Nothing Wrong with the System—Only with Us


Conservatives are principled individuals who will not bend to the intoxicating aspects of being on Capitol Hill

Re-Posted from the Canada Free Press By —— Bio and ArchivesSeptember 29, 2020

 

I am often asked about what has gone wrong with our system of government. I answer that nothing is wrong with the system—there is something wrong with us.

We have not held ourselves or our elected officials accountable for their actions. We have not confronted them about their promises made and those promises not kept. We have not challenged them when they come home to visit—if they come home—to explain why they campaigned on one platform and then, the moment they get to DC, they immediately cast themselves as swamp creatures. They turn their backs on their constituents and, even if challenged on fundamental issues, give us the Potomac Two Step Shuffle to avoid answering tough, direct questions. More on this very issue in my VA section later in this newsletter.

Why do we not hold our school boards and administrators accountable

Why do we not hold our school boards and administrators accountable, particularly after we see the garbage our children are being taught? Why do we not go to school board meetings and demand that parents be surveyed about what they, the parents, want for their children as this pandemic hypocrisy plays itself out? Why do we not demand what is best for the families as opposed what is best for teacher unions? Why do we not hold board members accountable for their rubber stamping stupid, dangerous rules that put outputs ahead of out-comes for your children? Why? Explain that to me.

Why do we not hold our governors and legislators accountable for the fact that, in Iowa, it continues to be the worst state in which to do business? Why do we not hold those same individuals accountable for not having school choice options where taxpayer dollars follow the child instead of the school district. In Iowa, there needs to be charter schools, online options, homeschooling options and a voucher program. Why are taxpayers, including those who no longer have children in school, not demanding that our elected officials give parents as many options as possible?

Taxpayers need to ask their governors and legislators why tax structures have not been fixed so that states are more attractive to businesses? Why do Iowans stand for the fact that one man and his backers have a near strangle hold over who gets elected and who doesn’t? When are we going to wise up, find our voices and “throw off bad magistrates?” Remember, these jackabouts work for us. We do not work for them.

Conservatives & Conservatism Scare Republicans

I am so tired of having people be nice about things. We have lost civility in our culture, I get that, but the time for being nice to our politicians is over. We hoist these people onto pedestals. Trust me, they do not deserve it. Most are unscrupulous, self-serving and have lost their moral centers. I know, I have been around so many and fitting into the stereotype is consistent across the board. What is most disturbing is not what the Democrats do but what we get out of our Republican side. We know what the Democrats will do. We have their playbook and know their approach inside out. What we don’t expect is what we get out of the Republicans.

The Republicans suck in newbies and those newbies, star-struck with the attention they get, become arrogant and narcissistic. That is why when they come home and you confront them, they get defensive, haughty and condescending. They treat us like petulant children, pat us on the head and ask us to sit in the corner.
They will take care of things, because we don’t have the knowledge, skills or wisdom to worry about these “complicated” issues.

What is really happening is that conservatives and conservatism scare them.

Conservatives are principled individuals who will not bend to the intoxicating aspects of being on Capitol Hill, regardless of where that is.

 

Youth Against Parents


COMMENT: Hi Martin and Team,
I have been following your blog daily ever since The Forecaster was broadcast ed in the Netherlands about five years ago. I have good news! Talking with my daughter of 20 years old tonight she told me she was aware of the 7 year count down to the end of the world on a building in the US. She and her peers on social media are laughing it off big time. This was so much good news to me, you cant believe. My gut feel is Gates cum sui are catching the middle aged people who have much to loose and not so much the youth. For me that gives me hope.

Keep up the good work!!

JvH

REPLY: You are very lucky. There seems to be a gap. The 35+ are against their parents perhaps in the majority and as this video shows, they have captured a lot of teenagers to engage in violent protests. This group is in part funded by George Soros. They are vowing not to accept a Trump victory. They are being taught to be authoritarian and anti-Democratic.

Those in their 20s seem to be skeptical and are like an island in between two left-leaning groups who are not sure they are even left. A friend of mine had his son cut off all communicate over climate change and that was BEFORE the COVID propaganda. This is really tearing the nation apart.

It’s the Supreme Court’s fault for not striking down progressive taxation which allows this entire class warfare argument. As I have stated, there should be no direct income tax as the Founding Fathers established. It has been all downhill since the 1913 Amendment to create income taxes changing the Constitution allowing the rise of Marxism Communism/Socialism.

Everyone should be treated fairly. People like Gates dump all the money in his Foundation and he then uses that tax-free without paying any taxes at all on that money.

The Markets & the Political Chaos into the Future – Where do we go?


Sometimes it is important to try to look at markets from an interrelated perspective. Here is the Dow/Gold Ratio which shows the extreme high in the Dow when gold made its historic low in 1999. We then see that gold rallied into 2011 against the Dow, but since that high, the Dow has been gaining ground over gold until the ratio peaked in 2018. While the Dow rallied to make a new record high into the Jan/Feb 2020 time period, it was again underperforming gold and it was declining from its 2018 high which curiously aligned with the Russel 2000 high in 2018.

With all the political chaos around the world and this clear coordinated trend using this virus to further the real goal of Climate Change, the deliberate scheme to crush the economy to prepare for Klaus Schwab’s Great Reset being pushed by the World Economic Forum, there is clearly some unsettling trends unfolding around the world.

Gold has NOT broken out yet in all currencies. In Japanese yen, it has still not made a new record high above 2013 as has been the case in Dollars and even Euro. This implies that the trend for gold is still in an upward bias which may last into the first quarter of 2021.

