Tucker Carlson: The angry children toppling statues nationwide are not protesters – and are utterly stupid
Tucker: The people pulling down statues are idiots
We’ve spent an awful lot of time over the past few weeks trying to figure out and then explain what’s happening to our country. At times, it’s been depressing, but it seems important.
At this point, it is pretty clear that nothing is what we’re told it is. These are not protests. This is not about George Floyd. It’s not about “systemic racism,” whatever that is. America is not a racist country. You are not a bad person for living here.
These are definitely not protesters. They’re not even rioters. They’re the armed militia of the Democratic Party. They’re working to overthrow our system of government. They’re trying to put themselves in power.
That’s all obvious now. It’s genuinely sinister. We’re worried about it. We’ve said that. We mean it.
But in the process of saying that, we may have missed something else that is also true as well as highly amusing. These people are idiots — for real.
The angry children you watched set fire to Wendy’s and toppled statues and scream at you on television day after day are truly and utterly stupid. There’s probably never been a dumber group gathered in one place in all of American history. They are mouth breathers. They know nothing. They couldn’t tell you who George Washington was. They don’t know when the Civil War was fought, probably not even to the century.
They say they oppose racism, and then they rip down monuments to abolitionists. They don’t see the contradiction in that because they have no idea who the abolitionists were. They think it’s a band from the 80s.
A lot of the very stupidest people, by the way, are “well educated.” They have all the worthless credentials we are told we should want for our children. They went to Duke. They work at some nonprofit. They hold a good-paying job in digital marketing at Nike.
Yes, they’re supposedly impressive, but they’re not impressive at all. They’re incredibly dumb. They fall for any lie, no matter how preposterous. The more preposterous, the more likely they are to fall for it. And like small children, they’re afraid of everything.
In California, a Hispanic utilities worker made the mistake of cracking his knuckles at a red light. The geniuses thought he was flashing a white supremacist gang sign, so they fired him. Poor guy.
In Oakland, Mayor Libby Schaaf, who claims she went to college and law school — wow — mistook exercise equipment in a park for Ku Klux Klan nooses. Schaaf then held a press conference to hyperventilate about hate crimes. Talk about textbook hysteria, but it was also hysterically funny.
For people this neurotic, life is one long horror movie. They squirm in their seats, paralyzed by fear. Even the simplest and most obvious decisions become impossible to make. They’re too afraid.
The New York Times has profiled a group of people just like this, sympathetically, of course. This group lives in an affluent part of Minneapolis. After watching hours of CNN, they pledged to stop calling the police. Calling the police, they decided, was racist, so they didn’t call police.
Almost immediately, hundreds of mentally ill homeless drug addicts showed up and erected a tent camp in their park. Then prostitutes arrived. Then caravans of drug dealers showed up to service the addicts. People overdosed.
Meanwhile, neighbors cowered in their own homes, unable to sleep. One resident, a man called Mitchell Erickson, found himself cornered by two thugs who put a gun into his stomach and demanded his car keys. So, Erickson finally broke down. He called police. And then he deeply regretted it.
“I put those boys in danger of death by calling the cops,” Erickson told the paper, apparently not joking.
For the rest of us, the question is, can people this damaged, this weak, actually run a country? And the answer is no, of course not. And we definitely should not let them.
But in the meantime, we also should not pass up an opportunity to let them amuse us, because they do.
Tucker: The mob is an arm of the Democratic establishment
Over the weekend, as you likely know, officials in New York announced that they are tearing down a bronze statue of Teddy Roosevelt. That statue has stood on Central Park for 80 years. Antifa demanded its removal, so Mayor Bill de Blasio complied, and he is taking it down.
Few people ever could have imagined that Teddy Roosevelt would be canceled. Roosevelt was the most popular president in American history. He was also a war hero, a historian, a naturalist, a rancher, a chief of police, an author, conservationist, as well as a father of six.
At one point in Roosevelt’s extraordinarily busy life, he was also the governor of New York. This morning, the current governor of New York, Andrew Cuomo, weighed in on his removal.
New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo: People are making a statement about equality, about community, to be against racism, against slavery. I think those are good statements. And it depends, you know, can you overdo it? Of course, you can.
But in New York, I don’t think we’ve overdone it. And I think that — I think it’s a healthy expression of people saying, “Let’s get some priorities here, and let’s remember the sin and mistake that this nation made, and let’s not celebrate it.”
Were you listening carefully to that? In the state of New York, the governor tells us, we haven’t overdone it. Destroying public property is “a healthy expression of people saying, ‘Let’s get some priorities here.'”
Okay, so that’s the standard set forth by a Democratic Party leader. Let’s think it through for a minute.
Andrew Cuomo lives in the Governor’s Mansion in Albany. Teddy Roosevelt once lived there, too. So did Governors Grover Cleveland and Franklin Roosevelt. By current standards, both Cleveland and FDR were racists.
Cleveland extended the Chinese Exclusion Act; FDR, of course, interned Japanese-Americans by the tens of thousands during World War II. Therefore, like the statues now lying smashed on the ground in parks across the country, the Governor’s Mansion in Albany, N.Y. is suffused with the spirit of white supremacy. Its very existence as an object is an act of violence against marginalized people. It cannot stand.
Should the mob burn it down? Would torching the racist Governor’s Mansion amount to a “healthy expression of people saying let’s get some priorities here.” What do you think? Are you crazy? Of course not.
Andrew Cuomo lives in the Governor’s Mansion. You get within 20 feet of that building, and he’ll have one of his goons shoot you to death. Andrew Cuomo is all for destroying things, just not his own things. And by the way, hands off New York’s a little latest monument, the Mario Cuomo Bridge, formerly the Tappan Zee, which Andrew named after his father. That’s off-limits, too.
Okay, so what exactly is “a healthy expression of moral priorities” in a moment like this? Keep in mind, this is a big country and not everyone has the same priorities. It may be hard to believe if you consume a steady diet of popular media, but not every single person in America is an upper-middle-class white kid from Brooklyn, with the predictable political views to match. There’s actual diversity of views out there.
For example, there are quite a few Muslim-Americans in this country, and many of them don’t love Mahatma Gandhi. They consider Gandhi a Hindu nationalist. Yet at the same time, there are dozens of statues of Mahatma Gandhi in the United States. One of them, in fact, stands right across the road from the vice president’s house on Massachusetts Avenue in Washington.
Are angry mobs allowed to rip them down? Would Gov. Andrew Cuomo consider that a healthy expression of priorities? It’s worth asking.
Or what if you didn’t like Martin Luther King? Most people do like Martin Luther King, but most people also like Teddy Roosevelt and George Washington. So clearly, popularity has no bearing on whether your statue is allowed to stand in this country.
So can you spray paint obscenities on Martin Luther King’s monuments if you don’t like him? How healthy would that be? These are theoretical questions. Obviously, you know the answer to them because you know the rules.
The rules are never spoken out loud, but they are obvious. America has two standards of justice. When they do it to you, it is social justice. If you dare to defend yourself, it’s a hate crime.
Consider what we’ve seen recently. How many stores and parks and statues and public buildings have been destroyed recently by rioters? How many churches and memorials and monuments to our fallen soldiers have been desecrated by them? Too many to count.
Now ask yourself, how many people have been held accountable for these crimes? Some? A few? No — hardly any.
Politicians applauded this destruction. Law enforcement has ignored it. Why is that exactly? Rioting is a federal crime; so is arson. So far, two people have been arrested and charged in the burning of the Third Police Precinct in Minneapolis. Two.
Video footage, which is everywhere — you’ve seen it — shows clearly that scores of people were involved. Authorities could identify them and charge all of them. We might have fewer riots if they did that. But no, the Justice Department isn’t interested in doing that. What are they interested in?
Well, let’s see. Recently, a NASCAR driver called Bubba Wallace claimed that someone left a noose in his garage in Alabama. The media reacted as if a war had broken out — wall-to-wall coverage. They made it precisely clear who the enemy was. And of course, countless syrupy segments on the dopey morning shows framing the whole thing as a milestone in the march toward civil rights.
Reporter: These scenes of unity coming just 24 hours after a noose was found in Wallace’s team garage stall, an area restricted to only essential personnel. NASCAR and the FBI are now investigating.
“These scenes of unity.” Unfortunately, no one covering this story ever bothered to ask the obvious questions. Where, exactly, was this noose — the actual noose Bubba Wallace kept talking about? No picture of it ever surfaced. And by the way, haven’t we heard this story somewhere before? Like repeatedly?
Between 2015 and 2018, there were six high profile so-called hate crimes involving nooses, all of them are promoted heavily by the media. Every one of them turned out to be a hoax, every single one of them. And that’s not even counting Jussie Smollett.
The odds that this news hate crime was real were always very small. It’s just not a very racist country, actually, in the end. Most of us know that.
But you’d never know it from listening to the authorities. The U.S. attorney suggested federal charges would be brought — brought against whom? That was never clear.
Meanwhile, the FBI swooped in by the vanload. The Bureau sent at least 15 agents to investigate this provocation against a millionaire racecar driver — 15 agents — at a time when mobs were roaming the country completely unchallenged by law enforcement, burning things, assaulting people.
In the end, as you may have heard, it was needless to say, yet another news hoax. There was no hate crime in Bubba Wallace’s garage. What does it tell you, that the FBI and federal prosecutors fell for this hoax so completely? Well, it tells you everything.
