Category Archives: Losing Freedom

You Will Be Re-Educated

It probably won’t get to 1976-1980 Veit Nam levels immediately, but America is on the slippery slope, and we citizens who care about this country don’t start standing up against this insidious evil, we will bear some of the blame. (a few excerpts below). mrossol

You Will Be Re-Educated

Radical agendas require clear villains to motivate their believers to act. Alex Zamalin, author of Anti-Racism: An Introduction, claims to have identified our moment’s greatest villain: “the ordinary white American who has sometimes tepidly, conditionally, equivocally, or even shamefully agreed with the unmistakable racist.” A similar tone of unmasking hidden villains pervades projects such as the New York Times’ new podcast series about schools, Nice White Parents. In one episode, reporter Chana Joffe-Walt states, “I think the only way you equalize schools is by recognizing this fact and trying wherever possible to suppress the power of white parents.

Once identified, white people are told they must “do the work” of ridding themselves of racist beliefs—even those beliefs they don’t know they have and so must be educated to see.  But to make people—especially stubborn people—“do the work” sometimes requires threats of coercion, which is why anti-racism’s reeducation efforts often flirt with authoritarian language and ideas while claiming little more than benevolent oversight of their presumably virtuous goal.

Writing in Politico, Kendi made this explicit: “To fix the original sin of racism, Americans should pass an anti-racist amendment to the U.S. Constitution that enshrines two guiding anti-racist principles: Racial inequity is evidence of racist policy and the different racial groups are equals.” The amendment would make what Kendi calls “racist ideas by public officials” unconstitutional. It would also “establish and permanently fund the Department of Anti-racism (DOA) comprised of formally trained experts on racism and no political appointees.”

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What a mess. can we get out?

Have not heard it spoken this directly in a while. Are enough people paying attention?? Absent our omnipotent, sovereign God, I fear our future.  mrossol 

Michael Walsh

Michael Walsh
The Epoch Times.  September 14, 2020 Updated: September 15, 2020

The headline seems straightforward enough: “Portland woman accused of rioting faces both local and federal charges.” And the story amplifies: “a 29-year-old woman was arrested and federally charged for allegedly punching a Portland cop in the face during a riot in July. According to Justice Department court documents, Laurielle Yvette Aviles, of Portland, assaulted a police officer in an attempt to de-arrest a fellow rioter on July 3.”

There’s even a photo of the suspect, which is captioned, “A 29-year-old woman…” Then you look at the picture of “Laurielle Yvette,” see the acne, the mustache, and the beard, and all you can think of is the line from Austin Powers: that’s a man, baby.

Welcome to Krazytown, U.S.A., 2020, where an obvious biological male can claim to be a woman and the dutiful stenographers of the media repeat the equally obvious falsehood. (Other reports called Aviles a man, while the U.S. Attorney’s Office, in reporting a charge for felony civil disorder, didn’t take a side.) But with a full-frontal “critical theory” assault by the left on every facet and institution of American society, anything goes.

We used to laugh at things like the gradual modifications of the language (“vertically-challenged” instead of short, “chairperson” or simply “chair,” for chairman). In fact, comedian Bill Maher even had a show called Politically Incorrect from 1993 to 2002, in part to make fun of the trend toward PC.

But the Marxists of the Frankfurt School, who came to the United States as refugees from Hitler and stayed long enough to poison the minds of a generation and more of college students, understood that if you’re going to strike at the foundations of a society you loathe, you have to strike at them all, and the language was a good place to start. Everything from the American political system to the police to the justice system to the universities to the media, Hollywood and popular entertainment had to be assaulted, preferably simultaneously.

Which is exactly what is happening now. If a street fighter like Aviles wants to call himself a girl, so be it—but if he really is a biological woman there seems no evidence of it, and society should not be forced to humor his delusion under the pernicious non-virtue of “tolerance” bequeathed us by the Frankfurters. Especially when he’s punching a cop in the kisser.

But once you’ve become accustomed to doubting the evidence of your own senses—indeed, when your first instinct is to disbelieve them because you’ve internalized the punitive, nihilist relativism of the left—you’re a pushover for anything that comes next.

Rioting and Other Attacks

And so we have the left openly threatening even more intense rioting as we approach a critical presidential election they have all but promised to reject if they lose and try to steal in order to win—and yet they are trying to convince you that it’s President Trump who won’t go quietly should he lose.

