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To The Tyrants Of Woke Conformity?

June 17, 2020

I&I Editorial

Not so long ago, someone told us “You. Can’t. Say. Anything.” This is America in 2020. Those who speak outside the narrative established by a hard-left mob that has marched through our institutions are blacklisted. If we fail to mount a forceful resistance, there’s a grim future awaiting us.

We’ve seen this coming. The casualty list has been growing for years. The purge is now white hot. What was a non-controversial statement last week is grounds for a death sentence tomorrow. It seems every day we see someone caving in with a groveling apology, declaring they suddenly have a lot to learn, swearing they’re looking forward to the moment they can meet with their hostage-takers and work toward a resolution that will appease them.

But it will never be enough. Apologies and appeasement only encourage the bullies. The Woke mob never sleeps. It lives to cancel the lives of others. We are warned: Conform or else.

No manifesto exists to guide the shock troops through their revolutionary occupation of our society. But on Monday, the day Oklahoma State football coach Mike Gundy was forced to ask forgiveness for the sin of wearing a One America News t-shirt, praising the network, and criticizing the mainstream media, a maniacal Twitter storm from a leftist blogger laid out the belief system that undergirds the movement:

Mike Gundy cannot remain the OK State head coach. Too influential of a position in society. Fire him, unless he agrees to get extensive psychological help.

It’s time we acknowledge that conservatism isn’t just some political view. It means you’re the very bottom rung of society, dangerous and deranged. Some conservatives are trying to become better people. Great. But people who flaunt their conservatism are psychotic.

Conservatism means you don’t believe in equality. It means you want it all for yourself, and you’re willing to destroy other groups of people to take it all for yourself. That’s not a crime against the law. But it’s a crime against humanity – and we must acknowledge as much.

Conservatives CANNOT be teachers, police officers, doctors, lawyers, coaches, or bosses. It’s constitutionally unfair to others who are subjected to the conservative’s deranged judgment. Conservatives can do menial work, until they’re ready to join the human race.

We shouldn’t be cold hearted about this. But having a conservative as police officer, for instance, isn’t much different from having a **** member as a police officer. It’s just not something that a civilized society can ever, ever tolerate.

We should rehabilitate any conservatives who are willing to try. We should pay for them to undergo therapy and retraining so they can understand the world around them. But first we must get them out of positions of influence, because they’re infringing on the rights of others.

Got that? Those who hold different views are “deranged.” They’re criminals. Dangerous. They shouldn’t be allowed to hold jobs where they might have some influence over others. They need to be forced into hard labor (“menial work”) and sent to re-education camps, where they will be brainwashed (“therapy”) to ensure they will engage only in Orwellian goodthink. 

It’s not just conservatives who are being canceled, either. Some on the left are also being driven from their jobs and their former lives of status and privilege for not being sufficiently extreme.

The purge should have never been allowed to come this far. But the elitists who control universities, school boards, corporations, the media, sports leagues, have surrendered rather than stand on principle, as have a good number of high-profile individuals.

Is there not one provost or school president or dean in higher education, one public school superintendent, one corporate CEO, one publisher or editor who will resist? Who will say that expressing thoughts that challenge the narrative is not grounds for banishment and dismissal? Who will say that no apology is needed for speaking freely? Will anyone lift their head above the crowd and say “I disapprove of what you say, but I will defend to the death your right to say it”?

The Twitter storm printed above is no anomaly. It’s an increasingly common form of bullying, one that goes to the very heart of what defines us as a free nation. A society in which only pre-approved speech can be uttered is not healthy. It’s a tyranny, rancid and terror-filled. The only choice is to resist.

— Written by the I&I Editorial Board

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Blog  June 16, 2020
Cancel the White Men – And What's left?

By Patrick J. Buchanan


"Can we all just get along?"

That was the plea of Rodney King after a Simi Valley jury failed to convict any of the four cops who beat him into submission after a 100-mile-an-hour chase on an LA freeway. King's plea came after the 1992 LA riots, the worst since the New York City draft riots in 1863 when Lincoln had to send in federal troops.

In the aftermath of today's protests and riots after the killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis, we hear similar calls. President Donald Trump must "reach out" and "unify the nation." But how?

Many of these calls for unity come from the same elites who are all-in on tearing us apart by pulling down statues of the famous men of American history whom they most detest. A second war on the Confederacy is underway, to disgrace and dishonor all who fought for Southern independence in the war of 1861-65. A second Reconstruction is being readied.

The St. Andrew's Cross, the battle flag of the Confederate army, though seen as a banner of heroism and honor to millions, is henceforth to be treated like the Nazi swastika. It has been already been banned at NASCAR races, where it has been widely popular. Liberals will fight for the right of Marxist radicals to burn the American flag to show their hatred of it but cannot tolerate working folks flying the battle flag of the Confederacy to show their love of it.

