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Thomas Jefferson: The Media Betrayed America

By Rod Thomson

There is plenty of finger-pointing going on right now over who is to blame for America’s shockingly rapid decline. Joe Biden, Donald Trump, radical Democrats, Trumper Republicans, public education, universities, Hollywood culture, woke culture in general and so on. 

But Thomas Jefferson would point to something far more fundamental in the nation’s decline: the media. In 1786, he wrote from Paris to James Curry: “Our liberty depends on the freedom of the press, and that cannot be limited without being lost.” Freedom of the press has been lost by being willingly given away in service to a single party, rather than a watchdog.

Yes, it is the radicalized Democrat Party making it happen in government at the moment. But it is the media that has betrayed Americans by becoming a one-party propagandistic organ of both misinformation and squashing real stories, rather than being information providers to the American public that Jefferson understood to be essential to the Republic.

Jefferson keenly had so much more to say on this In one of the letters that Jefferson wrote from Paris to Edward Carrington, whom Jefferson appointed as a delegate to represent Virginia in the Continental Congress, he makes perfectly clear the critical importance of unrestricted avenues of information to the American people.

“The people are the only censors of their governors: and even their errors will tend to keep these to the true principles of their institution. To punish these errors too severely would be to suppress the only safeguard of the public liberty. The way to prevent these irregular interpositions of the people is to give them full information of their affairs thro’ the channel of the public papers, & to contrive that those papers should penetrate the whole mass of the people. The basis of our governments being the opinion of the people, the very first object should be to keep that right; and were it left to me to decide whether we should have a government without newspapers or newspapers without a government, I should not hesitate a moment to prefer the latter. But I should mean that every man should receive those papers & be capable of reading them.

Jefferson saw the media as unfettered providers of information to the American public as more essential than the government itself. Of course, this explains why the very First Amendment in the Bill of Rights includes both freedom of speech and of the press, specifically that the government should not “abridge” either. “Abridge” means to curtail a right or privilege. And both free speech and freedom of the press involves the American public being informed in the public square. Newspapers were distributed at the time of Jefferson’s writings and for more than another century, largely in the literal public squares of cities and towns, where speakers would also stand to give opinions from religion to politics to anything else. Is it not clear that Facebook, Twitter, Youtube and the rest act now as the public square?

Jefferson wrote: “Reason and free enquiry are the only effectual agents against error…Reason and persuasion are the only practicable instruments. To make way for these, free enquiry must be indulged; and how can we wish others to indulge it while we refuse it ourselves.”

Yet top government officials, including White House mouthpiece Jen Psaki, openly call on all social media outlets, along with old-line corporate media, to ban “misinformation.” Let us be very honest about this, misinformation is the left’s euphemism for information they don’t want out or opinions they want squashed.

Psaki told reporters that any American banned from, say, Facebook (a major public square for free speech) for spreading “misinformation” should be banned from all social media outlets — all of the public squares of today. “You shouldn’t be banned from one platform and not others for providing misinformation out there,” she said. All public squares must be closed to those who disagree with the government. Closed for good. Memory holed.

That is a powerful member of the government calling on the media to spread the government request (so far a request) that the gatekeepers of the public square block and ban information that the government does not want Americans to get. There is plenty of misinformation floating around. There always has been. But a core essential of America’s grand success is that the government was not allowed to determine what was misinformation and what was not because any sentient being should realize that will lead to government censorship in about five seconds.

How does this work? Psaki’s boss, the President of the United States, has openly lied to the American people dozens of times just regarding the Afghanistan fiasco. But of course that is not the misinformation she is talking about. Questioning the innumerable irregularities of the 2020 election is the misinformation she is talking about, and the social media public square along with the corporate media immediately oblige. Reporting Hunter Biden’s laptop that could incriminate the Democrat running for President is misinformation. Reporting on it minimally now that the Democrat President is in the White House is not. This is also true of Covid, masking and vaccines. So epidemiologists at Stanford, MIT and Harvard who question the government’s pronouncements on Covid are literally banned by the public square of social media and mostly by the corporate media — in the same way Hunter’s laptop was and questioning the 2020 election remains — because they do not align with the CDC, which is part of the federal government.

But of course this is the whole crux; just some people are to be banned from the public square. WrongThink people, to use Orwellian terms, will be silenced. By the government. And the media is not just compliant, but act as censors themselves working in league with the government. It’s possible that Jefferson was so worried about the government infringement, rightly so, he never considered that the media would voluntarily give over their First Amendment rights to the government.

Rod Thomson is an author, former journalist, past Salem radio host, ABC TV commentator and is Founder of The Revolutionary Act. Follow him on Parler and Instagram. Like Rod on Facebook.


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Leftists support white supremacy, could learn from Classics

Julio Gonzalez, M.D., J.D.

The American Left continues to shut down mascots and products that celebrate minorities while being fine with those that uphold whites.

From Indians and Redskins to Uncle Ben and Aunt Jemima, the Left clears the aisles, stadiums and airwaves of venerable and wholesome images of black Americans and Native Americans — often without the support of blacks and natives. But these same Leftists are totally find with the Fighting Irish, Celtics, Vikings and Patriots along with every white face in your local grocery store aisle.

