What if?

For the majority of Americans, it seems a given Joe Biden will be sworn in as president on Wednesday.

But…

What if the sudden fizzle of the various challenges to the election allowed for the identification of those who would knowingly go along with a stolen election, right up the certification of electoral college results?

What if the steady drip, drip, drip of information that indicates shenanigans at work will suddenly be consolidated into an undeniable picture of fraud, betrayal and treason?

What if the 25,000 troops in D.C. and the miles of barbed wire fencing aren’t to keep protestors out, but rather, to keep criminals in? (Additionally, 21 States are activating the National Guard for their own capitals.)

What if 2,000 of those National Guard troops were deputized as U.S. Marshalls this morning because a lot of arrests are about to be made?

We’re in completely uncharted territory as a nation. I can’t guarantee any of the above is the correct interpretation of events, only that it is one of several plausible perspectives, given what we know. A power struggle is playing out, and a decisive moment in history is at hand. I’ve said before, and I say it again: if there is a plan to prevent the inauguration of Biden as president, and to arrest congresscritters, federal and state officials, there had better be a plan to present concrete evidence to the public of the necessity for it, in defense of the Constitution. There had also better be a well-thought-out path to normalcy under that same Constitution. Otherwise, we’re flirting with the prospect of destroying the Constitution in the name of saving it. I’ve been a Trump supporter since the last election, even while acknowledging his personal shortcomings. Nothing would turn me against him faster than precipitous action now.

Our form of government was derived from Greco-Roman antecedents. Those traditions allowed for the installation of temporary dictators during extreme emergencies (the example of Cincinnatus perhaps being the most famous example). Our own jurisprudence does not allow for such an option, even in the face of possible fatal corruption of our institutions. So if there are those planning to thwart the ascension of Biden, they MUST do so in a way that does not appear to be Trump fulfilling the worst visions of his detractors. What if his planned departure from D.C. before the ceremony Wednesday is part of an effort to do just that? If so, who would wield Executive authority* after noon on the 20th?

I suppose that would depend on who is arrested under such a scenario. Keep in mind that in the presidential succession, the vice-president is followed by the Speaker of the House, the president pro tempore of the Senate, then the cabinet secretaries in order of their department’s creation. One would hope Vice President Pence wouldn’t be caught up in any dragnet, but it’s a fair bet Nancy Pelosi would. Senator Chuck Grassley has been a prominent and vocal critic of the efforts to hamstring the Trump administration over the past four years. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has been a clear advocate of America First, and very chatty on Twitter for the past couple weeks.

Could one of them be our Cincinnatus? Who knows. This is all highly speculative and could just be the musings of an idiot, albeit one who’s trying to pay attention and stay informed. One thing’s for certain: pray hard, hug your family, stock the pantry, and be prepared to keep your head down this week.

* – Remember, supreme executive authority derives from a mandate from the masses, not from some farcical aquatic ceremony! (We have to keep our sense of humor, folks!)

Thoughts in the Silence

January 6th did indeed turn out to be a rendezvous with history, but not in the way I had hoped. Whether incited by leftists or just very poor judgment on the part of Trump supporters in town, the storming of the Capitol provided the Left in the U.S. with its own Reichstag fire moment — an excuse to do what they wanted most: kneecap all their political enemies. Thus began The Silencing, first with President Trump, then with anyone thought to be a supporter. The government is required by the Constitution to respect freedom of speech. But the government doesn’t have to ban it, when it can turn to its fellow travelers who have a stranglehold on public forums to do it for them. In addition, rare is the business or school these days willing to retain an employee who runs afoul of the outrage mob.

There is a name for such cooperation between privately owned corporations and the desires of a single political party: fascism. Whereas communist ideology supposes only State-owned economic activity, fascism is perfectly fine with private enterprises… so long as they support and empower the ideology and ruling government. As Mussolini said, “All within the State, nothing outside the State, nothing against the State.”

As I write this, the National Guard is building up its troop strength in Washington, D.C. to around 20,000 armed soldiers by Inauguration Day. It may startle many Americans to learn this is four times as many troops as now remain in Afghanistan and Iraq… combined! On top of this, the Inaugural Committee is spending several million dollars on private security contractors.

Does it not seem odd that so much protection is required for an alleged president-elect who is said to have won more votes than any U.S. presidential candidate in history?

I really don’t know what to expect the next several days. If recent history is any guide, anything is possible, and most likely unforeseen. So I’ll end with this: keep your pantry full, your gas tanks topped off, and your powder dry. Hug the ones you love, and remember in Whom our hope is found.

Saturday Patriot Sounds

The next couple weeks will be a milestone in our nation’s history, one way or the other. As part of that, thousands of Americans plan to descend January 6th into the pit known as Mordor D.C. at the request of the President, to show their support for the current administration and investigations into alleged electoral fraud in November. This week’s Saturday Sounds are dedicated to all of them, and to all of us praying that God spares us a fraudulent Biden (or should I say Harris) administration, and returns of the rule of law to this country.

