07/8/20

Monuments are Silent Teachers

By: Denise Simon | Founders Code

The Left shames everyone by stating they ‘celebrate’ the monuments of those that supported slavery and committed treason. Then the only faction that gets to vote for removal is the misguided politicians, Black Lives Matter, and ANTIFA. No one else is allowed to be part of the discussion. So, President Trump announced a solution in an Executive Order that few even know about or that the media even bothered to read much less report.

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No nation has a perfect history and yet who was assigned then and now to pass judgment on the good and evil of history? There should be no judgment, there should only be lessons.

Congressman Jim Jordan (R-OH) gets it right:

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You have a chance for some real input on this debate thanks to President Trump.

Executive Order on Building and Rebuilding Monuments to American Heroes

By the authority vested in me as President by the Constitution and the laws of the United States of America, it is hereby ordered as follows:

Section 1.  Purpose.  America owes its present greatness to its past sacrifices.  Because the past is always at risk of being forgotten, monuments will always be needed to honor those who came before.  Since the time of our founding, Americans have raised monuments to our greatest citizens.  In 1784, the legislature of Virginia commissioned the earliest statue of George Washington, a “monument of affection and gratitude” to a man who “unit[ed] to the endowment[s] of the Hero the virtues of the Patriot” and gave to the world “an Immortal Example of true Glory.”  I Res. H. Del. (June 24, 1784).  In our public parks and plazas, we have erected statues of great Americans who, through acts of wisdom and daring, built and preserved for us a republic of ordered liberty.

These statues are silent teachers in solid form of stone and metal.  They preserve the memory of our American story and stir in us a spirit of responsibility for the chapters yet unwritten.  These works of art call forth gratitude for the accomplishments and sacrifices of our exceptional fellow citizens who, despite their flaws, placed their virtues, their talents, and their lives in the service of our Nation.  These monuments express our noblest ideals:  respect for our ancestors, love of freedom, and striving for a more perfect union.  They are works of beauty, created as enduring tributes.  In preserving them, we show reverence for our past, we dignify our present, and we inspire those who are to come.  To build a monument is to ratify our shared national project.

To destroy a monument is to desecrate our common inheritance.  In recent weeks, in the midst of protests across America, many monuments have been vandalized or destroyed.  Some local governments have responded by taking their monuments down.  Among others, monuments to Christopher Columbus, George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Benjamin Franklin, Francis Scott Key, Ulysses S. Grant, leaders of the abolitionist movement, the first all-volunteer African-American regiment of the Union Army in the Civil War, and American soldiers killed in the First and Second World Wars have been vandalized, destroyed, or removed.

These statues are not ours alone, to be discarded at the whim of those inflamed by fashionable political passions; they belong to generations that have come before us and to generations yet unborn.  My Administration will not abide an assault on our collective national memory.  In the face of such acts of destruction, it is our responsibility as Americans to stand strong against this violence, and to peacefully transmit our great national story to future generations through newly commissioned monuments to American heroes.

Sec. 2.  Task Force for Building and Rebuilding Monuments to American Heroes.  (a)  There is hereby established the Interagency Task Force for Building and Rebuilding Monuments to American Heroes (Task Force).  The Task Force shall be chaired by the Secretary of the Interior (Secretary), and shall include the following additional members:

(i)    the Administrator of General Services (Administrator);

(ii)   the Chairperson of the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA);

(iii)  the Chairperson of the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH);

(iv)   the Chairman of the Advisory Council on Historic Preservation (ACHP); and

(v)    any officers or employees of any executive department or agency (agency) designated by the President or the Secretary.

(b)  The Department of the Interior shall provide funding and administrative support as may be necessary for the performance and functions of the Task Force.  The Secretary shall designate an official of the Department of the Interior to serve as the Executive Director of the Task Force, responsible for coordinating its day-to-day activities.

(c)  The Chairpersons of the NEA and NEH and the Chairman of the ACHP shall establish cross-department initiatives within the NEA, NEH, and ACHP, respectively, to advance the purposes of the Task Force and this order and to coordinate relevant agency operations with the Task Force.

Sec. 3.  National Garden of American Heroes.  (a)  It shall be the policy of the United States to establish a statuary park named the National Garden of American Heroes (National Garden).

