Wednesday, January 19, 2022

GGU Alumni Association Director Profile: Frances Presley Rice


Photo: Frances Presley Rice, Lieutenant Colonel (USA Retired) – Golden Gate University (GGU) Alumni Association Director

Audrey Tilson and Alex Wheeler recently sat down with noted GGU alum Frances Presley Rice for an interview about her experience at GGU and its impact on her career in the military, as an attorney, and more recently as a historian, author, screenwriter, and film producer. 

Frances was elected to the GGU Alumni Association Board of Directors in July, and we are pleased to present her as the first Alumni Association Director Profile Interview. 

Here is a taste of the conversation. To view the full interview, please go here.

Alex: What was your path to GGU? How did you come to attend the school and why? 

Frances: It may surprise you to learn that the Army led me to GGU. In 1973, while assigned to the Presidio of San Francisco Army base, I decided to acquire an MBA to enhance my military career and competitiveness in the business world after I retired from the Army. I conducted research and became aware of GGU’s stellar reputation for having experienced business executives as MBA instructors, particularly for evening courses. 
In 1974, after I completed one year of the GGU MBA program, I was afforded an opportunity by the military to attend a civilian law school during the day while still in the Army. So, for the first two of my three years in law school, I attended GGU at night and Hastings Law School during the day, graduating from GGU in 1976 and Hastings in 1977.
Both my law degree and GGU MBA proved invaluable for my professional advancement.
Audrey: You were recently elected to the GGU Alumni Association Board of Directors. What would you like the members of the Alumni Association to know about you? 

Frances: The primary reason I want to be part of the Board is to use my experiences to help ensure GGU students remain inspired to achieve their dreams. 

My story of going from impoverishment at the time of my birth in 1944 to a measure of success today is reflective of the exceptional and inspirational accomplishments of blacks over a 400-year period from 1619 to the present that are omitted from or inadequately represented in history books.
The lack of inclusion of the complete picture of black history in history books is why, with educator Sandra K. Yocum, I co-wrote the book "Black History 1619-2019: An Illustrated and Documented African-American History" that is available on and through all national bookstores. The award-winning documentary "Black Seeds: The History of Africans in America" is inspired by the book.

Tuesday, January 18, 2022

Know your rights and how to protect them

By William Haupt III | The Center Square contributor

Workers prepare mail-in ballots for counting Nov. 4, 2020, at the convention center in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, following Tuesday's election. - Julio Cortez / AP photo

"At one time getting passing grades in civics and U.S. history were prerequisites for high school graduation. Our biggest mistake was to adopt common core and abandon this." – Michael Polelle

Over five decades ago, Congress passed the Voting Rights Act of 1965. It established standards to protect the voting rights of all qualified U.S. voters. Contrary to liberal psychosis, the Voting Rights Act applies to every voter equally. It set parameters for each state to engrain within its voting laws.

To ensure equality, the Civil Rights Act of 1964 was passed to protect the rights of ethnic minorities. But its core provisions, like the Voting Rights Act, protects the civil rights of all Americans equally. Contrary to leftist logic, neither of these gave more rights to one group and less rights to another.

Five decades later, many Americans don't know the Civil Rights Act protects all citizens from age, gender, ethnic and religious discrimination, in addition to minority groups. Government cannot give any form of preference to one group, without abridging the same rights that others are entitled to.

As Boomers began to feel the pinch of age prejudice, many forgot that age discrimination is a key provision in the Civil Rights Act. And very few seniors ever filed complaints with the Department of Justice about this.

"We are marching for the civil rights of the Negros and those of all Americans." – Martin Luther King

Even fewer Americans know why our states were obliged to update their voting laws after the last election. All states laws must comply with provisions in the Voting Rights Act to protect "all voters."

In response to the mayhem during the 2020 election, when blue states made up new laws as they went along, 43 states updated voting laws to prevent a repeat of the insane bedlam that took place in 2020. Citizens asked state lawmakers to ensure that nobody could ever question how anybody who couldn't get elected dogcatcher in his own state get the most votes in U.S. presidential history.

Since the Constitution obligates states to enforce the Voting Rights Act, after the last election they reviewed all mail-in voting, counting ballots received after Election Day, and ballot drop-boxes. All these issues truncated the intent of the Constitution and Voting Rights Acts. Yet in the woke world, if you don't win the brass ring or can't hijack it, you bellyache that your voting rights were violated!

By law, states are responsible for updating existing election laws when they do not comply with the Voting Rights Act that protects all individual voting rights. Yet progressives and identity groups are squealing like pigs in a bacon factory? Why are they upset with states trying to protect their rights?

The woke society is built on double standards. It can't exist any other way. Wokes make up laws to justify breaking laws they don't like. Either play the game their way or they will take their ball away.

"I learned that being 'woke' is being brainwashed by extremist liberal propaganda.” – Lillian Fang

Until the presidential election of 2000, the merits of the Voting Rights Act were seldom questioned. But the fiasco in Florida proved, if progressives want to win badly enough, no law will ever stand in their way. After five weeks of trying to turn Al Gore into a winner, the choice of our nation's new leader came not from the citizens, but from a 5-4 majority of U.S. Supreme Court justices. Liberal contempt for our voting rights began long before the 2000 election when blue states started moving to all mail-in voting. They had the national media's pump primed; there was no way Al Gore could possibly lose. When the media abruptly called the election for Gore, they ended up with egg on their faces and progressives and their liberal attorneys around the U.S. cried out election fraud!

