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Kate Smith and a Revisionist View of History

The recent banning of the time-honored recording of Kate Smith singing Irving Berlin’s “God Bless America,” and the removal of her statue from a public space in Philadelphia, challenges the reasonable mind to remain calm and not reach for the Hari-Kiri sword.   We are told that the banning and statue removal was a result of Kate Smith having sung songs of a racially demeaning character, the one most commonly cited being, “That’s Why Darkies Was Born.”   Hmmm…  Ah, yes, of course, the use of the word, “darky” in place of “African-American” is terribly demeaning, a priori,  we are told by linguistic historians and historians of popular entertainment.  Well, no, not really, we are told these things by… well, others.   It follows logically then, that Smith must have been a virulent racist, happily singing about those inferior “darkies.”

Of course, anyone with half a brain would see a problem here.   Well, several problems.    The song was an extremely popular one AMONG THE BLACK COMMUNITY, especially.    It was recorded by such legendary black singers as Paul Robeson and Ethel Waters.   And lest we forget,  Robeson was no struggling poor black entertainer forced to wear blackface and sing “coon” songs by the oppressive white show business hierarchy as he shuffled across the stage.   If you are unfamiliar with Mr. Robeson’s accomplishments let me state a few here:  Robeson won an academic scholarship to Rutgers College, where he was twice named a consensus All-American and was the class valedictorian;   he received an LL.B. from Columbia Law School while playing in the NFL:  Mr. Robeson spoke seven or eight languages, and has a successful career as a stage and film actor, both in the U.S. and in England where he starred in three productions of Othello;  he had an operatic bass voice.

Okay, so, arguably one of the most accomplished and intelligent men of the 20th century, you think he would have had a clue as to the bigoted and racist nature of “That’s Why Darkies Was Born.”   How did that get by him?   And Waters?   And so many others?

Once again, a person with half a brain might look for the answer IN THE LYRICS OF THE SONG ITSELF.  Even a cursory glance at the text reveals that the song does nothing but ennoble the black race, is quite profound and beautiful ways.   It is a deeply moving song.   If one actually LISTENS to it.  Imagine: listening to a song in order to judge its meaning!   What a concept!

Here is the text of the song:

Someone had to pick the cotton,

Someone had to pick the corn,

Someone had to slave and be able to sing,

That’s why darkies were born;

 

Someone had to laugh at trouble,

Though he was tired and worn,

Had to be contented with any old thing,

That’s why darkies were born;

 

Sing, sing, sing when you’re weary and

Sing when you’re blue,

Sing, sing, that’s what you taught

All the white folks to do;

 

Someone had to fight the Devil,

Shout about Gabriel’s Horn,

Someone had to stoke the train

That would bring God’s children to green pastures,

That’s why darkies were born.

 

 

NOTE:  The word, “Darky,” was at no time during its usage a pejorative nor demeaning word.   Just the opposite: as with “people of color”, it was used with pride and often with humor as an alternative to the “N” word or anything close to it.   It was especially popular with black soldiers during the Civil War.

 

This guest post was written and submitted by our Closet on the Right Community Member, Joseph Ciolino

Democrats Abusive Relationship

Democrats’ Abusive Relationship With Their Base (And Everyone Else)

If you look at the history of the Democrat party over time in  America, it seems not much has changed.  They still favor a big central government.  They always propose social programs like welfare and food stamps as a way to combat social/economic inequalities.

The Democrats, of course, are the playground monitor making sure the little guy doesn’t get picked on.  Or at least that’s what they’ve always told you.

Whether you believe Democrat policies are authentic and noble, one thing has always been the case (and becomes more apparent by the day); they have an extremely abusive relationship with their base (and everyone else).

History Of Abuse

Since the beginning of our Republic and the birth of the Democrat party, it seems that violence and manipulation were chapter one of their playbook.  They started an entire war over their right to own slaves and eventually assassinated the first Republican President.

They have always been openly hostile to their political opponents so it should be on surprise there are documented cases of Democrats violently assaulting other members of Congress during disputes. Their willingness to use violence, intimidation and legislation to maintain power and control is apparent.  Imagine how they treat their fellow party members who don’t fall in line.

This open hostility gave birth to one of the most violent groups in American History, the KKK. As the militant arm of the Democrats, the KKK sole mission was to suppress black communities and anyone associated with them.

The violence and intimidation were not reserved for only people of color.  No, if you dared associate with, enter a relationship with or advocate for the rights of blacks, you became a target.  If you were a card-carrying Democrat, it was worse.

Everything you’ve ever done, all your good deeds and reputation went out the window in an instant.  Many southern Democrats dared not challenge the KKK out of fear of homes or businesses being destroyed, assault and public shaming.

Although the Democrats figured out a better, less messy way of controlling minority populations in the ’60s and ’70s, their violent past cannot be erased.

The Democrats may have changed their message, but they have NOT changed their methods.

Abusers and Their Methods

In any abusive relationship, the abuser must create a sense of control over their victims.  They accomplish this in several ways:

  • Establish Financial and Emotional Dependency- Abusers must develop a sense of dependency to prevent their victims from leaving.
  • Use Fear as a Motivator/Inhibitor- Fear is a powerful means of control over victims.  It is often used to control behavior.
  • Shame- Abusers often shame their victims in another attempt to control behavior.
  • The Exploitation of Insecurities- Abusers will find insecurities in their victims and exploit those to get what they want.
  • Blames Behavior on Others- Abusers often blame their behaviors on others in an attempt to justify their actions.
  • Manipulation- The use of both positive and negative emotions to maintain control.
  • Intimidation- Abusers use intimidation to prevent their victims from leaving.
  • Empowers Victims in Ways that Benefit Them- Abusers often use a combination of empowerment and shame to keep their victims continually seeking the approval of their abuser.
  • Hypersensitive and Reacts Aggressively- Abusers often overreact to any adverse opinions or actions.
  • Possessive- Abusers often feel a sense of ownership over their victims.
  • They Deal in Absolutes- “My way or the highway.”

The Democrat Parallel

Pretty sure we could end the article here because I guarantee most of you read through that list and immediately noticed the similarities.  Unfortunately, many Democrats are experiencing a severe case of Stockholm Syndrome, so we’ll break this down.

Democrats seek control in all things.  ALL THINGS.  They control the media, which controls the narrative, which controls their victims…er, I mean, voters’ perception.

They want to control nearly all aspects of your life and seek to have as much government involvement as possible.  Dems sell this as “social justice” and “equal opportunity,” but they never seem to talk about all the things you have to give up to have their version of those things.

In doing so, they create dependency which ensures you won’t be able to challenge them in the future.

Dems successfully captured the black vote after they had spent the past 100+ years systematically destroying black lives. (Show me one Republican group in history that had to dress up in and hide their faces because what they are doing is wrong.  Democrats have BOTH.)

