Greg Maresca | Remnant Columnist
Dr. Anthony Fauci’s Brooklyn stickball days were anything but evident when he threw out the ceremonial first pitch of Major League’s Baseball (MLB) season’s opener between the New York Yankees and Washington Nationals in D.C, proving he doesn’t want anyone catching anything.
Perhaps Fauci thought he was there to throw out the First Amendment.
Maybe, Fauci is all bat and no balls, or as the New York Post put it, his pitch had finally flattened the curve straight into the ground. The screwball attempt was about as accurate as his advice for immobilizing the COVID pandemic.
If anything, Fauci should be cited for baseball malpractice.
Under a Biden administration, disadvantaged and minority students would fare last.
Provided present polls are realized, as President, Joe Biden said he would codify abortion as federal law and restore federal funding to the nation’s most productive abortion mill, Planned Parenthood.
Whether Biden knows it or not, abortion and education are the civil rights issues of this generation.
Right before Independence Day weekend was to commence and for three riotous and murderous weeks, a section of Seattle, Washington remained occupied by a small army of insurgents, who were most likely ignorant of the fact that Seattle’s namesake the Native American, Chief Seattle, was a slave owner.
Factual history never codifies well with the duplicitous leftist narrative that has America’s enemies cheering them on.
Throughout our fruited plain, calls for the Jefferson Memorial to be eradicated and the demolition of Mount Rushmore including the renaming of streets, parks, towns and cities are acknowledged as serious issues. Some even consider the national anthem as racially insensitive. The speaker of the House, Nancy Pelosi, has ordered all portraits and statues of men who served in the Confederacy to be removed from the Capitol.
The renaming of Washington state and Washington, D.C.?
From Confederate monuments, the Founding Fathers to the only perfect man to walk the earth, Jesus Christ – nothing is sacred to the left whose blatant contempt for Christianity they no longer disguise. Belief in the God of the Bible was instrumental in the creation of these United States. Leftists know all too well that their rejection of God and His Word is instrumental in destroying America.
Who needs fireworks?
Where is today’s Martin Luther King Jr., who is unafraid to construct the protests as a peaceful, dignified, and politically effective means for dialogue, negotiation and conversion?
Many in authority do nothing to stop the rebels that some even tacitly support.
Such bedlam underscores how the cancer of leftism has metastasized throughout America’s institutions and in particular, academia. These rebels are their historical and constitutional illiterate offspring who have been indoctrinated to believe our nation is a hideous place where truth is considered hate speech, abortion is health care, white folks are all “privileged” racists, and men can become pregnant.
Rewriting, and destroying the monuments to history is what communists, fascists and Islamic terrorists do. Once upon a time in America, we were thankful, such fanatical behavior didn’t happen here. Something very ugly is happening as we lose our longstanding traditional core American values that is now dominated by Orwellian extremes that just a generation ago was nothing short of science fiction.
Two distinct political flanks with contrasting philosophies are fighting an ideological war for our nation’s soul predicated upon revisionist history.
One side believes in the principles of the Founding Fathers where liberty, justice and opportunity for all is creed. America has always been imperfect, as has every other nation. The difference between them and us is how we have continually strived toward a greater and more inclusive union. Our battle scars include 620,000 dead in the Civil War and 27 amendments to the Constitution that are testimonies to the American ideal.
The other side believes our nation was founded to preserve slavery and that capitalism is a discriminatory enterprise as outlined in the New York Times’ “1619 Project” that actually won a Pulitzer Prize.
Even the once-vaunted Pulitzer has been politicized.
Leftists want to expunge the Founders, while overthrowing capitalism for a socialist utopia that doesn’t exist.
Is it any wonder gun and ammo sales are booming?
Our Founders laid the foundation for a nation that remains a beacon of liberty resulting in a prosperous and just nation and, whether the left will admit it or not, the envy of the world. These masked looters and arsonists will never come close to achieving such greatness.
What we have is a first-degree case of a lack of gratitude.
How many rioters ever spent time in the Third World where clean water from a tap is a near-miracle and law and order an unrealized dream?
Their criminal behavior and ignorance are the byproduct of two generations that were taught America is evil and that other cultures, which are objectively more racist and sexist, should be celebrated and welcomed to our borderless shores. Their historical ignorance fails to recognize how they are creating a totalitarian culture of fear and terror — something Americans have defeated, repeatedly.
