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One of the penalties for refusing to participate in politics is that you end up being governed by your inferiors. -- Plato (429-347 BC)

Thursday, February 25, 2021

Jerry McGuire and the $1.9 Trillion Rip Off

by Newt Gingrich: Most critiques of the current $1.9 trillion Joe Biden-Nancy Pelosi-Chuck Schumer legislative rip off have missed the purpose of the bill.

This isn’t surprising. The Democrats have mastered the art of using morally positive language to describe the indefensible. In a real sense, they have captured the warning in George Orwell’s Politics and the English Language. Orwell observed that the more destructive, dishonest, and indefensible a policy is, the more likely it is to be described in language which obscures and hides its purpose.

The current critique of the bill emphasizes that it is pitched as COVID-19 relief legislation, but most of it has nothing to do with COVID-19 relief. Critics also note that there are already billions unspent from the previous COVID-19 relief bills. Finally, they point out that much of the bill will not go into effect until 2022.

If you understand the true purpose of this bill – to funnel your tax dollars to Democrat-allied states and institutions – you will marvel at the intelligence the chutzpah of the Democratic leaders. They have played an adroit linguistic shell game with the American people (which their media allies are cheerfully assisting).

The words “COVID-19 relief” are propaganda to justify an unjustifiable bill. Think of “COVID-19 Relief” as the engine pulling a huge train of expensive goodies for Democratic allies. It is language used to hide hundreds of billions in pure pork payoff.

A famous scene from the film Jerry McGuire is illustrative of the current situation. Cuba Gooding Jr. (as a football star) trains Tom Cruise (his sports agent) to chant “show me the money.” This scene provides a much better understanding of the Democrats’ desperation to pass this massive spending bill. What they really want is to answer their allies’ calls of “show me the money.”

The Democrats are the party of big government, big bureaucracies, big public employee unions, and radical left–wing activists. This $1.9 trillion bill is designed to appease and feed virtually every element of this coalition. The Democrats are artfully using the American people’s money to grow their machine and strengthen their coalition.

Teachers’ unions are rewarded for a year of horrible behavior – in which they have ignored the advice from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to sacrifice the futures of young Americans on the altar of narcissistic self–indulgence. They like collecting a paycheck for not going to work. The Biden-Pelosi-Schumer team is so indebted to them that paying them off with tens of billions in taxpayer dollars is an imperative. In the Democrat-run world, the unions’ political power makes educational failure irrelevant.

Similarly, the Democrats must protect badly run states with terrible pandemic shutdown policies. They must overlook the destruction of small businesses and higher unemployment in these states. They must use your money to cover pension plans ruined by state-level Democrats who bought current votes by promising future benefits they cannot finance. And national Democrats must support bureaucracies so incompetent that $63 billion to $200 billion in fraudulent unemployment insurance cases have been paid throughout the pandemic ($32 billion in California alone).

As pure political combat, this is a brilliant strategy: Punish Republican-run states (which have lower unemployment, more balanced budgets, and prudent pensions) and take transfer their money to the unbelievably destructive, oppressive, and incompetent Democrat-run states.

When you combine the impact of this transfer of resources with an anti-energy policy, which will hit Republican states much harder than Democratic states, you have a formula for strengthening the Democrats while undermining the Republicans – with just a few bills.

This use of taxpayer money to strengthen the Democratic machine explains the resumption of earmarks for specific projects. A legislative body is much easier to manage if you can reward and punish individual members.

It would be interesting in this context to learn who put the $100 million grant for an underground train in Silicon Valley into the bill. Clearly, the extraordinarily rich internet capital of the world could build its own transit system. The major companies – Google, Facebook, Apple, Twitter, etc. – have more than enough cash in their reserves that they could build the railway if they wanted to. However, some politician wanted to be able to claim credit for “delivering” money from Washington. Again, this is a case of “show me the money.”

I anticipate the Biden administration will consistently follow the “show me the money” model.

Expect a lot more hidden pork – and a lot more hypocritical moralizing – as the Democrats desperately seek to use your tax money to prop up and grow their political influence.
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Newt Gingrich (@newtgingrich) is a former Georgia Congressman and Speaker of the U.S. House. He co-authored and was the chief architect of the "Contract with America" and a major leader in the Republican victory in the 1994 congressional elections. He is noted speaker and writer. This commentary was shared via Gingrich Productions.
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Communist China's Genocide, The Deep State Does It Again, Exposing Anti-Semitism

by Gary Bauer: Communist China's Genocide
There is growing pressure around the world to hold communist China accountable for the genocide that is taking place against the Uighurs and other ethnic minorities.

The U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom, which I serve on, has been warning for years about communist China's growing human rights atrocities. (To call them "abuses" would be a gross understatement.)

Last month, the bi-partisan Congressional-Executive Commission on China declared that there was evidence of genocide in the Xinjiang province. This week, the Canadian parliament unanimously approved a resolution condemning the genocide against the Uighurs and called for the 2022 Winter Olympics to be moved from Beijing.

The Chinese Communist Party (CCP) is not happy about the growing focus on its horrific human rights record.

The CCP's primary propaganda outlet issued an opinion piece this week blasting the "five eyes alliance" (the intelligence sharing alliance between the United States, Canada, Great Britain, Australia and New Zeeland) as "today's axis of white supremacy."

That's a really catchy phrase. I wonder where they got an idea like that. The Communist Chinese must be reading talking points from Joe Biden, Nancy Pelosi, Chuck Schumer and other progressive anti-American organizations.

Or is it the other way around?

Is China Our Future?:
Conservatives and most Americans want to beat communist China. But a new poll suggests that many worry Joe Biden is going soft on the communist regime. They're right to be concerned.

Meanwhile, there is growing evidence that some on the left want to be like communist China. For example:
  • You can't open an independent media outlet in Communist China. Right now Democrats are holding hearings pressuring cable providers to cancel or censor Fox News and Newsmax TV.
  • Communist China used COVID as an excuse to crackdown on churches. When COVID hit the United States, leftwing mayors and governors used it as an excuse to close churches while keeping abortion facilities, casinos and marijuana stores open.
  • The U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom advocates on behalf of prisoners of conscience. Many of them are in communist China because they have the courage to practice their faith even when it goes against the policies of the Chinese Communist Party. The political left tried to bankrupt the Little Sisters of the Poor. It threatened John MacArthur and other pastors with jail and severe fines for defying the COVID lockdowns. And it is stripping legal protections from faith-based institutions in the Equality Act.
  • You can't publish a book in China that defies the CP. Here in America major publishers and retailers are banning books that don't toe the left's ideological line.
  • If you attend a demonstration in China or misbehave in anyway, you risk getting canceled. You can't get a loan, go to your doctor and your child might not be allowed to go to college. There may be travel restrictions imposed on you. The American left invented doxing to intimidate and silence conservatives. Remember what happened to Nick Sandmann? The left tried to drive Jack Phillips out of business. When one American basketball manager tried to defend free speech in Hong Kong, the NBA canceled his free speech.
I could go on, but you get the point.

