A Tale of Two Revolutions

Could a contrast between the American Revolution and the French Revolution be relevant to today’s conflicts? I think so. The attempt to demote historic icons, like George Washington, is a case in point.

George Washington grew up as a gentleman farmer in Virginia and was a fourth generation slave-owner. But by the end of his life, he had decided slavery was immoral and so at his death, he freed his slaves and made provision for them.

But in our day—where the alleged “right to not be offended” often seems to trump the constitutional right to free speech—some are calling for images of George Washington to be torn down, like statues of Confederates.

The DailyWire.com (5/2/19) reports on how “George Washington High School” in Northern California is contemplating tearing down two 1930’s panels featuring George Washington because the pair of murals allegedly “traumatizes students and community members.”

This is in San Francisco, so the outcome seems likely.

How long will our historical iconoclasm last? The cultural Marxists are working overtime to cut Americans off from our history.

I believe that despite his flaws, including being a slave-owner, there are many heroic aspects of our first president. Dr. Peter Lillback and I wrote, George Washington’s Sacred Fire, which puts all this in context. Recently we discussed Washington and slavery.

Our founders fought the American Revolution, led by Washington, so that we could enjoy our God-given rights. Though slow in coming, recognition of those God-given rights eventually gave the slaves their freedom. What is happening in the culture wars today is a revival of the French Revolution, which waged war against God.

France in 1789 fought against injustice, even in the church; but their godless “cure” ended up being worse than the disease. The French Revolution was anti-God and pro-tyranny—leading to death in the streets. The American Revolution was pro-God and pro-freedom.

America’s founders mentioned God four times in the Declaration of Independence. They identified King George III’s tyranny as illegitimate—because he was violating our God-given rights. The founders, with a firm reliance on the Lord, laid down “their lives, their fortunes, and their sacred honor” in support for their declaration as a new nation.

When George Washington first read the Declaration to his troops, one of his first acts was to hire Christian chaplains—systematically, throughout the army. He felt that if we were to win this war, it would only be with God’s help.

And he and the other colonists felt that God did help. To paraphrase Washington in his First Inaugural Address, no people should be more grateful to the Lord than we Americans because God aided us at every step to become an independent nation.

Consider a few further contrasts between the American Revolution and the French Revolution.

Our framers signed the Constitution in “the year of our Lord” 1787. The French Revolutionaries got rid of the Christian calendar; and so they declared 1791 as Year 1 of their new non-Christian calendar.

The French Revolutionaries desecrated Notre Dame Cathedral, disallowing Christian worship there and placed a half-naked woman on the altar, calling her “Reason,” whom they worshiped.

In contrast, our founders hired Christian chaplains for the military and also for the House and Senate. Since there weren’t enough church buildings in Washington, D. C., they held Christian worship services in the Capitol building. Presidents Jefferson and Madison attended those services.

The French Revolution eventually consumed its own. Since then, France has had 17 different governments, while the U.S. still lives under one—the Constitution.

I predict that today’s social justice warriors, who are consuming our past heroes, will one day be consumed themselves by future revolutionaries. Future generations could look back at us and say things like: “You had 4D sonograms documenting the humanity of the unborn and yet you allowed millions of abortions on demand?” or “Science has documented genuine differences between men and women, yet you allowed boys who claimed to be girls to compete and dominate in sports, winning valuable scholarships?”

Every generation has its flaws and blind spots. Our generation has yet to recognize its own.

Slavery was evil. Thank God for those strong Christians who defeated it. Thank God for William Wilberforce’s Christian anti-slavery crusade, which took him about five decades to complete. That crusade inspired abolition here in America. Interestingly, in his day, Wilberforce was sometimes called “the George Washington of Humanity.” Both men worked hard to liberate others.

Slavery has plagued humanity from the beginning of time and can even be found in some places today, places where the gospel of Christ has no sway.

Too bad the children of the French Revolution are rising up today to cut us off from our past heroes. There is a reason Washington continues to be a hero to millions. Enough with the historical revisionism.

Liberals Break the Facts Machine

Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) just learned what a garbage disposal is, but she says it’s American men who don’t know anything about plumbing! In a pair of incoherent tweets Tuesday night, the former bartender blasts the new abortion limits in Georgia by arguing that “Most of the men writing these bills don’t know the first thing about a woman’s body.” But maybe the real problem is that some Democrats don’t know the first thing about reading the bills she’s talking about!

What the LIFE Act does and what abortion extremists say it does are two very different things. Like a lot of far-Left radicals, Ocasio-Cortez is running around social media insisting that Georgia’s new law bans abortion before a woman even knows she’s pregnant. “It’s relatively common for a woman to have a late period [and] not be pregnant,” she argues. “So this is a backdoor ban.” But if a woman isn’t pregnant, how is anyone denying her an abortion? Either Ocasio-Cortez is confused, or Democrats are calling this an attack on women who aren’t even expecting!

“I don’t think you understand how these bills work,” Lila Rose politely tweeted back. “They ban abortion after the baby’s heartbeat can be heard by an ultrasound, which is around six weeks.” Of course, in this new House majority, it’s impossible to know whether Democrats are just criticizing bills they didn’t bother to read — or they’re intentionally trying to mislead people. Either way, Lila points out, “A lot of women support these life-saving laws. Myself included. You should join us.” Then, in a subtle jab at Ocasio-Cortez’s earlier comment, she posted, “Glad some of ‘the men’ are on board, too.”

Still, Ocasio-Cortez keeps firing. “There are a TON of ways this law ignores basic biology.” But if biology is where Democrats want to debate this bill, they’re already on shaky ground. Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s (D-Calif.) party has spent the better part of the last 10 years ignoring “basic biology.” It’s almost comical. Liberals call us anti-science when we’re the ones who believe what research says about gender, conception, the environment, and creation. The Left, meanwhile, is so confused about basic biology that it doesn’t even know which bathroom to use!

And Democrats probably shouldn’t be lecturing anyone about science when CNN is airing interviews with New York leaders who don’t even think babies are human. On “Cuomo Prime Time,” the network actually gave a platform to a woman who told viewers, “When a woman gets pregnant, that is not a human being inside of her.” Oh really? What is it then — a banana nut loaf? According to Christine Quinn, the former speaker of the city’s council, it’s “a part of her body.” Rick Santorum, who was also in on the conversation, couldn’t believe it. “So the baby is their property and they can do whatever they want to it? They can maim the baby or torture the baby?”

Quinn got angry and shot back that Santorum was “spinning fake stories.” “You’re so desperate here,” she said. But I think the award for desperation was already doled out when Christine made it sound like children were a foreign object that just magically turns into a baby at birth. Obviously, none of this is new. Democrats are famous for dehumanizing the unborn. Back in 2012, Rep. Jerry Nadler (D-N.Y.) famously said abortions didn’t kill children. “We’re not dealing with human beings at this point” — a soundbite he probably learned from Planned Parenthood, who built an entire empire on the philosophy that the less women know, the better.

But along came the ultrasound machine — and keeping women in the dark got a lot more difficult for Democrats and their pals in the abortion industry. Now women have a rebuttal to Planned Parenthood who insists, “That’s not a baby.”

Thanks to science, both parents are more aware of how intensely human their children are. Of course, Ocasio-Cortez would probably say it’s sexist to acknowledge that babies even have a father. But like it or not, there are tens of millions of men in this country who aren’t going to be silenced just because Democrats want to shame them with phony gender baiting. The truly courageous ones — like Governor Brian Kemp (R-Ga.) — aren’t protecting the unborn because they’re men. They’re protecting the unborn because it’s the right thing to do. And right and wrong has never cared about people’s chromosomes, no matter what liberals say.


Tony Perkins’ Washington Update is written with the aid of FRC senior writers.


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The Gang of Five and the Pseudo Impeachment of President Donald J. Trump

The Gang of five.

Five powerful Congressional Chairmen and Chairwomen who control the Democratic Caucus, (3) from California ,(1) from New York and (1) from Maryland all from Democrat ‘safe’ Districts who received a total of approximately one million votes will decide whether to impeach and try to remove President Trump from office, a duly elected President that received approximately sixty three million votes.

The following are the votes counts for these five Congressmen and Congresswomen:

Pelosi 275,000 votes
Cummings 202,000 votes
Shiff 196,000 votes
Walters 152,000 votes
Nadler 192,000 vote

President Trump’s 63,000,000 voters could be disenfranchised by five powerful Democratic Congressmen and Congresswomen. Even if they are unable to convict the President they could bring the wheels of government to a halt. Their threats and spurious investigations have to a great extent already done this.

In 2018 Republican and Democratic voters gave the Democrats control of the House of Representatives believing that a Democrat controlled House would address America’s real issues. They were sent there to resolve issues that affect every man, woman and child in America.

The Tyranny of the Gang of Five

The gang of five consists of the following four House Chairmen and Women and the Speaker who come from ‘safe Democratic seats’: Pelosi, Cummings, Shiff, Nadler and Walters. These five people literally control the Democratic caucus and thus control the total agenda of Congress. Instead of doing the business of the voters they are proceeding with a Pseudo Impeachment because they have no evidence of any ‘high crime or misdemeanor’ by Trump. For these five it is a matter of power and control — the voters business be damned.

They are like five angry pit-bulls who can’t give up the bone. The tyranny is that the Gang of Five together got about 1 million votes out of a total Presidential vote of approximately 123 million votes (less than 1%) and they have the power and audacity to conduct a Pseudo Impeachment or possibly a real Impeachment in the future without regard for the voters or the country. In drafting our Constitution our forefathers never contemplated that five ‘professional’ politicians with less than (1%) of the vote could stymie the will of all voters. But that is what is happening.

This is no joking matter.

The issue of Trump ‘collusion’ with Russia and then “obstruction of justice’ were to be resolved by the Robert Mueller Special Counsel investigation. No collusion and no obstruction was found. Instead of moving on the Democrats continue to rehash a closed investigation and are continuing with a Pseudo Impeachment against President Trump and now a Contempt Order against Attorney General Bar. In the case of AG Barr they have found him in contempt of Congress for failing to make public a limited amount of redactions, which he is not permitted to release to the public by law.

Nevertheless at an interview Speaker Pelosi said to interviewer Costa…(Transcript) “How far can you go on that front, Speaker Pelosi? Could you hold the Secretary of Treasury Steven Mnuchin in contempt? Some Democrats have even raised the prospect of arresting the Treasury secretary if he does not comply with congressional demands?”