Democrats figured out it’s much easier to control these populations if you put them in a box,  assign them a specific victim status and then implement a “solution” that is just enough to keep them coming back but not enough to improve their lives in a meaningful way.

They want to give you just enough so that you’re not starving, but still keep you hungry enough to keep coming back to your “saviors” for more.

Here Comes the Shame

Firstly,  they will make you feel inadequate in many ways.  Black communities aren’t smart enough or have the money to get a government ID.  They need our handouts to be ok in America.  They are severely disadvantaged, and therefore the government must take care of them.

The LGBT community needs the Democrats to protect them and pass feel-good bills that makes it seem like they care.

Evidently, the only communities that don’t need Democrat laws and hand-outs are white people but don’t worry; they’ll shame you too.

If you reject any of these ideas, you’re a racist.  You don’t care about people of color, you’re awful. You’re a terrible person, etc.

If you are a minority and reject these ideas, you’re a race-traitor and self-loathing Uncle Tom.  It’s shocking how Democrats suddenly don’t care about the minorities when they are on the other side.  According to them,  Candace Owens is a Hitler sympathizing white supremacist.

Intimidation, Manipulation, and Absolutes

Nothing the Democrats do is ever their fault.  They’re not responsible for the Jim Crow laws.  Those were obviously those dirty Republicans masquerading as Democrats.

The high homeless rates, high crime, and cost of living in Democrat-run states isn’t their fault either.  There’s probably a Republican somewhere in the state that they can blame.  Or, they’ll tell you that they need more of the policies that got them there in the first place.

They’re not responsible for FDR rounding up thousands of Asian-Americans and throwing them into concentration camps. But hey, they did let them out so you should probably vote for them for the rest of your life.  If you don’t, you’re probably a Nazi.

No Discussion, No Debate

Democrats have evolved into such a massive violent mob of radicals that you either are with them, or you’re against them.   There is no compromise; there is no debate.  If you disagree or question, they will harass you and make every attempt they can to ruin your life.  They want you doxxed, your character assassinated and your entire existence erased.

Democrats will silence you, or else.


Chris Evans, a proud and loud leftist, recently started a website called “The Starting Point” which invites discussion from both sides to promote civic engagement.  This announcement came not too long after Chris stated that he was reevaluating his friendship with Tom Brady over Brady’s support for President Trump, but I digress.

After his announcement, Democrats rushed in to berate and shame Evans for even suggesting that debate and discussion take place.

Check out this tweet thread:


It All Fits

All the signs fit.

Possessiveness? Check.  They claim ownership over every single minority community whether they like it or not.  Democrats represent you and your needs!  If you don’t agree you don’t know what you need to make you happy.

Hypersensitivity? Check.  Democrats fly off the handle and start throwing drinks and punches when someone wears a hat.

People who cannot support their positions resort to violence, name-calling, harassment, and intimidation.  What once was a party of some integrity and noble intentions (I’m looking at you JFK), have spiraled out of control into a group that will say anything to maintain control.  And when that doesn’t work, they will take control, violently if necessary.

Democrats, do you see the overt manipulation and control?  What would happen if you disagreed with your fellow Dems?  What would happen if you decided to leave your party? Would you have any friends left?

If you cannot answer these questions with absolute certainty,  perhaps it’s time you leave this abusive relationship with the Democrat Party.

 

Dear Protestants

To My Protestant Friends

Sometimes Protestants have misunderstood the significance and importance of the cathedrals of the Catholic Church. St. Patrick’s Cathedral in New York City took my breath away. I cannot even fathom what it must be like to actually see the Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris, France. Catholic or not. Believer or not. The historical significance alone goes without saying.

But to my Protestant Christians, I know what you might be thinking. What is with all the symbolism? Why all the grandeur when the Bible is all you need? Why all the statues when Jesus is the way, the truth, and the life? What are Catholics actually worshipping?

To be able to understand a place of worship that is so beautiful and grand and magnificent, first, you must try and open your eyes and let what you see before you do the work. Stop over thinking Exodus 20: 4-5  “You shall not make for yourself an image in the form of anything in heaven above or on the earth beneath or in the waters below, You shall not bow down to them or worship them…”

What you see in these glorious cathedrals are not false idols or deities. You are in the presence of craftsmanship, by the most sophisticated artists, who wished to bring beauty to the place they felt closest to God. These artisans, like us, were made by our Creator, in His image. They used their God-given talents to bring wondrous and awe-inspiring sculptures, stained glass windows, paintings, and architecture to honor the Lord. Not to replace Him.

Places of Worship can be Artful Masterpieces and Houses of God

Sometimes we just need to shut off our brains and let our hearts feel. Or shut off our hearts and let our brains think. Sometimes we need to shut off both and just allow the eyes to gaze. Especially in a cathedral inspired by God’s love and grace.

Catholics know they live a flawed life, full of sin, therefore constantly needing forgiveness. Catholics know that attending Mass on Sunday means being with fellow humans who also live flawed lives, full of sin, also needing forgiveness. Flawed people can worship among statues of Mary, which are meant to honor her for bestowing the greatest gift upon the Earth. Sins can be washed away in places of wondrous beauty.

As Catholics, we can attend church anywhere in the world, regardless if we know the language. Our church is universal and we shall still receive the Body of Christ. Worshipping in a place built by our flawed and forgiven ancestors serves as a reminder. God’s forgiveness is as abundant and glorious as the cathedral that the eye beholds. So when a magnificent cathedral like Notre Dame burns the significance and sadness are hard to escape.

Our journey with faith and God is personal. How God feeds our individual souls is as multi-faceted as the human race which He created. As Catholics sometimes our biggest flaw, most consistent sin, isn’t admitting our mistakes, rather failing to seek God’s forgiveness. If anything good can come from such a destructive fire let it be the this: as Catholics we need to stop whatever is causing our internal burning and remember that God is always seeking to put out the flames. Forgiveness is never more than a simple prayer away.

So to my Protestant friends, our great churches, cathedrals, statues, artwork, and symbolism are not what Catholics are worshipping. The grandeur is to reverence God, not to replace the Bible. We worship God’s greatest gift, His only begotten Son Jesus Christ, for whoever believes in Him shall have eternal life.

Peace be with you.

The Dangerous Reality Behind AOC

I think we’ve all figured out that Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez isn’t joining MENSA anytime soon, but she is a rising star in the Democratic Party for some reason.

Since November, I often wonder about this “girl from the Bronx” who came out of nowhere.

Firstly, who voted for this person? Where did she even come from?  How does a former bartender go from zero to hero in six months?

Seriously, how does someone with no professional experience or even a basic understanding of how our government works, land a seat in the House of Representatives?

Does anyone else think that’s strange?

Like most people, I dismissed AOC as a short-lived social media sensation whose voice would soon be lost in the noise of DC.  Although, in the meantime, I have thoroughly enjoyed the steady stream of memes at her expense.

