DEFIANCE – There are More of Us Than Them…

In April something was bugging me… a familiarity amid the COVID lock-down status & another time… I couldn’t quite put my finger on it until a dear friend reminded me.

Many U.S. states are acting like the early 1980s and the imposition of Martial law in Poland to target the Solidarity movement.  Subsequently I wrote about it on a Twitter thread, because the parallels were really quite remarkable.

Both Poland circa 1980 and the U.S. friction in 2020, center around fragile economic issues. Both were an outcome of state control; and the key connection is government targeting control over the workers.

In both examples the state took exclusive control of the economic and social state of the citizens, and the courts provided no option for redress. In both examples the state locked down the citizens and would not permit them to interact with each other.

In 1981 the government in Poland initiated Martial Law and citizens were forced to communicate underground. In 2020 a considerable number of U.S. state governments locked-down citizens in similar fashion and banned citizen assembly.

In 1981 in Poland the communist regime used economic psychological pressure, selecting workers permitted to earn wages. Those workers identified as “essential” to the state. In 2020 many State governors selected workers to earn an income by designating them “essential” to the state.

In 1981 in Poland; communication amid the Solidarity Movement was forced underground. In 2020 many oppressive State governors demanded social media remove public content adverse to the interests of the Stay-at-Home confinement orders. Big Tech complied with the authoritarian dictate.

In 1981 Polish authorities arrested anyone organizing protests against the authoritarian state. In 2020 numerous authoritarian officials arrested citizens for non-compliance with unilateral dictates. From a New Jersey governor arresting a woman for organizing a protect; to an Idaho mother arrested for allowing her children to play at a park; to a Texas salon owner arrested for operating her business.

In 1981 Polish authorities had a program for citizens to report subversive activity against the state. Snitching. In 2020 New York City, LA and numerous state and local officials started programs for citizens to report non-compliant activity against the state. Similar snitching.

In both 1981 Poland and 2020 USA we also see media exclusively creating ideological content as propaganda for the interests of the authoritarian state (controlling citizens).

Interestingly, as we begin to see the American people saying “enough”, and openly defying the authoritarian state. There’s another parallel that is comparable, enlightening and quite remarkable.

Just before the authoritarian state in Poland collapsed there was a rapid movement for the citizens to take to the streets in defiance of state control. I remember watching with great enthusiasm as I saw a very determined Pole shout on television:

…”we take to the streets and today we realize, there are more of us than them”…

Fast forward more than thirty years later and those glorious voices are prescient. The power of the government comes from the people; or as we say in the U.S. “from the consent of the governed.” Thus the underlying principle behind our defiance.

If the people will lead, the politicians are forced to follow:

If one person refuses to comply, government can and as we have witnessed arrest them. However, if tens of thousands rebuke these unconstitutional decrees, there isn’t a damn thing government can do to stop it…. and they know it.

If one barber shop opens, the owner becomes a target.  However, if every barber shop and beauty salon in town opens… there is absolutely nothing the government can do about it.

If one restaurant and/or bar opens, the state can target the owner.  But if every bar and restaurant in town opens; and if everyone ignores  and dispatches the silly dictates of the local, regional or state officials… there isn’t a damned thing they can do about it.

The power of the local, regional or state authority comes from the expressed consent of the people.  As soon as the majority of people deny that consent, those officials and state authoritarians lose all of their power.  Yes, it really is that simple.

Go live your best life.

You’re worth it.

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PS. Another similarity – ultimately the key control issue, the heart of the battle in Poland, came down to an election finally held in 1989.  Likewise the key control issue, the heart of battle in the United States will come down to an election in November 2020.

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516 Responses to DEFIANCE – There are More of Us Than Them…

  1. F.D.R. in Hell says:

    “Go live your best life.
    You’re worth it.”
    —Sundance

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  2. Rebierocket says:

    Do yourself a favor and go to youtube and search for and watch:

    “the pacific peleliu beach landing”

    And also

    Marines Land on Iwo Jima “Flags Of Our Fathers”

    It will take 10 minutes max.

    Then consider in your heart what we as a free and noble people face in the here and now.

    Consider the weapons used in the WW2 episodes by the hidden enemy. And consider what is used in the open today. There’s a difference, certainly. You can respect — perhaps grudgingly — the hidden in WW2. Our men did even as they sought to kill them. It was a hard road. To remain frozen in fear on the beach was certain death.

    Deep in all our hearts and souls there is a memory of our fathers and grandfathers who lived those days.

    They were kids, those brave men. Just kids.

    There are countless examples going back to 1776.

    Are we certain we are willing to be the ones who let Old Glory fall?

    Will we remain frozen in fear on the beach?

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    • Tornarosa says:

      Touched a nerve there RebieRocket. My family is waste deep in the Pacific War. Dad flew close air support for the Peleliu assault from an island called Angaur about a mile or two away, taken by the 81st Army Division while the Marine 3rd was in the meat grinder of Peleliu. His B25 squadron was TDY detached from New Guinea. It was the turning point of Japanese tactics where they fought for every foot from caves and spider holes instead of Banzai charges. Snipers around the strip were paved over with bulldozers and Marsden Mat.
      Uncle Carl made his first beach landing at Iwo Jima at the age of 17, having lied about his age to join the Marines at 16. His unit was in hand-to-hand combat from night penetration attacks. Medivaced out from a Japanese knee mortar that left his arm dangling.
      So these Democrat governors are just trying to protect us huh?

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    • guest4ever says:

      Rebierocket—Thank you! Hit quite a nerve!

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    • Bob says:

      Jefferson would be labeled a domestic terrorist by the left for saying things like
      when tyranny becomes law, revolution becomes duty.
      The tree of Liberty must be replenished from time to time with the blood of tyrants and patriots.

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  3. paulashley says:

    Darn! That’s supposed to be “remember to SMILE”!

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  4. northwoodswatcher says:

    BACK IN THE U.S.S.R., PART 1. Poland’s Solidarity movement was a big deal to me.

    Solidarity was founded just three years after my May-June 1977 college study tour to the commie mother country — the hellhole called the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics.

    Those memories of a benighted land came rushing back the moment our dear demonRAT governors — as well as sh*theel mayors like Eric Garcetti — began vomiting forth their totalitarian decrees.

    As one who actually walked the streets of the original “workers’ paradise” 43 springs ago, I can testify that a descent into Ralph Northam’s communism is not something anyone ought to take lightly.

    Millions died in the U.S.S.R. and Warsaw Pact nations before that Cuomo-like monster was beaten to death.

    I visited in the 13th year of the 18-year reign of dictator Leonid Brezhnev (aka “General Secretary of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union”). Even then the U.S..S.R. was still recovering from World War II. Thirty-two years after V-E Day, the Soviets still had scaffolding in place around historic buildings smashed in the “Great Patriotic War.”

    We were advised by the tour organizers to have little joy in the fact that our group was going to be staying at the best hotels and eating at the best restaurants the Soviet Union had to offer.

