It’s Not “Pessimism” to Say Freedom & Tyranny are Incompatible

Is it right to be optimistic or pessimistic about what’s happening to our country? I don’t think that’s the right question. There are reasons to be positive as well as negative, just based on all the known facts.

I do know this: The country as we know it is too divided to unite, sadly. Millions, almost half, don’t want a free country. Well, they want freedom for themselves, but not for anyone who thinks differently, and that’s not sustainable. Humans have free will and nobody can predict future choices, but I don’t see how you reconcile the literal totalitarianism being promoted and acted on daily by leftists with anything like the Declaration of Independence and the Bill of Rights. I am not pessimistic about what freedom can accomplish. I am a raging optimist on that point. But I am pessimistic about the incompatibility of tyranny and freedom. The two cannot peacefully coexist.

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“How can we achieve real consensus on the issues that matter most if only some voters can be heard,” Democratic Sen. Raphael Warnock whined in a plea to Republicans.

Yes, I agree. If early morning data dumps, subjective mail-in voting and the refusal to require voter IDs so illegals may vote are to become the law of the land, then how can we gain “consensus” since only the votes of people voting Democratic count? Oh, I forgot. Consensus is not your goal. Unlimited, one-party rule is.

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Facebook & Twitter are doing what the Biden regime wants them to do. They are not operating as private companies. They are wings of the government, imposing censorship.

This is war, and fascist social media giants are part of the enemy camp.

Michael J. Hurd, Daily Dise of Reason

Joe Biden Will Never Change

During a rare press conference today, which lasted well over an hour, President Joe Biden told the press corps that he “didn’t believe the polls,” said he’d “over-performed” in his first year, accomplishing more than any president in history in his first year, scolded RealClearPolitics reporter Philip Wegmann and blamed the country for somehow misunderstanding what he meant when he labeled his political opponents as allies of Bull Connor. He also noted that without his voting legislation, that the 2022 and 2024 elections would be rigged and not legitimate.

The presser came at a time when a phenomenon is occurring in Biden-friendly media. Commentators are grappling with the realization that Joe Biden is not the “competent” (Washington Post) “non-divisive” (Daily Beast) and “stable” (Washington Post, again) magic grandpa capable of uniting a fractured America with a whisper and a hug. That Joe Biden is the man the Biden campaign sold the pundits on, and it comported with the ideal Joe Biden the pundits had concocted in their collective anti-Trump hivemind. But sadly, that ideal doesn’t match the reality of who Joe Biden is: a man who once told an audience of African Americans that Mitt Romney would re-enslave them.

As Biden’s approval ratings hit the kind of lows not seen since the Truman era, the pro-Biden, or at very least Biden-curious, media has issued a series of course correction instructions. These warnings, from the likes of the Washington Post and the Bulwark, are once again based on their own false notion of who they want and consider Joe Biden to be, and not who he actually is. There is no chance that Joe Biden and the Visiting Angels who run his administration will change the slant of his presidency. His Joe Rogan-length press conference today offered more evidence of that.

It would be easier welcome rigorous criticism of an inept president from DC’s punditry elite had they not spent the campaign and his first year in office willfully ignoring Joe Biden’s 40-year track record in the US Senate and as vice president, in order to sell voters on the image that Ron Klain wanted to project. Instead the commentariat’s about-face is jarring for average Americans. Most of them aren’t pro-Trump and really did just want to get some sleep after four years of Twitter screaming. Most of them have since been quick to realize that Joe Biden is not a “very stable genius” who could prove to be the comprehensive antidote to Donald Trump.

The Washington Post’s Ashley Parker tweeted “Biden was supposed to be the anti-Trump — steady, stable, competent. But the chaotic Afghanistan withdrawal undercut that image, and facing a cascade of crises — covid, etc — Biden has never been able to recover.” Parker is seemingly unaware that Joe Biden is facing multiple crises of his own making. On top of that, often Joe Biden is the crisis, as demonstrated during his marathon Wednesday presser.

This is not the president that was elected a year ago — and certainly not the ideal one that so many DC pundits had concocted in their own heads.

He and his administration were elected to “shut down” a virus that he has for the most part ignored since July, when he declared “masked or vaxxed” and then stuck his foot in a hole in Afghanistan. His administration handlers ensured that the defining image from the Kabul catastrophe was footage of him turning his back to the American people, as he refused to answer questions about the manner of the troops’ withdrawal. We were told that Joe Biden was elected because of his empathy and competence. The commentators who told us that have since learned that he has neither quality.

Joe Biden is not suddenly going to become coherent when he speaks to the press. He can’t make Vladimir Putin back down by whipping out his aviators and heading to the nearest ice cream parlor. The pundits who bought the gingerly grandpa act may be praying that he can capture any fleeting fairy dust bestowed upon him by Barack Obama’s pop-culture prowess. But that won’t transform Biden into someone able to “shut down the virus.”

