Tuesday, July 05, 2022

Illinois 4th of July parade shooting leaves 6 dead, more than 30 injured; suspect arrested

 By Anders Hagstrom , Tyler O'Neil , Bradford Betz | Fox News

Robert E. Crimo, 22, has been identified as a person of interest in the July 4th parade attack in Highland Park, Illinois in which at least six people were killed.  (Highland Park Police Department)

At least six people were killed and more than 30 others were hospitalized following a shooting at a 4th of July parade in Highland Park, Illinois, on Monday and police have arrested a suspect in the shooting. 

Police said Crimo was considered armed and dangerous and was pulled over by police Monday after a brief pursuit, following an hours-long manhunt. 

The city of Highland Park initially stated that 16 people were injured and five were killed, but officials amended the total to six dead and 31 injured during an afternoon press conference. Authorities said a "high-powered" rifle had been located on a rooftop, but did not offer more details. 

Authorities earlier identified 22-year-old Robert "Bobby" E. Crimo III as the suspect. They said he was driving a 2010 Silver Honda Fit with the license plate DM80653 and is from the area. 

Chris Covelli, spokesman for the Lake County Crimes Task Force said earlier at least 100 law enforcement officers were on scene "aggressively" looking for the suspect. He appealed to nearby businesses and parade attendees to review their photos and videos to give to police for the investigation.  

Covelli said several of the victims – all adults – died at the scene and at least one died after being transported to a hospital. The other injured victims were transported to Lake and Cook County Hospitals and their conditions ranged from "serious" to "critical." At least one of those critically injured was a child, authorities said. 

Residents within about a mile radius were told to shelter in place as authorities investigated.  

The shooting occurred at a spot on the parade route where many residents had staked out prime viewing points early in the day for the annual celebration. Dozens of fired bullets sent hundreds of parade-goers running for their lives. 

Authorities set up a reunification post at the Highland Park Police Department for families who had been separated. 

Highland Park Mayor Nancy Rotering urged residents to avoid the downtown area as police respond to the incident. 

"Highland Park Police are responding to an incident in downtown Highland Park," she announced on Twitter. "Fourth Fest has been canceled. Please avoid downtown Highland Park. More information will be shared as it becomes available."

Democratic Illinois Gov. Pritzker also confirmed that he and his staff are "closely monitoring" the situation.

"It is devastating that a celebration of America was ripped apart by our uniquely American plague," Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker said at a news conference later Monday. 

"I'm furious because it does not have to be this way... while we celebrate the Fourth of July just once a year, mass shootings have become a weekly — yes, weekly — American tradition."

Pritzker, a Democrat, promised support for the community as well as to bring gunman to justice.

"There are no words for the kind of evil that shows up at a public celebration of freedom, hides on a roof and shoots innocent people with an assault rifle," Pritzker said.

"Our hearts go out to the people of Highland Park and all those affected by today's tragic events," Chicago Police Superintendent David O. Brown said in a tweet. "The #ChicagoPolice Department stands with the City of Highland Park during this devastating time." 

Lake County Coroner Jennifer Banek said the five people killed at the parade were adults and she doesn't have information on the sixth victim who was taken to a hospital and died there.

Dr. Brigham Temple, medical director of emergency preparedness for NorthShore University Health Center, said the Highland Park hospital received 26 patients after the attack and all but one had gunshot wounds. Their ages ranged from 8 to 85, and Temple estimated that four or five patients were children.

He said 19 of them were treated and discharged. Others were transferred to other hospitals, while two patients, in stable condition, remained at the Highland Park hospital.

The shooter opened fire around 10:15 a.m., when the parade was about three-quarters through, authorities said.

Several nearby cities canceled events including parades and fireworks, some of them noting that the Highland Park shooter was still at large. Evanston, Deerfield, Skokie, Waukegan and Glencoe canceled events.

More than a dozen police officers on Monday evening surrounded a home listed as an address for Crimo in Highland Park. Some officers held rifles as they fixed their eyes on the home. A large armored truck, marked "Police Rescue Vehicle," occupied the middle of the road near the residence. Police blockaded roads leading to the home in a tree-lined neighborhood near a golf course, allowing only select law enforcement cars through a tight outer perimeter.