PELOSI: “Well, let me just say that we — (Applause) — we do have a jail down in the basement of the Capitol. (Laughter) But if we were arresting all of the people in the administration — (Laughter) — we would have overcrowded jail situation, and I’m not for that. But I think again, getting to the committee, Richie Neal, the chairman of the Ways and Means Committee, he has a path — again all of this is so low and precedent-based to do the right thing as we go forward. And there are several options. One of them is to go directly to court.”

COSTA: “So it’s probably going to be settled in court?” [crosstalk]

PELOSI: “We will see what the chairman announces because that’s the way we do it.”

Read what the Wall Street Journal says:

The Pseudo-Impeachment

Democrats hold show trials rather than vote to oust the President.

House Democrats are escalating their campaign against the Trump Administration with complaints that its resistance to Congressional requests for documents is a threat to democracy. It’s more accurate to say that Democrats are performing what amounts to a pseudo-impeachment so they don’t have to undertake a real one.

Democrats are agonizing over impeachment because while they’re itching to do it, special counsel Robert Mueller’s report blew up their Russian collusion hopes. He also took no position on obstruction of justice while reporting a highly critical “analysis” of President Trump’s actions. Democrats now find themselves caught between a left-wing base that says they’ll abdicate their duty if they don’t impeach and Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s cold-blooded calculation that it could cost their majority in 2020.

What to do? Democrats have decided to act out a pseudo-impeachment that claims Mr. Trump and his Administration are committing offenses against the Constitution without daring to open a formal impeachment inquiry. The split-level goal is to appease the left while sparing the swing-district Democrats who delivered the 2018 majority from ever having to vote on articles of impeachment.

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Should We Panic over the Measles Outbreaks?

In general, it is not a good idea to panic about anything. The panic itself often causes more harm than the original threat.

Crisis situations, real or contrived, lead to new intrusive laws that the public would never accept otherwise. We supposedly cherish freedom, but if we believe that the world will end if we don’t act NOW, then we may clamor for the government to save us. Cynical politicians bent on increasing their power never let a crisis go to waste.

Something like the Green New Deal—the end of our comfortable, prosperous lifestyle—takes a truly apocalyptic threat. But to eliminate our freedom to decline a medical treatment, the threat that “millions will die” of measles is evidently enough. Or if not millions (most older people had measles and recovered fully), a few especially vulnerable children, who can’t be vaccinated themselves, might catch measles and die.

There are several hundred cases of measles nationwide, more than in 2014, and bills are being pushed through state legislatures to eliminate all but very narrow exemptions to the 60 shots now mandated for school attendance.

In New York City, people are receiving summonses based on Mayor Bill de Blasio’s emergency order. Everybody, adult or child, who lives in four ZIP code areas must get an MMR shot or prove immunity, or face the prospect of a $1,000 fine ($2,000 if you don’t appear as ordered). Your religious exemption is overridden. The threat of 6 months in prison and the prospect of forcible vaccination were removed before a hearing on a lawsuit brought by five mothers. The judge dismissed the case.

Health Commissioner Oxiris Barbot said that the purpose of the fines is not to punish but to encourage more people to proclaim the message that vaccines are safe and effective. Get it? If you say something to avoid a fine, that makes it true.

It’s about the need for herd immunity, they say. We need a 95 percent vaccination rate for herd immunity to measles. With only 91 percent or so we are having outbreaks! If we could just vaccinate another 4 or 5 percent!

Mayor De Blasio has a point about vaccinating everyone. Adults are getting measles because their shots have worn off. It is likely that we have survived for decades with a large part of the adult population vaccinated—but not immune. So where do the mandates stop?

Outbreaks have occurred in populations with a near-100 percent vaccination rate. Was it vaccine failure? Or was the vaccine not refrigerated properly? Or was a claimed outbreak real? One in Ann Arbor, Michigan, was called off when a special test, a reverse transcriptase polymerase chain reaction (RT-PCR) showed a vaccine-strain measles virus rather than a wild-strain measles virus. Some 5 percent of vaccinees may get an illness that looks like measles, but it is just a “vaccine reaction.” Can they shed live virus? Yes. Should you keep your immunocompromised child away from recently vaccinated people? Just asking.

Like all medical treatments, vaccines are neither 100 percent effective, nor 100 percent safe. Read the FDA-required, FDA-approved package inserts. Arizona defeated a law that would have required making these available to parents in obtaining informed consent. (You can get them on the internet.) Vaccine Court has paid out about $4 billion in damages—recently for two children with severe brain damage from encephalopathy (that’s brain inflammation) after a fight lasting about 15 years. Just incidentally, they had an autism diagnosis also. Parents bring their severely injured children to hearings. You won’t see these children on tv, only pictures of babies with measles. No “fear-mongering” allowed about “rare,” possibly coincidental problems from vaccines.

There are trade-offs with vaccines: risks and benefits. But in the panic about measles, the right to give or withhold informed consent—fundamental in medical ethics as well as U.S. and international law—is being sacrificed. And so is free speech. The AMA wants to censor “anti-vaccine” information on social media. I happened on a factual article by investigative reporter Sharyl Attkisson, but was not able to retweet it because it had been removed.

The threat of infectious diseases is real and increasing. We need more robust public health measures, better vaccines, and improved public knowledge and awareness. Deploying vaccine police and shutting down debate will erode trust in health authorities and physicians, although more people may get their shots. But such heavy-handed measures will not defeat the enemy—measles and worse diseases.

Judgment Day Coming for Democrats

Democrat Sen Mazie Hirono verbally brutalized AG William Barr during the Judiciary Committee hearing. Sen Hirono’s abuse of AG William Barr and disrespect for our president was condescending and breathtakingly evil. Her request for Barr to resign was rooted in spin and lies. She venomously denounced president Trump as a “grifter and liar”.

Can you imagine the American lefts’ response to a Republican calling Obama a grifter and liar? That Republican would be declared a racist; high-tech beaten and stoned to death in the public square. All standards of decency have been thrown out the window in leftists’ mission to stop Trump from restoring America’s greatness and to remove him from office. Vitriolic disrespect for Trump and his family and even death threats are acceptable.

Wicked Democrat Nancy Pelosi outrageously claimed Barr lied and committed a crime during the hearing. Pelosi knows fake news media will promote her absurd charge against Barr as the truth.

On my car radio, I heard ABC news report that the Mueller report concluded that Trump did try to collude and obstruct justice. I thought, “That is not what the Mueller report concluded.” My relatives who pay little attention to politics hear fake news media lies and believe them. Most of my black relatives believe Trump is racist, hates women, blacks and Mexicans. These are absurd strategic lies promoted by evil Democrats and their evil fake news media minions.

Due to fake news media hiding the truth while promoting Democrat lies, my black relatives have no idea that Trump is doing an amazing job for America, blacks and women. Black unemployment has reached historic lows. Women and Hispanics are also thriving in Trump’s economy

By rolling back a ton of Obama’s overreaching absurd government regulations, America is experiencing a remarkable wave of prosperity. Unemployment is at 3.6%, the lowest since 1969. In essence, everyone seeking a job has one. The private sector average hourly wage is $27.77. Despicably, fake news media is hiding the great job Trump is doing for the American people. Fake news media is demonically obsessed with spreading lies about Trump 24/7.

But folks, what really turned my stomach was watching Democrats Mazie Hirono, Cory Booker and Kamala Harris’ arrogant attitude of superiority at the hearing as they spewed evil hateful lies. Clearly, they will destroy whomever necessary to undermine Trump’s remarkably successful presidency. My sense of justice and fair-play hates to see Hirono, Pelosi and their fellow Democrat minions get away with it.

The Bible says they will not get away with it.

A false witness shall not be unpunished, and [he that] speaks lies shall perish.” Proverbs19:9

Thou shalt not bear false witness against thy neighbor.” Exodus 20:16

Democrats are insidiously bearing false witness; lying to the American people, in total contradiction of the Mueller report which did not find Trump guilty of collusion or obstruction. And yet, Democrats with the help of their minions in fake news media persist in keeping their Trump colluded and obstructed lie going.

A day of reckoning is coming for Democrats and their fellow treasonous anti-Trump/anti-America resisters.

Democrats and fake news media still do not know how to defeat Donald J Trump, the new sheriff in town in Washington DC. Like the sheriff in the classic movie, “High Noon”, Trump is courageously fighting alone. Unlike most Republicans, Trump stays on offense rather than cowering in fear in response to political attacks.

Democrats and the deep state are panicked because President Trump is about to declassify details of their silent coup to destroy his presidency. As the Bible says, those who bear false witness will be punished. Praise God!

Socialist Ideology—the Enemy of Humanity

If you are unconvinced about members of the Deep State—the “criminal cabal”, just read this column and you will want to see them in handcuffs. Yes, the ideology of Socialism is the enemy of humanity, its agenda is directed at the destruction of capitalism. That is the crux of the matter. The ideology has a thousand methods and tricks aimed at subverting capitalism: they have different forms, sizes, and colors, always using lies, intimidation, fraud or threat, and all have the same agenda of dismantling our free market economic system and transform it to Socialism. As a former Soviet attorney with some experience in these matters, I would say there is a special international espionage operation going on today in America. Read my column The Chronology of Treason to learn more.

The US must contest this foreign operation. To be effective we must know its methods, devices, ideology, and agenda. I’ve promulgated the information in my books and columns. I’m not alone in this task, please read the words of a former KGB member about Russia and terror. “Russia and Islam are not Separate: Why Russia backs Al-Qaeda” by Konstantin Preobrazhensky:

“A key distinction between Russian and American attitudes towards Islamic terrorism is that while, for America, terrorism is largely seen as an exterior menace, Russia uses terrorism… as a tool of the state for manipulation in and outside the home country. Islamic terrorism is only part of the world of terrorism. Long before Islamic terrorism became a global threat, the KGB had used terrorism to facilitate the victory of world Communism.”

I’ve written the same, identifying the fact that Socialism/Communism and terrorism are inseparable, they intertwined by Stalinist history of the enormous level of violence and terror executed against the people of the opposition in Russia. People are brought under socialism via the big lie…you will have a better life under that system. Once power is consolidated they are kept under a regime of authoritarianism and terror. He says “the KGB had used terrorism to facilitate the victory of world Communism.” All known to you terror groups had been initiated and established by the Russian Intel to conduct the war against capitalism. Today, in May 2019 that exact war is going on in our Congress with investigative overreach mirroring interrogation by the Soviet KGB. You are watching a so-called preemptive strike by the Dems’ House against Republican AG William P. Barr, because he has already started investigation of the real Russia collusion–Obama/Putin Conspiracy against the American Republic, which began years ago.

