Biden Press Secretary to Dismissed Pipeline Workers: “Let them eat cake”

On Monday, White House press secretary Jen Psaki dismissed a question from Peter Doocy of Fox News on where the American workerwho lost their jobs due to Joe Biden’s executive order shutting down the Keystone XL pipeline would get the promised “green jobs” by giving a snarky response as callous and out of touch as anything uttered by Marie Antoinette.

Well, I’d certainly welcome you to present your data of all the thousands and thousands of people who won’t be getting a green job,” Psaki answered. “Maybe next time you’re here you can present that.

In Psaki’s world, government officials are not to be questioned about the veracity of their claims or held accountable for failure to fulfill empty promises.

At least 11,000 American workers have already lost their jobs due to Biden’s executive order shutting down the Keystone XL pipeline. Thousands more workers in supporting industries will also lose their jobs as the the effects of Biden’s order trickles through the US economy.

Psaki’s dismissive response was pure deflection as she is fully aware, or should be if she had any cognitive abilities, that none of these now unemployed workers will be getting any new “green jobs.” Even if the Democrat’s energy policies were miraculously create thousands of well paying jobs, which is highly doubtful, they would not appear until five to ten years into the future. This is hardly comforting to families who have mortgage payments due next month and now have to scramble to replace lost incomes.

Secondly, the skill set for any of these future new jobs would be entirely different from that of the jobs now being destroyed. Any new employment generated in the “green energy” sector would undoubtedly go completely different set of workers than those who are now facing a bleak future.

In addition, the potential future green jobs will not undo the damage to the local economies inflicted by Biden’s imperious executive order. The many hotels, restaurants, barbers, and other mainstays of the local economy will find no solace in the formation of new jobs elsewhere in the country.

The Democrat’s constant retort that Americans who lose their jobs due to government interference in the economy can get equivalent jobs through retraining is reflective of a mindset that treats workers and interchangeable cogs rather than as individuals possessing unique sets of skills acquired over years of hard work.

In the view of Democrats, individual lives and welfare must necessarily be sacrificed to achieve progress toward the glorious future that can only be reached by controlling hand of the state. They misconstrue the proper role of government as one that guides the lives of its subjects rather than one that protects the liberties and security of its citizens. The path being pursued by Biden and the Democrats leads only to despotism, reducing free men to slaves of the state.

Critical Race Theory and the Racial Tribalism of Joe Biden and the Democrats

When Joe Biden delivered his divisive speech on his installation as president, he described the divisions in this country with these words: “Our history has been a constant struggle between the American ideal, that we are all created equal, and the harsh ugly reality that racism, nativism and fear have torn us apart.”

Biden was partially correct when he uttered those words. America today is indeed in a struggle between those who believe in the Founding idea that “all men [and women] are created equal” and those who support a racist ideology that would plunge America into the horrors of tribalism. The problem with Biden’s position, however, is that he mixed up the sides.

Biden made clear which side he was on when he signed an executive order that reversed President Trump’s executive order that banned the use of Critical Race Theory (CRT) in the training of federal employees and contractors. CRT is a poisonous neo-Marxist ideology that judges a person’s worth solely due to his race. Except for which races are favored or disfavored, the core racial beliefs of CRT are indistinguishable from those of the KKK and Nazi Germany.

Biden went ever further in institutionalizing this racist ideology, now a dogma of the Democratic Party, when he appointed Susan Rice as the director of his Domestic Policy Council. Biden tasked Rice to implement the tenets of CRT, under the guise of “equity,” to all aspects of Federal policy.

CRT also holds a central role in the Democrats’ election strategy. Daniel Greenfield at Frontpage Mag has an excellent article on this entitled Critical Race Theory is How Democrats Plan to Win Elections on how they have weaponized CRT to terrorize the suburban middle class to support this racist dogma. Here is an excerpt, but I highly recommend reading the entire article:

Critical race theory is doing what it’s supposed to do by polarizing America along tribal racial lines and along class lines among white people. White suburban moms attend book clubs discussing White Fragility and other critical race theory texts as a form of networking. Having the right politics is crucial to your career in a variety of fields. Not all of the signs asserting that in this house the inhabitants believe in science, love, and black nationalism, are voluntary statements of belief. They’re people flying the new post-American tribal flag to fit in.