Of course they have eschewed history and the classics. Such a shame.

Our modern-day American Left stands much to learn from Greek mythology, specifically Erysichthon’s tragic plight. Erysicthon was a mythological king of the Greek region known as Thessaly who became so overwhelmed by the insatiable hunger cursed upon him by vengeful nymph that he eventually ate himself into oblivion.  The same thing is now happening to the Left, with its insatiable drive to teach white people a lesson.

As Americans, we have witnessed the unnecessary deletion of the word “Redskins” from the still-nameless Washington football team.  Although those few thin-skins who complained about “Redskins” were ostensibly attempting to combat stereotyping, in reality they accomplished the suppression of a celebration of positive qualities Native Americans displayed throughout their proud history.  In naming the team “Redskins” the Washington organization was tapping into the strength, heroism, fierceness and loyalty Native Americans displayed to their land and to each other when confronted with the brutal attacks from the incoming Europeans.  Clearly, Washington did not choose the name as a result of some racist drive, but rather they found something inspirational in the Redskin.  Still, the Left and a band of irrational thin-skins doubled down on America’s troubled history of prejudice bounded to skin color.  No matter how earnestly the Washington apologists made their point, the thin-skins argued the problem was the attention the name brought to our differences in skin color.  

But if the Left’s mission is merely over skin color, then why go after teams named “Indians”?

Hold on to that thought.  

Let’s first review the other slogans and marketing brands upon which the Left has concentrated its efforts.  Due to the Left’s Erysichthonian obsession with all things perceived to be racist, in one felt swoop, it erased the gentle, heart-warming, African-American face of Aunt Jemima from syrup bottles, the very distinguished dark-skinned façade of Uncle Ben from rice boxes, and the absolutely beautiful and untainted appearance of Mia, the Native American Indian woman, from butter boxes.  In each case, the selected brand was meant to bring out positive qualities of the represented group.  Aunt Jemima was a symbol of stability, hospitality, and love. Uncle Ben was an inherently virtuous man who could be trusted.  And Mia was a woman deeply rooted in her land, a symbol of purity and honesty, the same qualities that could be found in the butter she was offering. 

There is only one conclusion to be gleamed from the furious attacks on Indians, Mia, Uncle Ben, and Aunt Jemima:  the Left, in its own racism cannot stand to leave undisturbed symbols of wholesomeness, virtue, and purity emanating from people of color!

Don’t believe me?  Then take a look at the things the Left has left undisturbed.  Why can a team not exalt qualities of resilience and relentlessness of the American Indian while the same qualities are highlighted in Notre Dame’s Fighting Irish?  Is it because the Irish, despite their stubborn embrace of Catholicism, are white? 

How about the Vikings?  They were from the whitest parts of Europe, and they were ruthless and fierce, great qualities for sports team and shared by Atlanta’s Braves, Cleveland’s Indians, and Washington’s Redskins, yet, according to the Left, these qualities are acceptable in Swedes, Norwegians, and Irish, but not in Native Americans.  

How about Boston’s Celtics?  Few greater symbols of whiteness exists than the Celtic tribe inhabiting England and northern Europe that held off Rome, but the Left has no problems with them.

And just in case the Left tries to base its weak defense on a contrived concern over the stereotypical features of ethic groups, one can simply direct it to the caricature of the Irishman in Notre Dame’s logo.  

And why does a team calling itself “Patriots” plaster an image of a colonial white man on its helmets?  Is it saying that only white people can be Patriots? I, for one, would be proud to play under the image of Crispus Attucks, Peter Eastabrook, or a Danbury slave named Adams on my helmet . . . look them up.  

Oh, and no problem with the white Sam Breakstone (even though he was one of the most demanding men alive), Mr. Clean, the Brawny Guy, or Cap’n Crunch.  Somehow, they’re okay, but not Mia, Aunt Jemima, or Uncle Ben.

But so far, I have left untouched the greatest real-world casualty of the Left’s ignorant drive for its self-defined and misguided sense of social justice.  Most assume that the Indians were named in honor of the continent’s original inhabitants.  They would be wrong.  The Cleveland Indians were named in 1915 as a tribute to the then Cleveland Spiders player Louis Sockalexis, the first Native American major league baseball player to play the game and a member of the Penobscot tribe.  Ignorantly, or worse yet, purposely, in trading “Indians” for “Guardians” the Cleveland organization cut the last remaining cryptic tie to the Jackie Robinson of Native Americans-Louis Sockalexis. Which brings up the question, “Guardians” of what?  Cleveland’s baseball team is certainly not the guardian of tradition, history, Native Americans, or even diversity.  Indeed, if it was any of these attributes that Cleveland was guarding, it would have named the team the Cleveland Sockalexians,  which actually has a nice ring to it!  Oh, and by the way, in one last ironic twist of fate, the group that today vociferously celebrates the name change–journalists–is the same group that selected the name “Indians” in 1914!  (seriously, you cannot make this stuff up.)