"Hi. I'm Al Gore, and I used to be the next president of the United States of America." – Al Gore

Although liberal media pollsters and pundits had been predicting a landslide victory for Al Gore, in the real world Pew Research, Gallop and other independent groups pictured a much tighter race.

They forecasted that fallout from the Clinton-Lewinsky sex scandal would mobilize conservatives against the left's loose morality. Al Gore lost the entire south and even his home state, Tennessee.

In reaction to allegations about voter fraud, hanging chads, and especially mail in ballots that were supposedly miscounted, Democrats petitioned Washington to review U.S. voting rights again. The 2005 Commission on Election Reform, chaired by liberals Jimmy Carter and former Secretary of State James Baker, concluded that the biggest threat to voting integrity was with mail in ballots.

"We conclude that mail-in voting remains the largest source of potential voter fraud.” – Jimmy Carter

Concerns about vote tampering have a long history in the U.S. They helped drive the move to the secret ballot, which all U.S. states adopted between 1888 and 1950. Secret ballots made it harder to intimidate voters and to monitor which candidate a voter had voted for. One University of Florida study found complaints about fraud fell by an average of 14% after states adopted secret ballots.

In woke America, facts are an "inconvenient truth." There have never been more complaints about denial of individual rights, violations of voting rights, and claims of "systematic racism" coming from people who don't know the rights "they have" and "do not have" than any time in American history.

"I have faith in the United States and our ability to make good decisions based on facts." – Al Gore

In 1865, following the Civil War, the 13th, 14th and 15th Amendments and the 19th Amendment in 1920 guaranteed equal rights and universal suffrage for all Americans. The Civil Rights Act of 1964 and the Voting Rights Act of 1965 protected those rights. That is why we must have voter ID laws. Every illegal vote cast nullifies the votes of the legitimate voters. Still, some people just don't get it.

Socrates told us: "Man's worst fault is his illusion of knowledge.” Today, it is more important than ever for Americans to know the rights that they have and to use them for their benefit. It is equally important that they are never violated. We do not have special laws for progressives and identity groups. And we can't allow laws to pass that give rights to one group and take them from others.

Bills such as the For the People Act and the John Lewis Voting Rights Act deny the states of their right to scribe voting laws that meet the unique needs of their voters. Every politician that supports legislation giving a group something more than others such as Nixon's affirmative action is denying others of their rights.

"When the President does it, that means that it's not illegal." – Richard Nixon

During the past year, we've witnessed continual assaults upon our judicial system by progressive politicians, wokes and activist identity groups. It is vital we know our rights and defend and protect them. If we don't know them and we don't use them, we cannot protect them and we will lose them.

"The creation of America was based on a simplistic idea of 'Freedom and Justice for all.' That idea alone gives us the wisdom and fortitude to protect those basic freedoms at all costs." – Dave Clarke


Sunday, January 16, 2022

Celebrating Civil Rights Icon Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.


On November 2, 1983, Republican President Ronald Reagan signed a bill into law to create a federal holiday honoring Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

We celebrate Dr. King on Monday, January 17, 2022. 

An effective strategy that can preserve our freedoms as Americans is to reclaim Dr. King’s Dream.

I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin, but by the content of their character. - Martin Luther King, Jr.

This quote is from the “I Have a Dream” speech, delivered before a crowd of about 250,000 people at the 1963 March on Washington, which remains one of the most famous in history.

Biden’s Georgia Speech Is a Break Point

By Peggy Noonan | The Wall Street Journal 

President Biden gives a speech on voting rights in Atlanta, Jan. 11. Sen. Mitch McConnell rebuts Mr. Biden’s speech in Washington, Jan. 12. - PHOTO: BRIAN CAHN/ZUMA PRESS; C-SPAN

He thought he was merely appealing to his base. He might have united the rest of the country against him.

It is startling when two speeches within 24 hours, neither much heralded in advance—the second wouldn’t even have been given without the first—leave you knowing you have witnessed a seminal moment in the history of an administration, but it happened this week. The president’s Tuesday speech in Atlanta, on voting rights, was a disaster for him. 

By the end of Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell’s answering speech on Wednesday you knew some new break point had occurred, that President Biden might have thought he was just crooning to part of his base but the repercussions were greater than that; he was breaking in some new way with others—and didn’t know it. It is poor political practice when you fail to guess the effects of your actions. He meant to mollify an important constituency but instead he filled his opponents with honest indignation and, I suspect, encouraged in that fractured group some new unity.

The speech itself was aggressive, intemperate, not only offensive but meant to offend. It seemed prepared by people who think there is only the Democratic Party in America, that’s it, everyone else is an outsider who can be disparaged. It was a mistake on so many levels. Presidents more than others in politics have to maintain an even strain, as astronauts used to say. 

If a president is rhetorically manipulative and divisive on a voting-rights bill it undercuts what he’s trying to establish the next day on Covid and the economy. 

The over-the-top language of the speech made him seem more emotional, less competent. The portentousness—“In our lives and . . . the life of our nation, there are moments so stark that they divide all that came before them from everything that followed. They stop time”—made him appear incapable of understanding how the majority of Americans understand our own nation’s history and the vast array of its challenges.

