13 thoughts on “News/Politics 4-12-22

  1. Surprised?

    Not at all.

    “Study: Red States Handled COVID the Best While Blue States Failed

    “Shutting down their economies and schools was by far the biggest mistake governors and state officials made during COVID, particularly in blue states.”

    https://legalinsurrection.com/2022/04/study-red-states-handled-covid-the-best-while-blue-states-failed/

    “The Committee to Unleash Prosperity released a study proving that red states like Florida handled the COVID pandemic the best while blue states failed.

    The organization based the outcomes on deaths, economy, and education.

    Republican governed states Utah, Nebraska, Vermont, Montana, and South Dakota made up the top five. Florida came in sixth.

    The bottom six are Illinois, California, New Mexico, New York, DC, and New Jersey. (I included six so I could mention Illinois, my home state.)

    The study vindicates everything the right (especially Leslie!!) said about the pandemic, especially when it came to closing schools:

    School closures may ultimately prove to be the most costly policy decision of the pandemic era in both economic and mortality terms. One study found that school closures at the end of the previous 2019-2020 school year are associated with 13.8 million years of life lost. An NIH analysis found that life expectancy for high school graduates is 4 to 6 years longer than high school dropouts. The OECD estimates that learning losses from pandemic era school closures could cause a 3% decline in lifetime earnings, and that a loss of just one third of a year of learning has a long-term economic impact of $14 trillion.

    Unlike mortality or economic outcomes, closing public schools was entirely under the control of policymakers. Almost all private schools were open.

    This ranking and map from the tracking company Burbio show the cumulative share of in-person instruction in each state, with part-time hybrid schedules counting at half weight.

    Top five: Wyoming, Arkansas, Florida, South Dakota, and Utah.

    Bottom five: Washington, Maryland, Oregon, California, and DC.

    Author Stephen Moore said, “Shutting down their economies and schools was by far the biggest mistake governors and state officials made during COVID, particularly in blue states.”

    Shutdown and open states did not differ much when it came to mortality, proving that messing with people’s education and jobs did not help save lives. From The Wall Street Journal:

    The study ranks Florida 28th in mortality, in the middle off the pack and about the same as California, which ranks 27th despite its far more stringent lockdowns and school closures. But Florida ranks third for the least education loss and 13th in economic performance. California ranks 47th overall because its shutdowns crushed the economy (40th) and in-person school (50th).

    In other words, Florida did about average on mortality as other states, but it did far better in protecting its citizens from severe economic harm and its children from lost schooling. “The correlation between health and economy scores is essentially zero,” say the authors, “which suggests that states that withdrew the most from economic activity did not significantly improve health by doing so.”

    The NBER working paper presents the data straight without policy conclusions, but here’s one of ours: The severe lockdown states suffered much more on overall social well-being in return for relatively little comparative benefit on health.

    Instead, the states with lockdowns still have high unemployment rates. It will take a long time for those economies to recover, especially since a lot of businesses closed down forever.”

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  2. More….

    “California, New York handled COVID-19 lockdowns the worst, Florida among the best, a new study shows

    Some liberal states ‘had high age-adjusted death rates and high unemployment'”

    https://www.foxnews.com/politics/california-new-york-covid-lockdowns-worst-florida-best-study

    “New York, California, New Jersey and Illinois were among the worst in dealing with the coronavirus, performing “poorly on every measure,” the report said.

    These states “had high age-adjusted death rates; they had high unemployment and significant GDP losses, and they kept their schools shut down much longer than almost all other states,” the report added.

    States like Utah, Nebraska, Vermont, Montana, South Dakota and Florida — all governed by Republicans — received the highest scores in the study, first through sixth, respectively. In fact, 13 of the top 15 states in the study are governed by Republicans. (Montana had a Democratic governor until the 2020 election.)

    The study also found no correlation in those states that enacted stringent travel, vocation and dining restrictions with lower death totals.

    “The study verifies other studies which have found that locking down businesses, stores, churches, schools, and restaurants had almost no impact on health outcomes across states,” the report determined. “States with strict lockdowns had virtually no better performance in COVID death rates than states that remained mostly open for business.”

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  3. This is what those policies wrought.

