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Our Dire Future Under Biden By Larry Alexander We are living in what seem to me to be terribly fraught times, times that are even more worrisome than those at the height of Cold War tensions, when we schoolchildren were drilled on what to do in case of a nuclear attack--an attack that was in fact highly unlikely to occur. Why do I say this? What are these overweening concerns? Many relate to government policies. The Biden administration seems hell bent on reversing every Trump administration policy, even those policies that were quite successful. On illegal immigration, which the Trump team managed to reduce significantly, team Biden seeks to make illegal entry easier and its legal consequences less of a deterrent. This will almost assuredly result in a significant influx of the unskilled, themselves infiltrated by gang members, cartel mules, parentless children, and perhaps even foreign terrorists. Where the Trump administration managed to achieve energy independence, team Biden has now halted drilling on federal lands and offshore and has killed the Keystone pipeline -- which won’t reduce the supply of oil coming into the U.S. but will require it to be transported via carbon-emitting trucks and trains. Insane! With respect to the climate, which saw carbon emissions decrease during the Trump years, team Biden has rejoined the Paris accord, which will have no effect on the world’s major polluters but will impose needless costs on Americans. (And why, if team Biden is really concerned with greenhouse gases, does it not push for nuclear power, which is clean and less an eyesore than wind farms and acres of solar panels?) The Trump administration pre-pandemic engineered a very good economy with spectacularly low unemployment rates and widespread increases of incomes. It did so with a combination of deregulation and lower taxes. Team Biden appears to favor a large influx of foreign unskilled labor, a more than doubling of the minimum wage, the elimination of energy sector jobs, higher taxes, and more regulation. This is a witches’ brew of anti-employment, anti-growth policies. Violent crime is spiking in every major city controlled by Democrats, surely fueled by Democrats’ attacks on the police -- attacks belied by the statistics -- and by their turning a blind eye to the true natures of Black Lives Matter and Antifa. Will things change now that a Democrat is in the White House? So far, Democrats seem to be strong supporters of law and order only when Republicans are the miscreants. In terms of foreign policy, the Trump administration pushed back hard against our major geopolitical adversary, the People’s Republic of China -- its theft of intellectual property, its currency manipulation, its militarism, and its attack on Hong Kong’s autonomy. Given the Biden family’s financial ties to the PRC as well as the dependence of many of Biden’s corporate supporters on doing business in the PRC, can we expect the same of team Biden? Will team Biden be as supportive of Israel and its better relations with its Sunni Arab neighbors as was the Trump administration? Or will it prefer to make concessions to their enemy, Iran? It looks like the latter. And will team Biden, like the Trump administration, put a premium on military readiness, or will it see the military as an arena for woke social engineering rather than as an institution whose sole mission is to defeat adversaries? There are disturbing signs that team Biden will sacrifice having the best fighting force in order to have the most politically correct one. On the cultural front, if it’s possible, things look even more dire. Team Biden is driving a stake through the heart of women’s athletics, as well as ignoring natural concerns for modesty, by opening women’s sports teams and their locker rooms to biological males. Where the Trump administration brought due process to campus disciplinary proceedings, team Biden seeks to restore the procedural inadequacies of the Obama era. And where the Trump administration supported school choice, team Biden seeks to do the bidding of the teachers union, which opposes any means for escaping the failing public schools, and which, contrary to the scientific consensus, opposed, and still opposes, opening schools during the pandemic. Team Biden, in opposition to the Trump administration’s position, seeks to re-impose mandatory “diversity training” on federal employees, which frequently amounts to indoctrination in the grotesque racism of “critical race theory.” So, this is why I contemplate the coming Biden years with great anxiety. So those are the reasons I find the current times more troubling than any I have lived through. Those reasons consist of the things team Biden has done or will do, and the things that team Biden should do but won’t. Until law and order, both in our cities and at the border, is highly prized; until the military is de-politicized; until jobs are a legislative priority; until differing opinions are not censored and their advocates not de-platformed or fired; and until the quintessential bourgeois values of two parents for children, education, and hard work are widely esteemed, I will fear for my country and the fate of my children and grandchildren. In some ways, given the very remote possibility that the Soviets would have launched a nuclear strike, and the far greater possibility that we are witnessing a national descent into a poisonous and dysfunctional future, I’d prefer to have to get under my school desk. --Our Dire Future Under Biden - American Thinker --https://www.americanthinker.com/articles/2021/02/our_dire_future_under_biden.html -RETRIEVED-Sat Feb 20 2021 17:29:55 GMT+0100 (Central European Standard Time)