Honestly, she is single-handedly destroying blond jokes.  There’s no way anyone could take her seriously, and yet, somehow, they are.

Her first piece of legislation right out of the gate, The Green New Deal, dealt a shockwave of horror through many even in her party.  A bill that reads like an 8th-grade sociology project is a cleverly disguised push for socialism that’s veiled as an answer to climate change.

 

Multiple Democratic Presidential candidates have thrown their support behind the Green New Deal despite wide-spread criticism and condemnation. The “aggressive,” “on-scale” plan to address the “existential threat” of “climate change” is “obviously” what this country needs to “survive.”  (Thank god this isn’t a video. My fingers would be cramping from all the aggressive air-quotes.)

I find it hard to believe “Sandy from the Bronx” came up with this all on her own.

My next question was: Who Did?

The Real Brains of the Operation

One day, I see a NowThis video pop up on my Facebook with AOC’s Chief Of Staff doing an interview.  I don’t recognize who he is, but I recognize the person on his shirt.

Subhas Chandra Bose is the Fascist from India that accepted the help of Adolf Hitler and the Nazis to free India from Britain rule.  The fascist idealist is a heroic figure in India for his fight to free his country from Britain’s overbearing control.

As Americans, I don’t think we can judge the guy for that.  After all, we did it in 1776.

What separates Subhas Chandra Bose from George Washington, is that he was a fascist and socialist.  He supported violence in political activism and even accepted help from Hitler and the SS to help his mission.

Subhas Chandra Bose and Hitler were kindred spirits.  Both Socialists, both nationalists, and both fascists.

With that in mind, who on earth works for AOC that idolizes this guy?

This guy isn’t just any guy on her staff.  It’s her Chief of Staff, Saikat Chakrabarti.

And Saikat Chakrabarti idolizes this Nazi loving fascist so much that he wears this shirt for everything.  Not joking, he’s selling professionally shot images of himself and his team on stock image accounts for $199 per license.

 

For a Socialist, he sure does act like a Capitalist.

Who Is Saikat Chakrabarti?

Alright, let’s start from the beginning.  Chakrabarti is a native Fort Worth, Texas and graduated from Harvard with a degree in Computer Science.

Saikat Chakrabarti Justice DemocratsAfter graduation, he spent eight years in Silicon Valley working for various companies.  He co-founded the wireframe building site Mockingbird.com and went on to help build the payment processing site, Stripe.com.

Once again, for a fascist-loving socialist, he sure does act like a capitalist.  Between Mockingbird and Stripe, Chakrabarti is a self-made millionaire.

According to an interview in IndiaAbroad.com, he became disillusioned with society after graduating from Harvard and earning millions.  Ummm, ok.

It was then he decided to leave the tech sector and go to work for the Bernie Sanders campaign.

You have to create the society you want to create and that is done through politics.-Saikrat Chakrabarti

Evidently, this society he wants to create involves breadlines and political oppression.  Per Chakrabarti, Sanders didn’t have all the “right answers,” but he was talking about the “right problems.”  During his time with the Sanders campaign, he learned how to harness the power of volunteers among many other things.

It was also here that he met his future business partners/activists, Alexandra Rojas, and Corbin Trent. (See above)

After Bernie’s loss to Hillary in the primaries, the team went on to form PACs Justice Democrats and Brand New Congress.

While Chakrabarti appears to be an ambitious and creative progressive activist on the surface, in reality, he’s positioning himself to influence politics for years to come.

The Reality

By helping AOC land her seat in the House of Representatives, Chakrabarti landed himself on the Politico Power Player list of 2019.  The interviews with Saikat reveal a lot about his plans, and himself.

He’s creative, cunning and using the one progressive he managed to get elected as a face for his long-term plans.

When you shoot for big stuff, you stay true to the movement, you fight unapologetically on the inside, that is a very, very powerful way to pass the radical solutions that are necessary to face the radical problems that you have.- Saikat Chakrabarti

Keyword: RADICAL

First, he set up Brand New Congress to issue a sort of “casting call” to communities all over America with the intent of finding and then backing as many radical progressives as he could enlist.  This was how he found gaffe-prone Ocasio-Cortez.

Here’s how it works:

Saikat Chakrabarti Infographic

I’ll give it to this guy, this is smart.  Really smart.  Chakrabarti founded and controls two major PACs with one simple goal: Pack the Government with Radicals like AOC.

Based on this alone, it’s clear that Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez isn’t the brains behind her operation.

Here’s Why He’s Dangerous

Initially, when I started researching Chakrabarti I asked myself, “Why doesn’t he run for Congress himself?”

If we look at his goals, strategy and action plan; it becomes very clear.

  1. Running on his own ticket would divert his attention away from mass producing candidates to challenge moderate Democrat incumbents.
  2. If he loses his election, he loses his power.
  3. AOC and other candidates make up for his shortcomings in relatability, social media presence, and personality.  (Sorry, dude.  No one wants to watch you cut vegetables in your kitchen while you rant about climate change)
  4. If a candidate loses their election, he can move on to another one.
  5. By helping and funding candidates win a seat in Congress, he has a clear path to Congress as well.
  6. Even if AOC loses her next election, his process is repeatable every election cycle.

By structuring his PACs in the way he’s done, he’s essentially setting himself up to have a very long, very powerful career working behind the curtain to influence policies in Washington, DC.

Think about it, within the span of four years, Chakrabarti has propelled himself from campaign organizer to Chief of Staff.  All he had to do was find someone to be the face of his grand plan.

Let’s be honest, if you peel back the slimy layers of the swamp, the power players aren’t the ones messing with their dentures nonstop.  Nope, the real power players are the ones behind the scenes, advising on policy decisions, buying votes and playing a game by their own set of rules.

Granted, Ms. Ocasio-Cortez is still dangerous.  People are listening to, and supporting the message she is parroting, but she is merely a vessel.

Don’t let them fool you, America.  If they want you to look here, it’s because something else is going on over there.

 

 

Donald Trump No Russian Collusion

[Guest Post]Dear Liberals, I Told You So

Finally, the first of three investigations into President Donald J. Trump and his administration alleging Russian collusion has come to an end. Their findings were clear and concise:

NO EVIDENCE OF RUSSIAN COLLUSION!

I’ve been saying this all along but, not because anyone told me so, not because people around me believed there was no collusion (believe me, they didn’t).

I researched, I read, A LOT, I questioned everything I learned and searched for proof and corroboration at every turn.

The mainstream media today is controlled and owned by people and corporations with their own political agendas. Ultimately, their bias plays out in the way they present the “facts” to their audience or choose not to present those facts at all.

It’s our job to find the truth and help others to do the same.

For two years now CNN, MSNBC, NBC, and many other liberal news organizations ran a constant stream of propaganda and hatred designed to tear down the Trump administration and prove once and for all that the president colluded with Russia to steal the White House and cheat the American people of a fair election.

