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He did it his way.
On his last day in office, President Donald Trump enjoyed a 51 percent approval rating, according to Rasmussen Reports.
I have seen the enemy and it is us
Several people on the left are referencing #TrumpsNewArmy which is a call to fight domestic terrorism; Trump voters in other words.
The last two weeks have ushered in a wave of new domestic police powers and rhetoric in the name of fighting “terrorism” that are carbon copies of many of the worst excesses of the first War on Terror that began nearly twenty years ago. This trend shows no sign of receding as we move farther from the January 6 Capitol riot. The opposite is true: it is intensifying.
We have witnessed an orgy of censorship from Silicon Valley monopolies with calls for far more aggressive speech policing, a visibly militarized Washington, D.C. featuring a non-ironically named “Green Zone,” vows from the incoming president and his key allies for a new anti-domestic terrorism bill, and frequent accusations of “sedition,” “treason,” and “terrorism” against members of Congress and citizens. This is all driven by a radical expansion of the meaning of “incitement to violence.” It is accompanied by viral-on-social-media pleas that one work with the FBI to turn in one’s fellow citizens (See Something, Say Something!) and demands for a new system of domestic surveillance.
While I can understand political opposition and ideological debate, does it make sense to label 70+ million Trump voting Americans as terrorists? Most Republicans think Joe Biden is illegitimate. (And nearly a third of Democrats!) I will go on the record and say that unless the labeling of Trump voters as terrorists stops and soon, we will have states seceding the union. And we already know what happened the last time that happened.
When White Isn’t White, Its Multiracial
Multiracial whiteness reflects an understanding of whiteness as a political color and not simply a racial identity — a discriminatory worldview in which feelings of freedom and belonging are produced through the persecution and dehumanization of others.
Multiracial whiteness promises Latino Trump supporters freedom from the politics of diversity and recognition. For voters who see the very act of acknowledging one’s racial identity as itself racist, the politics of multiracial whiteness reinforces their desired approach to colorblind individualism. In the politics of multiracial whiteness, anyone can join the MAGA movement and engage in the wild freedom of unbridled rage and conspiracy theories.
Once again, critical race theory rears its ugly head. Oh, how I hate thy evil. One more example, just for the heck of it.
Stanley McChrystal, who pushed Obama into the Afghan surge that killed over 1,000 soldiers, says the problem in our society is white males reacting to lost privilege, compares Trump supporters to the Klan. Not the line he took when he was selling his war. pic.twitter.com/CJ9NnMaQfZ— Richard Hanania (@RichardHanania) January 19, 2021
This is why people don’t trust virus experts
Now about those lockdowns. Tom Woods has been producing charts that appear to show virtually no difference in virus outcomes between US states with aggressive lockdown policies and those without. California, for instance, has shuttered most of its small businesses and imposed widespread curfews, while Florida hasn’t. Here’s the result:
To fight big tech, you should recruit big tech so they can fight themselves
Renata Hesse, a former Justice Department official under President Barack Obama, worked alongside Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) defending Google a decade ago, helped shepherd through the Amazon/Whole Foods merger, and represented several pharmaceutical companies and other clients in antitrust cases. She is the leading contender for the assistant attorney general for antitrust position, multiple sources told the Prospect and The Intercept on Friday.
Should someone who worked for Google and Amazon be the person who goes up against them for anti-trust violations? Umm… I’m thinking no. I could be wrong.
The Second Amendment is in Mortal Jeopardy
The new bans on President Trump and Conservative voices around the nation over the last two weeks are what I’ve been dealing with and actively fighting against for years.
My speech on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram have been banned and eliminated.
My ability to conduct business on PayPal, Venmo, GoFundMe and other financial institutions has been banned.
Chase Bank once shut down my online banking.
Comcast blocked my congressional campaign from sending texts and emails to voters while they donated to my opponent.
Even my ability to travel has all been restricted, as I am permanently banned on Uber and Lyft.
I can’t even have a sandwich delivered because I’ve been banned on UberEats.
What I haven’t shared with you is that last year, I found out my 2nd Amendment rights have also been stripped without warning or explanation.
That’s right, I – a young woman who faces constant death threats – cannot own or possess a firearm for my own personal protection. My 2nd Amendment right has been BANNED.
Oh, how the mighty has fallen
Fox News finished third to both CNN and MSNBC across the board in the ratings on Friday for the third straight day—the first time since September 2000.
Fox News, which finished 2020 as the most-watched network in cable news history, has seen a ratings decline since the election, resulting in the conservative-leaning channel overhauling its weekday lineup on Monday.
So, what happened? Well, for those who don’t know.
- Chris Wallace sided with Biden during the Presidential debate then blamed a contentious, squabbling debate on Trump
- Calling Arizona for Biden absurdly early
- Refusing to call states for Trump, rushing to anoint Biden President-Elect
- Censoring White House objections to rampant election fraud.
On Twitter there was a trending hashtag #Foxit (Like Brexit, get it?) and people began flocking to Fox alternatives like Newsmax and OANN.
And finally this…
President Joe Biden’s White House stripped down the Trump administration’s 1776 Report, released on Martin Luther King Jr. Day on Monday, moments after the new executive took office.
The 45-page report, compiled by a multi-racial commission and beseeching Americans to take pride in their country, was immediately vilified by the progressive left as racist for rejecting social justice narratives of American history that characterize the United States as an irredeemably racist empire built for the sole purpose of oppression.
Read the report here. I’ll share a few quotes that you likely won’t learn in American public schools.
It was the Western world’s repudiation of slavery, only just beginning to build at the time of the American Revolution, which marked a dramatic sea change in moral sensibilities. The American founders were living on the cusp of this change, in a manner that straddled two worlds. George Washington owned slaves, but came to detest the practice, and wished for “a plan adopted for the abolition of it.” By the end of his life, he freed all the slaves in his family estate.
Thomas Jefferson also held slaves, and yet included in his original draft of the Declaration a strong condemnation of slavery, which was removed at the insistence of certain slaveholding delegates. Inscribed in marble at his memorial in Washington, D.C. is Jefferson’s foreboding reference to the injustice of slavery: “I tremble for my country when I reflect that God is just; that His justice cannot sleep forever.”
The 45-page report is well worth the read. America is imperfect but, there is plenty to be proud of.
Thanks for reading to the end. More news tomorrow.