Australia Could Happen Here

 

If you think that Covid restrictions have been awful in parts of the United States, try living in Australia or New Zealand. These once-free liberal democracies, so-called champions for equal and civil rights, have become home to some of the hashish covid restrictions in the world. 

Did you think a respiratory virus would cause the Australian and New Zealand governments to turn their countries into island prisons? To be honest, I never thought of New Zealand at all before 2020. 

Most people could not have predicted how fast democratic governments morphed into their own brand of tyranny. Pre-covid, the leaders of Australia and New Zealand were faceless, interchangeable managers of faraway nanny states. Why then did these governments come down hard on their pretty passive and tame people? 

Over time, these countries bought into the idea that liberal democracies are incapable of authoritarianism. In democracies, “we are the government.”  Therefore whatever decisions democratically elected officials decide, the population should go along.

This attitude has forced Australians to protest to restore fundamental rights like the freedom to travel more than 5km from their home and do mundane tasks like going to work and shopping for groceries.

Even after witnessing the atrocities committed by fascist and communist regimes, citizens of most western democracies gave up their firearms. Like sheep, they handed over their natural right of self-defense to the wolf. Those who give up their guns in the name of public safety will give up about anything.

Australia and New Zealand gave up their firearms only after becoming too meek and obedient to offer pushback anyway. Rather than seizing guns by force, governments accepted them (after passing legislation) from citizens who no longer perceived the state as a threat or their firearm as a tool to fight oppression. 

A 2014 poll found “89 percent of Australians thought their gun laws were either “about right” or “not strong enough.” To the average Australian, the state acts for the good of the people. If it’s not working for the good of the people, what are you, lone dissenter going to do about it?

As the old adage goes, temporary covid measures have become permanent. Citizens of Australia live under endless lockdowns. The government has even resorted to shooting shelter dogs to prevent people from using the rescue of a puppy as a pretext to leave the house. In New Zealand, the government has transformed its two-island nation into a prison to reduce covid cases to zero.

Jacinda Ardern, Prime Minister of New Zealand, said, “For now everyone is in agreement … elimination is the strategy. There is no discussion or debate amongst any of us about that.” One hundred new covid cases caused the government to implement a new national lockdown order. 

There is no debate about striking a balance between security and liberty.  In the age of Covid, wanting your freedom to live a normal life is synonymous with wanting your grandmother to die. The long-term cost of giving up liberty in exchange for safety is significant. Unemployment, missed cancer screenings, depression, suicide, and days, months, and years of your life that you can never get back are just a few of the many consequences of draconian Covid restrictions.

During national emergencies, security becomes another justification for violating the rights of peaceful people. Contrary to popular belief, there is more to life than merely breathing, and there are worse things than death.

Watching millions of Americans go along with the official narrative surrounding covid restrictions has been hard. However, there are still pockets of freedom to be found. Those areas with fewer restrictions are primarily in gun-friendly states, which have maintained enough distrust in the government and support a system of decentralization.

Decentralization, the founding principle of a federal republic, has helped to avoid a one-size-fits-all approach that saw national lockdowns, mask mandates, and business closure around that world. If there is a silver lining to covid, it is the re-emergence of using state governments and localism to check federal overreach.

American progressives, worshipers of Saint Fauci, and supporters of Moms Demand Action want the United States to look more like Australia and less like Florida. Unarmed and on indefinite house arrest. A Venn diagram of Americans who strongly support covid mandates and gun control is a perfect circle.

Michael Malice often remarks on Twitter, “the right to bear arms is more central to the American legal system and American history than the right to vote, and far more important.” If, after watching Covid authoritarianism unfolded before our eyes, you are still weighing the pros and cons of gun control, you are already heading down the road to serfdom. 

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  1. Stina Member
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    I’m enjoying your posts.

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  2. Randy Webster Member
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    Eric Martin: and there are worse things than death.

    Patrick Henry thought so.

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  3. James Salerno Coolidge
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    If anything, we need more gun culture here in the US.

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  4. RushBabe49 Thatcher
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    I believe the PM of Australia has said he would lift the restrictions, because living that way is “unsustainable”.

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  5. Hartmann von Aue Member
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    I think you meant “harshest” and not “hashish” restrictions. They might have those, too. 

