Make America Great Again! …even if we don’t.

Behold!  I have come out of hibernation, and have decided that it is time to get my write on.  It’s been a busy year, and you’d think that it would have been my busiest year ever as far as blogging is concerned, but no– I took a break, that turned into a year-long sabbatical.  There was plenty to write about in the realm of the race debate too, but alas, the motivation just wasn’t there for me.  So, to the few of you who do follow regularly, I appreciate the support you gave me while I was going strong.  Perhaps recent events will reignite that spark I once had.

But on to other things.  Let’s talk about Trump, and why he’s a breath of fresh air (GASP!– yes, a breath of fresh air).

Is there a benefit to the discussion on race that I feel Trump is uniquely able to bring to the table?  Yes, I do, but let’s look at this with a bigger lens.

Contrary to the nonsense we all got to hear Hillary spout at the DNC Convention last week, the country is not in great shape.  It’s not doomsday of course as some contend, but the last decade or so hasn’t been awesome.  “Hope and change”, as many predicted, was just a buzzphrase that has fallen flat.  From listening to Hillary, one would think that President Obama has been the anointed one that he was proclaimed to be in 2008 and has delivered success from every angle; nothing is wrong, people are making cash, getting jobs, feeding their families, getting that health insurance, and more.  The Democrats did everything perfectly while everyone else is on the wrong side of history.  Climate change is 100% real and it’s “settled science”, despite nothing ever being settled science.  No, of course there was no scandal with regard to conservative organizations and their scrutiny from the IRS, no, the Iran deal was great, no, that wasn’t terrorism that was workplace violence, and of course ISIS is still the JV team!  Did you ever notice that when he, and now Hillary, speak of creating “new jobs”, they never talk about all of the jobs that were lost in the process?  Did you ever notice that when shit hits the fan, the President had to hear or learn about it from television, or, have his spokesperson tell us that the television is how the White House learns about how it has screwed something up?

You see, people have taken notice of this garbage, and it’s called raw, unadulterated spin.  And even more so than Obama, Hillary Clinton is the master of spin.  This accounts for only part of Trump’s success so far- the fact that people just cannot bring themselves to like the woman because she’s built her career on meandering streams of bullshit.  That is what every Clinton has done to remain powerful, and it’s what the public knows she, as is natural to a Clinton, will do as President.

Donald Trump isn’t a politician- or at least he wasn’t bred to be one.  Sure, he’s had to be political in his business work, and as a multi-billionaire businessman he’s also had to do his share of schmoozing with politicians on both sides of the aisle; donating to them, and even identifying as one of them.  That is what businesspeople do, so, remind yourselves before posting yet another video on Facebook of Trump talking about his love for the Clintons that no one supporting Trump today really cares.  The support for Donald Trump transcends the -R that is currently attached to his name, and the funny part is those of you who hate Trump today hate Republicans anyway, so why even pretend that Trump’s speaking of his former liberal stances is going to somehow enlighten people?

Again– no. one. cares.

The strength behind the support of Donald Trump is significantly drawn from the belief that President Obama has been incredibly weak.  And I do not mean the weakest President, or the weakest politician, but as the weakest man.  From ridiculous deals with foreign enemies, to ransom payments, to “I only heard about it on the news”, the Obama Administration has taken stances from positions of utter weakness more than any other.  Frankly, it’s embarrassing.  When Trump says “we don’t win anymore”, it’s not him being brash, it’s an understatement.

Further, much of the nation has felt alienated by the numerous occasions wherein the President has gotten up in front of the nation, with a mic, and has latched on to race-baiting hysteria absent of any evidence.  He spoke about Michael Brown but hours after the event unfolded, and a city nearly burned to the ground because of it.  We now know that the entire “hands up don’t shoot” charade was a lie, and that forensic evidence and eyewitnesses proved as much.  During his first campaign, Michelle Obama spoke of the reality that the President could be shot while walking down the street, just like that, insinuating that this could occur because of the color of his skin.  NEVER MIND the fact that the President hails from Chicago, where black men and women are shot and killed every single day and in huge numbers.

Mr. President, you and your wife have enjoyed more “white privilege” than every white man and woman in this country combined.  The public didn’t buy your words while you were reacting to a petulant social movement, and they surely don’t appreciate it now that you continue to push such narratives built upon twigs.

These were but a few examples of things that ultimately opened up the door for Trump in 2016.  Some say that if Trump wins, he’ll have Hillary Clinton to thank as she’s so unlikeable.  On this point I agree, but, there is much to be said of the President’s contribution to the Make America Great Again cause.

However, it’s not as if Trump can just stand there and win himself an election like President Obama basically did in 2012.  He can ride the momentum of the failures who have led us for a few terms, and of the legacy of fraud and illegalities that trail behind Hillary Clinton, but he has to make up for the rest of it on his own.  And in that sense, Trump delivers.

