In this day and age, with the dominance of social media and its censorship of conservatives, not to mention poll after poll indicating a rise in popularity for socialism and communism among America’s youth, it is easy to get discouraged about the future of this country.
However, a recent poll by Young America’s Foundation (YAF) and Echelon Insights, reported by TownHall, shows a rather interesting picture about the way in which America’s youth views this country.
According to the poll, 82% of surveyors held a “very” or “somewhat” favorable opinion of the American flag, with 91% of high-school students and 73% of high school graduates saying the same. This tells us something very interesting which I will get to in a minute, though I doubt you haven’t figured it out yet.
In any case, 57% of respondents said “they believe America is ‘exceptional and unique’ and is a country that ‘values liberty.’” 54% also felt that America offers “opportunity for all who work for it,” and 46% said America is both a “good example for other countries” and that the nation “values justice”; 43% said the country “values equality.”
63% of respondents said they felt “extremely” or “very” comfortable standing for the national anthem and 58% were comfortable with reciting the Pledge of Allegiance.
80% of surveyors also reported a “very” or “somewhat” favorable view of war veterans, 75% favor the military, 72% the Constitution, 65% the Founding Fathers, and 57% favored the history of this country as a whole. Interestingly, 34% of respondents said they would be “extremely” or “very” willing to serve the country if we were to be attacked, 31% said they would serve if we went to war and 30% said they would serve during “peacetime.”
Now, there is a very important aspect to this poll, which takes me back to one of the figures earlier: the 91% of high school students and 73% of graduates who have a favorable opinion of the American flag. This is an indication of the sort of Marxist indoctrination that students go through post-high school, specifically in college.
The demographical makeup of the poll is as follows: 47% of respondents were male, while 53% were female. 42% of surveyors were high schoolers, or high-school aged, 13% were students working towards an associate’s degree, 31% working towards a bachelor’s degree and 7% towards a graduate degree. 21% of respondents reported being either “very” or “somewhat” conservative, 33% said they were “very” or “somewhat” progressive and 33% said they were moderate.
Perhaps the most important figure here is the number of high schoolers. A sizeable majority of the people surveyed here are still in high school, and while it’s been a long while since I have been in high school, I don’t exactly remember it as having been extremely Leftist to the point where I felt they were essentially indoctrinating me. Now, this was some time ago, as I said, and I was a bit more liberal at the time, so maybe I just didn’t really notice it too much, but I have no doubt that high schools generally indoctrinate kids less than universities do.
For example, there is this story about the daughter of a Republican Congressional candidate from Michigan who went on Twitter and outright begged for people to not vote for her father because he and she disagree on issues like socialism, communism, “systemic racism”, and other Leftist garbage. With the candidate being a conservative, I doubt he didn’t teach his daughter the right things. But whatever he may have taught her, it’s clear that the college he sent her to erased all of that and rewired her brain to be more like their desired communist puppet.
It’s no surprise at all that “college-educated” voters tend to vote Democrat, since colleges all attempt, to one extent or another, to indoctrinate kids to be against Republicans, conservatives, God and the country itself. So it really is no wonder to find such numbers in the YAF poll, considering that a sizable portion of the surveyors were still in high school. This is no knock on YAF, of course, but rather a warning of what sort of damage colleges do: they are meant to destroy any and all patriotism found within kids.
Parents tend to teach their kids to love this country, but colleges undo all of that. The ONLY reason the Left wants to make college free for anyone is so that more and more people attend and so that more and more people get indoctrinated.
People, including young generations, tend to be more patriotic when they are not subjected to mass indoctrination in colleges. Of course, government schools still try and do that, albeit to a lesser extent, but protecting oneself from the indoctrination of colleges is really the best solution, in my opinion.
Leftists might be calling to defund the police, but conservatives should be calling to defund universities (for a variety of reasons, not simply because they indoctrinate children, considering many colleges have ties to China, and that alone poses a massive national security threat for this country).
But apart from that, I am happy to see that even younger generations still typically hold conservative, patriotic beliefs. We must ensure, however, that the Left does not succeed in eroding such beliefs from our youth.
Happy Independence Day!
“How can a young man keep his way pure? By guarding it according to your word.”
Author: Freddie Marinelli.
Well, it took all of three weeks for the Capitol Hill Autonomous Zone (CHAZ) to have an incident of police brutality.
On Monday morning, CHAZ “security”, effectively the police of the zone, shot at a white Jeep repeatedly, killing a black 16-year-old and injuring a black 14-year-old in the process, supposedly due to the Jeep having driven through one of the barricades setting up the borders of the zone.
While few news sources are noting that it was the security force that perpetrated the shooting, AND Magazine makes the claim that it was CHAZ security, and security footage from the incident shows a woman shouting “Security! [unintelligible] We’re looking for a stolen Jeep. Multiple shots fired…”
Safe to say, if the woman was shouting “Security!” chances are that she is part of the CHAZ security force, as police tend to shout something similar.
As far as the reason for firing, supposedly, the people inside the vehicle had been firing at others, but seemingly no weapons had been recovered from the vehicle and the windows appeared to have been up (though the SPD reports that the crime scene aka the vehicle itself was tampered with, so it is certainly possible the kids inside the vehicle were firing, though much other evidence would have to come forward, such as what was shot and if people got hurt).
Regardless, one can’t help but look at this incident as “police brutality” perpetrated by people living in a zone that was created BECAUSE of police brutality. Counting this, there have been four shootings and, if I remember correctly, three of them led to black people being killed inside or near the CHAZ/CHOP zone.
CHAZ was illegitimately created as a response to the unjust killing of George Floyd, and in a matter of three weeks, you have what amounts to the police force in the zone going so far as to use lethal force, killing a black 16-year-old and injuring a black 14-year-old. The 16-year-old, I can assure you, won’t have his name trending on Twitter. The Left won’t be demanding people say his name. The Left won’t post a black square on Instagram in his honor. They won’t hold 738 funerals with hundreds of people risking infection to COVID-19 for this kid.
Now, the following day, on Tuesday, Seattle police forces shut down the CHAZ, following Mayor Jenny Durkam’s order, though let’s not pretend it had anything to do with the “police brutality” of the CHAZ “security” or any of the other violent crimes that occurred there in the last three weeks.
Late last week, Durkan announced she would be closing down the CHAZ by Sunday (she didn’t) supposedly due to the rampant crime going on in the zone, but it wasn’t until protesters, including communist councilwoman Kshama Sawant, showed up at her house to protest her decision.
Seemingly, as soon as the protesters began to be a threat to her, she decided to take action against them.
The Mayor’s office even had the audacity to claim in their statement that “Seattle can and should peacefully demonstrate but should not put families and children at risk.”
The communist mayor called the CHAZ the “summer of love” and claimed that Seattle was “fine”, despite a number of people having died already and numerous families having been put at risk. Remember, not everyone who was in CHAZ was there willingly. The insurrectionists outright took over a number of blocks. Plenty of people work and live in that area and were suddenly subject to the governing authority of college-indoctrinated communists who know very well how to destroy, but not build and run things. Families and children already were put at risk just by the riots themselves, let alone the insurrection, so don’t tell me the mayor did it because a number of families with children were put at risk. Just HER OWN family was put at risk. That was the only reason she decided to act.
And while I don’t blame her for acting for this reason, and in fact commend her for acting instead of bending the knee after being personally targeted like that, don’t try and tell me she did this because she was fearing the safety of the people of Seattle. She was perfectly fine with the insurrectionists taking over a part of Seattle, the CAPITOL HILL ITSELF, so long as she and her family were left alone and were totally unaffected. She is no different from the rest of the Left’s hypocrites, such as ESPN writer Chris Palmer encouraging the riots until the rioters got a bit too close to his neighborhood and home in specific, at which point he called them “animals”, or the mayors and council people who hired private security forces while calling for the defunding of the police.
Peace and safety for them, the ruling class, but none for you, the peasant class. Only THEY get to enjoy nice, peaceful lives. If you are the victim of violence because of the riots, it’s your fault for being in the way of “peaceful protesters fighting systemic racism”. If your life and the life of your family are at risk, too bad; don’t get in the way of “progress” and “healing”.
