There Can Be Only One

By: T.F. Stern | Self-Educated American

I keep up with the discussions put on by Christian groups as they consider various doctrines which they believe to be from our Savior, Jesus Christ; or on the other side of that same coin, illusions created by men in order to persuade and mislead.  Not wishing to upset those wonderful discussions I chose to simply acknowledge that I’d visited rather than leave a comment.

My long time friend Bob started off a discussion this morning, “A couple of days ago I shared an article entitled The Death Rattle of Consumer Christianity. The main point of the article was that God was allowing certain practices in the American Church to die so that a renewed Church could be birthed. I’ve also noticed in the Christian blogosphere a lot of talk about the attempt by politically motivated individuals to create a new “world order.” I believe these two things have a common goal. Both are an attempt to reign supreme over the earth. One is legitimate, the other a fraud.”

We are in agreement as there can be only one legitimate world government, the one that has the Lord, Jesus Christ at its head; any other would be a fraud, exactly as my friend has suggested.

The “New World Order” which many propose as a solution to the petty sovereignty issues, immigration, and general disorder created by having so many independent nations is in fact a step backward for all mankind.  The elitists who wish to run this socialistic order have omitted God as the source of all powers, eliminating the need for inalienable individual rights which spring from Him.

Instead, those in positions of government would take the place of God, their handing out privileges and entitlements to whomever they decide should receive them.  There would be no need for constitutional protection of so-called “rights” because there wouldn’t be any.

Going back to Bob’s opening remarks, “…God was allowing certain practices in the American Church to die so that a renewed Church could be birthed.”  I found this intriguing, so much so that it was the reason for joining this discussion; knowing full well my boldness would not be appreciated or welcomed by many.

“The renewed Church could be birthed.”, and that is exactly what has occurred.  The nations of the earth were all too corrupted for the establishment of the Lord’s Church which is why it was necessary for America to become a nation.  Not a nation owing allegiance to any earthly King; rather, a nation built on the foundations set forth in scripture, eternal laws, and principles.  Only in such a country could the Lord set in motion the necessary fertile soil that would permit His Church to be renewed.

If you’ll read our founding documents, The Declaration of Independence, and our Constitution containing the Bill of Rights, it becomes more apparent that the Lord’s hand guided our founder’s thoughts in establishing the groundwork that would permit the freedoms necessary for religious zeal to abound.  The Great Enlightenment period with so many individuals desiring to know which denomination to join, which preacher to listen to as part of the Lord’s plan, not to have these denominations “die,” rather for this denomination which held important parts of the gospel to help usher in the Fullness of the Gospel as found in the one true Church.

Ahhhh, this is where my remarks begin to annoy some folks. They don’t want to hear about the restoration that has already taken place or that that restoration continues to take place even as I write.  “Blasphemy”, they cry while turning up their noses at such a preposterous claim.

Consider if you will those in Jerusalem at the time Jesus Christ walked the earth.  How many of them scoffed at the idea that He was the Son of God, the Chosen One of whom the Prophets in the scriptures testified would come to save us all?   Did they not crucify the Savior of the world looking off into the future for that illusive Savior?  Are they looking still?

I testify that the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is the restored Church, the only one which has been established with the authority to act in His name.  It is the structure and government which will be used by the Lord when he returns to this earth.

The Book of Mormon is the word of God, translated for the benefit of the entire world, not just for those who happen to live in America.  It is another witness of the divinity of Jesus Christ being the Son of God, our Eternal Father.  It was written as a companion of scripture to validate what is found in the Bible and those who take the time to read these important books can have the Spirit testify of this truth.

I leave this testimony with you in the name of Jesus Christ, Amen.

t-f-stern-1Self-Educated American, Senior Edi­tor, T.F. Stern is both a retired City of Hous­ton police offi­cer and, most recently, a retired self-employed lock­smith (after serving that industry for 40 plus years). He is also a gifted polit­i­cal and social com­men­ta­tor. His pop­u­lar and insight­ful blog, T.F. Sterns Rant­i­ngs, has been up and at it since January of 2005.


My wife’s great Starbucks dilemma

By: Lloyd Marcus

While on the road campaigning for Trump, my wife Mary and I visited a supermarket to purchase coffee for our hotel room.

