Monday, December 06, 2021

Stephen Colbert Says We 'Don’t Live in a Democracy' Because Roe v. Wade Might Be Overturned

Colbert's chatter about numbers is all irrelevant. There never was anything democratic about Roe v. Wade. It was never voted on. It was the verdict of a court and a court could overturn it

The Supreme Court has yet to make a ruling on Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization, which could overturn the landmark Roe v. Wade, and liberals are in a tizzy over the thought. Late-night host Stephen Colbert said if the Supreme Court does overturn the pro-abortion case, it proves the United States is not a democracy.

"Will this institution survive the stench?" Justice Sonia Sotomayor said during oral arguments.

The reason, Colbert said, is due to the fact most of the court's justices had been confirmed by a Republican-controlled Senate, who haven't represented a majority of Americans since 1996.

Colbert pointed to a CBS/Washington Post poll that showed 60 percent of Americans do not want Roe to be overturned.

"That’s more than two to one. So if it is this unpopular, why is everyone saying it’s gonna happen? Well, I don’t want to get too technical, but — what’s the word — we don’t live in a democracy. Five of the nine justices were appointed by presidents who lost the popular vote; the last three confirmed by a Republican Senate who now represent 41 million fewer Americans than the Democrats," Colbert said. "In fact, Republican senators haven’t represented a majority of the U.S. population since 1996. A lot has changed since 1996. Back then, the Oscar for Best Supporting Actor went to Kevin Spacey—and the Best Director was Mel Gibson."

The misconception of the role of the Senate has been pervasive since Senators were elected by the popular vote and not state legislatures after 1913. That is why the House of Representatives was established to represent the general population.


A Brief Guide to Leftist Destruction

Dennis Prager

To understand the modern world, perhaps the most important rule one needs to know is this: Everything the Left touches it ruins.

This first became clear to me years ago during my radio show. I was talking about the Left's war on the Boy Scouts (for not accepting announced gay people). It was becoming clear that this would ultimately lead to the decline of the Boy Scouts, which led me to ask: "Will the left replace the Boy Scouts with a left-wing Boy Scouts?"

Then I answered my own question: Of course not. Because the Left only destroys; it doesn't build anything (other than government).

In support of that observation, here is a list of many of the things the Left ruins and often destroys.

No. 1: Art.

The Left long ago conquered the art world. Consequently, since the 20th century, most modern art has been ugly, meaningless and nihilistic -- the opposite of what Western art had always been.

No. 2: Music.

What the Left did to the eyes in art, it did to the ears in music. As a part-time conductor, I can say with some knowledge that since the invention of atonal music (an oxymoron if there ever was one), most contemporary classical music is also ugly, meaningless and uninspiring. The people who like such music are almost all music critics and, of course, music professors. Most lovers of classical music never listen to the stuff.

No. 3: Journalism.

Journalists were once highly respected. Unless a piece was listed as "opinion," people generally believed they were getting, to the best of a journalist's ability, as truthful a report as possible -- "just the facts." Today, on virtually any controversial issue, they are getting opinion, not truth. The purpose of nearly every major newspaper and other "news" outlet is the same purpose Pravda had in the Soviet Union: to transmit the party line.

No. 4: Colleges and universities.

The Left has destroyed universities as places of learning devoted to seeking truth and therefore welcoming, even cultivating, diverse opinions. Virtually every left-wing idea was born at a university.

No. 5: High schools and elementary schools.

Most schools in America -- private as much as public -- teach children that America is systemically racist and that they are not born male or female, but at a later age will choose whether to be one or the other -- or neither. And increasingly, American educational institutions deny objective truth exists, even in mathematics.

No. 6: Happiness.

You can meet happy and unhappy liberals and happy and unhappy conservatives, but you are unlikely to ever meet a happy leftist. The only question is whether the unhappy gravitate to leftism or whether leftism makes people unhappy. Both are probably true.

No. 7: The family.

People on the Left increasingly choose not to get married and not to have children -- in other words, not to make families. And their welfare policies serve to disincentivize the creation of families.

No. 8: Women.

The rates of depression among young people, especially young women, are higher than ever recorded in American history. One reason is that for half a century, women have been told, as one famous feminist saw put it, "A woman without a man is like a fish without a bicycle." But the fact is that the vast majority of (heterosexual) women need a man to be fulfilled, just as the vast majority of (heterosexual) men need a woman to be fulfilled.

No. 9: Childhood.

