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Commentary: Are We As Stupid As Politicians Think We Are?


It was recently reported that during a closed-door meeting of House Democrats following the Memorial Day weekend, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., expressed concern that “the public still doesn’t understand how the process of impeachment would play out.” This was in the context of House Democrats spitballing offenses that could ostensibly justify proceeding with impeachment against President Donald Trump.

Now, it’s long been the practice of the political class to frame their mission as beyond the understanding of the average voter.

It’s not, of course; this viewpoint has been advanced in order to exalt the role of politicians and to ensure that voters defer to those pols’ whims, as opposed to their own better judgment.

Then, there’s the belief on the part of progressive leaders that people, in general, are too stupid to govern themselves in the fashion our founders intended; thus the rationale for advancing socialism in the first place.

I’ll elaborate on that in a moment.

Finally, there’s the fact that many Americans really don’t understand the machinations of politics and governance.

My parents’ generation and those preceding them were required to know the fundamentals of American governance, as were those in the process of becoming naturalized citizens.

Over the last 60 years or so, progressives in government and the educational system phased out the study of Civics in order to bring about the very conditions that currently exist.

At the same time, politicians have also fostered a level of intellectual indolence on the part of the public, which further reinforces their dependence on the “wisdom” of elected officials.

So, the stupidity leftist politicians cite (usually in private) is really far more ignorance than stupidity.

Even amongst those Americans who deeply respect our Constitution and our system of governance, there are probably very few who appreciate how unique and distinctive these truly are.

Prior to 1776, people were ruled by monarchs and oligarchs. Applying ancient wisdom – some of which was biblical – the founders of this nation sought to create a form of government that might receive the stamp of approval from the Creator.

They knew that flawed human beings would only be able to get so close to this ideal, but that didn’t stop them from trying.

In 1776, the idea of citizens governing themselves was a radical one, but the results of the American experiment became so favored that European nations (from which much of our society and culture sprang) gave over to democratic republican governance in fairly short order.

Even today, few who take the time to really acquaint themselves with the elegance and inspired vision of our founders as represented in our founding documents are not moved to deep emotion.

The process was difficult.

Anyone who has studied the period of America’s founding and the correspondence between our founders finds themselves in awe of the fact that America was founded at all.

America’s subsequent successes and its role as a force for good in the world speak for themselves.

While it is something of an oversimplification, this is how it all came under the gun, as it were: In the beginning of the last century, would-be oligarchs in the emergent political class and their industrialist cronies began to see themselves as effective heirs to the rulers of centuries past.

Part of this was due to a deep conceit, although it also is an unfortunate component of human nature that in looking to the future, we often seek to abandon things of the past, even if they have served us well.

With the advent of socialism, communism and secularized worldviews, it was only natural that an assortment of scoundrels who craved power, though they had nothing whatsoever to contribute to society, insinuated themselves into positions of power.

Encouraging ignorance with regard to the mechanics of governance set the stage for selling citizens this “new” system of socialism as a panacea for the world’s ills. Demonizing capitalism, our system of governance and our founders themselves as retrograde and iniquitous was necessary as part of this process.

The leftist radicals of the 1960s – whose vision is being sloppily if ruthlessly implemented at present – did have a point in their argument that our government had come to serve itself and far too many powerful interests at the expense of the people. Their solution, however, was to become the government and to occupy other positions of power, and this they achieved largely through socialist rhetoric.

In truth, it is socialism in its various incarnations (communism, liberalism, progressivism) that is retrograde, because it relegates self-governance to the dustbin of history whilst handing political power back to the oligarchs. The most dynamic and terrifying efforts we are currently seeing toward bringing this about are obviously coming from the far left wing of the Democrat Party, although closeted progressives among Republican leaders are equally to blame.

While a majority of Americans remain blissfully unaware of what is at stake by design, the fact is that we are at war. Some of the clearest evidence of this involves the criminal cabal that’s attempting to oust a duly-elected president who does understand what’s at stake. Their efforts toward removing him, the incomprehensibly perilous policies they advocate, their duplicity to date and the atrocities of their political forebears necessitate decisive and potent action against them on a scale that is likely to challenge Americans’ sensibilities.

Look to the wretchedness of any nation or region that has implemented socialistic public policy – whether Venezuela, Europe or Scandinavia – and it quickly becomes apparent that there is nothing we ought not consider to entirely and permanently neutralize this scourge.

