with both barrels. She defended her academic turf. She stuck with what she believes in. She didn’t kowtow to the U.S. pro-Israeli faction. She spoke her truth! My goodness, what a leader, what a noble soul, what a speaker we might have at our convention!

Media Darlings

A variety of questionable figures on the Left have become darlings to groups who lap up their every word. If you think this won’t happen with Ms. Gay, think again.

Unbelievably, the parents of Trayvon Martin became media darlings. Martin was a violent teenager who punched a bus driver in the face, stole money and other items at school, and was suspended from school at the time of his death. He met his fate while pounding George Zimmerman’s head into a sidewalk.

Democratic groups have celebrated the Martins ever since then. Their public appearances were considered to be special. In another minute, with a cracked skull, Zimmerman might have bled out and died, making Martin a murderer.

Honored at the DNC Convention

The parents of Michael Brown also made the rounds and were accorded celebrity status. The super-sized 18-year-old from Ferguson, MO had stolen cigars and choked a small Asian convenience store clerk just 10 minutes before he had tried to wrestle a gun away from an officer sitting in his police car.

Had Brown, whose fingerprints were all over the officer’s car, successfully taken the officer’s gun, Brown, too, might have been a murderer. At the Democrat National Convention attendees couldn’t get enough of Brown’s noble mother. Sadly, the city of Ferguson, MO, paid Brown’s family an extorted $1.5 million, largely due to fears of more mob violence.

If parents who’ve raised career criminals are celebrated, what are Claudine Gay’s prospects?

Prospects Aplenty

Presumably, she has no violent incidents in her past. Prior to her resignation as Harvard president she may have already, privately signed on with one of the top speaker’s bureaus from either in Boston, New York, or Washington, D.C. Bureaus value having partisan speakers in their lineup when they can book such individuals at large conferences and conventions. Gay will be a hot ticket leading up to the 2024 election.

She will be featured as the head liner at many conferences.

How much can she glean from such appearances? The floor is 20 to 40 thousand per outing, but 50 to 75 thousand is within reach, of which the bureau takes 25%. At that level of earnings for a speech, she could easily exceed another $900,000 by the end of the year. Will you earn $1,800,000 in the next ten years?

Knowing No Bounds

As one audience after another offers her special treatment, her already outsized, over-privileged ego will know no bounds, and all of her past sins will be long forgotten. The groups to whom she speaks will consider themselves to have done their part in promoting diversity, equity, and inclusion. Gay’s intersectionality seals the deal, so by any measure, it’s a win-win-win (bureau, speaker, and audience) for Leftists.

To those on the Right, such developments are sickening, but we’ve come to accept that this is the world as it is currently. With all the devastation and destruction promulgated by the Biden administration, we have much bigger fish to fry.

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