The Department of Homeland Security confirmed that Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas has been briefed on the shooting and that DHS is coordinating with local, state, and federal partners to offer the Department's support. 

Rep. Brad Schnider, D-Ill, says he was in attendance at the parade at the time of the shooting. He confirmed he is safe in a tweet, but did not offer any details regarding the situation.

"Today a shooter struck in Highland Park during the Independence Day parade. My campaign team and I were gathering at the start of the parade when the shooting started," Schnider wrote. "My team and I are safe and secure. We are monitoring the situation closely and in touch with the Mayor."

"Hearing of loss of life and others injured. My condolences to the family and loved ones; my prayers for the injured and for my community; and my commitment to do everything I can to make our children, our towns, our nation safer. Enough is enough!" he added. 





Who Are the Real Insurrectionists?

By Victor Davis Hanson

Photo: Protesters set fire to an American flag near President Donald Trump's Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, part of the event put on by the Revolution Club in Los Angeles on July 4, 2020. Kent Nishimura via Getty Images

In truth, “insurrection” has been fueled by the Left since 2015.

For 120 days in summer 2020, violent protesters destroyed some $2 billion in property and injured 1,500 police officers in riots that led to over 35 deaths.  

Because blue-state mayors and governors saw BLM and Antifa instigators as useful street soldiers, most of those arrested were never tried in court. Street thugs paid no price for declaring themselves de facto owners of downtown areas of Seattle, which police themselves conceded were no-go zones. Why did public officials in blue states ignore the violence? They were certain that it enjoyed majority support among their leftwing constituencies. 

Indeed, some leftist icons cheered on the violence. Well after the failed attempt to storm the White House grounds, in June 2020, the Democratic candidate for vice president Kamala Harris warned us that protestors were “not going to let up, and they should not.” What did Harris mean by “should not?”—when she knew numerous protests that summer had ended in terrible violence? Was she reckless in the manner Trump was said to be by encouraging a demonstration on January 6? 

The architect of the “1619 Project” Nikole Hannah-Jones assured the nation that vast destruction of (someone else’s property) was not a real crime. CNN’s Chris Cuomo gushed that violent demonstrations and riots were American traditions. Were these national voices urging calm during weeks of violent rioting and looting? 

There were no investigations, no congressional committees, and no voices of outrage from the left-wing establishment over months of such carnage. Indeed, much of the organization of the violent protests was facilitated by social media that was apparently unbothered that the medium under their stewardship was used to torch and loot. 

The Attack on Norms and Customs  

Representative Maxine Waters (D-Calif.) urged her followers to tail, dog, and get in the faces of Trump government officials to the point that they would lose their freedom to even be seen in public. “And if you see anybody from that Cabinet in a restaurant, in a department store, at a gasoline station, you get out and you create a crowd. And you push back on them. And you tell them they’re not welcome anymore, anywhere,” she famously admonished. 

Corporations began boycotting events deemed illiberal in fears of being boycotted themselves. Not saluting the flag for professional athletes was considered patriotic, saluting it insurrectionary. Mobs of leftists, cheered on by Democratic grandees, began tearing down statues of Confederate generals—but only as a preliminary to defacing the Lincoln Memorial and other statues of Lincoln, Jefferson, and Frederick Douglass.  

From 2015-16, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton with impunity had wiped away thousands of her supposedly personal emails on a likely illegal private server. To cover her tracks, she ordered her devices destroyed, despite many being under subpoena.  

Clinton also sought to warp the entire machinery of the 2016 U.S. presidential election. Clinton’s skullduggery was hidden behind three firewalls—the Democratic National Committee, the Perkins-Coie legal firm, and the Fusion GPS opposition research firm—to mask her likely illegal payments that enlisted a foreign national and ex-spy, Christopher Steele, to assist her campaign by destroying Donald Trump.  