For years, we were told that trade with communist China would change communist China. It hasn't. Instead, it has changed us as the left has increasingly adopted the worst aspects of communist China's anti-American rhetoric and anti-liberty behaviors.

The Deep State Does It Again>br> As Congress debates new measures to crack down on domestic terrorism, some are sounding the alarm against overreaches by the Deep State.

In the aftermath of the January 6th riot on Capitol Hill, we have learned that Bank of America turned over the personal records and financial transactions of hundreds of Americans who were in Washington, D.C., over a period of several days.

Now it's one thing if the FBI or prosecutors need information on a specific suspect and they get a warrant. But that didn't happen here.

Even worse, we're now learning that the FBI also seized the cellphone records and text messages of private citizens and members of Congress!

As Sen. Josh Hawley said, "We've seen this movie before." He's right. There's a pattern here. The Deep State spied on Congress when the Obama Administration was attempting to pass its nuclear deal with Iran. And we know the CIA spied on the U.S. Senate too.

Criminals must be prosecuted. But our intelligence agencies must not be weaponized against innocent Americans, political campaigns and members of Congress!

Purim Tonight, Jews all over the world will celebrate Purim. It is the story of Queen Esther, who broke protocol and saved the Jewish people in Persia from a plot to annihilate them.

Just as it did so many centuries ago, Israel is once again facing an existential threat from modern day Persia. Iran's supreme leader, Ayatollah Khamenei, routinely promises a second Holocaust and the annihilation of Israel.

His regime is working feverishly to develop ballistic missiles and other weapons of mass destruction, while his terrorist proxies, Hamas and Hezbollah, encircle the Jewish state from Gaza, Lebanon and Syria.

So long as God gives me breath, I promise to fight the ancient evil of anti-Semitism (see next item), and to always stand with Israel and its people, the apple of God's eye.

To all of our Jewish friends and supporters, Chag Purim Sameach!

Exposing Anti-Semitism
Sadly, anti-Semitism is on the rise in many parts of the world today. The Anti-Defamation League recently released a harrowing report on anti-Semitism in Europe. And it is here in the United States as well.

When we think of anti-Semitism, what often comes to mind are images of ignorant neo-Nazis vandalizing synagogues. But it is also creeping into the mainstream of academia and Hollywood, where there seems to be a growing acceptance of anti-Semitism on the left.

Oberlin College is in the news this week. It turns out that a tenured professor of religion, Mohammad Jafar Mahallati, previously served as Iran's U.N. ambassador. He denied Israel's right to exist and defended Palestinian terrorism against Israel. Why would any American university hire him?

NBC is taking fire for promoting anti-Semitic tropes on the comedy show "Saturday Night Live" and the medical drama "Nurses."

And there's renewed concerns about anti-Semitism in the "woke" progressive movement after Temple University Professor Marc Lamont Hill said recently that the Black Lives Matter movement isn't just about "dismantling white supremacy" in America, but also in Israel, which he referred to as a "settler-colonial movement in Palestine."

Again referring to the Jewish state of Israel, Hill added, "Black Lives Matter, very explicitly, is talking about the dismantling of the Zionist project" and "very explicitly embracing BDS [boycott, divestment and sanctions against Israel] on those grounds."

This isn't Hill's first controversy involving his deep-seated anti-Semitism. He was fired by CNN in 2018 after speaking at a U.N. conference where he called for "a free Palestine from the river to the sea." That phrase is the unofficial slogan of Hamas and other radical anti-Israel groups, and it means erasing the nation of Israel.

Again, anti-Semitism is not confined to the dark corners of the Internet or to any one end of the political spectrum. It is a sin that must be confronted and condemned whenever and wherever it rears its ugly head.
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Gary Bauer (@GaryLBauer)  is a conservative family values advocate and serves as president of American Values and chairman of the Campaign for Working Families
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Losing An American Genius

We are mourning for Rush, but also for ourselves, who are going to miss—and need—him more, not less, each day that he is now silent.
by Dr. Victor Davis Hanson: Rush Limbaugh created modern national talk radio as we now know it—from nothing. For over three decades he kept at rapt attention weekdays—live from noon to three—the largest conservative audience in broadcast history. Over 15 million tuned in each week.

Last week—32 years and over 23,000 hours of on-air commentary after Rush went national in August 1988—he is gone, at 70 years young.

By the 1990s he had become the voice—literally and iconically—of the conservative movement and its hot/cold liaisons with the Republican Party. Rush was hated by the Left because he was deadly effective in fighting them and feared at times by the Republican establishment—because he could also be deadly effective in fighting them.

Limbaugh had an uncanny sense of what conservative populism could do—such as abruptly end Barack Obama’s control of Congress after just two years, in the sweeping Tea Party midterm election of 2010. And he also instinctively sensed what it should not do: endorse Ross Perot’s Quixotic third-party surge of 1992 that eventually would split the conservative vote and ensure Bill Clinton the presidency with just 43 percent of the popular vote.

Rush was a master comedian. His pauses, intonations, and mock tones were far funnier than those of our contemporary regulars on late-night television comedy. He was a gifted mimic, an impersonator, with as wide a repertoire and as skilled at impressions as the masters of the past like Vaughn Meader, David Frye, and Rich Little. Yet Rush worked mostly behind the mike, without the aid of an on-stage presence.

During the 2009 Republican depression over the Obama craze, it was a lonely, much caricatured Limbaugh who revived Republicans. He famously announced—to the furor of the Left and chagrin of what within a decade would become the NeverTrump right—that he wanted the newly inaugurated president and his agenda to “fail.”

At the time of such heresy, a deified Obama was gloating over his “elections have consequences” veto-proof Senate, and a 79-seat Democratic majority in the House.

Limbaugh was a natural impromptu public speaker. And he could rev up a crowd in the fashion of a Ronald Reagan or Donald Trump. True, he was also a natural actor, but in part, because he read widely, prepped constantly, and outworked his opponents.

The cheap postmortem attacks on Rush Limbaugh were as expected as they were tasteless. In his thousands of hours of live broadcast did he, on rare occasions, say wrong things? He said that he had, regretted it, and often apologized for them.

He certainly never took out progressive insurance—the kind of occasional triangulation with the Left that wins some conservatives exemptions from the cancel culture.

