Our Country Club Conservatives Dodge Defending Liberty

Breitbart has an interesting interview with conservative Alabama Republican Cong. Mo Brooks. Brooks believes China Flu lockdown orders violate the Constitution. “As citizens start to wake up [regarding] the liberty and freedom that they’ve lost, coupled with the recognition that what state has done, or cities have done, are unconstitutional and illegal deprivations of life, liberty and property — that’s when I think you’re going to see the bell go off, …and people starting to figure out …we need to fight for our rights.”

Adam Zyglis The Buffalo News

Just keep in mind, you’ll be fighting alone.

In the past few weeks we’ve seen anti–lockdown protests in Michigan, New Jersey and Texas. The rallies have featured barbers, gym owners, hairdressers, nail technicians, restaurant owners, restaurant patrons, muscle heads, political activists, stay at home moms and various independent entrepreneurs.

What the protests haven’t had is a single conservative politician willing to risk arrest along with the voters. Politicians run on aggressive slogans like ‘Fighting for You!’ Yet when it comes time to fight, lead or even show up these worthies are suddenly MIA.

Let’s take Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick of Texas. Back in March he appeared on the Tucker Carlson Show and said WuFlu lockdowns are killing the economy. The 70–year–old Patrick said he’s willing to take his chances with the virus, because the economic meltdown is certain.

In May Patrick was offered the perfect opportunity to put his person where his mouth was when Dallas salon owner Shelley Luther opened her business in defiance of lockdown orders. Shelly was there. Customers were there. The media was there. Dan Patrick wasn’t there.

Luther refused to voluntarily re–enter government imposed bankruptcy and in a Boston Tea Party–like action, tore up a cease–and–desist order from county government. She was arrested and sentenced to a seven days in jail. Two hundred miles away Patrick offered to pay her fine and volunteered to serve the sentence in Luther’s place. (A ludicrous offer Patrick knew wouldn’t be entertained.)

How much difference would it have made if Patrick had been there in person with Shelley, letting his actions back up his words? What if Patrick had invited his 84,000 followers to join him at Luther’s business when it was still open?

Instead of a handful of rebellious conservatives complaining in a liberal (for Texas) city, it would have been an anti–lockdown statement with real political clout. The chances of an arrest then would have been vanishingly small because even the Flustapo can count.

A case could be made that Patrick didn’t want to get crosswise in Austin with Gov. Greg Abbott, a fellow Republican. That objection doesn’t apply to the congressional delegation in Washington. Luther’s business Zip Code includes two Republicans, “conservative stalwart” Rep. Van Taylor and Kenny Marchant.

Neither of these ‘conservative’ exemplars said so much as a single word regarding Luther’s arrest defending the constitutional rights they claim to support.

There was a similar situation in Owosso, Michigan when barber Karl Manke opened his shop in defiance of Gov. Gretchen ‘Half’ Whitmer’s erratic and punitive lockdown. She directed the Dept. of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs to jerk Manke’s license in response.

That launched Operation Haircut. Hundreds of Michigan residents converged on the capitol to protest. Barbers set up on the capitol grounds and gave haircuts.

Whitmer ordered the State Police to give their wallets a trim by issuing $500 disorderly conduct tickets.

Shelley Luther made the trip from Dallas to offer support for Manke and the other lockdown resistors. Notable by their absence were Republican Reps. John Moolenaar (Manke’s own congressman!), Jack Bergman, Bill Huizenga, Fred Upton, Tim Walberg and Paul Mitchell.

Maybe if Operation Haircut had passed the hat and offered to make a campaign contribution, one might have found time to support the rights of the voters that elected them.

In New Jersey, Ian Smith, owner of Atilis Gym in Bellmawr, was also on Tucker Carlson announcing he planned to open up, too. The first day police issued a disorderly conduct summons to the owner. Later a camera was placed in the parking lot and officers followed patrons home to issue citations. Finally, the Camden County Division of Environmental Health posted notices on the gym door ordering it closed.

With the exception of Carlson, no public figure supported Smith, although new Republican convert Cong. Jeff Van Drew, whose district is just south of the gym, sent a two–page letter to the governor. The other GOP Rep. Chris Smith did and said nothing.

And here is the lesson for conservative voters who value the constitutional rights that have been quarantined during the Flu Manchu Pandemic Panic.

