A new Rasmussen report released Friday suggests that the majority of American voters strongly support keeping historical monuments, such as Mount Rushmore intact, rather than destroying it.
If that is the case, then the silent majority needs to speak up now.
It is a day before the Fourth of July. On the Fourth, the majority of Americans get together with family and friends to BBQ and watch fireworks. We celebrate all the things we love because deep down inside we know how fragile they really are.
The lockdowns due to COVID19 and the death of George Floyd at the hands of a Minneapolis police officer have put our nation on edge. These events have hurt us and taught us lessons. However, they have also been hijacked by radical leftists who inherently hate the American system as it is and want it to change. They do not believe in capitalism, freedom as we know it or the guiding principals of our nation.
Those of us who know this cannot remain silent. On July 4, 1776 our nation declared its independence. The Declaration of Independence was more than a symbol, in fact, its powerful words help lay the strong foundation that has made our nation the envy of the world.
“We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of happiness,” reads the preamble to the Declaration of Independence.
Those words – although written at a time of great uncertainty and during a period where people were not all treated as equals – still are fundamentally true. Those words continue to mean something today.
Just as the historical symbols of our culture, freedom, and liberty stand in the balance of those who wish to tear down the past because they find it offensive, it is that past that has paved the path for progress for our future.
Don’t let the left cancel America.
Name one nation not mired in past transgressions? No one can. It’s life. Just as there is not one human being who has not lived with a regret or something that they wish they could change.
But it is our guiding principals based in the fundamentals of our Constitution and our Bill of Rights that have been our moral compass. Those fundamental principles have given us, as a society, the wisdom to rise above the mistakes of our past and become a beacon of light for other nations.
No matter where I’ve traveled from Europe to South Asia, people ask me how they can become an American. Moreover, every day hundreds of people flee from their nations to arrive at our borders, our airports and our coasts with the hope of finding a new home. They are fleeing oppression, injustice and poverty with the hope of becoming an American citizen in a land that they revere but one that we are slowly throwing away.
Many people have died making the journey and many more would rather live in the shadow of our nation than in the open in theirs.
So why are so many young people fighting against those basic principals, and willing to deconstruct America ? Because our nation has also been subjected to a Trojan horse ideology that has permeated our colleges and universities. Many young Americans don’t understand the consequences of life without the basic freedoms granted in the words established by our founding fathers. Many don’t associate with older generations that have fought in wars to ensure our nation’s freedom and safety.
These young people have been lied to by college professors and special interest groups whose goals are to make them believe that America is nothing more than a colonialist nation, which has oppressed everyone but Caucasians. It’s not true.
The Constitution and the Bill of Rights keep our nation strong and keep us moving in the right direction. Instead of tearing down our nation, we should be exalting it and lifting it up. We are nation based on freedom and choices. For generations Americans have fought and spilled their blood to ensure the survival of our nation.
Americans are blessed. We’ve also shown over time to be the most giving nation on earth, empathizing with the plight of others not as fortunate.
Floyd’s horrific killing by a law enforcement officer tore at our nation’s spirit and for the most part we cried with his family and community. In the aftermath, the majority of Americans condemned Floyd’s death but those with a different agenda for our nation didn’t recognize that, but instead, chose to use Floyd’s name as a conduit to fundamentally change the system and dismantle history.
That in and of itself is wrong. Why? Because it is this very system that allows our citizens to go to the streets and protest. It is the rights granted by our forefathers in the Constitution that led to the greatest civil rights revolution in our history, and women’s suffrage movement.
The debate over our historical monuments and whether they should be removed is as serious as it gets because if the Rasmussen poll is correct, the majority of Americans are being silenced by a very strong and growing group of anti-American leftists. And it won’t stop with statues and monuments.
It will be our language, our history, books and then the fundamentals that make our nation so unique that it affords everyone the opportunity to aspire to be great.
So on this Fourth of July weekend remember, while you’re with your family and friends celebrating, that the quest for freedom and independence is still ongoing.
Ensuring that our nation remains a beacon of light for the oppressed, those seeking liberty and the future of our citizens will require all of the strength and courage of this generation.
