10/14/19

The Dumbing Down of the US Perfectly Illustrated in the Ukraine ‘Investigation’

By: Frank Salvato

This is what happens when we stop teaching civics and government classes in high school. People start believing that politics is government and that appearances and personal opinion circumvent the rule of law and the US Constitution. This is a direct result of the Progressive Movement having captured the education system and the mainstream media complex.

The Associated Press published a piece on October 12th, titled, “Former Ukraine envoy testifies Trump pushed to oust her”. In the article it states:

“…former US Ambassador to Ukraine Marie Yovanovitch told House impeachment investigators Friday that Trump himself pressured the State Department to oust her from her post and get her out of the country.”

Just the day before the AP published no less than three articles under three different titles covering the exact same content:

You will please note that they are all different URL links to separate stories. To say that the AP – and this is just one of the usual suspects in the mainstream media complex – is pushing this story would be a grotesque understatement.

That propaganda initiative aside, this brings me to the larger point to be made in this article. Everyone in the Executive Branch – with the complication of agency, bureau, and departmental Inspector Generals – serves at the pleasure of the President of the United States. This is especially true of US Ambassadors.

Merriam-Webster explains that the phrase means, literally:

“…used to say that something is done or can be done because someone wants it to be done; i.e. ‘I serve at the pleasure of the president, and I will continue to serve as long as the president wants me to.’”

To wit – and with regard to these incredibly misleading AP stories, the President doesn’t need to “pressure” anyone to have a sitting US Ambassador removed from the post. He simply needs to express his desire for the removal to take place. The President doesn’t even need to provide a reason.

The same Progressive charlatans that are trying to make the electorate believe that politics is government; that the political wrangling we are served up each and every day on talk radio and the alphabet news programs is actually the execution of government, want us to believe that the removed US Ambassador had a “right” to her position above that of existing at the pleasure of the President of the United States. This notion is demonstrably false, yet it is being advanced on the American public without definition, examination, or discussion.

The American citizenry has “enlightened” itself into the perfect storm without even realizing it following the old adage about the frog in the pot of boiling water. Progressives have increased their ideological manipulation of the American people so incrementally that we have willingly abdicated our knowledge of how our government works, what its responsibilities are, what its boundaries are, and – literally – its purpose.

Today, as our education system and mainstream media complex openly manipulate reality and the facts of the matter, We the People are vulnerable because of what Donald Rumsfeld used to call the “unknown-unknowns”. We don’t know what we don’t know…and that’s a terrifying state in which to exist.

Frank Salvato is a partner at TRR Consulting Group, LLC, a reputation management and organizational strategies group. He serves as managing editor of The New Media Journal. His writing has been recognized by the US House International Relations Committee and the Japan Center for Conflict Prevention. His analysis has been published by The American Enterprise Institute, The Washington Times, and Accuracy in Media, and is syndicated nationally. Mr. Salvato has appeared on The O’Reilly Factor on FOX News Channel and is the author of six books examining internal and external threats facing our country. He can be heard twice weekly on “The Captain’s America: Third Watch” radio program syndicated nationally on the Salem Broadcasting Network and is a host on The Underground Podcast Network.

10/10/19

American Maoists Building Support for Mexican Revolutionary Movement: Huge Implications for US National Security

By: Trevor Loudon | The Epoch Times

Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador (C), Mexican Navy Secretary Jose Rafael Ojeda Duran (R) and Mexican Defence Secretary General Luis Cresencio Sandoval, take part in a parade celebrating a new anniversary of the country’s independence, at the Zocalo Square in Mexico City on September 16, 2019. (Photo by PEDRO PARDO / AFP) (Photo credit should read PEDRO PARDO/AFP/Getty Images)

The United States’ main Maoist organization, Liberation Road, is developing support networks for Mexico’s ruling leftist party MORENA and its leader, Mexico’s socialist president Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador (popularly known as AMLO).

Liberation Road sees Mexico under its present leadership as a major force for the revolutionary transformation of the United States. With a population of around 128 million, a communist Mexico, sharing a 2,000-mile border with this country, would become a national security nightmare of epic proportions. America’s Maoists are working hard to make that nightmare a reality.

According to Liberation Road’s newly formed Solidarity Project with the People of Mexico:

“México, more than any other country of the world, will influence our struggle in the US for transformational change from imperialist capitalism to socialism. Will the US succeed in maintaining Mexico as a vassal state? Or will México point the way for US social movements to gain governing power?”

Liberation Road is the new name for Freedom Road Socialist Organization (FRSO), a national communist formation formed out of the various Maoist splinter groups of the 1960s, ‘70s, and ‘80s. The name change—instituted at a completely unpublicized national congress in April—ends years of confusion. Another group also calling itself Freedom Road Socialist Organization, centered around FightBack! magazine, split from the main group in 1999. All future references to FRSO in this article refer to the larger FRSO/Liberation Road formation.

In recent years, FRSO has built a [email protected] Left Project/Project Izquierda Latina, aimed at building bridges with Latin American revolutionary movements. Since the victory of AMLO and MORENA in 2018, Mexico has become a major focus of Liberation Road’s Latin American solidarity work.

According to the Washington Post, AMLO was always on the far left even while he worked inside the mainstream of Mexican politics:

“Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador began his political career with the Institutional Revolutionary Party, or PRI, which had been at the heart of Mexico’s authoritarian system since 1929.

“’At the time, there was no other option for an aspiring politician,’ said José Agustín Ortiz Pinchetti, a former top aide to Lopez Obrador …

“Even during his PRI days, Lopez Obrador saw himself as an activist, representing the state of Tabasco in negotiations with Pemex, trying to convince oil workers that they should demand better wages and benefits. He named his son Jesús Ernesto after Ernesto ‘Che’ Guevara, the Marxist guerrilla who fought with Fidel Castro in Cuba. …

“But the PRI grew frustrated with Lopez Obrador, considering him ‘a communist with Cuban instincts’ …”

In 1989, AMLO joined the left-leaning Party of the Democratic Revolution (PRD) and was the party’s national leader between 1996 and 1999. He left the PRD in 2012 to later found the National Regeneration Movement (MORENA), which catapulted him to the presidency in July 2018 in alliance with the leftist Labor Party and the moderate Social Encounter Party. AMLO won with 53 percent of the vote.

AMLO has maintained close ties to the Sao Paolo Forum, an alliance of more than 100 socialist and communist parties credited with moving most of Latin America into the socialist camp in the 1990s. The Forum was founded by Cuba’s communist leader Fidel Castro and former Brazilian president Lula da Silva “to save what had been lost of Communism in Eastern Europe and the old USSR.”

Through a letter to the 2011 meeting of the Sao Paulo Forum, AMLO explained the rationale behind his new MORENA project. He emphasized that MORENA has as its first task to defeat the “political oligarchy” of Mexico.

