Biden’s National Security Advisor Pick: Our Adversaries’ Friend

Jake Sullivan went on Chinese-government controlled TV to bash Trump’s Israel policy.



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Robert Gates, who served as defense secretary during the Obama-Biden administration, warned that Joe Biden had “been wrong on nearly every major foreign policy and national security issue over the past four decades.” Now it looks like Biden is on course to make many more mistakes, starting with his selection of veterans from the totally misguided Obama-era foreign policy establishment to serve on his national security team. Biden’s choice of Jake Sullivan as his national security advisor is a prime example of Biden’s colossal misjudgment.

Sullivan had served in the Obama-Biden administration as national security advisor to then-Vice President Biden and director of policy planning at the State Department, as well as deputy chief of staff to then-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. Introducing Sullivan and others he named to his national security team on November 24th, Biden effusively praised Sullivan as a "once-in-a-generation intellect with the experience and temperament for one of the toughest jobs in the world.”

This so-called “once-in-a-generation intellect” was a lead negotiator in the initial secret talks with the Iranian regime that paved the way for the disastrous Iran nuclear deal. Sullivan also played a major role in shaping Obama’s failed interventionist policies involving Libya and Syria, which opened the door to the spread of ISIS and other Islamist terrorists throughout the Middle East and parts of Africa.

Sullivan was with Hillary Clinton when she launched her farcical “reset” with Russia in March 2009. Sullivan liked the idea. “It was actually Vice President Biden who first used the word ‘reset’ in his speech at the Munich Security Conference a few weeks earlier, but it was left to Secretary Clinton and Foreign Minister Lavrov to work out what exactly that meant,” Sullivan said. What “reset” turned into was a springboard for the Obama administration to appease Russia without getting anything in return. For example, Obama's decision in September 2009 to unilaterally abandon the George W. Bush administration’s plans to deploy a U.S. missile defense system in Eastern Europe, which had angered Russia.

While serving with Clinton at the State Department, Sullivan reportedly sent 215 messages deemed classified over the former Secretary of State’s unsecured private e-mail system, including e-mails containing information classified at the highest level of “top secret.” Will anyone be checking to see whether Sullivan, in his new job, will be communicating with Clinton and sharing top secret information with her over her current e-mail system?

After serving as a senior policy adviser to Hillary Clinton's losing 2016 presidential election campaign, Sullivan played the role of principal critic of the Trump administration’s foreign policies. He became a senior fellow at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, which is financed in part by Chinese Communist-connected Zhang Yichen. While serving as the CEO of a large Chinese state-owned investment company and a member of an advisory group to the Chinese Communist Party, Zhang Yichen is also a trustee of the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace where Sullivan was a senior fellow. So it is no surprise that Sullivan used his perch at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace to shamelessly criticize President Trump’s pro-Israel policies during an interview with a Chinese government-controlled media outlet.

Sullivan slammed President Trump’s decision to relocate the U.S. embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem and recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital. He falsely claimed that the decision “created turbulence and turmoil” in the region. “It’s hard to find a good argument for this decision with respect to advancing the cause of peace in the Middle East,” Sullivan added. To the contrary, what followed was the normalization of relations among Israel and three Arab countries who are willing to prioritize working together to confront the Iranian regime’s threats over differences regarding the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Sullivan is still holding on for dear life to the fundamentally flawed Iran nuclear deal, which he is anxious for the United States to rejoin.

Biden’s “once-in-a-generation intellect” saw no problem that the Clinton campaign he advised was involved with the widely discredited Steele dossier. “There’s nothing about it that from my perspective is concerning,” Sullivan said back in 2018. In 2016, during the presidential campaign, Sullivan, acting as a loyal Democratic Party apparatchik, was spreading disinformation to reporters that Trump's campaign could have ties to Russia. 

Tom Rogan, a commentary writer on foreign policy for the Washington Examiner, hit the nail on the head in describing what to expect from Jake Sullivan. “I believe his selection will be received favorably in Moscow, Tehran, and Beijing for all the wrong reasons,” Rogan wrote. “Sullivan was a key architect of the Obama administration's too-deferential foreign policy structures. Which is to say, its willingness to play softball in the 2013-2015 nuclear negotiations which culminated with the 2015 JCPOA nuclear deal, its appeasement of China, and its failure to counter exponential increases in Russian aggression.” Rogan added that Sullivan “is more comfortable with addressing American enemies with words than confrontation, and with building alliances on the back of requests rather than reciprocity-driven action.”

