On Biden’s Speech to Congress

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Last night President Joe Biden delivered his first speech to Congress saying “America is on the move again’, while noting the nation is at an ‘inflection point’ too.

The moment calls for more spending the President argues.

Massive spending actually.

In the amount of another proposed $2.25 trillion in infrastructure spending, and another $1.8 trillion in a family safety net, and that’s in addition to the recent $1.9 trillion stimulus.

Republicans quickly jumped to attack Biden’s ambition plans of driving up America’s debt by $6 trillion.

This blog comes at policy from a fiscally conservative, business minded standpoint. The notion that America needs to spend trillions on unnecessary big government programs and drive up our national debt to compete in the 21st Century, while China is trapped in 300% debt to GDP ratio is to be nice, at best impractical.

Saddling down future generations with high debt interest payments will make USA unflexible, stagnant, and bloated.

While I’m not opposed to government spending on legit infrastructure to rebuild roads, airports, bridges to best compete in the 21st Century, I’d want to make sure we only spend what we need out of that projected $300 to $600 billion that actually makes sense. If we can do infrastructure for $200 billion, even better.

Most of what President Biden proposed last night will be DOA in the Senate.

Politicians should stop overpromising what they can’t deliver, and focus on what taxpayers (We The People) want to spend taxpayer $$$ on to improve the nation.

New Second Amendment Case Granted Cert by Supreme Court

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When it comes to gun rights/gun control narratives, the media and opposing political establishment has it out for the Second Amendment.

Here’s the key talking points of what just happened yesterday:

Issue as SCOTUS defines it: “Whether the state of New York’s denial of petitioners’ applications for concealed-carry licenses for self-defense violated the Second Amendment.”

In non legal terms, can a state restrict a person’s right to get licensed to carry a firearm outside the home, based on the requirement of demonstrating “proper cause” for self-defense?

Even through the balance of power for the Second Amendment far outweighs political opposition, with the news that SCOTUS has accepted NYS Rifle & Pistol v. Corlett, this is seen as a case that could potentially be a landmark ruling, advancing gun rights in a major way, nationwide.

Not since District of Columbia v. Heller has the Supreme Court weighed in on a major Second Amendment case, and with this new case, SCOTUS has the potential to do four things:

1. Strike down the NYS restrictive concealed carry law that requires a person to demonstrate ‘proper cause’ for self defense.

2. Clarify the court’s stance on 2A, and concealed carry.

3. Set precedent on gun rights for American citizens, both in and outside their homes.

4. Establish new standards for review on gun rights cases.

The case will likely be argued later this Fall, with a ruling expected by or before June 2022.

In coming media segments on this SCOTUS case over the next year, credible gun right’s experts have an opportunity to educate and drive clarity on 2A realities.

Academy Awards Weekend

While I won’t be watching the Oscars Sunday night, and neither will most Americans, will be over on Twitter to offer a quick tribute to some of the greatest motion pictures ever made.

Superman (1978) Christopher Reeve

A deeper overview on this great American movie tribute can be found on Substack.

Some Earth Day 101 History

The environmental issues leading up to the first Earth Day in 1970 were:

– Growing use of pesticides

– Santa Barbara Oil Spill

– Factory Pollution

– Water Pollution

– Environmental Deterioration

Forty years before Climate Change went mainstream, the modern American environmental movement begins with Rachel Carson’s book ‘Silent Spring’, which struck a chord in 1962 sparking a national conversation on the use of pesticides, DDT, and for humans to become responsible stewards of the Earth.

Seven years later, in January 1969, the Santa Barbara oil spill disaster became the worst oil spill the nation had seen, up to that time.

In the same year, the ‘tipping point’ event that led to the modern environmental movement, happened on June 22, 1969, when the Cuyahoga river caught on fire near downtown Cleveland, Ohio. Not everyone in the nation knew about this, but in August 1969 TIME Magazine broke open the Cayahoga River fire hazard story Link Here which created the urgency that led to Earth Day.

How could a river catch on fire Americans asked?

And that’s some of the critical behind the scenes history of how Earth Day came to be.

The Chauvin Trial Jury Tampering Was An Injustice

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Here’s the alternative viewpoint on the Derek Chauvin verdict and conclusion of the trial; a viewpoint shared by millions of Americans:

The USA justice system works because an impartial jury views the evidence and trial arguments, and comes to a verdict without influence or bias.

The day before the jury arrived at their verdict in the Chauvin case, Judge Cahill complained that elected officials should not be discussing the Chauvin case in ways that were “disrespectful to the rule of law and to the judicial branch.” via Reuters

The judge was referring to Rep. Maxine Waters who went to Minneapolis over the weekend, and used her position of power to tell the crowd she was looking for a guilty verdict. After the Judge’s comments, and request for elected officials to not get involved, President Biden calls for the “right verdict”, based on “overwhelming evidence”. Which I argue is an impeachable offense, because POTUS undermined the the Judiciary, creating a very unfair situation.

You can’t have the President of the United States and a Congresswoman tamper with an arguably unsequestered jury, while the media toys with doxing the jury, and get a fair trial. That’s not how an impartial jury system works.

The day before the verdict was read, I wrote: If a guilty verdict comes in, an appeal is seen as more likely because of jury tampering and witness intimidation like what Maxine Waters (and others) are doing. Soon after, the judge said, “I’ll give you that Congresswoman Waters may have given you something on appeal that may result in this whole trial being overturned.”

What President Biden, Maxine Waters (any many others), and media did to tamper with the jury is the biggest legal system injustice I have ever seen (or know about) in this nation. The frightened and intimidated jury moved quick to convict Chauvin on all three charges. (This writer believes at worst Chauvin was guilty of negligence, not murder)

The odds of an appeal are always tough, but let’s see how this plays out.

Ironically, the way this all went down may have killed momentum for any serious police reform.

Image: Reuters

Farewell Anglo-Saxon Prince

RT RoyalFamily: In loving memory of His Royal Highness The Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh. 1921-2021

Based on talking points from this weekend, I wrote more on the Anglo-Saxon narrative that no one really understands over on Substack.

On Media Narratives

Journalist Michael Tracey writes on his Substack on how “Activist” Journalists Have Completely Taken Over The Media Industry”, and he would know, as I do, and given even new clarity, it helps re-affirm why our nation’s media narratives are increasingly wacky and off-kilter.

You can see it on Twitter, or 60 Minutes, or coming out of any big media organization. This isn’t Walter Cronkite’s media environment of objectivity anymore, and not only is the truth often a casualty of media warfare, it’s all too convenient to ride a media lie as long as that wave can be ridden.

Look. Media narratives rule the day. Narratives drive politics, culture, and fuel activism in search of change. In this era, not only are many narratives not even fact based, but when a false narrative is launched into the Twitterverse, some damage will be done somewhere, some minds will be swayed, and that false narrative will drive profitable clicks for those lucky media orgs trafficking in false narratives.

This writer doesn’t prefer to engage in false narratives, and that’s often a lonely road. There are still a few truth seekers and objectivity driven reporters out there, and as I ramp up this blog, the content will be reflect that old school mentality.

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