David Brooks thinks Biden needs to “begin revamping his presidency.” “Jennifer Rubin claims that “Biden needs a reset.” Frankly, any paid pundit begging for Biden to become the fantastical wise elder statesman they fantasized about should keep their thoughts to themselves. The rest of us should ignore their “expertise” when making any serious assessment of this defeated old man’s tenure.

By Stephen L. Miller

Stephen L. Miller is a Spectator contributing editor.

Higher Education: A Stunningly Corrupt Institution

Canadian psychologist and bestselling author Jordan Peterson announced that he is no longer a tenured professor at the University of Toronto.

In an article for The National Post, Peterson — who recently sat down with Daily Wire editor emeritus Ben Shapiro in the inaugural episode of “The Search” — pointed to the school’s obsession with “Diversity, Inclusivity and Equity,” which he abbreviated simply as “DIE.”

“I had envisioned teaching and researching at the U of T, full time, until they had to haul my skeleton out of my office. I loved my job. And my students, undergraduates and graduates alike, were positively predisposed toward me,” Peterson said. “But that career path was not meant to be.”

Peterson voiced frustration that his “qualified and supremely trained heterosexual white male graduate students… face a negligible chance of being offered university research positions, despite stellar scientific dossiers” thanks to diversity mandates.

“These have been imposed universally in academia, despite the fact that university hiring committees had already done everything reasonable for all the years of my career, and then some, to ensure that no qualified ‘minority’ candidates were ever overlooked,” he wrote. “My students are also partly unacceptable precisely because they are my students. I am academic persona non grata, because of my unacceptable philosophical positions. And this isn’t just some inconvenience. These facts rendered my job morally untenable. How can I accept prospective researchers and train them in good conscience knowing their employment prospects to be minimal?”

Peterson pointed to other trends destroying academia “and, downstream, the general culture” — including the end of objective testing and “grievance studies” disciplines. He also observed that colleagues must bow to diversity mandates by crafting “DIE statements” to obtain research grants.

“They all lie (excepting the minority of true believers) and they teach their students to do the same. And they do it constantly, with various rationalizations and justifications, further corrupting what is already a stunningly corrupt enterprise,” he mourned. “Some of my colleagues even allow themselves to undergo so-called anti-bias training, conducted by supremely unqualified Human Resources personnel, lecturing inanely and blithely and in an accusatory manner about theoretically all-pervasive racist/sexist/heterosexist attitudes. Such training is now often a precondition to occupy a faculty position on a hiring committee.”

The problem extends far beyond the University of Toronto.

Peterson said that the accrediting boards for Canadian graduate clinical psychology training programs “are now planning to refuse to accredit university clinical programs unless they have a ‘social justice’ orientation.” Also referring to Canada’s “conversion therapy” ban, Peterson said that the practice of clinical psychology is effectively “doomed.”

Peterson admonished executives, professors, and others capitulating to wokeness and permitting its advance in Western culture.

“And all of you going along with the DIE activists, whatever your reasons: this is on you,” he warned. “Cowering cravenly in pretense and silence. Teaching your students to dissimulate and lie. To get along. As the walls crumble. For shame. CEOs: signaling a virtue you don’t possess and shouldn’t want to please a minority who literally live their lives by displeasure. You’re evil capitalists, after all, and should be proud of it. At the moment, I can’t tell if you’re more reprehensibly timid even than the professors. Why the hell don’t you banish the human resource DIE upstarts back to the more-appropriately-named Personnel departments, stop them from interfering with the psyches of you and your employees, and be done with it?”

“Musicians, artists, writers: stop bending your sacred and meritorious art to the demands of the propagandists before you fatally betray the spirit of your own intuition,” he continued. “Stop censoring your thought. Stop saying you will hire for your orchestral and theatrical productions for any reason other than talent and excellence. That’s all you have. That’s all any of us have.”

“He who sows the wind will reap the whirlwind. And the wind is rising.”

Ben Zeisloft

Values, Objectively Defined (Ayn Rand)

Values are the motivating power of man’s actions and a necessity of his survival, psychologically as well as physically.

Man’s values control his subconscious emotional mechanism that functions like a computer adding up his desires, his experiences, his fulfillments and frustrations—like a sensitive guardian watching and constantly assessing his relationship to reality. The key question which this computer is programmed to answer, is: What is possible to me?

There is a certain similarity between the issue of sensory perception and the issue of values. . . .

If severe and prolonged enough, the absence of a normal, active flow of sensory stimuli may disintegrate the complex organization and the interdependent functions of man’s consciousness.

Man’s emotional mechanism works as the barometer of the efficacy or impotence of his actions. If severe and prolonged enough, the absence of a normal, active flow of value-experiences may disintegrate and paralyze man’s consciousness—by telling him that no action is possible.

