Posts Tagged 'George W. Bush'

A BIZARRE KIND OF BARGAINING REVISITED

A flag is a piece of cloth that says something.  It is a piece of cloth that speaks.

The Confederate Battle Flag (the Southern Cross) says, “This is the Confederate side of the battlefield.” And that is all it was designed to say.

The First Confederate Flag (the Stars and Bars), the Second Confederate Flag (the Stainless Banner), and the Third Confederate Flag (the Bloodstained Banner) say, “This is the Confederate States of America.” And that is all they were designed to say.

Because the Confederate Flag (all four designs) is a piece of cloth that says something, a piece of cloth that speaks, it is representative of speech itself.  Thus an infringement on the Confederate Flag is an infringement on our right to freedom of speech.

Dylann Roof abused our right to keep and bear arms, and murdered nine people. Yet the Confederate Flag has been censored–as if the Confederate Flag is to blame for this mass shooting.

Because our right to keep and bear arms was abused, our right to freedom of speech has been infringed.

Islam is a religion.

Because Islam is a religion, it is representative of religion itself.  Thus an infringement on Islam is an infringement on our right to freedom of religion.

Syed Rizwan Farook and Tashfeen Malik abused our right to keep and bear arms, and murdered fourteen people.  Yet Islam has been scrutinized–as if Islam is to blame for this mass shooting.  Muslims–adherents of Islam–have been ostracized, persecuted, and (in some cases) murdered.

Because our right to keep and bear arms was abused, our right to freedom of religion has been infringed.

“So what?” you say.  “The Confederate Flag is not my flag–an infringement on it is not an infringement on my right to freedom of speech.”

Guess what–your flag will be next.

“So what?” you say.  “Islam is not my religion–an infringement on it is not an infringement on my right to freedom of religion.”

Guess what–your religion will be next.

A bizarre kind of bargaining is going on here.

Americans are saying, “You can infringe on our right to freedom of speech, as long as you don’t even question our right to keep and bear arms.”

Americans are saying, “You can infringe on our right to freedom of religion, as long as you don’t even question our right to keep and bear arms.”

Our right to keep and bear arms is as important as every other right guaranteed us in our Bill of Rights.

But if we lose our right to freedom of speech, our right to freedom of religion, and every other right guaranteed us in our Bill of Rights–by overzealously guarding our right to keep and bear arms, and leaving every other right wide open to infringement–what good will our right to keep and bear arms be to us?

Let me add that these largely Republican politicians who are committing this cultural genocide against their Southern constituents are not acting in a conservative manner at all.  

In the last fifty years, the Republican Party–traditionally the more progressive or liberal party–has become the more conservative party–while the Democratic Party–traditionally the more conservative party–has become the more progressive or liberal party.  In short, these two political parties have switched platforms.

Conservatism involves more than just keeping the status quo. Conservatism involves approaching change cautiously and thoughtfully. Making rash decisions, acting on impulse, is not conservative at all.  The conservative considers all possible consequences of a change before making it.  The conservative doesn’t rush, but takes all the time he or she needs to weigh the pros and cons of any change.

By this definition, George W. Bush’s decision to send troops to Iraq before the campaign in Afghanistan had been completed was not conservative at all.  His father’s decision to send troops to Iraq only after its military had invaded Kuwait–and not while the U.S. military was engaged in another campaign–may not have been the best decision.  But at least it was a conservative decision.

Republican Governor Nikki Haley–who started this cultural genocide of the American South–was not conservative at all, in what she did.  The conservative decision would have been to remove the Confederate Battle Flag from South Carolina’s capitol building in Columbia–because no flag should fly above a state capitol building except that state’s flag and the current federal government’s flag–then stop there.