At the very moment Bubba Wallace was doing his star turn as America’s latest victim of injustice, lecturing his fans about the racism, being backed up completely by the morons who run NASCAR, a mob of violent lunatics was ripping down a statue of American patriot, Francis Scott Key, in San Francisco. On Key’s empty pedestal, they spray painted these words, which effectively are their slogan: “Kill the colonizers. Kill whitey.”
In other words, murder Americans for the color of their skin.
Now, you can argue about whether hate crimes ought to exist as a category in American law, and that’s an argument worth having. But as long as they do exist, that would seem to qualify as one and that the FBI did not swoop in with 15 agents to investigate. It’s not clear if anyone ever investigated because no one in power cared. If anything, they agreed.
And that’s the point. The mob does not operate independently from the Democratic establishment. The mob is an arm of the Democratic establishment.
In the city of Philadelphia, both the mayor and Larry Krasner, the district attorney we’ve told you about repeatedly, cheered as mobs set fire and destroyed public property there. But when a group of working-class Philadelphians tried to protect the statue of Christopher Columbus from being destroyed, Krasner threatened to prosecute them.
You’d think the mob will ever show up at Larry Krasner’s house? Not likely. In fact, no. Never. And by the way, Nancy Pelosi is also safe at her estate in Napa.
Democratic politicians don’t fear the mob. Notice that? Why? Because they don’t need to. They control the mob. The mob operates with their permission. These are their foot soldiers. This is their militia.
In unguarded moments, Democrats make it very clear that they know this. Here’s a revealing video shot just on Tuesday. In it, you’ll see Eleanor Holmes Norton, the non-voting Democratic delegate from D.C. to the Congress. You’ll see her being interviewed by a well-known MSNBC anchor near the White House.
Out of nowhere, a man dressed in women’s underwear charges at them because that’s the kind of moment we’re living in right now. And for a second, they were frightened. Watch what they said.
Andrea Mitchell, MSNBC anchor: Where are the police when you need them?
“Where are the police when you need them?” It was their first reaction. At the moment they said that, the two were standing on a street with a mural that demands we defund the police.
Of course, they missed the irony of that completely. It never occurred to them that the slogan might apply to them, too, because they know it doesn’t apply to them. They know they will always have police protection.
And the thing is, they’re right. They will. Federal law enforcement is entirely on their side. That’s why there have been so few prosecutions of rioting and so much FBI attention to Bubba Wallace’s fake hate crime.
Career bureaucrats in the federal agencies support the Democratic Party. That means they support the mob as well. It’s their militia, too.
Virtually every American power center now stands on one side of the political divide. What you’re watching in the streets is an attempt to crush the holdouts. Ask yourself, who is being targeted for destruction right now? Anyone who is not on board with their program.
That includes local police departments, Orthodox Jews, gun owners, Fox News, NASCAR fans, traditional Christianity. That’s not a random assortment of institutions. It’s the people standing in their way. There’s a reason that Black Lives Matter leader, Shaun King, yesterday called for the desecration of churches. That will bring those Christians to heel.
None of this should surprise us. We should have seen it coming. It was obvious. We’ve known for 50 years that much of the poison in our society emanates from the universities, but we have done nothing whatsoever to fix that. We’ve continued to fund them, no matter what they charged. We keep sending our children there.
We’ve known for more than three years that the federal government’s intelligence and law enforcement agencies are dangerously corrupt. They act as armed enforcers for the Democratic Party. That’s why Roger Stone is going to prison. They no longer even try to hide this or their partisan affiliation.
On Tuesday, a group of dozens of former National Security officials announced they will be campaigning for Joe Biden this fall. And yet, once again, in the face of mountains of evidence, we’ve done nothing about it. There has been no meaningful reform of the CIA or the FBI or any of the other terrifyingly powerful agencies that operate independently from our democracy and on the side of the Democratic Party.
We know all of this, but we still pretend they’re legitimate. We dutifully send in our taxes every quarter to pay their salaries. If there’s any good to come out of this moment — and we hope there is — it’s that we can no longer lie to ourselves about what is happening.
Our institutions are not serving all of us equally. Some are actively trying to hurt us. When this is over, we need to do something about that — this time for real.
Adapted from Tucker Carlson’s monologue from “Tucker Carlson Tonight” on June 23, 2020.
Tucker: Why mobs are tearing down America’s monuments
On Monday, a mob attempted to knock down a statue of Andrew Jackson. They spray-painted the base, trying to knock the statue down. In large letters, you can see it says “killer” at the bottom. Amazing.
This is happening all over the country as you know and there’s a reason for it. Over the weekend, most recently — doubtless, you’ve heard of this — city officials announced their plan to remove the statue of Teddy Roosevelt from outside New York’s Museum of Natural History. The bronze statue has stood there in the Theodore Roosevelt Rotunda facing Central Park since before the Second World War. Soon it will be gone.
People who erected that statue 80 years ago would be confused by this, no doubt. They did not consider Teddy Roosevelt a controversial figure. In fact, Roosevelt was the most popular president in American history. He was also the most American president. No other country could have produced Teddy Roosevelt.
Roosevelt’s virtues mirrored the values of America. He was physically brave. He was profoundly literate, highly self-disciplined and amazingly energetic. While still a college student, Roosevelt wrote a two-volume history of the War of 1812 that is still in print today. You can buy it on Amazon.
He was the youngest president in our history. He saved our economy from corporate monopolies. And by doing that, he made the American middle class possible. He created the national parks. He created the Panama Canal, the Food and Drug Administration, and then he kept going.
The list of Teddy Roosevelt’s achievements fills entire shelves of biographies. Those are in addition to the more than 40 books he wrote himself on topics ranging from Oliver Cromwell to cattle ranching to social justice.
Personally, Roosevelt was a famously decent man. In 1901, he invited his friend Booker T. Washington to dinner. No African-American had ever eaten in the White House. Democrats roared with rage at the idea. For the crime of having a meal with a black man, they attacked Teddy Roosevelt and his wife for the rest of their lives. But Roosevelt never bowed. He gave the finger to the mob, and he continued cheerfully on.
Teddy Roosevelt was a hero to millions of Americans. He still is. That’s precisely why they are tearing down his statue. They know that if they can force you to watch as they topple your heroes, they have won. There’s nothing they can’t do next.
They can decide how you raise your children, how you vote, what you’re allowed to believe. Once they’ve humiliated you, they can control you and that’s why across the country, mobs are tearing down America’s monuments.
In the cities of Richmond and St. Paul, Minn., they’ve torn down statues of Christopher Columbus. They did the same thing in Boston. Boston’s mayor now says it’s time to remove a statue of Abraham Lincoln, the man who freed the slaves. It’s racist.
In Dallas, they pulled the Texas Ranger statue out of the airport after more than 50 years. In Dearborn, Mich., they toppled the statue of the former mayor. They did the same thing in Philadelphia.
In Nashville, they pulled down a statue of a former U.S. senator. Same in Albany. In Oregon, Thomas Jefferson and George Washington were torn down. In San Francisco, the mob demolished statues of Ulysses S. Grant, Junipero Serra, and Francis Scott Key. On the pedestal of the Key monument, they spray-painted, “Kill the colonizers” and “Kill whitey,” just in case you missed the point.
One thing all of these Americans, now canceled, have in common: Not one of them fought for the Confederacy. Pulling down their statues had nothing to do with the Civil War — at least not the first Civil War, the one that took place 150 years ago.
Democrats understand that very well, and they support all of it. In every place where the mob has destroyed public monuments, Democratic leaders have backed them as they did it. But at the same time — and you should know this — so have many Republicans.
Last week a mob in downtown Washington, D.C. decided to tear down a statue of a man called Albert Pike. Pike was famous as a journalist and a poet and later as a prominent Freemason.
For less than a year, from late November of 1861 to mid-July of 1862, Pike served in the Confederate Army. Pike was later arrested for treason against the Confederacy, and he faced execution for that. But in the end, it didn’t save him from the mob. They set fire to Pike’s effigy as it lay on the ground.
At least one prominent conservative tweeted his approval of this. Republicans in Congress said nothing at all, and they could have. Pike’s now destroyed statue is owned by the National Park Service. It’s federal property. Tearing it down was a federal crime, but no one in Washington even considered enforcing that law.
Kevin McCarthy of California, the top Republican in the House, was not in a position to say much of anything. McCarthy has endorsed the removal of statues that the left has designated as racist. Last week, as violent mobs roamed the country destroying public property, Kevin McCarthy refused to acknowledge it on his official Twitter account. On Wednesday, McCarthy did manage to send a very emphatic tweet calling for sanctions against Syria “to hold the Assad regime responsible for its atrocities.”
Elected Republicans, almost all of them, are in no hurry to stop the disorder. They appear to believe what we’re watching is a version of the Rodney King riots from 1992. People saw an upsetting video on the internet, they’re angry, and that’s understandable. But they’ll calm down soon, and we can get back to cutting capital gains taxes and sanctioning Bashar al- Assad. That’s their view of it.
They are wrong. This is not a momentary civil disturbance. This is a serious and highly organized political movement. It is not superficial. It is deep and profound. It has vast ambitions. It is insidious; it will grow. Its goal is to end liberal democracy and challenge Western civilization itself.
This is an ideological movement. The ideas that fuel it have incubated for decades on college campuses. We paid for all of it, by the way. The rest of us were so thrilled that our kids got into Duke that we decided to ignore what Duke was actually teaching them and are continuing to send big checks. That was a mistake. It was one of the greatest mistakes we’ve ever made.
We didn’t appreciate the stakes involved at the time and as a result of that, we became easy marks for their lies. Even now, so many of us continue to pretend that this is about police brutalities, about the death of a man called George Floyd in Minneapolis.
