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The Left’s Three Permanent Emergencies

AMAC Exclusive – by Cal Palmer

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In his memoir published in 1953, legendary Hollywood screenwriter Ben Hecht summed up the moral universe of American pop culture at the time. On screens big and small, there were “no problems of labor, politics, domestic life or sexual abnormality but can be solved happily by a simple Christian phrase or a fine American motto.”

There is a moral universe of American politics today too, shaped by the media’s leftist bias: there are no problems which cannot be solved happily but by embracing radical understandings of “systemic racism,” “climate change,” and “misinformation.”

These are the left’s three emergencies. And the left deploys them at will.

President Joe Biden told us right from the beginning that his administration would defend us from an “attack” on “truth,” the “sting of systemic racism” and a “climate in crisis.”

We’ve watched that shameless defense for ten months now.

Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg pushes infrastructure spending because systemic racism was “physically built into some of our highways.”

Vice President Kamala Harris blames the border crisis on “the lack of climate adaptation” in central America.

Press Secretary Jen Psaki suggested that “misinformation” is so prevalent on social media that the federal government may need to step in and censor speech on platforms like Facebook and Instagram.

But here’s the important part: the loudest voices on the left have supported limitless domestic spending, open borders, regulation of speech, and centralized economic planning for decades.

The three emergencies are pretext. They are mental imports. Sometimes conscious, sometimes unconscious, the three emergencies are cheap to manufacture, flimsy to the touch, and easily substituted for one another.

And, because the left frames each as an “emergency,” they act as trump cards.

Why? Emergency rhetoric works.

It pushes the American people to accept concentrated power over constitutional order, getting something done over getting it done right, and the present over the past and future.

The left understands that when a plane loses an engine at 20,000 feet, passengers are more concerned with a safe landing than with the airline losing their luggage.

The left knows they’ve switched your bag and it’s headed to Spokane. They need you to believe the sky is falling and they can land the plane.

But the real power of the three emergencies—their force in shaping the moral universe of our politics—comes from their comprehensive and self-perpetuating dogma.

Each is its own religion. And the power to deliver salvation and excommunicate heretics along the way belongs to the church of the federal government.

Conservatives recognize this danger. In fact, the strongest tie which binds conservatives of all stripes and for different reasons is the belief that Government cannot and should not be our God.  

Submitting to a total authority demands submitting to total power. In private worship, that’s one thing. In a voting booth, it’s another.

But that’s why ideologies acting as religions are so appealing to the left. More power is the goal.

They believe that government is an always sufficient and often necessary replacement for God. And they want to be the high priests.

Of course, we’ve seen all these forces at work during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Overcoming our ongoing “emergency” takes priority over important individual rights and decisions. And when fully vaccinated Americans walk outside alone with masks on, it’s hard to see it as anything but a statement on morality.

Time will tell if the pandemic becomes a permanent emergency used to justify, years from now, everything from affirmative action to bigger pensions for government workers.

But one thing is already clear about this proposed fourth emergency. It proves the danger of the first three.

(Cal Palmer is the pen name of an analyst and fellow at a national think tank. He is an attorney and officer in the US Army Reserve.)

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Timothy Richardt
1 month ago

Very good read and Spot-on. Have shared with many others – Will continue to do so. As for solving this… The voting booth is where we rid our society of this rot… But we need to do so before they alter our election process as their means to ensure we never get them rooted out.

Karen
1 month ago

Utterly idiotic preferences.

robb
1 month ago

in order to fix something it has to be broke first……thats what we are seeing right now. So I see more people becoming involved in this struggle and fixing the decay of this American ideal called liberty and justice for all. All we can do right now is ride it out. Come next November we will see how it all shakes out.

Joe M
1 month ago

Wouldn’t it be nice if there was no such animal as a democrat ??

J. Shenk
1 month ago
Reply to  Joe M

My impulsive answer is yes; however, my rational answer is no. I fear any one ideology having too much power and holding sway in national politics. Politcal “balance” and open debate are necessary for a free and open society to flourish and remain viable.

