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9 hours ago, Bogie56 said:

Just a reminder - Charlottesville ... Children kidnapped and put in cages .... 140,000 Americans dead and guess who doesn't give a damn.

You would have to be braindead or completely evil to vote for this son of a b****.

It's disheartening that the popularity of trump with his base shows how many racists are in America. Even if some of them vote for him for reasons other than race, they know they are enabling a racist and further racial divisions in their nation. And it is on them if they vote for him in 2020.

Aside from that, how can you vote for a man who abandoned leadership at the time of a pandemic, as well as protests for racial justice in the streets?

Evil is right.

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15 minutes ago, TomJH said:

It's disheartening that the popularity of trump with his base shows how many racists are in America. Even if some of them vote for him for reasons other than race, they know they are enabling a racist and further racial divisions in their nation. And it is on them if they vote for him in 2020.

Aside from that, how can you vote for a man who abandoned leadership at the time of a pandemic, as well as protests for racial justice in the streets?

Evil is right.

He is a demonic sociopath and America has become a failed state under his leadership.

His campaign tv ads against Biden show people demonstrating and getting tear gassed and warn of things to come if Biden is elected.  But these are images of Trump's America.  He is tearing the country apart all for the sake of getting re-elected.

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How the Left Seized Higher Education

By Atilla Mert Sulker

July 18, 2020

Originally published by Townhall.com, 7/9/20.

We thought it was only the humanities department that was run by leftists.

Time to think again. Before we know it, the same will be said of the math and engineering departments.

None of this should be surprising. The leftist takeover of academia is nothing new.

But how did the university debate stage fall into the hands of a concentrated and uniform consortium of individuals? The root of this problem lies in the way Americans have been conditioned to think about higher education.

Americans have fundamentally forgotten the place of the university in the societal fabric, allowing a small group of left-wing academics to take control. The Panglossian view that everybody must receive a college degree has created indifference to an integral part of higher education – the unabashed exchange of ideas.

In many ways, college is a “choose your adventure” with two main choices: 1. Become well versed in a skill that is in high demand; 2. Pursue a career in academia and make a living via debating ideas.

Nowadays, universities churn out so many students with grim employment prospects. One study found that only 55% of college graduates are in careers closely related to their field of study. The remaining 45% in mismatched careers earn less, on average.

It is reasonable to assume that the sheer number of unmotivated students in college – enrolled only due to societal pressures – is responsible for this deficit. Chances are, they’d be far better off going to trade school.

With so many people enrolled in college with little interest in academia or the attainment of complex skills such as engineering, it’s easy to see how no real opposition to the left exists.

But the epidemic of jaded students is a crisis the left would never waste. Parents would be in uproar if they saw loans going to waste. In response, leftist academics have created the illusion that they are casting otherwise mediocre students in the right direction.

Out of this illusion, a plethora of highly specialized, phony fields and courses have emerged – practically overnight. Being very loosely bound to market demand and protected by bureaucratic oversight, the ideas of these specialized academics are not only legitimized, but often forced upon students.

Harvard Professor of Government Harvey Mansfield notes: “If you look at a typical Harvard transcript, you see courses all over the place. Often on small subjects or policy questions, instead of meat and potatoes: history, economics, philosophy.” Referring to specialized gut courses, Mansfield says, “now there are a whole lot of such courses and it’s easy to waste your money on something that isn’t worth it.”

Perhaps the grossest miscalculation made by the American system was the belief that higher education is for everyone. It should be obvious that it never was. This myth was predicated on the notion that widening access to higher education would result in a net benefit on society, via extending every individual’s productive capacities.

With a little skepticism, this justification instantly crumbles.

Firstly, why assume that every individual becomes most productive after going through college? Why couldn’t they be equally or more productive by pursuing professional certification or vocational training?

Furthermore, the “net benefit” myth assumes that all degrees are of equal value. Good luck convincing anyone in the job market that a political science degree is equally as valuable as an engineering degree. If a net productivity increase is the goal, wouldn’t it make sense for government scholarship programs to only fund degrees associated with high job demand, such as those related to STEM (as if government funding were good to begin with)?