We still imagine we can fix it by regulating chokeholds or spending more on de-escalation training. We are too literal. We’re too good-hearted to understand what’s really happening. Our decency is the mob’s main weapon against us. We have no idea who we’re up against.
For most people, the primary joy in life is the act of creation, making something good and useful, whether it’s dinner for your family or a deck off the back of your house or a solid day at work. The most profound act of creation, of course, is having children — new life itself.
Healthy societies celebrate all of this. They understand that the impulse to create is how civilizations are built. But they also recognize that there are forces arrayed against creation and they vigilantly defend themselves against those.
In every society, there are those who seek to destroy. They destroy for the same reason that troubled boys torture dogs or shoot house cats. Inflicting pain makes them feel powerful.
We used to call people like that anti-social forces. They still exist. We just pretend they don’t. Or worse, we excuse their behavior. We coddle them. We fund them. Wall Street sends them money in the hope that they will be destroyed last. The rest of us just look on confused. We don’t really know what’s happening, but the destroyers know. They know exactly what’s going on.
Never in American history have they been more emboldened than they are now. Just this Monday afternoon, around lunchtime, an activist called Shaun King issued the following demand on Twitter: “All murals and stained glass windows of white Jesus and his European mother and their white friends should also come down. They are a gross form of white supremacy created as tools of oppression, racist propaganda. They should all come down.”
Before you dismiss that idea as absurd, the rantings of some crank on social media, keep in mind that Shaun King is the most famous Black Lives Matter leader in this country. Black Lives Matter is now more popular than either major political party. So, don’t be surprised when they come for your church. Why wouldn’t they? No one is stopping them.
The forces of destruction have grand ambitions. It’s not just about the Teddy Roosevelt statue. They plan to rule this country. What will happen if they do?
Well, you may imagine that self-defense is bulwark against chaos. In this country, you assume you can always defend yourself and your family. That’s a pillar of our civilization, of all Western civilizations.
One woman assumed that, too. On Wednesday, she was driving through Louisville, Ky. According to local police, the woman found herself surrounded by protesters who were blocking the road. They stood in front of her car with a megaphone. She argued with them to let her pass. One of them produced a gun. The woman tried to flee.
When the woman stopped at a red light a block later, another protester pointed a gun at her. Again, she hit the gas and made it home alive.
On Sunday, National Public Radio published an article about the incident. The headline of that piece: “Vehicle attacks rise as extremists target protesters.” In other words, for trying to escape from being murdered, NPR called this woman an extremist who was “targeting protesters.”
Think about that and you’ll begin to understand why so few citizens have tried to stop the mobs as they pillage our country. Antifa doesn’t own the statues in your city’s parks; it doesn’t own your city. You do. You help pay for it. But what would happen if you tried to defend public property or even if you tried to defend your own property?
You know the answer. You’d be swarmed by federal agents, you’d be Roger Stoned with the help and complicity of CNN and NPR and so many others. You’d be the criminal. There’s no question. You’ve seen this happen before.
To a remarkable degree, federal law enforcement is now driven by political imperatives. Certain kinds of so-called hate crimes top the list of priorities. They’ll draw the FBI faster than you could summon the local police to your house during a home invasion, even when, as is so often the case, they turn out to be hoaxes.
Meanwhile, actual hate crimes — brutal crimes in which Americans are gravely injured — are ignored completely. They take place on our streets with shocking regularity. The media don’t cover them. They often go unpunished entirely.
That’s not speculation. There’s quite a bit of video of it online, some of it very recent. We’re not going to show you the clips. If you’re interested, go to the Twitter feed for the Matt Walsh blog before Twitter pulls it down. You’ll get the point.
But you already know. Laws are not applied equally in America. Some victims are considered more deserving than others, despite the fact we’re all citizens. Justice is not blind. Never in our lives has this been more true than it is right now, and is very likely to get worse. That’s the aim of this movement, of these riots — to overthrow the value, the principle of equality under the law.
After November, that trend could accelerate dramatically. And by the way, we should stop pretending that this is an election between Donald Trump and Joe Biden. There is no Joe Biden. The Joe Biden you remember no longer exists.
The babbling husk you see may have the same name and similar features, but behind the mask, there is nothing but a jumbled collection of talking points from the early 70s. “Turn on your record players.” “No malarkey.”
The candidate has no independent thoughts of his own. He has no core beliefs. He is empty. He’s a perfect Trojan horse. For the people who’ve taken over the Democratic Party, he is perfect.
Their plan is to ride him to power. Once there, someone tough and calculating and purposefully — Kamala Harris, probably — will change the country. How? Well, they’ve shown us how.
For three years, they told us that secret Russian agents had taken over the U.S. government. There was never a single piece of evidence to show that that was true in any way. It was a hoax. And yet it worked. They dominated the country with that lie, and that was their dry run.
Can we convince millions of people to believe something that’s completely absurd? Yes, we can. That’s what they learned. That’s the lesson. They’ll do it again.
This time the Russians will be Confederate sympathizers or Nazis or white supremacists or whatever other name they choose to give to their political opponents. It almost doesn’t matter. But once they pick one, they will gin up mass hysteria because that’s what they’re good at. The media will collaborate fully because that’s their job. And we’ll have another witch hunt, once again with the full support of federal law enforcement and intelligence agencies. And who knows, maybe the military too, because the threat is just that profound.
A few foolish souls will attempt to point out the obvious, what’s true. Of course, there are racists here, as there are everywhere. But overall, this is the least racist country in the history of the world. Millions of Africans want to move here. Many already have. Our last president was black. What are you talking about?
Those people will be silenced. Anyone who defies the narrative will be silenced. By that point, the category of hate speech will have expanded to include anything they don’t want to hear and will be criminalized, a federal offense. You watch. If they can tear down a Lincoln statue because it’s racist, they can ban the First Amendment. You don’t want to live in a place like that.
Who can save us from that? Well, as of right now, only Republicans can save us from that. Not because they are inherently virtuous, not because they want to — they don’t — but because they’re the opposition party to the extent they still have opposition to anything. We have no choice but to ask for their help. The Republican Party is the only power center-left in this country available to people who dissent.
It doesn’t matter who you voted for last time. This is not an endorsement of anyone’s policies. It’s an acknowledgment of who holds power and who doesn’t. And the Republican Party’s the only power center available.
On Friday, Vince Coglianese of “The Daily Caller” interviewed Donald Trump in the White House. Coglianese asked the president why he hasn’t sent federal troops to stop the chaos in cities like Seattle. Here’s what the president answered: “Right now, I think it’s great sitting back and watching this catastrophe.”
We understand the point he was making. These are liberal cities, and they’re destroying themselves. Their policies don’t work. This is what you get when you vote for liberals.
But it’s still the wrong answer. A president is responsible for all Americans, no matter where they live — for the country itself. Imagine if you had a bitter argument with one of your children. The kid runs out of the house and goes completely off the deep end and becomes a heroin addict, living on the street. But you don’t look for him. You don’t try and save him.
Instead, you brag that his drug addiction is proof you were right all along. “Right now, I think it is great sitting back and watching this catastrophe.” You wouldn’t say that. No good parent would say that. No president should say it, either.
We need help, and we need it right now. These are not protests. This is a totalitarian political movement, and someone needs to save the country from it.
Adapted from Tucker Carlson’s monologue from “Tucker Carlson Tonight” on June 22, 2020.
Tucker Carlson: No one attempted to stop Democratic power grab, Republicans have let down millions
By Tucker Carlson
Published June 20, 2020
You can be forgiven if the events of the last month caught you by surprise. You didn’t expect them. You’d become used to dismissing the American left out of hand as a joke, because they are.
Since the day Donald Trump was inaugurated, the Democratic Party has been helplessly disorganized and totally ineffective as a political party. They wasted years chasing invisible Russian agents, and then making weird and unintelligible sounds about something called “Ukraine.”
It’s still not clear what they meant by that. Their entire political strategy was bizarre and in the end, it was counterproductive. It hurt them with voters. They went down in the polls. Only buffoons do that in politics. These people couldn’t organize your kids’ birthday party. They didn’t make their beds this morning.
And yet suddenly, out of nowhere, they roared back and took over the country. They did it in less time than it takes most people to go on spring vacation. What happened? How did they do that?
Well, it’s simple. Nobody stopped them. There was no opposition to their power grab. The other side surrendered on Day One without a fight.
The rest of us watched all of this with our jaws hanging open in shock. It was the opposite of what we expected.
Millions of people regularly vote for the Republican Party precisely because they would like someone to protect this country from the crazed ideologues who seek to destroy it. There are many of them, you’re watching them on television now.
There’s not really another reason to vote for Republicans unless you happen to be one of those rare people who wants more pointless foreign wars and enjoys sucking up to banks. Most people don’t.
You vote for Republicans to protect you from this.
But when the moment of crisis came, Republicans ran away.
Major American cities were looted and burned on television. Citizens were beaten and murdered.
Works of public art were destroyed by the score. America’s history – those shared experiences that bind us together as a nation – was plundered and completely rewritten by illiterate vandals.
Everywhere as they watched, Americans were afraid. Afraid not simply for their safety, but afraid for their jobs, their reputations, afraid for their families.
Many Americans were fired abruptly in the middle of a severe recession – doomed to ruin – for nothing. For saying the wrong thing, looking the wrong way, liking the wrong tweet.
That happened. It’s happening now.
Some of the accused were so terrified, they denounced their own families – wife, brother, daughter – in the end, they were destroyed anyway. Because that’s what happens in purges. You’re destroyed anyway.
