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Tim Coyle

Opposition to Critical Race Theory Mounting

As “critical race theory” (CRT) seeps into more and more into school curricula some state governments are fighting back. Capital cities all across the nation have been busy the past month introducing and passing legislation that discourages the practice of teaching divisive theories like CRT in public schools.

CRT began as a training exercise for school teachers and asserts that the U.S. has a despicable racial past that needs to be systemically corrected. It also says if you’re white you are inherently racist. The controversial and dissonant theory got a significant boost when a writer for New York Times Magazine, Nikole Hannah-Jones, originated a doctrine dubbed the “1619 Project” (the Project).

The Project postulates, among other things, that the history of the U.S. began not in 1776, when the Declaration of Independence was published, but in 1619 when the first slave ship arrived. Americans wanted to begin the nation not to form a more perfect union, the Project says, but to preserve slavery.

The dangerous, Marx-inspired CRT affirms this. It too proclaims America is inherently and systematically racist. It promotes the idea that it’s… Read More

Ron Nehring

Kevin Faulconer: The one candidate who can make the Newsom recall a success

We have just one shot to put California on a better path, restore checks and balances to our state government, and put an end to one party rule in our state.

Gavin Newsom’s inept response to the pandemic and its economic consequences led everyday Californians to step forward, exercising their rights under the state constitution to trigger a recall election this fall.

Kevin Faulconer, the Republican former mayor of San Diego, is the one Republican candidate who can make this recall effort a success.

There is little margin for error in the campaign now underway to elect new leadership in our state: California’s partisan makeup favors the incumbent much more than was the case when we recalled Gov. Gray Davis (D) in 2003.

That’s why I’m strongly supporting Kevin Faulconer, who has solid Republican and reform credentials, while demonstrating repeatedly he can win in jurisdictions favoring the other party. No other candidate for governor can meet this test.

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Bruce Bialosky

Travel Lessons

You know you are truly on vacation when you are walking around with nothing in your pockets.

Americans are not known for their cuisine. French, Italian, Mexican or Chinese yes, but American no. But we did give the world one iconic dish that is more ubiquitous than even pizza. That is a hamburger and French fries. Not only are there McDonald’s and Burger Kings everywhere, but you can also go to the most remote place and find the meal on the menu. Assuredly, Americans are not the only ones eating this fabulous meal. It is best to add cheese, check first in other countries because they certainly don’t have American cheese.

At the excellent Qatar airport (and excellent airline), we were awaiting another flight. The country has created some controversy for treatment of its foreign workers building stadiums for the 2022 World Cup.

We encountered workers from all over the world at the airport, but not one was from Qatar. It was a virtual United Nations as we spoke to employees from far flung locales. Whether they were from Nepal, Bangladesh or Kenya, they all spoke English clearly. Only in the United States is it not a requirement to speak clear English to get… Read More

Ray Haynes

The Grand Deception of ALAIC Newsom

We are in the middle of the largest deception in my memory. Government at all levels, local, state, and federal, literally put millions of people out of work with an unnecessary “shelter in place” order, costing families in need thousands of dollars in lost income. The apologists for big government claimed it was for our health and protection. I don’t think so, but that is irrelevant at this point. Those who worked for the government did not lose one dime in income, but small businesses and their employees were pushed to the brink of bankruptcy.

Knowing that they tested the patience of the populace, the federal government stepped up with three “stimulus packages,” paid for with borrowed money, with (relatively) small portions of this money being paid out in payments to taxpayers. I say relatively small because the total of the payments to taxpayers was about $3,000.00 per taxpayer. That after losing nearly triple that in income from the shutdown, or, in some cases, losing all their income because their business closed down. Add to that the additional insult of continuing to have to pay the taxes, in many cases, in excess of the… Read More

Tim Coyle

Climate Refugees?

Really? Climate refugees? Normally, it takes fleeing regimes that impose economic hardship, religious turmoil or political unrest to qualify a foreigner for refugee status in the United States. Incidentally, the policy has proven in the past to be a fairly tough standard to meet.

Now, global obsession with the weather has lead to the U.S. to consider adding a new breed of expatriates: climate refugees. And, of course, recognizing the allegedly poor or worsening conditions surrounding these victims of policy-making in their home countries – involving carbon emissions and sea-level rise – many in the U.S. think the new test is okay.

Previously, “refugee” was defined under the United States Refugee Admissions Program (USRAP) as a person outside the country of his or her nationality, “who is unable or unwilling to return to that country because of persecution or a well-founded fear of persecution based on his or her race, religion, nationality, membership in a particular social group, or political opinion.”

Under what Biden is now contemplating, however, the definition could include anyone. The amendment goes something like this: the (donor)… Read More

Bruce Bialosky

Lies, Damned Lies

The saying is actually “Lies, Damned Lies and Statistics. “It was popularized in the United States by Mark Twain; the originator is in question. As you are aware the Democrats characterized almost everything President Trump said as a lie. The Washington Post stated there were 30,573 lies or misstatements during his term of office. Yet, times have changed, and we have a new president. How is he doing on the lying scale?

In their quest to defame President Trump, WAPO nitpicked everything he said. I read the list when it was mere 1,000 and I thought they were joking. Virtually none of the statements were of a serious public policy nature and many were repetitive. If you care to you can call them lies, but they were not damned lies. That is where we come to President Biden, who not only tells lies, but damned lies.

We are not talking about his claim of his wasteful bill mischaracterized as infrastructure generating 19 million new jobs. This falls under the third part of the saying – statistics. Even the MSM shot down that claim immediately because it was grossly foolish and inaccurate. Why Biden and his minions tried to foist this charade on us brings into… Read More

Ray Haynes

The Doctrine of Lesser Magistrates

In The Republic, Plato described what he thought was the perfect society. In it, he believed that a society runs best when it is governed by the “philosopher king,” that is, someone with the knowledge necessary to address the problems of society, and the ability to operate the government. The rest of us are to follow, and society is in harmony when we just do what we’re told by this “all knowing” ruler. For thousands of years, brutal dictatorships have been justified by this philosophy of governance. Whether the rulers believed they had a “divine right” or were endowed with “special knowledge,” they believed they were put in charge of the government because of that special relationship with God or knowledge. They believed they had power because they were in the best position to exercise that power, and those of us who disagreed were dealt with harshly, because we were going against God’s will or accepted science.

During the Reformation period of Western Civilization, a doctrine arose in the legal and political firmament of the time called the “doctrine of lesser magistrates.” Simply stated, it… Read More

Bruce Bialosky

It is Not Socialism, It is a Right

“We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights, that among these are life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness, that to secure these rights, governments are instituted among men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed.” That is from the Declaration of Independence and along with the Constitution that has defined our rights for almost 250 years. In their efforts to avoid the word Socialism which is what they want, the Left has spoken of Rights we have that they wish to confer to us in their march toward Socialism in America.

Heath Care – The single most significant way the Socialists want to expand their brand is through health care. They have made clear they believe health care is a Right; not something the public can obtain toward their own benefit. They have worked for years placing restrictions on the private companies providing health insurance with Obamacare making it even more restrictive. They give their plans nice sounding names like Medicare for All or the Public Option – both of wish are attempts to crush private health insurance… Read More

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