×
↓ Freedom Centers

Constitutional and Political Freedom

Group Demands Answers From McAuliffe On “Corrupt Political Bargain” With Left-Wing Extremists—Especially On Suburbs

By Seamus BrennanAMAC

Conservative group Frontiers of Freedom Foundation this week launched a hard-hitting television advertisement characterizing Virginia Democrat gubernatorial candidate Terry McAuliffe as “the chosen candidate of the media and tech giants” who are “helping him hide from the people of Virginia.” The ad launched on Fox affiliate WTTG’s 10 PM news program and is set to run throughout this week both on WTTG and other Washington- and Northern Virginia-based channels. The spot concentrates on McAuliffe’s mostly unreported plan to override local zoning laws and construct high-density, low-income apartment units in suburban single-family neighborhoods—an endeavor that could prevent middle- and working-class families from achieving the American Dream of living in a house of their own.

Frontiers of Freedom President George Landrith stated in a press release that the group purchased a two-minute television ad in the Washington, D.C. broadcast market—which would reach residents in heavily-populated Arlington and Fairfax Counties on local news channels in order to “make Terry McAuliffe come out from cover and face the crucial questions the media is protecting him from having him to answer.”

The ad’s release comes just weeks before the long-awaited Virginia gubernatorial election between McAuliffe and Republican Glenn Youngkin on November 2, for which polls have remained razor-thin. “By making McAuliffe answer these questions, Virginians will be sending a strong message,” said Landrith. “They will be telling the radical liberals and their big business allies and the Wall Street barons that the people of Virginia won’t stand for it. And Terry McAuliffe and the liberal extremists and their billionaire allies will discover they can’t have America. They can’t have Virginia.”

As Landrith described, unlike other political ad campaigns, his group’s spot relies on providing voters with ample information rather than quick ads with little substance. “These are not 30 second attack ads that try to manipulate people,” he said, “but heavily informative narrative ads that ask Terry McAuliffe when he will reject extremist liberal views and plans.”

“The spot’s major focus is on McAuliffe’s plan to destroy single-family zoning by empowering the federal government to dictate local zoning decisions,” Landrith said. “In showing pictures of Black and Hispanic families [as] well as young people seeking a first home, the spot says such a plan would destroy the aspirations of many Americans who now have a chance to live in safe, family-friendly neighborhoods.”

“We also highlight the fact that ‘the woke’ management of Wall Street firms are buying suburban properties because they think they can make money eventually off this Washington land-grab,” Landrith continued, likely referring to recent reports that Wall Street banks and investment firms have joined in on the Democrats’ already longstanding war on suburban America.

Moreover, the ad calls attention to the circumstances under which McAuliffe received the Democratic nomination earlier this year. McAuliffe, Landrith notes, prevented younger black progressive talent like Carroll Foy and Justin Fairfax, his former primary opponents, from making names for themselves, while simultaneously allying himself with his party’s most extreme voices. “Terry McAuliffe got the Democratic nomination for governor,” he said, “by pushing aside promising young leadership in his own party and making a corrupt political bargain with the left-wing extremists to support their radical agenda.”

The ad also highlights McAuliffe’s complicity in other parts of the extremist progressive agenda, declaring that McAuliffe has allied himself with those who support causes like Critical Race Theory, defunding the police, and open borders. “Terry McAuliffe needs to be asked if he will disavow the support of his other liberal allies who support a radical agenda,” Landrith said. “Our spot shows these issues and provides back-up about them, including Critical Race Theory teaching ugly anti-American falsehoods to school children, defund[ing] the police… the illegal immigration crisis and influx of MS-13 gangs in Northern Virginia, the persecution of Catholic religious orders, and ACLU anti-religious extremism and attacks on Church tax deductions.”

Frontiers of Freedom and other like-minded groups insist the ad campaign will expose the radical leftist agenda embraced by Democrats such as McAuliffe, which has remained unacknowledged by much of the mainstream media. By underscoring McAuliffe’s support for largely unknown progressive initiatives like the eradication of single-family home zoning and attacks on religious liberty—both of which are relatively new fronts for Democrats—Frontiers of Freedom believes the ad could cause anxiety and collapse in the opposition.

McAuliffe’s largely unreported ambition to weed out America’s suburbs comes in the wake of a handful of blue state legislative measures that have effectively abolished single-family zoning (most recently in California). Like President Joe Biden and many in his party, McAuliffe’s plan relies on the nebulous and deceitful language of “systemic racism” as grounds for his sweeping anti-suburbia plans: by “spearheading zoning reform,” his campaign website underhandedly states, McAuliffe will “fight systemic racism and promote Black and Brown homeownership”—even though, as the ad states, the plan is opposed by “the majority of blacks and Hispanics—once shut out of single-family neighborhoods—who now want the right to live in one.”

In addition, the ad campaign is noticeably aimed at African American voters’ discontent with the far-left policy platform being pushed by Democrats: in addition to presenting images of African American families who could be disenfranchised by McAuliffe’s zoning plan, it features a clip of an August 2020 Wall Street Journal op-ed co-authored by former Secretary of Housing and Urban Development Ben Carson and former President Donald Trump warning of the Democrats’ anti-suburban initiatives.

“Virginians need to ask McAuliffe why he endorses the Biden-Schumer-Pelosi plan that has already been enacted in some places like California and Minnesota that would permit federal bureaucrats to dictate to local towns and cities and destroy the American dream of single-family neighborhoods,” said Landrith.

As Election Day nears and polls continue to tighten, the ad has the potential to bolster turnout for Youngkin by surfacing broadly unheard-of issues being pushed by McAuliffe and others in the Democrat camp.

Should it succeed, Landrith’s strategy could prove instrumental in helping a Republican get elected statewide in Virginia for the first time since 2009.


Conservative Group Takes Aim at Democrat Terry McAuliffe’s Housing Plan: ‘Clinton-Era Grifter’ Who Will Destroy Suburbs

A conservative nonprofit is targeting former Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe’s (D) housing proposals in a lengthy television ad, warning the former governor will “destroy the American dream of a single-family home” should he be elected again.

By Ashley OliverBreitbart

Frontiers of Freedom purchased the two-minute ad to run on local news stations in the densely blue D.C.-Northern Virginia region Sunday night through the end of the week as the competitive race between McAuliffe and Republican candidate Glenn Youngkin comes down to its final few weeks.

“Under the McAuliffe plan, federal bureaucrats would dictate to local towns and cities, cramming apartment complexes into single-family neighborhoods,” the ad’s narrator states.

“Terry McAuliffe’s threat to the suburbs is no exaggeration. The Biden-Pelosi-Schumer-McAuliffe plan is already underway,” the narrator adds, citing California Gov. Gavin Newsom’s (D) recent initiative to make building multifamily housing in single-family zones easier.

Watch: https://youtu.be/Z3mbjKRgKMw 

McAuliffe’s housing plan includes increasing government-subsidized housing and “zoning reforms” and notes McAuliffe will “work to fight systemic racism and promote Black and Brown homeownership.”

Frontiers of Freedom’s ad states that a majority of black and Hispanic Americans — “once shut out of single-family neighborhoods who now want the right to live in one” — oppose reducing single-family zoning in the wake of leftist charges that single-family zoning is “highly segregated” and ought to be corrected with government intervention.

The ad also features an image of former Virginia Del. Jennifer Carroll Foy (D), one of two black women who were vying for the Democrat gubernatorial nomination this year but were shut out upon McAuliffe entering the Democrat primary as McAuliffe became an immediate frontrunner and ultimately won the nomination by a landslide.

The narrator describes McAuliffe, who has long been a prolific Democrat fundraiser and close ally of the Clinton family, as a “Clinton-era grifter, Wall Street money mover, pushing aside young leadership [features image of Foy] in his own party to help extremist climate liberals who hate the suburbs.”

In this April 6, 2021, file photo, Democrat gubernatorial candidate Virginia Del. Jennifer Carroll Foy prepares for a debate at Virginia Sate University in Petersburg, Virginia. (AP Photo/Steve Helber)

In this April 6, 2021, file photo, Democrat gubernatorial candidate Virginia Del. Jennifer Carroll Foy prepares for a debate at Virginia Sate University in Petersburg, Virginia. (AP Photo/Steve Helber)

The ad premiered on Fox affiliate WTTG’s 10 p.m. newscast on Sunday. Frontiers of Freedom President George Landrith noted of the ad length, “These are not 30 second attack ads that try to manipulate people, but heavily informative narrative ads that tell the story of Terry McAuliffe’s extremist views and plans.”

Landrith added the “TV spot asserts that McAuliffe is ‘the chosen candidate of the media and tech giants’ and that Virginians must ask him the questions the liberal media will not.”


Frontiers of Freedom Makes Major TV Buy in DC-Northern Virginia Market with 2-Minute Spot Saying Candidate McAuliffe Made “Corrupt Political Bargain” with Extreme Left and Asking that He Disavow Radical Agenda — Especially His Plan To Destroy Single-Family Neighborhoods and Suburbs

Terry McCauliffe’s Horrible Vision for Virginia

Long format, story-telling TV SPOT IN  DC-Northern Virginia market SAYMCAULIFFE IS CHOSEN CANDIDATE OF MEDIA AND TECH GIANTS WHO ARE PROTECTING HIM. SO VIRGINIANS MUST QUESTION MCAULIFFE ABOUT:

“CORRUPT POLITICAL BARGAIN” WITH LEFT WING OF HIS PARTY TO DESTROY SINGLE FAMILY NEIGHBORHOODS

MCAULIFFE PLAN WOULD END SINGLE-FAMILY NEIGHBORHOODS AND CRAM HIGH DENSITY HOUSING INTO SUBURBS

Ties McAuliffe to liberal extremists and says he would also support:

    •  Critical Race theory teaching ugly Anti-American falsehoods to school children

    •  Defund the Police

    •  Continuing illegal immigration crisis ….influx of MS-13 gangs in Northern Virginia

    •  Persecution of Catholic religious orders

    •  ACLU anti-religious extremism and attacks on Church tax-deductions

CONSERVATIVE GROUP ASKS WHY MCAULIFFE WON’T DISAVOW HIS EXTREMIST ALLIES – THE RADICAL LIBERALS AND THEIR BIG BUSINESS ALLIES AND THE WALL ST. BARONS

The people of Virginia won’t stand for it..”

Ask Terry McAuliffe and the liberal extremists and their billionaire allies why they don’t know  …. THEY CAN’T HAVE AMERICA.  THEY CAN’T HAVE VIRGINIA.”

