Archive for February, 2016

BOTH PARTIES ARE INFRINGING ON OUR RIGHTS

In the United States today:

The Democratic Party is infringing on our constitutional rights at the federal level.

And the Republican Party is infringing on our constitutional rights at the state and local levels.

A QUESTION THAT MUST BE ASKED

Nations all over the world have nuclear power capabilities.

But only nine nations have nuclear weapons capabilities–only nine nations actually have nuclear weapons:

United States

Russia

France

United Kingdom (Great Britain)

China

North Korea

Pakistan

India

Israel (Zionist State)

The President of the United States can start a nuclear war.

And the President of the United States can provoke a nuclear war, by provoking the leader of any other nation that actually has nuclear weapons.

This means the President of the United States has got to be able to communicate with leaders like Vladimir Putin and Kim Jong-un in an assertive manner–not aggressive, not passive-aggressive, not passive–but assertive.  The President of the United States has got to be able to communicate with the leader of any nuclear-armed nation in a firm, yet non-combative manner.

Donald Trump is the only one of the Democratic or Republican presidential candidates who would not be able to do this at all.

Each of the others might–but some would be less capable than others.

Frankly, I wish Jeb Bush wouldn’t have dropped out–he would have been the most capable.

I’m not going to vote for any presidential candidate affiliated with any political party, unless the Republican Party is stupid suicidal enough to nominate Donald Trump.

But this question must be asked by every voter of himself or herself:

Can I be reasonably certain that my preferred candidate would not start or provoke a nuclear war, as President of the United States?

IT’S JUST INSANE

[This was originally posted February 16, 2016]

“We are one justice away from the Second Amendment being written out of the Constitution altogether…”

U.S. Senator Ted Cruz, February 14, 2016

Senator Cruz does have a valid point.

Upon learning of U.S. Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia’s death–I was (I am embarrassed and a little bit ashamed to admit) more worried about a potential shift in power to the left in the Supreme Court than saddened by Justice Scalia’s death.

I already know how I’m going to vote in the presidential election this year: I’m going to vote for a true independent presidential candidate (one affiliated with no political party whatsoever)–or for myself, as a write-in.

The only possible way I’d vote otherwise is if the Republican Party were stupid enough to nominate Donald Trump–but I’m reasonably certain it isn’t.

What a mess.

I hope Congress sticks to its guns (no pun intended)–and absolutely blocks any nomination for the U.S. Supreme Court by President Obama.  Because President Obama is liberal as hell–and we have got to have a conservative Supreme Court justice replace the late Antonin Scalia.

And though I wish my fellow Americans would wise up, and elect an honest-to-God independent President of the United States–the first since George Washington–I would rather them elect a Republican candidate (Donald Trump is not a Republican, but a totally self-serving, sociopathic impostor) than a Democratic one.  Because a Republican president would be more likely to nominate a conservative Supreme Court justice than a Democratic president would.  And this is because the Republican Party–though it has begun to shift to the left, in an unprecedented manner–is still the more conservative party.

And the last conservative Democratic President of the United States was John F. Kennedy.

Nevertheless, it is imperative that Southern American Republican voters stop this cultural genocide of the American South that was begun by Republican South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley–and is being continued by largely Republican governors, state legislators, county/parish commissioners, and mayors all over the Southern United States–as an attempt to divert all attention away from the issue of gun regulation.

We do not have to choose between our right to keep and bear arms and every other right guaranteed us in our Bill of Rights–we can keep all of our rights.

And through state and local politicians, the Republican Party has begun targeting red herrings–first the Confederate Flag, then Islam–and will continue to do so, with each mass shooting.

And there will be more mass shootings.

Because it is not guns that are causing these mass shootings–but a plethora of factors contributing to the deterioration of our society.

And though state and local politicians can help reduce these mass shootings by tightening certain gun regulations in their state and local jurisdictions–it is their business if they don’t.

But it is not their business, nor their right to target red herrings representing other rights guaranteed us in our Bill of Rights, in order to avoid any discussion of our right to keep and bear arms.

The Confederate Flag is representative of our right to freedom of speech–and an infringement on it is an infringement on our right to freedom of speech.

And Islam is representative of our right to freedom of religion–and an infringement on it (by discriminating against Muslims) is an infringement on our right to freedom of religion.

And though it is our largely Republican state and local governments infringing on our rights–not our federal government–our rights are being whittled away, slowly and strategically, just the same.

It’s not enough to accept the entire Democratic package–Democratic voters must hold the Democratic Party accountable for those policies and practices of which they do not approve.

And likewise, it’s not enough to accept the entire Republican package–Republican voters must hold the Republican Party accountable for those policies and practices of which they do not approve.