Yes, Trump has made foolish statements.  He’s often said wrong things, and even silly things.  Perhaps in the earlier parts of his campaign he himself wasn’t sure if he even stood a chance at getting nominated, but I think it has become very obvious that he’s beginning to wise up to the necessity of surrounding himself with individuals who actually understand that a campaign needs to be organized.  Trump might speak fondly of himself at times as this is the image of a man who has in essence lived a life of celebrity, but he’s also shown a spirit of humbleness and a readiness to tackle what will easily be his biggest challenge.  His eagerness to give it a shot is apparent, and in that regard people trust that he will seek the advice of competent people to help him build an administration of motivated and good-intentioned, competent people.  Your average American doesn’t sit around thinking “Oh boy, I wonder who the President will tap for Secretary of State”, and the same could be said of those who support Trump.  The difference between Trump’s supporters and Hillary’s, however, is that Trump has the trust of his people, whereas even the most loyal Clintonite couldn’t tell you, with a straight face, that they would trust she could appoint people to her cabinet sans cronyism, some flavor of a scheme, or even a payoff in exchange for unfettered support for whatever she plans to do.  The Clintons have made a career out of straddling legal issues and they’ve escaped unscathed.  Even when they explicitly ignore legal restrictions, it doesn’t stop them.  Why would it stop now, of all times?

If a Hillary supporter tells you they trust her, they are lying to your face.  It’s really that simple.  They might vote for her anyway, but everyone knows that unlike Trump supporters who remain hopeful, they, are just plain scared.

It is true that Hillary was always a more center-leaning Democrat, much like her husband.  Her step to the left in response to the pressure put on by the Sanders campaign tells you not that she is willing to accept and compromise with those on the left, but that she will literally do anything it takes to take power and keep it.  This might make her a successful politician, but it doesn’t connect her to any of the little people.  Hillary Clinton would sacrifice her grandchild to Satan if the Presidency was guaranteed.  Her potential voters know that the decision to sacrifice them would be that much easier to make.

The support Hillary has received from the President is also something the public sees through, and while the President and Hillary have made things work for the sake of the party lately, what people fail to grasp is the fact that the Obamas and Clintons hate each other.  The Clintons are the old school, and the Obamas are the new school.  If Obama hadn’t hit the scene until 2016, he could have gotten away with being more like Bernie.  If Obama went head-to-head with Clinton for the DNC’s nominations in the 90s, he’d have never stood a chance.  Obama knows that a Republican presidency would not only tarnish his work (which would be an improvement on his work, of course), but it would hinder the chances of – now wait, this will be a bold claim, but mark my words on this one- Michelle running for office, if not the Presidency, after Hillary’s stint as the left’s messiah ends.  Yes, I said it- President Obama II, right after Clinton II.  Write that down.

Donald Trump, despite the speedbumps, tiptoes around all of this nonsense.  He isn’t funded by billionaires like Hillary has always been, he doesn’t care about what sounds good or looks good to entirely irrelevant entities (LIKE NORWAY- yes, Norway.  Not sorry, Bernie, Norway is an irrelevant nation.).  He doesn’t care about the feelings he hurts because he knows that progress as a nation doesn’t depend upon pleasing everyone all the time, and if there is anyone that seems ready to stand up to the establishment, stare it in the face, and tear it down, it is but one Donald J. Trump.

The reformation the Republicans are going through with people taking a noble idea such as the Tea Party and ruining it will happen to the Democrats in five or ten years time when younger “democratic socialists” (not actually a thing) become mainstream.  Democrats pretend like they want Republicans to change, but in reality they want them to stay just where they are: disoriented, unfocused, and unwilling to win.  In a few years while attempting to maintain a grasp on old-school, “Blue Dog” Democratic ideals, the same schism will hit the Democratic Party.

And this is precisely what we need.  For now, Trump satisfies so many question marks and variables.  He even appeals to us Libertarians, who hate everything and everyone.  As a conservative Libertarian that’s worked in the government sector for close to a decade now, and who admires the role of a limited, republican government, even I can admit that Libertarians are hands down the most annoying people to discuss these matters with.  They are unshakeable in their ideals.  Everything is a tin foil hat conspiracy, or aliens, and the government listens to all of your phone calls (they never listened to your phone calls, but that’s another story for another time- and by other people!).  Donald Trump even manages to appeal to them, despite some very strong gains of late from the Libertarian Party’s nominee for President, Gary Johnson.

