My lovely wife Jenny and I covered this event. We took the blue line train from Long Beach to Downtown Los Angeles understanding that both traffic and parking would be a problem. We arrived about 1 hour after the initial march from Pershing Square Park to the Los Angeles City Hall.
As a side story, the trip from Long Beach to our destination was eventful. We sat next to a schizophrenic woman that was incessantly talking to her invisible friends, discussing her 4 year exodus on the streets, and how it related to the bible. Behind us were a quorum of men of color discussing their sexual exploits and their lack of regard for their partners. That was just the start of a very surreal day!
Our train ride exposed the seedy underbelly of the city of Los Angeles. After we hit Compton, we saw a plethora of tent cities lining the train line, and it did not end. It was truly depressing to see how this great city has fallen so low after the decades of Progressive leadership.
Once we got to our destination, the march was well underway. We saw young families already coming back from the march, lots of them, they were retreating and going home. That piqued our curiosity and we walked fast to the City Hall from the Square, where the march started. We were met then by many more young families that were leaving.
The event looked more like a carnival than a social justice march. There was a huge sound stage, and when we arrived a rock group was playing and the sound speakers, enough to fill a city with music, were blaring. Later, left wing speakers were discussing on stage how we had to get AR-15’s banned and that the second amendment was outdated and had to be abolished. There had to be 20,000 people staying at this rally in front of City Hall. It reminded me of a 1970’s outdoor concert. I counted at least 60 port-o-potties there. There were BBQ’s everywhere, and people were selling tee shirts and other paraphernalia that supported many disparate causes, including school shootings and other issues. They were selling tees that attacked the 2nd amendment, Capitalism, Republicanism, the NRA, nationalism, and shirts that called conservatives Nazis and Fascist’s. It is interesting to note that these Capitalists were making money selling Communism/Socialism!
We interviewed a number of people. Many were willing to talk, and some were willing to be photographed or directly quoted. Many that we interviewed were Communist and Socialist activists, and they were expounding on the benefits of “One World Governance”, the disarming of the civilian population, and embracing a Communist/Socialist form of economy in order to have “World Peace”. Others were adamant that the second amendment had to go, that it was antiquated and we outgrew it. They said that we have outgrew this amendment and no longer need to have the benefit of personal protection or have any fear of an intrusive government. Australians were there to tell us about the wonderful benefits of the disarming they did in their country. It was a ban that was only 1/3rd effective, but none of them brought that up.
As we walked through this Liberal Progressive Socialist street party, we found booths for the Communists, Socialists, the Green Party, and a host of other anti-American venues. We talked to all of them, and for the most part they believed that our present form of economic system and governance is outdated, and they have a better way. Of course that was to a tee “One World Governance” and Communism/Socialism, and the total disarming of the civilian population in order to attain “World Peace”.
Just about everyone we interviewed were blaming school shootings on the NRA. They emoted that the NRA was an arm of the Republican Party and was directly responsible for the shootings, and indicated that their money to support Republicans was blood money, and all Republicans shared responsibility for the shootings because of that. They said that the NRA spreads lies, only really protect gun manufactureers, and are directly responsible for what has happened with school shootings.
Evein though most families with children had left, there will still some there, and those were using the children to carry signs, many with expletives that imparted the idea that the NRA was totally responsible along with the Republican Party for school shootings. Their signs said that the second amendment had to go. We were aghast at this tactic and did not photograph those exploiting their own children.
There was a small counter-protest group. They numbered about 20, and were across the street from the main crowd. They had a loud speaker, and were expounding on how the 2nd amendment was something not to be vilified, but cherished. They were summarily shouted down by the “Proletariat”, and threats were made. The police ended up escorting them to their cars with an order. “Go home”, which they did. Jenny and I followed them out, but the police would not allow us to interview them.
We went back to the action, and immediately saw a preacher that had arrived. He had a very big sign pleading to the masses to repent for the good of their souls. He had a loud speaker system with an amplifier strapped to his body and was preaching the gospel. A few of the Communist women we had interviewed earlier then attacked him, knocked his mike off of his hand, and started slapping him. The LA County Sheriffs came to the rescue just in time, and stayed around him for the rest of the time he was there.