….

****                                               ***                                       ****

………

STATEMENT GEORGE LANDRITH, PRESIDENT, FRONTIERS OF FREEDOM FOUNDATION

………

For further information — George Landrith at 703-246-0110, ext. 1302 

………

Washington D.C.  —  George Landrith, President of  the Frontiers of Freedom Foundation, announced today his group is running long format, 120 second (2 minute) spots on TV news shows in the DC Northern Virginia media market to “make Terry McAuliffe come out from cover and face the crucial questions the media is protecting him from having him to answer.”

The tv spot was shown for the first time Sunday night on Fox affiliate  WTTG’shighly-rated 10 pm news and will run through the week on that channel and other local DC-Northern Virginia channels. 

DESTROYING THE SUBURBS — The spot’s major focus is on McAuliffe’s plan to destroy single family zoning by empowering the federal government to dictate local zoning decisions.

In showing  pictures of Black and Hispanic families well as young people seeking a first home, the spot says such a plan would destroy the aspirations of many Americans who now have a chance to live in safe, family-friendly neighborhoods. 

WALL ST.  GREED  — We also highlight the fact that ‘the woke’ management of Wall St firms are buying suburban properties because they think they can make money eventually off this Washington land-grab.”

MCAULIFFE CORRUPT POLITICAL BARGAIN — Terry McAuliffe got the Democratic nomination for governor by pushing aside promising young leadership in his own party and making a corrupt political bargain with the Left wing extremists to support their radical agenda.”

THE REST OF THE EXTREME LEFT AGENDA — “Terry McAuliffe needs to be asked if he will disavow the support of his other liberal allies who support a radical agenda.”

Our spot shows these issues and provides back up about them including Critical Race theory teaching ugly Anti-American falsehoods to school children, defund the police, continue the illegal immigration crisis and influx of MS-13 gangs in Northern Virginia, the persecution of Catholic religious orders, and ACLU anti-religious extremism and attacks on Church tax-deductions. 

NOT ATTACK ADS — “These are not 30 second attack ads that try to manipulate people, but heavily informative narrative ads that tell the story of Terry McAuliffe’s extremist views and plans.” Landrith said. 

Landrith notes his group’s TV spot asserts that McAuliffe is “the chosen candidate of the media and tech giants” and that Virginians must ask him the questions the liberal media will not.

BACKUP TO ALL ALLEGATIONS —  The spots shows newspaper articles about the controversy and argues that McAuliffe’s plan is essential that of President Biden and features a large picture of former HUD Secretary Ben Carson who wrote a Wall St op-ed saying the Biden plan would destroy suburban neighborhoods.

Virginians need to ask McAuliffe why he endorses the Biden-Schumer – Pelosi plan that has already been enacted in some places like California and Minnesota that would permit federal bureaucrats to dictate to local towns and cities and destroy the American dream of single-family neighborhoods.”

WHAT ASKING MCAULIFFE THE TOUGH QUESTIONS WILL DO — “By making McAuliffe answer these questions, Virginians will be sending a strong message.  They will be telling the radical liberals and their big business allies, and the Wall St. barons that the people of Virginia won’t stand for it.  And Terry McAuliffe and the liberal extremists and their billionaire allies will discover theycan’t have America. They can’t have Virginia.”

HERE IS THE SCRIPT OF THE TWO-MINUTE TV SPOT

Terry McAuliffe… chosen candidate of the media and tech giants…helping him hide from the people of Virginia

McAuliffe’s plan? override local zoning and force the construction of high-density, low income housing projects in residential neighborhoods.

Under the McAuliffe plan, federal bureaucrats would dictate to local towns and cities…cramming apartment complexes into single- family neighborhoods. 

This plan is opposed by:

— The majority of Blacks and Hispanics — once shut out of single family neighborhoods – who now want the right to live in one.

— Young Americans who aspire to the American dream of a single-family home in a family-friendly neighborhood.

— People now fleeing the crime and disorder of Democrat run cities.

Terry McAuliffe’s threat to the suburbs is no exaggeration.  

The Biden-Pelosi-Schumer-McAuliffe plan is already underway. Newsom in California recently moved to abolish zoning.

Former HUD Secretary Ben Carson warned against this ugly liberal power-grab.  

A Clinton-era grifter…Wall St money mover… pushing aside young leadership in his own party to help extremist climate liberals who hate the suburbs 

the McAuliffe plan helps Wall St barons gobble up suburban property and profit off of high-density housing    

Terry McAuliffe made a corrupt political bargain with the extremist left wing of the Democratic Party giving him the party nomination

He has allied himself with those who support:

Destroying Virginia’s suburbs…

Critical Race theory – teaching ugly Anti-American falsehoods to school children

Defund the Police

Continuing the illegal immigration crisis and influx of MS-13 gangs in Northern Virginia

The persecution of Catholic religious orders

ACLU anti-religious extremism and attacks on Church tax-deductions

Terry McAuliffe will never face these questions from the media who favor him

So ask Terry McAuliffe why he wants to use Virginia to pay off his extremist allies… destroy suburban neighborhoods…and Destroy the American dream of a single family home.

Ask him about his ties to THE EXTREMIST LIBERALS, HIS BIG BUSINESS ALLIES AND WALL ST. BARONS

Ask Terry McAuliffe if he understands the people of Virginia won’t stand for it

That the extremists and their billionaire allies

… CAN’T HAVE AMERICA

 THEY CAN’T HAVE VIRGINIA.

……..

……..


The Little Stalin Inside Attorney General Merrick Garland’s Foul Mind

By Dr. Miklos K. Radvanyi

On March 16, 2016, former President Barack Obama nominated Merrick Garland – then the Chief Judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit – for Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States of America to succeed Antonin Scalia.  The President and his Democrat allies in the Senate pitched him as an old-fashioned moderate lawyer who also won approval and praise from senior Republican figures.  The Merrick Garland nomination failed spectacularly in the Senate.  Five years later, President Biden nominated Merrick Garland to the post of Attorney General.  In announcing his nomination, President Biden called him “a consensus building voice.”  This time he was confirmed by a vote of 70-30 and sworn in on March 11, 2021.

Proving that not all gold that sparkles, Attorney General Merrick Garland has proven himself to be another political hack in the garb of a seemingly impartial arbiter of legal disputes on the top of the nation’s constitutional pyramid.  Recently, penning a memo to the FBI and state attorneys general, Merrick Garland opined thus:  “While spirited debate about policy matters is protected under our Constitution, that protection does not extend to threats of violence or efforts to intimidate individuals based on their views.”  Almost certainly, his memo was triggered by the National School Boards Association October 1st letter, in which they asked the Justice and Homeland Security Departments – as well as the FBI – to investigate “a form of domestic terrorism” directed against school board members, staff and students.  To wit, parents’ objections to Marxist-Leninist-Stalinist indoctrination, instead of teaching and educating their children, will warrant political persecution by Merrick Garland’s DOJ as the new political wing of the Democrat Party.

This newest anti-American idiocy by the “moderate” Merrick Garland brings to mind the myth of Pavel/Pavlik Morozov from the early 1930s in Stalin’s “Workers’ Paradise.”  The “heroic deed” of this thirteen-year-old Siberian boy was that he accused his father, the head of the local governing council or Soviet, to falsify safe conduct passes for formerly rich but by then dispossessed peasants, called Kulaks.  His father was taken away and summarily shot.  Some months later, Pavel/Pavlik and his younger brother Fedya were found murdered in the nearby forest.  The OGPU, the forerunner of the KGB, arrested all of the boys’ relatives, charging them with murder and opposition to Stalin’s plan to form collective farms across the Soviet Union.  Their crime of allegedly killing the boys was compounded by Article 58, Section 8 of the Soviet Criminal Code, which defined any opposition to Stalin as domestic terrorism against the state.

In addition to not a single fact turned out to be true, Stalin used this invented story to peddle a new hysteria of domestic terrorism against him and the Communist Party of the Soviet Union.  For starters, all of Pavel/Pavlik’s relatives were also shot.  After all the relatives were exterminated, the myth about the child-saint and child-martyr to the Communist cause was made an object of almost religious adulation.  His “heroism,” namely, informing falsely on his father was (mis)used to create a morbid Communist cult about loyalty to the state as opposed to loyalty to one’s family.  “Be like Pavlik, children were told from the moment they took the oath as pioneers,” the newspaper Tribuna exhorted the young Communists on the anniversary of his death.  Moreover, “Study hard, love your motherland, expose the enemies of Soviet power, and be merciless with traitors.”  Almost half-a-century later, when the Soviet Union ceased to exist, Pavel/Pavlik’s father and all of his relatives were officially “rehabilitated.”

Parents are rightfully angry.  At least, since the death of the hard criminal George Floyd who graduated to false sainthood, they are convinced that schools can get nothing into perspective.  To add ill-educated insult to the burgeoning and seemingly unbreakable tyranny of an aggressive as well as arrogant  minority educators, they feel being stuck between some teachers’ hatred of everything American and the overwhelming rage of Democrat politicians that make their job as parents increasingly impossible.  In this tragically miserable situation, the entire Biden administration in general and Merrick Garland’s DOJ in particular, have become a morbidly hollow, moot dummies, the satirized form of a bunch of little Stalins.  And as the original Joseb Besarionis Dzhugashvili who throughout his life wore the mask of Stalin, Merrick Garland put the mask of a ruler on his face that transforms him from an educated lawyer to a bureaucratic despot.  Meanwhile, Americans over whom he pretends to rule slowly but surely begin to hate him.  In the end, like Stalin’s Soviet Union, political hacks like President Biden, members of his administration, including Merrick Garland, will deservedly disappear without too much notice inside the huge pile of history’s garbage dump.  


In Michigan, Accusations Fly Over Alleged Democratic Infiltration of Independent Redistricting Commission

By Peter RoffAmerican Action News

By City of Detroit – Duggan-Whitmer-Stabenow Cobo name change to TCF-0077, PDM-owner, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=104767787

The effort to redraw congressional and state legislative district lines in Michigan may be upended after two alleged “independents’ serving on the 13-member of the commission overseeing the remap were exposed as Democrats. 

Anthony Eid and Rebecca Szetela, both claimed to be political independents when seeking slots on the Michigan Independent Citizens’ Redistricting Commission but, according to a Washington Free Beacon review of their social media and campaign contribution, the two appear to be partisan Democrats.Normally, such things would be considered trivial, but an initiative approved in 2018 by Michigan voters marketed as providing a way to take the politics out of the redistricting process specifically created seats on the MICRC for four Democrats and four Republicans while setting aside five spots to be filled by non-aligned voters.