Article posted with permission from Erik Rush

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Erik Rush is a New York-born columnist, author and speaker who writes sociopolitical commentary, and host of the FULL-CONTACT With Erik Rush LIVE! streaming radio show. He is also the Founder and Chief Editor of the Instigator News Network. In February of 2007, Erik was the first to break the story of Barack Obama’s ties to militant Chicago preacher Rev. Jeremiah Wright on a national level. His book, “Negrophilia: From Slave Block to Pedestal ~ America’s Racial Obsession,” has been called “the definitive book on race politics in America.”

Today’s TWO Politically INCORRECT Cartoons by A.F. Branco


A.F. Branco Cartoon – Bad Hat

So many people on the left feel the Trump’s Make America Great Hat is offensive and shouldn’t be worn in public, the same people who believe in infanticide.

Make America Great Again Hat is OffensivePolitical Cartoon by A.F. Branco ©2019.

A.F. Branco Cartoon – The Grim Weeper

Governor reveals the historic racism that’s been rampant in the Democrat party for years, but they have changed, they are now the party of Infanticide.

Democrats, Northam, Racism, and InfanticidePolitical Cartoon by A.F. Branco ©2019.
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Female Patriot Prayer Member Clobbers Antifa Goon on Camera [Report/Video]


Reported By Benjamin Arie | July 5, 2018 at 2:47pm

There’s an apocryphal Chinese curse that was famously invoked by Robert Kennedy in 1966: “May you live in interesting times.” The tumultuous 1960s were without a doubt “interesting,” with riots and even assassinations tainting the decade. Politically motivated radical violence not only shattered communities, but also took the lives of figures including Robert Kennedy himself, making his statement tragically prescient.

Thankfully, the America of 2018 is not yet at that point, and no sane person wants to see that chaos return. However, violent clashes are now a reality during our era, and it’s hard to escape the comparison between today’s radicals and the leftist rioters of 50 years past.

That violence was on full display several days ago in Portland, Oregon, a distinctly liberal city. That’s where the right-leaning group Patriot Prayer was protested by the far-left and frequently violent group “Antifa,” and one video clip from the melee has gone viral.

During a clash between Patriot Prayer, Antifa, and a far-right group called the Proud Boys, all hell broke loose… but footage of a female Patriot member not just holding her own but physically dominating an Antifa goon shows that the radical left may have bitten off more than it can chew.

“#Antifa would like you to refrain from making this into a GIF and using it all the time,” wrote Adam Richard on Twitter, along with a short clip of the altercation. “It’s not good for their image when their [Antifa] ‘soldiers’ get the s–t kicked out of them by Patriot Women. #PatriotPrayer.”

You can view his tweet and the video clip here. Be advised:  The fist fight is violent — and decidedly one-sided.

In the footage, a woman who is apparently part of the right-leaning Patriot Prayer group appears to have gotten the best of an Antifa rioter, and pummels him on the ground as cameras record the action. A longer video of the larger clash revealed what can only be described as chaos as various political groups battled on the streets (the clip excerpted in the Richard tweet comes about the 1:30 mark). (see below)

Let’s be clear: We don’t condone violence except in cases of self-defense.

The details around this incident are murky, but several reports indicate that Patriot Prayer members were following the law and exercising non-violent free speech when they were essentially ambushed by antifa, a group that openly advocates violence against conservative Americans whom it has labeled “fascists.”

According to the U.K. Guardian, the Patriot Prayer group — which has officially disowned racism or premeditated violence — had the proper permits to hold a lawful free-speech rally near the downtown area in Portland.

Patriot Prayer participants complied with the city’s request that they not carry weapons or defensive tools like pepper spray, but it looks like Antifa didn’t play by the same rules.

“The far-right march had started near Schrunk Plaza in the city center, where the rightwing group had held a rally, led by the Patriot Prayer founder and Republican US Senate candidate Joey Gibson,” the newspaper reported.

“As soon as the group left the plaza, they clashed with anti-fascists who had been waiting across a heavily barricaded street nearby,” the Guardian continued.

“While anti-fascists used pepper spray, Patriot Prayer members had been unable to take theirs into a federal park. The melee lasted several minutes before Portland police revoked the permit for the march and cleared the street,” the paper stated.

Many participants and organizers of the right-leaning rally expressed outrage that city officials had initially granted their permit to assemble, but then seemingly stood by and allowed violent Antifa members to turn what was meant as a non-violent demonstration into a bloody clash of fists.

