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Who Would Have Thought It?. . . Is U.S. Starting Down Road To Become Another Venezuela?

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Amid other recent shocks to the U.S. social system, the weird possibility that the nation actually could fall to a political coup began to be pondered more seriously. A Venezuelan told Phoenix radio talk host James T. Harris (KFYI, 550 AM) on June 23 that her countrymen didn’t think they’d be taken over, either, but they were, by Marxists.
The parallels don’t have to be exact among different countries in order to see warning signs of the virus of tough dictatorship or even totalitarianism.
Germany’s supposedly civilizing education and culture, a Russian background of serfdom, Chinese Confucianism, among various examples, all ended up in oceans of blood captained by ruthless masters.
Italy may have been where it was hard even to make the trains run on time, whereas Germany was known for Prussian efficiency, but these two dissimilar nations were the European basis of the Axis alliance for World War II.
Hardly had handcuffed George Floyd died in police custody on Memorial Day in Minneapolis than retaliatory rioters, looters, and weapons-toters began to burst out not only around the U.S. but also many other places.
And often, as in Minneapolis itself, the areas to suffer were those governed by the very political liberals that one might imagine would long ago have ameliorated grievances — like Seattle, Portland, Ore., and New York City.
Meanwhile, even more powerful shocking news of an attempted political coup continued to emerge as official inquiries showed that in early 2017, outgoing Democrat President Barack Obama, Vice President Joe Biden, and top-echelon officials including FBI Director James Comey, plotted to remove newly elected GOP President Donald Trump.
This might qualify as the biggest political scandal in U.S. history, but dominant left-wing media that lie their heads off to advance their and Dems’ agenda had scant interest in peering in here.
Covertly deciding that any stratagem must be used to abort Trump before he faced the voters again in 2020, the plotters failed.
But now that his electoral defeat in November would be sufficient to remove Trump from office, a person might think that every deception and deceit possible will be employed to hand a fake victory to wan bad Catholic and presumptive Dem nominee Biden.
However, before the U.S. even gets to Election Day, what more looms with the establishment-blessed rioters and anarchists? Pro-Trump vandals long ago would have been rounded up, but as long as the militants are leftists, they get the benefit of every excuse and justification.
Like eighteenth-century French revolutionary leader Maximilien Robespierre, who ended up on the guillotine himself, were U.S. leftist political and social leaders destined to fall to the furies they tolerated or even helped create?
First the U.S. rioters toppled statues representing the Confederate side of the Civil War, but quickly also tore into statuary of the Union’s leading opponents of slavery like President Abraham Lincoln, Gen. Ulysses Grant, and abolitionists. (Note to rioters who seem to know little or no history: An “abolitionist” is someone who strongly opposed human slavery.)
Merely being an old statue seemed to convict the aged piece of stone or metal of celebrating oppression.
On June 23 the Federalist site posted: “President Trump was roundly mocked and derided for worrying in August 2017 that statue destroyers would move on from statues of Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee to statues of former presidents and Founding Fathers George Washington and Thomas Jefferson. Major media accused Trump of making inappropriate and even ridiculous comments.”
However, this article concluded, “all their experts, fact checks, and smug assurances were completely wrong and Trump was right.”
Just after statues of one of the founders of modern California, Catholic saint and Hispanic Junipero Serra, were vandalized, a prominent Black Lives Matter activist incredibly said that images of no less than Jesus and His Mother should be destroyed if their skin tone was considered too light. This was no less than the spirit of the Devil himself loosed.
Kindred lawbreakers began establishing “autonomous zones” that they claimed were their own territories in cities, no matter the buildings and possessions of others within the zones that they thus conscripted.
Although the commandeered areas supposedly were no longer part of the United States, “foreign aid” such as donated food and money was welcomed. However, “foreign troops,” that is, police and firefighters, were excluded.
The Federalist site posted on June 24: “Wisconsin’s two largest cities were awash in violence Tuesday (June 23) and into early Wednesday morning as ‘peaceful’ Black Lives Matter protesters in Madison toppled iconic, progressive statues and beat up an openly gay state senator, while a Milwaukee mob set fire to a home and injured several police and a firefighter.
“Wisconsin is out of control, and it is reaping the lawless fruit that pandering liberals have sown,” the article added.
The Washington Examiner said the state senator, Milwaukee Democrat Tim Carpenter, tweeted that while he was filming protesters, he was “Punched/kicked in the head, neck, ribs. Maybe concussion, socked in left eye is little blurry, sore neck & ribs. 8-10 people attacked me.”
Meanwhile, the leftist Democratic mayor of Olympia, Wash., had a neatly printed sign in her front window at home showing support for Black Lives Matter, and an LGBTQ rainbow flag hanging by the door, but that didn’t prevent a vandal from spraying “BLM” graffiti on her house. What a cruel cut.
Mayor Cheryl Selby reportedly said the damage was “like domestic terrorism” — even though she was spared far worse.
The Wanderer asked national conservative commentator Quin Hillyer on June 23 why he thought there was such an explosion of violent activity, and in unison. Hillyer replied, “I think that at least two generations of Americans have been taught from kindergarten through college that the American system is illegitimate and racist, and that working through the system is useless.
“They were kindling just waiting to be lit, and Officer Chauvin provided not just a match but a blowtorch,” Hillyer said.
Derek Chauvin is the former Minneapolis police officer who knelt with his knee on Floyd’s neck for nearly nine minutes as the black arrestee lay in the street, saying he couldn’t breathe.
Hillyer also pointed to his own column posted June 23 at the Washington Examiner that said there’s no legal right, for instance, to destroy others’ statues, set up encompassing autonomous zones, or attack police doing their jobs. The column was headlined, “Punish the criminal protesters with appropriate power.”
Traditionally there’s some leeway in how laws are applied, taking into account such factors as circumstances and comprehension, but arbitrary selectiveness, or simply inventing or discarding what is considered law, leads to dangerous if not disastrous results.
A prominent example is the U.S. Supreme Court, which has accreted such power in imposing immoral revolution that the court would shock the nation’s Founders, who envisioned coequal branches of government.
Perhaps the significant beginning of the issue at hand was the High Court simply asserting in 1965 in Griswold v. Connecticut that there was a national right to use contraception. Why bother with state legislatures in this instance when the court could impose its own will on everyone everywhere in the U.S.?
Modest as the Supreme Court might have thought this conclusion, only eight years later, in Roe v. Wade and Doe v. Bolton in 1973, the justices miraculously uncovered a previously hidden national right to permissive abortion throughout pregnancy that overturned the abortion law of every state, from the most restrictive to the most permissive.
Not so much of a jump, perhaps then, for the court to impose “same-sex marriage” in Obergefell in 2015, even though the popular vote in dozens of states had rejected this. And, quite recently, on June 15, for the court to pretend in Bostock that the definition of sex discrimination in federal law extends to sexual orientation and subjective gender identity.
You have a constitutional right not only to believe you’re whatever sex you fancy, but also to impose such notion legally as you please.
A different issue, but also wide-reaching, was the court’s insupportable approval of unconstitutional Obamacare in 2012, National Federation of Independent Business.
The court has made itself an inviting target for revolutionaries who perceive its ability to deliver the goods for them. Wining, dining, arm-twisting, and other inducements are the ordinary tools of lobbyists on politicians. Why should we expect Supreme Court justices with even more power to escape backroom snares we may not imagine?

