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Libertarian Leanings

Libertarian Leanings is a column by by Peter Burrows, who blogs at silvercityburro.com and can be reached at elburropete@gmail.com.

It does not necessarily reflect the opinions of the Grant County Beat.

By Peter Burrows 12/18/20 elburropete@gmail.com silvercityburro.com

I know some of you are thinking, "C'mon Burro, Republicans steal elections, too." That may be true, but it seems to be relatively rare. I have three books about Democrats stealing elections,* and if you can show me ONE book about Republicans stealing elections, I'll buy you a Don Juan Burrito.

In fact, stealing elections is built into the Democrats' DNA. You want proof? Just ask a Democrat if we should require a national photo-ID to vote, such as they have in Mexico: "HORRORS!! What a voter-suppression RACIST idea! Besides, there's no proof of voter fraud -- NONE! NONE! -- you dirty-bastard racist Republican."

To paraphrase Shakespeare, "Methinks they doth protest too much," although some of them actually believe that nonsense. Actually, photo-IDs wouldn't do much to prevent the new ways elections are stolen, which involves falsifying mail-in ballots, corrupting voting machine software, harvesting ballots, and voting by non-citizens, to name a few biggies.

All of which requires a good-sized organization of like-minded people, especially where more than one polling place is involved, e.g., Cook County in Illinois, Wayne County in Michigan, and Milwaukee County in Wisconsin. Sound familiar? As Hillary Clinton might say, stealing an election requires a village, so to speak.

Furthermore, if the collusion involves numerous states, it becomes an effort to overthrow a "duly elected" national government, which is an act of treason. Democrats, of course, don't see it that way. In fact, they'll tell you they're being patriotic because putting Democrats in office is obviously the best thing for America because, as everybody knows, Republicans are evil.

This explains why Democrats cooperate to steal elections: they share the same twisted ideology. They all believe Republicans are racist, fascist, sexist morons who cling to their Bibles and their guns. Republicans will put blacks back into chains and force women to have babies. Republicans don't care about science, people, or social justice. In a word, Republicans don't CARE!!

This makes them bad people, a conviction far too many Democrats hold with an invincible moral certitude. That's why people who wouldn't think of cheating on the golf course or stealing a candy bar have no compunction about stealing elections from Republicans: It's the morally correct, right thing to do. The end justifies the means, baby.

Liberals have always thought they were morally and intellectually superior people. This is in spite of the fact that they have NO evidence to support their high opinion of themselves, and that there is OVERWHELMING evidence that the typical liberal is a self-righteous, ignorant hypocrite, far more concerned with moral grandstanding than actually doing anything good.

Now, however, moral grandstanding has been replaced by moral crusading, and crusaders burn people at the stake. The Social Justice Warriors, SJW, have taken over the Democrat Party, and the 'justice' they want most of all is to punish those evil-dirty-bastard Republicans who voted for that racist-Nazi Trump. While they're at it, they'll bring justice to those damned climate deniers, Islamophobes and transphobes, too.

It wasn't always this way. Stealing elections used to be more about money and ego. Back in 1960, when JFK's win over Nixon was highly questionable, nobody was hyperventilating about Armageddon if the other side won. Back then there wasn't that much difference in the two candidates. JFK cut taxes like a good Republican, and Nixon, when he was president, sounded like a good Democrat when he declared, "We're all Keynesians now."

Today, the nation cannot survive such electoral treason. The partisan divisions are too stark. Can you imagine Donald Trump and Nancy Pelosi making like Ronald Reagan and Speaker Tip O'Neill; kicking back with a bottle of bourbon, swapping Irish jokes and ironing out disagreements? Ha! Bipartisanship is dead.

Soon, the two-party system could be dead, too. The Democrats learned from their mistakes in the 2016 presidential election, and they will learn from the 2020 election that they have to steal more than just the top of the ticket. We'll see how well they learned that lesson in the 2022 elections. If those elections give the Democrats control of Congress, expect the Democrats to try to do the following, which is only a partial SJW wish list:

-eliminate the anachronistic Electoral College;
-politicize/neutralize/pack the Supreme Court;
-confiscate guns;
-lower the voting age to 16;
-open our borders;
-statehood for D.C. and Puerto Rico.

America will then become a one-party state. Fortunately, that party, the Democrat Party, has enough divisions that the country should avoid becoming a dictatorship. However, history is replete with examples of militant minorities gaining control of political movements. In fact, SJW militants aren't a minority, but a MAJORITY in many places, e.g., Portland, OR, where the top two contenders for Mayor, the incumbent and an even more radical opponent, received 86 percent of the vote.

Also, the Congressional elections saw AOC and three SJW Muslims (MUSLIMS!) reelected, all with comfortable majorities: AOC 72%, Illan Omar 65%, Rashida Tlaib 80%, and Andre Carson, the underachiever of the group, with 'only' 60%.

If Biden is actually sworn in as president, the 'tell' will be to what extent the SJW succeed in persecuting their political and ideological enemies. Lenin persecuted the kulaks; Hitler the Jews, Pol Pot the urbanites, to name a few earlier Social Justice Warriors. Are Trump supporters going to have their homes burned to the ground? Are fossil fuel executives going to prison?

