Biden and Parliament’s 1689 Declaration of Rights

It’s surprising how closely certain aspects of modern Democrat rule parallel the British Parliament’s grievances with James II in 1689. 

In 1688, England had its Glorious Revolution, which was glorious because Parliament kicked out King James II without firing a shot. It then invited William I and Mary (James’s daughter) to occupy the throne subject to Parliament’s rules. It articulated these Rules in the Declaration of Rights from 1689.

To the extent Americans are familiar with the Declaration of Rights, it’s because so many of the Founders were familiar with it and believed in it. The American Revolution came about in significant part because England was denying those rights to its American subjects. (Parliament responded by saying those rights were meant to limit the King, not Parliament, which is why modern-day Brits have no rights, only privileges.)

After the Revolution, the Founders continued to believe believed that these rights were inherent in all citizens, no matter who controlled the government (that is, whether King or Parliament). Therefore, when it came time for them to create America’s Bill of Rights, they looked to that 1689 template. You can view those British rights here and you’ll recognize many of them. The Founders, wise through painful experience, made clear that these inherent rights exist regardless of the form of government.

Today, though, I don’t want to talk about the Bill of Rights. I want to talk about Parliament’s 13 grievances against King James, which it included in that Declaration of Rights to justify overthrowing the old monarch in favor of a more compliant model. To the British (the Protestant British), these grievances were so overwhelming that Parliament, acting on behalf of an outraged people, willingly dethroned Britain’s second king in 40 years. They were also the same type of grievances that, roughly 85 years later, saw the colonies break entirely with Britain.

What struck me when I read the grievances is how many of them have echoes in the four-month-old Biden government:

Whereas the late King James the Second, by the assistance of divers evil counsellors, judges and ministers employed by him, did endeavour to subvert and extirpate the Protestant religion and the laws and liberties of this kingdom;

This isn’t specifically against Biden, but I don’t think anyone can argue with the fact that leftist governors and mayors across America while leaving big box stores, casinos, and other Democrat contributors open for business, waged an exceptionally aggressive war against church-going.

By assuming and exercising a power of dispensing with and suspending of laws and the execution of laws without consent of Parliament;

What Biden is doing at the Southern border constitutes the complete erase of America’s immigration laws and the very concept of her national sovereignty. And just yesterday, he granted permanent amnesty to over 100,000 Haitians for no other reason than the poverty in their home country. Biden did this by pretending that chronic poverty in Haiti was a cataclysmic event that prevents any form of safe return. I’m sorry about their poverty but that doesn’t give the President the right to do what he did. By that standard, America has to give permanent residency to every single person in every single Third World country.

By committing and prosecuting divers worthy prelates for humbly petitioning to be excused from concurring to the said assumed power;

Biden’s Democrats have been waging war against any Republican politician who questioned the past election. They’ve done this despite their routinely questioning past Republican presidential elections. In addition, they’re waging a hardcore war to remove from Congress Marjorie Taylor Greene and Rand Paul.

By issuing and causing to be executed a commission under the great seal for erecting a court called the Court of Commissioners for Ecclesiastical Causes;

This reminds me of two things: The push to create a January 6 Commission, as if an event that saw the Capitol Police murder one woman, and that seemingly saw the Capitol Police voluntarily open the doors and welcome people in, is the equivalent of the Civil War, Pearl Harbor, or 9/11. AOC has just announced that, for her, the experience was so horrific that she has PTSD and needs therapy — although this article shows how AOC reveled in leftist violence.

By levying money for and to the use of the Crown by pretence of prerogative for other time and in other manner than the same was granted by Parliament;

The Feds are printing money, which has the same effect as taxing Americans: The resulting inflation drains wealth from the savers (the middle class, the elderly), and allows the government to pay down its debt with cheap money and to fund endless socialist programs.

By raising and keeping a standing army within this kingdom in time of peace without consent of Parliament, and quartering soldiers contrary to law;

After four months, Nancy Pelosi is finally allowing National Guard troops to leave D.C. The message, though, is clear: We have the means to control every major American center and will do so if you, the People, constitute a threat to our power.

By causing several good subjects being Protestants to be disarmed at the same time when papists were both armed and employed contrary to law;

Substitute “conservatives” for “Protestants” and “Antifa,” “BLM,” and “inner-city criminals,” for “papists,” and you have the double standard of law and order that holds in America under the Democrats. Leftist protestors and criminals walk; conservative trespassers are held under lock and key in solitary confinement.

By violating the freedom of election of members to serve in Parliament;

The analogy is massive vote fraud which perverted the People’s will.

By prosecutions in the Court of King’s Bench for matters and causes cognizable only in Parliament, and by divers other arbitrary and illegal courses;

Again, the two-tiered justice system. The FBI has become a branch of the Democrat party and the DOJ provides the legal basis and the prosecutions.

