Pete Buttigieg Announces Biden Inflation Plan is to Create Government Dependency

The promised land awaits. A buffet of everything the left dreams of dispensing as gifts to the peasants was revealed as the plan in an interview yesterday with George Stephanopoulos.  Anyone who is wondering if this very inflation is not of the plan, one need wonder no more.

The ultimate cradle to the grave benefits awaits. Merely steps away. If anyone doubts that the rising gas plans are part of the plan to get to the promised land, wonder no more.

The ultra-leftist Biden Transportation Secretary, Pete Buttigieg, appears on ABC with George Stephanopoulos to discuss the solutions to the massive economic collapse that looms all around us.  Within the interview Buttigieg states the Biden administration goal is to use the high cost of living (policy driven inflation) as an opportunity for the government to take over household expenses and create equity via government distribution.

The same Pete Buttigieg voices strong opposition to any further exploitation of oil and natural gas.  Buttigieg and the Biden administration vociferously advocate for green energy transition with extreme urgency and apply punitive punishment toward any opposition.  Moments later, they are blaming the oil and gas industry for not providing enough supply….

Remarkably, Stephanopoulos references one of the most insane New York Times op-ed’s ever written around economics {ARTICLE HERE}.  Within the reference, the Democrat legislative proposal is for the government to take over the purchasing of essential products like food, fuel, gasoline and medicine.  The government would then distribute those products.  The entire premise is based on some academic leftist theory of economics that is just nuts. It looks nothing like capitalism.

“By a continuing process of inflation, government can confiscate, secretly and unobserved, an important part of the wealth of their citizens.” — John Maynard Keynes

Inflation is Biden’s ‘top economic priority’: Secretary Buttigieg | ABC News

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Just what is Critical Race Theory?

by Mustang

Does this academic theory (now more than 40 years old) admonish white people as oppressors of non-white people?  Does it classify all black people as hopelessly oppressed victims?  Or are these claims exaggerations made by people who don’t understand the basic tenets of the argument?

Actually, the theory addresses institutions rather than groups of people.  It asks the question, “How do laws, policies, and procedures embedded within our social system impact outcomes among people with different skin colors?”  The theory suggests that racism can exist in society without racists.  The problem is that most people cannot separate their identity from the social institutions that determine how we live our lives.

Of course, the debate warms up when some people confuse equal opportunity with equitable outcomes.  Remember, America is now and has always been a complex society, so it is not only possible but highly likely that people with an agenda seek to over-simplify that which they do not understand.

Calm debaters do not suggest that we today are somehow responsible for our often sordid racialist past; they say that we today have a responsibility to address racism as it continues to exist within our institutions — that is, American institutions.

For most of us, it is easy to understand why parents are upset with this dramatic turn in “sexual education.” but it might also be that the timing of this issue couldn’t be worse.  It arrived on our doorstep almost at the same time muddle-headed teachers took upon themselves the responsibility for explaining to their six-year-old students the psychological complexities associated with gender-confused persons.  Many parents strenuously object to the inexplicable behavior of some teachers in forcing this subject down the throats of their six-year-old captive innocents.

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But now, to continue our examination of critical race theory, we must add to whacky (abusive) classroom behavior the fact that teachers have taken it upon themselves to explain to 6-7-year-old innocents all about critical race theory — couching in terms of white oppression against colored people.  The problem here begins with the fact that most of these teachers are themselves incompetent to address the subject, exacerbated by another fact: they lack a sense of decency in offering the issue to little children in the first place.

As a result,  teachers have made the “theory” a reality by telling little white Samantha that she’s somehow oppressed little black Julia — and, in the telling of it, made both little girls cry and changed their relationship forever.  Samantha and Julia may have become life-long friends, but not after their teacher “opened their eyes” to the teacher’s reality.

There may be a few arguments within critical race theory that warrant a conversation — not shouting but talking in a calm voice.  For example, if one argues that our justice system treats people of color differently than white people, where is the evidence for such a proposition?  Do we rely on the evidence of raw numbers of colored people incarcerated every year or a percentage of our general population, or shall we consider the numbers of coloreds within the nation’s population of coloreds?

Of course, we don’t know how many of those charged black adults had a rap sheet equal in size to the Chicago telephone directory, but the numbers seem startling. One study, the so-called sentencing project (2017), claimed that black adults were 5.9 times more likely to experience incarceration than white adults for the same crime. But the argument continued: one of every three black boys born in 2001 could expect to go to jail in his lifetime.

This independent report (submitted to the United Nations Special Rapporteur on Contemporary Forms of Racism, Racial Discrimination, Xenophobia, and Related Intolerance) claimed that the United States operates “two distinct justice systems: one for wealthy white people, and another for poor people and people of color.”

Wow.  Speaking of biases.  The report also quoted (a former) Georgetown University Law Professor, David Cole, who argued:

“The double standards are not, of course, explicit; on the face of it, the criminal law is color blind and class blind.  But in a sense, this only makes the problem worse.  The rhetoric of the criminal justice system sends the message that our society carefully protects everyone’s constitutional rights, but in practice, the rules assure that law enforcement prerogatives will generally prevail over the rights of minorities and the poor.

By affording criminal aspects substantial constitutional rights, in theory, the Supreme Court validates the results of the criminal justice system as fair.  That formal fairness obscures the systemic concerns that ought to be raised by the fact that the prison population is overwhelmingly poor and disproportionately black.”

Please comment (below) if you have any idea what Mr. Cole is trying to say.

Here are a few facts offered by the Brookings Institute:

  1. In 1940, 60% of employed black women worked as domestic servants.  Today, 60% of employed black women hold white-collar jobs.

  1. In 1964, 18% of white people claimed to have a black friend.  Today, 87% of whites make that claim.

  1. In 2020, 40% of black people considered themselves part of the middle class.  Forty-two percent of single blacks own their own homes; 75% of married black people own their own homes.  Almost a third of black families live in suburbia [Note 1].

