One of the fascinating aspects of studying the Left is that they are endlessly contradictory. In some cases a new socialist regime will be celebrated by the Left as a pre-eminent utopia, and later on deny that was socialist when it inevitably fails. In others the Left will do it’s level best to whitewash the horror of mass murder and brutal oppression of past collectivist system in hopes of reviving their base ideology. The New York Times is currently in the later process with it’s series ‘Red Century’ Exploring the history and legacy of Communism, 100 years after the Russian Revolution, with delightful pieces such as: “Why George Bernard Shaw Had a Crush on Stalin” and “My Grandfather, the Secret Policeman.”
In this case, the New York Times is ignoring the horrible aspects of Chinese Communism while holding it up as a bastion of feminism: For all its flaws, the Communist revolution taught Chinese women to dream big.
While the Communist revolution brought women more job opportunities, it also made their interests subordinate to collective goals. Stopping at the household doorstep, Mao’s words and policies did little to alleviate women’s domestic burdens like housework and child care. And by inundating society with rhetoric blithely celebrating its achievements, the revolution deprived women of the private language with which they might understand and articulate their personal experiences.
At the beginning of the piece the author quotes her grandmother:
“The Communists did many terrible things,” my grandmother always says at the end of her reminiscences. “But they made women’s lives much better.”
Does that make sense to anybody?
"The gulag system wasn't perfect, but it taught Russians the value of a strong work ethic." https://t.co/ycg9zrsG56
— Ian Tuttle (@iptuttle) September 26, 2017
NYT opinion next week: for all its flaws, Hitler's Nazi movement bought healthy vegetarian meal planning to the Reich.
— Inez Stepman (@InezFeltscher) September 26, 2017
I mean millions of said women’s children starved to death, but ya know stay woke.
— ZakSoAwesome (@ZakSoAwesome) September 26, 2017
— Soquel by the Creek (@SoquelCreek) September 26, 2017
It’s been said that the decreased population that resulted from the Black Death of the 1340s assisted the survivors because they now had more opportunities, but was it worth the millions who died? To be clear, there is simply no comparison between the advantages of economic liberty to that of Communism. In most collectivist systems one is told what they are going to study and their ultimate career path, this is hardly conducive to one dream(ing) big. It is only under the flag of freedom that all people are allowed to rise of fall, according to their innate gifts and abilities.
It is also beyond absurd to dismiss the “terrible things” of Communism and other socialist systems given the sheer magnitude of their crimes. Can women ‘dream big’ in North Korea and Venezuela when they struggle on a daily basis to feed their children?
Let’s Just say it: The Left Hates the Culture of Liberty. Part II
While it hides behind the false label of Liberal, the nation’s Socialist Left continues to expand its assault on Liberty culture.
In Part I we began this discussion on how the Left is coming out of the authoritarian closet displaying their abject revulsion to the Culture of Liberty. In Part II we will detail the major aspects of their assaults on freedom. While it may sound shocking to many, deep down everyone should realise that the Left is becoming increasingly adverse to Liberty. Aside from wanting the freedom to wage the violence of abortion, they have little use for the concept in any other form.
Down through history Leftists have used and then disposed of democratic institutions to obtain power. The Bolsheviks and Nationalsozialistische deutsche Arbeiter-Partei being good examples from the storied past. At present, their favourite tactic involves the use of negatively termed alternative phrases to attack basic Liberties. They use these phrases to suppress these freedoms while maintaining the fiction of being ‘Liberal’.
“Hate Speech” used to attack Free-speech.
Here we see the first of many negatively charged phrases the Left uses to attack freedom of speech. As in most cases the term is undefined, allowing them to expand it to encompass whatever they wish to suppress. As in the other cases, this let’s them pretend to advocate free-speech while working against the concept.
Their recent expansion of assaults against the basic human Liberty of self-preservation has seen them us this convenient expedient to arbitrarily censor speech with regard to this fundamental natural right. Of course, they like to use the excuse that they are private entities unencumbered by 1st amendment issues. But this is a discussion on the Culture of Liberty and as Matt Christiansen pointed out, quite often the cultural value that is changed first, followed by restrictions from the government.