This week many would have preferred to read less about what Rush Limbaugh had apologized for and more about the apologies Joe Biden never offered for his lifelong compendium of racial insensitivity and prejudicial bombast—all to be contextualized in service to his “correct” thinking.

Rush’s canon was never to talk down to or insult the base. It was natural for him because he grew up with, knew intimately, and felt most comfortable with traditional middle America. Deplorables and clingers trusted him to stay Rush. They were assured there would never be a sudden about-face, confessional, or sellout. Rush knew how to golf with the rich, but also knew what it was like to be fired often and unemployed with the deplorable.

He grew increasingly frustrated that the naïve Right never fully understood the mind of the Left. In groundhog day fashion, conservatives, he felt, became shocked on cue that any means were not just necessary for the Left, but ethically justified—given its ends were global justice delivered by supposed moral superiors.

For someone with a reputation for mockery, I never heard Limbaugh in private or in correspondence fixate on his enemies or blast his former friends. Mostly he laughed them off, and instead turned to what he told hundreds of those who knew him, “How can I help you in any way?”

Rush was confused by the NeverTrump Republican virulence. He had dutifully fought for the four Bush election bids. He had supported loyally their three terms. And he tried to empower both the failed and inept McCain and Romney efforts. His theory was that after the primaries were over, winning 50 percent of what you wanted in a general election was at least better than nothing.

The amnesiac NeverTrumpers, he felt, not just never returned the courtesy, but also never worried that they even should have.

Rush’s was a quintessential American success story. It is impossible to imagine any other country producing either him or his career. We are mourning for Rush, but also for ourselves, who are going to miss—and need—him more, not less, each day that he is now silent.
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Victor Davis Hanson (@VDHanson) is a senior fellow, classicist and historian and Illie Anderson Senior Fellow at the Hoover Institution where many of his articles are found; his focus is classics and military history. He has been a visiting professor at Hillsdale College since 2004. Hanson was awarded the National Humanities Medal in 2007 by President George W. Bush.
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Americans are Tired of Being Locked Down and Masked Up!

“The pandemic is over. 2020 was the year of government overreach. Make 2021 the year of organized civil disobedience and friendly reunions.”
by Catherine Mortensen: Is it time for Americans to fight back against Covid lockdowns? Conservative entrepreneur Dan Gelernter thinks it is. Gelernter recently wrote a piece for American Greatness in which he boldly declared, “The pandemic is over. 2020 was the year of government overreach. Make 2021 the year of organized civil disobedience and friendly reunions.”

More from “The Pandemic is Over”:The reason coronavirus so delights today’s Left is that the public response to their power grab has been overwhelmingly docile: The numbers of deaths are vastly below historic health panics, even with generous inflation via guidelines encouraging doctors to record anyone who previously had the virus as having died from it.

Even so, the government was able to lock people in their homes for a “two-week period” that turned out to be roughly a year, destroy much of the hospitality sector of the economy, force people to cover their faces in public as though living under a secular sharia, and, perhaps best of all, they got neighbors to snitch on neighbors and children to report their parents when these edicts weren’t followed.

It has been a bonanza. The everyday American citizen will always remember 2020 as a painful, terrible, soul-crushing year. For the Left, that makes it one of the best years on record. It is one of those great years in which they changed how Americans live.
Americans for Limited Government (ALG) News caught up with Dan to see what kind of reaction his piece is getting.

ALG News: This piece resonated with us, and we wonder what feedback you’re getting?

Dan Gelernter: A lot of people commented on my piece, so I think its something many Americans are talking about right now – just how absurd these continued lockdowns are.

ALG News: Are you suggesting Americans engage in civil disobedience?

Dan Gelernter: Americans can fight back not just by supporting small businesses, but by rejecting coronavirus restrictions, and helping businesses reject them. Refuse to wear a mask. If a store owner asks you to put a mask on, tell him it doesn’t bother you if he takes his mask off. The sky won’t fall. Refuse to comply and help your neighbors to refuse to comply. Stores and restaurants fear regulators fining them out of business, and that is where big conservative donors and crowd-funding campaigns must step in. Sponsor small businesses to fight. Not to pay their fines—to fight, in court. Argue disparate impact. Argue lack of equal protection. Argue exceeding constitutional authority. Fight these regulations everywhere.

ALG News: In your piece you note that Americans are “big-hearted and generous, with a desire to protect their fellow man. They have sacrificed their livelihoods, their comfort, their happiness,” and you say that the government has taken advantage of that.

Dan Gelernter: Not just today, but throughout history, governors, presidents, and Congress have all taken advantage of a crisis to overreact and do things that are unconstitutional. I think that forcing people to wear masks in public is clearly one of those things. Americans were willing to go along with wearing masks and they were told it would be a couple of weeks to flatten the curve you we weren’t sure how contagious Covid was. But the government, seeing this and sensing really nothing but a gigantic increase in their own power and control over individual people lives, wants to make this permanent. I think we need to rebel against this and remind the government that they are much less powerful than they have been acting.


ALG News: You say that generally speaking, emergency powers are a bad idea that the government often comes to regret.

Dan Gelernter: Yes. Think back to the suspension of habeas corpus during the Civil War or placing Japanese Americans in camps during the Second World War, these are things that we look back with rather shamefacedly, as well we should. We cannot point to any of these instances and say, “Well, you know, that was a terrible time in America, but it was really important that we did that and I’m glad that we did it.” Emergency powers open the door to further abuses of government.

ALG News: One of the things we like about your pieces is that you offer ideas on how we can act on our frustrations in practical ways.

Dan Gelernter: I think we need that because otherwise we’re all frustrated about these things and we’re not quite sure what we can do in the face of government overreach. It is especially difficult for many now because the media and social media are colluding to make each of us feel we’re somehow crazy for believing what we believe. And Covid just adds to our sense of isolation.

I think it is important to know we’re not alone, that, in fact, we’re probably the majority in the country. We are dealing with a repulsive and disgusting government overreach that’s made everyone mutually suspicious, it’s almost a non-human society.
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Catherine Mortensen is Vice President of Communications at Americans for Limited Government.
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Verizon Cut Off Donations to Republicans, Partnered With Anti-Semitic Farrakhan Pal

Cornel West
by Daniel Greenfield: Verizon is a $200 billion corporation and Cornel West is the author of “The Ethical Dimensions of Marxist Thought”. Verizon is one of the biggest companies in America, while West claims to hate corporations so much that he taunted Obama as a “Rockefeller Republican in blackface”.

But Verizon’s Yahoo subsidiary is working together with the infamous socialist who had praised Venezulean butcher Hugo Chavez as part of its #YahooAllyshipPledge which vows to connect “diverse creators” with “thought leaders, nonprofits and activists, including Dr. Cornel West.”