    In any case, thanks for drawing people’s attention to this. We have friends who are missionaries with Steiger International in NZ and have been posting about the awfulness of the NZ Covid Lockdown. It is appalling 1) that the government is doing this in the first place and 2) people are LETTING their government impose these restrictions. 

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  6. kedavis Member
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    RushBabe49 (View Comment):

    I believe the PM of Australia has said he would lift the restrictions, because living that way is “unsustainable”.

    Oh, no!  Not unsustainable!

    NOTHING is worse than unsustainable!  (To the left…)

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  7. Vince Guerra Member
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    Covid policymakers are in a cult. It acts as all cults do. It subjugates and isolates the people under its influence while ever creating new ways to keep them there. Those who want out will need to break out, and probably with violence. 

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  8. kedavis Member
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    Vince Guerra (View Comment):

    Covid policymakers are in a cult. It acts as all cults do. It subjugates and isolates the people under its influence while ever creating new ways to keep them there. Those who want out will need to break out, and probably with violence.

    Not sure Australians and New Zealanders are capable of violence any more.

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  9. Vince Guerra Member
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    kedavis (View Comment):

    Vince Guerra (View Comment):

    Covid policymakers are in a cult. It acts as all cults do. It subjugates and isolates the people under its influence while ever creating new ways to keep them there. Those who want out will need to break out, and probably with violence.

    Not sure Australians and New Zealanders are capable of violence any more.

    One of my closest friends was a Kiwi, became an American around 20 years ago. He became such a complete Covid true believer that we cannot even speak anymore. They wear masks everywhere, even in their own home. It’s sad, all the more so because he escaped a cult when he was a younger man. 

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  10. genferei Member
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    Australians have always loved government – that’s why they have so much of it (Federal, State, municipal…) per capita. NZ suffers from the little-country syndrome – when something of theirs gets international praise, they rally behind it, whether it’s good or not: hence St Jacinda.

    kedavis (View Comment):
    Not sure Australians and New Zealanders are capable of violence any more.

    They’re plenty capable of domestic violence, and gang violence, and pub violence, and sporting violence, and war violence – revolutionary violence, not so much.

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  11. Vince Guerra Member
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    And the hits keep coming. https://tutanota.com/blog/posts/australia-surveillance-bill/

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  12. CarolJoy, Not So Easy To Kill Coolidge
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    James Salerno (View Comment):

    If anything, we need more gun culture here in the US.

    Not just  guns, but other items as well. There is some stun gun type thing-ee, it looks like a flashlight but it can liquify the electronics of any vehicle or Robo cop  it is aimed at.

    Illegal in Calif but apparently legal everywhere else.

    Meanwhile videos of the huge production lines of mini robo-cops now being manufactured in China are going viral: entities that are  already appearing in police stations near you.

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  13. kedavis Member
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    genferei (View Comment):

    Australians have always loved government – that’s why they have so much of it (Federal, State, municipal…) per capita. NZ suffers from the little-country syndrome – when something of theirs gets international praise, they rally behind it, whether it’s good or not: hence St Jacinda.

    kedavis (View Comment):
    Not sure Australians and New Zealanders are capable of violence any more.

    They’re plenty capable of domestic violence, and gang violence, and pub violence, and sporting violence, and war violence – revolutionary violence, not so much.

    So, they’ll fight each other, but not a common enemy?  Sounds like a lot of Republicans.

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  14. kedavis Member
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    CarolJoy, Not So Easy To Kill (View Comment):

    James Salerno (View Comment):

    If anything, we need more gun culture here in the US.

    Not just guns, but other items as well. There is some stun gun type thing-ee, it looks like a flashlight but it can liquify the electronics of any vehicle or Robo cop it is aimed at.

    Illegal in Calif but apparently legal everywhere else.

    Meanwhile videos of the huge production lines of mini robo-cops now being manufactured in China are going viral: entities that are already appearing in police stations near you.

    Hmm, now to activate SkyNet…

     

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  15. BillJackson Coolidge
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    Great post.

    I would also add, though, that Americans possess a great advantage that I honestly don’t think the rest of the world shares: We can be undisciplined, lazy and hypocritical. (And I mean that as a compliment.)

