Privacy in the Modern Age, Part 2

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2          Wrong Attitudes Regarding Privacy

There are some very dangerous popular misconceptions that have served to weaken our overall privacy.  This essay will address four of them, and how, if you’ve fallen prey to one of these, you should consider re-calibrating your thinking on the subject.

I suppose the most common one is “I have nothing to hide, so why should I care what anyone knows?”  That is patently false.  As a matter of principle, you, the citizen, have everything to hide on the grounds that the details of your life are no one else’s business.  They are by definition, only your business, and only those close to you whom you trust to know.  Knowledge regarding you and your family depends on their “need to know”, and you decide who “needs to know”.  Mark “Junior High” Zuckerberg does not need to know how many children you have, or if any of them are toddlers.  Your local sheriff does not need to know where you work or where you live or your occupation.  The members of your local government do not need to know how anything about your income, or how you vote, or if you vote.  Jeff “I own that too” Bezos does not need to know what kind of car you drive, or your opinion on the man-made climate change hoax, or any other opinions you hold.  You business is yours, and theirs is theirs, and the two should never meet.  What do you know about Mark “Junior High” Zuckerberg, or Jeff “I own that too” Bezos, or your local sheriff, or your mayor?  You know virtually nothing about them, other than what they choose to release to the public.  Note the key words: “what they choose to release to the public”.  You should apply the same criteria to yourself and your family: you choose, not them.

Another common falsehood is “I am not a crook, so it doesn’t matter who knows what.”  There are two problems with this one.  First is, given the large mass of confusing and contradictory legislation, court rulings, and bureaucratic edicts, how do you know you’re not a crook?  The truth is, in this modern age, you are a crook if any penny-ante bureaucrat decides to make you a crook, even if you haven’t actually violated any law.  It is not even necessary to charge you with anything; all they have to do is put you “under investigation”, or spread a few rumors.  Enough innocuous information about you can be pieced together in such a way that you appear to be a crook.  The second problem is that even innocuous information can make you a target for blackmail, if it is construed “in the right way”.  Remember, the government already assumes you are a crook, since you are required to sign your tax forms under penalty of perjury.

The third common fallacy is “no one is interested in me”.  The fact is that everyone is interested in you, albeit for different reasons.  The commercial world is interested so they can send you advertisements and sell your data to other advertisers and “interested parties”, although you do not know who the “interested parties” are.  The government is interested because it wants to know who holds what political opinions, which is to say, whether you are a friend or an enemy of the political establishment.  It is worse than that: now that “political correctness” has reached extreme levels, one post on an obscure social media site can get you fired from your job, and it is possible that you could have difficulty finding work.  You can be denied the ability to provide for your family because some screeching moron with political or media connections was offended (or pretends to be offended) by some comment you made.  The lesson here is: if you tell them something, the commercial world will try to sell you something, and the political world will try to regulate you.  Both are equally bad because you, the citizen, have allowed yourself to become a commodity to be used and abused as the powerful see fit.  Since you are the commodity, there is always an interest in you.

The last one I’ll consider is “the government cannot do anything they want.”  How do you know?  Can your mayor call the IRS and get copies of all your tax returns?  Can the local school board access a database and find out if you are opposed to “Core Math”?  There is no way for us, the common citizen, to know if any of these are happening.  Certainly government employees are not going to admit to doing anything that violates their oaths, or that openly violates your rights.  But it would be short-sighted to assume that governments and corporations are not cooperating; a government can hire a private corporation to do indirectly what the government cannot do directly.  No one is going to tell us anything about what the government and corporations are actually doing with any data about us.  There is no reason to assume that corporations or the government are keeping their “privacy” promises.  Therefore, there is no reason for you, the citizen, to tell them anything of value.

There are no doubt a great many other common fallacies about privacy, but I think you get the idea.  Privacy is exactly what it says it means: it is private until you say otherwise.

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Privacy in the Modern Age, Part 1

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Introduction

The Fourth Amendment to the U. S. Constitution reads:

“The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized.”