None of this was ever proven aside from stray coincidences, assumptions, and the infamous dossier created by Democrats for one purpose only: destroy President Trump.

I felt everyone around me buying into this tremendous lie and no one appeared to question it or consider anything to the contrary.

It seemed nobody wanted to see alternative facts or even contemplate that this narrative was conceived and deployed by Trump’s opponents. Nobody wanted to listen and the mere suggestion that there may be a different story elicited furiously and over the top reactions and even verbal attacks.

A Valuable Lesson

The more I think about it, the more I realize I should really say, thank you.

Thank you, to everyone that shamed me, called me names and laughed at me when I said the alleged Russian collusion story was a bogus hit job.

I say this with complete sincerity and take no particular pride in admitting they’ve taught me some things. Thinking for yourself is something to be proud of and I will never shame someone because we don’t agree.

I hold very little respect for people who enjoy name calling and shaming others for having differing opinions. Therefore, these people do not have my respect.

Sadly, their inability to see reason and facts has forced them to eat their words and I’m sorry to say I don’t have a whole lot of compassion for them after the way I was treated.

However, I do owe them my thanks.

They’ve truly helped me to recognize and take to heart just how valuable it is to allow myself to be vulnerable enough to continually search for truth and never allow myself to be solidified into any singular way of thinking.

I will continue to let life teach me how little I know and how much I crave and enjoy the neverending search for further knowledge and understanding. I relish in the journey and welcome the humility and innocence I feel with each new lesson I learn.

This is what life is all about and I have a lot of compassion for those who miss the chance to experience growth and change in this way.

A Good Life Lesson For Anyone

It is far too easy to believe someone when they’re telling you exactly what you want to hear. Therefore, when everything you hear and see fits perfectly into the narrative you’ve adopted, there’s a good chance you’re not seeing the whole picture.

Besides, it takes a great deal of courage to consider that you may be wrong and then put in the effort to prove yourself wrong.

It’s hard, but it’s worth it.

If it sounds too good to be true, it probably is!  KEEP DIGGING!

Stubborn and ardent clinging to one’s opinions despite or without all the facts is the best proof possible of stupidity and the abandonment of growth. The moment we become unchangeable our forward progress ceases and we lose our curious spirit.  


Never lose your curious spirit

It is integral to wholehearted living and authenticity.

Always question anything and everything you hear, especially if it happens to be a popular opinion.

Use your brain, you have one for a reason. Investigate through a wide range of sources. Dig deeper. Do your own research. Consume and consider many multiple points of view.

Refrain from absolutely making up your mind until you know ALL of the facts (you almost never know all of the facts).

Listen to people, especially those you don’t want to hear. Always, always, remain teachable. Don’t believe everything you hear.

Vilifying and hating a person or group of people is ALWAYS one-sided, short-sighted, and lacks any kind of genuine desire to see the bigger picture and acknowledge the good in each of us.

Groupthink hatred for a person or group blinds us to the possibility of finding common ground and closes our hearts and minds to the humanity of the people we choose to hate or oppose.

When we allow ourselves to buy into groupthink and follow the herd like sheep, we deny ourselves our own individuality and humanity by side-stepping and avoiding the one thing we all share as human beings, our ability to communicate, connect, relate, understand, empathize and truly appreciate what makes each of us unique and exceptional.

We don’t have to agree.

In fact, I’m damn glad we don’t always agree. But, you must be able to listen, connect with other points of view and show respect for one another. This is how progress and change take place.

 

I hope you all find yourselves curious, questioning and open-hearted for as long as you live.

 

But, for those of you who prefer to be foolish, stubborn and cruel …

I’m sorry to say it but, I told you so.

Just kidding. I love that shit.

 

Justin Buchanan – Writer, researcher, conservative, and beefcake unicorn wrangler.

 

[Guest Post] Silence The Truth: The Suppression of the Yellow Vest Movement

Suppression of the Truth

Since I was a child, I have favored strong women in my life; both my mother and also my 6th-grade math teacher, Michael Nakovich.

I don’t know what Mrs. Nakovichs politics or beliefs are, however, she always told me “DO NOT LET ANYONE SILENCE YOU, OR SILENCE THE TRUTH.”

And the same with my mother, who is a proud Republican, and since my upbringing, I have never let anyone tell me to silence myself, or to censor my opinion. Even if it’s the other side of the fence, I don’t silence theirs.

However, today I am exposing the other side of the fence.

Yellow Vest Protests Are Spreading

Earlier this morning, the United Kingdom experienced the beginning of their own Yellow Vest protests that have been plaguing France for months.  The disgruntled anti-Globalist movement is spreading like wildfire across Europe.  Germany is seeing these types of protests as well.

Credit:TheVerge.com

Unfortunately, not many people understand what is going on in Europe. Especially since we have a leftist media that won’t report anything negative in their defense, at all.

Now, why is this important for me, as it should be important for you?

I’ll tell you why.

Yellow Vest or Gilet Jaunes in French, began in response to the Carbon tax imposed by French President Emmanuel Macron. This tax devastated the working class of France that rely on traditional means of transport to earn a living.

Gilet Jaunes quickly grew as more frustrated french citizens realized their government cares more about refugees and pushing climate change.

Subsequently, tensions are rising by the day, and soon protestors are rioting and flipping cars over.  Nevertheless, these brave revolutionaries show up every week to fight back against a government that has turned their back on them.

Little did they know, Germany would soon join the fight.

Europe Globalists are In For a Fight

Now, I have blood relatives in Germany.


They are pro LEGAL immigration, not illegal immigration.

Towards the end of the year last year, my own flesh and blood, my cousin was almost sexually assaulted in a public restroom by a refugee. She lives in a small town that I once lived in for four years as a child.

A town that used to have a population of 800 people and everyone knew each other’s name; a town that cared about each other, in Wingsbach, Germany, no one was ever violent. The community always came together to help each other.

However, recently when Angela Merkel opened Germany’s borders, women have been attacked, sexually assaulted, raped, and even murdered.

Sadly, my cousins in Germany no longer walk alone at night; they walk in three’s and four’s. Thanks to laws dating back to the National Socialist (Nazi) party, they still have no guns. As a result, their only legal means of protection is a bat.


This morning, the UK joined in the fight with protesting against what is wrong with their country, demanding a change in government, and policies.

Soon, I predict that they will overthrow the queen, and they should. They need to party like its 1776.

Brittains are tired of the high taxes as well as the communistic socialism that they are ruled under. There is no freedom to speech; citizens aren’t allowed to have an opinion against the Queen. They are tired of the refugees coming into their country, they are tired of not being able to defend themselves.

Media Outlets and  Social Media Suppress “The Silent Truth”

This morning, one of the first live videos of the UK Yellow Vest protests aired on Facebook. I shared that video on my timeline.

Facebook being the communistic community that it is, tried to silence my voice.

