The nearest I can guess to how it all began is that I wrote something to The Universal Spectator himself about how difficult it is to try to be civil in today’s climate and it was posted on the blog. That was in November of 2019.
A democrat president nominates a person for the Supreme Court. Hearings are not used to demolish the character of the nominee or to lie about the choice. Republicans, generally polite, agree that elections have consequences and a president gets to choose his nominee and usually the nominee gets the votes of the vast majority of the Republican senators.
A Republican nominates a Supreme Court Justice and then it begins – the tearing down of the reputation, the lies about what America would look like if this nominee were on the Court, the witnesses and speeches and whatever the Democrats can use to destroy this person. And though some Dems may vote for the President’s choice, the majority of the dems will vote no.
Notice it is the same kind of behavior for almost any other thing you can think of.
Consider how often the Tea Party members, Republicans in the congress, the Republican President and his supporters are called all sorts of hideous things. Nazis, treasonous (punishable by death), racists – you name it.
Show me the Republican public official who uses such name calling of Dems. More often there is a discussion of why we disagree with them. If we call them socialists, it’s because that is what they call themselves.
If we call them antisemites, well, it is difficult not to the way they speak. But generally we talk about disagreements rather than call them names.
In colleges the fight against freedom of speech of those you may disagree with does not come from the right. It is leftists who promote violence and refuse to allow freedom for certain speakers to speak. The first time I saw BLM members it was when they grabbed the mike of a speaker and made so much noise no one could hear anything but them and I thought whoever these guys are, they are like little fascists.
The IRS under Obama singled out conservative groups and delayed their ability to get tax exempt status. I can’t recall the IRS under any Republican president doing that against liberals.
Facebook punishes and restricts only conservatives, never leftists. Same with other social media.
And finally the press helps out the left by using the same tactics as the dems.
I ask you is civil discourse possible under these conditions?
That was written two years ago and I can’t say I disagree with any of it and, in fact, it has only gotten more egregiously true since.
Then the magazine National Review shocked me when there were first inklings of Covid. From the same time I wrote the above, November of 2019, until the March issues of NR magazine there was not one reason to suspect that Trump did not have the magazine’s support about his handling of the virus. In the issues of NR before the end of March, not one word about Trump and Covid except, a joke of the week about the disease, a mention of the virus in The Week with no attribution warning that we were overreacting to it, and as far as I could see nothing that presaged what happened in a late March edition.
Suddenly there were several uncredited, things in The Week talking about Trump as if he were the most irresponsible, dangerous man in relation to the virus. Where did that spring from? No basis I could see. I went back and reread previous issues to try to find something that presaged that rage against Trump. Nothing. So, unidentified, flying-out-of-control critics with no basis for their accusations suddenly appeared.
I thought Trump had been heroic. I was furious.
That began my period of disappointment with NR after a half century of devotion to the magazine.
It also began my mounting rage at what was going on in the country which has lasted until now- giving me reasons only to add to that rage since.
I needed to give vent and I began writing posts for this blog.
I decided to look over what I have posted on universalspectator.com since November of 2019.
Why now? Later I will explain.
I remember I wrote a long piece comparing and contrasting our reactions to viruses afflicting us in 2010 and in 2020.
- Never had we closed businesses, destroyed lives and livelihoods – until 2020.
- Never had my dance community cancelled a dance for anything but bad weather – until 2020.
- Never had there been orders to wear masks and stay at home – until 2020.
- The death rates were scary, the hospitalizations were scary in 2010. But no one criticized Obama for not caring or not acting fast enough. That did not happen to our president – until 2020.
And so it went… My mind began to suspect a plot under way. I was prescient.
There was a pivotal moment with two shocking choices that made me stop trusting the left completely.
First we were ordered to stay home and quarantine and keep distances if we had to go out. We were made frightened by CNN and all of the rest of the usual suspects of the left media.
Then when there were “demonstrations” we were told to ignore all of those rules and go out to join the people because it was too historic not to be a part of that. I saw manipulation by the powers that be on the left, with the accolades from the left press encouraging such behavior. Forget separating yourself from others. Crowd together in public demonstrations and maybe some wore masks, but really? What happened to all of those warnings?
This was the first of many things that made me forever suspicious. I remain so to this day.
And then there were the riots in the big cities run by liberals, those “mostly peaceful” demonstrations. Here we were in the late spring of 2020 and no one was angry that brats and thugs were breaking into stores, stealing, burning things down, causing violence and mayhem. And then it happened!
