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Bertolt Brecht was a German playwright who was forced to flee the Nazis. He grew up in the Weimar Republic and came to the United States, but was put on a black list by the House on American committee because he was very sympathetic to communism and the Soviets. He moved back to East Berlin after World War II. Later in life, it appears that he finally realized that communism wasn't what he thought it was. He wrote a poem called The Solution, it's very famous because of the ending.
"After the uprising of the 17th June, the Secretary of the Writers Union had leaflets distributed in the Stalinallee stating that the people had forfeited the confidence of the government and could win it back only by redoubled efforts. Would it not be easier in that case for the government to dissolve the people and elect another?"
This has become a rallying cry over years for people who realize that their governments and the elite hate them. The government would prefer to dissolve the people and elect another, as opposed to the people dissolving the government and electing another. A buddy of mine reminded me of this today with regards to a story out of Sarasota County, Florida.
"The Sarasota County School Board is sick and tired of hearing citizen complaints, so they banned criticism of individual board members during meetings. At a meeting last week, vice-chair woman Jane Goodwin, standing in for Chairwoman Shirley Brown who lost control of the meeting, directed police to remove citizens who criticized specific elected officials during the public comment period, according to the Sarasota Herald Tribune. 'This is not McCurdy's Comedy Club,' Goodwin told the Herald Tribune. 'This is a professional board meeting. It has to be tightened up in terms of what people are allowed to say."
That's Ben Montgomery writing at Axios.
This is not a good look. The board, according to one man, single-handedly activated and motivated every single mom, dad, and voter in the county based on their actions. This isn't just the Sarasota School Board, this is happening around the country in school boards, and it is not... contrary to what a lot of people in the media would have you believe... it's not just a bunch of conservatives protesting. These are parents across the political spectrum. It's liberal parents and conservative parents up in arms.
I was elected to a city council. It was the worst job I ever had. Part-time job, full-time work, and barely any pay. It was miserable. You know, the only thing worse than clients (I was a lawyer and I hated the clients and needed to leave law because I didn't like dealing with clients) are voters. Voters will come up to you in the grocery store when they forgot to roll their trash can down and demand that you send the trash truck back by their house. They will attack you, a member of the city council because they were too lazy or forgetful to roll their trash can down. No, I'm sorry. It doesn't work that way.
I'm somewhat flippant here. Look, it was an honor to get elected. I didn't really want to get elected. No one else wanted to run. No one ran against me, had someone else run I would have dropped out but nobody did. So I was there, I was there for three years of a four-year term. I had to leave early because I got a job in radio and I couldn't be on radio and on city council at the same time. So I left and I was glad to leave. I gave up a part-time job for a full-time gig on radio, this is now the longest job I've had.
But while I was there, there was public comment time and the public could comment before the city council met. It was not uncommon to get out at midnight if a bunch of people showed up. I was always consistently opposed to shutting down or regulating public comment time. Everyone had three minutes and you could say what you wanted for three minutes. Some members of the council wanted to reduce it to two minutes or a minute and thirty seconds or a minute. Some wanted to get rid of it altogether, some wanted to put it at the end. I was perfectly fine with leaving it as it was, three minutes, unlimited, come as you are. And if you wanted to berate us, go for it. Sometimes I was singled out, it's never fun.
Now I typically had my laptop there and I was working during public comment because honestly, it's public comment time. If you really want me to listen to you, you know how to reach out to me, I'm publicly accessible. Most of this was just performance and stuff, but it was their right and I think we had to let it happen. Even if I wanted to ignore them, they still got to be able to speak and it was streamed live on TV, insults and all.
What's happening now is that school boards around the country who have gone "woke", and are pushing critical theory are being called out by parents... it is being missed by so many people. It's not just conservative parents. The media is trying to dismiss it and the school boards are showing themselves to be very heavy-handed. This comes at a time that there are more and more efforts to go to homeschooling and private school. The amount of people supporting school choice is on the rise and the media is just oblivious to it. The media does not seem to care, and they're going to be made to care about all of these issues. They're going to be made to care for a couple of reasons.
Number one, the media and the Democrats who don't like this are going to have a reckoning with non-partisan school board races around the country when conservatives sweep into office. If you're interested in doing that, I want you to stick around for the next hour of the show (here’s the video) because I'm actually going to explain to you the general rules for getting yourself elected if you want to run for the school board. I used to do this for a living. More importantly, school boards themselves are discrediting themselves. But it's not just school boards, either. It's other governmental entities. They're discrediting themselves with the people and they're showing their utter contempt for the people.
We see this in the media with the unvaccinated. The number of people in the media and government who refuse to even entertain the idea that someone who had COVID doesn't need both rounds of the Moderna or Pfizer vaccine is absurd. In fact, Dr. Fauci on television didn't have an answer for why he wanted everybody to get them.
If you've had COVID, you may only need one shot. In fact, in Germany, Israel, and I think great Britain, if you've previously had COVID they tell you only take one shot. I've got a friend who took the first shot and had a miserable reaction to it because they'd previously had COVID. That is the norm if you’ve had COVID, the second round of the shot can make you kind of sick. The first round, if you've had COVID typically makes you sick.