When push comes to shove in the fight to defend the Constitution, the only people in the fight are going to be the people.

The politicians will be pacifists.

WuFlu Puts Jesus in Intensive Care

The most remarkable impact the Flu Manchu has on America is the sight of pastors waiting, like dogs anticipating a treat, until Caesar gives them permission to start rendering unto God.

Gary McCoy

You couldn’t have convinced me in March that Baptist preachers would cancel Easter Services. Easter is the central pivot of Christianity. Without the Resurrection, Christianity is pointless.  As Paul explains in 1 Corinthians 15:14, “And if Christ is not risen, then our preaching is empty and your faith is also empty.” The birth of Christ (Christmas) is only important because of Easter.

And Christian shepherds surrendered without so much as a whimper.

The 1st Amendment clearly states, “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof.” It’s as plain as day. Equally plain, “prohibiting the free exercise” is exactly what happened.

Call it a tale of two prohibitions.

When alcohol Prohibition began in 1920 a nationwide movement quickly started to manufacture and consume forbidden booze in spite of legal consequences for both buyer and seller.

In 2020 when the China Flu Church Prohibition began, pastors meekly submitted, along with their parishioners, in fear of the unconstitutional legal consequences.

Preachers were lambs when facing the secular authorities, but lions when facing criticism for doing nothing. Believers can’t possibly expect senior pastors to risk arrest or a negative news story just to hold worship services!

The situation is equivalent to the occasional media complaints from harried medical workers as they fight the Kung Flu. Sure, it’s tough, but isn’t this what they signed up for? The chance to make a difference in a real health emergency?

Or was their commitment only broken wrists and sprained ankles?

Christ died on the cross. Today His worship is prohibited and pastors in general haven’t even been willing to risk getting a visit from the Flustapo, much less make a personal sacrifice. Defender of the Faith evidently doesn’t include risking the wrath of the bureaucracy.

JustTheNews has covered Christian leaders who aren’t ready to rely on God for protection just yet, but might be willing to file a lawsuit. In Maine Calvary Chapel has gone to federal court. They hope to reopen for Mother’s Day — a Hallmark Holiday not found in the Bible — but missed Easter entirely.

Two Kansas churches got a judge’s permission to gather together. In California, Church United relied on a law firm to host a petition. Michigan churches are suing power-mad Gov. Greta — excuse me — Gretchen Whitmer. And Breitbart found 260 Massachusetts pastors ready to get tough. They sent a letter to the governor begging him to “recognize churches as ‘essential.’”

Why you can almost hear the skin being twisted as they wring their hands.

It’s simultaneously laughable and pathetic. This is what Christians get when they hire pastors based on compassion and not fire. The lawsuits may make the deacons who are also lawyers happy but it undermines the status of the church.

Lawsuits are defensive, deferential and submissive. Even when the church wins the suit — after months of empty pews — the victory still allows government to set the conditions for worship.

Christ is either King or He’s just another activist with an opinion.

Worship does set an example. Not worshiping shows the world church is secondary to secular control. Continuing to worship shows Christ is still in control of the believer’s world.

Some pastors know this.

In Chicago, Metro Praise International knows the stakes and has been demonstrating “passive resistance” to the state. The pastor doesn’t plan to sue, he plans to preach. GraceBuilt Church in Waynesboro, VA is finally defying Gov. Blackface Northam.

And Louisiana pastor Tony Spell preached last week with an ankle monitor on as he defied a judge’s order to stay home and stay silent.

That is what should’ve been done all along. Worship first then, if necessary, the courts to get the pastor and the parishioners out of jail.

Hold services with social distancing, sanitizer in the baptismal and individual Communion packets. Urge seniors and the vulnerable to stay home. Hold plenty of services each Sunday so everyone who wants to attend can social distance their way inside. For those that can’t, the staff can visit them personally and pray through the storm door during the week.

The important point is to demonstrate you believe Christ is important enough to worship regardless of Caesar.

Sure, some churches will flaunt the WuFlu rules — we’ll call them snake–handlers — but those congregations were probably dangerous before the epidemic.