CRT as implemented by the Democrats would pervert the proper role of government. Under the Democrats’ totalitarian vision, the government will no longer be one that aims to protect American liberties as promised by the Founders. Instead, the government will use the coercive powers of the state to administer “social justice” and to ensure “equity” for the government-anointed favored racial and social groups. Government-imposed “equity” is the antithesis of equality.

CRT is an existential threat not just to their electoral chances of the Republican Party, however, but to the very concept of liberty as enshrined in the Declaration of Independence and the US Constitution. As such, we need a robust response to this threat if our constitutional republic dedicated to liberty is to survive.

Republicans need to put the Democrats on a constant defense for their racist ideology. This should be central to Republican politics going forward. A return of GOP politics to the pre-Trumpian emphasis on tax reform, balanced budgets, and favors for the Chamber of Commerce as envisioned by Sen. Mitt Romney (R-UT), former Governor John Kasich (R-OH), and other “Bourbon Republicans” trying to restore l’ancien régime is insufficient in today’s fight against the totalitarian and divisive policies of the Democratic Party.

Time Exposes Secret Conspiracy to Rig the Election

Now that Joe Biden has been safely installed as president, the Left feels that it is safe to brag about how they rigged the election for his benefit. On February 4, Time magazine published a shocking exposé on the Left’s conspiracy to rig the 2020 Presidential election with the Orwellian title of The Secret History of the Shadow Campaign That Saved the 2020 Election.

In the article’s own words, it was “a well-funded cabal of powerful people, ranging across industries and ideologies, working together behind the scenes to influence perceptions, change rules and laws, steer media coverage and control the flow of information.” The participants in this cabal deny the reality of what they were doing was rigging the election by claiming, instead, that they were “fortifying it.”

The article is full of such Orwellian language, designed to portray this election interference as “saving democracy,” but a close examination shows that their actions had nothing to do with ensuring a fair election, but instead was intended to tilt the election in the direction of their favored candidate, Joe Biden.

There was a conspiracy unfolding behind the scenes, one that both curtailed the protests and coordinated the resistance from CEOs. Both surprises were the result of an informal alliance between left-wing activists and business titans. The pact was formalized in a terse, little-noticed joint statement of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and AFL-CIO published on Election Day. Both sides would come to see it as a sort of implicit bargain–inspired by the summer’s massive, sometimes destructive racial-justice protests–in which the forces of labor came together with the forces of capital to keep the peace and oppose Trump’s assault on democracy.

The article openly and brazenly documents a wide-ranging conspiracy to illegally change election laws, eliminate voting integrity safeguards, and to manipulate social media platforms to control the information that American voters were allowed to see.

Their work touched every aspect of the election. They got states to change voting systems and laws and helped secure hundreds of millions in public and private funding. They fended off voter-suppression lawsuits, recruited armies of poll workers and got millions of people to vote by mail for the first time. They successfully pressured social media companies to take a harder line against disinformation and used data-driven strategies to fight viral smears.

According to the Time article, the conspiracy had its start in the fall of 2019, when Mike Podhorzer, a senior adviser to the president of the AFL-CIO, became alarmed that normally Democrat-voting union members were moving toward President Trump.

Trump’s election in 2016–credited in part to his unusual strength among the sort of blue collar white voters who once dominated the AFL-CIO–prompted Podhorzer to question his assumptions about voter behavior … It was only after months of research that he introduced his concerns in his newsletter in October 2019 …. “We desperately need to systematically ‘red-team’ this election so that we can anticipate and plan for the worst we know will be coming our way.”

To counter this threat, Podhorzer assembled a coalition of far-Left groups who shared his desire to secretly influence the election. Although Time couches this effort as “saving democracy,” the list of the members involved makes it clear that this was a coalition of groups more interested in achieving a victory for the Democrat Party candidate than in ensuring a free and fair election.