    “Teen suicide attempts spiked during COVID-19 lockdowns: CDC

    Suspected suicide attempts among girls ages 12-17 increased nearly 51% between February and March”

    https://www.foxnews.com/us/teen-suicide-attempts-spike-covid-lockdowns

    “The percentage of teenagers who were hospitalized for suspected suicide attempts spiked in 2020 and 2021 amid COVID-19 lockdowns, a new study shows.

    Researchers for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) found the rate at which girls ages 12 through 17, in particular, were visiting the emergency department (ED) for suicide attempts between February and March of 2021 increased nearly 51% compared to the same period in 2019 before the COVID-19 pandemic forced schools and businesses to close their doors.

    Researchers also noted a nearly 4% increase in ED visits for suspected suicide attempts among boys ages 12 through 17 over the same time period.

    While the study published Friday does not examine causes of suspected increased suicide attempts, it notes that “some researchers have cautioned about a potential increase in suicides during the COVID-19 pandemic on account of increases in suicide risk factors.”

    Risk factors include a “lack of connectedness to schools, teachers and peers” due to physical distancing measures, “barriers to health treatment,” “increases in substance abuse” and anxiety related to “family health and economic problems.”

    ED visits for “mental health concerns and suspected child abuse,” which are also risk factors for suicide, “also increased in 2020 compared with 2019 (5), potentially contributing to increases in suspected suicide attempts,” researchers wrote. General mental-health-related ED visits among teens ages 12 through 17 increased 31% in 2020 compared to 2019.

    Spending time at home, too, may have put children at higher risk of experiencing suicidal thoughts and behaviors, according to the study.

    For a brief period between March and April of 2020, when many states implemented an initial wave of lockdown orders, ED visits for suspected suicide attempts among individuals ages 12 through 25 fell but then began to rise again during the summer of 2020. Between July and August of 2020, suspected suicide attempts were up more than 26% among girls ages 12 through 17, CDC researchers found.

    Other experts have suggested the trend is not unique to U.S. children.

    Doctors elsewhere have reported children — some as young as 8 — deliberately running into traffic, overdosing on pills and otherwise self-harming. In Japan, child and adolescent suicides hit record levels in 2020, according to the Education Ministry.”

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    More…..

    “Teens’ mental health claims double amid pandemic: Experts weigh in

    The results from the analysis are consistent with other studies on teen’s mental health amid the pandemic, experts said”

    https://www.foxnews.com/health/teens-mental-health-coronavirus-pandemic-experts-weigh-in

    “American teens seeking mental health respite nearly doubled insurance claims amid the coronavirus pandemic in 2020, according to a recent analysis.

    The findings from nonprofit Fair Health stemmed from over 32 billion private healthcare claims filed from January to November 2020. Results noted a surge in claims particularly among teens aged 13-18, while 19 to 22-year-olds had “similar but less pronounced” trends.

    “In March and April 2020, mental health claim lines for individuals aged 13-18, as a percentage of all medical claim lines, approximately doubled over the same months in the previous year,” per the report. “All medical claim lines (including mental health claim lines), however, decreased by approximately half.”

    Dr. Paul Nestadt, assistant professor of psychiatry and co-director of the Johns Hopkins Anxiety Disorders Clinic at Johns Hopkins University of School of Medicine, told Fox News the results are consistent with other studies documenting a significant rise in patient visits related to mental health amid the coronavirus pandemic.

    He suggested that general pediatric emergency room visits, on the other hand, were down due to fear of becoming infected with the virus.

    “Anecdotally, our own pediatric ER and inpatient psychiatric units are seeing similar increases,” Nestadt said in an email. “This may reflect lack of access to routine outpatient care, which often plays a preventative role for mental health crises. However, it is very likely also the result of the dramatic shift in teen lives that come from school virtualization, canceled social and extracurricular events, and the same pandemic fatigue that impacts all of us.”

    More specifically, the report documented a 94% increase in claims related to generalized anxiety disorder for those 13-18 in April, while major depressive and adjustment disorders claims saw 84% and 90% increases, respectively.

    Report authors tied mental health difficulties amid the pandemic to “infection-related fears, bereavement, economic instability and social isolation.””

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  4. Don’t hold your breath…..

