From the time Joe Biden received the nomination to run for President there has been a wall built around him. The leaders of his party believed, or at least hoped, that they could shield him from the public to the extent that his obvious mental decline would not be noticed, would just be considered “Joe being Joe, gaffe prone as always.”

While America becomes the laughing stock of the world one reporter, Cory Bernardi in Australia, has dared to speak of the unspeakable and by calling out Biden’s dementia has provided the first chink in the wall. You can be certain that others will soon follow suit.

The rumblings are already here. A newly elected President typically calls the leaders of some 80 nations. Apparently Biden’s handlers do not trust him to talk one on one with other world leaders and so the task of making those calls has been delegated to the Vice President. And now there is open talk of taking the nuclear codes away from our Commander in Chief.

Much damage has already been done in the Democrat party’s headlong rush, not to legislate but to consolidate its power before they are forced to take decisive action to replace President Biden.

The marathon executive orders and the intimidation of the Supreme Court will have lasting effects on this country. In the case of the SCOTUS, the precedent set by them channeling their collective Blanche Dubois (A Streetcar Named Desire), saying “I have always depended on the kindness of strangers,” is mind boggling. When knuckling under to the threats of the Democrats to pack the court, they are ignoring the fact that while they, the Court, are supposed to be the arbiters of the law, the Democrats are strangers to the law and will not hesitate to bend it to their will.

By choosing an obviously impaired candidate the Democrats have placed themselves squarely between a rock and a hard place. They realize that soon they will have to make a move to permanently sideline the president and there are two avenues to accomplish the task, impeachment and the 25th amendment. While either of these would be easy to implement, both have their drawbacks.

Hunter Biden has supplied ample evidence, now in the possession of the FBI and Justice Department, to present a case for high crimes and misdemeanors but to take this route will necessarily create collateral damage within the deep state. Whatever crimes were allegedly committed by the Biden’s did not take place in a political vacuum.

The 25th amendment remedy would keep the entire procedure within the walls and involve only insiders. The downside in taking this route is that dementia is not like a stroke or heart attack, it doesn’t happen suddenly. No one would be able to make the argument that Joe Biden was perfectly competent when signing all those executive orders but overnight he succumbed to cognitive decline. The lawsuits to overturn everything he has done would clog the courts.

The toothpaste is out of the tube, how the establishment acts to put it back in will be discussed in political science classes far into the future. Fasten your seatbelts folks, we’re in for a bumpy ride.

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You have probably heard it said many times before, “How do you know they’re lying? Their lips are moving.

If you watched the latest congressional fantasy show, “Impeaching a President, The Sequel,” you saw that doggerel in action. From gavel to gavel, each time a piece of impeachment evidence was debunked the accusers moved on as if having presented false evidence really didn’t matter. It is yet to be discovered why Mrs. Pelosi, et al, ignored the intelligence they received several days before the Capitol riot and prohibited the presence of added police or the national guard. Their lips were moving throughout the entire proceeding but very little of the truth sprang forth.

When the charade ended Mitch McConnell, the on again, off again chief swamp dweller said in a threatening manner, “it isn’t over for Trump yet.” Probably the truest statement to be heard.

Over a week ago it was reported that some 80 national leaders were still waiting for an expected call from our new President. Today we learn that Vice President Harris has started making those calls. Could it be that President Biden is too tired out from the marathon executive orders signing or was ex President Barrack Obama revealing a truth during an interview after leaving office.

When asked if he wished that he could be elected for a third term he said, “no, what I would like is to be able to have some guy, someone that I could control, elected and have a speaker in his ear so that I could tell him what to say and do.” That would answer a lot of questions, from the make up of the cabinet to the rush to overturn everything done by Trump. Fearing that a scheme like that would eventually be discovered, time would be of the essence.

