Reply: Race is central to the fear and angst of the US right

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There are several observations that should be noted in response to the article that “Race is central to the fear and angst of the US right.” In case you have not read the article, it is posted below and you are welcomed to respond to it. The article essentially states that the “shrinking white base of the Republican Party cannot accept the country in which it now lives – so it shut it down.”  The article explains three factors for the Republican Party’s shutdown of the government: Gerrymandering (the way voting districts are drawn), the perceived beneficiaries of government spending, and Obama’s authenticity – “[There] is a sense of him being foreign, non-Christian, Muslim – and they [Republicans] wonder what really are his motives for the changes he is advancing.”

It is amazing that in the 21st Century in America, with its history, that race still divides the nation. America has still not resolved its race issue. No matter how many laws are passed, those laws will never begin to change the ideals and hate in people’s hearts. Unfortunately, there are some facts about this article that no one can deny, one being that in 2012, 92% of the Republican vote came from white people who, within 30 years, will no longer be in the majority. There is also no denying that Republican Party does not represent the demographics of the 21st Century America. In fact some Red States have voted to implement poll taxes, grandfather clauses and intelligence tests of the late 1800’s in order to sustain their political power. Furthermore, it is very difficult to understand why some Republicans are still focused on Obama’s birth certificate when the guy has been voted into office twice.

On the other hand, the non-whites in America continue to blindly follow a president that is all talk, shows practically no leadership and does almost nothing that was promise. The non-whites of America support Obama, despite his track record, because he is a man of color. To a certain point, there is an understanding why, which goes back to race and the “good ole boy network.” It is not right, but for non-whites in the U.S., who have had a history of being disenfranchised and discriminated against, it is difficult for them to not support someone that looks like them.

From us in Europe, America looks like a joke of a nation, holding the country hostage because of politics. At the end of the day, black, white, poor, rich, people’s livelihoods and families were and are impacted. And regardless, who is to blame, the Republicans are made to look really stupid at the end of the day as they submitted to Obama’s terms. Outside America, people cannot fathom a government that does not take care of its citizens as well as a government hell-bent on going to war every 3 to 5 years. In general, Obama is doing nothing more than continuing the policies set forth by his predecessors. Unfortunately, Americans will continue to be duped by race and the media’s appeal to the ignorant emotional masses as their freedoms are continually being striped.

 http://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2013/oct/20/race-central-fear-angst-us-right

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The United States of the SS

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Imagine a female co-worker who comes to work with a black eye. The same co-worker’s husband has been known to have a violent temper and has been known to batter her in the past. Upon seeing her at work, one cannot help but to assume the obvious. Likewise, if a registered sex offender moves into the neighborhood, it stands to reason that parents would be concerned for the safety of their children, if not move out of the neighborhood all together. In either case, both the sex offender and the violent man are the first to be accused if a similar crime occurred in their surroundings.
For those who were not born, raised, or spent any significant time in the South-Eastern United States it would be difficult to understand that there is a culture there that has roots centuries old. And just like the sex offender and the violent man, the South has a reputation. Only 50 years ago, less than a generation, there were images from the South broadcast on national television of people being sprayed with water hoses, people attacked by dogs (for practicing their first amendment rights), people being spat on for wanting to go to school, there were laws on the books making it a crime to marry outside your race, there were separate school dances, separate public facilities, not to mention the countless lynching and beatings. Fast forward to the 21st Century and the South still refuses to acknowledge interracial couples (2009 Louisiana Judge Keith Bardwell refuses marry an interracial couple; 2011 A Kentucky interracial couple is banned from coming to church) people are still separated in public places (2012 Alabama Pastor William J. Collier holds Whites Only Church Conference; 2013 Wilcox County High School in Abbeville, Georgia holds its first integrated prom) and there are still communities in the South where it is strongly advised that people of color should not go after dark.
To come to some understanding of why the South is the way it is, you have to look at the reasoning behind the creation of the segregation/Jim Crow laws. The reasoning behind the Jim Crow laws stemmed from a fear of slave repercussions from blacks against whites. They were also created to “keep blacks in their place.” Furthermore, a deeper political motive gave birth to hate groups as the Ku Klux Klan was formed by Democrats to overthrow Republicans and pave the way for Democrats to regain control of political power in the South, when Democrats attacked the State Republican Convention in Louisiana in 1866, killing 40 blacks, 20 whites, and wounding 150 others (Barton 2003). It is also public knowledge, that from 1890 to 1908, 10 Southern states wrote new constitutions with provisions that included literacy tests, poll taxes, and grandfather clauses that permitted otherwise disqualified voters whose grandfathers voted (thus allowing some white illiterates to vote), some with the aim and effect of re-imposing racially motivated restrictions on the voting process that disenfranchised blacks. The Voting Rights Act of 1965, stuck down these restrictions only for them to be upheld in 2013 by Supreme Court stemming from the Shelby County v. Holder case.
Despite the Trayvon Martin verdict, America has a racial problem, it always had a racial problem and it always will have a racial problem. America was not created to be the melting pot it claims to be. This is what Black Americans need to realize and instead of waiting for the 40 acres and the mule, strive to become better people by actually working to dispel the negative stereotypes.