One reason young people on the Left don't want children is that the Left doesn't particularly like children. The teachers unions' adamant refusal to open schools for over a year has opened many Americans' eyes to this fact. So has the war on children's innocence - like prematurely talking to them about sex and having schools introduce them to drag queens from the age of five.

No. 10: Black life.

Like the Democratic Party historically, the left is racist. And it is so in precisely the way the word was always used -- the Left believes in black inferiority. That is why leftists advocate lowering standards for blacks. That is why they advocate policies that always result in more blacks dying at the hands of other blacks. That is why they believe the state must take care of blacks more than any other group. That is why left-wing policies, from the Great Society to today, have destroyed so much of black life, especially its family life -- and they don't care.

No. 11: Black-white relations.

According to polls and according to just about every American who remembers life from about a decade ago, black-white relations were far superior then and both groups were optimistic about relations other continuing to improve. The Left shattered that with its anti-white, "America is systemically racist" propaganda shouted from almost every major media and relentlessly pushed in almost every school and big business. The Left knows that when blacks and whites feel good about one another, the Left loses its appeal and loses elections.

No. 12: The military.

As the military gets more and more woke-- recall the testimony of the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff testifying before Congress about the need to teach the military about white racism -- soldier morale declines. Add to this the utterly gratuitous and cruel mandate that every member of the military get vaccinated or be discharged and you understand why military morale is in steep decline.

No. 13: Late-night television.

Americans who remember the titans of late-night comedy -- Johnny Carson and Jay Leno -- remember how their sole aim was to bring some smiles and laughter to Americans before they went to sleep. Few people had any inkling of the political views of either host. That is now history. The Left has destroyed late-night comedy. It now consists of little more than angry rants against conservatives.

No. 14: Superman.

Superman was an iconic American hero. Thanks to the Left, he is no more. About a decade ago, Superman stood in front of the United Nations to announce he was renouncing his American citizenship to become a "citizen of the world." And the Left has now changed his motto from "Truth, Justice, and the American way" to "Truth, Justice, and a Better Tomorrow."

No. 15: Free speech.

Never before has freedom of speech been threatened as it is today. As has been true since the communist revolution in Russia, everywhere the Left has gained power -- from Russia in 1917 to the university and social media today -- it has suppressed free speech. There is no exception.

No. 16: Sports.

Until last year, sports was a great American unifier. It was one place Americans could go and, leaving politics behind, Left and Right, Democrat and Republican could root for the same team. No longer. The Left has ruined it by radically politicizing baseball, football and basketball.

The great American tragedy is just about every liberal knows the above is true, but nearly every one of them will still vote for the Left.


The Left’s Intolerance on Full Display

The year 2021 has been an unfolding disaster, aided and abetted by the bumbling Biden Administration. Actually, there were major clues as to how quickly and comprehensively things would go south.

For having the temerity and legal right to challenge the election of Joe Biden on the senate floor, on behalf of major concerns of his constituents, Senator Josh Hawley’s book with Simon & Schuster was canceled. Hawley’s book had been slated for publication in the spring.

Simon & Schuster declared said: “After witnessing the disturbing, deadly insurrection that took place… in Washington DC, Simon & Schuster has decided to cancel publication of Senator Josh Hawley’s forthcoming Book, The Tyranny of Big Tech.” As if Hawley had anything to do with the protest. And the only thing that turned deadly was the killing of Ashli Babbitt by Capitol police. No Capitol protestor brandished a gun.

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“We did not come to this decision lightly,” Simon & Schuster continued. “As a publisher it will always be our mission to amplify a variety of voices and viewpoints: At the same time we take seriously our larger public responsibility as citizens, and cannot support Senator Hawley after his role in what became a dangerous threat to our democracy and freedom.” Truly: what a crock.

Senator Hawley responded, “Simon & Schuster is canceling my contract because I was representing my constituents, leading a debate on the Senate floor on voter integrity, which they have now decided to redefine as sedition.” He then said, “See you in court.”

Major factoid: in 2000, 2004, 2016 Senate Democrats protested the presidential election results. Oh, well, it must been okay if they did it.

Squelching Views

The Left’s attempt to squelch views by anyone deemed to be a Republican or conservative then picked up steam. Randall Lane, the chief content officer of Forbes Media and editor of Forbes Magazine, which most people don’t realize was sold by the Forbes Family years ago, called for destroying the careers of anyone who worked for Trump, particularly his press secretaries including Sean Spicer, Sarah Huckabee Sanders, and Kayleigh McEnany.