Americans are tired of the tip-toeing and the bullshit.  They don’t necessarily demand change before some failure occurs, and they don’t even demand that we always “win”.  They just want someone to grow a pair and try.  They know that Donald Trump isn’t a racist, or a bigot, and that he’s probably employed more minorities and women than Hillary Clinton has ever even thought of minorities and women.  They know that he’s going to face questions- tough ones- and do his best to give honest answers.  They suspect that he might even apologize if something goes wrong, take responsibility, or perhaps fire those who might be responsible should the situation warrant it- something the current Administration refuses to consider doing.  They don’t expect perfection, and they really don’t care.  They just want someone to give something new a chance, outside of the influence of political games, interest groups, “charities”, unions, and ridiculous social justice movements.

Progressivism, as always, remains the most influential religion in the United States, and Hillary Clinton is so eager to seize control of the world that she is willing to become the head of its mega church.  Progressivism is a cancer, and Donald is the chemo, and even though many people are a little hesitant to admit it to their friends, family, or coworkers, they’re going to support him.

They’re going to support him now, and they’ll support him in November– not just when Donald J. Trump wins and becomes the 45th President of the United States, but when he wins big.

Make America Great Again!

 

 

Slave Symbolism, on the rocks, hold the revisionist history.

I know at a first glance much of what I write makes me seem like the most arrogant, right-wing nut job on earth, but that simply isn’t the case.  I allude to being of the opinion that Republicans have their issues just as any Democrat, and I stand by that, but the focus of this site is to point out the hypocrisy, ignorance, and lies behind the race debate.  I also know that leftists would wholeheartedly disagree with me (and I don’t give a shit, that’s why I’m writing in the first place), but the Republicans’ problem with regard to race has absolutely nothing to do with what is portrayed in the media, in books, in academia, or in anything in-between.  In that regard, I have no choice but to focus on the left side of the aisle when I refuse to accept or believe the mantra that they somehow went from slave master to masters of equality after passing some legislation (which they spent over a decade filibustering, by the way).

The problem Republicans have- and have had since around the time of Reagan- is one of giving up on trying to secure the black vote…not because of the political consequences of failing to do so, but because it would have been both morally and ethically just from an historical perspective to do everything in their power to win it back from the left.  Republicans freed the slaves, were the cornerstone of the Civil Rights Act’s passage, and were never in the business of storing human beings in their cellars for the purpose of completing handiwork around their houses.  Only Democrats did that, and it would be wise for Republicans to get back to being more up front about the history of their country; the very history that could be the trump card of the race debate in 2015 like nothing else can.

Unfortunately for Republicans, not only did they give up on the black vote, but they also gave up their spines.

With the recent flare ups over race, I felt it was necessary to reiterate my position on race as its woven itself into modern politics.  Nothing about what’s happened in the country today- from Charleston to Ferguson and back- can ever change my position.

The Republican folly was one of omission.  The Democrat folly- which is more like a bank heist than a simple error- was their transposition; their metamorphosis from slave owner, segregator, lyncher, church burner, and beyond to all of those terrible, terrible things repeated in the modern era under the mask of patron saints of civil righteousness.

I have not an ounce of devotion, nor connection to the south and its Confederate heritage, and especially not its flag.  I am a New Yorker by birth, and a northerner I will die.  I care for one flag and one flag only and that is the one which represents its 50 states and its power derived from its people.  But if we are to discuss such things- flags, symbols, etc.- it is important to note something that we so often fail to recognize.  It is even more important to note this considering the environment in which we frame the discussion on race, politically, in the 21st century.

Not every southerner owned, or even supported slavery.  It was a terrible period in our nation’s history and one that we should hope and pray will never be repeated.  But alas, the point of this website and my ramblings is to impress upon people– specifically those who are minorities themselves and worship the nation’s talent pool of left-wing politicians without so much as a question– that, just maybe, slavery never really went away.

So while we cannot say that every southerner owned, or supported the practice of slavery, we surely can accept, apologize and own up to our shadowy history as one nation.  This much, by all means we should do– if that includes removing rebel flags from state buildings, so be it.  However, when it comes to the symbolism behind those dreaded times of enslaving innocent people because of their skin color, it is worth mentioning that it was not the stars and bars of the Confederate flag that stood as the symbol for unanimous support for chains and shackles, but rather a different flag entirely.

That flag, to the disdain of progressives nationwide, looks like this and nothing else:

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The unholy faults of loaded questions

I came across something on Facebook today, linked from a friend, but its content was not as important as its overall message.  To further clarify, I need not link this article here for the purpose of this post is to highlight its underlying (and false) message more than to nitpick a single example.  Beyond that, the article- from its title through its content- was far from unique.  In fact a quick Google search of the article’s title returns nearly 8 million hits– many of which share the exact same title, from different authors, on behalf of different organizations, and from various years.  The articles seek to answer a seemingly simple question:  “Was Jesus a socialist?”