    Being a hack means never admitting you were wrong.

    “When will Fauci and liberal leaders apologize for the millions of lives damaged with pointless COVID restrictions?”

    https://nypost.com/2022/04/11/when-will-fauci-and-liberal-leaders-apologize-for-the-millions-of-lives-damaged-by-pointless-covid-restrictions/

    “We were right and Anthony Fauci was wrong. The person I never expected to hear say this, however, was Anthony Fauci.

    Fauci finally admitted to the nation this weekend what has been obvious to everyone, except the most hysteria-prone slice of the population, since last summer: that the pandemic is now endemic. That means it’s here to stay, no matter what we do, so let’s learn to live with it. There is no point to the insane restrictions people insist on like latter-day Puritans denouncing each other for failing to carry out the prescribed rites to ward off the Devil.

    “This is not going to be eradicated, and it’s not going to be eliminated,” Fauci said on ABC’s “This Week.” “And what’s going to happen is that we’re going to see that each individual is going to have to make their calculation of the amount of risk that they want to take.”

    Great! But what has changed? This is exactly the message Fauci needed to deliver to the people . . . approximately a year ago.

    Let’s talk next steps. What’s he going to do to make up for all of the needless misery he caused? I’m not asking him to think like his fellow Italian Marc Antony and fall on his sword, so let’s turn our minds to the moderate and reasonable options. How many days is Fauci volunteering to place himself in stocks set up on the National Mall so that we can all pelt him with rotten eggs? One day for every completely wrong thing he ever said would be fair, but then he’d be there all summer. So let’s be charitable and just make it a long holiday weekend.

    The nation’s 4-year-olds should be allowed to get to the front of the line, if any of them can squeeze in some time between appointments with all of the speech pathologists and psychotherapists they need because of Fauci’s insane policies.

    “We’re at that point where, in many respects, that we’re going to have to live with some degree of virus in the community,” Fauci also said Sunday.

    Now you’re earning that $400,000 a year, Captain Obvious.

    COVID doves such as Dr. Monica Gandhi, an infectious disease specialist at the University of San Francisco, saw all of this coming: wearing a rag over your face wasn’t going to stop an incredibly transmissible virus.

    “We’re going to get it,” she predicted last September. “Unless you just sit in your room, you’re going to get it in your nose. But at least in this country, it will be manageable.”

    “The emergency phase of the disease is over,” Stanford professor and health economist Jay Bhattacharya said last summer. “Now, we need to work very hard to undo the sense of emergency . . . panicking over case numbers is a recipe for continuing unwarranted panic,” because the vaccines provide superb protection against death or hospitalization.

    Yet as recently as November, Fauci said, preposterously, that he was going to put off calling the virus endemic until we got the thing cornered: “We want control and I think the confusion is at what level of control are you going to accept it in its endemicity.”

    Huh? Asserting “control” has nothing to do with “accepting its endemicity.” “

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  5. This is why the clowns at The Atlantic had him on their “disinformation” panel, because Mr. Potato Head is an expert at it.

    “CNN’s long history of pushing disinformation, here are five examples”

    https://www.foxnews.com/media/cnn-disinformation-examples-smollett-collusion-covington-rogan-media

    “CNN’s Brian Stelter, who frequently warns about the dangers of “disinformation” and accuses others of circulating it, was called out by a college freshman during a recent liberal conference at the University of Chicago for his network’s long history of pushing false or misleading stories.

    “With mainstream corporate journalists becoming little more than apologists and cheerleaders for the regime, is it time to finally declare that the canon of journalistic ethics is dead or no longer operative?” Christopher Phillips asked the “Reliable Sources” host. The college student also asked why “mistakes” by CNN all tend to favor Democrats and work against Republicans.

    Stelter didn’t address the substance of the questions asked by the student. Instead, he called claims of liberal bias a “popular right-wing talking point.” CNN sounds the alarm about the dangers of disinformation, but has also been a purveyor of disinformation themselves.

    Russia collusion
    CNN pundits, reporters and anchors alike promoted the since-debunked narrative that then-candidate Donald Trump’s campaign colluded with Russia ahead of the 2016 election.