Mayor DeBlasio told the police to stand down and let the thugs get it out of their systems and New York City was turned into a ghost town.
I wept. I knew the revolution was in earnest now and wasn’t I correct? Defund the police followed, statues came down, erase our history, give us this part of town to run where we can rape, murder and no one has authority over us. Chaos, murder, fires burning.
All this happened only in left run cities. You can name them all just as I can. If any jerks strayed into a more conservative city, they were met with opposition, guns and they quickly ran away. Safe haven for monsters is only available in Democrat run cities.
When DeBlazio did that, in that instant, I knew this was the end of the Constitutional Republic of America. I already suspected that Hillary and Obama were at the ready to make this our permanent status – chaos and ruin and lawlessness. And Trump had to be demonized and hogtied no matter what it took so the revolution could be complete and we could become a Communist dictatorship. I knew all that the moment DeBlazio said stand down to the cops. I was prescient.
From that moment on, I had to write at least to get my anger out of my system. I screamed at my liberal friends. “Don’t you see what is going on? Why aren’t you angry?”
They didn’t know about it. It didn’t make the cut on CNN. They were too busy hating Trump and analyzing the dangers of his presidency.
All of this plus the virus and the never let a crisis go to waste crowd had it made. Keep the facts from the public. Distract them with worries about global warming and racism in America and quietly plan how you are going to steal the election through unsolicited paper ballots that no one verifies.
As I now look back on what I wrote over these last two years, I see I repeat myself a lot. But so does Sean Hannity and CNN and MSNBC all the time, I say to myself. So I cut myself some slack over that.
I wrote about my summer from hell in 2020. I wrote about my inability to dance because my dance community had been conditioned to be too frightened to allow us to enjoy our joy. I sat in on a zoom meeting where my dance community applauded and cheered when they heard that Mayors of violence filled communities rejected Trump’s help to bring calm and order to them. Why were they laughing and cheering? What is wrong with these people? And I knew my fellow dancers were a microcosm of thought in the country in general and I was sad and scared and then furious.
I wrote as my rage grew.
I became a victim of the cancel culture on a literature website. Scary stuff. Free expression – mustn’t allow that anymore.
People I admired wrote me hideous lies they learned to believe about Trump.
I got into a long winded back and forth with a Rabbi who despised Trump, the greatest president for Israel ever, and the least anti semitic president ever. I never convinced that Rabbi of a thing. But at least we kept it polite and he gave me full rein to publish our back and forth. So that went on the blog. too.
I was frustrated at the ignorance of so many Americans. I wrote about the closed mindedness of liberals, their use of projection, their lack of self knowledge and their lack of knowledge in general.
And the more Trump handled things beautifully, the more the left lied about him. Why is it that the diseased and destructive left seems to keep winning? Where is G-d? Doesn’t He care about us any more?
There was talk of how awful it is that we are two different countries and the question was asked when is civility going to return. This equalizes the insults of the left and the efforts to make the country better from our side. As if calling people Nazis and deplorables is the same thing as lowering taxes and getting people off of food stamps and bettering their lives.
We must learn to compromise we were told.
NO! I will not compromise with those who seek to tear down our country and history.
Just go back to that first piece I posted on this blog and see why there is no room to compromise with such uncivil people whose goal is to make us all communists.
In July of 2020 I wrote one of my favorite little essays — Conservatives Are Nicer Than Liberals — too true.
In August of 2020 I write up both conventions.
What struck me most in the Democrat one were all the celebrities and almost no real Americans.
I was struck that there was no mention of Impeachment, What Impeachment? No mention of law breaking. Was there any lawbreaking going on? No mention of defund the police. No reality. No mention of loving our Constitution or our Founding Fathers. No Patriotism.
There was lots of fear mongering about the other side. But not one positive thing. There weren’t even presentations of new candidates for the party. Weird.
I observed that if they took out the lies from the four evenings, the whole thing would have lasted one half hour.
Naturally I enjoyed the Republican convention more. It was outdoors because of Covid. It was filled with ordinary Americans telling their stories of how they have thrived under this administration. It was full of praise for first responders. It was a celebration of our great country.
I loved the fireworks that spelled out “Trump in 2020”.
And I loved that an opera singer sang Vincero from Turandot – “I will win!” Such a funny joke. No one I knew got that one.
I also covered the debates with the disgusting Chris Wallace and the goofy rules and the one sidedness of the questions from all.
