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Today we remember the day liberty died in America

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Today we remember the day liberty died in America

Seventeen years ago today, an Islamic terrorist group hijacked four commercial airliners and crashed two of them into the Twin Towers of the World Trade Center in NYC and one into the Pentagon. The fourth jet — believed to be heading for the US Capital — crashed in a Pennsylvania field after passengers attempted to overpower the hijackers and regain control.

Today we remember those tragic events: the thousands who died, the first responders who risked their lives to save others along with the many who died trying, and the heroism of the Flight 93 passengers on the fourth plane.

Following that horrendous day, Americans vowed to never forget this tragedy and to do all they could to make sure that the terrorists would never win. While such sentiments are noble and inspiring, they have proven over the years to be little more than political rhetoric used by big-government Democrats AND Republicans to chip away at liberty and freedom in the name of safety and security.

In short, liberty also died on 9/11.

The Transportation Security Administration (TSA). The Patriot Act. The Patriot Act II. Spying on Americans by the National Security Agency (NSA). Fake cell towers to tap your cell phone. These are just a few of the ways Big Brother government has destroyed our God-given right to liberty since 9/11.

Most of this attack on liberty obviously began under George W. Bush — one of the many evidences that “compassionate conservative” was really code for “progressive” — and grew under Barack Obama. Unfortunately, the trend toward tyranny has continued under Donald Trump.

In a piece I wrote last year commemorating 9/11, I documented the host of ways that Trump — who claimed in 2011 that he predicted 9/11 in his book The America We Deserve — was keeping Bush’s and Obama’s terrorism policies in place.

Since that piece, Trump and the GOP have taken the assault on liberty to new heights.

After being given control of Washington, they created the US Cyber Command within the NSA, an idea originally proposed by Obama, giving the agency greater power to spy on Americans. Trump and Co. have also reauthorized FISA-702 to give the NSA authority to conduct warrantless electronic surveillance on Americans.

Cyber security and electronic surveillance are becoming code words to disguise policies designed to destroy liberty. For example, though not yet law, the Department of Homeland Security Reauthorization Act sitting in Congress will include amendments giving DHS power to monitor our elections.

Who could have imagined that the rationale used to justify the government’s response to the 9/11 terrorist attacks would be the same rationale used to justify the creation of an army of armed federal agents to “monitor” polling places? Talk about unintended consequences. Then again, maybe they aren’t unintended after all.

Liberty died on 9/11, not at the hands of Islamic terrorists but at the hands of our own government.

Originally posted on StridentConservative.com.

 


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No, technology does not simply bend Left

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No technology does not simply bend Left

On the Joe Rogan Experience featuring tech billionaire, Naval Ravikant, that circulated on Conservative media for the comments about the Left winning the culture war and shooting the survivors, the claim was made that technology bends to the Left. The video made a claim, that taken on its face contributes to the myth that society is constantly moving to the Left and Conservatives can’t stop, only slow down progress. This claim deserves pushback, because while Naval Ravakant is an expert in technology and entrepreneurship, his understanding of the political spectrum is wholly inaccurate. Watch the minute and a half long clip.

Political Spectrum

It’s important to note that the political spectrum runs from totalitarianism, on the left, to anarchy, on the right. This spectrum is universal and can be applied to all societies, while rightwing and leftwing are social constructs marking the Overton Window within each society. I firmly believe Naval Ravikant has a different conception of the political spectrum. But with this conception, let’s see how his argument holds water.

Industrialization

His big example of technology moving culture Left was industrialization. This example is correct. Industrialization paved the way for Progressivism, a universal ideology where the state intervenes in the free market on behalf of labor against management. So industrialization led to unionization and therefore progressivism. However correct this example is, it is widely broad. It’s hard to choose a specific example of industrialization. What comes to mind is the cotton gin, which furthered slavery. But a Left wing in American politics consisting of ideals such as social democracy (welfare) and progressive income did not emerge until after the American Civil War. And in the last hundred years, unionization has lost in the private sector, surviving only because of the public sector, in the United States.

Progressivism has morphed into Leftism and socialism, in the United States. Industrialization gave birth to all sorts of movements in what America would call far Left. Communism/Socialism rose in prominence as a result of industrialization. The Soviet Union sought to bring unity between industry and agriculture with the hammer and sickle. The Nationalist Socialist German Worker’s Party brought vast technological innovations. It was leftwing compared to the social democracy Wiemar Republic.

Communications

Television and radio are perhaps other good examples that show Naval Ravikant’s point as well. But it’s not so much that the country moved left because of the technology; rather, the country wrestled left because of who controlled the technology. However, Leftist control of TV and radio was hardly as influential as the Left’s takeover of higher academia. After all when barriers to entry relaxed, the veil of nonbias faded, Fox News emerged to take on Leftist outlets. Rush Limbaugh became a force on AM radio. The internet brought forth a myriad of publications, with Conservative sights.

