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IN TODAY’S DIGEST
- Biden’s Unconstitutional Eviction Moratorium
- DeSantis to Biden: Zip It
- Sanders Spends the Way to Socialism
- Masking Mandates: Are Face Coverings Effective?
- California’s Coming Bacon Crisis
- Floyd’s Legacy: Burn, Loot, and Murder
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The president’s extension is a flagrant abuse of the law, and it should not stand.
“If you can’t get the votes … you can’t [legislate] by executive order unless you’re a dictator. We’re a democracy. We need consensus.” —Joe Biden in October
President Joe Biden caved to the radical leftists running the Democrat Party, giving them what amounts to a major political victory this week. Reversing an earlier decision, the president announced Tuesday that he will (unconstitutionally and illegally) extend the home rental eviction moratorium until October 3. Heck, even Biden admitted while extending it that the moratorium is “not likely to pass constitutional muster.” It already didn’t in court. (More on that below.) Biden has flagrantly violated his constitutional oath.
If anyone was puzzled about who’s pulling the strings at the White House, they weren’t paying attention.
When the China Virus lockdown began wrecking the economy last year, Congress passed a temporary moratorium on home rental evictions to protect those who had lost their jobs due to the tanking economy. Which, if you’re keeping score, tanked because of the aforementioned lockdown.
The charitable view is that it was a well-intentioned measure to help less fortunate tenants. (Never mind how shredding rental contracts hurt cash-strapped landlords.) Well over a year later, however, it should be obvious to everyone that it was always a power move that amounted to state-sanctioned theft.
Congress’s temporary eviction moratorium ended in July 2020, but President Donald Trump called on the Centers for Disease Control to weigh in. Interpreting a broad spectrum of authority not previously thought possible, the CDC — an agency tasked with studying and containing infectious diseases — issued a temporary moratorium on rental evictions that was renewed three times by both Trump and Biden.
On June 29, the Supreme Court finally stepped in and … sidestepped the real constitutional issue. Though Justice Brett Kavanaugh wrote that the CDC had “exceeded its existing statutory authority,” he reluctantly let the moratorium stand, because, he said, it would end “in only a few weeks” anyway. But he explicitly stated that after the CDC eviction moratorium ended on July 31, “clear and specific congressional authorization (via new legislation) would be necessary” to renew it.
Well, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi didn’t have enough Democrat votes to pass a new moratorium. So she called on the White House to reinstitute the ban through executive action, which Biden initially refused. The CDC was reaching way outside its purview in the first place, and White House lawyers wisely advised the president that neither he nor the CDC had the legal authority to institute a new eviction ban.
The White House first turned to the states, which have been sitting on billions of dollars in aid to help tenants pay their rent — $25 billion from Trump in December, and another $21.5 billion from Biden in March. Less than 10% of that money has been distributed. Only 36 of 400 state, county, and municipal recipients report having spent the funds. This should be more than enough to cover the nationwide rental backlog, which Moody’s recently estimated at $27 billion.
Leftists don’t give a rat’s rear end about constitutionality and Rule of Law. All they crave is absolute power, so the whole argument about legal authority blows like so much wind between their ears. They accused Biden of dragging his feet over what they label a crisis that could put millions of people out on the street. The so-called “Squad” even camped out on the Capitol steps to draw attention to their message. They want the moratorium continued until they are satisfied the economy is stronger. How much stronger, none of the Squad members will say, though their policies will only make it weaker.
In the end, it doesn’t matter. Biden caved, dipped back into the totalitarian toolbox, and issued a lawless decree he publicly admitted he didn’t have the legal authority to make. The rationale is that Biden is hoping to stir the states to start spreading money around before the courts move in and shut down the moratorium. Whatever his “good intentions,” he has knowingly and willfully violated the Constitution and his oath to protect it.
This is no way to run a government. Again, it’s an arguably well-intentioned action to protect tenants from eviction because they lost their job due to a nationwide health emergency. But government meddling in the economy never produces good results. In this case, it threatens to bankrupt millions of property owners. It also means fewer prospective landlords will buy property or build housing.
Meanwhile, it creates a permanent underclass of renters who live on taxpayer money. For them, this amounts to an extension of “unemployment” checks. If you don’t have to pay rent, why go back to work?
We all know which road is paved smooth with good intentions. The unconstitutional rental moratorium is good for a few miles on that bad road.