    I live in a suburb of Chicago that’s very lefty, certainly not gun culture and is under a mask mandate thanks to our idiot governor. This go-round I’m noticing that it’s not being adhered to by everyone as religiously as before.

    Yesterday, someone got on the elevator in my building without a mask *at all* — meaning she had to dig in her purse to find one. She couldn’t even be bothered to put up a show of wearing a mask under her chin (and I love her for it.) 

    Same with a business I frequent. I was told that management wouldn’t be enforcing the mask mandate because “it’s not worth the fight with customers.”  (But, of course, they have signs saying masks are required, hence me saying we’re hypocritical.) 

    Yes, there are “true believers” and they bother me. I glare back at them when they glare at me for not wearing a mask outdoors. 

    But then I see the collective laziness/boredom/lack of discipline win out and I think “Yeah. Not all rebellions are violent” … and the lazy ones can be just as effective. 

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  16. CarolJoy, Not So Easy To Kill Coolidge
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    Vince Guerra (View Comment):

    And the hits keep coming. https://tutanota.com/blog/posts/australia-surveillance-bill/

     

    Someone from OZ land who PM’s me on social media took me to task for using a phrase like “After larger than expected COVID fatalities in Australia and New Zealand.”

    Apparently there have been 1,000 COVID fatalities in Australia. (Current population in Australia is 25, 800,000 people.)

     

     

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  17. Zafar Member
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    genferei (View Comment):
    They’re plenty capable of domestic violence, and gang violence, and pub violence, and sporting violence, and war violence – revolutionary violence, not so much.

    Because we don’t have a pre-revolutionary situation here in Oz.  Horses for courses.

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  18. Annefy Member
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    I have a good friend from Australia; he became an American citizen about six years ago.

    He has quite a bit of family in and around the Sydney area. Most of them are on the dole (welfare) and have their housing paid for. They’re living their best lives. None of his relations are chaffing at the restrictions.

    Son #2 weighed in that most of the “men” in Australia were killed in WWI, WWII, or immigrated. That said, he is on several Vet message boards and is in touch with some Australians he crossed paths with when in USMC. He claims there’s trouble brewing. His last words to me last night: remember ma. You only need 3% on your side for revolution.

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  19. Vince Guerra Member
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    Annefy (View Comment):
    His last words to me last night: remember ma. You only need 3% on your side for revolution.

    Oh good, we’ve got at least 52%. 

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  20. Annefy Member
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    Vince Guerra (View Comment):

    Annefy (View Comment):
    His last words to me last night: remember ma. You only need 3% on your side for revolution.

    Oh good, we’ve got at least 52%.

    As I re read that, I think I misrepresented it. I think he was saying you only need 3% willing to actively revolt. I’m watching a live stream of a school board meeting regarding a teacher who got caught on tape by Project Veritas … it might well be the mommies who lead the next revolution.

     

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  21. Full Size Tabby Member
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    Oddly enough,  the possibility of encouraging or even participating in a new revolution is giving me more reason to live than I have had for much of the last year and a half. 

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  22. RushBabe49 Thatcher
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    No wonder I’m liking the Hunger Games books so much.

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  23. Vince Guerra Member
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    Annefy (View Comment):

    Vince Guerra (View Comment):

    Annefy (View Comment):
    His last words to me last night: remember ma. You only need 3% on your side for revolution.

    Oh good, we’ve got at least 52%.

    As I re read that, I think I misrepresented it. I think he was saying you only need 3% willing to actively revolt. I’m watching a live stream of a school board meeting regarding a teacher who got caught on tape by Project Veritas … it might well be the mommies who lead the next revolution.

     

    Yeah, that’s how I read it too. We only need a few people to light the spark but we’ve already got the majority willing to stoke it. 

    Dr. Frank says that the Super moms (the women across the country canvassing the voter rolls, tearing it up at school boards, choosing homeschool etc…) are going to he the ones who save this country. 

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  24. Stina Member
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    Vince Guerra (View Comment):

    Annefy (View Comment):

    Vince Guerra (View Comment):

    Annefy (View Comment):
    His last words to me last night: remember ma. You only need 3% on your side for revolution.

    Oh good, we’ve got at least 52%.

