America is so fearful that we naively hand our Liberty to the Usurper. He gladly takes it and we are the more endangered for the bargain.
What of immoral laws and legislated criminality?
Does it matter that our Politicians use Police Forces to enforce laws that are based on laws and our Citizens are thereby falsely made criminal?
It is said that every Citizen in the United States unknowingly violates up to three laws per day. Simply because the Representatives whom we have elected have been corrupted by Corporations.
We care not for this.
A woman goes to prison for saving the life of her child. You find this moral.
We have no sympathy for the plight of this woman and other Citizens like her.
We care not that Law Enforcers have qualified immunity and have used it to get away with murder in incidents involving your fellow Citizens. We care not that Law Enforcers have used Civil Asset Forfeiture to unjustly and extra-Constitutionally pillaged and plundered your fellow Citizens.
We care not that marijuana was used deceptively to outlaw hemp in order that Corporations such as Dupont Chemicals can maximize profits whilst the State imprisons millions and uses them as slave labor for other Corporations such as UniCorp?
We care not that Richard Nixon used the “Justice” system to target his enemies whom he labeled hippies, spics and niggers in order to quell dissent against the evil that was the war in Vietnam?
These immoral acts that have resulted in the criminalizing of mine and your fellow Citizens give you no pause?
Are we simply in denial of these realities?
One can research all of these issues easily on the World Wide Web.
One can read about the militarization of our Police forces that began under Bush and was furthered by Clinton, Bush Jr and Obama that has resulted in a completely negated purpose of the Posse Comitatus Act.
Many of those whom we would call criminal are simply victims of a corrupt and immoral Justice system that has been perverted by our Politicians and the behest and to the benefit of Corporations.
It has been known for decades that marijuana can heal those who are afflicted with epilepsy. It has been known for decades that marijuana can help with brain trauma. It has been known for decades that marijuana has properties that can help to and in some cases aid in the actual curing of cancer.
Yet, there is no profit in a plant that grows in nature.
We now have synthetic marijuana. For the first time in the history of human use of marijuana, we have had overdoses.
Why? Because of the immoral, deceptive drug war. That selfsame drug war that has resulted in the incarceration of millions of non-violent Citizens for victimless crimes conjured by the State at the behest of Corporations.
At what point do we stop and think.
In Ferguson, arrest warrants were issued for simple misdemeanors. These arrest warrants resulted in loss of life, destruction of property and much damage in the relationship between the Law Enforcers and the Community. These activities resulted directly in the protests and violence after the shooting of Michael Brown.
I care not that Brown attacked the Cop. I care that a Police shot a Citizen and killed him. That is tantamount to extra-judicial punishment. It was a death sentence for the simple crime of jaywalking and daring to stand up to injustice within a community.
At what point do we question the activities of our Law Enforcers and our Politicians?
Do we never question the State? If it is not right to question the State, how, then, are we a free people.
Police are enforces of law. Police are tools of the State. They are not honorable heroes who are acting selflessly. Especially not in this age wherein we have Police treated as a Special Class of Citizen who are above the law. Qualified immunity gives Police a license to kill. Police are taught in special seminars to shoot first and ask questions later. Police are told to state “I was in fear for my life” any time they are involved in a shooting.
Others may worship these Special Citizens. I do not. I see that they are The State and the State should never be worshiped but always questioned.
One must wake up…before it is too late.
It does not. It simply highlights their ignorance about the world around them. Many Liberals are willfully obtuse. They do not wish to know about the world. They wish to project their preconceived notions upon all of the peoples of the world and they think themselves superior for having done so.
Imperialism is based on economics. Race may be an excuse as is religion but it is never the actual reason.
