‘All Of It Is Poison’: Tucker Carlson Warns Political Leaders Will Use ‘Race Politics’ To ‘Make Us Hate Each Other’

Fox News host and Daily Caller co-founder Tucker Carlson warned Monday of the potential “destruction” political leaders will cause by pushing “race politics.”

Carlson said Democrats created a “coordinated campaign” to blame the Saturday shooting in Buffalo, New York, on their political opponents, and are using it to justify the restriction of “hate speech” to silence anyone who disagrees with them politically.

“Professional Democrats had begun a coordinated campaign to blame those murders on their political opponents. ‘They did it,’ they said immediately. Payton Gendron was the heir to Donald Trump, they told us. Trumpism committed mass murder in Buffalo. And for that reason, it followed logically, we must suspend the First Amendment. … So what is hate speech? Well, it’s speech that our leaders hate. So, because a mentally ill teenager murdered strangers, you cannot be allowed to express your political views out loud.”

The Daily Caller co-founder then pointed to President Joe Biden’s planned visit to the shooting location Tuesday, alleging the president will likely “attack” the Republican Party when addressing the incident that killed 10 people. Carlson read a report by Politico alleging Biden told his aides he views the Republican Party as “an existential threat to the nation’s democracy.”

“People who disagree with Joe Biden, according to Joe Biden, are now [an] ‘existential threat to the nation’ like al Qaeda or climate change. A threat that by definition is so profound we must declare war upon it if we’re to survive. Now, keep in mind, this threat that Biden is referring to is you. He’s talking about his fellow Americans. No president has ever spoken like this, ever.”

Carlson then warned that Biden will use race politics to his political advantage while addressing the shooting that “dehumanizes” people and erases the primary focus on “initiative and decency.”

“But the most painful and destructive of all, Biden is likely use racial wounds in order to make his point,” he continued. “There is no behavior worse than this. All race politics is bad, no matter what flavor those politics happen to be. No race politics is better than any other. All of it is poison. Race politics subsumes the individual into the group. It erases people, it dehumanizes them.”

“Race politics always makes us hate each other and always in a very predictable way,” Carlson added.

Carlson further noted it is race politics that leads to the emergence of “white identity politics,” for which political leaders only have themselves to blame.

“Race politics always leads to violence and death,” Carlson said. He cited identity politics as the leading cause of genocide that killed approximately 800,000 people in Rwanda. He said the U.S. should emulate Rwanda’s response by eliminating the focus on racial identifications and instead form a “colorblind meritocracy.”

“There is only one answer to rising racial tension, and that’s to de-escalate,” he said. “We have a moral duty to do this because all people have equal, moral value no matter what they look like. All lives matter, period. That’s not the determination of the U.S. government, that’s the determination of God and it’s true.”

The host concluded saying the nation’s political leaders are leading Americans down the path of “destruction” by blocking the ability to move toward a meritocracy.

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Clarence Thomas: ‘I wonder how long we’re going to have these institutions at the rate we’re undermining them’

“You would never visit Supreme Court Justice’s houses when things didn’t go our way. We didn’t throw temper tantrums. It is incumbent on us to always act appropriately and not to repay tit for tat.” – Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas


Clarence Thomas: ‘Tremendously bad’ Supreme Court leak shatters public trust

by Jacob Knutson, Axios, May 14, 2022:

Justice Clarence Thomas said Friday at an event in Dallas that the Supreme Court has been changed by the leak of a draft decision that would overturn Roe v. Wade earlier this month, calling it “tremendously bad,” according to audio obtained by Reason Magazine….

“You can’t have a civil society, a free society, without a stable legal system. You can’t have one without stability and things like property or interpretation and impartial judiciary,” he added.

“And the institution that I’m a part of, if someone said that one line of one opinion would be leaked by anyone in you would say that, ‘Oh, that’s impossible. No one would ever do that.’”

“There was such a belief in the rule of law, belief in the court, a belief in what we were doing, that that was verboten. It was beyond anyone’s understanding, or at least anyone’s imagination, that someone would do that. And look where we are, where now that trust or that belief is gone forever.”

“When you lose that trust, especially in the institution that I’m in, it changes the institution fundamentally. You begin to look over your shoulder. It’s like kind of an infidelity that you can explain it, but you can’t undo it.”

“I wonder how long we’re going to have these institutions at the rate we’re undermining them. And then I wonder when they’re gone, or they are destabilized, what we will have as a country. And I don’t think that the prospects are good if we continue to lose them.”

Thomas also criticized recent peaceful pro-abortion protests outside of justices’ homes, saying he believes conservatives would have never done the same.

“You would never visit Supreme Court Justice’s houses when things didn’t go our way. We didn’t throw temper tantrums. It is incumbent on us to always act appropriately and not to repay tit for tat.”

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Biden reverses Trump withdrawal, sends U.S. troops back to Somalia

Is it really America’s job to solve all the world’s problems? What difference can fewer than 500 troops make, anyway? With America suffering from so very many problems at home, is this really the best use of the nation’s resources? Or is it all just to make sure that the military-industrial complex continues to show a profit for all concerned?

Biden approves plan to redeploy US troops to Somalia

by Natasha Bertrand CNN, May 16, 2022:

(CNN)President Joe Biden has approved a request by the Pentagon to redeploy US troops to Somalia in an effort to counter the terrorist group al-Shabaab, a senior administration official said on Monday.

The move reverses a decision by President Donald Trump to withdraw all US troops from the country in 2020.

