• Pragerisms

    For a more comprehensive list of Pragerisms visit
    Dennis Prager Wisdom.

    • "The left is far more interested in gaining power than in creating wealth."
    • "Without wisdom, goodness is worthless."
    • "I prefer clarity to agreement."
    • "First tell the truth, then state your opinion."
    • "Being on the Left means never having to say you're sorry."
    • "If you don't fight evil, you fight gobal warming."
    • "There are things that are so dumb, you have to learn them."
  • Liberalism’s Seven Deadly Sins

    • Sexism
    • Intolerance
    • Xenophobia
    • Racism
    • Islamophobia
    • Bigotry
    • Homophobia

    A liberal need only accuse you of one of the above in order to end all discussion and excuse himself from further elucidation of his position.

  • Glenn’s Reading List for Die-Hard Pragerites

    • Bolton, John - Surrender is not an Option
    • Bruce, Tammy - The Thought Police; The New American Revolution; The Death of Right and Wrong
    • Charen, Mona - DoGooders:How Liberals Hurt Those They Claim to Help
    • Coulter, Ann - If Democrats Had Any Brains, They'd Be Republicans; Slander
    • Dalrymple, Theodore - In Praise of Prejudice; Our Culture, What's Left of It
    • Doyle, William - Inside the Oval Office
    • Elder, Larry - Stupid Black Men: How to Play the Race Card--and Lose
    • Frankl, Victor - Man's Search for Meaning
    • Flynn, Daniel - Intellectual Morons
    • Fund, John - Stealing Elections
    • Friedman, George - America's Secret War
    • Goldberg, Bernard - Bias; Arrogance
    • Goldberg, Jonah - Liberal Fascism
    • Herson, James - Tales from the Left Coast
    • Horowitz, David - Left Illusions; The Professors
    • Klein, Edward - The Truth about Hillary
    • Mnookin, Seth - Hard News: Twenty-one Brutal Months at The New York Times and How They Changed the American Media
    • Morris, Dick - Because He Could; Rewriting History
    • O'Beirne, Kate - Women Who Make the World Worse
    • Olson, Barbara - The Final Days: The Last, Desperate Abuses of Power by the Clinton White House
    • O'Neill, John - Unfit For Command
    • Piereson, James - Camelot and the Cultural Revolution: How the Assassination of John F. Kennedy Shattered American Liberalism
    • Prager, Dennis - Think A Second Time
    • Sharansky, Natan - The Case for Democracy
    • Stein, Ben - Can America Survive? The Rage of the Left, the Truth, and What to Do About It
    • Steyn, Mark - America Alone
    • Stephanopolous, George - All Too Human
    • Thomas, Clarence - My Grandfather's Son
    • Timmerman, Kenneth - Shadow Warriors
    • Williams, Juan - Enough: The Phony Leaders, Dead-End Movements, and Culture of Failure That Are Undermining Black America--and What We Can Do About It
    • Wright, Lawrence - The Looming Tower

“Everywhere I turn, I see American values being eviscerated. Our legislators are beyond senseless.”

February 23, 2023

Taking Back America

By Eileen F. Toplansky at American Thinker:

As I travel, I constantly see tattered American flags blowing in the wind.  They are a metaphor for the state of the Union. It is emblematic of how our country is being hollowed out. We have a Manchurian leader who is gutting us of our rights.  The latest assault is Biden’s determination to put us under the domination of the World Health Organization, who will determine our health care.

Despite widespread criticism of the WHO’s response to the COVID pandemic, U.S. Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Xavier Becerra joined with WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus in September 2022 to announce ‘the U.S.-WHO Strategic Dialogue.’ Together, they developed a ‘platform to maximize the longstanding U.S. government-WHO partnership, and to protect and promote the health of all people around the globe, including the American people.’