Mexico was a nascent nation even then with factions fighting for control. Aside from that, Texas had already fought for and gained independence prior to that time. Therefore, not all of those lands were taken from Mexico. Mexico only became a Nation and is now only a Nation because of Spanish (European) Imperialism.In taking lands from “Mexico,” these United States acted no differently than any other Nation on this planet. They acted no differently than the Mexicans themselves. Texas independence was fought by Locals as well as immigrants. It wasn’t a White vs Brown War. Although, today’s propagandists will have us think such was the case. The Texan Army was made up of White, Brown and Red people.
Who says that Mexico had more right to exist than we had to take those lands?
What mystical fairy can we call upon to make Mexico’s Imperial case over America’s Imperial case?
Mexico was never a Nation until the people who wanted it to be so made it so through violence. How is their violence more ethical than ours?
Trillary is evil.
She is no better than Hump and Hump will be no worse than Trillary.
Hump wants to deal with Russia and China.
Trillary wants to wage war upon them. Economic, if possible. Real World Conflict, if she must.
Trillary will expand the “War on Terror.” She will draw the US deeper into conflict.
Trillary is a Neo-Con every bit as much as Dick Cheney. She even has her own War Profiteer Corporation called the Clinton Global Initiative which profits from misery, war, famine and catastrophe.
Much of our foreign policy revolves around the petrodollar. So long as we control the flow of oil, we are Masters of Global Commerce. We, the US Gov’t, cannot abide independence out in the global realm. Therefore, we war upon or sow chaos wherever we cannot persuade. If they will not heed and heel, they reap our whirlwind.
The folly of that is the rise of groups like ISIS.
They are our creation.
One can thank FDR, Truman, Kennan, Ike, Dulles Bros and on up to Clinton, Bush and Obama. Of course, Trillary has voted for, supported and pushed for these actions in her term as Senator and SecState.
And the Clinton Global Initiative profits from it and spreads largesse to cronies across the globe.
So long as people vote for personality and propaganda as opposed to policy, it shall be so.
A vote for Trillary is a vote for the status quo. Sure, it gets a woman in the White House. A woman who is as much Neo-Con as Dick Cheney. A woman who has never met a war she would not support. A woman who has ties to an organization in the CGI that is no different than and, actually, much more nefarious than Halliburton could hope to be.
But…that is apparently what the Democrats want now.
As long as the poor and minorities get a few crumbs and they can look good by taking in a few thousands of refugees who are likely to cause all sorts of interesting problems which will lead to greater centralization and more power for the Federal Government.
I suppose if one cares not for Liberty and only for faux equality of the masses excepting the elite, it makes sense.
Democrats and Republicans fear alternative voices. They fear real talk. They fear truth.
A vote is supposed to be personal. It should be driven by one’s conscience. Not by the collective.
No vote should be given to a party simply because otherwise “it would be wasted.” No valid human in a Representative Republic should vote for a Candidate simply because the dominant parties feel that they should or demand that they do so.
Democracy is one person, one vote. We live in a Representative Republic. It’s not a collective. That’s communism and socialism. In the United States, the minority is supposed to be protected from the majority. Hence, we are not a pure democracy.
Democrats and Republicans are arrogant. They are Statists. They worship the State and hate Liberty.
Vote 3rd Party and be proud of it. Eventually, one of the 3rd Parties will rise high enough to knock the (D) and the (R) down. We need this. America needs this. The people need this.
Vote Third Party!
The Left goes on and on complaining about White People, Old White men, White this and White that…
They bitch about #WhitePrivilege.
They tell us all of our problems were and are created by White people.
Coz Whitey is BEE–AY–DEE…BAD!!!
They turn right around and tell us that we should be more like Norway.
Norway is one of the Whitest fucking Nations on the Whole Motherfucking Planet.
Up to and possibly exceeding 90% Crackerdom.
So, mayhap, you Lefties and LibDems are just a bunch of racist bastards afterall.
Why aren’t you pointing to all of the great success stories on the African Continent? You racist sumbitches!
“Isn’t it odd that some ex military that spent their time pushing a pen piss and moan about the U S while others that did their time in Europe in battle after battle like my dad never found it necessary to do so. Just saying. When WW2 was over dad went to work and did so until he died. He never got one red cent ever from the government. He worked for every penny he had. He is my idea of a man.”
