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Liberty Relearned

By JP Mac

To engage in civil, enlightened discussion as to what political direction is best for the U.S. from the conservative, libertarian point of view.


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LR Podcast: Season 3 Recap

Liberty RelearnedMay 08, 2023

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Memorial Day Message 2023

Memorial Day Message 2023

Memorial Day is a different kind of holiday. More a day for honoring and remembering than pure celebration. In America, it's different in another way, it's different because we support the values our heroes died for, not just the sacrifice they made for their country. While virtually every country honors their war dead, only a few also honor the cause or causes they died for. In former communist and fascist countries, those who honor their dead likely reject the political causes they died for. In some, perhaps most cases, the honor is for protecting their homelands and answering the call of duty. In some cases, they were pressed into service to fight for a cause not their own, but they are honored nonetheless.

That's not to say that our values would be or should be in complete accord with each and every American fallen hero. The war against the Native American tribes comes to mind. Did they fall in protection of their loved ones, or in an effort subdue a people? Maybe both? Most importantly however, those men and women we honor were our family, friends, our countrymen. They were people who fought for a cause greater than themselves. They fought and died for a dream, an ideal we call “America”. It's an idea we might spend the rest of our days perfecting, but a worthy one. The challenge is to keep that idea, that all men are created equal under God, that values life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness, be the reason we fight, if we must fight. We honor our fallen by honoring those ideals, so that their sacrifices will never be in vain.

May 29, 202309:18
Dystopic Journal: Right out of 1984

Dystopic Journal: Right out of 1984



Last week the Durham Report came out exposing the Russian Collusion Hoax for just that, a hoax. It described the deep state’s role in perpetuating it. Not unrelated, is a new piece of legislation being proposed by Senate Democrats, effectively establishing a federal commission that acts like the Ministry of Truth from Orwell’s 1984.


How are the two items related? The Digital Platform Commission Act (DPCA) would establish a “Ministry of Truth” that would (so they say) police misinformation and disinformation. The Durham Report proved that the government, in league with the mainstream media, colluded to influence the outcome of the 2016 election. Then failing that, undermine the Trump presidency. We also know that many of the same players colluded to bury the Hunter Biden laptop story, again with the express aim of hurting President Trump. This was done primarily by means of– you guessed it– misinformation and disinformation! It’s almost as if the Democrats used 1984 as an instruction manual.



May 25, 202331:60
Right Out of 1984...

Right Out of 1984...

Last week the Durham Report came out exposing the Russian Collusion Hoax for just that, a hoax. It described the deep state's role in perpetuating it. Not unrelated, is a new piece of legislation being proposed by Senate Democrats, effectively establishing a federal commission that acts like the Ministry of Truth from Orwell's 1984.
May 22, 202353:41
The Left's Abuse of Language

The Left's Abuse of Language

Terms the Left uses dishonestly
May 17, 202359:24
Liberty Relearned Podcast: The Left's Abuse of Language

Liberty Relearned Podcast: The Left's Abuse of Language

Welcome to Season 4!

If you thought your ideology or argument were superior, you probably would feel the need to change the definition of words or use terms in ways outside of their common usage. You would not feel the need to use deceptive language.

When Democrats talk about "white supremacy" what they usually are referring to is actually Western Civilization-- Free market capitalism, meritocracy, and Judeo-Christian values. How do you think they can rationalize a black, Latino, or Asian person being a "white supremacist"? It is leftist doublespeak. #doublespeak An article in Just the News talks about President Bidens attempt to gaslight people into believing the worst threat to America is white supremacy. To most of us, that seems ridiculous. Other problems like fentanyl, the border crisis, or Chinese aggression in Asia would seem like greater threats. That's because when those on the Left talk about "white supremacy" or "systemic racism" they are using those terms in a different way than most normal people do.

Ponder this and remember the Left's misuse and outright abuse of words is done out of the weakness of their argument.

Until next time,

Stay healthy, happy and Free!


-JP Mac

May 15, 202359:31
LR Podcast: Season 3 Recap

LR Podcast: Season 3 Recap

In season 3 the Liberty Relearned Podcast, covered many things historical and political. There were messages of liberty and hope. In this recap are some of the highlights of these things.

Season 3 also included the first use of video on Rumble and Spotify platforms. Segments from the most popular videos are presented here.

Clip 1 covers the death of Queen Elizabeth II

Clip 2 is from the Constitution Day Special

Clip 3 is from the Halloween Special

Clip 4 is the most popular video from the new Dystopic Journal segment, recalling John Galt's speech from Atlas Shrugged

Clip 5 is from the Post Midterm Special covering the results of the 2022 Midterm elections.

Clip 6 is from the most popular LR Podcast episode of the season: "Of Balloons and Clown" covering the Chinese spy balloon scandal.

Clip 7 is the Christmas message, and

Clip 8 is the Easter message.

Hopefully, this will give you an appetite for season 4.

Until then,

Stay healthy, happy, and free!


May 08, 202359:24
You're Only a Notional Person to Them
May 04, 202324:33
Lean, mean, season 3

Lean, mean, season 3

World Without Parler, Day 16: America in Crisis (or at least this American) If you were on Parler, you can follow this podcast on Getter, @LRPodcast.

We're coming up on the third anniversary of the Liberty Relearned (LR) Podcast. Just as one assault on our freedoms due to the ACA (Obamacare) prompted me to launch LibertyRelearned.com eight years ago, another crisis of our freedoms prompted me to launch this podcast in May of 2020. At that time, we were in the depths of the Covid hysteria and the truncation of our rights that came with it. Soon after, were the riots, looting, and arson that surrounded the Geroge Floyd protesters.