The DAX in Germany looks more like the Dow whereby it too has not made a new high beyond the 1st quarter. However, when we plot the Dax in terms of US dollars, we get a drastically different pattern all impacted by the currency. Indeed, despite all the evidence and high ranking officials in Germany Merkel is intending to lockdown Germany AGAIN! (see Merkel 2nd lockdown) German ministers warn that lockdowns kill more people than they save, yet Merkel ignores them, as well as Pfizer.

The computer has projected the rise in Civil Unrest and this will only increase post-US election moving into 2022 and then into 2024. As much as it is getting tiring with all this political back and forth, by far, we are not even limited to the United States. We have major elections in 2021 and 2022 around the world. With politics becoming so polarized, we MUST keep an eye on the big picture. As I have said, previous presidential elections in the USA were no big deal. If your candidate lost, you simply moved on and it really had little impact because the DEEP STATE was really in control and the agenda rarely changed other than perhaps taxes. This time it is very different. Capital is being driven around the world not out of investment opportunity, but out of political fear.

The likelihood of life returning to normal is very slim. This agenda is all about Climate Change and my RELIABLE inside sources in London are talking about lockdowns that may be necessary to save the planet. This seems to be more of a trial run to crush the world economy as we have known it. I always enjoyed going to New York City during the Christmas season to see the tree and the cheer. That will not happen in 2020 and it may not happen in 2021 either. There is clearly a UN agenda lurking behind this trend.

We have China & Russia seeking to break away from the Western monetary system and are preparing to reject the SWIFT system altogether. The more hostile the West becomes toward both, the greater the probability that as we head into 2032, the world economy will not just split, it will fragment as well.

With Trudeau suspending Parliament in Canada which was investigating corruption involving him and his family, there is certainly something very strange to see all of these politicians so willing to lockdown their people and undermine their economies creating debts that can never be repaid.

This makes it IMPERATIVE to rely on our computer system which is monitoring the entire world for we will need to track the capital flows to understand the future direction of all markets, we will need to comprehend both the political shifts as well as the debt markets combined with currencies. We have our work cut out for us. If we do not monitor the entire world, there is no way to avoid the crazy trends driven by foreign events.

The Football Follies


As we can see from the decline in ratings, social justice activism is not as popular as good old-fashioned patriotism

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Re-Posted from the Canada Free Press By  —— Bio and ArchivesSeptember 27, 2020

The Football Follies

Over the last few decades, Americans have enjoyed an ever-increasing love affair with the games of college and professional football. Eventually, the National Football League (NFL) surpassed Major League Baseball to become the country’s top sports attraction.

Unfortunately, in recent years, political activism has interfered with Americans being able to enjoy the game. It started to move in a disturbing direction in 2016 when San Francisco Forty-Niners quarterback Colin Kaepernick decided to protest during the playing of the National Anthem before the start of each game.  His kneeling protest was adopted by other players, causing an uproar in the country. The practice continued in 2017 but diminished during the last two seasons.

Everything changed with the death of George Floyd

Everything changed with the death of George Floyd in May of this year. Street protests have led to shootings, rioting, looting and the destruction of property worth billions of dollars. Even more troubling, police officers and protesters have been injured and killed.

These protests have migrated into many sporting events, including the game of football, both in the NFL and in the collegiate level, where the top conference is the Southeastern Conference (SEC). The current policy of the SEC is for all players to stay in the locker room while the National Anthem is performed, but the protests have been expressed in other ways.

Prior to the start of Saturday’s Ole Miss vs. Florida match-up, players and coaches took a knee “to acknowledge the unrest in our country surrounding the treatment of African Americans. We will continue to support social justice efforts as members of the Southeastern Conference and members of our respective communities.”

Vanderbilt University players displayed social messages on their helmets. There are 15 approved messages, including “Black Lives Matter,” and “No Justice No Peace.” Players for the universities of Georgia and Arkansas wore “equality” patches on their jerseys.

While college football players protested, NFL players have spent the past several weeks expressing outrage at police brutality and the treatment of African Americans in our country. The league decided to play the song “Lift Every Voice and Sing,” known as the “Black National Anthem,” prior to the start of all the games during the first week.

During the first few weeks of the season, a variety of players have protested either by remaining in the locker room during pre-game ceremonies or by raising a fist or kneeling while the National Anthem was performed. These actions were approved by the NFL, which changed its stance on the issue.

This entire year has been a ratings disaster for the NFL

In fact, NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell apologized for the league. He said, “We, the NFL, condemn racism and the systematic oppression of Black People. We, the NFL, admit we were wrong for not listening to NFL players earlier and encourage all to speak out and peacefully protest.”

Along with Goodell’s apology and on-field symbolism, the NFL became financially involved in the issue by pledging $250 million in donations over a ten-year period to combat “systemic racism.”

Undoubtedly, these actions are popular with players and those who believe in social justice activism. However, there are plenty of fans who feel otherwise, and will take out their frustration by not watching football on television.

Diminished ratings will severely hurt the NFL during this pandemic because the league’s revenues will be much lower since stadium attendance is either extremely limited or not permitted at all.

As the 2020 season has now moved into week three, it seems that television viewers are leaving in droves. For last Thursday night’s NFL game, the television ratings sank to a four year low with only 5.43 million viewers, barely edging the viewership for the ABC show Celebrity Family Feud.

This entire year has been a ratings disaster for the NFL with both Sunday Night Football and Monday Night Football experiencing massive declines in viewership.

Disgust with the politicization of athletics

There is a simple explanation for why this is occurring. Millions of Americans want to watch football as a distraction from their everyday troubles. For these viewers, the last thing they want is to be reminded of the national political battles on the football field or during league sponsored lectures masquerading as commercials.

