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April 4, 2023 will live on as the day that America officially became a banana republic. We became a nation that persecutes and prosecutes political foes in the most public and propagandous way possible in order for one party to shout down the other. Wrongthink is officially a crime now.
Sure, they’ll get you for some other infraction. Sort of like how Al Capone went down for tax evasion and not his other crimes. But make no mistake, if you don’t follow the rules, you, too, are guilty of thoughtcrime.
Criticizing presidents and other politicians is what I do and what I should do. In the least biased way possible, holding our politicians accountable for their actions, be they personal bombast or political malfeasance, is the job of the media.
Anyone who has read my website for long knows that I’m no fan of former President Donald Trump. I don’t like Biden either, nor Clinton, nor Obama, nor Bush One or Bush Two. I’ve been heartily disappointed in the actions of all these presidents, and I’ve never made a secret of it. In fact, I regularly compare our election choices to “Which disease would you rather have?” much to the dismay of certain readers. I’ve long thought we could do better when it comes to the person who holds the loftiest office in the United States.
I stand by this. Most of our officials holding the highest positions in the land are in it to enrich themselves and their families, to wield power like a sword, and to surround themselves with the adoration of the masses. Meanwhile, they’re nearly all responsible for getting us involved in wars that are none of our business in order to fight others by proxy. War is big business, peace is for suckers, and the increasing lack of prosperity for average Americans doesn’t really matter.
But indicting a former president on ridiculous charges to keep him out of the next race is a bridge too far.
The presiding judge of a kangaroo court
Add to this that President Trump is facing a kangaroo court, presided over by the father of a young woman whose consulting firm worked on the campaigns of Vice President Harris and Representative Adam Schiff (who led the charge to have Trump impeached). New York State Supreme Court Justice Juan Merchan has already ruled against Trump’s interests and allies in several cases. Fortune reports:
Merchan has already gotten a taste of cases involving Trumpworld. Starting in January, he oversaw the grand jury that indicted Trump Thursday, after he handled the almost two-month-long tax-fraud trial in which two of Trump’s companies were found guilty of 17 felonies. He also presided over a case in which Weisselberg, Trump’s longtime former chief financial officer, pleaded guilty to his role in a 15-year-long tax-fraud scheme.
Weisselberg got five months in jail, with the judge saying: “The entire case was driven by greed.” He fined the two Trump companies $1.6 million, the maximum penalty.
A court spokesman didn’t immediately respond to a request for comment.
Merchan is also assigned the criminal case against former Trump adviser Steve Bannon on charges he cheated contributors to a privately funded US-Mexico border wall out of more than $15 million.
Even Politico has said that this judge has “already rocked MAGA world twice.” How can such a judge be impartial? The American Bar Association clearly states that a judge should disqualify himself if he “has a personal bias or prejudice concerning a party or a party’s lawyer, or personal knowledge* of facts that are in dispute in the proceeding.”
There is a clear history that should have Judge Merchan recusing himself, and yet, here we are proceeding like this is irrelevant.
Why is President Trump being prosecuted when the Biden family is unscathed?
Obviously, that’s a rhetorical question. We all know this is a politically motivated prosecution, much like people in third-world countries with openly corrupt judicial systems incur when they run afoul of those in power.
Meanwhile, the numerous crimes of Hillary Clinton have gone largely untouched and suspected crimes aren’t deeply investigated. The email investigation showed gross negligence yet was closed without charges. Also, during her time as Secretary of State, she let people die in Benghazi and wants to “move on” from it. Accusations of pay-for-play went uninvestigated when political favors seemed to correlate with millions in speaking fees “earned” by her husband. Where is the ambitious Alvin Bragg when it comes to Clinton?
Then, of course, there’s the Biden family. They, too, seem to have profited greatly over the years that the current president has held public office, and they appear to be beyond the law. While Congress is investigating the family, so far, no charges have been laid, no impeachment has taken place, and they seem to be untouchable.