After Alvin Bragg took a sledgehammer to the idea of equal justice when he indicted former president Trump, now Soros-backed prosecutor is on the radar of Conservatives, and fans of law and justice in general, St. Louis Circuit Attorney Kimberly Gardner, and not in a good way. An article in Just the News decribes that a St. Louis judge to appoint special attorney in contempt case against Soros-backed prosecutor. Soros apparently believes that too many people of color are being accused and convicted of crimes, so he's decided in the name of equity, to back with millions of dollars, prosecutors and DA's that won't be hard on crime and in prosecuting less criminals, create equity for what are believed to be oppressed minorities. His approach fails to protect the victims, many of whom are also people of color and their communities. Far away from the reality of the dystopia they've helped create, and insulated from their bad decisions, the leftist elite see you as just a notional being, something to be manipulated and controlled with their perverse carrot-and-stick approach.

May 01, 202359:05
Parler is Down, Long Live Parler!

Parler is Down, Long Live Parler!

From S3E50: On day number 9 of world without Parler, we still have no Parler, no new news, and no apparent plan. When Elon Musk took over Twitter, he had a clear plan to rehabilitate the platform that was well publicized. An article appearing in the Washington Examiner entitled: Parler will 'maximize' free speech, new owner says suggests that Parler's new owner, Ryan Coyne has no discernible plan for his new acquisition. When will it be back up? Will it ever be back up? He can't say. He speaks of maximizing free speech but denies a platform for Parler users to exercise it.

Apr 25, 202323:14
Parler is Dead (for now), Long Live Parler!

Parler is Dead (for now), Long Live Parler!

On day number 9 of world without Parler, we still have no Parler, no new news, and no apparent plan. When Elon Musk took over Twitter, he had a clear plan to rehabilitate the platform that was well publicized. An article appearing in the Washington Examiner entitled: Parler will 'maximize' free speech, new owner says suggests that Parler's new owner, Ryan Coyne has no discernible plan for his new acquisition. When will it be back up? Will it ever be back up? He can't say. He speaks of maximizing free speech, but denies a platform for Parler users to exercise it. From an article in Just the News tells us that a whopping three (3) people have so far received money from our government in relation to COVID 19 injury claims. These claims combined only totaled amount $5000. Seems like very little money going to very few people considering the number of COVID-19 vaccine injury claims out there. This doesn't seem enough, unless its just the beginning.

Apr 24, 202357:11
The Long-suffering Parler Users

The Long-suffering Parler Users

From S3E49:

It’s like a bad dream for Parler fans. It’s Déjà vu all over again. The site is down, again. This time it’s been taken down by its new owner. In its place, they put up a press release reading in part: “No reasonable person believes that a Twitter clone just for conservatives is a viable business any more. By refocusing on the cloud and IT infrastructure space George Farmer has done an exceptional job at successfully leading Parlement into a critically important industry where it has already begun to excel.”

Parler was acquired by Starboard, a media conglomerate taking its name from the right side of a ship. The move came suddenly, as far as I can tell, without notice. Starboard states they are about providing uncancelable platforms, yet they took down one of the very few.

Another part of the press release reads: “Advancements in AI technology, along with the existing code base and other new features, provide an opportunity for Starboard to begin servicing unsupported online communities – building a home for them away from the ad-hoc regulatory hand of platforms that hate them.”

This sounds good, but somehow is not reassuring. Is such a service necessary? Probably. Is this the way to reassure the Parler user they’ll have a home, away from the madness that is the Twitterverse? Probably not. There’s nothing in the statement to reassure the Parler users to stick around, because what comes will be better than ever. How many times will Parler users have the rug yanked out from under them before they jump ship for Truth Social, Getter, or a kinder, gentler Twitter? I don’t know what sort of company Starboard is, and I want to give them the benefit of the doubt, but the ham-handed way they just took down Parler is not a good start.

What do you think?

Apr 19, 202338:57
The Long Suffering Parler Users

The Long Suffering Parler Users

It’s like a bad dream for Parler fans. It’s Déjà vu all over again. The site is down, again. This time it’s been taken down by its new owner. In its place, they put up a press release reading in part: “No reasonable person believes that a Twitter clone just for conservatives is a viable business any more. By refocusing on the cloud and IT infrastructure space George Farmer has done an exceptional job at successfully leading Parlement into a critically important industry where it has already begun to excel.”

Parler was acquired by Starboard, a media conglomerate taking its name from the right side of a ship. The move came suddenly, as far as I can tell, without notice. Starboard states they are about providing uncancelable platforms, yet they took down one of the very few.

Another part of the press release reads: “Advancements in AI technology, along with the existing code base and other new features, provide an opportunity for Starboard to begin servicing unsupported online communities – building a home for them away from the ad-hoc regulatory hand of platforms that hate them.”

This sounds good, but somehow is not reassuring. Is such a service necessary? Probably. Is this the way to reassure the Parler user they’ll have a home, away from the madness that is the Twitterverse? Probably not. There’s nothing in the statement to reassure the Parler users to stick around, because what comes will be better than ever. How many times will Parler users have the rug yanked out from under them before they jump ship for Truth Social, Getter, or a kinder, gentler Twitter? I don’t know what sort of company Starboard is, and I want to give them the benefit of the doubt, but the ham-handed way they just took down Parler is not a good start.

What do you think?

Also going on... Will the arrest of an Air National Guard airman for espionage provide a pretext for reviving the RESTRICT Act? How could a 20 y/o airman in an entry-level position have access to the highly classified information he is allaged to have disseminated over the internet? We were led to believe the information he had released had been altered. Was the classified information that was released online disinformation, or was or government telling it was inaccurate the real disinformation? Will this incident be used as a pretext to revive the ailing RESTRICT Act, some have called, "Patriot Act 2.0"?