By the end he looked like a man operating apart from the American conversation, not at its center. This can be fatal to a presidency.

He was hardly done speaking when a new Quinnipiac poll showed the usual low Biden numbers, but, most pertinently, that 49% of respondents say he is doing more to divide the country, and only 42% see him as unifying it.

In the speech Mr. Biden claimed he stands againstthe forces in America that value power over principle.” Last year Georgia elected two Democratic senators. “And what’s been the reaction of Republicans in Georgia? Choose the wrong way, the undemocratic way. To them, too many people voting in a democracy is a problem.” They want to “suppress the right to vote.” They want to “subvert the election.”

This is “Jim Crow 2.0,” it’s “insidious,” it’s “the kind of power you see in totalitarian states, not in democracies.”

The problem is greater than Georgia. “The United States Senate . . . has been rendered a shell of its former self.” Its rules must be changed. “The filibuster is not used by Republicans to bring the Senate together but to pull it further apart. The filibuster has been weaponized and abused.” Senators will now “declare where they stand, not just for the moment, but for the ages.”

Most wince-inducing: “Will you stand against election subversion? Yes or no? . . . Do you want to be on the side of Dr. King or George Wallace ? Do you want to be on the side of John Lewis or Bull Connor ? Do you want to be on the side of Abraham Lincoln or Jefferson Davis?”

If a speech can be full of itself this speech was.

From the floor of the Senate the next day came Mr. McConnell’s rebuke. It was stinging, indignant to the point of seething. He didn’t attempt to scale any rhetorical heights. The plainness of his language was ferocious.

Mr. Biden’s speech was “profoundly unpresidential,” “deliberately divisive” and “designed to pull our country further apart.” “I have known, liked and personally respected Joe Biden for many years. I did not recognize the man at the podium yesterday.” Mr. Biden had entered office calling on Americans to stop the shouting and lower the temperature. “Yesterday, he called millions of Americans his domestic ‘enemies.’ ” That, a week after he “gave a January 6th lecture about not stoking political violence.”

“Twelve months ago, this president said that ‘disagreement must not lead to disunion.’ But yesterday, he invoked the bloody disunion of the Civil War to demonize Americans who disagree with him. He compared a bipartisan majority of senators to literal traitors.”

“Twelve months ago, the president said that ‘politics need not be a raging fire destroying everything in its path.’ . . . Yesterday he poured a giant can of gasoline on that fire.”

“In less than a year, ‘restoring the soul of America’ has become: Agree with me, or you’re a bigot.”

“This inflammatory rhetoric was not an attempt to persuade skeptical Democratic or Republican senators. In fact, you could not invent a better advertisement for the legislative filibuster than a president abandoning rational persuasion for pure demagoguery.”

American voters, said Mr. McConnell, “did not give President Biden a mandate for very much.” They didn’t give him big majorities in Congress. But they did arguably give him a mandate to bridge a divided country. “It is the one job citizens actually hired him to do.” He has failed to do it.

Then Mr. McConnell looked at Mr. Biden’s specific claims regarding state voting laws. “The sitting president of the United States of America compared American states to ‘totalitarian states.’ He said our country will be an ‘autocracy’ if he does not get his way.” The world has now seen an American president “propagandize against his own country to a degree that would have made Pravda blush.”

“He trampled through some of the most sensitive and sacred parts of our nation’s past. He invoked times when activists bled, and when soldiers died. All to demagogue voting laws that are more expansive than what Democrats have in his own home state.”

“A president shouting that 52 senators and millions of Americans are racist unless he gets whatever he wants is proving exactly why the Framers built the Senate to check his power.”

What Mr. Biden was really doing was attempting to “delegitimize the next election in case they lose it.”

Now, he said, “It is the Senate’s responsibility to protect the country.”

That sounded very much like a vow. It won’t be good for Joe Biden.

When national Democrats talk to the country they always seem to be talking to themselves. They are of the left, as is their constituency, which wins the popular vote in presidential elections; the mainstream media through which they send their messages is of the left; the academics, historians and professionals they consult are of the left. They get in the habit of talking to themselves, in their language, in a single, looped conversation. They have no idea how they sound to the non-left, so they have no idea when they are damaging themselves. 

But this week in Georgia Mr. Biden damaged himself. And strengthened, and may even have taken a step in unifying, the non-Democrats who are among their countrymen, and who are in fact the majority of them.

President Joe Biden's Racist First Year

By Editors – Right & Free

Last January, newly elected President Joe Biden pledged to fight racism and unify the nation. Instead, during his first year he's imposed a harsh agenda of racism in everything from distributing pandemic-relief aid to allocating scarce medicines for COVID patients. Racial favoritism is affecting every way Americans are treated by this administration.

New guidance from Biden's Food and Drug Administration instructs states to reserve monoclonal antibody drugs for patients with medical risk factors such as obesity and kidney disease. But here's the catch: The FDA is also urging race and ethnicity to be considered risk factors, apart from medical condition. So a Black patient with no health problems automatically will be put ahead of a white patient in the same situation.

Biden's Treasury Department is rolling out a $10 billion program to aid small-business owners with loans and grants. Businesses owned by minorities, women, non-English speakers and ex-cons go to the front of line.

Biden administration regulators use weasel words to obscure the truth about who will benefit from this State Small Business Credit Initiative. Regulators say "disadvantaged" groups, but that's defined by race and ethnicity, not actual hardship.