It is – after all – the greatest battle worth fighting for.
The latest Rasmussen Reports national telephone and online survey finds that 75% of Likely U.S. Voters do not believe that Mount Rushmore should be closed or changed because two of the four presidents it honors – George Washington and Thomas Jefferson – were slave owners. Seventeen percent (17%) believe the iconic memorial in South Dakota should be closed or changed. (To see survey question wording, click here.)
But this compares to 90% who opposed closing or changing Mount Rushmore when Rasmussen Reports first asked this question three years ago.
Similarly, 71% still oppose removing the names of the early presidents like Washington and Jefferson who were slave owners from public places and taking down statues in their honor. Eighteen percent (18%) favor such moves. However, this compares to 88% and seven percent (7%) respectively in 2017.
The most notable change on both questions is among voters under 40. One-third (33%) of these younger voters are now ready to close or change Mount Rushmore and remove the names and statues of the early presidents who were slave owners. Roughly 10% of older voters agree in both cases.
Only 10% of all voters believe it is better to erase the wrongs of the past. Eighty-four percent (84%) disagree and say it is better to try to learn from them. But that’s down 10 points from the earlier survey.
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Biden Administration Proposes Rule to Fortify Federal Bureaucracy Against Republican Presidency
In a strategic move, the Biden administration has unveiled a proposed rule aimed at reinforcing the left-leaning federal bureaucracy, potentially hindering future conservative policy implementations by Republican presidents. This move has raised concerns about the efficacy of democratic elections when a deep-seated bureaucracy remains largely unchanged, regardless of electoral outcomes.
Key points of the situation include:
Presidential Appointees vs. Career Bureaucrats: Of the 2.2 million federal civil workers, only 4,000 are presidential appointees. The vast majority, made up of career bureaucrats, continue in their roles from one administration to the next. This continuity is facilitated by rules that make it exceedingly difficult to discipline or replace them, resulting in a bureaucracy that tends to lean left politically.
Union Political Affiliation: A striking 95% of unionized federal employees who donate to political candidates support Democrats, according to Open Secrets, with only 5% favoring Republicans. This significant political skew among federal workers raises questions about the potential for political bias in the execution of government policies.
Obstructionism and Challenges for GOP Presidents: Some career bureaucrats have been accused of obstructing Republican presidents’ agendas, leading to policy delays and challenges. For example, during the Trump administration, career lawyers in the Department of Justice’s Civil Rights Division declined to challenge Yale University’s discrimination against Asian American applicants, prompting Trump to seek legal counsel from other divisions. The case was subsequently dropped when Joe Biden took office.
Biden’s Countermeasures: President Biden has taken steps to protect the bureaucracy’s status quo. In October 2020, Trump issued an executive order aiming to reclassify federal workers who make policy as at-will employees, but Biden canceled it upon taking office.
Proposed Rule and Congressional Actions: The rule unveiled by the Biden administration seeks to further impede a president’s ability to reinstate Trump’s order. Additionally, some Democrats in Congress are pushing to eliminate the president’s authority to reclassify jobs entirely. This has been referred to as an attempt to “Trump-proof the federal workforce.”
Republican Candidates’ Pledge: GOP candidates such as President Donald J Trump, Vivek Ramaswamy, and Ron DeSantis have pledged to address this issue. According to reports from Fox News, Ramaswamy has gone further, advocating for the elimination of half or more of civil service positions, emphasizing the need for accountability.
Debate on the Merit of the Civil Service: While Democrats and their media allies argue that civil service protects merit over patronage, critics contend that the system has evolved into a form of job security for federal workers with minimal accountability. Federal employees often receive higher salaries and more substantial benefits than their private-sector counterparts.
In summary, the Biden administration’s proposed rule and broader actions to protect the federal bureaucracy have sparked a debate over the role of career bureaucrats in shaping government policy.
Republican candidates are vowing to address these concerns, highlighting the need for accountability and ensuring that government agencies work in alignment with the elected president’s agenda. This ongoing debate raises important questions about the relationship between the bureaucracy and the democratic process in the United States.
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