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Mathematics Is Now A Racist Equation: White Privilege vs Black Privilege By Frosty Wooldridge As a former math-science teacher, it perked my ears to hear that the term “mathematics” is America’s newest ‘racist’ equation. In other words, some pretty higher-ups have equated excellence in math to racism. From Euclidian geometry to Newton’s calculus, we now find that such intellectual practices are now regarded as racist in America. “Euclidean geometry is a mathematical system attributed to Alexandrian Greek mathematician Euclid, which he described in his textbook on geometry: the Elements. Euclid’s method consists in assuming a small set of intuitively appealing axioms, and deducing many other propositions (theorems) from these.” In no portion of that definition will you see anything about race, creed, color, gender or ethnic group. It’s all about your mind. The last I checked, every race of humanoid on this planet possesses an intellect to varying degrees. Some folks enjoy high IQ’s like Einstein and others enjoy low IQ’s like a rabbit. The rest of us are in-between. Newton’s calculus: “Modern calculus was developed in 17th-century Europe by Isaac Newton and Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz (independently of each other, first publishing around the same time) but elements of it appeared in ancient Greece, then in China and the Middle East, and still later again in medieval Europe and in India.” At no time in history has any mathematical equation or scientific understanding been termed “racist”, until 2021. Mathematics and science do not succeed or fail depending on a person’s race. A person either enjoys the intellect to perform the equations or understand the science—and use it to build a civilization—or they don’t. For greater understanding, some brilliant mathematical Black geniuses performed equations that got Neil Armstrong to the moon. Black PhD’s abound in mathematics and sciences at colleges all over the world. Are they racists? If we allow our civilization to degrade educational standards to create that mythical ‘equity’ so as to pretend to equalize all human beings intellectually within America, we will degrade our society to that of Africa, India or even Mexico. The lower you drop standards of excellence in education, the faster you degrade your entire society. It’s been happening since the 1970’s when students didn’t do the work, but were given a passing grade. As they hit the job market, they couldn’t do the work, so entire businesses failed. Or, someone who did do the work had to cover for the ones who polished their nails in class or drank and smoked in the parking lot. Then, the government instigated “affirmative action” jobs and college diplomas, so much so, many graduates of some colleges couldn’t not read, write or perform simple mathematical problems. If we allow students to do nothing, to earn nothing, and to not perform—we set them up for lives of frustration, failure and non-participation. That’s what creates poverty, illiteracy and welfare in America or any country. After the 55th Super Bowl, Tom Brady was dubbed, “The height of white privilege.” That statement negated his 30 years of dedication to his chosen profession. Does that mean other Black quarterbacks who own Super Bowl rings are, “The height of Black privilege”? How can you degrade someone for their race like that? What does that make Kansas City Chiefs’ quarterback Patrick Mahomes who is half white and half black? Do you degrade his mother for being White, but celebrate his father who is Black? Is Mahomes the “height of black and white privilege”? In this country, every race, color and ethnic group enjoys the highest standard of living in the world. Each young citizen enjoys K through 12 educational opportunities, more so than anyone in Africa, Mexico, India and much of the third world. What you do with those opportunities remains up to you. If you fail to study, you will flunk out. You could become semi-illiterate and at the bottom rung of the job market. If you don’t eat correctly, you become mal-nourished and obese, which has happened to millions of young Americans of every race. If you fail to live a moral and ethical life, you will find yourself in the dregs, homeless or in prison, i.e., George Floyd and others like him. It’s all up to you. It’s individual choices. You can be responsible or irresponsible and the results will come back to sit on your shoulders. Mathematics cannot be ‘racist’, and science cannot be ‘racist’. However, if you fail to study, if you fail to show up to class, if you fail to do your homework…ultimately you will fail at math and science. You choose to fail at life. That’s a personal choice that has to do with you no matter what your color. Is there “White privilege”? “Black privilege”? Ask Tom Brady how hard he worked. Ask LeBron James how hard he