But she didn’t stop there–she moved on to remove all Confederate flags from historical flags displays and Confederate memorials too.  This wasn’t conservative at all–this was just irrational.  And Republican governors, county commissioners, and mayors all over the Southern United States followed Nikki Haley’s cue–removing Confederate flags, not from state capitol buildings or local government buildings–but from historical flags displays, Confederate memorials, and Confederate cemeteries.  And now the destruction of Confederate memorials has begun, in New Orleans–and will likewise spread all over the Southern United States–unless of course the constituents of these largely Republican politicians start resisting this cultural genocide.

These largely Republican politicians are no more conservative than Nikki Haley–and are just as irrational.

The fact is that by failing to uphold the principles of conservatism that it has claimed to champion for the last fifty years–by engaging in this cultural genocide of the American South through largely Republican governors, county commissioners, and mayors–the Republican Party has betrayed the trust of its loyal Southern base.

Let me also add that it does no good to guard against federal-government infringement of our rights as U.S. citizens, if we allow our state and local governments to infringe on these same rights.

Our federal government has been infringing on our rights for a very long time–and it is well that we guard against further infringement, and hold it accountable for current infringement.

Yet this trend of targeting red herrings to dodge the issue of gun regulation is not being carried out by our federal government at all–but by our state and local governments.

It is our state and local governments that are indirectly infringing on our right to freedom of speech by censoring Confederate flags and destroying Confederate memorials.

And it is our state and local governments that are indirectly infringing on our right to freedom of religion by passing laws to keep Syrian refugees out of their jurisdictions simply because they are Muslim.

Our right to keep and bear arms is as important as every other right guaranteed us in our Bill of Rights.

But if we lose our right to freedom of speech, our right to freedom of religion, and every other right guaranteed us in our Bill of Rights–by overzealously guarding our right to keep and bear arms, and leaving every other right wide open to infringement–what good will our right to keep and bear arms be to us?

Likewise, our federal government is as potentially dangerous to every right guaranteed us in our Bill of Rights as our state and local governments are.

But if we lose our right to freedom of speech, our right to freedom of religion, and every other right guaranteed us in our Bill of Rights–by overzealously guarding against infringement of these rights by our federal government, and leaving them wide open to infringement by our state and local governments–what difference will it make?

“MY PARTY, RIGHT OR WRONG” IS DANGEROUS THINKING

I’ve never seen such a travesty of a presidential campaign in my life.  The American press–now the Instigator of the People–is rolling in the dough with this one.

As aforementioned, there is no way in hell Donald Trump is going to be President of the United States.  The Republican Party is not going to be stupid enough to nominate him–and if he runs as an independent he cannot possibly win.

But I am quite frightened of the idea of Hillary Clinton as President–and Donald Trump is helping her campaign more than anyone else.  It has even been suggested to me that Donald Trump is a plant for the “Hillary” campaign–and this is certainly possible.

I hate the Republican Party as much as I hate the Democratic Party.

But it concerns me that the Republican Party cannot get its act together.  As much as I hate the Republican Party, I don’t want to see it fall apart.  Because if it does, there will just be one major political party remaining–and this nation will be closer than ever to a one-party, totalitarian state.

Political parties were not expected to develop, in the first place.  There were no political parties when George Washington was elected as our first president–and he was dismayed to see, during his second term, the government he had fought for and helped to establish already unraveling into factions (which were later to be called “parties”).

Yet if these factions would have been outlawed–then we would have had a one-party state way back then.  So political factions–political parties–had to be tolerated.

Now if both the Republican and Democratic Parties unraveled on their own, this would not be so bad.  But the Democratic Party is not about to unravel–it’s as strong as ever.

And this is why you Republican voters need to stop supporting Donald Trump, and start seriously considering the real Republican candidates.  Donald Trump is not a Republican, he is an impostor.  And if Donald Trump were to run as an independent, he would be an impostor.

And though Hillary Clinton is arguably as self-serving as Donald Trump, she is not an impostor–she’s an honest-to-God Democrat.  Yet she has as much character as her husband–which isn’t saying much.

But this post is addressed primarily to Republican voters.