Apr 17, 202359:29
From the LR Podcast: Easter Message 2023

From the LR Podcast: Easter Message 2023


Last year, I wrote Easter Message 2022. This year I repeat that message, but with emphasis on different areas.

From last year's Easter message:

"Easter reminds us that just as Jesus was reborn as a higher eternal form of himself, that we can and must strive to do this same. Life and freedom are the twin gifts the Creator has given to us. As one or the other becomes diminished, their restoration, rebirth, resurrection, once started becomes a force of nature. As we will it, death gives way to life, fear to courage, and oppression to freedom. Become one with that force of nature that demands the scales be re-balanced in favor of our Divine right, and perhaps achieve in the process, a rebirth to a higher form of spiritual life."

The Easter season gives us hope in the renewal of the world. We hope for everlasting life in the next world, we must deal with the cyclic nature of this one. The Easter Mircale gives hope and strength to those who believe, and our knowledge of history shows us of the small and great cycles of life from the individual to the that of society, to that of civilizations. With strength, wisdom, and grace, we may enjoy sooner than later, the ascendency of freedom and rationalism.

Until next time,

Stay healthy, happy, and free!

Apr 13, 202307:26
Easter Message 2023

Easter Message 2023


Last year, I wrote Easter Message 2022. This year I repeat that message, but with emphasis on different areas.

From last year's Easter message:

"Easter reminds us that just as Jesus was reborn as a higher eternal form of himself, that we can and must strive to do this same. Life and freedom are the twin gifts the Creator has given to us. As one or the other becomes diminished, their restoration, rebirth, resurrection, once started becomes a force of nature. As we will it, death gives way to life, fear to courage, and oppression to freedom. Become one with that force of nature that demands the scales be re-balanced in favor of our Divine right, and perhaps achieve in the process, a rebirth to a higher form of spiritual life."


This year, we still find ourselves at the very beginning of a greater renewal cycle. Leftism and collectivism have been in the ascendancy, but this cannot last. History shows that the pendulum swings from the left to the right, from liberal to conservative. Different people, different parts of the world find themselves at different points in this cycle. Some have rebounded towards greater liberty and independence, while other continue to hurtle downwards like a meteor.


The Easter season gives us hope in the renewal of the world. We hope for everlasting life in the next world, we must deal with the cyclic nature of this one. The Easter Mircale gives hope and strength to those who believe, and our knowledge of history shows us of the small an and great cycles of life from the individual to the that of society, to that of civilizations. With strength, wisdom, and grace, we may enjoy sooner than later, the ascendency of freedom and rationalism.


Until next time,

Stay healthy, happy, and free!


Apr 10, 202356:16
LR Podcast show clip: Those with TDS, prepare to be let down.

LR Podcast show clip: Those with TDS, prepare to be let down.

Expectation won't meet reality when it comes to Trump's indictment. Those suffering from TDS should prepare to be let down.

Apr 03, 202302:45
Just another political persecution for the Left.
Apr 03, 202358:28
Is America (Still) Really a Free Country?

Is America (Still) Really a Free Country?

A blast from the past: From one of my first blog postings. Have things changed since then? As the saying goes: “The more things change, the more they stay the same.” This post was written while Obama was president. The Democrat in the White House has changed, but the ruling by fiat has not. We find ourselves facing #democrattyranny yet again.

From “Is America Really a Free Country?”:

OK, so we learned our lesson with the Affordable Care Act and threw out those in Congress willing to play fast and loose with our liberty. The Constitution says that Congress makes the laws, so we are therefore (for the moment) safe from our government forcing us to buy American made electric cars, yes? No, not necessarily. President Obama has decided he does not need Congress. He has a phone and a pen (read staff and flail) that give him the power though executive order to instruct the proper regulatory body to create virtual law through regulation. He believes he can rule through Executive Order, and in fact has managed to do so. He as he sees it, could issue an order to the EPA, a non-elected body, to regulate the production of fossil fuel out of existence and thereby make gas-fueled vehicles no longer a viable option for transportation. Crazy? He is attempting to do exactly that. Onerous regulations in the coal industry at his direction already make it almost impossible to build an economically viable coal fire plant. He will not allow a pipeline to be built to move Canadian oil despite the fact that it is actually safer to transport it that way than with rail or over the roads. As for the American made part? He basically federalized GM through the bailouts, too bad their electric car has so far not met consumer needs. That window has closed, but should the automotive industry ever need another bailout… Hope (if not change) springs eternal.

LibertyRelearned.com April 2015
President Biden has emulated Obama’s penchant for ruling by executive order. He’s used executive orders to continue with President Obama’s war on fossil fuel. He’s also abused his executive order power do create vaccine mandates and forgive student loan debt. Only a few things stand between him and Trudeau levels of tyranny, our Supreme Court, our currently GOP held House, and a few red state governors.

Mar 30, 202322:01
Is America (Still) Really a Free Country?

Is America (Still) Really a Free Country?

A blast from the past: From one of my first blog postings. Have things changed since then? As the saying goes: "The more things change, the more they stay the same." This post was written while Obama was president. The Democrat in the White House has changed, but the ruling by fiat has not. We find ourselves facing #democrattyranny yet again.

From “Is America Rally a Free Country?”:

“OK, so we learned our lesson with the Affordable Care Act and threw out those in Congress willing to play fast and loose with our liberty. The Constitution says that Congress makes the laws, so we are therefore (for the moment) safe from our government forcing us to buy American made electric cars, yes? No, not necessarily. President Obama has decided he does not need Congress. He has a phone and a pen (read staff and flail) that give him the power though executive order to instruct the proper regulatory body to create virtual law through regulation. He believes he can rule through Executive Order, and in fact has managed to do so. He as he sees it, could issue an order to the EPA, a non-elected body, to regulate the production of fossil fuel out of existence and thereby make gas-fueled vehicles no longer a viable option for transportation. Crazy? He is attempting to do exactly that. Onerous regulations in the coal industry at his direction already make it almost impossible to build an economically viable coal fire plant. He will not allow a pipeline to be built to move Canadian oil despite the fact that it is actually safer to transport it that way than with rail or over the roads. As for the American made part? He basically federalized GM through the bailouts, too bad their electric car has so far not met consumer needs. That window has closed, but should the automotive industry ever need another bailout... Hope (if not change) springs eternal.”