You don't think that sort of thing can happen? Sadly, history has proven Voltaire correct: "Those who can make you believe absurdities, can make you commit atrocities." If this sort of "justice" is allowed free rein, it will prove that government of, by, and for the people, could not long endure.

* If It's Not Close They Can't Cheat by Hugh Hewitt, 2004
Stealing Elections by John Fund, 2008
Who's Counting? By John Fund and Hans Von Spakovsky, 2012

By Peter Burrows elburropete@gmail.com 12/6/20

I hate to date myself, but I first voted in a presidential election back in 1960. In that election, Kennedy defeated Nixon, thanks in part to Chicago's Mayor Daley, who waited to see how many votes JFK needed from Cook County to carry the state. Cook County went for Kennedy by a massive 450,000 votes, giving Kennedy the state by only 9,000 votes.

It turned out that Kennedy might have won even without Illinois. However, also throw out Texas and Nixon would have won. Kennedy won Texas with 50.52 percent of the vote, and by only 46,000 votes, "pocket change," so to speak, for his running mate, Lyndon Johnson, who knew a thing or two about stealing elections in Texas.

By Peter Burrows 11/30/20
elburropete@gmail.com - silvercityburro.com -

Note to readers: The following is a summary of an article at https://www.americanthinker.com/articles/2020/11/the_covid_case_con_continues.html

The COVID Case Con Continues By Brian C. Joondeph, M.D. 11/30/20

As many Americans recover from their "virtual Thanksgiving," the media is pushing the narrative that COVID cases are once again surging. The Washington Post claims that cases are "skyrocketing" while the New York Times wails that "It has hit us with a vengeance." Yet the media is oblivious, either ignorantly or deliberately, to the reality that positive tests are not the same thing as cases.

Summarized Covid article from Peter Burrows elburropete@gmail.com 11/26/20

A Sensible and Compassionate Anti-COVID Strategy 10/9/20 By Jay Bhattacharya, Professor of Medicine at Stanford University. The following is from an article featured in the October 2020 edition of Imprimis, a publication of Hillsdale College. The article was adapted from an October 9, 2020, panel presentation in Omaha, Nebraska.  It has been edited for brevity with key points emphasized by Peter Burrows.

My goal today is, first, to present the facts about how deadly COVID-19 actually is; second, to present the facts about who is at risk from COVID; third, to present some facts about how deadly the widespread lockdowns have been; and fourth, to recommend a shift in public policy. 
1. The COVID-19 Fatality RateIn discussing the deadliness of COVID, we need to distinguish COVID cases from COVID infections. In early March, the case fatality rate in the U.S. was roughly three percent—nearly three out of every hundred people who were identified as “cases” of COVID in early March died from it. Today, the fatality rate is less than one half of one percent. --when the World Health Organization said in early March that three percent of people who get COVID die from it, they were wrong --. The COVID fatality rate is much closer to 0.2 or 0.3 percent. The reason for the highly inaccurate early estimates is simple: in early March, we were not identifying most of the people who had been infected by COVID. 

Islam and Judaism: A tragic Irony by Peter Burrows elburropete@gmail.com – 11/14/20

Muslims believe the Koran is the literal word of God, and in the Koran God commands Muslims to hate just about everybody, especially Jews. There are a number of verses, a.k.a., revelations, that make this hatred of Jews VERY clear. Two verses even say that Allah turned Jews into apes and pigs when they broke their sabbath. (2:65 and 5:60)

Muslims believe this is the literal truth, that it actually happened and could happen again. Therefore, if you're Jewish you'd better get your affairs in order. Any second now you could be rooting around out in the garbage or swinging around town on utility poles.

Islam for nerds, 11/5/20:
https://silvercityburro.com/2020/11/05/so-you-want-to-learn-about-islam/(opens in a new tab)
https://silvercityburro.com/2020/10/26/how-to-read-the-koran-and-understand-islam/(opens in a new tab)

By Peter Burrows 10/2/20 - elburropete@gmail.com - silvercityburro.com

The Grant County Beat has recently run a number of articles, "Education About China," that have focused on China's persecution of its Muslim minorities. Unsurprisingly, the Muslims are portrayed as victims while the Chinese government is accused of implementing "a system that allows evil to thrive and harm the Chinese people."

The irony is that Islam is at least as evil as Communism, although communism has less than 200 years of proof vs over1,400 for Islam. If forced to choose between the two, I think I'd take communism. You can reason with communists, but not with people who think they are obeying God.

By Peter Burrows elburropete@gmail.com - silvercityburro.com 8/10/20

With Silver City's new ordinance mandating facemasks, many concerned citizens are worried that the local police force will not be able to handle the increased responsibilities. In addition, some are concerned that facemasks alone may not be enough.

"The facemask law is a good start, but people should also be required to carry yardsticks. Social distancing is just as important," declared George Julien. "Hell, three feet may not be enough," he added.

Julien was one of three senior citizens interviewed yesterday while they were having lunch at a picnic table at the El Viejo burrito stand on Broadway and Hwy. 90.

Live from Silver City

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