The freedom-loving Florida governor isn’t about to take leadership lessons from a guy who won’t even guard our nation’s borders.
Joe Biden is being ill-served by his handlers. Whoever told him to hit Florida Governor Ron DeSantis about his state’s growing COVID caseload clearly hadn’t taken the measure of the Sunshine State’s chief executive.
Of course, COVID caseloads are growing not just in Florida but in states across the country due to the newer Delta variant of the Wuhan coronavirus. However, our nation’s doctors and hospitals have learned and adapted, and much of the hysteria is being driven by leftist control freaks and their mainstream media trucklings.
In any case, an attack from Biden is a clear sign of desperation and a see-through attempt to distract folks from the many miserable failures of his own administration. Unfortunately for Scranton Joe, Ron DeSantis punches back. And that’s precisely what he did yesterday at a presser, after Biden called into question his “leadership” and his willingness to “do the right thing” and “save lives.” Said DeSantis:
I think the question is, we can either have a free society, or we can have a biomedical security state. And I can tell you: Florida? We’re a free state. People are going to be free to choose, to make their own decisions about themselves, about their families, about their kids’ education, and about putting food on the table.
And Joe Biden suggests that if you don’t do lockdown policies, then you should quote, ‘get out of the way.’ But let me tell you this: If you’re coming after the rights of parents in Florida, I’m standing in your way. I’m not going to let you get away with it.
If you’re trying to deny kids a proper in-person education, I’m gonna stand in your way and I’m gonna stand up for the kids in Florida. If you’re trying to restrict people, impose mandates, if you’re trying to ruin their jobs and their livelihoods and their small business, if you are trying to lock people down, I am standing in your way, and I’m standing for the people of Florida.
Then came the knockout punch: “So, why don’t you do your job?” said DeSantis in closing. “Why don’t you get this border secure? And until you do that, I don’t want to hear a blip about COVID from you.”
It was a masterful clinic on counterpunching — one that would’ve made Donald Trump proud. See it for yourself.
The pathetic leftists at CNN, which went all of last week without attracting a measly million viewers to any of its shows, had their own hot take on DeSantis, dismissing his fiery words as purely political: “The confrontation was the latest sign of how DeSantis — who is expected to be a top contender in the next Republican presidential primary if former President Donald Trump doesn’t run — is weaponizing his stewardship of the emergency to further his own political aspirations, previewing a possible 2024 White House matchup if Biden seeks reelection.”
CNN has it wrong, though, and DeSantis clearly understands the battle lines that are being drawn. The choice that confronts the American people is one of freedom versus state-sanctioned biomedical overreach.
We’re reminded of what Ben Franklin said long ago: “Those who would give up essential liberty to purchase a little temporary safety deserve neither liberty nor safety.”
The choice, then, is between Liberty and tyranny. Same as it ever was.
Bernie’s budget-busting plans reveal that socialism is still the Left’s goal.
A bipartisan group of 20 senators introduced their $1.1 trillion “infrastructure” package on Monday, but the bill is anything but balanced in addressing the concerns of both Republicans and Democrats. That much is demonstrated by its heavy new spending on leftist agenda items, including essentially creating a first installment of the economically disastrous Green New Deal.
The spending bill does nothing to address our skyrocketing national debt, instead only adding to it. Moreover, it piles more burdensome regulations and costs onto the American taxpayer, serving to further limit individual freedom, innovation, and economic upward mobility — all under the guise of repairing and updating the country’s aging infrastructure systems.
But this $1.1 trillion Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act, 2,702 pages in length, is merely the first installment for Democrats. Several of them, including President Joe Biden, have already tied it to further spending. Senator Bernie Sanders also makes this case in a Wall Street Journal op-ed titled, “Why We Need the $3.5 Trillion Reconciliation Package.”
Sanders, chairman of the Senate Budget Committee, claims that without this massive spending on government programs, millions of Americans will be left to suffer. Using misleading statistics like “three people own more wealth than the bottom 50%” and “real wages for workers haven’t increased in almost 50 years,” Sanders pushes socialism as the solution without actually referring to the term.
For example, he advocates for the government, which of course means American taxpayers, to pay for a laundry list of expanded schemes to redistribute income — universal child care, community college tuition for all Americans, guaranteed paid family leave and medical leave, expanding Medicare and Medicaid to essentially include everyone, affordable housing, citizenship to illegal aliens, and energy regulations that force Americans off fossil fuels and toward “sustainable energy to combat the existential threat of climate change.”