A second front in the campaign to cancel history is the renaming of U.S. army bases in Southern states that bear the names of Confederate generals, such as Forts Benning and Bragg. Trump has pledged to veto any defense appropriation bill that contains such a provision.         

Third is the drive led by Nancy Pelosi and her allies to remove statues in the Capitol of any of those men of "violent bigotry" who were connected to the Confederacy. First among them is General Robert E. Lee.         

Gen. David Petraeus has put succinctly the crime of which Lee is guilty. Though "West Point honors Robert E. Lee with a gate, a road, an entire housing area, and a barracks," writes Petraeus, "Lee... committed treason." The goal here is to impose the one-sided view of American history that is now ascendant, as official truth—that the cause of Southern secession was unlike the cause of American secession from Britain. It was an act of treason rooted in the ideology of white supremacy. To have that sole acceptable view predominate, our elites believe they must remove from public display the statues of any associated with the cause of Southern independence and stigmatize them all as traitors.

They have, however, a problem: Where do the elites stop when the radicals demand more?        

If support of slavery disqualifies one from the company of decent men, does it disqualify George Washington, who owned slaves his entire life? What Washington fought for, independence, was what Lee fought for.

Lee did not challenge Lincoln's election. He did not seek to overthrow the government Lincoln headed. He resigned from the U.S. army to go home and defend the people among whom he had been raised from an invasion to force-march them back into a Union that the state's chosen rulers had voted to leave.

Not only does our national capital, Washington, bear the name of a lifelong slave owner, so does the capital of Missouri, Jefferson City. So does the capital of Mississippi, Jackson. So does the capital of Wisconsin, Madison. The capital of Ohio is Columbus. The capital of South Carolina is Columbia. Both are named for now-vilified Christopher Columbus whose statue still stands outside D.C.'s Union Station.

None of these men appear, from how they lived their lives, to have shared modernity's belief in democracy, diversity, or social equality. Yet, it was they who cobbled together the United States of America.

Washington led us to independence and ownership of all the land from the Atlantic to the Mississippi. Jefferson negotiated the Louisiana Purchase, doubling the size of the U.S. Andrew Jackson added Florida. James K. Polk added the Southwest and California. Slave owner Sam Houston won Texas' War of independence and brought his Republic of Texas into the Union in 1845.           

Two of the three greatest Senate statesmen of the 19th century, Henry Clay of Kentucky and John Calhoun of South Carolina, were slave owners. Both have statues in the Capitol. Do they go, too? The newest bridge over the Potomac, like the premier dam in the TVA, is named for Woodrow Wilson, who re-segregated the government.   

These were among the decisive figures of American history. If all are dishonored, with their statues pulled down and their names taken off cities, counties, towns, rivers, canals, bridges, buildings, highways, roads, streets, and dams, then what is left?

Detest all those white men if you will, but they were the ones who created the nation we inherited.


Patrick J. Buchanan is the author of Nixon's White House Wars: The Battles That Made and Broke a President and Divided America Forever. To find out more about Patrick Buchanan and read features by other Creators writers and cartoonists, visit the Creators website at www.creators.com.


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Commentary Magazine


We Must Stop the Great Unraveling


Editors' Commentary
by The Editors


Across the United States, a great unraveling is in progress. A rolling crime wave, under the guise of social activism, has left city after American city shattered and smoldering. Armed anarchists seized territory inside Seattle with the blessing of local government. In Minneapolis and other cities, a campaign to enfeeble or eliminate the police has gained full legitimacy. In Kentucky, the governor has vowed to provide free health care only to one racial group. In the private sector, companies such as Uber Eats have pledged their commitment to a policy of race-conscious discrimination as well. And major media organs sanction all of the above as proper and good.

The unraveling goes further still. Social-justice mobs have taken aim at freedom of expression, inventing new heresies daily and ruining the lives of those who unwittingly give voice to them. Forced confessions and language proscriptions are the order of the day. Poetry, fiction, movies, and television shows—including children’s cartoons—are canceled and excised from history. Indeed, all art and opinion are now subject to the chopping block lest they prove insufficiently propagandistic.

To rewrite the present, the mob has rewritten the past. They have forced upon us a distorted and grotesque version of American history. With the support of corporations and education boards, school textbooks and curricula tell of an unredeemable America founded not on the promise of human liberty but human bondage. What’s more, this history discounts the transformative progress on racial equality for which Americans—black and white—have given their lives.

Through the violent politicization of all aspects of American life, the mob aims to destroy the country as we know it and replace it with a new one—an anti-America that trades speech for violence, police for thought police, a free press for an indoctrination network, and the respect due the citizen for the obeisance owed the mob.

There is one way to stop the unraveling: Refuse the mob. We have seen again and again that the mob comes only for those who hope to please it. And when it does, no amount of apology will save you. We stand against the mob and all its aims. We stand against the chaos and violence, the silencing of debate, the purging of heretics, the rewriting of history, and the destruction of the greatest country in the world. We will defend the most majestic achievement of humankind, the United States of America, against the most ignoble impulse in human history, to tear down that which is good.