He seems to be saying that one should not have the right to exercise free speech or be involved in public debate unless they were actual Combat Veterans in Combat Specialties while simultaneously stating that he admires his father who was a Combat Veteran in a Combat Specialty because he complained about nothing, kept his head down, and remained silent DESPITE all of the injustice of the era.
It’s a bit of a confusing note. Short, bitter and full of hypocrisy.
This is the post of a person who has never been in the Military.
I was a “pencil pusher” in the Military.
My first unit was 2/68 Armor which was part of the 8th Infantry Division.
Our mission was to pull up in support of the 11th Cav in the Fulda Gap in the case of a Soviet Invasion.
I was there during the Reagan administration.
Our unit had a fairly high suicide rate.
We practiced regularly for our war time mission. About 8 months out of the year, we were in the field. As a “pencil pusher,” I fulfilled my duties of supplying the unit with ammunition, weapons, etc. I also repaired weapons.
When I wasn’t repairing weapons or supplying ammunition or pushing pencils, I was at the range. I assisted with weapons qualification. I also had to qual on every weapon in the Battalion as I had to know them intricately. I also had to be familiar with Warsaw Pact weapons.
When we were on our training exercises (in the field), I manned an M2 .50 Cal Machine Gun in a fighting position as well as on a Deuce and a Half.
Had we gone to war, this would have been one of my primary duties. Manning that machine gun.
Had we gone to war, our life expectancy was approximately 30 minutes from LOB.
We had approximately 30 minutes to grap our gear and get to Fulda. Why? Because they expected the 11th Cav to be overrun shortly after we arrived. About 30 minutes later, I can’t remember who but someone was supposed to be pulling up on us. Why? Because it was expected that we would be overrun shortly thereafter. Continue on this path until REFORGER was accomplished to push the Soviets back out of Germany and into Eastern Europe.
Turns out, we never went to war.
Not our fault. We were prepared.
Many of us were also scared. Some of us were so intimidated by the thing that we killed ourselves in anticipation of dying any damned way.
Apparently, I’m supposed to apologize for not going to war or for pushing pencils. Either that or my service doesn’t count at all because I pushed a pencil and, despite the fact that I am American and have the right of Free Speech, I’m supposed to remain quiet and not speak.
I was also stationed in the DMZ in Korea. Aside from my paper pushing duties, I was assigned an M60 7.62MM Machine Gun and a bunker. If all hell broke loose and the Koreans had come across the DMZ, I was supposed to defend in place until I was dead or until the Koreans were pushed back and barring that, if I survived being overrun, I was to grab that M60 and hightail it up to a mountain holdfast which had enough food and ammo stored in it for us to survive for up to 6 months.
Again, I apologize that North Korea never attacked and that I wasn’t killed or maimed or didn’t experience war as an Infantryman or a Tanker or some other Combat Arms specialty.
I also served time as an Observer in the Sinai, Egypt. Our job there was to ensure that Egypt and Israel observed their treaty and that they did not go to war.
And I served in the The Old Guard and buried a bunch of Military and Veterans in Arlington National Cemetery.
I suppose that because I never actually went to war, my time in the military is worthless and I am not worthy to express my opinion or exercise my right to Free Speech as a Veteran, an American or a Human Being.
Many people don’t mind others expressing their opinions when said opinions are in concert with their own. Many Americans seem to believe that Free Speech is only for those with whom they agree on issues important to themselves.
Odd that, I think.
Or maybe that’s just the hypocrisy of Humanity, in general, and Americans specifically.