If athletes want to get involved in politics, they should run for elected office. If they want to be involved in the criminal justice system, they should become police officers, lawyers, or judges. If they want to become social justice warriors, they should sign up to work as counselors or volunteer with a community based non-profit organization helping those in need. Otherwise, they can play football, or other sports, and do their activism on their own time, as opposed to doing it while hard working Americans are watching on television.

Unless the NFL and college football change course, the television viewership will never return to full strength. In fact, it is already too late for some viewers who left forever because of their disgust with the politicization of athletics.

This exact scenario worried the owner of the Dallas Cowboys, Jerry Jones, who speculated that the activism may hurt the NFL’s football ratings. He noted that the majority of his team’s fans recognize “what this great country is and what this flag stands for.”

Yes, Mr. Jones, not only your fans, but most NFL fans also appreciate the greatness of this country and our American Flag. As we can see from the decline in ratings, social justice activism is not as popular as good old-fashioned patriotism.

A Conversation With The Neighbor


I’m voting to reelect President Donald J. Trump because, if he does not win, the America, that you and I grew up in will be gone forever

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Re-Posted from the Canada Free Press By  —— Bio and ArchivesSeptember 27, 2020

A Conversation With The Neighbor

Many fun-filled-stories have passed over our backyard fence, as my Jewish neighbor and I did the lean-on for many good years, always respective of the conversational taboo topics of religion and politics that is, until now, where nearly every face-cover- breath has become overtly political.

What a sight to behold, still leaning for support on a rake with one arm and the other over the fence, but now awkwardly separated by the governor’s mandated six-feet-of-separation, one with a face-mask (him), one without (me).

I’m voting against all the violence, arson and devastating riots

And so, as our friendly visit shifted from his dog eating the morning’s paper, to his almost inevitable statement he had been dying to make, “I just can’t believe that you are voting for Donald Trump!?!” My response caused him to step back from the fence when I replied, “You mean President Trump, right?” As he gave me that oh-come-on-sarcastic-look, I began to explain:

I’m not specifically voting FOR President Trump. What I am voting for is AGAINST the Democratic Party. He moved the rake uncomfortably to his other hand, as I went on…

I’m voting for the freedom of speech as our constitutional first amendment right to express our opinions, as we always have, normally, whether we agree with one another or not.

As a US Marine and former New York City Police Officer you know why I’m voting for my right to bear arms, which is granted to all of us by the Second Amendment. I realize that you don’t like guns and it is your right not to own any. But, as you know, Democrats are against both our first and second amendment rights and want to confiscate everyone’s guns.

I’m voting against all the violence, arson and devastating riots in all the Democratic run cities which, up to this day, they continue to call ‘peaceful protests’.

I’m voting for the Police to once again be allowed to do their job and, to once again, be respected for doing it. Democrats are in favor of defunding and/or eliminating police. I often wonder if the BLM and Antifa marauders have ever considered that, once the police have been eliminated, who will be left to protect them – from us! And don’t laugh, because there are many of US who will not allow them to destroy our suburban towns or neighborhoods.

I’m voting for law and order with equal justice for all

I’m voting for law and order with equal justice for all. Democrats want a two-tiered judicial system, where political power and money, with unethical paid-for-district-attorneys, as an example, refuse to charge the rioters.

I’m voting against Kamala Harris. It is my belief that Joe Biden’s dementia is real and that he is nothing more than a placeholder for the Harris presidency. Did you know that 61% of Californians, her home state, voted against Kamala in the presidential primaries. It remains a mystery to me why the Democrats would pick such an unpopular and radical candidate for VP.

His response: “Oh, she’s not that bad.”

“Really?” I replied. She is anti-Israel. She is anti-white males which, if you’re counting, becomes two-strikes-against-you. She is in favor of illegal aliens over US citizens. She denies that we have a border crisis wanting to disregard our sovereignty, with open borders, giving anyone who wants to come here free government-run healthcare, free housing, welfare and the right to vote, guaranteed for the Democrat who will make sure, in turn, that the freebies keep coming,

I’m voting for our manufacturing jobs to remain here in America instead of using cheap Chinese labor. Democrats on the other hand are being paid by China to stop President Trump’s tariffs and his Great American Comeback.

I’m voting for the American Flag that is disrespected by the Democratic Party

I’m voting for the military and the veterans who fought for this Country so that the American people, like you and me, could live in peace and be able to take full advantage of those freedoms.

I’m voting for the unborn babies who have a right to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness, as all Americans do. But, the Democratic Party platform will allow unwanted newborn children to be starved to death, and call it late term abortion.

I realize this might come under the heading of a rather unpleasant report, especially over the back fence, but, were you aware that a few years ago two journalists went undercover to expose Planned Parenthood for selling the body parts of late- term-aborted babies, a felony, but, the California Attorney General prosecuted the journalists and no charges were ever brought against Planned Parenthood. The AG at the time was Kamala Harris.

I’m voting for Christianity and the freedom of religion for all religious beliefs. The Democrats platform is anti-Christian.

I’m voting for the American Flag that is disrespected by the Democratic Party.

I’m voting for a return to basic logic as I wonder how many people would have been shot by police if they did not commit crimes or resist arrest. And, that answer would be – none!

I’m voting to reelect President Donald J. Trump

I’m voting for a return to basic logic – if you don’t want to get hit by a car, don’t be involved in violent protests while you are in the middle of the street. Don’t stop or prevent a car from moving unless you want to risk getting hit by that car.

Sadly, I have a hard time believing that you or many other lifelong-Democrats are actually voting for the not-so-covert Harris administration. I might understand it better if you said you just hate Trump but, as you can see, there is much baggage that comes with your voting against him, rather than voting for, the American ideals and freedoms that we have enjoyed our entire lives.