Eligibility also includes anyone who has had "long-term residence in an environment isolated from the mainstream of American society." Translation: ex-cons. White male business owners who obey the law and have never been incarcerated are out of luck.

It's more of the same. Biden's American Rescue Act, passed in March, is riddled with discrimination. That law divvied up taxpayer dollars to benefit minorities and shortchange white people in the name of equity. Minority farmers were offered no-strings loan forgiveness by Biden's Agriculture Department, but white farmers were ineligible.

Biden's Restaurant Revitalization Fund pushed minority and female restaurant owners to the front of the line for whopping giveaways — up to $10 million per business owner. Sorry, white men.

Federal judges have suspended these programs until white challengers get their day in court. But Biden persists, pandering to his political supporters. Equal rights be damned.

The infrastructure bill passed in November is chock-full of anti-white racism. It includes grants to install solar and wind technologies in depressed areas. But when contractors bid, minority-owned businesses will get selected first.

The bill also allocates money to improve urban traffic patterns. Contractors and subcontractors get priority only if they're owned by minorities or women. White male business owners can take a hike.

So can Asians, in Biden's view. On Dec. 13, Biden's Justice Department urged the Supreme Court not to hear a challenge to Harvard University's admissions policies, which challengers say deny admissions to Asians who have grades and test scores far higher than Black and white applicants.

The Trump Justice Department was committed to challenging these racial preferences, and the American public agrees. Nearly three-quarters of Americans oppose considering race and ethnicity in admissions decisions, and that includes 65% of Hispanics and 62% of Blacks, according to Pew Research. In November, California, the most left-wing and racially diverse state in the country, voted against reinstating affirmative action in state hiring and admissions to public universities.

Biden's Education Department is dangling federal grants to encourage state education bureaucrats to adopt critical race theory and the factually challenged New York Times "1619 Project."

The indoctrination and racism continue in the workplace. Is this what Americans want? Absolutely not. Three-quarters of Americans oppose using race to decide who's hired and promoted, Pew found.

Biden is ignoring that. He's cynically giving his political backers what they want and, in the process, ripping deep wounds into the nation.

When Black and Hispanic people are ushered to the front of the line for medical treatments, get first dibs on pandemic relief funds or get hired faster or admitted to college more easily, other people suffer. Lives and livelihoods are affected.

Americans want to be treated as individuals and to treat others that way.

Saturday, January 15, 2022

Republican Glenn Youngkin sworn in as governor of Virginia

By Marisa Schultz | Fox News 

Youngkin waves to the crowd before his inauguration ceremony, Saturday, Jan. 15, 2022, in Richmond, Va. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez) (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)

Glenn Youngkin turned Virginia from blue to red

"The spirit of Virginia is alive and well. And together we will strengthen it," Youngkin said. "Together we’ll renew the promise of Virginia, so it will be the best place to live, work and raise a family."

Youngkin, a former private equity executive and political novice, beat Democrat former Gov. Terry McAuliffe in November to flip the swing state red in the highly-watched race. He's the first GOP governor since 2014.

In an olive branch to Democrats, Youngkin said Saturday: "No matter who you voted for, I pledge to be your advocate, your voice, your governor."

Virginia Lt. Gov. Winsome Sears, left, speaks with Virginia first lady Suzanne Youngkin during an inauguration ceremony, Saturday, Jan. 15, 2022, in Richmond, Va.  (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)

Youngkin, who mobilized voters on issues like race and education, said that children must be in school "five days a week" and not subjected to political teachings, alluding to a campaign pledge to ban critical race theory education.

"We will remove politics from the classroom and re-focus on essential math, science and reading," Youngkin said. "And we will teach all of our history the good and the bad."

He said "parents should have a say in what is taught in school."

"To parents I say we respect you," Youngkin said. "And we will empower you in the education of your children."

On coronavirus, Youngkin paid respect to those who have died and to the first responders and healthcare workers who have been on the front lines of the pandemic. He said he trusted modern medicine and "individual freedom" to guide Virginia out of the COVID-19 crisis. 

"Despite the continuing challenges posed by COVID-19, I see a path forward," Youngkin said. "Not to some pessimistic new normal, but to a new and better day."

On the economy, Youngkin said he wants to suspend for a year the recent tax increase on gasoline, and eliminate the grocery tax altogether to address the higher cost of living. He said he'd reduce regulations, create 400,000 jobs and "get all Virginians back to work."

He said he wants to raise teacher pay, fully-fund law enforcement and protect qualified immunity for officers. 

Youngkin talked of the record-high turnout in November and said Virginians were on "a mission to restore trust in government and to restore power to the people." 

Youngkin greets supporters at a reception Friday Jan. 14, 2022, in Richmond, Va.  (AP Photo/Steve Helber)

The inauguration is "not about me," he said, but a celebration of that movement. 

"We stand here today as the messengers of that movement," Youngkin said. "Entrusted to protect liberty create opportunity and build unity for the hard work ahead."

Youngkin, a first-time candidate who hails from the business wing of the GOP, ran a disciplined campaign, focusing on taxes, crime and holding public schools accountable to parents, while McAuliffe spent much of his firepower linking Youngkin to former President Donald Trump.