Steele proved a clumsy, grifting con artist who tapped Clinton’s money, her friends, and her former subordinates in concocting a fake “dossier” of gossip, lies, and slander aimed at rendering Trump unelectable. No matter—Steele used Clinton’s State Department contacts and former government clients to compile and seed the lies among a toady media to undermine her political opponent and later sabotage the Trump presidency.  

The War Against Institutions 

The Left, in revolutionary fashion, has waged a sustained and unapologetic attack on constitutional norms and long-held institutions—whenever it senses they no longer prove conducive to its own radical agendas.  

Barack Obama declared during a funeral oration for the late Rep. John Lewis (D-Ga.) that the filibuster was racist and must end—although as a senator Obama had used it and declared it essential.  

The Electoral College? When the so-called “blue wall” fell, it transmogrified from valuable to a bankrupt fossil. In fact, the Left has wanted to create two new blue states (the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico) to fast track four left-wing senators, and cram through a national voting law to make the states’ constitutional prerogative to require voter IDs illegal. 

There is no border. For two years, Joe Biden, again in true revolutionary fashion, has simply abrogated federal immigration law by fiat. In less than two years, he has welcomed 3 million illegal aliens without audit—or COVID-19 tests or vaccinations—during a pandemic in which unvaccinated federal employees and military personnel faced dismissal. Biden had taken an oath of office to faithfully execute the laws of the United States, but then shortly thereafter destroyed immigration laws as we knew them. No prior president has simply rendered an entire corpus of law null and void. 

Fueled by leftist billionaires, the Left waged a multiyear effort to elect big-city district attorneys whose agendas were pure nihilism: to not enforce laws, to release arrested criminals without indictments, to end cash bail, and prematurely to release convicted and hardened lawbreakers. The guiding principle was the revolutionary theory that the law was a simple construct used against marginalized peoples and the poor, and therefore simply could be ignored or discarded. 

There is no longer free speech on college campuses. Guests who voice minority opinions are in danger of being shouted down or put into physical danger—with the near certainty that their attackers will face few if any consequences. 

“Safe spaces,” dorms, and graduation ceremonies are often racially exclusive—all knowingly in violation of the spirit and the letter of once vaunted civil rights legislation. At many colleges, faculty and potential faculty are asked to write “diversity statements,” apparently in emulation of the old McCarthy “loyalty oaths” that likewise served both to eliminate any dissent and to frighten would-be apostates. Any dissident professor will have his biography thoroughly scanned for thought crimes, and then be libeled as a “racist” or “sexist”—as a clear warning to others to keep silent. 

There is a revolutionary war now being waged against the Supreme Court, because it no longer characteristically legislates from the bench. If the Court was once beloved as an iconic institution that was a sort of liberal judiciary, legislature, and executive all in one, it is now utterly despised as counterrevolutionary. Indeed, it is declared illegitimate, and its rulings to be ignored.  

Former law professor Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) screams about a need to pack the Court—an insurrectionary attempt to end 160 years of judicial law and custom, that would be impossible without first ending the 180-year filibuster.  

Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) called out Justices Neil Gorsuch and Brett Kavanagh by name at the doors of the Court, issuing biblical warnings of violence to both: “You won’t know what hit you if you go forward with these awful decisions.”  

What sort of “force” did a U.S. senator refer to by screaming to a mob about what might “hit” the justices or when he further threatened, that the two “have released the whirlwind and [they] will pay the price”? What price? What whirlwind?  

Did such physical threats incite would-be nuts to seek out a court justice—as in the recent case of 26-year-old Nicholas John Roske arrested armed near the home of Justice Kavanaugh and who currently faces a charge of attempting to murder an associate justice of the Supreme Court? 

Illegally leaking rough drafts of future opinions is now not unlawful but a voice of conscience—as long as it is seen as another effective leftist tool to intimidate conservative justices. 

Leftists, egged on by Democratic politicians, now routinely mass, circle, shout, and seek to intimidate at the homes of conservative Supreme Court justices—a felony violation that is never prosecuted.  

Joe Biden, who claimed Trump showed insufficient respect for the judiciary, now while abroad savagely attacks the U.S. Supreme Court in off-topic rants before his smiling foreign hosts. 

In sum, laws are said to be irrelevant and to be ignored by states, cities, and counties at will—depending on their usefulness or impediments to the Left’s agenda.  

