The Soros is my master; I shall not think
He maketh me to lie down in public streets: he leadeth me beside violent acts.
He restoreth my iphone, he leadeth me in the paths of anarchy for his name’s sake.
Yea though I whine through the valley of the shadow of truth, I will fear no fact, for thou art with me; thy deceit and thy lies comfort me.
Thou preparest a riot before me in the presence of mine enemies: thou anointest my head with stupid; my brain runneth empty.
Surely division and delusion shall follow me all the days of my life: and I will dwell in the gutter of the Soros for ever.
Look, I get it. For tens of millions of Americans, Election 2016 turned out exactly the opposite of what they were expecting. And had it gone the other way, tens of millions of other Americans would have felt that punch in the gut feeling of disappointment and hope lost.
But what I will never get is the absolute meltdown happening on the streets of city after city across the country. While the main stream media is tripping all over itself to narrate these meltdowns as democracy at its best, an organic rise of the grass roots exercising their First Amendment rights, they are, in both philosophy and in practice, anything but.
The First amendment is quite clear: Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.
For the most recent examples of such peaceable assembly, one need look no further than 2009 and the beginnings of the national Tea Party movement. When the Obama administration made it clear that it was putting the country on a one way path to open borders, European Union style socialism a sizable chunk of the American electorate said “not so fast”.
At city halls and county courthouse steps across they country they gathered. They did not break windows, they did not burn cars, they held their protests, they picked up their trash and they went home. And then they voted.
But when American flags are burning while Mexican flags are flying, when ambulances are blocked from reaching the hospital because anarchists have taken over the streets and when a man is literally pulled from his car and beaten because he voted for the non-approved candidate, that isn’t ”grassroots democracy” in action, that is mob rule in full force.
What’s unfolding before our eyes is not our fellow citizens peaceably assembling to petition the Government. It is the extreme political left as funded and organized by the likes of George Soros, Moveon.org, Media Matters, and a host of other Open Society aligned forces pulling out all stops to keep America on their politically correct path. It’s no coincidence that Soros and the top tier donors to the hard left Democracy Alliance network that he helped found, just held a three day conference at the five star Mandarin Oriental hotel in Washington, D.C. to strategize against America’s latest President-elect. For 8 years they held the levers of government power, they will not relinquish that hold easily.
You can despise Donald Trump to the deepest depths of human disgust, you can hate him with every ounce of your being, but if you’re actively working today to undermine the peaceful transfer of power tomorrow, you’re fighting against the very essence of what it means to be American.
For as Cicero stated so clearly over two millennia ago: “A nation can survive its fools, and even the ambitious. But it cannot survive treason from within.”
It happened to Rome, and without vigilance and awareness it can most assuredly happen here too.
The above column was submitted for publication to my regular print outlet, the Joplin Globe at 11:34 am Thursday, November 17, 2016 with email and cell phone contact information if there were any publishing concerns. Managing editor Carol Stark was on vacation with assistant editor Andy Ostmeyer filling in. I heard nothing back from Andy but such is usual with Carol and I don’t think twice. I send out my usual social media buildup for Sunday’s column, open the paper and there it is. Yet for the second time now in recent weeks, Andy just decided to not publish the column. No email, no phone call, no discussion, just left it out entirely with not even a courtesy contact as to why.
Below is a quote from newspaper publisher Walter E. Hussman. Notice the focus on the reader. As many of you know, I do my best to communicate with you, my readers as I too find it vital. (Not to mention it’s just the courteous and professional thing to do.) As newsrooms across America are still scratching their heads as to how Donald Trump got elected President, they need look no further than to the millions of Americans who are fed up with having their news and opinion censored through the liberal prism. Some will learn and grow and become better for it, others will not. I’m afraid Mr. Ostmeyer is on the path of the latter.
“A newspaper has a number of constituencies. Among those are readers, advertisers, employees, creditors, and stockholders. If a newspaper and its publisher always keep those constituencies in that order: readers first, advertisers second, employees third, creditors fourth, and shareholders last, then the newspaper will do well journalistically and financially, and the interests of all constituencies will be well served.”
– Walter E. Hussman (1906-1988)
Carol returns next week and hopefully the column will be back where you’re used to seeing it, but until then, please share with as many as you can via this site and let your contacts know, I did not just choose to not write a column, I’m as blindsided by this as you are.