Newsom Sends a Card: California Governor Suggests that Reparations is More Than Just Money

For months, we have been discussing how Democratic politicians would deal with massive reparation demands after campaigning for years on such payments being a moral imperative. As proposals rose to as much as $5 million a person, Newsom went silent. Now, California’s Reparations Task Force has issued recommendations for reparation payments as well as a slew of other benefits for black citizens. Newsom has finally responded by what sounded like the common birthday card that reads “I couldn’t afford a present so I gave you this card instead.” With California billions in the red, Newsom appears to be sending up a trial balloon on offering heartfelt apologies, promises of reform, and no cash.

In addition to the cash payments, the Task Force called for eligible residents to receive $13,619 for each year of residency due to racism in health care; $148,099 or $3,366 for each year between 1933 and 1977 for housing discrimination; and $2,352 during the 49-year period between 1971 and 2020 for mass incarceration and racist policing.

Newsom told Fox News Digital that reparation”is about much more than cash payments.” Instead, he stressed:

“we’ve already been hard at work addressing: breaking down barriers to vote, bolstering resources to address hate, enacting sweeping law enforcement and justice reforms to build trust and safety, strengthening economic mobility — all while investing billions to root out disparities and improve equity in housing, education, healthcare, and well beyond. This work must continue.”

Good luck with that.

Citing “reforms” already in place makes the Task Force look like the ultimate bait-and-switch. It makes black voters look like chumps given recent polling showing a massive shift in the Black community on the question: 77 percent of Black Americans now support reparations.

For years, Newsom and other Democratic politicians have campaigned on reparations and that bill has now come due. A card and an apology is not going to cut it.

Just last week, speakers demanded cash in large amounts. Rep. Barbara Lee (D., Cal.) declared that “Reparations are not a luxury, but a human right long overdue for millions of Americans. We are demanding that the government pay their tax.”

She was not talking about a heartfelt apology.

Nor were others at the hearing.

In prior hearings, speakers have been asking “where’s the money.” Some warned the Democratic task force that they would not vote for the party unless they received money before the 2024 elections.

San Francisco’s board of supervisors is also facing the same expectations after a recommendation of its African American Reparations Advisory Committee to give $5 million to each eligible Black resident as reparations.

Some balked at even that figure. Reverend Tony Pierce asked “Where’s the money? Where’s the cash? Where’s the check?” “$5 million, San Francisco’s already made a move. $5 million is nothing.”

Some congressional Democrats have pushed for similar federal reparations and passed a bill out of the House Judiciary Committee in 2021 that failed to receive a floor vote. BET founder Robert Johnson has called for $14 trillion in federal reparations.

Even Disney has gotten into the act with a controversial children’s episode in which cartoon children demand reparations.

The years of calls for reparations have created a greater expectation, even an urgency. One well-known California activist declared: “It’s a debt that’s owed, we worked for free. We’re not asking; we’re telling you.”

As I wrote earlier, this bill has come due for Newsom and he now appears to be making the long-awaited pivot away from payments. As expected, it is a bit late for the pivot after politicking on the issue for years to gain votes.

As one minister declared at the hearing last week, “Tell Governor Newsom we’re coming. He knows me.”

247 thoughts on “Newsom Sends a Card: California Governor Suggests that Reparations is More Than Just Money”

  1. Reparations is more than just money? Ha! I think the blacks are saying “I’ll settle for the money” and Newsom knows it.
    Like Biden he’s an actor.

  2. George Santos Arraigned Wednesday On Multiple Charges

    Republican Congressman George Santos of Long Island faces seven counts of wire fraud, three counts of money laundering, one count of theft of public funds, and two counts of lying to the House of Representatives on financial forms.

    Santos was charged today at a Federal Courthouse in Central Islip, New York. The most surprising count concerned a false Unemployment Claim during the pandemic. Santos was charged with collecting $24,000 in benefits while actually working for Harbor City Capital, a now defunct Florida-based firm.

    On December 31 of last year, Professor Turley wrote a column noting that Santos was a prolific liar. Turley, however, did not anticipate any criminal charges stemming from all the lies. Oddly, Professor Turley saw no need to question the $700,000 in cash Santos lent his campaign; an infusion completely out of proportion to Santos’ income and net worth.

    1. Yes, DOJ managed to indict Santos on pretty trivial charges in a few months.

      They have a far better and stronger case against hunter, yet 4+ years after the investigation began – with numerous obvious charges that are all slam dunks – nothing.

      The claims that Manafort was engaged in money laundering hinge on the fact that he was allegedly violating FARA (he was not, Manafort paide Tony Podesta – democrat, to do the actual lobbying). Regardless, because he was violating the FARA law – allegedly, his money transfers were purportedly then criminal money laundering.

      We ACTUALLY have Hunter for FARA violations. But Hunter can not be charged with FARA violations – because that makes all the money transfers that the House is tracking ALSO money laundering – and that makes the entire Biden Clan into a criminal conspiracy – because they all received laundered money.

      We are back with progressives are short sighted and once again hoist by their own petard.

      DOJ is going after Santos for what appears to be claims of skimming the petty cash. While Hunter is smuggling in multi million dollar diamonds.

      We now have laundered money going to 10 members of the Biden Family – including a grand child – what valuable services was that child providing the chinese ?

      We have atleast a dozen shell companies being used to hide the distribution of the money.

      And we have DOJ refusing to turn over an FBI document alleging Bribery of Joe Biden.

      And your jumping up and down over Santos ?

    2. Meanwhile the Biden crime family is free as a bird. This is kind of like Al Capone. If the FBI can’t bag these grifters maybe the treasury department can.

  3. Jonathan: Well, it was bound to happen. Freshman GOP House member George Santos, aka George Anthony Devolder Santos, has been criminally charged in a 13-count indictment by the DOJ Public Integrity Unit. The charges include campaign finance violations, fraud, false statements on his House disclosure reports, theft, embezzlement, etc. You name it, Santos has been charged with it. The only thing he has not been charged with is stealing a check to buy clothes in that store in Brazil. No doubt, when Santos gets out of prison Brazilian authorities will want him back to face those charges.

    So another of Trump’s loyal supporters is going to face the music. Santos claims it’s just another “witch hunt” by the DOJ. Sound familiar? It is interesting that 2 members of the DOJ PIU conducting the investigation of Santos are Jacob Steiner and Jolee Porter. Porter recently successfully prosecuted an Atlanta city official for steering city contracts in exchange got bribes. Steiner took down a former Arkansas state senator and two health care executives over a million bribery scheme. That guy just got 4 years and 2 months. Jacob Steiner is Jewish. More grist for the anti-semites on your blog who claim there is a “Zionist Cabal” that runs this country. These kind of people would have loved Nazi Germany!