Indeed, leftists are at times states’ rights extremists. They attack the federal government’s authority on immigration issues and simply nullify it—as evidenced by 550 sanctuary city jurisdictions in blue states designed to render inert federal immigration law.  

Yet at other times, the Left seeks to crush states’ rights. Currently it is calling for the federal government, in violation of the Hyde Amendment, to nullify states’ rights to establish abortion laws—by creating abortion clinics on federal military bases and national parks inside red states (that is, in states where about 10 percent of the nations’ yearly abortions occur).  

The common denominators are not principles—but only the retention of power, and the notion that law is fluid and gains legitimacy only when advancing leftist dogma. 

Our Revolutionary Agencies 

Former Obama Administration Director of National Intelligence James Clapper and CIA Director John Brennan both lied under oath—without legal consequences—to the Congress.  

The FBI itself has descended into a sort of revolutionary police force rather than a disinterested investigative body focusing mostly on intrastate and federal crimes. The fired former Director James Comey feigned amnesia or ignorance 245 times in his responses under oath to a House committee.  

The subsequent interim director Andrew McCabe admittedly lied three times to federal investigators and likely discussed wearing a wire to entrap the president of the United States. He was never charged with any federal crime.  

An FBI lawyer Kevin Clinesmith altered a federal affidavit to warp a FISA court hearing. Former FBI Director Robert Mueller claimed under oath that he had no idea what the Steele dossier or Fusion GPS was, even though, arguably, they were the goads that prompted his own 22-month-long investigation.  

There is no need to review the creepy careers and texts of FBI lawyer Lisa Page and her paramour FBI agent Peter Strzok, other than to note both used FBI resources to advance political agendas. The entire agency was knee-deep in fueling the Russian collusion hoax, itself a veritable revolutionary attempt to destroy a political campaign, a presidential transition, and a presidency.  

In the fashion of the former East German Stasi, the FBI hounds political opponents on the Right by surveilling parents at school board meetings, sending a SWAT team to arrest a flamboyant Trump supporter Roger Stone, arriving at the house of journalist James O’Keefe in the deep of night to confiscate his files and devices, and putting former White House advisor Peter Navarro in veritable shackles. The common denominator is the FBI devolving into a retrieval service for the Biden family syndicate, whether by putting on ice Hunter Biden’s incriminating laptop or hounding out Ashley Biden’s lurid diary or intimidating Biden critics.  

Yet when asked to produce relevant cell phones of possibly wayward agents, the FBI claims that such data was erased, shrugs, and does not comply. Apparently, the FBI leadership fears the progressive Washington political-bureaucratic-media nexus far more than it fears the consequences of violating the law it is sworn to uphold. 

Retired four-star admirals and generals no longer just revolve out of service to woke corporate boards and lobbying firms. Now they must first prepare their trajectories by violating the Uniform Code of Military Justice, in damning their commander-in-chief and thus virtue signaling their bankable corporate orthodoxy.  

As a result, the left-wing media and elite have dropped their traditional dislike of such federal authorities, be they the FBI, the CIA, or the Pentagon. Indeed, the Left has come to love those with badges and guns—but solely as a revolutionary force far more efficient than the clumsy Congress in greenlighting their progressive agendas and making life hell for their opponents. 

Sort of Sacrosanct Elections, Sort of Not 

As far as rejecting the outcomes of federal and state elections, for leftist insurrectionists the validity of an election hinges on whether the Left is a declared winner or loser. Once Hillary Clinton lost the election in 2016, her opponent became “illegitimate.” She joined the “Resistance” and later advised Joe Biden to reject the ballot tally if he lost the popular vote. No one claimed she was endangering hallowed institutions or sounding insurrectionary. 

For Time journalist Molly Ball, the billionaire effort to undermine the 2020 election by infusing hundreds of millions of dollars of dark money to usurp the work of selected county registrars was a giddy “conspiracy.” For former Obama Pentagon lawyer Rosa Brooks in 2017, the 11-day tenure of newly inaugurated President Donald Trump was already an occasion to weigh the relative advantages of either impeachment, invocation of the 25th Amendment—or a military coup to remove him.  

