Mark Malvesi contributor to The Imaginative Conservative: There is a darker reality to contemplate. Violence, even the sort of horrific gun violence that we repeatedly experience, may after all be only one symptom of a more acute disease against which legislation is impotent. Pundits and critics, including me, have lamented that a culture of violence in America is endemic. That analysis misrepresents the essence of the problem, which is not violence but savagery.
Austin Hoffman contributor to The Imaginative Conservative: Just as all men recognize tyranny as the most oppressive regime, we should recognize a tyrannical soul as the most onerous. The tyrannical soul gets exactly what it wants, but this is a curse, not a blessing. Freedom from all constraint is actually the worst form of slavery.
Daniel Greenfield contributor to Frontpage Magazine considers why Black man who attacked an Asian man may not be charged with a hate crime: Why is a guy who hates Asian, Spanish and White people not considered all that discriminating? It seems like he hates all groups except his own race. That would make him a racial supremacist. Not all that unusual. But not a topic that the media would like to introduce in this case.
Daniel Greenfield contributor to Frontpage Magazine: What are the rules again? Are riots a violent insurrection by radical groups which must be suppressed by any means… or a peaceful protest? Obviously, it depends on who’s doing the rioting and where they’re doing the rioting. A riot in congress is an attack on “our democracy” while looting, burning and trashing a bunch of stores in Brooklyn Center is a peaceful protest. Attacking Capitol Police officers is a horrifying crime, but attacking Brooklyn Center police officers is a peaceful protest.
Richard Jack Rail contributor to American Thinker: Lest we oldsters confuse “social justice” with “wilding,” BLM is doing here what the Reds did in the years leading up to the 1917 Russian rebolooshun and what the Brownshirts did in the years leading up to Hitler. Comparisons to today are instructive. In Russia and Germany, many non-rioters sympathized with the rioters. Many in the media in Russia and later Germany played stooge for the string-pullers. In Germany, major corporations would throw in on the side of the thugs. BLM leadership today even seems to be going out of its way to mimic the behavior of communists everywhere once they think themselves untouchable, enjoying luxuries denied the rabble in ruined Communist economies. Hey, it worked for Barack. The parallels are so striking that one can wonder if there really is an unseen force guiding history along.
BIDEN/HARRIS/OBAMA REGIME: TRANSFORMING FOREIGN POLICY
Sundance: Biden Administration Withhold $150 Million of Ukraine Aid Until Ukraine Government Reform – Exact Process Democrats Impeached Trump For
Yes, as you read the following report from OANN, you would not be mistaken to identify the JoeBama administration is now doing exactly the same thing President Trump was accused of, wrongfully, which led to the a ridiculous impeachment effort. Meanwhile Russian President Vladimir Putin is laughing hysterically…. OANN – Joe Biden is withholding military aid from Ukraine that had already been approved by Congress in the face of Russian military maneuvers at its borders. Biden will reportedly provide only $125 million to Ukraine this year, although Congress has already approved a $275 million package. White House officials said $150 million of that aid will be withheld until Ukraine conducts the reforms that Biden is asking for.
Read more at The Conservative Treehouse.
BIDEN/HARRIS/OBAMA REGIME: TRANSFORMING AMERICA
Hale: Biden Admin is Offering Federal Employees Paid Leave to Assist Illegal Aliens
The desperate plea landed this week in the email inboxes of employees in government agencies like the Department of Homeland Security and NASA: Will you consider taking a four-month paid leave from your job to help care for migrant children in government-run shelters packed with new arrivals at the border? … […] As of Friday, 2,722 employees across the government have volunteered, in most cases with their salaries being picked up by the health department.
Read more at Raw Conservative Opinions.
Bonchie: Joe Biden Proclaims ‘Wafers’ Are Infrastructure Because Everything Is Infrastructure
Everything is infrastructure. That’s been the lesson of the last several weeks, where Democrats have sought to stuff every left-wing want of the last two decades into their latest legislative monstrosity. The massive spending binge we’ve seen so far already has inflation setting in, and it’s going to get worse, but Kamala Harris gets to tweet “help is here” so it’s all good, I suppose. Yesterday, Biden himself got in on the act, holding up a “wafer” and proclaiming it to be infrastructure.
Read more/Watch the 29 second video at Red State.
