As I have stated multiple times in the past, what is perhaps my biggest gripe with NeverTrumpers, aside from the fact that they are NeverTrumpers, is the fact that, for years leading up to Donald Trump’s nomination and eventual election, the people that would become NeverTrumpers were supposedly staunch conservatives. They always spoke against the damage Obama was causing to the country, noted that Leftism is generally a horrible thing and that socialism would be the death of our nation.
For years, they had been clamoring for a Republican who could beat just about any Democrat and run the country very much in a conservative manner, opting for conservative policies that would bolster the economy, pick the right battles internationally while making sure we both defend ourselves and our allies without going into needless wars, speak of his or her love and reverence for the Lord and the Constitution and not ever cave to the actually insane Leftist mob no matter what.
For years, these people were hoping for the second coming of Reagan, so to speak, and yet, when we basically got that in Donald Trump, they abhorred it and even worse, began siding with THE LEFT.
And I could relatively understand their doubts before Trump was POTUS. Sure, he would say the right things about conservatism and the country, but he was not proven just quite yet. I still argued back then, as I do now, that it was far better to take a chance on someone we don’t know if they will be conservative than to allow for someone we know will be a SOCIALIST in Hillary Clinton to run the country. We didn’t know what kind of president Trump would have been back then, but just about many knew roughly what kind of president Hillary would have been, which is why I was angry with the notion of being a NeverTrumper. Those people, I felt, were betraying not only the conservative movement but the country itself.
But still, I could understand the doubt. What I refused to try and understand, however, because there really was no understanding it, was the ferocity and viciousness these same people had regarding Trump even AFTER he has proven he is the real deal. Again, for years, these people were clamoring for another Ronald Reagan – a conservative who won’t bend the knee – and when one showed up, they rejected him in favor of either Hillary Clinton (practically a cardinal sin, in my opinion) or a candidate who never had any chance of becoming POTUS like Jill Stein or Gary Johnson.
I could understand the doubts before Trump was POTUS, but I simply could not understand the adamant denial of reality – the reality that Donald Trump is a conservative. Maybe he’s not the typical conservative, and definitely not the typical Republican (which is only a good thing), but he is a conservative nonetheless and his policies show that to be true. And yet, these NeverTrumpers have, for the past four years, insisted that he is a fascist and have begun to clamor instead for the approval of the fake news media which insulted, mocked and hated them just a few years before.
They abandoned their conservative principles in favor of appeasing the Left, showing themselves to have never truly been conservatives at all. Conservatives don’t bow to the mob; we don’t bend the knee; we don’t clamor for the approval of the Left. We either stand on our principles or we don’t stand at all, and these NeverTrumpers chose not to stand at all, allowing themselves to fall for the Leftist cult of insanity.
However, over some time, whether short or long, some NeverTrumpers have come around to actually being “MaybeTrumpers”, if you will. Meaning that, while they still have issues with Trump’s style (they call it his "character", which is different, but they use that word anyway to make him look worse than he is because he does not have major character flaws), they recognize that they have to take him for what he is if we are to actually be conservative and keep the Left from being in power at all. Trump has proven to be a conservative, and even if people have issues with his style and mannerisms, that shouldn’t stand in the way of at the very least voting for him, particularly knowing the extremely dangerous alternative of communism.
So when I read Daniel Pipes’ op-ed on Newsweek, I was rather happy to see this development. In his piece, “A Reluctant but Unhesitating Vote for Donald Trump”, Pipes explains that, ever since Trump ran for office on the Republican ticket, he has had issues with his style and mannerisms.
Pipes admits that he “watched in dismay as I helped the Ted Cruz presidential campaign, seeing Republican primary voters select Donald Trump out of a field of 16 viable candidates and make him president-elect. I signed an open letter committing to ‘working energetically to prevent the election of someone so utterly unfitted’ to the presidency and wrote many articles lambasting Trump. I left the Republican Party on his nomination and voted for Libertarian Party presidential nominee Gary Johnson in the general election. After the election, I hoped for Trump’s impeachment and President Mike Pence.”