What we stand for:

A plurality of opinion in the public square. We affirm that the right to voice a minority opinion is equal in every respect to the right to voice a majority opinion. We therefore reject the public policing of opinion in all its forms.

A full airing of available facts and data on all topics. We welcome any impartial findings that may serve to advance discussion. No objective facts are beyond the bounds of deliberation and debate.

A rejection of cancel culture and all it entails. We renounce enemies lists, online/media mobs, and professional scalp hunts.

Clear bright lines between speech and violence. We affirm that speech, spoken or written, and no matter how egregious, is not equivalent in any way to violence. Similarly, physical violence is not a mode of speech.

An absolute rejection of political violence. We affirm that lawless violence, even in the service of a just cause, is wrong—no exceptions or excuses.

We hope you will join us.

The Editors


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Good news for Trump: The economy is bouncing back

 | June 16, 2020 03:09 PM
The great fear of any president running for reelection is being found naked in bed with a dead economy — or, to be less extreme, trying to convince the voters to give him another four years when we're in a recession. Things are looking pretty good for President Trump, then, as all the signs show that the lockdown and the coronavirus-induced recession are going to be over by the time voters start making their ballots.
The fear of running for reelection when the economy is dire is well founded. That's what did in Presidents George H.W. Bush and Jimmy Carter. President Gerald Ford wasn't exactly running in the happy times, nor was President Lyndon B. Johnson when he decided not to run. President Herbert Hoover would be a prime example too. It's important to note, though, that what matters is not whether there has been a recession, but is there one when people are voting? It's actively feeling the slowdown that changes votes, not that things could be better. What happened before is much less important than the growth and improvement people feel now.

This is why an 18% jump in retail sales is a good sign for Trump. Sure, we know, we're still in a terrible economic slump. It's one of the fastest and deepest falls in economic output ever, certainly since reliable records started to be kept a century or so back. If we judged and voted purely on economic record, this would be depressing for those who lean toward Trump in November, even if it's not actually anyone's fault. But as best we know, that's not quite the way it does work — it's how people feel the economy is on Election Day that does. Growth is growth, even if there's been a slump.

Thus, the big question is: How long is this all going to last? Will the recession be V-shaped (we'll be back to where we were right away) or W-shaped (some bumbling around and then back to where we were) or L-shaped (we're screwed)?

All the numbers that we're getting out of the economy point to a V-shaped recovery. Yep, it's terrible now, but it'll soon be growing again and fast.

The savings rate jumped to an unheard of 33%. Everyone was paying off revolving debt (essentially, outstanding credit card balances). If everyone keeps doing that, then there won't be a recovery at all, and the economy will be that awful L-shape. But that's not what's happening. As soon as the stores are open again, we're out there like it's Black Friday. OK, maybe it's not quite that good, but we're only 6% below peak, and not every state is properly open yet. The considered prediction of the nation's economists was that we'd see an 8% rise in retail sales in May, and clearly, 18% just blows that out of the water.

The vast majority of us vote with our pocketbooks. It's also not how the trailing economic statistics are recording what has happened that matters; it's our own direct experience of jobs and pay and layoffs and being able to go to buy what we want. It's also not what has happened, but what is happening around Election Day that changes electoral outcomes. If this recovery keeps going gangbusters like it seems to be, then Trump is going to get his four more years.

Maybe that's why they're allowing Joe Biden to run on the other side this time — his possible lapses don't actually matter; the economy does.

Tim Worstall (@worstall) is a contributor to the Washington Examiner's Beltway Confidential blog. He is a senior fellow at the Adam Smith Institute. You can read all his pieces at The Continental Telegraph.

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1 hour ago, spence said:


So Spence,  who do you believe Bolton or Trump?

I.e. which one is lying? 

Bolton was a favorite of so many conservatives,  most who voted for Trump.      I wonder how they are framing this Bolton and Trump feud.



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1 hour ago, jamesjazzguitar said:

So Spence,  who do you believe Bolton or Trump?

I.e. which one is lying? 

Bolton was a favorite of so many conservatives,  most who voted for Trump.      I wonder how they are framing this Bolton and Trump feud.



Anybody who has anything to say (and the list is long) is lying, except Donald Trump who has now told more than 20,000 lies while President.

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How you doing with all that winning, Jake?

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Brooks Shooting: The Political Prosecutor Caves In to the Mob


June 18, 2020 5:06 PM
Capital murder charges conform to the slanderous anti-cop narrative, not the facts in this case.

If you broadcast that you are willing to be bullied, then you invite the mob to rule. When the mob rules, you get brass-knuckles politics, not justice.

You get a hyper-political county prosecutor, under the corruption microscope as he desperately seeks reelection, filing trumped-up, mob-driven charges before the actual investigators have a chance to finish their work.