And whereas of late years partial corrupt and unqualified persons have been returned and served on juries in trials, and particularly divers jurors in trials for high treason which were not freeholders;

I’ll analogize this to our corrupted legal system, one in which activist judges have read so many new and imaginary rights into the Constitution that they’re functioning as an unelected legislature.

And excessive bail hath been required of persons committed in criminal cases to elude the benefit of the laws made for the liberty of the subjects;

Again, the two-tiered justice system….

And excessive fines have been imposed;

The two-tiered justice system and the crazy penalties Democrats across America who put in place arguably unconstitutional restrictions on American cities imposed on those who stood against masks and lockdowns. Just think of the hairdressers, restauranteurs, and gym owners who were imprisoned, fined, or saw their businesses destroyed.

And illegal and cruel punishments inflicted;

I can’t forget the January 6 protesters who are in one of America’s worst jails while the DOJ puts together trespassing charges.

And several grants and promises made of fines and forfeitures before any conviction or judgment against the persons upon whom the same were to be levied;

See above.

Let’s just say that, back in 1688, the British people would have looked askance at Democrat governance in 2020 and 2021.

I don’t know about you, but I keep thinking of W. B. Yeat’s The Second Coming:

Turning and turning in the widening gyre
The falcon cannot hear the falconer;
Things fall apart; the centre cannot hold;
Mere anarchy is loosed upon the world,
The blood-dimmed tide is loosed, and everywhere
The ceremony of innocence is drowned;
The best lack all conviction, while the worst
Are full of passionate intensity.

Surely some revelation is at hand;
Surely the Second Coming is at hand.
The Second Coming! Hardly are those words out
When a vast image out of Spiritus Mundi
Troubles my sight: somewhere in sands of the desert
A shape with lion body and the head of a man,
A gaze blank and pitiless as the sun,
Is moving its slow thighs, while all about it
Reel shadows of the indignant desert birds.
The darkness drops again; but now I know
That twenty centuries of stony sleep
Were vexed to nightmare by a rocking cradle,
And what rough beast, its hour come round at last,
Slouches towards Bethlehem to be born?

We don’t have much of a center left, and I can’t see what’s left holding for long. And then what?

I’m not advocating for revolution. Most of us are so disconnected from the supply chain that, were American civil society to break down, we’d be dead in a month. In addition, I believe that the Constitution provides the answer to our problems: Freedom of speech. We’ve been cowed for years now by insults: Racist! Transphobic! Hater! Homophobic! Islamophobic!

Moreover, many of us have a lot to lose. I kept silent for decades because speaking up would have risked my children’s ability to function socially and academically, would have made me a pariah in my neighborhood and larger community, and would have deprived me of an opportunity to earn my living. That’s life as a conservative in a blue community. Fortunately, my kids are grown, I’m in a new community, and I make a living being an opinionated conservative.

Because I know the constraints on so many conservatives, I also know how much I’m asking of you when I say that the time for polite retreat is over. If you can, safely do so speak up. Push back. If you can still earn a living, take the risk of losing those friends. You’ll feel remarkably free once you do so. Hiding your true self around censorious friends proves only to be a simulacrum of friendship.

The left is dominant because it yells, screams, and pushes harder and louder. We can do the same, all the while staying strictly within the rule of law. However, unless we make our presence known, the left will continue to rule as if we don’t exist.

And use the power of the marketplace, of course, again subject to the reasonable limitations of your own life. No more Disney! No more Coke! No more any woke company that you can manage without. And please, try to buy from and patronize American companies that aren’t woke.

Exercise your Second Amendment and get armed. It’s expensive now (both weapons and ammo) but do whatever you can. Even if you don’t see yourself ever using it, buy it, take a class in gun operation and safety, learn how to use it, and keep it safe, if only to make a statement.

And thus endeth the sermon (lecture? harangue?).

The Democrats are preempting the possibility of an armed rebellion

The nature of the modern military and Democrat trends in staffing the military make an armed rebellion impossible.

I sometimes see people on the internet claiming that if the Democrats push conservatives too far – anything from banning meat to erasing the Second Amendment to publicly hanging the people who had the temerity to walk through the Capitol – ordinary Americans will reenact the rebellion against King George over 200 years ago. I don’t believe this can possibly happen, especially because the Democrats have spent the last eight years ensuring that ordinary Americans do not have the wherewithal to stage an effective rebellion. (I hope it goes without saying that I am not calling for rebellion. What I’m writing is purely hypothetical. It’s like mental math.)

