The Good, The Bad, And Ugly of the Coronavirus Bill

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The $2 trillion coronavirus relief package passed last week by the U.S. Congress includes crucial measures designed to keep hardworking Americans afloat during these difficult times.

But it also includes so, so much more.

As Rachel Bovard explained for our friends at Texas Scorecard, the bill funds a laundry list of agencies that have nothing whatsoever to do with the COVID-19 crisis: 

If legislators and lobbyists are skilled at anything, it is never letting a crisis go to waste. The CARES Act is an emergency coronavirus relief bill, designed to help the families and businesses impacted by a government response to a public health crisis.

But in a crisis, there is opportunity. At least, there is if securing government funding is your goal.

Take Boeing, for example, the company with planes that keep crashing. The company got a special $17 billion carveout.

The Treatment of Sunscreen Innovation Act also mysteriously made it into the legislation—in fact, a bill to address coronavirus, a viral infectious disease, mentions the word “sunscreen” 49 times. The bill provides for FDA approval of “innovative” sunscreens, and largely benefits the French cosmetics giant L’Oreal, which has operations in Kentucky—where Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell is up for re-election in November.

The Harbor Maintenance Trust Fund also got a boost when its spending limits were removed. This largely benefits Senate Appropriations Committee Chairman Richard Shelby (R-Ala.), whose home-state ports will be dredged as a result. One GOP aide characterized the decision as “easy to give Shelby, since he’s been wanting it for years and now why not give it to him?”

Apparently this coronavirus relief bill is about “wins” for Richard Shelby. If only the Americans struggling to pay rent had such a willing advocate anywhere in the Senate’s leadership.

The pro-labor lobby also got its claws into the bill with a requirement for those companies taking loans. For the length of the loan, companies must stay neutral in any attempt by their employees to organize a union—a direct slap at right-to-work states.

The government itself also grew larger. Even after receiving their annual pot of money for the year, big-spending appropriators saw fit to lavish even more largesse onto areas of the government.

Take a look at a sampling of what lawmakers will tell you is so very necessary to help the workers and families impacted by coronavirus:

  • $10 billion loan to the U.S. Postal Service
  • Extension of $48 million in sex-ed funding
  • $25 million in “salaries and expenses” for the House of Representatives
  • $60 million for NASA
  • $500,000 for a water project in Central Utah
  • $3 million for “forest and rangeland research” by the U.S. Forest Service
  • $78,000 “payment” to the Institute of American Indian and Alaska Native Culture and Arts Development
  • $99 million for the Department of Energy
  • $25 million to the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts
  • $75 million in grants to the National Endowment for the Arts
  • $75 million in grants to the National Endowment for the Humanities
  • $75 million to the Corporation for Public Broadcasting
  • $7.5 million to the Smithsonian Institution
  • $50 million to the Institute of Museum and Library Services

What started as a meaningful relief effort for workers and families morphed, as it so often does, into a ride-along for unrelated—and a few ridiculous—provisions designed to benefit certain lawmakers or expand the bureaucracy. Even when facing down a pandemic, Congress just can’t pass up the opportunity to benefit their re-election campaigns, their own projects, and those of their friends.

Before this crisis, some may have argued that our “leaders” in Congress can be trusted when Americans’ lives are on the line. Sure, they might cave to lobbyists in times of plenty, but when the rubber meets the road, they’ll come together to protect the American people.

This bill proves that Congress can never, ever be trusted — even during a national emergency.

We need to impose fiscal restraints on Washington before it’s too late. Already, our nation faces a fiscal crisis of unimaginable proportions. We might survive this pandemic, but can our economy handle the next? How will we relieve American businesses when the national debt makes future rescue bills all but impossible?

There’s only one way to force Congress to be fiscally responsible: an Article V Convention of States. A Convention of States can propose constitutional amendments that mandate that Congress balances the budget by cutting spending — not raising taxes. This and similar fiscal amendments can force the House and the Senate to make the tough financial decisions for the good of this nation. That way, the next time we face a crisis, we’ll be in a solid financial position to weather it. 

