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San Francisco: So woke, yet so blind



San Francisco So woke yet so blind

In 2010, I went to San Francisco for a convention. It wasn’t my first time in the city but it was the first time I walked around the streets at night. What I saw was very discouraging. There were certain things that simply didn’t add up.

  • San Francisco is considered to be one of the most progressive cities in the world
  • Progressives are supposed to be the most caring and compassionate people
  • Homeless people on the streets asking for help were ignored by the masses

Perhaps I was too naive back then to comprehend it. My clearer understanding of progressivism has made me believe those who practice it are generally more self-serving. The anecdotal data I collected while sitting in a coffee shop witnessing literally hundreds of people step around those in desperate need without even offering a look – let alone a dollar – really changed my perspectives when it came to how the whole leftist model at the city level works.

For this reason, I am not shocked at all to find out there are more drug addicts in San Francisco than there are students enrolled in public high schools.

Compassion comes in many forms, but all of these forms require attention. It seems that San Francisco politicians are so busy being “woke” they forget to actually address the problems within their communities. It’s not for a lack of revenue; nearly 20% of households make $200,000 or more. But as they donate big money to progressive political candidates, Planned Parenthood, or other leftist organizations, they miss the problems of the people they walk around every day.

It’s not my place to judge the people of San Francisco (or anyone for that matter) but it’s telling that the realities of the city do not match the rhetoric of their beloved progressive politicians. They claim the mantle of compassion, yet they ignore the needs of those in their midst. They are all in to stop the globe from experiencing climate change, but they do very little to help people on the streets get out of the cold.

San Francisco is the epitome of the greater challenge for big government proponents. When all the focus is on making sure this social group or that protected class is given as much superiority over others as possible, they miss the people who need real help.


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  1. Sergio

    February 4, 2019 at 10:50 pm

    The place hasn’t changed since its establishment, greed, selfishness, and immoral…. We won’t cry when in breaks off into the pacific… A hideous scab on our nation. When it happens, don’t look back or you’ll turn into a pillar of salt…. Read more, bitch less.

  2. Bob Kawolski

    February 6, 2019 at 1:24 am

    Did you really just write an article about a city you last visited in 2010??

    • JD Rucker

      February 6, 2019 at 8:43 am

      2010 was when I first noticed the discrepancy. I’ve been back since – 2016 was my latest trip there.

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Gary Vaynerchuk never talks about politics, but he’s great when he does



Gary Vaynerchuk never talks about politics but hes great when he does

Language warning, in case you’ve never listened to Gary Vaynerchuk before. I have, and he’s great.

Those who know of Gary Vaynerchuk think of wine, social media, and digital strategy. The Belarusian American entrepreneur has been an outspoken advocate of all things “віно і маркетинг” for over a decade, but he rarely speaks about politics.

Recently, he did, and one prediction in particular caught my eye.

In an interview for Capitalism by Ryan Daniel Moran, Vaynerchuk said, “I believe we’re seeing the beginning stages of a four party system in America in the next 50 to 100 years.”

The way he sees it, both major parties are pushing to the extremes on the ideological scale, opening up spots for moderate progressives and moderate conservatives to have major parties of their own. This is the case in most countries; the United States is one of the few that has a true two-party system despite the fact that most of our founding fathers didn’t want it to turn out this way.

John Adams said:

There is nothing which I dread so much as a division of the republic into two great parties, each arranged under its leader, and concerting measures in opposition to each other. This, in my humble apprehension, is to be dreaded as the greatest political evil under our Constitution.

But Vaynerchuk, who has built a career around being write much more often than he’s wrong, says the opening is already being seen today. He railed against both parties, blaming both Presidents George W. Bush and Barack Obama for poorly handling the financial crisis of the late 00s.

Millions have learned over the years to listen to Gary Vaynerchuk when he’s offering opinions. Though his political opinions are few and far between, there’s a wisdom to them you don’t hear from the pundits. It’s authentic, a rare quality indeed.

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Charlie Kirk: Capitalism saves lives



Charlie Kirk Capitalism saves lives

I’m normally not a fan of quick bursts of talking points, preferring longer, fact-filled discussions on topics as important as capitalism versus socialism. With that said, Turning Point‘s Charlie Kirk knocks it out of the park with talking points that totaled 33 seconds.

But even though the video was short, this article will take a bit longer to read. I’m not going to talk about the clear evidence that capitalism is far superior to socialism (or any other economic -ism). Instead, I’d like to focus on the challenge pro-capitalism activists face. Our message is right, and for the most part our nation accepts this. But things are changing. The indoctrination in schools combined with the propaganda in mainstream media and the false narratives from Democrats are all combining to deceive the masses in ways many thought impossible just a few years ago.

Would you have thought over 50% of college students would support socialism over capitalism at any point in American history if someone told you that a decade ago? If you would have, you’re much smarter than me. I couldn’t imagine the will of the people being so misled that many would abandon the system that has clearly worked in exchange for a system that has never worked. It makes no sense, and therein lies the problem with the progressive movement today.

As our EIC noted, logic doesn’t always prevail.

We must, as conservatives, continue to push out the right message. We might think it’s commons sense, but apparently common sense is becoming less common in America. We need to keep pushing.

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Executive order targeting Huawei is the right move at the right time



Executive order targeting Huawei is the right move at the right time

American technology companies, particularly those in the telecommunications industry, have been fools for far too long. While China as actively and aggressively sought to not only steal our technology but subvert it by inserting their own untrustworthy components into our systems, many American companies have turned a blind eye to the threats they pose to every American.

That won’t happen anymore. President Trump signed an executive order defending against technological attacks by the Chinese and specifically targeted Huawei, the Chinese telecomm giant that has been inserting itself rapidly into as many technological conversations as it can all across the world.

The right move

There are certain aspects of protectionism that do not appeal to me, but when it comes to technological protectionism, I’m all in. For years I’ve done what I can to limit the amount of Chinese technology in the devices I use for one simple reason: I don’t trust them.

Yes, they’re cheaper. But they’re also cheaper in the way they’re produced. Though China has made many technological advances in recent years (much of which can likely be attributed to theft of technology from other countries), they’re still behind in most regards compared to Japanese, Korean, Israeli, Australian, and European technologies. But that’s not a huge deal at this point; you get what you pay for and if certain sacrifices to quality make sense, so be it as long as it’s cheaper.

But there’s a nefarious aspect to the way the Chinese have inserted their technologies into the global mix. China has a very poor track record of obeying international laws, adhering to security protocols, and believing in the right to privacy. In China, there is no privacy which is why their technology often bypasses privacy controls put in place to protect individuals.

With the growing 5G infrastructure at the center of this move, now is not the time to take risks. If Huawei cannot be trusted, then 5G is the last place we want them involved.

I’m not a fan of executive orders, either, but this is one that makes sense since it’s a dynamic topic that moves much faster than Congress can handle and it’s administrated solely by the executive branch.

The right time

It’s obviously not a coincidence that this executive order was signed just as the trade war with China is ramping up. As our EIC noted, we’re in a time when we must use full measures to win this war. I’m not a fan of tariffs, but if we’re going to use them, let’s make them effective and get rid of them as quickly as possible.

This is just another arrow slung at the Chinese in that trade war. It may be technically separate and it’s hard to imagine this is another bargaining chip, but it will cause further harm to the Chinese economy, making it more likely they’ll come to the table ready to make a deal.

We’ve reached a moment in history where technology can have catastrophic effects on the lives of nearly every American if the wrong actors are allowed to run free in our infrastructure. This is a step towards safeguarding us from the threats.

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