Impeachments and possible election fraud aside, the biggest story of the century is the pandemic. You would think that here would be a subject where only the truth would be told to the public. Enter Dr. Fauci, a career swamp dweller, 40 years on the job. Somewhere along the way he discovered that being a virologist for the U.S. government would be a heck of a lot more lucrative and less labor intensive than laboring away in some obscure university laboratory. From all published sources, that decision has worked out very well for him but that doesn’t alter the fact that he hasn’t been able to pick a line of reasoning and explanation of what exactly is going on with this pandemic and then stick to it. He has been on all sides of the issue, both pro and con, since it began. But, then, he works for the government so there is no requirement to find the truth and hang with it.

Riots are peaceful protests. Looting is a form of free speech. Police departments are universally racist and need to be defunded. When an administration changes to the other party all criminal investigations begun by the previous administration are spurious and should be consigned to an Orwellian memory hole. Mainstream media is the watchdog of truth and social media the fairest arbiter of free speech. Gender has no connection to biology therefore biological men, identifying as female, have every right to compete in women’s sports. Marijuana shops and liquor stores are essential businesses, churches are not. Railroad tanker cars, barreling across the landscape, are a safer way to move oil than is a buried pipeline and no, the fact that the trains are owned by political donors never entered into the equation.

In “Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland” we learned that words mean whatever we say they mean, no more, no less. Nowhere has this lesson be more universally applied than in the Washington Swamp.

We could go on, and on, and on until the eyes glazed but a more interesting exercise might be to explore those times when we are certain that we were being told the truth…

No, I can’t think of any either. And that’s a wrap.

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That title is a simple question but one that would make sense only in our modern era. In the past, from the time news was carried primarily by the print media, and into the age of radio, the news was a serious business, meant to convey information that would inform the opinions of its recipients, or spur them to action. This changed with the development of television.

An excellent book on this subject, “Amusing Ourselves to Death,” written by Neil Postman and published in 1985, provides an in depth history of the development of the news industry from colonial times until the mid nineteen-eighties. This work was done long before the digital age took over as the main source for what today passes as news.

The consumers of digitally presented material are notoriously short on patience and generally lack the attention span to foster any in deep dive into the exploration of current news topics. As a result facts no longer matter. We as a nation are now too willing to accept whatever we are told, wring it dry of any amusement value and then move on to the next hot topic.

Allow me to present few examples. During the recent “insurrection” at the Capitol a young lady was tragically killed. The scene was captured in its entirety by surveillance cameras, from several angles. The footage shows her being coaxed to illegally climb through a window while a different angle presents the shooter, weapon drawn and aimed. She enters the room through the window, empty handed and is shot at point blank with no warning shout from the shooter. He is later portrayed as a police officer but following the incident there was no mention of the standard officer involved shooing protocols having been followed. The news cycle played out and the attention span of the public merely shifted to the subject of the next cycle.

We have just completed a peaceful transition of Presidential power following an election which is held to be fraudulent by fully half of the country. Perhaps we will never know the truth but certain aspects are indisputable. That no resolution of the dispute is likely merely emphasizes my statement that facts no longer matter. For instance, the 133 million registered voters somehow cast 159 million votes. Fact checkers have attempted to conflate the issue by juxtaposing the votes cast with the number of eligible voters, overlooking the inconvenient fact that not all eligible voters are registered.

Putting all that aside, the best proof for there having been a massive fraud perpetrated is the simple fact that the current administration, having a vested interest in gaining the trust of the American people in order to pursue its stated goal restoring unity, would naturally want to prove its legitimacy. Given that several hundred people, eye witnesses to what they claimed were irregularities, have issued sworn statements under penalty of perjury, it would seem a simple matter for the administration to bring these people to court and test the accuracy, or lack thereof, of their statements. A few convictions would probably convince any others having issued false statements to recant. That the administration seems to have no interest in demonstrating its legitimacy is both curious and telling.

Another news subject of major but fleeting interest is the story of the discovery of a very large international ring of pedophiles. The ring leader apparently organized the entire operation as a means of providing people with the opportunity to engage in sex with minors and then recording them engaged in the illegal sexual activity for the purpose of blackmailing them. It was reported that he became fabulously wealthy in this endeavor before being arrested and incarcerated. At the time of his arrest federal law enforcement managed to seize the evidence that he had amassed during his career and this evidence was taken into custody. The ring leader subsequently died under mysterious circumstances while in custody and those charged with keeping and protecting him while awaiting trial dismissed the incident with, “nothing to see here.” The unanswered question is where are the investigations of the people shown on the video evidence that was confiscated during the arrest of the ring leader? That evidence is factual but facts no longer matter. The amusement value ran its course and we moved on to the next thing.