Like most women that I know, Mary loves Starbucks coffee.  I’ve heard several women say whenever they want to “treat” themselves, they go to Starbucks.  It took brilliant marketing to instill such a mindset.  Upon entering the supermarket’s coffee aisle, Mary immediately picked up a box of Starbucks instant coffee.

Then she thought about Starbucks’s extreme leftist political activism.  Remember Starbucks’s annoying, stupid social justice campaign?  Baristas were ordered to lecture customers about race before handing them their order.  I thought, “Just give me my coffee without the side order of arrogant leftist nonsense.”

Outrageously, Starbucks created its own Black Lives Matter shirt for employees.  So when you order coffee, your barista will be wearing an in-your-face advertisement for an anti-American Marxist racial hate group.

This year’s March for Life stopped patronizing Starbucks upon learning that the company matches employees’ contributions to Planned Parenthood, which profits from selling dead baby body parts.

Dr. Alveda King, the niece of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., called out Starbucks for its hypocrisy.  Alveda said if Starbucks truly desires to fight racism, it will stop funding Planned Parenthood.  Black women are only 14% of the child-birthing population.  Yet 36% of all babies aborted in the U.S. are black.

Former Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz, in essence, gave Trump-supporters his middle finger by vowing to hire 10,000 refugees.

Not wanting to fund Starbucks’s treasonous agenda, Mary scanned the shelves for an America-friendly brand of coffee to purchase.  Weakened by her addiction to Starbucks, Mary began rationalizing.  “My not buying Starbucks will not make a difference.”  She headed to the checkout with her box of Starbucks.

Then she stopped.  “I cannot give those people my money.”  Mary returned the box of Starbucks to the shelf and selected a different brand of coffee.

I’m proud of her.

Lloyd Marcus, The Unhyphenated American
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How Scientific Misinformation about COVID-19 has Become Chinese Propaganda

By: Col. Lawrence Sellin (Ret.) | CCNS

It is a common practice among journalists motivated by a political agenda to misunderstand or misrepresent evidence in order to create or sustain a narrative that conforms to a predetermined conclusion.

Science now seems to be succumbing to the same strategy.

In order to escape the responsibility for the global pandemic, the Chinese Communist Party has aggressively promoted the narrative in both the scientific literature and the mainstream media that COVID-19 is just another naturally-occurring disease transmission from animals to humans.

For example, China’s state-controlled media outlet, CGTN, republished an edited version of “Here’s how scientists know the coronavirus came from bats and wasn’t made in a lab,” written by Polly Hayes, a lecturer in Parasitology and Medical Microbiology at the University of Westminster in England.

Both articles begin by stating, unequivocally, that SARS-CoV-2, the coronavirus responsible for COVID-19, shows no signs of genetic manipulation.

They quote Hayes: “If the virus had been genetically engineered in a lab there would be signs of manipulation in the genome data. This would include evidence of an existing viral sequence as the backbone for the new virus, and obvious targeted inserted (or deleted) genetic elements.”

“But no such evidence exists. It is very unlikely that any techniques used to genetically engineer the virus would not leave a genetic signature, like specific identifiable pieces of DNA code.”

First of all, SARS-CoV-2 is an RNA virus, which means that unlike in humans and other mammals, the genetic material for SARS-CoV-2 is encoded in RNA, not DNA.

Furthermore, the ability to detect genetic manipulation of viruses remains a controversial issue, although the continual regurgitation in the media that manipulation always results in a genetic signature has reached the level of urban myth.

It is important to note that, so far, the natural source of SARS-CoV-2 has not been known. Although its “backbone” appears to originate in bats, no intermediate animal host has been identified.

In a news article recently published by the international science journal Nature, the progress, or lack thereof, identifying the natural source of SARS-CoV-2 was reviewed.

According to the article, the two closest, but nevertheless relatively distant, relatives of SARS-CoV-2 are the bat coronaviruses RaTG13 and RmYN02, whose genomes are 96% and 93% identical to SARS-CoV-2, respectively.

Although RaTG13 is 96% identical overall to SARS-CoV-2, its receptor-binding domain (RBD), which allows the virus to bind to the human angiotensin-converting enzyme-2 receptor (ACE2), is structurally different and suggests that RaTG13 may not bind efficiently to the human ACE2.

The Nature article also does not mention that the RBD of RmYN02 showed only a 61.3% sequence identity with SARS-CoV-2, meaning it is highly unlikely that RmYN02 could bind to human cells at all.