You get a capital murder charge against a police officer who returned fire after being shot at with a taser by a fleeing suspect.

A taser that the fleeing suspect, a criminal with a violent history, stole from the police while they attempted to arrest him on a well-founded charge.

A taser being the very weapon that the same prosecutor, just days earlier, had deemed a deadly weapon under Georgia State law. But of course, that was then, when the same prosecutor was addressing the use of tasers by police. This is now, when a criminal used a stolen taser on police. In mob-stricken Atlanta, the prosecutor says the latter use of deadly force is no threat at all.

Atlanta Police Shooting of Rayshard Brooks Has Been Ruled a Homicide
In an outrageous trumping up of a criminal case — to describe this as mere “overcharging” would be woefully insufficient — Fulton County prosecutor Paul Howard Jr. has charged former police officer Garrett Rolfe with felony murder in connection with the shooting death of Rayshard Brooks.

The killing of Brooks, who was violently resisting arrest and attempting to flee, is still under investigation by the Georgia Bureau of Investigation (GBI). But in the wake of George Floyd’s recent killing by Minneapolis police officers, the Black Lives Matter demagogues refuse to wait for evidence-based conclusions. They will tolerate no storyline other than the slanderous fiction that we are all expected not just to abide but endorse: Institutionally racist cops are hunting down black men.

So prosecutor Howard, did not wait for the GBI to finish its probe. The mob was demanding a scalp, so he gave them a scalp.

Howard got his in-house investigator to sign off on arrest affidavits. They charge Rolfe with felony murder, in addition to several other charges. In Georgia, felony murder is a death-penalty offense. The homicide theory of felony murder is that, while the offender does not specifically intend to cause death, he does intentionally commit a felony from which death results. In this instance, Howard alleges that the underlying felony was aggravated assault with a deadly weapon.

The allegation is ludicrous. That is why Howard rushed to get it done before any investigative findings could contradict him. He is in a fight for political survival: trailing in his reelection bid while facing sexual-harassment accusations by two women who worked in his office. There are also allegations that he violated campaign-finance laws. The state ethics commission is looking into those.

Under this corruption cloud, he has taken stock of our mob moment. His best shot, he apparently decided, is to run against law enforcement.

That is why he charged Rolfe. He has also filed charges against Officer Devin Brosnan, Rolfe’s partner during the incident. Brosnan is not charged with murder. Howard’s main allegation against him is aggravated assault — in Atlanta, when a suspect forcibly resists arrest, steals an arresting officer’s taser, and the officer sustains a concussion, the new practice is to charge the officer with felony assault.

It is highly unlikely that an objective, professional investigation of Brooks’s shooting would result in any criminal charges. It would not have been opportune, then, for Howard to await the results of the GBI investigation. And while grand juries are often belittled as willing to indict a ham sandwich if that’s what the prosecutor tells them to do, it is highly unlikely, even in the current climate of intimidation, that an Atlanta grand jury would indict a cop for capital murder on the facts of this case. In Atlanta, the police department is nearly 60 percent African American. While the rabble-rousers dominate the coverage, most citizens realize that many of the black lives that matter wear blue uniforms and put those lives on the line to protect the city.

Howard is playing to the rabble-rousers, so he had to act now. And “act” is a good word for it. In announcing the charges, with a straight face, he described Brooks as “jovial,” though Brooks actually assaulted the arresting officers. He claimed Brooks “did not pose an immediate threat of death or serious physical injury to the officer or officers,” when, in reality, Brooks stole a taser from them, shot it at them, and was still pointing it at Rolfe when Rolfe finally fired at him. The prosecutor’s press conference was theater of the absurd.

No one, including the police on the scene that night, wished death on Brooks. In fact, bodycam footage shows Rolfe performing CPR on the wounded Brooks, saying, “Mr. Brooks, keep breathing, keep breathing for me.”

But Brooks is very far from the Black Lives Matter media’s depiction of a devoted husband and friendly father of four who was murdered by racist cops after he had just a tad too much to drink.

Brooks was passed out drunk in the car he had been driving while at a Wendy’s drive-thru. This was a violation of his probation conditions. Yeah, he was on probation. As recounted by Britain’s Daily Mail (it is hard to get such information from American media sources), Brooks had been convicted in 2014 for felonies committed against his family: multiple battery charges, false imprisonment, and cruelty to children. He was sentenced to seven years’ imprisonment. But, as often happens in the criminal-justice system you’re supposed to see as institutionally racist and just spoiling to let black men rot in cages, the seven-year sentence wasn’t really a seven-year sentence. He served just one year and was released on probation.

As frequently happens with probationers, Brooks repeatedly violated the terms of his release. You’re supposed to look the other way on that, too. We’re supposed to prefer alternatives to prison for violent criminals; then, when the criminals habitually flout the conditions under which they are spared incarceration, we’re supposed to ignore that, too, since … well, we’d otherwise have to admit that criminals belong in prison — and that’s such Cro-Magnon thinking.

