Quote of the week
56% of Texans in the 2010 U.S. Religion Census said they were “adherents to a religion.” This compared to the national average of 48.8%.
“All men have a natural and indefeasible right to worship Almighty God according to the dictates of their own consciences. No man shall be compelled to attend, erect or support any place of worship, or to maintain any ministry against his consent. No human authority ought, in any case whatever, to control or interfere with the rights of conscience in matters of religion, and no preference shall ever be given by law to any religious society or mode of worship. But it shall be the duty of the Legislature to pass such laws as may be necessary to protect equally every religious denomination in the peaceable enjoyment of its own mode of public worship.” – Texas Constitution, Article 1, Section 6
Buddy’s Soap Box
A patriotic Texas howdy from Buddy
Biden is all thumbs, but he still isn’t the little Dutch boy. President Donald Trump built the border wall, our version of the Dutch dike built to hold back the sea. The little Dutch boy, when he saw his nation’s dike spring a leak, his finger in the leak before it could enlarge and flood the land. Joe Biden, instead of putting his finger on the border leak, stands back and welcomes the flood of new Democrat voters, putting his party’s interest ahead of all others.
Don’t believe his maudlin mumblings about compassion. There’s nothing compassionate about exposing children to privation, rape, and murder in order to swell the Democrat voter rolls with their parents in the 2022 election, the first election—if the Democrats have their way—in which a person—citizen or not—may vote without ANY show of I.D. You and I know—as do these socialists—that prosecuting voter fraud will be just a tad difficult if no one knows who actually voted.
The next item down, concerning President Trump’s plan to launch a social media platform points the way for us all. Who needs Google, Facebook, Twitter, etc. if we build alternatives—something easily done! We in our millions will go to OUR places, free of “wokeism” and cancel culture. The left is fast creating a new kind of segregation, not one of black and white, but one of progressive and conservative, with conservative being the new black. Given the virulent and unrelenting hatred coming from the woke left, compromise is impossible. Better we, like black citizens before integration, build our own institutions—private schools, businesses, internet resources, all places where freedom can flourish, no matter your color or political hue. That will be easy to do if we also resist efforts to eliminate the safeguards that ensure free and honest elections.
Other Items in the News
Former President Donald Trump is reportedly preparing to launch his own social media platform in the next couple of months after hosting numerous meetings with companies at Mar-a-Lago.
An adviser to Trump made the revelation on Sunday during an interview on Fox News’s “MediaBuzz” with host Howard Kurtz.
“The fact the president’s been off of social media for a while because his press releases, his statements have actually been getting almost more play than he ever did on Twitter before,” adviser Jason Miller claimed. “I’m not sure if that’s because the length of them are a bit longer. [We] even had one reporter say that she thought it was much more elegant, the way that the president was able to communicate his thoughts and very much looked more presidential in that longer form.”
“But I do think that we’re going to see President Trump returning to social media in probably about two or three months here with his own platform,” he continued. “And this is something that I think will be the hottest ticket in social media. It’s going to completely redefine the game and everybody is going to be waiting and watching to see what exactly President Trump does. But it will be his own platform.”
Miller said Trump has had “a lot of high-powered meetings” at Mar-a-Lago with “numerous companies” about creating a platform that he hopes will bring in “tens of millions of people.”
To advance hatred, especially racial divisions, National Public Radio isn’t above telling lies. There’s a reason I sometimes listen to NPR driving to or from work, despite my thinking being very different from theirs. Know thy enemy, I say. I, like most people, don’t see the world wholly in terms of race and gender, the oppressed and the oppressors, etc. But that’s just about all NPR thinks about. Tune in any time. If the first thing you hear isn’t about race, gender, inequality, oppression, woke this or woke that, they’ll soon get to it.
The folks at and those attracted to NPR are what I call whinos. If they aren’t whining about one thing, then it’s another. Yes, the world is full of wrongs, always has been, always will be, but turning race against race and gender against gender isn’t the solution. Such attitudes do far more to flame racial and other divisions than the KKK could ever hope to do.
And to advance that hatred, especially racial divisions, National Public Radio isn’t above telling lies.
Here’s an example. In reporting on the mass killing at a Boulder Colorado grocery store, NPR led with a 911 call in which the shooter was described as a “white man.” He wasn’t. That was just the initial impression by a 911 caller. In fact, the killer was a light-skinned Muslim. Now, we know NPR covers for Muslim killers to the extent they can, but this time, in omitting any mention of the shooter’s actual identity, they went even further, intentionally leaving the impression that the killer was a “white man.”
Par for the course for National Public Radio
To our knowledge, no one we admire was ever an Exalted Cyclops in the Ku Klux Klan. Democrat Senator Robert Byrd started his political life as an Exalted Cyclops in the Ku Klux Klan. In 1944, Byrd wrote the following in a letter to Senator Theodore Bilbo: “I shall never fight in the armed forces with a Negro by my side … Rather I should die a thousand times and see Old Glory trampled in the dirt never to rise again, than to see this beloved land of ours become degraded by race mongrels, a throwback to the blackest specimen from the wilds.” Byrd filibustered the 1964 Civil Rights Act for 14 hours.
As for Buddy, the only cool cyclopses are those from Greek mythology or from Ray Harryhausen’s 7th Voyage of Sinbad which I’ve watched too many times to count!
The following are excellent resources for those of us (way more than 75 million strong) who want full and honest news reporting. We’ll be adding to this list as we go along. Those who prefer filtered news—only the news deemed safe for them to know—can stay with the legacy media, such as it is.
The Epoch Times print newspaper and web site/email updates
Denis Prager This man will help you find the mainstream conservative hiding inside you.
