Socialism Means Different Things to Different Democrats

H/T Clash Daily.

No matter how the DemocRats in the 2020 Presidential field try to package and sell socialism it still means misery when implemented.

Look at the old Soviet Union, Cuba, Venezuela along with San Francisco, Los Angeles Seattle and New York City. 

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Socialism sells expectation rather than proven performance. The new workers’ paradise is always one government regulation away. As sold by Democrats today, that undefined socialism means different things to different people.

  • To the government employee, socialism means higher pay, earlier retirement, and a larger pension.
  • To the union worker, socialism means less competition from companies in free states.
  • To the student who took classes at an expensive university and got an unmarketable major, socialism means someone else pays his student debts.
  • To the politically connected religious organization, socialism means spending someone else’s money and the blending of church and state.
  • To the Democrat politician and party functionaries, socialism means a new flood of “campaign” contributions.

The socialism we’re sold is never the socialism we get. By definition, socialism means the government regulates the economy. The power to regulate is the power to destroy, and socialist politicians know that people will pay a lot to stay alive. Socialism means we have to ask government for permission for everything.

Under socialism, we ask permission to work for someone or to quit our job. We ask permission to hire someone or to fire them. We need permission to stay in our apartment or to move to a new one. We need permission to speak and permission to stay silent. Socialism demands permission to build a place to live or a place to work. Eventually, socialism means permission to buy food..and the more socialism the less food there is to buy.

Every required government authorization comes with a fee and a chance for government officials to get “voluntary campaign contributions”. Those contributions are really unofficial bribes. That is how socialism works in practice.

Socialism is a disaster for the working man, but not for the millionaire Socialists running for political office today. For them, Socialism is a way to become unimaginably wealthy. That is how politicians and their wives became millionaires today, and how they become multi-millionaires under Socialism. (here and here)

Socialists in the US point at Sweden and say we want that here. Socialist salesmen don’t point at Cuba and North Korea. The Venezuelans wanted Sweden too, but they got Cuba instead. I know Swedes who left Sweden and Spaniards who left Spain because they wanted the freedom we have here in the USA. Under Socialism, only what is permitted is allowed.

Today, we’re promised Sweden, but we get the spreading government-run-shit-show of San Francisco, Los Angeles, Portland, Chicago, Saint Louis, Detroit, Baltimore and Trenton. I wouldn’t trust them to run a cookie sale.

That is the reality of Socialism, but that probably isn’t what the socialist student living in his mom’s basement has in mind.

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DCCC Hits GOP Candidate for Taking Tobacco Money, Takes Tobacco Money

H/T The Washington Free Beacon.

With the DemocRats it is a case of don’t do as we say.

It is fine for DemocRats to take money from Big Tobacco and Big Pharma but it is wrong for Republicans to do so.

The DCCC accepted a donation over four times larger from the same company.

 

The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee on Wednesday put out a press release slamming Republican congressional candidate Young Kim for accepting money from tobacco giant Altria, only a few months after accepting a $15,000 donation from the same company.

While the original press release has been deleted, the Washington Free Beacon obtained screenshots showing the DCCC going after Kim for donations she received from “the NRA and K Street’s Big Tobacco and Pharma.” The press release referred to the tobacco industry as “disreputable” and that it has been one of the industries “at the forefront of stopping progress for Orange County families that would ensure their health, safety, and security.”

The donation that the DCCC highlighted about Kim was a $3,500 donation from the Altria Group in 2018. The press release did not mention Altria’s $15,000 donation to the DCCC back in April.

The DCCC did not respond to a request for comment on the press release being taken down or the $15,000 donation.

Politico reporter Jake Sherman tweeted out a screenshot of Politico’s afternoon newsletter highlighting the hypocrisy of the attack on Kim taking money from Altria since DCCC chairwoman Cheri Bustos (D., Ill.) took Altria money in 2015, 2016, and 2017, according to FEC records. Altria also donated $2,500 to Friends of Bustos in April.

“Also in Playbook PM … the ⁦@dccc⁩ whacked ⁦@YoungKimCA⁩ for taking Altria money,” Sherman tweeted. “But ⁦@RepCheri⁩ also has taken thousands from the tobacco giant The @dccc has removed the release from its website. Easy stuff to check. Insane hypocrisy.”

Jake Sherman

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Also in Playbook PM … the ⁦@dccc⁩ whacked ⁦@YoungKimCA⁩ for taking Altria money. But ⁦@RepCheri⁩ also has taken thousands from the tobacco giant.