This is the same sort of mindset of the Soviets. John F. Kennedy, just about the only half-way decent Democrat in my mind (and even that is a bit of a stretch), once said: “We cannot negotiate with people who say what’s mine is mine and what’s yours is negotiable.” Communists have the mindset that what is theirs is theirs and what is yours is either negotiable, or also theirs. This is the mindset that comments like Obama’s infamous “you didn’t build that” comment stem from.
YOUR family doesn’t matter; theirs does. YOUR children don’t matter; theirs do. YOUR black life doesn’t matter if you stand in the way of the Left, as with the case of David Dorn and a slew of other black people and police officers who died trying to do the right thing. YOUR safety doesn’t matter if it stands in the way of the Leftist agenda.
And now, we have what is basically the police of the now-former CHAZ (in Seattle, at least, as there appears to be another CHAZ being formed in NYC, as if we needed another reason never to visit that crappy city) using violent and lethal force to take the life of a young black kid away, and injuring another one.
And don’t try and argue that they might’ve had good reason for it. You know the Left never cares about the reason a cop killed a black person. Michael Brown ASSAULTED the cop that ended up shooting him but the Left still hounded the officer, despite him having fired in self-defense. The Left gave no quarter to the officer in the Michael Brown shooting, despite it being self-defense, so what reason do I have to give quarter to the CHAZ security? The Left didn’t give Officer Wilson, the cop who killed Brown, the benefit of the doubt, so why should I give the benefit of the doubt to the CHAZ security?
Playing by the Left’s rules, the CHAZ “cops” killed a black teenager for no justifiable reason at all and should get the death penalty.
But either way, it is extremely ironic that an autonomous zone that was set up in response to police brutality (at least, that’s the official story) would feature a security force that would perpetuate police brutality.
Maybe the issue is about procedure and the circumstances surrounding an event, and not about the race of the officers and the suspect.
“If favor is shown to the wicked, he does not learn righteousness; in the land of uprightness he deals corruptly and does not see the majesty of the Lord.”
Author: Freddie Marinelli.
In the world of battling the outright insane religious beliefs of the climate doomsday cult, it is rare to see one who believes in climate change (at least, anthropogenic climate change, presumably) admit their wrongdoings and the dangerous nature of the climate alarmist movement that has traumatized young generations into believing the world will not even be around by the time they reach adulthood and that it is the fault of their parents and grandparents (and capitalism, because of course) that they are in such a situation. Usually, we just meet wacko after wacko pushing ever-more insane crap that has no basis in reality.
However, we do sometimes see actual climate scientists pushing back against the insane agenda of the climate doomsday cult (and suffer the consequences as a result). But even rarer than that is to see someone who used to participate in the very same climate alarmism and scare tactics recognize the error of their ways and attempt to not only atone but even apologize for it.
Which brings us to Michael Shellenberger, who wrote the following on environmentalprogress.org: “On Behalf Of Environmentalists, I Apologize For The Climate Scare.”
He begins by writing: “On behalf of environmentalists everywhere, I would like to formally apologize for the climate scare we created over the last 30 years. Climate change is happening. It’s just not the end of the world. It’s not even our most serious environmental problem.”
It must have taken a lot for the guy to come to grips with just how wrong the entire doomsday cult of climate change is and to come forward and apologize for having been a part of it. He further explains that he, himself, has been a climate activist for 20 years and an environmentalist for 30, has worked with the UN’s IPCC, serving as an Expert Reviewer of their Assessment Report. He even succeeded in convincing the Obama administration to invest in renewables.
He is, by no means, a “climate denier” (and that term has roots in “Holocaust denier” to delegitimize any opponents to the climate cult). He even explained that at 17, he lived in Nicaragua “to show solidarity with the Sandinista socialist revolution.” The guy is very much a Leftist, but at the very least, he is honest enough and sane enough to recognize the damage the Leftist climate cult has created.
Which is why he shares the following factoids:
So the guy is very much a liberal, and yet, he is willing to go against the cult by sharing these facts that directly contradict the cult’s narrative and rhetoric. Surely, there must be a reason, particularly for doing it now as opposed to any other time.
Well, as he explains, it wasn’t until last year that he began to be openly against the climate scare. Not because he believed it until last year, or because he was fully on board with the idea, but because of a couple of factors. For one, he says that he felt “embarrassed” about doing so, seeing as he, himself, was an alarmist for most of his life. As he explains, “for years, I referred to climate change as an ‘existential’ threat to human civilization, and called it a ‘crisis.’”
But that was only part of the reason for his avoidance of outspoken dissent. For the most part, he explains that he “was scared.” “I remained quiet about the climate disinformation campaign because I was afraid of losing friends and funding. The few times I summoned the courage to defend climate science from those who misrepresent it I suffered harsh consequences. And so I mostly stood by and did next to nothing as my fellow environmentalists terrified the public.”
“Gay Pride” month just ended, and I can’t help but make a noticeable connection between what Shellenberger said and what people on the Left often say about gay people: that it’s hard to come out to friends and family out of fear of rejection and consequences. That it’s hard to be gay or lesbian or whatever at work because of “persecution” or even for the potential of being fired just for that reason alone. However, the truth is that, in this day and age, it takes no courage at all to come out as gay or whatever else. Coming out as a conservative, a Christian, a Trump supporter, or even just as sane enough to not believe the climate cult’s agenda takes considerably more courage because THAT has more consequences in this day and age.
When you are a climate scientist and you offer a dissenting opinion towards the climate cult agenda, people will bash you into next week and there will outright be calls for your termination at your job. I have no doubt that Shellenberger truly was afraid of the consequences of doing what he’s doing and have no doubt that he already has, to one extent or another, suffer said consequences. I don’t know if he has suffered in terms of his job (and he wrote a book debunking the climate alarmists, which I will get to in a moment), but I have no doubt that, if nothing else, he has lost people he once considered “friends” for offering such dissent.
After all, being part of such a radical movement and then being outspokenly against it will brand you a traitor to the cause and leave you with few honest friends.
But what finally got Shellenberger to swallow said fear and come out against the insanity of the cult was a number of things. For one, there is what Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez said regarding what will happen in a 12 years if we “don’t do something” about climate change. Though that’s not the ONLY thing that got Shellenberger to act, of course. As he explains, “last year, things spiraled out of control.” AOC’s doomsday “prophecy” and a high-profile environmental group from Britain declaring “Climate Change Kills Children” (didn’t know Planned Parenthood changed their name to “Climate Change”) were among the many reasons Shellenberger decided to be outspoken.
But perhaps what were the biggest reasons were a poll that said that “half of the people surveyed around the world last year said they thought climate change would make humanity extinct,” and another poll that said “in January, one out of five British children told pollsters they were having nightmares about climate change.”
The fact that the climate cult is TRAUMATIZING children with crap that is absolutely not true is what got Shellenberger to write his book: “Apocalypse Never: Why Environmental Alarmism Hurts Us All.”
The Left is outright abusing children, filling their minds with pessimistic outlooks of a grim world that they will inherit supposedly because of their parents and grandparents and because of the economic system of capitalism. These jackals are scaring children half to death just to obtain political power.
The fact that Shellenberger has a daughter himself was also a part of it, as she has had to tackle the topic of climate change, and even though Shellenberger has taught her well with regards to the topic, her friends are still misinformed and she would likely be the only dissenting opinion in her group of friends were she to try and correct them, which would undoubtedly cause her to suffer the consequences of such dissent.
So, Shellenberger decided to write a book and was kind enough to share some highlights from it for our understanding.
For example, he writes that:
As you can see, he is still used to using Leftist terminology like “saving the environment” as opposed to simply saying “protecting” it, as that would be a bit more accurate, I’d say.
As I have stated in the past, if the Left truly cared about moving away from fossil fuels while also truly helping the environment, they would advocate for nuclear power, since that would accomplish both, but alas they are adamantly against it for a number of reasons ranging from “they are extremely stupid and misinformed” to “they don’t actually care about the environment, just the power they can obtain through abusing it as a narrative”.
In the book, aside from these factoids, Shellenberger also explains the reasons as to why the climate cult operates as it does, and honestly, it’s not for reasons one would be shocked to hear: financial, political and ideological motivations. There is money in environmentalism for those interested and the political Leftists view it as a means to achieve global communism, a system in which they and only they get to profit and thrive, trying to replace God with government.
