Quotes of the week
“Socialism easily accepts despotism. It requires the strongest execution of power – power sufficient to interfere with property.” – Lord Acton
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Buddy’s Soap Box
And now patriotic Texas howdy from Buddy,
Beating fools and charlatans will be easier than you think. They lack both ideas and morals. They believe one person’s failure is another one’s fault, that government taking from one and giving to another betters both, and that math is racist. They imagine racial slights so trifling that they must be described as “micro”.
Try arguing an issue with such folk. It cannot be done. They can’t come back with more persuasive points. They know it. So, they call you a bigot, a racist, a homophobe, a Trumper, or a (gasp!) capitalist, and throw a tantrum.
I’m not talking about you, dear reader, even if your cultural and political perspectives are considerably different from my own. You and I, we can still talk, we can still politely argue issues. You are welcome here. We do not delete nor censor.
When I first started Soap Box, it began in less ambitious form as a part of our weekly MyComicShop weekly email to our comic book customers. I didn’t know what to expect, but from the beginning I did know one thing—my obligation as a citizen to act on my country’s behalf was more important than the next order from a customer.
A good point was made by some readers, the point being that they were not coming to the MyComicShop weekly email for political reasons, they were there for comics. I understood. That made sense. I was imposing in a way I shouldn’t. So, we compromised. In the MyComicShop email, there’s just a brief mention of Buddy’s Soap Box and a link to it. Everyone seems fine with that. Including me. As you can see, I have a lot more room in a dedicated blog than I would have had back in the weekly comic email.
Now, back to the battle before us, and it is a battle, not of arms and armies, but of citizens and ideas.
Our side is winning.
The smart and wise, especially when they dig in their heels, beat fools and charlatans every time, beat them with ideas that really work, ideas that have stood the test of time immemorial. The nuclear family works. Religious faith and commitment work. Education works. Market capitalism works. Building up works better than tearing down. Whining doesn’t work. Blaming other doesn’t work.
Set against us are mighty forces determined to see their interests served at our expense. They have power and some few of them have wealth enough to take themselves to the moon. They see themselves as our betters, our soon to be masters. They censor our speech.
But they in their high places are few and we are many, we are many millions and the depredations of the elites are bringing more to our side every day. In their arrogance, the elites of the media, bureaucracy, politics, tech, business, education, and their foreign co-conspirators together imagine they have us.
We are moving on every front.
Consider the big tech companies—Google, Facebook, Twitter, and the like, all arrogant censors, serving the elite’s monolithic thought monopoly.
Let them go their detestable, anti-American way. We don’t need the federal government to set them straight. That would be jumping from the frying pan into the fire.
Better we create alternatives to Google, Facebook, Twitter, sites that are in the American tradition, sites that are free and open to all ideas, be they as diverse as our Founding Father on the one extreme and woke communism on the other. Buddy is bright enough to weigh any issues. So are you. We don’t need the likes of Bezos and Zuckerberg to do our thinking for us.
Google, Facebook, Twitter will, in time, be supplanted by new sites, some of which are already online or coming online, sites that cater to 100% of us, not just the far left woke minority.
Now there is a reason to look elsewhere and WE ARE LOOKING, ALL OF US.
Freetalk45 from OAN (One America News) is one of several new alternatives to the big tech censoring sites. They bill themselves as, “The next generation of social networking and community! No shadow banning or censorship—just freedom of expression, pure and simple.” More info at OAN launches FreeTalk45: Freedom of Speech Online.
A second free speech site to watch is Frankspeech.com from Mike Lindell, the My Pillow Guy, a true patriot.
I’ve bent your ear enough for this go round, but stay tuned.
So says Buddy Saunders, speaking on The Soap Box of Free Speech!