Our cursory review of the Left’s charge at ethnic and cultural symbols leads to only one inescapable conclusion: to liberals, positive qualities in ethnic groups, symbols, or persons are only acceptable when they are encountered in whites.  If one is black or Native American and displays attributes of virtuousness, wholesomeness, honesty, integrity, strength, vigor, tenacity, or bravery, one’s legacy is to be erased from our nation’s collective consciousness, but if they are encountered in Celts, Vikings, Irish, Britons, or even Cowboys, then celebrate away!

In Greek mythology, so voracious was Erysichthon’s appetite for food that he devoured himself into oblivion.  One can only hope that the Left will do the same today with its craving for cancel culture and mass harassment.

Dr. Julio Gonzalez is an orthopaedic surgeon and lawyer living in Venice, Florida.  He served in the Florida House of Representatives.  He is the author of numerous books including The Federalist Pages, The Case for Free Market Healthcare, and Coronalessons.  He is available for appearances and book signings, and can be reached through www.thefederalistpages.com.

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Earmarks are back and now pork spending is great!

By Rod Thomson

Earmarks are back! And now, the unaccountable chicanery at taxpayer expense is a good thing, according to the unaccountable media. We shouldn’t be surprised. Clearly Washington has the financial responsibility of a 16-year-old with an unlimited credit card from a magic wizard.

Earmarks were those highly unpopular Congressional expenditures where any member of Congress could and did insert their pet spending projects in giant spending bills that no one read. No accountability. It’s how we got the famed “bridge to nowhere” in Alaska.

There had been bipartisan abuse of them running up the taxpayer tab without any real representation for years. Eventually, the American people were disgusted. Media coverage was appropriately savage as it highlighted absurd expenditure after absurd expenditure.

That was then. This is now. In reading a Miami Herald story on how their local members of Congress are playing a role in the return of earmarks, this lead tells a giant story of how far the media partisanship has gone, and the willingness to rewrite history. Journalism today is just cancerously bad.

“Over the last decade, members of Congress have been unable to request federal funds for specific projects in their districts after Republicans banned the practice at the height of the Tea Party wave to curb what conservatives called wasteful spending.

“But now the requests, called earmarks, are back. And two South Florida lawmakers will play an important role in the process, which is competitive. Not every lawmaker will get what they want.”

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Virtually everything in that is wrong. “Unable to request” is 100 percent false. Members have continued to request funds for projects in their district. They just had to do it in the light where the public and voters could see it.

Of course then they tied it to the Tea Party, which the Democrat operative media rank as second to Trump as a negative connection point. But it was bipartisan. The Tea Party merely channeled the anger with it. 

What “conservatives called wasteful spending”? They should have done a google search. Reuters reported: “Soon after House Republicans banned the practice in 2011, the Democratic-led Senate followed suit at the urging of Democratic President Barack Obama. Earmarks have been gone since.”

It was bipartisan because it was obvious that the American people despised it. The Miami Herald’s knee-jerk operatives however, spin it as a Tea Party and conservative move. Doubt that’s what President Obama and the Democrat-run Senate was thinking.

However, what is more alarming than the deceitful media is that the return of the earmarks is a bi-partisan decision to restore. All Democrats wanted the unaccountable pet spending back. And a small majority of Republicans also voted in favor.

To me, all this just says that other than a minority of Republicans, Washington D.C. has totally given up on any sense of controlled spending. Trillions for this Covid bailout, trillions for that one. Trillions more to remake healthcare, trillions more for the new green deal. Hanging on to the earmark ban is just cute at this point.

Does anyone really have any idea what our leaders in D.C. think this end game of infinite spending is? Perhaps enough Americans are getting “free money” that the self-consumed political class doesn’t care.

We used to want to leave the country better off for the next generation than we found it. Along with many other grand ideas, that one appears to be dead.

Rod Thomson is an author, former journalist, past Salem radio host, ABC TV commentator and is Founder of The Revolutionary Act. Follow him on Parler and Instagram. Like Rod on Facebook.


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The Keepers of the Public Square have Betrayed America

By Rod Thomson

Let’s be clear. When Republicans regain majorities in the House and Senate, if they do not redefine Section 203 of the Communications Decency Act more narrowly to strip its protections from Facebook, Twitter and YouTube, it will be a dereliction of duty to the American people and the principles of free speech and truth.

If Section 203 is not the solution, then perhaps anti-trust is. Because these three social media giants legitimately and unarguably are the public square, and their unbounded, one-sided, political censorship cannot continue. Seeing that they collude with the mainstream media and major corporations, it becomes an affront to Americanism and a visible threat to the future of the country as we know it.

After allowing every false story on Russian collusion for more than two years, after allowing every false story on Russian “bounties” on the heads of American soldiers in Afghanistan — the most recent long-running media narrative definitively proven false now — after blocking every true story by the New York Post and other conservative outlets about Hunter Biden’s laptop, Facebook and Instagram have now blocked the Post’s true story on the luxury homes purchased by Black Lives Matter Co-Founder and avowed Marxist, Patrisse Khan-Cullors, in predominantly white neighborhoods. I would link to the fully documented story, but of course Facebook won’t allow it. It’s true and it’s based on public information. So this is just more woke partisanship.