Youngkin had the support of Trump and also mobilized voters in the suburbs by running on issues like banning critical race theory teaching in schools. Liberals have fretted that Youngkin's win spells trouble for Democrats nationwide in this year's midterm elections with President Biden's dismal approval ratings.

Youngkin and his wife Suzanne greet supporters at a reception Friday Jan. 14, 2022, in Richmond, Va. (AP Photo/Steve Helber)

On Friday night, he kicked off the inauguration weekend with a pre-inauguration celebration at the Omni Richmond Hotel.

"I hope you can feel the spirit of Virginia because it’s alive and well!" Youngkin told supporters 

Youngkin reflected on his victory over McAuliffe as something more than just a regular political campaign. 

"It was a movement that brought people together like never before in the commonwealth," Youngkin said, according to pool reports. 

Youngkin was sworn in with other newly elected Republicans: Attorney General Miyares and Lieutenant Gov. Winsome Sears in front of the state Capitol.

Friday, January 14, 2022

For Winsome Sears, Education Is the Key to Black Success

By Tunku Varadarajan | The Wall Street Journal

Virginia Gov.-elect, Glen Youngkin talks with Lieutenant Gov.-elect Winsome Sears at the Virginia Capitol in Richmond, Va., Dec. 16, 2021. - PHOTO: STEVE HELBER/ASSOCIATED PRESS

America hasn’t always been perfect, says Virginia’s lieutenant governor-elect, but it isn’t 1963 anymore.

You don’t need a doctorate in futurology to be convinced that when Republican Glenn Youngkin is sworn in as governor of Virginia next Saturday, he’ll take his oath alongside someone who could likely be, four years hence, the first black woman elected chief executive of an American state.

The woman in question is Winsome Sears, Virginia’s lieutenant governor-elect and Mr. Youngkin’s running mate in the Republican sweep of the state’s highest offices in November. (A third Republican, Jason Miyares, won election as attorney general.) Virginia’s Constitution bars consecutive gubernatorial terms, and should Mr. Youngkin prove a success in office, Ms. Sears would be nearly certain to secure the Republican nomination for 2025. Mr. Miyares would also be a contender to succeed Mr. Youngkin as governor, but he’s a decade younger than Ms. Sears and will likely have to wait his turn.

Born in Jamaica’s capital, Kingston, some months after her father emigrated to New York in 1963, Ms. Sears is quick to acknowledge a political debt to her native island, from which she, too, emigrated as a child. She claims descent from Nanny of the Maroons, an 18th-century leader of runaway slaves who fought Jamaica’s British rulers in a guerrilla war. “Nanny was an African princess, and my mother comes from those people,” Ms. Sears tells me from her home outside Winchester, Va. Less dramatically, she ascribes her own political confidence—and her belief that there are “no limits to what black people can achieve”—to her quotidian experience of Jamaica, where “the generals are black, the lawyers are black, the doctors are black, the Rhodes scholars are black.”

As a child in third grade in New York, she noticed how much worse her schooling was compared with that of her cousins of the same age in Jamaica. “I was spelling words like ‘this’ and ‘where,’ and they were spelling ‘acknowledgment’ and ‘accomplishment’—and knew exactly what those words meant.” This was the first of her many revelations about black underachievement in the U.S., which have instilled in her a fierce contempt for an overly politicized educational establishment as well as an adamant belief in school choice.

Ms. Sears recounts how she was buttonholed at a gospel concert recently by an 83-year-old black man, a lifelong Democrat. She says he told her, “I have never voted for Republicans, but this year I decided that I could.” The reason, she tells me, was “education, education all the way.” Voters like this man “know our children aren’t learning, that 84% of our children, by the time they reach the eighth grade, can’t do math.” She portrays school choice in terms of class: It’s available, she says, for the rich, but not for the poor. “The money in education follows the brick building, it doesn’t follow the child,” she says. “I don’t care about the brick building. I care about the human life. We don’t get do-overs for our children.”

Education reform was a rallying cry in Mr. Youngkin’s campaign, and Ms. Sears shares his hostility toward critical race theory, a sociological credo that holds that racism shapes all important aspects of a person’s life and development. Under Gov. Ralph Northam, Mr. Youngkin’s Democratic predecessor, teaching of the theory had begun, inexorably, to filter into Virginia’s schools.

But Mr. Youngkin has promised to curb critical race theory. Ms. Sears laughs at the idea that America is racist. “Look, we must teach the good, the bad and the ugly of history,” she says. “America certainly has not been all that she should have been, but she’s getting there. It’s not 1963!” Even in those oppressive days, she adds, “black people found ways to excel despite the problems they faced.” Yet today, “when we’ve had a black president elected not once but twice, black secretaries of state, and black billionaires,” Democrats tell us “there’s nothing we can do to better ourselves,” and that “we should let them take care of us.” She acknowledges that the Republican Party hasn’t done nearly enough to appeal to black voters, but believes schooling can be its trump card. “Education is our entrĂ©e, because, mama bears and papa bears, we’re looking out for our children.”

Ms. Sears can’t resist a last reference to Jamaica, where, she says, you can’t tell a person’s politics until you sit with him and talk. It’s the same with white people in the U.S. “If I see a white person walking down the street, I don’t know if he’s libertarian, Reform Party, Green Party, Republican, Democrat.” But if you see a black person pass by you, “you immediately say, ‘Democrat!’ ”

“That’s no political power at all. And we aim to change that.”