  1. In 1950, most blacks were trapped in poverty in southern rural areas.  They worked as laborers and sharecroppers — one in eight owned land.  Black workers labored 12 or more hours per day to generate below-scale wages.  Northern (liberal) whites discriminated against blacks more than did Southern whites.  Even after the Great Migration, black industrial workers made less money than their white co-workers.  By 1960, only one out of seven black men still labored on the land; 25% held white-collar or skilled occupations; 24% had semiskilled factory jobs; the number of black women working as domestic labor decreased by half.

  1. By 1970, black enrollment in colleges and universities increased by ten percent, three times the pre-World War II level.  Today, 30% of black men and 60% of black women hold white-collar jobs, and more than 4.5 million blacks have achieved college degrees.

  1. In 1990, the number of black physicians tripled; the number of engineers quadrupled; the number of black attorneys increased by a factor of six.  The most significant economic gains for black Americans occurred mainly in the South, whereas blacks living in the North experienced virtually no improvement in their wages through 1987.

So, if critical race theory argues that American institutions are stacked against the interests of colored people, how do proponents of the theory explain the preceding gains among people of color?  What is missing in the argument, particularly that addressed by Mr. Cole, is this: if blacks feel oppressed, it is likely the result of poor decisions they made for themselves beginning around their late adolescent years.  They decided not to graduate from publicly funded schools, they chose to associate with criminal elements, and they chose to disfigure themselves with tattoos and piercings.

Moreover, 90% of crimes committed by blacks are directed at other blacks.  As of 30 June 2021, there have been 336 homicides in Chicago alone, 33% more than reported in 2019.  So far in 2021, Chicago recorded 1,892 shootings — an increase of 12% over 2020 and a 53% increase over shootings in 2019.

Relevant statistics (and facts) tend to refute Critical Race Theory.  No white person forces a black thug to kill another black thug.  Suppose the concern of CRT theorists is, in fact, institutional racism (rather than individual racism). What should a lucid person expect from our courts if an accused colored man, with a rap sheet a mile long, is proven guilty of a serious felony?  Should that person go (back) to jail, or is it more “equitable” to make him (or her) write an essay?

We must exercise caution here: the United Nations Special Rapporteur on Contemporary Forms of Racism, Racial Discrimination, Xenophobia, and Related Intolerance might determine that having an illiterate person write an essay is a form of cruel and unusual punishment — and then what?  Of course, there probably are sentencing disparities between colored and white felons, and in the same way and reasons for sentencing disparities between male and female felons.  The differences, I suspect, involve such contributing factors as prior crimes and recidivism.

My conclusion is that if we are going to have a conversation about Critical Race Theory, then we should base that discussion on a complete examination of all our institutions.  My research suggests that while our various societies aren’t perfect, there is no evidence to suggest institutional racialism.  There is also no evidence to suggest that white people wake up in the morning with fresh ideas on how to oppress their colored neighbors or co-workers.  Do some people harbor racist views?  Sure.  Blacks, whites, Hispanics, and Asians all do that.  So what?

Notes:

[1] Because the American media never report on these factors, most blacks continue to view themselves as part of the American underclass and, along with mainstream society (similarly misinformed), continue to imagine that most blacks rely on crime and welfare checks as the primary source of their income.  Blacks are more prone than whites to exaggerate the extent to which black Americans are “trapped” in inner-city poverty.  In a 1991 Gallup poll, 20% of all whites and 50% of all blacks claimed that three out of four blacks lived in impoverished urban housing projects.  It wasn’t true in 1991, and it isn’t true today, either.  In fact, the black middle class outnumbers disadvantaged blacks by a significant margin.

This is the second part of Mustang’s previous post on Critical Race Theory. For the first part please click on the link below:

Critical Race Theory: Neo-Communism in American Society

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The United States Descent Into Madness

 

 

America went from the freest country in the world in December 2019 to a repressive and frightening place by July 2021. How did that happen?

If we thought we were alone thinking that the USA has descended into madness, we are not alone. We wonder how it could be that we seem to be out there on the edge as a Nation. About to reach critical mass to a point where we cannot return, all in what seems like a nanosecond. Victor David Hanson in a wonderfully written piece gives us no reassurance that all is well.

 

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A post that is a must read in it entirety. Here are a couple of his observations:

Authored by Victor Davis Hanson via AmGreatness.com,

The American Descent Into Madness.

Zero Hedge:

Nations have often gone mad in a matter of months. The French abandoned their supposedly idealistic revolutionary project and turned it into a monstrous hell for a year between July 1793 and 1794. After the election of November 1860, in a matter of weeks, Americans went from thinking secession was taboo to visions of killing the greatest number of their fellow citizens on both sides of the Mason-Dixon line. Mao’s China went from a failed communist state to the ninth circle of Dante’s Inferno, when he unleashed the Cultural Revolution in 1966.

In the last six months, we have seen absurdities never quite witnessed in modern America. Madness, not politics, defines it. There are three characteristics of all these upheavals. One, the events are unsustainable. They will either cease or they will destroy the nation, at least as we know it. Two, the law has largely been rendered meaningless. Three, left-wing political agendas justify any means necessary to achieve them.

Citizenship as Mere Residency

Two million people are anticipated to cross the southern border, en masse and illegally, over a 12-month period. If that absurdity were to continue, we would be adding the equivalent of a major U.S. city every year. The new arrivals have three things in common: Their first act was to break U.S. law by entering the country. Their second was to break the law by residing here illegally. And their third will be to find false identification or other illegal means to continue breaking the law. One does not arrive as a guest in a foreign country and immediately violate the laws of his host—unless one holds those laws in contempt.

Crime as Construct

Crime is another current absurdity. There exists a mini-industry of internet videos depicting young people, disproportionately African American males, stealing luxury goods from Nieman-Marcus in San Francisco, clearing a shelf from a Walgreens with impunity, or assaulting Asian Americans. These iconic moments may be unrepresentative of reality, but given the mass transfers and retirements of police, and the frightening statistics of large increases in violent crime in certain cities, the popular conception is now entrenched that it is dangerous to walk in our major metropolises, either by day or at night.

