Observation of a millennial

Observation of a millennial

by Alyssa Ahlgren

I'm sitting in a small coffee shop near Nokomis trying to think of what to write about. I scroll through my newsfeed on my phone looking at the latest headlines of Democrat candidates calling for policies to "fix" the so-called injustices of capitalism. I put my phone down and continue to look around. I see people talking freely, working on their MacBooks, ordering food they get in an instant, seeing cars go by outside, and it dawned on me.

We live in the most privileged time in the most prosperous nation and we've become completely blind to it. Vehicles, food, technology, freedom to associate with whom we choose. These things are so ingrained in our American way of life we don't give them a second thought. We are so well off here in the United States that our poverty line begins 31 times above the global average. Thirty. One. Times.

Virtually no one in the United States is considered poor by global standards. Yet, in a time where we can order a product from Amazon with one click and have it at our doorstep the next day, we are unappreciative, unsatisfied, and ungrateful. Our lack of appreciation is evident as the popularity of socialist policies among my generation continues to grow.

Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez recently said to Newsweek talking about the millennial generation, "An entire generation, which is now becoming one of the largest electorates in America, came of age and never saw American prosperity."

Never saw American prosperity. Let that sink in. When I first read that statement, I thought to myself, that was quite literally the most entitled and factually illiterate thing I've ever heard in my 26 years on this earth. Now, I'm not attributing Miss Ocasio-Cortez's words to outright dishonesty. I do think she whole-heartedly believes the words she said to be true.

Many young people agree with her, which is entirely misguided. My generation is being indoctrinated by a mainstream narrative to actually believe we have never seen prosperity. I know this first hand, I went to college, let's just say I didn't have the popular opinion, but I digress.

Let me lay down some truths.

The United States of America has lifted more people out of abject poverty, spread more freedom and democracy, and has created more innovation in technology and medicine than any other nation in human history. Not only that but our citizenry continually breaks world records with charitable donations, the rags to riches story is not only possible in America but not uncommon, we have the strongest purchasing power on earth, and we encompass 25% of the world's GDP.

The list goes on. However, these truths don't matter. We are told that income inequality is an existential crisis (even though this is not an indicator of prosperity, some of the poorest countries in the world have low-income inequality), we are told that we are oppressed by capitalism (even though it's brought about more freedom and wealth to the most people than any other system in world history), we are told that the only way we will acquire the benefits of true prosperity is through socialism and centralization of federal power (even though history has proven time and again this only brings tyranny and suffering).

Why then, with all of the overwhelming evidence around us, evidence that I can even see sitting at a coffee shop, do we not view this as prosperity? We have people who are dying to get into our country. People around the world destitute and truly impoverished. Yet, we have a young generation convinced they've never seen prosperity, and as a result, elect politicians dead set on taking steps towards abolishing capitalism.

Why? The answer is this: My generation has ONLY seen prosperity. We have no contrast. We didn't live in the Great Depression, or live through two world wars, or see the rise and fall of socialism and communism. We don't know what it's like to live without the internet and smartphones. We don't have a lack of prosperity problem. We have an entitlement problem, an ungratefulness problem, and it's spreading like a plague.

With the current political climate giving rise to the misguided idea of a socialist utopia, will we see the light? Or will we have to lose it all to realize that what we have now is true prosperity? Destroying the free market will undo what millions of people have died to achieve.

My generation is becoming the largest voting bloc in the country. We have an opportunity to continue to propel us forward with the gifts capitalism and democracy have given us.

The other option is that we can fall into the trap of entitlement and [lapse] into restrictive socialist destitution. The choice doesn't seem too hard, does it?

Gallup Poll Shows 4 in 10 Americans Now Support Socialism

Gallup Poll Shows 4 in 10 Americans Now Support Socialism

from Liberty Planet - May 22, 2019

The free market has definitely seen better days…

A Gallup poll released conducted in April 2019 and released in May shows American attitudes towards socialism have changed dramatically over the decades, with 43 percent of survey respondents saying they favor the philosophy. The poll’s release comes as the Democratic Party’s primary season amplifies with over 20 candidates vying for the nomination.

According to the poll, a majority of Democratic voters have already had a positive view of socialism, and that has been mainly unchanged over the past eight years. The poll also shows that a growing number of Americans are beginning to associate the world “socialism” with social equality, rather than the classical definition that included government control over the means of production.

A deeper look into the poll, however, indicates that socialism isn’t being explained very well — and perhaps that’s intentional. The same survey showed that 75 percent of Americans preferred the free market to lead the way in technological innovation, with 65 percent feeling the same for the distribution of wealth.

