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.

 

So much for the swamp today. More on the other members later.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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.

Omar tells Sanders supporters, he will ‘fight against western imperialism’

 

Rep. Ilhan Omar says she is excited Sen. Bernie Sanders will “fight against western imperialism.”

“I am beyond honored and excited for a president that will fight against western imperialism and fight for a just world,” Omar said during a Sanders campaign rally in Minneapolis.

 

Omar could only praise comrade Sanders, who spent his honeymoon in the Soviet Union. We are to forget the Soviet Union wasn’t on everyone’s bucket list as a travel destination. This at the height of the cold war. That he is even polling a number tells us what has happened to our educational system.

“The fight for human rights is undeniable. And when we recognize injustices of the past and present,” Omar said. “Whether it is genocide against Jewish people, Armenians or Rwandans or Bosnians or Native Americans or more. We realize that that recognition isn’t about punishing our political foes, but leading within a moral obligation.”

Other than that all is well in the swamp.

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Fascism – Which party supports it?

 

by Mustang

America’s political left continually refer to conservatives as “fascists.”  Is this true?  Hardly —and here’s why.  We must begin with an understanding of what fascism really means, who started it, and what was that person’s overlying political philosophy.

We know, for example, that the father of capitalism was Adam Smith (1723-1790), a Scottish philosopher and a key figure in the Scottish enlightenment.  And we know that the father of Marxism was Karl Marx (1818-1883).

Giovanni Gentile

Most people, however, do not know the name of the person who started “fascism.”  There is a reason we do not know that much about Giovanni Gentile (1875-1944): most academic historians, who identify with leftist politics, have worked overtime to erase Gentile from our memory.  But, in his own time, Gentile was one of the most influential philosophers.

Giovanni Gentile believed that there were two diametrically opposed forms of democracy.  The first was liberal democracy, which we Americans sometimes call “classical liberalism.”  This was what our founding fathers believed.

Gentile thought of this as individualistic, overly focused on human liberty and personal rights.  He thought of this, not as unalienable rights, but as socially selfish.  The other form, according to Gentile, was “true Democracy,” which occurs when individuals willingly subordinate themselves to the will of the state.

In a manner similar to Karl Marx, Gentile argued for a society that was formed much like a family, a condition in which all of us faced life’s challenges “together.”  We have witnessed this peculiar view in the statements, platforms, and policies of the Democratic Party.

In 1984, Governor Mario Cuomo argued that America is much like an extended family, where, through the government, people take care of each other.  Thirty years later, in 2012, Democrats argued that “government is the only thing we all belong to.”

Giovanni Gentile was a man of leftist politics.  He was a committed socialist, and in his mind, fascism was a form of socialism —and, indeed, the only workable form.  Whereas Marx sought to organize people based on class, Gentile wanted to arrange society based on class and national identity.  In other words, Gentile believed that fascists were socialists with a national identity; it distinguishes them from others, with similar beliefs, from other countries.

One may recall that the Nazis of Germany were “National Socialists.”  Gentile believed that all society should be organized to serve the public interests.  There was no room for private interests.  The administrative arm of society was, in Gentile’s view, the state.  To submit to the will of society was to acquiesce to the will of the state —not just in economic issues, but in all matters affecting society.  And, since everything in society is political, the people must empower the state to tell everyone how to think, and what to do.

The first national leader to convert Gentile’s philosophy into action was Benito Mussolini (1883-1945), the Italian dictator who controlled Italy from 1922 to 1943.  Mussolini once proclaimed, “All is in the state, and nothing human exists or has value outside the state.”  It was a statement that paraphrased the philosophy of Giovanni Gentile.

Americans today do not remember Gentile because leftist academics have successfully erased him from our memory.  What does remain, however, is his philosophy, which has been entirely adopted by the American political left.  Renamed, it is the philosophy of the Progressive Movement in the United States.

It does not require a political scholar to realize that Progressive politics, that is to say, the Democratic Party, has vastly expanded state control over the private sector.  We can see this in matters of economics, education, banking, and energy.

State directed capitalism is exactly what German and Italian governments implemented in the 1930’s.  Importantly, American leftists cannot acknowledge Gentile because in doing so, it would become the glue that binds American progressivism to fascism.

So let us now review: what do conservatives want?  They demand smaller government and expanded personal freedom.  They demand liberty.  The American political left wants to achieve the opposite: the resources of the individual and industry in the service of a centralized state, such as exists in Russia and China.

Were the American pollical left to acknowledge Giovanni Gentile, they would have to also acknowledge that fascism bears a deep kinship to the ideology to the Democratic Party.

Are fascists part of the conservative right?  No.  They are clearly the spawn of the ideology and political philosophy of Nancy Pelosi, Chuck Schumer, Jerry Nadler, Maxine Waters, and a host of other un-American idiots like Peter Buttigieg, Ilhan Omar, and Rashida Tlaib.

Thinking Americans should know world history … our country’s survival depends on this knowledge.  Fascist, thy name is Democrat.

 

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Brits Labour Party plans to abolish and confiscate private schools

 

Best hustle out to your local theatre and catch “Downton Abby” for a view of the last vestige of the once great Great Britain. If Brexit was a problem for the UK and Boris Johnson, let’s look at what Corbyn’s Labor party has in store-

Nigel Farage: “I’ve no doubt, Mr McDonnell, you all want us to be dragged down to the bottom in your new Marxist state.”

Boris Johnson

Leaders of elite private schools have vented outrage over Labour’s plan to abolish them, branding the policy “incredulous” [sic] and an “act of unprecedented vandalism”.

Jeremy Corbyn’s party voted at their conference to integrate all private schools into the state sector if they win the next election.

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“It doesn’t feel like I’m living in the UK any more,” he told BBC Radio 4’s Today programme.

Properties and funds held by private schools would be “redistributed democratically and fairly” across the country’s educational institutions as part of the reforms.

Private schools’ charitable status would also be scrapped and universities forced to limit their intake of privately educated students to just 7 per cent – the same proportion as in the wider population.

Boris Johnson also called it a “pointless attack” on the education system, adding that it was based on a “long-buried socialist ideology”.

Mr Adshead, head of the fee-paying Old Vicarage School in Derbyshire, said: “For me it seems quite incredulous [sic] that in 2019 I’m discussing whether my private land will be seized and then redistributed.” More at Independent UK

Nigel Farage: Abolishing Private Schools Is Communism

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