We could easily explore hundreds of such examples but that would serve only to belabor the point. The news presented in this current era, while fact based, no longer provides the depth required to spur people to action. Five minute sound bites of some remote tragedy read by a smiling commentator and followed by commercial images of happy people doing happy things is what now passes for news coverage.

We are no longer given anything to take seriously, it’s all theater, smoke and mirrors, while the invisible hands behind the curtain manipulate the world for their own purposes.

The question should be will we collectively wake up and realize that facts do matter, that the world of engineered entertainment is akin to Nero’s bread and circuses, meant to keep us amused to the point that we won’t care what “they” are doing to consolidate power and strip us of liberty?

The future belongs to those who will engage in shaping it and all others have no right to complain when they realize that the final uncontested shove has taken them over and into the abyss.

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America has gambling in its DNA. We will bet on just about anything, legal and otherwise. Racing horses, with or without sulkies, dogs chasing mechanical rabbits, dogs fighting other dogs, battling chickens, battling humans, cars going very fast while making all left turns, ad infinitum. A comprehensive list of every activity that will attract oddsmakers and folks willing to risk money in hope of increasing their fortunes would fill many volumes.

Recently I did a search for the odds being offered on the chances of our current president being reelected in 2024, thinking that there would not be much interest in the subject. I was surprised to see how much information presented itself.

Long story short, the smart money is heavily against JoeBiden facing impeachment and the odds against his reelection at the time I visited those sites was somewhere around 1000 to 1 but surprisingly, the odds were also heavily against the president finishing his first term.

The bookies are betting against impeachment but in favor of a truncated term. This is interesting but doesn’t offer any indication of their thinking as to why Mr. Biden would not finish his term, given that impeachment is being ruled out.

The most obvious alternative to impeachment would be application of the 25th amendment. And in many ways that makes sense. Impeachment would be extremely messy, involving a great many other players from the establishment and airing a lot of dirty laundry. The 25th amendment, by comparison, would be quick and clean. That difference would be attractive to oddsmakers.

There are many variables to consider before placing your bets. Removing the President by any means would give us President Kamala Harris and whispers have it that Biden’s handlers are having buyer’s remorse for having selected her as Vice. That might mean the odds would shift toward allowing Biden to continue his Mortimer Snerd impression so long as he cooperates with his Edgar Bergen (Okay, an ancient reference but worth looking up).

We must also consider the danger in allowing the gaffe prone President to meet one on one with other world leaders. No teleprompter, no ear buds, no control over what might come out during a “senior moment.” This must give pause to his handlers and really throw a bunch of incontrollable factors into handicapping the odds.

Still, when the odds settle down I might be tempted to risk a buck or two just for the heck of it.

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Those were the words uttered by Hillary Clinton when asked about details of the attack on our embassy in Benghazi, Lybia in which Ambassador Chris Stevens and three others were killed. That entire fiasco is now a closed case even though many aspects are still shrouded in mystery.

There was even a short-lived conspiracy theory floating which held that the raid was actually a pre-staged attack with the purpose of the ambassador being taken hostage and later traded for the release of Omar Abdul Rahman, the Blind Sheikh. Such was the reason, as the story goes, that rescuers were told to stand down but the plot went south when the two CIA assets disobeyed the stand down orders.

My aim here is not to rehash the Benghazi incident but, rather, to go to a greater truth, the existence or non existence of truth itself.

It is well known that a person taking a polygraph test will pass if he or she believes what they are saying is true, regardless of the factual value of what they are saying. The takeaway here is that truth can be relative depending on one’s belief system.

But does it go deeper than that? Joseph Goebbels famously said, “If you tell a lie big enough and keep repeating, people will eventually believe it.”