Anything is better than what Believers have now. The Great Pandemic Panic is the biggest victory for the secular, Christianity–hostile left in decades. A victory facilitated by docile, fearful, spiritually–lacking pastors who sat passively while the powers and principalities that rule this earth convinced Christians that God and worship were non–essential.

Don’t Confuse US Women’s Soccer with the Facts

The US women’s national soccer team just scored a spectacular ‘own goal’ in California US District court. Their lawsuit, contending they were underpaid in comparison with the men’s team, was rejected in a summary judgement.

Dave Granlund

And without so much as a single dramatic courthouse steps news conference starring the purple–haired Norma Rae: Megan Rapinoe.

A dejected spokesperson for the team tweeted, “We are shocked and disappointed with today’s decision, but we will not give up working for two bites at the same apple. We are confident that with the right judge and a gullible jury, women’s soccer will be able to have our cake and eat it, too!”

Whoops! My mistake! That’s what she should have said. The real statement was,” …shocked and disappointed –therapeutic buzzwords – equal pay – wah, wa, wa – gender.”

The lawsuit, which has the strong support of feminists, leftists and sportswriters has been a lie from the beginning. Last September I wrote about the initial filing and the immediate support it gained from the Washington Post and various Hollywood hairdos.

Fact is the women’s soccer team is paid under the provisions of a contract the women negotiated with US Soccer and then approved by a majority vote. It wasn’t a document the overseer brought down from the massa and made the field women sign.

Their contract differs significantly from that of the men due to tradeoffs the women demanded.

In negotiating terms of employment there’s a tradeoff between risk and reward. The salesman who agrees to be compensated solely by commission has a much higher potential income than the worker who wants a set and regular salary.

The contract the women negotiated rewards the collective at the expense of the individual. During negotiations, the women were offered a contract that more closely matched the incentives in the men’s agreement and they turned it down. They preferred a sure thing even if upside potential was limited.

National Review explains the women wanted, “guaranteed contracts, injury protection; health, dental, and vision insurance; child-care assistance; severance pay; guaranteed rest time. In short: more security and more benefits” along with more guaranteed slots on the team. That is a low risk agreement.

The only item the women didn’t demand was a Teamster’s lapel pin.

The men’s contract was a high risk “pay to play” arrangement where “all the economic risk was borne by the players in exchange for more upside if the players made the team and the team was successful.”

The women had second thoughts about the men’s agreement after their championship season and realized ‘damn! If we’d taken that offer, with our record, we’d really be rich!’

(This is why gamblers – regardless of sex – aren’t allowed to bet after the dealer has revealed his cards.)

Sally Jenkins, who covers the estrogen beat for the WoePost sports page, was incensed last year when the women filed suit and now that the salary portion of the lawsuit has been dismissed she’s incandescent.

To Jenkins the “summary judgment” that was issued by the judge didn’t mean the unequal pay claim was “completely without merit.” Sally said it meant “Male Entitlement!” Jenkins didn’t have time for the facts last year and certainly doesn’t now.

Did Gloria Steinem consult an economist before she set fire to her drawers?

Jenkins is obsessed with the idea of equal–pay–for–equal–work. What she can’t grasp is that this isn’t about reporters in the WoePost bullpen. Women’s soccer and men’s soccer are completely different games. The men’s fan base is larger. Men’s soccer brings in more money and the TV audience is much larger.

As hapless as the US men’s team is on the world stage, and it’s pretty pitiful, if the men played the US women they would streamroller the women. The women couldn’t even beat a team of 15–year–old boys during an exhibition match in 2015, and that was a year when the women won the World Cup.

This is why even the most talented player in the Lingerie Football League makes a fraction of the salary of a player on the NFL’s worst Miami Dolphins.

And to prove this suit has the intellectual content of an argument with your ex–wife, NR points out, “The lowest-paid member of the women’s team made more money than the highest-paid member of the men’s team.”

The women negotiated their contract. They opted for security over reward. And now they want the courts to impose terms on US Soccer the team rejected during negotiations because, like women, they changed their collective mind.

What’s particularly ironic is, even though the lawsuit failed, the contract the oppressed members of Team Estrogen formerly agreed to is still paying them during the WuFlu lockdown. While the men haven’t seen one thin dime.