Brooks actually was sent back to prison after his first probation violation, but not for the remainder of the seven-year term. Again, the system is geared to minimize, not maximize, the incarceration of convicts. So Brooks was out in just twelve months. He then violated probation yet again, last year. This time, the system deemed the infraction minor (leaving the state without alerting his probation officer), so the violation was simply dismissed as if it never happened.

That was the state of play last Friday night when a Wendy’s employee called the police because Brooks, in a drunken stupor behind the wheel, was stalling the drive-thru line. The police responded, and the video shows they were cordial and professional, administering a test that confirmed Brooks had been driving while impaired (the legal blood-alcohol limit is .08; Brooks was at .108).

Why didn’t the cops just drive him home, critics now ask, or just let him walk home on his own? But Brooks was a probationer from a violent-crime conviction who had already transgressed his release conditions multiple times and was now, quite obviously, again in violation. Placing him under arrest was standard procedure. Had the police let him go and failed to report what happened, and had Brooks then harmed someone, the police would have risked severe discipline — and rightly so.

Critics also say Brooks was reasonably cooperative, but that was true only until he realized that the police were placing him under arrest. At that point, he forcibly resisted. Did the two cops wrestle with him, and did one warn him that he’d be tased if he kept fighting? Yes, that’s what police are authorized to do when someone they are lawfully arresting violently resists.

Brooks was clearly bigger and stronger than either of the two officers. In the physical struggle that he’d instigated, Brooks wrested a taser from Brosnan, freed himself from the scrum, and began to flee. As Rolfe chased him, Brooks fired the taser at Rolfe, from a range of less than three feet. Brooks had turned his body to fire at the pursuing Rolfe while running in the other direction.

The taser shot missed Rolfe, but it knocked him off-stride, veering him into the rear of a red car parked in the lot. By then, Rolfe had his service handgun drawn. He fired three times, striking Brooks twice in the back. The video shows that Brooks still had his body partially turned toward Rolfe, and was still pointing the taser at Rolfe, when Rolfe shot him. Remarkably, Howard dismisses this fact and claims that Brooks posed no real threat because Rolfe, in the moments when he was being tased at by a demonstrably violent felon, should have been counting the rounds and realized that the stolen taser Brooks was still pointing at him was out of charges.

Mind you, this is the guidance Atlanta’s cops are getting from the chief prosecutor.

Could the police have handled this situation better? Well, these situations are always easy to Monday-morning quarterback — especially by armchair analysts who have never voluntarily put themselves in harm’s way to protect the community.

Rolfe reportedly has a record of several complaints in his seven-year career; but complaints are easy to make, he’s been cleared on all but one of them (for which he was reprimanded). His lawyer says he has testified for the county attorney against an abusive cop. One of the shots Rolfe fired while in distress missed Brooks but reportedly hit a car — fortunately none of the three people in it were hurt, but the outcome could have been much worse. There are questions about whether the officers handled their tasers properly; whether they kicked Brooks when he was down after the shooting (defense lawyers say the prosecutor is distorting what happened); and whether the police provided aid to Brooks swiftly enough — though Rolfe undeniably administered CPR and tried hard to save him.

Plainly, all of that has to be sorted out. That’s why responsible prosecutors wait until investigators have a chance to answer the pressing questions before filing charges — to say nothing of death-penalty charges. To me, Rolfe’s firing seems rash under the circumstances. The GBI investigation is continuing, however, and it may well turn out, when all the relevant facts come to light, that some measure of discipline would be justifiable. Brosnan, meantime, had been placed on administrative duty before Howard filed charges.

In the end, though, this incident happened, and a simple arrest situation escalated into a deadly shooting, because of Rayshard Brooks. He was not a victim of the system. He was a violent criminal who was out on probation, rather than in prison, because he’d been given multiple breaks after his felony convictions. At the moment the police confronted him, he was yet again violating his probation conditions. His arrest was entirely lawful, but instead of submitting to it, as the law requires, he initiated a forcible confrontation. He ultimately shot at one cop with the taser he’d stolen from another.

I guess Wendy’s must be institutionally racist, too, because the mob torched it. They then demanded their perverse brand of “justice,” and found a hyper-political progressive prosecutor willing to give it to them. If there is actual justice, this will not stand.

ANDREW C. MCCARTHY is a senior fellow at National Review Institute, an NR contributing editor, and author of BALL OF COLLUSION: THE PLOT TO RIG AN ELECTION AND DESTROY A PRESIDENCY. @andrewcmccarthy

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American Thinker

June 18, 2020
How to Fight the Woke...and Win
By Damian Max

The Woke are everywhere.  They're in our schools, in government, and at our places of work.  More importantly, the Woke are on the move.  They are coming for you, for me, and for anyone else who does not subscribe to their quasi-religion.  Don't fool yourself — you are not safe.  The Woke are at war with anyone who opposes them, and it does not matter if you just want to be left alone.  You will have to bend the knee or fight.