Liberal Bias and Fraud Exposed in This Climate Change Conspiracy at Wikipedia

Can we really believe anything on the internet nowadays?

How many times did you see that meme of a younger Donald Trump that claimed he said during a 1998 interview with People Magazine, “If I were to run, I’d run as a Republican. They’re the dumbest group of voters in the country”?

It wasn’t true. It was all made up to fit an anti-Trump narrative. But it has never stopped. And Wikipedia was just exposed for perpetuating the same kind of liberal propaganda.

Have you ever heard that we’re living in a George Orwell novel?

People call it an “Orwellian Nightmare,” which refers to his infamous dystopian 1949 novel “1984” about a Socialist future.

The story takes place in an imagined future, the year 1984 when the government has enforced overwhelming surveillance, historical denialism, state-run propaganda, and the ruling party employs the “Thought Police” to prohibit independent thinking.

Liberals want you to believe that President Donald Trump’s administration has enforced some of these tactics, but of course the opposite is actually true.

The mainstream media is so hellbent on demonizing Trump’s administration that they lie, or lie by omission, every day.

Lying by omission is intentionally leaving out important information or failing to correct a pre-existing misconception – a tactic perpetuated by leftists all the time.

And this is exactly what Wikipedia did recently when they deleted its list of “Scientists Who Disagree with the Scientific Consensus on Global Warming.”

What happened was a handful of Wikipedia editors allegedly voted to delete the useful and topical page.

The reasoning was asinine: “The result was delete. This is because I see a consensus here that there is no value in having a list that combines the qualities of a) being a scientist, in the general sense of that word, and b) disagreeing with the scientific consensus on global warming.”

But did you notice the operative word there? It was “I” – meaning there wasn’t a vote by the Wiki editors, rather, it was just one person who made an executive decision.

Also, what gives this editor the right to censor free speech like that? What kind of obnoxious virtue signaling, moral ineptitude, does this self-righteous person truly have?

The reality is that tens of thousands of scientists around the globe are skeptical of man-made global warming theories, including Dr. Richard Lindzen of MIT and Dr. Will Happer of Princeton University.

Both scientists are ridiculed by non-PhD liberals who call them “cranks” and say they “mislead” others with their scientific views.

But the effect this will have on researchers being able to trust an information source like Wikipedia is detrimental. How is someone supposed to formulate an opinion if they don’t have all of the facts?

Dr. Roger Higgs, who is a renowned geologist, has argued that the Earth is naturally cooling and has said before that, “Man-made global warming believers will by 2021 have to admit they were wrong and that CO2 is blameless.”

Regarding the Wikipedia issue, he had this to say, “His/her ‘consensus’ (ironic choice of word) is based on the online discussion among Wikipedia ‘Users’ at that site, each of whom was evidently asked to vote on whether to ‘Keep’ or ‘Delete’ the page. However, far from a consensus, by my count (please check it) there were 35 Deletes and 19 Keeps. What qualifies the Editor to dictate that 35 to 19 constitutes a consensus, and use that claim to justify deleting a key document on arguably the most important (and most expensive) global social issue since World War Two?”

Apparently, his PhD is worthless because he offers a different hypothesis on climate change. Get ready for liberals to demonize him as a “crank” too.

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US Presidential Election, Tokyo Olympics cancelled? Engineered pandemic ushers in World Government

March 9, 2020

By Benjamin FulfordWeekly Reports

The controlled demolition of the Khazarian mafia financial system is now visible for all to see.  The 30% plunge in oil prices, the meltdown of stock and bond markets and a freeze in world travel and trade are all being orchestrated in tandem with a fake pandemic, multiple sources confirm.  The pandemic, which is mostly a media event, and the financial collapse, which is real, are the cover being used to usher in a world republic, P3 Freemason, Illuminati and CIA sources all confirm.  The trigger event was the default on February 16th of the U.S. Corporate Government, they say.