The Deep State or the International Spy Ring

You were warned about the coup-de-etat’ against President Trump for the last three years, it has started at the moment Trump announced his candidacy for presidency on the escalator. We are dealing with the same war against capitalism. This was written a year ago: “The GOP is missing the elephant in the room: the Dems’ reason of hateful resistance to the GOP is not only to revenge a losing election, the main reason of resistance is to cover-up the sinister crime of TREASON that they have committed over several decades. This crime of the Dems, committed by the DNC leadership and Socialist mafia should be a major topic in the midterm election on November 6, 2018.”

Unfortunately, Republicans did not discuss this major topic before the midterm election and for this and many other reasons they lost. The loss was global, as we are dealing with an aggressor fighting Western civilization for the last hundred years—it is complicated history described in my books and columns. The erroneous American foreign policy and incompetent Intel gave the aggressor an opportunity to spread the ideology of Socialism throughout the world, including America. We will see the usual Socialist lies, deceit, fraud, provocations, and a lot of killings, assassinations, and terror.

Sunday, April 21, 2019 was a special and wonderful day to celebrate Easter for Christians and Passover for Jews globally… Alas, the ideology of the aggressor and Evil-terrorists darkened the day by killing more than 300 Christians in Sri Lanka. They were multi-faceted, well organized and calculated military attacks, probably by ISIS…Remember the words of Konstantin Preobrazhensky: “the KGB had used terrorism to facilitate the victory of world Communism.”

The shooting in Sri Lanka was followed in the San Diego synagogue with one killed and three injured. It was the second shooting in 6 months after killings in the Pittsburg synagogue. And Terror Reins. The terror in Sri Lanka has continued, and the result has been more tragic deaths. Fifteen people, including 6 children, were killed in the Asian island country on Friday night when three terrorists detonated suicide vests. Many more were injured in the bombings. Sri Lanka has become the new hot-spot for terror attacks.

On Easter weekend in Colombo, more than 200 people were killed, and hundreds more injured. Then, on Friday night, in the town of Kalmunai, which is about 200 miles from the capital, suicide bombers took more lives. Meanwhile, tensions are on the rise in the nation, as residents are pointing to Muslims to place the blame. Patriot News Alerts, April 27, 2019 by Jerry McCormick.

A couple of weeks prior to that Europe was stunned by the fire in Paris… Melissa Mackenzie, publisher of the American Spectator, wrote, “The images from the burning of Notre Dame provoke the same sort of heart-heavy dread as the 9/11 images. … It feels like we’re witnessing the end of Christianity and Western civilization. Notre Dame is irreplaceable. No tower can be built in its stead. There will only be a time before and after Notre Dame.” And Jihadists were celebrating the burning of Notre Dame and warning vaguely, “Wait for the next…”

Christian Houses of Worships are constantly being attacked around the world. There are systematic patterns of targeting Judeo-Christian believers and Christianity. I remember how every December, we had attacks on the Christmas holidays in different parts on the world, including America. Now it is Easter and Passover. We called attackers differently: Extreme Muslims, Radical Islamists, Radical Islam, and so on. Yet, all attacks on Christmas had been done by Muslim terrorists. Where did they come from? Please, listen again to a conversation of two KGB Generals, Lt. General Ion Mihai Pacepa, the highest-ranking KGB officer ever to defect to the U.S, with Yuri Andropov the KGB Chairman:

“In 1972 the Kremlin decided to turn the whole Islamic world against Israel and the U.S. As KGB Chairman, Yuri Andropov told me a billion adversaries could inflict far greater damage on America that could a few millions. We needed to instill a Nazi-style hatred for Jews throughout the Islamic world, and to turn this weapon of the emotions into a terrorist bloodbath against Israel and its main supporter the United States. No one within the American/Zionist sphere of influence should any longer feel safe.  (“Russian Footprints,” by Ion Mihai Pacepa, National Review Online, August 24, 2008.)

General Pacepa wrote in the same article: “According to Andropov… the Muslims had a taste for nationalism, jingoism, and victimology. Their illiterate, oppressed mobs could be whipped up to a fever pitch. Terrorism and violence against Israel and her master, American Zionism, would flow naturally from the Muslims’ religious fervor, Andropov sermonized.” When you are reading these words, please see those who are tearing apart America today, dividing Americans and sabotaging our political system. In my opinion, we are dealing with the united force of the KGB in cahoots with the leadership of the Democrat Party—they are executing a special international espionage operation against the American Republic.

Ship-America is not sinking, however the irony and paradox of the predicament is obvious: there is Russia hysteria in America, millions are discussing Russia, yet only a few are really aware of Russia and its security apparatus… The KGB Operation Disinformation has a complex structure, with different fences, colors and forms and its main purpose is to divert attention from the real criminals; in America it is “the criminal cabal”. For thirty years, I have written about Russia and repeated the same refrain “knowledge of Russia and its Intel is a MUST.” I have to show you why I am convinced that knowledge is the major means to save the world…

The History of Socialism’s Crimes Against Humanity

The ideology of Socialism is a fraudulent Utopian concept. It is even worse than that. Our First Lady, by raising the danger of drugs, is doing it at just the proper historical moment: Melania Trump: Media should focus less on gossip, more on opioid epidemic, Conservative Institute, April 25, 2019. The First Lady is right and history can explain both subjects: incompetent media and therefore a spread of drugs. History is the Mother of all sciences and the constant attack of different drugs throughout the world has a political history. Only awareness of this history and the knowledge of the aggressor’s socialist regime can stop these crimes against humanity…

It is for a reason, my latest 20-25 columns revealing the real face of the KGB, as a global terrorist agency. Nothing has changed in Russia and I am using the term KGB, uniting the images of all Soviet/Russian agencies—as the term is familiar to Americans. The entire Russian Intel is a para-military apparatus under a military Doctrine. While researching Soviet Socialism, I read a book Red Cocaine the Drugging of America, by Joseph Douglas, St. Martin Press, 1990. It was an incredibly interesting and unique book, giving me indispensable information on the sinister history of the Soviet’s attempt to drug the world, showing me the real fascist’s intention to conquer the world using this and other criminal activities.

The Soviet Academy of Science researched the effect of drugs on the human body and mind for many years and the conclusions were that drug trafficking would be extremely effective and the most vulnerable countries would be the United States, Canada, France, and West Germany. This study was approved in 1955 by the Soviet Defense Council. It was the first formal Soviet decision of the Soviet government to launch narcotics trafficking against the bourgeoisie and especially against the American capitalists:

“Soviet strategy for revolutionary war is a global strategy… narcotics strategy is a sub-component of this global strategy. First was the increased training of leaders for the revolutionary movements—the civilian, military, and intelligence cadres.”  You can read in my books the entire document to see the nefarious design of the Soviet Defense Council in 1955.

Moreover, the criminals had “cadres” to implement the decision by using Spanish-speaking children, brought by Stalin after the Spanish Civil War 1936-1939. Twenty years later the target has been chosen: Central and South America, speaking Spanish and Spanish children had been drilled to execute the design… Obviously, Cuba was targeted for the same reason—language is the means of communication to inculcate, infiltrate and corrupt… The agenda is the same—destruction of capitalism and transformation to Socialism. Guess, who is running drug-cartel in Mexico?

There is a motivating and fascinating third and fourth steps of the mentioned document: “The third step was international drug and narcotics trafficking. Drugs were incorporated into the revolutionary war strategy as a political and intelligence weapon to use against the bourgeois society and as a mechanism for recruiting agents of influence around the world.” I have been writing about this mechanism recruiting agents of influence for many years…The fourth step was “to infiltrate organized crime and, further, to establish Soviet Bloc sponsored and controlled organized crime syndicates throughout the world.” A great deal to implement this decision by the Soviet Defense Council was accomplished by a famous KGB Chairman, Yuri Andropov…                      

The Criminal Alliance with the KGB

I wrote a lot of pages about the KGB Chairman Yuri Andropov 1967-1982, and his menacing plan to infiltrate the American security apparatus and social media simultaneously, the way the Soviets did it in Europe. My work within legal community coincided with Andropov’s tenure. I know his design and I believed that Watergate had been orchestrated by the KGB, where Carl Bernstein was an obedient toy in the arms of the agency. Today, the resurrection of John Dean in politics did not surprise me—the KGB toys of the Watergate have been used again with the same methods and techniques. The anti-Trump campaign is orchestrated again by the KGB. Please read: The Ideological Battlefield in Washington D.C. May 27, 2018.

These are the tactics of an old KGB formula being used against President Trump that had been used against President Nixon in the Watergate days—a corrupt security apparatus in cahoots with the social media of the day. A good example is the September 16, 2018, the CNN show, GPS, hosted by Zachariah, interviewing Bob Woodward. As usual, it was a one-sided conversation on behalf of the Dems and against Republicans. Woodward was talking about confidential sources in the past. There was not one word about the involvement of the KGB in both cases, as if it didn’t exist… In that show we saw the transformation—media becoming an extension of the DNC—it was Andropov’s design, a plan in action. I watched it in reality.

This is another part of Andropov’s design: the mechanism of recruitment agents of influence. Andropov had known how to use it. I dedicated many pages to Bill Clinton and described in details the manner in which he was recruited, talking about the KGB Romeo Department and the women trained in the Department. There are hundreds of them on our soil today, besides the agent Maria Butina, involved in her scheme to infiltrate GOP political circles. They are all working for the Dems against Republicans, the way Bill Clinton was established it and promoted. I have already described both American Manchurian Presidents; the damage they inflicted to the American Republic, to the people of the country, our culture, and the system left to us by our Founding Fathers we will feel for many years to come…

President Trump is in the process of repairing this gigantic damage–this is the reason the aggressor against him. It is no coincidence that the social media-mob works in cahoots with FBI’s dirty and corrupt top-leadership; Andropov designed the process to work in that exact way, and not once, but several times resulting in giving America two Manchurian Presidents. I was writing about Greg Craig for a reason; for me both George Soros and Greg Craig are KGB agents, recruited according to the third step of the 1955 Document’s designed projection… The war has been going on ever since and today the KGB is preparing for us the third American Manchurian President. The way the Deep State weaponized the FBI and CIA, that exact way the KGB has weaponized the entire leadership of the Democrat Party…

Rush Limbaugh is right “…she (Hillary) needs to be indicted, and she needs to be in jail, and any of her co-conspirators in this whole sordid affair, which amounted to nothing more than a silent coup to overturn the election results of 2016.” I agree with Rush only partially. Hillary is a mediocre woman with a great lust for power. She is also a very misfortunate woman, being married to a scoundrel-traitor. It was her husband who directed and coordinated every step in her entire career. For many years, I was following the Clinton mafia, identifying the Clinton Foundation as “the eyes and ears of the KGB.” It was the Clinton mafia that provided China with America’s brains in the 1990s and the KGB has always supported the Clintons… History of his treason can shed light on certain people within the current predicament in America…

The Challenges Facing Attorney General Barr

History is the Mother of all sciences and history can help to find the Truth. To bring the truth you have to first call a spade a spade—the real Socialist ideology is the ideology of Soviet Fascism, about which I have warned you for the last three decades. Glenn Beck is also talking about the significance of history: “And the history that’s happening right now, you’re a problem if you’re a conservative or a Christian. You are now a problem on the left, if you disagree and fall out of line at all. This is becoming a fascistic party. And you know what a fascist is. It doesn’t matter if you’re a Democrat or a Republican or an independent. If you believe it’s my way or the highway, if you believe that people don’t have a right to their opinion or don’t have a right to their own life — you could be a fascist.”