The US will reposition US forces in east Africa and move to restore a US military presence in Somalia in consultation with the Somali government, the official told reporters on Monday. The official said “under 500” troops will be sent back into the country but declined to provide a precise number. He emphasized, however, that the Pentagon “will not be restoring the full contingent of operators present in Somalia before” the previous administration’s withdrawal, which was about 750 military personnel.

The official described the Trump administration’s withdrawal as “abrupt and sudden,” and said that al-Shabaab “has unfortunately only grown stronger” since then.

“We have seen, regrettably, clear evidence that al Shabaab has the intent and capability to target Americans,” the official said, noting that the group had killed over a dozen Americans in east Africa in recent years, including three at a US military base in Kenya in early 2020….

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Man Who Uncovered Hunter Biden Laptop to Rally with Oklahoma U.S. Senate Candidate

The Delaware computer repair shop owner who blew the whistle on Hunter Biden’s “Laptop From Hell,” is coming to Oklahoma for two rallies with U.S. Senate candidate Jackson Lahmeyer on May 21st in Tulsa and Oklahoma City. 


TULSA, Oklahoma/PRNewswire/ — Jackson Lahmeyer, the Businessman and Pastor who is seeking to unseat establishment GOP Senator James Lankford in Oklahoma will be feature alongside John Paul Mac Isaac, the whistleblower who gained national prominence in the lead up to the 2020 election when he sounded the alarm about the content he discovered on a laptop left at his computer repair shop by Hunter Biden. Lahmeyer has previously appeared at rallies and secured the endorsements of Trump advisors Roger Stone and General Michael Flynn.

John Paul Mac Isaac first went to the FBI with the hard drive from Hunter’s “laptop from hell,” but was dismayed when he realized that the Bureau did not want anything to do with the laptop President Biden’s son abandoned at Mac Isaac’s computer repair shop. When the contents were eventually leaked, the mainstream media, Democrats, and their allies in Big Tech, claimed it was all a hoax and “Russian disinformation or propaganda.” Just a few weeks ago, the New York Times confirmed that the laptop was indeed real and the contents were not a hoax.

“To have someone as courageous and brave as Mr. Mac Isaac in Oklahoma to support our campaign is a great honor. When he came forward with the laptop from hell, he was doxxed and harassed by powerful billion-dollar media conglomerates. This led to threats against his livelihood and his personal safety. I think it’s very important for Oklahomans to hear his story. When I am elected to the United States Senate, I will fight for more expansive and responsive protections for whistleblowers like John Paul Mac Isaac, who is an American hero. Whether you are exposing corporate greed or government corruption, you should be afforded respect and protection from the United States, even when you are exposing the wayward son of a former Vice President who was at the time campaigning for President,” explained Lahmeyer.

There will be two rallies with Mac Issac and Lahmeyer on May 21st, the first occurring at 2pm in Oklahoma City and then another at 6pm at Sheridan Church in Tulsa (4121 S. Sheridan Road). You can get tickets here.

Does Biden’s $5B Electric Vehicle Charging Stations Plan Put Government Totally in Control of Charging Your Car?

Recently we received a link to a study on all electric vehicle (EV) charging stations (EVSEs) in the San Francisco Bay Area.

The study was titled “Reliability of Open Public Electric Vehicle Direct Current Fast Chargers” done by David Rempel, Carleen Cullen, Mary Matteson Bryan and Gustavo Vianna Cezar from the Department of Bioengineering, University of California, Berkeley. The study found,

“the cable was too short to reach the EV inlet for 4.9% of the EVSEs and 22.7% of EVSEs that were non-functioning were unresponsive or unavailable screens, payment system failures, charge initiation failures, network failures, or broken connectorsThis level of functionality appears to conflict with the 95 to 98% uptime reported by the EV service providers (EVSPs) who operate the EV charging stations.”

So, 27% of the EVSEs had serious enough issues that you could not charge your EV.

The Biden administration wants to create the ‘backbone of [a] national charging network’ for electric vehicles. The Biden administration has said it will make a $5 billion investment to build electric vehicle charging stations across the country by 2030 in a bid to ease U.S. dependence on gas-powered cars.

Biden has set a goal of a national network of 500,000 public charging stations in place by 2030, and administration officials say over 100,000 exist already.

However, this 100,000 EVSEs is not true. It is misinformation.

According to Satista.com as of January 13th, 2022 there are 46,290 fast charging stations (EVSEs) and 113,558 home charging outlets in the U.S.

California has a combined 41,300 public and private power outlets or 38% of those in the U.S.

PodPoint.com reports:

The time it takes to charge an electric car can be as little as 30 minutes or more than 12 hours. This depends on the size of the battery and the speed of the charging point.

  • A typical electric car (60kWh battery) takes just under 8 hours to charge from empty-to-full with a 7kW charging point.
  • Most drivers top up charge rather than waiting for their battery to recharge from empty-to-full.
  • For many electric cars, you can add up to 100 miles of range in ~35 minutes with a 50kW rapid charger.
  • The bigger your car’s battery and the slower the charging point, the longer it takes to charge from empty to full.

QUESTION: How long will it take to charge an 18 wheeler and does it make sense to have these drivers sitting around drinking coffee waiting for their trucks to get charged? How much will this increase our costs for food and other manufactured products?

Will Biden’s Building EVSEs Kill Small Business?

Currently more than 95% of the 145,000 gas stations in the U.S. are privately owned and operated by members of the National Association of Convenience Stores (NACS).

According to Statista.com:

United States’ gasoline station sector recorded a gross output of approximately 101.4 billion U.S. dollars in 2020.