AMLO told the assembled Marxist revolutionaries from all over South and Central America:

“We can share that in these difficult times for Mexico, we are building a popular and citizen movement that seeks to carry out the deep transformation of the country …”

One of Liberation Road’s key points of contact to the Mexican revolutionary movement has been Javier Bravo, a MORENA activist and a professor of history and archaeology at the University of Guanajuato and a participant in  FRSO’s Project Izquierda Latina.

Bravo studied in the Soviet Union at the end of the openly communist era and lives part of the year in Havana, Cuba. FRSO/Liberation Road has brought Bravo to the United States for at least two tours to explain the revolutionary potential of MORENO and its leader AMLO to U.S. comrades.

On Sept. 19 and 20, Bravo addressed Liberation Road’s Mexican Solidarity Coalition / Coalicion en Solidaridad con Mexico in San Diego. The meeting was organized by longtime FRSO/Liberation Road activist Martin Eder.

The Mexican Solidarity Coalition wrote on Facebook:

“Professor Javier Bravo, a long-time activist and a rep for MORENA will be … speaking about current struggles in Mexico & how we build a movement against Trump to stop the right-wings ethnic cleansing against Mexican & other immigrants.”

This followed a Boston meeting for Bravo convened Sunday, Sept. 15, which was co-sponsored by Liberation Road and the Solidarity Project with the People of Mexico.

Co-organizers were Garrett Virchick of the Boston Teachers Union and Gabriel Mireles, associate director of the Massachusetts Nurses Association—both known Liberation Road affiliates.

Mireles wrote on the Liberation Road website that his Solidarity Project with the People of Mexico had four main objectives:

1/ Expose and resist political, social, military and economic US interventionist efforts that deny Mexico the right to self-determination and aim to bring down the AMLO government. …

2/ Provide information and analysis about what’s really happening in Mexico to counter the mainstream media that demonizes and/or belittles leftist governments.

3/ Spread the lessons from Mexico’s experience of movement building and electoral activism to increase democratic participation and build progressive independent political organization within the US that would advance a pro-people foreign policy.

4/ Build a broad-based grassroots solidarity project of individuals and organizations on the model of CISPES to connect social movement activists on both sides of the border to shift power from US and Mexican elites to the peoples of our countries.

CISPES refers to the Committee in Solidarity with the Peoples of El Salvador, one of the communist movement’s most successful operations on U.S. soil.

In 1980, the El Salvadoran Communist Party, then fighting a guerrilla war with their government, sent Farid Handal, brother of the Party chairman, Shafik Handal, to the United States. His mission was to organize a North American support network for the El Salvadoran guerrilla army.

According to Newsweek journalist Arnaud de Borchgrave, quoted in The American Journal of International Law:

“CISPES was formed in October 1980 as a direct result of a visit to the United States by Farid Handal, brother of the secretary general of the Salvadoran Communist Party Shafik Handal. His principal adviser in this venture was Alfredo Garcia Almeida, at that time the station chief of the Departamento de America of the Cuban Communist Party in New York. …

“CISPES was subsequently set up as a tax-exempt organization with an office in Washington and countrywide chapters, that included 500 college campuses.”

CISPES consistently supported the El Salvadoran communists, agitating against U.S. aid to the El Salvadoran elected government and also joining in demonstrations against aid to the anti-communist forces in neighboring Nicaragua.

Clearly, Liberation Road, which enjoys close relations with the larger Communist Party USA (with an estimated 5,000 members) and the nearly 60,000-member strong Democratic Socialists of America, intends on building major operations in support of the unfolding Mexican revolution.

In a recent conversation, a moderate former member of MORENA told me that the leading militant faction of the party is planning a major swing to the hard left, probably after Mexico’s 2021 congressional elections. In the words of my contact, “they know this will wreck the Mexican economy—but they don’t care.”

If AMLO and MORENO take Mexico’s 128 million down the Cuba/Venezuela road as it seems they intend to do, the consequences could turn into the worst national security crisis this country has ever faced.

Venezuela’s Marxist-driven economic and political crises have driven more than 2 million refugees into neighboring countries. If AMLO and MORENO succeed in driving Mexico to economic ruin, we could see 10s of millions of refugees clamoring to cross the border into the United States. Texas, New Mexico, Arizona, and California, even Florida, could be engulfed by a human tidal wave like nothing we have ever seen before. This chaos would be a major advance for the Mexican, U.S., and world revolutionary movements.

The current flooding of the border by 10s of then thousands of illegal immigrants a month could be seen as a dress rehearsal for a possible human tsunami currently building in Mexico.

President Ronald Reagan fought with mixed success to overturn the communist revolutions in Cuba, Nicaragua, and El Salvador. He understood that if communism was not pushed back in Central America it would eventually reach the U.S.–Mexico border—we are now almost at that point.

President Donald Trump must pick up Reagan’s fallen sword before it’s too late.

The first step is to order an investigation of Liberation Road’s Mexican revolutionary support networks under the Foreign Agents Registration Act—it is very likely they are not registered as agents of the Mexican government.

President Trump has actively worked to thwart the revolutionary regimes of Cuba and Venezuela. He must soon begin to formulate plans to counter a potentially even more dangerous revolutionary movement in Mexico.

Trevor Loudon is an author, filmmaker, and public speaker from New Zealand. For more than 30 years, he has researched radical left, Marxist, and terrorist movements and their covert influence on mainstream politics.

10/9/19

Rep. Omar to Commemorate Cuban Spy at Far-Left DC ‘Think Tank’

By: Trevor Loudon | The Epoch Times

Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN.) speaks at a press conference on the Capitol on July 15, 2019. (Holly Kellum/NTD)

Controversial Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-Minn.) is about to associate herself with one of the most subversive organizations in this country.

On Oct. 3, Omar will present the annual Letelier-Moffitt Awards at the Washington-based Institute for Policy Studies (IPS). The IPS is a center of both far-left policy formation and support for the Palestinian socialist cause. The Letelier-Moffitt Award is named after the late Orlando Letelier, a paid Cuban intelligence agent.

With Omar’s strong ties to radical groups such as the Democratic Socialists of America (DSA) and the Palestinian socialist cause, she is a perfect fit for the IPS—whose columnists have been defending her regular outrageous statements since her election to Congress.

An IPS press release states:

“We’re excited to announce that Representative Ilhan Omar of Minnesota’s 5th District will present this year’s Letelier-Moffitt Awards!

“Rep. Omar has made herself a key figure in the progressive movement by working with a diverse group of legislators on the best ideas in politics today; bold, transformative policies like student loan forgiveness, Medicare for All, and a Green New Deal.

“We’re thrilled to work with her and delighted to welcome her into our community.”