With both society and bureaucrats confused over the purpose of higher education, it’s no wonder that an advantageous group of academics has been able to enforce so much thought control. The last thing we need is to send off more unambitious students to be used as pawns by clever academics. They will never question what they are told. They will go along with it. This kind of tacit approval is the equivalent to saying “yes.”

The solution to this problem involves a serious reassessment of the role of the American university. Only then will a real battleground for ideas emerge.

Atilla Sulker is the CSO of Blue Ocean, Inc., an augmented reality education company in Tallahassee, Florida and writes for LRC, The Epoch Times, Mises, FEE, Townhall, and the Washington Examiner. He can be followed on LinkedIn, Twitter, and Facebook, and can be emailed at sulkera@gmail.com. 
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Dispatches From the War: Mr. Trump, the Enemy Is Deep Inside the Gate

By Jon Rappoport

Jon Rappoport’s blog

July 18, 2020

Note to the reader: As I stated on Monday, don’t blithely assume the economy is reopening and things will continue to improve. The nation is under the control of public health traitors. They can declare “new waves” of cases. They can invent pretexts at the drop of a hat, and governors and mayors can declare lockdowns again. This is not over. The economic war against the people is being waged to destroy America.

Mr. President, don’t imagine that simply “minimizing” the presence of Tony Fauci (your current plan) will significantly degrade his influence. The governors and mayors will still listen to him and follow his advice. Take him completely off the board as a member of the coronavirus task force. It’s not enough to say you disagree with him. Put him out to pasture. You don’t realize just how dangerous he is.

Do not believe any of his declarations of “science.” They are, in fact, weapons of sabotage.

Earlier this week, I proposed that you send in troops (or the FBI) to the states and cities, with a wartime mandate to force open the whole American economy…

Once and for all…

Preventing state and city officials from continuing any form of lockdown or restraint on the LIBERTY of the people…

Because this IS war, and the enemy IS in charge right now. You certainly aren’t.

I’m sure you have a few bright people working for you, people who aren’t secretly spying on you or operating on behalf of Big Globalism. Bring those people into a room and tell them you are open to suggestions and operations that do not include sending in the troops.

Listen to what they have to say. Carefully. Do any of their ideas amount to effective solutions? I’m not talking about cosmetic actions that make you look good. I’m not talking about flailing in the face of the enemy. I’m talking about wartime plans that stand a good chance of succeeding. Do these people have anything at all to offer?

Come clean, in public, about the disastrous effects of the lockdowns on the economy and human life. Don’t hold back. The people must know how heavy the costs of the war are.

Political journalist Elias Marat reports: “…nearly one-third [of] U.S. households – representing 32 percent – have still not made their full housing payments for the month of July, according to a survey from online rental platform Apartment List.”

“And with public health experts warning people to continue to ‘Stay at Home,’ the slogan is taking on a perverse new meaning as humanitarian disaster looms for some 28 million people in the U.S. who are facing eviction and homelessness in the immediate future.”

This is the true face of the war, Mr. Trump, and no amount of empty rhetoric can defuse the catastrophe.

The COVID case-counting fraud, a scandal of enormous proportions, is inflating numbers to sustain lockdowns, work stoppages, unemployment, business bankruptcies—the whole vicious assault against the very survival of Americans.

Are you willing to turn your back and walk away from this?

Are you willing to let public health officials destroy the country with their insane fear porn about a germ; about what amounts to a flu season?

Fauci is leading that pack. He is playing a deranged tune that is sending the nation over a cliff.

Are you in a trance, Mr. President?

Can’t you put yourself together and see what is actually going on? And then ACT ON IT?

This whole COVID operation is far from an accident. The plan is economic warfare. That was the intent all along. The hyped-up STORY about a germ was and is the means to implement the plan.

Many credentialed doctors and scientists have exposed the vastly overblown story. They’ve been trying to reach out to you, but the news networks and other traitors are blocking them.