One could take such a question and run with it in a number of directions.  The answer could come from the standpoint of Jesus as a divine being, the son of God, a pacifying and unifying resource of all mankind, and a practitioner of many miracles.  Or, an answer to the question could be derived from an entirely secular perspective– Jesus was a man who has a place in history; a man who led others in many admirable ways, but nonetheless he was a man of flesh and blood more than he was a descendant of the heavens.

Regardless, the perspective by which Jesus is examined within the scope of the question begins with a fundamentally flawed, dangerous, and dishonest premise: that Jesus’ actions, in any way whatsoever, resembled that of socialism in practice.  The point of such articles these days is not to examine the nature by which Jesus practiced charity and grace, rather, their point is to link the concept of socialism with that same charity and selflessness.  This, of course, is a bold-faced lie.

Now, modern socialists often seek to separate the tenets of socialism from the grievances so often witnessed by those societies who have chosen to practice it.  The shift from preaching the supposed goodness of socialism as a political and governmental framework was necessary since socialism has not, and nor will it ever produce results that coincide with the words or good deeds of Jesus whether they be holy or human.  Socialism in practice has never required anything more than the energy of human souls, the sapping of said souls, and the closure of that bond with the loss of life for millions.  There is no connection to socialism practiced by modern man for what Jesus practiced was charity; it required nothing in return but the same good intentions, while socialism requires nothing but a follower’s eventual death when they have nothing left to bring to the table (and in the case of socialism, the only thing brought to the table was labor).

The problem with preaching socialism as charity today is that it operates under a few entirely false assumptions.  One, it makes the assumption that even in the event that all of a human being’s basic survival needs are met, that contention cannot arise; that simply being able to breathe, eat, sleep, and wake up to do it all over again is enough for the average man or woman so long as everyone else gets to experience the same comfort.  This is both unnatural and in its own way inhumane.  In a very subtle way, if you consider wealth as the necessary constant behind being able to accomplish all of those things (the tools for such outcomes need to be paid for somehow), the successful practice of socialism requires one to worship nothing more than something with monetary value.  Of course this only makes sense when one allows themselves to consider that things other than coins and printed bills maintain a monetary value, but the idea behind socialism at its core is that individual wealth simply does not matter– the wealth of the sum is more important than the fact that its moving parts have none.  In actuality, submission to socialism’s ideals require its practitioners to assign a dollar amount- whether theoretical or explicit- to the activities that drive one’s inner peace, allowing them to breathe, eat, sleep and wake up with the exact same goals as the family next door.

This is nothing more than abject ignorance of the innate individuality of mankind; its uniqueness as an entity capable of reason, within the animal kingdom.  The question of whether or not Jesus was a socialist is not only illogical, it is dishonest for it links socialism to all that is good- that it is in some way “Christ-like”.

While the ideals of Christ as taught in the Bible throughout multiple denominations of Christianity, or as taught in lessons of the history of mankind, are all admirable ideals and things people of all walks of life would be nothing but rewarded for emulating, such ideals are not present in socialism as we know it.  It is one thing to speak of socialism as a personal choice as a brand of human interaction in a world removed from profits and losses– an other way of saying that one is “charitable”.  Should one describe themselves as a “socialist” while they simply practice charity in the same manner in which Jesus did, there is of course no harm done.  But socialism, in practice among those who have built nations and led man under it, has never been charitable.  It knows nothing but taking, even when it appears as if it is giving.

The question posed by the hundreds, or thousands, of these seemingly innocent authors (and some are) who pop up in Google has evolved from the explicit promotion of socialism as a good replacement for modern capitalism in free societies and democracy– that tactic died with the radical feminist movement of the 60s and 70s.  It has moved on from promoting socialism as a means of perpetuating personal growth and having a stake in the care of your neighbor– that tactic died with the hippies.  What these questions seek to do is take the concept of progressive, modern policy— little more than heavy-handed government edicts which create mirages of growth and stability (often called “progress”)– and link them to being Christ-like.  The medium in which that portrait gets painted is “socialism”.  The question, and ones thesis, paired with tales of Jesus’ charitable works and behavior paints socialism in a rosy, loving shade.  This serves as the fuel which ignites the engine that drives progressive policy and seeks to normalize it as a routine aspect of common and good interactions between human beings.

Unfortunately it is under this guise that the public allows itself to believe that this month’s “record” low unemployment rate is representative of an accurate statistic when it cannot be; it enables the public to ignore the fact that under this nation’s own anointed one, its harbinger of change that was to finally bridge our racial gap, that minorities are poorer and less-employed than they have ever been in recent decades.  None of the realities that so often prevail as the result of socialist policy are apparent for they are over-shadowed by falsehoods in spoken and written words, and by an idea that doesn’t exist: that those who pull the strings of the puppet do so for the good of the puppet- that socialism is the underlying part of democracy which gives it a human touch.  A loving touch, and a grace that compares with Jesus’ washing of his disciples’ feet.