Here are a dozen strategies that you can start using right now

1. Adopt the right mindset and take action.  As mentioned, we are in a cultural and political war, whether we want to be or not.  So adopt an appropriate mindset.  Get mentally tough.  Get ready for battle.  Remember that the Woke are not your friends.  They despise you.  Realize that they will lie about you, not play fair, and try to crush you into submission.  Accept that family and friends may turn on you once you show your opposition to the Woke agenda.  And understand that some of your own "leaders" and "allies" will happily betray you to virtue-signal to the Woke.  So watch your back and take action yourself, for it is action that matters, not words.

2. Become anti-fragile.  In war, you must always secure your supply lines.  One of the Woke's most powerful weapons is economic pressure, so take that away from them as much as possible.  Grow some of your own food, start a side business, or form a self-supporting tribe (like a church group that financially supports itself in case one member gets fired by the Woke).  Being anti-fragile will allow you to stand firm when you need to speak the truth, which brings us to Point 3.

3. Speak the truth.  In our age of Woke emotionalism, truth-telling is the truly revolutionary act.  So speak the truth, and do so boldly.  This does not mean doing so in every situation, but if pressed, you cannot let the Woke steamroll you into silent submission.  Moreover, wear that MAGA hat.  Be proud.  Display your beliefs through symbols.  The fact is that boldness and visible symbolism build morale, and they will likely inspire others to speak up as well.

4. Never apologize, and never quit.  The Woke view an apology as a confession, not as a chance at reconciliation.  As such, never apologize.  You will only be made to grovel further or surrender completely.  At the same time, never quit.  That is what your spineless employer will want you to do to save him the trouble of firing you.  Don't do it.  Make them fire you, then move to Point 5.

5. Use lawfare.  If you have the means, then use lawfare against the Woke at any and every opportunity (which is one reason why electing President Trump and getting good judges is important).  For instance, if your employer fires you to appease the Woke mob, then make him pay for it.  Don't go quietly.  Instead, hit him with the hardest legal counterpunch that you can.  It won't always work, but it will sometimes, and that matters.

6. Arm yourself.  Exercise your God-given rights and arm yourself thoroughly.  After all, a sheep is much easier to cage than a lion.

7. Starve the Woke while feeding your allies.  Stop giving money or time to any Woke-supporting group.  Stop supporting Woke universities or businesses.  Stop watching Netflix and the NFL.  Just stop.  Starve them to the greatest extent possible.  And push to defund any such groups that receive public funds.  Just as importantly, support any ally that has started his own platform or business to compete with such organizations.  Donate to them.  Spread the word about them.  Write good reviews about them.  Such support is easy to do and pays dividends.

8. Vote in everything.  Vote in school council elections, city elections, etc.  Vote in everything.  Granted, voting will not defeat the Woke, but it will provide our side with some temporary victories, and it will buy time for the ultimate solution to this problem (see Point 12).

9. Use your power.  Get into any position of political, business, and/or cultural power, then keep your sphere of influence anti-Woke.  And yes, this means mercilessly purging any Wokester from the domain that you control.  Remember, we are at war, and they would do the same to you in a heartbeat.  In fact, they already have.  And since they made the new rules, it's only fair that we abide by them.

10. Use the Woke's tactics against them.  We may not wish to, but it is time to use the Woke's tactics against them.  Establish gun sanctuary zones.  Disinvite Woke speakers.  Tear down statues of Woke heroes who were flawed in some way.  If the Woke want "cancel culture," then it is time to cancel the Woke wherever and whenever we can.

11. Have children, and don't send them to Woke schools.  Children are the future, and if the culture war against the Woke turns out to be a 700-year Reconquista rather than a short skirmish, then having children is vital.  So have many kids, but do not let them be indoctrinated in Woke schools.  (If you are young, and don't want the Woke to have leverage against you, then hold off on children.  However, when you get anti-fragile, have many.)

12. Support secession.  Let's be honest, the time has come for some areas in the U.S. to be allowed to go and build their desired Woketopia.  We should let them go — not just figuratively, but literally.  After all, the United States are indeed states, but they are not united.   And secession is the only peaceful and moral long-term solution to the division in America.  The other alternatives are continuing political and cultural war — with serious violence being a real possibility — or total political and cultural submission for one side or the other.  But the former option is worse than secession, and the latter one is immoral.  Moreover, it is just wrong that every four years, nearly half the country is shaking in fear at the prospect that the other side might win the election.  Not to mention that such fear is a sign — a big, bright neon sign — that two groups of people so culturally and morally different should no longer be together.  Thus, to defeat the Woke peacefully but permanently, secession is the only real answer.  And if America is truly an idea, then it is an idea that can be recreated anywhere, even in a newly formed country.

