Dixie Heritage News – August 24, 2018
We can no longer remain silent!
Organizers of a festival in central Wisconsin that includes a Civil War re-enactment say they’ll make changes in future events after it was criticized for flying Confederate flags during the re-enactment.
A folk duo that performed at the LogJam Festival in Mosinee last weekend, Nickel & Rose, expressed their disappointment on their Facebook page saying the flags represent an era of black slavery. In response, the Friends of LogJam and its sponsors apologized on Facebook if anyone was offended by the Civil War re-enactment and promised changes in the program.
POLICE DO NOTHING – WATCH SILENT SAM GO DOWN
The destruction of a Confederate statue in the heart of North Carolina’s flagship university by hundreds of protesters on Monday night was “unlawful and dangerous,” university leaders said.
Carol L. Folt, chancellor of the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill, condemned the actions of a crowd of protestors who took down the memorial known as “Silent Sam,” which was erected in 1913.
On Monday evening, a crowd gathered across the street from the university’s plaza for a series of speakers before heading over to the quadrangle. Then, about two hours into the protest, a group surrounded the statue and pulled it down as police watched. Once on the ground, demonstrators kicked it and cheered.
Shortly after 10 p.m., a dozen officers surrounded the fallen statue, which was eventually covered with a tarp next to its empty pedestal.
One person was arrested and charged with resisting arrest and for concealing one’s face during a public rally. However, no other arrests were made. It is unclear if any charges will be brought against the vandals who actually toppled the statue.
OTHER NORTH CAROLINA MONUMENTS TO REMAIN
Even after the mob toppled Silent Sam, or maybe in response to it, the North Carolina Historical Commission decided Wednesday that the three Confederate monuments will remain on the State Capitol grounds.
The commission voted 10-1 to keep the monuments adding signage for “context” about “slavery and civil rights.”
Governor Cooper responded by criticizing the Commission with a statement condemning them for leaving the statues in place. He said that the terrorist attack of mob action against Silent Sam expresses the will of the electorate. Obviously he is very out of touch with the political temperature of his State.
RICHMOND STATUE VANDALIZED
The statue of Confederate General A.P. Hill in Richmond, Virginia, was vandalized around 12:40 a.m. Wednesday with what appears to be red paint.
Police spokesman James Mercante said an investigation is underway, “If the damage from the vandalism is $1,000 or more the person responsible can be charged with a felony.”
Remember Andrew Schneck? Last year he had been charged with attempting to maliciously damage property receiving federal financial assistance. He plead guilty in March.
Now, Schneck’s sentencing comes one year after a Houston park ranger spotted him kneeling in the bushes near the Dowling statue on Aug. 19, 2017.
According to a criminal complaint, the ranger saw Schneck holding two small boxes containing “what appeared to be duct tape and wires.” While Schneck was placing the boxes on the ground, the complaint said, he “took a clear plastic bottle appearing to be full of a clear liquid from one of the boxes” and then “proceeded to drink from the bottle, then immediately spit the liquid on the ground next him.” Schneck then poured the contents of the bottle on the ground next to him.
An analysis of the liquid later revealed it was “most likely nitroglycerin,” which is “one of the world’s most powerful explosives” when undiluted, the complaint read.
The ranger also noticed a timer and wires near Schneck, the complaint said.
“When asked … if he wanted to harm the statue, Schneck responded that he did, and that he (Schneck) did not ‘like that guy,'” the complaint said.
In addition to the suspected nitroglycerin, authorities also found a white powder that was “most likely HMTD,” or hexamethylene triperoxide diamine. “HMTD is used as an initiating, or primary explosive,” the complaint said.
NON-HERITAGE NEWS EFFECTING THE SOUTHLAND:
Last week, in a televised address marking the 12th anniversary of the end of the 34-day Second Lebanon War with Israel in 2006, Hezbollah leader Sheikh Hassan Nasrallah boasted that Hezbollahis now stronger than the Israel Defense Forces.
Nasrallah made it clear that Hezbollah, the Iranian-backed, Lebanese-based group, is not scared of a possible war with Israel. “We are not scared or worried about war and we are ready for it and we will be victorious.”
