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The Left’s Transformation From Anti-Establishment Free Speech Advocate to Government Control and Lockdowns

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The days of the 1960s are long gone when the left was known as the defender of free speech and resisting government control. Since the leftists eventually got their way, transforming government into a vehicle promoting their version of values — which consists of few morals combined with requiring everyone to bend over backwards in order to comply with this attitude, no matter the damage — they now seek to defend the status quo. Can you imagine the hippies of the ‘60s at outdoor rock concerts wearing masks and social distancing? Of course not. Now the left attacks the right for gathering in crowds without obeying the lockdowns. Hollywood stars proudly virtue signal by posting photos of themselves wearing masks on social media. 

 

Why did the left desert its principles? It’s because the left’s nonconformist behavior in the 1960s was never really about freedom and free speech. The left’s “principles” were really about forcing people to agree with their ideas, which can be boiled down to making everyone else as uncomfortable as they are. If you understand that about the left, you can explain any of their behavior, no matter how erratic. For example, they don’t appreciate evidence of our Judeo-Christian heritage, so they don’t want to let you enjoy it. Now that they’re fully entrenched in power, they love it and it’s made them want more power, which is why they are expanding the size and control of big government.

 

Their ideas have never been compatible with free speech and minimal government. Prominent Democratic presidents Woodrow Wilson and Franklin D. Roosevelt both pushed through a massive expansion of government power in the early 20th century. The 1960s was an aberration, which emerged because a faction on the left was too impatient to usher new radical changes through the usual political processes. 

 

So for a brief period of time, the left appeared to care about free speech and opposing big government. This may explain why so many intelligent neocons were leftists in the 1960s. But as we’ve seen in hindsight, it was mostly a facade. The hippies opposed the government because it didn’t give them the radical agenda they wanted — not because it was too big and controlling. They engaged in controversial free speech so they could ultimately force unpopular viewpoints on others. Marching for abortion rights carrying coat hangers paved the way to make abortion legal everywhere.  

 

Notice you rarely hear about the ACLU anymore? The left won most of their free speech battles during the years following the 1960s. These included legalizing pornography and virtual child pornography, and what used to be considered obscene by getting the courts to narrow the definition of obscene. So the free speech battles now are on the right, which the leftist ACLU doesn’t want to defend. Once in a while the ACLU will defend neo-Nazis or white supremacists, in order to show it’s being “fair.” Well, that’s not being fair, those offensive groups aren’t “conservative,” they’re radicals who often have ties to the left. The most prominent white supremacist today, Richard Spencer, voted for Biden. Nazism is actually socialism, which is on the left. 

 

Today, the left is in overdrive stamping out free speech everywhere. Can’t criticize transgenders, can’t discuss that objections to election fraud could lead to civil disobedience, can’t post satirical memes because they’re fake news, etc. At first, the left tried to defend the censorship by saying it was merely private big tech censoring conservatives. While big tech is taking the lead here, the censorship is occurring at all levels of society. 

 

The left films people carrying signs or speaking in public places that results in terrible treatment by the left, including death threats. The left shows up at the right’s rallies and drowns out their speech with noise or hassles the police into making the rallies inoperable. A man posted a voting meme and was prosecuted by the DOJ — he wasn’t merely banned from social media. The left showed up at talk show host Tucker Carlson’s home and banged on his door threatening “We know where you sleep at night.” Rep. Maxine Waters (R-Calif.) instructed people to harass Trump officials in public.  

 

Conservative intellectual Dennis Prager explained concisely why the left fears free speech: “One articulate conservative can undo years of left-wing indoctrination in a one-hour talk or Q&A.” Facts, logic and reason are on our side. With technology now advancing so fast, young people are quickly finding ways around censorship, forcing the left to get big tech involved and expanding the censorship to every segment of society. 

 

A moderate friend told me he could deal with the left if they would just back off on the lockdowns. He thinks they’ve finally gone too far. But the left will not allow people to pick and choose their viewpoints, they are required to adopt the whole slate or risk the consequences. A good friend of mine who voted for Biden hides her activities from her more radical friends because she disagrees with the masks and extreme measures. Who wants to be associated with the party of perpetual masks and social distancing, which is what the Democratic Party has become lately? Even some European countries to the left of us have backed down there. 

 

No one in the U.S. even attempts to claim anymore that the Democrats are the anti-establishment and free speech party. Generation Z has grown up without any remnant of the ‘60s left. They’ve never known anything other than Democrats as the party of Big Brother. Thanks to hindsight, they naturally see the ‘60s as the vanguard to the Democrats’ big government today, not the idyllic mirage the left created. 