But regardless of that, I am glad that Shellenberger has realized the error of his ways and has recognized the dangers of the climate cult. I am glad that he formally chose to apologize for having been a part of it (apology certainly accepted) and more importantly, I am glad that he chose to speak out against the climate cult (even if he won’t necessarily call them that) and wrote a book debunking their lies.
What’s more, Shellenberger offers a good bit of hope for the future. Though he recognizes that the faulty ideology of Malthusianism, which has been repeatedly debunked for a couple of centuries now, even by yours truly, is “more powerful than ever” as a result of the Left’s indoctrination of children in school, there is reason “to believe that environmental alarmism will, if not come to an end, have diminishing cultural power.”
He says this because the Chinese coronavirus pandemic has led to the WHO and even the IPCC to lose credibility. Remember, it was the WHO that was doing the bidding of the Chinese, telling people that there was no “human-to-human” transmission even though that was proven to have been a lie from the Chinese. No one has any reason to trust the WHO anymore, and by extension, the other “scientific” institutions under the UN (or even in general).
I would say more, but this article is already rather long and I must draw it to a close. In conclusion, I would simply like to say that Shellenberger is certainly forgiven and that I hope he will not get discouraged by the Left’s tactics of destruction that will definitely come for him soon enough.
I hope and pray that Shellenberger is successful in at least convincing a good amount of people of the reality that is separate from the cult’s depiction of it.
“Lying lips are an abomination to the Lord, but those who act faithfully are his delight.”
Author: Freddie Marinelli.
It’s nothing new to see radical Leftists invoke the name of the Lord to defend their outright satanic beliefs. Radical Leftists often tried to use the Bible to defend the institution of slavery and to defend segregation. Radical Leftists try to use the Bible to defend the mass genocide of babies in the womb. So it’s not surprising to see a BLM communist invoke the name of the Lord to defend the destruction of the United States.
In a recent interview with Martha MacCallum, Hawk Newsome, communist leader of the Black Lives Matter of Greater New York, did exactly that in his defense of the riots.
MacCallum brought up the following quote from Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr. and asked what Newsome thought of it: “Let us be dissatisfied until that day when nobody will shout, ‘White Power!’ when nobody will shout ‘Black Power!’ but everybody will talk about God’s power and human power. Do you agree with that?”
Newsome then had the gall to say the following: “I love the Lord. And my lord and savior, Jesus Christ, is the most famous black radical revolutionary in history. He was treated just like Dr. King. He was arrested on occasion, and he was also crucified or assassinated. This is what happens to black activists, we are killed by the government.”
If he truly was a Christian, he would know not to compare Jesus with anyone, let alone “black radical revolutionaries”. Christ was NOT a black radical revolutionary.
Throughout the interview following that statement, Newsome tried to make the point repeatedly that Jesus was not white. Considering He was in the Middle East, I imagine He might not have been, but if He were white, black or whatever else, He is still the Lord and our Savior, so true Christians would still follow Him. Considering how adamant Newsome was about saying Christ wasn’t white, as though that matters, I don’t believe for one second that he would follow the Lord if He had been white.
But that just addresses the “black” part. Let’s address the “radical revolutionary” part. Jesus never set out to overthrow the government of His time and repeatedly made note of that. Jesus said in Mark 12:17: “Render to Caesar the things that are Caesar’s, and to God the things that are God’s.” He didn’t call for an overthrow of Caesar (as the Pharisees believed and tried to trap Jesus into admitting as much). He didn’t call for a toppling of Rome. He made note that His Kingdom is not of this world, so He was NOT a revolutionary at all.
Next, and perhaps most importantly, Jesus was not killed by the government like a “black activist”. To insinuate Jesus was a “black activist” is a damnable insult. Jesus was killed by a BLOODTHRISTY MOB that DEMANDED His blood. Even Pontius Pilate said he found no guilt in Jesus. Luke 23:4 says: “Then Pilate said to the chief priests and the crowds, ‘I find no guilt in this man.’” Later on, it even says that Herod, who was the ruler in Jesus’ district of Galilee and also had the ability to judge Jesus, found no guilt in Jesus for what He was being charged with.
But the crowd insisted that Pilate would punish Jesus and would instead release Barabbas, who was, as verse 19 says: “a man who had been thrown into prison for an insurrection started in the city and for murder.” Similarly to the mob of today, the mob that called for the death of Jesus would rather have a horrible criminal and dangerous person be released than someone who is innocent.
Pilate further insisted on releasing Jesus but the crowd chanted: “Crucify, crucify him!” Soon after, Pilate relented and bent the knee to the mob, giving them what they wanted, and ordered the death of Jesus.
So Jesus was not killed by Rome. He was not killed by the government. He was killed BY THE MOB THAT DEMANDED HIS BLOOD BE SPILLED. He was killed because a government figure bent the knee to the mob.
That Newsome does not know this is not at all a surprise to me. HE ISN’T A CHRISTIAN! Christ is nowhere to be found in his heart, else he wouldn’t believe what he believes or say what he says!
Later in the interview, Newsome says that he wanted “black liberation and black sovereignty… by any means necessary.” Does that sound like something a Christian would say?
Blacks in the U.S. ARE ALREADY LIBERATED AND HAVE BEEN FOR A CENTURY AND A HALF! And of course, it’s hard to ignore the call for “black sovereignty”, which is, of course, black supremacy. The guy is no different or better from the neo-Nazis who call for white supremacy instead.
The guy demands black liberation when he claims to be a Christian. A Christian IS ALREADY FREE BECAUSE OF THE WORKS OF CHRIST AT THE CROSS! He wants black sovereignty or supremacy. That is not equality at all and shows us the type of person he is. Christ’s people will rule and judge the world alongside Him.
Revelation 20:4 says: “Then I saw thrones, and seated on them were those to whom the authority to judge was committed. Also I saw the souls of those who had been beheaded for the testimony of Jesus and for the word of God, and those who had not worshipped the beast or its image and had not received its mark on their foreheads or their hands. They came to life and reigned with Christ for a thousand years.”
There is no black sovereignty. There is no white sovereignty. There is no human sovereignty. The only sovereignty that exists is strictly the Lord’s and we all have a single path to salvation.
That Newsome believes Jesus to have been equal to a black activist destroying property, setting fires, assaulting people and killing people is outright blasphemous and I hope he repents. What he said is nothing short of an insult to the Lord and a threat to this country, which he intends to destroy to bring about black supremacy.
This man is no Christian at all, and just because he professes to have faith, that does not mean he actually possesses it. It’s clear, from this single interview, that he does not speak as one who has Christ in his heart. He has hatred – Satan – in his heart.
Christ was not a “black radical revolutionary.” He was not a black activist. He was not even killed by the government. He is the Lord. He is the King. He was killed to satisfy a mob. Newsome is part of the mob we see today, making demands and threatening destruction and unruliness if the demands are not met.
Newsome speaks more like a radical terrorist than a Christian. He should look inside his own heart and be afraid of what is in there. He should repent of the blasphemous things he said and believes. But as a radical Leftist, I don’t really expect him to do such a thing.
Who knows, though? Maybe the Lord will bring wisdom onto Newsome and get him to repent. I won’t judge Newsome because it’s not my job to do so. But what he said and currently believes is damnable and I will condemn it to Hell.
“’Not everyone who calls out to me, “Lord, Lord!” will enter the Kingdom of Heaven. Only those who actually do the will of my Father in heaven will enter.’”
Author: Freddie Marinelli.
This is not the first time I have talked about a poll like this, but I felt it necessary, in this crazy age, to remind people that the vast majority of Americans are not the crazy commie radicals that we often see on television, movies, and the media. Most people do not actually agree with the Left on a variety of issues, but they make themselves appear to be the majority via their control of the pillars of power not only in the country but throughout the world (and I’ll get to that in a moment).
Knowing this, it doesn’t come as any surprise to me to see that a majority of Americans (55%) support either implementing restrictions on abortion or outright bans on the murderous practice, according to a recent CBS poll.