The @dccc has removed the release from its website.

Easy stuff to check. Insane hypocrisy.

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In addition to the DCCC, Rep. Donald McEachin (D., Va.) received $2,500, John Larson (D., Ct.) received $1,500, Friends of Clyburn received $3,000, Rep. Debbie Dingell (D., Mich.) received $1,500, Rep. Josh Gottheimer (D., N.J.) received $500, and several other Democrats received money from Altria this year, according to the FEC website.

Things Haven’t Always Been This Way

H/T AmmoLand.

I can remember when I was in Jr High and High School when you went to the parking lot seeing guns in gun racks in students pickups.

It was nothing for a student that was a hunter would ask their teacher if they wanted to see their shotgun or rifle they had in their vehicle.

Then the teacher would walk out to the vehicle with the student to inspect the students shotgun or rifle.

There were not any school shootings as we were taught to respect firearms and how deadly they are.

 

USA – -(Ammoland.com)- Here’s a suggestion. How about setting up some high school rifle clubs? Students would bring their own rifles to school, store them with the team coach and, after classes, collect them for practice.

You say: “Williams, you must be crazy! To prevent gun violence, we must do all we can to keep guns out of the hands of kids.”

There’s a problem with this reasoning. Prior to the 1960s, many public high schools had shooting clubs. In New York City, shooting clubs were started at Boys, Curtis, Commercial, Manual Training, and Stuyvesant high schools. Students carried their rifles to school on the subway and turned them over to their homeroom or gym teacher. Rifles were retrieved after school for target practice. In some rural areas across the nation, there was a long tradition of high school students hunting before classes and storing their rifles in the trunks of their cars, parked on school grounds, during the school day.

Today, any school principal permitting rifles clubs or allowing rifles on school grounds would be fired, possibly imprisoned. Here’s my question: Have .30-30 caliber Winchesters and .22 caliber rifles changed to become more violent? If indeed rifles have become more violent, what can be done to pacify them? Will rifle psychiatric counseling help to stop these weapons from committing gun violence? You say: “Williams, that’s lunacy! Guns are inanimate objects and as such, cannot act.” You’re right. Only people can act. That means that we ought to abandon the phrase “gun violence” because guns cannot act and hence cannot be violent.

If guns haven’t changed, it must be that people, and what’s considered acceptable behavior, have changed. Violence with guns is just a tiny example. What explains a lot of what we see today is growing cultural deviancy. Twenty-nine percent of white children, 53% of Hispanic children and 73% of black children are born to unmarried women. The absence of a husband and father in the home is a strong contributing factor to poverty, school failure, crime, drug abuse, emotional disturbance and a host of other social problems. By the way, the low marriage rate among blacks is relatively new. Census data shows that a slightly higher percentage of black adults had married than white adults from 1890 to 1940. According to the 1938 Encyclopaedia of the Social Sciences, that year only 11% of black children and 3% of white children were born to unwed mothers.

In 1954, I graduated from Philadelphia’s Benjamin Franklin High School, the city’s poorest school. During those days, there were no school policemen. Today, close to 400 police patrol Philadelphia schools. According to federal education data, in the 2015-16 school year, 5.8% of the nation’s 3.8 million teachers were physically attacked by a student. Almost 10% were threatened with injury.

Other forms of cultural deviancy are found in the music accepted today that advocates murder, rape and other vile acts. In previous generations, people were held responsible for their behavior. Today, society at large pays for irresponsible behavior. Years ago, there was little tolerance for the crude behavior and language that are accepted today. To see men sitting while a woman was standing on a public conveyance was once unthinkable. Children addressing adults by their first name, and their use of foul language in the presence of, and often to, teachers and other adults was unacceptable.

A society’s first line of defense is not the law or the criminal justice system but customs, traditions and moral values.

These behavioral norms, mostly imparted by example, word-of-mouth and religious teachings, represent a body of wisdom distilled over the ages through experience and trial and error. Police and laws can never replace these restraints on personal conduct. At best, the police and criminal justice system are the last desperate line of defense for a civilized society. Today’s true tragedy is that most people think what we see today has always been so. As such, today’s Americans accept behavior that our parents and grandparents never would have accepted.


Walter E.Williams
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About Walter E.Williams

Walter E. Williams is a professor of economics at George Mason University. Williams is also the author of several books. Among these are The State Against Blacks, later made into a television documentary, America: A Minority Viewpoint, All It Takes Is Guts, South Africa’s War Against Capitalism, More Liberty Means Less Government, Liberty Versus The Tyranny of Socialism, and recently his autobiography, Up From The Projects.