“Regular Patriot Prayer rally attendee Katherine Townsend told the group that Portland police had ‘set us up,’ and accused them of ‘disarming us and herding us towards Antifa,’” reported the Guardian.

“Portland police allowed criminals to charge our permitted march then declared our march a riot and revoked our permit,” said Gibson, the founder of the Patriot Prayer group.

Gibson said Portland police “stand down” when it comes to allowing leftists to attack peaceful demonstrations.

Patriot Prayer, he told KOIN News had had enough.

“Portland’s the last city on the West Coast that’s doing that, so we just have to keep hitting it — I don’t see what else to do other than that,” Gibson said. “We’ll make Portland so ugly in terms of how they allow these protesters to charge us when we have a permit. The police stood down. We were told they would not stand down, so we have to challenge it.”

There are a few important takeaways from these videos. The first is just how dishonest the liberal claims of “tolerance” truly are.

As the footage shows, liberals — at least the increasingly emboldened far-left variety — have no interest in tolerating opposing viewpoints or “coexisting” with people who disagree with their politics. Instead, they want to attack and fight them, while conveniently labeling almost everyone including the president of the United States a “fascist.”

The second takeaway is that they seem to have underestimated conservatives. This viral video clip of a right-leaning woman dominating a rioter with ease is a hint that the radical left may have only awoken the proverbial sleeping giant, and it is unprepared for the consequences.

If nothing else, it seems Bobby Kennedy’s adage about “interesting times” is coming true. Those times are upon us right now, but whether they will get worse before they get better is anyone’s guess.

LifeNews.com Pro-Life News Report Tuesday, June 19, 2018


Top Stories
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Trump Admin Helps 4 Million Americas Escape Obamacare Health Plans That Pay for Abortions
County Passes Resolution to Become the First-Ever Abortion-Free “Sanctuary for the Unborn”
30 Conservative Groups Call on Google, Facebook, Twitter and YouTube to Stop Censorship
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Amnesty International Continues Pushing Abortion as it Considers Killing Babies a “Human Right”
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Arkansas Pro-Life Law Protecting Women’s Health Blocked, Planned Parenthood Can Resume Dangerous Abortions

 

 

County Passes Resolution to Become the First-Ever Abortion-Free “Sanctuary for the Unborn”

30 Conservative Groups Call on Google, Facebook, Twitter and YouTube to Stop Censorship

Church’s Billboard Saying “America is a Christian Nation” Removed After Liberal Newspaper Complains

Planned Parenthood to Spend Record $1.5M to Re-Elect Pro-Abortion Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf

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Netflix Show “13 Reasons Why” Will Push Abortion on Teenagers

Amnesty International Continues Pushing Abortion as it Considers Killing Babies a “Human Right”

New Zealand Abortions Increase, Now 36 Babies Die From Abortion Every Day

Arkansas Pro-Life Law Protecting Women’s Health Blocked, Planned Parenthood Can Resume Dangerous Abortions

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LifeNews.com Pro-Life News Report Monday, June 18, 2018


Top Stories
TV Show’s Character Celebrates Dismembering Her Baby in an Abortion: “We D&C’d That S—, B—”
Catholic Politician Who Voted for Abortion: No I Won’t Go to Confession
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  Mike Huckabee: Where’s the Outrage Over Permanently Separating Families in Abortions?

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Richard Dawkins Defends Killing Disabled Babies in Abortions: “It’s About Avoiding Human Suffering”
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Companies Including Walmart, Merck, AT&T, Whole Foods Accused of Pressuring Employees to Have Abortions
Pope Francis Was Right to Compare Abortion to Nazi Eugencis
Supreme Court Ruling is Another Victory for Pro-Life Political Free Speech
Appeals Court Allows California Residents to Kill Themselves Again Under Assisted Suicide Law
Georgetown University Finally Removes Guide Urging Donations to Planned Parenthood
Pro-Life Group Endorses Congressman Lou Barletta in Pennsylvania Senate Race
69% of Doctors in Ireland Refuse to Kill Babies in Abortion
All Public Hospitals in Ireland Will Be Forced to Perform Abortion, Despite Objections

 

 

You Can Help Close This Abortion Clinic That Kills Babies in Abortions Up to Birth

Bishop Criticizes Pro-Abortion “Catholics:” They’re Catholic By Culture, Not Conviction

Medical Journal Admits “Brain Dead” Patients May Not Really be Dead

Companies Including Walmart, Merck, AT&T, Whole Foods Accused of Pressuring Employees to Have Abortions