You Republican voters in the South need especially to consider your loyalty to the Republican Party.  In assaulting the history, heritage, and culture of the American South, by censoring (through state and local Republican politicians) the Confederate Flag, and beginning a campaign to eliminate all traces of the Confederate States of America, the Republican Party has betrayed you.  I would suggest you change your voting status to independent–as I did in 2003, when George W. Bush betrayed the trust of the American People by sending troops to Iraq without just cause, and without any consideration for American troops in Iraq or Afghanistan, not to mention Afghan and Iraqi civilians.

But if you choose to remain loyal to the Republican Party–I urge you to demand of your Republican leaders that they stop this assault on your Southern history, heritage, and culture.

The Republican Party needs to get that goddamned clown, Donald Trump, out of the way, and get its act together.

But this won’t happen if Republican voters don’t demand it of their chosen political party.

If you are a card-carrying Democratic voter, you need to stop accepting the whole Democratic package, and start holding the Democratic Party accountable for its policies that you don’t support.

If you are a card-carrying Republican voter, you need to stop accepting the whole Republican package, and start holding the Republican Party accountable for its policies that you don’t support.

And of course if you are a citizen of the United States, you need to stop accepting the whole United States package, and start holding the United States accountable for its policies that you don’t support.

Just as “my country, right or wrong” is dangerous thinking, “my party, right or wrong” is dangerous thinking.

NOW THAT THE MIDTERM ELECTION IS OVER . . .

IT IS IMPERATIVE THAT WE DECIDE TO ELECT AN INDEPENDENT PRESIDENT IN 2016.

I voted Republican for my district of the U.S. House of Representatives this time.  And I’m glad the Republicans  have a majority in the Senate and House of Representatives now.  President Obama has turned out to be even more of a monster than George W. Bush was.  Every midterm election, we have to do damage control.  In 2006, we had to vote Democrats into both houses of Congress because the Republican Party was dangerously out of control.  Now we’ve just had to vote Republicans into both houses of Congress because the Democratic Party was dangerously out of control.

How many more midterm elections are going to be this way–how many more times are we going to have to vote members of the opposing party to the President into both houses of Congress because his party is dangerously out of control?  This is damage control–how many more times are we going to have to do this?

If the President were independent (not affiliated with any political party), we wouldn’t have to do this at all.

We had an opportunity to elect an independent president in 1992.  His name was Ross Perot, and I voted for him (my first presidential vote)–not because I disliked Bush or Clinton, but because I felt that the President should not be affiliated with any political party.

If you voted for George H.W. Bush in 1992, you made a big mistake.

If you voted for Bill Clinton in 1992, you made a big mistake.

Don’t make the same mistake in 2016.

As aforementioned, both the Republican and Democratic Parties have taken our government away from us.

And the only way we can begin to take it back is to elect an independent president in 2016.

Honestly, if I had the money for a campaign, I’d be ethically obligated to run for president myself, as an independent.  But I don’t.

Ross Perot did.  Let’s hope to God another independent candidate does.

I’m not talking about a third party–I’m talking about no party affiliation at all.

There is room for different political parties in Congress, but not in the Presidency.  Because the President is just one person.  That makes all the difference in the world.  The President of the United States is only one person–yet he has as much power as both houses of the United States Congress.  This is why it is imperative that the President not be affiliated with any political party.  Even an independent president may be somewhat biased toward one party or another–but not nearly as much as a Republican or Democratic president.

George Washington was the only independent president the United States has ever had–and this is just one reason he was the best president the United States has ever had.

There were no political parties when George Washington was elected as our first president.  And toward the end of his second term, he was dismayed to see the government he had helped to establish already unraveling into political parties.

Our government was never meant to be fractured into political parties–this is something our country’s founders never anticipated.  And I am certain that they would be appalled, not only that the United States Government has fractured into political parties, but that these parties are now so polarized–not to mention extremist, corrupt, and dangerously powerful.

Both the Republican and Democratic Parties have taken our government away from us.  And the only way we can begin to take it back is to elect an independent president in 2016.


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