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The Year in which Comforting American Myths Were Ravaged

This article was originally published by James Bovard at The American Institute for Economic Research. 

Thanks in large part to Covid lockdowns, this year has left vast wreckage in its wake, with ten million jobs lost, more than 100,000 businesses and dozens of national chains bankrupted or closed. Up to 40 million people could face eviction in the coming months for failing to pay rent, and Americans report that their mental health is at record low levels. But the casualty list for 2020 must also include many of the political myths that shape Americans’ lives.

Perhaps the biggest myth to die this year was that Americans’ constitutional rights are safeguarded by the Bill of Rights. After the Covid-19 pandemic began, governors in state after state effectively placed scores of millions of citizens under house arrest – dictates that former Attorney General Bill Barr aptly compared to “the greatest intrusion on civil liberties” since the end of slavery. Politicians and government officials merely had to issue decrees, which were endlessly amended, in order to destroy citizens’ freedom of movement, freedom of association, and freedom of choice in daily life. Los Angeles earlier this month banned almost all walking and bicycling in the city, ordering four million people to “to remain in their homes” in a futile effort to banish a virus.

The Rule of Law is another myth impaled by 2020’s dire developments. Courts have repeatedly struck down sweeping restrictions. Federal judge William Stickman IV invalidated some of Pennsylvania’s restrictions in a September ruling: “Broad population-wide lockdowns are such a dramatic inversion of the concept of liberty in a free society as to be nearly presumptively unconstitutional.” After the Michigan Supreme Court effectively labeled Governor Gretchen Whitmer a lawless dictator, she responded by issuing “new COVID-19 emergency orders that are nearly identical to her invalidated emergency orders,” as the Mackinac Center noted. How many governors and mayors have you seen on the television news being led away in handcuffs after their arrest for violating citizens’ rights this year? None.

Another myth that 2020 obliterated was the notion that politicians spending more than a hundred billion dollars every year for science and public health would keep Americans safe.

The Centers for Disease Control utterly botched the initial testing regime, sending out bogus tests to state and local health departments and taking a month and a half to do what the Thai government achieved in one day. The Food and Drug Administration helped turn the coronavirus from deadly peril into a national catastrophe. Long after foreign nations had been ravaged and many cases had been detected in America, the FDA continued blocking private testing. The FDA continued forcing the nation’s most innovative firms to submit to its command-and-control approach, notwithstanding the pandemic.

The benevolence and compassion of public school teachers was another myth that 2020 obliterated. Teacher unions helped barricade school doors the same way that segregationist governors in the 1950s and 1960s refused to obey federal court orders to admit black students. The Chicago Teachers Union proclaimed: “The push to reopen schools is based in sexism, racism, and misogyny.”

Black and Hispanic students suffered much larger learning losses due to school shutdowns, leading former Education Secretary John King to warn of a “lost generation of students.” Despite a deluge of studies that showed that schools posed little risk of fueling the pandemic, teachers insisted that they were entitled to both their salaries and to stay at home as long as they considered necessary.

This was part of the collapse of the broader myth that the rulers and ruled have common interests. Among other splits, the response to the pandemic divided Americans into those who work for a living, and those who “work” for the government. Government employees in most states and at the federal level have been the Untouchables, continuing to draw full pay even when they were no longer even required to show up for work. One exception to this trend is government tax collectors, who continue commandeering as much as ever from citizens and property owners regardless of the collapse in public services in many places this year.

Another myth that perished in 2020 was that social media and the Internet could be a powerful propellant of free information. Instead, the biggest players pulled the most strings to suppress criticisms or dissent from the latest Covid policies promulgated by officialdom. On March 18, Twitter announced that, in response to Covid-19, it would ban tweets guilty of “denial of expert guidance” or “misleading content purporting to be from experts or authorities.”

The World Health Organization initially overestimated the Covid fatality rate by 50-fold but they remain Twitter-approved. Facebook recently launched far more aggressive policies, including directly contacting anyone who liked or commented on a piece that was later ruled erroneous by Facebook guardians and is refusing any ads that discourage people from getting vaccinations. Will they ban WHO’s chief scientist Soumya Swaminathan for declaring on Monday that there was “no evidence to be confident [vaccine] shots prevent transmission” of Covid? Google sought to suppress any doubts about lockdowns: “Most users in English-speaking countries, when they google ‘Great Barrington Declaration’, will not be directed to the declaration itself but to articles that are critical of the declaration,” a Spiked-Online analysis noted.