You’re in a bubble.

This SENSELESS war is breaking apart loved ones from loved ones. Can you understand what that means?

If tomorrow, all the people took off all their masks, and all the people stopped walking six feet apart, and all the people said no to testing and tracing, and everything that was closed suddenly opened…nothing harmful would happen. This would be another flu year. Just as you supposed at the beginning.

You know that. Yet, knowing it, are you going to stand aside and let this country go down into chaos?

Are you?

Every person, at some point, thinks about his own courage. How far would he go, what pain would he endure to stand by his deepest values and principles?

This is your time.


What are you going to do?

There is a train stalled on the tracks. The engine is shut down. Men are standing around the locomotive. In the cabin, the engineer is terrified. The men have told him that if he turns on the engine, the whole train could explode.You’re standing on a hill overlooking the train. You’re the General. Your Army is behind you.

What do you do?

You send your Army down to move the men out of the way. One of your men walks into the cabin, brushes the engineer aside and turns on the engine.

The engineer recovers.

The train moves again.

Reprinted with permission from Jon Rappoport’s blog.

Jon Rappoport runs No More Fake News. The author of an explosive collection, The Matrix Revealed, Jon was a candidate for a US Congressional seat in the 29th District of California. Nominated for a Pulitzer Prize, he has worked as an investigative reporter for 30 years, writing articles on politics, medicine, and health for CBS Healthwatch, LA Weekly, Spin Magazine, Stern, and other newspapers and magazines in the US and Europe.

Copyright © Jon Rappoport

Previous article by Jon Rappoport: Mr. Trump, Deliver a Knockout Blow to the Traitorous CDC 

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15 hours ago, SadPanda said:

He gained in the Senate in 2018.

The House was far less important in 2018 than was the Senate. But taking back the House should happen in about 3+ months and his second term will be momentous because of it.

The de-corruption of deep-state government will move into high gear. The draining of the swamp has been slow but steady so far, but getting back the House will immensely accelerate that draining. Legislation will come fast and sharp and there'll be no more bogus waste-of-time "House investigations" gumming up the system.

Or not. Maybe the Democrats will win everything instead. How wonderful would that be?

This is a joke right?  You don't seriously believe what you posted?

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15 hours ago, jamesjazzguitar said:

As we discussed the key in 2018 was that the gains by Dems in the House where mostly by moderates;  E.g.   the defeat of the GOP incumbent in my district,  where the GOP had held the seat for over 25 years.      While I"m still concerned about Dem voter turnout,  especially by the more liberal \ progressive wing of the party,   I just don't see Trump winning in Florida.      The company I work for is in Florida and,  while this is anecdotal,    the vast majority of people I have talked to are really disappointed in their Trump clone governor,  De Santis,  and that will likely taint Trump as well.

While anything is possible,  and the Dems have messed up 'sure things' in the past,  I just don't see it this time.



We have a friend who retired to FL years ago.  She hates DeSantis and Trump both.

However, there are huge pockets of elderly white retirees who love Trump.  They will vote and the GOPers will make sure it is easy for those in GOP areas to be able to easily vote.

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The Charlemagne Option by Devin C. Foley

July 18, 2020

Like pagan Danes sweeping through Christendom, rioters pillaged and torched my city of Minneapolis. The results are devastating.

For several miles, you can drive along Lake St., the epicenter of the rioting, and witness one burned-out building after another interspersed with piles of rubble where some once stood. Those buildings still standing are often still boarded up, covered in graffiti, with upper windows shattered.

I would expect the same from a war zone. But Minneapolis did not experience the fury of war, it experienced something worse: the full rage and wrath of man.

From what unholy pit did this rage burst forth? Cultural Marxism? No. I actually think our problems are much deeper than even that toxic ideology.

If we are to confront and stop the destruction, we must identify why the ideology of destruction is so appealing. We need to understand the foundational, driving force.