People who believe in the possibility of a civilian uprising point to is the fact that Americans are well armed and getting better armed. The current guesstimate is that 42% of American households are armed. Despite the ongoing ammunition shortages, Americans probably have enough ammo to keep them going for a while. Some believe that this is a sufficient bulwark against encroachments on American liberty, which is exactly what the Founders had in mind when they included the Second Amendment in the Bill of Rights.

I have several reasons for believing that an armed rebellion is pie in the sky thinking:

There is a much wider chasm between civilian weaponry and military weaponry than existed in the Revolutionary era. The AR-15’s that Democrats demonize are simply fancy rifles. Some people have more complex and powerful weapons, but for the most part, Americans have pistols and rifles. In the Revolutionary era, the military and the civilians had the same kind of guns. The military added to that canons and mortars. That was it.

Today’s military, though, has an unimaginably more powerful arsenal than civilians do. Just spend a few minutes watching recruiting commercials for the American military. (I mean the recruiting commercials before they started being woke.) We can do low-level civilian warfare for a while, but I happen to think it’s ludicrous to believe that an impromptu civilian army can stand up against the biggest, best-equipped military in the world.

Moreover, it’s not just the military that is so well-armed. I don’t know how many of you remember this, but back in 2013, Obama’s government went on a huge spending binge to equip all federal agencies with massive ammunition supplies. True, they did not get tanks or fighter jets or machine guns, but ordinary, nonmilitary federal agencies are extremely well-armed. They’re effectively alternative military stockpiles.

If civilians are to have a chance against the federal government if it turns against them, they need a military that will side with them. However, starting with Obama, the Democrats have been taking care to make sure that the military does not ally itself with ordinary Americans. I’ve written before about the cancer in the Pentagon, so I’m not going to belabor that point. However, I have a few things to add to it.

As noted, the military is making a huge push to recruit people who are not interested in defending America and the Constitution but are instead dedicated to defending social justice issues. These are people who are okay with you spitting on the flag but will get really angry if you say that, because you are a conservative Christian or Jew, you oppose same-sex marriage.

The Obama administration is trying to cement the transformation of the troops by the huge push to weed out so-called “extremism” in the military. That would be fine if the extremism at issue were Islamist totalitarians who want to create a worldwide caliphate and kill or enslave all Christians and Jews, or were neo-Nazis who dream again of concentration camps. However, it’s been pretty clear that the current definition of extremism simply means someone who supports President Trump – and President Trump, as you may remember, despite all the flak he got for being “abnormal” represented values that were perfectly normal up till around 2008.

The Biden administration is also openly ridding itself of anyone who challenges socialism:

A Space Force commander has been removed from his post after blasting diversity and inclusion training in the military as ‘critical race theory rooted in Marxism’.

Lt Col. Matthew Lohmeier appeared on a podcast to promote his new self published book when he made the comments which led to a ‘loss of trust and confidence in his ability to lead’, according to a statement from the Space Force.

Lohmeier said: ‘The diversity, inclusion and equity industry and the trainings we are receiving in the military…is rooted in critical race theory, which is rooted in Marxism.

‘Since taking command as a commander about 10 months ago, I saw what I consider fundamentally incompatible and competing narratives of what America was, is and should be.

‘That wasn’t just prolific in social media, or throughout the country during this past year, but it was spreading throughout the United States military. And I had recognized those narratives as being Marxist in nature.’

He described the the New York Times 1619 Project as ‘anti-American’, adding: ‘It teaches intensive teaching that I heard at my base – that at the time the country ratified the United States Constitution, it codified white supremacy as the law of the land.

‘If you want to disagree with that, then you start (being) labeled all manner of things including racist.’

A spokesperson told The Military Times: ‘This decision was based on public comments made by Lt. Col. Lohmeier in a recent podcast.

In Biden’s military, the dominant doctrine appears to be Marxism. And the troops whom the Pentagon wants in its new military are those who eschew traditional American values in favor of Marxism, social justice, Critical Race Theory, etc. So, I ask you: Are these the kind of people who will side with ordinary civilians in a revolutionary scenario or are they people who will instead vigorously support a government crackdown?

Moreover, as I’ve pointed out, a Civil War would be more disastrous than anyone can comprehend. Ordinary Americans are so far removed from the source of food that most of them would starve to death in a few weeks if there were a revolution that completely stopped the supply chain. Just think about the fact that it took only three days for gas to run out after the Colonial Pipeline was shut down.

Again let me reiterate, no one I know is arguing for a revolution. To a man (and woman), the people in my world strongly support the Constitution, the ballot box, and the rule of law. This post contains hypothetical arguments that are meant to expose the serious changes in the federal system, especially in the military. They are food for thought. That is all.

At bottom, all of us must hope that honest elections in 2022  and 2204 allow voters to show the true direction in which they want this country’s government to take America.