Hezbollah has approximately 150,000 missiles and rockets, many of which are capable of reaching major Israeli cities, such as Haifa. They plan to have as many as 500,000 missiles by year’s end.
NOT BEING REPORTED
U.S. District Judge John Bates said the government does not have to accept new Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals requests, on Friday, going back on his initial order from Aug. 3.
Illegal immigrants who were brought over as children, known as “Dreamers,” can renew their DACA applications, but no new requests will be processed. Bates had initially ordered U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services to restart DACA by Aug. 23.
In addition, Bates ordered special protections for current DACA recipients delayed. One of those is advanced parole, allowing recipients to travel outside the U.S. and then re-enter the country, which is sometimes a path to citizenship.
His ruling comes as Texas considers completely getting rid of DACA.
What could have caused the judge to back off and take a position opposite to what he previously ruled? Maybe the entire supreme court of West Virginia being impeached?
THE END RESULT OF MARXISM
For months, Venezuelans without bank accounts have had to carry large wads of cash to make basic purchases because Venezuela’s inflation hit 82,700 percent in July, meaning purchases of basic items such as a bar of soap require piles of cash that is often difficult to obtain. A bar of soap is photographed next to 3,500,000 bolivars (0.53 USD), its price in Venezuela:
A package of diapers is photographed next to 8,000,000 Venezuelan bolivars, its price and the equivalent of 1.22 USD:
A chicken is pictured next to 14,600,000 bolivars, its price and the equivalent of 2.22 USD, at a mini-market in Caracas:
Earlier this week President Maduro ordered a 96 percent currency devaluation, increased the minimum wage 60-fold and boosted taxes to tackle Venezuela’s economic crisis. In an even more desperate move he has also tied
foreign exchange of their currency to a very dubious new petrol-based crypto currency.
Venezuela is an OPEC country. They have the largest oil reserves in the world. Not too many years ago they were the world’s largest producer of oil. I believe that they are still the Western Hemisphere’s largest producer of oil and petrochemicals. They supply most of the latin-American world’s oil and gas. They should be the wealthiest nation on their continent. And they would be if it were not for Marxism.
“THERE WAS AN ERROR SENDING THIS”
by Al Benson, Jr.
Al Benson, Jr., is the Editor of the Copperhead Chronicle. In addition to writing for Southern Patriot and other publications, he is a member of the Confederate Society of America and the League of the South.
I really wonder sometimes if someone is “monitoring” the email many, if not most, of us send and receive. I suppose that could be considered a rhetorical statement, as I really don’t wonder. I have a pretty fair country idea.
I’ve mentioned in the past, my friend in North Carolina, who had a good-sized email list. At the bottom of each mailing he used to include a small picture of a Confederate Flag. At a certain point in time, many of his mailings stopped going through and others that did just bounced back to him as “undeliverable.” Not having had this problem previously (and it was increasing) he wondered just what the problem was. Finally at one point he became suspicious and, as an experiment, removed the little Confederate Flag from the bottom of his mailings. Guess what? I probably don’t need to tell you, as you have probably already guessed what I am going to say. All his mailings, minus the little Confederate Flag, started getting through again. Sheer coincidence I’m sure!
I have experienced some of the same thing. I once emailed an article about secession from my juno email address and I made the foolish mistake of using the word “secession” on the subject line. For some inexplicable reason juno could not manage to send this article out to my email list. I tried several times. No luck. The article just sat there like an email lead balloon-unsent. But then, remembering my friend in North Carolina and his situation, I took the word “secession” off the subject line and substituted the word “separation” for it. Needless to say, after I did that, the message went through-immediately if not sooner! I guess you could say “what a difference a word makes.” Both of these instances have gone a long way toward convincing me that someone, probably someone with a Deep State mentality, sort of “watches over” what we all send and receive, just to make sure, in their eyes, we don’t slip the traces too far. They can’t always just refuse to flat out send the messages, even us deplorables would figure that out after awhile. So they kind of “nuance” their protests over deplorable emails if we tend to use certain “hot button” words or terms. At least for now! However, with all the internet censorship currently in the works, who knows where this will end up.