If none of the likely bat coronavirus relatives could bind effectively to human cells and no intermediate animal hosts have been identified, how did SARS-CoV-2 attain such a high affinity for human infection even in the earliest cases?

Such “pre-adaptation” for human infectivity and pathogenicity can be easily explained by genetic manipulation.

In 2015, Ralph Baric from the University of North Carolina and Zheng-Li Shi, the “batwoman” from the Wuhan Institute of Virology jointly published a scientific article describing the combination of the RBD from a newly isolated coronavirus (SHC014) and the “backbone” from SARS-CoV, the coronavirus responsible for the 2002-2003 pandemic.

The above experiment produced a novel virus, chimera SHC014-MA15, which showed “robust viral replication both in vitro [cell cultures] and in vivo [animals],” using models adapted to test human infectivity.

Similar increases in human infectivity and pathogenicity can also be accomplished by several “point” replacements of single amino acids capable of having profound clinical effects, changes which might be otherwise indistinguishable from natural mutation.

Finally, the most conspicuous sign of SARS-CoV-2 genetic manipulation is the presence of a furin polybasic cleavage site, a structure that is not present in any of the coronaviruses so far identified as possible direct ancestors.

In fact, the artificial removal of the furin polybasic cleavage site from SARS-CoV-2 does not affect human infectivity, indicating that it is not needed for that purpose and would be unlikely to appear through positive selection in the course of a natural evolutionary process.

The techniques for the artificial insertion of such furin polybasic cleavage sites have been used for over ten years.

Contrary to the scientific or media “conventional wisdom” and Chinese propaganda, there is substantially more evidence that the COVID-19 pandemic is a consequence of coronavirus genetic manipulation.

Lawrence Sellin, Ph.D. is a retired US Army Reserve colonel. He has previously worked at the US Army Medical Research Institute of Infectious Diseases and conducted basic and clinical research in the pharmaceutical industry. He is a member of the Citizens Commission on National Security. His email address is [email protected].

This column was originally published at WION.

The views expressed in CCNS member articles are not necessarily the views or positions of the entire CCNS. They are the views of the authors, who are members of the CCNS.


Obama Admin OK’d China Huge Investments in US, Security Threats

By: Denise Simon | Founders Code

In recent months, perhaps years, we have witnessed how China is a major threat to our national security. What we don’t know is the depth and width of that threat matrix but the Trump administration is for sure addressing the issues as fast as they can.

China says US orders it to close its consulate in Houston ...

The theft by the Chinese Communist Party of intellectual property appears to have no limit and hence the cost cannot be determined either. Below are just a few items of interest that prove the points above:

1. (Reuters) – The U.S. Justice Department on Tuesday indicted two Chinese nationals over their role in what the agency called a decade-long cyber espionage campaign that targeted defense contractors, COVID researchers, and hundreds of other victims worldwide. U.S. authorities said Li Xiaoyu and Dong Jiazhi stole terabytes of weapons designs, drug information, software source code, and personal data from targets that included dissidents and Chinese opposition figures. They were contractors for the Chinese government, rather than full-fledged spies, U.S. officials said. An unnamed “UK artificial intelligence and cancer research firm” was on the list of 25 victims released by the US Department of Justice.

2. The United States ordered the Chinese government and diplomatic staff to shutter the Chinese consulate located in Houston and to leave the country in 72 hours. In a Tweet by Senator Marco Rubio:“# The Chinese Consulate in Houston is a massive spy center, forcing it to close is long overdue,” he said, describing it as a “central node” of the Chinese Communist Party’s spy operations. .“It had to happen,” he tweeted. (locals called the fire department to report a fire at that location, but upon arrival found they could not enter sovereign land and it was merely Chinese personnel burning documents)

Chinese foreign ministry spokesperson Wang Wenbin said during a news conference Wednesday that “the unilateral closure of China’s consulate general in Houston within a short period of time is an unprecedented escalation of its recent actions against China.”He warned of firm countermeasures if the U.S. does not reverse itself. Besides its embassy in Beijing, the U.S. has five consulates in mainland China, according to its website. They are in Shanghai, Guangzhou, Chengdu, Wuhan, and Shenyang.

