BETHESDA, MD—Concerned citizens are raising questions about some experiments conducted by Dr. Fauci’s NIH, including one where puppies were tortured to death, their vocal cords severed to mute their screams. In an interview, Fauci said that anyone who attacks puppy torture is attacking science itself.
“Puppy torture is science,” said Fauci angrily. “So is grafting baby scalps onto lab mice and engineering viruses that kill millions! I AM SCIENCE! I AM GOD!!!” Fauci then threw back his head and laughed maniacally at the sky.
Fauci insisted that his experiments are “super important”, and “real science.” He also defended some of his other experiments, such as the “Kitten Drowning Experiment”, the “Orphan Punching Experiment”, and the “Piranha Kiddie Pool Experiment.”
According to several sources, millions of progressives have quietly thrown away their Fauci pillows, candles, and plush dolls.
Authorities say Fauci is still at large, being pursued by James Bond.
Before explaining why they happened, let’s briefly look at some of the horrific— and entirely preventable — US consequences of our mishandling of COVID-19:
Hundreds of thousands of Americans are needlessly dying,
Our economy is being undermined, with Trillions of dollars being wasted, and
We are lurching towards Communism, as dozens of hard fought for liberties and civil rights are being extracted.
But haven’t we been dealing with a disease of unprecedented historical proportions? NO! See this visual comparison of prior pandemics — and be aware that this shows an inflated death toll for COVID-19. (For example, the majority of COVID-19 deaths were preventable!)
The question now is: have we learned our lesson here, or does it have to get even worse before we wake up?The lesson to be learned comes from understanding how this tragedy came about…
The term “Science” is bandied about continuously. The obvious reason why is that when a product or agenda is officially endorsed by “Science,” it’s like getting the Good Housekeeping Seal of Approval.
The problem is that 95%+ of the public (including legislators), have almost no idea what “Science” actually is. This leaves the stage open to a wide-variety of bad actors to step in and make false Science claims — knowing that very few will be aware of the deceit. Fewer yet will have the knowledge, time and commitment to publicly challenge these inaccurate Science assertions.
As a professional scientist for 50+ years, let me try to clarify some of the confusion. The best definition for Science is: Science is a Process, and the most recognized Science process is the Scientific Method.
Once we’ve grasped that, part two is the understanding that Science exists for one reason: to give us objective, competent assistance in solving our technical problems (e.g., like COVID-19).
Because of this powerful influence, there is a wide range of Science wanna-be’s. However, if we are paying careful attention, we can discard the pretenders when we see that they do NOT follow scientific protocol. Today, the biggest threat to real Science is political science. (Of course, having the word “Science” in the phrase is the first part of the deception.) Political science is actually just politics — but with a fancy name to make it sound more legitimate. Don’t be fooled.
We are being bombarded with numerous “politically correct” products (industrial wind energy) and agendas (climate change), parading about as if they are proven by Science. They are not!
So, it’s no surprise that COVID-19 policies have fallen prey to this anti-science (and anti-American) scourge. The bottom line is that self-serving parties will continue to use a strategy as long as it works. We need to expose the deviations from real Science in ALL of our technical policies — but here our focus is on COVID-19.
Below are some reports that should help you to be able to separate the wheat from the chaff. The first group are my small efforts at trying to educate the public about the charade we’ve found ourselves in. The second collection are some of the better materials I’ve come across from other parties. This isn’t an exhaustive list, but if you absorb what is here, you’ll be very knowledgeable about the unscientificness of COVID-19 policies.
One would think that as the guardians of their profession, that the Medical Establishment (FDA, CDC, WHO, AMA, NIH) would aggressively be defending their field from science pretenders. Unfortunately, regarding COVID-19, the Medical Establishment has become more a part of the problem, rather than a part of the solution. That’s what my first report outlines.
The second report spells out the most egregious failing of the Medical Establishment regarding COVID-19: that they failed to advocate any science-based therapies, when there were several reasonable options — any of which were superior to doing nothing.
Feel free to pass on any suggestions for improvements of any of my documents (additions, deletions or modifications). Please provide the scientific basis for any corrections. Email physicist John Droz: here.
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We recommend that for all medical issues that citizens consult with a licensed physician.
For all medical decisions patients should become well-educated — including getting information from different perspectives — so that (with their physician) they can then make informed health decisions.
“The thief does not come except to steal, and to kill, and to destroy. I have come that they may have life, and that they may have it more abundantly.” – John 10:10 NKJV
The federal government’s control of our lives has increased exponentially over the last two decades.
It started after 9/11 when President Bush vastly increased the ability of the government to spy on we the people in the name of “national security.” Warrantless searches became available to federal law enforcement agencies with the creation of the Department of Homeland Security and the secret FISA courts.
Following Bush was Obama who took control of our nation’s healthcare system via the “Affordable Care Act” (a.k.a. Obamacare). This was the largest takeover of our freedom to choose how, and from whom, we may get our healthcare. Our freedom of healthcare choice was taken away by the passage of Obamacare, with no Republicans voting for it. My body my choice no longer applies.
Then came a brief respite when Donald J. Trump was elected in 2016. Trump, during his inauguration speech, promised to transfer control from Washington, D.C. and return it back to we the people. He kept his promises and reduced regulation, taxes and the governments control over we the people. While his efforts were successful in making America great again, it was short lived.
Since the November 2020 election we now have Biden and his administration undoing everything that President Trump did to empower the people over government bureaucrats. Now we have “control via mandates” from the Biden White House.
Control by Crisis
Former Senior Advisor to President Clinton Rahm Emanuel said, “You never let a serious crisis go to waste. And what I mean by that it’s an opportunity to do things you think you could not do before.”
Crisis’ are means to a variety of political ends. The crisis in many cases is truly an illusion which inexplicably leads to governments taking more and more individual freedoms away until we see ourselves in a mess with no way out.
Here’s a short list of the most recent big “C” crisis’ which have fundamentally changed our freedom to choose:
Climate Change (a.k.a. global warming, global cooling). Via the Green New Deal politicians have used changes in the climate to institute policies that have impacted the cost of fossil fuels, how we produce electricity (e.g. wind farms and solar power), how government regulates the energy, transportation and food sectors and much much more. The government wants to pick the kind of car, truck or SUV we drive (e.g. the push for all electric vehicles). All of this in the name of saving the planet from total destruction, which hasn’t happened and never will. There’s no government policy that can ever control the weather. All these climate policies do is reduce our freedom of choice. Click here to learn more about the Green New Deal.
Cost of Biden’s Build Back Better agenda. Biden has made it a priority to expand government spending and control via the Build Back Better agenda. Currently the cost, according to Biden to we the people, is zero dollars. However, the bill before Congress has a price tag of $3.5 trillion. Click here to learn more about the Build Back Better agenda.
COVID. Covid has become the goto crisis in the making by Biden, his handlers and the media. The idea is to “mandate” getting vaxxed. The weapon of choice is “the vaccination”, get jabbed or lose your job. It doesn’t matter if you have natural immunity, or that you don’t want to take the vaccine, for medical or religious reasons, you must obey or else. Doctor patient privilege be damned. Click here to learn more about getting jabbed.
The devil is in the details of each and everyone of the policies of our federal, state and local governments. And there are many devils out there.
From our public schools forcing Critical Race Theory on our children, and if parents object they are deemed enemies of the state. To embracing the LGBTQ+ agenda, the Black Lives Matter campaign to defund our police, to the idea that just because you were born white you are automatically considered to be “privileged “, “racist” and a “white supremacist.”
The uncontested absurdities of yesterday have now become public policy.
Ayn Rand wrote, “A ‘right’…means freedom from physical compulsion, coercion or interference by other men.”
Such as the unalienable rights to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.
Today we the people have no rights, more and more it’s only the government bureaucrats who have rights and they are using them to make we the people slaves to the state.
As we approach the 2022 mid-term elections we are collectively holding our breaths to see if enough conservatives can take back one or both houses of Congress. If we don’t then Build Back Better will become the law of the land and with it the loss of our individual freedoms and right to choose our futures.
Ayn Rand wrote, “Freedom…comes down to a single question: do you consider it moral to treat men as sacrificial animals and to rule them by physical force?”
This is the question on the ballot this month in Virginia and in 2022.
Please think about Ayn Rand’s question when you go to the polls on Tuesday, November 8th, 2022.
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Some insightful words from one of the greatest minds of the 20th century.
Alisa Rosenbaum was one of the most controversial writers in America’s history. Why, then, have few people heard of her? Because both people’s plaudits and their intemperate attacks have been aimed at the new name she adopted after leaving Russia for America—Ayn Rand.
Her influence is beyond question. She sold more than 30 million books, and decades after her 1982 death, hundreds of thousands more sell each year. Atlas Shrugged has been ranked behind only the Bible as a book that influenced readers’ lives.
Some are devoted enough that Randian has become a descriptive term. Others use her name only to disparage opponents. Still others disagree with some of her ideas (e.g., while Rand was an often-strident atheist, capitalism is clearly defensible on Christian principles, and most historical defenses of liberty employed Christian rationales which conflict with Rand’s reasoning), yet find a great deal of insight in her analysis of liberty, rights and government.
As we mark the anniversary of Rand’s February 2 birth, consider some of her most insightful words:
“Individual rights are the means of subordinating society to moral law.”
“The recognition of individual rights entails the banishment of physical force from human relationships.”
“The moral justification of capitalism is man’s right to exist for his own sake, neither sacrificing himself to others nor sacrificing others to himself.”
“Man—every man—is an end in himself.”
“No man or group may initiate the use of physical force against others.”
“The only proper purpose of a government is to protect man’s rights.”
“A proper government is only a policeman, acting as an agent of man’s self-defense, and, as such, may resort to force only against those who start the use of force…government that initiates the employment of force against men who had forced no one…reverses its only moral purpose.”
“When the framers of the American republic spoke of “the people”…they meant a sum of individuals, each of whom…retains his inviolate guarantee of individual rights.”