“Fake News” used to attack Freedom of the Press.
This is a new term in the pantheon of Leftist phrases, but once again it’s an undefined term used to go after those they deem to be unworthy of the vaunted title of ‘Journalist’. The national Socialist Media has always been disdainful of those who are not part of their elite cadres. At one point they labelled those outside the industrial media complex as being pajama clad, now they just brand them as being “Fake News”. Certain ‘social media’ sites have begun using this excuse to censor what can be stated on them. To be clear, the issue isn’t the veracity of the content, but it’s political point of view.
“Military Style” used to attack the Commonsense human Right of Self-Defence.
This was one of the first instances where the national Socialist Left developed the idea of assaulting a basic human Liberty an alternative phrase while still pretending to support it. This began with the undefined phrase “Assault Weapon” transitioning into even more nebulous terms such as “Military Style”. As with the other terms these have a twofold purpose – convey a negative feeling over a fundamental right while feigning it’s support.
Having once set the precedent that certain means of self-defence are verboten, it then becomes a simple matter of expanding the reach of these terms to include all firearms. This while Leftists parrot the fiction that they “believe in the 2nd amendment”.
“Background Checks” [ Intergalactic, Enhanced, Universal ] used to also attack Private Property Rights.
First of all, background checks have been in existence for almost 25 years, but one would not know it by the oft repeated talking points of the Left. Their well seasoned unfamiliarity with the facts will see them demand that which already exists. As is the case in other realms, they use their inability to base arguments on facts to their advantage. So when they repeat this demand, people get the impression that background checks are desperately needed.
Or they will use the ever popular tactic of moving the goal posts, demanding that these be even more intrusive in our private lives seizing control of our private property.
The basic premise for these “Intergalactic Background Checks” is that the government somehow has the ‘right’ to control certain items of one’s private property because they are dangerous. Well, there are three glaring issues with this false premise.
- One is that private property is a foundational element of Liberty, one does not ‘own’ something if they cannot control it, such as in the purchasing or selling of said property. Leftists would love to negate this fundamental freedom with some sort of societal ownership regime as part of their collectivist ideology. “Intergalactic Background Checks” would impose a government edict over everyone’s property that would be greater than one’s ownership of those possessions.
- Two, since restraint over the government is the fundamental purpose of the 2nd amendment and the Constitution in general, IBC’s would place control of these restraints in the hands of the government. In essence removing any limitations on the government. History is replete with examples of why this is a very bad idea.
- Third, “Intergalactic Background Checks” would be the first and very critical step towards registration and the inevitable confiscation of guns. For once the government has purview over one’s private possessions, it can easily transition to tracking them in this control regime. History is also replete with the tale of the registration leading to confiscation. Meanwhile the national Socialist Left has made it quite clear this is their ultimate goal.
In many ways the Parkland Kids have done everyone a great service in exposing once and for all the Left’s disdain for freedom. Instead the slow creep of the collectivist mindset overtaking the country until it’s too late for anything that can be done, we have been forewarned of the danger. The Parkland Kids and the rest of the Authoritarian Socialist Left will have to be honest for once about their true intentions.
Were they to do so, they would drop the mask and stop hiding behind the Liberal label. They could then try to sell everyone their true socialist national agenda of égalité minus the Liberté or even fraternité.
At least then the people would know what they are getting instead of the farcical Utopian fantasies that have been part and parcel of the Leftist propaganda for centuries now. Were they to win on the basis of said honesty, they would have a mandate to rule over Liberty as they have promised, freedom be damned.
But the past has shown that people never willingly vote for this type of draconian rule. Instead they have to be enticed into enslaving themselves with the false promises of “Free Healthcare”, “Free college” as well as marginal safety from harm for the low-low price of sacrificing their Liberty.
Which is why the Left’s deceit and deception will continue, no matter how it’s been exposed in the past. They will still try to keep up the false pretence of being ‘Liberal’ or in favour of ‘Progress’ and if everyone is informed enough, they will end up on the ash heap of history as is rightfully the fate of all tyrants.