And I strongly doubt that most Southern Republican voters approve of the Republican Party’s cultural genocide of the American South through largely Republican state and local governments.

This cultural genocide of the American South is not conservative at all.  It’s not even progressive or liberal.  It’s just insane.

INTELLECTUAL REDNECK

Because I’m a Southerner, and I’m not ashamed

Because I’m a descendant of Confederate veterans, and I’m not ashamed

Because I’m from Mobile, Alabama, and I’m not ashamed

Because I drive a pickup truck, and I’m not ashamed

Because I’m vehemently opposed to this cultural genocide of the American South, this posthumous extermination of the Confederate States of America, and I’m not ashamed

I’m a redneck?

So be it.

I’m an anti-Zionist redneck!

I’m a Beethoven-listening redneck!

I’m a coffeehouse redneck!

I’m a dare-to-speak-the-truth redneck!

I’m an enemy-of-apathy redneck!

I’m a fear-fighting redneck!

I’m a Guinness-drinking redneck!

I’m a home-is-where-the-past-is redneck!

I’m an intellectual redneck!

I’m a Jesus-following, non-Christian redneck!

I’m a know-nothing, know-everything redneck!

I’m a landlubbing redneck!

I’m a mother-fleeing redneck!

I’m a near-death redneck!

I’m an opposite-of-a-redneck redneck!

I’m a pussy-starved redneck!

I’m a question-everything redneck!

I’m a rage-against-the-Digital-Age redneck!

I’m a soothsaying redneck!

I’m a talk-to-strangers redneck!

I’m an unconventional redneck!

I’m a violently peace-seeking redneck!

I’m a War Eagle redneck!

I’m a xenophilic redneck!

I’m a young, old redneck!

I’m a Zen-now redneck!

 

(in the style of Fast Speaking Woman, by Anne Waldman)

IT’S NOT SUPPOSED TO BE ABOUT RACE–SO WHY IS IT?

[This was originally posted February 22, 2016]

What if Colin Powell were President of the United States, instead of Barack Obama?

Would White liberals be so focused on the President’s race if Colin Powell were our first Black president?

Would White liberals be so disrespectfully condescending toward Black Americans if Colin Powell were President of the United States?

It’s not supposed to be about race–so why is it?

I have never seen such disrespectfully condescending behavior toward Black Americans by White Americans as I’ve seen since 2008.

Since 2008, To Kill a Mockingbird has been touted as the greatest work of American literature–and given such a disproportionate amount of praise and attention that one would think no other novel had ever been written.

To Kill a Mockingbird is a novel centering on injustice toward a Black American by White Americans.  And it was written by a White woman.  And it is not surprising to me at all that this disproportionate amount of praise of To Kill a Mockingbird is coming from Whites.

The term “African American” is as inaccurate for Black Americans as the term “European American” is for White Americans.

“Native American” is quite accurate because–though the Native Americans have not always been here–their ancestors arrived tens of thousands of years before ours did.

But though the ancestors of Black Americans could accurately be called “African Americans”, their descendants cannot.  Just as though the ancestors of White Americans could accurately be called “European Americans”, their descendants cannot.

And the interesting thing is that the term “African American” seems almost exclusively used by White Americans.  Most Black Americans don’t call themselves “African Americans”.

Could it be that the term “African American” was invented by disrespectfully condescending White Americans?

Even Black History Month–why is there a month set aside for the history of a group of Americans based solely on race?

Why not have a History Month for Americans of all races and ethnicities, instead?

I think disrespectfully condescending Whites came up with the idea of “Black History Month” too.

Even those who called for this cultural genocide against the American South were almost exclusively White.  And the politician, Nikki Haley, who abused her authority as Governor of South Carolina, in starting this cultural genocide against the American South, was White.  And the mayor of Pensacola, Ashton Hayward, who brought this cultural genocide against the American South to Pensacola, was White. And even the little band of little-tin-gods who demanded that the Escambia County Commission uphold Mayor Ashton Hayward’s act of cultural genocide was almost exclusively White–led by Dianne Krumel–a White woman.

I cannot speak for my fellow Americans who are Black–Americans of African descent.  Because I’m a White American of European descent.

But I cannot help but wonder:

If I were a Black American–an American of African descent–how would I feel about all these Whites condescending toward me simply because of my race?

Bigotry is not always apparent and direct–sometimes it is disguised as well-meaning sympathy.

Yet this “well-meaning sympathy”–this disrespectfully condescending treatment of Black Americans by White Americans–is still bigotry.

And frankly, I’m sick of it–it’s disgustingly self-righteous and hypocritical.

When I see a Black person, I see a person.  I couldn’t care less that his or her race is different from mine.  I don’t think less of him or her because he or she is Black–but I also don’t pretend to think more of him or her because he or she is Black. Because that kind of shallow, pretentious behavior is not only disrespectful–it’s just bigotry.