    In segment after segment, CNN personalities claimed they saw “the walls closing in” on Trump until Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s 2019 report found there was no collusion. Before the left’s once-favorite narrative was debunked, CNN anchor Anderson Cooper said Trump was “lashing out” because “the walls are closing in” when discussing a series of tweets Trump sent that were critical of Mueller.

    “He’s desperate. He’s obviously flailing around because he knows—he feels the walls closing in,” Harvard Professor Laurence Tribe echoed to then-CNN anchor Chris Cuomo.

    The liberal network also put the also-discredited Steele dossier at the forefront in their coverage after it reported that then-President-elect Donald Trump was officially briefed on what came to be known as the Steele dossier.

    CNN talking heads made it a habit to claim the dossier was not discredited or disproven throughout their coverage in 2017 and 2018. Anchor and ex-Obama official Jim Sciutto relentlessly defended the dossier, repeatedly saying it was “corroborated” and at one point calling it “not bogus.”

    The dossier provided the roadmap for the liberal media to paint the former president as compromised by the Kremlin and even a possible sexual deviant. However, Special Counsel John Durham indicted Russian national Igor Danchenko, who is believed to be the sub-source for former British intelligence officer Christopher Steele, who compiled the dossier last year. The narrative pertaining the dossier fell completely apart when Danchenko was charged with making false statements to the FBI.

    Hunter Biden laptop
    CNN spent months downplaying and dismissing the relevancy of Hunter Biden’s infamous laptop, which has since been confirmed as authentic by the Washington Post and New York Times.

    The network refused to report on the laptop and was caught spiking the story in an editorial meeting that was recorded and published by Project Veritas. Once CNN decided to mention the laptop, its hosts and pundits often chalked it up as “Russian disinformation.”

    CNN’s “The Situation Room with Wolf Blitzer” was particularly egregious on Oct. 16, 2020 when Rep. Adam Schiff, D-Calif., joined the program to discuss the New York Post’s reporting about Hunter Biden’s questionable, overseas business dealings. “

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  6. Joe built that. 👇

    “The Inflation Election of 2022”

    https://www.wsj.com/articles/the-inflation-election-of-2022-11649707111?st=1gt2ujcny64zrna&reflink=desktopwebshare_permalink

    “Inflation is the dominant issue right now for many voters nationwide and is likely to remain so through the November congressional elections. This means that if Democrats want to try to avoid the loss of their majorities they must act quickly to encourage the supply side of the economy, and also need the Federal Reserve to reduce the widespread pain afflicting consumers, savers and businesses. There’s very little time before the political reckoning becomes inevitable. As markets await Tuesday’s government report on the consumer price index, there’s fresh evidence that the inflation problem remains acute.

    The Institute for Supply Management surveys the people who buy stuff for U.S. manufacturers. The report for March shows that purchasing managers are encountering widespread shortages and of course high prices. The ISM report finds short supplies of a long list of commodities and also notes:”

    “The ISM® Prices Index registered 87.1 percent, up 11.5 percentage points compared to the February reading of 75.6 percent, indicating raw materials prices increased for the 22nd consecutive month, at a notably faster rate in March. This is the biggest month-over-month increase since a 12.2-percentage point gain (to 77.6 percent) in December 2020; the Prices Index has since exceeded 70 percent in 15 out of 16 months. The index has been above 60 percent for 19 months in a row.
    “Aluminum, packaging materials, copper, electrical and electronic components, petroleum products, vegetable oils, lumber and paper products, freight, rubber based products, and stainless steel remain at elevated prices, thanks to product scarcity and high demand. A reversal of steel product price declines and the dramatic increase in energy costs has led to a resumption of overall prices growth, reversing what appeared to be a post-omicron softening,” says ISM’s Timothy Fiore.

    President Joe Biden and the Democrats own the inflation problem, and not just because they have enthusiastically supported one debt-fueled spending binge after another. Mr. Biden has chosen to reappoint the same Fed chairman, Jerome Powell, who has presided over the inflation surge since the start of the Biden presidency. If inflation continues to rage, the president has no one he can plausibly blame but himself.”

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  7. More predators have exposed themselves.

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    The left hates the term, because it’s an accurate description of what they are, and what they are doing.

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  8. And more.