Trump again targets freedom of the press due to unfavorable news coverage
Yesterday was another opportunity for Trump to bask in the praise and adulation of his friends at FOX News after appearing to keep a campaign promise to cancel the Iran deal created by Barack Obama with the help of Sen. Bob Corker. And just as he does every morning, Trump began his day with a daily briefing from FOX & Friends.
Now, you’d think the Narcissist-in-Chief would be content in the positive coverage he usually gets from the so-called conservative media, but that’s not how our ego-maniacal president operates. If he fails to receive 100% positive news, Trump immediately goes on the offensive against so-called “Fake News.”
Immediately following this segment, Trump showed us how he possesses no convictions of his own by sending a Tweet parroting the report and, true to form, suggesting that placing a limit on the First Amendment might be a viable solution to silencing his critics in the media.
The Fake News is working overtime. Just reported that, despite the tremendous success we are having with the economy & all things else, 91% of the Network News about me is negative (Fake). Why do we work so hard in working with the media when it is corrupt? Take away credentials?
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) May 9, 2018
In Trump’s own words, news is only “Fake” when it says something “negative” about him.
As my readers and listeners know, Trump has been using his “Fake News” spiel to target news outlets who refuse to embrace the reality show being produced in the White House, and he hasn’t been shy about essentially eliminating the First Amendment to silence them.
Over the past two months alone, Trump has promoted the creation of a state-run media, and his Department of Homeland Security began compiling a database to spy on journalists and bloggers in the name of “national security.”
Trump’s goal when it comes to the news media has been clear from the early days of his campaign when he threatened to expand libel laws to make it easier to sue those who write “negative” articles—a threat he renewed in January. So, this latest threat should come as no surprise.
However, it should serve as a warning to a clear and present danger. When a narcissistic egomaniac with a demonstrable ignorance and/or disregard concerning the Constitution is armed with the power of the presidency and starts sounding like a WWII dictator, we need to remember the words of John Adams: “A Constitution of government once changed from freedom can never be restored. Liberty, once lost, is lost forever.”
We need to stand up against anyone in any office who at any time for any reason dares to threaten any of our Constitutional rights.
Originally posted on The Strident Conservative.
David Leach is the owner of The Strident Conservative. His daily radio commentary is distributed by the Salem Radio Network and is heard on stations across America.
Conservative Picks for the Ohio Primary
In keeping with my commitment, I am searching the nation for the top Conservative options in order to prevent RINOs from betraying their campaign conservative stances. In the past primaries, specifically Illinois, it was incredibly disappointing how Conservatism performed at the ballot. In neighboring state, Indiana, things look a little more hopeful. A common theme in this edition will be the opposition of incumbents who voted for Omnibus. The Ohio Primary presents an opportunity to advance Conservatism in the state. Ohio is a red state that is plagued by unions and opioids. Leftists in Ohio are also more daring than in other states to run as a Republican because they know Democrats will lose. Nonetheless, Ohio had some principled Conservatives which the Freedom Caucus is helping.
Best Picks: Jim Jordan, Christina Hagan, Melanie Leneghan, Todd Wolfrum
Worst Picks: Samuel Ronan, Bill Johnson, Robert Blazek, Anthony Gonzales, Bob Latta, Bob Gibbs, Michael Turner
Best Races: District 12, District 4
Worst Races: District 1, District 6, Ohio Senate,
An interesting matchup here which deviates from the typical RINO vs Conservative. On one side we have Mike DeWine and Mary Taylor. Mary Taylor may initially stand out as the Conservative candidate with endorsement from Ted Cruz, Rand Paul, and Mike Lee. But she’s also backed by John Kasich the most leftist of all the GOP Presidential candidates. Mike DeWine, one may peg as a RINO but strong Conservatives such as Troy Balderson and Kevin Bacon have given him the nod. This race is filled with misinformation with both candidates accusing the other of being leftist. Sites like Breitbart are trying to make this a battle against the Establishment that this race really isn’t. Ted Cruz isn’t infallible with his endorsements as proven with Steve Montenegro early this election season. However a history lesson courtesy of the Buckey Firearm Association is the deciding information: Mike DeWine is anti-gun. He was formerly a Senator who favored gun control and when he was thrown out for it, sought other elected offices. This dude needs a place to rest his head. And for that reason he is out of consideration. Mary Taylor may be associated with Kasich but at least she’s not anti-gun.