[ … ]

The U.S. automotive industry represented some 14.5 million light vehicle sales in 2020, with the majority having gasoline ICEs. Motor vehicle gasoline consumption had steadily increased through 2019, reaching over 146 billion gallons in that year. Motor gasoline is by far the energy source in highest demand in the U.S. transportation sector, dwarfing distillate fuel oil by over seven quadrillion British thermal units in 2020. Carbon dioxide emission levels of light-duty vehicles, the mode of transport projected to use the most energy in 2020, have lowered in the past few years. Pickup trucks, the vehicles with the steepest emission levels, went from emitting some 470 grams of CO2 per mile in 2017 to 460 grams per mile in 2020. Other vehicle types recorded similar drops.

The Association For Convenience & Fuel Retailing was founded August 14, 1961, as the National Association of Convenience Stores. Today it is an international trade association representing more than 2,100 retail and 1,600 supplier company members.

The American Petroleum Institute (API) reports:

The NACS, the association for convenience and fuel retailing, reports that there are more than 145,000 fueling stations across the United States. 127,588 of these stations are convenience stores selling fuel. The rest are gas-only stations, grocery stores selling fuel, marinas, etc.

According to the latest information, the refiners own less than 5% of the 145,000 retail stations. When a station bears a particular refiner’s brand, it does not mean that the refiner owns or operates the station. The vast majority of branded stations are owned and operated by independent retailers licensed to represent that brand. According to the National Association of Convenience Stores (NACS), more than 60% of the retail stations in the US are owned by an individual or family that owns a single store. Through various branding agreements, approximately 36% of the retail stations in the US sell fuel under API members’ brands. See U.S. Service Station Outlets Summary.

QUESTION: Why do we need 500,000 EVSEs when we only need 145,000 gas stations to refuel the millions of cars, trucks, SUVs and 18 wheelers on the road today?

Why aren’t we using retail gas stations to create EVSEs? Given that it can take hours to charge your EV it would be convenient to have these charging stations co-located with convenience stores. Don’t you think?

API also noted “Many countries assess higher tax rates and use the revenue for their general fund budget. For example, ten countries in Europe, Belgium, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Italy, the Netherlands, Norway, Sweden, and the United Kingdom assess more than $3 in taxes on every gallon of gasoline, according to the Tax Foundation.”

At some point the government, now fully dependent on gasoline taxes to build and maintain our road and highway structure, will have to tax the heck out of EVSEs and home charging units. Don’t you think?

So, let’s look at California’s San Francisco Bay area charging stations. If according to the Department of Bioengineering, University of California, Berkeley 27% of the EVSEs don’t work properly, what does that say if the government was the sole owner and operated 500,000 EVSEs? That might mean:

  1. Approximately 135,000 of these EVSEs would not be fully functional.
  2. Electric companies or EV manufacturers like Tesla, like refiners of gasoline and diesel, would no longer be able to partner with locally owned convenience stores or build independently owned EVSEs.
  3. The National Association of Convenience Stores would not own and operate the EVSEs.
  4. Many of the current gas stations would go out of business meaning you can’t refuel your car, truck, tractor, lawnmower, SUV, or 18 wheelers.
  5. The government would be in total control of the vast majority of charging stations nationwide, shutting out small business owners.

The Bottom Line

Whenever government gets into any business be it healthcare, public education or building and operating EVSEs they will find a way to screw things up.

For example there is a group called Pecan Street that gets grants for its “Centre for Race, Energy & Climate Justice.” Get it? Government and the private sector studying the links between race, energy and climate justice. Who would have thought? Hmmmmm.

Do we really want organizations like Pecan Street and the federal government using our tax dollars to create a national network of EVSEs to insure climate justice?

I think not. The private sector and open market can best deal with how we fuel or recharge our cars, trucks, SUVs and commercial vehicles.

Get government out of the charging business or, like California, we will see it fail 27% of the time.

Put your trust in the private sector, not big government.

I can see a future that if you don’t get vaxxed-up you can’t get charged-up. Prove me wrong.

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Give It a Rest, Bernie

Bernie Sanders reintroduced Medicare for All legislation in the Senate, recently.  He should give it a rest.  His single payer proposal hasn’t gotten any better with time.  Witnesses and Republican senators tore it to shreds in a hearing last week.

Sen. Ron Johnson of Wisconsin pointed to the government’s “miserable failures” on testing, restrictions on treatment, and its other sorry responses to the COVID pandemic. “Why in the world would anybody put government more in charge of health care?,” he asked. He said there will be more bureaucracy, not less, if the government takes over all healthcare, producing less innovation and higher costs.

Sen. Rick Scott of Florida said Bernie’s plan would abolish Medicare and private insurance.  Worse, it would “have the federal government deciding which procedures you get and when you get them. Think about that…Do you want the government to make these choices for you?”

A healthcare policy expert testified Bernie’s plan to pay doctors and hospitals 30 to 40 percent less would force many physician practices and hospitals to close or significantly cut back on services (p.11).  If you think we have a doctor shortage now, just wait. She further testified Bernie’s plan would also cut access to new medications and pull the rug out from under new drug development, including new cancer treatments (p.13). She noted single payer supporters keep saying nationalized healthcare would cut administrative costs, but claims would still need to be processed which means the administrative cost differential would largely be a wash (p. 13).

