It’s hard to imagine that our country would be facing something far more challenging than the loss of life, economic shutdown and social distancing rules implemented months ago due to the COVID-19 outbreak. Yet, we have.
However, the unimaginable and horrific death of George Floyd at the hands of a Minneapolis police officer was a wake up call for the nation still struggling to find balance and unity. Floyd’s death and the protests that followed exposed the danger we face as a nation as our fragile democracy struggles against growing socialist, anarchist and progressive groups that seize on such tragedies to target political opponents and give rise to chaos.
Floyd’s killing ignited a fire across the nation that has given rise to violent protests and groups, such as Antifa that use the crisis to further destabilize the nation and destroy major urban centers.
More than a week ago, however, these same activists, liberals and Democrats publicly shamed anybody they believed weren’t following the guidelines to limit the spread of the coronavirus.
Did the pandemic all the sudden disappear? No, it did not. But perception is everything. If the media’s focus is the rioting in the streets and if the liberal elites believe that the rioting, protests serve their political purpose then coronavirus is no longer the main problem.
In the previous weeks, liberal Democrats, liberal pundits and progressive activists were criticizing and shaming small business owners who wanted to reopen their businesses. Those that did and were arrested or who failed to comply with the state’s mandated guidelines for combating COVID-19 were shamed by those who disagreed in the media for doing so.
It wasn’t just the small business owners who were feeling the wrath of the liberal elite but everyday Americans who were made fun of and targeted after rallying against the overly restrictive coronavirus social distancing mandates. Those restrictions, coupled with the economic shutdown, have left nearly 40 million Americans applying for unemployment. But that didn’t matter to the progressive liberals, who challenged Americans that wanted to go back to work.
Those core American values were not acceptable to the liberal left during the pandemic, but rioting and looting over the last four days is not only acceptable but should be rewarded.
Remember, Shelly Luther who was fined $7,000 by state district Judge Eric Moyé for keeping her business Salon à la Mode open, despite receiving cease and desist letters from Dallas County. What about 72-year-old barber Winard Jenkins from West Virginia, who was allegedly defying the governor’s order to keep his business closed because it was considered non-essential. They were only two of numerous people who were paying the price for fighting against seemingly unconstitutional mandates.
So, what is happening now? Where have all those liberal elites and progressives gone? Why aren’t they socially shaming those rioters and protesters? Coronavirus is still a problem, isn’t it?
Remember, when the Democratic Governor of Michigan Gretchen Whitmer, called those attending the rally Trump supporters saying the gatherings are “not appropriate in a global pandemic. But it’s certainly not an exercise of democratic principles where we have free speech. This is calls to violence. This is racist and misogynistic.”
Whitmer hasn’t made the same accusations against those rioting in the streets over the past week. Apparently, there are two sets of rules for those who are liberal and those who are conservative.
In the mainstream media, it is playing out the same. There has been little discussion of the apparent issues with social distancing to stop the coronavirus as the riots spread across the nation.
These riots, in some cases led by anarchists, aren’t being criticized but being supported openly by famous actors, social media influencers and liberal activists. Instead of calling for peace, they are bailing out those who have been arrested. Some of those protesters have gone far past peaceful protesting, setting fire to buildings, destroying businesses, attacking innocent bystanders and business owners, and of course, on top of all of that, violating social distancing rules as they gathered in the streets. Of course, on the latter issue I’m being facetious, but it was the liberal left that led the social shaming for those who didn’t believe that extreme social distancing measures were needed.
Cookbook author and former model Chrissy Teigan has pledged $200,000 to help bail out protesters, while Vogue magazine is pointing to funds for those that want to donate to help support the riots and protests.