Last fall, Senate Judiciary Committee Ranking Member Chuck Grassley said that the FBI has “significant, impactful, voluminous evidence of potential criminality” in matters relating to the Biden family. Grassley wrote a public letter to the FBI, alleging the following:
“Notably, the Justice Department and FBI have not disputed the accuracy of the allegations that I have made public since May 31, 2022. The Justice Department’s and FBI’s continued silence on these matters is deafening and further erodes their credibility. Simply put, enough is enough – the Justice Department and FBI must come clean to Congress and the American people with respect to the steps they have taken, or failed to take, relating to the Hunter Biden investigation,” Grassley wrote in a letter to FBI and Justice Department leadership as well as the Delaware U.S. attorney.
In the letter, Grassley attached a contract, signed by Hunter and James Biden and three other business associates. The contract was part of an arrangement designed to funnel $5 million from the Chinese communist government-connected CEFC to Hunter and James Biden to compensate them for work done while Joe Biden was vice president, according to an FBI interview summary of Tony Bobulinski. But other records held by the FBI reveal frustration by the Bidens about CEFC’s payment being delayed. Records previously released by Grassley and Sen. Ron Johnson (R-Wis.) show James and Hunter Biden ultimately profited from a $5 million payment from a company connected to CEFC via a separate arrangement.
Other records held by the FBI shed light on Hunter Biden’s business and financial relationship with Burisma owner Mykola Zlochevsky. These documents include specific details about conversations by non-government individuals relevant to potential criminal conduct by Hunter Biden. These documents also indicate that Joe Biden was aware of Hunter Biden’s business arrangements and may have been involved in some of them. It remains unclear whether the FBI took appropriate steps to follow up on this information or passed it to the Delaware U.S. attorney’s office.
During the election, Hunter Biden’s laptop provided the world with comprehensive evidence of multiple crimes. Any mention of the laptop resulted in banishment from social media and mockery as a conspiracy theorist. Yet here we are, with the ownership of the laptop being confirmed and still, no charges against anyone in the Biden camp.
This is both an embarrassment and an outrage.
If it can happen to Trump, it can happen to any of us.
This is what happens now to those who dissent in America. If you have the audacity to seek a different kind of America than the circus freak show in the Biden cabinet, you’re painted as a “MAGA Republican.” In nearly every speech, the president manages to utter those words, although he seems to have difficulty keeping other things straight.
Since when is it the American way to completely demonize every single member of an opposing party? Why can’t we hold our opinions, vote (fairly), and then all go for beer afterward? The media and the left has willfully destroyed being American. You must be THEIR KIND of American or they wish bad things upon you.
To be absolutely clear, I’m not a Republican. I’m not a Conservative.
But I believe that justice should be impartial, that our system was built on checks and balances, and that speech should be free, particularly when criticizing our government. We should criticize our government and hold the members of it to the very highest possible standards. And if the members cannot hold up to that criticism, then we should take action to replace them with someone who can.
But this perversion of our judicial system shows us that to speak out, to differ from the desired status quo, to dissent paints a target on all of us.
We saw this with the treatment of those involved in the January 6th “insurrection” when Tucker Carlson released video footage that had previously been hidden from us. These people were not treated like the people who recently barged into the Kentucky Congress and took over the floor or the people who rioted in the streets, causing untold financial damage, in the name of racial justice.
We’ve known this for a while, as we watched ourselves be painted as hate-filled outsiders, banned from social media, and our reaches throttled. Our websites that encourage critical thinking are rapidly being purged from the internet as we get demonetized and blacklisted for our audacity in speaking up and refusing to toe the favored line. You may think this doesn’t affect you if you don’t have a social media account or a website. It affects you because soon, the only opinions available will be the government-approved ones. Sort of like China. Is that the country whose level of freedom to which you aspire?