The survey of 1,309 Americans, including 454 Democrats, 331 Republicans and 524 Independents, indicated that 43% of surveyors believed abortion should be “generally available”, with 55% saying there ought to be some restrictions or an outright ban on abortion.
Specifically, 31% said that abortion should be “available but under limits,” and 24% said that it “should not be permitted” at all.
By political lines, we find that only 20% of Republicans believe abortion should be “generally available”, while 66% of Democrats and 39% of Independents said the same.
With regard to restrictions, 44% of Republicans believed some restrictions ought to be put into place, with 21% of Democrats and 31% of Independents agreeing on this. An outright ban is viewed positively by 35% of Republicans, 12% of Democrats and 27% of Independents.
Putting them together, that makes 79% of Republicans, 33% of Democrats and 58% of Independents believing that abortion should have some restrictions or be altogether banned.
Like I said earlier, this is not the first time I have talked about a poll like this because this has generally been the overall sentiment of Americans for a number of years. Back in June of 2019, I wrote about a similar poll, conducted by Harvard/Harris, which found that 46% of respondents “said the [Supreme Court] should uphold the ruling in Roe if the issue comes before the judges, while 36% said the Supreme Court should modify the 46-year-old ruling. Eighteen percent wanted the ruling to be overturned altogether.”
Like I pointed out in that particular article, that means that while 46% said the ruling (and therefore abortion law) should not be altered, 54% of surveyors said that it should be altered or done away with altogether. This is pretty close to the findings of the recent CBS poll showing that 43% of respondents said abortion should be “generally available” (aka not altered) and 55% said that it should be restricted or banned.
In other words, general sentiment surrounding abortion has not changed all that much over the past year. Most people believe it should either be restricted (with some ideas including changing Roe to allow for states to dictate whether or not abortion would be legal, as opposed to forcing all states to make it legal) or completely eliminated as a practice because it is abhorrent and legal murder.
A Marist poll from back in January also showed something similar, finding that 62% of Americans said that if the Supreme Court revisits Roe, it should either allow for states to determine what restrictions or outright bans they can put on abortion (46%) or outright make abortion illegal (16%).
Of course, one could look at that 62% and say that sentiment has gone the pro-abortion way in that time frame, but you also have to remember that last year, 54% of respondents to that aforementioned Hill poll said abortion should be restricted or made illegal. So either sentiment goes up and a bit down on it in favor of pro-life, never finding a majority believing abortion should remain the same or made less restrictive, or the polling methods are a bit odd (let’s not forget, the Left loves to oversample Democrats).
Regardless of what could be the reason for such oddities (and a good reason could simply be how the questions are worded, as that tends to affect the outcome of some polls), we still find that the majority of Americans do not favor abortion, or at least do not favor a sort of carte blanche approach to abortion that the Left would love to see. The Left would love nothing more than to see unrestricted abortion, even in the moments after birth, if Governor Coonman’s radio interview where he expressed such thoughts were any indication.
But even with this, you have to ask yourself: why does it still feel like the country is moving in the wrong direction with such things and why does it feel like I am in the minority, even though that’s not the case? Why does it feel like our culture is moving further away from God rather than towards Him, even if polls do not indicate most people agree with such cultural changes?
Which brings me back to what I talked about earlier with that comment about the “pillars of power”. You see, a culture is affected and determined primarily by those at the top. This is true in the case of communities, cities, states, entire countries and even in the realm of sports. A winning culture in a team can allow for it to be more successful (i.e. the Miami Heat, who do not really have a true superstar but have managed a good number of wins throughout the last few seasons), while a losing culture marred in mediocrity-at-best will find trouble being anything substantial (i.e just about any New York sports team, minus the Yankees).
So despite the fact that a majority of Americans do not agree with abortion, the Left definitely does and they are the ones in control of most of the pillars of power.
What are these pillars of power, you might ask? Government (including schools), news media, Hollywood/t.v./streaming, sports (entertainment in general), the corporations (I say this at the risk of sounding like Bernie, but it's true) Church (not joking) and social media.
While Trump is the President and Republicans hold the Senate, Democrats control the House and generally are good at pushing through their socialist b.s. (the Democrats only have as much power as the GOP allows them to have and the spineless GOP allows them to have plenty of it). And let’s not even pretend like all GOP members of Congress are conservatives. You have RINOs like Mitt Romney, Lisa Murkowski, Susan Collins, etc. We used to have Jeff Flake and John McCain, as well as Paul Ryan as House Speaker. Despite not holding the presidency (and they eventually will), Leftists run D.C. and much of government. And there is no denying the regular Marxist indoctrination centers that are our public schools.
While Fox News and conservative websites exist (and Fox News is going more and more RINO at the behest of Paul Ryan), over 90% of the news is negative towards Trump. The Left holds a massive majority in the news cycle, which is why we so often call them fake news (apart from the fact that they outright spread fake news).
While there are conservative actors, they are generally far quieter because the Left controls most of Hollywood/the entertainment business. Prominent conservatives like James Woods get blacklisted and essentially cancelled and the ones who have not are either going to be at one point or do the career-smart move of staying quiet, for the most part. For example, I have a sneaking suspicion that Adam Driver, most famous for his role in the recent Star Wars trilogy as the villain Kylo Ren, is a conservative for a few reasons. For one, he laughed a lot when Ricky Gervais brought up how many in Hollywood were friends with Jeffrey Epstein (whereas most people either cringed and groaned or just remained silent). He also joined the Marines after 9/11, something few Leftists would have considered doing, and finally, he leads a mostly quiet and private life (conservatives like to be left alone, for the most part).
Also, if he is a conservative, I don’t blame him for not showing it, as such a thing can bring him persecution and lead to him losing roles and destroy not only his career but also his life (which he has to be careful about, as a husband and father).
But regardless of this, it is no secret that the Left runs Hollywood.
It also generally runs sports, as evident not only by loud voices such as LeBron James (who is loud about politics unless it has to do with China and it threatens his wallet), Kevin Durant, Stephen Curry, Colin Kaepernick, the NFL itself, the NBA itself, now, ashamedly, NASCAR itself and much of the sports mainstream media.
The major corporations all bend the knee to the mob, whether it be Google firing an engineer for saying that women don't tend to want to be engineers (which is true), or corporations changing their logos to show a gay pride flag, or sending out statements "in support" of the idea that black lives matter, they do all these things because the vast majority of them are run by Leftists and they don't even try to hide it.
The current Pope is a socialist whose only redeeming quality is that he is not pro-abortion and many denominations have attempted to follow and appease Man as opposed to follow and appease God. Even the denomination I belong to, the Presbyterian church, is going Leftist (worth noting there is the Presbyterian Church of the United States of America which is even farther Left than the Roman Catholic Church and the one I belong to, the Presbyterian Church in America, is going a bit more to the Left) with many people in the Presbytery allowing a “same-sex attracted” preacher not only amongst their midst but also selling books trying to indoctrinate people into accepting homosexuality as being normal and not a sin, going contrary to the Bible.
Finally, there is social media and I hardly think I need to explain how that one is Leftist, considering how often they target and ban/censor conservatives and people with “wrongthink”.
Despite the fact that the vast majority of the country is not Leftist, the pillars of power that shape our culture are mostly owned by the Left. This is why it feels like the country is going so far Left and why Democrats can run on unrestricted abortion without much worry. Even if they don’t necessarily win, they are a part of shaping our culture (Stacey Abrams lost embarrassingly but she is still a prominent politician thanks to the media and the pillars of power in general). It’s also why celebrities can attack someone for holding the basic and logical belief that a man cannot get pregnant or get a period. Even if most people disagree, they are the ones in power to shape the culture – cancelling whatever and whomever they disagree with for the sin of disagreeing with them or even not being vocal enough about Leftist causes.
It’s good to see that the majority of the country does not support abortion, or at least unrestricted abortion, but the reason we feel like we are losing is not because we are in the minority, but because the Left controls the pillars of power that affect our culture.
They must be defeated at every level.
1 John 5:4
“For everyone who has been born of God overcomes the world. And this is the victory that has overcome the world – our faith.”
Author: Freddie Marinelli.