    That’s because the two New Hampshire professors running the trip warned that the Soviet Union lagged America by decades. There a consumer culture just plain did not exist.

    Talk about understatement. The Soviet’s idea of modern toilet tissue something like wax paper.

    And we were lucky to have it.

    Back then the Berlin Wall still stood.

    The citizens of East Germany were still walled within their own country.

    In every communist country on earth, it was against the law to leave.

    In 1977, few of those fortunate enough to have been born in the free world could get inside to take a peek at the unfree world.

    While I grabbed at the chance, the study tour was able to attract only 10 college students. We needed more warm bodies to fill out the group.

    So the profs opened the tour to non-students. We ended up with a group of about three dozen, mostly retirees.

    The U.S.S.R. compelled our group to sign on with one of their three official “tourist agencies.” Our professors got the “best” — Intourist.

    Once in the U.S.S.R., after touring Moscow, we flew to Leningrad (today restored to its original name of Saint Petersburg), and thence to Kiev (which is actually in the Ukraine) — in Aeroflot’s uncomfortable, unpressurized, airborne death traps.

    Our Intourist itinerary was purposely jam-packed with museums and other cultural spots, such as performances of the Kirov Ballet and the Bolshoi Opera — the idea being that we would be kept too busy to be able to delve into the reality of life in a society in which all were essentially imprisoned. Except for the elites.

    We were entered the U.S.S.R. dog-tired, having flown a dozen-plus hours nonstop from JFK on a primitive airliner. The only in-flight meal was sandwiches. The stewardesses, who uniforms and makeup was straight out of the 1950s, were excited to be able to offer us cans of actual Coca-Cola.

    I was so jet-lagged that the next morning my roommate claimed that when the operator finally called back in the middle of the night with a trunk line connection for him to speak with his family back in America, I took the call, spoke with his parents, then woke him and went back to bed. Yet I had no recollection of doing any of that.

    Despite Intourist’s efforts to control our every waking moment, shuttling us to The Hermitage and the deep Moscow subway, Babi Yar and the summer palace of Peter the Great, the professors got us out on the sly.

    For example, the profs had contacts among the “refuseniks.” A refusenik typically was a Jewish citizen of the Soviet Union who had been denied permission to leave the country. You had to be fantastically persistent to actually get out.

    One such couple had sponsors in Israel and dreamed emigrating. We visited with them.

    In their tiny apartment they laid out the best delicacy they could offer their guests — slices of an orange.

    The husband was an engineer.

    Because applying to leave the U.S.S.R. was against the law, he was fired from his job.

    Because not having a job was against the law, the engineer became a janitor.

    The wife was a college professor. She had been fired too. Her job became teaching other refuseniks to speak English.

    Our professors surreptiously larded these refuseniks with whatever gifts they’d been able to smuggle through customs — such as a pair of American bluejeans, which was good as gold in the U.S.S.R., where the quality of clothing — actually of everything, except the Stolichnaya — was sh*tty.

    One professor left behind a radio (few citizens had TVs), which, we were told, was worth a couple of months’ rent. One of the them had stupidly tried to bring in ladies’ items in his suitcase instead of asking one of the women in our group to pack them. Those items had been confiscated by the customs goons.

    A Canadian couple traveling with us made the mistake of trying to smuggle an issue of TIME magazine through airport customs.

    Meaning we had to wait while they were strip-searched.

    At our “luxurious” Moscow hotel, our luggage had been opened and searched by the secret police before being delivered to our rooms. How we knew this was simple. Most of the locks on our suitcases were broken.

    Every floor of our hotel had ’round the clock surveillance in the form of little old ladies sitting, watching, snitching.

    They weren’t the only ones monitoring us, though. We noticed that our phones buzzed and clicked.

    We had an official soviet guide assigned to accompany us every step of the way, all day, every day.

    Our first Intourist guide wasn’t so bad, though. She even admitted that her job wasn’t just to keep us on the official itinerary of places THEY wanted us to visit.

    No, her job was also to keep us from going to the places WE wanted to visit.

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    • woodstuff says:

      Thanks for your writings. It was well worth the read.

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    • InAz says:

      @ northwoodswatcher

      Thanks for the story. I had a fantastic doctor who was born and raised in the former Soviet Union. Her stories were very interesting and educational. She always bashed Obamination and Obama Care!
      She and her family are very grateful to be USA citizens. She moved to another state, unfortunately.

      In the early 1980s I helped people who came to the USA, illegally, from Central and South America. Many countries were fighting civil wars…….Communists and guerillas wanting to be in power. The stories of many people were heartbreaking and horrifying because of what the Communists were doing.

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    • petevanderwaal says:

      Yes I remember all of that. At the time I worked in Budapest for a agricultural company from Holland. The first time I came to the Hungarian border, my Mercedes got completely stripped, all the door panels came off, all the tires got taken of the rims, all luggage got checked about three times, it was really unreal. When in Budapest itself I got followed everywhere I went in town. I used to go for walks around the town seeing nobody, that is to say perhaps, some people shopping or something. The shops looked empty to me and at the (what I think were) supermarkets or something there where lines of people. how sad can it become, I did not understand very much about all this, coming from a country that has no limits of what you can do and buy. On the Government Farm (controlled by the USSR) there were several students helping me with translation as I can only speak (among Dutch) English and German, instead of doing the translation they questioned me about all sort of ‘western thing’. So I promised the girls and boys to bring back some stuff they would like to have, so most of them put in their order for “Jeans”, and Make-Up. Knowing nothing about make-up I did have a hard time sorting this out but I got some help back in Holland from some old school friends of mine. So I got twelve pairs of jeans and a load of fancy make-up and stuck it the lining of the roof, which I noticed they didn’t take out the first time, so I got through with all of that stuff. Poor buggers wanted to pay me fortunes for this, I could not handle all that, so I let them have it. USSR Occupation, why all this suffering?

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    • joan p calhoun says:

      I visited the Soviet Union in 1974 and had the exact same similar experience you did. Down to every detail. I remember being very very hungry and they laughed the next morning when they served us raw eggs and the bread had funny circular hard waxy incretions buried in it. the other prominent memory I had was as if we all were wearing glasses that removed colors. The whole world took on a gray appearance. Shabby and gray and lifeless. The minute we passed over into the Polish border the glasses came off and I could see colors again.

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      • evergreen says:

        You saw it, too. I have tried to tell people, but they never really believe. East Germany was black and white and shades of grey, and West Germany was Kodachrome by comparison.

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      • sledhead406 says:

        I believe it was Alexander Mogilny, a Soviet hockey player that defected in 1989 to play for the Buffalo Sabres, who described the west as “life in color.”

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      • testpointwp says:

        I traveled to East Germany right after the wall came down. Just as you say. Everything was, “Shabby and gray and lifeless.” I also remember the coins. They all seemed greasy with oppressive artwork.

