"You and I have a rendezvous with destiny. We'll preserve for our children this, the last best hope of men on earth, or we'll sentence them to take the last step into a thousand years of darkness." --Ronald Reagan
The Gipper's words ring as true today as they did in his 1964 speech, “A Time for Choosing,” or as Reagan liked to call it “The Speech.” The speech, recorded in fuzzy black and white, proved pivotal to his political career and culminated 20 years later with his inauguration as President of the United States.
Go to 26.50 Watch video: https://youtu.be/qXBswFfh6AY
Now, nearly 60 years later, a series of events indicate that this great constitutional republic is teetering on the brink of a thousand years of darkness.
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On May 22, Arizona legislators, desperate to right the ship of state, exercised their constitutional prerogative to ban electronic tabulators. The lawmakers, in the face of Governor Katie Hobbs (D) vetoing 86 bills, cited DHS’s 2017 designation of elections infrastructure as critical to national security.
Evidence of machine compromise had come to light during the recent Kari Lake v Hobbs trial, so the AZ legislature defied governor overreach and banned electronic tabulators. Join Zoom at Noon today as Tammy Clark, vice president of Stand UP Michigan, discusses how and why Arizona legislators took action. On May 15, the three-year, government-funded Durham investigation released its Durham Report, and the state-controlled media immediately quashed it. But the 306-page report made clear that the upper echelons of the FBI, led by then-director James Comey, deliberately altered documents. They lied to a federal FISA judge and used false information to smear candidate and later president-elect Donald Trump.
If you believe there was, or is, a “deep state” of bureaucrats, Washington insiders and power brokers who operate outside the law and do pretty much whatever they want, in this case you were right. Chalk up one for the conspiracy theorists.
Earlier in the year, Elon Musk released the Twitter Files to the public in order “to save humanity.” Bizarre as his claim sounded at that time, he declared he had purchased the company for $44 billion for that altruistic purpose.
After the Files' release, we were able to grasp the truth of his statement. Beyond a shadow of a doubt the government had actively and systematically muzzled anyone who dared question it or its favored political parties, policies, and leadership.
Get ready, Musk now warns. The government is actively programming artificial intelligence algorithms to hide the truth.
All this to say, the clock has run out.
Big Tech, large corporations, institutions of higher learning, the political parties—even our own government—have shown that they are incapable of rising to the occasion and standing tall against “Belt and Road” manipulation and propaganda.
The task falls on the shoulders of We the People.
Thanks to the Gipper's ghostly monochromatic, low-resolution video above, his words live on to guide us. The dark forces of totalitarian mob-rule, masked as “democracy,” are no match for patriots fortified with knowledge from grassroots organizations like MFE and PIME and like-minded coalition partners.
We know our freedoms and unalienable rights are protected in our beloved U.S. Constitution. We know the checks and balances, instituted in our three branches of representative government, are designed to extract the gnashing teeth of Government Overreach from our necks.
As the Japanese general Isoroku Yamamoto is rumored to have said after his empire invaded Pearl Harbor, “I would never invade America. There is a gun behind every blade of grass.” This was a serious consideration of the Soviets as well years later. Whether Americans are prepared to bear guns or roll up their sleeves as keyboard warriors, they will take action to preserve America as a free nation, as the last "beacon of hope" for the world, as Reagan said..
If recent events teach us one great thing, it is that the burden of freedom rests squarely on the shoulders of individuals, not on group thinkers and not on institutions. People like Durham and Musk and Reagan--and people like us grassroots folks--were made of strong and ethical stuff.
They, like us were purpose-driven. They, like us, came face-to-face with a choice: Rise to the occasion and take action, or bow to the tantrums of tyrants.
See you in about an hour.
For election integrity in Michigan,
Patrice Johnson, chair