Omar’s IPS connection should raise all sorts of alarm bells.

For many years, the IPS was the largest and most influential of the far-left think tanks in Washington. From its founding in 1963, it steadily pushed a pro-Soviet line on foreign policy, defense, and the economy.

In a 1978 article in National Review, Brian Crozier, then director of the London-based Institute for the Study of Conflict, described the IPS as the “perfect intellectual front for Soviet activities which would be resisted if they were to originate openly from the KGB.”

The Letelier-Moffitt Award has its roots in Chile’s bloody anti-communist counter-revolution of the early 1970s.

Assassination

In 1973, at the request of the Chilean parliament, Chile’s generals stepped in to remove pro-Castro socialist President Salvador Allende from office for alleged gross breaches of the country’s constitution. Allende committed suicide in the presidential palace rather than surrender to the military. For several years afterward, the military brutally cracked down on Chilean socialists, communists, and terrorists. Thousands were imprisoned, many were executed, and some simply “disappeared.”

One of the victims of the anti-communist purge was Allende’s former ambassador to the United States, Orlando Letelier. After a period of imprisonment, Letelier was allowed to leave Chile, settling first in Venezuela, then in Washington at the suggestion of IPS staffer Saul Landau, a personal friend of Cuban communist dictator Fidel Castro.

In 1975, Letelier became a senior fellow of the IPS, where he soon became a leader of the leftist resistance to anti-communist Chilean President Augusto Pinochet. On Sept. 10, 1976, Pinochet officially deprived Letelier of his Chilean citizenship.

Undeterred, Letelier carried on his efforts to bring down the Pinochet government. He was reportedly responsible for the cancellation of several major European loans to Chile, which made him a major enemy of the government. He was described by one of his colleagues as being “the most respected and effective spokesman in the international campaign to condemn and isolate” Chile’s anti-communist government.

On Sept. 21, 1976, Letelier was traveling to work with an IPS colleague Ronni Moffitt and her husband. As they were driving down Washington’s Embassy Row at 9.35 a.m. a bomb exploded in their car. Within an hour, Moffitt and Letelier were pronounced dead. Moffitt’s husband survived.

It was later revealed that the bomb had been planted at the direction of Chile’s intelligence service, the DINA.

During the investigation into the assassination, the FBI leaked documents to The Washington Times columnist Jack Anderson, and others, which indicated that Letelier had been an Eastern Bloc intelligence operative. Letelier had also apparently been coordinating his activities with the Chilean government-in-exile, then based in communist East Berlin.

Letelier was reportedly working closely with Allende’s daughter, Beatriz Allende, who was married to a senior Cuban intelligence officer. While working for the IPS, Letelier was being paid $1,000 a month (no small sum in 1976) from Cuba’s communist regime.

So in giving out the Letelier-Moffitt Award, Omar is, in effect, honoring the memory of a paid Cuban agent-of-influence.

Marxist Ties

Today’s IPS maintains strong ties to the DSA and other domestic Marxist groups. The IPS has several DSA comrades on staff, including Ashik Siddique, a research analyst with IPS’s National Priorities Project, and John Feffer, co-director of IPS webzine Foreign Policy in Focus. The Metro DC DSA steering committee even holds its meetings in an IPS office.

Like Omar, the IPS is uncompromisingly pro-Palestine and anti-Israel.

Khury Petersen-Smith is the Michael Ratner Middle East Fellow at the IPS. He researches “U.S. empire, borders, and migration.”

Until earlier this year, Petersen-Smith was a leading member of the now-disbanded International Socialist Organization. According to the Socialism 2016 conference website: “He has written about Black and Palestinian liberation and US empire for Socialist Worker and the International Socialist Review. He co-authored the ‘Black Statement of Solidarity with Palestine’ in 2015, which was signed by over 1,100 mainly communist Black activists, artists, and scholars.”

In April, Petersen-Smith, with his IPS colleague Noura Erakat. held an event with the Tufts University chapter of the far-left Students for Justice in Palestine, titled “Black Solidarity With Palestine.”

Veteran IPS staffer Phyllis Bennis runs the IPS’ New Internationalism Project. In 2001, she helped found the U.S. Campaign for Palestinian Rights. She advises several leading U.N. officials on Palestine and was twice in contention to be appointed the U.N. special rapporteur on the occupied Palestinian territory.

Bennis was also a leading member of Line of March, a Marxist-Leninist group that supported first communist China and then the Soviet Union.

The IPS still maintains strong ties to Cuba and played a role in President Barack Obama’s disastrous directive to ease sanctions on Havana, which probably saved the communist dictatorship from imminent collapse.

In July 2015, as the communist flag was raised over the newly re-established Cuban Embassy on 16th Street NW in Washington, Bennis and her IPS and ex-Line of March comrade James Early “joined in the delirious shouts of ‘Viva Cuba!’,” according to The Washington Post.

“It’s an amazing moment,” Bennis told The Washington Post. “In the decades-long effort to normalize relations with Cuba, to stop the US attacks and hostility toward Cuba, we have not had so many victories. Suddenly we have a victory. The flag going up—that’s huge.”

“For those of us who were committed to the values and the aspirations of the Cuban revolution,” said Early, raising that flag again “is a recognition of Cuba’s right to sovereignty and self-determination.”

Right from the start, the IPS built networks of contacts among congressional legislators and their staff, academics, government officials, and the national media. The IPS’ main aim has always been to influence U.S. government policy in favor of the world socialist movement.

It’s no surprise to see the IPS welcome Omar into its radical bosom.

Trevor Loudon is an author, filmmaker, and public speaker from New Zealand. For more than 30 years, he has researched radical left, Marxist, and terrorist movements and their covert influence on mainstream politics.

10/9/19

Weekly Profile – Paige Kreisman

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Paige Kreisman

Paige Kreisman is standing on the Democratic Party line for Oregon House District 42.

She is a US Army veteran and identifies as a Marxist-Leninist. She was an active organizer with the Communist Party USA and the Corvallis-based Benton County Democratic Socialists of America, where she served as chapter treasurer.

Currently, she is a board member at Portland Tenants United and electoral co-chair at Portland Democratic Socialists of America.

In 2018, Kreisman stood unsuccessfully for Corvallis City Council Ward 5, supported by both the Benton County Communists and Democratic Socialists of America.

Once in office, Paige plans to institute a rent and tuition freeze. She also advocates for disarming police officers and removing them from Corvallis schools. Additionally, she pledges to fight for the environment, LGBTQ+ rights, immigrants, and homeless people. Paige is a tireless ally of the working class and is dedicated to the liberation of the proletariat.

Paige Kreisman with Benton County Communists.

Paige Kreisman also supports radical Minnesota Congressmember Ilhan Omar through DSA’s Jewish Solidarity Caucus.