The aim of this controlled demolition is to remove Satan-worshipping, genocidal criminals from the apex of world power, Pentagon and other sources say.  This will allow the release of forbidden technology and usher in a new age of wonder, they add.  For example, old age will soon be a treatable condition, the sources say.

To make this possible, a ruling class that has been trying to kill us with pandemics, carcinogens, war, etc.  is being systematically hunted down and brought to justice, they add.  They elaborate:

“U.S. troops sent to Europe for a NATO exercise may also engage in arrests of Zionist and deep state assets not just in Switzerland but Brussels, Antwerp, Berlin, Paris, Amsterdam, and London.”

Inside the U.S. meanwhile, the Presidential election process has already degenerated into a farce with the Democratic nomination being obviously stolen for a senile, corrupt Joe Biden.  Here is an example of the nonsense Biden is spewing:

“If you want to nominate a Democrat, a lifelong Democrat, a proud Democrat, an Obiden-Bama Democrat, join us.” https://www.zerohedge.com/political/stop-calling-it-stutter-here-are-dozens-examples-bidens-dementia-symptoms

One CIA source summed up the situation in this way:

“Trump is set to be the next president as he will declare martial law, to protect the people of course.  It’s estimated that up to 70% of Americans will be affected.  He will cancel the elections.  May he be the last President standing?  He has been aware of this maneuver for a long time.  The dominos are starting to fall.”

The number of sealed indictments in the U.S. is now close to 160,000 and 1,613 indictments have actually been acted upon.  So now it looks like many of these corporate crooks will finally end up in jail where they belong.
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There has also been a record number of corporate bosses quitting or losing their jobs since January.  An NSA source elaborated by saying, “The President has ordered a full-scale investigation of all communications across the…

Gates Foundation, Event 201, WHO, CDC, and the major companies in the U.S. and UK that have the most to gain from the fake pandemic.  An investigation of insider trading and media authors “on the take” is also underway.  CIA sources say this is intended to stop what has been detected in the past week:

“New bio-war attacks in which the live virus is being spread by drones and other means in Italy and Iran, with selected drops taking place in other countries to keep the fear alive.”

In Hong Kong, health officials will start clinical trials with a still-unproven antiviral drug Remdesivir (Remdesivir is an Ebola drug) to treat the new coronavirus, according to a CIA doctor.  “The cost as will be around $1,000 for a course and governments will pay the pharmaceutical company of course,” he notes. The company behind this is the Gates Foundation owned Gilead Sciences.  “Imagine just 10 million doses to start with globally.  This is $10 billion alone.  Plus look at what their stock prices will do.
https://www.biopharmadive.com/news/coronavirus-remdesivir-gilead-antiviral-drug-covid-19/573261/

At the top of this particular pyramid can be found, George P.  Shultz,

Director Emeritus, Gilead Sciences.  Deep stater Shultz was U.S. Secretary of State from 1982 to 1989 and has also been Secretary of the Treasury.  He was also head of the Bechtel Group that many Japanese believe was involved in the Kobe Earthquake that killed 6,000 people in 1995.

One CIA source says: “Gilead could be sitting on close to $20 billion in untapped stock market value, provided it has success with a potential new coronavirus vaccine.   They will milk this for every penny their greed can steal.  Imagine what else is in the vaccine, an RFID chip perhaps?”

https://finance.yahoo.com/news/coronavirus-vaccine-could-add-billions-in-value-to-gilead-161233464.html?guccounter=1

In any case, this doctor and other sources agree the Zionist Cabal is using a bio-weaponized coronavirus scam as a cover.  The virus seems to be only killing elderly people with underlying health conditions, mostly pneumonia, they say.  “Notice there are no children or teenagers affected so far,” the doctor notes.