Via a George Soros-funded front group called the Transition Integrity Project, they write: “We assess with a high degree of likelihood that November’s elections will be marked by a chaotic legal and political landscape. We also assess that the [sic] President Trump is likely to contest the result by both legal and extra-legal means, in an attempt to hold onto power.”

This is rich, coming from the party that has never accepted the results of the 2016 election, has fought a prolonged guerilla war in both the courts and the streets against Trump, sandbagged and continues to torture his first national security adviser, Mike Flynn, and impeached him over nothing on the say-so of a time bomb of a military officer who was lying in wait for him on the National Security Council. But then, the first rule of leftism is to hate your country and to believe the worst about it.

Don’t be fooled by the faux-national security phraseology (“we assess with a high degree of likelihood…”): allied thugs from Antifa and Black Lives Matter are currently actively involved in open insurrection in places like Portland and elsewhere. Meanwhile, the Democrats are hiding their candidate, the rapidly mentally deteriorating Joe Biden, by propping him up in his basement with a teleprompter and cue cards; and are mounting an unprecedented attack on the integrity of our electoral system under their usual deceptive rubric of “fairness.”

Meanwhile, it’s only a matter of time before they can no longer disguise or justify their elder abuse; even now they’re plotting their Torricelli Maneuver, in which they’ll yank Biden at the last minute and substitute either Kamala Harris or even Hillary Clinton at the top of the ticket. Talk about an October Surprise.

But the attacks go beyond the political, to the personal. Until recently, workers at the Sandia National Labs in New Mexico, which handles important issues of nuclear technology and American national security, and elsewhere in the government were being subjected to the racist claptrap known as “critical race theory”—another love child of the Frankfurt School—turning them into re-education camps in which to browbeat white employers about such Marxist fantasies as “systemic racism” and “white privilege.”

The programs were an offshoot of what author Heather Mac Donald has called the “diversity delusion,” the notion that workplaces are somehow—they never quite specify how—improved by ethnic nose-counting and by stirring racial division, instead of by aptitude and merit. Upon learning about it, Trump wisely and immediately put a stop to such pernicious nonsense via executive order, calling it a “sickness” and “anti-American propaganda.”

Which it is—but that is precisely its point.

Blaming ‘Climate Change’

In the realm of nature, perfectly predictable wildfires in California during—wait for it—wildfire season have been exacerbated by the state’s insane “conservation” policies, which are precisely designed to make fires worse so that tinpots like Gov. Gavin Newsom can blame the pink elephant of “climate change.” Meanwhile, Nancy Pelosi, last seen making an illegal visit to the beauty parlor in San Francisco, tells us that “Mother Nature is angry”—not just about the wildfires but also hurricanes (during hurricane season).

And it’s all our fault, of course.

And then there is the Great CCP Virus lockdown-and-muzzle harum-scarum. Long past the Chinese Communist Party virus’s peak—if it was designed as a biological weapon, it fizzled badly—and well past the point of any meaningful physical danger to the vast majority of the population, the left continues to use Covid-19 as an economic club with which to confine citizens to quarters, abrogate their right to peaceful assembly and free expression of religion, force them to wear a face mask, and beat the formerly roaring economy senseless.

“Two weeks to slow the spread,” they told us. But now it’s clear that, should the left win power, they will never let us go. As far as they are concerned, the “new normal” is here to stay, comrade.

If the colossal failure of the “experts” and most Democrat politicians who used flawed models and their innate taste for tyranny to wreak havoc on nations around the world don’t suffer severe professional consequences after the people finally come to their senses and realize we’ve all been had, then there really will be no justice, no peace.

Which is why it’s good to see a federal judge in Pennsylvania decide on Monday that Gov. Tom Wolf’s onerous lockdown regulations were unconstitutional. District judge William Stickman IV ruled that the governor’s orders violated the First Amendment’s right to peaceable assembly, and the due process and equal protection clauses of the 13th and 14th amendments.

Wrote Stickman: “the solution to a national crisis can never be permitted to supersede the commitment to individual liberty that stands as the foundation of the American experiment.”

‘Shook Up World’

And how’s that experiment faring? Just the other day, a so-far unidentified gunman coolly walked up to a Los Angeles County Sheriff’s car in Compton and shot both the deputies inside; although badly wounded, they are expected to live. As the wounded officers were taken to a nearby hospital, a mob blockaded the emergency room and shouted, “We hope they die!”