Usually omitted is the rest of his statement, “The lie can be maintained only for such time as the State can shield the people from the political, economic and/or military consequences of the lie. It thus becomes vitally important for the State to use all its powers to repress dissent, for the truth is the mortal enemy of the lie, and thus by the extension, the truth is the greatest enemy of the State.”

It is irrefutable that we have entered into an era in which relaxed accuracy standards are the new norm. Nothing can be taken on face value and fact checking is a growth industry. The Kennedy assassination is still debated as if more information awaits discovery. 9-11 has its “Truthers,” and we now have a country evenly divided over a presidential election.

Lies and politics are conjoined twins, sharing one brain and one nervous system and in a two party system such as ours the challenge is to convince enough people on the other side that our lies hold more value for the country than theirs, giving them a reason to switch sides.

Unfortunately we have abandoned most, if not all, of the elements that guarantee an expectation of truth, such things as ethics, morals, a sense of fair play, devotion to duty and any commitment to actually keeping the promises implied by an oath of office.

What is missing but sorely needed is an Absolute Truth, one not based on the perceptions of one side or the other but one accepted as immutable by all sides.

There are 535 members in the combined houses of Congress, 9 Supreme Court justices, 1 President, 1 Vice President and thousands of people in appointed offices. I challenge you to name ten that you would trust with the safety and well being of your family.

The burning question is have we traveled so far down the pathway of mendacity that we have passed the point of no return? Can we ever again live in a nation guided by concepts other than the supreme authority of man having replaced the founders belief in a nation guided by the moral codes of a Supreme Being.

The United States of America is a sick land. We are a place where gender is decided not by biology but by whim. Where abortion, including postpartum abortion, is legal. Where pedophilia is being normalized. We allow criminals to profit from their crimes depending on their status. The governance of the country has devolved to a game of who can steal, cheat and lie the most effectively and the players are not limited to any one political party, it is an equal opportunity game.

If we collectively don’t get “woke” from being “woke” the sickness will become a terminal illness, an incurable virus of the soul.

We must turn back to Praying for America and away from Preying on America.

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Life consists of stages and as we transit each we find that our worldview and the methods used to cope with the relentless march of time changes with each new stage.

Over the past few years the wife and I have been thinking about folks who were once important in our lives, those who have moved away, and using the magic of the digital age we tried to connect with some of them. What we found, with increasing regularity, instead of viable contact information, were obituaries.

One common feature of each of these terminal announcements is that they contain two dates and a dash. It occurred to me that those dates are fairly irrelevant, it’s the dash that matters. The dates convey a time period and the relative brevity or longevity of each individual’s lifespan. Ah, but in that mysterious dash resides all the interesting stuff. The dates will give an indication of what limitations might have been placed on a person’s ability participate in life based on the technology and medical science of their day, as compared to what we think of as modern times. Beyond that they are of little practical use.

I was asked to say a few words at my mother’s funeral a few years ago and I concentrated on speaking about her dash, limiting my remarks to the attention span of her fellow congregates at St. Helen’s Catholic Church. It opened with, “At age 16 she was the prettiest girl in her high school class and just before her 20th birthday she was a divorced mother of two, struggling to find a place for herself and her two little charges in a strange new city.” I went on to describe a lifetime of smashing glass ceilings which culminated for her in a very happy retirement.

The dates, 1917-2012, did nothing to tell her story. That was hidden in the dash. Thus it ever was and thus it will always be.

We each have that first date carved in stone, the second is still shrouded in perhaps, but we are living in the dash. We are the architects of the dash. Today and tomorrow form the matrix upon which we construct our dash. Someday someone will be tasked with writing those obituaries describing the dashes we leave behind. The way that we will be remembered then depends on the choices we are making now.

If your dash were to be set to paper today what would it say? Would you be pleased with it? If not, now is the only time you will ever have for an edit and a rewrite.

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It has been said that every conspiracy theory must have a golden thread of truth running through it in order for the theory to be accepted and believed. That statement has always appeared to be valid until now.