Eid’s social media includes posts supportive of Democrats including one that asserts he is “proud to live in a state that voted for Bernie Sanders in the primary” but not Republicans. Szetela has a history of contributing to Democratic candidates and reportedly addressed the Muskegon County, Mich., Progressive Democratic Women’s Caucus.

These activities are helping cast suspicion on the work of the MICRC which the voters who approved it intended to be an independent and balanced commission whose recommendations must have the support of at least seven of its members — including two Democrats, two Republicans, and two independents – before a new map can go into effect. According to The Center Square, a news website covering state politics, more than 9,300 Michigan voters applied to serve on the committee.

After the partisan history of Eid and Szetela became known, Tori Sachs, executive director of the conservative Michigan Freedom Fund, quickly called on both to resign. “The staggering dishonesty of these commissioners is now tainting the hard, important work of the other 11 members,” she said in a statement. “It’s time they resign before they fully shatter voters’ trust in this critical process as well.

”But trust in the process may already be on the verge of breaking. The group that spearheaded the petition drive to get the initiative creating the MICRC on the 2018 ballot, Voters Not Politicians, was, The Center Square reported, “funded mostly by liberal nonprofit organizations.

”Nearly two-thirds of the money donated to VNP came from two organizations: the Texas-based Action Now Initiative gave $5.1 million and The Sixteen Thirty Fund, a Washington-based social welfare organization, contributed $6 million, The Center Square said, citing figures obtained from the Michigan Campaign Finance Network. Other donors identified by the news site included the SEIU-United Healthcare Workers ($500,000); the Open Society Policy Center ($100,000); and the National Redistricting Action Fund ($250,000), an affiliate of the Democratic Party chaired by former Obama administration Attorney General Eric Holder.

The stakes are high. Michigan lost a seat in the latest congressional reapportionment, conducted after the 2020 Census was complete. With the U.S. House of Representatives almost evenly split, control of Congress could again come down to a handful of seats in the 2022 elections, making every seat count.The ability to place a thumb on the redistricting scale in a state where the total number of seats will change could have a dramatic effect on the partisan balance of a state delegation. In Illinois, which also lost a seat in reapportionment, most of the population loss has been in the heavily Democratic Chicago area but the proposed remap currently under discussion would see at least one and perhaps more seats coming out of the Republican column thanks to a process known as gerrymandering.

The initiative that created the MICRC was supposed to prevent the districts in Michigan from being gerrymandered. The alleged presence of partisan Democrats on the commission masquerading as independents violates the spirit of what the voters appeared to want to do and deserves further investigation.


Afghanistan: American and Global Perspectives

By Dr. Miklos K. Radvanyi

History loathes idiots. Thus, sane Americans who comprise the vast majority of the population are increasingly rejecting the policies that demented Joe and his utterly incompetent administration are trying to shove down their throats by authoritarian coercion. However, the list of the incompetent anti-American idiots is long and with every new day is getting even longer. Starting with the mentally bankrupt Commander in Chief himself and continuing with his deputy, whose hysterical and abnormal laugh resembles the whooping and giggling sounds of a spotted hyena, and winding up with his advisers and cabinet secretaries, whose qualifications for the job are mostly tied to their pedigrees, the current Executive Branch resembles more a collection of irredeemably incompetent morons than qualified leaders befitting the greatest nation on earth.

The strategic catastrophe called Afghanistan has been the complete collapse of leadership on every level of the Executive Branch. Combined with the general malaise of American democracy, the United States of America faces its most horrific crisis since the 1860s. Yet, the Afghanistan infamy is also a distraction from a much deeper malaise in American national identity. While the United States of America has avoided the Kafkaesque/Orwellian trap of completely turning political morality on its head until the election of 2016, support for the status quo has gradually been eroding since the early 1960s. Clearly, Afghanistan was the ultimate nail in the coffin of the American people’s trust in politics. The Democrat Party as well as the overwhelming majority of the written, electronic and social media have embraced the ideologies of the Marxist-Leninist version of Communism/Socialism, which in its practice has historically enforced an inverted reality. This intentionally manufactured fallacious ideology has always been a utopian fiction that has led to highly destructive political fabrications. Apathy and cynicism have become endemic. The elections in 2020 have resulted in an additional breach of trust in the entire constitutional system. Presently, the American political construct is rivetingly dysfunctional. The name of the Democrat(ic) Party has become an oxymoron. This party has turned itself into an undemocratic, hate filled cabal with a despotic herd mentality. Factional platforms function as parties within the Democrat Party. Outside the same party, pseudo-political grouping and organizations have been pursuing cult ideologies that have led to social upheavals and complete lawlessness across the nation. On the Republican side, lack of political, economic and cultural consensus and intellectual vacillation have rendered many voters insecure and made America’s allies wary.

Finally, American democracy must confront the realities of its self-made miseries. Again, the American people’s trust in the constitutional order, its principles and their implementation by the elected and appointed bureaucracy has seriously been broken. Cynicism has become prevalent across all layers of American society. The mediocrity of President George W. Bush’s two terms, the duplicitous mendacity of President Barack Obama’s “fundamental transformation” and the turbulent four years of the Trump presidency, with its poisonously fraudulent campaign of political lies and irresponsibly manufactured media hysteria by the Democrat Party and its fellow traveller groups and organizations, have infected the United States of America with the mental virus of mass idiocy. The product of this state of ubiquitous derangement has been the creation of countless false realities and the resulting election of a grievously demented former Senator and Vice-President to the highest office of the Republic.

Equally disturbing for the future of mankind is that this burgeoning madness, enemating from Washington, D.C., appears to gradually envelop, like a giant Anaconda, the rest of the world too. These alarmingly unsettling global developments, in turn, have opened innumerable doors for legions of perverse and even pathological ideas, designed to mostly accommodate the uneducated as well as the uncultured to believe that they alone possess the keys to the perfect future of mankind. Thus, they have become the proverbial useful idiots in the hands of political and media manipulators who have been waging war against societal peace and stability.

Accordingly, the first nine months of the Biden presidency has been characterized by an avalanche of lies and fictions that have been clothed in the torn rags of the allegedly justifiable martyrdom of the have-nots. Their lyings have transformed the Biden presidency into the reign of idiots. In this manner, the Democrat Party and the overwhelming majority of the feckless media have created a cult reality that through the relentless chasing of the Communist/Socialist utopia has been consumed by the terror of fallacious transcendentalism. This fraudulently manufactured cock and bull myth has popularized the false notion that as long as there is injustice and inequality in the world, any means, including extreme intellectual and physical tools to play God, are authorized. Such a combination of individual and communal hatred ipso facto appears to legitimize aggression and bottomless hatred.

Clearly, individuals and groups with these sorts of mentality have brought forth the recent national infamy of the United States of America. Most importantly, the belief that a discombobulated idea of “nation building” could be successful in an ethnically and religiously deeply divided non-state society borders on absolute insanity. To stipulate to people whose religious mentality places God on the top of the society’s pyramid as the sole sovereign that strange people from about eight thousand miles would replace this omnipotent God with the American President and his co-workers has been ab ovo preposterous. In this context, the Taliban has had little difficulty, if any at all, arguing that either God is your Lord or the Americans and their allies. Moreover, claiming that the Quran, the Sharia as well as the Hadid and not the secular political, economic and cultural theories of the Heathens would sustain and nourish the true believers, namely all the Muslims, the protracted presence of the NATO forces was easily depicted as ungodly occupation of a Muslim land. This, in turn, gave the impetus to wide-spread resistance, which led to the exaggerated glorification of faith-based martyrdom. Again, the Taliban argument to oppose the secular transformation of a Muslim society by the foreign Unbelievers was that any cooperation with the latter is idolatrous and, therefore, according to the Quran and the Sharia, punishable by death.

The forced promotion of Western institutions were completely antagonistic to the religious dogmas of Islam, which understandably provoked the indignation of the religious majority, especially outside the urban areas. As a result of American and Western failure of this perspective, the NATO installed and protected presidents and their bureaucracies were the enemies of Islam and, therefore, the enemies of the Afghan people. The ultimate result was the unintended creation of Muslim martyrs and the burgeoning sympathies of the average Afghans with their sacrifices. Thus, regardless of many military victories against the Taliban and other anti-Western militants, the spirit of the opposing forces was never crushed completely. In fact, throughout the NATO occupation of Afghanistan, there was no peace in the country. Afghanistan remained a hopelessly ungovernable place with criminal gangs roaming the land and fighting ferociously with the foreigners and also among themselves for money as well as power. Clearly, the Afghan resistance rejected any compromise and would have no peace with its secular compatriots and the foreign occupiers. Therefore, the Doha, Qatar peace talks were nothing but hollow exercises in extreme futility.

In essence, the war in Afghanistan boiled down to a war between the Taliban version of Allah’s kingdom on earth and the secular political regime of the foreign Unbelievers. In this sense, the Taliban and the other militant groups and organizations were unambiguously driven by religious motives. Yet, in their assumption that they alone are endowed by God with the truth, they were so carried away by their religious fanaticism that they became simply marauding murderers. Like Black Lives Matter, Antifa and the other minority criminal groups and organizations in the United States of America, the Taliban and all the other militant groups and organizations were heavily penetrated by corrupt elements, eager for mayhem and murder, practicing additional cruelty and terror throughout their respective societies. Still, the issue of utmost importance in Afghanistan was the choice between normalcy under the foreign Unbelievers and stability by the violently aggressive domestic forces, who relied on God’s assistance.

Trapped in the self-constructed ivory towers of multiculturalism, the United States of America has gone about over politicizing the war on terror, while wasting about eight trillion dollars on funding “good” terrorists and chasing “bad” terrorists across the globe. This “corruption on purpose” of six presidents of both political parties, has betrayed the original objective of fighting Muslim terrorism in the guise of legitimate religious Jihad and has allowed a host of criminal organizations to establish “deep states” within the existing states across the World of Islam. So-called allies within and outside NATO, like Pakistan, Qatar and Turkey, and marauding Jihadist networks with identical ideologies and equally common commitment to global violence, such as al-Qaeda, Taliban, ISIS, in its numerous incarnations, as well as the Muslim Brotherhood, have grown into the defining predicament of the 21st century. Yet, instead of having relied on Pakistan and Qatar to mediate between Washington, D.C. and the Taliban, presidents, their advisors and members of Congress should have read George Orwell’s 1936 essay titled “Shooting an Elephant.” Briefly, this essay gives the lie to one of Wokeism’s favorite inverted realities about the myth of “multiculturalism.” Exploring the glaring paradox between European and Burmese/Asian mentalities, Orwell concludes that the best way to promote hatred among peoples with different cultures is to try imposing one’s culture on others by force. Thus, after shooting a temporarily raging elephant who killed a coolie, in order not to look clueless and not to lose face, Orwell, serving as a low ranking policeman in British Lower Burma, was caught in the middle between “hatred of the empire and his “rage against the evil-spirited little beasts who tried to make {his} job impossible.” The lesson of the essay is clear: do what you think is right and not what others stipulate of what is right. Forgetting this dictate, has effectively wrecked the global war on Islamic Jihad and its global terrorism. Revising the fight against the over politicization of this scourge of mankind is essential to root out Muslim Jihadism.