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    • dbobway says:

      Found this slide a couple months ago. I’m the boy, my sister and Mom over looking the evil at the Berlin wall
      file:///C:/Users/Owner/Documents/(5%20unread)%20-%20dbobway@yahoo.com%20-%20Yahoo%20Mail.htm
      The book I have is on my desk, It showed where a young man was running toward the wall, where we stood. West Berliners helped him over the wall riddled with bullets,
      he died right there a free man.

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    • Questa Nota says:

      My roommate and his anonymous friend wrote a lot of refusenik release letters in that era. They kept a very low profile as they were concerned not only about the safety of their letter subjects but also of themselves. That was during Glasnost and before the Wall fell, which seems increasingly like a very different era.

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  5. northwoodswatcher says:

    BACK IN THE U.S.S.R., PART 2. Wherever we went in Leonid Brezhnev’s prison nation, we were pestered by members of the proletariat, whose highest aspiration in life seem to be to buy the clothes off our backs. Kids would run up to us too and plead using the only English they knew: “Chewing gum? Chewing gum?”

    Taxi drivers offered to slash their fares by 90 percent if we paid in dollars rather than rubles. But, of course, doing that was against soviet law — and you never knew if your cabbie was a member of the secret police trying to entrap you.

    At the best hotels, like ours, there were special shops in which only foreigners and members of the communist party could purchase high-quality foreign goods. Only hard currency like dollars was accepted.

    During the middle of the workday we would see lines of shoppers queuing up at the few stores that were open. People were in the habit of carrying a cloth shopping sack everywhere they went just in case they spotted something for sale. They would queue not even knowing what what for sale. They just knew that whatever they bought, even if they didn’t need it, could be traded for something they did. Goods were real. Rubles were rubbish.

    Everything was in short supply in the U.S.S.R. But citizens knew to avoid buying anything at the end of the month that they didn’t really need, because everything was produced on a quota system. The stuff made at the end of the month was slapped together to fill the quota. Invariably it was crap.

    Everything was rationed in the U.S.S.R. If you hated shopping, the U.S.S.R. was your place. The knotheaded process was that first you took the item you wanted to buy and got into line to get your order ticket. Then you got into a second line to pay for your order ticket. Then you got into a third line to use your order ticket to pick up the item you were purchasing. No wonder Russians were always chug-a-lugging vodka.

    Russian shopping was made all the more challenging because nobody had a car, so you could only buy what you could carry.

    In fact, the only cars to be seen along the streets of the U.S.S.R. were the ZIL luxury limos used by the soviet elite.

    Everyone else was stuck walking or, if they were lucky, taking a bus, train, or subway.

    There were also no restaurants to be seen in the U.S.S.R., except in the hotels.

    We ate at the best restaurants in Moscow. We were served “salad.” It lacked carrots, tomatoes, lettuce, onions, radishes. The salad’s sole vegetable was cucumber, slathered with sour cream. If we wanted veggies in our diet, we’d have to march off to one of the government-sanctioned farmer’s markets — and pay a premium for what we take for granted here in the USA.

    A farmer’s market had an almost normal array of foods for sale because these products were harvested on the tiny plots of land from which farmers were permitted to keep the profits. The rest of the land on the vast collective farms grew nowhere near the yield of Soviet farmers’ tiny private plots.

    In the U.S.S.R. simple things like soda did not exist — at least not normal soda, like Pepsi. What they had instead was fizzy water spiked with those ever-popular fruit flavors peach, pear, and apricot.

    If soviet soda wasn’t your cup of tea, you could order yogurt as a drink with your dinner. I did, and gagged, because the stuff was uncultured, meaning it bore no resemblance to the Dannon kind on American shelves. Soviet yogurt was so tangy it would pucker a lemon.

    As for Ice cream, dairy stands might be found occasionally at places like sports stadiums — and the stuff tasted fairly close to actual ice cream.

    We walked past one stadium at which a soccer match was being played. It was a weekday — in fact the middle of the day — and the place was packed, even though it was raining hammers and sickles. Few people in the stands owned umbrellas, however. We noted that the soviet fans never clapped to express appreciation. Instead, weirdly, they whistled … squatting there in the pouring rain.

    The squalor of shacks paralleling our ride to and from the various airports was depressing. Here it was 32 years after World War II had ended and yet the worst hovels in Appalachia were palaces compared to what we were witnessing.

    Of course, it was against soviet law for us to take photographs of this.

    Of course, it was against soviet law to travel outside your district. You needed your passport and a work permit. Moving to another city was even harder. More permits. The U.S.S.R. was bureaucracy to infinity.

    Unlike the common soviet citizen, we experienced the very best that communism had to offer — the best cities in the most advanced communist country in the world.

    Shades of Whitmer’s Michigan. As for me, I couldn’t figure out why every soviet wasn’t jumping out the nearest window.

    The dyed-in-the-wool liberals on our trip would tell me to shut up when I criticized stupidities like the half a dozen soldiers I saw fixing a sidewalk. “Sh*t,” I said, “in the U.S. we’d have jackhammers and all sorts of machinery. What a bunch of dopes! They’re doing it all by hand!”

    I couldn’t believe how backward the whole schlepping country was.

    Heck, the U.S.S.R. even used soldiers with rifles slung over their shoulders to direct traffic — and soldiers with automatic weapons at the ready stood next to the officials at the airports when we entered and departed the U.S.S.R.

    Here’s the thing: When our jet finally landed back at JFK in Queens, N.Y., and we disembarked, we cheered.

    We had been closeted in the U.S.S.R. for a mere 15 days, but even the liberals among us were just so ecstatic to have gotten the hell out.

    People at the gate turned and stared as if we were lunatics.

    Like Solidarity, the USA Olympic hockey team’s “Miracle on Ice” was still three years in the future —

    — AND YET NOT A ONE OF US COULD STOP CHEERING.

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    • YvonneMarie says:

      Unbelievable.
      But exactly true.
      Never forget.

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    • Maquis says:

      Thanks for the travelogue to Hell, Watcher, loved it.

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    • wondering999 says:

      I know a woman, an immigrant who was a child in Soviet Poland.
      She said that paper — as in notebook paper, or letter-writing paper — was rationed, and in very limited supply.
      Schoolkids didn’t have much paper, and neither did the adults.
      It’s hard to imagine (even though people use less paper now than we did a few decades ago)

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    • TreeClimber says:

      Incredible. I’m way too young to know any of this, so eyewitness accounts like yours are gold.

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      • woodstuff says:

        During that time period the news and schools did not bring these experiences to our citizens. We all were purposely distracted (here in the USA) with less meaningful junk. The establishment media was here even when I was very young.

        It is always good for all people to take time to get a grasp of history. It is relatively easy these days because of the internet. Even older people might do well to review the past *. I also applaud your interest.

        *footnote: At 70-something, I am among the youngest Treepers.

