INDEPENDENCE DAY AND THE PUSH FOR HISTORICAL REVISIONISM

The President and Melania at the July 3rd Mount Rushmore celebration.

President Trump gave his best speech ever at Mt. Rushmore, kicking off the 4th of July weekend.  However, the left did not see it that way.  The Washington Post reported “At Mt. Rushmore, Trump exploits social divisions, warns of ‘left wing cultural revolution’ in dark speech ahead of Independence Day”.  The Los Angeles Times wrote “At Mt. Rushmore, Trump uses Fourth of July celebration to stoke a cultural war”.  The New York Times said “Trump uses Mt. Rushmore speech to deliver divisive culture war message”.  The Associated Press also weighed in with “Trump pushes racial division, flouts virus rules at Rushmore”.  Looks like there is some colluding here, don’t you think?

The actual speech was a wonderful compilation of what America has meant to individual liberty.  It was a speech that highlighted American achievement and how that achievement improved not only American lives but the lives of all that live on our planet.  He said “No nation has done more to advance the human condition than the United States of America, and no people have done more to promote human progress than the citizens of our great nation”.

The media of course reported this differently, and as expected weaved a narrative that was totally false.  The President actually described America as a nation that embraces equality and diversity, citing the Declaration of Independence with this quote: “all men are created equal”.  He indicated then that “these immortal words set in motion the unstoppable march of freedom”.  This included the end of slavery and woman’s suffrage.

He also brought Martin Luther King Jr. and Fredrick Douglass into his speech, indicating that they also believed in the “American Dream”.  He brought other American notables of all backgrounds into the speech, pointing out how they have contributed to American progress and improvement. 

The President praised our system for being formed with Judaeo-Christian values.  This statement could not be truer, but once again that was taken as an assault on “separation of church and state”.  Not only was the statement taken out of context, but was assaulted by the left when he said “We do not kneel to anyone, but Almighty God”.  This statement caused quite a stir, but there seems to be an interesting disconnect.  The First Amendment of the Constitution guarantees freedom of religion, but no where in the Constitution does it guarantee freedom from religion.  That is a relatively recent construct that has no basis in the Constitution, but has been legislated from the bench of the Supreme Court.  It also does not negate the absolute fact that our Constitution is based on Judaeo-Christian tenets. 

The media excoriated the President for giving this speech in front of Mt. Rushmore.  The contention is that Teddy Roosevelt, Abe Lincoln, George Washington, and Tom Jefferson were all imperfect people.  That they, when put up to the 2020 microscope, are judged not for mores of their times, but with today’s values.  All of this unfair and anti-intellectual comparisons as progressive mobs attempt to eliminate their names and their statues from American life.  The President, in the minds of “progressives” was guilty of defending the legacies of these past Presidents, in the face of their assaults.  In fact, the opposite is true.  He is stalwartly defending our history, our very heritage, and he made that a big point when he announced that he was going to produce an executive order to install a “national garden of American heroes”.!  The garden will be “a vast outdoor park that will feature the statues of the greatest Americans to ever live,” Trump promised to a supportive crowd at the celebration.  Further he said “In the face of such acts of destruction, it is our responsibility as Americans to stand strong against this violence and to peacefully transmit our great national story to future generations through newly commissioned monuments to American heroes.”

“This outdoor park is to be opened no later than July 4th, 2026.  A committee is forming that includes the following: “(i)    the Administrator of General Services (Administrator);

(ii)   the Chairperson of the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA);

(iii)  the Chairperson of the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH);

(iv)   the Chairman of the Advisory Council on Historic Preservation (ACHP); and

(v)    any officers or employees of any executive department or agency (agency) designated by the President or the Secretary.”  This committee will decide what persons will be depicted in this park.”  Some persons have already been identified.  “ The National Garden should be composed of statues, including statues of John Adams, Susan B. Anthony, Clara Barton, Daniel Boone, Joshua Lawrence Chamberlain, Henry Clay, Davy Crockett, Frederick Douglass, Amelia Earhart, Benjamin Franklin, Billy Graham, Alexander Hamilton, Thomas Jefferson, Martin Luther King, Jr., Abraham Lincoln, Douglas MacArthur, Dolly Madison, James Madison, Christa McAuliffe, Audie Murphy, George S. Patton, Jr., Ronald Reagan, Jackie Robinson, Betsy Ross, Antonin Scalia, Harriet Beecher Stowe, Harriet Tubman, Booker T. Washington, George Washington, and Orville and Wilbur Wright.”  This is quite an inclusive group of “heroes”, and the newly formed committee will be adding to that list. 