Thus, the twenty-year long occupation of Afghanistan ended in a catastrophic humiliation and the continuation of the ruthless civil war after the persistent refusal of the United States of America and its allies to face reality. The Taliban is back in power. The secular accomplishments of the last two decades were quickly abolished. More importantly, the seeds of the West’s catastrophe lay much deeper in the fiasco to rally around a truly anti-terrorist narrative and thus to resolve the long-simmering inherent conflict rooted in the past nine centuries between Judeo-Christianity and Islam, which could have enabled the former to live up to its view of itself. The global Jihad of the divided World of Islam between those who glory in their martyrdom and the peace-loving Muslim majority will endure unabattedly. The passion for unencumbered violence of the former will certainly grow in intensity, swaying all the discontented in the greater Middle East, Africa, Europe, the American continent and Southeast Asia.

Already, Yemen, Somalia, Libya, Syria, Iraq and Lebanon have ceased to function as normal states. Jihadists in Nigeria, Mali, Niger, Burkina Faso, Ivory Coast, Togo, Benin, Cameroon, Chad, Mozambique and the Republic of Congo have effectively utilized extreme opposition by local Muslims to the respective central governments and their all encompassing corruption in order to set whole countries ablaze. Albeit still remote, the looming disintegration of other Muslim-majority states remain a possibility in the future. The Islamic Republic of Iran has functioned since its inception in 1979 as a terrorist syndicate and a continuing source of instability among the Shi’ite Islamic groups throughout the World of Islam. The two “Supreme Leaders” so-called ‘Islamic Movements” have ignited Shi’a separatism even in Pakistan and India too. Clearly, for these uncompromising defenders of Islam, terrorism under the banner of the Quran means righteous zealotry in practicing vengeance upon the enemies of the only true Faith.

Generally speaking, Jihadists are all the same. Hamas head Ismail Haniyeh, who resides in Doha, Qatar, was quick to state that “The demise of the American occupation and its allies proves that the resistance of the peoples, foremost of which is our struggling Palestinian people, will achieve victory.” Although Hamas’s reign in the Gaza strip has been politically, economically, financially and culturally a complete disaster, Ismail Haniyeh is used by Tehran as an agent to strengthen Iran’s global expansionist terrorist network. To assure that Hamas could continue its destructive work on behalf of Iranian terrorism, the United Nations Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA) for Palestine Refugees will seek $800 million annually at a donor conference scheduled to take place in Brussels in November 2021.

Meanwhile, in the United States of America, and especially in the corridors of federal powers in Washington, D.C, common sense has deserted sane decision making. Politicians and military leaders have united during the numerous Congressional hearings to shift the blame away from themselves and label warranted criticisms as Republican as well as conservative bias and anti-American consciousness, while indulging themselves in running in vicious circles of hallucinations and abnormal explanations. Trying to put the burden of political and moral responsibility on everyone who represents reality, Democrats and top military leaders repeated ad nauseam the nonsense about climate change, anti-racism training and pathological Wokeism.

Clearly, a purely military approach, combined with the political extremism of the military leadership, to fighting Islamic terrorism, also called Jihadism, is doomed to failure, and will only make the rest of the world more susceptible to further elevation of terrorism as a useful tool to destabilize democracies. The mass and increasingly uncontrollable migration mostly from Muslim majority countries has created additional openings for Jihadism.

The solution is to bring forth in the United States of America and in NATO a special force of political and military experts on terrorism in general and Jihadism in particular who know everything and also understand everything about the true nature of local and global terrorism. Real democracy can only be sustained where unreal ideology cannot override truth and reality. Lies, such as multiculturalism, critical race theory, limitless hatred against those who happen to think differently, and wield the Damocles sword of highly politicized racism under the guise of even more despotic racist ideology, can only produce fallacy. The time has come to fight both domestic as well as international idiocies that threaten to destroy the world for the sake of a small minority’s quest for absolute power and money.


Shock Poll: Half of Americans Say America Would Better Now if Trump Had Won

By Peter RoffAmerican Action News

Gage Skidmore via Flickr

The 2020 election was perhaps one of the most contentious and chaotic in U.S. history. When it was over, the cultural elites expressed relief the voters had chosen to deny President Donald J. Trump a second term.

The race was not close. Former Vice President Joe Biden’s 8 million-plus majority in the popular vote is enough to convince all but the most diehard Trump supporters that the election results reflect the will of the people. Some, especially those who continue to claim the results were tainted by fraud point to the fact a shift of fewer than 50,000 votes spread out among several states would have given Trump a majority in the electoral college which, as political science professors are quick to remind skeptics, is the only majority that counts.

The folks who continue to try and relitigate the outcome of the last election are missing the speed with which the current president is losing support. A poll released Tuesday by Scott Rasmussen found half of all registered voters believe the nation would be better off today had the now-former president been re-elected.

The Rasmussen poll had 50 percent of the more than 1,000 registered voters surveyed saying things “would be better today” if Trump had beaten Biden – including 34 percent who said things would be “much better.” Just 39 percent of those participating in the survey said things would be worse while just about one in ten said they would be the same no matter who won.

These numbers may seem shocking given the mostly favorable coverage Biden has received since his inauguration but, say some Washington veterans, the political operation inside the White House and the Democratic National Committee should have seen it coming. In recent weeks the president has stumbled from failure to failure, projecting an image of incompetence that contrasts sharply with the image of a commanding leader he projected during the 2020 campaign.

Biden came into office projecting national unity as a way of contrasting him with what some said were the divisions of the Trump years. His initial approval numbers, which hovered around 60 percent, have dropped off sharply in recent weeks beginning with the chaotic withdrawal of U.S. troops of Afghanistan that many say the administration badly mismanaged.

In his analysis of the numbers, pollster Rasmussen suggests another reason may be at the heart of the decline Faced with rising numbers of COVID infections even after the introduction of vaccines produced in record time because Trump cut federal red tape, Biden has proposed mandated vaccinations for federal workers and others that, while “moderately popular overall,” are viewed skeptically by Black voters and Hispanics.

Rasmussen’s data found that “26 percent of Black Democrats believe individuals should decide for themselves whether to get vaccinated” while “60 percent of Hispanic voters have a close friend or relative who will get vaccinated against their will because they can’t afford to lose their job.”

These numbers are largely on par with those who said things in the U.S. today would be better if Trump had won.

“Overall, a plurality of voters would prefer a candidate who supports Trump-like policies,” the Rasmussen poll said, identifying the potential political danger to supposedly moderate Democrats like Biden who, after winning office in 2020 only by gaining the backing of disaffected Republicans and self-described independents have joined with party progressives in the lurch toward policies that can best be described as big government socialism.

The survey of 1,200 registered voters was conducted using a mixed-mode approach from September 16-18, 2021. Most respondents were contacted online or via text while 263 were contacted using automated phone polling techniques. The margin of error is plus or minus 2.8 percent.


Cancel Culture Claims 650 Campus Scalps and Counting, Student Group Says

By Peter RoffAmerican Action News

Rutgers University College Avenue campus mid summer with hedge spelling Rutgers. Via Wikimedia Commons.

The nation’s colleges and universities market themselves to prospective attendees and their families as places where academics and inquiry combine to produce well-rounded students capable of advanced thinking and prepared for the world of tomorrow. The reality, a recently published database of campus incidents shows, is quite different.

The College Fix, a website sponsored by the Student Free Press Association that provides student journalists with the opportunity to expose the insanities and inanities that occurred regularly in contemporary higher education recently compiled a database of incidents showing the so-called “cancel culture” to be alive, well, and growing throughout American institutions of higher learning.

The organization’s work, it says, is the first real attempt to quantify the problem. According to The Fix, the intolerant, politically correct crowd who are both socially prominent and academic decision-makers on so many campuses can claim, at minimum, to have taken “650 scalps” over the past ten years. 

Among the outrages large and small identified in the database are:

A move by the University of Pennsylvania to rename its Alice Paul Center – named for a suffragette who was instrumental in securing the passage and ratification of the Nineteenth Amendment giving women the right to vote – as the “Center for Research in Feminist, Queer, and Transgender Studies” to signal a “commitment” to LGBTQ “intellectual and political movements.”

A public apology delivered in 2021 by the president of Muhlenberg College – a private college well known for its theater arts department – for a production of Gilbert and Sullivan’s “The Mikado” put on in 2010 followed by the deletion of all the photos of the performance from the school’s website.

The expulsion from the University of Louisville (KY) School of Medicine of fourth-year student Austin Clark, allegedly over his expression of pro-life beliefs school officials labeled unprofessional.

The dismissal of Hannah Berliner Fischthal, an adjunct instructor at St. John’s University in Queens, NY after she read a passage containing the N-word from Twain’s anti-slavery novel “Pudd’nhead Wilson” in her “Literature of Satire” class – but not before first explaining the context of the word and saying she hoped it would not offend anyone.

“What we have witnessed over the last decade is nothing short of a new Red Guard enforcing its cultural revolution on American college campuses,” said Jennifer Kabbany, editor of The College Fix. “This database stands athwart the campaign to condemn, erase and rewrite our shared history.”

The number of incidents cited in the database amount to roughly one per week for every week for ten years. The College Fix said updates would be made regularly as part of an ongoing effort “to document every example of targeting and suppression in an age of censorship, memory-holing, and soft totalitarianism.” What has been uncovered so far, the group said, is likely just the tip of a very large iceberg “but there are likely more examples out there, and much more to come.”


The Myth of the Moderate Democrats

By Peter RoffNewsweek

The back-and-forth over the so-called infrastructure bill working its way through the U.S. House of Representatives is helping perpetuate a myth that is distorting the people’s perception of where we as a country are. That perception is that there is, somehow, within the House and Senate and sprinkled throughout the Biden administration, a substantial cadre of moderate Democrats who are doing all they can to block a leftward lurch toward big-government socialism pushed by one wing of the party.

