The Left, the Right and Hypocrisy Over the Corona Panic

By Doug Newman – email me here.
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I tried drawing a Venn diagram the other day in order to illustrate this point. Eventually, I decided to write a quick blog article instead. The hypocrisy of statists abounds in the age of the Corona Panic.

resist store.moveon.orgHave you noticed yuuge overlap between leftists who either have “Resist” bumper stickers on their vehicles or who empathize with the movement, and those who are now cracking whips on the rest of us to close our businesses, stay at home, socially distance, wear a mask, take a vaccine and, well, whatever the powers that be want to order us all to do next week?

thin blue lineAnd have you likewise noticed the yuuge overlap between those who, not very long ago, insisted on unconditional support for law enforcement, and those who are now outraged – properly, mind you – every time the punitive priesthood* arrests people for reopening businesses, going to church, protesting, sitting on a beach, playing basketball, attending a house party or committing any number of absolutely victimless acts that are now verboten because of the Corona Panic?

As is almost always the case, only libertarians – regardless of party affiliation – can claim any sort of intellectual consistency.

* William Grigg coined this phrase.

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All Deaths Matter and So Does Economics

By Doug Newman – email me here.
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When logic and proportion have fallen sloppy dead.
– Jefferson Airplane

Stop screaming.

Start listening.

Politics has always brought out the worst in people. However, things have descended to a new low in the age of COVID-19.

It is not just about being nasty with people who disagree with you anymore. It has become not just acceptable, but downright fashionable in recent months to ABSOLUTELY INSIST that COVID-19 will be worse than the bubonic plague, and to abuse, bully, crush, humiliate and pulverize any capitalist roader who raises even the slightest objection whatsoever to crashing the economy, putting millions out of work, and shredding the Bill of Rights. Call it Corona Derangement Syndrome.

Meanwhile, out if real life, another jobs report has been released. For the week ending May 2, 3.17 million Americans filed new unemployment claims. Over the last 7 weeks over 33 million Americans have filed for unemployment.

The official explanation is that this was necessary to protect people from COVID-19. Really? Then why didn’t the powers that be shut everything down during any of the other epidemics that periodically come to our shores?

And if this was oh so necessary, why don’t our benevolent overseers that be shut everything down for 3 months each year in order to protect everyone from the flu? After all, anywhere from 20,000 to 80,000 die from flu each year.

I mean, like, it sure sounds good. Just think of the lives it would save!

About 38,000 Americans die each year in car crashes. Why not implement a nationwide maximum speed limit of, say, 20 miles per hour?

Heart disease and cancer claim well over 1 million lives annually. This equates to a 9/11 body count every single day. So why doesn’t the gub’mint criminalize all commodities and activities that lead to heart disease and cancer?

Because human life.

Doing any of these would collapse the economy permanently. And life expectancy would plummet.

The freer people are the wealthier they become. People live longer in wealthy countries and shorter in poor ones. People live longer in Switzerland than in Chad. Japan leads the world in life expectancy while the Central African Republic is last.

Recently, the UN warned that famines of “biblical proportions” could happen because of the economic collapse and that 130 million people could be pushed to the brink of starvation.

I don’t know what you believe, but the God I follow doesn’t value these lives any less than He values American lives – Matthew 25:40. He doesn’t value the soul of someone who starves to death in Eritrea any less than the soul of someone who dies from COVID-19 in Scarsdale.

But, no. You had to crack whips on people to strictly limit business hours or even close businesses altogether, to stay at home, not gather in groups of more than 10, stay 6 feet apart from anyone else, wear masks, take vaccines, blah, blah, blah. It got very tiresome very fast.

The laws of economics are like those of physics. You are free to ignore them, but you are not free from the consequences of ignoring them.

All deaths matter.

And so does economics.

Is this what air travel will look like in the “new normal”? Please note that this article is from Forbes & not Infowars or some such site.

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“If a Police Officer Tells You to Give Him Your Gun, You Give Him Your Gun”

By Doug Newman – email me here.
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”Do exactly what you are told and no one gets hurt” is what hostages are told,
not a free people. ~ D.K. Williams

You can like certain things certain people do and abhor others. You can praise people when they do right and demand accountability when they do wrong. It’s called thinking.

I, for instance, applaud police when they properly – key word! – arrest violent criminals and I thank them when they direct traffic at accident scenes and around things like concerts and sporting events.

But I also demand that they be punished accordingly when they commit crimes. Badges, blue uniforms and unlimited tabs at Dunkin’ Donuts must not make them immune from the punishments you or I would receive for the same acts.