Joe Biden may have beaten Bernie Sanders in the Democrat presidential primary, but we can all see who’s running the show.
Of course, Sanders knows that Republicans won’t go along with socializing America, so he advocates that Democrats must pass this monstrosity on a party-line vote. “If Democrats can’t get Republican support for these reforms,” he writes, “then we have to do it alone through the reconciliation process.”
While falsely asserting that Republican tax cuts primarily benefited the rich and larger corporations, Sanders contends that the Democrats’ use of reconciliation is necessary in order to “support the middle class and struggling families and, in the process, create millions of good-paying jobs.” It’s a lie that tax cuts only help the wealthy and hurt the middle and lower class, but repeating this class warfare falsehood continues to help Democrats get elected.
The best thing Congress can do is sit by and let the economy recover from the pandemic without interference from legislative “good intentions” that more often than not stunt economic recovery and growth. Rather than promising more handouts, lawmakers should be encouraging people who are not working to go out and fill the millions of job openings. Of course, Sanders and his socialist posse know that doing so would prevent greater reliance on government, and in turn less opportunity for government bureaucrats to assert ever more control over Americans’ lives.
Politicians promising government-provided economic salvation is the road to authoritarian dictatorships and economic ruin.
It’s not settled science, regardless of the narratives.
Over the past weekend, the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) refreshed its recommendation for all people to mask up, regardless of vaccination status.
It was slightly ironic, then, when during an interview with CNN on Monday, one of President Joe Biden’s former top advisers, Dr. Michael Osterholm, admitted that cloth and disposable masks don’t work. His solution? We need better masking in the form of N95 respirators. In his words: “We know today that many of the face cloth coverings that people wear are not very effective in reducing any of the virus movement in or out. … We need to talk about better masking. We need to talk about N95 respirators, which would do a lot for both people who are not yet vaccinated or not previously infected.”
The Biden administration won’t want to admit it, but Dr. Osterholm is most likely correct regarding cloth and disposable masks. But what about his N95 remarks?
Masking has been controversial from the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic. If you recall, Dr. Anthony Fauci first stated that masks were ineffective, then flip-flopped. Study after study cropped up debating the efficacy of masking. In the spring of this year, the Biden administration finally admitted that if you are vaccinated, you don’t need to wear a mask. Then the Delta variant reared its ugly head, so masks are once again being recommended. School is just around the corner. Should kids be masked in the classroom? Should parents mask up to protect their unvaccinated kids? The Left would say yes.
Many conservative pundits were up in arms this week restating the major talking points on masks. Many of them conclude that masking is not at all effective in preventing the spread of COVID-19.
Podcast host Liz Wheeler broke down the studies — some of which the CDC even wrote — to debunk the efficacy of masks. After reviewing 20 studies in peer review journals, almost all of them said that masks do not work as personal protective equipment (PPE) or as a source control (wearing the mask to protect others). These findings predate the COVID pandemic. Some of the studies are even about the efficacy of masks used by surgeons. Even medical-grade N95 respirators were found to be dubious in preventing the spread of aerosolized particles. Ultimately, her findings suggest that the only kind of mask that would prevent the spread of infection would be those that basically suffocate the wearer. Talk about the cure being worse than the disease.
Adding important credence to Wheeler’s research, Dr. Jim Meehan, a surgeon and former medical journal editor, wrote in March:
Although surgeons do wear masks to prevent their respiratory droplets from contaminating the surgical field and the exposed internal tissues of our surgical patients, that is about as far as the analogy extends. Obviously, surgeons cannot “socially distance” from their surgical patients (unless we use robotic surgical devices, in which case, I would definitely not wear a mask).
The COVID-19 pandemic is about viral transmission. Surgical and cloth masks do nothing to prevent viral transmission. We should all realize by now that face masks have never been shown to prevent or protect against viral transmission. Which is exactly why they have never been recommended for use during the seasonal flu outbreak, epidemics, or previous pandemics.
Suffice it to say, even N95 respirators don’t appear foolproof. And even if they did, good luck getting 330 million Americans to sport them.
As our Nate Jackson observed back in April, “Perhaps the biggest problem is that you can find research backing up whatever opinion you choose to hold.” Ultimately, a trademark of the Left has been to use terror and bad science when dealing with COVID. When confronted with the truth — or even questions — they deem it misinformation or bend the studies to suit their agenda. One has to question the end goal of this latest flip-flop on masks. What is the efficacy of masks?