 

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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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Nancy Pelosi: The Personification of Evil

Nancy Pelosi should be lead away from Congress in handcuffs and ankle chains

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Last year, Newt Gringich condemned Nancy Pelosi as the “most dangerous Speaker of the House we’ve had… She doesn’t mind abusing power. She doesn’t mind running over people.” Indeed! She praises Biden, downplays inflation, ignores the plight of her own constituency, deals in insider trading, and continually flouts the law and the U.S. Constitution. Has there ever been a Speaker more venal, more vicious, and more vindictive than Nancy Pelosi?

From her private hair salon visits – when everybody else was locked down – to her gourmet ice cream, to her embrace of riots that didn’t put her in danger, to her attempted civilization-destroying HR-1 bill, to her continual public persona of feigned sincerity, there is plenty to dislike. It seems as if the near octogenarian is evil personified, and getting worse each day.

Beyond Credibility

Ms. Pelosi is so out of touch with what everyday Americans experience that she is almost an anachronism. Her unbounded hatred of Donald Trump exceeded that of the typical leftist. From ripping up his whirlwind 2020 State of the Union speech, to all of the little acts that she’s undertaken, her phoniness is amply on display.

On numerous occasions, while he was president, she said “I’m praying for President Trump.” Can anyone, let alone God, accept that as the truth? She pushed the impeachment button twice, and would do it a third time and fourth time, if the ‘opportunity’ were to arise.

The first impeachment was based on shoddy information and shallow rationale. Even far leftists should have been up in arms. Don’t they know that they’ve opened the wrong door and that this will happen to them, some day soon?

The Loneliest Number

Based on one unidentified whistleblower, Pelosi initiated impeachment proceedings against President Trump, primarily as a result of a phone call he had with the Ukrainian prime minister.

Next, as The Washington Post has begrudgingly pointed out, Donald Trump had no impact on the Capitol riot that took place on January 6th. The riot had been pre-planned by members of Antifa, as well as some right-wingers. It didn’t matter what President Trump said on the Mall, these people had already planned to rush the Capitol and occupy it for however long they could.

To impeach Donald Trump a second time, after he was already out of office (which makes the quest absurd), Nancy Pelosi and the looney Left needed a valid rationale. The FBI report didn’t support them, nor did the timeline of events.

No One is Safe

Today, anyone who plans a rally or protest in Washington, D.C., or elsewhere, whose members are infiltrated by others, could be subject to the same erroneous charges. Thus by impeaching Donald Trump a second time, Pelosi was all but saying to the American public, your right to assembly, which can be upset by intruders, who plant a false flag (a familiar tactic of the Left), makes you liable. This is a flat out attack on the First Amendment.

Infiltrating the rallies, assemblies, and peaceful protests of the opposing party is straight out of Saul Alinsky’s Rules for Radicals, a handbook on how to undermine and destroy America. Alinsky dedicated his book to the devil, and one can only hope that he became a permanent resident, for eternity, doing heavy labor, 24/7, in the hottest section of Hell.

A Cozy Cell?

When Pelosi’s time on Earth is over, and editors write her obituary, perhaps some will have enough objectivity to say that among all the Speakers of the House since the nation was founded, she did not serve with distinction.

She manipulated her office and the American public, on a continual basis, for her own personal power, for the wealth she could generate, and to diminish our freedoms as Americans. If this isn’t said about her, then whoever writes the obituary will be engaging in fantasy.

Nancy Pelosi should be lead away from Congress in handcuffs and ankle chains. She is a criminal and her crimes against America are vast and deep. The things she has done in the name of ‘democracy’ are so bogus that democracy itself cries out.

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The Issues that Will Matter Most in the November Election

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November is looming on the horizon. There are predictions of major gains by Republicans. But there are wild cards that no one can predict their impact—The war in Ukraine, the Hunter Biden investigation and potential litigation, new COVID variants and the resulting mask “wars,” “transgender” issues, ensuring a “fair election,” along with the Durham investigation that can impact both Hillary Clinton and others. The mainstream media and Democrats want these stories to fade into the rearview mirror, but Republicans will work to keep them front and center when they work to their advantage.

But what issues will drive the electorate to the polls this November? Here are ten issue that will be vying for attention in this critical election year.

Inflation: Inflation is advancing at an unprecedented rate acting as a tax on every American as the value of their dollars are less and less. With Democrats in power, money is being printed and our deficit is growing at an every-increasing rate. Democrats threw $2 trillion into an overheating economy on top of the $3 trillion bipartisan COVID-relief bill. They then passed another trillion-plus-dollar infrastructure bill. Inflation is reducing the value of each dollar, destroying the buying power of the very people they claim to support—the poor and middle class.