What could possibly go wrong with America ceding its G-d given rights to an organization that could set up a “medical police state under the control of the WHO, and in particular WHO Director-General Tedros” who could “issue orders that will go all the way down the pipe to your primary care physicians?”

Consider that COVID dictators continue to look for a way out after “draconian Covid measures ruined the lives of millions of lower- and middle-class Americans while lining the pockets of the liberal cabal.”

Cultural Marxism continues to degrade every facet of our country.

With the end of the Cold War, many Americans justifiably believed communism had been defeated.  But American Marxists have gained more influence than ever before.  Cloaking their goals under the pretense of social justice, these cultural Marxists want to distort America’s history and dismantle its very foundations.

Everywhere we turn, the social justice warriors have invaded.  Endless ethics training courses are mandated in order for colleges to receive federal funding. These courses are Orwell’s nightmare of debasing language, gaslighting, and weakening common sense. 

A female educator virtue signals when she writes she/her next to her name.  What exactly is that supposed to mean? If a professor has a rainbow flag on her door signifying a “safe space” for the alphabet soup community, does that mean a white heterosexual male better think twice before entering?

Decades have passed since the warnings about our historical ignorance, but we are more historically illiterate than ever before.

If history is [even] taught in the United Sates, the version of the history given greatly distorts and defames the motives and truth about those who shaped our country, resulting in Americans pitted against each other, rather than living together in harmony. As a result, our very republic becomes increasingly wobbly as it struggles to remain standing while lurching from one cultural crisis to another.

Precisely as the Left has always desired.  In fact, the goal of Marxists is the total annihilation of freedom.  No matter how many times the communist dream is proven to result in nothing but misery, it seems to get resurrected.  And historical ignorance is the means by which the next generation gets sucked in.

Consequently, a statue of Teddy Roosevelt that used to invite visitors into the Museum of Natural History is taken down.  On the other hand, a statue of career criminal George Floyd is erected despite the fact that Floyd committed three armed robberies, three violent home invasions, six burglaries, three car thefts, beat four victims senseless and held a gun to a very pregnant belly of his robbery victim.

Everywhere I turn, I see American values being eviscerated. Our legislators are beyond senseless — dare I say idiots? Sandy Ocasio-Cortez and Chuck Schumer haven’t a clue about the system they are supposed to represent.  

The Left has an insatiable need to be a wrecking ball.  The latest attack is a war on local zoning laws. Biden and Democrats are mandating that high-rise apartment buildings with ‘affordable’ units in tree-lined, single-family neighborhoods will be built.  This is all in the name of equity. Towns that do not meet the requirement for economic diversity will lose federal funding.  It is but another attack on local control and single-family zoning and would require re-zoning for high-density housing. 

And then there is the canard about gun control.  Forget the fact that both Honduras and Switzerland have a population of 8.2 million people.  Honduras bans citizens from owning guns and has the highest homicide rate in the entire world.  Switzerland requires citizens to own guns and has the lowest homicide rate in the entire world. 

Emerald Robinson reminds us that “the Australian people gave up their guns and are now on their fifth covid booster shot.  The Canadian people gave up their guns and they are now having their bank accounts seized illegally.”

Perhaps the most devastating and irrevocable assaults are the incessant attacks on the innocence of children.  Ayn Rand in her Return of the Primitive wrote about the comprachicos or comprapequenos or child buyers.

Comprachicos, as well as comprapequeños, is a compound Spanish word that means “child-buyers.” The comprachicos traded in children. They bought them and sold them. They did not steal them.  And what did they make of these children?


Why monsters?

To laugh.

The people need laughter; so do the kings. Cities require side-show freaks or clowns; palaces require jesters…

To succeed in producing a freak, one must get hold of him early.

Consider the drag show in Tennessee where a small child is seen rubbing the crotch of a drag performer.

Hence, an art. There were educators. It was a whole science.

Where God had put harmony, they put deformity.

Where God had put perfection, they brought back a botched attempt.