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We know from the failed Soviet system and from the French Revolution that the most mediocre in society became its most eager auditors of correct behavior. The arbiters of proper thought—the self-righteous paid toady, the perpetual victim employed in service to government payback, the freelancing snitch—were always the villains of freedom, productivity, and humanity, whether we read of the killing off of Alexander the Great’s inner circle, the forced suicides of the Neronian circle, the Jacobin murder spree, or the nightmarish world described by Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn.

That the Biden Administration has now joined with Silicon Valley to hunt down on social media any dissenters from this month’s official policy on vaccinations and mask-wearing was not so shocking as to be expected from a media that banned coverage of Hunter Biden’s laptop. In Cuban-fashion, millions of judge-jury-executioner online snitches, with government encouragement, will help root out incorrect thoughts at light speed.

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Minn City Council Candidate Encourages Rioters to Burn Down Wealthy Neighborhoods

 

Looks like the Minneapolis City Council is looking for a few good Marxists to join their radical group. First a candidate to round out this group and then we will visit a couple of the members.

A Minneapolis City Council candidate publicly encouraged Black Lives Matter rioters who “feel like burning sh-t down” to target wealthy communities instead of poor ones.

Margarita “Rita” Ortega

 

Police are now investigating her for making a “credible threat,” according to reports. Margarita “Rita” Ortega wrote on her personal Facebook page that “the poor community is not your oppressors” and claimed that the wealthy community of Lake of the Isles has “more then [sic] needed.”

So let’s wander over to the Council and meet a couple of the members.

The Minneapolis City Council is the legislative branch of the City of Minneapolis. It consists of 13 members, elected from separate wards to four-year terms. The Council is dominated by members of the DFL (the Minnesota Democratic–Farmer–Labor Party), with a total of 12 members. The Green Party of Minnesota has one member, Cam Gordon.

 

First a couple of the transgendered members.

Phillipe Cunningham (born July 7, 1987) is the city councilperson for Minneapolis Ward 4 and one of the first openly transgender men to be elected to public office in the United States.[2][3][4] In the Minneapolis City Council election, 2017, Cunningham won over 20-year incumbent Barb Johnson by 157 votes.[5][6] Cunningham identifies as black, queer, and transgender.[7]

Early life and education

Cunningham was born in Streator, Illinois, where he lived until he was 18.[8] His father worked as a unionized tractor mechanic/builder for more than forty years, while his mother was a dry cleaner employee; he is their only child.[9] He studied at Mills College and Southern Illinois University Carbondale before transferring to DePaul University,[8] where he earned his Bachelor of Arts degree in Chinese studies.[10] He transitioned during his junior year at DePaul,[8] inspired by the life and work of Lou Sullivan.[11]

Career

Prior to his election to public office, Cunningham worked as a special education teacher in the South Side of Chicago[5] and for the Amherst H. Wilder Foundation. He also worked as Senior Policy Aide and Advisor for Education, Youth Success, Racial Equity, and LGBTQ Rights for the Office of the Mayor of Minneapolis.[10]

On July 10, 2015, when same-sex marriage was legalized, Cunningham married Lane Cunningham, who is an IT professional at the University of Minnesota in the Twin Cities .[12] They met at the Victory 44, a popular restaurant until its closing in 2017.[13]

Here he is out on the “stump.”

Next

Andrea Jenkins (born 1961) is an American policy aide, politician, writer, performance artist, poet, and transgender activist. She is known for being the first black openly transgender woman elected to public office in the United States,[1] serving since January 2018 on the Minneapolis City Council.

Personal life

Jenkins is a performance artist, poet, and writer who identifies as bisexual and queer.[18][19] She is a grandmother. Her own mother now lives in Ward 8. She has a partner of eight years. Jenkins was diagnosed with Multiple sclerosis in 2018.[20]

She has participated in the Trans Lives Matter movement and chaired the board of Intermedia Arts.[3] In 2015, Jenkins was grand marshal of the Twin Cities Pride Parade.[18] Jenkins has cited Barack ObamaHarold Washington, the Black Panther PartyJeremiah Wright, and Jesse Jackson as having influenced her to be involved with politics.[21]

Jenkins moved to Minnesota to attend the University of Minnesota in 1979 and was hired by the Hennepin County government, where she worked for a decade. Jenkins worked as a staff member on the Minneapolis City Council for 12 years before beginning work as curator of the Transgender Oral History Project at the University of Minnesota‘s Jean-Nickolaus Tretter Collection in Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender Studies.

Born in 1961, Andrea Jenkins was raised in North Lawndale, Chicago.[2][3] She has said she grew up in “a low-income, working-class community” and “lived in some pretty rough places.” She was raised by a single mother, Shirley Green, who was “very loving and very much concerned that we get a good education.”[4]

When she was young and still presenting as male, she participated in the Cub Scouts and played football at Robert Lindblom Math & Science Academy before moving to Minneapolis in 1979 to attend the University of Minnesota.[2][3][5]

In her 20s, Jenkins came out as gay, married a woman, became a parent, and divorced.[5] At 30, she began to outwardly present as female and returned to college to finish her bachelor’s degree from Metropolitan State University, which she followed by earning two master’s degrees–an MFA in creative writing from Hamline University and an MS in community economic development from Southern New Hampshire University.[2][5][6] During which, Jenkins worked as a vocational counselor for the Hennepin County government.[5]

Career

Jenkins worked for a decade as a vocational counselor with Hennepin County.[2][5] In 2001, Robert Lilligren, who was running for a seat on the Minneapolis City Council, asked Jenkins to be a part of his campaign.[5] After his election, Jenkins joined Lilligren’s staff where she worked as an aide for four years.[7]

 

 

Abdi Warsame – no doubt on his way to Congress.