I am glad Beck uses term fascist. It is crucial to recognize a proper term in politics. I was describing Soviet Socialism in all my books and columns. It is time to proper identification of the aggressor as the ideology of Soviet Fascism in America. Just look at the cartoons in the New York Times, it is a typical repetition of Nazis and the Soviets methods of propaganda against opposition’s leader. Similar cartoon about Churchill was published by Goebbels in Nazi Germany. I remember Stalinist cartoon and book: A Bloody Murderer about President Tito of Yugoslavia. History shows us that fascism in different countries has identical features. Just learn history–Anti-Semitism is one of that exact common feature for fascist regimes. As a Russian Jew, I can testify to that and I would say that today’s war against Republicans in America is run by Putin’s KGB as well…

Look at the Democrat Party in our Congress. It consists of three major parts: members of Socialist mafia, Progressives that collaborated with the KGB for decades (read my columns), and a new faction, the Islamists. If you remember the words of a former KGB member, mentioned in the beginning of my column, you will know who the new Islamists are, especially Rep. Omar. Watch Dems’ 2020 candidates for president. All of them have one thing in common: Their ideas are aimed at destroying the pillars that keep our country thriving. They are at war with a political system designed and established by our Founding Fathers, they are thinking of centralization of the government and acting like Soviet Socialists. We cannot let our country fall into the hands of America’s Socialist Mafia.

The Progressives are the bulk of the Deep State, using all the methods of Soviet Fascism, including lies, deceit, and fraud. Every hour you can see an advertisement of Progressive Insurance in your TV. The ads are exclusively positive and benevolent, showing Progressives as a kind and gentle people. The word insurance is written with very small print. In fact it is a fraudulent advertisement of the Democrat Party globally to fool and deceive you as usual… Attorney General William P. Barr should be aware of the ideology of Soviet Fascism, while investigating the Investigators.

The term Fascism and fascist is not coincidental in politics, some Dems called President Trump-fascist, because he is nationalist. Those people do not know or refuse to know the difference between a nationalist and national-socialist. National-Socialists means an abbreviation, which is Nazis, it was a fascist regime in Hitler’s Germany with Gestapo activities against the personal liberty of the population. The same regime was established by Stalin with the KGB and activities totally against the personal liberty and freedom of the people. The notion of Show Trails and Stalinist purges should be known to people of the world and all children to prevent the repetition of the history. Investigative overreach in the current House reminds me the KGB’s obstructive interrogations in Russia. The long collaboration with the KGB has provided the Dems with the methods and tricks of the ideology of Soviet Fascism, turning American system of Justice upside-down…

There is an information that during the 2016 election the U.K. reportedly spied on the Trump campaign and passed the info to the Obama administration, where it was then used by Trump-hating officials. Working with any foreign powers to influence a U.S. election is a treasonous crime, I warned you daily. Even worse. According to a New York Times article, Hillary’s campaign colluded with Russian officials in order to put together the Steele dossier– a faulty piece of opposition research that was unlawfully used to launch the Mueller investigation. I categorically insist: the faulty piece is definitely KGB’s production-a weapon against capitalist-Trump. I believe it was a predicate, the beginning of huge international operation against the American Republic, a preparation for the 2020 election against President Trump…

Jerome Corsi charges Robert Mueller investigation with prosecutorial misconduct, April 29, 2019 and we soon know whether Mr. Mueller was a part of the anti-Trump “Criminal cabal” or not. I can see the investigation as a part of the war waged by the Dems’ Deep State against Republicans in preparation for the 2020 election in America. This information is for the Attorney General: this special international espionage operation is even bigger than I suspected, it is definitely run and coordinated by Putin’s KGB… Putin loves to fish in a murky waters, the Dems will keep the Russian story alive, therefore don’t expect any discussion on real substance: it will be multi-faceted attacks on you and Republicans to divert attention from the criminals of Dems’ leadership—one of the methods of the Operation Disinformation

There is alarming information on Chinese military achievements and even more, concerning our Intel. “The Chinese government is actively working to recruit radicals within the U.S. intelligence community – radicals whose purpose is to resist and obstruct President Trump.” Patriotic viral news stories, April 29, 2019. I believe this is true. However, we can’t ignore the existence in reality of “The Axis of Evil,” which represents an Association of the governments under Russian umbrella, adhering to the ideology of Socialism, I renamed Soviet Fascism. The North Korean dictator is not acting independently, Putin prevented his meeting with President Trump. There is no independent leaders within The Axis of Evil, Putin’s KGB runs it.

You have evidence of socialism’s cost in Venezuela, where Cuba, Russia, China, and Iran are running the show, defending the Socialist dictator Maduro. The explanation is very simple: As a devoted disciple of Stalin and Andropov, Putin has continued an expansionist policy of Soviet Fascism. If you read my latest columns, you will see that same Russian policy expended in Iran, Syria, Afghanistan and the Middle East as a whole. The agenda stays the same, left by Stalin and Andropov—a war against Western civilization and capitalism by all means, methods, and tricks possible. We have been dealing with the [known to me] KGB Disinformation Campaign responsible for holding us hostage by a Trump/Dossier fraudulent KGB’s production for three years. It is a very sophisticated KGB international operation against American President and against the American Republic …

Vladimir Putin was very successful vis-à-vis Democratic administrations during last thirty years. He and his KGB have deceived, fooled, and infiltrated our government, social media, and many democratic institutions. Don’t be surprised: China just repeated the procedure, taught by the Russian KGB and learned by them through the ideology of Soviet Fascism, like stealing the intellectual property—all of that is the KGB’s schooling. Don’t be also surprised by the death of Truman’s Party and the birth of America’s Socialist Party, infiltrated by the KGB, which has been freely acting on our soil and across the world for the last thirty years.

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Can 5 Members of Congress with a total of 1 Million votes disenfranchise 63 Million Trump Voters?

Five powerful Congressional Chairmen and Chairwomen who control the Democratic Caucus, (3) from California ,(1) from New York and (1) from Maryland all from Democrat ‘safe’ Districts who received a total of approximately one million votes will decide whether to impeach and try to remove President Trump from office, a duly elected President that received approximately sixty three million votes.

The following are the votes counts for these five Congressmen and Congresswomen:

Pelosi 275,000 votes
Cummings 202,000 votes
Shiff 196,000 votes
Walters 152,000 votes
Nadler 192,000 vote

President Trump’s 63,000,000 voters could be disenfranchised by five powerful Democratic Congressmen and Congresswomen. Even if they are unable to convict the President they could bring the wheels of government to a halt. Their threats and spurious investigations have to a great extent already done this.

Can you think of one important piece of legislation the Democratic controlled House of Representatives have done since 2016?

This is the sad state of affairs in America today.

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When the clocks strike 13

“It was a cold day in April, and the clocks were striking thirteen.”  Thus began George Orwell’s prophetic novel, 1984, written forty years earlier, preparing the reader for a dystopian future under socialism – a society of great suffering and injustice, and bereft of reason.  This symbol of the thirteenth stroke brings into question what transpired through all the previous twelve hours, when inhumanity triumphed over our society, destroying our time and history itself.

In Orwell’s tale, words were constantly being removed from the language and history repeatedly revised so that the citizens could no longer formulate thoughts.  The character, Winston Smith, explains, “He who controls the past, controls the future.  He who controls the present controls the past.”   We live in similar times, perhaps not as dramatically, but certainly equally disturbing.   We are witness to ongoing destruction of our vocabulary, disintegration of the family unit, isolation and disorientation of the individual, demolition of historic monuments, whitewashed history, and a tampering of time, all combining to extinguish and remake our society.  The focus of this diminished schooling and re-education is our young.

“British schools are removing analog clocks from exam halls because kids can’t read them,” reported Paul Bois, in the Daily Wire, April 2, 2019, with the subheading, “Many educators are phasing out analog clocks…”  Rather than teach the kids to read the time, the educators are removing the clocks; this is happening in the US, as well.  An emailed message from a teacher in the US read, “I get fifth graders asking me what time it is; there are two clocks in my classroom.”  Where are the parents? And why can’t this teacher with two clocks set aside five minutes a day to teach what should have been taught in Kindergarten?

Studies have shown that being able to tell time on an analog clock is good for the brain and the mind.  It enhances the children’s cognitive and creative skills and helps them to visualize and learn time management – to understand the passage of time and how much time is left to complete a task.  It boosts their abilities to solve complex mathematical manipulations, with increments and fractions comparable to similar concepts in other activities – even to grasp and learn map direction.  Of course, the academics and psychologists are aware, yet the regression continues as we move closer to thirteen o’clock.

Another methodical and consistent destruction to our children’s conceptualization, creativity, and ability to work through and solve problems is the removal of cursive writing from the curriculum.  Suzanne Baruch Asherson, occupational therapist, wrote in the New York Times (April 13, 2013), “Putting pen to paper stimulates the brain like nothing else.”  It stimulates brain synapses and synchronicity between the left and right hemispheres, leading to increased comprehension, expression, critical thinking, working memory, and higher SAT scores – skills not achieved from printing and typing.  Improved handwriting strengthens fine motor skills, develops better reading and math skills, all known to help them excel academically.