Will the majority stay silent and allow this to continue?
If we do not right our American ship, future Independence Days will be filled with much more than harmless fireworks’ displays.
In a span of nearly nine minutes, George Floyd, arrested for allegedly using a forged $20 bill was suffocated to death by a police officer. According to the WSJ, the officer had 18 previous complaints filed against him resulting in only two letters of reprimand.
Where was the investigation on how he was allowed to continue? Where is vice president contender Amy Klobuchar? This officer obviously had a documented history of issues and not dismissing him has city leaders sharing some responsibility, but that doesn’t fit the leftist agenda.
Such reprehensible conduct does not justify the ensuing nationwide rioting and looting that followed and put the kibosh on social distancing with no one claiming to be positive for COVID-19. The rioters were so outraged they stole flat screen TV’s, clothing and whatever else that was available.
Who knew the cure was good, old fashion rioting, but with facemasks, naturally.
Rioting is acceptable provided we don’t do something truly outrageous like assemble to pray, go to a gym, or get a haircut.
Initially, people were united in their disgust over Floyd’s death until the protest turned violent and changed the account to the consequences of lawless violence where prejudice and anarchy reigns.
The Lincoln and World War II Memorials were defaced with graffiti that included New York’s St. Patrick’s Cathedral. The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) has advised that looting will be restricted 50 vandals per business. Society would be better off if folks would just continue to shelter in place and riot from their basements.
Despite the tragedy’s spread most of the protesters and their allies in the national media could care less about the groundless death of Floyd. In a striking contrast, it is a good bet that nearly all of these protestors know absolutely nothing of the unjustifiable death that occurred just four days later of another black man, Dave Underwood.
Dave Underwood, RIP
Underwood served as an officer in the Department of Homeland Security’s Federal Protective Service and was gunned down as he guarded the U.S. Courthouse in Oakland, Calif. According to the FBI, Underwood was killed by an unidentified person shooting from a car.
Where is the outrage over Underwood’s unprovoked assassination?
Underwood did not commit a felony, did not have meth and fentanyl in his system, and did not resist arrest. Seems some black lives are more important than others as Underwood’s death is treated as collateral damage.
A similar scenario occurred years ago in Staten Island when a black NYPD undercover cop was gunned down by black illegal arms dealers. Al Sharpton disregarded his murder while stirring up civil unrest over a criminal who was killed where the NYPD was found to have appropriately utilized deadly force.
Underwood’s death and the many like it, fails to promote the leftist narrative about American race relations. According to the CDC, police killings of blacks declined 80 percent from the late ‘60s through the 2010s, while police killings of whites have flat-lined. Statistically, someone black has a 30-1 chance of being killed by another black, as opposed to a police officer regardless of their race.
Why confuse matters with the facts?
It serves the leftist manifesto to keep the waters of truth muddy with distortion, while making sure black folks believe they are purposely being targeted.
Underwood died serving a cause much greater than him, so that even those who murdered him would still retain the right of due process. Such heroism is dismissed and outright ignored especially throughout the media.
The most abused power of the media is their willful disregard of such worthy news stories. Poor and malicious journalism only invites ignorance, hatred and prejudice. Yet news organizations wonder why readership is sinking faster than the Titanic.
Such hypocrisy by the mainstream media, their political allies, and the self-righteous who believe they are the arbiters of injustice only further divides the nation.
Democrats’ failure to use proven policing tactics to stop the mayhem is about not turning on their voter base. They are complicit in trashing their own cities and harming the very people they claim to represent.
When do the Democratic mayors resign out of sheer incompetence for letting their cities be looted and burned?
Much progress has been made in providing all Americans a voice.
America is still the light among the world’s nations, but that light is flickering when we willfully choose to ignore the reality of what is transpiring within our republic.
Many headlines can tell a story that no novel can and in one concise phrase.
“House bill 6666 to track everyone with COVID-19.”
House Democrats have put forward legislation that will track anyone who has tested positive for COVID-19 and require them to quarantine. What stood out was the bill’s number: 6666 and the legislation’s ensuing acronym (TRACE) meaning “Testing, Reaching, And Contacting Everyone Act.”