Police are merely tasked with certain duties. They are not above the rest of us. And, unless they can provide probable cause of wrongdoing, they are not even authority figures. You don’t have to do whatever they say.

In 2014, I filmed an arrest in southwest Denver. The arrestee was wanted on domestic violence charges and had fled from a nearby apartment building. The arrest itself was uneventful and there was no excessive force.

A few minutes later, a Denver police officer approached me and asked to see my cellphone. As he had no warrant, I politely refused. He did not pursue the matter any further. Thank God it was this officer.

It is always inherently risky to say “no” to the police. As Judge Andrew Napolitano puts it, “It is  dangerous to be right when your government is wrong”. Yet it is our duty to do just this if we wish to retain what is left of our rapidly diminishing liberty.

The police are the business end of the government, and hence the most dangerous part. We remember the names of tyrants throughout history – Hitler, Stalin, Mao, Pol Pot, the Kims, etc. Yet it was police – and soldiers – whose names we don’t remember, who did the actual dirty fingernail work of implementing that tyranny.

Enter one-time evangelist and philanthropist – I used to donate to one of his ministries – turned unabashed pimp for all things politically right-wing Franklin Graham. Earlier this week, one of his Facebook posts from 2015 made the rounds on its fourth anniversary. The post was in response to some recent high-profile shootings by police.

graham policeIn short, do whatever the police tell you to do and nobody gets hurt. Police violence is the fault of its victims’ failure to do exactly as told.

This might sound good to the badge-sniffing, blue supremacist right. Yet its real-world implications ought to be downright scary to anyone with the capacity to think just a few steps forward.

When you give unlimited power to segments of the government you like, just know that there are other people who like other segments of the government and are more than willing to give them unlimited power. You reap what you sow. What goes around comes around and does so good and hard.

Consider three policy proposals from the resurgent radical left.

  • They might eventually sit in grand edifices in places like Washington, Denver, Sacramento and Albany and enact mandatory vaccinations into law. However, it will be the police who will actually enforce those laws.
  • They might eventually make the Green New Deal the law of the land. However, it will be the police who will go door-to-door enforcing it.
  • “Red flag” gun laws, such as Colorado’s proposed House Bill 1171, which empower police to take your guns without due process, are gaining popularity across the land. They will be enforced by – you guessed it! – police.

Will the badge-sniffing, blue supremacist right still absolutely insist that it is our duty to comply with the demands of the police? They’ll sure have a dilemma on their hands.

If a police officer tells you to give him your gun, will you just give him your gun. Or will this finally be your wake-up call?

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Credit: CNN

By the way, complying with the demands of the police is still no guarantee that you won’t be killed. Watch what happened to Daniel Shaver in Mesa, Arizona, in January 2016.

Franklin concludes his post by saying “The Bible says to submit to your leaders and to those in authority ‘because they keep watch over you as those who must give an account’”. (Hebrews 13:17, NIV)

Never mind that the author of Hebrews was speaking of church leadership. The police are not “leaders”, nor do they have any true “authority” unless they have probable cause of wrongdoing. The burden of proof must always be on the accuser, even if the accuser is a police officer.

To repeat the words of Judge Andrew Napolitano, it is dangerous to be right when your government is wrong. It is even more dangerous to look the other way when your government is wrong and expect to avoid the consequences. One day you’ll be sorry.

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Vote NO on Red Flag Gun Law HB19-1177 – Email to the Colorado General Assembly

By Doug Newman – email me here.
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Ladies and Gentlemen of the Colorado General Assembly,

I would like to tell you about 2 friends who died all too young as a result of gun violence.

In 2012, a friend of several years was killed in the Aurora theater shooting. And in early 2010, a lifelong friend committed suicide by shooting himself.

While my friends were killed with guns, they were not killed by guns. Someone could have detonated a bomb outside the Century 16 Theater that horrible evening while hundreds of people stood outside waiting to enter, killing 12 just as dead and injuring 60 just as severely.

My other friend could have committed suicide with a knife, a rope or a bottle full of pills.

Stricter gun laws would not have prevented either tragedy.

I will not pretend to speak for anyone else affected by these tragedies. However, I will not yield one inch to the demands of those who wish to infringe on my God-given constitutionally-guaranteed right to defend myself. In a world where bad people with guns are undeterred by laws, good people must not be limited in their right to self-defense.