President Biden has emulated Obama's penchant for ruling by executive order. He's used executive orders to continue with President Obama's war on fossil fuel. He's also abused his executive order power do create vaccine mandates and forgive student loan debt. Only a few things stand between him and Trudeau levels of tyranny, our Supreme Court, our currently GOP held House, and a few red state governors.





Mar 27, 202349:44
Wins, losses, and ties

Wins, losses, and ties

Those following the #DutchFarmerProtests on this podcast and elsewhere should be happy with the win of the pro-farmer BBB BoerBurgerBeweging (Farmer-Citizen Movement) won 15 Senate seats in their country's recent elections, giving them enough votes to block any further anti-farm legislation. An article in Reuters goes into greater detail about the win for the pro-farmer movement and what it means for them going forward.

March 16th, 2023 marked the third anniversary of 15 Days to Slow the Spread. A quick check or Worldometer shows a sharp decline in the number of Covid-19 cases and deaths in the US beginning in March of 22 and continuing on at a low level ever since. President Biden has not given up any of the emergency powers he appointed himself as part of a COVID-19 pandemic emergency. He says he'll declare the emergency over in May. In hindsight, he could have declared it over a year ago and been justified.

With the Covid crisis all but over, and the Ukraine War fading into the background noise, we now have a banking crisis to contend with. President Biden, with the powers invested in him by well...him... Decided to make whole all the losses suffered by account holders in affected SVB and Signature Bank. SVB bank in particular, was heavily invested in the pursuit of a high ESG rating. A lot of money invested by SVB was going to causes favored by Democrats or to Democrats themselves. An article in USA Today takes pains to show that SVG donated to both Democrats and Republicans, it becomes clear that the lion's share went to Democrats. The President's pledge to make the account holders whole, even beyond the $250,000 covered by the FDIC, creates a moral hazard in that other banks teetering, will now feel like there is no downside to making risky investments the type that SVB did.

Mar 20, 202336:12
The Authoritarian - Fear Relationship

The Authoritarian - Fear Relationship

In this podcast we go back to a couple of old favorites to talk about.  In the Netherlands, Dutch farmers are protesting once again their government's attempt to decimate the agricultural sector.   They accuse their government of wanting to put a large number of farms out of business under the guise of fighting climate change in order to take the land seized and use it for accommodations for migrant workers.  Once those farms are gone, they and the food production capabilities will be lost.  They don't want to suffer the same fate Sri Lanka did, self-immolating itself in the name of high ESG scores.  An article in Rebel News talks about this new round of protests by the Dutch farmers and their supporters.  #Dutchfarmerprotest

In December of 2022, I wrote the following:  "According to Mattias Desmet in his book, The Psychology of Totalitarianism, there are four conditions needed for a large-scale mass formation:  1. Generalized loneliness 2.  Lack of meaning of life 3. 'Free-floating anxiety and psychological unease.'   4.  A lot of free-floating aggression.  Leftism as a mass-formation depends on all four of these conditions being met to keep their authoritarianism going." Is there new attempt to fuel the underlying anxiety so to form a new mass-formation to replace COVID? From the LR Podcast vaults, let's review this episode from December of 22. 

What do authoritarians and would-be totalitarians have to replace the anxiety lost with the waning of the COVID-19 crisis?  Only it seems, the threat of nuclear Armageddon.  #massformation 

Mar 13, 202359:30
JP'S Dystopic Journal: The Disunited States of America Pt II

JP'S Dystopic Journal: The Disunited States of America Pt II

Should red and blue America get a #nationaldivorce?

From the LR Podcast S3E43:

National divorce is a much more favorable alternative to civil war.  Is it the best alternative though?  America would have all the same problems Britian has had since Brexit, especially when it comes to the Republic of Irland staying with the EU and Northern Ireland leaving with the rest of the U.K.  There you have two countries, similar in both culture and language and with a lot of cross-pollination between them with regards to business and families.  Red and Blue America similarly would have such problems disentangling themselves.  Yes, a national divorce would solve some problems, but it would create others that the people of the EU, Great Britian and Irland are experiencing.  There would be mutual defense, and trade set up, but how would that look?

An alternative for conservatives to both a civil war and a national divorce would be (other than capitulation to the left) to stay in for the long haul and make a commitment to winning our current cold civil war.  The collectivists on the left have been engaged in the political and societal conquest of the United States since the early 20th century.  The commitment of the red states, the libertarians and conservatives nationwide has to be real and steady.  In the meantime, we must develop parallel institutions that allow conservatives and independents to live and work without threat of being cancelled either commercially or politically.  We must free ourselves from the Leftists' hegemony we find ourselves in.

Mar 07, 202334:34
The Pros and Cons of a National Divorce

The Pros and Cons of a National Divorce

Should red and blue America get a #nationaldivorce? 

The idea of a national divorce between red and blue America has been around for a while now and US Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene from GA has been a big proponent of it since 2020.  An article from 2021 in the NY Post outlined some of her rationale for a divorce.  National divorces are not new things.  The former country of Czechoslovakia broke up peacefully into the Czech Republic and Slovakia in the early 1990's.  More recently, Great Britian has broken from the EU peacefully after the Brexit vote was taken.  Other countries broke up violently such as the former Yugoslavia.  India and Pakistan have at time experienced flare-ups of violence since their independence from Great Britian.  