    As I re read that, I think I misrepresented it. I think he was saying you only need 3% willing to actively revolt. I’m watching a live stream of a school board meeting regarding a teacher who got caught on tape by Project Veritas … it might well be the mommies who lead the next revolution.

     

    Yeah, that’s how I read it too. We only need a few people to light the spark but we’ve already got the majority willing to stoke it.

    Dr. Frank says that the Super moms (the women across the country canvassing the voter rolls, tearing it up at school boards, choosing homeschool etc…) are going to he the ones who save this country.

    Which is ironic considering a lot of them brought us here, too.

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  25. Vince Guerra Member
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    Stina (View Comment):

    Vince Guerra (View Comment):

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    Vince Guerra (View Comment):

    Annefy (View Comment):
    His last words to me last night: remember ma. You only need 3% on your side for revolution.

    Oh good, we’ve got at least 52%.

    As I re read that, I think I misrepresented it. I think he was saying you only need 3% willing to actively revolt. I’m watching a live stream of a school board meeting regarding a teacher who got caught on tape by Project Veritas … it might well be the mommies who lead the next revolution.

    Yeah, that’s how I read it too. We only need a few people to light the spark but we’ve already got the majority willing to stoke it.

    Dr. Frank says that the Super moms (the women across the country canvassing the voter rolls, tearing it up at school boards, choosing homeschool etc…) are going to he the ones who save this country.

    Which is ironic considering a lot of them brought us here, too.

    That’s a narrative of the NeverTrumpers that I’ve never bought – the notion that disaffected soccer moms in the suburbs uncomfortable with Trump turned away from all of their core convictions and voted for Biden or the democrats. I think it’s a figment of the imagination of guys like Rob Long to help him dismiss the reality that the election was stolen because they’re secretly glad it was. All of the women in this demographic that I know were full on Trump, if not from the get-go then certainly after 2018. Homeschool moms know a tyrant when the see one, and have been driving this audit train.

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  26. kedavis Member
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    Vince Guerra (View Comment):

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    Annefy (View Comment):
    His last words to me last night: remember ma. You only need 3% on your side for revolution.

    Oh good, we’ve got at least 52%.

    As I re read that, I think I misrepresented it. I think he was saying you only need 3% willing to actively revolt. I’m watching a live stream of a school board meeting regarding a teacher who got caught on tape by Project Veritas … it might well be the mommies who lead the next revolution.

    Yeah, that’s how I read it too. We only need a few people to light the spark but we’ve already got the majority willing to stoke it.

    Dr. Frank says that the Super moms (the women across the country canvassing the voter rolls, tearing it up at school boards, choosing homeschool etc…) are going to he the ones who save this country.

    Which is ironic considering a lot of them brought us here, too.

    That’s a narrative of the NeverTrumpers that I’ve never bought – the notion that disaffected soccer moms in the suburbs uncomfortable with Trump turned away from all of their core convictions and voted for Biden or the democrats. I think it’s a figment of the imagination of guys like Rob Long to help him dismiss the reality that the election was stolen because they’re secretly glad it was. All of the women in this demographic that I know were full on Trump, if not from the get-go then certainly after 2018. Homeschool moms know a tyrant when the see one, and have been driving this audit train.

    The narrative is stuff like “white suburban college-educated women” etc, which to me also suggests largely if not entirely childless.

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  27. Stina Member
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    kedavis (View Comment):

    Vince Guerra (View Comment):

    Stina (View Comment):

    Vince Guerra (View Comment):

    Annefy (View Comment):

    Vince Guerra (View Comment):

    Annefy (View Comment):
    His last words to me last night: remember ma. You only need 3% on your side for revolution.

    Oh good, we’ve got at least 52%.

    As I re read that, I think I misrepresented it. I think he was saying you only need 3% willing to actively revolt. I’m watching a live stream of a school board meeting regarding a teacher who got caught on tape by Project Veritas … it might well be the mommies who lead the next revolution.

    Yeah, that’s how I read it too. We only need a few people to light the spark but we’ve already got the majority willing to stoke it.

    Dr. Frank says that the Super moms (the women across the country canvassing the voter rolls, tearing it up at school boards, choosing homeschool etc…) are going to he the ones who save this country.

    Which is ironic considering a lot of them brought us here, too.