Writing about Charles Dickens' Barnaby Rudge: A Tale of the Riots of Eighty, Myron Magnet digs into one of the deeper impulses that animates man: The desire to be God.

Magnet uses the term “revolutionary millennialism” to describe what happens when that individual desire is found on a mass scale. The term itself is actually borrowed from the historian Norman Cohn and his book Pursuit of the Millennium.

Essentially, millennialism represents a deep frustration with the human condition and the inability to overcome our limits. It is an “overcharged self-cherishing” that is convicted of the “immaculate holiness of one’s own impulses coupled with a certainty that one was incapable of sin”. Oddly enough, the ultimate manifestation of this uncorked rage is not in a great act of creation, but rather great acts of destruction. The end of revolutionary millennialism is a lashing out at everything that may tell us that we are not God.

Why destruction? Because “millenarian movements belong to a long tradition of popular protest against the irreducible unfreedom of the civilized condition.” To free ourselves to be God, we must destroy any limits placed upon us, including those by civilization and even our own soul and reason. We can only be free when our passions are freed.

As Myron Magnet explains with detail,

  “Virtually by definition, millennialism is antipolitical: the wish to establish the City of God on earth displays an exhausted patience with the City of Man. Indeed, what the millennial kingdom chiliastic sects seek to create is a realm which has superseded the need for government on any level, including the individual’s government of himself. For the millenarian revolution proposes to rectify the human condition, abolishing man’s chronic unhappiness by making absolute the freedom of each individual and sanctifying his every impulse. This revolution will bring about a world not new but, instead, identical to man’s primitive condition before such fallen, corrupt institutions as the state and the organized church arose to constrict human life.

Central to the ideology of revolutionary millenarianism … is ‘a self-exaltation that often amounted to self-deification.’ Such representative millenarians as the heretics of the Free Spirit, finding God in everything and everything a part of God, did not hesitate to extend these principles to themselves: they needed only to become conscious of their essential divinity, they held, ‘to surpass the condition of humanity and become God.’…

But what chiefly followed from such overcharged self-cherishing was a conviction of the immaculate holiness of one’s own impulses coupled with a certainty that one was incapable of sin.”
  The desire to make oneself into anything you want is now celebrated, even if it goes against not only civilization but even nature and reality.

While horrified by what’s happening and, like many people, suspecting we’re just seeing the beginning of our travails, I am oddly sympathetic to these millennialist impulses.

How many young Americans are deeply wounded by divorce, abuse, and neglect as the family disintegrates in the acid of our culture? And how many of those wounded souls were given the tools to overcome and make peace with their pasts through their education? Not very many.

Consider the reality of their lives.

We took a generation or two of spiritually and emotionally wounded individuals raised on pablum and entertainment, and then told them to take on $50,000, $100,000 or even more school debt just to get a job. From the get-go, we chained these young souls who then were sent out into a debt-based economy that keeps all of us racing the Red Queen. Finally, add the fact that true community is nearly absent from our world. The results?

America now has many millions of deeply wounded souls, already chained to debt, getting into more debt and feeling imprisoned, but without the support of family, friends, church, or community.

Are we really that surprised that destruction of our civilization appeals to a surprising number of young people? Without understanding a purpose to suffering or life, they have lashed out quite dangerously.

What can prevent it? Initially, brute force. If a man cannot govern himself, someone else will govern him.

But that is not a path that leads to a flourishing, free people.

I fear that if we do not seriously and effectively address the mental and spiritual state of far too many young Americans, we are hurtling towards a cataclysm.

This is no longer just a fight of intellects; it is a spiritual fight.


Devin C. Foley
Devin C. Foley,
Publisher of Chronicles
Co-Founder & CEO
Charlemagne Institute




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Maybe Trump shouldn’t save the Democrat-run cities besieged by violence

The Washington Post
July 17, 2020


As protests continue to spin out of control in Portland, Ore., President Trump said this week that Democrat-run cities have become “like war zones” and that his administration will soon announce measures to restore order. For those alarmed at this prospect, the alternative is to let the cities burn.