Abdi Warsame (SomaliCabdi WarsameArabic: عبدي وارسام‎) (born 1978) is a Somali-American politician in Minnesota’s Democratic–Farmer–Labor Party. After moving to London as an asylum-seeker, he immigrated to Minnesota in 2006. In November 2013, he was elected to the Minneapolis City Council, becoming the first Somali official to be elected to the position.[1] Warsame was reelected for a second term in 2017. Some information indicates he resigned in March of 2020 to take a position in Housing however he is listed as voting later in the year,

Early life and education

Warsame was born on March 5, 1978 in MogadishuSomalia.[1][2] In the late-1980s, and his family sought asylum in London.[1] Warsame earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Business from the Middlesex University. He also holds a master’s degree in International Business from the University of Greenwich.[3] In 2006, Warsame immigrated to Minneapolis, Minnesota.[3]

Warsame first entered politics in 2011, while working on Mohamud Noor‘s campaign for a state Senate seat on a DFL ticket.[1]

Warsame was the founder and spokesperson for the Citizen’s Committee for Fair Redistricting, which took part in the Minneapolis redistricting process. The group lobbied the Minneapolis Charter Commission to redraw the municipality’s political districts so as to maximize the East African community’s vote.[1] The commission concurred and established a number of new precincts in Ward 6.[4][5]

2013 Election

Warsame ran in the 2013 Minneapolis municipal elections to represent Ward 6 on the Minneapolis City Council.[1]

Somali-American professionals contributed significantly to Warsame’s election campaign. 

Personal life

Warsame is married and has four children.[3] He is a resident of the Cedar-Riverside neighborhood, which is home to the largest concentration of Somalis outside of East Africa.[1]

Move the clip to 2:15 to miss the Somali talk.

 

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Critical Race Theory: Neo-Communism in American Society

by Mustang

An ancient Chinese philosopher once advised, “Know your enemy and know yourself; in a hundred battles, you will never be in peril.  When you are ignorant of the enemy but know yourself, your chances of winning or losing are equal.  If ignorant both of your enemy and of yourself, you are certain in every battle to be in peril.”

A good battlefield commander will choose the time and place of the fight, but long before he arrives at that decision, he must know his own strengths and weaknesses and know his opponent.  What are the enemy’s goals?  How does he intend to achieve them?  For what purpose?

America — do you know who you are and what you stand for?

We have known the enemy’s goals for 174 years.  Many of us have first-or-second-hand knowledge of the enemy’s intentions.  We, our parents, or our grandparents fought the enemy for at least 72-years … and we witnessed the enemy’s defeat.  The enemy then was communism.  Its proponents were the Soviet Union, China, North Korea, Vietnam, Cambodia, and Laos.  The fight necessitated giving up thousands of our loved ones.  It was a hard-fought battle that resulted in well over 100-million deaths.

The fight was started by two men who died long before any of us was born.  Karl Marx (1818-1883) — a self-loathing Jew, was raised in an upper-middle-class family, wealthy enough to send Karl to the University to study law, where he whiled away his time drinking, dallying, failing, and then taking up philosophy. Marx’s partner, Fredrich Engels (1820-1895), was the scion of a wealthy industrialist.  Of the two, perhaps Engels had the most significant input to the Communist Manifesto (1847), and Engels may have been the more radical of the two. Both men, while raised as protestants, later professed atheism.  Their atheism makes perfect sense because these two men produced the world’s wickedest ideology.  Karl Marx and Fredrich Engels laid the foundation for humanity’s worst suffering; it continues today.

Rudolf Steiner: Marx and Engels “reincarnations” of 9th century feuding  Landowners out to “set right what they had done to one another.” | Tendance  Coatesy

Marx and Engels

Despite the collapse of the Soviet Union in 1991 or China’s adoption of communism’s lighter side, its threat remains.  Russia and China today remain adversaries.  The leaders of these two countries have softened their approach, but many of their philosophical strategies and tactics remain unchanged.

The timetable for achieving worldwide domination has shifted, however.  After the fall of the Soviet Union, communist leaders realized that it would take them much longer to achieve their goals.  The delay involves a process of retooling — starting over, as it were, to convince younger generations that the murder and suffering of tens of millions of people never actually happened.

The conversation has already shifted.  We no longer talk about communism, Marxism, Leninism, Stalinism, or Maoism.  We instead refer to these communist-inspired philosophies as human progress.  Progressivism is less objectionable.  A progressive-minded person, they argue, is admirable, worthy, caring, and humane.  The success of this argument is readily apparent by the number of modern nations (having repudiated national socialism in the mid-20th century) today embrace democratic socialism: the European Union, China, Russia, Japan, Vietnam, South Korea, and the United States of America.

The purpose of socialism is communism.

  • Vladimir Lenin

It does not matter how well you dress up a pig; it’s still a pig.  Whether you choose to use the word “Marxism” or “Progressivism,” this scheme only works by dividing human beings into classes and then setting them against one another.  Divide et impera.

The language used by Marxists tells us who they are.  In the early 20th century, the communists urged and fully expected the down-trodden workers to “Rise!  Seize the means of production” and “overthrow the capitalists!” Rise.  Seize.  Overthrow.  The problem for the Bolsheviks was that there was no popular uprising of workers — not in Russia, not in China, and certainly not in the United States.  There was no prevalent abandonment of life in Russia; the Russian Revolution was nothing more than a well-orchestrated coup d’état.

Nor was there a widespread abandonment of Chinese culture in 1949.  Communism came to China as a combination of two things: another coup d’état combined with a general weariness of government corruption by Chang Kai-shek, the nationalist leader at the time.

And yet, the result of both revolutions was similar: unfathomable human suffering in labor camps, public show trials that served as warnings to dissidents, retribution directed toward the families of dissidents, murder on an unbelievable scale, mass starvations … and in the end, more than 100-million dead.  What, then, recommends communism to anyone?