worked. In mathematics or science, it’s not about the color of your skin, it’s about the content of your work. How much are you willing to work toward your dreams here in America? As to what these videos report, do you want your children to face this kind of a future? If you don’t, it’s time to speak up across this great country of ours. This video graphically and dramatically illustrates America’s immigration-population crisis as well as the world’s. I wrote it and narrated it. Tim Walters of Cleveland, Ohio directed and produced. Please forward it to all your friends, networks and beyond. Place it on FB, Twitter, Linkedin, Parler and more. Just click the link below to see the video. Immigration, Overpopulation, Resources, Civilization by Frosty Wooldridge Share these videos all over America: “In a five minute astoundingly simple yet brilliant video, Immigration, Poverty, and Gum Balls”, Roy Beck, director of www.numbersusa.ORG, graphically illustrates the impact of overpopulation. Take five minutes to see for yourself: “Immigration by the numbers—off the chart” by Roy Beck This 10-minute demonstration shows Americans the results of unending mass immigration on the quality of life and sustainability for future generations: in a few words, “Mind boggling! --Mathematics Is Now A Racist Equation: White Privilege vs Black Privilege – News With Views --https://newswithviews.com/mathematics-is-now-a-racist-equation-white-privilege-vs-black-privilege/ -RETRIEVED-Fri Feb 19 2021 21:23:05 GMT+0100 (Central European Standard Time)

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Suddenly, It's All a Conspiracy Theory By Jeffrey Folks Gov. Cuomo continues to insist that nursing home–related charges against him are a "conspiracy theory." Cuomo is referring to suggestions that thousands of seniors may have died as a result of his actions and that he and others working under him undercounted and covered up those deaths. Liberals now use the phrase "conspiracy theory" to respond to any sort of criticism. But what exactly does Gov. Cuomo mean by "conspiracy theory"? What is the "theory," and who are the "conspirators"? Is it a "theory" to say the governor ordered nursing home patients with COVID-19 into nursing homes, where they might infect other patients? Is it mere theory to point out that Cuomo's administration underreported the number of deaths from COVID-19 among nursing home patients? Is it theory to say Cuomo failed to respond to New York representatives' request for information concerning nursing home deaths? And who are the conspirators? According to Cuomo's aide, Melissa DeRosa, information was withheld because Cuomo and DeRosa feared that "it was going to be used against us," presumably by Republicans and specifically by the Trump DOJ. Yet now there are several ongoing investigations into Cuomo's actions by Democrats, including the Biden DOJ. Does the governor consider these investigations by members of his own party a conspiracy? The governor also blames the ongoing DOJ investigations for his apparent failure to provide nursing home data to members of the New York Assembly and Senate, and he claims he made this reason known to the Assembly and Senate. According to reports, several state senators claim that that was not the case. Is the governor lying, or are New York assemblymen and senators wrong? Cuomo uses the words "conspiracy" and "conspiracy theory" as if this were a fair rebuttal to every charge brought against him. As the facts become clear, it seems there is not much that is theoretical about this case. According to numerous independent reports, it seems that Cuomo did send infected patients back to New York nursing homes, did undercount the number of deaths, did attempt to cover up his actions, and did fail to properly inform the state Legislature of the true nature and motive of his actions. The truth is that labelling an attack a "conspiracy theory" is usually just an attempt to deflect criticism. It's like yelling, "You don't know what you're talking about!," "You're an idiot," or "You're a racist." None of those responses answers the question posed. Likewise, "conspiracy theory" doesn't answer the question of why a governor might order infected patients to be sent into nursing homes, why he might slow-walk or underreport data, and why he might fail to respond to requests for information from his own Legislature and then appear to fabricate an excuse. Did thousands of elderly persons die a terrifying death, alone and separated from their families, and did Cuomo attempt to cover up the extent of it? If these things happened, then charges against Gov. Cuomo are not a conspiracy theory, which by definition is a "false belief in a secret force influencing events." Nothing "false" about it. Cuomo's aide now suggests that they "froze" because President Trump was going after them — so it's Trump's fault or the fault of the "toxic situation" created by Trump? What they've just admitted to is withholding data on the most important of Cuomo's mistakes because they were afraid it would be used against them. To me, that sounds like admission of a cover-up. But for a liberal, any charge against them is a conspiracy theory. A more serious question is whether Gov. Cuomo ordered the return of infected patients to nursing homes rather than sending them to