Election Deniers

We’ve noticed that the Democrats and MSM (Main Stream Media – although these days it’s questionable that it can be said to be main stream) are more and more strenuously shouting about “election deniers” who threaten democracy. They brand Republican candidates as “election deniers” and proclaim that the election of such Republicans would bring the end of democracy. Since “election deniers” are, according to Democrats, synonymous with “insurrectionists”, the Republicans are essentially domestic terrorists.

Wow. The outcome of free and fair elections would be the end of democracy if Republicans win. Really? Such an assertion is patently irrational and, frankly, ought not to require a response. However, failure to respond before today’s electorate risks being interpreted as fear of exposure that it may be true. So, how have Republicans responded to this absurd claim? They dance the Tennessee Two-Step. As one of our favorite podcasters says to start his programs, “Oh, my goodness!” Where have the Republicans parked their cajones? And, yes, we are aware that female candidates don’t, literally, have cajones, we use the term metaphorically and apologize to anyone whose feelings may be hurt by our doing so.

What constitutes Republican “election denial” after the 2020 election pales, and pales tremendously, compared to the election denial engaged in by Democrats after the 2016 election. Hillary Clinton is on record (video and audio) claiming that she did not, in fact, lose the election but, rather, that it was stolen from her. Schumer and Schiff and their Democrat cohorts engaged in a two year campaign of lies about Trump’s collusion with Putin and Russia. Prior to the election they went so far as to fabricate false claims, and to present perjured documents, to conduct surveillance on Trump’s campaign in their efforts to get the Department of Justice to indict Trump for fabricated crimes. They brought groundless impeachments against him. They unleashed every sort of political assassination they could muster in their efforts to unseat the duly elected president. The waste of legislative time and resources that they devoted to their specious efforts instead of to their elected duties has been swept under the carpet by the MSM, in derogation of its obligation to inquire, investigate, discover and publicize facts and truths in pursuit of what they claim to be the public’s “right to know”. Their mission is, rather, to filter the facts in order to publicize what they want the public to believe, regardless of truth.

Election deniers? Good Lord! Gimme a break! Anybody who wants to espouse an opinion that an election, or any other event, was contaminated by irregularities has the guaranteed right, by virtue of the First Amendment, to state their opinion, regardless of whether they have evidence to prove it. Everybody else has the right to point out that they have no evidence. But to declare, as a matter of government policy, that those who express such opinions are a threat to democracy, is by far the greater threat to democracy. The demonization by Democrats of “election deniers” is an affront to, and an attack upon, the Constitution and Bill of Rights. That, my friends, is the real threat to democracy that’s at stake in this election. What we don’t understand is why the Republicans don’t have the cajones to say so. It’s almost enough to convince a person that what’s needed isn’t just a Republican sweep, but a Clean Sweep. Throw them ALL out. For now, however, the first step is to put Republicans in the majority of the House and Senate. Then, we can work on 2024.

A number of commentators have pointed out that what the Democrats are doing is accusing the Republicans of what the Democrats are, in fact, guilty of doing. It doesn’t take much observation to see the truth of this. The Democrats are clearly in pursuit of establishing the Democratic Party as THE party, with autocratic control of the government and not only of the country but of the states. They would, if you are not blind to their policies, abolish state powers, and subject all US citizens to the centralized power of the federal government. Some would argue that the times have changed and such is the natural devolution of our society. I guess they’re entitled to their opinion, but they should have the decency to admit that they seek to abolish the Constitution, and create a different country, one that is more like, say, Russia or China.

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GasKan’t

I’d be remiss if I didn’t give a shout-out to my friends at GasKan who’ve recently posted a sort of eulogy about demise of the Kansas oil industry which is being hastened by the Kansas Corporation Commission whose Oil & Gas Division is charged with the responsibility of enforcing the State’s regulatory scheme governing oil and gas operations in accordance with the State’s official policy which holds that getting oil and gas out of the ground is a good thing. The article entitled KCC Killer Kops describes the turnabout which has turned the KCC from “operator friendly” to “operator deadly”.

Signs of the Apocalypse

(1) First there was the election on Tuesday. Or, perhaps I should say, the attempted election. Because nobody got elected and, two days later, still nobody is elected. In itself that wouldn’t be especially significant. What’s scary is that each side has shown little to no respect for the proportion of the electorate represented by the other side, both showing unprecedented motivation to get out and vote according to their conscience. One side still refers to the other as thieves, one side still refers to the other as rubes. They may use different words, but the attitude and, more importantly, the lack of respect, for the other side has not changed despite each side’s showing of the intensity and importance of their beliefs and philosophies. In particular, half the country, most of the media, and all of those schooled in “fine arts” and it’s lesser school, “entertainment”, appears set to persist in treating the other half as misguided misogynistic racist red-necked un-enlightened un-sophisticated rubes. A small percentage may fit that description, the vast majority do not but are, rather, driven by perhaps old-fashioned but nevertheless fundamental and legitimate principles of conscience and morality. Their candidate may have been an unfortunate champion, but their principles are due equal respect to those espoused by the other side. Until such respect is manifested, on both sides, the Apocalypse can be seen poised on the horizon.

(2) Second, when we woke up this morning there was no electricity. They got it restored in about three hours. Not a major inconvenience. It happens two or three times a year.

(3) This afternoon the water stopped without warning. After calling the city and negotiating through the automated switchboard, we were informed there had been a water main break in the neighborhood. This was a relief, inasmuch as it didn’t fall upon us to call a plumber for repairs at our expense. But the anticipated restoration will be near bedtime tonight. So, all activities requiring water in the home will be on hold for several hours. Not a major inconvenience, except maybe with respect to toilets. In contrast to loss of electricity, loss of water hasn’t happened in years. In fact, we can’t remember it ever happening before.

None of the above by itself would necessarily signal calamity, except maybe #1 though I tended to be mostly entertained by the situation despite the survival of the country being at stake. I figure we all lose whichever way it goes. But, to then suffer loss of both electricity and water the same day, I think the coincidence of signs makes it quite evident. The Apocalypse is more than poised, it is nigh.