Law and Order: Crime is a growing problem in America. From the threats of defunding police to lenient district attorneys unwilling to hold criminals accountable, citizens are more and more concerned about their own family’s safety. Progressive leaders have initiated criminal-justice reforms with the intent of rectifying the imbalance of black Americans who are arrested, convicted and incarcerated. But that does not deal with the reality of crime in our cities. White Americans make up 76% of the population with black Americans representing only 13%. Yet, in 2020, at least 9,941 black Americans were murdered compared to just 7,043 whites The No. 1 cause of preventable death for young black men is homicide, usually committed by another young black man. From brazen snatch and grab mobs to attacks on the streets, law and order will be a strong issue in the Fall.

Border Security: Biden’s immigration policies have created the worst immigration crisis in American history. In Biden’s first year as president, a record 1.65 million Illegal migrants were intercepted crossing into the United States, doubling the encounters in 2020. As with President Trump, over 50% were expelled under Title 42. Those apprehended, instead of being expelled, were held temporarily and then released or bused to cities across the country. President Biden’s plans to let Title 42 expire could limit expulsions and result in as many as 18,000 apprehensions a day allowed to stay by Customs and Border Protection. Candidates calling to stem the tide of illegals, to finish the Southern border wall, and to reinstitute Title 42 and the “Remain in Mexico” policy will echo strong in November with many frustrated Americans.

Energy Independence: Under Biden, America as gone from energy independence to energy dependence relying on oil from less than friendly countries using less environmentally sound drilling practices. Alternative energy sources are currently unable and may never be able to sustain our economy. By ending construction of Keystone pipeline and curtailing drilling on government land Biden has put our future at peril and added to our inflationary spiral.

Self-reliance over Government Dependence: America was formed to protect individual citizens from government overreach and oppression. From the beginning, the focus was on ensuring the pursuit happiness, not hiring politicians to take from one’s neighbor to pay for what one should earn themselves. Fewer people are working; they are looking to Washington for their next government handout. The Foundation for Government Accountability calculated that the enhanced unemployment payments and monthly child tax credits have added to existing benefits for lower-income Americans. That translates to about $3,700 per month for a two-child family, or $44,300 per year in payments. Why work? Such largesse contributes to our labor shortage. Campaigning on less government and letting working citizens keep more of what they earn instead of subsidizing those who don’t work is a winning issue.

School Choice vs Government Controlled Education: Teacher unions are investing heavily to keep public schools in control of education in America. Unions would like to extend that control to pre-schools. Popular charter schools are under attack. Parents are increasingly concerned that Critical Race Theory and sexual preferences/sexual practices curriculum will be forced on their elementary school children. Many minority parents want to get their children out of under-performing public schools. School choice would give parents the dollars to make their own choice of what school to send their children.

Racial Equality: Shouts of “Black Lives Matter,” “Critical Race Theory,” “White Privilege,” and “Black Reparations,” are beginning to be shown for what they are—another form of racism. America is built on the God-based value that all lives matter. We will always need to work to further that ideal, but policies that attempt to put one race over another must never win the day. There are racists from all races. It’s time responsible citizens stand for equal rights for all.

Fair Taxes: With allowances and child credits, more and more Americans seem willing to make their hard-working neighbors pay for their free ride. To say that the wealthy do not pay their fair share is not supported by the facts. The top 1% paid about $615 billion in federal income taxes in 2018, which accounted for about 40% of all federal income taxes paid. The bottom half of the income distribution paid about 3% of federal income taxes that year. Recent results now indicate that 57% of Americans pay no federal income tax. It’s time to stop making the IRS a welfare agency; all should pay some tax.

Clean Environment: There is evidence that economic freedom is the answer to the environmental goals of cleaner air, water, and a sustainable planet. In a C3 Solutions report called “Free Economies are Clean Economies,” it can be shown that “mostly free” economies, according to The Heritage Foundation’s Index, scored twice as high on Yale’s Environmental Performance Index than “mostly unfree” economies. We don’t need more government regulations and controls; we need the freedom to unleash American innovation.

Limiting Abortion: It has been estimated that over 62 million children have lost their chance to live at the hand of abortionists since the passage of Roe v. Wade. Speculation is growing about whether the high court will hear an abortion case in this term that could result in the Supreme Court overturning Roe v. Wade. If that occurs before November, such a ruling would clearly make abortion a key election issue. States are already acting to limit abortions; in those states, this issue will be elevated.

Issues aside, there is another reality that cannot be dismissed in November. The party out of power normally makes significant gains in the mid-term elections. For example, with the Obama administration, Republicans picked up 63 seats in the House and 6 seats in the Senate in his first mid-term election. Joe Biden is no Obama. Similar results would produce a change in power in both the Senate and the House of Representatives. Conservative Republicans can hardly wait to make that a reality.

Terry Paulson is PhD psychologist, author, and professional speaker on Earned Optimism, Making Change Work, Claiming Your American Dream, and Becoming a Conservative Values Voter. Contact him at [email protected]

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