The division in our country is not from our President, but from the progressive counter culture that seeks to re-write history, and in effect, fundamentally change our country.  Yes, the President warned of this, and rightfully so.  They seek to tear down the Constitution, but show no vision on what they would replace it with, other than an eventual promise of a fair and equitable socialism and global governance.  This is now what is being taught in some form in thousands of primary and secondary schools, with the New York Times “1619 project”.  This discounts America’s founding in 1776, and instead uses the year 1619 as the actual founding of a country that is racist to the core and only deserving of destruction.  It also excoriates capitalism, presenting socialism as the logical alternative.

We are inheritors of what is the greatest country on the face of the earth.  We have this inheritance due to the wisdom of imperfect men.  These imperfect men put together both the Declaration of Independence and our Constitution to ensure that we live as free men, free to embrace “our unalienable rights, the right to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness”, and they risked everything from fortune to their very lives to make this happen.  Our Constitution is the envy of the world, and guarantees our freedom.  Our citizens of all stripes should embrace this quote from the Declaration of Independence: “Prudence, indeed, will dictate that Governments long established should not be changed for light and transient causes”.  Our system of government has always allowed for positive change within the confines of our Constitution. If America is to be fundamentally changed, it has to be because there is an overriding vision that rings true in all citizens hearts.  It is foolhardy to destroy what is working for an idea that has no consensus and not proven beyond doubt to be better.   

2020, THE YEAR SPAWNED IN HELL

This year so far has been very trying.  It starts out with an attempt to remove a duly elected President, without any real evidence that any wrongdoing had taken place.  After that failed, we were subjected to a virus from China that allegedly had the power to kill millions of us.  After that, we had a black man, George Floyd was murdered by errant police officers that then caused a nationwide spate of protesting, rioting, and killing of more innocents, followed by a worldwide reaction, causing riots and protests in major cities around the world.  What do all these events have in common?  What is the common thread to all these events?  Let’s see.

The impeachment was led by Democrats.  After the Mueller Report indicated no wrongdoing, they decided to impeach the President anyway.  They tried to do it with partisan witnesses that actually had nothing to add in the way of “high crimes and misdemeanors”.  There was drama, posturing, and an attempt to prolong the process for maximum political damage, but the Senate, controlled by Republicans quickly killed the effort when it reached them for a trial. 

Covid-19, the virus from China came to us shortly after the failed impeachment attempt.  At first, the WHO told us not to worry, but as trouble was brewing in China, and with the virus attacking Italy and other places on the planet, fear set in hard.  The President imposed travel bans on China and other affected areas of the world to stop the spread.  It hit us, and out of fear, the whole country, with the exception of a few states, shut down all business and told everyone to “shelter at home”.  We were using modeling from various sources that stated that if we did not shut down, millions would die.  The shut down extended from weeks to months, and our economy was torn up, with over 40 million out of work. 

We found out the models and the experts were dead wrong.  Looking at Sweden we discovered that “sheltering at home” was more dangerous than just protecting those in danger, older people with co-morbidities.  That did not deter blue states and cities that are Democrat run from keeping people at home, and killing their economies.  It now morphed from a strictly health issue to a political one.  These Democrat enclaves made the political calculation that if they shut down long enough to drive our country into a deep recession, that the President would take the blame, and their guy Biden would be the next President.  So far, that calculation does not look like it will play out, with citizens countrywide demanding their jobs and their lives back!

Now, George Floyd, a 7-time felon is murdered by errant police officers.  On a normal day, this would probably not make headlines, but with 40 million of us out of work, locked up in our houses, the country lit on fire!  A graphic video of his death struck a chord in every American’s heart!  Protesters hit the streets in many of our cities, and were followed by far-left groups like ANTIFA and Black Lives Matter and most likely criminals released from jail on the pretense of stemming the tide of covid-19 infections in prisons around the country.  What started out peacefully turned into full-scale riots, stores looted, and people killed and injured in the process. 