As Jews on the left, we are in solidarity with Representative Ilhan Omar and her statements regarding the American Israel Public Affairs Committee’s (AIPAC) influence over US lawmakers and foreign policy.

Paige Kreisman is also supporting Portland Democratic Socialists of America member Albert Lee in his bid for US Congress from Oregon District 2.

DSA comrades Brandy Fortson, Albert Lee and Paige Kreisman.

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10/8/19

For the Soul of America, “Shifty” Schiff Must Go

By: Lloyd Marcus

Folks, I don’t know about you, but I am extremely annoyed. I grew up believing in Superman’s America which stood for truth, justice and the American way. But when I see blatantly corrupt politician Adam Schiff in charge of a bogus investigation to impeach our obviously innocent president, something has gone terribly wrong in our country. My heart is heavy for my beloved country and the rule of law.

Allow me to recap for soccer moms and dads who are busy earning a living. Fake news media and Democrats have launched another lie-filled, treasonous silent coup to remove Trump from office.

On TV, Adam Schiff lied to the world, claiming that during a phone call Trump threatened the president of Ukraine. Schiff said that Trump told the Ukraine president that if he did not dig up dirt on Joe Biden, he would hold back funds from Ukraine.

To the horror of Schiff, Democrats and fake news media, Trump made the unprecedented decision to publicly release the transcript of the phone call between himself and the Ukraine president. The transcript proved that everything Schiff reported Trump said was a lie.

In an America in which truth and justice rule, Schiff would be politically tarred and feathered and run out of Washington D.C. on a rail.

Incredibly, Schiff is celebrated by fake news media and Democrats. Ignoring the truth in the transcript, Democrats are still leaving Schiff in charge of their investigation to impeach Trump which is based solely on Schiff’s fabricated version of Trump’s phone call. Not only is this insane, it is infuriating.

This is not our America, folks. We cannot and must not allow Shifty Schiff to arrogantly go unpunished and wreck havoc on Trump’s presidency. At the very least, Schiff must be fired from leading his bogus impeachment investigation.

News coverage of fake news media and Democrats’ insane campaign to impeach Trump is like watching the Emperor’s New Clothes. Knowing that the Emperor was naked, all his subjects pretended to love his new outfit. A confused little boy spoke the truth, yelling, “The Emperor is naked!”

Washington D.C. knows Schiff’s impeachment investigation is based on lies. And yet, fake news media, Democrats, #NeverTrump Republicans and conservatives are behaving as if Schiff has evidence to impeach Trump. Where are the Republicans with the courage to stand up for truth and justice? In essence, yelling, “Schiff is naked!”

Despite Trump’s actual words during the phone call published for the world to see, fake news media and Democrats are behaving as if  the transcript does not exist. Atrociously, they are promoting Schiff’s made-up version of what Trump said, hoping to deceive voters.

Fake news media and the Democrats are attempting to establish a new precedent. I realize fake news media and Democrats have always spun the words of Republicans. But Schiff writing his own version of what Trump said during the phone call and boldly presenting it as the president’s actual words is a whole new level of arrogant, evil deception on the American people.

Be of good cheer, folks. God promises evildoers will get their just rewards. Shifty Schiff and his treasonous homeys will fail again in their never-ending campaign to destroy our president.

Trump will be reelected in 2020. However, we must remain engaged, each of us doing our part to ensure victory in 2020. It can be as simple as sharing with your neighbor a few of the long list of great things Trump has achieved for America. It is crucial that we counter fake news media and Democrats’ lies and non-reporting of Trump’s unprecedented achievements.

Trump has our economy booming. The Labor Department reported that unemployment is 3.5%, a 50-year low. Wages are skyrocketing. Hispanic unemployment continues to plummet to historic lows. Black unemployment is at its lowest ever.

Your fellow patriots joined me, lending their singing voices to enthusiastically sound the rallying cry for our president. The Trump Train 2020 Song website is LIVE! Enjoy the song.  Here is the link to the Facebook page. Please like and share.

So, I jumped into my car to run to the post office. Over the radio, ABC News reported that Trump said the call for impeachment is a sham. The reporter continued saying, “But the allegations are backed up in the record of the phone call.” That is a blatant lie. The transcript exonerates Trump. Do you see the massive coordinated campaign of deception and lies against our president?

The battle for 2020 is on! Let us, “Trust in God and keep your powder dry,” Oliver Cromwell.

Lloyd Marcus, The Unhyphenated American
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10/8/19

The Humanitarian Hoax of Eternal Childhood: Killing America With Kindness – hoax 50

By: Linda Goudsmit | Pundicity

The Humanitarian Hoax is a deliberate and deceitful tactic of presenting a destructive policy as altruistic. The humanitarian huckster presents himself as a compassionate advocate when in fact he is the disguised enemy.

The humanitarian hoax of eternal childhood is a deliberate political strategy to destroy America from within by regressing its chronological adults to emotional children unable to think and behave as rational adults. It is a sinister psychological operation (PSYOPS) designed to invert the growth process and deny Americans the emotional maturity required to support ordered liberty and a free society.

The United States of America is the greatest experiment in individual freedom the world has ever known. Our Founding Fathers drafted a Constitution that rejected monarchy, oligarchy, theocracy, and any form of statism that deprived individual citizens of their individual rights. The United States of America celebrates individualism in a socioeconomic structure that demands the adult attitudes of self-sufficiency, autonomy, and willingness to compete in a system of free market capitalism.

Freedom is an adult enterprise. Individual rights that support freedom require the individual responsibility of rational adult maturity. A society of emotional children cannot sustain itself. This is the key to understanding the insidious scheme to destroy America from within. Does this surprise you? It surprised me.

The 50th and concluding article in the Humanitarian Hoax series brings me back to its beginnings.

In 2011 I published a philosophy book, Dear America: Who’s Driving the Bus? that presents a useful paradigm to help us all live our lives as more rational and responsible adults. I had written the manuscript in 1995 to help people understand why they behave the way they do. Unable to find an interested publisher, I put the manuscript away in a drawer.

Sixteen years later I decided to self-publish the manuscript, and my editor remarked that Dear America is very political. What? POLITICAL??

I was very surprised. I hadn’t written the book as political analysis, but rather as a self-help guide for individuals and families desiring to live more constructive lives. The paradigm helps people understand why they do what they do, and explains how it is possible to change behavior. My contention is that problems cannot be solved effectively without understanding the nature of the problem thoroughly – my goal has always been consciousness raising.

What I did not understand in 1995 or in 2011 is that the pervasive pressures for regression I was witnessing throughout society on individuals and families was deliberate. It is difficult for the civilized mind to process such intentional destruction. Of course Dear America is political! Regression has a political purpose. Let me explain.