For the last few months I have been trying to discern the golden thread that would underlie this nation’s very real headlong rush toward oblivion. What possible link could there be between a loose affiliation of millionaires and billionaires, tech oligarchs, the vast majority of media outlets, federal judges, state legislators, federal officials both elected and appointed and several foreign governments.

For the golden thread of truth theory to hold up in a conspiracy to steal a national presidential election there has to be something to link all the above named entities.

The more I pondered this question the deeper I plunged into the rabbit hole. For the millionaires, billionaires and oligarchs pure greed would suffice as an explanation for a common goal. An America acting for its self interests would limit the ability of the international players to further enrich themselves. The media thrives on ratings and viewership or readers to attract advertisers, so again it’s greed.

But what of the courts? Judges with lifetime appointments don’t profit from their rulings. Something other than greed would have to motivate them to violate their oaths of office, if such they did, when refusing to admit evidence of wrong doing in the election. Ideology alone is a thin broth to nourish judicial misconduct.

State legislators would have to have willingly abandoned their constitutional duty to set the rules governing the elections in their states. To allow unauthorized entities to govern the elections is a clear violation of the oaths taken by those legislators. Where is the golden thread to link them to the billionaires or oligarchs?

An untold number of election workers, in many states, would have to have knowingly committed criminal offenses in order to facilitate fraudulent votes counts. Why no widespread fear of detection and criminal prosecution? Could the mere hatred of a sitting president be strong enough to drive such a massive effort to remove him from office?

I can easily understand Nancy Pelosi as the Red Queen, running through the halls of Congress screaming, “off with his head.” Or Schumer and McConnell playing the Walrus and the Carpenter, leading their fat oyster constituents toward the feast.

But, in as much as the oysters become the feast, what could drive half the country to accept a self-destructive stolen election?

And yet, even without a golden thread to unite the conspiracy, a mountain of untried evidence was amassed, dismissed by the courts without any scrutiny, and anyone who questioned the validity of the election was in turn scrutinized as a traitor to the country.

Lacking the golden thread, the only evidence of a conspiracy to steal the election is to be found in the words of President Joe Biden, “we have put together the most massive election fraud in history.”

And rather than a conspiracy perhaps what we have is a confluence of complimentary goals driven by the self interest of many disparate individuals, aided by public rage engendered by a media questing after ratings without regard to journalistic standards and ethics.

In the final analysis I suppose it really doesn’t matter. The winners don’t care how they win, those who abetted them grab their temporary prizes and as for our nation, well history shows that nations come and nations go. Sic semper Terris.

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To paraphrase an old saw, “The beatings will continue until unity occurs.”

Republicans have never been known for any collective sense of bravery under fire. We’ve always been the party that will apply the rule of action based on thick or thin, that is when things start getting thick we tend to thin out.

I will now attempt to shotgun pattern my way through a few examples.

It seems that the Democrats are about to set a trap for themselves. There is talk of charging certain individuals for the crime of contesting the recent election. Never known for subtlety or the ability to recognize when it’s time to let go, they are making noises like they are going to actually charge some folks and also to introduce the subject during the pseudo impeachment trial. Hey dummies, you won because the elections were never contested in a public forum. All so called court victories were on procedural grounds, never on merit. So go ahead, give the objectors the ability to actually present evidence in a venue that will air it before a nationwide audience and see how that works out for you. Can you say constitutional crisis?

While on the subject of the recent election, let’s look at the vote count. The most frequent numbers being bandied about by those protesting the results are 133 million registered voters, 159 million votes cast. Reuters sought to “fact check” and debunk those numbers by stating that there are 239 million eligible voters in the United States.

I don’t doubt that number but would like to point out that it is irrelevant to the question at hand. To be an eligible voter you need only be 18 years old or older, a citizen, not be currently incarcerated and in some jurisdictions not have a felony conviction. To be registered voter you must go a step farther and, well, register to vote. 239 million eligible voters does not equate to 239 million registered voters. Apples and oranges.

President Joe Biden, in his now famous Freudian slip said, “we have put together the most massive election fraud in history.” The game should have been over right then but the Republicans all chuckled and said, “Joe being Joe.”