Joanne 4 justice
1 month ago
Reply to  Joe M

True LOOKS LIKE DEM PARTY HAS SOLD THEIR GUTS AND SOUL TO BECOMÈ ALL POWERFUL! THIS IS SCARY AND
DISGUSTING TUCKER CARLSON SPEAKS THE TRUTH EVEN IF HE SPEAKS SO FAST THAT I CANNOT ALWAYS FOLLOW THE CONTENT OF THE MESSAGE .

Hal
1 month ago

Looks like the DemocRats want to implement the controls (laws) that squelch free speech … if it doesn’t fit their Communistic agenda. Anyone who can’t see the trimmings of Communism in the policies popular with the DemocRats are just not paying honest attention.

Mario Capparuccini
1 month ago

An excellent reminder. When I attended freshman biology classes in 1973-74, the textbook stated that we would run out of oil by 2000. The left always agitates. Saul Alinsky laid out his rules for radicals many years ago. Obama followed his rules to the letter. Leftists plagued FDR so thoroughly that he remarked to an aide that he had to fight the Germans, Japanese, and his State Department. The devil never sleeps and neither does the left. They are his agents and desire to bring us to hell while we are still alive.

John D. Beach
1 month ago

Actually, the liberal leftist bias goes way back, nearly 60 years with the onset of a rejection of the source-authority of the rule of law, the purposes for traditional values and the logic of cause and effect.
All contemporary issues of political division and dispute derive from this fact. The costs and consequences of the wrongness of personal choice are those of the individual to bear. Government has become intolerably abusive of legal discretion to disregard, relative to political bias, the violations of law by members of the majority and to abuse discretion and entrapment for the purpose of, “legally” disqualifying individuals by publicity and the power of public opinion, often based in falsehoods.

Stabe
1 month ago

I can recall as early at the early 80’s telling those around me that the removal of history from schools in favor of a steady diet of such subjects as social studies and the mass adoption of Howard Zinn’s revisionist,” A People’s History of America” would come to no good for the country as a whole. In conversations with my grandchildren, I pick up a lot of forced indoctrination into untruths, twisted logic, and outright lies. Here’s a whopper by my 6 year old grandson, “those presidents who wore those white wigs are bad presidents.” I asked him to tell me why. His answer was that he didn’t know but that was what he was told. That is the laying down of false structure in preparation for future lies as he gets older and can process them.

Sara J Grosso
1 month ago
Reply to  Stabe

I think this all began when they decided to take prayer out of the schools back in the 60’s. There should have been such an uproar that they would have dropped the idea. Schools should have stood up to the idea and said no and continued on. Just AS THEY SHOULD NOW. But Not so. The almighty dollar reigns.

Becky
1 month ago

I just wish people would hurry up and get as tired of their constant “Oh my God, we’re all going to DIE!” BS as I’ve been for a couple of decades!
Why does it take everyone so long to see what the lying frauds are doing? It’s so simple….they want us all under their thumbs, or boots.

MOCountry
1 month ago
Reply to  Becky

Mainly, because at least half of the country’s “citizens” are in agreement with the left’s agenda!

Dale
1 month ago
Reply to  MOCountry

Older Americans know the TRUTH that is why they are trying to kill us off, or incapacitate us. Look at the corona virus killing the old and infirm. All of the big pharmacy drugs causing the problems they are supposed to help fix?!

Sara J Grosso
1 month ago
Reply to  Dale

Oh I agree with you completely. I and my family and friends believe that they want us ‘baby boomers’ out because we are the ones who STILL believe in our freedoms and what our country has stood for. And it was/is our family members who DIED for them and we DON’T FORGET it. AND we are teaching our children these same values. So we are the ones fighting them and standing up to them so they have to get rid of us for this to become a socialist country. THEREFORE, mandated vaccines which are killing people left and right. People should stop and think…….Congress is exempt from the vaccine, but WE ARE BEING FORCED????? (Drs. and Nurses quitting their jobs that they love because they refuse the shot because they KNOW firsthand what it is doing. The media refusing to air any of it.) AND NOW they are wanting our children to get the vaccine???? Why? Children hardly got covid! Because it’s OUR children, the ones STILL hearing about God, Freedoms and Love for our Country. Another thought….where did this virus come from? A freaking lab that Mr. Fauci headed and was a part of in China. IF it came from there. Just as all the virus’ in the past. H1N1, BIRD FLU, MERSA etc. (Which actually killed more people than covid) All from labs. All from right here in the U.S. They been planning this for years folks. Years. Covid has been used to control us.