    You would think the people who lie, cheat and steal would have learned something by now. Nope. Santos and others think they will never get caught. That’s what Trump thinks. But he is about to face his Waterloo–especially when Fanni Willis in Fulton County, Georgia and Jack Smith file their indictments. Thankfully, we have Willis, Jack Smith–the Steiners and the Garlands to protect our precious liberties. Merrick Garland’s grandparents fled the antisemitic pogroms in Russia seeking a better life for their children in the US. Garland understands the importance of the rule of law that his grandparents never enjoyed in 19th century Russia. We should be proud of all those who fight every day for equal justice under the law!

    1. Oh my my my, you are so funny. It is 6:07 AM and I’ve had my first laugh of the day.

    2. Dennis – You say: “We should be proud of all those who fight every day for equal justice under the law!” That would not include Merrick Garland who has failed from Day 1 of his tenure to appoint a Special Counsel to investigate the serious allegations of corruption of the Biden family. Nor would it include James Comey, who somehow was able to decide that Hillary Clinton would not be prosecuted over her obstruction of justice in the investigation of her private email server. Nor would it include Massachusetts’ prosecutors who let Ted Kennedy walk away from a vehicular manslaughter charge. Nor would it include the jury that let Michael Sussman get away with lying to the FBI about the origin of the Steele dossier. Nor would it include the DOJ officials who failed to investigate how, why, and in what amounts Chinese money was funneled into the Clinton campaign in 1996. Of course, it does not include the Democratic prosecutors in our big cities who let criminals get away with a wide variety of crimes, esp. property crimes. It does not include Biden’s immigration service which allows illegal aliens to invade the country at will and then release them without tracking into the country, while people trying to enter the country legally are pushed to the side. Nothing about the Democratic Party says, “equal protection of the law”. Everything about the Democratic Party says “let’s use the criminal justice system to destroy our opponents.”

  4. it is worse than what anyone imagined. The Bidens are corrupt to the core. Free link

    The Biden Family Business
    A House report shows how Hunter and relatives profited while Joe was Vice President.

    The 36-page report shows Biden family members and business associates created nearly 20 separate entities shortly before and during Joe Biden’s Vice Presidency. The entities with obscure names—Hudson West III, Hudson West V, Owascu, JBB SR INC—transferred cash from foreign entities. Bank records show that more than $10 million was delivered to Biden family members, associates and companies from these foreign entities, and in curious ways.

    1. Thank you for sharing this info. We are all citizen journalists now, since the FAKE NEWS LYING media is totally corrupt and working ONLY in service to keeping Democrats in power.

      The mainstream media is no longer in the business of unbiased reporting of NEWS to the people. They are FAKE. They are PROPAGANDA.
      They are LIARS. They are CORRUPT and working ONLY for DEMOCRAT PARTY to stay in POWER. Period.

      This includes State media such as PBS, NPR, and then all the rest of them: CBS, ABC, NBC, MSNBC, CNN and yes, even Fox.

      The Corporate MEDIA IS FAKE. It is up to citizen journalists now.

  5. Even when this absurd reparations demand fails it’s still a win for the race hustlers since it will increase the feelings in many Calif blacks of injustice, being cheated & victimhood that the race hustlers depend on for their living.

  6. Why are we talking about reparations? The path to riches is being a member of Joe Biden’s family.
    Daily Mail today: Headline: “Biden’s GRANDCHILDREN and Hunter’s current wife are among the 10 family members who got foreign cash through ‘influence-peddling scheme’, Republicans claim”
    “Oversight Republicans on Wednesday morning revealed how 10 family members of Joe Biden – even down to a grandchild – received wire payments amounting to over $10 million from foreign nationals around the time he was vice president.
    Those who benefitted included Hunter Biden, Hallie Biden, Beau Biden’s widow and Hunter Biden’s one-time girlfriend, Hunter Biden’s ex-wife Kathleen Buhle, Hunter Biden’s current wife Melissa Cohen Biden, Biden’s brother James and his wife Sarah, and the grandchildren and nieces and nephews of Joe Biden.
    An additional Biden bank account has been identified but it’s not yet clear who it belongs to.”
    The story does not tell us how young the grandchildren were, so we don’t know if they were involved in influence peddling too.

  7. So when the promise is revealed to be a political bait and switch, are those standing there empty handed going to come after me? Will I be safe driving in my car or shopping? Or will I become just another blood splatter of wokeness?

  8. I can’t help myself. My patriotic juices compel me to point out again the hypocrisy and anti-American conduct of the Big Media. Instead of passionately pounding the pavement to find additional suspicious activity on the part of the Bidens, they minimize and criticize the right for pursuing an important story.
    Our enemy resides right here and they prowl night and day to find ways to interfere with the fair dissemination of information. They are traitors.

  9. Turley’s comment on Trump losing in the Carroll v. Trump case from Fox (fake) News:

    “JONATHAN TURLEY: That dog won’t hunt. If that’s the argument on appeal, then it’s going to be a rather quick appeal. There are other issues here that he might appeal on. Judge Kaplan was really quite yielding on the demands for a witness testimony. He allowed in a lot of evidence, including the Hollywood access tape and these other witnesses. Obviously, Trump had never been convicted or found guilty, either criminally or civilly in those cases. So there was a lot of evidence here that the defense could say should not have been brought into the case or should have been handled differently. The problem for President Trump is that this is a mix question of law and fact. There are some legal issues here, like the ones I mentioned about allowing in certain types of testimony. But when it comes to factual determinations, the court of appeals tends to be leery of overturning those. Jury decisions are really sort of iron plated because you have to show that they were clearly erroneous. They’re not going to be able to show that here with all this testimony. So the only way to really unravel this is to say that the jury heard things that they shouldn’t have been allowed to hear because they were too prejudicial. The biggest problem for the president, I think at trial, and it’s going to be on appeal, is he decided not to testify. He didn’t even appear in the courtroom. That not only triggered inferences, but it likely poisoned the well a bit for these jurors. Jurors don’t like it. They don’t like it in criminal or civil cases when the key accused party doesn’t speak to them.”

    Turley: the reason why Trump is advised not to testify is because he ‘s his own worst enemy–he hangs himself every time he speaks.