The government doesn't want to talk to you about it. They want to bully you into getting the vaccine. They don't want to try to incentivize you to get in it. They want to bully you into getting it, and the media piles on every day. The last hour, talking about Nicki Minaj going after Joy Reid for attacking Nicki Minaj for spreading "disinformation about the vaccine." I mean, I think Nicki Minaj isn't that brightest of people, but Joy Reid coming after her... Joy Reid is an idiot.
The government would prefer to dissolve the people and elect another. We are on the verge of civil destruction in this country. When the media blasts small business owners who protest because they want to reopen their businesses, and claims that if they get COVID they need to not be on a ventilator, they need to get to the back of the line. But then praises the unmasked protestors after the George Floyd riots and claim your civil rights come before COVID. There's clearly a double standard and there's clearly one side that's held in contempt and not the other side It's the small business owners who keep our economy going.
When the media and the Democrats demand that we keep paying people money not to go back to work, it's the small businesses suffering and closing. Your favorite restaurant goes out of business, your favorite barbershop, your favorite small business can't stay in business because people aren't showing up to work and somehow it's the employers, not the employees who are to blame. That's not sustainable.
Where I live in Georgia there are two big counties and one is Republican-leaning Forsyth County, the other is trending Democrat, but they both embrace Critical Theory. Forsyth County had the audacity to change the name from critical theory to Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion. It's the same damn thing. But now they can say, "Well, we're not teaching critical theory. We're just teaching diversity equity inclusion. Who could be opposed to that?"
You're teaching critical theory and you just changed the name and you think we're too stupid to understand. I use them as an example because they're close to home, but this is happening across the nation. It's like with Common Core. With Common Core there was this situation where cities and states didn't abandon Common Core, they just changed the names and said, "Well, we're not teaching Common Core. We're teaching Constitutional Core, who could be opposed to that?" No, you idiots, we know what you're doing. You think we're too stupid to know.
It provokes civic discord. At some point, the elected officials of the country have to understand they are beholden to the voters and they have to stop patting them on the head and ignoring them. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez showed up at the Met Gala with the dress that says Tax the Rich. She was fawned over by everyone. It's like $30,000 to go to the Met Gala. It is the richest of the rich and they are behaving like Marxist caricatures of capitalists with Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez there, all fawning over her when she wants to take their money. She was the only honest person there.
People on the right are mocking her for going, but you know, this is a woman who really has the convictions of a communist. She's opposed to bringing back the SALT deduction. The SALT Deduction is the deduction for people who live in high-tax states like California and New York. Rich people who live in blue states are allowed to deduct their state and local taxes. SALT: State And Local Taxes.
The Republicans kept SALT at like $40,000. Alexandria Ocasio wants to get rid of the cap together and she wants to continue to tax. But the major progressive leaders in Congress, Nancy Pelosi, Chuck Schumer, and others want to bring back the unlimited SALT deduction. They're telling you they want to tax the rich while also giving the rich people in blue states a major exemption. They think you're too stupid to catch on.
At least AOC is honest. It was funny to see her, the commie, go to the Met Gala last night wearing a dress called Tax The Rich, and all the rich people are head patting her saying how sweet she is, how great she is, what an activist she is. When the revolution comes and they're against the wall, she'll be the one ordering "fire." She's a true believer. They're not. They're the characters of capitalists the Marxist knew that would undermine capitalism, hanging out with a real Marxist who really does want to take their money. The right was laughing at her. What the right should have been doing is laughing at the rich people who invited her because she's the one who's coming for them, and they're too stupid to realize it.
The elite in this country now live in bubbles. At the Met Gala last night, it was a bunch of well-to-do rich people not wearing masks. You, however, your kindergartner walking down the street in New York City better have a mask on or else, buddy, you're going to get child services after you.
In California, the whole impetus of the recall was Gavin Newsom forcing everyone to stay home while he was going out at night to fancy restaurants, forcing every kid in California to wear a mask while his kids were at a summer camp not wearing masks. It was a hypocritical double standard that people got upset about.
The elites in this country do not like you. It is more and more clear. They think you're the hicks and rubes who must be governed and are yet ungovernable. When the political elite and the media elite hold you in contempt when you hold the votes, things don't end well for them, or frankly for you, unless we again start showing each other some grace and respecting each other. But right now it looks like we're headed to a very bad place in this country because the government would prefer a different people, and the people certainly prefer a different government. All of this comes to a head in November of next year in the midterms.
What concerns me, Erick, is not a description of the problem. I think we all know what’s going on with the liberal left’s agenda. I’d like to know how to stop and reverse the momentum. With so many RHINOS in the GOP, it looks pretty hopeless to me. Especially when I look at the recent Georgia Senate and House races.
Being on the city council you learn that many of the public really are hicks and rubes. The odor of condescension was present in public schools the day they were established - part of their purpose was to inculcate a shared ethos. What changed is that our elites have lost all contact with the public and listen only to crazy radicals that took over academia. The only hope for change is a broad based boycott of institutions of higher learning