So a mild virus that mostly affects old people close to death is being used to spread global fear and will end up with most governments in all countries closing their borders, out of fear porn.  “The world will be on lockdown.  Then they will attempt to vaccinate everyone on the planet by mandate.   The boys are in total panic mode,” a CIA source predicts.

Here in Japan Zionist slave Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has been trying to use the fake, exaggerated pandemic to usher in martial law.  Instead, Abe is going to be removed, CIA sources promise.  They also say:

“Abe deserves everything he will be given.  It will be interesting to see if he tries to make a deal and sing like a canary.   For sure he will have a fatal accident or slip and fall on the soap in the shower and break his neck before he is able to spill the beans.”

There is also a battle raging in the Vatican.  “Pope Francis was deliberately given a mutation of the virus.  He will die soon.  The Vatican will try and cover it up until they have a clone/body double in place.  This way they can control the narrative for the masses,” a gnostic Illuminati source says.  P3 Freemason sources, however, say Francis had only mild symptoms and is recovering. In the UK as well, Brexit is leading to a purge of German double agents.  MI6 and Pentagon sources say.  Here is more on the fight from a Pentagon source:
“After the firing of UBS.  Credit Suisse Ceo, Barclays CEO Jes Staley may be another casualty as it appears Jeffry Epstein may have groomed this former JP Morgan banker and blackmailed the UK parliament to get him the top job.”

A former Barclay’s banker accuses “the board and executive committee of Barclays bank PLC from 2011 to the present,” of stealing and hijacking the technology for the quantum financial system.

Meanwhile, a senior MI6 source says the following people need to be arrested in order to end deep state control of the UK and Ireland: “Queen Elizabeth in the Court of St.  James, Prime Ministers Cameron, May and Johnson, President Michael D. Higgins of Ireland, the joint directorate of MI5/MI6 Andrew Parker and Alex Younger, Irish civilian police commissioners Noireen O’Sullivan and Drew Harris, Baron Nathaniel Rothschild and UK and Irish cabinet secretaries Mark Sidwell and Martin Frazer both German double agents.  These two men essentially run both countries irrespective of the Prime Minister of the Day.”
There has already been a purge in Saudi Arabia where a Zionist takeover attempt was thwarted.  Three princes and dozens of military and ministry of the interior officials have been removed as a result.  Immediately after the purge, a major oil war began.  Both Russia and Saudi Arabia are flooding the world with oil even as the “pandemic” has radically cut demand.  A senior CIA source says: “Oil is out of date and most likely will drop to $10 per barrel before this is finished.  The new energy technologies are ready to be released by Trump.”One example of this type of technology at the link below would make hydrogen much cheaper than oil.