“Under a proper social system…a private individual may do anything except that which is legally forbidden; a government official may do nothing except that which is legally permitted…This is the American concept of ‘a government of laws and not of men.’”
“A ‘right’…means freedom from physical compulsion, coercion or interference by other men.”
“Rights impose no obligations on [neighbors] except of a negative kind: to abstain from violating his rights.”
“The right to property…does not mean that others must provide him with property.”
“The right to property…is not a guarantee that a man will earn any property, but only a guarantee that he will own it if he earns it.”
“The right to life is the source of all rights—and the right to property is their only implementation. Without property rights, no other rights are possible.”
“The collective cannot decide what is to be the purpose of a man’s existence nor prescribe his choice of happiness.”
“Man holds…rights, not from the Collective nor for the Collective, but against the Collective…man’s protection against all other men.”
“Any alleged ‘right’ of one man, which necessitates the violation of the rights of another, is not and cannot be a right.”
“If some men are entitled by right to the products of the work of others, it means that those others are deprived of rights.”
“America’s abundance was created not by public sacrifices to ‘the common good,’ but by the productive genius of free men.”
“Since only an individual man can possess rights…’individual rights’ is a redundancy. But…“collective rights” is a contradiction in terms.”
“Since the only proper function of a government is to protect man’s rights, it cannot claim title to his life in exchange for that protection.”
“An individualist…says: ‘I will not run anyone’s life—nor let anyone run mine. I will not rule nor be ruled. I will not be a master nor a slave.'”
“No one’s rights can be secured by the violation of the rights of others.”
“The doctrine that “human rights” are superior to “property rights” simply means that some human beings have the right to make property out of others.”
“Freedom…comes down to a single question: do you consider it moral to treat men as sacrificial animals and to rule them by physical force?”
“Freedom, in a political context, means freedom from government coercion. It does not mean freedom from the landlord, or freedom from the employer, or freedom from the laws of nature which do not provide men with automatic prosperity.”
“In a capitalist society, all human relationships are voluntary. Men are free to cooperate or not, to deal with one another or not, as their own individual judgments, convictions, and interests dictate.”
“There’s no way to rule innocent men. The only power government has is the power to crack down on criminals.”
“A society that robs an individual of the product of his effort…is…but a mob held together by institutionalized gang-rule.”
“It is the institution of private property that protects and implements the right to disagree.”
“The smallest minority on earth is the individual. Those who deny individual rights cannot claim to be defenders of minorities.”
“Individual rights are not subject to a public vote…the political function of rights is precisely to protect minorities from oppression by majorities.”
“What is the basic, the essential, the crucial principle that differentiates freedom from slavery? It is the principle of voluntary action versus physical coercion or compulsion.”
“Whoever claims the right to redistribute the wealth produced by others is claiming the right to treat human beings as chattel.”
“We are fast approaching the stage…where the government is free to do anything it pleases, while the citizens may act only by permission.”
However much some adore Ayn Rand and others despise her, those who seek wisdom wherever it can be found will find serious food for thought in her words on liberty, rights and government.
When so many promote the cognitive dissonance of pursuing supposed collective or social “justice” by the unjust expedient of violating the rights of individuals who make up society, she can stimulate our thought about foundational questions. And that is crucial, because, as George Mason said, “No free government, or the blessings of liberty, can be preserved to any people but by… frequent recurrence to fundamental principles.”
Gary M. Galles is a Professor of Economics at Pepperdine University and a member of the Foundation for Economic Education faculty network. In addition to his new book, Pathways to Policy Failures (2020), his books include Lines of Liberty (2016), Faulty Premises, Faulty Policies (2014), and Apostle of Peace (2013).
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I hope today finds you in good spirits. As usual, I would like to commend you on the outstanding work you do as the executive editor of the prestigious New York Times. You are the epitome of unbiased, fair and balanced, apolitical reporting. As he typically does, Joey has been working at breakneck speed. I mean, does this guy ever sleep? Well, besides, the 12 hours nightly and incessant naps during the day? Just when you think he can’t do anymore (most, say harm), he out does himself, again and again. Let’s take a look at some of the past week or so’s highlights, shall we Deano old sport?
Build That Wall
Well, I guess those radical Conservatives can finally pipe down. It was announced this week that Joey will in fact build that wall. I guess he is realizing that the Southern border catastrophe is way out of control, and he is running out of options to control it. And none too soon, I’m told. As we speak, 3,000 future illegal aliens are marching up through Mexico, after busting past a police checkpoint in Mexico. They are carrying banners saying “Biden For All.” This is confusing in itself, after all border czar, Heels Harris told them, “don’t come.” Personally, I think this should have solved all of the problems, wouldn’t you agree Deano? After all, this wall was already paid for by taxpayers, why not use it. I mean you can only blame President Trump for so long.
Well, just as Conservatives were cheering, hoping that Joey has finally turned the corner, they received some rather bad news. You see Deano, old chum, the wall being built is not at the Southern border at all. It is being built around Joey’s $2,750,000 estate at Rehoboth Beach, Delaware. (Not to be confused with his main residence). This one wasn’t paid for and is going to cost taxpayers to the tune of $455,000! I understand Joey is concerned that one of those chartered buses moving illegal aliens in the dead of night might drop some off in his very non-diverse neighborhood of Rehoboth Beach. Much like your palatial estate in the affluent enclave, in the very non-diverse Larchmont, California Deano. Do you have a wall Deano, I mean just in case? I myself was shocked, as Joey had been so anti-wall previously. It is almost as shocking as when people were calling Joey a racist, well Kamala did anyway, during the Presidential debates but no worries, now they are pals. Oh yes, and also called him a sexual harasser, see Tara Reade, no problem now though.
Those in the know, claim Joey wanted the wall for other reasons, because he was getting a bit self conscious. It seems he didn’t like be photographed riding his bike, you know with the training wheels and all. Of course, the radical right is screaming that it’s just another case of his mind boggling hypocrisy. It seems to know no bounds. They scream about walls to protect and safeguard this installed puppet, but not to protect the citizens, he swore to protect, of this once great country. Some are calling his actions in fact, treasonous. They reached out to “General” Milley, in regards to the charges of treason, but he was busy phoning the Chinese military, giving out information about our nuclear missle silos and such. President Trump is a racist!
Build Back Communism Bill
It looks like we are making headway on Joey’s Build Back Communism Bill though. How Joey keeps this work schedule is nothing short of amazing. I mean, what this man gets done from Tuesday-Thursday is awe inspiring. We recently got a breakdown of a typical day for Joey during these negotiations, and it goes something like this.
– 8:00 “Dr” Jill usually wakes Ole sleepy head Joe, and gets him ready for another day, at the negotiating table.
– 8:30 Joey has his cereal and Flintstones vitamin. Joey we are told, is partial to Count Chocula, but sometimes prefers Captain Crunch.
– 9:00-10:00 This is cartoon time, usually Bugs Bunny/Roadrunner Hour
– 10:00-11:30 This is Presidential nap time
– 11:30-12:00. This is where Joey gets into the negotiations with his severely divided Democratic Party. Basically, 48 Socialist/Communist members and 2 moderate Democrats.
This time frame has become a point of contention with Joey and “Dr” Jill. It seems Joey demands to wear a beanie hat with a propeller and the “Dr,” doesn’t think it looks very Presidential. So they compromised and let Jen Goebbels Psaki glue some sparkles on the cap that say Installed POTUS. All parties, we are told, are happy with the compromise.
-12:00-2:00 This is lunch break. Joey usually just heads back with the “Dr” for a grilled cheese or sometimes Mac and cheese.
-2:00-3:00 TV time again, usually Matlock or The Love Boat
-3:00-4:00 Presidential nap time
-4:00-5:00 It’s back to the grind stone, trying to hash out details on the $3,500,000,000,000 BBCB, not to be confused with the $1,200,000,000,000 “Infrastructure“ Bill, being held hostage by the Progressive/Communist faction of the “Democratic” Party.
Ideas abound, Bernie/Chuckie and the like wanting more cradle to grave entitlement programs, gender studies, paid day care, anti-discrimination in healthcare (obviously needed), the list goes on and on. Finally, at the end of the day, they asked Joey for his input. He exclaimed, he wants every family to get a swing set and sandbox. I understand this is where Bernie lost it. His face beat red, hands waving, screaming these are ridiculous demands………ironic statement huh, Deano? They said, old Bernie was madder than an old man at a deli in Brooklyn screaming, “my soup is too hot, I’m not paying for it…this is an outrage!”
The good news is they say we are making headway with Senator Sinema. Reports are AOC and the squad followed her into the bathroom and are holding her head in the toilet until she votes yes!
So, you see why Joey can only do a 3 day work week. The man is not Superman, for heaven’s sake! Besides, he needs to keep an eye on those contractors, back at the beach estate, his sand bucket and shovel went missing recently. Plus sometimes, the machine operators let Joey sit in the seat and wear a hard hat, which he enjoys very much, we are told. President Trump is a racist!
Joey Nails The Town Hall Again!
As your partner in unbiased reporting, CNN reported, Joey scored big with his last town hall Q&A. They said he really connected with the scripted, sorry I mean objective people and their questions. Keeping them at ease with his folksy banter, and comical exchanges. He had the crowd in stitch’s I’m told………….they were laughing with him, not at him, right Deano? I had forgotten to tune in, as many also did I’m told. I saw the replay on the comedy channel later on. Of course, the radical right hammered Ole Joey Talibiden. Let’s touch on a couple of their outlandish gripes against the best orator and diplomat we have seen, since JFK.
Firstly, the moderator, the distinguished Anderson Cooper. Have you ever seen a more impartial reporter than him, sans Donnie Lemon or Fredo, sorry Chris Cuomo of course. He certainly kept Joey on his toes.