All the while, our leftist media and Democrat politicians gave accolades to the protesters, downplaying the looting, rioting, and praising the protesters.  Soon after, far-left groups began protesting the George Floyd murder, complete with rioting and looting, in cities around the world.

What does all of this have in common?  Leftists, who want Donald Trump removed in order to achieve their dream of One World Government, and Socialism for all.  Our President has been identified as the one major obstacle they have in their way of achieving a Utopian society of their own design.  “America First” is a policy that goes against their grain, and they are trying everything that they can to stop him from being re-elected. 

These protests and riots are well organized, and appear to be adequately funded.  During the riots, ANTIFA has been labeled a domestic terrorist organization.  Black Lives Matter so far has not been labeled the same, even though their mission statement is very close to ANTIFA.  That is probably a political calculation not to also include BLM in the same category as ANTIFA, because in the black community they are held in higher regard.

Who or what organizations actually have funded these uprisings?  There has been a lot of speculation, but nothing concrete has come to the fore.  Speculation is that the Open Society Foundations, funded with 32 billion dollars by George Soros is actually behind this, but no concrete evidence exists pointing there.  Russia, China and other world governments that have a vested interest in getting rid of Trump may be the source of funding, but that too has not been shown to have any evidence of involvement.  One thing we do know, is this is not the end.  Something else is coming soon, and your guess is as good as mine!

MEMORIAL DAY 2020

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On this day, May 25, 2020, we honor those who fought and died in order to protect our rights and our freedom.  From the Revolutionary War through all the wars our country fought to date, brave men stood the line to ensure that we as a nation would keep our values, our Constitution intact.  Many thousands have died for us, and we as a nation owe them a debt that can only be repaid by honoring and protecting the freedom they died for.

Because of Covid-19 shutdowns, there will be no honors bestowed on their graves, no parades, no celebrations today, except in the hearts of patriots everywhere.  Those of us that know history, and value their sacrifice will say silent prayers today, thanking those that gave everything they had for our country.  It’s a solemn day, and a sad day because of our current situation.

Our founding fathers had it right when they began this country.  Here are some of their quotes to ponder: 

“Liberty must at all hazards be supported. We have a right to it, derived from our Maker. But if we had not, our fathers have earned and bought it for us, at the expense of their ease, their estates, their pleasure, and their blood.”

John Adams, A Dissertation on the Canon and Feudal Law, 1765

“Is life so dear, or peaceful so sweet, as to be purchased at the price of chains and slavery? Forbid it, Almighty God! I know not what course others may take, but as for me, give me liberty or give me death!”

Patrick Henry, Speech at the Virginia Convention

“There is not a single instance in history in which civil liberty was lost, and religious liberty preserved entire. If therefore we yield up our temporal property, we at the same time deliver the conscience into bondage.”

John Witherspoon, The Dominion of Providence Over the Passions of Men, 1776

“The establishment of Civil and Religious Liberty was the Motive which induced me to the Field – the object is attained – and it now remains to be my earnest wish and prayer, that the Citizens of the United States could make a wise and virtuous use of the blessings placed before them.”

George Washington to the Reformed German Congregation of New York City, November 27, 1783

“The people never give up their liberties but under some delusion.”

Edmund Burke, Speech at Country Meeting of Buckinghamshire, 1784

“God grant, that not only the Love of Liberty, but a thorough Knowledge of the Rights of Man, may pervade all the Nations of the Earth, so that a Philosopher may set his Foot anywhere on its Surface, and say, ‘This is my Country.’ ”

Benjamin Franklin, Letter to David Hartley, December 4, 1789

“Liberty and order will never be perfectly safe, until a trespass on the constitutional provisions for either, shall be felt with the same keenness that resents an invasion of the dearest rights, until every citizen shall be an Argus to espy, and an Aegeon to avenge, the unhallowed deed.”

James Madison, Speech to Congress, 1792

“Timid men…prefer the calm of despotism to the boisterous sea of liberty.”

Thomas Jefferson to Philip Mazzei, April 24, 1796

“We are not to expect to be translated from despotism to liberty in a featherbed.”

Thomas Jefferson, Letter to the Marquis de Lafayette, April 2, 1790

“The people…are the only sure reliance for the preservation of our liberty.”

Thomas Jefferson, Letter to James Madison, 1787

“Liberty may be endangered by the abuses of liberty as well as the abuses of power.”

