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DeSantis’s Socialist Measures to Condemn Communism

Posted by M. C. on July 25, 2022

by Jacob G. Hornberger

It would be difficult to find a better example of a socialist program than public (i.e., government) schooling. The state makes attendance mandatory. Funding is through coercion, i.e., taxation. Everyone in the system, including the teachers, works for the state. The state decides on the textbooks, the curriculum, and the textbooks. Everything is politicized.

Republicans sometimes introduce a bit of humor into public life, even if they have no intention of being funny. 

A recent example is Republican Gov. Ron DeSantis of Florida. Undoubtedly catering to Cuban-Americans in the hope of garnering their votes, DeSantis recently signed a bill establishing November 7 as “Victims of Communism Day” to honor the millions of people who have suffered under communist regimes.

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No, that’s not the funny part. The funny part is what follows. According to DeSantis’s website, the bill “calls for public schools to observe the day. High school students will be required to receive at least 45 minutes of instruction in their required United States Government class on topics related to communist regimes and how victims suffered at the hands of these regimes.”

Is that funny, or what? 

Of course, your standard Republican wouldn’t laugh or even smile because he would have no idea why such a measure would be funny to libertarians.

It would be difficult to find a better example of a socialist program than public (i.e., government) schooling. The state makes attendance mandatory. Funding is through coercion, i.e., taxation. Everyone in the system, including the teachers, works for the state. The state decides on the textbooks, the curriculum, and the textbooks. Everything is politicized. (See  FFF’s award-winning bookSeparating School & State: How to Liberate America’s Families by Sheldon Richman.)

As I point out in my new book An Encounter with Evil: The Abraham Zapruder Story, the most important aspect of public (i.e., government) schooling is its purpose. Its mission is to mold the minds of children into having a deep reverence for the state and a mindset of deference to authority of government officials. That’s what those classes in “United States Government” to which DeSantis refers are for. The public-school experience becomes a 12-year sentence of indoctrination, regimentation, and obedience to orders. It’s an army-lite version of the life of a draftee in the U.S. military. 

By the time students graduate from high school, they hate education but they love the government, eagerly trust government officials, believe whatever government officials tell them, and blindly do whatever public officials say, just like your standard military draftee. Good examples are the JFK assassination, the Gulf of Tonkin resolution, the twenty years of lies relating to the invasion and occupation of Afghanistan, and those infamous but nonexistent WMDs in Iraq.

There is something important to note about Cuba and other communist regimes: They have public (i.e., government) school systems there too. The big difference, however, is that people in communist nations know that public (i.e., government) schooling is a socialist system.

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Boom: Florida takes on the fanatics again – Tom Woods Newsletter

Posted by M. C. on March 9, 2022

https://mailchi.mp/tomwoods/flguidance?e=fa1aba8cd8

Well, he’s gone and done it now.

Yesterday I reported on the roundtable I attended in West Palm Beach, where Governor Ron DeSantis hosted a group of medical experts who have fought against the failed virus mitigation policies from the beginning.

The event closed with the announcement that Florida would be the first state to come out in opposition to COVID vaccination for healthy children.

Well, today the Florida Department of Health, under the direction of the heroic Dr. Joseph Ladapo, the state’s surgeon general, released its guidance regarding COVID vaccination and children:

Florida recognizes that parents should always be empowered to make the best health decisions for their children. It is essential that health care practitioners review all data to evaluate risks and benefits unique to each patient when determining what health care services to provide, including the administration of COVID-19 vaccines. These decisions should be made on an individual basis. As the risks of administering a COVID-19 vaccine to healthy children may outweigh the benefits, the Florida Department of Health has issued the following guidance:

Based on currently available data, healthy children aged 5 to 17 may not benefit from receiving the currently available COVID-19 vaccine. The Department recommends that children with underlying conditions are the best candidates for the COVID-19 vaccine.