And, conversely, as you can now see, I’m not just voting for one person, I’m voting for the future of our Country. I’m voting for our children, yours and mine. I’m voting for our grandchildren so that they can grow up in America with the same rights and freedoms that you and I have had, the same freedoms that, sadly, many of our countrymen have taken for granted.

I’m voting to reelect President Donald J. Trump because, if he does not win, the America, that you and I grew up in will be gone forever.

Maybe you and your wife might consider, even just for this one election, looking into what other Walk-Away-Democrats are saying. I’ll get you a link to their Facebook page, where it uses Kenny Rogers advice of ‘http://www.facebook.com/walkawaydemocrats/” rel=“nofollow”>Know when to walk away’…

But, for now, gotta run, no point in getting The Boss annoyed, knowing she has an entire Honey-Do-List written out for me…;)

Stop your vote being stolen: Vote in person not by mail


Voting in person will prevent your vote being possibly stolen by a mail ballot falsely cast in your name and ensure the integrity and reliability of the election results

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Re-Posted by The Conservative Tree House By  —— Bio and ArchivesSeptember 26, 2020

Stop your vote being stolen: Vote in person not by mail

As America continues to sink into an abyss of chaos, arson and looting—the last thing it needs are further protests across America or legal actions by teams representing either Republicans or Democrats challenging the election results on November 3, 2020.

The best way to stop these disasters happening is by voting in person—not by mail.

It is therefore disturbing to see the Washington Post giving the following advice to its readers in a panel headed Election 2020: What to know”

Find out the rules in your state. Some states have already started sending out mail ballots; see how to make sure yours countsAbsentee and mail ballots are two terms for the same thing, mostly used interchangeably. Barring a landslide, we may not have a result in the presidential election on Nov. 3.”

This panel is prominently positioned below a Washington Post article dated August 17th headlined: “State officials rush to shore up confidence in Nov. 3 election as voters express new fears about mail voting”.

The article itself contains the following statements:

  • “Absentee voting has become so common that in 34 states and the District, any voter can ask for an absentee ballot, even if the voter is physically able to vote in person on Election Day, a practice called “no-excuse absentee voting.”
  • As the use of absentee voting evolved, election officials began referring to the practice with other terms, such as “advanced ballots,” “mailed ballots,” “vote-by-mail ballots” and “mail ballots,” according to the National Conference of State Legislatures (NCSL).
  • Some states prefer to call it “mail-in voting” rather than “absentee voting,” because voters will be mailed a ballot regardless of whether they are in town or “absent” from their polling precinct on Election Day.
  • Why are there so many terms? It’s a result of a decentralized election administration system in the United States, in which each state sets its own rules on how to conduct elections, experts say. And each state’s rules and regulations around absentee voting vary.
The advice is grossly misleading and is popping up all over the internet:

 “Absentee voting”: Requiring the voter to expressly request ballot papers be posted to him—is very different from “mail–in voting” : The unsolicited mail out of ballot papers addressed to individual voters where they may no longer live or maybe deceased—easily capable of being harvested and illegally completed.

Voter fraud can also occur in the case of absentee voting.

Judicial Watch President Tom Fitton’s Testimony before the United States House of Representatives Judiciary Committee’s Subcommittee on the Constitution, Civil Rights, and Civil Liberties on June 3,  2020 gave these examples:

“In 2019, an Oakland County clerk outside Detroit, Michigan was charged with illegally altering 193 absentee ballots. A Minneapolis, Minnesota man was charged with helping 13 others falsify absentee ballots ahead of the 2018 election. In 2017, a Dallas County, Texas man was convicted after 700 mail-in ballots were witnessed and signed by a fictitious person. And recently in North Carolina’s 9th Congressional District race, a scheme was run to steal 1,200 absentee ballots and fill them out, in a race that was decided by only 900 votes.”

Only 61.4 percent of the voting-age population voted in 2016—similar to 2012.

A 2019 Gallup poll found only 4 in 10 Americans expressed confidence in the honesty of elections in the country—while 6 did not.

Voting in person will prevent your vote being possibly stolen by a mail ballot falsely cast in your name and ensure the integrity and reliability of the election results.

The Masks – A Symbol of the Real Agenda


I have spent decades in Asia, and people who were sick wore masks as a matter of courtesy. Masks were not worn by people to prevent getting sick because they do not work that way. When I went to the ER and they threw me into a COVID wing, I told them I did not know anyone with COVID. They said I could have gotten it by touching the nozzle to fill my car with gas. That statement right then and there proves masks do nothing.

Most people will be touching their faces or adjusting their mask, and if they touched something with COVID, then the mask will become infected. This is one giant scam to push Klaus Schwab’s Great Reset from the World Economic Forum.

The use of masks and social distancing has destroyed the world economy and created over 300 million unemployed people. They have actually hurt the minorities and lower classes whose labor was dependent upon their presence. Not everyone can work from home. The whole agenda is about stopping people from commuting to eliminate fossil fuels. Only 8% of those in New York have returned to offices. The lockdowns increased the supply of oil by another three years. There were over 400 wells in production in Texas, which have declined to just over 100. They have erected this clock in New York City to tell us we have now just 7 years left.

What I find extremely disturbing is that Al Gore claimed back in 2009 certain models projected total ice-free during the summer months at the North Pole, which he put in this forecast from 2014 to 2016.

I have provided the real explanation of How & Why Ice Ages Are Created and the fact that the North Sea Passage has been passable to ships on a cyclical basis over the centuries.

There is no coming back from this deliberate economic destruction. They are deliberately trying to CRUSH the world economy to further their goal to control climate change. Unfortunately, everything that our computer has forecast has been absolutely correct from Trump and BREXIT winning back in 2016, the rise of civil unrest, the corruption for the 2020 election, the rise in food prices due to shortages, and the ultimate end-game will be the destruction of Western society post-2032 and the shift of the financial capital of the world to China.