Leftists Pretending to Be Pro–Life

The WuFlu has been a godsend for the left. And I’m not talking about the startling discovery that 95 percent of the USA is willing to be confined to quarters solely on the basis of a computer model whose numbers are undergoing constant revision to repair past mistakes.

Rick McKee Augusta Chronicle

Instead the China Flu gives the left an unparalleled opportunity to attack conservatives, who would like to borrow their lives back, on the basis of defending the lives of the vulnerable.

It’s quite a change from ‘Shout My Abortion!’

Atlantic writer Amanda Mull is today’s case in point. Her entry in the ProLife sweepstakes is “Georgia’s Experiment in Human Sacrifice.” Summary: Re–opening the state will be grannies on a gurney as far as the eye can see.

Gov. Brian Kemp decided enough is enough. His state will no longer be held prisoner by what amounts to high–tech witch doctory. Mull writes, “Kemp abruptly reversed course on the shutdown, ending many of his own restrictions on businesses and overruling those put in place by mayors throughout the state.”

That’s misleading. The restrictions Kemp ended were closures. There are plenty of Flu Manchu Security Theatre measures that reopened businesses will be required to follow. All that’s missing is random TSA agents pawing through your drawers while you wait to enter the barbershop.

Social distancing, masks, limits on occupancy, temperature checks and the death penalty for sneezing are all in the mix.

It’s important to note, in contrast to the mandatory lockdowns so beloved by the left, reopening is optional.

Mull’s antidote for opening is to administer another dose of the Great Pandemic Panic: “Kemp’s order shocked people across the country. For weeks, Americans have watched the coronavirus sweep from city to city, overwhelming hospitals, traumatizing health-care workers, and leaving tens of thousands of bodies in makeshift morgues.”

That’s the medical reporting equivalent of invoking the Boogie Man. Even in New York City no hospitals were “overwhelmed.” And I think the “makeshift morgues” were in China.

Mull really amps up the “sacrifice” theme with “In the grips of a pandemic, the approach is a morbid experiment in just how far states can push their people. Georgians are now the largely unwilling canaries in an invisible coal mine, sent to find out just how many individuals need to lose their job or their life for a state to work through a plague.”

I’m forced to guess indignation got the best of Mull here, since the jobs are already lost, that’s why Kemp decided to reopen Georgia. No one is going to be going through assisted–living facilities forcing MeMaw and PePaw to get jobs at Walmart.

Kemp’s reopening is designed to protect the Kung Flu vulnerable — mostly the elderly — and let the rest of us stop cowering and start living.

When counting WuFlu deaths in Georgia we learn pretty quickly that Mull’s worries about “human sacrifice” depend solely on which humans may or may not be sacrificed.

Johns Hopkins reports 1,043 residents have died from the WuFluenza, a death rate of 10 per 100K population. That puts Georgia in 11th place in the death derby. The largest proportion of those deaths — DURING A LOCKDOWN! — were in nursing homes and long–term care facilities.

Those deaths were unintentional. Now let’s compare unintentional with intentional deaths. Intentional deaths that are part of a regime Mull enthusiastically supports.

The Guttmacher Institute reports the shocking numbers of abortion deaths in Georgia: 30,330 unborn children were sacrificed on the altar of convenience and “Choice” in 2017. That’s 286 per 100K population. Besides being almost 30 times the number of WuFlu deaths, every last one of those unborn were killed intentionally.

Evidently those numbers are the bare minimum acceptable for Mull’s grim calculus. When the legislature passed HB–481 — the Georgia Heartbeat Bill which banned most abortions after eight weeks, when a heartbeat is detectable — Mull called it “the so–called heartbeat abortion bill” and worried about the women “whose reproductive rights would be affected.”

Zero concern for the wholly vulnerable population of the unborn.

Zealots like Mull hide their obscenity behind talking points. The unborn aren’t ‘viable.’ When in truth, a child really isn’t viable until about age six and even then, it’s touch–and–go. What they are after birth is VISIBLE and that makes all the difference.

Mull’s crocodile tears for the elderly are contemptible as is her hysterical concern for “human sacrifice.” The left’s insincere concern for people they would normally ignore is just another avenue to attack Trump and his supporters.

My suggestion for Mull is if she really wants to see humans sacrificed and dumped in a “makeshift morgue” all she has to do is take a stroll by the dumpster hidden behind an abortion mill.