A budget expert testified the additional cost of Bernie’s 2017 plan, over and above current federal healthcare spending, would be around $38 trillion in the first 10 years (p.2).  If you add in current spending, the total cost is more like $60 trillion (p.3). You could double all personal and corporate income taxes, and it still wouldn’t be enough to pay for single payer (p.2).   As I’ve commented before, there’s never enough money to pay for single payer.  The National Health Service in Britain is always running out of money and asking for more.

The arguments for and against single payer haven’t changed much in years.  Arguments against single payer coming back around recently include it would raise taxes thereby reducing GDP and the incentives to work and invest; produce massive fraud; and lead inescapably to rationing and long wait times as other countries have found out.  Most insidious of all, though, is how single payer will completely politicize all of medicine.  The kind of care you get will depend on who you know in high places.  Care will be doled out to privileged classes, perhaps even by race and ethnicity. The federal government is already moving in that direction, now requiring private insurers selling Medicare Advantage plans or Obamacare plans through government exchanges to report race and ethnicity data beginning in 2023 (p. 1).

Bernie and his supporters know all about these problems, but never talk about them.   All you get from them is happy talk.  That should make you deeply suspicious of their motives. Do they really want better healthcare for all, or are they just looking for a way to control the people, as a congressman let slip during the Obamacare fight?

When Bernie and other single payer supporters stop the happy talk and start addressing the very real problems their proposals will cause, then I might start to listen.  Until then, my message to them is ‘in the future, you will control no one and be happy.’

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Light at the end of the American tunnel will shine in November

Originally published by Arab News 


Nov. 8, 2022, is the magic date for the US, which suffers from broad divisions politically, economically and socially due to the rise of the radical left movement and its theories that are very different from the nature of American society.

With the 2022 Congressional midterm elections six months away, key decisive issues have not changed much.

The latest NPR/PBS NewsHour/Marist national poll showed that Republican candidates have a 47 percent advantage over the Democrat’s 44 percent nationally.

“On the economy, controlling inflation, crime, national security, and gun policy, pluralities of Americans perceive the Republican Party to be the party which would be better able to handle these issues. Americans express these views as President Joe Biden’s job approval rating remains upside down. His ratings on the economy and the crisis in Ukraine take on water,” the poll read.

The poll found that three times as many independents believe that Republicans would better control inflation than Democrats. These numbers should concern the Democrats since 34 Senate seats, and all 435 House seats, are up for grabs.

Commenting on the poll, director of the Marist College Institute for Public Opinion, Lee M. Miringoff, said that the road to the midterms has the Republican Party in the driver’s seat.

Traditionally, the president’s party loses seats in the midterms, and it seems that President Joe Biden will not be the exception in November. Back in 2018, Republicans lost 41 seats to the Democrats under former President Donald Trump, while in 2014, Democrats led by former President Barack Obama lost 63 seats in the House of Representatives.

Just as many predicted that the chaotic US withdrawal from Afghanistan would not be a factor in the elections, the war in Ukraine will not help Biden and his party either.

The American memory is short, and their preoccupation with essential issues that affect their daily lives directly removes Ukraine from the voters’ list of critical problems.

The last four monthly Gallup polls showed that the country’s most critical problems are inflation at 17 percent, the economy in general at 11 percent, and fuel/oil prices at 4 percent. Even though the left blames the Russian invasion for inflation and high prices, the economic troubles had begun a long time before, and the Biden administration’s stimulus package has further worsened the financial situation.

Neither Democrats nor Biden’s leadership in the economy can be trusted. A bad economy leads to insufficient security.

According to a report published by the Council on Criminal Justice, homicides in 2020 were up 44 percent from 2019, and that number rose by 5 percent in 2020. The drastic increase in violent crimes in 2021 is an important issue that worries liberals since most of the high crime rate cities are governed by Democrats. However, the same topic will be used by the left to push for gun control laws in the country.

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Dalia Al-Aqidi

Senior Fellow.

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Biden Just Single-Handedly Made the Gas Crisis Worse

Americans are already struggling under the weight of crippling inflation, from skyrocketing gas prices to exorbitant grocery bills. And even if few Americans thought the Biden Administration had a plan to combat these things—especially considering the fact that their spending and regulatory problems directly created them—I’m betting most Americans didn’t think the President would take obvious actions to immediately make things worse either.

Yet, that is what he did this week, canceling one of the most important oil and gas leases at the country’s disposal in the middle of the night. This action will halt the potential to drill for oil in over 1 million acres on the Cook Inlet in Alaska, marking a devastating loss for those trying to increase the oil supply in the country.

A top official with the American Petroleum Institute, the country’s largest oil and gas trade association, called the cancellation of the Cook Inlet lease “another example of the administration’s lack of commitment to oil and gas development in the US.”

According to The Hill, “canceling the sale would be in keeping with political promises President Joe Biden made in the name of halting global warming.”

Not only did the Biden Administration cut this lease, they also stopped two other pending leases in the Gulf of Mexico claiming there were “conflicting court rulings that impacted work on these proposed lease sales.”

This is a problem of basic Econ 101. High prices clearly demonstrate the country needs more oil and gas. But instead of opening up the supply chain, the Biden Administration continues to restrict it in numerous ways—proxy wars in Russia, trade wars, and now canceling leases that would allow us to develop our own resources.

Why are they doing this? No one can say for certain, but Public Choice Theory would suggest that Biden and co. care more about their political objectives and keeping their special interest groups happy (in this case, climate lobbyists) than about the lives their policies govern.

And make no mistake, high gas prices are no small issue as some elitists on the left will try to claim.

