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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

IF YOU ARE PART OF THE PROBLEM, YOU CANNOT BE PART OF THE SOLUTION

It is not necessarily true that if you are not part of the solution, you are part of the problem.

But it is certainly true that if you are part of the problem, you cannot be part of the solution.

So if you are part of the mass addiction to mobile devices (cellphones, iPhones, and smartphones), you cannot be part of the solution to the problem of the mass addiction to mobile devices.

And if you are part of the mass dependence on social media (Facebook, Twitter, Myspace, LinkedIn, et al.), you cannot be part of the solution to the problem of the mass dependence on social media.

And if you are part of the mass devotion to political parties and factions (Democratic, Republican, et al.), you cannot be part of the solution to the problem of the mass devotion to political parties and factions.

If you are part of the problem, you cannot be part of the solution.

NO TRUTH, NO JUSTICE

Truth and justice are both important.

But though we can have truth without justice, we cannot have justice without truth.

Because all injustice is a product of falsehood–misinformation, misunderstanding, misrepresentation, lies, half-truths, unsubstantiated rumors, deception, deceit, dishonesty, rash assumptions, rash conclusions, rash judgments, manipulation of facts, disguising opinions as facts, interpolation, censorship, ignorance.

So as important as justice is, truth is arguably more important.

Because we cannot have justice without truth.

Truth.

Truth, no matter how much it hurts.

Truth, no matter whom it hurts–even ourselves.

Truth, no matter what.

Truth at all costs.

NO TRUTH, NO JUSTICE.

ANOTHER REASON TO PULL THE PLUG

For a general overview of this Digital-Age hell, read George Orwell’s 1984 and Aldous Huxley’s Brave New World (along with countless other literary and cinematic classics).

And for a parody of the place of spectator sport in this Digital-Age hell, read E.B. White’s “The Decline of Sport”.

Yes, spectator sport is as much like war as ever–possibly moreso in this Digital-Age hell.

Yet another development has taken place–definitely more serious than ever in this Digital-Age hell.

War has become a spectator sport.

Another reason to pull the plug on this Digital-Age hell–to shut down the entire Digital-Age system worldwide–somehow.

HILLARY CLINTON IS ALL ABOUT NO ONE BUT HILLARY CLINTON

Ever since this sick joke of a U.S. presidential campaign began, Hillary Clinton has been advertising herself as Hillary, instead of Clinton.  Even now that she has selected Tim Kaine to be her running mate, and he has accepted the Democratic vice-presidential nomination, she still advertises herself only, and herself only as Hillary, instead of Clinton.

Hillary Clinton should have advertised herself as Clinton, or Hillary Clinton, from the beginning.  And she should now be advertising herself and her running mate as Clinton-Kaine (like Trump-Pence).

There are at least two reasons Hillary Clinton–a politician of the lowest order–has done this.

Hillary Clinton wants us to forget her husband Bill Clinton–a U.S. president whose legacy is questionable, at best.  (She could even have advertised herself as Rodham Clinton).  She doesn’t want us to realize that her married name is Clinton.

And Hillary Clinton doesn’t even want us to acknowledge Tim Kaine as the running mate she selected–and as the Democratic vice-presidential nominee.  She doesn’t want us to realize there is anyone else but her–that anyone else even matters.

It has been Hillary, from the beginning–not Hillary Clinton, Clinton, or even Rodham Clinton.  And it remains Hillary–not Clinton-Kaine, or even Hillary Clinton-Tim Kaine.

Hillary Clinton is all about no one but Hillary Clinton.

MAKING AN ASS OF YOU AND ME

We know that Micah Xavier Johnson killed five police officers because of their race–he had made his motive clear in statements he’d written.

But we don’t know that Alton Sterling was killed because of his race.

And we don’t know that Philando Castile was killed because of his race.

And unless the officers involved in those shootings state that they were racially motivated, we cannot fairly conclude that they were.

For all we know, if Alton Sterling had been of the same race as the officer who shot him, he would still be dead.

And for all we know, if Philando Castile had been of the same race as the officer who shot him, he would still be dead.

We assume that these two men were killed because of their race–but we do not know this.

