“Who controls the past controls the future; who controls the present controls the past.”
~George Orwell, "1984"
Happy New Year, such as it is…
I’ve been struggling on what to write for several days now and have started over at least 4 times as things are changing drastically from day to day.
Had I been able to write something on Jan. 1, I probably would have written something much more optimistic about how 2020 is now behind us, and I have higher hopes for 2021. That was true for a couple of days, and that was about it.
Don’t get me wrong, I’m thankful that the dumpster fire that was 2020 is behind us, but so far, there doesn’t appear to be any improvement in the New Year. In fact, it’s almost as if the dumpster has been hooked up to the number 2021 bus with the accelerator stuck on full throttle, no brakes, and we’re now careening straight for a steep cliff.
That came to full bloom on Jan. 6 when the Capitol Building in Washington, D.C. was stormed and all hell broke loose, followed by cries for Trump’s immediate ouster by the 25th Amendment, and now, an unprecedented second impeachment for allegedly inciting violence.
I urge everyone to go back and watch or read Trump’s words. There was nothing said other than showing strength, and cheering on Republican lawmakers who were trying to challenge the electors in contested states, something that Democrats have done in 2001, 2005, and 2017, but none of that seems to matter.
None of that is of any consequence anymore. Like it or not, it looks like we’re stuck with the Kamala Harris Administration, preceded - albeit briefly - by a Joe Biden Administration which will likely continue until he’s declared mentally unfit to finish his term, or the powers that be will delve into the foreign business of his son and brother, and how he was potentially involved.
Yep, 2021 is – so far – an extension of the disastrous 2020, but “NEW & IMPROVED!” now with 75% more of what made 2020… well, 2020.
More and more I have heard people say that they wish dad were around to give his take on things. I think I have a pretty good idea, because we talked politics quite often, and were pretty much in synch on our conservative ideals.
So, what would dad say?
He’d be sad, he’d be disappointed, he’d be highly upset and downright outraged.
He’d be upset that a president who was voted the Most Admired Man in America, above Barack Obama and a distant third Joe Biden in a recent Gallup poll, who got more votes than any incumbent in history, who got more votes than Barack Obama did when he was elected in 2008, was somehow defeated by a man who has obvious cognitive impairments, who lost the first three Democratic primaries and his running mate, who dropped out of the race almost a year before the election. Somehow this Democrat “dream team” managed to get more than 80 million votes.
He’d be upset at the storming of the Capitol, but he’d also be upset with the total disregard that anyone other than violent Trump supporters might possibly be involved, despite video evidence of Trump supporters trying to stop perpetrators from breaking windows to get in the building. The reports and video – please look it up – show that other entrances to the building appeared to have been opened to allow protestors into the building as Capitol police stood aside and let them walk right by.
I am in no way, and dad would not either, defending the actions of those that participated, but as tragic as it is that 5 people died as a result of the incident, it pales in comparison with the “peaceful protests” which resulted in the deaths of dozens of people in the rioting, and burning of buildings, destruction and looting that happened last summer, and which was supported by the left-wing media and prominent Democrats, including Nancy Pelosi and future President Kamala Harris.
He’d be upset to see that Democrats are so scared of President Trump, that they want to impeach him again.
Dad would be appalled at the full-on assault on the First Amendment which has been happening for a while now, but has hit near Chinese Communist Party levels. The president of the United States of America is banned from major social media platforms.
Parler was touted as the free speech alternative to Twitter, but the Big Tech companies Apple and Google pulled the app from their app stores, and Amazon Web Services even kicked Parler off their servers because it would not submit to the same draconian speech controls as other platforms have. Even Campaign Monitor, the Trump email server, dropped him, further silencing the leader of the free world. But not to worry, you can still follow the Ayatollah Khamenei and Venezuelan despot Nicholas Maduro, so Twitter isn’t completely against violence as they like to pretend they are.
"Game of Thrones" author George R.R. Martin wrote, “When you tear out a man’s tongue, you are not proving him a liar, you’re only telling the world that you fear what he might say.”