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        • TreeClimber says:

          I have not yet attained 25 years of age, so I’m still a wee bit younger. 😉 I’m also reasonably certain I’m not the only millennial on the Treehouse, I’ve seen a couple of others with familiar speech patterns.

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        • Padric says:

          As a Gen-X child of the 80’s who grew up under Reagan, I can attest to the accuracy of your statement about the schools and the media. I consider myself fortunate as I grew up in a deep red area of NY State and as such, depending on the teacher (usually History teachers), we would get stories and occasional magazine articles distributed to us that described life behind the Iron Curtain.

          But the media? Oh, they positively loathed Reagan. Many of the same tropes they trotted out against Donald Trump , “He’s going to start a nuclear war!”, “He’s stupid”, “He doesn’t care about regular people”, “He’s going to get us all killed”, etc etc were said of him as well. Wasn’t true then, wasn’t true now. I can distinctly remember being about 15 years old, watching the news before I went to school and comparing how they were talking about things president Reagan said with what he ACTUALLY said. From that moment on I learned never to trust what the media reported and to get my news from multiple sources.

          I remember when the Berlin Wall fell and when Russia formally ended Communism. I was glued to the news both times and while the media gave effusive praise to Gorbachev and Yeltsin and at best only grudging praise to Reagan and Thatcher for their efforts in bringing down the wall and ending communist Russia. The only thing they got right was largely ignoring Bush. I’ve read some accounts that that snub greatly irked him because he had hoped to make all of that a major campaign theme, but everyone knew it was Reagan who had done the heavy lifting, even if they didn’t want to admit it.

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      • steve says:

        thank you for paying attention. share with your friends if you can

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    • Greeneghis Khan says:

      Thank you for the Posts NW Watcher! (I have been to the NW a few times. Awesome place) Your posts reminded me of a paper I did in school about USSR in a sociology class. The quota problem was real as you mentioned. Top down planning and the continual need to try to present communism as some supposedly wonderful system the central authority would demand something like new glass windows in 20 buildings. SO the glass manufacturer had to produce the glass no matter what ( or face consequences) , but he depended on the truckers to bring raw materials and trucks would break down and not deliver the raw material. The glass maker would then make the glass thinner to meet his quota requirement to avoid repercussions from the state that had ordered it. Then the windows would break and it would start all over. It was a nested problem of skewed supply and demand that existed in all business sectors. (remember trucks breaking down) The whole society was like that. Reagan recognized that to force them to keep up with Western Production would crush the party and it worked.

      On a side note….with censorship in the digital world and the younger generations indoctrinated in public schools and the surge in popularity of socialism, stories like yours will be washed from existence and these young socialist idiots will have to live it to know about it. Sad.

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      • northwoodswatcher says:

        I AGREE THAT LEFTIST CENSOR IS REAL AND PERVASIVE. For example, while I have had a personal page on Facebook for years, sharing many of these same stories with my family and friends, Facebook has really gone Bolshevik and has been censoring and erasing my postings left and right. So shortly I will be deleting my Facebook page and moving over to Gab.

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    • uselogic19 says:

      Great report, NWW! Same year, my Russian History prof arranged a similar USSR trip and he offered me the chance. Working part time, I didn’t have the spare $600 after tuition & books. Asked parents for a loan and they declined. Missed out on that learning experience but I’ve spoken with several who went and they echoed your thoughts.

      Epilogue: Very next year Mom & Dad popped for $2500 so my sister could travel Europe looking at architecture. Moral: Being the older sibling after twins are born, you’re gonna get screwed. 😉

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      • northwoodswatcher says:

        …I was only able to afford the trip because a $1,000 insurance policy taken out when I was born matured that year.

        So the same choice occurred to me. Should I bank it? No, I needed catch-up credits in the humanities so I could graduate with my class as I’d transferred from a pharmacy program at St. John’s University to media studies at Sacred Heart University. I had too many science and math credits. In less than a month, this U.S.S.R. study tour would bump me up by four credits (SHU ended up only accepting three!).

        Anyway, I could have done a study tour of, say, Rome instead.

        But I figured I could always visit the Eternal City. This appeared to me to be a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity, because back then the U.S.S.R. was a closed society. Nobody got in those days.

        I knew communism was bad. I had uncles who fought in WWII, the Korean War, and Vietnam, and I listened to their war stories. I missed being drafted by about a year myself.

        Anyway, my history professor presented this as a now-or-never experience. I was up for now-or-never experiences back then, having done a six-credit, double-course “outward bound” bicycle tour of New England in 1976. A year after I got back from the U.S.S.R., I did a solo, self-contained, bicycle camping tour from Seattle, Wash., to Washington, D.C. — 5,000 miles.

        Experiencing America by bicycle that one year later really brought home the fantastic contrast in cultures. The U.S.S.R. was so imprisoned in 1977. And I had been as free as a bird in 1978.

        Right now I feel like I’m back living in 1977 — by way of “1984.”

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    • Walter Johnson says:

      Thanks. Write more if you will. You turn the phrases well.

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  6. F.D.R. in Hell says:

    Oh, by the way, that symbol of submission and subservience you wear on your face…
    is medically worthless. ICYMI…

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    • vigiles24 says:

      This is what I have believed all along. The mask is not a filter. And even if it were, air escapes around the edges. If you want to protect yourself and others, simply breathe through your nose when you are in close proximity.

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    • The only purpose of the mask is that you don’t pop you “p”s in the person you are talking to face.

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    • Snow White says:

      It’s right there black on white and the idiots can’t read it. Any store that demands customers to wear these worthless muzzies, needs to be boycotted.
      https://www.sciencetimes.com/articles/25713/20200518/wearing-face-masks-potentially-harmful-trap-exhaled-viruses-well-individuals.htm

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      • Kerry Eubanks says:

        Not just stores. I had joint replacement in my shoulder earlier this year. I was scheduled for a 4 month followup last week, but was told via email that I had to bring my own mask. I live near a small town here in Iowa, and work in another, slightly larger town. NONE to be had. So I canceled and told them I’d reschedule when the nonsense is over.

        Luckily we have a governor, who hasn’t gotten any media credit, who has been sensible about things and not tried to lock down the state. I still get to go to work every day.

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    • Beverly says:

      The Mask is not about health.
      The Mask is not about medical usefulness.
      The Mask is not about the Kung Flu.

      The Mask is your training to be submissive.
      The Mask is about your training to Obey.
      The Mask is about humiliating and dehumanizing you.

      The Mask is about pitting all of us against each other.
      The Mask is about “outing” us freethinkers so the Proggies can target us.

      The Mask is about Control, dominance, and tyranny.

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  7. no-nonsence-nancy says:

    In PA some of us protest almost every day. We had another giant protest in Harrisburg on Fri and a group. Women for Trump in my area protest in front of the offices of our legislaters.US and state. I’ll be out there until we are open. I’ve been saying for weeks that all businesses just need to open. they can’t arrest the whole state.