James Madison, The Federalist Papers, 1788

“I have sworn upon the altar of God eternal hostility against every form of tyranny over the mind of man.”

Thomas Jefferson, Letter to Benjamin Rush, 1800

“Our contest is not only whether we ourselves shall be free, but whether there shall be left to mankind an asylum on earth for civil and religious liberty.”

Samuel Adams, Speech in Philadelphia, August 1, 1776

“The price of freedom is eternal vigilance.”

Thomas Jefferson

These men defined what it is to be an American.  Their ideals are the reasons for the sacrifice our soldiers and sailors underwent.  It also is the reason we have lived as free men for the last 244 years, and prospered because of the freedom we have that is lacking in most of the rest of the world.  They gave us something precious that we have to protect at all costs, our Constitution.  That leads us to the point for today.  This pandemic has in effect crushed our Constitution, taken away freedom and liberty for all, and has brought to the forefront the tyranny of big government.  As Americans, it is our duty to resist this infringement on our rights in every way possible.  If we do not, these men, these hero’s have died in vain, and we will forever be lost!

OUR WORLD GOES INSANE!

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We are now living in a surreal place.  “It is the middle ground between light and shadow, between science and superstition, and it lies between the pit of man’s fears and the summit of his knowledge. This is the dimension of imagination. It is an area which we call the Twilight Zone.” It is a place where bureaucrats and politicians control us against our will, and say that they are just “following the science”, when in fact science has little to do with it.  It is a place where we wear masks and gloves, to fight the “invisible enemy”, an enemy that mostly affects those of us who are elderly and sick.  It is where healthy people are told to “shelter in place”, when they are in little if any danger, and those in charge send covid-19 patients into nursing homes, devastating those populations.  Businesses are closed, people are facing economic devastation, while politicians debate on how much funny money to send into the economy, to fight global warming, promote abortions, and other Progressive wish lists, all the while leaving the bill for our progeny.  These people are systematically destroying our social fabric, shredding our constitution, and willfully committing economic suicide, all in the notion that somehow this destruction will keep us “safe”. 

I live in Los Angeles County, the hub of total ineptitude.  The county is approximately 10 million in population, and has a GNP that exceeds that of Saudi Arabia.  By most standards, this county is rich, and is able to afford a proper and reasoned response to this virus.  Dr. Barbara Ferrer is the Director of the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health.  Problem is that she is not an MD, not even a DO, but instead has a doctorate in Social Work.  She works closely with city and county politicians and bureaucrats to create a response to covid-19.  Yes, a social worker is in charge of creating our response. 

Los Angeles Mayor Garcetti is locking down that city at least until August.  By then the economic damage will be irreversible, and as many as 50% of small business in that area will fail.  Many more people will be left to fend for themselves and their families on the street, a problem that was of epic proportions even before the virus.  The city is out of money now because of lack of tax revenue, but he marches on with this policy. 

Other cities in the county are following suit.  This is senseless because the county is as diverse as its population.  Areas are primarily agricultural, where sheltering in place is about as stupid as killing a fly with an atom bomb!  Other areas are suburban, where a lockdown is almost as stupid.  Areas of the inner city where people live in close quarters it may make more sense, but even then, how does the county ever achieve “herd immunity”?

The state of California is also running on a crazy train of its own.  Also broke because of lack of tax revenue, Governor Newsom has set aside $500,000,000 to give each and every illegal immigrant in our state a $500 tax free check.  He is begging for the Federal Government to bail out his mismanaged state, as he gives free health care to illegals under the age of 25.  He is also locking the state down as much as possible.  All the while anger is growing, people are demonstrating, and some are even being arrested.  This misfortunate policy carries on in spite of overwhelming evidence that it is just not working. 

This is no longer a health issue.  It is a political one.  This failed state, and others in the same positions are looking at this virus as an opportunity for the Federal government, in other words all Americans to pick up the bill for their poor leadership and mismanagement.  They are driving their states, counties and cities to the breaking point, and pointing to their dire straits for the reason they need stimulus from the Fed.  This is not a solution, but they see it as that.

They are not following science, or economics.  It could be that they are afraid to profess that they were wrong, and no Progressive would ever do that!  They are in effect killing our rights, our economy, and our people in the name of keeping us safe.  They order us to give up liberty for safety, but at the end of the day, we are neither safe or free!