3. In 2015, a Chinese company acquired Texas oil fields in a $1.3 billion deal where Yantai Xinchao acquire oil assets in the western Texas Permian Basin that are currently owned by Tall City Exploration and Plymouth Petroleum. The deal is part of a larger transaction between Yantai Xinchao and a second Chinese firm. The purchase, which includes oil fields in the state’s Howard and Borden counties, has already been approved by the U.S. Committee on Foreign Investment, the filing said.

4. China (CNOOC) has increasingly been looking to the Americas for raw materials it needs to sustain the boom. As private investment dwindled with the global financial crisis, the cash-flush Chinese went on a regional shopping spree. Noted in 2018: — Goldman Sachs (GS) said it would create a $5 billion fund with China Investment Corporation, the country’s sovereign wealth fund, to invest in US companies.
— Qualcomm (QCOM) signed $12 billion in non-binding deals to supply semiconductors to Chinese smartphone brands Xiaomi, Oppo, and Vivo.
Sinopec (SHI), China’s state-owned oil and gas company, said it would explore an investment of up to $43 billion in Alaska’s energy sector.
— China Energy Investment Corp., which is also state-owned, signed a non-binding agreement with the state of West Virginia to invest nearly $84 billion in shale gas and chemical manufacturing projects.
— Boeing (BA) announced that it would sell about $37 billion worth of planes to a government holding company that buys jets for state-owned carriers such as Air China and China Southern Airlines.

5. Perhaps worst of all is Nike and Apple. Why? Slave labor known as Uighurs. Per the Australian Strategic Policy Institute in part: The Chinese government has facilitated the mass transfer of Uighur and other ethnic minority1 citizens from the far west region of Xinjiang to factories across the country. Under conditions that strongly suggest forced labor, Uighurs are working in factories that are in the supply chains of at least 83 well-known global brands in the technology, clothing, and automotive sectors, including Apple, BMW, Gap, Huawei, Nike, Samsung, Sony, and Volkswagen. This report estimates that more than 80,000 Uighurs were transferred out of Xinjiang to work in factories across China between 2017 and 2019, and some of them were sent directly from detention camps. The estimated figure is conservative and the actual figure is likely to be far higher. In factories far away from home, they typically live in segregated dormitories, undergo organized Mandarin and ideological training outside working hours, are subject to constant surveillance, and are forbidden from participating in religious observances. Numerous sources, including government documents, show that transferred workers are assigned minders and have limited freedom of movement. (gotta wonder where former NFL quarterback Colin Kaepernick is now right?) –>Since 2017, more than a million Uighurs and members of other Turkic Muslim minorities have disappeared into a vast network of ‘re-education camps’ in the far west region of Xinjiang, in what some experts call a systematic, government-led program of cultural genocide. Inside the camps, detainees are subjected to political indoctrination, forced to renounce their religion and culture, and, in some instances, reportedly subjected to torture. In the name of combating ‘religious extremism’, Chinese authorities have been actively remolding the Muslim population in the image of China’s Han ethnic majority. The ‘re-education’ campaign appears to be entering a new phase, as government officials now claim that all ‘trainees’ have ‘graduated’. There is mounting evidence that many Uighurs are now being forced to work in factories within Xinjiang. This report reveals that Chinese factories outside Xinjiang are also sourcing Uighur workers under a revived, exploitative government-led labor transfer scheme. Some factories appear to be using Uighur workers sent directly from ‘re-education camps’.The Australian Strategic Policy Institute (ASPI) has identified 27 factories in nine Chinese provinces that are using Uighur labor transferred from Xinjiang since 2017. Those factories claim to be part of the supply chain of 83 well-known global brands. Between 2017 and 2019, we estimate that at least 80,000 Uighurs were transferred out of Xinjiang and assigned to factories through labor transfer programs under a central government policy known as ‘Xinjiang Aid’ (援疆).


Proposed President Biden’s Administration

By: Denise Simon | Founders Code

Just consider, based on all that the nation has been through in recent days and weeks based on lawsuits, protests, and defunding of law enforcement. Consider what you have seen of Joe Biden in press settings and his possible list of Vice Presidential candidates. Have you recently viewed the 2016 Democrat National Committee platform recently? How about remembering things like the lies told about Border Patrol and ICE? What about that Green New Deal? We have had attacks on conservatives while dining in a restaurant and we have released documents regarding RussiaGate. Then there were the Kavanaugh confirmation hearings and the 1619 Project not to mention the Lincoln Project or the Thousand Currents. You want those people leading you into 2024 and beyond?