The form in which man experiences the reality of his values is pleasure.

AYN RAND

Can Free Florida Survive ?

Florida has a large Cuban population, but it also has a large Jewish population, people who made their money and retired in a sunny land without freezing temperatures. Most of the Jews understand the benefits of Florida’s openness under Governor DeSantis, but, Jews tend to be mutually supportive. They support one another more than do gentiles, sometimes to their worst judgment.

In the next election for governor, DeSantis’ Democrat opponent is likely to be a Jew, Nikki Fried. Fried regards DeSantis as an “authoritarian dictator who is borderline fascist” ( https://cbs12.com/news/local/commissioner-fried-calls-desantis-a-dictator-for-signing-voter-suppression-bill ). Currently she is Florida commissioner of agriculture and the unmarried partner of Jake Bergmann, a Jew who is a marijuana entrepreneur in Florida, which raises an unaddressed problem of a conflict of interest as Bergmann’s business often results in dealings with Fried’s office.

No stink will be raised about this, because it would be “anti-semitic” and, therefore, “hate speech” if not a “hate crime.” Indeed, anything critical of anything Jewish has been labeled a hate crime. Any serious issue that is raised is met with: “shut up you Nazi.”

It is wonderful to be protected against all criticisms, legitimate ones as well as false ones. But DeSantis doesn’t have the same protection. Neither does Florida’s freedom as a state without coercive Covid mandates. A change in administration could bring Floridians life under the same Gestapo boot that New Yorkers exist under.

All of the people who have come to Florida in search of a refuge from the Covid totalitarianism of the Democrat states, including the Jewish refugees from New York, need to understand that their refuge is shaky, because the medical establishment which serves Big Pharma, not public health, the US media that has positioned itself out on a limb of lies in its support of official narratives, the Democrats who prefer their authoritarianism to democracy and accountable government, and the tendency of Jews to vote Jewish over gentile place the freedom and independence of Florida in jeopardy.

If Nikki Fried wins, the Florida successful model will be deep-sixed.

Americans are also badly positioned abroad where the neoconservatives have lined up the US against Russia backed by China.

The Western world, in its delusional arrogance and extraordinary stupidity, could easily end up in the trash bin of history. Indeed, it could happen sooner than we think. In addition to the Russian and Chinese opposition to American unilateralism, the Western liberal-progressive-left is destroying the enculturation process that sustained Western civilization, thereby replacing nations with towers of babel. Our internal enemies are a larger threat than our alleged external ones.

Democrats and their protected “woke,” “BLM,” “Antifa,” and Critical Race Theory echelons are destroying the monuments and our memory of America’s Founding Fathers. They are destroying the First Amendment and the entirety of the US Constitution. They are teaching in the public schools and universities that all white people are racists and white supremacists who must be overthrown. How are such a divided people and a demonized white majority going to stand up to countries like Russia, China, and Iran that are sick and tired of American exceptionalism?

The Department of Homeland Security and FBI have demonized Trump voters — half or more of the voting US population — as “domestic extremists” and are trying several hundred on the ridiculous charge that they–all several hundred of them–tried to overthrow the Government of the United States in the alleged “Trump Insurrection.” A country in danger of being overthrown by 600 unarmed Trump supporters is far too weak to be picking fights with Russia and China. If the Washington morons think that 600 people can overthrow the government, what strength does Washington have to stand up to Russia, China, Iran?

Obviously, none whatsoever.

Try to imagine a country, whose government demonizes its own majority white population as oppressors not only of “people of color” but also of women, trying to get away with demonizing other countries and assigning all blame to them. Washington projects its sins to others, and assumes that Washington, a collection of well-paid whores, is “exceptional” and “indispensable.”

Never before in human history has such mindless pretense been manifest.

Washington is the Naked Emperor. Here is the Russophobe Nuland with a few thousand NATO troops threatening Russia and China with their millions of troops: https://www.rt.com/russia/546173-us-official-threatens-russia/

Democrats Want You Imprisoned for Disagreeing with Them

Forty-five percent of Democrats liked the idea of limiting the spread of the virus “by having federal or state governments require that citizens temporarily live in designated facilities or locations if they refuse to get a COVID-19 vaccine.”

Nearly half of Democrats, 48%, believe that “federal and state governments should be able to fine or imprison individuals who publicly question the efficacy of the existing COVID-19 vaccines on social media, television, radio, or in online or digital publications.” [from NEWSMAX]

If you don’t think we’re in a civil war of some kind, I suppose you’ll just need a little more time to see this all play out.

I believe the number is higher than 59 percent, and that some would favor even harsher measures. It’s not about vaccines. It’s about compelling people to obey a totalitarian regime, which the overwhelming majority of “Democrats” want.

A number of people wrote on my social media threads that the number simply CAN’T be this high, even among Democrats. They cite Biden’s unpopularity (33 percent, and sinking) as evidence.