Most Americans assumed they would never live to see a moment like this, but they have, it’s still going on.
And the question that hangs in the air is: Where are our protectors?
At the height of the riots, the president of the Heritage Foundation – that’s the nation’s single largest conservative think tank, it has consumed billions of donor dollars – the president of Heritage wrote an op-ed accusing America of being irredeemably racist.
Her name is Kay Coles James. You probably have sent her money. As America burned, Kay Coles James, president of the Heritage Foundation, piled on. And she wasn’t alone in that. So many on the right did exactly the same thing.
Meanwhile, they did nothing, they didn’t lift a finger to help the people they had promised – they had pledged – to protect, their voters and their donors. Instead, they did everything possible to accommodate the demands of the people tormenting them – the rioters and the people who backed the rioters.
Congressional Republicans decided to make reining in law enforcement their top legislative priority. They blamed the cops, they didn’t blame the rioters, they blamed the cops. Then Republicans bragged about springing more criminals from jail. The last thing we needed.
In the state of Iowa, the Republican governor announced that she was giving felons the vote by executive order, not even waiting for the election, just doing it, signing it.
Meanwhile, almost everywhere, ordinary Americans came under attack for the color of their skin – acts of actual racism, where people were being hurt for their race, something they can’t control, something they were born with – and yet no Republicans rose to defend them. Republicans refused even to defend the principle of equality under the law, the foundation of this country, the most important thing we have. Not defended.
Really, in the end, the only people who gained anything in the revolution were the ones waging it. Our leaders – very much including our Republican leaders – shamefully, were focused on meeting their demands.
So what should we conclude from what we just saw?
The message, unfortunately, could not be clearer: voting is for fools. You vote, you put these people into office with your votes, and in return they patronize you. And when it matters, they abandon you. They have contempt for you. You know they do, you can smell it. It’s obvious.
Voting doesn’t work. But when your riot, and you burn things and you hurt people, you get a very different response.
When you do those things our leaders snap to attention. They tiptoe around your feelings, as Republicans are. They give you what you want, as Republicans are. Rioting works. That’s the message they’re sending. Think about that. It’s the most dangerous possible message you can send because it guarantees more violence.
You’ve got to wonder how all of this would have played out if Barack Obama was still president. Let’s say it was the summer of 2011, right before Obama’s reelection campaign started in earnest.
Imagine if, at that politically critical moment, violent mobs of Mitt Romney supporters began looting and burning major American cities, screaming racist slogans as they did it. Hard to imagine, but try.
Imagine if the Romney mob then defaced and tore down statues of Martin Luther King in public parks. Imagine if every street sign in America identifying a Martin Luther King Boulevard was suddenly ripped to the ground and defaced with graffiti.
Most Americans would find that appalling and disgusting – we certainly would.
But let’s say the mob kept doing it, because nobody stopped them. Imagine if the people who planned to vote for Barack Obama in the fall knew they couldn’t admit that in public – if citizens wearing Obama hats were physically assaulted, punched in the face, thrown to the sidewalk and kicked.
Imagine if anyone who spoke out against the mobs, or showed support for Obama’s campaign, was censored or de-platformed by tech monopolies that operated at the pleasure of federal regulators.
Imagine if those same monopolies censored President Obama himself.
So ask yourself sincerely: If all of that happened, how do you think Barack Obama would have responded? By tweeting angry things? By effectively apologizing to the mob, meeting their demands for “reform,” and then declaring a new national holiday at their request?
It’s hard to imagine Barack Obama doing that. It’s hard to imagine him complaining that, as president of the United States, he didn’t have the power to stop political violence, or preserve the integrity of an election, or protect free speech, or public art, or the nation’s history itself.
No. That would not happen.
Instead, within about 10 minutes, you would see the Obama Justice Department indict every single person involved, on federal conspiracy and civil rights charges. You would watch as SEAL Team Six reclaimed downtown Seattle. You’d see airborne units drop from the sky into Atlanta, Minneapolis and Portland.
You would see whatever it took to stop the chaos. That revolution would not last long. Say what you will about Barack Obama, and we do, but he never doubted he had the constitutional authority to act and he did act. Obama knew a threat when he saw one.
Our Republican leaders don’t believe they have the authority, they don’t believe they’re legitimate, they don’t see the threat. They don’t want to see the threat because they know they can’t face the mob. They know they’re too weak. And so they offer trinkets and hope the mob will go away, but it won’t. Mobs can’t be sated.
We thought Republicans understood that. That’s why we supported them. But this crisis has revealed the truth. Now we know who they are. It could not be clearer and now it’s time to find new leaders.
Adapted from Tucker Carlson’s monologue from “Tucker Carlson Tonight” on June 19, 2020.
Tucker Carlson: There’s a reason racial tension is rising in America – it’s by design
By Tucker Carlson
Published June 19, 2020
If you’ve been paying attention recently, and you probably have, you’ve likely sensed that something profound is happening to this country right now, something that could transform what America is. You can feel it happening.
Our leaders deny it. Officials on both sides reassure us they’re not planning wholesale changes to the country. They’re just trying to fix specific problems.
A man was brutalized by police officers in Minneapolis. Another man was shot to death in the parking lot of Wendy’s. Those things were bad, they are telling us, and abuses like that are what they are fighting against.
They say we need new laws, more good faith, more attention to injustice, and that sounds right to most Americans. Americans are decent people. They want to do the right thing. Certainly, Republicans in Congress appear to believe all of this — or maybe they’re just so scared, they pretend they believe it.
Either way, just Wednesday, the GOP leadership enthusiastically backed a Law Enforcement Reform Bill. They’re proud of that. They seem to think that reining in the police will fix the underlying problems. And pretty soon, we can all get back to living in 2014 again. Republicans appear to believe this is a policy debate.
Is anyone in power defending absolute equality under the law? If there was ever a time to remind America that we all have equal value under God, that time is right now. But no. No one in charge is saying that. Our leaders are cowards when we need them to be brave. They are muddled when we need them to think clearly. It’s possible they no longer even believe in equality.
But Democrats know better than that; they don’t lie to themselves. They understand there is a revolution in progress. The death of George Floyd may have sparked widespread outrage — sincere outrage — and they may share that outrage. But they also know that what is happening now has very little to do with George Floyd or people like him. Like all revolutions, the point is to destroy the current system and replace it with something new.
Or replace it with what? That’s the question the rest of us should be asking right now. We should know what’s coming.
We know what we have now. Our current system has been in place for hundreds of years. It’s based on a very simple idea: All people are created by God with equal moral value. Period. Every one of them.
For that reason, and that reason alone, all Americans are treated equally under the laws of the United States. In this country, we judge you for what you do, not how you were born. That idea has been the defining principle of America since the 18th Century. It’s the main reason we are the fairest society in the world. It’s the reason people move here.
To the extent America has failed to live up to that principle of equality, we are ashamed of it — we should be. Equality is the most important thing we have. We should defend it. We should practice it.
Now for the first time in our history, we’re witnessing a broad and powerful attack on the principle of equality. Daily, we are told that all people are not in fact created equal. Some were born with moral stain, others were not. Some Americans are guilty, some are innocent. Nothing can change this because it was all determined at birth. All we can do is respond accordingly.
People in favored groups must be held to one standard. Those in disfavored groups, the morally tainted ones, must be held to another standard. The country retains one set of laws mostly for the sake of formality. But we must apply those laws in very different ways, according to the DNA and the background of the accused.
If that sounds familiar, it’s because this kind of system we just described — this system based on heredity and blood guilt — has been very common in history. It was the rule in feudal Europe, for example, and the totalitarian regimes on that continent more recently. It’s still in practice in parts of the world.
In North Korea, children are sent to prison camps for the sins of their ancestors. And unfortunately, we have seen it here, too. You may have wondered how politicians could have justified practices as perverse as slavery and Jim Crow in a country with a constitution like ours and the answer is simple — by arguing that not all people are created equal.
Some had lesser moral value from birth. That’s what they said. Those people carried the stain of sin with them. You are allowed to treat them differently based on who they were.
The promise of absolute equality under the law is all we have. Laws are designed to protect the weak, not the strong.
At the time, many understood that this was a lie. Slavery persisted for hundreds of years, but there were always some in authority who considered it evil. Not evil simply because it was abusive, which of course it was, but because the existence of it violated the central principle of this country. And they were right.
Where are those people now? Look around. Is anyone in power defending absolute equality under the law? If there was ever a time to remind America that we all have equal value under God, that time is right now. But no. No one in charge is saying that. Our leaders are cowards when we need them to be brave. They are muddled when we need them to think clearly. It’s possible they no longer even believe in equality.
Forty years ago, this was a middle-class country and as a result, America had strongly egalitarian values. Pretty much everyone used commercial airports and ate at McDonald’s. Do you remember that? People talked without irony about their rights as citizens and taxpayers.
You couldn’t pay extra to jump to the head of the line at Disney World. The idea that someone like Jeffrey Epstein could beat a sex charge because he was rich would have shocked us then. We would have demanded an investigation into just how Jeffrey Epstein died. Why? Because Americans hated corruption. They saw corruption as an offense against equality.
That was 40 years ago. Things were moving in the opposite direction ever since. We now accept, uncritically, the claim that some people deserve better treatment based on how they were born, and some deserve worse.
This is the most poisonous and the most destructive of all ideas. Other nations understand that. Rwanda has made it a crime to make ethnic appeals during elections — to practice identity politics — because they know very well where that leads.