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Pope Francis Was Right to Compare Abortion to Nazi Eugencis

Supreme Court Ruling is Another Victory for Pro-Life Political Free Speech

Appeals Court Allows California Residents to Kill Themselves Again Under Assisted Suicide Law

Georgetown University Finally Removes Guide Urging Donations to Planned Parenthood

Pro-Life Group Endorses Congressman Lou Barletta in Pennsylvania Senate Race

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Watch: Woman Lifts Table, Rips Fliers, Dances and Screams at Conservative Students


Reported By Benjamin Arie | June 6, 2018 at 3:23pm

URL of the original posting site: https://www.westernjournal.com/ct/watch-woman-lifts-table-rips-fliers-dances-and-screams-at-conservative-students/

Nothing says “enlightened and tolerant” quite like assault and property destruction. A liberal university student was caught on camera committing both, after she was “triggered” by conservative students telling the truth about socialism.

During an event held at Santa Clara University, the conservative group Turning Point USA hosted a peaceful anti-socialist demonstration. According to Campus Reform, local students held an event  May 31 that recognized the millions of innocent people killed under socialist and communist regimes. 

Estimates vary, but the death toll from far-left governments is believed to be in the tens of millions, if not more. 

The Black Book of Communism, published by Harvard University, estimates a death toll of near 100 million from communism and socialism, with the Soviet Union and China responsible for the most atrocities.

One liberal, however, couldn’t handle being calmly presented with facts.

“Incensed by the display, an outraged individual approached the TPUSA students as they were tabling nearby, ripping up their anti-socialist posters and calling them ‘a bunch of f—ing Trump supporters,” reported Campus Reform.

The tirade was also captured on video.

“(T)he student was seen standing close to the student organizers and ripping one of the event posters that was taped to their table. The activist also vocally defended some socialist governments, and criticized capitalist exploitation of poor nations,” the outlet reported.voting democrat

Apparently destroying someone else’s property is completely fine as long as you claim to stand with the poor, while ignoring the appalling poverty of socialist nations like Venezuela.

The radical liberal’s rant became even more physical.

“In addition to her verbal tirade, the instigator also allegedly attempted to flip over the chapter’s table in the direction of several student members and slap the phone of TPUSA chapter president Rhaaghav Kanodia out of his hand,” Campus Reform stated.Hate-Zone-NRD-600

When a military cadet with a college ROTC group tried to talk to the woman, she insulted his uniform and declared it was only used “to shoot brown people.” Classy.

For their part, the conservative students kept their cool.

“According to the video obtained by Campus Reform, as well as eyewitness testimony, not a single member of the TPUSA chapter physically confronted the instigator. Instead, the students calmly attempted to hold a conversation with the activist before asking her to leave the area,” that outlet reported. 

“When the chapter president asked the woman to ‘please be respectful or leave,’ the instigator told him to ‘sit your a– down’ and ‘shut the f— up,’ according to witnesses. The woman ultimately fled the area when campus security approached the scene.”point counterpoint

Student members of Turning Point USA expressed frustration that even when presented with evidence, campus officials do almost nothing to protect conservative free speech or hold out-of-control leftists accountable for their actions.

The ability to deal with uncomfortable information, and to calmly debate a topic of disagreement, is the hallmark of an adult, educated person.

Increasingly, it looks like liberal college students are graduating with paper degrees, but almost no tolerance for other people or diverse views.

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Today’s Politically INCORRECT Cartoon by A.F. Branco


Unchained

Kanye West and Candace Owens appear to be free from the crippling liberal chains that bind many in the black community and the groupthink that comes with it.

Kanye and Candace OwensPolitical cartoon by A.F. Branco ©2018
A.F. Branco
Antonio F. Branco was born in 1956 in Fort Bragg, California, and raised in the small California logging town of Point Arena. He joined the US Army MP Corps in 1975 and was honorably discharged in 1978.
Branco attended Woodland Hills college briefly before moving to the Northwest. His beginnings in cartooning came while working at a sawmill in Sedro-Woolley, Washington.
His ability to frame life in picture created a humorous environment, depicting his bosses and coworkers in exaggerated, but realistic scenarios.
A.F. Branco has taken his two greatest passions, (art and politics) and translated them into the cartoons that have been seen all over the country, in various news outlets including “Fox News” and “The Washington Post.” He has been recognized by such personalities as James Woods, Sarah Palin, Larry Elder, Lars Larson, and even the great El Rushbo.

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