It makes for nice reading and it’s an easy story to write. Unfortunately, it’s inaccurate. As far as national politics is concerned, the Democratic Party has been running the moderates out for years. As former House Speaker Newt Gingrich pointed out in a recent policy document that’s making the rounds, virtually every Democrat in the U.S. House and Senate voted for the budget outline produced by Senator Bernie Sanders—a self-identified socialist.

The Sanders document, which includes $3.5 trillion in new and higher spending, $3 trillion in new and higher taxes, and a host of radical regulatory proposals intended to roll back 40 years of deregulatory reform that started with Ronald Reagan, is a left-winger’s pipe dream. The only objections to it Democrats have had—Senators Joe Manchin of West Virginia and Arizona’s Kyrsten Sinema excepted—have centered on the cost, not on what the proposed legislation would do.

The division among Democrats is real, but it’s not based on ideology. All but one Democrat recently voted for a bill that would eliminate state restrictions on late-term abortions and codify the Supreme Court‘s decision in Roe v. Wade. Democrats are united on policy but opposed (or at least some of them are) to doing things that will cost them their seats the next time they run.

It’s not principle that’s keeping the Democrats apart—it’s politics. Why were Nancy Pelosi and Chuck Schumer insisting on Republican votes to pass an increase in the debt ceiling? Because some members of their party who are up for re-election in 2022 need to be able to vote “no” on that issue—and they can only do that if a few GOP lawmakers can be persuaded to vote “yes.”

Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) speaks to a
Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) speaks to a reporter outside of the U.S. Capitol on September 28, 2021 in Washington, D.C.KEVIN DIETSCH/GETTY IMAGES

The “moderate” myth is useful for those Democrats who want to go home and pretend they fought against the largest expansion of government since LBJ gave us the Great Society. They’ll promise their voters they’ll continue to fight for pro-business policies and might even again earn the endorsement of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. But it will all be a fallacy. The Democratic Party has been taken over by people who take their cues from the British Labour Party circa 1960—not the free-enterprise entrepreneurs who built this great nation.

The polling, the Gingrich document said, “is clear and devastating” for those who think the federal government needs to be bigger and do more. “Americans in general favor Free Market Capitalism over Big Government Socialism by a huge margin (59 percent to 16 percent),” Gingrich wrote while, among so-called independent or “swing” voters, the advantage for those who oppose the Sanders/Biden agenda grows to 82 percent to 18 percent.

The infrastructure bill was held up because too many Democrats refused to risk their seats by voting for it. It’s not a “moderate” piece of legislation even if it was written with Republican support. It includes such intrusive measures as the establishment of a pilot program that is supposed to come up with the best way to tax cars and trucks by the number of miles driven.

The reconciliation package? Even worse.

As Gingrich and others have observed, the Democrats in Congress were all-in at the beginning when it counted—when the process of getting these bills through began. The framework for each mostly survives, whether or not any given bill emerges from the legislative process intact. What cannot be accomplished in a day will be pushed by Democrats for weeks, months and years. President Joe Biden has said he has it in mind to correct 40 years of policy mistakes that, in his view, hobbled this formerly great nation. Biden’s objective: Roll back the Reaganite revolution that brought America back from the brink. What a foolish objective—and certainly not a moderate one.


Frontiers of Freedom’s Statement on the US Senators Demand for SBA Accountability & Transparency

Washington, DC – September 20, 2021 — George Landrith, president of Frontiers of Freedom, released the following statement regarding the Small Business Administration’s violation of law in approving PPP loans to businesses that were ineligible under the law and regulations and its failure to provide transparency about all illegal loans being repaid and proceeds returned.  

In May 2020, the SBA determined that it had illegally funded Planned Parenthood Federation of America (PPFA) using PPP loans designed to help struggling businesses because of the pandemic shutdowns. The SBA determined that the almost $80 million in illegal loans to the PPFA would have to be returned.  

Notwithstanding these facts, the Biden Administration has not required the illegal loan proceeds to be repaid, and to make matters worse has approved an additional second loan draw to the PPFA even though it is ineligible by law. 

The Republicans on the Senate Small Business Committee have repeatedly asked for transparency and accountability on these illegal loans. But they’ve been stonewalled.  And in the meantime, the SBA has been illegally doling out additional PPP loans to PPFA in the amount of additional tens of millions of taxpayer dollars. 

We wholeheartedly endorse the efforts of the Ranking Member Rand Paul (R-KY) along with Senators Marco Rubio (R-FL), James Risch (R-ID), Tim Scott (R-SC), Joni Ernst (R-IA), James Inhofe (R-OK), Todd Young (R-IN), John Kennedy (R-LA), Josh Hawley (R-MO), and Roger Marshall (R-KS) in trying to push the SBA to comply with the law, provide honest transparency, and to not simply abuse PPP loans as a vehicle to fund organizations that are political allies of the Administration notwithstanding that they are not legally eligible for these taxpayer funds. 

We support the effort to block any confirmation hearings on an SBA nominee until such time as the SBA stops hiding the truth and follows the law.  This is a simple check and balance provided in our Constitution. The Senate does not owe confirmation to an Administration that is demonstrating a blatant lawlessness and complete disregard for the taxpayers money. The Administration has had months to answer basic questions and to obtain the funds that were illegally sent out. But they have opted to play political games instead. The Biden Administration’s behavior on this matter is contemptuous. They must be forced through constitutional checks and balances and oversight to abide by the law.  

We encourage all those who care about the rule of law, the constitutional checks and balances built into our system of self-government, and open and transparent government to stand firm and oppose any SBA nomination as a means to force the Administration to abide by the law. 

#    #    #


The Moral of the Afghanistan Infamy

By Dr. Miklos K. RadvanyiFF.org

The skyjacking of the four passenger planes by nineteen Al- Qaeda terrorists in the early morning hours of September 11, 2001, should have been looked upon as a wake-up call for an objective, emotion free reckoning.  As with the destructive suicidal crimes of the past by fanatical Muslim terrorists, the evil acts in Mannhatan, New York City, in Arlington, Virginia, and in the field off a reclaimed strip mine in Stonycreek, near Indian Lake and Shanksville, Pennsylvania, too, the writing on the proverbial wall had been around for almost an entire millennium.  

In the Quran, which, according to the Islamic faith contains the words of God (Allah) and therefore cannot be altered by men (Q6:115), Jihad, the holy war against the Unbelievers, meaning all of mankind except those who accept Islam, is referred to at least hundred sixty four times.  Conversely, the word “Salam”, meaning peace, cannot be found even once in the Quran.  Yet, the world’s understanding of Islam has, over time, been beaten down into the most benign myth of ineffective semi-intellectual self-deception.  In reality, Islam, unlike many other faiths across the globe, is an aggressively proselytizing religion that strives for exclusive spiritual world domination.

The political message to the American people as well as the world at large was conveyed by then President George W. Bush in his speech to a joint session of Congress on September 20, 2001.  After praising the bipartisan resolve of both Houses of Congress and the nation, he spoke of “an act of war against our country.”  Then, posing the question “Who attacked our country?” President Bush defined Al Qeada as a part of “a collection of loosely affiliated terrorist organizations” whose members  “practice a fringe form of Islamic extremism.”  Then, upping his erroneous judgement of Al Qeada, he intoned thus:  “The terrorists are traitors to their own faith, trying in effect, to hijack Islam itself.”   Using the adjective “fringe” and combining it with the dictum that “Either you are with us or you are with the terrorists,” President Bush provided a strategically deceptive analysis of the overall situation within the world of Islam, in which disparate armed groups, contrasting tribes and clans with unconnected loyalties, as well as populations without real sense of patriotism, who knew nothing about the notion of democracy were vying for absolute power.  Addressing Muslims throughout the world, he said:  “We respect your faith.  It’s practiced freely by many millions of Americans and by millions more in countries that America counts as friends.  Its teachings are good and peaceful, and those who commit evil in the name of Allah blaspheme the name of Allah.  The terrorists are traitors to their own faith, trying, in effect, to hijack Islam itself.  The enemy of America is not our many Muslim friends.  It is not our many Arab friends.  Our enemy is a radical network of terrorists and every government that supports them.”  Again, his illusory description of the political and spiritual state of affairs in the world of Islam did not clarify anything.  On the contrary, it exacerbated the ubiquitous chaos and collapse of state authority across the world of Islam.  Finally, he declared a worldwide war on “every terrorist group of global reach” until it “has been found, stopped and defeated.”  A promise as enormous as irresponsible.  Believing that an all encompassing military campaign would lead to a radical transformation of personal mentalities and societal structures in the world of Islam was nothing short of spilling political oil on the general discontent.   

Thus, President Bush’s speech that attempted to be a political high wire act between the United States of America’s geopolitical interests and domestic reassurances almost completely missed the mark because of the inherent characteristics of the Quran as a religious maximum as well as the political limitations of the governments in every Islamic state with their multiethnic compositions.  Similarly, Southeast Asia and the Middle East have historically been the violent theatre of radically opposite great power, national, ethnic, tribal and clanish interests.  The end effect of the speech has been a half-hearted and conveniently vague declaration of a global war on Islamic terrorism moderated by the American people’s lack of knowledge of Islam and its political influence in faraway regions as well as the political and military bueraucracies’ institutional unpreparedness for dealing with crimes of this scale.  Consequently, his   attempts for revenge in Afghanistan and Iraq, President Obama’s equally incompetent approaches in Syria, Libya and Iran, and President Trumps errant policies of quick extrication from twenty years of entanglements combined have contributed to the shameful chaos in Washington, D.C.’s foreign policies.  Finally, to add a totally negative national inspiration to the history of 9/11 and American traditions, President Bush’s recent speech at the Flight 93 memorial service only demonstrated the limitations of his underperforming intellect when he compared the undefined group of “U.S. extremists” of January 6, 2021, to the foreign terrorists who attacked America twenty years ago:  “We have seen growing evidence that the dangers to our country can come not only across borders, but from violence that gathers within…”  While not explaining how he came to such a convoluted and one-sided conclusion, he continued attacking domestic and foreign extremists who “disdain pluralism,” “disregard human life,” and “defile national symbols.”  Again, by opportunistically politicizing the war on terrorism, Presidents Bush and Obama poured oil on the fire of violent extremism across the globe, instead of extinguishing it.             