There is a sizable group of persons that are hell-bent on changing our countries direction. They are passionate, and they want to adopt a Communist/Socialist Global Governance system that would bury the United States of America. They want “One Word Governance” and their movement is very dangerous.
We will be doing another article on this topic. We have a lot of research to do on the groups that were there, and those that paid for the event. Stay tuned….. Also having trouble adding pictures, but when that is resolved, I will let you know. Have dozens of interesting pictures that I cannot seem to download to the post…..
All too often in today’s political and social environment civility is sacrificed and instead polarization is the result. Our two great ideological tribes are in constant conflict. On the right, on-line dialogs go to mocking mainstream conservatives as not being willing to do what it takes to win. They mock those who will not engage in the same tactics as their left-wing brethren. It seems that many on the conservative side of the spectrum seem to lean towards “losing gracefully” instead of being seen as lacking in manners.
The leftist “social justice” activists scorn engagement and civil dialog as respectability politics. They instead favor shout downs, boycotts, on-line shaming and other unproductive methods to eliminate non-conforming dialogs.
There are important issues that need to be addressed. DACA for one is something that most American citizens agree on. We want this injustice righted. These people had no choice but to follow with their parents when they decided to cross the border, and they should not be held responsible for the actions of others. Even this issue is paralyzed in the depths of the politics of polarization. The Democrat party wants to hold onto this issue as a wedge narrative for the mid-term elections. The Republican Party wants to eliminate the issue altogether by offering amnesty covering three times the number covered by Obama’s executive order, but the Democrats in congress will not vote for the solution, not a single one of them.
The truth is that neither of these ideological tribes has the true answer to our issues. They both spin their arguments largely for self-aggrandizement and acquisition of power. There is no altruism in their hearts. The polarization has caused them to grow further apart, and we are in the middle, being fed their alternative realities and becoming more polarized and angry ourselves.
Is civility a virtue? Not always. There are times when one needs to stick to their principles. There is a time to be nice, and at times one needs to fight for what they believe to be right. Jesus, someone that most think was the nicest person on earth, cleansed the temple of Pharisees and money lenders with his whip. Even God has his limits.
There are cynical calls for civility all the time. Even though both sides of the coin seem to be tolerant of their most radical oppressors, they are completely repulsed by similar actions on the other side. It is a very cynical double standard. Those that criticize Michael Moore’s latest “documentary” are absolutely engaged in conservative radio and Fox News. Conversely, on the opposing side, love Michael Moore, the mainstream media, and cannot even consider making a case that Louis Farrakhan is worth condemning.
Civility calls are often very cynical. Every time there is a shooting, the left blames the result on conservatives, and calls for them to find civility and agree with them that the reason for the shooting was conservative politics. In fact, few if any of these shootings are the results of political ideology. On the other side of the coin, conservatives make a call for civility when the left aggressively goes after a social justice issue, saying that the behavior is untenable. This type of call for civility is exploitation rather than true lamentation.
Civility is not surrender. You do not have to surrender your values. Our moral obligations are both dependent on and independent from the listener’s response. Truth is the obligation of all of us in our discourse, even if it will make someone feel bad. No one should want to harm the other, that is not the goal. One has to realize that the act of persuasion may enrage an opponent.
There are 3 key elements to civil discourse:
1. Humility – Even though you believe you know the truth, you may not have the skill to communicate it succinctly. Don’t be self-righteous, it doesn’t work and will turn off your opponent. Express your ideas with conviction. Understand that your opponent may be brilliant and at the same time wrong and stand up for what you believe. Do so in a respectful manner that is not meant to hurt or enrage, even though that may be the end result.
2. A person of conviction is relentless in expressing their ideals. They are also flexible, and undeterred by threats and verbal abuse should listen to the opposing side and analyze their line of logic. Understand that facts trump emotion and be prepared for those that would accuse you of lying or hurting feelings. That is just not an intellectually honest argument that would be put forth.
3. Understand that everything is not a “national emergency” and should not be infuriating. Thoughtful concern is something that can win arguments, or at least tone down the opposing emotions.
If we treat each other respectfully, engage to listen more than to talk, and weigh each argument for what it is worth, we will be on our way to having a more civil discourse in our society. In fact, we can learn from each other and endeavor to find that vast grey area between our ideologies. When we get there, we can come together and move our society on to greater heights. If not, we do nothing but become more divided. If we are to work towards making our nation a better place for all to live, we need to work hard to get along respectfully.