In other words, Obama's lead from behind, blame America first approach to foreign policy and national security will be making a tragic comeback.



High Court Blocks NY Coronavirus Limits on Houses of Worship

US Supreme Court Blocks Cuomo's NY Coronavirus Limits on Houses of Worship

US Supreme Court Blocks Cuomo's NY Coronavirus Limits on Houses of Worship
Justice Amy Coney Barrett (AP)

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A sharply divided U.S. Supreme Court blocked New York Governor Andrew Cuomo from 
reimposing strict capacity limits on New York City synagogues and Roman Catholic churches, 
saying rules he issued amid a new Covid-19 wave unfairly single out houses of worship.

With Justice Amy Coney Barrett joining the conservative wing in the majority, the court voted 5-4 in a pair of cases to bar Cuomo from enforcing his Oct. 6 “Cluster Initiative” against houses of worship that sued to challenge the restrictions. The initiative was aimed at stemming the outbreak in areas of Brooklyn and Queens that were experiencing a surge in cases.

“Even in a pandemic, the Constitution cannot be put away and forgotten,” the majority said an unsigned opinion issued just before midnight Wednesday. “The restrictions at issue here, by effectively barring many from attending religious services, strike at the very heart of the First Amendment’s guarantee of religious liberty.”

The orders underscore the impact of Barrett’s confirmation last month to succeed the late Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg. The court with Ginsburg had been reluctant to second-guess state and local officials on efforts to slow the spread of Covid-19, even when religious rights were at issue.

Chief Justice John Roberts joined the court’s three liberals in dissent. There was “no need” for the court to act, he wrote, given that the suing synagogues and churches all can now hold services at 50% capacity.

Roberts Dissent

“The governor might reinstate the restrictions. But he also might not,” Roberts wrote. “And it is a significant matter to override determinations made by public health officials concerning what is necessary for public safety in the midst of a deadly pandemic.”

In a separate dissent, Justice Sonia Sotomayor said New York actually was giving houses of worship “preferential treatment” relative to comparable secular activities like movies and spectator sports. Justices Stephen Breyer and Elena Kagan also dissented.

Justices Clarence Thomas, Samuel Alito, Neil Gorsuch and Brett Kavanaugh joined Barrett in the majority. The orders apply until the justices resolve the appeals the churches and synagogues have promised to file.

Cuomo told reporters on a call Thursday that the ruling “was really just an opportunity for the court to express its philosophy and politics.”

Many of the affected areas have large populations of Orthodox Jews, and two synagogues and a nationwide Orthodox umbrella group said the governor was unconstitutionally singling out their religion. In a separate filing, the Catholic Diocese of Brooklyn said churches were being subjected to tighter capacity restrictions than neighboring stores and offices.

The Supreme Court majority said the rules “single out houses of worship for especially harsh treatment” by imposing tighter restrictions on them than on, for example, acupuncture facilities and garages.

Limited Effect

The immediate effect is likely to be limited. New York officials say all the affected areas have been converted to “yellow zones,” where houses of worship aren’t subject to any additional limits under the Cluster Initiative. Some of the areas had previously been classified as “red zones,” where churches and synagogues are limited to the lesser of 25% of capacity or 10 people.

“It’s irrelevant from any practical impact because the zone that they were talking about has already been moot,” Cuomo said on Thursday, noting that broader gathering limits were still in place.

The synagogues -- Agudath Israel of Kew Garden Hills in Queens, and Agudath Israel of Madison in Brooklyn -- faulted Cuomo for singling out their faith in press conferences and interviews. In an Oct. 9 interview on CNN, Cuomo said the coronavirus resurgence at the time was “predominantly an ultra-Orthodox cluster.” Since then a jump in Covid-19 cases in New York has become more widespread.

“This court should not permit such remarkable scapegoating of a religious minority to stand,” the synagogues and a national umbrella organization, Agudath Israel of America, argued in court papers.

New York officials argued that Cuomo “made clear that the order did not target any gatherings because of their religious nature, but, rather, the documented fact of their Covid-19 super-spreader potential.”

President Donald Trump on Saturday added the message “HAPPY THANKSGIVING” to a retweet about the ruling, minutes after arriving at his Virginia golf club.