War in Israel and my old Volkswagen

The latest war between Israel and Hamas again raises an important question: Is this the war that Israel will finally fight to win?

When I started college, I bought a used Volkswagen at a very good price from the widow of a family friend. It had been her husband’s car and she was not going to drive it again. For me, it was a good deal because, for financial reasons, I was going to commute rather than live on or near campus. Without the car, I would have had to rely on public transportation, and my commute, rather than taking 45 minutes each way, would have been double that time.

I owned that car for the next eight years. It was a terrible lemon. It left me stranded on the freeway innumerable times, including one of the worst rainstorms the early 1980s (a time of torrential rains) had to offer. The car broke down in the Sierras, the Rockies, and the heat of Texas. Speaking of Texas, not only did the car not have A/C, but the heating system broke and it blew hot air into the car all year long.

The problem was that I was in a situation that all poor people know: I could always scrape together the money to repair the car but I never had enough money to replace the car. And of course, that hole kept getting deeper because every repair further depleted any fund I might have started to buy a new car or, at least, a better, more reliable used car. By the end of my eight years of ownership, I had managed cumulatively to spend more money on that wreck of a vehicle than I would have spent had I just bought another car.

I keep thinking of my travails with that old car when I look back on Israel’s wars with the local Arabs.

An interlude here: I am no longer calling them the “Palestinians,” which gives them a historic claim to the land — by tying them to the Philistines or even the Palestinians from the Roman era —  that they utterly lack. The Arabs in Gaza, the West Bank, and Israel itself are Ottoman Empire Arabs who have been on the land for roughly 150 years. That’s a mere blip compared to the fact that Jews have had a continuous presence in Israel for over 4,000 years.

The concept of Palestinian nationalism was an idea that Yassir Arafat cooked up in the 1960s. Every time we use the word Palestinian, we are giving credence to that historic lie. Henceforth, I will refer to Israel’s enemies in Gaza, the West Bank, and Israel itself solely as Arabs — or perhaps, Jordanians, because that is their true nationality if they can be said to have one.

Interlude over. Back to my post about my old car and Israel’s approach to war.

Since the Israeli War of Independence, which was a purely existential war and which Israel had to fight to victory, Israel has never fought a war to the point of victory. Instead, in large part because of international pressure, Israel invariably fights wars to the point at which the Arabs demand a truce.

The international pressure on Israel for truces is always enormous. Brendan O’Neill points out that Israel is the only country in the world denied the right to self-defense. Others have made this point before but I think O’Neill does a particularly good job.

Biden, for example, is already pressuring Israel to end the violence, as if having thousands of rockets raining down on your entire country is just something you can walk away from. (To get an idea of the scope of the barrage, imagine rockets raining down on 1/3 of America, started at the entire Eastern seaboard and moving west.) The only infinitesimally small satisfaction I’m having from all of this is watching Democrat Zionist Jews on my social media grappling with the fact that, as I warned them, Biden wants to see Israel gone. Their struggles with cognitive dissonance amuse me.

But again, back to my main point about how all of the last 70 years of wars have ended….

Israel never conquers the Arabs. Or, to follow my car metaphor, she never buys a new car. Instead, by stopping short of victory, she does the equivalent of muddling along with my old car. She keeps doing temporary fixes that invariably fail, forcing her to engage in painful and costly repairs. Unlike my car, though, the cost isn’t just money. It’s blood. That’s a much higher cost.

And it’s not just Israeli blood. It’s Arab blood too. The first casualties of Hamas’s strike with a father and daughter (16 years old) who were Muslim Arab residents of Israel. A 5-year-old boy and a 21-year old soldier were killed. And Hamas has managed to kill more than 3 dozen Gaza residents with misfired rockets. The numbers will only go up.

The only way this will end is if Israel finally fights to victory. In the long run, a single victory will come at a lower cost for Israel and the surrounding Arabs than these endlessly dribbled out engagements.

Currently, Netanyahu is pretending that this time the Israelis will fight to win. Hamas, as it always does, is trying to get a truce that leaves it in a better position, even though Israel has greater military might. This article explains Hamas’s strategy:

The current major escalation between Israel and Hamas is a result of the terror organization’s long-term strategic vision aimed at ultimately crowning it as “Jerusalem’s defender,” both in the internal Palestinian arena and throughout the Middle East.

[snip]

The move serves Hamas’ interests on multiple levels. On the Palestinian street, it positions Hamas as the dominant party in the struggle for leadership with Fatah. In the Arab world, it pushes back against Arab states engaged in normalization in Israel, by sending out the message to their publics that these countries are counterfeit defenders of Jerusalem, while Hamas is the genuine deal.

This creates long-term legitimacy for Hamas in the Arab world, reversing its isolation. It could see Hamas receive significant support and funding in the future, even if it currently risks the immediate goals of rebuilding Gaza now.