Further, when sports writer Jason Whitlock shared the Post’s story with the tweet, “Black Lives Matter founder buys $1.4 million home in Topanga, which has a black population of 1.4%. She’s with her people!” he was locked out of his account by Twitter. Whitlock was told he had violated Twitter’s rules against publishing private information. When called out on such nonsense — there was no address, just actual public information — Twitter reversed the decision, claiming for the millionth time that it was just an error.

No it wasn’t. These are all on purpose, and that purpose is to help the Democratic Party and its increasing leftward lurch, to pursue a partisan and ideological agenda that is increasingly radical and outside the bounds of mainstream America.

Because BLM is one of the premier activist political organizations in the country, this is a blockbuster story squashed by the major social media outlets who are increasingly not just aligned philosophically, but also in business, with the Democratic Party. We see them getting protection from accountability when Democrats run Congress and they seem to be working hand in hand with other major “American” corporations to oppose election integrity laws, such as Georgia’s — which is less restrictive than New York’s and Joe Biden’s Delaware to name a couple and to show that none of this is about voter rights.

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The examples go on and on. Because social media is overtly acting as an arm of the Democrat communications establishment, just as the mainstream media has for years.

This partisanship cannot be defended by Section 203, which is meant to hold websites harmless for what readers or viewers put in comment sections. Mostly, it was designed for “interactive web sites” where third-party users might post defamatory information on a website, such as a comment section, and the website could not be held liable for that. Sometimes the analogy is made that the way it works in practice is like more benign information carriers, such as Verizon or AT&T, who are not held liable for everything from slander, or child porn or terrorist planning using their networks. 

Of course, the phone carriers don’t block political conservatives for violating nebulous “community standards.” They don’t keep Republicans from using their services to help Democrats, or vice versa.

It’s this “comments” protection that social media uses as a shield by counting every post as a comment from a third-party, which of course it is. And comments are moderated on news sites, mostly for language or indecent pictures, but also other purposes. But even the largest news websites are barely a blip compared to the social media giants.

Yahoo News and Google News are the biggest by monthly users, according to Statista, but a big part of that is because people have those auto-set as their homepage. If you remove those outliers, the three biggest are the Huffington Post (110 million unique monthly users) CNN (95 million) and the New York Times (70 million.)

By comparison, Facebook has 2.8 billion monthly active users. It also has 1.84 billion daily visitors. YouTube has 2 billion monthly users and Twitter has 330 million, but interestingly, it is the darling of the media and political class.

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You can see how these three social media sites dwarf traditional media, and form a de facto public square. That should change the knee-jerk defense of “a private business can do what it wants”  — said frequently by people who rarely suggest that same defense in a plethora of other situations for private businesses — because that is not true in a thousand different ways. A private business cannot be a monopoly. It cannot deny service based on race, ethnicity, gender, sexual preference and so on. It cannot hire or fire based on that criterion. And now, apparently, cannot not make a cake for a gay wedding. So that argument is weak gruel and clearly hypocritical.

But the media does not have those 203 protections. They can be as biased or partisan as they want under the First Amendment, but they are also liable for the content that they create. So they can be sued for liable and slander and so on.

Yet in practice, the social media companies operate prima facie much more like the media than they do a comments section of a website or Verizon. This is critical because treating them like the media destroys their entire model. Every photo and story that the media publish from other media such as Reuters or AP or any other source, the media outlet pays for. If social media had to pay for every such usage they would be bankrupt in a week. Or they would have to block billions of users from sharing any copyrighted stories and photos. Completely unsustainable.

The social media companies say that their entire business is akin to a comments section, so they should be afforded the Section 203 protections. Indeed, this is where, I think, a Republican Congress needs to re-work the Section 203 — or another legal angle I do not see — to ensure that a cabal of three companies does not control the vast majority of arguably the most important industry in America: Information.

The comments section on a newspaper site is so paltry as to pose no threat to the public square. Not so with social media. The most glaring example of the power they wield is this data point: A post election survey found that 17 percent of Biden voters would not have voted for him if they knew about the Hunter Biden laptop and the implications in it. If those polled answered truthfully, that alone would have been a landslide for Trump. That one case, and the obvious collusion among all of the social media and mainstream to block out a truthful story, apparently swung a presidential election.

That cannot be allowed to continue.

The New York Post article that BLM leader Cullors purchased “four high-end homes for $3.2 million” in the United States since 2016 is only meant as another example of the ongoing closing of the public square by social media. This cannot be allowed to stand in a nation that can only thrive on robust and free debates.

Rod Thomson is an author, former journalist, past Salem radio host, ABC TV commentator and is Founder of The Revolutionary Act. Follow him on Parler and Instagram. Like Rod on Facebook.


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Poll: Florida Governor DeSantis Far More Popular Than The Media

By Rod Thomson

A new poll has found that Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis is enjoying overwhelming public approval among Floridians regarding his year-long handling of Covid and the vaccine distribution. The media? Not so much.

