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HISTORY, CIVICS, AND PERSONAL RESPONSIBILITY PART 3

HISTORY, CIVICS, AND PERSONAL RESPONSIBILITY PART 2

HISTORY, CIVICS, AND PERSONAL RESPONSIBILITY PART 1

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

WHY I’M CRAZY

I’m crazy because I choose not to have a cellphone or smartphone.

I’m crazy because I choose not to have a Facebook or Twitter account.

I’m crazy because I literally use Digital-Age technology to condemn the Digital Age.

I’m crazy because I believe this Digital Age is the end of the world.

I’m crazy because I wear T-shirts with images and statements that bring awareness to timely and important issues and subjects.

I’m crazy because I care about the world outside my own, little life.

I’m crazy because I become more interested in the lives of others, as others become less interested in my life.

I’m crazy because I care what is right, not who is right.

I’m crazy because I care about anything at all.

I’m crazy because I bring politicians to task when they infringe on my rights or the rights of others.

I’m crazy because I bring corporations to task when they infringe on my rights or the rights of others.

I’m crazy because I bring private citizens to task when they infringe on my rights or the rights of others.

I’m crazy because I really do fight a never-ending battle for truth, justice—and what should be the American way.

I’m crazy because I choose to remain human, as my fellow human beings choose to become more and more inhuman.

I’m crazy because I choose not to be ignorant.

I’m crazy because I choose not to be apathetic.

I’m crazy because I choose not to be complacent.

I’m crazy because I choose not to be shallow.

I’m crazy because I hate self-righteousness more than anything else.

I’m crazy because I hate hypocrisy more than anything but self-righteousness.

I’m crazy because I hate shallowness more than anything but self-righteousness and hypocrisy.

I’m crazy because I’m determined to be fair, no matter what.

I’m crazy because I’m determined to be truthful, no matter what.

I’m crazy because I want to make America greater than ever—not just great again.

I’m crazy because I realize that a nation’s greatness lies in all of its capabilities—not just its military and economic ones.

I’m crazy because I realize that this posthumous extermination of the Confederate States of America is the greatest threat the United States of America has ever faced.

I’m crazy because I realize that my country’s support of the modern state of Israel is hurting the American people, not just the Palestinian people—and that in standing up for the rights of the Palestinian people, we stand up for the rights of the American people.

I’m crazy because the only political office in which I am the least bit interested is the presidency—not because I want to be president, but because I realize how urgently our country needs another independent president (we’ve had one before—his name was George Washington).

I’m crazy because I’m a proud independent voter who is trying his best to persuade as many Democratic voters as possible to abandon the Democratic Party—and as many Republican voters as possible to abandon the Republican Party.

I’m crazy because I’m a proud descendant of Confederate veterans who fought for neither slavery nor states’ rights—but simply to protect their homes and families from an overwhelmingly powerful, invading army.

I’m crazy because I realize that the only Americans who have the right to be here, simply because they were born here, are the Native Americans—that everyone else should prove their worthiness to remain here (they can stop taking their constitutional rights for granted, and stop taking their prosperity for granted).

I’m crazy because I know that the majority of federal land in the United States is being used for nothing but protection of native animals, after the native people have been removed from it—and that the only way our federal government can begin to set things right with the Native Americans is to return all that federal wildlife refuge land to the Native Americans of all tribes.

I’m crazy because I know that historical flags and monuments need to stay up—and that the only things that need to come down in this country are cell towers.

I’m crazy because I want my fellow human beings to get rid of their cellphones and smartphones—and be human again.

I’m crazy because I want my fellow human beings to close their Facebook and Twitter accounts—and be human again.

I’m crazy because I know that the more I lose, the less I have to lose.

I’m crazy because the more shit happens, the more I am willing to do to prevent more shit from happening.

I’m crazy because I know that I will eventually have a heart attack, a stroke, or a very bad accident—and all I ask of my Creator is that I don’t survive it.

I’m crazy because I would rather die an honest-to-God martyr than a patient in a nursing home who doesn’t even know who he is.

I’m crazy because there is nothing in this world I hate more (not even self-righteousness, hypocrisy, or shallowness) than this time—this Goddamned Digital Age.

I’m crazy because I realize the only way to escape a time is to die—and I so look forward to my death, for this reason.

I’m crazy because I choose not to go along with the mindless, Digital-Age herd.

I’m crazy because I choose to become more and more mindful, as those around me become more and more mindless.

I’m crazy because I don’t support censorship—I oppose censorship.