Other Items of Interest
The Great Thomas Sowell, presented by Jason Riley He’s an economist, a historian, a philosopher, and one of the greatest social theorists America has ever produced. His name is Thomas Sowell, and he might be the most important scholar you’ve never heard of. Jason Riley, Senior Fellow at the Manhattan Institute, tells his inspiring story. Click here to watch.
This from an email from President Trump’s Save America: “In Fulton County, Georgia, the hand recount was wrong by 60%. 100,000 tally sheets for ballots are missing. They duplicated thousands of extra votes for Joe Biden. They fabricated vote counts of 100–0 for Biden, many times!” Are these claims true? Soap Box doesn’t know, but the only way to know for sure is to do an audit. The likelihood of such an audit grows by the day, and Democrats should welcome it, assuming they are right in their claim that election fraud didn’t happen.
The state of Texas is in the process of doing what Bring-em-across-the-border Joe isn’t doing. Texas is arresting illegals for trespass as they cross the border. Soap Box hasn’t heard yet what the Governor plans to do with them beyond locking them up, but we have a suggestion. Put them on planes and send them to Washington., D.C. where they can hide out with our Democrat politicians who are already there.
The elites love Big Guy Biden’s wide-open border policy. But are YOU equally thrilled? Democrat elites are giddy because illegals—those who don’t die trying to get here—represent a new wave of Democrat voters. Republican business elites are equally happy to have the flood of cheap labor. The elites want two things. They want your vote not to count. And they want your pay kept as low as possible.
U.S. Women’s Soccer Team Appeals Pay Discrimination Ruling That Found They REJECTED Same Pay Structure As Men’s Team Ashe Schow, July 24, 2021 on the DailyWire.com. “The U.S. women’s national soccer team has finally admitted that they are paid the same if not more than the U.S. men’s national team, but are still arguing they don’t receive equal pay because, they claim, they have “to work more than a man and be much more successful” to receive “about the same pay.” The Hill reported that the women’s team has appealed the May 2020 decision of Judge Gary Klausner, who dismissed the team’s claims that they were discriminated against because of their gender on the issue of pay. As The Daily Wire reported at the time, Klausner noted that the women’s team rejected the same pay structure that the men’s team uses.” Man up, ladies, man up!” – Soap Box
This, regarding Big Guy Biden, from The Washington Wire, Friday, July 23, 2021:
President (strike through by Soap Box) Joe Biden delivered a rambling and bizarre answer to a question from CNN host Don Lemon during a town hall this week.
“Let me ask, let me follow up on her question and ask you when will children under 12 be able to get vaccinated?” Lemon asked. Here’s Biden answer (and we swear we’re not making this up):
“Soon, I believe. Now look, one of the things that I committed to do when I got elected, I said … The answer, soon in the sense that I do not tell any scientists what they should do, I do not interfere. And so, they are doing, they’re doing the examinations now, the testing now and making the decision now. When they are ready, when they’ve done all the scientific need be done to determine children at ages 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, and 8, they, in fact, are, all have different makeups, they’re developing, they’re trying to figure out whether or not there’s a vaccination that would affect one child with, that’s at such and such an age and not another child.”
Wait, there’s more.
“That’s underway, just like the other question is illogical, and I’ve heard you speak about it, because you always, I’m not being solicitous, but you’re always straight up about what you’re doing. And the question is whether or not we should be in a position where you, uh, um, are, why can’t the, the, the experts say we know that this virus is, in fact, uh, um, uh, it’s going to be, or excuse me, we, we know why all the drugs approved are not temporarily approved, but permanently approved, that’s underway, too, I expect that to occur quickly.”
Likewise, from the mouth of the Big Guy, comes this bizarre answer to a reporter’s question, “Are there people in the Republican Party who think we’re sucking the blood out of kids?”
This week’s Aesop’s Fable: The King, the Forecaster, the Fisherman, and the Donkey
The King wanted to go fishing, and he asked the royal weather forecaster for the forecast for the next few hours.
The palace meteorologist assured him that there was no chance of rain.