The mainstream media and the left don’t just want Trump removed from office, they want to give him the 21st Century equivalent of being “tarred and feathered.” They want him disgraced, destroyed, unable to show his face in public, financially ruined, and obliterated from history. Seriously, there are those on the left who have suggested having him digitally removed from "Home Alone 2: Lost in New York." But it’s not just Trump, they want everyone who ever supported him to be punished for even thinking about supporting him, with even Forbes warning against hiring former Trump cabinet members and advisors.
But they also want to shut down the average hard-working patriotic folks as well. Facebook banned PatrioticMe, a company which specializes in apparel which is unabashedly pro-American, from advertising on their platform.
Talk radio, once the bedrock of conservative voices, took a hit this week when Cumulus Media instructed their on-air talent like Mark Levin and Ben Shapiro no longer to use phrases indicating that they thought the election was stolen from Trump.
An ABC News political director even suggested on Twitter – then realized he had been too honest and deleted his tweet - that getting rid of Trump would be easy, but “Cleansing the movement he commands is going to be something else.”
A now-jobless PBS senior staff attorney even suggested that Trump supporters should have their children taken away by Homeland Security and put into “re-education camps” to undo the influence of their evil parents.
All of this is a dangerous precedent for our Republic, and sounds more like the Banana kind.
And the pièce de résistance is that two professors from Duke University are urging the upcoming Biden administration to establish a “misinformation" commission to combat any right-wing ideas floating around that might somehow have gone unsquashed. It’s an intriguing idea which just screams “Ministry of Truth,” which ties in perfectly with the "1984" quote with which I opened this soapbox.
Again, I could probably write 20 pages on this madness, but I’m going to try to wrap things up.
So, what can we do?
The way that the elections were handled show that we need more than just someone favorable in the White House and Congress. We need state legislatures that will stand up to the far-left radicals and governors and secretaries of state who won't just look the other way and let unelected activists and biased state supreme courts illegally rewrite the election laws.
We need more voices in the cities, we need to keep showing minorities that the Democratic Party doesn't care about them until it's time for their votes, and remind them who put in place the policies which put more minorities and females in the workforce than at any other time in recent history.
We need more diverse conservative minds like Candace Owens, Dr. Carol Swain, Terrence K. Williams, and John James - who may have been denied his seat in the Senate by the same forces at work in Michigan - instead of spineless eunuch Republicans In Name Only (RINOs) like Mitch McConnell and Lindsey Graham, etc., who were content pretending that they actually stood for something when Trump was elected, only to quickly scurry back to their proper place, the RINO wing of the party, as soon as they realized that Trump’s term was coming to an end.
The one positive thing that I read recently is that one-party rule – control of the White House and both chambers of Congress is usually short-lived, but that could be out the window if there aren’t state election reforms. Still, in 2022, there is a chance that Republicans could take back the House and the Senate -- a slight chance, but it’s there.
In the meantime, we have to pray that West Virginia’s Sen. Joe Manchin stands by his word that he will vote against the Democrats on overreaching radical legislation like the packing of the Supreme Court, the Green New Deal, and statehood for Puerto Rico and Washington D.C., but he’s already walking back his stance on that one, so who knows?
Do I have a lot of faith that Manchin will stick to his word? Not particularly, but it’s all we have right now.
No, actually, it’s not all we have.
And dad would also be stressing this to those curious about what he would say as well...
We have faith that God is still on His throne, and while things look bad and we don’t understand why things are happening the way they are, He’s still unshaken and in control.
We have to put our trust in Him instead of the flawed humans that supposedly work for us.
What do you think?
Pray for our troops, out police, the peace of Jerusalem and for our nation.
God Bless America!
Benghazi Ain’t Going Away!
--Charlie Daniels, Jr.
Charlie Daniels, Jr. is the son of legendary American singer, song writer, guitarist, and fiddler Charlie Daniels and president and digital marketing manager of Charlie Daniels Brand, Inc.