What Makes Life Matter?


I am sure by now all of you, like me, are weary of hearing Black Lives Matter, and all the rhetoric associated with the phrase. It isn’t really being used as an introduction to a productive and honest conversation, or even as a true call to arms to change injustice. I am not, and I will emphasize that for commenters, am not wanting to discuss the worthiness of the cause and all the associated protests, and violence. We can leave that for other posts.

Because this has been at the forefront of our minds the last months, no matter which side of the issue you take, I have been giving a lot of thought to what makes life matter. You can throw out a phrase the media seizes or glorifies without really having any true understanding of it. That is inconsequential to the truth, and only the mentally lazy or immature accept it at face value.

For this thing we sum up as life, a big word indeed, what does give it meaning? What really matters? I’m sure since the beginning of human ability to discuss and record ideas no consensus has ever been found, but, at least in Western society as I know it, until recently, it appears to me that people, families, cultures, governments, philosophers, historians, educators and theologians shared some ideas.

What are they? Unique to each person, we can never speak authoritatively for all, and I do not seek to do that here. I would just, with your assistance, examine some of the more common motivations that I became familiar with through my childhood, born in the late fifties, and adult years, and feedback from friends, family, and ideas from my reading and studies.

It seems to me that every generation bore the burden of living up to unspoken standards, perhaps innocently as a toddler, and maybe even unwillingly as the child grew and became a teenager, in certain instances. No individual came away unswayed by those parental and societal expectations, not even the great and small rebels who defined their rebellion against those very expectations, be they bath and bedtime, curfew, length of hair or hemline, or denial of civil rights or religious freedom.

From earliest human history, people had to work to provide their safety, sustenance, and hope for another tomorrow. Only relatively recently in our existence have we had the luxury of leisure and reflection.

I know that life for my grandparents was all about work, survival, and that included surviving the Great Depression and all that entailed. Gardening especially, farming in Kansas during Dust Bowl years for my dad’s family. Re-using, repairing, making do, sacrificing for the whole family, and especially for the sick, the young, the old.

Throughout our American history, immigrants arrived on our shores with their own expectations and goals and desires. They brought into our melting pot cultural richness and beliefs that added to who and what we are, added by their work, sacrifice, hunger for success and life for the generations they gave birth to. But they also, upon arrival and integration into American life and society accepted the expectations of previous generations of Americans and determined to live up to those expectations, those standards, and stand alongside their American brethren to contribute not only daily bread to their hungry children, but to the building and protection and success of this great country that they gave everything for.

Immigrants did not leave their homes and families behind, almost everyone of them knowing they would never see father, mother, brothers and sisters again, to come to America and stand idle, to wait in a bread line, to huddle in hovels and listen to the powerful tell them how to live and what to think.  They came with dreams yes, but equal measures of determination, grit, work ethic, and hope. They came to build, and build they damn well did.

When I was a child our parents, and every teacher I ever had, painted pictures in our daily lives, in our minds, by words and deeds, of those who came before and built. In kindergarten we learned the story of the Pilgrims and Indians and the struggle to establish a home in the wilderness. Later in school we celebrated Thanksgiving through plays and the fictional words of Patricia Mullins “Why don’t you speak for yourself, John?”

In very early years we knew how America was settled, we knew of the building of the Colonies, the great Revolutionary War, the establishing of the United States of America under our Constitution. Later we learned more, the fleshing out of the great statesman and their long days writing that Constitution, the Bill of Rights, and every single one of us had a picture of George Washington leading his troops across the Delaware River, but also leading his fledgling country as it began a legendary march into history and world power.

Subsequently we learned about American expansion across the Continent, we learned about the Louisiana Purchase, we learned about the rise of industrialism, slavery, the abolitionist movement, the compromises and Congressional battles prior to the firing on Fort Sumter. Here in the South most of us learned about Reconstruction from old family members and friends. We learned about the World Wars, especially WWII.

Because we knew about the Spanish Flu, the Great Depression, we learned that people survive great pandemics and economic crashes. We knew about victory gardens, war shortages, rationing, and such obscure things as women painting a line down their legs to simulate stockings because they had none. Every family had an aunt or mother who learned to weld or rivet during the war.

We learned about heroes and heroines. We learned about heritage and pride. We learned patriotism. I was taught the states and their capitals by an old black man who worked for my father, along with a lot of other special things, both academic and practical, and I remember the dignity, confidence and pride this friend of mine had when he taught me, though he was impoverished and caught in alcoholism. This was a time when he was denied basic rights and privileges that I, unknowingly at that time, had merely by virtue of my birth.

I learned that he expected me to come to him after test day and report my good grades, measuring not only the knowledge he imparted to me, but my valuing of that teaching and time invested, and I learned that his expectations were very high. All this he did voluntarily, imparting knowledge he had gained to me just because that is what people did, across race, culture, societal and economic status.

Let’s narrow this in some, and individualize it. When I graduated high school, I went into the world expecting that there was some thing I had to contribute, some actions and work and effort that I should put forth, primarily for my own success, but also because I wanted, like every other graduate in my class, to make my mark, to measure up. But we all had an unspoken idea that we owed the world we lived in our best.

I graduated in 1976. We were caught up in a year long celebration of 200 years of American history, excellence, and potential. In that time, not only for us young adults, but also for the country, there was an air of pride and patriotism, and absolute belief that we had greatness ahead. As valedictorian, I still remember the closing line I wrote for my speech.

“We now have the key to our future. We must find the lock it opens.” At this point, I am told, my future father in law gave me applause. You better believe that ranks in my list of things that matter. He was one tough man, not given to praise.