So, the King and the Queen went fishing.
On the way, he met a man with a fishing pole riding on a donkey, and he asked the man if the fish were biting.
The fisherman said, “Your Majesty, you should return to the palace! In just a short time I expect a huge rainstorm.”
The King replied: “I hold the palace meteorologist in high regard. He is an educated and experienced professional. Besides, I pay him very high wages.
He gave me a very different forecast. I trust him.”
So, the King continued on his way.
However, in a short time, torrential rain fell from the sky. The King and Queen were totally soaked.
Furious, the King returned to the palace and gave the order to fire the meteorologist.
Then he summoned the fisherman and offered him the prestigious position of royal forecaster.
The fisherman said, “Your Majesty, I do not know anything about forecasting. I obtain my information from my donkey. If I see my donkey’s ears drooping, it means with certainty that it will rain.”
So, the king hired the donkey, having replaced the ass.
Moral of this modern era Aesop’s Fable: A donkey, yes, even a donkey, is smarter than an overpaid ass, no matter how much “science” the ass claims to represent.
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.
Need a free nonpartisan site that can make you a well-informed voter in elections at the local level as well as state and national? We recommend Ballotpedia.
Here’s a great way to join thousands—and eventually millions—of others who are letting their government representatives know their thoughts on pending legislation. Heritage Action for America from the Heritage Foundation makes doing so super EASY! They do the research. They inform you. Then in almost the blink of an eye, you contact your federal or state representatives regarding pending legislation expressing your support or opposition.
Association of Mature American Citizens (AMAC) AARP is a shill for big government, AMAC isn’t.
The Epoch Times print newspaper and web site/email updates
Dennis 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/
Texas Score Card https://texasscorecard.com/state/legislative-priorities-tracker/
Morton Blackwell’s Leadership Institute.
Project Veritas, Fun and informative hidden camera videos exposing the secret agendas of the left in their own words.
Columns worth reading
Each week under this heading, Soap Box will feature columns or intros to columns you can read in full elsewhere on the internet. Each of these columns pretty much express Soap Box’s views, else we’d not be sharing them with you.
GUEST COLUMN #1: Choosing Sides, by Michael Quinn Sullivan, The Texas Scorecard 7/23/2021 The most important thing we as citizens of this great country can do is to choose sides. The left leaves us with no middle road. The choice comes down to our nation remaining a free nation guided by our founding principles, our proven and sure guide to morality and prosperity, and that other road, the path of socialism/communism/totalitarianism. Even a good government cannot make us equally rich, but badly chosen government can and will make us equally poor.
GUEST COLUMN #2: Surviving Socialism by Mark Tapson by way of Front Page Magazine, warns those with no experience of socialism to look hard before they leap into it. Socialism, no matter how described or sold, has never worked. Socialism, as it begins, is in essence voluntary communism. By that we mean government control accepted by a still free people. That never works. It runs counter to human nature. But what can’t be imposed upon a free people under socialism is imposed when socialism inevitably leads to communism, which in practice isn’t communism at all—the sharing of communal work and reward—but rather a totalitarian dictatorship where all persons are made equally poor, the exception being the elites in power.
GUEST COLUMN #1: Choosing Sides
by Michael Quinn Sullivan, The Texas Scorecard 7/23/2021
William Travis famously drew a line in the sand, asking his fellow Alamo defenders to join him in putting their lives on the line for liberty in Texas.
When it comes to choosing a side in an important debate, most politicians prefer to hang back and see where the crowd is going before they commit themselves to a position. Unlike Travis, they want to be on the “safe” side of every fight.
The politicians don’t say that, of course. They say they are being judicious, thoughtful, and diligent.
To quote Teddy Roosevelt: “Bullfeathers!”
What the politicians are most often doing is waiting to see where the majority will land, and calculating the latest point at which they can pick a side in service to their personal ambitions.