The typical socialist, in trying to defend the undefendable ideology that is socialism/communism, will try to argue that capitalism is “selfish” and “bad for the people” and that, by contrast, socialism/communism is “selfless” and “good for the people”, as the people are “put first” over businesses, etc. This is an outright lie as history has shown time and time again. But in the modern era, nowhere is it more true than in the hellhole that is Venezuela, the socialist country that was suffering BEFORE the pandemic forced its already broken businesses to be locked down and its people to be out of work.
To get a good sample of what it’s like to live in a socialist hellhole like this, let’s turn to Christian Caruzo, a Venezuelan citizen who recently wrote an op-ed for Breitbart News about the current situation in the country.
Caruzo talks about how, despite (or because of) numerous and exponential increases in the country’s minimum wage (a wage which most people, if they don’t work in the dwindling private sector, are paid), most people can hardly afford to make a sandwich for themselves.
His piece is titled: “Socialist Venezuela, Where Everyone Is A Millionaire And No One Can Afford Eggs”.
He begins: “The Bolivarian Revolution has raised the minimum wage over 50 times throughout the past 20 years. As of May 2020, it’s been set at 400,000 bolivars, plus a 400,000 socialist food ticket bonus, bringing it to an astounding total of 800,000 bolivars per month.”
Sounds like a dream, doesn’t it? People being paid nearly a million bolivars every month, surely, everyone is a millionaire and must be living in paradise! Well, a simple-minded socialist might believe that this is heaven on earth, but reality is far different because of one thing: hyperinflation.
I’ve made this point before elsewhere, but I will make it again: in the Disney movie The Incredibles, a movie about a superhero family, the main villain of the story’s big plan is to give everyone access to technology that essentially emulates super powers. In his own words: “And when everyone’s super, no one will be.”
In essence, his evil plan is to make official superheroes irrelevant and nothing special, because everyone will have the ability to be super-powered and “be a hero”.
The same basic principle applies to economics: when everyone is a millionaire, no one is. And that is the current situation in Venezuela, where despite the fact that they are all paid seemingly large sums of cash at the minimum wage and everyone is usually a millionaire in their currency, it’s all practically worthless because of hyperinflation.
Something tends to have value when it is rare. It’s how demand works. If there is a ton of supply of something, such as a particular currency, then demand for that currency goes down and its value falls as well. It’s why you can’t just print ungodly amounts of money to pay for things like the Green New Deal. The more you print, the less value the dollar has.
Venezuela has been having to print more and more because of the wage “increases” they have made and hyperinflation kicks in. That 800,000 bolivar per month sounds good until you realize that that amounts to roughly $4-5 a month.
All of a sudden, the socialist dream seems more like a nightmare, because it is. Here in America, Leftists are arguing in favor of a $20 an HOUR minimum wage. They were just done arguing and passing a $15 an hour minimum wage (all of a sudden, $15 is still not enough, apparently) and not long before then, they were arguing in favor of $10 an hour.
Without going into detail about how idiotic this is and how bad it is for both businesses and employment, keep in mind that this country can afford to have such wages because of the value of our currency. Really makes you think about how blessed we are in this country to have the wealth that we do and how we shouldn’t take it for granted.
In any case, like I said, Venezuelans are usually paid $4-5 a month under minimum wage. Despite the promise of a socialist utopia where everyone is wealthy, except for the people who already were wealthy because socialism is all about revenge to these people, the reality is that everyone is DIRT POOR. And make no mistake: it’s by design.
The purpose of socialism isn’t to benefit the people, but to control them. A poor populace dependent on the government to survive is less likely to fight against the government. Despite the displeasure of the overwhelming majority of Venezuelans with the current leadership, they can’t do anything, not only because they don’t have the weaponry to stage a revolution, but because their very survival, and that of their families, is tied to the government giving them money, little as it may be.
Another factor that has contributed to the dire situation is price controls by the government. Caruzo, in his article, shared some pictures of food and the prices that they go for. In order to buy a little more than half a pound of the CHEAPEST ham and cheese he could find, he had to fork over more than 600,000 bolivars, or three-quarters of a month’s salary at minimum wage (he didn’t specify if he was on this wage, but millions of Venezuelans are and he also noted some of his own financial struggles).
In order to buy bread, he had to pay over 259,000 bolivars, bringing his total up to nearly 900,000 bolivars. In order to make himself some sandwiches, Caruzo has to pay more than an entire month’s minimum wage. JUST to make sandwiches. Never mind all the other expenses such as rent, electricity (if he has any), other food in general that he might want to eat, clothes, masks to protect himself from the virus (which has also screwed the country a lot), etc.
The cruel irony of it all is that the government considers all of these minimum wage increases to be a GOOD THING, given a propaganda poster that Caruzo shared which boasted of the number of times the regime approved minimum wage increases since the revolution, with six of them coming in just the year 2018.
Now, I am not surprised that the Venezuelan government would try and promote itself as doing no wrong and that the wage “increases” are “good”, but most of the people in Venezuela have to see all of these supposedly “good” things, all of these “good” wage “increases” and see how they and their fellow citizens and residents are living and think “something isn’t right here”.
Raising the minimum wage over and over again is irrelevant if the value of the currency goes down and people find it harder to afford things. Caruzo even noted that “Around mid-September 2019, I purchased the same type of bread… except that the price at the time was 38,800 bolivars, not 259,700 bolivars. If we go by an average exchange rate at the time it was produced, it gives you roughly $1.75. The minimum wage at the time was 40,000 - $1.80.”
In other words, while the minimum wage increased, and by a lot, between mid-September of last year and the time that it was raised again, it was entirely useless because hyperinflation brought the price of bread sky high as well. You have to pay most of your monthly salary in order to afford bread, regardless of whether the minimum wage was at 40,000 or 800,000.
I would hope that most people, even the most ardent supporters of socialism in this country (aka people who don’t know what socialism actually is) would realize why that’s a problem.
Now, a socialist might try and argue “if the government controlled the prices, then they wouldn’t go up so much and it wouldn’t be so expensive.” Except that, as I said before, the government DOES control the prices. But profits still need to be made, at least somewhat, in order for production to still exist. If the government forced pre-wage-increase prices on products in a post-wage-increase economy, the producers would lose a lot of money very quickly and would lose the incentive and ability to make such products.
Basically the only thing that would drive a revolution is a people desperate enough with seemingly as little to lose as possible. Push people far enough and they will push back. The socialist government’s plan is to make the people poor enough that they can’t fight back but not so poor that they feel they would have nothing to lose by fighting back. This is the balance socialist governments seek, which is why they can never go full-communist, lest the entire economy goes to ruin, their people revolt and their power is jeopardized.
But like I said, I would hope people would realize how bad this is and how much of a nightmare the socialist “dream” actually is. The only people that benefit in a socialist country are people in the government and the 1% (both tend to be one and the same), while the rest of the people suffer in controlled misery.
Socialism isn’t for the benefit of the people. That’s an outright lie, as history has shown time and time again. The people of socialist Venezuela have definitely not benefited under socialism. No, socialism is only ever to the detriment of the people, which is why it cannot be allowed to take hold of this country (more than it already has).
“It is an abomination to kings to do evil, for the throne is established by righteousness.”
Author: Freddie Marinelli.
Most of us, after the “war on Coronavirus” is over, will probably debate endlessly if the lockdowns imposed on the world population were needed. There are people out there who are genuinely concerned about their own well-being and that of their loved ones, who would much rather stay home for months on end, than risk going outside. No matter what science says, even told to us by the Coronavirus Task Force a few weeks back relative to how sunlight and heat exposure along with soap and detergent kill the virus, these folks are scared to death to go outside and help their immune system do its job.
But for most of us, the real concern is the people being affected by the lockdowns – suicide rates going up, no healthcare for patients that have not tested positive for Coronavirus, no income for the 33 million people who have lost their jobs or the millions who are in the process of losing their small businesses. To most of us, unless this virus was a coordinated attack against humanity, none of the lockdowns make any sense. From early on I have contended that we quarantine the sick, not the healthy. We’ve been doing this for millennia – you read about quarantining the sick in the Bible!