Pray The Rosary

Rob Haney, a retired chairman of the Phoenix-based Maricopa County Republican Party, told The Wanderer on June 24 that Democratic Party power in government has grown to a real threat to traditional Judeo-Christian believers and others.
“Democrat officials have suffered no consequences for the illegal methods they have used to undermine our constitutional government,” Haney said. “This is because their activists control our means of policing. They are now instituting policies that will allow unlimited voter fraud during the November election.
“Adding to this are billionaire business leaders, ignoring natural and civil laws, donating millions to Black Lives Matter because they believe it will safeguard their business success,” he said. ”The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, by praising the BLM anarchists, have chosen social-cultural whims over fundamental Catholic teaching. Once again, the culture influences the Church rather than the Church influencing the culture.
“President Trump is the (Winston) Churchill of our time, but he does not have the strength of Churchill’s allies in reserve. Hopefully, Trump and conservative officials, backed by strong military support, will use their constitutional powers to reestablish law and order and turn back the nihilists and Communists. I cannot envision our representative republic surviving otherwise,” he said.
Historically, Haney said, Catholics have sought divine intervention through the power of the rosary “when faced with overwhelming demonic forces,” such as at the battles of Lepanto and Vienna. “All the more reason for us to pray the rosary, in hopes that it will lead to the divine intervention we need today.”

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