West got a doctorate in philosophy for his aforementioned dissertation on the ethical dimensions of an ideology that killed millions of people in which he mentioned “the profound tragedy of the epochal change in the Soviet Union and Eastern Europe” and argued that, “Marxist thought becomes even more relevant after the collapse of Communism in the Soviet Union.”

Verizon has not publicly stated its position on the relevance of Marxist thought except perhaps through its relationship with the extremist author of multiple works dealing with Marxism.

Recently, Cornel West blamed the Jews for his failure to get tenure at Harvard. Verizon had no comment on that either.

When West wrote that his academic career had been partly concerned with, "defending sophisticated Marxist theory as an indispensable, though by itself inadequate, weapon in the struggle for individuality and democracy", who knew it would be brought to you by Verizon.

As John Perazzo at Discover the Networks documented, West has a very ugly radical history.

Verizon, a massive multinational gobbling up countries and companies until it ended up owning Yahoo, should be everything that West hates. And Cornel West’s Marxist thought, should worry Verizon. But ‘woke’ multinationals can unite with socialists around power and identity politics.

It would be hard to call it fighting racism when West has been one of Farrakhan’s biggest allies, appearing with him at events and defending him against charges of antisemitism.

That's the deranged bigot who had declared at Madison Square Garden that, "The germ of murder is already sewed into the hearts of the Jews in this country" and warned, "If you rise up to try to kill me, then Allah promises you that he will bring on this generation the blood of the righteous. All of you will be killed outright."

"You cannot say, 'Never Again' to god because when he puts you in the oven, 'Never Again' don't mean a thing,” the Nation of Islam leader had ranted.

Cornel West has veered between denouncing antisemitism and blaming Jews for antisemitism.

In Black Anti-Semitism and the Rhetoric of Resentment, an article that West wrote for Michael Lerner's Tikkun, he blamed black antisemitism on, among other things, "the occupation of the West Bank and Gaza... and the visible conservative Jewish opposition to... affirmative action."

It’s doubtful that black antisemitism has anything to do with Israel’s fight against Islamic terrorism. Even the Nation of Islam’s antisemitism predated the rebirth of the Jewish State.

But West has a particular obsession with hating Israel that is all his own.

Cornel West repeatedly falsely accused Israel of killing “Palestinian babies”. In one broadcast, he spoke of, "500 Palestinian babies killed in 50 days" and in another interview blasted, "a right wing government that allows for the killing of 427 precious Palestinian babies."

To paraphrase The Manchurian Candidate, it might have been helpful if West had decided exactly how many “Palestinian babies” the Jews had killed while opposing affirmative action.

These numbers, like “ethical Marxism”, were of course garbage. But that didn’t stop West from pushing them anyway. Or describing Israel’s defense against Hamas as “Jewish racism”.

“The rockets of Hamas indeed are morally wrong and politically ineffective – but these crimes pale in the face of the U.S. supported Israeli slaughters of innocent civilians,” West argued.

Hamas has actually slaughtered innocent civilians, not just with rockets, but with suicide bombers in buses and pizzerias, and with the kidnapping and murder of Jewish teenagers.

But West has never cared about such details when there’s a terrorist regime to support.

West had joined a solidarity tour to Venezuela. "We need this in inner-city America," he had gushed. "Look at all the needs being satisfied." A decade later, the socialist utopia had reduced Venezueleans to eating household pets and running out of gas with which to burn the bodies of the dead. Much of the country fled as the industries were nationalized and the people starved.

Did America’s inner cities really need people waiting half the day for their milk ration?

West had tweeted, "I love that Hugo Chavez has made poverty a major priority", he had met with the brutal tyrant, and had co-signed a letter of support for the socialist tyranny which had urged President Bush to "put an end to U.S. funding of opposition political groups".

As mobs rioted in the street demanding food, Cornel West blamed America’s “ugly” policies toward the socialist dictatorship, rather than conceding that he had been wrong.

Cornel West’s radicalism has never stopped him from being embraced by Democrat presidential campaigns, like those of Barack Obama and Bernie Sanders, both of which he eventually dumped for being insufficiently radical, by leading academic institutions and the media, and by major corporations which claim to be opposed to extremism, but not from their own side.

Verizon’s Swedish CEO Hans Vestberg had declared, “we support the right for peaceful protests, we condemn the violence and rioting occurring in the nation's capital”.

Vestberg didn’t mean race riots by Black Lives Matter: a Marxist black supremacist hate group, but the protests over the stolen election. In response to the Black Lives Matter race riots, the Verizon boss had announced that the company was donating $10 million to leftist groups, including Sharpton’s National Action Network, which had played a role in racist violence.

However, after the Capitol protest, Verizon announced that it would be stopping donations to Republicans who had voted to challenge the results of the stolen 2020 presidential election.

Vestberg’s politics are not news. The Verizon boss is a member of the board of governors of the United Nations Foundation alongside Soros figurehead Mark Malloch-Brown, Ted Turner, the Queen of Jordan, and Gro Harlem Brundtland, the former Prime Minister of Norway and former Vice President of the Socialist International, who began an article by quoting Karl Marx.

But Verizon hooking up with Cornel West still marks another ugly moment in the ‘wokening’ of the Fortune 500. And if Corporate America has become more receptive to Socialists and Marxists, the radicals have also become more willing to accept corporate sponsorship.

The Yahoo Allyship Pledge claims that it will use its alliance with the likes of Cornel West to help people "better understand the complex topic of race". West has already laid out his understandings of race in pamphlets like "Toward a Socialist Theory of Racism" which began with "conceptions of racism in the Marxist tradition" and claimed that industrial capitalism was built on slavery and imperialism, while multinational corporate capitalism was somewhat better.

As part of its ‘allyship’, Yahoo’s lifestyle section quotes West on “white privilege”.

Cornel West, whose father was a defense contractor and who has a school named after his mother, whose older brother taught at MIT and worked for IBM, who was accepted to Harvard and then Princeton and Yale, knows something about privilege. Cornel West knew Elizabeth Warren when they were both at Harvard, and knew both Kamala and Buttigieg's fathers.

The elites, whatever race they claim (and in both Warren and Kamala’s case, race has been a fluctuating variable) are part of the same privileged circle. Verizon’s sponsorship is just another link in the iron chains that bind ordinary Americans under an oligarchy of elites whose members act out roles like the oppressor and the oppressed to hide their mutual power in the system.

Cornel West was happy to lend his name to bolster Hugo Chavez’s regime. Now Verizon and its Yahoo subsidiary can benefit from the same branding as Venezuela's brutal socialist tyranny.