Ooo they might need more money then. Make it $200,000 https://t.co/axuJnazJkU
— chrissy teigen (@chrissyteigen) May 30, 2020
On Monday, President Donald Trump slammed members of former Vice President Joe Biden’s campaign team, which pledged money to bail out protesters, or in other words, rioters that have looted cities and destroyed businesses. Trump said in his tweet that ‘Sleepy Job Biden’s people are so Radical Left that they are working to get the anarchists out of jail.”
He is 100 percent right. Why? Because it’s these radical left, liberal progressives that want Biden for president. There is no doubt that these tragic and unfortunate protests play right into their hands.
“Joe doesn’t know anything about it, he is clueless, but they will be the real power, not Joe,” said Trump. “They will be calling the shots! Big tax increases for all, Plus!”
Or what about CNN, which touted a local Florida man for dressing up as the grim reaper telling sunbathers they were going to die for coming out in public.
In fact, the Washington Post had an article against Republican Gov. Ron DeSantis, who loosened the restrictions in his state, saying he was “standing astride the alligator cage, hollering at the rest of the country to check out what’s about to happen.”
If anything, the double standard between the treatment received by conservatives versus liberal has never been more defined in modern political times.
Democrats are no longer the Democratic Party of our past but have evolved into something far more dangerous. The progressive left is constantly challenging the very roots our nation was founded on and it has only become worse in recent years.
For many Americans, who are now struggling to put food on the table, the magnitude of the coronavirus has left many abandoned and wondering if they will still have work.
There should be no disputing that the nation will hold the police officer, along with the others involved, that killed Floyd accountable for his death. This absolutely must be done.
However, I doubt the liberal pundits, Antifa activists and progressive Democrats will let that be enough. Instead of allowing protests to be peaceful, they will continue to agitate the masses, target real American values and push for violence across the country.
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Multiple states launch lawsuit against Biden’s student-loan forgiveness plan
Breaking Thursday, the states of Nebraska, Missouri, Arkansas, Kansas, Iowa, and South Carolina joined together to file a lawsuit against President Biden’s administration in order to stop the student loan-forgiveness program from taking effect.
“In addition to being economically unwise and downright unfair, the Biden Administration’s Mass Debt Cancellation is yet another example in a long line of unlawful regulatory actions,” argued the plaintiffs in their filing.
The attorneys general spearheading the legal challenge also submit that “no statute permits President Biden to unilaterally relieve millions of individuals from their obligation to pay loans they voluntarily assumed.”
Biden, however, has argued that he is able to unilaterally cancel student debt to mitigate the economic effects of the coronavirus pandemic. Specifically, writes National Review, a Department of Education memo released by his administration asserts that the HEROES Act, which passed in 2003 and allows the secretary of education to provide student-debt relief “in connection with a war or other military operation or national emergency,” provides the legal basis for the cancellation.
But, National Review notes that the plaintiffs point out that Biden declared in a recent 60 Minutes interview that “the pandemic is over.”
The legal brief also adds:
“The [HEROES] Act requires ED [Education Department] to tailor any waiver or modification as necessary to address the actual financial harm suffered by a borrower due to the relevant military operation or emergency… This relief comes to every borrower regardless of whether her income rose or fell during the pandemic or whether she is in a better position today as to her student loans than before the pandemic.”
Moreover, they argue that the HEROES Act was designed to allow the secretary to provide relief in individual cases with proper justification.
The first lawsuit against Biden’s executive order came Tuesday from the Pacific Legal Foundation:
“The administration has created new problems for borrowers in at least six states that tax loan cancellation as income. People like Plaintiff Frank Garrison will actually be worse off because of the cancellation. Indeed, Mr. Garrison will face immediate tax liability from the state of Indiana because of the automatic cancellation of a portion of his debt,” wrote PLF in their own brief.
The state-led lawsuit was filed in a federal district court in Missouri, and asks that the court “temporarily restrain and preliminarily and permanently enjoin implementation and enforcement of the Mass Debt Cancellation,” and declare that it “violates the separation of powers established by the U.S. Constitution,” as well as the Administrative Procedure Act.
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