(b)  Within 60 days of the date of this order, the Task Force shall submit a report to the President through the Assistant to the President for Domestic Policy that proposes options for the creation of the National Garden, including potential locations for the site.  In identifying options, the Task Force shall:

(i)    strive to open the National Garden expeditiously;

(ii)   evaluate the feasibility of creating the National Garden through a variety of potential avenues, including existing agency authorities and appropriations; and

(iii)  consider the availability of authority to encourage and accept the donation or loan of statues by States, localities, civic organizations, businesses, religious organizations, and individuals, for display at the National Garden.

(c)  In addition to the requirements of subsection 3(b) of this order, the proposed options for the National Garden should adhere to the criteria described in subsections (c)(i) through (c)(vi) of this section.

(i)    The National Garden should be composed of statues, including statues of John Adams, Susan B. Anthony, Clara Barton, Daniel Boone, Joshua Lawrence Chamberlain, Henry Clay, Davy Crockett, Frederick Douglass, Amelia Earhart, Benjamin Franklin, Billy Graham, Alexander Hamilton, Thomas Jefferson, Martin Luther King, Jr., Abraham Lincoln, Douglas MacArthur, Dolley Madison, James Madison, Christa McAuliffe, Audie Murphy, George S. Patton, Jr., Ronald Reagan, Jackie Robinson, Betsy Ross, Antonin Scalia, Harriet Beecher Stowe, Harriet Tubman, Booker T. Washington, George Washington, and Orville and Wilbur Wright.

(ii)   The National Garden should be opened for public access prior to the 250th anniversary of the proclamation of the Declaration of Independence on July 4, 2026.

(iii)  Statues should depict historically significant Americans, as that term is defined in section 7 of this order, who have contributed positively to America throughout our history.  Examples include:  the Founding Fathers, those who fought for the abolition of slavery or participated in the underground railroad, heroes of the United States Armed Forces, recipients of the Congressional Medal of Honor or Presidential Medal of Freedom, scientists and inventors, entrepreneurs, civil rights leaders, missionaries and religious leaders, pioneers and explorers, police officers and firefighters killed or injured in the line of duty, labor leaders, advocates for the poor and disadvantaged, opponents of national socialism or international socialism, former Presidents of the United States and other elected officials, judges and justices, astronauts, authors, intellectuals, artists, and teachers.  None will have lived perfect lives, but all will be worth honoring, remembering, and studying.

(iv)   All statues in the National Garden should be lifelike or realistic representations of the persons they depict, not abstract or modernist representations.

(v)    The National Garden should be located on a site of natural beauty that enables visitors to enjoy nature, walk among the statues, and be inspired to learn about great figures of America’s history.  The site should be proximate to at least one major population center, and the site should not cause significant disruption to the local community.

(vi)   As part of its civic education mission, the National Garden should also separately maintain a collection of statues for temporary display at appropriate sites around the United States that are accessible to the general public.

Sec. 4.  Commissioning of New Statues and Works of Art.  (a)  The Task Force shall examine the appropriations authority of the agencies represented on it in light of the purpose and policy of this order.  Based on its examination of relevant authorities, the Task Force shall make recommendations for the use of these agencies’ appropriations.

(b)  To the extent appropriate and consistent with applicable law and the other provisions of this order, Task Force agencies that are authorized to provide for the commissioning of statues or monuments shall, in expending funds, give priority to projects involving the commissioning of publicly accessible statues of persons meeting the criteria described in section 3(b)(iii) of this order, with particular preference for statues of the Founding Fathers, former Presidents of the United States, leading abolitionists, and individuals involved in the discovery of America.

(c)  To the extent appropriate and consistent with applicable law, these agencies shall prioritize projects that will result in the installation of a statue as described in subsection (b) of this section in a community where a statue depicting a historically significant American was removed or destroyed in conjunction with the events described in section 1 of this order.

(d)  After consulting with the Task Force, the Administrator of General Services shall promptly revise and thereafter operate the General Service Administration’s (GSA’s) Art in Architecture (AIA) Policies and Procedures, GSA Acquisition Letter V-10-01, and Part 102-77 of title 41, Code of Federal Regulations, to prioritize the commission of works of art that portray historically significant Americans or events of American historical significance or illustrate the ideals upon which our Nation was founded.  Priority should be given to public-facing monuments to former Presidents of the United States and to individuals and events relating to the discovery of America, the founding of the United States, and the abolition of slavery.  Such works of art should be designed to be appreciated by the general public and by those who use and interact with Federal buildings.  Priority should be given to this policy above other policies contained in part 102-77 of title 41, Code of Federal Regulations, and revisions made pursuant to this subsection shall be made to supersede any regulatory provisions of AIA that may conflict with or otherwise impede advancing the purposes of this subsection.