And we cannot rely on the police, as they can only show up after a crime has been committed. This could take minutes or hours. It has been said many times before, that “when seconds count, the cops are just minutes away.”

Hence, I strongly urge a “NO” vote on House Bill 19-1177.

I could go on very extensively about the futility and counterproductive nature of gun control. However, I will just leave a few points for you to ponder as well as research:

  • House Bill 19-1177 not only violates the Second Amendment “right of the people to keep and bear arms”, but also the Fifth and Sixth Amendment guarantees of Due Process.
  • Even though America has more guns than ever, violent crime rates have declined by almost half in the last 25 years.
  • Even though America leads the world in gun ownership, 90 countries have higher homicide rates.
  • There is simply no correlation between stringency of gun laws, rates of gun ownership and rates of violent crime. This holds true both domestically as well as internationally. Mexico, for instance, has several times the homicide rate of Australia, despite having an identical rate of gun ownership.
  • As the 9/11 attacks and the 1995 Oklahoma City bombing demonstrate, you can kill lots of people without using a gun.
  • Every genocidal madman in history has first disarmed his subjects.

There is a world of difference between what sounds good and what is good. It is never good to deny people their rights to self-defense and due process. Furthermore, history demonstrates again and again and again that stricter gun laws do not prevent crime.

Vote “NO” on House Bill 19-1177.

Thank you for reading this.

To support and defend,

Douglas F. Newman

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Nineteen Eighty FO’ SHIZZLE!

A few rough words in here, but this urban contemporary summary of George Orwell’s 1984 is BEYOND FUNNY!!!

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Study: 55,400 People Hospitalized or Killed by US Cops in a Single Year

From The Free Thought Project.

New research published in the British Medical Journal demonstrates the danger posed to citizens by the most routine police practice of a “legal stop.”

Researchers analyzed 12.3 million police interventions from 2012 and found that approximately 55,400 people were injured or killed by cops during legal stop and search incidents in one year. Of this number, about 1,000 were killed, with vast majority dying from gunshot wounds. The remaining 54,400 were hospitalized with serious injuries, mostly from blunt objects.

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Why Blacks, Jews, Hispanics, Mormons, Landlords, People who Wear Glasses, Gun Owners and Everyone Else Should Support the Electoral College

By Doug Newman – email me here.
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“In a democracy, two wolves and a sheep vote on what’s for supper. In a constitutional republic, the wolves are forbidden from voting on what’s for supper, and the sheep are well-armed.” – First part attributed to Ben Franklin

The confirmation of Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court has prompted a new round of calls to eliminate the Electoral College. Why should someone who lost the popular vote be able to appoint judges?

belushi electoral collegeAnd it is not just the Left that wants to end the Electoral College. The Orange Orangutan, i.e. Trump, has suggested that we should do just this. Don’t just read the article, take a minute or two and watch the video. Never mind the fact that, if it weren’t for the Electoral College, Polly Pot, i.e. Hillary, would currently be president.

The Electoral College is not simply some stupid, old, outmoded, eighteenth century, white, male, Christian, gun-toting, hetero, well, you know, thing. It is a major firewall preventing America from turning from a constitutional republic into a democracy. This is not just a distinction for philosophy professors. The implications are profoundly practical.

Democracy means majority rule. What the majority wants goes, regardless of individual rights. If the white majority votes that the black minority be forced into slavery, oh well: this is a democracy. In a democracy, the black majority in, say, Detroit or New Orleans, could vote that the city’s white population be forced into slavery and the white people would have no recourse.

Likewise, majorities in places like Berkeley and Boulder could vote to confiscate guns. And a majority in a small town in southern Utah could vote to expel all non-Mormons. And there would be nothing the losers could do.

electoral college free borden

No she didn’t actually say this. However, this meme was just too funny.

If the majority in a democracy votes that every woman with the last name of Ocasio-Cortez must wear a burqa, then every woman with the last name of Ocasio-Cortez must wear a burqa. Too bad, so sad.

It has been said that democracies are like gang rapes, lynch mobs and “give us Barabbas!” (John 18:40) Jesus was sent to the cross because Pilate caved to the demands of an angry mob.

While we are talking about the Bible, I Samuel 8:4-20 tells how the children of Israel clamored for a king. God said, in essence, I’ll give you the kind you say you want, but you will be sorry you ever asked.

SOOO, do you still support democracy?

Contrast this with a constitutional republic such as that established by America’s Founders. The word “democracy” appears nowhere in the Declaration of Independence, the Articles of Confederation or the Constitution. To be sure, officeholders at various levels are voted upon. However, there are numerous protections against majority rule.