National divorce is a much more favorable alternative to civil war.  Is it the best alternative though?  America would have all the same problems Britian has had since Brexit, especially when it comes to the Republic of Irland staying with the EU and Northern Ireland leaving with the rest of the U.K.  There you have two countries, similar in both culture and language and with a lot of cross-pollination between them with regards to business and families.  Red and Blue America similarly would have such problems disentangling themselves.  Yes, a national divorce would solve some problems, but it would create others that the people of the EU, Great Britian and Irland are experiencing.  There would be mutual defense, and trade set up, but how would that look?  

An alternative for conservatives to both a civil war and a national divorce would be (other than capitulation to the left) to stay in for the long haul and make a commitment to winning our current cold civil war.  The collectivists on the left have been engaged in the political and societal conquest of the United States since the early 20th century.  The commitment of the red states, the libertarians and conservatives nationwide has to be real and steady.  In the meantime, we must develop parallel institutions that allow conservatives and independents to live and work without threat of being cancelled either commercially or politically.  We must free ourselves from the Leftists' hegemony we find ourselves in.    

Mar 06, 202359:59
Dystopic Journal, The Disunited States
Feb 28, 202311:26
The United and Disunited States of America

The United and Disunited States of America

We've just passed the first anniversary of the Russian invasion of Ukraine.  While both the left and the right have condemned the invasion, and both support Ukraine, the two camps do so for different reasons. The left looks at Russia as a threat to their globalist agenda, while the right looks at it as a threat to peace in the West and fear an alliance sleepwalking into WWIII.  #ukrainecrisis   Just the News has an article on US Ukraine policy one year after the Russian invasion. 

Americans are divided, not just on Ukraine policy, but on just about every other conceivable issue.   This has led Marjorie Taylor Greene to openly speculate on a national divorce, where the red and blue states declare their irreconcilable differences and go their own separate ways.  An article in John Soloman's Just the News postulates how such a divorce would happen.  

Until next time,

Stay healthy, happy, and free! 

-JP Mac

Feb 27, 202359:41
JP'S Dystopic Journal: We got balloons, now send in the clowns.
Feb 22, 202319:39
 Balloons, Clowns, and the Whole Circus

Balloons, Clowns, and the Whole Circus

So, here we are, the third podcast in a row and Biden's #Balloongate is still news.  After not shooting down an obvious Chinese spy balloon until it presumably completed its espionage mission, now our government might be shooting down weather balloons launched by hobbyists.  An article in AvationWeek.com presents compelling evidence that this was indeed the case with at least one of the objects recently shot down over North America.   If could well be that our government used a $400,000 missile to shoot down a civilian balloon costing under $100 bucks.

While we were all busy talking about balloons, our government, namely our Transportation secretary, Pete Buttigieg was busy not doing much at all about a recent rail disaster in Ohio, or ensuring our railways are kept safe and operable.  Remember when we spent what seemed at the time, a lot of money on “shovel ready” projects under President Obama?  It looks like a trillion dollars later; sufficient work has not been done to ensure the safety and security of America's railways.  One might even think that a lot of that “infrastructure” money went to things other than infrastructure.  This all has left some thinking that maybe “Mayor Pete” may not have been the best person for the job. An article in the Independent speaks more on this.

It looks like when we got Biden, we got the balloons, clowns, and the whole darn circus!

Feb 20, 202349:32
JP'S Dystopic Journal: The Politics of Envy

JP'S Dystopic Journal: The Politics of Envy

From LR Podcast S2E40... The State of the Union was just full of lies, half-truths and falsifications.  It's probably for an honesty standpoint, the worst State of the Union you've ever heard.  This includes ones from Bill Clinton and former President Obama.  What he and the Democrats have decided to do is find "solutions" to problems that they themselves created, like inflation.  Here's one quote from the speech the illustrates the point perfectly:   "I mean, look, I know you all aren’t enthusiastic about that, but think about it. Think about it. Have you noticed — Big Oil just reported its profits. Record profits. Last year, they made $200 billion in the midst of a global energy crisis. I think it’s outrageous. Why? They invested too little of that profit to increase domestic production. And when I talked to a couple of them, they say, “We were afraid you were going to shut down all the oil wells and all the oil refineries anyway, so why should we invest in them?” I said, “We’re going to need oil for at least another decade, and that’s going to exceed…” — and beyond that. We’re going to need it. Production. If they had, in fact, invested in the production to keep gas prices down — instead they used the record profits to buy back their own stock, rewarding their CEOs and shareholders. Corporations ought to do the right thing." -- President Biden, SOTU Address, 2023.  Do the right thing?  You (Mr. President) told them that you'd put them out of business!  That's literally one of the stated goals of the Bidan campaign, to put end to the fossil fuel industry.  Of course, they're going to take profits rather than sink money into investments in an industry targeted for extinction.  Biden actually had nerve to act surprised when severely limiting their oil exploration options that they invested less in that endeavor.  Again, and again the President showed what must be either his own economic illiteracy, or his belief in the economic illiteracy of his supporters.  His party gave his favored constituencies money the country didn't have, so they printed it causing inflation, now, he's promising even more money to offset the effects of inflations largely caused by his party's spending.  Thanks to the wonderful people at www.Whitehouse.gov for the audio and the transcript! 