And, in the eyes of connoisseurs, it is the botched that was perfect…

The practice of degrading man leads one to the practice of deforming him.

Deformity completes the task of political suppression…

Mull over the spiraling increase in gender reassignment surgeries where perfectly healthy organs are cut off.

The comprachicos did not merely remove a child’s face, they removed his memory.

At least, they removed as much of it as they could. The child was not aware of the mutilation he had suffered. This horrible surgery left traces on his face, not in his mind. He could remember at most that one day he had been seized by some men, then had fallen asleep, and later they had cured him. Cured him of what? He did not know.

But the modern heirs of the comprachicos are smarter and subtler than their predecessors: they do not hide, they practice their trade in the open; they do not buy children, the children are delivered to them; …they achieve their goal without ever laying a finger on their little victims.

…the child is not aware of the mutilation he has suffered.

 …they take a child before he is fully aware of reality and never let him develop that awareness. Where nature had put a normal brain, they put mental retardation. To make you unconscious for life by means of your own brain, nothing can be more ingenious.

This is the ingenuity practiced by most of today’s educators. They are the comprachicos of the mind. They place him into a ‘Progressive’ nursery school to adjust him to society.

The COVID masks and sex reassignment have severely damaged our children.  Schools have distorted their minds and politicians have stolen our children’s future.

We have to fight back with everything we have.

Eileen can be reached at middlemarch18@gmail.com

Disaster At Ohio!

Trump brought goodwill to East Palestine, Ohio while the Biden administration sniped at him

KAREN TOWNSEND 8:41 AM on February 23, 2023

Trump brought goodwill to East Palestine, Ohio while the Biden administration sniped at him
AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar

Former President Donald Trump visited East Palestine, Ohio on Wednesday. He brought pallets of “Trump water”, food, and cleaning supplies. The residents of the small town were appreciative that Trump came and assured them that they were not forgotten.

Details of Trump’s visit were not released to the public, no doubt for security reasons, yet there were Trump supporters who stood out in the rain along the street waiting to wave to him as his vehicle drove by. Trump was accompanied by Donald Trump, Jr., Senator J.D. Vance, Rep. Bill Johnson, and East Palestine Mayor Trent Conaway,

Trump met briefly with local leaders and first responders and the media at the local fire station. Though he did toss out a reference to fake news, Trump praised the media for covering the train derailment story and keeping it in front of the public. He told them he is donating thousands of bottles of cleaning supplies and pallets of bottled water that were collected through his Trump organizations.

Trump was complimentary of Norfolk Southern. He tried to reassure the residents of its commitment to the town.

“It means that the affected communities beyond the borders of East Palestine are going to be taken care of, and they’ve said so. They’ve said it loud and clear and I think they probably mean it,” Trump said.

Whether you are a Trump supporter or not, this is something that Trump does well – he gets out there and mingles with those who feel forgotten by their government, especially in crises. In contrast, Scranton Joe who campaigned as a friend to the working man is nowhere to be found. He was flying back from Poland as Trump was in East Palestine. Where is all that Biden empathy?

The New York Times article on Trump’s trip to Ohio was quick to remind readers of his trip to Puerto Rico after a devastating hurricane. Trump tossed around some rolls of paper towels to people in a light-hearted way, as though that made him evil. There was also no mention of Trump buying lunch for first responders and all of the patrons packed into McDonald’s during his visit to the fast food restaurant. That’s right – Trump bought lunch for the people at the fire station and all the people around him while he was there.

At an East Palestine firehouse where he met first responders and local elected officials, Mr. Trump, in remarks behind a lectern, said that “what this community needs now are not excuses and all of the other things you’ve been hearing, but answers and results.”

He suggested the administration had shown “indifference and betrayal” and he talked about how truckloads of his name-brand water would be distributed to residents, as local officials referred to him as “President Trump” or “the president.” And while he referred to the “Fake News,” he praised reporters for their coverage and, for a change, his emphasis on grievances was not primarily about his own.