Our side took the same attitude when the swing state legislatures surrendered their constitution duties and allowed non-authorized entities to dictate election rules. The Republican attitude, “they shouldn’t be allowed to do that.”

Perhaps the most egregious example of cowardice was exhibited by the Supreme Court in its dismissal of the lawsuit filed by Texas and 17 other states. Justices Alito and Thomas agreed that the suit should be heard while the other 7 justices agreed to rule that that Texas and the other states had no standing bring the suit.

It has been reported that the 9 Supremes had a heated argument over whether or not to hear the case. One of them pointed out the precedence set by Bush V.Gore to which Chief Justice Roberts angrily replied, “I don’t give a f..k about Bush V. Gore, we didn’t have riots then.

Think about that, if true, and no one from the court came forward to dispute the reporting, that action can be characterized no other way than as cowardice. The Constitution is clear, only the Supreme Court has jurisdiction in suits between states. To rule that Texas had no standing is say that there exists no possibility for Texas to have its day in court, anywhere in the known universe. That is simply justice denied. And to adopt the stance that the citizens of Texas and of the other 17 states were not injured is to ignore the fact that allowing a theft of votes in any state in a national election affects the votes in each of the other states. The constitutional duty could not be clearer nor can the effect of diluting the vote total of the rest of the country.

Having said the above, the thing that makes the Supreme Court decision truly reprehensible is the reason for taking the stance they did, fear of mob activity. A very important constitutional ruling was sidestepped because the members of the highest court in the land were afraid for their personal safety. Antifa and BLM trumped the constitution of the United States of America.

Let’s briefly visit the Capitol riot. This extremely unpleasant event has led to the second impeachment of President Trump. But the thing that stands out most in my mind is the tragic end of Ms. Ashli Babbit. By all accounts she was egged on to climb through the window and into the path of an already drawn and aimed weapon.

First reports were that she was shot by a peace officer. In memory, every time there is an officer involved shooting the officer is identified, placed on leave and the incident investigated. Who urged her to go through the window and who was the shooter, weapon drawn and aimed, waiting for a victim to enter through that window? There doesn’t seem to be any official curiosity.

Without any attempt to litigate the election in this space, the question comes down to where are the 75 million who voted for President Trump? I believe that massive numbers would turn out for a Trump rally held anywhere in the country. But attending rallies, while a great show of support, are not effective in making change.

Change occurs via legislative action. Legislative action requires the participation of legislators. If we want to stir action in the state houses and the congress should there not be 75 million voices talking to those people we have hired to carry out our will in the halls of government? Should not the people we place in office not be apprised of the fact that if they do not begin taking meaningful steps to reclaim the sanctity of the election process they will be replaced?

Perhaps the words from a song by Don McLean should be addressed to the Republican Party writ large: “When the gates are all down and the signals are flashing, the whistle is screaming in vain and you stay on the tracks, ignoring the facts, no, you can’t blame the wreck on the train.”

We have experienced a national train wreck and we seem to have embraced complacency as an appropriate response. Quiet acceptance will not root out the charlatans and quislings, too many of whom call themselves Republicans while actually the title “swamp. dweller” would be a better fit.

If you care about the future of this nation, if you believe that the Constitution still matters, then I implore you, let your voices be heard. In the words of the former Speaker of the House, Tip O’Neill, “all politics is local.” This is a crucial concept. The world of politics stretches from the office of the local dog catcher all the way to the Presidency of the United States.

Each step is important to the overall process and we should not allow any office to be held by a person willing to abandon the oath of office, the duty to the constitution or who will display cowardice, moral or physical, in the face of perceived danger. In this present time one party has weaponized street thuggery in order to intimidate and coerce action from the other side. The sad part is that it is working.

Allowing a bully to win will not improve the character of the bully.

We each have one voice, one vote, one Constitution and one country. Keeping and protecting the latter two depends on our judicious use of the first two.

The battle for the soul of America is ours to win but in order to do so we must engage and in the spirit of Tip O’Neill the battle must start at the local level and work its way to the very top of the political food chain.