Naturally, they censored my post, because it “goes against community standards.” They also censored the woman, who lives in the United Kingdom, who originally shared the post; this is “The Silenced Truth.”

For those of you who follow me, know I have a mouth on Facebook. I don’t even tolerate the LGBTQRSTUVWXYZ communistic community trying to tell me “what I need to do,” because I’m gay.

However, I will not tolerate Facebook silence me, for posting the truth.

I will never stop breaking down the ideology they force feed into people’s brains. I will never stop telling people what has really happened in foreign countries.

Most of all, I will never tell a lie to make “Facebook” a safe space.

Unfortunately, there are a lot of things going on in the world, and sometimes being safe, means being informed.

Sometimes having safety should mean KNOWING WHAT IS OUT THERE. Sometimes being safe, means knowing what the truth is.

Facebook is not on your side.

And I will never rest, and I will never stop. The silenced truth hurts, and it’s a real bitch.

Many of us face permanent bans on Social Media for our Conservative opinions.  I soon predict that one day my voice will be cut off of Facebook permanently.

 

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Socialism Will Rise Again With This Generation

Time Heals All Wounds

What’s done, can never be undone. The pain, the scars and the shadows of failed socialist systems can never be completely undone.

Unfortunately, they can be forgotten.

The history books are happy to remind us if we are willing to read them.  Story after story of starvation, poverty, and death.  How many lessons do we need?

Still, we see people supporting Socialism like it’s some new concept.

Why is it that horrible ideas like socialism and communism never entirely die?

That’s not TRUE Socialism. No one has ever tried true socialism.

-Idiots Who Have Never Taken a History Class

This strange case of amnesia pops up right on cue when a society gets too comfortable. The cautionary tales of the past die with each passing generation.  Eventually, the scars of Communism and Socialism fade away as society gets lazy, entitled and stupid.

Guilt and Resentment are the Roots of Socialism

Throughout all my conversations with liberals, the same trends emerge.  For those who have enough, they experience guilt for those who do not.

For those who do not have enough, they resent those that do.  As a result, liberals create an infinite loop of guilt that validates the entitlement of others. This entitlement, in turn, feeds more guilt.

Socialists promote equal outcome over equal opportunity and success is a dirty word.  In the minds of socialists, if you have more than your neighbor, it must be due to greed and exploitation.

We are fighting for an unapologetic movement for economic, social, and racial justice in the United States. -Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez

Ahhhhh, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez.  The new superstar Radical Democratic Socialist of the Left.  “AOC” as the media affectionately refers to her, is the face of the modern Democratic Party.

Her path to Congress was a modern tale of David and Goliath.  Shockingly, she unseated the veteran Democrat Joseph Crowley in the New York primary to win her seat as the youngest member of Congress in history.

Her campaign was an impressive mix of fueling guilt and resentment.  Her only real skill is being a social media savvy millennial with a passionate drive at achieving social justice.

Now that she’s in Congress, she’s using her newfound fame to push radical socialist ideas. Unfortunately, she’s proven time and again she no real knowledge of how our government or economy works.

Never the less, her ideas are gaining support.

Which proves one thing:

Socialism Needs a Generation Stupid Enough to Believe in it

And here we are.  We are living in a time where college campuses require “Safe Spaces” and grading systems are oppressive.

Honestly, this hurts for me to admit this, but AOC represents the air-headed, entitled and spoiled members of my generation.

Indeed, I’m a millennial and the nonsense coming out of my generation is embarrassing.

Our attention spans are shorter than a goldfish and gratification is instant.  Likewise, many millennials have never heard the word “No” because of the negative feelings that might come along with it.  Offending someone is now a violent crime and jokes are considered hate speech.

This generation appears to be the most educated of any generation ever.  College enrollment has increased by 240% since 1965, especially among black and Hispanic communities.

With all this learning going around, how is it possible that the largest voting demographic in the US supports socialism at such a tremendous rate?

Alright, let’s break this down.

Indoctrination

Schools all the way up from elementary to graduate are now liberal indoctrination centers.  Schools no longer teach hard work.  They teach what they have to, and if a student receives a bad grade, the parents harass the teacher instead of holding their child accountable.

Now, promoting gender identity is more important than building strong, resilient minds.

At one point in our history, college was where you went to explore new ideas, challenge your comfort zone and embrace change.  Today, they are expensive daycares for young adults who aren’t earning degrees worth anything.

Case in point, AOC graduated from Boston University with a degree in economics and still believes a 70% tax rate is the path to economic prosperity.

Instant Gratification

We live in a society where anything you want is right at your fingertips.

Don’t feel like cooking? No, problem. UberEats will deliver anything you want right to your door.

Not in the mood to go out, meet people and socialize?  Well, social media solves all of those problems and more.  We have a world of information at our fingertips.

Consequently, many (not all) in this generation have no idea what it feels like to earn anything. So many don’t know what it means to work hard, fail, get back up and try again.

Nope, now they have adult-sized temper tantrums that result in gratification because bad PR isn’t worth it anymore.

All you need now is someone relatable and good-looking to tell you that you deserve that job or that salary.  The things you don’t have are a right and by others requiring you work for them, is the worst form of oppression.  Soon, everyone you know is angry and resentful.

It’s time for a revolution.

When Ignorance Bands Together

Historically, when ignorance bands together, freedom and democracy dies.

The uneducated, the misinformed and the lazy find a remarkable amount of resilience and work ethic when they are trying to help themselves to what someone else has earned.

Time and again throughout history we’ve seen this stupidity turn violent and result in death.  Unfortunately, when they are successful, the only thing they succeed at is causing more suffering and death.

We’re looking at our future, patriots.  We’re looking at the death of our liberty if we don’t do something to stop it.

Socialism has been patiently waiting in the shadows for a generation stupid and lazy enough to resurrect it.

Wake up, America.  That generation is here.

Do Republicans Really Hate Gay People?

Recently, an article by author Chad Felix Green appeared in The Federalist. The article, titled The Stigma Against My Conservative Politics Is Worse Than The Stigma Of Being Gay is a point of view editorial by the author on his life, politics, and the backlash he’s faced since “coming out” as a conservative. 

The response wasn’t great.

Like this from the Chairman of the Democratic Coalition

Or this from a Deadspin columnist. 

Or this:

The list goes on. Rest assured, there was more random hate and outrage spewed at Chad from the left-wing community. The above examples are just a sampling of the response from the media and blue checkmark brigade.

Full Disclosure: I’m not gay. But Chad is. A fact that is obvious since he wrote the piece but also because he doesn’t hide many details of his life. As he outlined in his response to Jon Cooper’s tweet:

Why The Outrage?

It would be easy to pass this off as more leftist hate and double-standards. Does the ideologically-driven “left” of this country really hate people who “wander off the plantation” as commentator and provocateur Candace Owens often puts it?