Like when the question popped up about about the disastrous capitulation to the Taliban, while fleeing Afghanistan under terms set forth by these terrorists. Well, hold on now, just hold on. Now that I’ve watched this charade, it seems not ONE of the scripted actors asked Joey about this…….not one question! Almost, almost mind you, it seems that they are trying to whitewash one of the most humiliating episodes in the history of the United States. This as news has come out that there are approximately 360 Americans still in Afghanistan. This after the White House, specifically the lovely Little Red Lying Hood Psaki, has been insisting the number is under 100 for weeks now. Who perpetuated this latest lie, Liar-in-Chief Talibiden, Blinken, Harris (sorry, MIA), Austin, Milley. By the way we tried to reach Milley again, but he is now on the phone with the Russians. He should be available later today, after speaking to Iran and North Korea. What really surprised me was the ever unbiased Anderson Cooper, never made mention of the Afghanistan debacle either. Maybe Donnie Lemon covered it later, he is very fair and balanced.
Next, they point to the numerous gaffes by the installed Houseplant-in-Chief. One was when he couldn’t remember the name of the port in California that has been disrupting the supply chain for months now. You know the one that Joey said, he has had a task force working on it for the last 6 months. Maybe, he could take Kalamity off the border czar assignment, now that that situation is rectified, and make her czar of this crackerjack task force; that way we know we will get results. As he stammered for what seemed like an eternity, finally saying “what the hell am I doing here.” (Yes indeed, what the hell is he doing here?) The professional unbiased Cooper said, “you mean, Long Beach.” Joey chimed in “yes, yes, Long Beach.” I’m sure old Coop would have done the same for President Trump. They tried reaching out to Pete Buttigieg, Transportation Secretary, but he is on paternity leave until the 4th of July 2022 holiday, we hear.
Of course they point out the blatant hypocrisy as usual from Lying Biden. With him, saying that all first responders should be fired, if they don’t comply with the vaccine mandate. No mention of why members of Congress, their assistants, the Judical system, even postal workers are exempt? I have a clue about postal workers Deano, but I’ll keep that between me and you until after 11/9/22, ok champ. Also, no mention of the unvaccinated illegal aliens flooding into the country on a daily basis. For gosh sakes Joey, THE SCIENCE, DAMN IT, THE SCIENCE! Of course, mask requirements are optional, this obviously doesn’t apply to Barack Hussein birthday bashes, Nancy (devout Catholic) Pelosi meeting the Pope, lovely Lori Lightfoot attending Lollapalooza events, Gavin Newsom when dining out, even “Dr” Biden and Joey dining out in Washington recently, etc, etc. But not to worry, Joey has a mask on for those zoom calls……..oh, boy. Again, surprisingly, no mention of these points by the always unbiased Cooper. I love the professional, concerned look Coop had during this farce, like it is almost on the level, just too funny.
When queried about the inflated price of gasoline, you know the one that has jumped approximately 70% in 9 short months, Joey was a bit stumped. He said, “I don’t have any solutions in the near term.” Does the Keystone pipeline come to mind? He did say sometime next year he expects prices to come down by 18 cents. Conservatives ask, really Joey, exactly where did you come up with that time frame and figure? 18 cents, not 17, 19 or 50 for that matter? Sometime next year? Really Joey, you used to be able to lie on the fly much better than that. President Trump is a racist!
What Problem At The Border
I think the best one of the night was when Coop asked Joey, if he plans on visiting the Southern border? Joey replied, “I have been there before, I mean I haven’t had a hell of a lot of time to get down there.” “Maybe, I should go down, but I’ve been traveling all over, surveying hurricane damage.” Which hurricane Joey…..Andrew, Camille, Galveston? Doesn’t Joey realize, he HAS had time to spend 70 days in Delaware biking with the good “Dr” and eating plenty of ice cream. But in fairness, he says “his wife has been there, to both sides, and she knows all about it.” So, we have that going for us. Now, you know why they are playing the replay of this Q&A on the comedy channel, Deano. If it didn’t involve the destruction of the greatest country ever, it would be too, too, funny.
One more Deano. I know, I know, there are tons more, but we have to move on. To solve the the supply chain catastrophe, he would call out the National Guard to drive trucks……(you know like Joey used to), and that they are in fact doing so right now! Well, the lovely Peppermint Patti Psaki had to clear up that falsehood the next day saying, they currently are NOT using the National Guard in regards to the supply chain catastrophe. Another lie, go figure.
The right says, why don’t we just go with the premise that whatever comes out of Talibiden’s mouth is a lie. Oh, Joey why do you lie so? Look at all the press conferences Lying Jen Psaki could skip trying to clear up Joey’s lies with her own lies. The man cannot control his impulse to lie, but don’t sell the rest of his administration short by any means. They are terrific pathological liars in their own right. Of course Goebbels Psaki, then we have Kalamity (when she is around) is no slouch. Did you see A.G. Merrick Garland this week testify before Congress? What a performance! He is all over those domestic terrorist soccer Mom’s, but left speechless when discussing artistic great Hunter Biden (known as Picasso Jr. in inner circles) and his famed laptop…….nothing to see here, move along.
As usual Deano, I can’t thank you enough for the great service you do for our country. You and all who work at the esteemed NY Times are truly great Patriots. I never listen to the radical right wing zealots who constantly point out your fabrications and obvious defections, whether in print or by omission, and describe you as a propaganda rag, and corrupt arm of the Democratic/Communist Party. Kudos to you, and to your publisher AG Sulzberger also. Slushy sure has the right bunch working for him, that’s for sure. The hell with Conservatives, as long as we can take our limos home to our estates, or possibly even Barack Hussein and Michael’s $12,000,000, 29 acre estate in Martha’s Vineyard (not bad for a community organizer). As always, masks are optional at Barack Hussein’s. Just make sure they don’t bus any illegal aliens over there. Can you imagine the cost to put up a wall around that joint?
http://drrich.wpengine.com/wp-content/uploads/logo_264x69.png00Christopher Cirinohttp://drrich.wpengine.com/wp-content/uploads/logo_264x69.pngChristopher Cirino2021-10-25 05:00:052021-10-25 05:00:05LETTER TO THE EDITOR OF THE NYT: Build That Wall!
A new paper in the European Journal of Epidemiology that analyzed 168 countries and 2,947 US counties found that higher vaccination rates were not associated with fewer COVID-19 cases.
On Friday, the San Francisco Chronicle published an article noting that California has some of the lowest COVID-19 case rates in the US, even though the Golden State’s vaccination rate lags many states that are currently struggling with the delta variant.
“One clear example is the New England states of Vermont and Maine,” the Chronicle reported. “Relatively shielded from the worst of the nation’s previous surges, they have struggled against the delta variant, which has sent their case rates soaring.”
In fact, Vermont has the highest vaccination rate in the country. Among those 65 years and older, 99.9 percent are fully vaccinated, and 74 percent of those 18-64 are fully vaccinated, according to data from the Mayo Clinic.
Yet, as the Chronicle points out, despite its high vaccination rate, Vermont recently set its single-day case record for the entire pandemic. And as of Oct. 1, Vermont’s seven-day average case rate per 100k people was 30—triple that of the Bay Area.
California, the U.S. coronavirus hot spot early this year, in recent weeks has recorded some of the lowest case rates in the country — lower than some states that are more vaccinated.
There is widespread agreement among scientists that COVID-19 vaccines are highly effective at reducing the risk of developing severe COVID symptoms, which can result in hospitalization and death.
Their effectiveness at reducing transmission of the virus, however, remains a subject of debate, particularly since the CDC released findings in July* that show vaccinated individuals still contract the virus, transmit it, and carry just as many virus particles in their throat and nasal passages as unvaccinated individuals do when they contract the virus.
While scientists concede that the vaccines cannot stop transmission, many contend they still reduce transmission of the virus.
“We are confident vaccination against COVID-19 reduces the chances of transmitting the virus,” Johns Hopkins epidemiologists M. Kate Grabowski and Justin Lessler argued in The Daily Beast.
Other scientists are less sure, and a new study suggests their skepticism may be warranted. The study, published last month in the European Journal of Epidemiology, a monthly peer-reviewed medical journal, examined 168 countries and 2,947 counties in the United States and concluded that higher vaccination rates are not associated with fewer COVID cases.
“At the country-level, there appears to be no discernable relationship between percentage of population fully vaccinated and new COVID-19 cases in the last 7 days,” the researchers concluded. “In fact, the trend line suggests a marginally positive association such that countries with higher percentage of population fully vaccinated have higher COVID-19 cases per 1 million people.” (emphasis added)
At the county level, the researchers said, there “also appears to be no significant signaling of COVID-19 cases decreasing with higher percentages of population fully vaccinated.”
The findings do not suggest people shouldn’t get vaccinated. Again, there’s robust evidence showing vaccines reduce the risk of severe symptomatic COVID-19 reaction. What the research does suggest, however, is that vaccines are primarily a matter of personal health, not public health.
This is precisely what Dr. Jay Bhattacharya, a professor of medicine who studies epidemiology at Stanford, recently suggested. Bhattacharya noted that research indicates that the mRNA vaccines produced by Pfizer and Moderna offer abundant individual protection—Bhattacharya credits his own speedy recovery from COVID-19 to the vaccines—but don’t contribute to herd immunity or improve public health.
Just out: A wide-ranging conversation between me and @ThomasEWoods on the southern summer case spike, herd immunity, what the vax can and can't do, and why mandates are bad for public health.https://t.co/76b8lTAkJV
The findings published in the European Journal of Epidemiology help explain why US states such as Vermont and Maine are suffering massive case outbreaks despite their high vaccination rates. (Public health experts also point out that California has much higher levels of natural immunity than its eastern counterparts, the Chronicle reports.)
But it doesn’t explain why so many continue to maintain that the vaccines reduce transmission of the virus as well as offer protection to individuals—despite an abundance of evidence (both empirical and anecdotal) to the contrary.
One explanation may be found in an observation from economist Ludwig von Mises.