They instead should open up their economies, and at the same time protect those that are most in danger, the elderly with comorbidities.  If they do that, they have political futures.  If they do not, and wreak this horror down on us, they will have no future in public life.  Instead, they will carry the blame for the destruction that they needlessly brought down upon us. 

“DON’T TREAD ON ME”, CALIFORNIA’S RESPONSE TO TYRANNY

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Thousands of protesters were on the ground in Huntington Beach on May 1, 2020. Thousands more were in their cars and trucks, waving placards and American flags, rolling slowly through Pacific Coast Highway, the major road abutting the beach. It wasn’t easy for any of them. State, County, and City police had cordoned off the downtown area, making it impossible to park. Those on the ground had to walk miles to get to the protest. Those rolling through put up with miles of protest traffic, moving slower than a walk because police blocked all but 1 lane in each direction to dissuade protest traffic. If anything, their methods just bolstered their resolve!

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These people were protesting the closing of the beach, the lock-down of the economy, and the assault on their constitutional rights. They were a snapshot of California, all races, all ages, and surprisingly heavily weighted with Millennial’s. It appears that many people here took their freedom for granted, were now incensed that our Governor has taken it away. Even surfers, people that never even thought to vote, were protesting.

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Many of the protesters were out of work. They had signs that stated “All work is essential, politicians are not”. These people are seeing all they worked for dissolving before their eyes, now knowing that this virus may be infectious, but not nearly as deadly as first reported. Their indignation was clearly palpable. They want the economy opened up to stop their personal destruction.

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The police were amazing! We interviewed some of them, and they all said they were with us. Officers said they were there to make sure the protest did not get out of hand, and had no intention of citing anyone for violating the Governor’s dictates. Some of them off duty were on the ground protesting themselves.

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Our Governor, as with many other Progressive politicians, have thought they could control us, make us comply. What is being done is an affront to our individual Constitutional rights, and at this point in time totally unnecessary for any purported health reasons. They think they can advance their agenda using this covid-19 crisis as their permission for unpopular and unconstitutional action. They believe that we will willingly give them the ultimate power that we all have, our liberty, for a shallow, empty promise of safety.

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We are at our heart still a revolutionary society. Make no mistake, American people will not give up liberty, freedom and their constitutional rights without a fight. Instead, our yearning for freedom will steadily ignite even those who never involved themselves with the politics of governance. The burning desire to regain all that they lost will be their reason to act, their awakening. Defeat is not an option!

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Patrick Henry said it best when he spoke to the 2nd Virginia convention on March 23rd, 1775!

“Our petitions have been slighted,” Henry said, “our remonstrances have produced additional violence and insult; our supplications have been disregarded; and we have been spurned, with contempt, from the foot of the throne…we must fight! I repeat it, sir, we must fight! An appeal to arms and to the God of Hosts is all that is left us!”

Henry stood silent for a moment, letting his defiant words hang in the air. When he finally began speaking again, it was in a thunderous bellow that seemed to shake “the walls of the building and all within them.” His fellow delegates leaned forward in their seats as he reached his crescendo.

“The war is actually begun!” Henry cried. “The next gale that sweeps from the north will bring to our ears the clash of resounding arms! Our brethren are already in the field! Why stand we here idle? What is it that gentlemen wish? What would they have? Is life so dear, or peace so sweet, as to be purchased at the price of chains and slavery?” As he spoke, Henry held his wrists together as though they were manacled and raised them toward the heavens. “Forbid it, Almighty God! I know not what course others may take; but as for me, give me liberty”—Henry burst from his imaginary chains and grasped an ivory letter opener—“or give me death!” As he uttered these final words, he plunged the letter opener toward his chest, mimicking a knife blow to the heart. (History, August 22, 2018, Patrick Henry’s “Give me liberty, or give me death” speech).

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WE WILL NOT COMPLY!

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EVEN MORE WINNING IN THE PANDEMIC, TRUMP’S KNOCKOUT PUNCH TO PROGRESSIVES

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We are in the midst of a crisis, one caused by China’s inability to tell the world the truth about the origin, time-frame, and the scope of the virus they unleashed on the world.  This has cascaded into a re-evaluation of all things that China has meant to the world.  No longer do we, or for that matter does the world look at China as a benevolent supplier of cheap goods.  It has become apparent that they are not a “good faith” supplier that we can count on, and we are rapidly re-assessing our commercial relationship with them.