Modern technology is a poor excuse for keeping the children at computer and keyboard, where, unlike workbooks, the child is robbed of seeing how the progression of his thoughts leads to the emergence of his creation.  It has been reported that Silicon Valley parents are now demanding their children return to books, but technology continues for the masses.  Depriving the children of “best friends” and keeping them on the computer, away from group discussions, have also diminished their verbal communication and social skills.

Another assault is their victimization by the concept of “sexual fluidity,” sexual disorientation that is bound to create seriously dysfunctional adults, another means of reducing our population, according to the globalists’ dream, and to provide a motive for welcoming culturally conflicting migrants.  Libraries are now inviting drag queens to be Storytime readers, and the likes of Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez are threatening the end of the world in twelve years, proposing that it is best not to marry and reproduce.

Further, the intentional change from a religious to a secular country has brought us a decline in civility, morality, ethics, and compassion.  Deprived of intellectual curiosity and honesty, our children are being trained to rage and protest, manipulated for the left’s political purpose.  But it is thought, reason, and the power of choice that distinguish us from the lower life forms.

Religion is too potent a force to be left undisturbed.

Under the guise of inclusion of people of all religions, the Judeo-Christian Bibles were removed. but with ample funds from Qatar, the children are being immersed in the Arabic culture, against parental will.  In fact, parents are threatened that their children will fail the class if they don’t comply, so kids must learn the Arabic language and script, Islamic scripture and prayers, despite the ban on prayers in public schools – for a complete indoctrination program.  Some schools have expanded days to a full K-8 dual-language Arabic program. A school in Philadelphia has its children praising martyrs and singing of violence against Israel.  A standard feature of totalitarianism is the shift of children’s loyalty and obedience from parents to state.  As we have seen with Nazism, communism, Islamism, and Hillary’s socialist “it takes a village,”  so Orwell’s fiction is becoming fact.

Our Biblical teachings of goodness and integrity have been replaced with Quranic laws that are antithetical to ours.  Students are not reading the classic stories and poetry that improve reading, speaking, and vocabulary skills; and missing out on  tales of history, adventure, and invention that inspire achievement.   Rather, they are engaged in dystopian literature, Islam and socialism.

Our history is rewritten as commemorative statues are demolished.   Our schools are denying the greatness of Europe’s “old white men” who produced the Constitution of the United States of America under which people could thrive and live freely and in harmony with each other, and who created one of the world’s safest, most influential and powerful countries in the world.  Thus, these children have not the ability to value our well-ordered society of a self-governing people; rather, they seek dependence on a benevolent ruling class. America is not founded on a common ancestry but on our history and unique system of  beliefs, laws, and traditions.  Academia’s intentional theft is creating students who are less educated, less respectful, and less dedicated.  They will not understand the “fundamental changes” that will subjugate them as our constitutionally-granted freedoms are eroded.  The noose continues to tighten as they adjust slowly to the global elitists, remaining blissfully and fatally unaware.

The grand theft accomplished, what are they learning instead?  That everyone has his own truth, view, compulsion, relative to his/her own partiality; that there is no Good and Evil, Right and Wrong, and no facts.  The doctrine of “cultural relativism” teaches that our culture has been bad and all other cultures good; that America is racist (not that we legally banished racism and slavery), and we may therefore not criticize racism and slavery elsewhere – Islamophobia on steroids; and open to conquest and oppression.   They are learning that diversity from newcomers with dark skin is our strength, and Christianity, Judaism, white skin and conservativism our weakness.  Multiculturalism was designed to make our own children detest our own culture, and accept incompatible cultures, languages, beliefs and behaviors, even if they sow dissension – particularly if they sow dissension.

The children are learning that Western civilization is imperialistic and evil; that we are to blame for the world’s backwardness and corruption; that the world is divided between oppressors and victims – male against female, whites against people of color, heterosexuals against GLBTQ, Christians and Jews against Muslims.  This is cultural Marxism – dividing people by class, gender, race, sexual practice, ethnicity, and religion, to ensure a form of equality irrespective of merit, and a means of propagating envy and hate; to prevent capitalism, where one may rise according to work ethics and abilities.  As the “oppressor” yields to the “victims,” the oppressor becomes the new victims, underrepresented, underproductive and suppressed, all brought down to the lowest denominator for “equality” and malleability, under globalist rule.

We must act before that cold day in April is upon us, when the clocks strike 13.

Note: Wilfred M. McClay has written Land of Hope, An Invitation to the Great American Story, to offer young and old readers “an accurate, responsible, coherent, persuasive, and inspiring narrative” of their own country – individual liberty, self-reliance, and relentless optimism.  It is meant to be “THE antidote to abysmal levels of historical knowledge our high school graduates possess”; an “accurate but stirring rendition of the past.”  Published by Encounter Books,  Land of Hope will be available this month, May 21, 2019.  (Reviews by Jenna A. Robinson and Mark Bauerlein.)

The Humanitarian Hoax of Political Correctness: Killing America With Kindness

The Humanitarian Hoax is a deliberate and deceitful tactic of presenting a destructive policy as altruistic. The humanitarian huckster presents himself as a compassionate advocate when in fact he is the disguised enemy. Political correctness is a humanitarian hoax. It is a deceitful end-run around the First Amendment guarantee of freedom of speech. This is how it works.

The freedoms guaranteed by the U.S. Constitution award citizens the right to disagree without fear of reprisal. American civil society is predicated upon the freedom to express disagreement, and is diametrically opposed to the politically correct demand for avoidance of language that might be offensive and hurt someone’s feelings.

The freedoms guaranteed by our Constitution do not care about anyone’s feelings – political correctness does. Political correctness is a severe prohibition on free speech disguised as courtesy.

Political correctness (PC) is marketed by its devotees as progressive, compassionate, sensitive, and caring. It is defined as the avoidance of language or actions that are seen as excluding, marginalizing, or insulting to groups of people who are seen as disadvantaged or discriminated against, especially groups defined by sex or race. Political correctness has been embraced by leftist liberals with religious fervor in America. The problem of course is deciding WHO will determine what is and what is not insulting.

Historically, political correctness was associated with the Communist Party and dogmatic Stalinists. The term was used disparagingly by Socialists who considered themselves to be morally superior and more egalitarian than the Communists who they were competing with. Not much has changed – today the leftists who adhere to political correctness consider themselves morally superior to conservatives who refuse to surrender their freedom of speech. The leftists have conveniently appointed themselves as the definitive authority on what is and what is not considered hurtful, offensive, insulting, or hate speech.

The staggering hypocrisy of leftist inclusion is evident by their superficial embrace of those who simply look different – tall, thin, short, fat, black, brown, gay, straight, bisexual, transsexual etc etc. What leftists do not tolerate is anyone who thinks differently – there is no place for oppositional views in leftism. Equally hypocritical is their politically correct impulse to restrict free speech based on hurt feelings since their standard applies only to leftist hurt feelings. Leftism is a supremacist ideology.

The left has introduced secular tyranny to America.

The U.S. Constitution guarantees my rights to freedom of religion, freedom of speech, freedom of the press, freedom to assemble, and freedom to petition the government for redress of grievances. Without freedom of speech there is no freedom. It explains why any attempt to abridge or curtail freedom begins with restrictions on freedom of speech and also explains why every despotic regime, including the left in America, necessarily prohibits free speech.

The humanitarian hoax of political correctness is that it promotes the lawless disregard for the First Amendment guarantee of free speech as altruistic. Political correctness most definitely “abridges” freedom of speech which is not altruistic, it is repressive.

In a complex society of millions of people there are many who have ideas and beliefs that will be offensive to others. The First Amendment guarantees that they are free to think their thoughts, they are free to say them, but they are most definitely not free to act upon them. The Constitution acknowledges the difference between thinking, saying, and doing.

In America, morality, good taste, civility, courtesy and common sense have traditionally been the societal pressures applied on people to conform to cultural norms of acceptable speech. Children in kindergarten learn that “Sticks and stones may break my bones but words will never hurt me.” They are taught the distinction between words and actions. Kindergartners are taught to tolerate offensive speech even when it hurts their feelings.

21st century America is witnessing a regressive blurring of boundaries between words and actions. The politically correct leftist demand to restrict free speech because it might hurt someone’s feelings blurs the boundaries between speech and action and drives people into a world of infantile subjective reality. In the world of adult objective reality hurting someone’s feelings with words is not the same as sticks or stones breaking bones. Why are leftists regressively insisting that it is?

The leftist Culture War on America is using the extraordinary social power of peer pressure to demand conformity to its tenets of political correctness. PC is their instrument for creating divisiveness, silencing opposition, and destabilizing the country. When people are no longer free to express their opinions without being censured or ridiculed, when students are no longer free to argue their ideas, when Conservative speakers are no longer allowed on campus, we are no longer living in a free society. We are living under the tyranny of leftist group-think peer pressure.

The Left is idealizing the restriction of free speech as altruism. Consider the ongoing debate regarding what is and what is not permissible speech regarding Islam in America under the influence of the seditious Muslim Brotherhood. Islamists are straightforward – they tell you that it is against sharia law to criticize Muhammad or Allah and the punishment is death. Islamists unapologetically reject the authority of the U.S. Constitution and the secular laws in America that guarantee free speech. Islamist sharia law is a supremacist ideology.

Instead of protecting free speech, Leftists protect the Muslim Brotherhood and whine that criticizing Muhammad or Allah hurts Muslim feelings making them feel marginalized and insulted. They have even invented a word for it – Islamophobia. Leftists have joined the Islamists and are equally unapologetic about not recognizing the authority of the secular laws in America that guarantee free speech including criticizing Muhammad and Allah.

Consider the current restrictions on free speech and creeping sharia law in America:

I am an American and free to criticize the government.

I am an American and free to criticize Jesus.

I am an American and free to criticize Yahweh.

I am an American and NO LONGER FREE to criticize Mohammed.

Any movement whether secular or religious that refuses to recognize the established laws of the U.S. Constitution is seditiously promoting anarchy.

It is simply untrue that all ideas and norms are equal. Any civil society must decide on shared cultural norms to determine what is acceptable and what is not acceptable behavior. Societies that embrace the politically correct narrative that all ideas are equal are necessarily accepting the unacceptable. That is the situation that America finds itself in today.

Consider cannibalism. If some people embrace cannibalism they are free to live in parts of the world that support cannibalism. In the United States cannibalism is strictly forbidden – it is an idea without value. What about child marriage? In Muslim cultures the marriage to a nine year old may be a good idea but in the West we call it pedophilia – it is strictly forbidden. Sharia law supports killing homosexuals, female genital mutilation, “honor” killings, and a myriad of other repressive and culturally abhorrent practices that are strictly forbidden by our U.S. Constitution.