DEMOCRAT PARTY PLAYBOOK: GLOBAL RESET
The Roadmap for the ‘Great Reset’
As far back as 1996, Mikhail Gorbachev laid bare the agenda driving climate alarmism: “The threat of environmental crisis will be the international disaster key to unlock the New World Order.” He was underscoring the importance of advancing Marxist objectives by creating an emergency to convince people they must surrender freedom to be safe. That idea has been parlayed over the decades into a global campaign of the Left to control vibrant economies, end individual freedom and national sovereignties, and impoverish the world. In America, it is being served up as the Green New Deal (GND). Author Marc Morano exposes that elaborate con game in Green Fraud: Why the Green New Deal Is Even Worse Than You Think. Morano is a former senior staff member of the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee and narrator of the film Climate Hustle. His book shows how the GND — which dovetails with the U.N.’s Agenda 21 — has nothing to do with “saving the planet” and is actually about “transforming modern America into a centrally planned and managed society and imposing an ideology that will rein in the freedoms of individual Americans.” Like Gorbachev, GND champions admit as much. Morano quotes Saikat Chakrabarti, former chief of staff to debutant Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, as saying, “We really think of it as a how-do-you-change-the-entire-economy thing.” And he cites Ocasio-Cortez’s campaign aide Waleed Shahid explaining the GND as “a proposal to redistribute wealth and power from people on top to the people at the bottom.” For an agenda so ambitious, the name ironically draws on . . .
Read more at American Thinker.
DEMOCRAT PARTY PLAYBOOK: MARXIST IDENTITY POLITICS
Prestigiacomo: VIDEO: Teacher Berates Student For White Privilege, Threatens Parents For Questioning Her: ‘Come At Me!’
In compiled video posted to social media, San Marcos High School teacher Alissa Piro admonishes a student for asking why there is not a white student union club, arguing that it’s racist to have clubs limited to racial identity while also excluding white people from having their own club, too. Piro loses control in the video, screaming at the junior named Jace for posing such a question. “You don’t need a white student union, Jace!” she yells. Referencing his so-called “white privilege,” a common progressive term with no apparent quantifiable meaning, the teacher raises her voice, . . . […] The second portion of the video shows Piro, on a separate occasion, going off on parents for daring to question . . .
Read more/Watch the 1:21 minute video at Daily Wire.
DEMOCRAT PARTY LED PURGING AND PERSECUTION
Alexander: Tucker Carlson denies ADL accusation that he is a white supremacist and reiterates claim that the Democratic party is ‘trying to replace current electorate with voters from the Third World’.
Tucker Carlson on Monday night doubled down on his claim that Democrats were deliberately ‘importing’ migrants to the United States to make the electorate more likely to vote them into power, laughing off the Anti Defamation League’s labeling of him as a white supremacist. Carlson sparked anger on Thursday by discussing ‘replacement theory’ – the idea that the electorate was being engineered, via immigration. ‘I know that the left and all the gatekeepers on Twitter become literally hysterical if you use the term ‘replacement’, if you suggest that the Democratic party is trying to replace the current electorate, the voters now casting ballots, with new people, more obedient voters, from the Third World.’ The ADL CEO Jonathan Greenblatt accused Carlson of ‘open-ended endorsement of white supremacist ideology’.
Read more/Watch Tucker fire back at Daily Mail.
THE CORRUPT & DANGEROUS DEMOCRAT PARTY MEDIA INDUSTRIAL COMPLEX
Washington Examiner tweet: Brooklyn Center Police Chief Gannon: “I was front and center… at the riot.” Reporter: “There was no riot.” Gannon: “There was… the officers that were putting themselves in harm’s way were being pelted with frozen cans of pop, they were being pelted with concrete blocks.”
Watch the 1:14 minute exchange
Steve Krakauer tweeted: This was an incredible moment live on CNN, when a man in Minnesota walked up to Sara Sidner, and absolutely unloaded in an f-bomb-laden rant: “It’s all the press and all the extra shit ya’ll do makes this worse…Get away from here with all that media shit.”
Watch the 1:36 minute video.