This particular Amendment was to ensure that one abuse, among others, that had been inflicted the colonists by the British government could not be repeated under the Constitution: the infamous ‘writ of assistance’.  The historian John Fiske [1] gives a summary:

“In 1761, it was decided to enforce the Navigation Act, and one of the revenue officers at Boston applied to the superior court for a “writ of assistance”, or general search warrant, to enable him to enter private houses and search for smuggled goods, but without specifying either houses or goods.  Such general warrants had been allowed by a statute of the bad reign of Charles II, and a statute of William III, in general terms, had been granted to revenue officers in America like powers to those they possessed in England.  But James Otis showed that the issue of such writs was contrary to the whole spirit of the British constitution.  To issue such universal warrants allowing the menials of the custom-house, on mere suspicion, and perhaps from motives of personal enmity, to invade the home of any citizen, without being held responsible for any rudeness they might commit there, – such he said, was ‘a kind of power, the exercise of which cost one king of England his head and another his throne;’ and he plainly declared that even an act of Parliament which should sanction so gross an infringement of the immemorial rights of Englishmen would be treated as null and void.”

James Otis was a Boston lawyer, and one of the principal proponents of independence in the 1760’s.  He was in declining mental health and suffered permanent injury in 1769 after being severely beaten by a British customs officer.  However, he was able to sneak out of his house and fought against the British in the Battle of Bunker Hill (17 Jun 1775), escaping afterwards back to his house.

The Fourth Amendment requires any agent of the government to apply for a warrant, to be sworn under oath before a judge, describing what is to be searched and what evidence they have already obtained that would justify such a search.  It has always been a feature of American justice, at least at the local level, with two exceptions: it never applied to slaves, and it did not apply to free black people in the South during the Jim Crow era (1890’s to about the 1940’s).  The Democratic Party was an advocate for slavery and later was responsible for Jim Crow.

But we now have three problems not contemplated by the authors of the Constitution.  First is the growth of electronic technology; secondly, the power of corporations that control the electronics technology; and third, the union of those corporations and the government.  At this point in our history, the average American, unless he practices good electronic security, has virtually no privacy at all.  The following essays will describe these risks, and what you, the average American, can do to protect your privacy in the digital environment that we now wallow in.

But before we get to details, let’s first establish how the Fourth Amendment should be interpreted, and by extension, how we should think of individual privacy.  To me it means different things in the three cases I’ve mentioned.  Toward the government alone (case 1) it means, “My affairs are none of your business unless you have prior evidence that justifies investigation.”  Toward corporations, and the cooperation between corporations and the government (cases 2 and 3) it means, “My affairs are none of your business.”

There is one cardinal rule that we should remember in regard to privacy in the electronic environment: if a violation of your privacy is possible, it is being done unless the government and corporations prove under oath that it is not.  Even then, take their claims with a grain of salt.

Reference

[1] John Fiske, John Fiske’s Historical Writings, NY: Houghton, Mifflin and Company, 1896, Vol. 10, p. 14.  It is the same as Fiske’s original The American Revolution, 1891, Vol. 1, p. 14.

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The Biden Inaugural Address, Translated

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Joseph R. “Wimpy” Biden, Jr. was sworn in today as America’s 46th President, and gave his inaugural address on the Capitol.  It’s the usual patronizing garbage we have come to expect from all politicians.  He was joined at the Capitol by many dignitaries: President Bill “Perjurer in Chief” Clinton, former Secretary of State Hillary “Irredeemably deplorable” Clinton, President Barack “Leading with my behind” Obama, and President George W. “Woodrow Wilson” Bush, to name a few.  The big tech titans were not present, but of course were happy that they got their guy elected, no matter what it took.  Mark “Junior High” Zuckerberg, Jack “Censorship is good” Dorsey, and Jeff “I own that, too” Bezos were celebrating in their penthouses. But it important not to take Mr. Biden’s words at face value; they must be translated according to the policies of the Democratic Party, which is now in control of the entire federal government.  I have provided below the complete transcript, clarifying in square brackets Mr. Biden’s actual intent, given his previous announcements and plans, and the various known objectives of the Democratic Party.  Replace the original words in quotes with the words in the square brackets.