The cases are Roman Catholic Diocese of Brooklyn v. Cuomo, 20A87, and Agudath Israel v. Cuomo, 20A90.


Trump Exhorts Supporters to ‘Not Be Intimidated’



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President Donald Trump implored his supporters on Wednesday to ''not be intimidated'' by Democrats and others seeking to dissuade them from their accusations of election fraud and irregularities.

Calling into a Pennsylvania Senate Majority Policy Committee on ''election issues and irregularities,'' Trump cited examples of threats against a lawyer who was representing his claims in Pennsylvania who was placed under an order of protection, a Michigan Board of Canvassers member who said his wife and children were threatened, and election board members in Detroit who said they were threatened.

''If you were a Republican poll worker you were treated like a dog,'' Trump said as his lawyer, Jenna Ellis, held up her phone to the microphone, according to The Epoch Times.

''Our poll watchers were pushed out of the building … don’t be intimidated by these people,'' Trump said, while also referring to threats and a pressure campaign against his legal team.

Trump referred to sworn affidavits from poll watchers being denied the opportunity to witness vote-tabulation efforts on Election Day and beyond in places like Philadelphia and Detroit.

''They cheated. It was a fraudulent election,'' Trump said. ''This election was rigged and we can’t let that happen. We can’t let it happen for our country. And this election has to be turned around, because we won Pennsylvania by a lot and we won all these swing states by a lot.''

Pennsylvania Attorney General Josh Shapiro, a Democrat, subsequently ridiculed Trump in a Twitter post.

''The sitting president’s remarks today were devoid of reality,'' Shapiro wrote. ''The election is over. Pennsylvania has certified results & declared Joe Biden the winner of our Commonwealth. Lying through a cell phone at a fake hearing changes nothing.''

Shapiro made no reference to a Pennsylvania judge’s order earlier in the day to halt any further certification efforts, which according to Pennsylvania’s Secretary of the Commonwealth Kathy Boockvar, another Democrat, Joe Biden won by approximately 80,000 votes.

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Trump Announces Pardon of Gen. Michael Flynn

michael flynn wears dark sunglasses as he walks past media outside of a court room


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President Donald Trump pardoned former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn on Wednesday, taking direct aim at a Russia investigation he has long insisted was motivated by political bias.

Trump tweeted:

"It is my Great Honor to announce that General Michael T. Flynn has been granted a Full Pardon. Congratulations to @GenFlynn and his wonderful family, I know you will now have a truly fantastic Thanksgiving!"

Before the pardon, Flynn tweeted a Bible verse, Jeremiah 1:19, which reads:

"'They will fight against you but will not overcome you, for I am with you and will rescue you,' declares the Lord."

Flynn is the second Trump associate convicted in the Russia probe to be granted clemency by the president. Trump commuted the sentence of longtime confidant Roger Stone just days before he was to report to prison. It is part of a broader effort to undo the results of an investigation that for years has shadowed his administration and yielded criminal charges against a half dozen associates.

The action voids the criminal case against Flynn just as a federal judge was weighing, skeptically, whether to grant a Justice Department request to dismiss the prosecution despite Flynn's own guilty plea to lying to the FBI about his Russia contacts.

The move is likely to energize supporters who have taken up the case as a cause celebre and rallied around the retired Army lieutenant general as the victim of what they assert is an unfair prosecution. Trump himself has repeatedly spoken warmly about Flynn, even though special counsel Robert Mueller's prosecutors once praised him as a model cooperator in their probe into ties between Russia and the 2016 Trump campaign.

The pardon is the final step in a case defined by twists and turns over the last year after the Justice Department abruptly move to dismiss the case, insisting Flynn should have never been interviewed by the FBI in the first place, only to have U.S. District Judge Emmet Sullivan refuse the request and appoint a former judge to argue against the federal government's position.

In the months since, a three-judge panel's decision ordering Sullivan to dismiss the case was overturned by the full appeals court, which sent the matter back to Sullivan. At a hearing in September, Flynn lawyer Sidney Powell told the judge she had discussed the Flynn case with Trump but also said she did not want a pardon — presumably because she wanted him to be vindicated in the courts.

Powell emerged separately in recent weeks as a public face of the Trump's election challenge of Joe Biden, but the Trump legal team ultimately distanced itself from her after she advanced a series of uncorroborated conspiracy claims.