Failed Georgia gubernatorial candidate Stacey Abrams became a left-wing cult figure by touring the country claiming she was the real governor of her state who somehow, nonetheless and illegitimately, had lost her campaign by 50,000 votes. 

Good Threats of Violence 

As far as violence goes, the Left has descended into full assault pornography over the last few years. 

Former vice president and “uniter” Joe Biden boasted that he would like to beat up President Trump: “If we were in high school, I’d take him behind the gym and beat the hell out of him . . .” or “He’s the bully that used to make fun when I was a kid that I stutter, and I’d smack him in the mouth.”  

Do we remember when Sen. Cory Booker (D-N.J.), another 2020 presidential hopeful, railed that, “My testosterone sometimes makes me want to feel like punching him [Trump], which would be bad for this elderly, out-of-shape man that he is if I did that. This physically weak specimen.”

Robert De Niro similarly announced that he had his sights on Trump, “I’d like to punch him in the face.”

Do such threats have consequences? Maybe. On the day Trump was inaugurated, Madonna incited a crowd outside the White House by warning that she had thought of blowing up the White House. Comedian Kathy Griffin trumped that in a video in which she held up a facsimile of a decapitated Trump head.

Few today remember James Hodgkinson—a former Bernie Sanders campaign worker—and his 2017 attempt to assassinate Republican congressmen at a practice for a charity baseball game. 

So yes, let us fear that democracy is dying in media darkness. Real insurrectionists are seeking to dismantle the Constitution, to end centuries-long customs and traditions, to justify the use of political violence, and to disobey all the laws they find inconvenient. 


About Victor Davis Hanson

Victor Davis Hanson is a distinguished fellow of the Center for American Greatness and the Martin and Illie Anderson Senior Fellow at Stanford University’s Hoover Institution. He is an American military historian, columnist, a former classics professor, and scholar of ancient warfare. He has been a visiting professor at Hillsdale College since 2004. Hanson was awarded the National Humanities Medal in 2007 by President George W. Bush. Hanson is also a farmer (growing raisin grapes on a family farm in Selma, California) and a critic of social trends related to farming and agrarianism. He is the author most recently of The Second World Wars: How the First Global Conflict Was Fought and WonThe Case for Trump and the newly released The Dying Citizen.


Monday, July 04, 2022

They want to silence U.S. but we will not be silenced

 By J.J. Sefton

Those who seek to erase our heritage want Americans to forget our pride and our great dignity, so that we can no longer understand ourselves or America’s destiny. In toppling the heroes of 1776, they seek to dissolve the bonds of love and loyalty that we feel for our country, and that we feel for each other. Their goal is not a better America, their goal is the end of America. It is time for our politicians to summon the bravery and determination of our American ancestors. It is time.

It is time to plant our flag and protect this nation, for citizens of every race, in every city, and every part of this glorious land. For the sake of our honor, for the sake of our children, for the sake of our union, we must protect and preserve our history, our heritage, and our great heroes.

Before the eyes of our forefathers, Americans must declare again, as we did 246 years ago: that we will not be tyrannized, we will not be demeaned, and we will not be intimidated. It will not happen. We will proclaim the ideals of the Declaration of Independence, and we will never surrender the spirit and the courage and the cause of July 4th, 1776.

Upon this ground, we will stand firm and unwavering. In the face of lies meant to divide us, demoralize us, and diminish us, we will show that the story of America unites us, inspires us, includes us all, and makes everyone free.

We will state the truth in full without apology. We declare that the United States of America is the most just and exceptional nation ever to exist on earth. We are proud of the fact that our country was founded on Judeo-Christian principles and we understand that these values have dramatically advanced the cause of peace and justice throughout the world. We know that the American family is the bedrock of American life.

We recognize the solemn right and moral duty of every nation to secure its borders. We remember that governments exist to protect the safety and happiness of their own people. A nation must care for its own citizens first. We must take care of America first. It's time. We believe in equal opportunity, equal justice, and equal treatment for citizens of every race, background, religion and creed. Every child of every color, born and unborn, is made in the holy image of God.