Joanne 4 justice
1 month ago
Reply to  MOCountry

Many people are in denial .versus just plain IGNORANT.

Becky
1 month ago

I am of the mind it is time to stop talking and start making our damn, criminally corrupt Congress baboons DO THEIR JOBS.
Or..Recall and fire their useless derrieres.

MOCountry
1 month ago
Reply to  Becky

With rigged elections?? Dirt has been exposed on a bunch of dummycrats and NOTHING was or has been done in the manner that would be carried out if the dirt was on a Republican or a conservative independent!! I think the pendulum is about to swing too far and the result ain’t gonna be pretty!!

Hal
1 month ago
Reply to  MOCountry

Yes, we now have a lame-brain President who couldn’t manage drinking a cup of water … and he’s running the Nation by monkey-see/monkey-do political decisions fed to him by his handlers of unknown and unelected status as a result of a rigged election. Our Nation is in peril.

Joanne 4 justice
1 month ago
Reply to  Hal

Crazy Joe and VEEP ARE PUPPETS THEY ARE ACTORS PRETENDING TO BE LEADERS !

Allen Kline
1 month ago

Jesus said “You can not serve God and mammon, a word that is often translated “money”. Mammon is actually Satan, so Jesus said you can not serve God and Satan at the same time! The current administration is serving Satan, while trying to be God. It will fail, just as Lucifer did in days long ago and instead of being EXALTED above God, was cast down, which will result in he and his followers being sent to eternal torment. We have ears to hear, and eyes to see, but fail to hear or see the warning signs. God wins–Satan loses!

Sara J Grosso
1 month ago
Reply to  Allen Kline

AMEN!

Tim Toroian
1 month ago

Maybe a fourth re Boston Tea party.

Jane CA
1 month ago
Reply to  Tim Toroian

block ALL Chinese Imported goods,!! Ive been looking around for christmas and everything I pick up is Made in China!! We need to stop the flow of money into the hands of our enemies!

Hal
1 month ago

Remember: DemocRats want to RULE the Nation by cherry picking the Constitutional precepts. The Republicans want to GOVERN the Nation according to Constitutional laws and regulation derived therefrom. The Democrats might well and more accurately rename their party “Communist Party.” (with a speck of Nazism to insure absolute control of the citizenry stays under control of the party.)

Hal
1 month ago

The DemocRats make up BS (basic stupidity) and try to sell it to American citizens as justification to spend money the government does not have presently and put Americans in hock for the future.

Hal
1 month ago
Reply to  Hal

Putting people in hock is one way of controlling them. Like I’ve said many times, the DemocRats do not want to GOOVERN the people based on the concepts of a Constitutional Democracy … they want to RULE the people based on a hybrid of:
-Communism/Socialism/Nazism/Dictatorship/Monarchy that pretends to be Democracy -,. I want my Nation back to its founding principles.

Todd Wagner
1 month ago

Can not even comment anymore.

JOE & CRYSTAL SIRACUSA
1 month ago

I SUGGEST READ, THE TRUTH ABOUT COVID 19, BY JOSEPH MERCOLA , THE GREAT RESET,THAT’S WHAT IT’S ALL ABOUT.

Sara J Grosso
1 month ago

EXCELLENT READ!

Garye
1 month ago

joebama and the democrats are a clown show!
America knows they are all corrupt,anti American failures who have destroyed everything Citizens love.
The people will not forget or forgive their traitorous attack on Freedom!

Lauren R MacArthur
1 month ago
Reply to  Garye

I wish they WERE a clown show. No, they are a deliberately, deceitful, evil group. Yes, we know they are corrupt anti-Americans. But, SOMEHOW (fraud and willfully ignorant voters) they are running the show. No, we will not forget their traitorous attack on our freedom. I just hope we will be able to TRY to forget it from a place removed from them…not CONTROLLED by them.