(e)  When a statue or work of art commissioned pursuant to this section is meant to depict a historically significant American, the statue or work of art shall be a lifelike or realistic representation of that person, not an abstract or modernist representation.

Sec. 5.  Educational Programming.  The Chairperson of the NEH shall prioritize the allocation of funding to programs and projects that educate Americans about the founding documents and founding ideals of the United States, as appropriate and to the extent consistent with applicable law, including section 956 of title 20, United States Code.  The founding documents include the Declaration of Independence, the Constitution, and the Federalist Papers.  The founding ideals include equality under the law, respect for inalienable individual rights, and representative self-government.  Within 90 days of the conclusion of each Fiscal Year from 2021 through 2026, the Chairperson shall submit a report to the President through the Assistant to the President for Domestic Policy that identifies funding allocated to programs and projects pursuant to this section.

Sec. 6.  Protection of National Garden and Statues Commissioned Pursuant to this Order.  The Attorney General shall apply section 3 of Executive Order 13933 of June 26, 2020 (Protecting American Monuments, Memorials, and Statues and Combating Recent Criminal Violence), with respect to violations of Federal law regarding the National Garden and all statues commissioned pursuant to this order.

Sec. 7.  Definition.  The term “historically significant American” means an individual who was, or became, an American citizen and was a public figure who made substantive contributions to America’s public life or otherwise had a substantive effect on America’s history.  The phrase also includes public figures such as Christopher Columbus, Junipero Serra, and the Marquis de La Fayette, who lived prior to or during the American Revolution and were not American citizens, but who made substantive historical contributions to the discovery, development, or independence of the future United States.

Sec. 8.  General Provisions.  (a)  Nothing in this order shall be construed to impair or otherwise affect:

(i)   the authority granted by law to an executive department or agency, or the head thereof; or

(ii)  the functions of the Director of the Office of Management and Budget relating to budgetary, administrative, or legislative proposals.

(b)  This order shall be implemented consistent with applicable law and subject to the availability of appropriations.

(c)  This order is not intended to, and does not, create any right or benefit, substantive or procedural, enforceable at law or in equity by any party against the United States, its departments, agencies, or entities, its officers, employees, or agents, or any other person.

DONALD J. TRUMP

THE WHITE HOUSE,
July 3, 2020.

07/8/20

Made In China

By: Linda Goudsmit | pundicity

Made in China is a mutating phrase depending upon its political context. At one time, made in China inferred precision manufacturing and low prices. If clothing was made in China the stitches were precise, uniform, and accurate. Tools, computers, sports equipment, shoes, furniture, virtually anything made in China were considered high-quality at a low price. What happened?

China’s Cultural Revolution is the “sociopolitical movement in China from 1966-1976. Launched by Mao Zedong, Chairman of the Communist Party of China (CPC), its stated goal was to preserve Chinese Communism by purging remnants of capitalist and traditional elements (imperialism) from Chinese society, and to reimpose Mao Zedong thought (Maoism) as the dominant ideology in the CPC.”

Chairman Mao was ideologically a Marxist-Leninist, a hybrid political philosophy of gradualism that seeks to establish a socialist state in preparation for an eventual communist state. Communism is the collectivist socio-political system marketing itself as, “a classless system with common ownership of the means of production, with full social and economic equality of all members of society.”

The seductive narrative of the Chinese Cultural Revolution was that capitalism was evil and had to be removed by a violent class struggle. Mao engaged young people to participate in “purging” the country through widespread destruction of historical, religious, and cultural artifacts. Sound familiar? It should. China’s Cultural Revolution was a reeducation campaign designed to erase China’s history and culture.

Mao’s Marxist-Leninist dogma is the source of the “social justice” and “economic equality” narrative taught in American universities, in American high schools, in American middle schools, and even elementary schools K-12. Marxist-Leninist dogma is the root of the slogans that indoctrinated Americans to echo like parrots at political protests, and that paid political anarchists shout while burning American cities.