Is the mask push merely another shameless power grab? Almost certainly. Is this ultimately about Biden’s presidential legacy? Almost certainly. Is it an excuse to bolster Democrats in the 2022 midterm elections through reinstating the emergency voting alternatives? The timing sure seems suspicious. Whatever the case, it has nothing to do with the effectiveness of masking, which is hardly settled science.
Just ask AOC.
Pork prices will soar thanks to new regulations regarding animal enclosures.
“You’ll eat much less meat. An occasional treat, not a staple. For the good of the environment and our health.” —from the video produced by the World Economic Forum (WEF) advocating for The Great Reset to one-world governance
It has often been said that California is a bellwether for the rest of the nation. If that is the case, the latest voter-approved regulations should warm the cockles of globalist oligarch hearts everywhere. Beginning next year, the Golden State will begin enforcing “The Farm Animal Confinement Proposition” that mandates more space for breeding pigs, egg-laying chickens, and veal calves. It was overwhelmingly approved by voters in 2018. Veal and egg producers across the nation believe they can meet the new standards, but a scant 4% of hog operations can currently comply. Absent court intervention, or the state temporarily allowing noncompliant meat to be sold in the state, California will lose almost all of its pork supply, much of which comes from Iowa. In addition, pork producers will face higher costs if and when they try to reenter the market.
In short, bringing home the bacon may become exceedingly difficult.
California already had a law regarding “cruelty-free eggs” that stated egg-laying hens, breeding pigs, and calves raised for veal must be given enough space “to turn around freely, lie down, stand up, and fully extend their limbs.” The new regulation gave farmers until the beginning of 2020 to provide each egg-laying hen at least one square foot of floor space. Beginning in January, all hens bred in California need to have completely cage-free housing.
When the proposition passed in 2018, Kitty Block, acting president and CEO of the Humane Society, was ecstatic. “California voters have sent a loud and clear message that they reject cruel cage confinement in the meat and egg industries,” she said at the time. “Millions of veal calves, mother pigs and egg-laying hens will never know the misery of being locked in a tiny cage for the duration of their lives.”
Currently, Californians consume approximately 15% of all pork produced in the country. Yet while California restaurants and groceries use about 255 million pounds of pork a month, its farms produce only 45 million pounds. Moreover, the time needed to build new facilities and inseminate sows makes it highly unlikely the pork industry will be able to adequately supply California.
The National Pork Producers Council asked the U.S. Department of Agriculture for federal aid to underwrite the costs associated with retrofitting hog facilities nationwide to fill the gap. Hog farmers reveal they haven’t complied due to the costs involved — and because California has yet to issue formal regulations regarding how the state’s new standards will be administered and enforced.
The California Department of Food and Agriculture rebutted those assertions, noting that even if the final details of the law remain unfinished, the main elements of the law have been know for years. “It is important to note that the law itself cannot be changed by regulations and the law has been in place since the Farm Animal Confinement Proposition (Prop 12) passed by a wide margin in 2018,” the agency stated in response to queries by the Associated Press.
Regardless, the costs associated with the mandate are not insignificant. According to Barry Goodwin, an economist at North Carolina State University, a farm with 1,000 breeding pigs would see costs rise 15% per animal. A study by the Hatamiya Group, a consulting firm hired by opponents of the state proposition, paints an equally daunting picture, noting that if half the pork supply was suddenly lost in California, bacon prices would jump 60%. Thus a package currently selling for $6 would rise to nearly $10..
Lawsuits have been filed by the pork industry, which is also asking Governor Gavin Newsom to delay the new requirements. And the Producers Council is also hoping meat already in the supply chain could be sold, which might delay shortages. Josh Balk, who leads farm animal protection efforts at the Humane Society of the United States, isn’t buying it. “It says something about the pork industry when it seems its business operandi is to lose at the ballot when they try to defend the practices and then when animal cruelty laws are passed, to try to overturn them,” he stated.
Restaurant owner Jeannie Kim, who kept her San Francisco diner alive during the coronavirus pandemic, sounds the alarm. “Our number one seller is bacon, eggs and hash browns,” said Kim, who has run SAMS American Eatery on the city’s busy Market Street for 15 years. “It could be devastating for us.”