the USNS Comfort so as to deny President Trump a "victory" in dealing with the pandemic. That ship had been refitted and sent to New York in record time — a major accomplishment by the president. Did that fact enter into Cuomo's calculation to send infected seniors to nursing homes rather than to a specialized onboard treatment center? If so, that would be more serious than anything now alleged against the governor. Gov. Cuomo, by the way, isn't the only liberal Democrat who's been tossing around the "conspiracy theory" argument. At a critical moment in late October, as reports of wrongdoing swirled around Hunter Biden, these reports were labeled right-wing "conspiracy theories" by the mainstream media, and social media were scrubbed of these so-called theories. Little was ever done to rebut the allegations themselves, which appear to center on Hunter Biden's tax affairs, according to a Dec. 9 report. According to Fox News, Biden is the subject or target of a grand jury investigation. So is this grand jury investigation also a conspiracy theory? There is no end to what liberals will label a conspiracy theory. Sen. Schumer hasn't been shy about labeling his opponents "conspiracy theorists." Back in May, Schumer attacked Republicans for promoting "conspiracy theories" concerning a member of Biden's "family." Would that be the same family member who is now the subject and target of a grand jury investigation? Got questions about President Biden's mental health? It's all "Russian disinformation." Questions about corruption on the part of Joe Biden — another conspiracy theory. Labeling your opponent as a conspiracy theorist is really just a form of stonewalling — something liberals have always been good at. Whether it's "the science is settled" (when it isn't) or blaming one's withholding information on a "toxic political situation," it comes down to a refusal to engage in rational debate. Rational debate is not something liberals have been willing to engage in lately — they'd rather engage in name-calling, concealing information, stuffing ballots in the dead of night, and all manner of deceit. When every criticism is labeled a conspiracy theory, it's obvious there is something to hide. The coming weeks in Albany, and Washington, may reveal exactly what that is. Jeffrey Folks is the author of many books and articles on American culture including Heartland of the Imagination (2011). --Suddenly, It's All a Conspiracy Theory - American Thinker --https://www.americanthinker.com/articles/2021/02/suddenly_its_all_a_conspiracy_theory.html -RETRIEVED-Sun Feb 21 2021 06:23:27 GMT+0100 (Central European Standard Time)
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Our Dire Future Under Biden By Larry Alexander We are living in what seem to me to be terribly fraught times, times that are even more worrisome than those at the height of Cold War tensions, when we schoolchildren were drilled on what to do in case of a nuclear attack--an attack that was in fact highly unlikely to occur. Why do I say this? What are these overweening concerns? Many relate to government policies. The Biden administration seems hell bent on reversing every Trump administration policy, even those policies that were quite successful. On illegal immigration, which the Trump team managed to reduce significantly, team Biden seeks to make illegal entry easier and its legal consequences less of a deterrent. This will almost assuredly result in a significant influx of the unskilled, themselves infiltrated by gang members, cartel mules, parentless children, and perhaps even foreign terrorists. Where the Trump administration managed to achieve energy independence, team Biden has now halted drilling on federal lands and offshore and has killed the Keystone pipeline -- which won’t reduce the supply of oil coming into the U.S. but will require it to be transported via carbon-emitting trucks and trains. Insane! With respect to the climate, which saw carbon emissions decrease during the Trump years, team Biden has rejoined the Paris accord, which will have no effect on the world’s major polluters but will impose needless costs on Americans. (And why, if team Biden is really concerned with greenhouse gases, does it not push for nuclear power, which is clean and less an eyesore than wind farms and acres of solar panels?) The Trump administration pre-pandemic engineered a very good economy with spectacularly low unemployment rates and widespread increases of incomes. It did so with a combination of deregulation and lower taxes. Team Biden appears to favor a large influx of foreign unskilled labor, a more than doubling of the minimum wage, the elimination of energy sector jobs, higher taxes, and more regulation. This is a witches’ brew of anti-employment, anti-growth policies. Violent crime is spiking in every major city controlled by Democrats, surely fueled by Democrats’ attacks on the police -- attacks belied by the statistics -- and by their turning a blind eye to the true natures of Black Lives Matter and Antifa. Will things change now that a Democrat is in the White House? So far, Democrats seem to be strong supporters of law and order only when Republicans are the miscreants. In terms of foreign policy, the Trump administration pushed back hard against our major geopolitical adversary, the People’s