Trump is right when he says that as “far-left mayors are escalating the anti-cop crusade … violent crime is spiraling in their cities.” In New York City, shootings during one week in June were up 358 percent over the previous year, while the number of police retirements has skyrocketed 411 percent — a vote of no confidence in the city’s left-wing leadership. In Atlanta, murders are up 86 percent. In Minneapolis, shootings are up 47 percent. In Philadelphia, shootings involving children are up 43 percent, and 96 percent of the victims are black. In Chicago, 106 people were shot during a single weekend in June, 14 of them fatally, while this past weekend, 64 people were shot, and 11 died. All these cities are run by Democrats.

Then there is the spineless response of these local Democratic leaders to violent protests in their cities. Seattle Mayor Jenny Durkan called the Capitol Hill Occupied Protest, which took over several city blocks and a park, a “block party” and compared it to the “summer of love” — only to see multiple assaults and two murders take place in the police-free zone she permitted to exist for nearly a month. In Portland, Ore. — a hotbed of antifa violence — mayhem has raged for nearly two months as violent protesters have set more than 100 fires, looted business and done millions of dollars in property damage to local businesses. Rioters have attacked police with rocks, glass bottles, soup cans, frozen water bottles, bricks and fireworks, according to court documents filed by police. The mayor seems unable or unwilling to quell the violence.

Trump declared that enough is enough and that he and Attorney General William P. Barr will soon unveil a plan to “to straighten things out.” But maybe he shouldn’t. The genius of our federal system is that states and localities serve as what the late Supreme Court Justice Louis Brandeis called laboratories of democracy that can “try novel social and economic experiments without risk to the rest of the country.” Right now, many of America’s cities are conducting social experiments in lawlessness, showing the rest of the country what happens when local leaders join calls to “defund the police” and cower in the face of violence.

There is an argument for just letting those experiments play out. After all, we are told elections have consequences. Well, the people in those cities voted for weak Democratic mayors and city council members. Maybe if they experience the consequences of incompetent Democratic leadership, they’ll do what New Yorkers did in the 1990s and vote in tough-on-crime Republicans to restore law and order.

Or they can move. As Milton Friedman explained in “Capitalism and Freedom,” the beauty of our system of dispersed power is that, “if I do not like what my local community does … I can move to another local community. … If I do not like what my state does, I can move to another. [But] if I do not like what Washington imposes, I have few alternatives in this world of jealous nations.” In recent years, growing numbers of Americans quit high-tax blue states such as California for low-tax red states like Texas. If disastrous fiscal policies can spark this kind of migration, maybe disastrous policing policies will do the same.

Of course, the counterargument is: What about the people in Portland, Seattle and other cities where violence is out of hand who did not vote for feckless Democrats? Why should they be subjected to violence? Moreover, although wealthier residents may be able to pick up and leave, the poorer citizens of these cities who depend on social assistance and public housing don’t have the resources to do so. And what about small business owners who have poured their life savings into enterprises that have been looted and vandalized? If they pick up and leave, they lose everything.

It’s unfair to leave these Americans defenseless. And it’s arguably the president’s responsibility to do something about it.

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50 Days Of Protest In Portland. A Violent Police Response.

This Is How We Got Here.

".......Portland Deputy Chief Chris Davis met with the media. He characterized the protesters as criminals who had co-opted a peaceful movement, a tried and true tactic used by government officials over the decades to delegitimize social movements. Protesters of nearly every stripe rejected the characterization........


.....“What America does not need is Donald Trump parachuting federal law enforcement into U.S. cities as if they’re enemy strongholds requiring an occupying army to suppress,” Wyden said.........


“I said, ‘Please take your officers home,’” Brown told OPB’s “Think Out Loud®.” “’They are only escalating things here in the city and you need to go home.’”.......

“Based on news accounts circulating that allege federal law enforcement detained two protesters without probable cause, I have requested the Department of Homeland Security Office of the Inspector General to open a separate investigation directed specifically at the actions of DHS personnel,” Williams said in a statement.