The pardon spares Flynn the possibility of any prison sentence, which Sullivan could potentially have imposed had he ultimately decided to reject the Justice Department's dismissal request. That request was made in May after a review of the case by a federal prosecutor from St. Louis who had been specially appointed by Attorney General William Barr.

Flynn acknowledged lying during the FBI interview by saying he had not discussed with the then-Russian Amb. Sergey Kislyak, sanctions that had just been imposed on Russia for election interference by the outgoing Obama administration. During that conversation, Flynn urged Kislyak for Russia to be "even-keeled" in response to the punitive measures, and assured him "we can have a better conversation" about relations between the two countries after Trump became president.

The conversation alarmed the FBI, which at the time was investigating whether the Trump campaign and Russia had coordinated to sway the election's outcome. In addition, White House officials were stating publicly Flynn and Kislyak had not discussed sanctions.

But last May, the Justice Department abruptly reversed its position in the case. It said the FBI had no basis to interview Flynn about Kislyak, then the Russian ambassador to the United States, and that any statements he may have made were not relevant to the FBI's broader counterintelligence probe. It cited internal FBI notes showing agents had planned to close out their investigation into Flynn weeks earlier.

Flynn was ousted from his position in February 2017 after news broke he had indeed discussed sanctions with Kislyak, and former Obama administration officials had warned the White House he could be vulnerable to blackmail.

Flynn was among the first of the president's aides to admit guilt in Mueller's investigation and cooperated extensively for months. He provided such extensive cooperation that prosecutors did not recommend any prison time and suggested they would be fine with probation.

But on the morning he was to have been sentenced, after a stern rebuke about his behavior from Sullivan, Flynn asked for the hearing to be cut short so he could continue cooperating and earn credit toward a more lenient sentence.

After that, though, he hired new attorneys — including Powell, a conservative commentator and outspoken critic of Mueller's investigation — who took a far more confrontational stance to the government.

The lawyers accused prosecutors of withholding documents and evidence they said was favorable to the case and repeatedly noted that one of the two agents who interviewed Flynn was fired from the FBI for having sent derogatory text messages about Trump during the 2016 campaign.


Biden Will Propose ‘Path to Citizenship’ For 11 Million Illegals



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Joe Biden announced on Tuesday that he will propose a bill to grant a “pathway to citizenship” for the at least 11 million illegal aliens currently residing in America within the first 100 days of him taking office. Previously, Biden had announced a dramatic increase in the number of refugees the United States would accept as well as his plans to end the “Remain in Mexico” policy and the reinstatement of DACA.

To give a pathway to legality for illegals would mean trying to get a bill through Congress. Such a bill wouldn’t have a problem in the Democratic-controlled House but would be dead on arrival in the Senate — as long as the GOP still controls the upper chamber following the Georgia runoff elections in January.

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Biden also plans to implement a 100-day freeze on deportations before reinstating Obama-era guidance that limits deportations to criminal offenders.

Once Biden takes office, his administration will likely be preoccupied with vaccine distribution and economic fallout from the coronavirus pandemic. While the Biden administration will eventually attempt to overhaul Trump’s immigration agenda, the process will still take time.

Indeed, if Biden were truly serious about immigration overhaul he would draw in Senate Republicans to help negotiate a deal. Even if the GOP holds on to the Senate — by no means certain given Republican in-fighting in Georgia and Donald Trump’s machinations — Democrats could probably pick off a half-dozen Republican moderates on the issue.

But not all Democrats are convinced that illegals should be given a path to citizenship. Biden is in danger of promising far more than he can deliver, which is common for new presidents. On immigration, especially, there are a lot of landmines and trap doors that could blow up the Biden presidency almost before it starts.

If he announces a pathway to citizenship for illegals, our borders are going to be assaulted. The migrant caravans will start up again — larger and more numerous than before. And with no “Remain in Mexico” policy and a halt on deportations, Biden’s first crisis threatens to derail his administration before it’s 100 days old. We will have a humanitarian catastrophe on our southern border that will be entirely of Biden’s making.


“I made a commitment, in the first 100 days, I will send an immigration bill to the United States Senate with a pathway to citizenship for over 11 million undocumented people in America,” Biden said, though such a bill would likely face steep hurdles if Republicans retain control of the Senate, which will hinge on the results of two runoff elections in Georgia in early January.