What with all the wildly unproven “hate mail” allegations proliferating against Alex Jones and others, who really knows where we are headed? The Globalist Powers that Be may just decide that, for the good of humanity (theirs, not ours) they need to start censoring all the news except what they force-feed us on CNN (the Communist News Network). An attempt at such, just before the mid-terms, or a false flag scenario leading up to that, would come as no surprise.
Another interesting development, this time from aol (America on Line) has been occurring for me of late, as well as a couple others who also use aol. Lots of folks, some of then politically incorrect, send me email messages, and some of them, depending on content, I make an effort to reply to, because their thoughts, or their courtesy to me, deserve a response. Usually I try to reply to them on the same thread they sent their original message on. But I am finding out, in the past few weeks, when I try to do that, I am unable to, and I get a message from aol-one I’m getting pretty well fed up with-that says There was an error sending the message. And so it doesn’t go through. End of conversation! I’d say, in the past couple weeks, about 60% of the messages I try to reply to answer me with this happy little euphemism. It’s kind of like “Don’t bother-you can’t get there from here.” More and more, if I want to reply to people who have emailed me I have to end up sending a totally separate message. These usually go through. So why don’t the others??? Am I supposed to get tired of trying and just quit or what?
More and more I am also finding that if I want messages, especially about my blog articles, to get through, I have to resort to nebulous-sounding titles or comments on subject lines. Any title or subject line that really looks controversial, will probably guarantee the article goes nowhere-the print on the cutting room floor. And I am forced to do the same thing if I post a notice about an article on Facebook (which I usually only use to post notices about the blog articles).
So I don’t doubt for a New York minute that our email servers are being “presided” over by some of the more politically correct (cultural Marxist) among us. The question now remains-when will these “guardians” of the public good finally decide we are all better off knowing nothing about much of anything except the swill they choose to feed us?
Seeing what they are trying to do to Alex Jones and others, that day may not be far off. Although I am told that President Trump has finally addressed this issue publicly, we will have to see where that goes and how strongly he chooses to pursue it. Either way, at some point, we will have to address the question of what we are going to do about it.
by Susan Hathaway
Susan Hathaway is the founder and director of Virginia Flaggers.
I have been saying this for quite some time, but I wanted to write about it today.
Although there have been some folks coming after our history and heritage for many years, the REAL onslaught began after Trump was elected. The left woke up the next morning in utter disbelief and chaos. They looked at the election and realized that those gun-toting, Bible believing Southerners were the ones responsible for electing him, and they set out to figure out what they could do to get back at us. What would hurt us the most?
It didn’t take long to realize that our culture, unlike theirs, is rooted in a deep respect for our history and heritage, and reverence and honor for our ancestors and their service to God and country…and they immediately set out to do everything in their power to desecrate and destroy our memorials and discredit and dishonor our ancestors.
They thought by having control of the media and higher education, and being able to easily and quickly disseminate false narratives and outright lies, that they would be able to quickly topple our monuments and destroy the memory of our brave and noble fathers.
Apparently, they do not know whose blood runs through our veins. They have barely scratched the surface and are losing steam. More monuments are going up, even where some have been removed. Despite an all-out assault on anything and anyone Confederate, including threats to our livelihood and safety, our ranks continue to grow and more people than ever are standing up and pushing back.
With all their planning, unlimited funding, and total warfare waged against us, they made one huge mistake. They greatly underestimated us, just like they did in 1861.
We are the descendants of men who would not be ruled. This is our birthright and our blood.
We have suffered through 153 years of reconstruction and attempted subjugation and WE ARE STILL HERE. Our God WILL vindicate and he will do so through us, the sons and daughters of the very men we honor.
“He is near that justifieth me; who will contend with me? Let us stand together: Who is mine adversary? Let him come near to me.” — Isaiah 50:8
THE MODEST PRESIDENT
by Kevin Sullivan
Kevin Sullivan is a senior correspondent at The Washington Post. He is a frequent commentator on BBC television and NPR radio.
Jimmy Carter finishes his Saturday night dinner, salmon and broccoli casserole on a paper plate, flashes his famous toothy grin and calls playfully to his wife of 72 years, Rosalynn: “C’mon, kid.”