In his apartment in the D.C. suburbs, Podhorzer began working from his laptop at his kitchen table,holding back-to-back Zoom meetings for hours a day with his network of contacts across the progressive universe: the labor movement; the institutional left, like Planned Parenthood and Greenpeace; resistance groups like Indivisible and MoveOn; progressive data geeks and strategists, representatives of donors and foundations, state-level grassroots organizers, racial-justice activists and others.

Private philanthropy stepped into the breach. An assortment of foundations contributed tens of millions in election-administration funding. The Chan Zuckerberg Initiative chipped in $300 million. … McReynolds’ two-year-old organization became a clearinghouse for a nation struggling to adapt. The institute gave secretaries of state from both parties technical advice on everything from which vendors to use to how to locate drop boxes. 

The Time exposé also confirms the role that social media oligarchs played in censoring the views of conservatives on the internet and suppressing the dissemination of news stories, such as the New York Post story on Hunter Biden, that could damage the Biden campaign.

The solution, she concluded, was to pressure platforms to enforce their rules, both by removing content or accounts that spread disinformation and by more aggressively policing it in the first place. “The platforms have policies against certain types of malign behavior, but they haven’t been enforcing them,” she says.

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Quinn’s research gave ammunition to advocates pushing social media platforms to take a harder line. In November 2019, Mark Zuckerberg invited nine civil rights leaders to dinner at his home, where they warned him about the danger of the election-related falsehoods that were already spreading unchecked. “It took pushing, urging, conversations, brainstorming, all of that to get to a place where we ended up with more rigorous rules and enforcement,” says Vanita Gupta, president and CEO of the Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, who attended the dinner and also met with Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey and others.

Not mentioned in the article was that Gupta, a former U.S. assistant attorney general for civil rights under Obama, was also serving as a member of Biden’s criminal justice task force during the 2020 campaign. This makes her a direct link between the Biden campaign and the censoring of conservatives by Facebook and Twitter. Biden has rewarded Gupta by nominating her for associate attorney general, the third highest position at the Department of Justice.

In addition to ensuring that any discussion of voter fraud or the questioning of the security of mail-in voting was suppressed, the cabal flooded social media with coordinated messages that calling for the counting of all votes, regardless of their legality. One can only guess the role that Zuckerberg and Dorsey had in amplifying these messages on their platforms.

The Voting Rights Lab and IntoAction created state-specific memes and graphics, spread by email, text, Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and TikTok, urging that every vote be counted. Together, they were viewed more than 1 billion times. 

At the same time, the cabal was coordinating its efforts with the violent far-Left terrorist groups that had organized the riots in American cities during the summer.

The racial-justice uprising sparked by George Floyd’s killing in May was not primarily a political movement. The organizers who helped lead it wanted to harness its momentum for the election without allowing it to be co-opted by politicians. Many of those organizers were part of Podhorzer’s network, from the activists in battleground states who partnered with the Democracy Defense Coalition to organizations with leading roles in the Movement for Black Lives.

These groups were used, among other things, to harass and intimidate urban voters by surrounding them at the polling stations with militant activists.

They created a force of “election defenders” who, unlike traditional poll watchers, were trained in de-escalation techniques. During early voting and on Election Day, they surrounded lines of voters in urban areas with a “joy to the polls” effort that turned the act of casting a ballot into a street party.

In anticipation of a possible Trump victory, the coalition even had plans for massive demonstrations (and riots?) across the country. The centralized nature of the planned nationwide protests was so strong that they were able to order a stand down during an 11 p.m. Zoom call.

More than 150 liberal groups, from the Women’s March to the Sierra Club to Color of Change, from Democrats.com to the Democratic Socialists of America, joined the “Protect the Results” coalition. The group’s now defunct website had a map listing 400 planned postelection demonstrations, to be activated via text message as soon as Nov. 4.

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The liberal alliance gathered for an 11 p.m. Zoom call. Hundreds joined; many were freaking out. So the word went out: stand down. Protect the Results announced that it would “not be activating the entire national mobilization network today, but remains ready to activate if necessary.”