Strip away the Marxist didacticism and all that’s left is the power of an oppressive machine that disguises its rule as revolution. Whatever logo is etched on the bottom of the boot on your neck, the owner of the boot will be sure to enlist Cornel West to explain to you why you deserve it.

Preferably, while quoting Karl Marx on behalf of Verizon.

Verizon won<’t donate to Republicans who legally challenge elections. But it will work with the author of, “The Ethical Dimensions of Marxist Thought”.

The real business of ‘woke’ corporations and of socialists is a monopoly on power.
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Daniel Greenfield is a Shillman Journalism Fellow at the David Horowitz Freedom Center. This article previously appeared at the Center's Front Page Magazine.
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Pyromaniacs

The Democrats are trying to ban Fox News, OAN, and News Max for information they disagree with.
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Will ‘Public Option’ Health Plans Make It Harder for Americans to Get Quality Care?

by AFP: To lower prices, increase quality, and expand access to health care, Americans need a personal option, one that relies on greater choice and competition in the marketplace.

Unfortunately, some lawmakers see more top-down federal control as the proper solution. Last week, a bill was introduced in Congress that would create a federal insurance program — called a “public option,” or Medicare X — to “compete” with private plans.

Proponents of this program claim that the issues plaguing American health care are a consequence of too little government involvement.

That just isn’t the case. Americans are overburdened with an excess of state and federal mandates that make care less affordable and more difficult to access.

Americans don’t need a public option. They need a personal one that allows them to receive the care they need, when they need it, at a price they can afford.

A ‘public option’ would cause higher health care costs for millions of Americans
Supporters of a public option in health care claim the program would feature plans that are less expensive than those typically offered by private insurance. But those “savings” can’t materialize from thin air.

Under the bill, the public option would be required to underpay doctors, hospitals, and other health care providers for their services, offering much lower rates of reimbursement — often below the cost of care — as is typically done with Medicare and Medicaid.

The result? An $800 billion cut for providers.

Perhaps some providers could afford to eat that cost. The majority, who could not, would face a painful choice: either turn away public option enrollees — which, under the bill, means being automatically kicked out of the Medicare and Medicaid programs as a punishment — or try to make up the difference by charging higher rates to privately ensured patients.

In other words, a public option wouldn’t make health care better for Americans. It would reduce patients’ access to care, punish the doctors and nurses who risked everything to take care of us during the COVID-19 crisis, and make the private insurance plans held by tens of millions of Americans even more expensive.

Ultimately, a public option is backdoor single-payer

Americans for Prosperity Senior Policy Fellow Dean Clancy stressed in a recent interview with the Daily Caller that a public option could result in the end of Americans’ private plans entirely.

“It would be basically a new government-run health insurance company that would, in effect, rig the rules to drive all the private insurance companies out of the market,” Clancy said. “So that at the end of the day, we would end up with a government-run, single-payer system.”

What can the Federal Government do to Promote a Personal Option?
The federal government has an important role to play in making personal health care options more available to Americans. That will require slimming down, not expanding, onerous, one-size-fits-all mandates.

For example, Congress could eliminate the regulations that prevent Americans from accessing health savings accounts, contributing to them, and using them to purchase the medical services and products they need. Legislation has been proposed to do exactly that, most notably with Representative Chip Roy’s Personalized Care Act.

The federal government has already seen some success in removing barriers to HSAs. When a federal rule change allowed account holders to purchase direct primary care subscriptions, more Americans were given access to round-the-clock care from the country’s top medical providers.

Studies show that families and individuals with HSAs typically spend less on care, without forgoing any necessary services or procedures.

What the states can do Over the years, states have erected massive barriers to quality, affordable care. They must now lower them to help Americans access more personal options.

States could start with their certificate-of-need laws, which needlessly — and intentionally — restrict the supply of care to benefit existing providers. CON boards will routinely spike the applications of providers who want to open new facilities or even offer additional services to patients in a certain area, often under the direction of established providers.

Studies have shown that CON laws reduce access to care, erode its quality, and increase its price. Reforming or repealing these laws would drastically improve Americans’ health care outcomes.

States could also reform their scope-of-practice laws. These restrictions prevent nurse practitioners and other qualified providers from offering care to patients without first establishing an agreement with a physician.

But again, studies show these laws don’t work. They don’t make patients safer — they simply make it more difficult for Americans to access medical care, especially in rural areas.

Americans are saddled with regulations that make health care more expensive and harder to access. They need a personal option, one which recognizes that choice and competition are the best tools to improve care. Tell lawmakers to reject a public option.
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Americans for Prosperity addresses Public Health Plans.
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How ‘Equality Act’ Would Impose Transgender Ideology on Everyone

by Jarrett Stepman: If legislation now before Congress—H.R. 5, dubbed the Equality Act—becomes law, it would add sexual orientation and gender identity as protected classes into the 1964 Civil Rights Act.

As panelists at a Heritage Foundation event explained, not only has a radical, but increasingly normalized, gender ideology caused harm, it also soon could become mandated through federal law.

“[The Equality Act would create a destructive gender ideology in education, and it would establish a government-favored viewpoint on marriage that would stigmatize children and their parents,” said Emilie Kao, director of the DeVos Center for Religion and Civil Society at The Heritage Foundation.

Rep. Vicky Hartzler, R-Mo., who led off the webinar on Tuesday, said that the Equality Act would have a wide array of negative consequences.

“It is going to lead to potentially harming many of America’s children’s bodies. It’s going to impact what’s taught at the schools. It’s going to discriminate against them,” Hartzler said, adding:They call it the Equality Act, but really, I call it the Inequality Act, because it’s going to put children on a different-level playing field than others and will jeopardize their future.

It drives backward the rights women and children have gained over the years.
The law, Hartzler said, would adversely affect parents, adoption agencies, religious organizations, and many other Americans.

Hartzler discussed how the Democrat-backed bill would impact women’s and girls sports, essentially forcing schools and other programs to allow biological males who “identify” as female to compete against girls and women.

“What is very concerning to me is the impact of the Equality Act on women’s sports,” she said. “And it will set back women, and ruin all the gains they have made to get a level playing field in sports, by allowing those who have different gender identities—that is, biological males who identify as females—to participate in female sports.”

The Missouri congresswoman said that refusing to recognize the differences between men and women and allowing biological males to participate in female sports also makes it more difficult for women to get collegiate athletic scholarships.

This situation has played out in states that already have laws like the Equality Act.

“We only have to look at Connecticut, which has allowed transgenders to compete in female sports for seven years to see the impact,” Hartzler said.

The Daily Signal has reported on the changes to Connecticut sports.