She laughs and takes his hand, and they walk carefully through a neighbor’s kitchen filled with 1976 campaign buttons, photos of world leaders and a couple of unopened cans of Billy Beer, then out the back door, where three Secret Service agents wait.
They do this just about every weekend in this tiny town where they were born, he almost 94 years ago, she almost 91. Dinner at their friend Jill Stuckey’s house, with plastic Solo cups of ice water and one glass each of bargain-brand chardonnay, then the half-mile walk home to the ranch house they built in 1961.
On this south Georgia summer evening, still close to 90 degrees, they dab their faces with a little plastic bottle of No Natz to repel the swirling clouds of tiny bugs. Then they catch each other’s hands again and start walking, the former president in jeans and clunky black shoes, the former first lady using a walking stick for the first time.
The 39th president of the United States lives modestly, a sharp contrast to his successors, who have left the White House to embrace power of another kind: wealth.
Even those who didn’t start out rich, including Bill Clinton and Barack Obama, have made tens of millions of dollars on the private-sector opportunities that flow so easily to ex-presidents.
When Carter left the White House after one tumultuous term, trounced by Ronald Reagan in the 1980 election, he returned to Plains, a speck of peanut and cotton farmland that to this day has a nearly 40 percent poverty rate.
The Democratic former president decided not to join corporate boards or give speeches for big money because, he says, he didn’t want to “capitalize financially on being in the White House.”
Presidential historian Michael Beschloss said that Gerald Ford, Carter’s predecessor and close friend, was the first to fully take advantage of those high-paid post-presidential opportunities, but that “Carter did the opposite.”
Since Ford, other former presidents, and sometimes their spouses, routinely earn hundreds of thousands of dollars per speech.
“I don’t see anything wrong with it; I don’t blame other people for doing it,” Carter says over dinner. “It just never had been my ambition to be rich.”
Carter was 56 when he returned to Plains from Washington. He says his peanut business, held in a blind trust during his presidency, was $1 million in debt, and he was forced to sell. “We thought we were going to lose everything,” says Rosalynn, sitting beside him.
Carter decided that his income would come from writing, and he has written 33 books, about his life and career, his faith, Middle East peace, women’s rights, aging, fishing, woodworking, even a children’s book written with his daughter, Amy Carter, called “The Little Baby Snoogle-Fleejer.”
With book income and the $210,700 annual pension all former presidents receive, the Carters live comfortably. But his books have never fetched the massive sums commanded by more recent presidents.
Carter has been an ex-president for 37 years, longer than anyone else in history. His simple lifestyle is increasingly rare.
Carter is the only president in the modern era to return full-time to the house he lived in before he entered politics – a two-bedroom rancher assessed at $167,000, less than the value of the armored Secret Service vehicles parked outside.
Ex-presidents often fly on private jets, sometimes lent by wealthy friends, but the Carters fly commercial. Stuckey says that on a recent flight from Atlanta to Los Angeles, Carter walked up and down the aisle greeting other passengers and taking selfies.
“He doesn’t like big shots, and he doesn’t think he’s a big shot,” said Gerald Rafshoon, who was Carter’s White House communications director.
Carter costs U.S. taxpayers less than any other ex-president, according to the General Services Administration, with a total bill for him in the current fiscal year of $456,000, covering pensions, an office, staff and other expenses. That’s less than half the $952,000 budgeted for George H.W. Bush; the three other living ex-presidents – Clinton, George W. Bush and Obama – cost taxpayers more than $1 million each per year.
Carter doesn’t even have federal retirement health benefits because he worked for the government for four years – less than the five years needed to qualify, according to the GSA. He says he receives health benefits through Emory University, where he has taught for 36 years.
The Plains general store, once owned by Carter’s Uncle Buddy, sells Carter memorabilia and scoops of peanut butter ice cream in honor of Carter, who was a peanut farmer.
The federal government pays for an office for each ex-president. Carter’s, in the Carter Center in Atlanta, is the least expensive, at $115,000 this year. The Carters could have built a more elaborate office with living quarters, but for years they slept on a pullout couch for a week each month. Recently, they had a Murphy bed installed.