President Donald Trump’s Great America PAC is now up and running. Give to this PAC or to individual candidates you know to be truly conservative. Money given to the Republican Party is money down a RINO hole. https://texasscorecard.com/state/legislative-priorities-tracker/
Columns worth reading
Each week under this heading, I’ll include columns or intros to columns you can read in full elsewhere on the internet. Each of these columns pretty much express my views, else I’d not be sharing them with you.
It isn’t just nut case individuals who are into cancel culture. Nor is it just the several media giants working for a progressively more corrupt federal government. Big business is doing its part, too, to suppress opinion and people it doesn’t like. Chase Bank is our bank but one day it may not be, not if they keep pulling stunts like the one described by Dinesh D’Souza in the following column.
Dinesh D’Souza, March 29, 2021 Updated: March 29, 2021
The notification, when it arrived, seemed innocuous enough. It appeared, on first glance, to be an email notification of some change of status regarding my credit card, obtained many years ago through the Chase Bank. Normally, I don’t even read such notifications. Life is too short.
But I happened to glance over this one, and I realized that this one I should read. Basically, it said Chase was cancelling my card. This was not my personal credit card but my business credit card through my company D’Souza Media. No reason was given for the cancellation.
I realized right away that this might be a politically motivated decision. After all, I have had the card for years. I pay my bills every month, so chronic lateness was not an issue. (Besides, credit card companies prefer people to pay late, so that they can charge them usurious rates of interest.) Moreover, my company has a stellar credit history, having been in operation for many years.
But it’s possible there was a good reason to cancel my card that I couldn’t think of. So I called Chase, and the representative informed me that she was puzzled, too. She could find no reason listed in the internal records. All she could say was that the direction had come from senior management in the bank’s main office.
The plot thickens. Several years ago, during my campaign finance case in which I was accused of exceeding the allowable contribution limit, I had my personal banking relationship with Chase abruptly terminated. This was in 2014 or 2015, and the manner of the cancellation was equally abrupt.
I lived at the time in La Jolla, California. I moseyed into my local Chase bank, where the manager knew me well. She summoned me almost conspiratorially to her cubicle, where she said that, to her complete surprise, the bank had closed my account. No, it wasn’t some sort of mistake. The head office of Chase had directed the local branch to terminate my ability to do business with Chase.
How, I wondered, could something like this happen? Again, it had nothing to do with me bouncing checks or engaging in other eyebrow-raising banking behavior. I suggested to the manager—who knew about my case—that since the FBI had obtained my banking records, maybe the Chase management became freaked out. I noted, of course, that I also had accounts at two other banks and my relationships with them continued unchanged.
I forgot about the earlier episode until this latest cancellation. What makes the new one even more surprising and disturbing is that, almost three years ago, I got a presidential pardon. I no longer have a stain on my record. My slate has been wiped clean. So the bank has no new justification to cancel me. Yet it did.
In the past year, I’ve experienced a few other cases of cancel culture in the movie business. This is not the normal intolerance that I have come to expect from Hollywood. I knew about that before I went into making movies, and therefore I set up my operation outside of Hollywood and largely independent of Hollywood, precisely so that I wasn’t subject to the pressures and threats I might get for not toeing the left-wing party line.
At the same time, I did maintain some Hollywood connections. Several of my films, for instance, have been distributed by Lionsgate. In some cases, the DVD and home box office sales have been through Universal Pictures. These are standard deals, involving standard commissions, and because my films have continued to do well, these companies were quite happy to do business with me.
Until I did my latest documentary film, “Trump Card.” Suddenly, Lionsgate passed on distribution. Universal initially said yes, but subsequently changed its mind. The unofficial word was that several people working at the company flatly refused to work on any film that might help Trump’s reelection. Interestingly, I, along with my wife Debbie, also released a feature film last year, “Infidel.” That one Universal agreed to sell on DVD. It was a political thriller, with a definite religious angle, yet it was evidently acceptable because it wasn’t going to further Trump’s reelection.
I don’t contest the right of these companies to choose their projects. Nor do I deny Chase its right to choose its customers. My concern is a larger one. These companies, by becoming hyper-political, are essentially discriminating against a significant portion of Americans who don’t share their political views.
What are the implications of this? If “woke” banks won’t do business with us, then people like me—political conservatives, mainstream Republicans—will have to have our own banks. If “woke” companies won’t sell to us, we’ll have to have our own merchandizing sector. If “woke” digital platforms won’t carry our views, we’ll have to make our own, and if—as in the case of Parler—there is a coordinated strike to take them down, we’ll have to restore our networks in a manner completely secure from such dangers.
This past weekend, my wife and I watched the movie “The Green Book.” In it, we saw a white and black man driving through the segregated South, where blacks basically lived in their own world—their own banks, restaurants, barbershops, and public lavatories and water fountains—and all because the whites flatly refused to do business with them.
It struck Debbie and me with the force of epiphany that this is where we seem to be heading. De facto segregation, not de jure segregation. And segregation not based on race but based on political viewpoint. It might seem overdramatic to say that Republicans and conservatives are the new blacks, but Republicans and conservatives are now treated in “woke” America with the same derision, contempt, and second-class citizenship that blacks were in the first part of the previous century.
I should be able to bank where I want, fly on any airline I want, and share my views on social media platforms that were set up precisely to foster communication and debate. We might need a new type of civil rights movement to combat the new political discrimination and restore equality of rights for all citizens.
Dinesh D’Souza has had a prominent career as a writer, scholar, and public intellectual, and has also become an award-winning filmmaker. His latest book is “United States of Socialism: Who’s Behind It. Why It’s Evil. How to Stop It.”
Views expressed in this article are the opinions of the author and do not necessarily reflect the views of The Epoch Times.