Mises famously observed that much of the strife in the modern world is a struggle over who designs the world, authorities or individuals. As Mises put it, we can either have “the democratic process of the market, in which every individual has his share, [or] the exclusive rule of a dictatorial body.”
If getting vaccinated is simply a matter of individual health, there is little reason for “the planners” (as Mises called them) to exercise control over the public. It would be akin to requiring individuals to have cancerous tumors removed in the name of “public health”.
But if not getting vaccinated is a threat to public health, or “society,” then central planners have their reason (if not a valid justification) to exercise control over society.
Reminder: @SouthwestAir accepted $3.2 BILLION from taxpayers. That money kept its pilots employed during the pandemic. It also made @SouthwestAir the first airline to post a profit. And now, apparently, many of those pilots don’t want to help society by getting vaccinated.
In other words, evidence that shows COVID vaccination is primarily about individual health runs counter to the raison d’etre of the planners, which is to exercise their plan over society.
“What those calling themselves planners advocate is not the substitution of planned action for letting things go. It is the substitution of the planner’s own plan for the plans of his fellow-men,” Mises argued in Planned Chaos. “The planner is a potential dictator who wants to deprive all other people of the power to plan and act according to their own plans. He aims at one thing only: the exclusive absolute pre-eminence of his own plan.”
For people trying to understand why for the first time in modern history public health officials are trying to combat a respiratory virus by coercing healthy individuals to take their desired actions—and in many cases lose their job and basic freedoms if they do not—Ludwig von Mises is required reading.
There is a lot to learn from this graph, but most obviously, the COVID vax does not stop infection.
The vax provides a private benefit (protection vs. severe disease), but limited public benefit (protection vs. disease spread).
http://drrich.wpengine.com/wp-content/uploads/logo_264x69.png00Foundation for Economic Education (FEE)http://drrich.wpengine.com/wp-content/uploads/logo_264x69.pngFoundation for Economic Education (FEE)2021-10-24 07:31:312021-10-24 07:32:57Vaccination Rates Not Linked to Lower COVID Rates, Epidemiology Paper Finds
NEW YORK, NY—Experts are encouraging everyone to get their kids vaccinated, and are predicting dire consequences if this is not done. According to several top scientists, Pfizer executives won’t meet their sales goals if you don’t vaccinate your 5 to 11-year-old.
“This would be absolutely catastrophic for struggling Pfizer execs,” said Dr. Wexner, an expert. “Not vaccinating your kindergartener could jeopardize their ability to make their Porsche payments, pay off their mistresses, or remain platinum members at their golf clubs. We just can’t let that happen.”
Experts say that while COVID poses almost zero risk to children, and the vaccine poses a small chance of making children die, the consequences of not vaccinating kids would be far worse, as drug company execs may have to dip into savings to buy a hooker. Even worse, economists warn that not vaccinating kids could cause drug company stock to dip one or two points, affecting millions of portfolios slightly.
“The science has spoken,” said Wexner. “We can’t afford for you to not do this. Please, do it for our Q4 sales numbers, er… I mean, do it for the kids.”
http://drrich.wpengine.com/wp-content/uploads/logo_264x69.png00The Babylon Beehttp://drrich.wpengine.com/wp-content/uploads/logo_264x69.pngThe Babylon Bee2021-10-22 06:32:472021-10-22 06:35:27Experts Warn That If Children Between The Ages Of 5-11 Aren’t Vaccinated Then Pfizer Executives Won’t Get Their Sales Bonuses
When describing the evils of the Nazi regime, we tend to focus on Hitler himself. And though we can place the responsibility for the Holocaust squarely on his shoulders, he could never have accomplished his genocidal plans without the full cooperation of hundreds of underlings who carried out his orders. Here are some names that most people won’t recognize, but who kept the engine of the Third Reich running at full tilt: Walter Funk, Joachim von Ribbentrop, Albert Speer, Karl Donitz, Erich Raeder, Wilhelm Keitel, and Martin Bormann.
Similarly, as we face encroaching fascistic tyranny in America today, the draconian orders coming down from on high would die on the vine if not for the participation of hundreds—make that thousands—of bureaucrats and petty officials who willingly violate all sense of ethics and morality, not to mention the rights enshrined in our founding documents, to enact cruel and unusual mandates against We the People.
AMERICA’S COVIDIAN HENCHMEN
Let’s take a look at just of few of our own homegrown henchmen.
Among the many treasonous, traitorous Congressional, state and county officials—not to mention our demented Usurper-in-Chief and his staff of sycophantic Marxists, all of whom have jettisoned the Constitution and our protections under our cherished Bill of Rights—let me call your attention to three less well-known men of special note. They are Warren Newton, MD, President and CEO of the American Board of Family Medicine; Richard J. Baron, MD, President and CEO of the American Board of Internal Medicine; and David G. Nichols, MD, MBA, President and CEO of the American Board of Pediatrics.
These three medical office holders—men in key positions of leadership in the medical establishment who are bound, along with all our physicians, by the Hippocratic Oath to do no harm—have issued a Joint Statement threatening any doctor who speaks out about Covid vaccine dangers, injuries or deaths.
SLEEPY JOE FORGETS “THE THING”—THE CONSTITUTION
Meantime, back at the ranch—I mean the Offal Office—here’s what ol’ senile Joe had to say: “I understand your anger at those who haven’t gotten vaccinated.” And regarding the governors in the so-called red states: “If they will not help, if those governors won’t help us beat the pandemic, I’ll use my power as president to get them out of the way.”
Um…Joe, exactly what power might that be? Monarchical power over the sovereign states? You mean we’re not in America anymore? Got it!
Here’s Jeffrey Tucker’s take, from Gilder’s Daily Prophecy: “This is essentially a declaration of war. I’m sorry to put it that way but that’s where we are. It’s red vs blue, a war to the knife over power. Already 19 governors have signed up to sue the federal government. That’s great, provided that the American court system still works and that the Biden administration gives a flying fig about what the courts say.”
And here’s what Mat Staver of Liberty Counsel has to say: I have been warning against this tyranny for months. Joe Biden’s recent speech was divisive—scapegoating the “unvaccinated,” saying, “This is a pandemic of the unvaccinated.” Remember, Hitler blamed the Jews for disease and the “Black Death.”
COUNTIES IN LOCKSTEP
Apparently this tyranny is trickling down to our counties—or perhaps it’s trickling up from them. In any case, the county of Santa Clara, home to Apple Computer, Google, and neighbor to Facebook in San Mateo County, has published very specific instructions for contact tracing for Covid exposure that sure sounds tyrannical to me:
CLOSE CONTACT of a COVID-19 positive person=someone who was within 6 feet of the infected person for at least 15 minutes at any time beginning 2 days before the infected person had symptoms or tested positive. Close contacts include people who had 15 minutes of continuous contact with the infected person, as well as people who had repeated short- duration interactions with the infected person. Being considered a close contact does not depend on whether the contact or the infected person was wearing a face covering during their interaction. (emphasis mine)
Hmmm… So face masks don’t prevent transmission, eh? But you still insist we wear them? Seems our “health” officers have a lot of ‘splainin’ to do. I guess we have to be tracked and traced in case we forget who that woman was in the grocery store who stood too close to us while inspecting the melons and who may have had a positive bogus PCR Covid test two days later, right?
SAN DIEGO COUNTY TAKES AIM AT HEALTH AND LIBERTY AND FIRES
Not to be outdone, San Diego County recently went full-on Orwellian with it’s new policy, proposed by Supervisor Nathan Fletcher. Here’s the subject line of his resolution:
FRAMEWORK FOR OUR FUTURE: DECLARING HEALTH MISINFORMATION A PUBLIC HEALTH CRISIS
Hmmm…see that first clause, “framework for our future”? Does that mean from now on San Diego intends to ban any health information it deems, um, incorrect? How about information on vitamins like D3, or recommendations to take vitamin C? Off limits in perpetuity? Just wonderin’.
And here’s a brief sampling of San Diego’s thought-police directive for persecuting an erstwhile free citizenry:
San Diego County’s policy directs the county’s chief administrative officer to implement Murthy’s recommendations with the following strategies:
devote resources to identify and label health misinformation and disseminate timely health information to counter misinformation that is impeding the county’s ability to keep the community safe;
partner with federal, state, territorial, tribal, private, nonprofit, research and other local entities to identify best practices to stop the spread of health misinformation;
identify resource gaps to combat health misinformation and work with state and federal partners to meet ongoing needs; and
work with the medical community and local partners to develop a website that will serve as a central resource for combating health misinformation in the community. (emphasis mine)
San Diego and Monterey counties have been no doubt following orders from on high to safeguard us poor benighted people who can’t figure out truth from falsehood ourselves, so we need their expert iron-fisted control of information and censorship of what they don’t want us to see. Does this remind anyone besides me of Orwell’s novel 1984, or of the Soviet Union back in the day, or of Communist China?
Surprise, surprise! Upping the ante, in September, the California State Assembly passed a measure declaring that…wait for it…medical misinformation is a public crisis! To the myriad insidious ways the CA Legislature has found to tread upon our rights, we can add this one: they’re dutifully following the elites’ program to stifle free speech and keep up the fiction that the Covid vaccines are “safe and effective” while tens of thousands die from the shots, or are rendered seriously ill or impaired from their “vaccines”.
While all these feckless public saboteurs—I mean public servants—obviously follow the same marching orders and don’t even bother changing the “misinformation crisis” wording, actually, I agree with their title. There is a public health crisis as a result of Covid misinformation! It’s just that they got it exactly backwards.
It’s their misinformation—the government’s, the CDC’s, the FDA’s, the County Health Officers’, Dr. Mengele Fauci’s, Beijing Biden’s, and that of paid-off Big Pharma doctors, etc., who’ve created a public health crisis of gargantuan proportions.
This is Ronald Reagan’s warning writ large: “I’m from the government and I’m here to help.” With friends like the heavy-handed bureaucrats in our State Assembly riding roughshod over our sacrosanct rights, who needs enemies?