Suffice to say that he was staunchly a NeverTrumper at the time. He further explains that his reasons for it are the same as most NeverTrumpers’ back in 2016: Trump’s style and policies. Pipes had issues with what he called “unethical business practices” in Trump University (which is just a claim as Trump never had to pay any sort of punishment for such "unethical business practices", other than a settlement under questionable circumstances led by a Left-wing activist Judge after he became President), with his “egotism”, the legal troubles he has had in the past (namely the amount of them), his supposed bigotry and his vulgarity. When it came to policies, Pipes explains, he believed he was even worse, believing Trump to be impulsive and a potential neo-fascist. Trump’s 2004 statement saying he probably identifies “more as Democrat” also worried him, believing that to mean that Trump would basically be going back and forth between Republican and Democrat policies.
All things that I am not surprised a NeverTrumper of the time would be worried about. Again, for myself, I scarcely cared about his style because I was more interested in simply beating the Left no matter what.
But that’s just his style. What about his policies? The ones that Pipes believed to be either potentially neo-fascist or somewhere in between Democrat and Republican? Well, Pipes has come to the same realization any logical person ought to have after the last four years: Trump is a very good conservative president.
“[T]o my unending surprise, [Trump] has governed as a resolute conservative. His policies in the areas of education, taxes, deregulation and the environment have been bolder than Ronald Reagan’s. His judicial appointments are the best of the past century… His unprecedented assault on the administrative state proceeds apace, ignoring predictable howls from the Washington establishment. Even his foreign policy has been conservative: demanding that allies contribute their fair share, confronting China and Iran and singularly supporting Israel. Ironically, as David Harsanyi notes, a potential character flaw actually works to out advantage: ‘Trump’s obstinacy seems to have made him less susceptible to the pressures that traditionally induce GOP presidents to capitulate.’”
In other words, Trump’s stubbornness keeps him from caving to the insufferable Leftist mob that tries to rule by fear and pressure. Where other Republican presidents would bend the knee (as RINOs tend to do), Trump doubles, triples and quadruples-down, never apologizing to people who deserve no such grace.
While there are things that Pipes disagrees with Trump on policy-wise, such as Trump’s “hostility toward allies” (which they hardly can be considered allies when they make under-the-table deals with the Chinese and the Russians) and his “dangerous meetings with Kim Jong-un” (which I don’t consider to be dangerous really, since anyone sane still knows that North Korea is no friend to the U.S. and no conservative has ever even come close to forgiving the acts against God that he commits on a daily basis, but Trump is trying to weaken the power the Chinese have), he does ultimately “agree with 80 percent of Trump’s actions” which is “a higher percentage than any of his predecessors, going back to Lyndon Johnson.”
In sum, while he still finds Trump’s style to be repulsive (again, don’t really care what people think about his style and mannerisms) and while he still finds things to disagree with Trump on policy-wise, Pipes has come to understand that Trump has been solidly conservative for the most part in his presidency and that the alternative, that being Joe Biden, is the same dangerous socialist nonsense the Left has been screaming about for the past few years. Allowing Joe Biden to win would present a clear danger to this country and Trump, despite his perceived style short-comings, is a FAR better alternative to anything the Left props up as their nominee.
Pipes concludes that he “will do my small part to help Trump get re-elected by writing, giving and voting.” He also says that he will vote for Trump as “the politician who represents my conservative views” and even urges other reluctant conservatives to do the same.
The question is just how many are there? Many former NeverTrumpers had the same issues that Pipes had and came around to supporting, or at least tolerating, Trump because of his conservative policies, which are the same ones they had been wanting a president to enact for years and years before. The vast majority of NeverTrumpers today are faux-conservatives who have decided to abandon the movement in favor of appeasing the Left (not to mention they side with people who actually tried to rig an election and stage a silent coup against the duly-elected president – people who present a clear and present danger to liberty and justice itself).
That much was particularly evident when NeverTrumper and *chuckles* 2020 GOP Primary opponent to Donald Trump (I really can’t keep a straight face), Joe Walsh said that he’d “rather have a socialist in the White House than a dictator.” In other words, he supports socialism now, which goes to show he never was truly a conservative, since Trump is FAR from a dictator and SOCIALISM NATURALLY LEADS TO A DICTATORSHIP AS EVIDENCED BY LITERALLY THE HISTORY OF THE WORLD EVEN TO TODAY.