But rather than using common sense and tested medical procedures, we all, including our President, keep talking about the 1917 Spanish Flu pandemic, which claimed the lives of 50-100 million people world wide and compare that terrible pandemic to today’s Coronavirus. As we do this, we tend to think that the 1917 flu is the measure against which we must compare COVID-19. Up until now, I didn’t have a problem with this comparison, but that’s because I didn’t know that in 1969, when Woodstock took place, we were in the middle of a flu pandemic that was also quite significant, though not as deadly as the 1917 Spanish flu pandemic.
The 1968 flu pandemic, also known as Hong Kong Flu (way back when it wasn’t “racist” to call it that – you will still see it in Wikipedia called that way), began in Hong Kong and arrived in the US sometime in September 1968 and lasted through 1969-70. The estimated number of deaths, according to the CDC, was 1 million worldwide and 100,000 in the US. Most of those deaths were people 65 years and older.
Now, unless you’re over 60 years old chances are you have no memory or knowledge of this pandemic ever happening. And even if you’re over 60 years of age, you probably don’t remember much either. But shouldn’t you? After all, 100,000 deaths is a significant number, and considering that back then the population of the US was about 200 million with a life expectancy of 70 years old and without the problems of obesity we have today, if that number were extrapolated to today , we would be looking at about 250,000 deaths! If you lived through it, this must have been news all over the place!
Except that it probably wasn’t.
You see, there were no lockdowns, no millions upon millions of people losing their jobs or businesses, no media hysteria and Trump wasn’t the President.
Nathaniel Moir of National Interest writes:
“In 1968, the H3N2 pandemic killed more individuals in the U.S. than the combined total number of American fatalities during both the Vietnam and Korean Wars.”
So why is this Coronavirus such a big deal?
I know, I know – it’s an election year and the activists in the media and the Democrat Party want to hurt President Trump as much as they can to win the WH and the Senate back. And if hurting you, destroying your livelihood and your dreams is the path of least resistance for them, that’s what they’re going to do!
People in 1969 didn’t expect the government to run their lives, they expected physicians to take the primary responsibility to mitigate the disease. People didn’t end up in jail because they reopened their hair salons in Dallas, nor were they forced to wear masks to go to the grocery store. Government was not expected to dictate every detail of our lives – whether we can go to the beach or ride our bikes – without risking being arrested. It was assumed that doctors, not politicians, were the ones responsible for bringing medical solutions to medical problems.
Woodstock was a 3-day music festival that took place in August 1968 and attracted about 400,000 people – all while “people were dying!” of the Hong Kong flu. Today not only would you not be able to attend this concert, but you cannot even go to church!
This lockdown needs to end. It makes no sense. The SAFEST place is outside – 66% of new cases in NY are people who stayed at home! It’s not working! And it prevents “herd immunity” and prolongs the problem. It’s NOT designed to prevent coronavirus spread - it’s designed to hurt the American people if doing so hurts Trump.
We need to vote every Democrat out of office, particularly those governors who are imposing draconian measures imposed by these tyrants.
“Woe to those who decree iniquitous decrees, and the writers who keep writing oppression, to turn aside the needy from justice and to rob the poor of my people of their right, that widows may be their spoil, and that they may make the fatherless their prey!”
Author: Danielle Cross
Move over Gov. Whitler, because a new Hitlerian government official rears his ugly head amidst the Chinese coronavirus epidemic: Mayor Bill de Blasio.
He’s far from the newest communist politician I have talked about, but as I said in a prior article, if you want to look at the epitome of incompetent leadership, look no further than that found in New York. This time, though, we will talk more specifically about De Mussolini over here.
You see, a large gathering of Jews occurred recently to mourn the death of a New York rabbi at his funeral. This large gathering, though they were not adhering to social distancing orders, were wearing masks to protect themselves, so the probability of contracting the virus or spreading it to someone else was considerably low.
However, this didn’t matter to De Blasio, as he took this as an affront to his and Gov. Cuomo’s power and authority and any such challenge must be squashed (as tyrants tend to do).
De Blasio took to Twitter, saying: “Something absolutely unacceptable happened in Williamsburg tonite: a large funeral gathering in the middle of this pandemic. When I heard, I went there myself to ensure the crowd was dispersed. And what I saw WILL NOT be tolerated so long as we are fighting the Coronavirus.”
“My message to the Jewish community, and all communities, is this simple: the time for warnings has passed. I have instructed the NYPD to proceed immediately to summons or even arrest those who gather in large groups. This is about stopping this disease and saving lives. Period.”
“We have lost so many these last two months + I understand the instinct to gather to mourn. But large gatherings will only lead to more deaths + more families in mourning. We will not allow this. I have instructed the NYPD to have one standard for this whole city: zero tolerance.”
Oh, boy, do I have a lot to say about this.
First, there is no denying here the absolute racism and anti-Semitism being displayed. The guy is directly threatening to round up Jews and arrest them should they gather together at any capacity whatsoever. And they want to say that Trump acts like Hitler?
Second, it is extremely ironic that de Blasio would threaten anyone with arrest considering he LETS PEOPLE GO ALL THE TIME BECAUSE OF THE INSANE CRIMINAL JUSTICE REFORM IN THAT SATANIC CITY! Now, it’s a bit different for people who are not criminals to be arrested like this. Getting arrested means getting a permanent record of it. You can lose your job and find it harder to find another. This is not exactly a problem for the over 1,500 inmates Mayor Dumbassio has chosen to release amidst the epidemic because plenty of them are getting rearrested and rereleased, showing no signs of attempting to adjust to the outside world and reform of their past crimes, but it is a problem for law-abiding citizens getting arrested because of an authoritarian’s order.
Third, spare me the faux empathy, de Blasio. You know damn well you would NEVER consider making this sort of threat of the Muslim community or other special identity group community protected by the Left. How do I know this? Well, de Blasio allows mosques to remain open for daily prayers, while he has previously threatened to permanently close any church or synagogue that remains open, according to The Blaze.
The guy is a disgusting hypocrite, apart from an anti-Semite. He hates Judaism and Christianity, which is why he’s so adamant about playing Stalin when it comes to those groups of people, but protects Islam even though they also gather in large groups, even for daily prayers.
So you know very well that his “zero tolerance” standard is not actually for the whole city. It’s just for the people de Blasio doesn’t like. It’s for Christians and Jews seeking to worship or mourn the loss of a loved one.
He pretends he’s doing it to “save lives” but then, how do you explain allowing mosques to remain open for particular gatherings? Is it that he doesn’t care about Muslim lives? Of course not. He would rather prioritize them and appease them, allowing them to worship however they please. So he’s not doing it to save lives. New York City BY ITSELF is responsible for more than 20% of the total deaths to coronavirus in the U.S. And while the population density and the transit system have their share of the blame for it, asinine and incompetent leadership (as well as greedy leadership, since hospitals get money if they have more coronavirus cases and deaths, so they have an incentive to not only inflate the numbers but even KILL their own people) are also to blame.
Keep in mind, this was the same fool who excused his own visit to a gym AFTER he ordered them to start closing down, as saying that there were few people there, so “it was okay”. By that logic, such businesses ought to be open NOW, as they can admit few people, the people inside can keep their distance (and you know that’s usually the case if you’ve ever been to a gym. People tend to mind their own business and keep their distance) and the facilities have disinfecting wipes to clean the equipment. And yet, people can’t go to the gym in New York as of right now (unless you are the mayor, of course).
De Blasio personally going to a Jewish rabbi’s funeral to disperse the large crowd and subsequently THREATENING THESE PEOPLE WITH ARRESTS if they gather like that again only shows not only his dictatorial tendencies (which is par for the course for just about anyone with a “D” next to their name) but Hitlerian ones at that.
Again, he wouldn’t DREAM of uttering such a threat to Muslims mourning the death of an Imam (a Muslim teacher or person in a high position). He would NEVER personally disperse a crowd of Muslim mourners because of the repercussions of it. They would demand his head (some figuratively, many literally) if he were to do that. But he feels perfectly fine and moral to disperse a crowd of Jewish mourners, knowing perfectly well that they won’t do anything to him, and threatening them with arrests should they gather like that again.
Given the opportunity, I doubt he would allow for churches and synagogues to open at all, even after the Coronavirus pandemic subsides. And he has plenty of opportunity and desire to do just that.