The question about Jesus and socialism is loaded from the get-go, and for a reason.  No one ever really recognizes that reason; perhaps not even those who seek to answer the very question themselves with their articles.  This is, after all, the nature of progressive ideology– it lies beneath the surface under the shroud of empathy, driven by purity.  Like Bill De Blasio told New York City before he became its mayor, a progressive wave is “in their DNA”.  Except progressivism, like socialism, defies what is in a human being’s DNA and the proof is evidenced by the millions who have taken their last breaths prematurely because of it.  Progressivism might be present within human beings at times, but it comes in the form of a unique cancer that is not only malignant, but becomes contagious once it has metastasized.

Progressivism, as with socialism, takes more than it will ever give, and all too often what it gives is little more than a death sentence of both the spirit of the human heart, and that same heart in the flesh.  Jesus, in any form, wouldn’t have anything to do with that.

Missouri, burning.

The flames burning in Ferguson’s streets right now might not have been there before the grand jury’s decision late last night, but it’s been on fire decades.

You see, those who have been protesting in the streets for weeks on end, and who will continue to do so in Ferguson and in other cities across the nation, are seeking to not only right something they perceive as a wrong, but they also happen to be the ones that enabled such a wrong to exist in the first place.  And really, when you look at it from a perspective free of bullshit emotions built upon pillars of cooked spaghetti, you see what people are trying to fix isn’t even a problem.

Sometimes they even seem to love those problems.

But perhaps I’m being unfair.  Of course any kind of injustice perpetrated by law enforcement should be dealt with in kind and there is little disagreement that law enforcement has at times been responsible for injustices against the very people they are expected to protect.  But in the case of Ferguson and Mike Brown, sorry– that just doesn’t appear to be the case.

The reaction to the grand jury decision in Ferguson has come with typical buzz-word reactions from the public.  “I’m afraid for my kids”, “My son could be shot dead in the street and no one would even be punished for it”, “Skittles”, “Iced tea”– all jabs at the presumptive guilt of trigger happy cops or people, while ignoring that just sometimes…black “kids” are capable of making some very poor decisions.

Do I have examples of these decisions from personal experience?  No, not really– I leave my apartment every morning and when I get to work, which happens to be in an incredibly diverse place as it was during my tenure in the military, I see people of every different color imaginable working together, greeting each other, and coexisting peacefully.  Everyone says “good morning” to each other, they chat while they grab their morning cup of coffee, and they don’t latch on to the perpetual cycle of division that is often the outcome from unfortunate events like these.  I do not witness “poor decisions” because I surround myself with people who have been raised appropriately- and certainly not all are from environments known for being conducive to such, which is a testament to what true resilience is.

So while people would like to pretend like the race wars of yesteryear continue to rage, it is important to note that they most certainly do not.  They don’t exist in a white-on-black sense, and they exist even less-so in a white-cop-on-innocent-black-person/kid/baby/”good kid” sense.

The biggest threat to a young black male remains other young black males, and this has been a consistent (and inconvenient to some) truth for some time.  For young black males aged 15-34, murder is the #1 cause of their deaths.  Forty percent of all black males who died in that entire age group died by way of murder, compared to just under 4 percent for white males.  This is an entirely relevant fact- one which has often been downplayed by left-leaning media that for some reason cannot fathom that they’ve helped to create these societal pockets; environments where 40% of the young black males dying every year fall by way of murder isn’t really a big deal.  It’s “whatever”, or “doesn’t speak to the deeper narrative”.  Off the top of my head, I recall that the FBI’s 2011 statistics indicated that more than 90% of those black males being murdered were killed by other black men, and thus my contention which I’ll repeat:

If you’re so scared for the life of your young, black child, perhaps you should consider not allowing him to associate with other young, black children.

This is, of course, unrealistic.  Nor is it any way to solve a problem.  I provided such an extreme suggestion merely to highlight how ridiculous, ignorant, and dangerous it is to accept the idea that your child is somehow more threatened in the face of law enforcement than they are virtually anywhere else.  Much of the rage in Ferguson rests on the belief that Officer Wilson did in fact commit a crime.  This is why people demand “justice” and cannot shut up about how good of a kid Mike Brown had to have been (really, how many actually knew him?).  What most are ignoring in Ferguson is that of the evidence that’s been public for weeks has slowly revealed that Wilson was very likely doing exactly what any police officer would do when threatened by someone in their own squad car.  Another inconvenient truth.

But who cares about what “justice” really entails, right?

It will be truly refreshing once people stop pretending like they face a persistent struggle with authority, when what they really face as an every day danger are the people who live to the left and right of them.  Sure, it’s not comforting to look at your neighbors like potential assailants but in rough areas of tough towns, that’s more realistic than operating under the assumption that a cop is about to off you just for kicks.