I do hope that people who would have once considered themselves to be NeverTrumpers realize the existential threat that the Left poses and that the idea of supporting any one of them should repel them to the core. I hope they come to reconsider their position of not supporting Trump, or at least not voting for the guy, simply due to the peril that socialism brings to this country; the type that the Left is entirely enamored by.
True conservatives, at this point, recognize the good things Trump has done policy-wise, even if they can hardly stand the guy on a personal basis. I don’t care if they wouldn’t want to have a beer with the guy, all that matters in the end is who they end up voting for.
To paraphrase a certain racist Democrat, if you are on the fence about whether you are for Trump or Biden, then you ain’t conservative.
“An intelligent heart acquires knowledge, and the ear of the wise seeks knowledge.”
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.
I have talked a lot about climate change over the years and have made many arguments, with some of the most prominent ones being that, apart from lack of evidence to suggest anthropogenic climate change is real, there is no possible way for there to be man-made climate change as there have been two other particularly warm periods in human history apart from the modern one: the Roman Warm Period and the Medieval Warm Period. Further evidence of this is shown in two new studies looking at old trees in the mountainous regions of Greece.
One of the studies’ abstract reads as follows: “The Mediterranean has been identified as particularly vulnerable to climate change, yet a high-resolution temperature reconstruction extending back into the Medieval Warm Period is still lacking. Here we present such a record of warm season temperature variability back to 730 CE. The reconstruction is derived from 192 annually resolved, latewood density series from ancient living and relict Pinus heldreichii trees…”
“Although the recent 1985-2014 period was the warmest 30-year interval (+0.71°C) since the eleventh century, temperatures during the ninth to tenth centuries were even warmer, including the warmest reconstructed 30-year period from 876-905 (+0.78°C).”
In other words, not that this ought to come as a surprise to many of you if you’ve been reading my material for quite some time now, there is no evidence to suggest anthropogenic climate change is at play here. There is climate change, no doubt. This is a dynamic world and our climate is just as dynamic. It’s the way that God created the planet, after all. Of course there is climate change. However, one cannot possibly blame humanity for climate change at all.
Taking aside the fact that the climate was always going to be naturally dynamic, the things that the Left often points to as the reason for us “killing our planet” cannot be pointed to for the warming periods of centuries and millennia past. Things like air conditioners, automobiles, air travel, sea travel, oil drilling, the gas industry, manufacturing, etc. are inventions of the industrial revolution; products of recent time. As such, it would be totally unrealistic and illogical to argue that these things contributed to warm periods of the past (which is why the Left avoids this topic like the Plague).
Man only began air travel (barely) a little more than a century ago; the same goes for automobile travel; neither of which were commonly used back then.
One cannot possibly blame automobiles for the warming period experienced in the Medieval Warm Period, much less the Roman one. There were no cars in the 10th century. There were no air conditioners during the age of the Roman Empire. And yet, warm periods existed and were prevalent at the time.
The aforementioned study also makes mention of the cold periods that have occurred throughout recent history, such as the Little Ice Age and its coldest 30-year period of 997-1026 CE (-1.63°C). Throughout the history of this planet, the world has gone through periods of warmth and cold. Neither of which are peculiar, neither of which are unprecedented and neither of which are particularly harmful to the survival of the planet itself, the fauna and flora, or humanity. If they were, we wouldn’t even be here to have this discussion in the first place.
Another study also took a look at tree rings from places like Scotland, Scandinavia, Continental Europe and the Pyrenees. According to that study, the 1930s and 40s were just as warm or even warmer in those regions than they are today.
As you can see from the image above (ignoring the stuff to the side), we see that, over the past 150 years (roughly), temperatures in these areas have been about the same, or at least, there is no trend in either direction that would suggest impending climate doom like what the Left is trying to say there is. We can see some highs and some lows, but other than that, nothing really out of the ordinary. There are some periods when it gets particularly hot or cold, but according to the graph, it’s nothing to get stressed about nor is it something that would warrant panicky and unnecessary action to be taken.
Action which wouldn’t do anything about the climate but would only affect the livelihoods and the lives of sovereign citizens throughout the world (and let’s not pretend like that’s not the real goal here. Communists hate freedom when others have it).