[snip]

Hamas has, in fact, begun sending out feelers for a truce, as seen in statements calling on international intervention over Israel’s decision to stop fuel movement into Gaza.

Those truce efforts (which are really victory efforts) are continuing. This vaguely anti-Israel “news” story was just posted 30 minutes before I pasted it here:

Hamas sent a heavy barrage of rockets deep into Israel on Thursday, and Israel pounded Gaza with more airstrikes. The relentless escalation of hostilities came even as Egyptian negotiators held in-person talks with the two sides, intensifying efforts at mediation.

[snip]

Many world leaders have condemned the violence and urged restraint, and a visit by Egyptian security officials was a significant development in international efforts to bring about a cease-fire; such efforts have been key to ending past rounds of fighting. The officials met first with Hamas leaders in Gaza before holding talks with the Israelis in Tel Aviv, two Egyptian intelligence officials said. They spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to talk to the press.

Netanyahu is engaged in the usual pretense of “holding firm”:

“It will take more time, but with great firmness … we will achieve our goal — to restore peace to the State of Israel,” he said.

The previous evening, Israeli TV reported Netanyahu’s Security Cabinet authorized a widening of the offensive that the military says has already hit 600 targets in Gaza.

Reading it, one might think, “Maybe this is it. Maybe this time Israel will fight the war to win, rather than hemorrhaging blood and lives for another several decades.” But then reality kicks in. Sooner or later, the international pressure will be too much to bear, coming as it will be pictures of those dead children the Arabs always provide for the cameras. At that point, as she always does, Israel will not take the steps necessary to change the dynamic (e.g., to buy that new car). Instead, she walks away, once again having achieved nothing other than keeping the rattletrap of current Israeli-Arab policy on the road for a little while longer.

A slo-mo anti-mask rebellion

I’m not the fiery rebellious type but, today, we mounted a quiet mask rebellion and — hot damn! — it felt wonderful.

I live in the Southeastern corridor that’s been affected by the ransomware attack on Colonial Pipeline. And yes, I do think it was a real ransomware attack, not a Deep State trial run. However, I think the Deep State is sitting back and watching to see how it will work to deprive conservative red states of power.

Last night, at 11, we were at the corner Speedy gas station putting gas in the tank before there was any word of shortages, simply because I couldn’t bear to go to sleep without a full tank. This was the same spider-sense neuroticism that, last February, saw me go out and buy masks, hand sanitizer, bathroom cleaner, and toilet paper.

In case you’re wondering, I was not one of those crazy hoarders buying shopping carts and garages full of toilet paper. I just bought enough to get me through a short period of time. For the long hall, just in case, I also got a bidet attachment for my toilet. I think being raised by parents who saw WWII up close and personal left me with a very strong feeling that, once bad things start happening, you need to react fast.

All of this leads up to the fact that we went to the local Publix today to stock up on supplies. After all, if the gas shortage continues, the grocery store shelves will start being bare in about three or four days — and we were already running low on milk and eggs. We left the store with a week’s worth of food. As I saw it, the worst that could happen is that we won’t have to shop for a week.

I happen to like Publix. It’s very clean, the employees are polite and efficient, the products are good, the produce is nice, and the company is not a raving leftist company. If you check its corporate donations, they’re reasonable, with a slight conservative tilt. Because I like Publix, I had no intention of going in there and creating a ruckus.

However, we have had it with masks. We’re vaccinated (long story, won’t explain, rational choice for us) and we’re in a region with almost no COVID. We agreed that, while we would go into the store mask-free, if another customer or an employee politely asked us to mask up, we would politely acquiesce.

So we went in without masks and we stayed mask-free for our entire time in the store. There were a few other people without masks who smiled at us and we smiled back. It was wonderful. I never thought that I would enjoy the smell of a grocery store — but I did!

My current thinking is that masks will not end with some glorious Hollywood finale that sees everyone stripping off their masks and singing a song about liberty. Instead, I think it’s going to take incremental acts of rebellion. Maybe, after seeing us stroll down the aisle, smiling and free, others will slip their masks down, and then still others, until the masks are finally gone.

But gosh! I’d really love to have a Hollywood ending with a liberty dance. It makes me crazy that it’s the French who are doing it:

IMAGE: Rawpixel (modified).

They Shootin’

They shootin’, aw, made you look
You a slave to a page in my rhyme book
Gettin’ big money, playboy your time’s up
Where them gangstas? Where them dimes 

Nas produced by Salaam Remi

Made You LookAlbum:

God Son2002

In My Opinion 


We all have different opinions. We may not always agree with each other, however, we should be free to openly express ourselves.
We currently stand in what has been called “the cancel culture”.