Alternative media has been targeted repeatedly. I wrote years ago that when Alex Jones was targeted, we should all be worried whether we liked Jones or not.
Love Alex Jones, hate him, or feel utterly ambivalent aside from an occasional eye-roll, he has been the most notable victim to have been thoroughly erased from the public eye as far as the large social media outlets are concerned. He lost his voice on Twitter, YouTube, Facebook, Apple, and Google. Even his email service provider dumped him.
I’m not personally a huge fan of Jones, but I do believe what happened to him was collusion between social media giants. Big Tech got together and now Alex Jones has to find new ways to reach his very large audience. No one is going to stumble across him accidentally in a Google Search anymore. No one is going to see his videos embedded in another website anymore. Like him or not, he has the right to exist publicly.
Jones has a lot of money so this may not be the end of him, but for most website owners, this would be the absolute end of our ability to do business. And to be able to bring the information we bring, we do have to run our websites as businesses. It’s far more expensive than most people realize to run a site. I know that my own operating costs every month are more than $2000. A site as big as Jones’s would be many times that amount. When all your avenues of monetization are cut off, it wouldn’t be hard for a site – and the dissent and information they share – to cease to exist.
If nothing else, dissent is the American way.
Alex Jones is just the beginning of this purge. It’s going to get much worse.
And here we are, five years later, at the point where our opinions are threats to our livelihoods; our social acceptance; our ability to rent homes, get into colleges, and get jobs; and, if Trump’s prosecution is successful, our very freedom to exist outside of a cage.
Don’t think that it can’t happen to you because you aren’t “important.” They start with the big fish and work their way down to the little ones. That’s how it’s happened in every purge in history.
You don’t have to like Trump to see danger ahead.
I’m currently outside the country, traveling in Europe. I can tell you right now what the American media is presenting to you is not the video footage I’m seeing here. Many MSM reporters are letting on that just a handful of people were there in support of Trump. I can tell you that in the footage I saw, the streets were jam-packed with both protesters and counterprotesters, and people on both sides are furious. The large crowds were loud and unruly, and the media is lying to you about it, downplaying it, making it seem like Trump’s support is greatly diminished. It’s not. If anything, this will make him more popular than ever. A Robin Hood of sorts who took one for the team. If you have a VPN, set it for a less restrictive country (can you believe Americans have to seek a less restrictive country?) and do your own searches.
You don’t have to be a “MAGA Republican” to see that this threat is a threat to all of us who aren’t very “woke,” who believe in the Constitution, and who just want to be free to hold our opinions, raise our families, practice our religions, and build our own versions of a successful life.
We don’t live in the America of our youth. It’s a new America, one that is restrictive, dangerous, and where dissent is brutally crushed. Today they want to ruin Trump. Tomorrow, they’ll want to ruin the rest of us.
If you’re silent now, be prepared to be silenced in the future.
What are your thoughts?
Let me know what you’re thinking about all of this. Do you feel that Trump should be facing prosecution? Do you believe it’s politically motivated, or do you think it’s justified and reasonable? Do you think this will trickle down to the rest of us? How can we reclaim our freedom? Is there any way out of this horrifying cycle?
Share your thoughts in the comments.
Daisy Luther is a coffee-swigging, adventure-seeking, globe-trotting blogger. She is the founder and publisher of three websites. 1) The Organic Prepper, which is about current events, preparedness, self-reliance, and the pursuit of liberty; 2) The Frugalite, a website with thrifty tips and solutions to help people get a handle on their personal finances without feeling deprived; and 3) PreppersDailyNews.com, an aggregate site where you can find links to all the most important news for those who wish to be prepared. Her work is widely republished across alternative media and she has appeared in many interviews.
Daisy is the best-selling author of 5 traditionally published books, 12 self-published books, and runs a small digital publishing company with PDF guides, printables, and courses at SelfRelianceand Survival.com You can find her on Facebook, Pinterest, Gab, MeWe, Parler, Instagram, and Twitter.