Cygnal, a less well-known firm that the New York Times called the most accurate polling firm in 2018 and which had the highest number of correct Congressional projections in 2020, conducted a survey of 800 likely general election voters in Florida. Considering the unrelenting, Democrat-operative attack media in Florida and nationally over the past year, the results are stunning.

The statewide Cygnal survey conducted April 8-11, 2021, shows that DeSantis is viewed favorably by a substantial number of likely voters. He is +17 among uninformed voters but +25 among informed voters. So the more a voter knows the issues, the more likely that they approve of the Governor. (I suspect this dynamic of more issue knowledge translating into higher approval is true of Republicans in general.) But even casual voters give him strong approval. Meanwhile, the poll found that the mainstream media has a negative approval rating of -14.

DeSantis’ handling of the Covid virus has even higher approval among Floridians than President Biden’s handling — 60 percent for DeSantis and 58 percent for Biden, while former President Trump’s stood at 49 percent. 

A whopping 72 percent of Florida voters in the poll said they approve of the state’s vaccine distribution. Seventy-four percent of voters said they approve of DeSantis’ decision to prioritize the elderly and vaccinate seniors first; 72 percent approve of making Florida one of the first states where anyone over 18 can get a vaccine; and 58 percent approve of keeping the economy open throughout the year of Covid when most states locked down for a short or long period. 

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The last one was one of his most controversial decisions, and one the media slammed him on repeatedly. Likely a poll six months ago would not have been as positive, but the data is incontrovertible now and Florida voters see it, even if the media is reluctant.

As someone who firsthand watches the Florida media savage Gov. DeSantis in blatantly unfair, opposition operative ways — 60 Minutes is hardly alone in that respect, they just got nailed because of the video and a couple of brave Democrats stepping up to call them out — it is particularly heartening to see how many Floridians distrust the media and rightly approve of the DeSantis decisions that the media assailed.

The survey has a margin of error of 3.46 percent.

Rod Thomson is an author, former journalist, past Salem radio host, ABC TV commentator and is Founder of The Revolutionary Act. Follow him on Parler and Instagram. Like Rod on Facebook.


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The Media, Democrats And Social Media Teaming To Damage Ron DeSantis

By Rod Thomson

Florida Governor Ron DeSantis has gained tremendous popularity among conservatives nationwide with his deft handling of the COVID pandemic, personal freedoms, open-for-business attitude and almost Trumpian willingness to fight against the establishment and elitist wisdom but with a Harvard-trained communications ability.

As such, he has been under relentless attack by the Democrat media, seen most obviously when comparing the attack dog media coverage of DeSantis to the lap dog media coverage of New York Gov. Andrew Coumo — a governor that has done a much worse job by every single measurement.

But as DeSantis ramps up for his 2022 re-election campaign, and perhaps eyeing a 2024 run for the White House, the media has become that special combination of hilarious, jaw-dropping and nauseating. The past few days have been a perfect example.

With Florida’s large elderly population, and the elderly by far the most vulnerable to the virus, DeSantis has targeted the 65 and older crowd, along with health care workers, as the top priority.

He’s done it in partnership with hundreds of Publix pharmacies and other pharmacies around the state, state-run distribution sites and unique three-day pop-up clinics to pinpoint smaller areas being missed. These pop-up clinics are aimed at elderly communities with high demand but lower saturation of vaccines. This is actually quite brilliant management, and has been held at mobile home parks, minority communities, The Villages, and so on. DeSantis goes to nearly every one, spreading the word. And it’s smart politics.

Well Tuesday, a pop-up clinic was held in Lakewood Ranch in Manatee County, just another of more than a dozen held without much media comment — until the media attack dogs found an angle to go after DeSantis, and the salivating howling began.

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The Bradenton Herald, knowing the demographic makeup of Lakewood Ranch, ran the first story under the headline: “More COVID vaccine coming to Manatee. Only residents of these two zip codes can get it” Well, yes. That’s because they are aimed at specific communities.

The second attack dog, the Orlando Sentinel, picked up the assault, running the specific racial demographics for the zip codes. The result?

Headline: “DeSantis defends his choice of wealthy senior community for pop-up vaccine site”

Lead: A testy Gov. Ron DeSantis blew off criticism Wednesday that the state’s latest pop-up COVID-19 vaccine site was limited to residents of wealthy neighborhoods in Manatee County, including a senior community with family ties to a major DeSantis donor.

Can’t imagine why he’s testy. Not to be outdone, Politico Florida, had their beer held and also ran the wealth data for the zip codes, and one upped the Herald and Sentinel Democrat operatives. The result?

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Headline: “DeSantis defends opening vaccine pop-up site in affluent, mostly white community”

Lead: Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis traveled Wednesday to an affluent, mostly white community in Manatee County to tout a pop-up vaccination site he said would make it easier for seniors there to get the shot.

(I’ve chosen not to link to the stories because I don’t want to drive traffic to these Democrat operative sites. However, if you want to read the screeds, just Google and headline and site and you will easily find the stories.)