Has the internet really moved people to the Left? I would argue that the internet accelerated the logical conclusion of what people already believed. On the abortion issue, the logical conclusion of the abortion beliefs of people has been exposed. The “safe, legal, and rare” trope was only really believed by the nominally Pro-Life side. Social media accelerated this debate and rendered a middle ground on abortion untenable and lonely. Now the Left has won marriage, or have they? Because it was never really about marriage if, years later, Jack Phillips is being harassed a third time and children are dancing sexually at pride parades.

They weren’t really after marriage, so we cannot conclude that they won yet. And society is starting to push back on it, because the logical conclusion is being reached. Note: Steven Crowder just decisively defeated Rainbow Jihad.

Smoking Gun

One of the biggest technological advancements of all time was the invention of the printing press. The printing press was, in Europe, invented by Johannes Gutenberg. Its early use was to mass produce the Bible. Its invention paved the way for vernacular translations of the Bible. This invention would accelerate the Protestant Reformation. Was this a societal shift to the right or left? Does the individual focusing on orthodoxy and a church structure where the power is localized move society to the right or left? Separation of church and state was a tenant of the Anabaptists. And while the remnants of the Anabaptists are more theologically progressive, separation of church and state up until the twentieth century was understood to mean that the government does not choose what religion you practice. Is this closer to totalitarianism or anarchy?

Final Thoughts

When we reinvent the political spectrum, we can make numerous arguments unfounded in history. Technology has impacts but its impacts are clearer the further away we get. After all, it’s hard to examine the legacy of the Trump administration, but the legacy of the Washington administration can be expounded upon, without overt dogma.

Technology, social media, will have a major impact on society, but Naval Ravikamp prematurely stated its impact in moving the country leftward. The culture war simply isn’t over yet.

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Tucker Carlson: The truth about the Koch brothers and GOP

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Tucker Carlson The truth about the Koch brothers and GOP

Considering how much influence the Koch brothers and their network of GOP mega-donors have over American politics, there is surprisingly very little discussed about their actual policy initiatives. This is by design. In many ways, their perspectives shield them from scrutiny by the American people because neither ideological side wants the people to know much about them.

Progressives rail against them because they back the Republicans, but they do little to expose their policies because in many ways, Democratic insiders quietly appreciate the policies they force as primary benefactors to GOP candidates. They are very much in favor of open borders, amnesty for illegal immigrants, and criminal justice reform. Their influence can be attributed to the First Step Act getting passed by Congress and signed by the President.

Conservatives complain about them, but their ability to get and keep Republicans in office makes it very rare for any GOP lawmakers to say anything against them. It takes people like Tucker Carlson and news outlets like NOQ Report to get the word out to conservatives.

The reality about the Koch brothers is their policies and initiatives are mostly Libertarian with a sprinkling of authoritarianism on top. This is why they’re in favor of the type of digital censorship being used against many conservatives on social media sites. Their best friend is ignorance. They’re strongest when they’re in the shadows. They cannot afford for social media to be used to expose them for what they really are.

This is important as we push forward with the American Conservative Movement. We will fight socialists in the Democratic Party, but we must also fight the corruption that has infiltrated the Republican Party as well. The Koch brothers are at the center of this corruption and work daily to subvert conservatism.

Thanks to Tucker Carlson and other courageous conservatives willing to speak out against the Koch brothers, we may finally be able to spread the word about the people who make much of the GOP moderate and even progressive.

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Listen to every word Burgess Owens says about reparations

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Listen to every word Burgess Owens says about reparations

Former NFL player Burgess Owens delivered an amazing speech before Congress today talking about reparations. He called for them, but not from the United States government as Democrats are wanting. He wants reparation paid by the Democratic Party to the African-Americans Owens believes have been hurt by the leftist ideology espoused by today’s Democrats.

The opening minute of his speech was exceptional:

“Thank you so much for this opportunity. I’m gonna take a different tack from beginning. We are at this point, this is not about black and white, rich or poor, blue collar, white collar. We’re fighting for the heart and soul of our nation.

“We have a very, very special country instilled with the Judeo-Christian values that allowed every single generation become better than the last, and that has not ended, that has not stopped… until now. We’re telling our kids a little bit something different, that they don’t have the opportunities that we had.

“I’m going to talk about some ideologies and when I talk about them I’m not talking about people. People change. I used to be Democratic until I did my history and found out the misery that that party brought to my race. So when I talk about these ideologies, ideologies don’t change. People do.

“We are fighting for the heart and soul of our nation against socialism, Marxism, and evil that it has brought to us in distilling of our history. Karl Marx said it best, the father of socialism, an atheist, anti-semite, and a blatant racist.”

As good as his opening was, the rest of it was even better.

In our post-truth society, the words of Burgess Owens will be dismissed or ignored by the left. But hopefully some will hear them and start asking questions about Democrats as he did.

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