Change starts from the bottom. If you’re waiting for your elected officials to go against the grain, to instigate change, you’re going to be waiting forever for something that will never happen.

The most important article you will read today:

“A small step for democracy in a ‘live free or die’ town – a cautionary tale from Croydon, NH, where one man tried to reject a change so drastic it jolted a community out of political indifference”

I’ve never heard of the Free State Project, have you?

Probably because I live in a mainstream news bubble. Like most people. I am not a crackpot trying to undermine America. So I’m out of the loop. Check it out:

Free State Project

Last row? These wingnuts moved to New Hampshire to reshape the government to their “libertarian” views. And that led to the firing of Croydon’s only policeman and a drop in the school budget from $1.7 million to $800,000. Yes, the Free State Project infiltrated this one town of 800 people and remade it to its liking. And what will happen to the people? It was annoying!

This is happening all over America. Worse are the people who take over school boards yet home school their kids. They want to change the curriculum that their children are not exposed to.

This is a stealth operation. Like the Federalist Society, albeit with a lower profile. These are long-term plans, ending with results like the Dobbs decision, returning abortion to the states, effectively eliminating it in many.

We are asleep at the wheel. We think someone else is working hard, but that’s not the case.

So what did they do in Croydon? Under a state law they held a special meeting that required a quorum of half the town’s population and took a vote on the school budget. The end result? 377 voted against the cut, 2 voted for it.

Yes, we can end the tyranny of minorities, if we wake up and participate.

But when you scratch the surface of Ian Underwood, the man responsible for the cuts, you see it gets worse. She doesn’t want to pay for someone else’s children’s education. I have no children, but I have been paying for public school my entire career. And I’m fine with that, I don’t want to live in a country with uneducated nincompoops, it’s bad enough that they’re banning books and declaring what you can and can’t teach in the classroom.

Also, no arts, no extracurricular activities, they are unnecessary. I won’t bother citing statistics, but I will say one of the reasons popular music is so rotten in America is the lack of school arts programs. Isn’t it interesting that Canada and the UK and Sweden punch above their weight when it comes to popular music. It is the result of education! And a bit of government funding.

So next we’ll have a Kavanaugh dinner at Morton’s. You know, where they were protesting outside.

First and foremost, corporate made a big mistake, it pushed back a bit, with the end result being that the restaurant was flooded with false reservations. If you align with the minority, you risk the wrath of the majority.

As opposed to mass gatherings such as music festivals, such targeted protests result. You have to go where people live, you have to make it personal. Actions have consequences.

Needless to say, the right wing was up in arms. And what was the reaction of the left? Double down!

That’s the problem with Democrats, they’re cowering. Meanwhile, tons of leftists came out and laughed, tweeted, names you’ll recognize. As for Fox News? Of course, they thought it was disgusting, but the aim here is not to convince minorities to watch that porn channel, but to wake up and inspire those who are asleep!

It is giving back rights and treating with some of its own drugs.

And some analysis is priceless.

“No Constitutional Right to Eat Diners – Claims that Justice Brett Kavanaugh had his rights violated by protesters outside a D.C. restaurant fail on fundamental grounds.”

Dobbs’ decision was illogical, the original thought illogical. This article explains it. Too bad so many people have had such a poor education, often too blind in parochial schools to understand it.

Never underestimate the power of a person:

“Post-Row, her Facebook group went viral – Veronica Risinger created a little online space for neighbors to share abortion information. Then 30,000 people joined.

This is the future of change, not showing up with a sign on some government building with a faint hope of local news coverage that almost no one sees. Republicans do it this way, why can’t the Democrats?

Congress to solve our problems:

“Putting the public behind public service – A group of academics and lawmakers, citing a new study that found voters feeling left out of congressional deliberations, is pushing for citizens to be more directly involved in the work of Congress.”

