“We will stand firm and unwavering.”

trumpI saw only the first part of President Trump’s Mount Rushmore speech, but several people have said it is his best.

Roger Kimball, editor and publisher of The New Criterion, writes:

Looking back on the 2020 election, historians will say that last night’s speech was the moment that Donald Trump won reelection. It was a magnificent speech that will, I predict, take an honored place in the library of great American political addresses.

So I read it, and it is very good. Follow the link, and see for yourself. Watch it here. Why not share it with your children and discuss it? (Side note: When I search Google-owned YouTube for the speech the first thing that came up was a video of CNN’s Briant Stelter with this title: “Stelter: Trump’s Mt. Rushmore speech won’t make sense to most people.” Kinda proves Trump’s point.)

Here’s a passage of President Trump’s speech that stood out for me:

We are the country of Andrew Jackson, Ulysses S. Grant, and Frederick Douglass. We are the land of Wild Bill Hickock and Buffalo Bill Cody. (Applause.) We are the nation that gave rise to the Wright Brothers, the Tuskegee Airmen — (applause) — Harriet Tubman, Clara Barton, Jesse Owens, George Patton — General George Patton — the great Louie Armstrong, Alan Shepard, Elvis Presley, and Mohammad Ali. (Applause.) And only America could have produced them all. (Applause.) No other place.

We are the culture that put up the Hoover Dam, laid down the highways, and sculpted the skyline of Manhattan. We are the people who dreamed a spectacular dream — it was called: Las Vegas, in the Nevada desert; who built up Miami from the Florida marsh; and who carved our heroes into the face of Mount Rushmore. (Applause.)

Americans harnessed electricity, split the atom, and gave the world the telephone and the Internet. We settled the Wild West, won two World Wars, landed American astronauts on the Moon — and one day very soon, we will plant our flag on Mars.

We gave the world the poetry of Walt Whitman, the stories of Mark Twain, the songs of Irving Berlin, the voice of Ella Fitzgerald, the style of Frank Sinatra — (applause) — the comedy of Bob Hope, the power of the Saturn V rocket, the toughness of the Ford F-150 — (applause) — and the awesome might of the American aircraft carriers.

Quite a story.

~ Aphelion

“What country is this?”

carksib'“It’s a country in a lockdown,” Tucker Carlson answers. “We’re told we have no choice but to do this — to stop our lives completely.”

And he makes a disturbing point.

“Mass quarantines, they tell us again and again, are the only way to save lives. But that’s a lie. They don’t know it’s true, despite what they’ve claimed. There’s no scientific record to consult. It’s never been done. We’re currently living through the largest and most expensive experiment ever conducted in human history. We’ve spent trillions of dollars, and crushed millions of people, purely on the guess that a nationwide lockdown would save us from the coronavirus. Has it worked? Was the guess correct?”

When you compare per capita numbers per state, he says, you find that a state’s lockdown strategy had virtually no effect on how severe its outbreak of the Wuhan coronavirus was.

“Are you surprised by this?” Carlson asked. “Maybe you shouldn’t be. You can see the same trend at work in other countries. Sweden, most famously, has never locked down. Restaurants there have never closed. That country is still suffering from coronavirus, suffering more in fact than we are in the U.S. But the country’s epidemic appears to have peaked. And without locking down, Sweden has, and this is the key, has fared far better than other European countries that did lock down. That includes Britain, Italy, Spain and Belgium.”

“How can this be true?” he asked rhetorically. “It seems to contravene everything we hear all day long. ‘Lockdowns stop the virus.’ That’s what they tell us, almost always at high volume and with maximum outrage and self-righteousness daring us to disagree. But in fact, there’s not much evidence that it’s true.”

“This is insanity,” he concluded. “It is definitely not science. This is not science. It has nothing to do with the public’s health, much less the broader public interest. This is instead what happens when mediocre people suddenly find themselves with God-like power: deciding who can go outside, when people can get married, which medical procedures you’re allowed to have. That’s a feeling of omnipotence, and they like that feeling. It fills an empty place inside. They don’t want to give it up. They want it to last forever, even as the country dies. But it can’t last forever. Because it’s not their country. It’s ours.”

~ Quidnunc

The police are not your friend

busPerhaps you were thinkng that your local police would exhibit some common sense should the authorities decide to encroach on your rights, by, for example, coming to confiscate your guns. Think again.

During this pandemic, officers around the country have followed the orders of overbearing politicians without restraint.

Idaho Police Arrest Subversive Mom For Taking Children to Playground…

16-Year-Old Wisconsin Girl Threatened With Arrest Over Coronavirus Instagram Posts, Now Suing Sheriff

New Jersey Woman Charged With Plotting to Violate Governor’s Stay-at-Home Order

Police Tell Pastor “Your Rights Are Suspended” While Busting Up ‘Drive-In’ Church Service

Passenger is ‘dragged off Philadelphia bus by 10 cops for not wearing a face mask’

Police Departments Use Drones To Enforce Social Distancing

So what happens if our betters in Washington send the troops out to control us?

~ Cumbrousl

The State: Who decides what you eat?

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“The state has invaded even the most private aspects of life, dictating sexual mores and controlling the most intimate aspects of daily life through misinformation, peer pressure, and direct thought control.” ~ Jeffrey Somers

The Left is apoplectic over President Trump’s proposal to put some limits on the effort by Michelle Obama to dictate what your kids eat at school. The handwringing is over free breakfast for poor kids. The real concern should be that the White House is dictating what your children eat. Let that sink in.

Nevertheless, 14 states are suing to stop the President. State governments are no less enthusiastic than the federal government about exercising power.

In California, the Board of Education has implemented a sex education program that prohibits abstinence-only education and any discussion of religious doctrine. The program contains explicit photos and drawings of sexual activity. It disusses anal and oral sex as an alternative to regular sex. “They talk about mutual masturbation,” a critic said. “They discuss everything, topics like roleplaying for different genders, blood play, dental dams … fisting is mentioned.”

In South Carolina, a state senator has raised a bill that would require the state to compensate women who are unable to obtain abortions because of a proposed ‘heartbeat bill.’ The act states that a woman who is unable to have an abortion because of the law would be forced to be a “gestational surrogate” for the state “which cannot itself physically conceive or carry a child.”

In VirginiaVirginia Gov. Ralph Northam’s proposed ban on “assault firearms” could potentially be applied to a majority of guns that are currently legal. The National Shooting Sports Foundation said Northam’s proposal was so broad that it could lead to the confiscation of millions of guns from previously-legal owners.

in Indiana, as South Ben Mayor Pete Buttigieg contended with skyrocketing crime rates, the city’s police department trained officers to combat “sizeism” and “languageism.” Training extended far beyond the immediate issues facing the city and instead lectured cops on policing their own language to be sensitive to “isms.”

In Iowa, an undercover video published by Project Veritas on Tuesday shows a field organizer for Sen. Bernie Sanders’ 2020 campaign saying Soviet gulags were actually a positive phenomenon, suggesting that some similar program could re-educate Trump supporters and billionaires.

In Michigan, the lesbian attorney general is accused of using ‘tyranny’ to suppress biblical marriage beliefs. Dana Nessel is charged in a lawsuit with “watching, listening, tracking, and compiling secret dossiers on dissidents until they are finally accused and prosecuted,” which are “the police-state tactics one might associate with an authoritarian regime in a World War II movie,” a law firm contends.

~ Eutraply