At the present time, there are certain risks to consider that may outweigh benefits among healthy children with no underlying conditions:

• Limited risk of severe illness due to COVID-19
• High prevalence of existing immunity among children
• Absence of data informing benefit of COVID-19 vaccination among children with existing immunity.
• In clinical trials, higher than anticipated serious adverse events occurred among those receiving the COVID-19 vaccine.
• Reduced COVID-19 vaccine efficacy among children 5-17
• Risk of myocarditis due to the COVID-19 vaccine

For children with underlying health conditions or comorbidities, COVID-19 vaccines should be considered in consultation with your health care practitioner. Parents are encouraged to discuss the risks and benefits with their children’s health care practitioner when evaluating whether their child should receive a COVID-19 vaccine, particularly for children with underlying health conditions or comorbidities.

In general, healthy children with no significant underlying health conditions under 16 years old are at little to no risk of severe illness complications from COVID-19. For adolescents 16 to 17 years of age, the risk of myocarditis due to the COVID-19 vaccines may outweigh the benefits.

Healthy Children Ages 5 to 11

In a clinical trial, there were no cases of severe illness among children ages 5 to 11 among any placebo recipients or COVID-19 vaccine recipients. A study conducted out of New York determined that COVID-19 vaccine efficacy declined 84%, from 68% to 12%, over a span of two months for children aged 5 to 11.

Healthy Adolescents Ages 12 to 17

The same study determined that COVID-19 vaccine efficacy declined 40%, from 85% to 51%, over a span of two months for adolescents ages 12 to 17. There is also concern for the risk of myocarditis and pericarditis in children, especially among adolescent boys. One study found the highest rates of myocarditis among males ages 12 to 15, followed by adolescent males ages 16 to 17 years old.


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Letter to Governor Ron DeSantis

Posted by M. C. on February 25, 2022

When doctors have to take hospitals to court to let them administer a Nobel Prize–winning medication with a forty-year safety record, something is fiendishly flawed.

Veto HB 7021 to Protect Floridians from Incentivized Medical Malpractice & Hospicide

Margaret Anna Alice

Margaret Anna examines media narratives, propaganda, mass control, politics, psychology, history, philosophy, language, film, art, music, literature, and culture ​in her aim to unmask totalitarianism and awaken the sleeping before tyranny triumphs.

Margaret Anna Alice
Letter to Governor Ron DeSantis; Drowning Person Holding Umbrella over Head in Sea

“‘Emergencies’ have always been the pretext on which the safeguards of individual liberty have been eroded—and once they are suspended it is not difficult for anyone who has assumed such emergency powers to see to it that the emergency will persist.”

—F. A. Hayek, Law, Legislation, and Liberty

Dear Governor DeSantis,

I’m not a big fan of politicians. I probably only need one hand to count the ones who appear to possess a whit of integrity, rationality, and moral courage—off the top of my head, Tulsi Gabbard, Ron Johnson, Ron1 Paul, Brian Peckford, and you.

Gideon van Meijeren’s pretty kickass, too:

Gideon van Meijeren Confronts Globalist Dutch PM Rutte for His World Economic Forum Connections

But back to you, Governor. Throughout the manufactured COVID crisis, you have displayed sanity, respected individual liberties, followed the actual science, and resisted the worldwide mudslide into tyranny.

You did lock down (a disappointing concession to authoritarianism, but, to your credit, one you later expressed regret over and vowed not to repeat), but only for a month. Unlike most of your peers, you kept your word and lifted the stay-at-home order after thirty days.

You stated at a November 2020 press conference that there would be “no lockdowns, no fines, no school closures. No one’s losing their job because of a government dictate. Nobody’s losing their livelihood or their business.”

You signed legislation to protect Floridians from coercive mandates. You support the rights of workers to decide whether to wear masks.

You set up monoclonal antibody treatment sites around the state—until the FDA suddenly revised the emergency use authorizations to prohibit providers from administering these highly effective treatments in the United States.

You support proposed legislation to protect the rights of loved ones to visit patients in hospitals and long-term care facilities, noting, “COVID cannot be used as an excuse to deny patients basic rights.”

You advocated for the rights of physicians to prescribe drugs they believe will work without fear of penalties such as loss of license, preserving the sacred doctor-patient relationship from interference by politics.

You even honored Firecracker Fiona Lashells, a second-grader I proudly featured as an example of brave noncompliance with unhealthy mask mandates.