So that brings me to the final point about Ferguson– how its own people, and those who “support Mike Brown” (which they don’t, really)– let this all happen.

It happened at the voting booth– either in the way Ferguson’s residents voted, or in the ways in which they chose to abstain from doing so all together.  Ferguson is but one more low-income and low-educated city with sky-rocketing poverty levels that has been suffering, for well beyond half a century, from the cancer that is their own elected, progressive puppet masters .  It is shocking to consider that at the time when civil rights leaders like MLK were helping usher the nation into a new tomorrow of hope with regard to the rights of human beings regardless of race, the city of Ferguson was gearing up to begin its unwavering election of progressive, liberal leadership that has been sucking it dry of just about any hope it could have had, ever since.

These discussions about race have to become political, unfortunately.  This is true because despite popular belief, the terror unleashed against men and women of color throughout history was not a black and white issue, but a political one.  It was not all-whites ensuring the demise of blacks, it was all-white Democrats giving it their all to condemn them to tree branches.  They continued to give it their all through the filibustering of two attempts at civil rights acts, until they reluctantly gave in to the third once it became clear that staying the course was no longer a viable political option.  I raise the issue of Democrats being so inter-connected with this situation in Ferguson because not only are they squarely responsible for it by the ways in which they have inhumanely led minorities and other oft-disenfranchised groups historically, but because the survival of their party as they know it relies upon its continuation through Ferguson, and into the Fergusons of tomorrow.

As I’ve stated a number of times by now, Republicans being Republicans does not absolve them of their responsibilities of representing all people equally and in accordance with the ways in which all free people should be treated.  Racism exists in all corners of politics and this surely will not change until the old blood departs it.  But the very reason we still have racial issues which are sure to continue dividing us for at least some time rests squarely on the shoulders of a very smart, and powerful Democratic contingent that pulled off one of the biggest schemes our nation’s political system has ever witnessed.  It’s just unfortunate that so few people actually took a second to pay mind to what they were witnessing.

They convinced the population they enslaved that they weren’t responsible for it, and they have kept them convinced while enslaving them all the same, consistently, and through the present.

How do the residents of Ferguson share responsibility for this despite being victims at the same time?  Perhaps taking a look at the signs in their yards and on their telephone polls come election season can provide some insight into that.

A letter of thanks from the Reverend

Author’s note:  this is not an actual letter from the Reverend Al Sharpton.

A letter of thanks to the entire population of historically disenfranchised and oppressed people of America:

I know this comes without much surprise, but I must thank you all for once again igniting the fire that keeps me relevant.  The death of Mike Brown in Ferguson- a mere month or so after the death of Eric Garner in Staten Island- has allowed me to once again step into the national spotlight while the rest of the country ignores my television appearances and doesn’t buy my books.  But above all and most importantly, I want to thank you all for creating such an uproar over two very unfortunate events which will enable people like myself, and other progressive liberals, to continue enslaving you and lying to you for another hundred years, if not more.  I mean it’s been two centuries so far, why not make it three?

I want to thank the minority community for ignoring the fact that “big”, and often militarized American police forces are the result of the progressive policies that enable unions to become so powerful and politically influential that who you guys have come to know as “bad cops” cannot be fired no matter what.  I’d also like to thank you for failing to consider that “bad cops” might be the result of the harsh environments we have created for you and relegated you to.  Further, I’d especially like to thank you for following me in my demands for justice- entirely ignoring the fact that my words defy the very definition justice, and have painted Officer Darren Wilson as guilty before we could even so much as hear about an autopsy.  The best part about that is now that we have heard about an autopsy that indicates an event completely unlike that which eye-witnesses recalled, no one even cares about it.  Why would we have to when Mike Brown’s mother has already told us he was a good kid?  The funeral is on television, the White House has sent a delegation to attend that outnumbers that of the one sent to Margaret Thatcher’s funeral, and no one cares about silly things like autopsies when yet another one of our angels has been taken from us.

I’d like to thank you all for ignoring that the perpetually dysfunctional, impoverished, and crime-ridden cities of America where the deaths of young men and women of color are so frequent were built by people like me.  I’d like to thank you for continuing to vote for the progressives who have driven the lower classes of major cities like New York, DC, Detroit, Chicago, Oakland, Los Angeles, and Baltimore (among others) so deep into pits of despair that the only thing keeping their votes guaranteed are the scraps of meat we throw at them from the dinner table of the nation’s 1%-political-elite, and the idea that, somehow, Democrats exactly like me in mind (but not in spirit pigment) are responsible for 100% of the slavery and segregation of this country’s past that has most definitely handicapped your shot at success today, and in the future.  Thank you for your unflinching devotion to the welfare state that we have set up to ensure not that you pull yourselves out of it, but that you remain entrapped in it for life.  Thank you for allowing me to convince you that this is all about white privilege, and that none of it was politically-motivated, or the intent of my buddies in Washington, or of those they followed into power.