    Never happens?

    Please…… 🙄

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  9. Good for her for standing up and speaking out.

    “Millie Bobby Brown, 18, on the ‘gross’ sexualization she felt by Hollywood as a young teen: ‘It can be really overwhelming'”

    https://www.yahoo.com/lifestyle/millie-bobby-brown-gross-sexualization-hollywood-young-teen-185615652.html

    “Millie Bobby Brown, 18, is opening up about being sexualized in Hollywood as a young girl.

    Brown, who was only 12 when she was cast in Netflix’s Stranger Things, opened up on The Guilty Feminist podcast about the challenges of growing up in the spotlight and how turning 18 put things into perspective.

    “I deal with the same things any 18-year-old is dealing with, navigating being an adult and having relationships and friendships, and it’s all of those things,” she said. “Being liked and trying to fit in, it’s all a lot, and you’re trying to [know] yourself while doing that. The only difference is obviously I’m doing that in the public eye.”

    “It can be really overwhelming,” Brown said of having to deal with being sexualized on top of the everyday struggles of being a teenager. “I have definitely been dealing with that more in the last couple weeks of turning 18. [I’m] definitely seeing a difference between the way people act and the way the press and social media react to me coming of age.”

    “It’s gross,” she continued, explaining that her experience in Hollywood is “a good representation of what’s going on in the world and how young girls are sexualized. I have been dealing with that — but I have also been dealing with that for forever.””

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    “In recent years, Brown said she’s taken matters into her own hands by using her social media platform as a way to create change.

    “I think social media is the worst place of all time,” Brown, a UNICEF goodwill ambassador explained. “I’m like, when people come on to my page they can be happy. And they can see people actually being helped or they can learn or they can laugh. And they’re seeing a real girl. Of course I like to post my little selfies, but like, then I get real.””

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  10. More fake news and Soros plants are exposed. And another black eye for the FBI.

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    https://www.kmov.com/2022/04/11/gardner-faces-disciplinary-hearing-stemming-greitens-invasion-privacy-case/

    “St. Louis Circuit Attorney Kim Gardner admitted to wrongdoing during a disciplinary hearing Monday by stating their process came up short while handling the criminal case against former Gov. Eric Grietens.

    Circuit Attorney Kim Gardner appeared before the Missouri Office of Disciplinary Counsel, which oversees attorney’s bar licenses, at 9 a.m. in a St. Louis County courthouse for claims of prosecutorial misconduct. She was accused in a 73-page report of failing to disclose evidence to Greitens’ lawyers, misrepresenting evidence, and other ethical violations. Gardner hired William Tisaby as a private investigator for the case. Tisaby, who has since pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor for tampering with evidence in the case, interviewed a woman at the center of the Greitens case. Greitens was accused of knowingly taking a photograph of a woman in a “state of full or partial nudity without the knowledge and consent”.

    Both sides accepted to reprimand, which is a formal acknowledgment that will go on Gardner’s license forever. It is more serious than an admonishment but far less serious than a suspension or revoking of her license. After Gardner’s lawyer told the panel she accepted the stipulation, Gardner answered questions. In her answers, Gardner stated the video in question did not properly work when her office first went to watch it, which is why she said it was not included in the discovery.”

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    “LEGAL EXPERTS WEIGH IN
    Saint Louis University law professor Anders Walker says it’s a case that could have an impact on the criminal justice system in St. Louis.

    “This could be a very serious matter if the CA tried to remove a sitting governor, then we are not talking about a criminal matter,” Walker said. “We are talking about undermining the criminal process and I cannot think of anything more serious than that.”

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  11. Sad.

    And Democrats built this.

    “Seattle has put sexual assault cases on the back burner because it lacks officers”

    https://hotair.com/john-s-2/2022/04/11/seattle-has-put-sexual-assault-cases-on-the-back-burner-because-it-lacks-officers-n461591

    “A Seattle NPR affiliate reported last week that police in Seattle have all but stopped investigating sexual assault and even rape.