I want to take you back a couple thousand years and 7,000 miles, to the plains of Jericho, where a pivotal question about “sides” took place.
After crossing the Jordan River, the Israelites camped on those plains in preparation for God’s command that they march on the highly fortified city of Jericho.
Joshua, who had only recently taken over as the Israelites’ leader, was confronted with a mighty warrior who suddenly appeared outside the encampment. That this warrior was a fearsome sight is not in question. Who was he? Was this simply an angelic being, or – as many theologians argue – a “pre-incarnate” visit by the Son of God?
Either way, Joshua decided he better be on the right side of this guy.
So Joshua asks the ultimate whose-side-are-you-on-anyway question: “Are you for us, or for our adversaries?” Seems like the right question before a big fight, right?
The response probably isn’t what is Joshua was expecting: “No; but I am the commander of the army of the Lord. Now I have come.”
That answer should ring in our ears as loudly as it did for Joshua.
It is so easy to be consumed by the perceived righteousness of our cause, and spend so much time worrying who is and isn’t on our side, that we lose sight of why we fight in the first place.
Joshua had to realize he wasn’t merely fighting flesh and blood for a worldly prize. His job wasn’t to be successful, but to be faithful.
Same goes for each of us, and for me.
In preparing for the battles ahead, I need to worry less about which side other people are on, and more focused on being on the right side for the right reasons.
GUEST COLUMN #2: Surviving Socialism, a new documentary delivers an alarming message
Mark Tapson is the Shillman Fellow on Popular Culture for the David Horowitz Freedom Center.
Recent polls have revealed that a growing majority of young Americans view socialism (or at least, their rose-colored conception of it) favorably and capitalism unfavorably. We assume that these young people must be brainwashed Democrats, star-struck by celebrity activists like anthem protester Colin Kaepernick and Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez – and the great majority are. But shockingly, a new Axios/Momentive poll shows that, even among Republicans, the number of 18- to 34-year-olds who hold a positive view of capitalism has plummeted from 81% in 2019 to 66% today.
How did America get to the point where a passion for socialist revolution is spreading like wildfire among our youth? A brand-new documentary addresses this disturbing trend and makes an airtight case that socialism inevitably (and swiftly) leads to widespread economic misery and loss of personal freedoms, while the free market leads inevitably to widespread prosperity.
Surviving Socialism, produced by the Tea Party Patriot Foundation and Ground Floor Video, directed by Luke Livingston, and written by Jake Tower, premieres at the Anthem Film Festival in Rapid City, South Dakota on Friday, July 23. It will be shown alongside such projects as the Shelby Steele film What Killed Michael Brown?, the documentary Thomas Sowell: Common Sense in a Senseless World, and a sneak-peek presentation of the long-awaited Ronald Reagan biopic starring Dennis Quaid.
The poster for the film was designed by the anti-Progressive gadfly Sabo, the conservative street artist behind such brilliant campaigns as mock advertisements skewering race hoaxer Jussie Smollett, and billboards slamming Hollywood for shielding pedophiles within its ranks:
The 62-minute Surviving Socialism largely features attractive and articulate young patriots like Morgan Zegers, founder and CEO of Young Americans Against Socialism; star commentator Candace Owens; and Scott Presler, the gay conservative activist who took the initiative to lead volunteer cleanups in Democrat-led urban centers across America, to the tune of over 105 tons of trash. The documentary also features distinguished thinkers and courageous journalists like Antifa target Andy Ngo, as well as actual survivors of socialism who can attest from grim personal experience that socialism does not alleviate suffering but imposes it.
Zegers points out that left-wing young people today are fond of using distortions of the language, like the pleasant-sounding term “democratic socialism,” to convince themselves and others that their brand of communism-lite is not like the kind that has left as many as 100 million dead and countless more in utter misery, just in the last century. Idealistic young people who are attracted to the idea of creating a utopian society (and to the idea of lots of free stuff magically provided by a caring, beneficent government) think that this time socialism will lead to a world of perfect harmony and freedom from want.