Proud to be White

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Ever wonder why Whites are racists, and no other race is……
Proud to be White    
Michael Richards makes his point……………..
Michael Richards better known as Kramer from TV’s Seinfeld   does make a good point.
This was his defense speech in court after making racial comments in his comedy act.
He makes some very interesting points…
Someone finally said it. How many are actually paying attention to this?
There are African Americans, Mexican Americans, Asian Americans, Arab Americans, etc.
And then there are just Americans. You pass me on the street and sneer in my direction.
You call me ‘White boy,’ ‘Cracker,’ ‘Honkey,’ ‘Whitey,’ ‘Caveman’… And that’s OK…
But when I call you, Nigger, Kike, Towel head, Sand-nigger, Camel Jockey, Beaner, Gook, or Chink .. You call me a racist.
You say that whites commit a lot of violence against you….
So why are the ghettos the most dangerous places to live?
You have the United Negro College Fund. You have Martin Luther King Day.
You have Black History Month.
You have Cesar Chavez Day.
You have Ma’uled Al-Nabi.
You have the NAACP.
You have BET….
If we had WET (White Entertainment Television), we’d be racists.
If we had a White Pride Day, you would call us racists.
If we had White History Month, we’d be racists.
If we had any organization for only whites to ‘advance’ OUR lives, we’d be racists.
We have a Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, a Black Chamber of Commerce, and then we just have the plain Chamber of Commerce.
Wonder who pays for that??
A white woman could not be in the Miss Black American pageant, but any color can be in the Miss America pageant.
If we had a college fund that only gave white students scholarships… You know we’d be racists.
There are over 60 openly proclaimed Black Colleges in the US ..
Yet if there were ‘White colleges’, that would be a racist college.
In the Million Man March, you believed that you were marching for your race and rights.
If we marched for our race and rights, you would call us racists.
You are proud to be black, brown, yellow and orange, and you’re not afraid to announce it.
But when we announce our white pride, you call us racists.
You rob us, car jack us, and shoot at us.
But, when a white police officer shoots a black gang member or beats up a black drug dealer running from the law and posing a threat to society, you call him a racist.
I am proud…… But you call me a racist
Why is it that only whites can be racists??
There is nothing improper about this e-mail..
Let’s see which of you are proud enough to send it on.
I sadly don’t think many will.
That’s why we have LOST most of OUR RIGHTS in this country.
We won’t stand up for ourselves!
BE PROUD TO BE WHITE!
It’s not a crime YET…. But getting very close!

Kissinger and Donald Trump

: HENRY KISSINGER – Explains President Trump

HENRY KISSINGER

Henry Kissinger
96 years old – Born May 27, 1923
Henry Kissinger, The most USSOS since 1965 and political authority.
Kissinger take on Trump
Kissinger is now 96 years old. Recently, Henry Kissinger did an interview and said very amazing things regarding President Trump. He starts with:
“Donald Trump is a phenomenon that foreign countries haven’t seen before!”
The former Secretary of State Henry Kissinger gives us a new understanding of President Donald Trump’s foreign policy and predicts its success:
“Liberals and all those who favor (Hillary) Clinton will never admit it.
“They will never admit that he is the one true leader. The man is doing changes like never before and does all of it for the sake of this nation’s people.
After eight years of tyranny, we finally see a difference.”
Kissinger knows it and he continues with:
“Every country now has to consider two things:
One, their perception that the previous president, or the outgoing president, basically withdrew America from international politics, so that they had to make their own assessments of their necessities.
“And secondly, that there is a new president who’s asking a lot of unfamiliar questions. And because of the combination of the partial vacuum and the new questions, one could imagine that something remarkable and new emerges out of it.”
Then Kissinger puts it bluntly: “Trump puts America and its people first. This is why people love him and this is why he will remain in charge for so long. There is not a single thing wrong with him and people need to open their eyes.” When he boasts that he has a “bigger red button” than Kim Jung Un does, he so transcends the mealy-mouthed rhetoric of the past, thereby forcing a new recognition of American power.
Kissinger once wrote:
“The weak grow strong by effrontery – The strong grow weak through inhibition!” No sentence better captures the U.S.-North Korea relationship.
Trump is discarding the inhibitions and calling the bluff on North Korea’s effrontery:
His point is that the contrast of American retreat under Obama and its new assertion of power under Trump creates a new dynamic that every one of our allies and of our enemies must consider.
Our allies grew complacent with Obama’s passivity and now are fearful due to Trump’s activism. And they must balance the two in developing their policies:
They realize that the old assumptions, catalyzed by Bush 43’s preoccupation with Iraq and Obama’s refusal to lead are obsolete. So, Trump is forcing a new calculus with a new power behind American interests. Those — here and abroad — who rode the old apple cart worry about it being toppled.
But, as Kissinger so boldly stated:
“Trump is the one true leader in world affairs and he is forcing policy changes that put America first!“
This is the most accurate statement of what the American Citizens who live outside of the swamp want and expect from their government. I like the list of 13 things that I, as a senior American citizen, want. Trump is at least talking about issues that most Americans are concerned about.
My mantra about Trump is this:
Truthfully, we are in agreement with most of what he says. We are getting older and our tickers aren’t what they used to be, but what matters is that he covers most of the 13 things we as seniors want, at least I do for sure:
1. Hillary: held accountable for her previous wrongs!
2. Put “GOD” back in America!
3. Borders: Closed or tightly guarded!
4. Congress: On the same retirement and healthcare plans as everybody else.
5. Congress: Obey its own laws NOW!
6. Language: English!
7. Culture: Constitution and the Bill of Rights!
8. Drug-Free: Mandatory Drug Screening before and during Welfare!
9. Freebies: NONE to Non-Citizens!
10. Budget: Balance the damn thing!
11. Foreign Countries: Stop giving them our money! Charge them for our help! We need it here.
12. Term limits for congress
And most of all.
13. “RESPECT OUR MILITARY AND OUR FLAG AND OUR LAW ENFORCEMENT!”
We the people are coming!