Perhaps, if this person’s father and others like him had not sat idly as millions of African Americans suffered under Jim Crow. we might have had Justice for Black Americans sooner. If this father had used his voice and the Freedoms for which he fought, it may not have taken another 75 years for a Black American to make it to the White House or 80 plus years for a Woman to be nominated to run for President. Perhaps, if that generation had spoken up, Marriage Equality would have advanced more swiftly. Perhaps…
Perhaps, he was correct. It is better to keep one’s opinions to oneself and bury one’s head in one’s work. Worry not about the world about you. That is for others who are better than you. You fought for those freedoms. You placed your life on the line by serving in the military. However, it is not for you to use those freedoms. Your opinions do not count. Your voice does not and should not count. You are merely a Veteran and not worthy of the Freedoms taken for granted by other Americans who deem their opinions more worthy of public discourse than yours.
Especially if you were but a “pencil pusher.” I mean that’s not dangerous. How dangerous could it be? You don’t fucking count. Shut the fuck up, ya pencil pushin’ bastard.
Bill O’Reilly has made the claim that the slaves who built the White House had it good…or better than other slaves.
It’s an idiot statement. Full of ignorance and I can see how the morons of the#Left can find it “offensive.”
However, all he’s done is used a favorite tactic of the Left.
The Theory of Cultural Relativity.
Sure…those slaves were treated better than other slaves.
Still, they were fuckin’ slaves.
I’d rather die than be a slave.
I don’t understand people who worked with the system of Slavery. I have more respect for Nat Turner and Frederick Douglas who fought against and escaped slavery. The rest were no better than the Viche’ French. They assisted and furthered the system which enslaved themselves. They were collaborators.
The descendants of slaves who are living today are descendants of former Slaves because their ancestors accepted their own enslavement and worked WITH the Slavers and Slave Masters.
Hell, most Black people in America are Christians because that hideous religion was used as a tool to diminish slave aggression and to erase the original cultures of the Slaves from their points of origin.
There is no aspect of slavery that should be celebrated. Not the Masters. Not the Slavers. Not the Slaves. The whole system was decrepit and evil. Those who allowed themselves to be slaves hold guilt as well. They should have fought. They should have refused to work. Instead, they acquiesced and worked with the evil.
There is no good form of Slavery. Half Slave, 20% Slave…you are still a slave. The African accepted slavery. They eventually became a cog in the system that kept it flowing. They procreated despite knowing that their children would become property for the Master and would perpetuate the Slave System.
Slavery was perpetuated as much by the Slave as the Plantation owner, the Master, the Slaver and the Whip Cracker.
Americans will do the same thing in November when they vote for a new master in selecting between Trillary and Hump.
Fucking Cowards all!
From the West African Kingdoms who sold them into slavery?
From the Kingdoms of Portugal and Spain who initiated Colonialism in the Americas as well as the West African Slave Trade?
From Britain who ended the Slave trade through force of Arms?
Certainly, they aren’t asking for these reparations from the United States. The United States had nothing to do with slavery in the Caribbean.
What of the BILLIONs in aid given to these Nations over the past 100 years by The US and other Nations such as Britain?
Haiti has received more AID than any country in the area. Yet, they still can’t get their shit together.
Washington Redskins owner Daniel Snyder stepped up to cover the funeral expenses of one of the team’s biggest supporters. According to Carol Maloney of NBC 4 in Washington D.C., Snyder was the anonymous donor that paid for the funeral of Zema Williams, a.k.a. “Chief Zee.” Williams, who passed away earlier this month, would attend games…
Here is the thing that I cannot reconcile with the Right fear of Muslims.
I know, have come to know and have met so many Muslims in the past decade and a half working overseas.
The majority of them are open minded. They are Muslims. You are Christian. Another is Jewish or Atheist or Animist. It doesn’t matter.
These people have befriended me. Brought me into their lives with open arms.
Some of them have protected me from harm.
Many of them curse ISIS, the Taliban, al Qaeda and the Muslim Brotherhood. Many abhor Saudi Arabia.
I’ve even had some purported Muslims tell me that they hate the the Arabs came to their land and spread their religion.
They’re Muslim. They are Shi’a. Ismaeli. Sunni, Sufi and a dozen other sects.