Years ago, in an Introduction to Oriental Philosophy class, I was introduced to a play on the word assume.

ASSUME

ASS-U-ME

MAKE AN ASS OF YOU AND ME

The person who videoed the shooting of Alton Sterling did not make an ass of you and me.

Diamond Reynolds did not make an ass of you and me.

But the press did.

The fact is that the press has been making an ass of you and me for a very long time.

It made an ass of you and me in 1991–by showing a heavily edited cut of the videotaped Rodney King incident.  But this didn’t last.

It made an ass of you and me during the entire trial of O.J. Simpson.  But this didn’t last.

It made an ass of you and me in the wake of the Trayvon Martin incident.  But this didn’t last.

And the press made an ass of you and me in the wake of the Ferguson, Missouri incident.  And this lasted–and it still lasts.

The press has been playing the race card ever since the Ferguson incident–inserting race into every incident, leading you and me to assume that it had everything to do with race.

The Zionist Jews who control the American press are motivated by nothing but money–except in matters of their home base, the Zionist State (Israel).  Only in their Israeli-biased depiction of the “Arab-Israeli Conflict” are the Zionist Jews who control the American press motivated by anything other than money.

Interestingly, the Zionist Jews who control the American press pander to the political right in all matters regarding the Zionist State.  But in all other matters, the Zionist Jews who control the American press pander to the political left.

The press has been accused, time and again, of being liberal (pandering to the political left)–that is nothing new.

What’s new is that the press is now sensationalistic–and has been since 1991.

Those hoping to escape the “liberal” press turn to Fox News.

And though Fox News may be conservative, it is every bit as sensationalistic as CNN, or any other “liberal” news network (Fox News is controlled by the same Zionist Jews who control the “liberal” networks).

I only trust PBS and NPR for my news.  These are controlled by Jews too, but not necessarily Zionist Jews.  And because they don’t have to turn a profit (they’re public media) they’re not motivated to use sensationalism in their news broadcasts.  Because the federal government has begun cutting funding to public media, PBS and NPR have begun to rely on advertising–so eventually, they’ll no longer be public.  But as long as both networks are public, in the least, I’ll trust only them for the least biased, least sensationalistic news.

Back on topic, though:

The commercial press–which is the press, in general–has been exploiting the hell out of every questionable police incident since 1991.  And this coincides with the rise of Digital-Age technology (the dawn of the Digital Age).  It is the press that makes an ass of you and me by leading you and me to assume that every questionable police incident is racially motivated. It is the press that makes an ass of you and me by exploiting the Internet, and showing and reporting every questionable police incident–over and over again–leading you and me to assume that all questionable police incidents are racially motivated, and that all cops are bad.

Our First-Amendment right to freedom of the press belongs to all of us.  But our press is owned and controlled by only a few of us.

Our government cannot control our press because we would lose our right to freedom of the press that way.

But our press is controlling us because we are letting it.  We are not questioning our press–and this is how our press is making an ass of you and me.

And until we start holding our press accountable–until we start questioning every Trojan horse our press presents us–it will continue to do so.

PEER PRESSURE AT ITS WORST

I’m the only blogger I know who constantly condemns the Digital Age–using Digital-Age technology to condemn Digital-Age technology.

I especially condemn the mass addiction to mobile devices and social media.

In subjugated societies, like that of Occupied Palestine, mobile devices and social media give oppressed people a way to show the rest of the world just how oppressive their occupying governments are.

But in free societies, like that of the United States (arguably the freest society in the world), mobile devices and social media make the people oblivious to everything and everyone around them–and condition the people to simply feel, rather than think, and simply react, rather than act.

This entire presidential campaign is being driven by social media.

Most Republican voters who voted for Donald Trump in the primaries chose him not because of what he said, but because of what was said about him on social media.

Most Democratic voters who voted for Hillary Clinton in the primaries chose her not because of what she said, but because of what was said about her on social media.

This is peer pressure at its worst.  But it’s not just kids giving into peer pressure anymore–it’s Americans of all ages.

The American people are destroying their own country with their ignorance, apathy, and complacency–and their primary weapons for their own country’s self-destruction are their mobile devices and their social media accounts.


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