Howie Carr: Joe Biden needs a nap
It is certain you have your own list of names that you are not only wary of but terrified of and rightly so. Pull out your list and fill in below as you apply some strategic thinking for what could be ahead.

Below is only a suggested look at a Biden Cabinet/administration. You’re invited to plug in your own names.

Here goes:

Vice President: Susan Rice
Press Secretary: David Corn
Secretary of Agriculture: Saikat Chakrabarti
Attorney General: Kamala Harris
Director of the Central Intelligence Agency: Andrew Weissman
Secretary of Commerce: Eric Garcetti
Secretary of Defense: Wendy Sherman
Secretary of Education: Nicole Hannah Jones
Secretary of Energy: Cenk Uygur
Director of the Environmental Protective Agency: Alexandria Ocasio Cortez
Director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation: Justin Cooper
Director of Health and Human Services: Bernie Sanders
Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security: Luis Gutierrez
Director of Housing and Urban Development: Kirsten Gillibrand
Secretary of the Interior: Gretchen Whitmer
Secretary of Labor: Julian Castro
Director of the Office of Management and Budget: Maxine Waters
Director of National Intelligence: Adam Schiff
Director of the Small Business Administration: Zack Exley
Secretary of State: Ben Rhodes
Secretary of Transportation: Ed Markey
Secretary of the Treasury: Susan Rosenberg
Trade Representative: Victoria Nuland
Secretary of Veteran’s Affairs: Mark Kelly
Chief of Staff: Lori Lightfoot
Director of the Securities and Exchange Commission: Elizabeth Warren
National Security Advisor: Anita Dunn

Of course, much like the Obama administration, Biden will have advisory councils and czars. This is where hundreds of other progressives and Marxists will work the major influence and policy channels.

Rather terrifying right? Don’t hesitate to fill in your own names, those like John Brennan, Don Lemon, Peter Strzok, James Comey, Loretta Lynch, John Kerry, Lois Lerner, Jim Acosta, Sidney Blumenthal, Bruce Ohr, and Eric Holder. Go ahead, plug in a few names too.

Imagine all the new regulations, the further degradation of the 1st Amendment much less the 2nd Amendment. Consider how much more education will fail and how sovereignty will evaporate into a total border-less nation. Taxes? Yikes, too hard to even describe and small businesses will fail under a $15/hr minimum wage nationwide. No more E-Verify, no more doctors of your choosing, and we could end up with 12 or 15 Justices on the Supreme Court while George Soros has his own permanent White House office in the West Wing.

It is a nightmare.


John Lewis Was Beaten At Selma By Dems, Supported “Lynching In The Womb”

By: Daniel John Sobieski

The death of Congressman and civil rights icon John Lewis, coming as it has amidst urban riots in Democrat-run cities following the murder of George Floyd by a deranged cop in a Democrat-run city offer the Democrats another opportunity for a Paul Wellstone-type funeral, a somber event to be transformed into a political rally in an election year.

The October 29, 2002 funeral service for the late Sen. Paul Wellstone of Minnesota quickly morphed into a political rally against the administration of Bush 43. The Democrats filled the basketball arena chosen for the event and if you never heard booing at a memorial service you heard it as a video of GOP Sen. Trent Lott appeared offering his condolences

The services for John Lewis threaten to be similarly exploited as Democrats believe that funerals and crises are terrible things to waste. The funeral for Lewis won’t be so much about honoring Lewis as it will be about sticking it to Trump for his alleged racism and for stoking the fires of racial unrest in our inner cities, the same inner cities he is trying to rebuild with opportunity zones fighting liberal urban decay, prison reform freeing the young black men Joe Biden pushed into prison, and encouraging the freeing of blacks from bad schools through school vouchers and choice.

The Democrats will ignore John Lewis’ tunnel vision that overlooked who the real oppressors of blacks were and are and the genocide of black babies under Planned Parenthood’s since 1973’s Roe v. Wade, leaving the black population of America half of what it should be, a carnage even the KKK could never have dreamed of or hoped for.