Sara J Grosso
1 month ago

Oh so true Lauren!

Denise
1 month ago

Question for all here: are you contacting your “representatives” and governors of state. If they’re demorats it probably won’t do any good but at least these traitors will know they’re being monitored and not fooling anyone.
Write, e-mail, call…bug the snot out of them! If you live close, sit in front of their office doors, until they either give you a hearing or have their gestapo drag you off. Indeed, we might wind up in a metal box somewhere the way our nation is being dragged…but we have to fight back. Ben Franklin was once asked what the best form of government is…”A republic...IF you can keep it.” To say our Republic is bleeding to death is an understatement….and this American has not sit back to wait for the head shot.

Garye
1 month ago
Reply to  Denise

Yes,, unfortunately in Michigan they are democrats as useless as Joe Ama.
Email them a concern and you receive a preformed response, ignoring what you asked and spewing their dishonestly and political BS.
So out of touch, so condescending and arrogant.
ALL the democrats,Washington swamp,and rinos MUST GO

Steven H
1 month ago
Reply to  Garye

Same here. They are in lockstep with the White House and spew their automated responses when you contact them. It makes me want to throw up. No original thought or integrity.

Constant de Calonne
1 month ago
Reply to  Denise

IT WILL BE IMPOSSIBLE FOR ME TO GET SUPPORT FROM THE DEMOCRAT POLITICIANS IN CA ESPECIALLY FROM NASTY NANCY AND GOVERNOR NEWSCUM!!!!

Luke
1 month ago
Reply to  Denise

If a federal election can be compromised, ALL elections are suspect. I live in Minnesota, land of union-controlled government, sanctuary cities, great welfare and home to the largest community of Somali Muslims in America. It’s not a stretch to believe that most of the people in Minneapolis absolutely hate America. And, NONE of the politicians here have any semblance of respect for the taxpayer. So, it’s extremely difficult for many of us to believe that we have a voice in any facet of government. I’ll never bother to contact any politician largely because the electoral system is absolutely polluted and nothing good can come of it. CCP and drug cartels have won this race by buying politicians in what used to be The People’s House. I have no voice.

Sara J Grosso
1 month ago
Reply to  Luke

Exactly how I feel here in Illinois.

Walter
1 month ago
Reply to  Denise

Totally agree. Wish we had more people like Ben Franklin in Congress. I will continue to email our reps but in the past there is little to no response to my concerns regarding the border, illegal immigration, infrastructure etc. Since I am in a lefty state Colorado, the reps pay little attention to us conservatives. Perhaps P. (Butt)-igieg can get off his butt and help with the transportation crisis, especially with those big cargo ships off of California. Our highways were built with systemic racism what the heck is that about. They sure like to use that term. I am sick of this party line. How about you? His lack of action in this crisis is no different than Harris ignoring our southern border and illegal immigration. Both are totally unqualified for their high level positions. I guess they get their direction from the delusional Joe Biden who does not know where he is. Can you imagine Joe Biden Commander ‘n Chief one finger length away from of our nuclear weapons after his terrible Afghan evacuation. He should be in Prison along with the other Communist traitors in our Government. Finally, someone should ask Jen Psaki, why there are no Newsmax reporters allowed during Press meetings. What are the Dems afraid of. The American People deserve the truth and we are not getting it from them now are we.

Lauren R MacArthur
1 month ago
Reply to  Denise

Yes, I do…over and over. Receive pre-written canned response letters from all. Course I live in the Blue state of Maine, and our Sen. Susan Collins might as well be a Democrat. But, I keep writing, calling and voting. And, praying.

Kathleen7546
1 month ago

Yes. Keep it up. I believe it means smth.