In fact, as one victim of the failed socialist state of Venezuela puts it in the film, “We were promised the fair and just distribution of wealth, but at the end of the day what we got was the fair and just distribution of poverty.” As two other socialism survivors point out later in the film, socialism always ends the same way: in misery, food lines, and concentration camps.
“Democratic socialism views the wealthy and corporations as evil because they prey on the rest of the country… and the solution is higher taxes, higher regulations, and a bigger welfare state,” Prof. David Azerrod from Hillsdale College says in the film. Arizona Congressman Andy Biggs adds that young people too often don’t realize that “when you start talking about socialism, it’s regulation of virtually every aspect of every human life. That’s an authoritarian government.”
Lee Edwards, Distinguished Fellow at the Heritage Foundation, notes that under socialism, “There is no private sector, no private property… no place for the free market.” He also explains, in response to the frequent argument that true democratic socialism has never really been tried, that it “has been tried, in three quite different democracies”: in the kibbutzes of Israel, in newly-independent India under Nehru, and in Labor Party rule in the United Kingdom after World War II. At the end of thirty years of collectivism, Israel abandoned the experiment and had to borrow $1.5 billion from the U.S. to pay its debt. At the end of its three-decade embrace of socialism in India, half the population was living in poverty. After thirty years of socialist policies in the UK, Britain had earned a dubious reputation as “the sick man of Europe.” But in a mere five years after conservative Margaret Thatcher took power there and privatized industry, Britain was one of the wealthiest countries in the world.
Surviving Socialism addresses how the left indoctrinates schoolchildren with a sense of fear and urgency about saving the planet from evil capitalism, and exploits kids to agitate for socialist change. Candace Owens, mincing no words, calls this tactic “pedo-politics.” But under actual socialism, kids aren’t saving the world, but are reduced – as was Mike Gonzalez, Senior Fellow at the Heritage Foundation, who grew up in Communist Cuba – to serving as lookouts while their parents illegally exchange goods on the black market. “Everyone in a Communist regime understands they’re being oppressed,” Gonzalez states in the documentary.
The film then shifts to a discussion of how the left uses identity politics to divide and conquer, creating social tensions that lead to increased demands for the redistribution of wealth – like the racial agitation of the Marxist revolutionaries of Black Lives Matter. Journalists such as FrontPage Mag contributor Matthew Vadum and Andy Ngo appear in the film to discuss how the street thuggery of Antifa functions in this attempt to overthrow capitalism. And Prof. Azerrod identifies the intellectual influence of cultural Marxist Herbert Marcuse, whose 1965 essay on “repressive tolerance” provides today’s left with a justification for censorship of, and political violence against, the right.
Particularly powerful testimony against socialism is presented in the film by ex-Venezuelan Oskar Arreaza and his wife, who describe poignantly how swiftly their prosperous country collapsed under the late authoritarian monster Hugo Chavez – and how Americans shouldn’t think it could never happen here. “You realize that your country, your democracy, is starting to disappear, because you don’t have any right to fight for your freedom, for your values,” Mrs. Arreaza says. The couple fled to America while they still could. When people like this warn Americans about our future if the radicalism of leaders like Ocasio-Cortez and lifelong communist Bernie Sanders isn’t curbed, we need to sit up and take careful note — and action.
Packed with dynamic footage of America under siege by socialist revolutionaries, Surviving Socialism delivers an alarming message, but the film does end on an inspirational note, with footage of its young conservative commentators inspiring crowds about how the American Dream still lives for all who are willing to work hard for it, and for all who cherish their freedom. Activists like Zeger, Owens, and Presler, and films like this one, send young Americans the hopeful message they won’t hear anywhere else in our Progressive-dominated culture: that socialism is a corrosive lie, that free markets and private property are essential to personal freedom and prosperity, and that America is still the true land of opportunity.