Of course, there are more than 20 sites in Manatee County where people can get vaccines. And nationally, everyone is grappling with low vaccine rates among black Americans, which is in part because of the Tuskegee-driven distrust of vaccines, and a heightened sense of non-existent “systemic racism.”  

No matter, it was another opportunity to attack DeSantis. The story has been picked up and run by newspapers across the nation, as the media worked in tandem to drive the story.

Then social media kicked in, and the hashtag #DeathSantis is trending as this is written. Of course, no fact checks or blocking there, just the full tripod of Democrats, media and social media working together to damage a leading Republican.

The irony is that the Florida vaccine rollout is going very well and Florida’s declining numbers continue to outperform the national average and other large states. By a lot. Florida is thriving under DeSantis’ leadership like no blue state. Therefore, DeSantis is a racist. Same old playbook. And not divisive at all.

Rod Thomson is an author, former journalist, past Salem radio host, ABC TV commentator and is Founder of The Revolutionary Act. Follow him on Parler and Instagram. Like Rod on Facebook.


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The Capitol Riot And The Reichstag Fire: American Leftists And Nazis

By Rod Thomson

The history of the Reichstag fire and how it was used by the early German Nazis to crack down on their primary political opponents, German Communists, is eerily illustrative of the Capitol riot and following days.

The Reichstag was the building in which the German Diet, it’s parliament or Congress at the time, met before World War II. It was the Capitol building equivalent.

In 1933, as the Nazis were trying to consolidate their power, a fire destroyed a large part of the building. It was just the work of a handful of provocateurs, or possibly just one Dutchman. But the Nazis seized the opportunity and immediately began suspending civil liberties and cracking down on the German Communists.

The Reichstag fire and crackdown on political opponents was just weeks after Adolf Hitler won election as Chancellor of Germany. The Capitol riot and crackdown on political opponents was just weeks after Democrats won elections controlling Washington.

The Nazis did not crack down on the Communists in response to the fire. They had been wanting to eliminate the Communist voices for a while and they seized the Reichstag fire as the opportunity to do it.

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As Wikipedia rightly explains: “The Nazi Party used the fire as a pretext to claim that communists were plotting against the German government, which made the fire pivotal in the establishment of Nazi Germany.” 

FYI, turned out that the Nazi claim that the Communists were plotting against the German government was a lie. But truth doesn’t matter when an opportunity presents itself. This maxim was explained by Barack Obama’s Chief of Staff Rahm Emmanuel, who, during the Great Recession in 2008, said “You never want a serious crisis to go to waste. And what I mean by that is an opportunity to do things that you think you could not do before.”

The American left in the media and Silicon tech oligarchs have been wanting to silence conservatives and Trump supporters for years now. They had slowly been banning the right from media platforms. There are very few token conservatives in mainstream news pages, and virtually no Trump supporters among hundreds and hundreds of opinionators. Monolithic. Social media had been de-platforming the outside edges of the movement and shadowbanning many who are in the mainstream of the right. It was a slow strangle.

But the Capitol riots presented the Reichstag opportunity to go for the jugular, starting with the stunning cutting off of the President of the United States from directly communicating with Americans, followed by deleting dozens of right-wing accounts and culminating with the complete take down of Parler. There is no way to believe this was not coordinated among the tech oligarchs who had to know they would be free to do so with Democrats in control now.

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The speed and coordination of this silencing by the American left would have been appreciated by the Nazis, though of course they would have gone further with violence.

In a short time after the Reichstag, the Communists were destroyed as a Nazi political opponent — killed, imprisoned or fleeing. Few on the American left advocate violence at this point, but silencing political opposition has been a necessary step of every authoritarian takeover.

The authoritarianism of the American left is on full marching display. Anyone who cannot see it simply does not want to, or is part of it. The left crushes dissent on religion, Trump support, election questioning, mis-gendering, support for Israel, immigration, and so on. They want to control and limit Americans’ most basic freedoms, and it appears they now have the means to.

When Germany, France, Norway, Australia, Mexico and the Russian opposition all condemn the social media silencing of the United States President and worry about their own free speech violating the whims of Silicon tech oligarchs, you know American Democrats are out of touch with basic American liberties. The deadly wrong side of history.

Those who are merely concerned about this moment, are not awake. If you are not angry and frightened, you are not awake. As the good German who was not a Nazi but looked away as things devolved, and the good Russian who was not a Stalinist, but looked the other way, there are too many good Americans looking the other way.

History will repeat itself in some fashion if we don’t see this dire threat. It already is under way.

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The Final Attacks On Trump Are Aimed At Trump Supporters

By Rod Thomson

President Trump’s remarks last Thursday were everything anyone could want out of an American President following Wednesday’s Capitol mob. As presidential as presidential comes, as have been his following statements. Exactly what the coastal media glitterati have been clamoring for.