Shakespearian in scope is the everlasting question, what’s in a name?
The $100 billion legislation would “award grants to eligible entities to conduct diagnostic testing for COVID–19, to trace and monitor the contacts of infected individuals, and to support the quarantine of such contacts.”
You want some semblance of normalcy, welcome to everlasting contact tracing.
Smelling opportunity, Silicon Valley through the auspices of Apple and Google are developing their own tracing apps. Facebook is harnessing “precise data” that “will help governments and public health officials make decisions.”
Such methods and the technology it employs are nothing new as Russia uses facial recognition software for quarantining, while China operates thermal scanners.
Healthcare is just another blunt instrument of control that totalitarian societies use to track their citizens. It is no coincidence why Democrats lap praise upon Cuba’s healthcare system and in so doing reveal how authoritarian they really.
There is no life without liberty.
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As we sink deeper into the abyss of administrative bureaucracy, the growth of commercial surveillance will only magnify government surveillance.
In a recent white paper, even the left leaning Brookings Institution has questioned the benefits of contact tracing through apps, whose accuracy remains debatable and is susceptible to hacking.
How much do we really value privacy? We surrender it habitually to friends, doctors, and companies with whom we wish to do business. Who among us reads the fine print and comprehends how our data is mined, evaluated and allocated?
Today’s pandemic raises uneasy decisions about information collection, distribution and consumption. Security breaches in supposedly protected platforms will seemingly produce long-lasting harm. These current surveillance measures could end up becoming permanent, much like what happened post-9/11.
The youngest among us are accustomed to having their personal information posted throughout social media and are seemingly indifferent to the monitoring of their private data by the government.
Perhaps what we value more is the freedom to choose.
The historical origins of privacy extends to the English practice of general warrants that authorized the British in pre-revolutionary America to search whomever, whenever and wherever they wished.
Our nation’s own documented origins of privacy have been identified by the Supreme Court and found throughout our Constitution, not the least of which is the Fourth Amendment, which prohibits searches and seizures without warrants based on probable cause of criminal behavior. In the landmark Supreme Court case Griswold v. Connecticut argued in 1965, the Court found that there was a right to privacy imbedded in the Constitution.
Founding Father, Ben Franklin schooled a young republic well over two centuries ago when he said, “Those who would give up essential liberty, to purchase a little temporary safety, deserve neither liberty nor safety.” The most important word in Franklin’s reference is “temporary” modifying “safety.”
Any benefit from increased safety is always temporary.
The price we pay in the loss of liberty will be permanent.
Far too many Americans think it could never happen here.
However, it is and right in front of their lying eyes. Judging by what we are learning about the FBI and others in the previous presidential administration and state governors who continue to extend lockdowns, why should anyone trust government?
When Big Government marries Big Tech their offspring is tyranny, oppression and coercion. The left have systematically been exploiting every crisis for decades in order to overthrow the rule of law, faith, and reason.
Americans acquiesce too easily to government overreach, especially in a crisis. Perhaps most do not understand that constitutional rights are not optional.
Privacy should not require trade-offs. We can both prioritize personal privacy, and accept flawed security, or we can prioritize security and accept flawed privacy.
What we cannot do is empower the decision to the tech billionaires of Silicon Valley and Uncle Sam’s unelected army of bureaucrats.
YouTube is the most visited website in the world. It is a cybernetic Areopagus, where every viewpoint can be found – except for those that don’t jive with their political agenda under the pretext of “community standards and terms of service.” Such criteria compels censorship of any nonconforming perspectives that challenge the leftist zeitgeist.
Painful truths must be banned, just ask Prager University who has had plenty of videos barred, but continues to fight the internet behemoth in court. Across the conservative ideological continuum, Prager’s case is certainly not unique.
After the horrific attack on 9/11 a generation ago, New York City found itself grossly short of medical supplies once COVID-19 made the Big Apple our nation’s disaster epicenter for the second time in less than 20 years.
New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo and Mayor Bill de Blasio ignored warnings from health officials, while objecting to President Trump’s travel ban. As New York was receiving three flights a day from Wuhan, China (where the virus originated), it only underscored just how woefully unprepared Cuomo’s state was figuratively, materially and psychologically.
Is testing every single American the way to go?
