Tag: liberty

Biden’s Bile, or How to Guarantee a National Disaster if Republicans Don’t Act

 

While Joe Biden raves and rants at MAGA Republicans, who he thinks are determined to destroy our democracy (which is actually a republic), the rest of the country is taking stock of Biden’s presidency and asking the difficult question: why are we supporting this man who has led this country in such a disastrous direction? I’m becoming more convinced every day that he has sealed his own fate and that of all citizens by believing that the country will be inspired by his rhetoric, which is not only irresponsible but denigrates the very people he is supposed to be serving.

Why have I come to this conclusion?

He insists on thinking that Democrats don’t realize that his administration is responsible for all the hardships that are unfolding. Inflation has risen on his watch; the borders have been decimated with his ignoring enforcement; interest rates are rising; the food and household goods continue to be in short supply.

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Wisdom, honesty, truth and common sense go a long way – in politics and life.  So it’s hard to believe the words coming out of the president’s mouth that conservatives, mainly those that support a “Make America Great Again” philosophy, are now considered “semi-fascists”.  This is a lie.  Biden is labeling people because they want […]

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It took a little longer than usual, but I did manage to get in to the office today. I went out and got some photos this afternoon, which I’m currently processing and I’ll post in the comments. Apologies for the poor quality of the videos. I used my older cameras because they have better battery […]

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Folk have been asking what it really means for Justin Trudeau to invoke the Emergencies Act.  In that vein, I think it would be easier to simply post the full text of the Order In Council that was released last night.  The legalese is not that hard to decipher: Whereas the Governor in Council believes, […]

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That’s according to the Department of Homeland Security. The DHS considers anyone who 1) claims the election was stolen, 2) advocates for early Covid treatments like Ivermectin or 3) acknowledges vaccine injuries are a dangerous reality, should be considered domestic terrorists. There are more categories that will get you on their radicals watchlist but those […]

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Last night, Canada’s House of Commons had a 5.5 hour emergency debate on the trucker protest, and the Prime Minister came out of hiding to give us a speech about how the truckers and the conservatives are a bunch of fascist plague-spreaders, pretend to answer a couple of questions, and then scurry off to his […]

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The next sitting of Canada’s House of Commons starts tomorrow, so I’m back in my Ottawa office today trying to tidy up the place before the bosses roll in to town.  I went out for a walk after lunch so here are your Ricochet Exclusive photos for Day 4 of the Trucker Rally. I’ll provide […]

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Quote of the Day: Popular Speech

 

“Politically popular speech has always been protected; even the Jews were free to say,’Heil Hitler!'”* – Isaac Asimov

Dr. A may have been a crazy lefty, but he was dead right on this one. It is always easy to say what is politically popular. America’s Founding Fathers also understood this, which was why they added the First Amendment to the Constitution. To protect unpopular political speech. Or unpopular speech in general.

Poland Fighting For Its Freedom – Why Doesn’t America?

 

Poland is fighting against a powerful tide – more like a tidal wave. The leadership is fighting for its sovereignty, freedom, and the heart and soul of a country that has suffered so much. Does that sound familiar?  The European Union is not amused.  Maybe it is because Poland only threw off the stranglehold of communism in 1989, and they remember the oppression.  That’s only 32 years ago.  Can you imagine for a moment if the United States was only free for the last 32 years?

Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki, in an October 18 letter to EU leaders:

Poland’s Constitutional Tribunal has ruled that Polish law takes precedence over European Union law. The landmark ruling, which seeks to reassert national sovereignty over certain judicial matters, has called into question the legitimacy of the EU’s supranational legal and political order.

Quote of the Day: The Tragedy of Liberty

 

There are those who assert that revolution has swept the United States. That is not true. But there are some who are trying to bring it about. At least they are following the vocal technique which has led elsewhere to the tragedy of Liberty. Their slogans; their promise of Utopia; their denunciation of individual wickednesses as if these were the wards of Liberty; their misrepresentation  of deep-seated causes; their will to destruction of confidence and consequent disorganization in order to justify action; their stirring of class feeling and hatred; their will to clip and atrophy the legislative arm; their resentment of critic; their chatter of boycott, of threat and of force—all are typical enough of the methods of more violent action.