Later in the day, the ACLU of Oregon filed a lawsuit seeking to restrain how federal law enforcement interacts with journalists and legal observers at protests.

The Oregon Department of Justice also sued federal agencies, and the Oregon attorney general said state prosecutors may pursue criminal charges..........




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We immigrants know the America-bashers are ridiculously wrong

July 19, 2020 | 7:33pm

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It’s my America-versary, the day my mother and I arrived in the United States. I was just 1 year old, and America was deep in her 1970s blues.

Every July 20, we celebrate. It’s up there with birthdays and anniversaries for our family.

It’s the day we became free.

My father had been granted permission to leave the Soviet Union first and had arrived in Brooklyn the previous summer. Nineteen seventy-seven was a particularly tough time for New York and the nation. It would be two more years before President Jimmy Carter would ­deliver his infamous “malaise” speech, but the crisis was in full view when my father landed at JFK Airport.

A few days after his arrival, the 1977 blackout happened. The lights went out in New York and, with them, the sense of ­basic security. Riots raged; fires and looting were widespread. It wouldn’t have been crazy for a new immigrant to wonder if he had made a mistake.

When my mother and I arrived (a year later), the country was in disarray. The overwhelming feeling was that America’s best days were behind her.

Then things began to turn around. It wasn’t easy, but America achieved a ­remarkable upward climb. President Ronald Reagan was elected on a message of hope. He created favorable conditions at the federal level, and the American people did the rest.

It would be 13 more years ­before Rudy Giuliani was elected mayor. Thanks to his policies, Gotham became the safest big city in the country and an urban model for the rest of the world.

Perhaps these astonishing successes lulled many into ­believing that no work was ­required to maintain our security and prosperity. We are just beginning to pay the price for such complacency.

Believing in America, and that the core of our country is good and sound, shouldn’t be tied to any president or political party. Yet the hard left continually pushes the line that America is hopeless and terrible. The Democratic Party too often follows along. It isn’t good for any of us when half the country’s population thinks we suck.

In January 2012, I attended an event held by WNYC New York Public Radio. It was very likely that I was the only conservative in the room. The WNYC host, Brian Lehrer, asked a room full of New York liberals — people who should have been thrilled by President Barack Obama’s first term — who was ­optimistic about the future of America.

I was one of only two people to raise their hands.

Last year, Rep. Alexandria ­Ocasio-Cortez suggested that America offered most citizens little more than “garbage,” owing to inequality and other social ills. Normally, when someone insults America, I bristle, my nostrils flair, and I’m ready to ­defend my country. But this time, I smiled. It was funny.

Here was a member of Congress, supremely privileged and supremely unaware of how lucky she was to have been born American. Her rage and fury, her provincial mindset, are products of her ignorance. She doesn’t know what people around the world live through. She doesn’t know garbage.

Bless her heart!

Yet America-hating has real consequences. There is a movement now to erase America’s imperfect history. Every day brings a new online hot take about how we should get rid of our National Anthem or remove Thomas Jefferson’s statue from New York’s City Hall.

We should resist this movement. Our collective history matters, and it shouldn’t be discarded.

There’s irony in the fact that the party which considers itself “pro-immigrant” is also the one that wants to destroy our country’s rich and complicated heritage. If Democrats believe ­immigrants come to America to be anything but American, they are kidding themselves. My family and millions of others came here longing to be free, to say what we want, to worship how we want and to raise American children who will know nothing but freedom.

On the day my mother and I ­became citizens and said the Pledge of Allegiance in a room full of new Americans, there were few dry eyes in the house. Don’t end our patriotic displays because an influential fringe has decided they are somehow evil.

We are in a difficult moment in our nation’s history. But if an immigrant family — arriving in a new country in the tumultuous late 1970s — could believe in the goodness of America and have hope for a better day, so could we all. America’s best days are ahead, if we remember what made us great in the first place.