Editorial note:  I speculate in the podcast that the top 1-2% of income earners pay 90% of the taxes.  That number was a little off, so to set the record straight, here is more solid info on just who pays taxes, that I pulled from   www.ntu.org : "The top 10 percent of earners paid 74 percent of all income taxes and the top 25 percent paid 89 percent. Altogether, the top fifty percent of filers earned 89 percent of all income and were responsible for 97.7 percent of all income taxes paid in 2020."  Biden suggests the rich don't pay their fair share.  --JP Mac

Feb 15, 202316:33
The State of the Union and Balloons

The State of the Union and Balloons

The State of the Union was just full of lies, half-truths and falsifications.  It's probably for an honesty standpoint, the worst State of the Union you've ever heard.  This includes ones from Bill Clinton and former President Obama.  What he and the Democrats have decided to do is find "solutions" to problems that they themselves created, like inflation.  Here's one quote from the speech the illustrates the point perfectly:   "I mean, look, I know you all aren’t enthusiastic about that, but think about it. Think about it. Have you noticed — Big Oil just reported its profits. Record profits. Last year, they made $200 billion in the midst of a global energy crisis. I think it’s outrageous. Why? They invested too little of that profit to increase domestic production. And when I talked to a couple of them, they say, “We were afraid you were going to shut down all the oil wells and all the oil refineries anyway, so why should we invest in them?” I said, “We’re going to need oil for at least another decade, and that’s going to exceed…” — and beyond that. We’re going to need it. Production. If they had, in fact, invested in the production to keep gas prices down — instead they used the record profits to buy back their own stock, rewarding their CEOs and shareholders. Corporations ought to do the right thing." -- President Biden, SOTU Address, 2023.  Do the right thing?  You (Mr. President) told them that you'd put them out of business!  That's literally one of the stated goals of the Bidan campaign, to put end to the fossil fuel industry.  Of course, they're going to take profits rather than sink money into investments in an industry targeted for extinction.  Biden actually had nerve to act surprised when severely limiting their oil exploration options that they invested less in that endeavor.  Again, and again the President showed what must be either his own economic illiteracy, or his belief in the economic illiteracy of his supporters.  His party gave his favored constituencies money the country didn't have, so they printed it causing inflation, now, he's promising even more money to offset the effects of inflations largely caused by his party's spending.   Since the last podcast, even more supposedly unidentified flying objects have entered ours or Canada's airspace and have been shot down.  Apparently, the public outcry over allowing a Chinese spy balloon to freely traverse the continental United States changed the President's mind about allowing unidentified flying objects (technically UFO's) to cross into our airspace unmolested.  To the public, they are UFOs, but there's very little chance our government doesn't know exactly what they are and where they came from, and not outer space.   They want to talk about "misinformation." Members of the Biden regime that three balloons violated U.S. airspace under Trump's watch.  Obviously, this is meant to suggest some equivalency between the two series of events.  Problem is-- the government was only able to piece together the fact that spy balloons crossed into US airspace after Biden had become president.  The decision of whether or not to shoot down a balloon and where was never one that Trump had to make.  Until next time,  Stay healthy, happy and free!    The audio and speech transcript came from those wonderful folks at Whitehouse.gov  

Feb 14, 202359:48
Spy Balloons and the State of the Union

Spy Balloons and the State of the Union

This past week, the US had an uninvited guest, a Chinese spy balloon that entered and stated in US airspace for about a week before finally being shot down off the coast of the Carolinas.  Before being shot down, it made its way over or near many US military installations as described in an article by the Gateway Pundit.  What's worse, surveillance may not have been its only purpose.  It could have been a test run for an EMP or biological weapon.  This is not a proud moment for the Biden regime.

This Tuesday, President Biden will make his first official State of the Union address.  The State of the Union speeches can sometimes be tedious and predictable. There will be the long list of achievements that the President wants to highlight, coupled by an even longer laundry list of things he wants to Congress to act on. They’re full of soaring rhetoric, with each president making an obvious effort to get in that one, memorable line that will be quoted ad nauseam later that night and the next day.  Sometimes these things run long and get to be a little boring.

Whether boring or not, make the address even more interesting by playing the State of the Union Drinking Game:

The rules are simple: Every time during the address the President utters one of the designated words or phrases, or anytime one of a few select events happen, you take a drink of your favorite adult beverage.  You must of course, be of legal drinking age to play, unless your favorite adult beverage is non-alcoholic, in that case…you’ll probably make yourself sick either way!

Take a sip anytime any President Biden says one of the magic words, placenames, or phrases:

MAGA Republican Obstruction, obstructionism No joke Ukraine Scranton

…Or each time any of the following happen:

Someone shouts: Liar! A member of the audience is recognized by the President. The camera cuts to the Supreme Court Justices (take an extra sip if any of them are asleep) The camera cuts to Chuck Schumer or Kevin McCarthy for a reaction shot. The President loses his place and/or mumbles.

Enjoy!

Feb 07, 202337:52
Spy Balloons and the State of the Union

Spy Balloons and the State of the Union

This past week, the US had an uninvited guest, a Chinese spy balloon that entered and stated in US airspace for about a week before finally being shot down off the coast of the Carolinas.  Before being shot down, it made its way over or near many US military installations as described in an article by the Gateway Pundit.  What's worse, surveillance may not have been its only purpose.  It could have been a test run for an EMP or biological weapon.  This is not a proud moment for the Biden regime. 

This Tuesday, President Biden will make his first official State of the Union address.  The State of the Union speeches can sometimes be tedious and predictable. There will be the long list of achievements that the President wants to highlight, coupled by an even longer laundry list of things he wants to Congress to act on. They’re full of soaring rhetoric, with each president making an obvious effort to get in that one, memorable line that will be quoted ad nauseam later that night and the next day.  Sometimes these things run long and get to be a little boring.  

Whether boring or not, make the address even more interesting by playing the State of the Union Drinking Game:

The rules are simple: Every time during the address the President utters one of the designated words or phrases, or anytime one of a few select events happen, you take a drink of your favorite adult beverage.  You must of course, be of legal drinking age to play, unless your favorite adult beverage is non-alcoholic, in that case…you’ll probably make yourself sick either way!