Political correctness is central to the leftist narrative and is the lethal humanitarian hoax being used to shatter the foundation of our free society. There is no freedom without freedom of speech.

Public debate about Islam is no longer allowed in America. There is no open exchange of different opinions on the subject, no criticism of Islam permitted, and no discussion of the glaring conflicts between Islamic sharia law and the U.S. Constitution. The Leftist/Islamist axis including the colluding Internet behemoths have unapologetically silenced any discussion about Islam and the existential threat it poses to America.

Secular and religious censorship is dismantling the First Amendment using political correctness disguised as courtesy. The freedoms guaranteed by the U.S. Constitution award citizens the right to disagree. Freedom of speech guarantees the right to verbally express that disagreement. The future of our Republic depends upon our ability to speak freely.

There is no freedom without freedom of speech.

The leftist Culture War on America is designed to destroy America from within and replace our government with Marxist socialism.

The Muslim Brotherhood’s War on America is designed to destroy America from within and replace our government with Islamic sharia law.

The red/green axis is the seditious alliance of the leftists and the Islamists with common cause to destroy America. Both require a regressive return to the magical thinking and fearfulness of childhood. We cannot let them prevail.

We must remember the kindergarten lesson of sticks and stones and restore the distinction between words and actions. The regressive left has deliberately blurred that boundary to restrict free speech and demand compliance to their increasingly restrictive standard of what is and what is not acceptable speech. Leftists are using the magical thinking and fearfulness of childhood to persuade America that words can break bones – they cannot.

Americans must choose. We must decide if we are going to tolerate hurt feelings to preserve freedom of speech or if we are going to become dhimmis to the tyranny of leftist censorship and Islamic intolerance. It really does not matter whether forbidden speech is religious (criticizing Muhammad and Allah) or secular (criticizing political correctness). Free speech guarantees the right to express disagreement and opposing ideas without fear of reprisal.

Without freedom of speech there are no other freedoms – there is only conformity, fear, and enslavement. We can live free by restoring objective reality and honoring the adult distinction between words and actions articulated in our Constitution. Or we can allow ourselves to be duped by the humanitarian hoax of political correctness and forfeit our freedom of speech to the insanity of the regressive leftist world of subjective reality where words can magically break bones.

We must choose between sanity and insanity. It is the choice between freedom and enslavement.

EDITORS NOTE: This Goudsmit Pundicity column is republished with permission.

VIDEO: Project Veritas & Lies in the Media (James O’Keefe Full Interview)

Facebook “deboosting.”

Twitter “shadow banning.”

Dave Rubin and I had a great conversation about Project Veritas’ investigations into Silicon Valley and how Veritas is working with insiders in big tech to show Americans the truth behind these media goliaths.

We spoke about the importance of moral courage and how one person — with a camera and a lot of heart — can make an enormous impact.

Please watch my interview with Dave Rubin below.  It will give you better insight into the big tech investigations we are working and how brave insiders in tech, education, media, and government can work with Project Veritas to change our culture.

EDITORS NOTE: This Project Veritas interview is republished with permission.

Ignorance, Fear and LGBTQ

Mary and I met with several black relatives for dinner at a restaurant in Baltimore. The jovial conversation drifted to politics. I was stunned that they know nothing about several important political issues. Because they only watch mainstream media, my relatives are either misinformed or uninformed.

For example: My relatives have never heard of Sharia Law. When I explained the tyranny of Sharia and how leftists are promoting it in America, my relatives were shocked. Overwhelmed, a relative said, “I’ve heard enough. Can we change the subject?”

The second thing that disturbed me was my relatives’ intense fear of pushing back against LGBTQ indoctrination that is impacting their lives. As I said, these are not political people. And yet, they know they had better not get caught opposing LGBTQ activists forcefully infiltrating every aspect of our lives; from public education to entertainment to Sunday morning worship.

A relative said her two granddaughters told her about a picture posted on the internet by their cousin. Their cousin is a girl who posted a picture of her kissing her girlfriend. All these kids are in elementary school. Disturbed, my relative asked her son, her granddaughter’s father, about the picture. He begged his mom not to say anything about the picture. He feared that disapproving of their cousin kissing her girlfriend could lead to him being deemed an unfit parent and losing custody of his daughters.

Another relative said his two little granddaughters were painting their fingernails. Having a little fun, he bent his hand femininely and said, “Paint my nails too.” The little girls immediately turned stone-faced. They said, “That’s not funny Pop-pop. It’s not right to make fun of them like that.” My relative was taken aback by how upset his granddaughters were with him. He did not know that kids are taught beginning in pre-k that homosexuality is superior to heterosexuality

Another relative chimed in about a visit at his adult daughter’s home. His granddaughter looked beautiful in her gown for a formal high school event. He was shocked when her date arrived. It was a girl wearing a tuxedo. He thought this was terrible but hid his feelings, fearful of offending his daughter and granddaughter. He knew they would think he was an old-fashion, out-of-date hater if he showed any sign of disapproval.

Folks, LGBTQ activists’ domination of our culture has come a long ways from the days when they claimed they only wanted tolerance. Today, they demand that we bend a knee in total submission and approval of their lifestyle in education, entertainment media and even Christian churches. LGBTQ activists are aggressively seeking to ban the Bible, declaring it bigoted hate speech. LGBTQ activists seek to make it illegal to counsel those who wish to transition from LGBTQ lifestyles

Leftists are thrilled about “Corpus Christi” which is a blasphemous movie in which Jesus and his disciples are portrayed as homosexuals. And yet, leftists are demanding that public schools forbid students from drawing pictures of Mohammad because Sharia law says to do so is blasphemy

My late dad, Dr Rev Lloyd E Marcus said homosexuals were coming out of the closet and forcing us who believe the Bible into the closet. Truer words were never spoken.

Years ago, I wrote an article about how LGBTQ activists were aggressively seeking to infiltrate and take-down Christian institutions like the Boy Scouts of America. Tragically, LGBTQ activists have transformed the Boy Scouts away from its Christian founding, principles and values. Everything I stated in that article was 100% true. Shockingly, Christians, conservatives and Republicans who usually agree with me backed away from me. My article was branded “mean-spirited” and “anti-Christian”.

At that time, I was Chairman of a PAC which helped to elect conservative candidates. LGBTQ activists attacked our candidate, demanding that they disassociate from this “hater”, Lloyd Marcus. My employer warned that if the bad press intensified, he would be forced to request my resignation. This was my first time personally experiencing the wrath and punishment of LGBTQ activists, simply because I warned people about their mission to bully us into submission.

The surprising intensity of the LGBTQ attacks, reporters chasing me down and sticking microphones in my face, scared me. I could not give a rat’s derriere about what leftists think of me. I had to fight off feelings of guilt as I witnessed LGBTQ enforcers attacking everyone associated with me.

My wife Mary and I prayed about the situation. My wife is awesome. Mary said, “You must spread truth without fear of man.” Life has taught us that while my paycheck came from my employer, God is the true source of our financial security. The heated attacks over my LGBTQ/Boy Scouts article faded away. I was not fired.

However, another of my controversial articles sparked tension between my employer and me. Mary and I concluded that I must be free to write as I am led by God. I resigned from my position as chairman of the PAC.

For years, leftists have accused me of being a black “Uncle Tom sellout” highly paid by the Republican Party. This is not true. Quitting my position as chairman of a PAC was a serious financial decision; an act of faith. God is faithful and has sustained us. Praise God!

I left our family gathering at the restaurant feeling a bit disturbed that my relatives were so politically clueless and so fearful of attempting to stop LGBTQ activists from forcing their anti-Christian agenda down the throats of our children. Still, I am determined to continue spreading the truth and standing up for what is right. God is the source of my strength.

On a positive note, my wife Mary is a crab-cake snob. The crab-cakes at Romano’s restaurant were excellent.

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The Department of Justice’s Brazen Cesspool of Criminal Activity

If that body (Congress) be ignorant, reckless, and corrupt, it is because the people tolerate ignorance, recklessness and corruption. President James Garfield

Equal and exact justice to all men, of whatever persuasion, religious or political. President Thomas Jefferson at first inaugural address

Justice is the end of government. It is the end of civil society. It ever has been and ever will be pursued until it be obtained, or until liberty be lost in the pursuit. President James Madison, Federalist No. 51, February 8, 1788


The Russian collusion investigation was a coup…brought to us by those within the Obama administration and his Department of Justice (DOJ).  Indications point to Obama as the director of this insurrection. It was a conspiracy, it was criminal activity with several violations of U.S. Title 18 code; the most shocking violation of the Constitution in criminal activity in the history, not just of America, but of a western government.

Much of this rises to the level of treason, as well as sedition, as it was a clear conspiracy.  There should be indictments especially when the reality is that the collusion was on the Democratic side and the contrived dossier came from Russian intelligence. These people need to be indicted, charged, and sentenced.  If they’re not, then our Constitution is nothing more than a sham.

The Marxist movement within the DNC is in control right now.  The “regressive” goals of the Marxists fully match what the democrat left is promoting today.

Eliminating our sovereignty is one of their top goals. In order to turn this country into a globalist Marxist government, three things must be destroyed. They have to change the Constitution, especially the first and second amendments.  As Marxists, they despise and target Christianity and want it destroyed because it underlines our Constitution and faith in our Creator mentioned in the Declaration of Independence.  And, they must destroy the very founding principles of America…our culture.

All three of these goals are coming to fruition and this rises to the level of treason.

Mueller Shouldn’t Have Taken the Job

Robert Mueller should never have accepted the appointment of Special Counsel for an investigation into Russian Collusion.  He knew from the very get-go that the dossier was a pile of schmutz, yet it is never mentioned in the final Mueller report.

Victoria Toensing, of diGenova and Toensing Law Firm, stated in her recent WSJ article that, “Justice Department regulations authorize appointment of a special counsel when the attorney general ‘determines that criminal investigation of a person or matter is warranted.’”  She goes on to say that Rod Rosenstein who was then attorney general because of AG Sessions’ recusal, disregarded the criminal conduct requirement and authorized a broad and vague counterintelligence probe, directing the special counsel to investigate “any links” between the Russian government and the Trump campaign.  This was unprecedented and gave a blank check to Mueller, and his gang of Hillary supporting democrat attorneys, the right to go after anyone or anything related to President Trump.