First San Diego County. Then Monterey County. Now the California State Assembly. And as California goes, so goes the nation.
FDA SPILLS THE BEANS
Here’s an excerpt from a Lancet article that would have undoubtedly resulted in the ousting of two top officials at the FDA—Director and Deputy Director of the Office of Vaccines Research, Marion Gruber and Phillip Kause— who contributed to it. They were smart enough to gracefully exit by the back door before the jackals could hound them out of office for daring to question the official medical narrative:
“…there could be risks if boosters are widely introduced too soon, or too frequently, especially with vaccines that can have immune-mediated side-effects such as myocarditis, which is more common after the second dose of some mRNA vaccines, or Guillain-Barre syndrome, which has been associated with adenovirus-vectored COVID-19 vaccines.”
Hmmm…our top vaccine experts just admitted that Covid vaccines have “side effects” such as the very serious myocarditis—inflammation of the heart—that can result in heart failure, and Guillain-Barre syndrome, which causes muscle weakness and can result in paralysis. But I thought these vaccines were “safe and effective”!
If they’re “effective” why would we need boosters at all, let alone a mere six months later? And if they’re “safe” why are they damaging people’s hearts and causing paralysis, not to mention deaths?
Unless what Snake Eyes Fauci, the NIH, the CDC et al. really mean is they’re “effective” at making multi billions for Big Pharma and everyone on its gravy train, and they’re “safe” from lawsuits.
I guess we just have to learn to read between the lines.
MEDICAL TYRANNY FROM THE TOP DOWN
We can thank the CEOs of the Medical Boards mentioned earlier, Messieurs Newton, Baron and Nichols, for their respective organizations’ draconian statement that prevents your doctor from telling you the truth.
And I quote:
The Federation of State Medical Boards (FSMB), which supports its member state medical licensing boards, has recently issued a statement saying that providing misinformation about the COVID-19 vaccine contradicts physicians’ ethical and professional responsibilities, and therefore may subject a physician to disciplinary actions, including suspension or revocation of their medical license.
… Spreading misinformation or falsehoods to the public during a time of a public health emergency goes against everything our Boards and our community of board-certified physicians stand for. The evidence that we have safe, effective and widely available vaccines against COVID-19 is overwhelming. We are particularly concerned about physicians who use their authority to denigrate vaccination at a time when vaccines continue to demonstrate excellent effectiveness against severe illness, hospitalization and death. (emphasis mine)
Ironically, American doctors are not only prevented from using life-saving therapeutics, they can’t even talk about them without risking their licenses! So the powers-that-be have co-opted both free speech and the American medical profession in one fell swoop.
This means our brave doctors and researchers—the ones standing up for truth, freedom and personal autonomy, and proclaiming the real facts and figures about the dangers of these experimental injections, aka Covid “vaccines”—are now officially silenced. Thankfully, that hasn’t stopped heroes like Dr. Peter McCullough from speaking out.
Another hero, Dr. George Fareed, who saved the lives of many—including elderly patients with co-morbidities—by treating them early with therapeutics, closed his address before the Italian Senate with these words:
“…when doctors are prevented from treating their patients with life-saving medicine, we know that something sinister is going on.”
And that “something sinister,” while ostensibly launched by Gates, Fauci, and their cadre of elite pals, is enabled by men such as Dr. Warren Newton, Dr. Richard J. Baron, and Dr. David G. Nichols—men who’ve been entrusted with key positions as CEOs of powerful medical boards, whose duty it is to insure Americans get excellent medical care.
If and when we have our own Nuremberg trials for high crimes against the American people under the guise of “protection” from Covid, let’s remember their names, in addition to those of all too many others.
In our age of historical revisionism, the city officials in New York City have set their sights on a statue of our third president—Thomas Jefferson. This is a statue that has been in City Hall since 1833. It was moved about 80 years ago to the actual chamber where the business of the city is conducted.
“Jefferson Statue Will Be Removed From N.Y.C. Council Chambers,” declares the New York Times. The story notes: “Black, Latino and Asian City Council members who find the sculpture oppressive and racist may finally win a two-decade fight to remove it from their chamber.”
The city’s Public Design Commission unanimously voted Monday to remove the statue.
The Times notes, “Though Jefferson, one of the nation’s founding fathers, wrote about equality in the Declaration of Independence, he enslaved more than 600 people and fathered six children with one of them, Sally Hemings.”
Of course, there is no justification from a moral and biblical perspective for slavery. Sadly, Thomas Jefferson was born into the tradition of slavery, and he did not free his own slaves—even though as a younger man, he did make some attempts to fight it.
Also, there are some who doubt that the DNA testing proved that Thomas was the Jefferson who had children with Sally Hemings.
When Jefferson wrote his first draft of the Declaration of Independence, it contained a strong denunciation of slavery and of the colonists’ attempt to at least stop the slave trade. A measure that King George vetoed.
Unfortunately, this slavery passage from the Declaration got cut so that all the members of the Continental Congress could unanimously agree on independence.
To me the most enduring legacy of Jefferson is that he helped set the framework by which the slaves could be free one day. As the author of the first draft of the Declaration of Independence, he made it clear that our rights come from the Creator.
Abraham Lincoln was greatly inspired by the truths of the Declaration of Independence. When he delivered his Gettysburg Address, the “four score and seven years ago” refers to the Declaration of Independence. To paraphrase Lincoln, America in 1863 was now poised in this great conflict to make those words of Jefferson apply to all—that “all men are created equal.”
Dr. Mark Beliles is a minister in the Charlottesville area. After the melee in his city in 2017, he and a black minister teamed up to create “Healing4Charlottesville.”
Several years ago, Beliles and I joined forces to write a book on the faith (or lack thereof) of our third president, Doubting Thomas (MorganJames 2014). The book makes two main points: Jefferson was not a lifelong skeptic, and he didn’t believe in the separation of God and state.
I asked Beliles, president of the America Transformation Company, for a comment about this plan to remove the Jefferson statue in NYC. He told me that we find this statue-removal phenomenon in areas dominated by the left, not the right: “It is purely a partisan effort to appease radical elements in their party and get or maintain votes.”
Beliles noted, “But the whole reasoning is hypocritical since that very party was the one that defended slavery, and gave birth to segregation, Jim Crow, lynchings, and the Ku Klux Klan and erected all the Confederate statues. Never did the Republican Party advocate those things.”
Beliles observes the irony in all this: “Furthermore, the reasoning for removing these statues is flawed because it requires alignment by historical persons to majority standards that did not exist in their era, and it has no logical end since there will always be found flaws in human leaders.”
Beliles adds, “There is no way to have a unified social identity as a nation with this flawed standard. In reality, it is a tool of disunion used by Marxists to undermine unity in culture and create an environment for revolution. It must be resisted.”
Jarrett Stepman, a writer and commentator with the Heritage Foundation, wrote a book, The War on History. In reference to this NYC-Jefferson controversy, he told me: “Thomas Jefferson was a great man and great American whose words and accomplishments have been a stumbling block to tyrants for the past two centuries….That the New York City Council even considers removing his statue from city hall is an indictment on New York’s political leaders, not Jefferson.”
If only perfect people can have their statues remain, then how many statues can there be? In fact, the only perfect human being who ever lived was Jesus Christ. And yet just the other week a statue of Him was desecrated outside of a church in the greater Miami area.
In this removal of Jefferson’s statue in New York City, the Marxist war on America as founded goes on unabated.
http://drrich.wpengine.com/wp-content/uploads/logo_264x69.png00Jerry Newcombehttp://drrich.wpengine.com/wp-content/uploads/logo_264x69.pngJerry Newcombe2021-10-21 07:22:292021-10-21 07:23:04The Marxist Move to Cancel Jefferson
Calling all Americans. Especially those who have taken an oath to defend the Constitution of the United States of America from enemies both domestic and foreign. The time has come when you are being called upon once more to serve your country. The enemy causing the most danger to our Constitutional Republic is domestic. They are right here, among us. They are in every hall of power in every city, town, county, state and federal. They are traitors. They are oath breakers. They are in every town. They are your neighbors. You have seen them. Their leftist stickers on their cars. Their Biden signs in their yards last election. You will recognize them. You will hear their words.
America, it is time to stop this madness. President Obama, oops I meant President Biden, stated today that he wanted to vaccinate 28 million kids aged 5 to 11. Yes, he is planning to do this but promising smaller needles! As soon as the CDC etc. has cleared the drug for these innocent soon to be victims ( a foregone conclusion) the Biden Administration plans on making these vaccinations available at schools and pediatricians and other doctors offices. How convenient. How gracious. How kind and benevolent. NOT!
Do any of you out there doubt at all that the schools and the staff will not pressure these kids into taking the shot regardless to the parents wishes? That they won’t make unvaccinated kids feel like second class citizens? If you do you are crazy. It means you have no idea about the leftist agenda. I know, though, that my readers do not fall into this category!!
Then we are faced with these insane vaccine mandates in a lot of blue cities, counties and states in our beloved constitutional republic.
Tens of thousands of good, hard-working Americans, many first responders, many single parents etc. will face the real possibility of losing their jobs and the benefits that go with them, because of the insistence of these insane leftist leaders who insist that these employees put something into their body, unconstitutionally, that they do not want, doesn’t work as described, doesn’t protect and is truthfully untested. Many of these first responders were supposedly heroes during the whole Covid pandemic, putting themselves in harms way to treat everybody regardless of politics. Now they are being rewarded with the possibility of losing their jobs and everything that goes with them.
Just yesterday the crazy New York governor, leftist and dictatorial style ego driven Kathy Hochul, commenting on the death of former Secretary of State Colin Powell, used his death to score a political point. She said that although he was extremely sick with the ending stages of cancer, somebody who was unvaccinated had given him Covid and thereby been the final cause of his death.