Take a sip anytime any President Biden says one of the magic words, placenames, or phrases:

MAGA Republican Obstruction, obstructionism No joke Ukraine Scranton

…Or each time any of the following happen:

Someone shouts: Liar! A member of the audience is recognized by the President. The camera cuts to the Supreme Court Justices (take an extra sip if any of them are asleep) The camera cuts to Chuck Schumer or Kevin McCarthy for a reaction shot. The President loses his place and/or mumbles.

Enjoy!

Feb 06, 202356:41
Dystopic Journal: Has the WEF's Influence Plateaued?
Jan 31, 202329:49
The Biden Scandal and the WEF

The Biden Scandal and the WEF

There are currently two different news stories that we need to talk about this week.  The first is the Biden document scandal.  This is at once a Joe Biden and a Hunter Biden scandal.  Classified documents continue to turn up at Biden places of work and home.  Why were they there?  What's in them?  We know at the very least that Hunter had access to them, as they were kept in the same garage that houses a Corvette that we have pictures of Hunter driving.  The Penn Biden Center was funded in part by entities connected to the Chinese Communist Party.  This is something that the Republican controlled House will be interested in finding out.  The FBI was made aware of some of these documents back in the fall of 2022, before the midterm elections.  Why wasn't the public made aware?  

The other major thing going on in the world this January is the World Economic Forum's annual meeting in Davos, Switzerland. The WEF's preoccupation continues to be with the climate change and engaging in climate change alarmism.  Going through their website, there is a lot of discussion this year about the effects of inflation, inflation that WEF backed policies helped to create.  Their conclusion is that people are buying too much stuff and there's not enough of it, totally forgetting to mention the large part that money printing contributes to the problem. Again, they totally ignore their own polices that hamstring the energy and agricultural sectors. 

Has the power and influence of the WEF reached its zenith?  Evidence is starting to suggest that maybe it has. There's even an article published by CNN Business that talks about the waning influence the globalist institution has on national governments.  Meanwhile, Dr. Jordan Peterson announces on Joe Rogan's podcast, (mentioned in an article appearing in Just the News,) that he is putting together a consortium of thought leaders on the subject of how to solve the big, global problems without resorting to people losing their liberty or destroying their counties' economies. 

Jan 30, 202359:47
Biden's Document-gate

Biden's Document-gate

Stop me if you've heard this one before...  "A U.S. president has been found to be keeping classified documents at his place of residence..."  No, we're not taking about President Trump, we're talking about President Biden. Journalist, Sharyl Attkisson wrote an article entitled:  Chronology of President Biden's classified document saga in which she gives a timeline of the events surrounding Biden's classified document scandal.  In it she describes what we believe happened and when and draws some contrasts to Trump's document scandal noting:  "Far less significant discoveries have merited SWAT-style raids by the FBI. But here, according to White House accounts, Biden's own lawyers have been permitted to continue searching, even after multiple discoveries."

So, why is this coming out now, long after the midterms?  I think we know why. It may be because of the GOP's stated intention to investigate both allegations of Biden family corruption, and the "weaponization" of the U.S. government.  Between those two sets of hearings, this matter would have been uncovered.  The Democrats decided to control how this information got out and wanted to put their own spin it.

What will both sides do with this scandal?  Will the GOP pursue impeachment over it?  Will the Democrats let them, or will they use this a leverage to get Biden to step aside to let someone else run for president in 2024?

Jan 19, 202357:42
Biden's Document-gate

Biden's Document-gate

Stop me if you've heard this one before...  "A U.S. president has been found to be keeping classified documents at his place of residence..."  No, we're not taking about President Trump, we're talking about President Biden. Journalist, Sharyl Attkisson wrote an article entitled:  Chronology of President Biden's classified document saga in which she gives a timeline of the events surrounding Biden's classified document scandal.  In it she describes what we believe happened and when and draws some contrasts to Trump's document scandal noting:  "Far less significant discoveries have merited SWAT-style raids by the FBI. But here, according to White House accounts, Biden's own lawyers have been permitted to continue searching, even after multiple discoveries."  

So, why is this coming out now, long after the midterms?  I think we know why. It may be because of the GOP's stated intention to investigate both allegations of Biden family corruption, and the "weaponization" of the U.S. government.  Between those two sets of hearings, this matter would have been uncovered.  The Democrats decided to control how this information got out and wanted to put their own spin it.  

What will both sides do with this scandal?  Will the GOP pursue impeachment over it?  Will the Democrats let them, or will they use this a leverage to get Biden to step aside to let someone else run for president in 2024?    

Jan 16, 202357:37
Book Review: Neither Stunning nor Brave

Book Review: Neither Stunning nor Brave

The Dystopic Journal starts the year with a new book. It's an entertaining book of dystopic fiction written by comedian Michael Loftus entitled: Neither Stunning nor Brave. It's a look into the not-too-distant future where the Left's cancel culture, ESG scores, and social justice have run roughshod over society and are now making the story's protagonist, Avery's life a living hell. He's on the run from an overpowered, oppressive, totalitarian state. When he meets a group of freedom fighters, he has to readjust to a life where people are free to do as they please, and not be subject to the ever-changing whims of an oppressive society. It's a funny story with a serous underlying message, a cautionary tale about leftism run amok.

Jan 11, 202317:17
Kevin McCarthy is the new Speaker and why that matters.

Kevin McCarthy is the new Speaker and why that matters.