Mr. Trump knocked Mr. Biden as absent after the episode’s fallout and suggested he was waiting for the president to “get back from touring Ukraine.”

The New York Times article on Trump’s trip to Ohio was quick to remind readers of his trip to Puerto Rico after a devastating hurricane. Trump tossed around some rolls of paper towels to people in a light-hearted way, as though that made him evil. There was also no mention of Trump buying lunch for first responders and all of the patrons packed into McDonald’s during his visit to the fast food restaurant. That’s right – Trump bought lunch for the people at the fire station and all the people around him while he was there.
At an East Palestine firehouse where he met first responders and local elected officials, Mr. Trump, in remarks behind a lectern, said that “what this community needs now are not excuses and all of the other things you’ve been hearing, but answers and results.”
He suggested the administration had shown “indifference and betrayal” and he talked about how truckloads of his name-brand water would be distributed to residents, as local officials referred to him as “President Trump” or “the president.” And while he referred to the “Fake News,” he praised reporters for their coverage and, for a change, his emphasis on grievances was not primarily about his own.
Mr. Trump knocked Mr. Biden as absent after the episode’s fallout and suggested he was waiting for the president to “get back from touring Ukraine.”

Trump noted that it was only after his trip to the town was announced that Mayor Pete decided to make the trip, too.

Trump remarked to the crowd of supporters that “nobody” came to East Palestine until he announced that he was coming.

Trump wondered why FEMA was hesitant to commit to East Palestine, but had a reason why FEMA has since decided to help.

“When I announced that I was coming, they changed their tune. It was an amazing phenomenon,” Trump said.

Initially, FEMA was not called in for support. Over the weekend, members of the agency arrived.

The White House put out a snarky statement about Trump’s visit, putting the blame on his administration for the train derailment.

“Congressional Republicans laid the groundwork for the Trump administration to tear up requirements for more effective train brakes, and last year most House Republicans wanted to defund our ability to protect drinking water,” Andrew Bates, a spokesman for the White House, said in a statement.

That’s a pretty lame statement. The administration has no excuse other than to admit its own incompetence. They botched the response and they know it.

When Trump was asked about the Biden administration blaming him, he said he “had nothing to do with it.” On one hand, Mayor Pete, who remained silent on the derailment and the toxic chemical spill for a couple of weeks before making a statement, tried to convince people that train derailments are just business as usual, they happen all the time. On the flip side, the administration is busy pointing fingers at Trump because that is their default position on everything. It’s ridiculous.

Train derailments do happen. Fortunately, not all of them are transporting toxic chemicals. Mayor Pete is happy to celebrate Biden’s infrastructure bill so why isn’t he working on railroad safety issues? Isn’t he the guy that said he loves trains or something? Mayor Pete may need less personal time and more time in the office doing his job for American taxpayers. He works for us. All of us, not just blue-state Americans.

Monkey’s At Work?

Idaho Republican Introduces Bill To Prevent Ranked-Choice Voting From Rigging His State’s Elections

BY: SHAWN FLEETWOOD at the Federalist:

FEBRUARY 22, 2023

Idaho State Capitol on a sunny day

In a bid to secure the integrity of his state’s election systems, an Idaho Republican legislator introduced a bill on Tuesday seeking to ban the use of ranked-choice voting (RCV) in the state.

Under H0179, county election offices would be prohibited from using “ranked choice voting or instant runoff voting to conduct an election or nomination of any candidate in this state for any local government, statewide, or federal elective office.”

Under RCV, which critics often refer to as “rigged-choice voting,” voters rank candidates in order of preference. If no candidate receives a majority of first-choice votes in the first round of voting, the last-place finisher is eliminated, and his votes are reallocated to the voter’s second-choice candidate. Such a process continues until one candidate receives a majority of votes.