This statement in itself is absolutely 100% scientifically incorrect. These liberals know what they are saying is wrong. They know they are lying but just do not care. The socialist main stream media will never pick them up or say anything to disprove them. It is well known that even vaccinated people can catch, pass and die from Covid. Heck, they are making up a huge proportion of hospital admittances. These evil, sick, treasonous people worship directly at the altar of Dr. Fauci, the devil and the satanic New World order.
America, the way to help cure this madness is to have mass walkouts. Walkouts and stoppages from every industry especially those with vaccine mandates. These people will need protection from rogue cops and federal officers who either didn’t mean anything when they took their oath and leftist counter protestors.
Whether you are vaccinated or not, you should be on the side of the constitutional rights of everybody in this country to freely choose whether or not they want to put an untested vaccine into their bodies. You should be on the side of all those parents that do not want the children to be vaccinated. The massive majority of those parents are not anti- vaccine, their kids have had all the other normal vaccines, but they know the risk of danger, real and unknown future, to the lives of the children in that age group is much greater from the vaccination than any other issue.
The dishonesty from the left is so in your face. I can remember Kamala Harris saying she could not trust the vaccine because it has been developed under President Trump. As soon as criminal family crime boss Joe Biden became president, the vaccine was just the answer to everything. Even though everything they have told us from the very beginning of this pandemic, from the lockdown would only be a couple weeks to you need a shot, no make that two, whoops no make that three and then one every eight months possibly, to masking and social distancing, they have proven to be unscientific, unproven and wrong. Yet they continue with that incorrect message – deliberately. Trust me, nothing you are seeing is unplanned. Nothing. They want nothing more than a one party state where big government runs and controls your life from cradle to grave.
With the huge advances in China and Russian military and the threats being faced in Iran we cannot afford to lower our guard. We have seen over 1.7 million illegal immigrants flooding across our southern border since Biden stole the election, we have seen Iran flaunting the fact that they are producing and are very close to ending up with nuclear weapons, with Taiwan being threatened by China and our military constantly being diminished in appearance and operational functionality by this Administration, with crime rising exponentially every where Democrats are in charge and with our economy in great risk of collapse due to hyper inflation and a messed up supply chain, we cannot afford these lunatics and extremists to win this battle. Believe me, this battle is the final battle for the survival of our beloved nation.
We need to fight the new program where the banks would first report every incoming or outgoing $600 you have to the IRS, which they now have made $10,000. However, that is $10,000 a year in total. Even poor people putting $500 a month into or through their bank accounts, would be reported to the IRS. They say it is to make the rich more honest in their tax reporting but it is going to affect every single person with a bank account in the United States. It is all about control. Control and power.
It’s time to fight America.
Wokeism is communism. It’s that simple.
It is time to gird your loins and stand up and fight. Fight everything the left is trying to do. Fight CRT, the terrible woke education programs, illegal immigration, the LGBTQUI agenda, mail in voting, vaccine mandates and masking. Fight every dang thing. Fight like your kids lives are on the line because they are.
If we cannot win this battle the next step would be civil war and/or a breakup of the Union.
http://drrich.wpengine.com/wp-content/uploads/logo_264x69.png00Save America Foundationhttp://drrich.wpengine.com/wp-content/uploads/logo_264x69.pngSave America Foundation2021-10-21 06:05:352021-10-21 06:15:01America. It is time to fight!
To suggest citizens across the country are mad over the findings of the last national election would be a great understatement. The level of anger and disgust is not only quite real but increasingly quite evident, something many elected officials still are underestimating. There is a mind-set among public officials the public will get over their “Trump Syndrome Remorse” as other life matters take center stage. Quite the reverse, as more evidence mounts of the complete chaos in America deliberately introduced by the Biden crowd, that much more anger rises to the surface from otherwise historically agreeable citizens. As more evidence surfaces across counties and states that election fraud occurred in their jurisdictions, as well as what has been publicized in Arizona, the level of anger and sense of acute betrayal also surfaces with citizens, and they are now demanding answers! Few are the elected officials willing to stand and un-hesitantly formally petition for full and complete investigations into election fraud. Fewer yet are those elected officials willing to say what Americans across the country are thinking, and a growing number are saying. Below is an article from Arizona State Senator Wendy Rogers published today, 10/20/21, that depicts what I mean:
LD6 SEN. WENDY ROGERS: Now the Maricopa audit showed the extent of the fraud and issues in 2020. Over 284,000 ballots in Maricopa County are missing their original corresponding image- one out of every 10 Maricopa County ballots. During my interview last week on Victory Channel’s Flash Point, I called for arrests in Arizona as evidence was brought forward during a Sept 24 State Senate hearing, revealing in part, that three different individuals reportedly deleted data, in regards to the 2020 general election. Elections have consequences and stolen elections have worse consequences. We’re the only State that’s done a deep dive, a cyber forensic audit of 2.1 million ballots. We had the final hearing on Sept 24. It’s now in the hands of our Arizona Attorney General [Mark] Brnovich. I have been leaning very strongly on him to make arrests. We have imagery of three different individuals who deleted data. This is evidence that was put forward on Sept 23, she explained. During the Arizona Senate hearing, Ben Cotton of CyFir– revealed that election results were purged from the EMS the day before the forensic audit began. Moreover, during a hearing in the House Oversight and Reform Committee on Oct 7, Maricopa County Board of Supervisor officials admitted under oath, that they deleted election data after they received a subpoena from the Arizona State Senate. I want to see the Maricopa Board, Dem Secretary of State Katie Hobbs, and Adrian Fontes in cuffs – throw away the keys. That is the standard for what happened to us. They had the audacity to brag about their lawbreaking to the media. We know what happened in Maricopa. Now we need to pursue the offenders. Arrests seem appropriate here.
Evidence has surfaced, and more appears to be on the horizon, that serious crimes were committed to deliberately alter and steal the last national election. Furthermore…evidence appears, at least in Maricopa County, Arizona, that several county officials were complicit in covering up purported election crimes, and tampering with the investigation itself! What citizen would be allowed to get away with such behavior? What position or right do public officials have that allows them to commit acts against State and Constitutional Law, and then simply walk away without consequences? Are the citizens allowed that same ability, that same privilege; of course not! The Arizona Attorney General has a mammoth decision to make most likely several. Is there more than sufficient verifiable evidence stemming from the forensic evaluation in Maricopa County to bring charges against those identified as participants in crime(s) connected with the last national election? If such evidence exists to the preponderance of formal law enforcement action taken, will the Arizona Attorney General have the strength of character to do such; to effect the arrests of those directly involved regardless of their public title or office?
Mr. Attorney General, you, sir, are in a most difficult position. But you also have the once in a life-time privilege of correcting a heinous wrong, a deliberate attack on our electoral process that severely damaged one of the most sacred privileges we have in America – to freely elect leaders we believe are in the best interest of our nation and We The People. The entire country is truly watching, not merely half-interested but fully invested in the outcome of this investigation begun a year ago in November, 2020. Mr. Attorney General, Senator Roger’s statement is clear, direct, and not concerned with political correctness, but truth addressing a heinous act of treason against our nationally historical privilege to freely choose our representatives by holding free and untampered elections, not at all similar to Marxist countries who fully “get” what took place in several states during the last national election, and are smiling. Sir…I pray you are not smiling but soberly going after the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth, so help you God. Then stepping up and confronting the offenders with consequences.
http://drrich.wpengine.com/wp-content/uploads/logo_264x69.png00Lyle J. Rapacki, Ph.D.http://drrich.wpengine.com/wp-content/uploads/logo_264x69.pngLyle J. Rapacki, Ph.D.2021-10-20 14:09:422021-10-20 14:10:17Open Letter: To The Arizona Attorney General
WASHINGTON, D.C.—Journalists love Jen Psaki’s laid-back, smiling, down-to-earth demeanor, as it keeps us all calm in a time with many tough challenges. So reporters were relieved when Psaki informed them that we do not need to worry about China’s space nukes during a press conference held in an irradiated wasteland crawling with super mutants, deathclaws, and giant bloodbugs.
“There is currently no need to worry about China’s nukes—we welcome the competition,” Psaki said, smiling, as she swatted a giant mutant bug flying near her head. “Right-wing fearmongers want you to think this is a big deal, but it’s not. China getting ready to invade Taiwan and developing technology that can nuke the whole world is nothing to be concerned about at this time.”
Secret Service agents then had to dive in the way to stop her from getting shot by a group of marauding raiders.
“There is no war in Ba Sing—I mean, in Washington, D.C. Everything is fine.”
The press conference was briefly interrupted when some warring vault clans passed through, firing at each other with laser guns, mini-nukes, and pipe guns. But as they trudged off over the horizon in their power armor, Psaki resumed the press conference, circling back to everything she said she’d circle back to.
“Now, does anyone want a cookie? It gives you 15 HP and only 3 rads.”
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Gosh, has anyone ever really believed in Equality™?
The Queensland Suns won the Nissan State under-18 netball tournament last month, and the wrath of many, by easily defeating seven other teams. The issue? The Suns are sons — not daughters like the rest of their competitors.
Netball is a variation on basketball played in many Commonwealth countries. The game also apparently doesn’t have many male competitors in Australia, which is why the Suns were allowed to compete with the lasses. As Netball Queensland, the organization running the Nissan tournament, stated, it was choosing “inclusion over exclusion.”
For a little background, this is an example of the chickens coming home to roost for the feminist clucking hens. We’ve long had a Title IX-based standard in the United States dictating “that members of the underrepresented gender [“sex” is the proper word, do note] be permitted to play on teams provided for the overrepresented gender or that separate teams in that sport be created for underrepresented gender,” as the Women’s Sports Foundation puts it.
From a practical standpoint, this initially meant that girls would be trying out for boys’ teams, not vice versa, as decades ago there were few if any athletic endeavors in which females were numerically dominant and male opportunity was lacking. But this has changed, and feminists have soured on “equality” now that it less often means “special advantage.”
Australia also apparently has a Title IX-like standard; hence the Suns crushing of the daughters. Yet this thrashing inspired not only condemnation and vulgar comments directed at the boys from some parents during the final game (shameful), but also some caterwauling from a women’s sports advocate, seen in the video below.