These twelve strategies are a roadmap for success against the Woke.  If we use them, we will certainly face hardships.  We will suffer.  But in the end, we will win.  

Damian Max is an author who just wants to live in a sane country.

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Trump’s Impending Tulsa Triumph
Democrats screaming about the site of Trump’s first post-coronavirus rally have raised the stakes on a game they can't control.

Monday morning the word came that Eventbrite pre-orders for seats at President Trump’s first campaign rally of the post-coronavirus craze have exceeded one million.

This for an event in an arena that seats 19,200.

It’s relatively clear that the president’s supporters are less than concerned about the potential exposure to the Wuhan virus being in such close quarters with strangers. That isn’t a great surprise given most of them are aware, likely having seen on television or on the internet, that political rallies and demonstrations are safe spaces from which it’s surely impossible for the virus to spread. After all, for more than two weeks since the George Floyd fiasco paraded across the country in the form of “mostly peaceful” public protests including rioting, looting, burning, assaults on police officers, and so forth, and even including the armed takeover of a part of downtown Seattle by Hard Left kooks, the previous angry remonstrations against regular Americans going about their days without a mask or a dutiful six-foot bubble of separation with their fellow citizens have fallen away.

Social distancing for thee, and so forth.

Now, Trump has the opportunity to speak again to the American people, unfiltered by the Democrat media who have set upon him nonstop since the George Floyd riots began.

Since a bad cop killed George Floyd and the dam broke spilling Antifa and Black Lives Matter idiocy into the streets — it’s so bad that over the weekend, morons in New Orleans took down a bust of local 19th-century philanthropist John McDonogh, who founded the city’s public school system and trained his slaves in marketable trade skills before setting them free, and threw it in the river — Real America has been very quiet.

Quiet, but not silent. Real America has made itself understood, though not in ways the mainstream media will report.

For example, when HBO made the ridiculous decision to pull Gone With the Wind, one of the all-time classics of film, out of its HBO Max streaming catalog, thus blackballing the vehicle by which Hattie McDaniel won the first Oscar ever earned by a black American, Real America responded by making the movie the No. 1 film property for sales on Amazon.

When protesters in Fort Worth began invading restaurants and other businesses in order to “make them uncomfortable,” those businesses started locking their doors with patrons inside so as to prevent the Black Lives Matter mob from disrupting their experience. Where the doors weren’t locked, patrons began counter-protesting. Punches were thrown, and water was splashed in protesters’ faces.

Gun sales have absolutely skyrocketed so far this year, something that is only accelerating.

And then there were the pre-orders for Trump’s Tulsa rally, which has been panned by the Democrat media on two fronts.

The first is the laughable suggestion that it’s irresponsible for the president to stage a campaign rally while the coronavirus is still going on. News story after news story touts the “second wave” of virus infections now that the economic shutdowns have begun to peter out, though the public simply isn’t buying into the virus hysteria anymore. It’s almost as though Real America has concluded the virus hype was a scam designed to trash the economy and give Joe Biden a chance to win the election in November.

Maybe, those who reached that conclusion might also conclude, the George Floyd protests were similarly a scam. This much rioting and so many demands for a cultural shift toward obeisance to the Black Lives Matter movement wouldn’t really be possible without a whole lot of pre-planning and funding. But I digress.

It’s particularly unconvincing to scold Trump about planning rallies while at the same time touting, for example, the 15,000 people who turned out in Brooklyn for a protest pushing the rights of black transgender people. Nobody will be much persuaded on this score.

But the other front was a bit more successful, in that it did manage to force Trump to move the event back a day. Initially, Trump’s Tulsa rally was planned on June 19 rather than its current June 20 date. June 19, as many may know, is also known as Juneteenth, which is a day commemorating the emancipation of slaves at the end of the Civil War. It’s a state holiday in Texas, as June 19, 1865, was the date on which emancipation was announced throughout the state, and in the black community it’s become something of a cultural phenomenon.

Somehow, Trump isn’t allowed to have a rally on Juneteenth. To do that is “insensitive” to the black community. Particularly if that rally were to take place in Tulsa, which was the scene, 99 years ago, of a race riot in which at least 37 people were killed, most of them black, and the town’s mostly-black Greenwood section was destroyed. The last bit gave the Tulsa massacre an especially sorrowful character, as Greenwood had been the scene of a quite prosperous black business community — called Black Wall Street by Booker T. Washington — which was destroyed in the rioting.

Trump backed the rally up a day, recognizing it isn’t worth his while to fight over the manufactured symbolism of holding the event in that city on June 19. In doing so he put out a stupid fire set by his political opponents and made himself look responsive.

And now he has the opportunity to speak again to the American people, unfiltered by the Democrat media, who have set upon him nonstop since the George Floyd riots began.