The modern day involvement of the West with Afghanistan has started with the so-called First Anglo-Afghan War, known by the British as the Disaster in Afghanistan, and transpired between 1839 and 1842.  In this case, Great Britain foolishly intervened in a succession dispute between two Emirs.  The British supported the former Emir Shah Shujah from the Durrani clan, whom they installed upon capturing Kabul in August 1839.  When the intervention turned into a permanent occupation and British tolerance for the locals’ way of life metamorphosed into their attempt to Westernize the various tribes and clans, the latter revolted.  To add idiotic insult to political injury, the British appointed William Hay Macnaghten, a former judge in a small town in Ulster, Ireland, to be their chief representative to Kabul.  With no knowledge or understanding of the local culture, he succumbed to the prevailing culture of corruption and flaunted his desire to live the life of a wealthy aristocrat.  No wonder that the dissimilar Afghan tribes and clans united in 1841 in a global resistance against the British.  When the British realized that their presence was strategically futile, they embarked on a retreat from Afghanistan in 1842.  By January 13, 1842, the main British Indian force was completely annihilated except a single British doctor that was left alive intentionally to tell the story of the British humiliation.  Regardless of Great Britain’s abysmal failure to secure Afghanistan as a buffer against the expansionist Russian Empire, two more British-Afghan Wars followed between 1878-1880, and 1919-1921, with similar results.  After independence in 1921, Zahir Shah became king of the Afghanistan monarchy in 1933.  In 1973, the former Prime Minister Mohammad Daoud Khan, a cousin of the king, overthrew his cousin with the help of the Soviet Union.  As a result, the new ruler abolished the monarchy and named himself the President of the newly minted Republic of Afghanistan.  Since the new president betrayed the Kremlin and Afghanistan’s home grown Communists, he was summarily killed in a Communist coup in 1977.  Infightings among the rival leaders of the Afghan Communist Party and the obviously anti-Islamic ideology of the Soviet Union led to the birth of a guerilla movement called the Mujahadeen across Afghanistan.  In 1979, the then American Ambassador Adolph Dubs was murdered in Kabul.  Following additional assassinations of leading Afghan Communists, the Soviet Union invaded Afghanistan on December 24, 1979.  A war of liberation against the Soviet Union ensued that ultimately led to the withdrawal of the Soviet Red Army from the country in 1990.  In 1995, the fractured Mujahideen were challenged and replaced by the Taliban.  Again, Afghanistan faced a civil war among the various ethnic groups.  The Taliban’s ruthless Islamism resulted in their turning Afghanistan into a terrorist heaven.  And then September 11, 2001 happened.

Understandably, throughout the 1990s as well as in 2001, the peoples of Afghanistan again were in an extremely difficult quagmire.  Their homeland was ruled by a fanatical religious minority of the Deobandi sect with deep roots in the Pashtun/Durrani ethnic minority.  Clearly, the ruling Taliban was incapable of carrying out meaningful reforms without fatally undermining their despotic rule.  Any move toward secularism would have meant democratization that, in turn, would have assured the emergence of political movements and parties, which would have ended the Pashtun dominance over the state.  Thus, in light of the history, culture and the ethnic composition of Afghanistan, any challenge to the despotic Taliban regime was strongly burdened by the limitations that have been inherent from time immemorial within the country.  

Moreover, Afghanistan has been situated in the flashpoint of various strategic interests.  For this reason, any change in the existing strategic balance or imbalance, such as an intervention, would assuredly have resulted in interference from other concerned parties.  Afghanistan borders to the north on Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan and Tajikistan, on Iran to the west, on Pakistan to the east and south, as well as on a small border section with China and India to the northeast.  The country is somewhat larger than France and only slightly smaller than the state of Texas.  Its geography alternates between mountains and deserts.  Its population is diverse.  Afghanistan, with its more than fourteen ethnic groups, many more tribes and clans, has historically been a fragmented country, in which no ethnic group has had a majority.  Therefore, Afghanistan has always been the land of strong minorities that have fought each other incessantly.  Regionally, the war between the majority Sunni and the minority Shi’a religious sects has always been superimposed over the political, economic, religious and cultural disagreements.  Finally, all these conflicts have led back to the confrontation between the United States of America, the Russian Federation and the People’s Republic of China.  

In light of this strategic framework, the Bush, Obama and Trump administrations should have demonstrated more skepticism vis-a-vis the Afghan anti-Taliban opposition and potential domestic allies’ political abilities and basic loyalties.  What followed in reality was a two-decade long effort to create an expansive dissemination of Western values of democracy and human rights in a failed state, in which the population mainly craved order and stability.  Under such circumstances, the clueless Bush administration declared its policy of nation building in a country, in which there was no Afghan nation per se.  No wonder that in the absence of a strong central government violence multiplied and the forces of NATO had to function as an occupying military and police force.  This, in turn, strengthened the rich allotment of Jihadist forces that the Western powers tried to isolate by pouring monies mindlessly and incontrollably into the bottomless pit of established Afghan corruption.  At the end, Western gullibility and pervasive as well as entrenched corruption doomed the West’s effort of nation building to spectacular failure.

The curtain on the final act of the twenty year long Afghan war was lowered on August 31, 2021, by the idiotically inept and unprofessional Biden administration.  President Biden, his Secretary of State Blinken and his Secretary of Defense Austin will surely remembered by history as perhaps the most arrogantly stupid bureaucrats of American history.  The chaotic withdrawal of American forces, not coordinated with the Afghan government and the allies, will forever live in infamy.  Historically, good must be defended and evil must be fought.  However, doing both in a coordinated and disciplined manner requires clearheadedness and complex competence.  The Wilsonian missionary fanaticism of making the world safe for democracy must be reformulated and reformed to mirror the discombobulated complexity of a world, in which almost everybody has been chasing an unattainable version of utopia.  The moral outrage over global injustice and inequality must not displace sober analysis.  The United States of America must champion good and fight evil by clearly distinguishing between friends and foes.  To accomplish such an objective analysis, America will need a more educated citizenry and a more committed civil service to unideologically defend and promote the Union’s national as well as international interests.       

Clearly, since the end of 2001, the United States of America’s policies toward the world of Islam has been hesitatingly opaque, and as a result, horrifying.  The results were the so-called Arab Spring, the emergence of ISIS and the resurgence of the Taliban as well as Al Qaeda.  Corruption and glaring incompetence on both sides of the conflict left the greater Middle East and SouthEast Asia in the worst situation they were before 2001.  Instead of gradual Westernization, in both regions Islamic extremists became stronger, while the states, with few exceptions, metamorphosed into even more unstable and corrupt political entities.  The American and West European strategic incompetence and foolishness the peoples of the greater Middle East and SouthEast Asia are hostages of police states and ruthless Jihadist groups and organizations.  In their demoralized state, most of these peoples have chosen the police state.  For these reasons, the world of Islam will firmly remain in the orbit of unfreedom and hopeless stagnation.       


Hungary – The Land of The Unscrupulous Dimwits

By Dr. Miklos K. RadvanyiFrontiers of Freedom

When a nation historically has an inglorious past, a frightful present and an illusory future, its people develop a dogged determination of indefinite hatred against entire categories of strangers and also toward themselves.  Distressingly, in its present moral as well as material condition, Hungary, like Afghanistan, resembles a state without any redeeming aspiration to overcome its hopeless despondency.  Ubiquitously praised by the United States of America and Western Europe throughout the 1980s as “the happiest barrack in the Soviet Empire,” today’s Hungary mirrors more Stalin’s one-party dictatorship than a Westernized free and democratic state.  The once hyper-liberal bunch of young anti-Communist-turned Communist rebels of the late 1980s, who called themselves the Alliance of Young Democrats (Hungarian acronyms:  FIDESZ), have morphed into the authoritarian and kleptocratic gang of “Illiberal Democrats” of the 21st century.  Clearly, Hungary,  a member state of NATO as well as the European Union, has lost its way between 1990 and 2021 on the road to the accepted norms of prevailing democracy.

As the turbulent past of Hungary as well as the very recent failure of nation-building in Afghanistan have proved, almost all of the most terrific catastrophes of history have been the consequence of erroneous decision making that has always been based on a set of incompetently concocted realities.  These incompetently concocted realities, having been mostly or completely devoid of truthful facts, have had with predictable regularity produced untold tragedies in the form of wars, genocides, and even civilizational destruction.  And as in the case of Afghanistan, the entire federal bureaucracy in the United States of America, including all the intelligence agencies, the Departments of State and Defense, have been engaged with respect to the newly independent countries of Central and Eastern Europe in reporting to the White House as well as Congress ideologically tainted pseudo-realities.  Deplorably, the American media too has been guilty of contributing to the general intellectual schizophrenia in the United States of America.  These deliberately fallacious transmissions of realities to the decision makers, have long prevented all the knowledgeable individuals from asserting the truths over the politically motivated and maliciously disseminated cult-like lies.

A case in point that the American media, regardless of its political leanings, is trapped by the tainted ideologies of false realities, has been Fox News Channel’s host of “Tucker Carlson Tonight” reporting from Budapest, Hungary during the first week of August 2021.  Having been totally silent about his father’s widely reported lobbying activities on behalf of the Viktor Orban-led government in Washington, D.C., Tucker Carlson sanctimoniously and hypocritically justified his long sojourn to the ivory tower of “Illiberal Democracy” thus:  “If you care about Western civilization and democracy and families, and the ferocious assault on all three of those things by the leaders of our global institutions, you should know what is happening here right now.”  Thus, Tucker Carlson the incorruptible champion of truth seeking, proceeded to uncritically sink into the poisonous swamp of ideological unrealities devised by Viktor Orban to fool his country’s friends and foes alike.  In this manner, Tucker Carlson successfully recreated Franz Kafka’s world of fusing elements of pseudo-realism and outright lies about the extremely retrograd political regime of Viktor Orban the Hungarian autocrat.                      

Even as the bureaucracy as well as the media in general and Tucker Carlson in particular try to manipulate the decision makers and the people on their uninformed prejudices, they also turn otherwise ordinary persons into spiritual and emotional zombies, who would be incapable of distinguishing between obvious truths and deliberately mismanufactured lies.  In addition to being driven by their aggressive careerism and boundless lust for power and money, these brothers-in-arms are blocking real talents from public life and the media, while supporting an army of counterfeit intellectuals with identical views.  