Again, the classical definition of socialism — penned by Karl Marx and his own followers — is the redistribution of wealth through a working class-driven revolution. The stated goal of the philosophy is correct historical wrongs based on the misinformed understanding that people are only wealthy because they have stolen resources from others.

Socialism enjoys a lot of publicity in 2019. Not long ago, it was regarded as a fringe ideology, even among the majority of Democratic voters. In 1942, only a quarter of Americans believed socialism was a good thing according to Gallup. Now, the philosophy gets near-constant lip service from mainstream politicians.

Capitalism, to me, is an ideology of capital. The most important thing is the concentration of capital, and it means that we seek and prioritize profit and the accumulation of money above all else, and we seek it at any human and environmental cost,” New York Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez once said. “But when we talk about ideas for example like democratic socialism, it means putting democracy and society first, instead of capital first.”

But again, as we just saw earlier, Americans still tend to prefer the free market to take care of almost everything in the economy. The notable exceptions where the reverse is true, according to Gallup, are education and environmental protection. Survey responders were fairly split on healthcare, with just over 50 percent preferring the government, and 44 percent preferring the free market.

What seems like what’s happening is that Democratic politicians are attempting to change what Americans think of when they hear the word “socialism.” For many Americans born after 1990, this isn’t difficult. They grew up without hearing about the Soviet Union’s mass killings of political dissidents. They didn’t witness the failures of communism in Russia, East Germany, Maoist China, and other locations.

Almost every time Senator Bernie Sanders is asked to explain his political ideology, he uses Scandinavian countries like Norway and Denmark as examples, rather than the now-defunct country where he honeymooned. Norway and Denmark are both functionally capitalist countries with generous welfare states — although even those have shrunk in recent years.

So, are conservatives finally losing the socialism v. capitalism debate? It’s hard to tell. It appears that, for many, socialism no longer calls back to authoritarian communism, but to the feel-good European utopias that are anything but.

Conservative thinkers, Republican politicians, and anyone with any sympathy for constitutional freedom at all needs to remember what socialism really means: the abolition of private property, the tyranny of the majority, and the supremacy of the state. When socialism is property defined, there is simply no moral way to justify supporting it.

How do they spot liberal media bias

How do they spot liberal media bias.
from the Media Research Center - Mar 16, 2019

Have you ever wondered how the Media Research Center’s (MRC) famous News Analysis Division actually analyzes the news? How do they spot liberal media bias?

Media bias is a tricky thing to analyze. It’s the kind of thing that you can usually point out when you see it but quantifying it is sometimes difficult.

However, there are some things that the MRC’s news analysts look out for and you can too when you are faced with the liberal media. Here are some tips on what to look out for:

Bias By Selection or Omission

One way to spot liberal media bias in the news is by noting what information is included and what information is left out. This may also include an examination of equivalent coverage and the lack of time given to opposing views.

For example: When big time Hollywood producer, liberal mega-donor, and alleged serial sex offender Harvey Weinstein was going to be exposed in a 2004 New York Times exposé, the Times gutted the piece - thereby omitting potential wrongdoing to save one of their own.

Bias By Language

The liberal media also manipulate the news by using loaded language. By using certain language or prohibiting other words, the leftist media can insert their own political perspective into the news.

For example: The Associated Press 2017 guidelines prohibit the use of the words “pro-life”, “migrant”, “refugee”, “Islamist”, or “terrorist”.

Bias By Sources

Another method the national news media frequently use to spread their bias is by using biased liberal sources so they can push their leftist ideology without challenge.

For example: CBS blamed climate change for Hurricanes Harvey and Irma, using Rice University’s Prof Jim Blackburn as a source. However, Blackburn is a noted climate alarmist and not a neutral source.

Bias By Publisher, Media Outlet, or Funding Source

Another aspect of bias that should be taken into consideration is that the majority of America’s major news outlets are controlled by a handful of people, and their own biases are routinely expressed in the news narrative.

For example: CNN’s CEO and President is Jeff Zucker, a businessman noted for his liberal stances- including his vocal support of former President Obama. The programming of CNN frequently reflects such positions.

We hope these tips are helpful when you are forced to face the liberal media out in the world. And for more great news and analysis, make sure to check out the MRC's NewsBusters.org!

Sincerely,

Your Friends at the Media Research Center

We Fight Now or the Socialists Win

We Fight Now or the Socialists Win
By William L. Gensert - March 15, 2019

The Democratic Party is no longer a political party; it has become a religion.  Its acolytes practice politics with every bit of the religious fervor of Islamic militants throwing a gay man off the roof of a ten-story building because Sharia tells them it’s what he deserves.  Make no mistake, every day, our new socialists fight for the right to do the same to us.