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Watch “JUST IN: DeSantis Responds To Biden’s New OSHA Rule Setting Jan. 4 Deadline For Vaccine Mandate” on YouTube

Posted by M. C. on November 5, 2021

Gov. Ron DeSantis (R-FL) slammed the Biden Administration’s announcement of a new deadline for tens of millions of health care workers, federal contractors and employees of larger businesses, all of whom must be fully vaccinated by January 4, in a move that means two-thirds of the American workforce is covered by vaccination rules.

https://youtu.be/uMlcnmS46SA

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Florida Governor DeSantis Pulls the Rug Out from Under the False Covid Narrative – PaulCraigRoberts.org

Posted by M. C. on August 24, 2021

Is this the reason the FDA is suddenly starting to approve “vaccines”?

By false assertion of “public health authorities”— read shills for Big Pharma—there are no cures.  But President Trump was cured by one—monoclonal antibodies.  As of August 21, 2021, Governor Ron DeSantis has opened 15 monoclonal antibody clinics in Florida with more opening this week. 

https://www.paulcraigroberts.org/2021/08/23/florida-governor-desantis-pulls-the-rug-out-from-under-the-false-covid-narrative/

Paul Craig Roberts

The minute the first Covid case appeared the US Medical Establishment began lying through its teeth and is yet to utter one truthful word.  

The entire big money vaccination campaign is based on the lie that there are no cures.  The asserted absence of cures is the only reason for the emergency use of an untested and unapproved experimental vaccine.  The use of HCQ and Ivermectin has been prevented by protocols established by NIH, CDC, and WHO.  

By false assertion of “public health authorities”— read shills for Big Pharma—there are no cures.  But President Trump was cured by one—monoclonal antibodies.  As of August 21, 2021, Governor Ron DeSantis has opened 15 monoclonal antibody clinics in Florida with more opening this week.  https://www.theepochtimes.com/15-monoclonal-antibody-sites-to-be-operational-in-florida-by-weekend_3956497.html 

As evidence of cures pours in, the justification for emergency use of the experimental Covid Vaccine disappears.  The panicked medical establishment with its imposed and false protocols is demanding full approval of the vaccine before the required testing is complete and despite the obvious failure of the vaccine.  Otherwise, the vaccination marketing campaign grinds to a stop, leaving the secret agendas unserved.

We can’t have that, so the dangerous experimental vaccine must be approved so it can continue to be mandated and the secret health-unrelated agendas served.

By exposing the Covid Deception, DeSantis has painted a target on his back. A corrupt medical establishment, so determined to vaccinate all and follow up with endless booster shots that it denied sick and dying people known cures and fired and took away licenses of doctors who used the known cures to save lives, is not going to take lightly their exposure as frauds by DeSantis.  Expect any day to have the presstitute scum at the Washington Post, NPR, or CNN produce women accusing DeSantis of sexual abuse, or the crazed New York Times to accuse DeSantis of being a Russian agent and working with Cuba to discredit the CDC and NIH, or the FBI to bring false corruption charges, or Democrats in the state legislature to open an investigation of misappropriation of funds.  The American Establishment has ZERO tolerance for truth-tellers and for anyone who gets in the way of its self-serving agendas.

Are Floridians intelligent enough to protect their governor who kept their state open and free? Probably not. 

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WaPo Editors: “Liberty” Requires Us to Implement Vaccine Passports | Mises Wire

Posted by M. C. on August 21, 2021

Mandating private and government employees to be immunized against covid-19 and requiring the use of standardized electronic passes as proof of immunization across the nation is what liberty is made of,

https://mises.org/wire/wapo-editors-liberty-requires-us-implement-vaccine-passports

Alice Salles

Mandating private and government employees to be immunized against covid-19 and requiring the use of standardized electronic passes as proof of immunization across the nation is what liberty is made of, the editors of the Washington Post argued last week

State governors such as Florida governor Ron DeSantis (R), who are blocking or attempting to block “government agencies, local businesses or both from mandating vaccination,” are engaged in “efforts that fly in the face of the values of liberty that their proponents purport to defend,” the editors added. 

“The highly transmissible delta variant of the coronavirus has ushered in mask mandates in some places, but vaccination remains the key to containing the pandemic once and for all,” the editors wrote. But to ensure we can all trust those who claim to be vaccinated, they added, states should be “developing a smartphone-compatible certificate that’s easily downloadable and easily scannable.” 