Deliberately confusing good and evil, these unscrupulous demagogues also turn morality on its head by profaning the principle of reductio ad absurdum, or the law of non-contradiction.  In these and countlessly similar manners, participatory politics as well as its pillars – political, economic, cultural and moral freedoms – are corrupted to a degree that will only produce a hellish dictatorship of crooked dunces.  These crooked dunces, in turn, want to create an intellectual vacuum, in which they intend to pour nonsense to be sold to the unsuspecting people as the ultimate wisdom.  The best examples of such an orgy of the incompetent opinion makers are the Soviet Communists’ creation of the category of “useful idiots” and the hate-based shauvinistic ideologies of Mussolini’s Fascism and Hitler’s National Socialism in the first half of the twentieth century Europe.  In these worlds, political, ideological or moral neutrality are nonexistent.  Either a person conforms willingly or opportunistically, or in case of resisting, will be eliminated mercilessly. 

Thus, as in the case of Afghanistan for many decades, American politicians and the media are as clueless as they have been when it comes to the global political and cultural climate in today’s Hungary.  Even if it were possible to leave aside the blind indifference displayed over the years by so-called American liberals and progressives toward hard realities outside the United States of America in general and underdeveloped and developing countries in particular, the notion that a magic wand of lies and deliberate distortions by politicians and the media could make human evil sudenly become nonexistent is idiotic.  Yet, what the American bureaucracy in general and the opinion makers in particular, try to hide is that the civil wars in those countries, including Afghanistan and Hungary, is not just about the future political direction of those countries, but it is also about the destructively dangerous centrally organized cultural loathing of all those who dare to think differently.  

Moreover, as in the case of Afghanistan, top American bureaucrats and media personalities appear to trade the stability of Hungary, and by extension, the security of the United States of America, NATO and the European Union, to promote unfounded scenarios about alternative political and cultural utopianism in faraway nations.  Again, this is the defeatist fallacy that has been in full display in Afghanistan too.  It turns reality into unscrupulous unreality, in order to hide evil to feel good and paint those who try to do good by unmasking this fraud as despicable inhuman beings.

Finally, top politicians and media personalities like Tucker Carlson employ fraudulent linguistic magic to transfer authority to ideologically tainted talking heads from the people who constitutionally must be in control of the elected politicians and the appointed bureaucracy.  The juxtaposition of this repressive and authoritarian pseudo-reality, however, demonstrates how preposterous and dangerous this undignified and misleading fixation of this so-called establishment is with keeping the vast majority of the people in the state of slave purity and sick psychopathy.

Comparing the Stalinist-like “Illiberal Democracy” of Viktor Orban to the American constitutional democracy and doubly recommending the former to be emulated by the United States of America is evil par excellence.  Even more precisely, it is outrightly idiotic.  Particularly, in light of Viktor Orban’s reported speech at Kotcse, Hungary, on September 4, 2021.  This scantily educated dimwit attempted to provide his followers with a political tour d’horizon laced with “philosophical” wisdoms about Hungary’s place and role in the world.  Claiming that he represents “the call of the Hungarian people,” which he fails to define, he called on all Hungarians to adjust to his view of the new realities in world politics.  Stating that the People’s Republic of China already defeated the United States of America globally, he mused about whether Europe or the United States of America would become the number two power behind the triumphant expansionist as well as authoritarian China.  As far as the domestic situation of Hungary is concerned, he remained suspiciously silent.  Yet, Hungary’s domestic state of affairs are in complete disarray.  Instead of political, economic and financial stability, Hungary faces ubiquitous ruin.  Brussels’ financial contribution as well as the taxpayers’ monies have been plundered and have been spent generously on building soccer stadiums that are empty, stuffing almost 1 trillion HUF into the coffers of soccer clubs that have become the joke of Europe and the world, enriching the Orban family and his coterie, and fueling hatred, lawlessness and shameless corruption across the nation.  To wit, Viktor Orban has already lined up behind China’s global ambitions and all encompassing corruption – thus becoming the international pariah of his own stupidity.

Tucker Carlson’s kiss-up interview and comments about Hungary are misleading and destructive.  Instead of being honest about the Stalinist nature of the Hungarian political regime, he falsely praised what he unambiguously rejects in the United States of America.  Adding insult to injury, he even warmly recommends for the United States of America to follow Hungary’s political lunacy.  However, Hungary today can be likened to a volcano that is about to erupt.  Such an eruption would surely damage NATO and the European Union when unity is the most important imperative.  Plainly, the United States of America does not need another Afghanistan.  The Biden Administration must grow up to the challenge, appoint competent ambassadors and not political hacks to Budapest and the other Central and East European capitals.  Concomitantly, the media will have to start reporting on Hungary in an unbiased and objective manner.  Only this way, could Washington, D.C. avoid another catastrophe with worldwide repercussions.    


Biden’s and America’s Day Of Infamy

As a result of a suicidal terrorist attack, on August 26, 2021, a still undetermined number of people were killed and injured at the Kabul airport outside the American military controlled area.  Among those killed were thirteen American service members.  In addition, several American soldiers were injured – some seriously.  

This deadly incident recalled the tragedy of Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941.  Next day, on December 8, 1941, President Franklin Roosevelt addressed the joint session of Congress thus:  “Yesterday, December 7, 1941 – a date which lives in infamy – the United States of America was suddenly and deliberately attacked by the naval and air forces of the Empire of Japan.”  Almost eight decades later, on August 26, 2021, President Joseph Biden spoke at the Briefing Room of the White House thus:  “Been a tough day.  This evening in Kabul, as you all know, terrorists attacked – that we’ve been talking about and worried about, that the intelligence community has assessed was undertaken – an attack – by a group known as ISIS-K – took the lives of American service members standing guard at the airport, and wounded several others seriously.  They also wounded a number of civilians, and civilians were killed as well…The situation on the ground is still evolving, and I’m constantly being updated.”  

Following some additional sentences replete with discombobulated nonsense, President Biden uttered a sentence that will enter the annals of American history as perhaps the biggest Lie ever emitted by a Commander in Chief:  “Every day when I talk to our commanders, I ask them what they need – what more do they need, if anything, to get the job done.  As they will tell you, I granted every request.”  Lies! Lies! Lies upon Lies!  While Afghanistan was quickly descending into the Taliban engineered terroristic chaos, President Biden, his National Security Council, his Department of Defense, his Department of State and the Democrat controlled Congress were busy planning their underserved vacations, while fighting the legacy of the former president, his administration, a nonexistent White Racism and an even more ridiculous claim of Institutionalized and Systematic Racism, in the spirit of Wokeism and a burgeoning Black Racism on steroids.  Except for a misquotation from the Old Testament, President Biden offered nothing but a pathetic promise to hunt down and kill the perpetrators of this deadly attack on American soldiers and civilians.  To prove that he is a man of his words, President Biden launched a single drone that allegedly killed two persons of undetermined ethnicity and political affiliation, if any.  Designating them as the “planners of the Kabul airport suicide attack,” his administration steadfastly refused to release the names of the alleged dead so-called ISIS-K terrorists.  In this manner, President Biden succeeded in accomplishing only one thing – he reinforced his reputation of a liar who, on the account of his advanced dementia, is absolutely incapable of differentiating between his sick imagination and hard reality.     

Moreover, what a difference between the contents and the tones of the two above quoted addresses.  In the first, President Roosevelt voiced his indignation about the Japanese treachery, and promised an all out war to decisively defeat Imperial Japan’s expansionist designs.  In President Biden’s mumbling and incoherent speech, he vowed to do what he should have done before, namely, to protect those who have been in danger of being hunted down and murdered by the extremist Islamist thugs called the Taliban.  To wit, President Biden accomplished the impossible – with a single idiotic decision he lost the trust of the American as well as the allied militaries.  Even more catastrophically, demented Joe has turned Afghanistan into the slaughterhouse of a radical religious minority, and its ragtag terrorist forces into a military superpower in the eyes of America’s adversaries.  

As Kathy McCollum, the grieving mother of US Marine Lance Cpl, Rylee McCollum so eloquently stated:  “This was an unnecessary debacle that could have been handled properly.”  Moreover, “They had months and months to remove everyone from Afghanistan, and they chose not to.  And so they sent in…6,000 troops, and my son, through the laws of statistics, my son was one of the ones who just got blown up in a freaking terrorist bomb yesterday.”  Closing her speech laden with grief, she uttered her devastating verdict on the Commander of Chief thus:  “That feckless, dementia-ridden piece of crap just sent my son to die.”    

Meanwhile, the United States of America has lived through between 2015 and 2020 a constant barrage of Democrat lies about the Russia collusion, the origin and the mishandling of the COVID-19 pandemic, the hysteria about the alleged man-made climate change, the heartlessness of the former president’s immigration policies, his hostility to America’s allies, and the Republican Party’s alleged base racism against Blacks, Hispanics, Asians as well as the Indeginous people.

Cleansing the military from its alleged White Racism, the currently active American generals idiotically prefer Woke indoctrination and nation-building over fighting and winning wars, goals dictated by American national interests and stability across the globe.  Starting with Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin February 6, 2021 memorandum, ordering a one-day stand-down within the following sixty days to “address extremism within the nation’s armed forces” to Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Army General Mark Milley’s call on civilian and military leaders to educate members of the armed forces about so-called “right-wing and white extremism,” the American military’s focus has been redirected toward fighting destructive domestic political battles, instead of the enemies of the United States of America.  According to these political hacks in uniform, the enemy to be fought ruthlessly is the majority of the American people and not China, Russia and the numerous assortment of anti-American terrorist organizations.

Indeed, the United States of America’s reputation as the greatest country in the world is collapsing because of all the idiots now in power in Washington, D.C.  The Democrat Party’s wholesale embrace of the outrageous lies of Wokeism has extended the powers of the political idiots and the depth of the Washington swamp to the entire United States of America.  At a time when American society is torn on a minority’s domestic terrorism to seize dictatorial powers, while weakening the country internationally, the American people must stand up and declare an end to the idiocy of President Biden and his coterie of fellow idiots.  Unlike Presidents Roosevelt and   Truman’s wars against the twin evils of European Stalinism and Hitlerism, American Wokeism is about a bunch of self-destructive lies domestically as well as internationally.  For these reasons, the United States of America must eliminate these cancers of deadly devastation, in order to continue being the “Shining City on a Hill” for all freedom loving nations across the globe.  


AOC Still Not “Ruling Out” 2022 Primary Challenge to Chuck Schumer

By Peter RoffAmerican Action News

By Senate Democrats – 9H1A8460, CC BY 2.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=81732374

New York Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez says while she is not seriously considering challenging Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer in next year’s Democratic Party, she also has not yet ruled it out, the New York Post reported Monday.