After driving two hours to vote against Sandy O, I was told my ballot would be challenged because my signature didn’t match from when I registered as a Conservative in 1976.  I offered to show ID, which only engendered anger.  ID is not allowed -- too reminiscent of using Voter ID to weed out illegal voters.  Of course, the real reason for the challenge was the “C” next to my name.  The poll lady was not about to allow a conservative to vote.  If they were willing to do that in an election they were guaranteed to win, what will they do next year? 

Democrats know Donald Trump will win in 2020 and are planning to cheat to deny him victory.  These new socialists are importing a new electorate through open borders and have proposed legislation to allow illegals the vote.  They stole seats in the midterms using ballot harvesting and miraculously appearing boxes of “uncounted” Democrat ballots and will do the same in 2020.

The midterms were a trial run for 2020.  The left is organized and prepared. 

To have any chance, we must behave the way the left behaves, and that means we should take a page from the Democratic playbook. 

In 2008, there were members of the New Black Panthers stationed outside voting locations.  The right needs to do the same, and have people in place to document everything.  Challenge them at the polls; challenge them outside the polls; challenge them every time we see them cheat; challenge every single vote if need be.  Sue them in court over every irregularity, otherwise, they’re going to deny enough ballots, harvest enough votes, or find enough in trunks of cars to win.  We will need to fight for a fair 2020 election, or they will steal it.

The media was always biased, but at least they used to pretend that they weren’t.  After Obama’s election, they dispensed with all pretense and worshipped the man as a god.  Now, they worship the Democrats’ socialist ideology.  Every article either praises the left or pillories anyone who disagrees with them. 

The battle in the media is lost.  We will never get fair and balanced coverage.  Yet, if we have learned anything from Donald Trump, controlling the media doesn’t guarantee controlling the message.  Part of the president’s success has been in dictating the narrative.  By using Twitter, perhaps at times injudiciously, but at other times brilliantly, Trump has bypassed traditional media and gone directly to the people -- it got him elected and it can be used to fight the socialist takeover of this nation.  Facebook, Twitter, comments on articles, and public activism are all weapons at our disposal.

We have allowed the Democrats using Antifa, Black Lives Matters, and SJWs dominion over the public square.  We need similar tactics; there are far more of us than them and in a battle against an army of pajama boys, we have the edge.

And we must be assertive not only vocally but physically.  A group of men preventing Antifa/BLM/SJWs from pummeling dissenters will be on CNN 24/7 -- they will provide the platform because they will not be able to resist portraying the right as the aggressors.  So of course, we need to travel in groups and record everything.  Think what the left would have done to Nicholas Sandman had there not been video exposing their lies. 

Most importantly, we must never attack first; we are not them.  Nietzsche said, “Whoever fights monsters should see to it that in the process he does not become a monster.”  Never strike first, but certainly strike last; we don’t start, we finish.

But even if we can prevent them from stealing the election, it won’t be over.  This is a battle for the soul of the nation, and they are not only trying to win elections, they seek to “fundamentally transform the United States of America” into the next socialist utopia.  They are pursuing us at every opportunity because for them to win they must get rid of us.

One need only look at their policies to see what is coming.  Do we want to live in a world of unlimited abortion, before, during, and after birth?  Should our children live in a nation without cars, planes, meat, and affordable electricity?  Do we want our grandchildren to live in a world where a president has so corrupted executive agencies under his command they try to first steal an election and then depose his successor in a coup attempt based on lies bought and paid for by the likes of Hillary Clinton?  Are we willing to let Democrats give illegals the same rights and benefits as citizens?  Will we allow them to force those not directly responsible to pay reparations to those who didn’t directly suffer?  Can we live in a country that has taken away our 2nd Amendment and 1st Amendment rights?

Donald Trump fights, but he’s one man.  He can’t save us alone.  If we believe the dream that is America is worth saving, we are going to have to fight, for if we don’t, America is lost.

The Democratic Party is no longer a political party; it has become a religion.  Its acolytes practice politics with every bit of the religious fervor of Islamic militants throwing a gay man off the roof of a ten-story building because Sharia tells them it’s what he deserves.  Make no mistake, every day, our new socialists fight for the right to do the same to us.

After driving two hours to vote against Sandy O, I was told my ballot would be challenged because my signature didn’t match from when I registered as a Conservative in 1976.  I offered to show ID, which only engendered anger.  ID is not allowed -- too reminiscent of using Voter ID to weed out illegal voters.  Of course, the real reason for the challenge was the “C” next to my name.  The poll lady was not about to allow a conservative to vote.  If they were willing to do that in an election they were guaranteed to win, what will they do next year? 