They are Afghan, Jordanian, Egyptian, Israeli, Uzbek, Tajik, Pushtoon, Hazara, Thai, Cham and a hundred other nationalities, tribes and ethnicities.
None of them wish any other ill.
Most of them desire only what any other human desires. Security. A house over their head. Food and Water. A place under the sun and a better life for their children.
Yet, because some Muslims would force their religion and their desires on all other humans, these people whom I have come to call friend, brother and sister are looked upon as evil, enemy, villain.
I know it to be otherwise.
(And I say this as a man who thoroughly abhors all religion.)
The Christ Story is insanity defined.
God creates humanity AND sin.
God tells humans that they have free will.
God tells humans that if they exercise free will, he will kill them.
God kills them.
God allows one family to live. Gives ’em plans for an Ark. Says save some animals.
Later, God chooses a family from amongst the descendants of that family. He tells them that he will make them a great nation if they follow only him.
These Chosen as represented by Abraham make a pact with God whereby the males of the people will give up a piece of skin from their penis and follow a set of rules laid down then and later, a few more, given to Moses as they march out of enslavement to the Pharaoh.
[Isaac gets his plank shaved. Ishmael laughs. YHWH and Rebekah demand that Abe expel Ishmael for his impertinence. Islam is born.]
God gives them a land.
CAVEAT: These Chosen must actually go into that land and conquer it.
And, oh by the way, they must kill every man, woman and child…and the animals…or God will not be pleased. Because God is a merciful God.
OOPS! The Chosen let some live.
Later….the Israelites start to get down with Ba’al. God gets jealous.
He calls homosexuality an abomination. He calls fornication a sin. He makes all kinds of groovy new rules to keep his people from leaving him and getting down with the boogie in the Temple of Ba’al which is much more fun because you get to fuck while you worship.
Later on…God gets a case of the ass again and tells the Babylonians, Assyrians and an assortment of other Kingdoms to kick his Chosen people’s collective asses and enslave them, move them about, destroy their temples, etc…
Until finally, Rome comes onto the scene.
Big Bad Rome is used by God to continue the punishment of the Chosen.
Until finally, Jesus is conceived and born to a Virgin with whom God got down and impregnated.
Jesus is sent to cleanse not just the Chosen but the World of sin.
Now, before this God didn’t give a flying fuck about the world. He only cared about the Jews/Hebrews/Israelites.
Suddenly, though, God has looked around and realizes…FUCK, THERE’S A WHOLE BUNCH OF MOTHERFUCKERS OUT THERE!
I’d better come up with a plan for those fuckers as well.
So, he does.
Jesus gets to come on down. Be born. Live about 30 years on his own out of sight and out of mind until suddenly he comes pounding onto the scene on his White Ass.
Jesus defies the Roman-Hebrew rulers. Basically tells them that they’re doing it all wrong.
Tells a bunch of people to love one another and to live by his golden rule and to, you know, treat people how you’d like to be treated coz that old God of Jealousy, Rage, Genocide and Bigotry who had a Chosen has finally awakened to the knowledge that there are a whole lot of motherfuckers out there in the countryside wandering about not knowing what the hell, what the fuck or why the hell and why the fuck.
Jesus makes some wine. He feeds a bunch of folks bread and fish. He gets all ornery in the Temple. He does or does not get his funky groove on with another Mary who is of Magdala and who may have been a rich widower as well as his wife or might have been a prostitute. Depends on who tells the story.
So, YHWH…the Alpha and the Omega…the Omniscient God sent himself down as his own son or maybe sent down his Son to represent him…who the fuck knows…
And this Son-God is tasked with dying for the Sins of all of Humanity. Not just the Jews or Hebrews or Israelites or Judeaens or what the fuck ever they want to be called. But no one knows this until Saul/Paul comes onto the scene a decade or so after the crucifixion, resurrection and ascension.