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Border Wall

Build the Wall? We could do that and it will work, but think about this.

Let them in and allocate some to Schumer, Pelosi and all Democrats that want them in. With NO taxpayer money they will
have to do This.

1. Clothe them
2. Feed them
3. House them
4. Make sure they have medical care at their expense.
5. School them
6. Give all maternity help

I am sure there is plenty more they need to do, if so add it on.
But pray they don’t trash their homes, rape their women or kill them. Hope they don’t carry diseases, But that is the
chance they will have to take.
Let them have their way.

Trump Investigation

Special counsel Robert Mueller has been investigating Donald Trump for over a year and still has not come up with any definite answers. It seems to me that we need to look at where Robert Mueller is at, we know he was hired but by whom?

 

I think its time to look at the whole picture. We know there are a lot of someone’s who want Donald Trump out. I think we should look at who hired Robert Mueller and if they are still pushing him to do what they want. Lets find out who they are and what their interests are. Lets put them in the spotlight and see where it goes.

 

It is really a shame where a few can ruin peoples lives just so they can get what they want. We need to put a stop to them. Make them accountable.trump-elite

Civil War

I received this in my email today, it is so true

An interesting perspective.
How do civil wars happen?

Two or more sides disagree on who runs the country.
And they can’t settle the question through elections because they don’t even agree that elections are how you decide who’s in charge.

That’s the basic issue here. Who decides who runs the country? When you hate each other but accept the election results, you have a country. When you stop accepting election results, you have a countdown to a civil war.

The Mueller investigation is about removing President Trump from office and overturning the results of an election. We all know that. But it’s not the first time they’ve done this. The first time a Republican president was elected this century, they said he didn’t really win. The Supreme Court gave him the election There’s a pattern here.

What do sure odds of the Democrats rejecting the next Republican president really mean? It means they don’t accept the results of any election that they don’t win. It means they don’t believe that transfers of power in this country are determined by elections.

That’s a civil war.

There’s no shooting. At least not unless you count the attempt to kill a bunch of Republicans at a charity baseball game practice. But the Democrats have rejected our system of government.

This isn’t dissent. It’s not disagreement. You can hate the other party. You can think they’re the worst thing that ever happened to the country. But then you work harder to win the next election.

When you consistently reject the results of elections that you don’t win, what you want is a dictatorship.
Your very own dictatorship.

The only legitimate exercise of power in this country, according to Democrats, is its own. Whenever Republicans exercise power, it’s inherently illegitimate. The Democrats lost Congress They lost the White House. So what did they do? They began trying to run the country through Federal judges and bureaucrats. Every time that a Federal judge issues an order saying that the President of the United States can’t scratch his own back without his say so, that’s the civil war.

Our system of government is based on the constitution, but that’s not the system that runs this country. The Democrat’s system is that any part of government that it runs gets total and unlimited power over the country.

If the Democrats are in the White House, then the president can do anything. And I mean anything. He can have his own amnesty for illegal aliens. He can fine you for not having health insurance His power is unlimited. He’s a dictator.

