The Nemesis Of Democrats In Virginia

Rural Voters, Guns, and Decentralization Sank the Democrats in Virginia
12/08/2021

America’s growing rural divide is not going away any time soon. Recent gubernatorial elections in Virginia have rekindled talk about an inevitable Republican resurgence during the 2022 midterms. History has repeatedly shown the party outside of the White House making gains during the midterms elections, one of the most predictable trends of election cycles in American history.

However, what’s more intriguing is some of the new trends that are gradually crystallizing as fixtures of twenty-first-century politics, namely, soft secession. Although Virginia’s 2021 elections had the trappings of an off-year election, what took place below the surface was simply too enticing to ignore.

There was much talk about the suburban vote in Virginia, and justifiably so. Running under the Republican banner, Glenn Youngkin improved Republican margins with voters in major suburbs across the state by hammering away at the latest iteration of leftist curricula engulfing public schools in the Old Dominion.

But there’s a forgotten man behind Youngkin’s electoral success: the rural voter. This vote was strong not only in terms of the percentages but also in terms of turnout, which was able to take Youngkin across the finish line. For example, Donald Trump only beat Joe Biden 52–46 percent among rural voters during the 2020 elections. Youngkin dramatically expanded upon the victory margin, winning the rural vote by a decisive 63–36 percent margin, according to an exit poll by Edison Research.

Political onlookers were enthralled by Youngkin’s strong rural performance. Some pundits at the milquetoast conservative outlet The Bulwark even described Youngkin’s victory margins in rural areas as “Assad-like.” The culturally radical path the Virginia Democratic Party has taken since it achieved a trifecta in 2019 offers a glimpse of what caused such an electoral backlash. Specifically, gun policy stands out as an underrated factor behind the strong rural reaction against Virginia Democrats.

Much of this vote likely came on the heels of the budding Second Amendment sanctuary movement kicking off in 2019. This was the year the Democrat-controlled General Assembly passed red flag gun confiscation orders, universal background checks, and monthly limits on the number of handguns a law-abiding individual can purchase.

Subsequently, Virginian gun owners marched straight to their county supervisors’ meetings where they pushed for the implementation of Second Amendment resolutions. By getting active in their respective localities, gun owners quickly built a sizable bloc of angry voters who were ready to lash out against any Virginia Democrat running for statewide office.

Presently, there are well over two hundred counties in Virginia that have passed sanctuary resolutions of some sort. The rural counties Youngkin dominated in were among the most prominent in the sanctuary movement. Areas such as Carroll County, the first county to pass a sanctuary resolution in 2019, went to Youngkin handedly, by a vote of 83 percent to 16 percent. This was a marked improvement on Republicans’ victory margin in the 2017 gubernatorial election (77 percent to 22 percent).

The vote breakdown of Virginia elections illustrates the heightened degree of polarization of US politics, where rural areas are not only moving in the opposite direction with regard to their voting behavior but are also trying to break away from urban cores imposing their self-styled “progressive” values on them. We shouldn’t forget that rural Virginia has entertained the idea of seceding from Virginia and potentially joining West Virginia.

The 2021 gubernatorial election could be widely seen as a victory for frustrated Virginians who used the elections as an outlet to constructively lash out against the state’s ruling class. Before the elections, the Democratic trifecta thought its gun control power grab would not be met with pushback. They were operating under the arrogant assumption that Virginia was on the fast track to California or New York status. However, they vastly underestimated the level of furor boiling over in the Virginian hinterlands.

For many Virginians living in Second Amendment sanctuary counties, the right to bear arms is an integral part of their identity. In fact, it would not be a stretch to assume that a sizable portion of rural Virginians can trace their lineage back to the initial settlement of Virginia or share Scots-Irish ancestry—a group that has stubbornly resisted centralized political power since the eighteenth century. Any form of gun control, or iconoclastic attempts to erase their heritage, will activate rural Virginian voters.