Biden may be unpopular — he surely is — but this doesn’t mean that most Democrats still don’t want totalitarian statism. If they’re turning on Biden, it’s only because he’s not delivering. It’s really important to understand that most of your Democrat-Communist friends, associates, neighbors and relatives really don’t care what happens to you; not if you disagree with them on anything.

It’s probably not inaccurate to claim that most Democrats would have you rounded up and put into some kind of detention context — certainly if you’re not vaccinated, and probably for other crimes against the state, as well. Notice one finding of this poll: A majority of Democrats want you fined or imprisoned merely for CRITICIZING or questioning government COVID policies on social media or elsewhere online. If you think Biden’s ineptitude changes these monstrous attitudes, then you’re frankly living in a fool’s paradise. The question is not whether most Democrats and leftists WANT you punished for what they view as your behavioral AND thought crimes. Their unequivocal support for having people fired from their jobs for opting not to have the thus-far ineffective, experimental COVID vaccine is proof enough of that assertion. The only question is how much of it they’re going to get. They may abandon Biden, but then they’ll search for a REAL dictator to do the job.

If you doubt me, then just watch to see what happens with the supposed upcoming elections. Especially as frightened statists pull out ALL the stops to cling to power.

Michael J. Hurd, Daily Dose of Reason

America is Run by Mobsters and Psychopaths

Pictured: Supreme Court justice Sonia Sotomayor, who won’t go near Republican colleagues on the high court without a mask.

Once people who crave power gain physical power over others, they don’t let it go. When you tolerate or even applaud the exercise of that power, you encourage them to triple down on their grip. That’s why the mask mandates, the vax mandates, the lockdowns and all the other things have not stopped and will not stop, not in territories run by power mad people (all the blue states in the USA, and many of the purple ones). In Delaware, for example, the governor stopped the mask mandates in May of 2021 — after 14 months. Suddenly, last week, he reinstated those arbitrary and lawless edicts, with very little explanation and no evidence of any perceived need to require an explanation. “It’s what I say; and you will do it.” People are scratching their heads. “I thought this BS was over?” No, it’s never over. When you’re dealing with glorified mobsters masking as “governors” or “legislators”, you’re still dealing with mobsters. They crave physical power, and they exercise it for its own sake. They will continue to exercise this power, easing up when they feel like it, and then reasserting it when they feel like it. They don’t even know what they’re doing, and they don’t even care; it’s the assertion of the power that matters to them. I would say that they’re animals, but that would be an insult to animals.

It’s what mobsters, criminals and sociopaths do. It’s nothing new, and it should not be surprising. It’s not “politics.” It’s human psychology — at its worst. They will continue until or unless they are physically restrained from doing these things again. Back in the spring of 2020, I would have supported then President Trump ordering these governors to stop what they’re doing, in the name of the U.S. Bill of Rights — which supercedes all of their power. Arrests of governors and high officials would have been entirely appropriate. To most, this seemed insane at the time. Now, two years later, what do you think?

I fear we are past the point where elections will make much of a difference. For one thing, in mobster areas, the elections are laughingly rigged. The unlimited exercise of government power provides every opportunity to rig an election. Case in point: “The pandamic is back. So we must have mail-in voting.” And as Stalin said, the people in power get to count the votes. Mail-in voting is not the only means of committing fraud, but it may be all these left-wing one-party mobsters in charge of blue states need. It sure worked in 2020.

It’s not going to end so long as we delude ourselves that we are NOT dealing with mobsters and sociopaths, and that this is all somehow “democratic” or characteristic of any rights-respecting republic ever known in history. These mobster governors don’t even have to pass a law. They don’t even have to go through the procedure of passing a law. “I say so. You do it.” As with masks and vaccinations, so with many, many more things to come. Believe me: the future edicts will extend well beyond “pandemics.”

For now, red states are safer than blue ones. Purple states like Virginia may hang by a thread, for a few more years. But the one-party federal regime in D.C. (forget Biden — it’s the PARTY that counts) will eventually assert total control over places like Florida and Texas, I fear. Those states will either submit, or be faced with a bloody fight. There’s no escaping that awful choice. Think Ukraine vs. Putin; or Taiwan vs. Communist China.

Nothing would make me happier than to be wrong. Show me one shred of evidence, especially from the last 24 months, that suggests I am. Show me the widespread support for freedom that’s ready to assert itself. I don’t see it. I do see psychopaths, sociopaths and legalized mobsters controlling not only all of the federal government and most of the state governments, but virtually all of the schools, the corporations, the culture and the media. Oh, and check out that picture of our Supreme Court justice in a face bubble.

Good, decent and freedom-loving people have got to figure out how to stop obeying and start challenging, before it’s really too late.

Michael J. Hurd, Daily Dose of Reason