The council said the ban will cut down on noise and traffic, and also make sidewalks safer for pedestrians.
Lisa Bender, Minneapolis City Council president, said the changes are also part of an effort to rezone areas in the city in preparation for the upcoming Minneapolis 2040 comprehensive plan.
Under Attack: The American Way
Communism is a philosophical, social, political, and economic ideology and movement whose ultimate goal is the establishment of a communist society — a socioeconomic structure based on common ownership of the means of production and the absence of social class, money, and the state. We attribute these idea to Karl Marx and Frederick Engles in 1848. Since then, communism in practice has become a blight on mankind.
Socialism is a theory of social organization which advocates that the means of economic production, distribution, and exchange, should be owned by the community, as a whole. Vladimir Ilyich Ulyanov (also known as Vladimir Lenin) (1870-1924), leader of the communist movement in Russia, emphasized “The purpose of socialism is communism.” He envisioned socialism as a temporary phase in the quest for a communist state.
To my understanding, with but a few failed minor attempts, communism has never been achieved. The reason for this, I believe, is that the theorists involved in the development of communism either did not understand human nature, or completely misread it. So, in terms of the stages in its development, the best that any of its implementers could achieve is a socialist state — and for the most part, until recently, by force of arms.
Progressivism began as a common-sense social movement in the 1890s. I contend “common sense” because really, who could argue with Upton Sinclair’s conclusion that since the meat industry refused to police itself in matters of product safety and hygiene, it was incumbent upon the government to step in to regulate the industry. But since its early days, progressivism has morphed into a radical political movement consisting of many ideas (again, not without some merit) but which, over time, were absorbed into the march toward national socialism.
Today, progressives debate the relevance of America’s traditional values. For example, a progressive will argue that truth is at best contextually relative. They reject the “self-evident” truth that all men are created equal, or that they endowed by their creator with unalienable rights. No, they argue, there are only community rights that must change over time — and that to achieve this, the old rights must be taken away. There is no right to free speech, they argue … only the speech they approve of, as a community.
Crony Capitalism is a system in which businesses become profitable, not because of their willingness to take risks, but rather, based on their close relationship with ruling political class (of both parties). In essence, businesses rely on state power rather than competition to gain access to government contracts, grants, permits, tax breaks in areas where the government exercises a monopoly, such as gas and oil pipeline operations, mining concessions, and contracts for public works.
It is a profiteering scheme where businesses profit and, to ensure continuation of their close relationship with the political elite, offer financial support to their political friends seeking reelection. It is a de facto corruption of public-serving economic activities.
Of the foregoing, three pose a clear and present danger to the American Republic: socialism, progressivism, and crony capitalism. Under the banner of the new progressive movement, the American Republic (and its people) is under attack; not simply the integrity of the Republic (governmentally), but all of our traditional values, as well. Of even greater concern, they’re winning all the major battles.
Enlightenment was a European intellectual movement of the late 1600s/1700s that migrated to the British/American colonies emphasizing reason and individualism in opposition to traditional servitude to nobility. It was heavily influenced by the philosophers Descartes, Lock, and Newton, expounded by Immanuel Kant, Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, Francois-Marie Arquet (also known as Voltaire), Jean-Jaques Rousseau, and Adam Smith.
We may remember Kant as someone who believed that reason is the source of morality; he professed Christianity, but repudiated the kind of Christian behavior expressed by oppressive Catholicism. Few living in the United States today would argue with Kant, whether Catholic or Protestant. Much of what Kant wrote remains influential in contemporary philosophy.
Goethe was a humanist who viewed himself as a moderate (classical) liberal, anti-radical, and a man who on the one hand sympathized with the American Revolution, and on the other was skeptical of the French Revolution.
Voltaire was a writer, historian, and philosopher who was famous for his wit, his criticism of Catholicism, and an advocate of freedom of speech and religion, and the separation of church and state.
Rousseau influenced enlightened ideas throughout Western Europe in the development of modern political, economic, and educational thought and Adam Smith was a key philosopher who some credit with being the “Father of Economic Capitalism.”
The ideas of these “enlightened” men heavily influenced the leaders of the American Revolution, the Continental and United States Congress, and the framers of the United States Constitution and Bill of Rights. These unalienable rights are individual rights —not communal rights, as Neo-progressives would have you believe.
America’s founding fathers did not create democracy — by 1775, democracy already existed for a few thousand years. What they did create was a Republic based on democratic ideas, such that everyone has an equal voice, and that everyone has an equal right to express his or her opinion. Whether that opinion has any merit must depend on how well it is articulated and how well it is received by the listeners — nothing more.
But republican democracy did not come to the American people in an instant. It has been a long, upward climb — because such forms of government are frequently boisterous and always somewhat untidy.
The 1700s were a time when monarchs ruled over their subjects — where the notion of common people governing themselves was completely alien. A successful republic requires practice, knowledge, understanding, wisdom, and a great deal of patience. The reason for this is that, because it is a human endeavor, it is imperfect.