So much recently has been said about this topic since the latest school shooting. We have mainstream news media advocating the outlawing of a whole class of rifles. We have teenagers rallying for change, not really identifying what that change would look like, but pressing for change of some obtuse kind. There are a lot of people emoting, very little of this emotion is leading to any real solutions.
We have a problem in our country that needs to be addressed. The problem is not guns, but the type of people that perpetrate these crimes, and the lack of enforcement of existing laws and controls that preclude these people from obtaining firearms in the first place. We also need to explore how we protect our common areas from these miscreants.
Who are these people? They are those in our society that have mental issues, those that have no moral center, those who cannot distinguish between right and wrong. These people are the end result of our countries fall from being a Christian based society to one that is gravitating towards a political Atheism by design. When there is nothing offered except moral relativism, society begins to break down, and tragedies like this are bound to happen.
Why are we not catching these people before they buy weapons? Frankly, it is because our system to catch them is deeply flawed. States are not required to report people of interest to the federal background check system. This is a stunning revelation that shows that little real thought went into system design. There are also those in the FBI and local police department that ignore blatant warning signs. This latest shooter was expelled from as many as 6 high schools, and was visited by the police at his residence dozens of times due to violent behavior. In fact the FBI was put on notice 2X before the shooting, once being notified that this suspect was posting on social media sites that he was going to be a school shooter, and again weeks before the shootings by a neighbor that indicated to the FBI that this man had weapons and a desire to commit mass murder. All to no avail, as the FBI and local police did nothing to follow up on this troubled individual.
We have to fix the current system. It can work if we tighten up on reporting, and hold people responsible for the jobs they are supposed to do. The President wants to elevate the age to 21 for purchasing a firearm, and to make the screening system more elaborate and inclusive. He also has floated the idea that teachers should be armed, and that measure might actually have the biggest effect. All this will make it much harder for the next person that has a desire to kill schoolchildren, or for that matter to kill anyone anywhere.
The left would like to ban a whole class of rifles. AR15 based designs are in their sites, and they want them outlawed. That would do nothing to solve the problem of school shootings. There are plenty of other gun choices for them to select from, many that are also semi-automatic. Their solution is actually not meant to solve school shootings, but to incrementally get the ball rolling towards an eventual total gun confiscation program. This is obvious to many and will not happen. The second amendment was actually designed to prevent the type of tyranny the left would like to implement. Disarming our society would put us in jeopardy of losing all of our freedoms.
People cause these problems, not guns. There never has been a gun that committed a single crime. It has always been people. We can in the short term come close to solving this problem by making it hard for bad people to access firearms, and insuring that we protect our common areas adequately. Long-term, as a society we need to examine how we raise our children, how we help them acquire values and mores that make for a more peaceful and just community.
I have been taking time lately trying to get my head around why it does not appear that there is much public outrage about the scandals perpetrated on us by the previous administration. Why is it that Americans as a whole no longer seem to care that their government went out of control in the Obama Administration, and holdovers from that era are still perpetrating crimes right under the nose of the current administration. Except for Fox News, National Review and some bloggers, there seems to be little interest in finding truth, even though these scandals make Watergate look pale in comparison.
Is it the mainstream media propping up false narratives that deflect the meanings of these scandals? Is it that Americans actually agree with the what happened, see nothing wrong with an overreaching government? What is it that precludes our population from being indignant to the point of action when presented with facts?
So many scandals have hit us in the last 9 years, including but not limited to Obamacare, Benghazi, IRS targeting conservative groups, FBI spying on private citizens, the Clinton Campaign, along with the DNC colluding to insure that Bernie Sanders would not the the Democratic Presidential nominee by rigging the primary election. the Clinton Campaign colluding with the Russians to come up with a fake dossier to put the character of the Republican Presidential nominee in question, the Obama Administration working with the FBI to sabotage the new administration, and I could go on and on and on…. So many scandals, and nothing but lies to defend them, and no resolutions in sight.
Maybe it is a collective numbness, an attention deficit brought on by a non-stop barrage of scandals? Maybe we have as a society been so traumatized that we cannot pay any more attention to this lawlessness? Are we trying to ignore all the scandals to hold onto some form of sanity? I hope not because if this is the case, our country is surely lost!