Karl Marx and Fredrich Engels were the authors of the world’s darkest days — and one would think that the world had had enough of it.  Why, then, has it reemerged in the 21st century?  Why, of all places, in the United States?

Communism was never compatible with American society.  The only classes in the United States were those devised by pseudo-intellectual academicians and government bureaucrats to push forward their various agendas.  No matter the circumstances of their birth, every American has always had the opportunity to rise above that station and pursue happiness and fulfillment as they, themselves, envisioned it.  Some of us made good decisions, some of us didn’t.  Some of us benefitted from education, hard work, and good citizenship, while some suffered the effects of laziness of mind and spirit, which consigned them to poverty and bitterness.  Others became victims of the Democratic party’s efforts to discriminate against them because of the color of their skin.

American society has never been a utopia — and the United States’ enlightened government never claimed a utopian goal.  Still, most Americans (not all, sadly) firmly believe in the American dream.  This uniquely American vision is the reason so many millions came to America.

Despite the 600,000 Americans who died in the quest to free all men from the filth of slavery, and even though these freedmen overwhelmingly supported republicanism for over 70 years, American blacks were fooled by a massive shift in political strategy within the Democratic Party.  It began around 1933 but went into full swing in the 1960s.

When Democrats realized black Americans would not be intimidated by the terror of white supremacist organizations, they found a new way to put the Negro in his place.  Rather than relegating Jim Crow to inferior status through segregation laws, Democrats offered him “free” benefits.  All Mr. Crow had to do to receive those benefits was to vote for Democratic politicians and accept their premise that blacks were in every way inferior to whites.  The Democrat’s success in this effort has been overwhelming — and there are few better examples of Marxism at work inside the United States than this.

If we wanted to understand why adults behave the way we do, look no further than their family structure and how they were raised.  When children grow into adulthood, their behavior reflects that of their parents.  What, then, do children learn from disorganized homes?  They know, and pass on to their children, all the undesirable characteristics of a stressed society: the relegation of women to roles of dependency, abandonment of children to one-parent enclaves within black-only tenements, rejection of education as a pathway to success, lack of self-respect or sense of self-worth, reliance on or addiction to harmful substances, and acceptance of the greatest discriminator of all — low expectation.  Our black communities have not yet tired of this horrendous treatment; in fact, they continue to embrace it.

Beginning in the late 1960s, radical sociologists and communist agitators Richard Cloward and Frances Fox Piven (at Columbia University) developed a strategy guaranteed to keep blacks enslaved to the good graces of the Democratic Party.  Remember, in 1966, Democrats controlled the White House and both houses of Congress.  There is no better description of their intent to create racial division and destroy American society than in their own words:

“Conservative Republicans are always ready to declaim the evils of public welfare, and they would probably be the first to raise a hue and cry.  But deeper and politically more telling conflicts would take place within the Democratic coalition … Whites – both working-class ethnic groups and many in the middle class – would be aroused against the ghetto poor, while liberal groups, which until recently have been comforted by the notion that the poor are few … would probably support the movement.  Group conflict, spelling political crisis for the local party apparatus, would thus become acute as welfare rolls mounted and the strains on local budgets became more severe.”

The preceding, then, was a reformulation of Marxist theory as it applied to life in the United States.  Since there was no class struggle in America, Cloward-Piven created one.  Gone was the original struggle between labor and capitalist industrialists, replaced with the beginning of identity (racial) politics.  This work continues today, redefined as progressive ideology and democratic socialism, along with an even more recent buzz phrase: Critical Race Theory (CRT).

This new invention first appeared in the early 1990s.  Initially viewed as just another academia/progressive “dingbat” theory, CRT has since become the default ideology of all of America’s institutions — from federal and state government agencies, public school systems, teacher’s colleges, and even within corporate board rooms. It’s easy enough to recognize.  Since the truth of it is bothersome to most Americans, as neo-Marxism, CRT proponents instead refer to it as diversity training, inclusion training, equity training, and social justice awareness programs.  Equity, for example, sounds sensible and is easily confused with the traditional American concept of equality.

There is no correlation between the two.  As proclaimed in the founding documents and civil war amendments, equality demands that we afford every citizen with the same opportunities.  It is the reason we have public schools, for example, and civil and voting rights legislation.  CRT advocates reject this notion, however.  To them, equal opportunity simply means white supremacy and the oppression of racial and ethnic minorities.  Something more is needed, they argue.

Equity demands the suspension of property rights, seizing wealth from those who earned it, and distributing that wealth to people of color.  One such advocate of this proposal is Cheryl Harris, a UCLA law professor; another is Boston University’s Ibram X. Kendi.  These morons demand the creation of a new federal agency called the Department of Anti-Racism — an independent agency with the power to nullify, veto, or abolish any law, including our Constitutional guarantees of free speech, expression, association, religion, the right to bear arms, or any behavior deemed by the department as insufficiently anti-racist.  According to Kendi, “In order to be sufficiently anti-racist, you also have to be anti-capitalist.”

Equity programs would end private property, end federalism, and subject earned income and investments to redistribution to those who just happen to have darker skin color than the rest of us.  So, what have the CRT advocates done so far?  Their behaviors so far have been mostly confined to brainwashing and propaganda.  The Federal Bureau of Investigation began conducting workshops on intersectional theory.  The Department of Homeland Security informed its white employees that they were guilty of mico-inequity and determined to re-socialize them into less “oppressive” behaviors.  The Treasury Department wanted its employees to know that their whiteness contributed to racism.  At the nuclear facility at Sandia Labs, white male executives were forced to attend a re-education camp where they learned that “white male culture” was comparable to the Klu Klux Klan — an institution formed, manned, and maintained by the Democratic Party.