Later when I married, we each had a firm idea of what we wanted and what we had to offer, as well as what it would take to make life happen for us. First and foremost, perhaps even more than love, that idea for both of us involved work. My husband knew absolutely what hard work was already, and he immediately and everlastingly (still going like the Energizer Bunny!) set out to make a future for us. I wanted more than anything to build a wonderful home for us, to learn to cook, especially his favorite biscuits and gravy, and to help work and provide security for the coming children.

We wanted to be able to provide our own home for our family, give them security, teach them about life, work, home, family, and yes, all those things I listed above, the richness of our American heritage and experience. We wanted to prepare them for an indifferent and often hostile world, to give them confidence, strength, determination, hope in the face of trials, and belief, both in themselves, and in our family.

If there was anything we took for granted back then, it was perhaps the freedom we had to practice our Christian faith, to have a church building, a parish family, priests and nuns and parish schools, and all the richness and splendor and fruits of living in a land where you can worship God and try to pass on your faith to your children, all without persecution or punishment. In those busy days, we gave little thought to not only the American history we knew insuring our right to worship, but the poor workers who make our beautiful old church building possible, the priest who is now a candidate for sainthood because he gave his life in a Yellow Fever epidemic, staying in town to care for the sick and dying.

We wanted to build a good life for each other, we wanted a great future for our family, our sons. We didn’t just have an idea in our heads for how life should be, not for ourselves, and not for our sons. We wanted to teach them all they needed to know to make the best of their lives, to be able to go out into the world and make a good life for themselves, yes, but more still. We wanted to teach them about adversity, strength, endurance, getting up when life knocks you down. We wanted to teach them to do things for themselves, and that they could do hard things.

We wanted to teach them the value of hard work, and my husband especially was determined that no son of his would be anything less than the hardest, toughest, longest enduring man standing when the chips fell. We wanted them to see the value of their contributions, to our family, and to our common experience as Americans.

Our sons knew what it was to work from a very young age, and just as my husband and his siblings had done, they contributed to our family’s well being. As teens they helped pay their school tuition, they always paid for their own gas and insurance, and even sometimes bought their own clothes, especially if they wanted nicer things than mom was willing to spring for. Yes, shout out to you, number two son.

They learned the cost of failure, of lack of effort, and of mistakes. They learned that actions have consequences, and they learned that their parents would not bail them out of troubles, large and small. They learned to make recompense when their actions cost others. Looking at you, number one son and the spray painting of the barn episode.

They learned that mindless destruction and irresponsibility had repercussions, number three son and the screwdriver episode, and that privileges were not to be taken for granted.

As a proud, very proud, mother and grandmother now, I can say they learned all those things well and taught us others. They are finer men than we dreamed of, and life will never mow them down. They are wonderful husbands, fathers, and each in his own wonderful and unique way adds value to our world. They are patriots all. They have brought very special and resolute women into our family, and we have eight wonderful grandchildren who represent the hope and the future of our family.

To help me gather thoughts for this post, and because I value their opinions most, we had a conversation this week about what makes life matter.

Every one of them ranked family at the top of the list. One daughter in law is in school, and that ranks high on the list of things that matter. Another daughter in law, established in her field, still seeks further personal purpose and feels the quest continues, a sentiment that I share, although she sure words it better. A sense of humor, so necessary in our family, which is perhaps why my daughter in law named it.

My youngest son just finished school a year ago, all while working and raising three kids. He wants a better life for his wife and family, but he also wants the things he does to make his family, especially his wife and kids, proud of him, as well as us, his parents. And by us, he mostly means dad, because that’s a healthy desire in a young man, just as my husband was satisfied that he was able to please his father and make him proud.

My middle son separates his motivations into professional and personal. Professionally he is driven to succeed not only for personal satisfaction ( I can say from experience he was driven from birth toward excellence) but also for the sake of building a team and doing his best for them and his company. Personally, he wants his kids to see and experience the limitless possibilities life offers, and to understand that sacrifices must be made to win those things. He wants them to be confident in the security and love of their family, as do all of the sons and daughters in law. He wants them to be aware that their lives and potential are tied to the sacrifices of generations of family before them.

My oldest son experienced personal loss this year in a big way, a huge and heartbreaking struggle this year has been for him, again, personally and professionally. As far as bad things happening, big and small, 2020 has been a year of hits for him. Through it all he has not only kept on going, he has made his kids a priority, kept a sense of humor, hope, faith, and made time to come home and help take care of me in my time of recuperation, and make things easier for his dad by doing whatever he can around the house.

I had a bad ankle injury a few months ago, and it is a long journey toward being able to walk again. Every single one of my sons and daughters in law have been there for me in ways large and small, from one son who had to make himself the contact during and after surgery, all of them who took me to and from doctor and hospital, cooked and cleaned and shopped and mowed grass. Perhaps most important, they just came when I needed company and encouragement most. Extended family brought meals and visited. Family matters.

And because this is what the post is most about, passing on what matters, I’ll brag on the grandchildren, from the oldest ones who even stayed with me a day or two to help when I was almost immobile, to the little ones who give me hugs and solemnly promised not to bump my leg, all of them have been there for me when it matters.

My husband has worked a full time job, been nurse, caretaker, coach (he’s brutal – no room for safe places in his thinking) and been the most uncomplaining companion in the world, when it was not easy to be any of those things, and when I was depressed and hurting and a big PITA. He epitomizes the for better or worse clause, and he is just absolutely as faithful and true and motivated in the worst as he is the better.

All these things matter. For us, they are the tip of the iceberg of love, family, tradition, hope, faith. They are the spoken representation of what can never truly be spoken. Together we stand, and we will not fall, and we will succeed in giving the eight kids entrusted to us to care for the best chances we possibly can to grow into adults who find their meaning and build their lives.