This year’s presidential election put a helluva dent in the credo that politicians rule with the “consent of the governed.” The pandemic provided the pretext to radically change voting procedures, spurring 65 million mostly unverified mail-in ballots. The New York Times warned in 2012 that “fraud in voting by mail is… vastly more prevalent than the in-person voting fraud that has attracted far more attention.” Many states solved that problem by “defining down fraud” and expunging the verification procedures previously used to routinely invalidate 20% or more of mailed-in ballots. The controversies around mail-in ballots, questionable software, ballot harvesting, and other practices mean that a record number of Americans will doubt Joe Biden’s legitimacy even before he takes his oath of office.

Perhaps the saddest casualty of 2020 is the myth that average Americans cherish their personal freedom. Politicians continually shifted the rationale for lockdowns – from flattening the curve, to ending “community spread,” to reducing cases to near zero. Regardless of the proclaimed rationale, most people submitted without a fight, and usually without even a whimper. Politicians and bureaucrats fanned mass fears which quickly ripened into hatred of anyone who did not comply with the latest edict.

States and cities across the country set up snitch lines that were soon deluged with complaints of people outside without a mask, meeting friends, or having more visitors in their homes than could fit in a phone booth. Many, if not most, people quickly acquiesced to the “new normal” where any government hack who recited the phrase “science and data” became entitled to rule their lives with an iron fist.

As the Harvard International Review warned, “The very methods that liberal democracies are currently using to effectively fight the virus are the same tactics that authoritarian leaders use to dominate their people. The tools that have been temporarily deployed in the fight against a once-in-a-lifetime disease may become permanent.” That was written on May 23, more than 15 million Covid cases ago – proof of the failure of lockdowns and pervasive restrictions to make Covid-19 vanish. But the miserable batting average of officialdom will vanish into the Memory Hole if politicians launch a campaign to make Covid vaccinations mandatory, complete with boundless vilification of anyone who balks at the injection.

Perhaps it has long been a myth that we live in a self-governing republic rather than a Leviathan Democracy where citizens merely make cameo appearances every few years at the voting booth. It is still possible that the catastrophic and pointless losses imposed by Covid crackdowns will finally awaken enough people to their growing subjugation. But the most dangerous myth is that Americans will finally become safe after they cease making any efforts to leash their rulers.

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MAN THE SHIPS: TRUMP WAGES PSYCHOLOGICAL WAR!

This article was contributed by Tom Beck with Portfolio Wealth Global. 

America elected an NYC-based real estate shark to the office of President. WHAT DID YOU think would happen? This is a person who had to fight for everything and go into boxing matches with BARE KNUCKLES in order to get deals done.

People like Donald Trump aren’t apologetic, and one either DIGS THIS WHOLEHEARTEDLY or absolutely can’t stand the SIGHT OF HIM.

His doctrine won’t change, not now, not one month before elections. He is going to stick with what BROUGHT HIM HERE, to the highest office a man can hold for the past 80 years – that of Commander-in-Chief – and he’s going to take it TO TWITTER with all he’s got.

On the way, he’s going to CHALLENGE YOU with his ferociousness, and his confidence boosts.

If there’s an ULTIMATE LESSON to learn from the way he conducts himself, it is that ambition is contagious.

Trump’s supporters treat him more like a celebrity than anything else.

When I say that he is waging warfare on your mind, I don’t mean it in a vicious or evil way, but as a CASE STUDY.

Take a step back and learn from this; it’s a great experiment in self-promotion, governance, and the American atmosphere of 2020.

If he wins, even with half the country and the media HATING ON HIM, take that as a huge lesson in pursuing things in life, NO MATTER how many people tell you it’s wrong, impossible, stupid, or otherwise.

You’ll never rise to greatness, fearing criticism. Every major decision I’ve ever made was seen as outrageous by someone CLOSE TO ME.

Trump has built a wall with Mexico, waged a tariffs war with China, met with North Korea’s dictator, shut down the government and ordered the elimination of Iranian terrorists and of ISIS’ founder, all in one term.

Covid-19 has made him the target of GLOBAL SCRUTINY, so the polls have him trailing, which I tend to believe is true this time, but don’t think this is over by any STRETCH of the IMAGINATION.