I pray that we come to our senses, and hold people accountable for their misdeeds. I have faith that we are basically a good people, and that truth will become evident and good will triumph over evil, but there is much evil to overcome.
A few weeks ago, my wife and I went to the movies to see “THE DARKEST HOUR”. We don’t go to the movies much, but this topic caught our interest. For those that don’t know, it is a movie about Britain in the early days of WW2, where Winston Churchill replaced Neville Chamberlain as Prime Minister of Great Britain, and the world was then spiraling into another maelstrom. This new war threatened to engulf Great Britain, as the last bastion of Western Civilization left in Europe, and Neville Chamberlain and others in his party were ready and willing to negotiate surrender with the Nazi’s. It was indeed, their “Darkest Hour”.
From political obscurity, out comes Winston, who previously was considered washed up in the political field because of his somewhat harsh leadership skills and military bent. Dusted off, polished up, and appointed Prime Minister by the King, Winston rallied the British people, and kept the Nazi’s at bay until the USA entered the war. His speech before Parliament, where he announced that “We will never surrender”, rallied the fighting spirit of his great nation, and lead them to eventual victory. Without Winston, surely Great Britain would have been lost, and all of Europe would have become part of the Third Reich. This one man, through the power of personality and persuasion, saved the day.
It strikes me that sometimes, when it seems that there seems to be no way out of a bad situation, someone rises to lead a nation out of their dire straights. The USA is in a bad situation now, with the deep state rising, usurping our elected government, attempting to “fix” elections, eroding personal freedoms, and attempting to personally entrench themselves into powerful, unelected, and uncontrolled positions in government. These men are becoming our defacto rulers, making their own government regulations at a rate of 10X what the congress does, our elected body that is charged with representing us, citizens of the United States of America. These bureaucrats rule as if they are part of a nobility not seen for centuries. They seem unstoppable. Then along comes a man for the season, a man that cannot be corrupted, a man that has a vision, a man that has promised to “drain the swamp”, a man named Donald Trump.
As with Winston Churchill, he is not popular with the “ruling class”. He is not popular with the party that caused the problem, he is not popular with the media, and not popular with the opposition voters. He is not a politician, and does not play by their rules. He keeps his promises, and he has promised to “drain the swamp”, a swamp made up of bureaucrats and corrupt entrenched politicians that are bringing our country down, transforming it into some semblance of a “third world dictatorship”. He is hard at work fulfilling his promise. No other leader at this point in time is capable of doing this job, and time will tell if President Trump can. He is however, our best hope, and we can only pray that his tenacity is as great as Winston’s was, and get behind him with the support he deserves in his quest to save our nation.
The Democrats promised DACA people, transgenders, and media stars to disrupt the agenda. None of that happened thank God. The President made his points, some of which the Democrats applauded him for but many that they just sat through. Next week, we will see what happens, and I think that it will be a raucous time with the news channels!
See you all next week!
In 1961, Democrat President John Kennedy gave a stirring Inaugural address. His most famous line was “Ask not what your country can do for you, but ask what you can do for your country”. That statement inspired a generation of people to work towards great things both personally and as a nation. We actually went to the moon several years later, largely through his inspiration and the hard work of our fellow citizens.
This is in stark contrast to what Democrats are planning for the State of the Union address that will happen in just a few short hours. The plan is that a number of Democrat representatives will not attend, this in spite of the good news that will be imparted by our President. Others are bringing celebrities like Rosie O’Donnell, Madonna and others to shout down the Presidents message. Many are also bringing in DACA and other illegal aliens, transgenders, and God only knows who else to shout down President Trumps positive message. Instead of being part of the solution, they double down on the problems. Instead of helping inspire a generation to “do for their country”, they default to a hypocritical message of having our country do for their own special interests. Their dream is not for American greatness, but rather for America’s decline.
As Americans we are at a critical junction in our history. Do we follow this cynical lead into national decline, or do we follow the President’s lead to bring our nation to a position of even greater freedom and prosperity? The answer seems simple, but the solution will be fought long and hard both at the polls and in everyday life. I pray that God will bless us with the right solution.