I noticed the assertion by Kamala that if Trump had anything to do with the vaccinations, she will never take them – cackle, cackle. Then when they “won”, they became tyrants about mandates for Americans to take the vaccines. (Biden said about the great number of deaths from Covid that Trump should resign as president. But now that there are more deaths with three vaccines available in less than one year under Biden than there were in a whole year under Trump with no vaccines, that is no longer brought up by the media and is ignored by Biden supporters.)
During the 2020 campaign there were those thousands of people who waited forever hoping to get in to the Trump rallies. And no matter how much they announced that Biden would be somewhere, no one showed up and whoever did, half were the press. So I was comforted, at least, that Trump would win. I knew that more blacks, more gays, more Asians, more “Hispanics” were going to vote for Trump than had ever before voted for a Republican – and we know from exit polls that DID happen – and that took votes from all of these natural Biden constituencies. So of course. Trump would win easily.
In Pa. Trump had an unheard of lead on Biden election night of 900,000 votes – it was going to take a lot of shoeboxes of illegal votes to be found to upend that.
Then November of 2020 came – and went. I wrote about how I know this election was stolen. I can prove it chapter and verse. But the courts wouldn’t take it up and gave the left the validation the left needed. And then Senator Toomey broke my heart and declared what it is impossible for any rational person of his caliber to believe – that there was no evidence of widespread fraud in the Pa. election.
VDH – or for those from Rio Linda, as Rush used to say – Victor Davis Hanson – talked about and wrote about January 6th and explained it the way I understood it to be.
And out of this I developed a major theme of the second year of my writing:
If you never railed against the violence of those BLM and antifa crowds for the past year, then you do not have the moral authority to judge anyone else as bad ever again. Therefore if you did not scream out against the bastards stealing and burning down those cities, I don’t give a damn what you have to say about January 6th.
Today people arrested from January 6th are still in prison without representation and are in solitary confinement treated as badly as Cuban political prisoners while George Soros DA’s are allowing violent criminals out on the streets to commit more crimes over and over. (Just look at that parade. Everything the left touches turns bad. Oh, And the reporting of those murders by a black man in dreadlocks who wrote online that white people had to be killed said it all about the left media – People were killed by”a car” at the parade.)
Our country is going to hell in a hand basket. Everything is upside down.
Does the fact that more people are dying of the virus than did under Trump mean Biden doesn’t care, as they said about Trump? No left media person ever brings this up.
Then came Afghanistan – the worst debacle in American military history with repercussions of great magnitude to come for decades. Biden’s choices were wrong at every turn. If Trump were president none of these catastrophes would have happened.
Everyone lies. Everyone in the “Biden” administration lies just as everyone in the Deep State lied about Trump non stop. And the left keeps winning. Obama is in his glory. He keeps his anonymity while all of his operatives are the puppeteers of the “President”. Inflation? Definitely short term, then a good thing, then when not short term, it is Trump’s fault. Ha!
I remain disappointed and know nothing is right. As the year goes on, I write about moral choices, gratitude, John Galt’s Valley, the ridiculousness of the song Imagine,
I write an essay called “If you…”
Biden closes down the pipeline, killing jobs and insulting Canada. Then he allows Putin to open his pipeline. We lose our energy independence. Then he begs OPEC to pump more. Then congress starts its destructive legislative agenda. Spends us into oblivion. Ruins our currency. Brings on big inflation. This is all part of the deliberate bringing down of our country. Lincoln Project, are you proud of yourselves for what you have done to us? Mona Charen, do you still believe Biden to be the great candidate and president you wished for?
But the most dangerous thing of all is that so called “For the People Act”. No form of this must pass. We MUST stop this one. I write repeatedly about this dangerous, unconstitutional piece of legislation.
If the Democrats are truly as popular as they say they are, then why do they have to change the Constitution to try to make up votes?
The Founding Fathers knew what they were doing when they gave the power to write election law to the state legislatures.
This Administration does not trust the people. As with all tyrannies, they must force to occur what would never happen by choice. They must break the law and bring election law power into Washington. If they ever get this to pass, we are finished as a free country.
And the left knows it has to work fast. They only have until November of next year. Because Biden’s popularity is down to record lows because of inflation and the way he is ruining everything he touches. If they don’t steal the election in November – the only way they can win – they will lose their momentum in their ability to tyrannize us.
The thing is if they ever passed this law, the Supreme Court should declare it dead on arrival. But would they? I don’t trust them anymore.
I write an essay called Through the Decades and bring up education of the child and how the government, to control us, must interfere with the innocence of the children. I am prescient.