The weaponized education of disinformation launched when Jimmy Carter established the Department of Education in 1979, has succeeded in graduating indoctrinated, impassioned, American Marxist-Leninists. They are the ideological soldiers in the American Cultural Revolution seeking to erase our history and culture, overthrow the government, and replace our free-market capitalism with socialism. The Chinese communist narrative has been unapologetically adopted by Antifa and Black Lives Matter (BLM) activists in the United States. Even the black fisted BLM flag is taken from the red fisted communist flag. There are many more similarities.

Marxist-Leninist teachings are the central thesis of the Culture War on America launched by America’s enemies after WWII, and the source of today’s American Cultural Revolution seeking to purge American history, American values, American culture, and American capitalism. Soeren Kern’s explosive July 2, 2020 article, “Black Lives Matter: ‘We Are Trained Marxists'” describes the effort. “On the surface, Black Lives Matter (BLM) presents itself as a grassroots movement dedicated to the noble tasks of fighting racism and police brutality. A deeper dive shows that BLM is a Marxist revolutionary movement aimed at transforming the United States – and the entire world – into a communist dystopia.”

Kern quotes Black Lives Matter (BLM) leaders. In their own words:

“We actually do have an ideological frame. Myself and Alicia [Garza] in particular, we’re trained organizers. We are trained Marxists. We are super versed on ideological theories.”——Patrisse Cullors, July 22, 2015.

“We are anti-capitalist. We believe and understand that Black people will never achieve liberation under the current global racialized capitalist system.”——Movement for Black Lives (M4BL), of which BLM is a part, June 5, 2020.

Marxist-Leninist teachings are rooted in the false premise of collectivist, common ownership. Mao’s collectivist proletariat ownership is not equivalent to private property ownership in free-market capitalism. Communism’s common ownership exists in theory only because the Communist Party controls the production and distribution of all goods and services. This means that no individual can buy, sell, or profit from anything that any individual produces. In practice, everything is owned by the party, including the citizens. The centralized government has absolute and total control of the people. The fatal flaw of theoretical ownership is that there is no incentive to work.

The centrally planned economy of China’s Cultural Revolution was a disaster. When President Richard Nixon visited China and met with Chinese Premier Zhou Enlai in February 1972, Nixon said at a banquet in his honor: “This is the week that changed the world.” It was. The cold war balance of power shifted, and China tilted toward the U.S, and away from the Soviet Union. Rapprochement opened U.S. trade with China.

Trade with China was an economic bonanza for the globalists. China was an untapped labor market with .86 billion people in 1972 and is the world’s largest population today at 1.43 billion. American corporations could manufacture their goods very cheaply in China, and sell them globally at enormous profits. China’s interests were economic growth and the development of Chinese industry.

Henry Kissinger, Nixon’s Secretary of State and globalist extraordinaire practiced Realpolitik. Realpolitik is diplomacy based on particular circumstances and practical objectives rather than ideology. At the time, America was looking for an immediate end to the Vietnam War, and cheap labor for quality, precision manufacturing. China was looking forward to their long-range future. The problem with Realpolitik is its focus on immediate circumstances and short-term gains. It seriously undervalues the power of ideological commitments and strategic long-term gains.

Chairman Mao established a long-term system of economic development that required foreign investments in China and partnering with the Communist Chinese central government. So, while American companies were busy making huge immediate profits, the Chinese were busy stealing our technology and innovation for their long-range plans.

China’s Cultural Revolution was a murderous reeducation effort, and the death toll remains a classified state secret. The Victims of Communism Memorial Foundation, an anti-communist organization created in 1993 by an Act of Congress, estimates the death toll of communism at 100,000,000. The purpose of the Memorial Foundation is “educating Americans about the ideology, history, and legacy of communism.” The Foundation is an abject failure. It simply cannot compete with the anti-American dumbed down K-12 education, the university propaganda, and the globalist mainstream media indoctrination.

Do you think the American Cultural Revolution cannot succeed in America? Think again.

Obama promised to fundamentally transform America. His eight years of job-killing economic policies sent American manufacturing to China and weakened America. His eight years of political correctness, moral relativity, and historical revisionism supported the anti-American, Marxist-Leninist propaganda indoctrinating our children through Common Core. The first casualty of freedom is always free speech. The colluding globalist Internet behemoths are curating and censoring news with impunity. They are even censoring the President of the United States! The mainstream media defends China and advances the radical leftist anti-American, Marxist-Leninist narrative. Why?