He came to Earth to be worshipped, to teach, to be rejected, to be betrayed, to be tried in a Kangaroo Court of Romish-Jewish nature, to be tortured, to be walked around with a cross/pole on his back and to be hung on said cross/pole until his ass was dead.
All so that he could arise. So that he could be resurrected. So that he can be alive. So that he could be seen by a select CHOSEN few who would then be tasked to carry the Good News Gospel that he, Ieshua/Jesus/The Messiah is Risen and Alive to all of the world.
Until many years later…when he becomes a fucking Muslim and raps with Mohammed on a Midnight Ride.
But sometime before that, God changes his mind again. He’s no longer the Peace God. He’s no longer all about Love and Forgiveness. He tells a Roman named Constantine to Go Forth and Conquer in his name. And so Constantine does. And so, the Holy Roman Church is born and goes on to conquer, colonize, rape, pillage and generally commit mayhem across Europe, the Middle East and then the Globe.
And now the sons of the followers of Jesus, Constantine, Abraham, Israel, Isaac, Ishmael and Mohammad have arrived at the present. Each declaring themselves the truth. Each willing to kill in the name of their Religion of Peace to prove that theirs is the One True Faith.
God is one sick bastard.
The Police are an arm of the State.
They are enforcers of Law.
As such, the People should always have the benefit of the doubt. This is part of the reason that we broke off from England.
What you seem to want is for the Police to be beyond reproach. You want obedience. Immediate acquiescence to Police Authority.
Is that the America which you really want?
A people who obey without thought. A people who are so cowed by authority that they think not at all and simply obey commands from perceived authority.
That sounds a lot like the Soviet Union or Saudi Arabia. That does not sound like America.
When the Police can do as they please and violate the Constitution with impunity, we are all slaves.
Already, the Fourth Amendment is all but meaningless.
Police enforce laws that are immoral and based on proven lies and propaganda.
If being anti-Police means that I question their word over that of the People of the United States, then, by all means, call me anti-Police. I will always be thus.
I am for Liberty.
Liberty is impossible without hard restraints on the State Police Forces.
Police already have Qualified Immunity. Police have Civil Asset Forfeiture. Police have Unions which make them unaccountable to the People.
This is not Liberty.
Police should always be accountable to the People. They should not be above the law.
I can’t believe that these beliefs are being espoused in America.
Ben Franklin said that it is better that 100 guilty men go free than One Innocent be imprisoned. American Police today seem to believe the opposite.
In America today, we have innocents in prison because our Justice system is stacked against the Citizen. We have hundreds of thousands of Citizens in prison for nothing more than smoking a plant.
This is not Liberty. This is tyranny.
Police should always be questioned for they are an arm of the State. Traditionally, they are one of the first organizations of the State to be used AGAINST the people.
And do not say that you would not allow this to happen because it has and is occurring as I type this.
The War On Drugs is nothing more than a War on Liberty. It was conceived as such and it will always be so. When Nixon put the American Drug Policy and created the forerunner to the DEA, he did so to target his enemies on the Left whom he characterized as “hippies, niggers and spics.”
That is the origin of drug prohibition. The marijuana policy of the Federal Government was created on a foundation of lies. Lies that have been exposed to the light of day and still the Police want to prosecute this lunatic war on a plant that grows wild in nature.
This is one of the few areas on which I can agree with Obama. The American Police are out of control. Most enforcement of law is centered on revenue raising. Police aren’t out there protecting and serving the people. They are raising revenue for the State. They are raising revenue to pay their salaries and to fund all of the cool toys of war that they now use against the People of the United States of America.
Murders go unsolved so that Police can waste millions of dollars burning marijuana plants and arrest 16 year olds for possession of a few ounces of weed.
Police in America should be ashamed of themselves.
|Benjamin Franklin (1706–90)|
|QUOTATION:||That it is better 100 guilty Persons should escape than that one innocent Person should suffer, is a Maxim that has been long and generally approved.|
|ATTRIBUTION:||BENJAMIN FRANKLIN, letter to Benjamin Vaughan, March 14, 1785.—The Writings of Benjamin Franklin, ed. Albert H. Smyth, vol. 9, p. 293 (1906).