When John Lewis dared to march across the Edmund Pettis Bridge at Selma, Alabama he was attacked and beaten by white Democrats, something you will not hear at his funeral. Nor will you hear the bridge was named for Edmund Winston Pettis, a former Confederate brigadier general, former U.S. Senator from Alabama, and Grand Dragon of the Alabama Ku Klux Klan. Edmund Pettis was a Democrat as were most of the officeholders in the South of 1965.

Georgia Democrat Rep. John Lewis refused to attend the opening of the Mississippi Civil Rights Museum because President Trump was there, yet he would have been the first to condemn Trump had he not gone. The irony is that much of the brutality, oppression, and denial of civil rights the museum records were committed by the party of white racism – the Democratic Party.

Reps. John Lewis and Bennie G. Thompson issued a joint statement full of righteous indignation but little truth in explaining their absence from the ceremony:

President Trump’s attendance and his hurtful policies are an insult to the people portrayed in this civil rights museum. The struggles represented in this museum exemplify the truth of what really happened in Mississippi.

What really happened in Mississippi and throughout the South is that Democrats, who never got over losing the Civil War, sought to move blacks to a new plantation of oppression and suppression. As one wag put it, the reason Democrats hate Republicans so much is that the Republicans took away their slaves.  All the Democrats have succeeded in doing is moving blacks to the urban plantations of inner cities like Baltimore, Detroit, and Chicago, all run by Democrats, where black children are preyed upon by black gangs, are trapped in failing schools and have little or no job opportunities.

It is hard to fathom what Rep. Lewis meant by “hurtful policies.” Did he mean trying to rid the inner cities of gangs like MS-13, supporting school choice, fighting illegal immigration which increases competition for entry-level jobs, or just generally promoting economic growth, the rising tide President John F. Kennedy said lifts all our boats.

One would have thought that the 8-year presidency of the first African American President, Barack Obama, would have been an era of progress for blacks, which it decidedly was not:

… the seasonally adjusted labor-force-participation rate for black Americans across the board has slipped from 63.2 percent to 61.7 percent — down 2.4 percent.

The seasonally adjusted labor-force-participation rate for black teenagers also sagged from 29.6 percent to 28.8 percent — down 2.7 percent.

During Obama’s tenure, the percentage of black Americans struggling below the poverty line has advanced, according to the most recent Census Bureau data, from 25.8 in 2009 to 26.2 in 2014 — up 1.6 percent.

Real median income among black households during those years, according to the Census Bureau, sank from $35,954 to $35,398 — down 1.5 percent.

The number of black food-stamp participants exploded across that time frame from 7,393,000 to 11,699,000, the U.S. Department of Agriculture reports — up 58.2 percent.

Also, from Obama’s oath of office through the fourth quarter of 2015, the percentage of black Americans who own homes foundered from 46.1 percent to 41.9 percent, according to the Census — down 9.1 percent.

One can search in vain for John Lewis and his liberal brethren saying anything about Barack Obama’s “hurtful policies.” Obama, like most liberal Democrats, blames the plight of blacks on racism when in fact the impediments to black progress are to be found in fatherless homes, out-of-wedlock births, gang crime, failing public schools and cities run by Democratic Socialists who blame racism but not their opportunity killing policies.

John Lewis’ historical amnesia omits, for example, the fact that it was not a Republican but the honored and celebrated Senator Robert Byrd, Democrat of West Virginia and former “Grand Kleagle” with the Ku Klux Klan, who holds the distinction of being the only Senator to have opposed the only two black nominees to the Supreme Court, Thurgood Marshall and Clarence Thomas, and led a 52-day filibuster against this legislation.

Sen. Al Gore, the father of the former vice president, voted against the act, as did Sen. J. William Fulbright, to whom Bill Clinton dedicated a memorial, current senior Senator from South Carolina Ernest Hollings, Sen. Richard Russell and, of course, Sen. Strom Thurmond, who was a Democrat at that time.

John Lewis forgot that it was Democrats who unleashed the dogs and turned on the fire hoses on civil rights marchers. It was Democrats who stood in the schoolhouse door and are still standing there by opposing school choice and trapping minority children in failing schools. It was Democrats who blocked the bridge in Selma.