— Herbert Hoover, “The Challenge to Liberty”

What Is Happening to Our Country?

 

What is happening to our country? @docrobert posted about the supply chain issue, focusing on California ports (just one port of many), but these supply shortages and delivery issues are just one, in a long list of serious problems in the “new, woke Biden administration’s America.” Our Transportation Czar, Pete Buttigieg, has taken a maternity leave since August, to stay home with his gay partner. Dear Mr, Buttigieg, you may have a doctor before your name, but neither you nor your partner carried a child for nine months, or went through a grueling and exhausting delivery, and never will. Why such a long leave? In the meantime, people are waiting for building materials, appliances, furniture, computers, auto parts, and many other critical supplies, that you should be on the job resolving. Pete, can you address the country on our supply chain and delivery issues and what you are doing about it?

The babies arrived amid the delay of a bipartisan infrastructure bill and growing concerns over product shortages and the sluggish transport of goods, inconveniences that have only grown more biting as the pandemic continues.  On Friday, Mr. Buttigieg’s twins cooed in the background as he spoke by phone about the “pro-family” policies.

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While We Were Sleeping

 

The alarming thing has nothing to do with health or elections or wars. The alarming thing is the control of lies. It would be nice if we could eliminate all the lies and have nothing but truth left, as that would clear a lot of things up. The problem and what makes it the alarming thing is, who gets to decide?

YouTube announced it is removing accounts it considers to be providing misinformation. It could be right, and maybe it is misinformation. If it is, it should be removed, or should it? I think it probably has a right under its terms of use. But should it remove information, even if it’s proven to be bad information?

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Click here to listen to the podcast On this episode of the Resistance Library Podcast, Sam and Dave discuss the subtle differences between “freedom” vs. “liberty.” The terms “freedom” and “liberty” have become clichés in modern political parlance. Because these words are invoked so much by politicians and their ilk, their meanings are almost synonymous […]

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QotD: Courage, Liberty, and Happiness

 

Those who won our independence . . . believed liberty to be the secret of happiness, and courage to be the secret of liberty. They believed that freedom to think as you will and to speak as you think are means indispensable to the discovery and spread of political truth; that, without free speech and assembly, discussion would be futile; that, with them, discussion affords ordinarily adequate protection against the dissemination of noxious doctrine; that the greatest menace to freedom is an inert people; that public discussion is a political duty, and that this should be a fundamental principle of the American government. – Justice Louis Brandeis

If any single quote summarizes the cause of our present unhappiness, it is this one. Without liberty, one cannot be happy. Without courage, one cannot be free. Today far too many lack the courage required for liberty. They lack the courage to speak freely, to take the consequences of defying absurd edicts and to disregard specious arguments made by so-called experts. They fear to go their own way and defy the mob. It is easier to go along, to not make waves.

An Epidemic of Fear

 

Before you tune me out, I’m just going to make a couple of reasonable points.  Japan is experiencing its worst COVID wave by far, measured by the number of cases.  See pic below:

The Fort Moultrie Flag: Southern Liberty During the American Revolution

 

The Moultrie Flag, also known as the Liberty Flag, is a strong symbol of the Southern role in the American Revolution. It’s also a handsome flag with a simple design on a beautiful blue color. The flag was developed specifically for the Battle of Sullivan’s Island, a short but important engagement in the Southern theater of battle during the American Revolutionary War.

In 1775, in the lead-up to the American Revolution, Colonel William Moultrie wanted a flag that represented the new American nation. Moultrie was the commander of the 2nd South Carolina Regiment. He commissioned a design based on the uniform of his soldiers. This was the distinctive deep blue you see on the flag today. The crescent moon might come from the caps of the soldiers, which initially bore the legend “Liberty or Death.” Some historians believe that it’s instead a form of neck armor. Whatever the symbol’s original, its message was eventually simplified to “liberty,” which is either written within the crescent or in the center at the bottom of the flag.

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Understand that to surrender even a tad of freedom, a touch of liberty, or a bit of property—whether to climate change, Covid, national security, the “common good” or “society’—based on the decree of a demented, illegitimate president, a narcissistic zealot like AOC, the descendant of a nepotistic lineage of privileged inbreds like Pelosi or Newsom, […]

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