The globalist elite have been trying to control America since Eisenhower warned the nation against the military/industrial complex. The Deep State is the intelligence arm of the globalist elite who are the industrial component of the military/industrial complex.

The globalist elite identified the essential difference between political ideologies: free market capitalism requires emotional growth and independence, collectivism requires eternal childhood and dependence. This was a political bonanza for the globalists and their tactical decision to collapse America from within using mass social engineering. The battle plan was to regress America’s chronological adults to eternal childhood where they could be easily manipulated and controlled – it is revolution without bullets.

Regressed Americans could be seduced to willingly surrender their individual freedoms for free stuff, and the United States would finally collapse under globalist control. The globalists and their conspirators took direct aim at the three supporting pillars of American greatness and our constitutional republic: faith, flag, and family.

It took 60 years to undermine our traditional American values and make collectivism/socialism/communism fashionable. The 2020 Democrat candidate parade demonstrates the success of the globalist effort. How did they do it?

The humanitarian hucksters promised the people the glories of eternal childhood dependence as liberation! They promised to “liberate” Americans from the burdensome adult responsibilities of freedom. The hoax weaponized narcissism and launched Civil War II: The War Between The Selves. WHAT??

Dear America: Who’s Driving the Bus? discusses the infantilizing of America. The book describes the universal psychological growth process and is a reminder that we are each individually the sum of our parts and that we are collectively a society that interacts with each of those parts. A state of mind is not fixed. It is constantly shifting along the growth continuum, anywhere from total, infantile narcissism to responsible adulthood.

“Civil War II is not a race war, an economic war, or a war between states. It is a psychological battle between states of mind that will determine who has the power in our society, who is in control. . . .We all begin as children: helpless, dependent, self-absorbed, and completely lacking boundaries. We exist in a state of fusion unable to distinguish self from other. The task of childhood is to emerge from this state of total narcissism. . . The child learns to identify ‘self’ by discovering the reality of ‘other.’

“Chronological age is an uncontested biological accomplishment. Psychological growth is another matter entirely. . . Psychological growth is the universal challenge of childhood. Every society in the world needs its children to grow into physical and psychological adulthood in order to continue the cycle of life. Theoretically, if a society were to remain a nation of children it would necessarily collapse and extinguish itself.” (Dear America p.13-15)

“Narcissism is the natural and appropriate attitude of infancy and early childhood, but it is inappropriate when one advances into adulthood. . . . The responsible adult works for what she wants. The narcissistic adult either snatches it, or demands that someone provide it, usually her family, or the government via social programs funded by the taxpaying, responsible adult. The narcissistic adult is as demanding as the infant.” (Dear America p. 26)

The globalist elite and the corrupt radical leftist Democrats have revived Soviet collectivism and made dependence fashionable. The Leftists are using educational indoctrination and media programming to infantilize America, shatter traditional American values, and sell collectivism to narcissistic adults.

“Civil War II begins as a personal, internal war and eventually finds its way into external society. First, the child battles ‘self’ for control, and then she battles ‘other.’ The inner children of our minds are very egalitarian; they will struggle for control with any rational adult, our own or somebody else’s.” (Dear America p. 18)

The natural and normal inner struggle to grow up psychologically has been deliberately interrupted and politicized to subvert the growth process. The globalist elite need Hillary’s “unaware and compliant public” – a population of infantilized adults who think like children and can be easily controlled. The swagger and adult confidence of Americans in the 50s who made America great has been perversely subverted to achieve childish submission, fear, and fragility that even requires safe spaces from opposing ideas on college campuses.

Children who are indoctrinated toward collectivism/socialism are not allowed to compete (it might hurt someone’s feelings). They are pushed toward passivity and not allowed to strive for excellence. Participation rather than achievement is awarded – every child receives a trophy because awarding achievement might hurt someone else’s feelings. The meritocracy has been abandoned and replaced with a focus on feelings, participation, and group think. Individualism is deliberately rejected in the regressive leftist Democrat vision of America.

Thought precedes behavior. If an individual thinks like a child that individual will vote like a child. If the individual thinks like an adult, that individual will vote like an adult. The 2020 election is a referendum on American sovereignty, independence, and national identity. If our society has been infantilized to the point of collectivism, we will soon find our childish society run by the globalist elite who have been intentionally regressing Americans for six decades through educational indoctrination and mainstream media programming.

All of the 50 Humanitarian Hoax articles in the series are connected by the overarching globalist effort to destabilize America and reduce her people to eternal childhood. The sinister PSYOP (psychological operations) strategy has successfully divided America between rational adults demanding national sovereignty, and infantilized adults demanding socialism and eternal childhood.

Only infantilized adults could accept the weakening of the military, open borders, sanctuary cities, relativism, “convenient” Google Chromebook education, Pearson Education indoctrination, Black-Only College Graduations, the Equality Act, or any other subject covered in the Humanitarian Hoax series as being in the national interest.

Children believe what they are told. They do not require facts and they are easily exploited. A regressed population is as gullible as a child.

The Humanitarian Hoax series exposes Obama’s hope and change as an Orwellian attempt to turn America upside down and inside out. The humanitarian hoaxes are all deceitful political attempts to dupe America into accepting socialism and then, of course, the dystopian new world order of global citizenship promoted by the United Nations.

The November 2020 presidential election will determine the future of America. President Donald J. Trump represents adult independence, freedom, and national sovereignty. The Democrat candidates represent childish dependence and the globalists’ unceasing efforts to replace American democracy with socialism. Here is the dirty political secret of the globalist elite humanitarian hucksters.

Socialism is the prerequisite for the imposition of one world government. One world government is a return to feudalism where the few globalist elite rule the world under the auspices of the corrupt United Nations.

The future will shock the infantilized voters who naively believed their support for collectivism would be liberation, social justice, and income equality. Free stuff is never free – the price for eternal childhood is eternal servitude. The cost of “free” stuff is your freedom.

Civil War II has been waged by the globalist elite to bring socialism to America. The transformation of America was well underway after eight years of Obama’s deceit, and would have been complete if Hillary had been elected. When Donald Trump was elected President in 2016 the globalist elite and their Democrat/RINO conspirators went berserk. The inexorable Democrat march toward socialism was halted. What did they do?

The conspirators launched a coordinated campaign of character assassination against America-first President Donald Trump, and attempted coup d’etat.

Civil War II that began as a personal, internal war has found its way into society. We have arrived at the tipping point of the war between emotional adulthood and eternal childhood – between national sovereignty and globalism. The decisive battle will be fought at the ballot box on November 3, 2020.

President Donald Trump understands the political threat that eternal childhood poses to American productivity and American sovereignty. He understands that American greatness depends on an adult population who embrace the responsibilities and attitudes of adulthood.

President Trump’s promise to drain the swamp is exposing the sinister globalist plan to collapse America. POTUS has boldly taken on the Deep State, the Democrats, the colluding RINOS, and the fake news media.