I’m crazy because I don’t oppose freedom of speech—I support freedom of speech.

I’m crazy because I know that my message is more important than I.

I’m crazy because I know that my message is more important than my life.

I’m crazy because I choose not to be stupid.

And I’d rather be crazy than stupid.

MONEY IS A MEANS TO AN END—NOT AN END

I have a bachelor of arts degree, and a year of graduate studies, from the University of South Alabama, in the field of English and creative writing.

No, I can’t get a job with this degree.

No, I can’t earn money with this degree.

But I do use it—I use it constantly.

I’m somewhat concerned about the financial prospects of young people who are earning degrees in non-lucrative fields, such as mine.

Yet I’m especially concerned about the intellectual and spiritual prospects of young people who are earning degrees in highly lucrative fields, such as medicine and Internet technology.

Because young people who are earning degrees in non-lucrative fields, such as mine, are almost always earning these degrees for all the right reasons.

And young people who are earning degrees in highly lucrative fields, such as medicine and Internet technology, are almost never earning these degrees for all the right reasons.

And besides, I am not desperately poor because I have a degree in English and creative writing—I am desperately poor for reasons that have nothing to do with my degree.

Yet I apply my degree constantly, tirelessly, and very purposefully.

Money is a means to an end—not an end.

RIGHT HERE, RIGHT NOW

We the People of the West Florida Literary Federation are taking our organization back—right here, right now.

We the People of Pensacola, Florida, are taking our city back—right here, right now.

We the People of Escambia County, Florida, are taking our county back—right here, right now.

We the People of Florida are taking our state back—right here, right now.

We the People of the Southern United States are taking our region back—right here, right now.

We the People of the United States of America are taking our country back—right here, right now.

We the People of the world we call Earth are taking our world back—right here, right now.

AGGRESSIVELY CENSORED AND SUPPRESSED

No weather forecast in the world has that hurricane landing anywhere near Escambia County, Florida.

But countless Escambia County, Florida residents don’t know this—because they never watch the local television news.

They rely on Facebook and Twitter for all of their (mis)information.

And they are mindlessly panicking because they do.

And because of their mindlessness, those of us who drink bottled water on a daily basis cannot acquire any, here in Escambia County, Florida.

The mindless cellphone and smartphone addicts are buying up all our water.

The mindless Facebook and Twitter addicts are buying up all our water.

Before this mindless Digital Age, we only had to prepare for hurricanes.

Now we have to prepare, not for hurricanes, but mindless panic over hurricanes.

Mindless panic caused by unrestrained Digital-Age technology.

Mindless panic caused by people who are too stupid to get rid of their mindless cellphones and smartphones—and get landline phones again.

Mindless panic caused by people who are too stupid to close their Facebook and Twitter accounts—and use blogs to get their messages across.

The day is coming when people will be killed, not by natural disasters, but by mindless panic over natural disasters—perpetuated by mindless addiction to cellphones and smartphones, and mindless reliance on Facebook and Twitter.

People will be killed simply because other people are too stupid to get rid of their cellphones and smartphones, and too stupid to close their Facebook and Twitter accounts.

Yet all honest reflection on dealing with the Goddamned Digital Age is aggressively censored and suppressed.

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.

WHAT GOD MIGHT SAY

I am the Lord thy God–thou shalt have no other gods before me.

That includes Jesus–thou shalt not have Jesus before me.

That includes yourself–thou shalt not have yourself before me.

That includes your spouse–thou shalt not have your spouse before me.

That includes your significant other–thou shalt not have your significant other before me.

That includes your friends–thou shalt not have your friends before me.

That includes your parents–thou shalt not have your parents before me.

That includes your children–thou shalt not have your children before me.

That includes your siblings–thou shalt not have your siblings before me.

That includes your career–thou shalt not have your career before me.

That includes your money–thou shalt not have your money before me.

That includes your possessions–thou shalt not have your possessions before me.

That includes your cellphone–thou shalt not have your cellphone before me.

That includes your smartphone–thou shalt not have your smartphone before me.

That includes Facebook–thou shalt not have Facebook before me.

That includes Twitter–thou shalt not have Twitter before me.

That includes all cellular technology–thou shalt not have any cellular technology before me.

That includes all social media–thou shalt not have any social media before me.

That includes all Digital-Age technology–thou shalt not have any Digital-Age technology before me.

That includes everyone–thou shalt not have anyone before me.

That includes everything–thou shalt not have anything before me.


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