With this standardized approach to the vaccine mandate, they argued, Americans who are reluctant to get the jab would be forced to think differently. “At the least, enabling vaccine requirements will help organizations keep their spaces safer. At best, they also could inspire some holdouts to get the shot at long last.”

But if “safety” is so important to these editors, shouldn’t we also consider the safety of medical treatments (i.e., vaccines) themselves? Moreover, shouldn’t we consider the ways that providers of vaccines can be held accountable when their vaccines do harm? 

That discussion, apparently, is not on the table. I have yet to see a proponent of covid-19 vaccine mandates that talks about the vaccine industry’s immunity before federal law and how the current vaccination campaign is just a continuation of that scheme.

Ronald Reagan’s Socialized Medicine 

The covid-19 vaccine isn’t the first inoculation program that is both financially backed by the government and immune from legal accountability in US history. 

Thanks to President Ronald Reagan’s National Childhood Vaccine Injury Act (NCVIA) of 1986, vaccine makers are able to develop vaccines, many of which are produced using unethical methods such as using cells taken from aborted fetal tissue, deliberately mislead patients and health officials by making false efficacy claims, and go on doing so unabatedly even after countless victims come forward saying they have been injured—sometimes for life—by their products. 

Due to the 1986 law, these victims don’t get the chance to have their cases heard by a jury of their peers. Instead, their cases must necessarily be funneled through the National Vaccine Injury Compensation Program (VICP), which was created in 1988 after the NCVIA was signed into law.

The VICP is in place to shield manufacturers from liability related to their vaccine products, as explained by AMA Journal of Ethics.

The act establishes a special court program for vaccine injury claims that caps damages and allows for the injured party to be compensated without having to prove that the maker committed any wrongdoing. (emphasis added)

Since its inception, the VICP has paid out about $4.6 billion in settlements. But while the VICP is funded by an excise tax on each vaccine purchased, it is run by the US government. 

Considering that pharmaceuticals were threatening to give up on producing vaccines due to the expensive injury-related court battles prior to 1986 and that they remain unwilling to stand behind their products’ safety to this day, it is clear that given the opportunity to function in a market unprotected by the federal government, these manufacturers would likely have not managed to stay in business. It is in this context that the covid-19 vaccines exist. 

Because currently the covid vaccines do not have full Food and Drug Administration (FDA) authorization, injury claims must be funneled through a different but similar program, the Countermeasures Injury Compensation Program (CICP), run by the Health and Human Services Department. But it is only a matter of time before the vaccine “courts” take over. 

With record-breaking numbers of adverse reactions reported to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and growing concerns regarding the covid vaccines’ effectiveness, paper pushers are promising more mandates will come once the FDA concedes the vaccine manufacturers full approval. Considering that all other vaccines currently in use regularly across the nation were given the same FDA approval and yet remain immune from legal accountability, why should we trust whatever the health czars have to say? Author:

Alice Salles

Alice Salles was born and raised in Brazil but has lived in America for over ten years. She now lives in Fort Wayne, Indiana with her husband Nick Hankoff and their three children.  

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CDC Forced To “Adjust” Sunday’s Florida “Record” COVID Count Lower By Almost 50% After State Health Department Cries Foul On Data

Posted by M. C. on August 11, 2021

https://www.zerohedge.com/markets/cdc-forced-adjust-sundays-florida-covid-case-count-lower-almost-50-after-state-health

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The CDC has been forced to “adjust” its Covid-19 case tracker for Florida after the state’s health department took to Twitter earlier this week to call out incorrect data.

As of Tuesday, the CDC “was working with the state’s health department” to get the data right, according to a report from Fox News

Florida’s health department called out the incorrect CDC information publicly, stating earlier this week: “Wrong again. The number of cases @CDCgov released for Florida today is incorrect. They combined MULTIPLE days into one. We anticipate CDC will correct the record.”

Wrong again. The number of cases @CDCgov released for Florida today is incorrect. They combined MULTIPLE days into one. We anticipate CDC will correct the record. https://t.co/nbKnBNLzvU — Florida Dept. Health (@HealthyFla) August 10, 2021

The CDC had reported 28,317 new Covid cases on Sunday, but had “adjusted” the number to 19,584 cases by Tuesday, the report says. Florida’s health department claimed that there were 15,319 cases on Sunday a number that is almost 50% lower than the CDC’s originally reported number. 