Sure. There is a growing and religion-level orthodoxy to far leftist thinking. It is seeping into mainstream culture and being propagated by the corporate media.

When Kanye West dared say something nice about Trump, Hollywood acted as though he had a brain tumor. Literally.

When Steve Harvey declared he would be open to working with Trump to bring about positive change in the black community, the backlash essentially sent him back into the woodwork. 

When actor/writer/director Mark Duplass tacitly endorsed Ben Shapiro by saying, essentially, “hey, if you want to hear an honest voice from the other side, check this guy out” the outrage came for him as well. He was forced to retract.

Because feminist and sex educator Laci Green has *dared* converse with Conservatives and Republicans over the last few years; often debating them and taking a pretty typical “leftist” stance on most issues: she’s a travelling companion of the alt-right now, according to Vox.

The list goes on. The backlash against these individuals, as well as Chad Felix Green, shows the evangelical-level ferocity with which “the left” fights back against those who are led astray from the party line of the inter-sectional flock.

But of course, these views didn’t appear out of nowhere. Republicans and Conservatives have not historically been great on gay rights. However, the question is: where are they now? 

Do Republicans Hate Gay People?

I am not now, nor have I ever been a registered Republican. However, I am far more “on the right” than “the left” so sure, I’ll stand-in for Republican thought here.

Do Republicans hate gay people? Some of them do, sure. The same as some Democrats do. Some Libertarians do as well. Green Party? I’m sure there’s homophobia in there as well. Traditionally, since Republicans were closely associated with certain religious groups, this has been magnified. 

Those attitudes, however, are changing. As recently as 2001, a majority of Americans did not support same-sex marriage. That position has been changing rapidly since then.

Among religious-minded folks, attitudes have continued to change as well. Now, a majority of both Catholics and mainline Protestants support same-sex marriage. 

When viewed through a partisan lens, Republicans have also been coming around.

In fact, a greater percentage of self-identified “Conservatives” (41%) are likely to support same-sex marriage than self-identified Republicans (40%).

We’re Moving In the Right Direction

I realize those numbers aren’t where “the left” want them to be. They aren’t where we, as a society, should want to be either. But to put it simply, things don’t change overnight. Attitudes and opinions don’t change because of a law or an outrage mob. Nor should we expect them to. Nor should we attempt to force them to, lest we’re okay with creating a backlash.

In just a little over a decade, attitudes towards same-sex marriage have more than completely reversed. From 54% opposing in 2007 to 62% supporting in 2017. 

Perception, prejudice, bias, and hate do not disappear overnight. However, this is about as close to that occurring as you’re likely to see as an example.

No, I don’t think Republicans don’t by and large “hate” gay people. At least not the ones I’m familiar with and associate with. I’ve honestly not seen a real example of hatred directed towards homosexuality by anyone in my personal circle, past or present.

Is it true that some individuals may not approve of the lifestyle? Yes. And remember, according to the chart above, nearly 1/3 of Democrats would fall into that category as well. 

And that has more to do with the fact that it takes time to bring about change. 

My Own Story

If you had asked me 10 years ago if I supported gay marriage, my response would likely have been lukewarm at best. Maybe? Maybe not. If there was a a vote on it… I’m not sure I would have voted for it. Honestly? I don’t know.

I didn’t harbor any ill will towards the gay community, mind you. And I didn’t think being gay was bad, wrong, or sinful. Truth be told, I don’t think I had a strong opinion on it. I honestly don’t know. I don’t know why most of America didn’t support gay marriage back then either. We, as a society, just didn’t.

My views on this, and many other things, have changed. And they didn’t change because an angry mob yelled at me for being homophobic. They didn’t change because a law was passed to punish me if I said “hey, I’m not sure about gay marriage.” My views didn’t change because gay marriage was upheld by the Supreme Court. No. None of these moved the needle.

They changed for the same reason that anyone else changes their mind. Time and experience. 

When It Happens Close To Home

For a time I worked in a profession where homosexuals are, let’s say, well represented. I came to enjoy working with these individuals and considered a few of them friends. 

Yes, I had (and have) gay friends. Some of them became close friends. The same as any other friendship.

For me, the primary change to my way of thinking came from a particular experience I had. Several years ago and through my work I had become friendly with a lesbian couple. I had known them for several years at this point. Our relationship was a typical employee/customer relationship but it was friendly and in many ways personal.

One of the women became sick. Very sick. She required a major surgery to get better. Her partner, a woman with whom she’d been in a committed relationship with for upwards of 20 years, was not allowed any type of spousal or partner privilege. This would have been around 2007ish. Gay marriage wasn’t legal yet at this time.

In the eyes of the medical community (and more specifically, the laws governing it), she was basically a concerned friend. And friends don’t get granted special permissions, privileges, or access.

These two women were every bit as connected and committed to one another as any heterosexual couple. Yet, the doctors wouldn’t (couldn’t) discuss treatment options, test results, prognosis, etc. Nothing. Family members only. And you’re not family.

I didn’t agree with that. It seemed wrong. It was.

That Did It.

And so my mind changed. It had already been changing before then, but this was the final experience which caused me to re-examine my stance and change my mind. And it changed because that’s how mind’s change. Through time and experience. Through exposure to different people, cultures, and situations.

It wasn’t because a law was passed. And it wasn’t because an angry mob shamed me into getting on board. It was because the reality of the situation had hit close enough to home that I was able to have a serious conversation with myself and decide. 

I realize we live in a woke culture where everyone is supposed to take an obvious stance on issues like this. Younger folks may not realize that there was a time not too long ago where we, as a society, didn’t “just know” the correct stance to take.

So What Now?

I’m sure some Republicans do hate gay people. And I’m sure some Democrats do as well. Which is all the more reason, in my opinion, to treat people like individuals and judge them on their actions and words rather than whatever immutable characteristic box we can put them in.

It’s also all the more reason to not ascribe a presumed viewpoint or policy position to someone based solely on the letter (R) or (D) next to their name. People are a diverse group. Our opinions are often complicated. Sometimes they conflict with one another. Sometimes they go against stereotypical expectations.

If you believe in ideas rather than assumptions; in principles rather than people, you’ll find fellow travelers in places you didn’t think you would. 

Back to Chad

What is clear, however, is that the people who came to attack Chad Felix Green were not Republicans who were outraged by him daring to compare his Conservative-ness to being gay. It was the left-wing outrage brigade which sought to ridicule him for daring to say “hey, it was tougher for me to be accepted as a conservative than as a gay man.”

I’m sure that’s not the experience of everyone who “comes out” as gay, conservative, or both. However, that was his. Agree, disagree, or other. Think it doesn’t matter? That’s fine. Think he’s crazy? Okay. Think he’s just plain old wrong about this? Hey, that’s fine too.  

But don’t try to silence him or tell him to shut up for sharing his experience. You’re free to dismiss it. That’s your right. But if I know Chad (and I don’t), I don’t think you’ll have much luck getting him to shut up.