To which the Sheriff, Alex Villanueva, commented: “It pisses me off. It dismays me at the same time.”

That’s his righteous indignation? A $100,000 reward has been offered for information leading to an arrest—but it’s a measure of how defenseless and overlawyered a society we’ve become that that’s the best we can do. Back in the 1920s and ’30s a cop shooter would have been the object of a citywide manhunt, and most likely he would have gone down in a hail of vengeful gunfire.

But we’re more sophisticated today as we return to paganism and superstition. We believe that a guy with stubble makes a plausible female, that the Dreaded Covid will kill you if you’re having a beer in a bar with some pals but not if you’re all having dinner and a beer with the same guys at a table a few feet away. We believe that the exhaust from a car’s engine enrages the goddess Gaia, that whole swaths of cities being razed is non-violent protest (and besides we had it coming).

Most preposterous of all, we believe that a senile old man who blandly asserts that Edison did not invent the light bulb, snarls at people with the effrontery to challenge him, and takes prepared questions from the Democrat propagandists in the media in advance is a viable presidential candidate.

We believe that the laws of our republic are racist, the founders should be dug up and hanged, that black lives only matter when the police are involved, and that our most critical national-security institutions are better served by critical theory than expertise in nuclear physics.

Who are you going to believe—the Progressive Left or your lying eyes? As the Kinks sang in “Lola,” their classic song about a transvestite—“It’s a mixed up, muddled up, shook up world.”

We’d better get it straightened out, pronto.

Michael Walsh is the editor of The-Pipeline.org and the author of “The Devil’s Pleasure Palace” and “The Fiery Angel,” both published by Encounter Books. His latest book, “Last Stands,” a cultural study of military history from the Greeks to the Korean War, will be published in December by St. Martin’s Press.

https://www.theepochtimes.com/full-scale-assault-on-societys-foundations-gives-us-a-shook-up-world_3500118.html?ref=brief_Opinions&utm_source=morningbrief&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=mb

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So you want federal ‘Expertise’ to decide for us?

Mitch McConnell’s short speech at the GOP convention [in August] didn’t receive a ton of attention, but in his understated way the Senate majority leader articulated one of the less obvious issues at stake in November.

“This election is incredibly consequential for middle America,” said Mr. McConnell, a Kentucky Republican and the only top congressional leader in either party who’s not from California or New York. Democrats prefer that “all of us in flyover country keep quiet and let them decide how we should live our lives,” he said. “They want to tell you when you can go to work, when your kids can go to school. They want to tax your job out of existence and then send you a check for unemployment. They want to tell you what kind of car you can drive and what sources of information are credible.”

Mr. McConnell was imploring voters to think twice before they turn government over to Democratic elites who don’t look to ordinary people for guidance but rather see longstanding traditions, existing institutions, popular opinion and the like as obstacles to overcome in pursuing their grand visions of how things should be.

In an influential 1945 essay titled “The Use of Knowledge in Society,” the Austrian economist Friedrich Hayek described two types of knowledge. One was “scientific knowledge,” by which he meant theoretical or technical expertise. The other was “unorganized knowledge,” which he defined as “the knowledge of the particular circumstances of time and place.” With respect to the second kind of knowledge, he observed, “practically every individual has some advantage over all others,” including the so-called experts. Hayek was explaining the overriding problem with centrally planned economies, which is that no matter how intelligent the people in charge, they’re not omnipotent and therefore can’t possibly know the ever-changing wants and needs of vast numbers of individuals in the marketplace.

A troubling trend in recent decades has been the transfer of decision-making authority to expert intellectuals. Environmental regulations and health-care mandates are two obvious examples. But there’s also the more general nanny state mentality emanating from liberals who tell you that politicians, bureaucrats and academics know better than you do how to live your life and raise your children. The result is fewer decisions made through democratic processes, and more choices determined by an intelligentsia that suffers few if any consequences for being wrong.

Experience tells us that the best way to raise children is with a mother and father in the home, and the most effective anti-poverty program in existence is getting married before having kids. Yet prominent commentators like David Brooks insist that the nuclear family is now passé and that the black underclass needs slavery reparations, not fewer fatherless households. Increases in violent crime have brought calls from the public for more policing, while professional activists call for decarceration and reduced funding for law enforcement. Low-income minorities want to choose where their children are educated, but elite organizations like the NAACP oppose charter schools.