She’s not alone. In Iowa, where approximately one-third of the nation’s hogs are raised, farmer Dwight Mogler estimates the changes would cost him $3 million, as a space that now holds 300 pigs could only hold 250 pigs going forward. As a result, Mogler said he’d need to earn an extra $20 per pig, yet as of now, processors are offering far less. “The question to us is, if we do these changes, what is the next change going to be in the rules two years, three years, five years ahead?” Mogler asked. Slaughterhouses are undoubtedly pondering similar questions as they will be forced to design new systems to identify and separate California-compliant hogs from pork that can be served to the rest of the country.
Consequently, analysts believe prices will soar in California but remain little changed in the rest of the nation. Yet they also believe that because California consumes so much pork, the rules imposed in that state may soon become the national standard.
In short, every American can expect already rising meat prices to soar even further into the stratosphere. And no one will be happier about it than those forever seeking to “improve” the lives of the “benighted” masses, even as they remain largely immune from those same “improvements.”
In this particular case, it will inevitably become, It’s bacon for me, but not for thee.
Rising homicide and violent crime, as well as increasing national division, came in the wake of BLM lionizing a career criminal.
In the year since George Floyd’s death, a question arises: What is the actual legacy of the career criminal-turned-martyr for the so-called Black Lives Matter movement? For one thing, data specifically related to law enforcement and crime shows a decided downturn in society writ large and, more tellingly, in Floyd’s home city of Minneapolis.
The protests that erupted in Minneapolis following Floyd’s death quickly devolved into rioting, looting, and massive amounts of property damage, costing the city and business owners hundreds of millions of dollars. However, worse than the property damage — the majority of which, ironically, was contained in black neighborhoods — has been the subsequent spike in violent crime and homicides. The killings have left the city branded with the moniker “Murderapolis.”
In 2020, Minneapolis experienced a 58% increase in murders over the previous year, with 185 people killed, surpassing the former record high of 183 set in 1995. Much if not all of this spiking crime can be laid at the feet of leftist city leaders, who responded to the bogus narrative of “systemic racism” by voting to defund and otherwise limit law enforcement, all in the name of promoting “social justice.”
Not surprisingly, active police presence throughout the city decreased significantly, resulting in a growing crime wave. As Just the News reports: “Carjackings increased 537% year-to-date in November 2020. More than 550 people were wounded by gunfire in 2020, exceeding a 100% increase over 2019, Minnesota Public Radio reported, while people shot more than 24,000 bullets in Minneapolis in 2020.”
Floyd’s legacy isn’t limited to Minneapolis. Major cities across the nation have witnessed similar escalations in violent crime. For example, in the nation’s capital, homicides are killing more people than COVID. Fox News notes, “The number of homicides in Washington D.C., surpassed coronavirus deaths in the city by a nearly 3-to-1 ratio in July as the nation’s capital continues to grapple with an uptick in murders.” Fox adds that DC “recorded 100 homicides by July 10 — the earliest the city has hit that number since 2003.”
The most unfortunate aspect is that most of the victims are black Americans — and black Americans are also the primary culprits. It would be more accurate to classify most of this dramatic rise in crime as black-on-black violence.
And it is this aspect of Floyd’s legacy that may be the most ironic. The face of BLM’s cry against supposed “racial injustice” has only served to ensure that more black Americans are left more vulnerable to crime, violence, and economic deprivation than they were before Floyd’s death.
Floyd’s true legacy is that his death has been used by devious and deceitful anti-American racist revolutionaries to attack law enforcement and the very core values of individual rights and liberty upon which this country was founded. It was those very values that served as the justification and motivation to end our nation’s dark legacies of slavery and Jim Crow. Legacies Americans rightfully lament. Yet it appears that Floyd’s legacy will be yet another chapter in U.S. history for which future generations should shake their heads in disbelief and shame.
On the Web
- In Brief: NYT’s 1619 Project Whitewashes Democrat Racism — Nikole Hannah-Jones’s deeply flawed revisionist yarn makes no mention of the Democrat Party’s racist past.