    1. One other thing, which I’m sure Turley knows: the standard by which a judge’s evidentiary ruling is decided on appeal is abuse of discretion. Judges enjoy broad discretion in deciding whether the probative value of evidence is outweighed by the prejudicial effect. He is correct on the facts when it comes to an appeal–law is decided by the judge, facts are decided by the jury and this jury’s decision was not “clearly erroneous”. There was sufficient evidence to support the verdict. Trump is not likely to win an appeal.

    2. Gigi – no amount of testimony from Trump could have undone the prejudice created by allowing testimony as to other alleged assaults and the Access Hollywood tape.

    3. Trump was found not guilty of rape.
      You know who IS a rapist? Joe Biden.
      Bring it. Let’s hear Tara Reade’s accusations, again. And again. And again.
      Until the FAKE NEWS LYING media actually reports on the story.

      1. “Trump was found not guilty of rape.”

        No, he wasn’t. It wasn’t a criminal trial. There were no findings of “guilty” or “not guilty.”

  10. OMG!

    The Israelite slaves were out of Egypt before the ink was dry on their release papers, but then they had the capacity, acumen and gumption sufficient to the task.

    What abductee does not hold a return home as his greatest desire and highest priority?

    Americans are downright fools.

    The Supreme Court recently acted retroactively by 50 years to correct a constitutional issue; it certainly has the power of Judicial Review to act retroactively by 150 years to correct the legitimate, legal and constitutional issue of the abject consequential failure of enforcement of extant immigration law.

    1. George – from your post:

      ‘What abductee does not hold a return home as his greatest desire and highest priority?’

      I have always maintained that the original CRIME of slavery was kidnapping. And that’s why it doesn’t matter whether you’re right or wrong about the applicable immigration law. The proper action would have been to RETURN ALL FREED SLAVES to the place they were kidnapped from. When an abducted child (or adult for that matter) is found, one of the first actions is to return the abductee to the place they were taken from, not left in the place they were unwillingly taken to.

        1. And the Israelites who were born in Egypt went out from where they (and their forefathers) had been in slavery (Sent out by the authority who freed them from their slave masters – God).

          1. You seem to have missed the point. They weren’t kidnapped. They were enslaved in the country where they were born.

            1. You seem to be unaware of history. They were born into slavery, the same as the Israelites in Egypt were. The African slaves were enslaved by other AFRICANS and sold to the highest bidder. The original crime was committed by the people of their own race. Hence, they should be returned to the tribal lands they lived in before being taken into slavery.

              1. Now you’re trying to move the goalposts.

                You claimed “RETURN ALL FREED SLAVES to the place they were kidnapped from.”

                How many times do I have to point out to you that the enslaved Americans who were freed at the end of the Civil War weren’t kidnapped?

                “they should be returned to the tribal lands they lived in”

                The enslaved Americans who were freed at the end of the Civil War never lived in any country except the U.S. They were born here and lived their lives here.

                1. You make the perfect argument AGAINST reparations.

                  You correctly note that the bad things done to their ancestors were not done to them.

                  They were not kidnappend and enslaved in africa. Their parents,. grandparents, … were.

                  If we can not consider go back to the ancestors of freed slave. Blacks today can not make claims based on theirs.

            2. You said:
              ‘They weren’t kidnapped. They were enslaved in the country where they were born.’

              By your logic, any person in the country they reside in couldn’t be kidnapped by someone else in that same country and put into slavery.

              1. I didn’t say that they COULDN’T be kidnapped. I said that the enslaved Americans at the time of the Civil War WEREN’T kidnapped; they were BORN into slavery.

                At least you’re admitting that the U.S. is “that same country” where they lived, so that’s the same country where they’d continue to live once freed.

                1. You continue to ignore what happened with the Israelites. When they were freed God sent them OUT OF EGYPT (the land of their enslavement), including those who were born in slavery in Egypt.
                  The slaves in the U.S. who were here after the Emancipation Proclamation of 1862 were not granted American citizenship at that time. Therefore they should have been sent out IMMEDIATELY as a matter of law (they had no legal right to remain), the granting of citizenship didn’t occur until 1868.

                  1. Once again, your claim was “RETURN ALL FREED SLAVES to the place they were kidnapped from.”

                    How many times do I have to point out to you that the enslaved Americans who were freed at the end of the Civil War weren’t kidnapped?

                    “they should have been sent out”

                    Where? Name the country “they were kidnapped from.”

                    “You continue to ignore what happened with the Israelites. ”

                    Scholars don’t consider that story accurate. It’s fiction.

                    1. Even if you reject the word of God in the Bible, you are still stuck with the fact that the moment the slaves were freed they had no legal right to remain in the country, and Lincoln himself was considering shipping them out of the U.S. (which he was legally obligated to do as Chief Executive, having sworn to uphold the laws of the U.S.)

                    2. Ship them WHERE? I already asked you to name the country, and you could not do it.

                      Many formerly enslaved people fought for the U.S. during the Civil War, helping us to win the war. I thank them for that, but I doubt you do.

                    3. They should have been shipped to the land of their forefathers who were kidnapped and brought here. If you and your wife (if you have one) were taken and put into slavery (in N. Korea for example) and you had a child while in slavery there would your daughter remain in N. Korea when you were freed and sent back to your homeland, or would she return with you and your wife?

                    4. “the land of their forefathers”

                      What COUNTRY? You keep running away from that question.

                      “If you and your wife (if you have one) were taken and put into slavery (in N. Korea for example) and you had a child while in slavery there would your daughter remain in N. Korea when you were freed and sent back to your homeland, or would she return with you and your wife?”

                      But it wasn’t one generation OR one country. It was multiple generations and multiple countries. You and your wife weren’t freed. You died in slavery. Your daughter died in slavery. Your daughter may actually have been conceived as a result of your wife being raped by your slaveowner. Your children married people descended from others enslaved from other countries and had children, and those kids grew up and married people enslaved from other countries, for several generations, AND some of those descendants fought in a civil war to keep Korea whole. Now answer the question: what COUNTRY are you claiming those multigenerational descendants from multiple countries should be “returned” to?

                      If you’re truly asking me what I’d do at that point, I’d ask the formerly enslaved people where THEY wanted to live. Because otherwise, you’re just continuing to act like a slaveowner trying to control them.

        2. Irrelevant and immaterial.

          The status of the slaves who were freed was altered from that of “property” to “illegal alien” and they must have been immediately and compassionately repatriated as they were immutably inadmissible per the Naturalization Act of 1802, which was the immigration law of the land in full force and effect on January 1, 1863. Next question.