The world has a very clear record of having both warm and cold periods. Those are sort of the only two real options. Neither of which ought to cause people concern, but the rhetoric and narrative from the Left is that if the global temperatures move either direction as much as 0.000000000001°C, that’s cause for concern and that we are responsible for it.
Never mind that the sea floor has a far bigger say in the planet’s warmth than humanity does. Never mind that the world has gone through multiple periods of warmth and cold (there’s more warm periods than just the Roman, Medieval and Modern ones, we just haven’t figured them out yet). Never mind that the previous periods of warmth cannot possibly be attributed to anything the Left wants to blame for temperatures going up (or sometimes down, since they employ copout tactics to pretend to be right no matter what).
The Left’s true objective isn’t “saving the planet”. That much was clear when AOC’s former chief of staff admitted that the Green New Deal wasn’t about the planet or the environment at all but about the economy in this country and going from capitalism to socialism. The Left’s true objective is socialism, where they get to rule over us and dictate what we can and can’t do.
This Chinese coronavirus has given us some insight into what it’s like to live under such a rule, with tyrannical governors like Michigan’s Whitmore banning people from buying seeds and banning people from visiting family or traveling to other houses (among other things). Imagine this insane and tyrannical rule times 10x, and for every other aspect of our lives, and you have socialism.
The climate change agenda is just the tool through which they can usually get more power. The Chinese virus was the tool for Whitmore to gain more power for herself. The means may be different but the goal is always the same.
But as far as the climate change angle goes, it really doesn’t hold up well at all, given what we know (and have known for quite some time).
Here’s hoping more people realize the farce that the climate change agenda is and recognize the perils that subscribing to such an agenda would bring on everyone.
“An intelligent heart acquires knowledge, and the ear of the wise seeks knowledge.”
Author: Freddie Marinelli.
Many, many times throughout these years writing articles, I have alluded to the idea that the Left often lives in a bubble of their own, where they reject objective reality and substitute it with their own subjective version of it as they deem fit. However, never has that been more clear (apart from the times when people actually think Trump is like Hitler) than recently, as the Wuhan virus has driven many people to purchase guns for their own safety should things go south (which I doubt will happen at all).
Interestingly enough, the socialist “nation-state” of California is where we are seeing a massive rise in gun sales.
A good chunk of those people are first-time gun buyers and many of them are liberals. How can one tell? Well, according to RedState, the recent gun buyers are “shocked to discover they can’t just walk out of the store with a gun.”
Why are they shocked? Because the Left indoctrinates people into believing it is easier to purchase a gun than it is to, say, buy a car, or own a dog or get a house, etc. Liberals believe it when their favorite Hollywood actor/actress or favorite Twitter celebrity tells the lie about how easy it is to buy a gun. They believe that people can just walk into a gun store, take some money out, tell the retailer what gun they want and how much ammo they want, and can walk out of there, gun in hand, loaded and with extra clips or magazines in their pockets.
They believe it when Leftists say that America has extremely lax gun control laws and that that is the reason for having so many shootings and gun deaths. But reality is far different and, as I have said plenty of times in the past, one cannot live in constant relativism when it comes to truth. The reality of gun laws was going to hit these liberals at one point or another if they ever sought to buy a gun. They would realize what lengths people have to go (depending on the state, of course) to buy guns.
In California, the state with some of the strictest gun control laws in the country, it takes 10 days at a minimum to get a gun after having filled a lot of paperwork, and can only buy one handgun every 30 days.
RedState had an interview with a California gun retailer noting these situations. The retailer noted that the first-time buyers did not seem to have much of a grasp on gun safety, seemingly having only taken queues from television about guns:
“We tried to look at just who the new firearm purchasers were and we believe that more than 60% of these individuals were first time buyers. I can’t describe the amount of fear in my staff as we had the buyers show proof of safe handling as part of the purchase as required by law. You have never seen so many barrels pointed at sales staff and other customers. It was truly frightening. We had to keep stopping the process to give quick safety lessons. We are adding many more basic classes in the coming weeks and encouraged these buyers to please attend. We hope they do.”