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    • Retired IIG says:

      I live in PA also. Someone in the R party is asking for impeachment of Wolfe who is currently in my NSHO just “playing along” with the INANE lockdown of HEALTHY people.
      Why the heck does he want to WRECK OUR STATE?
      My local paper writes periodically about how the “top officials” in the PA health department are reporting new “death facts” re an examination of autopsies.
      The Heralld reports so that “death certificate”s were incorrectly attributed to the Wuhan Virus.
      You may or not know, a hospital makes a TON MORE money from MEDICARE if they attribute the cause of death to the Wuhan virus. Talk about a prid pro quo.
      Will be interesting to see how many people died from the flu in PA this year? Thinking it may be ZERO?
      I don’t have the stamina to research the past flu statistics at this hour, and who knows, out great Google in the sky has probably found a way to scrub the statistics on past flu deaths from public knowledge. Now that thought, is truly SICKENING to me.
      I’m very late into reading tonight, but I loved this article from 0 Hedge re an Italian official:re Bill Gates re crimes against humanity. A Knuckle sanwhich.as my dear old Dad used to say.
      https://www.zerohedge.com/markets/italian-politician-demands-bill-gates-arrest-crimes-against-humanity
      Will have to check back to see if the link works.
      Lastly, in my life righteous anger has somehow mysteriously worked. for the good. And really was only to be an advocate for my disabled Mother. But its this advocacy is translating now. COLD ANGER. I eat it with a cup full of nails for breakfast.

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      • F.D.R. in Hell says:

        ICYMI…

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      • JTR says:

        I’m lucky enough to live in Georgia, where our Gov. Kemp is doing a fine job! He reopened us a few weks ago, and things seem to be humming along. My Grand Daughter’s job is gone, but there are others to be had, and the TP is showing back up in the store, so all seems well. They are rationing meat, lol.

        Most everyone was getting sick of the shutdown, so this is a good thing. DH has had to work. He is retired,(3 times) but still manages a big name fast food place, and they have a line of traffic that the police have had to come and assist.

        Southern people really don’t take well to the Government telling us not to do something. Most of us are armed as well. Country folks will survive!

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    • Beverly says:

      ^^^^^THIS^^^^^

      Great strength in numbers.

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  8. carthoris says:

    There has never been a documented case of a person without at least some sense of sarcastic humor ever making it into Heaven.

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  9. Kulak69 says:

    “Americans are a free people who value their independence and are fully competent to take appropriate measures to protect themselves.” – – SD Governor Kristi Noem, 01 APR 2020

    This quotation oughta be engraved on the entrance of the State Capitol. Proud of our Governor-!

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    • FrankieZee says:

      I have a feeling that the D RATS are going to get smoked in this upcoming election. People have seen how dangerous D RAT politician are. I can’t believe that they think this is going to help them. But then again they are not too bright.

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  10. Luz Maria Rodriguez says:

    The patterns are definitely interesting and look very suspicious. But, who is behind such planning and scheming? Nancy and/or Chuck do not seem to have the think ahead intellect that would be required. The corrupt media also lacks intellect to plan that far ahead. Do they all gather in a (weed) smoke filled room to brain storm? There is someone quite sophisticated behind it.

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  11. InAz says:

    Wow! So true!
    Thank You Sundance!!!

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  12. Shalini says:

    This video is regarding Anthony Fauci and his fraud. YouTube keeps taking down this video, apparently. It’s 26 minutes long but do have look if you have the time.

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  13. Theckman says:

    I watched the people wearing masks today at one of the larger grocery stores in West Michigan area.
    I found it so sad that the majority comply. It’s not forced at this store, but those 10 percent that still aren’t wearing them appear to be rebels. Hahaha we nod at each other in silent solidarity.
    Social distancing doesn’t bother me even though it clearly has psychological consequences, but the masks are stupid.
    The way people wear them and the hundreds of kinds are obvious indications there’s no way to prove they benefit, even if they do.
    To think being a rebel means not wearing some stupid mask in public is fine by me. I never liked to follow the crowd and this one is a no brainer.
    PS: There are stores such as Target, Lowe’s, some small grocery that won’t allow you in without.
    I will never shop at all those stores again. Target was the store that was getting ready to install trans bathrooms and has sexually neutral toys so gee I wonder who they are pandering too?!

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    • paper doll says:

      Unfortunately where I am in Pa, every place that is open says ” no mask, no sevice”. However, few folks are wearing them on the street.

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    • Kerry Eubanks says:

      I live near a small town in south central Iowa. Last week, I went to a grocery store (a chain store here in Iowa) and maybe 60+% of customers were wearing masks even though it isn’t a requirement. I then went next door to a farm store… people preparing to garden, landscape, feed birds, etc. Folks ready to work outdoors. Less than 10% wearing masks. I was struck by the contrast.

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  14. otd says:

    well this seems to be timely


    How Hong Kong Protesters Evade Surveillance With Tech | WSJ

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  15. montanamel says:

    That is a FACT…. There are so dang more of US then there is of THEM….
    It just doesn’t make sense that they’d risk pissing us off…
    We got way, way, more guns and ammo…
    And – we are tricky like my “little friends” here….

    I’ll get me some….come the day….

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  16. Magabear says:

    A couple of gyms in Montgomery County PA are going to open tomorrow in defiance of our idiot Governor. Montco has a leftist zealot as head of the county commisioners, so this will be interesting to see how this goes.

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    • jrnthethird says:

      I believe there’s going to be a protest this Thursday in Montgomery County, at the courthouse in Norristown. I’ve considered going, but it’s over an hour away for me so not sure. My brother is is Columbia County. He said his county commissioners said if Wolf didn’t open their county by May 15, they were going to open it on their own. Well, looks like Wolf did move them into “yellow” . ( Although I’m not even sure what so good about that, since you still can’t eat in a restaurant or get your hair cut.)

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  17. Skeeball says:

    I was in Morro Bay, CA this weekend, things were bustling and many shops were open for business. The remarkable thing was that about 80% of the people out and about were without masks. Seems people are really hitting their limit with this overblown socialist virus hysteria.

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  18. The one world order crowd is stepping up the pace, and we may all be forced to accept an mRNA vaccine before being allowed to resume anything like a normal life. https://youtu.be/M7WE1-YmHYI sums it up pretty well, along with the technology developed a few months ago by MIT that would allow a person’s vaccine record to be stored in a pattern of special ink injected under their skin, readable by a smart phone app.

    Yes, there are more of us, but too many are still asleep, and others are either not being heard or are reluctant to speak out. This whole thing seems like science fiction to anyone who has not been following it. How do we spread the word without having them think we are crazy?

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  19. We all have a part to play in our own ways and lives. Let’s do what we can to start an uprising in the name of freedom.

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  20. Buddy511 says:

    Love Trump but IMHO it was him saying we’re making more masks available that was a bridge to far.Wearing masks has taken away our individual identities and forced us to submit, to buy necessities.Judging from TV and radio ads,even local businesses are all in and perpetuating this nonsense.

