Annie Peterson | Civil Patriot

When I was a kid—back in the olden days—we used to play a funny trick on our unsuspecting friends and loved ones. It started with a ceramic plate. Long before our guest of honor arrived we’d hold the plate over a candle flame until the bottom was charred. Then we would let it cool completely and the game/trick could begin. 

The invitation was given to a friend to enter a dark closet and to sit in front of the plate (charred side up). Then, in the dark of the closet, we would tell a story that involved the unsuspecting victim rubbing the plate and then rubbing his face (as part of the story). I don’t remember any more details than that, but the victim would come out of the closet covered in soot without even realizing it. 

The biggest trick of all, of course, was not letting him know. He would go about his business until someone asked, “Dude, what’s up with your face?” Then, in a panic, he would glance in the mirror and realize he’d been had. 

That whole scenario reminds me of what’s going on in the political scene right now. We’re the unsuspecting victims in the closet, emerging with our faces covered in soot. Democrats laugh and point and we shrug and say, “What’s up? Why are you laughing at me?”

“Because we got you, stupid!” they say in response. 

And we glance in the mirror and groan. 

Of course, it’s not real soot this time. But we’ve been had—on about as many levels as a person can be had. And it feels about as gross as it did back then, when we realized we had to clean up the mess the other person had created with their lie. 

To me, the craziest thing about the way the Left works is this: They always say, “There’s nothing to see here.” 

  • We stare right at election fraud: There’s nothing to see. 
  • We look at cities burning: There’s nothing to see. 
  • We watch news clips of conservative politicians being beaten, chased, or harassed: There’s nothing to see here. 

Only, there is something to see, isn’t there? We’re not blind. We’re not stupid. And we’re tired of being lied to. 

It happened again on January 6th. We were dragged into the closet, fed a bunch of hooey, and emerged covered in soot. And, as always, we were told that we were to blame. When we pointed to the fact that Trump’s speech wasn’t violent (and didn’t encourage a violent response from those in attendance), they created news stories saying it was. When we showed them a timeline, which proved that the people who invaded the capitol couldn’t possibly have been the same people who attended his speech, they just pushed their story even harder. 

The problem is, their narrative isn’t true. Just like it wasn’t true during the BLM riots. Just like it wasn’t true related to election fraud. Their stories aren’t true. . .but they repeat them often enough—and with enough passion—and they truly believe the crowds will eat it up. 

And, sadly, they are correct. There’s a hostility in the air right now that wasn’t there before, and it’s all based on the propagation of a farce. 

A lie. 

Think about that for a moment. 

It’s all based on a lie. 

And, as always, we’re the ones to blame. Don’t believe it? Look in the mirror. You’re covered in soot. 

So, today I want to go on record as saying, “There IS something to see here. Those were riots over the summer. Cities did burns. Conservatives were beaten. And the president didn’t ask voters to destroy (or even enter) the U.S. Capitol on January 6th. It’s simply not true.

I don’t know about you, but I’m tired of having soot on my face, especially when it’s all imaginary. So, I’m putting my best face forward today—the clean one. The honest one. The one unmarked by lies from the Left. And I’m marching bravely forward with nothing but truth on my tongue. 

Because, after all, it’s the truth that will set us free. 


  1. Dear Annie,
    Oh, how I wish It could be so simple; putting my honest face forward and change America as it used to be; Americans were heroes, honest, honorable, generous, unafraid like the greatest generation; Love of country, God and the Flag!
    What has changed? Being intimidated or offended, are not American traits. They silently witnessed their mother country, dragged (still is) in the mud during a shameful apology tour. They are now beaten into believing they are bad, racists, supremacists, and others -‘cists’ you can invent. These are NOT innate American traits either. But foreign elements are trying to introduce their own personal traits into the American psyche, to achieve and end.


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