Selina Soule, a former high school athlete in Connecticut, for instance, missed out on competing in a state regional competition because the top two spots in the qualifying event were taken by biological males.


Biological males participating in female sports “have won over 15 different championships” that would have gone to girls, Hartzler said. One of them was Soule.

“If this is allowed to go nationwide through the Equality Act, we won’t have women’s sports that are fair,” the Missouri lawmaker said.

The panel of experts discussed the ramifications of the Equality Act and how destructive the enforced gender ideology is to individuals and society alike.

Dr. Michelle Cretella, the executive director of the American College of Pediatricians, explained that gender dysphoria in minors should be treated carefully and with a “thorough psychological assessment” of the child.

“As long as the children do not have this confusion reinforced, the majority of children who are confused about their biological sex will outgrow it by the time they are young adults,” Cretella said.

She said that the transmogrification of transgender activism as an adult civil right has led to an increase in children being affirmed in their gender-identity confusion.

“We are essentially gaslighting children into the lie that they could be born in the wrong body,” Cretella said. “This then will put them on a medical pathway … in which we stop their normal puberty, we arrest it, we give them a disease, the absence of normal puberty.”

The drugs given to these children—the puberty blockers—often have long-term negative effects, such as making them sterile for life.

Cretella called the situation “institutionalized child abuse.”

Maria Keffler, a co-founder of Partners for Ethical Care, said that the most troubling part of the new gender-identity agenda is that it is introducing things that are “not factual, that are not scientifically underpinned, that have no basis in reality,” and that “we are teaching this to our kids en masse.”

Part of the problem, Keffler said, is that it even extends to the practices of professional therapists, who will not address other underlying problems in children with gender dysphoria. Teachers, administrators, and counselors are compelled to affirm gender confusion and medicalize it.

The Equality Act would reinforce those practices, according to Gregory Baylor, the director of the Center for Religious Schools and senior counsel for government affairs at the Alliance Defending Freedom.

“The Equality Act attaches a … gender orientation, nondiscrimination string to every dollar of federal financial assistance that flows out to the world,” he explained. “Among the biggest recipients of such money are public schools.”

Proponents of the Equality Act, according to Baylor, maintain that the law would mean enforced LGBTQ curriculums, opening up private spaces for boys who “identify” as girls, the participation of biological males in female sports, mandatory “preferred pronoun” use, and a host of other policies for recipients of federal funds.

“It even reaches into the private school environment,” he warned. “There’s an uncertainty about the extent to which it reaches into private schools. We hope that it won’t, but I think the folks who support it want it to, and can you imagine taking your kids to a religious school or other private school because of some of the concerns you’ve had with public schools, and face the very same problems?”

The gender-identity agenda would risk becoming mandatory for medical professionals, too, and it would have the force of law behind it, he added.

“You don’t want to face a charge of discrimination because you decided to do the medically appropriate thing and the thing that’s consistent with your conscience when you are dealing with a kid who is suffering from gender confusion or gender dysphoria,” Baylor said. “You’re going to feel compelled to follow through with transitioning and medical transitioning.”

There are no religious exemptions in the bill and, according to Baylor, it undermines the 1993 Religious Freedom Restoration Act, which was passed unanimously in the House and with just three senators opposed, and signed into law by a Democratic president, Bill Clinton. One provision of the Equality Act, he said, stipulates that rights under the Religious Freedom Restoration Act can’t be invoked by anyone charged with violating any parts of the bill.

“Just unprecedented stuff,” Baylor said.
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Jarrett Stepman (@JarrettStepman) writes for The Daily Signal.
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Biden's Pick for Stealth and Inhumane Services

by Tony Perkins: Joe Biden wouldn't trust his health care to someone with zero experience, so why is he asking America to? 

That was one of the biggest questions at Tuesday's Senate grilling of Xavier Becerra, the president's surprising pick for HHS secretary. The California attorney general, who's never had a lick of training in medicine, science, pharma, or the health care world, is applying for a job to oversee -- not just the nation's pandemic response -- but the biggest budget of any U.S. agency as a complete novice. And Biden said Donald Trump's COVID plan was bad?

The president could have found a better candidate on LinkedIn, Senator James Lankford (R-Okla.) said -- without joking. "If you're doing a search on a LinkedIn for someone who'd be a perfect match to be in Health and Human Services, he wouldn't even show up -- because he has no health care background or experience... Becerra is not a health care professional," he argued on "Washington Watch." "Traditionally in this role, [there] would be someone who's been in health care administration or a physician or a scientist. We're in the middle of a pandemic. And you would think the group that's going to oversee the pandemic response and all that's got to happen would be somebody with a science or health care background. But instead, President Biden has selected an attorney. That seems to be his only criteria. And his only main qualification on this is he has been [a] very outspoken [supporter] of abortion -- and not just the existence of abortion, but the [radical promotion] of it."

In his opinion -- and the opinion of several Republicans in Tuesday's hearing -- this isn't a nominee that should even be considered. "He may be qualified to be something like an attorney general, but definitely not leading Health and Human Services." The only real experience he has with the industry is suing hospitals, pregnancy care centers, and other entities that aren't pro-abortion enough for his liking. When he served as attorney general of California, people didn't just object to his extreme views (which are bad enough), they objected to how he forced those views on others -- stripping conscience protections, suing states with pro-life laws, even ordering pro-life centers to advertise for abortion.

When David Daleiden's undercover videos exposed Planned Parenthood for its baby body parts market, what did Becerra do? "Instead of going [after] those that were selling the body parts of children, he immediately filed suit against the individuals that exposed it," Lankford said in disgust. "So he went after the whistleblowers instead of going after those that were selling the body parts." Imagine what he would do with a $1.286 trillion budget and 80,000 employees.

Senator Mike Braun (R-Ind.) tried to pin him down on that, asking if he would "commit to not using taxpayer money to fund abortion and abortion providers?" Becerra replied that he would follow the law. When Senator Roger Marshall (R-Kans.) pressed him on chemical abortion and why he supported removing the safety regulations, he dodged, saying that it was important for women to have "access to health care without COVID being a danger." But what about the dangers of the drugs, conservatives wanted to know, which have resulted in thousands of hospitalizations, blood transfusions, infections, and deaths?

Even moderates like Senator Mitt Romney (R-Utah) seemed stunned by Becerra's barbaric views. "Most people agree that partial-birth abortion is awful," Romney insisted. "You voted against a ban on partial-birth abortion. Why?" Becerra gave the standard reply, saying he respected other people's views and thought they could "find common ground" -- to which Romney fired back, there is no common ground on a procedure that half-delivers, then kills, a healthy baby. It's bad enough that he is unqualified, but to double down on being inhumane should be a deal killer in his bid to head the nation's health agency.