Behind skyrocketing gas prices are mothers who can’t get to their second job, parents who have to pick between transportation and food for their kids, women stuck in unsafe situations with abusive partners…the list could go on.

The point is, in public policy there are always trade-offs, something many progressives seem to refuse to acknowledge.

Do we want to take care of the earth and preserve our resources? Of course. Any good capitalist should be concerned with scarcity and preserving such things. But we have to balance that goal with the real lives that can be harmed if we go too far in one direction or the other. As the economist Thomas Sowell said, “there are no solutions, there are only trade-offs.”

So rather than blindly attacking fossil fuel development, we need to look for policies that help balance both goals—the desire to preserve the earth and its resources and the desire to make goods and services cheap and readily available so more people can be lifted out of poverty and enjoy a higher standard of living.

When it comes to the environment, there are free-market policies that can be pursued while also ensuring we still have the supplies to meet the basic needs of the humans already in existence. For instance, scientists are already finding ways to pull CO2 out of the atmosphere and turn it into valuable commodities like carbon nanotubes or even back into coal. And the market is rapidly providing more fuel-efficient cars and planes. Everywhere we look we can find ways the market is already providing better solutions to climate change.

Meanwhile, governments continue to be the biggest polluters.

The Biden Administration is willing to throw our citizens under the bus so they can reach a false, net-zero emissions utopia. But the reality is, we don’t have to have $5/gallon gas in order to save the planet.

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Hannah Cox

Hannah Cox is the Content Manager and Brand Ambassador for the Foundation for Economic Education.

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Empowerment, Exit and Entrepreneurship Will Continue to Transform Education

Over the past two years of social and economic disruption, U.S. education has experienced an extraordinary transformation that can best be defined by 3 “Es”: Empowerment, Exit and Entrepreneurship.

Beginning in the spring of 2020, and prompted by widespread school closures and remote schooling, parents began to reclaim control of their children’s education. For some, getting a close-up look at their children’s classrooms and curriculum over Zoom was the prompt they needed to make a change. For others, they may have long pondered a different learning environment for their children but lacked the catalyst to take the leap. The education upheaval of 2020 provided that catalyst.

By summer 2020, “pandemic pods” emerged, as parents began taking their children’s education into their own hands to confront the uncertainty of fall schooling plans. These spontaneous, parent-driven learning communities brought together small groups of local children in someone’s home, often with a hired teacher or with parents taking turns facilitating a curriculum.

With most American children beginning the 2020/2021 academic year remotely, many parents exercised their newfound empowerment through exit. Some shifted their children into private schools that were more likely to reopen for in-person learning than district schools in certain locations. Others delayed early school entry for their preschoolers and kindergarteners. Many parents left schooling altogether, pulling their children out of school for independent homeschooling. The U.S. Census Bureau found that the homeschooling rate doubled from the spring of 2020 to the fall of 2020, with more than 11 percent of the U.S. school-age population being homeschooled at that time. The largest increase occurred among Black homeschooling families, who experienced a five-fold increase in homeschooling rates between the spring and fall of 2020. Black children were overrepresented in the homeschooling population in the fall of 2020 compared to the overall K-12 public school population.

Even though most district schools reopened for full-time, in-person learning in the fall of 2021, many parents stayed away. This was particularly true if they lived in a school district that adopted remote learning the previous academic year. Those districts continued to lose students, though not by quite as high a rate as the previous year, according to new data analyzed by the American Enterprise Institute.

A similar pattern was true for homeschooling. “Homeschooling numbers this year dipped from last year’s all-time high, but are still significantly above pre-pandemic levels,” the Associated Press reported last month after evaluating data provided by 18 states. It concluded that homeschooling numbers rose 63 percent in the 2020/2021 academic year, then dropped by 17 percent this school year, remaining significantly elevated.

Recognizing mounting parent demand for a variety of learning options and schooling alternatives, education entrepreneurs began to create solutions. Some of these entrepreneurs were parents or teachers themselves who were frustrated by school closures and ongoing virus-related policies. New Jersey mother of four, Jill Perez, began teaching in public schools 20 years ago and then shifted into a student-teacher advisory role at a local university until Covid hit. She started a “pandemic pod” with several other families in 2020/2021, but demand grew for something bigger and more formal.

In the fall of 2021, Perez opened Tranquil Teachings Learning Center that allows children to attend part-time or full-time. She hired teachers, especially public school teachers who wanted more freedom and flexibility. “These teachers are loving what they’re doing in a way that they hadn’t in years,” she told me in a recent podcast interview. Her program has grown to over 50 children, and she recently purchased a building for her learning center with plans for continued expansion.

Education entrepreneurs who introduced new learning models, such as microschools, prior to 2020 found their growth hasten over the past two years. As I wrote at Forbes.com last fall, the fast-growing microschool networks, Acton Academy and Prenda Learning, saw interest in their programs soar.

Microschools are typically small, multi-age classrooms led by a facilitator or guide that often meet in family homes, re-creating a one-room schoolhouse feel with personalized learning as a top priority.

Other microschools meet in small, storefront locations in local communities, offering convenience and customization. KaiPod Learning, for example, launched its pilot microschool model in Newton, Massachusetts last year, bringing together a small groups of students into a public, commercial space with an experienced educator. Each student comes to KaiPod with whatever virtual learning curriculum the family has chosen, ranging from a tuition-free public virtual school option, to private, online options such as Sora Schools or the Socratic Experience, to a faith-based curriculum if a family chooses. This allows for maximum family autonomy in terms of curriculum decisions, while gathering groups of children together for social and enrichment activities facilitated by the KaiPod educator. Students can attend a couple of days a week or full-time.