First note that it’s intolerant of the guest, Katherine Deves, to assume the Suns’ players’ “gender,” though they do seem to be youthful, non-menstruating sentient bipeds. We also should applaud these people without uteruses for their bravery in putting themselves out there and breaking down barriers.
You go, non-menstruating sentient biped!
Of course, the wokesters absolutely would be praising the Suns for bravery if the latter overtly identified as girls and wore dresses, a phenomenon whose genesis can also be blamed on the feminists and their enablers (as I explained here).
But because the boys are apparently normal, they get very different treatment. Deves actually said that they “should have forfeited” while, ironically, attributing their presence to “male entitlement.”
Well, let’s talk about entitlement. I’m well aware of the intersex athletics performance gap (in the 800-meter run, the 14-year-old boys’ record is better than the women’s world record). But here’s the problem: It would’ve been one thing if those advocating girls’ entry into boys’ athletics had simply said, “Look, because guys are far better at sports, it can’t hurt giving girls a shot at their teams.” (I still would have disagreed.) But that wasn’t the argument.
It was “Equality!”
Whether it was allowing women into the Virginia Military Institute or the Citadel or onto police and fire departments, pushing for equal prize money at tennis’s Grand Slam events or greater pay for our women’s national soccer team (which lost to 14-year-old boys), or a multitude of other “glass ceiling” efforts, “equality” was the rallying cry.
“I am woman! Hear me roar!” was the spirit; “There’s not a single thing a man can do that a woman can’t do as well or better,” to quote Sleepy Joe Biden. It was chest-thumping and fist-pumping.
It was also completely phony.
We’d hear about how there weren’t enough women on corporate boards, but not how there weren’t enough female garbage collectors; there’d be complaints about how actresses didn’t earn as much as actors, but not about how female fashions models command far more income than their male counterparts. It was never about equality. It was always about power and prestige.
Of course, the Equality Ploy was employed because the social engineers correctly figured that if they acknowledged the sexes’ inherent differences and that men are stronger and faster, they’d lose the argument for identical treatment. They’d be tacitly admitting that there are two different standards because there are two different sexes.
So they lied, at least to themselves, because reality refuted their aims.
And now they’re shocked that their equality dogma is being applied to them. That’s entitlement, babe.
By the way, in 2012, a 13-year-old boy named Keeling Pilaro had for two years been a member of Southampton High School girls’ field hockey team. Finally, however, Suffolk County, NY, officials stated that Keeling — a 4’8”, 82-pound towhead who was dwarfed by his more physically mature female teammates — couldn’t participate because his superior skills gave him an unfair advantage. As I wrote at the time, “When justifying a girl’s presence on boys’ teams, we’re told all that matters is that she’s good enough. But when the roles are reversed, the standard changes: The boy must be bad enough.”
So all I’ll say to the Suns is, you go, boy! After all, “The best way to get a bad law [or social standard] repealed is to enforce it strictly,” the quotation goes. And as H. L. Mencken might say, the feminists wanted equality — and they deserve to get it good and hard.
7 times more likely among youth who ever vaped and ever smoked cigarettes.
Shivani Mathur Gaiha, Jing Cheng, and Bonnie Halpern-Felsher wanted to know if cigarette use and/or e-cigarette use had an impact on COVID-19 symptoms, testing, and diagnosis. An online survey of 4,351 young people ages 13 to 24 was conducted in May 2020.
They found COVID-19 diagnoses were 5 times more likely among ever-users of e-cigarettes only, 7 times more likely among ever-dual users, and 6.8 times more likely among past 30-day dual users.
They conclude that COVID-19 is associated with youth use of e-cigarettes by themselves and use of both cigarettes and e-cigarettes together. This suggests the need for screening and education, they say.
This study aimed to assess whether youth cigarette and electronic cigarette (e-cigarette) use are associated with coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) symptoms, testing, and diagnosis.
An online national survey of adolescents and young adults (n = 4,351) aged 13–24 years was conducted in May 2020. Multivariable logistic regression assessed relationships among COVID-19–related symptoms, testing, and diagnosis and cigarettes only, e-cigarettes only and dual use, sociodemographic factors, obesity, and complying with shelter-in-place.
COVID-19 diagnosis was five times more likely among ever-users of e-cigarettes only (95% confidence interval [CI]: 1.82–13.96), seven times more likely among ever-dual-users (95% CI: 1.98–24.55), and 6.8 times more likely among past 30-day dual-users (95% CI: 2.40–19.55). Testing was nine times more likely among past 30-day dual-users (95% CI: 5.43–15.47) and 2.6 times more likely among past 30-day e-cigarette only users (95% CI: 1.33–4.87). Symptoms were 4.7 times more likely among past 30-day dual-users (95% CI: 3.07–7.16).
COVID-19 is associated with youth use of e-cigarettes only and dual use of e-cigarettes and cigarettes, suggesting the need for screening and education.
Read full text of this Journal of Adolescent Health article here.
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The transgender revolution is just one facet of the larger revolution of the self in the Western world.
Carl R. Trueman is a church historian, professor of biblical and religious studies at a conservative Christian College in Pennsylvania and an established writer. Trueman presents the genesis of this book very simply in the book’s opening line: “The origins of this book lie in my curiosity about how and why a particular statement has come to be regarded as coherent and meaningful: ‘I am a woman trapped in a man’s body.’”
Only a short time ago very few people would have been greatly perplexed by such a statement, and yet it has become normalised. Trueman seeks to show how it is that society has arrived at a point where such a statement can be taken seriously. It is common knowledge that the proximate origins of transgenderism lie in the sexual revolution of the 1960s, but Trueman is of the conviction that the sexual revolution of the 1960s alone is insufficient to explain our cultural malaise. Rather, “the sexual revolution is simply one manifestation of the larger revolution of the self that has taken place in the West.”
And it is only by understanding the causes of the “revolution of the self” that we will “understand the dynamics of the sexual politics that now dominate our culture”. This leads him to trace its genesis much further back, to our culture’s pathological turn towards “inwardness” beginning in the Enlightenment with Rousseau, and from there through the Romantics, Freud and the New Left.
Architecture of the Revolution
The work is divided into four sections. In the first section of the book, “Architecture of the Revolution”, Trueman presents key concepts from the work of three recent or contemporary philosophers who shape a great deal of his own thought. These core concepts are tools which allow Trueman to analyse and understand the “architecture” of the sexual revolution.
In the first place there is the Canadian philosopher Charles Taylor, author of Sources of the Self (1989) and A Secular Age (2007). He has worked on the concept of “the social imaginary”: the largely unconscious set of intuitions and practices which shape a society’s understanding of the world, and so of what a society imagines the world to be. Trueman wishes to explore how the social imaginary of contemporary society has been shaped by the philosophers and the overall culture since the Enlightenment. He also uses Taylor’s distinction between a mimetic culture (one which broadly speaking sees creatures, and in particular man, as having a defined and objective nature), and a poietic culture (in which man’s creativity is taken to trump any intrinsic nature).
Another key idea which he takes from Taylor’s work, is that of “expressive individualism”. This is the view that the Enlightenment and its successor movement Romanticism have bequeathed us the linked aspirations to radical autonomy on the one hand and (perhaps paradoxically) an expressive unity with nature and society on the other. In the LGBTQ+ movement this “expressive individualism” translates into the premium placed on one’s right on the one hand, to define one’s own identity and on the other hand to embrace a wider moral structure which extols victimhood. For Trueman, Taylor’s contributions on the nature of self and the “the social imaginary,” “allow for answers to the question of why certain identities (e.g., LGBTQ+) enjoy great cachet today while others (e.g. religious conservatives) are increasingly marginalized”.
The second philosopher he draws from is Philip Rieff, who I have to admit I’d never heard of before, much less read. Rieff (1922-2006) was an American sociologist and cultural critic, whose concepts such as the triumph of the therapeutic, psychological man, the anti-culture, and deathworks are used extensively by Trueman. For Rieff we are living in a “Third World” by which he means a culture which rejects the traditional sacred foundations of social order and moral imperatives and adopts instead only self-referential foundations. (Sacred foundations are found in the “First World” of antiquity, and in the “Second World” – primarily the Christian West).
In this Third World the only criterion for ethical action is whether an act conduces to the feeling of well-being. This over-riding need for well-being of necessity produces a therapeutic culture.
For Trueman, “The triumph of the therapeutic represents the advent of the expressive individual as the normative type of human being and of the relativizing of all meaning and truth to personal taste.”
The third philosopher he uses is the Scot Alasdair MacIntyre, whose critique of emotivist ethics contained in his influential 1981 work After Virtue ties in very well with the findings of Taylor and Rieff.
MacIntyre convincingly shows that modern ethical discourse is in relativist chaos because it has rejected the two concepts without which there can be no ethics: virtue and tradition. As a consequence, “the language of morality as now used is really nothing more than the language of personal preference based on nothing more rational or objective than sentiments and feelings.”
And so, when push comes to shove, something is wrong because that’s the way I feel about it. For Trueman, “These insights are extremely helpful in understanding both the fruitless nature and the extreme polarizing rhetoric of many of the great moral debates of our time, not least those surrounding matters of sex and identity.”
Foundations of the Revolution
The second section of the book –“Foundations of the Revolution” – takes the reader through the thought of influential theorists and writers of the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, beginning with the strange radical Enlightenment figure Jean-Jacques Rousseau. His focus on the inward psychological life and the baneful influence of society and culture on the self has become a commonplace today. “It should … be clear that some such construction of freedom and selfhood as that offered by Rousseau is at work in the modern transgender movement.”
Unexpectedly – for me at least – the Romantics Wordsworth, Shelley and Blake turn out also to be highly influential in the fashioning of the Western notion of the self. Where they fit in is through their expressivism and in this they are faithful followers of Rousseau: the problem is civilisation and the solution is nature. It is the job of the artist to transform society, releasing it from the shackles of social conventions in general and sexual social conventions in particular.