We are finally in a position where covid-19 makes it absolutely necessary to control our borders and our immigration policy.  Our southern border wall is growing larger and more effective daily.  With the wall and our military, no one crosses the southern border without the expressed permission of the United States.  Immigration, both legal and illegal has been temporarily halted, and a massive reassessment for future immigration policy is imminent. 

With a halt to immigration, and a rapid reassessment of our supply chains, American companies producing in China will have good reasons to relocate back home.  America will go back to work faster with these new additions to our production capacity, and we will also be strategically stronger with this “homesteading” of these companies back on our soil. 

With blue state governors resisting the process of re-opening their state economies, it has become apparent to their citizenry that their positions are more political than simply being cautious about the virus.  This has led to the citizenry rallying around the desire to go back to work and their lives.  The governors have pushed back and doubled down on “stay at home” and “non-essential” business shutdowns.  Citizens are now practicing peaceful civil disobedience with massive rallies in these states, showing these governors that there is a political consequence to their actions. 

The virus crisis has given globalism, a Progressive mantra and the opposite of Trump’s “America First” policies a knockout punch.  It also is giving us the “big beautiful” southern wall, and immigration control, something the Progressives fought against and now have lost the battle.  Companies are coming home, which will accelerate our economies healing, giving the President and conservatives a big lead in the November election.  Blue state governors are unwittingly giving the conservative movement more momentum in their own states, by sacrificing their citizens liberty for their own political hatred of the President. 

“America First” is winning!  The President is winning!  American people are winning!  This dark cloud of pandemic really does have a silver lining!

GOT THEM CORONA VIRUS BLUES

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My wife and I are compliant.  We are social distancing.  We bought KN95 masks to wear when shopping.  She does not go anywhere except to walk our dogs.  I do the store runs, and mind my distances, mask at the ready.  We have shoes for inside, and shoes we wear outside.  We are doing exactly what we are told to do.

We keep busy.  We are retired, but prior to the lockdown, we were active at our local college, taking interesting courses and interacting with other students in various on-campus clubs.  Although that has ended, the classes have moved on-line, and we have our classes live using “go to meeting” technology.  My wife takes art courses, and has taken over my “man cave” and turned it into a studio. She is creating an impressive portfolio of drawings and paintings.  We let our maid service go as part of our “distancing” program, and clean our house every day ourselves.  We also are cooking most all of our meals, experimenting with many new dishes.  We walk our dogs, sometimes as much as 3X per day, weather permitting.  I write on my blog, as I’m doing right now.  Our time is well used, considering the circumstances. 

Still, we long for actual human interaction.  Without personal contact with our families, no restaurants, bars, movie theaters, neighborhood gatherings, and even our church, we feel a personal emptiness.  Humans are social animals, and without personal contact, depression results.  We just are not built to be islands unto ourselves. 

We use social media as a way to connect with others.  Facebook, Instagram and Twitter are our major source of social interaction.  Facebook is for our families and friends, Twitter is for our political rants, and Facebook is becoming more and more politicized too.  My wife uses Instagram for her art, and that is how she connects with other artists.  None of this is as satisfying as actual human interaction. 

All this leads to big questions on our minds.  Is what we are doing necessary?  Is blowing up our national economy, putting tens of millions of us out of work the right thing to do?  Is shutting us down in our houses really going to keep us safer?  Is ruining the financial markets, putting many seniors in tenuous financial positions the right thing to do?  Is putting small businesses in a position where they will never be able to resuscitate the smart way to go? Is the price we are paying for safety worth the cost?  Is the cure worse than the disease?  So many questions, so few answers.  We pray for resolution, and pray that it happens soon.  If that does not happen, we are looking at a very bleak future for America, and for that matter the world.  Yes, we are having a real bad case of “Corona Virus Blues”!

Puerto Rico, a basket case with great potential!

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Puerto Rico at one time supplied the USA with the bulk of our medical supplies and antibiotics. This was a very secure supply chain, since Puerto Rico is a territory of the USA and not a foreign country that may not have our best interests in mind.