The influence of the intellectual class on our politics is not a new phenomenon—a popular book in the 1960s by the psychiatrist Karl Menninger was titled “The Crime of Punishment”—but it has grown steadily. And given that liberals are far less skeptical of scientific knowledge—as seen most recently in their response to the pandemic—this trend is likely to accelerate if Democrats win back the White House.

In an interview with ABC News last week, Joe Biden criticized President Trump for not being more deferential to the scientific community. “This is about telling the American people the truth, letting the scientists speak, listening to the science . . . and stepping out of the way,” he said. “Let the experts go out and let the American people know what the truth is and what has to be done.” Some of us believe that it’s the job of the president, not the scientists, to decide what has to be done. And while decisions on a Covid response or any other issue should be informed by people with expertise, their views should be weighed against those of others and not accepted uncritically.

In his classic 1980 book, “Knowledge and Decisions,” Thomas Sowell expanded on Hayek’s insight and warned about the “grave implications” of these trends. The “locus of decision making has drifted away from the individual, the family and voluntary associations of various sorts, and toward government,” he wrote. “And within government, it has moved away from elected officials subject to voter feedback, and toward more insulated government institutions, such as bureaucracies and the appointed judiciary.”

On its surface, Mr. McConnell’s speech was a plea to support GOP Senate candidates in November. Underneath, he seemed to be saying that even if you can’t stomach four more years of Donald Trump, it would be a mistake to give Democrats—and the expert intellectuals they hold up as our betters—control of the White House as well as Capitol Hill.

https://www.wsj.com/articles/spare-us-more-of-the-arrogance-of-expertise-11599000757

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Judge Rules Pennsylvania Governor’s Shutdown Orders Unconstitutional

Hmm. Some clear thinking about the Constitution from the Federal Bench. Hope to see more of it. mrossol

 

 
September 14, 2020 – The Epoch Times
 

A federal judge has struck down Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf’s CCP virus restrictions that required people to stay at home, put limits on gatherings, and ordered “non-life-sustaining” businesses to stay shut down.

U.S. District Judge William Stickman IV on Sept. 14 sided with plaintiffs that included drive-in movie theaters, hair salons, farmers markets, and several GOP officials who sued as individuals. Butler, Greene, Fayette, and Washington counties were also listed as plaintiffs.

Stickman’s judgment stipulates that “the congregate gathering limits imposed by defendants’ mitigation orders violate the right of assembly enshrined in the First Amendment,” the “stay-at-home and business closure components of defendants’ orders violate the due process clause of the Fourteenth Amendment,” and “the business closure components of Defendants’ orders violate the Equal Protection Clause of the Fourteenth Amendment.”

The judge, who was appointed by President Donald Trump, argued that the actions taken by Wolf and Pennsylvania Secretary of Health Rachel Levine, who are both Democrats, “were undertaken with the good intention of addressing a public health emergency,” but that “even in an emergency, the authority of government is not unfettered.”

“The liberties protected by the Constitution are not fair-weather freedoms—in place when times are good but able to be cast aside in times of trouble,” Stickman said. “There is no question that this country has faced, and will face, emergencies of every sort.”

Stickman added that the solution to the crisis “can never be permitted to supersede the commitment to individual liberty that stands as the foundation of the American experiment.”

Furthermore, he said, the Constitution “cannot accept the concept of a ‘new normal’ where the basic liberties of the people can be subordinated to open-ended emergency mitigation measures.”

Wolf has lifted a number of restrictions since the lawsuit was filed several months ago, allowing businesses to open again and canceling the statewide stay-at-home order. Pennsylvania also has a gathering limit of 25 people for events indoors and 250 for events outside.

Pennsylvania has reported that more than 145,000 people have contracted the CCP (Chinese Communist Party) virus since the beginning of the pandemic, while more than 7,800 have died.

Wolf’s spokesperson told The Associated Press that his office is reviewing the judge’s decision.

“It’s a complete and total victory for the counties, the businesses and the representatives,” said attorney Thomas W. King III, who represented the plaintiffs, as reported by Triblive. “You can’t order the entire population of Pennsylvania to stay at home.”

https://www.theepochtimes.com/judge-rules-pennsylvania-governors-shutdown-orders-unconstitutional_3499183.html?ref=brief_News&utm_source=morningbrief&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=mb

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