My wife has a signed copy of this book, and I recently read it. It is a very good read, highlighting President Obama’s 8 years in office. The book poignantly points out that this President, through his arrogance and hubris, failed at almost everything he set out to do. His health care law was a debacle, his economic policies were atrocious, his regulations were business killers, his foreign policy was unintelligible and destructive, and the corruption was widespread. Also, as the first black President he did not use his bully pulpit to improve race relations, but instead used it to further divide us. I highly recommend this book! Available at Amazon.com.
There has been a lot of noise in the last few months about DACA. Dreamers carrying Mexican flags protesting in front of the Capitol Building and the White House, Dreamers making statements on social media indicating that they want to fight “racist” Republicans that are trying to destroy their “dream”. Democrat apparatchiks grabbing hold of the narrative that they, and only they, can save the dreamers from the racist Republicans. All the while, it seems that it is the Republican Party, and our President that are taking real action to actually help these people, and this is only part of the irony.
Another part of the irony is that Obama with his executive order did little to help these people, other than to give them very shaky temporary status in our country. Shaky because his order was patently unconstitutional. In spite of that, these dreamers bring up Trump’s ending of this unconstitutional and temporary order as being supremely “racist” and wrong, totally missing the point that he is offering them instead of a temporary program, a path to citizenship for 2 million of them, when the original “Dream Act” only covered 800,000. A very generous offer! Instead of giving our President and the Republican Party accolades, they simply accuse them of “racism”.
Also ironic is that it seems the Democrats are using “dreamers” as a narrative that paints themselves in a positive light, even though the solution is something that they are prepared to fight against. In fact, Nancy Pelosi is promising to bring dozens of “dreamers” to the President’s State of the Union address on Tuesday to highlight the Democrats “concern” for these people.
In reality, Democrats don’t care about the “dreamers”, they see the issue as one to campaign on for the mid-term elections. They are going to fight the Presidents offer as “racist” because in order for the solution to be enacted, it must come with border protections and positive immigration reform, and they want none of that. Open borders are a method for the Democrats to acquire additional voters, third world people with little or no skill levels that will immediately acquire welfare, housing, medical care and other subsidies from government, making them indebted to Democrats, who zealously protect these so called “entitlements”. Their hope is that this issue lasts until after the mid-term elections, and then they have the opportunity to take over the house and the senate. They believe that then they can save the “dreamers” and keep open borders to insure that they can have the future opportunity to take over national elections ad infinitum. That is their cynical game plan.
My liberal friends do not see it that way. They say that they simply want a “clean bill”. A bill that grants citizenship to the dreamers, but keeps the borders wide open, chain migration and the lottery system in place, which then is “fair” for new immigrants. What is lost on them is that this cynical Democrat plan has the devastating potential to wreck our country.
What does “wrecking our country” look like? There are many facets to this outcome, and let’s start with economics. A century ago we needed the influx of immigrants to fill the interior of our country. They arrived with only the expectation that they could work and find success in America, because we had opportunities for hard work absent in their home countries. We needed them to grow, and they needed us to realize opportunity that they otherwise lacked. Today, we have over 330,000,000 people in our country, which by any measure is enough for our economy and for the space we occupy. We have evolved from being a pure capitalistic economy to a hybrid welfare state. We are 20 trillion dollars in debt, and that figure grows exponentially if one includes unfunded liabilities. We can no longer afford to take in the worlds unwanted souls. We will eventually go bankrupt.
Also, eliminating the 2 party system, giving Democrats the reigns in national elections, will drive us to pure socialism, which has the potential to further wreck our economy. Without dwelling on the failures of socialism, history proves that this economic system does not work, and eventually leads to economic failure on a grand scale. Just look at Venezuela, Cuba, Russia, and a host of other failures throughout the world. This power concentration would also greatly erode our freedom, as it incrementally has in the past when they have had the reigns. Just look at the Obama administration and the freedom killing regulations during his time in office. Our constitution would be simply a study for historians, and we would be governed under a “living socialist document”, which would mean that we would then simply become a nation of men, and no longer a nation of laws, which was something that set us apart from the rest of the world.
In short, DACA and its resolution has greater impact than simply giving 2 million ‘dreamers” a path to citizenship. It has the potential to make or break our country and our way of life. Our President has offered a very generous and fair deal. It is now up to the Democrats to do the right thing for our country and agree to pass this proposed bill. If they do not, their position on this issue will define where their priorities really are, and the cynical way they use people to further their own power base.