He was echoing Voltaire, “that generous Maxim, that ’tis much more Prudence to acquit two Persons, tho’ actually guilty, than to pass Sentence of Condemnation on one that is virtuous and innocent.—Zadig, chapter 6, p. 53 (1749, reprinted 1974).
Sir William Blackstone, in his Commentaries on the Laws of England, 9th ed., book 4, chapter 27, p. 358 (1783, reprinted 1978), says, “For the law holds, that it is better that ten guilty persons escape, than that one innocent suffer.”
“Fast forward to the present day, and President Obama—the antiwar candidate and Nobel Peace Prize winner who has waged war longer than any American president and whose legacy includes targeted drone killings and at least 1.3 million lives lost to the U.S.-led war on terror—is paying lip service to the victims of America’s nuclear carnage, all the while continuing to feed the war machine.”
Barack has waged war across the planet whilst apologizing for wars waged by other Presidents and, oddly enough, he doesn’t seem to see the irony inherent in his actions.
Drone Warfare? No big deal.
Signature Death from Above? Let us not speak of it.
Terror Tuesdays? Nothing to discuss.
Assassinating US Citizens overseas? We care not.
Democrats still love their Nobel Prez.
Have Democrats always been this oblivious and specious in their yearnings for global accord and human harmony? Let’s look back to the days of Kennedy, LBJ and FDR to see. Better yet, let us look to Truman. He who dropped the only Nuclear Weapons in the history of Humankind. He who bungled us into the Korean War. He who launched the Cold War that terrified Americans long before the Wahhabists rose out of the deserts of Arabia [again].
We could ask Clinton about peace. His fallacious peace accords in the Balkans and abortive attempt to save Somalia. His tenure was one long war called Desert Fox of which the American people were all but aware.
Vote for Hillary and let the War Profiteers lust for Gold be appeased. We shall sacrifice a new generation of Americans for Hillary and her Corporate Sponsors.
Yes. For we must let loose the dogs of war. Too long have they been leashed by rules of engagement, collateral damage and the doctrine of proportionality. We must have massive retaliation. We must have punitive incursions followed by nation building. We must elect the Queen of Chaos.
Yes, vote for her.
“I want the Iranians to know that if I’m president, we will attack Iran. In the next 10 years, during which they might foolishly consider launching an attack on Israel, we would be able to totally obliterate them.”
Hillary Clinton, 2008 AIPAC Annual Convention
Why “Fuck Mohammad?” Why blame Mohammad for the lunacy of some Muslims today. Mohammad was a man of his age. He was a conqueror. Comparatively speaking, he was as great a conqueror as any of the Greats of any Age in history.
Mohammad is not making these folks do any of this? He acted, in his day, no different than any other leader of his age. They all used religion. They all used God. They all raped, pillaged and conquered their way to “Greatness.” He is accountable for those “sins” and no more. If he were a European, he would be celebrated by the West.
Islam moderated and was a center of enlightenment, creativity and modernity for a good while. Were it not for Islamic Qaliphs, we’d have lost much knowledge from the Old World. It was contact with the Islamic World that spurred the Renaissance and Enlightenment.
Does Mohammad get credit for all of the good that came from Islam as well as all of the nuttiness that is occurring now?
This is not Islam doing any of this. This is humans acting. Islam can be interpreted a thousand and one ways.
Much like anything else. Much like Christianity.
I can’t stand religion but really what I can’t stand are religious people.
I can read the Bible or the Qu’ran and come away with beauty, freedom, liberty, love and life. All too many others come away as slaves, violent, hateful, ugly, putrefied, inhuman scum.
In the end, Islam is not different than Liberalism or Conservatism or Socialism or Capitalism. All of these movements and philosophies can be good. We, humanity, bring them to reality and, all too often, use them as tools of greed and destruction.