Yet, identity politics is accelerating here. It shouldn’t surprise you that most of the people pushing this poison are benefiting from it. They’re using the recent chaos to codify dangerous trends already in progress, a permanently unequal society where some citizens are elevated and others are crushed. Winners and losers preordained by law. That’s the country they’re working toward.
At the same time — and this is always the tell — they lecture you with maximum self-righteousness about how they’re doing precisely the opposite of that. What they’re really doing, they claim, is upholding equality under the law. “No one is above the law,” they scold, meaning you aren’t.
You are not above their laws. You must obey those laws to the letter,or you will face certain punishment. Others, meanwhile, get a pass for an entirely separate set of laws. Revolutionaries don’t acknowledge universal standards. Increasingly, they admit this out loud. They’re not pretending anymore.
In California, Democrats are moving to repeal Proposition 209. Proposition 209 explicitly bans racial discrimination in hiring and education. In other words, Democrats in California are now fighting for discrimination. This is not considered strange in 2020. No one even mentions it.
A couple of weeks ago, Gov. Andy Beshear of Kentucky announced plans to bring universal health insurance to his state, but not for all citizens, just for people with the right skin color. Everyone else would pay, but only certain ethnic groups would benefit.
Andy Beshear is still in office. No one has tried to impeach him for suggesting this because ideas like this are everywhere now. They’re totally unchallenged.
This is the most divisive possible way to run a country. If you wanted to make certain that your children would hate each other, you would hold them to different standards, and they certainly would. There is a reason that racial tension is rising in this country — it’s by design.
But race is not the only dividing line. The coronavirus lockdowns have nothing to do with race, with white or black, thank God. They’re probably the only thing in America right now that doesn’t. Quarantines are instead scientific. They’re purely a matter of public health. That’s what they told us and we believed them. We sat passively as they destroyed our country’s economy as they indicted Americans for trying to make a living.
And then the Black Lives Matter riots started, and we learned that it was all fake. The very same officials who threatened us with arrest for going outside urged their own voters to flood the streets. And they did, and no one was punished.
How could this happen? It was such a flagrant, double standard, not even hidden, right in your face. They didn’t try to explain it. They didn’t bother to justify it. Why?
Anyone familiar with totalitarianism regimes can tell you exactly why and what’s going on. This is ritual humiliation. Forcing people to accept mistreatment is a time-tested way to subdue them. Of course, we’re not treating you fairly, they’re telling us. You don’t deserve fairness. You deserve what you get. That’s the message.
And after awhile, the population accepts this. Some believe it. They blame themselves. That’s the goal. But we should never accept it. The promise of absolute equality under the law is all we have. Laws are designed to protect the weak, not the strong.
At the moment, the people leading this revolution against our system are strong. That’s why they’re trying to subvert our laws. If they succeed, there will be nothing to protect the rest of us in this country. We cannot let them do that.
In the United States of America, all of us are equal under the law. Period. Say that as loud as you can.
Adapted from Tucker Carlson’s monologue from “Tucker Carlson Tonight” on June 18, 2020.
Tucker Carlson: Google and Big Tech are the chief threat to our liberties – and no one is protecting us
By Tucker Carlson
Published June 17, 2020
On Monday night, we did something we don’t do very often. We spent the entire first block of the show on a single topic.
We told you about Black Lives Matter. We told you what Black Lives Matter believes. We told you what the group plans to do to our country as they amass unprecedented amounts of power. The segment went on for nearly 20 minutes, and by the standards of this business, it was probably way too long. There was a lot to say.
But in the end, a lot of people saw it. The show turned out to be the most-watched hour of primetime television in the country on Monday. It out-rated everything else — cable and broadcast news, entertainment and sports.
We never talk about ratings, and we’re definitely not telling you this to brag about it. There’s already more than enough bragging in television, that’s for sure. In any case, nothing in television lasts forever. Next week, we’ll probably get beaten by a 3:00 a.m. re-air of “Gilligan’s Island” or a four-hour “Love Boat” retrospective. That’ll probably happen.
The point of telling you this is to remind you that you are not alone. You may feel like you are. Suddenly your opinions qualify as crimes. Dare to say what you think at work, and you will be fired in the middle of a recession. Write what you think online, and you will be silenced by the Big Tech companies.
So, you keep your views to yourself. You have no choice. A lot of Americans are doing that right now. They’re staying quiet. And of course, that’s the point of censorship — to keep people isolated and alone to prevent a consensus from forming that challenges those in charge. If you’re forced to shut up, they can do what they want to you and your country. That’s why they do it.
But Monday night’s show suggested they have not yet succeeded, though they’re trying. Millions and millions of Americans agree with you. You are not crazy. Your views are not evil.
What is happening to this country right now is completely and totally wrong. And that will be obvious to everyone someday when our French Revolution has ended.
For now, most are too afraid to say that. One of the reasons we get to say that and often do is that Fox News is an independent company. We are not dependent on the progressive tech monopoly, Google, to make a living here. Thank heaven.
Most media companies are dependent on Google. Google controls 70 percent of all online advertising. So, if you’re in the news business, you obey Google. When Google tells you to do something, you do it. You have no choice. They can bankrupt you in a minute, and they will.
In all of human history, no single entity has ever had more control over information than Google does right now. So, if you’re worried about the concentration of power in the hands of a few unaccountable actors — and you very much should be — nobody has more unchecked power than Google does.
On Tuesday afternoon, NBC News decided to use some of Google’s power to shut down a couple of its competitors. Power is useful for that. An NBC employee called Adele-Momoko Fraser forwarded Google executives a screenshot from a leftwing activist group in England denouncing two sites, ZeroHedge and The Federalist as “racist.”
Google is acting directly to shape what people can say and what they’re allowed to speak. It’s a direct effort to stifle free speech.
Google immediately took the bait, of course. The company threatened to ban both news organizations from Google’s ad platform. In other words, to cut off their revenue.
Adele-Momoko Fraser was thrilled by this. She immediately fired off a victory tweet boasting about the censorship she had inspired. She called the two sites “far-right.” That’s a term that has no meaning but does suggest some kind of immoral behavior that Adele-Momoko Fraser disapproves of.
At the end of her tweet, she thanked the activists who helped her to silence competing views “For their hard work and collaboration!” — #BlackLivesMatter with three raised fists at the end. Adele-Momoko Fraser seemed very satisfied with herself. She had done her part for the revolution today.
So what did ZeroHedge and “The Federalist” do to deserve this, to be demonetized? Well, we asked Google, and they told us that the two sites maintained unmoderated comments sections. In other words, readers get to say what they want. Google finds this intolerable.
Faced with destruction, The Federalist had no choice but to submit to Google. The site deleted its comments section entirely. No more saying what you think about articles on “The Federalist.” Google has banned that now.
ZeroHedge still does have comments. So, it has been demonetized. We’ll see if they can continue operating.
All of this raises an interesting question, though. Google says it now holds conservative websites responsible for the comments of their readers. And yet, irony of ironies, thanks to a special carve-out Google has received from the United States Congress — something called Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act, remember that — Google itself is not responsible for content on its platform because the Congress says it doesn’t have to be.
So, if you’re slandered by someone, for example, and that slander passes through Google servers, you cannot sue Google over it. Google is immune from the consequences. Immunity is a very nice thing to have if you’re a big company. Fox News doesn’t have it.
But again, thanks to Congress, Google does have immunity, and that’s one of the main reasons that Google’s founders are some of the richest and most powerful people in the world. Because Congress allowed them to be.
Sen. Josh Hawley has pointed this out. Let’s hope he and his colleagues act soon to revoke this privilege. If Google will not extend 230 protections to others, Google should not enjoy those protections itself, obviously.
Google should have faced these consequences a long time ago. Congress should have done this years ago. It’s been clear for a very long time that the Big Tech monopolies have now surpassed the federal government as the chief threat to our liberties.
Tucker Carlson, 2017: Google is the most powerful company in the history of the world. It’s the portal through which the bulk of our information flows. That means that if Google isn’t on the level, neither is our understanding of the world. To an unprecedented extent, Google controls reality.
Now, Google has already shown a disturbing willingness to distort reality for ideological ends.
And now it is happening. Google is acting directly to shape what people can say and what they’re allowed to speak. It’s a direct effort to stifle free speech. All of that is even truer today.
So why hasn’t the Congress done anything about this? Well, we’d love to ask Sen. Mike Lee of Utah. We invited him on the show. He would not come. We’ve invited him before, he would not come then.
Why do we ask him? Because Lee chairs the Senate Antitrust Subcommittee. He is the man who could do something to protect you from Google, but Lee has not bothered to do that. Instead, Mike Lee repeatedly has taken the side of the Big Tech companies over your constitutional rights — the constitutional rights Mike Lee is sworn to uphold and protect but refuses to.
So, the question is, why is Mike Lee still sitting in the United States Senate? He should not be in the Senate, that is for sure. We are hoping Mike Lee is soundly defeated in his next primary by someone who cares about the Constitution and more to the point, about protecting Americans from the actual threats they face. We are fervently rooting for that day. We will celebrate it when it happens. We trust it will.
So, how about House Republicans? Well, this spring, Congressman Doug Collins, the ranking member of the House Judiciary Committee, and Jim Sensenbrenner, the ranking member of the Antitrust Subcommittee, released a letter defending Google and the other tech monopolies from scrutiny. They attacked any investigation of the tech companies that might have “preconceived conclusions that large tech companies are inherently bad or must be broken up.”
They actually wrote that. Who is paying these guys? And more to the point, whose side are they on? Again, let us hope for a vigorous primary challenge to these two and any who share this view.