Like most people, Lankford says he wants to believe "that the person who leads Health and Human Services is actually helping humans receive services rather than taking human life. I'm proud to be able to say I believe all children are valuable. For whatever reason, he believes only some children are valuable."

Worse, he wants to force everyone who doesn't agree with him to destroy those children -- whether they're morally opposed or not. That's why Lankford introduced a bill, SB 183, that would protect basic conscience protections. They may be in federal law now, but, as he pointed out, they "only work if the government actually [enforces them]." If an administration like Biden's won't, then he thinks these men and women who got in the health care profession to save lives should have some way to fight back -- in court or otherwise. The point is "to say to all of my colleagues, Republican and Democrat alike, why can't we at least agree to be able to honor the basic rights and conscience of individuals?"

Of course, if they vote to approve this radical, there's no guarantee any freedoms -- or lives -- will stand. "The only reason he was selected," Lankford argued, "was because of his outspoken support for abortion. This was a hat tip to the Left and the most progressive elements of the president's party to be able to say, 'I'm going to be the most pro-abortion president ever' after having President Trump [as] the most pro-life president ever."

Join us in stopping President Biden from appointing a know-nothing abortion activist at the helm of one of the most important government agencies in the country. Contact your senators and urge them to vote NO on the confirmation of Xavier Becerra.
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Tony Perkins (@tperkins) is President of the Family Research Council . Article on Tony Perkins' Washington Update and written with the aid of FRC senior writers.
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Americans Who Create Things Seem VERY Worried About Biden, Inc.

by Seton Motley: Americans who create things have several ongoing, rolling Intellectual Property (IP) problems.

American IP is officially protected by the Constitution. And thus by government: At its creation with patents, trademarks and copyrights. And thereafter with proper domestic and international policy.

And by the courts – with proper IP rulings.When the Ninth Circuit Court Unanimously Says You’ve Gone Too Far Left….

Is the Ninth Circuit Court More Conservative and Constitutional Than the Supreme Court?

Guessing SCOTUS: Do Rulings Depend on What Roberts Has for Breakfast Each Day

Intellectual Property Law Trumps Antitrust Law – Per the Constitution

Chevron: The Supreme Court Created the Swamp – And Now Must Help Drain It

Here’s Hoping Wednesday Begins a Supreme Court Reckoning for Monster Thief Google
Recently-President Donald Trump – was a bigly protector of US IP. After an awful eight President Barack Obama years – Trump began cleaning up the mess as best he unilaterally could. USPTO: One Deep State Swamp Backwater That Is Getting DrainedInternationally, Communist China is far-and-away the largest problem.China Steals $600 Billion from American IP YearlyWhich Trump also began to make clean.Trump Stands Up to China’s Unfair and Abusive Trade Policies

Trump’s Promise Kept – Protect American Intellectual Property
Except: Enter now-President Joe Biden.

To say Biden has a bit of a Communist China conflict-of-interest problem – is a MASSIVE understatement:

“In 2013, (then-Vice President) Joe Biden and (his son) Hunter Biden flew aboard Air Force Two to China. Ten days later, Hunter Biden’s firm scored a $1.5 billion deal with a subsidiary of the Communist Chinese government’s Bank of China, while Joe Biden steered U.S-China policy.”

Hunter Biden Emails ‘Identify Joe Biden as “the Big Guy” Who Would Receive 10% Share in Deal with Chinese Energy Firm’

And less than a month ago – this:Hunter Biden Continues to Hold Stake in Chinese Private Equity FirmSo this seems eminently reasonable:China Expects Billion-Dollar-Bought-Off Biden Will Restore Pre-Trump US Capitulation You know who else seems to think bad things loom for US IP? US IP creators.Innovation Alliance Urges Biden Administration to Support Patent Rights:

“The Innovation Alliance stressed that the Biden Administration should focus on what is needed to meet the challenges presented by foreign competitors, such as China….

“It further noted that the U.S. must have the right policies in place to encourage long-term private investment into such critical emerging technological areas in order to meet the challenge presented by China and other competitors.”

TV, Film Industry Asks White House for Crackdown on Piracy:

“(T)hey argued that the Biden administration needs to appoint leaders at key agencies including USTR, Commerce, DOJ and within the White House will provide creators with copyright protection and rein in piracy….”
Are US IP creators even a little bit optimistic? Ummmm….What to Watch in 2021: IP Stakeholders Offer Predictions and Thoughts for the New Year:

“‘We also don’t know whether President Biden will appoint a well-respected patent professional who believes in the patent system as an innovation driver to lead the Office, or someone more in line with thinking commonly associated with Silicon Valley, which tends to view patents as an unnecessary evil for the most part?…

“‘Sadly, I tend to think it is likely that President Biden will pick a USPTO Director in philosophical alignment with the views of Silicon Valley, a prediction made easier given the presence of Colleen Chien on the transition team.’”
Personnel is policy.Facing the Consequences: Biden’s Transition Team Should Concern the IP CommunityAnd past is prologue.Past Is Prologue: Obama-Biden Was Owned and Operated by Big Tech, So…There is very little daylight between Communist China’s IP awfulness – and Big Tech’s IP awfulness:“(T)here is another humongous criminal cabal engaged in China-esque levels of IP theft….Behold the larcenous Leviathans that are Big Tech.”As mentioned above, we have – with the Supreme Court’s Google LLC v. Oracle America, Inc. – an opportunity for the Judicial Branch to reign in Google’s massive IP thievery. And with it all of Big Tech’s – because precedent.

It appears we aren’t nearly so fortunate with the current Executive Branch.

Because we have Biden, Inc:

Led by someone whose son received billions of dollars from Communist China. And is STILL on the Communist China payroll. And who ensures his now-President “Big Guy” father gets his cut.

And we have Biden, Inc:

Led by someone appointing Big Tech flunkies to key positions all over the place.

Communist China and Big Tech – the world’s two largest IP thieves – are already overwhelmingly well represented in the Biden Administration.

No wonder American IP creators are concerned.

We all should be.
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Seton Motley is the President of Less Government and he contributes to ARRA News Service.
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Consequences

Judd Garrett 
by Judd Garrett: The Oregon Department of Education is implementing a program called “The Pathway to Math Equity Micro-Course”, designed at “dismantling racism in mathematics”. It is referred to as “Ethno-mathematics”, and claims that “perfectionism, objectivity, and individualism” are part of “white supremacy”. The program views meritocracy as racist, and claims that “finding the right answer a sign of white supremacy”.