“On Tuesday, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported the state has surpassed 20,000 for its 7-day average of new cases, a day after the federal agency misreported numbers given by the Florida Department of Health by combining data from the last three days into two,” Fox reported on Wednesday, after first pointing out the data discrepancy earlier in the week.

Florida’s hospitalizations were up by more than 1,110 to 14,787 on Tuesday. 

Recall, earlier this week we noted that Governor Ron DeSantis was threatening to withhold salaries from school officials who defied his mask mandate ban. 

According to a statement issued by DeSantis’ office – just days after his threat to cut funding resulted in a ‘pause’ on a proposed mask mandate in Broward County – one potential consequence for defiant school officials would be a loss of income.

“With respect to enforcing any financial consequences for noncompliance of state law regarding these rules and ultimately the rights of parents to make decisions about their children’s education and health care decisions, it would be the goal of the State Board of Education to narrowly tailor any financial consequences to the offense committed. For example, the State Board of Education could move to withhold the salary of the district superintendent or school board members, as a narrowly tailored means to address the decision-makers who led to the violation of law,” reads the statement.

…unintentional? Too late to correct all those Sunday morning political shows ‘gloating’ over DeSantis’ state outbreak.

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‘Unintended Consequences and The Texas ‘Big Freeze’ Energy Disaster’ – Ron Paul’s 22 Feb. Column

Posted by M. C. on February 23, 2021

But Texas did not only freeze because of Abbott’s Covid restrictions. For the better part of a year thousands of businesses have been destroyed. Recovering drug addicts and alcoholics have relapsed. Depression and suicides have skyrocketed. Children have been deprived of education.

And for what? Texas with Abbott’s restrictions fared no better than Florida with no restrictions when it comes to Covid cases and deaths. The Texas governor knew that months ago when the data from Florida proved that lockdowns, masks, and other restrictions had no effect. But he refused to change course. He refused to follow the brave lead of Florida Governor Ron DeSantis and open Texas completely.

https://mailchi.mp/ronpaulinstitute/bigfreezetexas?e=4e0de347c8

Last week Texas experienced a cold snap that resulted in serious statewide damage, death, and destruction. The collapse of the state’s energy grid left millions of Texans in the dark and freezing for days at a time. Tragically, at least 30 people died.

There are many reasons why Texas became like a Third World country, and we should be careful not to pin all the blame on just one factor. But it seems clear that the disaster was to a large degree caused by political decisions to shift toward “green” energy generated from solar and wind and by Governor Abbott’s authoritarian Covid restrictions.

Abbott, who won a “wind leadership” award just this month, oversaw the near-collapse of wind energy generation last week. Yet the politicization of energy generation in favor of “green” alternatives over natural gas and other fossil fuels has led to the unintended consequences of freezing Texans facing multiple millions of dollars in property damage and worse.

Additionally, federal emissions and other restrictions forced Texas to beg Washington for permission to generate power at higher levels in anticipation of unprecedented demand. Governor Abbott finally received permission from the Department of Energy on February 14th, but by then many facilities found themselves off-line due to freezing conditions.

Why should the Federal government be allowed to freeze Texans to death in the name of controlling emissions from energy generation plants? It’s a classic example of politics over people. I guess if you want to make a “Green New Deal” omelet, you have to break a few eggs.

While Governor Abbott was quick to blame energy generators and even the state Electric Reliability Council of Texas, NBC News in Dallas reported that ERCOT “did not conduct any on-site inspections of the state’s power plants to see if they were ready for this winter season. Due to COVID-19 they conducted virtual tabletop exercises instead – but only with 16 percent of the state’s power generating facilities.”

Governor Abbott’s authoritarian Covid executive orders at least indirectly led to lax inspection, maintenance, and winterization of wind and other energy generation plants.

But Texas did not only freeze because of Abbott’s Covid restrictions. For the better part of a year thousands of businesses have been destroyed. Recovering drug addicts and alcoholics have relapsed. Depression and suicides have skyrocketed. Children have been deprived of education.