In 1775 when America was still fighting for its independence, Paul Revere warned the colonists that the British were coming. The colonists understood the attack on their freedom and the need to repel the British.

Today, 243 years later, America is fighting for its independence once again. President Trump is warning America of a far more insidious attack on its sovereignty that began decades ago with the humanitarian hoax of eternal childhood. This battle is fought without bullets. It is an internal psychological battle between states of mind that must be won psychologically to defeat the sinister globalist challenge to our freedom.

Dear America, we must grow up psychologically. We must be adult. We must defeat narcissism. We must reject socialism. We must reject globalism. We must reject the humanitarian hoax of eternal childhood to keep America great, sovereign, and free.

10/6/19

Trapper’s Quote Of The Week

By: Trapper Pettit

For two weeks, Epstein’s apparent murder was the leading story. The pervert had enough dirt to build a mountain. So my questions are, ‘Which mountain had him murdered and which mountain had enough sway to bury the story?’ Sometimes I think we have the attention span of rocks.

10/6/19

Food Is Freedom: How Washington’s Food Subsidies Have Helped Make Americans Fat and Sick

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Food is Freedom: How Washington’s Food Subsidies Have Helped Make Americans Fat and SickFarm subsidies are perhaps the ultimate, but secret, third rail of American politics. While entitlements are discussed out in the open, farm subsidies are rarely talked about – even though they are the most expensive subsidy Washington doles out.

All told, the U.S. government spends $20 billion annually on farm subsidies, with approximately 39 percent of all farms receiving some sort of subsidy. For comparison, the oil industry gets about $4.6 billion annually and annual housing subsidies total another $15 billion. A significant portion of this $20 billion goes not to your local family farm, but to Big Aggie.

(Note that this $20 billion annual farm subsidy figure doesn’t take into account the 30+ years of ethanol subsidies to the corn industry nor export subsidies to U.S. farmers issued by the USDA.)

The government never properly explains why this is. Certainly small farmers are growing their crops at enormous risk. However, it’s not clear that agriculture is any different than other high-risk industries – especially because the United States is blessed with some of the most fertile farmland in the world, and a highly skilled labor force.

Subsidies don’t just cost taxpayers, an expense that might properly be justified by showing a return on investment. Subsidies also provide powerful disincentives against innovation, as well as cost effectiveness and diversification of land use.

There is also a strong case to be made that farm subsidies are a major driver of the obesity and cancer epidemic in the United States. Every time Washington interferes in the private sector, they are picking winners and losers. The winners chosen are companies producing food that’s high in calories and low in nutritional density – and that helps make Americans sick and fat, because it distorts what food is available at what price.

While President Trump has sometimes discussed reducing farm subsidies, the solution to the problem is much more radical – the total elimination of all farm subsidies from the federal budget.

Food Subsidies in the United States

There have long been federal programs in the United States propping up the agricultural sector. For example, the Morrill Act of 1862 established land-grant universities with a focus on agricultural education. The Smith-Lever Act of 1914 similarly provided funding for agricultural education.

The first program similar to the farm subsidies of today was the Federal Farm Loan Act of 1916. This still exists in the form of the Farm Credit System, which currently holds $280 billion in assets. This Act came out of a study done by progressive Republican President Theodore Roosevelt. At this time, rural Americans made up the bulk of the United States’ population.

The Act allowed farmers to borrow 50 percent of the value of their land and 20 percent of the value of their improvements. Loans were available between $100 and $10,000 and amortized between five and 40 years. It was intended to provide poor farmers with an alternative source of credit from large banks. The successor of this Act, the Farm Credit System, currently provides approximately a third of the credit in rural America.

The Great Depression, the New Deal and Farm Subsidies

Food is Freedom: How Washington’s Food Subsidies Have Helped Make Americans Fat and SickAs with many other aspects of American economic life, farming changed with the advent of the Great Depression and the New Deal, which, at least it was argued, sought to minimize the impact of the worst parts of the Depression.

The Agricultural Marketing Act of 1929 was passed on the watch of Republican President Herbert Hoover, widely blamed for the Depression and maligned as having “done nothing” to protect Americans from it. This Act created the Federal Farm Board, which was itself a modification of the Federal Farm Loan Board.

Hoover believed that he could halt the collapse of agricultural prices by buying, selling and storing surplus grains. Another method to prevent the collapse was to lend to farmers on generous terms. Farmers used the loans to purchase seed and feed. This was particularly important in the South, where farmers were just getting over a drought.

This had a very predictable effect: Farmers began raising more crops than they knew they could sell. They knew the government would buy whatever they produced, and the bill contained no production limit. Deflation was not countered and the Depression worsened for American farmers. The federal government spent $500 million before the program was abolished in 1933.

The real expansion of federal subsidies for the American farmer began under President Franklin Delano Roosevelt. Programs enacted under FDR’s New Deal included price supports for commodities, regulations on the supply of farm commodities, barriers to prevent importation of farm commodities, and crop insurance programs. These programs, while modified and greatly expanded, form the basis of current federal farm policy. There is no other way to describe this than central planning.

The first major program passed by FDR as part of the New Deal was the Agricultural Adjustment Act of 1933. This was the somewhat infamous program that had the government paying farmers to not plant crops, to dump out milk and the like when people were going hungry in the streets. Not only did it look bad, it was also declared unconstitutional in 1936, in the United States v. Butler case, on the grounds that the Constitution made agricultural regulations a state matter. This was in the ancient days, when the Supreme Court declared acts unconstitutional when the Constitution did not authorize them to do so.

The first replacement was the Soil Conservation and Domestic Allotment Act of 1936. This paid farmers to plant fewer crops on the basis that it was preventing topsoil erosion. A more straightforward replacement, the Agricultural Adjustment Act of 1938, preserved many of the earlier provisions of its 1933 cousin, and was passed at a time when the Supreme Court was more amenable to the wishes of President Roosevelt following his proposed threat to pack the court with up to 15 judges. This new version of the Agricultural Adjustment Act mandated price supports for broad sections of American agriculture. When challenged in court, the Supreme Court ultimately upheld it under (what else) the commerce clause.

Commodity price and income supports are now a staple in the federal budget. But what does the money go toward?

Where Do Farm Subsidies Go?

Farm subsidies are often painted as the last refuge of the American small farmer. But even a close examination of where farm subsidies go reveals that nothing could be further from the truth. The 10 largest recipients of aid receive between $14 million and $23.7 million, averaging $18.2 million, or approximately $1.8 million per year for what are giant agricultural combines. Part of this is a deliberate result of United States agricultural policy – after the Second World War, farmers were told to “get big or get out.”

