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HISTORY, CIVICS, AND PERSONAL RESPONSIBILITY PENSACOLA’S FIVE-FLAGS DISPLAYS

HISTORY, CIVICS, AND PERSONAL RESPONSIBILITY PART 2

HISTORY, CIVICS, AND PERSONAL RESPONSIBILITY PART 3

THE SCHOOL OF RED HERRINGS ON THE HORIZON

“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 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?

A BIZARRE KIND OF BARGAINING

[This was originally posted December 22, 2015]

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?

DRUNKEN POST #11

I started to write “DRUNKEN POST #111”–now that would have been something, huh?  I realize alcohol kills brain cells, but recent scientific research indicates that brain cells can indeed be replaced.  And I only drink alcohol once a week (when I go eat with the Singletons) at most.  Every day I drink coffee, which is far more dangerous for me, since I have high blood pressure.  I drink beer when eating with the Singletons–then drink Irish coffee (coffee with Bailey’s Irish Cream added to it) once I get home.  Mixing caffeine with alcohol?  Don’t do this at home, kids!  But it’s much safer than those combination beer/energy drinks that are becoming popular these days, because you don’t know how much alcohol or caffeine is in those things!  So don’t drink those at all, kids or adults! 

I missed last week’s Singletons dinner, so I’m making up for lost time!  This evening we went to Romano’s Macaroni Grill.  And the food was quite delicious.  When I got home, I drank my Irish coffee with the Chambers Brothers–I mean listening to the extended version of Time Has Come Today.  I had Grieg’s music for “Peer Gynt” in the CD player, but it was just too mellow for me at the time.  So I played the Chambers Brothers CD, and wham!  This extended version of Time Has Come Today is over eleven minutes long–and it’s the most kick-ass psychedelic piece I’ve heard since the extended version of Dazed and Confused from the Led Zeppelin film, The Song Remains the Same!  It’s absolutely wonderful–you’ve got to hear it!

And listening to it, I was reminded of the good side of the Psychedelic Sixties (when I was a only a baby)–you know, before things got so militant.  It was before Charles Manson became a cult figure.  It was before Martin Luther King, Jr. was assassinated and replaced by racists like Jesse Jackson and Louis Farrakhan.  White racist groups are still around today, but they’re not nearly as powerful as Black racist groups.  What’s happened is that the Black racist groups have become accepted into mainstream society, thus have no need to resort to violence.  Racism is racism, people!  The NAACP is as racist as the Ku Klux Klan, yet is accepted as if it were not.  Our society condemns White-on-Black crime–as it should–but condones Black-on-White crime!

The motivational speaker, Zig Ziglar, writes:  “Fair play seeks what is right, not who is right.”  And the reason the U.S. is so messed up is that most Americans–of every race–don’t care what is right, but who is right!  That’s what’s behind this upcoming election.  Everyone takes sides–Republican or Democrat.  As I’ve stated before, both parties have become equally extremist, corrupt, and powerful.  I wish there were an Independent candidate running this year who had at least as much of a chance as Ross Perot did in 1992.  But there isn’t–so I plan to vote for Obama.  We don’t elect individuals anymore, we elect parties!  And Independents like me have to play the two equally bad parties against one another!  As long as the United States refuses to consider a moderate third party, or an Independent president–it will continue going to hell!  But you know this, already, if you’re reading this.

Let me mention one more thing before I forget it: Black Muslims are not Muslim!  And the Nation of Islam is not Muslim!  There are certainly Black people who are truly Muslim.  But Black militants, like Farrakhan, are not Muslim for this reason:  They don’t believe that Muhammad was the founder of Islam.  They believe that the Arabs stole Islam from the Sub-Saharan Africans (Black people), and that Muhammad had nothing to do with it. 

One’s religion is based on his/her beliefs, not his/her actions.  If you don’t believe in the words of John 3:16 (“For God so loved the world that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life”) you are not Christian, no matter what you do.  Likewise, if you don’t believe in the principal doctrine of Islam (“There is but one God, and Muhammad is his prophet”), you are not Muslim, no matter what you do.

Malcolm X was assassinated because, after he visited Saudi Arabia, and discovered what true Islam was about (that it was a religion of peace, not hatred and violence), he came back a changed man.  And his former followers killed him, because they didn’t want him to tell the world the truth!

I am not Christian or Muslim.  I belong to no organized religion.  But if you want to belong to an organized religion, you must believe in its primary doctrine.  Otherwise, you cannot belong to it, no matter what you do.  And since no one has control over his/her beliefs, no one has a choice regarding his/her spirituality.

As stated before, this is what I believe:

God is not limited to one system of beliefs;  God’s word is not limited to one form of communication.  God is beyond anything we humans can imagine, classify, or manipulate.  In attempting to limit God, we only limit ourselves.

In other words, our Creator is not biased toward one religion or another–our Creator is not religious.  Our Creator has no ego.  Our Creator hears the prayers of all people, if our Creator hears prayers at all.  Our Creator is not human.  Our Creator is not inhuman.  Our Creator is beyond human–so far beyond human that we cannot possibly conceive the true nature of our Creator.  Yet the “good news” is this:  We can communicate with our Creator.  We humans are the only species on Earth, at this time, that can communicate with our Creator–that has the capacity for spirituality.  We don’t need an intermediary (a “Christ”), we don’t need to have a particular view of the Creator (as organized religion prescribes).  We can simply talk to the Creator anytime, anywhere.  Whether the Creator listens to us, we cannot know.  But we can talk to the Creator, regardless.  Spirituality is innate in our species, religion is not.  Organized religion is an innovation of man, not God.  You don’t believe me?  Watch a child–any child, in any part of the world–talk to the Creator before he/she can even understand the religion of his/her parents.  Jesus (who, I believe, had absolutely nothing to do with Christianity) said it best–that we can only approach the Creator as a child does.

Yet I move on.  I want to apologize to my fellow bloggers for not reading your posts, as of late.  It is simply because I’ve been so involved with this online dating again.  I did the same the last time I tried it, with a different site.  It takes so much time to attempt to woo women with whom I have little to no chance, in the first place.  If only Jocelyn, at Hardees, would have accepted my invitation…but she didn’t.  If only Desiree, at my credit union, would have accepted my invitation…But she didn’t–they didn’t.  So now I’m “fishing” again.  There was a brief lull in my loneliness when I had my dogs–first Maxx, then Sadie–but neither worked out.  Neither could adjust to my way of life–they were rescue dogs after all.  So though I was less lonely when I had one, then the other, in my house, I was far more anxious (the last straw, in both cases, urinating and/or defecating in my house).  Therefore, I had to return them.  At least I could return them to foster homes–not to shelters. 

Yet still I miss, not those particular dogs, but having a dog.  And a cat I simply cannot tolerate (they’re wonderful pets, until they learn to climb).  Anyway, no animal (I italicize that because we humans are animals ourselves) can replace a human companion, particularly one of the opposite sex.  I’m 46 years old and I’m goddamned tired of having no female companion.  There are millions of potential mates for me (as for anyone else).  But they’re scattered all over the planet, and the nearest could be a thousand miles away.  Worse still, there is no way I can know who the nearest is, even if she lives on my street.  With such odds against us, it is amazing our species has survived at all.

Well, I’m in the mood for Loretta Young.

http://www.loretta-young.com/


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