          The 14th Amendment is illegitimate and unconstitutional. The constitutional amendment process does not include barbarian, kinetic military force, a gun to America’s head. Lincoln’s nascent communist successors corruptly and improperly ratified, not one, but three amendments to the Constitution when, typically, it is nigh on impossible to pass even one. Brutal, post-war military occupation and oppression will never be an environment appropriate for amendment of the Constitution.

          The singular American failure has been and remains the Supreme Court and the judicial branch, which must have found secession not prohibited in the Constitution and, therefore, fully constitutional – it must have found every “progressive” act to implement a principle of communism in America unconstitutional. Justices of the Supreme Court failed to fulfill their sworn-oath duty to support the clear and evident, meaning and intent of the Constitution. None of Lincoln’s unconstitutional “Reign of Terror” would have ever happened if the law had been followed in a society of laws.

          Slaves were property and not citizens of the U.S. and “subject to the jurisdiction thereof,….”

          14th Amendment

          Section 1.

          All persons born or naturalized in the United States, and subject to the jurisdiction thereof, are citizens of the United States and of the state wherein they reside. No state shall make or enforce any law which shall abridge the privileges or immunities of citizens of the United States; nor shall any state deprive any person of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law; nor deny to any person within its jurisdiction the equal protection of the laws.

          1. Bottom line, George…are you saying the US would be better off if Lincoln was never born?

            1. The U.S. would still be enjoying freedom per the Constitution and Bill of Rights in the absence of “Crazy Abe.” American constitutional freedom persisted for a mere 71 years.

              I don’t support abortion, which is criminal homicide.

              “Crazy Abe” was anti-American, unconstitutional and a complete and conflicted wackjob (e.g. ostensibly and publicly religious, while a zealous supporter of collectivist/labor or communism) who killed one million Americans without a care. Slaves were not dying en masse. Lincoln did not use the phrases “free enterprise” and “free markets,” he used what were known as Marxist pejoratives, “capitalist” and “fleece the people” as early as 1837. And how about the history and associations of Lincoln?

              To wit,

              “Men never do evil so completely and cheerfully as when they do it from religious conviction.”

              – Blaise Pascal

              “The purposes of the Almighty are perfect, and must prevail.”

              – Abraham Lincoln



              “These capitalists generally act harmoniously and in concert, to fleece the people.”

              – Abraham Lincoln, from his first speech as an Illinois state legislator, 1837

              “Everyone now is more or less a Socialist.”

              – Charles Dana, managing editor of the New York Tribune, and Lincoln’s assistant secretary of war, 1848

              “The goal of Socialism is Communism.”

              – Vladimir Ilyich Lenin

              “Historian Adam Tuchinsky, in his study of the newspaper, says that the Tribune spurred one of the first public discussions of socialist ideas in the U.S. Greeley and his managing editor, Charles Dana, identified with the utopian socialism of Charles Fourier.”
              “The Tribune covered the failed 1848 democratic uprisings in Germany, France, Hungary, Denmark and other European nations. In Paris, Dana reported, “Everyone now is more or less a Socialist.” Dana met Karl Marx who would end up writing over 500 articles for the Tribune on a wide variety of topics. Later Dana was hired by Lincoln to be the Assistant Secretary of War.”

              – Dave Anderson

              “The workingmen of Europe feel sure that, as the American War of Independence initiated a new era of ascendancy for the middle class, so the American Antislavery War will do for the working classes. They consider it an earnest of the epoch to come that it fell to the lot of Abraham Lincoln, the single-minded son of the working class, to lead his country through the matchless struggle for the rescue of an enchained race and the reconstruction of a social world.”

              – Karl Marx and the First International Workingmen’s Association to Lincoln, 1864

              “ON DECEMBER 3, 1861, a former one-term congressman, who had spent most of the past dozen years studying dissident economic theories, mounting challenges to the existing political order and proposing ever more radical responses to the American crisis, delivered his first State of the Union address as the sixteenth president of the United States.

              “Long before 1848, German radicals had begun to arrive in Illinois, where they quickly entered into the legal and political circles in which Lincoln traveled. One of them, Gustav Korner, was a student revolutionary at the University of Munich who had been imprisoned by German authorities in the early 1830s for organizing illegal demonstrations. After his release, Korner returned to his hometown of Frankfurt am Main where, according to historian Raymond Lohne, “he was one of about fifty conspirators involved in an attack upon the two main city guardhouses and the arsenal at the police facility and jail. This admixture of students and soldiers had planned to seize cannon, muskets, and ammunition; free political prisoners accused of breaking press-censorship laws, and begin ringing the great Sturmglocke (storm bell) of the Dom, the signal for the people to come in from the countryside. At that point, the democratic revolution would be announced…. Unfortunately, they were walking into a trap…. Betrayed by both a spy in their midst, and the reluctance of the common people to rise, nine students were killed, twenty-four were seriously wounded, and by August 3, 1833, Gustav Körner found himself riding into downtown Belleville, Illinois.”
              “Within a decade, Korner would pass the Illinois bar, win election to the legislature and be appointed to the state Supreme Court. Korner and Lincoln formed an alliance that would become so close that the student revolutionary from Frankfurt would eventually be one of seven personal delegates-at-large named by Lincoln to serve at the critical Republican State Convention in May 1860, which propelled the Springfield lawyer into that year’s presidential race. Through Korner, Lincoln met and befriended many of the German radicals who, after the failure of the 1848 revolution, fled to Illinois and neighboring Wisconsin. Along with Korner on Lincoln’s list of personal delegates-at-large to the 1860 convention was Friedrich Karl Franz Hecker, a lawyer from Mannheim who had served as a liberal legislator in the lower chamber of the Baden State Assembly before leading an April 1848 uprising in the region—an uprising cheered on by the newspaper Marx briefly edited during that turbulent period, Neue Rheinische Zeitung—Organ der Demokratie.