In remarks to the House State Affairs Committee, bill sponsor and GOP Rep. Dale Hawkins asserted the legislation will “simplify the voting process and maintain consistency in [Idaho’s] electoral process.”

“We support the prohibition of ranked-choice voting and instant run-off voting in any local, statewide, or federal election held in the state to ensure every vote is counted accurately and the candidate with the most votes is elected,” he said.

According to a local news outlet, no localities in Idaho currently use ranked-choice voting.

While Maine and Alaska are the only two states to employ such a system, the results from their respective elections since implementing RCV have produced outcomes that clearly contradict the desires of voters. In Maine, then-incumbent GOP Rep. Bruce Poliquin lost to Democrat Jared Golden during the 2018 midterms, despite Poliquin winning the most votes in the first round of voting. That outcome was due to the state’s ranked-choice voting system.

Similarly, in Alaska, Democrat Mary Peltola won the state’s at-large congressional seat last year even though “nearly 60 percent of voters cast[] their ballots for a Republican.” RCV also played a major role in helping Alaska GOP Sen. Lisa Murkowski fend off a challenge from former President Donald Trump-backed Kelly Tshibaka during the 2022 midterms. The system allowed her to win due to being listed second on Alaska Democrats’ ranked-choice ballots.

In addition to Idaho, North Dakota is also considering legislation that would ban the use of ranked-choice voting in its elections. The move aligns with the Republican National Committee, which disavowed RCV in its meeting last month.

Shawn Fleetwood is a Staff Writer for The Federalist and a graduate of the University of Mary Washington.

….we learned that precisely 95 percent of Maricopa County overseas military members (and their families) voted for Joe Biden.

February 23, 2023

Why the 2020 Election was Unverifiable

By Joe Fried at American Thinker:

Joe Biden acquired his job through a legal process. However, he did not earn enough verifiable votes to justify the certifications in six key swing states. This issue is addressed in my new book, but here is some of my reasoning. I have limited myself to one example of unverifiable votes for each of those swing states.


At an Arizona Senate Committee hearing on January 24, 2022, we learned that precisely 95 percent of Maricopa County overseas military members (and their families) voted for Joe Biden. That is an amazing (as in phony) percentage, given that the overall county-wide vote was fairly even between Biden and Trump (51 to 49%). Winning the military vote in Maricopa County with a 90 percent margin strongly suggests the likelihood of fraud.

The findings were presented at the Committee hearing by Paul Harris, a corporate executive who had been asked to conduct the review during the Cyber Ninjas audit. These are key points from the presentation. (See video @ 1:53.)

  • The “ballots” were simply unsourced sheets of copy paper.
  • The number of ballots had jumped dramatically, from 1,600 in 2016 to 9,600 in 2020.
  • Exactly 95 percent of the votes were for Joe Biden. Harris estimated that these copy paper ballots provided 8,000 net votes to Biden, who ostensibly won the state by just over 10,000 votes.

Paul Harris analyzed just one county. In Pima County, a witness named Kathleen Alby testified that “thousands” of “military faxes” were processed: “At one point that’s all that they were processing were the faxed ones.” And, as in Maricopa County, there was no chain-of-custody documentation. (See video at 8:32.)


Garland Favorito is the head of VoterGA.org, and has a forty-year background in information technology. In a detailed press conference, Favorito and his cyber experts itemized fifteen categories of ballot irregularities found during their analysis of ballot images acquired from Fulton County, Georgia. (See video @ 27:00.)

The number of unsupportable ballots found for this one county is forty-five times larger than Biden’s margin of victory for the entire state. Here are just five of the 15 findings:

  1. Although it takes one second to scan a ballot, there are over 4,000 ballots with precisely the same timestamp — to the second. Not possible.
  2. 16,034 mail-in ballot authentication (sha) files were added several days after scanning. Also impossible.
  3. There are no ballot images to support 17,724 final certified recount presidential votes.
  4. There are no images to support 374,128 “certified” in-person votes, which is a violation of both federal and Georgia law.
  5. 132,284 mail-in ballot images have no authentication files.


