Is California Becoming A Second World State?

At first, that headline sounds a bit ridiculous. California is our most populous state and has an economy bigger than most countries. Yet, things are starting to change and not in a good way.

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Progressives: New Concepts To Justify Quashing Disagreement

One of the members of the radical ‘Squad’, the group of self-described leftist, progressive members of Congress, showed again how they think about those that disagree with their agenda.

In a long social media thread, Rep. Ayanna Pressley, a Massachusetts progressive, advocated for students being forgiven for the loans that they took out. In doing so, Pressley came up with a new concept.

“Let’s make it plain: student debt is policy violence,” Pressley stormed.

“Policy violence”?  That is a new term, but we can predict where this is all going…because everyone is against violence, right?  So to be against student loan cancelation is violence and if you have an opinion that is ‘violent’ then you and your opinion should be banned and outlawed.

This, in short, is the bizarre mindset of radical leftists. To oppose any policy they support is unthinkable, and to do so means you are not simply disagreeing, but literally attacking them. As a result you must be silenced. We have seen this across college campuses and now growing in the halls of Congress. It is inherently undemocratic and against every principle of representative government. And that is why radical progressivism is so dangerous—not just the policy ideas themselves. It’s the desire to silence any dissent.

Military Leadership And The Afghan Withdrawal

The withdrawal from Afghanistan was a disaster:  poorly planned and poorly executed. One need to look no further than the videos of the scene over the last two weeks at the Kabul airport and the pictures of the coffins of the dead and wounded in order bring home the human toll.

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The Problem With America’s Military? They March In High Heels!

The US military is formidable. However, the US military is not what it once was.

One need look no further than incidents over the last five years to be reminded of how things that once were taken for granted, now cannot be and are indicative of how far our capabilities have fallen. In 2017, in two separate incidents in the Pacific, US Navy ships collided with other vessels on the open seas which resulted in a loss of life. The year before, US patrol craft were captured by Iran and last year there was an in port fire on the USS Bonhomme Richard which resulted in its total destruction. That does not include things such as billions of dollars in cost overruns and two year delay in the delivery in the last aircraft carrier, the USS Gerald Ford.

Though those dramatic examples are from the surface Navy, there have been similar concerns about readiness in other branches of the military.

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The “Do As I Say” Olympics

It seems that the last two weeks has seen an unusually large number of politicians have decided to show us that when they make rules and laws, they do not mean for those to apply to themselves…because, you know, they know better than you and all of us are just ‘the masses’ who must be led by the Woke enlightened crowd.

Here some recent examples:

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It Really Is Pretty Simple

In several large cities over the last year, police budgets were dramatically cut as calls to ‘defund the police’ spread after the killing of George Floyd.

In Washington DC, Mayor Muriel Bowser and the City Council cut the police budget by $15 M last year, only to see homicides spike in 2020 and are on track so far this year to reach the highest level in 16 years. Bowser has now reversed course and has proposed a budget to hire 170 additional officers over the next two years and has offered unlimited overtime immediately to combat the crime spike.

This is not rocket science:  you cut law enforcement, you get an increase in crime. Why have had so many big city mayors not been able to see this coming?

Every profession will have bad actors and, unfortunately, the police are no different. When that happens, we have to hold them to a higher standard because of the unique status that they hold. Derek Chauvin, who killed George Floyd, was tried and convicted and will spend most of the rest of his life in prison. That is the way it should be—was done. That is not to minimize the death of Floyd, but to say that when things are wrong, you address the wrong. To defund law enforcement across the board, everywhere gets predictable results that, unfortunately, the people in large cities are now paying for.

The Very Predictable Results Of Being Soft On Crime

he ‘Defund the Police’ movement has resulted in cuts to police budgets and a reduction in the number of police on the streets in several large US cities. Supporters argue they just want to move money to social services, so that problems with crime are addressed by social workers rather than police. So how is that working out? 

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What Does This Week Tell Us About Biden’s Governing Philosophy?

During the election, there was a good deal of debate about how Joe Biden would govern. Throughout his career, he had been a fairly moderate Democrat. As a Democrat, that meant that he leaned liberal but he also had never been on the left wing of the Party and worked in a bi-partisan way on many issues. Yet, many argued that the Democratic Party had become controlled by the extreme liberal wing, and his choice of Vice President, Kamala Harris, the second most liberal US Senator, seemed to give credence to the notion that Biden would become much more liberal as President than his previous record might indicate.

Biden seemed to go a long way toward answering that question this week.

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