“Let it be known to the business world: Hire any of Trump’s fellow fabulists above, and Forbes will assume that everything your company or firm talks about is a lie,” the almighty Lane wrote. “We’re going to scrutinize, double-check, investigate with the same skepticism we’d approach a Trump tweet. Want to ensure the world’s biggest business media brand approaches you as a potential funnel of disinformation? Then hire away.”

Can you imagine the unmitigated gall of a major business magazine editor, once considered “a capitalist tool,” seeking to diminish the livelihood, reputation, and indeed quality of life of those who served in the administration of our 45th president? Happily, the little twit was forced to back down.

So Much More

If only the blatant social, civic, and financial attempts at ostracism we’re confined to American publishers. During the Winter and Spring, Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, perhaps the least intelligent person ever elected twice to congress, repeatedly called for the re-education, reprogramming, or indoctrination of anyone who voted for Trump. She was joined by legions of others calling for the same. To put this in perspective, 75 to 80 million people, in her view, require some kind of intervention for the deep and desperate crime of having voted Republican.

If you had logged on to any alternative news site – not the mainstream press – including Politicrossing, Townhall, Rantingly, The Liberty Daily, Whatfinger News, Red State, and so on, on any day in early 2021, you’d see articles of those on the Left calling for drastic measures to silence those on the right.

Senator Joe Manchin of West Virginia, supposedly a ‘moderate,’ openly called for removing both Senators Josh Hawley and Ted Cruz Manchin via the 14th Amendment, over their objections to Electoral College votes. Where was Sen. Manchin in 2016 when Nancy Pelosi did exactly the same thing?

Perpetual Litmus Tests

On the heels of the Left’s attempt to squelch the freedom of speech and livelihood of those on the Right came perhaps the most egregious development of the new year. National Guard troops assembled in Washington, D.C. to ‘insure’ domestic tranquility during the transfer of power on January 20th and were looked upon by the Left in a new light. They wanted to know who voted for Trump, versus who voted for Biden, and to send the Trump voters to the far ends of the country, away from Biden.

This ideological litmus test was much more than the start of a slippery slope, it virtually guaranteed that the nation would fracture in record time.

Suppose that hereafter, within the professions, you must declare whether or not you voted for Trump. No more buying real estate using a broker who leans right. Don’t even consider getting insurance from an agent who voted for Trump. What about your doctor? Can he or she be trusted if a GOP member? Do you want to retain an attorney who voted for Republicans?

As absurd as this seems, major voices on the Left preferred this path. NBA basketball players complained to the press that they didn’t want to play for a team whose owner is a Republican.

Looming Disaster

Alas, more reasoned voices did not prevail, and did point out the absurdity of asking people for their “official papers,” much like was done throughout Europe in the lead up to and during World War II.

Today, 11 months later, at the rate that the Left is asserting itself in highly un-American ways, acting like the East German Stasi, and usurping the U.S. Constitution, there’s no real reason to hold out hope.


Australia’s Omicron travel ban is ‘discrimination’, South African diplomat says

The ban does sound like closing the door after the horse has bolted. What does it achieve?

South Africa’s high commissioner to Australia, Marthinus van Schalkwyk, said the ban needed to be overturned due to large numbers of Omicron cases being detected in other continents and not just in parts of Africa.

“We believe it is discrimination, because the only difference is these countries [on the travel ban list] are on the African continent,” he told ABC Radio on Monday. “The ban is unfair, there is no evidence the ban works, the World Health Organization confirms that.”

The travel ban to nine southern African nations was announced in the wake of the Omicron variant being detected. It also led to a two-week delay to the entry of visa holders without a medical exemption, which is now set to take place from 15 December.

Despite the pause on international arrivals, 250 fully vaccinated students will arrive on Monday in Sydney as part of a New South Wales government pilot program. The arrivals will still need to isolate in student accommodation for three days.

There have been 15 cases of Omicron detected in NSW, while two have been identified in the Australian Capital Territory and one in the Northern Territory.

The finance minister, Simon Birmingham, said while the government had been cautious about the arrival of Omicron, the steps were necessary to assess the situation.

“It seems that plenty of advisers are indicating that vaccines continue to provide strong levels of protection, and it is why people should get vaccinated if they haven’t done so already,” Birmingham told ABC TV.

“We’re now at the point where we’re one of the most highly vaccinated countries in the world.”




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