Carter’s office costs a fraction of Obama’s, which is $536,000 a year. Clinton’s costs $518,000, George W. Bush’s is $497,000 and George H.W. Bush’s is $286,000, according to the GSA.
“I am a great admirer of Harry Truman. He’s my favorite president, and I really try to emulate him,” says Carter, who writes his books in a converted garage in his house. “He set an example I thought was admirable.”
But although Truman retired to his hometown of Independence, Mo., Beschloss said that even he took up residence in an elegant house previously owned by his prosperous in-laws.
As Carter spreads a thick layer of butter on a slice of white bread, he is asked whether he thinks any future ex-president will ever live the way Carter does.
“I hope so,” he says. “But I don’t know.”
A customer leaves the Plains Mtd convenience store in Plains. About 700 people live in the town, 150 miles south of Atlanta, in a place that is a living museum to Carter.’A good ‘ol Southern gentleman’
Plains is a tiny circle of Georgia farmland, a mile in diameter, with its center at the train depot that served as Carter’s 1976 campaign headquarters. About 700 people live here, 150 miles due south of Atlanta, in a place that is a living museum to Carter.
The general store, once owned by Carter’s Uncle Buddy, sells Carter memorabilia and scoops of peanut butter ice cream. Carter’s boyhood farm is preserved as it was in the 1930s, with no electricity or running water.
The Jimmy Carter National Historic Site is essentially the entire town, drawing nearly 70,000 visitors a year and $4 million into the county’s economy.
Carter has used his post-presidency to support human rights, global health programs and fair elections worldwide through his Carter Center, based in Atlanta. He has helped renovate 4,300 homes in 14 countries for Habitat for Humanity, and with his own hammer and tool belt, he will be working on homes for low-income people in Indiana later this month.
But it is Plains that defines him.
After dinner, the Carters step out of Stuckey’s driveway, with two Secret Service agents walking close behind. Carter’s gait is a little unsteady these days, three years after a diagnosis of melanoma on his liver and brain. At a 2015 news conference to announce his illness, he seemed to be bidding a stoic farewell, saying he was “perfectly at ease with whatever comes.” But now, after radiation and chemotherapy, Carter says he is cancer-free.
In October, he will become the second president ever to reach 94; George H.W. Bush turned 94 in June. These days, Carter is sharp, funny and reflective.
The Carters walk every day – often down Church Street, the main drag through Plains, where they have been walking since the 1920s.
Gene Mattson, who owns Plains Mtd, feeds cats outside the convenience store.
Veterinarian Frank Pierce sits outside his clinic in Plains.
As they cross Walters Street, Carter sees a couple of teenagers on the sidewalk across the street. “Hello,” says the former president, with the same big smile that adorns peanut Christmas ornaments in the general store. “Hey,” says a girl in a jean skirt, greeting him with a cheerful wave. The two 15-year-olds say people in Plains think of the Carters as neighbors and friends, just like anybody else.
“I grew up in church with him,” says Maya Wynn. “He’s a nice guy, just like a regular person.”
Carter says this place formed him, seeding his beliefs about racial equality. His farmhouse youth during the Great Depression made him unpretentious and frugal. His friends, maybe only half-joking, describe Carter as “tight as a tick.”
That no-frills sensibility, endearing since he left Washington, didn’t work as well in the White House. Many people thought Carter scrubbed some of the luster off the presidency by carrying his own suitcases onto Air Force One and refusing to have “Hail to the Chief” played.
Stuart E. Eizenstat, a Carter aide and biographer, said Carter’s edict eliminating drivers for top staff members backfired. It meant that top officials were driving instead of reading and working for an hour or two every day.
“He didn’t feel suited to the grandeur,” Eizenstat said. “Plains is really part of his DNA. He carried it into the White House, and he carried it out of the White House.”
Carter’s presidency – from 1977 to 1981 – is often remembered for long lines at gas stations and the Iran hostage crisis.
“I may have overemphasized the plight of the hostages when I was in my final year,” he says. “But I was so obsessed with them personally, and with their families, that I wanted to do anything to get them home safely, which I did.”