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    • darose5308 says:

      You ever see POTUS wearing a stinking mask?

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    • cattastrophe says:

      President Trump was told by people he depended on for information that hospital personnel working with COVID patients needed more masks. So he set about making that happen in whatever way he could. He never said everyone must wear a mask. Governors and others were the ones who insisted or even mandated people wear masks. I see no correlation between President Trump making masks available and the disputes that have followed about wearing masks.

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      • stella says:

        President Trump believes that wearing a mask should be an individual choice. I agree. I don’t see why I should be critical of someone who chooses to wear a mask any more than they should be critical of those who choose not to. That would make me a “Karen”, just like them.

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  21. Jenevive says:

    I have to say I am a bit surprise that Gov Lamont (CT) is keeping to
    the May 20th reopen date..He has always looked like a deer in the headlights
    and he is getting pressure to keep it closed.. 11 State Senators wrote
    a strongly worded letter that it is too soon to open..but he is on
    track for Wed opening..he is also getting pressure from business people
    to reopen..he still trashes Trump and wants a bail out but he does
    seem to be realizing we have to open at some point so he is starting
    on Wednesday.. and I think the beaches will be open for Memorial Day..

    And I was surprised to hear him say he can’t do like Cuomo and just
    open by counties..He knows and stated that we are too small of a state
    for that that we can drive from one end of state to the other in about
    and hour or two so people would drive to another county for whatever they
    wanted.. He was asked that question by a reporter.

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    • Don L says:

      I see Lamont is still keeping God on lock down. Not surprised, thought I await longingly for a bishop or two to cry out for their sheep to get feed.

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      • Beverly says:

        Well, the bishops have exposed themselves as faithless cowards. Most of the “big churchmen,” both Protestant and Catholic, and Orthodox as well, have said NOTHING in protest –even of Easter being forbidden.

        Jesus wept.

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  22. I thought I saw a link to an online petition somewhere in these comments, but when I went there, it had already been either removed or moved. Please read it and consider signing and sharing.
    https://lifepetitions.com/petition/no-mandatory-vaccine-for-covid-19

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  23. Don L says:

    Anyone who knows the Poles knows that they are a solid determined peoples who have been hardened by attacks, invasions and control from every historic element possible and yet, maintained their dignity and spirit. Perhaps it is their strong faith, but I see none of that solidarity strength here in America, sad to say. I wish it were otherwise.

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  24. This is just common sense that I’ve been saying for years against all government interference and dictates, ie, all unelected alphabet agency regulations.

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    • paper doll says:

      Indeed. “All the kings horses and all the king’s men…. Couldn’t put Humpty Dumpty back together again”

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  25. John Juan says:

    In my early culinary career, I worked for a chef that had escaped Poland in the early ’80’s because of his involvement with the Solidarity Movement. He was from Zweic, in southern Poland, close to the Czech and Austrian borders. The Chef was fortunate enough to have his own restaurant, not controlled by the state. His mom was a regional produce distribution manager, so that helped him in numerous ways; during major festivals, his restaurant never ran out of food or, especially, beer.
    As the Solidarity Movement was a country wide uprising, the Chef became involved, supporting however he could; sponsoring meetings in his restaurant, acquiring “things” for the movement. He dealt in numerous currencies, including dollars and Austrian schillings.
    Over time, the Chef became a a person of interest by the higher ups in the state police. The problem was the local cops, the ones designated to do the arresting, had grown up with the people in the local Solidarity Movement, The higher ups, realizing this problem, switched the police forces with other cities in Poland. Fortunately, the Chef was tipped off to this fact by, none other than, the cop sent to arrest him, a man the Chef had known from childhood whose family had moved to another city.
    Within hours, the Chef had to leave everything behind, including his wife and son. He first went to Vienna and applied for work and travel to the U.S. When he arrived in Houston, he spoke no English and had very little money. By the time I came to work for him in the mid ’90’s, his family had moved here and all had become U.S. citizens. The Chef NEVER had a bad word to say about this country. He was born a Pole, but became an American. A true picture of the American Dream

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    • Judith says:

      The United States of America has always been known as the last bastion of freedom in the world, the last refuge. Now, our patriots are being picked off, just like that chef in Poland. And our local stasi, with a YUGE assist by the Enemedia, are “grooming” citizens to harass those who refuse to tow the Globalist line.

      The whole divide in this country, between those who revere our President and those who revile him, stems from this error of collectivism. By the time people realize they’ve been “played” through social media algorithms that remove dissenting opinions, through decades of fake news propaganda and decades of educational “reconditioning,” their egos are too bruised to recover. They can never admit their gullibility because it means admitting that their entire world view is falling apart.

      I know so many people in this category. They cling to the belief that the movement to take out our President is a “righteous” one. The one notion they cannot possibly entertain, is that everything they were ever taught was a lie. That is much too scary for them to contemplate, so they desperately cling to their erroneous beliefs and make us Deplorables the outliers. This is their emotional safety net.

      I have to add that this “willful ignorance” can cut both ways. As we have seen with the Rinos and NeverTrumpers, the” right” has been spoonfed the same line of collectivist crap as the “left.” Too many have been slow to right their ships, as they navigate this uncharted territory tainted by UNiparty Globalism. They all fail to realize it’s beacon will lead them onto the shoals.

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      • cattastrophe says:

        Some of the defiance against truth is just stupidity. Not everyone is an intelligent person who has been brainwashed but doesn’t want to admit it.

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      • Beverly says:

        >> The one notion they cannot possibly entertain, is that everything they were ever taught was a lie. That is much too scary for them to contemplate, so they desperately cling to their erroneous beliefs and make us Deplorables the outliers. This is their emotional safety net. <<

        Exactly. Mark Twain said that it was easier to fool a man, than to get him to admit that he'd been fooled.

        I went through a similar "leaving the libs" process 20 years ago after the 9-11 attacks. I still remember the last step (took 3 years): listening for the first time to Rush Limbaugh, agreeing with everything he so reasonably said, and realizing the Left has lied about absolutely Everything. I felt sickened, and like a part of my life had died. Much like finding out that the spouse you thought loved you had been cheating on you since your engagement.

        Yes, it’s hard to do. Humans are social animals, and it’s actually painful to leave one herd and join another.

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  26. TRUTH says:

    The REAL question you should be addressing it, “WHERE IS BILL BARR”? He stated emphatically that the DOJ would be reprimanding and potentially prosecuting Governors and Mayors for overzealous and Un-Constitutional lockdown restrictions.

    The U.S. is NOT Poland 1981 – Donald Trump is President, not Gorbechev.

    What has Trump or the DOJ done to turn the tables on Fauci, Birx and Pence (“Anonymous”) per their hysterical projections?

    NOTHING!