Mr. Varadarajan, a Journal contributor, is a fellow at the American Enterprise Institute and at New York University Law School’s Classical Liberal Institute.

Thursday, January 13, 2022

BREAKING: Supreme Court Rules on Vaccine Mandate


Erin Schaff/The New York Times via AP, Pool

On Thursday afternoon, the Supreme Court weighed in on Joe Biden’s vaccine mandate for companies with more than 100 employees. The Court ruled by a 6-3 margin, with Justices Breyer, Sotomayor, and Kagan dissenting, to grant the applications for a stay of the private OSHA mandate for businesses with more than 100 employees. In a separate 5-4 decision, the Court allowed the mandate for federally funded healthcare agencies to go forward, with Justices Gorsuch, Thomas, Barrett, and Alito dissenting. Chief Justice John Roberts sided with the liberals on the court, voting to allow the mandate for health care workers to continue.

On the OSHA mandate for private employers, the Court ruled:

The applications for stays presented to JUSTICE KAVANAUGH and by him referred to the Court are granted. OSHA’s COVID–19 Vaccination and Testing; Emergency Temporary Standard, 86 Fed. Reg. 61402, is stayed pending disposition of the applicants’ petitions for review in the United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit and disposition of the applicants’ petitions for writs of certiorari, if such writs are timely sought. Should the petitions for writs of certiorari be denied, this order shall terminate automatically. In the event the petitions for writs of certiorari are granted, the order shall terminate upon the sending down of the judgment of this Court.

The Court remanded the case back to the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals for further consideration. The Biden administration has not yet announced whether it will continue to pursue the case, but that seems unlikely now that the high court has essentially ruled that OSHA does not have the authority to issue such an order:

Although Congress has indisputably given OSHA the power to regulate occupational dangers, it has not given that agency the power to regulate public health more broadly. Requiring the vaccination of 84 million Americans, selected simply because they work for employers with more than 100 employees, certainly falls in the latter category.

The decision on the per curium brief in favor of striking down the mandate for private employers concluded that OSHA’s powers are limited to regulating the workplace, yet COVID-19 affects more than just the workplace, which means that the pandemic falls outside of OSHA’s purview.

On the vaccine mandate for health care workers, the Court ruled:

The District Court for the Eastern District of Missouri’s November 29, 2021, order granting a preliminary injunction is stayed pending disposition of the Government’s appeal in the United States Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit and the disposition of the Government’s petition for a writ of certiorari, if such writ is timely sought. Should the petition for a writ of certiorari be denied, this order shall terminate automatically. In the event the petition for a writ of certiorari is granted, the order shall terminate upon the sending down of the judgment of this Court. The District Court for the Western District of Louisiana’s November 30, 2021, order granting a preliminary injunction is stayed pending disposition of the Government’s appeal in the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit and the disposition of the Government’s petition for a writ of certiorari, if such writ is timely sought. Should the petition for a writ of certiorari be denied, this order shall terminate automatically. In the event the petition for a writ of certiorari is granted, the order shall terminate upon the sending down of the judgment of this Court.

The majority agreed with the Biden administration’s argument that the Centers for Medicaid and Medicare Services has the right to order health care facilities receiving federal Medicaid and Medicare dollars to force vaccinations on its employees.

In November, Biden ordered federal contractors, employers with 100 or more employees, and healthcare workers to force their employees to either show proof of vaccination or be tested weekly and wear masks to work. Since then, employers have been scrambling to figure out how to proceed as the deadline loomed for compliance while the issue was tied up in the courts. On Monday, the mandate officially went into effect, with no guidance from the Supreme Court on how they should proceed. Many companies felt they had no choice but to begin enforcement of the policy.

The Biden administration’s Emergency Temporary Standard (ETS) cited a provision in OSHA regulations that it said gave broad authority to the federal government to protect employees at private companies from workplace hazards. Detractors said the language in the regulations was never intended to be used to mandate widespread vaccinations.

States immediately began filing lawsuits claiming the mandate was unconstitutional. A Louisiana federal court swiftly blocked the mandate. But in December, a three-judge panel for the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit ruled that the lower court only had the authority to block the mandate in the states that had filed suit. A federal court in Texas then issued a preliminary injunction halting enforcement of the mandate for the states that filed lawsuits.

A three-judge panel from the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit reinstated the vaccine mandate in mid-December, prompting a flurry of petitions to the Supreme Court for relief. The Biden administration petitioned the Supreme Court demanding a nationwide stay of the injunctions, pending a full review by the lower courts. This past Friday, the Court held an emergency hearing on the mandate for private employers as well as the one for healthcare workers.

As more details and analysis come down the line, we’ll share more with you. But in the meantime, breathe a sigh of relief that the vaccine mandate for private companies is effectively dead.

Wednesday, January 12, 2022

Joe Biden Doesn’t Want You Know This About George Wallace


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On Tuesday, Joe Biden gave a ridiculous speech about voting rights, during which he advocated for the elimination of the filibuster so Democrats can ram their federal election takeover through Congress, and made some ridiculous accusations about the Capitol riot.

There were many issues with his speech, but one thing that caught my attention was when Biden asked a series of questions in an attempt to claim the moral high ground on the issues he was discussing.

“At consequential moments in history, they present a choice: Do you want to be on the side of Dr. King or George Wallace?” he asked. “Do you want to be on the side of John Lewis or Bull Connor? Do you want to be on the side of Abraham Lincoln or Jefferson Davis?”