Electoral jubilee notwithstanding, governing a state is a whole different kettle of fish. As I mentioned in a previous post on this website, Youngkin appears to be a typical Republican who will not rock the boat. That means lukewarm tax cuts and platitudes about limited government are in short order.

From a historical standpoint, Republican gatekeepers have repeatedly co-opted the contrarian energy of disaffected groups and reoriented it into regime-friendly projects that don’t accomplish much of substance. The biggest fear coming in the wake of Virginia’s elections is the possibility of many individuals going back home now that a Republican is in office, thereby doing nothing to fix Virginia’s current laws or discontinue the decentralist project that the sanctuary movement jump-started.

Indeed, there are valid criticisms of the present set of Second Amendment sanctuary projects, so there’s a significant amount of work to be done. The worst thing that could happen is for people to pack up and stay on the sidelines, thinking everything will be fine and dandy with Republicans back in office. As always, vigilance and dissatisfaction should be the principal mindsets that guide people’s political actions.

All told, the ship has sailed for “normal” politics in America. If anything, the Virginia case shows the need to make nullification projects the new normal. Why bother trying to preserve the very same political order that brought us to our current state of political malaise?

The American system needs a major shake-up. The ever-growing nullification rebellion might just do the trick.

Tony Fauci Is A Sadist: He Has Been Lying To Americans

BOMBSHELL: Video Emerges Where Fauci and Others Planned for a “Universal mRNA Flu Vaccine” Which Became the “COVID-19 mRNA Vaccine” Because People were not Afraid Enough of the Flu Virus

 

by Brian Shilhavy
Editor, Health Impact News

Last night Alex Jones of Infowars.com did a special broadcast regarding an October, 2019 video that they had just become aware of that was a panel discussion hosted by the Milken Institute discussing the need for a Universal Flu Vaccine.

The video clip that they played of this event was a 1 minute and 51 second dialogue between the moderator, Michael Specter, a journalist who is a New Yorker staff writer and also an adjunct professor of bioengineering at Stanford University, Anthony Fauci, the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, and Rick Bright, the director of HHS Biomedical Advanced Research and Development Authority (BARDA).

In this short clip, which was extracted from the hour-long panel discussion, Anthony Fauci explains that bringing a new, untested kind of vaccine like an mRNA vaccine, would take at least a decade (“if everything goes perfectly”) to go through proper trials and be approved by the FDA.

He would know, because he had been trying to do it for about a decade already by then (October, 2019), trying to develop an mRNA based vaccine for HIV.

But now they were discussing something much bigger than just a vaccine for AIDS patients. They are talking about a “Universal Flu Vaccine” that everyone would have to take – a huge market for Big Pharma!

Rick Bright, the director of HHS Biomedical Advanced Research and Development Authority (BARDA), then speaks and states that what could happen is that “an entity of excitement that is completely disruptive and is not beholden to bureaucratic strings and processes” could change that.

Here is the short clip which I put on our Bitchute and Rumble channels last night:

Alex Jones spent over 50 minutes covering this on his show last night, and it looks like he covered it on his show today as well.

I have not had a chance to watch these yet, as I went and found the original 1 hour panel discussion video, and spent the day listening to and analyzing that, so that I could supply this report to our readers.

Joining Fauci, Rick Bright, and Michael Specter at this event were:

  • Margaret Hamburg, Foreign Secretary, National Academy of Medicine
  • Bruce Gellin, President, Global Immunization, Sabin Vaccine Institute
  • Casey Wright, CEO, FluLab

In short, this panel discussion focused on what they perceived as the need for a universal flu vaccine, but they admitted that the old way of producing vaccines was not sufficient for their purposes, and that they needed some kind of global event where many people were dying to be able to roll out a new mRNA vaccine to be tested on the public.

They all agreed that the annual flu virus was not scary enough to create an event that would convince people to get a universal vaccine.

And as we now know today, about 2 years after this event, that “terrifying virus” that was introduced was the COVID-19 Sars virus.