To a real American, CRT is a bad omen for the future of American democracy, but it gets even worse in public schools, where children are systematically brainwashed to lament their own race — an indoctrination not unlike that which encourages young children to despise their natural sex.    In Philadelphia, a middle school forced its fifth-grade students to celebrate “black communism.” In Seattle, Washington, one teacher in-service program informed teachers that they are guilty of black children’s spiritual “murder.”

“Give me four years to teach the children, and the seed I have sown will never be uprooted.”

  • Vladimir Lenin [Note 1]

Recognizing CRT for what it is, President Trump signed an executive order prohibiting CRT training within the federal government.  Joe Biden rescinded Trump’s order on his very first day in office.  Beyond President Trump’s actions, is anyone else in government pushing back against this new communist assault upon the American Republic?  The official answer is, for the most part, no.  I do not doubt that the good Americans subjected to this form of brainwashing will retain their core beliefs while avoiding any discussion on the merits (or lack of them) of CRT.  But maintaining core values while remaining silent about this new assault on American freedom simply will not do.  Not among officials, and not among everyday Americans, either.

Where is the repudiation of CRT?  Are these communist morons making genuine headway toward transforming our country into a new Soviet state?  While most Americans today, even conservatives, hesitate to speak openly about social, political, or racial issues, proponents of CRT have free reign to espouse their view without fear of any contradiction.  Have most Americans become intimidated, or have they simply dismissed the CRT argument as hogwash?  One pundit claims that the CRT bunch has constructed a rat trap argument: anyone who disagrees with CRT becomes evidence of white oppression.  It is a clever strategy, but will “normal” America let it proceed unchallenged?  My hope is that real Americans will loudly repudiate every notion that our nation was founded on racism and then renounce even louder every attempt to mount yet another communist coup d’état against our Constitutional form of government.

To defeat this “enemy,” — and that specific characterization of modern-day communists is accurate and proper, we must know the enemy, know their intents, and recognize their strategies for what they are.  To those who would suggest that Marxism is simply another political point of view, stop and realize that America’s repudiation of communism encompasses traditional precedents.  We real Americans renounce communism because of its harm to the entire world.  One-hundred million dead and still counting.  Fellow Americans — we are at war.  There can be little question that these CRT buffoons follow the same path as Stalin, Beria, Khrushchev, Mao, and Pol Pot.

Sources:

  1. Rufo, C. F.  Critical Race Theory: What it is and how to fight it.  Hillsdale: Imprimis, 2021
  2. Farber, D. A., and S. Sherry.  Beyond All Reason: The Radical Assault on Truth in American Law.  Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1997.

Notes:

[1]  There are several similar statements in this vein attributed to Vladimir Lenin.  The most popular of these is “Give me a child for eight years, and it will be a Bolshevist forever.” According to Paul F. Boller, Jr., and John George at Oxford (1989), the attribution originated with J. Edgar Hoover in his testimony before Congress on 4 March 1966.  Boller/George believe that “it is doubtful” Lenin ever made this statement because, since it was attributed to him in 1923, several strokes during that year incapacitated him to the point where he did no serious writing.  Lenin, of course, died in January 1924.  The pronouncement “It is doubtful” doesn’t discount the statement, only questions whether he made it, possibly misattributed to 1923.  Since the source of the quote is J. Edgar Hoover, there is always room for doubt.

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CA proposed ethnic curriculum – Chant to the Aztec deity of human sacrifice

 

The state board of education will vote on this Marxist curriculum next week: if it passes, it will install the principles of critical race theory and its related ideologies into the state’s 10,000 public schools, serving 6 million children.

While we focus on D.C and senile Biden, the march to distort history and radicalize our youth continues in high speed in California.

R. Tolteka Cuauhtin, the original co-chair, worked on the early American history material. In the references, he denounces the United States as a “Eurocentric, white supremacist, capitalist, patriarchal, heteropatriarchal, and anthropocentric paradigm brought from Europe.”

In a related “mandala,” Cuauhtin claims that white Christians committed “theocide” against indigenous tribes, killing their gods and replacing them with Christianity. White settlers thus established a regime of “coloniality, dehumanization, and genocide.”

According to Cuauhtin, whites began “grabbing the land,” “hatching hierarchies,” and “developing for [whiteness],” which created “excess wealth” that “became the basis for the capitalist economy.” Whites continue to subject minorities to “domestication” and “zombification.”

Decentralize the public school system and give parents the $15,000 a year per child to choose their own education. Families deserve the chance to educate their kids—not subject them to this taxpayer-funded poison.

Here we go:

Revenge of the Gods

California’s proposed ethnic studies curriculum urges students to chant to the Aztec deity of human sacrifice.

 

Next week, the California Department of Education will vote on a new statewide ethnic studies curriculum that advocates for the “decolonization” of American society and elevates Aztec religious symbolism—all in the service of a left-wing political ideology.

The new program, called the Ethnic Studies Model Curriculum, seeks to extend the Left’s cultural dominance of California’s public university system, 50 years in the making, to the state’s entire primary and secondary education system, which consists of 10,000 public schools serving a total of 6 million students.

In theoretical terms, the new ethnic studies curriculum is based on the “pedagogy of the oppressed,” developed by Marxist theoretician Paolo Freire, who argued that students must be educated about their oppression in order to attain “critical consciousness” and, consequently, develop the capacity to overthrow their oppressors.

Following this dialectic, the model curriculum instructs teachers to help students “challenge racist, bigoted, discriminatory, imperialist/colonial beliefs” and critique “white supremacy, racism and other forms of power and oppression.” This approach, in turn, enables teachers to inspire their pupils to participate in “social movements that struggle for social justice” and “build new possibilities for a post-racist, post-systemic racism society.”

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The religious narrative is even more disturbing. Cuauhtin developed a related “mandala” claiming that white Christians committed “theocide” against indigenous tribes, killing their gods and replacing them with Christianity. White settlers thus established a regime of “coloniality, dehumanization, and genocide,” characterized by the “explicit erasure and replacement of holistic Indigeneity and humanity.”

