Eye-witness Interview

Robert E. Lee statue in Charlottesville, Virginia
Robert E. Lee statue in Charlottesville, Virginia

On Friday and Saturday, August 11-12, 2017, Charlottesville, Virginia, was the scene of conflict originating in the City Council’s attempt to remove a statue of Robert E. Lee from a prominent city park. Most people did not favor this removal. An organization with various motives, calling itself “Unite the Right,” was granted a protest rally permit by the City Council under court pressure to preserve free speech rights. The “Unite the Right” motif dominated Friday evening, but most of the rank and file attendance at the Saturday rally were there to defend keeping the Lee statue and other Southern heritage memorials generally rather than establishing a political movement. Moreover, the clash and violence that resulted on Saturday August 12 was basically perpetrated by Antifa and Black Live Matter, which had the sympathies of key City officials. The Vice Mayor of Charlottesville, Wes Bellamy, was a Black Lives Matter member. Michael Signer, the Mayor was a left-leaning Democrat hoping to embarrass President Trump by making Charlottesville a prominent sanctuary for illegal immigrants. Viewing videos of the August 12 street violence indicates Antifa was driving that violence. The actions of Charlottesville Police leaders drove many of the legal rally crowd into the raging Antifa and Black Lives Matter mob. A woman was fatally injured by an auto driver trying to escape the mob. Who really bears the responsibility?

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Federal Judge Rebukes North Carolina Attempt to Change Election Rules

IMG 1009On September 30, U S. District Court Judge William Osteen, Jr rebuked North Carolina’s brand new policy for handling absentee ballots and ordered its implementation to cease. The North Carolina State Board of Elections (NCBSE) had issued the controversial policy change on September 22, which did not require a witness signature for absentee ballots and also extended the allowable receipt of absentee ballots to November 12.  On August 4, Osteen had ruled against dropping the requirement for witness signature in another case. Yet North Carolina Democrat Attorney General Josh Stein and Governor Cooper’s NCSBE Director Karen Brinson Bell flagrantly ignored or “misinterpreted” Osteen’s ruling as allowing the witness signature to be dropped. Judge Osteen took harsh exception to their interpretation and was also deeply critical of making major election rule changes within six weeks of the November 3 election. Osteen’s attention to these abuses was also aroused by a law suit filed by the NCGOP, the Trump Campaign, and several prominent Republican lawmakers.

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The Profitability of Political Influence

Hunter Biden in 2013, son of VP Joe Biden.
Hunter Biden in 2013, son of VP Joe Biden.

On September 23, the Republican dominated Senate committees on Homeland Security and Finance released an 87-page interim report revealing huge foreign transfers of cash to Hunter Biden and other members of the Biden family. These occurred while Joe Biden was Vice President of the United States and strongly suggests the misuse of political influence for personal profit in conflict with common ethical standards, American national interests, and even national security.

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Was Covid-19 Accidental or Biological Warfare?

Wuhan, China, population over 11 million.
Wuhan, China, population over 11 million.

On January 31, President Trump declared the Covid-19 coronavirus a U.S. public health emergency and issued a ban on travel between the United States and China. Democratic Presidential candidate Joe Biden, speaking at an Iowa campaign event, severely criticized Trump’s action, calling it “hysteria and xenophobia.” It quickly became evident that the coronavirus was extraordinarily contagious and potentially deadly. A special problem has been that its spread is often asymptomatic. In the greatest and quickest  successful cooperative national mobilization of government, industry, commerce, science, and medicine since World War II, the Trump Administration, made sure every logistical need to fight the virus was available. After several months experience and data, the virus turned out to be deadly primarily to those who already have other health problems or weakened immune systems, which are most common among older people. Further actions to limit the spread of the virus by shutting down schools and portions of the economy were devastating to the economy, but lifting these restrictions now has the economy roaring back.

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Fierce, Growling Dogs of Oppression

US Attorney General William BarrAccording to U.S. Attorney General William Barr, Antifa’s ultimate goal is world Communism, and their primary immediate goal toward that end is to bring down the Trump presidency.

Antifa is most active in the United States and Western Europe. Their common initial tactic in the subversion of democratic governments in both the U.S. and Europe is to employ extreme violence and the destruction of public and private property to create political disorder, discredit, the police, and intimidate the public and democratic leaders. They often try to goad police into reactions that might be used to undermine their credibility and authority. They have made local police forces their especially hated enemy.  Lately, Antifa has stooped to threatening and harassing the families of police.

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