Where people who may NOT share our perspectives stop our free speech.
My family holds two residences, one in Henrico County and a second in Chesterfield County. We split when we took on the care of our Grandmother Elaine Morrison. We were unable to find a home large enough for everyone and our youngest son Elliot was in his last year of school at Virginia Randolph. He was majoring in in Electrical Engineering. Mandy and I did not want to take him out of school as he finally found something that he excelled in and was doing well.
So we split. Hard decision for Mandy and I. Eriq, Jackie, Elijah, Elliot, Onix (5 year old Pit Bull/Cane Corso mix), June (3 year old Pit Bull/Lab mix) and Kira (the 2 year old stray cat we took in) in Henrico. Mandy, Grandma, Eva Elizabeth (our 8 year old Malti-poo doggie daughter) and I in Chesterfield.


 In Chesterfield, we have two yard signs. One in support of the Virginia Citizens Defense League (VCDL) which reads “Guns Save Lives”.


The second sign is in support of Law Enforcement. The signs sits on our property. We are expressing “our” opinions on “our” rented peice of property. Twice in the last several months we have heard gunshots. The Chesterfield County Police have responded in both incidents. We have  learner that Virginians who may not share our perspectives are shooting at our home.


I an not in support of Black Lives Matter or the Democratic Party. However, when I pass a home or business with a sign in support of those things, I do not knock on the door and pick a fight, tear the sign off the front lawn or discharge my firearm towards their property. They have a right to express themselves.


These days and times are extremely frustrating to me. Because people cannot respect opinions which are different. But, just because we disagree, does not mean we cannot just have different opinions, be friends and live life.


I am not sure what else I can do except live my life to my best ability. Support local businesses, get up every day and place one foot in front of the other and keep pushing. I may talk to you about why you hold your opinion, but I will never shoot at your house. I pray I am never outside when you decide to lick a shot my way. Cancel culture is ridiculous and has to stop.


To to readers of Virginia Right, thank you for your continued support. 

Battles over AIDS privacy should block vaccine passports

AIDS was a very scary disease in the 1980s but gays successfully fought to keep their status private. The same reasoning should apply to COVID vaccinations.

It’s entirely possible that I am completely misremembering my 1980s and 1990s history, but I don’t think I am. If I’m correct about it, those battles should stand as a bulwark against an industry’s demands that people must show their vaccination status to take advantage of their services. (I’m talking to you airlines, stadiums, and any other place that demands proof of vaccinations.)

What I remember is that AIDS was terrifying when it first appeared because it was contagious and had a 100% mortality rate. Keep that mortality rate in mind as you contemplate COVID’s mortality rate in America.

The CDC’s numbers show that COVID has only a 1.8% mortality rate (577,857 deaths out of 32,446,915 cases). While I suspect both numbers are inflated because everyone who died with COVID was identified as having died from COVID and because the tests used to diagnose cases are way too sensitive, the relative number is probably close. So, again, we’re talking about a 1.8% mortality rate compared to the fact that AIDS started out more deadly than the Black Death in the mid-14th century.

What I also remember is that AIDS in America was most common in the gay community. This was so because of gay sexual practices (multiple partners, often in a single night, plus a form of sex that was more likely to result in blood flowing). That meant that gays were terribly worried that they would be stigmatized as modern-day lepers. That is, merely being gay would imply that someone carried a contagious disease with a 100% mortality rate.

This stigma meant that gays were denied health insurance, jobs, medical care, etc., simply because they were gay, irrespective of their actual health, Medical privacy suddenly became extremely important.

And here’s where my memory might be failing me but I don’t think so: To protect against a stigma that applied whether or not someone had AIDS, the gay lobby successfully mounted a campaign to make a person’s health status completely private. That health campaign was eventually federalized in 1996 as the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (aka HIPAA).

HIPAA completely muzzles health care providers from sharing any health information about a patient without the patient’s explicit permission. The point is to ensure that, if someone has AIDS or any other contagious disease, that information is strictly between the patient and his healthcare providers. Employers don’t get to know. Family members, insurance companies other than the one currently covering the patient, airlines, sports stadiums, etc. — as to all of them, the information is in a lockbox and they don’t have the key.

While HIPAA applies only to health care providers because it was developed for a disease as to which there was (and still is) no vaccine, the principle behind it should apply globally. The way I see it, demanding proof of someone’s vaccine status should fall into the same “It’s none of your damn business” category as AIDS information or any other medical information. My body, my privacy — and you should not be able to discriminate against me because I opt for privacy.