The Truth Will Get You SNOWD-EN

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To get this straight, there is an American that went public with the fact that the American government is spying on all Americans. Now this American is on the run outside America is facing at least 30 years amongst thousands of dollars in fines if he returns to America, in a nutshell.  According to the government, Edward Snowden violated the Espionage Act came about during the World War I era. Scott Bomboy of the Constitution Daily posed the question, how is a citizen charged as a spy, when he reveals information to the press? Apparently, it frowned upon to reveal any truth to the press about the deception of the American government. Moreover, it appears that the only thing the Obama Administration is hardline on is making sure those who reveal the truth about his government are made examples of i.e. Army Private Bradley Manning and Julian Assange. One of the most shocking things about this revelation is Americans not knowing that they are spied on. If American would take the time to actually think and notice what goes on around them, they will realize that they have been spied on for years. If you have a cell phone, especially a smart phone, you have been spied on and your most intimate conversations have been listened to. If you have an email account, you have spied on. If you are on social media, you have been spied on. If you have made a purchase using your ATM/debit card, you have been spied on. If you have a bank account, you have been spied on. If you have a job and have had to fill out human resource paperwork, you have been spied on. If you have been asked for you zip code while making a purchase at a sports store, you have been spied on. As was stated in a previous blog, Americans have been “punked” and inundated with fear to vote away their freedoms. The purpose of this current administration is to execute the policies that the previous administration set in place, and that is and always have been to turn America into a military state.

For further proof of the American government spying on its citizens simply Google this character named J. Edgar Hoover, also Google the Red Scare, the Sedition Act, and finally read the Patriot Act. The real threat to America and its way of life has nothing to do with party affiliation, party policy, race, culture, lifestyle, or status. The real threat is ignorance, laziness and a willingness to accept what is heard without verifying information or history.

The Government is My ‘Baby Daddy’

ImageImagine an episode of the Maury Show where Maury is sitting next to a female who has semi-adorable child backstage. Sitting next to the female are two males, one of males is named “Your Government.” The men are there for a maternity test to see who the father of that semi-adorable child is. After the audience “side show” and commercial breaks, Maury is now ready to read the results. He grabs the brown envelope and all three principles are on the edge of their chairs. Maury opens the envelope, and he reads the results out loud to the unnamed male, “In the case of the 3 year old child, you are NOT the father.” The unnamed male jumps up, gyrates his hips to the crowd and proceeds to perform a number of dance moves including the Cabbage Patch, the Running Man and the Harlem Shake. Maury calms the “side show” as the unnamed male exits the stage. Maury then informs the audience that there is another maternity test that needs to be read. Just as before, he grabs the brown envelope and the two remaining principles are on the edge of their chairs. He opens the envelope and reads them out loud to “Your Government.” Maury states, “In the case of the 3 year old child, you ARE the father.” “Your Government” buries his head in his hands as the female jumps up and mocks him with “I told you so.” Next, Maury comes over to “Your Government,” puts one arm around him and asks him, “Now, that you know that this is your baby, are you going to take care of it?” “Your Government” looks at Maury, shakes his head and says, “I shouldn’t but I looks like I am going take care of another one.”