But when Republicans get into the White House, suddenly the President can’t do anything. He isn’t even allowed to undo the illegal alien amnesty that his predecessor illegally invented. A Democrat in the White House has “discretion” to completely decide every aspect of immigration policy. A Republican doesn’t even have the “discretion” to reverse him. That’s how the game is played. That’s how our country is run. Sad but true, although the left hasn’t yet won that particular fight.

When a Democrat is in the White House, states aren’t even allowed to enforce immigration law. But when a Republican is in the White House, states can create their own immigration laws. Under Obama, a state wasn’t allowed to go to the bathroom without asking permission. But under Trump, Jerry Brown can go around saying that California is an independent republic and sign treaties with other countries.

The Constitution has something to say about that.

Whether it’s Federal or State, Executive, Legislative or Judiciary, the left moves power around to run the country. If it controls an institution, then that institution is suddenly the supreme power in the land. This is what I call a moving dictatorship.

Donald Trump has caused the Shadow Government to come out of hiding: Professional government is a guild. Like medieval guilds. You can’t serve in if you’re not a member. If you haven’t been indoctrinated into its arcane rituals. If you aren’t in the club. And Trump isn’t in the club. He brought in a bunch of people who aren’t in the club with him.

Now we’re seeing what the pros do when amateurs try to walk in on them. They spy on them, they investigate them and they send them to jail. They use the tools of power to bring them down.

That’s not a free country.

It’s not a free country when FBI agents who support Hillary take out an “insurance policy” against Trump winning the election. It’s not a free country when Obama officials engage in massive unmasking of the opposition. It’s not a free country when the media responds to the other guy winning by trying to ban the conservative media that supported him from social media. It’s not a free country when all of the above collude together to overturn an election because the guy who wasn’t supposed to win.

Have no doubt, we’re in a civil war between conservative volunteer government and a leftist Democrat professional government.

David Vincent Gilbert

Ideas

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I have some thoughts about what can be done to help prevent school shootings. I admit I am a strong supporter of the NRA and Second Amendment.

First I think teachers and staff need to be armed. Not only armed but go through a stringent training by qualified instructors. If there had only been one armed personal in the school they could possibly cut down on the students injured. When attacked, we need a strong defense.

For those who oppose the example above I believe they could put camera’s in schools and have it hooked directly to local police and sheriff stations. Remember, they would get there as quick as they can, but in the meantime the shooter is shooting students.

They can put metal detectors at each entrance, but shooters seem to get around them by going in windows and other entrances. They could put screens on windows, but that is only a temporary answer.

Teach students to observe actions and conversions of others, and report if you strongly are concerned about someone. And a strong statement is Listen and Followup.

Where did Liberals come from

John Locke, Rousseau and Voltaire

California is one of the most Liberal states in the union, and I was wondering where Liberalism came from. There are many sites on the internet so I chose this one to post.The above people above were instrumental in forming the party. Though there are others that helped it along. This is a small insert from http://politics.stackexchange.com/questions/1365/how-did-the-term-liberal-become-progressive.

American liberalism, the dominant Ideology of the Democratic Party, was formed from two strands:

Classical liberalism, the philosophy formed in the Enlightenment by thinkers like John Locke, Voltaire, and Rousseau, and providing the driving force for both the American Revolution and the French Revolution, which states that the autonomy of the individual should be maximized, and the individual should be freed from whatever institutions are preventing them from reaching their potential, be it the Church or the State.
Progressivism, a populist reform movement in the early twentieth century, espoused by Presidents like Theodore Roosevelt and Woodrow Wilson, and grounded in Protestant moralism, which sought to make government both more responsive to the plight of the people, for instance using Constitutional amendments to deal with social problems like alcoholism and using government force to quash monopolies, and at the same time more representative of the will of the electorate, for instance instituting more democracy like the direct election of Senators and ending the corruption of Machine politics in the cities.
These two strands were merged into the ideology we call American liberalism by John Dewey and his followers, who argued that we needed a broader conception of liberty than the one maintained by laissez-faire negative-rights libertarians. The key idea can be summed up in a quote from Anatole France: “In its majestic equality, the law forbids rich and poor alike to sleep under bridges, beg in the streets, and steal loaves of bread.” Basically, the idea is that the freedom to starve because you have no food is not a meaningful freedom at all, because it does not maximize your autonomy or allow your to realize your potential, which were important goals in classical liberalism.