Before the 2020 election, the Michigan Secretary of State, Jocelyn Benson, implemented an illegal procedure that seriously undermined the integrity of the election.

Benson announced that all signatures would be presumptively valid — even if they were only slightly similar to registration signatures. The announcement was, effectively, an invitation to fraudsters to grab all the unused ballot applications they could find or buy; and fill them out and send them in.

Trump opposed Benson’s new procedure, and he ended up winning in court — four months after the election. In March, 2021, State Court of Claims Judge Christopher Murray: “Nowhere in this state’s election law has the Legislature indicated that signatures are to be presumed valid…”

By using an illegal standard for processing of signatures, and by announcing that new standard in advance so that fraudsters could exploit it, Benson effectively invalidated the Michigan election certification.


Three months before the 2020 election, the Democrat administration in Nevada passed a law that gutted election controls, and made the 2020 election impossible to certify with credibility.

Under the new Nevada law, all registered voters are automatically mailed ballots (not just applications). In 2020, this created mountains of unused ballots because lots of registered voters are not interested in voting, are not necessarily citizens, may have already moved to a new location, or are already “living” in the city cemetery.

Jay Greenberg, a journalist with NeonNettle.com News, reported that thousands of ballots were being mailed to inactive voters in Democrat Clark County: “The vote-by-mail envelopes are piling up in post office trays, outside apartment complexes, and on community bulletin boards in and around Las Vegas.”

Jenny Trobiani, a Clark County postal worker, wondered: “What’s going to happen with these things, they’re not secured at all and there are thousands of them just sitting here? This just seems fraudulent to me, something stinks here.”

How hard was it to cheat in the 2020 Nevada election? In Clark County you just had to walk into any large apartment building, go to the mailbox area, scoop up a handful of ballots, sign them, and mail them in. There was no ID required, and it was very hard to fail a signature test in Nevada. That is still true today.

The new Nevada law, coupled with its lack of an ID requirement, made the 2020 election unverifiable.


When the Pennsylvania Secretary of the Commonwealth certified the election on November 24, 2020, there were 202,377 more ballots cast than the number of people shown to have voted. This irrefutable fact is one of several reasons many Pennsylvania legislators wanted Vice President Mike Pence to delay counting the electoral votes on January 6, 2021.

On December 28, 2020 (well before the January 6th debacle), Pennsylvania Representative Frank Ryan issued a lengthy statement on behalf of himself and 16 other PA legislators. It had this title: “Numbers Don’t Add Up, Certification of Presidential Results Premature and in Error.”

A reading of the Pennsylvania Code (25 PA. Stat. §3154) suggests that the certification may have violated Commonwealth law. The statute states that, if there is a significant unidentified excess of votes cast over persons who voted, there must be an investigation before the votes are recorded.

There was no investigation. A spokesperson for the Pennsylvania secretary simply noted that four counties had not yet submitted their voter information.

Months after the election, the slowpoke counties finally submitted their voter information, and there no longer was a discrepancy of 202,377 votes. However, the remaining excess of ballots over voters was (and is) over 90,000, and that number exceeds Biden’s winning margin of 81,000 votes.

In other words, it is likely that the election was and remains illegal under Pennsylvania law, and unverifiable under any credible audit standard.


In an effort to spot possible irregularities, the Wisconsin Institute for Law & Liberty did a statistical analysis of the top ten voter turnout changes for Republican wards and Democrat wards. (See link @ pg. 78.) I have displayed the results graphically in Figure 1. 

Figure 1: Percentage increase in voter turnout 2016 to 2020

The very tall column to the right side of the Democrat wards is Madison Ward 124, and in some amazing way the voter turnout increased in that ward by 1,285 percent. That very unnatural increase could explain why Madison refused to provide ballot access to post-election auditors. (See link @ pg. 7.)