The globalists need the social chaos created by the radical leftists, particularly Antifa and BLM, to make the country ungovernable in hopes of defeating Trump in November. Here is the problem.

While Kissinger was busy congratulating himself on opening trade with China, and the globalists were busy congratulating themselves on the profitability of exploiting China’s cheap labor markets, China was quietly pursuing its China Dream of becoming the premier global superpower by 2049, the 100 year anniversary of the founding of the People’s Republic of China. The China Dream, a 2010 book written by military strategist Chinese Colonel Liu, advised against antagonizing the United States. “The competition between China and the United States will not take the form of a world war or a cold war. . . .It will be like a protracted ‘marathon.’ China’s Hundred-Year Marathon will be a struggle for supremacy over economics, trade, currency, resources, and geopolitical alignments.”

What better way for China to win the hundred-year marathon than to support the American Cultural Revolution with ideological, material, and financial support for Marxist-Leninist Antifa and BLM. The 279 globalist companies that manufacture and/or do business in China are supporting the insurrection with the fiction that America is a white supremacist country of institutionalized racism. The vulgar “virtue-signaling” actions like the National Basketball Association’s decision to paint Black Lives Matter on the court floor, and the National Football League’s decision to sing the “Black National Anthem” are corporate complicity in the American Cultural Revolution.

The globalist elite and the Communist Chinese have a common cause to defeat Trump in November. Their shared objective is to install a pro-Chinese, radical leftist Democrat, like Joe Biden, in the oval office.

Today’s American Cultural Revolution is not Orwellian, it is made in China.

07/8/20

Trump’s July 4th Birthday Gift to America

By: Lloyd Marcus

President Trump’s Mount Rushmore speech was extremely important for two reasons:

One: Trump gave terrified corporations permission to stop groveling to BLM.

Fake news media are masters of illusion.  Their celebratory reporting deceived corporations into believing that a majority of Americans support Black Lives Matter’s absurd demands.  Therefore, corporations wrote several-million-dollar please-don’t-attack-my-business checks to BLM.  Corporate CEOs had their advertising agencies produce TV commercials telling blacks that white America sucks and blacks deserve to demand anything they want.

I was stunned to see Christian political activist Ralph Reed say America should launch a civil rights agenda.  What the heck is brother Reed talking about?  America gifted the first black president two terms.  Oprah is worth $2.6 billion.  Reed’s opinion is a perfect example of the deceptive power of fake news media.  Anyone watching TV these days could easily conclude that blacks are suffering the same racial injustice they did in the 1950s.  This is an outrageous lie promoted by Democrats and fake news media.

During his speech, Trump called BLM a domestic terrorist hate group and vowed to stop it from dismantling America.  Trump is the most powerful voice of the free world.  By promising to stand up for America, Trump gave terrified corporations permission to stand up for America with him.  Perhaps now we will not see so many corporations on their knees in worship to BLM thugs.

Two: Trump confirmed to Americans that he will preserve our way of life.

For weeks, Americans have watched fake news media cheering on and Democrat governors and mayors allowing anarchists to assault, murder, and vandalize, costing billions.  We the People desperately needed to hear our president say he will no longer put up with their crap.  By declaring that he will preserve our way of life, Trump may have won his reelection.

Sadly, we have allowed anti-American school boards to dumb down students regarding U.S. history for decades.  So it was wise for President Trump to share history about the four outstanding Americans featured on Mt  Rushmore.  Millennials were probably hearing these truths about our heroes for the first time.

Millions continue to be deceived by the relentless lies of fake news media.  Therefore, I love that Trump exploits every opportunity to expose them.  Fake news media are like “Terminator” robots programmed to falsely accuse and seek and destroy Trump 24/7.  It is truly amazing, folks.

Some conservatives/Republicans are still uncomfortable with Trump’s tweets and pushback.  I thank God for Trump’s don’t-mess-with-me New Yorker instincts.  God prepared and gifted us Trump for such a time as this.  A standard Washington, D.C. Republican politician would not have survived the unprecedented ongoing silent coup to remove him from office.  Without Trump, religious liberty and a long list of constitutional freedoms would be long gone.  Without Trump, Democrats would be expanding the killing of healthy born babies.

If Biden wins the presidency, don’t be surprised if he implements “National Kneel to BLM Day” along with new taxes on whites to give blacks reparations.