Year in and year out, we vote for these people in the fervent hope they will stand up for us when it matters. Now it matters. And now, like every time before, they sell us out.
Time is up. Seriously, it is too much. The stakes are too high. We need better leadership. We need someone to protect us. Nobody is.
Adapted from Tucker Carlson’s monologue from “Tucker Carlson Tonight” on June 16, 2020.
Black Lives Matter is now more popular than the president of the United States — and not slightly more popular than the president, much more popular.
A survey this week by Rasmussen, a right-leaning pollster, found that 62 percent of likely voters now have a favorable opinion of Black Lives Matter. At the same time, Rasmussen found that Donald Trump’s approval rating was 43 percent. That’s almost 20 points lower.
And by the way, Trump was not alone. Black Lives Matter is far more popular than Joe Biden, too. It’s more popular than America’s religious institutions — all of them. It’s more popular than the media, the Congress and big business.
Black Lives Matter is more popular by double digits than both the Democratic and the Republican parties. It’s almost as popular as the U.S. military. It’s much more popular than the pope.
The numbers are astounding, but the polls are not the only measure of it. One picture from a Black Lives Matter rally over the weekend in New York shows an ocean of people. Ask yourself the last time you saw a candidate for office who was able to draw a crowd like that?
The media, in their relentlessly fawning coverage, usually described Black Lives Matter as an activist group or a protest movement. But that’s deception by understatement. Black Lives Matter is not a collection of marchers with signs. It’s not a conventional political lobby like Planned Parenthood or the NRA. It’s not pressuring Congress to pass some narrow new set of laws.
Black Lives Matter is far more ambitious than that. It is working to remake the country and then to control it. It’s a political party. As of now, Black Lives Matter may be the single most powerful political party in the United States.
Nobody says that out loud, but politicians understand it perfectly well. If nothing else, they understand power; they can smell it at great distances. And that’s why they’re lining up to bow before Black Lives Matter.
Rep. Ilhan Omar, D-Minn.: You can’t really reform a department that that is rotten to the root.
Rep. Steny Hoyer, D-Md.: We’ve heard our people cry out, “I can’t breathe!” We’ve heard our people speak out, “Black Lives Matter.”
Rep. Jerrold Nadler, D-N.Y.: This is a systemic problem that requires a comprehensive solution.
Stacy Abrams, former Georgia gubernatorial candidate: What I would say is that there is — there is a legitimacy to this anger. There’s a legitimacy to this outrage.
None of what you just saw is a stretch for Democrats. They believe their long-term goals align with those of Black Lives Matter. And in fact, at times, the group functions as an arm of the Democratic Party.
More telling, though — and more ominous — is the response from many Republicans. They’ve been happy to go along as well, or in Mitt Romney’s case, even mouth the same slogans.
Sen. Mitt Romney, R-Utah: We need to end violence and brutality and to make sure that people understand that Black Lives Matter.
That was the former Republican nominee for president. Let that sink in. If there was ever an indicator of how powerful Black Lives Matter has become, you just saw it.
Republican leaders brag about their strong conservative convictions, but mostly they just want to be on the winning team, whatever that is. That’s why they pause before offending China. It’s why when Black Lives Matter tells them to take a knee, they do.
It’s all pretty strange when you think about it. If the leaders of Black Lives Matter are political actors — and they are — then by definition, you are allowed to have any opinion you want to have about them. Black Lives Matter wants to run the country; therefore, you can freely criticize Black Lives Matter.
Those are the rules of our system — but not anymore. Imagine a world where you are punished for questioning the behavior of the President or for insulting your local
mayor. You probably can’t imagine that. It’s too bizarre. It’s un-American. But that’s where we are right now.
Black Lives Matter has changed the rules. And here is their first new rule: No criticizing Black Lives Matter. You can be fired from your job if you disobey. Many Americans have been.
On Friday, for example, the principal of a public school in Windsor, Vermont. was dismissed from her job for posting the following words on her personal Facebook page:
“While I understand the urgency to feel compelled to advocate for black lives, what about our fellow law enforcement? Just because I don’t walk around with a BLM sign should not mean I’m a racist.”
Unfortunately, the principal’s boss disagreed. The superintendent of Windsor Schools described the quote you just heard as “outright racist.” Windsor, Vermont, by the way, is more than 97 percent white.
Also on Friday, an economist called Harald Uhlig lost his job at the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago for daring to offer even milder criticism than that. On Twitter, Uhlig noted that Black Lives Matter had”just torpedoed itself with its full-fledged support of #defund the police. Now is the time for sensible adults to enter back into the room and have serious, earnest, respectful conversations about it all.”
That was a racist statement, the Federal Reserve concluded. So, they fired Harald Uhlig.
We could give you many other examples of the same thing happening. There are a lot of them. Black Lives Matter now enjoys almost complete immunity from criticism. This is unprecedented for an American political movement.
But Black Lives Matter is even more powerful than that. It has singlehandedly revised our moral framework. Yes, black lives do matter. That is a statement of fact, and no decent person doubts that it is true because it is. And it is true precisely because every life matters. We are all human beings, every one of us. We have souls. Skin color is irrelevant to moral value.
Until recently, this was considered obvious; saying it was regarded as a virtue. All lives matter equally. All of us were created by God. In the end, all of us will die. Nothing can change that — not wealth, not fame, not race. Every life is precisely as valuable as every other life.
By the way, that idea forms the basis of the Christian faith. It’s the entire premise behind our founding documents. And yet, suddenly, thanks to Black Lives Matter, you can no longer say it out loud.
Affirming the fundamental equality of all people is now considered hate speech. You can be fired for saying it. Again, many people have been.
This is a dangerous moment. How did we get here? In a word, quickly. It happened fast.
As recently as December, before the riots, most Americans did not approve of Black Lives Matter. The group was defined in the public mind by moments like this.
Crowd (chanting): Pigs in a blanket. Fry them like bacon. Pigs in a blanket. Fry them like bacon. Pigs in a blanket. Fry them like bacon. Pigs in a blanket. Fry them like bacon.
“Pigs in a blanket.” “Fry like bacon.” “Kill the police.” They yelled that at a rally. The usual liars immediately swooped in to pretend that it never happened. The president of the Southern Poverty Law Center wrote an entire op-ed ordering the public not to consider Black Lives Matter a hate group.
But people could see the truth for themselves. That video was online. A lot of facts about Black Lives Matter still reside on the internet. They have not yet been scrubbed.
The group’s signature demand is to eliminate law enforcement. When you first heard protesters scream, “Defund the police,” it may have shocked you. That’s just crazy, you may have thought.
A few weeks later, support for eliminating law enforcement is rising quickly in the polls. Minneapolis is already doing it. Other cities will follow. Are you surprised? Almost no one in public life has pushed back meaningfully against the idea of defunding the police.
The Black Lives Matter position is the only position most people hear. After a while, they believe it. Unchallenged claims must be true. That’s what most people assume, and why wouldn’t they assume that? If you strongly disagree with something, say so, otherwise, it’s much more likely to happen.
So, with that in mind, consider some of the other positions Black Lives Matter has endorsed. The repeal of all immigration restrictions, for starters. They’re for that. The legalization of sex work — prostitution — they’re for that, too. The destruction of the nuclear family, your family. The forced relocation of farmland. Race-based
reparations, specifically “in the form of a guaranteed minimum livable income for all black people.”
Hear that? All black people, not just the descendants of American slaves. This would include the millions of African and Caribbean immigrants who on average now earn more than native-born Americans. Every one of these new Americans would receive a guaranteed annual income from American taxpayers in order to atone for
the sin of — for the sin of what actually? Allowing them to immigrate here?
Black Lives Matter does not explain that part. No one asked them. You could be fired for asking. What you cannot be punished for, however, is looting and burning, at least not if you’re Black Lives Matter.
Huge parts of urban landscape have been destroyed in the past month. Almost no one has been held to account for it,. Just the opposite. You’re encouraged to pretend it never happened.
In St. Louis, every rioter arrested has been released without charges. In New York, hundreds were released without bail. Same in Washington, D.C. It’s happening almost everywhere, and not just in places controlled by elected Democrats which tells you a lot.
Fort Worth, Texas, for example, is one of the few major American cities that is led by a Republican, Mayor Betsy Price. On May 31, a crowd of Black Lives Matter demonstrators blocked a bridge in downtown Fort Worth, when police arrived to disperse them, they threw rocks and bottles of bleach. Three police officers were injured.
The mob then went on to loot and vandalize businesses. Dozens of rioters were arrested for this. Ten days later, the city’s police chief, Ed Kraus, announced that he was dropping all charges against them.
Kraus issued a statement suggesting that the real criminals in the riot were not the rioters, but his own police officers, whom he suggested would be reined in and perhaps punished. “This is just one step on a long journey,” Kraus wrote, sounding more like a therapist than a cop.
The chief promised that his department was “committed to walking the path of reform with our community.” Kraus never bothered to explain exactly what his cops had done wrong. They were cops. That was enough.
That same day, the Fort Worth School Board issued a statement declaring, “Police practices are deeply rooted in white supremacy.” Once again, no one specified which police practices reflected white supremacy, or what that accusation even meant. It was a blanket condemnation, but it was left to hang in the air. As usual, no one in authority pushed back against it in a Republican-led city.
It’ll be interesting to know what happens to the murder rate in Fort Worth over the next year. We can guess. We’re seeing it all over the country. We’ve seen it many times through the years. When the people in charge undermine the law, violence surges.