Jeanine
1 month ago
Reply to  Denise

Yes, but unlike a few here I live in the all Republican state of Idaho. When I write my governor Brad Little (R), senator James Risch (R) or representative Russ Fulcher (R) I usually get an individual not a “form” reply.
I really feel for all you in blue states as I remember how distressing it was when I lived in California (all around horrible living there). Besides the fact that everything in California is gray (gray skies, gray trees, gray ocean, gray buildings, gray streets, gray birds…), everything is so governmental and massively expensive. What a relief when I moved to Idaho. It was almost like severe culture shock when I saw that skies really were blue, bunnies and birds of various varieties may cross your path on your way to work, neighbors and even Idahoans you don’t even know so willing to help, and people patriots that believe in God and country.
My home is a culturally diverse family neighborhood, and it is so pleasant, all the neighbors and all the communities around the cities without all the anarchy I see or read with national news.
It is refreshing and restoring to live in an environment so encouraging for the patriots, the faiths, the constitution, the community working together. Although my letters to my government leaders are always met with agreement and positive replies, I still keep letting them know my concerns.

Sara J Grosso
1 month ago
Reply to  Jeanine

You are so Blessed. Maybe Idaho should be where our family relocates to from the always democratic state of Illinois. Thank you for sharing. It was SO GOOD to read and hear that there is STILL some states and some people who stand for what is right.

MariaRose
1 month ago
Reply to  Denise

Like the others in this feed, if your representatives are Democrats, then your concerns and comments are circular filed by their “woke” staff–but they are being received. I live in New York and have to deal with Schumer–who’s on a power trip now that he’s finally the Majority Leader, but he also has to kiss the A– of AOC to keep his seat in the senate especially if powers with the big money want her in his seat instead. Our other Senator Gillibrand is more concerned with her political ambitions, she forgets the promises she made when she ran for re-election. The new Congressperson for the area, Jamal Bowman, only won by getting approval of AOC. He has been told that he follows her lead, he will be hearing a lot of complaints from those he represents. He got a good taste of that when he hosted a zoom conference for everyone and AOC gave the answer that people asking for safer streets are merely hysterical and they are imagining problems.
Yes, I agree you have to make your voice heard, even they pretend to not hear you, because eventually others will start to agree with you.

Sara J Grosso
1 month ago
Reply to  Denise

Here in Illinois, we have a democrat governor (Pritzker), (and he became governor because he is worth millions,) our reps are both democrat (Durbin, and Duckworth) and even our Congressman Republican Adam Kinzinger is a freaking rino hypocrite. Top it off where the Chicago mayor is ALWAYS a democrat, which makes all of our down state votes worthless, we don’t stand much of a chance here. We keep voting, we keep standing up to them, writing, calling, protesting and NOTHING. We’re seriously thinking of moving out of state.

R.J. from Arizona
1 month ago

Covid will never end, there will always be a variant and Socialist Party will be more than happy to keep us in mandates or fear.
Our media is scum. They wouldn’t know the truth if it bit them on the butt .
Build Back Better? That bafoon has not a clue as to what he is doing. I am utterly disgusted that the American people are so ignorant of their history and what this great nation stands for. God Help Us!!

Garye
1 month ago

Build backwards with bullsh**

Kathleen7546
1 month ago

The truth is just one of your options – no valence to it, it seems.

Hal
1 month ago

With a very few exceptions (e.g. Fox News) the media no long functions as a monitor of our political situation. They are now for the most part propaganda outlets for the DemocRat Commie Party.

Rik
1 month ago

Socialism is just Communist-Light! . . . Buying anything today is a nightmare!
Everything one buys is costing more, food, gasoline, utilities, rentals of any kind, etc, etc. . . . If it costs money it’s costs are increasing. . . . I AM so tired of Jackass Joe
Biden’s OBVIOUS LIES and yet other than Fox, the lamestream media NEVER CALLS THEM OUT FOR IT! . . . It just goes to show how stupid the average American is that they don’t question but maybe there is still hope as the Indoctrination of public School Education is exposed and Mama Bear has been aroused! . . . About time!

Denise
1 month ago
Reply to  Rik

Actually you might also look at Newsmax on TV and online and One America News Network…both are solid conservative, UNEDITED truth…they’re the only two in which there is NO slipping left.

Constant de Calonne
1 month ago
Reply to  Rik

SOCIALISM COMMUNISM and NAZI ISM ARE INTERELATED !!!!!!

R.J. from Arizona
1 month ago
Reply to  Rik

Newsmax is great if you can get it. Chris Salcedo calls it as it is. DISH network does not or will not carry One America News Network, but Direct TV does as I understand it.

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