After the election, the cabal enacted a plan to intimate canvassing boards to ignore questions about election fraud. It was all meant to appear as a grass-roots effort, but it was centrally planned ahead of time.

As they mapped out the steps in the election-certification process, activists settled on a strategy … They flooded the Wayne County canvassing board’s Nov. 17 certification meeting with on-message testimony; despite a Trump tweet, the Republican board members certified Detroit’s votes.

This centralized intimidation strategy was also extended to the state canvassing board.

When the meeting began, Reyes’s activists flooded the livestream and filled Twitter with their hashtag, #alleyesonmi. A board accustomed to attendance in the single digits suddenly faced an audience of thousands.

This Time article shows fragility of our democratic electoral process, but not in the way the author intended. The story laid out is not one of stalwart defenders of democracy saving an election, instead it is a tale of the lengths at which anti-democratic forces will go to pervert the outcome of an election and to ignore the will of the people. The fact that they feel no shame in admitting their actions, but instead actually brag about it, should stand as ominous warning that this will become standard practice for the Left in future elections.

Biden Signals ‘Anti-Terrorism’ Campaign Against Political Opposition

During a remote address on Thursday at the National Prayer Breakfast, Joe Biden abandoned his sham call for ‘unity’ and instead exploited the January 6 mayhem at the US Capitol to label opponents to his regime’s totalitarian policies as terrorists driven by extremism and racism.

“We just have to open our eyes. We’ve just witnessed images that we’ve never imagined — images that now we’ll never forget: a violent assault on the U.S. Capitol — an assault on our democracy, on our Capitol, a violent attack that threatened lives and took lives,” Biden said. “We know now we must confront and defeat political extremism, white supremacy, and domestic terrorism.”

It is clear to whom Biden was referring, and it was not to the far-Left Anitifa and BLM terrorists who were burning down American cities all summer.

Biden unveiled his strategy to use the charge of “white supremacy” to demonize the pro-Liberty opposition during his divisive inauguration speech.

Biden’s addition of “domestic terrorism” to his rhetorical assault against the pro-Liberty opposition is even more ominous. His statement followed last week’s abuse of the National Terrorism Advisory System to issue a warning of a “heightened threat environment” despite the Department of Homeland Security admitting that it “does not have any information to indicate a specific, credible plot.”

In the past week we have been seeing a growing disinformation campaign to link support for Donald Trump with an increasing threat of domestic terrorism. For example, earlier this week, Robert Grenier, former head CIA’s counterterrorism center, went on NPR and explicitly named former president Trump as the leader of domestic insurgency:

Another, I think, very important element that we haven’t talked about yet is what I would refer to as insurgent leadership. The fact of the matter is that the most violent elements that we are concerned about right now see former President Trump as a broadly popular and charismatic symbol.

Grenier ominously argued for the need to treat “domestic extremists” using the same counterinsurgency tactics used during the War on Terror.

Why all of this talk of domestic terrorism linked to Trump and his supporters? The January 6 chaos at the Capitol Building was a singular event. There have been no other violent events that can plausibly be set at the foot of Trump supporters.

This is in stark contrast to the hundreds of riots conducted during the past year and continuing by far-Left Antifa and BLM terrorists. Even in Capitol Building chaos there is strong evidence that far-Left extremists were involved.

The only logical conclusion that can be made is that the Biden regime and his far-Left allies are deliberately creating a predicate to unleash the coercive organs of the state against their political opponents.

Biden is no stranger in using intelligence agencies and law enforcement to target his political enemies. The evidence is overwhelming that President Obama and then Vice-President Biden knowingly exploited the false ‘Steele dossier’ to unleash the CIA and the FBI first to spy on then candidate Trump and then to attempt a silent coup d’état against President Trump.

House Prosecutors Use Inflammatory Rhetoric to Accuse Trump of Incitement

The House impeachment managers on Tuesday released a written brief of their case against former president Trump. The main charge the Democrats have against Trump in next week’s Stalinist show trial is that his use of inflammatory language is tantamount to a call for violence. It is beyond ironic and hypocritical then that in its brief that the House managers used extremely inflammatory language (highlights added) in its own arguments:

The only honorable path at that point was for President Trump to accept the results and concede his electoral defeat. Instead, he summoned a mob to Washington, exhorted them into a frenzy, and aimed them like a loaded cannon down Pennsylvania Avenue.