What’s also clear is that those who came to Chad Felix Green’s defense were not Liberal Democrats. They weren’t cut from the Progressive cloth. They were Conservatives, Republicans, and Libertarians. 

Draw whatever conclusions you like from that. Call it pandering to those evil gay-hating Republicans if you will. I happen to think Chad would call it progress. 

So would I.

Reject Feminism

Ten Reasons I Reject Feminism

Once upon a time, our grandmothers and great-grandmothers marched for the right to vote. 

Women all over the country wanted more than a life of standing barefoot and pregnant in the kitchen. 

They wanted to go to college,  have a career, make their own money and have an identity outside of their husband and family.

First Wave Feminism
Credit: thedevelopmentofwomensrights.weebly.com

It was a long, hard fought battle; but in the end, we won.  In 1964, the Civil Rights Act Passes giving all citizens of the United States equal rights under the law.  

Granted, overcoming generations of gender discrimination was still a battle fought daily.  However, as I write these words, there is nothing I can’t do in this country that a man can.

The transformation of feminism has changed over the past several decades, and to be completely honest, I don’t like what I see.  

As a married, gay woman who also happens to be 75% hispanic, you would think I, of all people need feminism in my life. Right?

Sorry, no.  I reject modern-day feminism and here are ten reasons why.

1) There’s Nothing Empowering about Modern Feminism

Feminist heads all over the world just exploded.

“Feminism is ONLY about EMPOWERMENT, Lynzee!”

Really?  Then why do Feminist power-houses like Barbara Streisand and Michelle Obama insist that women in this country are so powerless, they can’t even decide who to vote for without their husbands?

If modern Feminism is about empowerment, why does California need a law requiring major companies have women on their boards?

Feminism Sign

Modern feminist decries the patriarchy and the systemic oppression of women by the straight white male.  They have set their laser-sighted target directly on the backs of men as justification why women can’t be successful.

Women are stronger, better and smarter than men, right?  If feminists genuinely believe that, their narrative wouldn’t promote the concept of women being “less than” while feminism conveniently rushes in to balance the cosmic scales.

Which brings me to my next point:

2) Feminism Deflects Responsibility

Feminist must shift blame and responsibility from their own short-comings to someone else.  

Women aren’t responsible for their lack of success.  Rather, men are oppressing women and therefore must be shamed, guilted and coerced into submission because…equality.

When a society must establish a different set of rules, requirements, and quotas for a different gender or race; that is not equality.  That is simply a new type of discrimination against the qualified and talented that’s disguised as affirmative action.

I Need Feminism Because

This particular point applies to many aspects of feminism.  Just google the “I need Feminism because” and you will see what I mean.  One woman needs feminism because she doesn’t get asked out by boys or go on many dates. 

Rather than take the opportunity to do some personal reflection and figure out why the boys aren’t asking her out, she uses feminism to deflect responsibility onto men.  Obviously, there is something flawed with men.

3) Selective Outrage

This one really gets me.  Feminists are the loudest and most obnoxious in the room when it comes to pointing out and criticizing issues.

Credit: thesun.co.uk

However, I hear nothing but crickets when it comes to the horrid treatment of women and girls in many other countries. 

Feminists fight the patriarchal oppression of the United States tirelessly.  However, these activists can leave their home without a male escort.  They can attend whatever school they like, be whatever they want to be, drive a car,  own a home and even choose their partners. 

So why is it, that women all over the world who cannot have these things get zero support from modern feminists.  

In fact, it seems as though they are apologists to these oppressive cultures because Americans are rejecting their barbaric ways!  

As if turning a blind eye to such atrocities weren’t enough, Feminists put advocates for oppressive systems front and center of their campaign.

No thank you.

4) I Don’t Hate Men

Shocking, I know.  As a now gay woman who was once married to a man, you would think I hate men but I don’t. 

I just don’t want intimate relationships with them.  

I do however, acknowledge their strengths and invaluable contributions to society.  To deny otherwise is ignorant, short-sighted and just plain false.

Just because our society operated differently at one point in history, does not mean I need to hold bitterness and resentment to men today.   

Not only that, just because men operated within the socially accepted norms of their times does not make them bad or evil men who want to hurt or oppress women.  

5) Men And Women are Biologically Different

This is scientifically undeniable, end of story.  

Denying this and forcing institutions to accept women can prove to be dangerous.  I’ll give you an example:

The first thing that comes to mind is women in the military, or more specifically, women in combat.  If women are in active combat, yes, they have the strength to pull the trigger.  

However, do they have the strength to pull a 200+lbs man off the battlefield if his life depended on it?  Can a woman physically perform the required activities to do her job and ensure the safety of those around her?  

If so, then let her in.  I have no issues.  If she can’t, then I’m a solid no.  This isn’t discrimination; this is common sense.

If there are jobs in these fields where a woman can provide value and her life or others’ lives, don’t depend on her physical abilities, then great. I’m in for that as well.  

I reject this form of feminism because as a woman, I would not want to be personally responsible for someone else’s safety if there was even the slightest doubt I could physically perform a task.

There are other ways women can contribute in meaningful ways that don’t put others in harm’s way just because of progress.  

6) There’s Nothing Toxic About Masculinity

Read virtually any ancient manuscript or holy book and you will see an emphasis on the masculine and feminine balance.  

Like all things in nature, balance in the key to survival.  Therefore, criminalizing masculinity to promote your superior vision of feminism is detrimental to society. 

Do you remember at one point it was discouraged for boys to cry? 

Feminism has completely flipped the script to the point where now “boys being boys” is a bad thing.  That is unless you’re a girl who wants to be a boy, then knock yourself out.  Toxic masculinity doesn’t apply to you.

7) I don’t Need the Validation of Feminism to Make Something of Myself

Women have been overcoming obstacles and accomplishing great things for thousands of years. (Marie Curie anyone?)  Yes, early feminism helped open up the path for ambitious women to pursue their dreams, but now those obstacles are gone. 

There is nothing stopping a woman from becoming a doctor, a scientist, a lawyer or even President (as long as you’re not Hillary *shudder*).

So why would I need feminism to tell me I can?  I don’t and neither do you.  

In reality, feminism highlights and emphasizes all the ways women are “less than” or oppressed more than anything. 

Thanks but I already knew I didn’t need a husband to make my own decisions, Barbra Streisand.

And for women who do form decisions with the help of their husbands or partners? So what!  Just because some women have healthy and mutually respectful relationships does not mean it’s an insult to feminism.  

8) I’m Not Angry And Bitter

I’m sorry, but it seems like all feminists have evolved into confrontational, angry, bitter and resentful people.

Why are you so angry?

Maybe instead of focusing on what everyone else is doing and how you disprove, you should work on improving your own life.  