After Trump’s Mt. Rushmore speech, I turned to MSNBC, where they described Trump’s speech as him “picking a fight.”  So Trump calming and reassuring terrified and dispirited Americans that he will not allow BLM thugs to assault and murder them in their homes — burn down homes and tear down monuments is deemed “picking a fight” by MSNBC.  Wow!  These people are sick and evil, and they must be dealt with.  Their lies and aggressive 24/7 activism to generate racial hate, divide Americans, endanger Americans, and destroy our country must no longer go unpunished.

Nevertheless, I feel excited, hopeful, and grateful.  Incredibly, despite the Democrat governors and mayors and fake news media’s best effort to use Chinese flu hysteria to destroy Trump’s unprecedented booming economy, our economy is roaring back.  Awesome!

Only under Trump could this remarkable economic comeback happen.  I am so grateful to have this man in the Oval Office.  Trump is courageously leading the charge against BLM domestic terrorists.  He has vowed to preserve and restore this exceptional experiment we know and love as America.  And folks, I wholeheartedly believe him.

Lloyd Marcus, The Unhyphenated American
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07/8/20

25 Cities to go on Strike for BLM

By: Denise Simon | Founders Code

NEW YORK (AP) — A national coalition of labor unions, along with racial and social justice organizations, will stage a mass walkout from work this month, as part of an ongoing reckoning on systemic racism and police brutality in the U.S.

Dubbed the “Strike for Black Lives,” tens of thousands of fast food, ride-share, nursing home and airport workers in more than 25 cities are expected to walk off the job July 20 for about eight minutes — the amount of time prosecutors say a white Minneapolis police officer held his knee on the neck of George Floyd in May — in remembrance of Black men and women who died recently at the hands of police.

The national strike will also include a handful of worker-led marches through participating cities, organizers said Wednesday.

According to details shared exclusively with The Associated Press, organizers are demanding sweeping action by corporations and government to confront systemic racism in an economy that chokes off economic mobility and career opportunities for many Black and Hispanic workers, who make up a disproportionate number of those earning less than a living wage. They also stress the need for guaranteed sick pay, affordable health care coverage and better safety measures for low-wage workers who never had the option of working from home during the coronavirus pandemic.

“We have to link these fights in a new and deeper way than ever before,” said Mary Kay Henry, president of the Service Employees International Union, which represents over 2 million workers in the U.S. and Canada.

“Our members have been on a journey … to understanding why we cannot win economic justice without racial justice. This strike for Black lives is a way to take our members’ understanding about that into the streets,” Henry told the AP.

Among the strikers’ specific demands are that corporations and government declare unequivocally that “Black lives matter.” Elected officials at every level must use executive and legislative power to pass laws that guarantee people of all races can thrive, according to a list of demands. Employers must also raise wages and allow workers to unionize to negotiate better health care, sick leave and child care support.

The service workers union has partnered with the International Brotherhood of Teamsters, the American Federation of Teachers, United Farm Workers and the Fight for $15 and a Union, which was launched in 2012 by American fast food workers to push for a higher minimum wage.

Social and racial justice groups taking part include March On, the Center for Popular Democracy, the National Domestic Workers Alliance and the Movement for Black Lives, a coalition of over 150 organizations that make up the Black Lives Matter movement.

Ash-Lee Woodard Henderson, a strike organizer with the Movement for Black Lives, said corporate giants that have come out in support of the BLM movement amid nationwide protests over police brutality have also profited from racial injustice and inequity.

“They claim to support Black lives, but their business model functions by exploiting Black labor — passing off pennies as ‘living wages’ and pretending to be shocked when COVID-19 sickens those Black people who make up their essential workers,” said Henderson, co-executive director of Tennessee-based Highlander Research and Education Center.

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“Corporate power is a threat to racial justice, and the only way to usher in a new economy is by tackling those forces that aren’t fully committed to dismantling racism,” she said in a statement.

Trece Andrews, a Black nursing home worker for a Ciena Healthcare-managed retirement home in the Detroit area, said she feels dejected after years of being passed over for promotions. The 49-year-old believes racial discrimination plays a part in her career stagnation.

“I’ve got 20 years in the game and I’m only at $15.81 (per hour),” she said in a phone interview.

As the single mother of a 13-year-old daughter and caregiver to her father, a cancer survivor, Andrews said inadequate personal protective gear makes her afraid of bringing the coronavirus home from her job.