President Biden:

Chief Justice Roberts, Vice President Harris, Speaker Pelosi, Leader Schumer, Leader McConnell, Vice President Pence, distinguished “guests” [members of the Establishment”], and my “fellow Americans” [“soon-to-be serfs”].

This is “America’s” [“China’s”] day.  This is “democracy’s” [“Russia’s”] day; a day of history and hope; of renewal and resolve.  Through a crucible for the ages America has been tested anew and America has risen to the challenge. Today, we celebrate the triumph not of a candidate, but of a “cause” [“socialist revolution”], the cause of “democracy” [Marxism”].  The will of the people has been “heard” [“rejected”] and the will of the people has been “heeded” [“ignored”].  We have learned again that “democracy” [“incompetence”] is “precious” [“essential”]. “Democracy” [“corruption”] is “fragile” [“useful”]. And at this hour, my “friends” [“serfs”], “democracy” [“tyranny”] has prevailed.

So now, on this hallowed ground where just days ago “violence” [“ANTIFA”] sought to shake this Capitol’s very foundation, we come together as one “nation” [Party”], under “God” [“humanism”], “indivisible” [“divided”], to carry out the peaceful transfer of power as we have for more than two centuries.  We look ahead in our uniquely American way – restless, bold, optimistic – and set our sights on the nation we know “we can be and we must be” [“must be fundamentally changed”].  I thank my predecessors of both parties for their presence here.  I thank them from the bottom of my heart. You know the resilience of our Constitution and the strength of our “nation” [“Party”].  As does President Carter, who I spoke to last night but who cannot be with us today, but whom we salute for his lifetime of service.

I have just taken the sacred oath each of these patriots took – an oath first sworn by George Washington. But the American story depends not on any one of us, not on some of us, but on all of us.  On “We the People” who seek a more perfect Union.  This is a “great” [“crappy”] nation and “we” [“Constitution-embracers”] are a “good” [“bad”] people. Over the centuries through storm and strife, in peace and in war, we have come so far. But we still have far to go.  We will press forward with speed and urgency, for we have much to “do” [“destroy”] in this “winter” [“dawn”] of “peril” [“confusion”] and “possibility” [“chaos”].  Much to repair [“demonize”], much to “restore” [“investigate”], much to heal [“attack”], much to “build” [“ruin”], and much to “gain” [“steal”].

Few periods in our nation’s history have been more challenging or difficult than the one we’re in now.  A once-in-a-century virus silently stalks the country.  It’s taken as many lives in one year as America lost in all of World War II.  Millions of jobs have been lost.  Hundreds of thousands of businesses closed.  A cry for racial “justice” [“retribution”] some “400” [“20”] years in the making moves us. The dream of justice for “all” [“some”] will be deferred no longer.  A cry for “survival” [“more funding”] comes from the “planet itself” [“climate hoaxers”].  A cry that can’t be any more desperate or any more clear.  And now, a rise in political “extremism” [“revolution”], “white” [“Harvard-educated”] “supremacy” [“dominance”], “domestic terrorism” [“socialism”] that we must “confront” [“accept”] and we will “defeat” [“support”].

To “overcome” [“obtain”] these “challenges” [“objectives”] – to “restore” [“eliminate”] the “soul” [“liberties”] and to “secure” [“cancel”] the future of America – requires more than words.  It requires that most “elusive” [“common”] of things in a “democracy” [“revolution”]:  Unity [“Control”].  “Unity” [“Power”].  In another January in Washington, on New Year’s Day 1863, Abraham Lincoln signed the Emancipation Proclamation.  When he put pen to paper, the President said, “If my name ever goes down into history it will be for this act and my whole soul is in it.”  My whole soul is in it.  Today, on this January day, my whole soul is in this:  “Bringing” [“Separating”] America “together” [into tribes”].  “Uniting” [“Dividing”] our people.  And “uniting” [dividing”] “our nation” [“the spoils”].  I “ask” [“demand”] every “American” [“Democrat”] to join me in this cause.  Uniting to “fight” [“aid”] the “common foes” [“ANTIFA and BLM street armies”] we “face” [embrace”]:  Anger, resentment, hatred.  Extremism, lawlessness, violence.  Disease, joblessness, hopelessness.  With “unity” [“division”] we can do “great” [“insidious”] things, “important” [“destructive”] things.  We can “right wrongs” [“abolish rights”].  We can put people to work in “good jobs” [labor camps”].  We can “teach” [“indoctrinate”] our children in “safe” [“dangerous”] schools.  We can “overcome” [“perpetuate”] this deadly virus. We can “reward” [“denigrate”] work, “rebuild” [“reduce”] the middle class, and make health care “secure” [“precarious”] for all [“those who oppose my regime”].  We can deliver racial “justice” [“preferences”].