And so now we know why the flu just “disappeared” in the 2020-21 flu season. It was simply replaced by COVID-19, in a worldwide cleverly planned “pandemic” to roll out the world’s first universal mRNA vaccines.

This was always the goal, and previous efforts through various influenzas, AIDS, Ebola, and other “viruses” were all unsuccessful in leading to the development of a universal vaccine to inject into the entire world’s population.

Margaret Hamburg stated regarding getting a “Universal Vaccine” into the market:

“It’s time to stop talking, and it’s time to act.”

“I think it is also because we haven’t had a sense of urgency.”

Michael Specter asks:

“Do we need lots of people to die for that sense of urgency to occur?”

Hamburg replies that: “There are already lots of people dying” from the flu each year.

Bruce Gellin states that basically people just are not afraid enough of the term “the flu.”

There are so many things that are revealed about how Big Pharma and government health authorities think in this panel discussion. For example, they bemoan the fact that if they do too good of a job in public health, then they lose funding to develop products that fight viruses.

Michael Specter states: “It seems to me that one of the curses of the public health world is, if you guys do your job well, everyone goes along well and healthy.”

Hamburg: “And they cut your funding.”

Rick Bright complains that the yearly distribution of flu vaccines is inefficient in terms of collecting data, and in the process actually admits that some vaccines just don’t work well:

“We distribute 150 million doses of the seasonal (flu) vaccines every year, we don’t even know how many people are being vaccinated from the doses that are delivered to the people, which doses they got, and what the real outcome was, so that we can learn from that knowledge base on how to optimize or improve our vaccine. So there are opportunities that we have today…

I think if we uncloaked the poorest performing vaccines in the market place today, it might be very revealing to tell us which of the technologies we have, and allow us to go deeper into those technologies to determine why they are more effective. There are vaccine licenses today that are more effective. I think that we’re just afraid to admit the truth.”

So much for the public mantra that is espoused by Big Pharma and government that the “science” of vaccines is “settled,” and that they are completely “safe and effective.”

Casey Wright repeats the mantra that was publicized every year, before COVID, about just how deadly the flu virus was: “650,000 people die every year from the flu.”

As we have documented many times over the past decade here at Health Impact News, this is simply not true. This is an estimate because actual laboratory confirmed cases of influenza each year are very small, probably less than 1000 in the U.S.

Most flu-like symptoms are never tested in a lab to determine what is causing the symptoms. They were always just classified as “flu” to inflate the numbers to justify the very profitable flu shot each year. Some of our previous coverage of this issue:

CDC Inflates Flu Death Stats to Sell More Flu Vaccines

Did 80,000 People Really Die from the Flu Last Year? Inflating Flu Death Estimates to Sell Flu Shots

So as they have inflated the COVID-19 cases since last year, they are simply continuing their policy of inflating flu numbers each year in order to sell their vaccines. They obviously could not have done both last year, as the public would have quickly seen that the math doesn’t work.

And yet, so many in the public bought the lie that the COVID-19 measures got rid of the flu, but not COVID-19.

Ultimately, this panel discussion can be boiled down to: Nobody wants to fund research for a universal flu vaccine. So how do we change that? Create a pandemic of fear over the flu (but they couldn’t call it the “flu” because people are no longer afraid of influenza, and the fear over “AIDS” had also subsided).

Fauci then addressed this “perception problem.”

There’s this perception (about the flu), if it’s so serious, how come people get the flu each year and it isn’t a catastrophe?

When you’re dealing with a disease like HIV, if you get HIV, it’s serious. Whether you’re young, whether you’re middle aged, or whether you’re old. If you get cancer, that’s bad. Whether you’re young, whether it’s intermediate… whereas if it’s influenza, some people, they go throughout life and it doesn’t impact them at all.

There isn’t anyone who is afraid of influenza. You go into a focus group and you say: Are you afraid of getting HIV if you’re at risk? Oh, absolutely.