We must let our voices be heard and we need all pray that somehow, some meaningful remnant of this great nation will survive the present debacle and be nurtured back to greatness.

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We have a new president. It is no secret that I supported the outgoing administration but it is also true that during the past four years, and through all past administrations I have been vocal about the need for an active loyal opposition. Every administrative and legislative body can benefit from debate and the presentation of opposing views.

I have also been an advocate for respecting the office of the presidency, without regard to who is occupying it at any given time. Although I did not support the current president, I will always respect the office.

The above having been said, I would like to ask my friends, members of my family and those Americans in general who support the policies of the incoming administrative and legislative branches to explain how the ordinary American citizen will benefit from that large stack of executive orders signed by President Biden on day one.

How will the minority communities and all low wage American citizens benefit from open borders and the hordes of caravan members now streaming toward our country and soon to be competing for the dwindling supply of jobs.?

What effect will thousands of potentially covid infected immigrants have on the effort to contain the virus in this country?

How will cancelling the Keystone pipeline aid in improving the environment? Aside from the immediate and egregious loss of 11000 jobs, the fact is that the oil will not disappear. Rather than it being moved in an environmentally safe manner, it will return to being shipped by rail tank car and tanker trucks. The trains and trucks are major polluters and the incidence of accidents when using moving vehicles is increased exponentially. It would seem that the only winners in this scenario are the owners and operators of the surface transportation companies.

Returning to the Paris Accords puts many American industries at a competitive disadvantage while adding nothing to the pollution fight. For many years American companies have been at the forefront of the battle for clean water and clean air. On the other hand China, an “emerging” nation will be able to continue polluting for decades to come.

We could pick apart each of the 17 executive orders and ask of each, how does this benefit the American citizen? As the loyal opposition it would be our duty to enter into dialogue with the administration and discuss those concerns of that half of the country that did not support the current administration. Unfortunately that dialogue will never take place.

The mainstream media, social media outlets, congressional leaders, bureaucrats, lobbyists, the courts, billionaire oligarchs and many others are all united in their determination to silence all conservative thought and expression. How, then, can a loyal opposition form and express its views when its voice is silenced?

In just a very few days it has become obvious that when President Biden says that job one is to unify the country he actually means it is to bring unity to the opposing sides within his own party while totally dismissing the concerns of the other half of the country. That is the definition of a totalitarian regime.

At the present time the loyal opposition is not only toothless, it is leaderless and unwanted by the administration in power. The leaders of the conservative side must get a clue, grow a spine and organize a peaceful pushback against this idea of having a single party government.

There is a lot of work to be done if this nation is to be pulled back from the brink and it won’t be done by those in Washington who are pushing us, lemming like, toward the abyss.

As citizens we must engage with those conservative voices in leadership positions and demand that they tell we, the people, how to be effective in fighting back against this headlong rush to make America a de facto third world nation.

The left may not listen to us when we whisper, they will if we roar.

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We are facing a crisis in these United States of America. It is not a Democrat crisis, it is not a Republican crisis nor is it a crisis of recent origin. We are faced with a crisis in ethics, morality and spirituality and this crisis has been growing in strength and magnitude for well over a century.

During a lecture series delivered in London, England, in 1896, Swami Vivekananda said, “the nation that abandons chastity will not survive.” A simple statement based on his Yoga beliefs. A simple statement but one that carries a profound truth not only for America but for all the developed nations of the world.

The USA as we know it today has traveled very far from the vision of the founding fathers. The original European settlers on this continent were fleeing religious persecution, not religion itself. Spirituality and a firm belief in a Supreme Being were so engrained in their daily lives that they could not imagine a world in which morals and ethics, dictated by God, would be absent.

As to our founding fathers, quoting Benjamin Franklin, “Only a virtuous people are capable of freedom. As nations become corrupt and vicious, they have more need of masters.”

And John Adams, “Our Constitution was made only for a moral and religious people. It is wholly inadequate to the government of any other.”