(We’re talking about you, LBJ and FDR!)

Thank you for ignoring that I have more blood on my hands than the police forces of this nation combined will ever have; it sure does feel good to be considered a peaceful man of character.  In doing this you’ve set me upon the same perch that civil rights leaders like Martin Luther King, Jr. enjoyed, and you’ve most certainly forgotten that a man of MLK’s character would have despised a deceitful, hateful, and conniving old man like myself.  Thank you for looking at the nation’s law enforcement as a band of thugs, dead-set on targeting young and unarmed “children” of color.  Thank you for talking about how it “has to stop”, and how it is time to respect everyone’s human rights.  Thank you for ignoring how you, as a member of the historically disenfranchised and oppressed people of America, are exponentially more likely to be killed by your friend at school, your neighbor, or even one of your relatives than a police officer.  Thank you for not considering, even if just for a minute, that the aggressive nature of policemen in cities like Ferguson are the result of the notions we have instilled in you from birth through the persistent suffocation of your choices, your talents, and your potential.  Thank you for allowing my colleagues at MSNBC to convince you that black-on-black crime trends are irrelevant and have no place in this discussion- a bunch of black kids have been shot and killed since the death of Mike Brown, but come on- I can’t rake in any cash for that.

You’ve stood by me through the Trayvon Martin episode, where not even one of you considered that both George Zimmerman and Trayvon were in the wrong.  That was impossible.  We just marched in honor of Eric Garner in Staten Island, and while the force used by the NYPD in that situation might have been excessive, none of you would even know who Eric Garner was if that young police officer wasn’t white.  And now we’ve buried another of our unfortunate sons, and you have an entire nation trusting and believing with a full, but heavy heart that he was a man of character- a good person, with a spotless record.

Just like me.

Thank you for the years, and the years yet to come, where we will continue to foster an environment of hatred, violence, gang warfare, dependence, poverty, and the eventual rage that comes along when one of our own is killed by someone who happens to be white– thank you for not reminding your friends in the streets of Ferguson protesting peacefully that this occurs about once for every 1,200 of us who are killed by way of violence.  No one has to know.

Thank you, as always, for allowing me to define what racism is for you.  Thank you for giving me the opportunity to inject race into every discussion imaginable, while being on the same “team” that created just about every single varietal of racism that has infected this country since its founding.  Thank you all for failing to realize, yet again, that labeling young black men who find the wrong end of a gun (when that gun is fired by white people) as immune from guilt, is in fact a racist position.

Thank you for allowing me to be your voice, your mind, and most importantly the force that guides your hand on Election Day.  Without you we couldn’t elect the people who keep allowing me to be here, when I should probably still be sitting in prison.

Keep it up, for me– certainly not for you.  I’ll be here ready to thank you again sometime soon, I’m sure of it.

With love and gratitude,

Albert

Blatant hypocrisy in the “discussion on race”, as per usual

LZ Granderson, a regular contributor to CNN Opinion, has actually surprised me over the last year or so in his effort to take a more centrist approach to things.  While I do not particularly like the term “centrist” personally, for it implies that there is some good to be had in taking a middle ground between polar opinions (or that dueling sides in a political debate both possess some good opinions– they don’t), for a guy like LZ to take a step to the center I was kind of impressed.  In fact, there were a few times where I even agreed with the man’s opinion on a thing or two.  That’s unprecedented for me.  While LZ has never exhibited the blind and apathetic ignorance of the likes of MSNBC’s Toure, who has been in hiding since our Twitter scuffle a few months back, he most certainly has played the race card in his opinion pieces more than once, and he most definitely played that same card today.

Police shot and killed a young black man in Missouri, 18 years of age, who was apparently unarmed.  I’ve heard various accounts of the story, but I suppose that’s expected when something is so fresh- with much left to be discovered, and understood.  Of course, as we saw with the Trayvon Martin shooting, no evidence, investigation, FBI involvement, or anything in between will do anything to put a damper on the unfortunate events that took place, nor will they ever allow for the police officer responsible for taking the shot to be able to live or sleep in peace ever again.  The verdict is in– not just from LZ, but by the usual suspects who heard about this and frothed at the mouth just as they did after the death of Eric Garner in Staten Island (which also happens to be my hometown).  The suspects I am referring to of course are none other than Al Sharpton and Jesse Jackson, and it’s only a matter of time before we see their faces on television denouncing police officers nationwide, and calling on the mayor of St. Louis to do something about supposed “police violence”.