We can make America, once again, the leading force for “good” [“useless wars”] in the world.  I know speaking of unity can sound to some like a foolish fantasy.  I know the forces that divide us are deep and they are real.  But I also know they are not new.  Our history has been a constant struggle between the “American” [“false”] “ideal” [“notion”] that we are all created equal and the harsh, ugly reality that “racism” [“work”], nativism [“self-reliance”], “fear” [“integrity”], and “demonization” [“religion”] have long “torn us apart” [“prevented victory for the Party”].  The battle is perennial.  Victory is never assured.  Through the Civil War, the Great Depression, World War, 9/11, through struggle, sacrifice, and setbacks, our “better angels” “[basic moral principles”] have always prevailed.  In each of these moments, enough of “us” [“them”] “came together” [“stood up”] to “carry all of us forward” [“deter tyranny”].  And, we can “do so” [“defeat them”] now.

“History” [“Delusion”], “faith” [“atheism”], and “reason” [“propaganda”] show the way, the way of unity [“socialist conformity”].  We can see “each other” [“those who embrace the Constitution”] not as “adversaries” [“competitors”] but as “neighbors” [“enemies”].  We can treat “each other” [“those who believe in the Constitution”] with “dignity” [“hatred”] and “respect” [“persecution”].  We can “join” [“enlist”] forces, “stop” [“increase”] the shouting, and “lower” [“elevate”] the temperature.  For without “unity” [“division”], there is no “peace” [“revolution”], only “bitterness” [“freedom”] and “fury” [“liberty”].  No progress, only exhausting outrage.  No “nation” [“balkanization”], only a state of “chaos” [“stability”].  This is our historic moment of crisis and challenge, and “unity” [“brute force”] is the path forward.  And, we must meet this moment as the United “States” [“Party”] of “America” [Socialism”].  If we do that, I guarantee you, we will not fail.  We have never, ever, ever failed in “America” [“utopias”] when we have “acted” [“conspired”] together.  And so today, at this time and in this place, let us start afresh.  All of us.  Let us “listen” [“obey”] “to one another” [“the Party”].  “Hear” [“Destroy”] “one another” [“all conservatives”].  “See” [Censor”] “one another” [“all conservatives”].  “Show respect” [Demonize”] “to one another” [“all conservatives”].  Politics “need not” [must”] be a raging fire destroying “everything in its path” [“the Party’s enemies”].  Every disagreement “doesn’t have to” [“must”] be a cause for total war.  And, we must “reject” [“firmly establish”] a culture in which “facts themselves are” [“propaganda itself is”] “manipulated” [“promoted”] and even “manufactured” [“forced”].

My fellow “Americans” [“Establishment elites”], we have to “be different than” [“continue”] this.  America has to “be better than” [“adopt”] this.  And, I believe America “is better than” [“can be forced to adopt”] this.  Just look around.  Here we stand, in the shadow of a Capitol dome that was completed amid the Civil War, when the Union itself hung in the balance.  Yet we endured and we prevailed.  Here we stand looking out to the great Mall where Dr. King spoke of his dream. Here we stand, where 108 years ago at another inaugural, thousands of protestors tried to block brave women from marching for the right to vote.  Today, we mark the swearing-in of the first woman in American history elected to national office – Vice President Kamala Harris.  Don’t tell me things can’t change.  Here we stand across the Potomac from Arlington National Cemetery, where heroes who gave the last full measure of devotion rest in eternal peace.  And here we stand, just days after a “riotous” [“non Party”] mob thought they could use “violence” [“a protest”] to “silence” [“object to”] the “will of the people” [“questionable subversion of an election”], to stop the work of “our democracy” [“the Party”], and to drive us from this sacred ground.  That did not happen.  It will never happen.  Not today.  Not tomorrow.  Not ever.