The reality of this situation is that the unnamed male is actually the father of the child, but “Your Government” is on the hook to pay for the child almost certainly for life. In fact, “Your Government” is already on the hook for millions of people and their children and their children’s children at the expense of millions of working citizens. Indeed, it is very frustrating for those working citizens who are paying living and luxury expenses for able-bodied yet lazy individuals year after year.

As mentioned before, the deeper issue is that the same families that are supported by “Your Government” generation after generation. With little to no incentive to not be supported, parents pass the same lethargic, take the short-cut, and somebody else will do it attitude on to their children. These same children are left to learn life’s lessons about the hard way as most will find themselves in the revolving door of the legal system, which puts a further tax burden on working citizens.

One problem with totally cutting off support from “Your Government” is that the population’s vulnerable are left to die. There are those who are in real need for support, the elderly, the terminally ill, and the mentally and physically handicapped. I hope “Your Government” has evolved to the point where it does not resort to ‘eliminating’ the vulnerable of the population like the Nazis did. (Some would argue that this is exactly what “Your Government” is doing by setting up a system where only those who can afford to get better will get better, but this topic is for another blog).  

A simple solution for able-bodied, lazy individuals who drain the working tax paying individual and take away the lifeline of the vulnerable is found in 2 Thessalonians 3:10. The New International Version (NIV) states “the one who is unwilling to work shall not eat.” The world would be a much different place if the amount someone ate depended on the amount of work that same someone puts in.

DISCLAIMER: This is not so much a disclaimer as it is another observation. What I describe above is a type of individual. Upon reading this, there may already be an impression of the race of the parties involved. The fact of the matter is the battle line in America is drawn between economic lines, yet the media steers Americans to stereotype the certain type of individual I am describing. It is unfortunate that shows like Maury primarily have guests that are minorities and they portray themselves in a negative light.

 

 

BOSTON: Prelude to LOCKING DOWN AMERICA

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If anyone has played a chess game or any game of strategy, one knows that in order to fulfill one’s objective, certain pieces must be sacrificed. Certain moves are made to set up other moves in order to achieve the player’s ultimate goal.
Likewise, since the turn of last century, political, economic, and social moves have been made in order to strip all Americans of their rights and freedoms. And like pawns in a chess game, Americans are the pawns of rich and powerful players that have only one interest: the destruction and control of America and the World. Also like pawns, the lives of Americans as well as their emotional lives are sacrificed without any concern in order to achieve take away American liberties.
Like sheep, Americans are lead to the slaughter, fatten with a culture of violence, perversion, greed and selfishness. Americans have seen and indulged violent, sexual and selfish behavior for so long that not doing so seems strange. And in the same manner, the immoral behavior of Americans have spilled over into every institution and is magnified with the help of media outlets. To have the ability to do anything, with anybody at anytime because Americans have the freedom to do so has come back and hit Americans between the eyes. As the bible says, you reap what you sow. Just as Americans have accepted and sowed a culture of violence, perversion and greed, they now are reaping the fruits of what was sown. Ironically, Americans are constantly looking for answers from the very people that are trying to destroy them.
Americans have bought into the various ‘freedoms’ that stimulate the senses, while tuning out critical thinking and logic. Americans now live on emotion, buying into media hype, which pits races against each other, political affiliations (as if there is a difference between Democrats and Republicans) against each other, the dirt-poor against the working-poor etc. And while this smoke screen is blown into the American public, the real-players are one step closer to achieving their objective. It is difficult to believe that the individuals in Boston acted alone, without help from a very high level. It is also ironic that most of the domestic terror attacks happen on the East Coast and it is hard to comprehend why lockdown an entire city for one individual. Soldiers going door-to-door searching from terrorists happened in Iraq about a decade ago, now soldiers going door-to-door will be the norm in America.