If you are worried about COVID, get a vaccine, put on a mask, wash your hands, take your vitamins, and get out into the sun to boost your Vitamin D. You might also want to yourself that, if you’re under 60 and have no co-morbidities, you are as likely to die from COVID as you are to suffer from other unexpected life-snuffing-out experiences such as getting hit by a bus or lightning, dying from the flu, getting poisoned by bad canned food from China, getting shot by a criminal in a “gun-free” Democrat city, etc.

What you should not be able to do if you’re worried about COVID is force me to prove my health status to you. We already won this battle during the AIDS era and there’s no reason we should have to fight it again.

Incidentally, I’m not the first person to compare COVID to AIDS. There are reams of mainstream media and special interest videos on YouTube doing just that. However, they’re all just panic porn or Fauci reverence. None seem to be making the argument I’m making here, which is that the privacy fight of AIDS should apply with equal weight to a privacy fight about COVID vaccine status — and with the same outcome; namely, that it’s no one’s business but your own.

IMAGE: YouTube screengrab.

Europe, Liberty, and Danser Encore flashmobs

Maybe I’m beating Danser Encore to death, but I think it’s time Americans look to Europe for a way to break free from COVID restrictions.

There’s a rising phenomenon in Europe: the Danser Encore flashmob. I’ve written about the phenomenon twice at American Thinker, so you can go here and here for the details. I’ll try not to repeat most of what I said in those posts. Still, here’s a little background.

In December, a French group called HK & Saltimbank recorded a song, the lyrics of which state in relevant part

We come to break the silence
And when in the evening on TV
The good king has spoken
Come to announce the sentence
We show irreverence
But always with elegance

[snip]

Every measure of authority
Every whiff of security
Sees our confidence vanish
They show so much insistence
To confine our conscience
Let’s not be impressed
By all these unreasonable people
Sellers of fear in abundance
Harrowing to the point of indecency
Let’s keep them at bay
For our mental health
Our social and environmental well-being
Our smiles, our intelligence
Let’s not be without resistance
The instruments of their insanity.


Somewhere along the line, the song captured French people’s imaginations and they started doing flashmobs to celebrate and demand freedom. Being French, they frame the issue as one of “culture.” Nevertheless, it’s clear what they mean. They’re not demanding that museums re-open or that there’s more opera. Instead, they are insisting upon the return of France’s day-to-day culture of getting out of the house to dance, dine, shop, and generally be free to live their lives.

Flashmobs are a much better idea than protests. Protests have to be planned in advance, they’re angry, they’re political, and they attract attention from police forces.

Unlike a protest, flashmobs must be planned in advance only as to the core people involved for singing, playing instruments, and dancing. Their spontaneity also means that counterprotesters (e.g., Antifa, BLM, or other dangerous groups) won’t be there.

Flashmobs aren’t angry. This is super important. The flashmob doesn’t yell about injustice from the Neo-Puritans who have set themselves above us with their crazy, contradictory, liberty-limiting edicts. Instead, flashmobs are about joy. If this were still high school, the masked crowd would be the uptight teachers’ pets whom everyone hates. The flashmob crowd is the one with the cool kids. They’re partying and having fun. Joy is much more attractive than anger and punitive discipline.

Flashmobs aren’t political. A protest in America about masks is inherently political. Republicans are anti-mask; Democrats are pro-mask. Independents stay away because they have become disgusted by American politics and because they’re concerned about being attacked by Antifa or arrested by the police. A flashmob, on the other hand, is apolitical. It’s about music and joy. Again, it draws people in.

The European anti-maskers, who are less constrained by the political straightjacket strangling public life in America, intuitively understood these things. The flashmobs seem to have really started in March in France, but they’re moving across Europe: Germany, Italy, Belgium, Spain, Holland, and maybe other places I’ve missed.

If you do a YouTube search for “Danser Encore,” you will get several dozen videos of flashmobs. Today — May 1 — has generated a whole new batch. Maybe May Day is significant. Perhaps the Europeans are shaking off the grim communist takeover of May 1 and returning to that date’s exuberant roots as a celebration of freedom from a long, dark winter.

If you’re wondering why I don’t go out there myself and start a flashmob there are a few reasons. First, my forte is writing. Second, I moved into my community a year ago, in the midst of the first phase of the lockdowns, and know only ten people. Third, I’m decidedly unmusical. Consider me the idea person.

And for those of you who are idea persons and do want to spark a rebellion of joy against the neo-Puritans, the song you choose has to be (a) relatively well-known, (b) apolitical, (c) easy for ordinary people to sing along with, (d) about liberty, and (e) joyous. Those are your marching orders. Armed with that, you can go forth and raise the banner of joy and freedom.

The following are the most popular flashmob videos from various European countries, along with videos from Le Huffington Post and the Journal l’Humanité:

For the following video, I made a rough translation of the singer’s explanation about the song. You can find that translation here.