Likewise, Michigan Public Schools have implemented “Equity Training” that calls “objectivity” a form of white supremacy. Bill Gates’ foundation is pushing an education curriculum that claims that “math is racist”. His foundation asserts that mathematics "is used to uphold capitalist, imperialist, and racist views", and showing your work and getting the right answer are racist.

This is all designed to level out the outcomes between the races based on the false assumption that the unequal outcomes are a result of inherent racism baked into the system of mathematics. If, for example, Asian students perform better in math than say Hispanics on a whole that is because of racism. That disparity may be a result of racism but not in the way the state of Oregon is trying to address it. Maybe the Hispanic students are forced to go to inferior schools with inferior teachers because of their race. If that is the case then we as a society must address that, and work to make the educational opportunities for all students the highest quality as possible, but the system of math is not racist.

Telling a minority student who says, the square root of 36 is 5, that’s ‘one of the possible answers’ is doing a complete disservice to not only the student but to society as a whole, and perpetuating the racism that they are claiming they’re trying to dismantle. Telling students, they got the wrong answer because they are a victim of racism because the system is designed to expose their inherent inability to get the correct answer is perpetuating a harmful stereotype that minority students are unable to perform at the same level in math as students of other races. This is the “soft bigotry of low expectations” and that is harming minority students more than the much talked about but rarely seen “white supremacists”. Altering the objective standards of math because you believe minority students are unable to live up to objective standards is racist.

Would you want any of these kids who have been told that 2 plus 2 equals 5 is one of the possible answers operating on you, designing the bridge you drive over, or building your house? You wouldn’t even want them working the counter at the local MacDonald’s; they’ll most likely charge you $10 for a $8 bill. With all this talk about creating a Reality Czar and a Truth Commission to exposed so-called “disinformation”, we have American school systems teaching students that 2 plus 2 equals 5 is one of the possible answers. Will these teachers be shut down from social media or hunted down by the Reality Czar? They are not only disseminating disinformation; they are teaching our kids disinformation.

This harkens back to the policies that the Clinton administration implemented back in the 90’s to address the perceived racism in mortgage lending that led to the economic collapse 2008 which, by the way, are the same policies that are currently being pushed by the Biden administration, so buckle-up.

When Bill Clinton became President, his HUD Secretary, Henry Cisneros, noticed that there was inequity in home ownership between whites and minorities, so their assumption, like the State of Oregon, was that the system is racist. When HUD addressed this perceived racism with the mortgage industry, the leaders defended the industry by pointing out that loan approvals are based solely on the numbers, the math; credit score, down payment, loan-to-value ratio, debt-to-income ratio, job history, cash reserves. Race cannot, by law, be used as a factor when approving a loan; that would be a violation of the Truth in Lending section of the mortgage contract. And in most states, the race of the borrower is not put on the loan application so the underwriter who approves the loan does not even know the race of the applicant.

HUD concluded that racism was “baked into the system” of numbers used in the loan approval process. The system of math was racist, and they must dismantle the system. So, they changed many the rules of lending to achieve the desired equitable results. And if you remember applying for a home mortgage in the late-90’s and early-2000’s, how easy it was to be approved; lenders weren’t checking credit scores, borrowers didn’t need a down payment, they could carry extra debt, and still be approved of an A, AA, AAA-rated mortgage. Lenders who adhered to the previous rules of lending were threatened with racial discrimination lawsuits.

What happened? It was all easily predicted. We had a housing boom. The influx of new home buyers skewed the supply and demand in the market driving up home prices. Homes were increasing in “value” by as much as $100k a year in some places. And then what happened. In 2008, when many of these unqualified borrowers began defaulting on their loans, we had a major housing crash, many people lost most of their wealth, and it was the minority communities who were hurt the most. The Black and Hispanic people who were approved for loans that would have been denied under the previous rules of lending, lost everything. They ended up worse off than if they had just been denied the mortgage in the first place.

There’s an old saying, “In nature, there is no good and bad, just consequences.” If a student says 2 plus 2 equals 5, and the teacher says correct, that is creating a consequence that will be devastating to the student and society as a whole, just as we saw with the housing boom and bust. The consequences from the laws of nature were severe. Are we ever going to learn these lessons?

If there is no objectivity, there is no objective standards of right and wrong. Everything, morality, decency, standards become subjective. How then can you condemn someone or a system if there are no objective standards? How can you make a charge of racism, discrimination or injustice if there are no objective standards of fairness, equality and justice? If you do away with objectivity, then you cannot look back on atrocities like slavery and the Holocaust, and say they were evil, or wrong, or even immoral because there are no objective standards of good, right and moral.

These people want subjective adherence to objectivity so they can usher in policies and cultural norms that would not pass the current objective standards of just, fair and non-discriminatory. They want to set up a system that allows them to mitigate away the bad behavior of one group while holding others groups to the fullest account. This is why it is all done under the banner of “social justice”, and not justice. Social justice is not justice. Justice is a stand-alone word that does not need a modifier. A modifier weakens and distorts the meaning of the word justice. Justice is justice based on the objective standards of right and wrong. “Social justice” is their way of side-stepping justice, and promoting injustice under the guise of justice. You do not fight racism with more racism. You defeat racism with objective standards of fairness and justice.

This is all done by design. It is planned; meant to confuse. They know that we can never win if the rules of the game are clear and everyone is expected to follow them. Their rules are always changing, always applied differently to different people, done purposely so we never know where we stand. They are designed to perpetually keep us off-balance, the perfect strategy to defeat a stronger opponent.

We must never let them do this. There is objectivity. There are objective standards of right and wrong. 2 plus 2 does in fact equal 4. Racism is always wrong, whether it’s a white man enforcing Jim Crow, or the Chinese exploiting and killing the Uyghurs in concentration camps, or a social justice warrior applying different standards of “justice” to different people based on skin color. It’s all wrong, and must be eradicated.

Ultimately, this is what the people who want to dismantle or “fundamentally change” our society want. Up is down. In is out. Wrong is right, for them, but not for you. They move their goal posts all over the field, but yours are perpetually cemented into the ground. They are like the kid you played basketball with growing up; 2 points for their baskets, and 1 point for yours.

In the end, the real racism in society must be confronted and eradicated, but teaching students that 2 plus 2 equals 5 because in some distorted attempt to achieve a mythical form of math equity, is not only perpetuating destructive racial stereotypes, but is harming the very people they are claiming to help, and will eventually destroy the very society founded on the principles of equally and minority rights.
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Judd Garrett writes for Objectivity is the Objective. His most recent non-writing job was as Director of Advanced Scouting with the Dallas Cowboys. He is a frequent contributor on the topics of sports and politics to Real Clear Politics.
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