Are you afraid of getting cancer? Absolutely. Are you afraid of the flu? Don’t bother me.

That’s the reality of how people perceive flu.

And it is going to be very difficult to change that, unless you do it from within and say, I don’t care what your perception is, we’re going to address the problem, in a disruptive way….

Specter then asks:

In the long run, over time, if the 2009 pandemic had been much more deadly, would that have ended up being a better thing for humanity?

Everyone is silent as they obviously were thinking about how to answer that, and Specter says: “Come on gang.”

Fauci ultimately answers and says “No” because there were other years that were worse than 2009 and it didn’t change a thing in terms of creating a universal vaccine.

The Covid PCR Test Deception: The Mask Coming Off The Virus

by Brian Shilhavy
Editor, Health Impact News

Film producer Rai Gbrym reached out to me last week about a new documentary he had just produced that exposes the fraud of the PCR test.

He had just posted it on YouTube and it already had thousands of views. I immediately downloaded the video so that I could view it when I had some time.

When I went to watch it, it was already banned on YouTube, and no longer available.

After viewing it now, I can see why Big Tech doesn’t want you to watch this, and why Google banned it on YouTube. If one can prove that the PCR Test used to detect COVID-19 is a fraud, then the entire “pandemic” is a fraud as well.

Rai does a very good job of exposing the fraud behind the PCR test, and he has excellent interviews with people like Dr. Stephan Lanka from Germany, and Dr. Malcolm Kendrick from the U.K.

We have featured the work of both these men over the years here at Health Impact News, as both of these men have been exposing the corruption in science and medicine for many years now, unlike the many doctors and scientists that have only recently begun to speak out against crimes in Big Pharma due to the COVID-19 scam.

Dr. Lanka made headlines in 2017 when he issued a challenge in Germany where he agreed to pay 100,000 euros to anyone who could prove that the measles “virus” actually existed.

Wanting to categorize him as a “quack” for not following the mainstream dogma, he had some people take him up on his challenge, but in the end, the German Federal Supreme Court confirmed that there was not enough evidence to prove the existence of the measles virus. See:

German Supreme Court Upholds Biologist’s Claim that Measles Virus Does Not Exist

Dr. Malcolm Kendrick is the author of several books, including The Great Cholesterol Con,  A Statin Nation: Damaging Millions in a Brave Post-health World, and Doctoring Data, among others.

Rai Gbrym has done a wonderful job in this documentary, and he is offering it to the public for free, even though it was self-funded, so important does he consider this information.

Please support this work at his website, and share this film with as many people as you can. We have it on our Bitchute channel, and we will have it on our Telegram channel soon as well.

 

 

Set Boundaries To Save Your Mental And Emotional Health

Want to manage your time more effectively, avoid burnout, and save your mental health? Start setting boundaries.
Emotionally Intelligent People Know How to Set Boundaries. Here's How They Do It
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When my business first started to take off, I was thrilled.It was exciting delivering keynotes and workshops to people who really cared about what I had to say. I got great satisfaction from coaching clients one-to-one. By pouring myself into work, I made deep connections and my business quickly grew.

Over time, though, my strength became a weakness.

I’m an introverted person. So even though I’m emotional by nature, the empathy that allowed me to make deep connections was also taking a heavy toll. Something had to change.

Eventually, I decided to pivot my business. I did less coaching, training, and speaking and more writing. I started developing online courses that I could scale. This allowed me to reach more people, while working at my own pace. Best of all, I could be more choosy as to when and how I spent time with others.

Nowadays, I still do some speaking and teaching. But adjusting my expectations not only made work more enjoyable, it allowed me to conserve my energy for the things I cared most about. I had more time for my wife and kids–and for myself.

Setting boundaries helped to save my mental and emotional health.

It just may have saved my life.

Save your mental and emotional health–by setting boundaries

Emotional intelligence is the ability to identify, understand, and manage emotions. The first step in building emotional intelligence is to cultivate self-awareness: knowledge and understanding of your own emotional behavior.