But there is a solution to this vortex and it’s called leadership. Sixty-five years ago, politicians throughout the American South refused to submit to the Supreme Court’s Brown vs. Board decision. Authorities in many states simply ignored the law like it didn’t exist. Armed extremist groups filled the vacuum. They used violence to make their own laws.
Ultimately, the federal government stepped in and restored order. In 1957, President Dwight Eisenhower federalized the National Guard of Arkansas. He sent troops to Little Rock to force Governor Orville Faubus to obey the law.
So the question is, where is our Justice Department? Right now? Is there a reason the DOJ hasn’t filed federal conspiracy charges against the people who organized and led these riots? It’s not as if we don’t know who they are. Their crimes are on YouTube.
You know the reason. Black Lives Matter was involved. It is politically sensitive. No prosecutor wants to be called a racist, as if it’s racist to punish people for crimes they committed.
You know what the victims of those crimes think? The old people who were beaten to the ground for trying to defend their property. The shop owners whose life savings were stolen or burned. The families of the people who were murdered during the riots, and there were quite a few of them.
No one is defending these people. No one is punishing their attackers. Nobody cares.
Imagine how they feel about that. What recourse do they have? Do they have to torch a Wendy’s or loot a Walmart to get our attention? Let’s hope not. It might be enough to have a single national leader — just one –who understands what is actually going on in this country and is brave enough to say so. That might make all the difference, and it would certainly make the political career of the person who does it.
In the fall of 1968, a teaching assistant at San Francisco State University called George Murray gave a speech endorsing racial violence. Murray urged black students to bring guns to campus and “kill all the slave masters.” Murray, by the way, was the “minister of education” in the local Black Panther Party, which was the Antifa of its time.
When administrators learned about Murray’s speech, they equivocated, but ultimately they suspended him under pressure. In response to this, a group called the Third World Liberation Front shut down the campus. Sound familiar?
They demanded the university drop all admission standards for black applicants and admit students purely on the basis of race. The administrators were paralyzed in the face of this. More than anything, they didn’t want to be called racist. The university’s president was so terrorized by it that he quit and left.
Ultimately, the leadership of San Francisco State fell to an unlikely president, a Japanese-Canadian academic called S.I. Hayakawa. Hayakawa was short, eccentric, wore thick glasses, but he was completely fearless.
On December 2, 1968, Hayakawa marched into the middle of a student protest. Rioters immediately assaulted him, but Hayakawa kept going. He climbed onto the roof of a sound truck and ripped the wires out of the loudspeaker. San Francisco State University reopened that day.
So here’s the lesson for today’s officeholders. S.I. Hayakawa became a folk hero for standing up to the mob. He was elected to the United States Senate from California. Republicans supported him. Voters did, too. They didn’t always understand him. Hayakawa wore a Scottish tam o’ shanter cap in public and never really explained why
But it didn’t matter. He was brave and honest, and voters appreciated that above all. They always do. We don’t have our Hayakawa yet. Instead, we have cowards.
Our leaders are happy to talk about everything but the collapse of the centuries’ old civilization tumbling down around them. They have no idea how little credibility they have. They have no sense of how irrelevant they have become. If you can’t tell the truth when the truth actually matters, then nothing you say matters.
Meanwhile, Black Lives Matter becomes more powerful and more popular with the public. Why is that happening exactly? Here’s why: Because Black Lives Matter is getting exactly what they want and that is the most basic sign of strength. Strength is the most appealing quality to voters and to people and to animals.
Three weeks ago, Black Lives Matter demanded that cities defund their police. On Monday, the mighty NYPD, the biggest police department in our nation — the most sophisticated police department in the world — bowed and announced it is abolishing its entire plainclothes division, 600 people. Gone for good because Black Lives Matter wanted it done. And now it is done.
That’s not bluffing. It’s not posturing. It’s not tweeting. That is real power. You’ll notice it did not require the usual maneuvering for Black Lives Matter to get that power. They didn’t need a team of lawyers to get it. Black Lives Matter doesn’t make legal arguments. They’re not trying to convince you of anything.
Black Lives Matter believes in force. They flood the streets with angry young people who break things, and they hurt anyone who gets in the way. When they want something, they take it. Make them mad and they will set your business on fire. Annoy them and they will occupy your downtown and declare a brand new country. You’re not going to do anything about it, they know that for certain.
This is the most destructive kind of politics. We’ve seen a lot of it in recent years. Organized groups did it to Brett Kavanaugh. The main point of slandering Kavanaugh was never to block his confirmation. We misread that. They knew they probably couldn’t achieve it.
The real point was to send Kavanaugh and John Roberts and the other Republican justices a very clear message, step out of line and we will hurt your families. And judging from recent court decisions, it worked. At times, it’s very clear that supposedly conservative justices are afraid to defy the mob.
So what message do the rest of us take from what’s happened over the past three weeks? It’s very simple. The message is force is more effective than voting. Elections changed nothing.
Rioting, by contrast, makes you rich and powerful. When you riot, prosecutors will ignore the law on your behalf. Corporations will send you millions. Politicians will kneel down before you. It works. Violence works. That’s the message.
Everyone hears that message. Until violence stops working, violence will continue.
Adapted from Tucker Carlson’s monologue from “Tucker Carlson Tonight” on June 15, 2020.
You’ve heard a lot recently about something called systemic racism. Almost no one ever bothers to explain precisely what systemic racism is but they make it very clear that you are personally implicated in it? Are you? Well here’s the test: ask yourself, and be honest, have you ever mistreated someone because of his race?
If you have, you should have atoned for it. You want to find the person you wronged and do your very best to make it better. But if you haven’t done that, if you haven’t mistreated an actual person, you should know that none of this applies to you.
Being born a certain color does not make you guilty of a crime in this country. We explicitly reject the idea of collective punishment. We don’t believe in blood guilt. We don’t hurt people because of what their ancestors did. We don’t hold entire racial groups responsible for anything. A group of people cannot be innocent or guilty. Only individuals can be because only individuals can make free choices
Just because you happen to be standing in a liquor store when it got robbed doesn’t make you an armed robber. That truth is the entire basis of Western justice. It’s the one thing we should never abandon in this country. So if you want to work for racial justice, and you should want it, demand equal application of the law. If a law applies to one American, it must apply to all Americans. That is always true whether it’s a federal perjury statute or the law against looting Macy’s.
Special privileges are inherently unfair. They corrupt society. They corrode social trust. Giving people a pass because who they are is not an act of compassion. It’s the definition of injustice. It hurts everyone, including the people receiving the pass.
If you let a kid walk away without charges from a drunk driving accident because his parents are rich, you are not helping the kid. Allowing poor kids to steal shoes from the Nike store because you believe they’re oppressed doesn’t help them either. If you raised your own children like that, you would screw them up forever.
That does not mean there aren’t systemic justices in our society. There are. There certainly have been in our history. Slavery was by far the worst of them. Treating human beings like objects is always the worst thing. It still happens today in fact in new forms.
But as of this moment, June of 2020, racism, while it definitely exists, is hardly the only problem we face. So why do they keep telling you that it is? Why do you think?
Because telling you that benefits them. It’s a cover. It’s a diversion designed to protect the people getting rich from the biggest scam of all. America’s core problems in fact are economic.
Can your kids earn enough to form stable families of their own and live with dignity? Everything flows from that. And that’s what most Americans of all colors worry about most.
So of course it’s the one thing our leaders hate to talk about. That’s not accidental. Again it’s by design. What you’re watching is class war disguised as race war. Keep the population at one another’s throats‒—angry, suspicious, tribal‒—and maybe they’ll never figure out how much we’re stealing.
The biggest change to American society over the past 50 years has been the death of the middle class. This used to be a middle class country. It is not anymore. Most of our population has become poorer in real terms while a shrinking number of people control an ever-expanding percentage of our wealth.
That means that fewer Americans overall have a meaningful stake in the society and more are dependent. That makes the country much more volatile than it once was. These riots really shouldn’t surprise you
It’s hard to know exactly who is responsible for these sad changes to America but it’s very easy to see who’s benefiting from them. They’re the same people lecturing you about white privilege and systemic racism. This isn’t accidental.
Citibank is happy to put black lives matter logos on its Instagram page precisely so you won’t ask what interest rates they’re charging black people. If you really cared about the poor, you wouldn’t crush them with debt they can’t afford. Of course if you really cared about black lives, you probably wouldn’t put abortion clinics in black neighborhoods but they do.
These people are scam artists. They’re playing you. Keep that in mind the next time they tell you must hate your neighbor, which is exactly what they’re telling you.
Tucker Carlson: The ‘revolution’ being waged in the George Floyd mob violence is against the working class
First they smashed the windows of police cars, and our elected leaders said nothing. It’s a political protest, they told us. We stand with the protesters.
Before long it grew. Mobs of menacing young men formed in the streets. They were clearly intent on violence, but no one in authority dared criticize them.
We understand their frustration, our leaders told us. America is a sinful country. Their grievances are legitimate.
And so the mobs grew larger, and they grew emboldened. Last Thursday, they came right to the front door of a police precinct in Minneapolis. The cops inside fled under orders from their mayor. The mob burned the building. But before they did, they looted the evidence room, and that ensured that many violent crimes will never be solved. They did this in the name of justice.
Still, our leaders did nothing. Most of them never even mentioned it, like it never happened. Instead, they issued yet more statements in solidarity with the mob.
Politicians, celebrities, corporate leaders, clergy, news anchors, professional athletes — almost every person in this country that we were raised from childhood to look up to, to respect, to listen to — all of them sided with the people burning police stations.