Pharmaceutical and Medical Device companies started moving their manufacturing operations to Puerto Rico in 1976, when the Ford Administration signed into law a tax provision called section 936. This was a tax deferment that gave USA multinational companies the option of setting up operations in Puerto Rico, totally exempt from federal tax. In short order, our medical supply and pharmaceutical companies relocated the bulk of their manufacturing operations to this island to take advantage of the tax break. The reason for section 936 was allegedly to bring prosperity to Puerto Rico, who had been an economic basket case in the Caribbean and a drag on our tax dollars.

Although we benefited greatly from this strategic relationship with Puerto Rico, the relocated manufacturing did not pass much of the tax savings onto the islands general public. They kept wages artificially low, not increasing the general prosperity of the islands population. Further, by the time President Clinton was in office, the tax deferments became increasingly unpopular with our political class, and the President signed into law a bill eliminating section 936. This started in 1996, and over a 10 year period the tax break was gradually eliminated.

The elimination of section 936 started a flood of medical businesses moving out of Puerto Rico, many of them setting up business in China. Puerto Rico went from being our main supplier of manufactured drugs and medical devices to a secondary supplier, with just a skeleton of the infrastructure for manufacturing medicines and devices left in tact.

Since then Puerto Rico has once again become an economic basket case. Hurricanes and lack of jobs have left their younger people no choice but to immigrate to our mainland. However, the possibility of resurrecting their medical manufacturing is not only possible, but with the China threat, strategically imperative.

We need to give private industry an incentive to abandon their presence in China and other countries where our supplies of critical drugs and medical supplies can be halted on a political whim. We have an island that is part of our country that needs help to recover, and has the wherewithal to once again be our main “go to” for our drug and medical supplies. Let’s give our companies the incentive that they need to once again resurrect Puerto Rico’s legacy as our main drug and medical device supplier, and at the same time build in incentive to improve the lives of these islanders. Not only will Puerto Rico be in a position to come out of bankruptcy and rebuild their island, but their ex-patriots will have good reason to return home and assist in the island’s renaissance.

PROGRESSIVE OVERREACH: THE PENDULUM IS SWINGING TO THE RIGHT

The American people have been beaten up for decades with the Progressive assault on our values. The litany of wrongs is too large to print into one story, but I will highlight a few. It starts with Political Correctness, an assault on free speech and the 1st Amendment. Then there is their war on right and wrong. We are to believe that there are more than 2 sexes, and that anyone can change and identify their sex, regardless of physical make-up. Men now compete in women’s sports. Women now can identify as men, or any of dozens of other imaginary non-binary sexual identifications.

In California, we are told that anyone can steal from a retailer and get away with it, as long as the retail cost is less than $950.00. Homelessness runs rampant, and the state does nothing. In fact, the state has made it legal for them to form encampments in any public space, and tens of thousands are now doing so.

The assault on our values does not end there. The 2nd Amendment is under attack by Progressives. They want an unarmed public, allegedly in the name of safety. They try to sell this idea as their way to stop mass shootings, but the reason is much more nefarious. They want us disarmed so that we will be more compliant as they continue to change our way of life. They do not want an armed resistance to their attempt to steal our freedom.

Progressives have taken over our places of learning. Our children are bombarded with their caustic philosophies. This is now happening in all areas of learning, from primary school to secondary school, all the way through colleges and universities. The indoctrination is all-encompassing, as they know if they can win over the hearts of the young, their job of transforming our society in the future will be much easier work.

Entertainment and mass media are now largely controlled by Progressive ideologues, continually spinning movies, music, and news to fit their toxic agenda. With few exceptions, the general public is assaulted from morning to night with messages contrary to traditional values and truth.

Socialism is being actively sold to us, even though it has failed virtually everywhere it has been tried. We are told that it is the only fair way to run an economy and a government. Many younger citizens are wholeheartedly buying this philosophy. They did not live through the cold war, and they have not paid attention to more recent Socialist failures. They are enticed by Socialist buzzwords, like equality, fairness, the inequity of the rich. They are also enthralled by the wonders of economic redistribution where student loans would disappear, health care would be free, $15 per hour minimum wage, guaranteed income for all, etc… They see Socialism as kind of a heaven on earth, without realizing that this system has lead to the bankruptcy and downfall of all countries who have previously tried it.

The Progressive movement has been all about crashing our economic and social systems, in order for them to bring to us their vision of a society that instead of guaranteeing the rights of the individual, it will instead solidify the omnificence of the state. This would be a last step before we would accept global governance, and the end of national identity.