And for what? Texas with Abbott’s restrictions fared no better than Florida with no restrictions when it comes to Covid cases and deaths. The Texas governor knew that months ago when the data from Florida proved that lockdowns, masks, and other restrictions had no effect. But he refused to change course. He refused to follow the brave lead of Florida Governor Ron DeSantis and open Texas completely.

Politicians too stubborn or fearful to change course when facts dictate otherwise do not deserve to remain in office. Governors Gavin Newsom in California and Andrew Cuomo in New York are finally facing consequences for their Covid authoritarianism. When the smoke clears – and it is rapidly clearing – many more of these petty tyrants will fall. That list of deposed Covid tyrants may well include Texas Governor Greg Abbott – and the slumbering Texas state legislature – as well. 

Let’s hope Texans – and all Americans – will learn from this and more forcefully demand their God-given liberty!



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“Unity” | Kunstler

Posted by M. C. on February 16, 2021

DeSantis told Dr. Fauci he trusted his own state health authorities over financially incentivized federal officials. The conclusion of the conference call went like this:

  How much do you stand to earn from these vaccines, Dr. Fauci? And, Joe, if you continue with this course of action, I will authorize the state National Guard to protect the movement of Floridians,” DeSantis said.

“Address me as Mr. President or President Biden,” Biden said.

“I will not, and you can go fuck yourself,” DeSantis said before hanging up.

Hmmm. Now, that got right to the point, didn’t it?  And consider this was not just Citizen Joe Blow mouthing off to alleged President Joe B, but the governor of a populous state. And what if it suggests a trend?

https://kunstler.com/clusterfuck-nation/unity/

James Howard Kunstler

In their latest act of degeneracy disguised as virtue, the Progressive Wokesters of Washington failed again to nail that old orange coonskin to the wall. Rather, they only embarrassed themselves in the effort, even as far as submitting faked evidence. You’d think there would be some penalty for dishonoring Congress like that, but Rep. Eric Swalwell (D-CA) has for now just skated for submitting doctored Twitter posts to the court of senators.

Watch now as some Wokeness-inflamed DC prosecutor is enlisted by the Lawfare beagles to charge former President Trump with a catalog of crimes under the city’s ordinary statutes. They’ll get a conviction pronto in a local DC court for sure — considering the town’s demographics — and then the appeals will drag on well into the next ice age. In the meantime, as long as he remains healthy, and evades assassin’s bullets, Mr. Trump will go after his antagonists in Congress like a mad dog toward the 2022 midterm. Mr. Swalwell had better learn to code. Or maybe his talents are more attuned to hackery.

The impeachment loss, which was predetermined by simple math, seems to have only driven Nancy Pelosi crazier, perhaps because there are no more traps she can lay for the ex-president, or maybe because her managers’ strategy was revealed to be so shamelessly dishonest. Now she must turn her attention to the Woke agenda, which, she may sense, will only accelerate a cratering US economy — things like the inane Green New Deal and open borders and disabling what’s left of the American oil industry. Good luck with your to-do list, Nance!

Mr. Biden, rumored to be president — or at least regarding himself as such — has been proclaiming the wish to “unite” the warring tribes of America. He may say so, but he doesn’t really mean it, not one little bit, and everybody knows it. Every executive order he’s issued his first month on-the-job is designed as much as a slap in the face to more than half the country as it is an actual policy goal. He’s only succeeded in demonstrating that Progressive Wokery is a badly manufactured pseudo-reality based on vengeance fantasies and the wish to coerce the people who didn’t vote for him — who probably outnumbered the ones that did, a galling authentic reality.

This played out dramatically last week in a telephone parley between Mr. Biden and Florida Governor Ron DeSantis over the governor’s refusal to lockdown his state. The world-famous Dr. Fauci was also on the call, in which Mr. Biden threatened to curtail American citizens travel to Florida by road and air — since an offshoot of Covid-19 policy has been to drive a huge demographic exodus from the economically failing states of New York, Illinois, and California down there. He also threatened to withhold federal funding to Florida and deny the state access to Covid-19 vaccines. Dr. Fauci chimed in, “Governor, do you want to be responsible for reinfecting the nation? Truth is, we don’t even know how effective current vaccines are against the UK strain.”