He said he regrets not doing more to unify the Democratic Party.
When Carter looks back at his presidency, he says he is most proud of “keeping the peace and supporting human rights,” the Camp David accords that brokered peace between Israel and Egypt, and his work to normalize relations with China. In 2002, he was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for his efforts.
“I always told the truth,” he says.
Carter says his father taught him that truthfulness matters. He said that was reinforced at the U.S. Naval Academy, where he said students are expelled for telling even the smallest lie.
He says he believes that the nation’s “ethical and moral values” are still intact and that Americans eventually will “return to what’s right and what’s wrong, and what’s decent and what’s indecent, and what’s truthful and what’s lies.” But, he says, “I doubt if it happens in my lifetime.”
On Church Street, Carter points out the mayor’s house with his left hand while he holds Rosalynn’s with his right.
“My mother and father lived in that brick one,” he says, gesturing toward a small house across the street. “We use it as an office now.”
“That’s Dr. Logan’s over here.”
Every house has a story. Generations of them. Cracked birdbaths and rocking chairs on somebody’s great-grandmother’s porch. Carter knows them all.
“Mr. Oscar Williams lived here; his family was my competitor in the warehouse business.”
He points out the Plains United Methodist Church, where he spotted young Eleanor Rosalynn Smith one evening when he was home from the Naval Academy.
He asked her out. They went to a movie, and the next morning he told his mother he was going to marry Rosalynn.
“I didn’t know that for years,” she says with a smile.
They are asked if there is anything they want but don’t have.
“I can’t think of anything,” Carter says, turning to Rosalynn. “And you?”
“No, I’m happy,” she says.
“We feel at home here,” Carter says. “And the folks in town, when we need it, they take care of us.”
Jimmy and Rosalynn Carter pose for photographs with anyone who wants one.
When they reach their property, the Carters turn right off the sidewalk and cut across the wide lawn toward their house.
Carter stops to point out a tall magnolia that was transplanted from a sprout taken from a tree that Andrew Jackson planted on the White House lawn.
They walk past a pond, which Carter helped dig and where he now works on his fly-fishing technique. They point out a willow tree at the pond’s edge, on a gentle sloping lawn, where they will be buried in graves marked by simple stones.
They know their graves will draw tourists and boost the Plains economy.
Their one-story house sits behind a government-owned fence that once surrounded Richard Nixon’s house in Key Biscayne, Fla. The Carters already have deeded the property to the National Park Service, which will one day turn it into a museum.
Their house is dated, but homey and comfortable, with a rustic living room and a small kitchen. A cooler bearing the presidential seal sits on the floor in the kitchen – Carter says they use it for leftovers.
In a remodel not long ago, the couple knocked down a bedroom wall themselves. “By that time, we had worked with Habitat so much that it was just second-nature,” Rosalynn says.
Rosalynn Carter practices tai chi and meditates in the mornings, while her husband writes in his study or swims in the pool. He also builds furniture and paints in the garage; the paint is still wet on a portrait of a cardinal that will be their Christmas card this year.
They watch Atlanta Braves games or “Law and Order.” Carter just finished reading “The Innovators” by Walter Isaacson. They have no chef and they cook for themselves, often together. They make their own yogurt.
On this summer morning, Rosalynn mixes pancake batter and sprinkles in blueberries grown on their land. Carter cooks them on the griddle. Then he does the dishes.
The former president’s gait is a bit unsteady these days, three years after a diagnosis of melanoma on his liver and brain. After radiation and chemotherapy, Carter says he is cancer-free.
by Bob Livingston
Bob Livingston is a self-described “Ultra-Conservative” from Louisiana who formerly served in the US House of Representatives where he was selected to replace Newt Gingrich as Speaker.
There is a silent marriage between big government and big business. It’s called fascism, or was in Italy. We have much the same thing in America.
Big business has and will promote every ideology and philosophy known to man to disguise its madness for profits and government favors. All governments are fronts for monopoly capitalism (fascism). America is not a capitalist systemby any stretch. This is obvious to any sober person.