Can’t say that I’m particularly surprised that they do not know how to handle guns safely, nor seem to have much problem pointing guns at staff and customers. It reminds me of an idiot journalist who playfully aimed a gun at his cameraman just to mess with him or “look cool” or something. They honestly do believe gun owners have guns not to protect themselves but to look cool in front of our friends or to “substitute masculinity” or to just shoot at anything or anyone they see at any point. Anti-gun liberals have no respect for guns or gun owners, so they do not realize the importance of gun safety. They do really think it’s basically just a toy, even if it can be deadly, and treat it as such.
But at any rate, for the gun retailer, he saw a slew of these liberal, first-time gun buyers being shocked and angered at the rules they had to follow.
“More than a dozen of these buyers (men and women) actually thought that since they filled out and signed everything, they could just walk out and go home with the firearm. Several actually said they saw how easy it was to buy a gun on TV and why did they have to fill out all these forms.”
“The majority of these first timers lost their minds when we went through the Ammo Law requirements. Most used language not normally heard, even in a gun range. We pointed out that since no one working here voted for these laws, then maybe they might know someone who did. And, maybe they should go back and talk to those people and tell them to re-think their position on firearms – we were trying to be nice.”
“Most were VERY vocal about why it takes 10 days minimum (sometimes longer if the DOJ is backed up) to take their property home with them. They ask why do I need to wait 10 days if I need the protection today or tomorrow? We pointed out again that no one working here voted in support of that law.”
“They really went crazy when we told them that for each firearm they had to do the same amount of paperwork and they could only purchase ONE handgun every 30 days…”
“We had people cuss at us and stomp out when we explained that secondary identification had to be part of the paperwork, as they felt insulted that what they had wasn’t good enough. We have a number of Yelp reviews calling us names and other things about how bad we are because of this whole new buyer rush.”
Again, the Left indoctrinates people into believing a narrative that suits them. The narrative here is that we have lax gun control laws and they are to blame for gun deaths and shootings, so we need more and stricter gun control laws. Those who do not own guns or even hate them agree with implementing these laws (not knowing we already have them) until they themselves feel the need to buy a gun, at which point they are faced with the reality they had previously advocated for: heavy gun regulations impeding their ability to buy a gun quickly and easily. All of a sudden, it becomes a problem that it’s not easy to get a gun.
I hope many of these people who were advocates of “common sense” gun control realize how little sense it makes for someone to have to wait 10 or more days to take their own gun home, or how little sense it makes to limit the amount of ammo one can have or limit the amount of guns one could purchase at any one time.
Because the reality is that places like California have extremely strict gun control laws. Most liberals will never know because they don’t care to go buy a gun so they don’t know how hard it is to get one. So when we see a surge like this, it’s not surprising to see many of these people shocked that the fantasy of being able to walk into a gun store and buy a gun with little to no paperwork filled or background checks done is just that, a fantasy.
How many times have we seen an idiotic “journalist” try to “make a point” about how “easy” it is to buy a gun by going into a gun store only to then find out that they can’t actually just take a gun home with them immediately?
These liberals believed for a long time that the entire country’s gun laws were pretty much strictly placed by Congress, believed that such laws are few and far between and that people can get a gun any time and anywhere. I mean, people honestly believe that one can buy a gun online and have it delivered to their home like it’s an Amazon package!
The narrative from the Left has long been that guns are easy to get and that, as a result, we need extremely strict gun control laws. I believe this is the reason so many liberals say “no one’s coming to take your guns”. They don’t know the gun laws that currently exist and don’t know that much more gun control in the books and we basically don’t have a Second Amendment anymore.
If these liberal, first-time gun buyers want to be angry at anyone, it should be at the California lawmakers for passing these strict gun control laws in the first place. Unfortunately, it seems some did not get the message, if those Yelp reviews are any indication. If anyone is to blame for people not being able to get guns so easily, potentially leaving some of these people in danger (waiting periods are extremely stressful and dangerous for plenty of people, as they might need a gun but gun laws prevented them from getting one on time), it’s the Democrats in California who can pass pretty much whatever gun control legislation they want.
I hope and pray that the vast majority of these first-time gun buyers realize that the reason they couldn’t get a gun quicker or more easily is because of the insane gun control laws in place and because of the insane Democrats who specifically do not want an armed populace to threaten their rule.