Bedford: CBS’s Refusal To Even Explain Itself Is The New, Shameless Reality For Republicans And Conservatives
Bipartisanship is a rare thing these days, but CBS’s “60 Minutes” managed to pull it off this past week. Its allegation that Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis’s vaccine distribution was corrupt earned sharp accusations of falsehood from Republicans, the Poynter Institute, Democratic officials and politicians, and even CBS’s colleagues in corporate media. So did the once-esteemed show explain or retract its reporting Sunday night during its first show since the DeSantis story? Nope, not at all. Instead, they read a few comments from viewers on the story and moved on. This isn’t an aberration: It’s a new reality that Republicans and conservatives alike will have to contend with in the years to come.
Read more at The Federalist.
Kelly: Indefinite Incarceration for Protesters With ‘Wrong’ Politics
As a Minneapolis suburb devolves into chaos, Americans are once again reminded of the different set of rules that applies to protestors on the Left. Joe Biden’s Justice Department wants to keep Richard Barnett in jail—indefinitely. The Arkansas man, photographed showboating inside House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s office on January 6, has been behind bars for more than three months. Barnett occupied Pelosi’s office for six whole minutes; he absconded with a piece of mail and left her a note that read “Nancy, Bigo was here, you Bitch.” The desk belonged to a Pelosi aide, not the speaker herself. Several reporters and photographers who also happened to be in Pelosi’s office at the very same time prompted Barnett to sit at the desk and “act natural” as they took a series of photos. Death threats against Barnett’s family immediately started when a press photograph of Barnett went viral that afternoon; Pelosi’s daughter tweeted the picture right after it was taken. Upon his return home, Barnett met with FBI investigators without an attorney present, allowed for a search of his home, and turned himself in. He was taken into custody on January 8 and charged with trespassing, disorderly conduct, and possession of a “deadly or dangerous weapon,” to wit, a walking stick that also can be used as a stun gun. He never used it. A local judge authorized Barnett’s conditional release a week later but federal prosecutors, as they’ve done in many cases, immediately appealed to the chief judge of the D.C. district court, which is handling every Capitol breach case, to deny Barnett’s release.
Read more at American Greatness.
A CULTURE IN DELCINE
Hoffman: Hell Is Getting What You Want
We generally regard freedom as the ability to do whatever you want. If someone forbids me from eating a gallon of ice cream in one sitting, I am less free. The prohibition against leaving cars on blocks restricts my choice. Hamlet is bound by the “canon against self-slaughter.” Laws and taboos restrain my ability to do what I want, and so I am not free. In this model, the most free man is the one most able to subdue reality to his desires. However, to the ancient mind, freedom meant conforming one’s soul to reality. They would claim that freedom from all constraint is actually the worst form of slavery.
In book VIII of Plato’s Republic, Socrates describes the decline of a regime from aristocracy to tyranny. At each step, the soul and city move by degree from the good and rational to the base and appetitive.
Read more at The Imaginative Conservative.
FAUCI’S FLU: IT’S POLITICAL
Davis: Pentagon scientist unveils new COVID biochip implanted under the skin
Technology and medicine could produce an implant that allows a person’s health to be tracked. Retired Army Col. Matt Hepburn, who worked for years with the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, talked about the project in an interview that aired Sunday on the CBS show “60 Minutes.” […] The news outlet Defense One outlined how an implanted sensor developed by the company Profusa, which is funded by DARPA, would work. The sensor has two parts. One is a 3mm string of hydrogel, a material whose network of polymer chains is used in some contact lenses and other implants. Inserted under the skin with a syringe, the string includes a specially engineered molecule that sends a fluorescent signal outside of the body when the body begins to fight an infection,” the report said. “The other part is an . . .
Read more at Western Journal.
Schachtel: The free world died of COVID-19
As someone with a background in foreign policy and international affairs, I am often asked to discuss the ramifications of having Joe Biden as the so-called leader of the Free World. While it is easy to get carried away debating the merits of a heavily compromised man being the physical representation of the Free World, and how cringeworthy and depressing that is, I can’t help but get stuck on the possibility that the term itself is no longer viable. “What Free World?” The Free World is a term that was originally used to describe the Allied powers during WWII, but it is most applicable here when discussing what united the anti-Soviet bloc to the United States during the Cold War. It was these “Western world” values of free speech, free media, the freedom of assembly, and freedom of association that united our sovereign states against the evils of Communism. COVID Mania has turned the world’s sovereign states into one tyranny after another. And the . . .
Read more at Life Site News.