 

51 Percent Of Voters, Including 29 Percent Of Democrats, Support Deportation Raids

H/T Town Hall.

I can not wait to hear the liberal whining about the people in this poll is racist.

A new Morning Consult poll released Wednesday reveals that the majority of American voters support President Donald J. Trump’s plan to conduct mass deportation raids of illegal aliens with final court removal orders across the country.

“Fifty-one percent of registered voters in a new Morning Consult/Politico survey said they supported Immigration and Customs Enforcement raids aimed at arresting and deporting immigrants who are living in the country illegally with outstanding deportation court orders,” Joanna Piacenza works.

Likewise, Twenty-nine percent of Democratic voters, forty-six percent of independents, and eighty-five percent of Republicans favor the deportation raids.

“Immigration has overtaken health care as the No. 1 issue in the country, according to a June 26-29 Harvard CAPS/Harris Poll,” Piacenza notes. In addition to that poll, “Forty-five percent of voters in the new survey said the United States is facing a crisis of illegal immigration at the U.S.-Mexico border, up 3 points from a January 2019 poll.”

“Keeping immigration in the headlines helps President Trump with his base in the run-up to the 2020 election,” Tyler Sinclair, Morning Consult’s Vice President, told Politico. “Security issues track as the No. 1 issue when Republican voters head to the polls.”

Ryan James Girdusky

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By a margin of 51-35, Americans back ICE raids including 29% of Democrats https://twitter.com/morningconsult/status/1151457588623622144 

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NEW POLL: 51% of Voters Support Planned ICE Raids https://morningconsult.com/2019/07/17/51-of-voters-support-planned-ice-raids/ … via @jpiacenza

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The raids were supposed to occur over this past weekend, but it is unclear whether or not they actually did.

Violent Assault Leads To A New Gun Owner In Virginia

H/T Bearing Arms.

I am sorry it took an ass whopping for Kris Eiben to see the light about carrying a gun for self-defense.

It’s a familiar story:  crime victim decides to arm themselves so they won’t be a victim again.  This time the story’s playing out in rural King William County, Virginia after a pair of thugs decided to attack two victims in separate attacks miles apart.

One man, an Aylett construction worker, was pistol-whipped so severely that doctors say he may never see out of his right eye again.

“He hit me with the end of the pistol and when it hit my eye, well, you can see what it did,” said William Dean.

Dean was beaten by the two men after they asked to borrow jumper cables.  According to a fundraiser page set up to help the independent construction worker, Dean suffered two broken ribs, a broken nose, a broken jaw, and injuries to both eyes.

Unfortunately, he wasn’t the only victim that evening. A few minutes before Billy Dean was beaten in front of his home, the pair allegedly assaulted another man standing on his driveway.

“I look over and see someone standing right by the shed and I said, ‘Can I help you?’ and he said, ‘Get on the ground mother f’er!” said Kris Eiben.

He was then assaulted in his driveway in the Rose Garden Estates neighborhood. Home surveillance shows two men raising and pointing a gun at him.

“They were here when I got home,” Eiben said. “My family was inside.”

Eiben told local media that the incident has left him a changed man when it comes to the idea of self defense.

“I’ve never been much of an advocate for guns but this has made me get my concealed carry and I will be purchasing a pistol,” Eiben said.

I’m glad Kris Eiben is alive to change his mind about guns, and I hope that not only will he purchase a pistol to go along with his new concealed carry license, but that he’ll be advocating against the gun control plans of Virginia Democrats in this year’s elections.  If anti-gun lawmakers get their way, it would be a lot tougher for Eiben to protect himself and his family in the very near future.  Earlier this year Virginia Governor Ralph Northam vetoed a bill that would have made it easier for non-residents to get a concealed handgun license in the state, and gun control groups have grumbled about provisions in current law that allow for Virginians to obtain a concealed carry license without going through hours of classroom training or passing a live-fire requirement.  If anti-gun activists are able to pick off a couple of pro-gun legislators in this year’s elections, expect big changes to Virginia’s concealed carry laws beginning in 2020.

Tlaib: Pelosi Has to ‘Be Aware’ We Are Women of Color When She Targets Us

H/T The Washington Free Beacon.

Another member of the Goon Squad is doubling down on calling Speaker In Name Only San Fran Nan a racist.

‘Some of us are being singled out in many ways because of our backgrounds’

 

Rep. Rashida Tlaib (D., Mich) accused Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D., Calif.) of singling out the “squad” of female progressive Democrats in the House.

