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HISTORY, CIVICS, AND PERSONAL RESPONSIBILITY PART 1

HISTORY, CIVICS, AND PERSONAL RESPONSIBILITY PART 2

HISTORY, CIVICS, AND PERSONAL RESPONSIBILITY PART 3

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

NOT JUST TRUMP

“…You know, I’m automatically attracted to gullible–I just start manipulating them.  It’s like a magnet.  Just manipulate.  I don’t even wait.  And when you’re a politician, they let you do it.  You can do anything.”

“…Grab ’em by the balls.  You can do anything…”

Not Just Trump

STATE OF A UNION ENDANGERED BY ITSELF

[This was originally posted January 25, 2015]

I didn’t listen to Obama’s State of the Union Address–words mean nothing from a politician.  I did see, however that the now-Republican-majority Congress invited Netanyahu to address it, without consulting the President first.  I helped vote-in this now-Republican-majority.  Because the Democratic Party was getting dangerously out of control.  Yet look at the stunts this now-Republican-majority Congress is already pulling.  It wants to allow Canada to use the United States simply as a thoroughfare for an oil pipeline that would go straight to the Gulf of Mexico–so that the oil could be shipped directly to Communist China.  This is not in America’s interest–and I hope Obama vetoes this proposed bill, as he promises to do.  On the other hand, Obama proposes a tax break for the middle class, and a tax hike for the ultra-rich–a proposal that would definitely be in America’s interest.  Of course the Republican Congress opposes this–so it probably won’t be enacted.  And, as indicated, the Republican Congress is already courting the Zionist Nazi Netanyahu–obviously to gain favor of Zionist Christians in the United States (the so-called Religious Right).  Then on the other hand again, Alabama, my home state, is the latest casualty in the Federal Government’s war on the states–the latest state to have a federal judge strike down its residents-voted-in affirmation of marriage as being a union between members of opposite sexes only.  This is definitely the Democrats’ doing–almost certainly coming from the Obama Administration.

I have already begun, as best I can, to emphasize to my fellow Americans, the urgent need for an independent President of the United States–not a Republican, not a Democrat, not even a member of a third party–an independent President (no party affiliation whatsoever).  Only an independent President can temper this extremism in different directions by both the Republican and Democratic Parties–two sides of the same diabolical coin.  And I have been told this will never happen–that Americans will never stop choosing between two diabolical political parties, and start thinking outside the box.

And it won’t happen, as long as Americans continue to think it will never happen–and vote either Republican or Democrat, simply out of fear.  If we keep thinking an independent can’t win, an independent can’t win.  Because we will continue to vote according to this defeatist thinking.  But if we start realizing an independent can win if enough of us vote for him (or her), an independent will win.  If enough Americans would have voted for Ross Perot in 1992, he would have become our nation’s second independent President (Washington was the first).

The Republican Party couldn’t care less about the Unites States–the Republican Party only cares about itself.  The Democratic Party couldn’t care less about the United States–the Democratic Party only cares about itself.

ISIS claims to care about Islam.  It doesn’t–it only cares about itself.  Al-Qaida claims to care about Islam.  It doesn’t–it only cares about itself.  Boko Haram claims to care about Islam.  It doesn’t–it only cares about itself.  We all know these three entities are totally self-serving.

But when are we going to realize that the two political parties that control our government are essentially no different from the above terrorist groups?  No, the Republican Party is not a terrorist group–but it is totally self-serving.  And no, the Democratic Party is not a terrorist group–but it is totally self-serving.  What is the difference, in the end?

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.

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.


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