If a company doesn’t hire you because you’re a woman, go work somewhere else!  Why would you want to work there? It sounds like an awful work environment, and I’m sure there are plenty of other companies you would be happier working for.

Rather than being angry and bitter over a perceived injustice, walk away and find a situation that is better suited for you!  Why harbor and stew over something?

Credit: MaleDefender.com

Personally, I don’t want to live my life as a perpetual victim.  I’d much rather choose to be happy, let go of the things that don’t serve me and strive to be the best me. 

This can all be accomplished without a cheering squad of hostile, shaved head, hairy armpitted, overly pierced and blue haired activists making sure I’m aware of all the ways I’m oppressed.  Hard pass.

9) Feminism Isn’t Progressive, it’s Regressive

If your activism involves antics that are so outrageous and cringe-worthy that people stop taking you seriously, it’s time to reevaluate your mission. 

The #MeToo movement along with #BelieveAllWomen has hurt the feminist mission more than it has helped.  By encouraging women to use assault and rape accusations regardless of proof, damages all credibility.  The result is more skepticism and doubt to any claim as opposed to what they wanted.  

The Kavanaugh circus made this worse by showing that feminists are willing to sacrifice their own in their attempt at political gain. 

Their quest to destroy the man who potentially posed a threat to their reproductive rights put several women and even young girls in danger.

Credit: DailyMail.co.uk

Feminists have proven they are willing to lie, destroy, and disrespect anyone in their way.

Last, The Future Is NOT Female

Sorry, Kirsten Gillibrand.  The future is not female.  The future is not intersectional.  

If we want any hope for a prosperous future, the future needs to be men and women complimenting one another like they always have.

Overcoming the stigma that one sex is superior to the other is exactly what early feminists fought so hard to change.  Now, modern feminism is promoting exactly that.

Feminists have become the monster their grandmothers fought against.

I for one want to live in a world where no race, or gender is superior to any other.  Each have their strengths. Each have their weaknesses.

By working together to compliment one another is how we make our future brighter.  

[GUEST POST] America Saved My Family After We Fled Iran. We Must Protect Our Freedom

A Child Living in Fear

How does the child of an immigrant family from Iran feel about this country?

Well here is the story of my family … you decide.

As Armenians, we are all too aware of History and oppression and prejudices. 

Our ancestors were massacred by the Ottomans, and yet to this day, it is denied and not recognized. 

Did we all make a “Promise” to never forget? Yes, we did.  However, the world refuses to remember our losses, our tears.

Now, fast forward to the Bolshevik revolution.  Many Armenians fled into what was at that time Russia. 

They worked hard, had families, acquired homes only to have it all taken away.  How does this happen you ask? 

Imagine you are a young child when your home is suddenly invaded by a number of people with covered faces and weapons. 

Now imagine they storm your house, go upstairs.  You hear screaming, you run to the stairs to see your mother being thrown down by one of those men.

As you are crying and trying to help your mother, those men come down the stairs and declare that everything in the home now belongs to the people.  As a child, you don’t understand, and you scream at them only to be told that you are not sharing your wealth and that you and your family must now give it all up. 

So, you must now start all over. 

You must grow up working at a young age, get married, and work long hours into the night sewing. You are doing what you must to feed your young son and while you dream of leaving. 

Your husband now has left and somehow you manage to save up enough money to take your child and smuggle him out of the country. 

Where to? IRAN.

Life in Iran

This son, my father, now is grown. While he is enlisted in the Shahs military, he meets his future wife. 

Soon, they get married and have a little girl. 

Tensions in Iran, even in the ’50s was high.  The Shah was westernizing the county too fast.  At this time, my grandmother worked at the American embassy and could see the turmoil happening.  The danger escalating.

Two years after I was born, my mother becomes pregnant again.

“I will not have another child born in this country,” she says. 

Desperate and scared, my family flees with nothing but the clothes on their back.

My father, with a 2-year-old child, a pregnant wife, a grandmother from Russia half blind needing surgery and the mother’s sister; they secure passage to a land that they had only dreamed of. This land gave hope of starting fresh where they could finally be FREE.

The Land of the Free

I am now 2 years old, playing on the bridge of this ship when I suddenly see that everyone is screaming, cheering and crying.

I run to my mother and father. 

“Why is everyone so sad,” I asked. 

My father looked at me, picked me up and pointed to this grand statue in the water.  He pointed to it and said, “We are not sad my angel, we are happy.” 

“Why?” I asked. 

“Because we are now truly free, and no one can ever hurt us again.”

Honestly, as a child, I did not understand. 

I did not understand why we had to live with our relatives, why my father was going to school every night and work all day. 

Why did my grandmother, who was old, had to go to night school to learn English? 

I did not understand until 6 years later when my parents came back from a trip they took that day with big smiles on their faces and said,

“WE ARE NOW CITIZENS OF THE USA!”

America The Beautiful

I remember when my great aunt and aunt were here on a visit from Iran in 1974 when they got a call from their neighbor. 

“You have to come back home, or they will take it all”. 

We begged them not to go, my father said he will help them to become citizens, but as Armenians, they should not go back. 
However, they did and what did they go “home” to?

They took their home, they fired them from their jobs, they closed the Armenian schools, they destroyed our churches.

We never saw them again.

On another visit, my father’s cousins came to visit from the USSR. 

I remember taking them to a grocery store, you know, something we do every week and don’t even think about. 

My father and I were halfway down the first aisle when we realized they were not with us. As we went back to the door, I saw them standing there in tears. 

“You can just walk in and get whatever you want?” they asked. 

It was then that I realized what a shock this must have been to them. 

“The shelves are all full, nothing is rationed… is this the way it is all over this country?” 

My father now had tears in his eyes as he put his arm around them and said: “This is what capitalism is, this is how we live and it’s not just food. It is anything you want as long as you can afford it.” 

I did not expect their next words:

“They have lied to us our entire lives!  How can we go back now knowing what we do?” 

They did not go back. My father helped them to become citizens.

There Are Many Like Me

I am not the only one with a story like this one. 

Many have similar stories.

Many have suffered through history. 

And many like us have learned from our own history.  I was a“dreamer” and so were my parents. 

They ensured that I would be able to follow my dreams by coming to a country that some only dream of and others have been blinded to believe is evil.

Do we have problems in this country? Yes. 

Have I agreed with all its policies? No.  There is one thing I will always be grateful for; that my parents made the decision to come to a land like no other on this earth!

How does THIS immigrant child feel about this land?

It is my home, it is my life, and I will die to ensure that it never becomes the land that my ancestors, my parents and I fled.

GOD TRULY BLESSED THE USA.

This week’s guest post was submitted by a Closet on the Right community member.  Her wish is to remain anonymous while helping everyone understand the dangers of history and tyrannical governments.  Her hope is that we use her story as a cautionary tale to protect America at all costs, or fall victim to the oppression that has appeared time and again throughout history.

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