Democrats know Donald Trump will win in 2020 and are planning to cheat to deny him victory.  These new socialists are importing a new electorate through open borders and have proposed legislation to allow illegals the vote.  They stole seats in the midterms using ballot harvesting and miraculously appearing boxes of “uncounted” Democrat ballots and will do the same in 2020.

The midterms were a trial run for 2020.  The left is organized and prepared

To have any chance, we must behave the way the left behaves, and that means we should take a page from the Democratic playbook. 

In 2008, there were members of the New Black Panthers stationed outside voting locations.  The right needs to do the same, and have people in place to document everything.  Challenge them at the polls; challenge them outside the polls; challenge them every time we see them cheat; challenge every single vote if need be.  Sue them in court over every irregularity, otherwise, they’re going to deny enough ballots, harvest enough votes, or find enough in trunks of cars to win.  We will need to fight for a fair 2020 election, or they will steal it.

The media was always biased, but at least they used to pretend that they weren’t.  After Obama’s election, they dispensed with all pretense and worshipped the man as a god.  Now, they worship the Democrats’ socialist ideology.  Every article either praises the left or pillories anyone who disagrees with them. 

The battle in the media is lost.  We will never get fair and balanced coverage.  Yet, if we have learned anything from Donald Trump, controlling the media doesn’t guarantee controlling the message.  Part of the president’s success has been in dictating the narrative.  By using Twitter, perhaps at times injudiciously, but at other times brilliantly, Trump has bypassed traditional media and gone directly to the people -- it got him elected and it can be used to fight the socialist takeover of this nation.  Facebook, Twitter, comments on articles, and public activism are all weapons at our disposal.

We have allowed the Democrats using Antifa, Black Lives Matters, and SJWs dominion over the public square.  We need similar tactics; there are far more of us than them, and in a battle against an army of pajama boys, we have the edge.

And we must be assertive not only vocally but physically.  A group of men preventing Antifa/BLM/SJWs from pummeling dissenters will be on CNN 24/7 -- they will provide the platform because they will not be able to resist portraying the right as the aggressors.  So of course, we need to travel in groups and record everything.  Think what the left would have done to Nicholas Sandman had there not been video exposing their lies. 

Most importantly, we must never attack first; we are not them.  Nietzsche said, “Whoever fights monsters should see to it that in the process he does not become a monster.”  Never strike first, but certainly strike last; we don’t start, we finish.

But even if we can prevent them from stealing the election, it won’t be over.  This is a battle for the soul of the nation, and they are not only trying to win elections, they seek to “fundamentally transform the United States of America” into the next socialist utopia.  They are pursuing us at every opportunity because for them to win they must get rid of us.

One need only look at their policies to see what is coming.  Do we want to live in a world of unlimited abortion, before, during, and after birth?  Should our children live in a nation without cars, planes, meat, and affordable electricity?  Do we want our grandchildren to live in a world where a president has so corrupted executive agencies under his command they try to first steal an election and then depose his successor in a coup attempt based on lies bought and paid for by the likes of Hillary Clinton?  Are we willing to let Democrats give illegals the same rights and benefits as citizens?  Will we allow them to force those not directly responsible to pay reparations to those who didn’t directly suffer?  Can we live in a country that has taken away our 2nd Amendment and 1st Amendment rights?

Donald Trump fights, but he’s one man.  He can’t save us alone.  If we believe the dream that is America is worth saving, we are going to have to fight, for if we don’t, America is lost.

Please follow William L. Gensert on Twitter @williamlgensert

Democracy Should Mean Taking People’s Money and Power Away

AOC’s Senior Advisor:Democracy Should Mean Taking People’s Money and Power Away 
by Katie Pavlich - March 15, 2019

Former senior campaign advisor to socialist Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez is redefining "democracy" as government officials stealing money from some and giving it to others.In other words: justified government theft.

The statement came during a segment on MSNBC about the 2020 Democrat presidential field, which continues to grow.

Meanwhile, during an interview at the South by Southwest Conference in Austin, Texas last week, Congresswoman Ocasio-Cortez declared America is "garbage" and said capitalism is irredeemable. 

Democrat Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, whose sudden rise to prominence has made her a target of Republicans and a sometime irritant to her party’s leaders, called capitalism an “irredeemable” system that is to blame for income inequality.
She directed some of her sharpest comments at an economic system that she said values profit over people.
“Capitalism is an ideology of capital –- the most important thing is the concentration of capital and to seek and maximize profit,” Ocasio-Cortez said. And that comes at any cost to people and to the environment, she said, “so to me capitalism is irredeemable.”

Capitalism is the greatest force against poverty the world has ever seen. Not only do Ocasio-Cortez and her closest advisors believe the government should control means of production, but that they're entitled to the earnings and wealth belonging to someone else.