President Trump has tried for 3 years, and for 3 years his efforts have been stymied by investigations and finally a failed impeachment, all by Progressive politicians in the House and Senate. He has also been held up by Intelligence organizations that were weaponized against him by his Progressive predecessor. Finally, the investigations and the impeachment process is over with, and he is more effective than ever.

There is also a kind of renaissance of interest with Republicans in taking over the House and solidifying control of the Senate, and this is on the back of the failed impeachment process, and finally the realization that if nothing is done, our country will be lost. Energized by President Trump and his impeachment acquittal, congressional hopefuls are making the case that Trump needs a fighter like them in the House or else the country will succumb to “socialist” Democratic plans. This time, based on the latest data, more Republicans are running than Democrats — with 874 total candidates compared with Democrats’ 842.

The pendulum is swinging back to the right! President Trump likely will be re-elected for a 2nd term, the Senate will remain in solidly Conservative hands, and there is a good chance that the House will turn back into the hands of the Republicans. Unwittingly, the Democrat Progressives overplayed their hand, and actually created the momentum for Republican victory in 2020! We will take our country back, and we will “KEEP AMERICA GREAT”!

THE SHAM IMPEACHMENT AND DEMOCRAT SHAME

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Nancy Pelosi marched out her hand picked prosecutors today for all to see. She named Reps. Adam Schiff (D-Calif.), Jerry Nadler (D-N.Y.), Zoe Lofgren (D-Calif.), Hakeem Jeffries (D-N.Y.), Jason Crow (D-Colo.), Val Demings (D-Fla.) and Sylvia Garcia (D-Texas) as managers. Nancy Pelosi stated at the beginning of this event “What is at stake here is the Constitution of the United States. This is what an impeachment is about”. This was just the first of many lies and half truths fed to the American public during this presentation.

Leading this ragtag team will be Adam Schiff, a toxic partisan that has been saying for over 3 years that the President was put in office by Vlad Putin, and that he had definitive proof of this, in spite of the Mueller investigation spending over $25 million dollars investigating that and finding absolutely nothing. Schiff did not dissapoint, he stated that the evidence was incontrovertible and damning, even though that is not the case. He also stated that the President cheated in the 2016 election, using Russians to get elected and now is attempting to use Ukrainians to cheat in the 2020 election, and this is why impeachment is so important now, because we cannot have foreign powers impede free and fair elections any more!

He went on to attempt to make the case that witnesses have to be called in the Senate trial, even though there is not constitutional imperative to do so. In fact, the House is constitutionally directed to interview all witnesses and to then make a case for impeachment if one is to be had. Then it is their duty to present their case to the Senate, the jury, to make a decision. Since they did not interview any witnesses that would actually help them make a case for impeachment, Schiff and his minions are insisting that the Senate do their job for them, in effect to search for the crime to impeach the President, since they did not do so when they had their hearings.

Every one of the other impeachment prosecutors mouthed the same words as Schiff, and Nancy Pelosi did the same. They are bringing impeachment to the Senate without a crime, and expecting Senators to do the job for them. Ultimately this will fail, and they will have egg on their faces. Their hope of sullying the reputation of the President, making a case not to vote for him in 2020 is going to backfire, and most likely they are simply helping him to be re-elected with a landslide.

Pelosi knew this would happen, and advised against this move. The radical left in her coalition would not listen, and they insisted on impeaching the President, even if they had no evidence to do so. You could see on Nancy’s face that she was not happy with their decision, but she felt she needed to go along with them even though she knew it would lead to failure. The expression on her face looked as though she was marching to the gallows.

The Democrats have opened up a pandora’s box, one that will lead to the destruction of the “separation of powers” and neutering the office of the President. They have set a precedent for impeachment to be used simply as a political tool, and unfortunately it will be used again and again, to the detriment of our Republic.

Meanwhile, the President has another big political victory! He is signing phase 1 of the China Trade Deal! He is moving forward in spite of the Democrats voting along party lines to approve the articles of impeachment. These Democrats should be ashamed, but instead they are blinded with hatred for the President. They will have their own day in court with the 2020 election. That will be when the people decide on their fates, and I would not put money on them keeping the House or beating Donald Trump at the polls. That will be when the American people will decide who will lead them and who will represent them, as it was always meant to be.