But it doesn’t mean a wit to the Democrat leaders and media howling for Trump’s head since November 2016, who even with only 12 days left in his presidency are screaming at the sky for impeachment or the 25th Amendment, completely out of touch with reality and certainly disconnected from what would be good for America. Healing? Please. What Democrat leaders ultimately still want is submission. Submission from Trump supporters. Submission from Republicans. Deleting President Trump’s personal Twitter and Facebook accounts started the wave of purges of conservatives on censor media platforms.

What is driving all of this is what is key. Sure, there is vitriolic hatred of Trump. But it always has been, and remains, a growing, deep disdain for the America that Trump and the emerging GOP represents. Working Americans. Middle class Americans. Traditionalist Americans. Religious Americans. Non-college Americans. Skilled trades Americans. Flyover Americans. Deplorables, in a word.

I know there are exceptions to this among my Democrat and media friends. And I still have many of both, though our divisions increase the strain and the tribalism. But those exceptions are among basic voters who are Democrat, not the hard-core Democrat and leadership. As it pertains to Democrat leadership in Washington, D.C., in the media, in academia, in Hollywood, in public education, in the permanent bureaucratic state.

It was the Democrat leadership in Congress that officially changed House rules to the most idiotic form of woke speech, eliminating all genders and replacing them with vomitous nonsense. From Aunt Mary to Parent’s Sibling Mary and so on. It was the same leadership that brought in a man who ended the opening Congressional session prayer with amen and awomen. My rank-and-file Democrat friends agreed those were stupid and wrong. But my friends are not Democratic leaders.

It’s the same leadership that still wants to institute the Green New Deal, which is a fantasy that would turn to a dystopian nightmare. Sheer insanity, unhinged from reality. This is not about tax rates or health care coverage or level of military spending or even abortion; those traditional differences between right and left. This is something terribly different from the Democratic Party.

That’s why the Democrat direction is more and more frequently associated with radical elitists, not regular Democrats, certainly not old-line Democrats. Trump represented the opposite of those elitist interests — and they despised him because of those he represents. “They” in this case are an amalgamation of the extremists like AOC, the power-crazed like Nancy Pelosi, the dishonest media and the entrenched permanent staters protecting their turf, such as James Comey and Andrew McCabe.

So the culmination at the Capitol is blamed by all those folks solely on Trump. But while his incautious language on the day of the event was not helpful, it was obviously not incitement. The reaction is so much bigger than Trump, and growing. But the incalculably damaging actions of a handful last week will allow Democrats and the media to ignore the underlying dynamic. 

Trump realized it is bigger than him with his speech following the mob actino, which was pitch perfect and needed. But it is irrelevant because in the end, as we will see in coming months and years, it was never about Trump in the end. He was just the willing lightning rod.

None of the “elites” have made any attempt to understand what the hundreds of thousands of peaceful demonstrators last week represented. By Democrats and the media focusing on the few who acted illegally and should be prosecuted, just like BLM and Antifa should be — people that Democrats frequently defended — they will perpetuate the two Americas. Maybe that is actually what they want. I doubt it is what most Democrats want. I know it is not what Republicans want. But perhaps open warfare on the supporters of their political opponents is precisely their goal.

Learning no lessons, making no attempt to understand, will doom us to deepening the divides and repeating this terrible dynamic with worse and worse outcomes. Because they are not seeking unity or reconciliation in any way other than complete submission.

Rod Thomson is an author, former journalist, past Salem radio host, ABC TV commentator and is Founder of The Revolutionary Act. Follow him on Parler and Instagram. Like Rod on Facebook.


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The New York Times Ignoring The Swalwell Scandal Explains The Problem

By Rod Thomson

When we talk about America increasingly becoming two nations, it’s not about race or income, it’s about competing information silos that have been driven by the media choosing to be the silo for one worldview and political side instead of fair, neutral information sources that can fuel the debates between worldviews. Race and income are simply topics within the separate silos.

The New York Times is the primary example of this as the nation’s most influential mainstream media organ. Most newspapers in some fashion follow the lead of the Times, giving it outsized influence beyond its gigantic digital presence. The Time’s coverage, or lack thereof, of the U.S. Rep. Eric Swalwell scandal is an example of the daily fueling of the competing information silos that it participates in, even leads in.

Swalwell had a long relationship, probably intimate, with a Chinese spy called Fang Fang. These are not right-wing accusations. These are known facts from the FBI investigation of the spy. The FBI informed Swalwell about her and the California Congressman said he ended it immediately. But Swalwell led the charge against Trump on Russian collusion — from the House Intelligence Committee. That committee requires high clearance and gets high-level, classified documents.

This is a pretty big scandal, and once upon a time it would have been a juicy one. Swalwell ran for President and has been all over mainstream media news channels. This all has broken over the past month or so. But as is seen with the screenshot of a search for the number of New York Times stories on it in the past month, the media is ignoring it.

The newspaper that fancies itself as reporting “all the news that’s fit to print” found no news worth printing of a Chinese Communist spy sleeping with a high-level Congressman on the House Intelligence Committee. 