Government benefits big business. Big business benefits government. There’s a revolving door between top brass in the multinational corporations and the halls of power in the District of Criminals. They run and populate the president’s cabinet offices and the alphabet soup regulatory agencies. (For evidence, go to the membership roster of the Council on Foreign Relationsand see how many names you recognize from government, and study the bios of those you don’t.) In return, government policy is crafted and designed to enrich and favor big business.
The Big Tech companies are no exception and, in fact, prove the rule. Big Tech got/gets massive infusions from the national treasury – and are also government contractors – and in return they scarf up copious amounts of data and other information on their users and supply it to big government; their promises of data security notwithstanding.
With the corporate propaganda media losing its control over the flow of information, Big Tech is stepping in. And it’s partnering with the MSM and the power brokers who operate behind the scenes in an attempt to stifle any thought that falls outside the mainstream.
It’s doing this not just with government’s blessing, but with the threat of regulation or something more, as Communist Senator Chris Murphy from Connecticut showed with his implied threat via Twitter.
When a major U.S. politician states that something “must” happen, then there is the implied threat that if “something” doesn’t happen then government will respond with “something” more.
Senate democrats are already circulating plans to take over the internetand impose all manner of privacy-invading and speech-stifling laws.
Remember, we told you that everything that is public policy is politically correct, and everything that is politically correct is public policy. It’s how governments ensure conformity and control.
CNN, the Communist News Network that is a purveyor of much of today’s fake news, overtly advocated for the removal of Alex Jones’ websites and podcasts from technology platforms in an attempt to drive him out of business. Facebook, YouTube, Apple, Pinterest, Spotify, Stitcher, YouPorn, LinkedIn and MailChimp all obliged and banned Infowars last week. This week, the comment platform Disqus (which we use on Personal Liberty®, for now) and the video platform Vimeo joined in the purge.
CNN – known for cutting off guests being interviewed live when they venture into subjects contrary to the official narrative – claims to support free speech. But when Newseum, the museum of news media established”to increase public understanding of the importance of a free press and the First Amendment” began selling President Donald Trump’s MAGA hats and t-shirts with the words “Fake News” in the CNN-style font on them, CNN sparked a social justice mob response that forced the museum to pull the items from its gift shop and issue an apology.
Other media outlets have joined in on the pile-on against Infowars and other deliverers of alternative news, claiming that “hate speech” (a nebulous, meaningless term) and “racism” (a term that was so overused in the Obama years that it, too, has lost its meaning) are “unacceptable” and have no place in a civilized society. In response, the media and tech giants have assumed the role of the government’s thought and speech police, with government sanction.
But it’s not just Infowars and so-called “alt-right” (another meaningless, fabricated term) media organs being removed from Big Tech; libertarians and so-called “alt-left” and far left sitesare beginning to be purged.
No less than the U.S. Supreme Court, in Matal v. Tam, affirmed there is no such thing as “hate speech”:
[The idea that the government may restrict] speech expressing ideas that offend … strikes at the heart of the First Amendment. Speech that demeans on the basis of race, ethnicity, gender, religion, age, disability, or any other similar ground is hateful; but the proudest boast of our free speech jurisprudence is that we protect the freedom to express “the thought that we hate.”
A law found to discriminate based on viewpoint is an “egregious form of content discrimination,” which is “presumptively unconstitutional.” … A law that can be directed against speech found offensive to some portion of the public can be turned against minority and dissenting views to the detriment of all. The First Amendment does not entrust that power to the government’s benevolence. Instead, our reliance must be on the substantial safeguards of free and open discussion in a democratic society.
The media and leftist elites love to call Trump a fascist, but in doing so they are engaging in Orwellian-style newspeak. Nationalism, crudeness or racism (not that we believe Trump is a racist) do not make one fascist. However, banning contrarian thought (21st century book burning) and beating people into submission – physically and verbally – are fascist tactics. The fascists of the left-wing terror group Antifa are far more fascist in their behavior and philosophy than Trump.