To all those who supported our campaign I am “humbled” [“grateful”] “by” [“for”] the “faith” [“crimes”] you have “placed in” [“committed for”] us.  To all those who did not support us, let me say this: “Hear me out as we move forward” [“you will be investigates and audited”]. Take a measure of me and my heart.  And if you still disagree, “so be it” [“you’ll be bankrupt and in jail”].  That’s “democracy” [“socialism”]. That’s “America” [rule by the Party”]. The right to dissent peaceably, “within the guardrails of our Republic” [“so long as I permit it”], “is perhaps” [“will be”] our nation’s “greatest” [“most obvious”] “strength” [“initiative”].  Yet hear me clearly: Disagreement must not “lead to disunion” [“be permitted”].  And I pledge this to you: I will be a President for all “Americans” [“loyal Party members and the Establishment”].  I will “fight as hard for” [“attack and punish”] those who did not support me “as for” [“and reward”] those who did.  Many centuries ago, Saint Augustine, a saint of my church, wrote that a people was a multitude defined by the common objects of their love.  What are the common objects we “love” [“accept”] that define us as “Americans” [“robots”]?  I think I know.  “Opportunity” [Obedience”], “security” [“silencing”],  “liberty” [“imprisonment”],  “dignity” [bankruptcy”],  “respect” [“ridicule”], “honor” [“demonization”].  And, yes, the “truth” [“propaganda”].

Recent weeks and months have taught us a painful lesson. There is truth and there are lies.  Lies told for power and for profit.  And each of us has a duty and responsibility, as citizens, as Americans, and especially as leaders – leaders who have pledged to “honor” [“disregard”] our Constitution and “protect” [“sacrifice”] our nation – to defend the truth and to defeat the lies.  I understand that many Americans view the future with some fear and trepidation.  I understand they worry about their jobs, about taking care of their families, about what comes next.  I get it.  But the answer is not to turn inward, to retreat into competing factions, distrusting those who don’t look like you do, or worship the way you do, or don’t get their news from the same sources you do.  We must “end” [“promote”] this “uncivil” [“civil”] war that pits red against blue, rural versus urban, “conservative” [“patriot”] versus “liberal” [“subversive”].  We can do this if we open our souls instead of hardening our hearts.  If “we” [“the other side will”] show a little tolerance and humility.  If “we’re” [“they’re”] willing to “stand” [cooperate”] in “the other person’s shoes” [“the Party’s objectives”] “just for a moment” [“permanently”].  Because here is the thing about life: There is no accounting for what fate will deal you.  There are some days when we need a hand.  There are other days when we’re called on to lend one.  That is how we must be with one another.  And, if we are this way, our country will be “stronger” [“regimented”], more “prosperous” [dangerous”], more ready for the “future” [“conquest”].

My fellow Americans, in the work ahead of us, we will need each other.  We will need all our strength to persevere through this dark winter.  We are entering what may well be the toughest and deadliest period of the virus.  We must “set aside” [“focus on”] the politics and “finally face” [“stumble through”] this pandemic as one nation.  I promise you this: as the Bible says weeping may endure for a night but joy cometh in the morning.  We will get through this, together.

The world is watching today.  So here is my message to those beyond our borders: America has been tested and we have come out stronger for it.  We will repair our alliances and “engage with” [“concede to”] the world once again.  Not to meet yesterday’s challenges, but today’s and tomorrow’s.  We will lead not merely by the example of our power but by the power of our example.  We will be a strong and trusted partner for “peace” [“negotiations”], “progress” [“concessions”], and “security” [“weakness”].  We have been through so much in this nation.  And, in my first act as President, I would like to ask you to join me in a moment of silent prayer to remember all those we lost this past year to the pandemic.  To those 400,000 fellow Americans – mothers and fathers, husbands and wives, sons and daughters, friends, neighbors, and co-workers.  We will honor them by becoming the people and nation we know we can and should be.  Let us say a silent prayer for those who lost their lives, for those they left behind, and for our country.  Amen.