Tripling down – and getting personal

I’ve written before about attorney Lin Wood’s accusations against Supreme Court Justice John Roberts and Associate Justice Stephen Breyer. Last night, Wood tripled down:

I pointed out before that Wood is an expert defamation lawyer. He is also admitted to practice law before the U.S. Supreme Court. The fact he has not yet been sued, nor barred from the Supreme Court, nor disciplined by his State bar, makes this ongoing series of tweets stand out amid the noise since the election. But don’t count on seeing any coverage of these accusations in the corporate media.

In fact, I’m noting an interesting trend here on WordPress with my humble little blog. The first time I wrote about Wood, I kept getting error messages, failure to save drafts, and such. It also kept trying to block me from using certain tags on the post. I ended up rewriting the entire post before it was over. I chalked it up to imperfections of the internet. Today, however, as I tried to upload the tweet above, WordPress went nuts, claiming I was not an authorized editor of this account, etc. Multiple attempts to add it failed. If you look closely, you’ll see I subtly modified the background color of the tweet by running a few pencil lines of a slightly different color in Photoshop. I then screenshot the open file, capturing another photo behind it on the sides. It then uploaded on the first try with no issue at all.

What does this mean? Given online chatter I’ve seen about algorithms being used by social media to suppress information, it would appear Wood’s tweet has been targeted. Adding other colors to the background and additional information around the side defeated the algorithm.

There’s a saying: once is an accident, twice a coincidence, three times is enemy action. While I’ve only experienced this twice, given that both times it was writing about the same subject, I’m inclined to think we’re beyond coincidence. I moved this site from Blogger to WordPress in 2013. In seven years, I’ve never seen it do what it has with these two posts. I could play devil’s advocate and say social media is squelching defamatory accusations — except the lack of reaction by Roberts, the Supreme Court, and Wood’s home bar seem to indicate they’re not treating them as defamatory.

Make of all this what you will. There are, of course, other things happening these days. Yesterday during a hearing by the Georgia Senate, an IT expert reported a live hack of a Dominion machine in use for the Georgia U.S. Senate runoff races — proving both that the machines are online (they aren’t supposed to be), and can be hacked. In addition, a statistical expert who works with the Department of Justice released a non-official report alleging widespread fraud in Georgia and Pennsylvania during the election. (Note: paragraph edited to clarify the report is not an official DOJ product.)

Stay hopeful and keep praying. Truth always wins in the end, no matter the attempts to block it.

UPDATE: Quadrupling down! When I read this tweet just now, I blurted “Oh my God,” causing my wife momentary concern. Wood has either just committed professional suicide and made himself an outcast for all time, or we’re about to see some extraordinary things. I didn’t have to modify this tweet, but it may be new enough the algorithms aren’t looking for it yet. Stay tuned.

Merry Christmas!

In those days a decree went out from Caesar Augustus that all the world should be registered.  This was the first registration when Quirinius was governor of Syria.  And all went to be registered, each to his own town. And Joseph also went up from Galilee, from the town of Nazareth, to Judea, to the city of David, which is called Bethlehem, because he was of the house and lineage of David,  to be registered with Mary, his betrothed, who was with child.  And while they were there, the time came for her to give birth. And she gave birth to her firstborn son and wrapped him in swaddling cloths and laid him in a manger, because there was no place for them in the inn.
And in the same region there were shepherds out in the field, keeping watch over their flock by night. And an angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were filled with great fear.  And the angel said to them, “Fear not, for behold, I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all the people.  For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord.  And this will be a sign for you: you will find a baby wrapped in swaddling cloths and lying in a manger.”  
And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God and saying,   “Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace among those with whom he is pleased!”

Time to alter or abolish

Can anyone make an argument these days that our government does more good than harm? That it actually represents the aspirations of our people, rather than that of a transnational elite that is more interested in personal gain than the public good?

Exhibit A: Congressional leaders finally got around to green-lighting another coronavirus relief package, as part of a $2.3 trillion, 5,500-page pile of last-minute legislation that represents the largest bill ever passed by Congress. The orgy of spending passed hours before the government’s current spending authority was set to lapse. Rank and file members of Congress had only hours to review the final backroom deal before being required to vote on it. I’ve shouted for some time now that this inability of Congress to pass an annual budget before the start of the new fiscal year is simply intolerable, and should always result in them losing their seats. As with everything else, in 2020, this has been further compounded by the coronavirus. I’m not a fan of direct payments to citizens, and I believe this has set a horrible precedent. That said, the $1200 per person earlier this year, plus the $600 just approved, is nothing short of insulting, considering what ELSE was included in all the spending:

  • $500 million of foreign aid for Israel (with a population of 8.9 million, that’s $56.17/Israeli)
  • $453 million to the Ukraine (haven’t we been entangled enough with them already?)
  • $700 million to Sudan (why?)
  • $135 million for Burma (ditto…)
  • $130 million for Nepal (ditto…)
  • $25 million to Pakistan, including money for “gender programs” (I’m sure THAT will make them love us…)
  • Approval of two new Smithsonian museums (wonder when it’ll be “safe” to visit them?)
  • $14 billion for municipal mass-transit systems, airports and AMTRAK (aren’t we supposed to be at home?)

This is but a small sample, but it makes the point:

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