Thus Dewey argued that we should recognize positive liberty as well as negative liberty, meaning that e.g. just as we ought to recognize a right to live without someone killing you, we similarly ought to recognize a right to live without dying due to lack of food. Thus American liberalism advocates that the government should play some role in the economy in order to give people autonomy and enable them to pursue their own happiness, along the lines of the “responsiveness” part of the Progressive philosophy. Thus Americans liberals still try to achieve the goals of classical liberalism, but they sometimes do it through Progressive means. (This is akin to how, as I discuss here, American conservatism tries to achieve the goals of traditionalism, but often through libertarian means.)

There’s one other way that American liberalism differs from classical liberalism: classical liberals took a deontological perspective on liberty, viewing personal autonomy and the pursuit of happiness as things that are inherently worthy of being promoted, regardless of what they lead to. American liberalism, on the other hand, because it emerged partly from Progressivism, tends to take a more utilitarian perspective on such things, viewing autonomy merely as a means to an end, the end being increasing the happiness of as many people as possible. The liberal understanding of utilitarianism is perhaps best understood through the work of John Rawls, who proposed a thought experiment along roughly these lines: suppose that you’re a soul waiting to be born, but you don’t know which body you’re going to be born into and what experiences that body is going to have. But before you’re born, you have the opportunity to design how society and government should be. How should you design it in order to maximize your chances of having a good life? Well, you don’t know what desires you’re going to have, but whatever they are, you’re probably going to want them fulfilled, so you would want a society that as much as possible allows people to pursue their own happiness. And you may end up being born in utter poverty that may prevent you from being happy, or you may start off being wealthy but then you may suffer calamities like disease and natural disasters, so assuming you’re risk averse (as humans tend to be in most circumstances), you’d want the government to have a safety net to shelter you from such risks. So that’s where the basic contours of the liberal position emerge.

Finally, let me mention something about foreign policy. The Progressive presidents advocated a very interventionist foreign policy, since they were motivated by the desire to help people as much as possible, even people abroad. Liberals still share some of this impulse, and are willing to support limited American military intervention in circumstances of extreme humanitarian crisis. But mostly their foreign policy views were taken from classical liberalism, so they they’re antiwar for the most part.

In any case, when contemporary liberals call themselves progressive, they’re hearkening back to their intellectual predecessors.

(I discuss the underpinnings of American conservatism here if you’re interested.)

EDIT: Yuval Levin has just written a book which argues that the positive rights vision of liberalism originated not with Dewey in the early twentieth century as I suggested, but rather in the late 1700’s with Thomas Paine, one of America’s founding fathers. Levin argues that the modern American left-right divide originated in the debate in America and England over the French Revolution. Paine was an enthusiastic supporter of the French Revolution, because he thought that government is an institution deliberately created by people to sageguard their individual liberty, and so it could be overthrown whenever the people thought it wasn’t doing a good job. On the other hand, Edmund Burke, a predecessor to modern conservatism, saw government as an institution that grew organically as a tradition, and that we should be suspicious of making changes to it just because individuals in the current generation happen to object to it. In any case, Paine’s philosophy of individualism led him to believe that an individual can only realize his full potential if he’s not constrained by material want, so he believed in the government providing basic necessities to everyone. Thus, Levin argues, the early twentieth century Progressive movement was merely reinventing the wheel.

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