“The simple inherit folly, but the prudent are crowned with knowledge.”
Author: Freddie Marinelli.
I have lost count of how many times I have made this argument, but there is no bigger gap between the 1% and the 99% than that which exists in socialist countries. This much is evident given that, while the Venezuelan people were told to be in quarantine, already having trouble finding decent employment and means by which to feed themselves and their families, the children of wealthy Venezuelan officials were partying it up on a private island, flying in European (specifically, Spanish and British) prostitutes to the island to have some “fun”.
According to The Associated Press: “They whiled away the week on a sex- and drug-fueled romp: dancing on white-sand beaches and frolicking on a Caribbean island with prostitutes from Europe… For some of Venezuela’s high-flying “Bolichicos” – the privileged offspring of the socialist revolution – the party hasn’t stopped amid a widening pandemic in a country already gripped by crisis.”
“It’s not clear how many people got sick last month on the Los Roques archipelago. But a raucous party that became a cluster of infections has raised concerns at the highest level of the government and drawn condemnation from Venezuelans locked down at home for weeks.”
Nicolas Maduro, who was indicted by the U.S. on narcotics charges, downplayed the situation and said: “Who is going to criticize a party? They didn’t know they were sick,” on state TV on March 20th.
Basically, if you are the child of a socialist revolutionary, or the child of top Venezuelan officials, you don’t have to obey the rules. But if you are a peasant – a commoner – you have to sit at home, if you even have one, even though you are already struggling heavily because of socialism’s disastrous policies.
And the Left wants to talk to us about how the 1% in this country are privileged? I’ll grant you I’d rather be the 1% in this country than in Venezuela, because at least, my conscience wouldn’t haunt me about how I got such wealth. In Venezuela, you get rich by being a high-ranking government official or having been involved in the socialist revolution as a major player.
The vast majority of the people in Venezuela have to sit at home while the children of those in government not only get to party it up on a private island few can afford to go to, but even get excused by the corrupt and unofficial leader of the country amidst growing fears of a global pandemic.
People on Twitter paying attention to this stuff were obviously irate. One user wrote: “The government is treating the party in Los Roques (the private island) like it’s gossip and not like it’s a public health issue. They knew who attended. They knew how it spread. They knew whose children they were. They knew when it would happen. They knew everything. But they didn’t inform people because these are the children of the corrupt officials.” (Translated from Spanish, of course).
Another account shared audio from one of the assistants at what is now being referred to as the “Coronavirus Party”, with the guy in the audio talking about how people were feeling sick (it’s over a minute long and I couldn’t quite catch everything he said because he spoke so fast, but he was talking about how people were feeling a bit sick for sure).
Funny enough, a week later, 18 people who were at this party were arrested at another party in Los Palos Grandes for violating quarantine.
Even though there’s a global pandemic, the wealthy and privileged children of corrupt officials get to party every week and have as much fun as they want, even in a country that has been ravaged by a financial crisis for YEARS.
My main point, as you could probably tell, is how utterly hypocritical and disgusting the Left is when talking about privilege anywhere, when the only privileged people in socialist countries are the true 1% while everyone else suffers.
While this story talks an awful lot about the virus, and I’ve been trying to not talk too much about it because I want to give people a break from the constant news cycle that focuses pretty strictly on that, I can’t help but at least point it out in the grand scheme of things. Even amidst a viral epidemic and fears of it growing to an even bigger and deadlier degree, the wealthy children of socialists live it up as others are basically put in house arrest.
Now, someone might say: “But Venezuela has been doing great with the virus! They only have 7 deaths, according to Worldometers!” Do you really trust what the VENEZUELAN government says about anything? They lie about THEIR OWN CURRENCY’S WORTH! Why wouldn’t they lie about their total deaths and total cases? They’re practically no different from China, who has largely stopped testing for the virus and magically, they have had few to no coronavirus deaths reported (and the fake news media, the enemy of the people, are reporting that as though it’s fact and not clear Chinese communist propaganda).