The only honorable path: the house prosecutors would have us believe that publicly stating one’s honest beliefs is now dishonorable. They actually have the audacity to state that even if Trump’s belief that he won the election was true, it would not be a defense:

His belief that he won the election—regardless of its truth or falsity (though it is assuredly false)—is no defense at all for his abuse of office.

Summoned a mob … exhorted them into a frenzy … aimed them like a loaded canon: these terms are blatant appeals to emotion, not sober legal arguments. Using the House managers’ own logic as applied to Trump’s speech, these statements could be interpreted as incitement to violence.

This passage is only one of many in the brief that makes an emotional appeal. For example, the House managers would also have us believe that asking Congress to use its constitutional authority to examine the legality of the selection of electors is equivalent to advocating for overthrowing the government:

No one would seriously suggest that a President should be immunized from impeachment if he publicly championed the adoption of totalitarian government, swore an oath of eternal loyalty to a foreign power, or advocated that states secede from and overthrow the Union.

In the brief, the House managers spend many pages discussing the rhetoric that Trump used in his speech on the Ellipse on January 6 and try to connect this to the actions of the mob that swarmed the Capitol. This despite the fact that actions at the Capital occurred 20 minutes before Trump had finished his speech.

The brief tries to deal with problem by saying the riot was started by an “early wave” who left the speech before it ended. But the Ellipse is some 1.5 miles away from the Capitol, a 30-40 minute walk. Thus the attack on the Capitol would have been made by protesters who left Trump’s speech at least an hour before its end.

This timeline shows that Trump’s speech could not possibly have been the trigger of the assault on the Capitol, which begs the question of how can the House managers plausibly claim it was Trump’s exhortations created the frenzy in the crowd that led to breech of the Capitol?

The answer is that they can not logically make that connection.

The brief also uses the terms “insurrection” and “armed mob” numerous times. Calling the assault on the Capitol an “insurrection” is a gross overstatement of what occurred. However unruly it was, there has been no evidence presented that the rioters at the Capitol intended to overthrow the government.

As for “armed mob,” this assertion is an outright lie. The House managers do not cite a single example of anyone at either the speech on the Ellipse or the mob at the Capitol being armed.

So why is the House managers’ brief laden with so much inflammatory language of the type that they themselves condemn? It is because it is designed to appeal to the emotions of Senators and the American public rather than to present a logical case. They need to obscure the fact that there is no basis to the claim that Trump incited an insurrection against the government of the United States.

Twitter Censors Factual Description of Transgenderism

Our techno overlords are now censoring factual descriptions of transgenderism, claiming that neutral descriptions are now ‘hate speech.’ On January 24, Twitter locked the account of the Catholic World Report (CWR), a respectable Catholic media outlet and a publication of Ignatius Press, for ‘hateful conduct.’

The alleged ‘hate speech’ was a January 19 tweet posted by CWR journalist Matt Hadro that said:

Biden plans to nominate Dr. Rachel Levine, a biological man identifying as a transgender woman who has served as Pennsylvania’s health secretary since 2017, to be HHS Assistant Secretary for Health. Levine is also a supporter of the contraceptive mandate.

There is nothing hateful in the this tweet, which simply gives a factual description of Dr. Levine’s sexual identity. Carl Olson, editor of CWR, said: “It seems evident that Twitter’s focus is the description of Levine as a ‘biological man identifying as a transgender woman.’ Since Levine is ‘transgendered,’ it’s curious as to why Twitter would think it harmful or hateful to note what Levine is ‘trans-gendering’ from or to.”

The radical Left is using its power to suppress reality, forcing its users to conform with the latest Newspeak definitions. We are not allowed to note that Dr. Levine is in truth a biological man. We are to ignore science and will be forced to accept the false premise that men who suffer from gender dysphoria are truly women, that so-called ‘trans women’ are women.