If John Adams is correct then the Constitution of the United States is wholly inadequate for governing the 21st century America. This nation has been tossing morals and ethics to the wayside for many decades and seems hell bent on eliminating any official recognition of decency and respect as being necessary for promoting the common good of its citizens or enforcing the notion of equal justice for all.

I have lived long enough to have witnessed a sea-change in the nation’s approach to morality. During the mid nineteen-fifties, in my hometown, a city that had at the time three daily newspapers, there once were banner headlines in each of the newspapers, all with slight variations saying, “Teens Found Dead in Love Nest.” The stories explained that a pair of high school students had somehow “managed to rent an apartment” and were killed accidentally by a gas leak in a space heater. This event, which was discussed for weeks, would probably not rate more than paragraph, buried deep within any of today’s newspapers. Sexually active teenagers has become the norm.

Sex Ed in school back then consisted chiefly of lectures on the mortal dangers of sexually transmitted disease, and for the girls the importance of chastity and for the boys proper respect for girls. Today it’s placing condoms on cucumbers.

There are efforts afoot in America to normalize pedophilia. Until his death while in custody the reigning king of pedophiles was Jeffery Epstein. By all accounts he amassed a sizable fortune enticing fellow pedophiles into sexual relations with underage partners, recording the activities and then blackmailing his clients. The unanswered question though is, given that his records and the evidence he kept in order to facilitate his illicit income stream were all captured by law enforcement quite a few months ago, where are the charges and prosecutions of those who were on those tapes? Further, where is the outcry from an enraged public that their law enforcement communities would turn a blind eye to such heinous crimes. The silence is damning.

Although the 1st amendment to the Constitution was written to guarantee freedom of religion it is now interpreted as freedom from religion.

Currently the African American population stands at 13.4% compared to an estimated 14.1% in 1940. While other minority populations are rising it would seem that the African American is losing ground. Could that present a truth in the popular saying that the most dangerous place for a black baby is in it’s mother’s womb? Margaret Sanger seems to have won that round, even to the extent that we are now discussing the legality of postpartum abortion.

Corruption in our government, all levels, is epidemic and no longer even hidden. For a little light reading on that subject research Iran-Contra. A government that will “smuggle” drugs into it’s own country and distribute them to street gangs for resale cannot be other than corrupt. One name currently in the news, also involved in Iran-Contra, was AG William Barr. A CIA operative at the time, he took the code name
“Robert Johnson.” For those unfamiliar with blues music, Robert Johnson was a guitarist in the 1930’s who claimed to have sold his soul to the devil in exchange for his musical gifts. Was Mr. Barr signaling his opinion of the deal he made to engage in the spreading of drug poison to his fellow Americans?

I would submit that any person who enters political office, elected or appointed, at an early age, does nothing else for a career, creates no jobs, produces no product, has only a government salary to rely on, yet manages to amass a fortune, has to be suspect.

A comprehensive study of abandoned morals and ethics and the systemic corruption not only in government but also media, entertainment, education and business, would fill several large volumes. But for anyone interested in pursuing the subject the sources are readily available and are searchable with little effort. As stated above, the corruption and lack of ethics is now so widespread that the perpetrators, facing no repercussions, don’t bother to cover up their activities.

Al Capone, the famed gangster, leaving a courthouse where a judge had just ruled against him said, “it used to be that when you bought a judge the son of a bitch stayed bought.” Today Capone would probably be one of judges.

In conclusion I would like to visit another of our founders, Thomas Jefferson. “We in America do not have government by the majority, we have a government by the majority who participate. All tyranny needs to gain a foothold is for people of good conscience to remain silent.”

There are absolutes in goodness, kindness, morals and ethics. Our founding fathers referenced those absolutes in all they wrote when crafting the rules for governing the country. Those absolutes are more important today than ever before. We must return to the beliefs that guided us as a young nation struggling toward greatness, abandoned now by so many.

We each must ask ourselves, is this nation currently exhibiting the standard of ethics and morals that we hold for our families and ourselves. If the answer is no then remaining silent is not an option. Choose a venue and join the fight to reclaim the goodness of America.

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