While the death of a young man is always an unfortunate thing, even if they were living a life of crime, it is important to understand situations like these through a lens of harsh truth- a dose of reality that no one in the mainstream media has the balls to bring up.  So I guess I’ll be the guy to do it, as always.

Ferguson, Missouri is where 18 year old Michael Brown was shot and killed by a police officer the other day.  Ferguson, what people aren’t mentioning, is a dirty and crime-riddled part of St. Louis– in fact, it wears the badge of honor as the worst neighborhood in its general vicinity by a fair margin.  Though I was too young to fully grasp the situation in New York City prior to the Giuliani years, I knew (as I’ve mentioned here before) that the city was a place where we just did not go.  It was off limits.  As someone who got to witness how NYC got cleaned up over time and became a beacon of light of the east coast, I could only imagine the kind of hard work and sacrifice the brave men and women of the NYPD had to endure to ensure things did not relapse back to the David Dinkins era of lawlessness.  As such, I could not even begin to imagine what the police force in a city like St. Louis, and in a town like Ferguson, have to deal with on a daily basis. And neither can LZ Granderson.

Having said that, and just as I said when I discussed the Trayvon case, none of the crime statistics or facts about how terrible a place Ferguson is validates what the police officer did.  One account of the incident claimed that Brown tried to take the officer’s gun, and fled when he failed, only to be shot in retaliation.  Whether or not the officer’s use of force was warranted is not something that can be determined with the help of a few articles on CNN or Fox, but if such a scenario is indeed true, I think it provides an important glimpse into the kind of people the police in Ferguson are expected to deal with.

But I digress– my target here is LZ Granderson’s ideology.  It was his article alone that brought me out of my month-long hiatus to pen this in the first place.

In his piece, LZ claims to be tired:

Tired of our streets being peppered with dead, unarmed black people. Tired of listening to armed assailants describe how they feared for their lives. Tired of being told “this has nothing to do with race.”

I am tired of seeing a hashtag in front of a victim’s name on Twitter. Tired of seeing Al Sharpton speak on behalf of a family. Tired of waiting for verdicts and hoping for justice –as if hearing “guilty” can ease the anxiety of knowing a police officer shot and killed a 22-year-old black man while he was lying face down and with his hands behind his back.

I’m tired of unarmed dead black people being put on trial. I’m tired of politicians visiting our churches for votes but skipping out on these funerals

I’m tired of hearing mothers and fathers weep for children who did not have to die.

But most of all I’m tired of the people who are not tired like me.

You know what I’m tired of LZ?  I am tired of just about every single one of our major urban city centers, dominantly led by progressive leftists, destroying the lives and the potential of millions of young, black people and forcing them into the unfortunate livelihoods that they so often lead for the sake of a vote.  I am tired of cities like St. Louis, which haven’t experienced Republican leadership in decades, allowing their lower classes- often dominated by minorities and people who have historically been shafted (when they weren’t being murdered, of course) by Democrats- to fester and to devolve into locales so deeply steeped in the welfare state and government reliance that the very talk of “hope” or “change” is not only a ridiculous fantasy, but also insulting.  I am tired of people, like you LZ, who don’t say a fucking word when hundreds, or thousands of young black people- no different from people like Michael Brown- die by the hands of fellow black people every single year.  I am tired of celebrities like Lebron James wearing a hooded sweatshirt during warm-ups in honor of one black murder victim, while neglecting to wear one a few thousand more times during the season in honor of the other young black people who might have also taken their last breaths in a hoodie.

I am tired of people like you, LZ, claiming to be tired of Al Sharpton having to “speak on behalf of a family” when Al sure as hell is not tired of doing so. I am tired of people like you not realizing that people like Al absolutely love this.  I am tired of people like Al- individuals with blood on their hands themselves- who have so much hatred built up in their hearts that they are completely unwilling and unable to espouse upon the millions of people in the black community who look to them for guidance that a young black man in America is exponentially safer standing next to a police officer than next to one of his friends, in his own neighborhood.  Why?  Because black people are murdered by black people about 93% of the time.  I am tired of people disregarding just how many black victims are made by black perpetrators- as if the frequency of police officers shooting black men or women has ever, or could ever even come remotely close to matching that percentage.

The hypocrisy of those like Sharpton, who routinely profit and gain power at the expense of young, black lives is nothing less than apparent.  Unfortunately, no one cares much about confronting it.  Opinions like LZ’s affirm the notion that little could ever be done to curb the hatred that people feel towards a group that does so little to harm them, and does even less to harm them when compared to how often they harm each other.  The sickest part of this all is that those who are now running rampant through the streets of Ferguson, throwing bottles at police, torching stuff, and looting stores likely voted, and will continue to vote for the same progressive liberals that banished them into their low social class and shackled their ankles to its foundation for eternity.

And LZ will keep voting that way too.

Lyndon Baines Johnson is laughing in Hell.