Veterans' Day and Memorial Day get me into a reflective mood.
As a child, I remember these days as very solemn events, with old timers still calling Veterans' Day by its original moniker, Armistice Day. Since those long ago days, of course, both days have suffered substantial degradation. We don't teach history anymore, and instead of understanding and appreciating the sacrifice so many have made to preserve our freedoms, those days have become gimmicks for retail sales events: "25% off on Mattresses for Veterans' Day!" I would think we owe our veterans and our dead a bit more than just promoting discounts on retail junk.
Not just in the USA but throughout the West, in the name of "social justice," we seem intent on erasing our history and accomplishments, on degrading and canceling the great men who made the West great, and on destroying our institutions both great and small. We have rampaging mobs of illiterates unable to tell the difference between Hitler and Churchill. We see calls to "cancel" Lincoln, Washington, Jefferson, etc.
Thanks to billions upon billions of dollars dedicated to decades of garbage university and high school instruction we have secured the triumph of Pol Pot: Back to Year Zero! White Man Bad!
The destruction of our institutions seems quite clear. There are so many examples I can't bear to list them. Just take one, quite in the news today, as a sample of what we have done to ourselves: our electoral system. The United States, the great fortress of democracy, cannot run an honest election. We have managed to help set up very good electoral systems in places such as Guatemala, El Salvador, and even Iraq, but not at home. The elections of 2020 are a national disgrace, not, however, one achieved by incompetence alone; no, years of careful planning went into this achievement.
I have noted before that I have monitored elections all over the world; in all of them voters had to produce a nationally issued voter id card. Simple poor Guatemalan peasants can do it, but rich "sophisticated" Americans cannot. In addition, we have the world's most mysterious system of vote counting. Very few of us really know where the ballots go after we have marked them or entered our vote into some machine running Chinese software. We turn on our TVs and let the media tell us the vote totals and "call" winners and losers.
In some very poor countries where I monitored elections, the votes would come in a sealed box placed upon a table around which sat representatives of all the parties running candidates. Election monitors, national and international, would also be present. The box would be opened in the presence of all, and the votes would begin to be pulled out one-by-one. Each party representative would have the opportunity to review the ballot. If all agreed, then that vote would be assigned to one or another candidate. Each representative kept his or her own running count, aside from the official count entered on a openly visible blackboard. The vote total had to match the number of voters who had appeared at that polling station. No mail-ins, no absentees. With all the votes counted, the president of the electoral board would prepare a fax, signed by the party reps and monitors, which would go with the tally results to the central polling office in the capital. There the faxed data would get reviewed, again by party representatives and monitors before the numbers went into the national total: a laborious process, but fair and open. We can't do something similar? Nonsense. By the way, let me repeat, US tax dollars helped set up those voting systems in many countries.
No doubt that our election of 2020 was rife with fraud. We do not know the final result. This fraud had, as noted, been planned well in advance. We now see a gaga, corrupt, lying, delusional, sexual predator, old fool, Joe "Beijing" Biden, running around with a cardboard sign that reads "Office of the President-Elect"--there is no such office--giving garbled press conferences in which he thinks he's not just President-elect but President. Surely those around him must know--do know--that he is not-President elect, much less President, and that, of this writing, NOT ONE state has been officially called for either candidate. The electoral vote total, therefore, is 0 to 0. Would be funny, except it is not.
The media are lying and trying by all means possible to have President Trump concede, and to give the Biden presidency an air of inevitability. Don't buy it. This all forms part of the fraud, along with hundreds-of-thousands of fake ballots, destroyed Trump ballots, etc.
For this our veterans sacrificed so much?