It will be interesting to see the various lawsuits that arise following this pandemic. Many government leaders have blatantly shredded the Constitution over the past few weeks and months, arbitrarily ordering businesses to close when they have no such power to do that, ordering (some) worship centers to close, when they have no power to do that, and disallowing certain products to be purchased in stores, when they have no power to do that.
Bill de Blasio, Cuomo, Whitmer and a slew of other government “leaders” have shown themselves that, given even the slightest opportunity, they will tear apart our Constitution and order us around at their very whim, supposedly all for our sake.
C.S. Lewis once wrote: “Of all tyrannies, a tyranny sincerely exercised for the good of its victims may be the most oppressive. It would be better to live under robber barons than under omnipotent moral busybodies. The robber baron’s cruelty may sometimes sleep, his cupidity may at some point be satiated; but those who torment us for our own good will torment us without end for they do so with the approval of their own conscience. They may be more likely to go to Heaven yet at the same time likelier to make a Hell of earth. This very kindness stings with intolerable insult. To be ‘cured’ against one’s will and cured of states which we may not regard as disease is to be put on a level of those who have not yet reached the age of reason or those who never will; to be classed with infants, imbeciles, and domestic animals.”
These tyrants believe they are doing something good. It’s why de Blasio mentioned the idea of such large gatherings leading “to more deaths + more families mourning.” 98% of the people who get the virus recover (and that number is on the low side) and the chance for spreading the contagion is significantly lower when multiple people wear a mask, as the people who attended the funeral proceedings did.
They were sure to be safe with how they were gathering together. But that doesn’t matter to tyrants like de Blasio, who wave their authority sticks around as they please, believing it to be for “the greater good.”
We see these people for the dictators that they are. And like I said at the end of the prior article talking about this idiot, I hope the people of New York wake up to the communist reality that they live in and vote against more of this.
1 Peter 5:8
“Be sober-minded; be watchful. Your adversary the devil prowls around like a roaring lion, seeking someone to devour.”
Author: Freddie Marinelli.
Almost a year ago to the date, I wrote about how the Green New Deal, the extremely insane, costly and ridiculous communist power-grab supported by communists in and out of Congress would not do anything to combat climate change even if it worked entirely as advertised.
Of course, that is a situation far from reality for economic and environmental reasons. However, a recent study has pointed out that, were the GND to be made law of the land, it would be an absolute environmental DISASTER to try and implement in full.
Paul Driessen wrote a fairly short study titled: “How the Green New Deal’s Renewable Energy Mining Would Harm Humans and the Environment,” clearly not pulling any punches here and getting straight to the point.
The Left is practically in love with “renewable” energies such as wind and solar power, and hate gas, coal and oil, as well as nuclear power because they believe them to be dirty and unsafe.
However, what the Left fails to realize is that, in order to create these wind and solar plants, one must gather the resources to build them. In order to do so, natural resources such as copper, cobalt, lithium, iron, aluminum and other rare earth elements (REE)s must also be gathered and in order to do so, mining must be done in the places where they are available.
I can only assume you know where I am going with this: the Left can’t have it both ways. In order to get the GND to work (speaking strictly about gathering the materials for wind and solar plants), mining must be expanded. But the Left hates the amount of mining already being done because of the environmental harm the operations are causing to their local areas.
According to the study: “[E]xpanding mining on the scale needed to meet the renewable energy requirements contained in the Green New Deal and other proposed renewable energy mandates would cause unimaginable harm to the environment, wildlife, and humans.”
The paper goes over six particular topics:
1. The Green New Deal’s Need for Metals and Minerals
2. Ruinous Rare Earth Elements
3. Lethal Lithium
4. Killer Cobalt
5. Copper Complexities
6. And Green New Deal Mining Hypocrisies
Let’s briefly go over each of these points. First, the Green New Deal’s need for metals and minerals. According to the study: “The solar panels, wind turbines, and batteries needed to replace fossil fuels and nuclear energy over a 10-year period to produce the 8.2 billion megawatt hours of power for America’s annual electricity-equivalent needs under the GND would require an unprecedented increase in mining for raw materials.”
“To replace all energy generated by [fossil fuels] with power from solar panels – which now generate just 1.5 percent of the country’s electricity – plus a week’s worth of backup power, would require nearly 19 billion solar panels, blanketing an area the size of New York and Vermont. A 2018 study by Harvard University scientists who believe in a human-caused global warming crisis shows that to meet present-day U.S. electricity demand, wind turbine projects would need to cover one-third of the continental United States. Transforming motor vehicles to run on electric batteries would require even more land.”
In other words, in order to even just replicate the output this country can generate, A TON of land would have to be used up. That means destroying entire habitats and ecosystems to fit these plants, not to mention the destruction of rocks around the mining operations that also destroy their local environments.
Ruinous Rare Earth Elements. According to the study, “more than 70 percent of… rare earth minerals are mined in China or by companies under Chinese control, with much of China’s production coming from areas north of Baotou, Inner Mongolia, though there are substantial reserves in other parts of the world.”
“Not long ago, the Inner Mongolia region included massive tracts of fertile farmland. However, it has become a vast toxic wasteland, where virtually nothing grows and few wildlife or humans can live.”
So not only do these mining operations already cause great environmental harm to their local communities (a point which the Left will agree with), but they also would mean reliance on foreign powers, namely China. And we have seen, especially in recent time, how bad of an idea such reliance would be.
Trump has already talked about the supply chain that currently exists and how if one part of the chain breaks, the entire chain becomes compromised. In this instance, the supply chain would be about building and maintaining energy production, which would be a sight worse than a supply chain of cars or phones being disrupted.
What’s more, according to the study, “Producing one ton of REEs releases up to 420,000 cubic feet of toxic gases, 2,600 cubic feet of acidic wastewater, and one ton of radioactive waste” in just that particular region of China. Not only is there far more environmental damage being caused in other mining operation areas, but the damages would be exacerbated to meet the demand of so many solar panels, wind turbines and lithium batteries.
Speaking of lithium, we move on to “Lethal Lithium.” According to the environmental group “Friends of the Earth”, so clearly a Leftist organization, “lithium extraction inevitably harms the soil and causes air contamination.” Lithium is most often found and mined in the South American countries of Argentina, Bolivia and Chile.
According to the study, “in Argentina’s Salar de Hombre Muerto (‘salty basin of the dead man’), locals say lithium operations have contaminated streams used for human drinking, livestock, and crop irrigation water.”
University of Chile lithium battery expert Guillermo Gonzalez said “Like any mining process, [lithium mining] is invasive, it scars the landscape, it destroys the water table, and it pollutes the earth and the local wells. This isn’t a green solution – it’s not a solution at all.’”
The actual wind turbines and solar panels also require lithium, not only the batteries, so lithium mining would have to exponentially increase to meet the demand.
“Killer Cobalt”. Since this is getting to be a bit of a long article already, I will summarize this as largely being the same sort of thing as having to mine for other minerals and rare earth metals. More than 66% of the world’s annual output of cobalt comes from the Democratic Republic of Congo, where, unsurprisingly, health and safety standards, as well as labor laws, are pretty lax.
“Entire families – fathers, mothers, and children – work for extremely low wages in mines, from sunrise to sundown, six or seven days a week, to meet the constantly growing demand for this critically important metal.”
“More than 40,000 Congolese children, as young as four-years-old, work alongside their parents, often in mine tunnels too narrow for adults, say UNICEF, Amnesty International, and other investigators… The risk of cave-ins and mud slides is ever-present. Depending on the weather, they work in dust or muck, exposing themselves constantly to filthy, toxic, radioactive mud, dust, water, and air. Dangerous levels of cobalt, lead, uranium, and other heavy metals build up steadily in their body tissues, blood, and organs. Many have died as a result of their work under these horrible conditions.”
“Gloves, facemasks, protective clothing, and showers to wash the toxic dirt off their bodies at the end of the day are typically not available. Broken bones, suffocation, blood and respiratory diseases, birth defects, cancer, and paralysis are commonplace.”
“Copper Complexities”. The study explains that as much as three times more copper is required in electric vehicles than in gas-power engines, and “renewable energy systems consume approximately five times more copper than conventional power generation systems.”