Toensing explains in detail the changes that are needed in the regulations governing the appointment of special counsels. “The rules were written by the Clinton Justice Department in 1999 after Congress declined to renew the law providing for the appointment of independent counsels.”

Her final statement in this important article is, “Mr. Barr’s Justice Department can amend the regulations without Congress, just as Janet Reno’s department wrote the rules two decades ago.  The democrats will scream and yell, but when they control the executive branch, they’ll love the clarity.”

The weaponization of the intelligence community and other government agencies created an environment that allowed for obstruction in the investigation into Hillary Clinton and the relentless pursuit of a manufactured collusion narrative against Trump.

A willing and complicit media spread unsubstantiated leaks as facts in an effort to promote the Russia-collusion narrative.  Link

Rosenstein Retiring

Rosenstein is retiring as of May 11, 2019, and Barr has said, “Rosenstein served the Justice Department with dedication and distinction. His devotion to the Department and its professionals is unparalleled. Over the course of his distinguished government career, he has navigated many challenging situations with strength, grace, and good humor.”

Oh, Right AG Barr, the man who gave a blank check to Mueller and who allowed this improper, illegal, and unparalleled investigation of a sitting president is a devoted professional. This is the same man who protected the Clinton/Obama people, silent on her illicit emails and who signed off on FISA warrants from the bogus Trump dossier, who wanted to use the 25th amendment against the President and offered to wear a wire to record our President.

Excuse the hell out of me, but this is pure hogwash and I hope Barr knows it.

Mueller Targets

Lt. General Michael Flynn was the first of their targets for good reason and was set-up by the FBI, by Obama, Sally Yates, Andrew McCabe, Peter Strzok and others.  He never lied to anyone, including VP Pence who I believe was instrumental in working with the FBI to eliminate General Flynn.  Fear of Mike Flynn was of top concern.  He is an expert on China, Iran, Islam and our intelligence community and had to be dispatched. Many were involved in eliminating this brilliant veteran from helping our President.  He should be freed of this horror his family has lived through for over two years.  Please help defray the millions in legal debts by donating to the Mike Flynn defense fund whatever you can.

Paul Manafort was investigated by the DOJ in 2014 and they found his conduct not prosecutable.  But the resurrection of the evidence by Mueller’s team has destroyed him because of his four-month position as campaign manager with candidate Trump.  He spent nine months in solitary confinement because of democrat appointed judges when apparently multiple murderers, Charles Manson and Richard Speck, weren’t even put in solitary confinement.

Investigators accused Manafort of lying in court despite the fact that he denied candidate Trump’s prior knowledge of the June 9th, 2016 meeting he attended with Kushner and Donald Trump Jr. with a Russian lawyer, Natalia Veselnitskaya.

The same goes for Jerome Corsi and Roger Stone who have been pressured to sign a plea deal falsely attesting to being conduits to Julian Assange.  Roger also needs help with his legal defense fund.  Both he and General Flynn have lost their homes.

Democratic Disappointment

The end of the special counsel’s probe shattered the Democrat’s claim of Russian conspiracy.  Of course, we all know where the real Russian conspiracy lies, but main stream media will never divulge the truth.  Americans are more interested in the economy, illegal immigration and health care than this spurious investigation of our President.  Don’t forget that the left not only hates Trump, but they hate everyone who voted for him.

And what is in this final report is as revealing as what is not in the report…there is nothing whatsoever regarding a mention of the fraudulent and manufactured Steele dossier.

The dossier, characterized by Former FBI Director James Comey under oath as “salacious and unverified,” consisted of opposition research compiled by a former British intelligence officer and commissioned by the Hillary Clinton campaign.  This piece of garbage was created by Hillary Clinton and the DNC; and Hillary’s campaign manager was pushing the fake Russia story at the DNC convention the very same day the FBI launched the Trump/Russia investigation. Link  And yes, DNC lawyers met with the FBI on Russia allegations before the surveillance warrant.

At this point everyone should know about the involvement of Obama, Sally Yates, Andrew McCabe, Peter Strzok, Lisa Page, Bruce and Nellie Ohr, James Baker, Bill Priestap, James Clapper, John Brennan, Susan Rice, Loretta Lynch, former Director of National Security Agency Michael Hayden, and far more, including Rod Rosenstein and Robert Mueller himself, along with his 17 democrat attorneys who went after President Trump.

Comey was the catalyst that started this when he showed the Steel dossier to the President and then leaked it to the press.  When James Comey was questioned by Congress, he answered, “I don’t know,” “I don’t recall,” and “I don’t remember” 236 times while under oath. But he remembered enough to write a book where he comes off as sanctimonious despite Amazon’s five-star promotion.

James Comey claimed that the Mueller report was deficient.  However, Comey’s statement on Hillary Clinton’s unauthorized home email server that allowed the Chinese to intercept Clinton’s server and classified documents in real time was more than deficient!

The FBI has admitted that those illicit emails from Clinton’s server were also found in the Obama White House.  Yes, Obama knew!  E.W. (Bill) Priestap, assistant director of the FBI Counterintelligence Division, made the disclosure to Judicial Watch as part of court-ordered discovery into the Clinton email issue.

Where Were Whistle Blowers

Apparently, no one in the FBI thought it crazy that former Deputy FBI Director Andrew McCabe said “F Trump” many times in a meeting with agents.  And apparently no one in the FBI thought it absolutely insane for Deputy Attorney General Rosenstein to offer to wear a wire and record the President!  But wait, there’s more.  Strzok and Page both discussed sending a counter-intelligence officer to Mike Pence’s first transition briefing as Vice President elect.  Where’s the investigation?

VP Pence says that he was deeply offended by Strzok and Page for their talk of infiltrating his transition team.  I don’t hear him being deeply offended by what has happened to the President, to General Flynn, to Paul Manafort, to Roger Stone, to Papadopoulos, or to Jerome Corsi.  This “shadow president” wants more than anything to be the leader of the free world.  Surely the Koch brothers and Dick and Betsy DeVos will fund his campaign for President, just as they’ve funded him from the beginning of his political days.

AG Barr

Our new former Bush attorney general is being excoriated for standing by the President, when in fact, he seems to be standing by the law.  Do I trust this long-time friend of Robert Mueller?  Not yet.  I want to wait and see what he does legally.  So far, he’s been honorable, but I cannot give him credence as a man who would stand by the “rule of law” until the perpetrators of this conspiracy are brought to justice and until those who committed crimes are indicted.

The leftists are accusing AG Barr of a “coverup” and “exoneration,” but the real coverups lie with all of them and Obama’s DOJ, not to mention Robert Mueller who never investigated the dossier pack of lies.  He obviously had no interest in the coup perpetrated by the very FBI which he led from 2001-2013…the last two years under Obama who kept him past the 10-year term via Congressional approval.

Mueller avoided opening the true can of worms…the Steele dossier, and actually covered for his FBI.  He even kept Strzok on his investigation payroll for six months after the Strzok/Page emails became known.  As Kimberley Strassel said in a recent Fox interview, Mueller was to investigate Russian interference in the election, but he never looked at the fact that the fake dossier may have been disinformation from the Russian government.

Strassel asks in her WSJ article,

“How did Mr. Mueller spend two years investigating every aspect of Russian interference, cyber hacking, social media trolling, meetings with Trump officials, and not consider the possibility that the dossier was part of the Russian interference effort?”

Let’s pray that the Inspector General, Michael Horowitz and our new Attorney General William Barr actually answer the questions Mueller refused to touch!

Conclusion

Todd Starnes reports that many advanced placement students across the fruited plain will be using an American history textbook that depicts President Trump as mentally ill and his supporters as racists. The textbook, published by British owned Pearson Education, is titled, “By the People: A History of the United States.” It was first exposed by radio host Alex Clark in 2018.  Pearson promotes common core testing and corporate school-to-work education.

And all of this was brought to us by the Democratic Party’s nominee, Hillary Clinton, who stole the nomination from commie Bernie, stole debate questions, had the FBI bury evidence against her, financed a fake dossier, weaponized the FBI by spying on her opponent, outspent her opponent, and still lost to a man she called incompetent.

Why isn’t she in prison?

Republican-Run Florida Is Pushing Vaping Ban?

As of this writing, the Florida Legislature is considering bills that would prohibit adult Floridians over the age of 18 from purchasing non-combustible nicotine products or nicotine dispensing products (“vapors”). The legislation may include an artificial definition of these products as “tobacco.”  Such a move would be in error.

As conservatives, we demand that government’s intrusions upon our lives be as small as possible. Yes, government has a bona fide role in ensuring the health, morale, welfare, and safety of the people, but such an intervention in this case would do neither.

During the late twentieth century, government played an active role in discouraging cigarette smoking.  This campaign was met with resistance from those who believed that it was not government’s role to meddle in their lives. Nevertheless, in that campaign there was direct and incontrovertible evidence that smoking was intimately tied with lung cancer, not only for the smoker, but for those who secondarily inhaled the smoke. In the end, most agreed, because of the incontrovertible, causative correlation between cigarette smoking and cancer, both its regulation and the active discouragement of its use was an appropriate role for government.

In the case of vaping, no such correlation exists.

The tars that plague cigarette smoke are not present in vaping products, nullifying the cancer links. Additionally, the American Cancer Society has stated that that giving up combustible cigarettes is the single most important thing a smoker can do to improve her health, even it if she accomplishes this goal by using e-cigarettes.

Additionally, Moffitt Cancer Center’s Thomas Brandon, PhD., Director of Moffitt’s Tobacco Research and Intervention program in Tampa, Fla., stated on February 28, 2018, that “…e-cigarettes represent the most important change in the landscape of tobacco use [in decades]” and encouraged society to harness this change “to maximize the public health benefit from it.”

Somehow, the discussion regarding e-cigarettes and government’s role in regulating it has gone wildly wrong. Here we do not have a product, as best as science can tell, that is killing people, but one that may be helping them and even saving lives. We have a product that stands unlinked to cancer and may serve as a needed substitute for another that is. For the Florida legislature to consider banning the sale of these products absent the causative link present in smokable and chewable tobacco (and perhaps even representing a net societal benefit) is a clear example of an overstep of government’s proper role.

Yes, there are many who find e-cigarette vapors annoying, but a local annoyance is no reason for government to step in. Rather, it is up to business-owners and individuals to regulate themselves.

Florida ought to avoid policy changes that would inhibit adults from exercising their freedom to access vaping products known to have health benefits and devoid of proven, life-threatening consequences relied on by many, including member of our military, to kick the smoking habit.