Conservative Pick: Mary Taylor
This race is believed to be one of the most easily flipped races for the Senate. Last month Trump added his personal touch on the race and endorsed Jim Renacci, Representative of the 16th District. After 7 years, Renacci has nothing to show for it other than a mediocre record. . It seems as though he is the hand selection of Cocaine Mitch. He also voted for Omnibus which discredits him from being a Conservative Pick. Renacci has many endorsements, but none from nationwide conservatives Those were received by Josh Mandel. Mandel was the race’s frontrunner before having to withdraw citing his wife’s help. And so the race seems as though it is between Ranacci and Gibbons. Mike Gibbons is a business man. He has gathered the second choice endorsement of Rand Paul.
— Mike Gibbons (@MikeGibbonsOH) May 3, 2018
Gibbons is running as a Conservative but he’s not the only one. Melissa Ackinson is an entrepreneur running as the pro-Trump grassroots candidate. She may in fact be more Conservative than Gibbons and Renacci but she is a Trumpist first. From her positions on trade and the language used in her campaign. However it does seem as though she is fiscally conservative. Next is Don Elijah Eckhart. In 2016 he tried to defeat RINO Rob Portman and lost. Again he’s trying but it doesn’t seem like a serious attempt. He’s a good person, likely a good Conservative, but a bad campaigner. Lastly Dan Kiley is running but is more of the same. All of the candidates support Trump’s tariff’s except Eckhart but he’s the least supportive of school safety measures. Whereas Mike Gibbons believes that tariffs can lead to better trade deals and a freer trade, the other three are parroting Trump on the issue. There is no good choice in this race, but Renacci is a McConnell puppet and Gibbons is most prepared to stop him. Also Rand Paul is supporting him.
Conservative Pick: Mike Gibbons (little confidence)
Steve Chabot is actually one of Ohio’s more Conservative Congressmen. But alas, he is another mediocre politician. He is being opposed by Samuel Ronan. Though I oppose politicians who voted for Omnibus, a rare exception must be made. Ronan is pragmatic. He knows people vote by party only and is a leftist living in a red district. So what’s his plan? Win as a Republican. Ronan is pro-abortion and believes healthcare is a human right. Hard pass.
Conservative Pick: Steve Chabot
Brad Wenstrup is an incumbent RINO who is unopposed. He stopped being Conservative when Trump became President.
Joyce Beatty is the incumbent Democrat. Two Republicans are running in opposition. There is Jim Burgess and Abdul Haji. Not much can be gathered about Burgess other than failed attempts at running for the local school board. Abdul Haji is a supporter of Mike Gibbons and his Conservatism shows on his twitter some.
Conservative Pick: Abdul Haji
The 4th is Jim Jordan’s. Jordan is a member of the Freedom Caucus and a strong Conservative. His name is floated for House Speaker in replacement of Paul Ryan. Opposing him is Joseph Miller who doesn’t really have an actual campaign.
Conservative Pick: Jim Jordan (For House Speaker)
Bob Latta is the incumbent and is a RINO apart of the problem. Opposing him is two contestants. Todd Wolfrum is a local public servant looking to go to DC. His campaign promises include joining the Freedom Caucus, banning funding for abortion agencies, and prohibiting foreign aid when there is a debt. Seems like a strong Conservative. Running from the left is Bob Kreienkamp who is anti-gun and against tax cuts. But this is what the Republicans invite.
Conservative Pick: Todd Wolfrum
Bill Johnson is the incumbent in District 6. Hardcore RINO. He has voted for nearly every reckless spending bill in the last few years. But of course Ohio has already had a few leftist sneak their way in as an R so. Unfortunately Robert Blazek also sucks. He wants to tx entertainment because he thinks theirs a connection between violence and media (there’s not). We don’t need to blame video games ay more than guns. These are scapegoats.
Blazek also said he has a plan to help deal with the mental illness and violence, which are causing school shootings and other horrific acts. He would propose a mental health tax of 1 percent on all violent video games and movies. Those movies rated PG-13, R and NC-17 would qualify, as well as games rated for violence. Blazek said he believes the tax would raise about $400 million and the money would then go toward mental health.