Americans are about to enter a great psychological experiment and we shall see if the Trump campaign can’t pull off another last-minute reversal.

Know this: open-mindedness is the TRUE KEY to winning in 2020. I get sent videos of JEFF GUNDLACH, the bond king, who has become quite popular, three times a week.

He keeps warning of a SEVERE RECESSION and testing the MARCH LOWS; I keep looking at our Watch Lists (1, 2, 3, and 4) and the ENORMOUS GAINS we’ve made and keep making. I pity people who have “stayed liquid,” not understanding that the reset has ALREADY OCCURRED.

March was the GREATEST BEAR MARKET ever; there isn’t going to be a second one; we’re in recovery mode and this pandemic is GETTING DEFEATED, by way of herd immunity, social distancing, and for those who will dare to take it, a vaccine.

Focus on the future; keep a FLEXIBILITY ABOUT YOU, since following just one idea, just one script, IS WRONG.

I rest my case.

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George Floyd Had COVID-19 in April & Killer Cop’s Neighbors Thought He Was A Real Estate Agent

To anyone who has been paying attention, this shouldn’t come as a shock.  Mainstream media outlets are now reporting that George Floyd had COVID-19. He apparently tested positive back in April.

According to a report by the New York Post, Dr. Andrew Baker, the chief medical examiner at Hennepin County said that the coronavirus was not a factor in Floyd’s death. (Obviously. We saw it.  It was murder.) “Since … positivity for [COVID-19] can persist for weeks after the onset and resolution of clinical disease, the autopsy result most likely reflects asymptomatic but persistent … positivity from previous infection,” Baker wrote in the report, which was released Wednesday with the permission of Floyd family.

The full 20-page report maintains that Floyd’s death was a homicide and that he died when his heart stopped while officer Derek Chauvin compressed his neck in the widely viewed video of his arrest.

Floyd’s family had conducted an independent autopsy that was released this week and it claimed the cause of death was different. But it was still homicide. Floyd’s death was caused by asphyxia from both neck and back compression due to the weight fellow officer Thomas Lane pressed on his abdomen.

The medical examiner’s office’s findings included “other significant conditions” of Floyd’s such as heart disease, fentanyl intoxication, and recent methamphetamine use. These details were released in the initial report that angered Floyd’s family attorney, Benjamin Crump. Crump said the inclusion of those conditions, which were not ruled to be a factor in his death in either autopsy, was an attempt to assassinate Floyd’s character ahead of the officers’ trials.

As far as the “killer cop” goes, his neighbors had no idea he was even a cop. They thought he was a real estate agent.

How interesting that the mainstream media is leaving this part out. Perhaps it was all just a psyop.  Perhaps it was to incite violence and bring in the troops fro martial law. Many Americans are now seeing “wartime” military in their hometowns under President Donald Trump.

It’s also the police that have supplied the rioters with bricks.  There’s a lot of people still siding with the government and looking for ruler to dictate their lives, but it’s time to wake up.  You are being played. We all are.  You can hate the messenger all you want, but it doesn’t change what’s happening.

The coronavirus lost it’s fear factor when people started to wake up to what the government was doing and the ruling class needed a different crisis.  They couldn’t get martial law after they impoverished the masses, so on to the next crisis.  It’s probably going to be one thing after another now until we either wake up and break free or end up in chains we’ll never get out of.

There are also people being paid to disrupt peaceful protests. George Soros has paid agitators for years. This isn’t new information. The mainstream media is desperately trying to keep ahold of the official narrative on this crisis too. We have to start lifting the veil and looking beyond. We’ve been conditioned our whole life to not question “authority” and they are telling us not to now.  Or what? They’ll label you a “conspiracy theorist” and “antisemitic.” 

You can argue about the definitions of words all you want. But their structure remains the same. The word “government” can be split into two words: 1. (guvernare) meaning “to control” and 2. (mens or mentis) meaning “mind.” SO GOVERNMENT MEANS “TO CONTROL THE MIND.” Arguing about how much control others should have over our minds is not a solution. The solution is to start thinking for yourself and stop letting them control you.

Pay attention and stop allowing the media and the government to tell you what to think. Look into things and figure out the difference between right and wrong on your own.

 

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George Floyd Had COVID-19 in April & Killer Cop’s Neighbors Thought He Was A Real Estate Agent

To anyone who has been paying attention, this shouldn’t come as a shock.  Mainstream media outlets are now reporting that George Floyd had COVID-19. He apparently tested positive back in April.