It was a curious quote indeed, and not just because of the ridiculousness of his equating his party’s efforts today to the Civil Rights movement or ending slavery.

Missing from Biden’s speech was the fact that George Wallace, Bull Connor, and Jefferson Davis were all Democrats. So, technically, Joe Biden, and the partisan Democrats who participated in the charade in Georgia, were all on their side.

But Joe Biden stands out as unique among them because he isn’t just on the same side of the Democrats mentioned above by being in the same party.

In 1975, he was an undeniable fan of George Wallace. “I think the Democratic Party could stand a liberal George Wallace—someone who’s not afraid to stand up and offend people, someone who wouldn’t pander but would say what the American people know in their gut is right,” he told the Philadelphia Enquirer.

Biden remained a fan of Wallace through the 1980s. In 1981, he praised Wallace’s positions on various issues and told a black witness during a Senate committee hearing that “sometimes even George Wallace is right.” Later, during his first attempt at running for president in 1987, he bragged that in 1973 Wallace considered him “one of the outstanding young politicians of America,” and while campaigning in Alabama, he said, “we (Delawareans) were on the South’s side in the Civil War.”

Imagine if any Republican had ever said such things.

Biden also actively cozied up to Southern segregationist Democrats for help and support for his anti-busing legislation—which Kamala Harris used against him during the 2020 Democratic primary to suggest that he was a racist. Biden also praised former Ku Klux Klan “Exalted Cyclops” Robert Byrd and referred to him as a “friend,” “mentor,” and “guide.”

The evidence that Joe Biden is a racist is overwhelming, and not just because of his support for segregationists. He has a history of making blatantly racist comments. All the speeches in the world can’t change who Biden was or still is.

CDC admits COVID-19 isn’t a threat to the vast majority of people

By Kaylee McGhee White, Commentary Writer | The Washington Examiner 

Rochelle Walensky, the director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Even before the omicron variant, COVID-19 posed little risk of serious illness or death to the vast majority of the public. Those most at risk have always been the elderly and others with underlying conditions. But for the past two years, anyone who has made that point has been accused of downplaying the crisis and endangering the lives of others.

Walensky, Dr. Rochelle the director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, learned that the hard way this weekend when she admitted during an interview that 75% of COVID-19 deaths among vaccinated people occurred in those with four or more comorbidities, or “people who were unwell to begin with.”

Unsurprisingly, Walensky was met with the typical “So you want people to die!” refrain, leading her to offer a halfhearted apology:

Walensky was right the first time, and her point proves just how important vaccination is for those with underlying conditions. But I'd also argue that the unvaccinated, as well as the vaccinated, face minimal risk from COVID-19 if they do not have comorbidities.

Just look at the death statistics. Healthy people without serious conditions, regardless of their vaccination statuses, rarely suffer serious cases of COVID-19. In fact, a recent study by the CDC found that only 5% of COVID-19 deaths listed the virus as the only cause of death. That means the other 95% were caused by some other condition, such as obesity, heart disease, or cancer, along with COVID-19.

The data prove an immune system that has not been compromised and is taken care of is capable of withstanding the virus. Those who are at risk are free to take whatever protective measures they feel are necessary. But everyone else needs to get on with their lives and stop letting fear of a virus paralyze society.

Tuesday, January 11, 2022

The Branch Covidians Are Basically the Same as the Heaven's Gate Cultists (Except Not as Nice)


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I have HBO Max. I love it. Out of all the streaming services, HBO Max gives the best content for the money, in my opinion. Maybe it’s because I’m a documentary junkie, and the documentaries on HBO Max are plentiful. I recently binged Heaven’s Gate: The Cult of Cults and could not believe the similarities between them and the true believers of the cult I’ve come to call the Branch Covidians.

I’m not talking about the people who are going along with the regulations because they’re trying to survive, nor the ones who got the vaccine to keep a job, nor even the ones who don a mask to go grocery shopping. The Branch Covidians are much more insidious than that. These are the people for whom it is not enough to slavishly conform with every directive (“I put my cloth mask over my N95!”) despite COVID having a 99% survival rate. No, these people demand that everyone else also conforms to every dictatorial decree that comes down from on high like a message from God. The second coming of Christ took the form of Anthony Fauci to these people.

They stayed inside for an entire year, seeing no one but the back of their grocery delivery person. They never spent time with family, they didn’t go to their nephew’s birthday, and they didn’t visit their grandmother unless it was through a window. And it’s not enough that they did those things; they want you to do them too and if you don’t, you’re doomed to Hell on earth.

Heaven’s Gate cultists were following their Christ on earth, Do, who said he was the son of God the father, who was named Ti. Ti and Do had a lot of rules for their “class members,” too. The rules were strikingly similar to what we have gone through since 2020. Heaven’s Gate members were told to cut ties with all family, to deny human desires for connection, sex and socialization, and to retreat from the world into a closed community. There, they would wait for a sign that their savior (in the form of space aliens) was coming to get them to do work in the kingdom of heaven.

Another interesting part of the philosophy of Heaven’s Gate was their idea of what that “work” in heaven would be. It wouldn’t be creating families, nor would it be love or relationships, but communal work in the service of one entity. The ultimate goal for Heaven’s Gate was to transcend “humanness,” to become alien-like with no human emotions or desires. Class members would one day even lose the need to speak, communicating only through ESP. They believed this outcome would be the next step in the evolution of our beings.