Donald Trump was like the little Dutch boy with his finger in the dyke. He worked very hard to try and keep the lid on historical and economic forces that are driving the poor to seek food and shelter — and jobs and benefits — from rich countries. Biden wants the finger out of the dyke, confident he can hold back the flood.

He’s deluding himself, of course. There will be nothing orderly in the coming flood of illegals looking for refugee status or to enter the U.S. illegally. People will die — and kill — to get here. Beneath all the sentimentality and moralistic chest-thumping, there is the reality of desperately poor people scratching and clawing to get in.

Not a pretty picture to use in his re-election campaign.

Thanksgiving: Giving Thanks to God

Thanksgiving: Giving Thanks to God



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The holiday we celebrate now has its roots in Massachusetts Governor William Bradford’s proclamation of the first Thanksgiving Day on November 29, 1623. He ordered a public ceremony to “render thanksgiving to ye Almighty God for all His blessings.” However, that was not the first thanksgiving on our nation’s soil. Long before, on September 8, 1565, Spanish explorers celebrated Mass in gratitude for their safe arrival at what is now St. Augustine, Florida. Another Mass of thanksgiving was celebrated by Spanish explorers in present-day Texas on April 30, 1598. The first official Thanksgiving ceremony in the American colonies was December 4, 1619, when English settlers arrived at the Berkeley Hundred settlement in Virginia. So Bradford was only following honorable suit.

The infant nation continued the practice. Thomas Jefferson introduced a resolution in the Virginia Assembly in 1774 calling for a Day of Fasting and Prayer, as did Richard Henry Lee in 1777. The governor of New Hampshire, John Langdon, proclaimed official days of thanksgiving, fasting, and prayer in 1785 and 1786. Massachusetts Governor John Hancock issued A Proclamation for a Day of Thanksgiving on November 8, 1783, to celebrate victory of the colonies in the Revolutionary War because, “the Interposition of Divine Providence in our Favor hath been most abundantly and most graciously manifested, and the Citizens of these United States have every Reason for Praise and Gratitude to the God of their salvation.”

Congress also acted nobly in those days. The Continental Congress issued the First National Proclamation of Thanksgiving to all colonies to thank God for victory at Saratoga during the Revolutionary War. It established Thursday, December 18, 1777 as a day of “solemn thanksgiving and praise,” to show gratitude to Almighty God, reminding Americans that “it is the indispensable duty of all men to adore the superintending Providence of Almighty God [and] to acknowledge with gratitude their obligation to Him for benefits received.” The proclamation called upon citizens to “consecrate themselves to the service of their Divine Benefactor” and to confess their “manifold sins” and beg God to “mercifully forgive and blot them out of remembrance.” It also asked God’s continued blessings and recommended that everyone abstain from servile labor, as would be “unbecoming … on so solemn an occasion.” Three years later, on October 18, 1780, the Continental Congress issued a similar proclamation after Benedict Arnold’s traitorous plans were exposed.

Congress unanimously approved yet another National Day of Thanksgiving on September 25, 1789, calling for public prayer. President George Washington also signed a “National Thanksgiving Proclamation” on January 1, 1795, pointing to, “Our duty as a people, with devout reverence and affectionate gratitude, to acknowledge our many and great obligations to Almighty God, and implore Him to continue and confirm the blessings we experienced.”

Thanksgiving Day was officially set on the last Thursday of November in 1863 when Congress passed an act signed by President Abraham Lincoln, who said, “[It is] announced in Holy Scripture and proven by all history, that those nations are blessed whose God is the Lord… It has seemed to me fit and proper that God should be solemnly, reverently and gratefully acknowledged, as with one heart and one voice, by the whole American people.”

By 1939, times had changed. Thanksgiving was no longer about giving thanks but about ringing in the Christmas shopping season. Retailers pressured President Franklin Delano Roosevelt to change Thanksgiving from the last Thursday of November (which fell on November 30 that year) to the fourth Thursday so they could have an extra week to peddle their Christmas wares. He did so to the confusion of many, since calendars, and school and vacation schedules, were already set according to tradition. About half of the country celebrated one week before the other half, while Texas and Colorado celebrated both dates. The next year was just as confusing, so Congress stepped in to clear things up. It approved a 1941 joint resolution that Thanksgiving Day would always be observed on the fourth Thursday of November. The resolution became law in 1977 (Public Law 77-379), declaring “the fourth Thursday of every November: A National Day of Thanksgiving.” What a pitiful contrast to the inspiring tributes made by our founders in regard to what should be a God-centered holiday.