The party happened back in mid-March and the kids were very clearly not practicing social distancing, given 18 of them were subsequently arrested at an illegal house party. Who knows how many people they infected as a result of this? Not that we will ever get any answers. For crying out loud, the current official leader of the country is not even allowed to enter his office and the former, now unofficial leader, Nicolas Maduro, still holds control of the government and country because he has the military on his side. Do you think these people have any real sense of justice or truth at any capacity?
This is what socialism/communism brings: the ruling class gets more and more power to rule over the peasant class, and the peasants can’t do anything about it. Even in the midst of a pandemic and growing fears of the Chinese coronavirus, the ruling class has a different set of rules to follow at the behest of the unofficial leader of the country.
Already, Venezuela had been facing crisis after crisis as a result of the destructive policies that socialism brings. Who knows how many have gotten sick and died from the virus because of these people’s callousness and because of the practically non-existent healthcare in that country?
May socialism and communism never be tried here, because if it is, we would see true injustice and suffering like never before, virus or no virus.
“Nothing is covered up that will not be revealed, or hidden that will not be known.”
Author: Freddie Marinelli.
Why am I not even the least bit surprised that, even amidst a global pandemic of the Chinese coronavirus, climate cultists can’t help but spew the most ignorant and fanatical b.s.? Seriously, can’t they give lying their butts off a break even for a virus epidemic?
A journalist for National Geographic, named Elizabeth Kolbert, wrote an essay for the publication titled: “Why we won’t avoid a climate catastrophe.” Of course, from the get-go, it’s clear that this is outright b.s., because all the models and predictions ever made about a “climate emergency” or “climate catastrophe” in the past have been entirely wrong, as I’ve already written in a previous article.
But let’s go ahead and read her reasoning, shall we?
“By not doing enough to fight global warming, we’re trashing the planet. Innovation may save us, but it will not be pretty.”
Okay, a few things already. First, what does she propose we do to “fight” global warming? I imagine it’s something along the lines of giving the federal government all the power it wants to place crushing regulation after crushing regulation on oil and natural gas companies, if not outright forcing them to shut down, and placing mandates on people as to what sort of vehicle we can drive, what sort of food we can eat, what sort of land we can live on, what sort of building we can create, what sort of entertainment to watch and what sort of media to ingest.
Why does “fighting” global warming always involve us losing our rights and freedoms? Oh, right, because the whole thing is a LEFT-WING SCAM.
Second, why isn’t the accusation of “trashing” the planet directed at China and India, some of the biggest land, air and sea polluters in the world? Why is it that every time we discuss people “trashing” or “killing” the planet, the accusations and the ire and anger are always thrown at capitalist, Western countries and not the biggest polluters on Earth? Why does the teen climate puppet hate Trump, even though his administration has allowed for the U.S. to heavily SLOW its CO2 emissions, and not China, who is a massive contributor to air pollution?
In any case, let’s move on. Kolbert then writes about how, in 1970, the U.S. had its first national “Earth Day”, with millions of people participating. “Participants expressed their concern for the environment in exuberant, often idiosyncratic ways,” wrote Kolbert. “They sang, danced, donned gas masks, and picked up litter. In New York City they dragged dead fish through the streets. In Boston they staged a ‘die-in’ at Logan International Airport. In Philadelphia they signed an oversize, all-species ‘Declaration of Interdependence.’”
Good to know that people did the same hippy crap back then that they do now, only there were actual hippies back then, so it was a bit more understandable (even if it was still stupid). Seriously, the only part of that first “Earth Day” that seemed even relatively useful was people picking up litter. Not sure what dragging dead fish through the streets did for the environment, nor signing an honestly offensive mock of the Declaration of Independence in Philadelphia.
But regardless, I can’t help but be incredulous at the sheer lack of common sense by these people. Wanna know what two headlines came out around that time? From the New York Times on August of 1969: “Foe Of Pollution Sees Lack Of Time”, a piece that quotes Stanford University biologist Paul Ehlrich: “We must realize that unless we are extremely lucky, everybody will disappear in a cloud of blue steam in 20 years.” He was particularly talking about the “threat” of “overpopulation” and “contamination of the planet by man,” according to the NYT.
In 1970 specifically, an issue of The Boston Globe was titled: “Scientist predicts a new ice age by 21st century.” “Air pollution may obliterate the sun and cause a new ice age in the first third of the next century.”