Critical Race Theory upends a Virginia governor’s race and there should be more upsets causing more Republican wins big time in 2022. As long as they do NOT pass that election reform law.
I am writing frantically now, warning, admonishing. By now I am missing Trump a lot.
I write a mock up of the song My Way and call it America The Beautiful, A Requiem.
My goodness. I am gloomy.
George Will appeared on an interview on TV and said Trump was unacceptable because of his lack of presidential behavior and language.
This steamed me. I don’t recall Will ever criticizing former presidents for their faults, Biden for his ugly language, Obama for his flat out insults to America and half of Americans. It is this selective indignation that always gets me.
In one of my most recent posts which I simply called Rage, I gave some definitions for things under the new orthodoxy.
So where are we now? I am watching as the popularity of the ‘moderate’, gentle, calmer, better-than-Trump president, is showing his true lack of character and competency. I am happy that his numbers and Kamala’s numbers are in the toilet. But why shouldn’t they be? I am furious that Trump is not president because I am old and may not live to see my country free again. As Big Tech, Facebook, google, etc. censor only the right, as North Korea threatens and China and Russia get away with every bad thing they choose in the face of this boob who is our president, as Iran is hellbent on getting the bomb, as Israel is once again being undercut, as tyranny seems to be the rule of the day, as Soros DA’s are letting criminals out, as radicals are threatening us and stealing our history, how will we survive?
Well, Durham is getting close and convicting lots of people close to Clinton and Obama and the Deep State. More, more more, please and noisily and fast. Get them! Of course, CNN and MSNBC, etc. will never tell us about that, but some people will find out.
So what drove me to do this whole retrospective? Just when I am most fearful that all of my writing and arguing will get me nowhere because the left keeps winning, what is it that made me want to go through this now?
Something happened. Something big just happened. That’s why.
True Virginia elected a Republican governor which was a big surprise and N.J. almost did the same but they were able to steal enough votes to keep that one. Still that was a bit scary for the dems. And many Republicans across America won in their races in November.
Okay. That was good, but not earth shattering.
The press lied. That’s not new. They lied for over a year and hammered the lie like a script. That’s not new.
The usual suspects threatened violence in the streets. That’s not new.
But one thing WAS new.
A group of ordinary Americans, a jury of a defendent’s peers, ignored the threats, ignored those who tried to follow them home, ignored everything but the facts in a case before them, and bravely declared a person innocent of all charges.
Could this be a change back to normalcy? Could this be a first step showing the American people were deceived when they thought Biden was going to be a great improvement on that awful Trump? But uh oh, he is not. Everything is worse.
Could the American people be saying this is not what we want?
They promised destruction in the streets as a result of this verdict. So far it isn’t showing up. Maybe BLM is not so glorious. Maybe we do not have to put up with burning down of our cities. Maybe that guy that mowed down people at a parade because a George Soros DA put him back on the streets will get locked up and the key thrown away even by a Soros DA.
Maybe we don’t have to become a socialist/communist country, after all. Maybe we can have normalcy again.
Come on Manchin and Sinema. Your country is waiting for you. Cut this spending bill to bits. Erase most of it, or better yet, vote it down. We will live without it. Come on Durham, get the baddies and get them good. Now would be a good time for that.
Come on Americans, keep this country rolling as a capitalist enterprise.
That jury really lifted my spirits.
Here is a comment I made on one of Maggie’s lists:
This verdict of this brave jury is the first salvo in the battle against the lying left in this country.
Their lies are beginning to wear thin.
I make it a point that anyone who did not scream out against the violence in our cities allowed by the left mayors and governors loses all the right to have one word to say to me of criticism against Rittenhouse.
This first step of this brave jury, coupled with the news, finally, of all of the lies of the left against Trump coming out now, coupled with the MSM lies – it is OUR side’s time. It is the beginning of the counter revolution and we will do the winning now.
It is the lies of the “Plight of the Palestinians” and the fear we must face of the mythical dangerous “white supremacists” and the need for socialist reforms – it’s all the beginning of the diseases of the left coming to a head.
The left must be obliterated, whether it is Communism in Cuba, or the creeps of the Marx Sisters and their allies in the left media and their useful idiots in the democrat party and the real idiots of the Republican party who give them oxygen, they all must be swept out of power.
Today a brave jury of 12 stood up against the onslaught., Tomorrow Americans will begin to see the light more and more.
We must not allow Congress to pass any form of that “For the People Act”. Stop that in its tracks.
The left must lose big time from now on. No More!