Let’s look at some startling facts about U.S. farm subsidies:

  • Over 6,000 farming companies and combines received more than $1 million federal aid in the years between 2008 and 2018.
  • This constituted a total of over $11 billion in this 10-year period.
  • 18 different farming entities received over $10 million.
  • Over $626 million went to urban areas – i.e., places with over 250,000 residents and precisely zero farms.
  • The five most populated cities in America (New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, Houston and Philadelphia) received a collective $18 million in farm subsidies. 25 percent of all subsidies went to someone receiving over $250,000 in subsidies.
  • The 150 most affluent zip codes in America received $5 million in subsidies in 2017 alone.
  • What’s more, the government is still paying farmers to not farm.
  • 12 members of Congress received as much as $637,059 in farm subsidies in 2017.

All of this adds up to underscore the true nature of America’s food subsidy system: It’s a massive welfare program directed at the rich and affluent, which artificially distorts food prices for everyone.

Perhaps worst of all, the massive farm subsidies aren’t keeping people out of debt. American farmer debt currently stands at $409 billion. Wheat is receiving $45.9 billion in subsidies while corn is getting $112 billion. Farmers received $12 billion in aid from the Trump Administration to help hedge against potential losses from the trade war with China. While it’s difficult to say to what extent any of this is vote-buying, it is worth noting that Iowa is the second-largest recipient of USDA subsidies, only slightly behind Texas.

But if the story here were simply one of government largesse, this would be a very short article, indeed. The story is much deeper, and goes to the heart of health and wellness in the United States.

Earl Butz: Father of the Modern Food Subsidy System

Food is Freedom: How Washington’s Food Subsidies Have Helped Make Americans Fat and SickThe subsidy system might have had its problems, but the system really went off the rails with the advent of Earl Butz as Secretary of Agriculture under both President Richard Nixon and President Gerald Ford. He was the one who pioneered the fundamental change in farm subsidies. No longer would farmers be paid to take fields out of production. Instead they would be paid for producing absolutely insane amounts of corn.

He was the man who coined the term “get big or get out.” He also urged farmers to use every available square inch of land – to plant “from fence post to fence post.” This change in policy had a dramatic impact on the world of American agriculture. Small family farms were crushed and big agribusiness became the norm rather than the exception.

Part of the change was due to the high cost of food during the early 1970’s. The Nixon Administration (and thus, Butz) were taking heat over soaring food prices. Thus, Butz decided to switch from paying people not to grow food to paying them to grow it. He brokered the sale of 30 million tons of grain to the Soviet Union to keep prices afloat. This was not simply to help farmers, but also to keep them in the Nixon fold – there was a strong fear that they would vote for 1972 Democratic Party candidate George McGovern.

Butz argues in the documentary King Corn that he provided a valuable service to both the American consumer and the American farmer: both the dramatic reduction of the cost per calorie of food and also the dramatic increase in the efficiency of farming techniques. Indeed, this generation spends less feeding itself than any other in human history.

Still, as we will discuss in greater detail below, one of the unintended side effects of the newly crowned “King Corn” was the development of high fructose corn syrup – the consequences of which have been a disaster for the American diet.

The Emblem of USDA: The Food Pyramid

Everyone is familiar with the food pyramid, the alleged template for a healthy diet produced by the United States Department of Agriculture in 1992. The original Food Pyramid urged Americans to eat as many as 11 servings of carbs per day, in addition to another four servings of fruit (i.e., more carbs). Meat, poultry, eggs, fish, beans and nuts were to total only two to three servings per day between all of them.

Fats – even healthy ones like avocados and olive oil – were to be “used sparingly.” They were lumped into the same group as sugars and sugary snacks. Healthy plant-based oils like olive or avocado oil were not separated from less healthy processed plant-based oils like canola or corn oil.

The USDA’s latest version of the Food Pyramid is known as MyPlate, and some insight into how it was created and what purpose it serves can be found with the previous pyramid (the Eating Right Pyramid) and why it was discontinued. The Eating Right Pyramid, the original Food Pyramid, was replaced due to industry concerns from beef and poultry farmers that their product was not being presented properly.

An alternative to MyPlate is the Healthy Eating Plate from the Harvard School of Public Health. This stresses whole grains, healthy proteins and fats, drinking water and other sugar-free drinks, and adequate amounts of vegetables.

Harvard School of Public Health Department of Nutrition Chair Walter Willett claimed that, “like the earlier U.S. Department of Agriculture pyramids, MyPlate mixes science with the influence of powerful agricultural interests, which is not the recipe for healthy eating”.

Dr. Marion Nestle, former chair of the Department of Nutrition, Food Studies, and Public Health at New York University stated that, “There’s a great deal of money at stake in what these guidelines say.”

A lot of money is in the subsidies themselves, but there is also a trickle-down effect. Cheap corn, for example, has totally changed the world of agriculture and food. Cows never ate corn until farmers started getting money to grow it everywhere. This is what makes the 99-cent hamburger possible. Fish, likewise, are another animal that would never eat corn if left to its own devices, but humans have trained them to eat corn because it is arguably the world’s cheapest and most plentiful food source – not due to naturally occurring market forces, but because of corn subsidies.

If you’re horrified by factory farming – the penning in of tons of cows, pigs and other animals in tiny spaces – you can lay the blame right at the feet of farm subsidies. Such practices are simply not economically viable or sustainable without massive subsidies or corn. Ethanol is another creation of the agriculture-industrial complex.

The bottom line is that the USDA Food Pyramid and its antecedents and successors have more to do with feeding money into the agricultural system – where the subsidies are – than it does with teaching Americans proper nutrition.

Corn Subsidies Are a Killer

Food is Freedom: How Washington’s Food Subsidies Have Helped Make Americans Fat and SickCorn subsidies are big business in the United States, and this can be seen in the explosion of a simple ingredient now found in everything from soda pop to hot dogs – high fructose corn syrup, also known as HFCS.

Between the development of HFCS in 1970 and 1990, the consumption of HFCS skyrocketed by 1,000 percent. It’s not just that HFCS is in just about everything. It’s also that HFCS makes a number of things possible that otherwise wouldn’t be – think the now ubiquitous 99-cent three-liter bottle of soda pop available at every big-box supermarket around the country.

The New York Times reported that junk food is the largest source of calories in the United States. The top 10 calorie sources in the United States are, according to Harvard Medical School:

  • Grain desserts (everything from cake to granola bars)
  • Bread
  • Chicken
  • Soda pop, energy drinks and sports drinks
  • Pizza
  • Alcohol
  • Pasta
  • Mexican food
  • Beef
  • Dairy-based desserts

This means that at least four out of the 10 top calorie sources in the American diet are junk food. Most of them are based on ingredients from highly subsidized food groups like corn, soybeans, wheat, and rice. Barely any subsidies exist for fruit and vegetables, the foods that Americans are ostensibly supposed to fill half of their plates with.