As an analogy, every one of us may recall a time when sitting around the dining room table with our families, everyone had their own opinion about just about every topic. Occasionally, voices became loud, anger boiled over, and perhaps, someone simply got up and left the table. Now imagine 300-million voices all speaking at once inside a very large auditorium. That’s where we are today.
It is entirely human to classify others according to what they say, and how they behave. For example, we frequently hear Democrats referring to Republicans as fascists; Republicans often refer to Democrats as communists (which, of course, many are). People who speak one way and behave another are called politicians.
If we must label people, how they behave may be more revealing to us than what they say. For example, how a politician votes on an issue is more revealing than what he or she might tell us on a campaign stump — if we “good citizens” even bother to notice.
Knowledge, Understanding, Wisdom
Knowing what happened, why it happened, and what we should we do about it is the challenge facing American society today. My argument is that it shouldn’t be too difficult to make informed decisions — if we are willing to open our minds to issues that confront us. Ultimately, what we believe — and why we believe it — is an individual decision. But what do half of modern Americans demand?
Roughly half of our citizens today repudiate the enlightened tenets of our founding documents. The other half strives to preserve them. Those who do repudiate the wisdom and foresight of our founding fathers have been brought up that way — programmed, in fact, to deny anyone but themselves the right of free thought or expression. To silence others with whom they disagree, they label such speech as politically incorrect — which has lately morphed into such terms as hateful, racist, or xenophobic.
Progressives have chosen this path because they are incapable of honest, polite debate — and because there is no merit to their argument. They lack knowledge, understanding, and wisdom. Under such circumstances, they strive to shut down any deviation from what “they” think.
What matters most to progressive-minded people is controlling the narrative rather than improving the republic. There is room for improvement in our nation, in our society, of course — but we cannot achieve that by tearing down America’s foundations. The loudest progressives, and the most violent — the young know-nothings — do serve a purpose, however. They help keep everyone at odds. You know … divide and conquer.
Referring to these people as “know nothings” may appear hyperbolic, but it is very close to unmitigated truth. Among young progressives, there are no worthwhile lessons in history because, or so they believe, America’s founding fathers were all racists. So they tear down statues of such men as Thomas Jefferson and George Washington (and others) demanding that we ignore these men in history because the owned slaves.
Knowing only a little about actual history is a dangerous thing. Jefferson and Washington never owned slaves; their wives did — and this is more than a technicality. The last will and testament of both these men freed these slaves, which explains how Jefferson’s will was tied up in probate court for so long. Jefferson died land rich, money poor, and deeply indebted. But to revise American history, progressives now claim that Washington and Jefferson were racists — and it isn’t true.
Actual history is vital to who we have become, as Americans. Not all of our history was laudatory, but if there is any benefit to the unsavory aspects of what happened before, it has been that we learned valuable lessons about ourselves along the way. Six-hundred thousand Americans died to free the slaves.
Americans of the 1960s overwhelmingly repudiated Democrats in their horrific treatment of blacks during the civil rights movement. This should account for something worthwhile in our history — and all was working well until a virulent progressive became president in 2007. He demanded “fundamental change” to America — and he’s damn well achieved it.
But there are good examples of how we’ve failed to learn from history, as well. Perhaps the best example of this has been our lionizing one of the most despicable women in history, Margaret Sanger. Actual history tells us that Margaret Sanger conspired to eradicate black American populations through abortion programs.
Her plan was enthusiastically embraced by Woodrow Wilson (Democrat), and not surprisingly, German Chancellor Adolf Hitler, who adapted Sanger’s ideas to the extermination of Jews, gypsies, and homosexuals — his Final Solution. Yet, despite the wanton murder of tens of millions of black babies, Sanger’s plan continues day — partially funded by the federal government disguised as “a woman’s right to choose.”
Among progressives, American institutions serve their interests, not those whom they oppose, and so in modern America, there is no longer a requirement for checks and balances in government. To the winner go the spoils; winning is all that matters — not the survival of the Republic.
Such tenets as “land of the free” and “liberty and justice for all” only apply only to progressives. People with different views have no place in the new America, which has become a common “virtue signal” within the progressive’s propaganda media. Political disenfranchisement is “okay” so long as it only applies to everyone who is not a progressive.
Finally, after only three days in office, Democrat/Socialist/Progressive Jose Biden put nearly 100,000 Americans out of work. He did this by favoring the corporation owned by Warren Buffet over the rights of Americans to work and feed their families. There is no better example of crony capitalism than this — but this one example is but the tip of a massive iceberg. And it has been going on for far too long and involves the elite of both political parties. This is NOT what America is (or should be) all about. It is also not very wise.
Over time, words and phrases have changed, but behaviors have not. For me, personally, if Democrats want me to stop calling them communists, they’re going to have to change their behavior. I’m not holding my breath — but I am praying that the American people come to their senses.