I submit to you that life must have deep and powerful, sacrificial meaning. One phrase can’t give life meaning. Signs can’t make life matter. Before it comes to showdowns with police, especially if they end in gunfire, life matters or it does not. From the time of conception, if this world is to matter, then life matters, and parents, family, society owe that child protection and care.

I will say what I said when Mike Brown died, and I saw his body on the street. I cried, I cried for a loss of what should have been as well as what was. He, through his own actions, lost the future chances to make his life about something that mattered.

When one young man or woman loses their life, we have all lost. But when a large, formidably, scary percentage of our youth are not given meaning and hope, values, responsibilities, family, and expectations, yes, expectations from parents and society, we all lose.

Until society understands the phrases Black Lives Matter, All Lives Matter, and all their other words designed to inflame, are incomplete without an ending, we have work to do. I think that our thinking should go further.

Life Matters Because…

A few notes in conclusion here. Most of you know me from family and religious posts. I have mostly kept my faith out of this. It is too huge a part of life to tag on here, and possibly deserves another post. You may of course address that in comments, but in order to stay on track with the ideas here, I did not include the most important thing in my life, but not out of neglect or failure to appreciate it.

This post is intended to encourage personal reflection (I could insert various scoffing adjectives from my sons here, as they reluctantly shared xxx feelings, as they so eloquently put it). I do not intend it to be a referendum on the various shootings, protests, and political arguments about them.

Be respectful, please.

Addition to original post.

In their review of this post, my sons placed emphasis on the value of humility. I’m sorry I forgot to include that, it’s very important to them. Indeed, it was a three way tie as to who is most humble.

Kamala Harris accepts with honor the Support of ‘Hanoi Jane’ and as a Vietnam Vet I find that repulsive! No veteran should support the Harris Biden t Ticket!


The hypocrisy of Harris on respect for fallen soldiers and war vets is jaw-dropping

Kamala Harris To Join ‘Hanoi Jane’ Fonda In ‘Yell Room’ Campaign Event

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Kamala Harris To Join ‘Hanoi Jane’ Fonda In ‘Yell Room’ Campaign Event

Hanoi Jane Fonda will, in effect, ride her anti-aircraft gun photo straight through the Democrat presidential campaign tomorrow.

“Democratic vice-presidential candidate Kamala Harris is set to join Fonda at a Saturday virtual event held by progressive advocacy group Supermajority. The event—titled “Supercharge: Women All In”—will “bring together thousands of women to laugh, sing, dance, and celebrate women’s political power,” according to the group’s website.” (Washington Free Beacon, Sept. 23, 2020)

Included in this anti-vet, anti-American event celebrating “women’s political power” is a “yelling room where participants are encouraged to scream out their emotions,” according to event organizers.

Screaming out their emotions is what innumerable leftist women are prone to do, as witnessed in many Tweets and YouTubes since mob rule took over city streets. (See Below)

Imagine the one and the same Biden campaign, which has smeared President Donald Trump with false accusations about his lack of respect for U.S. soldiers, will be out there campaigning this weekend with Jane Fonda—a celebrity best known for fraternizing with enemy troops during the Vietnam War!

“Fonda traveled to North Vietnam in 1972 as part of an anti-war protest that saw her pose for photos with enemy troops on an anti-aircraft gun. The photo sparked outrage among Vietnam veterans, earning her the nickname “Hanoi Jane.” Fonda’s public appearances remain subject to controversy—a group of Ohio veterans called on the actress to donate her $83,000 speaking fee to the families of fallen soldiers ahead of a May appearance at Kent State University. (Washington Free Beacon)

“Harris and Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden have criticized President Donald Trump on veterans’ issues in recent weeks. During a September “veterans roundtable,” Biden criticized Trump for ignoring “the bounty on the heads of Americans in Afghanistan,” referencing a slew of June reports that claimed Russia bribed the Taliban to kill U.S. servicemen. One day before the roundtable, Marine Corps general Frank McKenzie—who oversees military operations in the region—told NBC News that a review of U.S. intelligence failed to corroborate the alleged bounties.

Fonda’s financial help to Sen. Harris speaks much louder than Harris’ signature Clintonesque giggle:

“Fonda has long supported Harris financially, contributing nearly $6,000 to the Democrat’s Senate campaign since 2016. The actress also gave $1,000 to the Biden Victory Fund in June after donating a combined $10,300 to Sens. Elizabeth Warren (D., Mass.) and Amy Klobuchar (D., Minn.), Democratic governors Steve Bullock (Mont.) and Jay Inslee (Wash.), and billionaire Tom Steyer during the presidential primary. (Washington Free Beacon)

“Saturday’s event will also be attended by Warren, twice-failed presidential candidate Hillary Clinton, Sen. Bernie Sanders (I., Vt.), and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D., Calif.). Supermajority was launched in 2019 by a group of progressive activists, including former Planned Parenthood president Cecile Richards and Black Lives Matter cofounder Alicia Garza. The group has raised $2.5 million in 2020, with $2 million coming from liberal billionaire George Soros’s Democracy PAC.

“Supermajority aims to train and mobilize “a community of all ages, races, and backgrounds to fight for gender equality together,” according to its website.

“Fonda in 2017 said she does not regret her trip to Hanoi during the Vietnam War but does regret the infamous photo with North Vietnamese troops. She added that while she is not “proud of America today,” she is “proud of the resistance.”

“I’m proud of the people who are turning out in unprecedented numbers and continue over and over again to protest what Trump is doing. I’m very proud of them, that core,” Fonda said.

