John Corson's Blog

for June 3, 2021


It has been raining off and on all day today and as of about two hours ago (it is 4:15 pm now) the rain has been steady. It is not coming down in buckets or sheets (as they say), just a somewhat slow steady mild rain. It is supposed to stay with us for another 30 hours or so and by the time it ends, the rain tables, which diminished a lot between May 6th and 28th will be back to normal, or maybe a little above normal.

The rain, clouds and the high dew points (upper 60's and tropic to the touch) tells me that summer is definitely knocking at the door. It has started a little later than normal. Usually by Mother's Day we are in summer mode, both temperature and dew point wise.

Enough about the weather and on to my favorite subject. Demonizing the Democrats. As part of the Agenda 2030 plan and the Great Reset, the Communists in the White House now have developed a plan to squeeze the suburbs out of existence and bring low income housing, section 8 housing and "the projects" outside of the big cities.

A house with a white picket fence and a big backyard might have been a staple of the American dream once upon a time, but if the Biden administration gets its way, the dream could soon be out of reach for millions of people. As part of his $2.3 trillion infrastructure plan, the Biden administration is pushing local governments to allow apartment buildings in neighborhoods that are restricted to single-family homes. The administration claims it's a way to ease a national affordable housing shortage and combat racial injustice in the housing market.

Democrats say that current zoning laws that favor single-family homes, known as exclusionary zoning, have disproportionately hurt low-income people who can't afford to move to the suburbs. Their only choice is living in crowded apartment buildings. Biden's proposal would incentivize local governments to get rid of exclusionary zoning by awarding grants and tax credits to cities that change their zoning regulations.

While the proposal has had some bipartisan support on Capitol Hill, not everyone is on board. Critics claim the federal government's plan would change the landscape of towns and cities across the country and torpedo the American dream.

The Biden plan’s backers are more than hypocrites. Biden himself owns a four-acre lakefront home in upscale Greenville, Delaware, where there is absolutely no public housing, affordable housing, or rentals that accept housing vouchers. And don’t expect any to be built next door to the Biden's.

Biden has always had a passion for stately homes and swanky addresses, even buying a 10,000-square-foot mansion that once belonged to the DuPont family, of 19th-century gunpowder wealth. Not exactly the sort of housing setup you’d associate with 'Scranton Joe.'"

Regulating land use and zoning has largely been a function of local government. Critics claim that the Biden administration is now dangling millions of dollars in front of cash-strapped local governments in order to pressure them to change.

Zoning laws were relatively rare in the United States until a 1917 Supreme Court decision struck down laws designed to block black people from buying homes and property in white neighborhoods. The decision prompted local governments to adopt various rules that set minimum lot sizes and prevented building apartment complexes in single-family neighborhoods. Some of the urban areas with the tightest restrictions in place include coastal cities such as New York and San Francisco. But you just wait until all those Democrat run cities and states with Democrat governors and legislatures have those billions of dollars dangled in front of them.

My concern is not so much the zoning of section 8 housing in my backyard. There is no run for such in the 1 and a half square miles surrounding my place. What concerns me is if the Democrats start condemning properties - you know, just to condemn them!

Back in 2005, the United States Supreme Court issued the landmark decision in Kelo V. City of New London, Connecticut, which established that governments, invested with the power of eminent domain, could acquire private land for use in economic development, even in non blighted neighborhoods. Essentially, the Court lowered the standard of “public use” to that of “public purpose.” This opened the door to the use of eminent domain to remove property from private owners and place it in the hands of developers, with the assumption being that said developers would develop the property for economic potential.

Communist loved that ruling and the Far-Left Democrats aim to use that to their advantage in promoting their precious redistribution, equity and fairness policies. No one is safe!

That is what Marxist do. They take and take and take. They only give when it is to their advantage and it keeps them in power. Then, they only give what is not theirs to give. Meaning, they rob us and give to others for their votes.

Biden didn't help quell the anxiety that many white folks are feeling these days when he went to Tulsa to deliver a speech on the 100th anniversary of the KKK attack on the black communities there. I say "the KKK attack" because that is exactly what it was. Democrats call it the "Tulsa race massacre" as if it was the city's fault and deed that saw the murder of over 300 black people.

Biden has pledged to “help narrow the racial wealth gap and reinvest in communities that have been left behind by failed policies” and eliminating the suburbs is just one way to do it. He used the 100th anniversary of the Tulsa race massacre in Greenwood, a thriving African American community ravaged by the racist mob in 1921, as the occasion to promise more federal contracts for minority-owned companies and address discrimination in home appraisals for black families.

The Tulsa KKK murdered more than 311 Black men, women and children over a two-day period, May 31 to June 1, forcing thousands to flee for their lives while watching their homes and businesses burn to the ground. No one was ever held responsible for the devastation. But Biden’s Tulsa appearance and speech continues a narrative favored by Democrats that reinforces the wrong belief that African Americans can do nothing without government. Of course, if government were their savior, would it not have solved all the problems Democrats continually talk about, but do little to fix?

Democrats want to keep reminding us how bad race relations have been historically and how bad they are now, but even Democrats must admit we’ve made significant progress. I offer just a few statements from accomplished African Americans who faced crippling discrimination and racism in their day but still became successful. These motivational words point us in the direction we need to go and could move many from a dependence on government to lives of self-sufficiency.

If Ken Burns were presenting these statements as one of his great documentaries, it might start with a picture followed by these quotes:

“If you have no confidence in self, you are twice defeated in the race of life.” Marcus Garvey (a Black nationalist and leader of the Pan-Africanism movement, which sought to unify and connect people of African descent worldwide).

A case could be made for school choice for low-income students denied a good education in failing inner-city schools: “The purpose of education is to create in a person the ability to look at the world for himself, to make his own decisions.” (James Baldwin, writer).

Speaking of the need for school choice, here’s one from Frederick Douglass: “It is easier to build strong children than to repair broken men.”

On giving up because one believes there is no way out of one’s circumstances: “We may (en)counter many defeats but we must not be defeated.” (Maya Angelou)

“I had to make my own living and my own opportunity. But I made it! Don’t sit down and wait for the opportunities to come. Get up and make them.” (Madam C.J. Walker, an African American entrepreneur, philanthropist and social activist).

Need more? Here’s one from Rosa Parks: “Each person must live their life as a model for others.”

This one seems absent from all American culture today, regardless of one’s race: “We all have dreams. In order to make dreams come into reality, it takes an awful lot of determination, dedication, self-discipline and effort.” (Jesse Owens, Olympic runner)

Why do we rarely hear such thoughts expressed from the LEFT. Why are Democrats and even Republicans when speaking to and about African Americans always seem to be cajoling them? Why aren’t the successful used as role models instead of the constant focus on the unsuccessful?

The narrative should be: This is how we became successful, and this is how you can be successful too. Changing the narrative offers potentially better outcomes than the one presently being promoted by Marxist politicians.

Have I told you just how much I loath the LEFT?

I have to stop now and take some of my wife's blood pressure medicine. I feel the steam coming out of my ears.

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My life is boring. I read, I watch Glenn Beck and Mark Levin. I listen to Andrew Wilkow. I engage in some conversation with those who are willing to listen (they being masochistic and enjoy killing themselves with my banter).

I plan on just laying out the things that bother me and the things I love. Nothing in-between. I hope you find whatever I put here amusing.