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This is prima facia a major scandal from a high-profile member of Congress with a big juicy twist of hypocrisy, and the Times finds no news fit to print. In a very measurable way, there is actually more truth to the Swalwell scandal than to the literally thousands of stories the old gray lady did on Trump Russia collusion. The latter covered breathlessly never happened. The former is ongoing and remains ignored. This is, after all, what you would expect from Democrat communications operatives.

Most conservatives know about Swalwell’s Chinese spy scandal, because conservative media has been covering it. Readers of the Times? Nope. And so we have the two information silos driving Americans further apart based on information. If we live in a time of information warfare, this is certainly part of it.

The competing silos continue to feed the impossibility of having discussions or debates between right and left because both are operating from different sets of information. There is no common language of information to form discussions. It’s just a rat-a-tat-tat of righties firing off from our information silo and lefties firing off from theirs, and both assuming the other side is completely ignorant.

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The fault for this mess falls squarely on the mainstream media, which, having abdicated all responsible coverage of events, simply cannot be trusted. They occasionally do some good stories, but they do a lot of Trump-Russia and non-Swalwell type reporting

So on any given day, you simply cannot trust them to be giving you the information you need. You can trust them to give you the Democratic talking points. Both sides can trust in that part. So if you’re a solid Democrat, they feed what you want to hear. If you’re a solid Republican, you recognize them as Democrat communication operatives.

And so more and more, the two Americas cannot even talk to each other.

Rod Thomson is an author, former journalist, past Salem radio host, ABC TV commentator and is Founder of The Revolutionary Act. Follow him on Parler and Instagram. Like Rod on Facebook.


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China’s Facial Recognition AI Targeting Uighurs IS The Gestapo

By Rod Thomson

We’re hearing Gestapo thrown around a lot lately. It’s almost as though the legions of easily-propagandized ignorants wore out the constant mis-use of Nazi, Fascist and Hitler. Most of the Gestapo iterations of this are complete nonsense. 

Most. Not all. The Chinese Communist government’s police state apparatus is the modern day equivalent of the Gestapo. A report leaked to the Washington Post shows that the Chinese Communist government has tested, and is presumably using, AI facial recognition software developed by Huawei to identify the Muslim ethnic minority of Uighurs and alert police — read, Gestapo. The Post story reports:

“The Chinese tech giant Huawei has tested facial recognition software that could send automated “Uighur alarms” to government authorities when its camera systems identify members of the oppressed minority group, according to an internal document that provides further details about China’s artificial-intelligence surveillance regime.

“A document signed by Huawei representatives — discovered by the research organization IPVM and shared exclusively with The Washington Post — shows that the telecommunications firm worked in 2018 with the facial recognition start-up Megvii to test an artificial-intelligence camera system that could scan faces in a crowd and estimate each person’s age, sex and ethnicity. If the system detected the face of a member of the mostly Muslim minority group, the test report said, it could trigger a ‘Uighur alarm’ — potentially flagging them for police in China, where members of the group have been detained en masse as part of a brutal government crackdown.”

Make no mistake. This is a high-tech yellow star, except instead of being physically pinned on Jews, it is digitally affixed to Uighurs — or those unfortunate enough to look Uighur. The Chinese government is on a determined genocidal mission to exterminate this minority as it continues to boot stomp other minorities and dissenters. The Chinese government is, at this point, the largest source of organized evil actions in the world.

President Trump broke with 40 years of American acquiescence to Chinese cruelty, expansionism, technology and patent theft, trade cheating and spying on U.S. companies and governments, all in return for cheap manufacturing labor. It had been a Faustian bargain for the U.S., particularly middle class, blue collar workers, innovators and patent-holders. Americans and the rest of the world had been paying for it.

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Trump was right to call out China, launch the trade wars that were bearing the fruit of better deals, push back on the expansionism and cut Huawei out of providing the U.S. 5G hardware. This latest revelation could hardly have made it more clear. He also unapologetically referred to them as Communists, which they are in repressive actions on a par with the Soviets.

But it looks like Trump will be leaving the White House and his successor, Joe Biden, has a frighteningly comfortable history dealing with the Chinese and quite possibly personally profiting from doing it. Biden has said he believes that a stronger China is good for the world — a mind-numbingly naive, or corrupt, take on this tyranny — and intends to roll back many of Trump’s policies dealing with this international scourge.

You can almost picture a mildly clueless Joe Biden standing in for another mildy clueless Western leader, Neville Chamberlain. After meeting with Herr Hitler in 1939, Chamberlain/Biden waive a piece of paper declaring peace in our times. It was a rueful mistake then, and it is a rueful one now. The devil’s due is frightful to consider.

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There had been some bipartisan support developing for stronger dealings with China than pre-Trump, but given the level of Trump animosity that has left much of American progressivism incapable of rational thought, and Biden’s predilection to go soft on the Beijing killers, there is a real threat that once again they will be loosed.

An aggressively expansionist, spying everywhere China and a nuclearized Iran — another distinct possibility under Biden unless Israel militarily intervenes — would create a much more dangerous world than Biden is inheriting from Trump.

Rod Thomson is an author, former journalist, past Salem radio host, ABC TV commentator and is Founder of The Revolutionary Act. Like Rod on Facebook.


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