There are many throughout government who believe that testing is the key in combating Covid-19. Provided employers test their workers for Covid, then why not test for the flu, HIV, strep throat, TB, or the common cold?
Such a proposal is unrealistic medically and financially and would infect many struggling businesses that are attempting to reestablish their footing with additional fiscal trials.
What an incredible opportunity to demonstrate to the world how the power of freedom, democracy, capitalism, and private ownership vs. communism, socialism, totalitarianism, and control of the many by the few is not lost.
YOU DON’T MISS water until the well runs dry, the same can be said for penicillin. The last American company to produce penicillin closed up shop in 2004.
If Bloomberg still feels compelled to apologize, please let him do so for wasting so much money on such a futile attempt at presidential cred, and for squandering the nation’s time while doing it.
THE PUBLIC MEA CULPA has become a mainstay of today’s political landscape. Every perceived mistake, gaffe and slight results in demands for rebuke, reprimand and retribution.
The public apology has become that pound of flesh that activists demand as part of the leftist outrage cycle.
But to what end?
President Barack Obama began his first term with an unprecedented apology tour that still rings loudly today throughout Democrat politics.
On April 3, 2009, in Strasbourg, France, Obama told the French “celebrating your dynamic union and seeking to partner with you to meet common challenges, there have been times when America has shown arrogance and been dismissive – even derisive.”
Three days later, in a speech to the Turkish Parliament, Obama doubled down saying America was still “working through” some of our “darker periods. These would be just two of many apologies Obama would make for America.
Obama even wanted to apologize to Japan for the attacks on Hiroshima and Nagasaki, but the Japanese were having none of it. After all, it would also call to light how Japan never apologized for Pearl Harbor, or for their death march at Corregidor.
There exists a huge chasm between expressing regret and apologizing. One apologizes for something one did and takes responsibility. The Emperor Hirohito could plausibly apologize for Pearl Harbor, while the Japanese people could only express regret over Pearl Harbor.
The contemporary presidential debate cycle has devolved into a forum filled with gotcha questions, moral preening and virtue signaling.
It is over-the-top and pitiful to apologize, like Mike Bloomberg has done, for realizing the American dream while becoming a leading job creator. Bloomberg either could not help himself, or received some poor advice. when he went on apologizing for fighting crime by following the policies of Rudy Giuliani as mayor of New York City.
Under Giuliani, the city underwent a metamorphosis like never before. Times Square was cleaned up and crime throughout the five boroughs, including the city’s notorious murder rate, was noticeably reduced. No one would have predicted back in the wild days of the 70s and 80s (when the city was infamously called “ungovernable”) that New York would become the nation’s safest city.
Rather than taking some pride in how successfully the NYPD used “stop, question and frisk”, Bloomberg turned it into a point of contentious apology.
Bloomberg should have embraced his record, not run from it.
Bloomberg is just one insincere apology away from earning his master’s degree in Clintonology.
There is something profoundly wrong from sea to shining sea when any successful entrepreneur feels compelled to apologize for creating a billion dollar company that provides jobs for thousands of Americans.
The collective apologies, usually offered for historic offences, are either derided or caricatured. Should the Yankees apologize to major league baseball for having won by far the most World Series titles? Moreover, should we apologize to the rest of the world for calling it the World Series, when in fact, it is anything, but a world event?
Ben Franklin said, “Never ruin an apology with an excuse.”
The problem is all too often the apology is the excuse. Once the apology is made, I am no longer accountable and doing any kind of penance – forget it. Perhaps we should be apologizing for saying or writing too much, or for apologizing sooner, or apologizing for all the wrong reasons. After all, public apologies—from the secular confessionals of our talk show high priestesses like Oprah Winfrey and Ellen DeGeneres—are all the rage in 21st century America.
The plague of the Bloomberg campaign ads is now history as the former New York City mayor has conceded. The cost, according to the Wall Street Journal, was $620 million in a campaign that employed more than 2,400 people across the country, that blanketed the airwaves and digital spectrum, and that bought Bloomberg 53 delegates, which has to be some kind of dubious, all-time, primary record.
If Bloomberg still feels compelled to apologize, please let him do so for wasting so much money on such a futile attempt at presidential cred, and for squandering the nation’s time while doing it.
Now that would be one apology worth cashing in on.