Republic of China -- its theft of intellectual property, its currency manipulation, its militarism, and its attack on Hong Kong’s autonomy. Given the Biden family’s financial ties to the PRC as well as the dependence of many of Biden’s corporate supporters on doing business in the PRC, can we expect the same of team Biden? Will team Biden be as supportive of Israel and its better relations with its Sunni Arab neighbors as was the Trump administration? Or will it prefer to make concessions to their enemy, Iran? It looks like the latter. And will team Biden, like the Trump administration, put a premium on military readiness, or will it see the military as an arena for woke social engineering rather than as an institution whose sole mission is to defeat adversaries? There are disturbing signs that team Biden will sacrifice having the best fighting force in order to have the most politically correct one. On the cultural front, if it’s possible, things look even more dire. Team Biden is driving a stake through the heart of women’s athletics, as well as ignoring natural concerns for modesty, by opening women’s sports teams and their locker rooms to biological males. Where the Trump administration brought due process to campus disciplinary proceedings, team Biden seeks to restore the procedural inadequacies of the Obama era. And where the Trump administration supported school choice, team Biden seeks to do the bidding of the teachers union, which opposes any means for escaping the failing public schools, and which, contrary to the scientific consensus, opposed, and still opposes, opening schools during the pandemic. Team Biden, in opposition to the Trump administration’s position, seeks to re-impose mandatory “diversity training” on federal employees, which frequently amounts to indoctrination in the grotesque racism of “critical race theory.” So, this is why I contemplate the coming Biden years with great anxiety. So those are the reasons I find the current times more troubling than any I have lived through. Those reasons consist of the things team Biden has done or will do, and the things that team Biden should do but won’t. Until law and order, both in our cities and at the border, is highly prized; until the military is de-politicized; until jobs are a legislative priority; until differing opinions are not censored and their advocates not de-platformed or fired; and until the quintessential bourgeois values of two parents for children, education, and hard work are widely esteemed, I will fear for my country and the fate of my children and grandchildren. In some ways, given the very remote possibility that the Soviets would have launched a nuclear strike, and the far greater possibility that we are witnessing a national descent into a poisonous and dysfunctional future, I’d prefer to have to get under my school desk. --Our Dire Future Under Biden - American Thinker --https://www.americanthinker.com/articles/2021/02/our_dire_future_under_biden.html -RETRIEVED-Sat Feb 20 2021 17:29:55 GMT+0100 (Central European Standard Time)
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Mathematics Is Now A Racist Equation: White Privilege vs Black Privilege By Frosty Wooldridge As a former math-science teacher, it perked my ears to hear that the term “mathematics” is America’s newest ‘racist’ equation. In other words, some pretty higher-ups have equated excellence in math to racism. From Euclidian geometry to Newton’s calculus, we now find that such intellectual practices are now regarded as racist in America. “Euclidean geometry is a mathematical system attributed to Alexandrian Greek mathematician Euclid, which he described in his textbook on geometry: the Elements. Euclid’s method consists in assuming a small set of intuitively appealing axioms, and deducing many other propositions (theorems) from these.” In no portion of that definition will you see anything about race, creed, color, gender or ethnic group. It’s all about your mind. The last I checked, every race of humanoid on this planet possesses an intellect to varying degrees. Some folks enjoy high IQ’s like Einstein and others enjoy low IQ’s like a rabbit. The rest of us are in-between. Newton’s calculus: “Modern calculus was developed in 17th-century Europe by Isaac Newton and Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz (independently of each other, first publishing around the same time) but elements of it appeared in ancient Greece, then in China and the Middle East, and still later again in medieval Europe and in India.” At no time in history has any mathematical equation or scientific understanding been termed “racist”, until 2021. Mathematics and science do not succeed or fail depending on a person’s race. A person either enjoys the intellect to perform the equations or understand the science—and use it to build a civilization—or they don’t. For greater understanding, some brilliant mathematical Black geniuses performed equations that got Neil Armstrong to the moon. Black PhD’s abound in mathematics and sciences at colleges all over the world. Are they racists? If we allow our civilization to degrade educational standards to create that mythical ‘equity’ so as to pretend to equalize all human beings intellectually within America, we will degrade our society to that of Africa, India or even