              “Even as they agreed on homesteading, Greeley and Lincoln wrangled over the timing and scope of an emancipation proclamation. The editor joined Frederick Douglass in demanding that the president take steps to make the Civil War not merely a struggle to preserve the Union, but “an Abolition war.” Even as Greeley and Lincoln exchanged sometimes pointed letters, the Tribune’s longtime managing editor Charles Dana was now working for Lincoln. Officially assigned to the War Department — where he would eventually serve as assistant secretary — Dana’s real role was as an aide and adviser to the president on questions of what the former newspaperman described as the “judicious, humane, and wise uses of executive authority.” That Lincoln spent much of his presidency reading dispatches from and welcoming the counsel of Marx’s longtime editor—like the fact that he awarded military commissions to the numerous comrades of the author of The Communist Manifesto who had come to the United States as political refugees following the failed European revolutions of 1848—is a shard of history rarely seen in the hagiographic accounts that produce a sanitized version of the sixteenth president’s story. In the years following Lincoln’s death, his law partner and political comrade, William Herndon, complained that Lincoln’s official biographers were already attempting “to make the story with the classes as against the masses,” an approach that he suggested “will result in delineating the real Lincoln about as well as does a wax figure in the museum.”

              – ISR International Socialist Review

              1. A – No one said anything about abortion. I was referring to an, “It’s a Wonderful Life”-type of scenario. B – Are you claiming the Amendments passed after the civil war would not have happened…there would still be Slave States, there’d be no Fed, no Right to vote for women or minorities, no federal income tax, no limit to the number of terms a President could serve, etc. And that no one else would have thought of changing any of those things in the last 150 years+ if Lincoln hadn’t existed? That’s, in a word, fascinating.

                1. The Confederacy would have divorced and remarried, seceded and reunited in good time after its abject international failure.

                  It goes without saying and was/is understood universally that reprehensible slavery must have been terminated with extreme prejudice, LEGALLY, not “Crazy Abe’s” way and not by killing one million innocent middle-to-lower class Americans – Grant and Lee were unscathed, right?

                  Reprehensible slavery was on its way out…Washington freed his slaves in his will.

                  Slavery was created through the passage of laws.

                  Slavery must have been abrogated through the passage of laws.

              2. “The U.S. would still be enjoying freedom per the Constitution and Bill of Rights in the absence of “Crazy Abe.”

                The US might not have lasted a decade.

          2. It’s a contradiction in terms to say that a constitutional amendment is unconstitutional.

            1. Hey, Brainiac, they said that about abortion.

              They said that about secession, which is not prohibited by the Constitution and is, therefore, irrefutably constitutional.

  11. STOP 1st CALIFORNIA is in DEFAULT ALREADY !! They CANT afford to pay squat ! WEB SEARCH CALIFORNIA DEFAULT an article in the last few days!! Look from this DIFFERENT ANGLE!! It’s smoke & mirrors. Orientals were enslaved in Calif & others ! This could deny blacks & cause mMORE split ! ANCESTRY HOW MANY CAN “PROVE” slave ancestry???


    Africans were captured and made into slaves in Africa then sold to Arab slave traders who sold them to British planters.

    The burden of reparations must be adjudicated legally.

    The largest portion of the burden must be assigned to African tribal leadership, Arab slave traders and British planters.

    A small part of the reparations burden may be assigned to the 1.4% of Americans who owned slaves.

    “British Prime Minister Rishi Sunak refuses to apologise for UK slave trade or to pledge reparations”

    PM says ‘trying to unpick our history is not the right way forward’ in response to Labour’s Bell Ribeiro-Addy.

    Rishi Sunak has refused to apologise for the UK’s role in the slave trade or to commit to paying reparations.

    – The Guardian, 4/26/23

    1. The British were the main force that ended the world wide slave trade (at least most of it) at great expense to them. Ending slavery is something only white people do, no other race tried. But despite the fact that practically all of the slave capturing & selling in Africa was done by black African tribes & Muslim Arabs only Whites are targeted for reparations. The reason? Everyone knows that Whites are the only people remotely chump enough to even consider paying reparations.

  13. So here’s how the State of California is going to spend the citizens money. The state is going to spend millions of dollars for big time lawyers to defend reparations to only lose in the end. The state legislature knows how to keep their voters down on the farm. They think that when the black residents of California don’t get their million dollars that they will just forget that the promise was never fulfilled. Unfortunately the are probably right.

      1. The only “assault cars” are armored tanks, which are indeed not allowed on the road.

        1. “Reads as saying that Gun Violence Archive does a good job of spin.”
          There, fixed it for you.
          You might want to note the differences between the FBI data and that fraudulent site concerning mass shootings.
          Get informed, get educated, get awake. Not woke.

        2. BTW, I took possession of a long gun last week.
          I know, I know, you just wet yourself. Relax. It is a bolt action rifle. Do you know what “bolt action” means? If you do . . . Good! I knew you could!
          As always, first thing I do is clean it as most rifles are shipped with a rust inhibitor. Then I measure the chamber for COL, exceeding SAAMI specs to reduce jump and increase accuracy. Then I wipe it down with light coat of oil to include the barrel.
          Since then it has been sitting in a gun vice. It has not moved. It has not committed any crimes or mass shootings. Inanimate objects no matter what their design are incapable of conscious thought. Inanimate objects do not have free will. Inanimate objects from a firearm, to a knife to a 2×4 all require a person of conscious thought, of free will to enact and enable to use those inanimate objects to perform an act. Be it use to hunt, target shoot or in self-defense or even to commit a crime in the case of a firearm. To dice onions, cut a steak, or assault a person in the knifes case. To be part of a house or barn or to assault a person in the 2x4s case. They all need a person behind them to act in some capacity. Otherwise they just sit there. Not moving.
          When you grow up enough to understand this realization, then you may sit at the adult table.
          Until then . . .

          1. “Since then it has been sitting in a gun vice. It has not moved. It has not committed any crimes or mass shootings.”


    1. Not quite ‘gun dearhs’. Guns don’t operate on their own any more than knives or donuts do.

      More like young black men deaths.

      Something is very wrong in that community and we aren’t allowed to talk about it much less begin to solve it.

      1. Young,
        Well said.
        Look at how much MSM ignores the gun violence in places like St Louis, Baltimore, New Orleans, Memphis, or Detroit.
        Note, all those cities made the 2023 50 most dangerous cities in the world.
        Take a guess what those cities have in common? Starts with a “D.”

    2. David B. Benson, Jefferson County in Louisville Kentucky is by far the largest county in the city and is a Democratic County. Voter demographics in Jefferson County are as follows. 352,218 Democrat, 198,350 Republican. The rest of the counties in Louisville are pretty much evenly distributed between Republicans and Democrats. The largest county is indeed a blue county and controls a great deal of the legislation in the state. So to answer your question, Louisville is a blue controlled city and crime in Louisville can be attributed to Democratic control. I thought that you might be interested in the fact rather than assumption.