In her promotion of the roundtable in a tweet, the hypocrisy of Harris on respect for fallen soldiers and war vets is jaw-dropping:

“American veterans sacrifice so much for our nation and deserve our respect and gratitude, both while on active duty and after.”

Maybe she’ll wear her Timberland boots in her ‘yell room’ screech with Jane Fonda tomorrow.

How Cultural Marxism is Grinding Down America’s Public Schools


Public-funded education is advancing communism in America one little Marxist at a time

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Re-Posted from the Canada Free Press By  —— Bio and ArchivesSeptember 25, 2020

How Cultural Marxism is Grinding Down America's Public SchoolsCultural Marxism is the gradual process of grinding down western democracies by subverting the pillars of their culture, the structures and institutions of family, religion, education, politics, law, the arts and the media, as they provide the social cohesion necessary to a functioning society. Undermine the principles these structural institutions embody, and a capitalist society can be overthrown from within without firing a shot. Like termites eating away at the foundation of a house, cultural Marxists in our midst have plotted since the 1960s to radically transform every cultural institution in America, including its secondary education system.

Those who think the threat of communism ended when the Soviet Union collapsed would be shocked to know what’s being taught decades later in many of America’s schools. In “Bill Ayers, the Critical Pedagogy Movement and Cultural Marxism,” author Geoffrey Brittain wrote this:

In many of our public schools, young, impressionable children are no longer being taught to feel good about being Americans. Their school teachers, who traditionally embody socially approved values, are teaching them to be ashamed of being Americans. Spreading out from the schools that teach our teachers, this ideology is being inculcated into our nation’s K-12 schools and is anti-American in the most profound meaning of the term. It is a movement that is teaching future generations that capitalism and traditional American values are intrinsically evil. Critical pedagogy and its advocates, in their vehement antipathy toward capitalism, private property and traditional American values, is a classic fifth subversive column, no less dangerous to freedom than communism. Its advocates are seeking to radically transform our society by covertly indoctrinating the young through an essentially clandestine and subversive transformation of its culture.  

What follows are examples of how cultural Marxists in our schools are indoctrinating the young.

Caught on tape: Union teachers discuss pushing communism in the classroom

During a meeting of the Left Forum, two public school teachers were caught on video discussing how to slip communist dogma into classrooms. Wearing a “Tax the Rich” shirt, Sarah Knopp, a Los Angeles high school teacher and teachers union activist who contributes to “The Socialist Review,” and Megan Behrent, a New York City public school teacher affiliated with the International Socialist Organization, participated in a panel discussion about injecting Marxism into classroom instruction.

6th grade lesson plan: Design a flag for a new socialist nation

Across America, activist teachers, nearly all of whom vote Democrat, are pushing communist doctrine on captive young minds, often with the tacit approval of Democrat school administers, Democrat-controlled school boards and the modern Democratic Party.

A progressive-designed lesson plan for 6th graders in Texas public schools read as follows:

Note that socialist/communist nations use symbolism on their flags representing various aspects of their economic system.  Imagine a new socialist nation is creating a flag and you have been put in charge. Use symbolism to represent aspects of socialism/communism on your flag. What kind of symbolism/colors would you use?

If this type of thing is taught in a red state like Texas, the odds are off the charts that communist-themed lesson plans are also being used in other states.

6th grade teacher: “Republicans don’t care about anyone but the rich.”

After telling her 6th grade class that Republicans are stupid, Virginia public school teacher Kristin Martin went on to say that Republicans “don’t care about anyone but wealthy people and businesses,” an absurd claim designed to infect her students with Marxist class resentment.  Martin made her comments on Mar. 6, 2012 as Republicans filed into Powell Elementary School in Fairfax to vote on Super Tuesday.

Virginia 3rd graders required to perform Occupy Wall Street song

During an official event at an elementary school in Virginia, 3rd grade students were required to perform “Part of the 99%,’ a song with an unmistakable political overtone: support of the anti-capitalist Occupy Wall Street protests. In response to an outburst of criticism, school board officials defended the song, saying the district’s schools don’t censor songs children write or try to influence the subjects children write songs about. “It all came out of the kids’ own mouths and the kids’ own words,” said Albemarle County school board chair, Steve Koleszar. Does it appear the song was written by 3rd graders? You decide:

Part of the 99%

Some people have it all
But they still don’t think they have enough
They want more money, a faster ride
They’re not content, never satisfied
Yes, they’re the 1%
I used to be one of the 1%
I worked all the time, never saw my family
Couldn’t make life rhyme, then the bubble burst
It really, really hurt
I lost my money, lost my pride, lost my home
Now I’m one of the 99%

The song accomplished its decidedly anti-American purpose: planting the seeds of Marxist class hatred in the minds of 8-year-olds.

Using Legos to teach communism

Two teachers at a Seattle school banned Legos from the classroom to teach kindergarteners about the alleged evils of private property. Anxious to have the toys returned to the classroom, the children agreed to a new set of guidelines set by their teachers, including these: All structures must be public structures and all structures must be standard size.  Later, the teachers proudly quoted their newly indoctrinated students:

• “A house is good because it is a community house.”

• “We should all have equal houses.”

• “It’s important to have the same power over your building as other people.”

What the 5-year-olds were taught is explained in this Karl Marx quote: “The theory of Communism can be summed up in one sentence: Abolish all private property.”

Students at Florida college show signs of prior Marxist indoctrination

Valencia College economics professor Jack Chambliss asked his sophomore class two questions on an essay assignment: what does the American Dream look like to you, and how much do you expect the federal government to help you achieve that vision? Eighty percent of his students expect government to provide one or more of the following:

  • Free college education
  • Free health care
  • Guarantee of a good-paying job
  • Money for down-payment on a home
  • Money for retirement