It does not escape my notice that the Branch Covidians want the same thing for us. They want us to stop celebrating holidays, stop socializing with friends and family, and stop having joyful human relationships, and instead opt for the digitizing of our lives onto machines and serving the government unquestioningly. We had already been communicating mostly silently through texting and emails for some time, but the onset of COVID lockdowns exacerbated that to such an extent that now some people are finding it difficult to speak to people in public. The New York Times published an article called, “Don’t Worry, You Can Learn to Talk To People Again.” And it wasn’t just them. There are plenty of articles detailing how millions of people are losing their social skills, developing social anxiety, and failing at being human.

The big difference between Heaven’s Gate and the Branch Covidians is that the HG folks were super nice. They didn’t have any mechanisms other than their own persuasion to convince others to join. The Branch Covidians have access to every government institution and will literally destroy your life if you don’t join their cult. You will be fired or have your business shut down, your kids can’t go to school, you will be unable to travel, and you could even be imprisoned.

Has anyone stopped to assess whether or not we’ve been initiated into a cult? How is a cult defined, and what are the danger signs? According to Cult Education, there are several signs you should look out for.

1. Absolute authoritarianism without meaningful accountability.

To whom have governors been accountable when they’ve extended “states of emergency” for going-on-three years now? Or demanded that you receive medicine you don’t want or else lose your job? No one (in blue states, anyway). To whom is the health department accountable? Not the voters; they’re unelected. And yet, they can have you locked in your house and restrict you from going to the grocery store if you have a cold (which omicron literally is: a cold). That seems like absolute authoritarianism to me.

2. No tolerance for questions or critical inquiry.

If you question the official narrative of the CDC or Saint Anthony Fauci, you are banned from all popular platforms and your message is censored and stifled. It doesn’t matter if you spent your life practicing science, treating patients, studying immunology; if your conclusions are different than the ruling authority, you’re demonized and silenced.

3. No meaningful financial disclosure regarding budget or expenses, such as an independently audited financial statement.

This one can be compared to the transparency of data. There is none. And nothing else needs to be said beyond what Scott Adams tweeted out a few days ago: “If it’s opaque, it’s fake.”

4. Unreasonable fear about the outside world, such as impending catastrophe, evil conspiracies, and persecutions.

It’s dangerous out there. Don’t go out. Your fellow citizens are walking disease vectors who could kill you. You are in danger everywhere. 

5. There is no legitimate reason to leave, and former followers who leave are always wrong, negative, or even evil.

6. Former members often relate the same stories of abuse and reflect a similar pattern of grievances.

Has anyone gotten out successfully yet? I’m not sure. But I can’t wait to hear their stories when they do.

7. There are records, books, news articles, or television programs that document the abuses of the group/leader.

8. Followers feel they can never be “good enough.”

I wear two masks! I got my kid 3 boosters and posted them crying on Facebook! Oh yeah? Well, I got four shots and wear three masks AND have cut my unvaccinated family out of my life! 

Branch Covidians are always trying to outdo each other with their devotion to the cult.

9. The group/leader is always right.

Even when Fauci is wrong, he’s right. He said don’t wear a mask. Masks are security theater. Then he said to wear one. Then he said to wear two. He said the vaccines were 90% effective, then he said 80%, then 70%, and now he says they don’t reduce transmission, and somehow … he’s still right. His face is also on our food. It’s super weird.

10. The group/leader is the exclusive means of knowing “truth” or receiving validation; no other process of discovery is acceptable or credible.

And I would add another sign: weird, creepy singing. If you’re not convinced that you’re in a cult yet, check this out. First, Heaven’s Gate performing their version of Do Re Mi.

Cult Education also has a list of how to recognize a safe leader. Does this sound like anyone in our government?

A safe group/leader will answer your questions without becoming judgmental and punitive.

A safe group/leader will disclose information such as finances and often offer an independently audited financial statement regarding budget and expenses. Safe groups and leaders will tell you more than you want to know.

A safe group/leader is often democratic, sharing decision making and encouraging accountability and oversight.

A safe group/leader may have disgruntled former followers, but will not vilify, excommunicate and forbid others from associating with them.

A safe group/leader will not have a paper trail of overwhelmingly negative records, books, articles and statements about them.

A safe group/leader will encourage family communication, community interaction and existing friendships and not feel threatened.

A safe group/leader will recognize reasonable boundaries and limitations when dealing with others.

A safe group/leader will encourage critical thinking, individual autonomy and feelings of self-esteem.

A safe group/leader will admit failings and mistakes and accept constructive criticism and advice.

A safe group/leader will not be the only source of knowledge and learning excluding everyone else, but value dialogue and the free exchange of ideas.

We are not under safe leadership. This is a cult. You’re in a cult. I’m sorry I have to be the one to break it to you but those are the facts according to cult experts.

There’s a certain portion of the population who cannot be hypnotized who are not in danger of being sucked into a cult. That’s me (and probably some of you). This stuff doesn’t work on me, but I’m watching so many around me fall prey to the biggest cult ever to arise. Unfortunately, people like me who can’t be hypnotized make up only about 25% of the population, so … we’re screwed.

At least the documentaries in a few years are going to be epic.