In 2019 alone, a total of around 20,000 tons of copper was mined, with the world reserves standing at 870,000. It doesn’t take much to believe it would take a lot more than that, and a lot greater output, to meet the demand for these “renewable” energy options.
For this point, the focus is specifically in entire ecosystems, as ore contains just 0.8 percent copper, so 125,000 tons of ore have to be mined to get just 1,000 tons of finished copper, according to the study. In order to extract this copper, surrounding rocks would have to be removed and/or crushed. An increase in copper extraction would mean more and more land having to be destroyed.
The final point is the hypocrisies of the GND advocates. Namely in that they want the GND to be fully implemented but also do not want any more mining to be done. They already are angry at the amount of mining being done as it stands, so mining even more would be unacceptable. However, you can’t have one without the other. Even assuming GND was affordable, with the understanding that no mining would be done within the U.S. (as there are laws in Western states and Alaska against such mining), we would have to depend on other countries to do the mining and do a lot more of it just for the individual parts.
Land is destroyed as a result, animals die, humans get sick and die and the damage done to the environment is more than if there is no GND at all.
The GND’s technology goals are supposed to be “clean, renewable, sustainable, eco-friendly and ethical.”
However, actually putting in place this sort of policy would not accomplish any one of those things, let alone all of them.
Speaking specifically about the ethical part, in 2019, California law-makers voted down Assembly Bill 735. This bill would require that “zero emission” electric vehicles sold in the state must be free of any materials or components associated with child labor.
In other words, California legislators prioritized “zero emission” vehicles over human rights because they cannot have such vehicles without such child labor.
The goals of the GND as listed above are not achievable with the actual GND. It’s like saying that your goal is to lose 30 pounds but you go about it by eating McDonald’s every meal.
The GND is not only unaffordable, and not only would it not actually achieve its supposed goals of fighting climate change (as I noted in the article I mentioned in the beginning), but it would actually be COUNTERPRODUCTIVE to the idea of protecting the planet.
It would require an exponential increase in the sorts of mining that everyone agrees is a detriment to the local environments and the people having to work and live under these conditions, not to mention the animals and livestock that get sick and die.
The more we find out about the Green New Deal, the more insane and unrealistic it becomes. More so than it already was, surprisingly.
“The simple inherit folly, but the prudent are crowned with knowledge.”
Author: Freddie Marinelli.
The Wuhan virus pandemic has given some Leftist governors and mayors the opportunity to play little dictators and strip away people’s civil rights and liberties, often using the police to enforce their draconian principles. There are plenty of examples of this, such as police fining joggers who are by themselves for supposedly not adhering to stay-at-home orders (if they are alone, why does it matter?) or even going so far as to arrest a man having an outdoor picnic with his family.
There is also the matter of some officers going to Easter church gatherings to give out fines to attendees who were in their cars and adhering to social distancing rules and a California pastor being given a $1,000 fine and facing possible jail time for holding Easter services and for “allegedly hiding dozens of congregants from the police,” according to The Daily Wire.
When local law enforcement authorities begin to resemble the SS in search of Jews, you know you have a problem. Thankfully, not all police officers are so willing to turn their backs on the Constitution, as four sheriffs from northern Michigan counties released a statement indicating they will not enforce Gov. Whitler’s (not a typo) insane orders, calling them an “overstepping” of her authority (and by the way, the governor is facing multiple lawsuits for these draconian measures).
The statement reads: “We write today to inform the public for our respective counties of our opposition to some of Governor Whitmer’s executive orders. While we understand her desire to protect the public, we question some restrictions that she has imposed as overstepping her executive authority. She has created a vague framework of emergency laws that only confuse Michigan citizens.”
Instead of employing strict and unnecessary enforcement, the sheriffs said that they “will deal with every case as an individual situation and apply common sense.”
“Each of us took an oath to uphold and defend the Michigan Constitution, as well as the US Constitution, and to ensure that your God given rights are not violated. We believe that we are the last line of defense in protecting your civil liberties.”
“Our focus needs to be on reopening our counties and getting people back to work. We also need to be aware that this virus is deadly and that we need to continue to practice social distancing, washing of hands, wearing of masks as well as other medically recommended measures. Allowing those without paychecks back to work is imperative to the economic success and wellbeing of our community. We can do this in stages, especially those that work outside.”
“Together, as a community, we will overcome this pandemic, and as Americans, we will persevere and come out stronger than before. As sheriffs of your community we want you to know we have your back and will continue to serve the people who have entrusted us with your protection.”
I don’t blame them even a little for doing this. Whitler’s (yes, that’s what I’ll call her from now on) executive orders include banning retail stores from selling farming and gardening items, such as seeds, and banning paint from being sold. People can’t buy seeds or paint, but they are still allowed to buy alcohol, weed and lottery tickets. They aren’t allowed to travel between homes or even visit friends or family if it means leaving their homes.
These insane and arbitrary measures have drawn much ire from Michiganders, prompting the Michigan Conservative Coalition to set up a protest called “Operation Gridlock” where thousands of protesters gathered together to honk their cars and cause gridlock. Some protesters, however, took to the state’s Capitol to protest in person as well.
According to The Daily Wire: “The operation… directed protesters to stay in their cars and circle the capitol, honking their horns. Live shots on Fox News showed thousands of cars stacked up around the statehouse. Some protesters sported signs that said, ‘tyranny worse than the virus’ and ‘honk if you love liberty.’”
Matt Seely of the aforementioned Michigan Conservative Coalition, said: “People are basically being told what they can and can’t buy at stores. Nothing makes sense. You can buy a bottle of liquor, but you can’t buy a gallon of paint.”
It’s these arbitrary orders of deciding what stores can and can’t sell, as well as orders shutting down businesses that are subjectively deemed “non-essential”, that have drawn so much ire from people as they are entirely unconstitutional.
President Trump drew criticism for making note that he has “total” power to reopen the economy. While I would argue his power isn’t “total”, it’s definitely more than people think. Yes, the states have the 10th Amendment on their side (and that’s a good thing) and can issue social distancing guidelines (to an extent; an extent these governors are really testing). What they cannot do, however, is shut down businesses arbitrarily by deeming them “non-essential” as they currently are. If they had the power to do that, Leftist cities and states would employ such powers to shut down gun stores as “non-essential” businesses.
They can’t order people not to visit their friends and family and can’t order people not to go between two homes that they might own. The government does not have the authority to tell people if they can gather. It’s literally our First Amendment right to assemble and to issue these orders goes against the Constitution. I get wanting to “flatten the curve” and trying to tamper the ability for the virus to spread, but there are far better alternatives to outright COMMUNISM, such as wearing masks and washing your hands, etc. Let these changes happen naturally and socially, not legislatively or through overreaching executive orders.
States cannot order people to do any of the things they are doing and obviously, states don’t have the Constitutional authority to shut down businesses all willy-nilly like that either. Governors also don’t have the Constitutional authority to restrict what retail stores are able to sell, otherwise, again, they’d be able to tell gun stores to stop selling guns.
This is why it’s not an overreaction to call Whitler a “tyrant”. She very much is and is pushing the limits of her powers (not that she’s the only one doing this, but the topic of this story largely focuses on Michigan cops defying this particular governor’s commie orders). This pandemic has exposed the overly socialistic tendencies within the Left, what with so many Democrats salivating at the idea of using mail-in ballots, a system that would pretty much guarantee Democrat victories and make it far too easy for the Left to cheat.
And for some Democrat governors and mayors, their socialistic tendencies have come out in the form of executive authority.
The Left really can’t help themselves when they get an opportunity, any at all, to rule with as much of an iron fist as they can get away with. Thankfully, it seems there are at least some people within our law enforcement agencies willing to defend the constitution and stand up to tyranny.
Here’s hoping that the next time Gov. Whitler is on the ballot in an election, she gets her rear end kicked out of office, as well as the other Stalin-wannabes currently holding executive power within states and enforcing these draconian measures.
“Woe to those who decree iniquitous decrees, and the writers who keep writing oppression, to turn aside the needy from justice and to rob the poor of my people of their right, that widows may be their spoil, and that they may make the fatherless their prey!”
Author: Freddie Marinelli.
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