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  27. ltravisjr says:

    I’m trying to imagine all the businesses in a lockdown state just opening up. Wouldn’t that income show up on their tax forms and be a way for the govt to identify them an masse, and then simply confiscate it as illegally earned? Its all electronic now so would that be feasible for them to do? Also, could they have the municipalities just pull licenses and then shut down the power and utilities to those businesses? It’s probably just a quick flip of the switch.

    I’m not trying to throw cold water. I just want to know of this noncompliance can truly achieve its aim without a commensurate government response, the next step which I fear would be either blood in the streets and/or the full militarized totalitarian state.

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  28. ltravisjr says:

    I’m trying to imagine all the businesses in a lockdown state just opening up. Wouldn’t that income show up on their tax forms and be a way for the govt to identify them an masse, and then simply confiscate it as illegally earned? Its all electronic now so would that be feasible for them to do? Also, could they have the municipalities just pull licenses and then shut down the power and utilities to those businesses? It’s probably just a quick flip of the switch.

    I’m not trying to throw cold water. I just want to know of this noncompliance can truly achieve its aim without a commensurate government response, the next step which I fear would be either blood in the streets and/or the full militarized totalitarian state.

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  29. I have been aware of the Democrat Governors and other’s attempts to use the pandemic as a sneaky way to manipulate us into accepting their direct infringements of our freedoms.

    But the reality of the seriousness of the Covid virus has been ever present in my mind. It is not a fake virus and it is still killing people.

    But now that some of the people who care primarily about protections from virus transmission are expressing frustrations at the people whose overriding concerns have been protecting our freedoms, I think the Freedom First patriots need to tell their Virus First neighbors that if the manipulative, power grabbing Leftists and Democrats in power had not tried to hijack our sovereignty, maybe there would be no Freedom First protests pushing back against the scoundrels in office who think they are the bosses of us.

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  30. Mcdreddish says:

    Refute!Rebuke!and Remand! All Evil!
    another lucid report, Sundance!

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  31. Sunday on CNN’s “State of the Union,” Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar said there has been no spike in coronavirus cases in the states that are reopening.

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  32. Regarding all the trillions being spent on this self inflicted wound, I have a few concerns I’d like to share:
    1> When’s the last time they fought about raising the debt ceiling?
    2> With a bank account that has infinite overdraft protection, where does this end?
    3> Why do we even bother to pay taxes?

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    • testpointwp says:

      Under the current monetary theory, if the government could somehow manage to squeak by on a mere 3 trillion a year, we could eliminate the IRS and all federal taxes and just print the money. Granted that sounds and is ridiculous. But who could have imagined just three months ago that the sacrosanct date of April 15th could just be swept aside?

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  33. minnesotamike55 says:

    Even if cases spike and more people get sick and die after reopening, there will still be half of America that doesn’t want politicians “keeping us safe”. Freedom is the best safety we could have. The people will do what is necessary without some scream at the sky liberal telling us what to do.

    The very simple transparency of telling us how many cases and deaths in our towns and cities will enable citizens to make informed choices about any virus, natural disaster, or economic problem. But, I can’t get anyone in MN to tell me what the situation is in my 5th largest city in the state. They claim that county numbers are all they will give out due to “privacy issues” BS!

    I believe most people with common sense would alter their behavior appropriately if they knew exactly what the situation was. You think the lefties want us all to stop driving and use public transportation “for our safety”. That will be next.

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    • Beverly says:

      Goolag is all over that, with their NOTautonomous cars.

      Here’s a sobering statistic: For every 1% increase in unemployment in America, there are excess deaths of 37,000 people. We’re up 12% so far (and climbing!) which means 444,000 extra deaths caused by the LOCKDOWN.

      So far, this LOCKDOWN will have killed off four hundred and forty-four thousand souls. The Kung Flu? less than ONE TENTH as many.

      So let’s all ignore the gargantuan, vast death toll caused by the lockdown, and only obsessively focus on the grossly inflated, dishonest CV death toll.

      Any politician or citizen wanting to fight the “Safety Over Freedom” loons should wield this statistic like a baseball bat.

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  34. MfM says:

    Wolf in PA pretty much has no plan and is running this by the seat of his pants.

    It’s political, not science driven. He doesn’t want to give in, and the Republicans are too GOPe to really do anything. Some Counties stood up to Wolf and Dr. Levine, and have gone to ‘yellow’ without permission, other counties backed down when threatened.

    I know a lot of very depressed people, and others who are thrilled at the lockdown because they have $$$ coming in and think of themselves as safe. They run around in their masks, like they are some sort of talisman that will 100% protect them from the virus.

    Wolf and Dr. Levine have jumped the shark, but I don’t see either of them backing down and moving forward. We are in much better shape than NY, NJ, Conn, or Mass. and those States, while still rightly controled are getting better treatment.

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  35. I no longer have a Disqus but MickeyD69 has a lot to say and the experience to say it.
    I wish he participated here.

    MickeyD69 Chico • 17 hours ago

    My good friend; I hope you’re right! We need to be ready for almost anything. When the rule of law goes, it’s all over; and most Americans no longer believe in American Justice. I’ve seen too much in my 73 years to discount what’s happening; and I’ve managed to experience way more history than I ever expected; from the November night the Wall came down, my “exciting” sojourn through Southeast Asia, to terrifying assignments in the Middle East and the old “Eastern Bloc”.

    Chico • 17 hours ago

    You need to share more of your first hand observations of third world banana republics lest the readers choose to believe people warning them that it can and very well may happen here are just screaming “the sky is falling.”

    MickeyD69 Chico • 10 hours ago

    I spent lots of time in the old Soviet Union and the Eastern Bloc of captive satellite states. The sarcastic motto going around… only to those who were completely trustworthy… was that: “We pretend to work and they pretend to pay us.” There was NEVER any consumer goods on the shelves in the State Stores; but those in favor with the government could get access to the “Dollar” stores where they could get Western consumer goods; but only if they somehow got their hands on dollars since the local currency, kopeks, rubles, zlotys, etc… were essentially worthless.

    EVERYBODY was terrified of the secret police which paid more than 10% of the population to rat out their fellow citizens; and surveillance was EVERYWHERE… just like the Demo-commies are doing everywhere they can… Check out what the Blue State Governors are doing. In New York, They’re literally getting away with murder of the elderly and the unborn and just born. IT IS HAPPENING HERE. Our government bureaucracy is spying on all of us and, believe me… most of us are appearing on secret lists within the government and their hifi-tech accomplices. We can’t congregate. We can’t worship. We can’t travel. What is different from what I witnessed in the Soviet Union and their puppet states?

    THE TREASONOUS DEMOCRATS are working hard to subugate us and crush our constitutional rights… as they’re doing RIGHT NOW. Our Nation and we AMERICANS ARE being SYSTEMATICALLY destroyed by the TREASONOUS TRIAD and it has been part of their plan to subjugate, quiet us, and then crush us. The UNITED STATES OF AMERICA is on the very edge of the precipice and we’re already being pushed over the cliff by the CRIMINALS: PELOSI, CLINTON and the rest of the Criminal Mob.