    That’s a narrative of the NeverTrumpers that I’ve never bought – the notion that disaffected soccer moms in the suburbs uncomfortable with Trump turned away from all of their core convictions and voted for Biden or the democrats. I think it’s a figment of the imagination of guys like Rob Long to help him dismiss the reality that the election was stolen because they’re secretly glad it was. All of the women in this demographic that I know were full on Trump, if not from the get-go then certainly after 2018. Homeschool moms know a tyrant when the see one, and have been driving this audit train.

    The narrative is stuff like “white suburban college-educated women” etc, which to me also suggests largely if not entirely childless.

    Judging from today, moms are definitely not supporting Biden. One mother actually made a joke about him not knowing who HE was, let alone whether masks were effective.

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  28. Vince Guerra Member
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    Vince Guerra (View Comment):

    Annefy (View Comment):
    His last words to me last night: remember ma. You only need 3% on your side for revolution.

    Oh good, we’ve got at least 52%.

    As I re read that, I think I misrepresented it. I think he was saying you only need 3% willing to actively revolt. I’m watching a live stream of a school board meeting regarding a teacher who got caught on tape by Project Veritas … it might well be the mommies who lead the next revolution.

    Yeah, that’s how I read it too. We only need a few people to light the spark but we’ve already got the majority willing to stoke it.

    Dr. Frank says that the Super moms (the women across the country canvassing the voter rolls, tearing it up at school boards, choosing homeschool etc…) are going to he the ones who save this country.

    Which is ironic considering a lot of them brought us here, too.

    That’s a narrative of the NeverTrumpers that I’ve never bought – the notion that disaffected soccer moms in the suburbs uncomfortable with Trump turned away from all of their core convictions and voted for Biden or the democrats. I think it’s a figment of the imagination of guys like Rob Long to help him dismiss the reality that the election was stolen because they’re secretly glad it was. All of the women in this demographic that I know were full on Trump, if not from the get-go then certainly after 2018. Homeschool moms know a tyrant when the see one, and have been driving this audit train.

    The narrative is stuff like “white suburban college-educated women” etc, which to me also suggests largely if not entirely childless.

    That’s a much smaller demographic than the margin of Biden’s supposed victory. It’s also BS. I can give you about ten names off the top of my head who’re ready to go battle against this stuff. Some of them are youth pastors. 

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  29. CuriousKevmo Member
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    What shocked me most was the polling that showed Australians overwhelmingly in favor of the self-imposed prison.  Those that are outraged, and there are quite a few still only make up something like 20+%

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  30. kedavis Member
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    Vince Guerra (View Comment):

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    Annefy (View Comment):
    His last words to me last night: remember ma. You only need 3% on your side for revolution.

    Oh good, we’ve got at least 52%.

    As I re read that, I think I misrepresented it. I think he was saying you only need 3% willing to actively revolt. I’m watching a live stream of a school board meeting regarding a teacher who got caught on tape by Project Veritas … it might well be the mommies who lead the next revolution.

    Yeah, that’s how I read it too. We only need a few people to light the spark but we’ve already got the majority willing to stoke it.

    Dr. Frank says that the Super moms (the women across the country canvassing the voter rolls, tearing it up at school boards, choosing homeschool etc…) are going to he the ones who save this country.

    Which is ironic considering a lot of them brought us here, too.

    That’s a narrative of the NeverTrumpers that I’ve never bought – the notion that disaffected soccer moms in the suburbs uncomfortable with Trump turned away from all of their core convictions and voted for Biden or the democrats. I think it’s a figment of the imagination of guys like Rob Long to help him dismiss the reality that the election was stolen because they’re secretly glad it was. All of the women in this demographic that I know were full on Trump, if not from the get-go then certainly after 2018. Homeschool moms know a tyrant when the see one, and have been driving this audit train.

    The narrative is stuff like “white suburban college-educated women” etc, which to me also suggests largely if not entirely childless.

    That’s a much smaller demographic than the margin of Biden’s supposed victory. It’s also BS. I can give you about ten names off the top of my head who’re ready to go battle against this stuff. Some of them are youth pastors.

    I agree that I don’t think it’s really significant, but it’s the kind of thing Gary and others refer to as “explaining” Trump’s “loss,” and it gives them a shield against caring about election fraud.

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