Trump will point out that the May jobs numbers were the greatest in modern history, giving evidence that the economic shutdowns didn’t put an end to American capitalism. Quite the contrary — as Democrats fear, the economy is about to roar back to life in the third quarter, even despite the stupidity playing out on the streets of our cities. Trump might very well discuss that subject, as well — noting that in their zeal to keep their base voters desperate and dependent on government, urban Democrat machine politicians have all but encouraged the lawlessness of Seattle, Minneapolis, Santa Monica, and Chicago, and what lagging economic recoveries might exist will be almost solely attributable to bad blue-state government. After all, when Lori Lightfoot trashes Walmart and then stands by as her voters loot and burn its locations in South Chicago, exactly how is she going to lure them back into those neighborhoods?

He’ll also talk about Antifa as a domestic terror group. If he’s smart, Trump will change that to say Antifa is an international terrorist group and that its funding sources are foreign as well as domestic. Trump would be echoing statements by Attorney General Bill Barr in so saying, as Barr noted last week that foreign actors are helping to gin up violence on America’s streets. Additionally, Trump could reference the fact that the Chinese Communist Party is now playing up the rioting in American streets as a twisted answer to the demonstrations in Hong Kong, which fell off the front page thanks to the coronavirus.

Most of all, though, Trump, can, should, and probably will point out that to the extent there is “systemic racism” afoot in American cities that leads to incidents like the one which befell the unfortunate Mr. Floyd, those cities are run almost exclusively by Democrat political machines like the one pushing Biden’s incompetent presidential campaign. Bill de Blasio is no Republican. Neither is Jacob Frey. Nor is Eric Garcetti. In fact, in all of the cities whose police departments are accused of mistreating blacks and fostering injustice it’s been decades, or in many cases half a century or more, since there were any Republicans in positions of power. Whatever political incompetence or maladministration is causing those cities to become hellscapes devoid of upward mobility for so many of their citizens, it’s Democrats who are solely responsible.

And, Trump ought to say, it’s Democrats who are making things worse.

Trump ought to note the Rasmussen poll from a few days ago that marked his approval rating among black Americans as above 40 percent. He should point to that to indicate there is a large segment of the black population that is not on board with the idiocy of the Black Lives Matter movement and also to indicate that the Democrats’ history of abuse of such a core constituency is finally about to earn them some punishment.

The last bit is important. Trump needs to hammer home for weeks just how bad a job Democrats have done running America’s cities and how badly black Americans in particular have suffered from that poor performance. Seeing as though Joe Biden is less his enemy than is the legacy media, and seeing as though the CNN’s and New York Timeses of the world will reflexively deny everything Trump says no matter how obvious it might be, there is great purchase to be had in such a line of attack. The suburbs are where the 2020 election will be fought, and there is a reason people live in the suburbs rather than in town — virtually all of the ’burbs exist solely because of the poor governance in the cities, and we’ve never really had a national conversation about just how poor that governance is.

Force the legacy media to defend the Jenny Durkans and LaToya Cantrells of the world, and watch their credibility evaporate into nothingness. And then it’ll be Trump versus Biden on the stump, with Real America as the jury waiting to issue a verdict in November.

That’s where the real triumph will begin.

Scott McKay is publisher of the Hayride, which offers news and commentary on Louisiana and national politics. He’s also a novelist — check out his first book “Animus: A Tale of Ardenia,” available in Kindle and paperback.

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22 minutes ago, TomJH said:


74% of Americans say the country is heading in the wrong direction, including 63% of Republicans, according to a new AP-NORC poll.

 John Bolton wrote that trump supported the concentration camps that the Chinese have put Muslim citizens into-- so-called

"re-education" centers.

Is this what trump wants in America? He favors it in China.

Does he want to put all Muslims in concentration camps in this country?

Does he want to put all of his political adversaries in concentration camps?

And John Bolton succinctly wrote that trump wanted to jail and execute journalists.

This would  definitely be the wrong direction for a Democratic Republic to go in.

It would be  the same Direction that Hitler took Germany, which led to The Holocaust.

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27 minutes ago, Princess of Tap said:

 John Bolton wrote that trump supported the concentration camps that the Chinese have put Muslim citizens into-- so-called

"re-education" centers.

Is this what trump wants in America? He favors it in China.

Does he want to put all Muslims in concentration camps in this country?

Does he want to put all of his political adversaries in concentration camps?

And John Bolton succinctly wrote that trump wanted to jail and execute journalists.

This would  definitely be the wrong direction for a Democratic Republic to go in.

It would be  the same Direction that Hitler took Germany, which led to The Holocaust.

Better stop it, Princess. I suspect you're making Jake's mouth water.

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4 hours ago, JakeHolman said:

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Trump’s Impending Tulsa Triumph


Having a campaign rally in the middle of a pandemic is a profoundly STUPID thing to do. People will get sick and some may will literally die as a result of it. Why is that so difficult for Trump supporters to understand?


By having this rally Trump is showing how much he really cares about his followers, outside of getting their vote.

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