This is important, because we can easily start heading down an unhealthy path without even recognizing it. But once you acknowledge your feelings and emotions–and work to understand them–you can start setting boundaries to protect yourself.

In my case, that happened once I realized my empathy was actually working against me. I noticed that after a big speaking engagement or workshop, I was completely exhausted. I felt the same after any day I had more than two meetings scheduled.

By trying to help too many people, I was on a path to burnout. And that would leave me unable to help anyone.

Of course, everyone has a different emotional makeup and different needs. Maybe you’re extroverted; being around others energizes you. Still, you also need to set boundaries–in connection with whom you spend time with, what you spend time on, or how you spend time on it.

To figure this out, ask yourself:

  • After a day or week in which I feel especially drained or down, what contributed to that feeling?
  • Whom did I spend time with? What did I do? How did I do it?
  • What can I do differently?

Once you answer these questions, you’ll change your path from one leading to burnout to one leading to fulfillment. You’ll save your energy for the people and activities that matter most.

In the end, you might even start enjoying work again.And that’s the power of setting boundaries.It transforms emotional into emotionally intelligent.

‘Seeking Holiness In Simplicity’, Pope Francis Reflection On Immaculate Conception

Within the domestic walls, a person reveals him or herself better than elsewhere. And it is precisely within that domestic intimacy that the Gospel gives us a detail that reveals the beauty of Mary’s heart.

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The angel calls her “full of grace”. If she is full of grace, it means the Madonna is void of evil: she is without sin, Immaculate. Now, at the angel’s greeting, Mary – the text says – is “greatly troubled” (Lk 1:29). She is not only surprised, but troubled. To receive grand greetings, honours and compliments sometimes brings the risk of provoking pride and presumption. Let us recall that Jesus is not gentle with those who go in search of greetings in the squares, adulation, visibility (cf. Lk 20:46). Mary, instead, does not exalt herself, but is troubled; rather than feeling pleased, she feels amazement. The angel’s greeting seemed too grand for her. Why? Because she feels her littleness within, and that littleness, that humility attracts God’s eyes.

Within the walls of the house of Nazareth, we thus see a marvellous characteristic of Mary’s heart. How is Mary’s heart? Having received the highest of compliments, she is troubled she because she hears addressed to her what she has not attributed to herself. In fact, Mary does not credit prerogatives to herself, she does not hold claim to anything, she accounts nothing to her own merit. She is not self-satisfied, she does not exalt herself. For in her humility, she knows she receives everything from God. Therefore, free from herself, she is completely directed toward God and others. Mary Immaculate does not look on herself. This is true humility: not looking on oneself, but looking toward God and others.

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Let us remember that this perfection of Mary, the full of grace, is declared by the angel within the walls of her house – not in Nazareth’s main square, but there, in hiding, in the greatest humility. In that little house of Nazareth beat the greatest heart that any creature has ever had. Dear brothers and sisters, this is extraordinary news for us! Because the Lord is telling us that to work marvellous deeds, he has no need of grand means and our lofty abilities, but our humility, eyes open to Him, and also open to others. With this annunciation, within the poor walls of a small house, God changed history. Even today, he wants to do great things with us in our daily lives: in our families, at work, in everyday environments. God’s grace loves to operate there more than in great historical events. But, I ask myself, do we believe this? Or rather do we think that holiness is a utopia, something for insiders, a pious illusion incompatible with ordinary life?

Let us ask the Madonna for a grace: that she free us from the misleading idea that the Gospel is one thing and life is another; that she enkindle enthusiasm in us for the ideal of sanctity which has nothing to do with holy cards and pictures, but is about living humbly and joyfully, like the Madonna, what happens each day, freed from ourselves, with our eyes fixed on God and the neighbour we meet. Let’s not lose heart: The Lord has given everyone the stuff it takes to weave holiness within our everyday life! And when we are assailed by the doubt that we cannot succeed, the sadness of not being adequate, let us allow the Madonna to look on us with her “eyes of mercy”, for no one who asked for her help has ever been abandoned!