The tombstone of Governor William Bradford is inscribed in Latin: “What our fathers with so much difficulty attained do not basely relinquish.” That is sound advice! We should not basely relinquish our Christian heritage to materialism or to the modern idea that a nation belongs to the people who live here now rather than those who helped build her. On this Thanksgiving Day, as we thank God for our great nation, let us beg Him to convert our leaders into models of those godly statesmen of yore.

This New American article was originally published on Nov. 26, 2009. Sources used by the author: Federer, William J., America’s God and Country: Encyclopedia of Quotations, Amerisearch, Inc. 1999; Walls, Lt. Col. Timothy. “Giving Thanks is Tradition that Began with Pioneers,” Hawaii Army Weekly, December 5, 2008.

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Thanksgiving shouldn't be a "triggering" event for family members, but in case it is, here are some tips (and links) to keep the focus on what's most important:
It began 400 years ago...
This year is a monumental one -- Almost exactly 400 years ago, on November 11th 1620, the Puritan Christians, known as the Pilgrims, landed on United States soil.

Focus On The Why. After enduring years of persecution, hardship, and a difficult journey across the Atlantic, they praised the Lord for bringing them safely to their destination. To the Pilgrims, thankfulness was more than an attitude.

"Last and not least, they cherished a great hope and inward zeal of laying good foundations, or at least of making some way towards it, for the propagation and advance of the gospel of the kingdom of Christ in the remote parts of the world, even though they should be but stepping stones to others in the performance of so great a work." Of Plymouth Plantation

Let's not allow the media, difficult family members, or a pandemic to rob us of the importance of this holiday. This should not be a triggering event -- instead, like the Israelites' Passover celebration, it should be a time of reminding our children of God's faithfulness in our lives and the shared history of our nation.

From our families to yours, have a wonderfully intentional Thanksgiving Holiday.  May this time of remembrance of God's faithfulness bring us all to a place of bowed heads and worship. 
Exodus 12:25-27 -- It will come to pass when you come to the land which the LORD will give you, just as He promised, that you shall keep this service. And it shall be, when your children say to you, 'What do you mean by this service?' that you shall say, 'It is the Passover sacrifice of the LORD, who passed over the houses of the children of Israel in Egypt when He struck the Egyptians and delivered our households.' So the people bowed their heads and worshiped.
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A Time to Give Thanks

What else to do after a year of rage and chaos?



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Dare I suggest that many of us aren’t feeling terribly inclined to be thankful this year? The months of lockdown have sapped our spirits and then some, taking a psychological toll of a kind that has yet to be fully appreciated, let alone properly diagnosed. The utterly insane Antifa and BLM riots – plus the spineless public officials who refused to quell them, and the disgraceful journalists who called them “mostly peaceful” – made many of us ask, in genuine bafflement and alarm: what on Earth has happened to America? And the possibility that rampant electoral fraud will deny the best president of our lifetimes a second term has caused widespread bitterness – not to mention astonishment and disillusion at the thought that so many American election officials could be capable of such Third World-level corruption.

There are other reasons for dismay. During the Trump years, we’ve learned that almost everyone in our national news media is simply not to be trusted. We’ve learned that Barack Obama, in an audacious act of treason that had the support of Biden, Hillary, and others, actively sought to unseat his successor. The idea that these traitors will probably get off not only scot-free but bathed in enduring adulation is grounds for a major funk.

Add to all this the prospect of a Biden-Harris administration, with everything that that signifies – including the re-empowerment of China, the reversal of Trump’s economic triumphs, a return to a Palestinian-centered Middle Eastern policy, an end to responsible border controls, and the acceleration of poisonous left-wing cultural developments at home – and it’s far from a formula for good cheer.

As 2020 approaches its close, in short, there’s plenty of cause for concern about the direction America will take in 2021 and afterwards.

All the more reason, then, to turn away from the news, at least for a day, and embrace Thanksgiving. Bah and humbug to the autocratic governors and mayors who are ordering us not to gather together. The hell with those social-justice warriors for whom Thanksgiving is nothing other than an opportunity to accuse America of racism and genocide.