The solution, according to Cuauhtin and the ethnic studies curriculum, is to “name, speak to, resist, and transform the hegemonic Eurocentric neocolonial condition” in a posture of “transformational resistance.” The ultimate goal is to “decolonize” American society and establish a new regime of “countergenocide” and “counterhegemony,” which will displace white Christian culture and lead to the “regeneration of indigenous epistemic and cultural futurity.”

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California parents should be concerned. Under the guise of “equity” and “empowerment,” activists within the public education system have developed this radical new curriculum in order to transform California schools into factories for left-wing political activism.

They have recast the United States as an oppressor nation that must be deconstructed and subverted through politics. The curriculum’s vision statement makes this aim explicit: it presents education not as a means of achieving competency, but as a “tool for transformation, social, economic, and political change, and liberation.”

Read more  City Journal

The original source materials can be found  here

 

The best of the swamp today.

 

Seattle charges on to create its Marxist Utopia – New taxes that exempt Gov. workers

 

Seattle Just Passed a New Tax on Jobs in the Middle of an Economic Crisis—But Exempted Government Workers.

So reads the headline. But we have seen this play before. Tax the rich and when they are gone, the rung of the ladder decreases finding lesser souls to tax. Government employees are exempt with this one. How quaint.

More concerning is that we are seeing a parade of characters winning elections in city councils across America with the avowed notion that the utopian dream is just a vote or two away. Before they hid their agenda and like a sheep in wolf’s clothes hid their wares of destruction. So here we go and take a look at this once upon a time jewel of a city, Seattle and its rush to the bottom:

 

Seattle saw the biggest spike in unemployment of any city in the country. The city’s economy continues to flounder amid the pandemic.

On top of all this, Seattle descended into chaos and controversy on June 8 when Antifa and other radical left-wing activists seized control of a neighborhood and declared themselves the “Capitol Hill Autonomous Zone.” Like so many before it throughout history, this utopian social experiment sadly turned deadly and ended 24 days later after multiple shootings.

Nonetheless, the Seattle City Council has decided that now is the right time to impose a new tax burden on its residents. On July 6, the council passed the so-called “JumpStart” tax, which specifically targets middle-class jobs.

It’s not surprising to see Sawant leading this class-warfare charge. She’s an avowed socialist—and isn’t shy about it.

The city official recently railed against Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos in a widely shared video where she promised that she and her supporters are “coming to dismantle the deeply racist, sexist, violent, utterly bankrupt system of capitalism” and replace it with “a socialist world.” Sawant has also promised to “take into public ownership the top 500 corporations and banks that dominate the US economy.”

According to OpenTheBooks.com, 601 city employees in Seattle earned $195,000 or more. Analysts found that “tree trimmers lopped off $160,604; the chief librarian made $197,704; electricians earned $271,070; electrical lineworkers made $307,387; and police officers earned up to $414,543.”

The new payroll tax will not apply to any of these government employees or their peers otherwise drowning in taxpayer cash.

So, no, the city council’s new tax is most certainly not a “victory for working people.” It’s a tax imposed on working people by politicians who made sure to spare the government class from sharing any of the burden.

 

Here is the above mentioned rant.

 

For a good read the full thing is at Foundation for Economic Education

Other than that all is well in the swamp.

For a refresher on how these councils are working out check an earlier post:

Meet the members of the Minneapolis City Council

2 plus 2 equals 4 only because of ‘Western Imperialism’

 

Brittany Marshall’s tweet went viral after she claimed during the course of a discussion about racism, “Nope the idea of 2 + 2 equaling 4 is cultural and because of western imperialism/colonization, we think of it as the only way of knowing.”

Brittany Marshall

 

 

Marshall, who includes her pronouns in her bio, lists her occupation as “teacher, scholar, social justice change agent” and apparently is studying for a PhD at Rutgers.

 wannabe math person,”

Zero Hedge

In this case, Marshall appears to be arguing that maths itself is racist, an argument that has been made by numerous social justice warriors down the years, some of whom question why ‘Western Math’ is in common use and not other methods such as the way Aborigines count (maybe because we’re western and not Aborigine).

The notion that 2+2 might not = 4 is of course lifted from George Orwell’s 1984, when the one party state was able to torture dissidents into believing it could equal 5.

 

 

Notes from clip:

This video proves that 2+2=5 (two plus two equals five) with two different methods. And you can certainly impress your maths teacher with these tricks. Although each method has a mistake but it’s your task to identify the mistake. When you show this amazing trick to your friends and teachers, they will be stunned, because it’s generally difficult to identify which step is done wrong, although it’s a simple mathematics.

 

Other than that all is well in the swamp.

Indiana Priest Suspended for Condemning BLM’s Violence, Marxism and Destruction

 

We are witnessing the wholesale capitulation of the bishops before the Marxist mob.

Father Theodore Rothrock from St. Elizabeth Seton Catholic Church in Carmel, Indiana was suspended this week after his condemnation of the radical Black Lives Matter protest movement published in the parish’s Sunday bulletin on June 28, 2020.  Liberal media outlets almost immediately published excerpts from the bulletin article and called for Rothrock’s removal.

 

Doherty-Rothrock

 

Here is the Father Rothrock’s column in its entirety:

The lady (doth) protest too much, methinks

Today in Saint Elizabeth Ann Seton
Thirteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time
28 June 2020

This dialogue from Hamlet is taken from Act 3, scene 2 and is a response to Hamlet’s query: “how like you this play?” The line suggests a hidden agenda that is revealed in the objections, where the accuser is actually the perpetrator. History is replete with examples of misdirection. In 2001 the Taliban destroyed the Buddhas of Bamyan, the 6th century monumental statues of Gautama Buddha in central Afghanistan, claiming them to be pagan idols. The world was horrified, but did nothing about it.