    In the last year, Seattle Police have forwarded far fewer sex assault cases to the King County Prosecutor’s Office. Meanwhile, arrests for sex crimes involving adults and children have plummeted: This year so far, 1.6% of cases investigated by the sexual assault and child abuse unit have resulted in an arrest, down from 14% in 2019…

    In March, outside of arrests, not a single sexual assault case involving an adult victim was assigned to a detective, according to documentation provided by a Seattle Police employee.

    “The Seattle Police Department sexual assault unit is not at all investigating adult sexual assault reports or cases unless there was an arrest,” said one source inside the Seattle Police Department.

    This is obviously unacceptable. Why is the city in this terrible situation? The words “defund the police” do not appear in the story but that’s clearly what it’s about.

    The Seattle Police Department says there are fewer officers to investigate these crimes. The two anonymous Seattle Police employees agreed that employee retention is part of the problem; 16% of Seattle officers are on leave. Others have left permanently…

    The staffing challenges within the specialty teams of the Seattle Police Department are driven by the lack of active police staffing, Jamie Housen, spokesperson for Mayor Harrell, said by email. He said Harrell has often called for Seattle Police staffing to be restored…

    The number of Seattle police officers has gone down since 2019, said Greg Doss, fiscal and policy analyst with the City of Seattle.

    The story includes this graph showing the decline in the number of officers in Seattle. These figures come from December of each year. So at the end of 2019 there were 1281 officers but by the end of 2020 it was down to 1094 and by the end of last year just 958.”

    “The story points out that the number of officers on extended leave refers to officers who are essentially using up all of their accumulated leave prior to resigning or retiring. So these officers are technically still on the force but they are probably on their way out the door.

    They key point, which again doesn’t really get mentioned in this story, is that none of this is a surprise. In fact, this decline was manufactured by defund the police activists and their supporters on the city council. In the summer of 2020, a majority of the city council said they were on board with a 50% cut in the police budget.

    “The status quo is no longer acceptable,” Council President Lorena Gonzalez said Thursday, adding that while she previously believed in police reform, she now believes in rebuilding. “We have to take away the things that no longer and should have never belonged to law enforcement in the first place,” she said.

    It was a sentiment echoed by other council members, including budget Chair Teresa Mosqueda…

    “When millions of people took to the streets to protest excessive use of force and police violence, they were met with excessive use of force and police violence in Seattle and around the country, proving that it’s not just about a few bad actors,” Mosqueda said. “It is the institution of policing itself that must be dismantled.”

    Even at the time, Police Chief Carmen Best warned that Councilmember Mosqueda, “needs to think about the fact that public safety and the budget are intertwined.” Chief Best wound up resigning and while a 50% cut didn’t happen the council did eventually get a 20% cut. The decision by the council would have been unanimous except that socialist council member Kshama Sawant voted against it (she wanted 50%).

    The Seattle City Council voted Monday to cut almost 20% of the Seattle Police Department’s budget — including a last-minute $2 million reduction that could slow future hiring of new officers…

    The council made its cuts to the police department as part of its overall 2021 budget, which it passed Monday afternoon, 8-1. Councilmember Kshama Sawant voted against, as she has done every year since taking office in 2014.

    And predictably, SPD officers got the message and started to leave in droves. “

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  12. “PROGRESSIVISM AS CRIMINAL ENTERPRISE”

    https://www.powerlineblog.com/archives/2022/04/progressivism-as-criminal-enterprise.php

    “In a previous article, I explained that “progressivism is a criminal mentality.” By progressivism, I mean every political philosophy that regards itself as “revolutionary,” or “transformative,” that describes itself as socialist, communist, fascist or jihadist – or that believes “the moral arc of the universe bends towards justice.” The belief that history is marching towards justice is a cult ideology refuted by the mass genocides of the modern era, which were carried out by Marxists and Nazis. The belief that the world is marching towards justice, that progressives are “on the right side of history” is a delusion that will justify any atrocity and already has.

    That is why today’s progressives are advancing the same genocidal agendas that the West defeated in World War II and the Cold War. Led by the 98-member “Progressive Caucus” in Congress, and its racist leaders – Jamila Prayapal, Rashida Tlaib, Ilhan Omar, AOC and Ayanna Presley – progressives are in full-throated support of the 75-year genocidal campaign conducted by the terrorist dictatorships in Gaza and the West Bank.1 The stated goal of Hamas and the Palestine Authority is the destruction of the Jewish state and the expulsion of its Jews. Even Hitler hid his plans for the Final Solution. But Hamas, the PLO and the Iranian mullahs trumpet their goal of ethnically cleansing a conquered Israel and rendering it Judenrein – Jew free. Nor is the hatred of these neo-Nazis confined to the Jews. “Death to America” is the preferred chant of their Iranian missile providers as well.