Mexico. The lower you drop standards of excellence in education, the faster you degrade your entire society. It’s been happening since the 1970’s when students didn’t do the work, but were given a passing grade. As they hit the job market, they couldn’t do the work, so entire businesses failed. Or, someone who did do the work had to cover for the ones who polished their nails in class or drank and smoked in the parking lot. Then, the government instigated “affirmative action” jobs and college diplomas, so much so, many graduates of some colleges couldn’t not read, write or perform simple mathematical problems. If we allow students to do nothing, to earn nothing, and to not perform—we set them up for lives of frustration, failure and non-participation. That’s what creates poverty, illiteracy and welfare in America or any country. After the 55th Super Bowl, Tom Brady was dubbed, “The height of white privilege.” That statement negated his 30 years of dedication to his chosen profession. Does that mean other Black quarterbacks who own Super Bowl rings are, “The height of Black privilege”? How can you degrade someone for their race like that? What does that make Kansas City Chiefs’ quarterback Patrick Mahomes who is half white and half black? Do you degrade his mother for being White, but celebrate his father who is Black? Is Mahomes the “height of black and white privilege”? In this country, every race, color and ethnic group enjoys the highest standard of living in the world. Each young citizen enjoys K through 12 educational opportunities, more so than anyone in Africa, Mexico, India and much of the third world. What you do with those opportunities remains up to you. If you fail to study, you will flunk out. You could become semi-illiterate and at the bottom rung of the job market. If you don’t eat correctly, you become mal-nourished and obese, which has happened to millions of young Americans of every race. If you fail to live a moral and ethical life, you will find yourself in the dregs, homeless or in prison, i.e., George Floyd and others like him. It’s all up to you. It’s individual choices. You can be responsible or irresponsible and the results will come back to sit on your shoulders. Mathematics cannot be ‘racist’, and science cannot be ‘racist’. However, if you fail to study, if you fail to show up to class, if you fail to do your homework…ultimately you will fail at math and science. You choose to fail at life. That’s a personal choice that has to do with you no matter what your color. Is there “White privilege”? “Black privilege”? Ask Tom Brady how hard he worked. Ask LeBron James how hard he worked. In mathematics or science, it’s not about the color of your skin, it’s about the content of your work. How much are you willing to work toward your dreams here in America? As to what these videos report, do you want your children to face this kind of a future? If you don’t, it’s time to speak up across this great country of ours. This video graphically and dramatically illustrates America’s immigration-population crisis as well as the world’s. I wrote it and narrated it. Tim Walters of Cleveland, Ohio directed and produced. Please forward it to all your friends, networks and beyond. Place it on FB, Twitter, Linkedin, Parler and more. Just click the link below to see the video. Immigration, Overpopulation, Resources, Civilization by Frosty Wooldridge Share these videos all over America: “In a five minute astoundingly simple yet brilliant video, Immigration, Poverty, and Gum Balls”, Roy Beck, director of www.numbersusa.ORG, graphically illustrates the impact of overpopulation. Take five minutes to see for yourself: “Immigration by the numbers—off the chart” by Roy Beck This 10-minute demonstration shows Americans the results of unending mass immigration on the quality of life and sustainability for future generations: in a few words, “Mind boggling! --Mathematics Is Now A Racist Equation: White Privilege vs Black Privilege – News With Views --https://newswithviews.com/mathematics-is-now-a-racist-equation-white-privilege-vs-black-privilege/ -RETRIEVED-Fri Feb 19 2021 21:23:05 GMT+0100 (Central European Standard Time)

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Suddenly, It's All a Conspiracy Theory By Jeffrey Folks Gov. Cuomo continues to insist that nursing home–related charges against him are a "conspiracy theory." Cuomo is referring to suggestions that thousands of seniors may have died as a result of his actions and that he and others working under him undercounted and covered up those deaths. Liberals now use the phrase "conspiracy theory" to respond to any sort of criticism. But what exactly does Gov. Cuomo mean by "conspiracy theory"? What is the "theory," and who are the "conspirators"? Is it a "theory" to say the governor ordered nursing home patients with COVID-19 into nursing homes, where they might infect other patients? Is it mere theory to point out that Cuomo's administration underreported the number of deaths from COVID-19 among nursing home patients? Is it theory to say Cuomo failed to respond to New York representatives' request for information concerning nursing home deaths? And who are the conspirators? According to Cuomo's aide, Melissa DeRosa, information was withheld because Cuomo and DeRosa feared that "it was going to