A race between the two would set up a battle that could affect the Democrat’s bid for outright control of the U.S. Senate. Schumer is currently the majority leader, but only because Vice President Kamala Harris is empowered, as president of the Senate, to cast a vote to break any ties that may occur in the chamber which, since January of this year has been evenly divided, with 50 Republicans and 50 Democrats.

As a loud and proud progressive, AOC has worked tirelessly to drag her party to the left, creating conflicts with the more moderate members of her party who represent suburban districts held by the GOP before the 2018 election and whose interests Schumer safeguard from the other side of the U.S.

The 2020 congressional elections will be held in new districts drawn to reflect the population changes recorded in the 2020 national census. The final numbers are scheduled to be released later in August but, based on what is already known about the population shifts between the states, New York will lose one congressional seat. Mapmakers could, redistricting experts say, easily fold AOC’s current seat representing areas in the Bronx and Queens counties into one occupied by another Democrat, creating the need for a party primary that she could lose. Her efforts to keep the talk of a potential primary against Schumer alive may be a bluff designed to get the senator’s allies in Albany to make sure she gets a seat she likes and keeps.

AOC attempts to tamp down those rumors down by consistently portraying herself as a committed progressive who doesn’t think about electoral politics.  “I know it drives everybody nuts. But the way that I really feel about this, and the way that I really approach my politics and my political career is that I do not look at things and I do not set my course positionally,” she said in an interview CNN aired Monday. “And I know there’s a lot of people who do not believe that. But I really — I can’t operate the way that I operate and do the things that I do in politics while trying to be aspiring to other things or calculating to other things.”

Should AOC decide to enter the Senate primary, it won’t quite be the David v Goliath battle some are suggesting it might be. Ocasio-Cortez is far stronger than she makes out, with a national fundraising network of her own that, while may not match Schumer’s would certainly allow her to be competitive. The contrast between the two would be noteworthy as it would pit the far left from the Reagan-Bush era – as represented by the Senate majority Leader – against the new Democrats who are driving the party’s agenda. 

Should she win, it would have profound national implications by creating an opportunity for New York Republicans, working in concert with disaffected Democrats and traditional independents put off by AOC’s radicalism, to possibly win the seat in November – threatening national Democratic plans to win back control of the Senate. There’s plenty there to work with, especially AOC’s controversial views on foreign policy which, influenced as they are by Rep. Ilan Omar of Minnesota and Michigan Rep. Rashida Tliab, matter a great deal to voters in the area in and around New York City. 

AOC has an opening only because Schumer – still learning on the job how to be majority leader – has had little success so far moving the progressive agenda through the Senate. Prominent progressives are growing grumpy that the changes they had been led to expect are coming at such a slow pace, if at all – and blame it on Schumer’s inability to keep Sen. Joe Manchin of West Virginia and Arizona’s Krysten Sinema from breaking ranks in much the same way the GOP’s ability to achieve its policy goals was constantly frustrated by the late John McCain’s independent streak.

Still, AOC has done the unexpected before, coming out of nowhere to defeat 10-term Democrat and potential House Speaker Joe Crowley in a 2018 primary in New York’s 14th congressional district. This is probably something Schumer and his political team are thinking about a lot, adding to the pressure he’s feeling from the White House, Speaker Nancy Pelosi, and the sizeable progressive caucus in both congressional chambers to get their agenda through the Senate. Until she makes up her mind, he’s in for at least a few sleepless nights. 


It’s Not Just About The Masks

We have not just lost our minds, but given them up voluntarily.

By Peter Van BurenThe American Conservative

(Chansom Pantip/Shutterstock)

It was never just a mask, it has always been a way of thinking. “Mask” is just shorthand.

I got dumped from my volunteer work at the Hawaiian Humane Society for choosing not to wear a mask outside while walking their dogs. Neither science, the CDC, nor the state requires a mask outdoors, and I’m fully vaccinated. Some staff bot saw my naked face and informed me of their “policy.” I asked why they had such a nonsensical policy, and her only answer was “it is our policy.” The conversation ended like an ever-growing percentage of conversations in America now end, with her saying, “Do I need to call security?” I didn’t enjoy it, but I think she did.

I was left with no good to do this week, and a simple, real Covid-19 question. Why are fully vaccinated people treated the same as the unvaccinated? Everyone on the plane wears a mask and goes through the same mock social distancing. Everyone at a restaurant, office, concert, etc., does the same. The answer is at the heart of whether public policy in America will shift and allow us to crawl back into our lives.

The biggest reason for treating vaxxed and unvaxxed people the same miserable way is the claim that vaccinated people can still get Covid enough to pass it on. Funny thing is you can actually “get” the measles even after being vaccinated. The vax is actually only 97 percent effective, similar to the Covid ones. But nobody talks about measles or demands we wear a mask to prevent their spread. We simply accept and deal with the risk.

The next question is really, really hard to find an answer to. How many vaccinated people actually get Covid, the so-called “breakthrough” cases?

That exact number is critical because it is the pivot point for the risk vs. gain decision our society needs to make. If we cannot make a wise choice we will be struggling with and fighting over the restrictions on our lives and livelihoods forever. If we assume we’ll never have full vaccination and that breakthrough cases are a non-zero number and likely always will be then we need to make an informed decision about risk. So is it a non-zero number like, duh, “smoking causes cancer,” or a non-zero number like “very few people die from meteor strikes (or from the measles)?”

The current public policy decisions on risk are haphazard. All 50 states have different rules, many large cities, too, and each and every company. There are different rules if you take a bus or want to go dancing. One grocery store demands masks, another does not. It makes no sense. It becomes not a considered decision but an example of lack of public policy leadership. Into that leadership void enters superstition, pseudoscience, politics, voodoo, and most of all, fear.

So what are the chances of a fully vaccinated person getting a breakthrough infection? It turns out this pivotal question is not clearly answerable, but we act as if it is, with consequences for our lives, mental health, education, commerce, and more. Even for our stray dogs.

I started with Google and “What are the chances of getting COVID after being fully vaccinated?” expecting the answer in 0.0039 seconds, like when you ask what year some historical event happened. Nope. AARPsays “less than one percent of fully vaccinated individuals have been hospitalized with, or have died from, COVID.” That’s a small number but does not fully address the question.

Over to NPR, which reports, “On rare occasions, some vaccinated people infected with the delta variant after vaccination may be contagious and spread the virus to others.” What does rare occasions mean? This is supposed to be, you know, science, so we finally get some numbers from the CDC: Out of 159 million fully vaccinated people, the CDC documented 5,914 cases of fully vaccinated people who were hospitalized or died from Covid-19, and 75 percent of them were over age 65. That means only 0.0000037 percent of vaxxed people were hospitalized or died, most of them elderly. That is a very small number. It is a lot less than one percent and a lot less than rare. Chances of dying in a car wreck are many tens of thousands of times higher and yet we drive on.

However, it still does not answer the question of how dangerous the vaxxed but unmasked are in terms of transmitting the virus. No one really knows. Recent scare headlines calling for reinstated restrictions and vax mandates are based on a single outbreak, 469 cases, in one city in Massachusetts, that appears to show (at variance with existing studies) 75 percent of those infected had been vaccinated and oddly, almost all of those people (87 percent) were male. Most of the infected were asymptomatic or experienced mild symptoms. No deaths.

What is believed is the a) Delta variant of Covid makes a b) temporary home inside a vaccinated man’s nose or upper respiratory area, c) outside the immune system. It waits there to be d) blown out and then be e) received by an f) unvaccinated person. So, all these things have to work out for it to matter. It is not simply a chore of toting up how many vaccinated people tested positive and then hitting the panic button. As one doctor put it, “We really need to shift toward a goal of preventing serious disease and disability and medical consequences, and not worry about every virus detected in somebody’s nose.”

Bottom Line 1: We need to stop the obsessive, simplistic, and misleading counting of positive tests and focus on real world consequences.

Requiring everyone wear masks again based on one outbreak may seem as if it can’t hurt, but it does. Organizations waste time and credibility enforcing measures that have limited if any impact (consider how many masks are so old, dirty, improperly worn, etc., to be fully useless.) To simply dismiss the reality of numbers with a blithe “well you can’t be too careful” only works if you imagine Covid restrictions have no secondary or tertiary effects.

Economies have been devastated. Education has disappeared for large numbers of kids. Despair grows menacingly. Suicide attempts by teen girls increased 26 percent during summer 2020 and 50 percent during winter of 2021. We are killing children to save them.

Economic inequality got a booster shot. The power of government has grown alarmingly. The ability to shape how we live, shop, work, and eat has been handed randomly to a near-endless range of actors, from the president to governors empowered with “emergency edicts” to clerks ever-anxious to call security not on shoplifters but on an exposed nose.

Americans’ irrational fears were created by politicians and the media, and have become a profit center. The New York Times for months ran columns saying Trump’s vaccine was another government syphilisexperiment. The vice president refused to take the shot during the campaign. Biden took it, then went right on masking as if it didn’t work.

It was a very successful campaign to propagate uncertainty for a political purpose. It is all their fault vaccine acceptance now varies by political party, where we live, and how much education we have. It’s a form of blowback—the information operation worked too well.

So we won’t concede the reality kids are unlikely to get sick and should go to school. That the vast majority of deaths occur among the elderly with comorbidities, not the general population. That ill-fitting masks and wiping down groceries with Clorox are theater. That the debate has become a political argument instead of an evidence-based one. That everybody agrees the CDC has lost credibility until one side needs it for some partisan purpose. That previously healthcare decisions started with the premise of “first, do no harm,” while today there is no conversation allowed about the balance of benefits and damages. That we simply tally the collateral damage while the virus remains unaffected.

Bottom Line 2: If we are to heal as a society there is only one answer, at some point we must simply ask what works and do that.

But we lack the political leadership to say what’s true, so we’re going back to “let’s just argue about masks and mandates.” Meanwhile the virus continues to find unvaccinated hosts. The economy won’t snap back. Biden is facing a mini civil war over required vaccinations and restarting lockdowns but has no plan. Things will hit the fan in September as Hot Vax Summer sputters, when every school district does something different, and federal unemployment supplements run out.

People have grown weary of being afraid and grown weary of being subject to the paranoid demands of safety fetishists. Many did what they were told to do—get vaxxed—only to find themselves stuck inside the same dysfunctional loop of mask/unmask. We are killing ourselves. Somehow that must be factored into our Covid response.

Bottom Line 3: We can’t resolve the pandemic until we end the panic and the politics. Can Biden do that?


WP2Social Auto Publish Powered By : XYZScripts.com