We want free and open debate, not speech codes and cancel culture. We embrace tolerance, not prejudice. We support the courageous men and women of law enforcement. We will never abolish our police or our Second Amendment, which gives us the right to keep and bear arms. We believe that our children should be taught to love their country, honor their history, and respect our great American flag. We stand tall, we stand proud, and we only kneel to Almighty God. This is who we are.

Sunday, July 03, 2022

We are fed up!


A must see is the powerful video "We’re fed UP!" that features Harriet Hageman, the woman who is seeking to replace RINO Wyoming Congresswoman Liz Cheney. .


If You Can Keep It

  By Judd Garrett 

On June 21, 1788, in Philadelphia, the delegates to the Constitutional Convention were leaving Independence Hall, after just agreeing to the general structure for the new United States of America. A crowd had gathered on the steps of the great hall anxious to hear the news. An old woman approached Benjamin Franklin and asked him, “well, Doctor, what do we have, a republic or a monarchy?” Franklin replied, “a republic, if you can keep it.” Do many Americans even know what a Constitutional Republic is supposed to look like? And how to keep it if they do?

When looking at the United States of America, do we have anything that even resembles a Constitutional Republic anymore? We currently have a President who legislates by executive fiat. He has personally created the energy crisis which is strangling the middle and lower classes, and destroying our economy. His executive orders to shut down the Keystone XL pipeline and cancel drilling contracts on federal land have cut our domestic oil production dramatically, drove up gas prices, and is fueling hyperinflation. There was no legislation passed, no public debate. He simply did this with a swipe of his pen as if he were King George, himself.

The Biden administration has created the border crisis by intentionally ignoring or violating federal immigration laws. Our Southern Border is now wide open and has allowed over 2 million illegal immigrants to enter our country since Joe Biden took office. And now, we have record amounts of illegal drugs and fentanyl smuggled into this country through our Southern Border which has resulted in record numbers of overdose deaths. And this administration is doing nothing to stop it, almost as if they want it to happen.

The two years of the Covid pandemic proved what a facade our republic really is. Unelected bureaucrats locked down our entire country, shut down schools and churches, forced businesses to close, and people were arrested for merely living their lives and trying to support their families. Covid showed how much power, freedom and rights the government can seize from the people whenever they want. The government forced the citizens to wear masks that did not combat the virus, and forced them to get vaccinations they did not want or may not have even needed. Covid showed that under the guise of a crisis, the government can strip American citizens of their Constitutionally protected rights, and turn America into an authoritarian state.

Our intelligence agencies have become weaponized by the Biden administration. Parents who object to their children being taught left-wing Critical Race Theory and radical gender theory, are deemed domestic terrorists and put on an FBI watch list. These agencies are continually being used against the opposition party. Since taking office, at least 11 of Joe Biden’s political opponents have been arrested by the FBI, most at their homes with SWAT teams in pre-dawn raids, most were elderly men, and all for non-violent crimes. The statement has been clearly made, if you go against this administration, you will end up in handcuffs.

We no longer have a first amendment. Censorship is commonplace in our society. Social media which acts as the de facto town square, and is both protected and propped up by the federal government, is actively censoring the speech of one political party on their social media platforms. Ruthless dictators and known terrorists are allowed to have Twitter accounts, but our former President is permanently blocked. People are fired from their jobs and canceled from their lives if they happen to hold or espouse “unapproved” political beliefs. Cancel culture is a sign of the creeping authoritarianism that is taking over America.

Our politicians are beginning to act like other authoritarian regimes. Next week, WNBA star Brittney Griner who has been jailed in Russia since February for drug charges, will go on trial, facing up to 10 years in prison. United States officials are calling this a ‘sham trial.’ Congressman Colin Allred, D-Texas, issued a statement saying, "Brittney Griner has been wrongfully detained for four months, and Russia is now engaging in theater by subjecting her to a sham trial in an effort to create a false pretense that she is anything other than a political prisoner." A report from the State Department found that the outcomes of these trials in Russia "appeared predetermined" with only 0.34% of defendants being acquitted.