    On a less apocalyptic level, the criminal nature of the progressive mentality should be obvious to anyone who takes the time to look at their domestic legislative agenda. Virtually every progressive proposal, from the moratorium on rent payments to cancelling student debts to handing out other people’s money to their favored constituents for doing nothing is an eloquent expression of the fact that socialism is theft.

    Student loans guaranteed by the federal government were a progressive legislative achievement. They led directly to a rampant inflation of student fees as university administrators raised tuition rates because they could. These student “victims,” championed by progressives, weren’t forced to take loans, nor did anyone twist their arms to spend the money on frivolous courses in woke agendas which would probably not lead to paying jobs that would allow them to honor their debts. Consequently, now that the program is a burden on those who took advantage of it, the progressive solution is to make the taxpayers – including students who paid their debts – foot the bill for those who couldn’t be bothered to. Theft. “Social justice” is invariably a scheme to reward one’s political friends and punish one’s enemies. It’s basically a Ponzi scheme that works until you run out of other people’s money, as Margaret Thatcher once observed. In the vast library of socialist books, there’s not a single volume on how to create wealth, only how to take and “redistribute” it.

    After the Confederate secession and the Civil war that followed, the greatest crime Americans committed against other Americans is the calculated destruction of America’s border by progressive transformers. According to current estimates, this atrocity has led to a situation in which America is now being invaded at the rate of 5 million anonymous illegals, coming from 150 countries, per year. The new population of unidentified non-citizens includes more than 100,000 violent criminals (measured by past records), terrorists, sex traffickers, and peddlers of the drug fentanyl, which has killed 100,000 Americans in the last year, many of them youth. An estimated 10% to 20% of the illegals are Covid – 19 carriers, which computes to anywhere between 500,000 and one million annually.

    The Biden administration is fully aware that what it is doing is illegal – criminal. Otherwise, why fly the undocumented “migrants” to destinations across the country in the dark of night? Why conceal their destinations? Needless to say, taxing Americans to fund a secretive mass breaking of American law is another form of theft – one that characteristically expresses radicals’ contempt for their fellow citizens.

    The obvious goals of this progressive assault on American sovereignty are two-fold: 1) the transformation of the electorate to benefit progressives; and 2) the dilution of America’s unique culture, since illegal immigration circumvents the processes of citizenship, which are traditionally an introduction to American values, along with an oath to defend them.

    The assault on America’s borders began in earnest with the 2004 creation of law-breaking “Sanctuary Cities.” These cities suspended the application of immigration laws, blocking immigration officials from doing their jobs. The Sanctuary Cities campaign was, in fact, a criminal attack on America’s immigration laws, which are federal in nature and therefore could not be altered by municipal authorities. The illegal actions succeeded because of the support of Democrat elected officials. If ever there was a case of sedition, this was it. The Sanctuary movement was invention of ACLU radicals, and was explicitly designed to sabotage the Patriot Act that Congress had passed to protect Americans after the 9/11 terrorist attacks.

    The border assault escalated with the presidency of America’s first commander-in-chief raised by Communists – Barack Obama. In 2012 Obama warned on the eve of his re-election that “we are five days away from fundamentally transforming the United States of America.”2 In order to accomplish any “fundamental transformation,” Obama needed, of course, to break the law – actually many laws – including their foundation in the U.S. Constitution. In TV appearances he attempted to explain the limits to his constitutional powers to his progressive followers who couldn’t have cared less about them. They wanted Obama to violate the Constitution and by executive fiat to admit 800,000 illegals who as children had been smuggled into the country by their parents and were now adults.”

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    Here’s the first one too.

    “UNDERSTANDING THE PROGRESSIVE MIND”

    https://www.powerlineblog.com/archives/2022/04/understanding-the-progressive-mind.php

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