This is a time of testing.  We “face” [“lead”] an attack on democracy and on truth.  A raging virus.  Growing inequity.  The sting of systemic racism.  A climate in crisis.  America’s role in the world.  Any one of these would be enough to challenge us in profound ways.  But the fact is we face them all at once, presenting this nation with the gravest of responsibilities.  Now we must step up.  All of us.  It is a time for boldness, for there is so much to do.  And, this is certain.  We will be judged, you and I, for how we resolve the cascading crises of our era.  Will we rise to the occasion?  Will we master this rare and difficult hour?  Will we meet our obligations and pass along a new and better world for our children?  I believe we must and I believe we will.  And when we do, we will write the next chapter in the American story.  It’s a story that might sound something like a song that means a lot to me.  It’s called “American Anthem” and there is one verse stands out for me:

“The work and prayers of centuries have brought us to this day

What shall be our legacy?  What will our children say?…

Let me know in my heart  When my days are through

America, America,

I gave my best to you.”

Let us add our own work and prayers to the unfolding story of our nation.  If we do this then when our days are through our children and our children’s children will say of us they gave their best.  They did their duty.  They healed a broken land.  My fellow Americans, I close today where I began, with a sacred oath.

Before “God” [“Marx”] and all of you I give you my word.  I will always “level with” [“lie to”] “you” [“those who oppose the Party”].  I will “defend” [“abolish”] the Constitution.  I will defend our “democracy” [“socialist revolution”].  I will “defend” [“hate”] America.  I will give my all in your service thinking “not” [“only”] of power, “but” [“and”] of “possibilities” [“greater power”].  “Not” [Certainly”] of personal interest, “but” [“out”] of the public “good” [coffers”].  And together, we shall write an American story of “hope” [“pessimism”], not “fear” [“confidence”]: of unity, not division; of “light” [“power”], not “darkness” [“freedom”]; an “American” [“socialist”] story of “decency and dignity” [“decay and discrimination”]; of “love and of healing” [“hatred and revenge”]; of “greatness and of goodness” [“mediocrity and stalemate”].  May this be the story that guides us, the story that inspires us; the story that tells ages yet to come that we answered the call of history.  We met the moment.

That democracy and hope, truth and justice, “did not die” [“croaked”] on our watch “but thrived” [“completely”].  That our “America” [revolution”] secured “liberty” [“control”] at home and stood “once again” [“for the first time”] as “an beacon” [“an example”] to “the world” [“socialists everywhere”].  That is what we owe our forebears, one another, and generations to follow.  So, with purpose and resolve we turn to the tasks of our time: sustained by faith, driven by conviction; and, devoted to one another and to this country we “love” [“hate]” with all our hearts.  May God bless America and may God protect our troops.

Thank you, America.

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The Biden Administration

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Let us first take stock of where we are politically in America.