Here are some relevant paragraphs:

“‘There’s strong evidence that they don’t actually even know the views of their constituents,'” says Steven Cool, a psychologist who heads the public consultation program at the University of Maryland’s School of Public Policy. The squeaky wheel that shows up at town hall meetings might know, but they don’t really know.’

and:

“In a new survey based on more than 4,300 registered voters last year, Mr. Kuhl’s group found that the public’s low opinion of Congress stems at least in part from the perception that lawmakers have little interest in the opinions of their constituents. , have a poor understanding of public opinion, and do what most Americans do less than half the time.”

So if you’re counting on your elected officials in DC to come together with your vision, you’re dreaming.

So the situation was perfectly expressed today by Ezra Klein:

“The danger Democrats face in November is frustration and apathy among their base. Why vote if nothing passes and everything slips through the Republican blockade of the Supreme Court? – What kind of accounting can the Supreme Court see?

This describes my frustration exactly. I’ll still vote, but the only way I can survive emotionally is to disconnect from the conflict in DC

You see the majority want abortion rights. The majority wants stricter gun control. But vocal minorities are thwarted by elected officials. when we are silent

But reading the above stories gave me hope.

You see unlike the gun rights/mass shooting story, abortion is personal, it basically affects everyone. And when I read about the Kavanaugh/Morton situation, and the left-wing pushback to the right-wing blowback, I’m given hope. This issue just won’t die, it has legs, while seemingly nothing else does in America today.

What price will Elon Musk pay to get out of the Twitter deal? I’m not talking financially, for which he’ll have to pay handsomely, I’m talking image-wise. You think moving through the business and legal system as if the rules don’t apply to you will cause lasting damage to your image. But that probably won’t happen. Especially in a country where Donald Trump has repeatedly broken the law and it looks like he’ll not only get away unscathed, he’ll have a good chance of becoming president again.

If I don’t have it, I have a moral code. But not enough people. The same Free Staters who think they shouldn’t have to pay for someone else’s education.

But it’s worse than that. All anti-tax activists, they bemoan the government for spending their money. Well, stop paying, and there will be potholes in the roads and collapsed bridges and it will be chaos 24/7 and if you die in the process don’t look to the government to make you whole.

Worse are the rich, who want to control how the money is spent. Now let me see, you made your money in a single vertical… do we really want you to run the country? History is littered with rich and famous people who get positions in their name and then fail to live up to their responsibilities. You see it is more complicated than that. You don’t want a home-schooled doctor operating on you, and you don’t want an amateur running the government. But that doesn’t mean you don’t want a hand in electing who’s in power.

I can’t believe Dobbs’ decision. It doesn’t count. Miscarriage gone? Oh, don’t tell me you can get it here and there, it’s inconceivable that you won’t get it anywhere else. Why do the minority rule over the majority? You want to take away my rights but whenever we ask you to do something for the good of society, like take a damn vaccine, you cry freedom and the sanctity of the human body. Shouldn’t that work both ways?

It doesn’t, just like the Supreme Court Dobbs decision. Where stories from the past were cherry-picked to produce a decision that was a foregone conclusion in the minds of the justices. They didn’t weigh the law and the facts, they just figured out how to construct a legal narrative that fit their conclusions.

I am not preaching to the other side. They already know all this. Democrats were ahead online, but they’ve been edged out by Republicans, as was the case a few years ago. Fortunes are changing again: misinformation. The goal is not to complain, but to compete! Go online yourself, make some noise and create a group.

Just one more thing…

In yesterday’s “Wall Street Journal,” behavioral economist Dan Ariely fielded a question from a conservative who was tired of airing his views at a party after a football game. He felt it was to his advantage to remain neutral.

Ariel’s response was priceless:

“Studies have shown that when you don’t take sides, people assume that you hold the opposite opinion of the group. Research also shows that people don’t like or trust people who remain neutral on controversial issues—especially when an opinion appears to be strategic, such as when a conservative politician deliberately avoids taking sides on an issue in front of a liberal audience.” -WSJ

You think it suits you to be quiet, to avoid interruptions, to run your life smoothly when the exact opposite is true!

you have to play This is the only way out of this mess. It’s personal. I know many losers, I certainly am. But as I continue to read stories of personal triumph, especially online, I have hope.

We can do it.

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