The mob saw this and grew stronger. On Monday night, they began shooting cops.
For 38 years, David Dorn was a police officer in the City of St. Louis. No one ever accused Dorn of racism. He was black. He is dead now. He was murdered Monday night by the mob. His killing was streamed live on Facebook, and then the violence accelerated from there.
In St. Louis alone, four other active duty police officers were shot Monday night. In Las Vegas, an officer took a bullet in the head. He is still in critical condition. Once the sun went down, cops all around this country found themselves under attack.
How many more nights like this can we take? How many more nights like this before no one in America will serve as a police officer? It’s not worth it. The people in charge hate you. The job doesn’t pay enough.
At that point, who will enforce the laws? Who will be in charge? Well, violent young men with guns will be in charge. They will make the rules, including the rules in your neighborhood. They will do what they want. You will do what they say. No one will stop them. You will not want to live here when that happens.
Chaos is the worst thing always, and wise leaders understand that. It’s obvious.
But it’s not obvious to Joe Biden. Biden gave a speech in Philadelphia Tuesday and was very different from the Biden of old. For years, Biden styled himself a patriot, a champion of ordinary people, but no longer. In Tuesday’s speech, Biden said nothing to defend police officers being murdered. Instead, he attacked them as instruments of “systemic racism.”
Joe Biden, presumptive Democratic presidential nominee: The moment has come for our nation to deal with systemic racism, to deal with the growing economic inequity that exists in our nation, to deal with the denial of the promise of this nation made to so many.
Our country is crying out for leadership, leadership that can unite us, leadership that brings us together. Leadership that can recognize pain and deep grief of communities that have had a knee on their neck for a long time.
“The moment has come,” says Joe Biden. This is the moment.
So the question is, how did murdering David Dorn advance the cause of racial justice exactly? No one explains; Biden didn’t. Meanwhile, Biden’s staff continues to send money to the rioters. Other Democrats followed in perfect sync.
How many more nights like this can we take? How many more nights like this before no one in America will serve as a police officer? It’s not worth it. The people in charge hate you. The job doesn’t pay enough.
In the city of Seattle, Councilwoman Tammy Morales all but endorsed the destruction of her own city.
Tammy Morales, Seattle councilwoman: What I don’t want to hear is for our constituents to be told to be civil, not to be reactionary, to be told that looting doesn’t solve anything.
And you know, it does make me wonder and ask the question why looting bothers people so much more than knowing that across the country, black men and women are dying every day, and far too often at the hands of those who are sworn to protect and serve.
Looting does solve things, says Tammy Morales. How dare you criticize it?
Prosecutors exist to push back against violations of the law. But across the country, many prosecutors seem on board with Tammy Morales and Joe Biden.
In the city of Dallas, a local report says the District Attorney John Creuzot is refusing to process rioters. That means they will automatically be freed to riot again.
In Massachusetts, the state attorney general, Maura Healey, applauded the riots and did it explicitly. She described the killing and looting underway as “a once in a lifetime opportunity. Yes, America is burning, but that’s how forests grow.”
This is the only revolution in history that’s being waged not on behalf of the working class, but against them.
That’s a verbatim quote from the chief law enforcement officer of Massachusetts. Maura Healey is happy to see American society become mulch. It makes good fertilizer.
The press isn’t simply covering the riots, meanwhile, but assisting the riots. At The New York Times, the most recent Pulitzer Prize winner, 2020 winner Nikole Hannah Jones, said that words you thought you knew the meaning of now have completely different meanings.
Violence, for example, when she supports it, isn’t really violence.
Nikole Hannah-Jones, The New York Times: Violence is when an agent of the state kneels on a man’s neck until all of the life is leached out of his body.
Destroying property which can be replaced is not violence and to put those things — to use the exact same language to describe those two things, I think, really — it’s not moral.
Violence is not violence if I approve of it. The person you were just listening to won the Pulitzer Prize. There’s something wrong with our system if that’s the person who gets the biggest merit badge.
BuzzFeed, meanwhile, published a guide for rioters. It included helpful tips like this: Wear nondescript clothing, cover up tattoos, don’t take photographs.
CNN didn’t criticize it. Needless to say, they’re on board.
Jim Acosta, CNN chief White House correspondent: It’s so remarkable to see military-style vehicles rolling through the White House complex, you know, I mean? It’s just not something that you normally see in the United States of America. It’s something that you see in more authoritarian countries.
Don Lemon, CNN anchor: Open your eyes, America. Open your eyes. We are teetering on a dictatorship. We are — this is chaos.
Has the president — I am listening — is the president declaring war on Americans?
I hope that they stand up and fight for their rights.
Now the entire country, according to his orders, we’re living under a militarized country.
He is playing a very dangerous game because this will backfire.
Uh-huh. It’s dangerous when we try and stop looting and burning and killing, says Don Lemon. I hope they stand up and fight, he says from the safety of his television studio.
But what exactly are they fighting for? They certainly are fighting. But why? Don’t ask Don Lemon. He doesn’t know — not a reader. Something about Trump probably.
What does Black Lives Matter say? Much of the rioting is being committed in their name. Go to their website if you have a minute. Here’s a post from three days ago: “Defund the police.”
That’s the position of Black Lives Matter, the most popular group in America among corporate leaders. Defund the police. No more cops. That’s what they’re fighting for.
That seems like a fringe position, but in the Democratic Party, it isn’t anymore. Congresswoman Rashida Tlaib has endorsed it as a sitting member. So has Jane Fonda, and so have many other celebrities. They said so in a recent open letter.
Then three days ago, The New York Times published a piece making the same demand: “No more money for the police.” No police. That’s right, the article calls for the elimination of all cops and all prisons in the United States.
So, if we did that, who would keep order? Well, The New York Times has an answer to that: “Rapid response, social workers would keep the peace.” Alternative emergency response programs — that’s their plan.
If you live in a gated community, it might sound like a good idea. You’ve got your own police force. You have no plans to replace them with rapid response social workers. So, you’re set, no matter what happens. There aren’t going to be any rapes on your street.
But what about everyone else? What’s going to happen to them? Don Lemon and Rashida Tlaib don’t care at all. Your neighborhood is not their problem. They’re in it for the revolution, and make no mistake, it is a revolution from above, aimed downward.
This is the only revolution in history that’s being waged not on behalf of the working class, but against them.
Adapted from Tucker Carlson’s monologue from “Tucker Carlson Tonight” on June 2, 2020.
Tucker Carlson: For more than 100 years the Boeing company has led international aviation. To this day it’s measured by dollar amounts. Boeing remains America’s single largest foreign exporter. But now like so many American institutions, Boeing is in trouble. Last year the company’s latest generation of 737 airplanes was grounded worldwide following several horrifying crashes. There’s still no sign the planes will be allowed back in the air anytime soon. Production is being suspended. In business terms, this is a disaster, both for the company and for the airlines. How did it happen?
Well, at least part of the responsibility lies with CEO Dennis Muilenburg who has been in charge at Boeing since 2015. Fittingly, Muilenburg is now being fired, which on the face of it sounds like good news. Someone in corporate America is finally being held accountable for screwing up. But before you celebrate, wait for the fine print. According to recent SEC filings, Muilenburg is walking away with more than $26 million in cash and stock, $26 million. That’s his punishment. And by the way, that figure could more than double to over $50 million depending upon the final terms of the settlement.
Here’s some context for how much money that is. A rank and file employee at Boeing might make $60,000 a year. That’s a decent salary in many places. It would take a worker more than 400 years to earn as much as the supposedly disgraced Dennis Muilenburg is getting in his severance package. In other words, for his work presiding over deadly airplane crashes, Muilenburg is walking off with enough money to pay the median income for 420 American households.
And if that sounds perverse to you, keep in mind it’s no longer unusual. Since 1978 CEO salaries in America’s largest corporations have risen by a factor of more than 10. Meanwhile, and this is the critical point, average workers have seen their wages stagnate — in some cases decline. In 1965, CEOs in this country earned 20 times as much as regular employees. As recently as 1989, they out earned employees just 58 to one. Today, that ratio has risen to 278 to 1.
No wonder people are sending money to Bernie Sanders. That’s what happens when you abuse the system. You discredit capitalism, and big business has in many cases done exactly that. Now, keep in mind, this isn’t happening everywhere on the globe. In Europe, for example, the disparities are much less stark. Airbus CEO Tom Enders made 10 million dollars in 2017. That’s a lot, but it was half as much as Boeing’s Dennis Muilenburg made, and Airbus planes didn’t even crash.
This is an ugly trend, but it’s actually worse than that. It’s dangerous for our country. Why? Well, because when normal people see their lives getting worse while failures like Dennis Muilenburg get rich beyond description, many, not surprisingly, conclude that our system is rotten and not worth keeping, and the polls show that’s happening right now. Attitudes are changing fast. Thanks to stories like this one, Americans are warming shockingly to socialism. Six months from now, a socialist could be the Democratic nominee for president. In a few years, this could easily be a socialist country. What would that look like?
Well, of course it would be a disaster. Socialism doesn’t work. It never has worked, especially not in sprawling, diverse countries like this one. Under a socialist regime, hundreds of millions of Americans would see their lives get dramatically worse, while demagogic morons like Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez would become vastly more powerful. That’s socialism. You think America is stratified and unequal now? Wait till we get a socialist system. It will be so much worse. That’s coming, by the way and at high speed. Why? Because mindless Chamber of Commerce libertarianism has allowed greed and stupidity to flourish in corporate boardrooms and unless we rein that immediately, right now, we’re going to lose the system that made this country great.