The Dystopic Journal starts the year with a new book.  It's an entertaining book of dystopic fiction written by comedian Michael Loftus entitled:  Neither Stunning nor Brave.  It's a look into the not-too-distant future where the Left's cancel culture, ESG scores, and social justice have run roughshod over society and are now making the story's protagonist, Avery's life a living hell.  He's on the run from an overpowered, oppressive, totalitarian state.  When he meets a group of freedom fighters, he has to readjust to a life where people are free to do as they please, and not be subject to the ever-changing whims of an oppressive society.  It's a funny story with a serous underlying message, a cautionary tale about leftism run amok.

After 14 unsuccessful tries, Kevin McCarthy is now the Speaker of the House of Representatives.  He finally made it on the 15th vote after a lot of drama and concessions to his conservative base.  An article in FoxNews.com explains how it happened and what it means going forward.  The conservative wing of the GOP held out such things as more fiscal responsibility.

Expect the first half of 2023 to be dominated by Congressional hearings, particularly with regards to Hunter Biden and his dealings with various overseas entities. They'll also want to look at alleged infringements of the first amendment at the hands of various government agencies, especially the DOJ and FBI.  This Congress also wants to end the inflation-causing, multi-trillion dollar spending sprees that have gone on the last few years.

Will they use the power the people have given them wisely?  Only time will tell.

Jan 09, 202359:03
Things that won't happen in 2023 (Summary)

Things that won't happen in 2023 (Summary)

The Left giving up on corrupting children
2023 will see the continuation of drag queen story hour, and more confusing children about gender

Inflation dropping below 5%
Congress just approved $1.7 trillion, much of it going to the political allies of the Democrats, so yeah, continued inflation as the government continues to print more money to bribe the people and pay off special interest groups.

Alternative forms of energy coming even close to filling the world’s energy needs
Expect this to make the list for years to come.

Vladimir Putin winning the Nobel Peace Prize
Obama won it, Trump didn’t. The Nobel Prize committee has very little integrity left, but it’s a safe bet that starting a major war won’t get you it.

Hunter Biden being charged, much less convicted, of any crime carrying a prison sentence of more than 5 years.
The two-tiered justice system will continue.

Justin Trudeau renouncing his mentor, Klaus Schwab and his global totalitarian designs
Things just aren’t bad enough yet in Canada, so Canadians will remain stuck in an authoritarian system.

Google, Facebook, or YouTube coming clean about their discrimination against conservatives and collusion with government agencies to suppress free speech à la Twitter under Musk.
Everyone knows that the US Government suborned media companies to limit free speech, but only Twitter has been transparent on the subject. Don’t expect the other social media giants to follow suit in 2023.

Plus: What will the Democrats do? Will they replace Biden?

Jan 04, 202321:51
Things that won't happen in 2023

Things that won't happen in 2023


The Left giving up on corrupting children 2023 will see the continuation of drag queen story hour, and more confusing children about gender<br />

Inflation dropping below 5% Congress just approved $1.7 trillion, much of it going to the political allies of the Democrats, so yeah, continued inflation as the government continues to print more money to bribe the people and pay off special interest groups.<br />

Alternative forms of energy coming even close to filling the world’s energy needs Expect this to make the list for years to come.<br />

Vladimir Putin winning the Nobel Peace Prize Obama won it, Trump didn’t. The Nobel Prize committee has very little integrity left, but it’s a safe bet that starting a major war won’t get you it.<br />

Hunter Biden being charged, much less convicted, of any crime carrying a prison sentence of more than 5 years. The two-tiered justice system will continue.<br />

Justin Trudeau renouncing his mentor, Klaus Schwab and his global totalitarian designs Things just aren’t bad enough yet in Canada, so Canadians will remain stuck in an authoritarian system.<br />

Google, Facebook, or YouTube coming clean about their discrimination against conservatives and collusion with government agencies to suppress free speech à la Twitter under Musk. Everyone knows that the US Government suborned media companies to limit free speech, but only Twitter has been transparent on the subject. Don’t expect the other social media giants to follow suit in 2023.<br />

Jan 02, 202357:35
Liberty Relearned Podcast, Christmas Message 2022

Liberty Relearned Podcast, Christmas Message 2022

How we reenact the Nativity each year at Christmastime without even realizing it.

“In that region there were shepherds living in the fields, keeping watch over their flock by night. Then an angel of the Lord stood before them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were terrified. But the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid; for see—I am bringing you good news of great joy for all the people: to you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, who is the Messiah, the Lord. This will be a sign for you: you will find a child wrapped in bands of cloth and lying in a manger.” And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host, praising God and saying,

'Glory to God in the highest heaven, and on earth peace among those whom he favors!” --Luke 2:8-14

On that day, whether it was December 25th, or some other day, God gave us the gift of himself. He gave us our savior, our Messiah. This event was so sacred, so special, that His angels sang for joy about Jesus' birth. He did it, because he favors us, his children. This gift of His only begotten son also gave us a gift-- that of salvation.

As children, we make Christmas about getting gifts. We unknowingly, reenact in a way, the anticipation of His people on that first Christmas day of a Messiah who would come to free God's people, His favored. As we get older and mature, we come to know the joy of giving. We come to identify with God's part in this nativity drama, the giving part. Giving gifts then, is how we in our own small way, emulate His part in the story. We continue to love to receive gifts, to be sure, but we also learn the joy of giving. This is not insignificant; for in giving gifts, we make ourselves more like the Father. We create a cycle of joy, of simultaneous giving and receiving.

We learn, if we are wise, that we should give of ourselves, give our love to others. We also, like the shepherds in the fields and their people, anticipate His coming, and sing out with joy as the angles did, when we feel his presence among us. So, in life's Nativity play, we at times play the parts of the Shepherds, the Angels, and of our Father. Our tradition of gift-giving, receiving, and rejoicing over the whole thing is the value of the Christmas season. The hope is, that we continue reenacting the Nativity play, perpetuating the