Do Unto Others BEFORE They Do it to You

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Most Americans do not even know what true socialism entails. The sad reality is that most Americans rather listen and believe what their friends, the media or what they feel instead of researching and forming an intelligent opinion based on fact. It is unfortunate that most Americans have not traveled enough to get a different perspective.
The fact of the matter is this system of capitalism is designed for those who have access to information to get ahead and maniuplate others. Take the welfare cases, for example. There are some individuals who spend their entire lives on welfare. Leeching and draining the hard working Americans to maintain their lifestyle. Now, if the public is in an outrage at the lazy welfare receipents, what is the difference when it comes to the top 1%? They have access to information, they manipulate the markets for their gain and to maintain their lifestyle. Yet, they are seen as ‘smart ‘,hard-working’ and educated.
 Most Americans are so caught up in race, politics, and other irrelevant topics that the true pimps (top 1%) are living off the hard work of other Americans. This system of capitalism is not about justice but rather who can manipulate it best!

Thought About it, Now Talk About It

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As an English instructor at a local college, one of the challenges I face is encouraging my students to critically speak their minds, through writing and support their thoughts with the logic of why they feel the way they feel. One of the many reasons why this is a difficult task is because students spend most of their time on trying to be politically correct and not hurt anyone’s feelings. Over the past decade, there has been a significant decline in a student’s ability to critically think and to challenge what they read, see, or hear. Simply put, people are afraid to practice their freedom of speech. As a result, some educators ‘train’ students to write and think in general terms, playing it safe, in order not to offend anyone. Thus, when I receive a paper on a controversial topic, for the first time from a student in my class, I always see a lot of general statements like “everybody knows this is a controversial issue”, or “there are many sides to this debate”, etc. Besides the fact that most of these students are passed through secondary school with mediocre to no critical feedback from their teachers, students are not encouraged enough to freely speak about their convictions or opinions for fear of social ridicule. Another reason why it is difficult to engage students in critical thinking is the on assault freedom of speech, as well as every other constitutional freedom Americans have. The past few generations have seen their pop heroes and athletic heroes crucified in the media for speaking their minds and convictions. For example, when Dixie Chicks protested the Iraq War by posing for the cover of Rolling Stone with anti-war slogans written on their bodies, they were labeled un-American and un-patriotic, when in fact their protest was one of most the American things to do. The list can go on, from Kanye West’s criticism of Bush’s handling of the Hurricane Katrina victims, to Ted Nugent’s anti-Obama rants. The fact of the matter is that Americans are being conditioned to shut up their brains and their mouths, as they please their senses with comforts of the flesh. (It is no accident that Americans have a reputation of being a nation of gluttons).

The way I begin to open up my students’ minds to critical thinking is by using what the media and politicians use to stir crowds; I engage their emotions. Simple objective statistics about controversial topics goes a long way to personalize issues that are national in scope. For instance, I usually begin the term talking about the death penalty. Students have their set opinions however, once they realize that each death row inmate costs California approximately $90,000 a year to house and the fact that these inmates receive better medical care than working citizens, opinions quickly change. It does not matter what their point of view is as long as they pick a side. But more importantly, students begin to think.

Overall, there are a lot of Americans that believe that the current administration has single-handily taken away the rights of all Americans and has suspended the constitution. The fact is that there has been an effort, virtually by every president, to destroy American freedoms and eradicate the constitution since the beginning of the last century. It is no accident that America is saturated with trash television, untalented ‘personalities’, no morals except the love of money and poor diets. While Americans have their cake, they have been duped into voting away their own freedoms. The hope now is that Americans not give away their minds.