      1. TiT,
        Oh! Ouch! Facts! Gotta burn!
        It is amazing what one can get from a simple 10 second search on the internet and not end up looking like a fool.

        1. David B. Benson. Your welcome. You just can’t take what you hear as the truth. Research is necessary to understand the complexity of any issue. We all should be in the process of learning.

      2. TiT,
        It is so cute how David thinks by changing some part of our handle makes him oh, so witty!
        Like a 6 year old calling us a,
        “Great big poopie head!”
        That is about his and most leftists mentality.
        But dont take my word for it. Just read bugs comments, or Fish, Gigi, etc.
        Their comments are self evident of their juvenile mentality.
        Exposes them for what they are. And what we are fighting against.
        Does not matter who is the GOP candidate come 2024, as James says, vote. And never for the Democrats, ever again.

          1. You should not address me at all.
            And I shall do the same in kind.
            Did you see how I did not lower myself to your level?
            It is something called class.
            Look it up.

    3. Want to stop drunk drivers from killing sober drivers? Ban sober drivers from driving. That’s how gun control works. (stolen, I admit it.)

            1. Oh, please.
              I have had a number of humorous exchanges with commenters here on the good professor’s blog.
              Lin. James. Estovir. HullBobby. To name just a few.
              But never you. Why not? Interesting . . .

                1. Why?
                  I for one, clearly display a level of maturity you have yet to even approach.
                  I am often outside, in the sun shine, active, and have no need of a mental health professional.
                  What is fun, is watching you try in your lame and juvenile attempts to paint me as some kind of . . . I do not know.
                  Unlike you, I have the respect and credibility of many here on the good professor’s blog.
                  Something you will never have.

                  1. UF — I fail to understand how owning upteen guns can possibly indicate any kind of maturity.

                    Those who would benefit from mental health counseling rarely recognize in themselves.

                    By the way, you misuse to word ‘credibility’.

          1. UpState – that’s my bad. I should have learned from previous musings that David is nothing more than a contrarian and pot stirrer. Apologies. Trust me, it shan’t happen again. Thanks for the support!

    4. One of the many tragedies that were committed during COVID was the failure to tackle obesity as the number one cause of death in all respects. Until ideologues get serious about truly advocating for saving lives vis a vis obesity trends, gun control, abortions, “trans” genocide are all just talking points to further total power over the masses. Start with addressing obesity trends, and lives will be spared. Till then, ideologues do not care about saving lives, just their lust for power

      The worldwide prevalence of obesity has significantly increased over the last three decades (1, 2). Obesity, characterized by increased adiposity and chronic uncontrolled inflammation, increases the risk for a variety of complications such as cardiovascular diseases, nonalcoholic fatty liver disease, type 2 diabetes, hypertension, and cancers. Notably, there is considerable interest in understanding how obesity contributes to respiratory inflammation. Studies across model systems suggest that obesity contributes toward poor pulmonary outcomes (3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8). This is particularly relevant with the current COVID-19 pandemic in which individuals with obesity present with more severe pulmonary complications in response to SARS-CoV-2 infection

      Virk R, et al. Obesity reprograms the pulmonary polyunsaturated fatty acid-derived lipidome, transcriptome, and gene-oxylipin networks. J Lipid Res. 2022 Oct;63(10):100267. doi: 10.1016/j.jlr.2022.100267.

      1. Estovir,
        Thank you for bringing that up.
        I noted the fact of obesity was a factor in COVID cases yet it was never really addressed, at least not by MSM. Obesity and all those related aliments are too much of a money maker for Big Pharma.
        The idea of getting American’s up off their couches and exercise is too much of a OMG, idea.

          1. Are you serious?
            Exercise has shown to have multiple effects like reducing hypertension, type 2 diabetes, even mental health issues.
            Are you truly that obtuse?
            Or just that misinformed?

            1. UF, I might be misinformed, but what I have read was quite definite that exercise did not relieve obesity.
              Yes, yes exercise generally promotes good health.

          2. David, you are incorrect. Plz see the following.

            Physical activity has been associated with a reducedrisk of CAD. Potential mediators include
            improved glucose tolerance, reduced plasma lipids, increased anti-inflammatory pathways, and reduced obesity. In contrast to stress, exercise appears to dampen hematopoiesis and reduce circulating monocytes and neutrophils in both humans and mice (Figure 4)(Schloss et al.,2020). One mechanism by which exercise mediates hematopoiesis and immune function involves leptin signaling. In mice, running decreased leptin production and reduced signaling to stromal cells in the bone marrow niche, elevating CXCL12, a stem cell quiescence-promoting factor. ATAC sequencing (a measure of accessible chromatin) of hematopoietic cells revealed that running induced lasting epigenetic changes that persisted after exercise was stopped. Despite the reduced leukocytes, running mice were better able to respond to sepsis, supporting other studies that found improved anti-inflammatory effects with increased physical activity (Frodermann et al., 2019).

            free link

            Björkegren JLM, Lusis AJ. Atherosclerosis: Recent developments. Cell. 2022 May 12;185(10):1630-1645. doi: 10.1016/j.cell.2022.04.004.

              1. I posted from the discussion, not the abstract. They directly state physical activity… reduced obesity:

                Physical activity has been associated with a reduced risk of CAD. Potential mediators include improved glucose tolerance, reduced plasma lipids, increased anti-inflammatory pathways, and reduced obesity.

                here is another. There is a cute graphic for non-scientists like you, first page, to understand the molecular mechanisms of IL-6 due to exercise and reduction of adiposity. Happily I am presently writing a manuscript on atherosclerosis, sterile and non-sterile, with cytokines like IL-6 featuring prominently. Enjoy

                Exercise-Induced Changes in Visceral Adipose Tissue Mass Are Regulated by IL-6 Signaling: A Randomized Controlled Trial

                Wedell-Neergaard AS, et al Exercise-Induced Changes in Visceral Adipose Tissue Mass Are Regulated by IL-6 Signaling: A Randomized Controlled Trial. Cell Metab. 2019 Apr 2;29(4):844-855.e3. doi: 10.1016/j.cmet.2018.12.007.

                1. David, you asked earlier if someone had taken a stats course. So I ask you, have you taken a science course?

                  Here is a dumbed down news article on the above science article that may or may not benefit you.

                  How exercise reduces belly fat in humans

                  As expected, a 12-week intervention consisting of bicycle exercise decreased visceral abdominal fat in obese adults. But remarkably, this effect was abolished in participants who were also treated with tocilizumab, a drug that blocks interleukin-6 signaling and is currently approved for the treatment of rheumatoid arthritis. Moreover, tocilizumab treatment increased cholesterol levels regardless of physical activity.