According to a report by the New York Post, Dr. Andrew Baker, the chief medical examiner at Hennepin County said that the coronavirus was not a factor in Floyd’s death. (Obviously. We saw it.  It was murder.) “Since … positivity for [COVID-19] can persist for weeks after the onset and resolution of clinical disease, the autopsy result most likely reflects asymptomatic but persistent … positivity from previous infection,” Baker wrote in the report, which was released Wednesday with the permission of Floyd family.

The full 20-page report maintains that Floyd’s death was a homicide and that he died when his heart stopped while officer Derek Chauvin compressed his neck in the widely viewed video of his arrest.

Floyd’s family had conducted an independent autopsy that was released this week and it claimed the cause of death was different. But it was still homicide. Floyd’s death was caused by asphyxia from both neck and back compression due to the weight fellow officer Thomas Lane pressed on his abdomen.

The medical examiner’s office’s findings included “other significant conditions” of Floyd’s such as heart disease, fentanyl intoxication, and recent methamphetamine use. These details were released in the initial report that angered Floyd’s family attorney, Benjamin Crump. Crump said the inclusion of those conditions, which were not ruled to be a factor in his death in either autopsy, was an attempt to assassinate Floyd’s character ahead of the officers’ trials.

As far as the “killer cop” goes, his neighbors had no idea he was even a cop. They thought he was a real estate agent.

How interesting that the mainstream media is leaving this part out. Perhaps it was all just a psyop.  Perhaps it was to incite violence and bring in the troops fro martial law. Many Americans are now seeing “wartime” military in their hometowns under President Donald Trump.

It’s also the police that have supplied the rioters with bricks.  There’s a lot of people still siding with the government and looking for ruler to dictate their lives, but it’s time to wake up.  You are being played. We all are.  You can hate the messenger all you want, but it doesn’t change what’s happening.

The coronavirus lost it’s fear factor when people started to wake up to what the government was doing and the ruling class needed a different crisis.  They couldn’t get martial law after they impoverished the masses, so on to the next crisis.  It’s probably going to be one thing after another now until we either wake up and break free or end up in chains we’ll never get out of.

There are also people being paid to disrupt peaceful protests. George Soros has paid agitators for years. This isn’t new information. The mainstream media is desperately trying to keep ahold of the official narrative on this crisis too. We have to start lifting the veil and looking beyond. We’ve been conditioned our whole life to not question “authority” and they are telling us not to now.  Or what? They’ll label you a “conspiracy theorist” and “antisemitic.” 

You can argue about the definitions of words all you want. But their structure remains the same. The word “government” can be split into two words: 1. (guvernare) meaning “to control” and 2. (mens or mentis) meaning “mind.” SO GOVERNMENT MEANS “TO CONTROL THE MIND.” Arguing about how much control others should have over our minds is not a solution. The solution is to start thinking for yourself and stop letting them control you.

Pay attention and stop allowing the media and the government to tell you what to think. Look into things and figure out the difference between right and wrong on your own.

 

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Kamala Harris accuses Trump of using the words of a ‘dictator’ in speech against riots, says ‘dominate’ is one of those words

Democratic Sen. Kamala Harris of California accused President Donald Trump of using the words of a dictator in a statement he made about combatting the riots gripping the nation.

She made the comments while calling in on CNN.

“These are not the words of a president, these are the words of a dictator,” she said.

“He talked about domination, dominating the streets. You know domination is just another way of saying supremacy, and that is part of the theme of who Donald Trump is. And that is, you know, after a long career in running for office and being president, where he has spent full time trying to sow hate and division,” Harris continued.

“But the fact that he’s the commander in chief threatening the American people with the American military?” she added. “Um, prepared to use the military against his own people? That’s not the sign of a commander in chief.”

Did he use that word?

The president did indeed use the word “dominate” during his speech to the nation on Monday in regards to quelling the riots.

“First, we are ending the riots and lawlessness that has spread throughout our country. We will end it now,” he said.

“Today, I have strongly recommended to every governor to deploy the National Guard in sufficient numbers that we dominate the streets,” he added. “Mayors and governors must establish an overwhelming law enforcement presence until the violence has been quelled.”

Harris was so proud of her statement against the president that she posted a video on her social media account.

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