be used against us," presumably by Republicans and specifically by the Trump DOJ. Yet now there are several ongoing investigations into Cuomo's actions by Democrats, including the Biden DOJ. Does the governor consider these investigations by members of his own party a conspiracy? The governor also blames the ongoing DOJ investigations for his apparent failure to provide nursing home data to members of the New York Assembly and Senate, and he claims he made this reason known to the Assembly and Senate. According to reports, several state senators claim that that was not the case. Is the governor lying, or are New York assemblymen and senators wrong? Cuomo uses the words "conspiracy" and "conspiracy theory" as if this were a fair rebuttal to every charge brought against him. As the facts become clear, it seems there is not much that is theoretical about this case. According to numerous independent reports, it seems that Cuomo did send infected patients back to New York nursing homes, did undercount the number of deaths, did attempt to cover up his actions, and did fail to properly inform the state Legislature of the true nature and motive of his actions. The truth is that labelling an attack a "conspiracy theory" is usually just an attempt to deflect criticism. It's like yelling, "You don't know what you're talking about!," "You're an idiot," or "You're a racist." None of those responses answers the question posed. Likewise, "conspiracy theory" doesn't answer the question of why a governor might order infected patients to be sent into nursing homes, why he might slow-walk or underreport data, and why he might fail to respond to requests for information from his own Legislature and then appear to fabricate an excuse. Did thousands of elderly persons die a terrifying death, alone and separated from their families, and did Cuomo attempt to cover up the extent of it? If these things happened, then charges against Gov. Cuomo are not a conspiracy theory, which by definition is a "false belief in a secret force influencing events." Nothing "false" about it. Cuomo's aide now suggests that they "froze" because President Trump was going after them — so it's Trump's fault or the fault of the "toxic situation" created by Trump? What they've just admitted to is withholding data on the most important of Cuomo's mistakes because they were afraid it would be used against them. To me, that sounds like admission of a cover-up. But for a liberal, any charge against them is a conspiracy theory. A more serious question is whether Gov. Cuomo ordered the return of infected patients to nursing homes rather than sending them to the USNS Comfort so as to deny President Trump a "victory" in dealing with the pandemic. That ship had been refitted and sent to New York in record time — a major accomplishment by the president. Did that fact enter into Cuomo's calculation to send infected seniors to nursing homes rather than to a specialized onboard treatment center? If so, that would be more serious than anything now alleged against the governor. Gov. Cuomo, by the way, isn't the only liberal Democrat who's been tossing around the "conspiracy theory" argument. At a critical moment in late October, as reports of wrongdoing swirled around Hunter Biden, these reports were labeled right-wing "conspiracy theories" by the mainstream media, and social media were scrubbed of these so-called theories. Little was ever done to rebut the allegations themselves, which appear to center on Hunter Biden's tax affairs, according to a Dec. 9 report. According to Fox News, Biden is the subject or target of a grand jury investigation. So is this grand jury investigation also a conspiracy theory? There is no end to what liberals will label a conspiracy theory. Sen. Schumer hasn't been shy about labeling his opponents "conspiracy theorists." Back in May, Schumer attacked Republicans for promoting "conspiracy theories" concerning a member of Biden's "family." Would that be the same family member who is now the subject and target of a grand jury investigation? Got questions about President Biden's mental health? It's all "Russian disinformation." Questions about corruption on the part of Joe Biden — another conspiracy theory. Labeling your opponent as a conspiracy theorist is really just a form of stonewalling — something liberals have always been good at. Whether it's "the science is settled" (when it isn't) or blaming one's withholding information on a "toxic political situation," it comes down to a refusal to engage in rational debate. Rational debate is not something liberals have been willing to engage in lately — they'd rather engage in name-calling, concealing information, stuffing ballots in the dead of night, and all manner of deceit. When every criticism is labeled a conspiracy theory, it's obvious there is something to hide. The coming weeks in Albany, and Washington, may reveal exactly what that is. Jeffrey Folks is the author of many books and articles on American culture including Heartland of the Imagination (2011). --Suddenly, It's All a Conspiracy Theory - American Thinker --https://www.americanthinker.com/articles/2021/02/suddenly_its_all_a_conspiracy_theory.html -RETRIEVED-Sun Feb 21 2021 06:23:27 GMT+0100 (Central European Standard Time)
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