KaiPod is expanding into more states this year, including Arizona where a child could participate in KaiPod part-time for $25/day. If the child was eligible for one of Arizona’s education savings accounts and scholarship programs, or enrolled in a virtual public school, the total cost to attend KaiPod would be minimal.

KaiPod participated in the prestigious Y Combinator startup accelerator program in Silicon Valley last year, and has already raised $1.5 million in venture capital funding. Amar Kumar, KaiPod’s founder and CEO, has found that many of the families who are joining his program are doing so because their children thrive with the personalization of online learning, while also wanting daily access to a consistent peer group and adult mentors.

Kumar thinks learning models similar to KaiPod, that bring together the best features of online learning platforms with crucial in-person, human-to-human interaction, is the future of education. “It all starts with students getting a very mastery-based content delivery, something that’s personal to them, with another human, and something that’s flexibly delivered,” Kumar told me in a recent interview. “If we can keep those touchstones or pillars in our mind, then all the innovations that come out of that are almost certainly going to be net-positive for kids.”

Over the past two years, parents have been empowered to regain control of their children’s education and explore, or create, new learning models. Many parents exited district schools in 2020 for a variety of private education options, including homeschooling, and a lot of them have decided not to return. Entrepreneurs continue to invent and innovate, building fresh K-12 education solutions that work better for families than old models of schooling. This dynamic cycle of empowerment, exit and entrepreneurship is poised to continue and accelerate, expanding education options for more families. It’s a great time to be a learner, a parent, an educator and an entrepreneur.

This article has been reprinted with permission from Forbes.com.

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Kerry McDonald is a Senior Education Fellow at FEE and host of the weekly LiberatED podcast. She is also the author of Unschooled: Raising Curious, Well-Educated Children Outside the Conventional Classroom (Chicago Review Press, 2019), an adjunct scholar at the Cato Institute, and a regular Forbes contributor. Kerry has a B.A. in economics from Bowdoin College and an M.Ed. in education policy from Harvard University. She lives in Cambridge, Massachusetts with her husband and four children. You can sign up for her weekly newsletter on parenting and education here.

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VIDEO: Pelosi Calls The Supreme Court ‘Dangerous To The Freedoms Of Our Country’

Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi had harsh words for the Supreme Court, Sunday, telling CNN’s Dana Bash on “State of The Union” that Trump-appointed justices had made the judiciary “dangerous” to freedom.

“Who would have ever suspected that a creature like Donald Trump would become president of the United States, waving a list of judges that he would appoint, therefore, getting the support of the far-right, and appointing those anti-freedom justices to the court?” Pelosi exclaimed after Bash asked her why Democrats hadn’t anticipated an eventual overturn of Roe v. Wade.

“Let’s not take our eye off the ball. The ball is this court, which is dangerous to the freedoms of our country,” Pelosi added, further suggesting that the court would also rule against marriage equality in the future.

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Her words come after protestors have descended upon the homes of Trump-appointed justices, protesting the possible overturn of the 49-year-old Roe v. Wade decision.

When asked whether this potential ruling could have an impact on the midterms, Pelosi said she believed it would, urging voters to “focus” on what Roe v. Wade meant for them personally.

“Just focus on what this does and what this means to you,” Pelosi stated. “I don’t disrespect people’s views and how they want to live their lives. But I don’t think that it’s up to the Donald Trump appointees on the court or any politicians to make that decision for women,” she told Bash.

“The fact is, this is a dangerous court to families, to freedom in our country. And that is why people have to mobilize. And my saying is, we don’t agonize; we organize,” Pelosi concluded.

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Pennsylvania Court Rules Mail-in Ballots Unconstitutional

This is an important step towards election integrity. Without free and fair elections, as witnessed in the 2020 election steal, the country is finished.

Pennsylvania Court Rules Mail-in Ballots Unconstitutional

By: Keely Compson, Daily Patriot Report, May 13, 2022

A Pennsylvania court ruled that mass mail-in ballots, which played a massive role in the 2020 election madness, are not constitutional.

Finally, some actual sense is being used!

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The Commonwealth Court ruled that Act 77, which allowed residents no-excuse absentee vote by mail in Pennsylvania, violates Article VII, Section 1 of the Pennsylvania constitution.

Commonwealth Court President Judge Mary Hannah Leavitt wrote, “If presented to the people, a constitutional amendment to end Article VII, Section 1 requirement of in-person voting is likely to be adopted. But a constitutional amendment must be presented to the people and adopted into our fundamental law before legislation allowing no-excuse mail-in voting can be ‘placed upon our statute books.’”

The ruling states, “Act 77, inter alia, created the opportunity for all Pennsylvania electors to vote by mail without having to demonstrate a valid reason for absence from their polling place on Election Day, i.e., a reason provided in the Pennsylvania Constitution.”

“The central question presented in this matter is whether Act 77 conforms to Article VII of the Pennsylvania Constitution, which article governs elections,” the ruling continues. “In resolving this question, we recognize that ‘acts passed by the General Assembly are strongly presumed to be constitutional’ and that we will not declare a statute unconstitutional ‘unless it clearly, palpably, and plainly violates the Constitution. If there is any doubt that a challenger has failed to reach this high burden, then that doubt must be resolved in favor of finding the statute constitutional.’”

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FLORIDA ATTORNEY GENERAL: Documents Show Biden, Mayorkas Knew Their Border Policies Help Drug Cartels, Hurt the U.S.