On Election Day we were reminded that standing in line to vote was our ultimate American ritual. Well, millions of us didn’t stand in line this year, and it looks as if that was a big part of the problem (one that we can hope will be corrected in future). But, yes, Election Day is the occasion on which we carry out our solemn responsibilities as citizens of a democratic republic, just as July 4 is the day on which we celebrate our independence with, as John Adams foresaw, “Pomp and Parade, with Shews, Games, Sports, Guns, Bells, Bonfires and Illuminations.”

Still, other countries have their own Election Days and Bastille Days and Constitution Days and the like. It’s Thanksgiving that is the most distinctively American of holidays. (Yes, I know Canada celebrates it too, in October – a practice begun after the American Revolution by Loyalists who had fled north.) And it isn’t a day of civic commemoration. It’s more like a sacrament – a celebration of family and community, a yearly reminder that the heart of our country is not located in Washington, D.C., but in every hearth and home, and that Americans, who have no masters, bow only in prayer.

Thanksgiving summons us to look back not to 1776 or 1789 but more than a century earlier, to the Mayflower settlers – who sailed to the New World of their own accord, who had no government but themselves, and whose descendants peopled a continent, turning it into the breadbasket of the world, the arsenal of democracy, the last, best hope of humanity, and the engine of modernity.

We sometimes take it for granted that the electric light and telephone are American inventions, that Americans gave the world manned flight and put men on the moon, that Americans decoded DNA and led the computer revolution. We’re so used to America being on top that it doesn’t occur to us even to think about it, let alone give thanks for it. When news came the other day that two U.S. firms, Moderna and Pfizer, were on the verge of launching promising new COVID-19 vaccines, how many of us even thought to swell with pride that America had done it again?

The prospect of a vaccine that may enable us all to return to normal after this most abnormal of years should be reason enough to bow our heads in gratitude. But there’s much more for which we should give thanks. During the past year no two of us have lived the same lives. For me, 2019 happened to have been a nightmare, whereas 2020 was happy. I assume that’s true of millions of others.

As for politics, no matter who ends up being inaugurated on January 20, we should be thankful for the four years of Donald Trump that we’ve already had. He was a miracle. The shock is not that he may have lost his bid for re-election but that the American electorate managed to put him in the White House in the first place and keep him there, despite the best efforts of both major party establishments, the Deep State, the news media, the academy, and Silicon Valley. 

There’s more. In the last few days, I’ve felt increasingly grateful for what I can only describe as a newfound clarity. As David Horowitz put it earlier this week, the lesson of the election is that those of us who stand for individual freedom and constitutional values are engaged in a great civil war with totalitarian-minded Democrats who see America as founded on systemic racism and who seek to “abolish liberal value systems and create a status hierarchy” based on identity-group labels.

It’s a sad truth. But better to know that truth than to be ignorant of it. One silver lining is that many rank-and-file Democrats are just beginning to grasp how dramatically their party has transformed in recent decades. If Biden and Harris get in, these people will get it soon enough. Perhaps a baptism by fire of clueless Democrats is what we need if we want to see a lasting American renewal.

So, yes, we have a fight ahead. But we should be thankful to know that the terms are clear, that we’re in the right, and that the views of most of our political opponents – not the relative handful of unshakable ideologues at the top, but the army of low-information voters below – are rooted largely in ignorance, not malice.   

In the meantime, we shouldn’t make the mistake that leftists make of comparing what we have here and now to some unattainable ideal. Our founders didn’t set out to create a utopia. They knew better. They were keenly aware of man’s imperfectability. So it is that being American has never been about seeking perfection. Rather, it’s about being engaged in a constant struggle to keep the train on the track even as fools and knaves try to steer it astray. From the Civil War and Reconstruction to the Great Depression and World War II to Vietnam and Watergate, we’ve encountered daunting challenges and faced intimidating odds. Again and again, we’ve not only survived but thrived. Because there’s something in us, as Americans, that enables us to confront troubles with grit, fortitude, and good humor.

And that, in itself, something to be thankful for: the very fact that we’re Americans. Because being American doesn’t just mean living in freedom and prosperity, but having certain attributes that we share with our antecedents and that brought that freedom and prosperity into being in the first place.