Lewis’ amnesia omitted the fact that the Civil Rights Act of 1964 would never have been possible without Republican leadership. Not only was that legislation a personal victory for Illinois Republican Sen. Everett Dirksen, then-Senate Minority leader, but it was also Republicans in both the House and Senate who supported the measure in far greater percentages than Democrats. Only six GOP Senators voted against the act, compared with 21 Democrats. The party of Abraham Lincoln and Donald Trump beat back the fire hoses and dogs of the party of Robert Byrd and John Lewis.

As one pundit put it, the Democrats should know a lot about Jim Crow laws, since they are the ones who wrote them. Condoleezza Rice, President George W. Bush’s national security advisor, explained at the 2000 GOP national convention  why a black college professor would be a Republican:

“The first Republican I knew was my father John Rice. And he is still the Republican I admire the most. My father joined our party because the Democrats in Jim Crow Alabama of 1952 would not register him to vote. The Republicans did. I want you to know that my father has never forgotten that day, and neither have I.”

And neither should we. Lewis’ colleague in the Senate, Sen. Richard Blumenthal, D-Conn., badgered Attorney General Jeff Sessions about the awards he received from various groups whose founders or leaders have made politically incorrect statements Blumenthal found offensive. Neither Blumenthal nor Lewis had any problem with Hillary Clinton, their 2016 presidential candidate, accepting the Margaret Sanger Award.

Back in March of 2009, Hillary Clinton accepted Planned Parenthood’s Margaret Sanger Award, an organization originally called the American Birth Control League. In accepting the award, the Weekly Standard noted, Hillary had high praise for the noted eugenicist:

Now, I have to tell you that it was a great privilege when I was told that I would receive this award. I admire Margaret Sanger enormously, her courage, her tenacity, her vision … And when I think about what she did all those years ago in Brooklyn, taking on archetypes, taking on attitudes and accusations flowing from all directions, I am really in awe of her.

As J. Kenneth Blackwell, writing in the Washington Times, notes, those who chant “black lives matter” obviously exclude the abortion rate of black babies that Planned Parenthood founder Margaret Sanger and the KKK could only dream of:

138,539 black babies, nearly one baby in three, were killed in the womb in 2010. According to the CDC, between 2007 and 2010, innocent black babies were victimized in nearly 36 percent of the abortion deaths in the United States, though blacks represent only 12.8 percent of the population. Some say the abortion capital of America is New York City. According to LifeSiteNews, the city’s Department of Health reported that in 2012, more black babies were aborted (31,328) than born (24,758). That’s 55.9 percent of black babies killed before birth. Blacks represented 42.4 percent of all abortions.

This is a disturbing and tragic situation that continues unabated and is the fulfillment of the dream of Hillary Clinton’s heroine Margaret Sanger.

As Paul Kengor writes in The American Spectator:

Planned Parenthood asserts, “To our Black patients, supporters, and colleagues across the country and the Black community whose lives, health, and safety are constantly under attack, Planned Parenthood stands with you. #BlackLivesMatter.”…

There is so much sick irony here. It’s so sick that it seems like a cruel racist joke by some white supremacist organization.

And today? Margaret Sanger’s Planned Parenthood is the single leading abortion provider to African Americans.

As for Planned Parenthood’s “Black patients,” and its concern for a pandemic that has been “disproportionately ravaging Black communities,” Planned Parenthood for nearly 50 years has disproportionately ravaged black communities through abortion. You want to talk about a public health crisis facing black communities, well, Planned Parenthood owns one….

About 40 percent of abortions are among black women, even though blacks make up only 13 percent of the population. This number has remained consistent for years. Some civil rights leaders, including Dr. Alveda King, the niece of Martin Luther King Jr., have called this “Black Genocide.” There have been upwards of 20 million abortions of unborn African American babies since Roe v. Wade in 1973.

As Blackwell also noted:

According to Sanger, “Colored people are like human weeds and are to be exterminated.” She opened her first abortion clinics in inner cities, and it’s no accident that even today, “79 percent of Planned Parenthood’s abortion facilities are located in black or minority neighborhoods.”

Rep. Chris Smith reminded Hillary Clinton, who proudly accepted the Margaret Sanger Award from Planned Parenthood in a speech to Congress in 2009 of the nature of Sanger’s belief that eugenics, something the Nazis would put into horrifying practice, was Margaret Sanger’s solution to all our problems, particularly racial ones. As LifeSite News reported at the time:

Addressing Mrs. Clinton, Smith said, “Are you kidding? In ‘awe’’ of Margaret Sanger, who said in 1921, ‘Eugenics … is the most adequate and thorough avenue to the solution of racial, political, and social problems’. And who also said in 1922, ‘The most merciful thing that a family does to one of its infant members is to kill it’?”….