And here’s a sampling of the videos that popped up just today, a chilly May Day in Europe (with more being loaded by the minute as best I can tell):

In America, in 1776, we started a revolution dedicated to replacing an increasingly repressive monarchy with individual liberty. In France, in 1789, they started a revolution dedicated to overturning a repressive monarchy and replacing it with a socialist state.

In 2021, the tables have turned. While Americans weren’t looking, socialists stole their liberty, a revolution they’re trying to lock into place with the Biden administration. Meanwhile, the Europeans are taking it to the streets to express their yearning to breathe free.

Sandy’s Out of Blog Retirement…to Defend the Legal System Against a Scurrilous Attack!

Sandy’s Still Running for Judge BUT This Ad I Just Got Must be Answered!

I stepped away from the blog for the campaign for the Court of Appeals and I am one of the fifty who placed their name (paywall) in for the endorsement of the Virginia State Bar.

I was going to stay out of active politics but here is the fifty cent version of my activities:

  1. I eschewed the GOP “convention” because I would not promise I will support the statewide winners – I probably will – because the Libertarian Party might run a statewide candidate.
  2. So I decided to (almost certainly) vote in the Democratic primary provided my vote will not be to hurt one candidate but help the best of a bad group of choices. If I am eliminated as a judicial candidate before June, I will indicate who I will vote for and why.
  3. I have been letting the 140 votes in the judicial primary (The House and Senate) know why I should be a judge: Experience, scholarly writing (ten law review/journal articles), several practice-oriented articles, taught at several places as an adjunct, and was Virginia’s first Appellate Defender from 1996 to 2000 (original title was Director, Capital and Appellate Services). I also defended indigents in Prince William County for nearly a decade in private practice.

But this scurrilous ad came out from the Virginia Cornerstone PAC and I must object! Here is their website (They are also after Glenn Youngkin, too.) and they say they want to retake the House of Delegates for the Republicans. Here is their FB page.

The ad

This ad attacked GOP AG candidate for representing child predators and illegal immigrants. Cites cases. We do not know if Chuck Smith was appointed or retained for these cases. That small fact is not important to the PAC’s attack. But it is relevant. The court appoints lawyers to represent indigent suspects and the immigration status of the suspect is irrelevant to his or her right to counsel. Since Gideon v. Wainwright in the early 1960s, people too poor for to afford an attorney in a serious criminal case have that right. And criminal suspects are presumed innocent until proven guilty.

No PAC should ever attack a candidate for representing accused criminals! I urge my readers to give some polite but tough criticism at the FB page of this PAC to renounce the ad.

This is not an endorsement of any candidate although I know Smith and he used the legal printing service I work for.

Sandy’s Out of Blog Retirement…to Defend the Legal System Against a Scurrilous Attack!

Sandy’s Still Running for Judge BUT This Ad I Just Got Must be Answered!

I stepped away from the blog for the campaign for the Court of Appeals and I am one of the fifty who placed their name (paywall) in for the endorsement of the Virginia State Bar.

I was going to stay out of active politics but here is the fifty cent version of my activities:

  1. I eschewed the GOP “convention” because I would not promise I will support the statewide winners – I probably will – because the Libertarian Party might run a statewide candidate.
  2. So I decided to (almost certainly) vote in the Democratic primary provided my vote will not be to hurt one candidate but help the best of a bad group of choices. If I am eliminated as a judicial candidate before June, I will indicate who I will vote for and why.
  3. I have been letting the 140 votes in the judicial primary (The House and Senate) know why I should be a judge: Experience, scholarly writing (ten law review/journal articles), several practice-oriented articles, taught at several places as an adjunct, and was Virginia’s first Appellate Defender from 1996 to 2000 (original title was Director, Capital and Appellate Services). I also defended indigents in Prince William County for nearly a decade in private practice.

But this scurrilous ad came out from the Virginia Cornerstone PAC and I must object! Here is their website (They are also after Glenn Youngkin, too.) and they say they want to retake the House of Delegates for the Republicans. Here is their FB page.

The ad

This ad attacked GOP AG candidate for representing child predators and illegal immigrants. Cites cases. We do not know if Chuck Smith was appointed or retained for these cases. That small fact is not important to the PAC’s attack. But it is relevant. The court appoints lawyers to represent indigent suspects and the immigration status of the suspect is irrelevant to his or her right to counsel. Since Gideon v. Wainwright in the early 1960s, people too poor for to afford an attorney in a serious criminal case have that right. And criminal suspects are presumed innocent until proven guilty.

No PAC should ever attack a candidate for representing accused criminals! I urge my readers to give some polite but tough criticism at the FB page of this PAC to renounce the ad.

This is not an endorsement of any candidate although I know Smith and he used the legal printing service I work for.