Despots and tyrants have always employed accusation and distortion to achieve all manner of mischief in an effort to shape and mold public opinion. Anyone currently doing business with Amazon could not help but notice the prominent banner headline from the internet giant touting their proud support for “Black Lives Matter.” But do those black lives really matter to the community organizers promoting their agenda? Is “Antifa” concerned with the defeat of fascist right-wing nationalism or more interested in the establishment of left-wing global socialism?

The brutal murder of a black man in police custody has sparked a landslide of reaction to the alleged systemic racism in America. We are being told that the scars of race relations in this country are really unhealed wounds that continue to fester and putrefy; amputation is required! Reforms must be sweeping and immediate to crush the rising wave of racism that pervades the nation and perverts the body politic.

On the heels of the Covid sequestration, the bottled-up tension of an isolated population has exploded into riots and demonstrations that we have not seen the like in fifty years. What would the great visionary leaders of the past be contributing to the discussion at this point in time? Would men like Fredrick Douglas and the Reverend King, both men of deep faith, be throwing bombs or even marching in the streets? Would they be pleased with the murder rates in our cities or the destruction of our families by the welfare system? Would they see a value in the obliteration of our history to re-write a future without the experience and struggles of the past? Would we tear down their monuments?

Who are the real racists and the purveyors of hate? You shall know them by their works. The only lives that matter are their own and the only power they seek is their own. They are wolves in wolves clothing, masked thieves and bandits, seeking only to devour the life of the poor and profit from the fear of others. They are maggots and parasites at best, feeding off the isolation of addiction and broken families, and offering to replace any current frustration and anxiety with more misery and greater resentment.

The message of peace that comes to us in Christ is the gospel we carry in common with the Orthodox Churches and other Christians. We must stand in solidarity with our brethren across the world to oppose this malevolent force. Black Lives Matter, Antifa, and the other nefarious acolytes of their persuasion are not the friends or allies we have been led to believe. They are serpents in the garden, seeking only to uproot and replant a new species of human made in the likeness of men and not in the image of God.  Their poison is more toxic than any pandemic we have endured. The father of lies has not just been seen in our streets, we have invited him into our home. Now he is prowling like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour. Resist him, strong in your faith.

On Tuesday, Fr. Rothrock was forced to issue an apology, stating “It was not my intention to offend anyone and I am sorry that my words have caused any hurt to anyone.”Apparently this was not enough for the “frothing at the mouth” Marxists calling for his removal.  On Wednesday, Bishop Timothy Doherty removed Fr. Rothrock from public ministry. The diocese of Lafayette issued the following statement:

By decree of Bishop Doherty, effective 12 p.m. noon July 1, 2020 Father Theodore Rothrock is suspended from public ministry according to Canon 1333. The suspension comes in the wake of Father Rothrock’s June 28 bulletin article. The Bishop expresses pastoral concern for the affected communities. The suspension offers the Bishop an opportunity for pastoral discernment for the good of the diocese and for the good of Father Rothrock. Various possibilities for his public continuation in priestly ministry are being considered, but he will no longer be assigned as Pastor of Our Lady of Mt. Carmel as his next appointment. Deacon Bill Reid will serve as Administrator of St. Elizabeth Seton as of 12 p.m. noon July 1, 2020.

From Complicit Clergy

This is not limited to the Catholics. I cannot tell you how many churches I have attended with the same stripe and wallowing in social justice to the point of extreme. The last church I belonged brought in a new minister. How many times were we as members held accountable for not having Black members.

This will not end well. Next they will destroy these same churches who support them and their political agenda.

 

Other than that all is well in the swamp.

Angela Davis: “Capitalism is racial capitalism”

 

They are coming out of the woodwork. Those that have been promulgating the destruction of our country and we need to pay attention. Decades of their hard work is coming to fruition. We were warned.  Angela, an avowed Marxist has been spinning her wares in colleges educating our youngins in the finer points of revolution.

Educator and activist Angela Davis (1944-) became known for her involvement in a politically charged murder case in the early 1970s. Influenced by her segregated upbringing in Birmingham, Alabama, Davis joined the Black Panthers and an all-black branch of the Communist Party as a young woman. She became a professor at UCLA, but fell out of favor with the administration due to her ties. Davis was charged with aiding the botched escape attempt of imprisoned black radical George Jackson, and served roughly 18 months in jail before her acquittal in 1972. After spending time traveling and lecturing, Davis returned to the classroom as a professor and authored several books.

 

She hasn’t mellowed. The latest:

 

Scroll down a paragraph at the link for an interview that reveals more at

Subtext:

In an exclusive interview with Al Jazeera’s Steve Clemons last week, veteran American Angela Davis offered some crucial insights into the meaning of the Black Lives Matter rebellion, its place in history and the strategic challenges it faces. In the interview, she honors “the impact of these amazing gatherings that have happened everywhere in the world in response to the murders of George Floyd and Breonna Taylor and Ahmaud Arbery and Tony McDade and Rayshard Brooks and others,” and considers how this movement might transform American institutions.

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“Of course, the real work happens after the dramatic demonstrations … what we’re going to have to do is to take up each institution, schools for example. The demand to get cops out of schools is so important because schools, especially in Black neighborhoods and neighborhoods of other communities of color, have begun to replicate the environment of police stations and prisons. So this is the beginning, I’m hoping, of a long process of self-examination and transformation of the institutions that constitute society.

“And I want to talk about the importance of understanding the impact of global capitalism, because that is often the elephant in the room that is largely responsible for the seemingly perpetual existence of racism. Capitalism is racial capitalism, and I think we need to confront that today and move in the direction of envisioning and hopefully building a socialist society.”

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On U.S. electoral politics

“I have many critiques, of course, of the Republican Party, particularly given its turn toward white nationalism and racism and misogyny. But I think the Democratic Party is also very problematic, especially in its connection with global and corporate capitalism. I don’t think we can assume that any candidate from that party, much less the one who is running now, will lead us in the radical direction I think we should be moving in. However … it is absolutely essential to vote. It is through the electoral process that we will oust the existing president.

 

Other than that, all is well in the swamp.

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