Highlighting the racist nature of eugenics, Smith further quoted Sanger, who said in 1939, “We should hire three or four colored ministers, preferably with social-service backgrounds and with engaging personalities … We don’t want the word to go out that we want to exterminate the Negro population.”

Yet none of this bothered the great civil rights leader John Lewis. Lewis supported Black Lives Matter, but not black lives in the womb. Rev. Johnny Hunter,  a black pastor and leader at the Life Education and Resource Network (LEARN), the largest African American evangelical pro-life ministry in the U.S., gave a powerful sermon linking abortion to racism in the film Maafa21. As LifeSite News reported on the film:

“Brothers and sisters, it is time for us to go to the streets on this issue,” Hunter said. “If we look the other way, while our smallest brothers and sisters are being lynched in the womb, we lose the right to be outraged that we were once lynched by the Klan.”

Today, people are rioting and protesting in the streets to fight racism. But Black Lives Matter, the leading organization behind the protests, does not include unborn babies in its mission. Quite the opposite, the group supports “reproductive rights,” including abortion.

As long as they’re removing “racist statues”, they should tear down Margaret Sanger’s:

But, while rioters are defacing and destroying statues of U.S. leaders in the name of ending racism, Sanger’s statue still has a place of honor in The Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery in Washington, D.C.

“As our nation struggles to address racial injustice, it is unconscionable that an avowed racist and eugenicist is featured so prominently,” U.S. Rep. Russ Fulcher wrote this week in a letter to the Honorable Secretary Lonnie G. Bunch III, the head of the Smithsonian Institution….

It’s time for the Smithsonian to stop honoring the person who planted these beliefs into an organization that continues to abort 247 black unborn babies every single day. It’s time for it to reject Sanger and, in doing so, reject a movement that wants to expand abortions to minority communities even though, according to New York City health statistics, more African American babies already are aborted in the city than are born each year.

Yet John Lewis never led a march against Planned Parenthood, a white supremacist organization if there ever was one

When Jeff Sessions was being crucified for his alleged racist past during his confirmation hearing for attorney general, Sen Ted. Cruz pointed out that Democrats had better look in the mirror of history:

The day after Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) was rebuked while making a speech critical of Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-Ala.), Sen. Ted Cruz blasted Democrats, saying their party is the one rooted in racism.

“The Democrats are the party of the Ku Klux Klan,” Cruz (R-Tex.) said in an interview on Fox News on Wednesday. “You look at the most racist — you look at the Dixiecrats, they were Democrats who imposed segregation, imposed Jim Crow laws, who founded the Klan. The Klan was founded by a great many Democrats.”

Cruz is right. John Lewis is wrong. Under President Trump, African Americans were finding work in greater numbers and are increasingly participating in an economy freed from oppressive taxation and regulation:

The unemployment rate, labor participation rate, and overall employment for black Americans appears to be improving under President Donald Trump, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics employment data….

In the president’s first 7 months in office, the unemployment rate for said group dropped from 8.0 in March 2017 to 7.4 in July.

The participation rate for black American workers is up one percent since March 2017, and the number of black Americans with a job is up roughly 700,000.

Black Americans were one of the hardest-hit groups during the Great Recession and throughout much of former President Barack Obama’s two terms in office. The unemployment rate for this group was 13.7 when Obama took office in 2009, reaching a height of 16.8 in March 2010.

John Lewis didn’t remember the thrilling days of yesteryear, when Democrats stood in the schoolhouse door, wrote Jim Crow laws, and unleashed the dogs, or even the era of Barack Obama when blacks were a source of votes, treated as victims, while trapped in urban plantations run by Democrats.

Trump asked Africans during the campaign what did they have to lose? The answer so far is they have lost nothing and have and will gain much as they are freed to participate in and pursue the American dream. That is if they are allowed to be born. Don’t defund the police. Defund Planned Parenthood.

* Daniel John Sobieski is a former editorial writer for Investor’s Business Daily and freelance writer whose pieces have appeared in Human Events, Reason Magazine, and the Chicago Sun-Times among other publications.