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Government & Politics
- Governor Andrew Cuomo facing impeachment votes from majority of NY Assembly if he doesn’t resign (Fox News)
- Real estate and landlord groups file legal salvo to stop Biden administration’s new eviction moratorium (Washington Post)
- Election cheating surges to top domestic issue; most (74%) want photo ID (Washington Examiner)
- “Infrastructure” bill would require alcohol monitors for all new cars (Free Beacon) | President Biden to announce target for 50% electric vehicle sales as he unveils stricter emissions rules (Washington Examiner)
Big Tech Oligarchs
- Facebook boots New York University disinformation researchers off its platform and critics cry foul (NPR)
- YouTube suspends Sky News Australia for year-old videos about masks and COVID-19 (Daily Caller)
- Mexican government sues U.S. gun manufacturers for “the unlawful trafficking of their guns to drug cartels and other criminals in Mexico” (Washington Examiner)
- Cartels earn up to $6 billion a year from smuggling migrants (Washington Times)
- U.S. plans to require COVID-19 shots for foreign travelers (Fox News)
- ATF nominee David Chipman failed to disclose 2012 Chinese state TV hit used as propaganda by the communist state (Fox News)
- Taliban claim attack on defense minister’s compound (Reuters)
Double Standards Awards
- AOC masks up for photo-op — instantly removes it after (PM)
- Climate Czar John Kerry’s family jet has taken 16 flights this year alone (Fox News)
- NBC’s Summer Olympics ratings are in free-fall (CNN Business)
- Mission accomplished: Washington Football Team bans headdresses and face paint in new fan policies (Washington Times)
- The calm before the storm: NOAA forecasts above-average Atlantic hurricane season (Washington Examiner)
- Policy: The incredible shrinking infrastructure pay-fors (AEI)
- Satire: Andrew Cuomo announces new book on how to treat women with dignity and respect (Babylon Bee)
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Insight: “Liberty … was a two-headed boon. There was first, the liberty of the people as a whole to determine the forms of their own government, to levy their own taxes, and to make their own laws…. There was second, the liberty of the individual man to live his own life, within the limits of decency and decorum, as he pleased — freedom from the despotism of the majority.” —H. L. Mencken (1880-1956)
Observations: “There was a time when we honored those who created the prosperity and the freedom that we enjoy. Today we honor the complainers and sue the creators. Perhaps that is inevitable in an era when we no longer count our blessings, but instead count all our unfulfilled wishes.” —Thomas Sowell
The bottom line: “We live in a society in which no one wants to have to suffer any adversity or deal with the consequences of their decisions and actions. Consequently, fear, under the guise of safety, has become a self-enslaving idol to many.” —Darrell B. Harrison
For the record: “[Wokeness] divides us into people of different races and it says that these racial differences are irreconcilable. … It sees no reconciliation, no coming together unless the people that they describe as eternal victims, black people, people of color, women, transgender people, unless they unite to destroy and dismantle our existing institutions. It’s a very nihilistic, zero-sum game. It’s the worst philosophy I’ve ever come across.” —Ayaan Hirsi Ali
A trip down memory lane: “There’s a disrespect for women that this administration chronically exemplifies … To secondguess how a woman should’ve acted after a sexual attack is sexist and disgusting. I mean, it’s just insensitive. You don’t understand the pain.” —serial sexual harasser Governor Andrew Cuomo on Brett Kavanaugh
Grand delusions: “Both voting and access to abortion are basic. They’re about the functioning of our democracy and about the protection of personal autonomy. … The right-wing extremists know that if they can keep people from voting, they’ve got a better chance to impose their views about abortion on an unwilling nation.” —Senator Elizabeth Warren
Race hustling: “We can’t get complacent. Having public opinion on our side is not enough, because the racist cowards that would fire teachers and ban certain books [that] are accurately describing the history of racism and bigotry in this country are already showing up at school board meetings, and they’re loud. So we have to be louder. We have to rise up together and show up to those same meetings, demanding that our children get a full and accurate history curriculum.” —Al Sharpton
Race bait: “The slaveholder … wanted the freedom to enslave. There’s no difference between that and the individual saying, ‘I should have the freedom to infect people. I should have the freedom to kill and exploit and harass and terrorize.’” —Ibram X. Kendi
Non compos mentis: “My top criticism, honestly, of the 1619 Project is that it is way too pro-American, in my opinion. I don’t think that there can be redemption until there is no America.” —podcaster Sam Goldman
And last… “The most incredible part about Leftism is that when its consequences become clear, Leftists immediately blame the thing they oppose. So, for example, when developers stop building as much thanks to endless eviction moratoria, Leftists will blame capitalism.” —Ben Shapiro
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