Race really doesn’t matter to me.

And if race really doesn’t matter to you, why don’t you stop pretending that it does?

ALL PEOPLE OF COLOR

In today’s politically-correct, but ethically-incorrect society, there is more confusion than ever about race and skin color.

I’m not an expert on race or skin color–but arguably no one is.  Because the facts about race and skin color are disputable–and probably always will be disputable.

Here are some facts about race and skin color that I’ve learned over time.  They are disputable–but arguably just as worthy of consideration as facts about race and skin color presented elsewhere.

We are all people of color.

And we are all of the same color.

In fact, there are no different skin colors–only different shades (or tones) of this same universal human skin color.

And the different shades of this color are determined by one pigment–melanin.

Melanin is a naturally occurring skin pigment that darkens human skin–the more melanin human skin has, the darker it is.

Race does exist.

But race has never had anything to do with skin color–because there is only one human skin color.

Race has never even had anything to do with skin tone.

Race has everything to do with physical differences that are almost exclusively aesthetic–differences primarily in bodily structure, and especially in facial structure.

And by definition of these almost exclusively aesthetic physical differences, there are three races at least, and four races at most.

They are the Negroid race, the Caucasoid race, the Mongoloid race, and the Australoid race.

Each of us is of one or more of these races.

Within each of these races there are variations in melanin level in the skin, thus variations in skin tone.

And within each of these races there are different ethnicities, or ethnic groups.

But there are only three races–four at most.

And there is only one skin color.

We are all of this same color.

And we are all people of color.

IF TRUMP IS THE ANSWER, IT MUST BE A STUPID QUESTION

Trump won the South Carolina Republican primary because South Carolinians realized that their Republican Governor Nikki Haley had betrayed them by starting this cultural genocide against the American South–and Marco Rubio and other Republican candidates had solicited her support.

Trump portrayed himself as an affront to the Republican Party “establishment”–and the South Carolinians who voted for him did it for that reason.  They thought this “anti-establishment Republican” would stand against this cultural genocide that was begun by the Republican Party–and is still being carried out by the Republican Party as an effort to dodge the issue of gun regulation.

But these South Carolinians did not realize that Donald Trump couldn’t care less about the American South–or any other region of the United States.

Trump will almost certainly win the Arizona Republican Primary because of his stand on illegal immigration–the only issue on which he takes any stand at all. But he couldn’t care less about Arizona, or the American Southwest in general.

Donald Trump cares about no one but Donald Trump.  His stand on illegal immigration is even questionable, since national defense is the most popular political issue in the United States today–and so many Americans so cluelessly believe that Mexicans seeking refuge from poverty and Syrians seeking refuge from war are a collective threat to our national security.

Nevermind that U.S. corporations are literally selling out the U.S. economy to Communist China–and that the totalitarian regime of Communist China will eventually be able to march right into the United States and legally take this land. If that is not a threat to our national security, what is?

But even if Trump’s stand on illegal immigration is sincere, it’s still the only political issue on which he takes a stand.  And the President of the United States has to take a stand on so many more issues than that.  And even if Donald Trump’s totally self-serving personality wins him the Presidency, it will lose this country to itself.  Because Trump is incapable of diplomacy.  And a President of the United States who is incapable of diplomacy would inevitably start or provoke a global thermonuclear war.

Donald Trump is not the solution to this problem of cultural genocide against the American South–resistance by the Southern American people (via our First-Amendment rights of freedom of speech and peaceable assembly and petition) is. And Donald Trump is not the solution to this problem of illegal immigration–deployment of our peacetime armed forces (personnel of our guards and reserves) to defend our borders with Mexico and Canada is.

Borrowing from a popular parody of “born-again” Christianity:

If Trump is the answer, it must be a stupid question.

WHAT I CAN’T DEAL WITH

I can deal with the fact that no one in my family cares about me.

But I cannot deal with the fact that no one in my family cares about my country.

TWO PEOPLE YOU SHOULD NEVER TALK BACK TO

Zig Ziglar wrote: “…fair play seeks what is right–not who is right.”

A synonym for “fair play” is justice:  Justice seeks what is right, not who is right.

In other words, it doesn’t matter who is right–it only matters what is right.

I don’t care who is right–I only care what is right.

That said, there are two people in the world you should never talk back to.

If the Dalai Lama corrects you, keep your mouth shut!

And if the Pope corrects you, keep your mouth shut!

SOMETHING TO LEARN AND TO QUESTION

It’s not enough to believe–one must also know.

And the only way to know is by learning.

It’s not enough to feel–one must also think.

And the only way to think is by questioning.


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