Archive for July, 2015
Tags: current events, freedom of speech, heritage, history, human rights, illustration, literature, Pensacola Florida, writing
Elsewhere in the South, it might be the Southern Cross–but here it’s the Stars and Bars (the First Confederate Flag) that has been censored, along with history itself. And no good has ever come of government censorship–at the national, state, or local level. My letter-to-the-editor, transcribed in this post, was finally published in the Pensacola News Journal Monday, July 27.
Tags: health, mental health, relationships
My parents are still alive, yet in their old age they have become more indifferent toward me than ever before. They’ve always been somewhat indifferent toward me–especially since I began developing a mind of my own in my twenties. And my two sisters are also getting more indifferent toward me than ever before. And all four of these–the only living members of my immediate family–are getting more and more irritable, impatient, and downright irrational–so that I can no longer talk with them about anything without their lashing out at me.
And I need my parents and my sisters–emotionally–more now than ever before. Their indifference toward me is painful beyond words. They never call me on the phone, at all–just to see how I’m doing, just to see if I’m even alive. If I were to die in this house today, they would never know it–not for a very long time. And they don’t love me–they never really have. Because love is unconditional–and neither of my parents, and neither of my sisters, have ever given me unconditional love.
If my parents and my sisters would die, it would be far less painful for me. I would grieve, I might even have to be hospitalized for a while. But I could then recover, and get on with what’s left of my life. Instead, they all die slowly, as I seem to be. And this is far worse.
My parents and my sisters–they’ve hardly ever been there for me, emotionally. But now they’re never here for me, emotionally, at all. They are not dead, but it’s as if they were, regarding me.
Why can’t we all die–just get it over with? Instead of living on, when life is no longer worth the agony? Why can’t this world just end, instead of slowly dying as it is?
This time is hell. It’s just hell. It’s worse than any end-of-the-world scenario presented in any sacred texts of any faith.
God help us–God help us all.
Tags: beauty, people, photography, women
As globalization intensifies, and as we
live exist longer, the introductory question changes from where we are from to when.
It’s hell being me–but especially in the last five years. 2010 was the year things started really deteriorating in my life. But also in the world around me. This atypical weather, for example–it seems to have begun five years ago. I’ve been thinking that all this time–and I watched a report on the drought in California on PBS recently. And a rancher there said the drought had been going on for five years. That was the first time I’d heard anyone else coordinate the timing of this atypical weather with my estimation.
There is so much I’d like to write in this public journal. Yet my eyes begin stinging as soon as I begin–and I have to stop when the pain gets unbearable.
Tags: America, Confederate Flag, Confederate flags
The second elephant in the living room of America is, of course, this mass hysteria over the Confederate Flag. Yesterday was the first day I saw anything in any newspaper (the New York Times, in this case) about the only political issue relevant to the mass murder in South Carolina–that of gun ownership/gun control. Specifically, the article gave some details of how the murderer was able to so easily obtain the weapon he used.
This should have been the focus of the press to begin with. And because it wasn’t–it is now more difficult to obtain a Confederate flag than a handgun. So bastards like Dylann Roof can continue killing, just as easily–while the American people can rest comfortably in the fact that they don’t have to look at any more Confederate flags. Really reassuring isn’t it?
As aforementioned, most of the state and local politicians who removed Confederate flags all over the South were Republicans. At first, I assumed this was just because these bastards wanted to assure reelection in 2016–and especially a Republican win for the White House. But was it something more? It has been suggested to me that these Republicans jumped onto the Confederate flag controversy to divert America’s attention away from the gun ownership/gun control issue. And that’s highly possible–if not probable.
But let me be fair–the bastards who so vehemently demanded that these politicians remove Confederate flags all over the South were definitely Democrats. Leftist Democrats with a totally self-serving agenda. Most of them were White anti-Southern activists from outside the South. And I strongly suspect that many of them–if not most–were agents of the A.C.L.U. (the so-called American Civil Liberties Union). And if you know anything about the A.C.L.U., you know that it is totally self-serving. It thrives on power–pretending to represent its clients, while actually just manipulating and exploiting them.
I’ve mentioned before that the Republican Party is totally self-serving–and that the Democratic Party is totally self-serving. And I am certain of this. But there are many groups in this country that are as self-serving as these two political parties–groups that don’t want to destroy America, but to control it. White supremacist groups, Black supremacist groups, anarchist groups, radical feminist groups, “gay rights” groups, militant nationalist groups, and anti-religious groups are just a few of these.
These groups (or this group) that swooped into the South immediately after this mass shooting, and used it as leverage for their totally irrelevant agenda, have been around a very long time–like the kinds of groups mentioned above. These are people who hate the South, largely because they know nothing about it. They are driven by regional prejudice–stereotyping all Southerners as the same. In short, they are bigots. And there’s nothing new about them.
What’s new is this mass pacification of such a group by state and local politicians. And this is what is so dangerous. Like all “control groups”–this group (or these groups) will not stop with the Confederate Flag. They will move on to demanding the destruction of all other remnants of the Confederacy–public or private–including Confederate cemeteries. Give ’em an inch, they’ll take a mile. Just like the White supremacist groups, Black supremacist groups, anarchist groups, radical feminist groups, “gay rights” groups, militant nationalist groups, anti-religious groups, and all other such “control groups” whose agenda is just that–to control the United States, to make it bow to their every whim.
My point is this: The biggest threat to our country is within our country–not without. We can worry ourselves about the ISIS threat, the Russia threat, the potential Iran threat, even the illegal immigration threat–yet completely overlook the threat to our country by self-serving “control groups”, political parties, all kinds of groups that–by gaining control of America–can destroy America.
If our military guards our country against outside threats–yet our political leaders as well as we ourselves don’t guard our country against inside threats–our country will still be destroyed.
Tags: Confederate Flag, Escambia County, Escambia County Commission, Florida, Pensacola, Pensacola News Journal
Anywhere else in the Southern United States, the actions of local governments regarding the Confederate Flag controversy may be about something else–but here in Escambia County, Florida, the latest action of the local government is about government censorship.
And I didn’t even realize this until after I’d written the last sentence in the following letter-to-the-editor I submitted to the Pensacola News Journal:
I was hoping Pensacola would be spared this misplaced hysteria concerning the Confederate Flag; since the Confederate Battle Flag was replaced with the First Confederate Flag many years ago. But I was sadly mistaken.
The Escambia County Commission’s decision to replace the First Confederate Flag with the State Flag of Florida is insulting to the intelligence of all residents of Greater Pensacola. We know that Spain, France, Britain, and the United States all participated in slavery in the Americas, just as the Confederate States did. And the State of Florida participated in slavery too. The Confederate States of America may not have been any better than the four other nations in Pensacola’s history; but it was certainly no worse. And it made positive contributions to the culture of our city, just as the other four nations did.
Since the Escambia County Commission has resolved never to fly any design of the Confederate Flag again; it must also remove the flags of the other four nations of Pensacola’s history and heritage, with the possible exception of the Flag of the United States.
One cannot censor part of history without censoring all of history.