    If the GOP had ANY gonads, they would start a deadly nasty national campaign with the theme: DEMOCRATS ARE COMMUNISTS. Democrats elected to ANY office in America, State, National, or Local are pawns of Obama and Pelosi and the rest of the criminal element. Democrats are Communists just waiting to throw off their veil and proclaim the United Socialist States of America, the U.S.S.A. Democrats gleefully murder babies and the elderly, as they so clearly proved in the Blue States they control. DEMOCRATS ARE EVIL AND STUPID; no exceptions! ANY vote for a Democrat for ANY election in the Country is directly benefitting the criminal objectives of Nancy Polousey, GoNadler, Schitt, and, the man behind ALL of it: Barry “Traitor” Soetero, AKA B. Hussain Obama; the worst criminal mastermind in American History. Does the American electorate have the stones to throw the criminals out; charge them for their thousands of crimes, see them tried, convicted, and hung from the gallows. This is NOT some poly sci exercise in high school or college; this situation is the fight for the life of our great Nation. Do you want to look in the mirror and see a coward who was too lazy to save our great Nation. LIVE FREE OR DIE. Those words mean something.

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  36. Highlander says:

    When we were first locked down, my wife asked me how long I thought it would be. I told her the people would ultimately make that decision. It wasn’t a difficult conclusion to come to, we are, after all, Americans.

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  37. cja says:

    There was quite a group of freedom loving protesters in Swampscott, Massachusetts- near Charlie Baker’s house over the weekend.
    (Personally- I was getting ready to put up Braveheart Freedom Posters)

    A few protests later and Voila!!
    Today he is letting us partially open, which is one day sooner than the day he suggested it might happen

    I wish there was a way to link in FB photos but Anything Marblehead FB has some great shots by Fred Marco. Very inspiring!!

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  38. Jenevive says:

    Wow our Governor…CT is set to open Wednesday he announced
    that hair salon and barbershops would open with guideline…many have
    book appointments got their shops ready.. TODAY he announce opps my bad
    now they won;t open till sometime early June… This is in consultation with
    RI Gov and some shop owner who weren;t comfortable with the idea.. SO
    he says….wow 2 days before and they spent time getting ready then
    last minute… NOPE sorry no can do..?

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  39. Linda Camp says:

    What I don’t understand is why protesters don’t gear up and arm themselves with the same gear the police don. Do you think you can beat someone who is totally geared up and armed if you have nothing to fight with? What kind of foolish protester thinks s/he can win such a confrontation? Idiots!

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  40. warrprin1 says:

    The name of the PA State House Representative who is filing charges for the Impeachment of PA Governor Wolf is Representative Daryl Metcalfe. He represents Butler County area, and maintains his local office in Cranberry Township, west of Pittsburg.

    The Impeachment attempt was to have begun today. I wrote to Rep. Metcalfe yesterday and sent him some info from my own County.

    For weeks during this Lock-Down I thought that Wolf was rudderless too. But I will re-post something that was posted early last evening on this very thread. It makes sense of the bizarre behavior of the Blue Governors like Wolf, and it explains the change in Fauci’s attitude toward the wearing of masks.

    Remember Fauci’s original counsel? Masks are worthless and will not protect anyone from the microscopic virus critters. Then, two or three weeks ago, he made a sudden and 180 degree “corrected” pronouncement, and told us everyone must wear masks 24/7. I believe that was about the time that Herself, Nazi Nancy, took command of the entire Dem strategy in the Blue States. This convinces me that Fauci, even if he “stood on science” in the earlier weeks, he has thrown in with Herself’s project. Here it is. Pay particular attention to the 2nd half of the piece. Isn’t this a violation of each Governor’s Oath to the United States Constitution?

    Posted on CTH, May 17, 2020
    Proletariat. Simple Man in Jesus Christ
    @Proletariot1

    Spoke with a friend of mine who works in DC. He is sick to
    his stomach everyday he goes to work. He said democrat
    congress members are literally giddy with the results the
    virus is having on the economy. They eagerly compare
    unemployment and market numbers every morning in the
    halls, offices and over phone conferences, laughing and
    mocking Trump as they watch the economy he built
    crumble. They are actually excited about what the virus is
    doing to America during an election year and the
    opportunities it presents to go after Trump. He said that
    their intention is to drag the shutdown out as long as
    possible in order to crash the economy (Trumps strength)
    right before the election to make Trump look bad. He said
    Pelosi is ordering/threatening democratic state governors
    to keep their states shutdown as long as possible assuring
    them they will be rewarded when they take the Senate and
    White House.
    All at the expense of America.
    This isn’t rumor or opinion; this is happening.

    558 7:00 PM – May 17, 2020

    Editorial Note:
    This was posted on CTH, 5/17/20, in relation to a tweet by Sidney Powell (General Flynn’s atty) @greggjarrett.com, and in concert with Sidney’s “Open-letter to former President Barack Obama

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    • warrprin1 says:

      The summary by Proletariat explain precisely what is driving PA Governor Wolf, and all the other Blue State Governors as well. I have been blinded by the mental images of these Govs colluding with each other to keep their States in Lock-Down.

      It is bigger than than the Govs working together, against us. Herself is running the show.

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  41. Roy_Batty says:

    What a time to be alive/

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  42. 2 smartform libs says:

    Your government healthcare in action.

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  43. I was following those events in Poland at the time also.
    As I remember it, the deciding factor that changed everything was when the Police/Military would not co-operate to enforce the shut-downs. What followed was then a ground-swell of more Public civil-disobedience. I certainly hope the police here will eventually act the same. I’m waiting /-:

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  44. Nothing is riskier these days than being an American patriot working in the Trump administration. If you don’t think so watch, KT McFarland explain how FBI repeatedly tried to ‘trap’ her on perjury charge. It is in the Crawler at Whatfinger News. Everyone should watch this short video clip, take notes and immediately, when approached by law enforcement, ask for a lawyer. That will stop the questioning and you will have a chance to eat your meals at home.

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  45. The love of many will grow cold.

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  46. testpointwp says:

    An axiom of the human condition is that fear lies in the future and regret lies in the past.

    Federal, state and local governments have proven adept at instilling fear. However, as time goes on, regrets will mount. Graduations, weddings, sports, travel, job opportunities and a thousand more once-in-a-life-time experiences gone forever. Cumulative regret will continue to grow while fear dissipates.

    When the balance tips, the tyrants will lose their power.

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  47. ImpeachEmAll says:

    Just say’n… 😉

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  48. ImpeachEmAll says:

    Have we failed the Beta Test?

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  49. ImpeachEmAll says:

    Just say’n… 😉

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  50. AZfederalist says:

    I liken this to the 55 MPH speed limit. It failed as well, one reason being that nobody obeyed it because it was, frankly, stupid.

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