Is that any different than what has happened in our country with the Capital riot on January 6? Hundreds of the rioters were placed in solitary confinement for months, and some have sat in the DC jails for a year and a half without their cases being adjudicated. They all could now be considered “political prisoners”. And for the last two weeks, our country has been watching a show trial of Donald Trump, with no due process, no cross examination of witnesses, no right to confront his accusers, relying on hearsay testimony, and where the outcome appears to be “predetermined”. Nancy Pelosi, who is the head of this show trial, had repeatedly called the riot an “insurrection” well before the show trial began, and she has already impeached Donald Trump twice. Her mind, as well as the minds of all of the other participants in the show trial, is already made-up. Congresswoman Liz Cheney said that the House Select Committee could be giving the Justice Department "more than one" criminal referral without affording the accused due process. It is apparent that the outcome had already been decided from the start, as they do in totalitarian countries like Russia.

Do we really have a Constitutional Republic when election laws can be changed unconstitutionally by governors and judges, and not by state legislatures as is spelled out in our Constitution, and no one is allowed to question the legitimacy of a proven unconstitutional election? The one-sided partisan show trial of Donald Trump has also been used as an attempt to disprove the claim that the 2020 election was stolen which is exactly what politicians who stole the election would do, continually repeat the lie that the election wasn’t stolen until the lie sounds like the truth.

Supreme Court Justices have had their private homes inundated by far-left wing mobs, and are being threatened with their lives and bullied into changing their rulings on the court, and not much is being done to stop it. The Supreme Court Marshal had to send a letter to the Governors of Maryland and Virginia asking them to protect the justices from the protesters that are camped outside their homes and threatening them. Once again, the message is clear, rule the way the far-left mob wants you to rule or else.

And where do we end up through all this? A record low number of U.S. adults are "extremely proud to be American." In lieu of a 4th of July celebration, Arizona Democrats are promoting 'F--k the 4th' event in response to the Supreme Court abortion decision. Democrats on Twitter are attacking Independence Day calling to 'burn this country to the godd--- ground'. And there are young Americans who have pledged not to celebrate Independence Day "out of respect to indigenous people groups."

This is all done on purpose by the Democrats. The left wants to destroy this country. They believe that our country was founded on evil, and our wealth is a result of theft and exploitation. They want to destroy every institution that doesn’t give them what they want. They are calling to pack the Supreme Court to overturn decisions they don’t like. They want to add extra senators and do away with the filibuster in the Senate, so they can rig legislative process in their favor. They want to eliminate the electoral college so we will never have another fair election again. Everything they do is about unethically rigging the system for their political advantage.

Alexis de Tocqueville said, “The American Republic will endure until the day Congress discovers that it can bribe the public with the public's money.” We are at that moment right now. We currently have over $30 trillion national debt, and nothing to show for it. Over the years, Congress has bribed Americans citizens to the tune of $30 trillion of their own money. We can blame the politicians for their outrageous spending, but every time a fiscal-conservative candidate steps into the arena, and runs on austerity and cutting spending, he gets defeated at the ballot box. At some point the weight of our debt will collapse our Republic. Is it being done out of greed? Is it happening out of irresponsibility? Or is it being done on purpose? The communists, the authoritarians who want to take over this country need America to collapse under the weight of its own debt.

Freedom and rights are the most important things, the most valuable things that we have. Money and wealth and possessions lose their value when we lose our freedoms and our rights. Are they taking our rights from us? Are they taking our freedoms from us? Or are we giving them away? Franklin understood how tenuous a republic is not only from the power-hungry politicians who will try to strip the rights of the citizens to empower themselves, but also from weak minded citizens who would be willing to trade away their freedom and rights for security or for a short-term result. And whether it is for money or power, we are allowing all the governing principles that have made our Constitutional Republic the greatest in the history of the world to slip away into nothing. And maybe, only when it is gone will we realize what we actually had, and didn’t protect.________________________________
Judd Garrett is a graduate from Princeton University, and a former NFL player, coach, and executive. He has been a contributor to the website Real Clear Politics. He has recently published his first novel, No Wind.