President Biden and his Homeland Security chief, Alejandro N. Mayorkas, are knowingly engaging in policymaking that benefits transnational smuggling cartels and endangers the homeland of the United States, despite both men’s statements to the contrary, Florida officials said Friday.

Treason is now the state of play for Democrats.

Florida AG: Docs uncovered showing Biden, Mayorkas know their border policies help cartels, hurt US

Florida Attorney General Ashley Moody said the White House is engaged in an ‘unconscionable cover-up’

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Florida AG rips White House for causing mass migration: ‘It’s an unconscionable coverup’

Documents show President Biden and his Homeland Security chief, Alejandro Mayorkas, are knowingly engaging in policymaking that benefits transnational smuggling cartels and endangers the United States, Florida’s attorney general said Friday.

Florida Attorney General Ashley Moody announced on “America Reports” that her office has obtained documents she said show Mayorkas did not tell the truth when he testified to Congress that DHS was effectively managing the Mexican border.

Biden, she said, is the ringleader of an “unconscionable cover-up” of immigration policy breakdowns, telling Fox News the documents she obtained through FOIA show he understands his policies are enriching cartels and failing the homeland.

“[Mayorkas] testified under oath to Congress, and I showed last week that that was a lie when he said the policies were not affecting this historic illegal immigration into our country,” Moody said.

“And now we have uncovered through Florida’s litigation that not only does Biden understand that the transnational criminal organizations are facilitating, organizing and profiting millions from the illegal immigration into our country, they also understand with the cancelation of Title 42, – and this is, in CBP’s words – ‘there will be significant safety implications’.”

Last week, a DHS official responded to illegal immigration-related questions from Sen. Joshua Hawley, R-Mo., – pledging to the Republican lawmaker collective migration figures will ultimately decrease after Title 42 is rescinded.

On “America Reports,” Moody said Mayorkas has repeatedly claimed his office is effectively handling the border crisis, but cited one document gleaned from the FOIA request explaining that a “worst case scenario” would be a “pause in the use of removal pathway such as … ‘Remain in Mexico’” and Title 42 “impacts [USCBP] ability to expel subjects…”

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Michele Bachmann: Secretive WHO Vote Threatens American Sovereignty

The Biden administration appears to be prepared to hand control of America’s national sovereignty over to the World Health Organization (WHO), as Michelle Bachmann explained on Steve Bannon’s War Room.

From May 22 to 28, 2022, the 75th World Health Assembly convenes at the UN in Geneva to vote on proposals that will enable the WHO to assert unprecedented power over the health choices of American citizens, effectively taking control over American sovereignty. Americans never thought this would happen or could happen. But it is now a genuine possibility.

These proposals would have the U.S. cede sovereignty to the WHO during anything that was deemed a health emergency. All in your best interests, of course.

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Biden Makes Big Mistake with ‘ULTRA MAGA’ label of Trump Supporters

Beijing Joe O’Biden claims to have “invented” the stupid term ULTRA MAGAs to try to disparage Trump’s 79 million supporters but, like everything else he and his stupid cabal of traitors and haters have done, it is back firing.

Watch Biden using disinformation to create a false narrative that Republicans want to raise taxes when in fact they want to lower taxes on every working American.

He is using Sal Alinsky’s 5th Rule for Radicals,

“Ridicule is man’s most potent weapon. There is no defense. It’s irrational. It’s infuriating. It also works as a key pressure point to force the enemy into concessions.”

Here Biden blaming crippling inflation rate on ‘MAGA King’ Donald Trump. Perhaps someone needs to tell Biden, his administration and the Democrat Party that Donald J. Trump is not the president? Joseph Robinette Biden Jr. is.

The Republican Party 2021 Platform states:

Republicans believe in liberty, economic prosperity, preserving American values and traditions, and restoring the American dream for every citizen of this great nation. As a party, we support policies that seek to achieve those goals.

Our platform is centered on stimulating economic growth for all Americans, protecting constitutionally-guaranteed freedoms, ensuring the integrity of our elections, and maintaining our national security. We are working to preserve America’s greatness for our children and grandchildren.

The Republican Party’s legacy — we were originally founded in 1854 for the purpose of ending slavery — compels us to patriotically defend America’s values. As the left attempts to destroy what makes America great, the Republican Party is standing in the breach to defend our nation and way of life

Biden’s inflation attack plan pouring ‘gasoline on the fire,’ experts say

With the midterm elections approaching, President Joe Biden has pledged to tackle skyrocketing prices, but experts suggest that his economic strategy worsened the current inflationary run.

After spending most of 2021 insisting that factors driving prices up across all commercial goods were “transitory,” Biden and top administration officials have spent recent months pushing the president’s big spending plans as a means of lowering costs for the public.

Wages have risen nominally across the president’s first 15 months in office, something the president has claimed could be improved by passing his expansive, costly social safety net proposals, but they have failed to keep pace with rising prices. The latest Consumer Price Index data saw prices jump 8.3% annually in April, compared to just a 0.3% rise in hourly wages.

The White House and Biden himself pivoted in February to blaming inflation on Russia’s war in Ukraine, referring to historic highs in the cost of gasoline and food as “Putin’s price hike.” Sanctions placed on Russia did cause oil, natural gas, and food prices to jump across the globe, but core inflation, which factors out energy and food prices, rose 0.6% in the United States in the last month alone.

Furthermore, while prices are currently a problem for the entire intentional community, U.S. core inflation is rising at a higher rate than in other countries and has been since mid-2021, and a growing number of economists and private-sector figures place the blame squarely on Biden’s first stimulus package, the $1.9 trillion American Rescue Plan.