The sharp increase in Madison’s voter turnout could be due to incredible voter enthusiasm. But more likely, it is due to the 200 drop boxes that were placed in the Democrat stronghold for special voting days called “Democracy in the Park” (a two-day, Biden-promoted event of very questionable legality).

The Ward 124 anomaly has never been investigated.


Joe Biden is the legally-elected President of the United States. However, I believe he won several swing state elections that would not be certifiable if our elections were administered with credible election standards.

Joe Fried is an Ohio-based CPA who has performed and reviewed hundreds of certified financial audits. He is the author of the new book, Debunked? 

“…no Democrats will support it, even as they defend all of Biden’s border failures”

Joe Biden Claims To Want Help With The Border Asylum Scam. Here’s How Republicans Can Call His Bluff

BY: EDDIE SCARRY at the Federalist:

FEBRUARY 22, 2023

migrants getting on a bus
Another day, another Trump-era border policy that Joe Biden pretends to have discovered in order to look like he’s at least trying to handle a problem he created.

The New York Times on Tuesday reported that the administration plans to introduce a “new rule” that will allow authorities to quickly deny asylum claims of illegal border crossers who fail to prove that they first tried seeking asylum in Mexico or in another country they passed through to get here.

Setting aside that this “new policy” is about four years old, now is the perfect time for House Republicans to draft a bill that would cement it into law. Of course, no Democrats will support it, even as they defend all of Biden’s border failures, and Biden himself would find any excuse not to sign such a bill, because he’s not serious about fixing his own mess. But it’s worth making them look stupid for it anyway.

Biden is even inviting the episode. Reporting in the Times said, “On a call with reporters, administration officials said that failure by Congress to pass an overhaul of the nation’s outdated immigration laws and a spate of lawsuits from Republican-led states had prevented the government from effectively managing the southern border.”

Okay, well, an “overhaul” is effectively impossible with a divided Congress, but if the “new rule” was preferred by two administrations, one Republican (Trump) and one Democrat (Biden), there is no reasonable argument against making it a law. It’s not an “overhaul,” but it’s a start.

Capitol Hill sources tell me that the new Republican-led Congress is crafting immigration bills at this very moment and I’m sure members will be very proud of whatever sprawling, complicated legislation they come up with. But they could instead start small and, at minimum, force Democrats to reject a measure that the leader of their own party is taking.

In just the past four months alone there have been almost 1 million foreigners who attempted to dump themselves into the care of American taxpayers. Every single one of them will have received some type of assistance, whether it was food, a shower, a paid trip to some destination within the U.S., or in most cases, all of the above. The popular asylum scam is how many of them will end up staying here indefinitely. Anything that can cut back on that grotesque and appalling abuse of our system is worth the effort.

So give it to Biden. He asked for it.

Eddie Scarry is the D.C. columnist at The Federalist and author of “Liberal Misery: How the Hateful Left Sucks Joy Out of Everything and Everyone.”

“Reza Pahlavi, the son of the late Shah, was invited to participate in the Munich conference…”

February 22, 2023

In Iran, it’s the democracy advocates who are standing on the right side of history

By Hamid Enayat at American Thinker:

Iran’s history over the past two hundred years has repeatedly demonstrated the monarchy’s propensity for authoritarianism and the destruction of democratic institutions.

During the reign of Reza, the founder of the Pahlavi dynasty, and especially during the reign of the Shah, who was deposed by the 1979 revolution, all the democratic institutions that had emerged from the Iranian revolution of 1907 were destroyed.

Under the Shah’s rule, all political parties were banned, with the exception of the Rastakhiz Party, so that anyone who wanted to be politically active had to be a member of that party. Thus, through the destruction of all democratic institutions and the suppression of freedom fighters by the Shah, Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini, the founder of the Islamic Republic, was able to establish his religious authoritarianism, taking advantage of a huge political vacuum.

