🇺🇸 Not On Our Side 🇺🇸

April 9, 2020 by

 

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I am often offended when I see some politicians standing in front of a bunch of American Flags. They use them for props not because of love of country but for the “optics”.

I don’t feel like these people are on “our” side.

Ditto the little obligatory flag pin on lapels – just another prop without meaning to the wearer.

I question the flag waving on the 4th of July since so many citizens haven’t a clue what they actually mean. One fool said it was to celebrate our victory in the war with Canada. And giggled.

At this time of great crisis for our people and our country I wonder if we can survive as a nation with the venal and corrupt politicians and the venal, greedy, and dimwitted public. I won’t even go into the corrupt and biased media. I don’t feel they are on “our” side.

I chuckle to myself when someone talks about Bernie Sanders  and the rest of the now defeated Dem candidates trying to buy votes. Good grief the Democrats have been doing that with the black community for a generation. But we mustn’t say that because someone might call us a racist. I am not a racist for saying what I see.

I am not a racist for echoing the words of black men whom I respect more than I can say. Thomas Sowell and Walter E. Williams are two of the most important voices in our country.  Sadly Thomas Sowell has retired. His voice is needed. Not because he’s black – but because he is wise.

Walter E. Williams is still active but he is not a young man. Where are the young men to follow these giants?

The latest from Walter E. Williams is well worth a read:

Manipulation Through Racial Hoaxes

By Walter E. Williams

We black people are so convenient and useful to America’s leftists. Whenever there’s a bit of silencing to be done, just accuse a detractor or critic of racism. A recent, particularly stupid, example is CNN’s Brandon Tensley’s complaint that the “Coronavirus task force is another example of Trump administration’s lack of diversity.” Tensley said the virus experts are “largely the same sorts of white men (and a couple women on the sidelines) who’ve dominated the Trump administration from the very beginning.” I’d like for Tensley to tell us just what racial or sex diversity contribute to finding a cure or treatment for the coronavirus.

Jesse Watters was criticized as a racist for claiming that the coronavirus outbreak was caused by Chinese people “eating raw bats and snakes.” He added that “They are a very hungry people. The Chinese communist government cannot feed the people, and they are desperate. This food is uncooked, it is unsafe and that is why scientists believe that’s where it originated from.” Watter’s statement can be settled by a bit of empiricism. Just find out whether Chinese people eat bats and snakes and whether that has anything to do with the spread of the coronavirus.

And that’s just one example. Why then do so many black people listen to mountebanks like Al Sharpton and Jesse Jackson? Even Rep. Jim Clyburn is corrupt and a long way from his days as a civil rights hero. Whereas Maxine Waters is just plain nuts.

Recently we saw an attempt by the left to silence the voice of the President of the United States.  They failed – but that they tried is frightening.

A Failed Attempt to Squelch Broadcasting of Trump’s Coronavirus Press Briefings

By Joseph Klein

A radical left organization known as “Free Press” sought to censor the broadcasts of the White House Coronavirus Task Force press briefings. The misnamed “Free Press” had recently petitioned the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to investigate broadcasters showing President Donald Trump’s press conferences on the coronavirus outbreak. Citing the left wing, Trump-hating Media Matters, CNN and the New York Times among its sources for its accusations against President Trump, “Free Press” claimed that the president has told “dangerous lies about a public health emergency.” Broadcasters, the petition said, “have a choice: don’t air them, or put those lies in context with disclaimers noting that they may be untrue and are unverified.”

The FCC, the petition added, has “a duty to rein in” those broadcasters that “seed confusion with lies and disinformation.”  Fortunately, for the sake of true freedom of the press under our Constitution, the FCC’s Office of General Counsel and Media Bureau rejected the petition, concluding that the petition “Free Press” filed “seeks remedies that would dangerously curtail the freedom of the press embodied in the First Amendment.” Amen!

As the FCC response to the petition further explained:

“At this moment, broadcasters face the challenge of covering a rapidly-evolving, national, and international health crisis, in which new information—much of it medical or technical in nature and therefore difficult to corroborate or refute in real time—is continually revealed, vetted, and verified or dismissed.

In addition, we note that the President and members of the White House Coronavirus Task Force, including public-health professionals, have held daily press conferences in which they exhaustively answer critical questions from the press.  Under such circumstances, it is implausible, if not absurd, to suggest that broadcasters knowingly deceived the public by airing these press conferences or other statements by the President about COVID-19.”

The FCC response sharply criticized the “Free Press” proposal that the FCC strongly recommend that broadcasters post prominent disclaimers when President Trump and others address the pandemic. “Requiring such disclosures would constitute compelled speech,” the FCC response stated, “and ‘recommending’ such disclosures through enforcement guidance or a policy statement would constitute government coercion by another name.”

We can be grateful that the FCC is still in the hands of people who respect the Constitution. Had it not been…

We’ve faced bad times before. Many of us know and remember what Pearl Harbor was and what it meant.

Is America a roaring giant or crying baby?

By Victor Davis Hanson

In 1940, there were fewer than 500,000 service members in the U.S. military. At the time of the Pearl Harbor attack, that number had grown to nearly 2.2 million. By 1945, more than 12 million Americans were in the armed services. It was an astonishing mobilization for a nation of fewer than 140 million people.

The U.S. started the war with seven fleet aircraft carriers and one escort carrier. By war’s end, it was deploying 27 fleet and 72 escort carriers.

The U.S. Navy ended the war with a fleet eight times larger than it was at the time of the attack on Pearl Harbor. The American armada would become larger in total tonnage that all the world’s fleets in 1945 combined.

More incredible, by the end of 1944, the American gross domestic product exceeded the economic output of all the major belligerents on both sides of World War II put together: the Soviet Union, the United Kingdom, Japan, Italy and Germany.

As we struggle to defeat the coronavirus, an aroused America is talking grandly of restructuring the U.S. economy.

Do we have the same will today? Some of us do. Some of us don’t. Far too many forget, or never knew Benjamin Franklin”s warning about trading safety for freedom and ending up with neither.

There are wise voices and there are honorable people speaking but you won’t find many of them in the congress and you will find very few in media.

But all across the country everyday American’s are performing acts of courage and kindness. Joe and Joan six-pack are helping each other. Neighbors are doing what they can where they can to keep things going. Government types are mostly just getting in the way.

Our doctors and nurses and first responders are the Super Heroes we need at this time and we are so grateful for them.

Brave truck drivers are hauling so that  we can get the food we need if not always the food we want.

And in spite of the incredibly selfish there is toilet paper back on the shelves.

Better days are coming. I suspect they will not be what we’ve known before. By shredding our Constitution with little or no public outcry, the power hungry now know they can manipulate us quite easily. Because what is done once – can be done again.

Be vigilant.

This is an open thread.