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How Mark Zuckerberg Used a Tax-Exempt Foundation to Help Biden Fix the 2020 Election

Despite Zuckerberg’s $400 million in what is essentially in-kind donation to the Democrats, they still had to stop counting at 11:00 p.m. on election day to effect some back-up plan.

How Zuckerberg Used a Tax-Exempt Foundation to Help Biden Fix the 2020 Election

And got away with it.

By: David Horowitz and John Perazzo, FPM, May 13, 2022:

Everybody to the right of Alexandria Ocasio Cortez knows that the root cause of the crisis facing America — the most serious since the Civil War — is lawlessness. And everybody not under the spell of the Democrat spin machine understands that the lawlessness begins at the top, with government and the many agencies of the executive branch who are tasked by our Constitution with enforcing the law. Whether by failing to enforce our immigration statutes, or failing to prosecute criminals in our streets, or violating our election procedures to favor one party, Democrat administrations in our nation’s capital and our major cities have brazenly supported criminal behavior carried out by Black Lives Matter rioters, common street thugs, and anti-Supreme Court agitators seeking to extort decisions by fear. The effect has been to systematically undermine the rule of law, stoke the fires of anarchy, and sow chaos in our institutions.

This trend has been evident since the revival of the radical left on the eve of the 9/11 attacks and its creation of Sanctuary Cities designed to flout the law and prevent the enforcement of the PATRIOT Act. It escalated with Obama’s illegal, unconstitutional — and self-acknowledged — violation of America’s immigration laws. And it spread to the revenue authority of the I.R.S.which systematically rejected the applications for tax-exempt status of conservative organizations, until the scandal grew so large that it forced the resignation of the tax commissioner Lois Lerner. But while one commissioner is gone, the illegal partisan practices of the I.R.S.  have continued to grow under her latest successor, Charles Rettig, playing a key role in skewing the results of the last presidential election.

Tax-exempt foundations are barred from contributing their resources to election campaigns. There is no ambiguity in the law concerning this prohibition:

Under the Internal Revenue Code, all section 501(c)(3) organizations are absolutely prohibited from directly or indirectly participating in, or intervening in, any political campaign on behalf of (or in opposition to) any candidate for elective public office. Contributions to political campaign funds or public statements of position (verbal or written) made on behalf of the organization in favor of or in opposition to any candidate for public office clearly violate the prohibition against political campaign activity.

The existence of such a regulation is meaningless, however, if it is not enforced. Consequently, this ban on campaign activities by “charitable” organizations didn’t daunt Facebook billionaire and Democrat Party patron Mark Zuckerberg and his wife when they plotted a massive campaign to swing the 2020 presidential election in favor of the Democrat, Joe Biden. The Facebook couple donated $419.5 million to two leftwing tax-exempt foundations with the intention of tipping the result to Biden by launching “get-out-the-vote” campaigns focused on Democrat precincts in battleground states.

A rarely mentioned fact about the 2020 election is that Biden eked out a victory by perhaps the narrowest margin in history — .027% of the 159 million votes cast. This was a margin easily created by a strategic influx of campaign cash coupled with orders to spend the money on massive numbers of paper ballots, which could be harvested from “drop boxes,” which, as Dinesh D’Souza’s documentary 2000 Mules shows, were repeatedly stuffed by Democrat operatives in the middle of the night.

All these millions of Zuckerberg dollars, underwritten by American taxpayers, drew no attention from I.R.S. Commissioner Charles Rettig or the I.R.S. investigating teams whose responsibility it was to see that taxpayer supported operations like the Zuckerberg “charities” were not intervening in American election campaigns with the idea of shaping their outcomes.

In 2020, the Zuckerbergs donated $69.5 million to the tax-exempt Center for Election Innovation and Research (CEIR), whose founder was formerly a director of the leftwing People For the American Way, and $350 million to the “Safe Elections” Project of the tax-exempt Center for Technology and Civic Life (CTCL). The title “Safe Elections” refers to the cover for Zuckerberg’s fraudulent operation, which he presented as an effort to protect voters from COVID-19. The three founders of CTCL were former co-workers at the Democrat-aligning New Organizing Institute. The conduit Zuckerberg used to funnel his $419.5 million to CEIR and CTCL was yet another tax-exempt nonprofit, the California-based Silicon Valley Community Foundation. The Silicon Valley Community Foundation supports get-out-the-vote campaigns for the Democratic Party.

On receiving Zuckerberg’s funds, CEIR and CTCL distributed the money, in the form of “COVID-19 response” grants of varying amounts, to election administrators in some 2,500 municipalities in 49 U.S. states and Washington, D.C. The alleged purpose of these grants, according to CTCL, was to help create conditions where Americans could vote as safely as possible in the midst of the deadly coronavirus pandemic. This could have been accomplished by renting football stadiums and other sports arenas that would provide enough space for “social distancing” and would have been a worthy tax-exempt objective, if it had been the actual purpose of the project. But it wasn’t.

Neither CEIT nor CTCL had ever before experienced anything even remotely resembling the size of the cash influx they received from Zuckerberg for the 2020 election cycle. For example, over the course of the entire prior history of CTCL –a small, unremarkable organization founded in 2012 – its yearly revenues from contributions and grants had never once exceeded $2.84 million. That high-water mark represented a mere eight-tenths-of-one-percent of the astronomical sum donated by Zuckerberg in 2020.

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