No, we don’t all share the same personality, but, generally speaking, we tend to fit a recognizable type when we go out into the world. Margaret Thatcher once quoted Winston Churchill as saying that “Americans seem to be the only men who can laugh and fight at the same time.” Yes, we laugh easily. We smile at strangers (but keep our powder dry). We’re forward-looking, curious, inventive, independent-minded. We don’t think we’re superior to anyone else (this is, to be sure, an American trait from which our leftist countrymen have succeeded in liberating themselves) but we don’t think we’re inferior, either. While people in other countries resent accomplishment, we respect success earned by hard work. Others muddle through; we pursue happiness and shoot for the stars.

Those of us whose family histories in America go back more than two or three generations may not know the specifics of our settler, pioneer, or immigrant ancestors’ lives. But we know they had it much tougher than we do. We know that we owe our present comfort to their determination to overcome unimaginable adversity; we know that we owe our abundance of leisure time to their hard work; we know that we owe our liberty to their brave decision to pull up stakes and take risks in order to live free in a foreign place.

Knowing that our rugged American forebears were always thankful for the gift of America, can we be any less grateful for it? Knowing, at this beginning of the annual season of hope, that many of our forebears had nothing but hope, dare we entertain the thought that we’re living in a time when all hope has been lost?

No, we’re Americans. When things go sideways, we don’t commit seppuku or drown ourselves in vodka or wave the white flag as the enemy comes marching down the Champs-Élyssées. We fight, we hope, and, yes, we give thanks. So far, the standard bearers of tyranny haven’t been able to take any of that away from us. God willing, they never shall.   


One American News Suspended and Demonetized by YouTube



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One America News Network (OANN) has been suspended by YouTube for a week and demonetized indefinitely for posting what the social media giant says was a “cure” for COVID-19. YouTube did not say what specifically OANN said about a cure for COVID-19 that triggered the suspension.

OANN will be able to resume posting videos to their channel after a week but the demonetization penalty means they will have to reapply to the Partner Program in order to make money again.

YouTube said in a statement that the video violated their “COVID-19 misinformation policy.” Considering how often the CDC and the WHO have contradicted themselves on information about the coronavirus, how do they keep track of what’s “misinformation” and what’s just outdated?

CBS News:

“Since early in this pandemic, we’ve worked to prevent the spread of harmful misinformation associated with COVID-19 on YouTube. After careful review, we removed a video from OANN and issued a strike on the channel for violating our COVID-19 misinformation policy, which prohibits content claiming there’s a guaranteed cure,” YouTube said in a statement. “Additionally, due to repeated violations of our COVID-19 misinformation policy and other channel monetization policies, we’ve suspended the channel from the YouTube Partner Program and as a result, its monetization on YouTube.”

I suppose claiming a cure for COVID is incorrect factually but “misinformation” is a subjective term. It suggests an ulterior motive in posting an idiotic claim. Couldn’t they just have labeled the video “total stupidity” and let it go at that?

Not when you’ve accepted the heroic and lonely challenge of policing your site and purging it of ideas you disagree with. There is little argument that YouTube has targeted right-wing channels for special attention. All social media companies have. But I suspect a lot of postings that have been labeled “misinformation” are anything but.

YouTube has a three-strikes policy before it removes an account. OANN’s channel is still live, but the strike means it cannot upload new videos or start new live streams for a week. To make money off videos going forward, OANN will have to reapply to the YouTube Partner Program. Readmittance to the program will require the account to rectify any issues that led to the suspension.

The problem for OANN is that their worldview often clashes with the left’s bizarre belief that they have a corner on “truth” and that any deviation from the reality they have created is “misinformation.” This leads to the arrogant assumption that they are the final arbiters of what’s real and what’s not. Any alternative information is obviously flawed and must be suppressed.

There has been a lot of misinformation about the coronavirus. It’s being spread by kooks, conspiracists, and paranoids. It’s also being spread by governments, scientists, and public health officials. OANN presented a cure for COVID and most of us know that’s a crock. But our leftist overlords are concerned that some people are too stupid to know better. That’s probably true, but punishing everybody else for the stupidity of the few is wrong.

Freedom is hard. Freedom of expression is especially hard. It means that citizens have to evaluate information coming at them and judge its efficacy and usefulness. Sometimes they get it wrong. It may be “misinformation” but isn’t there greater harm in suppressing it than in some being taken in?