From the point of view of the model of governance, Khomeini can be considered as the immediate crown prince of the Shah. There followed forty-three years of unprecedented repression of the people and their political, economic and cultural demands. Since the beginning of the popular uprising in Iran, a central slogan of the Iranian revolution has been “Death to Khamenei,” meaning, Ali Khamenei, Khomeini’s successor, and “Death to the dictator, be he king or ruler.” A way for the people to make their political choice clear. It was by marking the red line between the people and two dictatorships that this revolution was able to withstand unprecedented repression.

Invitation from Reza Pahlavi

One may wonder why, without having participated even once in the uprising and therefore without any legitimacy, Reza Pahlavi, the son of the late Shah, was invited to participate in the Munich conference. Similarly, the fact that his name is presented as an alternative to the clerical regime of the mullahs by some media is surprising. At best, this signifies ignorance of the sacrifices of the younger Iranian generation to establish a democratic government. At worst, it could be seen as a form of complicity of the media in giving way to lobbies (state and corporate) more interested in future negotiations with a dictatorship than with a democracy.

Distorting the alternative

When a revolution is on the verge of overthrowing a regime, when the world believes in it and when the outcome seems closer than ever, there is the crucial question of a credible and desired alternative. From a strictly diplomatic point of view, the regime and the supporters of the appeasement policy prefer the current regime to a democratic alternative in Iran. Very logically, they therefore undertake the methodical decredibilization of the only real political alternative that exists; the NCRI (National Council of Resistance of Iran), a body bringing together all the oppositions to the dictatorships, all trends, all ethnicities populating Iran for over 40 years!

The objective of the Iranian state’s lobbyists is simple: to prove to the media that there is no serious alternative. Therefore, in order to maintain order and stability in economic and commercial exchanges, it is preferable to help the current regime to maintain itself… Or how to praise the benefits and values of democracy in speeches but work underhand to maintain one of the worst dictatorships that this world carries at the moment.

Over the past forty years, the only movement that has demonstrated coherent political organisation, including internationally, while remaining active on the ground in fierce opposition to the mullahs, is the NCRI, a council founded on the basis of gender equality and fighting against all forms of dictatorship, monarchical or religious.

Attempt to invalidate the valid alternative

Since the beginning of the revolution, Iran’s notorious Ministry of Intelligence has claimed that the alternative to the mullahs’ regime, the National Council of Resistance of Iran, does not have the support of the people. This allegation has been widely used abroad by the regime’s lobbies and those with concrete interests in denying the regime’s downfall. But this can only mislead public opinion abroad. The Iranian people, especially the younger generation, know, despite all the censorship, that if this alternative did not have a popular base, it could never have withstood the cruelty of the mullahs for more than forty years. More than 30,000 political prisoners were massacred in Iran in 1988, mainly from the People’s Mojahedin Organisation of Iran (PMOI), which is strongly represented in the NCRI. Yet this movement continued to resist the mullahs.

Since then, the NCRI has been working on revealing the truth, organizing a future political life and keeping the troops together on the ground. Thus, the resistance units scattered throughout Iran, which are the backbone of this revolution, are under the leadership of the NCRI. And this is what has made the continuation of this revolution possible. Let us be clear. If this alternative did not have a popular base, it could not have continued the struggle against the dictatorship despite 30,000 arrests and at least 750 deaths!

Standing on the right side of history

The ongoing revolution includes all classes, strata and political tendencies. The Shah, the Mullahs and their remnants have no place in the people’s camp. The red line with the dictatorship of the Shah and the Mullahs is the only real political demarcation line to finally reach democracy. Anyone who distorts it will certainly not be in the people’s camp. For there are now only two camps in Iran: that of the dictators of all kinds and that of the people. And history has taught us time and again that, no matter how long it takes, the people always win in the end. It is now up to the parties involved to make their choice, on the right or wrong side of history…