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When I was growing up, I learned from an early age that the Democratic party was looking out for us, the little guy. We were ‘working class’, meaning part of the lower-middle class. We also knew that the Republicans represented the wealthy. Our family, when they did vote, always supported the Democrats by default. But the reasons were strictly economic. At least in my household, there was no notion of ‘political correctness, identity politics or white guilt’. During the 80s and 90s, the Democrats were still viewed as the labor party. They were the party preoccupied with supporting unions, trade protections and the ‘regular’ people. To some extent, that was true. Although corrupt, they weren’t those stingy Republicans. …


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8,500 people per day die in the United states from a wide array of illnesses, accidents and diseases. There were roughly 2.8 million deceased in the US in 2018. The total amount for 2020 is expected to be near that number, but will likely be closer to 2.9 million due to Covid. There is an obsession by the ‘panic-driven’ media with the number of Covid-related deaths. The current number is around 280,000. This sounds astronomical if you are sitting at home and have no idea how many people actually die in this country everyday. …


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Americans are quickly reshaping the way they approach paying for university, the risk-reward of going into debt to get a degree and how to pay off student loans. There are roughly 44 million Americans with student loan debt, totally around 1.5 trillion. While some owe a manageable amount, it’s not uncommon for a borrower under the age of 40 in 2020 to have $80,000 to $200,000 in student loan debt. For most individuals with suffocating debt, much of the total amount they owe is actually accrued interest. Many of those same debtors haven given up hope on paying back the full amount. They are the generation that that was brought up in the 1990’s and during the first two decades of this century believing that success could only be achieved if one held a university degree. Of course, that ontology is quickly crumbling as many with substantial student loan debt are either underemployed, employed but not making nearly enough to make their monthly payments or working in a field that is completely unrelated to what they went to school for in the first place. …


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I took a road trip with my wife and almost two-year old during the last two weeks of October. Eight months into this Corona fiasco and a polarizing election looming, what better time than to see the country. My wife and I have been fortunate enough to have been couped up in the house for the past eight months working from home. I say fortunate because at least we have been able to keep our jobs, both of which are decent positions that offer generous benefits. I know a few of my co-workers seemed dismayed that I was taking two weeks off and embarking on a road trip during this “pandemic”. “How irresponsible”, I could imagine at least a couple of them saying. Covid or no covid, we have to move forward. We can take precautions, but we can never stop. We are curious creatures that need to explore, venture and dream. Anti-racism protests, Trumpism, a precarious virus, it doesn’t matter. …


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What went wrong along the way with this great experiment we call America? Covid-19 has revealed an ugly truth. There is an insidious ideology that has become woven into the fabric of American life. It threatens to cripple the American experiment and all of Western civilization. It is an insane march towards cultural suicide. The Coronavirus pandemic has gifted this movement with the ideal conditions to see this self-destruction come to fruition. This covert operation has been festering in the backburners of Western society for decades and the Covid-19 fiasco has created the perfect storm. We are six months into the ‘lockdown’ and we are witnessing society unravel before our eyes. I understand if I sound hysterical, but I am not. I am calm, collected and prepared. This isn’t apocolytic as portrayed in the movies, but there is an element of our society and culture that is being murdered in plain sight. Of course, society will exist even if this movement is to prevail, but it will be a dire world for our children and our grandchildren. We are quickly losing our ability to be human. …


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I was dragged to Ikea the other day by my wife. Because Ikea is one of the few places open in California, the parking lot as well as inside the store was literally a zoo. Like many places now, they were only letting in a certain number of customers at a time. We live in Sacramento, which means it’s about 170 degrees with not a cloud in the sky during the month of August. So we waited laboriously in line and tolerated the sweltering heat for thirty minutes before making it inside. Air conditioning is a wonderful invention. We easily spent two hours sitting on sofas, letting our two-year-old destroy unpurchased merchandize and thinking of ways to cleverly redesign our kitchen. And what about social distancing? Nah. There was definitely none of that, but everyone was wearing a mask, so I guess that made it safe! It was bumper to bumper inside Ikea that day with every walk of life imaginable gathered under one roof. …


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As a white kid, I grew up with a diverse array of friends. Born in 1981, I am technically an old millenial. By the time I reached elementary school, public education in America had already been inundated with a liberal bias. The education of my youth was characterized by a push for greater equality and inclusion in the decades following the Civil Rights movement of the 1960s. Even in the blue collar schools which I attended, Black History Month was a prominent feature of the cirriculum. We learned from an early age about the atrocity of slavery and the many Black heroes that fought for their freedom during the Civil War and the Black leaders of the Civil Rights movement. We learned that Martin Luther King was not only a man to be admired, but his vision was one of unity, peace and understanding. Is was of an America in which we could all prosper together, regardless of skin color. …


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We are in the midst of a radical transformation on the American political left

Modern American Liberalism is dead. It has been devoured from within by illiberal, far-left Progressivism or what some might refer to as ‘woke Progressivism’. In reality, it is a variation of neo-Marxism. This illiberal Progressivism has supplanted Liberalism as the new hegemonic order on the American political left and essentially the global political Left. This nascent political regime has no interest in working within the system, but every intention of burning it down. Woke Progressivism is the hideous monster that has escaped from the basement and has killed its master. It is the gross perversion of Liberalism. For the radical progressive, even systemic structural change isn’t adequate. Since it is a Marxist movement, the entire structure must be eradicated. This demolition includes the rewriting of history, the bending of language, the destruction of the family, a disregard for science, an attack on comedy and dismantling constitutional government. This viral infection of woke culture forbids dissent and thus its ultimate goal, at least in the United States, is to literally shred the Constitution. For the radical Progressive, ‘free speech’ and individual liberties are enemies that must be defeated. The underwriters of this movement cleverly understand that in oder to destroy the current system, they must first silence all discourse that opposes the ‘narrative’. …


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Today’s brand of Progressivism doesn’t seem very progressive at all. When did this switch occur that it’s not merely enough to castigate American society, but instead we must now pretend that America is an evil country and represents everything that is wrong with the world? Why wouldn’t you love America? It’s a great country despite its tainted past and persistent problems. Hating America is tantamount to hating life. So if you hate this country, maybe you just have deficiencies, regrets and issues in your own life. It could be that you’ve fallen into the deep abyss of woke ideology. It could be that you are just overcome with resentment. …


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Carl Jung said “People don’t have ideas. Ideas have people.” The Covid-19 lockdown has reaffirmed what many of us have already reluctantly known to be true about the ideological overtones of Progressivism. During the past three months, we can see the Progressive movement coming into fruition and we have gotten a clear glimpse of the movement’s true intentions and what a future America will become if we don’t begin to stand up against what is transpiring throughout American society. By ‘we’, I am not referring to conservatives, but all rational and good-natured Americans and residents regardless of political orientation, religion or skin color. Progressivism is an ideology that is flirting with insanity, but also one that has made real gains in nesting itself within the prominent institutions of civil society, such as the media, academia, the public educational system, the urban work environment and the Democratic party. Criticizing the Progressive Left should also not be conflated with an endorsement of Trumpism, conservatism or the GOP. Many liberals like myself are intellectually stuck between a rock and a hard place. While I have my reservations about the political right, The political left is broken as are many of our institutions, such as the media and academia. There are certainly glaring issues with Trumpism, but to ignore and not condemn what is festering within the Progressive Left would be an act of injustice. …

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James Rooney

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