  • The powers delegated to the federal government are spelled out in Article 1, Section 8 of the Constitution and limited by the Tenth Amendment.
  • A system of checks and balances prevents any of the three branches of government from becoming too powerful.
  • The protections of the Bill of Rights cannot be voted away by majorities.
  • Each state has two senators. California, with 33 million people, has 2 senators, just like Wyoming, which has a lower population than the city of Denver. And until the passage of the Seventeenth Amendment in 1913, senators were elected by state legislatures.
  • The president is elected not by the popular majority, but by an electoral college. The several states choose electors who elect the president. This process gives greater weight to smaller states less importance to larger states. As the fourth column from the right on this chart shows, votes from smaller states carry more weight than votes from bigger states. Votes in Wyoming carry much more weight than those in California. And votes in liberal places like Vermont and Rhode Island carry more weight than those in conservative places like Texas and Florida.

America has over 3100 counties. Half of America’s population lives in just 146 of these counties. In the one election in which all voters can participate, is it right that the values and priorities of 4.7 percent of America’s counties should overrule those of the other 95.3 percent?

us county map

Tyranny is tyranny. And tyranny of the majority is just as much to be feared as tyranny by one individual. And just about everybody can claim to be either a minority now or a minority at some point in the past.

Jews, Christians, Muslims, Catholics, Mormons, Chinese, Japanese, American Indians, white people, black people, Germans, Italians, Tutsis, Bosnians, Armenians, kulaks, landlords, people who wear glasses, gun owners, druggies, homosexuals, “the rich”, illegals, “useless eaters”, gypsies and numerous other demographics have, at various points in history been on the wrong side of those in power. And if their liberties and lives are trampled on, it matters not if it is an individual or a majority that is doing the trampling.

I am a quarter Jewish, so Hitler would have come after me. I wear eyeglasses, so Pol Pot would have come after me. And I am a Christian, so I would be a target for persecution in dozens of countries around the world. Whenever anyone suggests that the government “go after” a certain segment of the population, I start to squirm.

Liberals are always talking about compassion for the underprivileged, downtrodden and marginalized. As a firewall against democracy, the Electoral College really ought to appeal to them.

And, besides, they should see the big picture and imagine an America without an electoral college. What if some future Democrat candidate gets 49 percent of the popular vote but would have won 277 electoral votes? With the Electoral College, their candidate would be headed to the Oval Office. But they clamored to get rid of the Electoral College and had their way.

As the old saying goes, be careful what you ask for as you just might get it.


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The Constitutional Reasons to Oppose Kavanaugh

There are many GOOD and LEGITIMATE reasons that Brett Kavanaugh should not be seated on the supreme Court. Reckless sex accusations are not among them.

As Brittany Hunter very well demonstrates, Kavanaugh has a very week record supporting the Fourth Amendment. He is more than happy to disregard its protections in the name of the War on Terror. Also, pay very careful attention to what she says about torture as well as Edward Snowden.

As Congressman Justin Amash (R-MI) put it: “Future decisions on the constitutionality of government surveillance of Americans will be huge. We can’t afford a rubber stamp for the executive branch.” Amash is the only Republican openly opposing Kavanaugh.

  • On a related topic, Kavanaugh voted with Merrick Garland, Obama’s unsuccessful nominee 93 percent of the time.
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You Don’t Have to Take a Side on Every Controversy

By Doug Newman – email me.
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You don’t HAVE to take a side on every controversy. Oftentimes, both sides are wrong. It’s OK to sit things out in these situations. Just because X is wrong doesn’t mean that not-X is right.

Just know that very powerful people orchestrate so many of these controversies not as contests between right and wrong, good and evil, freedom and tyranny, etc. Rather they are designed to pull emotional triggers, wreck friendships and relationships, destroy your mental, spiritual and even physical health, etc. These people don’t give a flying rip about YOU.

Do your own thinking! And you don’t always have to agree with me! (YAY!)

Exercising personal independence is good.

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If Only People Truly KNEW How Badly They Were Being Manipulated

Just one excerpt from an extremely thought-provoking article:

Propaganda doesn’t have to change your mind to be effective– all it has to do is disable your critical thinking by blinding you with rage, misdirecting your attention, generating an “Other” that acts as a target for projected frustration, creating either-or thinking, splinter the working / middle classes into divisive “tribes” supported by echo-chamber social media and addict you to constant drips of carefully tailored emotional derangement.

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