DeSantis told Dr. Fauci he trusted his own state health authorities over financially incentivized federal officials. The conclusion of the conference call went like this:

  How much do you stand to earn from these vaccines, Dr. Fauci? And, Joe, if you continue with this course of action, I will authorize the state National Guard to protect the movement of Floridians,” DeSantis said.

“Address me as Mr. President or President Biden,” Biden said.

“I will not, and you can go fuck yourself,” DeSantis said before hanging up.

Hmmm. Now, that got right to the point, didn’t it?  And consider this was not just Citizen Joe Blow mouthing off to alleged President Joe B, but the governor of a populous state. And what if it suggests a trend?

Another obvious and disconcerting irony in that affair was, of course, that Mr. Biden seeks to restrict the movement of people across Florida’s borders for fear of spreading new strains of Covid-19, while he insolently authorizes thousands of illegal aliens to cross our border with Mexico daily, with no testing for the virus. Could Mr. Biden’s intentions look any worse?

The calls for “unity” are a dodge. Unity requires broad consensual reality, not cynically-constructed pseudo-realities designed to cancel any notion of the common good, a common culture, or the public interest. Without Mr. Trump capering in the spotlight, all you see and hear is the clunky stage machinery of a dangerous mass entertainment aimed at crude mind-fuckery. Going forward, the frail and illegitimate Joe Biden is center-stage in that spotlight. He’s already screwed the pooch on so-called “policy” in less than a month, but the brutal facts of America’s crippled economy are crashing down on him and his Woke managers like the wrath of history. How long will it be before he just gets the hook?

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The Clampdown – RPI 10 Feb Update

Posted by M. C. on February 11, 2021

The Atlantic Council is lavishly funded by war profiteers and the western governments that benefit most from war profiteers. Nimmo, who will decide what is allowed on Facebook and what is not, has a long history of falsely denouncing those who disagree with NATO’s hyper-interventionist goals of being “Russian bots” – including the great Ukrainian-American pianist Valentina Lisitsa – with the intent to silence and disappear critics. His pronouncements closely track with his paymasters in NATO and the military-industrial complex. The result will be the elimination of speech that disagrees with these and other deep state institutions.

https://mailchi.mp/ronpaulinstitute/csaky-115230?e=4e0de347c8

Working for the Clampdown… Dear Friends:

I was on the phone with my RPI colleague Adam Dick this week and in an uncharacteristic comment he captured what I had been feeling for some time: it appears the brakes are off the runaway train of political revengism. That’s not exactly what he said, but he conveyed back to me the same very strong sense of mal à l’aise that I had been feeling. 

From the bizarre spectacle of Impeachment 2.0 to the continuing – and intensifying – Covid crackdown, to the continuing merger of social media with government with the goal of silencing all dissidents outside the extreme center, it appears increasingly likely that the total state is here and it is intent on flexing its muscles.

If you have a different opinion on any of these issues you are not just a political opponent, but a “domestic terrorist” who needs to be silenced, shut down, destroyed, and perhaps incarcerated.

(This is not a partisan attack against Joe Biden because frankly I do not believe Biden is at the helm in any substantive way. Not that his four or so decades in “public service” do not indicate his attraction to the use of force and his embrace of authoritarianism.)

Exhibit one: I have not been watching the Impeachment 2.0 hearings live, but I have been following them on various news and social media sources. I feel fairly well informed of the important bits. House impeachment managers delivered a Resolution to the Senate stating very clearly that it was former President Trump’s speech on January 6th that contained specific phrases that served as an incitement to insurrection and was directly responsible for the melee that occurred at the US Capitol on that day.

They narrowed it down to that one speech.

They proceeded to argue Tuesday at the opening of the Senate trial that Trump’s words such as “fight like hell” and his insistence that the election was stolen were clearly criminal and justified removing him from office (which he does not hold) and barring him from ever running for office again (the real goal).

Surely, they claimed, the use of “fight like hell” was even worse than yelling “fire” in a crowded move theater!

But then something kind of funny happened: because public records are permanent, social media users began finding and identifying the numerous times the Democrats – and even the House impeachment managers – had used the same phrases and had even publicly challenged elections.

Nancy Pelosi in 2017 sounded a lot like Trump in 2020, telling people that the election was invalid and that Congress must “protect our democracy” – presumably by overturning the election.