Hidden Joys of having priest in the family

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Cerith Gardiner12/09/21

Family members share their personal experiences of having a close family member join the priesthood.

Being called to religious life is a mystery to many of us. It’s difficult to appreciate what this calling entails, and how it impacts the lives of the families of the men who’ve answered a call from God to priestly ministry.

What stands out when people share what it’s like to have a priest in the family are the beautiful ways it has blessed their lives as individuals and as families.

The inspiring comments in this slideshow demonstrate what a special gift it is to have a priest in the family. So take a few moments to consider what these parents and siblings have shared with Aleteia about their priestly relatives and see what a blessing it is to be called to serve God in this way.

What happened to Family values? (Part 2)

By Matthews Otalike, Sokoto, Northwest Nigeria

Family values inadvertently caved in to pressures from many sources, thereby impacting negatively the family and the society. Among the pressures are domestic violence and abuse, separation and divorce, the influence of the internet, trending social habits, drug and substance abuse, etc.

At the turn of this century, the Catholic Laity Council of Nigeria came up with a discussion on challenges in the way of families and the Church in the 3rd millennium. I was privileged to discuss the topic in a few parishes. Part of what I pointed out was the effect of cable TV on children (that time the South African cable TV’s Channel ‘O’ was the choice in most homes); abdication of parental responsibility of bringing up their children; engaging house-helps to become surrogate parents of sorts to children (a role they were not prepared for); reliance on the ubiquitous television for children in place of parental closeness; and a host of others. In the country’s changing economic climate, so much premium got placed on money at the expense of integrity, the poor attitude of teachers in public and many private schools, and the newfound protection of children by parents against every form of punishment by teachers for misbehavior in schools. These and more were the factors that contributed to eroding family values.

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The role of institutions: The first most important institution for the restoration of family values in my view, is the family. The family institution can and should regenerate family values. This is possible if parents realize their failure and resolve to commit themselves to reverse the situation. This is because every family is a unit of society, and families together make up the society. So whatever happens in families negatively, impacts society. The family is a domestic church according to the teachings of St. John Chrysostom. The family as I remarked at the beginning is the first school for children to learn to pray, the first school of catechesis, the first school of social relationship, etc. (Familiaris Consortio).

When heads of the family institution (father and mother) resolve to restore their family values, it will happen. It requires re-orientation and the need for it is urgent. We were taught as we were growing up to imbibe family values to be worthy representatives of our parents. Today’s parents should remember their upbringing and do what one may say, “physician heal thyself”. That is possibly what informs the position of the Catholic Bishops Conference in March 2015 in a statement: “We urge married couples, especially Christian spouses, to restore and strengthen love and mutual respect in their marital lives.  In our need to restore family values, let husband and wife mirror the love of God to each other. By their example as parents, let them be the first and the best teachers to their children”.

The Bishops further cited Familiaris Consortio that: “The social role of families is called upon to find expression also in the form of political intervention: families should be the first to take steps to see that the laws and institutions of the State not only do not offend but support and positively defend the rights and duties of the family” (Familiaris Consortio, 44).”

 

The second very important institution in my view is the Church. The three cardinal missions of the Church are evangelization, sanctification, and the renewal of the temporal order. I make bold to say that the Catholic Bishop of Sokoto Diocese, Most Rev. Matthew Hassan Kukah is wholly on the match for the mission without fear. Other levels of the Church should toe the same line to restore confidence among the Christian faithful. Added to that, I thought I should add that no matter the social status of any member of the Church (laity in particular), they should be made to abide by certain rules of the church. They should attend instructions for the baptism of their infants, present their children for other sacraments when they come of age. Our priests should not pander to those who feel they should circumvent laid down guidelines by the Church.

Nigerian Government Intimidating of Civil Society And Journalists

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