As historian Michael Leeden writes for Forbes:
This (calling Trump a fascist) is not a productive discussion. It has very little to do with fascism itself. For the most part, we hear about style, not ideas or ideology. We hear a lot about vulgarity, about the enthusiasm of crowds, and about threats to basic freedoms. All serious subjects, to be sure, but by making them reiterations of fascism (all the while saying they aren’t really fascism), we yank them from their proper context and make proper understanding of both fascism and our current crisis impossible.
Italian fascism, which came to power in 1922, was a war ideology. They argued that the country should be governed by the heroes of the First World War. The fascists fought violent socialist bands in the streets of Italy’s major cities (not so much a doctrinal conflict as a reaction to the Socialists’ opposition to the war). The street violence was not a monopoly of either fascists or Socialists, but characterized the whole society. Indeed, it characterized the whole continent. Remember that the Bolsheviks had seized power in Moscow, and were calling for global revolution. The Italian left was inspired by this revolutionary event, and fascism was in part a response to this threat.
This newspeak is dangerous to liberty.
Mind control through government propaganda has overshadowed any physical threat to our physical security. We are already in a psychological jail at the mercy of the propaganda ministry.
This is what is meant by benevolent totalitarianism. America has German-style fascism, just without the jackboots.
You don’t have to know that you are a slave to be one. Military occupation is no longer necessary (visibly). Total war goes on against the people all the time. Remember that corporations are also engaged in acorporate repeal of the 2ndAmendment, again with government blessing if not government sanction (see, Obama’s Operation Chokepoint).
Few people ever come to the realism that big government in cooperation with big business (fascism) work together to perpetually extract labor, wealth and liberty from the people.
The key to this conspiracy is to keep the people dependent on the government under what is euphemistically called “public policy.”
FROM THE EDITOR
Dr. Ed is a pastor, author, public speaker, radio personality, lobbyist, re-enactor, and the Director of Dixie Heritage.
Was the mob in Chapel Hill that violently tore down Silent Sam any different than the “Nazi’s” who they condemn? Do you think these left-wing anarchists are going to stop with Silent Sam?
Maybe its time that we patriots form a mob of our own and violently tear down a statue to one of their heroes? Maybe we all go to Seattle with our torches and pitchforks and tear down their statue of Vladimir Lenin? Yes, there is a 16ft bronze statue of Lenin in Seattle.
Of course this is absurd on several levels. The first of which being we don’t own any touches or pitchforks. Well, actually a few of us who do reenacting or who live on farms may own pitchforks but unlike the leftists, we who live in “civil society” simply would never reduce ourselves to the level of forming mobs and violently vandalizing. We’re just better people than that. Why? Because we were raised better! And so were our parents and so were their parents and so were the people who raised our grandparents, you know, the people whose statues the mobs are so violently destroying.
This week as I watched the video of the mob in North Carolina I was simply too shocked to process it. And mark my words, that mob didn’t raise itself. I am certain that the “organizers” of the mob were put up to it by the administration of the College. Perhaps even by the President herself? Rather than teaching the students to work within the democratic process and lobby their government for a “redress of grievance” they have instead taught the students to disregard the law, and all standards of civilization and act like a wild animal when you do not get your way.
Mobs have a way of turning on their organizers. And I hope this one, when it turns, is even more violent toward the administration and the University that has so grossly failed than it was toward old Sam’s statue.
That said, what we witnessed was a total breakdown of our civil and lawful society. One that, if our central government does not address it, will set a precedent that will leave our entire nation vulnerable.
I do not think it coincidence that on Wednesday night’s Tucker Carlson that he dealt with the toppling of Silent Sam by a mob and the genocide of white South African farmers in back to back segments that were the core of the show. Because even though he didn’t come right out and say it, no doubt the censors at Fox would not allow him to, Tucker sees that what happened in North Carolina now has us just one small step away, as a nation, from the chaos, the anarchy, the breakdown, and the violence, that is South Africa.
Thank God that President Trump tweeted to Secretary of State Pompeo on Thursday morning that he needs to look into assisting the whites in South Africa. He needs to equally respond to the rising mob in our own country – America First! Our heritage is no longer a political hot potato that he can simply toss about. The mob has spoken and we must answer! Though we would never reduce ourselves to their level of violence and destruction, we cannot set silently!
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