This a descent into tyranny, where we forced to repeat lies in public that we know in our hearts to be false. The tyrants do not care if we really believe what we are forced to say, only that we willingly repeat these falsehoods.

Political ideology now trumps science. Words are to have no fixed meanings. Common and factual meaning of words are now to be subordinated to the political agenda of the totalitarian ruling class. Welcome to the world of George Orwell’s 1984.

Susan Rice to Lead in Institutionalizing Biden’s Racist Agenda

On Friday, Michael Barone wrote column in the New York Post that highlights Joe Biden’s pick of Susan Rice, who had disgraced herself by lying to multiple Sunday-shows about the Benghazi terrorist attack, to institutionalize the racist Critical Race Theory into all aspects of Federal policy. With Rice’s appointment, it is now the official position of the Biden regime that people should be categorized and judged by their race.

On Tuesday, six days into Joe Biden’s administration, it became clear why Susan Rice, hitherto a foreign-policy specialist, was named director of the Domestic Policy Council. Rice — unconfirmable for a Cabinet post after her unembarrassed Sunday-show lying about the Benghazi terrorist attack — ventured into the White House press room to preview Biden’s “equity” initiative.

Barone rightfully points out that the new regime’s emphasis on ‘equity’ has nothing to do with the traditional American notion of equality of opportunity but, instead, is a code word for government-imposed quotas for racial minorities and other government-favored social groups.

But for Rice and Biden, “equity” requires not equality of opportunity but equality of results. That’s one of the fundamental tenets of critical race theory training banned by outgoing Trumpites and reinstated by Biden on Day 1.

As I wrote in my intitial post, this anti-liberty perspective perverts the role of government from one that aims to protect American liberty to one that administers social justice. We are not to be left to run their own lives, but rather we must be controlled in order to properly balance the rights and privileges of various favored or disfavored social groups. This reduces the American people from being free citizens to being subservient subjects of the State. A government that is run on these principles is a direct attack on American liberty.

NBC News Censors Guest to Cover Up NY Gov. Cuomo’s Role in Coronovirus Failure

The establishment media continues to prove that it is the propaganda arm of the Democrat Party and not a reliable source of information. Modern ‘journalism’ now sees its role as shaping public opinion rather than informing the public. This includes suppressing any information that is contrary to the approved narrative.

One of the most scandalous recent examples of this has been the media’s cover up of New York Governor Andrew Cuomo’s disastrous, if not criminal, nursing home decision that led to at least 11,000 coronavirus deaths in the state.

In March, Cuomo signed a directive requiring nursing homes to admit coronavirus patients. That directive, which was contrary to CDC guidelines, was later deleted from the New York State Department of Health website to hide the governor’s role in the nursing home deaths.

In a tweet on Saturday, Fox News senior meteorologist Janice Dean, who lost both of her in-laws to the coronavirus in New York nursing homes, charged NBC News with muzzling one of her friends to protect the reputation of Cuomo:

So @NBCNews @LesterHoltNBC @TODAYshow censored one of my friends who lost a loved one in a nursing home. She wanted to say ‘@andrewcuomo failed us’ in the interview and they told her to say ‘New York failed us’ instead. The mainstream is STILL protecting this guy. Disgusting.

In a follow-up tweet, Dean called NBC anchorman Lester Holt a “disgrace” for his role in suppressing the criticism of Cuomo:

Shame on you @LesterHoltNBC @NBCNews @TODAYshow. New York State did not fail us. The governor, his administration and his health department FAILED US. You are a disgrace to all families. Just like @andrewcuomo.

This latest journalistic outrage comes after New York Attorney General Letitia James released a report, largely ignored by the establishment media, that showed that the state underreported coronavirus deaths in nursing homes by as much as 50 percent.

Instead using the NY attorney general’s report as an opportunity to examine Cuomo’s role in the nursing home disaster, the establishment media provided Cuomo with sympathetic TV interviews where he was allowed to place the blame on the federal government.

Leftist ‘Unity’ Results in Literary Agent Being Fired for Merely Having Parler and Gab Accounts

The Left’s cancel culture has now expanded to point that you do not even have to be accused of ‘hate speech’ to have your life destroyed. Now just refusing to be confined to the Left’s Orwellian echo chambers will get you fired from your job.