Conservative Pick: None
Bob Gibbs is another RINO. He’s yet another big spender. Two candidates oppose him. Patrick Quinn is a hopeful. He doesn’t hold many positions other than wanting to settle immigration once and for all. Terry Robertson is the other, stronger opponent. In 2016, he failed to unseat Gibbs. Now he’s back. He seems to have a good grasp on all things Trump. He campaigns voter ID and going after activist judges. As the Democrats are salivating over the 7th, its best to nominate a candidate they are less prepared to attack.
Conservative Pick: Terry Robertson
Warren Davidson has had a brief year in DC without blemish. He is unopposed.
Three Republicans are scrambling to replace Marcy Kaptur. First up is Keith Colton. My biggest concern is that he is pro-union in a state made less competitive by unions. All else aside he seems like a typical campaign conservative. No joke, the second contestant is W. Benjamin Franklin. Because of his name, his candidacy cannot be found. Steve Kraus was ousted from a state office for a felony charge. He seems just as Conservative as Colton. Colton’s record is cleaner, thus, he is a more formidable opponent.
Conservative Pick: Keith Colton
Michael Turner is the incumbent. Another hardcore RINO. But he is opposed. First up is John Anderson. He has a “contract” platform. It includes restructuring the tax code to be almost entirely consumption based. It also includes ending foreign aid and preventing the federal government from controlling healthcare. Anderson failed to defeat Turner in 2014 and 2012. John Mitchel is the newcomer in this race. He has a unique set of ideas. He opposes the Convention of States for fear of something else entirely coming out of it. He is also for term limits like every not incumbent. Mitchel opposes UN taking our sovereignty and is pro-life and pro-gun.
Conservative Pick: John Mitchel
Marcia Fudge is an incumbent Democrat. Two Republicans seek to unseat her. Gregory Dunham is the first candidate. Although he opposes abortion, he believes in banning semi-auto guns. He is running on a national debt platform but doesn’t realize tax cuts don’t reduce government income. He doesn’t have a good grasp on the constitution or finances for that matter. He is another “fiscally responsible, socially inclusive(leftist)” candidate. From past experience we know that these politicians don’t exist. They will most certainly increase government under the guise of common sense. Beverly Goldstein tried and failed in 2016. Her platform is about jobs and crime. She is more set up to be a local politician but she’s preferable to Dunham.
Conservative Pick: Beverly Goldstein
District 12 is a free for all with eleven candidates. The Democrats have a similar situation. There is no incumbent because this is a special election situation. In large fields it is often beneficial to trust endorsements. Such was the case in the Texas 21st. In this election however the most prized endorsements of Jim Jordan and Mark Meadows belong to Melanie Leneghan. The power of the Freedom Caucus is coming to her aid. That must mean she’s a strong Conservative. However she’s not the only strong Conservative. There is also Troy Balderson. Balderson is on of the staunchest Conservatives in the Ohio Senate. Unlike most Republicans, he has an actual record of defunding Planned Parenthood. There’s also Tim Kane who is likely a RINO if elected. Another strong Conservative in the Ohio legislature is Kevin Bacon. But the race is between Leneghan and Balderson. Both would make fine Representatives and a clean one is needed if the GOP wants to keep this seat. The winner must win two elections to get to the next term.
Conservative Pick: Melanie Leneghan
Tim Ryan holds the seat as a Democrat. Christopher DePizzo is the only Republican. He’s probably a RINO but it’s not like he’ll win.
RINO David Joyce is unopposed.
A super-RINO Steve Stivers is running unopposed.
The race to replace Jim Renacci is surprisingly tame, but the choice is clearer than others. This is a classic Republican Civil War battleground. In the Big Government Corner we have Anthony Gonzalez. The RINOs have come out in full force. Marco Rubio, Rob Portman, Bob Gibbs, and Mike Turner have all endorsed Gonzalez. In the Conservative Corner we have Christina Hagan. Mark Meadows and Jim Jordan have come to her side as well as several Trump administration names. The NRA endorsed Hagan. THe lines are drawn and it would be beneficial to prevent another RINO from gaining the seat.
Conservative Pick: Christina Hagan
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