Top of the target list is the normative status of lifelong, monogamous marriage. “While he would no doubt have retched at the thought, William Wordsworth stands near the head of a path that leads to Hugh Hefner and Kim Kardashian.”
Finally we come to the “emergence of plastic people” – the idea that “man can make and remake personal identity at will”, eliminating the traditional conception of a human nature which authoritatively defines what we are. This of course is something we have become all too familiar with in the 21st Century, but are we aware of the origins of this Promethean view in Nietzsche, Marx, Freud and Darwin?
Nietzsche was the one who ingeniously exposed polite bourgeois Enlightenment morality for a murder of God. He always took this murder to the logical conclusion that man’s task is self-creation. Similarly for Marx, human nature is a plastic thing, moulded in his view by the economic structure of society.
Finally, Darwin’s contribution to the 19th Century’s destruction of the idea of human nature was to remove the concept of teleology from nature and replace it with a process of blind and accidental adaptations over vast periods of time. The upshot of these theories is that: “the world in itself has no meaning; meaning and significance can thus be given to it only by the actions of human beings…”.
This is Taylor’s movement from mimesis to poiesis: “If society/culture is merely a construct, and if nature possesses no intrinsic meaning or purpose, then what meaning there is must be created by human beings themselves.”
Sexualization of the Revolution
Part 3, “Sexualization of the Revolution” explores Sigmund Freud’s pivotal role in sexualising psychology and how this sexualised psychology was in turn politicised in a Marxist direction by Wilhelm Reich and Herbert Marcuse. Freud, says Trueman, is “arguably the key figure in the narrative of this book”. His influence went way beyond the realm of psychoanalysis, and into other areas such as art, literature and advertising.
Freud’s great myth is that man’s quest for happiness is of necessity a quest for sexual satisfaction: “The purpose of life, and the content of the good life, is personal sexual fulfilment.” Civilisation with its restrictive moral codes – in a Rousseauian fashion – stands in the way of his fulfilled sexual desires, and so the individual must make a trade off: allowing some of their individual desires to go unfulfilled in exchange for socially organised security.
The curbing of sexual desire is what makes society possible, though at the expense of a certain degree of individual discontentment; other non-sexual avenues such as religion or art are pursued to redress the non-fulfilment of sexual desires. For Freud the two great problems in education were the “retardation of sexual development and premature religious experience” reflecting not only his sexualised concept of the person but also his deep animus towards religion.
Trueman follows this with a discussion of “the shotgun wedding of Marx and Freud”: that is the Marxist spin put on Freud’s sexualising of psychology. The two most important thinkers in this regard are the eccentric Wilhelm Reich and Herbert Marcuse.
For Reich, writing in the 1930s and 1940s, “sexual codes are part of the ideology of the governing class, designed to maintain the status quo so as to benefit those in power”, namely the authoritarian patriarchy and the sex-negating church. The primary political enemy is the patriarchal family, and the sexuality of children is the means to undermine the family.
Marcuse was a product of the Frankfurt School and his writings in the 1950s and 1960s were standard fare for the student revolutionaries of 1968. For Marcuse sexual codes are foundational to the structure of society, and so “Sex focused on procreation and family is the repressive weapon of bourgeois capitalist society. And free love and untrammeled sexual experimentation are a central part of the revolutionary liberation of society.” Incidentally in Marcuse we find a remarkable justification for the imposition of “rigid restrictions” on free speech, and in this he is certainly a precursor of the contemporary cancel culture.
Trueman also considers the role played by Simone de Beauvoir’s radical feminism in reducing sex to a social construct, and biology to a tyranny.
Triumphs of the Revolution
In the fourth and final part of the book, “Triumphs of the Revolution”, Trueman now goes on to show how our modern Western culture is to a large degree the child of the of the philosophical currents outlined in the previous two parts of the book. He looks at how these currents of thought have triumphed in three areas: the erotic, the therapeutic and transgender.
Firstly, he shows how art – especially (following the thought of philosopher Augusto Del Noce) the surrealist movement – became eroticised; and how mainstream culture has been gradually pornified since the early 1970s. The consequences of pornography have been profound: “Pornography and the pornification of pop culture has been critical to the destruction of sexual norms, to the reinforcement of an expressive individualist view of selfhood, and to the transformation of the West.”
Secondly the therapeutic view of man is reflected in the legal changes (in the US) regarding the definition of marriage, and abortion rights – both of which are articulations of expressive individualism where it is the right of persons “to define their own concept of existence” (in the infamous words of Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy).
Its clearest exponent today is perhaps the Princeton philosopher Peter Singer. He rejects traditional liberal arguments for abortion as unsound. He refuses to use notions based on human essence or human exceptionalism. Instead, he grounds all moral debate entirely on psychological well-being, and in this he is emblematic of the triumph of the therapeutic.
This same therapeutic mentality is to be found also on the university campus in its greatly altered evaluation of the past: where once academia viewed the past as a source of wisdom now it is a tale of oppression: “Denying free speech on campus is simply an extension of seeing all history as a hegemonic discourse designed to keep the powerful in power and to marginalize and silence the weak.”
Thirdly there is the triumph of transgenderism. Trueman first of all discusses the forced nature of the LGBTQ+ alliance, showing how great social, economic, biological and philosophical differences separate lesbians and gays in particular. Despite this, it was a shared sense of victimhood – a key Marxist category – which finally united these disparate groups.
The transgender dimension fits here as another victim of the socially and politically enforced heterosexual normativity so inimical to a sense of psychological well-being. At the same time the LGBTQ+ movement is built on a fundamental incoherence, for “If gender is a construct, then so are all those categories based on it – heterosexuality, homosexuality, and bisexuality.” Nevertheless, what we see in this movement is the most extreme form to date of the triumph of poiesis over mimesis – the triumph of the will over reality.
In conclusion, Trueman sums up by saying that the anti-culture which has been created is “the result of a world that has accepted the challenge of Nietzsche’s madman, to remake value and meaning in the wake of the death – indeed, the killing – of the Christian God, or, indeed, of any god.”
Though the LGBTQ+ movement does seek to emphasize the dignity of the individual, it does so on the basis of expressive individualism rather than on any divine or sacred foundation. Furthermore, Trueman warns against defending traditional sexual mores without regard to the overall cultural question. Abortion, divorce, sexual licence, pornography etc are all manifestations of the pathological expressive individualism at the core of the anti-culture.
Trueman suggests that “the church” (by which he means Christians in general) will manage to resist and overcome the anti-culture if it is attentive to three things. Firstly it must be aware that this anti-culture has made huge strides because increasingly people are swung by images, emotions, sympathy and empathy rather than ideas and doctrine. Christians must assert her doctrine but they must do so attractively.
Secondly the church must give witness to genuine community in the face of so many ersatz communities. And thirdly, as Trueman says, “Protestants need to recover both natural law and a high view of the physical body.” We have, he says, a precedent for our current malaise in the plight of persecuted Christians of the 2nd Century. How did they do it? “By existing as a close-knit, doctrinally bounded community that required her members to act consistently with their faith and to be good citizens of the earthly city…”
My only quibble with the book is that Trueman explicitly directs it at Christians. I wonder was this necessary given that perhaps he is inadvertently and unnecessarily shrinking his readership. The arguments in the book are always philosophical, sociological and historical. Faith is not a prerequisite to accepting his arguments. Perhaps the author simply feels (perhaps correctly) that outside of the Christian community he will simply not receive a hearing for arguments which run so counter to current sexual mores.
However, the book scores very highly under number of headings. In the first place the question the book sets out to answer is a question any thinking person must be asking themselves in the face of the worldwide triumph of the LGBTQ+ movement: How did we get here, and so quickly?
Secondly, Trueman’s conviction that the “acceptance of gay marriage and transgenderism are simply the latest outworking, the most recent symptoms, of deep and long-established cultural pathologies” is a very wise. It strikes me that many of those involved in the so-called “culture wars” do so with at best a very superficial knowledge of the cultural roots of woke ideology, and as a result they take on the appearance of reactionaries. Trueman considers “that giving an accurate account of one’s opponents’ views, however obnoxious one may consider them to be, is vital, and never more so than in our age of cheap Twitter insults and casual slanders.…There is nothing to be gained from refuting a straw man.”
Thirdly, Trueman’s choice of intellectual tools in the insights of Rieff, Taylor and MacIntyre is well made. He adeptly uses the complex intellectual keys they have fashioned in order to understand the intellectual forces which have created the modern notion of the self.
Fourthly, the book completely avoids falling into the kind of lamentation which dominates much conservative and Christian polemic against modernity. This book is, in the words of Rod Dreher, “a sophisticated survey and analysis of cultural history by a sophisticated teacher”.
Fifthly, his prose style is completely lucid throughout, and he very ably synthesises and explains complex philosophical arguments, especially those of Philip Rieff, Charles Taylor, and Alasdair MacIntyre. Trueman does the reader a great service in distilling their insights into comprehensible prose and so making their invaluable insights quite accessible.
Finally, though Trueman is a member of the Orthodox Presbyterian Church he is in no way sectarian and is quite happy to make substantial use of very Catholic thinkers such as Thomas Aquinas and even John Paul II. (He calls John Paul II’s Man and Woman He Created Them: A Theology of the Body the best work on the body from a Christian perspective.)
So if, like Trueman, you find yourself asking how is it that our culture accepts as credible that a person can be trapped in the body of the opposite sex, then this book is for you. Incidentally in February 2022, Crossway will publish a shorter, and more accessible work by Trueman on the same topic: Strange New World: How Thinkers and Activists Redefined Identity and Sparked the Sexual Revolution.
Rev. Gavan Jennings studied philosophy at University College Dublin, Ireland and the Pontifical University of the Holy Cross, Rome. He is co-editor of the monthly journal Position Papers. He teaches occasional… More by Fr Gavan Jennings
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