Tlaib, a Palestinian-American, appeared on CBS This Morningfor an interview that aired Wednesday alongside other members of the “squad,” which includes Reps. Ilhan Omar (Minn.), Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (N.Y.), and Ayanna Pressley (Mass.).

Co-host Gayle King  asked Ocasio-Cortes whether she was speaking with Pelosi, prompting her to say their teams were in communication about setting up a potential meeting.

“Shouldn’t  it be a face-to-face?” King asked.

Ocasio-Cortez said she agrees and then Tlaib interjected in an attempt to shield Ocasio-Cortez, saying they are “new members of congress.” She then said she was “very protective” of Ocasio-Cortez, prompting King to fire back.

“With all due respect, she doesn’t need protection,” King said.

“She’s the new member, not the speaker,” Tlaib said, referring to Ocasio-Cortez. “She has every right to sit down with her in any moment, anytime, with any of us. She is speaker of the House, she can ask for a meeting to sit down with us for clarification.”

Tlaib went on to offer some advice to Pelosi about being aware of the repercussions of singling out women of color.

“The fact of the knowledge is, and I’ve done racial justice work in our country for a long time, acknowledge the fact that we are women of color, so when you do single us out, be aware of that, and what you’re doing,” Tlaib continued. “Especially because some of us are getting death threats. Because some of us are being singled out in many ways because of our backgrounds, because of our experiences and so forth.”

Pelosi received backlash from the “squad” last week after she took a shot at them during an interview with Maureen Dowd of the New York Times.

“All these people have their public whatever and their Twitter world,” Pelosi said. “But they didn’t have any following. They’re four people and that’s how many votes they got.”

 

 

MODERN MEDIA: Yahoo Suggests Chris Pratt a ‘WHITE SUPREMACIST’ for Wearing ‘Don’t Tread on Me’ Shirt

H/T Sean Hannity.com.

The drive-by media has tossed around the terms white supremacist and racist until they have lost there meaning.

Yahoo News found themselves the center of a growing controversy Wednesday after the outlet called A-list actor Chris Pratt a “white supremacist” for wearing the iconic ‘Don’t Tread on Me’ T-shirt.

Pratt -known for his work in the Jurassic World franchise and Guardians of the Galaxy- routinely touts his Christian faith and patriotism; frequently appearing at Veterans events and law enforcement charities.

The flag -commonly known as the Gadsden Flag- pre-dates the Stars and Stripes and was one of the first symbols of the growing revolution against the British empire in 1775.

According to Yahoo Movies UK, Pratt was widely “criticized for ‘White Supremacist’ T-Shirt.”

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“Although it is one of the symbols and flags used by the U.S. Men’s Soccer Team, Metallica, as well as some libertarian groups, over the years the flag has been adopted by Far Right political groups like the Tea Party, as well as gun-toting supporters of the Second Amendment,” adds Yahoo.

“It has therefore become a symbol of more conservative and far right individuals and, according to the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission of the US, it also is ‘sometimes interpreted to convey racially-tinged messages in some contexts,’” adds the entertainment website.

The article comes just weeks after Nike abruptly pulled a Betsy Ross-inspired sneaker because of the flag’s “racist symbolism.”

“Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey announced Tuesday he was ordering the Arizona Commerce Authority to withdraw incentives for Nike building a manufacturing plant in the state,” reports Fox News. “Ducey made the announcement in a series of tweets after The Wall Street Journal reported that former San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick urged Nike to nix a USA-themed sneaker, which featured a Betsy Ross flag on the heel, over slavery connotations.”

“Words cannot express my disappointment at this terrible decision. I am embarrassed for Nike,” Ducey, a Republican, tweeted. “Nike is an iconic American brand and American company. This country, our system of government and free enterprise have allowed them to prosper and flourish.

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And then this news broke yesterday afternoon. 2/https://www.wsj.com/articles/nike-nixes-betsy-ross-flag-sneaker-after-colin-kaepernick-intervenes-11562024126 

Nike Nixes ‘Betsy Ross Flag’ Sneaker After Colin Kaepernick Intervenes

Nike Nixes ‘Betsy Ross Flag’ Sneaker After Colin Kaepernick Intervenes

Nike is yanking a U.S.A.-themed sneaker featuring an early American flag after NFL star-turned-activist Colin Kaepernick told the company it shouldn’t sell a shoe with a symbol that he and others…

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Words cannot express my disappointment at this terrible decision. I am embarrassed for Nike. 3/

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