Mohammad is guilty of nothing more than Alexander, Julius Caesar, Genghis Khan (my personal hero) or any other Great Conqueror in history.
Nations become Nations because people fight, die and, eventually, succeed in taking the land upon which those nations are built.
Evil was created by religion.
Men are creatures who live in duality. We are good and bad. We are never all of one or the other. I know of no perfectly good creatures. I need no God to explain this to me. I need no God to pretend to allow me free will only to punish me for exercising same.
Evil is and has always been based on perception.
There are very few actions which are considered evil universally.
You might say murder. Yet, the State, which is the true religion of every age, has murdered millions and called it good and necessary. We kill to eat. We cause directly and indirectly the death of millions in the name of profit, greed, religion, love, envy and all manner of things.
Murder, it would seem, is only evil when committed by an individual against the will of the State or Religion.
Theft is another. Yet, the State and the Church have stolen trillions from humans. Taxation is theft in the guise of State mandate. It is backed by violence.
Rape, pillage, plunder and slavery have been considered both evil and a right of conquest.
What evil is there that has always and is always evil?
There exist none.
Evil is what we consider it at a particular time and place.
Homosexuality was/is considered evil. Marrying outside of one’s race has been considered evil. Sex outside of marriage has been considered evil.
Women were persecuted for centuries for having sexual intercourse outside of wedlock. If found to be soiled on the wedding night, it was permissible to murder young women who did not show first blood.
What is evil? What has always been evil?
Can you truly say that anything is evil and always evil?
Satan is a figment of the religious imagination. He does not exist. If he did, he is not evil for he is a creature of God. If God created him, he cannot be evil. He may be fallen but we are all redeemable…even the angels.
Having read every biography extant written about General Jackson, I am as close to certain as I can possibly be that Old Hickory would have been vexed if he had been informed of the dubious honor of having been placed on the United States 20 Dollar Note. Patrick Buchanan and every other critic of this move are wrong. Painfully so.
Jackson would not be quite so angry at having been removed or placed on the reverse of the the 20 Dollar Bill. I posit that Jackson would have demanded to be removed altogether.
No, Conservatives, you do no justice to President Andrew Jackson in fighting this. You, in fact, are doing the opposite of the actual wishes of the man who lived and died as General Jackson did. You would be correct in championing Hamilton’s inclusion on US currency. He created the system and was a champion of the Banks. He was a great supporter of fractional banking whilst Jackson thought it equivalent to the anti-Christ.
A bit of history for those of you who can’t be bothered with actual facts and the research thereof.
Under its director, Nicholas Biddle, the Bank applied for Congressional re-charter in 1832, four years before its current charter was due to expire. President Jackson, already wary of the concentration of power represented by the Bank, revitalized old Jeffersonian arguments against its continuation. The “Monster Bank,” as he called it, gave too much influence to a select group of wealthy financiers. Lost in the path of its destruction lay the downtrodden farmers and planters whom the Bank victimized by calling in loans and foreclosing on property. Jackson regarded himself as the spokesman for America’s virtuous independent farmers, threatened by an impersonal institution with undue control over their daily lives.
Jackson vetoed the Bank’s re-charter in 1832, and then won a decisive presidential victory over Henry Clay in a campaign largely focused on the Bank. But Jackson thought his veto insufficient, so in mid-1833 he began withdrawing government deposits from the Bank and placing them in various state banks loyal to the Democratic Party. Biddle, in response, called in loans and tightened the currency as a way of demonstrating his power and putting pressure on the chief executive. Despite Biddle’s best efforts, the Second Bank went out of existence as its charter expired in 1836.
Jackson hated the Banks. He, rightly, blamed them for ruining the economy of the US and the concentration of power in the hands of a moneyed elite.
Does 2008 and Too Big To Fail ring a bell for anyone of you Conservative Champions of the Legacy of Andrew Jackson and the 20 Dollar Bill?