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Biden's plan would undermine US energy independence

by Ted Cruz
 | July 15, 2020 12:26 AM

It’s been nearly 500 days since the Green New Deal failed to receive a single vote on the Senate floor. Instead of going back to the drawing board, Democrats have doubled their bet on the initiatives outlined in that disastrous $93 trillion proposal.

This week, presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden made a desperate attempt to shore up the support of Green New Deal enthusiasts. Biden has proposed the “Build Back Better Plan for an Equitable Clean Energy Future,” which includes spending $2 trillion over the next four years to dramatically eliminate fossil fuels, turn the energy industry on its head, and eliminate hundreds of thousands of jobs — all while magically “transforming” the American blue-collar economy into a “green” economy.

If you need more evidence that Democrats have abandoned the hard-working men and women of this country, look no further than Biden’s out of touch energy plan. In addition to vacillating between promises to “make sure [fracking] is eliminated” under his administration and to ban “new fracking,” Biden is calling for an emissions-free power grid by 2035, an entire decade ahead of California’s extremely radical plan for 100% clean electric power by 2045.

Biden’s plan also pledges to support new green energy projects in order to upgrade four million buildings, while offering overly generous incentives to individuals who trade in their gasoline-powered vehicles for electric ones. The plan aims to get the United States to net carbon emissions by 2050.

And true to form, Biden plans to pay for this proposal by raising taxes and rolling back the tax cuts that have created millions of good-paying jobs all across the country.

Before he unveiled “Build Back Better,” Biden suggested that Congress include some of the Green New Deal’s most radical provisions in its emergency response to both the coronavirus pandemic and economic crisis.

The idea that restricting bovine flatulence has anything to do with protecting public health or getting our economy back on its feet strains credulity. Calling on Congress to pass a bill that would cost each American family roughly $65,000 a year at a time when more than 40 million Americans are out of work is utter lunacy.

In Texas alone, almost 350,000 Texans employed by the oil and natural gas industry would lose their jobs if the Green New Deal is ever signed into law. The $14 billion in state and local taxes and state royalties paid by the oil and gas industry, which represents 29% of Texas’s gross state product and helps fund Texas schools, would be gone.

Under President Trump and Senate Republicans’ leadership, American energy producers have ushered in a new era of opportunity and innovation in this country. In the last several years, we have seen an energy renaissance create new jobs and growth from the Gulf Coast in Texas all the way to the foothills of the Dakotas, which has made the U.S. the number one producer of oil and gas in the world.

Though it won’t make the headlines, increasing natural gas production has resulted in lower energy costs for American families while reducing air pollution. And last year, the U.S. led the world in reducing carbon dioxide emissions, while providing affordable energy to everyone.

Energy security is national security. This has become abundantly clear during this pandemic, as we’ve watched our adversaries, and even our allies, work overtime to bankrupt America’s small independent energy companies. At the outset of this pandemic, Russia and Saudi Arabia cynically decided to take advantage of the crisis and increase their oil production, undercutting the energy market and sending oil prices into a nosedive.

Now, more than ever, it’s time to champion America’s energy independence, protect our national security, spur economic growth, lower energy costs, and support the hundreds of thousands of blue-collar workers across this country whose livelihoods rely on a vibrant energy industry.

This month, I joined several of my colleagues in signing the Empowerment Alliance’s “Declaration of Energy Independence.” The declaration pledges to utilize the energy resources we have at our fingertips in order to provide affordable energy for American families, clean energy for our environment, and abundant energy for future generations — and to ensure that America is no longer reliant on hostile adversaries for our energy needs.

In 111 days, Americans will have a choice to make. Do we want to rebuild our booming economy with a robust energy industry and more blue-collar jobs? Or do we want to “rewrite” our economy with a socialist Green New Deal?

The answer should be simple.

Ted Cruz, a Republican, is Texas's junior U.S. senator.

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Southern intellectuals many years ago, who are now banished from study and discussion, warned and predicted what we now see in American cities and how it would spread from there. 

It's at our doorstep ... 

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