“We’ve got the coronavirus going on, plus we’ve got this thing with racism going on,” Andrews said. “They’re tied together, like some type of segregation, like we didn’t have our ancestors and Martin Luther King fighting against these types of things. It’s still alive out here, and it’s time for somebody to be held accountable. It’s time to take action.”

The strike continues a decades-old labor rights movement tradition. Most notably, organizers have drawn inspiration from the Memphis sanitation workers’ strike over low wages, benefits disparity between Black and white employees, and inhumane working conditions that contributed to the deaths of two Black workers in 1968. At the end of that two-month strike, some 1,300 mostly Black sanitation workers bargained collectively for better wages.

“Strike for Black Lives” organizers say they want to disrupt a multi-generational cycle of poverty perpetuated by anti-union and other policies that make it difficult to bargain collectively for better wages and working conditions.

Systemic poverty affects 140 million people in the U.S, with 62 million people working for less than a living wage, according to the Poor People’s Campaign: A National Call for Moral Revival, a strike partnering organization. An estimated 54% of Black workers and 63% of Hispanic workers fall into that category, compared to 37% of white workers and 40% of Asian American workers, the group said.

“The reason why, on July 20th, you’re going to see strikes and protests and the walk-offs and socially distanced sit-ins and voter registration outreach is because thousands and thousands of poor, low-wage workers of every race, creed and color understand that racial, economic, health care, immigration, climate and other justice fights are all connected,” the Rev. William Barber II, co-chair of the Poor People’s Campaign, said in a telephone interview.

“If in fact we are going to take on police violence that kills, then certainly we have to take on economic violence that also kills,” he said.

Organizers said some striking workers will do more than walk off the job on July 20. In Missouri, participants will rally at a McDonald’s in Ferguson, a key landmark in the protest movement sparked by the death of Michael Brown, a Black teenager who was killed by police in 2014. The strikers will then march to a memorial site located on the spot where Brown was shot and killed.

In Minneapolis, where Floyd was killed on May 25, nursing home workers will participate in a caravan that will include a stop at the airport. They’ll be joined by wheelchair attendants and cabin cleaners demanding a $15-per-hour minimum wage, organizers said.

Angely Rodriguez Lambert, a 26-year-old McDonald’s worker in Oakland, California, and leader in the Fight for $15 and a Union, said she and several co-workers tested positive for COVID-19 after employees weren’t initially provided proper protective equipment. As an immigrant from Honduras, Lambert said she also understands the Black community’s urgent fight against police brutality.

“Our message is that we’re all human and we should be treated like humans — we’re demanding justice for Black and Latino lives,” she told the AP.

“We’re taking action because words are no longer bringing the results that we need,” she said. “Now is the moment to see changes.”

07/8/20

Tucker Carlson Is the New Trump

By: Cliff Kincaid

A story ran under a headline on Canada Free Press claiming that  Tucker Carlson, the independent conservative who just recorded the highest ratings in cable television history, had said President Trump would drop out of the presidential race. That was false. He had simply raised legitimate questions about President Trump’s reelection chances.

The author of the 2018 book, Ship of Fools, about how the failures of the political establishment led to the election of Trump, Carlson is the new voice of the forgotten American. He’s urging Republicans to the return to the themes that got Trump elected.

His book cover shows Democrats, along with Jeff Bezos and Mark Zuckerberg, being joined by Republicans Mitch McConnell and Lindsey Graham and Never Trumper Bill Kristol, leading the Ship of State to oblivion. The subtitle, “How a Selfish Ruling Class is Bringing America to the Brink of Revolution,” has taken on a different meaning, as the ruling class is now orchestrating a revolution against Trump. “Make no mistake,” Trump said at Mount Rushmore, “this left-wing cultural revolution is designed to overthrow the American revolution.”

Canada Free Press is one of those Rah! Rah! Sis! Boom! Bah! outlets which prefer to believe that anything negative about Trump or his campaign is designed to sink his chances in November. Carlson sees things differently. His honesty is what has propelled him to the top of the cable TV charts. He is not a brownnoser. If you can believe it, he actually had the audacity to criticize the Marxist Black Lives Matter movement. This is why Fox News is under left-wing pressure from advertisers to drop Carlson’s show. As the ratings show, the public is rallying around him and calling for more.