The Florida legislature to reject this invitation to excessively intrude into the lives of its citizens.

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Unions Keep Deducting Dues Without Consent, Teachers Say

Just a few weeks before school let out last May, unexpected visitors showed up in Bethany Mendez’s classroom.

They didn’t come to discuss the nuts and bolts of education or the work the teacher was doing to assist young students with learning disabilities.

Instead, the visitors wanted to know why she was leaving the teachers union, and if she fully understood the ramifications of resigning her membership.

“This made me very angry and upset to actually have them come to my classroom during instructional time during the day,” Mendez told The Daily Signal in an interview. “I thought the meeting was regarding a student who might have to go into one of my classes. But these were union representatives who showed up in my classroom to question me as to why I was leaving the union.”

Mendez teaches elementary school students with learning disabilities in California’s Fremont Unified School District.

Since she had her own bouts with dyslexia when she was roughly the same age as her students, Mendez explains, she became motivated to become a teacher and devote herself to assisting children who require specialized instruction.

For union officials to interrupt her instructional time, Mendez thought, was inappropriate and overly intrusive.

“I struggled with dyslexia when I was little, and that was due to a vision problem,” Mendez, 35, said. “But I was able to have surgery to fix it. For a lot of these kids, it’s a brain-wiring issue and it involves how their brain interprets visual information. My goal is to help children learn and to avoid the embarrassment of not being able to read in the third and fourth grades. I’m passionate about helping kids to bridge that gap.”

“It would be fine to have a friendly conversation outside of class, but to actually have two people come to my class while I was teaching and ask these questions I thought was a little offensive,” she said. “They asked if I knew what I was doing and if I knew what I would be giving up. My answer is I think everyone should have a choice to either opt in or opt out of joining the union.”

Suit Claims Unions Circumvent High Court

Last June, in a 5-4 ruling, the U.S. Supreme Court struck down mandatory union dues and fees for public sector workers.

In their decision in Janus v. American Federation of State, County, and Municipal Employees, the justices said “agency shop” laws requiring nonunion government workers to pay union fees violate the First Amendment rights of workers who object to the political agenda of public employee unions.

In March, Mendez, joined with four other teachers to file a class-action lawsuit in federal court against the California Teachers Association and several local affiliates, alleging that the teachers unions continued to deduct dues from their paychecks in violation of the Supreme Court’s Janus ruling.

The lawsuit also names the National Education Association, California Attorney General Xavier Becerra, local school districts, and local unions as defendants.

Contrary to what union officials have argued, the teachers who signed union membership cards last year did not provide the California Teachers Association or local affiliates with “affirmative consent” to deduct dues, Mariah Gondeiro, a lawyer with the Freedom Foundation who represents the suing teachers, told The Daily Signal.

“These membership forms don’t include sufficient waiver language as required under Janus,” Gondeiro said, adding:

The unions are arguing they can lock people into these contracts because they signed these forms. But they don’t tell employees that they have an option to not fund the union. They don’t tell people that they are leaving out important facts. The teachers can’t consent to something they didn’t know about, and they did not know their rights.

The Daily Signal sought comment on the lawsuit from the California Teachers Association and the National Education Association.

Frank Wells, a communications official with the California Teachers Association, responded in an email.

“This is just another lawsuit from the Freedom Foundation to continue their attack on public education and public employees,” Wells said. “Their backers have a lot of money to spend so it’s likely these and other attacks will continue. I’d follow the money. That is the real story here.”

The National Education Association did not respond to requests for comment.

The Daily Signal also sought comment on the lawsuit and specific allegations from two local unions, the Fremont Unified District Teachers Association and the Hayward Education Association, by phone and email.

Hayward union officials referred a reporter to the state union, while the Fremont local acknowledged the request for comment and said it would be forwarded to the local’s president.

The Daily Signal also asked the California Teachers Association’s Wells whether he would like to respond on behalf of the local unions. He had not commented further at publication time.

Supreme Court and ‘Affirmative Consent’

Under the high court’s Janus ruling, teachers and other public employees must offer “affirmative consent” before a union may withhold fees from their paychecks, Gondeiro said.

In his opinion for the majority, Justice Samuel Alito said automatic deduction of union fees from a nonmember’s wages without consent violates free speech rights.

Freedom Foundation, a free market think tank based in Washington state, filed an amicus brief in the Janus case asking the Supreme Court to outlaw “opt out” arrangements that put the burden on nonmembers to halt collection of union fees from their paychecks.

Public employees must make a deliberate choice to “opt in” to paying union fees, Alito said on behalf of the court majority, writing:

Neither an agency fee nor any other payment to the union may be deducted from a nonmember’s wages, nor may any other attempt be made to collect such a payment, unless the employee affirmatively consents to pay. By agreeing to pay, nonmembers are waiving their First Amendment rights, and such a waiver cannot be presumed.

The Janus ruling affects about 5 million government employees in 22 states who no longer are required either to join a union or pay related fees as a condition of employment.

Mark Janus, a child support specialist at the Illinois Department of Healthcare and Family Services, was the lead plaintiff in the lawsuit and gave the case its name.

“The opt-in requirement is something the Freedom Foundation really advocated for before Janus was decided,” Gondeiro said, adding:

The reason why is because unions are in a powerful position, and history shows they take advantage of vulnerable workers. So we wanted to make sure that the court put the burden on these powerful entities to obtain workers’ affirmative consent. Because if we didn’t, then they would just have taken advantage of workers, which they have done in the past. What’s remarkable is that even with the burden being put on the unions, they are still trying to circumvent the law.

‘All About Janus’

“I didn’t know anything about the Janus case and didn’t know that it was a possibility,” Mendez said. “I also didn’t understand why we needed to reconfirm membership. The forms didn’t make sense to me, because the dues already came out of our paychecks. But now I see that this was all about Janus.”

Union officials eventually persuaded Mendez to sign the “membership recommitment form,” which she did on June 4, 2018, just a few days before the end of the school year and a few weeks before the high court’s Janus ruling.

She had received a text message from local union officials urging her to sign up until the last few days of school.

“I was told we needed to stand 100% together to defeat a law that would destroy unions,” Mendez said:

That’s the information I got. I’m not anti-union. I think they do some good, especially my local union. I’m pro-individual rights and pro-teacher. But what I was told was not the truth. Janus does not destroy all unions. They [union leaders] did not provide us with an opportunity for informed consent, and that’s what this case is about.

Mendez says she attempted to opt out last fall from the California Teachers Association and her local union.

But there was a catch. Because Mendez signed the membership recommitment form, union representatives informed the teacher that she was locked in until this coming June. The form contained “fine print” and “a clause” that said teachers could withdraw from membership only during a 30-day window beginning when they signed the form.

$10 Refund for Political Activity

Audrey Stewart, a fellow plaintiff who teaches in Hayward Unified School District, says she is familiar with the tactics unions use to keep dues and fees flowing in from teachers who prefer not to be members.

Stewart said she also has a hard time believing that her union spends only about $10 a year on politics.

Stewart, a teacher for 30 years, told The Daily Signal that she often has found herself in a hostile work environment because she differs with the political stance of teachers unions on a range of issues.

“I don’t want to pay for the unions’ politics,” she said. “I always said they could represent me as far as employment is concerned, but they shouldn’t have a place in my political life.”

Although unions were required to refund nonchargeable political expenditures that weren’t part of the collective bargaining process even before the Janus ruling, Stewart isn’t convinced the amount of her refunds measure up with what the unions actually spend on politics.

“They have been issuing this $5 bill to me twice a year, and I have to go down to the office of my local union and pick it up because that’s what they are claiming is the [refundable] amount spent for political purposes,” Stewart said. “So, they are saying it’s basically $10 a year they spend on politics. This is really a joke. This has been going on for 30 years, and I find it odd that it’s never increased either. It’s always a cash payment in an envelope.”

Stewart says she signed her membership recommitment form on May 9, 2018, at the behest of union officials. The form said it was necessary for her and other teachers to sign to support colleagues.

“There was no rhyme or reason to these recommitment cards,” she said. “I signed it because I was told it was to support my fellow teachers. But I later told my union representative that I found this recommitment form awfully suspicious because they front-loaded this knowing this [Janus] case was coming and it might not go in their favor, and they have locked these teachers in. I don’t even know if this recommitment form was a legal membership document.”

Gondeiro, the lawyer with Freedom Foundation, told The Daily Signal that the forms signed by teachers last year should not pass legal muster.

“What we are doing with the class-action suit is we are trying to illustrate what affirmative consent looks like,” she said, adding:

We are trying to take Janus to an extra step because apparently the unions can’t abide by the law. So, we want to put in plain text what type of notice they have to give workers, because they need all the direction they can get. We want in the contract that they have a right to not financially support the union, and [that] by signing the agreement they are waiving their First Amendment rights. If they don’t include that type of language in the contract, there is no affirmative consent.

Gondeiro also said the unions are making it difficult for teachers who have become aware of their rights to opt out, using restrictive window periods and other cumbersome requirements that involve writing letters to union representatives and payroll personnel saying they want to leave the union and stop automatic deduction of dues.

“I sent letters to the California Teachers Association and to my local telling them I was going to opt out,” Stewart said. “They wrote back to me to thank me for my inquiry. But I wasn’t inquiring, I was telling them I was leaving.”

Stewart, who teaches at both the elementary and high school levels, told The Daily Signal that “strange incidents” took place after she made it clear she wanted to leave the union.

Her elementary school classroom was “ransacked” several times after hours in February, Stewart said, and around this time she was “verbally attacked” by a union leader while walking up a path to the high school.

The lead plaintiff in the teachers’ lawsuit says she wants to make a clean break.

Mendez, who is entering her 13th year as a teacher, says she had wanted to withdraw from the California Teachers Association, but until recently was content with her local union.

“The CTA has always misrepresented me, but I was willing to stay in the local union,” she said. “But after they [the local union] withheld information, misled us, and accepted poor salary and benefits in my district, I wanted out of both the state and local union.”

The local unions and school districts named in the lawsuit include Fremont Unified District Teachers Association, Valley Center-Pauma Teachers Association, Hayward Education Association, Tustin Education Association, and the Fremont, Valley Center-Pauma, Hayward, and Tustin unified school districts.

COLUMN BY

Kevin Mooney

Kevin Mooney is an investigative reporter for The Daily Signal. Send an email to Kevin. Twitter: @KevinMooneyDC.

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