Notes on Tucker Carlson Segment


I woke up the day after Thanksgiving to the now not so unfamiliar news that a veteran’s memorial was vandalized in Portland, Oregon.  At one time, not long ago, this news would have been shocking.  Now, it is just heartbreaking.

By Jack Carr : 12/2/2020

After a summer of riots, looting and destruction, the desecration of memorials to those who fought and died to defend and preserve freedom is the natural path, especially when it is behavior encouraged by the majority of media and by a portion of a political class who see it as beneficial to their re-election efforts.  Not only did politicians encourage this conduct with their silence, but some actively encouraged the violence with tweets, speeches and sound bites, all supported by the bulk of established media.  One prime time commentator even said, “show me where it says that protests are supposed to be polite and peaceful.”  It is not difficult to find.  One does not even have to read past the First Amendment: “. . . the right of the people peaceably to assemble. . .” It is right there in the Constitution of the United States of America, a document that was once universally recognized as the supreme law of the land.  Now, it is viewed by growing numbers as an inconvenient impediment in a quest for greater control over the populace.

I encourage everyone to take the time to read this founding document written to “secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity. . .” Study it. Take a moment to discuss it with your children and think about what it represents and guarantees.

According to the Daily Mail, Antifa members posted a pre-Thanksgiving message on Facebook calling for supporters to: “F**k thanksgiving,” and “Organize your own direct action.”

Direct Action as defined by the Department of Defense:

“Short-duration strikes and other small-scale offensive actions conducted as a special operation in hostile, denied, or politically sensitive environments and which employ specialized military capabilities to seize, destroy, capture, exploit, recover, or damage designated targets.”

Direct Action as defined by the Department of Defense:

I looked up Direct Action in my American Heritage Dictionary.  Admittedly, mine is a few years out of date which is precisely what makes it valuable in a time when definitions can be changed on a whim across cyberspace from Silicon Valley.  The tech oligarchs know the power of words.  It is not surprising that Direct Action was not a term defined in my now out-of-date dictionary.

A Wikipedia and Google top-searched definition of Direct Action from something they call Dictionary: “The use of strikes, demonstrations, or other public forms of protest rather than negotiation to achieve one’s demands.”

A Wikipedia and Google top-searched definition:

Notice the difference in definitions.  Remember, precision in language reflects precision in thought.  Words have power.

I received a notice from Facebook last week informing me my account was “in risk of being unpublished because of continued Community Standard violations and that my page was “not being suggested to people at this time.”  And yes, they did bold ‘Community Standards.’  This was for a post I made as part of a series I do on the history of terrorism.  I pointed out that one of the symbols on the flag of Lebanese Hezbollah is a rifle.  I am unsure why Facebook used the word “continued” as this was my first ‘offense.’  I am curious if Antifa members calling for violence receive the same type of Facebook notifications.  Perhaps not, now that the Googled definition of Direct Action is conveniently at odds with the established military definition, a term with violence at its core.

We live in the greatest country on earth. From the inception of this country up through today people have sacrificed their lives to afford us the options and opportunities we all enjoy, the freedom to pursue our dreams no matter what they are.  Typically, that was understood to be building, positively influencing those around us, exploring, inventing, moving the ball forward.  There is now a segment of the populace whose existence and self-worth are attached to an ideology that is focused on destruction and, by default, control.   They are supported by elected officials who, let’s not forget, are our employees.  Does there come a point where enough businesses have been burned to the ground, enough memorials desecrated, enough monuments toppled to make rioters happy?  Will they ever say, “that was the last business we need to burn, the last statue we need to topple, the last veteran’s memorial we need to desecrate?”  What do you think?

We were warned about this in George Orwell’s 1984:

“Every record has been destroyed or falsified, every book rewritten, every picture has been repainted, every statue and street building has been renamed, every date has been altered. And that process is continuing day by day and minute by minute. History has stopped. Nothing exists except an endless present in which the Party is always right.”

Future generations will thank us if we can find the moral courage to counter the ever-encroaching power of the state and make NINETEEN EIGHTY-FOUR fiction again.