House impeachment manager Rep. Jeremy Raskin sounded a lot like Trump’s team when he formally objected to the legitimacy of the election of Donald Trump in 2017.

But what about that call to arms “fight like hell”? Surely that was the smoking gun? Nope. 

House impeachment manager Rep. Eric Swalwell (D-CA) vowed to “fight like hell.” House lead manager Jeremy Raskin spoke of the need to “fight like hell.”

House impeachment manager Ted Lieu (R-CA) vowed to “fight like hell” against President Trump.

And in the ultimate blow that using the phrase “fight like hell” opens one up to impeachment for incitement to insurrection, President Joe Biden himself used the phrase in 2019.

Oh no this does not compute! The entire impeachment case rides on a phrase that literally all of the House managers and House leadership have used in the past. What to do?

Lie.

Even though any sentient reading of the House impeachment resolution would conclude that Trump’s January 6th speech was the sole trigger for the charge that he incited an “insurrection,” turning on a dime when caught in their lie, the impeachers then claimed that, c’mon man, it wasn’t that one speech at all. It was the pattern of Trump’s speeches leading up to that speech that inspired the “insurrection.”

This is not a defense of Trump, which our readers and subscribers will recall endured four years of RPI criticism for actual boneheaded policies – like bombing Syria, pulling out of the Iran deal, slapping sanctions on anything that moved, etc. – rather than phony, made-up offenses like “Russiagate.”

The case is a joke.

Exhibit two: Florida Governor Ron DeSantis decided in September that lockdowns and mask mandates were worthless in fighting the latest coronavirus, so he lifted all the state mandates and forbade local governments from levying fines on their own for such “infractions.” Fauci warned that a major disaster was coming for Florida. Bodies in the street. A bloodbath. 

But a funny thing happened on the way to the apocalypse: nothing. Florida, with no restrictions on businesses, no lockdowns, no mask mandates, did as well – mostly better – on cases per million and hospitalizations per million and deaths per million as California Governor Gavin “French Laundry” Newsom’s hyper-Stalinist gulag regime.

Florida should be a disaster, teeming with the hospitalized and the dead like a third world country. Instead this is Florida:



Not too bad!

The lockdown states were the basket cases, not Florida. So what to do about the obvious success of simply allowing people to choose their own precautionary measures regarding the virus? 

In an unprecedented and bizarre move, the Biden Administration announced today that it might introduce sanctions against…Florida! Yes, Florida’s great success in balancing the need to manage a virus and manage civil liberties and the economy may well be punished by the Biden Administration with “travel restrictions” from the rest of the other 49 states.

No wonder libertarian-minded intellectuals and libertarian organizations are racing to do business with and move to Florida. Secession anyone?

Exhibit three: The social media behemoth Facebook announced that it would be bringing on as “intelligence chief” former NATO press officer and current Atlantic Council senior fellow Ben Nimmo. (BTW: Why should a social media company, which should be all about friends communicating with each other, need an “intelligence chief”?) Nimmo has a history of assassinating anyone who disagrees with the hyper-militarist, interventionist, Russia and China war promoting Atlantic Council as a “Russian bot” or agent of China. In fact his organization put out a policy paper recently calling for “regime change” in China. 

The Atlantic Council is lavishly funded by war profiteers and the western governments that benefit most from war profiteers. Nimmo, who will decide what is allowed on Facebook and what is not, has a long history of falsely denouncing those who disagree with NATO’s hyper-interventionist goals of being “Russian bots” – including the great Ukrainian-American pianist Valentina Lisitsa – with the intent to silence and disappear critics. His pronouncements closely track with his paymasters in NATO and the military-industrial complex. The result will be the elimination of speech that disagrees with these and other deep state institutions.

Yes they are all working for the clampdown. But as alarmed as we are in the short term, as Lenin himself said the worse the better. The more totalitarian they become the more the public will be open to hearing about the principles of liberty. They cannot succeed in the longer term. So our job is to hone our rhetorical skills, to focus on the philosophy of peace and prosperity – which is far outside the bogus Washington left-right continuum – and work with our allies without judging them on issues of limited importance on which we might disagree.

These buffoons are so absurd – far more so than even Trump – that a unique window has opened for our ideas. Let’s work together to take advantage.
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