                  1. Estovir — In a response to you some days ago I listed several of the science courses from my first 3 years as a CalTech undergraduate. Rather than repeat, it suffices to state that all three of my degrees are from CalTech. None were in general biology or physiology.

                    The Science Daily report was clear and explains, I think, why exercise doesn’t always relieve obesity. Thank you for posting this.

                    1. Most of what I learned in medical school, aside from anatomy, has been rendered obsolete. Physiology has come light years from just 20 years ago, Genetics, is a completely different field today compared to 1990s. Consequently pathology is vastly different. Molecular biology has taken center stage, and it is wonderful. However, most physicians fail to keep up to date their basic medical sciences, which renders their knowledge antiquated.

                      today I had a discussion with a Primary Care Physician about obesity and whether their patient should be prescribed Wegovy. I’m against it. I’m for the tried and true methods of caloric restriction and increase in caloric expenditures. it’s a math thing really. However, anxiety is at an all time high in our society, and people are coping with eating. So Wegovy might benefit the patient in question, but that is not my call, thankfully.

                      cytokines are proteins that are secreted by most cells in our human body including non-nucleated cells like platelets. What we understand (as opposed to know) about cytokines today is light years from what I was taught in medical school. There are pro-inflammatory and anti-inflammatory cytokines, of which Interleukin 6 (IL-6) factors prominently in inflammatory processes, including obesity and atherosclerosis. Exercise provokes secretion of IL-6 which leads to reduction of adiposity. It’s a math thing once again but on a chemical molecular level.

                      happy to help. But as always, medicine is continually changing. It’s not the science itself that changes but rather our pitiful understanding of it. We are limited by our instruments, diagnostics and our rather incomplete comprehension of molecular mechanisms. In time we will know more which will provide more information, but I suspect that the real deal is at the atomic level. but I could be full of it.

                    2. Estovir,

                      Health issues many years ago resulted in my gaining over 40 pounds of excessive weight. The only thing that worked was when I changed my eating habits to a draconian diet, one that was unpleasant, caused fierce carb cravings for the first month or so, yet was successful.

                      Essentially I fasted by omitting breakfast. (hunger was removed by a cup of coffee) I reduced the portion size of lunch and had a dinner serving of what was normal for me. I eliminated any processed or packaged foods, reduced restaurants to no more than once per week. I ate mostly fish for protein, had as many vegetables as I wanted, and ate whole foods. I greatly to nearly completely stopped eating grains, rice, sugar, potatoes and high starch foods, bread, salty food, and pop.

                      Over about four months I was down to a normal BMI for my height. I found that despite sometimes terrible food cravings at first, my diet changed in that I don’t eat as much as years past and my taste preference for real food is higher than bad food.

                      This strategy I used might not be recommended from a nutritional / health expert perspective, but all I can say is that it worked well for me. The diet I maintain now isn’t as draconian–I do eat potatoes and rice occasionally–but mostly is now what it was then.

                    3. Darren, what was your caloric expenditure before vs afterwards, i.e. exercise? People who add exercise into diet restrictions…you know the drill. Carbs are an important source of glucose that the body requires. Fat is a not a source of glucose. Protein / amino acids are, but catabolizing muscle so that glucose is attained from those amino acids found in muscle, is never desirable. Wasting results. You seem to have found a balance. If you do not exercise, then your caloric intake works for your desired goals. Exercising regularly is just a good idea even at age 80+.

                      No one becomes a world class public speaker, accomplished writer, champion bodybuilder, celebrated concert pianist, etc overnight. The famous 10,000 hours story applies. It is a matter of adopting habits that lead to excellence. I woke at 3 am as usual, ate oatmeal, protein bar, cuban coffee, and will leave shortly for the gym to train with weights plus cardio. I have been training on weights since high school. When people learn my age, particularly young guys, they are shocked to see me lift heavy. Considering Ive been lifting for >40 years, ….. it is something I just do, no questions asked. We all have routines that we do not question: waking to go to the bathroom, showering, brushing teeth, etc. If one incorporates exercise into their daily, planned regimen, like showering, it all follows.

                      The challenge is to educate people why their current habits are lethal and that adopting new lifesaving habits are doable. However, we are all imperfect, complex, fragile people. We were not meant to be sedentary.

                      Congrats again on your weight loss.

                      See you at the gym!

                    4. Estovir,

                      I did not change my exercise level of any significant degree during the draconian diet. One reason for this was at first I wanted to see which way the diet would go and keep the variables to a minimum. I maintained the same activity level but saw the results were working so I stayed with it. I thought if I excercied much more it could cause me to either eat more or something counterproductive. In reality perhaps if I doubled my exercise I might have bettered or at least quickened the result yet I took the safer route of the status quo. I ate a bit more protein than usual at the suggestion of a family member to avoid the wasting as you mentioned with the reduced carb intake. I went into the diet knowing that it was drastic but temporary since I had to find some way to break out of where I was before and establish a new normal for which the body will set itself. Yet I do know that I can’t ever eat the typical American diet, it isn’t worth the risk.

                      You are right of course in the benefit of exercise and the mortality associated with the lack thereof. What I find truly bewildering is going to a grocery store and seeing what nearly all people load into their shopping carts…adulterated junk food. It seems everything must have a name brand, be prepackaged, and it is almost as if they are wanting to slowly poison themselves. It has attained a new form of sustanance, one divorced from living on the Earth and substitued man-made substances in lieu of real food. Everthing in their cart is named with something having a registered trade mark. On the rare occasion when I see someone having loaded their cart with only vegetables, fruits, meats, and nothing prepackaged I think “finally, someone cares about what food truly represents.”

                      With these giant box store grocers, it is astounding how much is dedidicated to junk and how comparitively small the real food sections are. One could fit the real food sections, like the produce department and the meat / dairy, into the area about the size of a larger convenience store and provided the stock and receiving area is large enough it would support all that a person really needs to live. In fact when the CSA is not in season, I shop at a family run store like this and avoid the box stores as much as possible.

                    5. Why did the vegan cross the road? To tell you he’s vegan. (I’ll show myself out.) 😋

                    6. What I find truly bewildering is going to a grocery store and seeing what nearly all people load into their shopping carts…adulterated junk food.