  1. We have endured a biological attack by China for the past 11 months in the form of the Wuhan virus. Fortunately we had President Donald “America First” Trump in office who was able to organize the government bureaucrats and the smart people in the research community to develop a vaccine in record time, something that very few people thought was possible, given the standard interval is about five years. The media claimed he was a fool to even try it.
  2. All summer long, Black Lives Matter and ANTIFA led “mostly peaceful protests”, mostly involving burning down police stations, federal courthouses, and many businesses, while the local police stood by and the Democratic leadership endorsed, encouraged, and applauded these street armies. The local politicians only allowed the police to arrest a handful of them, and few were prosecuted. The media made the appropriate excuses for these Marxist mobs.
  3. The governments of many states, mostly led by Democrats, decided to use the Wuhan virus to shut down their local economies, ruining many businesses and putting many out of work. At first it was to “bend the curve” of infections, but it soon became a test of how much tyranny the public is willing to put up with. The real goal, as always, was to somehow make the federal administration look bad.  The media made the appropriate accusations against Mr. Trump.
  4. The Democrat Party abused the judicial system during the summer of 2020, using the Wuhan virus as an excuse to obtain decrees on voting procedures that superseded the powers of the State legislatures. This happens to be unconstitutional, since Article 2 of the Constitution clearly states that only a State legislature can enact electoral laws. The objective, as we saw in November 2020, was to deluge the electoral system with fraudulent mail-in ballots that could not be verified.  That is how the Democrats got Joe “Wimpy” Biden elected President.  The media defended the unconstitutional activities of the judicial activists who ignored the Constitution.
  5. A great many affidavits attesting to electoral fraud were received and Republicans brought them to both state and federal courts, but all of those challenges were rejected on procedural grounds. No evidence was ever examined by any of the courts (as far as I know). The Republican lawyers made a huge error in not demanding that all the evidence be preserved for future examination, including the ballots, signature cards, voter rolls, and time-tagged tallies in the voting machines.  It is tantamount to a baseball batter bragging that he will hit a grand slam on the first pitch, without bothering to check if there are any guys on base.  That error allowed the Democrats to destroy all the evidence; now it is impossible to prove the veracity of the affidavits; we will never know how much fraud there was.  We now have six or seven States that run Presidential elections the way local elections are run in Chicago and Philadelphia.  The media demonized anyone who believed that something was not right.
  6. A rally was held on 6 Jan 2021, in which Mr. Trump listed the various ways in which the election results were questionable, and then encouraged the attendees to peacefully protest in front of Congress. Congress was at that time certifying Mr. Biden’s election. But ANTIFA members and a handful of not-too-bright Trump supporters engaged in a BLM/ANTIFA-style mostly peaceful protest at the Capitol, involving breaking windows, smashing down doors, and occupying Congressional offices.  A total of five people died: a police officer from head injuries, a protester from gunshots, and three others of “medical complications”.  The electoral balloting had to be stopped, and the members of Congress had to be led to a safe place until the Capitol police could remove the retards.  Now here is an important insight: all summer long, the Democrats in Congress praised the actions of the “mostly peaceful protestors” around the country who invaded people’s places of business, robbed them, and burned them to the ground.  Millions of Americans were inconvenienced for months by the BLM/ANTIFA mostly peaceful protests.  But, when the same tactics were employed against their (Congress’) place of business, inconveniencing them for a few hours, it’s an “insurrection”.  Poor babies; but I doubt they will get much sympathy.  The media chanted “Trump led a coup, Trump supporters are guilty of sedition and insurrection”, right on cue.
  7. The tech giants Amazon (led by Jeff “I own that too” Bezos), Google (led by Sundar Pichai), Facebook (led by Mark “Junior High” Zuckerberg), Instagram (owned by Facebook), YouTube (owned by Google), and Twitter (led by Jack Dorsey) have banned most conservatives (defined as anyone who is not a card-carrying Democrat) from their platforms on the grounds that conservatives are a general menace to society. They even managed to put PARLER (a competitor to Twitter) out of business. The media approved of the suppression of free speech.
  8. Today the Democrats impeached Mr. Trump for “inciting a riot”, despite there not being a single sentence in his speech that called for one. Maybe he should have called for a mostly peaceful protest. The media will brag how they won the revolution.

So, to summarize, as is typical in revolutions:

  1. Pressure from below by the BLM and ANTIFA street armies.
  2. Pressure from above by the suppression of speech by the tech monopolies, doing indirectly what the government cannot do directly — on behalf of the Democrats.

That is where we are.  What happens when Mr. Joe “Wimpy” Biden takes office on 20 Jan 2021?  The Democrats will take the opportunity to suppress the Constitution specifically and the rule of law in general; take away as many civil rights as possible; promote the interests of their favorites; demonize and ridicule their enemies (real and imagined); and attempt to acquire absolute power over everyone’s life.   The Democratic Party consists of vengeful, implacable, vindictive, hateful, hypocritical, arrogant know-it-alls, just like the “cool kids” back in junior high school.  Watch out: people who have never graduated from junior high at an emotional level will now be running the country.  How do we know Mr. Biden is a wimp?  The same way as in junior high: the kid who always swaggered around, talking tough, but scared to death of being challenged to prove it.  Unfortunately, as in junior high, the big talk may be enough to ward off any common sense ideas.

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