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This Is Not America

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What is the United States of America? A society of elitists vs. the rest? A culture that’s given up on itself? A land of censorship? A nation in which policies and orientation are not merely matters of disagreement but causes of internal and irreconcilable turmoil? It was supposed to be none of these. But today it seems a foreign place, with more in common with the many dystopias of literature than anything the founders of a free nation ever imagined.

Just a single quick scan through the blogs and aggregators of the Internet makes us wonder who and where we are as a nation:

  • Many of those who hold political, economic, and cultural power favor the system of China, where a single-party autocracy “led by a reasonably enlightened group of people” who live privileged lives plan and execute a top-down national plan the entire country is expected to follow without objection.
  • At the same time, this class believes it is its job to oversee the decline of America.
  • Voter fraud and election theft have become normalized nationally rather than confined to big cities run by Democrat political machines.
  • Voters have put prosecutors who refuse to prosecute into office all over the country. It seems to be one man’s objective to foul our communities so completely that we’ll eventually go begging for tyrants to save us.
  • The Constitution is being tread upon by sort of tyrants we’ll be asking for in the name of keeping us healthy.
  • Voters have also put a team in the White House that will be beholden not to the country and Constitution it will swear to protect but to China.
  • Most of both the media and academia have become naked propagandists for one party rather than objective dispensers of news and even-handed educators.
  • Corporate America is becoming increasingly captured by woke forces and climate zealots, which makes life harder on the middle and lower classes.
  • Identity politics and a “social justice” are splitting the nation into warring tribes.
  • Our freedoms to speak and worship freely are being diminished almost daily.
  • Dissent from hard-left orthodoxy is punished by job loss, ostracization, and on occasion violence.
  • Rioters, looters and domestic terrorists are being coddled and even encouraged by the media, academia, and rotten-to-the core politicians.
  • As Pat Buchanan wrote last week, “we are two nations, two peoples seemingly separated indefinitely. Can a nation so divided as ours, racially, ideologically, religiously, still do great things together, as did the America of days gone by, to the amazement of the world?”   

We’ve been hearing and reading that despite the election’s outcome, Trumpism will continue, and that the American spirit hasn’t fully wilted. We hope this is true, and the down-ballot results seem to confirm it. But it’s undeniable that much of the country is pulling in the other direction. Regarding that, we offer only one suggestion: Resist.

— Written by the I&I Editorial Board

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  • Our system of Government operates correctly when all parties involved perform their tasks. Ours being an adversarial system needs both parties to exercise their duties. Let’s not forget that people intent on mischief have been the rule and not the exception throughout our history. The right in this country, mostly represented by the Republican party has ceded ground, retreating without offering a counter balance to the left, mostly represented by the Democratic party. This abdication has prompted the most extreme left to have power way beyond their actual numbers. The final straw was the 2020 elections. Without engaging in the speculative question as to whether the extent of fraud had a material impact on the election, what is clear is that the Republican party failed to do their part. If there was massive fraud, the failure of Republicans to properly have a sufficient presence in the various problematic polling places is inexcusable. The scrambling of lawyers after the election showed that they were caught flat footed. Trump by himself could not have protected against all this. Mischief will not be minimized by fiat or by good wishes. The Republican party at the various levels, including Senators, Congressman, party officials, Governors, etc, need to acknowledge failure and heads should roll. After that has taken place, let’s pick ourselves up and get on with it.

    • Please stop saying/writing “Congressmen” when you mean “Representative”!
      I am not confused but loads of others are.

  • Re: “Voters have also put a team in the White House …” That assertion goes against too much evidence to not detract from the article’s message. Nobody who saw dead-of-night tallying suspensions or pretend suspensions and massive ballot deliveries, resulting in statistically improbable margin disappearances, doubts the election was stolen. So let’s not mince words. Part of resisting evil is to squarely recognize it, and call it out for what it is.

  • My answer to Pat and Jeffrey is yes we can. If you examine our history we have been doing it for some 244 years. I will say that the world better hope and pray that we still can. I had often wondered if someone would write a book describing what the world would look like without the USA, and then I realized George Orwell did.

    • The World will realize without the US to integrate with or leach off of there will be no World prosperity. It’s our economic engine that supports World economic progress.

  • The pyramid symbolizes a top down structure of rule by lightworkers.
    In the land of the blind the one eyed man is king.
    Now take out your bottom dollar and look at the back.

  • The only way forward is for the Trump Campaign to abandon this stupid and ridiculous flood of impossible lawsuits trying to get judges to throw out thousands and even millions of votes, and instead gather and develop forensic evidence of fraud. If the evidence is forthcoming, the only swearing Biden would be doing is to deny any involvement.

    This Jovan Pulitzer guy has identified numerous forensic signs that will identify a genuine mail-in or absentee ballot, from folding creases to fit in an envelope to even whether the markings were made by a machine. I cannot vouch for him, but please watch.

    And if it’s true that he has the machines to process up to a million ballots a day, it’s criminal if we don’t do everything we can to help him and others like get their hands on the ballots and materials we need to undo the theft.

  • I think we Americans have lost sight of a most important fact: We, the people, men and women, created government to serve us. The created is never superior to its creator.

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