Carlson is willing to “tell it like it is,” even if some of the targets are one-time favorites of his conservative audience.  In response to his criticism, Senators James Lankford and Ron Johnson withdrew a proposal to replace Columbus Day with Juneteenth. Under fire from Carlson, Senator Mike Braun backed away from a proposal allowing frivolous lawsuits against police.

Carlson is the new Donald Trump, unafraid of what the elites say about him, and willing to take on those who cower in fear of the Big Media. He believes Senate Republicans are weak and afraid to take on important issues such as the cultural revolution being orchestrated by the elites against America. These Republicans curry favor with the likes of Bezos and Zuckerberg and don’t come to the aid of their voters.

Mike Reagan, the eldest son of the former president, quoted the Fox star as saying, “The core appeal of Trump was if things ever started to fall apart, he would defend you. Yes, he was loud and crude. Most bodyguards are. Only a man like Donald Trump was tough enough to fight the creeping authoritarianism of the education cartel and corporate America.”

Reagan added, “Trump voters don’t feel defended today. Conservatives and independents feel beleaguered as the nation descends into chaos.”

In 2016, Reagan noted, Trump had a good message and good campaign staff. “In 2020,” he said, “he’s got a government-paid White House staff and a lavishly funded campaign apparatus that appears to only be effective at blocking attention to the issues that elected Trump.”

Part of the current problem is the influence of Karl Rove, former Deputy Chief of Staff to President George W. Bush. A big man in conservatism, at least at one time, Rove wrote, Courage and Consequence: My Life as a Conservative in the Fight, but drives the GOP to the left on cultural issues.

The fact that Rove, still a prominent GOP fundraiser, continues to write for the Wall Street Journal and remains a paid contributor to Fox News is an illustration of the problem. Carlson knows Rove is overrated, having quizzed him back in 2016 about Rove’s erroneous prediction that Trump wouldn’t win the presidential election. Rove doesn’t understand the conservative base and what it takes to win.

Rove recently wrote a Wall Street Journal article about troubles in the Trump campaign called “The Trump Campaign Needs to Hit ‘Reset’.” But some have been arguing that the “reset” should include dumping Rove as an adviser to Trump campaign manager Brad Parscale and reviewing the performance of Parscale himself.

Ignoring his own role in raising money for failed 2012 Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney, Rove said that Obama had “succeeded in making 2012 a choice election” and that this kind of approach is what Trump needs. But it was Rove who advised Republicans not to call Obama a socialist. “If you say he’s a socialist, they’ll go to defend him,” Rove said. “If you call him a ‘far out left-winger,’ they’ll say, ‘no, no, he’s not.’” Rove said Romney had to remain “focused on the facts and adopt a respectful tone” toward Obama. That strategy ended in failure. As a result, many Republicans were not prepared for what came next.

Several current reports indicate that Rove has not only been advising Trump’s campaign for president but has been visiting the White House. It was a visit reportedly recommended by Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-KY.

It’s in the Senate races that we also find Rove’s influence. Rove has personally been raising money for Arizona Republican Senator Martha McSally, a lackluster candidate who is one of many GOP Senators running for reelection in danger of losing their seats.

Offering advice to Trump, Rove says the president should start campaigning on issues like immigration, energy, and trade “before moving on to new topics.” But we are in the midst of a cultural revolution at the same time that Communist China has unleashed a virus on the United States and the world. This is a“new topic” that dwarfs everything else. Trump’s FBI Director Christopher Wray just gave a speech saying China intends on dominating the world. He said, “China is engaged in a whole-of-state effort to become the world’s only superpower by any means necessary.”

What’s more, China has been caught smuggling weapons into the U.S. and has links to communist groups in the U.S. engaged in disruptions, riots, and protests. This is not an ordinary campaign or moment in history.

Tucker Carlson’s warning about the stakes in November comes as Democrat Joe Biden promises to “transform” America, a call first made by his former running mate, Barack Hussein Obama. The rhetoric demonstrates that Biden is a shill for the movement that elected Obama. But that’s how Trump can win – by painting Biden as the frontman for a Marxist whose socialist transformation of America provoked the backlash that elected Trump in the first place.

If the debate is over socialism, globalism, and reinstating Obama’s China-friendly policies, at least the people will know what lies ahead. We can then prepare ourselves accordingly.

*Cliff Kincaid is president of America’s Survival, Inc. www.usasurvival.org.