A study by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, published in JAMA Internal Medicine in August 2016, was able to document a connection between heavily subsidized food sources and obesity. The study found that those subsisting on a diet of heavily subsidized foods were 37 percent more likely to be obese than those who did not. Belly fat, abnormal cholesterol, and high blood sugar levels were likewise linked to a diet heavy in foods subsidized by the federal government.

Fruits and vegetables are called, in a typical act of government doublespeak, “specialty crops.” They claim approximately 75 percent of all farmland in the United States, but net a scant 14 percent of all subsidies. These are primarily grown by small family farmers. Some subsidy bills stipulate that farms receiving subsidies for commodity crops like corn and wheat cannot grow “specialty crops.”

The Coming Tax on Meat

Meat, in particular red meat, has long been maligned as a source of unhealthy calories. However, the Paleo movement, the low-carb movement, and the extreme carnivore diet movement have all championed meat, in particular red meat, as the healthiest thing you can possibly eat. Most health conscious people these days are, at the very least, avoiding simple sugars and opting for healthy complex carbohydrates in their diet, if not drastically reducing the number of calories they get from carbs.

Whether or not carbs are good for you or not is a source of continued debate, and largely centers around which carbs and how much of them. Likewise, dairy is enjoying a renaissance among people who tout the health benefits of whole milk and raw milk.

Taxing meat in the manner of cigarettes and sugar, however, is becoming an increasingly mainstream idea. The proposal is linked not just to a desire to exert even more control over what Americans eat, but also with (of course) carbon emissions and saving the environment.

Beyond the simple fact that a tax on meat would be yet another example of government overreach, there are other problems with a meat tax. It is also based on a subjective and dubious interpretation of the effects of meat on both the environment and on personal health. Such a tax would, like existing taxes on sugar and tobacco products, disproportionately impact the poorest Americans.

Given the poor job that the United States Department of Agriculture has done with attempting to dictate what people eat with the Food Pyramid, it’s unlikely that they’re going to hit pay-dirt with a meat tax.

Subsidies Cause Cancer

Food is Freedom: How Washington’s Food Subsidies Have Helped Make Americans Fat and SickThe consequences of subsidies are far reaching when one considers the correlation with obesity. While tobacco use is responsible for one-third of all cancer cases, obesity is considered responsible for another third. Put more directly, there is a health epidemic in the United States similar to tobacco, but rather than a public campaign against it, it’s subsidized by the federal government.

This is what led a presidential report commission on cancer to attack food subsidies in much the same way that it did tobacco.

There is another aspect to subsidizing unhealthy food, which will become increasingly expensive: healthcare. As the federal government creeps more into healthcare, the more you and other taxpayers will be subsidizing (again) by paying for treatments for those who are clinically obese, diabetic, or otherwise unhealthy from the nutrient-poor foods promoted by the United States government through its subsidies. This creates a maniac cycle, whereby the federal government subsidizes foods that make people sick and fat, then subsidizes the healthcare of sick and fat people. In all likelihood, this will all be paid for disproportionately by people who are neither sick nor fat.

It’s important to point out that more government intervention, in the form of taxation or subsidizing “healthy” (according to some) foods, is not the answer – it’s the problem. Subsidies and other government handouts are invariably shaped by those with the most political influence. The ultimate programs always bear little resemblance to how they are touting through what are effectively PR campaigns in the nominally independent media.

In the age of digital media, it has never been easier for the average person to learn what they need to know about feeding themselves and their family in the most healthy way possible. Government subsidies are not required for this and, as we have shown, have very much the opposite impact on public health. It is time for a revolution in the world of food subsidies – one of drastic reduction and ultimately the elimination of these wasteful and counterproductive programs.

10/6/19

Congress Searching for the Truth and Absence of Malice

By: T F Stern | Self-Educated American

Unless you’ve been hiding in a cave these last few months then one of the topics being talked about is how Congress has been involved in trying to impeach President Trump for an as yet imprecise violation of law that would fit the definition of high crimes worthy of removal from office.

Before going into any of the details put forth by those making a mockery of our system of justice; try to define, in such a way that Noah Webster’s dictionary will, in some way, validate your idea of Truth. Is truth a collection of facts, observations or the result of beliefs which fit your opinion; exactly what is the truth?

The other night there was a movie on,  Absence of Malice, which got my attention as it presented a believable scenario showing how Truth is obtained or perceived.  There’s a short synopsis available at Wikiquote’s page; “…a film about the son of a deceased criminal who awakes one day to find himself a front-page story in the local newspaper, incorrectly indicating that he is being investigated in the murder of a local longshoreman union official.”

That short statement really doesn’t explain enough about the film.  It fails to identify that the story that made its way into the newspaper was due to an intentional leaking of information by a government official to a reporter looking to find a good story, and, since the information being leaked came from a supposedly reliable source, it must be true.

As the movie unfolded, having seen it many years ago, the idea occurred to me that current political events could have easily been used as a backdrop for the story; but I’m getting ahead of myself…

The main character, played by Paul Newman, confronted the reporter, played by Sally Field, who had basically destroyed his business and ability to mingle in society.  She attempted to justify her actions as ‘just doing her job’; but he tells her, “…You don’t write the truth. You write what people say. What you overhear, you eavesdrop. You don’t come across truth that easy.”

The news media doesn’t have to prove anything they print or share, as the movie’s newsroom editor explained, “…That as a matter of law, the truth is irrelevant. We have no knowledge the story is false, therefore we’re absent malice. We’ve been both reasonable and prudent, therefore we’re not negligent.”

Isn’t that how Congress has been moving forward with its investigation of President Trump?  They let stories leak to the media, a media that has already proven it’s really nothing more than a propaganda machine for leftist politicians, constantly inundating the public with half-truths, innuendo and presumptions based on what some have properly called ‘Nothing Burgers’. A lie told often enough becomes the same as truth to a gullible public.

But; all their sources are reliable.  Reminds me of Marc Anthony referring to Caesar’s accusers as Honorable Men…Yes, our sources are all reliable.  As far as Congress is concerned, all of their sources are pure with no axes to grind; a few knives to jab President Trump in the back perhaps, but no axes to grind.

As we’re finding out through multiple sources, other than the main stream media outlets, the reliable sources sharing dirt on President Trump just happen to be associated with the Democrat Party, their failed attempt to get Hillary Clinton elected to the Oval Office and the never-ending attempt to remove a duly elected President from office.

If Congress really was looking for truth then it would have been investigating the top most leaders in the Democrat Party, those who have been running a criminal enterprise for several years proving that they are above the law.  Don’t quote me on that; the only reliable sources to validate such an incredulous statement are from conservative pundits; but at the same time, I’m free to make that statement since I can prove… absence of malice.