                      Returning to the theme of adopting healthy habits that lead to desired outcomes, I used to tell people to make a shopping list before entering the grocery store and to buy only those items. Go through the kitchen cabinets and refrigerator, and inspect what is needed. Buy those items only. It also saves money. Impulse buying leads to poor outcomes and expensive groceries. After arriving at the grocery store, shop on the perimeter of the store, and avoid traveling the inside aisles unless if there is an item that is on the list, e.g. oatmeal, tuna, coffee, laundry detergent, etc. Fresh fruits and veggies, dairy, meats, seafood are usually found on the perimeter. This is a healthy habit forming behavior. Aisles have all the junk. Going to a grocery store is best seen as buying foods we absolutely need as opposed to want, again, this entails adopting a healthy habit that is learned. We prefer cooking our own desserts because we use fresh ingredients or items that are reasonably low on artificial ingredients. I tell people to read labels and observe fat, sugar, sodium, etc content. If you cant pronounce an ingredient, put it back on the shelf and walk away. This also makes for focused shopping and avoiding being a victim of marketing as you referenced.

                      we are, in the final analysis, what we eat. Popping multiple daily Rx pills till we die just isn’t my idea of healthy living.

          3. Damn David B. Benson are you an expert on everything. Let me present a simple formula that you may understand. Calories in Calories burned no Calories left to be stored as fat by the body.

            1. Thinkitthrough — I most certainly am only expert on a few subjects and those being, mostly, on subject of little interest here. However, I do claim to know vastly more about statistics than anyone else posting on this blog.

              I have yet to see conclusive evidence that a program of exercise relieves existing obesity. It might be as simple as the strongly obese don’t, won’t, exercise enough. Dunno.

      2. Estovir, the body can be trained to eat fat rather than carbohydrates. The Keto diet causes fat to be eaten rather than stored. Then knowledge is there but people are taught that remaining in their comfort zone has no long term consequences. They want to control what you hear so we should we be surprised that they want to control what you eat.

        1. The Keto diet is dangerous long term because ketone bodies are toxic to the brain. The brain is very picky about its energy source, with glucose being the preferred source (glycolysis, citric acid cycle). Ketone bodies work short term but accumulation of KB leads to ketoacidosis which leads to death. Type I Diabetics and alcoholics risk ketoacidosis due to lack of insulin to shuttle glucose to tissues in T1D or insufficient glucose in alcoholism. Alcohol is not a carb.

  14. Extant immigration law was violated on January 1, 1863.

    They’re not even supposed to be here:

    Naturalization Acts of 1790, 1795, 1798 and 1802 (four iterations – they meant it)

    United States Congress, “An act to establish an uniform Rule of Naturalization,” March 26, 1790

    Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America, in Congress assembled, That any Alien being a free white person, who shall have resided within the limits and under the jurisdiction of the United States for the term of two years, may be admitted to become a citizen thereof…

  15. Let’s do a little math. If your a black person who has lived in California for ten years your total take would be $193,370.00. So much for every black California resident getting millions of dollars. Not to worry. In California if you get that kind of money you will pay seventy percent of it back to the state in taxes anyway. Haven’t all black people suffered from slavery wether they’ve been in the California for one or twenty years? The lord Newsome giveth with the on hand and taketh it away with the other but the suckers just can’t see past their noses.

      1. UpstateFarmer if the reparations are not taxable in California there’s going to be a lot if White taxpayers in the state whose hard earned dollars are taxed at the highest rate in the nation who are going to be very upset. We can understand why dumb and dumber was created in California. At the same time they were crating Larry, Daryl and Daryl.

  16. I’m curious if anyone wants to point out the obvious…
    These reparations are unconstitutional in their basis.

    If this were to move forward… it would immediately trigger a series of lawsuits at the state level and will end up within SCOTUS.

    Essentially you’re going to everyone to the benefit of a protected class.

    One thing for sure… anyone who isn’t black will immediately leave California.
    Cal Tech, Stanford would suffer a massive brain drain.

    It will be a rout and then the question remains… where will they go?


  17. Promises over time…

    1865: “40 Acres and a Mule”
    2023: “$5,000.000”

    Post-election fiscal reality sets in:

    2025: “1 Box of 20 Mule Team Laundry Detergent.”

    1. Darren,
      The wife and I have half joked about getting into the goat soap making business.
      Looking at the de-dollarization on going process, might actually be a good investment.
      We got lavender trees too.

  18. Another group of victims that would have potential claims for reparations are those children of Table 34 forced into sex studies by Dr. Alfred Kinsey. The seed of Kinsey’s work has now produced a national and international movement to normalize pedophilia. The database of victims would be in the millions. The discovery phase of this investigation would expose those public officials who have passed legislation that has directly led to the exploitation of the most vulnerable citizens of this country and throughout the world.

    The most recent evidence of this goal comes from the International Commission of Jurists, which joined two U.N. agencies to issue a report advocating that all “consensual” sex between adults and minors be decriminalized. From Principle 16 – Consensual Sexual Conduct:

    Consensual sexual conduct, irrespective of the type of sexual activity, the sex/gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or gender expression of the people involved or their marital status, may not be criminalized in any circumstances. … With respect to the enforcement of criminal law, any prescribed minimum age of consent to sex must be applied in a non-discriminatory manner. … Moreover, sexual conduct involving persons below the domestically prescribed minimum age of consent to sex may be consensual, in fact, if not in law. In this context, the enforcement of criminal law should reflect the rights and capacities of persons under 18 years of age to make decisions about engaging in consensual sexual conduct and their right to be heard in matters concerning them.

    1. When I read last month about the UN’s initiative to decriminalize pedophilia, I had to make sure I wasn’t reading the Babylon Bee because even for the UN this sounded outrageous. But alas, no. It’s true. Talk about the Twilight Zone!!!!

      1. Thank you for the reply Mary. With all the talk about reparations for the potential ancestors of slaves, in that conversation should be the victims of slavery currently happening today. Most notably are the minors being trafficked for sexual exploitation. Kinsey laid the foundation for the proliferation of pedophilia within our culture and we need to root this out in every form. Our culture has a long history of debating any number of issues on the basis of morality, ethics and from that we’ve enacted laws to protect the rights of our citizens. Minors should be the most special of all special interest groups that need the most protection from adults who would wittingly or unwittingly do them harm.

      2. Mary, Leftist are at war with states that have passed laws that Prevent gender medical treatment to minor. The logic here for the leftist pedo’s is clear. If kids get to make gender decisions, they can sure consent to sex. The UN and WHO is on board with adult sex with minors.

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