Kolbert writes that she is old enough to remember the first “Earth Day”. Surely, she also remembers what idiocy the media was spewing even back then and can tell that NONE OF THE DOOMSDAY WARNINGS THEY HAVE ISSUED HAVE COME TRUE!
1970 was FIFTY YEARS AGO EXACTLY, and yet, despite all the nonsense that “scientists” and people in the media were saying at the time, we are not only living, but THRIVING. The Earth is GREENING precisely BECAUSE of the warmer climate. The global temperatures aren’t increasing at dangerous levels, and we are not going to go extinct any time soon (at least due to anthropogenic climate change, since that’s a massive hoax).
And yet, Kolbert writes nonsense like this: “Perhaps people will perfect pollen-carrying drones (They’re already being tested). Perhaps we’ll also figure out ways to deal with rising sea levels and fiercer storms and deeper droughts. Perhaps new, genetically engineered crops will allow us to continue to feed a growing population even as the world warms. Perhaps we’ll find ‘the interconnected web of life’ isn’t essential to human existence after all. To some, this may seem like a happy outcome. To my mind, it’s an even scarier possibility.”
Right, let’s dissect what she is saying here. First, she’s outright lying about the “rising sea levels”, the “fiercer storms” and “deeper droughts.” I’ve already written THREE articles talking about the usual talking points of the climate cult and how those talking points are not supported by science at all, only climate models (which, as recent coronavirus models have shown, are never reliable).
The part about sea level rise (which is happening in some parts of the world, but sea levels are receding in others, so this is not a global threat), I’ve talked about in part II of the three-part series: “27 Points That Highlight The Scientific Inaccuracies And Dishonesty Of The Climate Cult.”
The part about “fiercer storms” and “deeper droughts”, I wrote in part III: “[F]or roughly 50 years, there has been no upward or downward trend in tropical storm and hurricane ACE (Accumulated cyclone energy) values, so no real increased or decreased activity in those 50 years,” as a result of a 2018 climate report noting: “Tropical storm and hurricane… (ACE) values since 1970 have displayed large variations from year to year, but no overall trend towards either lower or higher activity. The same applies for the number of hurricane landfalls in the continental United States, for which the record begins in 1851.”
As far as the “deeper droughts” go, Dr. Pielke Jr. observed: “[D]roughts have, for the most part, become shorter, less frequent, and cover a smaller portion of the U.S. over the last century.” A study from 2015 had also found that megadroughts in the last 2000 years were considerably worse than anything we see today and they lasted far longer. Obviously, no one can sincerely attribute A/Cs, engines and capitalism for those droughts during the times of Jesus Christ Himself.
So her entire premise regarding a “climate catastrophe” hinges on heavily-flawed and scientifically-inaccurate logic. But there is another part of that quote that is very interesting. In her mind, the ability of the human race to innovate itself out of a “climate catastrophe” that would “destroy” plants and the rest of the Earth is WORSE than humanity’s extinction as a result to said “catastrophe.”
You can tell who clearly does not have any respect for human life whatsoever when they say crap like this. To Kolbert, the idea of human extinction to climate change is A PREFERABLE ALTERNATIVE to humanity being innovative enough to find ways to cope with “altering the atmosphere, draining wetlands, emptying the oceans, and clearing the skies of life,” according to her.
You have to be a real sicko to think the entirety of the human race going EXTINCT alongside everything else is BETTER than humanity being able to adapt and innovate and SURVIVE whatever “climate catastrophe” comes our way.
Keep in mind how utterly selfish such people have to be to think this. I bet you Kolbert never thought of herself as being part of the “extinction” she would prefer. She believes she would be exempt from this, either because she would die beforehand or because, as a result of her “being a good girl and being on the right side of history”, she would be spared of the fate of human extinction.
It reminds me of the white people who are calling for the elimination of white people because of their “racist history”. Said white people never include themselves and believe themselves exempt from such ethnic cleansing because they were “on the right side”. It’s elitist bullcrap and utterly narcissistic.
Humanity and the planet aren’t facing a “climate crisis” or a “climate catastrophe”. It’s facing a communist catastrophe if we allow for such insane people to get their way.
“And give no opportunity to the devil.”
Author: Freddie Marinelli.
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