Newsweek reported this week that a literary agency based in New York City fired one of its employees after her use of free-speech social media sites Parler and Gab was discovered. The employee was not fired for anything she said, but just for her mere presence on Parler and Gab.

In a statement released on Twitter, the literary agency actually had the audacity to claim that its repressive action was in the cause of unity, equality, and social justice:

The Jennifer De Chiara Literary Agency was distressed to discover this morning, January 25th, that one of our agents has been using the social media platforms Gab and Parler. We do not condone this activity, and we apologize to anyone who has been affected or offended by this. The Jennifer De Chiara Literary Agency has in the past and will continue to ensure a voice of unity, equality, and one that is on the side of social justice.

This is just a flavor of the ‘unity’ that we can expect in Uncle Joe’s America. What will be the next justification that the Maoist Red Guards on the Left will use threaten someone’s employment in the name of ‘unity’? Being spotted wearing a MAGA hat? Attending a Republican political rally? Attending Church?

I’m old enough to remember when the Left claimed to be all about ‘tolerance.’ But that was always a facade, only for when they were the ones on the outside. Now that they control all of the commanding heights of political and economic power in this country they can afford to let the mask fall and expose to us that the Left in America, just as it is elsewhere, is not based on persuasion but on repression.

Ex-FBI Lawyer Who Altered Russia Hoax Evidence Given Slap on the Wrist by Obama-appointed Judge

In today’s sentencing hearing, US District Judge James Boasberg, an Obama appointee, sentenced former FBI lawyer Kevin Clinesmith to 12 months probation and 400 hours of community service for altering an email during the Russia investigation that was used to justify the surveillance of former Trump campaign adviser Carter Page.

Last summer Clinesmith pleaded guilty to falsifying an email from the CIA to show that Page was “not a source” for the CIA, even though the original message from the CIA said that he was a source. The CIA had earlier told investigators in a memo that Page was an “operational contact” for the agency from 2008 to 2013 and provided information about his contacts with Russian intelligence officers.

Federal prosecutor John Durham, who was appointed by former Attorney General William Barr to review the origins of the FBI’s Russia investigation, had recommended a sentence of three to six months imprisonment to “send a message that people like the defendant—an attorney in a position of trust who others relied upon—will face serious consequences if they commit crimes that result in material misstatements or omissions to a court.”

By giving Clinesmith such a lenient sentence, Boasberg sent a message that he does not see falsifying evidence given to the US Foreign Intelligence Surveillance (FISA) Court as a serious offense.

Since Boasberg also serves as the Presiding Judge of the FISA Court, he effectively gave deep state actors in the FBI and DOJ a green light to continue their abuse of this secretive tribunal. As a result, we can expect the Biden regime to double down on using our intelligence and law enforcement agencies to target its political opponents.

Instead of holding Clinesmith to account for the fraud that he perpetuated against the FISA Court, Boasberg displayed sympathy for Clinesmith, noting all the bad outcomes Clinesmith has endured as consequences of the actions he knowingly took.

“[He] lost his job, and his government service is what has given his life much of its meaning,” Boasberg said Friday. “He was also earning $150,000 a year and who knows where the earnings go now. He may be disbarred or suspended from the practice of law, you may never be able to work in the national security field again. These are substantial penalties.”

Boasberg added: “What is more, he went from being an obscure career government lawyer to standing in the eye of a media hurricane. He has been threatened, vilified and abused on a nationwide scale.”

At the sentencing hearing Clinesmith also continued to show no remorse for either the damage that he did to either Page specifically or to the United States in general. Instead, he portrayed himself as the victim:

Altering the email has forever changed the course of my life. I have lost the means to provide for my growing family…lost the ability to give back to my nation… the shame and remorse will stay with me forever.

One can not help but notice the disparity between the harsh treatment that federal prosecutors and judges have given to Trump associates caught up in the Russia Hoax, for example General Flynn, and the lenient or no consequences meted out to those who knowingly participated in this hoax.